Academy Travel has earned the highest designation that Disney can bestow upon a travel agency, EarMarked Diamond!
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Who is Academy Travel
Founded in 1996, Academy Travel is celebrating over 20 years in business and as the original “Disney Exclusive” travel agency.
Academy Travel is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and has been designated as a Diamond EarMarked Travel Agency specializing in Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.
One reason the agency attained the “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” status is that all the frontline leisure travel agents are College of Disney Knowledge graduates. The College of Disney Knowledge is an in-depth comprehensive course that allows agents to develop their expertise regarding the Disney Destinations – knowledge that consumers can take advantage of when planning a Disney vacation.
“We are very proud to have received the designation of ‘EarMarked Diamond’ from Disney Destinations this year. Only 3 travel agencies worldwide received the ‘EarMarked Diamond’ designation, so this is an extraordinary achievement.” said Lisa Federico, Academy Travel’s President. “Much of the credit goes to our team of great travel agents. Our travel agents provide our clients with the highest level of expertise and service”
Why Inside the Magic recommends Academy Travel
There are a number of important reasons we recommend Academy Travel above all other travel agencies. But first, we believe there are a number of great Disney travel agencies. As long as you book your trip with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner you can rest assured that you will be working with an agency that Disney has vetted and is willing to associate their brand with that agency due to the knowledge and service level you will find at that particular agency. As you can probably imagine, this is a big deal as Disney emphasizes stellar service above all else. Disney has high standards as to with whom they will partner and as a baseline we believe you should only consider booking your Disney vacation with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.
But with multiple Authorized Disney Vacation Planning options, how do you decide which one of those is best? The cream of the crop among the Authorized Disney Vacation Planning agencies have been recognized for their service by Disney. Those agencies are “EarMarked Diamond” which is the highest honor that Disney can bestow on a travel agency. This designation alone is worth its weight in gold when it comes to booking the perfect vacation.
But wait there is more. No other travel agency in the world books as many Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, , a Disney Resort & Spa vacations as does Academy Travel. Yes, you read that right, Academy Travel has more experience booking these trips than anyone else, plus they are also the #1 travel agent booking Universal Studios vacations and so much more. Talk about expertise that is impressive!
Last but not least Inside the Magic has gotten to know the owner of Academy Travel, Lisa Federico and we are impressed by her knowledge and professionalism. When you work with Academy Travel you can rest assured knowing that of the many reputable agencies Academy Travel is the one we believe is head and shoulders above the rest and the agency we believe will do the most to make your vacation a success.
Benefits of working with Academy Travel
First of all, you won’t pay a penny more to work with Academy Travel. In fact, you will probably pay less than if you book the same trip on your own.
Academy Travel agents specialized knowledge can help you with FastPass+, Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs), RunDisney and other special or seasonal events, discounts, and so much more. When you use Academy Travel to book your vacation, you don’t pay any extra fees or commissions. In fact, most people will save money with the assistance of an Academy Travel agent because they know of discounts and vacation packages of which many are unaware.
Imagine for a moment that you’ve done all the research necessary to book your ideal trip and after you book the trip a free dining discount becomes available. Your travel agent can quickly compare the rules of this new discount against your existing reservation and determine if it makes sense to rebook your trip or keep your original reservation. With countless discounts and opportunities to save on your trip, it only makes sense to have an advocate in your corner making sure you get the best deal on your trip.
For those of us who have been to Walt Disney World or Disneyland numerous times, we may assume using a travel agent is only for the first time visitor. But the advantage of working with Academy Travel isn’t only for first-time guests.
Frequent vacationers enjoy the freedom to avoid setting their alarm for those hard-to-book ADR or FastPass+ reservations. Routinely, Academy Travel works on behalf of its clients, making those reservations for them. This is all part of being an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. They are there to assist you through each step of the vacation planning process.
Another all too common scenario is for those guests who have specific knowledge of either Walt Disney World or Disneyland and incorrectly assume the other destination is the same. For instance, Good Neighbor Hotels surrounding Disneyland offer quick convenient access that nearly rival Disney owned resorts simply due to proximity to the parks. But Walt Disney World covers such a large area and guests who are familiar with Disneyland may not intuitively understand the additional value in staying on-site has versus off-property resorts.
Finally, what about when weather, sickness or any other unforeseen event interrupts your trip. Every year there are countless instances of guests needing to make last-minute changes to their reservations because of unexpected delays. When the unexpected happens Academy Travel is there to rebook your flights, extend your hotel and whatever else you need while you make the best of the unexpected delay and go enjoy another day in the park instead of modifying all of the reservations yourself.
Another common reason someone might choose to work with Academy Travel is so they can experience a Disney Destination that is further outside of their comfort zone.
If your travel plans take you to one of Mickey’s international homes in France, Japan, or either of the two in China, Academy Travel’s expertise and service can alleviate some of the uncertainty inherent in international travel. As we shared in our comprehensive review of Disneyland Paris, the travel logistics alone are a unique aspect of a trip such as this.
Beyond the theme park, Disney caters to your travel needs with Adventures by Disney. Not all Authorized Disney Vacation Planners can say they have the first-hand experience outside of the domestic theme parks, but Academy Travel can.
You have read Inside the Magic’s Inside the Magic of Disney Resorts and Cruise Line’s Halloween Celebrations, right? If so, you know Disney Cruise Lines has special holiday sailings that are incredible. For example, each of the Disney Cruise ships (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic) has its very own unique “Mysterious Pumpkin Tree” during Halloween.
Or maybe you weren’t aware. As much as we hope our readers read everything we publish, we understand that isn’t possible.
Finally, another bucket list non-theme park Disney destination is Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Personally, this is my favorite among any of the Disney Resorts worldwide. For the ultimate vacation experience, paradise awaits you in Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa resort in Hawaii.
Located on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, Aulani is easily Oahu’s finest resort far surpassing anything else on the Island. I will take it one step further and say it exceeds anything you can find on any of the Hawaiian Islands.
Listen to Imagineers Joe Rohde and Jeanette Lomboy along with Vice President of Aulani Djuan Rivers explain exactly how Disney is able to share Hawaii’s culture and stories through the Aulani resort.
With so many destinations to visit, working with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner can be so much more than you see on the surface. Do yourself a favor and give Academy Travel a chance to provide a free quote or answer any questions on the vacation of your dreams. Remember you don’t pay extra for all of the extra services they provide.
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