A couple of weeks ago I made the official announcement that I was attending the Disney Social Media Moms On-The-Road Celebration in my post titled It’s Official! I’m Attending Disney Social Media Moms On-the-Road! I wasn’t sure what to expect or even if I belonged in the #DisneySMMoms elite group of bloggers. You see my kids are grown, I wasn’t allowed to watch Disney as a child and I’ve never been to either Disney World or Disneyland – although I would really like to go. I would love – love – love to see the Color World Show as it looks so magical online. My favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast. In fact, it was the first Disney movie I watched with my two girls when they were younger. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Mickey Mouse and all the pixie-dust magic associated with Disney, but being a child was simply not allowed. My parents would tell me over and over again I was a tiny adult to be seen and not heard. I did not watch TV, I read books and not children’s books as thus – Shakespeare was my favorite author from the time I was 2 years old. Of course I also loved reading Agatha Christie and the Nancy Drew series which I began reading when I was 5 years old. So you see why I wasn’t sure if I would fit in.
I was rather anxious the night before. In fact, I was unable to sleep. I wondered if I would be the only blogger to show up wearing Minnie Mouse ears or if the dress I chose was wrong. Would I be laughed at, shunned, rejected? I knew three of the bloggers who would be there. One I had met the year before at another blogger conference and one I had met online a few weeks ago through the #DisneySMMoms Facebook group. Yet another I had met the night before at an event in Chicago. Still I was worried – and not just about the conference. This was the first time since Jerry had passed away that I had left the house for more than a few hours. We had someone to watch over the animals but you know how it is when you leave your kids in another person’s care. You worry.
So the morning of the #DisneySMMoms conference arrived. We were trying to figure out how to get to the building where the event was being held when another blogger saw my Minnie Mouse ears through my car windshield and stopped to ask us if we knew where we were going. We told her no and followed her. We found the entrance and I was dropped off at the door. Heels are not comfortable to me and there was no way I could walk the distance between the door and the parking lot in heels. I went inside and was immediately greeted by smiling faces. I met up with the blogger I met the night before and felt like I fit right in.
When the doors to the conference room opened it was magical inside – balloons shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head, Disney decor, props that we could try on – and oh yes, I did. I played dress up. I put on Minnie Mouse gloves and even Maleficient’s horns!
Pictures were taken and we were all having a grand time.
Then breakfast was served – although I was unable to eat anything other than the Mickey Mouse shaped rice crispy treat. They served quiche and fried potatoes with onions. I have food allergies. It was ok though.
We listened to speakers and took notes. My favorite speaker was #RamonWOW. He delivered a powerful presentation that really caught my attention. He was so full of energy and so animated. In fact, he was the best speaker I heard all day and the information I gained was very valuable. Afterwards, another blogger Debbie and I were able to get a photo with him.
However the real highlight of the entire day was meeting Mickie Mouse! Yes, for a moment, I was a kid. I could live and laugh and learn. I could hug Mickie Mouse and no one laughed. In fact everyone wanted to hug Mickie Mouse. I was able to have my picture taken with him – we all were – and there was a huge line. It was amazing how many adults suddenly became kid-like.
I brought home two balloons – one is shaped like Mickey Mouse. I brought home knowledge and memories. For a few hours I was a kid who got to play dress up and meet Mickey Mouse. I felt the pixie dust all around and it was like being in a magical castle where only good things and happiness thrived.