Lesson Learned from a Disney Conference I’ve never Attended…?


The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Have you heard of it? It is THE mommy blogger conference of the year! This year will be the 4th annual event, and as usual, it will take place at Walt Disney World in Florida.¬† It is an incredible event full of magical surprises and inspiring speakers for all of those lucky enough to attend. The best part is that the whole family is invited to attend and is included in many of the conference events! The bad news, well for me at least, is that it is now by invitation only. Being a new blogger, I had absolutely no chance of being invited to such an incredible event….yet….somehow, in the back of my mind, I thought “maybe I will be that one blogger that they take pity on and invite anyway in hopes of teaching me how to blog so I will stop embarrassing bloggers everywhere!” Well, needless to say, that didn’t happen.

So, what do I do? I pour over every blog article I can find on last year’s conference in hopes to pick up any little crumb of blogging advice I could. (And yes, I also looked at all of the cute pictures of pirate themed dinners, adventures through the parks and other amazing memories that were made by all in attendance.) The one thing that really stood out to me was something I hadn’t expected. I thought that I’d find something telling me to focus on twitter or how to build readership. Instead, I found something that reminded me where to refocus not only my blogging, but my life. Where is that? My kids.

Although the exact quote was different on each of the pages I looked at, the point made by Ann Foster {Director of Disney Destinations and Consumer Insight} was very clear: we only get 18 summers with our children, so make memories now.

To me this means so many things. This means that I am already down to 11 summers with my almost 7 year old. This means that I have done the right thing by my kids by taking them to Disneyland so many times during their childhood as these are years we won’t get back later. This means that the Walt Disney World trip that I have no idea how to pay for and have therefore been avoiding is going to happen even if I have to us a credit card to do it. 18 summers and then my babies are gone.

What does that mean for my blog? That means that it is going to refocus on the family and the experiences families have at the parks. Have I really strayed too far from that? Probably not, but I was getting lost in the idea that my blog had to be like all of the others out there. I don’t have insider knowledge of new attractions or behind the scenes experiences to share. What I have is a lot of experience with my family in the parks. That is where I need to focus my blog because that is what I know. I don’t think it is anything to sneeze at as most people out there visit the parks with their families and so many people are looking for the kind of information that I have. That is why I started this blog in the first place: to share my Disneyland experiences with others so that it might help them in their own Disney adventures.

My family means the world to me, and sharing our experiences with you really does make me so happy. This blog is tons of fun, and I hope that you’re enjoying reading along with us!

If you happen to be one of the lucky ones who was invited to this amazing celebration, be sure to blog all about it because I’m looking forward to being inspired yet again!

If you would like more information on the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration you can visit their website or follow them on twitter @DisneySMMoms. They even have a pretty popular hashtag #DisneySMMoms.




  • Becca
    Posted at 01:47h, 01 May Reply

    Love this! It makes me feel better about my blog too. I kept thinking I was the only Disney blogger out there that didn’t have all the “insider info.” So glad to know there is someone else out there who understands.

    And I wish everyone who wonders why we go to Disneyland so often could read this post. (Or I should say WOULD read this post)

    • MousekaTools
      Posted at 01:54h, 01 May Reply

      Thanks, Becca. It is so nice to know that there is someone out there who feels the same. I love your blog and all of your info! I think you have a good niche in the blogging world, so don’t feel like you’re missing anything!

  • Mouse Fan Diane
    Posted at 19:36h, 01 May Reply

    I loved reading this and can totally agree. I really wanted to go to but I’m small compared to others. but spending time with my family that what really counts. I only have 5 summers left with my daughter and 6 with my son and I too have a lot to say about WDW and all our adventures. It is why I started blogging to share the best place on Earth …

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