Holiday Promotion! Give the gift of fun

Holiday Promotion!

Give the gift of fun memories that will last a lifetime! Book a Disneyland or Disney World package (resort & tickets)

Just a heads up to Spring forward this w

Just a heads up to Spring forward this weekend & change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.

Hidden Nightmare Before Christmas Items Inside Disney World’s Haunted Mansion

I bet you’ve never heard of this have you? I like to consider myself a veteran of Walt Disney World, and that I pretty much know the majority of the ins and outs of the parks. Well I was wrong. On my most recent trip in early April, I met a wonderful Cast Member who had worked at the Haunted Mansion for over 17 years. During one of my visits with her, she lit up when we were talking about what I dressed up as for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (picture on right). Sandy Claws She then proceeded to talk about something that pretty much left me feeling like a Disney World novice again. There are hidden Nightmare Before Christmas items/references ALL OVER Haunted Mansion! This is because Cast Members were disappointed that Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion (HM) would never be getting the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay that Disneyland gets during the holidays. So imagineers placed a bunch of Nightmare Before Christmas (NBC) stuff inside the ride during a refurbishment as a compromise.

Now most of these are pretty impossible to see with the naked eye. They were more meant for Cast Members to find when guests aren’t on the ride or during periods where the house lights are up. Luckily when were were there this past April, we rode the ride a good 15 times during the hour right before the park closed and were often the only guests on the ride. I’m talking, 0 people within 30 doom buggies on either side of us, so we were able to use our iPhone flashlights and camera to capture the locations of many of the items. So, without further ado, here are the locations and proof for a good bunch of the hidden NBC items inside Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion!

#1 The Nightmare Before Christmas and Jack Skellington BooksNBC Book

These two are the first two things you will pass as you are on the ride. They are located in the library which is right after you board the attraction and pass down the hallway with the portraits on the right side of the car that change during lightning strikes. Almost at the end of the library, just before you pass into the next room there is a table to your right. It has a lamp on it, and a bust right behind it. On top of this table is a book with Jack’s face on the spine, and the NBC title on the cover. On the floor right below the able is a book with Jack on the front with a red background.IMG_1052 Jack Book

#2 Sally DollIMG_0730

There is a Sally doll in the attic, which is the next room with hidden NBC stuff in it. She was relatively easy to spot, since she is IMG_0735large. She will be on your right hand side of the doom buggy as you enter the attic. She is on the bottom shelf of an end table. Her head is peeking up from behind a book. She is in the first little alcove inside the attic, before the Bride is visible.




#3 Nightmare Before Christmas Book

There is another NBC book inside the attic. This one is located on the floor on the left side of the buggy. Right as you begin curving to the left as the Bride comes into view, it is on the floor. You almost have to look directly down over the side of the buggy to see it. It is relatively easy to see because it is illuminated from above. I say relatively easy because we didn’t find it until our very last ride of the trip, and once we saw it, we felt pretty dumb for not finding it faster. It’s HUGE. It is on the floor with nothing above or next to it. I can’t believe we rode it 15+ times and never saw it until the end. We didn’t manage to get a picture of it so you guys are on your own for this one!

#4 Jack Skellington DollIMG_1053

This one… So hard to find! We technically didn’t find it ourselves. I didn’t notice it until we got home from the trip and I was looking a pictures of the next item and then I noticed a striped sleeve in the shadows. He is basically inside a basket, on the top shelf of a book case, way in the back of the attic. He is on the right side of the doom buggy, and you almost have to look back over your shoulder to see it. This one I haven’t seen with my own eyes, just from the picture we captured with blind luck.

#5 The Snow GlobeIMG_1058a

This one was the hardest that we actually saw. It is a Jack Skellington snow globe. Its located on the same shelf as the Jack doll, but way on the bottom of the shelf. Located on the right side of the buggy, just as you are about to leave the attic. Roughly across from the Bride. It’s so small! He’s blocked by a bunch of boxes until the last second before you leave the attic.IMG_1058





#6 Jack’s Face in the Portraitgh-1

This one is the first you encounter on the attraction, before you even enter the doom buggy. Once you enter the doors of HM, and you hold in the room with the portrait above the fireplace, there is a hidden Jack in the portrait. As the man ages in the portrait, Jack’s smiling face becomes visible above his eyebrow!



