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Disney (Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Icons

Posted in Mickey Moms, Wordless Wednesdays with tags , , , on March 21, 2012 by Lucinda

It’s Wednesday! Time to get wordless…or almost wordless anyhow. I have words…so bear with me.

Focused on the Magic is focusing on Disney icons on the “Disney Wordless Wednesday” blog hop this week. In case you’re unfamiliar with Disney icons…each park has one. At Magic Kingdom, it’s Cinderella’s Castle and at Epcot, it’s Spaceship Earth. The enormous Sorcerer Mickey hat is the icon for Hollywood Studios and the Tree of Life for Animal Kingdom.

I chose to share this photo of Cinderella’s Castle I took from the TTA Peoplemover. It’s not spectacular or stunning but special to me nonetheless. It was taken December 10, 2007, during training week for the inaugural WDW Moms Panel. If you look closely, you can see a tripod and some equipment in the lower left corner. Just moments earlier, the Moms were there recording videos with the castle as a backdrop.

For more fun Disney photos, be sure to check out the Wordless Wednesday blog hops at Focused on the Magic and The Info Mouse.


The McKinneys Meet the Mickey Moms

Posted in Mickey Moms, Thoughts & Opinions with tags on January 31, 2012 by Lucinda

One of Walt Disney’s most admiral qualities was his persistence. He faced adversity time after time, yet he pushed through to his dreams continually. Lucky for us that he did!

You can also find this characteristic in many (if not all), members of the Mickey Moms Club. This group was created by the Walt Disney World Moms Panel staff to give unsuccessful applicants a place of our own…”an exciting hub and practical resource” for Walt Disney World enthusiasts. We are a group unable make it as far as we wished (yet)…but we keep our hearts in our dreams and we try, try, try.

There is compassion and camaraderie in this group as well. When MMC member, David Mullican asked for support in helping his neighbors win a family trip to Walt Disney World, many members came to his aid and submitted nominations to The McKinney’s did not win the contest, but they are far from being losers.

David’s request was for no ordinary family. Eric and Stephanie McKinney are in fact, quite extraordinary. They are adoptive parents to six beautiful children with special needs. Born into a world of alcohol, drugs and/or violence, these children did not receive the loving, caring parents that they deserved. The McKinney’s stepped in and turned their worlds around.

The initial plea for nominations has now become a group effort to send this well-deserving family on a trip of a lifetime to the happiest place on Earth. Heidi LaDuca started the ball rolling by offering her Florida vacation home for the trip. Other members followed with offers of park passes, gift cards and souvenirs. You see…Disney souls are persistent. And we’re not taking “no” for an answer. The McKinney’s ARE going to Walt Disney World.

A facebook page now exists for the family’s upcoming adventure. Biographies of the children and updates can be found there. Word of warning…some of the biographies are extremely difficult to read. Come equipped with a handkerchief or tissue.

Whether just out of curiosity, or to find a way you can help too, please visit and “like” the McKinney’s facebook page…and be sure to share with your friends and followers.

CLICK —>The McKinney Family’s Dream Trip to Walt Disney World

2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel Selection Process

Posted in Mickey Moms, Thoughts & Opinions with tags on August 19, 2011 by Lucinda

Moms Panel time is right around the corner! I would be lying like a rug if I told you I wasn’t thinking about it much yet.

I can tell a lot of people are. They’re starting to make appearances again on all the social media circuits. I’m getting more Moms Panel hits from the search engines.

I came up with a couple good reasons that I should be chosen…right off the top of my head.

I cannot hold all this Disney inside anymore!!!!

I look pretty darned good in pink.

On September 12, 2011 at 8:00 A.M. CST…the link will open and a barrage of Moms Panel wannabes will begin pounding their keyboards…within the specified word limits. All of us with aspirations of joining that coveted Disney team!


I originally posted this on August 19th as a private journal entry. I’m not sure why I did that. Unfinished maybe. Anyway…the application process has opened…I’ve applied. I’ve also second-guessed my responses and am consoling myself in advance for the likely disappointment lying ahead. Chocolate seems to help.

Oh…the waiting.

Disney Blog Hop – How Did I Get Here & Where Am I Going?

Posted in Mickey Moms, Thoughts & Opinions, Trip Reports with tags , , on April 28, 2011 by Lucinda

This week’s theme on the Disney Blog Hop (hosted by Babes in Disneyland), is “why you started your blog and…anything special you have going on in regards to it”. There is a real danger here of this running too long. I’ll type very carefully…

I’ve always been inclined to write ever since I learned how. I’ve kept daily journals and dream logs. I wrote lengthy notes to classmates and 10-page letters to distant family.

I’ve always been a writer…I always will be.

After becoming a member of DVC in spring of 2007, I discovered my first Disney fan site, and was introduced to the concept of a trip report. I knew immediately that I wanted to write one of my own.

On my next vacation, I tried my hand at it, but failed. It was much harder than I anticipated. I refused to give up…I knew I would try again.

In September 2008, I completed my first full Walt Disney World trip report. I wrote a detailed account and included lots of fun photos. I was so proud of what I created and I still am.

