WDW Magazine really has an incredible team that comes together each month to put our magazine together. These are some of the biggest WDW lovers in the world and really good people. We are incredibly proud to be associated with all these great people.

CARL TRENT, Publisher

Hi. My name is Carl Trent. I love Walt Disney World. I love it so much, I quit my job as an Air Traffic Controller to spend all my time thinking about, talking about and writing about the Most Magical Place on Earth. In 2008 I started a website called Dad’s Guide to WDW. In 2013 I founded WDW Magazine. I publish yearly Walt Disney World calendars, created The Best of WDW – Volume 1, and started the WDW Discount Club. I’m living the dream…

STEPHANIE SHUSTER, Editor-In-Chief | Director of Operations

I’m a life-long Disney devotee, living in Hamilton, Canada and dreaming of WDW every day. For me, Disney is more than a vacation destination – it’s my home away from home, a place to create treasured memories, and a lifestyle. As the Director of Operations for WDW Magazine, Dad’s Guide to WDW, WDW Discount Club, and The Best of WDW, I have the best job in the world – sharing Disney love, all day every day! I’m also a co-founder at It’s A FanGirl World!

DANNY SHUSTER, Creative Director | Columnist

Danny Shuster is a graphic designer living in Hamilton, Ontario. Technology, travel & food are his passions, and he loves exploring them alongside his wife in the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy at WDW.

RAIN BLANKEN, Managing Editor

Rain Blanken is a former Disney Vacation Specialist, a DVC Member, and an avid frying pan wielder. Rain’s favorite Disney princess is Jasmine, and she would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night.

TATJANA LAZAR, Marketing Director

Tatjana is a Disney fan whose favorite pastime is planning Walt Disney World vacations. She loves nothing more than sharing her love for the Disney parks with others, and when she isn’t dreaming of an upcoming trip, she can be found trying to convince all her friends and family to join her on a WDW vacation.

ALY SFERLAZZA,  Social Media Coordinator

Aly is a contributing writer for WDW Magazine. She has worked with the Walt Disney Company for the past 5 years. In those 5 years she has also completed her BA, B.Ed., and a certificate in Journalism. When you ask Aly why she loves Disney World she will tell you its because of the special energy she feels when in the parks. It is also the people she surrounds herself that really makes her feel the magic at Disney.

LEAH SIKES, Web Producer

I’m a graphic designer living in Oklahoma City, but always wishing I was in Disney! I love to travel and hope to one day visit all the Disney parks. I design for WDW Magazine, and I write a column each month for the magazine.

STEFANIE PATTON, Customer Service

I love all things WDW! I married a guy who was did not share my passion and have turned him into a WDW nut. I love sharing this passion with others. If you have any customer service needs, I am there one who is here to help!

CONTRIBUTORS

 

MIKE BILLICK, Photographer

This graphic designer and published photographer from New Jersey has a passion for Disney Photography. As a long-time Disney fan, Mike runs Disney Photo Tour on Facebook where everyone is encouraged to “Relive All Their Happy Place Memories.”

SARA BRYCE, Social Media Reporter

To say that I’m obsessed with Walt Disney World is an understatement. Luckily, as Marketing and Social Media Manager for WDW Magazine, I get to live and breathe my passion everyday! Follow me on Instagram for all my Disney adventures!

JAMIE CATTANACH, Writer

Jamie Cattanach’s work has been featured at CNBC, Fodor’s, Yahoo, SELF, The Huffington Post, and other outlets. She writes about travel, money, body image, and more.

TINA CHIU, Social Media Reporter

Tina has been a Disney fan for as long as she can remember. Now a mom of two boys, Tina loves to share the joy of Disney with her family. She collects Minnie ears, participates in RunDisney races (mostly for the bling) and enjoys staycations at Disney resorts with DVC. In this sometimes crazy, stressful world, Disney is her therapy. Tina hopes to one day retire on the Disney Dream, but until then she’ll continue living her very best life, one character meet and greet at a time!

