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Become a Disney Vacation Planner.

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As a top-tier, high-end agency, we attract the kind of clients you love to work with, so you can really make magic happen.

You’ve found the place where dreams come true. 

We are seeking independent travel consultants to add to our Disney travel planning agency.

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Are you a type-A planner with an incurable passion for travel and a love for delighting others? Or have you ever dreamed of using your in-depth knowledge of Disney destinations as a career? Then as a Disney focused travel agent, you can begin crafting truly magical vacations for your clients.

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We also welcome experienced agents to apply.

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At The Enchanted Traveler, we are committed to…

What To Expect From The Enchanted Traveler 

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• A high-quality brand known for its personalized, in-depth vacation planning. • One-on-one help from the moment you join the team and start your business, as well as through any step along the way • Any marketing advice and strategies you need • Commission splits with increases based on experience and productivity • Opportunities for both Disney knowledge training and business training • A team atmosphere, including a Facebook support group and more. • The flexibility to work when you want, where you want, and with the clients that you want.

"Being a part of this team is like being a part of an exclusive club!"

What OUR CONSULTANTS are saying

- Holly Woodlee

We are people from all over the world with different backgrounds who all have different strengths, even within a team of similarly skilled people. One colleague might be more strategic, while another one is more analytical. Yet when the right mix of people and skills are brought together, the results can be amazing. Our team of experts value and care for each other and want to see each other succeed. Above all, we LOVE what we do, and helping our clients create the perfect vacation is an absolute dream

A Passion for disney

You don’t have to be Disney obsessed, but you do need to believe that a Disney vacation is absolutely magical, and love the experience it offers.

Our ideal Disney Travel Consultant has:

Above average Disney knowledge

Do you have great tips and tricks? Know the best restaurants? Know how to avoid crowds? Can you create detailed plans to keep people out of lines?

A social media presence

So much of this business comes from word of mouth.

Most of our work is web-based, both within this agency, in our marketing, and with Disney.

experience in customer service or naturally personable skills

It is important that our clients feel special, valued, and happy when working with us.

Sales Experience

An important portion of this job is sales-based, so sales experience is preferred.

organizational skills and self-motivation

As an Independent Consultant, this is still your business and no one is going to manage it for you – you must be a go-getter!

A Desire to learn

Keeping up with all things Disney is extremely important and requires you to seek the information willingly and frequently. Being willing to learn other aspects of the business on your own time is also important to your success.

time to dedicate toward building a business

Whether part-time or full-time, we are not seeking hobbyists. We are looking for someone able to devote 20+ hours a week.

well-traveled within the Disney destinations

We’re looking for someone who has traveled to a Disney destination at least 4 times in the last 8 years, with at least 2 of those to Walt Disney World in the last 4 years. It’s an extra bonus if you’ve traveled recently to more than one Disney destination.

an expert level of knowledge on at least one Disney destination

Ability to continue traveling to a Disney destination regularly, at least once per year

"I absolutely love being an Independent Consultant with The Enchanted Traveler!"

- Kerri Danley

I started this industry knowing little about the travel agency business, but with a ton of knowledge and passion for Disney! Sabrina guided me as a mentor to set goals for business, market myself as my own brand, and provided opportunities to learn and collaborate with our team of agents. We are a supportive team who helps each other and celebrates our successes. I'm so thankful for this opportunity to work under a strong and encouraging agency, and the autonomy to work my own hours and build my business at my pace.

Want to be part of The Enchanted Traveler difference?

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How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

Have you ever thought of becoming a Disney travel agent but don’t know where to begin? Well, we are here to help. This article explores the ins and outs of how to become a Disney travel agent, including the benefits and drawbacks of working in this profession. We also explain the best Disney travel agencies to work for and the types of things a travel agency looks for in the hiring process.

We hope these insights will give you a better chance of landing a Disney travel agent job at one of the premier agencies.

In this article:

  • Know the Benefits of Becoming a Disney Travel Agent
  • Understand How Commission Works for Travel Agents
  • Best Agencies for Part Time Work
  • Best Agencies for Full Time Work
  • Brush Up on Disney Knowledge
  • Learn What Agencies Are Looking For
  • Apply For a Disney Travel Agency Job

1. Know the Benefits of Becoming a Disney Travel Agent

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Here are some of the main benefits to becoming a Disney travel advisor:

Making a Good Income

First and foremost, being a Disney Travel agent is a job . You have a responsibility to your client to provide them with excellent service and you are paid for the service you provide.

Disney travel agents receive a commission for the trips they book, rather than a set salary or hourly wage). Depending on how many trips you book and the total dollar value of the trips , you can certainly make a good income in this profession.

Commission-based jobs typically reward those who are self-starters and put in the time and effort to find new clients. See the next section to learn more about how commission works in this industry.

Doing what you Love

To a Disney fanatic, being a Disney travel agent may sound like the ultimate dream.  Your days are filled with thinking about, talking about, researching, and booking Disney Destinations. What could be more rewarding than getting paid to do what you love?

As Confucius said: “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”

This certainly applies to being a Disney travel agent! You’ll be immersing yourself in Disney while creating magical Disney trips for your clients

Working from Home

Nearly all Disney travel agents work from home. This means no traffic delays, no commuter expenses, and you can sleep later and start dinner earlier. You just wake up and you’re at the office! What could be better than that?

Flexible Hours

Disney travel agents are considered private contractors and have the freedom to set their own hours. This type of job gives you a level of independence seldom found at other jobs.  That said, you must be prepared to accommodate your client’s schedules as much as possible.

For example, you will be expected to make your client’s dining reservations on their behalf. Dining reservations can be made up to 60 days prior to their arrival date, starting at 6:00 am EST. This means that you’ll be expected to wake up early in the morning to make these reservations for your client. Tables at Disney’s popular restaurants fill up fast so good Disney travel planners will put in the extra effort to make sure everything is done correctly and efficiently.

Sometimes a client will call or text in the early morning or at night. You are expected to respond as soon as you are able to.

With a few exceptions, being a Disney travel agent is much more flexible than most jobs.

* For the Disney agencies with the best schedule flexibility, our recommendation is The Vacationeer for full-time agents and EnchantAway Travel for those seeking part-time work.

Potential Tax Write-Offs

There are some possible tax benefits to being a Disney travel agent. Namely, any Disney vacation you go on may be tax-deductible as a research expense. This ends up being a great perk for anyone that already spends a lot of time at Disney destinations.

Please note that we are not tax experts and we urge you to consult a tax advisor before writing off these types of expenses.

Free Tickets and Discounts

Disney wants the people selling its vacations to understand them well, so travel agents may be eligible for free or discounted tickets and experiences.

Disney travel agents are eligible to receive free tickets and discounted travel at Disney and Universal properties.

Each graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge receives a one-day Park Hopper ticket for Walt Disney World (one per year).

Travel agents who complete the Universal and U training program receive a free Universal Orlando 3-Park 3-Day ticket .

Comp tickets are complimentary tickets given to travel agencies as a way to promote their resort. These tickets often end up in the hands of travel agents.

Travel agents with valid IATA or CLIA membership are eligible to receive discounted Disney and Universal theme park tickets and hotel stays. Friends and Family discounts are also available.

FAM trips invite travel professionals to the park so they can learn first-hand what an area has to offer. They also serve as a way to build comradery within a travel agency. FAM trips can be a great learning experience AND a lot of fun!

FAM trips are either free to the travel agent or heavily discounted.

When it comes to Disney, the top-tier Platinum Earmarked Disney travel agencies or Diamond Earmarked Disney travel agencies typically receive more FAM trip opportunities than do the smaller agencies. This is yet another reason to seek out a job with a high-level Disney travel agency (you’ll have more perks and freebies coming your way).

2. Understand How the Commission Works for Travel Agents

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Let’s discuss how commission works in this industry.

Commission-Based

Most host travel agencies categorize their travel planners as “independent contractors.” This means your sole source of income will be a commission from booking the client’s travel. In other words, you will not have a salary or wages to rely on. Rather, the number (and cost) of trips you book will determine your income.

Commission Split

The commission split between the host agency and travel agent varies with each Disney agency. Agents usually receive a higher commission on clients they find themselves vs. leads given to them from the agency. Novice vacation planners can expect to have a 50-60% split with their host agency to start off with, and up to around 70-80% as the agent books more and more trips. The best percentage splits you can expect to find will be around 80/20 (agent/agency).

We recommend that you steer clear of any agency that pays out less than 50% to begin with. After all, you’ll be doing the bulk of the work and we think you should be fairly compensated (50%+) for your efforts.

Since Walt Disney World pays travel agencies a 10% commission rate on booked travel, this means that a best-case scenario on a $5,000 vacation would result in $400 commission to the booking agent ($5000 x .10 = 500 x .80 = $400). Some agencies charge their agents an annual E&O (Error & Omissions insurance) fee – as well as other fees – so be sure to research what you are expected to contribute before signing up to work with a host agency.

* For the Disney agencies with the best commission splits, our recommendation is The Vacationeer for full-time agents and EnchantAway Travel for those seeking part-time work. Both offer agent splits of up to 80%.

Delayed Commissions

When a Disney travel agent books travel on behalf of his or her client, Disney pays a 10% commission to the host agency, and then the host agency forwards the agent’s share of the commission to him or her. Be aware that Disney does not pay out the commission until AFTER the travel has been completed. Therefore, expect a lengthy delay from the time you book a vacation until the time you get paid.

In most cases, this lag time usually takes anywhere from a couple of months to up to a year, depending on how far in advance your client books their vacation. Many people who research “how to become a Disney travel agent” may be unaware of this drawback.

3. What to Look For as you Research Disney Travel Agencies / Jobs

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Becoming a Disney travel agent can be a fun and rewarding career path. However, many new Disney travel agents are unaware of the pitfalls and challenges they may soon encounter. Here are a few things you should expect when applying for Disney travel agent jobs.

Look for Red Flags

Avoid Disney travel agencies that are run like multi-level marketing schemes. If you encounter an agency with upfront training course fees, registration fees, etc., this should be a red flag. These types of agencies are usually more interested in making money off you from the get-go than making you a “valuable team member.” Training should always be provided by your host agency – free of charge.

Most Disney travel agencies do charge a small technology fee or E&O insurance. These types of fees should never exceed a few hundred dollars.

Legitimate Disney travel agencies will have IATA (International Air Transport Association) and/or CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) accreditation and require their agents to complete the College of Disney Knowledge (an online course for Disney travel agents to learn about different resorts, cruise lines, etc.).

Learn About Authorized Disney Vacation Planners

You may notice that some Disney travel agencies promote themselves as Earmarked Authorized Disney Vacation Planners .

The Earmarked Travel Agency designation simply means that Disney recognizes the agency as having high sales volume. Furthermore, you may encounter designations such as Earmarked Platinum Producer  and Earmarked Diamond Producer agencies. These designations mean that these agencies have been selected as the highest producing Disney travel agencies in the business. Simply put, they sell lots more vacations than the other guys.

Agents working at these high-performing agencies may get better benefits, such as more comp tickets and FAM trips than are provided to Earmarked Gold, Earmarked Silver, and non-Earmarked agencies.

So if an agency isn’t earmarked, does that mean it’s a bad choice to work for? Absolutely not (or at least, not necessarily). You can find fantastic agencies who aren’t Earmarked yet because they’re brand new; every oak started as an acorn, after all.

Getting in on the ground floor can be quite lucrative as the business grows and new agents are added. Just do your research; who runs the agency, for instance? We know of one agency, EnchantAway , which is newer but was started by the owner of another major top-performing Disney travel agency! We have a feeling EnchantAway’s agents are going to be well-set-up for success despite it being early days.

Size Matters

It might seem like the best thing to do is latch yourself onto a travel agency that has hundreds and hundreds of agents. After all, an agency that big must be successful, right?

The more important question for you as a potential new hire is: how are their agents doing?

All too often, agents in this situation can find themselves completely lost in the shuffle – just another number, a faceless member of the team who only hears from their leader if there’s a problem.

For that matter, if an agency has 10,000 clients and 1,000 agents… How much business does each individual agent get over the course of a year?

The best Disney travel agencies will make sure you succeed. You should have good training and the owner should be available to answer your questions. An agency doesn’t have to be large at all to make this happen – they just have to be dedicated to their employees’ success.

Like in most professions, you want to be paid attention to, feel a sense of comradery, and be as effective in your job as possible.

Good Support Structure

That brings us to our next point. The best Disney travel agencies have a good support network in place. They should promote an open and friendly (i.e., non-competitive) dialog/communication system between each of the agents.

There will inevitably be agents that know more about certain destinations, while others will know less. If you are just starting out as a Disney travel agent, it’s understandable that you will have plenty of questions. The best Disney travel agencies won’t just throw you to the wolves to fend for yourself, but rather, support you along the way as you learn the ropes.

The best Disney travel agencies will make sure you succeed. You should have good training. The owner should be available to speak with you directly to answer your questions, address your concerns, and support you through your journey. You should also have the ability to communicate with your fellow travel agents and work through issues together.

See if you can reach out to a current employee and get some feedback on the company. Do they like working there? Is the owner supportive and responsive? Is there ongoing dialog and comradery among the agents?  Getting the inside scoop from a current employee can be very helpful.

Do they Market Themselves?

Marketing is key to success.

As a Disney travel agent, you will be always be the primary person responsible for marketing your own services. However, some agencies spend their own resources to market their brand and bring in new clients for their agents.

The best Disney travel agencies are always those that are in a position to provide client leads to their full-time agents . The more trips you book the more money you will make. Therefore, it helps to work for an agency that brings extra business your way.

Best Disney Travel Agencies to Work For

Here are our recommendations for the best Disney-focused travel agencies to work for:

Best for Travel Agents Seeking Part-Time Work

Not many travel agencies are willing to hire someone who is only looking for part–time work. But EnchantAway Travel embraces part-time travel agents. As a result, they offer some of the best flexibility around.

  • Choose How Much Time to Devote: EnchantAway doesn’t just hire full-time agents – it also welcomes part-timers. So it’s perfect for those who simply want to make a bit of extra income. The choice is up to you: have lots of clients, or book trips for only your close family and friends. Just remember that whether you have one client or a hundred – whether you work a 5-hour week or a 40-hour week – you must be totally committed to serving the clients you do take on.
  • Hours That Work for You: Prefer a day shift? More of a night owl? Long lunches with friends? Need to pick up the kids from school? It’s all perfectly fine at EnchantAway! Just keep in mind that some Disney things happen at a certain time and you’ll need to be ready for those as they arise. A great example is getting up early one day so you can snag the best possible dining reservations for your client as soon as their booking window opens.
  • Work From Home… or Wherever: You’re not tied to a specific location with EnchantAway. Work from home, a cafe, your RV, or practically anywhere else in the United States with reliable internet and phone service. EnchantAway is proud to be a remote-first organization that understands you don’t have to be in a cubicle to be successful.
  • Support and Resources: EnchantAway was started by the owner of one of the top performing (total sales) Disney Travel agencies, so you can be assured that they know how to help their people succeed!
  • High Commission Ratios: EnchantAway agents are eligible for commission ratios as high as 80% (meaning you could get as much as 80% of the money the agency earns for completing the booking). Some other agencies pay 50% or less.

Best for Travel Agents Wanting to Work Full-Time

Those who intend to treat their travel planning work as a full-time career have more options than those who only want to work part-time.

