Disney Photo Fun Friday – Tree of Life

Fellow Panelist Marc Lorenzo is an amazingly talented photographer. He has a gift for capturing the Disney magic and his photos always speak a thousand words.

You can purchase Marc’s photos on his website: Mickey Marc Photography . If you use the Code NEWCUSTOMER at check out then you will save 10% off your entire order!

Tree of Life with Lens Baby for web

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Disney Photo Fun Friday – Polynesian Quiet Pool

Fellow Panelist Marc Lorenzo is an amazingly talented photographer. He has a gift for capturing the Disney magic and his photos always speak a thousand words.

You can purchase Marc’s photos on his website: Mickey Marc Photography .  If you use the Code NEWCUSTOMER at check out then you will save 10% off your entire order!

Poly Quiet Pool for web

 

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Disney Moms Panel Monday – 2010 Training Trip

This past week was the first phase of the application process for the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel. Every year at this time I get goosebumps as I vividly recall the three years that I applied to join this magical family. In 2007, I made it to “Round 2″ for the 2008 Panel. In 2008, I made it to the final phase for the 2009 Panel and discovered that it wasn’t quite my time. Walt had promised that, “If I could dream it, I could do it” and I never gave up on my dream. I’ll never forget receiving that magical phone call on November 10, 2009 during which I received the news that my dream was FINALLY coming true and I was joining the Walt Disney World / Disney Parks Moms Panel family!

These past four years have been nothing short of amazing! I have helped to sprinkle pixie dust on thousands of vacations and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Today I want to share the 2010 Moms Panel Training Video that was made by my dear friend Marc Lorenzo. Marc joined the Panel with me that year and he holds such a special place in my heart. I’ve shared this video before, but I felt this was the perfect time to do it again. To all of you “Disney Parks Moms Panel Hopefuls” out there: I’m cheering for you! Remember, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”! Believe, my friends! I can’t wait to see who joins our incredible family this year. I hope this video brings you a smile as you chase your most magical of dreams!

Here’s to the Disney Parks Moms Panel Class of 2014!!

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Disney Photo Fun Friday – Ariel and Wishes

Fellow Panelist Marc Lorenzo is an amazingly talented photographer. He has a gift for capturing the Disney magic and his photos always speak a thousand words.

You can purchase Marc’s photos on his website: Mickey Marc Photography .  If you use the Code NEWCUSTOMER at check out then you will save 10% off your entire order!

Ariel and Wishes for web (1)

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Memories of Cooperstown

My 13 year old son had the opportunity to play in the Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, NY with his 12U AAU baseball team last month. I made this video capturing some of our favorite memories from the week. Be sure to turn the volume up. :)

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Disney Moms Panel Monday – Jackie G

Straight from my heart – A glimpse into what makes my fellow Panelists so very precious to me.

If Pixie Dust could be bottled and sold in stores, I would swear that Jackie bathes in it. On second thought, I’m convinced that it runs through her veins. I’ve met a lot of people in my life and I can honestly say that Jackie is one in a million. Never have I met someone who is so full of pure, unbridled passion and genuine enthusiasm. Simply put, Jackie bubbles over with giddiness and love. I am so blessed that she is my friend.

The first time that I met Jackie in person was during the Moms Panel Fan Meet in October, 2010 at Epcot’s Odyssey. We had chatted a few times online, and I was so excited to finally get the chance to meet her.  That was nearly three years ago and I can’t imagine my life without Jackie in it now.

The first time I met Jackie in person - October 2010

Maria, Jackie and I – October 2010

My dear friend and fellow Panelist Marc had developed quite a friendship with Jackie prior to when he made the Panel. I knew she was very special to him and not surprisingly, it wasn’t long before Jackie stole a piece of my heart as well.

Jackie was an admin on the Disney Driven Life and I had contributed some articles to the site from February to May of 2011. When the 2011 Moms Panel Reunion rolled around, a group of us had reservations for the House of Blues Gospel Brunch. In addition to Panelists and their families attending, we extended an invitation to other big Disney fans and bloggers who we knew would be in the area that weekend. Among those who attended were the Hidden Mickey Guy Steve Barrett and his wife Vickie, John Frost of The Disney Blog and Moms Panel Hopefuls Allison L and Jackie. We had a wonderful time together that morning.

The House of Blues gang - October 2010

The House of Blues gang – October 2010

It was no secret that one of Jackie’s biggest dreams was to become a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel.  She made it to Round Two in the application process in 2010 and 2011. Jackie had endeared herself to many of us on the Panel and we kept our fingers crossed in hopes that she would officially join the family. I will never forget the day when I received that incredible phone call from Jackie last November! Her excitement was off the charts and I cried tears of joy for her. I just knew in my heart that she was meant to be a Moms Panelist and I was so very happy for her.

