A dream is a wish your heart makes ~Disney Cinderella
Every since Disney Social Media Moms On the Road headed to Houston a couple of years ago I had hoped to some day be invited to “the big one,” the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Last year as I avidly joined in the celebration via Twitter and Facebook and saw many of my friends attending, that was my wish that this year would be MY year to attend. I kept making that wish and when it came true the first thing I said was “Oh my Gosh – we are going to Disney!” To which my ever practical husband said, “But what about school?” We weren’t the only parents that discussed how this amazing adventure would work out with school schedules. But I think that my daughter’s learned more in just a few days at the celebration than they may have in a traditional classroom.
Disclosure: I was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. The Disneyland Resort offered a discounted rate for all attendees and their families, however all expenses incurred were mine own and no posts were required. This is a once in a lifetime experience and my family is so grateful to Disney for allowing us to participate. We’ll be continuing to share unique things seen and heard throughout the Celebration. Please keep in mind these our own personal thoughts and opinions, not those of the Walt Disney Company.
Reading Class: What a joy and a surprise when LeVar Burton took to the stage. This amazing gentleman who has been promoting literacy for many years and host of Reading Rainbow received a standing ovation! But it was before he even said a word! I remember him reading to my children, and often I would get the books recommended and read on Reading Rainbow and bring them home to read together. Who would have thought my kids would get “storytime” with not only LeVar Burton, but also with David Arquette, Ariel Winter (Princess Sophia) and Tim Gunn (Princess Sophia and Project Runway).
History Class: This was our families first trip to DisneyLand! And it’s also the 50th Anniversary of It’s a Small World. What a wonderful way to teach them about the history of Disney, and it’s founder Walt Disney and how all the magic they currently enjoy came about.
Physical Education: Trust me – they did more than run around the track a few times which is what they did in Phys. Ed the day before we left. Walking, running, skipping, jumping and making good dining choices at restaurants were just a few of the lessons learned. Let’s not forget cheering on the fun run participants!
Patience, Etiquette and Manners: There’s lines at Disneyland. The kids learned to wait (as patiently as they could) and take their turns. But quite often there were several surprises at the end of these lines! But they didn’t let the celebrity status of Maleficent, Jack and Sally of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” or even Donald and Daffy stop them from being on their best behavior. Well until they found the GoGoSqueez cart and were told, “Take all you like!” Even mom got to meet some of her favorite characters!
Music Class: Singing and dancing begins this music class with a very special guest, Sabrina Carpenter, from the new Disney series, “Girls Meets World.” Not to mention the later on in the evening DJ dance party in Toon Town! We couldn’t get them to quit dancing – well after they road the coaster 6 times- then they danced!
Science class: The whole family headed to the AMC Theater in Downtown Disney for a special screening of Disneynature: Bears! We all learned so much about the environment, a bears life and struggle for survival as their single mom tried to keep them fed and sheltered against all enemies.
Math and Money: Of course no trip to Disneyland would be complete with out some gifts for our friends back home and for the girls to have a keepsake too. But we are all about saving and spending so they were told how much they could spend at the stores they wanted to visit and they had to stay on budget to bring back their goodies! They did a great job and were so happy with their gifts for their friends and their memory makers too.
Where else could my children go and get all this information and education, with mom right there by their side learning too? Only at a Disney Social Media Moms (and Dads too) Celebration Conference. Talk about experienced based learning at it’s finest!
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