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Old 05-06-2013, 02:01 AM   #3106
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Thanks Commander!!! I am about to make one last update on my PTR and then off to WDW . Don't worry, I will be doing a TR/DR and of course my commando family will be the first to hear from me. I am very excited and hoping time stays on my side so that we see all we want to see. My mom has not been to WDW in a longer time than me so I want to make the most of it for her. We should be ok since she does not do too many coasters. Thanks again, hope everyone stays well while I am gone. . . I cannot believe I am the one saying this, it was yesterday all of this was still a dream
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:24 PM   #3107
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At dinner tonight my wife suggested, that I look into going to a travel agent school and get a license (if that's how it works)

She said based on just the phone calls and texts of people we know who have booked trips, trying to find out info that they have no clue on, and finding out that there are a lot of lazy people out there that book their ADR's last minute because they don't realize that these places book up fast or feel it's a hassle to get on the website or make a phone call to get the ADR's they want at the time they want, only to be disappointed later when they don't get it

After thinking a bit, I think she may be right, after all there are a lot of businesses that cater to the lazy, The dog poop picker up guy, clean out you junk, lawn service, fast food etc, They are thriving because people are too busy or just can't be bothered

Two of the main reasons she thinks I would really be good at this is

1 - The Male in the party is usually the hard sale, has the most hesitation about the trip, and will more likely be willing to listen to what another male has to say, it sounds weird, but my wife says the women are the same way

2- She says I would be able to help plan the trip to their style whether it be a laid back pace or all out extreme psycho Commando (as she calls it)

2 questions I have are for you

1- Do you think she's right, Do you think I might be good at something like this

2- How does someone go about this
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:39 PM   #3108
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At dinner tonight my wife suggested, that I look into going to a travel agent school and get a license (if that's how it works)

She said based on just the phone calls and texts of people we know who have booked trips, trying to find out info that they have no clue on, and finding out that there are a lot of lazy people out there that book their ADR's last minute because they don't realize that these places book up fast or feel it's a hassle to get on the website or make a phone call to get the ADR's they want at the time they want, only to be disappointed later when they don't get it

After thinking a bit, I think she may be right, after all there are a lot of businesses that cater to the lazy, The dog poop picker up guy, clean out you junk, lawn service, fast food etc, They are thriving because people are too busy or just can't be bothered

Two of the main reasons she thinks I would really be good at this is

1 - The Male in the party is usually the hard sale, has the most hesitation about the trip, and will more likely be willing to listen to what another male has to say, it sounds weird, but my wife says the women are the same way

2- She says I would be able to help plan the trip to their style whether it be a laid back pace or all out extreme psycho Commando (as she calls it)

2 questions I have are for you

1- Do you think she's right, Do you think I might be good at something like this

2- How does someone go about this
I just started using a travel agent. For our cruise, we got a $150 onboard booking credit, so it made sense. The only drawback was when Crap called Disney to ask a quick question, he was told we had to ask through our TA. No biggie. We had a great time.

I did not get anything for our recent booking for WDW or Disneyland, but I hear they are willing to make your reservations, help you with touring plans, look out for promotions, etc. Odds are I will likely do all of those things myself, but it does not hurt having a backup in your corner. Plus, there is no charge to use a TA. I am nervous about the delay it could cause if a promotion is released, and I have to wait for the TA to handle it. Usually, I am on the phone the moment the window opens. Those promotions go fast, so the late responder only gets the hotels that are left. Since no discounts have been released yet, I have not experienced it yet.

I am commando, so I do not relinquish any of my planning to them. That probably makes me an easy client at times and harder at other times. My 180 day just passed and happened to be on the day the systems were down. I stayed up until 3am (6am Eastern) to book. After refreshing for nearly an hour, I panicked at 4am when the phone lines opened up. It said they were upgrading the system and would be down until the afternoon (no exact time). I panicked and sent an email to my TA and DH to check for me. DH had meetings all day and TA was out for the day to get her wedding dress. Her name is Hayes, so DH and I assumed she was a man until she told us about the dress. I am sure my ADR drama is the last thing she needed an email about on the day she was picking up her dress. I told her I would book my own, which is probably why she scheduled for that day anyway. Since I was in my own, I woke up at 9am (12 Eastern) and called every few minutes and updated my browser. Booking came up just before 2:30. I started online but the phone agent picked up before I finished and helped. I still did not get all the times I wanted. I am sure I was a pain to everyone that day!

