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Travel Advisor | Owner, Fantastical Vacations | Oklahoma

Leslie Lowry

Owner, Fantastical Vacations | Oklahoma

Dan Lowry

Travel Advisor | Wisconsin

Alison North

Travel Advisor | South Carolina

Amy Foose

Travel Advisor | North Carolina

Andrew Byars

Travel Advisor | Maine

Chelsea Risser

Travel Advisor | Nevada

Courtney Fernandez

Travel Advisor | California

Donna Borchardt

Travel Advisor | California

Jaime Gomez

Travel Advisor | Tennessee

Jennifer Harper

Travel Advisor | Connecticut

Jess Hine-Bardelli

Travel Advisor | Connecticut

Kathie Vrlik

Travel Advisor | North Carolina

Katie Hatcher

Travel Advisor | South Carolina

Leah Griffin

Travel Advisor | Wisconsin

Megan Gibson

Travel Advisor | Ohio

Megan Perkins

Travel Advisor | Pennsylvania

Staci Wheeler

Travel Advisor | Arkansas

Stephanie Bartlett

Travel Advisor | Owner, Fantastical Vacations | Oklahoma

Leslie Lowry

I thought Donald stole my heart when he kissed my cheek at the young age of five.  But I was wrong.  I fell head over heels for my favorite duck when he held my son twenty-five years later, and I knew Disney would always be a part of our lives.

I have been a travel agent since April 2015 and a travel agency owner since 2020 with my amazing husband, Dan.  We have two awesome boys who love to go along on all of our crazy adventures! Our family’s love of travel started with Disney, but it didn’t stop there! We try to go as often as we can and love Universal, cruising, international travel, and exploring the United States in addition to all Disney destinations. 

Now the moment we finish one trip, I am already planning our next. I love to share all of my tips and suggestions with anyone who wants to listen!  It is my honor and joy to help other families experience the magic and wonder of travel. Let’s start planning!    

Owner, Fantastical Vacations | Oklahoma

Dan Lowry

Hi there! So, obviously we are huge Disney and Universal fans. We travel to these destinations with our two boys as often as possible and post videos and trip reports on our YouTube channel (https://youtube.com/worthmelting4) and Addicted to the Mouse, our longtime podcast (https://addictedtothemouse.com/podcasts/). Check them out if you have a minute to learn a little more about us and how we travel.

All of that said, everyone on this page is a huge fan of the destinations we specialize in. All of the Fantastical Vacations Travel Advisors are amazing and will take such great care of you and your family throughout planning your next vacation. We understand that these trips are special and don’t come around all the time. We also appreciate the opportunity to make this a truly magical holiday and the trust you place in us to do that.

Leslie and I started Fantastical Vacations to build relationships and grow an agency that is 100% invested in our clients and their experiences. We are not transactional in nature. We are not interested in simply booking a trip and moving on to the next one. Any FV Travel Advisor you choose will be there with you from the first day of finding the best package for your situation through the entirety of your vacation and every step in between. We pride ourselves in developing lasting relationships with our clients and are grateful when they come back time and time again to trust us with future bookings.

Take a look around and find the advisor that you feel like you connect with the most and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Your time is valuable and we respect that.

Thank you again for considering Fantastical Vacations as your travel agency. We look forward to working with you.

Travel Advisor | Wisconsin

Alison North

Hello!  My name is Alison North.  I’m a Disney loving wife and mother.  My family and I discovered the magic of Disney just a few years ago.  I now find myself researching and learning as much as I can about Disney.  We find ourselves talking and dreaming of Disney daily.  As a family we love to ride Slinky Dog Dash, try seasonal snacks and explore Walt Disney World beyond the four parks.  

Our first family trip to Disney was equal parts amazing and completely overwhelming.  I wish I had used a Travel Advisor to help with the planning portion.  Let me help you plan an unforgettable Disney or Universal vacation so that your trip is 100% amazing. 

Travel Advisor | South Carolina

Amy Foose

I love to sneak down to Disney every chance I get. I love to vacation with my two girls, and have been helping others with planning for some time now. Let me help you with your next vacation!

Travel Advisor | North Carolina

Andrew Byars

Hello all!

My name is Andrew. I have been a travel advisor for almost two years now. Anyone who knows me and my family knows that we are obsessed with all things Disney. Surprisingly though, our first trip ever to Disney was in 2015 and since then we have been 10+ times to multiple different Disney destinations, including Aulani in Hawaii and Disneyland Paris!

