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Old 05-06-2013, 02:12 PM   #1291
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So this morning my TA told us that she booked our FD with their company DV so she could get FD in right away for us. I personally do not have a DV. I have read you will need your DV at check in. Is this going to be an issue for me?
You do not show your Disney Visa at check in.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:24 PM   #1293
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We saved $635!! Actually, without free dining we can not afford to go, this is the only way we've ever gone.

5 nights/5 days two adults, two kids (13 & 9) at ASMo (kids preference so we only do quick service, but we're happy with it!!).
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So this morning my TA told us that she booked our FD with their company DV so she could get FD in right away for us. I personally do not have a DV. I have read you will need your DV at check in. Is this going to be an issue for me?
This all seems very "off" to me. You don't have to show your Disney Visa at check-in, but the deposit has to stay on the Disney Visa for you to qualify for this offer, and you don't have one, so how is the agent going to get repaid for the deposit she charged? Is she going to bill you $200 as a direct payment to the agency to repay the advance on the agency's credit card?

If that's the case, think twice. I don't recommend booking with agencies where you pay the agency instead of paying Disney directly. When an agency has you making payment to THEM, they have your money, but you don't know if they actually turned around and paid Disney. Really the only reason for an agency to do this is to get the "float" on your payment: they deposit your money into their own account and earn interest on it until they get around to paying Disney -- if they ever do. If the agency doesn't pay Disney, you are SOL.

Reputable Disney specialist agencies have Disney charge your credit card or process your check directly, so you know Disney got your money.

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:30 PM   #1295
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Just wanted to say THANKS again to Joe and others that gave us the heads up! Truly appreciated!

Also, for those questioning, do the math on FD versus RO discounts. I have a family of 5 and we're going BIG, staying BC, Club Level - Deluxe Room...FD was still better for us by almost $300 than the 30% off. Both our DD's are (or will be) Disney Adults when we travel. We saved just shy of $1700...which paid our airfare plus some towards MNSSHP.

I'm so glad that stress is over! Now I'll have about 1 bazilliion questions in touring strategy.

Good luck to everyone on Thursday!
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I have POFQ Garden Room booked for October. Were they included this time around with FD?
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:38 PM   #1298
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This all seems very "off" to me. You don't have to show your Disney Visa at check-in, but the deposit has to stay on the Disney Visa for you to qualify for this offer, and you don't have one, so how is the agent going to get repaid for the deposit she charged? Is she going to bill you $200 as a direct payment to the agency to repay the advance on the agency's credit card?

If that's the case, think twice. I don't recommend booking with agencies where you pay the agency instead of paying Disney directly. When an agency has you making payment to THEM, they have your money, but you don't know if they actually turned around and paid Disney. Really the only reason for an agency to do this is to get the "float" on your payment: they deposit your money into their own account and earn interest on it until they get around to paying Disney -- if they ever do. If the agency doesn't pay Disney, you are SOL.

Reputable Disney specialist agencies have Disney charge your credit card or process your check directly, so you know Disney got your money.

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Wow!! Thanks for the advice. I had no idea there were agencies that would do this. A real eye opener! I guess I have always had good luck.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:52 PM   #1299
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why book through a travel agent and not directly through disney?
I never understood that since it's so easy online nowdays
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:07 PM   #1300
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This all seems very "off" to me. You don't have to show your Disney Visa at check-in, but the deposit has to stay on the Disney Visa for you to qualify for this offer, and you don't have one, so how is the agent going to get repaid for the deposit she charged? Is she going to bill you $200 as a direct payment to the agency to repay the advance on the agency's credit card?

If that's the case, think twice. I don't recommend booking with agencies where you pay the agency instead of paying Disney directly. When an agency has you making payment to THEM, they have your money, but you don't know if they actually turned around and paid Disney. Really the only reason for an agency to do this is to get the "float" on your payment: they deposit your money into their own account and earn interest on it until they get around to paying Disney -- if they ever do. If the agency doesn't pay Disney, you are SOL.

Reputable Disney specialist agencies have Disney charge your credit card or process your check directly, so you know Disney got your money.

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She is actually kind of a "friend" of my SIL. She did it as a favor, to get us the FD as soon as she could. She puts in on her card, and I pay her back. I have all my backups..receipts from her as well as original ones from Disney to shows she paid..so I think I am good!! She has done this for my SIL a few times and theres never been a problem.
On everything else she has had Disney charge the my card, except this to get us in today. Im looking at it more as a favor to my SIL. We have alot of us going..3 families on my DH side and 2 on my side, and she only did it for one side of the family, and we have all been to her.
On the other hand, I cannot believe people do that! Hoping I dont have that kind of issue, thanks for hte eye opener though!!
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I am assuming this can also apply to LM, but I heard Disney only wants to keep an extremely limited number of Finding Nemo rooms available for promo, in hopes that people are soooo sentimentally attached to it that they won't want to switch. Did not work for me. I would gladly switch to Lion King to save a $1000
Ditto. We have the Nemo suite and if when I call Thursday I have to switch to Lion King I won't even blink. Now changing to Cars... that's a different story! (I still will!)
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I hope they still have some AOA Lion king suites left Thursday am. I will switch to cars if I have too. But keeping my fingers crossed it won't come to that.
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why book through a travel agent and not directly through disney?
I never understood that since it's so easy online nowdays
Agreed, I'm too much of a control freak to let someone else do it. And I always know what I want and how to book it anyway.
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There are some excellent Disney Authorized Vacation Planners that are contracted directly though Disney, who do only Disney vacations. They can offer a more personalized vacation planning experience and lend advice and guidance where needed that some folks really love. There are also some other perks as well, for example, if you have already booked a vacation and a promo comes out, they will automatically apply it to your reservation. You do not have to call and have it added to you reservation like you do for Disney. They are also more than happy to make dining and any other event reservations for you. Some might even offer a small monetary or gift reward as a token of their appreciation. Word of caution-know who you are dealing with, not all TA's go the extra mile that Disney Authorized Vacation Planners do. I have personally used one since 2007.
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There are some excellent Disney Authorized Vacation Planners that are contracted directly though Disney, who do only Disney vacations. They can offer a more personalized vacation planning experience and lend advice and guidance where needed that some folks really love. There are also some other perks as well, for example, if you have already booked a vacation and a promo comes out, they will automatically apply it to your reservation. You do not have to call and have it added to you reservation like you do for Disney. They are also more than happy to make dining and any other event reservations for you. Some might even offer a small monetary or gift reward as a token of their appreciation. Word of caution-know who you are dealing with, not all TA's go the extra mile that Disney Authorized Vacation Planners do. I have personally used one since 2007.
ah. I see. I love doing all the planning and reserving etc... I make quite an excel spreadsheet for our trips too... maybe I'm in the wrong business!
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