Fun Facts About Me
What movie or book makes you cry every time, no matter how many times you watch/read it?
The Notebook and really any sappy movie.
What is your biggest food weakness?
Pizza pizza pizza!
If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
Lucca, Italy. It's a little medieval walled village in Tuscany. So peaceful and beautiful, and not far from the amazing Rome.
What is one thing that you wish you were great at (but you’re not…)?
Gardening! I have a black thumb.
Are you a morning or night person?
What's your favorite color?
It changes a lot, but right now it's a pretty kelly green.
What's your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
Take a nap on our nice big couch.
Bungee jump or sky dive?
Sky dive. I don't like the idea of that cord jerking you back up.
What animal would you want to be and why?
A dog. Specifically one of my dogs, because they are spoiled rotten!
Where were you born?
I was born on my parents' living room floor in Baldwin Park, CA. I came too fast and the paramedics got there just in time to deliver me!
Joy grew up in Southern California where her parents nurtured a love for the ocean, Disneyland, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After a transplant to Tennessee, she still continued to visit California every summer and enjoy those things she had grown to love. The Main Street Electrical Parade has become a most precious memory that she was finally able to share with her own children years later at Walt Disney World: (Accompanied by a few tears. She cries at the drop of a hat and anything sentimental.)
Throughout high school, Joy wanted to be a Broadway star, so Vocal Performance was her major in college. She promptly fell in love and decided to get married. She managed to convince her husband to visit Disneyland for their honeymoon. Upon returning home, she became a travel agent through a stroke of fate and thus the travel bug bit! A few trips later (Las Vegas, Cancun, cruises) and Joy had a new lifelong love. Seeing the world is a huge passion of hers.
Two kids later, she spent her days changing diapers and serving up snacks and singing along to Little Einsteins (music education not completely wasted?). Through this phase of life, Joy developed a knack for budgeting (kids are expensive!). Now that the young'uns are older, she is able to combine this ability of milking a budget for all its worth with a love for planning vacations. She is quite adept at working within any budget to help her clients get the best value for their money.
In her spare time (what little there is!), Joy volunteers as a Wish Granter for Make a Wish, sews up stuffed animals and dolls, and sings in the choir at her church (music education still not wasted, right?).
Who is your favorite Disney character?
Minnie Mouse! My hubby and I went to Disneyland for our honeymoon and ever since then I have always seen Mickey and Minnie as our "cartoon counterparts."
If you had to choose one Disney destination to visit this year, which would it be – Disneyland, Disney World, or a Disney Cruise?
If you could visit an empty Disney park, all alone, which would it be and what would you do?
Disneyland. I would just sit on Main Street for a while and soak it all in. I love Main Street so much. Then I would go and tour Walt's apartment and Club 33.
What's the one thing that you have to take home from your Disney trip?
I always try to get something to wear. A shirt or hoodie.
Do you consider yourself a Pixie or a Pirate?
A pixie! I like to spread magic and happiness wherever I go.
How old were you when you first visited Walt Disney World?
15. I grew up going to Disneyland and so it was all so new and a bit overwhelming with how much there was to see.
FAQs about my services:
Why are your services free?
Pixie and Pirate Destinations, nor myself, ever charges our clients anything for our services. I am paid commission from the companies I book vacations with - Disney, Universal Vacations, Norwegian Cruise Lines, etc. You will pay the same amount of money booking a trip with me as you would if you booked it directly through the company itself. And sometimes I am able to find a better deal because of the special promotions that are available. A reservation transfer may be an option if you have already booked a vacation.
As a Dream Vacation Planner (DVP) I work strictly off of commission and I hope that if you decide to book a vacation you will choose to book your vacation with me. Please keep this in mind if I do a lot of research on a vacation for you. Regardless of the number of hours I put toward helping a client plan, I am not paid hourly,
Why should I book my vacation with you and Pixie and Pirate Destinations?
I have an honest passion for Disney and the Disney destinations. And my Disney knowledge is up to date since this is my career. I have guidelines to follow that are put in place by Pixie and Pirate Destinations. I have been trained to provide you with the best customer service in the industry. And I am willing to work "with" you in planning your vacation.
At Pixie and Pirate Destinations our motto is "go above and beyond for each client's individual needs." As a valued client, I will be here every step of the way to help you with your concerns or questions. You will have an email address and phone number where you can reach me when you need to. Once your vacation is booked I will continue to help with dining reservations, a personalized daily itinerary, an updated personal web page where you can track your reservation and more. I am here to see you through to the end of your vacation to make sure you have a magical time.
What is the first step?
The first step in the vacation planning process is to request a quote for your desired Disney destination. When you request a quote you have the option of choosing me as you DVP - so please be sure to click on my name or add it into the comments. Once I have your quote request I will listen to your needs and expectations, and guide you through the best options for your family.
How do I pay for my vacation?
To process deposits and payments for your vacation I will need your address, phone number and credit card information. I can either schedule a phone call for you to give this information over the phone, or you can use our
secure website to submit for a payment.
Pixie and Pirate Destinations, nor myself, will EVER personally make a charge to your credit card. You will see a charge from the Walt Disney Travel Company (or another travel vendor such as Universal Travel, Norwegian Cruise Lines, etc.). I use your card information to process your deposit or payment directly through the travel vendor (Disney, etc.). And your CC information will always be kept private. If you ever see a charge that you think is fraudulent contact your credit card company immediately.
What will you do for me that I cannot do for myself?
Of course you can book a Disney vacation on your own - that's easy! But when you book a Disney vacation with me you have my knowledge and experience to tap into at your disposal. You will be working with someone who "knows" Disney and understands how Disney travel can change minute to minute. Because of this you can be assured that I will be able to guide you in the right direction at all times. If I do not know the answer immediately, I WILL find it out. In addition, you can count on the following "extras" from me:
All of the above services are FREE to my clients that book a Disney reservation with Pixie and Pirate Destinations. Some of my clients prefer to take advantage of ALL of these services. While others only need me to do one or two. Your vacation planning is important to me, but I never want to step on your toes - you are always in control!
Read the full list of FAQs and Terms and Conditions from Pixie and Pirate Destinations.
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