I was invited to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. While Disney did shower us with lots of Disney love, I did purchase a deeply discounted conference ticket to attend. All opinions shared in my blog posts are 100% my own.
It was my first time flying alone with three children, three children full of excitement. They told everyone we met they were headed to Disney. Once you are in the Orlando International Airport, you are quickly welcomed with signs of where you are, home to Disney World! That welcome though is nothing compared to the welcome we received upon checking into the conference.
It feels like the red carpet has been rolled out for us @DisneyMoms #DisneySMMC A photo posted by Amanda Fiveash (@ourhomemadelife) on
I will admit, I was slightly nervous but almost giddy. As we walked through the conference center to check-in, it was like the royal carpet had been rolled out to welcome us. We were not the only ones meeting in the conference center, however it was very clear we were a special group. Beautiful banners hung from the ceiling, directing us the way to registration.
We were greeted with warm smiles and handed a packet of information. At that moment you don’t realize you are holding a golden ticket to the thrill of a lifetime. We were able to speak with sponsors, given a beautiful swagbag full of goodies, arranged to have our photos taken with Anna & Elsa & Olaf, visit the Alamo photo booth and so much more.
The kids were exciteted to meet the main man himself….Mickey Mouse and we didn’t even have to get a Fast Pass.
Pinch me! This is actually happening 🙂 This is the warning of lots of @DisneyMoms #DisneySMMC photos to follow. A photo posted by Amanda Fiveash (@ourhomemadelife) on
I was quickly given the opportunity to stop and speak with Leanne & Jamie and thank them for the invitation. A few words don’t seem like near enough for the special moments the next few days would be packed and then the following week would be packed with.
Later that evening the attendees boarded buses and were taken to Epcot for about an hour long welcome reception and then we were joined by our families for our kick-off dinner and dance party. There was so much variety, so many options and so much fun! The Disney team has always been amazing to meet our food allergy issues and made the girls special dishes.
After dinner we were given the chance to meet Rapunzel, Mickey, and Hiro & Baymax! Austin’s dream was complete on night one!
Yes, this happened tonight at the @DisneyMoms Celebration #DisneyBucketlist #1HappyBoy #DisneySMMC A photo posted by Amanda Fiveash (@ourhomemadelife) on
Then we made our way over to a special viewing area for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth & a dessert viewing party. Again, there were so many delicious options, in every size and Mickey shape, including specialty treats for those with food allergies! Score! It wasn’t my first time to see the Illuminations of Earth fireworks show, but it was for the kids and they were amazed. Then we were gifted special glasses from Disney Citizenship to watch the fireworks that made it even more magical, if you can believe that.
Great way to end the first evening at @DisneyMoms Can you spot the #HiddenMickeys ? #DisneyFirst #DisneySMMC Special glasses from Disney Citizenship gave our fireworks a Mickey twist! A photo posted by Amanda Fiveash (@ourhomemadelife) on
With each burst of color, they turned into beautiful Mickey heads. It was truly amazing!
It was Miss B’s first time experiencing fireworks, so the first few minutes were frightening. Then she moved past fear to pure wonder. She tells me even today, “Those firesparks were so beautiful.”
At the end of the night, my feet were sore and I was tired, but my thoughts were elsewhere. My heart was so full of happiness and thankfulness to be able to experience Disney in this magical way with my family.