Neigh­bor: con­tin­ued

The Covington News - - Lo­cal news -

Fi­nally the phone rang with a Florida area code and Murry ran out of her home to an­swer it.

“ I didn’t re­al­ize how in­vested I was, how ex­cited I was, un­til that mo­ment,” Murry said.

Since be­ing se­lected as one of the 12 va­ca­tion- plan­ning pan­elists out of the more than 10,000 who ap­plied, Murry has an­swered around 400 in­quiries.

“The most com­mon ques­tions are about cel­e­bra­tions — what can you do for birth­days or an­niver­saries,” Murry said.

She said ac­com­mo­da­tions and din­ing also make up a bulk of ques­tions the pan­elists are asked.

Other pan­elists af­fec­tion­ately call Murry “Af­ford­abil­ity Heather.” Other mem­bers are knowl­edge­able about lux­ury re­sorts, trans­porta­tion and shop­ping.

“ We’re all from dif­fer­ent walks of life,” Mur­ray said.

The year- long seat on the panel comes with a free va­ca­tion for four. Since Murry has a fam­ily of seven, she con­sid­ers the perk a half- off trip.

Over the years, Murry has seen con­sid­er­able changes to Dis­ney World such as the ad­di­tion of new at­trac­tions, nu­mer­ous name changes and the con­struc­tion of new parks.

“ The great­est change is some of the fire­works shows,” Murry said. “ They’ve got­ten more and more ex­trav­a­gant over the years.”

She said the shows are a must for any va­ca­tioner and said if some­one in a fam­ily has an aver­sion to loud noises, try giv­ing them nois­ere­duc­tion head phones and let­ting them lis­ten to their fa­vorite mu­sic.

Murry also of­fered this ad­vice to fam­i­lies try­ing to plan any af­ford­able va­ca­tion.

“ Plan as far ahead as pos­si­ble,” Murry said, “ and just make sure you keep a bud­get and save all souvenir buy­ing un­til the end of the week.”

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