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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Day 1 Recap

I still cannot believe that the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration has came and gone already --  what a whirlwind of events!! I'm going to backtrack for a minute and tell you why this event was so special to me.

While this was my very first time attending DisneySMMC, this was not my first invitation. In fact, I was invited in both 2015 and again in 2016. In 2015 I was in a severe automobile accident. I was non-weight bearing, in a hospital bed in my living room. I was recovering from 14 broken bones; including my neck. While I was SO honored to be invited, it hurt me so much to have to decline.

In 2016 I was invited again! Although I was still recovering, I was okay enough where I would be able to attend. I was SO excited! Unfortunately a couple of weeks after I received my invitation, I re-fractured my left femur due to a complication from my accident the year prior. I was crushed.

Fast forward to this year. I honestly didn't think I was going to receive an invitation as I saw them rolling out. I was incredibly happy for my peers, however, it still hurt to start to realize that my dreams of attending DisneySMMC may not happen. I was so surprised, and grateful to receive my invitation to this years conference early January. I could not RSVP fast enough!!

Because I received my invitation later than most, I had just about one month to plan our trip. No problem for me! We decided to invite my parents along. They've been with us every step of the way these past two years, that it only seemed right they be there with us to celebrate.

2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Day 1 Recap
I was thrilled when the day finally arrived. February 7, 2017. This years celebration was held at Port Orleans Riverside Resort in Walt Disney World for two days, and then we would be whisked away for 3-nights onboard the Disney Wonder. This was the first EVER Disney Social Media Moms Land AND Sea Celebration -- and I was going!! 

It was such a surreal moment for me arriving for registration at Port Orleans. Being there with my family, is a moment I'll always remember. 
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
Once we were all registered, my parents took the boys to their hotel room and to explore the resort a bit. I had some "influencer only" events to attend! First up was a personal shopping experience with sponsor, Hanes.
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Hanes Oh So Light Comfort Bra
We learned about some of Hanes' new products, my favorite being the new Oh So Light Comfort Line. These bras were SO SOFT!! Hanes also had some yummy treats and mimosas for us to enjoy!
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Sponsor Hanes
photo credit: Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
After spending some time with Hanes, I decided to head back to our room to get ready for the night ahead. One of the most exciting moments for me was getting my official conference badge. After these hard two years, I was finally here.
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
After I got ready for our evening at Animal Kingdom, it was time to head to our private buses that would transport us to the influencer only event -- our families would meet up with us later.  Our evening event was hosted by sponsor, GoGo squeeZ. It was held in the Festival of the Lion King Theater. Attendees were welcomed to this years celebration, and then we were welcome to network while we waited for our families to arrive.

Pandora - The World of Avatar arrives at Disney's Animal Kingdom May 27, 2017. We got to see a diorama of Pandora, and I can tell you it's going to be spectacular!
Pandora The World of Avatar Diorama
photo credit: Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
Our families arrived, and we were treated to a fabulous dinner, entertainment, and dancing! I was so happy to see my boys, but my sweet Avery was so, so tired. He's only 3-years old, and it was such a long day for him. He kept asking to go back to the hotel. My parents, being the amazing grandparents they are, offered to take him back while Jared and I stayed with Lincoln.
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
After enjoying some yummy food and dancing, it was time to head over to the amphitheater along Discovery River. We were going to be the first ever to see Animal Kingdom's new nighttime show, Rivers of Light!!
Disney Animal Kingdom Rivers of Light
Rivers of Light was unlike any Disney show I've ever seen.  It was beautifully breathtaking. Its combination of water, sound, and light will be unlike anything you've ever seen.
Disney Animal Kingdom Rivers of Light
Lincoln loved the show as much as we all did. He happily snacked on a Mickey ice cream bar and declared this "the best day ever!" I couldn't agree more.
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
Once we departed the theater, we had one more stop -- we witnessed the beauty of the Tree of Life Awakenings.
Disney Animal Kingdom Tree of Life Awakenings
Disney's Animal Kingdom comes alive at night! With the Tree of Life Awakenings, Rivers of Light, and Pandora opening soon,  Animal Kingdom will be on a whole other level! This expansion brings so much more to this beautiful park.
Disney Animal Kingdom Tree of Life Awakenings
Rivers of Light and the Tree of Life Awakenings were the perfect end to the perfect evening. We headed back to Port Orleans. As excited as I was, I knew I needed a good nights sleep to get ready for even more magic on Day 2.

I was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I paid a nominal conference fee to attend and received discounted & complimentary items from Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and their sponsors. I was not asked to write about my experience. All opinions are my own.

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