BONUS Hidden Mickey

Not a hidden NBC but still cool! There’s a hidden Mickey in the grim reapers hand towards the end of the ride, on your right hand side. Just before you enter the final room of the ride where the hitch hiking ghosts are, there’s a crypt with an open door where a billowing grim reaper/ghoul thing is visible. In his hand is the shape of a Mickey head!IMG_0753

Well that’s it for the hidden Nightmare Before Christmas inside Haunted Mansion! There are supposedly more, but not that we found on this trip. Happy hunting!

Fun Friday – 7 Reasons to Spend Christmas at Disney World

christmas at disney world

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays at Walt Disney World is more than just a greeting card or automatic conversation ender – it is an extraordinary display of enchantment that brings to life all that is merry and bright during this magical season. From the Magic Kingdom to Epcot and Downtown Disney, the last two months of the year are full of opportunities for you and your family to make merry memories. The “overnight” transformation from Halloween horror to Christmas charm takes months and hours of Imagineering dedication that spans the four theme parks, resort hotels, and the Downtown Disney area.  Tinsel, towering Christmas trees, and themed decorations will greet you at every corner. The Christmas spirit can be felt in every shining star and blinking bulb, sending smiles to the faces of even the most Scrooge-like human! Cast members and characters will be seen going above and beyond to spread the joy of the season – this will truly be a time you and your family will never forget! If you aren’t already jumping off your couch to book your Disney holiday vacation, below is a list of 7 reasons to spend this Christmas at Walt Disney World.

1-  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Magic Kingdom Theme Park – November 8-December 20, 2013

This holiday celebration is filled with peppermint flavored magic! When you buy a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you are cashing in on a fun filled night of festive live entertainment, one of a kind holiday fireworks, and a parade that only comes around once a year. During the party, major celebrities will be in the midst including the Big Cheese himself and, yes, Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to visit the Magic Kingdom during the parade! The air will be filled with sparkling “snow” flakes, jingle bells, and hearts singing with Christmas cheer.

2-  Holidays Around the World  – Epcot Theme Park – November 29-December 30, 2013xmas disney12

There are so many holiday activities at Epcot during Holidays Around the World. Traveling around the World Showcase, you will find authentic holiday storytellers in each of the countries who tell holiday tales from each of their native counties. During your visit to World Showcase, stop and enjoy the Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season where music speaks the story of Christmas through Jazz, R&B, and Urban sounds. The Candlelight Processional is an experience all in its own – the Christmas Story is told by a celebrity narrator who is accompanied by a 50 piece orchestra and choir who fill your ears and hearts with traditional Christmas songs. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth also joins in on the holiday fun by presenting a special holiday rendition of its traditional fireworks and lights show.  You could spend your entire holiday vacation at Epcot and experience incredible magic and make many merry memories.

3-  Yuletide Fantasy Tour

If you want an authentic, thorough look at the process of transforming Walt Disney World into its festive holiday attire, the Yuletide Fantasy Tour is for you! This backstage look at this magical makeover takes place across the Walt Disney World Resort including the theme parks and resort hotels. You will hardly know you are learning with Disney’s skilled tour guides and friendly Cast Members who will guide you through a journey from the creation of holiday decorations to Main Street USA. At the end of the tour, you will receive a special gift to remind you of your incredible, enchanted journey through the sparkling splendor of Disney’s inspired holidays.

