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January 27, 2013

Walt Disney World Moms Panel Renamed Disney Parks Moms Panel


6th Year of Sharing the Magic Brings First-Ever Team Sports Moms and 19 New Panelists

Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Jan. 24, 2013 - Today, Disney Parks has officially given a new name to the ever-growing Walt Disney World Moms Panel: the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Along with the change in title the company announced the website's 19 newest members. New for 2013, two Team Sports Moms will join the roster to assist guests with youth sports-related travel to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Disney Parks Moms Panel, located at, is an online forum that serves as a resource for planning Disney Parks vacations. Whether guests are looking to kick it on the fields of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, find the best character dining experience for their family, jog around Disney theme parks with runDisney or discover the cultures of the world with Adventures by Disney, there is a panelist who can share authentic opinions and tips on almost anything and everything Disney Parks. Spanish-speaking visitors can also read and submit questions to a group of dedicated multilingual panelists.

"Since launching in 2008, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has answered countless questions from travelers considering a Disney Parks vacation," said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France. "Known for their sound and practical advice, the panelists continue to be a great resource, helping even more guests make unforgettable Disney memories."

In September 2012, thousands of hopefuls from around the world submitted applications for a seat on the panel. From the many passionate applications, 19 new moms and dads have taken their seat with the 2013 Disney Parks Moms Panel.

Meet the first new members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel:

- Allison Lemme; Plano, Texas (Walt Disney World) - A hospitality management professional turned stay-at-home mom, Allison spends her days specializing in serving daily doses of magic to her family of five. She also enjoys blogging and donating her time to local organizations and charities.

- Angie Gregg; Hummelstown, Pa. (Team Sports Mom) - Busy mom to two soccer-loving princesses and wife of a professional soccer coach, it's no surprise that team sports are a big deal in the Gregg household! When she's not attending a game or working as a medical coder, Angie loves to exercise and participate in races.

- Audra Anders; Dunwoody, Ga. (Team Sports Mom) - From the gridiron to the pitcher's mound, Audra loves to take on the role of team mom for her two athletic sons. The Anders family has made major-league memories at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Audra looks forward to helping others do the same!

- Courtney Bautista; Fresno, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) - As a Southern California native, Courtney "grew up Disney," making frequent visits to Disneyland Resort. Now as a parent, she looks to share the Disney lifestyle with her son and husband; as a family, they love to participate in pin trading and experience all the fabulous food options Disney has to offer.

- Derek Hoffman; Washington, D.C. (Walt Disney World) - Tax consultant by day and magic-maker by night, this Disney dad loves helping others plan memory-filled vacations. A self proclaimed "Waltophile," Derek honeymooned at the place where dreams come true and has taken semiannual trips to his "happy place" ever since.

- Jackie Gailey; Savannah, Ga. (Walt Disney World) - A perpetual spreader of Pixie Dust, Jackie incorporates Disney into all aspects of her life, and that of her husband, son and daughter. Her Disney vacation experience spans from coast to coast, and she can't wait to share her love of the Mouse on the Moms Panel.

- Jacqui Clark; Chicago, Ill. (Walt Disney World) - Jacqui lives her life by the mantra "Adventure is out there!" From domestic Disney resorts to Disneyland Paris and the decks of Disney Cruise Line, the Clark family has experienced memories and milestones a plenty with Disney. When she's not planning vacations, Jacqui works as a substitute teacher and volunteers in her community.

- Kari Krueger; College Station, Texas (Disney Vacation Club) - The words "Welcome Home!" are dear to the Krueger family. Kari and her husband became Disney Vacation Club members before the birth of their two children, taking annual vacations around the world all on their points. By day, Kari is the executive director of a non-profit, helping people with autism and other disabilities lead independent lives.

- Kimberly Lucci; Bridgewater, N.J. (Walt Disney World) - A college professor turned stay-at-home mom, Kimberly shares her love of the Mouse with her husband and daughter. She can often be found sharing her personal park-planning tips on vegetarian eating and traveling with disabilities at Disney.

- Kristen deHaan; Puebla, Mexico (Adventures by Disney/Aulani) - Originally hailing from Ontario, Canada, Kristen lives an international life with her husband and three children. Between multiple Disney Cruise Line sailings, half a dozen Adventures by Disney departures and countless Disney Vacation Club excursions, Kristen is a pro at traveling the globe with Disney.

- Mandy Milhoan; Greenville, S.C. (Walt Disney World) - As the mother of five, Mandy knows the importance of vacationing on a budget. Whether it's a romantic getaway for two, a girls weekend or full-out family vacation, Mandy uses her "bloodhound's nose for bargains" to experience Disney as often as possible.

