Tag: Disney Virtual Meet & Greet

MickeyTravels Virtual Agent Meet & Greet with Melissa Abbott

September 28, 2016

MickeyTravels is excited to bring back The MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet! We will 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 Melissa Abbott from Plainfield, IL!

Name: Melissa Abbott

Where are you from? Plainfield, IL.

First memory of Disney? I was 10 years old, we had never taken a vacation before. My sister had Cerebral Palsy, we smiled and laughed together not needing words, we made memories. It was the best days of our lives together.

What makes Disney MAGICAL in your eyes? The happy memories I make there on every vacation, I get to share the past with my family, and make new memories with my family. I also like that I get to check my worries at the door. That cast members and the Disney service likes to pamper and take care of us.

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Favorite Disney destination and why? Walt Disney World is my home. I like that it offers 4 parks, something for everyone. Each Park is an adventure!

Favorite Disney Character and why? Mickey Mouse! It all started with him, & he’s my BFF!

Favorite Disney Attraction and why? It’s a classic, Small World! It was my first ride, my sister’s favorite ride, my kids’ first ride. It’s one of our first rides and last rides on our trip!

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Favorite Disney Resort and why? Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary. I have a young family of five. We like the living space, full kitchen, and privacy. I also like being a 10-15-minute walk to Magic Kingdom, or a monorail ride away!

Favorite Disney Restaurant and why? Ohana, I like the Polynesian/Asian/American fusion. The service is good. The music and kids activates are nice. The atmosphere and views are relaxing.

Favorite Disney Quick Service Restaurant and why? Harbor House! I like the ample and quiet seating upstairs. The views are neat too!

3 Disney characters you’d like to have dinner with and why? Not necessarily a character, If I could I would pick Walt Disney, I have so many questions, and would love to hear some stories. I’d like Mickey and Donald to be there too!

Favorite Disney snack and why? I have to pick one?! Dole Whip, Pretzel from Germany, and a Butter Finger Cupcake from Starring Rolls!!!!!

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Favorite Disney Movie and why? Meet the Robinsons, sure I love the classics and new movies, but this one is overlooked. “Keep Moving Forward”!

3 Favorite Disney Songs and why? “When Somebody Loves You”, “Baby Mine”, “When Wish Upon a Star”… that last one chokes me up when I’m standing on Main Street U.S.A. looking the castle!
Disney character you’re most similar to and why? Sadness, but not in a gloomy way, I like to say although she had to deal with the unhappy events, she found a way to turn them around into more, to find joy in the more difficult times. She’s also honest and smart!

If you could be one Disney mascot for a day who would it be and why? Mickey Mouse, he’s everyone’s friend, and everyone loves him!

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If you could work at one of the Disney theme parks, what job would you want and why? I would want to be a tour cast member, I enjoy history, I also enjoy making people feel happy and special!

Best part about being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent? I like every aspect, it’s like puzzle. You get bits and pieces, slowly it comes together. Then quickly it’s put together for all to enjoy. I get to talk with people and learn about their lives and families. I learn what they like and don’t like. They become my family and friends, I enjoy making them happy, and love hearing how their trips went and what memories they made! I am also a Disney Nerd, so this gives me a chance to talk Disney all the time!!!

Why should I book my vacation with you? I love my job; it’s rewarding to help make people happy! I like to provide a warm, friendly, and customizable service to my clients. I am as involved as you want me to be. I do the leg work for you!

Melissa can be contacted by calling Toll Free: 844-400-0114 or via email mabbott@mickeytravels.com – she can also be found on our website by clicking here!

MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet – Erica M. Lamb

January 14, 2015

MickeyTravels is excited about our new initiative – The MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet. We will feature a different MickeyTravels agent on a daily 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 Erica Lamb from Louisville, KY!

Name:Erica M. Lamb

Where are you from?

I am from Germantown, Ohio, but have moved around quite a bit. I spent most of my childhood in Waukesha, Wisconsin, middle school and high school years in Dublin, Ohio, and then moved to Florida where I spent the next 17 years. I currently reside in Louisville, Kentucky.

