MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet with Kimberly Baird

September 2, 2017

MickeyTravels is excited to bring back The MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet! We feature a different MickeyTravels agent on a regular basis. We’re proud to have the best Disney Travel agents in the world as part of our MickeyTravels team and this will allow you to get to know them even better. Today the spotlight shines on Kimberly Baird from Texas!

Name: Kimberly Baird

Where are you from?  Rosharon, TX

First memory of Disney?  I was about 7 years old….and I vividly remember the first time walking down Main Street and it was like a whole different world…I had never seen anything like it.  Then I saw Cinderella’s Castle and I was in complete awe…it was so beautiful and magical.  As a child, it is like seeing things you had only read or dreamed about in person…I remember feeling like I was in a fairy tale…just pure joy!

What makes Disney MAGICAL in your eyes?  What makes Disney so magical for me…is that as an adult…I still feel all those same emotions of joy, amazement and wonder that I did as a child.  You can be that kid again…no worries or cares in the world…just have fun and let your heart believe in fairies, pirates and princesses.  There is just no other place like it…anywhere!

Favorite Disney destination and why? Most definitely Walt Disney World in Orlando.  It is just home to me.  Disney World has brought me such joy my entire life and I have loved being able to share it with my children and eventually my grandchildren.  My family has made so many magical memories there and I know there are so many more to come.

Favorite Disney Character and why?  This is a hard one for me because I have so many favorites.  Of course, I will always have a special place in my heart for Mickey…but I always truly enjoy my interactions with Goofy!!  He is so much fun and so…well…Goofy!!  He has a great big heart and loves to make people laugh.

Favorite Disney Attraction and why?  My favorite ride is Expedition Everest…even though I have gone on it more times than I can count…it still gets my adrenaline pumping every time.  It is so much fun!!!  For a non-ride attraction…I would say Mickey’s Philharmagic!  It just makes me smile every time I experience it…I love everything about it!

Favorite Disney Resort and why?  Ok…I have two favorites for very different reasons.  The first one is The Wilderness Lodge.  It is just beautiful!!  You cannot walk inside this resort and not be in awe of just how incredible it is.  The entire property is just stunning.  My next favorite is The Art of Animation Resort.  This resort is so much fun…the pools are amazing, the grounds have so much to see and explore and the family suites have 2 bathrooms.  Not only do the kids love this resort, but the adults have a blast too!!

Wilderness Lodge

Favorite Disney Restaurant and why?  I love the Garden Grill in Epcot.  The food is amazing, you can meet Mickey, Pluto and Chip and Dale and the restaurant actually turns really slowly while you are eating.  This one is always a must do for our family!

Favorite Disney Quick Service Restaurant and why?  I really like Be Our Guest for the atmosphere and attention to detail in the décor.  The food is really good too!

3 Disney characters you’d like to have dinner with and why? I know he is not a Disney Character…but I would love to have met Mr. Walt Disney.  I can only imagine all the amazing stories he would have to tell. I would also have loved to thank him for giving us something that has brought such happy memories to so many people.  Next, it would have to be Moana and Merida…because they are fearless, strong and adventurous and probably have fun stories about all their adventures.

Walt Disney

Favorite Disney snack and why?  My favorite snack is the Plaza Ice Cream sundae served in a waffle cone bowl from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street.  I always get one right before I go find my spot for the Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Favorite Disney Movie and why?    Moana is one of my favorites because I love her journey and her strength.  I just love her character.

3 Favorite Disney Songs and why?  (1) Be our Guest – this song just makes me happy!  We love singing this one really loud while we are in the car! (2) How far I’ll go – this song reminds me that sometimes you must follow your heart and step out of your comfort zone. (3) When you wish upon a star – this song reminds you that no matter what never give up on your dreams…and never stop dreaming!

Disney character you’re most similar to and why?  I think I am most similar to Moana. I love the ocean, my family is very important to me and I have chickens (we even named one hei hei)!

Moana Disney Movie

If you could be one Disney character for a day who would it be and why?  Minnie!!! She is so classy and everyone just loves her.  She always brings a smile to everyone’s face and I would love to be able to bring that much joy to people all day long!

If you could work at one of the Disney theme parks, what job would you want and why?  I would love to work at the Magic Kingdom as a character…maybe I could be Minnie and get to be a part of the Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Best part about being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent?  I love being able to help plan magical vacations for families and seeing all the amazing experiences they share together while making memories that will last a lifetime.  It just brings me such joy!!

