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Castle Dreams Travel is a full service travel agency, specializing in family vacations.  Our goal is to get you the BEST VALUE for your vacation dollar. We offer concierge service and will handle your vacation from flights to dining reservations and everything in between!  We are constantly monitoring our clients reservations so if a promotion is offered after you book, rest assured our agents will rebook you with that promotion, saving you MONEY!  Most importantly, our services are FREE. We are paid by Disney directly after you travel. That said, we cannot make any changes to your reservation or make any kind of reservation for you unless we own part of your vacation reservation (resort room, park tickets of 2 days or longer, etc). If you would like to use our planning services but are a Disney Vacation Club member or timeshare owner, you can contact us and we will help you plan at a nominal fee. 

Team Members

Tricia

Our favorite resort is Disney’s Polynesian Resort. We love the tropical feel and find it to be a romantic resort – even with kids along for the ride! We love the views from the Polynesian. There is nothing like swimming in the pool and having the perfect view of the Magic Kingdom.

Since we travel to the Walt Disney World® Resort so much, we try and do something “new to us” every trip. Be it eating in different restaurant, a new snack or a dinner show – there’s always something “new” for us to do. And since we’re always doing something “new”, we always have fresh and exciting tips for you, our clients, to experience, whether this is your first trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort or your 100th!

Dawn

In May 2004, I began designing vacations for guests, specializing in Disney Destinations. In June 2011, I joined Tricia Belfonti and helped to build and develop Castle Dreams Travel, which at the time only specialized in and sold vacations to Disney Destinations but has since become a full-service travel agency selling vacations to every corner of the planet.

When I travel anywhere, I always try something new: a resort, place to eat, or experience. I travel to a Disney Destination, a Universal Resort, and cruise on a Royal Caribbean Cruise at least once a year I have been very lucky to sail onboard Disney Cruise Line on over a dozen different sailings, several Royal Caribbean Cruise Line sailings visited Disney's Aulani Resort and Spa, and have taken three very different Adventure by Disney vacations as well as multiple visits to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood Resorts. I have also been fortunate to sail on Princess Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruise Line, MSC Cruise Line, and Virgin Voyages. I take all of these experiences with me when I plan vacations for others, plus I am constantly training and learning all about everything new and upcoming in the travel industry.

Aimee

Aimee has been visiting Walt Disney World regularly since 2004.  And, regularly, she means 3-5 times yearly! Her visits have been with young children, teens, young adults, and multi-generational groups with even the grandparents!  Yes, she shares her LOVE of everything Disney with her WHOLE family! If you have any questions about the different WDW Resorts, she can answer them because she has personally stayed at almost everyone. There is undoubtedly the perfect Disney Resort for every taste and budget; she can help you narrow your preferences. That first-time visit can be incredibly overwhelming, and she will gladly put together a personalized itinerary for you, complete with dining reservations and Fastpasses.  Follow Aimee on Facebook – Aimee at Castle Dreams Travel.

Ariana
Based in Connecticut, Ariana is a travel enthusiast who has a passion for all things Disney, cruising, and adventure! Throughout her life, she has thought of Walt Disney World, more specifically Old Key West Resort, as a second home. At 24, she has been fortunate to be an annual pass holder, travel to Disney World over a dozen times, Disneyland twice, and vacation aboard four different Disney Cruises. No matter if it’s the first time, or the hundredth time, for Ari, there is nothing more magical than walking down Main Street, USA, and seeing Cinderella’s iconic castle. When she’s not visiting Mickey Mouse, she might be traveling through the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise Lines. An avid cruiser, some of Ari’s favorite things include sipping a thirst-quenching beverage by the pool, adventure on excursions through the many cruise ports, and partaking in an after-hours karaoke contest! One of Ariana’s travel highlights was exploring Germany’s beautiful architecture, tasting the local cuisine, and touring the countryside. 
 
