Yesterday marked the opening of the application process for the 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panel available at disneymomspanelsearch2013.com. As with last year’s application process, there were questions regarding specific knowledge on Disney Parks (as well as Disney trivia in general).
One of the questions has seemingly sparked up a bit of a debate between hopefuls — and perhaps with good reason:
QUESTION: WHAT INGREDIENT MAKES THE DOLE WHIP SO SPECIAL?
(A) Whipped Cream (B) Pineapple (C) Soft Serve Ice Cream (D) Strawberries
Immediately we can eliminate both A and D simply because anyone who’s everlooked at a Dole whip, let alone ate one, can see those two options don’t exist. So that just leaves one of two remaining possibilities. Is it the pineapple that makes it special? or is it that it’s soft serve ice cream?
But before we answer, let’s just all agree on this: neither one of those really tends to make a product special. So we’ll just loosen up our definition of special just this once.
So the pineapple or the soft serve ice cream? The pineapple answer comes into question (and very reasonably so) because despite Disneyland only offering a pineapple version, Walt Disney World offers a choice of pineapple, vanilla or orange, and even a swirled combination. It’s also par for the course that if you do ask for a Dole whip at Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom, you will be asked to choose your flavor. So apparently — at Walt Disney World at least — pineapple does not define a Dole whip. So it can only be the other choice: soft serve ice cream.
Except — what’s so special about soft serve ice cream, really? And we probably shouldn’t ignore the fact that… well… a Dole whip isn’t ice cream at all. The company that sells the Dole whip mix, Precision Foods, defines the product as ‘a lactose free dry mix that is reconstituted with tap water and frozen down in a soft serve machine.’ So soft serve? Yes. Ice cream? No.
So despite the process of elimination pointing very meekly at pineapple as the probable answer, the truth is, the answer is whatever the person who made up the question wants it to be and that is one answer we may never find out.
What do you get when you combine a hibachi chef, a pastor, one “mum,” two Canadians, two non-profit workers, four teachers, three stay-at-home moms and one special aunt with a passion for Disney and a touch of pixie dust? The 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel! Announced today, 15 new panelists hailing from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom were named official members of the 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel. As the popularity of the Moms Panel site grows, 30 alumni panelists will continue offering their park-savvy smarts to guests planning Disney vacations.
Also helping spread the magic, Oscar-winning actress and mom of three, Geena Davis, serves as an honorary guest to celebrate the new panelists. Davis shares her personal tips and treasured Disney memories in an exclusive Moms Panel video, available in the celebrity video library at www.disneyworldmoms.com.
The Walt Disney World Moms Panel is an online forum that serves as a resource for families planning a Disney vacation, offering a diverse pool of one-of-a-kind insights and personal advice from real Disney fans who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with others.
“This year’s Moms Panel search generated the most applications we have ever received,” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “The Moms Panel has become an integral part of the Disney vacation planning process. We deeply appreciate all that the panelists have done to help guests create magical memories with Disney, and look forward to what the new members will offer to families in 2011.”
Following an extensive application process, each panelist was selected based on their personal Disney experience and brings their own unique perspective to the table. From traveling on a budget to creative ways to commemorate a Disney vacation, there is a Moms Panel member who can offer advice on almost any Walt Disney World topic. In fact, designated panelists are also available to answer questions related to Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Lineand Adventures by Disney.
Your passion for making magical Disney vacation memories reaches “to infinity and beyond.” Providing Disney trip suggestions comes with ease. Friends and family know you as the Disney “go-to” for any and all related information. If this sounds like you, then Disney Parks encourages you to apply for a seat on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Announced today, the search for approximately 10 Walt Disney World Moms gurus begins online www.disneyworldmoms.com/2011.
Heading into its fourth year, this online question-and-answer resource provides first-hand advice from everyday people who share their personal vacation planning tips on anything and everything related to Disney vacations. Visitors can pose park-related questions to the site, view “How-To” videos from panelists and celebrities or even reference archived answers from years past for additional insight. The search for the new panelists kicks off today, September 13, www.disneyworldmoms.com/2011 and will close September 17.
“Our Moms Panel has significantly grown since its launch in 2008 and has successfully tripled in traffic and size,” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “It’s recognized as a highly diverse, well-rounded resource for families. Parents searching for ways to customize and maximize their vacation while sticking to their budget often find the panelists to be a tremendous resource. They have assisted guests with everything from planning weddings and coordinating family reunions to providing suggestions on Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line vacations. We look forward to meeting these new Disney planners, and to the fresh insight and perspective they’ll bring, to help create even more magical memories for our guests.”
“Being a panelist offers a unique opportunity to spread Disney magic to guests while they plan their family’s vacation,” said Maria Marquez, panelist and mother of two boys from Doral, Fla. “Whether a guest is visiting for the first time or it’s their 50th trip, the Moms Panel can always offer a new perspective or lend a tip during the planning process. My experience has been a dream come
true and I am truly honored and humbled to sit alongside such wonderful panelists. I encourage others with a love of Disney to apply and look forward to seeing the Moms Panel family continue to grow.”
How to Apply:
The application period will begin on September 13 and will close on September 17, or when 20,000 applications are received, whichever comes first. Interested applicants should visit the Moms Panel site, www.disneyworldmoms.com/2011 to apply. The first steps of the application process begin with a series of written questions and submissions. The final round of applicants will participate in a brief phone interview. Once the search is complete, the top candidates will be named to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel in January 2011.
“We encourage moms, dads and even grandparents who have always had a knack for organizing or planning Disney vacations to apply,” said Crofton. “We’ve found that families greatly benefit from the knowledge of real people whose unique viewpoint serves as an invaluable planning resource. The Moms Panel continues to connect parents with a common goal of having a memorable Disney vacation and we look forward to 2011.”
What do a ballet teacher from Alabama, a paralegal from North Carolina and a NASA rocket scientist from Maryland all have in common? An affinity for all-things Walt Disney World Resort! Announced today, 21 new panelists from the United States and Canada, hailing from different backgrounds, are named official members of the 2010 Walt Disney World® Moms Panel, www.disneyworldmoms.com. Additionally, due to the popularity of the site and an ever-growing number of questions, Disney welcomes back 22 panelists from 2008 and 2009 – totaling 43 members for 2010 to serve as online Disney-savvy vacation gurus, providing helpful tips to guests planning a Walt Disney World vacation.
The Walt Disney World® Moms Panel is an online question-and-answer venue that serves as a free resource for families looking for a touch of pixie dust to add to their Disney vacation. The Panel is led by everyday parents who have mastered the art of planning a vacation for their own families and are excited to share their pearls of wisdom with others. Through a comprehensive application process, the new panelists proved that they have the knowledge and desire to answer any and all questions that come their way.
Whether organizing multigenerational gatherings and large family reunions or navigating the parks with special needs children and adults, the panelists are accessible online with an abundance of their own Disney vacation experiences, memories and tips for making every moment magical. Additionally, the Moms Panel will include panelists who are skilled in Disney Cruise Line® and Adventures by Disney vacations.