We are so happy you are interested in working with us to become a Disney travel specialist! It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!
Working as a Disney travel specialist is a fantastic opportunity to add to your income doing something you love to do! The next best thing to taking a Disney vacation yourself is sharing the magic with someone else. Receiving a text or email from a client with a photo of their child meeting a favorite character for the first time or news on some magical moment they’ve just experienced is incredibly rewarding.
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Who do you consider to be an an ideal fit as an agent? What are the requirements?
The most important requirement is that you have a genuine love for Disney. The best practices of selling travel can be taught but a love of the Disney product must be there from the beginning! An ideal agent is outgoing, has a flexible schedule, is actively involved in their community and in social media, tech savvy, has great communication skills, a personality suited for sales and has already given thought to where they will find clients.
Requirements for this position are:
- have traveled to a Disney destination at least once in the last 12 months and a minimum of 3 times in the past 5 years
- able to demonstrate an expert level of knowledge on at least one Disney Destination
- willingness to permit a criminal background check (background check only, no finger printing or credit check)
- age 21 and up
- US resident
- access to high speed internet service
- willingness to treat this endeavor as a business rather than a hobby
Who should not apply?
With all due respect, if you are looking for an opportunity to “buy” a travel agent id card to get free or discounted travel for yourself and your family, this is not the program for you! If you are not ready to commit to treating this opportunity as a business but rather just as a hobby that you think about a few times a month, this is not the program for you.
What will be expected of me as a Disney travel specialist?
All of our Disney travel specialists are independent contractors working from home on their own schedule. You are essentially setting up and running your own travel business. While we do provide leads to successful agents, the majority of your clients will come from your own marketing efforts. Marketing training is available to agents who are serious about building their business. You will be responsible for servicing your clients needs from the time of initial contact through follow up their return from their vacation. This includes dining recommendations, reservations and assistance with itinerary planning. We do offer templates and automated support for many of these activities. You will be responsible for entering all of your reservations in to the agency CRM database for tracking and for keeping reservation data current for all bookings. We request that agents publish a minimum of one blog article per month to the agency blog. We will ensure that the article is formatted correctly and is optimized for search engines. This is a great way to begin attracting clients. If and when you decide you are ready to commit to consistently publishing to your own blog, you may opt to do this instead.
What travel benefits are available?
As a Disney travel specialist, once you have met the requirements for a travel agent ID card (CLIA and IATA each have a specific set of requirements that you must complete and fees associated with issuing a card) you will be eligible to receive travel benefits including:
- discounts of up to 50% on Walt Disney World resorts
- discounts on theme park admission for you to familiarize yourself with all of the new and exciting developments in the Disney parks
- discounts on Disney Cruise Line vacations
- attend onsite Agent Education programs exclusively available to EarMarked agencies
- attend the annual EarMarked Conference at one of Disney’s exciting vacation destinations
- discounts at many hotels, cruise lines, amusement parks, rental cars and other attractions
Will I be able to attend onsite Agent Education programs with Disney or the EarMarked travel agent conference?
Yes! There are lots of great opportunities for experiencing the Disney products and learning about what’s coming in the future. Onsite Agent Education Programs (or AEPs) are offered several times throughout the year. Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line all offer AEPs. The EarMarked conference is held once per year and has updates on each of Disney’s products, general speakers and breakout sessions on various aspects of the travel industry. It is always very interesting and a great opportunity to network with other Disney specialists. Attendance at the EarMarked conference is occasionally limited to a certain number of people from each agency. In that case, the majority of spots will be awarded based on sales performance with the remaining going by random drawing.
Do you provide leads to your agents?
We do provided shared leads to successful agents. In order to be eligible for agency leads you must have completed a minimum of 10 self-generated bookings or a minimum of $25,000 in commissionable travel sales. This is to ensure that you have proven your ability to complete and follow through on the sales process. We feel it is important for each agent to view marketing to attract clients as critical to their business. If you are working towards building your business, you will be eligible for shared leads.
What commission split do you offer?
Your exact commission split will be determined based on sales volume and experience and range from 60-85%. Commission levels are tiered based on experience and sales volume. Once you have met minimum sales requirements, you will be eligible to receive 100% commission on your own personal travel.
Are there any other expenses I will incur to start off as a Disney travel specialist?
Required expenses are very minimal. You must have a computer and high speed internet access. Most resources will be provided by the agency however incidentals such as business cards or postage will be your responsibility. You will have the opportunity to discuss marketing opportunities you may want to invest in (such as sponsoring a local event, an ad in a local publication etc.) and may be eligible for co-op funds to help cover the cost. Travel is always at your own expense. Consult a CPA or tax adviser to determine if your personal travel may be tax deductible.
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