Contributed by Disney Specialist Travel Planner Juli Russ
Editor’s note: Planning a trip, especially to popular travel destinations like Disney Parks and Disney Cruises, can prove daunting for even experienced travelers. Juli Russ explains how families can benefit from letting a travel planner do the work, and best of all it’s free!
Save Time on Research
The internet provides a sea of information when planning a Disney destination vacation. That’s great, but this can get overwhelming. Using an expert to help plan your vacation can save you valuable time. A travel planner can wade through the sea and offer choices that will work best for your family so you can focus on your family.
Customized Vacation for Every Family
The travel planner’s job is to help you plan every part of your vacation. Start by talking about what you’re looking for, the dates you you’d like and the kind of vacation you want for your family. Once the particulars are nailed down, the travel planner will provide suggestions that best fit your family needs. The travel planner will also discuss add-on items such as dining options, shore excursions, show tickets, and special events.
Once your trip is booked it’s time to have some fun! You’ll collaborate with the travel planner to choose dining reservations, then 180 days prior to your arrival what I do is wake up early on that day to make those reservations for you. You’ll get to sleep in, get to work or get the kids off to school while I do all the work. I will also make FastPass reservations for you 60 days prior to your arrival.
During the months leading up to your vacation the travel planner will send you tips, suggestions, and information on Disney Parks and/or the ports your Disney Cruise will be visiting. I love getting to know my clients and recommending activities that will make their Disney vacation extra magical like the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Fireworks Dessert Parties, or a special grown up night out.
Exclusive Special Promotions
Disney promotes Special Offers during the year. An expert Disney specialist travel planner will know in advance the promotion release date and will apply relevant discounts to your reservation. As an example, this past fall Disney released three different promotions. By using my concierge level travel planning services, I was able to save money for my clients who had vacations already booked. Most of these families didn’t even know that the offer had been released. They didn’t need to because I knew for them!
Solving Problems During Your Vacation
When working with clients, an expert travel planner should assist throughout the trip. For example, my help does not end one you arrive at your destination. If you have any issue at the resort such as with dining or tickets, I will be on the phone to resolve the issue so that you can enjoy your vacation.
No Extra Cost to You
The best part of using travel planning services? It’s free! My clients pay the same for their vacation whether they do all the planning or let me take care of everything for them.
With all of these benefits, there’s no down side to using a Disney Specialist travel planner. For more information, visit www.juliruss.com, follow Juli Russ – Wishes Family Travel on Facebook and Juli Russ on Twitter.
About Disney Specialist Travel Planner Juli Russ
Juli loves all things Disney! Her first trip was back in the 1980’s but her best trip was on New Year’s Eve 1999 when her husband proposed in front of Cinderella’s Castle. Juli has been back to Walt Disney World many times over the years with her husband and two children. She has traveled to Disneyland and has extensive experience with Disney Cruises. Juli loves to help large families plan vacations to both the Disney Parks and on the Disney Cruise Line. She has also taken several Disney trips with just her husband and enjoys planning couples Disney Getaways as well. Along with Juli’s travels to many Disney Destinations, she is a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge. www.juliruss.com
Photo: Courtesy of Juli Russ