Friday, February 25, 2011

Magical Blogorail Green Introduction

Hey y'all! My name is Beth and I'm a mother of 2 (now three!) boys living in North Alabama. I'm a full time youth minister in the United Methodist Church. I love my God, my family, my friends, my youth, Walt Disney World, and Auburn University, to name a few!

I've been blogging for almost a year. Before that, I followed several "Disney Blogs" religiously but never thought to start one of my own. I even had a twitter account just to follow some of the moms and dads on the Mom's Panel. It wasn't until last March when I heard about the first Disney's Social Media Mom's Celebration that I started a blog of my own. When I read about this event on other blogs and on twitter, I knew I wanted to attend one day and the only way to "get in" would be to be an active Social Media Mom! I had to get on the bandwagon. I started "A Disney Moms Thoughts" on March 20, 2010 and @adisneymom on twitter in August 2010. I originally started both for selfish reasons- I wanted to attend the Social Media Mom's Celebration. But, after almost a year, that's not why I do it anymore. Sure, I would love to attend at some point, but if I don't get to, that's OK. I've "met" some really awesome people and have learned more than I thought I could by reading other blogs. In December, during my most recent trip to WDW, I even used some tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers!

I knew I could maintain a blog solely on Disney, specifically Walt Disney World, because I love it that much! I've been to Walt Disney World 15 times and Disneyland once. Right now I'm in the planning phases of trip # 16 in the fall with my 2 year old and my mom! You can read more about my previous trips here. People often ask me why I keep returning to Walt Disney World. I don't have a specific answer, just a few thoughts.

1. The magic that is present at WDW. If you are reading this, you probably "get it"! I'm able to leave everything behind when I head to Walt Disney World. Unlike other vacations, I'm not reminded day in and day out of what I've left behind in Decatur, Alabama. Disney does a phenomenal job of transforming you into a world of magic where everything is great. It's no wonder children with life threatening illnesses go to Walt Disney World everyday. It's magical.

2. It's never over. There are always plans for the future with Disney- a new park, a new land, a new ride, a new restaurant, a new resort, a new movie, new characters, a new theme, a new parade... I could go on and on. No matter how many times you go or how often you go, there is always something new to see, eat, do or experience. There is also so much to do at Walt Disney World, I don't think you could ever do it all!

3. You can get a glimpse of the vision Walt had. If all companies, businesses, entrepreneurs, churches, schools, etc. had the dream, vision, drive, and imagination Walt had, this would be a different world. We all can learn so much from a man named Walt Disney.

4. Families can really be families at Walt Disney World. There is something for everyone- all ages, all sizes, all genders. Nobody is left out of the fun. For my family growing up and my family now, when we are at WDW it's all about us. We aren't competing with TV shows, ball practices, video games, cell phones, computers and friends. We are one. We play together, eat together, stay together, shop together, ride together, laugh together and sometimes cry together! We all need to learn how to take a bit of this magic home and spend more quality time together!

Focused on the Magic

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  1. Hello from Blogorail Yellow! I just added your site to my reader and I look forward to reading more from you.

    - Kimberly

  2. Thanks Kimberly!! I look forward to hearing more from you in your first loop!

  3. Hey Beth! We sound like kindred spirits! My family goes to Edenton Street UMC in Raleigh, NC! I don't work for the Church, but I do help them setup computers for their Pathways Sunday School group!

    Anyway, I loved your piece, I look forward to many more! And thanks for plugging the other Loops, I'm in the Red loop!

    My Dreams of Disney

  4. Great to meet you! Have a blast on your upcoming trip. I'm going to have to find out more about that Disney's Social Media Celebration. Sounds like fun!!!

    I look forward to blogging with you!

    Magical Blogorail Green

  5. Wow, I liked learning more about you. Your post was way better and more detailed. Great post and happy Friday

  6. I too need to look into the Disney's Social Moms.

    I am like you in that I love that in WDW it is all about family for us. Nothing pulling us in different directions (well, other than who's favorite ride gets experienced first!). We travel with my entire family, so it is alway busy but so fun!

  7. I would also love to attend DSMM!!

    I could not agree more with your reasons for returning to WDW year after year.

  8. Stopping by to say, "Hi!" I love your openness! Looking forward to more of your Green posts!

    ~Jodi Whisenhunt, where Disney IS school - Blogorail Yellow

  9. Hi Beth, thank for introducing yourself this week. Isn't great to be a Disney fanatic and a War Eagles fan? I love that. GO WAR EAGLES!


  10. It's amazing what can come out of a blog isn't it? I've ended up making friends through it that I can meet at Disneyland. Great intro post! Also I like the set up you did on your side bar for links to all the blogorails. I need to do that still. Thanks!

    -Sarah Blogorail Red

  11. Hello Beth, love reading your story. The love and interaction with Disney is a deep thread binding all our blogs.

    A World View
    Magical Blogorail Red

  12. Thanks for your support and encouragement everyone! I'm so excited to be a part of the Blogorail group. I've loved connecting with others who have the same passion as I do for Disney! I look forward to reading what all of you have to say on your next loop!


  13. Hi! Just found your blog through late night blog surfing (a hobby of mine). I have only been to Disney once and still feel like I could dedicate a whole blog to it! Love your site. :)

  14. I'm so happy I had the opportunity to read this Beth. And I'm still hoping that you make it to the Social Media Mom's Celebration!!

  15. There are so many details that go into the Disney resorts that you can write for years and it will never get old. Beth - you are the prime example! So glad I got to go back and read this!

  16. Loved reading your story Beth,and I couldn't agree more. There's always something new coming and I love WDW because it is a place where we all interact together...