The Destinations with Character Travel Services, LLC.

Family of Travel Consultants

Our Agency is a Family Owned & Operated Agency

And An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner (Disney EarMarked Agency).

All of our travel consultants are required to study and pass the College of Disney Knowledge and all its annual assessments and updates before actively working with clients.

The following certifications are maintained by ALL travel consultants:

Members of the Travel Leaders Network Travel Consortium
Members of CLIA (Cruise Line International Association)
Graduates, College of Disney Knowledge
Exploring Walt Disney World Training
Exploring Disneyland Resort Training
Disney Cruise Line – A Magical Voyage Training
Discovering Disney Cruise Line Training
Discover the Enchantment of Aulani Training
Adventures by Disney Training

Princess Cruise Line Academy – Commodore Ranking

Cunard Lines Academy – First Officer Ranking

ILLINOIS – Don & Tina Korta – Owners & Senior Travel Consultants

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Hello There!

We are Don & Tina Korta, the Owners of Destinations with Character Travel.

We are living our dream of making travel available to people of all walks of life! We are life long travel and Disney fans starting with family trips as a child to Disneyland, Universal Hollywood, Silver City, Branson Missouri, Grand Canyon National Park, the Walt Disney World Resort, Clearwater Beach, the Bahamas, and dozens of other U.S. destinations.

As adults we’ve traveled to many locations including dozens of trips to Walt Disney World at the majority of Resorts including Concierge and Club Levels, Disney Vacation Club Resorts (We own 2 DVC contracts), Russia, Germany, Singapore and Cambodia. Owning our own agency is a dream come true and a way to realize our goal of making travel available to everyone, no matter what their background or budget.

Our agents work together as a team, sharing their knowledge and helping each other to make sure all of our clients get the same level of service. We take pride in the fact that we will be available for you from the first day of planning right up until the day you return home.

Remember we are, “Someone To Trust With Your Vacation Memories“, because we believe, “No One Should Be Denied A Vacation Based on Needs or Budget“. We are here to make your vacation as Magical as possible!

CONNECTICUT – Joleen Westrich – Senior Travel Consultant

Business Page: Joleen, Travel Agent – Destinations with Character Travel Services, LLC.

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I’m Joleen Westrich, owner of “Magical Travels with Jo“, an affiliate of Destinations with Character Travel.

I currently live in the quaint shoreline town of Mystic, CT with my husband Wayne and two boys, William and Jordan. Before settling here We lived all over the US and in Hawaii before my husband retired from the Navy. I love to travel and am a frequent visitor of Walt Disney World and was even lucky enough to visit Disneyland in Tokyo a few times.

While living in Waikiki, on the island of Oahu for three years, I was able to experience the history and culture of the Hawaiian islands and became very familiar with all that these beautiful islands have to offer. I would love to help you plan the island vacation of your dreams!

I am a lifelong Disney fan and I enjoy helping my clients and friends to plan dream vacations and make memories that will last a lifetime. I am very familiar with the parks, resorts and restaurants at Disney World and the Disneyland resort (and also knowledgeable about the Southern California area and attractions, having lived in San Diego). From booking your vacation, to taking care of dining plans, special events, fast passes and any other details to make make your trip special, I am there every step of the way to make sure your vacation is as magical and memorable as possible.

ILLINOIS – Nikki & Ken Dangman

Facebook Business Page: Nikki & Ken, Travel Agents – Destinations with Character Travel Services, LLC.

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We are Ken and Nikki Dangman, and we are a Disney loving family! I (Nikki) grew up going to Disney, Universal Studios, and Sea World as part of my family vacations every summer of my life. Once we were married, we knew we wanted to share Disney with our own kids. We have two boys that have been going to Disney every year since they were 2 and 18 months old. After our first trip, Ken realized how good I was at planning because we never waited more than 20 minutes for anything, and we had traveled at Christmas time too! We rode all the popular rides multiple times and went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! From there, our family was hooked. We have traveled to most major parts of Florida and cruised to The Bahamas. Currently, we average about two vacations a year. We try to travel and experience all Disney has to offer across the country. Our family has experienced different resorts and have done the dining plan multiple times. We have flown and we have driven to Florida. Over the years, we have experienced many Early Magic hour events, After Hour events, tours, etc. We have even done Disney without our kids, and it was amazing! Our different experiences can be very valuable in helping to plan your trip. I study all things “Disney” on the side, and have been helping family and friends plan vacations for years now. We thought it was a great opportunity to put our passion to good use and join the ranks of the official vacation planners. We look forward to the opportunity to help plan a memorable vacation for you.

ILLINOIS – Susanne Kaluzinski

Facebook Business Page: Susanne, Travel Agent – Destinations with Character Travel Services, LLC.

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KENTUCKY – Katie Holzknecht

Facebook Business Page: Katie, Travel Agent – Destinations with Character Travel Services, LLC.

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KENTUCKEY – Tanya Roberts

Facebook Business Page: Tanya, Travel Agent – Destinations with Character Travel Services, LLC

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Hello! So glad you stopped by!

I’m Tanya, a retired officer that has been blessed to return to my first loves: Disney, travelling and photography! As a child, I loved to travel. That passion has followed me through the years and has been the driving force for my ability to focus on the individual client’s needs while helping plan everything from honeymoons to business trips to family vacations. I can help clients navigate booking hotels/resorts, cruises  and transportation.

My hope is to build lasting client relationships by providing the best travel experience. Whether planning travels based on a fixed budget or the sky’s the limit, I’ll do all I can to ensure your travel dreams come true. I’m so excited to be a part of the Destinations with Character Services Team! 

Thank you!

MASSACHUSETTS – Maryanne Walsh

Facebook Business Page: Maryanne, Travel Agent – Destinations with Character Travel Services, LLC.

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Hello, I am Maryanne Walsh, an avid traveler and Disney Cruise addict.  I’ve had a professional career in business/finance, with a passion for travel.  Planning my own trips has always been a lot of fun and I can spend hours researching destinations.  I was brainstorming my dream career path with my husband, and I couldn’t get travel agent out of my head.  I took advantage of a great opportunity and joined Destinations With Character to become an official vacation planner.  I’ve had many visits to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens Tampa, Universal Orlando, along with 2 Royal Caribbean Cruises, and 3 Disney Cruises. I have also extensively traveled to Europe, visiting the major cities in Europe, and done 2 group guided hiking trips in Europe.  In addition, I have spent time in Canada, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean.  I’d love to help you plan a memorable vacation!

MICHIGAN – Cory Elliott – Senior Travel Consultant

Facebook Business Page:  Cory Elliott, Travel Agent –  Destinations with Character Travel Services, LLC.

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Hi All!!!!!!! Amber here!!!!! I am so excited to be a part of the Destinations with Character Travel Services team! I have been obsessed with travel for as long as I can remember, and strive to keep my knowledge and experiences current, as to better help my clients!! When I signed on in October 2017, I didn’t know I would be truly discovering my passion! I knew I was a good travel researcher, and that I loved to help people with tips and tricks, but I didn’t know that it would become such a huge part of me. This is what I was meant to do!! I love helping to take the stress out of travel planning, and give my clients the opportunity to just ENJOY! I’m always available to “talk shop” and to help see if we can meet whatever budget you have in mind! Feel free to ask me anything!! I’m here to help!

TENNESSEE – Julia Flannagan

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TENNESSEE – Melissa Morrell

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Melissa, Travel Agent – Destinations with Character Travel Services, LLC.

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