The Castle Concierge shares travel ideas, parenting information, and empty nest strategies. Be it a real venture or one that is still only being imagined — Castle Concierge strives to inspire you to create extraordinary vacations and at-home adventures. We provide reviews, tips, itineraries, budgeting examples, and handy lists to help your travels and staycations go smoothly!


Kim LaPaglia with Mickey Mouse at Magic Kingdom

Kim LaPaglia with Mickey Mouse at WDW Moms Panel Media Gathering

Kimberly’s love of Disney travel began with a sixth-grade trip to Florida to visit her grandparents. This vacation featured an excursion to Walt Disney World. From then on, WDW became a favorite destination. In the years to follow, this special interest (maybe obsession!) was shared with the person who would become her lifetime traveling companion — Michael. They have dreamed up many trips to Disney destinations since their first visit to Disney World. Memorable vacations include a honeymoon at the Grand Floridian, a Disney cruise in the Mediterranean, a vow renewal at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, and stays at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort.

Kim even shared her passion for all things Mouse-related when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel in 2008. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys.

In between travels, Kim enjoys reading, writing, and researching. As a stay-at-home mom turned work-from-home mom and now an empty-nester, Kim is enjoying hobbies such as Book Club, puzzles, mystery games, photography, baking, and interior decorating. In the past, she’s been a room mom, book fair chairperson, public relations board member, chaperone, playdate coordinator, and marching band volunteer.

For almost a decade, she’s worn many hats for the Disney Food Blog as well. Currently, she writes and edits some of their books. She loves her work as editor of the Disney Food Blog.


Michael in Epcot at Walt Disney World

Michael in Epcot at Walt Disney World

Michael began his love for Disney travel with a childhood trip to Disneyland.

Then, vacations to Walt Disney World sparked Michael’s interest in the man behind the magic — Walt Disney.

In addition, Michael is a lifelong fan of Star Wars.

In addition to the amazing journeys, he has taken with his wife and son over the past 2 decades, Michael is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with nearly 30 years of employment experience in the behavioral mental health field and special education. Much of that time, he has been providing behavioral treatment, supervision, training, and clinical consultation with families, mental health agencies, and special educators, relating to children exhibiting challenging behaviors and those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys watching movies, listening to music, reading about movies, and cooking.

One of Michael’s passions is teaching graduate level courses for Lipscomb University in Nashville. His business, Behavioral Compass, is extremely rewarding.



Child meeting Minnie Mouse for the first time.

Nic meeting Minnie Mouse at age 2.

Nicolas had his first journey on a Lear Jet. Born three months premature, his plane ride (to transport between hospitals) happened at eight weeks of age! Nic is fond of all modes of transportation — trains, planes, taxis, ships, and cars. By age 3, he had visited WDW twice. He’s been to the Mouse’s House as a toddler, school-age child, teen, and young adult. He’s tried to keep track of his visits but I think he’s now lost count. 😉

As a college senior, Nic is attending Auburn University to study aerospace engineering. He graduates in December 2022. For four years, Nic played trumpet with the Auburn University Marching Band.

Nic is spending his second summer at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center where he works as a Mission Control Complex Crew Trainer (Camp Counselor) and Resident Assistant.



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