As mentioned in the previous section, EnchantAway Travel offers great flexibility and resources to its agents. We made them our top choice for part-time agents but you should certainly consider applying with them even if you want to go full-time.

But if you feel that you are an exceptionally-qualified candidate who is capable of extremely high performance, you should also consider applying with The Vacationeer .

Here’s why we feel The Vacationeer is the best host agency for exceptional agents seeking full-time work:

  • High Volume, High Quality: The Vacationeer prides itself on hiring the best people and keeping them busy! As a prestigious Earmarked Diamond level Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, they book thousands of Disney trips for their clients every year and provide concierge-level customer service.
  • Peak Performance With Personal Attention: The Vacationeer accomplishes its impressive sales levels with a group of about 100 agents; some agencies at the same tier might have ten times as many agents. At The Vacationeer you won’t be lost in the shuffle – they’re sized just right to personally support their agents while making sure everyone has plenty of business.
  • High Commission Splits: Vacationeers are eligible for commission splits of up to 80%, some of the best splits around. And because the agency books so many trips, they receive a higher commission rate on certain types of trips such as Disney cruises. All of that translates to more money in your pocket than you might find elsewhere.
  • Exclusivity: Less than 5% of those who apply are selected to be part of this elite agency. Make the cut, and you’ll know you’re among the best of the best! That’s not merely a point of pride – it’s a great way to surround yourself with experts who will help you become an even better agent.
  • Marketing and Leads: The most successful Travel Agents market themselves with a strong social media presence and great one-on-one rapport with their clients. The Vacationeer takes it a step further: they aggressively market their agency and agents to ensure a steady stream of leads will come your way.
  • Work from Wherever, Whenever: Working with a remote-first travel agency like the Vacationeer means you’ll never be told that it’s time to return to the office! You can pick a work schedule that meets your needs (as long as you’re taking excellent care of your clients), and you can work from pretty much anywhere in the U.S. that has reliable internet and phone service.
  • Excellent Reputation: The Vacationeer has more than 700 5-Star reviews on Google. And they’ve been quoted as travel experts in news coverage from CNBC, Washington Post, Travel & Leisure, Good Housekeeping, and other media outlets. All of this helps your potential clients know that The Vacationeer is the place to book a Disney vacation.
  • FAM Trips: As a high-performing agency, The Vacationeer offers many opportunities to send its agents on FAM trips and training opportunities in the parks and on the cruise ships.

So, by now perhaps you’ve decided which agency you want to work with. But you still have some work to do! Read on for the next steps in your journey!

4. Brush Up on your Disney Knowledge

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As a Disney travel agent, you will be thought of – and called upon – as a Disney expert.

Anyone who expects to be hired as a Disney travel agent must be well-versed in all Disney Destinations. Before you can even think of submitting a job application, you should first brush up on your Disney knowledge.

What can you do to educate yourself?

There are TONS of online resources to keep up with the latest Disney news. Read Disney websites and TripAdvisor reviews. Watch Disney YouTube channels . Ask friends about their experiences and recommendations. Join Facebook groups and chat with your fellow Disney fanatics.

A Disney travel planner’s universe of knowledge should never be limited to just Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Someone might ask you to book Aulani (a Disney Resort & Spa), Disney Cruise Line vacations , and/or Adventures by Disney . How well do you know these destinations?

Furthermore, most Disney travel agencies book trips to Universal Orlando Resort. Do you consider yourself an expert on Universal? Maybe it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of Universal parks.

Your breadth of knowledge may need to expand even further beyond Disney and Universal, depending on which destinations your travel agency books.  Sandals & Beaches Resorts and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line packages are something you might be required to know about.

5. What do Disney Travel Agencies Look For When They Hire?

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Each Disney travel agency has its own set of criteria they require when hiring travel planners. Here are some of the most common characteristics Disney travel agencies seek from potential job candidates.

Marketing Savvy

For the most part, Disney vacation planners are on their own to find client leads. Some of the larger, more established agencies may have a prominent social media presence or high Google search ranking, in which case you may get some client leads handed to you. Some agencies pay to advertise their brand – at no cost to their agents – so this certainly is a bonus from an agent’s standpoint. However, for the most part, Disney travel agents (especially part-time agents) are responsible for finding their own clients.

Reminder: The Vacationeer pays for advertising to bring leads to their full-time agents (at no cost to the agent). Apply to The Vacationeer here .

Friends and Family

It helps to have a large circle of friends, family, and acquaintances to pitch your services to once you become a Disney travel agent. Since your compensation is entirely commission-based, an effective marketing strategy will be key to your success. Having a large circle of friends and family to market to should help you hit the ground running.

This is especially helpful if you intend to work as a part-time agent who won’t have as much time to devote to marketing yourself to strangers.

If you’ve been a travel agent before, then your chances of being hired are much greater right out of the gate. This is especially true if you have  Disney travel experience.

It’s still very possible to get hired as a Disney vacation planner with little to no experience. Disney travel agencies are always on the lookout for new talent, but they’re not going to hire just anyone.  You have to play up your experience even if it’s limited to just booking your own trips.

Some Disney agencies might ask you if your friends and family seek out your advice when planning their Disney vacations. If you’ve never been a travel agent before, this is where you can show a Disney agency that you at least have some related experience in doling out advice and planning Disney vacations, albeit unpaid and unofficial.

Good Communication

Like many sales jobs , Disney travel agent jobs require good communications skills. Effective agents are calm, cool, and collected, as well as upbeat, articulate, and helpful. This doesn’t just apply to phone conversations, but also to the written word.

Since much of your communications with the client will be done through email, make sure you proofread everything you write before pressing the “send” button. It’s not always easy to convey a pleasant tone via texts and emails, so avoid writing anything that sounds abrupt, angry, or unsympathetic. Be timely with your responses and helpful with your advice. Clients can be sensitive.

When applying to a Disney travel agency, do your best to convey these positive traits.

Detail-Oriented

Clients depend on Disney travel agents to take the headaches out of planning and booking their trip. As their travel planner, these hassles now become your responsibility. You must possess excellent attention to detail when you book travel, as one slight error can complicate or even ruin a Disney trip.

Well-Organized

Disorganized travel agents are bound to encounter confusion and mix-ups at some point. Having a good organizational system in place is key to keeping all your information in order as you juggle multiple client trips at once. Keep your information easily retrievable in case a client calls with questions. You will need an efficient system to track all the key dates, dining reservations, payments, etc. The worst call you can make to a client is “I screwed up.”

Proactive and Prompt

Not only should Disney travel agents be proactive and prompt in addressing their client’s questions and concerns, but they should also be proactive and prompt in re-booking the client’s vacation package if a new Disney promotion is launched. You will be looking out for the best interests of your client, so if a deal pops up that can save them some money, be ready to act!

It’s no surprise that Disney travel agent jobs require a passion for Disney Destinations. This isn’t just another job to pay the bills – this is a Disney job! There are so many Disney fanatics out there, so why would any agency hire anyone but a genuine Disney enthusiast?

Employers like enthusiasm, so try to be expressive and enthusiastic when you apply for Disney travel agent jobs.

We mentioned this before but we can’t stress it enough. Disney travel agents must be well-versed and insightful when it comes to Disney Destinations. Therefore, agencies want to know if you’ve actually been to some of these places you’ll be promoting. Expect to be asked which destinations you have been to, and when. Some agencies may ask you to write about your favorite aspects of certain Disney Destinations.

Product knowledge is also key to deciphering what a client wants. If someone who’s never been to Disney wants to know about “the restaurant in the castle,” you need to know that it’s called Cinderella’s Royal Table so you can book it for them. And if they want something that’s not available, you’ll need to think about the best alternatives that can still give them the experience they want.

Next, agencies will want to assess your commitment to the job. Most Disney agencies are looking for people who aren’t bogged down with lots of commitments. An ideal job candidate would be able to devote as many hours as possible to grow their business and be highly attentive to their client’s needs. Becoming a Disney travel agent may entail morning, afternoon, and nighttime phone calls or correspondence, so having this flexibility and availability is important to a host agency.

Character Traits

Most Disney travel agent jobs require a strong work ethic, professionalism, ambition, positivity, independence, business-mindedness, seriousness, fun, etc. In a nutshell, they want all the good qualities and none of the bad!

Customer Service Skills

Disney travel agents must possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and be comfortable “meeting” new people. Travel agents should balance calmness and friendliness to put the client at ease while also having the confidence/forcefulness to make decisions and close the sale, so to speak. You do not want to alienate potential clients with a bad attitude or a sales pitch, but you shouldn’t be wishy-washy in the process.

No one wants to hire someone living in the dark ages. Disney travel agencies want you to have a quiet home office and reliable technology to work with. This means good cell phone service and high-speed internet access. You will be using an online booking system and talking to clients throughout the day, so Disney travel agencies will make sure that your technology is adequate and your computer skills are up to the task.

Social Media Presence

Social media plays a major role in marketing these days. Therefore, effective Disney travel planners should not only be computer savvy but also be social media savvy. It helps to have a large friend-base, to begin with, because the more connections you already have established, the more potential clients are just one instant message or Facebook “share” away.

Successful Disney travel agents create Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), BlueSky, Threads, Instagram, and/or TikTok accounts devoted entirely to marketing their Disney travel services. Every update will remind your followers that you are the go-to person for planning their next Disney vacation.

6. Apply to Become a Disney Travel Agent

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So you’ve brushed up on your Disney knowledge, know what types of Disney travel agencies to look for, and learned what agencies look for when hiring. Now what?

Once you have identified a few agencies you’d like to work for, it’s time to actually apply for the job. Application questions will vary depending on the agencies. Remember the types of things we’ve outlined when filling out the application. Proofread your answers before submitting them.

There are many agencies which devote themselves to Disney Travel, but we do have some recommendations of the best agencies to work for.

If you want to work part-time , your best bet is likely going to be EnchantAway Travel .

If you’re an seeking full-time work, you should apply to EnchantAway Travel or (for exceptional candidates) to The Vacationeer .

Whatever agency you choose — be they one of our recommendations or any other — remember to be patient once you’ve submitted an application. It could take a month or so to get a response.

Be wary of any company that hires you right off the bat without follow-up questions and a phone interview. Ideally, you will speak directly with the owner of the company so you’ll have a good idea of who you are going to be working with. Be sure to have YOUR questions ready, too.

7. You’re Hired!

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If you are fortunate enough to get the job – congratulations  However, don’t take it if you’re not ready to commit to it or you don’t have a good feeling for the travel agency.

You want this to be the most magical job you’ve ever had, so use your discretion.

Other Considerations on How to Be a Disney Travel Agent

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Here are a few more things to consider.

How do you Find Disney Travel Agent Jobs?

We suggest you start your online search by googling phrases like “Disney travel agent join our team,” “Disney travel agent jobs,” “Disney travel planner jobs,” etc. You may be surprised at how many Disney travel agencies exist and how many are seeking new agents to join their teams.

Which Disney Travel Agencies do we Recommend?

We recommend The Vacationeer and EnchantAway Travel as our top picks to work for. Each agency is outlined earlier in this article.

We hope that you found our How to Become a Disney Travel Agent article helpful. Good luck on your quest to enter the Disney travel industry!

For more Disney-related articles,  feel free to browse through Magic Guides  extensive list of pages like  How to Plan a Disney Vacation ,  Disney World Map , and use our  Disney World Crowd Calendar  to book your clients once you become a Disney travel agent!

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Proud to be nationally recognized as a leader in the Disney vacation industry, we are constantly on the lookout for the best new agents across the United States.  We are often told by our clients who love Disney that our travel agents are the best in the world and that our “ One Vacation at a Time”   ™ focus makes us stand out from the rest.

Do YOU have what it takes to be our next great Disney Travel Agent booking magical vacations?  

» Do you LOVE going on Disney vacations? » Do your friends & family refer to you as a Disney fanatic? » Do your friends & family ask for your advice when they plan THEIR Disney vacation?

If you answered with a resounding “YES” to any of these questions, you could possibly be our next MAGICAL Travel Agent specializing in Disney travel at MickeyTravels!

As a Diamond level Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, we offer some of the highest commission (%) percentages in the industry AND we pay our travel agents promptly when booking Disney vacations!

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A lot of people wonder “how to become a Disney Travel Agent”, or “how to get a Travel Agent job specializing in Disney destinations” and “who are best travel agents that book Disney vacations.”  We are proud to have been voted BEST TRAVEL AGENCY in multiple towns and cities across the country! For thousands of people who travel to Disney, travel agents like us are the way to go!

Being a leader in Disney vacations, MickeyTravels will help you register for the Disney College of Knowledge (no cost to you!) program which is Disney’s gold standard, online educational training. Upon completion (a quick process), we provide you with our unparalleled, industry leading training to get you up and running very smoothly so you can start  Making Magic ™.

While travel industry and/or Sales experience could be helpful, IT IS NOT NECESSARY . In fact, most of our top agents had sales experience prior to joining MickeyTravels! If you are an energetic/enthusiastic person, have a love of all things Disney, and possess the drive to succeed, you may have what it takes to join the MickeyTravels team of agents who love Disney… and the good news is — WE WILL TRAIN YOU !

Our fun and family-like atmosphere with our agents is unparalleled in the industry.  Quite frankly, it’s MAGICAL! We offer a lot of guidance, support & ongoing assistance and we’re fully engaged in ensuring your success as a MickeyTravels agent focusing on Disney vacations! If you want to go to Disney, travel agents like MickeyTravels are the way to go! You can be one of us!

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Best of all, we’re different from the rest!   Unlike most other travel agencies, when you join MickeyTravels, there’s ongoing support and guidance to make you the best agent selling Disney vacations you can be!

We would love to consider you to join our MickeyTravels family!

Email us today at [email protected] to learn more about this exciting opportunity to become a Travel Agent focusing on Disney destinations with MickeyTravels!  Let’s get started Making Magic ™.

Here’s how to get started!  Please include the following in your email:

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  • The city & state you live in
  • How you heard about us
  • How many hours you are able to devote a week to market yourself as a MickeyTravels agent?  Please note, we are looking for people who are able to devote as many hours as possible to grow their business!
  • Have you ever applied to any other travel agencies? If so, which ones.
  • The number of times you have been to a Disney destination AS AN ADULT
  • The number of Disney vacations you have PERSONALLY planned for family or friends
  • List each social media platform you are active with (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Most Importantly — Please write a detailed summary explaining why you would like to be the next great MickeyTravels Travel Agent focusing on Disney vacations! (Hint – sell yourself! We want to know why you should join our team AND why you would be successful!).

Please note – EVERY email we receive is carefully reviewed.  If there is interest in pursuing your candidacy to become a Travel Agent specializing in Disney vacations, we will contact you promptly to discuss.

Thanks so much and have a MAGICAL day!

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Here's What You Need to Know Before Becoming a Disney Travel Agent

Here's how to become a Disney travel agent, with expert tips and pandemic advice.

Elizabeth Rhodes is a special projects editor at Travel + Leisure , covering everything from luxury hotels to theme parks to must-pack travel products. Originally from South Carolina, Elizabeth moved to New York City from London, where she started her career as a travel blogger and writer.

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If you love Disney, know an impressive amount of theme park trivia , and consider yourself an expert vacation planner, you might have what it takes to become a Disney travel agent. A dream job for some Disney fans, these travel agents spend their days talking about all things Disney and helping guests book unforgettable trips.

Sue Pisaturo, owner of Small World Vacations , a top Disney vacation travel agency, has watched the industry grow over the last 25 years, so we asked for her best tips on how to become a Disney travel agent. Here's what you should know before embarking on a magical new career.

