Last week for Mother’s Day Weekend, I went to my first ever Disney Social Media Moms. It was one of the best experiences I’ve at Disney World. Disney does not mess around. They really know how to make you feel special on Mother’s Day. I was expecting awesomeness, but I did not realize the level of awesomeness.
The weekend started at the Disney Yacht Club. This hotel is so fabulous that I am going to have a hard time staying at another location in Orlando. The hotel feels like you have taken a trip back in time where everything feels so perfect. The checkin desk has an old fashion TV set with a flat screen tucked into it and little wig backed chair for the kids to watch while you check in. The entrance has giant globe and the back has a lighthouse where you can hop on a ferry to take you to Epcot & Disney Hollywood studios. There is transportation to all the parks so you don’t have to worry about driving your car during your entire stay!
We learned a lot about the updates that Disney is making to the Disney Parks. We check out all the parks in person including Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, Tycoon Lagoon.
Downtown Disney is now called Disney Springs. It is filled with awesome restaurants, shopping and the coolest movie theater that I have ever seen! The movies are set up like an automat so you can pick up what you want and then pay for it. It is soo cool. Disney Springs is set up in a rough lux – adaptive reuse style. The designers used Florida style like Addison Mizner buildings and the Hemingway House, among others, as inspiration.
Disney gave Disney Springs its own historical story. Each are inspired by different places in Florida.
The Town Center
The Village Market Place
The West Side
The landing is a true island. Engaging the water. The buildings are all in industrial. Terra cotta panels tell the story of the landing. The bricks are from the streets in winter park when rollins pulled up the streets to expand.
The West Side disney springs is inspired by a World Expo that happened in the 1950s. The old buildings were converted to movie theaters like they do in real life. Seems modern, iconic, bold, feels cosmopolitan area.
There is an elevated train are now in the middle like in New York. It is a celebration section of train as a shade and where you can grow flowers. It is amazing how Disney thinks about the smallest of details.
Mother’s Day Brunch
Epcot hosted our Mother’s Day Brunch with amazing toy area with tons of awesome princess dolls from Hasbro. I will show you all the goodies that we got in a video coming up this week.
There were princess photo opps set up just for the conference. The lighting was amazing and I was so happy about how the pics came out!
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is such a fun time to visit Epcot. All the topiary sculptures are flagged on the map so you won’t miss any of them. My daughter just loved seeing all her favorite characters in a beautiful green creation.
While I was in the sessions learning all about what is next for Disney Parks, my family went to Disney Animal Kingdom and Walt Disney World.
When I met up with my family at Disney World, we went on the Haunted Mansion and hung out where Rapunzel hangs out. My daughter was determined to find Rapunzel! She wanted me to open this random door to find her.
We stopped by to visit with Elsa and Anna at Princess Hall. My daughter loved it!!
I will be posting more about Disney Social Media Moms in the next week so stay tuned!!
To keep up with what is going on with Disney Social Media Moms follow @DisneyMoms on twitter and of course, @DisneyParks! Also, if you want to see what other Moms are sharing about the fun – search #DisneySMMC