All of the Moms attending this trip were African-American. We were invited because Disney wanted to hear about our perceptions of the parks and the company before and after we experienced it. Disney was interested in our pure unadulterated opinions. I truly appreciated their request for our candor and I also appreciated that they had top level executives meeting with us. It is a breath of fresh air to have a company like Disney recognize that there has been an absence of characters that reflect African - Americans and are taking steps to change that.
Personally I have always enjoyed the Disney brand and during my adult years it has been very clear that they are working on diversity. The trip solidified my admiration of their efforts. It is my hope that other companies follow in the footsteps of Disney and seek out diversity when they are promoting products and getting feedback from Mom bloggers in general.
Speaking of bloggers, we met with some people that were really not familiar with blogging and unclear about what bloggers do. I want to give a quick shout out to one of those individuals, Mark. Mark is an imagineer for Disney, one of the architects of the park attractions. He is in charge of a very special project that will be opening in January. His enthusiasm for Disney shines when speaking to him and he loves the experiences he has had over the last 20 years with company.
I want to give a special hello to Mark -he has never read a blog before and promised to comment on one of the Disney Mom's blogs. Here is a photo of Mark - he is great (and very handsome as several comments have noted). Mark, I will be looking for that comment!
Again, a big thank you to all of the folks at Disney that made this trip possible. I am truly honored to have been a part of the 2nd Disney Mom Bloggers Weekend.