4-  The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – Hollywood Studios Theme Park – November 8-January 5, osborne lights2014

A Christmas vacation is not complete without a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at dusk. A walk down the Streets of America will literally light up your life – it’s hard to describe how millions of lights on the string can tug on your heart and remind you of the simpler times in life. From a yard in Arkansas to the home of the Mouse, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights have the (electrical) power to melt your heart while jumpstarting your holiday spirit. If the lights themselves weren’t stunning enough, every few minutes, the lights start to dance to perfectly choreographed Christmas music. Family photos will include upturned necks, gasps, and twinkles in eyes.

5-  Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade – Animal Kingdom Theme Park – November 7-January 2, 2014

Take a walk on the wild side at the Animal Kingdom Theme Park during the holidays. Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade is all dressed up and ready to start a Christmas party to remember. The usual puppet animals and exploratory vehicles are adorned with winter greenery and brightly shining bulbs to celebrate (in a wild way) the Christmas season. Make sure to arrive early to get a good viewing spot during this parade, you won’t want to miss all the untamed details dancing across the parade route.

6-  Holiday D-Lights Tour

Light up your Disney vacation with a Holiday D-Lights Tour! While on this expertly guided tour, you will visit three of the four theme parks. While in Epcot, the Candlelight Processional will amaze you with a celebrity narrated telling of the Christmas Story that is complimented by a 50 piece orchestra and choir that will fill your heart and ears with masterful renditions traditional Christmas songs. From there, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will host your next stop to be a part of the music-lights show known as the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. You will be blown away by the sheer amount of lights and the perfectly choreographed music that causes millions of lights to dance! You will end up at the Magic Kingdom Theme Park learning about how Cinderella’s Castle dresses up for the Christmas season while rubbing elbows with the spectacular team who magically transforms the Walt Disney World Resort each year.

7-  Festival of the Seasons – Downtown Disney Area – November 15-December 29, 2013

While you are taking a break from the theme parks, make sure to visit Downtown Disney to experience the Festival of the Seasons. You will find yourself humming along to your favorite holiday tunes while strolling along the fairy-lit walkways. Lushly decorated trees, bright baubles, and a trip to meet Santa will trick you into thinking you are far away from central Florida in a more northern location. After you have visited the unique shops, there is no shortage of entertainment! Enjoy a variety of Disney diversions including carolers, live instrumental performances of cherished Christmas melodies, and street parties where you can dance the night away.

Magical Mondays: Disney’s Fairytale Weddings

A wedding can be a great reason to head to a Disney destination with a group of your family and friends. Disney makes it easy to have your dream wedding at a Disney park, aboard a Disney cruise, one of the Disney beach resorts, or at Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii. And with the dedicated staff at Disney’s Fairytale Weddings, it’s sure to be a fabulous wedding or honeymoon!


The wedding experts at Disney’s Fairytale Weddings handle all details of your special day to make sure everything flows seamlessly and you have your very own fairytale wedding. Disney offers a wide variety of wedding and reception locations at the parks and resorts. You can hold your ceremony in a beautiful gazebo and be whisked away in a horse drawn carriage. Or how about ending with a beautiful burst of fireworks to dazzle your guests? From the flowers to the cake and all the details in between, Disney’s Fairytale Wedding planners make sure your day is seamless and customized to you! You can even shop Disney’s bridal boutique and manage all of your plans with the online planning feature at And whether you’re bringing just a couple of friends or the entire family, there’s a package to fit your group size and budget!


Looking to have a fairytale honeymoon instead? Disney’s Fairytale Weddings can help you plan it! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing, romantic getaway or wanting to do some exploring with an Adventures by Disney package, there’s something to fit everyone. You can even create a honeymoon registry and let your weddings guests help a for your dream honeymoon. You can include dining, activities, accommodations and more!  


Want more information about planning a Disney wedding or honeymoon? Contact your travel professional at Magical Adventures Travel today!



Magical Monday: Meetings at Disney Destinations

Disney destinations are more than a family vacation. They are also great places to host your next meeting! Whether you’re hosting an educational conference, looking for a relaxing meeting environment, or offering incentive travel to motivate employees, Disney can cater to your needs. Here are ten great reasons to choose Disney for your next meeting.

