Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jun 24, 2011
    Kanani from HI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi there..i am from Hawaii and tryin to plan a disneyworld vacation in 2 yrs..I want to knpw if goin through a travel agent is the best way to go or book on my own? this is our first trip hubby and 2 giirls (aged 13 and 9 by the time we go)??

    Hi Kanani,

    We have booked trips both by ourselves and through reputable travel agents, and I've become partial to having a travel agent make the arrangements because they make all the calls, which I found much easier for me with my work schedule.  Some travel agencies, such as AAA, offer special perks.  Just last week while at WDW, we were able to participate in a special event called Disney Story Time presentation to a private group of guests where Mary Poppins read a story & then signed autographs & had pictures taken; this is only offered to guests who booked a WDW package through AAA. I've also worked with, which booked all of our dining reservations for us. 

    To help with your initial planning, I'd encourage you to get a the free planning dvd by clicking here. You may also want to subscribe to the weekly newsletter from and the monthly newsletter from  And finally to help with dining, I highly recommend as well as its newsletter. 

    Happy planning for your first WDW trip!  Please don't hesitate to ask us more questions. 
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I am a retired teacher with a family of 3 adult sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.  Learn More About Kara

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