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Making Magic Happen with Leta Gail

Vacations are personal. And, oh boy!  Leta Gail Doerr loves to vacation. Since childhood, she and her family have enjoyed the magic and wonder of destinations across the world while creating lasting memories. Frequent vacation destinations in her circle include the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando and along Florida’s eastern coast (prior to cruise ship departures to the Bahamas and Caribbean).


She is often sought after for tips and advice by friends and family who wish to plan their travel experiences. In April 2017, she joined Magical Vacation Planner to share expertise and plan magical vacations and experiences for all who invite her to be part of their magic.

“My earliest Disney memory is donning a pair of Mickey ears at Chapeau Hat Shoppe on Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom Park,” Leta Gail says. “It was 1985, and my family had completed the 22-hour drive to Orlando from our small town just east of the Bloomington-Normal area for a summer family vacation. After a brief night stay in a motel located in Kissimmee, Florida, we walked through the Magic Kingdom gates, and well, that’s when the magic began.”

We interviewed Leta Gail to learn more about her passion for travel and her mission to “Make Magic Happen.”

 

Pastelle: Can you tell us more about Magical Vacation Planner?

 

Leta Gail: Love to! Magical Vacation Planner is one of the top store-front agencies in the USA with travel advisors across the nation. With the home office in Mitchell, Indiana, Magical Vacation Planner is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and Disney EarMarkedSM Agency. As an independent contractor through Magical Vacation Planner, I am able to work directly with Walt Disney Travel Company and other suppliers for the best deals and remain up to date on everyday travel industry changes.

 

Pastelle: Your brand is Magical Vacation Planner by Leta Gail, can you share more about your specialties?

 

Leta Gail: I have an affinity for all things Disney. My family and I frequent Walt Disney World® Resort, and are Platinum level Disney Cruise Line members of the Castaway Club. I am most knowledgeable with the Disney brand based upon my personal experiences. However, since becoming a personal vacation advisor, I also specialize in Universal Orlando Resort™ and Royal Caribbean® Cruises. And, I’m currently certifying in even more cruise lines — as cruising is my love!

 

Pastelle: What types of services do you provide?

 

Leta Gail: I offer concierge-style vacation planning services at no cost to clients by offering personalized services to plan the vacation of their dreams. Together, we build magical vacations by answering four key questions – What to do? Where to stay? How to eat? How to play?  We explore magical experiences including resort stays, theme parks and attractions, dining locations, character experiences, port excursions, and more.

 

I handle all payments and proactively research promotions in order to secure the best pricing for my clients.

 

Pastelle: Why do clients use services like those you provide?

 

Leta Gail: It is easy for the novice traveler to become overwhelmed with the myriad of options available. The Walt Disney World® Resort alone has four theme parks, two water parks, 25 resort hotels, and an entertainment and shopping district known as Disney Springs™. Each has its own charm and uniqueness that may be difficult to navigate without some guidance. In addition, there are a variety of dining experiences, including character dining and meal plans available to add to your vacation package. Dining and some attractions may be booked with advanced reservations several months prior to arrival — that’s where I can help! You need an expert’s guidance in order to make the most of your magic.

 

Pastelle: Can you tell us more about your concierge-style vacation planning services model?

 

Leta Gail: Great question! I am with my clients from “ideation through vacation.” It all begins with an idea to travel… somewhere. My services start with an idea, and then we explore possible destinations by narrowing travel preferences, discussing lifestyle, ages, and activity level of the travel party, budget, and more. These topics help to define what a magical vacation means to them, as everyone has their own perception of what makes their vacation unique. For some, magical may mean a private poolside cabana at a resort, for others it may mean experiencing multiple theme parks in a given day and enjoying as many rides and attractions as possible. For others, a magical vacation may be defined as spending time with family through cultural enrichment and educational experiences (such as port excursions during a cruise itinerary).

 

I generally meet with my clients in-person or via phone for an initial meeting to discuss potential options, and then we refine the choices while building their dream vacation package. We often communicate via email and text throughout the process.

 

Pastelle: How may your services be beneficial to experienced travelers?

 

Leta Gail: As an experienced traveler myself, I am often in awe of the constant change in the Theme Parks and Cruise Lines. For instance, Toy Story Land® will open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios® on June, 30, 2018. This attraction comes on the heels of a major addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® last summer with the opening of Pandora — the World of Avatar®. Royal Caribbean International® has a new ship, the Symphony of the Seas, which is the largest cruise ship in the world complete with laser tag at sea and the tallest slide at sea. And, Universal Studios Orlando® is consistently adding and enhancing new attractions, like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. My role is to keep up with all of these exciting and amazing attractions, refurbishments, and upgrades, so I may cater to the needs and interests of my clients. Even the most experienced traveler will benefit from insider information.

 

Pastelle: What has been your most memorable vacation?

 

Leta Gail: That’s a tough one. Each vacation is memorable in that every trip has its own unique experiences. Last November, our son turned 16 while visiting Walt Disney World® Resort, and during the same visit our daughter got engaged during the fireworks show in front of Cinderella’s Castle. Before that, our family and friends (ranging in age from 15 to 77) sailed onboard Disney Cruise Line on an Alaskan voyage in June, 2016. The breathtaking views of The Last Frontier are truly majestic and must be experienced in-person. All of these experiences are filled with memories that will truly last a lifetime.

 

To add, our kids have essentially grown-up visiting Orlando area Theme Parks and sailing out of Port Canaveral. As a parent, each experience is captured in time because, of course, kids grow up way too fast and adults age too quickly! I have videos of my son waving at the floats passing by in the Magic Kingdom Park. It still brings tears to my eyes that he will still wave at them at the age of 16. Prior to our first cruise in 2010, we completed a combination Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Studios Orlando® and Disney Cruise Line vacation. This was an action-packed trip filled with leisure and diverse experiences because the Theme Parks are all very different. Our son was eight years old at the time and absolutely loved every aspect of that trip. The year 2010, is forever known as “the year we became hooked on cruising.”

 

Magical vacations and moments like these are why I am in this business. Spending precious time with family and friends is truly priceless, and I strive to provide the absolute best advice for my clients so they too, can make the most of their magic.

 

Pastelle: What do you consider is the most rewarding aspect of being a Personal Vacation Advisor?

 

Leta Gail: To me, it’s the successful vacation planning experience for my clients. At Magical Vacation Planner the motto is, “You experience the magic; let us do the planning.” When the vacation itinerary comes to life is when I am most truly rewarded. I certainly cannot take credit for the magic that happens while guests are on-property enjoying their vacation and experiences, yet we strive to help get them there with a plan that is unique to them and their likings so that they may enjoy a relaxing itinerary free from hassle and filled with magical moments that will be ever-lasting.
   
    Leta Gail Doerr is a Personal Vacation Advisor with Magical Vacation Planner. Contact Leta Gail via 309- 824-6921, and Facebook/com/LetaGailMVP or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 

 

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