Should I PACK my Camera for Disney, for vacation?

Headed to Disney? Wondering if you need to bring your REAL camera, Memory Maker? READ this and see…

Hey guys, thought I would answer a common question I get. Cameras, to bring or not to bring, that is the question?? Sadly this isn’t an easy answer and 100% dependent on your type of vacation and the type of pictures you want. It also matters if you are getting the Memory Maker (Disney World) or another Disney picture package. Should I pack my Camera for Disney?

YES:

So, yes, PACK your camera if you are a photographer. 100%!! People who are actually trained, do for a living photographers will not be happy or content without their vices, aka camera. This is where I fall as well, not only do I have professional camera training but per my job…I take THOUSANDS of images and video on vacation, its a MUST to pack. In fact, crazy me packs 2-4 cameras with backup batteries. I have special lenses, a camera backpack and a few tri-pods. Only a “crazy” person needs to bring this, and by crazy I mean devoted 😉

NO:

For those who are staying for a few days, who have the Memory Maker package AND for those who are happy with cell phone images, you can leave your camera at home. Cameras are bulky, add another item to carry and can be annoying to remember to charge. Even a smaller Point & Shoot can be a pain. I mean you have your phone in hand, use that. Need to quickly capture some Magic…you need to have that camera at the ready (as I do). For those just wanting to enjoy, your cell is fine.

Maybe:

So the maybe is for the in-between people. Perhaps you love your camera, take it everywhere and plan on capturing images that the Disney photographers can’t. Or for whatever reason need a camera. I urge people to remember the heat and how heavy a camera can feel after a few hours. So for those who want to take GOOD images, I usually suggest a nice “Point & Shoot” verses bringing the DSLR (the Big Boy as I call them). I think in “normal” situations they aren’t needed and just become another thing to protect against the rain, heat and water rides.

So as I am the worst person to ask, this is my advice. Do as I suggest, not as I do. I am rarely without a camera. Different ones are used for different reasons and when one has died, I move the next one. I use my cell on water rides as its waterproof and pack special bags for the others. Its alot going on. My kids and husband even joke when we are in the park and see something I didn’t photograph as they still think I am silly for taking a picture of garbage cans, lol. “Mom, did you see that vent or sewer cover?” They think they are SO funny.

“Incredible” Garage Cans!!

Anyways, I hope this helped. Cameras are great but add an extra layer of packing and something to remember. If you can, go light and get the Memory Maker. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Disney Spring Amphicar Experience

Headed to Disney and looking for something new to do? Perhaps you are celebrating and want something special? READ to learn about the Amphicar…

Hey guys, thought I would take a break from Epcot and discuss one our favorite hidden gems – the Amphicar at Disney Springs in Disney World. Its the perfect experience for a family, couple or anyone celebrating. Its kinda pricey, but worth it for this once in a lifetime experience.

Amphicar – Disney Spring
Location:

They are located in Disney Springs, previously known at Downtown Disney. You will find them NEXT door to The Boathouse, a nice restaurant located along the water front. You can’t miss them, just look for the classic looking cars that drive into the water. There is often a crowd of people near-by watching as some lucky family gets to take the tour of a lifetime.

What are they:

An Amphilcar is what it sounds like, its a boat-car. It can drive on the road like a car and ALSO drive in the water like a boat. Its the best of both worlds 😉 Created in Germany in the 1960’s, with just under 4,000 created they are a rare treat. Even more rare as only about 400 exist today with Disney owning 8 of them.

The Skinny:

So…I will not lie, this experience is not cheap…but it is worth it. For $125 (plus tip for the Captain), you can take a 25 min tour around Disney Springs in the lagoon/lake. It fits about 3-4 people and you can get a $25 discount if also dining at The Boathouse restaurant, as we did. Grab your camera, grab some loved ones and enjoy. Our Captain was very chatty with lots of great tips and info and yes, he was actually a Captain. Not just anyone can drive these babies, not at Disney anyways. Watch the video and see what I mean.

