Melissa Bratton brings a lot of Disney experience to the table. Her love for Disney World started with her first trip at age 10. She has been helping her family and friends plan trips for years, so becoming an agent with Small World Big Fun was a perfect fit! Melissa’s passion is helping clients choose the best place to stay, the best places to eat, and the best things to do on their trip — all while finding the best value for their money.
That first trip that began Melissa’s love of Disney was followed by many more Disney vacations, including a school FBLA and a high school graduation trip all in one month in the summer of ’89! When she was in her early 20s, she traveled to Tampa for business and knew she couldn’t be that close and not visit Disney! She went down a day early, met up with a friend who was a former Cast Member and still lived in Orlando, and spent the day at Disney.
In 2002, Melissa’s husband, Lance, asked her where she wanted to go for their last trip together before their first baby was born – a daughter who was due later that year. Her answer? Disney World, course. One of her most special memories came from that trip. “Lance and I were enjoying our day in the Magic Kingdom and decided to take a spin on the Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland,” Melissa said. “The Cast Member told us to get in the same rocket, and we asked if he was sure we would fit. (I am 5’8″ and was six months pregnant at the time, and my husband is just over 6′.) The Cast Member assured us we would fit just fine, so we climbed into our rocket and off we went! For the record, two tall adults (especially when one is six months pregnant) do NOT fit comfortably in one rocket. I don’t think we have ever laughed as hard as we did while squishing each other on that ride! Every time we see the Astro Orbiter, we both laugh remembering that day!”
One day into the pre-baby trip and Lance was hooked on Disney! The Brattons have since had two children and have taken them on many Disney vacations: Disney World, Disneyland, Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii, and Disney Cruises to the Baja Coast, Panama Canal, South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Canada, and Alaska. And, Lance and Melissa spent ten days in Peru on an Adventures by Disney trip celebrating their anniversary a few years ago. It is safe to say the Brattons are a fully committed Disney family.
Since becoming a travel agent, Melissa has expanded her area of knowledge. In addition to planning trips for the full line of Disney Destinations, she plans trips to Universal Studios Orlando, European river cruises, and beach vacations (and weddings) to properties owned by Sandals, Beaches and more.
Melissa is looking forward to helping more families plan for wonderful vacations to Disney and beyond. You can reach her at 501-786-0971 or Melissa@smallworldbigfun.com. Also, check out her blog at www.travelneverlands.com.