Disabled and Headed to Disneyland- the Social Media Moms Version

Apr 9

*Stay tuned for a very important public service announcement at the end of this post.

 

The family and I are headed to Disneyland for the Social Media Moms Conference this weekend. I know, I know, you’re wondering what sort of cool contraption I’ll be riding in to show off my sexiness, well…NOT the scooters you can rent at the gates at Disneyland. While they work wonderfully in the park, I needed more. I crave more. I MUST HAVE MORE MORE MORE! (cue evil Malificent theme)

I actually contacted an outside company to rent my scooter because it’s first come, first serve at the gates. AND if you want it for Downtown Disney or in your hotel, you need your own. There is no bringing a rented Disney chair outside of the gated security area. That being said, you can arrange a temporary wheelchair to take you from you hotel to the gated area where you can pick up the real deal. But rather than deal with all that hassle, I’m just having an outside company deliver the chair to our hotel, and then pick it up the day we leave. Snazzy, don’t you think? Just google for rental scooters, power chairs, or wheelchairs at Disneyland and you’ll have a ton of options.

Originally I went with a Jazzy power chair, the type where you basically just use a joystick to move yourself around. It seemed easier than the scooter with the basket on front and the very real possibly I will be clipping peoples heels in the crowd. I’m a bit worried my butt will be sore from sitting all day. I try and move a bit when I can. I’m a bit worried it will be cumbersome in the giftshops, which is the Vest family favorite activity at Disney. But the power chair I wanted suddenly became ‘unavailable’ yesterday after a malfunction. I thought about trying another company, but the company renting me the scooter insisted I would really like the headlight. Yes, the headlight. Because a headlight in a lighted park makes so much sense….but I digress.

I’ll have the kids to myself for dinner and what not Thursday night at the park, so right out of the gate this chair will be tested on just how family friendly it can be and just how easy it will make things for me at the park. I think I will take the advice of others this time and put a balloon as eye level on the scooter so those around me see me coming and going. We’ve found at parks people certainly don’t tend to look down, causing all sorts of fun collisions.

As my husband joins us later in the festivities, and Gramps holds down the fort at home, I’m hoping that very special Disney Magic will take over and we’ll be able to enjoy and relax for a few days. The chair will make this easier- no one has to push me. And it will give me the freedom to move around the conference and then meet my family out in the park without everyone having to trek back over to the hotel and pick me up or worry about how I will be transported.

Of course I will also be armed with big, floppy hats to keep my Lupus face out of the sun, and light clothing to keep me cool. We’ll have also arranged for a wheelchair accessible hotel room this time, since we knew we’d have either my wheelchair or a rented one in the room with us. Something we tend to forget when booking.

I have to admit, while my health is not at it’s best, it is good enough to sit on a scooter and putz around for 3 days hearing some great speakers, seeing some wonderful people I love, and spending quality time with my family.

I plan on reporting back to you on just how easy or difficult it may be to get around the park with the new disability standards in place, and if having the rental from the company was truly worth it in the end. I’ll also be checking out exactly how to administer some of my meds while park-hopping- I’m now taking CBD in vape form that helps my pain and nausea A LOT, but I don’t know the rules on these e-cig type things and don’t want to break any rules. It’s my understanding that they are treated like regular cigarettes and only allowed in designated smoking areas. Which is fine by me. I just want to make sure I can use my medication. Not to mention my shots, which I’m hoping I won’t need, but I do have my safety needle dispenser and usually some can be found in public bathrooms. And carrying 17 meds around with me for a few days can always cause challenges- and did I mention the scooter with the HEADLIGHT. It has a HEADLIGHT people. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

*And just to keep you here, there will also be some GIVEAWAYS!!!! Yes, I have some Disney giveaways for you while we’re there! So stay tuned because you KNOW you want free stuff!!!

*I was invited to attend the DSMM Celebration. I paid my own conference fees and received gifts during the conference. All opinions, experiences and thoughts are my own.

It’s A World of Laughter & Doing Good for a Cause

Apr 5

I can not even BEGIN to tell you how excited I am for next week’s Social Media Moms event at Disneyland. This is my first time and from what I hear, it will be everything and then some.

One of my favorite things about Disney – hands down – is the company’s commitment to others. So with that in mind there is something VERY SPECIAL you can do to celebrate one of the most iconic rides and give back.

Yes, it’s the ear worm we all love to hate, but in this case I think you can make it through, because there is a lot of money on the line for those who need it most.

Head on over to It’s a Small World’s 50th Anniversary page and build a doll. Just by building a cute Small World doll, online, means Disney will donate $1 to UNICEF.

