10 things I took away from DisneySMMoms

It’s the perfect storm without the rain. A conference with some of my favorite blogging friends, and it just happens to be at Disneyland. Talk about days full of magic, inspiration and childhood delight.

Last month I attended the 5th Annual Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Disneyland in Anaheim California. It’s been a month since my trip, and I could write 20 posts about everything I did, learned, saw, experienced. But I won’t do that to you.

In no particular order, here are 10 things from my DisneySMMoms experience.

1.) Photobomb selfies with Donald Driver do happen, even when he’s trying to catch a flight. Donald was wonderfully inspirational, and has a lot of love for his friends. And his Mama. I can dig that.

Donald Driver

2.) Sometimes that childhood wish of having LaVar Burton read you a story does come true. How cool is that? Yes. Reading Rainbow. I was THERE.

LaVar Burton

3.) Thomas Smith, social media director of Disney Parks told us “People connect with people, not logos.” - which makes me laugh, because of my red shoes.  But he’s right, it’s still the person wearing the red shoes.

4.) Gary Buchanan, PR and Social Media for Disney Parks –  “Whatever you do creatively, be authentic.”  It’s always better to speak/write/act from the heart, not what you think others want. This is especially true in blogging, even when a brand has a message they want you to convey, you can still find your own voice.

5.) Watching someone see Sleeping Beauty’s castle for the first time is quite possibly more magical than your own first time because you get to relive your own moment too.

6.) I could spend all day in Cars Land. Radiator Springs Racers never gets old. Ever.

7.) Visiting the backstage of Disney Junior as a special guest is really really cool. You’d think it would spoil things to see how they worked, but it doesn’t. If anything, it gives new appreciation to it all.

8.) Jay Ward – Decisions should be made on how they enrich your brand. – I think about this a lot actually and it’s like my red shoes. It’s all about the bigger picture for me and truly representing myself.

9.) Be expected to find surprises and magic in everything. From generous sponsors, to heartfelt speakers, and that the 5 year old princess loving girl you brought with you is a roller coaster daredevil (who saw THAT coming?)

10.) You can never have too much Pixie Dust. The wonderful team behind the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration did an outstanding job of creating Disney magic through the conference.  It was a perfect blend of work and play. I had an amazing time.

Meeting Mickey

I don’t know how to put it into words, what the experience meant to me, and that I could share it with my friends and fellow bloggers. It was just really wonderful. Really really wonderful.

Disclosure: I was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and paid a discounted rate that was offered to all attendees. I also received gifts during the celebration. I am not under any obligations to share my experiences.

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