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View Poll Results: Which specialty did you apply for?
Walt Disney World 213 74.74%
Disneyland 18 6.32%
runDisney 11 3.86%
Disney Vacation Club 26 9.12%
Disney Cruise Line 15 5.26%
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex 2 0.70%
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:06 PM   #61
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I'm in again, hopefully with some better luck than last year Pixie dust to all!
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:59 PM   #62
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This will be my first year applying. Any words of wisdom?
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:23 PM   #63
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This will be my first year applying. Any words of wisdom?
To quote ...
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:30 PM   #64
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Oh, what the heck! Here I am!!! Joining in for the pain/fun/stress once again!




It's good to see some familiar "faces".

Edited to add: And welcome to all the new faces!
Thanks! I don't really feel new as I lurked and occasionally posted as a nonapplicant through last years process. So I feel like I know a little bit of what the process puts everyone through. As I remember it involves a lot of hurrying to submit your answers, videos, interviews and waiting around to find out who survives the cut each round.

2013 Disney Moms Panel Search Thread

^^^ For those of you who'd like to know a little of what to expect.


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Made us a picture/badge thing for this year's hopefuls!
I'm considering making a circular smaller version of the same thing to go in my signature line.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:18 AM   #65
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Thanks! I don't really feel new as I lurked and occasionally posted as a nonapplicant through last years process. So I feel like I know a little bit of what the process puts everyone through. As I remember it involves a lot of hurrying to submit your answers, videos, interviews and waiting around to find out who survives the cut each round.

2013 Disney Moms Panel Search Thread

^^^ For those of you who'd like to know a little of what to expect.


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Made us a picture/badge thing for this year's hopefuls!
I'm considering making a circular smaller version of the same thing to go in my signature line.
Haha!! Love the badge! And your recollection of the process is spot on. Welcome to the waiting room!
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:21 AM   #66
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Haha!! Love the badge! And your recollection of the process is spot on. Welcome to the waiting room!
Thanks! I made a badge for the Moms Panel survivors last year, so it was pretty easy to alter it to fit.
And as I said, I lurked because I wished I could apply. It was a bit like reality TV between the ups and downs of the process, I wish I could have really been involved, though and felt a bit bad on commenting when I wasn't really there with y'all in the process.
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Is anyone thinking to apply as a specialty mom? I want to apply for DCL Mom. I LOVE DCL!!! Any other DCL Moms? RunDisney? DVC? Disneyland? Wide World of Sports? Bilingual?
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:12 PM   #67
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crusiecatcher, I LOOOOVE the survivor badge! Very cute!

I'm just applying as a WDW expert. No knowledge of the other areas.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:48 PM   #68
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Hello all! I am glad to see the thread started this year. I still do not have regular access to the Internet on a full computer.

We have one home sold and we are hoping to sell the other one soon. Then we can finally get settled some where and get on with our lives.

I will be trying again this year but not getting my hopes up too high. The process is enjoyable and the people you meet through this thread become friends!. That alone is enough!
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:17 PM   #69
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Thanks! I made a badge for the Moms Panel survivors last year, so it was pretty easy to alter it to fit.
And as I said, I lurked because I wished I could apply. It was a bit like reality TV between the ups and downs of the process, I wish I could have really been involved, though and felt a bit bad on commenting when I wasn't really there with y'all in the process.
Question of the day-
Is anyone thinking to apply as a specialty mom? I want to apply for DCL Mom. I LOVE DCL!!! Any other DCL Moms? RunDisney? DVC? Disneyland? Wide World of Sports? Bilingual?
So many choices it's hard! I wish they would ask you which areas you have experienced in say the last 5 years. Last year I applied for the WDW option but I am also a DVC owner and we went on our first Disney Cruise last year and now we are hooked on it! Absolutely loved it!
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:20 PM   #70
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Mom's Panel Meet & Greet

Has anyone heard anything about a Mom's Panel Meet & Greet this year? They are usually the first week of October, I think. We are going to be at WDW October 5-13 and I am hoping it will happen while I am there.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:21 PM   #71
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Question of the day-
Is anyone thinking to apply as a specialty mom? I want to apply for DCL Mom. I LOVE DCL!!! Any other DCL Moms? RunDisney? DVC? Disneyland? Wide World of Sports? Bilingual?
I'm a west coast girl, so Disneyland would be my specialty. Was just there in May, so everything is still fresh and that was probably trip #15 for me. Going on my first DCL cruise in October, but that wouldn't be my specialty... Yet!
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:54 PM   #72
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I'm a west coast girl, so Disneyland would be my specialty. Was just there in May, so everything is still fresh and that was probably trip #15 for me. Going on my first DCL cruise in October, but that wouldn't be my specialty... Yet!
You're going to love cruising with Disney! Which ship and itinerary?
I squeezed in three DCL cruises in the last year while they've been sailing out of Galveston this last year! I've got my last Galveston sailing booked for next winter break and then it will be back to flying to Orlando for our one after that. The interesting thing about cruising is the earlier you book, the less the stateroom costs, so I've booked as far as nineteen months in advance more than once.
I'm super excited about this whole panel process this year!
The next most exciting thing going on right now is I'm planning a big family reunion cruise for fall of 2015. If history is any indication, those dates should be released sometime in October this year! I've been fielding questions from my in laws, brothers, sisters, and about all the different aspects to consider about the trip all summer. That's got to be good moms panel practice, right? I get to coordinate between everyone's requests (many of them haven't been on any cruise ever) and book everything. We finally have dates, rooms, possible itinerary interests and ship picked out.
The best part of all this planning; we may finally hit grand slam status on that 2015 cruise.
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You're going to love cruising with Disney! Which ship and itinerary?

We are sailing the Wonder out of Galveston, Western Caribbean. Seemed like a fabulous deal, especially with being off season and the deals they are running with the "Goodbye to Galveston" promotion. 7 days! Can't wait!!!
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We are sailing the Wonder out of Galveston, Western Caribbean. Seemed like a fabulous deal, especially with being off season and the deals they are running with the "Goodbye to Galveston" promotion. 7 days! Can't wait!!!
The Wonder is simply lovely and was the ship DH and I cruised with back in 2010 for our first cruise.



Seven nights is a wonderful choice for a cruise, three and four nights always feel so short. You get unpacked, get in a groove and then are back to packing right away! I do love the Galveston specials. They've made it possible not only for my family to enjoy cruising while DCL went Texan, but for me to introduce my in-laws, my Disney friends, my kid's school friends and my church friends to a very magical experience right in our backyard.

Have you decided on any port adventures yet? DS loved the stingrays in Grand Cayman. It's a lovely port to just wander around.

That being said, I've done a three, a four, and have another four scheduled. We wanted a seven or eight night for our next cruise, but preferred selecting the port of departure (Galveston) and dates (DD's birthday and our anniversary, so January 4th). That's a unique thing about taking a cruise. Unlike the parks, you can't really pick all of the variables, so you learn to just float along as the schedules come out.

Coincidentally, I just finished my trip report covering our seven night Western out of Galveston last fall. I am so behind on my trip reports right now that it isn't even funny.
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