Did you love everything you saw yesterday for the first day of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration? If not (or if you have no clue what I’m talking about), go back and check it out again because now we’re on to a VERY BUSY Day 2.
If you really just want to see my video diary from today, feel free to skip all the words and pictures and head to the bottom of the post.
This day was divided into two very distinctive paths:
- The sleep-late, have-a-relaxing-breakfast, meander-through-multiple-parks kind of day that my family chose.
- The get-up-early, meet-and-greet, shop-til-you-drop, go-to-a-pizza-party kind of day that I chose.
Mine might have been more exhausting but I guarantee I had just as much fun as they did.
Disney Sponsors Brought It
When I say I was exhausted, it’s because I had to be ready to go (like ON A BUS) by 7:30 am. That allowed us time to be whisked away to the back doors of Epcot where we got to sit through one of my favorite rides, Soarin’. If you haven’t been to Disney in a while, it’s all new. Instead of Soarin’s Over California, you’re now Soarin’ Around the World.
Some purists don’t love it (I can’t help it that I’m married to one) but I personally love it.
But the ride was just the appetizer for the main event of the morning – a welcome breakfast and sponsor showcase. (I don’t think people of Instagram believed me when I said I was eating a Hakuna Fritatta. That’s fine. Let them think I’m just clever.)
As we finished breakfast, we had a chance for a few character photos. Admittedly, characters totally aren’t my thing. But you wouldn’t know it from this trip. That’s because these were characters from two of my favorite Disney movies, Tangled and MOANA.
And yes, I asked Flynn to show me the smolder. And yes, he totally #nailedit.
Then, it was on to meet and greet with all of the sponsors that helped make the event so wonderful. These included Hanes (remember I showed you their underwear in yesterday’s video?), Alamo, GoGo Squeez, Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company, and everything associated with the new live action Beauty and the Beast movie set to open March 17th.
Here’s a glimpse of some of the beautiful merchandise tie-ins that will be featured on HSN. I was honest with the jewelry designer (who was there) and told her that bling wasn’t my thing. But how cool would it be to wear a castle on your finger?
After perusing all of the merchandise, I was kind of in the mood for a little retail therapy. So I went shopping.
Ditching the Parks for Shopping
I’m not saying I made this decision easily but I decided not to meet up with my family after the morning and went shopping instead.
The happiest place on earth and I’m going shopping instead? Well, technically, shopping is one of my happy places but this was actually competitive shopping.
In order to get us acclimated to the world-class shopping at the reimagined Disney Springs, Disney (voluntarily) sent us on a social media shopping challenge.
All I had to do was spend a $250 gift card at any or all of the shops I wanted and make a photo collage demonstrating my love for either Disney Bounding, Disney-fied Fun, or Savvy Fashionista.
Being the bargain shopper that I am, I played the part of Savvy Fashionista and even surprised myself with all my great finds. I didn’t win the social media challenge but I still walked away with $250 of merchandise. So was anyone really a loser in this?
A Perfect Evening with Pizza and Star Wars
After my shopping extravaganza, I made it back to the hotel just in time to join my family and hop on the bus to Hollywood Studios.
Our Alamo-sponsored dinner was at the new PizzaRizzo (formerly Pizza Planet) where we dined on… PIZZA. While we were eating, an oddball Italianate couple wandered around in wedding attire welcoming us to their reception. I’m pretty sure they were part of the act but I can’t quite say for sure.
All I know is that I got Evan to take a picture with them.
Yes, that’s Evan, my 10 year old son who generally refuses to take a picture with ANYONE. (Side note: I once stood in line so he could meet Phineas & Ferb and he refused to join me so I got a solo picture with them).
This trip, somehow, was different. Because we posed with lots of people.
When we were once again exhausted at the end of a long day, I wasn’t sure who had the best day. Until I saw this. you can’t fake that kind of happiness!
Want to see the pictures come to life? Take a quick glimpse at my video diary from Day 2 and you’ll see all the fun we had (and a glimpse of one of my favorite rides at Hollywood Studios!).