WDW Moms Panel Hopeful!

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!


View of ‘Wishes’ from our Balcony at Bay Lake Tower, WDW

Since I came home from the beach this past Saturday, I’ve had a sore throat, and been feeling under the weather.  I’ve also been thinking about how it’s almost been a whole year since my husband and I took our very magical, memorable, trip down to Disney World, where we got to stay in a Magic Kingdom view studio at Bay Lake Tower for half of our trip.  Since I’m feeling bad, AND missing Disney World, I thought I would share a video from our trip…and who knows?  I just might post a couple of other Disney trip videos as well!  At least, this may help get me through my slump (for now).  Hope I’ll get to plan another trip soon!

Cupcakes at Disney

Disney Cupcakes!

Starring Rolls Marble Cupcake

Okay, I love going to Disney for MANY reasons, but I have a special passion for Disney food!  I don’t know what it is about the food there, but planning out our dining never fails to get me excited!  Whether it’s eating at a Disney Signature Restaurant, or just grabbing a Mickey bar off of an ice cream cart, there’s just something magical about Disney food to me.  There are just so many yummy things to eat at Disney World!  I’ve recently become obsessed with all of the amazing snacks there, and my newest delicious addiction is centered around sweet treats found all over the “World”.  Mainly the many incredible looking cupcakes I see everywhere when I’m down there.  Most all of them are HUGE, beautifully decorated, and only cost one snack credit (which is part of the Disney Dining Plan, and I will explain all of that in another post).  If you happen to not be on the Disney Dining Plan (DDP),  then you’ll find that these cupcakes are still a really great value, since they are all around $4, AND most all of them are so big that you can split them between two people (of three if you are splitting one with children).  While I was there over spring break this year, we spent a good bit of time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS… hopefully, you’ll get the hang of all of my Disney abbreviations as we go along) and, as I had made it a personal goal to try as many cupcakes as I could get my hands on, I convinced the other girls in my group (this trip was a girls only one) to stop by Starring Rolls Cafe one morning so that I could accomplish this goal.  I mean, who doesn’t want to eat cupcakes for breakfast!?  Well, although I’m certain there are those of you who find that idea appalling, we found it enchanting!  And so between the four of us, we got to try a few of the most popular cupcakes they offered.  Here’s what we had (sorry about the poor quality, I only had my phone at the time) :

Butterfinger Cupcake


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

Red Velvet Cheesecake, and Marble Cupcakes

I actually ordered the Marble Cupcake, and it was very good.  The frosting was a bit on the intense side of sugary though, and of course it was too big for me to eat (once again, I highly recommend splitting these), but overall it did not disappoint.  Now, the other girls with me let me try each of their cupcakes, and out of those I decided the Red Velvet Cheesecake was my favorite.  The Butterfinger one had crushed Butterfinger candy and a chocolate coating encasing the frosting (which was surprisingly vanilla), and the chocolate peanut butter was outstanding, but, as you might guess, very rich.  All in all they each had their own uniqueness, and we were happy with all of them.  My next trip down to Disney World will hopefully allow me try other cupcakes, and of course whatever else I see that looks like it’s calling to me.  Guess it’s a good thing I don’t eat like I do down there all the time…I’d be running 24/7 to burn all those crazy calories!  Of course in between trips I will continue to obsess over what snack I want to try next.  It’s all part of the fun!

Disney Magic in Unexpected Places

Even the transhcans are magical!  Even the trash cans are magical!

Yep, those are bubbles coming out of that trash can!  Now, not all of them blow bubbles, sorry to um…burst your bubble ( it was too easy!) but I have noticed that occasionally, some of the trash cans around the Cinderella Castle forecourt do (mostly in the morning around MK opening).  This little tidbit of ‘magic’ is both unexpected and quite amusing!  Just a reminder that even everyday objects aren’t the same at Disney!