Kari Audino

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Hey there!  My name is Kari Audino from Greenville, NC. I’ve been with Pirate and Pixie Dust Destinations since 2015.  I’m married to Jay and we are parents to two daughters age 12 and 3, and our 4 year old godson.

I’ve been going to Disney my whole life, but my love for Disney really began the first time I visited with my husband during college.  We have visited every year since!  I am a former teacher but now spend my time sharing my love and knowledge of Disney through vacation planning.

My Travel Planning Specialties

Walt Disney World: 40+ visits 

Disney Cruise Line – Gold Castaway Club Member, have sailed on all 5 Disney ships. 

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa – Disney’s beautiful resort in Hawaii. 

Disneyland – Multiple onsite resort stays.

Universal Orlando – Multiple onsite resort stays

All-Inclusive Resorts – Sandals, Beaches, Secrets and Dreams resort properties.


EMAIL: kari@ppddtravel.com

PHONE: 252-689-8647

OFFICE HOURS: M-F 8:00 am – 2:00pm EST, or by appointment

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If you have vacationed with Kari being your travel advisor, please leave a testimony of your experience below!

25 Responses

  1. Kari has now planned two Disney Vacations for us! She has done all the grunt work and offered promt and thorough responses to all of our questions. She has made the planning process seamless and so much less stressful than if we had tried to navigate this on our own. When people ask us what’s the best advice for planning a trip to Disney, my immediate response is “Call Kari!”

  2. Kari was wonderful to work with and my family had the best time on our Disney vacation! She was knowledgeable, helpful and patient with all of my questions and requests for recommendations. The blog on her PPDD site has lots of great tips and information too. If you are planning a Disney trip, make calling Kari the first step on your To-Do list!

  3. Kari has planned a total of three trips for my extended family and I. I can’t imagine why I ever tried to do this on my own. Kari responds promptly and has lots of helpful hints on how to maximize your time at Disney. In addition to scheduling your FP so you aren’t walking back and forth from one side of the park to another, she will help you find dining reservations. She even keeps her eyes open for last minute availability. Her experience and knowledge made our trips more enjoyable. Can’t not say enough good things about her service. I also live in Kentucky, never met her face to face, but she was still able to help me. Disney is the happiest place on earth let Kari help you focus on the magic and not the work.

  4. Kari did a wonderful job planning my Disney trip and handled every detail perfectly! She is very knowledgeable about Disney and so nice to work with. We will use her again.

  5. I think the key to our trip with young kids was having the right fast passes at the right times, and Kari was super helpful with that. Her knowledge of WDW – based on how frequently she visits herself – was also very helpful when choosing a resort and restaurants. She was never pushy but always worked to give us the itinerary we wanted to have. I would recommend her and use her again!

  6. Kari was so helpful in planning our Disney cruise and WDW vacation! We had never gone on a Disney Cruise before and I had a lot of questions. Kari answered them all and was so helpful in getting every aspect of our trip planned. She was so knowledgeable on the best way to coordinate meals and fast passes and our schedule and how to make the best use of our time. Kari loves what she does and she does an awesome job! We were so grateful for all of her assistance!

  7. Kari was amazing helping us plan our first ever Disney vacation. I would have been completely lost without her. She helped with fast passes, dinner and even made sure all of our locations knew about my son’s food allergy. I was extremely grateful and she went above and beyond what we expected from a planner.

  8. Kari did an excellent job planning our trip and made it such an easy process! She took the time to answer my MANY questions and helped make it a special first trip for my daughter. Our Disney vacation was awesome and we will definitely be using Kari again in the future!!

  9. Good morning! Our trip was amazing!!! Thank you so much! We had an absolute blast and it was relaxing despite lots of people. The reason it was relaxing is because we knew exactly where we were going because you planned it all out. The three back to back fast passes that you set up were perfect. The meal plan was awesome! The two sit down meals were perfect! At Ohana we had a corner table in the back overlooking the resort and we could see the castle. At the character breakfast, the characters all spent lots of time with the kids. My favorite was flin rider showed the boys how to give a smoldering look.

    Thank you so much! Your email about what characters are at each park let us meet new characters we didn’t even know were at the park. We loved the boardwalk. The location was perfect and the calmer atmosphere was great for the kids. The rooms were a perfect set up for us. It will be our go to resort. Thank you so much and we will use you again to book our next trip. I will be sure to let anybody who is planning a trip know about you. Thank you for your hard work!

  10. Kari was amazing to work with! She was very patient answering all of my questions throughout the process. We had to change our initial vacation plans days before we were supposed to leave due to a family crisis. Kari jumped right on it, changing hotel times, places, fast passes, rescheduling dinner plans, etc… We were in a position where vacation plans were last thing on our mind, but she handled it all so that we were able to go a month later and have a fabulous trip. I can’t thank her enough for all she did for us!

  11. Kari was wonderful!!! She was able to book and secure every FastPass and restaurant we requested on the days we requested them. She was very detailed with our itenerary and stayed in contact with me updating me on hours, changes, payment and general info. She always responded quickly to any questions I had. I highly reccomend her and we will be using her again for future trips.

