This month’s Date Night In Box from Night In Boxes took us on a trip to Hawaii. John and I visited Hawaii for the first-time last year, so I was super excited to open this box! As always, August’s box included recipes for dinner and drinks, should you want to add that to your evening. What I liked was this month they even included pretty themed cups and individual mixers packets (Minute Mixology brand) to be able to make a mojito and margarita. We unfortunately had to skip on this part of the date night, but we did take advantage of the great smelling candle and the fun games!
The candle was from Northern Lights Candles and was a custom-selected scent of Plum Orchid and Dalhia. It definitely set the mood and smelled beautiful. I really loved this touch and couldn’t wait to light it and let it burn while we played our games!
Lei It On Me
When you think of Hawaii, do you usually think about the gorgeous leis? I know when we went to Hawaii, it was one of the things I couldn’t wait for! Well in this month’s box, a lei (Maile Lei- most popular in Hawaii) was provided. It wasn’t made of real flowers of course, but it was still fun. Lei It On Meis a game that I have to admit, is super hard! We were given cards with sentences and blank areas. We both had to fill in the blank areas and then fill out a section on what the other would need to do if they guess the blank wrong. I don’t think either of us got a single answer correct – LOL – so we now owe each other multiple tasks.
Next, we played the game Konane, which is basically a Hawaiian version of checkers. It uses what I refer to as “Mancala” beads and the rules are a bit different than what we were used to with checkers. We LOVED this game and plan to play it again in the future. John won, but I’ll get him back next time =P
Until next month…
John and I didn’t have a chance to play the Aloha BINGO, but I definitely plan to play it another night. In the box was also Sweet Maui Onion Hawaiian Kettle chips for the both of us – we are saving this to enjoy at a later date. This was our 2nd Date Night In subscription box from Night In Boxes, and we really enjoyed it – can’t wait to see what next month’s date will be!
DISCLAIMER: I am a Night In Boxes Affiliate, and in exchange for my time and efforts in reviewing their boxes and reporting my opinion on this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest offers, Night In Boxes has provided me with free subscription boxes. As always, all opinions are my own
Our August local charity spotlight is A Gift For Teaching. Founded in 1998 by Gary Landwirth, A Gift for Teaching is Central Florida’s primary provider of free school supplies. They serve 287 public schools in Orange and Osceola counties. There are more than 240,000 kids whose families live at or below the poverty line in Central Florida, but the most shocking number is that 17,000 of those students are homeless.
Their mission is to improve public school education by providing resources and surplus materials free to teachers for their students in need.
Picture a child at school trying to write without a pencil, read without books or dream without the tools to put their ideas onto paper. This is the reality for far too many students in our community. For thousands, these basic learning tools are a luxury. In fact, more than 70% of the students in Central Florida come from families that can’t afford lunch, let alone school supplies. On top of this, teachers, on average, spend $500 – $1,000 out of their own pockets each year to provide basic supplies for their students! Because of these facts, A Gift For Teaching was founded.
At A Gift For Teaching, they believe that every child deserves a chance at an equal education, and though school supplies fulfill a basic need, they also know that learning is much more than just notebooks and multiplication tables. Therefore, they offer other programs as well!
A Gift For Music
A Gift For Music (AGFM) was founded in 1999 with the purpose of using music as a vehicle for the underserved urban youth in Orlando to envision a better future for themselves. AGFM has assembled some of the finest string music educators in Central Florida to mentor students on a musical journey from third grade through high school. Using a combination of after-school, in-school, weekend and summer programming, AGFM has one of the most comprehensive string music education programs in the state of Florida, and has been able to reach nearly 8,000 urban youth since inception.
To learn more about AGFM, please click HERE.
Pencil Boy Programs
In addition to having a physical Free Store where teachers shop, they have sent Pencil Boy on the road! Teachers can now shop online through the Pencil Boy Online platform where orders will be shipped directly to their schools, or they can shop via Pencil Boy Express- The Mobile Free Store, when it visits their school. Pencil Boy Express visits high-need schools across Orange County, alleviating the burden on teachers traveling to the Free Store.
