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.
-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.
-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?