For the past 8 years, Disney has offered an amazing resource to families planning their trips. It’s a group of moms and dads who answer Guest questions with real life experience. It’s called the Disney Parks Moms Panel.
I have applied to be a part of this elite group of individuals. The application process is intense, but so much fun.
It all started in September. For one week only, Guests who have traveled to the Disney properties or sailed a Disney Cruise can apply to be a part of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. To apply, you tell a little bit about yourself and answer some Disney related questions.
On October 17th, those who applied (including myself) found out if we made it past the first round. Luckily, I did! I couldn’t even believe it. I was dancing around my living room. My daughters thought I was crazy, then again, that’s a regular occurrence.
For Round 2 of the application process, we had to answer Disney essay questions, essay questions about ourselves and our family, and then provide a 71 second video explaining what sets Walt Disney World Resort vacations apart from all other vacation destinations.
I was so excited to read and answer those questions. I didn’t want to be influenced by outsiders. I wanted to be myself, so I completed the answers the first day we were able to and hit submit. Then I waited. And waited. And waited. I was confident, but cautious. Clearly, I had already gotten my hopes up but I knew the odds of making it past the second round were very slim. So many amazing Guests apply for these coveted positions.
November 11th finally came. 12:30 pm the emails started to arrive. Twitter and Facebook were alive with people reporting they were receiving their answers. Sadly, the majority of which were nos. It appeared the no emails went out before the yes emails.
I hadn’t gotten an email… yet.
I again was confident but flat out nervous at this point! 12:40 pm people started to announce they got the wonderful news that they were going on to Round 3 of the application process.
FINALLY at 1:03 pm, my congratulations email arrived. I was at lunch with a dear friend discussing our upcoming Disney trip. As we were about to leave, I decided I wanted to check my email. I wanted to either celebrate with someone who understood how excited I would be, or be able to hang my head in shame with a friend who would give me a shoulder to cry on.
I was nervous. I was shaking.
And then I read the email. I couldn’t even believe it. I was moving on to Round 3! Crazy emotions filled me and I couldn’t read past the line of the email that read, “With that, I have the honor to congratulate and invite you to Round 3 of the 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel Search!” Thankfully, Ellen read me the rest.
Wow. I had made it to Round 3!
So what’s next? A phone interview, that’s what! Ah! So exciting.
My interview is scheduled for today… now, actually (I set this post to be published at my exact interview time).
I don’t know what to expect for the interview and I don’t know all of who will be on the other end of the phone line. But I am so excited to discuss my favorite topic, Disney!
Cross your fingers and wish for Magic. This is MY year!