essay helper

Being Latino on Google Plus

Vacations more than only a dream away…

The Wonderful World of Disney shaped countless lives as a staple in so many of our imaginations. Everyone has their own favorite movie, character, song, and if given the chance would revert to their own inner kid if let loose at any of their amazing theme-parks. For me, it’s Aladdin, Chip n Dale’s Rescue Rangers, I just can’t wait to be king, and ultimate theme-park moment was seeing Michael Jackson’s Captain EO in 3D at Epcot Center back in the 80s.

Now with dozens more unforgettable characters and movies, it’s a bit difficult to choose and one might think harder to dream of escaping to that “Magic Kingdom.”  Some think the luxury of escaping away on a vacation is just not in their stars. However, since we all know what happens when you wish upon a star, Disney in typical fashion has provided a little bit of magic for those who truly believe.

The Disney Parks Moms Panel  consists of everyday moms, dads, and grand parents. I spoke with two of their recent 2013 additions to the panel, Yael Londono, an HR Manager from Miami, FL, mother of 3, and Miguel Rodriguez an Environmental Planning Consultant from San Juan, Puerto Rico, father of 2. Their many unforgettable visits and experiences planning the trips to the parks, made them want to help other parents in return, in both English and Spanish. Yael, after personally using the panel to plan her vacation applied to join and was among the 19 new panelists added this year. After Miguel, one of two dads added this year, noticed there weren’t many Spanish-speaking specialists, he thought there was an interesting opportunity for him to help after seeing the opening for the panel.

Providing answers to all questions, to help people feel more comfortable when planning their vacation. From the different parks to visit, best times to go during the year, and sharing their own stories, helping parents make the most of what they spend for the trip, and ease their doubts and misconceptions.

“As a FL resident, we get lots of deals, but there’s a lot of special offers and packages that make it affordable for everyone. By booking packages and paying little by little, before you know it your vacation’s here and you have it all paid off.” Yael noted, to which Miguel added,

“I thought that it was just a vacation for kids, but seeing them so happy, and smiling, when they talk to you and share their special moments, it’s so much more special for the parents. Disney also offers a lot of things for adults, especially in dining, signature restaurants; my kids really enjoyed trying everything on our plates. My wife and I, every trip, always take 1 night and leave the kids at one of the child care centers – which for them is even more fun than being with us – and we enjoy an exclusive dinner for us and get to spend some time alone.”

Whether you’re a Princess at heart, or need to let your inner Goofy run wild, you’ll find something at any Disney Park, that will help you re-live the magic of your childhood, or make you feel – at least – like you won the Super Bowl.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

Speak Your Mind