I instead received a “Dear John” letter. You see, I have been blessed to have been invited and attended the last three conferences. Three in a row is the limit. Of course I hope for next year, but for now I am thrilled for everyone invited!
And I can share the trick to getting an invite! And tell everyone! Hard work, honest work, and a positive attitude!
And, I am a little jealous. Why? Because the conference is fantastic. I have learned so much in the last three years about Disney, and about the blog world. And most importantly I have met, re-met, and bonded with some of the most amazing parent bloggers that exist. That is the thing I will miss most about not attending this year.
And so what? It is not about me and the occasional greed I feel. So many friends will get to experience this amazing conference! I can see from my Facebook feed that I am friends with the right people because I have seen so many notices about people who received this invite!
This conference is also one of the ways that I, as a stay at home dad with a negligible second income for the family, was able to bring an incredible experience, with a lifetime of memories, to my family! One side benefit of this conference was that my feeling of value within my family unit increased.
And guess what? We were a family where my spouse used to believe that Disney was a fake world and he did not want to take our son! Now, my hardworking husband says that it is the only place that he is happy! What a turnaround!
Additionally, invited or not, we now visit the Disney Parks on our own. The social media people’s plan worked! We are planning our third WDW summer vacation, and the question is how many days at Walt Disney World! This will hopefully be our third August in a row where we have spent our own money, with no requests to anyone in the media office at Walt Disney World for anything. The only question/negotiation within the family? 10 days or 12!
Yes, the social media mavens at the Disney Parks have gotten us addicted. As a family we have wonderful vacations in Walt Disney World, worth every single penny we spend. And I have you all fooled! My #DisneySide is my Disney memories: “dad, remember that time we were in the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor show!” I post Disney pictures and information at least every month and you think I go that often! Nope, only once or twice a year.
Lastly, there are some negative memories, no family story is complete without acknowledging that is part of life. And now I am smart enough to try to circumvent some of the fighting that inevitably occurs. I make it very clear to my son, before we leave town, that going on the Winnie the Pooh ride in Magic Kingdom is not optional, it is required!
And yes, I know my dream of moving into Walt Disney World is not at all practical.