First memory of Disney?

I didn’t make my first trip to Disney World until I was 20 years old so I remember most of it quite well. I loved the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain and, of course, my first glimpse of Cinderella’s Castle while walking down Main Street U.S.A., was amazing! However, the most important memory I have of that first visit was spending it with my entire family, including my grandparents who have since passed away. I will always have the memory of that trip even if they are no longer with us.

What makes Disney MAGICAL in your eyes?

Disney is magical because once I’m there, the real world fades away and I feel like I have been transported to another place entirely.

Favorite Disney destination and why?

Walt Disney World! Where else can I go with my family and know that everyone will have a great time? Amazing international restaurants, tons of rides and shows, spectacular shopping, beautiful resorts, and plenty of recreational activities and non-park attractions make it the perfect place to spend a week (or more)!

Walt Disney World

Favorite Disney Character and why?

Stitch! He’s so sassy!

Favorite Disney Attraction and why?

I love the Haunted Mansion and have to ride it multiple times each visit, it’s just the right mix of creepy and fun. I also have a great fondness for Peter Pan’s Flight – I always feel like a kid again on this ride.

Favorite Disney Resort and why?

Port Orleans – French Quarter! I love the tranquil setting and strolling the grounds in the evening. The rooms are as beautiful as the grounds! I also like that it’s a very small resort, which makes getting around that much easier. Not to mention the boat ride from the resort to Downtown Disney. Oh, and the beignets!

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Favorite Disney Restaurant and why?

Boma, Boma, Boma! This is a must do each and every trip – non-negotiable. Boma has an amazing assortment of food and will please everyone from the pickiest eater to the most adventurous. Everything is prepared to perfection and I love sampling a little of everything on the buffet. It’s a little hard making room for dessert, but I always manage somehow. I also love taking an after-dinner stroll through the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the grounds to look at the giraffes and zebras.

Favorite Disney Quick Service Restaurant and why?

  1. Tangerine Café in the Morocco pavilion in Epcot – the vegetarian platter offers a sample of 4 different salads, plus hummus and bread. It’s very filling, but also light enough that I don’t feel tired after lunch.
  2. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café – I have to have a burger from here each trip just so I can indulge in the toppings bar. Sautéed onions and mushrooms – yum! Also, the back patio offers a spectacular view of the Magic Kingdom.
  3. Sunshine Seasons in the Land pavilion at Epcot – It has its own bakery! The food is so fresh and this restaurant has such a great variety of dishes. But really, the bakery keeps me coming back!

3 Disney characters you’d like to have dinner with and why?

Stitch, Mary Poppins and Alice. I have always loved Alice in Wonderland and would love to hear about her adventures. Stitch would be great entertainment, and I would love to watch Mary Poppins try to correct his behavior throughout a meal.

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Favorite Disney snack and why?

My absolute favorite snack is the fruit tulip that I used to be able to find in Epcot at the Kringla Og Kafe in the Norway pavilion. This delicious treat has a cookie that is dipped in chocolate, filled with custard and topped with fresh berries. A perfect breakfast or mid-afternoon snack! I also really like green tea ice cream which can be found at a cart outside of the Japan pavilion.

Favorite Disney Movie and why?

This will sound pretty strange coming from a Disney enthusiast, but I really don’t like Disney movies. Most of them are just too sad for me. However, way back in 1973, Disney produced a live action film called Mystery in Dracula’s Castle, which starred Johnny Whitaker of Family Affair fame, and I have very fond memories of this film – even though it scared me at the time. This was presented on The Wonderful World of Walt Disney which used to air on Sunday evenings.

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3 Favorite Disney Song and why?

Grimm Grinning Ghosts – Spooky and fun, I love singing along with this tune.

A Pirate’s Life for Me – A swashbuckling tune that makes a great travel tune while driving to Florida.

