“Pixie Dust Alert!” for the Walt Disney World Moms Panel Hopefuls!

For days, those of us that have been waiting, watching, and hoping for an email to tell us that we made it to the next round of the 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panel search have been doing our best to stay distracted and be a functioning part of society.

Today, there was even some confusion, as some people went to the recruiting page, and found out that it appeared that they had made it to round 2!  I was one of those, in fact!  However, at that point, we still didn’t have any official word, so the reliability of that information seemed questionable at best.

But then Laura Spencer, the head of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, sent out the tweet “Pixie Dust Alert!” — and the chatter just went crazy!

Everyone started checking email, including me, and guess what?  I made it to round two!  The time is now here to answer several questions and record a video, and I have until Monday night to get it done!

For all of you that didn’t make it to the next round, my heart goes out to you.  I know that there are a ton of people that are well qualified to fill the panel’s chairs.  Have faith, though, if you try again next year, you might be able to make it then!

The Power of a $100 Disney Gift Card

I have been astounded by the depth of the comments that people have been leaving with regards to our Disney Gift Card contest.  While I know that there are entries being made with each and every comment, it still has surprised me how many people have taken the time to write true, deep reasons why they want to win the gift card.  I only wish that I could give a gift card to each and every one of them.  That would be Disney Magic at it’s best.  Today, I thought I would take some time to highlight some of the comments that have stood out to me.

Eva wrote:

I would save the gift card for our next trip.We had to cancel our Dec trip because I have to have 2 surgeries :(

Eva, I hope that your surgeries are successful!  I’ll include you in my prayers!

Lisa wrote:

I would put this towards a trip my husband and I are planning for next Fall in order to take my parents for their very first visit! I’m graduating college in May, and with living expenses so high in Massachusetts, it sure would help us out :)

Lisa, congratulations on your upcoming graduation!  How exciting that you are taking your parents for their first trip!

Stephanie writes:

We’re surprising our kids and my baby sister with a trip to WDW in November. I’d get them some more stuff for their tote bags!

How exciting, Stephanie!  I love springing trips on my daughter!  Have fun!

Kim writes:

I know what I would do with that card! We are going to WDW in November to celebrate our 22 anniversary, our DD getting married and moving in with her new DH and my 43rd birthday! My birthday is October 8, the day the raffle ends, so it would be perfect to win the card to take on our trip! I’d use it for some awesome souvenirs!

Happy upcoming birthday Kim!  So many great events happening in your life, congratulations on all of them!

Melissa writes:

I would LOVE to win this! I am a Christmas fanatic and Disney fanatic… put them together and you have one deliriously happy lady haha! I’ve always wanted to see DisneyWorld at Christmas time… last year was soooo hard on my little family. We need a fun vacation together now that we’re on the mend. And I’m turning 40 in January. So THIS DECEMBER, I get to cross #2 off my bucket list and the three of us get to go see DisneyWorld in mid December. I am ecstatic!!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have some spending money to shop with…. fingers crossed!!!

Good luck to you, Melissa!  I’ve never been at Christmas, it’s on my bucket list too!

Lastly, Adrienne writes:

I would buy as many Mickey ice cream bars as my heart desired on our 2013 trip! Is that selfish not to share?

Adrienne, my wife agrees with you!  Have one for her!

These are just a very small sample of the currently 244 comments that have been left for the contest!  Have you entered to win yet?  If not, make sure you do!  Just complete the requirements below, and good luck to everyone who has entered!

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HostelWorld Language

{Editor’s Note: We interrupt our regularly scheduled Disney site to talk about a travel service that you may find interesting or helpful.  My Dreams of Disney has never used this service, so your mileage may vary, however, if you are looking for travel booking options in Europe or other areas of the world, this may prove to be useful to you.}

Are you a young college age student who is looking to travel for a while between semesters?  Or, is your conference budget small where you work, and you don’t have as much of a room budget as you would like?  If either of these questions apply to you, then HostelWorld Language is a site that you might want to check out before your next travel date!

I have never used HostelWorld Language before, but after exploring the site for a while, it kind of reminds me of many of the travel websites you can find here in the States.  The site is tailored to allow you to search many different countries for Hostels, Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels, Apartments, and even Campsites to help you find the right lodging for your needs and budget!

When I did a quick search for lodging in May, 2013, in Rome, Italy, I discovered that I could stay in a private room for three nights for two people from as low as $15.83 per night!  If I was more adventurous it might be something I considered!

If you are looking for an “Off the beaten trail” sort of experience in your travel, and you are going overseas, you might want to take a look at what HostelWorld Language has to offer!  Good luck!

{Editor’s Note: My Dreams of Disney has never used HostelWorld Language, and is not endorsing the service, just offering it up as an option for you if it fits your travel needs.}

Meet Frances from Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys!

Hello My Dreams of Disney Fans! I’m very excited to introduce myself. My name is Frances Hedrick and I’m a Disney Vacation Planner. My history with Disney goes back to my childhood. I had the honor of being a cast member for Disney at the Disney Store as a Store Manager. One of the many perks of being a manager was a Silver Pass to Disney. It was basically an annual pass. I could bring myself and 3 friends to Disney for free with very few limitations. Needless to say, I took full advantage of it. I took family trip, girls trips, couples trips and romantic getaways a plenty.

I left Disney almost two years ago to help take care of my terminally ill father. I love my dad and don’t regret leaving Disney to be with him for one second. But I was having Disney withdrawls. I went from going to Disney 5 or 6 times a year to zero in the near future.  I started helping friends plan trips to get my Disney fix and one of them said to me “You should go into business doing this.” So here I am, over 1 year later as a Disney Vacation Planner and loving it! I’m able to create magical memories for each of my clients and love every minute of it! I’m here to help you plan your next magical vacation as well. My client Kelly C. named me her “Disney Best Friend”. That name has stuck and I would love to be your Disney Best Friend as well.

Here is what a few clients have said about me.

Kelly C. ~ “You are my Disney best friend! I don’t know what I would have done without you!”

Karen V. ~ “Wow! If I had only known how easy you would make planning this trip, I would have contacted you sooner.”

Lisa H. ~ “I can’t believe that you would change my reservation to save me money. I loved getting the new confirmation in my inbox this morning.”

Richard & Susan M. ~ “Thank you for making our honeymoon unforgettable! The dining reservations that you made us were perfect! Our favorite part was watching the fireworks from EPCOT and the California Grill from our dining tables.”

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Are you ready for Season Two of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time?”

Are you as big a fan of Once Upon a Time as my wife and I are?  I was fortunate enough to be able to review the first season on Blu-Ray for Chip & Company a while back, and while we were fans of the show already, being able to watch it again on Blu-Ray was absolutely incredible and really cemented our enjoyment of the series!

Well, get ready for season 2!  This coming Sunday, September 30, at 8PM, the second season of Once Upon a Time will be here!  To get you ready for the next season, here is a trailer for the upcoming season that you might enjoy.  Have fun!

If you want to catch up again on what happened in the first season, check out the Once Upon a Time site over at ABC.  It has a lot of information about the upcoming season, as well as bios of the characters, little snippets of information about things, and more.  Have fun!

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