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Disney travel experts agree on one thing: relax, take your time. But when it comes to Disney's marathons and other running events, they're wrong. In a race, you can't take your time. And you also can't show up with just your two feet expecting to win - or even finish! Preparing for a Disney marathon requires discipline, hard work, and good advice. We can't help you with the discipline or the hard work. But Robert Mathis, owner of DisneyRunning and one of the few people designated by Disney as 'Perfectly Goofy' for his frequent participation in their running events (since 1996!), has lots of good advice. So relax, take your time, and read his weekly column.

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Disney Experts Apply Here

Robert talks about he Disney Mom's Panel and how they select their Disney experts. His tryout information is fascinating.


Do you have the Disney expertise and are a runner of RunDisney events, Disney is looking for you. The ever popular Disney Mom's Panel that has been in existence for the last few years to answers your questions regarding Disney Parks, Cruise Line, DVC, and more is now having a panelist to handle the ever growing RunDisney races. Disney has had some other non Disney runners answer questions about the races the past few years but to celebrate the first anniversary for the RunDisney launch, they are some "experts" who actually have participated in many of the RunDisney events. Disney requires all people to attend a meeting on 12/9-12/12 to get oriented and do your promotional video of the panelists. Hopefuls need to be able to be on the panel for 2 years and do up to 25 emails a week. This is a large task to complete.

The first round was open from 9/12-9/15 for all categories as well as the RunDisney panelists. The people had to answers a few trivia questions regarding WDW and DL plus answer a few essay questions about your experiences with Disney Parks and resorts. They used these items to pick the lucky second round competitors which was announced last week. Disney was nice to send a nice email to all people regardless if they got selected or not.

The second round people received an email to log back into the Moms panel website on 10/9/11 at 9 am EST to get their first chance to see what they we’re up against in this round. Everyone was waiting with baited breathe to see what Disney was going to throw at us. There are some descriptions out on the web of what the rounds are like, just like a survivors guide. Disney didn't disappoint as they asked what races we have done over the years. This is a big item as hard to be an expert without having completed most(if not all) of the RunDisney races at one point or another. You need to be able to understand runners/walkers of all levels of experience and different race distances.

The next task was to answer several essay questions regarding items that people might ask you if you were a panelist. These included resorts, spectators, and other race related items. These all had to be answered in 100 words or less. Not an essay task if you wanted to give a complete answer. These took some writing and major editing down, The final task was to create a 60 second or less video of yourself describing your most memorable Disney Park experience. Again, this one set the brain cells to work to come up with a single one and describe it in less than a minute.

All of these must be submitted by Oct 15 (5 days) or you would be eliminated. I took my time while I know some people actually created their "video" before Disney even told us what it was to be about. As of today, I have completed my second round tasks and have them submitted. I have my fingers crossed I get to the next level. I will keep you all updated as we aren’t supposed to hear until the first week of November.