How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

There isn't just one way to become a Disney travel agent, and the requirements and expectations vary depending on your goals, the agency's standards, and your location. Some aspiring agents want to work part-time to plan trips for their friends and family, while others pursue this as a full-time career. Either way, most agents work remotely instead of reporting to a physical office. States have different laws impacting travel agents, and many work as independent contractors, so it's important to educate yourself on the applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations to ensure that you and your agency are compliant.

There are learning programs, like the College of Disney Knowledge and modules on Disney Travel Agents , the help agents deepen their knowledge of Disney destinations, but Pisaturo says that the best preparation is first-hand experience. Go to the Disney theme parks, stay at the resorts, eat at the restaurants, go on a cruise with Disney Cruise Line or Adventures by Disney, and visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. It's important to familiarize yourself with the offerings and experiences, so you can effectively advise future travelers.

Disney travel agents spend their days helping guests plan magical experiences, so they need to stay up-to-date on Disney news and trends. Needless to say, most Disney travel agents choose this career path because they love all things Disney, and they want to help other guests have those magical moments you can only find on a Disney vacation .

Finding the Right Agency

To be a successful Disney travel agent, you'll want to find the right agency fit, and there are a few basic things to know before you get started. Disney travel agents provide a service to travelers by booking their trips, and Disney pays the agency a commission. The agency negotiates the commission split with agents, so you'll receive a portion of the earnings. Some agencies expect agents to find their own clients (many agents utilize social media to market their services), while others provide leads directly to agents. Travel agencies vary in size and practice, so Pisaturo provided some helpful questions that people should ask their potential agencies.

Fees: Do they charge upfront fees, and if so, what are they? Find out about any other fees the agency charges agents, including any for training and education.

Contracts: Are there any mandatory sales goals or hours? Is there an independent contractor contract, and how long does it last?

Agency Support: How long have your agents been with the agency? (This can be a good indicator of satisfaction with the agency.) What support does the main office provide to agents? Does the agency provide leads, or are agents responsible for generating their own sales? Does the agency provide assistance with social media marketing, including information about Disney's rules and restrictions? How often are agents paid commission, and what method does the agency use to pay them?

Agency Information: Is the agency an Earmarked Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, and if so, at what level? (The levels are Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.) Does the agency belong to Universal's U-Preferred program? Is the agency accredited by the Better Business Bureau? Does the agency belong to other professional associations? Has the agency been involved in any lawsuits with agents, guests, or vendors?

These are critical questions you'll want to ask before starting with an agency. Of course, it's always helpful to search the agencies you're interested in online and check out their social media pages.

Becoming a Disney Travel Agent During the Pandemic

Across the industry, travel agents are helping customers navigate pandemic travel regulations and restrictions — an incredibly valuable service, especially for Disney travel , which can be complicated even for frequent visitors. Fewer people are traveling right now, but they are beginning to plan for post-pandemic trips, and once they're ready to go, they might need an agent's expertise. From dining and theme park reservations to new health and safety procedures, there's a lot to consider. Disney travel agents should be up-to-date on all new developments, so they can prepare guests for a magical experience amid the changes.

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By Author Ziggy Oskwarek

Posted on Last updated: November 27, 2023

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If you love the Disney theme parks as well as traveling, perhaps you have thought about becoming a Disney travel agent . But getting started in a new profession is easier said than done, so what steps do you have to take if you want to sell Disney vacations?

How to become a Disney Travel Agent

In this post, we are going to show you exactly what you need to know to become a Disney Travel Agent including all the perks and benefits you can get from being one.

We’ll cover how much you need to work, how much money Disney travel agents make, how you get paid, and what requirements you need to fulfill to make this your line of work. After all, with Disney vacations getting more and more complicated, guests always need someone to explain it all to them and to make the vacation planning process much easier and less stressful.

We’ll also show you what to look for in a Disney travel agency, how to prepare for your interview, what scams to be careful of, and the challenges you will face in this profession.

Of course, it’s not a dream job for everyone, and just because you love Disney, it doesn’t mean that you should necessarily make it your full-time job, so we’ll go over all the advantages and disadvantages of joining this profession and who is really best-suited for it.

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Still, making money by doing what you love can be both thrilling and greatly rewarding so if Disney is your passion it may be the perfect career path for you either in a part-time capacity as a side hustle or to make a full-time income. If that is the case, we’ll cover what you need to know here.

Instead, if you don’t want to become an Authorized Disney Travel Planner yourself but are looking for one to help plan your next Disney trip, we highly recommend Show You the World Travel . They can help you get the best prices, they have amazing customer service and they are 100% FREE to use.

Before we get started, don’t forget to sign up for our FREE Weekly E-Mail Newsletter. There we bring you the latest Disney vacation planning tips including how to save money, where to stay, and the best things to do, which would be very helpful to know if you are planning on becoming a Disney travel agent. You can sign up here: Join our E-Mail Newsletter!

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What is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner (Travel Agent)?

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An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner is basically a travel agent that specializes in Disney vacations.  However, there is much more to it than just that.

The days of using the term “travel agent” are almost as old as the days of the dinosaurs, and Disney has adequately prepared vacation planners to be equipped with modern technologies to meet a different age of clients in the 21st century. 

With online booking these days seen as the norm with infinite amounts of popular booking sites, Disney utilizes specialized independent contractors who work with an affiliated travel agency. 

Remove the term travel agent from your dictionary and instead replace it with Disney Vacation Planner. These planners are specialized to deal specifically with Disney Vacations, from cruises to Disney World trips to Disneyland trips to Adventures by Disney trips. And the list goes on and on. 

These “travel agents” can book Disney vacations for guests over the phone, over the Internet, or through emails. They are NOT Disney employees and are instead independent contractors. 

What Perks Do You Get as a Disney Travel Agent?

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Working as a Disney Travel Agent or Vacation Planner brings a number of tremendous benefits, especially if the agent is a big Disney fan. Here are some of our absolute favorite perks you get: 

Benefit #1 – Get Paid to Talk about Disney

If you love Disney, there are a few things you can do that are more enjoyable than talking about and helping other Disney fans plan the trips of their lives! You get to immerse yourself in Disney every day, talking about and researching the various different Disney Destinations. 

And if you love what you do, what can top that?!

Benefit #2 – Flexible Schedules 

While you do work for an agency as a Disney Travel Agent, you’re more or less your own boss. That means that you don’t have to have a set schedule and you can work your Disney Travel Business around your own schedule. 

You will likely need to accommodate your client’s schedules if you want to have success while meeting different Disney deadlines such as the 60-day mark for dining reservations . 

Many clients also will reach out to you in the early morning hours or late in the evenings, and you’ll likely want to get back to clients quickly if you want them to use you again, so you’ll need to be flexible and adaptable.

Benefit #3 – Work from Home 

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One of the beautiful things about being a Disney Travel Agent is that you’ll do the bulk of your work likely at your home and while on the computer. Forget about dealing with traffic or long commutes to work!

You will likely need to take some phone calls and don’t necessarily need to be home for that, but the majority of your work will be booking for guests via emails and Disney booking sites. 

Benefit #4 – Set Your Own Hours 

Another amazing benefit as a Disney Travel Agent is that you can set your own hours. There is no clock to punch or someone telling you exactly when you need to work.

If you want to sleep in and wake up on the later side, go ahead! If you want to stay up late helping guests, you can do that too. 

Benefit #5 – Training Opportunities

As a Disney Travel Agent, you will have access to The College of Disney Knowledge so you can learn all about selling Disney properties. Your individual agency might also have other online and in-person training opportunities to expand your selling and destination knowledge. 

Benefit #6 – Personal Travel and Discounts 

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Agencies offer different discount opportunities and even free park tickets at times, depending on your progress and sales. If you reach eligible qualifications you can get some nice travel incentives. 

Benefit #7 – Tax Deductions 

Since you’ll be an independent contractor, you’ll likely be able to get a number of different business deductions including portions of your Disney trips, internet costs, computer, and even potentially some of the cost of your home office.

*It’s always best to consult with a tax advisor for the current laws in your state before you begin writing things off. 

Benefit #8 – Make a good income 

If you treat your Disney Travel business like a real business, you can make a really nice income. Your income is completely commission-based meaning that the more vacations and trips you help people plan, the more money you can make!

If you’re a motivated person that is willing to learn how to grow your business, you can have great success and more money than you can make in some other professions.

How Many Hours Do You Need to Work?

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Many different agencies have different views on how many hours you need to work, so it will depend on which one you choose. Many of them expect their independent contractors to begin their careers full-time with 40+ hour work weeks immediately. 

Other agencies allow their travel planners to start as slow or as fast as they want, allowing them to treat it as a true side hustle. If you want to spend 5 hours a week on it, that’s perfectly doable. Just make sure whatever agency you go with, you ask what is expected from the get-go. 

And like all things, the more you put into it, the more likely you’ll have success, and have it more quickly. If you don’t treat it as a business and just do a little here and there, you’ll likely not have the same kinds of success. 

How Do Disney Travel Agents Get Paid?

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Let’s talk about the fun part, getting paid! And while it might seem like slow sledding at the beginning as an agent, Disney Travel Agents can make great money!

Most Disney Travel Agencies pay their agents in commissions, albeit some of them have slightly different commission structures. How it works is simple:

  • Disney, as the travel vendor, gives agencies a commission on the final booking cost.
  • The agency you work for will pass on a percentage of that commission to you.
  • This does NOT add any additional costs to a vacation for guests, instead, Disney pays out a finders’ fee of sorts to the agency meaning that Disney makes less money on the vacation, not the guest paying more 

For instance, let’s say a guest books a vacation package with room and park tickets through you. Imagine the cost of this trip is $5,000 in total. Disney will then pay the agency a percentage of this. 

In many cases, it’s around 10%. So from this particular trip, the agency that you work for receives $500. Once the agency receives the payment from Disney, they’ll give you a percentage of that commission.

Generally, agencies will pay commissions between 50-90%. Agencies will raise the commission rates for agents that bring in more sales as incentives often. 

How Much Do Disney Travel Agents Make?

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Like with most commission-based pay structures, a lot of that depends on you! How much you sell, the overall cost of the trips in which you book, the commission split with which your agency offers, and the total number of trips you sell will be the deciding factor! 

Some agents make tremendous income, and some agents make no money. It can be a great gig for a self-starter-type person that is willing to put in some work to build a business. 

Are there Minimum Booking Requirements

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In some cases, there are minimum booking requirements, but that all depends on the agencies with which you work for. Some agencies have minimum booking requirements such as meeting a minimum dollar booking amount each year and others might expect you to make at least one sale a month. 

In that case, if you don’t reach the minimum booking requirement, you might lose your agent status or receive a decrease in your commissions. 

When Do You Get Paid?

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Disney Travel Planners always get paid after the guest travels. So if you book a trip for a guest that isn’t traveling for another few months, you’ll need to wait until AFTER the trip is over. 

And if the guest cancels at the last minute, you unfortunately will not get paid, since the trip was never taken and Disney didn’t get paid from that guest.

As you can see, it’s important to continue to build up your client base initially when you first start. The payouts will be minimal for a little while until your clients begin going on their trips.

Don’t think you’ll immediately be quitting another job the second you start, you have to view it as a business, and eventually, it’ll grow if you continue to build your client base.

If you can keep a steady supply of trips booked, you’ll begin to see some money flying in, and in that case, you can evaluate if the money you make as a Disney Vacation Planner is enough to support you full-time or if you want to keep it as a side-job.

How Much Does it Cost to Become a Disney Travel Agent?

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Like with all businesses, being a Disney Travel Agent generally requires a little bit of an initial investment. Expenses that you’ll likely have at the beginning include:

  • Hosting Fees – Monthly or annual fees for you to belong to an agency
  • Registration Fee – Usually a small outlay of about $100 or so to get started with an agency
  • Training and Technology Fees – These are additional fees that agencies use to get access to certain programs and emails that allow you to use certain software for your business. These fees can be $50 to $100 per month.

These are the main expenses! Usually, in total, it’s a couple of hundred dollars or so to get started. 

There are also what’s called “No-Fee Agencies” that charge no fees to agents. And while this seems nice initially when you have no clients, they often come with no benefits to new agents. You’ll be completely on your own, limiting your ability to get help if you need it. 

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And with No-Fee Agencies generally comes significantly reduced commission structures. These types of agencies are attractive to Disney fans that just want to venture out and do this as a hobby and aren’t fully committed to doing this full-time. 

If you want to make a full-time career or livelihood out of this, you’ll likely be better off finding an agency that will offer you training and all the tools that you need to be successful quickly. While it might seem like a lot initially, the additional training will likely allow you to have far greater success quickly, enabling you to get your initial outlay of money back quickly. 

Make sure whatever agencies you choose have IATA (International Air Transport Association) and/or CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) accreditation. This will ensure you don’t get involved with any kind of scams. 

How to Become an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner (Step by Step)

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If you’ve read through this so far and you’re considering becoming an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner , here are the step-by-step instructions on exactly what you need to do to become one.

  • You need to first join an authorized travel agency that is registered with Disney. Do your research and pick a good company that offers competitive commission rates while also being reputable and having a good reputation! Agencies that are in good standing with Disney receive “Earmarked” status with four levels of recognition – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
  • Make sure the agency is accredited by either CLIA or IATA and make sure they are in good standing with at least one of these organizations.
  • Avoid companies that charge significant fees upfront when you apply, and be sure it isn’t an MLM organization that is simply looking to get your money when applying. A good agency will offer you the official Disney travel agent training course called the College of Disney Knowledge.
  • Reach out to other agents in the company. Ask them questions that are pertinent to the agency. Ask about the training, ask about the commission structure and the rates, and anything else you think would be beneficial to know.
  • If you begin to feel good about a particular agency, then apply online! Fill out the instructions carefully.
  • Let the agency know about your experience and love for all things Disney on the application. If they see your enthusiasm and knowledge about the Disney brand, it’ll give you an advantage. Also, if you have any kind of previous sales or customer service experience it is a major positive.
  • If the agency brings you on board, then make sure you have a dedicated work area in your house someplace and begin training immediately! 

It Depends If You are Already a Travel Agent or Not

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While the steps above are mostly applicable if you’re not already a travel agent and are going to work for a Disney Travel Agency. But what if you are already a certified agent and want to sell Disney Vacations on your own? 

If You are Already a Travel Agent

While being a Disney travel planner is similar to being a regular travel agent, there are some additional criteria you will need to specialize in to sell Disney vacations. First, you’ll need to register for Disney-specific travel agent training on the Disney Travel Agents site .

After creating your account, you will need to complete the College of Disney Knowledge training, which will give you specific online classes and information about Disney Destinations and vacations. 

If You are Not Already a Certified Travel Agent

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You’ll first need to become a certified travel agent prior to signing up for a Disney travel agent training course. The certification programs vary in terms of the cost and the necessary requirements. Once you’ve finished the program and have the necessary licensing to sell in various states, you can then register for the training mentioned above. 

*Remember this is ONLY necessary if you will not be working with an agency. 

