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Meet The Team That Makes Our Blog Happen Everyday! AmyHeadShotEarsAmy J. Hughes,  Married to my husband, Adam (a Disney convert), since 2002 we are raising our sons who are the center of our lives. I am a former Disney Cast Member & have worked in the Project Management, Marketing & Travel Industries since 2001. I love Disney, Pixar, Travel, IU Basketball but most importantly spending time with my family & volunteering at Church. My experience in planning is for: Autism, Aspergers, Apraxia, PDD-NOS, Sensory Integration Disorder, Epilepsy, Stamina Issues, Senior Travel, Mobility, Food Sensitivities & Allergies. I blog about all aspects of Special Needs Travel at www.wdwdreamin.com and as well have been a featured writer for O.A.R, Disability Scoop, Evansville Parent Magazine and featured guest on the Special Mouse Podcast.

Adam Hughes, a Disney convert since my first trip back as an adult in 2007, I have personally witnessed just how relaxing a Disney Vacation can actually be for a family with Special Needs, when it’s planned right. My wife and I established Up & Up Travel to help other families learn the magic of a Disney vacation can be accessible no matter the need and can be a joyful experience. I am also the official photographer for Up & Up Travel and our blogs and social media. I like spending my time fly fishing, kayaking, cycling, touring, hiking, travelling, volunteering at Church with the Knights of Columbus, working on photography and spending time with my family. My experience in planing is for: Autism, Aspergers, Food Sensitivities & Allergies, Stamina and Mobility Travel. email:adam@upanduptravel.com 

ofeliaOfelia Santamaria, I am a lifelong Disney aficionado. Born and raised in Southern California, I have lived around the corner from Disneyland most of my life. Raising 5 children, 2 of which have special needs. I have constantly sought positions where I help others, and this new position with Up & Up is no exception. I am passionate about helping families achieve their dream vacations! My experience planning is for: Type 1 Diabetes, Severe Food Allergies, Pregnancy Touring, Infant and Toddler travel planning. Though I have experience primarily at Disneyland, I have also successfully planned trips for my family and Clients at Walt Disney World. I also help maintain our Magic Feather Personal Disney Shopper Service for our Clients!                                                                                                                          email: ofelia@upanduptravel.com

jenJennifer Grandmaison, I’ve been married to my husband Kyle since 2005 and we have one daughter who loves all things Disney just as much as we do.  I graduated from Michigan State University in 2003 with dual Bachelors Degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice and also currently work full time in the Case Management industry assisting clients who have been impacted by auto or work place accidents.  I can help you in booking any Disney destination but specialize in planning vacations to the Walt Disney World resort which is the preferred  vacation destination of my family; we visit at least twice per year.  My area of expertise is planning vacations for first time Disney guests; helping to create that first magical Disney memories is my favorite part of planning Disney vacations.                                                              email: jennifer@upanduptravel.com


tomTom Henry Jr., We’ve been lucky enough as a family to have visited Walt Disney World every year since my wife Patti and I were married. We are now Disney Vacation Club owners, and Annual Pass Holders so we get to visit our happy place a couple of times during most years! While at The Walt Disney World Resort we’ve stayed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge-Kidani Village, Disney’s Old Key West Villas, Disney’s Boardwalk Villas, and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. We’ve also been blessed to stay at Disney’s crown jewel of the Hawaiian Islands Disney’s Aulani Resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii.
email: tom@upanduptravel.com

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