Here’s one  of the awesome dolls I made:

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So what  are you waiting for? BUILD A DOLL for a GOOD CAUSE…and then humm that tune you know you are already humming in your head all.day.long. And if you can’t stop humming it and want to let loose and SING? Guess what…you get to record yourself singing It’s a Small World on the same site!!! So I say grab some friends and go for it. I’ll embarrass myself if you will. Promise.

p.s. stay tuned as I’m going to be GIVING AWAY all kinds of fun stuff to commemorate my first Disney conference.

Headed to Disney Social Media Moms

Mar 29

photo-11Well, the Lupus is cooperating for now and the doctor has given me the thumbs up…so over the kid’s Spring Break we’re going to pack up and head to Disneyland. I plan to wear something way more stylish than the yellow hospital gown you see up there.

The great part is I will get to hug some of my favorite people while there. Yes, we’re going to the Social Media Moms conference and the family couldn’t be more excited. They want to show their Disney Side. They want to run around both parks (while I scooter along side) and forget about the rest of the world.

I’m anxious to hear more about the conference itself. So far not too much has been revealed speaker wise or itinerary wise. So hopefully my body will let me soak in all the wonder and magic AND knowledge.

But really I just want to hug a lot of you and spend time with my family at the happiest place on earth.

Muppets Most Wanted Left Me Wanting….

Mar 17
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I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t feeling fantastic but there was no way Lupus was keeping me from seeing Muppets Most Wanted in Hollywood.

So my Mom and I packed up the kids. I took my medication, and before we knew it, there was ANIMAL. Or, better known in my house as AANNNNNEEEEEEEEMMMMMMAAALLLLLLLL.

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So how was the movie? Of course I loved it, and if you don’t want to hear a few plot items…stop reading and get to the movie theatre on March 21st.

Now for those needing a little more, I’ll be honest – the movie started a bit slow for me. We pick up right where we left off with the last Muppet movie. Literally. On Hollywood Boulevard with the song ending. Literally. And the Muppets decide on a sequel and bust into an appropriate sequel song and dance number.

Our furry friends then meet Dominic Badguy (that’s a French name) Ricky Gervias and of course he’s A BADGUY and the #2 of the World’s Most Dangerous Criminal Constantine- who looks exactly like Kermit, minus this mole on his cheek.

Tina Fey, who runs the Gulag where Kermit is eventually imprisoned, is awesome. Gervias is awesome. Phil Dunphy is awesome, ok ok… Ty Brurrell is his real name. He’s always Phil Dunfey to us. All the cameos are awesome.

My son liked this movie better than the last because there are more explosions. My daughter liked it because she got a Rowlf to squeeze.

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My Mom and I have two tiny issues:

1) There needs to be ‘HIIIIIIIIYA!’ in the helicopter scene. Someone get on that.

2) The wedding scene. I have to say because there was no ‘because you share a love so big, I now pronounce you frog and pig….’ I was signing it in my head instead. Someone get on that and add it in, k?

And to top it all off the wedding is OF COURSE disrupted and we leave with Piggy in an awesome Vivianne Westwood gown and AGAIN NO FROG HUSBAND.

This makes me angry. VERY ANGRY. But as my son said as we were exiting the theatre onto Hollywood Blvd, ‘But Mom, then what would they make a movie about for the next….fifty years.’

Good point, kid. Good point.

However  I turn 40 this year and have been watching Kermit and Piggy my entire life. My dream needs to come true and I want them HITCHED ALREADY.

I also plan on getting a small white dog to carry around and shall name her FooFoo.

Just go see Muppets Most Wanted. In theaters March 21st, if nothing else you’ll love the singing and dancing prisoners.

Just trust me on this.

Disney Sends Strong LGBT Message, My Kid Hears It Loud & Clear

Mar 2

It’s no secret my son and I love to talk politics. His 10-year old soul is wise beyond his years. So when news very quietly came out that Disney has told the Boy Scouts of America it will be pulling its funding from the group, beginning in 2015, over its stance on gay leaders…I had one happy kid.

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Years ago we gave J the chance to join scouting if he wanted. His father was a scout and it was a very big part of his life. There were many things he learned because of scouting, and many things he loathed. But, we offered it to our son none-the-less, hoping it would give him something to do that was ‘nature’ related. We grappled with the Boy Scout’s LGBT issue…but in the end left it up to our son.

He said ‘no’ emphatically because of the LGBT issue.

Mom, no…why would you want me to join them when they do that? 

He had us there.