Why should I book my vacation with you?  I want each person that puts their trust in me to plan their Disney Vacation to experience the true magic and joy that only Disney can bring.  I know that many families put a lot of hard work into saving and planning for this experience and are looking forward to making many treasured memories with their loved ones.  I want your Disney experience to be special and unique and I will work very hard to make sure you find that perfect Disney vacation for your family.

Contact me at kbaird@mickeytravels.com for all my FREE Disney vacation planning services.  I can’t wait to hear from you and to help make memories that will last forever!

MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet with Sarah Phillips

August 22, 2017

MickeyTravels is excited to bring back The MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet! We feature a different MickeyTravels agent on a regular basis. We’re proud to have the best Disney Travel agents in the world as part of our MickeyTravels team and this will allow you to get to know them even better. Today the spotlight shines on Sarah Phillips from Missouri!

Name: Sarah Phillips

Where are you from?  I was born outside of Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from college, I moved out to Kansas City, Missouri.

First memory of Disney?  My very first memory of Disney is actually one of my very first memories ever. My parents had taken me to EPCOT when I was maybe 5 and I remember sticking my head through the railings of a bridge over one of the little waterways. There was a Friendship boat moving through the water and I just remember being so fascinated by it.

What makes Disney MAGICAL in your eyes? Disney to me is a perfect moment in time when the outside world can’t touch you and where magical moments happen all of the time. Families slow down and are able to spend valuable time enjoying one another.

Favorite Disney destination and why? My big answer is Walt Disney World but more specifically it’s the Magic Kingdom. I love the attractions and the characters with all my heart. But, I think I could spend a whole day just wandering around the park admiring all of the little details the Imagineers thoughtfully put in for all of us to enjoy.

Magic Kingdom

Favorite Disney Character and why?  This one is hard! I have a special place in my heart for both Cinderella and Rapunzel. They both embody a sense of positivity in the face of adversity that I really admire.

Favorite Disney Attraction and why?  Splash Mountain! I could ride it continuously for hours. There is so much thought and detail put into this attraction. It is the perfect balance of Disney’s mastery of storytelling and also giving you a big thrill at the end.

Favorite Disney Resort and why? Animal Kingdom Lodge is incredibly beautiful. The lobby and common areas are full of beautiful pieces of African artwork. Their table service restaurants Jiko and Sanaa have award winning dining. Where else can you wake up and see a giraffe from your bedroom window!

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Favorite Disney Restaurant and why?  Every vacation to Walt Disney World means a trip to ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Village Resort. Everyone in the restaurant (even you) are considered “cousins” and treated like family. There is Hawaiian entertainment during the meal and if you time it just right, you can catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from a table next the window. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a close second!

Favorite Disney Quick Service Restaurant and why?  I love going to Be Our Guest for their quick service meal at lunch. The quality of the food is the best in the park as far as quick service is considered and who wouldn’t want to eat in the Beast’s castle!

3 Disney characters you’d like to have dinner with and why? I always vote for a good comedy act. Chip and Dale are always hilarious. I even think I got a marriage proposal from Dale once. The Tremaine sisters, Anastasia and Drizella, always have me in stitches too!

Chip and Dale at Walt Disney World

Favorite Disney snack and why? I’m not sure if this counts, but the “No Way Jose Sundae” at Beaches and Cream is to die for. Hot fudge and peanut buttery goodness…yum!

Favorite Disney Movie and why?  That’s a tough one but I’m going to say Mary Poppins. She is more than practically perfect in my book. The music is amazing and the storyline is so sweet.

3 Favorite Disney Songs and why?  A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella), A Spoonful of Sugar (Mary Poppins), Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South and Splash Mountain). They all are about finding the sunny sides of life even when things seem hard

Disney character you’re most similar to and why? Ms. Incredible…haha. I can really relate to her dealing with the ups and downs of daily family life and still finding the love in it all.

Mrs Incredible

If you could be one Disney character for a day who would it be and why? Mary Poppins for sure! I would love to snap my fingers and my house is clean and sing one song and my kiddos are asleep.  She is full of unexplained magic!

If you could work at one of the Disney theme parks, what job would you want and why? I think I would like to be a VIP Tour Guide. It would be so great to share my knowledge with families about the parks and also be able to take them onto all of the rides with practically no waits! A day full of sprinkling pixie dust on a family seems wonderful.

Best part about being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent? I love sharing with my clients all of the tips and tricks I have learned along the way. Tips to make their vacation go smoother, tricks to maximize park time, and helpful hints to making the vacation so much more magical!

