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New Disney Parks Blog Segment: Moms Panel Mondays

posted on January 23rd, 2012 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


If you can’t get enough of our Walt Disney World Moms Panel and all of the helpful answers and advice they offer about planning your next Disney Parks vacation, then you’re in for a treat.

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.

Amanda Ficili, One of the Newest Walt Disney World Moms Panelists, Poses with Mickey Mouse in Front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

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.

Check back next Monday to hear from one of our newest Walt Disney World Moms Panelists, Amanda Ficili, a mom whose favorite destination is the Disneyland Resort.

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Walt Disney World Moms Panel: We Are Outgrowing Our Name

posted on January 12th, 2012 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


The Walt Disney World Mom’s Panel Welcomes 15 New Members

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

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Walt Disney World Resort Moms Panel: The First-Time Draft Picks Are Ready to Rumble

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.

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Walt Disney World Moms Panel: It Wasn’t the Dog This Time

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.

'Leadership Excellence' Youth Education Series Program at Epcot

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.

'American Story' Youth Education Series Program at Magic Kingdom Park

“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.

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Moms Panel: If I Had Two Hours at Walt Disney World to Make a Lifelong Memory I Would…

posted on September 20th, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Walt Disney World Moms Panelist Monina Wagner is our proud representative from the Midwest. Her fantasy in our series “If I Had Two Hours” is below!

Sunset Boulevard at Disney's Hollywood Studios

“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!

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Celebrate Five Years of Magic and Meet the Walt Disney World Moms Panel!

posted on September 15th, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


UPDATE 9/23/11: This event is now full.

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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.

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Monday is ‘M’ Day at Walt Disney World Resort

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.

Apply to Become a Member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel

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.)

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Moms Panel: If I Had Two Hours at Walt Disney World to Make a Lifelong Memory I Would…

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!

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas at Walt Disney World Resort

“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!

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Moms Panel: If I Had Two Hours at Walt Disney World to Make a Lifelong Memory I Would…

posted on September 2nd, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


You would think that being a NASA rocket scientist, Disney Dad Bernie Edwards dreams would be out of this world! Not so. When not thinking about his day job, Bernie is wishing he were goin’ fishin’!

Gone Fishin' at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

“If I had two hours at Walt Disney World Resort, I would put on my Walt Disney World Moms Panel hat and drive over to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside for an early morning breakfast at their food court, Riverside Mill. I would get the freshly made waffles or a create-your-own omelet. I would make the rest of the breakfast perfect by adding nice, rich espresso.

Then I would go cane pole fishing for bluegill and perch at the Ol’ Man Island, a fully stocked catch and release pond near the main swimming pool at Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.”

What special Disney Parks activity would be your pick to create a lifelong memory? Let me know in my comments section below!

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Moms Panel: If I Had Two Hours at Walt Disney World to Make a Lifelong Memory I Would…

posted on August 23rd, 2011 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Walt Disney World Moms Panelist Disney Dad Jonas Lehmann Karp still remembers his love of Monorails from his single digit days! His grown up dream is even better!

Monorail at Walt Disney World Resort

“I’ll never forget the wonder I felt as a five-year-old at Walt Disney World Resort watching the Monorail pass right through the Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This wonder never went away. So two hours at Walt Disney World Resort would give me enough time to ride all three lines and 15 miles of the Monorail system. I’d hop off for quick stops at Disney’s Contemporary Resort to marvel at the lobby’s 90-foot mural created by Disney Legend Mary Blair, jump off again at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to window shop, and lastly I would visit Disney’s Polynesian Resort for a cup of joe. The last stop on my Monorail ride would be at Epcot. I’d treat my family to kaki gori ices outside the Japan Pavilion in World Showcase (strawberry for me!).”

What is your most magical and favorite mode of transportation at Disney Parks? Let me know in my comments section below!



See more about one of the Monorail’s stops, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, in the posts below:

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