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Year 4, Round 2

It’s hard to believe, but a little over four years ago, I started a journey. This journey sounded simple enough – an application to join a panel of talented professionals who shared their passion with an inquisitive community of individuals from all over the globe and all walks of life.

Since that year, I have gained many things – insight on an exciting (and emotional) process, advice from current and prospective panelists, and lastly, but perhaps the most valuable – enduring and deep friendships.

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This year, I am honored and excited to once again join the second round applicants to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. With three years of R2 experience under my belt, I feel a mix of both veteran confidence and optimistic excitement.

I plan to share as many details on the 2015 Recruitment Season as possible (after closing timelines), but am also glad to answer any questions, too! So, without further ado, here’s a little bit about the process so far:


ROUND 1: Tuesday, September 2 through Friday, September 5

ROUND 2: Tuesday, October 21 noon through Monday, October 27 -includes seven essay questions and a video submission

ROUND 3 & BEYOND: ?? To be revealed* ???

TRAINING: All new panelists are required to attend training at the Walt Disney World Resort, potential dates include December 10-15, 2014.

I am excited to join in for another cycle of FUN – and no matter what the outcome is this year, it’s sure to be a magical experience.

* In the past, Round 3 was a phone interview, and new panelists were drawn from this round. 



Friday, Friday…the adventure continues!

#DisneyMP was not a trending topic this weekend…in fact, Saturday and Sunday came and went with no teasers, very few tweets, and quite frankly, very little sign of anything happening in the world of the Mom’s Panel.

But then…Monday came! I received several messages, asking me of I had checked my application status on the momspanelsearch.com site (as last year, someone had found the site was updated before emails were sent out) and with bated breath…and I was hit with the reality that for the first time in three years of applying, I had not advanced to Round 2.

I have to admit, a wave of emotions did sweep over me..but not necessarily in a bad OR good way. Each year, when I advanced, I felt really thankful and excited to move along with fellow applicants, and enjoyed the camaraderie of the journey. To have that “taken away” (even though that is a bit of a dramatic way to say it, since I’ve made so many good friends through the process and #runDisney on twitter anyway) felt…unsettling. Still, I was sooo excited for friends that tweeted that they had received a much happier and pixie-dusted message…

Still, I felt weird that I felt weird (haha) so I did what I often do when I feel like I need to get my mind off of things…I went for a run!

When I got back, I saw this tweet from Gary Buchanan, of Disney Social Media:


Hmmm? Curiouser and curiouser…

Hmmm…could there be hope? Gary seemed to read my (and others’) minds:

So, that was good news and good news, right? I was able to continue to chEAR on the pals that were confirmed R2’ers and I, as well as many other excited applicants had a second chance to wait a little longer 😉

So…see y’all again on FRIDAY!

Did you get any news today? What speciality did you choose?

Some runDisney/Moms Panel updates

Hi everyone! It’s hard to believe that my last update here was more than a month ago!

At the Disneyland 10K.

At the Disneyland 10K.

Since then, I’ve posted several new race recaps to Shiawase Life:

…and in less than a month, I’ll be back in Walt Disney World, ready to take on the 2013 Wine and Dine Half Marathon again – which also means it’s almost time for another round of Meetup anticipation – here’s my recap from last year’s event! 😀 (my guess is it’ll be posted ~10/25).


At the Happy Haunted 5K.

In other runDisney news, the most recent program printed showed the dates for 2014 events – and the Expedition Everest 5K Challenge was mysteriously omitted. Was it a typo? Or sign of something to come? I know that I’m a sucker for runDisney mysteries (remember the date change of the Tower 10-Miler?) so I am interested to see what happens there. I was planning on trying the EE5K for the first time, so I hope it’s not gone into “the vault” so to say.


Last but not least, this could be the week that we hear back about Round 2 Announcements for the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel! I was chatting with my friend Theresa, and we were reviewing past dates, here’s what we came up with:

Last year (2012), Round 2 emails were sent on Friday, 10/12 at 2:37 PM and in 2011, Saturday, 10/8 at 3:46 PM – which very well means THIS could be the weekend! 🙂

No matter what the outcome, I am excited to be a part of the process once again, and I wish good luck to everyone along for the fun 😀

What’s your next – or DREAM – runDisney event?

