Disney Travel Agent in Dallas, TX
Jody is a natural planner in all aspects of her life, and that is especially true with planning family vacations. Being a vacation planner is definitely her dream job — well, after playing Elsa in the Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show at Magic Kingdom Park — and she is committed to helping clients plan vacations they will never forget.
After working in higher education for 10 years, Jody wanted a more flexible, kid-friendly job. So she turned to her love of theme parks, all-inclusive resorts, and travel planning and now helps other families and couples plan their dream vacations. She started with all Disney destinations (including Disney Cruise Line), but quickly added in Universal and all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.
“I often tell my clients that I care about their vacation more than them!” Jody says. “I’m so very devoted to my clients and making sure they have all they need.”
The best part of her job is seeing the smiles from the children — and parents — in the photos that they send her, Jody says. “I am helping make precious and treasured memories and solving problems and making life easier for parents and grandparents. I feel like a rockstar because kids get to have such a blast and the times of their lives partly because of me!”
She loves helping families who are not sure where to start in planning their trips. “I love helping solve problems and putting together the puzzle for them.” She also treasures those clients who work with her for their family vacations year after year. “To me, it’s all about having true relationships with my clients.”
Jody visits a Disney or Universal destination almost monthly, with other vacations scattered in throughout the year (her other favorite destinations include Cancun and Punta Mita, Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona) so she knows first-hand the experiences her clients will have. “It’s so important to have feet on the ground and be on top of all that is new for my clients.”
Originally from Georgia, Jody now lives in Dallas, Texas. She is married to Zak and has elementary aged kids – a daughter and son.
Jody’s Top 3 Travel Tips:
- “You absolutely cannot do it all. Even if you were there a year. Let’s decide what makes the most sense and what to prioritize.”
- “Someone is going to have a meltdown — it may be you! How can we avoid those?”
- “There is so much magic that may ‘just happen.’ Try to have some room to just enjoy and maybe not be perfectly planned.”
Jody’s Top 3 Favorite Disney Attractions:
- Slinky Dog Dash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
- Incredicoaster® at Disney California Adventure® Park. “This scaredy-cat has come a LONG way since starting this job.”
Soarin’ Around the World® at Epcot® and Disney California Adventure Park
Jody’s Top 3 Favorite Non-Disney spots:
- Cancun, Mexico
- Universal Orlando
- Anywhere with a beach