About Mike Ellis

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever.

His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion!

Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for over nine years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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  1. Kimberly * theParkWorld – Kimberly has been a frequent visitor to the Disney parks ever since her first visit as a child. She loves learning about Disney trivia and history. Kimberly can often be found searching for hidden Mickeys everywhere she goes, not just in the parks. She also enjoys listening to Disney parks music any chance she gets.
    Kimberly @ Frontierland Station

    This is such a great tip, for everyone, not just first timers. I’m usually always on the go on my Disney vacations. On our last trip, my husband convinced me to slow down and take everything in. It was so fun and I was able to see things I’d missed before. I love riding the Walt Disney World Railroad and monorail too!

    • Dis-LEE

      My first trip I almost killed myself trying to take it all in! I wished I’d have taken my own advice and chilled on the train. Thanks for commenting!

  2. roemottola

    I love taking a round trip on the Walt Disney World Railroad on my first day. Even though I certainly know my way around, it gives me such a sense of excitement before tackling the park! Fun tip. :)

  3. kgrobinson9782 – I am a mother to a brilliant little girl that drives me nuts. I am still having a hard time adjusting to motherhood, even though I've had a few years at it now. This is basically where I go to release into the world the feelings and thoughts that I deal with on a daily basis. An online journal. And the only reason it's online is because I hope that if there are others dealing with the same feeling and issues that I am, that if they find this, they realize that they are not the only ones. If you are going to get offended and judge me, please continue on your way. I judge myself enough without needing the help of a complete stranger.

    We leave in 20 days for our daughter’s first trip to Disney World (she’s 6). I am so excited for her to get to experience the magic and wonder that the parks have in store for her. I have had some anxiety about how it seems everything feels like it has to be so scheduled before you go now and I’m worried about feeling rushed and not getting to just let her take it all in. I love the idea of taking the train or monorail around the parks first just so she gets to see everything from above. I also have to remind myself that we are going to be there for 7 days, so there is time to do a lot of what we want (I know better than to think that we will get to see EVERYTHING). Thank you for the reminder to slow down and enjoy the whole experience. Your pictures got my heart racing in excitement. I think I’m worse than a kid since I know all the fun that we are going to have. The waiting is torture!

    • Dis-LEE

      I am so glad to hear from you! I know your daughter will have a magical time because I did when I first went at the same age! The smallest things will make the biggest impression. Thanks so much for commenting!

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