DSMM: The Minnie, The Mickey, and The Goofy

Instead of the good, the bad, and the ugly, because there really isn’t anything bad about the happiest place on earth, here’s my The Minnie, The Mickey, and The Goofy take on the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I am bucking the trend here by writing anything negative about the event but I am of the school of how can organizers improve things if attendees aren’t honest? So here goes…

The Minnie (I picked Minnie as the number one because she is my girls’ favorite character)
-The intimacy of the conference: The organizers could have doubled the size and still not been able to admit everyone who wanted to go. So I give them huge props for keeping it small. It enabled me to chat with several people I would have missed at a bigger conference. And everyone felt approachable.
-Grand Floridian: the hotel was gorgeous and surprisingly kid friendly. It changed my image of what a “Disney Hotel” is.
-Family events: It was hard not to pinch myself the first night when I was sitting at a table on the shores of the Grand Floridian with my parents, my husband, and my kids being serenaded by a Dixieland trio. And then the next night we all had a Disney Junior dance party with Sharkey and Bones from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. My kids were over the moon.
-Africa Trek: I was one of the lucky few who was able to take part in this amazing new experience offered by Disney. I will do a whole separate post on it because it was that great. Where else can you watch a hippo eat watermelon a few feet away from you then dine on gourmet snacks while watching flamingos and elephants?
-QR codes on the nametags: Even though I wasn’t able to utilize them since i don’t (gasp) have a smart phone, this was such a great idea. You were able to scan the QR code of someone yet met and instantly follow them on Twitter, check out their blog, etc.

The Mickey
-Swag: this is such a heated topic and even writing about it makes me feel like a spoiled brat, I mean how can you complain about gifts? That said, I often wish that conference organizers would concentrate on a few things. I loved the hat printed with the logo and I am sure we will use the picnic basket. The other five things printed with the event logo? Not so much love for (see small couch). That said we were given some beautiful items, one of which I will be giving away soon!
-Information: I went in worrying it would be all about selling Disney and came out wishing they had talked more about what the company is doing. While I loved this trip and might go back for the conference again, we aren’t the types to take a yearly trip to Walt Disney World. But I trust the Disney brand and would have loved to learn more about other ways to vacation with the kids through Disney. I especially would have loved to hear more about Aulani (we stayed at the resort next to it last year), the Disney cruise lines, and Adventures by Disney.

The Goofy
-last night of the celebration: While I actually loved the food, a formal sit down dinner was not the easiest with two small children. We ended up missing the fireworks because the girls were starving and wound up from sitting for so long. Most of all I missed the chance to connect and say goodbye to the wonderful people I had met at the conference.

So do you agree? What were your favorite parts of the conference?

Comments

  1. My Minnie (or faves) were similar to yours. I have to laugh about your comments on the swag though. One of my favorite things was the little couch, hehehe, and I’m probably giving away the picnic tote. Which speaks to the likelihood that by giving us such a range of items, they gave everyone something they liked.

    Have you checked out the pictures on the photopass yet of the Wild Africa Trek? Awesome!

    • My girls loved the couch too. :) What is it supposed to be though? A iPhone rest?

      I haven’t looked at any photopass pics yet. Can’t wait!

    • Hehe! I loved the couch too…I’m guessing it is a business card holder?

      I loved the laptop case but unfortunately it won’t fit my laptop!

      Luckily, we brought an extra bag and a duffel bag for our swag! :)

  2. I think the couch is a business card holder. JMO.

    The conference was great. The last night was a nightmare. My kids would not eat the food. I get where Disney was coming from and trust me, I believe so much in healthy eating. However it has to be done just right for my kids. I think we piggy backed another event and it wasn’t really meant for our group. My kids were upset, my husband was upset. I stayed and ate the food, took some pics and they ran out to get unhealthy food.

    I also thought the renewal of vows was odd. Those people didn’t know us, we didn’t know them and they didn’t know their bridal party. That was a seriously GOOFY moment.

