DisneySMMoms Celebration 2010: A Magical Day of Learning

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2010:
A Magical Day of Learning


I was so excited for what this day would bring! We got up and going pretty early, hopped on the monorail and did the loop over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort where we would be spending the day.

We walked into the conference room and it was just beautiful! The backdrop up on stage was the most beautiful Pixie Dusted Cinderella Castle I’ve ever seen!

We had a wonderful breakfast and we were entertained by the @TweeterSisterz while we ate. They came around to all of the tables with their silly antics! It was a really fun way to kick off the morning! Honestly, they reminded me of the evil stepsisters, Drizella and Anastasia. They were just that funny!

Amanda, Allison, Traci and JL

Debbie & Jen

I was really looking forward to meeting Shellie Ross after following her family’s story for several months. I was really excited that I would get to actually meet her in person. I just HAD to hug her.

Shellie and I

There was a beautiful Princess Build-A-Bear on each table and we learned later on that the one lucky person from each table who had a special sticker on the bottom of their chair would get to take home the bear! Here are the pics I took of them:


I feel like my pictures hardly do these “bears” justice. They were absolutely gorgeous! I’m pretty sure you can imagine our excitement when we found out that one of us would get to take one home!

There were also special Disney Parks vases on each table with a gorgeous Gerber Daisy in each one…those happen to be my VERY FAVORITE flower! The vases were special because they were plastic so we were able to take them home in our suitcases on the plane! So thoughtful of Disney to do that for us!

Our first speaker of the day was Maxine Clark of Build-A-Bear. She is really an amazing woman and I’m so happy that I was able to chat with her one-on-one for a few minutes! She’s a true dream chaser!

Maxine Clark and I

Marissa Jaret Winokur spoke to us about balancing work and parenthood and finding the humor in it all. She was inspiring! I was very excited hear her story and to meet her!

Marissa Jaret Winokur and I

We had a surprise visit from Cinderella and her Prince who were giving away a one-night stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite for that very evening! What a special treat that was for the mommy-blogger who was picked!

TweeterSisterz and Cinderella with her Prince

After an amazingly delicious lunch, Kathie Ireland spoke to us about finding our passion and never giving up. She was so inspiring as well.

Kathie Ireland

Christopher Brogan gave us his perspective about online marketing. He was just the sweetest guy you ever want to meet.

Chris Brogan and I

I had no idea that Thomas Smith, the Disney Parks Social Media Director who posts often on the Disney Parks Blog, would be there and I was so excited to have the honor of meeting him as well!

Thomas Smith and I

To end a fabulous day of speakers, we had some stand-up entertainment from MaryEllen Hooper and if you have never heard of her, I would strongly recommend that you check her out because she is one of the funniest comedians I have ever had the pleasure of listening to!

We couldn’t have been treated to more relevant speakers. This was simply an amazing day for me and it changed my entire way of thinking about the world of social media.


  1. It truly was a magical day, especially since we were safe inside from the rain. Learned so much, met amazing people, and cherish the memories. Hope to see you in March at the next DisneySMMoms. Thank you for helping us to relive those moments.

    • jjzmgailey says:

      It was my very first blogging conference and I just loved it! I really enjoyed meeting so many people that I recognized from their blogs too! I hope to be able to go to the next one!

  2. This truly does sound like a magical day! Thanks for sharing with us:)

  3. Thanks so much for the recap! It looks wonderful and I hope to go this year!

  4. I love that you have photos of all the different princess bears. They were so adorable. Great recap Jackie!

  5. O love reading about this year’s conference. I can’t wait until 2011!


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