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Old 01-24-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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How do you book your Disney trip?

I have gone through AAA our last three trips, no big deal. Of course they don't really have any discounts that we use and once I had to explain to my travel agent what a Pin that I had received meant. So that made me think that this time around I would just book through Disney directly. My question though is there anyone that you book through that gives extra discounts? We aren't going till October, so not many Disney run specials are out there and I know if I book through Disney they will change it for me if let's say, they add free dining. So, I guess my question is who do use to book your Disney trip and why? Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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I have gone through AAA our last three trips, no big deal. Of course they don't really have any discounts that we use and once I had to explain to my travel agent what a Pin that I had received meant. So that made me think that this time around I would just book through Disney directly. My question though is there anyone that you book through that gives extra discounts? We aren't going till October, so not many Disney run specials are out there and I know if I book through Disney they will change it for me if let's say, they add free dining. So, I guess my question is who do use to book your Disney trip and why? Thanks!
If you book your trip and then free dining becomes available for your dates, you can add it on (if there's availability at your resort, you might have to change resorts if there is not.) This is what happened for us - we booked our trip last summer when packages came out, and then in the fall when free dining was announced we called and added it. Luckily, we were able to stay at POFQ.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:34 PM   #3
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We use the magic for less travel agency.
We have been using them for 5 years now-6 come Sept! Our agent is wonderful! She keeps tabs on discounts for us and answers all of my questions..and I have had ALOT of questions over the years. She books my ADRS for me. We really love having someone be in charge of things for us. I know some people are not like that..but everyone is different!
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:05 PM   #4
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Most of the time I book myself either by phone or online. Most of the discounts are offered right on the disneyworld.com website under special offers. I prefer to have total control over my reservations.
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:12 PM   #5
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I book online myself. I keep up with the promos that come out and see if a better deal comes up, if it does I swap to that. I don't personally have a need for a TA when I can easily do it all myself. The website and phone CM's make it pretty easy to book a basic package and dining reservations.
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:38 PM   #6
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I am all for doing all by myself, I feel comfortable with that. I just wanted to make sure there were no discounts out there from some agency that I didn't know about. Do you do airline tickets through Disney?
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2003 day trip to MK and MNSSHP from Cocoa Bch.
2006 7 days at POR and finally all the parks plus free dining! Yeah!
2008 7 days at POR and a surprise visit to MNSSHP
]Oct. 2010 5 nights at Pop Century
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:08 AM   #7
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I book myself simply because

1) I'm a control freak
2) I work in the travel industry part time
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:56 AM   #8
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We used a TA for our first trip and I wasn't wow'd. She was from a major Disney travel agency, but she didn't seem as excited or as knowledgeable as I wanted her to be. I booked that trip at 170 days out and she told me if I really wanted CRT reservations that it would be a good idea for me to make her own because she was going to be at her other job when the reservation line opened up It was all very strange.

For this trip, I went with a different well known Disney travel agency, and it's still not what I expected.

Next year I will be booking through Disney. I love hearing people tell stories about how great their TAs are, but I just haven't had that experience.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:53 AM   #9
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I book through Fairytale Destinations up here in Ontario. They gave me great service and advice on my first trip and, even though I don't really need much of the advice anymore (thanks to the DISboard), I feel good knowing that I can help their business out.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:38 PM   #10
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Since there is no real advantage to using a TA for our trips to the World, I book myself right on the WDW site. It's very easy and I've never had a problem with it.

I do use Small World Vacations to book our cruises though, since they have always offered the largest onboard credit for the booking!
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:28 AM   #11
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I've booked our last two trips myself directly with Disney. I find the website convenient and easy to use. I do agree with some other posters that booking airfare separately can often result in a better deal. If I wasn't so impatient to get my next trip booked , I could have saved about $200 by booking through Southwest. Lesson learned.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:52 AM   #12
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I do all my own travel planning.

I got great flights with Delta and by using the Sky Miles credit card I got $50 off and first bags fly free!

I tend to make changes along the way and it is much easier to just do them myself. If I have questions I call Disney directly.

I tried agents in the past and always end up frustrated. The ones I had always tried to upsell me on things I don't need or want.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:52 AM   #13
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Either online or through AAA.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:13 AM   #14
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I always book it myself. Usually I call, I've had trouble getting my AP rate booking it on the internet. Plus I like talking to an actual person.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:34 AM   #15
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I have done it myself. I love planning it all and having control if I want to change something. I've booked online and on the phone.
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