WDW 2013 Moms Panel! I applied!
See what’s directly behind me? It’s what’s putting that hopelessly goofy (no pun intended) grin on my face. For those of who aren’t sure what I’m referring to, notice the two structures in the background: Space Mountain over my left shoulder, and of course Cinderella Castle glowing behind my right shoulder. Yeah, I know BLT parking is in there too (Bay Lake Tower is a DVC…I know, I know, I’ll explain what a DVC is in another post…humor me for now..) and I have a fondness for that parking lot too. Sad I know. Not for those who understand ME! Did you spot the “Hidden Mickey” yet? Actually it’s just my earring (but I see “Hidden Mickeys’ all the time…even if they aren’t really Mickeys). So, I bet your wondering what the WDW Moms Panel is, and why someone such as myself (who happens to NOT be a mom) would even consider doing something called a “Moms Panel”, right?
For those of you who know me, you know that I have a slight (okay, maybe a little more than just slight) obsession with all things related to Walt Disney World, every aspect of the planning, and up-to-date information that goes along with it! Whenever I’m not planning a Princess Party, or magical event for children, I’m either putting together my own family’s trip down to the Walt Disney World Resort, (WDW for short) or I’m helping (or begging them to let me help) other family or friends plan their trips. In-between that, you’ll find me dreaming up MY next trip down the the “Most Magical Place on Earth”! I have even helped total strangers (who come into my work, unaware of what they do when they mention Disney World) with tips, information, and budgeting. Ever hear of an ADR (that’s an Advance Dining Reservation)? It’s what you’ll need if you are hoping to eat at some of the world famous restaurants located all throughout WDW. So, now you’re wondering, “What does all of this stuff have to do with that WDW Moms Panel thingy”? Well, it means that I have the potential to help tons of families who are planning, or thinking of planning their own magical vacations at disneyworld.disney.go.com! Which basically means that Disney, itself, is trusting ME to answer questions and offer advice about one of the most visited vacation destinations in the world! How amazing would that be for someone like me!? See why I’m all excited and stuff? So, go on, ask the next question that comes to mind, “But…you don’t have kids. Don’t you have to be a MOM, to be on the MOMS Panel”? Well, no, you don’t. Although being a Disney Mom is required. “Wait…what?” Not all families have moms and dads, or even A mom, or A dad (I was raised by my mom and grandmother), so I would possibly be able to help a single dad with three kids plan their special Disney family vacation, or maybe there are some grandparents who want to treat their grandchildren to Disney World, and make wonderful memories in the process. It might help that I am an Aunt of ten (yes, that’s right 10!) nieces and nephews (although I don’t get to see some of them like I would wish to) whose ages range from only three years younger than myself (let’s just say thirty-something and leave it at that!) to 17 months old! My oldest niece is three years younger than I am, and we have grown up together living and breathing Disney since I can remember! We always talked about visiting WDW together, and finally in December of 2007 our dreams came true!
The other five that I get to spend time with are ages 9, 4, 4, 21 mos, and 18 mos old (yes, there are two 4’s in there…three weeks apart!). I have an 18 year old nephew who came to visit us this past summer from Utah (although originally from CA, which is where I spent my childhood), and then a nephew and niece who are both 13 ( yes, two 13 year olds who are twins), and a nephew who’s 9 that live in CA. They actually get to take trips to DisneyLAND a good bit out there, and I’m always overjoyed to see the photos they post on Facebook. I love them all SO VERY MUCH, and I love sharing the Disney magic with them whenever I can! Maybe my dreams of having them all together at one time, in my favorite place (Disney) will come true! Okay, back to Moms Panel…
Believe it or not, I actually had no intention of applying to the Moms Panel, (since even I thought that you had to be a mom to apply) until a friend of mine started telling me that she thought a “non mom” should be on the Panel, and told me I was perfect (sweet Disney friend, isn’t she?). Even after that, I didn’t really give it much thought, until she posted five little words to my Facebook wall: Moms Panel applications are open! I thought, “Well, even though I don’t have kids, what have I got to lose?” So, now, my application is in, and all I can do is wait…wait to see if I even get that coveted email saying that I made it into the next round of hopefuls…agonize over my answers, and my 100 words or less essay (ISN’T pineapple what makes a Dole Whip so special???) and just keep dreaming of Disney! I have already decided that even if I don’t make it to the second round this year, there’s always next year! In the mean time, I’m planning out my next trip down, and thinking “happy thoughts” (that’s how pixie dust works right?). Check out the Moms Panel, and Wish me luck!