My friend Jodi is a Disney World expert. I am not. So when we make the very occasional trek to Walt's place, I don't buy a guidebook or check a website. I just call Jodi and plead: Tell me what to do.
She knows times, dates, prices. She knows hotels. She knows deals. She knows lines and how to beat them. She knows what's worth doing and what's OK to pass on. Jodi just winds me up and points me in the right direction, and everything works out swimmingly.
Jodi, and people like her, is the reason for the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. The panel serves as an online forum, led by these kinds of pros (dads and grandparents are welcome, too), for sharing vacation planning tips. Starting its third year, Disney is accepting applications through Sunday. They are looking for 10 newcomers to join the existing panel.
To apply, you will have to answer some questions and write three brief eassys about your family, your skills as a Disney planner, and your top Disney tip. To apply, go to this website to learn more.
Competition is stiff. They expect about 20,000 people to apply.
I am torn, however, about Jodi. If she applies, everyone else will get to know her secrets, too.
Photo: Beatrice Rose, from Tampa, is a Disney Mom panelist. (Walt Disney World handout)