Disney Social Media Moms 2012: Day 3 – Disney Parks Social Media Session & Dinner at the Art of Animation Resort

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The final day of Disney Social Media Moms 2012 was just as amazing as the first two. But it has been such an incredible event that I’m sad to see it come to an end. I had a fantastic time meeting and re-connecting with many blogger friends, getting to know the Disney special events team behind all the magic, learning from fantastic speakers, enjoying fabulous dinners, and experiencing the Disney World parks with my children and family.

This morning started off with extra conference sessions. We had the option to choose from 10 incredible sessions and I wish I could have attended them all. The beauty of Disney Social Media Moms though, is that we get to follow along with the other bloggers/conference attendees on Twitter at the hashtag #DisneySMMoms while they took part in their sessions, so it’s like we there ourselves.

I selected Disney Parks Social Media Creativity – “Fire & Ice” where I had the chance to meet the Disney Parks Social Media Director and chief blogger, Thomas Smith, and Disney’s Social Media Managing Editor, Gary Buchanan or “Wacky Gary.”

Disney Parks Social MediaThese two were funny, informative, and inspiring. They showed a number of inspiring slides.

Disney Parks Blog Social Media

Content Is KingAnd we even got a sneak peek at their editorial calendar!

Disney Parks Blog Editorial CalendarI came away with a new appreciation for Disney’s social media team and can’t wait to browse the Disney Parks Blog and other Disney social media accounts for park & resort announcements, news, sneak peeks, and more.

Disney Parks BlogSome of my favorite take-aways included:

  • Disney’s social media purpose can be summed up by a quote from Walt Disney, “A place where people find happiness and knowledge.” They also added that they want channels where people can create, share, and connect.
  • What keeps the Disney social media team driving forward and trying new things is curiosity.
  • Everyone in social media should be asking, “What if?” and “Why not?”
  • “If you’re coasting it means your going downhill.” – Walt Disney
  • Getting better it doesn’t always mean bigger. It’s in the details.
  • When you’re having fun there’s no telling how far you will go.
  • “Ideas come from curiosity.”  – Walt Disney

After the Fire & Ice Session, I met up with my family who had been visiting the parks while I was away. They went to Hollywood Studios and had a fantastic time.

Hollywood StudiosThey rode Toy Story Mania multiple times, laughed along with the Muppets 3D, and had fun learning to draw Mickey and Minny at the Animation Academy.

Since it was now late afternoon and temperatures were already reaching 90, we decided it was the perfect time to go for a swim. The Yacht Club pools are truly incredible and we could have spent an entire day or more splashing around in them.

After our swim, we cleaned up and got ready for dinner. We boarded buses and were taken to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. From the moment I saw it listed on the itinerary, I couldn’t wait for this dinner.

The Art of Animation Resort looked incredible and so imaginative online that I couldn’t wait to see it in person. It doesn’t open until May 31st, so I was thrilled to get this sneak peak and to share it with my family.

Art of Animation ResortThe resort is amazing, full of imagination, creativity, and fun for the whole family.

Disney's Art of Animation ResortWhen we arrived, the “Under the Sea” party theme fit the resort perfectly. We had dinner by the pool in the Nemo wing.

Art of Animation Resort PoolOutdoors was magnificent as well. Lots of fun and Disney whimsy that had us smiling throughout the evening.

Art of Animation Resort Nemo

Disney Art of Animation Resort ReviewWe even got a sneak peek at the suites! They are adorable, charming, and spacious enough for a family of 6. I know Kora and Logan would be ecstatic to stay in this room!

Art of Animation Suite

Art of Animation Resort ReviewsWe had a fantastic time at this dinner and it was the perfect ending to the perfect Disney trip. While the Disney Social Media Moms 2012 Celebration has come to an end, we are excited to be extended our stay with Global Resort Homes.

We’ll be able to enjoy the Disney parks and plan on visiting Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios until our hearts content. It’s been a wonderful vacation and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to enjoy it with my family, Disney, and all of the other bloggers.

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As participants in the Disney Social Media Moms Conference 2012 we paid our conference fee, which includes hotel accommodations, park tickets, meals, admission to private parties, and other gift items. I was not required, or asked, to write about the conference, events, or speakers. The honest opinions are my own and that of my family.

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  1. Austin Baroudi says:

    I would love to spend the night in one of those suites! My daughter would go nuts! She loves Nemo. Everytime it comes on she see the opeening credits and she screams out, “NEEEEEMOOO”! It’s so cute! Thanks for the post!

  2. saminder gumer says:

    i would love to get invited to this next year. any suggestions or instructions on how to become part of the program?

  3. Fun conference and awesome venue for it!

  4. Maralea says:

    sounds so fun! The suites are adorable!

  5. .:karen:. says:

    We hope to go on a family trip with two of our good friends and their kiddo (our godson) to Disney World next summer. This looks like a nice place to stay! I love that it might help encourage my daughter in her drawing efforts. Haven’t been to Disney since I was 16 or so. Can’t wait!

  6. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I love Disney and I think it’s so neat bloggers get together to meet. Wish I knew about blogging, don’t know a thing but seems you an meet some great people out there and ones that have the same thing in common as you do.

  7. Emily W says:

    The Art of Animation resort looks amazing! I can’t even imagine the amount of work that must have gone into designing and building it. There’s so much detail. I hope Disney goes back to making more hand-drawn animated movies. Their CGI is always great but there’s something about the hand-drawn films that makes them so loveable.

  8. So much fun for everyone! It is high time I went!

  9. Sarah Hirsch says:

    the art of animation resort looks great, hope i get to go there someday!

  10. I can’t get over how adorable the hotel room looks ! What fun!

  11. Harmony B says:

    Love the pics from the animation resort. Would love to stay there

  12. Jennifer V says:

    The Art of Animation Suites look great! I would love to stay there!

  13. Lisa Brown says:

    How fun! I would love to go one day myself.

  14. Jacqueline Diaz says:

    Gosh you are so lucky to get to stay in a cool place and visit all those interesting places. I bet it was fun!

  15. Ellen B says:

    Wish I could have taken my kids to disney

  16. I didn’t know there was an Art of Animation resort! It looks awesome!

  17. chelesa sims says:

    This looks like a fun place to stay at .you are so lucky to have such a great experience

  18. Sounds great! It’s always hard to leave Disney!

  19. That is gorgeous! I bet you all had a blast!

  20. This sounds wonderful. How did you get involved with Disney Social Media Moms? I’d love to hear all about it. Thanks!

  21. Christopher Sorel says:

    loved to visit


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