- Marcy Galloway; Cincinnati, Ohio (Disney Cruise Line) - From first sight of the life-sized pirate schooner in their backyard, you can tell the Galloway family is up for an ocean adventure! Marcy takes the helm of her home ship, leading her husband and two children on magical Disney Cruise Line vacations.

- Miguel Olmo-Rodríguez; Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (Spanish-language) - An environmental planning consultant by trade, Miguel is an avid researcher and meticulous planner - skills he uses to create unforgettable Disney vacations for his family. He is thrilled to be the first bilingual dad to answer questions in Spanish on the panel.

- Mona Leigh Guha; Columbia, Md. (Disney Vacation Club) - Her Ph.D. might be in Human Development, but most friends refer to Mona Leigh as "Dr. Disney." When she's not conducting research for the University of Maryland, Mona Leigh can be found planning Disney Vacation Club getaways for her husband and daughter.

- Raquel Cummings; Cedar Hill, Texas (Walt Disney World) - Special touches are a hallmark of every Cummings family Disney vacation. Whether they are sailing with Disney Cruise Line or enjoying Disney Parks with Disney Vacation Club points, Raquel knows that it's the little touches and lesser-known experiences that can make for big magic.

- Sherri Cuda; Crete, Ill. (Walt Disney World) - Traveling with dietary restrictions? This Midwestern mom of two and property manager is your gal! She's done Disney in every way - as a prior Cast Member, from solo trips to Grand Gatherings - sampling more than 70 dining options along the way.

- Stephanie Gibbon; Brantford, Ontario (Walt Disney World) - You can't top this Canuck on traveling to Disney! When she's not busy teaching third grade or spending quality time with her family, Stephanie loves giving advice on the best ways to cross the border and make magical memories at Disney. Parlez-vous français? She shares tips in French too!

- Wilma Norton; St. Petersburg, Fla. (Walt Disney World) - Living just 90 minutes from the Magic Kingdom gates has allowed Wilma and her family to enjoy countless Walt Disney World vacations as annual passholders. She prefers to stay on-property and has visited almost every resort, eatery and attraction the park has to offer.

- Yael Londoño; Dania Beach, Fla. (Spanish-language) - Yael is her name and pin trading is her game! This mom of three has visited Walt Disney World more than 100 times, with the goal of collecting a pin at each on-property resort. In Yael's opinion, you are never too young to experience Disney - her daughter's visit was at just 17 days old!

The new panel will be joined by select alumni panelists - representing all previous panels - to help answer the influx of Disney vacation questions submitted to the site each week. In addition to browsing answers, guests can access a variety of helpful how-to videos in both English and Spanish. Along with the new name, Disney Parks will look to revamp the Moms Panel website in 2013 with exciting new features, blog content and mobile-friendly options.

About the Disney Parks Moms Panel

The Disney Parks Moms Panel is an online forum where guests can get tips and insights for a Disney vacation from real moms, dads and grandparents who have mastered the art of planning Disney vacations. Guests can pose questions to the panelists in both English and Spanish, as well as gain access to other vacation-planning tools for booking a Disney vacation. Featuring just 12 members during its inaugural year in 2008, the panel now boasts 47 park-savvy panelists as a result of the popularity of the site and an ever-growing number of questions submitted by curious parents. For more information and to meet the panelists, visit

September 11, 2012

Apply for the 6th Annual Walt Disney World Moms Panel!

Disney Parks is seeking Sports Team Moms and bilingual panelists to join the 2013 panel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2012) - Have a passion for planning unforgettable Disney vacations? Know how to organize the ultimate team sports events at Walt Disney World Resort? Disney Parks today announced the 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panel call for entries, featuring the search for its first-ever Sports Team Moms. The best draft picks for this position will have experience organizing team travel to sporting events at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex while incorporating the magic of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Disney is also seeking bilingual panelists and international travelers to provide valuable expertise for its visitors. Visit through September 14 to apply.

Kicking off its sixth year, the online trip planning forum's park-savvy super Disney fans assist guests in creating memorable Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani/Adventures by Disney, Disney Vacation Club and runDisney vacations. Since 2008, millions of visitors have accessed the immense library of questions and answers that have helped our guests plan the perfect Disney vacation. Guests can also access personal tips from both panelists and celebrities alike through the dozens of videos live on the site that cover a wide-range of topics including fun and "insider" tips.

"We are excited to continue the expansion of the Moms Panel this year, adding a new Sports Team Mom specialty and bilingual panelists to our team of Disney vacation planners," said Leanne Jakubowski, Director, Social Media; Walt Disney World Resort. "This diverse panel of Disney fans has helped countless guests turn their vacation dreams into a reality. Some families return from their trip and respond to the panelists, thanking them for the magical vacation they had a hand in creating. Many of our panelists feel it is an honor to assist travelers from all over the globe in making memories that will last a lifetime."

