I am a Disney Social Media Mom.
What’s that? You ask
I’ve already talked about what the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is and is not, but I’ve never looked at who a Disney social media mom is.
I am her. She is me.
Of course, over the years, there have been hundreds of us. But that by no means dilutes our uniqueness, nor does it necessarily help clarify what exactly makes up a Disney Social Media Mom.
Heck, there are even some dads in the mix, so if you were confused before, I just blew your mind.
Ultimately, I believe that is the magic behind the moniker of Disney Social Media Mom: there is no stereotype, no one perfect mold.
Years ago, before I even knew what a blog was, friends would come to me for advice on how to make their Disney dreams come true…and I’ve been helping them do just that ever since.
You see, when our kids were young, we knew we weren’t going to live in Florida forever; so we wanted to maximize our memories in the land of the mouse.
Have you ever called to make a reservation at Disney World? Then you know that right off the bat they always ask how many times you’ve visited before. I can honestly say we’ve lost count.
But don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that the experience ever gets old. Not at all. Only better.
Whether going for a family celebration or a business conference, each trip to Disney holds its own memories. Which is exactly the reason I wanted so badly to be able to help others make their Disney dreams come true.
What started as me helping my friends has now grown into an online megaphone for helping spread not just the love about Disney, but all the Disney deals, tips and tricks I’ve collected over the years.
As someone who not only loves Disney, but loves sharing her #DisneySide with family and friends, I don’t believe there was a higher point in my blogging career than getting invited to the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.
As fate and pixie dust would have it, I got invited back for a second time to the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.
I did not receive an invite to the 2013 Disney social media moms celebration, which made me hit pause and reevaluate. While of course I was crushed (who wouldn’t be after experiencing that kind of magic firsthand), it forced me to go back and look at not only all I had learned from the previous two years, but what the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration was meant to be, which was what prompted this post on the topic.
You see, in the past, I would let the news of an invitation (or lack of invitation to an event) play a part in my self-worth as a blogger. If we’re really honest, it would affect how I felt as a person too.
I knew there were no guarantees, no magic formula and no prescription I could fill to obtain an invite. Instead, I had to be content knowing that I’m doing the best that I can in the present moment.
And yet, as the tweets started a few months ago, I felt that excitement, anxiety and wonder start bubbling up all over again…
And there it was.
And so here I sit, proud to say that I am a Disney Social Media Mom.
After all, aren’t all of us who love sharing the magic and splendor of Disney?
We are wives.
We are mothers.
We are bloggers.
We are friends.
We are passionate.
We strive for our best.
We live in community.
We want to leave this world better than we received it
And ultimately, we want to see the world through the eyes of our children.
Walt Disney himself understood the meaning in the magic behind the power of a dream.
If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing started with a dream and a mouse. ~ Walt Disney
May all of us who have lived the dream, and all of us who hope to one day do so, never forget the possibilities that lay within reach for us when we dream that the impossible can one day be made possible.
I’ll be traveling to Disneyland this April where the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration will be hosting its 5th anniversary event. You can rest assured that I’ll take you along ever step of the way with me – from the planning to the actual event itself.
In the meantime, I haven’t been to Disneyland since I was 5 years old, so I’d appreciate any advice you can offer in the comments below!
(Oh, by the way, we haven’t figured out quite how to reveal it to our kids that they get to go not only to California for the first time, but to Disneyland! After our Disney Cruise Line scavenger hunt last year, we have a lot to live up to…so please don’t spill the beans if you happen to see them in the next 2 weeks 😉
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