#DisneySMMC Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Recap: Magic & Pixie Dust

If you’ve been following me on social media (which, you should be doing by the way – everywhere @momsncharge except Snapchat which is @christinestvil), then you know that I just recently surprised my kids with their first trip to Walt Disney World the week before last for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Let me also say there will be another recap with tips for traveling with the kids as well as highlights from my kids’ perspectives, and of course, the amazing sponsors that were a part of this magical event.

The first trace of pixie dust was obviously in the delivery of the invitation that I received on March 1st. I was literally getting ready to head to Disney for the Dreamers Academy, when God blessed my inbox with this coveted pixie dust message. Like…life just couldn’t get any better at that moment…Disney twice in one year? Yes, please! Well…once we realized hubby couldn’t go because of work, but that my mom could go in his place, it was a YES PLEASE (and the plus was that this was also her first time going to Walt Disney World, so it made it that much more special)! The only way I could say yes to this trip would be if I could take the kids, and you already know how much I love surprises. So the kids had no idea where we were going until we landed in Orlando and got in the airport.

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From the moment this hit my inbox, I had nothing but an amazing experience. I mean…how could you not? It’s Disney, after all.

As a first-time attendee of any conference, you’re usually a little uneasy and not sure what to expect. Since it’s an invite-only event, the only thing you can do is follow the #DisneySMMC hashtag and hope that the invite lands in your inbox. And even though it came at a hectic time for me (lots of travel this year and had to leave to speak at Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Success Conference two days later), I knew I had to be there!

So here is how it all went down (well, part of it anyway)…

The magic actually started before we ever left the state of Maryland because our customized Magic Bands arrived about a week before we left. These bands (which I’ll talk about more in a later post) are the gateway to a carefree Disney trip as they get you in your Disney property hotel room, Disney parks, Disney’s Magical Express and so much more.

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This is right after the kids found out we were going to Disney World

We flew in late Thursday afternoon. And by the time we got off the plane, hopped on our Magical Express and headed to check in at the Disney Yacht Club, I had about 30 min to find the convention center, register, then go back and change before heading back out for our opening welcome reception.

Totally sad I didn't bring the family with me to register since they surprised us with a greeting from Mickey himself!

Totally sad I didn’t bring the family with me to register since they surprised us with a greeting from Mickey himself!

Photo Credit: 5minformom.com

Photo Credit: 5MinutesForMom.com

From there, we met up with our families and were escorted by bus off to our family dinner at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We had a yummy buffet style dinner followed by a couple of surprises which included performances, character greetings and a special nighttime Tree of Life show (I had forgotten my camera at the hotel and my phone had died by this point).

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We got to hang out with my girl/fellow blogger Martine of CandidBelle.com and her beautiful family.

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Friday was a full day for us bloggers and influencers. So while we were in conference sessions from 8-4pm, our families were attending other activities or enjoying time at the parks. We spent the day learning some exclusive behind-the-scenes info on upcoming Disney attractions, films and more. And then of course, there were some sweet surprises like these ears that were left on our tables during one of our breaks.

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A few highlights were watching the first 33 minutes of Finding Dory (a must-see when it hits theatres on June 17th!), getting a behind-the-scenes look into the making of Alice Through the Looking Glass, and the Dream Big Princess awards (Check out some awesome photos from 5MinutesForMom.com here).

And then there was that time I met Chewy…

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These surprise room drops (more on these later) were absolutely icing on the cake, so grateful for the magical touches.

Saturday morning we spent with some more awesome Cast Members and Doc McStuffins. I think I was just as excited as the kids. In addition to the meet and greet, they had some coloring activities and some dancing happening too. Those who didn’t attend the meeting and greet with the Doc, headed in to the next door movie theatre to watch Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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Because I was convinced they created and displayed this step-and-repeat just for us 😉

Sunday morning we got to enjoy a very special Mother’s Day breakfast complete with Princesses Rapunzel, Belle and Tiana (by this time we had already gotten pictures with Belle and Tiana).

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Stay tuned to my next post where I’ll talk all about the sponsors and the awesome gifts we received that will last a lifetime.

