It’s Spring and for many bloggers, that means the anticipation of one of THE most awaited blogging conference invites begins! I’m referring to an invite to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. This invite-only, 3 day event celebrates the hard work and massive social influence that the invitees have accomplished. Attendees have the chance to hear from some of Disney’s top minds as well as other amazing entrepreneurs, social moguls and top internet influencers. Mix this in with a LOT of Disney magic and you have what’s come to be known as the most coveted conference a blogger could attend. Not only is the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration a wonderful way to connect with other social savvy bloggers and minds, it’s completely family friendly and caters to moms and dads as well as their children.
The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, although very well known in the blogging world, is also shrouded in mystery! Invites are strictly released all at the same time and only to a very select group of bloggers. The criteria for which the invites are based off of has yet to be discovered and no one is truly sure what grants one blogger that silver Disney dollar. Needless to say, Disney and the team of BSM Media always seem to find wonderful bloggers who have certainly earned the right to be considered a #DisneySMMC mom or dad!
Sessions about to start! #disneysmmoms @disneyland_resort A photo posted by Rachel Young (@rachel_thelinkfairy) on
I’ve had the privileged to have been invited for the first time in 2014 when the conference was hosted at Disneyland for the very first time! (This year the event is returning to Walt Disney World) It was a complete shock to see the invite appear in my email. I was psyched to be able to attend with my daughter and it happened to also be our first time at Disneyland! From the moment we checked into the conference to the moment we checked out of our hotel it was sheer Disney magic. Special events, amazing character-filled dinners, surprise celebrity guests and unexpected gifts delivered to our hotel room were just a bit of the wonderment we experienced!
When it comes to the business of dream making, no one is more of an expert then Disney. What’s so great about Disney, is that no matter how old you are, you’re imagination is encouraged to run wild! We had a great time visiting the parks and taking in our amazing hotel through out the conference. We didn’t need to worry about making sure the kids saw their favorite characters since most the family events already had them there! It truly felt like the event was just as much for our family as it was for the attendees and that was a great feeling.
Having so much fun at @disneyland_resort and #disneysmmoms ! Our first ride on the carousel last night. 🙂 A photo posted by Rachel Young (@rachel_thelinkfairy) on
Although the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is an invite-only event, it’s not free. Each year the event lasts 3 days and offers a Disney Parks vacation at a fraction of the normal costs for families. Each year the cost includes, multi-day park hoppers passes, hotel stay at an on-site Disney hotel during the event, special attendee only events, family events, and specific meals. The flow of the celebration normally starts off with check-in which includes a Disney hosted welcome reception for the bloggers and a family dinner. The first full day consists of conference classes for the blogger till the early evening. The second day is normally a planned family breakfast and then a free day to enjoy the parks with your family. The third day is then a family breakfast, goodbyes, and family time at the parks again. Since the park-hoppers provided with the attendance fee tend to be anywhere from 4-7 day passes it allows families the option to extend their vacation and use the extra park days on the passes.
This year’s invites went out a few weeks ago and I’m excited to say I’ll be attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration for a second year in a row! This time, my daughter, son and baby girl ( whom I was largely pregnant with last year) will all be experiencing the magic with me. I can’t wait to see what amazing events and speakers they have planned for us this year!