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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

3 local moms land coveted spots on Disney Moms Panel



disneymoms.jpgThere must be some kind of Disney spell taking hold in Pasco County, because the Tampa Bay area now has three Disney-savvy moms — all from Pasco County — who have landed a coveted spot on the Disney Moms Panel, an online board of helpers that dispense advice in exchange for a free vacation and other perks.

Deborah Bowen of Land O Lakes and Leslie Krzan of Holiday beat out more than 10,000 other rabid Mouse fans to be among the 15 newest members of the moms panel, joining last year’s panelist Suzannah DiMarzio, of Wesley Chapel, who is staying on as an “alumni panelist.”

In an ingenious use of social media, Disney is in its third year of using a volunteer corps of customer service moms to dish out advice on a range of questions, from restaurants to age-appropriate rides to advice on stroller rentals. In its first year, the cap of 10,000 applications for the two dozens spots was filled in a matter of days. Disney won't release the exact number, but did say the company received more applications than ever.

This year, the Mouse expanded the board to 45 parents, including the 15 newbies announced Friday, who receive vacation packages and other perks for their efforts depending on how much time the devote to the site.

bowen.jpgBowen, left, a Land O’ Lakes mom, is known as the “go-to planner” among her friends, a Disney news release said. She also teaches literature, film and popular arts at the University of South Florida.

krzan.jpgKrzan, shown here at right, is a Holiday stay-at-home mom and an expert baker who even had her wedding at Epcot.

Wesley Chapel mom Suzannah DiMarzio, one of our own bloggers on Whoa, Momma!, is among the 30 “alumni panelists” who will continue offering their park-savvy smarts to families planning Disney vacations. She is still dishing here and on her travel-advice blog ZannaLand.

Suzannah, one of our besties here on the Whoa, Momma! blog, was thrilled to continue her Disney ways.

“I was so impressed meeting all the new moms and honored to be ‘dishing on Disney’ along side them,” she said.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 4:05pm]


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