“Long gone are the days of Travel Agents!”. I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard this from strangers when they find out what I do for a living. Isn’t it funny how strangers feel the need to tell you the “Truth”?? Well guys, let me tell you the real truth! Yes, when it comes to general trips many people don’t need an agent due to the amount of information and 3rd party booking sites out there. However, when it comes to speciality travel such as Disney Vacations, Honeymoons, Group trips… Travel agents are alive and well! Think of a travel agent like an event planner. You have this vision in your mind of what you want but honestly you don’t want the hassle of coordinating researching and planning every detail! **TA DA** Here enters your fabulous certified travel planner!
If you haven’t visited my site before then you may not know.. but I am Disney OBSESSED! (Visit my “About” page to read my Disney life story!) So this is the number one type of specialty vacations I book for my amazing clients. While I can not speak for all Travel Agents, here is a glimpse at the perks of working with a magical Disney travel planner such as myself!
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WORKING WITH ME IS 100% FREE TO YOU!
This is not a scam. There are no hidden fees. When you book your Disney vacation through me it will cost you the exact same as if you booked on your own! I know, it sounds crazy but let me explain how it works. No matter if you call into a booking service, use a website, or an agent, they all make commission on your booking. Even those super discounted sketchy websites… yep, they make commission off of you too. BUT, this doesn’t cost you anything extra! The company pays them as a “Thank you” for sending business their way.
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When I book your vacation for you I use a special travel agent code and login that gives me credit for booking your trip. Then once your trip has come to an end Disney will send my agency a little “Thank you” check, typically about a month after your trip. So if you book your trip a year in advance, I don’t get paid till AFTER your trip. That part can be pretty stressful. Can you imagine spending hours working one-on-one with someone then not get paid for over a year!? It’s crazy, this job isn’t for everyone, but honestly I truly have a passion for what I do and I am obsessed with my job and the amazing families I get to work with!
I am always urging clients to book AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Yes, Disney has tons of resorts but guys… they sell out all the time!! However, families are determined to “Wait” until a discount is released so they can save the most money, which I totally understand. Here is the thing, once you book, I can still apply any discounts or promotions that are released after the fact! Isn’t that awesome?! So you can be sure to get the exact room and resort you want as well as grab those awesome discounts, such as free dining, after the fact!
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
Not only did I use to work at Walt Disney World, but I visit all the parks often as well as Disneyland and multiple sailings on Disney Cruises. Disney also takes our training very seriously. We must complete HOURS of training courses, webinars, and periodic conference calls with their sales team. I also spend hours a week stalking blogs, reading articles, and tracking crowd calendars so that I have all the information I need to help my clients. My goal is to simplify the planning process for you! I already have the knowledge you need, so let me share it with you!
CONTROL OVER YOUR PLANS!
One huge common misconception about working with an agent is that you lose control of planning and are stuck depending on someone else to plan for you. THIS IS NOT TRUE. The only thing that absolutely must go through me is your payments. Even those are just sent to me to pass along to Disney directly, I don’t take any payments myself! When it comes to planning your itinerary, dining, fastpasses and anything else.. that is completely in your control! I am here if you need me, however you do NOT have to use my services. Basically you can book with me as a safety net so if you get stuck while planning or have any questions I am here for you! Maybe you HATE the idea of planning a huge Disney vacation and the idea just stresses you out! Have no fear! I am here for you! We will have a quick phone chat about what it is that you are looking for the most out of this vacation and then I will set everything up for you and deliver your plans to you in a pretty little Minnie Mouse bow!
HELP YOU WITH PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS
While it is the “Happiest Place on Earth” it comes with a pretty hefty price tag sometimes. Once you book with me I work with you to set up a payment plan that simplifies the stressful process of paying off your vacation. For Walt Disney World, most deposits are $200 and the final balance is due 30 days prior to check in. So the further in advance that you book, the more time you have to pay off your trip! I also send clients a delightful little list of money saving hacks that are great when trying to save up for a Disney vacation! (EBATES currently is my favorite! Literally use it everyday.)
So tell me, have you ever used a Travel Agent before? If not, do you see yourself using one in the future?? I always love to hear peoples thoughts on this topic since there are SO many misconceptions about what we do!