Travel Agent

Using a Travel Agent when going to Walt Disney World

Travel Agent

Using a Travel Agent

Recently on Facebook, I created a poll. You can vote on it below. The question was simple, and I was a little bit surprised on why the answers were not more evenly split. Here’s the poll:

As you can see, there is only a day or so left in this poll, and the overwhelming number of answers to the question “When you book your Disney trips, do you a) use a travel agent, or b) book it on your own” is very much in favor of booking it on their own. If you wish to vote, go ahead and do so until the poll closes.

Why you should use a Travel Agent for Disney trips

As many of you know, I am a travel consultant for Pixie Vacations. I’ve been one for over six years now, and obviously, I would be one that would vote that you should use a travel agent when booking your Disney trips — whether that agent is myself, another Pixie travel agent, or someone from a competitor. I have a great many reasons why, which I’ll expand on below, and would love to talk with anyone that does not normally use a travel agent about why you should.

  1. A travel agent that specializes in Disney travel is an expert in the field, and knows Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and other Disney destinations like the back of their hand.
  2. When I price out vacations for clients, I see the same pricing that you see when you price it out for yourself.
  3. Although the price is the same as what you would pay yourself, I offer concierge level service that you will not get if you book directly with Disney. Here is a list of some of the things you receive if you book with me:
    • Depending on the amount of your vacation package, you will receive a $25, $50, or $75 Disney Gift Card as a thank you gift from me to you. For more information on that program, look at my link at Disney’s Cheapskate Princess.
    • In addition, every new booking of $2,000 or more will receive a special Scentsy Bundle from me!
    • As your travel agent, I will monitor the Disney promotions, and if a promotion is released that will save you some money, I’ll apply it for you automatically. If you book your own Disney trip, you would need to take care of that yourself, which might result in hours spent on the phone calling Disney.
    • I will take care of working with you on selecting any dining reservations you wish to make, and unless you direct me otherwise, I will take care of making those reservations for you at 6:00AM on the day you are eligible to make dining reservations for your trip.
    • Same thing for FastPass selections; I will work with you on which FastPass selections you want to make, and I’ll take care of them for you at 7:00AM on the day you are eligible to book those.
    • If you need help figuring out your payment process, I can assist you with that. I’ve had several clients that I’ve created a payment plan with them that helps them pay off their Disney trip in a way that they can afford.
    • Lastly, all of my expertise is free of charge to you. Do you have questions about how to get from All Star Movies to the Caribbean Beach Resort for a dining reservation? I can assist with that. Are you not sure how much time you should plan on for getting from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort to your table service reservation at Be Our Guest? I can help with that as well. Do you have a special celebration you want to remember at Disney? Perhaps a 25th Wedding Anniversary dinner at Victoria & Alberts? I can book that for you.

Perhaps the best advantage of working with a travel agent in booking your trip is just knowing that you have an expert to bounce ideas off with and to take away any stress that comes from planning a Disney trip. Also, if you love planning Disney vacations for your family, well, so do I! That’s why I decided to investigate being a travel agent all those years ago. If you prefer to make your own reservations, that’s okay too. I’m here to assist you as much or as little as you prefer — and regardless of how much you have me take care of, the other extras are still yours to enjoy when you book with me.

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!

Wishes

Missing the Magic Series: Wishes

Wishes

Image ©Disney

May 11, 2017 was the last time that Wishes was seen at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. Removed so that the Happily Ever After Fireworks show could be presented, the closing of Wishes was hard for many Disney fans to take. In the last week or so, I’ve been hit with the nostalgia bug while walking our dog River, and we’ve been listening to our music for Wishes in the morning. That reminiscing is what led to the idea of writing about the things that we are missing at Walt Disney World. We’re calling this series “Missing the Magic”.

For the longest time, I was not a fan of fireworks of any sort. Wishes, Illuminations, your local 4th of July fireworks, the fireworks at the State Fair in Raleigh, NC, I wasn’t having it for any of them. But then, one day my wife Cindy suggested that Sophie and I get earplugs for when the fireworks were going on, and a love for the fireworks was born.

I have a lot of great memories of Wishes from over the years. Sadly, though, my fireworks picture taking skills are limited, so I have very few good pictures. One of my favorite experiences, though was the day that we saw and heard Wishes while having dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table!

Are you missing Wishes today? If you are, have a look at the Magic Kingdom 40th Anniversary Wishes, courtesy of YouTube and the fine folks over at WDWMagic!

What are you missing from Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments below, or reach out to me our social media sites to let me know. Lastly, if all you are missing is being at Walt Disney World, shoot me an email and let’s talk about how we can make that wish come true for you and your family! Email me at mike@pixievacations.com, and thanks for stopping by today!

Disney Scentsy

Disney Scentsy Parnership with Leslie Duckwitz!

