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We Plan Simply Magical Vacations

DESTINATION MAGIC is a boutique travel agency comprised of Disney expert travel agents we call Magic Makers . Our Magic Makers are highly experienced travel specialists eager to help you to plan and book an amazing vacation. Plus our booking services are 100% FREE!

Simply Magical Vacations  means that we make your vacation planning easy so you can begin enjoying your vacation before it even starts. We are Disney expert travel agents that take the planning burden off you so you can relax. We know the ins-and-outs of Disney and will pass that insider information onto you. As Disney expert travel agents, we turn Disney trips into magical vacations.

Top 5 reasons to choose Destination Magic

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We take the stress out of booking your vacation

We make it easy for you to plan a magical vacation

We are Disney expert travel agents, and well versed in the other destinations we service

We offer all available Disney vacation package deals so you can be assured you will always get the best price available—even after you have booked.

Plus, our booking services are 100% FREE!

Whether you book a Disney World family vacation package, a Hawaiian honeymoon, or a solo cruise for quality me time, you will receive the highest level of attention and customer service. We are vested in your vacation.

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Stay in the magic at Walt Disney World Resort! Disney® Visa® Cardmembers can save on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels in early 2024.

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Disneyland Resort Announces Limited-Time Kids’ Ticket Offer!

A limited-time kids’ ticket offer redeemable in early 2024 and some updates that make a trip to Disneyland Resort as magical as possible!

Valid Between January 8, 2024, and March 10, 2024

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Walt Disney World: New offer perfect for families!

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Why Choose Me and the Mouse

We deliver stress-free dream vacations. Since 2012, Me and The Mouse has created unique, memorable, and affordable vacation packages for travelers and their families. This includes Universal Studios , Disney Land , and other destinations. As certified vacation planners, it’s our job to make sure your trip is magical, stress-free, and special.

1. Fun for Everyone

Our travel agents create and organize trips that include fun for the whole family. Thrill rides? Shows? Food? A themed cruise? Let us know what you’re looking to do!

2. A+ Communication

Your agent will be with you throughout the vacation planning process (which can take weeks if not months!). Any questions, our team is here to help.

3. A Personal Touch

Our team has actually been to these locations not once, but multiple times. Whether it’s a stay at Universal, Disney, a cruise, or a resort, we know the ins and outs of each adventure.

4. Travel Planning

A destination vacation shouldn’t be a burden. Our agents are here to help you plan your trip and make sure you’re not second guessing your packing and logistics.

5. Affordably Magical

We understand that a trip can be a major burden on household expenses. It’s our priority to make sure we plan adventures that fall within your budget and match (and exceed!) your expectations.

6. Discover Together

Our agents at Me and The Mouse Travel appreciate feedback from travelers. This helps us create unique and comprehensive travel packeges for you and other families. See our Guestimonials .

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We know Disney . We want to know you.

As Authorized Disney Vacation Planners , our FREE vacation planning services are compensated by our suppliers and we guarantee to save you money, time, and stress. We are dedicated to providing you a memorable and magical vacation where no detail is overlooked.

Ready to plan your Disney vacation? Get in touch with our knowledgeable travel specialists today.

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Have you ever wanted to step inside the magical world of Harry Potter, or see the stories of Dr. Seuss come to life right before your eyes?

Our dedicated travel agents who specialize in Universal Studios can help you plan the vacation of a lifetime. From choosing the best resort and dining experiences to live entertainment and specialty tours, we can handle every detail in the planning process from start to finish.

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Pack like a Travel Agent: Toiletry Bag Edition

1/23/2024 • Tips • Welcome back to my series “Pack like a Travel Agent.” Today’s topic is toiletry bags and how best to maximize your space for all those essentials! Stick with me and I’ll show you how I pack my own toiletry bag. If you plan to pack your toiletries in your checked baggage, you don’t have to worry about the size of the containers quite so much. You still need to comply with the TSA’s restrictions about what can be packed in carry-on and checked luggage. Please see the TSA’s website for the most accurate and up-to-date information: Travel Tips: 3-1-1 liquids rule | Transportation Security Administration (tsa.gov) The Toiletry Bag: When selecting a toiletry bag, I would stick with a few key characteristics. I would highly recommend a toiletry bag with a hook to hang it from the towel bar or shower hook when you get to your destination. I’ve also […]

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The Benefits of Staying On Property at the Walt Disney World Resort

1/16/2024 • Blog , Tips , Walt Disney World • Trying to figure out where to stay when visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando can be overwhelming, especially if this is your first visit. There are significant benefits that come with staying on-property at a Disney resort hotel, and there are definite disadvantages when staying off-site at an area hotel or Airbnb. Understanding the differences early on will help you jump that hurdle quickly so you can get to the fun of planning! Walt Disney World offers more than 25 on-property resort hotels including popping your tent and camping, Value resorts with basic amenities and comforts, Moderate resorts with upgraded amenities like table service restaurants on property, Deluxe resorts with upgraded amenities like great transportation options to the parks, and fantastic table service restaurants, and Deluxe Villa resorts with lots of room to stretch out for larger families or those looking for more upscale accommodations. There is something for every […]

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Special Ticketed Holiday Events at Walt Disney World

12/12/2023 • Blog , Walt Disney World • Get wrapped up in the spirit of the holiday season and feel the magic at Special Ticketed Holiday Events at the theme parks. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party is an annual special ticketed event at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This festive celebration offers many holiday-themed entertainment and experiences for visitors of all ages. One of the party's highlights is the enchanting Christmas parade featuring beloved Disney characters dressed in their most festive holiday attire. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and iconic characters make their way down Main Street, spreading holiday cheer and joy. Experience a memorable Christmas fireworks display that lights up the sky with dazzling colors and holiday-themed projections. Complimentary cookies and cocoa warm your heart and enhance the holiday spirit. Pose with Mickey and his pals dressed in festive holiday attire to capture the perfect pictures. While enjoying all the […]

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Disney Skyline Scavenger Hunt

12/5/2023 • Blog , Tips , Walt Disney World • Did you know there is a free scavenger hunt that you can complete using the help of the Disney Skyliner? At Me and The Mouse Travel, we call this a "Magical Moment" activity - an extra activity that you can add to your itinerary and create more Disney memories with your family. Download Your Own Here: DisneySkyliner_CreateYourOwnCabin The Skyliner is one of Disney World’s best transportation systems and has quickly become a favorite "attraction" outside of the theme parks. Since late 2019, the Disney Skyliner has become one of the best ways to travel around the Walt Disney World Resort. While you have to wait for other transportation options like the monorail and bus, the Disney Skyliner has a continuous loading process, making it an easy and quick form of transportation to transfer to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, as well as other select resorts. As you take to the sky […]

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Discovering Paradise: The Allure of Antigua

11/28/2023 • Blog , Reviews , Sandals & Beaches • Are you dreaming of a tropical escape that combines pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and unmatched luxury? Look no further than Antigua, a slice of paradise nestled in the heart of the Caribbean. Over the summer, I was chosen by the Tourism Board of Antigua and Barbuda to experience everything these amazing islands have to offer. This enchanting destination offers an idyllic setting for couples seeking a romantic retreat or families seeking an elevated escape with its breathtaking landscapes, warm hospitality, and a myriad of activities to suit every taste. Let me tell you why this island is one that can't be missed! A Symphony of Beaches: One of the most captivating features of Antigua is it’s collection of stunning beaches that seem to be straight out of a postcard. Antigua is known for its powdery white sand and turquoise waters. Whether you're a sun-worshipper looking to bask in the warm […]

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The Best Way to Experience Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Parade

11/21/2023 • Blog , Walt Disney World • There’s so much to see and do at Magic Kingdom but how can you fit it all into a single day? If you can’t extend your trip to include multiple days at Magic Kingdom, knowing the little tricks to maximize what you can experience with minimal wait is key to checking off your must-do list. For many families, Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade is a top priority attraction that they want to experience. After all, where else can you see all of your favorite characters in one place within a 12-minute attraction? The Festival of Fantasy parade starts in Frontierland and makes its way towards Liberty Square before turning and going past Cinderella’s Castle and down Main Street USA. There are many ideas as to where the best spot for watching the parade really is. For many years, my family would camp out in Liberty Square outside the Diamond Horseshoe, […]

Our Clients Love Us

This is the second time we booked everything with Amy and WOW! She nailed it from start to finish. I cannot express how easy she makes the process. She knows it all, from the parks to the resorts and even character dining and other "things to do" We talked about everything from which attractions to visit first, down to the best place to get a stroller for our 4-year-old. She thought of EVERYTHING-was available any time I had a question and the care package we received was a magical "it's almost time" gift for my kids. Amy made our trip a breeze and I cannot say enough great things about her and the work she does. We WILL be returning again soon and we WILL be booking our trip with Amy! <3

Elizabeth, we want to thank you so much for planning such an amazing family vacation. Every detail was taken care of which allowed us to just relax and enjoy our time together as a family. We had so much fun that we are already talking about our next trip. All the tips and suggestions you had were spot on and the trip couldn’t have gone smoother. We will definitely be using Me and the Mouse again!

Becky Roland

Amy has amazing service!!! Answered all of my newbie Disney questions and made sure our first time was a complete success. Very thankful and will be referring to all of our friends!!

Sarah Garcia

We have taken our oldest son to Disney a few times before, but this was our first trip using Tressa and our first trip for our two youngest children. We are clients for life!!! Tressa planned the perfect vacation for our family. Every dining reservation, fast passes, and meet and greet was planned perfectly to make the most of our time there. No stress, planning, or worry for us. She had a million tips and suggestions to make our vacation magical. Thank you Tressa for planning our perfect trip!

Andrea Perry

We used Amy for our family vacation, we booked it just a couple of weeks before our trip as a last minute surprise for our family and she was able to get so many reservations that I thought would be impossible! She was so quick to answer any questions, offer great advice and the help with fast passes/dinner reservations, etc was AMAZING! Made our vacation so easy and effortless and we had so much fun! We will definitely use her again and again!!

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More than a Disneyland Travel Agent...

At Magic Lamp Vacations, we’re not your normal Disneyland® travel agents. For us it’s not about simply booking your vacation. It’s about creating a custom vacation game plan that’s unique to your family. We advise, advocate, and coach you how to maximize your budget and fun, while minimizing the stress, hassles, and headaches. You become the hero without sacrificing time. When you plan with us, it’s all fun and no fuss. Your wish is our command!

Our Travel-Planning Genies℠ Love to Answer...

What’s not to miss for the Disney 100 Celebration ?

What’s the difference between a Good Neighbor Hotel and an official Disneyland Hotel ?

How can you maximize Genie+ and Lightning Lanes to reduce wait times?

Our Disneyland vacation experts will help you answer these questions and more! Disneyland is Walt’s original park—and there’s SO much history there.

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The most important thing to realize is...

Disneyland operates very differently from Walt Disney World®. That means that if you’ve been to Walt Disney World and you’re thinking “I’ve got this,” you NEED to know what’s different, or you’ll end up missing some of the best stuff! (For just one example—did you know fireworks are sometimes cancelled due to wind? So you need to plan your nighttime strategy to include two days of fireworks, in case they’re cancelled on one of them!)

We’ll show you how to secure guaranteed viewing of World of Color using a virtual queue, and how to get everything you can out of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. (For instance, did you know you can get from one side of Disneyland to the other side of DCA in less than half an hour? That’s super helpful to know if you plan on park-hopping.)

We also know that, compared to Walt Disney World..

there’s a whole different way that locals attend the park… So we’ll tell you exactly which days and months are best to go. Like Rapunzel said, “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it!”

And we’ll show you where to find the most delicious restaurants (the Monte Cristo sandwich at Café Orleans is to die for!), how to get everything you can out of your dining, and even tell you which season treats are to die for and which ones to skip.

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Here’s the bottom line — we’ve been to Disneyland hundreds of times...

and we know all the tips and tricks… Including the ones that other people don’t even know EXIST.

Want the best Disneyland vacation? Trust the Travel-Planning Genies℠ at Magic Lamp Vacations!

Every Concierge-Level Vacation-Planning Package includes...

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Private, Expert Disneyland Guidance

Every client is assigned a personal Travel-Planning Genie℠ who is Disney College of Knowledge Graduate. You'll receive at least three, private one-on-one zoom calls to go over every detail of your family's vacation and get all of your questions answered first-hand about Disneyland.

Exclusive Client Only Community

You'll have access to a private Facebook® group that is reserved only for the families who have entrusted us with their family's vacation. You'll have access to our entire team inside the group, and be able to share in the excitement with other families, as you countdown to your vacation.

Rockstar Planning Portal™ Membership for a Year

The Rockstar Planning Portal™ is where we keep private video tutorials and extra planning materials for our clients. If you book with us in 2023, you'll receive 'Red Carpet' Access for an entire year - giving you the content to all of the destinations we plan, and not just Disneyland.

Dining Plan Strategy

We'll help your family decide which of the 160 restaurants at Disneyland are best for your family's unique tastes & dietary restrictions. We'll also provide our expert strategies to help you secure as many choices as possible on your family's dream list of dining reservations.

My Disney Experience Tutorial

We will show you how to fully utilize My Disney Experience to make Advanced Dining Reservations, Genie+ and Lightning Lane Reservations, utilize mobile ordering, find characters, see wait times, order Magic Bands, and more.

Custom Trip Itinerary Building

We will work with you and your family to fully customize the main components of your Disneyland vacation to fulfill your family's unique vacation wishes for the most memorable vacation imaginable. This includes lodging, airport transfers, park pass reservations and more.

