This is very timely discussion for me. I have a vacation booked with WDW already, that I booked myself. But I got curious the other day if a travel agent could find me a better deal. So, I filled out the form to get a quote from a popular travel agent that specializes in Disney Vacation. It was recommended on a popular Disney information site. The first problem I encountered was how slow this process is. It took 24 hours just for someone to get back to me and say that they'd be working with me. It took another day or two to get the quote. When the quote came back, it wasn't nearly as good of a deal as I had found for myself. I was sure they would at least match what I was paying. I asked her if she had heard any rumours of upcoming deals for the time of our trip. She answered saying she would have no way of knowing this. Ummm...if I know that historically deals are offered at my time of travel, she should know that too. She's the so-called Disney expert, after all. She also kept trying to change my travel dates even though I told her they weren't really flexible. On the quote form, she asked for a range I was looking to pay. She wrote me back and told me it was impossible, even though I had a deal that was just that with Disney. So...no. I wouldn't bother with the travel agent. My little experiment proves their uselessness.