Things to Look For B efore Choosing a Disney Travel Agenc y

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When researching different Disney Travel Agencies, it’s important to look out for any concerns prior to committing to a particular agency. Here are our favorite things to look for:

  • If the agency has significant upfront training course fees (more than a few hundred dollars) or registration fees, these could be MLM companies. Training should generally be provided by the agency free of charge. While reputable agencies likely charge a little bit of money for technology fees and insurance, these are never usually more than a few hundred dollars. 
  • Check to make sure they have either IATA (International Air Transport Association) and/or CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) accreditation and that they want all of their agents to finish the College of Disney Knowledge.
  • Make sure they are an Earmarked Travel Agency. This designation means that Disney recognizes this agency as meeting certain criteria and it also gives travel agents the confidence knowing that Disney trusts and relies on this agency to be a solid company. 
  • Look for companies that are neither too big nor too small. If they have too many agents, you’ll likely not get the attention or help you need. If they are too small, they might not have the quality technology or training in place for you to have success. 
  • Does the agency provide any kind of perspective client leads to their agents? The best agencies provide leads, allowing you to potentially get additional business, rather than being solely reliant on bringing all of your own customers to the table. 
  • Take a look at online reviews of the agency by looking at sites such as Facebook and Google. Do customers have positive things to say about the agency? Have they had good experiences using the agency to book their trips? 
  • It’s important to see that the agency provides a good and friendly working environment. Does the agency provide good support? Are the other agents friendly and willing to assist you? A good agency should feel as if everyone is pulling together and you can freely talk to the owner of the company as well as to the other agents. 

How to Prepare for Your Application and Interview

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When preparing for your application and interview, it’s helpful to brush up on your Disney knowledge. Each application has very different questions. 

Different agencies look for different qualities and place a certain emphasis on certain levels of criteria. Qualities that they will likely want to see demonstrated during the interview process will be things such as:

  • Passionate about the Disney Brand
  • Well-versed in different Disney Destinations around the world
  • Prior experience in customer service or planning Disney trips 
  • Available to put in a lot of time and commitment 
  • A social media presence can be helpful, and at the very least the ability to use social media
  • Being a tech-savvy person that can easily talk clients through the booking process
  • Have some capable sales qualities with closing abilities 
  • A personable person that people feel comfortable with on the phone
  • Ability to create your own leads through marketing means or a large network
  • Organized and detail-oriented to be able to manage multiple clients and keep track of past clients. You’ll need to be reliable in helping customers book things at certain deadlines

These are just some of the qualities that will be helpful in ensuring you get brought on board by the agency you’ve well-researched. Make sure you try to highlight these points during the interview and the application process. 

Go to Disney College

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Whether it’s the first agency you applied for or the 10th, it doesn’t matter. Congratulations! Make sure you have a great feel and excitement for the agency which hires you. If you’re going to devote years to building your business to this agency, you’ll be happiest if you love the agency.

Once you are hired and decide to take the position, you can begin Disney College! Training is done online and can usually begin immediately. The College of Disney Knowledge will help agents on each of the different destinations they offer including Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Aulani, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney. 

The college sessions are done over Powerpoint presentations with voice-overs and you’ll be watching videos and visiting the Disney Travel Agent website for additional references. 

Take the course slowly, even though it’s only about 24 hours in total. Each lesson has a quiz and you’ll need to complete each of the core lessons and then take a 50-question quiz. It’s best to take notes if it’s something you’ll likely forget. 

You’ll be expected to know all of the different aspects of a Disney trip such as tickets, resorts, lands, parades, shows, etc…, which are crucial when you are answering questions from your clients.

Get Hired and Start Booking Vacations

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After completing The College of Disney Knowledge and getting your IATA number, you can begin your travel agent career and book your very first Disney Vacation! Learn the ropes as you go, and you’ll feel more and more comfortable as you dive in and continue to follow any necessary training programs and support that the agency provides as well. 

You’ll likely want to build your social media accounts and start building an audience on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. 

Do Disney Travel Agents Get Free Trips?

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The number one question I hear people ask is if Disney Travel Agents get to go on Disney vacations for free. While that would be AMAZING, generally speaking, the answer is no. 

Disney does not offer free trips to travel agents, although they do sometimes offer discounts on certain things such as the Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney. They might also receive benefits when booking different vacations such as receiving additional perks such as a room upgrade. 

In addition to that, many of the different agencies offer incentives for their agents that have high volumes of sales giving them free perks at times such as free park tickets or a hotel night. These aren’t provided directly by Disney, but if you are a high performer, you may get some free stuff!

Scams to Look Out for

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There are a few additional things you need to look out for so you don’t get scammed: 

  • If you’re told that you got the job but they then proceed to ask for $500 to work for them, it’s likely a scam
  • If you’re working for a travel agency and aren’t getting paid, even AFTER your guest goes on their trip, it’s likely a scam
  • If you see things such as membership fees, training fees, registration fees, or affiliate fees, it’s likely a scam

Can You Be a Disney Travel Agent Without an Agency?

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Yes, you can be a Disney Travel Agent without an agency, but it’s complicated and will require additional work and money. 

You will need many different certificates and licenses that the various different agencies already have in place for you to work with different suppliers in different states. It’s a far greater risk and requires a much greater outlay of money and resources initially. 

Instead, if you work with an agency, you’ll be able to operate under their licenses which makes things much easier.

Can You Offer Disney Vacations and Experiences?

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Yes! Once you’re an official Authorized Disney Travel Agent you can book Disney trips to all of the different Disney destinations, but you can also book other types of travel as well. This can range from hotels to cruises to Adventures by Disney Tours all over the world! 

You can also specialize in other forms of travel outside of the Disney Parks by adding other things to your repertoire such as Universal Studios, or thousands of other travel destinations as well! 

Many of the different travel agencies will offer free training courses to help their agents learn about different destinations and have the ability to specialize in other popular vacation destinations both domestically and internationally. 

Challenges You Face As a Disney Travel Agent

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And while being a Disney Travel Agent has significant perks, it doesn’t mean it’s perfect all the time. There will be challenges and hurdles for new agents, especially in the early stages. What are these? 

  • Finding Clients – It can be challenging to grow your initial customer base. You’ll likely need to be active on social media and talk up your services to people you meet. Finding prospective clients is the lifeblood of your business and if you can’t find customers, you’re not going to make money. The good news is most agencies offer great training to help you find buyers.
  • Continuous Education – Disney news comes out practically by the hour, and keeping up with all the latest happenings both at Walt Disney World and Disneyland can be a full-time job in and of itself! Imagine keeping up with all of the Disney Parks around the world and potentially other vacation destinations. You’ll need to keep educated to fully assist your customers on their trips.
  • Working around Clients’ Schedules – Just because you CAN work when you want, doesn’t mean that’s in the best interests of your clients. Some clients have vastly different schedules than you, and you’ll have to meet their demands and work around when they have time to talk.
  • Distractions at Home – While working from home is wonderful most of the time, if you have children or distractions at home, it can be easy to lose track of what you need to get done, wasting valuable time that could be spent building your business.
  • Monthly Fees – You will likely have some monthly fees, such as technology fees and insurance fees when working with an agency. While these aren’t much, when you aren’t making any money your first few months, it could set you back a little.
  • Taxes – We love tax deductions by being an independent contractor, but if you’re not used to it, you’ll need to keep better track of your expenses and your income. You’ll likely want to set aside 25-30% of any income you make to pay taxes since commissions are NOT taxed. 

How to Choose a Disney-Focused Travel Agency?

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While it’s important to choose a Disney Focused Travel Agency to partner with since you want Disney to be your main specialization, there are some other factors to consider when picking an agency. 

  • Does the Disney Travel Agency have ‘Earmarked Status?’ If it does, that’s a major positive. While this isn’t a dealbreaker since it’s possible the company you are looking at hasn’t been around long enough for it to get this status. 
  • Does the agency offer the ability to book other forms of travel for guests that choose NOT to book a Disney trip? Are these destinations that interest you, and do they offer training for these locales? 
  • How long has the agency been in business? What are their reviews like on social media? 
  • Is the agency owner freely available for you to speak to? Are there successful agents that you can speak to? 

Once you get a good feel for a potential agency, at that point it’s worth applying! Remember, there are a lot of agencies, and don’t accept the job if you’re not 100% convinced of the agency’s credentials.

The Best Disney Travel Agency

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After explaining everything to look for and be aware of if you are planning to become an Authorized Disney Travel Planner, which agency do we recommend the most? To us, that is a no-brainer… Show You the World Travel .

You probably know that we recommend Show You the World Travel to our readers who need help planning their trips, but they are just as good of a company to work for as they are at planning guests’ trips.

If you are interested in becoming a Disney Travel Agent, go to their website here and contact the owner Rene Cittadino who will be happy to talk with you and see if it’s a good fit.

In fact, we have a friend who learned about them through this website and actually started working for them as a Disney travel agent, and she absolutely loves everything about it. She confirmed to us they are a great company to work for and they cover all the checkpoints we went over earlier in this article.

With her testimony, I am confident to recommend them to anyone wanting to start selling Disney vacations.

And if you are planning a Disney trip soon, please reach out to the friendly group of experts they already have working as agents. They will make your trip planning experience stress-free and help you every step of the way! Fill out a free request here .

Ready to Start Planning Your Disney Vacation?

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If you feel overwhelmed planning a Disney vacation, use an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner such as Show You the World Travel . They are experts on every Disney location and can tell you where to stay, what to do, how to save money, and give you personalized service for your most magical vacation ever!

That wraps up our look at how to become an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. If you are thinking about going to Walt Disney World in the coming future, here are some other popular articles where you will find all the info and tips you need to plan your trip.

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  • Disney World Crowd Calendar
  • When are the Best Times to Visit Disney World?

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  • What is your favorite benefit of being a Disney travel agent?
  • What important tips have you learned over the years that can help others if they want to become one?

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Why become a Disney trip planner?

How to become a disney travel agent, save money as a disney vacation planner, how much do disney travel agents make, final thoughts on becoming a disney travel agent.

If you’re a fan of Disney and you like to travel, it’s possible for you to combine these passions into a career or side hustle. By becoming a Disney travel agent, you can earn money by making bookings for clients and also save on your own Disney adventures.

Here's a look at how to become a Disney travel agent and the ways it can save you money and help you earn some cash while helping others make their Disney dreams come true.

As a Disney travel agent:

You can receive benefits on personal travel, such as discounted hotel rooms, free theme park tickets and complimentary Disney cruises.

You control your own schedule and how much you work.

You will be able to work from home in most cases.

You’ll earn a commission on successful bookings.

» Learn more: 10 ways to save on your first — or next — Disney vacation

Becoming a Disney travel advisor is similar to the process of becoming a regular travel agent.

First, you’ll need to meet specific travel agent requirements — but there are additional criteria needed to specialize in selling Disney vacations.

You’ll have to become familiar with Disney’s entire portfolio of products including Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Lines, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii and Adventures by Disney. In addition, clients may also ask Disney travel agents to book Universal Studios, Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line packages.

If you’re already a travel agent , you can register for Disney travel agent training on the Disney Travel Agents website. Once you’ve created an account, you’ll need to complete the College of Disney Knowledge training, which includes online classes and information about Disney Destinations.

If you’re not already a certified travel agent , you’ll need to become one before signing up for Disney travel agent training. Certification programs vary in terms of cost, time commitment and requirements. Once you've completed a program, you can choose to join a travel agency or operate on your own as a small business. At this point, you can register for the Disney training.

Once finished, you’re eligible to become an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and entitled to all the benefits that the designation includes.

» Learn more: Do travel agents really save you money?

Disney travel agent benefits are one of the reasons to become a Disney vacation planner. Perks include special access to discounted hotel rates and other advantages, like:

Disney travel agent discounts

Disney travel agents can take advantage of discounted rates on accommodation and park entrance fees for their personal trips as well. This also applies to Disney branded hotels, in addition to other properties, cruises and excursions that include:

Disneyland Resort Hotels.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.

Adventures by Disney.

Disney Cruise Line.

Select all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.

The discounts will vary based on where you’re going, but you can expect to save up to 50%.

Adventures by Disney are guided vacation packages, which include Antarctic cruises, European getaways and more.

» Learn more: What a travel agent can do for you that a search engine can't

Complimentary Disney Park Hopper tickets annually

Businesses want you to be familiar with what you’re selling. After all, the better you know a place, the more capable you’ll be of helping clients choose the right vacation.

To that end, Disney provides Authorized Disney Vacation Planners with complimentary theme park tickets . As a standard Disney travel agent, you’ll receive a one-day Park Hopper ticket to either Walt Disney World or Disneyland each year.

Or, if you want to visit for a longer period of time, you can opt for discounted two- to 10-day Park Hopper tickets at Walt Disney World.

The highest-performing travel agents are recognized by Disney’s EarMarked. This invite-only program grants extra support and perks, such as additional complimentary theme park tickets.

» Learn more: Is the Disney Park Hopper worth it?

Discounted Universal Studios tickets

Cheaper tickets aren’t limited to Disney. As a Disney travel agent, you’ll also receive up to four half-price tickets to Universal Studios per year.

» Learn more: How to go to Disney World for cheap

Discounted Disney cruises and increased commissions

Disney cruise travel agents can also score reduced or free tickets to Disney cruises. Depending on the travel agency you work with, agencies with a high number of sales can earn increased commissions on sales associated with cruises.

» Learn more: How much does a Disney Cruise cost?

Disney travel agents work on commission, which means that they make money only when their clients book and complete vacations.

Disney pays up to a 10% commission to travel agents, depending on the package booked for the customer. Disney cruises yield a higher commission. If you’re working independently, you’ll receive the full commission amount — so if your client booked a $5,000 vacation pretax, you’d receive $500 in commission.

You can also opt to join an existing travel agency. These companies offer more support and can help you if you’re just getting started. Depending on the agency, it can also provide marketing support and send leads your way.

If you choose to join a travel agency , you’ll split your commission. The rate for this will vary based on where you’re working, but you can expect to receive up to 75% of the total commission Disney pays out.

This means that if you had a client taking a vacation that cost $5,000 pretax, Disney would pay the travel agency $500. At a 75% split, you would be paid $375. It’s less than you’d make if you were operating on your own, but it may be worth it for the added support and access to interested clients.

» Learn more: The best Disney resort for adults

There’s no denying that there are benefits to becoming a Disney travel agent. This includes free theme park tickets, discounted rates at official Disney hotels and even savings on cruises. Aside from these perks, you can also turn your passion into a job by selling Disney vacation packages to customers.

Whatever your reason for wanting to become a Disney travel agent, you’ll need to first become a certified travel agent, then complete Disney’s specialized training program.

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Ever since we started Pixie Vacations we get asked how to become a Disney Travel Agent?  So we created this Disney Travel agent complete guide to help you out and hopefully give you a good understanding what it takes to sell Disney vacations.

First I want to start by saying you are not technically a “Disney Travel Agent”  you would be a Travel Planner that specializes in Disney vacations and you would be working for a travel agency.  If you are looking to work for the Disney Company at their Central Reservations (CRO) this is a different job altogether.

What we are going to cover

  • What is a Disney Travel Agent AKA Travel Planner that specializes in Disney destinations?
  • How do I become a travel agent that sells Disney vacations?
  • What to look out for and what questions to ask to be a travel agent.
  • We will cover the skills you should have to sell travel.
  • We will get in-depth into some marketing tips, and also cover frequently asked questions about becoming a Disney travel agent.
  • What legal pitfalls to avoid and helpful links to do your homework before becoming a travel agent.

What is a Disney Travel Agent?

In most cases you will need to find and apply at a travel agency.  We will go over what to look for in a travel agency later in this article, so don’t worry.  Also in most cases you will be selling Disney Destinations as an independent contractor and your “Title” will be a travel agent that specializes in Disney vacations, not “A Disney Travel Agent” because you are NOT working for the Walt Disney Company.

