In 2010, I was fortunate enough to attend the very first Disney Social Media Mom’s Conference in Orlando, FL. What started out to be a wonderful trip turned into an experience I will never forget.
Throughout the conference seminars, door prizes were given away including some purses, gift baskets and even Build A Bears! But when my friend (and co-founder of iConnect Influencer Management) won the Grand Prize, we were all stunned. We were actually going to spend the night in CINDERELLA’S CASTLE! And to think I was excited to stay at the Polynesian! We were told to pack an overnight bag and be ready to be whisked away at 4pm sharp.
Ready and eager to go, we packed our bags in 10 minutes flat and ran to the hotel lobby to await our escort. A white car pulled up and Jennae, our personal concierge, stepped out to greet us. We were taken through the back lots of Disney and parked in a special space just for us. We were greeted by more cast members who held umbrellas for us as we waited to see what would happen next. Jennae asked if we wanted to ride any of the attractions to which we responded, “Haunted Mansion!” Jennae took us through the “celebrity entrance” and got us on the ride immediately. No lines for these princesses! We were able to ride several of Disney’s main attractions without waiting for one second! Finally, our room was ready and we were escorted to the Castle.
We were told that you CANNOT rent this Suite as it is reserved for invited guests only. Someone once offered $1.5 million dollars for ONE night stay in the Castle and Disney rejected the offer! Oh My!
We were treated to dinner at The Liberty Tree Tavern and escorted to a special viewing area for both the fireworks and the Electrical Light Parade. When the park was closing, we stood on the steps of the Castle and waved at the guests leaving. It was eerie to see the park so empty, but not more than five minutes after the last guests had exited, an army of orange clad workers swarmed the streets to begin a cleanup routine like nothing I have ever witnessed! No wonder Disney is pristine!