"For the past two years I have been blessed with the opportunity to share my love and appreciation for the most 'Magical Place on Earth' as a member of the Moms Panel," said Marisol Lopez, bilingual panelist and Disney Cruise Line specialist. "Disney has provided my family with countless pixie-dusted moments we will never forget. I literally become emotional as I write my answers because I feel as if I am planning a trip for my family for each guest. Fun does not even describe it. It has truly been a life-changing experience for me. I encourage anyone who wants to share their Disney passion to apply. I still have 'pinch me' moments and cannot believe I have been given this amazing opportunity."

How to Apply
Disney Parks will accept applications for the 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panel from 9 a.m. EDT on September 10, 2012 through September 14, 11:59 p.m. EDT., or when 14,000 applications have been received. Those interested should visit to enter. The application process includes a series of written questions and submissions, with the final round in the form of a brief phone interview. Once the search is complete, the top candidates will be officially announced as members of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel in January 2013. Panelists must be available to attend a training session at Walt Disney World Resort in December 2012.

May 22, 2012

Melissa Joan Hart to Host Live Vacation Planning Web Chat


Lake Buena Vista, Fla. May, 20, 2012 - Melissa Joan Hart, former star of "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" and current co-star of "Melissa & Joey" on the ABC Family network, will join two Walt Disney World Moms panelists to discuss vacation planning during a live web chat Tuesday, May 22, at 9 p.m. ET on

Melissa, who is no stranger to traveling to Disney Parks with her two little ones, will interview the moms, take questions from participants via Skype and even share travel tips of her own. Those who wish to participate in the live video chat with Melissa, can email or post questions on the Disney Parks Blog Melissa Joan Hart post.

January 13, 2012

Hola Mickey! Disney Parks Celebrates 5th Annual Walt Disney World Moms Panel Allowing Guests to Ask Vacation Planning Questions in Spanish

Included in the Fifteen New Park-Savvy Panelists are the First-Ever Disneyland Resort and runDisney Specialists


Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Jan. 12, 2012- Disney Parks announced today the Walt Disney World Moms Panel has unveiled a new feature - the panelists can receive and answer guests' questions in Spanish. In addition to the first-ever bilingual offerings, two new specialty areas will be added to the site -- Disneyland Resort and runDisney. These features are available to guests at

The Walt Disney World Moms Panel is an online forum that serves as a resource for planning Disney Parks vacations. From the most thrilling attractions at Disneyland Resort and how to make the most of Disney Vacation Club points at Walt Disney World Resort to the decks of Disney Cruise Line and immersive international itineraries of Adventures by Disney, the Walt Disney World Moms Panel advises and adds their own experiences to help turn dream vacations into reality. As the Moms Panel expands, Disney Parks will look to rebrand in 2012 with exciting details to come later this year.

"When we first launched the Moms Panel in 2008, we dreamed of offering guests the ability to ask questions in various languages. Launching the Spanish option in our fifth year turned our dreams into reality and we're excited to see the questions and new visitors to the site that come as a result of these new features," said Leanne Jakubowski, Director, Social Media; Walt Disney World Resort." As Walt once said, 'You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.' The Walt Disney World Moms Panel is living proof of that statement and we believe Walt would be proud of the magic our panelists are making for families around the world."

Disney Parks received thousands of applications from the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom to be considered for the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Each panelist went through three rounds of interviews before they were selected to follow in the footsteps of more than 60 moms, dads, grandparents and guardians who have signed on to share their knowledge and passion for the Disney brand with others.

Meet the 2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel:

- Amanda Ficili; Mendocino, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) - Known as the "Disney Go To Girl," this stay-at-home mom is a coast-to-coast Disney Parks storehouse of knowledge. The proud holder of a Disney Premiere Passport, Amanda grew up a short while from Walt Disney World and now spends every moment she gets enjoying Disneyland Resort.

- Andrea Houston-Lingman; Jamison, Pa. (Disney Vacation Club) - A high school English teacher by day and a "Disney Sherpa" by night, this Disney Vacation Club Member enjoys Disney vacations of all shapes and sizes. When she's not teaching, Andrea chaperones Walt Disney World trips for students and enjoys the parks with her husband and two children.

- Ari Krell; Reseda, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) - Growing up in the shadows of Sleeping Beauty Castle, Ari is now the father of two little princesses of his own, guiding his girls around Disneyland, from the twists and turns of Space Mountain to breakfast with Cinderella. Never far from the magic, this Disney dad thinks of Disneyland Resort as his own backyard.

