The eleventh Disney Parks Moms Panel application process starts on September 6, 2017. Here are seven tips for using social media while you “sit” in the waiting room.
so you want to be part of the gang?
So you want to be part of the Disney Parks Moms Panel? Follow these social media tips during the application process.
1. disney is watching
Just like Roz, Disney is watching. Always watching.
Well maybe not always, but you should assume that they are.
If you use the #DisneyMP hashtag you are saying “Hey Disney, read this!”
Think about that before you post something like this:
At this point I’m not sure if #DisneyMP is where I belong
If YOU don’t think you belong on the Moms Panel, why would Disney?
Are you a member of one of the Facebook Groups for Moms Panel Hopefuls?
So are some of the Disney Cast Members that choose the Moms Panel. And if they aren’t in the group, you can guarantee that current and former Moms Panelists are.
Be careful what you write on social media. You never know who may see it.
2. don’t be a moms panel meanie
You would think this would go without saying, but be nice to your fellow applicants.
Takes pictures of strangers just to post those pictures on FB so her friends can make fun of them. #DisneyMP fail.
Meanie #1 took a screenshot of a fellow applicant, posted it on her Facebook wall, and then made fun of the person’s eyebrows. NOT COOL.
Also uncool is Meanie #2 who publicly called out Meanie #1. Even worse, she used the #DisneyMP hashtag which would draw Disney’s attention to the tweet.
3. there are no do-overs on social media
You wrote something you regret, and you try to rectify your error by deleting your tweet, FB post, etc. It’s gone, right?
This Tweet was posted on Twitter and then deleted. Except, before it was deleted someone posted the screenshot to a Facebook Group.
R3 folks better make sure your eyebrows are perfect. Otherwise, your new fellow panelist will put you on her . . . .
There are no second chances in social media. Think twice, three times, or even ten times before you post.
If you are feeling emotional, step away from social media and cool down. If you realize you made a mistake, apologize instead of trying to cover it up with the delete button.
4. don’t burn your bridges
It never fails. Each year, a long-time good candidate posts something that insults Disney or their fellow candidates.
Many of my friends are devastated about not moving on. Someone who used Fast Past multiple times in her answers did? #DisneyMP
Publically pointing out a potential employer’s mistake is not the way to get hired.
5. this is not the time to learn twitter, start a blog, etc.
Applicants often think that they need to learn Twitter, start a blog, etc. to show Disney that they have social media savvy.
In the past, Disney has never required Moms Panelists to show that they were proficient in social media. Each year Disney chooses candidates that have never been on Facebook or tweeted.
Using social media CORRECTLY is a skill that takes some practice. Jumping in without learning the rules may hurt you rather than help you.
Like when you tweet a question to Disney that has already been asked and answered 20 other times.
Please don’t think about starting a Disney blog. Just don’t. Blogging is harder than you think, and Disney blogs are a dime a dozen. There are hundreds out there, and very few have content that stands out and is noteworthy.
Lots of candidates think having a blog gives you an advantage. The opposite may be closer to the truth. A blog gives Disney a larger writing sample to evaluate, and more chances to show Disney your grammar and nomenclature errors.
6. be gracious and cheer on your fellow applicants
Not progressing to the next round can be devasting, but hold your chin up, smile, and congratulate the people that made it.
Congratulations to the 2016 #DisneyMP! You’ll do an incredible job. Enjoy every minute of this dream come true!
Congratulations to the newest @DisneyParks Moms Panelists! “When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true!” #DisneyMP
Congratulations to everyone who made R3 this year – even if it wasn’t your year it was a huge accomplishment! #DisneyMP
Congrats to the #DisneyMP class of 2016!! And warm hugs to those who got the “not this yEAR” call. Don’t stop dreaming! °○°
7. have a good time!
The most important advice I have is to have fun and enjoy yourself.
Use social media to connect with other candidates and encourage them.
Many people have met life-long friends during the application process. After all, you already have one thing in common with your fellow applicants. You all have Disney in your heart.
Best of luck to everyone that applies!
tips from a veteran
In addition to social media tips, as a 10-time Disney Moms Panel hopeful, I have more tips on how to survive the Moms Panel application process.