BRIAN COLLINS, Columnist

Brian is a former Imagineer. As a Show Writer with Walt Disney Imagineering, he wrote scripts and spiels for some of the park’s most beloved attractions like the Jungle Cruise, Great Movie Ride and EPCOT’s World Showcase. He loves a good pun!

JAMIE COSLEY, Nuts4Disney

Jamie draws comics for Star Wars Insider and WDW Magazine. He’s living the dream!

TRISHA DAAB, Writer

Trisha is the mom/not-so-evil stepmom of five Disney fans. She is the author of multiple books about Disney including the 5-star rated series The Story Comes Alive: A Guide to Experiencing Movies and Characters at Walt Disney World.

JULIE DE LA FÉ, Social Media Reporter

Julie is an avid Disney-adventurer, social media enthusiast and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Teacher by day, park hopper by night she sure knows to make the most of living in Central Florida with her son.  She maximizes her Gold Annual Pass, dresses in Disney style, and attends all the special events she can. If she could live on a Disney Cruise she just might but Animal Kingdom would be a close second.

CHELSEA HARRISON, Writer

Chelsea is a teacher, writer, editor, and a fan of all kinds of magic – especially Disney magic! She stays busy raising her two charming princes and dreaming up new stories and adventures.

 

LEAH HEINRICH, Writer

Wife & mama of two little cuties, who found Dad’s Guide to Disney & WDW Magazine while planning our first trip to Walt Disney World. When not at my day job, I’m dreaming of our next trip “home” (who am I kidding, I dream about it at my day job too!).

 

JUDD HELMS, Photographer

Lighting Designer in the special events rental industry. Grew up a Buckeye and am now a Hoosier that loves to visit and photograph Walt Disney World whenever possible.

JESSICA HUFF, Social Media Moderator

I am always looking forward to my next trip “home” and creating lifelong memories with my family, such as watching my Mom smell holiday scents from the Christmas float as it went down Main Street or my daughter’s face the first time she saw Cinderella’s Castle. In addition to being a Moderator for the magazine, I am also a travel agent with Destinations to Travel, specializing in Disney Destinations.

JESSI KIMBLE, Writer

In addition to writing for WDW Magazine, Jessi works at Destinations to Travel as a travel agent specializing in Disney Destinations and as an Executive Assistant for the Gun Lake Tribe. She is also Mom to son Gavin and rescue kitty Monkey. Jessi is a graduate of The Disney College of Knowledge and a former Cast Member. No WDW vacation is complete without riding Haunted Mansion as many times as possible, playing Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom and Starbucks on Main Street.

ALLYSON KOERNER, Writer

Allyson Koerner is an entertainment news and Disney Parks writer who’s been going to Walt Disney World since she was 5. Sh’es and annual passholder who can’t stop visiting the most magical place on earth. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Westminster College and a Master’s in Print & Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College. Now, she’s putting her love of writing and Disney to good use. She even has her own Disney blog, Magic-Ally Main Street, where she shares news and tips.

ERICA LANDRENEAU, Writer

Erica is a contributing writer for WDW Magazine. She received her BA degree in Journalism from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She fell in love with all things Disney when she began to learn about the beloved Animated Classics and how the magic from the films went into the parks. When she isn’t planning her next trip to Walt Disney World, she can be found working at her local library. Wouldn’t Belle and the Beast be proud?

KARYN LOCKE, Writer

Karyn Locke, a travel and lifestyle writer from Ohio, has a passion for all things Disney and a hankering for Dole Whip Floats at least three times a week. Creator and Lead Writer for Sand and Snow…and everywhere in between!, she’s happy to give Disney tips to anyone that asks and is pleased as punch that her family shares her love of the Most Magical Place on Earth.

KIMBERLY MASIMORE, Writer

Kimberly has been a fan of Walt Disney World since her first trip at 4 years old. She was fortunate enough to participate in the Walt Disney World College Program and made some amazing friends and memories. If you visited Disney MGM Studios in Spring 1997, you may have seen her giving tours at Backstage Pass to 101 Dalmatians. Kim is working on the “next great novel” at home with her family and hopes to be a show writer for Walt Disney Imagineering.