Disney Scentsy

My niece Leslie has worked hard at building up her small business as an Independent Scentsy Consultant. Working as a small business owner myself, I know firsthand how much work goes into running your own business, but I also know that the rewards far outweigh the struggles. Being a small business owner empowers you; it allows you to take control of your schedule, to work at times that work best for your family dynamics, and to help support your family financially!

Today, Leslie and I are proud to introduce our own collaboration — pairing her Scentsy business with my travel agent business, just like Disney and Scentsy did this past July!

Disney Scentsy

By collaborating together, Leslie and I hope to bring the best of both worlds into your homes! Our goal is simple — to help you make lasting memories when you work with me, Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis, on your next vacation — and then, when you arrive home, to have some awesome Scentsy products in your home that will remind you day after day of the great trip you had.

In short, every new booking of $2,000 or more will receive from me a special Scentsy bundle that will remind them of the great vacation they just experienced. What that bundle comprises will vary depending on the parameters of your trip. For example, are you taking a Disney cruise? Well, then you may just find in your mailbox a Sea Star Mini Warmer and a By The Sea bar as a special gift from me! This gift is on top of my free service, planning expertise, and promotion monitoring that I already provide for my clients. Not only that, but the Disney Gift Card promotion I always have is still in force as well!

So, what do you have to lose? Some of the best vacation planning out there, incredible destinations to explore, gift cards, and my niece Leslie’s awesome Scentsy products? If you are going to take a vacation anyway, fill out our quote form and see how you can bring your vacation home with you, courtesy of Leslie Duckwitz – Independent Scentsy Consultant and Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis! Or, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com or give me a call at 919-606-6725.

Pixie Vacations December Offer

Pixie Vacations Card

With Christmas and the other holidays rolling around this month, I am taking a bit of time to offer you a special offer.  As you may know, I am a travel agent for Pixie Vacations.  If you book a Disney vacation with me by Tuesday, December 31st, 2013, for travel to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, on board Disney Cruise Lines, or through Adventures by Disney, I will throw in an automatic $50 Disney Gift Card for you.  This, of course, is on top of any other special offers that Disney has out there — so, it could make for a nice little getaway for you and your family!

Let’s look at an example package.  Let’s say you and your spouse want to take your two children, ages 8 and 5, to Walt Disney World for 5 nights/6 days.  You want the Disney Dining Plan, and you want 6 day park hopper tickets.

Travel Dates: January 17-22, 2014 (5 nights, 6 days)
Resort: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (Garden View room)
6 Day Magic Your Way Tickets plus park hopper
Disney Dining Plan
Package cost: $2,863.24 using Play, Stay, and Dine promotion
Normal rack rate price: $3,364.74
Savings: $501.50
Additional savings if you book your trip prior to December 21, 2013: $50 Disney Gift Card.

Of course, you can choose any time during the 2014 calendar year to plan your trip, but if you want to receive the bonus $50 Disney Gift Card, you have to book it by December 31st, 2013.  Just imagine putting that present under your tree to open on Christmas Day!

*Note: Disney Gift Card will be sent to you with your pre-arrival paperwork approximately 30 days prior to your check-in date.

If you want to get pricing for a trip that matches the needs of your family, just click on the image at the top of this post, and it will take you to a quote request page that you can use to provide me with the details needed to get you pricing.  Thanks everyone, and remember, at My Dreams of Disney, we’re helping you to turn My Dreams of Disney into Your Dreams of Disney!

Wordless Wednesday – Disney Letter O

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at EpcotOh my, look at Illuminations: Reflection of Earth!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Wordless Wednesday post for this week!  With thanks to Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this, I am Mike, and today I’m going to exercise my artistic license and take a really big stretch with this week’s theme: Disney Letter O!  So, for example, in our opening shot of Illiminations, I might put in the caption “Oh my, look at Illuminations: Reflection of Earth!”  So, sit back, relax, and hopefully enjoy my photos that I have for you today!

"Oh My! Look at Sophie devouring her first Jumbo Turkey Leg!"

“Oh My! Look at Sophie devouring her first Jumbo Turkey Leg!”

See my pattern, here? :)

Uh Oh, it's Roger Rabbit! He'll get into some mischief!

Uh Oh, it’s Roger Rabbit! He’ll get into some mischief!

Oh wow, look at that cute girl wearing the Pixie Vacations shirt!

Oh wow, look at that cute girl wearing the Pixie Vacations shirt!

Oh, I loved eating at the Golden Horseshoe...I wish they would turn it back into a stage show though!

Oh, I loved eating at the Golden Horseshoe…I wish they would turn it back into a stage show though!

Thank you all for stopping by for this week’s Wordless Wednesday post!  I think I’m going to suggest to Deb that she have a week themed “Cheesy Disney Picture captions”!  I’d be sure to have no problem finding photos for that week!  Now, please go check out the rest of the entries, and thanks for stopping by!  Just click on the button below to head to her site.

Focused on the Magic