After 25 trips, I finally used a Disney Travel Agent & I’m Never Going Back!

After 25 Disney World Trips and 8 Disney cruises, I never thought of using a Disney Travel Agent. Then we decided to give it a go just one time. Here is why I am never going back to booking one on my own. From fast passes to dining reservations, to shore excursions, to which rides to take, to planning for the 3:00 rain in the summers at Disney World (yes, pretty much every day) planning a Disney World trip is a monumental task.

From now on I tell people they should book their Disney trip with a Disney Travel Agent. Disney World, Disney Cruise, & Disneyland are often once in a lifetime vacation with your planning. The excitement your kids have for this kind of vacation is unmatchable. However, planning one of these vacations can be quite a task. Here are 7 reasons you might want to use a Disney Travel Agent.

10 Reasons why a Disney Travel Agent will make your trip so much better!

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1) Disney Travel Agents have their Disney Degree!

Disney Travel agents have to not only be a regular travel agent, but they also have to take the College of Disney Knowledge course to be able to book Disney Travel. This extensive online course goes through every type of Disney Vacation.

The travel agent will learn about the hotels, how far in advance dining reservations can be made, amenities of staying on property, transportation and so much more. Not only do they have to pass a test to be a certified travel agent, but they also have to take a test every year as Disney has new courses each year so that the travel agent is up to date with all the new changes at Disney Parks.Disney Travel Agent

2) You will Save yourself a lot of Time (especially with a Disney World Travel Agent!)

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If time is a limited resource then you don’t even need another reason to book your Disney Vacation with a Disney Travel Agent. Here are just some of the things the travel agent will be able to teach you in just a short amount of time rather than learning on your own

  • How to book a fast pass?
  • How far in advance you need to make your dining reservations?
  • Which restaurants have character breakfasts and dinner (plus, which is the best)?
  • What is the Disney Dining Plan?
  • What kind of Park Ticket do I need to buy?
  • How to get from the hotel to the airport?
  • Do you need a car rental?
  • What are Magic Bands?
  • What is the My Disney Experience App?
  • Getting groceries delivered to your room
  • If Pluto is a dog, what is goofy? (ok I just through that in to see if you were paying attention)
  • How to save on photos aka Memory Maker?
  • Where to rent a stroller?
  • What are Extra Magic Hours?
  • Booking Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique/Pirates League/Specialty Cruises

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3) You will get the Best Price!

One of the things I never realized was that Travel Agent Services are FREE! I always assumed I would get the best deal if I booked everything on my own. If you are booking with a Disney Travel Agent the price should be exactly the same as Disney’s website, sometimes slightly better if the travel agency is offering an extra incentive to book with them.

Disney keeps pricing the same across the board so you don’t have to stress about finding the site with the best deal. However, Disney Travel Agents will know the times of year that Disney is offering special offers, such as Free Dining, Half Off Cruise Deposits and more! Compare Prices Here!

Tips for getting the best Disney Cruise Deals + a Peek Inside my recent Disney Cruise onboard the reimagined Disney Magic. #DisneyCruise #DisneyMagic #DisneyCruiseLine #CruiseDeals #Cruise

 

4) Dining Reservations

Do you know that there are over 140 sit down restaurants within Disney World? That’s a lot of menus and Yelp reviews to scour through to find out which restaurant to go to. Plus, with Disney, a lot of these reservations get booked up super fast. Did you know that you need to book the Be Our Guest Restaurant 180 days in advance just to have a chance at a reservation? Of course, not, there is too much information to know about your Disney World trip. Your Disney Travel Agent should help guide you to the best places to eat, and some will even book them for you.

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5) Premium Services for FREE

Some Disney Travel agents do have some premium services they do charge for, such as complete planning of your entire vacation. Some have a complete guide to which parks you want to visit that day, they will set up your fast passes, your dining reservations, and offer a complete layout of your vacation so you can just focus on fun. These websites should post that they charge for these premium services.

Disney Cruise Packing List- free printable

However some of Disney Travel Agents offer those services free of charge: For Instance, Tink’s Magical Vacations will provide complimentarily:

  • Itinerary Planning
  • Provide Fast Pass Recommendations w/ Height Requirement info
  • Book your dining reservations and remind you when they can be booked. Along with which restaurants have character dining and restaurants that have Fast Passes for select evening time entertainment. (My Favorite Perk)
  • Setup Magical Express to get you from the airport to the Hotel and back.
  • Give you advice on how to get groceries order delivered to your room.
  • Book Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique/Pirates League/for guests’ children.
  • Provide Video Tutorials on My Disney Experience App, Setting up Magic Bands & More
  • Even Simple things, like “Where can I rent a stroller?” is a nice thing to have someone tell you so you are not wasting your time searching.

 

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6) One Voice to Speak to

Have you ever called the Disney World Reservation line, they are extremely nice people, but everytime you get on the phone you need to go through the same rigamarole of having to wait on hold, give your name, spell it four times if you have a hard to spell name, and then about 20 minutes into the call you finally get to ask the question you wanted the answer to. It’s a bit of a tedious process and it’s probably why I receive so many questions on my social media channels. (Don’t worry, I love them so keep them coming) When you use a Disney Travel Agent, they are your main contact so anytime you need to make a change just give them a call, which brings me to my next point.

