Hello. My name is Karen Kalinowski. I live in Vernon Hills, Illinois with my husband, David, and my two children, Josh (16) & Haley (14). I have been taking trips to Florida since I was an infant.
My favorite theme park is the Magic Kingdom. My favorite resort at Disney World is Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club. My favorite resort at Universal Studios Orlando is The Hard Rock Hotel.
With my 20 plus years’ of experience booking travel, I am the perfect person to help you on your next vacation. I completed travel school in 1996 and worked as a full time travel agent booking clients all over the world. I joined Travel with the Magic’s team in May 2012.
I am a Disney College of Knowledge graduate, Sandals Specialist, Royal Caribbean University Masters of Adventure, Master’s Degree with Norwegian Cruise Line, Commodore with Princess Cruise Lines, Atlantis Specialist, SeaWorld Parks Specialist and Marriott Hotels Sales Specialist. I also help manage the agents with Travel with the Magic.
In July 2013 and March 2016, I attended Agent Education Programs at Disney World. I have toured or stayed in all of the Disney Resorts. My family took their very first Disney cruise in February 2014, on the Disney Dream. We have since been back on the Dream in 2015, 2018 & 2019 and the Fantasy in 2017 and 2019. Also, I sailed on the Disney Magic with the Travel with the Magic team in February 2020.
In February 2017, I traveled to Universal Orlando for an Agent Education Program where we toured all of Universal’s 5 resorts and I stayed at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. I enjoyed a VIP tour with Universal which got me on all the most popular rides at both Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure theme park. I also participated in the Mardi Gras Parade at Universal Orlando throwing beads out to the crowd.
In March 2018, I traveled out to Disneyland and stayed at the Grand Californian Resort. I spent a week in California visiting Disneyland, Universal Hollywood, Warners Bros Tour and also Santa Monica Pier.
In April 2019, I traveled to Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort in Nassau.
I have a LOVE for helping people book their dream vacations and also the knowledge of locations all over the world. My services are always free when booking a vacation package with me.