If you’re active on Twitter like I am, then you may have seen the tweet that came from the Disney Moms Twitter account recently, sharing exciting news about the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

the-tweetIt’s almost that time of year again…the time when the application window opens for the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It only opens once a year and it’s a VERY exciting time, especially on Twitter! If you’re not following the Disney Moms account on Twitter already, you should go do so now.

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what-is-the-disney-parks-moms-panelThe Disney Parks Moms Panel is a select group of moms (and some dads) who are chosen through a very extensive search. After they are chosen, they go on to be part of an online forum where they help Guests by answering questions and offering advice and tips about Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, team sports at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and runDisney events. Applicants initially complete an online application for Round One, which contains questions in essay format. Those who advance past Round One may be asked to submit a video, participate in a phone interview or conference call, or even do other things as part of the selection process. It’s a ton of fun to participate in! I’d even call it magical!

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my-first-attemptI’ve applied for The Disney Parks Moms Panel twice. Two years ago I applied in a hurry without knowing much about it. I don’t even think I double-checked my spelling ( you totally should though) and I actually just quickly typed up and submitted my answers one morning right before the 8:00 a.m. school bell rang!  I realized afterwards that I should’ve taken more time. I didn’t make it past Round One that year and it motivated me to plan better for the following year.my-second-attemptAs soon as the application window opened last September for Round One, I was on it! I took so much time! I researched the answers a ton and was super careful. I must add that Disney is really looking for the real you and not something that’s been rehearsed or memorized. Yes, you can study certain things but they can spot a true Disney Side when they see one! pixie-dustI couldn’t believe my eyes when I received a pixie-dusted email informing me that I was advancing to Round Two! That email in itself, was already magical! Last year, Round Two required a video submission though! Yikes! Me? On video? I sound about 12 years old on camera! The thing is…I really wanted to be part of the Moms Panel so I knew I needed to get past my insecurities about being on camera! I’ve seen some of the Disney Parks Mom Panelists on videos before and they seemed comfortable in their own skin so that’s what I was going to work on portraying.

so-many-outtakesOne Sunday, I put on my best Disney Mom outfit, a pair of cute EARs (those are kind of necessary), and my Disneyland Mom button. I also put on some makeup and curled my hair. I locked myself in my daughter’s room for about 6 hours that day, with Woody and Jessie on the bed post behind me and about a dozen stuffed animals to keep me company.  I can’t even count how many retakes I shot on iMovie that day! I had SO many outtakes! They were funny to look through afterwards!

outtake947I was super proud of myself for doing it. I conquered the video requirement and sent it off to Disney! I wasn’t selected to advance to Round Three last year, but I really felt like I’d a gained a lot from applying again AND was honored to even get to Round Two. Honestly, it was totally worth all of the time and effort I put into it. Are there some things I’d do differently if I were to apply again? Absolutely! I’ve put together a list of some tips for applying for The Disney Parks Moms Panel. These are just my own tips for others who are considering applying.

MPI think #5 is the MOST IMPORTANT one! You have to stay positive and believe in yourself. You should also be supportive of others who are applying. I made so many friends in the process of applying and found so much support and praise on Twitter. It was a magical time, even though I was stressed out to the max! Each time pixie-dusted emails were sent out informing applicants about whether or not they were advancing to the next round, I found so much love from Disney friends. Not only did it come from others who were applying but also from Disney friends, including the current Disney Moms panelists, themselves! It’s such a great experience and the Disney people make you feel special, whether you are chosen for the panel or not. I thought it was so nice that they bothered to send a kind email to those who didn’t make it. It’s so much better than just never hearing anything.

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my-third-attemptSo…do I apply for the 3rd time this year? Is the 3rd time going to be “the charm” for me? Hmmm…what do YOU think? Are YOU going to apply this year? Have YOU applied before too? If you plan on applying this year, Round One of the Disney Parks Moms Panel Search begins at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 and will remain open until noon ET on Tuesday, September 15, 2015! If you are going to apply, good luck and chEARs!

 

 

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16 Comments on What It’s Like to Apply for The Disney Parks Moms Panel! Should I Apply Again This Year?

  1. Lisa B
    August 9, 2015 at 3:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Great tips! And I agree, stay positive! This is all about having fun and supporting each other- I’ve met so many great Disney friends! Good luck & pixie dust to all!

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    • Wendy
      August 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm (2 years ago)

      I had the best time last year with all of the support and the fun Disney friends I met! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Melissa Moreno
    August 9, 2015 at 6:55 pm (2 years ago)

    This is the first year that I’ve considered applying and I’m pretty nervous…thank you for the awesome tips and good luck to you this year!

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    • Wendy
      August 9, 2015 at 7:11 pm (2 years ago)

      You NEED to apply! It’s really a great experience and you have nothing to lose! You are guaranteed to walk away with some new Disney friends, too!

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    • Wendy
      August 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm (2 years ago)

      I definitely think you should! Good luck!

      Reply
  3. Lindsey
    August 20, 2015 at 7:46 am (2 years ago)

    You should try again! Last year I couldn’t even begin to apply. This year, I might try it!

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  4. Trina
    August 22, 2015 at 9:55 pm (2 years ago)

    You should definitely try again! Thank you for the breakdown of what the process was like for you!

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    • Wendy
      August 22, 2015 at 11:59 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! Are you going to apply this year?

      Reply
  5. Vanessa
    August 26, 2015 at 9:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Good luck this year! I’m going to apply for the first time. Curious – is there somewhere on the application where you list your experiences/qualifications? My son is handicap and he travels with us all over the world with DCL and at both parks and runDisney, plus I’m a DVC member and AP. Thanks for sharing your expereinces.

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  6. Lora
    September 17, 2015 at 1:53 am (2 years ago)

    Wendy, this was a great post! Thank you for sharing your experience!

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  7. Jennifer
    May 10, 2016 at 4:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I was just wondering if you ended up applying again 🙂

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    • Wendy
      May 10, 2016 at 4:50 pm (2 years ago)

      I didn’t this year. Maybe next year. Did you?

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  8. Chana
    August 31, 2016 at 10:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the advice, do you know what the compensation is and how much of your time has to go into it?

    Reply
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    January 24, 2017 at 5:50 am (10 months ago)

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  10. Shelli
    January 26, 2017 at 4:32 pm (10 months ago)

    It can be a nationwide or international shift, and could have dramatic results
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