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Moms Panel Monday: Getting the Most Out of Your Vacation Time

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


If you’re like me, you probably think planning a vacation is so much fun! We want to make sure we’re doing all we can to make the most of our precious time-off. Following up to last week’s Moms Panel Monday where we shared ideas on the best time of year to visit Disney Parks, this week we look at how to truly get the most out of your Disney vacation.

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Our Disney Parks Moms Panel frequently answers questions about how to best use Disney FastPass+ at Walt Disney World Resort and FASTPASS at Disneyland Resort so guests can maximize their time in the parks. And best of all – it’s a complimentary benefit!

One of our dad Panelists, Wes, helps a guest from Wisconsin better understand FastPass+ at Walt Disney World Resort and the top things to know about it. Wes calls FastPass+ “one of the most MAGICAL things Walt Disney World provides guests.”

Marilyn, a Florida resident, asks Moms Panelist Yael how many FastPasses she can get in one day. Yael takes her step-by-step on how to use the initial three selections and the process for obtaining more.

At Disneyland Resort, the FASTPASS process operates a little differently. Moms Panelist Lynette explains how to best utilize the Disneyland FASTPASS.

Moms Panelist Kiki helps a Disneyland guest understand how to use FASTPASS for entertainment such as World of Color.

If you have more questions about Disney FastPass+ there is an entire section dedicated to FastPass+ on the Disney Parks Moms Panel where you can read more answers from our very knowledgeable Panelists. Or, you can always ask your very own question to the Panel to get your own personal answer by clicking on the “Submit a Question” section.

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Moms Panel Monday

posted on January 25th, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


“When is the best time of year to visit?” That’s a question I get asked often and is one of the most frequently asked questions to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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Moms Panelist Rachel’s favorite time is the end of January. She helps Julie from Texas who wanted to know when was the least busy time of year. Rachel loves the beautiful Florida winter weather at Walt Disney World Resort and knows it’s a great get-away from the cold northern temperatures especially in January.

Another Julie, from Indiana, is planning her first trip and wants to know the best time of year to visit with their 4-year old daughter. Moms Panelist Kara offers several great suggestions such as September when the temperatures are starting to cool down and the special events, like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are beginning. It’s perfect for traveling with a young child.

Moms Panelist Korliss also suggests September as a great time of year to visit. She knows that visiting after Labor Day can be a perfect time for a Disney Parks vacation.

The great thing about our Panelists is they have vacationed at Disney Parks at all different times of the year and have first-hand experiences to answer all your questions. Head on over and ask them your Disney vacation questions.

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Moms Panel Monday: Celebrations at Disney Parks

posted on January 18th, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Growing up in Orlando, my family celebrated many milestones at Walt Disney World Resort including birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, and new jobs. Today’s Moms Panel Monday comes from Jenn in Delaware who wants to know how to celebrate multiple special occasions with her family of 10.

The Disney Parks Moms Panel offers her some great ideas ranging from a private fireworks cruise to dessert parties, signature dining, knee-slapping entertainment and beautiful gifts from Disney Floral and Gifts.

Two of our newest Panelists, Jen from Missouri and Jackie from Ontario, recommend making a big night of it with a Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party. They truly love the special viewing of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular along with your own table for dining.

Wes, our dad Panelist from Texas strikes a big idea with a bowling party at Disney Springs. He says Splitsville Luxury Lanes is the perfect place to celebrate with their extensive menu and fun atmosphere.

Panelists Emma from the UK, Susan from New York, and Jason from Georgia all recommend a booming idea – a fireworks cruise. Emma likes the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage while Susan likes the Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise. Both experiences offer once-in-a-lifetime memories for the entire family.

Camila, our Panelist from Brazil, and Heather from New York both suggest one of their favorite restaurants – ‘Ohana. They love the amazing food you’ll find there like coconut-pineapple bread and delicious shrimp.

And Heather also points out something sweet – she’s found that in her many times of traveling to Walt Disney World Resort, it isn’t about where she ate or what special tour they booked, it’s about just being together as one big happy family. She says, “So as you enter the Magic Kingdom Park, let go of all your inhibitions and become a kid again.” Such great advice!

This was a very fun question for our Moms Panel to answer. See more great answers to this question and other Disney Parks vacation planning questions by visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Tell us your favorite ways to celebrate special occasions at Disney Parks in the comments below.

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New Year – New Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on January 11th, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


The beginning of 2016 not only brings new hopes and dreams for many of us, it also brings new members to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

We’re excited to introduce the 10 new moms and dads who join the Moms Panel this month to help you plan the details of your Disney vacation.

Please welcome: Brandy, Erin, Jackie, Jen, Kiki, Korliss, Nancy, Priscila, Ricardo and Sally.

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These 10 new panelists were selected from a near record number of thousands of applicants last fall, by sharing their extensive Disney Parks knowledge through storytelling, videos and interviews.

The new panelists have very different and diverse backgrounds, families and careers. Among the 2016 class are a doctor, lawyer, nurse, teacher, realtor, professor, event planner, IT tech, and digital marketing consultant.

Their multiple years of vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Disney Cruise Line gives them the experiences necessary to answer the very detailed and specific questions about planning a Disney vacation on the Moms Panel site.

Three of our new panelists also speak Spanish and will be able to assist our Spanish-language guests with questions, too. The Disney Parks Moms Panel is available in 4 languages: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

These 10 new panelists join more than 2-dozen returning panelists for 2016. They’re all eager to assist you to plan your next magical and unforgettable Disney Parks vacation. Go check them out and ask them a question – they’re here to help you!

