No matter how many times you have traveled to Disney World, you probably remember planning your first trip: struggling through making your reservation, being confused about the ticket choices (to hop, or not to hop?) and overwhelmed by the dining selections (do I really need ADR’S?) You probably missed half the things you wanted to see, got frustrated and tired before you figured out how to read the map and were CERTAIN you were missing an imperative travel document. Even though we have all experienced this travel trauma many people still ask, “Why should I use a travel agent?”
Considering a travel agent doesn’t mean you have reached defeat in your vacation planning, it means you acknowledge that while you look forward to riding the tea cup’s, the vacation planning experience may not be your cup of tea.
A Disney vacation is like no other; it’s a largely personal experience. No one knows your family like you do and no one can determine what kind of vacation experience is right for your family but YOU!
What a travel agent CAN do is get to know you, what kind of vacation you want to have, and make that magic with you and your family. Travel agents can provide a variety of services including: making your reservation, monitoring your reservation for applicable discounts and promotions, assisting you with package choices, dining reservations, itinerary planning and more! A travel agent can also do as little as you like. If you don’t like searching for discounts that could apply to your vacation, but want to plan all the other details yourself, you can!
Each agent and agency provides different levels of service, and it’s important that you find one that fits your needs. While some agencies may have a good incentive to draw you in, you then become nothing more than a reservation number that sits in their system until your departure date. For some families just securing a reservation is enough, for others you need help with the details: pricing, availability, dining, touring plans, etc. It’s important to research the agent and agency you are considering and be sure that they are going to provide the service that you are looking for.
Here are some tips to consider when looking for a travel agent:
- Comfort Level-Find someone you can tell your needs, ideas and expectations to, if you feel they aren’t receptive to your needs, look elsewhere!
- Knowledge-When planning a Disney vacation use an authorized Disney Vacation Specialist. A Disney specialist is trained in all things Disney and is able to assist you every step of the way.
- Service-Don’t assume that all agents are the same! Not all agencies will provide you with the service you are looking for. If you are interested in help with itinerary planning, dining reservations, etc. ask your potential agent if that is something they will be able to help you with.
- Pay Off-“What’s it going to cost me?” “NOTHING!”-The service of a travel agent is FREE! While the old saying, “you get what you pay for” is usually true, when it comes to a travel agent think of it as, “You get what you ask for”. Your vacation is a personal thing; find a person who wants to make your vacation perfect!
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- Disney World Quick Tips – Should You Use A Travel Agent? (chipandco.com)
- One More Day and Night of Disney Magic Free (chipandco.com)