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Disney Vacation Club Moms Panelists Answer Your Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Questions

posted on September 3rd, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Now through September 6 you can follow Disney Vacation Club Moms Panelists Kate and Juliette as they go “on assignment” at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows during a special webcast.

Watch as the moms explore the highlights of this new Disney Vacation Club Resort, including a tour inside the spectacular over-the-water Bungalows. They also show off new enhancements to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, with an inside look at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and an overview of the resort’s feature pool area.

Along the way, Kate and Juliette will answer some of your top vacation planning questions about visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, and share their insider tips.

Here’s a taste of what this webcast has offer:

Register today to see how being a Disney Vacation Club Member has enhanced the way these moms vacation.

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Moms Panel Monday: Afternoon Break Ideas for Kids (and Parents)!

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing


At the Disney Parks Moms Panel, we often hear from parents of young children who no longer nap, but may need a midday rest to recharge after a busy morning in the parks. This week, several of our experienced panelists give their personal tips on how to manage the schedule for two little ones so they aren’t completely exhausted by the end of the day. From taking a break with a scenic tour on the Walt Disney World Railroad or the Monorail, or scheduling a table service meal during lunchtime for some fun (and air conditioning), our panelists serve up some fantastic ideas. Check out the site below for more!

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If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, be sure to apply at www.momspanelsearch.com from September 8-15, 2015.

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Disney Parks Moms Panel Search Began September 8

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing


It’s here again – the annual Disney Parks Moms Panel search! This is an exciting time of year for us, as we get to hear from real moms, dads and grandparents around the world who want to share their knowledge and passion for Disney Parks with other guests.

The Disney Parks Moms Panel has grown over the years and now includes a diverse line-up of panelists who specialize in specific Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, and more. We’re also happy to make the site available in four languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Do you or someone you know fit the bill? Visit www.MomsPanelSearch.com for more information and to apply. The search for the new 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panelists begins on Tuesday, September 8 and ends at noon EST on Tuesday, September 15.

We recently caught up with a few current panelists to get their take on what this role means to them. They’re definitely a fun bunch! Check out their video here.

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A Mom’s Take: Benefits of Being a Disney Vacation Club Member

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


From staying in larger accommodations to enjoying Membership-exclusive activities, there’s so much to love about being a Disney Vacation Club member.

Watch as Disney Parks Moms Panelist Kate shares her reasons for becoming a Disney Vacation Club Member, and see how you can enjoy vacations you never outgrow.

Want to hear more from the Disney Parks Moms panel? Follow along on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to share Disney vacation memories from real parents.

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Moms Panel Monday: Traveling With Multiple Generation Families to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 20th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing


Traveling to Disney Parks with multiple generations is a magical experience for everyone in the family. One of our resident grandparents on the Disney Parks Moms Panel regularly visits with her large family including her children, grandchild and her mother, so we asked for her recommendations on how to make the most of a trip with extended family. She offers some great tips like booking bigger resort villas and suites that allow everyone to sleep in the same room, memorable experiences like character dining that everyone can enjoy as a group, and even taking some time to split up into smaller groups (hello, date night for mom and dad)! Check out Anne’s video below for all six tips for having a grand adventure at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Moms Panel Monday: Packing for a Disney Parks Vacation

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing


With a huge variety of activities available during a Disney Parks vacation, deciding what to pack for your entire family can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, the knowledgeable members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel are here to provide some advice from real moms and dads! In this installment of Moms Panel Monday, seven of our panelists share their must-haves that range from everything from extra towels to sit on during parades, to two pairs of shoes in case one gets wet from fun water attractions like Splash Mountain. For more tips, check out all of the responses here. Still want more? Ask the Moms Panel your own Disney Parks question!

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Cruising with Little Ones: Tips from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


If you’re considering taking your little one on their first Disney cruise, chances are you have several questions about what to expect. What activities are onboard for young children? What supplies do I need to bring with me? Will there be opportunities for “me time”?

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I’ve been chatting with parents who have already cruised with little ones to get their insights. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be giving you answers to these questions, plus many more. If there are specific things you want to know, tell me in the comments and I’ll do my best to find the answer for you.

For now, I’ll leave you with some great tips from one of our Disney Parks Moms Panelists, Tracy. Along with the other Disney Cruise Line specialists on the panel, she is always happy to answer your questions on DisneyParksMomsPanel.com. Stay tuned next week to find out the top activities for little ones aboard a Disney cruise.

