Helping out the mouse
Local woman helps plan Disney World vacations
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.