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    Need a little help. I've always planned my own WDW trip and have done pretty well. Since I joined the site I've been wondering about magical journeys. Can some of you please tell me a bit about them. Im a bit nervous since im a bit of a control freak when it comes to planning my trips but I am interested if they can do better than me. Any info on the subject will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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    DisMom,

    I used to be in the same boat as you. I did not want to give up that control. But I often found it hard to work full time, and be on the phone at 7AM trying to get the AP/Summer/whatever discounts when they went public. Sometimes if I was not on these boards regularly, I did not know the discounts came out.

    I have now turned it over to Magical Journeys and am very grateful I did. I have used them 3-4 times and maybe more even for booking rooms for family members.
    I email them my dates and my wishes. What discounts I may qualify for, and they do the rest. They can also monitor for better views etc if they are not initially available. They always have been able to grab me AP/AAA rates or other seasonal promotions.

    I live overseas and now it is just not feasible to harass WDW travel at 7AM for ressies.

    Now I would not do it any other way.

    Try it, you will be glad you did. I use Denise, but all of their agents i am sure are super.

    /Cheers, JP
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    2000 - POFQ, MOWC (Sept)
    2001 - CS, Offsite (Jan) ASM (June) POFQ (Sept)
    2004 - POFQ (Sept)
    2005 - WL (June) AKL (Sept)
    2008 - Poly (Nov)
    2009 - Poly Club (July)
    2011 - BC Club (Sept)
    2013 - BWI Club(Aug)

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    my first time using them was last year. Debbie was my agent and she was great! just booked vacation for next year today as well.
    they are always looking for the deals when they come out and will offer to adjust your package if needed to take advantage of the savings.
    Lots of people on here have great things to say and thats what prompted me to try them.
    WDW November 7, 1989 - off site
    WDW November 2002 - off site
    WDW November 4-12, 2012 - AOA
    WDW November 8-16, 2017 - AOA

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    I am a control freak too and uber obsessive planner. I started using MJ with my 2008 trip and again in 2011 and just booked my 2014. On my last two trips I got refunds because Karen made sure I got the best deals available even after I booked and paid in full, she had them apply a better discount and I got refund checks both times! You can still plan all the other details where to eat, what to do first etc. but as far as booking you can't beat MJ. Oh yeah, it doesn't cost you a dime.

    2019????
    Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2017, Port Orleans Riverside
    Oct. 29-Nov.4, 2014-Yacht Club
    Dec. 17-23 2011-Wilderness Lodge
    Dec. 20-30, 2008-Pop Century
    Dec. 25,2005-Jan.1, 2006-Coronado Springs
    Jan. 1-7, 2003-All Star Movies

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    to all of the above. I've been using Wendy at MJ for 9 years and would never book my trips any other way. She takes away all the headaches and makes things so smooth for us. Even when Disney screwed up our reservation back in January Wendy had it fixed in about 30 min. Would've taken me all day to fix it.
    Chris, aka Strmchsr
    INTERCOT Staff: Vacation Planning, Guests with Special Needs, and Weather Guru

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    I had planned several cruises and vacations before but the headache I had when I tried to work through an online service was no fun to do Disney. There was nothing EXPEDIAte about it. Sorry I had to get my dig in. One day I stumbled here to INTERCOT and found MJ. Kathy was and is our contact and what jewels these people are. We can still plan all the details we want and if something needs to be changed (discount, pin code, etc.) they can do in seconds what would take me hours and a few aspirin . The best part of it, it's FREE no extra charges for incredible service. I rarely give out endorsements but this group definitely has their act together.
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    Another control freak here. (I actually get giddy about purchasing my Disney Vacation Binder each trip) I just booked with Karen for the second time and she's amazing. They always have your best interest in mind and know even more than us control freaks

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    You are still planning your vacation but with assistance. I've been using Wendy for years and I couldn't imagine planning without her help. I love getting the e-mails that say a better price has come out and she's applied it. It's also helpful when new discounts are announced and she lets me know that the price I'm paying is better. I know she's looking out for my wallet

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    Another OCD planner thrilled with Magical Journeys! Karen is the best!

    We've booked a few trips over the years, and it's been nice to have them do the booking and sit back. The stuff that I really like to do- ADRs and such- I still do on my own.

    It was especially nice for our latest trip coming up in September. I was in Boston on business when free dining was due/rumored to be released. Before I left, I let Karen know to adjust my dates if the rumor was true and snag the promo. I checked my tablet at breakfast that morning it was released and Karen was already done.

