Disney Social Media Moms 2011 Day 2

Disney Social Media Moms 2011 Day 2

I woke up early on day 2 of the conference and sat out on the deck for a few minutes drinking my Diet Coke. It was quiet at that hour and a little chilly, but such a beautiful view.

Dawn over Bay Lake from the Grand Floridian

Dawn over Cinderella Castle

Contemporary Resort at dawn

View from our room at the Grand Floridian at dawn

I left my sleeping husband and headed to Citrico’s for a scrumptious breakfast buffet. Then it was time for my very first conference ever.

Meg Crofton speaking at Disney Social Media Moms

We were welcomed to the Disney Social Media Moms Conference by Meg Crofton, the President of Walt Disney World.

Matt Jacobson from Facebook speaking at Disney Social Media Moms

The first conference speaker was Matt Jacobson. He is the head of Market Development at Facebook and was the eighth employee hired there. He gave a lot of great advice on using Facebook to enhance your blog. One of the tips was to use the insight tools on Facebook to better understand your audience. I admit, I didn’t even realize there were insight tools. Go figure.

Rene Syler speaking at Disney Social Media Moms

The next speaker was the wonderful, amazing Rene Syler from Good Enough Mother. Really, she was amazing. She spoke of losing her job as an anchor of the CBS Early Show 2 weeks after having a double mastectomy. She came up with the idea of Good Enough Mother and told us it was “okay to take yourself off the bottom of the to-do list” and that “real growth hurts” and “follow your passion, you will never go wrong”. She was funny, touching and inspiring. The standing ovation she got at the end of her talk was spontaneous and heartfelt. Go check out her blog.

Fran Capo was next. She’s a fast talker, seriously, she is. My favorite quote from her is “Live every day like it’s your last and one day you will be right. You don’t want to be doing laundry on that day.” No, I really don’t.

Lunch at Citricos at the Grand Floridian during Disney Social Media Moms

Before I knew it, we were headed back to Citrico’s for another fabulous meal.

Dessert at Citricos at the Grand Floridian during Disney Social Media Moms

Dessert at Citricos at the Grand Floridian during Disney Social Media Moms

The food was delicious too, but the desserts? Out of this world!

Duffy the Disney Social Media Moms Bear

When we got back from lunch, Duffy the Disney Bear was waiting for us. Yes, I kept him for myself. He’s sitting on top of the entertainment system in my bedroom.

Chris Brogan was the next speaker. My favorite tip from him was C.R.A.P., I do have a tendency to say that….. a lot.

C – Connecting; work on your network every day

R – Referrals

A – Attention or Awareness; be everywhere

P – Presence; be online, keep content moving all the time, blog often

I need to work on the P in C.R.A.P. more. I’ve fallen into the habit of only blogging a few times a week, sometimes less. More blog posts are my goal for this year.

He told us that “attention is a currency” and another favorite “Raise everybody up”. Oh, and another anocrynym A.B.C. – Always be connecting.

He had a lot of great points and information. I’ve read and re-read my notes a bunch of times since then to keep them fresh in my mind.

Susan Egan and Georgia Stitt at Disney Social Media Moms

The conference was capped off by glasses of champagne and songs by Georgia Stitt and Susan Egan. Susan was the voice of Meg in Hercules. They both put on a fabulous show.

I headed back to our fabulous room, picked up my husband and we went to Hollywood Studios where the evening’s entertainment was scheduled. We managed to ride Tower of Terror then strolled over to Lights Motor Action Stunt Show. Once we were let inside, we were treated to fabulous food, drinks and entertainment.

Disney Junior Party at Hollywood Studios during Disney Social Media Moms

The theme that night was the new programming coming to Disney Junior.

Disney Junior Party in Lights, Motors, Action in Hollywood Studios during Disney Social Media Moms

Disney Junior Party

Another fun-filled, informative day at the conference. Day 3 will be up this week. Then a few posts on the Grand Floridian (gorgeous) and the EPCOT Flower and Garden Show (amazing)!

I paid a fee to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, but as an attendee my husband and I received complimentary items, special discounts, and other exciting benefits such as food and entertainment, so we could experience the magic of Walt Disney World. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100 % my own.

 

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3 Responses to Disney Social Media Moms 2011 Day 2

  1. Cheryl M. says:

    You lucky lady! Hubby and I went to Disney World for our honeymoon in 2000, and it’s the best time we’ve ever had – to be able to go there and attend such an amazing conference too?! Hang on…I think I’m actually turning green…

  2. Melissa says:

    You got some amazing pictures! I love the view you had!

  3. Cathi says:

    Thanks for the great memories! Wasn’t the entire day the best ever?!?

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