One of the most common questions I get asked by friends, family, and fans: “Should I use a travel agent to book my Disney World vacation?”.
Disney has a whole system set up to help folks book on their own, so why involve another person? Are travel agents worth it? Here are our top reasons travel agents are worth it. Oh, and spoiler alert… they’re free, so no ripoffs here, guys.
1. When You Love a Good Freebie
Cost is a big concern with every aspect of a vacation–but did you know that with travel agents like our friends at Destinations to Travel LLC, you don’t pay any fee? That’s right – their services are free! Travel agents are paid by Disney, not you. That means you’ll get a Disney vacation planning expert on your side, free-of-charge every time. There’s no sales pressure because the agent is trained to do one big thing: Tailor your vacation just for you.
So with cost out of the way, why might you use a travel agent? Let’s see what some D2T customers have to say…
2. When You Need an Expert on Your Side
Maybe you’re a busy person and need help with the intense planning of a WDW vacation. There’s so much research to put into a Walt Disney World trip–it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here’s why Sophie and Romain were so thankful for the expertise of their Destinations to Travel agent:
“We wanted to contact you in order to let you know how delighted we are with [our Destinations to Travel agent] Jeremy. He has gone above and beyond in his service to us, including with respect to the following:
- “He quoted various different packages to us, bearing with us during our times of indecisiveness and giving us his insight as someone who is very familiar with the resorts and parks;
- “He thought of us when you were booking group rates for your company retreat and secured even better pricing for us (we understand that it was ultimately your doing — thank you!);
- “He secured fast passes for us for every day, and a reservation for a character breakfast, which is a huge achievement given the advance reservation systems (who knew you had to plan so far in advance– we were quite naive about all this!). In addition, I’ve been struggling with the Disney magical experience website, so the fact that he did it for us is even more appreciated;
- “He asked us if we were celebrating anything, asked what our children like and other personal details that ensure that he “gets” us and help provide us with a very personalized, custom-tailored experience for us
- “He’s always available to answer our questions and provide information. His responsiveness is very impressive (even nights and weekends).
“Jeremy has been a wonderful resource for us. We haven’t had to worry about scheduling or sifting through all the information available about Disneyworld, which, quite frankly, is very intimidating to neophytes like us. We are very much looking forward to our trip: we will be celebrating the end of my cancer treatments and the return to normalcy! What better way to celebrate than to visit Mickey Mouse?”
3. When You Don’t Want to Plan Every Detail
Maybe you want to spend your time focused on your family and have someone else handle the hassles of booking rooms, reservations, and tickets. Planning a vacation can take a LOT of time. If you’d rather be getting the kids hyped to meet Mickey than waking up at 6 A.M. to make Boma reservations, a travel agent is likely right for you. Wendy was feeling this while looking forward to their next Disney World trip:
“Just wanted to let you know I happened to be home on my lunch break when the mail came! Thank you so much for everything you have done for us and for all the gifts!
I actually had tears in my eyes because I’m so excited that I was able to make this trip a reality! It has been a very stressful few months since losing my mom and I’m so excited to get away and unwind with my hubby and youngest. I will definitely recommend your services to friends and family and use you again. You rock!!
4. When you Want Someone Invested in Your Trip
Maybe you’re looking for more personalized service. Don Michael was impressed by the in-depth customer service offered by Destinations to Travel:
“I have worked with the public for over 40 years and I have never had the pleasure to deal with an individual that shows more professionalism and concern for her client at all times then I have with Shannon.
“My original package that was sent to me last August 2012 was very complete and full of information, including her cell phone, and I had called her on numerous occasions in the past concerning dining reservations for my family this August 2013. Shannon truly cares about her clients and their vacation. She takes the time to get to know you and your family so she can help you plan the perfect family vacation.”
5. When You Need the Best Deal for Your Budget
Maybe you want to make sure you’re getting the very best deal. Kinney Bloomer and family needed a lot of advice on bringing some magic to their family during a tough time:
“Stacy, I can’t thank you enough. We had a great time on our trip. My mom keeps thanking me and thanking for asking them to come. Three years ago our family couldn’t even go out to dinner without sweating about the cost. Jobs were lost. Other jobs were found. Other losses occurred. We had 2 kids and a third on the way.
We sacrificed a lot to get ends to meet and still save money for our family. This trip helped us make up for trips we couldn’t take. It made it that much more special that we could treat my folks too. Thank you Stacy Reed. You were kind. You were patient. You were knowledgeable. You were magical. Your attention to detail was AMAZING! Mickey would be so proud. Thanks for helping make dreams come true.”
6. For When You Want to Try Something New
Maybe you want to try something new, like a cruise. Catherine W. Fuss needed something a little different for her upcoming vacation, but wasn’t sure how to plan it:
“I’d like to offer a bit about the tremendous job that Andrea Cassidy did for us in planning our summer vacation. I first got in touch with her well before Christmas 2014 as we had a big milestone (birthdays & anniversary) year coming up in 2015 and wanted to celebrate more than usual. We knew we wanted to “do Alaska” and had gotten a little input from friends, but we really didn’t know where to start.
“Andrea made everything so easy for us. She researched cruise options for the biggest initial decisions. But it led into so much more – hotel stay for our initial arrival, rental car on the back end, excursions off the ship.
“With each decision, she offered resources and help make the process easy but still very much made it our decision, our special vacation. We were very new to the cruise experience so she patiently explained some of the processes that might be different or unexpected. All of this made for such a smooth and enjoyable and memorable trip of a lifetime – cruising the beautiful ports of southern Alaska and touring Vancouver. Thanks so much to Andrea!”
7. Not Everything Goes as Planned
Maybe you’re looking for some extra peace of mind in case disaster strikes. Robert and Sheila had this to say about an unexpected end to their trip:
“I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful recommendation for the travel agency, Destinations to Travel. Stacy Reed was an amazing resource for our recent 25th Anniversary trip to WDW. She planned the perfect, fairytale getaway for myself and my husband to The Beach Club Resort. Everything was perfectly planned for a magical vacation of a lifetime.
“As fate would have it, my husband became ill on the second day of our trip and required emergency surgery and hospitalization for the remainder of our trip. We were beyond heart-broken!
“Upon return home, I wrote to Stacy to thank her for her services and let her know what had happened. I asked her if she could help us re-do the wonderful trip that she had planned for us on a future date. She responded within minutes to let us know how sorry she was that this had happened and immediately got in touch with her regional and district managers to see if there was anything that they could do to help us afford another vacation.
“Stacy worked many hours into the night to be sure that she was able to work some Disney Magic for us. Her caring nature is exceptional, and I cannot thank her enough for all that she has done for us. Because of her magic and pixie dust, our Disney Dreams truly will come true!”
Do you Have a Disney Travel Agent Yet?
There’s no end to the reasons to use a travel agent for your next Walt Disney World vacation! Contact Shannon Bonadurer and her amazing team at Destinations to Travel LLC and see how they can start helping you plan your next dream vacation, today!