  1. Choice of locations. Choose from resorts at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, and Aulani, Disney’s Hawaiian escape, or do something totally different and host your meeting aboard one of the ships of the Disney Cruise Line.
  2. Disney Institute. The Disney Institute offers professional development programs and team building exercises, all based on the successful practices of the Disney company itself.
  3. Disney Event Group. From start to finish, the Disney Event Group assists you every step of the way. From developing a concept to entertainment, themed décor, and technical services, Disney Event Group manages it all.
  4. Disney Marketing Support. Disney will create save the date cards for your event, promotional video for you to use in promoting attendance, online ads, customizable ticket stores so your attendees can get their tickets in advance, even an event website and brochures or other marketing material you need to make your Disney event successful.
  5. Private Events and Special programs. You can create custom, unique experiences for your clients and employees. Theme park events, dining, entertainment and golf can all be arranged through Disney Meetings.
  6. Convention Concierge Services. A concierge dedicated to your group is available in the lobby of each resort convention center to assist with anything your attendees may need during their stay.
  7. Show Services. Disney can take care of all the technical, audio-visual and photography services needed for your event.
  8. Wide variety of resort choices to fit your budget for your event. A Disney meeting professional can help you choose the best fit for your needs.
  9. Disney transportation. From arriving at the airport to travelling throughout the Walt Disney World complex, Disney’s transit system can transport your guests anywhere they may need to go during their stay at the Walt Disney World Resort.

10. Family Inclusive travel. Your attendees will love an event that allows them to spend some family time together as well!

Need some more information or want to get started planning your next event at a Disney destination? Contact one of the Magical Adventures Travel specialists today! Visit us at MagicalAdv

Magical Monday: Disney Performing Arts Programs

Disney is more than a family vacation spot. It’s also a great destination for educational programs, youth groups, and performing arts ensembles. Whether it’s dance ensembles, marching bands, or choral groups, Disney offers a variety of performance and learning opportunities. 

With Disney Performing Arts on Stage, groups have the opportunity to provide on stage at Disney destinations or in one of the many parades. Competitions and festivals, such as Festival Disney and The Disney Honors are also available. 

Disney Performing Arts on Stage also offers a wide variety of workshops for dance and musical groups. Choose from Dance 101 & 201, Dance Technique, Broadway Magic, Disney Dancin’, and more.

 Workshops and performance opportunities are available at both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Group packages include accommodations and park tickets, all specially priced for your group. Agents at Magical Adventures Travel can assist you in choosing the program that is right for your performing arts group and making your travel arrangements.

 If you are interested in pursuing a performing arts educational program, you can find more information at Magical Adventures Travel. We can guide you through the registration and audition requirements. Applications are accepted up to twelve months in advance. 

Wednesday Without the Kids: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Boo To You ParadeWhy would a party that cuts out all the scary, ghoulish and gory things that make Halloween a very adult “holiday” be something those without the kids be interested in? The answer is simple: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is the Magic Kingdom injected with Halloween steroids. Everything you love about the Magic Kingdom + Spooky Halloween extras all rolled into a 5 hour event where you can dress up and trick or treat till you’re inner 8 year old’s content. The party takes place Sept through Nov 1st, and is a hard ticket event (which means it’s not included in the regular park admission).

So why is MNSSHP a great event for the kid-less Disney visitor? Here’s why:

1. MNSSHP is a hard ticket event. This means it isn’t included in a days admission and you have to pay to get in. Why is this a good thing? There’s two main reasons: You can save a day of admission off your ____ day magic your way ticket. Historically, Disney lets party goers in around 4pm, well ahead of the party start time of 7pm. That means you get about 8 hours of Magic Kingdom time without giving up a day on your ticket. The other reason is that hard ticket events = short lines for nearly all Magic Kingdom rides/attractions. So if you want to ride the rides instead of trick or treat, you wont being spending nearly any time in line. This also means there is merchandise you can’t get outside of the party for all you collectors out there!

