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Last February I attended the first ever Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Disney World, and I’m sorry to resort to cliche, but it fits: it was a magical experience. For not much more than the cost of an ordinary mom-blogger conference, three nights in a Disney resort were included, as well as resort tickets for my whole family and many meals and activities. We were also given special media passes which allowed us to get instant-access tickets to any of the rides that have the fast-pass option, which was fantastic because it allowed me to go on a lot of rides with my kids in the limited non-session time that I had at the parks. And of course, the sessions themselves were top-notch, from the speakers to the topics. It was all fabulous.
And it was invite-only, so when asked about my favorite conferences I usually don’t even include it, because it was more like a big party, not a conference that’s open to anyone. This year, however, it looks like it’s being opened up to everyone, and that’s a big source of confusion for a lot of people. The dormant #DisneySMMoms hashtag came to life recently with conference hopefuls searching for information about how to get invited to this year’s conference. There wasn’t any concrete, reliable information out there, although enough people were sort-of in the know that some info could be cobbled together that had the whiff of reliability.
Then yesterday, a select few (hundred? thousand?) got a “Save the Date” email from Disney, letting them know the conference dates (March 17-20, 2011) and stating that the conference would be first-registered first-served, and that another email would go out sometime in the future with registration information. What that email didn’t say was whether only people who had these emails would be able to register, or if registration would open instantly to everyone once those emails when out. So if you look over the #DisneySMMoms tweets from yesterday you can see the division between the excited people who got what they thought was a “Golden Ticket” email and the sad people who didn’t.
However, I have it from one of the organizers, Maria Bailey, that registration will be open to everyone. According to Maria, all anyone has to do is follow the conference’s official twitter account, DisneySMMoms, which will tweet out the registration info when the emails go out. This seems to indicate that registration really will be open to absolutely everyone. And this isn’t a secret: Maria said so herself on her own twitter account, which you should also follow if you want reliable information about the conference.
So, who knows if things will change, it’s all still being planned. But to those people who didn’t get on a list or get an email yesterday, it doesn’t seem to matter. Keep watching twitter, which is appropriate when you think about it, since this is a social media conference!
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