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“To all who come to this happy place, welcome!” – Walt Disney
Welcome to DisneyDining.com, the place to be for delicious Disney foodie content, for tips and tricks for planning the most magical Disney Parks vacations ever, for the best in Disney nostalgia and history content, and for the most up-to-date and credible Disney news from around the globe.
We’re so glad you’re here! We invite you to sit back, relax, and stay a while! If you love Walt, Disney, and the Parks as much as we do, you’re in the perfect place to enjoy news, information, tips, ideas, history, and feel-good stories with a Disney twist. But before you get started, we want to introduce you to the Disney superfans (and certified Disney Adults) that make up our fabulous team of writers!
Becky Burkett: Site Manager & Senior Writer
Becky is a Georgia native who grew up in the Lone Star State, and she has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 11 years old. To this day, she remembers the joy that filled her soul when she saw the lights of the Main Street Electrical Parade for the first time and heard the iconic music from the nighttime spectacular. It would be a memory that forever stayed with her and grew her love for Walt Disney World from the very first moment.
Becky is a Parks history fanatic and loves to write about Walt Disney, Disneyana and nostalgia, Disney Parks through the years, PIXAR, and Imagineering. When she’s in the parks, you’ll find her croonin’ with the birdies in the Tiki-Tiki-Tiki-Tiki-Tiki Room, creepin’ in the Haunted Mansion, or hangin’ with Woody and Buzz at Toy Story Land. Still can’t find her? Look again wherever the Imagineers are congregating.
Becky believes that Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon. She believes he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for.
When she’s not in the parks, you can find Becky at home in Texas, writing about her Disney Parks adventures, sharing the Magic with the written word, and defending Walt’s posthumous dignity with searing OpEd pieces. When she’s not eating, sleeping, or breathing Disney, you can also find Becky singing to her baby Shih Tsus and hangin’ with her four teenagers as she learns her way around Minecraft and The Sims.
Jill Bivins: News Writer & Evergreen Editor
Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. To this day she still swears her first word was Minnie (though her mom is quick to correct her and say it was “mama”).
Jill discovered her love of writing in the second grade and hasn’t put down her pen yet. As a third-generation Disney lover and second-generation writer, she likes to say Disney is in her blood, and writing is in her bones, so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves, she is one happy camper.
Her favorite hobby is converting naysayers into avid EPCOT fans, and she is often found passionately extolling the park’s many virtues. Figment is her all-time favorite character, and Dreamfinder still holds a special place in her heart.
While EPCOT is her favorite Park, as a diehard Star Wars fan, Hollywood Studios is near and dear to her as well. She cried the first time she saw Galaxy’s Edge, and she’ll tell anyone who’ll listen that Han most definitely shot first.
When she isn’t exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 7-year-old son or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a
Follow Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.
Isabella “Bella” Reimer: News Writer
Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she double majored in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.
Spencer Johnette: News Writer
Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the Walt Disney Family Museum halls and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @gothelsflower.
Eva Merrill: News Writer
Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is Lilo and Stitch, and her favorite Park is DAK.
Rebekah Reimagined: News, Evergreen & OpEd Writer
Disney writer. Woody & Buzz. Make it blue! Fantasyland vibes. Just keep swimming (but practice in different oceans). Walt is King. PIXAR is life. I’ve dreamed it/I’m doing it. A Disney life is the life for me! Resident Toy Story Mania champion. Imagining the unimaginable. O.G. Imagineers! Toy Story 1, 2, and 3, but not 4. Bring back Joe Rohde (and Rolly Crump). Magic Kingdom and Hollywood. Let’s talk about Bruno all day long!
I. Am. Rebekah Reimagined, and #iwritedisney.
#StopDisneyRemakes #SheriffWoodyforPresident #WaltsNotOnIce #waltdisneyworld #disneyaddict #certifiedDisneyAdult
Jamie Sylvester: Manager & Senior Writer
Jamie considers herself a Disney nerd: a kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. She follows all things Disney and enjoys vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways to the parks, and she geeks out over the planning of such events. She’s on a mission to experience as many Disney desserts and Disney cocktails as possible!
Jamie is married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and a son. Jamie and her family thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and want to help others experience the magic as well.
Whatever you love about Disney, you’ll find more to love about it here! Once again, welcome to DisneyDining.com!