. If you have planned a Disney World trip without an authorized Disney travel agent you have done a lot more work then was necessary. Find out why we absolutely LOVED our Disney Vacationeer and why I won't go to Disney without her help ever again!
WHAT IS AN AUTHORIZED DISNEY TRAVEL AGENT?
If you are new to Disney World you may not have even heard of an authorized Disney Travel Agent also known as Disney Vacation Planners.
Any travel agent can help you book a trip to Walt Disney World, but only authorized agents have the extra training to make them experts in all things Disney.
Disney World is a massive undertaking and is like its own little world. There are SO many things you need to know and it can be very overwhelming without the help of someone who knows all the important details.
Most of these agents will take the Disney College of Knowledge online course to make sure they are well-versed in all things Disney.
WHAT CAN A DISNEY TRAVEL AGENT DO?
The best part of using a Disney travel agent is that they can do almost everything you could possibly need!
Here is a partial list of things these wonderful people can do for you:
- Book your trip
- Answer millions of Disney related questions
- Monitor for new discounts and offer those to you even after you have booked (yes they can save you $$)
- Book FastPass+ for your entire party
- Book advanced dining reservations
- Arrange for character meal reservations
- Make changes to your reservations
- Help you plan each day of your trip
- Plan your Disney Cruise, Disneyland Trip or even Aulani Hawaii trip
- Help book special experiences at the parks
OUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH A DISNEY VACATIONEER
I will tell you that in the past I used to be a total control freak when it came to vacations. I spent HOURS and HOURS researching and planning every minute of every day of our trips.
Well, my family finally intervened and forced me to realize that they weren't having as much fun as I planned for them to have and we needed to bring our trips down to a manageable level.
Life got extra crazy last year and although I was so excited to be booking a Disney World vacation I realized I didn't have time to plan it.
I decided to try something NEW and let someone else take over the details and it was the best decision I ever made regarding vacation planning!
I entered my information on an authorized Disney Vacation Planners website and didn't hear anything back for several days (I won't mention which one, LOL). So I did some more looking and decided to try The Vacationeers website.
Stephanie Perlick responded very quickly to my request for information with a preliminary quote based on the information I had entered. I started emailing with her and knew she was going to help make our trip a success.
I cannot recommend Stephanie enough. She put so much time and effort into making our trip wonderful and was so prompt answering my zillions of questions!!
HOW DID HAVING A DISNEY TRAVEL PLANNER HELP?
Our Disney travel agent helped me every step of the way.
This was our first time staying on property and I had a tough time picking a location. She sent me so many quotes for different rooms types and property levels until we decided on Disney Caribbean Beach Resort. Read more about why we love Disney Caribbean Beach Resort!
Next up was weighing the pros and cons of the meal plan and running numbers to see what the most economical option would be for our family.
One of the biggest bits of help was that she was ON TOP of different important deadlines that I couldn't manage to focus on. If you want to make advanced dinner reservations this is a big help.
She scheduled my daughter's appointment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Stephanie scheduled all of our FastPass+ tickets at every park for our entire trip. She stayed on top of me to get the information she needed to do her job, LOL.
WE HAD A LAST MINUTE EMERGENCY
One of the biggest bits of help came 1 day before we were flying out for our trip. This is the time when honestly our Vactioneer should have been basically done with our trip. Everything had been booked and taken care of in advance.
BUT my oldest daughter (who was NOT going on the trip) had been having some serious health issues. She had a big flare-up of pancreatitis right before our trip. My husband and I felt like one of us needed to stay behind and be with her.
I was able to call Stephanie on a Saturday morning and tell her we needed to make a change. We would probably need to use our Disney vacation insurance because my husband was not going to be able to attend.
Stephanie made calls to Disney and spent a lot of time on hold!! She helped get me all the information I needed. We were able to get a refund for my husband's portion of the trip.
It was a big lifesaver for my family!!
A DISNEY TRAVEL AGENT IS FREE
I think I forgot to mention that it did not cost me even one penny extra to use an authorized Disney vacation planner.
Disney pays these agents a fee based on the cost of our booked trip. It is paid directly to the travel agency.
The fact that these Disney travel agents do all this work for me and it doesn't cost me anything is mind-blowing and makes the choice to use a Disney travel agent a no-brainer in my humble opinion!!
You can reach out for a no-obligation quote. Talk to the Disney vacation planner and see if their services would make your trip planning a little easier! I highly recommend you talk to Stephanie and tell her I sent you!! (I get nothing for recommending her!!)
Have you used an authorized Disney travel agent? Leave a comment and let me know how your experience was!