After my long winded story, I will now get to the point. I think someone who is patient with others and loves helping them plan trips would make an excellent TA. I love planning my trips but would not want to plan someone else's, especially if I am not going.

I think you should become a Disney TA. Dreams Unlimited Travel and others (although I do not know the names) have agents dedicated to Disney trips. As a matter of fact Hayes is so busy with WDW and DCL planning that I have a different agent for Disneyland, Katie.

I do not know how you would find out how to do that, but I will pm you the email addresses of my agents. Maybe, you can ask them. If they cannot offer advice, they can at least book your trips until you are up and running to book your own.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:28 AM   #3109
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At dinner tonight my wife suggested, that I look into going to a travel agent school and get a license (if that's how it works)

She said based on just the phone calls and texts of people we know who have booked trips, trying to find out info that they have no clue on, and finding out that there are a lot of lazy people out there that book their ADR's last minute because they don't realize that these places book up fast or feel it's a hassle to get on the website or make a phone call to get the ADR's they want at the time they want, only to be disappointed later when they don't get it

After thinking a bit, I think she may be right, after all there are a lot of businesses that cater to the lazy, The dog poop picker up guy, clean out you junk, lawn service, fast food etc, They are thriving because people are too busy or just can't be bothered

Two of the main reasons she thinks I would really be good at this is

1 - The Male in the party is usually the hard sale, has the most hesitation about the trip, and will more likely be willing to listen to what another male has to say, it sounds weird, but my wife says the women are the same way

2- She says I would be able to help plan the trip to their style whether it be a laid back pace or all out extreme psycho Commando (as she calls it)

2 questions I have are for you

1- Do you think she's right, Do you think I might be good at something like this

2- How does someone go about this
Yes I do think you would be a GREAT TA and you would probably enjoy it. For the reasons your wife mentioned, it seems rather natural for you.

I was advised the same thing by my mom and friend and looked into it. I will PM you the info of who to contact.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:05 AM   #3110
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At dinner tonight my wife suggested, that I look into going to a travel agent school and get a license (if that's how it works)

She said based on just the phone calls and texts of people we know who have booked trips, trying to find out info that they have no clue on, and finding out that there are a lot of lazy people out there that book their ADR's last minute because they don't realize that these places book up fast or feel it's a hassle to get on the website or make a phone call to get the ADR's they want at the time they want, only to be disappointed later when they don't get it

After thinking a bit, I think she may be right, after all there are a lot of businesses that cater to the lazy, The dog poop picker up guy, clean out you junk, lawn service, fast food etc, They are thriving because people are too busy or just can't be bothered

Two of the main reasons she thinks I would really be good at this is

1 - The Male in the party is usually the hard sale, has the most hesitation about the trip, and will more likely be willing to listen to what another male has to say, it sounds weird, but my wife says the women are the same way

2- She says I would be able to help plan the trip to their style whether it be a laid back pace or all out extreme psycho Commando (as she calls it)

2 questions I have are for you

1- Do you think she's right, Do you think I might be good at something like this

2- How does someone go about this
Yes Ron, you would be good at it. You tell Rachel I said she was right.

How to do this, check with the other DISDads who are travel agents, there are quite a few of them.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:21 AM   #3111
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Question Commando question

I am very happy that I found this thread even though it is a little overwhelming....

We haven't been to Disney in a few years and the last time we went I planned my days using Touringplans. It was great in that I was able to hit all of the rides/shows as planned.

From what I have read, they have changed the Fastpass policy of no expiration time. Has anyone used either Touringplans or Ridemax after this change? If so, what has been your experience? Was it worth it and accurate as far as waiting times?

Any other planning suggestions/itinerary?
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:25 AM   #3112
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WDW Commando #214 here with a dilemma I hope you all can help me with. We have a trip scheduled for the first week of June. 6 and a half days in the parks...with a 7 and a half month pregnant wife! I can't be the commando I have always been. Any tips? I'll especially need help with advice on how to control my commando-ing and some advice for her on how to deal with my natural obsession to go commando. Don't worry, I won't compromise my wife's and baby's health but I may forget about her condition from time to time.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:19 PM   #3113
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I am very happy that I found this thread even though it is a little overwhelming....

