Last week I spent 4 days at Walt Disney World as a guest of Disney at their Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. The event is an annual conference of sorts where Disney invites mom and dad bloggers from across the country to learn, get inspired and take part in a truly unique Disney experience. Our families are invited along too – but they don’t attend the real conference part of the schedule, just the straight up park-filled fun.
This was my first time at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, and I have written before about how I grew up with Disney, and how totally dorky I can be about the Walt Disney World experience. I never out grew it. But, seeing Disney Parks through my kids’ eyes is a totally different experience. While everyone talks about the their little ones seeing a princess for the first time, or running up and giving Mickey and Minnie a big hug, I think there is something equally magical that comes over the older kids too.
My daughters are 11. They are now firmly in the tween space – that awkwardly wonderful time when they are on the cusp of real emotional and physical change, but still wide-eyed and happy to be with me. They can be moody, they can be super sweet, they can be ridiculously mature and then do something so bizarrely immature that I wonder how they make it through the day in one piece. But, something wonderful happens at Disney – they move pretty squarely into that kid space – yet still have the stamina of an older kid. They regress in the best way, holding on to their childhood with both hands. Equally happy to see Minnie Mouse now as when they were 4.
And they are equally excited to share the whole Disney experience with me as when they were little…
And the regression isn’t only for tweens and teens. Disney is the only place where your entire family can wear matching shirts, sparkly ears or full-out princess costumes and no one cares. In fact, it’s encouraged.
I’m glad my daughters got my Disney gene, and now that Star Wars has really, truly been brought into the Disney family, my husband can get on board too.
I’ll be writing more about the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, but in the meantime I leave you with this picture:
These are Disney cast members that searched high and low to try to retrieve my daughter’s birthday button that had fallen down a grate. They couldn’t get it out, they disappeared for about 20 minutes, and showed up with a brand new one – I have no idea from where since we were in a closed off area of Hollywood Studios, but they did. Now that’s some serious Disney magic.