Walt Disney World brought me into the world of traveling, and I’m always looking forward to my next adventure! I’ve booked numerous trips with my family, friends and clients to Disney’s worldwide properties over the years, Universal parks and resort, Disney cruises, Sandals all-inclusive properties and I quickly fell in love with the planning process by creating more intricate itineraries for us to enjoy.
After many years of working as an independent travel agent, I decided it was time to open a travel agency focused on crafting dream vacations with industry leading service for clients around the country! At Travel Bug, we specialize in booking unique family vacations at Disney's properties along with all-inclusive resort stays and cruises in countless destinations!
We travel every year to Disney’s parks and resorts both at home and abroad, and we know each destination like the back of our hands. This helps us create exciting itineraries that are tailored just for you and your group, and we’ll listen to you to find the best options for anywhere you visit.
Laura Beth Ballard
Laura is a travel expert among experts, and has been a Disney fan from an early age. She makes multiple trips every year to the parks, and her skill with Fastpasses is beyond parallel.
She also specializes in Universal Studios, Sandals and Beaches trips and Disney cruises.
Laura has 7 years of travel planning expertise. Her favorite character is Goofy, her favorite Disney movie is Lion King and her favorite snack in the parks is Dole Whip Float.
Carol is so fun to be around and goes above and beyond for her clients. She brings years of travel planning experience to Travel Bug, and specializes in Disney, Universal, cruises and all-inclusive vacations.
Her favorite Disney movie is The Emperor's New Groove and her favorite character is Ariel. Dole Whip, as you can probably tell from her t-shirt, is her favorite snack in the parks.
The castle is Aidan’s absolute favorite part of Disney and looking at it just brings a peace and joy that he doesn’t have all the time. He would love to help his clients have the same experience! Main Street takes him away from reality and while he’s there he is completely removed from the outside world.
Aidan is also a RunDisney expert! RunDisney is what started his Disney obsession. The Wine and Dine weekend is his favorite race weekend to be in Disney and to run! If you’re a new runner or repeat marathoner, RunDisney is Aidan’s field of expertise. Running a race and getting to see characters along the way is just icing on the cake.
Tower of Terror is Aidan’s favorite ride, followed by Everest. Magic Kingdom is his favorite park but it is tied with Animal Kingdom. A goal of his is to visit all the Disney parks around the world.
Aidan would be delighted to help plan your vacation today!
Mendie has loved Disney and planning trips since she was a little girl and would love to plan your next adventure to Disney and beyond.
In the past 5 years, she has been to Disney well over 20 times!
Her favorite park is EPCOT because it combines both the future with cutting-edge technology as well as the spectacular World Showcase which allows for travel around the world right in one beautiful spot.
Mendie would love to share her excitement for Disney and beyond with you and help your family find the magic that can last a lifetime!
Katie has been raised in the Disney parks as her family went every year!! She comes from a HUGE family and can plan a trip perfect for ages zero to ninety and from small families of three to large groups of any size.
She loves planning out every detail to give you the best value for your hard-earned vacation while maximizing your experience in the most magical place on earth.
If she's not doing something Disney or planning related, she is stitching away as Co-Owner of a monogram and embroidery small business.
Her favorite Disney movie is The Lion King. She and her husband danced to “Can you feel the love tonight” by Elton John for our first dance at our wedding.
Katie would love to help plan your trip! Send her an email at the link below.
Leah Powless Homan
Hi!!! I am Leah Powless Homan and I LOVE all things Disney.
I have lived in Tuscaloosa for the past 18 years where I teach second grade at Cottondale Elementary School.
I grew up in Hamilton, AL. I have one son, John Marlin, and he keeps me busy.
I have always said I was going to work at Disney World and dreams do come true.
I'm so excited to start planning trips for clients to the most magical place on earth!
Gabby Harris is one of the newest members of the Travel Bug Company team. Having a love for travel and being a huge fan of Disney, Gabby has experience that will help build your dream vacation.
One of her recent Disney favorites was seeing the lights and projections on Cinderella Castle...a magical experience beyond words. Needless to say, the Magic Kingdom is her favorite park because of all things princess (and possibly because her 7 year old daughter has the same obsession).
If your vacation plans involve a Disney princess, she's your girl. It's hard to pick her favorite Disney movie, but suffice to say that if it stars a princess, it would rate at the top of her list...especially if there are songs she can sing along with.
Even though Gabby's "specialty" is the Magic Kingdom, she has trained on the entire Disney experience, whether you plan to stay in one of the fabulous resorts and take in all the parks, or your interests lean more towards Disney Springs shopping and entertainment. Maybe a cruise is in your future. Why not make it a Disney experience?
Gabby would be honored to share her love of all things Disney with you and help plan a trip of memories to last a lifetime.