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The Pros and Cons of Using a Travel Agent with Christina McBride of TravelMation



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Really looking forward to your next trip to Disneyland, but DREADING booking the travel? This episode features Christina McBride, a seasoned travel agent and former Disneyland cast member, who shares her insider's knowledge and love for all things Disney.


We kick things off with a deep dive into the benefits of hiring a travel agent for your Disneyland adventure. Christina, with her rich experience as a former Disney cast member and travel agent specializing in Disneyland, shares about the importance of choosing an agent who's familiar with the ins and outs of each park. She also reveals some of her favorite underrated rides that are steeped in Disneyland's history.

 

Pondering over the merits of hiring a travel agent? You won't want to miss Christina's insights.


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 Welcome to the park Magic podcast, your place for insider tips for your next Disneyland Adventure. Whether you're a first timer or first time in a while visitor, we're here to unwrap the secrets to creating and simplifying your dream Disneyland vacation.


Robyn:
Hiring a Travel Agent for Disneyland

Welcome to park Magic, where we want to help you plan a practically perfect trip to Disneyland, giving you the tips that you need to make your trip a lot less stressful and to feel like you don't need a master's degree in Disney studies in order to have a great time at Disney. I've got Christina McBride on today. She's a travel agent and former cast member. We're going to talk a little bit today about should you hire a travel agent? What should you look for? And like maybe who's not a good fit for a travel agent? So Christina, thank you so much for coming on the show today.


Christina:

Thank you so much, Robyn, for having me. It's wonderful to be here.


Robyn:

Can you tell us a little bit about your experience specifically with Disneyland as a cast member, and as a travel agent?


Christina:

Yeah, so, Disneyland. It has a special place in my heart. I grew up no more than 30 minutes away. My entire life, I grew up going there as a kid with my family. We were gifted passes one Christmas from my grandma. So, then we became a Passholder family. And we'd go in just for a couple of hours here and there in the evenings. During the holidays, we'd watch parades, fireworks, and just go home. And then in 2008, shortly after I graduated high school, I was hired there to Disneyland where I spent 13 magical years. And then, obviously, the pandemic hit, and I was furloughed for 14 months. So, that was definitely a difficult time. I ended up quitting because I had plans to move to Central Florida with plans to transfer out to Walt Disney World, but the pandemic derailed those plans. So, instead of transferring from West Coast to East Coast, I just had to quit so I could move across the country. But, like you said, I'm a travel agent. I'm under the Travel Nation agency. We are a top-producing agency with Disney. So, we book both Disneyland and Walt Disney World; we can do the international parks, we do Disney Cruise Line, we do Adventures by Disney, we can do Aulani, so it's an all-encompassing thing. And I do more than Disney, but obviously, since this is a Disney podcast, we'll focus on Disney and Disneyland. So, yeah, that's kind of my story. And I am always happy to talk anybody's ear off about Disneyland and all things Disney.


Robyn:

Disney's like its own animal. It's kind of like, yeah, you know, Alice in Wonderland? You know, things are different, but the same? Yeah. And so, can you talk about why if you're looking to plan a Disney trip, it might be worthwhile talking to somebody that has specific experience with Disney, and especially like the park that you want to go to? Because even Disneyland and Disney World are very different.


Christina:

Oh yes, they are night and day. So, having a travel agent that knows their destinations well is a huge plus. Thankfully, growing up in California and working at Disneyland, and now living near Disney World, I have the best of both worlds. My knowledge is vast for both—obviously, Disneyland more so than Disney World. But I'm getting there. I'm catching up. But even though a lot of people think they're similar, like you said, there are still so many differences between West Coast and East Coast when I'm talking to people that have either grown up coming to Disney World or have vacationed frequently here in Florida.


I always like to talk about Disneyland as it's the original Park. If we didn't have Disneyland in Anaheim, there would be no Disney World, there would be no Disneyland Paris or Tokyo. So, I always try to throw off that emotional aspect of it. And like it's Walt's Park, he walked through that park; he has not stepped, you know, in any of the other parks around the world. So, it's kind of that I like to tug at the heartstrings a little bit, but you definitely want somebody that knows their differences, knows the nuances of Disneyland versus the nuances of Walt Disney World, and the pros and cons to each, but also what makes each park special and special in their own way.


Robyn:

Kind of like the difference between traveling to Europe versus traveling to Asia. You know, there are some things that are gonna be fundamental. You're gonna need airfare, you're gonna need a hotel, but there are a lot of cultural differences, especially around Genie Plus—getting up at 7 am in Walt Disney World versus not being able to book until you get to the parks at Disneyland.


