I have done months of research on my Disney vacation (I’m not crazy, it was fun!). The reservation system for Disney online looks very simple; I also own and know how to use a phone so there is no reason in the world why I couldn’t have booked my vacation myself.
The reason I chose to use a travel agent is simple, I was able to help keep someone employed and it cost me nothing. Why would you NOT use a travel agent since it’s free?
I didn’t do an extensive search for travel agents. I contacted two companies I found through links on websites. I provided the dates of November 16 – 23 at Port Orleans Riverside, standard Royal Room, and that we would be celebrating my daughter’s birthday. The first response I got was from Dana at Mouseketrips.com, the second response was from a person a company that shall not be named because I don’t want them to feel bad. Dana got to be my travel agent not because she responded first, but because she responded with warmth and personal service. The other company sent me out a form response/quote that left me feeling cold. First impressions go a long way with me.
Dana has done a superb job. She answered my few questions, booked the vacation, changed the dates, then changed them back, adjusted the reservation for free dining (I’ll cover that in my next post), made my advanced dining reservations, and took the time to call me to get my payment information so my credit card number wasn’t floating in cyber space. Oh yeah, she was on vacation at Disney World when she made my dining reservations and she remembered to make note of my daughter’s Birthday when she did it. Needless to say she’s just a nice person. She has earned every penny Disney will send her way!
And don’t think that just because you use a travel agent to book that you can’t use ‘My Disney Experience’ on the Disney website (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/). Once your plans are made and you have your reservation numbers you just enter them in and it’s all imported. I log in daily just to see how many days until my vacation starts.
If you’re on the fence about using a travel agent listen to the Nike ads and just do it. If you want to contact Dana at Mouseketrips you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you decide to use another company I suggest you make sure they are an “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner”.