Reduced Wait Strategies

Disneyland is always busy (especially on weekends) - which means crowds are inevitable. We will work with your family to create a custom game plan to maximize Genie+ (or standby line) strategies to reduce your family's wait time.

Disney Price Monitoring

We constantly monitor new Disney deals, offers, and discounts to ensure you're receiving the best price for your vacation—even after you've booked and paid your deposit. You'll never wait on hold!

Character Guidance

We will share with you the best tips and secrets on meeting your favorite Disney characters— where to find them, how to interact with them, and ways to create one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

Park Pass Reservations

We will show you how to use Disneyland's Park Pass reservation system and recommend what which parks you should visit for each day of your trip, based on the wishes of your family.

Celebration Booking Services

No matter what your family's celebrating, we can make your Disneyland vacation even more magical by recommending and booking specific add-ons for the occasion — like in-room celebrations, VIP tours, and hard-ticket events such as Oogie Boogie Bash.

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Done For You Dining Reservation Services

We will make dining reservations on your behalf, based on your family’s preferences. This includes informing restaurants about special dietary needs or food allergies.

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Done For You Specialty Booking Services

We will make reservations with providers other than Disney for things such as: stroller rentals, wheelchair rentals, ground transportation, grocery delivery, in-room celebrations, and more!

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Full Airfare Management Services

We’ll book and manage your airline tickets for you. And after that, continue to monitor your flights for delays or changes to make sure you don't miss any important updates. Leave it all to us!

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Day-by-Day Complete Itinerary-Building

We’ll go “to infinity and beyond” for you—and plan each day of your trip, hour by hour. This includes providing expert tips and guidance for maximizing Genie+ and Lightning Lane. You'll even get a snazzy app that allows you to access your plans on your mobile device.

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Box of Wonders™ Gift

The Box of Wonders™ is our way of saying thank you for choosing Magic Lamp Vacations. What's inside? We’ll never tell! Maybe it’s Park Bound Buttons, Disney trading pins, Disney door magnets, a Disney plush, an autograph book... Your Box of Wonders™ is customized for you—so you’ll just have to wait to get it!

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Genie+ Optimization

We'll teach out how to optimize your Genie+ selections inside the parks to maximize the play and minimize the waits! This includes knowing which rides to select first, which paid LL to purchase, and how to modify throughout the day.

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Destinations can be combined into any package you'd like.. ask us how, ready for the dream vacation of a lifetime.

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Magic Lamp Vacations® is an industry leading Travel Agency headquartered in Riverview , Florida, owned and operated by Hakuna Matata Travel LLC. We plan Walt Disney World® vacations, Disney Cruise Line® vacations, Disneyland® vacations, Adventures by Disney® vacations, Aulani vacations, Universal Orlando® Resort vacations, Sandals , Beaches , & AMResort all-inclusive vacations, as well as Europe, Alaska, and Hawaii vacations. We’re proud members of CLIA and Travel Leaders . | FL Seller of Travel: ST40989 CA Seller of Travel: 2154153-50

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MickeyTravels, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, is proud to be one of a select few travel agencies in the world that has been designated by Disney Destinations with  DIAMOND Earmarked status!

We’ve been so proud to be a Platinum level agency the last several years, and we are now ecstatic to be one of a small handful of agencies who have earned the elite Diamond Earmarked agency status for 2023! This is the absolute highest level that can be bestowed upon a travel agency by Disney!

We are recognized nationally as a leader in planning magical Disney vacations and we’re proud to offer industry leading customer service to ALL of our clients. We have been voted BEST TRAVEL AGENCY by multiple newspapers and magazines throughout the country based on all the MAGICAL services we provide.  If you’re searching for the Travel Agents that specialize in Disney destinations , congratulations! You’ve found them at MickeyTravels, your DIAMOND level Authorized Disney Vacation Planners!

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We Only Book Disney Vacations – our travel agents spend 100% of their time booking Disney vacations.  Disney is our passion!  Being a “Disney-only” travel agency enables us to keep up to date with all the latest Disney news, deals, discounts, and promotions.  We’re self-proclaimed Disney experts!  Every MickeyTravels agent eats, breathes, sleeps and lives the MAGIC of Disney! The end result is more MAGIC for you!  That’s what you want out of your Disney vacation, isn’t it?

It doesn’t matter if your vacation is for one person or a family reunion of 50 people – we handle each Disney vacation the same!  Our Disney Travel agents are always available & accessible via email or phone to answer any questions you may have – whether it’s advice on which Disney resort to stay in, what Disney restaurant to dine in, or what Disney discounts are available for you to take advantage of…we’re intent on Making Magic One Vacation at a Time… ®

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Making Magic ® – You will work hand in hand with one magical Disney Travel Agent throughout your entire planning process! All of our Disney Travel Agents specialize in Disney vacations.  They offer years of experience regarding Disney travel, and are proud graduates of the Disney College of Knowledge! We ONLY plan Disney vacations and as a DIAMOND level Authorized Disney Vacation Planner , we are widely considered THE Disney experts at Making Magic ® – that’s what we do!

One Vacation at a Time ® – MickeyTravels personalizes each client’s Disney vacation based on their specific needs and wants. Do you want to plan a vacation to Walt Disney World ® ? Disneyland ® ?  How ’bout a Disney Cruise? Maybe Aulani?  Or what about taking an Adventures by Disney vacation?  Whatever your Disney vacation preference is, be confident knowing that you’ve selected the best Disney travel agency to make your vacation truly magical.

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Book Now. Pay Never.  – Our Services are always 100% FREE! As such, when you book your Disney vacation with MickeyTravels, you’ll never pay us a planning fee. That’s right…you get expert planning advice from a DIAMOND Level Authorized Disney Vacation Planner…and it’s free! Now that’s magical!

Will you be celebrating an event such as a birthday, an anniversary, or your child’s first Disney vacation? How about a honeymoon or a reunion?  Whatever the occasion, we’ll let Disney know and they’ll make it magical for you.

Want to know where the best locations are for Disney parades & Disney fireworks? No problem!  We’ll let you know! Want a customized itinerary showcasing Disney’s extra magic hours? We can help with that too! We are intent on keeping our eyes & ears open for discounts, promotions and special offers that can save you time AND money even after you’ve booked your Disney vacation!

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Do you already have your Disney vacation planned? No worries…It’s possible we can still help – and we may be able to get you a discount too! Visit our Already Have a Vacation Booked? page for more details!

Get a FREE quote or contact us today to learn how MickeyTravels, your DIAMOND level Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, can make your Disney vacation MAGICAL…one you and your family will remember forever!

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Disneyland Packages 2024: Guide to Best Way to Enjoy Disneyland Vacation

The highest discounts generally come with the seasonal Disneyland packages. On this page I will attempt to explain the Disneyland vacation package benefits and possible drawbacks, plus give you a recommendation for my most trusted Disneyland packages provider… Get Away Today

Now, on to the planning of your Disneyland vacation package…

Keep in mind that at its core, a Disneyland vacation is made up of two main pieces wherever you book: tickets and hotels. Almost all Disneyland packages include park tickets and either stay at a Disney-approved Good Neighbor Hotel or Disney-owned Disneyland Resort Hotel. So long as you correctly  pick your hotel , your vacation experience will overall be the same regardless of where you book. However, your pre-vacation experience can be radically different.

This guide is meant to improve your experience of booking your Disneyland package and to save you money both before and during your vacation. If you book with the right people, Disneyland Vacation Packages can make planning a vacation to Disneyland much simpler for all those involved. With one person managing your entire Disneyland vacation experience, you can focus on the more important things–like what to ride first.

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Disneyland Packages 2024: When is a Vacation Package the Right Way to Book?

Just like any Disneyland vacation, Disneyland vacation packages vary in price tremendously based on what season you visit choose to visit the resort. The summer months (June-August) and holiday periods (late October-early January and April for Spring break) tend to be the best time to focus your efforts on booking via a Disneyland package. During other times of the year, it is much easier to find discounts on Disneyland tickets , hotels near Disneyland , and airfare individually (click on any of these links for info on booking these aspects individually).

Don't Book Your Package With Disneyland Directly

When attempting to book your package either on the Disneyland website  or over the phone with the Walt Disney Travel Company, their goal is to sell you the package at full value and offer the least amount of discounts possible. Disney reservationists will not offer up specific discounts over the phone unless you ask directly. They will be very kind and provide wonderful service, but charge much more than the other options I detail below. If you attempt to book on their website, the pages do the exact same thing. Even the most seasoned Disneyland travel agents have a difficult time using the Disney website interface.

That being said, the perfect way to book your Disneyland package is through an authorized Disney travel agent. They have all the same access to deals that you or I have, but they also offer specific deals on their own. Read below for our full recommendation of the best Disneyland travel agent.

How to Pick Your Discount Disneyland Packages

There are quite a few Disneyland travel agents out there who promise to be the “perfect fit” for planning your Disneyland vacation, but many do not know the destination well or have poor customer service.

While most of the Disneyland packages can be booked directly on the Disneyland website , they rarely have the best discounts and their website is difficult to navigate.

They purchase Disneyland tickets and hotel rooms in blocks so that they can repackage them at much lower prices than anything that Disneyland offers. In fact, they were the first outside wholesaler to work with Disneyland, and they have been a top partner ever since. Their discounts are substantial and are truly the best way to book any Disneyland package vacation.

While other Disney travel agents can also book Disneyland packages, few other agencies have the ability to purchase the tickets in such large blocks to give these incredible Disneyland discounts. Most other agents sell directly through Disney and are paid with a small commission. Get Away Today functions in a unique place as they are classified by Disney as a “Select Tour Operator,” a distinction only held by the top eleven companies working with Disney creating vacations. They also take the time to create an enjoyable experience for their customers by offering agents who are knowledgeable and ready to help plan any Disneyland vacation. Get Away Today agents stay in the hotels that they book for you, so that they always understand the property and aren't just selling you something on a piece of glossy marketing material they received.

All Disneyland tickets are now being sent electronically which means guests will take either their phone or printed confirmation straight to the gate. There will be no need to go to a ticket booth to pick-up will call tickets and no way to leave physical tickets at home. Book your tickets at least two days before your arrival to ensure that they are processed in time for the first day of your Disneyland vacation.

Get Away Today also offers layaway plans with an additional fee of $99 that allows guests to make as many payments as you would like on your vacation up to five days before the departure date. The first payment requires a minimum payment of $175 so guests can then decide how many payments they’d like to make. The vacation is held until the final payment is made which makes this a great option for families to be able to plan and save for their vacation.

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Disneyland Packages: All Inclusive? Cheap or Luxurious? You Decide

Get Away Today includes as many nights stay you choose in either a Disneyland Resort hotel or Disney Good Neighbor hotel, tickets to the Disneyland Resort. They also provide lots of special extras to make your visit to Disneyland as magical as possible. They can work in any budget to make your stay as cheap or luxurious as you wish.

There are two types of Disneyland packages. One built upon a Disneyland Resort Hotel stay or another built on a Disney Good Neighbor hotel stay. They differ slightly in options so read closely below.

Disneyland Resort Hotel Vacation Package

The Disneyland Resort Hotel package includes:

  • Accommodations at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel , the Disneyland Hotel, or Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
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  • Extra Magic Hour — Special early entry into either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure park on every day of your vacation. You must have both a hotel key and park ticket for admission.
  • Use of the private entrance to Disney California Adventure through Disney's Grand Californian Hotel.
  • Plus all of the other exclusive extras provided by Get Away Today for MickeyVisit.com readers (listed below)

Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel Package

The Disney Good Neighbor Hotel package includes:

  • Accommodations at one of Disney's recommended Good Neighbor hotels
  • Access to the exclusive low prices on  Disneyland Tickets for MickeyVisit.com readers
  • Also you will receive all of the exclusive bonuses from Get Away Today for MickeyVisit.com readers (listed below)

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Get Away Today has exclusive partnerships with local retailers to offer you hundreds in dollars in savings. These special benefits that come exclusively from Get Away Today include:

  • Exclusive Area Coupons: When you book, you will receive a PDF email of coupons that can be printed as many times as you wish. Included are coupons for 10% off at some of my favorite Disneyland Restaurants: La Brea Bakery , Catal , Naples , Tortilla Jo’s and the Uva Bar in Downtown Disney . Also included are coupons for the chain restaurants located just outside of the resort area that include: Bubba Gump, Tony Roma’s, McDonald’s, Subway, etc. The coupons are sold as having a $300 value, but when used with a big group (or a family that eats a lot like mine) you could save a lot more.
  • Pin lanyard for each adult member of the group. You will receive an electronic voucher to redeem at your hotel.
  • Fun Free Printable Downloads – to get your family ready for the trip, you can access these special printable sheets on their website that include a number of games, vacation countdown chains, vacation reveal ideas, and more.

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Adding on Other Southern California Adventures to Your Disneyland Vacation Package

There are so many incredible destinations to explore in the Southern California. When you book with Get Away Today , it is easy to add on visits to other hotspots like Universal Studios Hollywood , San Diego, Legoland , and Hollywood.

Not only does Get Away Today offer the lowest priced Disneyland tickets on the web, they also offer incredible discounts on Universal Studios and other theme parks in the Southern California area. When booking your vacation package, consider adding on a visit to one of the other parts of Southern California at the beginning or end of your trip.

