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December 1, 2016

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is part land, part sea in 2017

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Many mom bloggers received an unexpected gift last week that inspired even more gratitude than usual during the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s because highly sought-after invitations to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration were sent out – months earlier than they have been in the past.

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This year's conference takes place Feb. 7 to 12, and it features a first – half of the conference takes place on a Disney Cruise Line ship. The first two nights are spent at Port Orleans Riverside at Walt Disney World and the following three nights are onboard the ship. The conference day is scheduled for when the ship has a day at sea. Next year will be the eighth year for the conference, with all but one held in Florida. (The exception was a year when Disneyland hosted the conference.)

Participation in “The Most Magical Social Media Conference of the Year” is by invitation only, although there might be some ways to increase your odds. (More on that below.)

The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is a conference for bloggers who get professional communication advice from a range of speakers from national companies. Some of the past speakers have included wedding designer David Tutera; Matt Jacobson, head of market development at Facebook; Chris Brogan, president of Human Business Works, New York Times best-selling author and consultant; Ridley Pearson, the author of the "Kingdom Keepers" series for young adults and many other novels; and Rene Syler, former CBS' The Early Show Anchor and webmaster of goodenoughmother.com.

The multiday event also includes elements of a press junket, allowing conference attendees to experience what's new at the Disney Parks and, this year, Disney Cruise Line. Plus, it's a celebration that includes many fun family dinners and experiences. Participants pay their own way to the conference and a discounted registration fee that typically includes a stay at a Walt Disney World resort, theme park tickets and dinners for the family, and meals for the blogger. This year, it includes a three-night stay in a cabin with a veranda. The cost this year is $1,400 for the invitee and one guest. The invitee may bring up to two additional guests at a cost of $400 per guest.

For years, the big question has been how to get invited to the conference. And, unfortunately, there is no definitive answer, except that it involves a lot of pixie dust.

I was among those fortunate enough to be invited to the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, and I learned as much from my fellow bloggers as the amazing speakers. Moms who blog about Disney and other Orlando theme parks (like me) actually were in the minority. Most participants were mom bloggers who write about their daily experiences with their families, while some had specialized blogs for travel and other niches. It's a small group -- somewhere between 150 to 200 bloggers and their families attend.

Although most of the invitations for 2017 have gone out -- there may be some last-minute emails if some participants are unable attend -- those interested in attending in 2018 might be able to increase their chances by getting involved online and in person.

** Begin by following and interacting on social media (when appropriate) with Maria Bailey, who helped create the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. She is known as "the" authority on marketing to moms. She and her company, BSM Media, Inc., still are very involved with the conference. You also can connect with her by registering as a mom blogger at MomSelect.

** Be sure you are following on social media the Disney organizers behind the magic: @DisneySMMoms @DisneyParks @WaltDisneyWorld @DisneylandToday @DisneyCruise @DisneySports @runDisney @leannej (Leanne J. O'Regan, Walt Disney World Director of Social Media) Follow the hashtag #DisneySMMC to see what’s happening at the conference.

** Try to attend a Disney Social Media Moms Celebration on the Road. These mini conferences take place during the summer in a handful of cities throughout the United States. They are a good way to network and promote yourself to the organizers of the big conference at the Disney Parks. Although the 2017 dates have not yet been announced, keep checking the official Disney Social Media Moms Celebration site.



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March 10, 2016

Why was #DisneySMMC trending on social media last week?

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On Tuesday, March 1, the hashtag #DisneySMMC was trending in the United States -- and with good reason. For many mom bloggers, that day had the potential to be a roller coaster of emotions. That's because invitations to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration were sent out, and everyone wanted to talk about their joy or disappointment and try to figure out just how to get on the coveted list.

The short answer is that attendance at "The Most Magical Social Media Conference of the Year" is by invitation only, although there might be some ways to increase your odds. (More on that below.) This year's conference takes place May 5 to 8 -- Mother's Day weekend -- at Walt Disney World. This is the seventh year for the conference, with all but one held in Florida. Last year it was at Disneyland.

The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is a conference for bloggers who get professional communication advice from a range of speakers from national companies. Some of the past speakers have included wedding designer David Tutera; Matt Jacobson, head of market development at Facebook; Chris Brogan, president of Human Business Works, New York Times best-selling author and consultant; Ridley Pearson, the author of the "Kingdom Keepers" series for young adults and many other novels; and Rene Syler, former CBS' The Early Show Anchor and webmaster of goodenoughmother.com.

