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Rising Stars: Meet Jen Dixon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen Dixon.

Hi Jen, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Originally from Louisiana, I moved to Central Florida 25 years ago. Funny enough, I thought I was coming to Orlando for a few weeks to enjoy the summer before starting law school. But, I immediately fell in love with Central Florida and never returned home. I began a career in Marketing and Public Relations, and on the weekends, I would explore state parks, walkthrough museums, attend sporting events, eat at new restaurants… and more.

Fast forward a few years, I got married (to a Florida native) and had two kids. I started a “mommy blog” where I would share our life. As social media became popular, I decided to refocus my efforts and I renamed my blog. I began sharing more about “things to do” in Orlando and the blog began to grow.

A couple of years ago, we moved to Horizon West, a master-planned community in Southwest Orange County. This put us much closer to Disney, which allows me to share more theme park news with my audience.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I get asked often, “So, why yellow beads?”. Well, my first Disney-bound outfit five years ago incorporated a strand of yellow beads. I started wearing the beads more often, and one morning at Epcot, someone came up to me and said, “I recognize you and your yellow beads.” It then became my signature look, so to speak. I have thought often about changing my username, but “yellow beads” is so unique and I am afraid to rebrand at this point. My other challenge is trying to “stand out” in a sea of influencers, especially since the algorithms and technology changes so often. What works one week may not work so well the following week.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I want people to really “see” the Orlando that I love. Unfortunately, many tourists only visit the I-Drive area or the theme parks. Don’t get me wrong, those areas are lots of fun and are important to Orlando’s economy, but there are so many charming areas that folks don’t know about, like downtown Winter Garden or Blue Springs state park.

My audience has nicknamed me “Disney cupcake Diva” because I am always on the hunt for the latest cupcakes on WDW property. I enjoy visiting the resorts and parks to find the latest sweet treats.

Gatorland is one of my favorite new places! The park does an excellent job of combining Old Florida charm with thrilling experiences. The theme park and wildlife preserve’s observation tower, free-flight aviary, nature walk, petting zoo, and educational wildlife programs allow me to reconnect with nature.

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Family picture: Photo by Ashlyn Sanchez

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