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Disney is an experience like no other – a truly magical place! #DisneySMMoms 2014 highlights

If you have ever been to either Disney World in Florida, or Disneyland in California you know that Disney truly is a magical place. If you haven’t been yet — you definitely need to try to make it at least once in your lifetime. There really is no place like it, and the fun-loving adventurous spirit that comes out to play when you let loose your Disney Side is truly remarkable and magical.

This year I had the privilege of attending the Disney Social Media Moms celebration held at Disneyland, and it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I cannot begin to tell you how magical the experience was, but I can say that when Disney welcomes guests there is always a bit of extra magic waiting to be had.

welcome sign

Photo Credit: Josh Hallett @hyku

Highlights of our #DisneySMMoms experience

One of the highlights of our experience was right away at check-in. We were greeted with smiling faces and of course some extra Disney perks. One of those perks was getting a family photo taken that was then added to a magazine style cover. I thought this was so adorable that I decided to have it printed and mounted so we can remember it forever!

Disneyland ESPN

Photo Credit: ESPN Gameday Photos

Throughout the rest of our four days experiencing Disneyland we would not be let down. In fact each day just got better and better. Some of my favorite things from our time at the event are highlighted below — and be sure to keep checking back over the next few weeks and months as I continue to fill you in on all the Disney magic we experienced while visiting, and as I reflect on the amazing inspirational stories I heard at the conference!

Summary of #DisneySMMoms 2014 magic highlights for me:

Listening to all the amazing speakers at the conference. Disney Social Media Moms is really a celebration disguised as a conference, because only at Disney can you make so many wonderful memories with your family while at the same time be incredibly inspired. Sure we got to meet a few characters and enjoy all that Disneyland has to offer, but I also had the opportunity to make new friends (and meet some old ones in person), listen to some wonderful speakers who talked about things that were relevant to me, and of course find out all about the magic, hard work, and dedication that goes into all things Disney!

A few of the amazing speakers we heard from: 

  • Donald Driver, who spoke candidly about his life.
donald driver

Photo Credit: Josh Hallett @hyku

  • Pixar Creative Director, Jay Ward who talked about Cars Land — then experiencing Cars Land for the first time myself and realizing how awesome it is.
  • Gary Buchanan, Social Media Manager of Disney Parks, who made us all laugh over and over again. Laughter is good for the soul and I realized just how much I have been needing to laugh lately. Thanks Gary!
gary b

Photo Credit: Josh Hallett @hyku

  • Watching just how excited and delighted the entire Disney team is to be a part of this amazing organization called Disney. It truly is inspiring to see such enthusiasm and dedication.

Watching the runners come in for the final leg of the Disney Fun Run. I was a tad disappointed that I missed registration — note to self, you must register in advance — but it was a treat to see everyone at the finish line.

Learning about all the great programs Disney is a part of such as the Give a Book Get a Book campaign, Magic of Healthy Living, and more.

These are just a few of the experiences that stood out, but there were so many more!

Highlights for our family

Meeting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse — my daughter was thrilled. Last time we went to Disney World the only thing she wanted to do was meet Mickey, but we never got around to it. This time she got to see Mickey, Minnie, Lightning, Red, Mater, Chip & Dale, Jake, and more! She was so excited after meeting Minnie and said, “Minnie kissed me!”  Awww 🙂

Mickey and Kids

Downtown Disney and the Lego store. The kids were dying to pick out their own personal bucket of legos.  Why not. 🙂

Finding their favorite rides…and doing them again and again and again with the magical fast pass lanyard provided to us by Disney. My son and I are both thrill seekers so at least I have one family member not afraid to go one all the really good stuff with me, and my son made sure we went on  the Tower of Terror about as many times as we could muster – and fit into our schedule. He probably could have stayed to ride over and over again had we not encouraged him to experience more of what the park had to offer.

