JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

What does Disney Specialist really mean?

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Judging by my recent posts, it’s pretty obvious to know that I’ve got Disney on the brain – big time.  My trip is a little over a month away, and my singing gigs for the season are winding down. I’ve got a recital this Saturday, and am singing in “HMS Pinafore” the next weekend, then I’m pretty much done with any solo singing until the fall. So I’m in hyper prep mode for my upcoming Disney trip!

But all this talk of Disney (and reading of many internet forums and sites) has me thinking about something in particular…..people who call themselves Disney Specialists or Experts.

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’ve been going to Disney regularly since the mid-80’s. And now as an adult, I go almost every year. I KNOW Disney World. I can tell you which order to do the rides so that you don’t have to wait in long lines. (You should NEVER have to wait in line more than 30 minutes, no matter how busy the parks are.) I can tell you which restaurants to eat at to suit your tastes, and how many credits each one costs on the dining plan. I can recommend the best drinks and snacks to get in Epcot and tell you which activities are not to be missed. I can tell you about each on-site resort and let you how to get from point A to point B anywhere on property. These are some of the reasons why I call myself a Disney Expert. (Technically, Disney won’t let an agent use the term ‘specialist’, that’s why we went for ‘expert’ in my title.)

So I’m sometimes really perplexed by people out there calling themselves Disney Specialists who don’t even go to Disney. Or maybe they’ve been there once or twice. One trip does not an expert make. If you ask me, I’d require at least 10 trips under one’s belt before they can call themselves an expert. I’m not singling out agents – I’m just talking about people in general putting all kinds of info out there that may or may not be backed up by any kind of personal experience or knowledge.

What’s my point to this late-night post?

1. I highly recommend using a travel agent when booking a trip to Disney World. (No surprise there.) This is not a “wing it” kind of trip – you’ll be so disappointed if you have to wait in 2 hour long lines on your trip.

2. Make sure your travel agent really knows their stuff when it comes to Disney World! If they do, you’ll have an even more fabulous trip than you can ever imagine.

Aaaaaand now back to getting ready for my trip…… 🙂


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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