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Diane W, Alabama

  • 9/27/2021

About Me

I'm a happily married mom of two sweet girls (and a handsome cat named Walt), and I work part-time as a pre-school teacher. I was thrilled and humbled to be chosen as part of the 2014/2015 planDisney panel as a Disney Cruise Line specialist, returned in 2017 as a Walt Disney World specialist, sailed back as a Disney Cruise Line specialist in 2018, and I'm back in 2021 to answer all of your Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line questions. I'd love to help you plan your next magical vacation! I've visited the parks several times since Walt Disney World Resort's reopening in July, and I'm happy and excited to share tips and advice for your next visit.

I've been a preschool teacher for nearly 20 years, and love to incorporate my love of Disney into the classroom whenever possible. In my free time, you can usually find me at a live concert or in a movie theatre. I'm a big fan of Marvel movies, which I was introduced to by my fellow planDisney panel member, Tania. I enjoy participating in runDisney events – I'm a proud finisher of the 2013 Goofy's Race-and-a-Half Challenge, and completed nine Princess Half-Marathons and several Disney Fairy Tale Challenges! I'm proud to be one of two 2014 panelists from "Sweet Home Alabama" – I love my Auburn Tigers! War Eagle! When I'm at Walt Disney World, you can usually find me at Magic Kingdom, looking for the Dapper Dans. I'm a boy-band fangirl, and my favorite Mouseketeer will always be Justin Timberlake.

About My Family

My handsome prince John and I have been married since 1997. I truly married my best friend – what a blessing! He's supportive of my adventurous spirit, which has allowed me to follow my dream of becoming a part of planDisney. We have two beautiful daughters who love Disney as much as I do. Our oldest has dreams of her future wedding being held at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa with a Disney Cruise Line honeymoon! (I hope she doesn't mind if we tag along...) Our youngest is a thrill-seeker, always hoping for a front seat on Rock ‘n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, or Space Mountain. (On one of our Disney cruises she rode the AquaDuck more than 30 times!)

I enjoy Disney vacations as a family, and have also loved Mom/Daughter trips, as well as a visit or two with just my husband. We've made so many wonderful memories throughout the years on our Disney adventures, and are always looking forward to the next one!

About My Disney Experience

Ever since my first visit to Walt Disney World Resort at the age of 5, I've been in love with all-things-Disney. Some of my fondest childhood memories are listening to my Disney vinyl records, with read-along storybooks, for hours! Our family has always loved visiting the parks and in 2005 decided to make our first magical voyage aboard Disney Cruise Line. We've been hooked ever since! Our favorite thing about a Disney Cruise Line vacation is disconnecting – from phone calls, email, etc., and just spending quality time together as a family.

For me, there's nothing more magical than a Land and Sea vacation, combining a visit to Walt Disney World Resort with a Disney Cruise Line vacation. I'm always planning and dreaming about our next adventure!

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