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. Rolling with the Magic – Melissa is a Disney enthusiast who writes about her experiences at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and on the Disney Cruise Line from the perspective of a wheelchair user. She started her blog, Rolling with the Magic, to not only share her love for all things Disney but to give tips and advice to others who visit the Disney Parks with physical limitations.

    My Disney Side hit a new level around the same time! I’m so glad you are able to share your love of the parks with your wife and daughter. And I’m glad I get to experience the fun through your blog. :)

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Thank you, Melissa! These blogs are a labor of love, and I can’t believe I didn’t even think to mention that as one of my highlights!

  2. loriketcherside – Texas, Y\'all – I'm Lori and this is my adventure! What does a Christian, Wife, Mother of a Jedi and a Princess, Homeschooler and Mouseketeer blog about? Everything! I write about Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World, Disney movies, homeschooling, things I love and just about anything magical.

    2013 seems to have been a big Disney Side year for a lot of us! I think I need to write a my Disney Side history post…
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Thanks Lori! 2013 was definitely a big year in my Disney History. I went from the Grand Californian one month (our home resort, by the way) to the Grand Floridian the next! That one wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t signed on with Pixie Vacations, so it was great timing! Thanks for commenting!

  3. Heidi

    Your #DisneySide is what makes you such a special guy, Mike! I love that, through showing your Disney Side here at My Dreams of Disney, I got to know you! I look forward to many more years of this Disney friendship!

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Thank you very much Heidi! I’ve loved getting to know — and meet — you and your kids, and look forward to the time we can meet up again at Disney! Next time, bring your husband with you! :)

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Thanks, Manda! It’s funny how I wrote all of that, but then, when I was wrapping up, that last bit came to me — and I agree, I think that is perhaps my favorite part of the whole post!

  4. disneydonnakay – United States – If you’ve seen me on the web you already know there’s nothing I love more than planning Disney parties, but I love everything Disney from the history to the theme parks to the movies. I can sometimes be sarcastic, but always helpful, and a mostly entertaining Disney Fanatic!! A true Alabama girl, born and raised, I live with my husband, Mike, and son, Dakota on a 150 acre farm in Troy that's been in my husband's family since before the Civil War. My daughter, Ashley, lives in Clarksville, TN with her husband, Eric, and their kids Lexi & Tripp. If you we ever get to meet in person, you will find a genuine Southern accent, the overuse of affectionate terms like "Honey", "Sugar", and "Darlin” and an uncontrollable need to dote over everybody.
    Donna Kay

    I love your #DisneySide Mike!! I think it’s great that your wife & Sophie have made you love Disney even more!!

  5. Beth Green ~ A Disney Mom's Thoughts – Decatur, Alabama – Hey y'all! My name is Beth and I'm the mother to 3 wonderful boys and wife to an amazing husband living in North Alabama. I'm a full time youth minister in the United Methodist Church and I love to act like a kid! I love my God, my family, my friends, my youth, Walt Disney World, and Auburn University, to name a few! I am always planning trips to Walt Disney World, even if they never come true! I try to help others plan trips and figure out the best plan for each family. If you have a question, need advice or suggestions about Walt Disney World, send me an email and I'll answer your questions through a post on my blog! I'll answer your questions based on my past experiences and my personal opinions. If I don't know the answer, I'll find the answer and share what I find! You can contact and find me here: Email- Facebook- Twitter- YouTube- Pinterest- Instagram- Google + Have a Magical Day!
    Beth Green

    Great Post Mike!! I love all the highlights that make your #disneyside unique!! I’m glad I’ve been around to experience some of this with you thought your blog! :)

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Thank you very much Beth! Perhaps I left off one of my most important #DisneySide moments — meeting all of the incredible Disney bloggers I’ve come to know and love!

  6. 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

    Wow! You have stayed at quite a few fabulous Disney resorts!

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Thank you Lisa! Your #DisneySide is quite impressive too, what with all the running and medals you picked up recently! Congratulations on all of that!

  7. roemottola
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

    Mike, we all arrive at our #DisneySide from different roads, but the cool part is learning about how each of us arrived. I can’t wait to have kids of my own to experience Disney like you have with Sophie. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Dawn Winston – California
    Dawn Cullo

    Mike, your #DisneySide is so sweet. I love how the Snow White Lithographs are still hanging in your daughter’s room, so sweet. I can’t believe you have stayed at the Grand, that is awesome.

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Thanks, Dawn! The Grand Californian wouldn’t have happened without our DVC ownership, and the Grand Floridian that we stayed at the next month was truly God’s blessing on us because I joined in with Pixie Vacations just in time to be able to do that!

  9. jodiwhisenhunt – Jodi Whisenhunt is a Christian wife, mom, writer/editor, homeschooler, very tired person who is blessed with RA. She is the author of MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort, where Disney IS school. Think outside the textbook and expand your homeschool!
    Jodi Whisenhunt

    I’m so glad you have a Disney Side or else we’d have never met! It’s so neat you got the Snow White lithographs before Sophie was even born–building her Disney Side from the start :)

  10. 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.
    Mary ~ Capturing Magical Memories

    I had to laugh – my Disney Side also kicked into high gear with the first trip with my then boyfriend – now husband. There is something very special about building your family around your Disney Side.

  11. Debs – Hunterdon, New Jersey – Hi! I'm Deb, a cancer survivor, mom and also a pet parent to Einstein a brilliant Border Collie/Aussie mix. I enjoy all things Disney, photography, travel, cooking, gardening, planning and films on the big and small screen. I am most often fueled by too much coffee and dreams of my next adventure. I have a passion for empowering, supporting and inspiring people to listen to their hearts, follow their dreams and to make their lives even more magical. Connect with me on Twitter (@focusednthmagic) and Facebook (Deb Silhan).
    Deb @ Focused on the Magic

    I love that you have passed on your love of Disney to your daughter and wife. Thanks so much for sharing your love of Disney with us through your blog!

  12. Disney Babies Jenn

    Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely with you – my DisneySide has taken off since having children. I went annually or more even before, but having it encroach in the rest of my life didn’t happen until my first son was born!


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