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Why You Need a Travel Agent to Plan Your Disney Trip

With the ease of the Internet, you might be wondering why you need to use a travel agent to book a Disney trip. We specialize in all things Disney, so we could give you tons of reasons, but here’s our Top 5:

  1. It’s FREE! It would cost you exactly the same to book your trip on your own directly with Disney as it costs to book through us. Disney realizes it can be overwhelming to plan a trip, so they compensate us without passing that charge on to you (so there’s no need to price shop!)
  2. We watch for special discounts and work our hardest to get those discounts applied to your vacation, even after you’ve already booked your trip! So using us actually can SAVE you money!
  3. We guide you through all of the planning process – We help you figure out which of the 26 resort properties is best for your family and which time of year works best for your needs; we get up at 5 a.m. 180 days before your trip to get you the best dining reservations; we help you plan your park itinerary and FastPasses (Disney’s “ride reservation” system); we make sure you know how to navigate the parks and the technology Disney employs to make your trip as seamless as possible. In a nutshell – we handle it ALL! You just pack and go, and we even give you a packing list!
  4. Think of us as your personal “Google” when you have questions! Did you know that if you search “Disney World,” there are 181,000,000 entries? Do you really want to sort through all of that to figure out what information is still relevant when you could just send us an email, text or Facebook message and get a quick, accurate answer?
  5. We’re experts! We’ve booked more than 2,500 trips and have more than 26 years’ worth of experience between us. This isn’t a hobby for any of us; it’s our full-time jobs and we treat it as such. We are experts in the Disney resorts, restaurants, rides, and more; Disney Cruise Line; Adventures by Disney (guided tours to destinations all over the world); and A’ulani, a Disney resort and spa in Hawaii. We’ve actually been to these locations and experienced them ourselves. We make it a point to visit them regularly to stay current on all the latest changes so that we can plan the best adventure for your family!

Quite simply, helping plan your dream Disney vacation isn’t a job to us – it’s our passion!

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About the Author: Travel agent Alison Chambers has planned hundreds of Disney trips for more than 600 families. She has traveled to all of the major Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World; Disneyland; Disney Cruise Line; Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; and an Adventures by Disney trip to Costa Rica. Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, she works with clients all over the world and is known for her prompt response time and attention to detail. Alison would love to help your family, too!

 

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The Best Age for a Disney Trip

We get asked a lot “What’s the best age to take my child to Disney World?” We suggest looking at it from a different angle, for example, “What’s the best time to throw your child a birthday party?” The answer to that is the same: Anytime you want to create magical memories!

Our children remember things from all of our Disney trips. We have clients who tell us months after their vacation that they still sit around talking about it. Anytime you can create something that has you saying, “Hey, remember when…” you should get right on it! There are only so many years we have with them before our children are off on their own with children of their own.

Disney has something for people of all ages. We’ve been there on our honeymoon – without kids! — with babies as young as 9 months old and with a wide age range of children – and everyone had something that they loved. Some memory they will hold on to forever. And, if we are being honest with ourselves, trips to Disney really aren’t about the kids — they’re about those memories you cherish. Not their ability to remember the trip, but instead your own. So don’t wait! Or you just might run out of time….

So there isn’t a perfect age to take your kids to Disney World or on a Disney cruise or a guided tour to many fascinating destinations worldwide with Adventures by Disney. Going to Disney is like any other vacation you would take — only better! Get with us to plan your adventure full of magical memories!

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About the Author: Travel agent Alison Chambers has planned hundreds of Disney trips for more than 600 families. She has traveled to all of the major Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World; Disneyland; Disney Cruise Line; Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; and an Adventures by Disney trip to Costa Rica. Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, she works with clients all over the world and is known for her prompt response time and attention to detail. Alison would love to help your family, too!

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Star Wars Galactic Nights – an OUT OF THIS WORLD party!

Like many of you, my family LOVES Star Wars! When I realized we would be at Walt Disney World in December at the same time as a special one-night event featuring Star Wars, I decided to surprise my family with tickets. And Star Wars Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios did not disappoint! And you’re in luck because Disney has announced a return of the Star Wars: Galactic Nights special event on May 27, 2018! And it’s not too late to let us help you plan a trip!

Let me tell you a little about the adventure we had that night. When we aStar Wars Galactic Nights Credentialsrrived, we were given our “official” keepsake credentials and the program for the night. The program included a schedule of Star Wars entertainment, a map of character greeting locations and attractions, specialty food and beverage options and exclusive event merchandise. One of our favorite parts of the night was the Seize the Saga Scavenger Hunt. We were given a mission to visit eight different photo spots on “planets” throughout the park to collect stickers to add to the back of our credentials, which formed a cool Star Wars picture.