You know, at Disney World, it's really important for a lot of people to stay at a Disney Resort. At Disneyland, there's just not that same culture because it's so crazy expensive and there are so many other ones. You know, they're not even the closest to the parks, really; you can actually get a shorter walk from some of the hotels across the street.


What kind of person really is going to be like, 'The travel agent,  what’s the best thing I've done'? What kind of client is it that you feel is like they get the most value out of having a travel agent?


Christina:

I feel like it's the busy parents or the kind of career-oriented person that just doesn't have the time to do the research on their own, or the one that wants to go somewhere but doesn't like to spend the hours potentially to figure out dates and pricing, and well, how many people are going and are there any specials? Are there any, you know, Florida resident rates, or California resident rate, or somebody that just does not know anything about that destination?


I had the privilege of booking a family of four from Illinois who had never been out to Southern California; obviously, I was born and raised there. So, I got to put my expertise in their pockets, and I booked them a stay at Disneyland Hotel. They had early entry because they were hotel guests. And I got to talk up everything that I love about Disneyland, and they loved it, they had so much fun.


Because they're from the Midwest, they frequented Disney World more than they ever have Disneyland, which is actually pretty common. A lot of, you know, Midwesterners, towards the east coast, tend to venture to Florida more than they do California. So, I was able to give them all of my tips and tricks and things that I knew as a cast member, or things that I just knew as a guest playing in the park; their daughter got to meet the princesses, got to ride Radiator Springs Racers, and her son loves Nightmare Before Christmas. And they were there right after Haunted Mansion turned over to Haunted Mansion Holiday.


So, I mean, anybody theoretically can use a travel agent; it's just kind of based on how much do you want to be involved in the planning aspect of your vacation or your group outing or your school function or whatever versus how much do you not want to be involved. We can have kind of both ends of the spectrum. But we do all the heavy lifting for you, so to speak. So, I will spend the time, you know, after my day job, and doing the research, pulling quotes, sending emails, and all that kind of stuff. So, it's for everybody, but it's not for everybody. So, it's just kind of, like I said earlier, just kind of how much do you want to be involved as the client's booking your trip?


Robyn:

And I kind of feel like when I went to Costa Rica, I joined every Facebook group; I learned about every activity that gives me joy, that's like, feeds my soul. You know, like, I have a friend. It's like, how did you know what was available? I'm like, how do you not know? I think that, you know, if you're somebody who's like, I want to go, but I don't get joy out of the planning part, or I'm anxious that I'm going to book the wrong hotel? Will it be too far away? Will I not be able to manage the car seats back in the before days when you hired a travel agent, because they had access to digital assets and computer programs that you didn't have? Now everybody has that.


So it's really more about if you're looking to save every penny and get the best price, you know, you might find spending $10 more a night on a room, right? But for the most part, you're gonna get pretty close to the best deal. And you're going to have somebody to say, 'You really don't want to stay at that hotel. You know, my last client there saw rats,' you know.


Christina:

No, I definitely think that is kind of, you hit the nail on the head. I will preface to say that not every agency and or agent has free services; mine are. Mine will cost you nothing extra. But kind of the caveat to that is if we're going to do all the legwork for you, we do ask that you go ahead and book with us. There are times where, you know, people will do all the legwork for them, and then they'll just decide to have all the information and do it on their own. That is kind of frustrating. And that's kind of like the client that we don't necessarily want because we're small businesses, although we're under an agency itself, I'm doing this as a small business-owned person.


Robyn:

It's disrespectful because, you know, somebody who's trying to start something, and you're actually not only taking their time but keeping them away from finding new client materials. Yeah. So you know, and that's why there are travel agents that say, like, there is a booking fee, you know, to keep people from doing that. And that doesn't mean that that's a scam.


Christina:

You know, I’m not obviously throwing shade under anybody that does charge something for their services. That's just not what travel nation is about. That's not what I'm about. I'm here to help you as much or as little as you want. So if you book for me and help me support my small business, I will almost do everything except take a bullet for you.


Robyn:

Can you talk about how a travel agent can help you like mid trip if something goes wrong? 


Christina:
Using a Travel Agent Benefits and Question

So, airlines are a little bit more tricky because a lot of times if you have something going on, say you're at the airport, like there's a flight delay or something, a lot of times your best bet is to talk to the airline directly, talk to the gate agent. Fortunately, with flights and airlines, there's not a whole lot we can do as travel agents. That's not to say travel agents don't book flights because we do; however, trying to contact us for a flight issue is not necessarily something that may, you know, come out to your benefit. Just because we're not there, we don't know the whole picture of what's going on.


