MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet with Melissa Roden

February 10, 2017 by MickeyTravels

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 Melissa Roden from Erie, Pennsylvania!

Name: Melissa Roden

Where are you from?  Erie, PA

First memory of Disney?  I was 12 years old and my family had been saving for years for our vacation first vacation to Walt Disney World and by saving, I mean every one of us. So, there was a real sense of achievement that came with being on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom for the first time. We’d worked so hard to get there and it couldn’t have been more magical

What makes Disney MAGICAL in your eyes? Regardless if you are aged 6, 60 or somewhere in between, Disney is bound to put a smile on your face.  It’s nice to have those moments of unbridled happiness with your family. You never forget those.

Favorite Disney destination and why? All Disney destinations are truly spectacular l but I would have to say Walt Disney World- because it’s the one I remember as a child.

Favorite Disney Character and why?  Mickey of course! Even at the age of 40, I still get giddy, at a loss for words and slightly emotional when he’s standing in front of me.  He’s a true icon.

Favorite Disney Attraction and why?  Haunted Mansion – The ambiance, the Imagineering and remembering that moment as a child when I saw the ghosts dancing in the ballroom and was just blown away thinking- How did they do that! It makes me smile every time and I don’t’ feel like I’ve arrive at Disney until I’ve ridden it at least once!

Favorite Disney Resort and why? – Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I will never forget the look on my daughter’s face when she saw a giraffe walking past her bedroom window.  This resort is beyond anything we’ve ever experienced and educational!  My daughter learned about animals, different cultures, art and music all during a 5-night stay.  Where else but Disney!

Favorite Disney Restaurant and why?  Be Our Guest.  Walking across the bridge on the way to Beast’s Castle just feels like your entering this fairy tale.  The theming is mind-blowing and makes you feel a part of the story, especially the gothic West Wing.  I also love that it’s only a quick service credit for breakfast or lunch so that you always feel like your bagging a bargain.  Oh and of course to eat the Grey Stuff….it’s delicious!

Favorite Disney Quick Service Restaurant and why?  Columbia Harbour House is another favorite option in the Magic Kingdom.  The food is great but it’s the upstairs seating area that really makes it one of my favorite places to grab a bite.  Head upstairs and it’s usually a sea of calm with lots of space to spread out.  You’ll almost forget that there’s heaving crowds just outside the window.  My daughter also likes the tuna sandwiches shaped like a fish!

3 Disney characters you’d like to have dinner with and why? Any of the Disney Villains and I’m so delighted to say that I have had dinner with a few of them at Club Villain, a special add-on event, at Hollywood Studios.  Hosted by Dr. Facilier from Princess and the Frog you get to wine dine and dance the night away with some awesome Disney baddies.  Watching my 6 year old teaching dance moves to Cruella de Vil is one of my favorite Disney memories ever!

Favorite Disney snack and why? I have to say the Le Fou’s Brew over at Gaston’s Tavern.  This frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow and mango and passionfruit foam is positively perfect for those scorching hot theme park afternoons.

Favorite Disney Movie and why?  Tangled.  I discover something new about it every time and it always makes me laugh.

3 Favorite Disney Songs and why?  Grim Grinning Ghosts from Haunted Mansion, I’ve Got a Dream from Tangled and Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid- Because each of them is a regular fixture in my family’s Carpool Karaoke.

Disney character you’re most similar to and why? Edna Mode from The Incredibles because I’m creative, quirky, focused and always trying to “Live in the now.”

If you could be one Disney character for a day who would it be and why? Mickey Mouse because he just makes everyone smile!

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.  I highly recommend going on one of Disney’s amazing tours where you learn about the history of the parks, get to see some behind the scenes secrets and get to experience a surprise or two.  I would love to bring that kind of magic and insight to guests! Every guide I’ve had has been an absolute credit to Walt’s legacy.

Best part about being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent? That every day I get to work to help family’s feel as happy as I did that day I walked down Main Street for the first time.

Why should I book my vacation with you? I’m attentive, caring, and passionate about spreading the Disney Magic.  I strive to learn something new about Disney every day and always make it a point to pass on this knowledge whether it’s to a client or to readers of the two blogs I write for Chip and Co and Disney Addicts.  I like to tell clients that once your vacation is booked, my work isn’t done but merely beginning.  I’ll be on hand to help you through every step of the planning process and am even “On-Call” when your vacation day finally arrives.

Contact me at mroden@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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