Why should I book my vacation with you? I am here to find you the best deals, even after you book. I take care of booking dining, FastPass+, and any other Disney reservations you might be interested in. I am here to answer questions and make recommendations specifically tailored to your family’s needs and wants.

Contact me at sphillips@mickeytravels.com for all my FREE Disney vacation planning services.  I can’t wait to hear from you and to help make memories that will last forever!

MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet with Jodi Starnes

August 22, 2017

MickeyTravels is excited to bring back The MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet! We feature a different MickeyTravels agent on a regular basis. We’re proud to have the best Disney Travel agents in the world as part of our MickeyTravels team and this will allow you to get to know them even better. Today the spotlight shines on Jodi Starnes from South Carolina!

Name: Jodi Starnes

Where are you from?  Greenville, SC

First memory of Disney?  I was 5 years old when I first visited Disney World with my family.  I remember being so scared to ride Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion, but I ended up loving them both!  I also remember being amazed by the monorail system.

What makes Disney MAGICAL in your eyes?  There are many different ways Disney is magical, but for me the magic is the happiness it brings to my family every time we visit a Disney Destination.  We share in the joy of being together with no cares or worries and just wonder, laughter and pure excitement.

Favorite Disney destination and why? Walt Disney World is my favorite Disney destination.  My family has made so many memories over the years in Disney World, and I love the feeling of nostalgia I have every time we visit.

Walt Disney World is so MAGICAL!

Favorite Disney Character and why?  My favorite Disney character is Minnie Mouse because she is sweet, stylish and fun.

Favorite Disney Attraction and why?  This is a hard one for me to answer, but I would have to say Soarin in Epcot.  I love the feeling of flying over the world and experiencing the sights and sounds around me.

Soarin at Epcot in Walt Disney World

Favorite Disney Resort and why?  This is an easy one for me to answer.  The Polynesian is my favorite resort in Disney World.  I love the theming, the luscious grounds, the pools, the location, the dining options and just the feeling of home when we stay there.

Favorite Disney Restaurant and why?  My family really enjoys eating at ‘Ohana for dinner.  The food is scrumptious and plentiful, and I love the atmosphere.  The best part of the meal is the bread pudding for dessert!

Favorite Disney Quick Service Restaurant and why?  Be Our Guest is my favorite quick service restaurant.  I love eating in Beast’s Castle and the food  (especially the dessert) is yummy.

Be Our Guest Walt Disney World

3 Disney characters you’d like to have dinner with and why?  I would like to have dinner with Anastasia, Drizella , and Dorrie.  They would be so funny and would keep me entertained.

Favorite Disney snack and why? A warm cinnamon roll with LeFou’s Brew from Gaston’s Tavern is the perfect mid-morning snack while in Magic Kingdom.

Favorite Disney Movie and why?  Pete’s Dragon is my favorite classic Disney movie.  I watched it over and over again as a child.  My favorite current Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast.

Pete's Dragon

3 Favorite Disney Songs and why?  “When Will My Life Begin” from Tangled, “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast, and “Part of your World” from The Little Mermaid are three of my favorite Disney songs from three of my favorite Disney movies.

Disney character you’re most similar to and why?  I think I am most like Anna from Frozen.  I am caring, bubbly and determined, and I am very loyal to my loved ones.

If you could be one Disney character for a day who would it be and why?  I think it would be pretty neat to be Tinkerbell.  Not only does she get to be a part of the Festival of Fantasy Parade, but she also gets to fly over the Magic Kingdom on a zip line.

Tinkerbell at Walt Disney World

If you could work at one of the Disney theme parks, what job would you want and why?  I would work as a performer in the Festival of the Lion King in Animal Kingdom.  I just love the music and dancing in that show, and I think it would be fun to be a part of it. It is also nice and cool in the theater, so that’s a plus!

Best part about being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent? Sharing my knowledge and love for Disney is one of the best parts of being a Disney Travel Agent.  I love working with families to help them plan their magical vacations.

Why should I book my vacation with you? Planning a Disney vacation can be a very overwhelming process.  Through my personal experience and training, I can make the planning process fun and stress- free and help you plan a customized trip to Disney.  My goal is for your family is to make the most of your vacation and experience the trip of a lifetime.

Contact me at jodi@mickeytravels.com for all my FREE Disney vacation planning services.  I can’t wait to hear from you and to help make memories that will last forever!



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