Compare Travel Agent Prices to Disneyland Packages Prices

The easiest way to compare prices is to access the official rate sheet provided by Disney Resort Travel Sales.

Simply visit Disneyland.com or call 714-520-5060 to request your Disneyland free videos and Disneyland rate sheet from the Disney Resort Travel Sales Center. Also, you can take a look at the Disneyland ticket rates on their website here  (these ticket prices are blown out of the water by the exclusive prices for MickeyVisit.com readers ).

Paying For Your Disneyland Package

Disneyland packages that are purchased from Get Away Today can be paid for in full at the time of booking, or you can use their new layaway plan option.

If you choose to use the layaway plan option , you can hold your vacation plans for as little as $175 down. Then you can make payments in any amount up until two weeks before your travel. Read all the details of the layaway plan here>

There is a one time non-refundable $99 fee to use this option.

An option that I am really excited about is their Peace of Mind plan. Generally, for all inclusive packages such as a Disneyland vacation, I recommend purchasing trip insurance. This way you can cancel at the last minute without any penalty to you.

However, there is no longer any need for this insurance because of the incredible service that Get Away Today provides their customers. They offer a Peace of Mind plan that allows guests to make as many changes, cancellations, or reschedules up to 72 hours before their check-in date without any fees.

Here is a comparison of the money saved if you choose to purchase with the Peace of Mind plan. There is a $60 fee to use this planning Peace of Mind Plan.

Disneyland Travel Insurance

As I mentioned in the section above, if you book with Get Away Today and purchase the Peace of Mind plan, the information below is not really necessary for you to read.

If you choose to book your package on your own or with Disney directly, I highly recommend purchasing trip insurance to make sure that you won't lose all of your money if for some reason you have to cancel your trip.

There are a number of different insurance types to consider to cover your Disneyland vacation.

Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance:  This insurance protects you if you need to cancel your vacation at the last minute or leave the vacation early because of illness or injury. Depending on the policy that you select, your insurance may cover other reasons for canceling that are not medically related.

Emergency Medical Coverage: This insurance will cover any illness or medical injury that occurs during your vacation including getting you home to your doctor. Without this type of insurance, you can end up in difficult situations where your insurance may not cover treatment in a different state.

Delayed Baggage Insurance:  If your bags are sent to a different destination, this type of insurance will cover any purchases of new clothes to wear while you wait for your clothes to arrive. They will also pay a predetermined amount if the bags are lost completely.

Be sure to purchase your insurance right after making your first deposit on the vacation. The longer that you wait, the less coverage there is offered to you. 

Our top recommended travel insurance provider is Allianz . They even  cover children under 18 for FREE . They will also cover existing medical conditions if you purchase insurance within 14 days of purchasing your vacation.

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Where's the Disneyland dining plan and Free Dining Disneyland?

Currently, the dining plans aren't available anymore from Disney anyways but we'll leave this information here since this is such a common question.

One thing that I get questions on frequently is the Disneyland dining plan. This plan functions differently than the Walt Disney World dining plan. Instead of each coupon being equal to a certain level of food on the menu, the coupon has a numerical value that you can spend on anything in the parks. However, when you use these coupons and don't spend all of the money on them at one time you will lose all of the remaining money on the coupon.

For example, you have a $15 coupon and only want a corn dog for lunch. You will still have about $7 left over. There isn't much that you can purchase with that $7 from the corn dog hut besides another corn dog or something to drink.

You will not see free dining offered as a perk to people purchasing packages in the same way that you often do at Walt Disney World .

You can read more about the food options at the Disneyland Resort on our Disneyland food reviews page .

Other Disneyland Packages to Consider

While Get Away Today is our top recommended Disneyland package provider, I try and give you all of the information so that you can make your own decisions when booking your Disneyland vacation.

Below are the other ways that we have found good deals while booking Disneyland vacation packages.

Disneyland Packages With Airfare

Disneyland Packages with airfare are rarely less expensive than purchasing airfare separately. However, there are occasionally good last minute deals from Expedia on packages that include both hotels and airfare.

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I highly recommend pricing out both a package from Expedia and a vacation package from Get Away Today, plus other cheap airfare that you locate on another site. Most often, Get Away Today's price is actually lower. Remember that they have much kinder policies for cancellation and great exclusive bonuses.

The best place to book a Disneyland vacation package that includes both hotel and airfare is on Expedia. They offer great last minute deals that include the hotel and airfare. However, if you decide to book with this option, you will have to purchase your Disneyland tickets separately.

Be sure to check on the airport before booking your Disneyland vacation package. Many of these packages include flights into LAX Los Angeles airport. As I explain in our Disneyland airport guide , LAX is quite a long drive from Disneyland, however the Orange County SNA John Wayne airport is much closer. Be sure to always enter SNA when booking your flights. Also, be sure to factor in the transportation cost when comparing flights to LAX and Orange County airport.

Costco, AAA, or CAA Discounts

There are no AAA or CAA discounts available on Disneyland Resort packages. These Disneyland packages are all sold at full price. AAA does sell both Disneyland packages and Disneyland tickets, however they do not offer the same exclusive cheap Disneyland tickets we are able to offer.

Costco occasionally has discounts on vacation packages, but you again go into the dark territory of large travel agencies who know nothing about Disneyland. These agents may have read something in a flier once and act like they know everything there is to know about Disneyland. Unlike our friends at Get Away Today , they will not monitor your package for you to make sure that you get the best price on your Disneyland vacation package.

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If you’re planning a trip to Disney World or Disneyland, hiring a Disney travel agent can make the experience much smoother and more enjoyable.

These experts can help you navigate the parks, create a personalized itinerary, and even save you money. But with so many travel agents out there, how do you find the right one?

In this article, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide to finding a Disney travel agent that fits your needs.

Why Use a Disney Travel Agent?

Disney World and Disneyland can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never been before. With so many rides, shows, restaurants, and hotels to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start.

A Disney travel agent can help you make sense of it all. They know the parks inside and out and can create a personalized itinerary that fits your interests, budget, and schedule.

An Authorized Disney vacation planner can also help you save time and money by making reservations for you, booking fast passes, and even finding discounts and deals. And if something goes wrong during your trip, they’re just a phone call away.

What to Look for in a Disney Travel Agent

When looking for a Disney travel agent, there are a few key things to keep in mind:

  • Specialization: Make sure they specialize in Disney travel. While many Disney travel agents can book Disney trips, it’s best to work with someone who has extensive knowledge and experience with the parks.
  • Personality and Travel Style: Look for an agent who is a good fit for your personality and travel style. Are you traveling with kids or adults only? Make sure your agent understands your needs and can tailor their services to your preferences.
  • Credentials : Check their credentials. Are they affiliated with any professional organizations? Have they received any awards or recognition for their work? Do they have positive reviews from past clients?

How to Find a Disney Travel Agent

Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to start your search. Here are a few ways to find a Disney travel agent:

  • Ask for Recommendations: Ask friends, family, or online Disney groups for recommendations.
  • Search Online: Search for Disney travel agents on Google or social media.
  • Use a Disney Travel Agency : Use a travel agency that specializes in Disney travel.

Once you’ve found a few potential agents, take the time to research them further. Look at their website, read reviews, and schedule a consultation call to get to know them better.

Questions to Ask a Disney Travel Agent

Before you hire a Disney travel agent, it’s important to ask them the right questions. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Experience: How many Disney trips have you planned?
  • Favorites: What is your favorite park or ride?
  • Changes or Cancellations: How do you handle changes or cancellations?
  • Fees: Do you charge a fee? If so, how much?
  • Availability: What is your availability during my travel dates?
  • Communication: How do you communicate with clients (email, phone, text)?
  • Services: What is included in your services (hotel reservations, dining reservations, park tickets, etc.)?
  • Similar Clients: Have you worked with clients with similar travel preferences before?

These questions will help you get a better sense of the agent’s experience, style, and pricing.

Tips for Planning Your Disney Trip with a Travel Agent

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your Disney trip with a travel agent:

  • Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates: Some dates are more expensive and crowded than others.
  • Book Early: Disney dining reservations and fast passes can fill up quickly, so it’s best to plan ahead.
  • Pack Light: Don’t overpack. You’ll be doing a lot of walking and standing, so pack comfortable shoes and clothes.
  • Consider a Meal Plan: Consider a Disney meal plan. It can save you money and make dining reservations easier.
  • Use Your Agent’s Expertise: Take advantage of your travel agent’s expertise. They can recommend the best rides, shows, and restaurants based on your interests.

Take advantage of your travel agent’s expertise. They can recommend the best rides, shows, and restaurants based on your interests.

How to Work with a Disney Travel Agent

Once you’ve hired a Disney travel agent, it’s important to establish clear communication and expectations. Make sure you understand their process and timeline for planning your trip. Provide them with as much information as possible about your travel preferences, budget, and schedule.

Be open to their suggestions and recommendations, but also speak up if you have any concerns or questions. Remember, this is your trip, and you have the final say.

Benefits of Using a Disney Travel Agent

There are many benefits to using a Disney travel agent, including:

  • Time savings. You won’t have to spend hours researching and planning your trip.
  • Money savings. A travel agent can help you find discounts and deals you may not have known about.
  • Personalized service. Your agent can tailor their services to your needs and preferences.
  • Peace of mind. If something goes wrong during your trip, your agent can help you resolve it quickly.

How to Avoid Disney Travel Scams

Unfortunately, there are scams out there that target Disney travelers. Here are a few tips to avoid them:

  • Only book with reputable travel agents or directly with Disney.
  • Never give out personal or financial information to an unverified source.

Common Misconceptions About Disney Travel Agents

There are a few common misconceptions about Disney travel agents, including:

  • They only book Disney trips. While many agents specialize in Disney travel, some also book other types of vacations.
  • They can’t get you better deals than you can find on your own. While it’s true that some discounts and deals are available to the public, some are only available through travel agents.

Final Thoughts

A Disney vacation can be a magical experience, but it can also be overwhelming to plan. Hiring a Disney travel agent can make the process much easier and more enjoyable. By following the tips in this guide, you can find an agent that fits your needs and preferences and helps make your Disney trip a success.

Looking for a career in Disney travel? Check out our Disney travel agent jobs page for current opportunities and start helping others plan their dream vacations to Disney World or Disneyland.

Is it necessary to hire a Disney travel agent?

No, it’s not necessary, but it can be helpful, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the parks or want to save time and money.

How do I know if a Disney travel agent is reputable?

Do your research. Check their credentials, read reviews, and ask for referrals.

Can a Disney travel agent help me save money on my trip?

Yes, a travel agent can often help you find discounts and deals you may not have known about.

Can a Disney travel agent book everything for my trip, including flights?

Some travel agents can book flights, but many specialize in booking only Disney-related services such as hotel reservations, park tickets, and dining reservations.

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Using an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner can take the stress out of planning a Walt Disney World vacation, which is complicated and overwhelming for first-timer tourists. Travel agent can make the process easier by booking reservations, making itineraries, securing discounts, and more. ( Updated April 11, 2023 .)

One thing that regulars often forget once we’ve learned the ropes is just how convoluted it is to plan and take a trip to Walt Disney World. Thanks to years of experience and research, WDW veterans know the basics of planning–from tricks for booking Advance Dining Reservations to leveraging discounts, using Genie+ and Lightning Lanes, navigating virtual queues, making ideal itineraries to beat the crowds, and more–inside and out. However, the whole process is foreign and daunting to newbies, which is why there’s huge value in using an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

If all you’re looking for is a travel agent recommendation, Be Our Guest Vacations is our preferred Authorized Disney Vacation Planners. They offer no-cost planning, their agents have  years  of experience and visit the parks multiple times per year, and their team is talented and tight-knit. However, this is not simply a sales pitch for Be Our Guest Vacations…

Our advice to use a travel agent holds true regardless of which agency you end up choosing. The point here is more broadly that it’s incredibly advantageous to use Authorized Disney Vacation Planners– any of them! While some agencies and agents do a better job and have more thorough knowledge of Disney than others (more on these pitfalls in a minute), the vast majority are helpful. Suffice to say, if you’re overwhelmed by planning, a Disney TA can help.

More importantly, there’s no shame in needing help or being overwhelmed! We travel around the globe, and nowhere that we visit is as complicated or intimidating for first-timers as Walt Disney World. It’s literally the size of a city, and Walt Disney World has its own quirks, policies, and unwritten rules that are not easily understood. It’s a bit like learning Na’vi , a language without much real world value but that will endear you with a hardcore community of fellow-fans!

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The first and biggest reason to use an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner is the service. Imagine the knowledge-base of this blog (assuming you think I’m knowledgeable), but in a form that can apply the tips here to your particular circumstances, preferences, and needs. That’s what a good Authorized Disney Vacation Planner provides. It’s a back-and-forth dialogue, and they’re there to hold your hand and give you personalized advice.

Unlike traditional, large-scale travel agencies, most Disney-specializing agents got into it not due to a desire to build some highly profitable business empire, but because they love Disney and really enjoyed planning their own trip. This is why I distinguish between “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” (the words you want to look for) and traditional travel agents. The latter are professionals who book trips to myriad destinations, but don’t have a Disney focus. This usually means they don’t have the expertise to provide high-quality service for Disney destinations.

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For this reason, we do not recommend national, non-Disney travel agencies when booking Disney vacations. No offense to Costco or AAA, but they simply cannot compete with the ‘mom and pop shops’ in terms of quality service and knowledge. Agents at the big companies are booking myriad destinations with little experience at many of them.

