Whether you've been to the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts a hundred times or you're a novice who has never been, using the services of a Disney Vacation Planner can save you time, save you money, and make you the hero of your family.
The planning efforts for a visit to the magical home of Mickey are monumental and with so much effort required to plan the perfect trip, it just makes sense that you would want to leverage the free services of a planner.
I can remember my first trip as an adult many, many years ago. Since my last visit as a teenager, Disney had implemented a new dining reservation system along with a new reservation system for rides and attractions. There were new resorts and transportation options as well so I felt overwhelmed and didn't know where to begin. Luckily, I worked with someone was a planner. She became my expert and was able to book, schedule, and reserve everything for us. She was even able to help us score a resort upgrade when after our arrival, our booked resort didn't have a room for us. She really was a lifesaver!
Disney destinations are unique in that there really is a lot to consider and plan for which is why there are great benefits to having an expert guide you along the way. Planners make their money off the commissions that they receive from Disney after you have traveled. They do not inflate the vacation prices or add-on expenses and the best part is that you get the added bonus of their knowledge and experience. All for free!
Here are the top reasons you should use an authorized Disney vacation planner to book your next trip to Disney World.
They do all the work
Booking a Disney hotel and buying theme park tickets may seem easy enough, but there are a complex array of options and add-ons which can make it a daunting task. Even if you have traveled to Disneyland or the Walt Disney World Resorts in the past, options and offerings change frequently. It is the job of your Story Guide to stay on top of these changes, so you don’t miss out on anything.
Currently, things are a bit different than normal. The FastPass+ system 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 will want to reserve well in advance as these still book up; especially now that there is limited availability due to social distancing. Your Story Guide 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, must be made over the phone or early in the morning but that won’t be your problem as your Story Guide will handle it for you. During non-pandemic times, the FastPass+ system is the key to strategically avoiding long waits for popular attractions. Maximizing this system alone can make your head spin so having your planner take care of it for you takes hours of research and planning off your plate.
While there’s no magic way to make a Disney vacation truly cheap, there are a few ways to save money with promotions such as free dining or tickets. Here’s the problem though; there are always a limited number of rooms available to book with these discounts and they are often released early in the morning. Your Story Guide will be up at 5 a.m. to ensure you get one of the discounted rooms or packages when they are released. They also monitor your existing reservation for price drops and if the price lowers for your dates, they’ll modify your existing reservation to the lower price. They can also advise you on ways to save money during your stay if you are on a set budget. Even if your goal isn’t the cheapest Disney trip possible, they will know what splurges are worth it and which ones are are more easily skipped.
They plan your itinerary
If you’re paying a large sum of money for a vacation, the last thing you want to do is wait in long lines, miss out on activities because you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, or spend time doing things you don’t want to do. If you want to maximize your time at Disney, you need a wealth of knowledge to know what to do and when to do it. You can research and learn much of it yourself but if you’re a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime Disney visitor, pouring over crowd calendars, scouring the web for in-depth guides, and learning as much about Disney World may not be the best use of your time.
Without a doubt, having your Story Guide lay out a daily itinerary for your specific dates is the most valuable asset they bring to the table. With a proper plan, you will be able to ride everything you want without waiting in lengthy lines and eat at the places you want at the times you want. You will know where to be and when to be there with insider tips and tricks that will make your visit to the parks incredibly enjoyable.
You can be as involved as you want
If you’re a Type A personality and want to be involved in every step along the way, you can work hand in hand with your Story Guide to make sure you’re comfortable with the itinerary and cost of your trip. If you’re hands-off and just want someone to handle all of the details and tell you where to go and when, you can also do that. The experience you have with your Story Guide is entirely up to you and you’ll find that they will play off the personality of their clients and tailor the experience to fit the customer’s desires.
Other than a cup of ice water, there’s not much that’s truly free at Disney World. However, the services that a Story Guide provides come at no cost to you. Disney pays authorized Disney vacation planners commissions from the sales of hotel rooms, tickets, dining packages, and more. But, much like how travel agents are paid, and are still very valuable when booking cruises, the prices given to you by a Story Guide are not inflated or grossed up over what Disney charges directly. They can book anything you see online or find the lower prices you may not have found yourself. So while your trip to Disney probably won’t be inexpensive, the added benefit of using a Story Guide doesn’t add to the cost. They are motivated to do a good job because of the repeat and referral business. Story Guides work solely off referral-based clients and get a reputation for their knowledge and ease to work with.
It’s a completely noble decision to decide planning the perfect Disney vacation is too much to add to your plate, even in a normal year and right now, it’s an especially good time to let someone else deal with the changes and ambiguity that surround a trip to the most Magical Place on Earth. One last thing to keep in mind; Story Guides don’t just book trips to the Walt Disney World Resorts but they can also book trips to Disneyland, aboard the Disney Cruise Line, an Adventures By Disney tour, or Disney Aulani in Hawaii.
So what do you think? What do you have to lose? Contact us today to get started!
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