Thursday, June 11, 2015

#DisneySMMC on the road in Portland!

On Tuesday June 9, I got the opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Mom Celebration on the road in Portland. There is so much to share about it that I will put it in several posts. But I wanted to give you an overview of the amazing conference.
My drive into Portland which should have taken about 2 hours 20 minutes ended up taking just over 3.5 hours. So.Much.Traffic. Luckily I had planned to arrive an hour early so I could socialize. I missed the socializing, but made it (a bit frazzled) right as they were about to begin. Luckily, the Disney magic greeted me immediately and I was no longer stressing the hassle of getting there! 
The room was beautiful! Every detail was given the Disney treatment! I quickly grabbed some breakfast and found an available seat with some really nice ladies (who ended up being presenters!) 
The first video pulled me in and made me feel like I should rush to the  Disney parks immediately. The first speakers were Disney cast members and they just added to my excitement! In case I haven't mentioned this before, I am a huge, HUGE Disney fan. My family has had Disneyland passes for 3 of the last 4 years, and we will be renewing them again this month! :) We have been to Disneyland several times, but none of them have been since the Diamond Celebration began. Now I cannot wait to go again! 
Tyler Slater, Who does "Disney Destinations PR and Social Media" spoke first. Followed by Erin Glover, Director of Social Media for Disneyland Resort. These two have dream jobs-they are living my dream! Tyler gave us a lot of info about different Disney locations. Erin talked a lot about what it takes to do the Disney Parks blog and gave us some great advice for our own blogs.
Next up was Victoria Lim, former journalist, current managing editor for Walt Disney World Public Relations. She gave us some excellent advice on making and using videos. I learned a lot from her and cannot wait to try all I learned.
After Victoria, we heard from Andrea Roxas and Megan Sayers, editors at They had a ton of excellent tips for how to interact on different social media platforms. 
Our next speaker was author, Marianne Richmond. She talked a lot about finding out own voice and knowing our why! She was excellent. My favorite part was when she spoke about finding your Brave and creating a courage team! More detail on this in a later blog post.
Our last speakers were my breakfast buddies, Kathy Cano-Murillo, the Crafty Chica, and her daughter, Maya Murillo of Maya in the Moment. I loved listening to them talk about the family aspect of all this. It was inspiring to me and has me thinking of ways to include my kids more in what I do.
Our last guest didn't say much but he made huge impact and I just love him! Here's a picture of him with me: 
All in all I am so grateful I was able to attend! I loved it and hope to attend again. I will be using what I learned and reclaiming my blog as my own. I have been looking for my voice for a while now, and I think it is becoming more clear for me. More coming soon!!!