Perks of Using a Travel Agent - Disney Style

From dining reservations, to fast passes, to tricks and tips, to finding the best resort to meet your needs, booking a Disney vacation might seem less magical, and more of a stressful nightmare. Many families are booking vacations anywhere from a year to a month out, and when you have to make reservations as early as 180 days before your trip, it’s pivotal to know what you’re looking for out of your vacation, (I mean, I can’t even tell you what I’m having tonight for dinner, let alone 180 days before). Having knowledge of Disney food, parks, and resorts, helps to make potential overwhelming experiences more enjoyable. After all, Disney is all about making your dreams come true, and when you’re spending your hard worked money to have a memorable time, you want to do just that.
I remember my first trip to Disney World when I was 16 years old. My family thought this would be the only Disney vacation we would ever take. With the help of a travel agent, we sat down to discuss the specifics of our trip. As the agent rambled where we should stay and what we should do, we nodded in agreeance while simultaneously swiping our credit card. Now, don’t get me wrong, you will never have a poor experience in Disney World. The magic will be felt regardless of what class of resorts you’re staying at, or what character meals you attend, but there are certain tips and tricks that set booking with an agent specializing in Disney vacations a part from just a general travel agent.


Tell me someone that doesn’t like getting a service for free…here, I’ll wait. If you have the possibility to get top-notch planning services from booking to itinerary creating for free, I don’t know who would turn it down. You might be thinking what is keeping more people from booking through these companies? Well, the answer is simply, many potential clients don’t know these companies exist, or don’t believe that they are truly free. The community is hesitant to accept that it will cost them no money to book, and there are no hidden fees to pay. After a client travels, Disney will cut a commission of the package booked to the agency to split between the agent and the company. Agencies advertise as much as possible through social media and word-of-mouth, but at the end of the day, there are many families that aren’t taking advantage of these free services because they don’t realize they’re available to them.

They’ve probably been to Disney more than you

When you search for Disney Authorized Travel Agencies, you are sure to find a plethora of companies advertising that they are the best people to go through, and it is a daunting task to weed out the scammers from the true Disney fanatics. The first step is to make sure the company is a Disney Authorized Agency. Disney has given that company its stamp of approval that when you book through them, you will be getting agents that have been successfully trained through the College of Disney Knowledge program, and are skilled and passionate about Disney Parks and Cruise Lines. These companies don’t seek out their agents. Majority of the agents have thoughts like the following, “Hey, I plan all my friends and families Disney trips. I’m taking a Disney vacation at least once- five times each year, let’s share what I know with others.” Each agent has stayed at several resorts on property, eaten at dozens of quick-service and table service restaurants, and have learned tricks and tips along the way through personal experiences and cast member relationships.

Agents Have the 411

When you book a package with a Disney specialized travel agent, you are going to get a personal Disney touch with your reservation. You are going to get the “know how” that many other general travel agencies haven’t traveled to Disney enough to master. It’s great that they might book you fast passes for each of your stay, but do they know to book Peter Pan’s Flight because, if not, you will be standing in queue for at least 90 minutes on any given day. How about the perks of having your agent get up at 4 AM in the morning to try and get you the best deal the day it comes out? I’m talking about you, free dining!

Overall, Disney is really good about creating an all- inclusive experience that is as stress free as possible with popular amenities like the Magical Express and transportation to and from the parks, but there are so many tiny details that need to be taken care of in order to get to that point. Booking your vacation package with a Disney Authorized Vacation Planner will help to insure that you have a magical trip with your loved ones, and you can bypass the stress of organizing all the little details. For more information on how you can book your vacation with an experienced travel agent specializing in Disney Vacations, please contact me at through the Disney Authorized Travel Agency, Magical Travel.

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Melissa Cassell

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