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Moms Panel Monday: Start Your Engines at Disney California Adventure Park!

posted on March 4th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


It’s hard to believe that less than a year ago, Disney Parks Moms Panelist Amanda Ficili and I were at Disneyland Resort filming a commercial in the not-yet-opened Cars Land. As we walked down the vacant Route 66 that morning, we were beyond giddy with excitement. In just a few days, the grand opening was planned and we were running on all pistons. Not far from that spot, Courtney Bautista was also giddy in anticipation for the park that would thrill her then 2-year-old moto-tot Mason.
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What a difference a year makes! Courtney’s dreams came true and she became our third Disney Parks Moms Panelist representing the Disneyland Resort. Now that Mason is turning three this summer, Courtney and her family have made it a must to visit Cars Land whenever they can.
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“From the moment we entered Cars Land, it was like stepping into the town of Radiator Springs. The look on Mason’s star-struck face when he spotted his favorite characters, Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater, was one I’ll never forget.”

Cars Land has become one of Courtney and Mason’s favorite places to visit at the Disneyland Resort, but for Courtney, it’s the snack fare that gets her motor revving.

“Every time we are there, the Disney foodie in me has to grab one of the tasty ‘cone-coctions‘ from the Cozy Cone Motel. My favorite? The dill pickle flavored popcorn.”

Courtney says the evenings are a great time to visit. “Cars Land is especially stunning at night. The countless colorful neon lights and the Cadillac Mountain Range in Ornament Valley truly look like the skyline of a bygone era. If you look carefully, you’ll notice that the six peaks of the mountain range represent Cadillac tail fins from 1957-1962!”

What is your favorite blast from the past at Cars Land?

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Moms Panel Monday: More Time, Please

posted on February 25th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


According to a blind study conducted by a top research firm, 91 percent of parents report that quality time is when they learn something new about their child. Over 84 percent say that it means their child learned something new about them.

Amy McCready, author and parenting expert stops by Walt Disney World Resort to share her tips on how to put ‘time’ back into quality family time.

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Moms Panel Monday: There’s Always Something New to See at Disney Parks

posted on February 18th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Before my family and I moved to be closer to the Mouse, we used to visit Walt Disney World Resort at least once, sometimes many times per year. But for those who make this their happy place, each trip can be completely different than the last. Disney Parks Moms Panelist Bernie Edwards is a frequent pixie dust flyer – with trips to Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line and more. And that was just in the past two years. Wow!
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Bernie is known to friends and family as the “Disney Guy.” He says, “In my opinion, a frequent visitor has done the usual things and is looking for something special or unique.”

Here are Bernie’s ideas for a different twist on your Disney Parks stay:

What is something you want to try for the first time on your next Disney Parks vacation?


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Moms Panel Monday: I Do… at Disney Parks

posted on February 11th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


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Love is in the air this whole week at Disney Parks as we celebrate Valentine’s Day. One of our panelists can’t think of a better romantic, life-long memory than her recent engagement right here at Walt Disney World Resort.
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Last December, during the holidays, Emma Nicholson got the biggest surprise of her life when her boyfriend (now fiancé) proposed to her at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. I was blessed to help celebrate her new ring with her the next day.

Here are a few tips Emma has for romantic proposals at Disney Parks, so gentlemen, make sure you take out a pen and pencil to write this down if you’re planning to pop the question to your princess anytime soon!

Top 5 proposal ideas from Emma The Bride:

  1. Visit DisneyEngagements.com for lots of brilliant proposal ideas and to find out more about how a Disney engagement can be like no other.
  2. Set sail on a VIP boating experience on the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake aboard the ultra luxurious Grand 1 Yacht.
  3. Enjoy a romantic dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table, which is a fairytale setting for romantic marriage proposals. Once you have a reservation and would like to arrange a Fairytale Engagement or simply learn more about the variety of enchanting enhancements available, from personalized glass slippers to signature slipper desserts, email wdw.crt.special.events@disney.com. (Please note: These options require at least 7 days’ advance notice.)
  4. For a proposal that is guaranteed to take your breath away, why not consider Characters in Flight, where you can take your special someone up in a giant balloon 400 feet above Downtown Disney to pop the question.
  5. If a quiet, intimate setting is more of what you had in mind, I can personally recommend a proposal on the beach at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Just like Mary Poppins, this turned out to be practically perfect in every way for me!

