Hello and Hola! We are Matthew and Ellen Gerwitz. Originally, we are from upstate New York, but now we live in sunny, central Florida just 25 minutes from Walt Disney World.
My (Ellen’s) passion for Disney began as a young child when I heard stories such as Peter Pan, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and Pinocchio. My grandparents moved to Florida and in April of 1976, at 6 years old, I made my first of many visits to the Magic Kingdom. I saw the newly-opened EPCOT in 1982 as a teenager and loved every minute of it. Matthew did not experience Disney as a child, so we chose to honeymoon there. Needless to say, he was absolutely thrilled with the experience of traveling over the Seven Seas Lagoon by ferry and was blown away after riding Pirates of the Caribbean. He was especially impressed by the attention to detail in the Pirate’s queue line.
Life got busy as we had three children and homeschooled them from K to 12. For a time, taking a vacation to Disney was simply out of the question, but I finally got the chance to go again in 2005. Our youngest child turned 11 years old in Animal Kingdom that year and another generation of Disney lovers was born. As empty-nesters, we moved to Florida. Not only did that mean no more snow, it also meant the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World whenever we wanted to – and who would turn that down?
During the week, we both work from home and have the opportunity to interact with people from around the world. We eagerly await the end of each work week to enjoy one of the Disney Parks, Disney Springs, or any of the hotel properties. In the past three years, we have visited Walt Disney World more than 200 times with our annual passes! We have experienced Disney World so often that we know every inch of the parks including the best places to watch parades, which attractions to use a FastPass for, and even where the most comfortable bathrooms are.
Matthew uses a wheelchair due to a neurological balance issue. Having to use a wheelchair in Disney has been educational and amazing. We have seen firsthand just how well Disney accommodates guests with mobility issues and this has made us love Disney all the more because he can continue to enjoy the parks and feel safe at the same time. Plus, we now know how to help our guests and clients who have similar needs.
Another thing to note is that I speak Spanish fluently. If you would like to book a Disney vacation using Spanish, I can help you. Asi que, si usted habla espanol, me gustaria ayudarse en planear sus vacaciones a Disney!
As grandparents, we have entered the stage of life that Disney refers to “Magic Makers.” What are “Magic Makers”? They are people like us who love to have friends and family visit, giving us the opportunity to be their personal vacation planners and “tour guides.” As Disney travel agents, we would love be your “Magic Maker” and help you have the same experience. Contact either Matthew or Ellen to plan, book, and enjoy a Disney vacation to any Disney Destination including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, Disney Cruises, and Adventures by Disney.