To find travel agency’s just do a google search on: “How to become a Disney Travel Agent”,  “Be a Disney Travel Planner”, “How to sell Disney vacations”, and search terms like this.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get into what to look for in a Travel Agency.

How to pick a Travel Agency

Doing your research is key.  There are loads of travel agencies that have travel planners that work as contractors offering Disney Vacations and it can be overwhelming.  Start with the owners of the travel agency.  Do some basic research on each travel agency.

  • Does the travel agency have a professional looking website?
  • Can you find the owners name, address, phone number and email on their website?
  • Does the owner answer the phone or call you back?

I know this sounds really basic but you can tell a great deal from the travel agencies website.  If you can’t call the travel agency this is a red flag.  If you can’t speak with them then how are clients supposed to speak with them if there is a problem?  You should be able to talk with someone, that’s what your clients will expect and you should expect.

Who are the owners?  What is there experience in travel and with the Disney Company?

Does the travel agency have travel agents already?  If so email a few and ask them how they like the travel agency, how long have they been there?

We will get into more ways to determine which travel agency is a right fit for you indirectly in some of the following topics below.  Let’s move on.

What are the advantages to being a travel agent that sells Disney vacations?

You might hear that you get to travel for free.  You get to stay at Walt Disney World and Disneyland hotels for Free.  Not exactly.  There are Disney travel agent benefits but if you want to be a travel agent just for the benefits this is not the job for you.  The Disney travel benefits should be looked at as extras you earn for becoming a successful agent that sells Disney travel destinations.

There are travel agencies out there that will ask you to pay them a fee $300 – $500 to join them and in return they will let you get a CLIA ID card or access to the Disney booking site.  This is not how you should become a travel agent in our opinion.  This should be a job, not something you do for a CLIA card.

Let me step back a little.  To get travel agency benefits like discounts on a hotel room you need either a CLIA or IATA Agent ID.  To get a CLIA Agent ID card this is what you need according to CLIA’s website:

CLIA card requirements

To qualify for CLIA Individual Agent Membership (IAM), your affiliated agency must be a current CLIA Travel Agency Member. CLIA recommends that agents generate a minimum of $5,000 in total agency commissions from cruise bookings within the 12 months prior to enrollment.

So to obtain this card they recommend that you have sold $5,000 in COMMISSIONS in your PRIOR 12 months in CRUISE bookings.  IATA has similar requirements but they don’t just focus on cruise bookings.

You will need your CLIA or IATA Agent ID card to be able to register for travel discounts.

Also you need to meet your travel agencies requirements and also the vendors requirements to be able to get the travel deal.  So there are many layers to being able to save a little on a room.

Again, don’t focus on the travel discounts, they are not worth it.  You need to focus on selling vacations and offering exceptional service to clients and help them plan their most amazing vacation ever.  If you do that your sales will come and you will be on your way to being able to apply for a CLIA or IATA agent ID card.

What other advantages are there for Disney Travel Agents?

Work at home .  Most positions are as independent contractors (IC) and you can work your own hours and work from home.  Like any job the amount of time and effort you put in will help determine how well you do.

Money / Commission.   You will get paid a commission in most travel agency positions as an IC.  So when someone books a vacation with you, you will get a percentage of the commission.  We will go over travel agent commissions in more detail in this article.

Travel.   Depending on the travel agency you sign up with, you might be offered training trips or FAMS.  These are Familiarization trips that travel vendors and travel agencies do to show you resorts, on-site training, excursions, etc.  These FAM trips can be free or offered at a discounted cost and usually for the FAM cost you will get a room, training, and some meals covered.  Getting to the FAM is normally not covered so you would pay for your flights.  For Example a Universal Studios Orlando FAM can cost around $300-$400 for the FAM fee.  This of course varies so don’t quote us on these costs.

FAM Trips – Also depending on the agency you work for could determine if you get invited to a FAM trip.  If you want to learn more about Sandals and Beaches Resorts and your agency does not sell that much of those properties you might have a harder time getting onto a FAM trip with that vendor for example.  Travel vendors are not looking for people that want a discounted vacation, they are looking for travel agents that truly want to learn and sell their destination.

Disney Travel Agent (DTA) Training

When you join a travel agency they will get you a Disney Travel Agent (DTA) account.  This is where you take the Disney College of Knowledge Classes, book Disney vacations, read Disney News, and this is your central hub for Disney Marketing pieces too.

The Disney College of Knowledge is free.  You should not be paying a travel agency for access to DTA.  The College of Knowledge has online classes that will get you up to speed on all the Disney destinations and offerings.  Here is the link to Disney Travel Agents .

You need to complete all of these Disney College of Knowledge online classes to be able to take advantage of travel agent Disney offers, like a free admission ticket to the parks.  Don’t worry the online Disney training is not difficult.  You will watch the training section videos of Disneyland, Disney World, Adventures by Disney, Disney Cruise Line, etc and take an online quiz at the end of each section.

You could complete all the Disney College of Knowledge classes in a day if you set yourself down and just go from beginning to end.  It would be better if you dedicated at least a few days to complete the Disney College of Knowledge training classes.  Other Family vacation destinations like Universal Orlando Resort also have online training .

Which Disney Focused Travel Agency should I work with?

There are many things to look at before selecting a Travel Agency that specializes in Disney Vacations.

  • Does your travel agency sell other things besides Disney? If not will you be losing business when your client wants to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise, to an all inclusive resort, book a honeymoon, etc. and will your client come back to you and remember you 5 years later if they want to go to Disney again?

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  • Is your Travel agency an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner or also known as EarMarked? An EarMarked Travel Agency has passed standards Disney requires to offer them this special designation.  If the travel agency does not have this logo on their website, then they are most likely not Earmarked.To determine if the travel agency is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner you can go to this website:  http://www.authorizeddisneyvacationplanners.com/   This will not tell you what level they are in the EarMarked program but it will at least tell you if they are Earmarked by Disney.  The agencies are listed in random order and you will have to reload the page several times to see them all.

Every travel agency starts someplace to become an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner so figure out if you want to start with a newer agency that is not Earmarked or an agency that  has already moved up the different status levels.  Every agency at one point was not Earmarked, so understand that you should not solely make your decision on picking a travel agency based on this EarMarked status.

You need to also know that just because a travel agent is EarMarked does not mean it is a good agency.  So do some research and contact other agents at that travel agency that have been there for several years and ask them how they like the travel agency, do they get paid on time, what support do they get, etc.

Commissions and Commission Splits

The reason you wanted to become a Disney travel agent should be to get paid.  Yes it can be fun and rewarding, but it takes long hours and at the end of the day you should get paid for your work.

Every Disney Specialized Travel Agency pays differently but most pay you commission.  You would not be an employee in this example, but an independent contractor that gets paid when you book a vacation for a client.

Travel vendors, like Disney, give Travel agents a commission.  This is NOT an extra cost added to a vacation.  It’s sort of like a finders fee.  When you book a Walt Disney World Vacation Package you get a commission for that booking.  If you search the web you can figure out what commission levels are for different vendors.  But for this example lets say you contact someone you know and they book a Walt Disney World Vacation Package with a room, park tickets, and the Disney dining plan staying on property at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort.  The cost of the Disney Vacation let’s say is $4,000.

Disney will pay a percentage of the $4,000 to the agency as a commission. So let’s say for this example that the commission earned is $400 to make for easy math that would be 10%.  Once the party travels Disney will send the $400 commission to the Travel Agency.  After the travel agency gets the commission check they will send you a percentage of that commission.  What you get depends on the travel agency you work for and what they pay their travel planners.  Some travel agency’s pay 40%, some pay only on certain types of bookings, some pay a flat fee of $25 – $50 per booking no matter what is booked.  The majority of travel agencies pay 50% to 90% commission.   So  in our example the Disney vacation of $4,000 has a 10% commission that is a $400.  If the agency gives you a 50% commission split then you would get $200 and the agency would get $200.  This is just an example with made up numbers and percentages, but it should give you an idea how commissions with vendors and agencies work.

The more you sell with some travel agencies the higher commission levels you reach. So you might start at 40% commission and then go to 50% and then to 60% and so on based on your sales numbers with the travel agency.

This is also how travel vendors operate like Cruise Line Vendors for Example.

If you work for a small or new travel agency a Cruise Line vendor might be paying 10% commission to that agency.  As the agency sells more Cruise Line vacations the agencies commission level can go up to 15%, 16%, for example.

So your commission split that you get from your travel agency is important as well as the commission levels that travel agency gets from it’s vendors.

Simple Commission Split example:

Agency A – Gets 16% Cruise Line Commission $5,000 Cruise x 16% = $800.00 commission

Agency B – Gets 10% Cruise Line Commission $5,000 Cruise x 10% = $500.00 commission

You are making $300 more for just this one booking in this example so do your homework when you select a travel agency to work with.

Also equally important is what commission level you are getting from the travel agency.  Are they starting you at 40% or higher?  What commission goal levels do they have?

When do you get paid?

You will get paid AFTER the guest travels.  If you book a 2024 vacation and that’s years away, you are not seeing any of that money until that guest gets back from there 2024 vacation.  If the guest cancels you don’t get paid.

You will need a ramp up period to build a client base and then to book those clients every year and word of mouth referrals to grow.  This takes time and then you have to wait for those clients to travel.  So don’t plan on being a Disney travel agent and quickly quitting your day job, unless you really work non-stop and have an outgoing personality and sales background.

Red Flags and Scams

This is called the Complete Guide to becoming a Disney travel agent because we want to make sure you have the best and complete information to make an educated decision.  This section is not to scare you, but to make you aware of what could happen and how to be on the look out for scams.

First, when you got your first job did they ask you to pay them $500 to work for them.  No!  If someone is asking you to PAY THEM to Work for THEM that is something that should make you think twice.

Why can scams happen – Because you don’t get paid until after the client travels this has led some people to setup and run travel agencies as a way to rip you off.  Maybe they first created a small travel agency for fun and it just got out of hand, or maybe they have a background in doing this scam over and over again.  This is again why you need to do your homework when looking for a travel agency to join.  You can avoid a travel agency that is not going to pay you simply by contacting several of the agents that work there.  Contact agents that have been at the agency for several years (4-5 years min.) so you know they have a track record of payments and know whats going on at the agency.  If the agents are all new it’s hard to tell if agents have left because of issues with getting paid or if the agency is just getting started.

Disney pays Travel Agencies.  If you are working at a Travel Agency and not getting paid and are constantly told they are waiting for Disney to pay them, this is most likely not true.  You can contact Disney yourself and give them your booking number to see if it has been paid.

How the Scam works.  You join the travel agency and sell $200,000 in vacations but most of the people don’t really travel until 8 months or a year from now.  The travel agency also that you work for says they have 90 days to pay you.  So there is this long time line that the travel agency can have you booking vacations for them and not pay you.  When these vacations do travel and you still don’t get paid, you might be told that the vendor has not paid the travel agency yet, etc.  So now you might be owned $20k in commissions and another $20k in future not traveled commissions before you realize that the travel agency has no intention of paying you.

You can avoid all this by doing some research and not just signing up with any travel agency you come across.  Again this type of scam is also rare and just something you should be aware of.

Support Systems at the Travel Agency

Money and commission levels are important but a good support system is also just as important.

Look for a travel agency that has a focus on Disney and Family Vacations.

Do they have training?

Look for a travel agency that offers FAM (Travel agent training trips).  How many do they offer, when was the last one, and how much was it?

What is the owners background and what support do they offer?

Does the travel agency offer Leads?  Does the travel agency do marketing to get exposure for their agents and to get leads?

Does the travel agency have an account rep. at the different vendors you  are going to use that you can call if you have an issue?

What support is there when you need it?

What is the agency owners background?

More established travel agency’s will have a dedicated rep. at each vendor to help if there is an issue.  You might also have a special phone line you can call to book with certain vendors if your agency is one of their preferred agencies.  This could cut down wait times when you are trying to book a vacation for a client.  Having account reps. also helps tremendously when you have a client at a property and they have an issue.

Does your travel agency have conference calls, webinars with vendors, and other ways to learn and share knowledge?

These are all things you should look for and consider when deciding on a travel agency.

What skills do you need?

To be successful as a Disney travel agent you need good communication skills.  You will need to put in the hours to learn the Disney Destinations, like Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney.  You also need to be more than just a big Disney fan.  This is a job and requires time to build up clients, keep clients, learn vacation destinations, and time to book and help your clients.  It will take time to get things going and being persistent is key.

You will be communicating with Disney and clients via email and on the internet, so an internet connection and a computer is needed.  A phone number / cell phone is needed and we would recommend a dedicated phone number so you can answer your phone professionally.  You can get a Google Number or other services offer free phone numbers so you can keep your existing cellphone and just change the ring tone.

You should be a people person.  Someone that can take little direction and just run with it.  You need to be comfortable talking with people.

You really should be a salesperson at heart and just decide to sell Disney vacations instead of another product.  If you can’t SELL this job will be difficult for you.  If you know and love Disney, that’s great, but you need to run this like a business and be able to sell the Disney destinations, organize client bookings, plan marketing and social media posts, attend local events and get out in your community or virtual community.

If you are the go to person at your church, school, business, or other clubs / events, you will have a base of customers to plan vacations for.

Technology skills are also helpful.  Posting on social media, marketing, emailing, etc all play into you being successful as a Disney travel planner.

Seller of Travel Licenses and Legal Questions

Another Heads up section that is not so much fun to talk about but needs to be covered so you are aware.

I am not a lawyer so I would recommend you contact a travel lawyer, but here is how I understand the Seller of Travel Licenses requirements for Florida and California.

To sell travel your travel agency is required to have a sellers of travel license in certain states.  For example you should see Florida Sellers of Travel Ref No STXXXXX at the bottom of the travel agencies website and also CST XXXXXXXX for California’s Seller of Travel Licenses.  If you don’t see these on their website that travel agency can not market anyplace that a FL or CA resident might see a vacation offer.

With the Internet a consumer in FL and CA can see a travel offer anyplace.  So then it seems to reason the every travel agency needs to have this license.

If a resident from Florida or California sees a post, website, Facebook post or anything offering travel services, vacations, deals, that agency can be fined or worse.  If you as an independent contractor sell travel to anyone in these states you might come across issues.

How can you determine if the travel agency is registered in California?  Here is the CA Sellers of Travel Website Information:

“California requires all sellers of travel to register with the Attorney General’s Office and to display the registration number on all advertising. While not assuring that a company is reputable, a valid registration signals that the seller of travel has at least followed the law to be registered.”

Read more at the California Seller of Travel Website.

Check to make sure the travel agency has a CA Seller of Travel Licenses here.

From the CA Sellers of Travel Website:

“When you’re at a travel agency, ask to see the seller of travel’s registration acknowledgement — a one-page document issued by the Attorney General’s Seller of Travel Program. Be sure to check the expiration date to determine whether the registration is still valid.

You also may use the “ Seller Search ” feature on this website to assist you in determining whether a seller of travel is registered with our office. Since there are many similar seller of travel names, please spell out the full name and address of the company.”

From the Florida Sellers of Travel Website:

https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/Sellers-of-Travel

“The sellers of travel law requires any person or business that is a seller or promoter of travel-related services to register annually with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), unless exempt. Sellers of travel are required to provide proof of assurance in the form of a performance bond, in an amount not to exceed $25,000, or $50,000 if they sell vacation certificates.