The 2014 Search Begins Today!

More than a year ago, I started this blog to document my process of applying the WDW Moms Panel – and though the name has changed (Disney Parks Moms Panel) and this blog has taken on a few other directions in the interim, I am proud and excited to throw my hat in for the third time!

Not only have I had the chance to document my thoughts regarding all things Moms Panel, this blog has given me the opportunity to share all runDisney all the time! From the meetups and recaps, to running inspiration and more, it’s been a great ride and I am over the moon about the support and enthusiasm that I’ve received from fellow bloggers, readers and runDisney enthusiasts.

So, people of the world, in 13 minutes when the application opens for another recruitment season, you can be sure that I will be there, ready to take on the challenge. If you’re joining me on the quest, please comment below so we can experience this wild ride together…because after all, the journey can be just as thrilling as reaching the destination. ❤


Gearing up for 2014!

Hi everyone!

On Tuesday night, all of us eager Round 2 applicants received the email that we had been awaiting for a little over two weeks…

Here’s the full text:

On behalf of Disney Destinations, LLC, thank you so much for applying for the 2013 Walt Disney World® Moms Panel!

Your application showed us the inspiring role Disney plays in your life.  We were and are incredibly touched by your passionate responses and captivated by some of the special anecdotes that you shared with us on your application.

Having received thousands of entries, you can imagine the great task it was trying to narrow the field to the next round.  While you were not among those selected, we are very grateful that you took the time to enter; your experiences and love of Disney Parks means so much to all of us.

The 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panel, disneyworldmoms.com, will be officially announced in January 2013.  Successfully making it to this last round indicates that you have an amazing talent to impart your passion for the Disney Parks with others.  Your passion for Disney Parks keeps you in a fantastical world full of magic and dreams that we hope you continue to share. I hope you will visit the site regularly and wish that you will consider reapplying for the 2014 panel!

You are part of a very special, pixie-dusted group of people.

Magically yours,


Although it was a “thanks, but no thanks” email, I had the strangest feeling after finishing it – I was not at all sad, resentful or disappointed! In fact, I was just happy to have an answer and it just made me even more excited to try again next year!

Since my personal 2013 journey is ending here, you might ask, “is this blog going away?” – and to that, I exclaim, “au contraire!”  – because seriously, this is just the beginning! I know many wonderful panel hopefuls who have tried multiple times to get a coveted spot – and perseverance paid off for them!

In the coming weeks, months (and year) I hope to feature even more Moms Panel and runDisney content, so please stay tuned to the blog! Don’t forget to follow me on twitter – https://twitter.com/outrunmonorail and “LIKE” my page on FB for the most recent updates!

What would YOU like to read on this blog? Leave me your ideas, suggestions and comments 😀

Meet the 2013 Moms Panel Hopefuls: Sue Nowicki

Meet Sue Nowicki!

Name: Sue Nowicki
Location (city/state): New Carlisle, Indiana (born and raised in Phippsburg, Maine)
Twitter: @Suzanne033
Who is your favorite Disney character and why?
I know it’s not a ‘traditional’ Disney character but I LOVE Tim Allen’s version of Santa Claus in the ‘Santa Clause‘ trilogy. His portrayal of both the physicality and personality of Santa Claus is exactly how I pictured Santa when I was a child. I am also a huge sucker for the holiday season which makes these movies a must see for my family each year (usually several times LOL).
What is your Team Mom experience?
For the past three season, I have been the team mom for my daughter’s travel volleyball team.  For the past two years, her team has played in AAU Volleyball Nationals at ESPN Wide World of Sports. My duties as Team Mom include taking care of the financial matters of the team, travel arrangements (ie. hotels, team meals, playing schedule, etc.), maintenance of the seeding information, administrator of the team website and overall cheerleader.
What is your favorite Team/Sports event at Disney?
My favorite event during Nationals, beside the play itself of course, is the Opening Ceremonies. Disney really puts amazing touches into the evening with not only ‘official’ speakers but several Disney characters making appearances as well. It truly feels like an Olympic Opening Ceremony as they light a torch, introduce the teams one-by-one, and offically call the games open. It’s a great way to kick-off the event which this year featured over 1,000 teams!!
What got you interested in the Disney Moms Panel?
I honestly knew nothing about the Mom Panel until I received an email from Disney the Friday morning applications were set to close. Since it was addressed to me as ‘Team Mom’ I thought it had something to do with my daughter’s team. After reading it, I was intrigued so I started to do some research. Once I found out what it was all about I knew I had a lot of information I could impart to other team mom’s coming to Disney for their tournaments.
Anything else you want to add?
I am so excited and honored to be a part of this amazing group of Round 2 hopefuls. Their excitement and passion for Disney astounds me.
I am so very excited to feature you on the blog today, Sue! This year is the first application season for the new “Team Mom” specialty and from the looks of your application, you definitely have what it takes to rock the panel with your experience 🙂