We haven't been to Disney in a few years and the last time we went I planned my days using Touringplans. It was great in that I was able to hit all of the rides/shows as planned.

From what I have read, they have changed the Fastpass policy of no expiration time. Has anyone used either Touringplans or Ridemax after this change? If so, what has been your experience? Was it worth it and accurate as far as waiting times?

Any other planning suggestions/itinerary?
My DH always made us adhere to the fastpass times even though I told him they did not care about the expiration time. I never use a touring plan created by someone else though. We do get less fastpasses than the average commando, because we do not even bother grabbing one if we do not like the return time. I imagine it would be harder to follow a touring plan if you must return within a specific hour though.

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WDW Commando #214 here with a dilemma I hope you all can help me with. We have a trip scheduled for the first week of June. 6 and a half days in the parks...with a 7 and a half month pregnant wife! I can't be the commando I have always been. Any tips? I'll especially need help with advice on how to control my commando-ing and some advice for her on how to deal with my natural obsession to go commando. Don't worry, I won't compromise my wife's and baby's health but I may forget about her condition from time to time.
Assuming you love the big rides, I would suggest you build as many as possible into your must list. She can find a nice place to relax while you ride them or go back to the room if that is more her style. Plan the shared rides, shows, attractions for early morning or early evening. The heat of the sun is the worst from 12pm-4pm, so I would keep her off her feet and out of the heat as much as possible during those hours. Pregnant women get VERY hot. If your budget allows, schedule a table service lunch every day around 1pm if she does not relax back at the resort. I have travelled with preggos before (although I doubt I will ever be able to do it myself). The key is they relax as much as possible, but that does not mean you have to slow down unless she is the type who does not like to be left alone in the park for long periods of time by herself. If that is the case, you have no choice but to go at a leisurely pace (I dreaded even writing that). Good luck.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #3114
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I am very happy that I found this thread even though it is a little overwhelming....

We haven't been to Disney in a few years and the last time we went I planned my days using Touringplans. It was great in that I was able to hit all of the rides/shows as planned.

From what I have read, they have changed the Fastpass policy of no expiration time. Has anyone used either Touringplans or Ridemax after this change? If so, what has been your experience? Was it worth it and accurate as far as waiting times?

Any other planning suggestions/itinerary?
You are member #235, Yes FP times are now enforced, they may give you a 10min grace period but not much more then that, Our last 2 trips since the enforcement started I've cut down on FP's to the bear minimum, instead using RD and EMH's to get the big line rides done with minimum time

I have never used the Touringplans or Ridemax apps, I feel that if anyone who has the app get the info, then how many people in the parks have it, it then becomes common knowledge, example if it says Space Mountain has a 10 min wait and I just got off Jungle Cruise by the time I got there I would highly doubt it would still be a 10min wait, But they may give a lot of useful info, I know some Commando members use them and would be able to give you a more detailed answer about them

IMO the best way to plan your day is to make a list of what you would like to get done (without order or timing things out, except for things with a time like parade, show, ADR, fireworks) , If you are able to make RD or EMH go for your big item rides, be sure to grab a FP for something on your list that you will not be getting on rite away or want to ride again later, once the lines start move on to the lower wait rides, once they are too long, then I like to do what I call the line rides these are things like Laugh Factory, Tiki Room, Country Bears etc, where they let in a mass of people at once in between of course if you pass one of the big item rides on your list grab a FP, you are basically making your own touring plan as you go,
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WDW Commando #214 here with a dilemma I hope you all can help me with. We have a trip scheduled for the first week of June. 6 and a half days in the parks...with a 7 and a half month pregnant wife! I can't be the commando I have always been. Any tips? I'll especially need help with advice on how to control my commando-ing and some advice for her on how to deal with my natural obsession to go commando. Don't worry, I won't compromise my wife's and baby's health but I may forget about her condition from time to time.
1st off Congratulations on your future little one I've never been in this kind of situation, the things kmedina posted sound like great advice

