Help­ing out the mouse

Lo­cal wo­man helps plan Dis­ney World va­ca­tions

The Covington News - - Front page - By Jenny Thompson

Heather Murry of So­cial Cir­cle first vis­ited Dis­ney World in 1971 for the park’s grand open­ing; she was two years old.

“I re­mem­ber look­ing at Mickey and think­ing how gi­ant he was,” Murry said.

Murry es­ti­mated she has vis­ited the park more than 30 times, and as a mother of five, she and her hus­band try to bring the fam­ily at least ev­ery other year to the park.

Plan­ning so many va­ca­tions for an ever-ex­pand­ing fam­ily has taught Murry a trick or two about how not to break the bank.

“Try­ing to plan a vacation for five kids is hard,” Murry said, “and how to af­ford it is an­other thing.”

While plan­ning a vacation last year she no­ticed a blurb about a Walt Dis­ney World Moms Panel on the park’s Web site.

“I’m a mom of five,” Murry said. “I’m not ob­sessed with Dis­ney — I just like to go.”

She ap­plied an­swer­ing ques­tions such as her fa­vorite Dis­ney me­mory, to which she replied para­sail­ing with her hus­band on their hon­ey­moon.

Murry didn’t think much of her ap­pli­ca­tion un­til she re­ceived an e-mail in­form­ing her she had made it to round two of the ap­pli­ca­tion process.

She an­swered three more ques­tions and soon learned she had ad­vanced to the tele­phone in­ter­view por­tion of the process. Her in­ter­view­ers asked her what made her a Dis­ney ex­pert.

“I said, ‘I’m not — I’m just an av­er­age per­son who knows how to find what I want,’” Murry said.

On the day park of­fi­cials told her they would call to tell her if she had been se­lected, Murry con­stantly checked her cell phone to make sure she had full ser­vice.

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