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.”