Having just returned from the amazing Disney Social Media Moms Celebration I am reminded of why I became an easy fan of Disney. One word: hospitality
Disney does hospitality like know other
I've stayed in some truly amazing, award-winning (even 5-star) hotels in my life including
Mena House Oberoi
Mount Kenya safari club
The service in these places is impeccable for sure, but hospitality is different than service.
According to the dictionary app on my iPad, hospitality means,
"the friendly reception and treatment of guests and others."
The key word for me is friendly.
Everyone is friendly at Disney.
The woman at the first night's dinner who remembered my family from last year's event welcomed me back.
The staff who help with crowd control at the rides, monorail, and those directing us to our special events all had smiles and seemed genuinely happy to, well, make it easier for us to get around!
The housekeeping people who cheerfully extended our check out time to 1:00 pm so we could enjoy the last morning at the parks.
Every single Disney employee that referred to the girls as, "Princess" which they questioned, but secretly LOVED.
The bell hop who hand-wrote our Magical Express bus passes so we could quickly hop on the waiting bus did so without the slightest hesitation.
It has me thinking more and more about the couple we met who got married at Disney and returned to renew their vows. And I totally get it.
Wedded bliss at Disney
One event we attended as part of this conference was held at the Wedding Pavillion at the Grand Floridian.
We saw first-hand how beautiful the space is. We got a peek at the new line of Disney wedding dresses from designer Alfred Angelo. And we got to hear more about Disney couture weddings from wedding expert, David Tutera from the show, 'My Fair Wedding'.
Having planned my own wedding, I know the amount of details that goes intoevdnt the smallest piece. Having now been exposed to the Disney level of excellence in all things including hospitality, I only wish there had been a Disney wedding option in Baltimore in 1998. You just know a Disney wedding would go off without a hitch, and more importantly for the bride, without a headache.
Plus, who wouldn't want to drive off in the sunset with their new husband in this?
I'm working on getting at least one friend to marry at Disney... Hint hint.
Disclosure: I received a discounted stay at the Grand Floridian as well as free park tickets, some meals, entertainment, and a bag of goodies through my participation in the Disney Social Media Moms conference. All opinions expressed here are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published. We loved Disney before this conference and have had many magical moments on our own trips.