Disney Social Media Moms Conference – Day 2
Conference Day 2 at Disney World!
We got some fantastic information from our speakers today, and had a great dinner with dancing afterward at Hollywood Studios Disney Junior. I’ll take you through the day and evening.
The main portion of the conference was on Friday March 18th – which just happened to be my birthday! It was so much fun to be in Florida, at Disney, with my blogging friends, where it was beautiful sunny and warm… on my birthday! The only negative part was that my own family wasn’t able to be with me at Disney.
We began the morning by walking into this beautifully decorated huge room where the speakers would be. They even thought to have a power strips at every table! Awesome extra!
Look how pretty the table arrangement was! You can’t see that the clear castle has a blue light that glows at the base.
The first speaker was Meg Crofton, the President of Walt Disney World
We also heard from Matt Jacobson, head of marketing for Facebook. I realized how much more you could do with FB. I’m going to have to work on that. He took loads of questions from us bloggers and admitted that most of the groups he talks to, do not use it the same way we do. He was surprised by a few of the questions asked and didn’t realize some of the issues that we have problems with. I think he was educated a bit himself.
Rene’ Syler was an awesome speaker. She got a standing “O” from us bloggers! She was real, she was inspiring and she has been through the ringer. This isn’t a great picture of her. I wish I had gotten her great smile. She had us in stitches and tears. She has a blog called Good Enough Mother that you should check out.
They had some raffles going on and gave away some Dooney & Bourke Handbags and also a night in Cinderella’s castle! The Fairy Godmother got to present it to Andrea Deckard from Savings Lifestyle! She got to take 5 other bloggers with her to stay the night. You can read about her experience here.
Fran Capo posed as a blogger before she got on stage. She is the worlds fastest female talker, comedian, author and motivational speaker.
We had a yummy lunch and when we went back to the room after lunch we had this little cutie gracing each of our seats!
Minnie Mouse Princess Leia dressed and ready for Star Tours – The Adventure! It is coming back to Disney Hollywood Studios on May 20th, 2011.
Chris Brogan was great as always. I love listening to Chris speak. He has some great insights and just says it like it is.
We were served champagne! That is a different kind of afternoon snack for a mom conference! lol Probably better than chocolate, because I didn’t drink much champagne, but I would have been up for the chocolate!
We were then treated to Susan Egan who sang most of her speaking time. She has such a beautiful voice. She played Bell in Beauty in the Beast on Broadway for two years and she is also the voice of Meg in Hercules, along with a zillion other roles.
Also playing and singing with her was Georgia Stitt who is an award winning composer and a lyricist. They had great harmony on some of the songs they sang together.
The great table center piece they said would go to the blogger at each table who had the closest birthday to today’s date which was March 18th. Guess who? lol One fun thing about having a birthday while at a conference. But – there wasn’t any way I could take this on an airplane! It just so happened that Amy Hodges at our table was local and she had just been admiring how cool the light up castle was in the arrangement. So I took a picture to remember it by and gave it to her.
Then someone at our table suggested we all get our picture taken together.
From left top: Maria Strong from Saving Queen; Connie Robers from Brain Foggles; Kim Janocko from Crafty Mama of 4; me; April from Simply the Sweet Life Magazine; Amy Hodges from A Million Boxes and in front is Jennifer Leet from The Dirty Shirt
After the conference sessions my roomie Zippy from Champagne Living came! She tried to get into the conference, but like so many others who tried that afternoon, she wasn’t able to get in. But.. since it ended up that we just couldn’t afford the airfare for the whole family to come, I was able to invite Zippy to stay with me. She got to come as my family member. lol (sis!)
We had a wonderful time talking and eating and walking and talking and eating.. lol
Friday night was Hollywood Studios! All gazillion of the bloggers, mostly with families loaded onto buses and headed out.
So many tables were set up. I don’t know the exact number of how many people including families were there… but it was a lot!
They had it all set up for the kids. Lots of food and then they had food set up for the kids. I love how they make sure the kids have food they like to eat. I snuck over to the kids table to get a cupcake. I figured.. it was my birthday and I wanted to have some birthday cake. lol
I love these pictures of Kim’s kids. Doesn’t that just epitomize a kid after a day at Disney? Tired eyes, blank star, Mickey ears on crooked, eating a Mickey rice krispy treat. lol
Her younger son enjoying his also
The kids all got to dance and have a great time with music and characters
With kids trying to see over crowds and having a little help from their dads –
To Quatro Mom and Dad from 4tunate feeding their boys.
Everyone loves the characters at Disney
And Donald Duck
I had to get a picture of Daisy Duck for my step daughter.
And I think this is one of my favorites. Look at the little girl on the left! Arms spread out, ready for a big hug! How precious is that? I love it!
If you happen to know who’s daughter the little girl on the left is, please let me know. I’d like to send them this picture.
This trip was heavily sponsored through Disney Social Media Moms, but I did pay the required charge for it and full air fare.