What A Disney Travel Agent Doesn’t Tell You (But Probably Should)

Are there questions that you’ve always wanted to ask a Disney Travel Agent, but you haven’t gotten around to it or feel silly asking?

Well, now is your chance to ask.

What A Disney Travel Agent Doesn’t Tell You (But Probably Should)

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“Is it really free to book with a Travel Agent?”

Absolutely, as long as you book with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

The difference between a Travel Agent and an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner (or Disney Travel Agent) is that you will not get hit with a booking fee for using one.

No offense to those who do charge for quotes or planning vacations (it’s hard work, I know), but Disney doesn’t do that. They take care of us without using your wallet.

Go ahead and do a quote on Disney World or Disneyland’s Website and then ask an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner for a quote. Do you see a difference?

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Which leads to the question, “If the prices are the same, why would I give up control of my vacation to a Travel Agent?”

Disney likes to call it The Disney Difference.

All Authorized Disney Agents have to go through training and graduate from the Disney College of Knowledge. Adorable, right?

This means that we are Specialized in Disney Vacations. We can help you book your vacation, give you informed answers, help you book Dining Reservations and Fastpasses, and give our opinion on what works for us and what doesn’t.

Travel Agents don’t HAVE to be specialized in Disney. It’s something we choose. So, you can pretty much guarantee that Disney is a passion of ours.

For example: I was talking to a gentleman who was interested in going back to Walt Disney World with his family. His previous Travel Agent had previously gotten him a great deal.

However, she was not specialized in Disney Vacations!  Either something was lost in translation or she lacked the knowledge that would have been beneficial for him.

As he explained to me how the Meal Plan didn’t work for them because they were just hungry all the time, I got curious. I had never heard anyone say there wasn’t enough food. Usually it’s the exact opposite.

I’m still not sure what exactly happened, but I feel so bad that he was not properly informed of what he had paid for.

This is why having someone who specializes in your desired destination is important…no matter where you go.

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“Do I have to watch the Deals and ask for them to be applied to my Package?”

I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t watch the deals like a hawk, would I?

When a deal is released that will save my clients money, I will automatically get you the savings, if nothing needs to be changed to your current reservation.

Since Disney only allots a certain number of rooms to be booked for certain promotions, there are times when these rooms go very fast. Getting the savings may be as simple as moving your vacation days up or down one day.

Of course, if this is the case, I will not make any changes to your reservation until I discuss it with you. I realize that due to school breaks and/or work schedules, changing your vacation days isn’t as easy as it looks. But again, that decision will be left completely up to you! This is your vacation, so I will never make any changes that you’re uncomfortable with.

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“Will you be insulted if I just use you to book my vacation and get the deals, but book my own Dining Reservations and Fastpasses?”

Absolutely not! I 100% do not feel insulted when guests want to book their own ADR’s (Advanced Dining Reservations) and Fastpasses.

In fact, that’s exactly what I did before I became a Disney Travel Agent. My wonderful Travel Agent booked my vacation for me. And when Free Dining was announced, she applied those savings, as well.

But, and I’ll be honest, I wanted control of what I did during my vacation, so I did the rest myself. Yup…I’m one of those people, too.

I emailed her if I had any questions, but I did the rest of the planning myself. She was more than happy to answer my questions and told me if I had any questions while I was in Walt Disney World, to call her and she’d help me.

It was so helpful, that’s exactly what I do for my own clients. If you have a question while sitting on the balcony at Animal Kingdom Lodge, I will help you. I will be completely jealous that I’m not there with you 🙂 , but I will answer any questions you have.

**If you book with a Disney Travel Agent, the only thing they MUST do for you is apply payments and discounts. Other than that, your vacation is still in your hands. I never want any of my clients to feel like they HAVE to give up control.

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“Does being an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner mean you get to go to Disney for free?”

I usually hear this one from friends and family, but since we’re all friends here, I’ll let you in on the secret.

NO, we don’t get to vacation for free.

Disney is very good to us, but we have to pay just like you do. We do have some discounts we can use from time to time, but it’s never free.

So, if you see us go to Disney a lot, it’s because we REALLY want to be there.

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Want to know how I can afford to travel to Disney World? Learn the same tricks I use to go to Disney using none of our paychecks! That’s right…we don’t use ANY of our paychecks to go!

Do you have an other questions you would like to see answered?

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