My love for Disney and constantly giving friends tips and tricks of traveling lead me to becoming a Travel Advisor specializing in Disney vacations. Although Disney is my first love, I have ventured out and can help book other vacations as well, including Universal, Sandals & Beaches resorts, and major cruise lines.

I look forward to helping you plan Fantastical Vacations in the near future!

Travel Advisor | Maine

Chelsea Risser

Hello All! 

I absolutely love the magic of Walt Disney World and the thrill of Universal Studios.  There is no better feeling than walking down Main Street with that Mickey pretzel in hand while having your friends and family by your side, or using your new wand from Ollivanders to perform feats of magic throughout the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

My love of Disney started at a young age, and has only gotten stronger with time. My husband and I, often along with our close family and friends, travel to Disney World and Universal Studios every chance we get.  Being from Maine, I especially enjoy heading to Orlando in those cold winter months.  With everything Disney and Universal has to offer, I look forward to many years of magic to come.  

Planning a vacation to Disney World or Universal Studios can be very overwhelming.  It takes dedication, time and attention to every single little detail in order to make the absolute most out of your time. There are so many ways to enjoy your time in Orlando, whether you are a diehard go-getter who wants to maximize every second at the parks, or you are just looking for a leisurely vacation full of rest and relaxation.  Finding the perfect balance is one of the things I enjoy the most when planning vacations, and oftentimes as we finish one trip I’m already planning the next.  

I love to share my knowledge of Disney with anyone who wants to listen.  I love being a part of planning vacations for others, and I would truly love the opportunity to help your family experience all the magic and wonder a Disney or Universal vacation can bring.  I can’t wait to help you start planning your dream vacation!

Travel Advisor | Nevada

Courtney Fernandez

Greetings from fabulous Las Vegas!! I love my hometown but there’s truly no place like Disney!  I’d like to think I inherited this passion from my Grandma. She’d tell me stories about visiting Disneyland, grabbing a popcorn and watching others while sitting on a bench. And that no matter what kind of day you’re having Disney could fix it. She believed Disney was truly magical and I can’t agree more. Her Disney passion and beliefs live within me and I have passed this onto my son as well.

Being on the west coast I’ve lost count of how many Disneyland and Universal Hollywood trips I’ve taken. And now my mission is to add even more Disneyworld and Universal Orlando! Disney will always have my heart but Universal definitely has found a place there as well! 

I’m always looking for the next adventure.  And now the opportunity to create an amazing trip for others is so exciting. I’ll give your trip as much love and attention as if it’s my own. 

Travel Advisor | California

Donna Borchardt

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Hiya folks! I’m Donna Borchardt.  I was born and raised in Southern California, so Disneyland is like my second home. I have been going to Disney my whole life with family and friends, on couples trips with my husband, and even solo trips when the mood strikes me. I celebrate almost every big occasion at Disney. 


 I love to plan trips to Disney for birthdays, anniversaries, or just for fantastical vacations. Disney has a special place in my heart and I love being a part of the magic. One of our favorite parts of Disney is the food because they have so many amazing options! There is always something new to try whether it is Festivals, Holidays or their many, many restaurants. We consider ourselves to be regular Disney Foodies.


 I would love to help plan your next couples or family trip to the parks. I specialise in Disneyland and WDW, as well as Universal, which has so many fun things to do as well.  Let me help make your next trip a breeze no matter which coast! 

Email:donna@fantasticalvacations.com

Website:https://www.agirlandhercastle.com

Travel Advisor | California

Jaime Gomez

I live in Southern California with my wonderful husband and three amazing kids. Growing up in California, Disneyland was one of our favorite family vacations. I have so many amazing memories of going to this happy place with my extended family and our friends throughout the years. Now, as an adult, it is so thrilling that I get to experience the magic of Disney through the eyes of my kids and we get to create memories together. My husband and I also enjoy visiting Universal Studios Hollywood and my children are always excited to walk through the world of Hogwarts and Butterbeer is always a must. 

Besides visiting theme parks, I have also developed a love for cruising. My husband and I experienced our first cruise together in 2007. It was such an amazing experience, that we have tried to cruise as often as we are able to get away and on occasion, we even bring the kids! It was after these magical cruise experiences, that I realized how much I love planning the trips. I enjoy researching and learning everything there is to know in order to have an amazing time. My goal has always been to make sure we hit everything on our list and still leave room for some unexpected adventures.

