Karen-KalinowskiPhone: 800-670-4312 ext 151
Email: Karen@travelwiththemagic.com
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Karen Kalinowski

Hello. My name is Karen Kalinowski. I live in Vernon Hills, Illinois with my husband, David, and my two children, Josh (14) & Haley (12). 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, Royal Caribbean University of WOW graduate, Legoland Specialist, 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 and the Fantasy in 2017.

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.

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.

Contact me at: (800) 670-4312 x 151 or Karen@travelwiththemagic.com


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Amy and Peter Lamberti January 29, 2015 at 9:16 pm

We are beyond words of appreciation for Karen’s service. Her knowledge and skill is exceptional. Karen assisted the planning for our family Disney Fantasy cruise. She was efficient in everything she did to make our travel plans of 10 people smooth and organized. The tips she provided and documentation given made our trip easy and clear. Thank you to Karen Kalinowski for making this cruise on the Fantasy a trip to never forget. We have and will continue to recommend her as a Disney travel planner.


Jon Lizotte May 18, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Karen was nothing short of a rockstar for us. While we had been to Disney World before, this was our first time actually booking the trip. This was intimidating to begin with, but Karen waked us through step by step and made sure everything was taken care of from, including hotel, dining, and FastPass+ reservations. She was able to get our first choice for each of our reservations, and even found us a discount on an upgraded room at Coronado Springs. I would not hesitate to ask for Karen’s help for future trips and would recommend her services to anyone looking to book a Disney vacation!


Kristin Brafford September 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Karen made our recent trip to Disney World extra magical! She is extremely knowledgeable and helpful in all areas of anything Disney related. She was amazing in assisting us with our FastPass+ reservations, Advanced Dining reservations and she was so on top of everything in such a timely manner that she was able to procure the coveted Free Dining Plan Promotion for us when so many other people were shut out. She was always willing to help, answer questions at all times and days. I will promote Karen and her skills to anyone who will listen to me. We will definitely be using her again to plan our 2017 Disney Cruise!!


Pat O. February 2, 2018 at 9:37 am

Karen was awesome in planning our Disney vacation and helping us get on the new Avatar rides in Animal Kingdom using fast passes and getting them weeks in advance. Thanks Karen for a magical time!!!!


Maureen S. February 7, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Karen was an excellent planner who met each and every need as we planned a trip with our 5 year old and 2 year old grandchildren. She offered very valuable advice and her responses to our questions were immediate. She is highly recommended.


Julie C. February 7, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Karen was very helpful and did a great job planning our trip. We could not have asked for a better trip planner.


Sara F April 9, 2018 at 9:35 am

Karen is wonderful. She was able to get us everything we wanted in Disney and make the planning and the actual vacation stress free. We’ve worked with Karen to several vacations and she never disappoints. Karen is extremely responsive to questions and is a Disney expert. I recommend her services to all of my friends.


Brenda H May 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

Karen was amazing! She was prompt to answer my questions (which were many) and always looking for the best deal or way to fit everything in in the most relaxed way possible. Couldn’t have done it without her!


Larry Rubin July 1, 2018 at 7:09 pm

We have just finished 4 days at Disney and 4 days at Universal which were pretty close to perfect – because of Karen. When we first started planning this trip, all the choices seemed impossibly daunting until we were lucky enough to find Karen. Her knowledge, diligent attention to detail, responsiveness, passion and enthusiasm made planning the trip so easy. It was such a pleasure dealing with her. I could almost see her smile on the other end of the phone.

Karen – thank you for making our vacation truly magical.


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