It’s entirely possible that the agents at Costco, AAA, or other big box travel agencies have never visited Walt Disney World, or at least not within the last year. The best Authorized Disney Vacation Planners visit the parks multiple times per year and keep abreast of all the latest changes. They are Disney specialists, not travel industry generalists.

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Unfortunately, big box agencies aren’t the only ones to avoid. In recent years, there has also been a proliferation of Disney travel agencies that are thinly-veiled multi-level marketing schemes (MLMs). These are agencies that exist not to provide exceptional service to clients, but primarily to recruit more agents and grow by charging initiation and training fees. The problem with these agencies is similar to the big box ones–a lack of quality control and subject matter expertise. They will hire any agent who expresses an interest in joining (because that’s their  actual business, not helping clients) and don’t care about the caliber of client service or knowledge of their agents.

There’s no easy way to identify which Disney travel agencies are primarily MLMs. An obvious indicator would be if they recruit you despite your lack of knowledge, but it’s not always that obvious. To each their own, but my rule of thumb is avoiding agencies with hundreds of agents. When it comes to Authorized Disney Vacation Planners, size is a liability and not an asset. Go for a boutique business and get better service.

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The second biggest reason to use an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner is the time-savings. This has become a particularly pronounced advantage in the last couple of years, and is arguably the biggest reason to use a travel agent now–especially if you’re already knowledgeable about Disney.

Currently, Walt Disney World and Disneyland both have staffing shortages. This is a problem throughout the parks and resorts, but nowhere is it more pronounced than the call centers. It used to be the case that you’d wait on hold for a long time only on the days that discounts, special event tickets went on sale, or something else major and new was released.

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Long hold times have become the rule rather than the exception. You might think that this is no big deal, as you’ll simply book everything online. That’s a good plan… until something goes wrong. 

Disney IT also isn’t the most reliable; between that and problems with reservations, there’s a strong probability that you’ll need assistance via a call center representative at some point during the planning process. Having an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner deal with this and advocate on your behalf will save you headaches and time waiting on hold, and the benefit of that cannot be overstated.

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The third biggest reason to use an Authorized Disney Vacation Planners is saving money. This is not to say travel agents have access to better discounts than you or anyone else–they don’t. (I don’t know why there’s this mistaken belief out there that some travel agents find better or worse prices when it comes to Disney–any variance in pricing is a result of games Disney plays with its inventory and special offers at different times.)

The advantage they do provide when it comes to price is that they are knowledgeable and diligent about discounts, and continue monitoring your reservation even after booking. This can be particularly beneficial if you book far in advance before discounts are released–relevant right now as 2024 Walt Disney World Vacation Packages will be released in June 2023.

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I know several Authorized Disney Vacation Planners who get up at 3 a.m. every time Walt Disney World releases a new discount in order to quickly apply the deal to all eligible reservations they’re managing. By contrast, if you learned about the deal a few days later and called Disney to book, a lot of availability would already be gone.

They also know the ins and outs of tweaking reservations so they fall within Disney’s eligibility parameters and are less likely the be excluded from promotions. (All too often, we hear from readers who technically qualify for a discount to be applied to their existing reservation, but Disney finds a way to exclude them due to lack of availability under the promotion or something else.)

So, in that sense, Authorized Disney Vacation Planners are finding better prices for many of their clients, but it’s indirectly as a result of that knowledge and diligence.

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The fourth biggest reason to use an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner is for booking Advance Dining Reservations or ADRs–Disney’s term for restaurant reservations. Guests staying in Walt Disney World resorts can make reservations up to 60 days in advance plus the length of their stay (up to 10 days). This little 60+ days rule quirk is something that can be difficult to explain and comprehend, but knowledgeable travel agents  know it well–and exactly how to leverage it. 

Using the length of stay + 60 day rule, a skilled travel agent will book your ADRs in order of difficulty, so you’re more likely to get the most elusive reservations. And with many restaurants still operating at reduced capacity, ADRs are more competitive than ever–by the time the 60 day mark hits, some will already be fully booked. So if you want character meals or other popular restaurants, your best bet is having an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner make your ADRs.

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Beyond that, there are some generalized reasons to use Authorized Disney Vacation Planners. For one thing, they are almost always fans themselves who exclusively plan Disney travel. Most I’ve encountered over the years are good people. The overwhelming majority became travel agents because they’re passionate about planning vacations and became the go-to resource for their friends and family, and just decided to turn it into a job. Out of the Disney TAs I’ve encountered, this is true  at least 95% of the time.

And, because they’re passionate about Disney, they actually know about Disney. A traditional travel agent faces obsolescence because they were (basically) just someone to outsource the booking of vacations and had no firsthand knowledge of destinations to which they booked trips.

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On the other hand, Authorized Disney Vacation Planners are only becoming more relevant thanks to the service and answers they provide in response to Disney vacations becoming increasingly complex. They know Disney inside and out (they are literally tested on it!) and have lots of first-hand experience.

They will be up at the 60-day mark to make your Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs), come up with plans to help you score the prime Lightning Lane selections, constantly monitor new discount offers to see if they can reduce the cost of your trip, and generally able to assist with other facets of trip planning.

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Beyond that, there’s no cost to you for most travel agents specializing in Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Authorized Disney Vacation Planners are paid commission by Disney on the trips they book, so you’re usually not paying anything extra. I don’t know why Disney pays them, but my educated guess is because it’s essentially Disney ‘outsourcing’ the planning resources they’d otherwise need to provide. If you’re calling your travel agent, you aren’t calling Disney directly, tying up their guest services or other Cast Members.

This is win-win-win. Disney doesn’t have to deal with your questions, the Authorized Disney Vacation Planner is able to make money doing what they love, and you’re able to get free advice and help planning your trip. The biggest ‘winner’ there is you. One point person gets to know you, is responsive to your requests & questions, and feels a vested interest in making sure you have a great trip. You don’t call Disney, wait on hold for an interminable amount of time, and receive inconsistent answers from random Cast Members.

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With that said, an increasing number of Authorized Disney Vacation Planners are charging an additional flat fee or hourly rate for their booking and/or planning services. This comes at a time when Walt Disney World vacations are more complicated than ever, and dealing with Disney (due to the aforementioned staffing shortages) is more time-consuming.

Without question, travel agents are  worth  these extra fees, as their professional expertise and experience is valuable. Whether you want to pay such a fee when free alternatives exist is a matter of personal preference. ( Be Our Guest Vacations , the agency we recommend, currently does not charge any consulting fees.)

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The added value and expertise offered by Authorized Disney Vacation Planners is especially true in the era of My Disney Experience, MagicBands, Genie+, etc. The Authorized Disney Vacation Planner is a liaison ( or buffer! ) between you and Disney, putting out fires and fixing problems as they arise. They save you headaches and stress in solving these problems.

Again, I speak from the experience of having to deal with these headaches myself–although things are getting better with these systems. I love Disney Cast Members in the parks, but my experiences have not been overwhelmingly positive on the phone.

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With all of that said, using a travel agent isn’t for everyone. Some people have obsessive personalities and like total control over their vacations, or actually enjoy spending hours reading blogs like this one (and thank you to those of you who tolerate all of my corny jokes! 😉 ). Although we used Authorized Disney Vacation Planners years ago, I’ll admit that this now describes me. I love figuring this all out for myself, and I’m a total control freak.

Even if you are a control freak like me, it might make sense to book through a vacation planner so they monitor discounts and be your liaison with Disney in the event My Disney Experience issues arise, while you can do the “fun” stuff like planning ADRs and Genie+. Most vacation planners are as hands on or off as you specify, and it’s pretty easy to let them know what expect of them and what you’d like to do yourself.

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If you’re convinced that a travel agent is for you, there are a few things to consider when choosing one. First, while I think it’s poor form to comparison shop or seek information without actual intent to book through them–as this is their job and they’re only paid on bookings they actually make–I do think it’s a good idea to make sure you “click” with an agent after requesting a quote.

It should be pretty easy to tell based on their first email or two whether they’re someone you want to work with, but if you’re still unsure, request a quick phone call. You are trusting this person with your vacation and (potentially) will communicate with them a lot, so you should make sure they aren’t impersonal or will treat you like a number. This is typically a total non-issue, as most vacation planners I’ve encountered are incredibly pleasant and enthusiastic, but it’s good to double-check if things don’t seem right from the get-go.

Second, make sure they’re providing the level of service detailed here. If you want someone to make your ADRs or make recommendations with things like stroller rental, make sure those are things they do. Not all agencies offer the same services, so be sure the one you’re considering will help in the areas you’d like assistance.

Finally, they have to know their stuff. Confirm they’ve been to whichever Disney destination you’re considering (and have been there recently ). If you’re planning a Walt Disney World trip, you don’t want a Disneyland regular–they’re totally different destinations from a planning perspective. If you’re taking a Disney cruise, your travel agent having stayed at every Walt Disney World resort hotel is meaningless. You get the idea. I’m not saying they need to spend 50+ days per year in the parks, but you want them to know their stuff.

Your Thoughts

If you’ve used an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, how was your experience? Which Disney TAs do you recommend? Any other tips you’d like for choosing a vacation planner? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!

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I do want to comment that AAA has a specific branch that specializes in Disney vacations. I have used only one AAA agent for my bookings over the years, and she has a Certified Disney Planner designation. After enjoying this article, I’d say the difference is the other Disney dedicated agents handle all the smaller stuff that I happily do on my own. My AAA agent would not be doing dining reservations I don’t think. I use her for the hotel/tickets package, with the goal of being sure sure of the best price on that potentially high price tag.

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If I rent DVC points for my hotel stay, can I still use a Disney Vacation Planner for everything else?

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I would imagine there are some that will work with you, but they’ll likely charge a fee. Most of the free ones require a resort reservation through them.

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Who “authorizes” Disney travel agents? According to the Walt Disney company, they don’t authorize any and have no official links. So what exactly do you mean by Authorized Disney Vacation Planner? It seems a deceptive designation.

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Hi! I think I can answer this. I am an “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner”. Basically it is an individual that is signed up under an agency and has registered with Disney and taken all of the required training and tests to be able to sell Disney products. The individual agents are responsible for their actual first hand experience with Disney products. The big agencies he refers to are like Costco and AAA who can sell you Disney products, but they aren’t specifically Disney, and wouldn’t offer any of the specialized services he detailed in this article. They would book your trip, possibly give you perks, but you would be on your own if a new discount was offered, with your dining and Genie+ reservations, etc… and with any personal questions you have.

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Can you hire Be Our Guest Vacations to book your Genie+ and ILL reservations each morning of your trip? If not, does anyone know of a travel agent offering that service. (I’m happy to pay.) Thanks!

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Oh my God, ! That’s brilliant!

Oh my God, you mad freak! That’s brilliant!

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We were going to use a Disney planner but they encouraged us to call “for a quote.” We’d long understood that compensation for their services came from Disney so we avoided that planner company so we wouldn’t have to pay ourselves. But we noticed you’d used “call them for a quote” as well. What kind of quote would they give us if we didn’t have to pay. Confused.

For the price of the vacation package, not their services. You provide party details and resort preferences, and they quote you a price on what Walt Disney World will charge for that. No different than the price quotes you’d get from Disneyworld.com.

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I have had a handful of wonderful experiences with Be Our Guest Vacations! Jeanette has been patient and helpful in planning Walt Disney World vacations as well as Disney cruises. She was accessible in a situation where things with the airline went sideways, and found me last minute accommodations so I didn’t have to spend the night in a chair in the Orlando airport. I have not been disappointed!

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My husband and I are trying to plan a trip right now for the 4th of July weekend. He is having trouble with people emailing him back or even calling him back. We are finding better ticket prices at Sam’s club but I don’t know anything about what we are doing. We aren’t trying to spend an arm and a leg.

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Thanks for sharing this great advice, it will help me a lot.

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Do you know of a good planner that you would recommend for my Disney World trip?

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I’m having trouble getting return emails. I’ve sent emails to two highly recommended agencies in the past few days and have not received any response. So frustrating

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Hi John… interested in having your help. Let’s start the conversation. Target date May 7 – 14, 2021.

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We are looking at coming next September. When we book through you; do we pay the $200 deposit to hold it and pay if off 30 days before? Or do we pay for the full trip up front?

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Is there a website or somewhere I can find a ADVP in my area? I’d prefer to work with someone who is local 🙂

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My question is a little unique. Are there any Authorized Disney Vacation Planners that can help with things like dining reservations, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, etc. if we are staying at Shades of Green? The only thing stopping me from fully committing to Shades is I don’t know if there are any travel agencies that can help with just the reservations (and yes, I’m aware Shades is DoD owned). Thank you so much in advance!

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I’m looking to book a trip to Disney World now that it’s open again . Looking at 3 week of September.

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I am a little nervous about using a Disney planner since the one I have been in contact with is asking for my credit card information and my account password. I know they need it for reservations, but is there supposed to be a more secure way or is this how it works? Just need some ease of mind!

To my knowledge, that’s the way it works–at least with the credit card. I’ve always wondered why there Disney doesn’t create some sort of secure payment portal.

Thanks for that fast reply!

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I requested a quote for an Adventures by Disney and received the first email from one of the agents at BOGV. Do I ask them if they have done the chosen destination? If they haven’t, how do I go about asking for a different agent?

You can certainly ask if you want, but I probably wouldn’t bother. There aren’t a lot of planning variables associated with Adventures by Disney, so they don’t need to have done the itinerary to book and arrange it for you.

