The second in a two-post series is a recalling of what happens when the Disney Moms Panel comes together in one loud, pink-clad, mouse-loving group. Disney Moms Panelist Amanda Allen offers her perspective on the weekend as a Guest Blogger for TravelingMom.com.
Hailing from North Carolina, Amanda and I immediately “found” each other at our panel’s training back in December 2009 based solely on our common Southern accents. Yet, we quickly learned that our vernacular was only the first of many similarities, and we became instant friends. Besides sharing a love for all things Mouse, we also enjoy the luxurious side of Disney – and Amanda is a master at affording caviar taste on a limited budget while visiting Walt Disney World. Strap yourself in and take a ride with Amanda as she retells what all she packed in during the Disney Moms Panel Reunion weekend…
Disney Moms Pretty in Pink
A flurry of pink descended upon the Walt Disney World Resort September 29to October 2 this year when 38 members of the Disney Moms Panel gathered at the parks for a fun-filled weekend of celebrations! Here’s a birds-eye view of the weekend:
On Thursday September 29the Disney Parks Blog hosted a Trick or Meet-Up at the Magic Kingdom for approximately 145 guests and their friends. I was lucky enough to be able to attend this exclusive event along with some of my fellow Moms Panelists. Attendees at this after-hours party in the Magic Kingdom arrived in costume – my group went with a Price is Right theme, but more imaginative partygoers came decked out as a Giant Turkey Leg (one of the Magic Kingdom’s most infamous snacks!) and the ballerina from one of the portraits in the Haunted Mansion’s stretching room!
Guests were treated to tours of the new interactive queue at the Haunted Mansion and a talk by Imagineer Jason Surrell on the history of the Haunted Mansion. Attendees snacked on spider-shaped brownies and cheesecake eyeballs while trick-or-treating and posing for photos with Disney characters sporting their Halloween costumes.
Halloween Happenings at Disney
Outside of the Haunted Mansion, one of its 999 ghostly residents interacted with guests coming and going from the attraction – her funny antics were a highlight of the evening! The night concluded as the Headless Horseman galloped through the party and guests were given Halloween Vinylmations and prints of the three hitchhiking ghosts to take home. Disney periodically hosts special events like this one, so if you’d like to attend a future one, keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for your chance!
Some members of the Moms Panel visited Give Kids the World Village on September 30 to present the non-profit organization with a check for over $12,000, which we raised through fundraising efforts online and in our communities. Give Kids the World provides children suffering with life-threatening illnesses cost-free vacations to Walt Disney World, and members of the Moms Panel have donated more than $20,000 to this cause over the past three years!
Disney Moms Panelists and their family members surprised Magic Kingdom guests with a flash mob dance during the “Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It!” parade. Moms Panelist Wes Holloman choreographed a routine to “Shake Your Groove Thing” and posted an instructional video online a few weeks before the performance so Moms Panelists around the country could practice their moves at home. You’d never know the flash mob dancers had virtually no time to rehearse the routine together when they took to the street and performed! Disney Cast Members and guests cheered, and many parade-watchers joined in the dance! The flash mob was such a hit that I’m sure it will become an annual event!
Heading to Epcot
Later that afternoon, the Moms Panel hosted a Meet and Greet in Epcot. The room was decorated in the Panel’s signature pink, and guests were treated to a lunch buffet and a bar serving beer and wine. Donald and Daisy Duck were in attendance along with a face-painter and a balloon-maker, which I think the adults enjoyed as much as the kids judging by the number of grown-ups sporting elaborate balloon hats at the event! We had so much fun talking with guests of the event, many of whom aspire to become members of the Moms Panel themselves one day!
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Photos courtesy of Marc Lorenzo