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Mona Leigh G.

  • Maryland
  • 12/28/2014
  • Disney Vacation Club® Specialist
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About Me

My friends call me "Dr. Disney." Although my Ph.D. is in Human Development, sometimes it seems I spend more time planning trips for myself and my friends to Walt Disney World Resort! When I'm not planning my next trip to Walt Disney World, I am a Faculty Research Associate at the University of Maryland where I work in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab with teams of adults and children to design innovative children's technology. In my free time, I enjoy working out in the early mornings, baking, hosting parties, reading, and of course, planning my next Disney Vacation Club trip.

About My Family

I live in Columbia, Maryland with my wonderful husband of 12 years, Joe, my fabulous 8-year-old daughter, Willow, and our lovable basset hound, Laverne. Part of what is so special about Disney for us is that my husband and I grew our love of Walt Disney World together. We enjoy keeping up on happenings around "The World" and sharing these in our daily lives as a dose of magic. Our daughter now joins in these conversations with enthusiasm and opinions of a strong-willed third grader. She can even keep up now in our games of "Disney 20," our modified version of "20 Questions" regarding all-things-Walt Disney World! Our extended family includes three grandparents and one uncle, all of whom have accompanied us on trips to Walt Disney World. Although our daughter is hearing-impaired, it does not slow her down one bit in life or on a Walt Disney World vacation.

About My Disney Experience

Although I came to Walt Disney World Resort once as a child in 1986, my true love for and addiction to Disney did not begin until adulthood. In 2001, my husband had a conference for work at Walt Disney World and asked if I wanted to come down and spend a few days after his work was done, and the rest was history. When our daughter was born, we realized that we would return to Walt Disney World again and again. So, when she was only a few weeks old, we became Disney Vacation Club members. I have been to Walt Disney World as an adult without children, as a pregnant woman and then breastfeeding mom, on a moms-only weekend to run a runDisney race, as a parent of a young child, with other families, as a couple on a "no-kids-celebration" getaway, and with extended family. We have stayed at nearly every Disney Vacation Club resort at Walt Disney World, and I would love to help you to consider which one is right for your next vacation.

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