I do have a couple ideas but I need to ask a couple ?'s

- are you staying onsite
- do you have other kids that will be with you, if you do and are staying onsite, would your wife like to get a few hours to herself to relax at the resort, while you take the kids to a park to get your Commando out


Otherwise I'd be paying attention to the look on her face, she might not say anything if she doesn't agree, but she might give you the look then it's time to Stand-Down, I've said this before, remember A Hasty Retreat Is Better Then A Bad Stand
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From what I have read, they have changed the Fastpass policy of no expiration time. Has anyone used either Touringplans or Ridemax after this change? If so, what has been your experience? Was it worth it and accurate as far as waiting times?

Any other planning suggestions/itinerary?
Welcome". I wasn't happy with that change either, but made it work. I was a little more intentional with the FPs I really wanted and had to re-plan my route on the fly to maximize rides and less double backing.

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WDW Commando #214 here with a dilemma I hope you all can help me with. We have a trip scheduled for the first week of June. 6 and a half days in the parks...with a 7 and a half month pregnant wife! I can't be the commando I have always been. Any tips? I'll especially need help with advice on how to control my commando-ing and some advice for her on how to deal with my natural obsession to go commando. Don't worry, I won't compromise my wife's and baby's health but I may forget about her condition from time to time.
You are a brave man. Have you considered a bullet proof vest? I'm thinking your strategy may need not lots of rest breaks. Have a great trip.
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1st off Congratulations on your future little one I've never been in this kind of situation, the things kmedina posted sound like great advice

I do have a couple ideas but I need to ask a couple ?'s

- are you staying onsite
- do you have other kids that will be with you, if you do and are staying onsite, would your wife like to get a few hours to herself to relax at the resort, while you take the kids to a park to get your Commando out


Otherwise I'd be paying attention to the look on her face, she might not say anything if she doesn't agree, but she might give you the look then it's time to Stand-Down, I've said this before, remember A Hasty Retreat Is Better Then A Bad Stand
Thanks! I AM staying onsite. Pop Century this time. And I have a 15 yo daughter and 12 yo son. We ARE planning an evening at DHS without her but that's just to do RnR and ToT at night. But depending on how she feels there could be a lot more times where she either goes back to the hotel or relaxes at a baby care center, restaurant, shop, etc. But there will be other times where I relax with her while I make kids do things I refuse to do like go on Mission: Space or sit through Captain EO again.
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Got to vent a bit, I have herd a rumor that they will be testing out a new FP for a parade at MK, from what I understand it is for the Town Square section.

With all these tests they are doing with FP's, makes me wonder what's next, a FP to board the Monorail or a bus, to use the bathroom, to get a QS meal, I know they have done it with some meet & greets, some will think this is great (for now), but I fear it will also lead to another fee just like they have in other parks, and if thats the case it could affect all the FP's

IMO why would they spend a bunch of cash on all these tests if your not going to make cash back something to keep a eye on
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Thanks to all who responded about my wife's Travel agent idea, the next time I go to pay off more of our trip I'm going to ask them 1st, since they are in my state and each state might have different requirements, I'm also keeping the contacts that were sent to me for future reference, I'll keep you updated on any progress
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Got to vent a bit, I have herd a rumor that they will be testing out a new FP for a parade at MK, from what I understand it is for the Town Square section.

With all these tests they are doing with FP's, makes me wonder what's next, a FP to board the Monorail or a bus, to use the bathroom, to get a QS meal, I know they have done it with some meet & greets, some will think this is great (for now), but I fear it will also lead to another fee just like they have in other parks, and if thats the case it could affect all the FP's

IMO why would they spend a bunch of cash on all these tests if your not going to make cash back something to keep a eye on
I rarely watch parades and do not get too many fastpasses as it is, so I guess I am indifferent. They do fastpasses for World of Color, Fantasmic (with dining packages), the candle light processional (with dining packages), and even Illuminations with some packages. I have been grateful to receive all of those, except the Illuminations one, because we had no time to use the restroom and make it to the reserved area after the Candlelight Processional wrapped, so it was a waste. If they give fastpasses to the restrooms, I will be upset. When you gotta go, you gotta go!
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