Now it’s the countdown to our second Disney Parks Moms Panel wedding. I will tell you about the first one later!

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Moms Panel Monday: Romance, Hearts and Mouse Ears!

posted on February 4th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Disney Parks Moms Panelist Doug Ingersoll is a dad of two small princesses, but that doesn’t stop him from taking time to be romantical with his wife during their Disney Parks vacations.

Check out Doug’s Valentine’s Day advice for making your visit memorable.

To You From Doug, With Love

A Disney theme park is widely pictured as the quintessential family vacation. Images of pint-sized princesses in their gowns, grinning children peeking out from under a set of Mickey ears, or waving families atop Dumbo The Flying Elephant have become iconic. But it hardly inspires a vision of a romantic paradise. This, despite Walt Disney World Resort holding the title as the top destination for American honeymooners.

Have Kids? No Problem!
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Your kids may not want to see you smooching poolside, but you can still enjoy a romantic night out on a family trip. Disney’s Child Activity Centers provide an answer for a common family vacation dilemma: Who will watch my kids when we want an evening alone?

These facilities, located within select Disney resorts, provide an ideal solution. My wife and I use the centers to free ourselves for a less hectic dinner at one of Disney’s many signature restaurants.

Give Your Spouse the Gift of Time
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Give your partner time to recharge away from the kids. My daughters and I surprised my wife with an afternoon off. When she rejoined us for dinner at her favorite restaurant, the California Grill, we presented her with a framed picture of the family in front of Cinderella Castle. It may not be classic romance, but it certainly made her vacation special.

Just the Two of You
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A romantic, adult-only trip to Walt Disney World Resort may seem counterintuitive, but it really can be an ideal getaway. Accommodations vary from the affordable to the luxurious.

The parks offer a romantic backdrop for any couple. A romantic stroll along Main Street, U.S.A., or sampling foods at the eleven national pavilions of the Epcot World Showcase can be magical.

For more in-depth romance planning, visit the panelists at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and check out their bios to select a panelist with similar tastes, backgrounds, and interests as you and your loved one.

Those are Doug’s tips. How do you create romance at a Disney park? Do tell!

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Moms Panel Monday: Vanna!

posted on January 28th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Working mom Vanna White stopped by while filming “Wheel of Fortune” in Orlando to share her vacation tips on the brand spanking new Disney Parks Moms Panel website. Enjoy!


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Announcing the Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on January 24th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Disney Parks has officially given a new name to the ever-growing Walt Disney World Moms Panel: the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The website’s 19 newest members debuted in January. Also new for 2013, two Team Sports Moms will join the roster to assist guests with youth sports-related travel to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Meet the new members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, here. Visit DisneyParksMomsPanel.com for more information.

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Moms Panel Monday: He’s Not Resting On His Laurels, He’s Collecting Them!

