Disney Specialist Thoughts

What is your opinion of Disney's decision to prevent agents from using the Disney Specialist title on marketing and promotion materials, including business cards? Judy Butterly, Precision Travel, Dallas If I complete a certification course for the education and the promise that I have a designa


What is your opinion of Disney's decision to prevent agents from using the Disney Specialist title on marketing and promotion materials, including business cards?

Judy Butterly, Precision Travel, Dallas

If I complete a certification course for the education and the promise that I have a designation that sets me apart from the majority of agents who choose not to participate, and if that supplier says I do not have the right to advertise my specialty, why would I bother to even take the course?

George Delanoy, Brea Travel, Brea, Calif.

Disney has always been very sensitive about the use of its icons, figures or name outside of the organization. The issue is whether Disney had promised or implied that such use would be approved with the Disney specialist award. I doubt it.

Susan Pisani, Cruisin Easy, Santa Maria, Calif.

This Disney dispute really seems to be all about semantics. If Disney wants folks to do their College of Knowledge, then the graduates should be able to say they are specialists. If not specialists, then what? If they take the time to learn more about the product than the average Joe, they should be able to display this knowledge. If this knowledge is producing more sales and revenue for Disney, whats their beef?

How will a war with Iraq affect your business?

John Bloom, World Wide Travel, Kennewick, Wash.

Our agency is leisure-travel-oriented, where travel is definitely optional, so it will certainly adversely impact our business. The news is filled with stories about al Qaeda cells and Muslim extremists who think that harming Americans will get them tickets to paradise. Add to that a war with an Islamic nation and more people will elect to remain home, where they feel safe.

Teri Young, DreamCatcher, Sacramento

If the war is contained in the Iraqi area not on U.S. soil it will have zero effect. The Gulf War and the more recent attacks on Afghanistan proved that point.

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