Friday, March 21, 2008

Disneyworld Mom Blogger Mixer

You may have noticed that I added yet another blogroll. This one will include the wonderful ladies who will be participating in a very special weekend event. Several of us found each other yesterday and decided to connect via each other's blogs and websites to create some sort of network. Thanks to Shari for giving me the initial tip that sent me clicking from one blog to the next, scouring out the participants for this most exciting adventure.

Remember when I wrote about how last Wednesday was one of the greatest days I have had in awhile? Well, last Wednesday out of the blue I got contacted by someone at Disney inviting me (little ole me!) to participate in the first annual Disney Mom Blogger Mixer-- a weekend of fun and relaxation just for moms. No kidding, I wrote back and asked if this was a hoax. Things like this, I thought, just don't happen to me. She wrote back with assurance that it was not a hoax and that I would be contacted with details soon. Sure enough, within hours I was contacted by a travel rep who arranged my flight and a letter welcoming me to the event. This weekend is an all-expenses paid time to check out what Disney has to offer families and to let Disney find out how they can reach their audience through moms who blog.

It sounds to me like blogs are being noticed as wonderful tools of communication more than ever! One article I read recently said that blogs are like talking to a neighbor over the back fence-- hearing what products really work, what books are really good, what movies are worth seeing, what vacation spots are worth the money. I know that most of my information about what's going on in the world comes from the blogs I frequent. Most all the books I read were recommended on someone's blog. Disney recognizes that power and, apparently, is willing to invest in it.

We will be staying on the property in the beach resort with our own rooms. We will be welcomed with a special reception and the letter I received said they are still putting the finishing touches on an exciting itinerary focused on the best of what Disney has to offer. All of us moms agreed yesterday in a flurry of emails that we're all about the time alone, the shopping, and the food. Everything else is just a bonus!

For a few days this week, as I was in the pit of despair (anyone ever seen The Princess Bride?), I really thought about not going. The trip is April 18-20. By all accounts, I will probably still be hobbling around in a boot. Who wants to do Disney in an ugly stormtrooper boot? I want to run and frolic-- not stagger and slow my group down. And, after all, I don't know these people. Why in the world would they tolerate a cripple in their midst? Yesterday they assured me that they still want me to come. Stephanie from Adventures In Babywearing says that she was worried she would be a party-pooper because she is pregnant. She assured me we could hang out and be slow together. After hearing from these girls and seeing their passion for blogging and motherhood combined, I know that I have found some new friends that I am going to have a blast with at Disney.

If you are coming and are not listed in my blogroll, leave me a comment with a link to your blog so I can add you. Through the power of the internet, we are slowly but surely finding each other! Ladybug and Her Blogging Mama has also started a Mr. Linky to help us connect. (She also designed the adorable buttons to add to our blogs!)

And so, with my husband's blessing and with a newfound excitement for going-- ugly boot and all-- I am headed for Disneyworld. Ready or not, here I come!

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Shari said...

MB, I will dress you for the trip! You can bet you just might be the best dressed one there, whether you want to be or not...oh wait, that would mean you'd actually have to put on the clothes I pick out for you...hmmm...well, maybe we can come to some happy medium...this will be fun! You will have to sit while I pick out clothes and you'll HAVE to put them on....heheheh! Did that laugh sound evil?! Okay, it's a plan! love ya, Shari

Jenni said...

Oh, I'm so glad you have such a fun trip ahead of you! And I'm glad Stephanie will be keeping you in good company. How exciting!

Digging for Pearls said...

How exciting for you. Our family just returned from a ten day trip to Florida. It was beautiful. We had a day at Disney World as well.

I'm praying for you as your foot heals and also that you and your family have a meaningful Easter weekend.

Sweet blessings,

Celly B said...

Awesome, Marybeth! Such a fabulous treat! Don't you dare worry about slowing the group down! This time will be a wonderful experience for you.
I can certainly identify with the Pit of Despair, though. And, yes, The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies (Hello, my name is Inigo Montaya. . . . As you wish . . . Mawwiage. . .)!
We have taken dd to Disney World, and ds is just about old enough to enjoy his first trip, too. As soon as our house gets sold (yes, it will be soon, I am certain . . .), we're going to plan another Disney World Vacation. I did all sorts of research for our first trip, so I can't wait to read what you have to share from your trip. Have a great time, and have a blessed Easter weekend.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

OH, I am so ready to take it slow with you! : ) I wish it was tomorrow!


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dcrmom said...

I can't wait!!! Yippeee!!!

Jenny said...

Ooooh! That sounds so wonderful! I can't wait to read all about it when you get back!

Valerie said...

Cool!! What an awesome opportunity.

Strangely enough, Mr. at Home is going to a conference at Disney the weekend before, so we've also got an unexpected trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. Unfortunately, we'll be walking out the door of that resort 2 days before you come hobbling in.

Amy Wyatt said...

I am so excited for you!! I know you will have a great time on your trip! Been praying for your foot to heal quickly.

Joni said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous! I can't wait to hear more. ;) BTW, hope you're on the mend. Haven't been reading much lately, and saw about your accident!

Stephanie said...

So exciting! I can't wait to see the photos and to hear about all that Disney offers to moms. Keep us posted.