HELLO AND WELCOME!
My name is Nikky. I’m a wife, a mother, a pharmacist turned theme park blogger, and a writer who loves ALL things amusement park related!
I am the 3rd of 4 kids born and raised in the heart of central Florida surrounded by many beautiful and bountiful lakes of Lake County.
I’ve always loved using my imagination and there’s no wonder why I gravitated so heavily to the magic of Disney-inspired films.
Ever since I was a child, I had a natural affinity to the parks here that has now spilled over into adulthood.
They must have really loved me!
Throughout this imaginative journey, I began to write more in middle school, but once my mother purchased our own camcorder, I was officially hooked and started producing EPIC home videos!
Well, they were epic in my mind…
Once high school came, I was dabbed as the video production chick, which I didn’t mind having that title.
My future and career were set.
This was what I wanted to do.
All that passion and drive to grow my skills and make a career out of producing video content went out the door, when at the last minute I decided to get a “real degree.”
I was too scared to pursue my passion of writing and content creation because I wanted a “safe job” when I graduated college.
My fear was that I would struggle like so many people I grew up around.
I went ahead and attended my dream college, Florida A & M University (go Rattlers!) where I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
So, I began writing again in 2012.
First with an adventure novel to inspire me to go deep into my imagination, then with the launch of ThemeParkHipster in September of 2012.
ThemeParkHipster became my life!
I poured everything I had into and in return, writing about all my theme park adventures got me out of a dark tunnel because it was where I could actually write from my heart.
I’ve been wandering alone to theme parks around the country for about a decade now logging in thousands of hours with this form of exploration.
The solo travel started with the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter unexpectedly, because I could not convince a single friend or family member to accompany me for twelve hours in the blazing Florida heat for a theme park event.
To me it was a historic day, to others it was a waste of time.
Going alone to a theme park was now my favorite way to visit the parks.
Instead of rushing over to the thrill rides, like I used to, I was now happy just sitting in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot enjoying a nice glass of wine and a delightful book!
I now found one of my purposes in life and I wanted to put the pen to pad and show others how to travel to a park like Disney solo.
Five years after the start of ThemeParkHipster I published my first book, The Solo Theme Park Traveler’s Guide.
I was sooo elated to have accomplished one of my biggest goals in life…
Becoming a published author.
Everything was going perfectly!
I met my husband, moved closer to the theme parks in central Florida, and had my first child…
Then out of the blue, my mom had a stroke and died…
Man, this is so hard to write…
Just when I thought everything was going so well, life had a different plan.
There I was, a first-time mom with a little girl depending on me when I truly needed my mom to help me be a mom.
Back into depression I went and like before, and no one knew that I was even in this dark place.
Not even my husband.
With the help of my Life Coach, Jelisa, I realized that I needed to get back into the things that made me the happiest.
- My relationship with the Creator
- The love I have for my husband, my daughter, and family
- Creative writing
- Traveling the world
- Listening to some classic R&B artists like Luther Vandross, 112, Alexander O’Neal, En Vogue, SWV, and Mint Condition
- And of course, Solo Travel at the Theme Parks!
Throughout all of this I was given the honor of being placed on the Top 50 Theme Park Blogs list.
It is my goal to serve you and to show you how you can enjoy park hopping alone. I want to also show how you can create your own solo theme park memories without the negative opinions you may be thinking to yourself or the opinions someone close to you has made.
What I’m trying to say is don’t hold back!
Get out there!
No one is stopping you but yourself.
This is your opportunity to do something unimaginable and life changing.
My goal is to make sure that you can use all the tools life has provided you with to become the person you are destined to be with the help of solo theme park travel.
As you read my blog and watch my videos, you’ll learn about all the things I love:
1 – My Family
2 – My Harry Potter obsession
3 – My passion for fitness and health
4 – My addiction to reading and learning new things
5 – My constant need to travel
YOU WILL ALSO DISCOVER:
My First Published Book
In 2017 I published my first book in the midst of losing my mom and having my first child.
The book was named The Solo Theme Park Traveler’s Guide.
It breaks down my secret theme park tips into an easy to understand manual.
I dedicated the first month of 2018 preparing to launch my podcast. My goal was to give you different strategies that I use to help you save time and money for your trip.
I would greatly appreciate it if you took a quick moment to support my podcast by subscribing to it on iTunes or Google Play.
If you are using an Apple iPhone or iPad, then go here to subscribe.
Helping you follow your dreams
The Creator has brought me out of some dark places to where I am today.
I am a living testimony.
I want to show you how to pursue your passions in life.
You may even get inspired to start your own Disney Travel Blog too!
Now that you know a little bit about me, let’s get started on your theme park journey!
You can start with a few of my favorite theme park guides below:
- First Timer Disney Tips
- Your Complete Disney Itinerary/Planning Guide
- Best Days to Visit Disney
- Surviving Florida Heat
- Magic Kingdom Must Do’s
- SeaWorld Tips
- Your Ultimate Busch Gardens Guide
- Universal Studios Pro Tips
- First Timer Tips for Islands of Adventure
- Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks
- How to Get Cheap Flights to Disney