Day One – Follow the Magic
Day Two – We Arrive
Day Three – First Park
Day Four – Magic Kingdom at Last
Day Five – Hello to Disney’s Hollywood
Day Six – EPCOT Revisited
Day Seven – A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That
Day Eight – Return to the Studios

I started actual blogging on myspace. I wrote about Disney and I wrote about dreams. I wrote about my mother’s cancer and her dying.

I wrote about whatever would cross my mind…with no particular audience in mind. I assumed no one was reading anyway. I wrote just to write. I was totally surprised by the number of views my posts received…which inspired me to write more.

My attempts to obtain a seat on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel motivated me to go further with my blog. I moved from myspace to free blog services. I published on blogger, live journal and wordpress…settling in finally with wordpress for aesthetic reasons. I found it easier to format and I really liked the way it looked.

After that…came the 2010 Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration. It was my first ever blogging conference and what an eye-opening experience it was! I had no idea how big blogging was until then. It’s amazing…astounding really, how many bloggers are out there. And with so many different kinds of blogs. This is not going to go away…and I hope to continue with it as it grows.

As for the future of my blog…I have no long term expectations for it. I am currently working on a series of how-to posts that involve some vlogging. This is a big deal for me because I am somewhat TERRIFIED of speaking on camera and sharing what I’m saying with the world. I want to get over this, so I’m forcing myself through it.

Moving forward…I think I can.

Social Media Melee

Posted in Mickey Moms, Thoughts & Opinions with tags on November 29, 2010 by Lucinda

Registration for the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is only a few days away. I CANNOT WAIT! I hope and pray I can get in.

Some people are unhappy with the whole process and hoopla this time. I guess it has to do with the high risk of disappointment for so many. Kind of turns the grapes sour. The event has evolved and has become extremely popular.

I have evolved too. My blogs have matured. My tweeting has improved. My outreach has grown. I’m more focused. There are many things I will do differently this year if I can just get my foot in that door again.

Last year as a newbie, I was a bit shy. I didn’t take enough video. I didn’t reach out to enough people. I didn’t get my photo taken with any of the speakers. I didn’t even have business cards to pass out. I just didn’t engage as much as I wanted or could have or should have.

This year…I’m still green, but I’m not new. I’m no longer intimidated. I no longer feel inferior. I really want a second chance to do this right. But with only a one in five chance of getting in, this might not happen.

I’m still planning to give it a shot. Planning to NOT be bitter if I don’t get in…and planning to not cry about it for more than a couple of days. But IF I do get registered…I’m going all out! I’m going there to shake my social media maker! So watch out!!

2010 Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration Recap:
Day One, Part One
Day One, Part Two
Day Two, Part One
Day Two, Part Two
Day Two, Part Three
Day Three, Part One
Day Three, Part Two

UPDATE: Well…Disney’s Social Media Moms is not in the cards for me this year. Bah! I will definitely try again for as long as it’s around.

To those that are going…WOOHOO and Congratulations! I want to hear ALL ABOUT IT!

For now…I still have plenty of good info from the previous conference that I need to put to use.

Some Day More Hints Will Come…and It’s SOON!

Posted in Mickey Moms, Thoughts & Opinions with tags on November 13, 2010 by Lucinda

It’s almost time! News about the registration for the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and Conference will be coming soon. We learned that we’ll hear more in mid to late November. Monday is officially mid-November!!

I'm NOT going!

Currently, it seems there are over 1200 people interested in an event with possibly just over 100 openings. Each time I see tweeters sharing the information with their followers, I wonder, “What in the world are you thinking?!”

I know that social media is for sharing, but it doesn’t seem like the smart thing to do here. I’ve certainly not been able to do this myself…but I guess I’m just selfish like that.

I have secret hopes that the price will go up considerably this year. I have hopes there will be specific requirements that will narrow the field of eligible attendees. I most certainly hope above all, that I don’t “hope” myself out of the running!

So yeah, I’m pretty selfish about Disney’s Social Media Moms experience. While I want to share the news with everyone…I just don’t want to share myself out of the opportunity.

2010 Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration Recap:
Day One, Part One
Day One, Part Two
Day Two, Part One
Day Two, Part Two
Day Two, Part Three
Day Three, Part One
Day Three, Part Two

2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

Posted in Mickey Moms, Thoughts & Opinions with tags on October 22, 2010 by Lucinda

The dates for Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration were announced yesterday. Now many bloggers and tweeters are braced for emails and tweets with further registration information…some day more hints will come.

Looks like there is going to be a mad rush to sign up for the 2011 conference. I am so nervously excited about this…and hoping to be one of the lucky few to get in.

I attended last year and was blown away by the experience. The fabulous accommodations, private parties, exclusive events and incredible speakers were unforgettable.

I was surprised by all I learned and warmed by all the friendly attendees I met. I want to meet many many more of you this year. Let’s hope our dreams of #DisneySMMoms DO COME TRUE!!

I have quite a few posts on last year’s event at the links below. Plenty of photos!

Day One, Part One
Day One, Part Two
Day Two, Part One
Day Two, Part Two
Day Two, Part Three
Day Three, Part One
Day Three, Part Two

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