20 December 2011

Disney Giveaway!

Meet Jill {and her adorable family}...Jill is a travel agent and graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge, and she really knows her stuff! She helped me before my Disney trip in October and gave me little tips about parks, food and the shuttle to Universal! She also happens to be my large ad sponsor for December. =) I hope you take a moment to read her wonderful interview below and then enter this amazing giveaway for your chance to win a Disney gift card that can be used towards your next Disney vacation, in the parks, or at any Disney store!

1. So, tell us a little bit about yourself!

I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I currently live in South Jersey with my husband, Kevin. We have 4 awesome sons: Connor, Kieran, Ryan and Shaun. I’ve always loved travel, especially to Disney World.

2. You have a pretty awesome job, huh? Do tell!
I’ve always loved planning Disney Trips for myself and my family and friends. I would make their dining reservations, spreadsheets with park times, build them itineraries. I was pretty much doing everything except booking their trips. My husband started urging me about a year ago to turn this into a career. I did and now here I am! Best. Job. EVER!

3. How long have you been involved in this field and in what capacity?
I joined Mayfair Travel last spring as their Disney Specialist. I feel so lucky that I was able to turn one of my favorite things to do into a job! I can book all areas of travel, but I specialize in Disney. I graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge and I am an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. As an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner I know all the special offers available and can suggest the best times to visit, resorts best for your family, which park passes to include, as well as the Disney Dining Plan. Based on your needs and wishes, I can design a unique vacation package that is perfect for your family. And, should you have any problems during your vacation, I will be your advocate. I want every family I book to love Disney as much as I do.

4. What's one "insider" tip that you would recommend to others?
Not really insider, but my favorite tips are:
  1. Get to the parks early, before they open! They best time to tour the Disney parks is the first hour of operation. Crowds are low and you can get so much done!
  2. Take daily breaks!
  3. Utilize Fast Passes!
5. A giveaway, you say?
Yes! I am offering a $25 gift card to the Disney Store! It can be used online, in the stores or even to pay for a Disney Vacation!

Mandatory Entry:
1.) Comment on this post and tell me what you would use your gift card on if you won! Don't forget to include your email address!

Optional Entries:
2.) Like Jill Dowdy Travel on Facebook.
3.) Become a public Google Friend Connect follower of the blog.
4.) Like jenni from the blog on Facebook.
5.) Follow @jennifrmtheblog on Twitter.

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each thing that you do!

This giveaway ends Friday, December 23rd at 8am EST and the winner will be posted that morning! Good luck!

96 comments:

Lisa said...

This is Awesome! Thank you. We are going in a Disney Cruise in March, so I would use the gift card on the ship. ;) We've never been to Disney, but would love to go. This is, however, our third Disney Cruise!

Lisa said...

I also liked Jill on Facebook!!!

Sarah said...

We are going to Disney in August, so this would be really helpful!

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Sarah said...

I am a public Google Friend Connect follower of the blog.

sbereznay@gmail.com

Sarah said...

I Like jenni from the blog on Facebook.

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Sarah said...

I Follow @jennifrmtheblog on Twitter.

@abettermagmom

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Audrey said...

My husband and I plan to return to Disney in 2012 for a kid-less trip! We would use it towards a nice meal!

Linsley said...

My two year old is a lover of Minnie Mouse - we are also planning a trip to Disney in the spring!

Linsley said...

I also liked Jill on Facebook

bobbers119 said...

This would be awesome to win! We are trying to take our girls in June 2012!
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Duchess said...

I would use it towards our honeymoon! :)

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Duchess said...

I like Jill's travel on Facebook :)

Duchess said...

I like jenni from the blog on Facebook.

bobbers119 said...

I liked Jill's Travel on facebook!
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bobbers119 said...

I am a public Google Friend Connect follower of the blog.
bobbers119@yahoo.com

The BOAT said...

Awesome...we are going to Disney in January for the Marathon and then extending to a family vacation...I would give the gift card to my kiddos and let them pick their very own souvineer, no strings attached.

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The BOAT said...

I am a follower of the blog

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Sarah said...

Awesome! I would use it for our Disney vacation! We are heading down here for a week in December 2012!

The BOAT said...

I am a follower of you on twitter

Sarah said...

I like Jenni from the Blog on FB!

Sarah said...

I follow you on Twitter - gassmama :)

Unknown said...

I would save my gift card for our annual Disney trip. Then we could buy some Parks only merchandise while there or just let me daughter spend it on whatever.

Laura said...

I would use the gift card to get some disney gear at the disney store.

lshearer9 at gmail

Laura said...

I'm a fan of Jill Dowdy on facebook.

Laura said...

I'm a fan of Jenni from the blog on facebook.

Laura said...

I follow you on twitter (weezerette)

Laura said...

I'm a public google follower of the blog.
lshearer9 at gmail

Anonymous said...

I would use it to book my family vacation to Disney World!! My husband and I went on our honeymoon and I want to take my kids!!
Wendy M

Kate said...

I would use the giftcard for something Tigger related. That's T's favorite character!

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Kate said...

I liked Jill Dowdy on FB

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Kate said...

I already am a fan of JFTB on facebook

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Jenna S said...

