In just 3 weeks I will be returning to Disney for the first time this year! It is hard to believe it has been so long since I’ve visited!
This was supposed to be a solo short trip, but then my family found out I was going, so they have decided they want to go too. Since I had already booked All Star Sports, that is where the three of us will stay.
Disney will be releasing their Early 2024 Itineraries SOON!
I know you are so busy thinking about back to school and the upcoming holidays that this is the furthest thing from your mind.
But I also know you want the best value for your hard-earned vacation dollars.
Usually you want to go when its not busy or when it is least expensive, or both! But these days, the crowds are always moderate to heavy and the prices are never going to be like they were years ago. I n other words, those. Free Dining days with low crowds of early Fall are long gone.
Although, if you are a Disney+ member, right now there is a pretty sweet deal going on!
Basically for the same reason any professional that provides a service charges a fee. I am running a business.
I have years of experience, training, and the knowledge of having been there and done that.
By charging a fee, I can take fewer clients and give more attention to them. By charging a fee, I am not going to push you towards a more expensive resort for a bigger commission. By charging a fee, you can be assured that my #1 thought is for YOU and not the supplier (like Disney or Universal). By charging a fee, when that promotion comes up I am not going to loose money by sitting on hold to reduce the price of your vacation, like I would if I was commission based only.
Are there travel agents that don’t charge fees? Yes. They are either not aware of their own worth or try to make up for it in volume sales.
Do I ever reduce my fee? Sometimes. I have a military discount for those using military rates in their travel. We were a military family for 20 years and I appreciate all they do for us.
I also offer a reduced fee for returning guests who have referred other clients who have booked with me and paid my fee. Most of my returning guest are like family to me.
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Last Week I talked a bit about myself. Today I want to talk about ... YOU!
When I first started JMorris Travel (10+ years ago) it was to help families like mine, who had children with special needs. I never dreamed my family would become so changed where I was the one with special needs!
I just realized that in eight short weeks we will be in Universal! I have not started packing, barely started planning, and am so busy I don't have time to worry about it!
While it is great to be having enough business that I can say that (after the past two years the travel industry as had!) I feel bad!
I'm not completely unprepared, I mean my Universal box and luggage is where I can get it. The lanyards with our annual passes are where they are supposed to be (although until they are marked off my list I will still panic about it!) All our dining reservations are made, and a semi touring plan has been made. I've checked the hours for the week we will be there and the whole week has early hours for both parks.
And I am sending myself the complete set of emails for both first timers and old timers to Universal, so my travel agent (ahem ... me!) is keeping me on top of changes that are rapidly happening in Universal, but I just feel like I should be doing more.
Prior to the Nasty C word, travel was easier. Most things stayed consistent, you knew where you wanted to go and when you wanted to go; you had a budget and you had friends who’d been there before , or you could look it up on the internet and read the reviews, right?
And, about half the time you’d ]get the vacation you wanted. Or- you could go to a Travel Professional and REALLY get the trip you wanted.
If you haven’t visited Disney in a while, you might question the need for all the planning. I know on our first several trips to Disney, there really was no need for much planning. We picked a resort, made a dining reservation, and winged the rest!
Now, the parks have grown so much, and are so much more crowded, that planning is the only way to be able to do anything. I’m not saying you have to plan out minute by minute (while some do just that). I’m saying the days of deciding on Monday that you want to do Disney next week are all but gone.
The first decision is when you want to visit. This used to be simple, but now, not so much. There really are no more uncrowded times to visit. When Disney sees the rooms aren’t filling as fast as they want, they might throw a limited promotion out to get more people in.
And, as much as I love Disney, I have to agree it is getting harder and harder to do Disney inexpensively. The days of Disney being a cheap vacation are long over! Those promotions? They are always very limited. The number of rooms available for that promotion on that date in the room category of the resort you want, were probably grabbed as soon as the promotion was released.
With all the crazy 'stuff' happening in the world today, I thought we should revisit this topic!
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