Thank you, Jim, Eilis, Brighid and Granuaile, for the beautiful flowers to celebrate my spot on the Mom’s Panel! You guys are awesome and I love you all so much!
So, while there has been nothing official from Walt Disney World today, it has been exciting nonetheless! I’ve had the opportunity to “meet” a good number of the other people on the panel, both through an email distribution list that has been started, and through a Facebook group. They all seem like warm, wonderful people so far, and I’m excited to meet them in person and get to know them all!
I’ve also spent some time today reading some of the information about last year’s mom’s panel panelists, and I hope we can live up to the awesome job they’ve done in the panel’s inaugural year! They’ve answered thousands of questions about vacationing at Disney World, and while it seems like a daunting responsibility, I know we’ll be well trained and ready to go when it’s time for them to pass the Magic Wand!
Binnie, the list mom for The Mouse For Less www.themouseforless.com was so sweet, and posted a congratulations message to me on the front page of the group’s website. I have to give credit where credit is due. I knew a lot about Disney World and vacationing in Orlando already, but I have learned SO much from Binnie and the other wonderful members of The Mouse for Less list. It’s a wonderful group of people, and if there’s anything I will bring with me to the Mom’s panel, it will be the wealth of knowledge I have acquired reading years of posts with The Mouse for Less.
Binnie has also asked me to write a little something for the Magically Speaking newsletter! Me, write? Oh, go on! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to reach so many people to share this experience with!
I’ve gotten so many congratulations emails, Facebook and MySpace messages – I can’t believe it! I’m overwhelmed at how exciting it is to get so many wonderful notes and messages. As much as I love everyone for sending them, I have to say, this is the best one…
Whew! I’ve spent way too much time on the computer today, but I just am so thrilled to participate in this! I look forward to sharing the journey with you!
I got an email yesterday from the powers that be at the Walt Disney World Mom’s Panel selection committee (is that what they are called??). We had expected to find out by the end of this week if we would be chosen for the panel, but this email asked us for a time and phone number where we could be reached today – Wednesday!! This is two whole days before I expected to find anything out, so why am I suddenly so anxious, I can’t stand it??
I promptly sent back my phone numbers and availability, and tried to think of ways to fill my time. My husband will be pleased to know that some of the activities keeping me busy were cleaning off the dresser and the night table in the bedroom. It was hard to focus on things. I replayed my interview over and over in my head. I just knew I had blown it – especially with the comment that to make the vacation more economical, people could skip buying souvenirs (am I crazy???) and do some of the free things in the parks to make memories that they’ll have forever. But I waited patiently (alright, not so patiently) to see what the phone call would bring.
I had just picked Eilis up at school, it was 3 o’clock on the nose, and I was on my way to get Brighid. My cell phone rang. Of course it rings now! I’m driving, my ear piece won’t answer my phone – it will only let me call out on it – so I have to break the law by answering the phone while I’m driving. And if I break the law and get caught, I’m sure that disqualifies me for the Mom’s Panel. But if this is the Mom’s Panel calling, and I don’t answer, I might get disqualified anyway! So I answer, bless myself (I’m still in the Church parking lot, afterall, that might help), and hear the sweet voices of Disney on the other end!
I am on speaker phone, and I am told there are two other people there. I immediately think, “Oh my Gosh, I made it! They would never put me on speaker phone to tell me I lost and I have to cry like a baby in front of these women! Disney could never be that sadistic!!” And almost at the same time, I think, “Oh my Gosh, I didn’t make it, and Disney has put all three of these women on the phone to console me!” What torture, up until the bitter end!
I finally get the news – “Congratulations!” Oh my gosh, are you kidding me?? Are you serious? I am so excited, I can barely stand it! I’m sure they have given me some sort of information I should be remembering, but the only thing I really hear is not to post about this until after 6 o’clock, when they notify everyone of their decision. I hope they haven’t given me anything too important to remember, and it’s at some point in the euphoria that I realize I have taken a wrong turn to get Brighid. They ask me if they’ve called at a bad time, and I assure them they haven’t, but in my excitement, I have forgotten which direction to go to pick one of my children up, and they all laugh. I don’t think they thought I was serious LOL!!
So I cannot wait to meet the other moms – and one dad – on my upcoming training trip. If Disney allows us to blog about our experiences, know that I will do my best to post here as often as I can.
And now, a few lyrics from one of the best songs in the world….
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true