If you've been following me for any length of time, you know I LOVE Disneyland. I grew up nearby, I’ve taken my kids a bunch of times (even though we live in Seattle!), I love to share Disneyland updates, I’ve written Disneyland guides to help other families prepare for their own trips. And now, I’ve taken this obsession to a new level: I’m an official Disney travel planner.
(Read on to see how you can book a free vacation consultation with me — AND get one of my Disneyland guides for free!)
I’m a Disney travel planner!
A few months ago, I signed on with ConciEARS, an independent travel agency authorized by Disney, and our only objective is to help families plan amazing Disney vacations. Not only do I get to share my freakishly in-depth Disneyland knowledge with families around the country, but I've added Walt Disney World, Aulani in Hawaii, the Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney to my wheelhouse too. #dreamjob
I have to tell you — I didn’t even know this type of travel agent existed until a year ago. But now I can’t believe that anyone survives without one! (ha.) We know ALL the deals and best travel tips, and our services are Disney-authorized and FREE (you don’t pay any mark-ups or get any 3rd party confirmations — price quotes & documents are straight from Disney). So basically, you’re booking the same Disney vacation as everyone else — but YOU get expert advice and guidance all along the way.
What does a Disney travel agent do?
So let me tell you what it looks like to work with a Disney travel agent. First we hop on a call so I can learn about your family and your goals for the vacation. I’ll get info on your intended dates of travel & budget, and ask questions like “What is your family most excited to see & do?” or “What would make this a perfect vacation?” Basically it gives me a snapshot of who YOU are so I can help plan your perfect vacation.
Then I send over a few price quotes, straight from Disney (so if there’s a sale going on, you’ll definitely know about it) — these can be packages (hotel & park tickets), reservation options (for Aulani or a Disney Cruise), or just prices (if all you need are park tickets). I lay out all your options with different upgrades or discounts available. For example, if you’re planning a Disneyland trip, I’ll give you room rates for the Disneyland Resort hotels AND a few of my favorite Good Neighbor Hotels (Disney-approved, offsite hotels) so you can compare rates side by side.
Is a Disney travel agent worth it?
In short, yes. :) Not only have I saved you all the time & hassle of researching options, but now we collaborate on the actual day-to-day of your trip. After you review the pricing options and we book your choice, we get to the REALLY fun stuff! I’ll do things like…
Explain all the dining options (character dining, table service, quick-service, etc.) and book advanced dining reservations for your group
Schedule fun extras (like the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique princess makeover experience, the cutest thing EVER! I wish I had a daughter… ;)
Explain Fastpass (and MaxPass, and Rider Switch, and Single Rider…) or link up Magic Bands (if you’re going to Walt Disney World)
Tell you insider tips, like where to get the best view of fireworks or which treats are most splurge-worthy
Create daily itineraries to help you know the best time of day to visit certain rides & keep all your travel facts straight.
Let me tell you — if you’re not super familiar with Disneyland or Walt Disney World, this is a LIFESAVER because we guide you through it all. You’ll be a Disney parks pro before your trip, I promise! And did I mention this is all FREE?!
How much does it cost to use a Disney travel agent?
NOTHING. :) Some Disney travel agencies charge an extra fee, but not ConciEARS. Every price we quote you is direct from Disney, with no mark-ups or third party websites. You’ll get official Disney confirmation emails and documents (and that also means if we need to make any changes, we’re doing it straight through Disney — not some outside company). Then, you get our expert assistance in planning the other details of your trip — restaurants, rides, and recommendations for a fabulous Disney vacation.
How far in advance should I plan a Disney vacation?
Good question! This depends on your family’s situation — it’s really never too early OR too late to start planning a Disney vacation. Ideal timing varies depending on your trip — if you want to do a Disney Cruise, it’s best to plan a year in advance (they’re booking right now for May 2020!). Walt Disney World vacations are best to plan at least 6 months out, since you can start making dining reservations 180 days before your trip. Disneyland is a little more flexible (those dining reservations open up 60 days prior) BUT with Star Wars: Galaxies Edge opening in May, it’s going to be super crowded so you definitely want to plan ahead. (What’s Galaxies Edge all about? Grab my quick guide to Star Wars Land.)
Get a FREE Disneyland Guide
Honestly, I just LOVE Disney vacations and I LOVE helping other families discover the magic. Even if you just want to start researching options for a far-off future trip, I’d love to chat! You can sign up for a free 20 minute vacation consultation on the ConciEARS website at a time that works for you, and I’ll send you a free Disney vacation quote. Or, email me at lwells (at) conciears.com, DM me on Instagram, or check out the ConciEARS website and we’ll get this party started.
And, if you mention Boymoms Unite when you book your trip, I’ll send you my Disneyland guides for free as a special thank you. :)
Here’s to a magical vacation!
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