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Pixie Dust Girls at Sea!

Earlier in the fall, I had the opportunity to travel with Disney Cruise Line on the reimagined Disney Magic.  This ship is truly amazing.  We had a great time and I can’t wait to share all our adventures with you.

All About for Disney Magic!

As you can see, all the Gersteins were able to attend, which made it even more special.  Even little Donald made it on board!

To get my trip recap started, here’s a short clip of me speaking with Lisa Migliorati from the Walt Disney Imagineering team.  Lisa has been involved with the Disney Magic reinvention from start to finish, supervising the refurbishment at the shipyard in Italy.  Here, I got the chance to ask her a few questions about what on the ship is most amazing to her and what it was like to take this beauty out of the water and make it even better.

Let me know what you’re most interested in learning about and I will make sure I cover it in a future post.

First Impressions of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

The closing night party of Disney Social Media Moms was held at the soon-to-open Art of Animation resort.  We were all so excited to see what magic Disney had in store for us, but no one was prepared for how amazing this resort is turning out.

Here’s the view when we pulled up on the buses, and would probably be your first view of the resort as an arriving guest.  Right away, I knew we were in for some fun.

The resort celebrates Disney’s history of leadership and creativity in animation.   That’s on display right away when you enter “Animation Hall.”

Animation Hall traces the history of animation as only Disney could.  When you come through the doors, you see very simple pencil sketches lining the walls. You may also notice that the floor is black and white.  But as you walk along, the sketches start to evolve into more finishes images.

The floor too changes from monochrome to brush strokes and rich colors, finally to the pixels that represent digital animation.


This shot gives you a wide view of the other side of the reception area as it leads away from the entrance.

Once you’ve checked in, guests can head to their rooms, or get a bit to eat at the food court on the other end of Animation Hall.  It’s not functioning yet, but I got a few shots of the dining area.

Disney really knows how to roll out the welcome mat.  When we showed up at the hotel, there was a line of cast members who broke out into applause.  As if *we* had done anything to create this magic resort!  Plus, they had cocktails for us.  I liked these people immediately.

We soon left Animation Hall, because as lovely as it was, it was only the beginning…

There was FOOD!  Around the most beautiful sight you could imagine.  This is the Finding Nemo themed pool, and once open it will be the largest pool on Disney property.  The theming and imagery was OFF THE HOOK.

Soccer Girl was walking around with her mouth wide open in amazement.  Or maybe that was from the food.  Whatever it was, this place was winning her over.

If you have a kid who is into the animated films, specifically The Lion King, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid or Cars, you have got to consider Art of Animation when making your Disney travel plans.  It’s as if your favorite movies have come to life.

Soccer Girl was in heaven, and she knew her little brother would be too.  But I already had confirmed reservations at another resort on property and wasn’t sure we wanted to change.

In my next post, I take you on a tour of one of the family suites at Art of Animation.  You’re going to see how an already tough decision got tougher.

Disclosure: As an attendee of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I received for a fee hotel accommodations, park tickets, many meals and access to special events not made available to the public.  Disney did not ask me or anyone to blog about this event, but being a fan of the company I can’t help myself. This post previously ran on Confessions Of An It Girl.  

Photo Memories with Photo Pass Plus

This post was originally published on ConfessionsofanITGirl.com

Attendees of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration got a surprise on opening night when we were all given Photo Pass Plus kits.

If you’ve been to a Disney park, you’re probably familiar with the Disney Photo Pass photographers in key photogenic locations around the parks.  They take your picture in front of Cinderella’s Castle…

or the Eiffel Tower in EPCOT…

and then they beam your photos onto a plastic card.  The card is reusable, allowing you to load all your pictures on for safe keeping.  At the end of your trip, you can take the card to a Photo Plus station and get prints made or order a CD of all your pictures, for a fee.  You can also do this at home from the Photo Pass online site.

Photo Pass Plus is a little different.  With PhotoPass+ you get access to digital files of all your PhotoPass photos, attraction photos, and Dining photos taken within a 14 day visit to Walt Disney as well as print packages at select dining locations.  Once you arrive home from your vacation, you can view your photos and order a PhotoCD with all the high resolution photos plus a limited license agreement, which allows you to print photos at any local photo processing center.

Photo Pass Plus kits are sold at PhotoPass View Stations located throughout Walt Disney World – you can’t buy them online.  They are currently priced at $199.  I won’t say that’s cheap, but if you are the type of person that likes to have a lot of pictures, especially the ones from attractions and the dining packages, this might be for you.

Soccer Girl and I were on a such a quick trip it was hard to get the most out of it.  But I know what when we bring the whole family back in November, this is definitely something we will want.

I’d never take the time and spend the money to buy this picture on it’s own.  But, it’s included with Photo Pass Plus.  As soon as we realized it, we started getting photos from all participating attractions.

Who WOULDN’T want this beauty?  We didn’t do any Character Meals, but knowing that we could get those pictures added to the Photo Pass Plus would certainly appeal to me.

With the regular photo pass, you can get all the photos loaded onto a CD either during or after your visit.  If you do it during, they usually give you some free printouts along with your CD.  If you do it after, you get to add all sorts of cool photo borders to your pictures.  I love these and hence prefer to do it after the trip through mail order.

So, while we hardly had enough of time to make proper use of this, I was super grateful for the opportunity to give it a test drive.  I definitetly would consider it for future trips because I like that kind of “all you can eat” option.  For more information, visit the Disney PhotoPass site.

Disclosure: As an attendee of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I received for a fee hotel accommodations, a Photo Pass Plus, park tickets, many meals and access to special events not made available to the public.  Disney did not ask me or anyone to blog about this event, but being a fan of the company I can’t help myself.