Calling All Walt Disney World Vacation 'Know-It-Alls': The Mouse Searching for 16 Parents for 2009 Moms Panel

Sep 08, 2008, 01:00 ET from Disney Parks

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Disney Parks today
 announced its search for a group of park-savvy parents to be named the 2009
 Walt Disney World Moms Panel, following in the footsteps of the first-ever
 online Walt Disney World Moms Panel which has been fielding and answering
 thousands of vacation questions in 2008.
     The quest is for 16 parents who pride themselves on being Walt Disney
 World "know-it-alls" and have an undying passion to share their Disney
 knowledge with others at From Sept. 8 through
 Sept. 19, interested applicants can visit to
 apply for the panel. The application process begins with a series of
 questions and three brief essays -- about their family, why they are a
 great Walt Disney World vacation planner and their favorite Disney
 vacationing tip.
     "The first-ever Disney Moms Panel has responded to more than 9,000
 questions from vacation planners this year. They have offered our guests
 countless tips to plan a magical vacation at our resort," said Meg Crofton,
 president of Walt Disney World Resort. "We thank the 2008 panel for their
 contributions and look forward to working with a new group of parents."
     Since the launch of in January 2008, the
 current 12-person panel has responded to questions covering just about
 anything from how to sign up for a character dining experience to what
 items are allowed in the parks. In exchange for serving up their Disney
 expertise online in 2009, the expanded, 16-person panel will each receive a
 5-night, 6-day vacation at Walt Disney World Resort for four people.
     "One of the most rewarding aspects of being on the Walt Disney World
 Moms Panel has been the opportunity to use my travel experiences in ways
 that help other families plan the most magical vacations ever," said Darcie
 Maranich, a panelist and mother of four from Vail, Ariz. "I encourage
 anyone who has valuable pointers for vacation planning to apply -- for me,
 it is a dream come true being a part of the Moms Panel, and I look forward
 to the information the next round of panelists will share."
     About the Walt Disney World Moms Panel
     Launched in January 2008, the Walt Disney World Moms Panel is an online
 forum where guests can get insider tips and insights for vacationing at
 Walt Disney World Resort from real moms who have mastered the art of
 planning a Walt Disney World vacation. The 2008 Walt Disney World Moms
 Panel consists of 12 real parents selected to share their vast knowledge of
 the resort and personal secrets of success with other families who are
 considering a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Guests can pose
 questions and have them answered by the panelists, as well as gain access
 to other valuable park insights and vacation planning tools -- including a
 new online "How-To" video series featuring homemade videos from the
 panelists sharing their favorite Disney vacation tips. For more
 information, visit

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