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Moms Panel: Our Newest Memory Makers Join the Team

posted on January 7th, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


The 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel

A hibachi chef, a pastor, one British “mum,” two Canadians, two non-profit workers, four teachers, three stay-at-home moms and one special aunt are part of the fifteen newest members of The Walt Disney World Moms Panel who start vacation planning today! Now entering its fourth year, Disney Parks began the search for new panelists last fall and had an unprecedented amount of applications.

“This year’s Moms Panel search generated the most applications we have ever received.” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “The Moms Panel has become an integral part of the Disney vacation planning process. We deeply appreciate all that the panelists have done to help guests create magical memories with Disney, and look forward to what our new members will offer to families in 2011.”

As the popularity of the website has steadily increased, guests have requested “Specialty Moms” to give advice and tips about other Disney destinations. The site now hosts Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney Moms and today the website debuts the first Disney Vacation Club Moms.

Also helping to spread the magic, Oscar-winning actress and mom to three, Geena Davis shares her own personal tips and treasured Disney memories in an exclusive Moms Panel video, available in the “Celebrity Disney Mom” video library at www.DisneyWorldMoms.com.

For vacation planning advice, visit the 15 new panel members and the 30 returning panelists at www.DisneyWorldMoms.com.

Newest members of The Walt Disney World Moms Panel

  • Angelo Alomar; Simpsonville, SC – Electrical engineer by day and Hibachi chef by night, this Disney dad is devoted to spending quality time with his family, and , of course, to his love of the Mouse. Angelo wows patrons by making Mickey Ears out of fried rice!
  • Carrie Burrows; Georgetown, ON – Much like Mickey, fitness instructor Carrie works every day to help her clients’ “dreams come true.” When she isn’t running boot camps, this mom of three helps friends plan Disney vacations with good nutrition in mind.
  • Ca’Sandra Phillips; College Park, GA – Since her first visit in 1987, this mom of two has been hooked on all things Disney. In between dreaming up her next family vacation, Ca’Sandra works at a non-profit and enjoys volunteering in her spare time.
  • Emma Nicholson; Morecambe, Lancashire (UK) – Family time at Disney is number one to this magic-loving mum. Since visits from across the pond can be costly, Emma plans all of her trips well in advance to take advantage of money-saving options like the Disney Dining Plan.
  • Jill Cooper; Hillsborough, NJ – A self-proclaimed planning-pro, this high school teacher/college counselor uses her career experience to help others get the most out of their Disney vacations. Jill’s Disney experience also includes an anniversary trip to Germany with Adventures by Disney.
  • Johnetta Scott; Plainfield, NJ – Families come in all shapes and sizes…just ask Johnetta, who serves as the official Disney vacation planner to her seven nieces and nephews. This self-proclaimed “Princess” enjoys volunteering and learning foreign languages.
  • Krista Curtis; Maryville, TN – An avid reader and mother of two, Krista spends her days working as a middle school English teacher. Whenever she visits Walt Disney World, she and her husband made sure to incorporate little “extras” to make every trip memorable.
  • Marisol Lopez; Lakeland, FL – As a Florida resident, Marisol has visited Walt Disney World more than 200 times. She works to spread her love of all things Mickey to her two kids and husband daily.
  • Monina Wagner; Avon, OH – From her first memory of riding Dumbo the Flying Elephant with her dad, Monina has been hooked on the Mouse. As a media relations manager for a non-profit, she uses her skills to chat it up and share tips with other Disney fans.
  • Ritzy McCarthy; Barrington, RI – Born in Cuba, this bilingual mom of two currently works as a part-time Spanish teacher. From the Magic Kingdom to Castaway Cay, for the McCarthy family, Disney is the only way to travel!
  • Deborah Bowen; Land O Lakes, FL – Known as the “go-to planner” amongst her friends, Deborah helps others experience the magic by creating customized vacation itineraries. Besides coordinating Disney getaways, Deborah teaches literature, film and popular arts at the University of South Florida.
  • Leslie Krzan; Holiday, FL – Since her first visit as a little princess, Leslie has had a special love of Disney, even celebrating her nuptials in Epcot. When she isn’t busy being the best stay-at-home-mom she can be, she enjoys baking special celebratory cakes for others.
  • Lynn Lane; Ottawa, ON – A devoted wife and mom to two teenage girls, this crafty Canadian enjoys making custom greeting cards and scrapbooking her magical memories. Distance makes no difference to the Lane family; they have logged more than 72,000 miles driving to and from the Park.
  • Teronya Holmes; Kingsport, TN – An exercise psychologist turned stay-at-home-mom, Teronya spends her days caring for her two sons and putting in volunteer time at her church. Aside from her passion for planning Disney vacations, she enjoys outdoor activities and reading.
  • Wes Holloman; Pearland, TX – Describing himself as “fun, fast and full of energy,” this devoted dad to five dreams of playing Peter Pan in the Magic Kingdom. Wes is currently working to get his Masters Degree while serving full-time at his church.
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16 Comments