Meet the 2013 Moms Panel Hopefuls: Erin Williams

Meet Erin Williams!

Name: Erin Williams
Location (city/state): Providence, RI
Twitter: @LoveDisneyRun
Who is you favorite Disney character and why?
Tinker Bell – She is free to be herself!  Plus I love found things.  I love picking up running treasure while I am out on the road.  Interestingly enough money and tools are my most frequent finds.  Of course the money is usually just pocket change and the tools are almost always wrenches!
How long have you been a runner?
I started running in high school to stay in shape between fall and spring rowing seasons.  I have been running ever since then to varying degrees.  I started racing after the my older daughter was born in 2000.  She often raced with me in her jogger.  It is great to have your support crew with you and a place to put your bottle.  Races were very baby jogger friendly then.  So I have been running for about 25 years and racing for about 12.

Erin as Tink at the Princess Half Marathon, 2012.

What is your favorite runDisney event?
Princess as of right now, but I am going Dopey at WDW Marathon weekend so that might change.  I know you are asking about events, but my best personal runDisney running moment actually happened this July when I flew to Disney World for an overnight and planned an amazing runners trip – DisneyRunFest2012!  I guess you could say it was my own runDisney event.  Several other runDisney social media pals joined me for an evening run around Seven Seas Lagoon.  It was amazing!  I had always wanted to run around the Monorail resorts and see MK from every vantage point.  We capped the evening off with fireworks and desserts at the Polynesian!  But the best moment for me as a runner came the next morning when I got to go for a run with Bob Hitchcock from Disney PR at POR.  It was amazing to get to run and chat about our running experiences before heading to rope drop at MK.  Although this is a highlight of my runDinsey experience as an athlete, it is not the moment I chose for my Moms Panel application.  That moment is even more special to me as a runner and a mother!  (You can find my posts about DisneyRunFest2012 on my blog…just look in my July posts.)

Erin, Bob and Marcia.

What is your favorite non-runDisney event?
It is a tie between the last race that I ran and the one that is coming up! By that I mean I am a runner who lives in the moment.  As an athlete you are as good as you are on any given day.  Sure some races may be more exciting or have a better expo, but it is very much about how well I am able to compete.  Did I get my pacing right?  How about my fueling?  Did I have fun?  If I can answer yes to all of these I had a great race…whatever the clock says!  I am running my 3rd marathon next weekend at the Marine Corps Marathon.  People tell me it is better than Disney.  We will have to see!  It could very well be my next favorite non-Disney race!
 What got you interested in the Disney Moms Panel?
I love talking about Disney, runDisney racing, gear, fuel, you name it!  Sharing my experiences and helping others plan theirs is amazing.  runDisney has encouraged so many folks to get out there and be active, but they have lots of questions.  Being able to help them out so that they will have a great experience is critical if they are going to stay active beyond race day and runDisney again!
Anything else you want to add?
If anyone want to chat about runDisney they can also find me at my athlete page on Facebook “for the love of Disney running”.  We are logging our miles as runDisney race weekend training e-teams.  Here is where the upcoming race weekend teams stand as of Oct 20th. (We started logging miles Memorial Day Weekend…so we have come a long way baby!) Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend (W&D) – 2939.45; Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend (WDW) – 4831.7; Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend (Tink) – 686.25; Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend (Princess) – 3533.65; Expedition Everest Challenge   (EEC) – 3.1; Dreaming of runDisney – 358.4 (No one is left out!  If your race is farther away than Expedition Everest you can log your miles with the Dreaming of runDisney e-team!)
Wow! Wishing you lots of luck at the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend, Erin – and cannot wait to see you at WDW Marathon Weekend 🙂