How to become a part-time Disney travel agent?

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  1. lthiesfeld07

    lthiesfeld07 Mouseketeer

    Mar 9, 2009
    I am interested in becoming an agent too. I know there is a lot for me to learn before I can apply for this.
    I hope one day I can become a travel agent to help others.
    I know it is cliche, but I love talking Disney and planning vacations (like everyone else). :goodvibes
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  3. luna99

    luna99 Oh great. Now we've got a yeti. - Jamie from Mythb

    Nov 14, 2006
    congrats on your new position! I just wanted to chime in here and second what Cathy said and also what Kevin said. Number one, you shouldn't have to pay any money out of your pocket to start working. I'm a TA with a Disney focused online travel agency and work mainly booking trips for family and friends. I didn't have to re-wire my house or pay any money. I'm actually really happy with my agency as well because they do not require me to sell any certain amount of money per month or anything.

    and what Kevin said is true.. you can go months and months without getting paid. Thankfully that's not an issue for me but don't think you are going to get in this position and make a ton of money. I'm not saying there isn't POTENTIAL to make money though... like a lot of things.. you get out what you put into it. If you really hit the streets and get your name out there eventually you can get to a place where you have a steady stream of clients, but it would probably take at least 6 months and more like a year or more to get to that point.

    Good luck!!! :D
  4. ::danielle::

    ::danielle:: Mouseketeer

    Jun 24, 2011
    I have been thinking about becoming a licensed travel agent as well. While I realize that it is a low-commission career with 24/7 "office" hours, what I would really like to know is if there are any perks to being a travel agent? Discounts on airfare, rental cars, hotel rooms, etc...
  5. concept5123

    concept5123 Mouseketeer

    Feb 29, 2008
    I agree, I have never charged any of my agents for their certs. I also will tell you it is hard but very very fun. now working part time i would have no clue what that's like. i kind of jumped head first, but be prepared to have very wacky hours and no money coming in for at least a year. i started my agency when dreams wasn't hiring "believe me i bothered john and pete for months" or any of the other big guys so i made my own path and its worked out. but follow your dream and enjoy the ride. you will be surprised where life takes you when you do something you truly love.:thumbsup2
  6. camsdad

    camsdad Earning My Ears

    Aug 5, 2003
    Do you have a link for info on the Disney authorization school? DW is curious. Thanks.
  7. baby1disney

    baby1disney DIS Veteran

    May 1, 2007
    I have been thinking about this too!! But if the local TA around my area aren't hiring, are there any good/great online TA that I could go through?? Also, how can I become a certifiable Disney TA?? I want to able to take those classes as well a become a certifiable TA. Anyone who has that information..I'd greatly appreciate it!!

    CRSTEPHE Mouseketeer

    Nov 14, 2005
  9. MJonesMBA2001

    MJonesMBA2001 Mouseketeer

    May 13, 2008
    It seems like a lot of you are discouraging people from looking at becoming a Disney certified travel agent only on the basis of the earnings side, noting that it's a sales job. I know you're being prudent and cautious about setting expectations, but I think most of us know it's a sales job, and that the income will be slow to start, and is 100% commission. That's something that people like me who truly want to do this, maybe part time to start, understand, and want to build a business with that in mind.

    I think that many of the questions that I had about doing this, which I would love to do as well, have been answered, except for one, well actually two.

    If someone does get on as an Independent Contractor with an agency, and pass all the certifications, does that person qualify for Disney (or other) travel discounts of their own? I'll admit, potential Disney discounts are a big factor in me wanting to do this, in addition to the sales job, Disney, and long term potential.

    Second, do most agencies have sales quotas?

    Thank you all for these great insights you've given so far!
  10. DisneyKevin

    DisneyKevin Kelvis Moderator

    Jun 20, 2005
    The questions you have would best be answered by your potential employer.
  11. anonymousegirl

    anonymousegirl DIS Veteran

    May 14, 2008
    I think a lot of the responses were about making sure the OP had reasonable expectations and a clear idea of what the job entails.

    So many people I talk with think I am off traveling getting free hotels, cruises and trips to Disney. The reality is if you are busy enough to earn agent perks, you are often too busy to take advantage of them!
  12. airhead991

    airhead991 Earning My Ears

    Feb 16, 2013
    Hi all! I am new here and I would LOVE for anyone that has info on becoming a Disney TA to message me!! Please! I realize it is a very demanding job, and I have read all the pros and cons... I am still interested... I would appreciate any help! Thank you!
  13. Lilsec3

    Lilsec3 Earning My Ears

    Feb 19, 2013
    I am very interested in this as a job as well.

    If anyone has any valuable information I would greatly appreciate it!
  14. Rachaelt

    Rachaelt Mouseketeer

    Apr 27, 2010
    I recently left Disney after 3 years in reservations. I've completed the College of Disney Knowledge, and I still have many contacts in the DRC organization. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  15. heffalumpicwoozle

    heffalumpicwoozle Earning My Ears

    Mar 26, 2013
    I am a native Floridian who relocated to Texas last year. I have been visiting the Disney World Resort for over 20 years. I would love to become a part time agent. Any ideas?
  16. mickeysgirl17

    mickeysgirl17 Wish I was at Disney

    Aug 16, 2006
    I haven't read this whole thread, but does anyone know how to work for Disney officially? I don't want to work for a travel company. I want to work for Disney itself. I have an associates degree in hospitality, travel and tourism and I want to be one of those people who answer the phones when you call to book your vacation. Anyone know if these people work from home or if they work in a call center?

    I heard there are online courses offered by Disney and then you take a test and if you pass, you could be considered for a Disney job. Not sure where to start tho.
  17. kbelle8995

    kbelle8995 DIS Veteran

    May 28, 2009
    They list job openings online. You might want to check it out. I haven't heard of any online courses. Maybe as part of the applicant process.? It used to be more like just applying for a job anywhere. You apply and then they interview you and see if you are Disney material. I assume it's still the same. Google Disney Jobs.

    If anyone has applied recently chime in please
  18. SamSam


    Jan 21, 2001
    Dh and I sometimes talk of working part-time/seasonally at WDW when we retire, so I keep Disney Career in my favorite's so I can glance at it occasionally. lol They happen to have an opening for Call Center Representative listed. Good luck!

    If I didn't mess it up, here's a link to the official Disney Careers website:

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