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Old 04-07-2013, 09:46 PM   #20
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It is also important to understand that a TA is just a travel agent, i.e., they are booking reservations, packages, tickets (using your credit card) as your agent. Even a Disney Authorized Vacation Planner (a TA that has completed some online training) is just a TA that may be more familiar with what Disney offers at WDW, DLR, DCL, etc. It does not mean they are an expert on the attractions, rides, etc. at WDW or DLR. Most TA will not book airline flights because the airlines no longer pay commissons. A TA can book your ADRs for you but they get no commission on that work, so they are only doing it to provide you with an additional service, most would be more than happy for you to do the ADRs yourself. The Disney TAs do have a dedicated phone number they can use to book rooms and packages but for ADRs they have to call the same number you would call or book them online just like you.

There are some highly knowledgeable people that in addition to being an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner will provide you with detailed itinerary planning services to assist you in making the most out of your vacation. They can take care of just about everything for you (except usually airline reservations) and can provide you with detailed touring plans. Of course they provide this service for an additional fee.

You also need to understand that once your reservations have been made there is actually a disincentive for a TA to save you money since that would result in a smaller commission for them. Many will do whatever they can to save you money since they hope that doing so will result in repeat business or referrals.

So yes there are advantages and disadvantages to using a TA or itinerary planner and it is really up to you if the services they provide are appropriate for you.
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