The search will start again soon for the next Disney Parks Moms Panel! Wait - the whaaaa? The Disney Parks Moms Panel! It is a group of moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and grandparents who have a passion for Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and / or Disney Cruise Line. They have vast knowledge of their specialty. After an extensive application process, new panel members are asked to join the panel where they will spend their term answering questions that Guests submit to the panel online. Pretty cool, right?
I was one of the 22 panelists chosen for the 2015 Panel. Honestly, even to this day, I can not believe that little old me was chosen out of thousands of applicants. My friends and family all say, "OF COURSE they picked you - nobody is more Disney-obsessed than you are!" But really, there are so very many people who would also do an absolute wonderful job. I am still honored to be part of the Moms Panel Family.
Your first responsibility when you are invited to the panel is training. We were sent down to Walt Disney World for a long weekend to learn the computer system, and gain some additional knowledge on various topics. You can see the video I made covering the entire weekend below!
Y'all I was terrified. It was my first time IN MY LIFE that I was alone. You see, I met Mr. Incredible when I was only 16. We have always done everything together. Rule #1 for training weekend was NO GUESTS were allowed. I flew down by myself. Looking back it was silly, but I was really scared. No actually - I was terrified! Until I met . . . my tribe.
The biggest 'perk' for me I received from serving on the Disney Parks Moms Panel was the deep life-long friendships I have made. I am a 30 (something) year old woman who LOVES Disney World. Believe it or not, you don't find those people everywhere. We are a special breed. Yes of course we know that mice don't make clothing, carpets don't fly, slippers are not made of glass, and pixie dust can't take you to Neverland. But when we need to step back from the daily stresses of illnesses, bills, work, and responsibilities - those things are all waiting for us deep down in our hearts. For just a moment in time, our minds are innocent and possibilities are endless. The impossible becomes comforting. And we get it. We get each other. We can open up and let our fairy flags fly with no judgment. It's a pretty awesome thing. EVERYONE needs to find their tribe!
I also gained some much needed confidence in myself. I wrote answers that thousands of people across the entire world were reading. And do you know what? They were good! I have good advice! People not only valued what I said, but they enjoyed reading it. All this knowledge and passion I have went to good use. I was helping people experience my most favorite thing in the world. I simply can't explain that feeling other than I felt like I was just where I was supposed to be and I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. My life motto has always been this quote from Walt Disney himself, “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again, and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” I poured my heart and soul into every answer. And I do believe it showed!
Do you love Disney Parks as much as I do? Do you find yourself answering Disney Parks questions from your family, friends, neighbors, and mailmen? Do you jump into stranger's conversations you overhear to correct their nomenclature? YOU better head on over to the Disney Parks Moms Panel to apply for the 2017 panel! Applications will be accepted from September 7th, 2016 - September 14th, 2016. Is it a long shot? Probably. But I can tell you from experience - DREAMS COME TRUE!