In December of 2012, Marisol, Chris, Marc and I were together for the New Fantasyland Grand Opening Press Event which happened to occur a day before the Moms Panel Training Weekend. Jackie and Allison L both made the 2013 Panel and they came down early. I can’t wait to share more about Allison soon, by the way. She is amazing too! Here is a photo of Jackie and Allison with Marisol, Marc, Chris and I at the Animal Kingdom Lodge that day.

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Back row: Marisol, Jackie and I
Front row: Marc, Allison L and Chris

The next day we had an unofficial “Welcome Luncheon” and I was thrilled to FINALLY be able to say that Jackie was “officially my sister”.

"Officially my Moms Panel Sister" - 12/10

“Officially my Moms Panel Sister” – 12/10

In February of this year, my family took our first Disney Cruise on the Dream. We spent a few days at the Beach Club Villas beforehand and I was so excited to run into Jackie and her family on the Boardwalk one evening.

Jackie and I - 2/13

Jackie and I – 2/13

This past winter, I dealt with some considerable heartache as I helped my Dad through a dark time in his life. As part of that journey, my brother and I flew to Florida in March, packed up our Dad’s house in less than 24 hours and drove his belongings north in a giant U-Haul. If you can imagine the amount of work and emotion that we poured into that weekend, you can might be able to envision how drained I was. Very late on the first evening, we ended up finding a little motel on the side of the interstate in Georgia. Jackie was sending me positive thoughts and encouragement via texts and I discovered that we were literally a few miles from her house. She woke up before the sun to come join my brother and I at the Waffle House for breakfast just to bring me some much needed hugs. I can’t begin to describe what that meant to me. Jackie was like a rainbow in the middle of a storm and I’m forever grateful.

Jackie and I in Georgia

Jackie and I in Georgia

In April, a group of Panelists flew to Walt Disney World for a quick event. The first evening, we gathered at the Territory Lounge to sample the “Drunken Donuts”. They were delicious and the amazing company made them even better! If you haven’t ventured over to the Wilderness Lodge to try these yet, add it to your “must do” list!

Kathie, Marisol, Chris, Diane L, me and Jackie

Kathie, Marisol, Chris, Diane L, me and Jackie

I love this Pixie Dusted Family!

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The weekend wouldn’t have been complete without a stop at Karamell-Küche.

From left: Kathie, Marc, Jackie, Chris, me, Marisol, Amanda A and Allison

From left: Kathie, Marc, Jackie, Chris, me, Marisol, Amanda A and Allison

This summer I took my three youngest kids on solo trips for some special one-on-one time with each of them. During my son’s trip, Jackie, Marc and Marisol all stopped by for a visit. Marc informed me that Jackie had never ridden my very favorite attraction at Disney…the Tower of Terror. Naturally, we all decided that needed to change and she bravely boarded the doomed elevator with Marc, my son and I. She giggled the entire time. In fact, I can still hear her infectious laugh. We then headed over to Beaches & Cream Soda Shop to meet up with Marisol for lunch.

Jackie, Marisol, Marc and I in 7/13

Jackie, Marisol, Marc and I in Beaches & Cream - 7/13

Jackie is the blessed Mom of 2 beautiful children…a teenaged son and a tween daughter. When they lived on the West Coast, her family enjoyed visits to Disneyland. They moved to Georgia a few years ago and recently relocated to Florida so they could be even closer to the magic. Jackie is a Member of the Disney Vacation Club, an Annual Passholder and she absolutely loves spreading Pixie Dust as she helps to plan vacations on the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

I look forward to making countless priceless memories with sweet Jackie in the future. If you see her in the parks, be sure to say hello to her. Be forewarned though, once her potent Pixie Dust rubs off on you, you’ll never be the same. Her giddiness is contagious.

You can follow Jackie on Twitter: @jjzmgailey

Want to get to know some more Disney Parks Moms Panel Moms & Dads? Here’s the link to all of them so far: http://www.memorymakermom.com/category/disney-moms-panel-monday/

Love ya, Jackie!

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Disney Photo Fun Friday – Art of Animation Resort Lion King

Fellow Panelist Marc Lorenzo is an amazingly talented photographer. He has a gift for capturing the Disney magic and his photos always speak a thousand words.

You can purchase Marc’s photos on his website: Mickey Marc Photography .  If you use the Code NEWCUSTOMER at check out then you will save 10% off your entire order!

Art Of Animation Lion King

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Thoughtful Thursday – Treasures

Sharing simple motivational quotes that have touched me in some way.

“We are most alive when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
~Thornton Wilder

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Disney Photo Fun Friday – Be Our Guest Restaurant Stain Glass Mural

Fellow Panelist Marc Lorenzo is an amazingly talented photographer. He has a gift for capturing the Disney magic and his photos always speak a thousand words.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Stain Glass Mural HDR

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Disney Photo Fun Friday – Test Track

Fellow Panelist Marc Lorenzo is an amazingly talented photographer. He has a gift for capturing the Disney magic and his photos always speak a thousand words.

Test Track 2.0 Photo 3

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