1. A Disney Travel Planner’s Depth of Knowledge
This one is especially important for first or second-time guests to Disney World. Since Disney is a massive theme park – filled will all sorts of parks, attractions, resorts, restaurants, entertainment, and transportation options – you really need someone who can help you plan and navigate through every step of your trip. Of course, your input is the most important, but their help and guidance will prove invaluable if you don’t already know the ropes. As amazing as Disney World is, it fast becomes a lot less amazing when you realize don’t know where you are going, encounter crowded attractions, can’t get seated at popular restaurants, or have booked a vacation package that isn’t just right for you. While guidebooks and online blogs can be helpful, you really need to talk with someone who first-hand knowledge of all aspects of the park. They can help you navigate through all of the unknowns and craft a vacation that is just right for you.
Not all Disney travel planners (and Disney travel agencies) are created equal. Thus, it is important to find a dedicated Disney travel planner whom you can trust for the correct information and guidance. When you first contact a Disney travel planner, don’t be afraid to ask questions like: how many times have you been to Disney World? When was the last time you were at the park? Which restaurant has the best buffet? Which Magic Kingdom attractions have the shortest lines? What are the most popular FastPass+ attractions? Etc, etc. Lots of things change over the years, so you want to be sure the person making your recommendations knows all the ins and outs and has the most current information.
2. Personalized Service
The best Disney Travel Planners should make you feel like they are “on your side” and looking out for your best interests. If you tell them you want to spend 4 nights at a budget-friendly Disney resort, a good Disney travel planner will respect your goals and not up-sell you with a more elaborate vacation package.
Disney travel planners should give you the personalized attention any client should expect. This means answering your questions, giving tips and advice to help you decide an itinerary based on your goals, meeting your deadlines, and putting in the extra effort to make sure that every aspect of your Disney World vacation is extra magical. You certainly won’t get the same level of personalized service if you were to book your own trip online or call Disney’s reservation hotline (and speak with different Disney employees each time you call). Unless you already know Disney all there is to know about Disney World, there is really no downside in having someone on your side to help you plan your trip.
3. To get the Best Possible Rate: They Monitor Deals and Special Promotions
Another key advantage of using a Disney travel planner is that they are constantly monitoring new discounts and promotions offered by Disney. It’s their job to do this so you don’t do have to do it yourself. As you book your trip, a Disney travel planner will find the best current rates available (based on any deals/promotions that Disney is running). Once the trip is booked, your Disney travel planner will continually monitor all of the Disney promotions that become available. If any discounts spring up after a trip has been booked, a Disney travel planner will modify any existing client’s reservation to take advantage of these applicable discounts. Having an astute Disney travel planner – constantly on the lookout to save you money – is never a bad thing!
4. Booking your Advance Dining and FastPass+ Reservations for you
Some clients prefer to be more hands-on than others. No problem! You can still utilize the services of a Disney travel planner while also doing a lot of the legwork – and some of the booking – yourself. This may include the planning/itinerary, and booking the FastPasses, Advance Dining Reservations, etc. Some clients prefer to leave every single detail up to the Disney travel agent. It’s really up to you how involved you want to be. At the minimum, the only aspects that a travel agent would need to take care of would be to book your hotel/ticket/dining plan package and to process the payments for your trip. Otherwise, your level of involvement is up to you. However, be warned that some of the bookings are confusing to the uninitiated, not to mention time-consuming and time sensitive. Most clients are happy to hand-off all of the dining and FastPass booking responsibilities to their experienced travel planner because they know exactly what they are doing and have the time (and obligation) to do it.
5. All of this – and it’s Free!
Most travel planners receive a small commission book their client’s trips. However, this commission comes directly from Disney (not the clients). The clear beneficiary of this policy is you – the client. Some Disney travel planners do, in fact, charge for their services. Avoid them like the plague! No need to pay someone to do the work that most agencies do for free. And – if you are thinking there is some sort of catch or hidden fees somewhere – rest assured that there are none. The best Disney travel agencies are strictly no fee. And not only are the services of a Disney travel planner entirely free, but they put you in a position to get the absolute best rates offered anywhere (by closely monitoring the discounts/promotions and adjusting your vacation package anytime a better offer becomes available).