But for everything else, one of the huge benefits of having a travel agent is you have somebody in your corner for anything that goes wrong. So, if you're on vacation and say there's like an air conditioning leak in your room, and you've tried to talk to the front desk, you've tried to talk to housekeeping, you can reach out to me as your travel agent, and I can call the resort and be like, 'Hey, I am a travel agent, this is my client, this is not acceptable, you need to do something now, you need to move rooms, you need to, you know, do ABC XYZ.'


And if that's not good enough, the beauty about Travel Nation is I have a team. So, I'm a part of a team, I have a supervisor, and I can get my supervisor involved, I can get our owner and founder involved; like we have amazing relationships with so many different vendors that we can, nine times out of ten-ish, get something fixed. I'm not saying, you know, it works out that way every time. But having a travel agent a lot of times can benefit you in ways that you may not be aware of or you may not find out because you're that family that thankfully doesn't have any issues while on vacation. But you know, there may be that one time where you may have to have somebody fight for you and fight for your rights as a paying customer and a guest of wherever you choose to go.


Robyn:

I think another advantage of a travel agent is that you can do payment plans and book packages. Can you talk a little bit about that?


Christina:

Payment plans are great. Unfortunately, not every vendor allows payment plans. However, with Disney, the sooner you book—as kind of with anything in life—the sooner you book, you're typically going to get the better rates.


So with Disney, all you have to do if you're booking a package (package includes hotels and tickets, and actually now that the dining plan is back at Walt Disney World, you can also add on a dining plan) is just a deposit of $200. That's it. Then your deadline for your package due date is typically 30 days prior to your check-in date. So, you have all of that time between booking and your 30 days prior to check-in to make payments.


If you don't have a package, say you do a hotel only, you have a deposit, which is typically one night of room rate. Then you have up until the check-in date to pay that off, whether you choose to do payments or pay it all upfront upon check-in. So, you have a little bit more leeway with packages. So, at least with Disney, there's so much flexibility. You can pay as little or as much as you want. You can pay just the deposit, you can pay more than the deposit and have fewer payments throughout the remainder up until you leave. So, it just kind of depends.


With other vendors, unfortunately, payment plans aren't necessarily an option. But that's one of the great things about Disney—you have the option as long as you're not booking within 30 days. Because otherwise, you'll have to pay in full. But for the most part, you are able to make payments on packages or hotels only.


Robyn:

And the other thing is that you're living and breathing Disney all the time. And so when Disney got a new promotion, you can be like, Hey, I re-booked your hotel and I saved you 300 bucks on your trip, which I think you know, especially for people who don't want to immerse themselves in the Disney World for six months while they're planning their trip. I think that's huge.


Chistina:

Yeah, it's great anytime a new deal drops or new food items release, you know, like the holidays are coming up. So, we get emails for all the food selections, all the food offerings that are coming in to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, and we also get those same emails for room promotions. There are a lot of Florida resident rates right now for Walt Disney World. There are, I think, at least one or two, maybe even three Southern California resident rates, whether that's tickets or hotels or, you know, so there's all kinds of different rates that we get emails on. It's not even something that you would be aware of that we do. It's just we get the email. If we have a client traveling between those dates, we'll look it up, see if we can do it based on the criteria, and then if we can, we'll be like, 'Hey, guess what, I just saved you X amount of money.' And that's again, a benefit of using a travel agent is we get constant emails from Disney, especially. It's almost like a daily or every couple of days with emails for various different, whether it's your entertainment offerings, updates on the Disney Cruise Line, Disney Treasure, which is coming out in 2024. So, all of these different updates that we have access to that we can look up for our clients, which is fantastic.


Robyn:

Is there anything a travel agent can do that like  a normal person can't do?

Christina:

It kind of just depends. So, being a travel agent under the umbrella of Travel Nation, we are kind of one of the top agencies in the country. So, we actually have some really great fantastic relationships with a lot of our vendors. A lot of times, depending on the agency, they can potentially have deals that are offered to them exclusively that wouldn't be available to other agencies or the general public. That's not always the case, and it doesn't always happen. But in some cases, there are agency-exclusive promotions that we can offer our clients. It's great; you would find us advertising those on social media. It just kind of has an agency. Oh, it's not always, you know, an all-encompassing agent can save you money if they can, they get better deals than the general public. Like that's not always the case. But in some instances, we do get special promotions, which is a lot of fun.


