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hawgndodge
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Travel agent for Disney or no?
We're going next Christmas, 8 of us total. I've been 4 times before and never used a travel agent. Fill me in on what exactly they could help me with. Thanks


auzach91
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
I mean...if you dont like planning out a trip, sure. Or dont have the time. Other than that, its not that difficult to plan a trip to disney, or anywhere for that matter


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The Spleen
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
The designated Disney planners can do all your meal reservations if you need that. First time we went with kids, we used one and she was great planning our days and booking the character meals. If you've been recently, not sure what extra benefit they'd provide. Not sure you'd want them booking your Fast Passes.

They get the same prices you'd get booking it yourself.


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thatoneguy
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
If you've been before I don't think it's really necessary. The only positive you get is that you don't have to be ready at 6am 60 days before to get your fastpasses. If you're super busy or it's your first time though I think it's a good recommendation.

We used an agent and didn't really have a good experience... tried to upgrade our dining plan and come to find out at a restaurant there was a lack of communication somewhere in the process. Cue us having to pay for a meal, go back to the hotel (when we planned on being at the parks) to upgrade our pass and get a refund, standing in line for a full hour for the girl to get everything in order. It may have just been a one-off scenario, but after my experience I'm never using one again.


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oreeg
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
Even though I did most of the planning for our Disney trip, we still had a travel agent help us. She came in handy when we had to make dining reservations. We had a big group and so she had everyone's login and was able to keep the reservations together. She helped out with other things as well but the dining thing was clutch.


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way_south
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We used one, great experience. No way I am going to spend the time necessary to dig through all that Disney stuff and then wind up missing out on something. When we booked, she told us to hold off on meal packages because they historically would go on sale a certain time. They went on sale and we saved a bunch there. Too much information related to trips there, I was happy to leave it to the expert.


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mgdtiger
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
I had one help, even though I know a lot about Disney and could plan it all myself.
Big thing was the fast passes. I listed which ones I wanted for each tier and she booked them for me. Price was the same, they get a kickback from Disney. If they try to charge extra find someone else.

Other big thing is they can get updates on prices or deals that you may miss if not paying attention constantly. Free dining deals, or discounts that hit at your hotel. Though Christmas probably won't have these.


hawgndodge
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
Thanks guys.


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nicholastiger
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
For Disney, it really is easy to book everything yourself as far as meals and fastpasses.
Staying inside Disney gives you earlier access to do all of that.
Only thing I would do is pace yourself and not try to cram everything into tight windows you might not be able to make.
Plan things out so you have flexibility.

Sleep in one day.
Take an afternoon off away from parks to get away from it also helps


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footballdude
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
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I've been 4 times before


How long ago?
Before the changes to the fast pass system?


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We're going next Christmas, 8 of us total.


Getting dining reservations for a large party at Christmas is hard if you don't make them far enough in advance.

For Christmas, I recommend making dining reservations 180 days out.


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hawgndodge
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
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I always make reservations at the 180 day mark


Big James
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
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footballdude
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
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I always make reservations at the 180 day mark


Doesn't sound like you need any help then....


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Jimmy2shoes
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
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We're going next Christmas, 8 of us total.

WTF


dallastiger55
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
I mean it’s free to use so what do you have to lose? I ended up doing most of the reservations but she did remind me and keep me on my toes a few times.

My good friend is an agent and did you know they only make 3% of your trip total before taxes. And that’s if you stay at a Disney property. I think it’s 2% if you don’t.




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Thias2685
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
I'd only recommend possibly using one if traveling abroad.


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jmarto1
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
My assistant at work plans Disney vacations and I am letting her help with my trip in December. She is saving me a few hundred and I'm putting a commission in her pocket. On top of that, she knows how to maximize your trip. My big deal is Galaxy's Edge and she keeps me up to date on everything that is happening and how best to plan for it.


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amgslg
Member since Jun 2014
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
As an example of what a Disney travel planner can do for you, here’s what I would do if you used me to book your trip. Yes, you can do this all yourself. But to do it “right”, it honestly takes hours and hours and hours, so why not get these services for free?

If your dates are flexible, I research and tell you when the least crowded times of the year are based on hotel prices, ticket prices [which now vary by date], and nation-wide school schedules.

Not sure which hotel? I create quotes for multiple hotels, multiple dining plans, etc... until we find one you are happy with, and I’ve stayed in most of them and have lots of advice. And then I research the best room location for your needs in the resort and call the travel agent line to place a room request.

Then, to help plan what park you go to each day, I research park hours, historical attendance stats, special events, and multiple online crowd calendars to suggest which parks will be least crowded.

Then, I make suggestions for dining and quick service, we come up with a plan, and I get up at 4:30 am to make your dining reservations at 5 am CST 180 days out. This system routinely crashes and it can sometimes take hours to do this. If you want anything “good” you have to get them done that morning.

Regarding fastpasses, I have lots of “strategies” to help plan your fastpass selections and avoid crowds and get you where you want to go, so we come up with a plan for that, and I get up and book those for you at 6 am CST 60 days out.

Looking for a special experience but don’t know what to do or how to book it? I handle that too. Carriage rides, scooter rentals, fireworks cruises, Party tickets, Dessert parties, special events, etc...

And then when you get there, if ANY problem arises at all, you have an extra layer of assistance to help resolve any issues.

Finally, if any discounts are released, like free dining, I’m immediately notified and IF they can be applied to your reservation, I automatically do that. The rooms that the discounts apply to are usually limited in number, so it is important to get that done as soon as the discount is released. I just saved a client going this December $900 with a recently released discount.





hawgndodge
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
Hit me up

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hawgndodge
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re: Travel agent for Disney or no?
I have 4 kids and my parents are going. 2nd time we've done it that way. Was great last time


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