What you need to look out for in a Disney Travel Agent or Agency

Chip and Co. recently came out with an article about one particular Disney Travel Agency, Blue Sky Journeys, the founders John Swoap and Melanie Swoap scammed $60,000 to $250,000, and are being charged by a Williamson County grand jury. If convicted, they face eight to 12 years in prison. I have to admit, I’ve heard of them, in fact–I used one of their travel agents for Disney travel.

HOWEVER, that being said the travel agent did not do anything shady and it was just my luck that I had someone that wasn’t John or Melanie Swoap. This travel agent soon left their agency after finding out some shady things going on, which made me feel relieved that she didn’t just continue supporting them.

If you’re deciding on a Disney Travel Agent or Agency, here’s a couple of steps that might help.

Step 1: Do your research, check to see if they are an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner sometimes they’ll have this logo…but still Google their name to find if there are any reviews on them.

ADVPStep 2: Know what you want in your Disney travel and compare different pricing with different travel agencies. A great Disney Travel Agent will even breakdown the costs for you. Know where you’d like to stay, how many people adults and kids, for how many nights, what’s the occasion, your budget and anything in particular you’d like to see? i.e. Fantasmic or Wold of Color.

Disney ListStep 3. Make sure you “connect” with your Disney Travel Agent. Not just a Disney Travel Agent but a friend, it may sound strange, but follow your gut feelings too.

BalloonsMickeyMinnieStep 4. A great travel agent will listen and ask. A quality travel agent will listen to what you need to say and ask you any questions they might need answered, like an outline of your trip if you haven’t already told your agent.

clubhouse-mickey-mouse1Step 5. Response time. I look for a quick response time, if I can just message my travel agent anything and they respond in a fast and timely manner– they are just amazing. If I can message on Facebook directly and get a response, wow! Even better!

clipmickey1Step 6: Travel Agencies do not accept cash and they don’t process credit cards or accept checks, they will take client’s credit card number over the phone and then call Disney to make arrangements. You will also receive a confirmation e-mail once you book a destination.

credit-cards-iconStep 7: Bring your documents to Disney i.e. confirmation number of hotel stay and don’t forget to have a magical time!

Mickey Mouse okI do have my own Disney travel agent, however, I won’t be telling you who I use in the blog, because it feels wrong for me to do so— and I don’t want to take advantage of you.

This blog is meant to warn you about the dangers of some bad apples in the Disney travel world and to help you choose your own Disney travel agent, not a promotion. If you’d like to know my Disney travel agent feel free to message MyDisneyCloud@yahoo.com or message on MyDisneyCloud’s facebook page at any time and ask.

Oh, and just if you’re curious she isn’t the Disney travel agent mentioned above, the one that left the agency– I actually have met a different Disney travel agent whose response time is amazingly fast, honest, willing to work with you on your plans, a great listener and has become a friend.

Sincerely,

Jenny Chan

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Artemis Fowl teams up with Mickey Mouse.

I’m sure you’ve seen this book around the library, right? If you have then I have some news for you.. if you haven’t, well you will surely know about it.

“Artemis Fowl” is the bestselling sci-fi/fantasy series by Eoin Colfer follows the adventures of Artemis Fowl II, a 12-year-old whiz kid from a high-flying crime family.

The live-action movie is currently in development at Disney, with Harvey Weinstein on board as a producer. Weinstein snagged the rights to “Artemis Fowl” in 2000 when he was the head of Miramax with his brother Bob. Weinstein and Disney are friends but it got unpleasant after Miramax was sold to Disney.

“Artemis Fowl” will be adapted by Michael Goldenberg, who wrote “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” “Peter Pan,” and “Contact.” De Niro and Rosenthal will serve as executive producers.

Magic, crime-fighting, Disney? Things have just gotten interesting… Do you think Artemis Fowl movie will be the next Harry Potter hit? Comment below…

“Finding Dory” becomes bad news for SeaWorld

As we speak Disney’s Pixar are currently working on Finding Dory, the sequel to their 2003 hit, Finding Nemo. Finding Nemo had a production budget of just $94 million, and brought in an incredible $921.7 million in box office receipts worldwide, including $380 million here in the United States.

There were reports that came up everywhere about Pixar executives changing their previously planned ending of Finding Dory, a decision some say was directly tied to a viewing in April of a little-known documentary titled Blackfish.

Blackfish, questions the health of killer whales held in captivity:

SeaWorld is not pleased since the film delves into what may have caused a killer whale at the park to fatally attack a SeaWorld trainer in 2010. In fact, days before Blackfish‘s release, SeaWorld sent letters to critics saying their portrayal of business is deemed inaccurate. Blackfish is also set to make its debut on CNN a few months from now, on Oct. 24, which viewers will be exposed to the troubling documentary.

The conclusion of Finding Dory  was originally going to involve “some marine mammals” who were “sent to an aquatic park/rehab facility — a SeaWorld-type environment,” according to Louie Psihoyos, who directed the award-winning documentary The Cove.

After viewing Blackfish, Psihoyos says, Pixar’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter, and Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton spoke with Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who helped them retool the ending to give said mammals the option of leaving the park if they so chose.

Assuming these animals were injured in the movie or required care of such a facility, a great decision on Disney’s part to remain sensitive to any negative image– a SeaWorld image.

A large whale in a small tank…