  12. When we decided to take our girls to Disney World, for their FIRST trip, I was completely unsure of how to even begin. I got in contact with Kari through Pirate and Pixie Dust Destinations and she made the planning seamless. She answered any and all of my (sometimes crazy) questions promptly and thoroughly. I never felt like I was not in control as she asked questioned about our family and what we envisioned; however, Kari completely planned the entire trip while I got to keep my sanity and enjoy the process. She reserved our resort, character meals (3), FastPass+, and even added reminders that truly benefited our ability to do and see as much as we possibly could. I wouldn’t plan another trip, without going through her. She made our trip the magical adventure it was meant to be.
    THANK YOU Kari!

  13. Kari was my advisor for my family’s 1st trip to Disney including my husband and 2 children. She was fantastic! Kari’s passion and love for Disney was infectious. She was extremely detailed and rapidly responsive. Kari is able to provide recommendations based on the participates ages and preferences. She was wonderful to work with and highly recommend anyone out there thinking about planning….should call Kari!

  14. Just wrapped up a week-long fun-filled adventure at Disney World! I was so overwhelmed with trying to organize our Disney vacation on my own that I decided to reach out to a professional who knew the ins and outs of all things Disney. Kari Audino came highly recommended by my friend, and I am so thankful to her for taking care of all the big and little details of our trip. We had an absolutely blast at the parks, enjoyed the character meals and perks of the dining plan, and we thoroughly enjoyed the Disney resort that she recommended. Kari even provided advice about travel, fast passes, character meetings, and even a date night with my husband. Her organization skills and attention to detail are unparalleled! This vacation was centered around my 5 year daughter, and she had an amazing time and will never forget this trip. I am truly grateful to Kari for helping us to create these happy memories for my daughter and our family in general!

  15. Kari is AMAZING! She helped plan our family vacation to Disney World back in February (for 10 people might I add)!! This wasn’t easy as we had 4 different rooms and were coordinating different arrival and departure dates. Kari helped tremendously and made it a seamless process. I could not have done any of this on my own! HIGHLY recommend her for your next Disney vacation.She answered ever single one of my questions and always kept me up to speed with what deadline/decision was approaching. I will definitely be using Kari again in the future! Thanks again Kari … we had a BLAST!!!

  16. Kari was amazing!! She planned a wonderful trip for my family and I. She had every planned down to us just showing up to the airport!! From there our vacation began. Magic Express picked us up from the airport took care of our luggage even delivered it to our rooms!! She encouraged us to get the dining plan and we were able to have 6 character meals through out our trip. Wonderful!!! Our FastPasses were booked for every theme park and she even gave us transportation tips. Thanks Kari for helping make our trip so memorable!

  17. We just got back from a great vacation to Disney World! Everything was so simple and easy with Kari helping to plan it all! Our Fast Passes were all timed perfectly and we had a wonderful time! I would definitely use Kari again in the future to help plan a trip!

  18. Kari was amazing! We seriously could not have done this trip without her and she took all of the worry out of planning so that we could just enjoy the trip. Don’t try to do this on your own. Just call Kari!

  19. Our first trip to Disney over Christmas was an awesome experience, largely due to Kari’s meticulous planning! She took care of all the major details and bookings, leaving us to sit back, relax, and enjoy our sweet time together as a family.

  20. We are so grateful to Kari for planning our trip to Disney World during our winter break. She is thorough, organized, and very knowledgeable about the parks. She helped keep us on track with what we needed to do when in the months leading up to our trip, listened to what we wanted to do, and made suggestions to help improve our experience and make our trip very easy. We had a great trip and highly recommend Kari!

  21. Kari was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in the planning and booking of our Disney trip, as well as Fast Pass ride and restaurant suggestions. She was very easy to talk to and quick to respond to emails. I can’t imagine doing Disney without her. I would highly recommend Kari for all your Disney needs!!

  22. Kari helped us plan a belated (thanks Covid) anniversary trip to Disney without our kids and we had the BEST time! It was a bit last minute but she quickly got us booked and made sure we would be able to get park passes for the days we wanted. She was so quick to respond to emails and gave us plenty of detailed answers to our questions. She forwarded us info on getting boarding passes for ROTR so we didn’t have to wade through a bunch of other websites or tutorials online and we got a boarding group on our first try! She was also really helpful with recommending restaurants both at the parks and at other Disney resorts. We definitely recommend contacting Kari to help with planning a vacation!

  23. Kari was amazing. We just got back from our Disney trip and I can’t say enough good things.
    She was so helpful from start to finish! She took care of everything- reservations, passes, tips, tricks, etc. We will definitely reach out to her again.

  24. Kari just planned our first family vacation to Disney. The thought of planning Nc a Disney Vacation was overwhelming and I had no idea where to start. Kari made it seamless and easy to navigate through. Kari handled all the tough details and made the process so smooth and enjoyable for us. Kari was super patient and responsive with all of our questions. It was the Disney Vacation from our dreams and it wouldn’t have been possible without Kari! Everything bout our trip was magical and perfect, thanks to Kari!! We will definitely be planning a 2nd trip!

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