Whether it’s your first Disney vacation or your hundredth, you should use a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. This topic is debated frequently in many Facebook Groups, but I often see some big misconceptions given for reasons against it. I decided it was time to correct some of that misinformation.
Here are my top 5 myths about booking with a reputable Disney Travel Agent
1. You will pay extra
A good Disney Travel Agent does not charge fees when you book a vacation package. Your Disney vacation will cost the SAME as if you booked it directly with Disney yourself. Instead of costing you money, they will tell you where you might be able to save some money or what ‘upgrades’ would be worth it.
2. You lose control of your vacation
Nothing could be FURTHER from the truth. You can control as much or as little as you like! You can book all of your own Lightening Lanes, dining, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique reservations and special events if that’s what you want to do. The beauty is that if you don’t want to book those things – you have an agent who will do it for you free of charge. Yes – they will get up at 6am or 7am to do this for you, but if you are an early bird – you can do it all yourself if you prefer.
3. You don’t need one
Honestly, I need one…. and I’ve been visiting for over 40 years! I don’t need one to do my Genie Plus reservations or dining (my sister does all that stuff!), but doing the legwork for changes to a vacation is priceless. If there is a promotion, event, or website glitch that requires a call to Disney – the agent calls for you. You don’t have to sit on hold for hours and HOURS when the room promotion comes out, or when you have to change dates because of a hurricane coming or a pandemic closing the parks – an agent does that for you.
4. All of the information is online anyway
Sure, and you still can do your own research when you’re using a travel agent, but they’ll help you decipher the truth from the ‘click bait’ online. We all have friends who have advice or read something somewhere, but how do you know what’s really going on? Use an agent to bounce around ideas with your specific goals and family in mind. Good agents draw on the tribal knowledge within their team and their own frequent experience to provide specific information tailored to your needs. Why would you not want that extra resource at your disposal if it doesn’t cost you anything?
5. They’re all the same
No, they aren’t all the same. There are so many variables when choosing an agency to work with, and you need to make sure that they know what they’re doing! Find an agency with a team of people who have relevant and recent personal experience who love what they do – that’s where you find the right one! When you’re looking to plan, reach out to my friends at Playcation Travel LTD for assistance.
Do you use a travel agent to book your Disney vacation?
I LOVE using an agent to help me with my trips! Someone to bounce ideas off of and get info from really helps!
Couldn’t agree more! And since it doesn’t cost anything – there really is no reason not to?
I always use an agent to book my trips…mostly because I like to have someone to cover me, so if something comes up, I don’t have to worry about it. I simply message the agent and then get back to work, enjoying my family or whatever it I want to do instead of sitting on hold or trying to work through it myself.
Absolutely! It’s great to have someone to bounce things off of, and who can help you so that you’re not sitting on hold all day!