Barbara Vanderheyden

Coon Rapids, MN Trusted Advisor

Disney Destination and Group Travel Specialist

I have 30 years of experience planning travel for individuals, groups, meetings and incentives, leisure, destination weddings, bachelorette and bachelor vacations and much more! I have just about seen it all. There is so much that I love about the travel industry, but nothing is better than when my clients can take time from their busy lives and experience the many joys this world has to offer. I have traveled the world to gain more knowledge and experience to better serve my clients. So give me a call to start planning your next vacation!

My Travel Specialties

Disney Destination Specialist

As a Disney Destination Specialist, I can help guide you to an amazing Disney experience. Who wouldn’t want to get a chance to feel like a child again? This is why I love Disney vacations. It offers a chance for the whole family to be together and feel the magic that Disney World and Disneyland have to offer.

The memories, joy and wonderful moments that you share as a family or group will stay with you forever. Bachelorette parties, family reunions, or even dance competitions can seem overwhelming to coordinate and plan. But as a group travel specialist, I can make sure every detail of the trip runs smoothly for you and the rest of the members traveling.


Destination Wedding Specialist

I love to see couples starting their lives together. Being able to share wonderful moments with family and friends while relaxing in beautiful locations is why I love destination weddings. There is no better way to start out a new life! Let me help you make the process of planning your destination wedding a smooth and worry-free experience!


Ireland Travel Specialist

My favorite international destination is without hesitation, Ireland. I love being in a destination such as Ireland, where you see people from all around the world who are just like us, yet so different. I have taken five trips to Ireland, and each visit is just as amazing. The castles and 700ft Cliffs are truly a sight to see. I always feel like it is time to go back. Ireland and its people make you feel right at home, who wouldn’t want to go back?

Every destination I go to for the first time is my favorite. But the destinations that I really love are the ones that come from my heritage. Ireland, Scotland, England, and Sweden. I can’t wait to discover more of these amazing destinations that reflect so much of who I am.


Alaska, Ireland, Hawaii, Scotland, Sweden, Caribbean, Europe, Norway, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica

Honeymoon on a Yacht

7-night Athens Zea Yacht Charter This is the perfect Honeymoon - cruising ground provides travelers with a wealth of opportunities to experience Grecian culture through ancient ruins, towering landscapes, decadent cuisine and so more. Explore vibrant islands like...

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Luxury Retreats

RESERVE YOUR VILLA STAY WITH US & RECEIVE A $100 CONCIERGE CREDIT* From slopeside ski cabins to luxe urban escapes, when you travel with Luxury Retreats you'll choose from more than 5,000 villas in some of the world's most stunning locations, each equipped with...

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Sail Away

Find a cruise as unique as you are. Culture, enrichment and adventure await. At Riverdale Travel, we combine the best offers with deep knowledge of the destinations, cruise lines and travel experiences we promote. Take a look at some of the many travel offers below...

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Sail away on the NEW Celebrity Summit

On March 23rd, just a short 40 days since the Summit underwent the Celebrity Revoluion -   Marlene and I boarded the newly revolutionized Celebrity Summit for a 2-night sailing from San Juan.  We were able to check out all of the cool enhancements, like the newly...

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March Madness Sale

ALL-INCLUSIVE VACATIONS2019 Travel Deals to Mexico, Caribbean , Central America, and Hawaii Step into sunshine with Riverdale's March Madness SuperSale! It's the best prices of the season on travel packages to popular resorts throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, Central...

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2019 Masters in Augusta

Custom Packages to the 2019 Masters in Augusta  Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA: April 8-14 2019  For those who love and follow the game of golf, it feels like there has never been as much drama and excitement as there is these days. Tiger is back in the mix,...

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Spring Break rush at MSP

Arrive early.  Consider adding time in your travel plans for traffic, parking, rental car returns and airline check-in. Pre Pay for parking at Park N FLY by clicking our discounted link HERE or to see MSP ramp availability click here. Arrive TWO hours in advance of...

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How to Eat like a Local in Europe

One of the best parts of experiencing the world is trying the foods and flavors that other countries are famous for. From the hearty carbs that have lured travelers to Italy for centuries, to the irresistible pastries Parisians have perfected, there is no shortage of...

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Destination Weddings, Disney Vacations, European Culture, Escorted Tours, Groups, Beach Vacations, Family Vacations, Bachelorette & Bachelor Parties, All-Inclusive

Supplier Partners

Delta Vacations, Funjet Vacations, United Vacations, Pleasant Holidays


  • Disney Destination Specialist
  • Hotel Excellence with Marriott
  • Starwood Pro
  • Riu Specialist