#DisneyOTR #DisneySMMoms #DisneySide Great Time in Philly #travel

4 Jul

There are tons of conferences being held in Philly and since I’m only about 2 hours away I don’t mind attending. I applied to attend the Disney Social Media Moms On The Road Conference Celebration in Philly on June 19th and was selected. I was so excited because I am a big Disney fan. Even though I haven’t been to Disney World in a long time I still support everything Disney. I want to go back and visit with my family because my kids keep telling me they want to go and I feel every kid needs to experience it. Attending this conference was as close as I was going to get to Disney for now.

Hubby drove and we were the first ones to arrive. The conference was held in the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge Hotel. Beautiful hotel and we also received complimentary parking and breakfast which was amazing.

Jamie Langdon (Walt Disney World PR and Social Media Manager) and Leanne Jakubowski O’ Regan ( Director Social Media Disney Parks) welcomed everyone. Gary Buchanan (Walt Disney World Social Media Managing Editor) spoke about What’s New, What’s Next at Disney Parks. Jenn Fickley-Baker (WDW Social Media Manager) took us behind the scenes with Disney Parks Social Media. Lori Lorenz (Senior Director, Direct Print Services HP) showed us the solution side of Motherhood. Victoria Lim (Managing Editor, WDW PR) showed us how to create visual content with ease. Maria Bailey introduced the Lessons Learned, Experiences Shared – The Life of a Mom Business Owners.

Anything that has to do with Disney I know will be informative and worth me going. I met lots of new bloggers, saw some familiar faces and left with lots of great inspirational messages and educational content to support my goals. I enjoyed learning about the right technology to use when blogging such as owning camera lens kit, Gorilla Pod, and a Smartlav Lavalier Microphone. Amazing apps to use are: Videolicious, Magisto, and Cute Cut. The entrepreneurs on the panel who invented products and are now living their dreams are: Amy Bradley @toydozer, Kristi Gorinas (Dad Pack), Jen Groover @jengroover (Butler Bag).

HP spoke to attendees. I love their desktops and printers which I own and was proud to learn that Instant ink communicates with your printer and lets you know when ink is low. $2.99 a month for service ink comes delivered to your door. Cheaper than buying ink in store. I will be using this service from now on.

Disney Parks are always coming up with new rides and attractions and I know it would probably take my family and I a month to see it all. Disney festival fantasy parade just launched in California. Every time I hear about a new ride or character I keep telling myself we will go someday. My kids make sure to keep reminding me too.

Debi Silber (Author and Founder of The Mojo Coach) spoke to us about health/fitness/lifestyle. She had us up out of our seats doing an exercise. She also asked what would happen if you were 100% in the space you are in? I think we all could use a mojo coach. Toxic people stress our immune systems, positive people strengthen them. Choose our company. Great talk Debi.

Throughout the conference raffles were being given out and cookies for our tables and we also got a pin that we could trade with other tables. I liked my pin. Beverages were stocked and there were photo props to put on as you took pictures at the booth. There was a line to take a picture with Gary but I made sure I got one with him. He is very funny and nice. We also had a surprise guest show up at the end. It was Mickey Mouse. You know you couldn’t have a Disney conference without the mouse himself. Also if you wanted at the end of the conference you could take home a balloon.

The panel taught me a lot and I am ready and look forward to so much more opportunities to come.
Thank you to everyone who made this event possible.

@gary_jerry
@hpprint
@victorialim
@momtalkradio
@themojocoach
@lorilorenzca
@disneysmmoms

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