Friday, June 27, 2014

Disney Social Media Moms On the Road Celebration

As Goofy would say...GARWSH!  I hardly know where to start with this post.  Sorry it has taken me a few days to get this put together - I wanted to do it as soon as I got home from the trip but I took my Virginia law exam yesterday so I was busy studying.  BTW - I passed!!!  Yay me!!!

Anywho, on to the good stuff :)

Last  Thursday I had the extreme pleasure of attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration On the Road in Philadelphia.  It was an incredibly informative, enlightening, and magical 5 hour session.  I absolutely loved meeting people in real life that I have only spoken to online, as well as making new friends - and let's not forget all the motivating speakers!

It would probably take me a LONG time to recap EVERYTHING and well, let's face it - I don't have that much time and you don't have that much time to read such a long post, SO....I decided I would recap with pics and share as much as I could!

I arrived on Wednesday afternoon and met DisBroad Tania at our hotel, the Best Western Plus The Inn at King of Prussia, which was across the street from the King of Prussia mall as well as the Crowne Plaza where the conference would take place the next morning.

The view from our hotel room

After a real Philadelphia dinner experience (ahem, cheesesteaks of course, from Tony Luke's!) we called it a night since our day was getting started bright and early the next day.

Registration opened for the conference at 7:30am and Tania and I were ready and waiting at the Crowne Plaza when they opened the doors!

Tania and I waiting for the doors to open

We were greeted with tables decorated to show their #DisneySide and treated to a delicious breakfast!

Look who I got to sit next to during the conference!!!

Hangin' with Mer from Scoot a doot!!!

Rocking our #DisneySide at the photo booth before the conference

After we ate Jamie Langdon from Disney PR got the conference kicked off by having us do a pin trading ice breaker!

The pin I ended up with after the trade - Pirates of the Caribbean #FTW!

We also found out "What's New at Disney Parks" from Gary Buchanan, who was rocking his Jedi #DisneySide.

Next up we heard from Jenn Fickley-Baker from the Disney Parks Blog.  She shared with us that blog "content is king", and she also showed us the video of the how they made the ultimate hashtag picture to announce the #RockYourDisneySide 24 hour Disney Parks event!

She also shared the story of Toby the Bear, a gift from a military dad to his children before he died during active duty who got lost on a trip to Disney World.  Thanks to the Disney cast members, Toby was reunited with his family, and boy did he have stories to tell about his adventures when he got home.  You MUST read this story - but just fair warning, have some tissues handy!

Next up, Noah Lomax from Hewlett Packard shared with us all the new things HP is doing to make moms' lives easier, like Instant Ink, a subscription service for printer ink.  He also had a surprise just for me!

Prior to the conference we were asked to submit a photo of us showing our #DisneySide, and HP created a water bottle with mine to give to me as a gift!  So awesome!!!

We also heard from Victoria Lim, who shared with us about creating visual content.  Who knew you were supposed to hold your phone horizontally to take photos???  She also shared with us some of her favorite apps for photo and video - some great tips so I can start incorporating video into the blog!  

After a short break (which included another surprise gift as well as a sweet treat) it was time for Maria Bailey, CEO of BSM Media and MomTalkRadio host, to introduce our mompreneur panel!  Each year Huggies sponsors their Mom Inspired grant program, awarding $15K in grant money to parents to get their product ideas off the ground!

Cookie snack first Vinylmation!!

These ladies had so much wonderful info, I tried to put it all in one graphic for you :)

I think one of my favorite quotes from the day though came from Maria Bailey.

Lastly, we were treated to a talk from Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach, who reminded us that even as busy moms and workers we still owe it to ourselves to keep ourselves healthy.  

Before we knew it, the conference had ended and we were all saying our goodbyes!  I had SUCH a wonderful time and I hope I get the opportunity to experience another Disney Social Media Moms Celebration again in the future!

Couldn't resist a pic with the main man ;)

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