FDACS is authorized to collect registration fees and impose penalties for noncompliance of the law.”

Check to make sure the travel agency has their FL Seller of Travel License here.

Also you should make sure your travel agency has E&O Insurance.  This is Errors and Omissions Insurance.  They should be able to show you the current years binder page.

It’s awesome to be a Disney Vacation Planner

There is so much information here and some of it can be daunting, but being a travel agent that specialists in Disney vacations is also so much fun.  Yes it is work, but it can be rewarding planning vacations to the most magical place on earth.

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Please write to [email protected] and be sure to include information about your qualifications, sales experience, networking or how you would generate vacation sales, etc. Thanks.

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Industry-leading commission splits..

Mouse Counselors offers a generous 75/25 commission split to our new agents. Mouse Counselors also offers higher splits (up to 90%!) to agents as they reach pre-determined sales goals!

We charge no agent fees.

Mouse Counselors does not charge registration or annual fees. Other than a nominal monthly software fee for use of our customer relationship management system, there are no mandatory monthly service or other fees.

A designation with distinction.

Mouse Counselors has been honored with the distinction of being an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. This designation is a tribute to our knowledge of Disney destinations and the value we add for our clients with our expertise in planning magical Disney vacations. It is this expertise that we are excited to share with our new agents!

Communication is the key to success.

We value open and honest communication. We give our agents dedicated personal attention. When you partner with us, you’re part of our family.

This allows us to connect with our agents, getting to know them and their businesses in a unique way.

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As your partner, we become an extension of your business. We work with our agents to focus on their growth. We will collaborate with you to make sure every part of your business is solid from the ground up.

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We personally invest in every agent we work with. Our intention is to help you achieve your dream (and more)!

We are looking for professional-minded self-starters who are serious about maintaining a profitable business focusing on impeccable client service and having a lot of fun along the way!

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While Mouse Counselors has a reputation for designing vacations to Disney destinations for our clients, our agents also are able to book vacation packages, hotels, car rentals and all major cruise lines through our sister company, Vacation Counselors.

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Through Workplace by Meta, we provide access to a private, agent-only community where our Mouse Counselors share success stories, ask questions and provide their best tips! What better way to be the best agent you can be than to learn from other successful agents in our own safe and private corner of the internet?

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Mouse Counselors has a reputation for impeccable customer service. Our mission is to ensure that the client is always the first priority! We work hard to create and foster relationships with our clients and do our best to provide a sprinkle of pixie dust to make their vacations truly magical! The bottom line is we plan each vacation as if it were our own.

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Our company has openings for Disney travel planners. Magical Travel was founded by Denise Hafto in 2001 with the purpose of delivering world class customer service to every customer and we have achieved and maintained the Authorized Disney Vacation Planner designation since 2004.  We have agents located all over the country who enjoy the freedom to work from home. Magical Travel has a supportive office staff to aid our agents in selling travel and we have a low turn-over rate.  

Below are the benefits you will receive when you join Magical Travel. But please first check out what we will expect from you as an agent. You must have Disney destination vacation stays to be eligible. If you are interested in joining the Magical Travel Team please complete an application.

What we expect from you:

  • Recent personal travel experience to the Walt Disney World Resort and/or the Disneyland Resort and/or the Disney Cruise Line.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Walt Disney World Resort and/or the Disneyland Resort and/or the Disney Cruise Line
  • Customer service skills, friendly and positive disposition, professional attitude
  • Excellent communication skills that include writing emails, speaking to clients and suppliers
  • A marketing plan
  • Drive and ambition
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Marketing know-how/Marketing Plan
  • Ability to work independently at home
  • Business acumen
  • Daily social media engagement
  • Accounting skills
  • Computer skills
  • Be motivated

You will need the following supplies and business machines:

  • Internet Access
  • Basic Office Supplies
  • Competitive Commission Split The more you sell the higher the split.
  • Insurance Coverage Errors and Omissions Insurance is included.
  • Unlimited Support Through emails, phone, Facebook, we are always available to you.
  • Training Online and on-site training available.
  • Disney Destination Marketing Material to help build your business Digital media, mini-sites, etc.
  • Marketing Ideas and Information Learn what is tried and true.
  • Earn more commission with your own leads and bookings Competitive commission rates for booking your own leads.
  • Timely Destination Updates As soon as it happens you will know about it.
  • Enjoy Great Discounts for your Personal Travel After you qualify for your CLIA card or your IATA Card. Additional Fees will apply according to each Associations fee schedule.
  • Magical Travel Agents Only Website Information is always at your fingertips.
  • Toll free number with your own extension. Professional phone system for your clients to reach you.
  • An @ magicaltravel.com  email address Professional email address 
  • Private Facebook Groups For Magical Travel Agents only to share and support each other.
  • Preferred Disney Agency Phone Line Special number to the Disney Reservation Center for help or to make reservations.
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Magical Travel has been such a wonderful company to be a part of over the past 6 years- from getting my feet off the ground in the beginning to providing ongoing training and assistance.  I am able to work on my own with my client base while feeling supported, informed, and driven to continue to improve.  There is a great comradery between agents that makes working with Magical Travel successful and fun.

Kelly Heyman

Working with Magical Travel is Magical. It is like a big Disney family with great support and training. Your work is appreciated and rewarded.

Dave Weichert

I have worked at Magical Travel since 2008.  I didn’t know what to expect, but it is a decision I’m so glad I made.  I work with great people who are as passionate as I am about Disney travel.  It is the best job I have ever had.  I feel like we are a little family. 

Shannon Matteo

Magical travel is comprised of a group of agents that are friendly, willing to help and have a Team spirit. Not only is Denise available to answer questions, but other agents are always willing to help! Training conference calls and tutorials give us a chance to stay on top of the latest Disney information so we can be the best agents for our clients. 

Siobhan Atwood

I actually started with another company. While it was fine, I never really felt like I fit in. When I met Denise and the agents here, I knew I was home. 

Angela Kroon

Working with Magical Travel is fun! I think we have some of the best times together, either it be by phone, computer or in person.

Julie Shepherd

While this job is a lot of work, it is even more fun! I can’t imagine a better place to work or better people to work with.

Working with our group of MT agents is fantastic! Our support team is always there to help with any events or marketing ventures. All of our agents are knowledgeable and are a great resource. There is a team spirit with just a touch of competitiveness that makes for an exciting, friendly working atmosphere.

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Discover how to become a Disney travel agent and work from home. This article will tell you everything you need to know about how to become a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations. But this does NOT mean being a Disney employee or contractor. This article explains how to take your love of Disney travel to the next level by being an expert in Disney travel planning.

Are you the ultimate Disney super-fan? Do your friends and family come to you for travel advice? Do you follow the blogs, keep up with the latest news and events at Disney? Do you love sharing your love of Disney with others?

We asked Disney travel agent experts to give us the low down on how to become a Disney travel agent and what it takes to be successful – and compiled it all here for you.

Working as a Disney Travel Agent

Getting paid to talk about Disney all day seems like a dream job—and it can be. But just like any job, it’s not all fun and games all the time. In this article, we’ll give you the pros, the cons, and the skills needed. Then, if you still feel it’s the right job for you, we’ll tell you how to start looking for a company to work with and how to become a Disney travel agent.

Notice we said “with” and not “for.” That is one of the topics that we’ll discuss so, that if you do decide to pursue this career, you will find companies that will help you succeed. And how do you land a job without prior experience? We’ll answer both those questions, and more, later in this article.

We also want to mention that there are several titles that Travel Agents go by. They can be called Travel Advisors, Travel Planners, or Vacation Planners—but they all refer to the same job and are often used interchangeably. 

What do Disney Travel Agents Do?

A Disney Travel Agent is also known as a Disney Travel Planner. Although you are called a Disney Travel Agent (or Planner), you are not an employee of the Walt Disney Travel Company. In almost all cases, you are an independent contractor selling Disney Destinations under the umbrella of a travel agency or host agency.

What Are the Benefits of Being a Disney Travel Agent?

Being a Travel Agent specializing in Disney can be a fun and rewarding career. Who would not like to talk about Disney all day? But you need to be more than just a big Disney fan. Read on to learn more about what it takes to be a Disney travel specialist.

This is a job and requires time to build up clients, keep clients, learn vacation destinations. It takes time to book and help your clients with their vacation plans.  It will take time to get things going and being persistent is key. But it can also be rewarding if you put the effort in.

Work from home

As an independent contractor, you can work from home, or any place you like. You can even sit poolside or in your favorite coffee shop. You can even wear your pajamas all day if you wanted.

Set your own hours

As an independent contractor, you are free to set your own hours. You will want to consider that more because you will want to be available when your clients need you.

Training Opportunities

You will have access to The College of Disney Knowledge so you can learn more selling about Disney properties. You may also have access to other online and in-person training opportunities to expand your selling and destination knowledge.

Some of these training opportunities may be offered through your agency. Those are usually FAMS. FAMS are Familiarization trips that travel vendors and travel agencies organize to educate their agents on what various destinations offer.  These FAM trips can be free or offered at a discounted cost.  

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Travel agencies are not looking for people that want discounted vacations. They are looking for travel agents that truly want to learn and to sell travel.

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As you progress, you may have the opportunity for travel discounts. Agencies vary on the sales they require before you become eligible for discount opportunities.

Not to mention, any Disney vacation you go on is tax-deductible as a research expense*. This alone makes it worth your time to learn about how to become a Disney travel agent. It doesn’t get any better than that!

*Be sure to consult your financial advisor.

How much money can you make as a Disney Travel Agent? That is all up to you. When you become a Disney Travel Agent, you will get paid a part of the commission for every sale you make.

As someone once told me “Do what you love, and the money will follow.” I have followed that advice throughout my career and it’s the advice I give my own children. Besides, work is something we all spend a lot of time doing. It should be something enjoyable.

As an independent contractor, there may be a number of business expenses are tax deductible. That could include costs of your computer, phone service, some unities, and even the cost of your home office. Be sure to consult a tax advisor for the laws and regulations in your state.

Make friends and have fun

Your days are filled with thinking about, talking about, and researching Disney Destinations. What can be more fun than that!?

Plus, you get to share your Disney passion with others and help them fulfill their Disney vacation dreams. Over time, you may find that many of your clients become more like friends. That’s the real reward.

Do Disney Travel Agents Get Discounts?

Once you have successfully completed Disney’s College of Knowledge, you may be eligible for travel agent discounts offered by Disney such as room and park ticket discounts as well as discounts on Disney cruises.

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What Are the Challenges of Being a Disney Travel Agent?

Without a doubt, becoming a Disney Travel Agent can be a fun and rewarding career. However, many new agents are unaware of the hurdles they may encounter while starting a new business venture.

While being an independent contractor provides you with a lot of freedoms, the truth is, there are several challenges that come along with that.

Working from home can be a challenge. It is important to have a dedicated workspace in a quiet area so that you can have uninterrupted phone conversations with clients, especially if you have children or pets.

Just because you work from home, when you become a Disney travel agent you will still need to present a professional and polished persona. Even if you are wearing pajamas.

Set your own hours, but be available for clients

Yes, you can make your own hours, but you will want to be available when your clients need you. You will need to be responsive to phone calls and emails, especially to those who are traveling at that time. They may need you.

The truth is, becoming a successful Disney travel agent includes early mornings, late nights, and “crazy” clients. So be prepared to accommodate your client’s schedule and not always your own.

If you have children at home, or other responsibilities, you will need to balance those with your job once you become a Disney Travel Agent. It certainly can be done, but it’s something to think about in advance. How will you balance your time?

Training and travel

It is extremely important that you keep up with all the latest news and happenings in Disney. Your clients will look to you as the experts. You will need to provide the most current information available and be on the cusp of Disney doings.

The College of Disney Knowledge is a free training program. You should not be paying a travel agency for access to that. However, it is up to you to continually educate yourself. You may want to expand your knowledge of other destinations beyond Disney, such as Universal Studios.

Online is great, but there is no substitute for in-person experiences. Although travel can be a tax-deductible expense* it is typically paid by you, the agent.

Just like many other professions, continuing education is going to help you be more successful.

Finding clients

Having your own clients is key, in fact, it’s expected that you will find your own clients. Most agencies do not provide sales leads, but even if they do, you will typically earn more when you bring in the client. The best way to start finding them is through friends and family but if you want to be successful, you will have to go beyond your core circle.

When you first start out, one of your biggest tasks will be getting the word out that you are now a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations. If people don’t know what you do, how are you ever going to find new clients? That is where marketing comes in.

The reason we list it as a challenge is that many people are uncomfortable with marketing, but it is an extremely important part of being a Disney Travel Agent and your overall business plan. Today, social media is a big part of marketing yourself, but not the only part. We’ll talk more about social media and marketing later in this article.

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Disney is the “Happiest Place on Earth.” But everyone has a bad day from time to time. As a professional Disney Travel Agent, it doesn’t matter if you are stressed or if a client is behaving unreasonably. It is always important to put your best foot forward, even if there is somewhere else you’d like to put it.

Also, consider that some clients take more work than others. Becoming a Disney travel agent takes more than just making a sale. You need to service that client all the way through their trip. Some clients are very easy to work with and take a little of your time. However, others can be draining. Some may just be looking for extra advice, some may make tons of changes, and others may cancel at the last minute. And you only get paid once a trip is completed.

But whatever the situation, you will want to handle yourself with the utmost professionalism. It can take a long time to cultivate a client but only moments to lose one.

As an independent contractor, your commission checks will not have taxes deducted from it. It is extremely important that you know you will be responsible for paying the taxes on that earned income.

Consider putting 20-30% aside from each check so that you have the funds to pay the taxes. You may want to consult the services of a financial planner, bookkeeper, or accountant who provide more guidance for your specific circumstances regarding taxes.

They can also advise you regarding allowable business expense deductions. It is extremely important to keep good business records. There are many business expenses that may be tax-deductible, but you must keep receipts.

Create good habits from the beginning. It will pay off at tax-filing time.

Some agencies charge their agents an annual E&O (Error & Omissions insurance) fee – as well as other fees – so be sure to research what you are expected to contribute before signing up to work with a host agency.

Even if your agency does not require it, you should consider having an E&O policy to protect you. Consult your insurance advisor for more information.

Common Questions About How to Become a  Travel Agent Specializing in Disney Travel

How do disney travel agents get paid.

Travel agents make money by selling travel. The commission from booking a client’s travel is typically the agent’s sole source of income. In other words, you will not be getting a salary or paid an hourly wage.

How Much Do Disney Travel Agents Make?

The number of trips you sell, the overall cost of those trips, and your commission split will determine how much money you can earn.

Commission for Disney Travel Agents

The commission amount is based on the amount of the sale. Disney pays the agency a percentage of the sale, typically 10% of the package price (taxes and fees excluded). Part of that 10% goes to the agency, the part of it goes to you, the agent. The specific amount is called “the split”.  There are many factors that determine the split.

Commission Splits

Disney pays the agency a percentage of each sale. For commission is typically 10% of the package price (taxes and fees excluded). Part of that 10% goes to the agency, the part of it goes to you, the agent. The specific amount is called “the split”.

Travel Agents usually receive a larger split of the commission on clients they find themselves compared to leads given to them from their agency.

For example, if the agency provides the client lead, it may be a 50/50 split. However, if you, the agent, brings in the client, it may be a 60/40 split: 60% to you, 40% to the agency. 