Free Printable Disney Cruise Packing List

7) In case of an Emergency

Unfortunately sometimes life gets in the way of a vacation, and when those things happen, it is nice to have just one person to call to make changes or if need be cancel your reservation. When Hurricane Irma struck Central Florida, the Disney phone lines were backed up for hours with people needing to change or cancel a reservation. I saw so many people on message boards who were thankful they had a Disney Travel Agent because they had to make just one phone call with no hold time and know that everything was going to be taken care of.

8) Expert Knowledge 

Your travel agent will know Disney inside and out. This kind of knowledge is seriously invaluable when it comes to having a magical time at Disney, and you will be so thankful you had it. Not only will they be able to help you plan your time in the park, but they have extensive knowledge about restaurants and resorts as well. As far as booking your resort stay, a travel agent is the best way to find a good rate. This can save you a ton of money on your trip!

9) You Will Truly Get to Relax

A Disney vacation isn’t just for the kids, it’s for you too! You want a travel agent because they will take so much of the pressure off of planning. You can confidently go into your day knowing things will go as smoothly as possible. 

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10) Why you should use a Disney Cruise Travel Agent

We recently cruised on the Disney Dream to the Bahamas with the help of Tink’s Magical Vacations. After 8 Disney cruises booking on our own we finally used a travel agent. Here are a couple of things I learned about booking a cruise with a travel agent. Now, I am not sure if this is all travel agents, but this is what our experience was with Tink’s.

  • Onboard Credit – With a Travel Agent I paid the same price as I normally would but also received an onboard credit to spend including quite the delicious meal at Palo
  • Booking Spa & Dining Reservations – Our agent, knew we wanted to dine at Palo and set up a time for us on this cruise
  • Booking a Cabana – Tink’s set us up with a cabana reservation (which is nearly impossible to get) because they have a full system set up to give you the biggest chance to get a Cabana at Castaway Cay.
  • Room Location – Lastly, our agents had been on the Dream more than 15 times so they knew not only which rooms to book, but also which ones to avoid and which rooms are the best bang for the buck. They even know about a secret mini suite which is the same price as a standard oceanview room.

So, there are definitely advantages of booking through a Disney Travel Agent, if you have any more questions feel free to message us.

From now on I tell people they should book their Disney trip with a Disney Travel Agent. Disney World, Disney Cruise, & Disneyland are often once in a lifetime vacations with your planning. The excitement your kids have for this kind of vacation is unmatchable. However, planning one of these vacations can be quite the task. Here are 7 reasons you might want to use a Disney Travel Agent. #travel #travelagent #planning #disneycruise #disneyworld #disneyland #traveltips

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12 Comments

  • Michelle says:

    I love this! As a Travel Planner specializing in Disney Destinations, I couldn’t agree more. I found myself nodding along…until I got to “Dream Catcher” to save money on pictures. Is that supposed to be Memory Maker? I would love to share this post with my agency, if i could just get clarification on that phrase. 🙂

    • Mama Munchkin says:

      Yes, I did mean Memory Maker. Whoops. I must have been daydreaming about my next Disney vacation when I typed that. All is fixed.

  • Can I make a suggestion on a great item to grab for kids traveling to Disney? I’ve written a book called “Kid’s Travel Journal – Disney Edition” that would be great for kids to take with them so they can write about their adventures and experiences as they happen. A great keepsake for them! It is available on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1508804656 or on my website: https://blueforestbooks.com/kids-travel-journal-disney-edition/

  • This is a great post with super helpful tips! I had read this post while planning my Disney vacation – do you mind if I share this in my upcoming blog post recapping my planning?

  • Nicole says:

    thank you for all of the helpful information. i am a single mom of 2 – ages 5 and 7 and want to plan our trip for 2020. i have just started researching and almost gave up until i found your article. is there an agent you can suggest?? thanks so much for sharing and i appreciate any feedback!!

    • Mama Munchkin says:

      Hi Nicole,

      We truly love Tinks Magical Vacations. They booked our most recent Disney Cruise and were amazing. I will have Kristin from Tink’s reach out to you.

      • Katherine Hannay says:

        We are living in Africa, and would like to take our three children on a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Disney. Our children will be 8, 10 and 12 years old, so we would need a mix of some of the magic of childhood, some of the adrenalin fantastic (like the waterpark) and anything anything that makes for quicker, cheaper (but not tacky!) holiday, as we would have a maximum of 6 days available. If you think staying in a B&B is going to save us a whole lot rather than staying in the park, please recommend it! Thank you, thank you.

        • Mama Munchkin says:

          Hi Katherine,

          Yes, an Airbnb might save you money, but I would check out David’s Vacation Rentals. You can stay up to 50% off a Disney resort and you get stay in some of Disney’s nicest properties. Otherwise, check out Disney’s Value resorts. They are an affordable option to stay on property.

  • Cathy says:

    I actually booked a reservation at be my guest restaurant 32 days before our trip on my Disney app.

  • Mama I agree, Disney Fastpasses are key. If we had not had our agent book fastpasses we would have wasted soooo much time. I also think staying at Disney World itself saved us. We got to book fastpasses that much sooner than if we stayed in Orlando at the Holiday Inn.

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