You’re highly unlikely to find many travel agents who have done multiple Adventures by Disney itineraries, anyway.

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We plan to go next year inAugust, is it too early to email them and start planning? Or will they prefer to wait as it gets closer?

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Working with Travel Agents Specializing in Disney Vacations

The amount of research necessary to plan all the details of a Disney vacation can be too time-consuming or even intimidating for some people. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all the options, a great (FREE) solution is to use the services of a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel .

“Disney Specialists” have completed the College of Disney Knowledge, an online course offered by Disney that covers Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney. This is a great starting point, but frankly it’s not enough. Believe it or not, a travel agent can easily become a “Disney Specialist” in a few hours, without ever having visited a Disney vacation destination in person!

For that reason, we recommend picking an agency such as Small World Vacations that focuses on Disney travel and requires its agents to have advanced experience with Disney destinations, including in-person, on-site visits.

How Come It’s Free?

What to expect, avoid problems with payments, our personal recommendation.

Normally the client pays nothing extra for the service provided by a travel agency. Travel agents make their living from a small commission paid by the travel supplier (in this case, Disney) for the resort hotel rooms, theme park passes and vacation packages they book. The agent is compensated by this commission for the time, effort and attention she provides to the client.

Some agencies do charge for making changes or cancellations. The agency we recommend, Small World Vacations , does not charge any fees, including cancellation or change fees.

Travel agencies always charge a fee for making air reservations, because the airlines no longer pay commission. Small World Vacations does not book plane tickets for that very reason: it’s cheaper and easier for you to do it yourself! ( Read our advice and tips on booking your own airfare .)

Because they work on a commission basis, it’s unfair to ask a travel agent to do a lot of research for you, and then book elsewhere. Likewise, a reputable travel agent normally will not take over the booking of a trip from another travel agent, because this is considered “stealing” someone else’s earned commission.

An agent who specializes in Disney travel should be able to provide you with accurate information, including pricing, for Disney resorts, theme park passes and packages. She will book your trip and seek out the best deals for you — even rebooking your trip when better rates come up, if possible. Additionally, the best agents will help you with “extras” like booking your Advance Dining Reservations .

Once you book with a travel agent, he or she becomes your single point of contact for all changes in your travel plans. You cannot make changes or cancellations directly through Disney if you are working with a travel agent. For most people this feature is convenient, but if you prefer to control everything yourself, booking with a travel agent is not for you.

Travel agents are generally geared toward long-term planning (one month in advance or more). That’s primarily because it can take 3-4 weeks for them to get the paperwork from Disney once they’ve made your reservations, and then they have to get that paperwork to you. If you’re planning a last-minute trip, it’s usually better to do it yourself.

One of the most important things you need to find out about a travel agency is how they handle payments. The agency should send your payments immediately and directly to Disney. If you give them a credit card number, the card payment should be processed by Disney. If you write a check, it should be made out to Disney, not to the agency. That is how the agency we recommend ( Small World Vacations ) processes payments. They don’t hold your money — it goes straight to Disney.

DO NOT use an agency that collects your money and holds that money in its own accounts! Agencies that hold your money may have cash flow problems. They may be using your money to pay their suppliers for earlier clients’ vacations, and then hoping to use future clients’ money to pay for your vacation. It’s sort of like a pyramid scheme, and it can have the same result if their cash flow dries up.

When you let an agency process your payment through its own accounts, you have no guarantee that they’ll actually pay Disney for your vacation. There is also a risk that they’ll delay paying so long that your reservation may be canceled. If you have booked a Disney cruise, full payment must be received by Disney by a certain date so that you can reserve excursions and make Palo reservations, but if the agency sits on your money, you may lose your chance to make those reservations.

Some agencies are bonded, but if they default or close their doors, the bond may not cover all the money they’ve been collecting from clients. In some states, agencies that process payments are legally required to put your money in an escrow account for your protection, but many states don’t require this. In any case, there is no reason why the agency should earn interest on your money!

By the way, we don’t recommend paying for a vacation by check or debit card. You have much better protection against losing your money if you pay with a credit card.

The travel agent we use personally, talk with all the time, and can recommend wholeheartedly is Sue Pisaturo , whose company is called Small World Vacations .

Sue and all of her agents are Disney Specialists and College of Disney Knowledge graduates. Small World Vacations agents are required to have actually experienced the Disney destinations they sell. (In other words, if they are booking Disney cruises, they’ve actually been on a Disney cruise — often several cruises — themselves.) In addition, Small World agents complete ongoing education programs on-site at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Universal Orlando.

Small World Vacations is a Diamond Level Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, a special designation given by Disney to its top booking agencies. Sue Pisaturo, the owner and founder, is acknowledged as a Disney “expert among experts” and has contributed to The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and other guidebooks. 

Small World Vacations is included in Travel Weekly’s 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 Power List and Travel Weekly’s 2017 Power List of the most successful travel agencies in the USA. They’ve been on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies for six years in a row, and is one of very few agencies in the world to earn Diamond status (the highest level) in Disney’s EarMarked program for travel agencies. Small World Vacations has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. They are insured, bonded and have been in business for over 25 years.

Here’s how the process works. Small World Vacations uses a quotation system that helps them offer the best discounts available and also directs your request to the best agent for your needs.

  • Submit a request for a price quote through their website.
  • Based on your needs and your location, Sue partners you with a specific agent who will work with you right up through the time of your trip. (Sue is located in the Northeastern US, but she has agents around the US and works with clients around the world.)
  • The agent will contact you by email with your quotation and provide you with an email and direct phone number that allows you to reach her directly and discuss the details of your vacation.
  • From that point on, your contact is one-on-one with the agent and completely personalized.

Sue’s agents are extremely knowledgeable about Disney travel and wonderful to work with. They are oriented toward saving you money and will constantly monitor your reservation to make sure you are getting the best available deal. They understand and use the various discount codes that may be available, and they know all the best tricks for maximizing your time and money when planning a Disney vacation. Since 1996, they have helped over 300,000 guests plan their Disney vacations.

You will always receive helpful planning information and literature when you book with Small World Vacations. There is never any charge for their services. They often offer special gifts and incentives as well. Be sure to subscribe to the FREE monthly MouseSavers Newsletter , since Small World frequently offers extra goodies for newsletter subscribers.

The agents at Small World Vacations are genuinely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all things Disney, and we know they’ll take great care of you. We have received many, many “thank you” emails from readers who had a wonderful experience working with this agency.

Ready to plan your vacation with Small World Vacations? Where do you want to go?

  • Walt Disney World: Request a Walt Disney World vacation price quote from Small World Vacations. Please note:  Small World Vacations has a minimum booking requirement of 3 nights, except for room-only bookings (with no tickets or dining plan) of standard Value resort rooms, for which the minimum booking requirement is 5 nights.
  • Disneyland (California):   Request a Disneyland (California) vacation price quote from Small World Vacations. Please note:  Small World Vacations has a minimum booking requirement of 2 nights for vacation packages; there is a 3-night minimum for room-only bookings (with no tickets or dining plan) at on-site Disneyland Resorts.
  • Disney Cruise Line cruise:   Request a Disney Cruise Line cruise price quote from Small World Vacations.
  • Universal Orlando:   Request a Universal Orlando vacation price quote from Small World Vacations. Please note:  Small World Vacations has a minimum booking requirement of 3 nights at  on-site hotels only.
  • Adventures by Disney vacation:   Request an Adventures by Disney vacation price quote from Small World Vacations.
  • Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii:   Request an Aulani Resort vacation price quote from Small World Vacations.  Please note:  Small World Vacations has a minimum booking requirement of 3 nights.
  • Want to book   Universal Orlando vacation packages as an add-on to your Walt Disney World trip or Disney Cruise vacation? Use the Small World Vacations’ Walt Disney World request a price quote form. Fill it out with the details for the Walt Disney World portion of your trip. When you reach the “Special Requests” section, add a note saying that you’d like to add days at Universal Orlando and which on-site hotel you are interested in.

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Why Use a Travel Agent for Disney?

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Should I use a travel agent to book my Disney Vacation?  That is a very good question.

Today, it seems all the tools to book a Disney vacation are at our fingertips. And for many destinations, booking your own trip may make sense. But, if you want to go to Disney, booking on your own is not recommended. However, you don’t want to use just any travel agent. You need a Disney travel agent—one that specializes in Disney World.

You may notice that when you begin to research Walt Disney World,  trying to learn your way around is like learning a foreign language. Things like Magic Bands, Skyliner, Memory Maker, and FastPass+ are just some of the many terms you will hear tossed around, and that only applies to Disney World.

Why use a travel agent for Disney? In this article, we’ll tell you why a travel agent for Disney is important, what a Disney travel agent will do for you, and how to find the best Disney travel agent for you.

A Disney Travel Planner is the Secret to a Magical Vacation

Planning a Disney vacation can be very time-consuming, confusing, and frustrating if you really don’t know the ins and outs to Disney. If this is your first time planning a Disney vacation, you might find yourself walking through a dark tunnel trying to find the light at the end, especially when trying to find the best deals or even deciding on the best plans to make for creating the most magical moments.

There is so much to see, so much food to taste, and so much money to be spent! But there is a not-so-secret weapon out there to help you tackle and win planning a Disney vacation. It’s called the “Disney Travel Planner!”

Many people have discovered that booking their Disney vacation with a travel agent helps them maximize their time and save money. Plus, a good travel planner can create a more magical vacation then if you were doing it yourself.

So, Why use a travel agent for Disney? The answer is simple. Having a professional Disney Travel Planner on your team is imperative when looking to plan your vacation of a lifetime! They have all taken a series of training through the Disney’s College of Knowledge program. But the best agents go beyond online training with regular site visits and in-person training to ensure that they know the finer points of booking your personalized vacation.

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Your personal Disney guide

Guidebooks and blogs can be helpful. But they are nothing like speaking with a live person.

A Disney World vacation is like no other trip. With over 25,600 acres, it’s twice the size of the island of Manhattan with so much to see and do, how do you decide what’s best for you and your family?

Enlisting the help of someone who really knows the nuances and complexities of planning a Disney vacation can make all the difference in the world.

A professional Disney travel agent is like no other travel agent. They are someone who lives and breathes Disney.  They have visited many times, stayed at all of the resorts , ridden all of the rides, seen all the show, and knows the secrets of what makes a Disney vacation truly magical. On top of that, they know how to navigate through all the options, decisions, and deadlines to make sure you don’t miss a beat.

Below we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about using a Disney travel agent, all great reasons why you should use a travel agent for Disney.  We recommend you consider hiring a Disney travel agent from our list of the  Best Disney World travel agencies .  In our opinion, they possess all the qualities that make great Disney Travel Planners. You can trust your vacation to them.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Using a Disney Travel Agent

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What is a Disney Travel Agent or Disney Travel Planner?

A Disney Travel Agent, also called Disney Travel Planner, is generally as a Disney fanatic. They are highly trained and focused on helping you to plan your most memorable and magical Disney vacation. Typically, they have taken their passion for Disney and turned it into a job, with the best agents turning it into a career.

Most Disney Travel Agents focus on either Disney World or Disneyland. But there are many other Disney destinations that a Disney Travel Agent can a valuable resource for. Those include other Disney resorts such as Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii, Disney’s Vero Beach or Hilton Head Island resort, or Disney resorts overseas such as Disney Paris and those located in Asia. They can also help you book one of the amazing Adventures by Disney trips, and let’s not forget about planning a Disney cruise.

A Disney Travel Agent will be able to offer you complete and up-to-date information about the resorts and theme park, restaurant recommendations, and overall guidance. They will be able to provide price comparisons for various options and help you book and plan your vacation, as well as find you the best deals.

Are all travel agents the same when planning a trip to Disney?

While most travel agents are able to book a reservation, they do not have the depth of knowledge and direct Disney destination experience required to be an official Disney Travel Planner. The level of detail they provide when it comes to Disney travel is not very different than what you could do booking yourself.

This is particularly true if you are dealing with a big box store’s travel department. The person in the call center may have never been to Disney themselves. How are they going to help you? Not to mention, if you call back, you never get the same agent twice.

With a traditional travel agent, you may be left very much on your own. As Disney destination experts, a Disney Travel Agent will be able to provide a much higher level of service and can be a valuable resource throughout the entire planning process. Plus, when you hire a Disney Travel Agent, you get a personal planner who knows you, and who you know you can go to again and again with any question you may have.

Disney Travel Agents are usually referred to as Disney Travel Planners . That is because they do so much more than just book your room. They are your partner through the entire process, before, during, and even after your trip.

Like everything else, not all travel agents are created equal. Even amongst Disney Travel Planners, you will find some differences in their level of knowledge and expertise. In fact, if you’ve called into the Disney reservation center, depending on the cast member you get on a given call, you will even find varying levels of familiarity and first-hand experience.

It’s important to hire an agent you have a good rapport with and a high level of confidence in. You may be working together for a very long time.

Should I Use a Travel Agent for booking my Disney Vacation?

Absolutely! There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

If you and your family have never experienced Disney World before, I would highly recommend contacting a Disney Travel Planner to assist you. The opportunity to have someone in-the-know help you through the process of planning is invaluable. Not hiring a Disney Travel Planner would be a big mistake.

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Those are just a few of the dozens and dozens of questions a Disney travel specialist can answer for you.

Disney World is unlike any other vacation destination in the world, and it costs a lot of money to visit. To maximize your experience, there is a lot of planning that is involved. “Winging it” is not usually something that works out best in terms of a Disney vacation.

