If there was ever a time that I was desperate for uplifting news, it was the day that the invitation to the 2016 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration came in. In-route to face the hardest days of my life, I had happy news to carry with me.
We had happy news to carry with us.
Kids are natural joy-spreaders. This superpower is hardwired into the very core of their beings. Heading with my husband and super-excited children to the most magical place on earth, while clinging to their joy, was indeed enchantment personified.
“The greatest natural resource is in the minds of our children.” ~ Walt Disney
We visited Disney as a family once prior, two and half years ago. And this recent trip was certainly elevated by staying on Disney Resorts property for the first time. As guests at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, we experienced the ways in which everything fits together so seamlessly while vacationing on Disney property. From our Magical Express pickup to utilizing the intuitive MagicBand system, all while being in a short walking distance to Epcot, the magic carried through our charming stay at the resort.
While I attended the #DisneySMMC conference, my husband had a day alone with the children at the Magic Kingdom. Nearly every text that he sent me was wrapped in glowing superlatives and exclamation marks, which is definitely not his usual tone in communication! He was thrilled to be off creating a cherished day with our littles – while I had an inside view of what’s to come to Disney. From inspirational speakers, sensational performances and early looks into movies including “Finding Dory” and “Alice Through The Looking Glass” – my family was completely blown away by the #DisneySMMC experience and the intricate attention to detail that is synonymous with the Disney brand. We’re excited to continue to share more stories with info gleaned from the conference, including the introduction of a new, resilient, and strong female character- Princess Elena of Avalor – Disney’s first Latina Princess.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Image via Disney’s Memory Maker gifted to conference attendees.
During our stay, we hit up every park from morning till closing, and once again, Walt Disney World treated us in ways that we want to emulate. In a place of long lines and children pining for their turns on rides – every cast member we encountered was patient, kind and helpful; while making each child feel incredibly special.
In just one week, we collected what felt like a lifetime of memories. I imagine that I’ll always remember the children’s wide-eyed wonderment as we stepped onto Main Street USA, where music plays, parades float by, and the scent of fresh cookies streams throughout the warm Florida sky. Our long list of treasured moments is filled with riding my favorite whimsical ride (it’s a small world) as a family, holding hands through elaborate parades, thrilling rides, and spectacular fireworks. In a place where childhood dreams are built upon seeing Cinderella’s illuminated castle, meeting beloved characters and watching Tinkerbell fly through the night sky – we now understand why some families make Disney a repeat pilgrimage.
The timing and circumstances surrounding our Disney vacation will forever carry tremendous meaning. According to our five-year-old, this particular trip came to fruition because “Disney and heaven talk to each other.”
Perhaps, he’s right.
Thank you to the Disney Social Media Moms team and Walt Disney world for having us at the year’s DisneySMMC. We are grateful to have been included. As always, all opinions are my own.