How to Turn Planning Disney Vacations Into a Job

How to Turn Planning Disney Vacations Into a Job

How to Turn Planning Disney Vacations Into a Job

We get asked this a lot. “How did you manage to turn planning vacations into a career?!”

Short answer: We became travel agents.

Yes, travel agents are alive and well! And within the specialty of Disney destinations, the need is ever growing.

If you’ve found yourself the go to expert for all things Disney vacation related among your friends, you may have wondered if you can turn your knowledge into profit. The answer is a resounding yes!

The first key is to find an agency that specializes in Disney vacations. Each agency has a bit different model, brand, vibe, and way of doing business. It’s important to take a good look at the agency to see if it’s a good fit for you. Consider the way the agency presents itself to the public, and see if it aligns with the way you want to be represented as well.

The next step is to see if the agency is currently seeking new Independent Contractors. Most agencies have an application page like this one.

The vast majority of Disney specialized travel agencies work on an independent contractor model. This means that you have a ton of flexibility in your work, in terms of when and where you work, who you work with, your marketing, etc. It also means that you need to have a go getter type of personality because it will be up to you to bring in your own clientele.

So what skills do you need in order to succeed in this Disney vacation planning world?

  • A lot of experience with Disney vacations. You’ll need to know the parks inside and out as well as having a good feel for the resort options
  • Experience with sales or a high comfort level with the idea of actively selling. (Tip: You are selling both your services AND vacations in this career – that means selling twice!)
  • Comfort with both phone and email communication
  • Self-motivation: As an independent contractor, you and only you will be responsible for setting your hours, completing client tasks, and making sales. Your success depends enormously on your level of dedication.
  • Remote learning skills – most training and education available to you will be virtual.

At the end of the day, a career as a travel agent that specializes in Disney destinations is a combination of sales work and detailed planning work. If you excel in these two areas, this just might be the career for you!

Want to learn more about our agency and see if you’d be a good fit? Visit our information page here!


Five Things that Make Any Disney World Trip Better

Five Things that Make Any Disney World Trip Better

Five Things that Make Any Disney World Trip Better

 

Make your Disney World vacation go from good to incredible with these five simple tips!

 

  1. Have a plan.

    Hands down this is a game changer.  Disney World is anything but a place you are supposed to just show up to and wing it.  When dining can be reserved 180 days in advance and FastPass+ reservations at 60 days in advance, you know that even Disney is telling you to put a plan together.  At bare minimum, plan those two pieces in advance. 

    Better yet, have a plan so great that you’ll avoid the long lines all together.  There is real and true strategy to do this – if you don’t have time to or don’t want to learn it, there are experts who do it for you.

  1. Choose a resort you’ll love.

    I cannot stress this enough!  Choice of resort is often so underrated, but it makes a huge difference in your vacation experience.  So often when I first chat with clients, I hear them say, “Oh, we just need somewhere to sleep.” 

    Yes, you can treat a hotel as just a place to sleep, but it can be SO. MUCH. MORE if you let it.  The resort itself can be a place you relax, be entertained, bond with your family, and even a place that affects how easy your park mornings begin if you just put a little thought into your choices.  Disney World offers a huge variety of onsite resorts – and you should definitely stay onsite if you want the most advantages in the parks and the easiest experience. 

    Choose a resort that offers an ambiance that will make you happy and feel like you are completely removed from the real world.  Pick one with an awesome pool if your family loves to swim, or one that is right next door to one of the theme parks if you crave convenience.  Make it a place you are excited to go back to each day!

  1. Plan breaks.

    Listen, you DO NOT have to feel like a warrior in battle, marching through those parks from open to close. Kids rarely are at their best when walking endlessly for 12 hours or more, and let’s be honest, neither are most adults.

    I know that you may feel like you need to be in the park all day to be able to get to all of the attractions that you want or to make it worth the cost.  But, going back to item #1 on this list, if you have a good plan, you can easily get to everything you want in the parks while still taking a break each day. 

    I recommend leaving the parks altogether in the afternoon to enjoy that awesome resort you’ve picked out.  Play in the pool, take a nap, chill on the balcony – whatever rejuvenates your family.  Then pop back into the park refreshed, happy, and ready to make it til closing time! 

     

  1. Make food part of the experience.

    I know that you can find all kinds of articles about how to scrimp on food costs at Disney World.  You can pack peanut butter sandwiches and get free ice water in the parks.  But if you can swing just a little more in your budget, the dining at Disney World can be one of the best parts of your vacation experience, I promise. 

    With over 100 dining options to choose from, from incredibly themed locations like Be Our Guest to character dining to fine dining like Tiffins, your family can enjoy all types of cuisine with a lot of fun to go with it.  Dining out brings more relaxation and more separation from the “real world” from the family that brings extra magic to a Disney vacation. 

    One great way to budget for this is to include a Disney Dining Plan in your package.  Doing this means you’ll be able to fully pay off your dining experiences before you ever arrive, making your dining experiences as easy as tapping your Magic Band to redeem credits (rather than paying for each meal as you arrive and ending up with a large surprise dining bill at the end of your stay).

     

  1. Don’t ask for advice on Facebook.

    I know that this is our normal mode of operation for most things. “Who is the best pediatrician in our area?”  “Looking for recommendations for a plumber.”   But when it comes to your Disney vacation, it’s not the same. 

    When you post asking for where you should stay or what you should do, you’re going to get about 100 different answers.  Most will contradict.  The problem with this is that your friends and acquaintances are not you and don’t know your family’s preferences.  What you’ll get is a long confusing list, often filled with well-meaning but sometimes false information that becomes overwhelming to sift through. 

    Instead, you’ll want to focus on what your family enjoys and match it to what Disney World offers.  Not sure how to do this?  There are services (yup, like ours) that will do this for you – a specialist will learn all about your family’s wants and needs and walk you through your choices so that what you end up with is a plan perfectly tailored just for you. 

    But expert or not, save your sanity and avoid asking social media for their opinions on this one!

 

Follow these five tips and you are miles ahead of most Disney World visitors!