Yes, there are guidebooks online, but there is no substitute for a live person who has been there and can help you make decisions based on what is best for you and your family. A Disney Travel agent is your best advocate and planning partner. Of course, your input is the most important. But their help and guidance will prove invaluable. They will help you sort through all the options so that you are making the best choices for your trip.

Booking your trip with a travel planner does not cost any more than if you were booking with Disney directly—the pricing is the same.

However, Disney Travel Planners consistently monitors all the sales to find you the best deal out there. If a better price or promotion becomes available, they will work to get that deal, even after you have booked with them.

Disney will not do that for you. If you book direct Disney, they will not apply any new sale unless you specifically ask for them. Which leaves you to constantly monitor the sales yourself.

Plus, booking your trip with a travel planner does not cost any more than if you were booking with Disney directly, plus you will get tons of free information and a dedicated person to help every step of the way. So, why not book with a Disney Travel Planner? There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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I’ve been to Disney before. Why use a travel agent for Disney?

Even if you have been to Disney multiple times and know the parks and resorts, a travel agent can still be of value in several ways.

They can save you money.

Disney Travel Planners continually monitor the sales, even after you have booked. If a better deal comes out, they will work to get you the best possible price—without you even having to ask.

They can save you time.

With one call, a Disney Travel Planner will book your trip, link your reservations to your My Disney Experience Account, personalize your Magic Bands, and arrange for your Magical Express Transportation. If you like, they will also book your FastPass+ and dining reservations for you. All that is left for you to do is pack!

They reduce the stress of planning a vacation.

Managing all the details of planning a Disney vacation is very time-consuming and some are time-sensitive. Disney Travel Planners can take the stress out planning by doing the heavy lifting for you.

If you choose to make your plans yourself, they can still be helpful by making sure that you do not forget to plan the very important details. Plus, they will keep you on track so you do not miss any important dates like your dining or FastPass+ booking window.

Booking your trip with a travel planner does not cost any more than if you were booking with Disney directly. By handing it over to a specialized Disney planner who will make sure it gets done on time and done right is like starting your vacation before you ever leave home.

Are Disney Travel Agents really free?

Disney Travel planners do not charge a fee to book vacations. Travel agencies are paid a small commission to book vacation packages. Those commissions are based on the package components including hotel , tickets , and dining plan .

Although Disney travel expertise varies greatly between agents and agencies, they all have that one thing in common. Commissions are how travel agencies are paid and why travel agents do not charge you to book their trip. If a travel agent wants to charge you simply to book your vacation package, avoid them. There are many great agents that do not charge for booking your trip.

That said, there are other occasions where it is reasonable to expect to pay a service fee to a travel agent.

As previously stated there are varying levels of experience and knowledge, even among Disney travel agents. Some agents do this in their spare time while others do this as their career. Some agents sit behind a computer and research things to do in Disney and recommend things that “seem” enjoyable. Others are out there all the time living it!

Like lawyers, doctors, even plumbers, professionals are expected to be paid for the expertise. Professional Disney Travel Agents are no different. Professional travel planners invest in themselves through extensive training, both online and on the ground so that they can better serve their clients.

They keep up with the latest news and events, but more importantly they research in person. The best agents will have personally stayed at all the resorts, rode every ride, been to every attraction and event, and experienced the extra activities that Disney World has to offer. It is one thing to read a blog or watch a video. It is another to have been there, done that, and be able to pass that onto clients.

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What are Concierge Services?

Concierge services go above and beyond booking your trip by providing full, white-glove planning and booking. They create a truly stress-free vacation experience by handling all the details for you. All you need to do it pack and go.

These services vary by agency and typically have different levels of services provided starting with booking FastPasses and dining reservations, up to fully customized itinerary plans, and more.

When considering if it is worth it to have a Disney Travel Planner make your FastPass+ and dining reservations for you, consider this.

To make FastPass+ reservations, they must be online and ready to jump into action before 6:59 EST on the first day the booking window opens. For dining reservations, it’s 5:59 AM EST. Plus, the best planners know how to navigate the system for the best shot at getting those coveted time slots.

If you are paying someone a fee to do that, they are far more likely to be up before dawn compared to someone who is not being paid. They will do it on their schedule.

Some professional Disney travel planners also offer custom itinerary planning. These can be in-depth and detailed plans that often include daily recommended park plans along with insider advice and guidance customized to their clients. They can also provide additional services such as scheduling tours, stroller rentals, or any other services you may need.

Custom itinerary plans, research, pricing, and booking all take time. Typically many, many hours. And Disney does not compensate agents for any of those items and tasks, therefore it is completely reasonable to expect to pay a fee.

No one wants to work for free, even if you love your job.

Some people will tell you to never pay for such services. But, like most things in life, you get what you pay for.

Consider the cost of your time compared to what a professional Disney Travel Planner may charge for concierge services. It’s usually a much better value than it may seem at first.

Why use a travel agent for Disney?  I like planning myself.

With time and effort, you could research your destination and book the trip yourself, but why would you? To save money, of course. Oh, did I mention, booking your trip with a Disney Travel Planner is free? YES, FREE! So, I ask again, why would you book yourself?

In some cases, planning a trip by yourself makes sense. But using a travel agent can be very beneficial. They can help you to decide the best places to stay, the best locations to visit, and even when to go. Plus, a good travel agent who knows your destination first-hand can also help give you tips on where to go and things to do. These are important points no matter where you are going, but if you’re visiting Disney, it becomes crucial.

Plus using a travel agent can make your life much easier. Planning any trips, especially a Disney trip, can be extremely time-consuming. A travel agent can take all of that off your plate and help you start your vacation off stress-free. They can do all the heavy lifting of booking your trip, finalizing the details, and itinerary planning. It’s like starting your vacation before you’ve even left home.

Many people like being in control of all the planning themselves. Understandable. But using a travel agent does not mean giving up control.

Disney Travel Planner is your partner. They are acting on your behalf and creating the vacation you want, not what they enjoy. They should be taking the time to understand you and what you are looking for in a Disney vacation—it is something different to everyone.

A travel agent is there to help you as much or as little you like. Even if you know exactly what you want and prefer to make all your own FastPass+ and dining reservations, that is totally fine.

If nothing else they are there to monitor the sales to be sure you are getting the best price possible, even after you have booked. That alone is worth it.

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How do I find the best Disney Travel Planner for me?

When you are searching for a Disney World travel agent, it is very important that you find someone that understands your interest and your priorities. It is important to choose someone you have confidence in and a rapport with. You will be working with them for a long time.

The right agent should be asking you lots of questions about your ideal vacation, not just taking orders. Don’t be put off by all the questions. It is their job to understand your dreams and vacation desires. It only helps them to create that memorable vacation that you are longing for and offer the best experience at the happiest place on Earth!

Understanding your budget is another important factor when an agent is designing a trip for you. Don’t be afraid that they are going to try to “sell” you on something that you don’t want or need. The best agents will work within your financial comfort level to recommend the best options for you.

To some, that may mean a more luxurious resort. To someone else, the resort may not matter. Instead they want to experience finer dining. And yet to another, it may mean one-of-a-kind insider experiences. It’s all very personal. A good Disney Travel Planner will know all the options available and guide you to make the most of your money and your time.

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What if I already booked my trip with Disney?

If you have already booked your trip with Disney directly, or even with a travel agent that does not specialize in Disney, it’s not too late to take advantage of the benefits of working with a Disney travel planner.

If you have booked your trip less than 30-days ago, and have not paid in full, you are able to transfer your reservation to a Disney Travel Planner. Your Disney Travel Planner can tell you how.

If it’s been more than 30 days, if you are staying off Disney property, or if you are using DVC points, there are still some agents that can help. Since they are not earning a commission from Disney to booking your vacation, some agents offer concierge planning services for a fee. It can be well worth the additional charge to get all the benefits we’ve talked about. And the value outweighs the cost.

So, what is the catch?

There is no catch.

A Disney Travel Planner is your best partner in planning the perfect Disney vacation. They are professional agents who are invested in their clients’ happiness. They want to make sure each and every trip is packed full of lifelong, heartwarming memories and magical moments.

When you think about all a specialized Disney Travel Planner offers, it’s a smart choice.  Even if you only use them to book your trip, it’s a win. That part is free, and you still get access to tons of free advice and planning tips. There really is no disadvantage.

Why use a travel agent for Disney? There are many reasons! 

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Final Tips About Working with a Disney Travel Agent

Be sure to enlighten your travel agent about any favorite characters, special attractions, or food preferences (including allergies) that you might desire. This will be able to help your agent when booking your magical vacation.

Do not forget that, during the holidays, you want to be sure and ask them about any special events you may want to leave room in your schedule for. There are lots of magical extras and you will not miss out!

As stated before, having a Disney travel planner will make your vacation planning easy. Putting together a fun-filled vacation with memorable moments for the whole entire family should be your travel planner’s top priority. But they are only as good as the information you give them.

If you have any concerns, your agent should be easy to get in touch with. He or she should be able to answer any of the concerns or questions and provide any tips and tricks to make your traveling needs simplified.

Many agents keep regular office hours, but they should be available to you at any time while you are traveling.

So do your own research and find the best agency that fits for you and your family. Then sit back and relax while your planner does all the work for you. Start counting down the days to your visit to the happiest place on Earth!

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Is It Cheaper to Book Disney Through a Travel Agent?

From time to time, Disney releases special promotional rates on hotels, dining, tickets, and vacation packages.  Disney travel agents match the deals that Disney offers through its own website.

Disney travel agents get their clients the lowest possible rates. If a better discount comes along after a trip is already booked, then they will go back into the system and apply the new discount to the trip in order to take advantage of the new lower rate. 

Let’s investigate why it’s cheaper to book through a Disney travel agent .

Disney World’s Website vs. Disney Travel Agents – Which is Cheaper?

The internet has made it easy to book your own trip and Disney vacations are no exception. You can just go on Disney’s website, sort through the Disney hotels , select your ticket, and make all your arrangements in one sitting. It’s as simple as that, right?

As easy as that may sound, I wouldn’t recommend just winging it like that.

When it comes to Disney World vacations, there’s a lot to consider. It’s a vast resort, with 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, dozens of hotels, and restaurants galore. There are Advanced Dining Reservations, Genie+ selections, Disney After Hours , Club Level at Disney World , stroller rentals , and the list goes on. Disney vacations are much more complicated than meets the eye!

If you want to do Disney properly, I wouldn’t recommend going it alone, especially if it’s your first or second time.

The most magical Disney vacations are well thought out. You should have good touring plans and your reservations should be in place way ahead of time. Otherwise, you won’t know what to do and see, and you won’t be able to just the lines at the most popular rides or eat at the best restaurants.

A Disney travel agent can walk you through every detail of a Disney World vacation. They can give you tips on where to stay, which rides to prioritize, where to dining, the best location to watch the fireworks, and more.

Once you have decided on where you’d like to stay, and which restaurants and theme parks you’d like to book, then your dedicated Disney travel specialist will book every aspect of your resort stay. They are a Godsend!

How Disney Travel Agents can Save you Money

There’s a common misconception when it comes to Disney travel agents.  Let’s clear that up.

It’s not more expensive to book a Disney trip through a travel agent vs. booking it directly with Disney.    In fact, many trips end up being cheaper.

Disney releases a number of travel discounts throughout the year.  This may include the Free Disney Dining promotion , Room Only discounts (often up to 25% off), or the Play, Stay, Dine, and Save discount. We argued that Disney vacation packages ARE worth the money in our last blog post because they combine a hotel stay with either a ticket or dining discount in one convenient and affordable package.

The price you see on Disney’s website will be the price you pay through a Disney travel agent. In other words, the price is the same regardless of where you book it – online, over the phone with Disney, or with a travel agent.

However, there are times when a Disney travel agent can save you money.

For starters, most Disney travel planners don’t charge their clients any fees to plan their vacations. That means you won’t pay a dime in commission for their services.

Next, you can be confident that your travel planner will get you the best discount. It’s their job to keep updated on Disney’s latest promotions. This means that, while you may overlook one, there’s not a chance that they will.  They’ll make sure you get you the best deals out there and you’ll never pay more than you need to.

Another way a Disney travel agent can save you money is in the re-booking process. If you book your Disney vacation package before a bigger and better discount is released, then you can still get to take advantage of the new promotion.

If applicable, your Disney travel agent will go back into the system and apply the newly released discount to your package. You’ll get the lowest rate and you won’t have to do lift a finger because your Disney travel agent handles everything for you. They provide an invaluable service and it’s completely free!

Yes, Disney Travel Agents Are Often Cheaper

So, to sum it up, the deals you find on Disney’s websites are the same ones that your Disney travel specialist will book for you. However, you yourself may overlook some promotions that the travel agent will be privy to.

Your Disney travel specialist will also rebook your trip to take advantage of any lower rates that may arise after your initial booking, and your dedicated specialist will handle all your planning, hotel and ticket bookings, dining reservations , and answer all of your questions and concerns.

Their services are entirely free and, with their help, it’s likely to end up being a cheaper trip.

After you pay the initial $200 booking deposit, your Disney travel specialist can set up a payment plan to pay for the remainder of the trip (layaway).  This means that you can pay down your balance over the time, as long as you’ve paid in full by the final payment deadline (typically 30 days prior to check-in).

Using a dedicated Disney travel agent is a no-brainer!

