I'm sticking my nose in Again: Booking

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by sm4987, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. sm4987

    sm4987 <font color=deeppink>What us women do to be beauti

    Sep 4, 2002
    I was just thinking over my experience using a travel agent. This is the first time I have ever used one. I usually book everything myself. DU really helped make everything o.k., and I'm prone to use them when I book my cruise. But, I was wondering when you plan your Disney vacation, package or room only, do you do it yourself or use an agent????
  2. hulabird

    hulabird DIS Veteran & Planaholic!

    Jul 12, 2001
    I always do it all myself, mostly because I enjoy it so much. But unfortunately, I have also had some problems with TAs so I stear very clear of them. When you have this board and mousesavers.com, you can plan just about anything that has to do with WDW.
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  4. Castillo Mom

    Castillo Mom DIS Veteran

    May 5, 2003
    I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed (still am) planning our very first trip to WDW. It's part of the fun in my opinion. Some if it can be a little frustrating like trying to figure out how to fit PSs into our itinerary, but fun nonetheless! I've learned so much from the nice people on this forum and have saved $$ in the process.:D
  5. dznyntnh

    dznyntnh DIS Veteran

    Jun 2, 2001
    I always do my travel planning myself. It's fun and if anything gets screwed up I know who to blame;) .

    I'm probably more detail oriented (ie anal:rolleyes: ) about my travel arrangements than a lot of people. My travel time is to important to me to trust to anyone else.

    I have nothing against travel agents, since I just got my Travel and Tourism degree, I may one day be one. But, I am to must of a control freak to not do it myself.
  6. terribm

    terribm DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2003
    I am an agent so I definately book it myself. If I screw something up, then I really let myself have it when I get home:hyper: I love doing the itinerary and ps res. It gets me really excited about my trip. I really like helping other (not so disney savy) people with their plans. I wish I would have had some expert Disney help when I planned my honeymoon 7 years ago. Boy, would I have done things differently. We had a wonderful time but if had known then what I know now.......I guess that's why I keep going back, trying to get it right.
  7. cinmell

    cinmell <marquee><font color=blue>The first person to repl

    Jan 17, 2000
    I do the planning and booking myself. I don't like to have to worry about depending on someone else to care of our reservations, PS, etc.

    For me, planning is half of going to WDW!
  8. bobcat

    bobcat <font color=magenta>I had a horrible case two year

    Aug 19, 1999
    I let DU book my rooms and make some of my PS. Then I don't have to worry about getting up early and remembering what day I need to call for what. That was the part about trip planning I didn't like. I have used DU for 5 trips and have been really pleased.

    I plan everything else. That's the part I like.
  9. wdwfan

    wdwfan My heart belongs to Disney!

    Aug 19, 1999
    I always book my trips myself. I enjoy it! Lately I've let the itinerary planners of concierge book my ps, but I do all the other aspects of my vacation, airfare, transfers, etc. But I enjoy doing it myself.:D
  10. kinggoofy

    kinggoofy DIS Veteran

    Aug 26, 2002
    In 1993 we booked thru a travel agent because it was our honeymoon. Too many other things to woryy about let alone plan a WDW vacation.

    Since 1997, I have done ALL the bookings. In 2000 is when I found out all the different websites.

    To me, booking our vacation OURSELVES is half the fun. As soon as our previous year vacation ends...the planning for next year BEGINS.
  11. bigbabyblues

    bigbabyblues DIS Veteran

    Mar 25, 2004
    I am planning everything and making all the ressies myself, because I'm also very picky about this stuff, and if it isn't right, or I don't like something when I get there, I have only myself to blame.

  12. denecarter

    denecarter OKW 2003

    Jun 28, 2002
    I don't even wait until one is over before starting the next.
    We've been going twice a year for a couple of years (DVC). I've got 3 definites and one almost definite trips planned. :teeth:

    June 2004 - DD and nephews to AKL & OKW
    December 2004 - DD and mom to BCV
    March 2005 - DD, mom, 2 DB, 2 SIL, 2 nephew, 1 niece to OKW grand villa
    June 2005 - maybe DD, aunt, two cousins OKW or CBR or POFQ
  13. ColoradoDis

    ColoradoDis DIS Veteran

    Jan 29, 2001
    I use a TA for the room only reservation - I like to book ahead and then get the AP rates. Jean at Magical Journeys got the new rates on the day the codes came out even before I got out of bed. We're at a disadvantage out west in the Mountain time zone! Otherwise, I do everything else by myself - rental car, PSs, off-site locations like Kennedy Space Center, etc.
  14. k&a&c'smom

    k&a&c'smom DIS Veteran

    May 29, 2002
    The first year we went, we were complete travel novices, and we booked through AAA. They set up a pkg. for us that included items we would not have chosen, and some we did not use, therefore we paid more than if we had booked ourselves. I researched and discovered the DC, became a member, and have since been booking our vacations on my own. When I learned about codes, and PH's, we really started saving!!::yes::

    We've given in and become AP holders, so we always book room-only! Mickey's got a firm grip on us now!!!:teeth:
  15. Snow Shoe

    Snow Shoe What time is the 3 o'clock parade?

    Nov 15, 1999
    Our very first trip we used a TA and booked a package deal. There were no problems, except Mears, and all had a great time. For our second trip, we decided to book everything ourselves. I got some help from a friend who was also Disney possessed. She helped guide us and we saved around $3500.00 over the first trip. Since then, we’ve planned all of our trips ourselves, and I’ve even helped other families plan their first or return visits to Disney.

    I think planning for the trip is as exciting as going.
  16. disdreams

    disdreams Mouseketeer

    Feb 27, 2004
    Both. We use AAA sometimes and they were really great.
  17. goin2disneyagain

    goin2disneyagain <font color=FF00CC>AKL- A WILD place to visit!<br>

    Oct 13, 2003
    I always do it myself. I have heard of, and seen, too many screw-ups by travel agents so I feel more comfortable doing it myself.

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