JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Excited for new Disney memories…

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Today as I was listening to my Disney mix on my iPod in the car, I began to really realize that my next Disney trip is less than two months away!  (And if you’re surprised I have a Disney mix on my iPod, well then, you clearly don’t know me very well… hahaha!)   Listening to the music from the rides and attractions is what really revved up my excitement.

 

This is going to be a big trip – not only will I be going (obviously), but I will be joined by my parents, my sister, her husband, and my two little nieces.  The girls will be 4 and 7 at the time of the trip and it’s their very FIRST Disney trip!  I am SO excited to be helping to give them this experience!  We have been planning this trip for years now, and it’s actually finally almost here.  It will be so great to see Disney through the eyes of a child.  (The last time I saw it from that perspective was when I was going as a child myself many years ago.)  I’ve become a pro at Disney from the adult perspective (albeit, an adult who has many nostalgic childhood memories of Disney to go along with that) but I have not ever had the experience of taking children to Disney.

 

We’ll be staying at my home resort (through DVC – Disney timeshare) of Animal Kingdom, in a Grand Villa.  We’ll be using three years worth of points to stay in this particular type of HUGE accommodation.  Three bedrooms, full kitchen, dining room, living room, pool table room, and four bathrooms.  The Grand Villas look out over the savannah, and we’ll be able to see all the animals from our balconies – zebras, giraffes, and many other amazing animals!  The resort is my absolute favorite at Disney – I’ve stayed there more than any other resort on property.  The lobby is breathtaking, the restaurants are some of the best at Disney, the pool is fabulous, and then of course, there are the animals!

 

I’m excited to see my nieces’ little faces when they first see the castle.  Excited to see them dressed up for our lunch with the princesses.  Excited to go on the rides with them.  Excited when they see all of those animals from our balconies!  I know I always have an amazing time on any Disney trip, but this one will create special memories I’ll never ever forget.  I hope to turn my little nieces into lifelong Disney fans just like me.  Aunt Jen can take them on trips and hopefully create the same kind of nostalgia in them that will forever live in me.

 

Posing with my adorable nieces

Posing with my adorable nieces

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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