'; Today's Featured Agent: Tabitha Woodard from "Mouse"cation - WDW Hints
Tuesday 11 June 2024
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Today’s Featured Agent: Tabitha Woodard from “Mouse”cation

Today, we’re featuring Tabitha Woodard from “Mouse”cation (affiliated with Academy Travel.)  Tabitha is a newer Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, but certainly not new to all things Disney!  She is very personable, quick to respond and willing to help you plan a great Disney vacation!

Photo courtesy of Tabitha Woodard

WDW Hints: Can you tell us a few of your Disney World ‘favorites’?

Favorite Resort: Yacht Club and Polynesian
Favorite Restaurant: Le Cellier
Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Ride/Attraction: Soarin’
Favorite Character: Tinker Bell
Favorite dessert (and where it’s found): Trio of Valrhona Chocolate at Yachtsman Steakhouse.

WDW Hints: What little known thing do you like to recommend to your clients to try at WDW?  
Tabitha: Don’t try to do it all – make sure you have fun and relax a little.  You will not see it all in one trip!

WDW Hints: What made you decide to go from a “Disney fanatic” to an Authorized Disney Travel Planner?  When did you become an ADTP?  
Tabitha: I have always liked to plan.  I am a homeschool mom and field trip coordinator for our co-op.  I research and schedule all field trips for our Co-op.  I then started helping friends that were going to Disney by doing research and finding them the best deals (I love number crunching).  My sister always said I missed my calling – she said I should have been a travel agent.  I started thinking about it and decided that I loved helping others so much that I wanted to do it on a regular basis and help others.  I applied back in April and became an authorized Disney Travel Agent.  Although I have not been an Agent for very long I am loving it!

WDW Hints: Do you find yourself going on Disney vacations more, less or about the same since becoming an ADTP?  
Tabitha: Since I have only been an Agent for a few short months I can’t really say I have gone on more trips but I am planning to go on several later this year and next.

WDW Hints: Is there anything tedious about the job?
Tabitha: I would say the only thing tedious is the number crunching but when I am helping my client save money I get excited.  I love to crunch numbers and find the best deal!

WDW Hints: Do you book airfare for your clients?  
Tabitha: I book airfare through Disney.  I do, however, recommend other ways, if there is a better way to save my client money.

WDW Hints: What extra perks or special gifts do you give to your clients that other ADTPs may not give? 
Tabitha: I sometimes give Disney Gift Cards to my client for new bookings if they qualify.  I also am going to give autograph books and totes in the near future.  I also do a spreadsheet itinerary for my clients on which park is the best to visit on a particular day along with all their dining reservations and anything else I reserved for them.

WDW Hints: I enjoy booking my own ADRs right at 180 days out, if I were to book my vacation through you, can I still have control over my own ADRs or do you take over everything?
Tabitha: Absolutely!  If my client wants to make their own dining reservations that is fine with me.  I can do as much or as little as my client would like me to.

WDW Hints: I just priced out my own vacation using disneyworld.com – can you beat the prices I found or offer an upgrade?
Tabitha: My prices are the same as what you can get from Disney so that is the best deal I can get too.  I can, however, offer an autograph book and tote bag if you book through me.  If someone has school age children I do have a way to get better prices on park tickets if they are willing to take an educational class. 

WDW Hints: Are there better times to go to Disney that are not as crowded?  
Tabitha: Yes, the best time to go when crowds are low are from Sept to early December with the exception of Thanksgiving week.  Also January and February are also good times to go.

Photo courtesy of Tabitha Woodard

WDW Hints: Thank you Tabitha for taking the time to share with us!
Editors Note: Tabitha Woodard can be contacted via her website or you may visit her facebook page, “Mouse”cation.

Terri is owner, creator and an author for WDW Hints. She enjoys taking less-traveled paths of WDW and sharing her lesser-known discoveries with you!