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Disney World Moms Panel – the Interview is Over!


What a total rush that was!  As I posted previously, I applied for the Disney Moms Panel back in September.  My first attempt last year was a complete failure, but this year, out of about 20,000 applicants, it came down to 31 people for a telephone interview – and I was one of the 31!

I waited all day for the phone call.  My interview was at 2 o’clock, and when the phone rang, my heart just leaped!  I had planned all day how to handle this.  Eilis was home sick from school, and Granuaile is always home, but as anyone who has called me with both girls home before knows, it sounds like Armageddon in this house.  I waited until about 1:45 to make lunch, and I served Eilis in the living room, where she was laying on the sofa.  I took Granuaile upstairs, put Playhouse Disney on the computer for her to play a game, and headed to the Florida room, where I thought it would be quiet.  It was.  And damn cold!  I thought for sure the panel would hear my teeth chattering if I stayed out here, plus, if you know my kids, there was a chance they would lock me out there and I would freeze to death.

Plan B was to go lock myself in the downstairs bathroom.  It seemed the perfect plan.  The lock is on my side of the door.  It’s the warmest room in the house.  I cannot hear the computer upstairs, and if the kids need me, I will hear them call me.  Of course, a minute or two into the interview, Granuaile uses the upstairs bathroom, so it must sound to the panel like I am doing my interview from inside a waterfall.  When Granuaile flushed, the whole room filles with the sounds of rushing water.  Maybe I’ll score brownie points if they thought I conducted the interview while navigating white water rapids.

So the phone rings, and it’s Trish, who is going to put me through to the panel.  A song from my most favorite Disney movie ever is playing on hold – it’s Elton John singing Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King.  Maybe that’s a good omen – my favorite singer, my favorite movie.  Trish comes back on and tells me they panel will be with me in a minute, and the next thing I know, I am on speaker phone with a room full of people!  It’s a good thing I am in the bathroom, I might actually be sick from the nervousness!!

They are actually SUPER nice.  They ask about 4 questions, which I hope I answered well enough.  It’s hard to know what they expect you to say, so I went with what I felt was truly MY best answer to all of the questions.  Of course, you can’t help but second guess yourself.  There were things I said that I wish I hadn’t said, and things I could have said if I had given myself a minute to think.  But, it’s done, the answers are in, and I’ll have to wait a week to see if I’m chosen!

I will get to go to Disney for training, which sounds so exciting!  Best of all, it would give me the opportunity to do what I love doing more than anything – helping people plan for Disney vacations!  This has to be the best job on the planet.

Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!  I’ll let you know next week how it went!