Robyn:

If somebody is, like, an individual looking to hire a travel agent, what questions should they ask to see if the travel agent is a good fit for their personality and needs? 


Christina:

A great question. It's a two-way relationship. So you want to make sure that the client that you have works best for you. And you also want to make sure that the agent that you're choosing works for you. So if you're a client and say you're somebody that likes to talk on the phone, say it's a stay-at-home mom, and they have pretty much all the free time hours during the day, and they wanted to talk on the phone and say they wanted to utilize me, which I'm more than happy to do, guys, but I do work full-time. I have a typical nine-to-five office job. So making a phone call in the middle of the day is not something that I'm able to do; it would have to wait until the evening hours when I'm home from work. And that may not be conducive to that specific client. And that's okay; if they feel like I'm not a good fit for them, they're under no obligation to choose me as their travel agent.


I kind of like to think of it as a job interview; you kind of have to look at it from, 'Are they gonna meet your needs?' Are you a client that likes to be on the phone all the time? Are you a client that prefers email? Are you a client that likes to double-check somebody else's work? So, like, are you going to go back and kind of redo all the work that the agent did? So there's kind of different things that kind you as a client, want to ask.


Robyn:

Like, it sounds like what are the expectations around communication? You know, can I call you? Do you mostly do email? What is an average turnaround time for those emails? What is their availability? Like during your trip? If there was an emergency? It sounds like those are kinds of things. Right?


Christina:

Right. Yeah. So, communication is definitely a big one. I know in today's day and age, a lot of things are done over text and email, which there's nothing wrong with that. I am one too, especially because I do work in the evenings. I do prefer email; you know, you want to be able to have this time with your family in the evenings. But if you're one that likes to talk on the phone, like that's something that you would need to talk with your agent about.

Or say like somebody in your party has severe food allergies. Does your agent have experience with dealing with food allergies? If anybody knows Disney, they know that Disney is great with working with food allergies. But if you're not going with Disney, like how well does that other location deal with food allergies? It kind of also goes back to like, what is it that you as a client are looking for? For me specifically, like within Travel Nation, I'm certified in groups and luxury travel. I could book a school group at Disney World or Disneyland through Imagination Campus. So you could do a school group that gets to march down Main Street with their band or their color guard. If they're into theater, they have theater workshops and stuff like that. So, it's just really cool because that's something that I like to also promote for myself. I can do groups; I can do school groups. If you want to head to Disney World and, you know, dance in Disney Springs with your dance team, I can help book that for you. So, it's just kind of questions that you as the client and/or agent want to ask.

You know, and then I know there's a lot of families with special needs kids out there. So, it's also you kind of want to ask those hard questions too. Like if you are a family with a special needs child, like how do you deal with that? Are you certified? For me, I'm not certified yet. I'm looking at doing that down the road. But I do know a lot of families with special needs kids are also turned off by travel because they don't know where to start looking. They don't know who to start talking to and stuff like that. So, like I said earlier, just ask your questions; don't be afraid to ask. You know what you may feel as a stupid question is; any cast member or I'm sure Universal team member knows like there's no stupid questions we hear at all. So, don't be afraid to ask whatever is on your mind.


Robyn:

As a former cast member and travel agent, can you give me like your three best tips for Disneyland?


Christina:

Okay, don't compare it to any other park you may have been to, don't compare it to any other Disney park. Obviously, it's not Universal. So don't compare it to Universal; that would be the first and foremost number to enjoy it, Disneyland. Like I said, it holds a special place in my heart, but it truly is a gem. It's full of so much history, and not just obviously Disney history, but theme park history, amusement park history. There are so many things that guests around the world can enjoy today, thanks to the innovations that Disney came up with to build Disneyland.


And then number three, Park hop, Park hop, Park hop. The beauty about Disneyland is that they are right next door to each other. So for those that may not know, California Adventure actually used to be the main parking lot for Disneyland back in the day. So they are super close. There is a space in between; it's called the esplanade. So you literally just walk out the gates of Disneyland to go across the Esplanade, and boom, you're in California Adventure enjoying the rest of your day. It's one of those things that people that have been to Walt Disney World are so blown away with when they go to California and see how easy it is to park hop. All of the Disney hotels are within walking distance. The parks are within walking distance; Downtown Disney is within walking distance. Like, you don't have to leave the property to get somewhere else unless you were wanting to step outside of the Disney bubble. So that's just park hop, Park hop, Park hop. If you're there for one day, you want to try to see it all, definitely park hop. There's a lot to Disneyland.


