The Friday before Memorial Day weekend is generally a reason for celebration. It signals the start of summer, warmer weather, and the beginning of a holiday weekend to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The weekend also carries with it cookouts and time with family and friends. But this year, that particular Friday was sprinkled with a little extra magic.
"Kristi, you just received a pixie dusted email. What are you going to do know?"
I'm going to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in New York City!
Each year, Disney celebrates bloggers and social media mom influencers with a conference in either Disneyland or Walt Disney World plus a few other one day celebrations known as "On the Road" events. Invites to each of these are anxiously anticipated and highly coveted! No one quite knows the magic formula to get invited to one of the conferences as invitees range from novices in the world of social media to some big time bloggers and individuals with thousands of Twitter followers. This year, by the grace of some Disney magic, I've been invited to attend Disney Social Media Moms Celebration On the Road in New York City. I couldn't have been more excited to see that little ol' me was invited after just beginning my journey into the world of blogging a little over a year ago.
So what am I hoping to take away from the day?
Disney Surprises! - Everything Disney does is done well! I can't wait to see the magic and surprises that await us in NYC. Even though the conference is only 5 hours, I'm sure it will be packed with all of the special Disney touches that only Disney can do.
Learning - I am certainly new to the world of social media and blogging. While my Twitter, Instagram, and blog following have grown a lot in the past few months, I have a lot to learn to continue my journey in the world of social media!
Meeting Friends - The Disney social media community is so wonderful and supportive. Between Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook I feel like I've come to know some great ladies (and some Disney Dads too!) who are as passionate about Disney as I am even though we've never met. Half the fun of yesterday, was celebrating with others invited and planning to say "hi" in the Big Apple!
In the weeks ahead, look for posts as I get ready to attend and then, of course, some follow-up posts on what I learned! And for those of you on social media, follow the excitement by looking for #DisneySMMC and #Disney OTR on Twitter and Instagram.