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Meet the First Mom to Represent Disneyland Resort on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel

Michele Himmelberg

by , 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 PanelAmanda 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.

Amanda Ficili, the First 'Disneyland' Mom on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, and Her Family at 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 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.

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  • Woo Hoo!! Cheers for Amanda and Disneyland Resort!! ;D I’m so bummed I missed you today. Here’s to a getting together next time!

  • Hi Amanda – I too am a ‘Disneyland Foodie.” The food is almost as much fun as the park! I even wrote travel blogs for an online website on the restaurants in Disneyland to share my excitement 😀 Would you know if character dining is still available at Disneyland?

  • Dear Ms. Himmelberg,

    I so enjoyed reading about Amanda, your newest Disney Mom’s Panelist with a specialty in Disneyland. We visited Disneyland Resort over the Christmas break and drew many comparisons to Walt Disney World which we have visited eighteen times. I look forward to reading all about Amanda’s experiences at Disneyland Resort, as we definitely plan on visiting there in the future.

    Congratulations to her and all of the other new Disney Mom’s Panelists.

    Jackie Psarianos

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