Sunday, February 19, 2006

Mechanics of Disney, Never Lost, Travel Expos and Blogging for Fun and Profit

Podcast Number Forty-nine

I discuss Disney from the perspective of a first time visitor and explain the mechanics of Disney World. The mechanics of Disney World include booking the trip, getting food, getting around Disney World and much more.

In the Co-Hosted segment, Lorene and I talk about Hertz's auto rental add on called, "Never Lost." This is a great service and your clients will love you if you talk them in to it when they rent a car. We also talk about upcoming travel expos sponsored by Agent at Home Magazine.

Scott Ahlsmith summarizes Tom Ogg's article on blogging for fun and profit. This is a must listen if you've ever wondered what blogging is and what it will do for you.

Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at or email Lorene at


Blogger Joe said...

Hello Barry,

Great Podcast - I love to listen every week.

I just wanted to give you and your listeners some points of clarification and other notes regarding the Mechanics of Disney:

1) Disney property spans about 46 square miles, which is about the size of San Francisco, or twice the size of the island of Manhattan!!! Only about 1/3 of the property is developed, some is dedicated to nature preservation - but they still have about 10,000 acres out of 30,000 or so that could be developed.

2) A Fastpass has a return window of 60 minutes, but even if that window passes, it will still be honored.

3) the finger biometrics were introduced in 2005 to try and reduce the number of people 'sharing' tickets. The tickets were always non-transferable, but this is an attempt to enforce that. All adults should sign their ticket, and also carry photo id in case the finger scan doesn't work.

They do not scan or store fingerprints - it is a finger geometry measurement.

I loved your explanation of the Key to the World card and how that is all you need to carry. I visit Disney at least once a year, and all I carry is that card and a photo ID.

4) one final point - the Dining plan - gives each person meal credits for a snack, a counter service meal, and a table service meal for each night of their stay. The credits can be used for ANY meal - i.e. the table service meal could be a breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Keep up the good work, I enjoy hearing you learn about Disney - it has been my passion for many years - and I even started my own home-based travel agency that only sells Disney - .

Feel free to shoot me an email anytime with any Disney questions that you may have.

Joe Raube
Dream Come True Vacations
Making your Disney Vacation Dreams Come True
joe AT dreamcometruevacations DOT com

PS. If you want to keep abreast of the latest Disney deals and discounts, be sure to keep a check on - Mary Waring tells you everything that you need to know about how to save money at Disney.

I also just started an online forum for Disney Travel Agents - be sure to check out - all we discuss is the business of being a Disney travel agent.

8:06 AM  

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