It’s hard to believe that this time last week I was exiting sessions at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. My family and I had a magical time. Walt Disney World really went above and beyond to make sure that we were all able to experience the magic of the Magic Kingdom and all the other parks. This was the girls’ first trip and my first since I was close to their age. We went in as non Disney people and came out a little addicted. Of course, we’re forever spoiled for any other theme park visit.
Our path to this event was an unusual one. I noticed the Twitter chatter about it and wavered back and forth about going. The girls seemed a little young for Disney and we would have to pull them out of school for almost two weeks. But it was such a great price and a chance for my family to benefit from my social media endeavors. So at the last minute I signed on and got ready to pounce when registration opened.
There’s been a lot of controversy over how the attendees were picked. And though it’s easy for me to say since I was one of the lucky ones, I do believe Disney when they say they say they had two people processing applications and they did they best they could to keep it completely random and unbiased. Personally I am a small hyper-local blogger and while there I met women on all levels. Besides a few bloggers specifically invited by Disney, everyone went through the same application process and there were many huge bloggers, personal friends of organizers, and well know social media folk who did not get admitted. So, there you have it.
Tomorrow I will be doing a version of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on the conference highlighting the great parts and the just okay parts. But overall, I am so happy we went. I really enjoyed the chance to attend a more intimate conference and was able to spend some time chatting with people I have gotten to know on Twitter and making a few new friends. It got me even more excited for Type A Parent and BlogHer.