Through a series of videos, our Disney Cruise Line Mom Andi shows us her family’s experience on a seven-night voyage to the Mexican Riviera.
Check out the first video to see how Mexican culture comes aboard the Disney Wonder!
posted on February 1st, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
posted on January 30th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
As a mom, I know moms rely on other parents to get information they can trust, especially when it comes to family fun. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to the first “Disneyland” mom on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel – Amanda Ficili. She and Ari Krell (you’ll meet him later) were selected to be the first panelists to answer guest questions about the Disneyland Resort.
You can tell by Amanda’s smile, this is a girl who likes to have fun – especially at Disney Parks. She grew up on the East Coast and frequently visited Walt Disney World Resort. Now she lives in Northern California and calls Disneyland Resort her “second home.”
Amanda usually visits with her husband and young daughter, a little princess who has inherited her parents’ fascination with Disney magic. She and her husband are self-proclaimed “Disney foodies” and, if you like to shop, Amanda’s your girl for discovering treasures at Downtown Disney.
Q: What’s it like to share your passion for Disneyland with visitors to the Moms Panel?
A: It’s an honor to represent the Disneyland Resort. I believe Disneyland is the ultimate vacation destination. When road-trip time rolls around, it’s a no-brainer … I’m going to Disneyland!
Q: What’s a tip for families visiting from outside Southern California?
A: Staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel keeps the magic alive for your entire visit. You don’t realize what a difference it makes until you’re there. And be sure to enjoy the new pools and spectacular Monorail slide at the Disneyland Hotel.
Q: How can I make a Disneyland vacation more affordable for my family?
A: I have been to Disney on almost every imaginable budget, and I’ve enjoyed every visit. Be sure to always check www.Disneyland.com/offers for current special offers and vacation package deals. Staying steps away from the magic can be more affordable than you may think.
Q: Tell us some of your favorite food topics at Disneyland Resort.
A: There are so many! Romantic dinners at Napa Rose, character dining at the Resort hotels, birthday celebrations, Blue Bayou Restaurant – plus all the special treats.
Tell us what you would ask Amanda at DisneyWorldMoms.com.
posted on January 23rd, 2012 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
Starting next Monday, the Disney Parks Blog will feature a special segment each week that is dedicated to learning more about the magical moms (and dads!) who make up the panel and give them a chance to share their latest vacation planning tips with you.
With 15 new panelists joining our seasoned alum Moms eager share their expertise on everything from making delicious reservations with the Disney Dining Plan, to sailing the high seas in style while on a vacation with Disney Cruise Line, there is sure to be a lot to learn from these magic makers.
posted on January 12th, 2012 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
Today we welcome 15 new panelists to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. But in the near future, look for that name to change! This hugely popular vacation planning website is entering its fifth year and now guests can answer questions not just about Walt Disney World Resort, but Adventures by Disney, Disney Vacation Club and Disney Cruise Line. As of today, Disneyland Resort and runDisney will also have their own specialists. In addition, for the first time guests can ask and receive answers from some of our panelists in Spanish.
Our 15 new panelists join our seasoned alums to form an elite crew of magic makers. Visit them now. They are eager to start spreading their pixie dust.
Our Newest Magic Makers
Amanda Ficili, CA – Disneyland Resort Specialist
Andrea Houston-Lingman, PA − Disney Vacation Club Specialist
Ari Krell, CA – Disneyland Resort Specialist
Ashley Forster, VA
Elisabeth Lackey, SC − Adventures by Disney Specialist
Jodie Hilson, GA
Kim Dillen, NC
Kirsten Etmanski, ON
Laura Munkel, IN − Disney Vacation Club Specialist
Lori Lovell, KY − runDisney Specialist
Malanie Rivera, NY − Spanish Language Panelist
Nancy Walshe, GA − Disney Cruise Line Specialist
Scott Houston, GA
Stacy Cacciatore, SC
Sue Farrell, UK
posted on December 28th, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
OK. I’m gonna be honest here. I don’t even know which sport has first draft picks or what all that means. For me, a first draft pick is deciding between a 4-, 5- or 6-inch emerald green, suede, sling-backed pump.
But in keeping with my new sports vernacular, we have picked the 15 newest members of the Walt Disney World Resort Moms Panel! These passionate Disney fans made it through thousands of other players to be on the team. They run out onto the playing field in January to help you plan the most magical, wonderful Disney Parks vacations ever! Come back in January and find out who they are.
Give me an M! Give me an O! Give me an M! What does it spell? Magic!
P.S. The 4-inch heel is too low and says “work.” The 6-inch heel is too high and says “ouch.” The 5-inch heel would be my first draft pick. Just a little info if you were curious.
posted on November 30th, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
“Yes! Walt Disney World Resort was educational!” Thousands of children return from trips to Disney Parks each year and many say this to their teachers. I’m imagining the faces of those teachers looking much like they do when they hear the words, “dog” and “homework.” But in reality, those children are telling the truth! At Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, kids can have fun and receive a top notch educational program.