- Ashley Forster; Suffolk, Va. - As a proud military wife, Ashley has visited Walt Disney World on her honeymoon, with her husband and two children, and on her annual solo "mommy time" trip. When this Disney vacation planning addict is not preparing for or enjoying a visit to the Mouse's house, she and her crew like to explore the magic of their local area, taking road trips or soaking up the sun at the nearest beach.

- Elisabeth Lackey; Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Adventures by Disney) - From the Great Wall of China to the open planes of South Africa, Elisabeth and her family have traveled the world with Adventures by Disney. When she is not embarking on unforgettable global adventures, Elisabeth can be found teaching preschool, tucked away with her favorite book and of course, planning her family of six's next Disney vacation.

- Jodie Hilson; Thomasville, Ga. - This registered nurse has grown up with Walt Disney World - from losing her first tooth on her first visit to the Magic Kingdom to riding Toy Story Mania with her four children. Jodie's family of six loves all things Disney so much they named their gray colored cat "Pixie!"

- Kim Dillen; Charlotte, N.C. - A self-proclaimed 'Type A' planner, Kim has experience visiting Walt Disney World as the parent of a special needs child, and believes that it's the little things that can add the most magic to a vacation. Along with her husband and two children, Kim has seen and done it all, from Hidden Mickey hunts to Magic Kingdom birthday celebrations.

- Kirsten Etmanski; Burlington, ON - Since she was seven years old, Kirsten has been making the journey from her home in Canada to Walt Disney World. A stay-at-home mom to a son and daughter, Kirsten spends her day dreaming of an "Around the World - a la Disney" vacation, planning her extended family's next family reunion and helping friends and neighbors plan their own magical getaways.

- Laura Munkel; Elkhart, Ind. (Disney Vacation Club) - As a family practice physician, Laura is known as an expert around the office when it comes to anything and everything Mickey Mouse. Laura and her family have traveled around the globe with their Disney Vacation Club membership, from Orlando to Germany, Anaheim to Castaway Cay, this mother of three believes that fairytales truly do exist.

- Lori Lovell; Morganfield, Ky. (runDisney) - When she's not participating in a runDisney event, this sports broadcasting major turned homeschooling mom is busy planning her family's next Disney vacation. As a mom of two boys, Lori has celebrated many major milestones at Walt Disney World, including runDisney weekends with her husband, friends and family.

- Malanie Rivera; Jamaica, N.Y. (Spanish-Language) - This bilingual New Yorker is a single mom of two children and an occupational therapist for special needs children. Malanie enjoys helping others plan magical Disney moments, including her brother's engagement at Cinderella's Royal Table.

- Nancy Walshe; Lilburn, Ga. (Disney Cruise Line) - From the moment she first saw the Disney Wonder docked in Port Canaveral, this teacher of special needs students has been hooked on planning Disney Cruise Line vacations. Whether she is sailing the high seas with her extended family or running the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World, Nancy is dedicated to spreading pixie dust everywhere she goes!

- Scott Houston; Calhoun, Ga. - Much like the middle school children he works with daily as an assistant principal, Scott loves unleashing his inner child on his Disney vacations. Scott enjoys collecting priceless memories with his wife and son from Test Track to the decks of Disney Cruise Line.

- Stacy Cacciatore; Fort Mill, S.C. - As an author, tri-athlete and fitness guru, Stacy is passionate about making exercise and health fun for all ages. As a mom of a prince and princess, Stacy also loves making memories at Walt Disney World with her family, celebrating her children's birthdays in the parks each year.

- Sue Farrell; Little Sutton, Cheshire (UK) - From across the pond, Sue is always preparing for her family's next extended stay at Walt Disney World. Having experienced everything from Easter to a hurricane in the parks, this UK mum enjoys helping others plan their international magical escapes.

Alumni panelists will also join in and continue sharing their time-tested tips and advice on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Guests can find all panelists answers, an extensive library of how-to videos, some to soon be available in Spanish and more at

January 7, 2011

Disney Parks Welcomes 15 New Park-Savvy Panelists to Help Families Plan Magical and Memorable Vacations

Actress Geena Davis Shares Beloved Disney Memories in New Moms Panel Video

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2011) - What do you get when you combine a hibachi chef, a pastor, one "mum,"� two Canadians, two non-profit workers, four teachers, three stay-at-home moms and one special aunt with a passion for Disney and a touch of pixie dust? The 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel! Announced today, 15 new panelists hailing from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom were named official members of the 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel As the popularity of the Moms Panel site grows, 30 alumni panelists will continue offering their park-savvy smarts to guests planning Disney vacations.

