Top Ten {Tuesday}: 2010 Disney World Moms Panel Training Day 3

Four months ago I went to this little place called Disney World. Anyone remember that? Yeah, it was kind of a big deal. Well, apparently it was so big I forgot to tell you about Day 3. Which was pretty spectacular. So, since my official quarter on the Walt Disney World Mom’s Panel begins Thursday (EEEEEEEEK!) I thought I’d devote this Top Ten {Tuesday} to


{alternate title: Do You See Why I Don’t Scrapbook? I’d Be Fourteen Years Behind.}

1. Day 3 of training began with an early alarm so I could catch the bus to Epcot. Closed Epcot. Freezing Epcot. Breezy, Windy Epcot. Look-the-sun-is-not-even-out-Epcot. And why were we here? For a photo shoot, baby.

We got lined up on a big riser. There were at least 20 extra people bustling around doing who knows what. Finally, the cameraman says, “OK, the Fab 5 will be here in ten seconds.” We’re all very snarky and start counting down, “10, 9, 8, 7…” and NO JOKE when we get to 3 I see Mickey and Minnie come around the corner followed by Donald, Goofy and Pluto. I think I may have cried. How are they so perfect?!

After our group photo it was time for solo shots. Here’s Andi from Alabama—Birmingham, that is. How much of a star is she?!


2. And now it’s my turn! Minnie & Mickey flanked me at first then stepped away for TWO CLICKS when the photog took my headshot. TWO CLICKS.


3. Finally we were released from freezing photo prison and were taken to a secret room in the American Pavilion. I was first in line by about 5 minutes. And I was so giddy I clapped my hands, filled my plate and took a picture. Yes, that is a Mickey Mouse waffle you see.


4. Now. It’s onto our video shoot. Before we could go onstage, we had a little touch up to do. This is Dorothy from Canada, eh. Our lovely (.) makeup artists primped and smoothed our hair and brows until it was time for more smiling and waving at the camera.


5. The Fab 5 joined us again for this “Meet The Moms” video shoot.  We also did individual videos for Disney Dads, moms of preschoolers, etc. While half the folks were taken to other locations, the rest of us were just hanging out. INCLUDING THE FAB FIVE. They just stood there with us. Just acting like, well, Mickey and Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto. I mean, who gets a shot like this? It’s a like a postcard!


6. Pretty soon, Joel aka Zipadeedoodad started showing Mickey & Minnie pictures of his kids. It was by far the funniest and cutest thing I’ve ever seen. They acted like they were absolutely stunned at Joel’s pictures and loved each and every one. If I didn’t want to sound trite I’d say it was truly magical. OK, it was. It was magical.


7. Next it was my turn. I asked Minnie to help me pose like her. She tried to help but apparently I’m not cut out for mousehood.


8. On our way back to the hotel from Epcot (FINALLY), we were taken by a special VIP bus driven by Tim. Tim has been a VIP chauffeur for over 20 years at Disney. He drives Tom Cruise, Kelly Ripa and who knows who else. He also drove the #magicalmoms. And when he saw me HE REMEMBERED ME. I was so stunned (how good is this man at his job?!) that I had to have a picture with him. I put the watermark over my insanely bulging stomach. Good lord.


9. That night we went to the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue in Fort Wilderness. I thought I could not love Fort Wilderness more than I already do. But…the Hoop Dee Doo was so fun that I think it literally changed my life. It is an absolute MUST on your next Disney World vacation. Hoop Dee Doo!!


10. Oh, and this is also the night that I had my favorite picture taken of me. Yes, even over the headshot with Mickey & Minnie. This is the infamous Hoop-Dee-Doo Pork & Beans picture:

photo via @heyjpk

Well, that’s the Top Ten and I haven’t even gotten to that evening’s festivities. Hope you can wait till August when I update next!

Disney World Moms Panel Training Day 1
Disney World Moms Panel Training Day 2

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  1. Looks like you had an absolute blast. Love that picture of the fab five. You’re right, it looks like a postcard.
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  2. That pic of the Fab Five is awesome-sauce! Love it!!
    .-= Heather @ Not a DIY Life´s last blog ..Mamavation Week #13 =-.

  3. Your alternate titles are always hilarious! And you are so cute!! (I hope that’s the look you’re going for… 😉

    Great pics!!!! Esp the pork and beans!
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  4. I, too, love the Fab 5 picture!

    I am tickled over ‘insanely bulging stomach’ – you are too funny! Enjoy your skinny-ness, and if you want to see an insanely bulging stomach, check out some of my Facebook pics!

    I leave for Orlando on Saturday – can’t wait!
    .-= Janna´s last blog ..Another Quick Disney Fix =-.

  5. Magical is absolutely the perfect word to describe this! 🙂 This is getting me so excited for my visit to WDW in a few weeks! Maybe I’ll have to submit a question to you on the panel this week…hmmmm. 🙂

  6. Looks like the cold wait was worth it. Too cool! Glad you had fun and great pictures. 😀
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  7. Love the food pics. You got some great shots that would look fantastic on a scrapbook page . . . oh wait, you said you didn’t do that. 🙂
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  8. Wow, sounds like you had a ton of fun, cold, rainy weather and all. I love the postcard fab five pic.
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  9. This was my first time participating! So fun!
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  10. I love seeing pics of you at Disney… You belong there!!

    And, how funny is it that you saw Tim again?!?!

  11. Seriously , I teared up that YOU teared up at seeing the fab five! What IS it about those crazy characters???? Love the update and the photos. Don’t make us wait till Aug… 🙂

  12. i love that you look just as cute in your pics as you do in real life! can’t wait to meet up with you next week!! *squeal*
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  13. You are living my Disney dream! Don’t make us wait until August for another update! How busy does the mom’s panel keep you?

  14. How awesome is this gig you have? And you are sooo skinny! In a good way. Don’t even get me started on bulging stomachs. Loved all the pics. Especially the one of Joel showing Mickey and Minnie his kids pics. I love Minni’s “enraptured” expression!

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