Saturday, June 21, 2014
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
Yesterday I had the privileged of attending the Disney Social Moms "on the road" conference. When I got the invite in May, I was equally excited and shocked! I could not believe I was chosen to attend. Going to an event like this would be a dream come true for a Disney nerd like me.
I woke up nice and early for the conference, but I barely sleep at all the night before--I was to excited. I made the two and a half hour drive into Philly and arrived about twenty minutes before the start. I quickly ran into the other ladies I know who were also invited to the event--two runDisney friends. We chatted and met some other bloggers while in line for check in. Finally, it was time! The doors opened and the event started.
The room was already filled with Disney magic. The "Zippitty Do Da" song was playing. Above the stage was draped a big banner that read "Rock Your Disney Side", the 2014 Disney marketing slogan. I quickly found a seat and then just stood there for a minute--soaking it all in. There were balloons, banners, and a few backdrops for pictures. One of the backdrops was of the castle. The other was a "Disney side" photo area with every Disney character hat and accessory you could think of to dress up with.
Jaime and Gary from Disney PR got the event started. They used a unique to Disney icebreaker--pin trading! The assistants walked around with a huge bag of Disney pins and dumped a handful on each table. We had two minutes to meet some new people and trade pins. I end up with one of the most beautiful Disney pins I have ever seen--its a diamond wedding ring with Lady and the Tramp in the center.
The first speaker was Gary Buchanan, the Disney Social Media Managing Editor. He told us about all the cool new stuff coming to the Disney Parks. After Cary, we heard from Jenn Fickly-Baker, the Disney Social Media Manager. Jenn gave a great talk about creating good content. Up next, we heard from HP direct print services. They had a big surprise for us--they printed our "Disney Side" pictures and gave us each a very nice pack of HP photo paper with envelopes. Thanks HP!
After a quick break, it was time to get back to the speaker series. At our seats, Disney surprised us with a Vinylmation--my first one. Up next we heard from Victoria Lim of Disney PR. She talked to us about creating great visual content. After that was a panel of mom entrapanuers discussing a work/family balance, followed by the Mojo Coach talking about how to stay healthy is every way. I learned so much from each and every one of the speakers. I plan to do a series of posts about all the amazing things I learned from each speaker--its way to much to put in one post.
After some closing remarks, a very special guest appeared--Mickey Mouse!!! Everyone in the room jumped to their feet and started clapping. It was so magical! In the last few minutes of the event, we networked some more, exchanged business cards, hung out with Mickey, took more pictures and said our good byes. I was so sad that the event was over, but so happy to have been a part of it. Thank you so much Disney for putting on such an amazing event!
A dream is a wish...