We are planning a vacation for next summer and Disney is going to be one of our stops! I would use it to get a souvenier for my son!!

jenna0107@hotmail.com

Jenna S said...

I like Jenni from the blog on Facebook

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Jenna S said...

I also follow you on Twitter

@Jenna0107

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Matt & Sabrina said...

We're not planning a Disney trip until 2013, but I would definitely use the gift card in the Disney store! Mickey and Minnie are big in my house right now. ~Sabrina
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Matt & Sabrina said...

I Follow @jennifrmtheblog on Twitter.

~Sabrina
scook23@gmail.com

Matt & Sabrina said...

I Like jenni from the blog on Facebook.

~Sabrina
scook23@gmail.com

Brittany said...

I would get my daughter something from our local Disney store! She loves everything there!


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Brittany said...

I liked Jill on facebook!


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Brittany said...

I follow the blog thru GFC :)

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Brittany said...

I liked Jenni from the Blog on facebook!


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Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

Yah!! I love all things Disney! I would use the gift card on something fun for Bennett. Probably something Mickey Mouse since he's obsessed!

Brittany said...

I follow Jenni on Twitter!


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Christie said...

I "liked" Jill Dowdy Travel on FB!

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Christie said...

I am a follower of your blog!

christiecrofford@yahoo.com

Christie said...

I "like" Jenni from the Blog on FB!

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Christie said...

I follow you on Twitter because you're awesome.

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Summer said...

I'll be running the Tinkerbell Half at Disneyland next month, so if I won the card, I'd probably use it on some delectable Disney treats after the race!

-Summer
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Kayla B said...

Depending on when it expired I would use it for my son who's heart defect qualifies him for Make a Wish! But if it has an expiration, I'd let both kiddos choose something from the Disney store in their favorite characters and use it there!

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Kayla B said...

I also follow jenni from the blog on fb!

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Allie's mama said...

We're taking our baby girl to disney world next week! I would probably use it at one of their stores :)

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jess1979 said...

I'd let my kids choose something!

jess1979 said...

I like you on FB!

Laura said...

We are Disney junkies and go every October so I'd spend it on our next trip to Disney.

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Laura said...

I like Jenni from the blog on facebook.

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Kaymee said...

I'd use it towards a ticket!

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Kaymee said...

I follow you on GFC
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Kaymee said...

I follow you on Twitter
@themommadiaries

Hilary said...

I would use the gift card to buy my daughter some princess toys/clothes or save it for our disney trip. not sure when it is but I've always wanted to go back. So.Much.Fun!

Hilary said...

I also follow jenni on facebook

Hilary said...

ugh! forgot my email...twice... hilary.ledbetter@yahoo.com :)

staci said...

I'd probably use it for something cute in the store for my two cuties since I'm not sure when our next Disney vacation will be.

Megan said...

I would use it in the store towards something for my boys. Thanks!

Chelsea said...

I would use this towards my daughter's birthday present! Her birthday isn't until April-- but I'm trying to plan ahead ;)

Chelsea said...

I like Jill Dowdy on fb!

Chelsea said...

I follow your blog via gfc!

Chelsea said...

I like your blog on Facebook!

Chelsea said...

I follow you on Twitter :)

Jen said...

I liked Jill on Facebook!
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bobbers119 said...

I already like you on Facebook!!!!
bobbers119@yahoo.com

Jen said...

I like jenni from the blog on Facebook.
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Mandy said...

Ummm..a disney trip of course!!

Mandy said...

I follow you on Fb!

Mandy said...

I follow you on twitter too!!

Heather Lemke heather.lemke09@comcast.net said...

I liked Jill Dowdy Travel on Facebook!

Heather Lemke heather.lemke09@comcast.net said...

I liked Jill Dowdy Travel on Facebook!

Heather heather.lemke09@comcast.net said...

I would use it in the Disney Store for my daughter. I think I will wait til my babies are a little older to go to Disney (1 and 3).

Heather heather.lemke09@comcast.net said...

I already like jenni from the blog on facebook.

Ashley @ Mama Of All Trades said...

I would use it for more Vinylmations while we're at the park. Or Dole Whips. Nom.

Ashley @ Mama Of All Trades said...

I like JFTB on Facebook!

Ashley @ Mama Of All Trades said...

I'm a GFC follower!

Ashley @ Mama Of All Trades said...

I follow you in the twitters. ;)

Miranda said...

I would buy my daughter some disney princess gear. She is obsessed :)

Unknown said...

I follow you on Facebook!!

Unknown said...

I follow you on Twitter!

The Best of Both Worlds said...

I'd order some new Disney shirts for my kids!

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The Best of Both Worlds said...

I follow your blog!

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M said...

I would love to win it! I'm planning a Disney trip for my 2 year old, my husband and me and would love any help I can get in planning it!

Thanks!

Andrea Lark said...

I already like Jill of FB! She is awesome if anyone needs a Disney Travel agent! I would spend the gift card on things to get us excited for our next trip!

eclairre said...

I'd get gifts for my brother.

Toni said...

My son loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. So I'd get him something related to the show.

Toni said...

I follow on GFC.

Toni said...

Follow you on twitter.

Toni said...

I like you on FB.

Sippy Cup Mom said...

Toward our next Disney trip!

Sippy Cup Mom said...

I like Jill Dowdy on FB!

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