What does Disney Specialist really mean?

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Judging by my recent posts, it’s pretty obvious to know that I’ve got Disney on the brain – big time.  My trip is a little over a month away, and my singing gigs for the season are winding down. I’ve got a recital this Saturday, and am singing in “HMS Pinafore” the next weekend, then I’m pretty much done with any solo singing until the fall. So I’m in hyper prep mode for my upcoming Disney trip!

But all this talk of Disney (and reading of many internet forums and sites) has me thinking about something in particular…..people who call themselves Disney Specialists or Experts.

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’ve been going to Disney regularly since the mid-80’s. And now as an adult, I go almost every year. I KNOW Disney World. I can tell you which order to do the rides so that you don’t have to wait in long lines. (You should NEVER have to wait in line more than 30 minutes, no matter how busy the parks are.) I can tell you which restaurants to eat at to suit your tastes, and how many credits each one costs on the dining plan. I can recommend the best drinks and snacks to get in Epcot and tell you which activities are not to be missed. I can tell you about each on-site resort and let you how to get from point A to point B anywhere on property. These are some of the reasons why I call myself a Disney Expert. (Technically, Disney won’t let an agent use the term ‘specialist’, that’s why we went for ‘expert’ in my title.)

So I’m sometimes really perplexed by people out there calling themselves Disney Specialists who don’t even go to Disney. Or maybe they’ve been there once or twice. One trip does not an expert make. If you ask me, I’d require at least 10 trips under one’s belt before they can call themselves an expert. I’m not singling out agents – I’m just talking about people in general putting all kinds of info out there that may or may not be backed up by any kind of personal experience or knowledge.

What’s my point to this late-night post?

1. I highly recommend using a travel agent when booking a trip to Disney World. (No surprise there.) This is not a “wing it” kind of trip – you’ll be so disappointed if you have to wait in 2 hour long lines on your trip.

2. Make sure your travel agent really knows their stuff when it comes to Disney World! If they do, you’ll have an even more fabulous trip than you can ever imagine.

Aaaaaand now back to getting ready for my trip…… 🙂

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Jennifer was initially drawn to Europe for two reasons: music and love.  She lived in Vienna for four years, and now calls Croatia home for much of each year, as she married a native Croatian. Since 2015, Jennifer has worked as a tour director and cruise director on European river cruises for a major American travel company, and has become an expert in all of the cities along her routes on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers. She also has traveled to Disney World almost every year since 1985, and knows Disney World inside and out. As a travel agent, Disney World is her primary specialty, and she has helped many Disney newbies and veterans have amazing trips with her insider information.

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