Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by kappman, Jan 1, 2013.
What is the best way to book our trip? AAA or other TA or with Disney direct
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That really depends on you and how much "control" you like to have of your vacation and how comfortable you feel planning your entire vacation. I like having full control, so I always book my own vacations directly through Disney. I've been to WDW enough times that I feel very comfortable making my own plans, getting my own ADRs, and making my own travel reservations.
I always book directly with Disney (on the phone, since I really don't trust the web site).
If you don't feel comfortable doing it all yourself, or don't have the time, then I strongly recommend that you go with a TA who is a Disney specialist. There have been SO many stories of problems encountered when folks have booked through TAs who really don't know anything at all about WDW.
I always book directly through Disney as I like to have control of my reservation and be able to call with any questions, changes, etc. instead of relying on someone else to do that for me. It's just a matter of preference depending on how much (or how little) you want to do as far as getting quotes, calling, etc. I agree with the pp that if you do go with a TA, find one that is a Disney specialist. Good luck.
I book directly through Disney because I like to have control over my reservation, as a pp said. If I need or want to change something or ask questions, I can call and get those answers myself.
Go with what works best for you, but definitely know the pros and cons with both so there are no surprises that muddy your feelings about it.
Biggest con of a TA for me is not being able to call Disney about my own reservation - everything goes through the TA.
Biggest con of AAA for me is the same as the TA, along with their office hours. They're not open on weekends and many evening hours. If something happens, since everything has to go through them, you're SOL to talk to someone until their back in the office. Disney won't talk to you.
I've heard wonderful things about TA and AAA with others, it's just not for me personally. If it works for you and fits into how you like to vacation they can both be wonderful options!
I always book it myself through Disney. As others have mentioned, I love the flexibility of viewing and changing my ressies on line or simply by calling Disney. Planning the trip itself is a huge part of my fun. I really think it comes down to what you are comfortable with. You could always call Disney and talk to them about what you want and see how comfortable you are with working with them directly. There is no obligation to book with them, but they are happy to discuss all your options and give you various scenarios. Good luck.
I recently booked my honeymoon (last week of Sept 2013) through AAA. The TA I'm working with appears to be knowledgable about WDW, based on the conversations I've had with her!
The way I see it, I'm already paying an annual membership for AAA, and having TA's to help plan a major vacation like this is one of the benefits of membership! Plus, AAA members have other WDW discounts available to them, so I intend to take advantage of as many AAA member priviledges at WDW as possible!
Are there disadvantages...yes.
This is my first time booking a major vacation through AAA; I'll post my experiences when I get back from my honeymoon.
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