Today’s Small Business Saturday featured business almost sounds too good to be true.
Anyone who’s ever planned a Disney vacation knows how dizzying all the options can be:
- To Meal Plan or not to Meal Plan?
- What’s the difference between a Park Hopper ticket and a regular park ticket?
- Where’s the best place to interact with your family’s favorite Disney characters?
- Which rides will your kids love and which ones will make them hurl?
Now imagine having your own personal Disney Vacation Specialist – someone who knows all those options backwards and forwards – and her job is to plan the perfect family Disney vacation for you… for FREE.
Karen Sipps started doing exactly that for local families in December of last year. At Wish Upon A Star With Karen, she specializes in Disney vacations, and provides her clients with everything they need, from the time they leave to when they arrive back home. That could be booking the resort or ticket package, reserving dining, arranging for stroller deliveries, or even booking limo service for their cruise transfer.
Why do all this for free?
“I love what Disney stands for, Walt’s vision, and how he always inspired people to dream bigger and go farther. When I would hear friends or acquaintances talk about how their trip was stressful, or cost too much, or it was too crowded, or anything BUT magical, it was like a shot through the heart. This was not the Disney I knew and loved. So I started looking about 18 months ago at how I could help these folks grow to love Disney the way our family does.”
Karen’s services aren’t just for families with young children. “You can honeymoon at Disney World, take the kiddos to Disneyland, take the teenagers on a trip to Ireland with Disney Destinations, or even take a romantic Alaskan cruise.” She’s worked with grandparents, families on a tight budget, and everyone in between.
“Ultimately, it’s that person who has a busy life and says ‘You know, I really want to have an awesome trip, but I’m so overwhelmed, I don’t even know where to start, or what to do, and I’ve been searching and I give up!’ That’s when I step in and create magic for them, sprinkle my pixie dust, and hand them a turn-key vacation.”
Because she has what is known as an EarMarked Agency, Karen has gone through extensive programs to be very knowledgeable about ALL that Disney offers. It also means that her services are completely free to her Disney clients – there are no hidden fees, no up-charges, no upgrades, and that they can call her with as many questions as they want whenever they need to. You can skip the automated call center part of vacation planning, and talk to a real, local expert that can customize your trip and offer personal hands-on advice – like how to keep your kiddos from having the CIH syndrome (Can I Have) while at the parks, or how to travel with babies, multi-generational families, or special needs family members.
“I have the very same Disney network that the call center does, including specials and sales. And many times it’s even less than what Disney can offer. But also, if you have questions that I need to research for you, you’ll get a call back, with an answer. I also keep track of when we can start booking dining for you, or character breakfasts, or experiences, and book all of these for you when you make your reservation.”
Contact Wish Upon A Star With Karen
Karen will be giving away an awesome Disney-themed goodie bag to a lucky Rocket City Mom reader. Also, for every new traveler that contacts me from Rocket City Mom to book and plan their trip will receive their very own $25 Disney Gift Card to use on their travels as a special thank-you gift!
Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy teens and two ridiculous dogs, spouse of one incredible guy, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Executive Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and conduct freelance marketing and SMM work.