You made the decision. You are taking your family to Disney. Now what?
First, I want to say congratulations! You are about to enjoy the pure pleasure only a Disney trip can give your family! You are about to see the excitement in your little one’s eyes as they see their favorite character for the first time!
Then, I have to ask you… did you use a Travel Professional to book your trip? Travel Professionals that specialize in Family Vacations can save you both time and money. If you are like most of us, time IS money!
On average, I spend between 20 and 40 hours planning each of my client’s trips. That number includes the quoting (which involves lots of back and forth emails to make sure we are on the same page); the refining; the planning of park days; the dining reservations; Fast Pass plus planning; checking out new promotions to see if your trip qualifies (meaning hours and hours on hold with Disney); printing out itineraries (and revisions); keeping up with what is new during your trip; and reassuring you that something you read online is NOT true (and if it is true, how it will or will not affect your trip!).
Do you know about the different ‘types’ of resorts available at Disney? Do you know which resorts have room for five or more? Do you know which resorts to avoid during certain times of the year? Do you know which resorts have the best pool? The best water slide? The ones geared more towards children? Towards adults?
Do you know the best time of the year to visit to avoid the crowds? Do you know the tips to use when you can’t avoid the crowds? Do you know how important it is to have a plan? And when to ignore the plan?
Yes, you can find the answers to most of these questions online. Just remember, not everything you read online is factual. And let’s not forget the amount of time it takes to research these things and the fact that Disney changes almost daily!
First time trips to Disney can be very stressful. So many things to do and so many things to remember. Let’s face it. If you are doing a big family trip to Disney, it is not cheap! Don’t you want to get the best experience value possible? Are you willing to leave this investment of a lifetime to chance?
“So what exactly does it cost me to use a Travel Professional?” you ask. Great Question! A Travel Professional can get you the exact same price that you can find on your own online. The value the Travel Professional brings to that is innumerable. You get experience! You get knowledge! You get …me! I am your advocate if something doesn’t right.
When people come back from Disney with horror stories, I always ask if they used a Travel Professional. Nine times out of ten they tell me they booked it on their own to ‘save money’. That age old adage that you get what you paid for is always my first thought. I have been doing this professionally for almost 8 years. I have never had a client come back with a horror story. At worst, there have been a few hiccups, but were all successfully solved while the family was in the parks having fun.
Sometimes, saving a ‘few dollars’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Most of the content is written by people at JMorris Travel. Every once in a while we will have a guest blogger, usually it is part of our 'family'.Always with a nod to Family Travel!