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Jason from CA on January 7th, 2011 at 10:39 am

Mom’s Panel might not be the right description…it looks like there’s a few boys in the picture too!

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Chris on January 7th, 2011 at 11:17 am

Congratulations to everyone!!! :)

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Chris on January 7th, 2011 at 11:18 am

Haha! I agree Jason. I tried, but I am single and male. I guess that was two counts against me. :)

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Angela on January 7th, 2011 at 11:21 am

Congratulations Everyone!!!! This is a Dream of Mine!!! I will definitly try again next year!!! Looks like another AMAZING Disney Experience…..Helping others plan their Disney Dream Vacations…..Ahhhhh, the priceless memories!! I even teared up watching the video….YES, these mom’s are just like me!!!

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Suzannah from FL on January 7th, 2011 at 11:30 am

Congratulations and welcome to all the new members! I know they will do Disney proud!! ♥

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Ed from AL on January 7th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I agree with Jason and Chris; every year, there is at least 1 Dad on the panel. Could we change the name to the parents panel or something less gender specific. I don’t apply because I don’t want the guys at work ribbing me about being on a “Mom’s” anything.

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Kim from UT on January 7th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Kudos on your first non-parent panelist! I’m only sad it wasn’t me. I’ll be trying again next year for the 4th time, though!

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Melissa from SC on January 7th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Way to Go Angelo! Jeff and I are so proud of you! When Sophia is old enough to take we want you to help us plan our first family trip to Disney! Congratulations!
Love, Jeff and Missy

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Jennie from SC on January 7th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Congratulations Everyone!!!!!

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Kevin from IL on January 7th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I’ve tried every year to be part of this panel, maybe someday I will make it. I love helping people plan trips and love it when people ask me to help them. I want them to have the best experience possible and some people don’t know where to start, but they know I’m a good place to begin.

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rachel on January 7th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I wish they had a moms panel for Disneyland. I would of applyed. I do not know much about Disneyworld but i know everything there is to know about Disneyland. My first time in the park was when I was four months old. And I have gone almost every year since. Disneyland makes me feel like a kid again every time I enter those gates. Congrats to the lucky few who get to enjoy the parks in a whole new way.

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Courtney on January 7th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Congratulations to the newest DMP additions!!!

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Samantha from AB on January 8th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

You should add a Disney Weddings and Honeymoons “Mom” to the panel!

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Erin from RI on January 9th, 2011 at 10:30 am

Congratulations to one and all, but especially the newest rep from Little Rhody! Do us proud, we know you will!

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Aaron on February 2nd, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Congrats to the new class! can’t wait to hear from you.

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Anna from WA on February 4th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I agree with Rachel! We need a Disneyland Moms Panel! Congrats to all the new members on the WDW panel, but Disneyland has moms too! :) I’ve been to WDW and LOVE it, but I consider Disneyland my “home” park and I know a lot more about that destination. For that matter, some day I want to go to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris Disney Parks too. (Like the people at Disney need MORE to do . . . we want more panels!) :) LOL!

But really, congrats to all of you who made it onto the panel! Your information will be helpful to many people, I’m sure.

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