|Just keep writing. Just keep writing. What do we do?|
Somehow last year, I *did* manage to make the final round(s) so I feel well equipped to tell you roughly the proper process to make it through to the finals.
1.) Notice round 1 dates are announced on the Disney Parks Blog, Twitter and/or other forms of social media. (Approximately end of August)
2.) Apply as soon as applications open. (Around Labor Day week.)
3.) Read over your essays. Spellcheck. More than once. Be mindful of proper nomenclature. (I'm embarrassed to say that this takes me an hour or two depending how much "assistance" I get from my two kiddos.)
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a.) Swear off social media because it isn't helping with patience.
b.) Tell your husband, BFF and dental hygienist about your commitment to/hatred of the
c.) Reread essays. They're perfect.
d.) Wake husband/BFF/etc. in dead of night because you had a nightmare about spelling
e.) Over breakfast husband/roommate/pet hamster insists you rejoin social media as a support
f.) Rejoin social media.
5.) Announcement Day! (16 hours)
|Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.|
6.) Find out if you make the next round (five minutes). You feel (pick one):
c.) Somewhere in that zone.
7.) Repeat steps 1-5 for round 2 going into the final round. (About one month.) If you did not make the second round, you still stick around to be a ch-EAR-leader for all of your friends!
8.) Last round is just before Thanksgiving with a very, very quick turn around. (One week or so, but it feels MUCH longer!)
a.) Re-read your essays from round 1 and round 2. You still like your answers, but wish you
could tweak them.
b.) Make lifelong friends with other mouseketeers.
c.) Phone interview and maybe a little something for a surprise. (Fastest 15 minutes of your life.)
d.) Re-read your essays. It's a bad idea at this point, but you can't resist going back over it again.
e.) Know that whoever makes it, you will end up crying. Each one of the other hopefuls is an
amazing person and you feel blessed to hang out together online.
9.) Ten minutes of internet silence as all of the final emails go out. Wish a hearty, "Congratulations!" to the new panelists. Reset the countdown to next year's applications for the other finalists. (Eight months until it starts all over again!)
10.) Plan a consolation/celebration trip to Walt Disney World. If it's not your year, use this trip as your "qualifying trip" for the following year!
How do you actually make the panel?
I haven't the foggiest.
I'd imagine it involves the right combination of research, nomenclature and just a pinch of magic.
Are you planning to apply to the Disney Parks Moms Panel this year?
For what not to do see: