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MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet with Amber Travis

August 4, 2014

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 Amber Travis from Joplin, MO

Name: Amber Travis

Where are you from? Joplin, MO

First memory of Disney? I was 9 years old the first time I went to Disney so I have tons of first memories including meeting Mickey, seeing the castle and my favorite, Spectromagic!

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What makes Disney MAGICAL in your eyes? No matter what my age, I adore every aspect of Disney even if I’ve done it over 10 times. While at the parks, I love seeing reactions of others as they experience things for the first time!

Favorite Disney destination and why? Disney World has become a home to me and we love the classic appeal of Magic Kingdom with all its nostalgic attractions.

Favorite Disney Character and why? Mrs. Potts. When I was in the 4th grade, we did a music program featuring the music of Beauty and the Beast. I got to sing all the Mrs. Potts parts including the feature song Beauty and the Beast.

Favorite Disney Attraction and why? Haunted Mansion! This attraction has so many details and magic that I adored it as a child! Now, I enjoy everything about it from the story, the music and the effects. I actually listen to the narration and Grim Grinning Ghost song on my ipod while working. I also collect items from the Haunted Mansion in my home including pins, prints and souvenirs.

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Favorite Disney Resort and why? We loved the Art of Animation resort because of the décor and theme. We love all the Disney resorts however because of the way they treat us when we come and visit! It’s nice to feel pampered!

Favorite Disney Restaurant and why? I’ve ate at Sci-Fi Dine In every single time I’ve been to Disney World. I’m also a History teacher at a local HS and the 1950s are my favorite time period to teach. Being able to sit in a car and watch drive-in movies while having a good meal has always been fun for us.

Favorite Disney Quick Service Restaurant and why? This recently has become Be Our Guest because of the themeing but we also love Starlight in Tomorrowland. It’s convienent and has great food. The air conditioning after a hot day is an added perk!

3 Disney characters you’d like to have dinner with and why? All three I would choose because we have never seen them in the parks and they are some of our favorites: Kronk from Emperor’s New Groove, Boo from Monster’s Inc. and Mrs. Potts… of course!

Favorite Disney snack and why? We like to pick up some of the park candy from Goofy’s Candy Company because it’s easy to take home and has large portions! We normally eat so much food that the snacks are hardly used with us.

Favorite Disney Movie and why? I have 2 actually; Beauty and the Beast and Monsters Inc. The first time I watched Monsters Inc, I laughed so hard that I cried and that was followed by me balling from sadness at the end of the film. So cute!

3 Favorite Disney Song and why? I’m a huge attractions theme song junkie as I listen to these songs more than actual Disney songs and they are from some of my favorites from the past: Grim Grinning Ghosts, Spectromagic and the theme to Soarin. I love instrumental music as I was in a collegiate band program so anytime I hear anything from Epcot, I get chills!

Disney character you’re most similar to and why? I’m a very sarcastic and humorous person so I can relate to Mike Wazowski. He’s also a favorite of mine.

If you could be one Disney mascot for a day who would it be and why? Well, this is tricky because I would love to see reactions of kids as I met with them but I hate the heat. I’d probably pick a princess I knew was going to be in air conditioning and see the most smiling faces. ANNA OR ELSA!

If you could work at one of the Disney theme parks, what job would you want and why? I would want to be one of the tour guides that shows the behind the scenes of the parks. Since I’m into the history and nostaliga of the parks, I think this would be perfect!

Best part about being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent? I love being able to share my love for Disney with all of my clients. Getting pictures and text messages about how much fun they are having makes all the work and prep I do seem miniscule. The company is also full of other wonderful and caring agents that are there to help me at the drop of a hat. Love them!

Why should I book my vacation with you? Disney runs in my blood and I want to share that happiness with everyone as they experience the magic of the Disney parks, Cruise Line, Aulani or Disney Adventures. I’m there every step of the way with clients and am sure to get back with everyone within 12 hours of contacting me. I take pride in getting back quickly with clients and am available for any questions 24/7! It’s like having your own personal Disney assistant a text, phone call or Facebook message away rather than calling Disney and being on hold! My services are completely free and I look forward to hearing from you soon so we can make your Disney story begin or continue!

To learn more about Amber and how she can help plan your MAGICAL Disney vacation, please contact her at amber@mickeytravels.com or 417-825-7529. She can also be found on our website at www.facebook.com/amber


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Cruising without Kids on Disney Cruise Line

