Not a new post, but one that bears repeating with fall break and Christmas on the horizon! I am sold on Disney as a destination and here's why. Walt Disney World in Orlando has had high attendance, year round, since its opening in 1971. It has universal appeal. Visitors come from all around the world for the Disney experience - just listen for a few minutes to the people standing around you at any of the parks and you will hear a multitude of accents. For that matter, look at the Disney employee nametags and you'll be awed by all of the different countries represented.
Disney service levels are the highest in any industry and EVERY person who visits Disney has a consistent experience. It is unbelievably clean & offers a safe, controlled environment for families. Plus, they have literally thought of everything. Rain? Every few feet you'll find a vendor selling ponchos. Don't want to wait in a long line? Try a FastPass. Don't like rides? See a show! I guarantee you won't be disappointed. There is something for everyone.
Is it expensive? I'll answer that by saying that it is not cheap, but you definitely receive excellent value for what you spend. It is NOT just another amusement park - it is educational, while still being super fun, with first-class entertainment and unique memory making opportunities.
There truly is magic when seeing Disney through the eyes of a child. That being said, I personally believe that both very young children and parents with very young children MAY be happier waiting until their kids have the stamina to go from morning to night. I consider this trip an investment, a destination you probably won't visit every year, so make the most of it! On the other hand, don't wait too late - some teenagers may not be as enthralled.
Should I use a travel agent to book Disney? I strongly believe that a good travel agent can help you navigate through the myriad of choices of hotels, what parks to visit and what type of tickets to buy, meal plans and other extras. All of the agents in my office have attended the College of Disney Knowledge (how about that?), and therefore they know all the ins and outs about a trip of this magnitude.
Planning is key to an enjoyable trip to Disney. There are many review books available, but we prefer "Birnbaum's". Prior to my family's visit, we evaluate and prioritize the rides, shows, parades, etc. Decision making ahead of time ensures that everyone gets to see & do what they want.
A trip to Disney will mesmerize you and I think everyone should make a point to go at least once!
Frequent flyer miles make the world go round. Free airline tickets are great benefits – who doesn’t love FREE? Sometimes other factors may diminish the value of the free airline ticket. Availability can be scarce and you may have to change from your desired travel dates. If you’re going to go free, you need to be flexible.
Quite possibly you are going to need hotel accommodations and maybe a rental car or airport transfer at your destination. Some lofty travelers may be purchasing international air travel to coincide with their free domestic travel. Perhaps your frequent flyer miles are delivering you to a cruise port. At any rate, please plan ahead for all the possible hitches in your perfect and free plan!
While at Memphis State, I landed a dream job at Omega Travel. It was M to F, 1 to 5 in an office, not a restaurant or retail. I knew immediately I was in job heaven! My first assignment was the “brochure room.” Literally. Back then, every hotel, resort, tourist destination, city, state and country in the world produced brochures and sent them by the hundreds to travel agents. Our boxes of brochures hadn’t been touched in quite some time. . I learned a lot that first semester. First, I got the travel bug. Secondly, I learned how a travel agency operates from the ground floor up. Upon graduation, armed with a PR degree, I joined the travel industry and have never looked back. I love it! Today, I handle HR & Operations for Travelennium (name changed in 1999). Travel agencies in general, and mine in particular, have changed drastically. But we are still here and going strong. Over the years, I have been privileged to work with the finest, most knowledgeable travel professionals around. Now I’m blogging to share some of the tips and insider information that I have picked up over the years. Please share your comments or any travel questions!