Fun Facts About Me
What songs would be included on the soundtrack to your life?
Pharrell Williams - Fun Fun Fun and Happy
Ed Sheeran - Castle on the Hill
Florida Georgia Line with Backstreet Boys- God, Your Mama and Me
Green Day- Time of your life
What movie or book makes you cry every time, no matter how many times you watch/read it?
The best part of waking up is?
Coffee in my Disney mug and the smile on my kiddos face when he wakes up.
What is your biggest food weakness?
Cheese and pretzels
What is one thing that you wish you were great at (but you’re not…)?
I wish I could speak many languages. My little brother can and I am so jealous.
What's your favorite color?
Growing up, what was your dream job?
A veterinarian, but it turns out I am allergic to cats.
What's your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
Spend the day with my boys (my husband and son), either going fishing or just hanging out at home.
Where were you born?
In the city of Chicago and then moved to the suburbs before I was one. I have lived in the suburbs ever since.
Are you the oldest, youngest, middle or only child?
I am a middle child. I have 3 brothers. One older and two younger.
Shannon is a happy wife and mother of one very active pirate. They live just outside of Chicago and are huge sports fans of the White Sox, Bear, Blackhawks and Brookfield Pirates (her son’s baseball team). They also like to spend the rest of their time outdoors, boating, swimming and fishing. They enjoy a little friendly competition to see who can catch the most and biggest fish. The only prize is bragging rights, but it is worth it!
Shannon attended Columbia College Chicago for the arts. Since she grew up with two very talented parents, it was kind of a given. Her mother is a very talented artist. She can draw anything except Mickey Mouse, and it has turned into the family joke. They were on a WDW vacation when Shannon was four and her mother drew a Mickey; it turned out awful. She has made some beautiful Mickey's since, but it still comes up at most family get-togethers.
Shannon and her mother use their love of art and they teach an after-school art class as a side job. Because of her love for children and the arts, she just can’t give it up.
Disney World has been a family vacation tradition for Shannon’s family since she was 7 months old. Her most memorable childhood Disney experience was riding the speed boats with her big brother, going to Epcot when it first opened, and always going on her two favorite rides as soon as she gets there: Space Mountain and Peter Pan’s Flight. So it was no surprise her love for Disney would lead her to her Dream job and part of the Pixie and Pirate crew!
Who is your favorite Disney character?
I have so many, but my favorite would be Tinkerbell.
Do you consider yourself a Pixie or a Pirate?
I always considered myself a Pixie until I had my son. Now, I would have to say a Pirate.
How old were you when you first visited Walt Disney World?
I was 7 months old. We drove from Chicago in our VW Camper Van. I stood up for the first time on the way.
If you could have a job at Disney World what would you do?
I would be a photographer. I would love to capture how happy everyone is.
If you could resurrect one retired Walt Disney World attraction, character, show, event, etc., what would it be?
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
What's the one thing that you have to take home from your Disney trip?
A new Disney coffee mug. Every morning the first thing I do is make my coffee in one of my favorites. It’s the best way to start my day.
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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