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!

Reader Interactions


  1. Heidi Strawser – central PA

    Brian and I have been working the credit card system for years, but I had never thought of using credit cards for flights and hotels (beyond what we use our Disney Visa for). I found Kevin’s tips on these things quite interesting. Not sure that I want more credit cards to keep track of, but I can totally see the value in doing this – especially if you’re planning a “once in a lifetime” trip and really can’t afford it any other way. People do tend to get in trouble using credit cards, though, so those people need to be cautious when considering these tips! I hadn’t really thought of that!

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Thanks for the comment, Heidi. I don’t think about airfare that often when it comes to going to Disney because the reality for us is that the adventure of driving to WDW is as much fun sometimes as the actual arrival. Since we are only about 12 hours by car, we turn that into a great time of seeing things along the way and reliving memories of when we took Sophie (who was 7 weeks old at the time) to visit my Grandparents in Tampa way back in 2001. We drove that time, and have been doing so ever since.

  2. Dis-LEE
    Lee Beatens

    Thinking about it, to follow all of the tips in the book, you would need to get at least 3 high-balance credit cards to make his plan for reduced airfare, hotels, and dining work. And probably to get the most out of it quickly both partners would need to be on board with spending thousands months prior to the trip intended. This is a bit frightening! So my favorite tip was also about the Park Hopper option. I will never buy that again!

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Thanks for the comment, Lee, I agree the idea of spending thousands of dollars pre-trip — even if it is for things that you use every day, like groceries, etc, still seems a bit excessive. Also, we took Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course through our church, so the big thing for us is to not use credit cards for anything anymore. :)

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