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Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2016: Family Travel & Animal Kingdom Park

by Nellie

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Before I start this long series of recaps, I want to make sure you guys know that I was obsessed with Disney World before I got the invitation to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. If you have been reading this blog for a long period of time you know that I have run multiple Disney races, visited many times solo, with my husband and as a family–heck I even got engaged there. So much so that my friends come to me for “suggestions” (read: I’m their personal Disney travel planner).

This trip was so different though because it combined my insatiable love for blogging with my insatiable love for Disney. The entire conference really blew my mind so I’m excited to share the highlights with you!

Traveling as a Family

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The trip came at a very appropriate time as our family had just suffered such a huge loss. I was excited to have to some theme park fun to balance out the sadness that the family was going through.

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Our flight was crazy easy and we landed in Orlando at 1pm. After a quick magical express ride to the Yacht Club Resort, we headed over to the registration table and I realized that wait, this was actually happening. I spent so much time wishing upon a bloggy star for this and here I was, at the coveted conference!

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We walked in and saw Mickey Mouse just chilling in the corner, the boys were over the moon excited! Plus we got to use the Memory Maker which was hands down the COOLEST, but more on that later.


We were so hungry so we walked over to the boardwalk for some food. I’ve always loved the boardwalk as it has always been one of the most relaxing parts of Disney. We ate our fill and headed back to the room.

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Networking and Dinner

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There was a quick networking session before dinner where a lot of hugs were given and squeals were heard. I didn’t realize I knew so many bloggers attending but it was so nice to see people I’ve only chatted with online.

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Right after we headed to Animal Kingdom where we were served some traditional African inspired foods and it was all so good! We were also entertained by some cultural African singers and dancers that performs at the Animal Kingdom daily. There are so many really cool additions coming to the Animal Kingdom park but more on that in my next post.Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Day One-5963Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Day One-5983

After dinner we visited the tent which had characters from the Lionguard and Zootopia.


Afterwards we (read: I) was completely wiped from the day and so we headed back to Yacht for some much needed rest as tomorrow was conference day!! When we arrived back to our rooms we were so excited to see we got some awesome gifts!


Part two is on its way! I’ll be sharing all about the new Star Wars fun coming to Disney, as well as all the exciting fun of conference day!!

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What is your favorite theme park in Disney? What are your family travel plans this summer?

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LaShawn May 10, 2016 - 5:02 am

So exciting! I lived following along on social media! Can’t wait to hear about everything!

Allie May 10, 2016 - 5:51 am

This is so great!!!! I cannot wait to bring my boys back to Disney, although we may opt for the cruise – of course I will need your thoughts on that 🙂
Animal Kingdom was the boys favorite park when we were there!!

Janine Huldie May 10, 2016 - 6:54 am

I think you know just how obsessed I am with Disney, too. So loved seeing your trip so far, especially Animal Kingdom, which sadly the last time I didn’t get to go to, but truly cannot wait to get the chance this time. Seriously though, this looked like an amazing opportunity and glad you were able to go with your husband and your kids, too!! 🙂

Aliah May 10, 2016 - 9:42 am

Loved seeing your tweets and pics from Social Media Moms Celebration! I’m glad you and the fam had lots of fun–you know I’m waiting for the Star Wars re-cap. We are headed down this summer!

Pamela May 10, 2016 - 4:32 pm

Wow!!! Ok…the memory maker? I’ve read up on it…but I see now it’s a must! We are going to be staying at the Boardwalk this year! We’ve stayed at the Beach Club before so we love the area…super excited!!! I didn’t know you did all this…exciting, way to go…awesome!!! Keep posting I’m hooked!

kita May 10, 2016 - 5:26 pm

I can’t wait to go to Disney I have never been! Judging from the pictures I can’t wait to go.

Tamara May 10, 2016 - 6:46 pm

This conference seems made for you. It gives me something to dream about because I think I might one day be a good fit too. I hope so!
I’m excited for part 2. I’m actually writing about Animal Kingdom tomorrow! Timely!

Leslie May 13, 2016 - 10:48 am

Congratulations on getting to go to such an awesome event. I’m glad it came at a time when you needed it so much. Looking forward to reading your other posts!


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