There are two kinds of people in this world: those who see things through pixie-dusted glasses and those who haven't yet had the pleasure. Count me in with the former. I'm Darcie, a central California native who now calls southeastern Arizona home. I'm also the mother of four children, each of them distinctly, inexplicably, and beautifully different than the next. I'm a wife, writer, reader, blogger, experimental home cook, COO of domestic affairs and minivan chauffeur. I'm an incurable Type-A, a lover of pedicures, a hopeless foodie, and wine connoisseur. I believe Walt Disney said it best when he said, "Everybody can make their dreams come true..." For me, being a part of this panel is living proof.
About My Family: I’m married to a rocket scientist, who, unlike a stereotypical one, is as fun-loving and carefree as they come, think “Hakuna Matata.” I have three daughters, ages 17, 14 and 12, and a five-year-old son. The personalities that make up our family run the gamut from shy and quiet to outrageously outgoing. My oldest daughter is convinced that she is Cinderella's long lost sister. My 14-year-old is an eternally inquisitive fiery redhead (as stubborn as Ariel no doubt!). My youngest daughter was blessed with an extra chromosome; we have yet to figure out if her charming ways are enhanced or inhibited by the fact that she has Down syndrome. Last, but certainly not least, is my son whose boundless energy keeps me on my toes day in and day out! Disney destinations always top our list of vacation hot spots. Keep an eye out for us in the parks or on the ships; we'll be the ones with the matching Disney shirts, singing along word-for-word to the attraction/parade soundtracks!
About My Disney Experience: Since having become an inagural member of the Walt Disney World Moms panel in 2008, my love for and knowledge of all things Disney has only multiplied. As the resident expert on travel planning, I've garnered tons of insight into valuable travel trips, including details for special needs and senior citizen family members. My love for Disney parks is deeply rooted; I grew up taking regular trips to Disneyland, so many I've lost count! As an adult, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to create priceless magical memories with my own four children at various Disney destinations. My role as a panelist affords me the honor of playing an “Internet Fairy Godmother” and spreading virtual pixie dust in the form of vacation tips that help other families plan amazing Disney vacations!
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Other Q&A's from this Panelist
We are planning a trip with 10 family members - is it best to book as a "grand gathering" or just book 3 rooms, meal plans, etc. (one per family group)? We want to be able to use our dining plan individually too, not just as a group.
- Asked by Traci from OH on 1/7/2008
Hi Traci! My family took a similar trip in September. I found the Grand Gatherings Travel Planners to be a very helpful resource, especially in making dining reservations for our large party. Also, there are at least four... read more
- Answered by Darcie M., AZ