Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Whether this is your first time going or your 20th time, the advice I give to you (from someone who’s been to Walt Disney World 17 times) … take advantage of a certified Disney Agent!
Planning a trip to Walt Disney World is already overwhelming and stressful. When you add the process of planning a trip on top of the responsibilities of everyday life, it might be enough to make you go crazy. Well, I am here to tell you that the endless nights looking for the best deal on different websites and early mornings of planning are over. There is another way to get all of your planning done without spending a dime or any of your time. Use a Disney Travel Agent! When you use a Disney Travel Agent you know that you are guaranteed to already have the most magical trip yet!
I could go on and on about all of the reasons why I would suggest using a Certified Disney Travel Agent. But, to save you a little time, I have narrowed the reasons down to the most important ones just for you!
Here are 6 reasons why you should absolutely use a Disney travel agent when planning a Disney vacation…
1. Disney Travel Agents are Certified with a “Disney Degree” and Have a Lot of Knowledge of Disney Parks and Resorts.
To be able to become a Certified Disney Travel Agent, all agents must complete a Disney course and receive a “Disney Degree.” This ensures that all agents are knowledgeable as they can provide them on everything Disney! Of course, the best agents are the ones who have the experience of going to the resorts and going to the parks. Those who have traveled to the resorts and parks might have the inside scoop of tips and tricks for a Walt Disney World vacation.
2. They will Plan Your Whole Disney Vacation for FREE!
Yes, that’s right. You read that correctly. Services from a Disney Agent are completely free! You don’t have to do a thing! Not only do they have the knowledge of all things Disney, they are completely free and plan everything from the minute you arrive to the minute you leave!
3. They WILL save you TIME and MONEY!
I believe the best part about being able to use a Disney Travel Agent is that not only will they save you the time of planning your whole vacation, but they are guaranteed to get you the best price! Disney Travel Agents will search high and low to get you the best possible price that they can. Even if there is a better price after you have booked your vacation, they will monitor this and call Disney to apply this promotion once it’s released. No more late nights searching through every travel website that you can find to try and find the cheapest price!
4. You Will Have Premium Concierge Services
Undoubtably, Disney will always strive to give you the most magical service and experience, so why would that change with their travel agents? It doesn’t! Even while you are on your vacation, Disney Travel Agents will always give you the best premium concierge services with their specialties. Each agent has their own specialties that they have to offer, but some of the other benefits of using a Disney travel agent include the following:
-Airport Transfer Booking (Limousine or town cars)
-Assistance in choosing a package
-Assistance with Birthday/Anniversary Celebrations
-Assistance with runDisney (some agents specialize in this area of travel)
-Booking Specialty Cruises
-Detailed Dining Plan explanations
-Free travel quotes
-Grocery delivery orders
-Insider tips and tricks
-Magical Express Scheduling
-Park navigation assistance
-Scheduling Childcare at Pixar Play Zone/babysitting services
-Scheduling Golf tee times
-Scheduling Spa Treatments
-Stroller / Scooter rentals
-VIP Tour Scheduling
5. Get Both Dining Reservation Assistance and FastPass+ Assistance
One of the most important details to planning a Disney vacation is planning your ADRs, otherwise known as Advanced Dining Reservations. For anyone planning a Disney vacation, dining reservations are open 180 days in advance. My advice would be that you begin planning your vacation at least 7 months in advance. Doing this allows you to research all the different restaurants, character dining experiences and the different Disney Dining Plans to see which one fits you and your family best. Speak to your travel agent about information on dining plans, character experiences, and restaurants. They will be able to book your dining reservations for you. If you would like to take care of dining reservations on your own, you are very welcome to do so, just tell your agent and plan away!
** During the pandemic, COVID-19 forced Disney to change the way their dining plans look and are used. I will be releasing more information about the way Disney dining plans now work soon.
Another thing that your Disney travel agent can assist you with is explaining the process and booking your FastPass+ reservations for you! When planning with Disney and staying on Disney property, you are able to book your FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days before your trip, through your My Disney Experience. For guests staying offsite, you will have up to 30 days before your trip to book your FastPass+ reservations. The FastPass+ system in the Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios parks can be confusing so make sure you ask your Disney travel agent for more information.
Your Disney travel agent will be able to assist you will all of this and more to make sure everything about your Disney vacation is just the way you dreamed it would be!
6. You Only Ever Have One Point of Contact Throughout the Planning Process
If you ever need anything related to your vacation, even throughout your trip, your Disney Travel Agent will always be available to help you. Want to change what you are doing for the day and have a pool day instead? Contact your Disney Agent and consider it done! They will change it so that whatever adventures you were up to that day will be switched with another if you request it.