In 2016, my husband and I went on a vacation to Walt Disney World and enjoyed every aspect of the planning. It was so fun to anticipate our trip by planning our dining, FastPasses, and spa visit! After that trip, I found out about Disney Authorized Vacation Planners and learned I could help other people plan their Disney vacations. I joined Magic Itineraries, Inc and recently took over the company and re-branded as It Means No Worries Travel!
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Penn State University. For my day job, I am a Meeting Planner and I plan educational conferences for various societies and associations. I get to travel often, domestically and internationally. Needless to say- I like to plan!
I have been married since 2015 to my husband Erik and we have a dog named Alabama. In my free time, I enjoy running, crafting on my Cricut, decorating our home, hitting a good brewery, editing GoPro movies, golf, and planning your Disney vacations!
A Fun Fact About Steph
I was a cheerleader for 12 years and had to stop my sophomore year of college because I got a second concussion. A few years later, I discovered a love for running and have been ever since. I have ran two Disney half marathons and my husband (and fellow Travel Planner Jackie!) ran the Dopey Challenge in 2020! If you are a runner and love Disney, ask me about Run Disney! It’s so magical.
What is your first memory of Disney World?
My first memory was when my parents took my brother and I when I was in 4th grade. It was the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney World and the castle was decorated to look like a cake. My parents took me on the Haunted Mansion and I was terrified- so much so that my Dad took me through the back exit of the ride before we could even get inside. He made me sit at the exit to see how happy the kids were when they got off the ride. By the end of the trip, I gained enough courage to go on it and think about him every time I get off that ride!
What does a perfect day in a Disney park look like to you?
My day would start by hitting the Starbucks in Epcot (did you know: there is a Starbucks at every park?) for an iced coffee. After that, my husband and I would ride Spaceship Earth and Soarin’. We would eat a Mickey pretzel and then visit the Seas to see the sea creatures. Next, we would make our way over to the World Showcase to try snacks and drinks from each country. After that, we would park hop to Animal Kingdom to have dinner in Pandora and go on the Safari as the sun is setting!
What would you say you specialize in with your planning? What makes you stand out from anyone else?
I have been to Walt Disney World countless times, whether it was for a long weekend or a week long trip. I know how to maximize time in Disney, but how to also do it a relaxing way so you can come home feeling refreshed. I have stayed at many Walt Disney World resorts- ranging from value resorts, to moderate, to Deluxe.
I have also been on 5 Disney Cruises and could not recommend them more. The magic at sea is incredible, and I hope you can experience the magic too!