Halloween Costumes2. You get to dress up (if you want). On a regular day at Disney, you aren’t allowed to dress up in a costume. At MNSSHP it isn’t only allowed, its encouraged! Now is the chance to dress up as Captain America or Genie and run around the Magic Kingdom till the clock strikes midnight and you turn back into a regular, mature adult.

3. Characters. MNSSHP has a plethora of characters are extremely rare and may only come out during this party. Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas only meet in Florida during this party for example. While many adults might write off character meeting as something for the 12 and under crowd, I urge you to reconsider that idea. Getting your picture taken with all 7 dwarfs will make an awesome Facebook cover photo, as well as a great keepsake memory years down the road from now.Headless Horseman

4. Special Events. The Boo to You Parade, Hallowishes, and The Villains Mix and Mingle are all special events that are only available to party goers and are possibly, if not THE best night-time shows WDW does all year. While the kids might be entertained by any parade walking past, the Boo to You Parade will definitely appeal to the adult crowd as well. Who can pass up the ghoulish ghosts of The Haunted Mansion coming out to play on Main Street USA? And Hallowises is rivaled only by the Christmas Party fireworks and is debatable depending on who you talk to. Set to narration by the Ghost Host of The Haunted Mansion, and tunes from that attraction, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Little Mermaid and even a nod to Hocus Pocus. Plus perimeter burst fireworks. Which is reason enough to attend. Also, I forgot to mention THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN!

5. Villains. This is one of the only chances you will have to meet and see the likes of Cruella Deville, Jafar, The Evil Queen, Maleficent, Captain Hook and others all at one time. I dare you to dress up as a dalmatian when you go to get your picture with Cruella.

Halloween Train Station6. The decorations. The Magic Kingdom gets an autumn/Halloween make over. This means pumpkins, colorful leaves, dramatically spooky lighting and fog. The Main Street train station drenched in eery purple light and fog is truly something to behold in person.Hallowishes

MNSSHP truly is something that appeals more to adults than anyone else. While the kids might have a blast trick or treating and wearing their princess dress, the more mature audience will fully appreciate all the detail that goes into this spooky event. Like I said before, it’s all the stuff you loved about The Magic Kingdom (the atmosphere, attractions and fireworks) pumped up with some spooky steroids (the creepy settings, little to no waits for rides, and Hallowishes/Boo to You). So put this one on your Without The Kids Bucket List!

PS: If you see Jack Skellington dressed as Sandy Claws during parties in the first week of October, feel free to say hi because I heard the Wednesdays Without Kids author is going as that this year!

Photopass Plus: DeMystified – A Comprehensive Guide

“I’m the photographer of the family, but would love to be in more of our Disney trip photos”

“How can I get a deal on those ride photos?”

“The photo packages at some of the character meals are so expensive. Is there any way to find a discount for them?”

“I’ve used the regular PHOTOPASS in the past, but how do I get PHOTOPASS Plus?”PhotoPassCards

These are some of the questions I get about making Disney trips even more memorable.  So here’s a question for you:  Have you thought about purchasing Photopass+ for your next trip at Disney World or Disneyland?

But what exactly IS PHOTOPASS+, how do you use it, and what are the benefits?

PHOTOPASS is a FREE picture-taking service provided by Disney. Our blog has previously covered many of the benefits of PHOTOPASS (click here ). But in a nutshell, you’ll get a special PHOTOPASS card. You use this card around all the parks when you see the Disney photographers to get your mug captured in a variety of locations.

PHOTOPASS photographers are located around the parks, often in PRIME photo spots. Some offer special photos, called MAGIC shots, in which a Disney character or scene is magically added to your pose. Those can be really fun!

Then you’ll lPhotoPass_photographersog onto the PHOTOPASS website, enter the card number and see your pictures. Then you can edit, share and purchase a CD to save your photos forever. (Photos are only available for 30 days, so most people wind up buying the CD).