The four-day event also includes elements of a press junket, allowing conference attendees to experience what's new at the Disney Parks. Plus, it's a celebration that includes many fun family dinners and experiences. Participants pay their own way to the conference and a discounted registration fee that typically includes three nights at a deluxe resort, theme park tickets and dinners for the family, and meals for the blogger.

The big question is, of course, how to get invited to the conference. And, unfortunately, there is no definitive answer, except that it involves a lot of pixie dust.

I was among those fortunate enough to be invited to the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration when I worked at the Orlando Sentinel, and I learned as much from my fellow bloggers as the amazing speakers. Moms like me who blog about Disney and other Orlando theme parks actually were in the minority. Most participants were mom bloggers who write about their daily experiences with their families, while some had specialized blogs for travel and other niches. It's a small group -- somewhere between 150 to 200 bloggers and their families attend.

Although most of this year's conference invitations have gone out -- there may be some last-minute emails if some participants are unable attend -- those interested in attending in 2017 might be able to increase their chances by getting involved online and in person.

** Begin by following and interacting on social media (when appropriate) with Maria Bailey, who helped create the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. She is known as "the" authority on marketing to moms. She and her company, BSM Media, Inc., still are very involved with the conference. You also can connect with her by registering as a mom blogger at MomSelect.

** Be sure you are following on social media the Disney organizers behind the magic: @DisneyMoms @DisneyParks @WaltDisneyWorld @WDWToday @DisneylandToday @DisneyCruise @DisneySports @runDisney @leannej (Leanne J. O'Regan, Walt Disney World Director of Social Media)

** Try to attend a Disney Social Media Moms Celebration on the Road. These mini conferences take place during the summer in a handful of cities throughout the United States. They are a good way to network and promote yourself to the organizers of the big conference at the Disney Parks. Although the 2016 dates have not yet been announced, keep an eye out because they could be any time now. (Last year, the On the Road dates were announced shortly after the invitations for the main conference were sent.) The On the Road notice will include a link to express your interest in one of the events, and then invitations will be sent out.



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March 24, 2015

Invitations to 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

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On Friday, March 20, the hashtag #DisneySMMC was trending in the United States -- and with good reason. For many mom bloggers, that day had the potential to be a roller coaster of emotions. That's because invitations to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration were sent out, and everyone wanted to talk about their joy or disappointment and try to figure out just how to get on the coveted list.

The short answer is that attendance at "The Most Magical Social Media Conference of the Year" is by invitation only, although there might be some ways to increase your odds. (More on that below.) This year's conference takes place May 7 to 10 -- Mother's Day weekend -- at Walt Disney World. This is the sixth year for the conference, with all but one held in Florida. Last year it was at Disneyland.

The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is a conference for bloggers who get professional communication advice from a range of speakers from national companies. Some of the past speakers have included wedding designer David Tutera; Matt Jacobson, head of market development at Facebook; Chris Brogan, president of Human Business Works, New York Times best-selling author and consultant; Ridley Pearson, the author of the "Kingdom Keepers" series for young adults and many other novels; and Rene Syler, former CBS' The Early Show Anchor and webmaster of goodenoughmother.com.

The four-day event also includes elements of a press junket, allowing conference attendees to experience what's new at the Disney Parks. Plus, it's a celebration that includes many fun family dinners and experiences. Participants pay their own way to the conference and a discounted registration fee that typically includes three nights at a deluxe resort, theme park tickets and dinners for the family, and meals for the blogger.

The big question is, of course, how to get invited to the conference. And, unfortunately, there is no definitive answer, except that it involves a lot of pixie dust.

I was among those fortunate enough to be invited to the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, and I learned as much from my fellow bloggers as the amazing speakers. Moms who blog about Disney and other Orlando theme parks (like me) actually were in the minority. Most participants were mom bloggers who write about their daily experiences with their families, while some had specialized blogs for travel and other niches. It's a small group -- somewhere between 150 to 200 bloggers and their families attend.

Although most of this year's conference invitations have gone out -- there may be some last-minute emails if some participants are unable attend -- those interested in attending in 2016 might be able to increase their chances by getting involved online and in person.

** Begin by following and interacting on social media (when appropriate) with Maria Bailey, who helped create the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. She is known as "the" authority on marketing to moms. She and her company, BSM Media, Inc., still are very involved with the conference. You also can connect with her by registering as a mom blogger at MomSelect.