Planning vacations takes a lot of time and resources and, as your travel advisor, I would love to help you plan the best vacation without all of the stress! Our services are 100% free of charge and my number one priority is to help you plan an amazing trip and make memories that will last a lifetime. So, whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a fun family trip, I look forward to making all of your dreams of a “Fantastical Vacation” come true!

Travel Advisor | Tennessee

Jennifer Harper

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I don’t know about you, but I need an escape right now! For me and my family, the best place to escape to is Walt Disney World. Even if we can’t be in the parks, we escape by dreaming and planning for future trips. That’s why I would love to help you plan your own escape. I specialize in planning for Walt Disney World but I am also knowledgeable about Universal Studios and I cannot wait until we can escape on cruise ships, again! 

There are so many decisions to make, so many details to pay attention to, and so many factors that lead to a fantastical vacation. When you visit a place like Walt Disney World without having identified your travel goals, it makes the process even more stressful. As your travel agent, I not only book your trip and take care of the details, I plan with your unique travel goals in mind. 

I take the time to get to know you and your travel group. As a psychologist, I know what questions to ask to identify the needs and personalities of each person and will make personalized recommendations based on the important characteristics of your group. 

Email:Jennifer@fantasticalvacations.com

Website:https://blueprintsformagic.com

Travel Advisor | Connecticut

Jess Hine-Bardelli

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I have always loved Disney World, and was fortunate enough to experience it often while visiting my grandmother in Florida as a child.  I’ve also had the opportunity to enjoy it many times as an adult, both with my family and as a kid-free experience with my husband.

My husband Jon and I have two beautiful children, Gavin & Timothy. We all absolutely love Disney, and look forward to visiting together for many years to come! 

I have truly loved seeing the wonder and magic in the eyes of our children when experiencing Disney, and I also loved experiencing it as an adults-only trip with my husband – both are wonderful in different ways!

My Current Travel Certifications:

  • College of Disney Knowledge Graduate
  • UniversalandU Training Program Graduate
  • Norwegian Cruise Line – Master’s Degree
  • Royal Caribbean International – Master of Adventure
  • Celebrity Cruises – 5 Star Academy Graduate
  • Azamara – Explorer Level Graduate
  • Princess Cruises – Commodore Level Graduate

I would be honored to help you and your family plan a fantastic vacation to the most magical place on earth! 

Email:jess@fantasticalvacations.com

Website:https://www.myonelittlespark.com

Travel Advisor | Connecticut

Kathie Vrlik

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Hello! How can I help you plan a Fantastical Vacation? 

Hailing from the Northeast, I am a graduate of the Disney Institute with expertise in large group travel and a love for multi-generational trips. As the proud Mom of three (now teen and up) kids, travel has always been a huge part of our life and planning experiences for tough audiences is a challenge I enjoy.  Favorite destinations for us include Disney, cruising, Mexico and the United Kingdom.  

Favorite ride? Tie between Haunted Mansion and Flight of Passage. Favorite snack? Dole Whip Float, please! Favorite character? Gotta be the Boss Mouse himself- Mickey.   

Life is the downtime between vacations- Let’s make some memories!

Email:kathie@fantasticalvacations.com

Website:https://themousekeeper.com

Travel Advisor | North Carolina

Katie Hatcher

Hello! As a native Floridian, Disney was our favorite family vacation destination and I fell in love with the parks very early on in life. I spent a semester at the University of Central Florida in Orlando working in the Magic Kingdom. It was there that my fascination with Disney grew and my appreciation of their unique ability to create a magical vacation experience developed even more.

After getting married, I moved to Chicago in 2012.  My husband, Brandon, and I have three children that we love to take on road trip adventures. Our favorite places to go are Disney and Universal! We recently relocated to Charlotte and love our new area, especially being closer to the parks (and farther away from Chicago winters!)

I have always loved planning vacations and my family and friends have never hesitated to let me work my magic with their vacation planning! I have been the go-to person for all things Disney for as long as I can remember. My goal as a travel agent is to help families navigate their vacations so that they can focus on the gift of spending quality time with one another, rather than diminishing that gift with the time-consuming details that come with planning. We’ve all seen (or been!) those parents that look expended before lunch. Let me take the wheel of all of your vacation needs and steer you towards your next Fantastical Vacation!

Travel Advisor | South Carolina

Leah Griffin

Hello! I am a native of Charleston, South Carolina! I am married to a wonderful, Disney loving husband and have created two Disney addicted children! Our favorite moments are when we can disconnect and visit the parks!


