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familiarize yourself with every hotel, the packages, the dining plans, the insurance. The more you educate yourself, the better off you will be when you do apply at an agency.There is so much great information on this forum, it's the most helpful forum I've found to date on the topic of being a Disney Vacation Planner!
I'm in the same boat as a lot of the posts here. My other issue is I'd really love to talk to someone about the opportunity more directly to see if it is the right option for me. I've posted in a few Facebook groups about it and I didn't really get much reply for a one-on-one chat with a current agent.
If you have questions, I can certainly try to answer them for you. You can email me if you like. I will try to get back to you quickly, but please keep in mind that my clients needs come first.
I have been to Disney 7 times in my life and am working on booking trip #8 this September. I have considered becoming a travel agent in general for many years, but always just stuck with what I knew work-wise. Now I'm starting to think I should really follow my passions and do something I love. I have over 10 years of high level customer service and sales experience, and I've traveled a lot including study abroad programs, so I understand the travel industry very well from a traveler's point of view (I've been through being stranded due to an airline strike and lost luggage...too many times).
Many owners/managers want a certain amount of trips/cruises in the last few years. There is a lot of work that a travel agent does that our clients never know about. It's a job just like any other with procedures and rules. The more familiar you are with a product due to first hand knowledge, the better off you are.
My only issue is, it seems like I need to wait for my trip to be completed in September to even apply places. Also, some of the agencies that seem most reputable don't want to consider you if you haven't had a DCL experience, and my experience is solely WDW. That is due to the fact that if you are not proficient in that area, you would not be able to sell it properly. Many agencies sell every destination that Disney offers so having agents that are well rounded when it comes to selling travel is important. You may want to wait until you have a little more travel experience. I would also look at some of the hotels that you haven't stayed at to see what they are like. If you are limited, that will create a challenge when trying to go with a Disney oriented agency.
I actually quiz those that make it to an interview on things that have to do with various resorts, etc. I don't make it easy. LOL
Any tips on if I should wait until after my September trip? I would. I'm an information gatherer/hoarder so I really like to have as much information as possible before setting my mind on doing something, even if it's a few months out!