    But all in all it was wonderful and I’ll be applying next year. I live in Orlando and this was just perfect for us!

    Lee

    • I agree – the last night was not good for us either! We were late b/c we couldn’t find the location (lost in Epcot) . . there was no way my children were going to eat that food . . . picky eaters. I so get the Healthy Living promotion. But we had to leave to find dinner for my children/ I was sad I missed the entire night/event.

    • We didn’t get there in time for the renewal of the vows…you were there when someone random renewed their vows? I”m assuming they were okay with it! :)

  3. I pretty much agree with everything you said!

    I appreciate the swag SO much but will be giving some away also.

    And I definitely agree with the last night of the celebration. We left the dinner semi-early to find Hayden–wo is 3–some food to eat and where he wouldn’t be so antsy.

    I was disappointed to find out we had missed the Dance Party where Phineas and Ferb appeared (No way!) and then while the Dessert Party and Fireworks were AMAZING I wasn’t really able to connect with anyone from DisneySMMoms because there were so many other people there from the other event.

  4. I’m so glad that you listed the negatives too – in such a professional and lighthearted way!

    I agree w/ your list completely. The two best parts of the conference for me were (a) connecting with other bloggers and (b) the first two family dinners. Our two girls (ages 2 & 4) especially loved the Disney Junior dance party. So fun!

    Instead of swag, I would have loved to receive a $100 Disney gift card to be used toward meals + shopping (or something like that).

    All in all, though, it was a wonderful and well-planned event. I am happy to have been part of it.

  5. I love your honestly. As you know, I wish that we got to say goodbye properly, in a more intimate environment… but am glad we got to say our goodbyes.

    Lacey loves the couch too. I didn’t really know what it was for. Unfortunately we had to leave the picnic set at our hotel because we had no room. :( We used it when we were in Miami though… so it didn’t feel like a complete waste! x

  6. Almost all of our experience was positive! I will say the last night’s dinner was a big disappointment to me and contributed to my son’s MAJOR “magical” meltdown the last night! It was too late and then there wasn’t any casual food he would eat….we ended up leaving early so we could track down some food he would eat! I personally thought, the food was great but I think that should have been an “adults only” type of dinner! :)

    Late Night + Hungry Kid = Horrible Combination! :) (My oldest daughter told me I have a bunch of gray hairs now and I just had it done a few weeks back! LOL!)

    Even with the size of the conference being limited, I still didn’t get around to talk to everyone I wanted! Hopefully, I will be able to attend next year if they have this conference again!

    • I definitely think the dinner would have been better as adults only type. Or to make fun healthy food for kids! My son loves fruit, etc.

      • My kids too! They like lots of healthy food and I would have loved for them to be able to pick from a buffet the way they were the previous evenings. I did enjoy eating their appetizers though. ;)

  7. well said, and i agree. I would have loved to have heard more about disney also. I also would have loved a more intimate ending to the event since I missed the beginning bc the hotel did not get me checked in until after 4. I never got a chance to meet so many of you. I would add to the mickey the passes, we never could have afforded those and it was so awesome to be able to go to the parks everyday and leave if we wanted. Much more relaxing.

  8. While I am working on my own post about everything, I had to comment here.

    1.I actually think the little couch might be to hold a remote, which would make sense. (My husband said business cards too)
    2. Fortunately my sister in law took the kids for the last night, so I didn’t have to drag little ones through the dinner. My hubby was a tad bit disappointed that there was no open bar like the first two nights.
    3. I missed the wedding segment, but it was my anniversary weekend. I think it would’ve made more sense if the people renewing their vows came from the group (i.e. me :) I still want my minnie wedding ears. ha ha
    4. The laptop case fits mine because I have a netbook.
    5. Overall an awesome experience that I look forward to next year.
    I will post on the group my links to the posts. My comments above might seem repetitive as I am including a bit of it in the posts.

  9. Loved reading this as I prepare for 2013 event. Sounds like they do things right!

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