Novice travel agents can expect to have a 50/50 split with their host agency to start off with, even for those clients they bring in themselves. As you book more trips, the commission splits may go up to around 70, or in some cases, as much as 80 or even 90%. (The typical percentage splits you can expect to find will be around 70/30)*.

We recommend that you avoid any agency that pays out less than a 50/50 split on your clients. After all, you’ll be doing the bulk of the work and we think you should be fairly compensated for your efforts with at least 50% of the commission.

* For the Disney agency with the best commission splits, see our recommendation at end of the article.

Commission Bumps

Some large agencies, who have a very high number of sales, may get an increased commission on some products—specifically cruises. If you work for a small or new travel agency a Cruise Line vendor might be paying 10% commission to that agency.  As the agency sells more Cruise Line vacations the agency’s commission level can go up to 15%, 16%, for example. (Note: 16% is the highest and only the biggest agencies reach that level).

Simple Commission Split example:

  • Gets 10% Cruise Line Commission
  • $5,000 Cruise x 10% = $500.00 commission
  • 16% Cruise Line Commission
  • $5,000 Cruise x 16% = $800.00 commission

Agency B is making $300 more for just this one booking. If you have a 50/50 split, you will get $150 more commission. But be aware —Walt Disney World and Disneyland resort packages cap a 10% for all agencies, no matter how big or small. So, unless you are selling mainly cruises, this may not be a factor.

When researching who you’d like to work for, this is only one factor to consider. Often, very large agencies do not offer the same level of support and personal attention to their agents, especially new agents just getting started. Read more about this topic below.

What Does the Agency Do for Their Share?

It may feel it unfair for your agency to take a cut of your commission. After all, you are doing all the work, right? However, the truth is agency owners do a lot of work you may not be aware of.

Overall, the agency owner is responsible for the agency’s day-to-day operations. Large agencies have several departments and various staff members to handle the different aspects of what comes with agency ownership. In smaller companies, the owner often has to do it all.

The cost of doing business

Some things will vary from agency to agency. Still, all agencies have certain costs that are universal like state licensing, registration and other government fees, business liability insurance, errors and omissions insurance policies that may cover the agents, accounting and bookkeeping expenses related to the reconciliation of the accounts and commissions payout calculations, and legal fees, just to name a few. Not only do these tasks take time, but there are also significant expenses for those items.

There are other significant costs of doing business as a travel agency. Typically, agency owners invest in branding, advertising, social media marketing, and maintaining the company’s website and online presence. And the best agencies will be investing in their agents as well by providing initial and ongoing training and support. That could include continuing education, group meetings, and one-on-one mentoring. They will also work on sourcing the best suppliers and building relationships with them to provide their agents with the tools and resources they need to make successful sales.

Plus, they will be the ones you go to whenever you have a question or need answers on how to handle client issues. In some cases, they will even intervene on your behalf and try to mend thing when they go awry. They should always have your back and be your biggest cheerleader.

Be aware that Disney does not pay out the commission until AFTER the travel has been completed. In most cases, this lag time usually takes anywhere from a couple of months to a year or more, depending on how far in advance your client books their vacation.

Once the agency receives the commission, they have to process your payment. That could take several additional weeks. Therefore, expect a lengthy delay from the time you book a vacation until the time you get paid.

Many people who research “how to become a Disney travel agent” may not have taken this into consideration. However, once the payments start coming in, then there should be a steadier flow of income—assuming you have a steady stream of client bookings.

So, if you start as a Disney Travel Agent, be patient and plan to work for a while without getting any financial reward. But keep at it, keep working hard to get clients, and it will pay off.

Am I an employee of the Disney Travel Company?

NO. You are an independent contractor. However, you will be working directly with many employees of the Disney Travel Company.

What Skills Do You Need To Become a Disney Travel Planner?

Product knowledge.

This seems obvious but there really is a lot to know about Disney Destinations. As a Disney Travel Planner, you should know Disney inside and out. And not just one location, and not from visiting once or twice. You really need to be an expert if you are going to be of value to your clients.

You need to know their portfolio of products: Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii, and Adventures by Disney. But don’t even stop there. Don’t forget about international Disney destinations. You never know where your clients will want to explore.

Most Disney travel agencies also book Universal Studios, Sandals & Beaches Resorts, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line packages as well, so your breadth of knowledge may need to expand beyond Disney, depending on which destinations your host agency books.

An effective Travel Agent is very well-versed in each destination. You should certainly know the best restaurants and rides at Disney, but it would also help to be ready with some The Wizarding World of Harry Potter tips in case your client chooses to experience Universal Orlando Resort as well.

But this extends beyond Disney, to places you may not have visited before. That requires spending quality time researching the “ins and outs” of the destinations you are not familiar with. These are all things to consider when learning how to become a Disney travel agent.

Be ready with answers

A client may ask:

  • Which resort has the best pool?
  • What can I do on a rest-day from the parks?
  • Where can I get groceries?
  • Can I rent a stroller?
  • What is the best nearby beach?
  • What is the best way to get to Universal Studios?

You, their travel agent, should be prepared with an answer.

Training is not a “one and done” occurrence. As mentioned previously, it is important to keep abreast of the latest news, changes, and happenings of the destinations you represent.

Good Communication

Like any sales job, Disney travel agents are required to have excellent communication skills.

Effective agents always remain calm, cool, and collected under all circumstances. But just as important, they are upbeat, articulate, and helpful. This doesn’t just apply to phone conversations, but also in written documents including emails, and texts.

Since a lot of client communications are via email, make sure you carefully proofread everything you write before pressing the “send” button. It’s not always easy to convey a pleasant tone via texts and emails, so avoid writing anything that sounds abrupt, angry, or unsympathetic. Clients can be sensitive!

Be clear with your responses and helpful with your advice.

Self-Starter

You need to be a people person. This is a sales job. But if you love what you are selling, it might come more naturally.

You should be someone who can take little direction and run with it. Yes, it is important to work with and agency that provides agents with support, but you need to be a self-starter.

As an independent contractor, you are running your own business. You need to promote yourself, organize yourself, and proactively seek opportunities to build your client base. If you are the go-to person at your church, school, business, or other clubs/events, you already have a base of customers to plan vacations for.

Prompt and Proactive

You may be juggling several clients at once. But to each client, they want to be your number one priority. One way to make them feel you are looking out for their interests is to be prompt is communicating with them.

Return calls and emails as soon as possible. Remember, there are a lot of Disney Travel Agents out there. If you do not respond promptly, someone else will.

You must also be proactive, especially when Disney comes out with new promotions. Another reason clients choose to book with a Disney Travel Agent is, so they don’t have to keep an eye on Disney promotional offers. They know the agent will.

When those offers get released, you need to be ready to pounce! You need to promptly and proactively try to get them that new deal which will save them money. When you can rebook a client into a better deal, you have won them over!

Detail-Oriented

The reason clients hire Disney Travel Agents is to take the stress of out of vacation planning.  As their travel agent, any challenges have become your responsibility.

You must focus on every detail and pay extra close attention to everything when you book someone’s trip. One slight error can complicate or even ruin a Disney trip. And worse, cost you and the agency money to rectify.

Well-Organized

Having a good organizational system in place is key to keeping all your information in order as you juggle multiple client trips at once. You will need an efficient system to track all the key dates, dining reservations, payments, etc. That means both paper and digital files.

Disorganized travel agents are bound to encounter confusion and mix-ups at some point. Keep your information easily retrievable in case a client calls with questions.

When researching agencies, find one who will help set you up for success. The last thing you want is to be thrown in to sink or swim on your own.

Technical Skills

It is extremely important to have good technical skills. Although you can book vacations over the phone, most business is conducted online.

You need to have a reliable computer and printer along with a reliable internet connection. You may also want to consider having a separate business phone line or use your smartphone for business calls. You will want to answer your calls professionally and not accidentally by one of your kids.

You should also have the minimum technical and software knowledge, including but not limited to the following. This is another big factor in knowing how to become a Disney travel agent.

  • Computer (desktop or laptop)
  • Online web browser
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Instagram, and other social media
  • My Disney Experience

Marketing Savvy

This is a skill that should not be overlooked. Other than having extensive Dinsey destination knowledge and experience, this is probably the next most important skill—or at least the willingness to learn.

To a great extent, Disney vacation planners are on their own to find client leads. Some agencies pay to advertise their brand – at no cost to their agents. This certainly is a bonus from an agent’s standpoint because, often these leads can be passed to agents. However, for the most part, Disney Travel Agents are responsible to acquire new clients.

It helps to have a large circle of friends and acquaintances to begin to promote your services to. It is also helpful to have as some marketing savvy to build your own brand. Since your compensation is entirely commission-based, an effective marketing strategy will be key to your success.

Social media presence

An important part of a marketing strategy is social media. You want to keep your brand top of mind so when someone is looking for an agent, you will be the first one they think of.

There are many different social media channels. You need to find the one or ones that work best for you, and that you will keep up with.

Some of the larger, more established agencies may have a prominent social media presence or high Google search ranking, in which case you may get some client leads handed to you. But even if that is the case, your own social media stream cannot be overlooked.

As an independent contractor, you are building your business and your brand. Your brand is you. You want to become THE Disney expert in your circle. But we patient, all this takes time.

Passion, drive, and motivation

I know we said Disney knowledge and marketing are the most important skill, but this one actually trumps them all. But passion and drive are not skills—they come from the heart. You either have it or you don’t. And you need to be honest with yourself to determine if this is the right path for you.

As with any successful business venture, it takes passion, drive, and motivation to work hard towards your goals. Being an independent contractor takes commitment and dedication. Being a Disney Travel Agent is a lot of fun, but like with any job, there will be times that it is tough. You will need to push through the tough times if you want to succeed.

As mentioned above, it will take time to develop a clientele. It will also take time from when you book vacations to the point where you will actually see a payment from that effort. Are you willing to put in that time and wait for the payout?

Most of all, you need to openly share your passion, be motivated to grow your business, and driven to succeed.

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What Do Employers Expect of You as a Disney Travel Agent?

When you become a Disney travel agent, you will be representing the company you work for. You will be expected to be friendly and kind, while also being professional and take your work seriously. For some guests, this might be a once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation and they have worked hard and saved their funds for a very long time to make it happen.

Good Communication Skills

You should have great verbal and written skills. The agency does not provide resources to its agents such as PC, internet access, mobile devices, but these are very essential to this career. Computer skills and being very organized play a very important role as well. You will be required to supply all your own equipment, tools, and supplies.

When planning for a guest you will have to determine from the request and communications what options are best suited for your guest. Just because the perfectly planned Disney vacation for your family is great it does not mean that it is the best for another guest. Listening to your guest’s needs and wants along with budget helps you to determine and make the recommendations based upon what you will learn.

Good Personality

Let your personality shine. Even though most clients are ready to book their vacation, sometimes you still have to be that “salesman.”  That is where have a good sales personality places a virtual role.

You have to work at building your business. Let your community know that you are a travel agent and can assist with their travel needs.  Placing an ad in the local paper and then sitting back to watch the leads roll in is not how it works.  You will need to sit down and make a marketing plan and how you are going to reach those goals to be the successful travel agent that you want to be.  Your agency will provide opportunities to learn all about the Disney destinations, but it will be up to you to form your social circles within your community so that individuals will know that you are ready and willing to help plan their upcoming vacation.

Being a Disney travel agent does take time and lots of work. It is not just a position for the hobbyist. Agencies want to hire dedicated agents that provide quality work and excellent customer service. You will be expected to put in the appropriate time and effort required to be successful.

If you are a person that wants to just sell Disney Destinations that is perfectly fine, but some clients will request other destinations. Consider expanding your expertise to include Universal Orlando Resort, all-inclusive Caribbean resorts, cruise lines, and more.  Once you get a client, they will want to keep coming back to you for their vacation needs and it may not always be Disney.

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How to find Disney Travel Agent Jobs

So, you’ve learned how to work from home as a Disney travel agent, and decided you want to pursue it as a career. Next comes the big question… how do you find a travel agency that will hire you, especially if you have no experience?

Disney travel agencies are always on the lookout for new talent. However, they are not going to hire just anyone. If you’ve been a travel agent before, then your chances of being hired are much greater of being hired by any number of agencies. This is especially true if you have Disney travel experience.

However, since you are reading this article, it’s likely that you have no experience at all. Fear not! It’s still possible to get hired as a Disney travel planner with little to no experience.

Research Travel Agencies

Once you decide that you have the skills and drive it takes to succeed, you will want to start researching agencies to work with. You can find agencies looking to hire by searching phrases like “Disney travel agent join our team,” “Disney travel advisor jobs,” or “Disney jobs from home.” You may be surprised by how many Disney travel agencies that are. Many of them are seeking agents to join their team.

After locating agencies, read their employment criteria and see if you are a good fit. Be honest with yourself so you don’t waste your time, or theirs.

As stated in the beginning, you want to find an agency where you can have a valued partnership, meaning one that will support you to be successful. Not one that will leave you hanging out in the breeze.

Here are some things to look, and look out for, while researching how to become a Disney travel agent.

Look for a Support System

The best agencies will provide support, training, and guidance. They will be working to promote the agency as a whole as well as provide assistance for their agents to promote themselves. They should encourage and open dialogs and friendly interactions between agents and discourage a competitive atmosphere.

Some agencies may offer inexperienced agents a mentor that can help you with your first few sales. If you are in a training period, your mentor may get a cut of your commission since they are providing you direct education and training.

Training should always be provided by your host agency. But we mean more than simply access to the College of Disney Knowledge training. While that does a great job of teaching you about Disney’s products, it does not teach you how to be a travel agent, how to work with clients, or how to sell Disney. That is the type of training to look for as a new agent.

Agencies typically charge a fee for that type of travel agent training, and that should be expected. Unless you are a seasoned travel agent, you will need training. If you were entering any other field, wouldn’t you have to take classes or get a degree first? This is no different. 

While you could take classes at your community college, the training offered by some travel agencies is going to be more applicable to the type of travel you intend to sell. Especially for Disney travel. 

Agency Fees

Destinations like Walt Disney World and Disneyland are not like any other travel destinations, which is why travel advisors in this niche are so important. But being an expert traveler does not mean you are automatically an expert agent. Nevertheless, there is a lot to know. Working as an independent contractor under a reputable travel agency can provide the tools and training you need to succeed. And most agencies charge fees for that. 

That said, remember that you are embarking on your own business. Unless otherwise specified, you are an independent contractor. You are not an employee of your agency. There are IRS rules they need to abide by in terms of their relationship with you to keep clear that you are in fact, an independent contractor. Charging fees, especially for training, is one of the things that keep the lines clear.

Fees can vary widely and there are many types. Here are a few common ones:

  • Registration Fee:  This is a one-time cost to join an agency. This often covers the time and expense of onboarding you as an agent. These can range from a few hundred to over a $1000.
  • Initiation Fee:  Similar to the Registration Fee
  • Hosting Fee:  Typically, a monthly or annual fee for you to belong to an agency. These can often be between $50-$100 per month or more. 
  • Increased Commission Fee:  Also called a Buy-Up fee, some agencies will allow you to “buy up” to an increased commission. They will offer a higher commission split (in your favor) for a higher fee. If you are serious about selling, getting the higher split can be well worth the higher fee—but only if you are making sales. The cost is typically double the Hosting Fee. 
  • Training Fee:  For access to training. (This should be beyond the College of Disney Knowledge, which Disney offers to all their registered agencies for no charge). Training fees are typically a one-time cost. You can expect training fees to start around $500 and go up. Unless you are a seasoned travel agent, you should expect to pay a training fee.
  • Technology Fee:  Covers things like access to CRM programs, email, and other types of software for use in your business. Getting this through your agency is often less expensive than getting it on your own, plus it will integrate with the other agents on your team. Technology fees often run about $50-100 per month and up, depending on what is included.
  • Affiliate Fee:  Also called Membership fee and may be used in MLM network agencies. (See Lookout for Scams below).