Also helping spread the magic, Oscar-winning actress and mom of three, Geena Davis, serves as an honorary guest to celebrate the new panelists. Davis shares her personal tips and treasured Disney memories in an exclusive Moms Panel video, available in the celebrity video library at

The Walt Disney World Moms Panel is an online forum that serves as a resource for families planning a Disney vacation, offering a diverse pool of one-of-a-kind insights and personal advice from real Disney fans who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with others.

"This year's Moms Panel search generated the most applications we have ever received," said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "The Moms Panel has become an integral part of the Disney vacation planning process. We deeply appreciate all that the panelists have done to help guests create magical memories with Disney, and look forward to what the new members will offer to families in 2011."

Following an extensive application process, each panelist was selected based on their personal Disney experience and brings their own unique perspective to the table. From traveling on a budget to creative ways to commemorate a Disney vacation, there is a Moms Panel member who can offer advice on almost any Walt Disney World topic. In fact, designated panelists are also available to answer questions related to Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney.

Introducing the 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel:

Angelo Alomar
Simpsonville, S.C.- Electrical engineer by day and Hibachi chef by night, this Disney dad is devoted to spending quality time with his family, and, of course, to his love of the Mouse. Angelo wows patrons by making Mickey Ears out of fried rice!

Carrie Burrows
Georgetown, ON- Much like Mickey, fitness instructor Carrie works every day to help her clients' "dreams come true." When she isn't running boot camps, this mom of three helps friends plan Disney vacations with good nutrition in mind.

Ca'Sandra Phillips
College Park, Ga.- Since her first visit in 1987, this mom of two has been hooked on all things Disney. In between dreaming up her next family vacation, Ca'Sandra works at a non-profit and enjoys volunteering in her spare time.

Emma Nicholson
Morecambe, Lancashire (UK)- Family time at Disney is number one to this magic-loving mum. Since visits from across the pond can be costly, Emma plans all of her trips well in advance to take advantage of money-saving options like the Disney Dining Plan.

Jill Cooper
Hillsborough, N.J.- A self-proclaimed planning-pro, this high school teacher/college counselor uses her career experience to help others get the most out of their Disney vacations. Jill's Disney experience also includes an anniversary trip to Germany with Adventures by Disney.

Johnetta Scott
Plainfield, N.J. - Families come in all shapes and sizes" just ask Johnetta, who serves as the official Disney vacation planner to her seven nieces and nephews. This self-proclaimed "Princess" enjoys volunteering and learning foreign languages.

Krista Curtis
Maryville, Tenn. - An avid reader and mother of two, Krista spends her days working as a middle school English teacher. Whenever she visits Walt Disney World, she and her husband make sure to incorporate little "extras" to make every trip memorable.

Marisol Lopez
Lakeland, Fla. - As a Florida resident, Marisol has visited Walt Disney World more than 200 times. She works daily to spread her love of all things Mickey to her two kids and husband daily.

Monina Wagner
Avon, Ohio - From her first memory of riding Dumbo with her dad, Monina has been hooked on the Mouse. As a media relations manager for a non-profit, she uses her skills to chat it up and share tips with other Disney fans.

Ritzy McCarthy
Barrington, R.I. - Born in Cuba, this bilingual mom of two currently works as a part-time Spanish teacher. From the Magic Kingdom to Castaway Kay, for the McCarthy family, Disney is the only way to travel!

Deborah Bowen
Land O Lakes, Fla. - Known as the "go to planner" amongst her friends, Deborah helps others experience the magic by creating customized vacation itineraries. Besides coordinating Disney getaways, Deborah teaches literature, film and popular arts at the University of South Florida.

Leslie Krzan
Holiday, Fla. - Since her first visit as a little princess, Leslie has had a special love of Disney, even celebrating her nuptials in Epcot. When she isn't busy being the best stay-at-home-mom she can be, she enjoys baking special celebratory cakes for others.

Lynn Lane
Ottawa, ON - A devoted wife and mom to two teenage girls, this crafty Canadian enjoys making custom greeting cards and scrapbooking her magical memories. Distance makes no difference to the Lane family; they have logged more than 72,000 miles driving to and from the park.

Teronya Holmes
Kingsport, Tenn. - An exercise psychologist turned stay-at-home-mom, Teronya spends her days caring for her two sons and putting in volunteer time at her church. Aside from her passion for planning Disney vacations, she enjoys outdoor activities and reading.

Wes Holloman
Pearland, Texas - Describing himself as "fun, fast and full of energy," this devoted dad to five dreams of playing Peter Pan in the Magic Kingdom. Wes is currently working to get his Masters Degree while serving full-time at his church.

