What A Disney Travel Agent Doesn’t Tell You (But Probably Should)
December 8, 2017
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. I will address the top 5 questions below, but if you have any others, feel free to ask in the comment section or email me directly, if you’d like.
One question that is on a lot of minds is: “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, but Disney doesn’t do that. They take care of their Agents 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?
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 (cute, huh?) This means that we are Specialized in Disney. Therefore we can not only help you book your vacation, we can give you informed answers, help you book your 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 won’t get into the whole story, but I was talking to a gentleman who was interested in going back to Disney World with his family. His previous Travel Agent had gotten him a great deal and explained everything to the best of her knowledge. However, she was not specialized in Disney Vacations, so either something was lost in translation or she was not knowledgeable enough in Disney World to give him information 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.
“Do I have to watch the Deals and ask to get them applied to my Package?”
I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t watch the deals like a hawk, would I? As of December 5th, 2017, there are 13 active offers for Disney World alone! Even with that many active offers, none apply to guests traveling after April 14th, 2018 (for now). That means if you are looking to travel after April 14th, your quote WILL include non-discounted rooms and/or Package rates. That doesn’t mean that tomorrow an offer won’t be released. We just don’t have any knowledge of that ahead of time. Just know that when one arises, we will do whatever we can to get you that deal. Seriously, we get up at the crack of dawn and wait for hours on hold (literally hours!) to get some of these deals so you don’t have to!
“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 (shout out to you, Carrie!) booked my vacation for me and when Free Dining was announced, she called to get me (and her other clients) those savings, as well. I didn’t want to be a bother AND I’ll be honest, I wanted to control what I did during my vacation. I emailed her if I had any questions, but I did the rest myself. She was more than happy to answer my questions and told me if I had any questions while I was in Disney World, to just call her and she’d help me. How great is she?
If you have booked 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.
“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 know the secret. In case you’re wondering, NO, we don’t get to vacation for free. I wish we did, though!! Disney is very nice to us, but we have to pay just like you do. We do have some discounts we can utilize 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. Feel free to check out my post about how my family goes to Disney World for free. It has nothing to do with being an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, but instead, it teaches you the same tricks I use so we can all go for Free!