Pre Trip Report Post #1!

So! In case you don't follow me on social media... I'm going to Disney World in June! I am a Disney fan to the max so this is a really exciting prospect for me (I imagine it would be for anyone else, too!). I am a member of where we start a thing called a "Pre-Trip Report" when we're planning trips! Because I am so focussed on planning this trip, I figured I'd share that PTR with you, too! So, here we go!

We've really bounced around regarding summer plans for the past month (we're really not too much of advanced planners; I get too obsessive over the vacation and if we booked 6 months out, I'd probably go cuckoo!). We've had thoughts from, "Oh, let's just go visit family in New York and maybe go to the city for a couple days!" to "Hey, let's go to Tokyo DisneySea!" (that is happening sometime in the future; I will make it so!) to "Let's just run around Europe like crazy!"
... After we decided that we did need to don our planning caps to make those international trips happen, we decided to work out a scenario that could be reached in a shorter period of time. New York was definitely on the table. We wanted to go see my dad's brother (it's his birthday in June) and our family in general because it had been so long! So, I jokingly added in, "Why don't we just go to Disney World too?"

Let's just say my dad doesn't take much as a joke.

He actually thought it was a wonderful idea. So, we started looking into things. Then, my dad's phone goes off (insert Imperial March ringtone here). It's my brother. My dad tells him we're planning on going to New York (the for-sure part of the trip at this point) and my brother replies, "Oh, I was planning on going to New York, too. Why don't we just go together?" I was dumbfounded; my family doesn't do the whole "family vacation" thing. It's usually just my dad and me and then if I'm lucky and we're traveling close, a friend. At that point, they started planning New York stuff, but my dad mentioned that we were thinking about going to Disney World, too.

My brother's next response surprised me even more than his first: he wanted to go!

... Long story short, we're going to Disney World! It'll be my dad, my brother Mark, his other half Annette and myself all going to Disney World and New York for a crazy time! This TR will only focus on the Disney half, but I felt I should mention the New York part, seeing as we'll be taking three planes, buses, subways, trains... I'm going to be frazzled.

Now, I personally haven't been to the World since July of 2008 when my 13- year old self planned a trip to Disney World all by myself. That's the last time my dad went, too. You can see that trip report here! Please keep in mind that I was 13 years old and actually certifiably crazy.
Annette and Mark have actually never been to Disney World, so I am so excited that I get to show them the world. That shining, shimmering splendid world. It will also be Father's Day and my brother's birthday on the trip, so I'm really excited to have something to celebrate!

Well, we've got a lot of planning to do which I'd love to share with you guys if you're willing to listen! And don't lurk, feel free to just say hi!

I can't wait to get this show on the road!

... And away we go! 

Disney Social Media Moms: On the Road!

 Disney SMMC On-the-Road

"'The Happiest Place on Earth' is bringing a little Disney magic to your city! The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is one of the most coveted events of the year, filled with magical moments, valuable learning and unforgettable memories. If you haven’t had the chance to experience this great event, you’re in luck because the team behind this legendary conference are taking the show on the road and sprinkling some pixie dust along the way!
During this delightful event, the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 'On-the-Road' will:
  • Highlight a dynamic line-up of motivational speakers, who will empower you to take your business to the next level
  • Deliver educational content focused on business growth
  • Create an exciting networking forum with influencers in your community"
So no, I'm not a mom yet, but I have been invited to participate in this awesome event in Phoenix on June 25th! I'm so excited that I get to be a part of this celebration and meet a bunch of Disney bloggers and lovers! I followed along with the regular event (held in Disneyland) and was absolutely blown away. From an appearance by Maleficent to a book reading by Tim Gunn to an adorable "Diaper Dans" video (check the cuteness out here)... Not to mention an appearance by Grumpy Cat and some pretty inspiring talks to boot; the event looked amazing! I'm sure this On the Road Celebration in Phoenix is going to be just as awesome and it's being held right here in the Valley of the Sun! I could really use the creativity boost and inspiration right now, so it really couldn't have come at a better time! In short, I can't wait to meet and mingle with some amazing people at this On The Road Celebration and share all the excitement with you guys! See you soon!