Planning a Magical Walt Disney World Trip - Who can get you the most Magic?
He Dad. We are planning a Magical Walt Disney World trip and wondered ...
Are you more likely to get magical upgrades and special magic if you book through Walt Disney World Travel or through a Travel Agent?
I have been wondering if Disney shares the magic around. If so a little Pixie Dust might work. Like many others I do love a bit of magic I wasn't expecting, but I really like the idea of the personalized service a good Walt Disney World Travel Agent offers with complicated bookings and the help for people far away.
How are things down under this morning? (It's morning where Tina is.) Yes, I do know she goes by Tina. We've conversed a time or two.
First, it might be hard to believe, but Disney doesn't play favorites when it comes to who books your magical Walt Disney World vacation. They can't. As much as they would like too (and they have been trying for years) Disney needs travel agents. Even with the explosion of the internet, a large portion of the population (and growing larger every month) books Disney World trips from someone other than Walt Disney Travel. (Like Dad and Pixie and Pirate Destinations.)
Disney's reservation system doesn't code whether a booking comes from Disney or from another source. So booking a trip through a Travel Agent won't keep you from getting an upgrade or special consideration when you get to Walt Disney World.
Second, Disney doesn't give out many upgrades. Yes, in the slow times you might score an upgraded room, however for a good portion of the year, bookings are at 90% or more capacity and upgrades just don't happen.
That being said, it might actually help to book through a good Disney centered Travel Agent. They know what to ask for and how to ask in a way that gets things done. The Disney Vacation Planners over at Pixie and Pirate Destinations are always looking for ways to get the most value for their customers. They know which room views are worth the extra money. Their specialty is finding the perfect room and hotel for your family.
I do think personalized service is important especially when booking a Disney World vacation. A Disney Vacation Planner can work with you to develop a magical plan to reduce the time you spend in line. The will gladly spend time on the phone (so you don't have to) making your dining reservations or making all those changes to your package. This will save you time (sometimes lots of time) but even some money since Disney still doesn't have a toll free number.
Dad's Bottom Line
Yes, you can make your own Disney World reservations right on the internet. (Boring.) But you won't get any personalized service complete with announcements when new discounts (like free dining) are available. You might have to spend over an hour on the phone from Australia to Florida (an expensive hour) just to make a simple change. Not with a good Travel Agent. The will be happy to do that all for you.