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Please Remember, Disney Travel Agents Don’t Work For Free – How We Get Paid

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This article is not written by me,  but I felt it was well written and to the point.   The link to the article in it’s entirely is at the end of my post. It

July 9, 2014 by Disney TA Leave a Comment

Disney Travel Agents Disney DollarsThe life of a Disney Travel Agent isn’t something that is all happiness and magic and wishes and everything like that. Yes, all of those things are a huge part of our jobs and the reasons we love the jobs we do so much. What people need to realize though, is the end of the previous statement…that this is…our…job!

Yes, this is what we do for a living, and we don’t work for Disney but we work through Disney.

When you’re looking for a great Disney Travel Agent, you will see that just about all of them state their services are free. In a sense, that is 100% true. A number of them offer up their services to their clients without charging them anything extra whatsoever.

But…that is if you book a Disney Vacation Package through them. That includes at least room and tickets, but also many times, including dining.

Once you do that, your Disney Travel Agent (a good one) will take care of your every need and you won’t have to shell out any extra money. All you’ll spend is what you are paying for your Walt Disney World Resort room, your tickets, your dining, and anything added on, such as a Memory Maker.

Now, how do we Disney Travel Agents get paid? Well, Disney pays us directly. When you have your Disney Vacation Package or Disney Cruise Line sailing booked, Disney pays a commission to your travel planner.

See now what I meant earlier by saying we don’t work for Disney but we work through Disney?

Disney Travel Agents will do free quotes for you, free booking, free dining reservations, free FASTPass+ reservations, itineraries, and so much more for you…but you’ve got to book that Disney Vacation Package for us to get paid.

The only time a Disney Travel Agent may actually charge you a fee is if you already have a trip booked or are have reservations through a group or work or something like that, and you ask us for planning help. Each agent may have their own set fee for helping with dining or FASTPasses or plans.

Many hours go into what we do. That includes:

    Putting together plans and itineraries
    Setting alarms to get up early in the morning to do your dining at the 180-day mark
    Setting alarms to stay up late in the evening to do your FASTPasses at the 60-day mark
    Calling in payments
    Checking park hours
    Organizing wait times
    Constantly checking the Disney Dining website for availability for those hard-to-get reservations

Here are some of the worst things you could possibly do to a Disney Travel Agent

1.) If you ask a Disney Travel Agent for a quote and then another quote and then another quote and yet another quote…please, don’t go ahead and book the trip yourself. That’s just a complete and total slap in our faces. We spend a lot of time quoting all the things you specifically request, finding you the best prices, tweaking things to save you money, and writing all the information up to send to you, and we don’t mind. It’s our job. But don’t just take all of our hard work and make it for nothing.

2.) Don’t continuously ask us questions about how to get tickets or how to book a room. That’s what we are here for. We love to answer any and all questions about Disney, but we like to do it for our clients, most of all.

3.) If we’ve quoted you before and you ended up booking your own Disney trip, please don’t e-mail or call us to ask for advice or information while you’re in the Disney Parks. That’s really incredibly rude and rather insulting.

Look…we love our jobs. We love to put together magical Disney trips for anyone and everyone. We don’t take away the fun of planning a Disney trip from you; we simply make it easier. Everything you request as far as dining, days in the parks, FASTPass+ selections, and more will be the full basis for how your trip is set up and organized.

What we do is simply take the stress and grunt work out


Candlelight Processional Packages Available

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If you are planning to be in Disney World during the holiday season,  an opportunity to experience the Candlelight Processional at Epcot is a wonderful idea.   A limited time experience that celebrates the joys of the season and features a different celebrity narrator each day.


To make the experience even more enjoyable, you can choose a dining experience to pair with and receive guaranteed seating for a performance of your choice.  


Let me help you plan your next vacation.  Email me at for a complimentary quote.

Watch “Accommodations at Aulani” on YouTube

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Heading to Hawaii?  Looking for a great place for your family to stay?   Consider Aulani by Disney.   Even the bedspreads have a hidden Mickey.   Check out the video of a room you can enjoy during your vacation.

Accommodations at Aulani:

Carnival Bans Smoking on Balconies

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Cruise | Carnival Cruise Lines | Theresa Norton Masek | July 08, 2014
Carnival Bans Smoking on Balconies


Carnival is banning smoking on stateroom balconies effective Oct. 9. Pictured is the Carnival Dream. (Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines)

Carnival Cruise Lines is banning smoking on stateroom balconies, effective Oct. 9, and also is increasing its tips recommendation from $11.50 to $12 per person, per day.

The updated tobacco policy, announced on July 8, is similar to those on most other major cruise lines. Carnival prohibits smoking inside the staterooms. Guests who smoke in staterooms or on balconies will be charged a $250 cleaning fee.

Smoking will still be allowed in designated open deck areas, as well as night clubs and certain areas within the casino and casino bar.

Carnival said the smoking policy was changed due to guest feedback, but the news predictably fired up heated reaction online.

“More LIKES than you can imagine! Nothing worse than being a non-smoker stuck next to a smoker who stinks up not only their own balcony, but ours as well. Bravo, Carnival!,” read one post on the Facebook page of Carnival Senior Cruise Director John Heald.

Those comments were echoed by many others. Still, some threatened to cancel. “If I can’t smoke on my balcony on my cruise I just booked I will be cancelling my cruise thank you,” wrote another.

Heald said the Oct. 9 effective date gives guests time to cancel outside the penalty period. Guests booked under the Early Saver promotion for sailings Oct. 9 and onward can cancel before the final payment due date and receive their deposit back, Heald wrote on his Facebook page.

Carnival also said the 50-cent increase in daily recommended gratuities to $12 marks the first increase in nearly three years and now “places Carnival’s recommended gratuities in line with other major cruise operators.”

Gratuities are automatically added to Sail & Sign onboard accounts, although guests can always increase or decrease the amount once on board.

$375 in Disney Gift Cards & other cool prizes giveaway

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Could you use a Free Disney Gift Card?

Mouze Kateerz

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Mouze Kateerz has teamed with an awesome travel agency to bring you a very special giveaway! You could win a $250 Disney Gift Card or a $125 Disney Gift Card or a Sword & the Stone Blu Ray/DVD, or a Cinderella Blu Ray/DVD or a Jungle Book Blu Ray/DVD or a Frozen Blu Ray/DVD or a Minnie Chunkie necklace or a set of Chewie and Yoda Plush (AKA Stitch & Goofy). Entering is easy. Just click on the link below. Make sure you earn an easy 10 points by allowing Magical Vacations by Me to give you a complimentary quote at


Giveaway Details

The Giveaway begins at 12:15AM on Tuesday, July 9, 2014, and continues until 11:59PM on Sunday, July 13, 2014.  The winners will be selected from all the eligible entries on Monday, July 14, 2014, and will be notified via email to the email…

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2015 Disney World resort reservations to be available soon.

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In anticipation of the release of the 2015 Walt Disney World resort pricing,  I will be giving away a $25.00 gift card for the first 5 people who book their 2015 Disney vacation of 4 days or longer with me.  The gift card will be sent to the winner when final payment for the trip has been made.   To be eligible,  mention this post when you make your reservation with me.   Email me at: to make your vacation plans.


It’s not too late to book your next vacation.

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