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1. Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet characters.
“Have your little one pose with ANY character you encounter! And be sure to pack your child’s princess gown for the Princess Gathering. The photos will be precious!”

2. Take your own baby supplies.
“Bring a small umbrella stroller or a baby carrier, as those hallways are especially long for little legs! Also, pack more diapers than you need, and after you empty them out of your suitcase, you will have plenty of room for souvenirs!”

3. Take naps.
“You are never very far from your room. Do NOT hesitate to go there and have your little ones (or yourself) take a nap. Before Pirate Night, have your little ones nap in the afternoon so that they can make it to the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, complete with fireworks.”

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4. Take time out for yourself.
“Be sure to schedule nursery time so that you can enjoy “me time” in the adult-exclusive spaces. My favorite is brunch at Palo, followed by an afternoon at the spa!”

5.Take lots of photos.
“Always have your camera handy, as you’ll want to capture your child’s excitement all throughout the cruise! Pirate Night is my favorite night, and it usually is for little ones, too. Be sure to pack your best pirate-y outfits and take LOTS of pictures.”

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Moms Panel Monday: Planning for a Birthday at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing


Celebrating a birthday at Walt Disney World Resort is an unforgettable experience, and there are so many great options on how to personalize for the guest(s) of honor. So much so, that it can be tough to decide what’s the best fit for your group! The real parents who make up the Disney Parks Moms Panel can give tips and advice on how to make special arrangements, and in this edition of Moms Panel Monday several panelists help a guest who wants to plan a birthday celebration for teens who happen to have a strict diet. From private surfing lessons at Typhoon Lagoon to a vegan-friendly meal at Sanaa, they provide ideas that will make the special day even more memorable!

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Planning for a Disney Cruise: Tips from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


When planning for a Disney cruise, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is an excellent resource. Each of the Disney Cruise Line specialists have sailed with us numerous times and have so much knowledge to share. Here are their answers to some of the most asked questions to the panel.

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Q1: How do you pre-book excursions once your cruise is paid for?

A1: Marcy G: If this is your first cruise, book all those fun extras at 75 days prior to sailing when your online check-in begins. For guests who have cruised with Disney before, book at 90 or more days prior to sail date.

Q2: What documents do we need to bring with us to board the ship/check-in at the port?

A2: Diane W: When you check in at the cruise terminal, you’ll need to bring along:

  • Completed and signed cruise documents from the Disney Cruise Line Guest Ticket Booklet or a printed and signed Online Cruise Contract
  • Signed Payment Authorization Form
  • Passport/proof of citizenship

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Q3: What is the most affordable time of the year to cruise?

A3: Diane W.: Disney offers cruises at significantly reduced rates during the off-season. If you’re looking to save some money, fall and early spring are your best bets.

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Q4: When in port for souvenirs, is it better to take cash or traveler’s checks?

A4: Dolly M.: Souvenir shops and merchants are pretty accustomed to accepting credit cards. It’s the most convenient and widely accepted (next to cash) method of payment for goods & services.

Q5: Should I pre-order a photo package or do I just get it on board?

A5: Diane W.: You can now order photo packages and prints before you sail at a discounted price. If you choose not to pre-order, you can always stop by Shutters, the Onboard Photography Shop, to view and purchase your photos.

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Q6: Are there places on the ship to buy pirate attire or should we bring with us?

A6: Marcy G.: Many guests bring their own pirate costumes from home, but you may purchase new Pirate attire and accessories at Mickey’s Mainsail gift shop onboard.

Q7: Is Wi-Fi service available and how much does it cost?

A7: Marcy G.: Disney Cruise Line offers Wi-Fi service for an additional fee. If you’d like to purchase a package, just stop by Guest Services and they’ll set you up.

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A Mom’s Take on the Deluxe Studios at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Disney Vacation Club accommodations offer special features perfect for families of all sizes. The Deluxe Studios at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort, are the largest at the Walt Disney World Resort. They sleep up to five guests each, and offer lots of other cool features that are perfect for families.

In this video, Disney Parks Moms Panelist Juliette shows off some of her favorite features of these new accommodations, and offers insights from a mom’s point of view. Take a look!

What’s your favorite part of the new Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows?

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