• Disneyland PhotoPass

     (image © Disney)

    I've noticed, a few times, questions about Disney's PhotoPass feature. I've even had some myself. Well, you're in luck because I will do my best to answer your questions! 

    First off, a PhotoPass is a little card given to you from either a PhotoPass photographer or the Photo Center on Main Street. When your picture is taken from a Photogapher, they'll connect it to your card (digitally). You can then log into your PhotoPass account and access the images. They may take up to 24 hours to appear, so be patient.

    Now, having the card does not allow you to just download your images, unfortunately. That's where the MemoryMaker (Disney World) or the PhotoPass comes into play. You can either download each individual picture for a fee (not worth it) or you can purchase the passes. Since I've only used the PhotoPass, that's what I'll talk about.

    Disney's PhotoPass can be purchased in either a One Day or One Week.  The One Day will cost you about $39 and the One Week $78. What does that all mean, though? If you plan on only attending Disneyland/California Adventure for one day, you'll want the One Day option. This means all the "Disney PhotoPass photos, attraction photos and videos, dining photos and Magic Shots" taken on your one day visit are yours to download! Whereas, if you're visiting for more than one day, you'll want the One Week option.

    Now, there's something else you need to know. In order to access your photos, you need to activate the code given to you on your PhotoPass card!

    We went in October 2015, during the 60th Anniversary. When we collected our images, we found a bunch of extra images in our collection. I can't say that they'll do that every time, but it's possible.

    The photographers are also great! When we were at California Adventure, we had a great photographer that went beyond her role to get us great images! She had excellent ideas on where and how to pose us. She put us on the trolly car, over my Monster's Inc., and by the main street theatre. She was great!

  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

    "Make dreams and screams come true at the ghoulest celebration of the year―select nights during September and October."

    Every year, during September and October, Disneyland (and World), decorates for Halloween. There's even an after-hours party. Tickets go on sale later in the year, but get yours ASAP! They'll sale out quickly!

    We attended in October 2015, and we had a blast! It was my first time going (my wife had already gone earlier in her life...). We dressed up as Robin and Maid Marian from the animated version, Robin Hood. Our costumes didn't include any masks, which is a good thing because adults are not allowed to wear masks of any kind.

    There isn't much to it, but it's a great experience; especially for little ones. It grants you an opportunity to visit the park after-hours and to ride some rides that you may not be able to do during regular hours. For instance, we rode Peter Pan's Flight. The line is usually extra long (I think there should be a fast pass for it...), but with less people in the park, I think it was shorter. I have to say, Peter Pan is one of my favorite characters and I'm nervous to meet him when we go in March 2017. (Stay tuned, as I'm working on a secret costume for a local comic convention.)

    We didn't focus much on meeting the characters (since it was just the two of us) and especially since the lines were crazy long. On top of that, it rained a little bit while there, so they had to move some of the characters to dry spots. They even had to move some of the treat stations too. What's a treat station you ask? Well, it's exacatly that. It's a trail that winds throughout the park and you get candy as you travel it. It's quite a lot of candy, and I doubt we ever finished it all...

    What's also cool is that The Haunted Mansion is also "remodeled" to be The Nightmare Before Christmas. Since this was my first time attending Disneyland during a holiday, I had no experience what-so-ever. It was great, though! I'm a big fan of the movie, so it was awesome to see the Mansion decked out! I'd gladly go again!

    To see pictures of our 2015 trip, click here.