Our Story

Wishes and Wayfinding is a community of young adults who ignore the haters and share their love of all things Disney. We’re here to spill the tea on the teacups, obsess over seasonal snack offerings, and sprinkle a little magic into your inbox.

We’re Olivia, Sam, Megan, Nicole, and Bailey, a group of gal pals in their twenties with a passion for Disney. We met in a class called “Storytelling, Technology and Digital Media in Theme Parks,” at Ohio University, complete with a grand, week-long trip to WDW full of behind the scenes tours and Disney Education classes.

 

When the parks shut down due to coronavirus, we knew it would be a while before we could return and we wanted a way to combat the withdrawal while also supporting the “lost generation’s” love for Disney into adulthood. 

 

And so, Wishes and Wayfinding was born!

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Meet the Creators

Olivia Ujlaki 
The Park Pro with a Minnie Bow

I’m a longtime Walt Disney World fanatic. My family has been Disney Vacation Club members since 2005 so I have been to WDW a whopping 15 times! Yet, I can’t stop going back because every trip I find something new to love.

Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom

Favorite Snack: Vanilla Cupcake (Main St. Confectionary)

Favorite Drink: Hot Chocolate Martini (France)

Favorite Movie: Frozen 2 / Revenge of the Sith

Favorite Ride: Soarin’ Over California

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Samantha Pauley 
Immersion and Dole Whip Enthusiast

I have always had a love for Disney, but didn’t truly become a fanatic until my senior year of college. I have been to WDW four times and Disneyland Paris once. I love the thrill of new attractions but am a sucker for classic Disney experiences like pictures with Minnie.

Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom

Favorite Snack: Pineapple Dole (Polynesian and Adventureland)

Favorite Drink: Piña CoLAVA

Favorite Movie: Lady and the Tramp

Favorite Ride: Splash Mountain

Megan Bomar 
Part-time Jedi Part-time Park Hopper

As a child, my parents took me to WDW and DL and showed me the Disney classics, but my appreciation for Disney really grew senior year of college. I am basically the biggest Star Wars fan you’ll ever meet and if you don’t believe me, just know that there is a video of me crying after riding Rise of the Resistance.

Favorite Park:  Hollywood Studios (Galaxy’s edge otherwise MK has my heart)

Favorite Snack: Pineapple Dole and basically any other snack

Favorite Drink: Mexico Margarita

Favorite Movie: Star Wars Force Awakens and The Lion King

Favorite Ride: Rise of the Resistance and Splash Mountain

Nicole Dinan 
Picture Taker and Memory Maker

My love for Disney started at an early age with Disney Channel and classic movies. I’ve been to WDW a few times and DL is on my bucket list. The immersive rides and attractions are my favorite and I find it interesting to learn how they make their magic behind the scenes!

Favorite Park:  Magic Kingdom

Favorite Snack: Mickey ice cream sandwich

Favorite Drink: Piña CoLAVA

Favorite Movie: Aladdin

Favorite Ride: Avatar Flight of Passage

Bailey Fink 
Storytelling and Snack Specialist

I’ve always been obsessed with all things Disney, from the movies to the parks. My first trip to Walt Disney World was when I was in kindergarten, and I’ve been finding ways to go back ever since — including my high school senior trip and senior year of college. I love Disney because it allows you to feel like you’re a kid again. Every time you experience Disney, whether that be at the parks or in a movie, it’s magical.

Favorite Park:  Magic Kingdom

Favorite Snack: Pineapple Dole

Favorite Drink: Mo'ara Margarita

Favorite Movie: The Emperor’s New Groove

Favorite Ride: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith