Our latest headshot session was with Mary Elizabeth Maynord. She is a local Disney planner here in Nashville. She and her sister, Martha, work together to help families plan their trips of a lifetime. During her session we got to talk a little bit about the service she offers her clients. She was generous to share some tidbits about Disney and how she can help a family with their travel plans.
What are your favorite things about visiting Disney?
- You can tailor a trip to fit any type of family (and EVERYONE will have fun!). We've taken infants to grandparents to Disney (and even teens), and there is something that each age and stage will enjoy. On our last trip, our kids were 4, 8, 10, and 13 years old. I honestly can't think of too many places our family can all enjoy together...
- Martha and her family LOVE character interactions. From dining with Mickey to meeting Ariel in her grotto to having a dance party with The Incredibles, there are tons of opportunities to hang out with your favorite characters in Disney.
- Our top choices for family attractions in each park are
Magic Kingdom --Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Epcot -- Soarin'
Hollywood Studios -- Toy Story Mania
Animal Kingdom -- Kilimanjaro Safaris
How much time in advance should one start planning a trip to Disney?
This is going to sound CRAZY, but in an ideal situation, you would start planning 7-9 months in advance! This is the case for several reasons. First, you can actually make dining reservations 6 months in advance, so it will give you time to discuss where you would like to eat with us. Second, you have plenty of time to save up (and ask for gift cards as birthday or Christmas presents.) Finally, the ANTICIPATION is definitely part of the fun! From surprising your kids to planning your itinerary to just being excited because you're going to DISNEY, it's worth it to give yourself plenty of time.
Why should someone use a travel agent to help plan their Disney trip?
- We are FREE Disney vacation package planners! You have nothing to lose!
- It saves you time! To get reservations to popular restaurants and Fastpasses to hard-to-get experiences, you have to get up EARLY (when the reservations open). Why not let someone else do that?? Also, planning for a Disney vacation could be a full-time job if you aren't familiar with the layout of the parks, restaurant choices, etc. It's wonderful to have an expert ready to give advice and suggestions.
- It saves you money! Even after you book a reservation, we will be looking for discounts that Disney may release, and we can apply them to your trip.
If your family is planning to visit Disney, it would definitely be worth finding out more. You can contact Mary Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or Martha at email@example.com. Be sure to also visit their Facebook page, Mary Elizabeth and Martha-Small World Big Fun. Happy travels!