Outside of travel, Ari is a regionally and nationally award-winning dancer. In May of 2022, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dean College, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a Minor in Business. Most evenings Ari can be found at Apogee Dance Academy, training some of the best dancers in Connecticut. When she’s not planning vacations or teaching the next generation of dancers, Ariana loves to find new delicious restaurants, work out at the gym with her boyfriend, and spend time with her family and friends. Whether it’s a Disney trip for the family, a cruise for two, an all-inclusive getaway, or anything in between, Ariana is excited to help you plan the most memorable and magical vacation! Reach out to Ari today.
Becky

My name is Becky and I’m based in the Pennsylvania area. I have an annual pass and travel to Disney World multiple times a year – I’ve also been to Disneyland and Disneyland Paris! I love discovering new Disney magic every trip I take. While I love all that the theme parks have to offer, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Animal Kingdom, and the Animal Kingdom Lodge is my favorite resort to stay at. Where else can you see safari animals from your balcony? I also love to go to Disney for the RunDisney events – I’ve completed the Disney full marathon and many half marathons and 10ks. I have been working as a travel planner since 2015 and I also blog about all things Disney over at the blog Disney in your Day(www.disneyinyourday.com). 

Diana

As a lifelong lover of all things Disney, I find Disney World to be my happy place. The level of happiness, excitement, peace, comfort, and... well... MAGIC I feel the moment I step through the doors of the resort I have chosen for my trip is indescribable. When I step onto Main Street in Magic Kingdom and see Cinderella's Castle, those feelings only increase, but the first time I brought my daughter to Disney World, seeing her excitement and the look of wonder and awe on her face, I felt a level of happiness and magic like I have never felt before.

Each time we go to Disney, we stay at a different resort from the last, try new restaurants and attractions we have never tried before.I am always looking to experience firsthand what it is like to stay at a resort or try out a dining experience or attraction to see what it is like from all perspectives. I have experienced the magic of Disney at many different ages and stages, from being a teenager to a young adult and even honeymooning with my husband! In my current chapter of life, I experience it all as a parent traveling with a young child. Not only am I able to experience the magic at its purest and most innocent level through her wonder-filled eyes, but this gives me the perspective needed to provide other parents traveling with children with helpful tips and advice that will make their vacation more enjoyable and stress-free.

My family is my entire world. I have an amazing husband and the sweetest, spunkiest young daughter. I am most happy when I am traveling and experiencing new places with them.

I am also a HUGE Harry Potter fan, and while I have always enjoyed Universal Studios for all it has to offer, the addition of Harry Potter World was such a happy surprise. When I had the opportunity to experience Harry Potter World at Universal Studios Orlando over the Christmas holidays, it was a fantastic trip that did not disappoint!

While Disney and Universal are my favorite travel destinations, my experience does not end there. Whether you are looking for a family vacation with "The Mouse", a fun-filled Cruise to the Caribbean, a romantic cruise to the Mediterranean, or something else, I am here to make those vacation dreams a reality!  Please reach out to me today via email or Facebook.

Jeannine

I am always struck by the words that greet every guest as they enter Magic Kingdom and Disneyland “Here you leave Today and enter the world of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy” –Walt Disney

For my family and I Disney is a special place. It is our family time and a time my husband and I can leave the world outside and be kids again. I still get choked up when I see the castle or see Cinderella (she is my favorite princess) I can’t help but smile when I see my sons face when he hugs Woody or Buzz.

My goal is to provide my clients with all the makings of a “Magical” vacation. Have dinner with Mickey, become a Princess for the day, go on a Pirate adventure, take a trip into another galaxy, take a boat ride to watch the fireworks, go on a morning safari, enter the town of Radiator Springs! Whatever you wish. I spend countless hours putting together Disney vacations for my family. Now I want to do that for you! Disney is a place for both young and old. It is a place of Wishes, Dreams and Pixie Dust. Contact me today to start your magical journey.

Jen D

Jennifer will never forget the magic of her first trip to Walt Disney World with her family in 5th grade.  She returned there 13 years later with her husband as newlyweds.  Once she went back, though, she never stopped. 

As a mom of 3 teenagers/young adults, Jen has experienced Walt Disney World more than a dozen times with her kids at various ages- from 18 months to 18 years.  She loves to plan family travel and personalize trips for clients- especially the first-timers to Walt Disney World or Universal Studios Orlando. Jen is a planner- so when she took that first trip to Disney as an adult, she read seven books filled with tips on making the most of the trip.  She became a resource for friends and family who wanted to plan their own trips.  Thus it was an easy decision when the opportunity to sell travel with Castle Dreams Travel became available.