Earlier this year, one of our Walt Disney World Moms Panelists, Jill Cooper, experienced two of Walt Disney World Resort’s Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) programs. As a teacher of American history from New Jersey, Jill and a group of high school seniors enjoyed the programs “American Story” at Magic Kingdom Park and “Leadership Excellence” at Epcot during their stay. Jill shares part of their adventure with us.
“As a teacher of American history, I loved the prospect of exploring the myriad of ways in which Walt Disney Imagineers incorporated the story of our nation’s past into Magic Kingdom Park through the “American Story” Y.E.S. program. This program was a lovely complement to the student’s recent courses in U.S. history and American Government.
After having experienced the Disney Y.E.S. programs, I couldn’t wait to share with fellow educators how valuable these experiences can be for their students. I am always delighted when a fellow parent or educator asks me about these programs on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel site.”
Disney Youth Education Series uses the fun and excitement of Disney Parks to engage participants and immerse them in subjects related to science, reading, history and the performing arts. For more information regarding Disney Youth Programs, visit www.disneyyouth.com or call 877-939-6884.
posted on September 20th, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
“I know dreams really do come true at Walt Disney World Resort. So armed with only two hours, my daughter and I would march straight to the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios so that I could grab a latte and a carrot cake cookie. We then would head for Sunset Boulevard and sit on one of the benches along the avenue.
I sit back and unwind while drinking my latte as my daughter looks for her favorite Streetmosphere performer. She loves “Otto Von Bonn Bahn” the most but enjoys all of the Citizens of Hollywood as they act up a storm and ‘meet their fans.’
The Citizens of Hollywood are able entertain my family for hours. We watch their skits and are thrilled when we are chosen to participate. If my daughter can walk the red carpet with them, we act like paparazzi snapping photos of our little celebrity!”
How would spend two hours making your family feel like a movie star at Disney Parks? Let me know in my comments section below!
posted on September 15th, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
UPDATE 9/23/11: This event is now full.
Oct.1, the Walt Disney World Resort celebrates its 40th anniversary. The Walt Disney World Moms Panel has been giving our guests advice for four years. In January of 2012, the website will commemorate five years of making magic for our guests!
Meet past, present (and maybe future) panelists at the second “Walt Disney World Moms Panel Fan Meet!” Saturday, Oct. 1, noon-2:30 p.m. Held at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, you can nosh on light hors d’oeuvres and snacks, chat with members of the Moms Panel and if you have room, head over on your own to the second day of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival*!
To request attendance for you and up to five additional Moms Panel-loving friends or family, please RSVP here! Space is limited. Not all requests will be accommodated. If we can accommodate your request we will send you a confirmation email with the location and instructions by the week of Sept. 23.
*THEME PARK ADMISSION IS NOT INCLUDED.
Park and attraction hours subject to change without notice and the event may be cancelled without notice. This event is not open to cast members of The Walt Disney Company or any of its affiliates or their immediate family members.
posted on September 9th, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
UPDATE: The search for the next Walt Disney World Moms Panel is now underway. If you’re passionate about planning vacations at the Happiest Place on Earth for your family and would love to share your expert knowledge, apply now. The application period will end Sept. 16, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Starting Monday, September 12, we will begin the search for the next group of vacation-planning dream makers who will join our guest-based site, the Walt Disney World Moms Panel! Next year, the website will celebrate its fifth anniversary. As a member chosen to be on the ground-breaking very first panel in 2008, Kim LaPaglia said it best.
“As a member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, I have had the opportunity to not only share my personal Disney knowledge but to truly touch the lives of others by helping them to create priceless family memories. I encourage parents, grandparents and guardians – anyone who shares a passion for planning Disney vacations to apply.”
The competition is very competitive with the world’s most Mouse-loving fans applying every year. Most will not make it to the final rounds, but some will and it could be you! We hope that everyone with the knowledge, passion and legendary Disney spirit will apply! If that’s you, don’t forget, Monday the race begins!
Good luck to everyone!
(The application period begins after 9 a.m. EST on Sept. 12, 2011, and ends Sept. 16, 2011, 11:59 p.m. EST.)
posted on September 6th, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
Dannée Neal, one of our Disney Vacation Club Specialists, loves our vacation villas. It’s no surprise that her choice on where and how to make a lifelong memory would be at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas!
“If I had two hours at Walt Disney World Resort in late fall or winter, I would go to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas at the main Jambo House. I would buy some hot chocolates and take my family to the Arusha Rock fire pit and enjoy the African Storytelling held each day. It’s a simple wish, but one I would cherish forever.”
Do you love our villas? What lifelong memory have you made while staying at one of our deluxe villa accommodations? Let me know in the comments section below!