When you walk around Disneyworld, you’ll notice photographers like

<<——these guys all around the parks.

Disney’s Photopass+ works in the same way as the regular card, but gives you more photo memory opportunities, such as ride photos, some character meals, and photos from special experiences (like Pirate’s League).

Currently included in Photo Pass + are Photos at Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock’n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, and Dinosaur. Character meals included in Photopass+ can be found at 1900 Park Fare, Ohana, Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Tusker House Restaurant, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, and Princess Storybook Dining at Akershaus Royal Banquet Hall.  Jedi Training Academy, Pirate’s and Pals Cruise, and Pirate’s League are special experiences also included on the Photopass Plus.

If you’re visiting the parks multiple days, expect to enjoy the rides or plan on dining with the characters, the Photopass+ can be a great money and time-saver.

I know what you’re thinking… where and how do I get my hands on this wonderful card??!!

  • I can add it to your Disney vacation package. At the time of this blog, it cost $199, but I can get it for you at a discounted rate (generally up to $50 off).
  • This Photopass+ package can be ordered any time, up to 14 days, prior to your vacation. Even if you are planning to go in December 2014, you can pre-order the Photopass+  package now.
  • It must be note that if you were to buy any of the photos individually, they cost around $15 each (even for the digital downloads) and dining and special experience packages start around $30 each.  This pass can really save you money in the long run – especially if you’re a shutter-bug like me!

OK. Now here’s where things can get confusing and why I decided to write this blog in the first place…

Within a few weeks after you order, you’ll get a package that includes this:


Open it up and you’ll find these:


You’ll notice that there’s no Photopass+ card inside. See that red piece of paper? That’s the Photopass+ VOUCHER.  Put this in a safe place, preferably with your Disney vacation folder where you keep your resort and/or package confirmations, flight confirmations, etc. This MUST come with you to Disney. Do not discard the CD or the case. You’ll need that later.

Reason being: When you get to Disney, you’re going to exchange the voucher for this:


This is the actual Photopass+ Lanyard/Card you’ll use to get all those wonderful ride, meal and special experience photos (as well as all the magic and other poses from around the parks). This card expires fourteen (14) days after activation. There is currently NO way to extend this expiration.

There are several places around the World to exchange the voucher for this lanyard. Some Deluxe resorts have Photopass kiosks. If you are not staying at one of the Deluxe resorts, then you can exchange the voucher in the parks.


Resort locations have limited operation hours.
Animal Kingdom Lodge (Zawadi)
Polynesian Resort (Trader Jack’s)
Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (M. Mouse Mercantile)
Yacht and Beach Club Resort (Beach Club Market Place)


Magic Kingdom (Box Office Gifts in Town Square Theater)
EPCOT (Camera Center in Future World)
Hollywood Studios (Cover Story on Hollywood Blvd.)
Animal Kingdom (Garden Gate Gifts)
Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (May-September)
Downtown Disney (PHOTOPASS Studio)

***HOT TIP: It’s IMPORTANT to note that if you have an early morning dining or special event reservation at any of the locations listed above, you should make a plan to get your exchange done prior to it. This way, your meal photos will get linked to your card. However, a few people have reported that some Photopass Photographer cast members at the dining locations have been able to exchange the vouchers and activate the cards. ***

***ANOTHER HOT TIP: Print out the receipt from your Photopass+ purchase and bring it with you. Should you somehow lose the voucher, this will prove your purchase and the Disney Cast Members at the PHOTOPASS shops should be able to assist you.**

The PHOTOPASS+ card expires fourteen (14) days after activation. There is currently NO way to extend this expiration. (However, I recently uncovered a secret, semi-workaround for this. Stay tuned for the next Photopass installment or email me if you really need it quick!)