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• TOURISM | What should I see & do in Paris? How many days do I need for sightseeing? How far in advance do I need to get tickets for the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, or the Palace of Versailles? Can I see these sights during my stay at Disneyland Paris? | Get the answers  ▸

These are just the first batch of questions you’re likely to have. Thankfully, we’re experts on travel to Paris, and we’re ready to help you plan every detail of your trip — for free.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT DISNEYLAND PARIS?

The weather’s different, the holidays are different, and the busiest peak-season periods are very different from the USA. You won’t want to arrive in France and second-guess if you’ve timed it right. How many days do you need to see everything?

When you think about planning your visit, keep these guidelines in mind:

You’ll probably want three days to see the parks. | If you’re a major Disney fan — like many Wishful Thinking clients — you’ll probably want at least three days to properly explore Disneyland Paris two parks. Two at a minimum. 

Theme park entry is INCLUDED with any Disney resort hotel stay. | See our explanation below, but Paris is simply set up differently than the USA’s parks. You’ll have admission into both theme parks (including free Park Hopping) from the opening minute of your check-in day all the way to the closing minute of your check-out day. Park entrance is simply a perk of your resort stay. Learn more ▸ 

Disneyland Paris’s shows, restaurants, parades, and shops are completely unique. You’ll want to see as many as you can. Other one-of-a-kind attractions — like Phantom Manor, Crush’s Coaster, and Rhythm of the Pride Lands — are so cool that you’ll want to experience them more than once to notice new details! 

If you only have a day or two, we’ll help you prioritize what to see. If this might be your one and only visit, give yourself sufficient time to explore everything. 

Plan for major jet lag. | If you’re arriving from North or South America, It isn’t wise to visit Disney immediately upon arrival. Why? Because you’ll be dealing with significant jet lag symptoms. For the first two days or so, you’ll probably be foggy-brained, having trouble falling asleep at night. Mornings are extra rough. 

Plan for Paris sightseeing first. | At the start of your trip, give yourself a few full days in Paris. Fill your itinerary with flexible sightseeing plans. Book a comfy, centrally-located hotel  — we’ve got a terrific shortlist — where you can sleep in or take mid-day breaks without fearing that you’re wasting the precious time you’re supposed to be in the parks. Save your Disney days until after your body has had time to adjust. | Yes, we can book your Paris hotel, too ▸

The Disneyland Paris parks are designed for four seasons. | They’ve got quite a lot more indoor attractions, indoor queue space, and indoor dining than the North American parks. The parks are still enjoyable when it’s cold or rainy. Paris’s climate is similar to Seattle, Washington — rainy days are very common, even into the summer months. Snow is rare. It typically melts quickly. Sub-freezing temperatures? Rarely more than a day or two, even in the depths of winter.  The most comfortable months of the year are May through early October. But if you’re wondering when to visit, take it from Audrey Hepburn’s character in Sabrina: “Paris is always a good idea.” 

Weekends are more crowded during warm weather months. | On Saturdays and Sundays — from Spring through early Autumn — you’ll see quite a few local French families and annual pass holders who come for the day. If you can visit during the week, it’s a good idea. Mondays through Thursdays are best.

The holidays are delightful — but potentially crowded. | October is one of the best times to visit Disneyland Paris. Their Halloween decorations are divine, and their new Halloween Party is an absolute smash. The days just before and after Easter are extra crowded, and hotels are pricy.  The Christmas period at Disneyland Paris is beautifully decorated and delightfully charming. Holiday festivities typically begin in late November. But if you visit from about December 22nd through New Year’s Day, expect significant crowds. That said, it’s nowhere near as crowded as Disneyland or Walt Disney World.

In a typical year, avoid August. |  Normally, we say that it’s wise to avoid the entire month of August — when nearly all of Western Europe collectively goes on vacation. Many of Paris’s best independently-owned restaurants, cafes, and bakeries close their doors so their entire staff can take a vacation. A visit during August means you’ll miss out on many of Paris’s local charms. The parks are the most crowded that they’ll ever be, and the Disneyland Paris hotels are the most expensive during this time. August of 2024 will also coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, so Paris’s typical patterns will be askew. Many local mom & pop shops will give their staff extra time off to enjoy the Games (or take vacation), while very touristy destinations will want to capitalize on the world’s visitors.

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WHAT ARE THE BEST HOTELS AT DISNEYLAND PARIS RESORT?

Let’s explore the Disneyland Paris resort hotels — nearly all of which are within walking distance from the theme park entrances. The newly-renovated Disneyland Hotel has just reopened, offering a royal setting with true 5-star luxury accommodations. Other Deluxe hotels like Disney’s Newport Bay Club or Disney’s Hotel New York – the Art of MARVEL also   offer top-notch accommodations. Which hotels are the most unique?

THE LAY OF THE LAND

Before you think about where to stay, let’s cover some navigational basics.

Disneyland Paris is much more compact than Walt Disney World, but much more spread out & expansive than Disneyland. The resort is not technically located in Paris; rather, it’s the suburban towns of  Chessy / Marne-la-Valée , about an hour from Paris by train. The whole resort area is officially called Disneyland Paris Resort — not EuroDisney — it contains 7 resort hotels, the Disney Village dining district, and two theme parks. Disneyland Park  is often called  Parc Disneyland, its French equivalent.  Walt Disney Studios Park is the name of the second theme park, which recently welcomed Avengers Campus and will soon see the arrival of Arendelle — the World of Frozen.

Here are the hotels we recommend for our clients:

DISNEYLAND HOTEL  | Get pricing ▸

  • Luxury hotel (5 stars) | Built directly above the park entrance of Disneyland. 4-minute walk to Walt Disney Studios Park.
  • Now reopen, it’s become the crown jewel of Disneyland resort hotels worldwide. 
  • NEW theming features Disney royalty around every corner: each guest room is themed to a different Disney princess story, with rooms themed to Elsa, Moana, Rapunzel, Belle, Cinderella, and more. 
  • NEW on-site kids club, offering up to 2 hours of supervised childcare for guests 3 – 12, in a magical library setting with secret passageways and Royal surprises!
  • NEW Crystal Pool, an indoor pool with gleaming marble that’s open year round
  • NEW on-site character dining; the Royal Banquet with Mickey, Minnie & pals in medieval garb, and La Table de Lumière, with princes and princesses and décor reminiscent of the Palace at Versailles famous hall of mirrors.
  • NEW Castle Club Suites, the creme-de-la-creme of Disney accommodations, featuring eye-catching views directly overlooking Disneyland park.

DISNEY’S HOTEL NEW YORK – THE ART OF MARVEL |  Get pricing ▸

  • Deluxe hotel (4 stars) | 5-minute walk to the Disney Village entrance
  • A swanky, stylish, genuinely cool, modern hotel full of art inspired by MARVEL characters — created by working MARVEL artists. The restaurants & lounge are extra good — currently the best on property. Guests here enjoy exclusive character appearances and photo opportunities with MARVEL characters. MARVEL-themed photo studios & kid-friendly art workshops. It’s a terrific property.

DISNEY’S NEWPORT BAY CLUB |   Get pricing ▸

  • Atlantic yacht club with a seafaring theme, with a relaxing waterfront boardwalk and a tawny club lounge. Very reminiscent of Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World. The indoor-outdoor pool is extra transporting.

DISNEY’S SEQUOIA LODGE |  Get pricing ▸

  • Moderate hotel (3 stars) | 7-minute walk to the Disney Village entrance
  • Themed around the California state park lodges around Giant Sequoia National Park, with an embrace of mid-century furniture and animal trophy kitsch. Not nearly as luxurious as Disney’s Wilderness Lodge or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, but the vibe is similar. Think comfortable, casual atmosphere, with perhaps a touch of Wes Anderson flair.

DISNEY’S HOTEL CHEYENNE |  Get pricing ▸

  • Value hotel (2 stars) | 10-minute walk to the Disney Village entrance
  • Themed around the old Western towns. It looks less like Frontierland than you might expect; the design details can be inconsistent. There’s no pool, but the recently renovated rooms have fun-filled details from Toy Story’s Woody’s Round-Up.

DISNEY’S HOTEL SANTA FE |  Get pricing ▸

  • Themed around Pixar’s “Cars” franchise, with a Southwestern Americana theme — think cowboys & desert cactuses. It’s cute, but undeniably downmarket. Be advised: there’s no pool, no elevators, and no air-conditioning. 

We do not recommend Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch, because it offers no transportation between its cabins and the theme parks.

WHAT ABOUT STAYING AT A HOTEL / VACATION HOME IN PARIS?

Contemplating heading out to the parks from a hotel or vacation home in Paris? We don’t recommend it. Here’s why:  

  • It can take over an hour to get to Disneyland’s parks from the center of Paris on board the RER A train. The morning pre-work rush hour on the RER train isn’t exactly comfy. A ride in a car — with traffic — is usually longer. You’ll probably arrive well after the parks have already opened to the Disney resort hotel guests, so lines may be long by the time you make it in.
  • The trains don’t run overnight. At the end of the day, it can be very difficult to make it onto the final train from Marne-la-Valée back to Paris, especially if it’s summertime when fireworks don’t happen until 11 PM. If you do luck out with that final train, you should expect standing room only for your commute. Not fun after a day on your feet.
  • You’ll need to purchase your Disneyland Paris theme park tickets a la carte, directly from Disneyland Paris. Those tickets are non-refundable.
  • Most significantly, Wishful Thinking cannot assist you. Disney only authorizes us to help those who book a Walt Disney Travel Package with a Disneyland Paris resort hotel or select Disneyland Paris partner hotels: Hôtel l’Elysée Val d’Europe, B&B Hotel, Adagio Marne-la-Vallée Val d’Europe, Explorers Fabulous Hotels Group, or Campanile Val de France.

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DISNEYLAND PARIS BREAKFAST & MEAL PLANS

Because there are very few breakfast options at Disneyland Paris, most guests add breakfasts to their hotel reservations — you’ll get to enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning. But many guests here opt to add additional pre-paid meals, which Disney calls Half Board and Full Board. Here’s how it works:

  • HALF BOARD  | Breakfast + 1 additional meal per day
  • FULL BOARD  | Breakfast + 2 additional meals per day

Worth it? Yes, if you expect to eat at Table Service restaurants. Because most of Disneyland Paris’s table service restaurants only offer a pre-fixe, set price menu, the meal plan typically saves you money. More than anything, it’s lovely to simply have more of your vacation paid for before you even show up. Pricing varies, depending on your resort hotel stay.

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HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD YOU BOOK?

This is where some personalized help from Wishful Thinking really comes in handy. Disneyland Paris is already booking into 2025, and with the excitement of the Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games in Paris, it’s smart to plan well ahead. We can send current pricing, hotel recommendations and more, customized just for you.  As always, our help is free. 

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HOW DO THEME PARK TICKETS WORK AT DISNEYLAND PARIS RESORT?

With any Disneyland Paris resort package, you’ll enjoy multi-day theme park tickets as a perk of your stay — but the access & pricing are very different from the American parks. Especially if you’re staying off-property. We’ll explain. Is  Premier Access Ultimate  worthwhile to skip the standby queue wait times? What about add-ons like PhotoPass or a VIP Tour?

THEME PARK ACCESS & THEME PARK TICKETS FOR RESORT HOTEL GUESTS

At Disneyland Paris, Theme Park entry is included with Disney resort hotel packages, as a perk of your accommodations. You’re welcome to enter the parks from the opening minutes of your arrival day through to the closing minutes of your departure day. Also, unlimited park hopping is included all day, every day. 

Some Americans’ jaws drop when they learn this — this is very different from Walt Disney World and Disneyland. To put it simply, Disneyland Paris has a different business model than the American parks. 

WHY CAN’T I REDUCE THE NUMBER OF THEME PARK DAYS WITH OUR RESORT HOTEL STAY?

After contemplating this perk, some guests ask, “What if we won’t arrive at Disneyland Paris resort until late on our first day? Or need to leave early on our check out day? Wouldn’t we be wasting theme park tickets? What’s what’s the price if we do it a la carte? Can we do a five night hotel stay and a three day ticket?”

All perfectly reasonable questions!

The answer, quite simply, is that Disney makes it much more expensive if you try to do it this way. The included theme park entry perk is an incentive to draw guests to stay at the Disneyland Paris hotels, and Disney prices those incentives accordingly! Realistically, even with this perk, a 5-night Disneyland Paris resort hotel stay is typically more affordable than, say, a 5 night hotel stay + 3 days of theme park tickets at a Disneyland or Walt Disney World resort hotel. Enjoy the perk, we say, and enjoy the feeling that heading into the parks is free! 

PREMIER ACCESS

Rather than Genie+ (or FastPass), Disneyland Paris’s skip-the-lines privilege is called Premier Access, and it’s offered at the 15 most popular attractions between the two parks. There are two ways to do it:

PREMIER ACCESS (standard)

  • Pay within your app (8 to 15 Euros per guest per attraction)
  • You must select from a limited number of return time windows
  • You may not prepay for the service before your visit
  • Pricing is dynamic. Expect around 15 Euro (per guest) for Crush’s Coaster or Spider Man WEB-SLINGERS, and around 8 Euro for something like Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast.

