One of the things I hear most is, "I can book a trip with Disney myself. Should I really use a travel agent?" I have to say, because I AM a travel agent, "YES! Definitely!" "But why?" you may ask. "What are the benefits?" Well, let me see if I can answer that.
It is FREE! Travel agents like myself are paid by the supplier for the travel that is booked (Disney, Universal, etc..) There are absolutely no fees or mark-ups. You may wonder why Disney would want to allow travel agents to book vacations for them since it costs them money. Well, the answer is fairly simple. A travel agent is going to work hard to make your vacation the best it can possibly be, and Disney knows that the better your vacation, the more likely you are to return, creating even more business for them.
An agent knows what the discounts are and the best one to use in your particular situation. In many cases an agent can find a discount that makes their quote significantly lower than what you may be able to find on your own. For example, Free Dining at Disney is a very, VERY popular promotion, but it may not save you as much as a room discount or a room and ticket package discount. A travel agent's job is to look at your unique situation and figure out which discount will save you the most money.
An agent can usually apply new discounts and promotions to existing reservations. If a discount is announced that is applicable to your vacation, an agent can apply it to your reservation and get you the discount. If you book your own vacation, you can, of course, do this yourself, but you would need to call the Disney line directly and this can result in being on hold for an hour or more. Your agent will take care of these adjustments for you, so you don't have to.
A travel agent can help save you money in other areas as well. I am paid by commission, so the more you spend, the more money I make. However, I like to plan for my clients the way I would plan for myself. Every dollar should count. A good agent will help you decide where you can cut corners, as well as where you can splurge a little (or a lot). I want you to come home after your vacation knowing you got your money's worth and feeling happy about your bottom line. The truth of the matter is, if you trust me to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, I feel like you will recommend me to your friends and family, or better yet, book with me again in the future. And I will feel great, knowing I saved you some money while planning the vacation of your dreams.
A travel agent specializing in Disney has knowledge and experience. Disney goes to great lengths to make sure that agents are trained to create magical, memorable vacations for their clients. Those of us who choose to specialize in Disney do it because of our deep love for Disney, and because we already have a ton of experience building these vacations. We are graduates of the College of Disney Knowledge, and try very hard to keep current on all things Disney. We know all about the nuts and bolts of a Disney vacation. Let's face it, there is a ton of planning that goes into a vacation and it can be overwhelming, especially for first timers. An agent can help you with transportation, choosing a hotel, ticket options, restaurants, which parks to visit each day, and what to do at those parks once you get there. Your agent should get to know you, your family, and your budget and then help you make the most of your vacation experience.
Why Use ME?
Availability. I don't just work Monday-Friday 9-5. I am available whenever you need me (except when I am asleep). ;) I usually respond to e-mail and messages within one to two hours and will gladly answer any questions or concerns you may have. I am here to work for YOU!
I accept transfers. If you have already booked your vacation and decide you would like some extra help planning, we can transfer the booking to our agency and it will be like you were my client all along. You will then be eligible for all my services as well as "Melissa's Magical Extras"
Melissa's Magical Extras. Most bookings will qualify for one or more of my extra special touches to add a little extra magic to your vacation. These are surprises reserved exclusively for my clients. I consider them my "Pixie Dust."
I will help with dining reservations and recommendations. Disney has lots of dining options and it can seem impossible to choose. That's where I come in. I can give you advice about when and where to eat and can even make the reservations for you. (If your vacation is more than six months away, Disney allows you to begin making your Advance Dining Reservations at 6AM (Eastern time), 180 days prior to arrival. I will get up early and do that while you sleep.)
Personal Experience. I have been to Disney World and the surrounding area many, MANY times. I will not say that I know every single thing there is to know about Disney World as things change pretty often, but I know an awful lot about how to navigate the parks, work the Fastpass+ system to get the most benefit, and some of the best and most beautiful times of year to visit. I have attended Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, Disney After Hours, and Early Morning Magic multiple times and can help you with tips on how to best enjoy these separately ticket events as part of your Disney vacation. I have stayed at numerous resorts and can help you choose the one that is best for you based on my personal experience. I make it a point to try out all the things Disney has to offer so that I can tailor your experience to your family's unique needs and tastes. It is important to me that you have the most Magical vacation possible and I use my firsthand experience to make that happen!
I hope I have been successful in convincing you that using a travel agent to plan and book your next vacation is the way to go, and that you will consider choosing me to be that agent. I would be honored if you would allow me to share my love of Disney with you. I truly care about my clients and my goal is to always make sure that they have an amazing vacation experience. If this sounds like what you are looking for, call me, request a quote or e-mail me and let me help you plan your dream vacation!