** Be sure you are following on social media the Disney organizers behind the magic: @DisneySMMoms @DisneyParks @WaltDisneyWorld @DisneylandToday @DisneyCruise @DisneySports @runDisney @leannej (Leanne J. O'Regan, Walt Disney World Director of Social Media)

** Try to attend a Disney Social Media Moms Celebration on the Road. These mini conferences take place during the summer in a handful of cities throughout the United States. They are a good way to network and promote yourself to the organizers of the big conference at the Disney Parks. Although the 2015 dates have not yet been announced, you can sign up for an email notification on the official Disney Social Media Moms Celebration site. When you receive that notice, you can express your interest with a form on the site, and invitations will be sent out.



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February 11, 2014

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration invitations go out to hopeful bloggers

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If you're an avid follower of family bloggers on social media, you likely saw the hashtag #DisneySMMoms show up quite a bit in your news feeds last week. That's because invitations for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration were sent out on Feb. 3, and the ecstatic and the disappointed were ready to talk about the most magical of gatherings.

What is the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration?

It's conference for bloggers who get professional communication advice from a range of speakers from national companies. Some of the past speakers have included wedding designer David Tutera; Matt Jacobson, head of market development at Facebook; Chris Brogan, president of Human Business Works, New York Times best-selling author and consultant; Ridley Pearson, the author of the "Kingdom Keepers" series for young adults and many other novels; and Rene Syler, former CBS' The Early Show Anchor and webmaster of goodenoughmother.com.

The four-day event also includes elements of a press junket, allowing conference attendees to experience what's new at the Disney Parks. Plus, it's a celebration that includes many fun family dinners and experiences. Participants pay their own way to the conference and a discounted registration fee that typically includes three nights at a deluxe resort, theme park tickets and dinners for the family, and meals for the blogger.

An invitation to Disney Social Media Moms has been among the most coveted for bloggers for the last five years. Although the conference organizers did have one year when registration was on a first-come, first-served basis, most years have been by invitation only. It's a small group -- somewhere between 150 to 200 bloggers and their families attend.

There is, of course, a lot of chatter on social media about how bloggers can make that list. And that's tough to answer because attendees have included bloggers who have huge followings and some who are just getting started. The annual roster of participants seems mostly to include mommy bloggers who write about their daily experiences with their families, though there are some participants who have travel or niche blogs. Moms who regularly blog about Disney and other Orlando theme parks actually are in the minority.

For the first time, the celebration is being held at Disneyland this year. Look for #DisneySMMoms to again peak on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during the conference, April 10-13. Though not every blogger can experience the event in person, we all can live vicariously through the posts and pictures and insight offered by this select group. It's just one more way fans can follow the latest news of all things Disney.



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February 15, 2013

Disney World announces 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

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Walt Disney World has announced the dates of its 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration -- May 9 to 12 (Mother's Day weekend) -- and like last year, attendance is by invitation only.

For mommy bloggers, #DisneySMMoms is among the most coveted conferences. Participants learn from speakers who are experts in the fields of online publishing, blogging, communications and marketing. Chris Brogan - president of Human Business Works, New York Times best-selling author and consultant -- has been a featured speaker at the past three events. Other speakers have included Matt Jacobson, head of market development at Facebook; Ridley Pearson, the author of the "Kingdom Keepers" series for young adults and many other novels; Rene Syler, former CBS' The Early Show Anchor and webmaster of Goodenoughmother.com; supermodel Kathy Ireland; and wedding designer David Tutera.

I was among those fortunate enough to be invited to the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, and I learned as much from my fellow bloggers as the amazing speakers. Moms who blog about Disney and other Orlando theme parks (like me) actually were in the minority. Most participants were mom bloggers who write about their daily experiences with their families, while some had specialized blogs for travel and other niches. Many, though, had advice to share about everything from promoting their work to monetizing their sites. Others had valuable questions for the speakers that we all learned from.

Of course, attending a conference not only located at Walt Disney World, but also hosted by the Disney publicity team, is a magical experience. The event is limited to about 150 bloggers and their families, so it is more intimate and participants actually get to know and network with other bloggers. And Disney makes sure there is plenty of time for that with fun family dinners, time in the four theme parks and even some specialized experiences, such as touring the newest attractions on property. Last year, attendees were given a behind-the-scenes tour of New Fantasyland and an inside look at the new Art of Animation hotel -- before either officially had opened.

Disney has not yet announced when this year's invitations will go out, but many of us will be checking our inboxes faithfully until we see a discussion take off on Twitter or Facebook.

Those who don't get invited may have another opportunity closer to their hometowns. Last year, Disney's social media team launched satellite conferences called Disney Social Media Moms on the Road. Look for updates with hashtag #Disneyontheroad.

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