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Moms Panel Monday: Planning Your 2016 Unforgettable Disney Vacations

posted on December 28th, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


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With Christmas behind us and the new year fast approaching, if your family is like mine, the kitchen conversation starts leaning towards spring and summer vacation decisions. Knowing that a Disney destination is top of mind for many people, our Disney Parks Moms Panelists are ready to start helping folks narrow down the choices to a perfect Disney get-away.

Aparna from Ontario will be taking her family on their very first Disney vacation in May 2016 and asks what dining options are best for her three young children. Moms Panelist Whitney gave her some great advice including one of my favorites, Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which is delicious!

Matthew from Illinois will be here with his family also in May and asks about transportation options to get from his Disney hotel to their dining reservation at a different Disney resort. Moms Panelist Lauren knew exactly how to help.

Cari from Ohio wonders about renting personal watercraft during her stay as something different to do. Moms Panelist Susan helped her based on her own experience with the water recreation activities.

And Moms Panelist Ashley helps a new mom from Tennessee plan their November 2016 traveling with an infant. Ashley’s own experience vacationing at Disney Parks with a baby came in very handy as she offers great advice including sticking to a routine, utilizing portable cribs and visiting the Baby Care Centers located in each Disney theme park.

Make sure you visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel as you start planning your 2016 Disney vacations. Our panelists have a wide range of experience and are here to help your vacations be unforgettable and magical.

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Moms Panel Monday: Making Magic for All In the Family at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Today’s Moms Panel Monday shares different Moms’ Views on planning a large family vacation. Lauren from England asked the Disney Parks Moms Panel about traveling with 12 family members of all ages to Walt Disney World Resort in May. She wants to make sure everyone in the family has a magical vacation. Our Moms Panelists to the rescue! A dozen Panelists stepped up with some really unique and fun ideas for the entire family.

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Moms Panelist Brenda suggests experiencing the live entertainment offerings so the whole family can have fun together, like Turtle Talk with Crush at Epcot and Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom Park.

Susan suggests attractions that are top picks for her family including Festival of The Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Living with the Land at Epcot.

Panelist Andrea shares some “off the beaten path” ideas like exploring Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom Park or becoming a Wilderness Explorer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

And Moms Panelist Whitney made me laugh with her advice based on her own large family gathering experience in the parks.

You can find this question with the all the panelist’s answers as well as other helpful questions and answers on the Moms’ Views section of the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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Moms Panel Monday: Need Dinner Recommendations?

posted on December 14th, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


When it comes to planning a Disney vacation, very few people can offer better advice than the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Their knowledge and experience makes them the best source for planning tips. For Moms Panel Monday, we asked our panelists to share their favorite questions from the year.

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A guest from Alabama wanted to know what dining options were available before her family headed to the Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Moms Panelist Anne gave great recommendations on all the delicious and entertaining options available including feasting on a picnic to-go or enjoying a classic singing and dancing family dinner show.

Another guest from West Virginia asked for suggestions on how to surprise her daughter with the news they were going to a character breakfast. Moms Panelist Rachel offered a very special and creative idea that she used with her own children. This answer will melt your heart for sure!

And Moms Panelist Sue gives splendid advice about all the fun and unique things to do at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The question came from a mom traveling with her six kids and the grandparents and wanted more information about this exquisite resort. Sue said this was just a fun question to answer.

Do you have a question about planning a Disney vacation? Be sure to ask the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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Moms Panel Monday: Our Most Interesting Questions

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Each week, the Disney Parks Moms Panel receives hundreds of questions from people planning their upcoming Disney vacations. Sometimes these questions can get very specific but nothing our 50 panelists can’t handle!

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For this week’s Moms Panel Monday, we asked our panelists to reflect back on some of their favorite or most interesting questions from this year.

Moms Panelist Diane, who specializes in answering Disney Cruise Line questions, loved helping a guest getting ready to sail on the Disney Magic learn whether or not she’d be able to find her favorite food – chicken wings – on the ship. Diane knew exactly how to help her. Find out here.

Jason, one of our dads on the Panel, did a lot of research to help answer a question about the countries in the “it’s a small world” attraction. Read his fun answer here.

And finally, Faith, our runDisney specialist, absolutely enjoyed answering a wardrobe question for an upcoming runDisney event. To tiara or not to tiara? Find out here.

If you’ve got a question about planning your upcoming Disney vacation, be sure to visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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Moms Panel Monday: Multi-Gen Travel Tips to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 16th, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Growing up in Orlando our family vacationed often at Walt Disney World Resort for birthdays, celebrations and holidays. At least once a year it was a multi-family trip with aunts, uncles, and cousins. We packed the suitcases, the dogs and grandma into our family station wagon and made the trip to Lake Buena Vista. Those were good times and great memories.

Today’s Moms Panel Monday question comes from Kathleen in New York who wants advice from our Disney Parks Moms Panel on how to plan a Disney vacation when traveling with different age groups.

This was a popular question for our panelists who offer up some great tips on how to manage everyone’s time together so each family member has a magical experience. Read here how you can plan for everyone to get the most from their vacation when traveling with a large family.

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Moms Panel Monday: Planning Holiday Vacations to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 2nd, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Visiting the theme parks during the holiday season is one of my favorites things to do especially here at Walt Disney World Resort. The weather has cooled down, the hotels and theme parks are beautifully decorated and you can just feel the energy in the air.

For this week’s Moms Panel Monday, Tenisha from North Carolina is asking for advice on how to make the most of her family’s first trip to Walt Disney World Resort. The family, with their two pre-school children, will be arriving during the Christmas break.

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The Disney Parks Moms Panel offers some great tips for Tenisha including which resort they recommend and which “must do” theme parks to experience. Read the Mom’s Views here.

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