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  • On Oct 10, 2012
    Cheryl from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Is it financially better or does one get better perks if we go through a travel agency (ie AAA) or is it just as good to book through WDW?

    Hi, Cheryl!

    This is a great question!

    We've booked both directly through Walt Disney World as well as used a Travel Agent, and have found that there are benefits to either method.

    Some agents may be able to secure a discount due to the volume of bookings they have with WDW. Thus, benefits may include a lower rate, a nice gift delivered to your room or a perk such as the one AAA organizes for Guests who have booked a WDW vacation package through AAA. (Those Guests are entitled to a wonderful Character experience entitled AAA Storytime Experience; a suprise Disney character reads a story to children and then is available for autographs and photo ops. My family loved this experience this past July.)

    On the other hand, we've often booked a vacation in the late night or early morning hours, straight on the WDW site. I love being able to access my reservation, make changes, arrange for Magical Express, etc., on my own schedule, often at odd times of the day or night. I like window-shopping my package options online as well, since this also allows me to compare rates from Travel Agencies with what I'd be getting if I had booked directly through Walt Disney World.

    In short, I suggest that you contact several Travel Agencies and ask for a quote on specific dates, then follow up with the question you've asked here. You may be offered a discount, perk or benefit you wouldn't have known about otherwise, so you may have been comparing apples to oranges without that call. Next, contact WDW directly and ask for a quote as well, for comparison. At that point, you'll have enough information to determine whether or not a particular offer is better than another.

    Send more questions as you plan your trip! I'd love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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