DANNY MCBRIDE, Writer

WDW Magazine Contributor • Social Media at Get Down to Disness, Destinations to Travel, and Celebration Shirts • Die-hard Disney fanatic • Volunteer 1,000th Happy Haunt • Voices of Liberty #1 fan • Proud Passholder • Social media enthusiast

BRIAN MCCUMSEY, Writer

Brian married a Disney-loving princess and quickly became an addict himself. When it comes to Disney vacation planning he is borderline obsessive and loves the intricate details of crafting the perfect experience. When not living in a fairy-tale world, Brian resides with his family near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also thinks Willie the Whale is a vastly underrated opera singer and is still hoping for a comeback.

TERRI MILLER, Writer

Terri Miller is creator, owner and a writer for WDW Hints. Terri enjoys all things Disney, especially researching tips, tricks and little known things about the Disney parks (and then sharing them with you!)

TIM MOORE, Copy Editor

Tim is a writer, editor, dog dad, hiking enthusiast, and Disney fanatic based in southwest Ohio.

 

CHRISTOPHER NILGHE, Columnist

Japan based travel blogger, YouTuber, and entrepreneur. I love exploring the Disney Parks and theme parks throughout Asia. Helping make travel easier for everyone!

RICH RAMOS, Photographer

Rich is a life-long Disney fan and photography enthusiast from the Greater Toronto Area. If you ever bump into him around the parks, you won’t find his camera too far from his hands – he’s always on the lookout for that unique capture!

CAITLIN REDDINGTON, Writer

Caitlin is a style, beauty, and wellness writer based in New York City. When she’s not freaking out over the latest Minnie ears or wishing she were in Disney World, you can find her at yoga, watching FRIENDS, or creating content for her blog and YouTube channel. Oh, and she has a slight obsession with floral dresses and the color pink.

COURTNEY REYNOLDS, Photographer

Courtney is a New England native currently living in Orlando. In addition to photography, she loves tacos, Donald Duck, and riding roller coasters.

MELISSA RICHESON, Writer

If Melissa were a Disney character, she’d be Belle, the book-loving, dreamy-eyed optimist. As a mom of four, Melissa knows that for most of us, bargain hunting must always go hand in hand with magical memories, and she’s always delighted to share a Disney tip (and a cup of limeade) with a friend. In addition to her insatiable love for Disney, Melissa also enjoys writing, paddle boarding, and throwing impromptu family dance parties.

MARIA SALERNO, Writer

Hello there! I’m a Florida-based WDW AP, and when I’m not in the Parks, you can find me playing guitar or running on the newest trail. Reach out to me on any of my social media platforms, I’d love to hear from you! Thank you so much for reading!

LAURIE SAPP, Photographer

Hi I’m Laurie! I live in Tallahassee, Florida and enjoy sharing my passion for Disney and Photography with other Disney fans!

BRETT SVENSON, Photographer

Hi, I’m Brett. I’m a photographer who lives next to the Most Magical Place on Earth and visit the parks with my family every chance we get for fun and doing one of my favorite things…Taking photos!

CLIFF WANG, Photographer

Hi! I’m Cliff, a Disney fanatic at heart. My Disney addiction started early when my family would take yearly trips on summer vacation. Although I’m a New Jersey native, I make it a priority to visit the parks as often as I can throughout the year. Even though most of my trips are spent with me behind the viewfinder, I enjoy capturing the memories and magic. Who woulda thought that Disney and Photography is such a match made in heaven!

KAT WOLFE, Writer

Chief Disnesswoman at Get Down to Disness®, creator of the Get Down to Disness Daily Agenda Book for WDW planning, host of bi-monthly Facebook Live Disness Meetings and travel planner exclusively for Disney destinations. Need Disney planning advice, tips or info? Kat can help! With over 25 visits to the Walt Disney World Resort and counting, she knows a thing or two. Sharing her experience, knowledge and expertise to help guests have the best possible Disney vacation is her passion.

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