My Disney Parks Moms Panel Story – #DisneyMP

This will be my third, yes my third year applying for the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The first time I heard about the Disney Parks Moms Panel the application window had already closed, so I marked my calendar for the following year to make sure I applied.  The panel is broken down into Disney Parks specialties such as Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, runDisney, and Disney Vacation Club. My speciality is the Disneyland Resort.

I want to be on the Disney Parks Moms Panel because not only do I love the Disney Parks and all things Disney but I love helping people plan their vacations.  I am the go-to-person in my circle of friends when someone has a question about planning their vacation.

If you want to know more about what the Disney Parks Moms Panel is all about read my post “What is the Disney Parks Moms Panel?“ (that’s a pretty good title)

The application is a multi-step process and lasts about two months from September through late November. The first year I applied for the Disney Parks Moms Panel I made it to round two, and the second year I made it to the finals. Each round consists of fun questions about planning Disney vacations, questions about yourself and your family. You also get to answer questions that are similar to those found on the Disney Parks Moms Panel site. I love answering all of the questions, they are a lot of fun.

When you get to the second round, in addition to answering questions in the application you get to submit a video of yourself answering a question. Once you make it to round three (or the final round) you get the opportunity to have a phone interview with Disney.

Dawn Cullo Round 3 Phone Interview Disney Parks Moms Panel

Ready for my phone interview with Disney

Disney doesn’t like to report how many people actually apply for the panels or how many advance in each round but I can tell you this, they will stop accepting applications this year when they reach 15,000 applications. That is a lot of people who want to be on the panel. In last year’s final round I can tell you that there were at least seven of us going for the one and only Disneyland Resort spot.

In November of 2014 I found myself in the final round and I was devastated when I found out that I didn’t make the panel. Most of the people who didn’t make the panel wrote blog posts afterwards about the process and how they felt. It really took me a long time to move past my disappointment but eventually I did but I never felt like blogging about it until now, almost a year later.

Despite my Disney Moms Panel disappointment I feel like this has been one of my best Disney years ever! Not only did I travel to Walt Disney World once this year…I went twice and I also visited Disneyland several times. I was able to fill up my pixie dust meter with trips to the Happiest Place on Earth and the Most Magical Place on Earth.

I got to see the big cheese himself dressed up in his Sorcerer Mickey outfit. I have never seen him like this before, and I was so excited to get a picture with him.
Dawn Cullo with Sorcerer Mickey

I also meet Marie from Aristocats, this was fantastic because she is adorable and hard to meet. LOOK at how cute she is, I really just wanted to pick her up and take her home.
Magic Kingdom with Marie from Aristocats
While I was in Walt Disney World I was able to spend some time alone, sounds weird doesn’t it? Surrounded by thousands of people, yet still alone. But it was what I needed to center myself.

Here are some pictures from my trip, there are thousands of course, but these are some of my favorites.

Epcot Monorail - Photo by Dawn Cullo


Cinderella Castle Dusk

Cinderella Castle

Magic Kingdom - Railroad at Night

Walt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.

Cinderella Castle Fireworks

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park

I thought about this years upcoming Disney Parks Moms Panel Search and what I needed to do to prepare for it. The conclusion that I came up with was that I just needed to keep moving forward and move past the disappointment and get ready for the search.  Then I saw this quote at the attraction Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream.

Walt Disney Quote - Keep Moving Forward

So with that quote stuck in my mind for many months, here we are at the start of the Disney Parks Moms Panel search and I am ready.

I recently made a video for those of you applying for Disney Parks Moms Panel for the first time with hopes that these tips will help you get started.

These are my Disney Parks Moms Panel Videos from round two 2014 & 2015 searches for the Disneyland Resort

2015 – What sets the Disneyland Resort apart from other vacation destinations?

2014 – When is the best time to visit Disneyland


The applications for round one are currently being accepted through September 15th, visit to apply. Good luck!

About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.


  1. Hopefully the third time will get you there, Dawn!

    Nice videos!

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