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 never charges planning fees. 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 fastpasses, 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 fastpasses or dining (my sister does all that stuff!), but staying 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! Agencies with Disney’s EarMarked status indicates their level of experience and knowledge with Disney products. It is important to find an agency with that status, but also an agency built by people who truly love what they do. I recommend Pure Magic Vacations always.
Do you use a travel agent to book your Disney vacation?