Are Disney Travel Agents Really Free? Plus the Big List of West Michigan Disney Travel Agents

DISCLAIMER – Information in this article is based on our experience only. We encourage you to research an agent before making a commitment. The listings below should give you a good start.

Disney Agents Really are Free

A few years ago we finally decided our kids were the right age for a Disney trip and I began my research. Exhaustive research. Who knew there were so many options?

There are over 25 resorts to choose from, multiple dining plans, park passes, character meals, extra magic hours – it was all too much.

I’m an organized, detail-oriented person by nature and I was quickly overwhelmed. Disney isn’t cheap and it’s kind of a milestone event. I wanted to get it right.

Grand Rapids Disney Travel Agents

That was when I decided to use a Disney travel agent. I called Jamie Farber, a friend of a friend, who works for MickeyTravels. She was wonderful and walked me through all my options, patiently listening and offering suggestions here and there.

Disney travel agents in Grand Rapids

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She put together a day-by-day schedule for us, taking into account what we wanted to do, the ages of our children, and the pace we wanted to set for our time there. She booked our room, dining plan, character meals, Fast Passes, and extra special events, like a makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.


Could we have booked our own trip without an agent? Yes, of course. However, it wouldn’t have been as quick or easy.

Plus I wouldn’t have figured out all the little things that really make a difference, like the best place to watch a parade or the best place to eat dinner and have a great view of the fireworks.

3 Reasons I Use a Disney Travel Agent

Here are my three top reasons I’ll continue to use a Disney travel agent:

1 – A Disney Travel Agent Saves my Sanity

These days my time is often worth more than money. I’m all for services that save time, especially when they come recommended and are free.

2 – I Love the Ease of Communication

I think we can all agree it’s easier to call or text a real person directly than call a general customer service line. We had Jamie’s number in both our phones. Questions or changes to our reservations were just a quick text away. This is especially handy if you have a kid melting down in a busy park on a super hot day and really, really, really need to change the time of your dinner reservation. I speak from experience.

3 – You Get the Best Pricing

Disney travel agents know all the ins and outs of prices, promotions, and the booking process. They will monitor offers and ensure you get the best possible price. Our agent even recommended taking a couple of things off our itinerary, as they weren’t age appropriate and we were trying to do too much. This saved us time and money.

So, what’s the catch? How do Disney travel agents get paid? Agents are paid a commission by Disney, which allows them to offer their services for free. Their services are not marked up. I’ve used a Disney agent three times and I’ve never paid a fee or up-charge.

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Reader Recommended Disney Travel Agents in Grand Rapids

Are you considering a Disney vacation? We’ve rounded up a list of local, West Michigan agents who’d love to help.

Jamie Bird | Dream a Little Dream Travel

John and Mary BroeneGoofy Getaways

Jennifer Witham BuckLove the Mouse Travel

Candaise ClarkTravelmation

Nikki DeJongStorybook World Travel

Kim DeWaardKim’s Magical Moments Vacations

Jamie FarberMickeyTravels

Melanie GiffordTravel with the Magic

Lisa KoedykerI’m All Ears Vacations

Matt’s Firehouse Family Vacations

Part of that World Vacations by Katy

Heather StraightKey to the World Travel

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6 thoughts on “Are Disney Travel Agents Really Free? Plus the Big List of West Michigan Disney Travel Agents”

  1. Hello Disney World FAMILY!
    I’m excited to share that I’m working with the best travel agent, Rachael, from The Vacationeer! Rachael is has been supportive throughout my planning adventure!

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