We live in an age of instant information. Some of the people I follow on Twitter, blogs I read or Groups I am a part of on Facebook in fact give me real time information from Disney so that I know basically at any moment what is happening hours and time zones away from my office. If I want to know something, anything really, I can click on a search engine type my question and see dozens of pages of answers. So in this age of constant data, why would you use a Disney Travel Agent to plan your family’s vacation?
1.) Time. Just because you CAN plan your vacation doesn’t mean you HAVE the time to do so. I know because I have been there. The kids, your husband, your wife, the house, the job, Church, school activities, LAUNDRY, family, the car, the pets, trying to fit in a workout, or time for friends the list goes on and on; planning vacations is fun, believe me I love lists and spreadsheets, and that thrill of lining out a to-do, and looking at all of the sites and yes, I even love the hold music at Disney. But, do you have the time to wade through the mountains of information and line out a thought out travel plan? What is your time worth in this process?
2.) Experience. I count myself very lucky that my Grandparents saw fit to take me many times to Walt Disney World, and that I have had the privilege in my life of being a Cast Member and taking my own children several times. And while I have traveled to a Disney Park many a time, I also have made knowing Disney more than just a hobby, it’s a livelihood. We’ve been called “That Disney family” in most any circle of friends, and chances are if there is a movie on in our house, it’s Disney related. If I’m reading a book for pleasure, it’s about the Disney Company. Most of the social media groups and connections I have are to the Disney based Travel industry so that I stay constantly in the loop. My 30 years of constant involvement in Disney I feel is an asset, and my purpose when I help families is not to sell them on something they don’t want. I want to help families experience the Disney I know and love. I want them to not need a vacation from their vacation and to also come up with solutions from contacts, so they don’t need to worry about breaking the bank to afford Disney. We are going on our 4th Generation of Disney Traveling in our family, and I constantly draw from that storied history in order to craft the most desirable vacation for our Clients so they truly enjoy Disney and want to go back as soon as they board their return flight home.
3.) Cost. You ever look at what you need to get accomplished in a given day and wonder if you can clone yourself just to get it all accomplished? I have. I’ve looked at the ceiling and thought, “How on EARTH am I going to get through my list today?” And after pouring copious amount of coffee down my gullet I may get 75-80% accomplished if I am lucky. Well imagine having for your Disney Vacation a personal assistant that you don’t have to pay? It’s true. My services come at NO COST to my clients. I am paid a commission based on just the amount you book. This doesn’t give me broad range to up-sell you on things you don’t want. I truly want you to have the best Disney vacation possible for the most cost effective dollar amount. But, no, my services are at no charge to you. Seriously. On the flip side of this I am constantly on the look out for new promotions that effect your travel date and will AUTOMATICALLY REBOOK your vacation for the lesser amount so that you get the most Disney for the vacation dollar. If you book on your own you have to keep aware of the promotions and hope to get them before they are fully booked up. I am usually up by 5 a.m. on these mornings and on the phone rebooking Clients so that before the sun even rises they’ve saved hundreds if not thousands by my efforts.
4.) It’s Still Your Vacation. While I help you plan, by making your reservations, dining plans, changes to your tickets, and can answer any number of questions about the various parks and resorts, it’s still your vacation. We consider our planning a partnership. I want you to be as educated as possible so that you are able to navigate the parks once you arrive. So I will send to you travel packets based entirely on your travel dates that showcases your resort, special events, what new changes have happened to the parks, your dining plans, nighttime fireworks and shows, Smart Phone apps, what parks to visit on which days and so on. In addition I will constantly point out any information I find that will help you become a Disney veteran Guest so you know how to work through your vacation and don’t feel lost upon arrival. I make it so that Clients also have any number of means for communicating with me. I have answered my Clients questions via text while they are at the parks in order to fully assist them with Dining reservations, rebook events, or help point in them in the direction of the nearest Walgreens. I’m here to support your vacation in any way I can.
5.) Agency Specific Offers. Chances are if you book directly with Disney you can get the exact same amounts I offer. It’s true. But, in addition to all of the other services I provide I also offer Agency specific upgrades for our Clients. From referral percentages to gifts for my clients to Disney Gift Cards to use for your vacation I am constantly taking feedback so that the offers we provide are consistent with what our Clients want. Will Disney give you a gift card or referral amount for booking with them directly or alert you to new promotions? Probably not. But, we do because we want to earn your business with every service we offer and make you an invaluable member of our company. So it’s a part of our make-up it’s a perk that we offer.
So, you can book on your own, you can. I did for many years. But, when I think back on the amounts I could have saved, time spent, and advice I didn’t heed eh, I wish I had. I’m fiercely independent at heart, but sometimes it pays to shelve that DIY-ness and rely on someone with experience to step in and guide so that you get the most use out of your time and expenses. I welcome your questions, your input, and yes if you are planning on a Disney vacation I would be honored to provide you a quote so that I have the opportunity to show you what I can provide your family. If you would like to contact me please feel free! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you would like a quote you can click here to fill out our handy dandy quote request form. I look forward to earning your business and your trust. And work for you so that I can help your dream vacation reach it’s full potential.