Monday, September 13, 2010

I'm gonna need faith, trust, and a whole lotta pixie dust!

The 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel applications just opened up this morning at 9am Eastern Time.  I live on the West Coast, so I set my alarm for 5:30AM(very early for this disney chick!).  I tiptoed downstairs so as not to disturb my dear husband, three sleeping sweeties, or our two and a half dogs(more about them at  I retrieved my laptop from amongst the piles of homeschool papers and books sprawled all over the dining room table, and retreated back up to my closet.  Curled up in the closet, with my laptop telling me Windows is now starting, my mind wandered over all of the information I had gone over in the past two weeks.

I had heard of the Moms Panel its inaugural year (2008), and thought, "That's me!" Of course, I hadn't actually been to Walt Disney World in Florida in 9 years, but I had planned two, perhaps three dozen imaginary trips in the mean time.  When I say, "plan", I mean calendars complete with park hours & ride closures, transportation(yup, even flights & rental cars), excursions to NASA and the Gulf; no detail left undone.  You may be wondering if there's a twelve step program I should be looking into.  (there probably are a couple...)  But this is fun for me.  This is my down time.  I have a passion for planning and Disney. 

I didn't pursue the Moms Panel that year, but I dreamed a little dream.  This year, we actually ARE going to Disney World (almost there!)  In fact, I think the timing of our trip will qualify me on technical grounds to  be eligible for the Panel.   Like in planning a trip, planning to apply to be a Disney Mom brought out the compulsive researcher in me.  For the past two weeks, I have been stalking studying the current and past panel members.  My jaw is on the ground.  Literally.  They include an impressive and intimidating cast consisting of (to name a few) a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist, retired cast members and travel agents... oh my!  There are *famous* bloggers with years and years of Disney expertise (on whose blogs I have now stumbled and to which I have been absolutely glued!). 

Oh, and yeah: I was in the midst of reading "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Walt Disney World", having a chuckle and flipped to the back cover to see who the author was... yup, it was Panelist Doug Ingersoll(the panel has Dads, too).  My uncontainable excitement quickly turned to a sick, shaky feeling.  I definitely did not have any kind of feather like that in my Peter Pan cap!

But here I was, hiding in my closet in my favorite worn Disneyland sweatshirt, anxiously awaiting the "go ahead" from Disney to apply anyway.  I had faith (sort of).  I had trust (um, well, maybe).  I know my house has dust... (not sure it's *pixie*). What could it hurt?  The answer will probably be no, but if I don't chase my dreams, then I'll never have a chance of living them.

Almost There...

There've been trials and tribulations, you know I've had my share...
But I know exactly where I'm goin'... and I'm almost there.
~Randy Newman

Whether I'm actually going to Disney, planning a dream vacation, or helping a friend plan theirs, it's like I'm almost there.  You Disney fans will know exactly what I'm talking about.  The *tingle* down to your toes as you think of entering Main Street(or simply driving in under the "welcome" sign!); the thought of that Disney water smell in Pirates of the Caribbean; the sights, sounds, and smells in all your favorite corners of the WORLD... it's truly magical.

Wishing you Pixie Dust and Clean Kennels,
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