So as we watched the news this weekend and heard Disney, a company he deeply respects and even wants to have ‘meetings with’ concerning his ‘Wogel’ empire (a character he’s made that has an entire world built around it), J was thrilled Disney would take a stand against discrimination.

Every year we attend an event with Disney that just happens to coincide with Gay Days and since my children were very, very, very little they have always experienced the park with many other families. I assumed they would notice, but because kids are kids Disney = a place where all families share in the magic. And that is entirely normal for them. But to HEAR it, on the news, OUTLOUD, gave my son a huge boost of confidence in the company and people he loves.

Did my heart good as well.

As more companies take these stances and as more of US speak with our wallets, discrimination may eventually become a thing of the past.

Way to go Disney.

Piggy Stuns in Vivienne Westwood, Blogger Drools

Feb 13
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Is it possible to be jealous of a pig? A muppet pig?

I’m out of my mind excited for the new Muppet movie, Muppets Most Wanted, due in theaters March 21st. Not only because Tina Fey is involved. Not only because I LOVE THE MUPPETS. But because it’s rumored Miss Piggy and Kermie may finally say “I do.” And not the fake I do in front of the audience like in the old movie.

And….AND (picture me jumping up and down as I try and type this) in classic Piggy style, my favorite fashionista is wearing an original Vivienne Westwood, Long Ivory Court wedding gown, with corset detailing and paillettes made from recycled plastic bottles, accessorised with an ivory tulle veil.

According to Miss Piggy, “Vivienne Westwood is fabulous—just like moi. When I asked her to design this wedding dress for moi’s new movie ‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ she was thrilled and I was thrilled. The only one a bit ‘iffy’ about it was the Frog.”

The frog had better make good this time.

Death Threats Against Disney Child Actor LGBT Related?

Feb 7

I’m heartbroken by this news. And ANGRY.

Last night as the kids and I snuggled together before bed, we heard a teaser for the evening news…”Local police investigate death threats against a Disney child star…more at 11.”

They showed a photo of the adorable Mia Talerico from Disney’s Good Luck Charlie, one of the programs we watch often. She’s five-years old.

From CNN,

“The Los Angeles Police Department’s threat management unit is investigating the threats, according to LAPD spokesman Andrew Smith.

Police are not disclosing the nature of the threats because of the investigative is ‘very sensitive,’ Smith said.

A Disney spokesman replied ‘no comment.’”

The threats did coincide with much hubbub over a recent episode of Good Luck Charlie where a same-sex couple was introduced into the storyline. Law enforcement remains mum and not publicly connecting the incident to the episode, but that’s not stopping the on and offline speculation.

Police are also not disclosing specifics about the threats, so we here at As Dreamers Do will abide by law enforcement’s guidelines. However, I can tell you they are reported to have been transmitted via a social media platform. I mention this because my children were also targeted by threats via social media and they are just as real and scary as threats in any other manner.

Sending love to Mia and her family. Let’s hope she’s oblivious of these threats and that Disney stays strong in promoting wonderfully diverse families on its programming.

A group calling themselves One Million Moms has called for a boycott of the show claiming,

“One Million Moms launched an email campaign in 2013 that urged Disney officials to abandon their plans to corrupt the children’s network with LGBT content.  However, Disney officials have not responded to the thousands of emails protesting their plans. Disney has decided to be politically correct instead of providing family-friendly programming.  Disney should stick to entertaining, not pushing an agenda.”

We love seeing ALL types of families on Disney shows! We also believe this is not “corruption” of the children’s network but FINALLY a representation of what is REAL and RIGHT in homes across America. Everyone’s family does not look like the “One Million Mom” family, and we LOVE that Disney is smart enough to recognize there is room for everyone in tvland.

My kids and I will continue to watch the final season and reruns of Good Luck Charlie, along with many other Disney shows because we know Disney isn’t afraid to show that kids grow up in many different types of homes. All of them surrounded by magic and love.

Frozen: Sing-a-Long!!!!

Feb 1
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My daughter spent a full 300 million hours yesterday practicing for today’s Frozen sing-a-long at our local theatre. She even decided to dress up for the occasion, and this is the girl who prefers to stay out of dresses and in her PJ bottoms.

We saw Frozen as a family several weeks ago and I have to admit it has quickly become one of my all time favorite Disney films. Why? Two words: True Love.

For those who have seen the movie you know exactly what I mean and for those who have not…I will let you watch and enjoy.

In the meantime, start learning the words and quickly get yourself to a local theatre so you can belt out the songs right along with Elsa and Ana!