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Old 12-12-2008, 12:56 PM   #1
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My WDW Moms Panel Training Adventures!!! Includes my night in the Castle!

Where do I start?????

In September I, along with around 20,000 other Disney fans, applied to be on the 2009 WDW Moms Panel. I really never thought I had a chance and was amazed to make it to round 2 and then again to the final telephone interview round. I'd convinced myself that I really mucked up the interview so was absolutely astounded when the call came on November 5th to announce that I'd made it

Fast-forward a few weeks and I'd chatted online with all the other 15 panellists, signed my contract and was waiting at Gatwick airport ready to fly to Florida.

I must admit to being slightly nervous, not only was I flying alone for the first time but I was also diving head first into the unknown. I had no clue what I would be doing for the next few days, where I’d be eating etc, a completely different trip to which I’m used to!!! Plus most importantly who was I going to talk to for the next 14ish hours

After a 10 hour flight, thanks to a head wind, I arrived at MCO and it was almost dark As we normally travel in August this was very weird for me!!!! I knew that I had a driver to pick me up but suddenly realised that I couldn’t remember where I was meant to meet him! I vaguely recalled A so I headed that way and I was right, there was Tim holding a VIP sign with my name on it Now I’m not sure if Tim realised that I hadn’t spoken to anyone in hours but by the end of our journey when I hadn’t stopped for breath I think he must have realised He was such a lovely man and so easy to talk to.

I arrived at Coronado Springs Resort at approximately 7.30pm (12.30am my time) and checked in, a nice touch was the manager coming out to greet me and hand me my special envelope.

After wandering around for a while I eventually found my room in Casitas 1, I was on the fourth floor and literally only the second room from the elevator which led directly to the convention centre so a superb location. After a quick bite to eat I was in bed by 8.45pm. Now on a normal trip I would literally fall straight to sleep but having read my itinerary for the next few days sleeping was impossible, this became a recurring theme of the week!

Here are a few photos of the gorgeous newly renovated rooms at CSR. (sorry the photos aren't fantastic quality but I was very tired!)







BTW I'm going to do all the TR on this thread and will update the title when I add new bits

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Old 12-12-2008, 01:03 PM   #2
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Great start and the room looked lovely

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Old 12-12-2008, 01:05 PM   #3
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im really looking forward to this, great start
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:23 PM   #4
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Great start Jo - cant wait for the next instalment
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:26 PM   #5
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YAY! Great start. Can't wait to hear more
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:29 PM   #6
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:04 PM   #7
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Great start Jo, I look forward to reading some more
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:07 AM   #8
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Just catching up on your thread Jo. Absolutely fantastic
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Old 12-18-2008, 05:48 AM   #9
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I really can not say enough how nice it is to read your replies, thanks

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Old 12-18-2008, 05:48 AM   #10
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Saturday 6th December continued

After a half hour lay on the bed I once again gave up on the whole sleep thing and went and got a drink. We had all arranged to meet in Cathy’s room as lots of us had read that the 2008 panel received a basket of goodies at last years training, we thought it would be nice if we made baskets from us all to give to Laura, Leanne and her team. I took Cadburys chocolate and English tea. The amount of stuff we had was phenomenal!




Tonight’s plans called for us to meet at the bus at 6pm. We then headed for DHS where we arrived just as they turned the Osborne lights on. This was my first viewing of the lights and they were amazing, especially when they danced to the music. We very slowly made our way down the Street, the crowds were huge, as we were meant to be getting a group photo in front of the lights. Due to the huge crowds we didn’t make it in time though so headed straight to TSM. The line was huge but luckily Laura had special FP’s for all of us










My score is on the right, I so love this ride and I don’t even mind the sore arm it gives you



As we missed the earlier photo op we instead had a group photo taken outside the soon to be open American Idol. The poor photographer not only had to have us all looking good but also catch the revolving sign at the correct moment!

This is an unofficial photo, as all my TR photos are!
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Old 12-18-2008, 05:49 AM   #11
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We now had about 45 minutes of spare time so a few of us ran to ToT. This was really great, the first time I’d ridden in the dark and so much fun. My lack of sleep was again affecting me and I did think that maybe ToT wasn’t a good choice of ride but I was fine

Once we finished riding we literally had 2 minutes until we had to be at the Hollywood Brown Derby so we speed walked it, arrived all breathless and they were still waiting to be seated

We were shown to a huge long table and I sat with some of the 2008 panellists. A little way through our meal our special guest arrived, his name was Gary and he was hilarious, unfortunately he sat at the other end of the table to me so I missed all his jokes, but I could hear the laughs

After quite a long meal we were led back to American Idol but this time we went inside! BTW DHS was now shut and it was so lovely walking round an empty park, I could so get used to that No photos were allowed inside AI but I can say, having never watched the show, that it’s amazing, so life like and the opportunities it’s going to give talented singers is amazing!

We crawl back onto the bus and finally get back to CSR about 11.30pm, it’s been a long busy day. As I enter my room I see…………..



Then…………


Then I see the bed……….



Then the wall……..


The bedside cabinet……



The other bed……..


And finally Tinks shadow on the door………


This was the label on the box……


And inside the box………..




You could literally hear scream after scream coming from Casitas 1

As you probably know next year is the Year of Celebrations and this is one of the packages you can book. It really was fantastic and would be a wonderful surprise for a family. We were the first people to get the Celebration treatment and if you have the money I would highly recommend it, it didn’t do much to help me get to sleep though
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:07 AM   #12
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WOW WOW WOW.

How did you get that huge Mickey home lol.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:21 AM   #13
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Wow how fantastic - did you manage to get everything home without paying excess luggage?

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The other bed……..

What lovely surprises! Probably being thick but is the 'thing' above a bag?
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What lovely surprises! Probably being thick but is the 'thing' above a bag?
Glad you asked I was wondering the same thing.

How the other half live. Can't wait to read the next instalment
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