Family Vacation Series: A Toddler’s Dream — Disney in a Day

By Theresa Coates / SFMCNews / LivingFirst —

Summer is in full swing — let the getaways begin!  Many families plan their summer fling months in advance.  Some busy families wing it and squeeze in a vacation when the time is right.

The Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida is a top choice for families with little ones.   Disney is the ultimate treat.  Discounts for hotels are always available, but be prepared to pay a hefty price from $93 to $99 for a day with Mickey. There are some special deals available such as the Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for just $169 each (plus tax) until September 27, 2014.

Laura, an elementary school guidance counselor, with two young sons, Colby and Jaxon, has been head of household for 8 long months while hubby has been deployed to the Middle East with the U. S. Air Force.  When an opportunity to visit family in an Orlando resort popped up, this mommy was on it — she was ready for a break!

Laura said, “It was a magical… planned in the spur of the moment.”

The mini-vacation for her toddlers included a surprise day trip to Disney with lots of hugs and kisses from their Nannie and Pop Pop. But careful planning to Mickey’s house was important for success — especially for only one day:



There’s something about Mary… at the CAI Annual Conference in Orlando!

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Orlando is a magical city surrounding by lush resorts, theme parks and attractions galore — the perfect place for events and vacations.  It was no surprise that the good times seemed endless at the CAI Annual Conference and Exposition from May 14 to May 17.

SFMC’s team member Mary Lockhart earned her PCAM®—Professional Community Association Manager® designation.  A PCAM designee has completed the coursework necessary to be considered an expert in community association management — a cause for celebration!

And celebrate we did!  Loews Royal Pacific Resort hosted the CAI event with hula dancers, fire twirls and tropical fare scattered throughout the paradise setting. Mary was all smiles as she was presented with her Hawaiian lei during the island-themed dinner show.

SFMC members and family enjoyed Universal Studios, the Magic Kingdom and the Kennedy Space Station.  Face painting, shows, rides, Disney characters and rockets — what else could you ask for in attending the most important event of the year for community managers and management executives.

Our Mickey Mouse hats off to Mary who is now a PCAM, one of the world’s most respected credential in association management.