Now that their kids are older, Jen and her family have explored other travel destinations from Boston and New York, Florida, Las Vegas, and Hawaii.  Jen likes to sell what she knows so she can share her personal experiences.  However, she also loves learning about new destinations and will do the research to help you plan the best trip and make the most memories!

Outside of travel, Jen enjoys reading, strategic board gaming, thrift store shopping, and birdwatching.

Jennifer Ford

I’ve been traveling to Disney since I was a small child.  Walking into a Disney park, I feel a transformation, a magical happy feeling I don’t feel anywhere else.  My everyday worries disappear, and I am transported into a different world. As a travel agent, I want to help my clients feel and experience Disney in a way that is special, unforgettable, and magical! Last year, I traveled to WDW as a paraprofessional/chaperone to 7 young adults with intellectual disabilities.  It was a fantastic experience, and what I enjoyed most was seeing the magic of Disney through their eyes. 


Planning a Disney trip is not for the faint of heart, but if done right, I can help my clients experience Disney's magical world.  When I’m not immersing myself in Disney, I enjoy scrapbooking, running, horseback riding, and golf. I’m married and have two teenage boys.  Email me by clicking here.  Follow me on Instagram and Facebook.  

Jen Leon

Jennifer has been traveling the world from an early age. Her first trip to Europe was 14 when she toured Italy with her classmates. A trip to Greece a few years later followed, and she was officially “hooked” by the travel bug! Her extensive knowledge of traveling both domestically and abroad makes her one of the “go-to” travel planners for detailed local knowledge.

It was only natural that Jennifer was drawn towards planning vacations for others. She has been a travel planner since 2014, enhancing her knowledge regularly through numerous travel specialist programs. Her certifications include AM Resorts Master Agent, Certified Sandals Specialist, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Master of Adventure, and Universal Orlando Resort Specialist.

Jennifer is also a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge. She plans Disney Destination vacations for every budget – a Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line or Adventures By Disney vacation. She has been visiting and training at Walt Disney World since 2007, traveled on all ships (numerous times) in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, and experienced an Adventures By Disney Central Europe trip in 2016. In September 2020, she will return with Adventures By Disney on the Italy/Amalfi Coast itinerary!

Contact Jennifer to help plan your next vacation, whether it be to a Disney Destination, an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, a tour in Europe, or a cruise vacation. She is a full-service agent who can tailor any trip to your specific needs worldwide. Follow Jennifer on Facebook at Castle Dreams Travel - Vacation Deals by Jen Leon. Jennleon@castledreamstravel.com

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson is based in the East Tennessee area, right outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, close to “The Peaceful Side of the Smokies,” but a quick drive from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Jennifer specializes in cruise vacations, her favorite type of vacation. Jennifer has enjoyed traveling all her life, especially within the last ten years. With her husband from Wyoming, they travel out west often, but they truly love Royal Caribbean cruises, either sailing as a family or a getaway for the two of them. Royal Caribbean ships are always considered a “home away from home” for them, and they genuinely love immersing themselves in all the experiences the ships and destinations offer. They always finish a cruise by making the best of friends with people all over the world that they continue to sail with.

Jennifer’s favorite destination is Perfect Day at Coco Cay, especially in the Oasis Lagoon pool!

When she is not traveling, she is always looking for the next adventure for her family or ensuring her clients have the best travel experiences.  

Jennifer specializes in cruise vacations and all types of travel for couples and families alike! Reach out to Jennifer today by emailing her.

Karen

I am a project manager who loves to plan.  Nothing makes me happier than a detailed spreadsheet outlining a daily routine.  So I combined that with my love of Disney and take great joy in preparing, recommending and planning a families magical trip.  I especially like first-time Disney trips to assist families with resort options, dining selections, and navigating Genie+ and Lightning Lane.