Because this is a special event that required the purchase of tickets, we were pleasantly surprised with very short wait times for the eight attractions that were open! We were able to walk right onto Star Tours and Toy Story Mania with no wait; while Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster had a short line because it was special for that night – Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster: Star Wars Edition! It had Star Wars music playing and lots of Star Wars images throughout the ride. And the outside of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was covered with Star Wars projections and videos.

The entertainment was our absolute favorite part of the party! We especially enjoyed Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge because we learned so much about the new Star Wars-themed land that is being built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There was a panel of team SW Talkmembers from Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm that shared secrets and progress of Galaxy’s Edge, the new land that will open in 2019. Other entertainment that was offered included an Imperial March; Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple; DJ Dance Parties; Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show; and Star Wars: A Galaxy Spectacular, which was truly one of the best fireworks shows we have ever seen!

If you are a Star Wars fan, don’t miss out on this awesome, rare opportunity to experience Star Wars Galactic Nights for yourself in May! Stay tuned for more details on this event – as well as dates tickets will go on sale.

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About the Author: Jennifer Lowery has worked as a travel agent specializing in Disney travel for the past seven years. She has visited and planned trips to all of the major Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani – A Disney Resort and Spa, and Adventures by Disney. She is based in Arkansas, but plans trips for clients all over the country. Jennifer would love to help your family with a MAGICAL trip, too!

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Save Time – Order Online!

At Disney, time is precious, so I hate wasting it standing in line. Disney’s latest enhancement to the My Disney Experience app is going to save you a ton of time!

Last spring, Disney began offering a Mobile Order option at 23 Quick-Service locations, but today they finally made that option available to people who are using the Disney Dining Plan.

I tested the service last fall and it was a HUGE time-saver! It allows you to order meals and snacks on demand, pay in advance using the dining plan or a credit card and skip the line at select quick-service food and beverage locations.

Here’s how it works:

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STEP 1: Choose “Order Food” under the “My Plans” page in the app and choose your restaurant from the available selections.

 

Step 2
STEP 2: Select your menu options.

 

Step 3
STEP 3: When you arrive at the restaurant, click the “I’m Here, Prepare My Order Button,” and track the status of your order on the screen.

 

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STEP 4: When the screen says your food is ready, you collect your food at the designated Mobile Order Pickup location.

And that’s all there is to it! It’s really that simple!

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Best Way to Budget for a Disney Trip

Want to know the easiest way to save money for your dream Disney trip? It’s really easy – plan ahead! It’s like a virtual layaway plan!

Let me explain….You can book Disney World trips more than a year in advance. This means that you can make payments, on your own terms, for over a year, sometimes longer! All you need to get started is a $200 deposit, which is fully refundable until 30 days from your travel date. And any payments you make toward that trip are refundable as well (with the exception of travel insurance premiums). So you can pay a little each week or once a month – whatever works best for you.

Right now you can book trips through the end of 2018. Sometime this summer, Disney will release bookings through the end of 2019, in case you really want to plan ahead! (And with the coming Star Wars Land set to open in 2019, you just might want to plan really far ahead!)

Another reason planning ahead saves you money – we watch for discounts that will save you money. If you already have a trip booked, we automatically apply that discount to your trip, assuming there is availability, which means you’re first in line on discount release days. And it costs you nothing to use our services when you stay at a Disney resort. Disney knows that planning a trip can be overwhelming so they pay us to assist you without passing that cost on to you. We help you determine which resort, park ticket, dining plan, etc., will work best for your family’s needs.

If a Disney cruise is what you’re planning for – you can book those even further in advance. And Disney rewards cruisers who plan ahead. Disney cruises are priced similarly to hotel rooms – the more full the sailing becomes, the more expensive it is to get a stateroom.

So, what are you waiting for? Bet you didn’t know it could be this easy! All you have to do is contact us – click the Start Planning button to fill out a no-obligation request for a quote, email or call one of us. Whatever works best for you! We promise to make planning your Disney trip simple – all you have to do is pack a bag!

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About the Author: Travel agent Alison Chambers has planned hundreds of Disney trips for more than 600 families. She has traveled to all of the major Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World; Disneyland; Disney Cruise Line; Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; and an Adventures by Disney trip to Costa Rica. Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, she works with clients all over the world and is known for her prompt response time and attention to detail. Alison would love to help your family, too!