Guests can also visit to catch-up with the 30 returning alumni panelists, who will continue to share their vacation planning advice through the Moms Panel site.

November 23, 2010

The Walt Disney World Moms Panel and Celebrity Guests Star in New Vacation Planning Videos

Panelists and Celebrity Moms Provide Behind-the-Scenes Look At Park Attractions and Share Favorite Travel Tips

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (November 16, 2010) /PRNewswire/ - Need suggestions on how to plan an unforgettable family getaway? Look no further than the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Disney's 43 park-savvy parents have released a new set of online videos featuring their favorite one-of-a-kind experiences available to Walt Disney World guests. A special additional to the Moms Panel video collection, found at, celebrity "Disney Moms"� Whoopi Goldberg and Teri Hatcher share their own special family travel tips. Visitors also can tag along with panelists for a pirate-themed journey across the "seas"� of Walt Disney World Resort or learn what spectacular celebrations Disney has in store this holiday season.

"We are privileged to have such a knowledgeable group of moms and dads who are so eager to document their Disney fun and share it with others," said Leanne Jakubowski, director, Social Media, Walt Disney World Resort. "The Moms Panel videos provide families with an engaging, visual way to discover how they can experience the magic, helping them to plan a truly memorable and personalized vacation."

New Celebrity Videos

Grandma Whoopi's Wisdom - The highly accomplished funny woman makes it clear that she enjoys being a grandmother, and reveals that one of her favorite places to spoil her grandkids is at Disney parks!

Teri Hatches a Plan! - "Desperate Housewives" star and key contributor to website, Teri Hatcher gives advice on how to calmly chase your kids around a theme park and have fun in the process!

New Walt Disney World Moms Panel Videos

'Twas The Night Before. . . - Panelist Amanda reads from her new "classic" storybook about the joys of visiting Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays.

Doug the Wedding Whisperer - Moms Panelist Doug Ingersoll helps a lucky couple plan their special day at Disney. This Disney dad makes sure every matrimonial moment is filled with magic.

Rustic Fun the Disney Way - Disney mom Dorothy Drakos says "yee haw!" and shows visitors how to have a rootin' tootin' good time at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

Join a Pirate Voyage! - Panelists Marc Lorenzo, Allison Valdes and Suzannah DiMarzio experience the "Wishes" fireworks spectacular and Electrical Water Pageant on the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage, a pirate-themed nighttime voyage across Seven Seas Lagoon.

Bernie's Best Budget Tips - Disney dad Bernie gives guests the scoop on stretching those Disney dollars to have a magical vacation without breaking the bank.

Concierge Stays With Chris - Chris Gildea takes a stroll on the luxury side of Walt Disney World Resort and shows the VIP options available when staying at a Disney resort with concierge level accommodations.

These new videos and more are available through the Walt Disney World Moms Panel website, Visitors to the panel will find additional "How-to" videos on a variety of topics from pre-trip packing to in-park pin trading, as well as an extensive library of celebrity travel tips from actress Angela Bassett, Joey Fatone of "Dancing with the Stars," television personality Joan Lunden, Lisa Whelchel from "The Facts of Life," Alfonso Ribeiro of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and many others!

Guests can also access a wealth of planning advice from the Walt Disney World Moms Panel in the "Tips & Advice - Walt Disney World" section of The Weather Channel online at
About the Walt Disney World Moms Panel

Entering its fourth year in 2011, the Walt Disney World Moms Panel is an online forum where guests can get tips and insights for a Disney vacation from real moms, dads and even grandparents who have mastered the art of planning Disney vacations. Guests can pose questions to the panelists, as well as gain access to other valuable park insights and vacation-planning tools for booking a Disney vacation. For more information, visit

January 4, 2010

The Walt Disney World Moms Panel 2010!

The Walt Disney World Moms Panel Boasts 43 Panelists in 2010, Featuring 21 New Members; New and Returning Mouse-Savvy Parents Offer 'Best-Of' Park Tips and Strategies

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2010) -- What do a ballet teacher from Alabama, a lawyer from North Carolina and a NASA rocket scientist from Maryland all have in common? An affinity for all-things Walt Disney World Resort! Announced today, 21 new panelists from the United States and Canada, hailing from different backgrounds, are named official members of the 2010 Walt Disney World Moms Panel, Additionally, due to the popularity of the site and an ever-growing number of questions, Disney welcomes back 22 panelists from 2008 and 2009 - totaling 43 members for 2010 to serve as online Disney-savvy vacation gurus, providing helpful tips to guests planning a Walt Disney World vacation.