 

Though I went to Disney once as a child, it was not until I started taking my daughter at age 4 that I fell in love with the magic of being in the parks.  She is now 18 and a first-year student in college.  I have gone at least twice a year for the past 14 years.  I have stayed at many of the resorts from moderate to deluxe and I like to pass along tips and tricks that I have learned along the way.  I look forward to working with you on your next Disney vacation.   Please reach out to me today by contacting me here.

Kristi

Kristi is a mom of 4 and the wife of a law enforcement officer. She and her family reside in Texas and are avid travelers. Kristi has been in the vacation planning business since college when she would plan Disney and Universal vacations for friends and family. She turned her hobby into a full-time business in 2003. Since then, Kristi has participated in specialized training and has earned certifications for major cruise lines, theme parks, all-inclusive destinations, resort and hotel brands, and destinations within the US. 

 

"From start to finish I am just a phone call, email or text away. With me you are getting someone on the other end who knows you and your vacation better than any .com site or 1-800 number. No question is too small or irrelevant. I am here to take the stress away and help you have a fantastic trip."  ~Kristi Rose

 

Lisa

I am a theater educator, wife, and mom who loves to travel! My husband Tom and I honeymooned at Disney and started bringing our children to experience the “magic” when our son was four and our daughter was six months old. Since then, we’ve visited Walt Disney World dozens of times and even taken almost a dozen Disney cruises, including the Mediterranean in 2019! Cruising is my favorite form of travel, and I’ve been on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival ships to give you a perspective of cruise experience options!

I have helped many family members and friends plan their Disney trips throughout the years, and I’m excited to be officially a part of the Castle Dreams dream team! In addition to Disney travel, I have traveled to Europe, Japan, Mexico, and the Caribbean. I can’t wait to help you plan your adventure wherever in the world your wanderlust may take you!  Contact me today!

Lois

Hello, my name is Lois.  I am a wife, mother, friend, teacher, and travel enthusiast.  I started traveling in my teens and went on my first cruise on my Honeymoon over 25 years ago and we have been cruising ever since.  My husband and I love it and we have taken our children on many cruises ever since they were little.  We also cruise with friends and make many friendships from our many cruise vacations.

I live in New York with my husband and 2 adult children who are usually in college, so we are empty nesters.  This allows us some more time to cruise!  We also have a border terrier/chihuahua mix that I would love to take everywhere with us.  I know that travelers enjoy bringing pets along and I am knowledgeable about places that allow animals.  Cruise ships are also beginning to allow some animals aboard, too!

I have completed extensive training for Royal Caribbean and have my Masters of Adventure so I am an expert on Royal!  I am constantly training for many cruise lines and will research all details so that your cruise is flawless and all details are planned perfectly.  As a teacher, I am a planner, and attention to detail is my motto, which I share with my clients.  It is important for me to know my client's wishes, dreams, and desires so I will ask many questions to find the perfect vacation for you!  Please don't hesitate to call or email me to book your perfect vacation. You can reach me here

Megan

FAMILY AND COUPLE TRAVEL SPECIALIST


Traveling is something I have always had a passion for and am now sharing with my children. I love how traveling teaches my children about different places and cultures, but also, the confidence and flexibility they have learned. 

My true love of travel is not only apparent when I talk about it, but in the details that I manage for my clients. I have a passion for helping clients create trips that are uniquely perfect for their families. I believe this is why so many come back to me year after year.

One of my areas of expertise is planning travel for multiple families and multi-generational groups. Larger family groups require detailed planning and an ability to balance the needs of the larger group with the needs of each traveler. I come from a family of 9 and most of my personal travel is with multiple families (sometimes as many as 32 of us). Through the many large families I have worked with and my personal travel, I can provide your family with experienced insights and planning. 

My personal travel experience enables me to provide detailed, intimate advice on a variety of destinations and cruises, especially Disney and Universal Resorts. So, if you are looking for that personal touch in travel, stress-free planning, performed with a passion for turning dreams into realities, contact me at mhowey@castledreamstravel.com or www.facebook.com/howeytravel 

Megan S

Hello! My name is Megan S. I'm a mom of two young boys and a lover of vacationing, all things Disney, beaches, and the ocean. I love making memories with my family, and I also know how exciting a child-free vacation can be!