Robyn:

At the Disneyland Resort, what is your favorite, most underrated ride? I mean, I think everybody knows the big wins. What's a ride that you think is unappreciated for its grandeur?


Christina: 
Disneyland Park Hopping and Underrated Rides

Okay, I have, I have to have. They're both attractions that I worked. So one is going to be Storybook Canal Boats. It's technically an opening. The attraction, however, used to be called Canal Boats to the World. And it lasted about a year, a little less than a year. And then it turned into Storybook Canal Boats. So it is so cool. And it just, again, like it just takes you back to the beauty and imagination of Walt Disney and his team because you're on a little boat. And they're all named after Disney characters, which is a lot of fun. And you're taken through miniature sets of different places from different Disney stories.


So you first go through and you'll see it if you're in Fantasyland, the giant Monstro the whale from Pinocchio with his mouth wide open and his teeth all shown. And it's a lot of fun because little kids do get scared. I've had a few criers on my boats in the past, but his tail was blown off. Like he sneezed so hard that he blew off his tail. So you go through Monstro through his blown-off tail, and then you're magically immersed in this magical miniature world. There's Mr. Toad's house, there's the three little pigs, there's Agrabah, and they're all in miniature form.


When I'd be doing my show trucks in the morning, I just, I was still, I had to pinch myself. These are so cool. And like I wish I could see it being built and being put together and like it had to have been so much fun for the Imagineers to come up with these and you know, build them. And now they've kind of started decorating-ish for the holidays. So like the three little pigs' houses, they'll have little pots of poinsettias, and there'll be like a wreath on the doors house and a little bit of garland on a signpost. So it's just, I could talk about it all day, Robyn. But it's just Storybook Land. It is so magical. And at night, like when you're going under the fairy-lit light archway, it's just like the tune of 'A Whole New World' plays, and you just kind of sit there and look, and you've got Casey Jr. Circus Train to your left, and you're entering the Cave of Wonders, and you're just, you're like a little kid again. And it's just, it's so much. It's kind of a different experience at night too because if you can time it right, you can actually be on there for fireworks.


Robyn:

They stop the boat. It's one of the few places you can catch fireworks.


Christina:

Yeah, you, they have to stop the boat because of the potential for falling members. So they stop the boats, and I've been on those boats before in the past, and getting the captain there was in. It's really cool. Like you're just sitting there on a boat working, but you get to watch the fireworks. It's so cool and so much fun, and it's a ride for the whole family. Like the beauty about Fantasyland is there's only one ride that has a height requirement. And that's Matterhorn. But everything else is for every age from, you know, newborns to 90-year-old grandparents. And that's what Walt wanted was something for the entire family.


My other favorite is Casey Jr. Circus Train. There's only one other that's similar. And that's in Paris. It's kind of a step below, like Barnstormer or Gadget's Go Coaster. It's like a family coaster. But it's not quite like the heights with the drops and all that kind of stuff. But again, like this is another opening the attraction. And it's from the story of Dumbo. So Casey Jr., he was the circus train that took Dumbo and all of, you know, his mom and all the other circus animals to the different various circus stops. So it's based on the story of the little engineer quote, so it weaves in and out of Storybook Land, so it's really cool. If you ride Storybook and you get the view from below. And if you ride Casey Jr., you kind of get the view from above. And if you ride it during sunset, like I've got some fabulous pictures of sunset with the sun peeking out and the rays shooting like Aaron Dell, and it's really cool. So you kind of go off this tiny little hill, and he's like, 'I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.' And then he crests the hill, and then you're off on your adventure around Storybook Land. So those are two of my, what I would consider the most underrated rides at Disneyland. And that was long-winded, I'm sorry.


Robyn:

No, that's okay. That was one of my son's favorites for a really long time. So much so that, like, it's hard for me to do it now because, you know, he would want to ride it over and over and over again, wear it down. Like I see those animal cages, and I, like, I don't want to be in the cage. We don't ride it very much anymore. So now it's getting fun again because we rode it with that friend that we went with. But when you go to Disneyland, what do you pack in your day pack or purse? Or do you not bring a purse?