The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers – I love singing this to my dog when she is in a particularly bouncy mood.

Disney character you’re most similar to and why?

Alice in Wonderland, because I have been cast as Alice in a few different productions.

If you could be one Disney mascot for a day who would it be and why?

Figment – the ultimate imaginative trickster. What fun!

Alice in Wonderland Disney

If you could work at one of the Disney theme parks, what job would you want and why?

I would love to be a tour guide on The Great Movie Ride. I love all of those movies, and it requires a bit of acting.

Best part about being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent?

Guiding my clients through all of the different options and knowing that I am helping them choose the best possible resort, entertainment and dining options.

Why should I book my vacation with you?

I love to get to know my clients and put together options that will make their vacation personal, unique and, of course, magical.

Feel free to reach out to Erica with any questions or comments. Erica can be reached at erica@mickeytravels.com or 1-502-727-0562. She can also be found on our website at http://mickeytravels.com/erica

 

MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet – Donna Rossi

January 13, 2015

MickeyTravels is excited about our new initiative – The MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet. We will feature a different MickeyTravels agent on a daily 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 Donna Rossi from Pennsylvania!

Name: Donna Rossi

Where are you from? I live in Ardmore, Pennsylvania – a suburb of Philadelphia. I grew up in the nearby town of Broomall, PA.

First memory of Disney? My first trip to a Disney Park was a family trip to Walt Disney World when I was 8 years old. I remember seeing the Castle, a feeling of amazement walking down Main Street USA, and the Monorail!

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What makes Disney MAGICAL in your eyes? I believe the Magic of Disney is in the storytelling. There is storytelling all around and the subtle details that support these stories are amazing! Think of waiting in line for a Disney attraction, walking into a gift shop and looking above the merchandise at the wall decor, or how the background music will change seamlessly when you move from one part of a park to another. The resorts also work their own Magic with storytelling, giving every resort a unique look and feel. With Disney no detail is forgotten and everything tells a story – and that is MAGICAL!

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Favorite Disney destination and why? It is difficult to select just one Disney destination, mostly because I’ve never had a bad vacation when it was a Disney one… but I think my favorite would be Disney Cruise Line. Unlike the theme parks, when sailing on a Disney ship you can experience all the terrific elements of a Disney vacation while enjoying unparalleled convenience and service. This is particularly true when traveling with small children. Your room is always a few steps for naptime (kids or adults!), and the kid’s clubs are outstanding. No worries about being too hot, waiting in long lines, or generally wearing yourselves out. Practically everything is included when you sail, there are seemingly endless activities and leisure opportunities, plus you have more chances enjoy food and drink than you can imagine! I’m ready to set sail again!

Favorite Disney Character and why? My favorite Disney character is good old Mickey Mouse because he is always so warm, friendly, and welcoming.

Favorite Disney Attraction and why? My favorite Disney attraction hands down is Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios or California Adventure. This attraction has it all – amazing theming, thrilling drops, and it is comfortable (scary, yes; hard on the body, no). I love that they randomize the drops so it’s never know how your trip to the Twilight Zone will go!

Favorite Disney Resort and why? There are no bad Disney resorts, but if I had to pick just one it would be Disney’s Contemporary because the location to the Magic Kingdom just can’t be beat. An easy Monorail ride, or even easier 10-minute walk, makes the Contemporary a super convenient resort to stay when traveling with small children (or adults who also can’t get enjoy of the Magic Kingdom!). The views are stunning – a Theme Park view where Cinderella Castle greets you each time you look out on your balcony, or the Bay Lake View where you can enjoy the nighttime Lagoon Show while your children sleep. I also appreciate the day bed giving the rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort a good fit for a family of 5.

Favorite Disney Restaurant and why? LeCellier in Epcot’s Canadian Pavilion earns my vote for favorite restaurant, followed very closely by Disneyland’s Blue Bayou, which is set inside the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Both have outstanding food, service, and fantastic theming!