I've been a business owner for the last 20 years. I work one-on-one with clients of all ages and walks of life. I decided that my detail oriented personality and love of vacation (I also love talking with people and getting to know them), would pair so nicely in a travel business. I can bring your wishes and ideas together to help you plan a beautiful and memorable trip. I take great pride in the planning process as if I were planning my vacation.

I grew up going on family vacations, sometimes more than once a year. I've been to Disney countless times as a child, and then I evolved into a "Disney adult," and now I've passed that love along to my own kids. We are happy just to sit on a beach somewhere as well. My 7-year-old favorite happens to be in Maine (I prefer palm trees and warmer water). He's now preparing to become a professional cruiser.

I have completed Disney Destinations, Universal Vacations, and Royal Caribbean training programs.

I would love to help you plan your next trip, full of memories that will last a lifetime!  Contact me today

Michelle

I'm a planner at heart, and I love to travel.  I used to say that if I could be anything in the world, I would be a travel agent.  And now here I am!

For the last 15 years, I have been helping friends and family plan their vacations.  My favorite destinations include Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Iceland.  

My specialty is family travel, so if you have kiddos (big or little), I can help!  I have extensive knowledge and personal experience traveling with children. I have been traveling with my son since he was 8 weeks old and I have collected so many tips and tricks along the way to help you achieve that memorable family vacation for everyone.  Whether it be any of the major theme parks, a tropical island, or international travel, I can help you. Please reach out to me here.

Nicole
Hello, my name is Nicole. I am a wife and a mom to 3 kids. I live in Charleston, WV but Florida is my home. I was raised in a small town outside Orlando, FL. and that is where my love for Theme parks started. I have been planning Disney trips for my family for about 10 years now. Friends and family started contacting me anytime they decided to go to Disney and wanted to know all the ins and outs. I finally decided I really needed to dive into vacation planning. My family and I love to travel. I am most happy standing on Main Street, U.S.A., looking at Cinderella's Castle. but my love for Disney is just the tip of the iceberg. I have completed Universal and Disney training and feel I have the knowledge to book you an amazing theme park adventure. I have been to Universal countless times while growing up as well. Even though I have all of this under my belt, there was a time when I was standing in your shoes, trying to plan my family’s first Disney vacation. I was so stressed and confused. I did not know where to start so I reached out to a travel agent to walk me through everything. That was the best decision I could have made. She took care of all the stress and helped explain everything and more. I know I have been talking a lot about theme parks, but I have also completed training in other travel destinations such as Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise line, Disney destinations, Avalon Waterways, Globus Travel, Travel Leaders Network, and Explore Mexico. My training will not stop there. I want to continue learning to be able to give my clients their best trip ever. I understand that today life is expensive so I will do whatever I can to get you the best deal possible on your adventure and will gladly help take the burden and stress that goes into planning your dream vacation. Contact me today!
Stacey

It is nice to meet you! My name is Stacey. I am very excited to hear more about you and your vacation dreams, but since you stopped by, I will share a little about myself.

Growing up, we traveled to almost every state in the US. We enjoyed road trips and a bit of air travel. Since I became a mom, one of the things I looked forward to was taking my family on those memorable vacations. From Canada to the Caribbean, we have cruised, flown, and driven to most US states. And now Europe.

Moving to Florida has given me the unique ability to tour this diverse state in a way I never thought possible. We head into Disney and Universal weekly or bi-weekly. One week, we are in The Keys, and the next, we are on the West Coast, enjoying all that Sarasota has to offer. With five cruise ports in our state alone, we plan to continue sailing as often as possible, with multiple cruises already booked for this year.

I use all of my training and experience to make your trip memorable. I do not just book a vacation for you. I listen to your wants, needs, dreams, and budget and craft an individualized travel experience. On top of that, I do not charge any fees; when you book through me, my services are free.

I specialize in all aspects of family travel, as well as Honeymoons, Weddings, Groups, and Corporate Events. I have intimate knowledge in planning vacations for those with special and medical needs. I look forward to helping plan your next trip! Please feel free to visit my website here, or email me to get started.