Making the Most of a Disney Vacation

Travel agents can make booking Disney parks a cinch

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I’m a fan of Disneyland and love visiting with my children but, even as a writer and a frequent visitor with access to news and park updates, I don’t know all there is to know about the Disneyland Resort – Walt Disney World, I know even less, as demonstrated by my visit there this past weekend. There is so much to do. If you just buy some tickets, book a hotel and jet down to Orlando, Fla., you will likely have a good time, but you will probably realize that there was so much more you could have been a part of.

Enter the travel agent. Travel agents who sell Disney know all there is to know about the parks. They know about the princess tea at the Grand Floridian Hotel. They know when the Food & Wine festival is on at Epcot. They will tell you that, if your kids are animal lovers, you should not miss Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

There is so much at WDW and the Disneyland Parks that, unless you are a local and get to visit frequently, planning a trip to one of the parks is a big undertaking – that of course you want to get just right.

Travel agent Debby Summerlin recommends using an agent as a timesaver. She points out that she can book air, hotel, park tickets and schedule activities, creating the perfect itinerary for you without you having to do any of the heavy lifting.

Summerlin also notes that there are a lot of different components to a Disney trip and it doesn’t come cheap. She believes that it’s best to leave all of the planning to a professional. And using a travel agent doesn’t cost anymore money, in fact, it could even save you money. Hotel, tickets and airfare may come out pretty even with a travel agent. But booking activities in advance makes many things cheaper.

Plus, if you leave it to the experts, you won’t be getting to the park and wasting your time figuring out what you want to do. Travel agents will everything that can be booked in advance planned for you.

Here are three examples of experiences that travel agent can book for you:

Dining experiences. Ever tried to get into the Blue Bayou? It has been one of the most popular restaurants at Disneyland for a long time. You can make reservations through Disney Dining in advance and just show up at your appointed time, no stress or time wasted begging the hostess for a table during your visit.

Bippity Boppity Boutique. You are walking around Disneyland and you see elegant princesses and handsome princes hanging out in the park. You might think they did that at home, but you’d be surprised to find out that they visited the Bippity Boppity Boutique and had a head-to-toe makeover. The boutique is extremely popular so reservations are almost a must – especially when the park is crowded.

Princess Tea a the Grand Floridian. The Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers an over-the-top princess tea, the Disney Perfectly Princess Tea, which includes music, dancing, storytelling and more at this unforgettable, courtly tea. There’s even a visit from Princess Aurora. Attendees receive royal gifts, including an 18-inch My Disney Girl doll dressed as Aurora, a princess tiara, a silver princess bracelet, a princess necklace, a fresh rose, a special princess scrapbook page “Best Friend” certificate for their new doll.

Princes receive a sword, a shield, a bear and a certificate. The tea is only held on select mornings, and reservations can be made 180 days in advance.