Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Disney's Memory Maker 101


Welcome to those of you joining me from Rolling with the Magic and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail

Disney's Memory Maker

The newest and updated form of Disney's PhotoPass, Disney has "trained" photographers located all around the parks ready to take pictures of you and your family while on your vacation!  

Location

Located sporadically around all four parks and water parks, many of Disney's PhotoPass photographers are set up with Tripods along the heavy photographed venues, such as Main Street, U.S.A., near the Tree of Life, near the exit of EPCOT with Spaceship Earth in the background, etc...  Most character meets will also have a PhotoPass Photographer ready to go take your pictures as well.  You can also find many walking around without tripods for special photographs, or pictures in not-so-regular locations.

How Do I Get My Pictures?

As of the last time I visited Walt Disney World, the photographers would tag your pictures on your Magic Band, but also on a card that you could link to your account.  In November 2013, they recommended doing both, as the systems were still new, though we had no problem with those we only scanned on our Magic Bands.  With the RFID (radio frequency identification) that Magic Bands have, you will also automatically have your attraction photos loaded to your magic bands!

Memory Maker allows Guests to collect, view, download and share all of the Walt Disney World vacation photos linked to their My Disney Experience accounts:
  • When taking photos with a Disney PhotoPass Photographer, Guests will associate their photos by touching a MagicBand or Memory Maker card to a device that the photographer uses.
  • For attraction photos, the Memory Maker Guest will link the photos at the counter with the help of a Cast Member.
  • The Memory Maker Guest can also download photos from Family & Friend connections in My Disney Experience who choose to share photos with the Guest.
  • For each Memory Maker purchase, Guests can collect photos during a 30-day window that begins the date of the first photo download or the date Memory Maker is otherwise redeemed (whichever comes first).

Add Magic To Your Pictures


Remember how I mentioned the photographers without tripods?  Many of them can add "Magic" to your pictures!  You often won't know what the magic is until you see your pictures, but I've held balloons, Tinkerbell, been scared by Stitch - there are many options!!  They tend to be some of my favorite pictures because you aren't quite sure what they will be until you log into My Disney Experience and check out your pictures!

Attraction Photos

Many attractions have had photos available for purchase.  For a while, you can even purchase a separate package.  Now, they are all included in the one Memory Maker price.  The best news of this, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is now adding a video to Memory Maker packages!

Participating attractions include:
  • Space Mountain® Attraction
  • Splash Mountain® Attraction
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin® Attraction
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Rock ‘n Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith
  • Expedition Everest® Attraction
  • Dinosaur Attraction
  • Test Track® Attraction

Traveling with Friends

If you are traveling with friends and family, you can link up your accounts and share photos!  As long as you are connected and can see each others photos, you will be able to download all photos shared with you by the end of the 30 days!

Use Your Own Camera

I can't state it enough - whether you purchase the service or not, the PhotoPass Photographers will happily use your personal camera to take pictures.  They will usually take 5 or 6 with theirs and 1 with mine, but it's a great way to get more pictures of the entire family at no additional cost.  Speaking of...

Cost

If you purchase this package 3 days prior to arrival, your cost is $149.  Purchasing within 3 days, on, or after your trip, the price is $199.  Definitely worth the savings of $50 by purchasing in advance!  While Disney Visa Cardholders can still go to a private character meet with *one* print per card available for free, when I use the Memory Maker service, I don't generally go out of my way for this picture, as I make sure to take many more pictures throughout the full trip.

Is it Worth it?

This is totally a personal question - I will say, it's an expensive service, true, but one I often purchase.  While I do often have the PhotoPass Photographers use my camera, if I pay for the service, we tend to take many more pictures.  It's even better with multiple families or groups that travel together to split the cost.  The attraction photos alone make it worthwhile for me!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Home is Where the Mouse Is.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

**2nd Stop ~ Memory Maker 101

Monday, August 18, 2014

Green Scene Mom - New Mom/Mom-to-Be giveaway!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Frozen on Ice - Fairfax, VA Ticket Giveaway!

Win a 4 pack of tickets to Opening Night!

Press Release Follows:
DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS FROZEN
IS COMING TO FAIRFAX, OCTOBER 22-27!

[FAIRFAX, VA, JULY 3, 2014] — Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to your favorite songs, including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” and “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, huntsman Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all! 
Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Frozen! will also feature guest appearances by the beloved Disney Princesses as well as characters from The Lion King, Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Disney On Ice presents Frozen! will be at the Patriot Center from October 22 – 27.

PATRIOT CENTER
Wednesday, October 22 – Monday, October 27, 2014

Show Times:
·      Wednesday. October 22 | 7:00 p.m.
·      Thursday. October 23 | 7:00 p.m.
·      Friday. October 24 | 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m, & 7:30 p.m.
·      Saturday. October 25 | 10:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
·      Sunday. October 26 | 10:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
·      Monday. October 27 | 7:00 p.m.

Patriot Center Weekday Ticket Prices$20, $35, $55 VIP, $85 Front Row
Patriot Center Weekend Ticket Prices: $25, $40, $70 VIP, $85 Front Row

Venue/Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 800-745 -3000; viawww.ticketmaster.com; and at the Patriot Center box office.
To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.disneyonice.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.
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About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, NuclearCowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information on Feld Entertainment is available online atwww.feldentertainment.com.
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Marvel Universe Live! Coming to D.C. In September!

