* Wordless Wednesday: Sweet Tooth
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Happy news! My family is going on a long weekend getaway this summer to Disney's Vero Beach Resort. We'll be spending a few days at Vero before returning to Orlando for a day at Downtown Disney and dinner at the California Grill. Man, I love that "just booked a Disney trip" feeling.
I’m really excited to be going back to Vero Beach, because I have so many fun memories from the last time we went several years ago. Vero Beach was the place where I swam in the ocean for the first time since I was little (I’m from New England, where the ocean temperature never reaches above 45 degrees). It’s where my mother mistook a dead crab for a live one and threw it into the sea, thinking she was doing it a favor. It’s where I got one of my worst sunburns to date. It’s where a 16 year old waitress shamed me into walking all the way back to our hotel room and retrieving my ID from the room safe before she would serve me a glass of wine (Hilariously, I got all the way up to the room only to realize my mother had the safe key, so then I had to walk back to the restaurant, get the room key, then get the ID, then go back to the restaurant – by which point my glass of wine was already on the table, our teenage server having realized that no one would go to all this trouble just to get illegally wasted with her mom.)
It’s also the place where these pictures were taken:
Alternatively titled: Whining. Lots of it.
Here’s the deal. Disney Cruise Line had a press event in NYC today to unveil its new itineraries, and I wasn’t invited. Which, speaking as someone who does PR and social media strategy for a living, is weird. I live in NYC, I’ve blogged about Disney Cruise Line before, I’ve even expressed interest in learning more about cruising with Disney. And while I’d like to think that it’s because some intern didn’t do her research when putting the media list together, I can’t help but suspect that it’s because some of the content on my site does not fit with Disney’s shiny, happy, image. And you know what? Too bad.
Believe it or not, I sometimes mince my words here too. I’ve attended open-invitation Disney special events, press screenings for Disney films (not because I was invited by Disney – because I used to work in the movie biz), Radio Disney hoopla moments, etc – and when they’re really bad, I often choose not to write about them. Because although my commentary is sometimes tough, it’s never meant to be mean. And my mom taught me that if you can’t say something nice, say nothing.
Here’s the other thing, Disney – if I didn’t like your brand, I wouldn’t have this blog. Yeah, some of us Disney bloggers gripe and complain and bemoan some of the “improvements” the parks have made at the expense of the attractions we grew up with and the quality we’ve come to expect. We’re not trying to take you down. We criticize because we care, dammit. And there are a lot of Disney fans and bloggers out there who are DYING to talk to you. So why won’t @DisneyParks engage with its 107,000 followers? Seriously, what are they afraid of?
I’ll never promise to deliver a glowingly positive blog post. But I can promise to give an honest review. And one of these days, I hope Disney will want to hear it.
* Come Aboard the Disney Dream
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