But even with the fees an agency may charge, starting your own business as a Disney Travel Agent has a very low start-up cost. With being able to work from home, or anywhere, the only real tools you need are a phone and a computer. If you are putting in the effort and growing your travel business, these fees will be easily covered by just booking a few trips a year. The rest is gravy.

The Cost of No-Fee Agencies

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you may find agencies that charge no fees. While this is very attractive, especially to new or inexperienced agents, they often come with very few benefits. As a new agent, training and support are critical. Technology, like a Customer Relationship Management portal, is as well. These would be things you have to find, pay for, and learn on your own. And if you are in a situation where you need help or guidance, it may be harder to get.

Plus, their commission splits may be lower than customary to make up the difference. Remember, the agency is in business too, and many expenses come along with that. They need to make their money somehow, which typically comes from taking a larger cut of your commissions. While that may not be a big deal when you are new and not making many sales, it will make a bigger dent in your pocket when you do.

If you are entering this field as a hobbyist, or only want to test the waters, so to speak, this may be an option to consider. But realize what you may not be getting in this scenario. Without support and training new agents need, it is very likely you will not be successful. So often, as a new agent, you may not know what you need, but hopefully, you will after reading this article.

Now, if you are serious about becoming a professional Disney Travel Agent, you would be better served to find an agency that will offer training, the technology and tools needed, and true support to help you start and grow your business, even if that comes with fees.

Think about it… If an average Walt Disney World trip is about $5000, that means a $500 commission to split. The difference between a 60/40 split a 70/30 split is $50. If you are paying a monthly hosting fee of $50, one trip a month and you’ve covered it. The rest is in your pocket.

Look Out for Scams

Legitimate Disney travel agencies will have IATA (International Air Transport Association) and/or CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) accreditation. They would be licensed and registered with the states that require Seller of Travel licenses. Those include Florida, California, Hawaii, Iowa, and Washington state.

Avoid any Disney travel agencies that run a multilevel marketing (MLM) scheme. These types of agencies are more interested in making money off you than making you a valuable member of their team.

MLM agencies get most of their revenue from selling memberships to new recruits, not commissions from selling travel. An MLM agency will rarely tell you upfront that is what they are. Instead, they may use terms like “network marketing” or “direct sales”. If you see that type of terminology on a website, then are likely an MLM business model. They are not interested in your success as a travel agent, only making money from memberships.

Find the right fit

Regardless of the fees charged, it’s essential to do your research and find the right fit for you. Ideally, someone you will want to be with for the long term. You want an agency that will give you the training and support you need in is vested in your success. If they are doing that, and are there to help you grow your business, the fees will be worth it. Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for. 

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What Do Disney Travel Agencies Look for in Applicants?

Each agency has its own set of criteria they seek when looking to hire travel planners. Here are some of the most common characteristics Disney travel agencies are looking for from potential job candidates.

Employers like enthusiasm, so be expressive and passionate when you apply for Disney travel agent jobs.

Good travel agencies invest a lot into their agents and set them up for success. But they can’t do it alone. YOU are the one in the driver’s seat. Are you driven to be successful? Are you motivated to market yourself? Are you ready to do all it takes to find clients and close sales? 

✓ Knowledge

Agencies want to know that you are well-versed and insightful when it comes to Disney Destinations and know that you have actually been to some of these places you’ll be promoting. Expect to be asked which destinations you have been to, and when

✓ Previous Planning Experience

Are you the go-to Disney expert for friends and family?  Do they seek your advice when planning their Disney vacations? If you’ve never been a travel agent before, this is where you can show you at least have some related experience, even though it was unofficial and unpaid.

✓ Commitment

Most Disney agencies are looking for people who serious about pursuing this career and understand that it takes time before you will see much reward for your labors.

✓ Availability

An ideal job candidate would be able to devote as many hours as possible to grow their business and be highly attentive to their client’s needs. Morning, afternoon, and nighttime calls or correspondence are common. Being flexible and available is important.

✓ Character Traits

Like any employer, Disney travel agencies want to hire those who possess a strong work ethic, professionalism, ambition, a positive attitude, independence, business-mindedness, etc. Showcase your personality.

✓ Salesmanship

You do not want to alienate potential clients with a bad attitude or a sales pitch or being too forceful. But you shouldn’t be wishy-washy either. Your goal makes the client feel confident in you and to close the sale.

✓ Customer Service Skills

Disney travel agents must possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and be comfortable “meeting” new people.

✓ Tech-Skills

A quiet workspace and reliable technology (computer, phone, and high-speed internet) is a must. You will be using an online booking system and talking to clients throughout the day. You need to be sure your computer skills are up to the task.

✓ Social Media Presence

Social media plays a major role in marketing these days. Successful Disney travel agents create a Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram account devoted entirely to market their Disney travel services. Every update will remind your followers that you are the go-to person for planning their next Disney vacation.

Looking for a Recommended Disney Travel Agency to Join?

After all this information about how to become a Disney travel agent, you decided you want to pursue a career as a Disney Travel Planner. You might ask, who is our favorite Disney Travel Agency?

While there are many great travel agencies out there, we believe the best is Destination Magic.

The company was started by agents from several other businesses who felt they did not get the support system needed to be effective and successful. In creating Destination Magic , they are committed to doing it better.

Destination Magic provides their Disney travel agents (called Magic Makers) with the tools necessary to be successful. They engage in various marketing initiatives to promote the agency and provides support to their agents in their marketing efforts. Plus, they pay some of the highest commission payouts in the industry—up to 90%! All this while still putting the prime focus on exceptional customer service.

Destination Magic is currently seeking agents to join their team. They are not a large agency which allows them to have a more personal connection with every agent. Each hire is not only a member of their team but a valued partner striving for mutual success.

Testimonials from actual agents:

“I know I can go to anyone in here and ask for help at any moment in time.” —Bekah Workman

“Everyone here feels like family. All here to support each other and invest in each other’s success as well as the company’s success.” —Will Hanlon

“We all have close connections with you guys (the owners) for any problems that come up. And having that relationship is special.” —Darcy Reeve

To inquire about applying to Destination Magic , visit https://destinationmagic.com/join

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As with any career, you should follow your passion. If you are passionate about Disney travel and love to help bring that joy to others, you can be successful. And when you love what you do, it’s never a job. 

Best of luck with your career as a Disney Travel Agent!

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The following qualifications are an overview of what we are looking for.  Please keep in mind that we do receive many applications daily and can only invite a small percentage of those applicants to join our team. We’re looking for the best!

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  • Do you have at least 40 hours per week you can devote to this work, without interruption from other job responsibilities?
  • Have you marketed a business before or have you developed a strong marketing plan to get your business off the ground quickly?
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Posted: November 2, 2023 | Last updated: November 2, 2023

Are you a Disney fan who loves to visit Disney theme parks, stay at Disney resorts and sail the high seas on Disney cruises? Pride yourself on planning the perfect Disney getaways that leave lasting joy-filled memories? Believe it or not, you can turn your passion for Disney vacations into a lucrative career that you can do from the comfort of home. And, just like a Disney getaway, you'll have lots of fun doing it. Here, work-from-home Disney jobs where you can work for the company or us your Disney expertise to cash in on your own. (Click through to see beyond Disney ways to make money working from home .)

Can I work for Disney from home?

There are several options for turning your Disney know-how into an at-home job: You can work directly for The Walt Disney Company by searching for remote positions on its job board, which includes answering questions from callers as an official Disney Guest Services Representative. Or you can work independently by helping fellow Disney enthusiasts learn about and plan their next Disney vacation by sharing your expertise on the phone, in blog posts, through videos, and on social media…all while getting paid!

And there are lots of folks who are looking for your Disney vacation-planning help! Indeed, 75 million folks visited Disney's theme parks in 2022 alone.

Every year, millions book a room at one of Disney's 25 resorts. And the popular Disney Cruise Line, which visits more than a dozen destinations around the world, has been named the best cruise line for families 9 years in a row by US News & World Repor t.

Many vacationers are taking their first Disney trip, while repeat visitors want to learn about Disney experiences they haven't tried yet. This means you get to share your insider knowledge about the most magical place on Earth with other Disney fans who are eager to hear it!

5 easy ways to work from home for Disney

If you'd like to turn your love of Disney into a paying career that you can do remotely, read on for all the options available to you right now.

1. Disney work-from-home job: Provide guest support for The Walt Disney Company

While The Walt Disney Company largely employs people who work in person or on a hybrid basis, the official job board also includes remote positions that you can do from home. It's smart to bookmark this page and come back to check it regularly. That's because Disney has hired remote Guest Services Representatives who live in certain states, such as Florida, Illinois, Kentucky and Virginia. And when new openings come up, you'll find them posted here .

As a Guest Services Representative, you'll get to talk with Disney enthusiasts like you about your favorite topic: Disney! You'll use phone, email and live online chat to answer their questions, for example, about information they need or issues they're having with their Disney shopping orders. To qualify to apply, you'll need a high school diploma along with a phone, computer and reliable Internet access.

Pay has recently been $12 per hour, and depending on how many hours you work, you may qualify for benefits that include health insurance assistance, paid vacation and free tuition . And, of course, you'd get Disney perks, too, such as complimentary Disney theme park admission and discounts on other Disney activities.

2. Disney work-from-home job: Help Disney vacationers as a Disney-themed travel planner

Love the thrill of planning your perfect Disney vacation, picking the ideal dates, booking the best rooms, and arranging a fun-packed itinerary? As a Disney-themed travel planner, you can do the same for folks who want help arranging their perfect trip that includes a Disney theme park, resort or cruise.

In this role, you'd work for a travel company, not Disney, but be your own boss. This means setting your own hours and working anywhere you like. You just need a phone, computer and Internet to help your clients by researching vacation details, creating itineraries, providing quotes and booking travel. Pay is based on commission, which means you'll be earning a percentage of the vacations you help plan. Starting commission is typically 10% to 25% of the total cost of the client's vacation package, and this can increase as you book more trips. In some cases, you'll also qualify for discounts on your own vacations.

A sampling of travel agencies that are inviting new independent Disney-themed travel planners to join them include:

Submit your application, and you'll be contacted about training that's provided and the commission rates you'd earn. To find more travel companies looking for independent Disney-themed travel planners, do an online search for "Authorized Disney Vacation Planner", which are companies that specialize in Disney vacations.

3. Disney work-from-home job: Write online articles about your Disney vacations

Enjoy writing as much as you love taking Disney vacations? You can earn cash as a freelance writer crafting articles about your Disney theme park trips, resort stays and cruises! Websites that specialize in sharing information about Disney vacations are looking for fresh content. And they'll pay you $25 to $75 for each 500- to 1000-word original article they publish.

To get started, visit Disney-themed websites that are seeking writers, like these:

Read their guidelines and check out past articles they've published to find the topics they're looking for and what they've already covered. Then write and submit your own article.

4. Share your Disney expertise on YouTube

Find it easy to talk about your Disney experiences with friends and family at social gatherings? You'd be a natural at hosting your own YouTube channel and starring in videos where you share your Disney expertise, just like the hosts of Mammoth Club , Megan Moves and The Mouselets .

Viewers turn to online videos from Disney fans all the time to get answers to their many questions before booking their own Disney vacation (such as how to find deals, what the new rides are like and which restaurants are best). Not only is it lots of fun to be the star of your own YouTube channel, but as your viewership grows, you could also earn revenue from advertisements that appear before and alongside your videos.

Getting started is easy : Sign up for a free account on YouTube, follow the simple instructions for launching your own channel, then start filming! You'll become eligible to start earning ad revenue when you reach 1,000 subscribers along with 4,000 hours of viewed video within the past year. After you reach these milestones, you can apply to become a YouTube Partner in your YouTube Studio dashboard (in the left menu, click Earn, then Apply).

According to BusinessInsider. com , YouTube content providers earn between $1.61 and $29.30 per 1,000 views. Depending on how many views you get for your videos, you can earn hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars every month.

5. Add links for Disney trips and products to your social media posts or website

Enjoy regularly posting about your latest Disney trips and sharing Disney-related tips on your social media account or website? You can earn cash by joining affiliate programs for companies that sell Disney vacations and merchandise. You just add links to these offers to your posts. Then, when people click through and make a purchase, you get a percentage of the sale as a commission.

Some Disney-related affiliate programs that you can join now include:

Success story: "Planning Disney vacations part-time for others pays for my own Disney vacations and household bills!"

In 2007, Kim Bowers had a life-changing revelation. "Coming home from a Disney vacation, I thought, ‘I want this to be a regular part of my life.' I began to research how to make that happen without moving. I landed on becoming a Disney-focused travel advisor because I had experience with planning and working with families, and I loved the idea of helping families have great vacations."

"I started with Off to Neverland Travel in 2008. Since then, I have planned hundreds of vacations, and also expanded my portfolio to include cruises and other destinations. Planning a Disney vacation, especially one with all the bells and whistles, a first-time visit or a multi-generation trip can be more complex than planning a trip to Europe! So, typically, people come to me overwhelmed by all of the information available online and the opinions they got from friends and co-workers. I step in and help them tune into what really matters for their unique situation. After I help them choose and book a vacation package, I act as their personal pre-travel concierge. I help them build a daily itinerary, then handle all the leg work and provide a customized itinerary.

So, what does the average workday look like for Kim? "A typical day for me involves phone conversations with clients about their plans and researching or booking experiences. Aside from the hotel package, I also book dining reservations, tours, limos…anything a client needs for their trip. I also do a lot of problem-solving, especially for clients with special needs. And it's important to note that while planning Disney vacations is fun, a very important part of my job is being there to help when things go wrong. I jump into action for my clients when they need to change plans due to illness, hurricane warnings, etc. While a client is traveling, I am on call for them should something happen and they need my help, even holidays and weekends."

Kim adds that promotion for her business is also up to her. "As an independent contractor, I have support from my host agency, Off to Neverland Travel, but I am responsible for my own marketing and social media." The upside is that Kim can decide how long she wants to work during any given week. "On average, I work 20 hours per week currently, but it has been more and less over the years."

Plus, there are additional benefits of working as a remote Disney-themed travel planner, Kim notes: "I enjoy the flexibility and independence of working from home. At first, it was great for my kids. Now they are grown and I care for my mother at home, so it's nice for her to have me available."

The extra paycheck has helped Kim live out of her dream of making Disney getaways a regular part of her life. "It can take time to build a client base. Now, in my 15th year, working part-time, I earn enough to fund family trips and pay several household bills."

And on top of it all, she genuinely enjoys what she does. "Vacation time is precious. Whether they are spending $2,000 or $20,000, everyone wants to share experiences and unplug from the everyday. And with Disney, in particular, trips are often a rite of passage or big family celebration so it's wildly important to them for everything to be just right. Helping people provide that for their families, and building relationships with them along the way, is rewarding. Recently, a young mom called, saying, ‘You helped my parents plan our Disney trips when I was a kid and now I want to take my kids. Would you please help us?' What could be better than that?"

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