Google “Disney vacation” to start planning, but if you live in Silicon Valley there is an untapped market of Disney resources you need to know!
From getting discounts if you work at a tech company to talking with Lauren at the Valley Fair Disney Store, here are the best untapped Disney resources in Silicon Valley:
#4: Your public library system
No need to purchase Disney guidebooks, when the San Jose Public library system and Santa Clara County library systems have official and unofficial Disney guides for free! A quick search on the Santa Clara County library system website reveals you could be reading the newest 2012 version of Birnbaum Guides: Walt Disney World in the same amount of time it takes to rent a Netflix movie.
# 3: Your employer
If you work for Cisco, Adobe or another local Silicon Valley company you might have access to employee discounts on Disney Good Neighbor hotels, park tickets, rental cars, air fare and more. Some San Jose public institutions also offer employee discounts through TicketsAtWork.com. Check with your human resources office to see what may be available.
#2: Your local AAA office
“Most AAA TourBook guides are available free to members and can be shipped to the member’s residence at no charge within 7-10 business days,” verified AAA’s website . With three main AAA branches in San Jose alone (Stevens Creek, Oakridge and Westgate) you can get a Disney related TourBook, make a payment on your Disney trip and check out auto insurance all at once.
#1: Disney Stores
For the best ticket purchasing experience: Yelp elite Beth Fisher recommends visiting The Disney Store – Oakridge Mall location. “I purchased two park hoppers for the Disneyland Resort and the woman who rang me up was very sweet and even asked me when I was going. Love people who have avoided the mall-induced glaze of complacency,” claimed Fisher.
For the most updated information on special Disney products and release information: The Disney Store – Valley Fair location is best. “All of their employees are super friendly, helpful, patient, and more than knowledgeable about their products/release information,” said Nilda Lynne, casual Yelper since October 2008.
Even if you purchased tickets and/or products for your trip, still talk to Disney Store cast members because being “in the know” about theme park updates is recommended for store employees. In addition to knowing basic park information, Jim Fielding, President of Disney Store Worldwide adds that cast members are also responsible for helping you make a memory at the store.