April 16, 2014

Walt Disney once said, “You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.” Disneyland and Walt Disney World have managed to win over both kids and adults alike. With rides, entertainment, resort hotels, and food and drink aimed to appeal to every age and stage of life, you are bound to enjoy your Disney vacation whether you are 4 or 74, vacationing with your kids, or honeymooning with your new spouse. This commitment to catering to all ages carries over seamlessly to Disney Cruise Line.
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One might ask why you would do a Disney Cruise without children. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and I love seeing their faces as they experience a Disney vacation, but every parent deserves the opportunity to do something for themselves, not just as “Mom” or “Dad.” And for a Disney-loving girl like me, Disney Cruise Line seemed like the perfect escape. If you think you would be inundated with other people’s children on a Disney Cruise, I’m here to tell you that you are wrong. I recently took a 3-night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Magic, sans kids and husband, and honestly, I rarely crossed paths with other guest’s little ones. Despite how many youngsters are on the ship, Disney does a fantastic job of providing separate areas for kids and adults to congregate. Let’s be honest, Disney Cruise Line IS very much child-centered. And part of that means having amazing children-only areas that keep kids engaged with magical spaces and fun organized activities. Kids are usually either busy enjoying these areas or hanging out with their families by the main pool. A great alternative to the main pool is the adult-only Quiet Cove Pool. The Cast Members on-board were great about keeping kids away from this area, which allows adults to unwind by the pool without having kids cannon balling just feet away. And with a broad selection of alcoholic beverages, you can settle in for a relaxing day by the pool.
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The only potential drawback is that Disney does not have a casino on board, which is a popular activity on other cruise lines, but there are plenty of other adult activities to do. Each ship features several spaces which, during the day, are host to a variety of fun, family-friendly activities, but at night they become an oasis of entertainment for adults. You’ll find sports bars, lounges, piano bars, pool-side bars, dance clubs, and much more. My personal favorite on the Disney Magic was the piano bar, Keys, where I enjoyed live music with perfectly mixed cocktails. On a Disney cruise, adults can enjoy a wide range of unique activities designed exclusively for them such as nighttime dancing, adult-exclusive mixers, karaoke, wine tastings, games and shows. There is truly something for everyone.

For the ultimate in relaxation, adult guests can choose from a plethora of pampering spa treatments at Senses Spa and Salon (or Vista Spa and Salon on the Disney Wonder). Or for a more invigorating experience, the Fitness Centers on all the Disney Cruise ships allow guests who are 18 and older to exercise with breathtaking ocean views.
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I should also mention the Broadway-caliber shows, which appeal to both kids and adults. These spectacular live performances, either before or after your dinner depending on whether you are main or second seating, provide the perfect way for children to end the day and for adults to kick off a night of fun. My suggestion is to choose second seating for dinner, that way you will avoid many of the families with young children who prefer to dine earlier. Or you may choose to dine at the adult-exclusive restaurant, either Palo or Remy, depending on which ship you are on. There is an additional cost to dine in these restaurants, but many say the food is truly exceptional.
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I can’t end without talking about Disney Cruise Line’s outstanding service, something adults have come to expect from any company and especially from Disney. I can truly say the service I received on the ship was the best service I have ever experienced. Even though I was traveling without children, my interactions with the Cast Members still possessed a magical quality. I formed friendships with my servers and felt like they truly cared about making my vacation the best ever.
Just like at any Disney destination, I created memories that will last a lifetime… Yes, even without my kids! And I look forward to experiencing Disney Cruise Line with them next time.

So if you are an adult traveling without kids, don’t dismiss Disney Cruise Line just yet. After all, we’re all just kids grown up.

To learn more about cruising without kids, please feel free to contact me!  All of my MAGICAL services are 100% FREE!

Jill Dowling
Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
MickeyTravels, LLC
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Disney Cruise Line – Don’t miss…Character Greetings!

January 13, 2014

All of Disney Cruise Line’s sailings offer wonderful character meet and greets!  If you are used to greeting characters at Disney World or Disneyland, you’ll be pleasantly surprised on the cruise ships how much shorter the lines are and how much more relaxed the greetings feel.  The characters have a little more time to spend with each family and sometimes you’ll even run into a character in the lobby, on a deck, walking through hallways, etc. and they are usually great about stopping for a short chat unless they are on their way to a Greeting.

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Be sure to bring your autograph book or any item you’d like autographed like a t-shirt (not on your body!), a pillowcase, or even a photo mat.  And here’s the tricky thing, try to bring those with you, along with your camera, of course, whenever you are out and about on the ship!  You never know who you will run in to!  Our family ran into Goofy on the stairs one afternoon and he was thrilled to show my kids how he likes to ride down the handrails on the stairs!

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You can check your Personal Navigator (daily schedule that you receive each evening for the following day’s activities) and find a list of where certain characters will be and when.  Although they are subject to change, here are some of the characters you can expect to see:

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Donald Duck
Daisy Duck
Chip & Dale
Captain Hook
Peter Pan
Snow White
Princess Aurora
Princess Tiana
Captain Jack Sparrow
Jake the Pirate

You may want to take home a framed picture of your family on formal night with Mickey in his tuxedo or a pic of your kiddos with Jack Sparrow on Castaway Cay so if you forget your camera, cruise photographers are always on hand to snap a pic that you can purchase later on in your cruise.  Pics are pricey, but make a really great souvenir!

There are lots of reasons to choose a Disney cruise, but character lovers have MANY reasons!!
Want some more information on Disney Cruises?  Please feel free to send me an email or give me a call.  My services are 100% FREE!
Leanne Phelps
MickeyTravels, LLC
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