I first found out about the Disney Moms Panel at the Meet Up and Eat Up event during last year’s Wine and Dine Race Weekend. Several of the other people participating were going to a special event later that day. I became interested in their conversation and had to know more. When I checked out the website, I fell in love with the concept of everyday people giving travel advice, recommendations and suggestions about Disney. That is something that I do all the time to friends and family who don’t visit Walt Disney World nearly as much as I do. Last year, I was too late to apply and didn’t think I would have been eligible because I am not married or a mother. When I realized that I didn’t have to be either, I knew I was going to apply this year!
Thanks for sharing, Rachel – you are another shining example of my definition of MOMs 🙂 Good luck in all your running, Disney and Moms Panel ventures!
Here are a few videos that I’ve collected to watch, share and enjoy during this round of the Panel Selection Process:
Do you have any favorite YouTube videos / channels? Share your favorites in the comments!
What got you interested in the Disney Moms Panel?
Also good luck to all the other 2013 Disney Moms Panel hopefuls! I hope we will be meeting each other this December!
Awww shucks, Matt! Thanks for the many kind words! 🙂 So glad to have you featured and much luck to you on your Moms Panel Journey!
It is my pleasure to announce a brand new LIMITED TIME feature to Outrunning the Monorail: profiles of some very promising 2013 Moms Panel Hopefuls!
Although each application is done individually, the big draw (to me, at least) of becoming a member of this elite team is the fact that you automatically gain a whole new crew of friends to become part of your Disney family!
Over the next few days, you will learn all about some really special applicants. I hope you enjoy reading their profiles as much as I did!
If you were interviewing Walt Disney World Moms Panel applicants, what would YOU ask them?
Since I created this blog, I’ve received so many wonderful and positive notes of support and encouragement from dozens of people that I have not yet met.It really has been an honor sharing my adventures – from sharing the anxiety, to offering a sneak peek into the process and even learning a little bit more about the Walt Disney Company itself!
But there’s only ONE question from people I already know that keeps getting asked:
“Don’t you have to be a mom?”
To this, I’ve offered many explanations – from explaining the overall objective of the Moms Panel, to putting my own story into perspective – but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it would be a fantastic subject to blog about.
So here it goes…
- While it is INDEED called the Disney MOMS Panel, this talented group of individuals is comprised of many different kinds of people – from moms, to dads, aunts – anyone with a passion for Disney and the drive to help others.
- I like to think of MOM as not only the title of some pretty cool ladies (my mom definitely topping the list) I also think of it as an acronym for Maker of Magic! Whether you’re helping guests plan an awesome vacation or suggesting a tip to preserve family memories, being a MOM is all about sharing your love!!
- Although I currently do not have any little ones to call my own (not even furry ones) – ETA: this has changed, as of 2013, we adopted DUG! – that does not mean I never will – in fact, I am incredibly excited at the idea of planning our first vacation as a family larger than two one day – and the connections made now with the many MOMs from all walks of life now will surely prove priceless in years to come.
In a nutshell, I truly believe that my unique perspective as a Disney fan, daughter, wife, friend, runner and former cast member all complement my definition of MOM! As we move forward through the application process, I am as proud as ever to be participating in it all – with or without kids of my own 🙂
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Perhaps the most challenging part about applying for the WDW Moms Panel is the Waiting Game.
In 2011, I applied on September 12 – then waited until October 8 to hear that I had made it to Round 2.
This year was very similar. I submitted the first Round application on September 10 and received my Round 2 email on October 12.
Both years, advancing to Round 2 proved to be a very exciting experience! But along with that, meant the next step…which I will share in an upcoming post!
Are you a patient person? How do you keep your mind off of waiting?