Last week, we attended the Disney Social Media Moms On-the-Road Conference at California Adventure! We had such a great time and are so grateful to have been able to be a part of the celebration this year!
If you’re not familiar with Disney Social Media Moms (Disney SMMC), it is a conference that happens each year (at different locations in the country) where bloggers get invited to hear about exciting Disney news along with tips from keynote speaks on how to grow as a blogger on different social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc)!
We heard from some amazing speakers like Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director for the Disney Parks Blog (if you’re an avid reader of the Disney Parks Blog, you’ll see her name at the top of many blog posts!), Megan Sayers Chapman from Babble, and Amy Robach from Good Morning America. All of the speakers shared so many helpful tips that we are excited to put to use for Magic Kingdom Mamas. We were really excited to hear that Instagram stories are where it’s at – ha! For those of you who follow us on Instagram, you know we LOVE to post stories while we’re at the parks, so we plan to continue to do our usual over-sharing of our Disney days – haha!
One thing we heard at the conference that we feel the need to share is that in this blogging/social media world, there is “enough for everyone!” It can be really easy to compare yourself to others in this sometimes cruel world of social media, or wonder why someone gets to do something you don’t. The best suggestion/tip to starting a blog or social media account is DON’T COMPARE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS TO ANYBODY ELSES. Just do what works best for YOU! We have worked really hard to grow Magic Kingdom Mamas to where it is (and there is still a ton of room for growth!) and no matter what we “get” out of all of it, we are just grateful for the experiences we’ve had thus far AND we genuinely love sharing our Disney tips with everyone (we love all of you for following along on our adventures!). We are also happy for other bloggers who have had fun experiences of their own!
Side note: we’ve been tossing around the idea of Vlogging for awhile now, we’re just trying to figure out where to fit it into our life of juggling kids and our current blogging/managing social media schedules, but we’d like to eventually add it to our regular agenda – stay tuned!
Check out some photos and more details about our fun morning below!
We were treated to a delicious spread of breakfast!
Disney thinks of everything – lemon water with lemons in the shape of Mickey!
Listening to Erin Glover from the Disney Parks Blog speak – loved her!
See the colorful lines on the big screen in this photo? Erin was explaining to us that their Disney parks photographer set up his camera at the Main Street Train Station and was able to capture the ENTIRE fireworks show in ONE photo (no editing it together, just one snapshot!) – so incredible what they can do these days with fancy cameras!
Be sure to follow all of Disney’s social media accounts noted above!
We love what Babble represents! One of our favorite things that Megan Sayers Chapman from Babble started out by sharing on the big screen is that the best way to parent is YOUR way – amen to that!
Many of you already know that the Main Street Electrical Parade ended its limited-time run on August 20! We were treated to a mini show by a few of the Main Street Electrical Parade performers!
We had the honor of hearing Directors Stevie Wermers and Kevin Deters share tons of details, exclusive sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes footage of the upcoming 22-minute long short, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” You and your littles will LOVE this short all about holiday family traditions featuring fun songs and classic Frozen humor! Catch it in theaters before Pixar’s, “Coco” on November 22, 2017.
One of our favorite moments from the Disney SMMC morning was getting to watch Disney artist and historian, Stacia Martin draw live on stage (making it look SO easy, of course) as she shared a seriously impressive amount of Disney history with the crowd! Stacia has been with the Walt Disney Company for 39 years!
When we RSVP’d to Disney SMMC, we had to share our favorite Disney character. We didn’t know why we had to share this information until Stacia Martin told everyone in the room that we would be going home with a personalized drawing from her of the character we chose. So special!
To end our Disney SMMC morning, we had the privilege of hearing Good Morning America’s Amy Robach speak. This woman is so inspiring! If you don’t know much about Amy’s story, you can read here, but to give you a little background, she was diagnosed with breast cancer after a mammogram (that she almost didn’t do!) was performed on-air on Good Morning America. Hearing her speak about her healing process and how her outlook on life changed after that diagnosis was so incredible – really made us appreciate what we have even more and reminded us that life and the time we have here with our loved ones is so precious.