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Favorite Disney Quick Service Restaurant and why? Lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant inside the Beast’s castle in the Magic Kingdom has become my favorite Quick Service spot because it’s gorgeous inside (and it’s snowing!), plus the desserts are incredible. Close to my heart is Sleep Hollow, also in the Magic Kingdom, for their delicious waffle sandwiches!

3 Disney characters you’d like to have dinner with and why? Three Disney characters I would enjoy dining with would be: Walt Disney from Saving Mr. Banks, Mrs. Incredible (a.k.a. Elastigirl) from The Incredibles, and Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. I realize that I might be cheating the question a little by responding Walt Disney, but how amazing would it be to share a meal with the man that started it all! Walt was the ultimate storyteller and a man genuinely interested in making the world a better, happier place for all. I would want that meal to go on for hours! Spending time with Mrs. Incredible would be enjoyable as well since I would have several things in common with her (being a mother for one; sadly not the super hero thing). She has spirit and depth to her character, and I believe I could learn many things from her. Finally, Captain Jack Sparrow because… well, it’s Johnny Depp… ‘nuf said J

Favorite Disney snack and why? Oh, Dole Whip pineapple soft-serve ice cream… I think it’s what happiness tastes like!

Favorite Disney Movie and why? I adore so many of Disney’s movies, particularly the animated ones, but my very favorite is The Little Mermaid. I purchased it when I was a young teenager and it drew me more into Disney than you would think a cartoon could to a kid in late middle school. The music, story, and characters were a delight to experience over and over again. The movies that followed (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) proved that The Little Mermaid ushered in the second Golden Age of Disney Animation.

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3 Favorite Disney Song and why? It’s tough to select just three Disney songs as my favorite, but here goes: the soundtrack to “Fantasmic!”, “King of New York” from Newsies, “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” from Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. I chose the music from Fantasmic because it gives me goose bumps each time I hear it – such energy and life that you can’t help but be excited just listening to it (and all the better when you are watching the show!). The Newsies song “King of New York” makes the list because it’s a great example of what a musical number should be: catchy, clever, and moves the story along while entertaining the audience. Finally, the Sherman brothers tribute to the very spirit Walt Disney himself embodied – the eternal optimism that things will get better when people work together and are given the freedom to put ideas into action.

Disney character you’re most similar to and why? Belle from Beauty and the Beast would be the character I feel most similar to because she is independent, optimistic, friendly without being a push over, and loves to read. Plus we both have brown hair.

If you could be one Disney mascot for a day who would it be and why? I would love to be Tigger for one day because of his wonderful energy and sense of pure joy with his every bounce!

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If you could work at one of the Disney theme parks, what job would you want and why? The job I would pick for myself if I were to work in one of the Disney theme parks would be to care for the ducks that live in the Castle moat and waterways in the Magic Kingdom. If reincarnation happens, I want to come back as a Disney duck!

Best part about being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent? The best part of being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent is being a part of family that’s filled with people who want nothing more than to give others the very best experience possible during their Disney vacations. I knew I’d love helping families plan their Disney vacations because that’s so much fun (I’ve been doing it for my friends and family for years before I knew it was an actual job). What I didn’t expect was to find a group of dedicated, passionate, and highly collaborative agents who want to help each other make every single client’s experience Magical. There is something very special and all together wonderful about working with people who all want everyone else to succeed in a goal – and that goal is to do our very best for each and every client.

Why should I book my vacation with you? You should book your vacation with me because I love helping people get the most out of their Disney vacations. I want you to get the best value for your money, have the most magical experience while on vacation, and think back to the planning process and feel like it was a breeze. When you book with me or any other MickeyTravels agent you get outstanding customer service, a dedicated individual who will help you with every step of the planning process, and someone who is always looking for ways to make your vacation the best it can be. These services are free to you, so it’s a “win” all around!

Feel free to reach out to Donna with any questions or comments. Donna can be reached at donna@mickeytravels.com or 1-484-802-2836. She can also be found on our website at http://mickeytravels.com/donna

 

 



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