I am sooo excited! I was not able to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration due to lack of finances last year. Though I was at Disney World that same weekend as a media outlet covering the Disney’s Celebration of Volunteers, I wasn’t part of the Social Media Moms Conference. I did run into several of my bloggy friends at some joint events but…it wasn’t the same as being a full conference attendee.
I was determined to be a part of the 2011 event. I knew getting in this year would be harder because there was just 1 general registration. Last Thursday I along with thousands of other Social Media Moms sat at our laptops ready for the 2pm opening of registration. Unfortunately due to high traffic volumes, we had a lot of difficulty getting registered, but finally after over an hour of trying my registration was submitted. Then the nerves really set in because we had to wait as they verified us. I’m not exactly sure what the criteria are but I am sure, based on the information Disney requested of us a) They wanted to make sure we were legitimate, active bloggers with well rounded social media presence and b) Just as with the Disney Mom Panel selection not all of us who feel we are more than qualified will be selected. Thursday evening on Twitter we were told that we would receive email notices on Friday letting us know if we would be attending.
Later Thursday evening I was approached on Facebook by Mary from MagicalVactionPlanner.com. She had visited my blog and saw that I was looking for a sponsor for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and she wanted to sponsor me!! If you need help planning your next Disney vacation please contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her Mom Maven sent you!
Friday I happened to be in the Magic Kingdom with my family enjoying our annual Christmas visit to Walt Disney World. While wandering through Tomorrowland I checked my email on my phone and saw that I had an email from Disney…I opened it and read with glee…I was in! My kids have always wanted to stay at the Grand Floridian and now we will be staying there in March! As our travel date gets closer I’ll be sharing more details with you but I had to share my excitement with you.
I know there has been some negativity on Twitter (#disneysmmoms) and in the blogosphere about people who should have gotten in that didn’t. I know how it stinks to be left out of the fun and learning that will take place during a magical weekend in March, that was me last year, on the outside looking in. We need to be happy for those that did get in and know that if we aren’t going it wasn’t a personal slight, it just wasn’t meant to be.