There was a great balance between conference/influencer-only activities and family activities and I’m so glad I was able to attend. I am beyond grateful to Disney for this opportunity to be recongized and experience the happiest place on earth as a digital influencer with my family. They went above and beyond to ensure that we were taken care of.

Disclosure: Although I was provided with discounted and complimentary products/items for myself and my family, I paid a conference fee to attend the 2016 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As always, all opinions shared are my own.

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  • Kiwi
    May 23, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    Congrats on being blessed with pixie dust this year! I love seeing more of my African American blogger moms go this year! I was following you and Bernetta! Beautiful photos and recaps of your family for this magical experience and cant wait to read more of your next recaps!

    • Christine St.Vil
      May 30, 2016 at 12:40 AM

      Hey Kiwi, thank you so much! I had so much fun getting to hang with Bernetta and her fam too. The hardest part has been narrowing down what to share! lol

  • Shari Neal Williams
    May 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Those pics are spectacular and you and your family look like you had so much fun! Congratulations on that opportunity.

  • MJ
    May 23, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Your pics tell it all. Disney is one of my favorite places. I can only imagine the experience as a social media mom. I am sure your kids have memories that will last forever.

  • Ty
    May 23, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Wow!! How awesome!!! I’m sure the kids had a magical time.

  • Bijee
    May 23, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    That is so awesome! I am glad you got to experience this and that you chose to share!! I would have surprised my kids the same way, cause I cant tell them anything before hand.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      May 30, 2016 at 12:42 AM

      LOL so glad you understand Bijee!!! I hardly ever tell my kids anything ahead of time, especially something big like this. Thanks so much!

  • Kemkem
    May 23, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    I couldn’t even begin to imagine how excited l would be as a kid to have this exciting experience. Every kid’s dream. Glad you got sprinkled with pixie dust and got to share this with them. I’m sure they’ll forgive you for not taking them with you when you went to register and meeting Mickey! Wonderful memories, and your images are really nice 🙂
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    • Christine St.Vil
      May 30, 2016 at 12:44 AM

      Thanks so much Kem! It truly was an amazing experience, and so glad I got to do for my kids what I wasn’t able to experience growing up 🙂

  • Kalilah
    May 23, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    WHAT AN ANAZING EXPERIENCE!!!! your family looked like they had a blast. I’m so fearful of the whole Disney experience but your post shows its well worth the experience!!!!

    • Christine St.Vil
      May 30, 2016 at 12:45 AM

      OMG Kalilah, definitely no reason to fear Disney!!!! I have never had a bad Disney experience and I’ve been there at least 7 times. It truly is a magical place and more than worth the experience, I promise 🙂

  • Tia
    May 24, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    What a great opportunity that you got to enjoy with your family. I’m sure your family loved it!

    • Christine St.Vil
      May 30, 2016 at 12:45 AM

      Thanks Tia! My mom and kids are still talking about it, so yes, definitely enjoyed every bit of it! lol

  • Dana Carmel
    May 24, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    What an amazing surprise for you and your kids! I’m sure they had a great time. I’m definitely looking forward to some Disney vacations when my husband and I start our family.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      May 30, 2016 at 12:48 AM

      Dana, FYI that you definitely don’t have to wait until you start a family. My husband and I went to Disney 2-3 times before we had kids, and this was the kids’ first time LOL. There is fun for every age 😉

  • Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva)
    May 24, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    WOW! That was the surprise of a lifetime. Looks like a fun time was had by all. Disney is a great vacation for everyone, not just the kids. 🙂
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    • Christine St.Vil
      May 30, 2016 at 12:48 AM

      Ha! I couldn’t agree more and just finished writing almost that exact comment. Thanks Kirstin, we totally had a ball and can’t wait to go back next time with daddy in tow.

  • Briana @ Nail A College Drop Out
    May 24, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    I stayed home sick from work one day and decided to turn on the TV, I then landed on the Disney Channel. I immediately became enamored w/ Doc McStuffins. She is so adorable! I’d probably be more excited to meet her than Mickey. lol

    • Christine St.Vil
      May 30, 2016 at 12:49 AM

      Not gonna lie Briana…I love me some Doc McStuffins. She is so cute, so I was definitely excited about meeting her too LOL

  • Staci
    May 24, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Congrats on the opportunity. The pics are great!! You have a beautiful family!

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