Christina:
Disneyland Packing Tips and Snacks

I do, so it kind of varies depending on the season. I should preface this to say I am not a park open, park close kind of person. I've done that a handful of times, and although I don't consider myself old by any means, I just cannot physically do a park open to park close. Maybe it's just because I also worked there for so long that my body is just like, 'Get off your feet, get off your feet.'


So if it's starting to summer, definitely a bottle of water. Preferably, if you have an insulated one, I use a 32-ounce insulated water bottle. If you have the ability to fill it with ice, fill it with ice and water before you hit the parks because we all know water is expensive in Disney. But travel tip that some people may not know is you can actually get a free glass of water from any quick-service restaurant except for the ice cream shops. It's not gonna be very big. I think it's like less than eight ounces, but it's free. It will keep you hydrated, you can throw it in your water bottle. And obviously, there are water fountains there too that you can refill up on. They are kind of starting to add those water bottle size water fountains in the park which is fantastic.


So, water bottles, if it's during the summer, I typically start off the day with sunscreen already on. And then obviously, you want to make sure you don't get burned. So you want to keep that in your pack. I have just like a little travel size of Neutrogena. It's like SPF 70, but I keep it in my bag. So I'm not lugging around like a big old bottle of sunscreen. And you want to make sure you're wearing a good pair of shoes. If you plan to go on any water rides, maybe an extra pair of shorts because chafing in jean shorts is not fun, especially if you're doing it like early in the day. So those are definitely some of my must-haves.


Another one that I think this day and age you really, really need is a battery backup for your phone and a charging cable. You can find those on Amazon. I started off when fuel rods kind of became popular. I have a bunch of those. I don't use them. They're like my backup to the backup. But I have a brick charger. It's solar, has the ability to recharge by solar as well if it were to ever run out, I'm not extra plug. So those are kind of my main summer essentials, winter essentials. It's a little bit less, and I don't usually bring a backpack to Disneyland in the winter. I usually just, if I'm going to be there in the evening and I'll, I'll bring a sweatshirt, but I'll just kind of tie it around my waist.


Robyn:

I feel like California is all about the layers. 


Christina:

Yes, it's definitely hit or miss. There have been many Christmases where it's been 90 degrees and many Christmases where it's been in the 40s. So you kinda have to pack for everything. But yeah, winters in California can get cold. If you're going to pack layers and you want to bring a giant backpack, get a locker. You can get a day locker there in the middle of Main Street on the right-hand side. That way, you're not lugging it around all day, getting it on rides, trying to get it out of rides and all that kind of stuff. But if you're just going for a few hours, just a jacket tied around your waist and a fanny pack. That's all you need, pretty much.


Robyn:

What is your favorite quick serve meal?


Christina:

Okay, hands down, Coca-Cola Corner at the end of Main Street, on the left-hand side. A cream cheese-filled pretzel with nacho cheese and a cherry Sprite. That is my go-to every time. Because the thing is, people are like, 'What do you mean nacho cheese? What do you mean real cheese?' Because here's the thing: at the kiosks in the park and here in Florida, they have their pre-packaged processed cheese, which is gross. At Coca-Cola Corner, they have legitimate nacho cheese. So it's the real stuff that you pour over nachos, and I just dip my cream cheese-filled pretzel in there. It's just, I don't know what it is. And people were like, 'You choose nacho cheese, not mustard?' I'm like, 'I grew up on this. It's what I do. It's what I like, what are you gonna say?' Yeah, so that's my go-to snack. But I will say, churros, to close back at the churros at Disneyland, are very good. They definitely beat out Walt Disney World churros.


Robyn:

And you know, if you see them coming out hot, that's always the best there are. If you've had a bad show, you probably had a cold churro.


Christina:

Let me tell you, when I would be working the dock at Casey Jr. Or there's a churro stand right there. And they'd be making fresh churros. And I would be looking at them falling out of the oven, glorious cinnamon sugar mix. I just be like, 'Why do I be working right now?'


Robyn:

Well, I want to thank you for coming on the show and sharing your tips with us. If people want to reach you, what's the best way to do that? 


Christina:
Dock Work and Contact Information

So, the best way to do that is through email or message me on my Instagram handle. My email is [email protected]. It's a combination of travel and animation because we're a big Disney company. So, 'travel' and then 'nation.net.' Or my Instagram handle is advntrs_of_chris. So, it's a-d-v-n-t-r-s, word, of Chris, C-H-R. Those are the two best locations. They can email me, they can direct message me, and say they're interested in a trip, and we can go from there.


Robyn:

Awesome. Well, thank you so much for coming on the show today.


Christina:

Thank you so much.


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