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. FamilyTravelEscapades

    We have never been lucky enough to stay at the resort, but have stayed just a couple of nights at the DVC villas. It is so beautiful. I didn’t know it wasn’t one of the original resorts either. I thought it probably was.

  2. roemottola

    It’s so beautiful there. It’s just so charming and calming. I love just sitting in the lobby and listening to the live music. We are staying in the Villas for the first time this November and I cannot wait.

  3. Dis-LEE

    Karen and I visit this Resort when we go but, like you, never expect to stay there. We feel it is a bit too posh for our taste. Did you ever feel out of place?

  4. DisneyMamaLin – Lindsey Leffel is a professional Travel Agent, and High School Teacher. She has been working in the travel industry since the summer of 2008, and specializes in Disney Vacation packages, Cruises, and family travel. She is a member of KHM Travel Group, a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge Travel Agent Training Program, an Expert Agent with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and has extensive training in all travel types. An avid traveler herself, Lindsey loves Walt Disney World, and cruising the Caribbean.

    We have never been able to stay at Grand Floridian, but every trip we make it a point to at least hop the monorail and spend some time exploring the resort. It is just so gorgeous!

  5. Jennifer Kaufman – Cincinnati, OH – Jennifer is a musician, photographer, Disney aficionado, organizing junkie, wannabe runner, writer and - most importantly - wife of an amazing husband and mom of three incredible kids five and under. Her heart is for helping people be real - honest with themselves, honest with one another, intentional in communication and supportive of those that cross their paths in life.
    Jennifer Kaufman

    I love your story! :) We visit the Grand Floridian a lot for dinner, etc but have never stayed there. I’m really anxious to stay in the Villas with that adorable Alice in Wonderland water area!

  6. Mary at Capturing Magical Memories – Houston, TX – Hi! I'm Mary and my blog is I am also the wife of a Disney Travel Agent, a mom to 2 boys, a full-time career mom, a budding graphic designer on the side. In the little free time that is left I love to learn about photography. We currently live in Houston, TX and own Disney Vacation Club.

    This resort is on my to-do list. It always looks so wonderful anytime we go there but we always forget about it when we book. Hoping to get at least a night there on our next trip.


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