The Walt Disney World Moms Panel is an online question-and-answer venue that serves as a free resource for families looking for a touch of pixie dust to add to their Disney vacation. The panel is led by everyday parents who have mastered the art of planning a vacation for their own families and are excited to share their pearls of wisdom with others. Through a comprehensive application process, the new panelists proved that they have the knowledge and desire to answer any and all questions that come their way.

Whether organizing multigenerational gatherings and large family reunions or navigating the parks with special needs children and adults, the panelists are accessible online with an abundance of their own Disney vacation experiences, memories and tips for making every moment magical. Additionally, the Moms Panel will include panelists who are skilled in Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney vacations.

Each panelist brings a unique perspective to the vacation planning process, providing personal answers to questions which remain online as a reference for future site visitors.

"This is the largest group of panelists we've ever had," said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "Because interest in the Web site has grown so quickly, and we had so many highly qualified applicants, we started out searching for 10 knowledgeable parents, and eventually selected 21. Now we'll be able to share even more Disney park secrets and travel tips with families visiting the Moms Panel site."

The Moms Panel was created to answer the demand made by families going online to research vacation planning options. After only its second year, the panel touts nearly 45,000 original questions answered to-date.

Get to Know the New 2010 Walt Disney World Moms Panelists:

Amanda Allen; Raleigh, N.C.
Suzannah DiMarzio; Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Dorothy Drakos; Dundas, ON
Bernie Edwards; Columbia, Md.
Kathie Flood; Greer, S.C.
Portia Gadson; Cleveland, Ohio
Chris Gildea; Boston, Mass.
Diane Gonzales; San Antonio, Texas
Kaylene Jablecki; Cape Cod, Mass.
Joel Kennedy; Milwaukee, Wis.
Jonas Lehmann-Karp; Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Marc Lorenzo; Corning, N.Y.
Maria Marquez; Doral, Fla.
Terry McKinney; Charleston, S.C.
Dannee Neal; Indianapolis, Ind.
Amanda Pursch; Austin, Texas
Amy Rueffert; Talking Rock, Ga.
Andi Sims; Birmingham, Ala.
Allison Valdes; Johns Creek, Ga.
Amanda White; Atlanta, Ga.
Maribel Zambrana-Garcia; San Juan, PR

Visit to catch-up on our returning alumni panelists:

Kara Bacon; Omaha, Neb.
Kay Belin; Valparaiso, Ind.
Bret Caldwell; Evanston, Ill.
Diane Campagna; Bristol, R.I.
Beth Choisez; Floral Park, N.Y.
Margaret Fries; Oak Lawn, Ill.
Jodi Grundig; Natick, Mass.
Doug Ingersoll; Carmel, Ind.
Diane Luba; Plymouth, Conn.
Darcie Maranich; Vail, Ariz.
Tanya McNally; Basking Ridge, N.J.
Michelle May; Lebanon, N.J.
Joanne McCabe; Ottawa, ON
Heather Murry; Social Circle, Ga.
Brigitta Noer; Nanoose Bay, BC
Whitney Pickering; Laurel, Miss.
Karen Prince; Plymouth, N.H.
Heather Roberts-Nault; Louisville, Ky.
Cathy Schikowski; Richfield, Ohio
Anna Skamarakas; Bellmawr, N.J.
Jennifer Wilkes; Acworth, Ga.
Erin Foster; Scarsdale, N.Y.

About the Walt Disney World Moms Panel

Entering its third year, the Walt Disney World Moms Panel is an online forum where guests can get insider tips and insights for vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort from real moms and dads who have mastered the art of planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Each panelist was selected to share their vast knowledge of the resort and personal secrets of success with other families who are considering a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Guests can pose questions to the panelists, as well as gain access to other valuable park insights and vacation planning tools for booking a Walt Disney World vacation. Featuring just 12 members during its inaugural year in 2008, the panel now boasts 43 park-savvy parents as a result of the popularity of the site and an ever-growing number of questions submitted by curious parents. For more information and to meet the moms and dads, visit

January 5, 2009

Academy Award Nominated Actress Angela Bassett Joins Walt Disney World Moms Panel with her Disney Vacation Tips

Actress Helps Debut 16 New Parents for the 2009 Walt Disney World Moms Panel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2009) - Celebrating an exceptional opening year, Disney Parks has launched its second consecutive Walt Disney World Moms Panel, Academy Award nominated actress Angela Bassett, star of television's "ER" and the movie "What's Love Got to Do With It" welcomes vacation planners to the two year old site and shares her own vacation planning tips. A mother of toddler-aged twins, Ms. Bassett joins 16 other travel savvy parents, The Walt Disney World Moms Panel, in giving free, tried and true advice for planning an unforgettable Walt Disney World Vacation.

