I’m still not sure how I got so lucky but somehow I was fortunate enough to receive a coveted invitation to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. If you’ve been keeping up so far, join me for Day 4, where I was part of Good Morning America (sort of), listened to some very inspiring speakers, met a few princesses and somehow took a purple selfie or two.
I was invited by Disney to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I paid a conference fee and received complimentary goodies but all opinions are entirely my own.
Day four of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration started on deck with Good Morning America broadcasting live from our ship! I hadn’t yet figure out why they were there, I just thought it would be fun to be a part of it. We all yelled and cheered on queue, hoping for a shot at stardom…or just the chance to see our face on TV for 3 seconds.
Even Mickey and his friends were there! It was a lot of fun but those of us there for DSMMC only stayed for a few minutes. We had a conference to get to.
Day four was conference day and we were looking forward to finding out who the speakers would be. Dave Mullins, the director of the animated short “Lou” got us started. If you haven’t seen “Lou”, it’s the animated short that shows before Cars 3. It was fascinating to hear about everything that went into putting this film together and made it even more meaningful when we were shown a sneak peek of the film. I was glad to see that I wasn’t the only one that got a little teary eyed.
Next up was Thomas Smith from the Disney Parks Blog. As the content directer of Disney’s hugely successful blog (does Disney even do anything that ISN’T successful), he had a captive audience in the room full of bloggers.
We also heard from Amy Smeed. You may not know her by name but I was thrilled that she was there because she was Head Of Animation for Moana, a movie I’ve probably seen 5,000 times by now! I loved hearing the behind the scenes stories and could have listened to her talk about Moana all afternoon.
Beauty And The Beast Sneak Peek
When we found out what was in store next, you could feel the excitement in the air. We were getting a sneak peek at the new Beauty And The Beast, which at that time was still months away from being released. This was by far the highlight of the day for me! Beauty And The Beast is my all time favorite Disney movie and I’d been anxiously awaiting the release of the live action film. I wasn’t the only one…when our preview was over, we were all begging for more.
One of my favorite speakers was Chris Sonnenburg, Executive Producer of Tangled: The Series. He shared a lot about the show but also a lot about his family and you could hear in his voice how much he loved and respected them. It’s also sweet how he subtly managed to work his own daughter into Tangled: The Series by modeling Rapunzel’s diary after one she had kept as a teenager.
We took a break for lunch at Tiana’s place, then reconvened to hear to Disney’s Digital Content Director Alex Ruiz share his thoughts on what makes great content. Finally, we heard from Ginger Zee, ABC’s chief meteorologist.
Now I finally understood why Good Morning America was there…it wasn’t just a coincidence after all. Ginger spoke from her heart about being a working mom, something most of us could totally relate to. Just like us, she’s constantly trying to balance work and home…wanting to be successful in her career but also wanting to be a great wife and mom. It’s a struggle at times but it can be done and she’s a great example.
Fun With Friends
For now, it was time to meet up with my friend Kristie so we could head to Triton’s for dinner. I was a little late because I ran into my good friends Ariel, Cinderella, Belle and Rapunzel.
I found Kristie and on the way to dinner, we made another friend. I’m not sure who was driving the ship!
I had heard about Pirate Night but if we’d realized what a big deal it was, we would would have at least thrown on some eye patches and bandannas. Everybody dresses up for pirate night and it was fun to see just how creative people can get. At least now I know for next time.
Dinner that night was at Triton’s, the Little Mermaid inspired restaurant.
I was so excited to see escargot on the menu. French restaurants are few and far between when you have kids so I was definitely planning to enjoy this!
Dinner was a delicious chateaubriand and I was feeling fancier by the second. Disney really knows how to spoil a person!
They even had my favorite dessert, creme brulee. I didn’t feel a bit guilty about eating the entire thing!
Dinner was amazing but we weren’t quite ready to head back to the room yet. We hit up Azure, the nightclub, where we had a couple drinks and took some very purple selfies. Nope, that’s not a filter…we just turned out purple.
Finally it was time to get some sleep. We were looking forward to Day 5 because we’d be spending it at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. I’d seen the pictures and knew it was going to be incredible! When we got back to the room, we found this guy waiting for us. How cute is that? It’s just another example of the little things that Disney does to make their cruises so memorable.
The next day would be our last full cruise day, but it was also the best! Check back soon for all the details about our day on Castaway Cay…