    Awesome!
    Next up: Sept 2013- Beach Club!
    May 10- Girl's Weekend- POP
    March 09- Poly
    May 06: Port Orleans Riverside
    Sept 98: Wilderness Lodge
    March 93: Carribean Beach Resort (Aruba)
    Nov 91: Ft. Wilderness; Several Thanksgivings @ Ft. Wilderness, 86-89
    Dec 84: Off-site (Econo Lodge, Kissimmee)

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    The folks at Magical Journeys are the best!
    Linda aka: Faline
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    Karen did some magic for us on our last trip.

    We had 6 nights room only booked. The promotion was ending during the middle of our stay and she found another to cover the remainder. So I got an email stating that if were willing to check out and check back in we would save an additional $101.70. So, yes get that for us and by simply having 2 reservations (which I did not have to make) and walking down to the front desk, I saved a hundred bucks. We did not have to change rooms, it worked out great!

    I got an email this morning where she applied AAA rates to my package and we have already saved $174 on our trip in January.

    It is so nice to know that you will always be getting the best deal available for your stay.

    Love MJ!
    Carrie

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    POR: 6/4-6/11/16
    POFQ: 11/15-11/19/15
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    POR: 1/7-1/14/14 -Dopey 48.6
    POR: 6/11-6/17/13
    ASMu: 1/11-1/15/13 -1st Full 26.2
    ASMu: 9/22-9/28/11
    ASMu: 6/7-6/13/11
    Pop: 1/30-2/6/10
    Pop: 2/1-2/7/09
    Pop: 1/08
    ASMu: 05/06
    Off-site: 12/93

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    I used to love planning all my trips. I would wait for the deals to come out in the paper and rush to call and book everyone’s rooms. Well that was until I went with MJ once. From then on it’s been with Wendy every time I book something on property. Try them you will not regret given up control. They are all great agents and get things done so fast. Getting you the best deal outs there. Good luck
    Been there, done that and going back!!! See ya real soon !!!

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    You can't beat Magical Journeys!!! Believe me, I have tried numerous times!! LOL

    Denise, Kathy, and all the agents have your best, most magical vacation in mind as if it were their own. They are there for you if anything should happen - good or bad - in the process of making each trip your best trip yet.

    You still will have lots of planning to do - which park(s) on which day(s); where to eat; what souvenirs to buy; etc. - they just take all the hassle of booking the room(s) and ticket(s) off your shoulders.
    -Bud

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    9/03 - CBR
    1/09 - BWV
    9/05; 2/07; 12/07; 9/08; 9/09; 9/10; 9/11; 12/13; 12/17; 4/18; 10/18 - PC
    5/15 - POR

    Disneyland: 12/15 - Paradise Pier Hotel

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    Thank you so much for all the input! I guess this weekend ill be putting in the call to MJ to find our what they can do for me. You all really helped me with this...again a million thanks!

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    Terrisue is my gal at MJ. She's amazing! We own
    DVC now, so we don't use her very often anymore. She is currently working on reservations for our January wedding guests. Like others have said, give them a try, you won't be sorry.
    Jodie

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    I've used Wendy at MJ for a bit over 5 years. Prior to that I booked online. I didn't like calling because I like to play around with different options. I really don't like the Disney website. I think it takes forever to check all the options I want.

    Now I send Wendy an email with my dates and what I want. She knows me and my family and what we like. Then I get a nice email back with lots of options. She is patient when I hem and haw over what to do. I also never have to worry about missing a better discount since she will take care of it.

    I could not imagine booking any other way.
    Cindy aka AgentC
    INTERCOT Staff: Accommodations, Dining, Movies, TV, Music & Musicals

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    I used to book my disney trips on my own. Now I use MJ for all my disney trips and others (universal, RCL )
    They really are great!
    Like a PP, I also use Terrisue
    Mar'14 DCL..Nov '13 POP..Jan '13 CBR..Mar'12 Swan/Dolphin..Nov '11 Universal/legoland, one night @ WDW..Oct '10 POP..April '09 Swan/Dolphin..Jan '09 AKL..Apr'08 offsite..Jan/Feb '08 offsite..Dec '08 HiltonHeadResort..Oct '07 Pop.. July '07 VB..May '07 DCL.Oct '06 FtWcabins.May '06 POP.Jan '06 POFQ

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    I am so exited to start getting things going...knowing that I can start pricing and getting actual details now is amazing!

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    I officially requested my quote from MJ...excited to see what they come back with and how they can help me out. Thank you all so much for all of you input...I was at work while reading all the replies and it made me excited to get home just to make the request! I appreciate all the help that everyone on this site has provided me with from my few questions and look forward to many more conversations here!

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    Hey DisMom,

    I have your form on my desk...today is pretty crazy due to 2014 rates but I will have some pricing to you in a few hours.

    Looking forward to working with you!

    Wendy
    Wendy Lewis
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    http://www.yourmagicaljourneys.com
    The Magic begins with YOU!
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