The Experience:

AS soon as these came out, I knew we just HAD to do it. How cool is it to say you were on water, in a CAR?!?! The kids loved it, I loved it and hubby enjoyed learning all the mechanical stuff behind the classic boat/car. TIP: Make sure to have the memory maker as they took super cool pics of us in the Amphicar and I got them ALL for FREE. Others were paying for the pictures. WE would totally do this again and also found The Boathouse to be yummy, service was rough the night we went, but thats how it goes sometimes. We give it an A+ expereince, perfect for a celebration or for the family that is looking for something NEW to do at Disney.

AS always, I love talking Disney and have the most up to date info and planning advise…it is what I do 🙂 If looking to book a trip, let me know.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along on my Blog – Nina

Memory Maker Saved My Vacation…

Say What?  It’s true, I LOVE Memory Maker.  I’ve been to Disney more times than I can count, been visiting the”D” since childhood and it wasn’t until I had Memory Maker that I felt a little weight lifted off my shoulders.

As a mom, it is very important to me that I capture all my families’ memories…the baby years, childhood, firsts, birthdays, celebrations and family vacations.  So…as the “one & only” person who can use a camera…it lands on me; it’s my job, my responsibility, my stress.  I am always trying to capture the perfect shot; the best view, the ideal angle and the perfect expression.  And with all this…I am NEVER in the picture, since I am the one taking them.  So…all our family gatherings, vacations, birthdays…momma is always missing 🙁

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Well NOT anymore thanks to Memory Maker…So “For the First Time in Forever”…I am FINALLY in the picture!  And I am not the one who picks the spot, the background or the lighting.  It’s Easy, Breezy and Beautiful.  The only thing I really need to do is a: Purchase Memory Maker, b: Be on the lookout for all the Photographers and c: Look Pretty 🙂

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But for those that want the “knitty-gritty” information…here you go:

  • It’s $169. Yep…but only if you get prior to your vacation…if you wait until you’re at the Parks…It’s $199 (ouch)
  • It Includes ALL pictures taken of your family:
    • All Pictures taken from Disney’s PhotoPass Photographers
    • All Pictures taken while on a ride or attraction (Toy Story Mania)
    • All Pictures from any Character Dining (some have photographers, some don’t)
    • All Videos from rides that have that option (7DMT)
  • All Members of your party can use it, can get their pictures taken (with or without you)
  • All Pictures can be downloaded when you get home; print, make a CD, turn into gifts (photobooks)
  • All Pictures can be uploaded (via the site) almost automatically…so you can FB, tweet, email from Disney.

Side Notes:

  • Only the person who purchased Memory Maker can download the pictures…unless you share your password.
  • When you get home…you can add magical touches to all your pictures; backgrounds, banners, pixie dust, magic.
  • To make the most of this…seek out every single photographer you can find.
  • Ask about any “Magic Shots”.
  • Your MagicBand automatically links your pictures to your account…so click away.

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Embrace your “Disney-Side” as you never know what kind of magic will happen.

In all honestly…not all my 200+ pictures were awesome…but there were plenty that were and so many that I was just glad someone captured…even the silly ones (gotta do the silly ones).  So even though (in some) my eyes were closed, my kids weren’t looking or it was too dark to really see us…I did get the one of me & Ariel (my BFF), my son & Goofy and my daughter kissing Minnie.  Then of course there was the video of DD and me turning green on 7DMT and the hubby and I with Olaf and his Magical Flurry.

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And…I was in ALL of them and I didn’t have to take a single picture (LOL).  Ok I took 2000+ pictures this past trip…but that’s my job…capturing the magic of Disney…food, resorts, bathrooms, hidden Mickey, etc (all get captured by me)…but I didn’t have to stress about capturing the important ones for my family…that job was Disney’s…and they ROCKed it.

I hope this little segment on Memory Maker has helped you.  For most of my clients I think it’s a great idea, the perfect family souvenir.  But in some cases I say…just hand the photographer your personal camera, like when you’re going for only 2 days as the $169 price tag can be steep.  But for large families, people going for longer vacations…I say it’s a must.  And for the record…200 pictures can be a low number…I have many clients who get like 400.  It all depends on how eager you are at finding those cameras.

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As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner, Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations – Contact me TODAY.  Nina – 734-890-2350 or Nina@goTMCtravel.com