Letting my kids stay up past their bedtime. Way way past their bedtime. My son and I closed down the park at midnight (2 AM back home for those keeping track). He hung in there and even convinced me to ride splash mountain over and over since there were no lines that late — I mean which crazy cats want to ride a water ride when it is about 60 degrees out? These crazy cats — or anyone else from Wisconsin I suppose!

The best part… watching my husband just relax, unwind, and let the Disney Magic take over so we could all have some amazing quality family time…. like when he took the kids on Splash Mountain while I was back at the conference. Yes, that is my crazy husband in the second picture.  😛



The invitation to take part in this celebration was truly a gift and I can’t thank the Disney Social Media Moms team enough for extending me the invitation to attend, as well as for all the great experiences they provided to us and the other attendees. It was truly an honor to be invited, and a privilege to have been in the company of a such a great group of bloggers and dreamers.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the DisneySMMom Celebration. I paid my own conference fees and received gifts during the conference. The DisneySMMom sponsors provided product and helped make the magic happen. All opinions magical or otherwise are my own.

Additional updates to come…stay tuned!




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23 Responses to Disney is an experience like no other – a truly magical place! #DisneySMMoms 2014 highlights

  1. sharon April 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    What a fun experience for you guys! We have never taken our kids yet but hopefully will get to do this next year!
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  2. Janet W. April 22, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    Looks like a really fun experience! I love everything about Disney!

  3. Sandra K VanHoey April 22, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    Magical is right, I just love Disney and been there only twice but loved both. Now that I am living in Florida, I will be there more. You got some great pics and glad you were able to go

  4. Karen Glatt April 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    I have been to the Disneyland in California and it truly is a magical place to visit. My favorite ride is the log ride. It is so much fun. I want to go see Disneyland in Florida. It would be so much fun. It looks like you and your family had a really great time. Your pictures were great.

  5. Xenia @ Thanks, Mail Carrier April 25, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Love this! You named SO many of the things that we loved about DisneySMMoms as well!! And I hear you on the crazy cats from WI loving the weather, my kids commented over and over about how great it was to be out in t-shirts and shorts while it was snowing back home!
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  6. Mel {MamaBuzz} April 25, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    That is awesome that you guys had such a great time. Loved seeing all the photos coming through from the event. Disneyland is on our radar for our next Disney excursion. I want to take the family back to where it all began.:) And my 6 year old wants to visit Cars Land. I’m with him!
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    • Jesica H April 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

      Cars Land is breathtaking. It really is. I was blown away at how much it was like the movie and how realistic everything is/was. You will love it I’m sure!

  7. Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity April 25, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    What a fun event and it looks like your family had so much fun!
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  8. Audrey at Barking Mad! April 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    Gaby is 8, and my youngest and has never been to Disney before! I grew up in So Cal and went, ALL THE TIME! My hubby is a Brit and has never been. To say that I can’t wait to take them BOTH is an epic understatement. Looks like you guys had so much fun. Can’t wait to go this coming winter!

  9. Michelle April 25, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    This looks like a great experience, I can only imagine how much fun you had!
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  10. Lisa April 25, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    This looks absolutely amazing!
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  11. Jen - Life With Levi April 25, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    I’d love to take my son to Cars Land. I’m jealous that you got a behind-the-scenes look while you were there.
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  12. Donna April 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    Congrats! It looks like you guys had an incredible time! I can’t wait to hear more…
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  13. Jennifer @ Mom Spotted April 25, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    Looks like your family had a wonderful time! What a great opportunity!
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  14. Toni April 26, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    Congrats on being invited. I know you had a blast.
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  15. Lara April 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Looks like you had a blast! 🙂
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  16. Chelle @ oh just stop already April 27, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Omgosh your son’s expressions are perfect! Sounds like such an amazing time to be had.
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    • Jesica H April 28, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      Lol, I know. I think he gets tired of me taking photos all the time. He has gotten to the point of running away when I pull out the camera. 🙂

  17. Melissa leis April 28, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Looks like an amazing trip! Can’t wait until we get to go


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