mwsindisney-copy After 8-fun-filled days in Disney World, my family landed back home last night to a world of snow.

While I promise to bring you some great travel-related product reviews in the coming weeks that pertain to my trip, I wanted blog about the second half of my trip to start. It was the catalyst to our even going to Disney World at all – the Disney Social Media Moms conference.

I have to say, this has been the best social media conference I have attended thus far. It was fun, intimate and both inspiriting and educational.

Disney’s involvement in the conference was to let us know about Disney’s Give A Day, Get a Day program. To date, 600,000 volunteers have signed up and completed the program. Basically volunteering at Disney for a day gains you a one day pass into the parks. Meg Crofton, President of the Walt Disney World Resort, spoke to us our first night as we gathered at the ESPN Wide World of Sports for a short briefing and presentation, followed by a fun night of entertainment – dancing for the kids, characters visiting our tables, and schmoozing with other Moms.

Melissa from Girly Mama Blog, Colleen from Classy Mommy, Marissa Winokur & Whitney from Mommies with Style (me!)

Melissa from Girly Mama Blog, Colleen from Classy Mommy, Marissa Winokur & Whitney from Mommies with Style (me!)

Guy Kawasaki was my personal favorite at the conference – he was engaging and funny. And as a working Mom & blogger, I couldn’t help but be captivated with his advice for folks on utilizing Twitter as a power tool in business.

It was fabulous to see so many old faces – and to meet so many new Mom bloggers who I hadn’t yet had the chance to meet. Plus, this was a first opportunity for many of us to meet the inspiration behind all of our blogs – our kids!

On our last day at the conference, we heard from various speakers like Maxine Clark, the CEO of Build-A-Bear. She was truly inspirational.

Tony award winner Marissa Winokur (from Broadway’s Hairspray and Dancing with the Stars) spoke on balancing motherhood with work.

Kathy Ireland spoke on being a Mom and a successful entrepreneur (one of the most successful women in business in the country!). She was captivating; genuine and nice and obviously as stunning on the inside as she is on the outside.

Here’s the first bit of her presentation – not the best quality visually but you can get the gist from what she’s saying:

Chris Brogan gave us some common sense advice on marketing.

Of course the best part was socializing with so many of my blogging friends: my girls from Philly – Colleen from Classy Mommy & Melissa from Girly Mama. Elizabeth from the Party Planning Professor, Bay from the Queen Mother Blog. Great to see Audrey from Mom Generations again, and Margaret from the Disney Moms Panel. And so many more – women I’ve been talking to via email and Twitter for years.  I couldn’t possibly shout out to everyone because I truly could go on and on, but overall, it was a fabulous experience.

Thanks so much to everyone who made it happen – Disney, 5 Minutes for Mom (Sue is a doll!), Resourceful Mommy (thanks 4 the bus chat Amy, hope your trip home was no where near as crazy as the one down!) and Mom Talk Radio.

Disclaimer: while I paid to attend this conference, it was at a discounted rate. Disney gave us a stay at the Polynesian, plus Media Fast Passes & Park Hopper tickets for my entire family.


With my family in Epcot


  1. Well, you know how much I would have loved to attend. Sounds wonderful. After reading about experiences at Disney and Blissdom, I am so excited for BlogHer. And am considering TypeA, too. Of course, can’t wait for Philly Bloggy Bootcamp!

  2. Okay apparently this posted early… yikes! Adding more shortly, sorry folks!

  3. Whitney,

    It was wonderful meeting you! I had such an amazing time at the event and I also loved hearing from Guy Kawasaki and Chris Brogan. All the speakers were awesome and I loved the variety… each one was different and together provided such a rich experience.

    I’m so glad you had fun at the conference and I hope your family enjoys a few snowball fights.

    Talk soon

  4. Wow! What a great post. I was trying to figure out how to get all my excitement into one post and just couldn’t do it. But you did a great job!!

    The picture/video of Kathy Ireland looks like you were sitting at the table in front of me.

    Wish I could have met all the bloggers there!!

    Great post!

  5. So glad to hear you had a wonderful time. I’m really hoping they have this conference again some time as I would absolutely love to attend. What a line-up of speakers and just an incredible event in general!

  6. Sounds like you had an amazing time! I can’t wait to hear more. Subscribing so I don’t miss it!

  7. You’re right, Guy was my fave, Maxine was truly inspirational and it was fabulous to get to meet everyone! The whole weekend was incredible! Next time let’s get just a little bit more sun so we can hang by the pool. 🙂

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