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. 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

    I know that the scene in Lady & The Tramp where Lady is in the Christmas gift box was inspired by a puppy that Walt got Lilly for Christmas once. I did not know they actually had a dog named Lady. How neat!

  2. disneydaybyday – Sean is a lifetime Disney fan who jumps at any chance to visit the parks with his family. From his early days of sleeping in a tent at Fort Wilderness and attending the only park (Magic Kingdom) to now taking his family to the parks each year, he has many experiences and stories to tell.
    Sean @DisneyDayByDay

    What a great picture. I also didn’t know that they had a dog named lady that inspired the Lady in Lady and the Tramp – how interesting.

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      Mike Ellis

      Thanks Sean! Turns out their dog was named Sunnee, but the scene in the movie where Lady is given to Mrs. Darling is based off of how Walt gave Sunnee the chow (shown in the picture) to Lilly! See Jodi’s comment below, and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Jenn Lissak

    Yup, that’s definitely not a poodle- Definitely isn’t a poodle in the Carousel of Progress or PotC like the rumors had said were modeled after his dog!

  4. 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’ve read about that in Neal Gabler’s WALT DISNEY biography! Had to go look it up for you :) It says Lillian was lonely at home alone in their early years while Walt worked long, late hours, so he wanted to get her a companion. Here’s what it says, “Lillian disliked dogs, though Walt pressed her one day to say what kind of dog she would want if she absolutely had to make a choice. Lillian said she had read somewhere that chows had little odor, so that would be her choice. So Walt went to a kennel, picked out a puppy, fetched it on Christmas Eve, and kept it next door at Roy’s house until Christmas morning, when he put it inside a hatbox with a ribbon on top and then asked Marjorie [niece] to get it–a scene that would be incorporated into LADY AND THE TRAMP. When she received the box, Lillian was upset that Walt would select a hat for her without her approval, but when she opened it and saw the puppy inside, she immediately melted…They named her Sunnee.”

    So your adorable picture above must be Sunnee the chow!


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