posted on January 21st, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


If you have ever met them alone or in a group, then you know that the members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel are a particularly special and wonderful group of people.
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Like Meg and Hercules, they are also passionate and courageous. Some of the most courageous athletes never get to grace an Olympic stage or have an audience with mythical gods. But that does not dim their flame. I believe you can see Disney Parks Moms Panelist Marc Lorenzo’s courage from space.
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A few years ago, Marc felt that he had a weight issue. When he joined the Disney Parks Moms Panel, he wanted to take part in their annual rite of passage. Each fall, the panel flies to Walt Disney World Resort for a reunion, and to run in various runDisney events. Marc didn’t want to be left behind. “I literally thought I was going to die when I ran my first 5K,” he said in reference to his first event, three years ago during Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend.
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Last week, and 100 pounds lighter, he completed Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, which is running a half and a full marathon, totaling 39.3 miles. Marc added to his personal challenge and ran the 5K that is also held that weekend.
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“Hearing the crowd cheering as the finish line came into view and getting my four medals are the most magical memories for me. The amazing support from my fellow Disney Parks Moms and Dads, my friends and my family propelled me to the finish line three times!”
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Marc was not alone as he went for the gold. Nine Disney Parks Moms Panelists ran in various races during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.
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Marc is now a proud owner of the coveted Goofy Challenge medal but there is nothing goofy about him. He has proven that he can go the distance and is practically perfect in every way.

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Moms Panel Monday: Your Resolution? Casey Jr. at Walt Disney World Resort Has The Right Idea!

posted on January 14th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


The start of a new year brings with it the promises and plans of people who are looking to drastically change their lives. I don’t subscribe to resolutions New Year’s Day because frankly, it’s too much pressure for me. I’m like Casey Jr., chugging down the same track every year. My mantra is to “be grateful, gracious and giving.”

Today our Disney Parks Moms Panelists are sharing some of their resolute traditions with us.

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“For New Years resolutions, I like to pick something that I know I can do, but need a little motivation. Each year, whatever resolution I choose, it can’t be too easy (why bother?) but it can’t be easily unattainable either (why set yourself up for failure?). I suggest you start with something that will be a bit of a stretch but not make you feel like Mrs. Incredible. That way, it’s much easier to keep trying to stick to it and you’ll feel great knowing that you’ve accomplished something.”Andrea Houston-Lingman, Walt Disney World Moms Panelist

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“Our family does something unique for New Year’s resolutions. We keep them secret from each other by writing them on a piece of paper. I put them all inside a Christmas cookie jar and the jar gets packed away on New Year’s Day. The following year, it sits on top of our refrigerator until New Year’s Day, when we fill it again.

But before we do that, I take out the previous year’s resolutions. We talk about what we accomplished and what we didn’t. This is all happening usually while we’re polishing off the last of the holiday goodies! I encourage the children not to make resolutions about changing themselves but to make resolutions that will help improve the lives of other people. When you make a resolution to help someone else, you most likely will not give up plus you are giving back to our community. Perfection!” – Anna Skamarakas, Walt Disney World Moms Panelist

How are you going to make this “Year of the Ear” special? Do tell!

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Moms Panel Monday: Splish, Splash! at Disney Parks

posted on December 31st, 2012 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Disney water parks and pools are a popular destination for our guests looking to cool off during the summer months. Although in many parts of the world it is cold in the fall and winter, you can find swim-worthy temperatures at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts! Between them, members of our inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel Darcie Maranich and Erin Foster have seven children. These ladies know how to make being soggy spectacular!

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Darcie says that she thinks about safety first. “Life vests are provided for use free-of-charge at Disney’s water parks based on availability. But I know from experience that when it comes to water safety, nothing beats a pair of vigilant eyes.”

Even during the summer months, the sun keeps shining. Darcie makes sure not to forget that, although it might not be hot, you must still use sunblock. “We always make sure to lather on waterproof sunscreen, but for extra protection against the sun’s harsh rays, I try to keep my kids in wide-brimmed hats and swim shirts when we plan to spend a whole day at the water park or pools.”

Erin loves the food at the water parks. “The mini donuts with dipping sauces are one of my top favorite Disney foods. Yum, yum yum!” she says. Erin likes to keep sunscreen, water shoes, swimsuits, cover-ups, hats and other gear in zip lock bags for easy access and keeping them dry.

But Erin’s best advice is to use modern technology. She says, invest in an inexpensive, waterproof camera for underwater shots. “They often sell disposable waterproof cameras right there at the parks. It’s a great way to get awesome action shots of your family.”

What are some of the watery ways you have fun at Disney Parks?



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