Want To Know Wednesday: Magical Memories Travel!


Welcome to Week 7 of "Want To Know Wednesday"! Each week, I will shine the spotlight on a business or blog! It will cover the basic 5 W's and 1 H! Let's get to know Magical Memories Travel!

WHO is the person behind the website? "I am a Mom of 3 boys ages 11, 9 and 5 in Kennesaw, GA. I am the founder and owner of Magical Memories Travel, a travel agency specializing in Disney vacations. We have a team of Moms (and a couple of Dads!) working as Disney Vacation Specialists around the country."

WHAT is the focus of your site? "We work with busy Moms and Dads who want to escape reality and plan a fantastic family vacation without feeling overwhelmed by crowds or standing in long lines at the theme parks. We help them by creating a vacation plan that is completely customized to their likes, dislikes, wants and needs so that they can tour the parks like VIPs, drastically reducing the time spent waiting in lines. Most of our clients spend less than the ever thought they would have to and do not spend more than 20 minutes waiting for any attraction.

What separates us from other travel consultants is that creating customized VIP Disney vacations for any budget is our expertise. We also ensure that our client's precious travel dollars are spent as wisely as possible by continuously monitoring all reservations for any available discounts."

WHEN did you start your site and/or how much time do you devote to it? "Magical Memories Travel was "born" in 2005. It started as more of a hobby but it's grown in to a full fledged, full time business for me. Fortunately it does allow me to be flexible and work around my kids schedule.

I get up every morning and take my youngest to preschool while my husband drops off our older boys on his way to work. When I get back home, I get to work! Mornings are usually full of taking care of client requests and planning itineraries or speaking to different organizations or groups about planning Disney vacations. At least once or twice a week I attend networking lunches with other Momtreprenuers around the Atlanta area. I always love supporting other Mom-owned businesses. I spend most afternoons working on different marketing efforts and returning client phone calls. Once my kids are back home and we've spent some time together, I can wrap up any other client needs by email. I am available to clients a few evenings a week by appointment. This allows my husband and I to plan out our evenings and coordinate care for our sons."

WHERE do you work? "I love the fact that this business allows me to work from home around my kids schedule doing something that I love! I have an office set up in our home. The kids know this is Mom's "work space" and they respect it but they appreciate knowing Mom is close by and available when they need me.

Our team of agents all work from home as well. With all of the fantastic options available with technology, we are all able to work with clients by phone and email so geography is not a concern."

WHY did you start your site? "I've always loved to travel and felt like planning was half the fun! When my oldest son was born, I left my career as an Audiologist to stay home with him. My "Mom friends" found out that our family traveled to Disney World a few times and had a fantastic time, I started to become to the "go-to-girl" for friends and family when they wanted to plan a Disney vacation. When it got to the point where I had people I didn't even know who were friends of friends calling me and saying "I heard you helped Susie plan her vacation and saved them a bunch of money, can you help me too?" I started to look in to becoming a Disney travel specialist. I started off working with a local agency but when the owner's husband was transferred and she sold the business, the new owner didn't want to work with any home-based agents. With two toddlers at home, I couldn't work in a brick and mortar office so I decided to start my own agency and continue working from home.

What started out with just me and a couple of friends has now grown to a thriving business. Magical Memories Travel has been "EarMarked" by Disney as an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner for the last 5 years (a distinction that is only awarded to about 15% of travel agencies nationwide). Last year I was asked to serve on Disney's Travel Advisory Council, a group of 20 travel agency owners hand picked by Disney executives to provide feedback on a variety of topics.

I love that not only do I get to help families plan fantastic Disney vacations (nothing makes me happier than getting a text or email from a client with a picture of their kids enjoying their vacation!), but that I also get to help a group of other "stay at home moms" to have the opportunity to work from home doing something they love as well!"

HOW can people interested in learning more connect with you? In addition to our website, readers can find us on our blogFacebook and Twitter.

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