Monday, August 30, 2010

Introducing the Minnie Moms

I am so excited to announce a new feature on Growing Up Disney. If you’ve been reading us for a while, you are familiar with our team posts where Ridge, DisneyDad and I discuss a particular topic. I’ve assembled a team of moms to give you multiple points of view and help answer your questions regarding planning your Walt Disney World vacation. The five of us are all from different places, with different numbers and ages of children, and different Disney experiences. These “mom” posts will run on one Tuesday each month, beginning tomorrow.

Meet the Moms!

Amy: I married my Prince Charming at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion in 2005 and my daughter, Audrey, celebrated her first birthday at WDW in April 2010. All her grandparents live far away so my kid is a road warrior. I am a stay-at-home mom and love it, although I miss my work friends. Outside of my Disney blog, I maintain a blog about Audrey for our family and close friends. I love travel in general and have visited 13 countries. I am a really good cook and make a great cup of coffee.

Corby: My name is Corby. I’m married with two children, a son Banks, who recently turned 6 and a daughter Henley, who is almost 3 months old. We reside in Atlanta, Georgia. As I mentioned on a previous post, I grew up going to Disney World since I was born and raised in South Florida. We took our first family trip in September 2007 and I guess you can say we got bit by the Disney bug. This November will be our 5th trip in three years. In my free time I love to sew, embroider, entertain, and most importantly spend time with family and friends. I love talking Disney and thoroughly enjoy planning our vacations there. I hope I can pass on some helpful information so that others will find their vacations as magical as I do! (Note: Corby is now working with Travel with the Magic and loves helping plan Disney vacations!)

Heather: I am a work at home mom to two wonderful boys and married for 14 years to Bill. Our son Bennett (Ben) is 4 and Ian is 4 months. My husband and I met in college and moved to the Raleigh area in 1999 where he works in IT and I teach high school Government and Economics online. I have kept a personal mommy blog entitled Pieces of Me since 2007 after a competition with another blogging friend to post our summer “to do” lists online. I love keeping a digital journal of mommyhood and am in the process of starting a freeze-ahead blog called Freeze Ahead Frenzy. I hope it will be a resource for other busy families looking for shortcut cooking strategies and a place to share your favorite freeze-ahead dishes. I am honored to join with Amy and other college friends on the Minnie Moms to bring tips and advice on how our family has enjoyed Disney.

Janine: My family consists of myself, my husband, and my daughter, Felicity, aged 7 months. We live in Swindon, England.  My husband and I have been to WDW 10 times between us, having been 3 times in the last 4 years. We both love WDW and Florida with my husband being a big Rays baseball fan too. My favourite park is Magic Kingdom and my favourite ride is Tower of Terror. We are hoping to return in 2014 with Felicity and will be staying onsite this time. We are really looking forward to Chef Mickey’s and getting all the autographs for her at the character meetings.

Kelly: Hi, I am Kelly H Russo and I am a married mom of two sons. My family and I live in Massachusetts and my sons are 11 and 6 and have been going to Disney for over 6 years. We are seasoned Disney travelers and I would love to share my knowledge and experiences to help others with traveling, planning and more. I am a Disney vacation planner with Travel with the Magic! I get to help people book magical vacations to Disney and make sure they get the best deal and help them make magical memories!

Please let us know what questions you'd like us to answer!  Are there any topics of discussion you'd be interested in?  Let us help you!


  1. LOVE the name! I am so excited to be a part if the panel and to hear how we can help other families plan a great trip.

    We made a tear off calendar this weekend to count down to our Oct return and told Ben the super special place he's going trick or treating.

    To say he's excited would be an understatement.

  2. So cute! Excited to be reading this! We love Disney! Planning our trip for April, which is our 8th trip and my son's 2nd!

  3. Just wanted to say hi :) I am excited to be involved and happy to help anyone I can! Have a great day!

  4. Love it! So excited to be one of the Minnie Moms! :) And Heather, so jealous you're going in Oct! November, hurry up and get here!!!

  5. Am excited and honored to be part of this, it just proves what an amazing group of people the Disney community are, if it wasn't for a pure love of wdw I would never have 'met' amy, and I feel my life is already richer from having done so!

  6. Thank you for joining us ladies. It is a pleasure to have such a wealth of information and personal experiences. As we all know, there is more than one way to see a Mouse.

  7. I am so thrilled that this great bunch of ladies is participating in the Minnie Moms Panel. They have lots of great ideas and experiences to share and are brave enough to try this with me. Thank you Corby, Heather, Janine, and Kelly!

  8. I think this panel is great! If you need another Minnie mom I am your lady! I am 27 with a 22 month old and a 3 month old. We have been to Disney too many times to count and have traveled with my son and soon with both kids! I love Disney and love helping others plan Disney vacations! my twitter is @disneymomtojohn. If not I will still enjoy reading this amazing blog and the Minnie moms panel!!!

    1. Thank you, Heather! I do add new members from time to time so I will certainly keep you in mind. Best wishes on your upcoming travel with both little ones!

  9. wow this is really a cute idea. I would also love to be a Disney mom :) I am a Disneyland mom here in anaheim. I am s season pass holder and go at least two or three times a week. I am 28 yrs old married with in little one Shes 15 months toward she loves Disneyland. I have great ideas to make each visit awesome.


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