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Cindy A, Louisiana

  • 12/26/2023

About Me

Hi guys! I’m Cindy (not the one in the castle) but a “Bayou Girl” from Louisiana. When I’m not creating new food products for market or maintaining quality programs at my day job as a Food Scientist, I’m usually planning new travel adventures often centered around Disney destinations. Planning and researching our trips are both fun and therapeutic to the hustle and bustle of everyday life for me. Most of my Walt Disney World Resort getaways are adult vacations. This may include a couple getaway, girls’ weekends, anniversary celebrations and my absolute favorite are “racecations” for runDisney race weekends. I discovered runDisney races in 2016 and have been hooked ever since. I’m a true foodie and thrive on finding all the new restaurant offerings, best park snacks and seasonal treats! On days I am not researching or helping friends and family plan their next Disney vacation, often I am hiking, cooking and baking, hosting gatherings, at a music festival or enjoying the Atchafalaya Basin on my pontoon boat.

About My Family

After graduate school, I moved to the Acadiana area for work where I met my prince. We became fast friends and a couple of years later we were married in 1999. My hubby made me a stepmom to a fantastic son who is an architect, drummer and expert vintage drum collector/restorer. For our 10th anniversary, we celebrated at the house of mouse which invigorated my lifelong love of all things Disney. Since that trip, we have been fortunate to travel at least once a year on our own but work luckily takes us often to the central Florida area, allowing us to enjoy multiple Walt Disney World Resort visits as Passholders throughout the year. You can find us on property as a solo couple, with other couples, my parents or sometimes, I’ll sneak away with my sister and BFF for a girls’ getaway.

About My Disney Experience

It all started in 1981, when both Walt Disney World and I turned 10! Yep, that’s right great things happened in 1971. I remember running from a rainstorm to realize we had inadvertently stepped into The Haunted Mansion line. One ride changed everything. I was enamored with special effects and the wonder of “How’d they do that?" The pristine streets, detail and fantasy captured my imagination, and I was enthralled. But seeing my childhood love, Donald Duck, pass on float sealed the deal.

While I didn’t visit the park till adulthood many years later, my love for Disney movies, specials and merchandise only grew with age. I obviously never outgrew my Disney phase. Then I met my creative, talented, animated loving artist soulmate and we connected on everything Disney. Trips became so frequent that becoming Annual Passholders just made sense. Oddly enough, my husband and I took up running in our 40’s and discovered runDisney. We have completed every race offered at Walt Disney World Resort, including the Dopey Challenge, which encompasses a 5k, 10K, half marathon and full marathon in 4 consecutive days, totaling 48.6 Magical Miles.

Our latest Disney adventure has been becoming Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members with a home property of Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. We had the pleasure of visiting Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, in Oahu, Hawaii, and fell in love with the detail and respect of the local Hawaiian culture.

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