Last week I was honored to attend the Disney Social Media Moms on the Road event in Philadelphia. It was a great conference where we were able to network with other bloggers who love Disney and also get some insider information about what’s going on at Disney parks.
The conference took place at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. It was a long drive (11 hours each way) but we were able to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing while we were there (we’ll be sharing some of the places we visited in our next posts). The Crowne Plaza was a lovely hotel. The lobby was light and airy and the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. Our room was very comfortable and clean and we had a restful stay. And just in case you didn’t know this ONE important fact, the hotel is within walking distance from the biggest mall on the east coast. Holy smokes!!
This is what greeted me at my seat.
After checking for the conference, it was time to find a seat, meet new friends, take some pictures and then enjoy a yummy breakfast.
The food was really delicious. Then it was time for some pin trading fun! Can you believe I have never traded pins before? Well, this was a first for me and I absolutely love the pin that I ended up with.
Gary Buchanan, Walt Disney World Social Media Managing Editor shared news about what was going on at Disney. He also told us about a contest to become the 8th miner. What a great contest.
Next up was Jenn Fickley-Baker, Walt Disney World Social Media Manager. She shared an awesome video clip that included the behind the scenes activities of their “ultimate tweet”. You need to watch this clip – you will LOVE it!
We also heard from Noah Lomax from HP. He shared how HP has been coming up with solutions to make life easier for busy moms.
Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations was really enjoyable to listen to and she shared tons of tips (she was my favorite speaker). I learned about attachments that I can get so that I can use my phone to take better photos (who knew….) and also about some great free apps that I can use to maximize technology on my blog. Victoria also confirmed something about Facebook that I was starting to suspect – when you use a photo on Facebook you double your engagement and receive more comments.
Maria Bailey @MomTalkRadio and MomTV.com moderated a panel discussion of 3 moms who are Huggies Mom Inspired grant winners. Amy Bradley (Toydozer), Kristi Gorinas (Dad Pack), and Jen Groover (Butler Bag). These women were fascinating to listen to. I loved the stories of their journeys with their businesses and how they manage their lives with their businesses. That was something I can totally related to. Finding the balance between work, blogging, and family is really tough! Maria Bailey ended this session with what I consider to be a really profound statement – Look at the whites of your child’s eye when you’re talking to them”. Wow! Kids will really feel that you are listening to them when you do that. Way too often I look at my computer screen as I talk to my family. That is something I need to change.
Debi Silber, Author and Founder of The Mojo Coach, was inspirational. She talked about taking care of ourselves. That is something I really need to work more on.
The conference ended with great fanfare when a special guest arrived. Can you guess who it was? Mickey Mouse of course. 🙂