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Three years ago, I was a brand-new Disney novice. I knew there was a monumental effort required to plan the perfect Disney trip, so I proverbially shelved that travel project for years until I believed my kids would be old enough that the effort would be worth it. What I didn’t know at the time is that there are people who would do the majority of that mental lifting for you … for free.
I met a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations who was a points-and-miles novice. For a year, we traded each other knowledge within our unique skillsets. And while I’m no longer a Disney novice myself, what I’ve learned is that Disney World is such a unique vacation destination that it’s still one of the arenas in travel where it greatly benefits you to have an expert guide you along the way.
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Authorized Disney vacation planners make their money off commissions they receive from Disney when you book a trip through them. Their vacation prices are not inflated, and as we’ll discuss, they are often the way to find the best prices available.
Here are the top six reasons you should use an authorized Disney vacation planner to book your next trip to Disney World. I’ve now booked this way several times, even though I’m no longer a newbie to visiting Disney World.
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They do all the work
Booking a Disney hotel and buying theme park tickets may seem easy enough, but a complex array of options and add-ons can make it daunting to a Disney novice — even once you’ve picked the best Disney World hotel for your trip.
Currently, things are a bit different than normal. FastPass+ is temporarily suspended and you need to book parks for specific days you are going to visit due to COVID-19 precautions.
But, there are still premium Disney restaurant experiences and character dining you want to reserve well in advance as these do book up. Your vacation planner can handle all of this for you and offer a variety of overall trip-pricing options based on which level of luxury you want to travel in.
Sometimes bookings (and any related changes) may need to be made over the phone or early in the morning, starting at 6 a.m. — but that won’t be your problem as your vacation planner will handle it for you.
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