PREMIER ACCESS ULTIMATE

  • Enjoy access to ALL 15 of the attractions that accept the privilege — no advance booking windows are required.
  • Use the privilege once per attraction; you simply walk up and enter. (And if you want to re-ride, you’re always free to wait in the Standby queue.)
  • The price of Premier Access Ultimate varies by the day (typically between $140 – $190 USD per guest per day).
  • NOTE: It’s always best for us to add this to your package if you anticipate that you’ll want a day (or multiple days) with Premier Access Ultimate. You can remove it (up until your balance payment date) if you change your mind.
  • A LIMITED NUMBER OF GUESTS MAY PURCHASE THIS PER DAY. You may add this on the day of your visit — IF there are still Premier Access Ultimate bookings available.
  • We can add Premier Access Ultimate to any package for one day or multiple days. To book, we must select the specific day or days you’d like the service.

Similar to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, you can pre-pay to pose with Disney’s professional photographers throughout both parks. They’re primarily found near character meet & greets. One price covers all the days and all the guests within your vacation package. It’s about $85 USD, and we’ll add it to your vacation package when you book.

For those who want the crème de la crème of the Disneyland Paris experience, we can add an exclusive VIP Tour to your vacation package.

  • Enjoy 6 hours with an expert VIP Guide, inviting you to skip all lines and waits, guaranteeing you premium viewing areas for all parades, shows & spectaculars.
  • Learn exclusive behind-the-scenes secrets of the Disney Imagineers’ most charmingly designed park, plus Avengers Campus and more.
  • Choose a morning or afternoon start time: 10 AM or 2 PM. Each tour is scheduled for 6 hours, but you can add additional time if you like.
  • May be booked up to 2 weeks before arrival (but availability is limited).
  • To book a Disneyland Paris VIP Tour, contact us for pricing.

During a pink-hued sunset, the Paris 2024 Olympic Rings frame the silhouette of the Eiffel Tower as Paris prepares for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

PARIS 2024 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC GAMES & DISNEY PLANNING TIPS

Should I visit Disneyland Paris during the Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games? How busy will it be? Is it better to visit during, before, or after the games?  

WHAT WE KNOW / WHAT WE DON’T KNOW | Disneyland Paris has just opened its entire calendar for bookings through March of 2025, and many international guests are booking hotels at Disneyland Paris during their visits. Rates are in-keeping with previous summer periods, and we’re already booking many clients who have tickets to various Olympic sporting events. We still don’t know how transportation to this part of Paris might be impacted, but it’s reasonable to assume that the RER A train will be running often. We also don’t know if Disney will be doing anything unique during the games as part of their own on-site celebration. 

HISTORICALLY, TOURIST SITES ARE NOT BUSY DURING THE SUMMER GAMES | Talk to anyone who visited Rio de Janeiro in 2016, London in 2012, Beijing in 2008 or Athens in 2004. Although the Olympic venues were busy, the tourist areas were not. Why? Because nearly all the city’s hotels & lodging are occupied by visiting athletes, delegations, corporate sponsors, and their families, who are laser-focused on the Olympics. Regular ol’ tourists tend to stay away. Sometimes they assume the city will be jam-packed (although it isn’t), or they’re unable to find affordable lodging (because, see above). 

Therefore, although Disneyland Paris is the #1 most-visited tourist destination in France — with twice as many visitors as the Louvre — it’s reasonable to assume that no, the parks won’t be super crowded. 

SHOULD I VISIT DISNEYLAND PARIS BEFORE, DURING, OR AFTER THE GAMES?

If we’re looking at historical patterns, then we need to note something else: Rio de Janeiro, London, Beijing and Athens were all very busy just BEFORE the games. Many tourists jam-packed the tourist areas in the hopes of seeing everything before the masses showed up. 

If you’ll be visiting for the Olympics and you’d like to add some Disney days before or after, go ahead and get in touch now via the link below. We should book your resort hotel ASAP.

Mickey Mouse stands at the wheel of a ship in the lobby of Disney's Newport Bay Club Resort in Marne-la-Valee, France

TRAINS & TRANSPORTATION

How do I get to Disneyland Paris by train from the center of Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), or London ?  I’m staying in Paris, how easy are the trains to go and visit for one day? 

PLAN YOUR ARRIVAL BY TRAIN  | Most guests arrive at Disneyland Paris by train (see arriving by car, below, for other options). To plan travel to the train station at the resort, it’s wise to use the Google Maps app. (The native app, not the website version). You’ll travel to Marne-la-Valée / Chessy. This station is located literally steps away from the security entrance for Disneyland Paris Resort.   Please note that there are many train lines which travel here from across France, Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, and beyond.

TRAVELING TO / FROM THE CENTER OF PARIS  | The train which takes you between Paris and the resort is the  RER train, line A.  (Please note that this is different from the Paris metro, and requires a separate ticket than the standard subway lines in Paris). From the center of Paris — such as Châtelet–Les Halles — the trains arrive about every 10 – 15 minutes, and the travel time is just under an hour. 

TRAVELING TO / FROM CDG AIRPORT |  The train which travels between the resort and Charles de Gaulle Airport is the  TGV line . It’s incredibly easy. Trains depart about once an hour. The travel time is less than 15 minutes .

DISNEY EXPRESS LUGGAGE SERVICE | Disney Resort hotel guests who add this enhancement to their package may leave their luggage and bags at the Disney Express welcome desk inside the train station and head right into the parks. Disney Cast Members will porter them to your Disney resort hotel for you. (And on your check-out day, they’ll return them to the station.) This pre-paid enhancement must be reserved several days in advance; it’s available exclusively for Disney resort hotel guests, regardless of how you arrive at the Marne-la-Valée / Chessy station. Get pricing ▸  

BUYING YOUR TRAIN TICKETS | If you’re traveling from Paris or CDG, you do not need to purchase train tickets before your travel day.  Rely on the automated ticket kiosks within the train stations, which accept major credit cards. Take note that not every kiosk sells all ticket types, so be sure that your kiosk has the RER logo (or sells TGV tickets, if traveling from CDG). 

VERY EARLY / VERY LATE | If you expect to arrive or depart very early in the day — before 7 AM or after 10 PM — the trains may not be operating on a timely schedule to get you to your destination. It may be advisable to book a private transfer instead. 

TRAVELING FROM / TO LONDON | If you’ll be traveling between Disneyland Paris and  London , it’s advisable to purchase your Eurostar train ticket at least 4 weeks in advance. Tickets get much more expensive as the date nears. Pre-pandemic, many direct trains  traveled directly between London and Disneyland Paris. As of 2022, however, direct trains are only offered on peak travel dates. On other days, you’ll often need to transfer at Paris’s Gare du Nord station. Catch an RER train to travel between Gare du Nord and the resort.

ARRIVING BY CAR / TAXI / PRIVATE TRANSFER | If you’ll be driving your own car, you may either enter via your resort hotel or be dropped off at the train station. The resort hotels all offer guest parking. If you plan to catch a taxi, you’re most likely to find a taxi at the airports (CDG or Orly) or in the center of Paris. If you’d like to take a rideshare, it won’t be difficult to get an Uber pickup in the center of Paris, but finding an available Uber driver is very, very rare in the suburban area of Disneyland Paris. For a pickup at the Disneyland Paris area on your departure day, it’s best to schedule a private ground transfer from a service like Disneyland Paris Transfer .

The gorgeous night of Disneyland Paris's Discoveryland illuminates the Nautilus submarine and Space Mountain

WHAT SHOULD I SEE & DO IN PARIS?

How many days do I need for sightseeing? How far in advance do I need to get tickets for the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, or the Palace of Versailles? Can I see these sights during my stay at Disneyland Paris?

It typically takes more than an hour to travel from Disneyland Paris resort to the heart of the city. For that reason, we suggest booking a separate hotel in Paris when you’d like to see the city. Whether you’re a solo traveler, a group of friends, a couple on a romantic getaway or a family looking to save some Euros, we’re thrilled to help our Disneyland Paris clients also book their perfect Paris hotel. We’ve got an excellent shortlist of hotels that we’ve personally visited and our clients adore.

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Only have one extra day? Disneyland Paris provides a selection of guided tours that pick you up right at your Disneyland Paris resort hotel, take you to a few must-see sights, and return you in time for dinner. Keep in mind, they’re not offered every day of the week or every week of the year. So, get in touch if you’re curious about including one during your Disneyland Paris stay.

SIGHTSEEING RECOMMENDATIONS IN PARIS

For those who can include at least 2 or more days of sightseeing in the City of Light, here are our top recommendations. Note : each link sends you to its official ticketing / information site.

EIFFEL TOWER | The iconic symbol of Paris stands tall. Take the elevator ride and feel the breeze on your face while you admire panoramic views. Fun fact: there are 1,665 steps to the top, but don’t worry, elevators are available! Get your tickets at least a month in advance — even earlier if you’re hoping for a sunset visit.

MUSÉE DU LOUVRE | Home to Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile and more masterpieces than you could possibly see in a day. Art and history galore, it’s a place to taste Parisian history and immerse yourself in culture. Tip: fewer crowds on Wednesdays and Fridays, but it’s smart to buy your tickets at least a few days in advance. Longer for weekends or peak travel season.

CATHÉDRALE DE NOTRE DAME | A Gothic masterpiece boasting intricate gargoyles and stunning stained glass. Once you see it with your own eyes, you’ll understand why Quasimodo found sanctuary here. It’s stunning. Through 2024, its devastating fire- damage restoration is in progress, but the undeniable heart of Paris beats strong.

SACRÉ-COEUR | The white-domed beauty atop Montmartre hill offers 360° views that make you feel on top of the world. On warm afternoons, the hillside lawn welcomes street musicians and a global sing-a-long full of bonhomie. Its views of the city are unrivaled. Bonus: hop on the nearby miniature carousel for a joyful spin.

MONTMARTRE | This bohemian, artsy neighborhood invites you to stroll cobblestone streets, spot countless artists, and visit buzzing cafes. Taste a fresh croissant and listen to street musicians, and keep an eye out for chef Gusteau’s ghost! History nugget: Picasso, Van Gogh, and Amelie Poulain once roamed here!

LE MARAIS | The central neighborhood where medieval charm meets modern chic. Countless quaint boutiques, trendy galleries, and delightful eateries. Get delicious falafel, select a colorful batch of macarons, or simply sit at a corner bistro. People-watching here is an art. Paris’s LGBTQ+ community rules the nightlife in the Marais; by day, you’ll see lots of families with kids enjoying its beautiful playgrounds and parks. Don’t miss the charming Place des Vosgues.

RIVER SEINE | Paris’ lifeblood meanders through the city, offering romantic strolls along its banks. A must-see if you’re up for a little l’amour. Family tip: take an enchanting boat cruise and enjoy the twinkling city lights. You can typically book one just a few days in advance.

CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES | Showcasing royal opulence and grand gardens, a gilded palace that Cogsworth would be proud to call home. Marvel at the Hall of Mirrors and imagine Marie Antoinette’s reflection. The gardens and fountains are an extravagant delight on summer Sundays. Plan on at least half a day here, with ample travel time out & back. Get tickets at least a week in advance. Fun fact: Versailles housed 20,000 people in its heyday!

CATACOMBS OF PARIS | Venture beneath the city streets to explore an eerie labyrinth of bones, a chilling adventure for the brave at heart!  More than six million skeletons are still buried beneath the city, dating back to the 1700s. Age recommendation: 10+ and above. Buy your tickets at least a week in advance; longer during peak travel season.

MUSÉE D’ORSAY | A former train station turned world-class art museum, housing innumerous gems from Impressionist painters like Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Caillebotte.  Smart to buy tickets a day beforehand, & check to see what’s on during your visit. Some exhibitions are extra kid-friendly.

CHAMPS ÉLYSÉES & ARC DE TRIOMPHE | The iconic avenue may suffer from an overkill of store-brand flagships, but the boulevard itself is stunning. Get tickets to visit the top of the Arc. It’s extra cool when a setting sun casts an arc-shaped shadow on the boulevard.

This is just the beginning. We’ve got far, far more tips to share.

Wondering where to find the cutest Instagram-worthy macarons, the coolest unique French fashions, the tastiest Bretonne crepes & galettes , or some swoon-worthy gourmet dining that won’t break the bank? 

Wondering which hotels are perfectly located so you’ll be in the heart of all the sights, but not stuck in a tacky tourist trap?

We’ve been to Paris countless times, and we’d love to tell you. We know the city like the back of our four-fingered white gloved hand. 

If you plan your trip with Wishful Thinking, we can provide a shortlist of our favorite restaurants, the coolest shops, most unique nightlife, and the best locations for family-friendly sights in the city. We’ve also got lots of practical tips on how to take best advantage of the Disneyland Paris park entry times, how to get to and from the city, which restaurants are most worthwhile, and more. Especially with the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games on the way, it’s never too early to start planning!

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Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris

Avengers, assemble! The world’s second Avengers Campus opened in July, with new attractions, up-close character experiences, and heroic dining.

Spider-Man W.E.B. Adventure is Paris’s version of the WEB SLINGERS attraction that first premiered at Disney California Adventure. Sharpen your very own spidey sense as you fling virtual webs through an immersive, interactive workshop that’s been overtaken by spider bots!

Avengers Assemble: Flight Force showcases Iron Man and Captain Marvel in a newly themed story on the former site of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. A pioneering new Audio-Animatronic Iron-Man welcomes you to the attraction, where you’re recruited to join the Avengers to save the world from an intergalactic threat!

As in California, the land bursts to life with live stunt shows, character meet & greets, and innovative restaurants like the Stark Factory and PYM Kitchen. 

Chris from Wishful Thinking has explored every adventure within Avengers Campus, and we’ve got lots of insider tips for you!

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