As a young kid, I recall trips to Disney and distinctly remember the magic and fantastical emotion the rides, fireworks and monorail created! As an adult, I’ve learned a new appreciation for all Walt Disney World does to create magical moments and a superior experience! My husband and I also love taking trips to Universal Studios. We love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Dr. Seuss Land.


Our recent journeys have included infants and toddlers, along with a special adult only anniversary trip. That being said I understand the dedication, time and attention to detail it takes to plan a sensational vacation. It would be my greatest pleasure to assist with planning a dream vacation tailored specifically to your family’s desires!

Travel Advisor | Wisconsin

Megan Gibson

I love the magic of a vacation!  There is nothing better than the opportunity for family and friends to escape their day to day and experience something new together.  It is the best way to make memories with the people we love.

My husband and I, with our three boys, travel every chance we get.  Being midwesterners, our favorite destinations include warm temperatures and sunny skies!  We LOVE Disney and have also made memories at various Carribean All-Inclusive Resorts. 

I have traveled pregnant, with little kids and with grandparents, becoming well adversed to the challenges that brings.  I pride myself in being able to customize an experience for every type of traveler and every type of budget.

Planning a trip can be an intimidating task.  The research and details that overwhelms most is what I like best! Your vacation is my vacation.  Let me plan it for you so you can enjoy every minute.

Travel Advisor | Ohio

Megan Perkins

I grew up on Disney! Taking my first Disney trip at three and continuing every year or few after, I have been on 20+ Disney trips. I love Disney World, but I also enjoy planning new adventures,  and visiting other properties such as Aulani, Disney’s Hilton Head Resort, Europe, Disney Cruise Line, and all-inclusives. 

I specialize in the details.  I can give you advice on the best fast passes to book, adult dining options on cruises, or organize your extra magical experiences, such as Bibbity Bobbity Boutique, holiday parties, and more! 

I want to get to know your family and travel companions. My goal is to bring value to your experience by guiding and supporting you every step of the way, while keeping your priorities and preferences in mind.  I have planned a variety of travel experiences for myself, family, and friends including honeymoons, girls weekends, family vacations, and large gatherings.  

Want to keep those toddlers entertained? I’m your girl! Having three young boys myself, I know that busy families have their hands full and don’t need the added stress when planning a vacation. Let me do the research and assist you in making your travel dreams a reality! Whether it’s dining reservations or excursions,  on land or by sea, It would be my pleasure to help you create lasting, magical memories. 

Travel Advisor | Pennsylvania

Staci Wheeler

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What if you could wake up in the happiest place on Earth without having to plan anything? All you have to do is tell someone how to make your dreams come true!  

My name is Staci and I am grateful to have experienced wonderful vacations with my family and friends throughout my life.  I first experienced Walt Disney World and Universal Studios as a child but I never thought it would become a yearly visit. Since meeting my husband, we have vacationed to Orlando many times and 5 of them in the last 5 years with our own children.

With his family living in Texas and mine in Pennsylvania, it is a great place to vacation together as a family. From giving my little girls the gift of meeting their favorite princesses to seeing our parents smiling on each ride, these are memories that I continue to cherish each visit.    

I understand the care and detail it takes to plan a personalized vacation.  Whether you want a romantic weekend getaway or are looking to have your next family reunion, I look forward to hearing what will make your next vacation magical. Reach out for a free quote to plan your next ‘Fantastical Vacation’ and start turning your dreams into memories. 

Email:staci@fantasticalvacations.com

Website:https://www.2travelingprincesses.com

Travel Advisor | Arkansas

Stephanie Bartlett

I love vacations! I love going on them, planning them, living through others vacations…. however I can get one! My son and I practically live with our bags packed and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Coming from a family who didn’t vacation much, I really developed my love for travel when I had my son. I want him to see and experience the World! 

Vacations are magical. If you think about it, vacations have many special powers. They bring people together, pulling us out of our comfort zones and providing new experiences that strengthen our bonds. They can also mend relationships, by allowing us to get out of our busy routines and focus our attention on the relationships that are in front of us. They can be exciting, relaxing, and even a blend of both. I have always believed in the power of a good vacation. Our favorite places to visit are Disney World and Universal Studios Florida. We also love a good cruise and all-Inclusive resort. I truly enjoy making even the smallest budgets magical! As your travel agent, I will take the stress out of planning your next vacation. By getting to know your family, I will help you plan the perfect getaway.

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