Marvel Universe Live! Arrives in D.C. Area Sept. 4 - 21 
Performances featuring your favorite Marvel characters at both the Verizon Center and Patriot Center


Washington, DC – August 4, 2014 –After much anticipation, Marvel Universe LIVE!, featuring the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production, will be flying into the nation’s capital with performances at the Verizon Center starting September 4 and at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia starting September 12 through September 21.

Marvel Universe LIVE! is a new live entertainment experience for the entire family. Children and adults alike will enjoy watching their favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine and many more during a comic extravaganza that brings both heroes and villains to life. The audience will enjoy the special effects, stunts and never before seen story in this family-friendly live action adventure. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it!

Marvel Universe LIVE! is the newest and largest show ever produced by Feld Entertainment. See Marvel Universe Live! September 4-7 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC and at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia September 12-14 and 19-21. Please note that this will be the only performances ofMarvel Universe Live! in the D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia area. Tickets for Marvel Universe LIVE! start at $45 and are on sale now at www.marveluniverselive.com and Ticketmaster.com .

 WASHINGTON, DC
Verizon Center | September 4-7
Show times:
·      Thursday, September 4 at 7:30 PM
·      Friday, September 5 at 7:30 PM
·      Saturday, September 6 at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
·      Sunday, September 7 at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM

FAIRFAX, VA
Patriot Center | September 12-21
Show times:
·      Friday, September 12 at 7:00 PM
·      Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
·      Sunday, September 14 at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
·      Friday, September 19 at 7:00 PM
·      Saturday, September 20 at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
·      Sunday, September 21 at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

Ticket Information: All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Verizon Center and Patriot Center box offices.

All Ticket prices start at $35.00. Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

Stay current on the latest from Marvel Universe LIVE! through social media on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MarvelOnTour) Twitter (@MarvelOnTour/@Juliette Feld) and Instagram (@MarvelOnTour), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/MarvelOnTable).
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About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Disney On Ice and Disney Live! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com. More information on Marvel Universe LIVE!available at www.marveluniverselive.com.

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit www.marvel.com.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Extended - Disney's Frozen Summer of Fun!

"Frozen" Summer Fun - Live at Disney's Hollywood Studios 

Dates:

Now thru September 29, 2014

Location:

Disney's Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Cost:

Included in your admission to Disney's Hollywood Studios

Highlights:

Celebrate a Frozen Summer with sing-alongs, a daily character progression, fireworks, a polar playground, and more!

Olaf on Summer Vacation - Olaf the snowman is having the time of his life on his very first summer vacation! He chimes in throughout the day to keep everyone updated on all his adventures.

Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome - At 11:00 a.m. each day, Elsa and Anna arrive in Hollywood as part of their goodwill tour of neighboring kingdoms, making their way down Hollywood Boulevard in a horse-drawn sleigh. Kristoff is along for the fun, too, joined by a flurry of skaters, skiiers, ice cutters and more! The entire procession culminates in a special moment at the Sorcerer's Hat Icon Stage to officially welcome the visiting royalty to this kingdom of Hollywoodland.

For the First Time in Forever: A "Frozen" Sing-Along Celebration - Cool down inside the Premiere Theater, where Anna and Elsa join the Royal Historians of Arendelle for a fun and comedic retelling of the unique history of their Kingdom, filled with delightful, sing-along moments from "Frozen."

Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & "Frozen" Funland - Inside Soundstage One, Oaken and his cousins have created a "Frozen" Funland filled with cold weather activities, unique photo opportunities, and more! There's a frozen pond with ice skating demonstrations, wintertime fun for kids in the "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" play area, a "big summer blowout" with plenty of "Frozen" merchandise, and special "Frozen" — inspired food and beverage offerings.

"Coolest Summer Ever" Dance Party - Starting at 5:30 p.m. each day, a dance party takes over the area around the Sorcerer's Hat Icon Stage, with a DJ, live band, and more! The band plays a variety of classic and contemporary summer rock & roll hits, as well as a cool, rocking medley of "Frozen" favorites. It's going to be hot!

"Frozen" Fireworks Spectacular - Everything wraps up at 9:45 p.m. when Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf come together at the Sorcerer's Hat Icon Stage for a grand finale to the day's festivities, kicking off an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to the glorious music of "Frozen!"
From Sept. 2 - 28, "Frozen" Fireworks Spectacular will take place only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

"Frozen" Summer Fun Premium Package
While packages have sold out from July 5 to Aug. 22 and Aug. 24 to Sept. 1, 2014, your Clients can still enjoy a premium "Frozen" Summer Fun experience on the following weekends: Sept. 5 - 7; Sept. 12 - 14; Sept. 19 - 21; and Sept. 26 - 28.

Each "Frozen" Summer Fun Premium Package includes:
  • Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Procession Viewing - Watch and wave during an enchanting daytime ceremony — complete with royal refreshments! Enjoy Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome procession, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
  • For the First Time In Forever: A "Frozen" Sing-Along Celebration Seating - Get ready to "Let it Go" like never before — enjoy one (1) sing-along experience featuring favorite tunes from "Frozen" at a time of your choosing.
  • "Frozen" Fireworks Spectacular Viewing with Dessert Party - Indulge in an unforgettable fireworks showcase, paired with "Frozen"-themed desserts as well as specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Don't miss out on the coolest event of the season! Reserve a "Frozen" Summer Fun Premium Package: US $69.00 for adults; US $39.00 for children (tax and gratuity included).
Reservations
  • Contact your favorite Guru Travel agent for booking!
Advanced reservations are highly recommended as this event will fill up quickly.