Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Disney Social Media Moms – A celebration with so many memories!

It’s not very often that you can combine social media, great women from all over the country (and a few men), and their families (crazy kids included) to make amazing memories, but Disney pulled it off with the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! We started the event with a celebration hosted by Disney’s Weddings  (including a candy buffet, and to those I met, yes, my kids did really love the huge lollipops and we’ll be taking pictures with them later this year, so no, they didn’t eat them)! Lollipops bigger than a child’s head can definitely make you an “awesome” mom in the eyes of a 2- and 4-year old! From Alfred Angelo’s new line of Disney Princess gowns to David Tutera discussing his upcoming season of My Fair Wedding and Carley Roney Co-founder of TheKnot and TheBump, we knew that this would be the start of a great event!
We headed over to the Seven Seas Lagoon for a beach party with our families, and I knew at that point that my boys were hooked on Disney! From meeting Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto to playing carnival games while eating cotton candy, it was definitely the start of memories that we hope they will remember forever (at least through pictures)!
As our families headed into the parks on Day 2, the Social Media Moms were lucky enough to hear from speakers like Facebook's Matt Jacobsen, Chris Brogan and Rene Syler following opening remarks from Meg Crofton, the president of Walt Disney World! And Fran Capo has given me a new slogan too, “Live every day as if it’s your last because someday it will be!” Now, I know I will never be as much of an adventurer as Fran, but her enthusiasm and approach to life is something that everyone should take to heart!

Chris Brogan is also amazingly witty and willing to take a chance with his words! Although soft-spoken at times, his opinions on the world of social media and how each individual can intertwine themselves is definitely something to consider when moving ahead! You can read about his tips at!

Rene Syler is truly just one of us, a mom, a blogger, and definitely into social media, but she should have her own show! I know I would tune into it! You may recognize her name from TV news or from her book, Good Enough Mother, but her honesty and sincerity is heartfelt when she talks! It’s great to hear someone say what you really feel…because I totally agree that dinner out of a can is good enough somedays! (box too, because I work and don’t always have time and I’d rather play)!

We wrapped up Day 2 of the conference with a performance by Georgia Stitt and Susan Egan! It was phenomenal to see a Beauty and the Beast Medley performed in person since Belle is definitely one of my Disney favorites! The day was followed by dinner at Lights, Motor, Action at Hollywood Studios hosted by Disney Junior (formerly Playhouse Disney).  There is nothing that can surpass an evening when kids and adults can dance to Sharkley and Bones and meet Captain Hook, Sully, and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates plus Agent Oso, Handy Manny, and see some of their favorite Disney characters again!This event definitely was on the top of the list for memories for my boys!
Following a Meet & Greet with a Disney Chef and Sommelier over breakfast, I headed to the parks with my family for a day of fun. Day 3 in the parks was followed by a celebration dinner for the Disney Magic of Healthy Living weekend event at Epcot. My kids will always remember the fireworks at Illuminations! following dessert! The awe and amazement on a young child’s face is just something you can’t explain, but it is definitely a memory I will carry with me forever!
There were so many memories made during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! A big thanks goes out to my husband who tirelessly trekked through the parks with two boys over the weekend while I was at conference events making sure they made it to every ride on the “to-do” list before leaving! I think we will be in Disney withdrawal for awhile now and my boys continue to ask when we’ll be going back! Luckily for them, we had already planned a family vacation for later this year…it just won’t have as many amazing parties in the evenings! Thank you Disney and the Disney Social Media Moms Planners for including us in this year’s Social Media Moms Celebration!
Disclosure: The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration was a conference. We were provided with special access to activities, some meals and gifts, and discounted resort accommodations as part of our conference fees. Transportation to and from the resort was paid for by our family, including the stay at hotels before and after the conference in Orlando, Florida. No additional compensation was received.



Elle Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 9:32:00 AM CDT  

It really was an amazing time! I enjoyed meeting you and your family. Your 2 little boys are just adorable and they were so well behaved. Maybe, if we are lucky, we will see you again next year. I'm under orders from my kids to apply again so they can go too.

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