Followers on twitter, facebook, or even readers here of my posts on Solo-parenting tips and First-timer tips have probably heard of the upcoming Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World. Having dipped its toes into the ocean of social media and mom bloggers for a while now with Magical Mom Blogger trips and cruises, Disney has now decided to venture into the world of social media conferences.
Walt Disney World will play host to over 100 mom (and dad) bloggers on February 10-12, 2010. Lucky attendees will be treated to what Disney does best – celebrate! Even the name reveals it is not just another blogging conference – celebration is right in the title. And as if simply being on Walt Disney World property for the event was not enough, Disney went the step further to host guests at one of its Deluxe properties, the Polynesian Resort, add in amazing social media speakers who are the top in their field, AND allow attendees to bring family members as part of the conference fee. The value for this event is just mind-boggling since staying at the Polynesian for even one night is close to the cost for the entire 3-night event (including up to 3 guests) with park tickets, some meals and who knows what other surprises Disney has in store. When I first saw the event invitation, I knew I would do whatever it took to be able to attend. This is simply a once-in-a-lifetime event (which I hope happens more than once as I’m sure this is only the beginning of Disney’s social media conference hosting!). I’ve come to the astute conclusion that this taking part in once-in-a-lifetime events thing is a good habit to have. That’s a good plan, right?
Disney’s Polynesian Resort is one of the few Disney resorts I have not stayed in. As a Disney Reservations Center agent a few years back, we did tour almost every resort and villa, including the Princess suites and the King Kamehameha Club concierge lounge at the Polynesian, so I know how beautiful the rooms and amenities are. I’m excited that my family will get to experience the rooms and staying in the resort along with me this time and can’t wait for the photo opportunities. I have to wonder if residing at the Polynesian will cause my children to have a new favorite resort (which, like my favorites, change frequently!).
Part of the activities during Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration will be touring the about-to-be re-branded ESPN Wide World of Sports. During WDW Moms Panel training, we were lucky enough to tour the facility and see some of the high-tech changes taking place. I can’t wait to see the progress that’s been made and be able to share the excitement with all of you.
Another opportunity at the event will be taking part in the Disney Parks’ Celebration of Volunteerism taking place at Epcot. Spotlighting Disney’s focus on volunteerism promoted by the Give a Day Get a Disney Day campaign, I’m not sure of the details of this Epcot event, but I can’t wait to find out!
As for the rest of the celebration, I’m sure I’ll be tweeting as it happens and I’ll try to blog as I can during the event. What’s so wonderful about conferences like this and the help of social media tools like twitter and facebook, is that most of the attendees have already ‘met’ online and know at least a little bit about each other before meeting in person. The connections being made and friendships that will blossom are perhaps greater than any registration cost could cover. As a relatively new blogger (coming up on my 1 year blogiversary!), I’m looking forward to the speakers and meeting fellow bloggers just as much as Disney’s pixie dusting of events. Since I’m also a representative of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, I’m thrilled to be meeting up with some of my other Disney Moms while there as well! This really is the perfect combination of all the things I love right now – Disney, blogging and social media, meeting new friends, and getting to share it all with my family! Thank you (yet again!) to Disney and the other event organizers: 5 Minutes for Mom, Mom Select, Mom Bloggers Club and Resourceful Mommy Media for making what is sure to be an affair to remember. I can’t wait for the rest of the blogging world to see what Disney has to offer!
Disclaimer: I am a panelist on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, but am attending the Social Media Moms Celebration through my own means. Walt Disney World has offered this conference to all attendees at a special rate which will cover our resort accomodations, park tickets and some meals and I am not receiving any special treatment other than the amazing event itinerary all attendees will experience, as a result of my WDW Moms panelist position. Opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own and not that of the Walt Disney Company.
Love it! So, a few things I’m looking forward to … (finally) meeting so many of my Disney friends from Twitter and FB … I would try to list them all, but will inevitably forget someone so, we’ll just say “everyone!”. Of course, staying at the Poly is going to be amazing – as will all the sessions and the volunteer event at Epcot! And, last but not least … for the first time EVER I will be celebrating my birthday at WDW (granted, my family won’t be there with me, which is SAD), but I’ll be with some of my favorite “Disney family members” so it’s sure to be a fun celebration!
I’ll be joining in on the fun too with my family!!
Sounds like it’s going to be an AMAZING time!
Susan (5 Minutes For Mom) says
Yes we’re soooooo excited to be involved. This will be the best event ever.
Great post- I share your excitement whole-heartly and also feel this is a once in lifetime opportunity for me and my family. We’ll be coming out of the country for this special event 🙂
Barb, Rural Mom
I am beyond excited to meet you and all the other moms! We stayed in the Poly last year, and YES, it is great! The rooms are great (so much space) and the cast members there are so sweet (you will start saying “Aloha” to everyone you meet!) I’m sure I will walk away from this conference (my first) with the bar set pretty high for all future conferences. See you soon!
Can’t wait to see you at the event! I can’t believe it is almost here!!
As a lifelong Disney fan I think it is only fitting that my first conference is at Disney World. The entire family is excited about all of the amazing events. No doubt those are going to be magical and something we will always remember. Of course, I have to admit I am also thrilled to finally meet so many of the people that I have been associated with over the last three years of blogging. Can not wait to meet you and all of the others.
Debra @ A Frugal Friend says
Oooooh……I’m even more excited now! Great post! I look forward to meeting you and having a magical time at the conference (that doesn’t really feel like a conference) 🙂
Amanda Tinney says
Can’t wait to finally hug all the fab women that have so frequently touched my spirit with all of their love here on the internet! Have a feeling I may have to ask the hubby to add on a few guest rooms to our home here by Walt Disney World to accommodate all of the new friends I may have coming down to visit after this monumental event!
melissa from girlymama says
ugh – now i’m even MORE excited…. if that was possible! can’t wait to meet you!
I am so excited about our upcoming trip to Disney. This will be a great opportunity to meet up and expand our social media horizons.
ARGHH!!! I wish I had known about this – I would have TOTALLY signed up for this. I hope they continue with it! We love Disney and I love to blog – what a perfect combo!
im going to disney world and i think it will be fun because i’ve never been there