This interactive online forum consists of 15 moms and one dad, who have proven their Disney knowledge and ability to field vacation-planning questions from all park-goers. Truly an eclectic group of parents - from the suburbs of New Hampshire and Louisiana to our neighbors abroad in Ottawa and England - these panelists are equipped and eager to share insights to make trips to Disney magical for every family.

Featuring a grandmother from Indiana who treasures celebrations at the parks to a New Jersey mom whose mastered Disney vacations with a special needs child, these Walt Disney World experts will ensure that no hidden Mickey is left undiscovered.

"We are extremely excited for our 2009 panelists to share their unique secrets, suggestions and personal traditions with other families looking to enhance their Disney vacation experience," said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "Our 2008 panel answered close to 12,000 questions in its first 10 months, which further emphasizes how invaluable the Moms Panel has been for families planning a Walt Disney World vacation."

Welcoming the Moms into their new roles is former inaugural panelist, Kim LaPaglia from Annville, Pa., who will continue to lend her Disney smarts - this time to families sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line.

Get to Know the 2009 Walt Disney World Moms Panel

The members of the Disney Parks 2009 online Walt Disney World Moms Panel are:

Kathryn "Kay" Belin Valparaiso, IN ; - A parent and grandparent of two boys who has celebrated reunions, birthdays and graduations to weddings, engagements and business reward trips - you name it, Kathryn's celebrated it!

Diane Campagna; Bristol, R.I. - This mom has mastered planning successful trips that please both her sons of 10 and 7 years old as well as her 2-year-old daughter.

Margaret Fries; Oak Lawn, Ill. - Paralegal turned PTA president, Margaret and her three boys ages 12, 8 and 6 have spent close to every major holiday at the parks.

Jodi Grundig; Natick, Mass. - Successful mom and blogger who travels to Disney every year with her husband, 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.

Doug Ingersoll; Carmel, IN - Father of two girls who grew up traveling the world, Doug calls Disney World his true home as the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Walt Disney World, 2009 Edition."

Diane Luba; Plymouth, Conn. - There's no stopping this mother of two teenaged boys and a tween girl who has traveled to Disney by planes, trains and automobiles.

Joanne McCabe; Ottawa - Single mom to her daughter, 8, who has driven to Disney from Canada and marathoned throughout Disney with three generations of her family.

Tanya McNally; Basking Ridge, N.J. - Vice-president of HR turned vice-president of her household, this mom of two boys ages 6 and 4 - one child with special needs - has mastered traveling to Disney throughout her 32 visits in 34 years.

Whitney Pickering; Laurel, Miss. - Mother of four children, ages 3 to 13, who boasts about leading her family brigade of 19 to Disney as well as having dined at more than 50 park restaurants.

Karen Prince; Plymouth, N.H. - Disney Vacation Club member and mom of three young children has experienced Disney while pregnant, with newborns, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Cathy Schikowski; Richfield, Ohio - Mom to a 5-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter who has enjoyed nearly 40 trips to the parks celebrating anything and everything, with a specialty for birthdays.

Anna Skamarakas; Bellmawr, N.J. - Mom of three mouse-crazed daughters ranging in age from 17 to 3, she has planned more than 200 trips and has stayed in every Walt Disney World Resort.

Jackie Stevens; Luling, La.
- Married to her high school sweetheart and mother to three rambunctious boys, this mom knows how to make the most of a Disney trip - even when the majority was spent in a hotel room with the flu.

Amber Vaughan; Washington, Pa - A stay-at-home-mom of 26 years old, she loves to re-visit her families' Disney adventures with her two children.

Jennifer Wilkes; Acworth, Ga. - Mother to three princesses of her own ranging in age from 13 to 5, she can plan a Disney vacation to satisfy the tiniest of travelers - including having traveled when her youngest was 6-months-old.

Joanne "Jo" Young; West Malling, Kent England - A busy mom of two tween girls who is an expert in planning a Disney vacation from overseas.

For more information and to "meet" the new panel members, visit

About the Walt Disney World Moms Panel

Entering its second year, the Walt Disney World Moms Panel is an online forum where guests can get insider tips and insights for vacationing at Walt Disney World from real moms and dads who have mastered the art of planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Due to the overwhelming response since its launch in 2008, Disney increased its panel from 12 to 16 members for 2009, featuring 15 moms and one Disney dad.

Each panelist was selected to share their vast knowledge of the resort and personal secrets of success with other families who are considering a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. Guests can pose questions and have them answered by the panelists, as well as gain access to other valuable park insights and vacation planning tools for booking a Walt Disney World vacation.

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