The PHOTOPASS people will also punch holes in the card to indicate the expiration date of the card (located on the back of the card):


***HOT TIP:  Take a picture of your lanyard (both sides). On the back of the card you’ll notice a long number. You’ll need this number later to link this card to your PHOTOPASS account. SHOULD you somehow lose this card, you’ll at least have the card number to link the photos to your account. AND, if you lose the card, the PHOTOPASS center may be able to get you a replacement and transfer all the photos to the new card.***

The whole process only takes about 10 minutes; however, depending on how crowded the parks are, the process may take longer. So be sure to allow yourself some time.

Now you are ready! Wear this lanyard around your neck (It’s beautiful isn’t it? Goes sooo well with the walking shoes!). Whenever you find yourself wanting to get a photo with a PHOTOPASS photographer, just pass it to them. They’ll scan it and take your picture.

Do the same when you are at a character meal (like Tusker House or Cinderella’s Royal Table) or special experiences (like Pirate’s League). Make sure you give the photographer your pass. You’ll not only get actual printed photo packages, but the digital downloads as well.  You’ll get  a receipt for the photos and you’ll notice that there is no charge. SAVE THIS RECEIPT anyway. If the digital download doesn’t appear on your account, this will help the PHOTOPASS people find them.

At the rides, note the Ride Photo Number on the TV screens at the end of the ride. Bring this card to the photo kiosks nearby and tell the CM the ride number. The CM will bring up your photo to review, scan your card, and give you a receipt. Again, SAVE THIS RECIEPT in case the photos somehow get “lost.”

**HOT TIP: while you are still in the park after a special experience or meal, go to the PHOTOPASS location and spend a minute to review your photos and make sure they are all there. Sometimes photos DO get “lost” or mis-scanned. Disney gets so much right, but nothing is perfect.**

You can still use the other PHOTOPASS cards and link them to your account, but they won’t be accepted at meals or rides or special events.RegularPhotoPassCards

And there you have it. Now you won’t be wondering what to do when you get that little piece of paper in the mail.

When you get back from your AMAZING Disney vacation, you’ll have 30 days to review and order the Photo CD. I plan to walk you through those steps in the next Photopass installment for the blog. However, as a quick overview, you will log into your PHOTOPASS account and link all your PHOTOPASS cards to your account. Then you can review and edit photos (add borders, text, crop, etc) and save them as new pictures to your account. Finally, you’ll order your Photo CD.

Remember earlier above I said to save that other CD box and its contents? Well, inside there is a promotional code that you’ll enter when you are ready to purchase the CD. This will “zero out” the cost of the photo CD (since you pre-purchased it). Once your order is complete, you’ll receive your Disney Photo CD containing all your wonderful Disney memories in a few weeks. Please be sure to open your CD when it arrives to check and be sure it’s OK and the contents are correct.

**HOT TIP: Depending on the number of photos you have, you may be able to download a compressed or ZIP file containing all your photos and order a back up CD for an additional $20-$30.  Many people do this instead of just the CD. A few people have reported that CD’s have arrived broken and if it’s beyond the 30 day mark, it’s not easy to get all the photos recovered.**

Thanks for following along today! If you have any other questions, please feel free to add them to the comments below and I’ll answer the best I can. Enjoy your trip!

Dining with Character at the Disneyland Resort

One of the most fun ways to meet characters at the Disney Parks is by dining with them at character meals. And while Disneyland is smaller than Walt Disney World, they do offer quite a few opportunities to meet, greet, and eat with your favorite Disney characters.

  • At Plaza Inn inside Disneyland Park, you can enjoy breakfast with Minnie & Friends.
  • Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure Park offers breakfast and lunch with Ariel and some of her fellow princesses.
  • At the Disneyland Hotel, Goofy’s Kitchen serves up breakfast and dinner with Goofy and some of his favorite pals, including Aladdin, Baloo, Alice, and the Mad Hatter. (Characters subject to change).
  • Storyteller’s Café at Disney’s Grand Californian hosts Chip & Dale, who greet guests during breakfast.
  • Disney friends host a Beach party for breakfast at the PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier. Daisy and other favorite characters make an appearance.

Which character meal do you want to enjoy on your next Disneyland vacation?