Well, I’ve done it — I have officially applied to become a “Mom“! I have read a lot about the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, and everyone that is on the panel felt like they didn’t do well on some part of the process. Well, I feel the same way!
However, today was not so much about getting onto the Moms Panel — I won’t know until November 8th if I even make it to the next round — it was more about reliving some classic Disney moments.
I would be incredibly honored and humbled if I were to be chosen for the Walt Disney World Moms Panel — but for me, the honor really lies in being able to apply in the first place. Walt Disney has, as always, really done a lot to continue the Magic for those even when they aren’t at any of the parks. By opening up a piece of Disney Magic to us, the fans, even when we aren’t at a park just continues our drive towards the next time that we are able to enjoy Disney in person. So, for now, I’ll keep up the hope of reaching the second round, and know that if I don’t get in this year, there is always next year!
Tomorrow morning, at 9:00 AM Eastern time, the Walt Disney World Moms Panel will begin accepting applications for the next round of “Moms”. In case you aren’t aware, the Moms Panel consists of Moms (and Dads) that have knowledge of Disney World, and are willing to help out those that have questions that need answering. The Moms Panel started in 2008, and has grown almost exponentially since the launch. This current year consisted of 24 “Moms”, with two Dads on the panel. In the past, though, there have been six other Dads on the panel.
Since I found out about the Moms Panel I have been really interested in it. I have been fortunate enough to actually get three of my questions answered, which you can see here, here, and here.
The beauty of the Moms Panel is as a knowledgebase — a repository of information, links, and all sorts of juicy tidbits for the Disney fan in all of us. Tomorrow, I plan on applying for the panel, in the hopes that I can help out those that need help as I have been helped. To all that read this and apply, good luck to you!
One of the things that I’ve been working on since I started the Dreams of Disney blog was working on getting my blog posts to display in the classic Walt Disney font. After many Google searches, and a lot of reading on CSS and things like that, I have finally realized my goal (except for some additional tweaking) and my blog now displays in the Walt Disney Script font. However, while that works for my web browser (because I have the font installed on my computer), it doesn’t work for web browsers that don’t have the font installed. So, if you are interested in seeing how the blog looks with the Walt Disney Script on it, take a look at this embedded picture (feel free to click on the picture to enlarge it):
After looking at the image, if you are interested in downloading the font, you may do so from the searchfreefonts.com website.
In January of 2001, Cindy was pregnant with our daughter Sophie, and we had a long weekend, so we decided to spend it at Walt Disney World. Since Cindy was pregnant, we couldn’t ride any of the rides we would normally ride — no Space Mountain, no Big Thunder Mountain, nothing like that, so we made the decision early on to eat our way through the parks.
Since it was January, there really wasn’t a big crowd, so we were able to walk right into Guest Services at the Magic Kingdom and make a reservation for lunch at Cinderella’s Royal Table! In addition to that great treat, we also ate at Liberty Tavern and several other wonderful restaurants.
That trip was special in it’s own way. It is amazing to me, when Cindy was pregnant, she got some morning sickness (like almost every woman that has been pregnant). But you know, I don’t think a single thing that we ate at Disney World made her sick that weekend.
This trip was a way for Cindy and I to just be together, even though Sophie was there, it was just the two of us, just enjoying a great weekend, and taking the road less traveled at Disney. We watched the shows, we enjoyed the small rides like “It’s a Small World“, and we just enjoyed being there together.
It was a great way to kick off the year Sophie was born, and it gave us the chance to enjoy being a couple before Sophie arrived. Here are a few other pictures from that trip that you might enjoy!
In the beginning of my Disney experiences, all of our visits consisted of single day trips. The first time we went, we spent one day at the Magic Kingdom, one day at Sea World, and then continued our trip out to Cape Canaveral to visit the Kennedy Space Center.
When we went to Epcot in 1983, we went over and back in one day, although we didn’t get back to Port Richey until about 12:30 AM (or maybe later)! With Grandma and Grandpa living in state, it just didn’t make sense to stay in a resort, or visit for longer than a day at a time.
However, in 2000, all that would change. That was the year that I found the love of my life, Cindy. In June and July of that year, my parents, Cindy, and I went to visit my Grandparents. While we were visiting them, Cindy and I decided to take a couple of days and go to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center. Since we were there at the right time, we went for July 3rd and 4th. We stayed at a hotel in Orlando, so we didn’t stay on property, but despite that, we still had a great time.
We both expected the parks to be really packed, but to our surprise, it wasn’t so bad. We had a really great time, and we saw a show that is no longer presented at the Magic Kingdom: The Timekeeper.
If you have never seen it, the Timekeeper was a circle-vision movie about time travel that was hosted by Robin Williams. His assistant, 9-Eye, was played by Rhea Pherlman, and there are other big name actors in it as well, such as Jeremy Irons. I really liked the Timekeeper show (for an idea of where the show was presented, the current attraction is the Monster’s, Inc. Laugh Floor). I have found a YouTube videos of the Timekeeper, so feel free to enjoy it if you wish.