Art supplies and curriculum are often the first things slashed in today’s tight school budgets, so in 2006, School SMARTS was created to integrate art into low-income classrooms to enhance learning. The program has two primary components; “Aunt Winnie’s Art Corner” within AGFT’s Free Store that provides teachers with basic quality art supplies, and art lesson kits. In collaboration with Orange County Public Schools’ Arts Administrator, packaged art lessons, and curriculum that cover skills such as drawing, watercolor, collage, and printmaking, are given to the teachers after a three-hour curriculum workshop.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Join the 9,000+ individuals, foundations, and corporations who have contributed financially, donated supplies or volunteered. AGFT would not exist without community partners, and it’s those partners that help them place supplies into the hands of those who really need it. Help them impact those who will be the future leaders of our community. If you would like to visit their facilities and learn more, sign up to take a tour!
It takes a team of dedicated volunteers to operate their programs and they are always looking for new members. Go HEREto learn more.
Your donation helps them provide supplies to students in need all year long.For every $1, A Gift For Teaching will be able to provide up to $10 worth of supplies! As previously mentioned, nearly 240,000 students in Central Florida are living at or below the poverty line. It's hard to focus in the classroom, let alone think about your future, when you don't have the supplies you need to complete your schoolwork. If you would like to help enable these children to dream up and create a future of their own design by making a financial gift, please go HERE.
AGFT believes in complete transparency; should you want to review their annual fiscal reporting, including their Annual Reports, IRS Form 990s, and audited Financial Statements, please go HERE.
Help keep their shelves stocked so no student goes without supplies!
Donate New & Gently-Used Supplies: They gladly accept new and gently used supplies. Teachers can get creative with what they use for their classrooms. For questions regarding drop-off locations or scheduling a pick-up, contact Dan Murwin. They accept donations Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm at their Orange County Free Store.
Recycle Your Outdated Electronics: They can turn discarded, recycled electronics into educational supplies for students in need – helping both the local environment and our local children. Click to learn more!
Host a Supply Drive: Grab your friends, your colleagues, your business partners, and host a supply drive to gather the essential supplies Central Florida students need. You are encouraged to host supply drives all year long, but for more information on their annual Back-to-School Drive click here.
Looking for a team building project for your group at your office? They have remote opportunities too! It’s easy! See kit options here. Contact Angela Garcia for more information.
We will be collecting donated supplies at our GNO on August 22nd at Taverna Opa! For a list of items currently needed, you can view their Amazon Wishlist.
ARE YOU A LOCAL TEACHER?
Wouldn’t it be nice if everything were free? At A Gift For Teaching, is just that – free!
Orange County Teachers from eligible high-need schools can shop once a month either at our Free Store, Pencil Boy Online, or through Pencil Boy Express– The Mobile Free Store if it visits your school. Their goal is to reach as many teachers as they can, therefore they offer several ways for you to get free school supplies to impact your students in need. They know buying school supplies can be a burden on teachers, and they aim to alleviate that. To learn more, including to check your school’s “shopping” calendar, please go HERE.
When I first heard that Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL was coming to Orlando, Florida, I knew I had to see it! I had only seen one Cirque show before and that was over 5 years ago in Vegas (The Beatles). I’ve always wanted to see another one, but there was something about the fact that they were combining their amazing acrobatics with ice skating that really intrigued me.
Last night was opening night and it did NOT disappoint! It was probably one of the most amazing shows I have ever seen. The skills of these ice skaters and dancers was just amazing. I was in awe and at the edge of my seat almost the entire show. The music was perfect, and the live musicians just brought everything to a whole new level. I was highly impressed with the projections they used, making the ice look like things other than ice at times, and just enhancing an already jaw-dropping show. Plus, every so often they would throw in a bit of comedy, and it really just made the show that much better.
I had brought two of my close girlfriends and John with me, and the consensus was unanimous – it was a hit! It was both of my friends’ first Cirque shows, and they were just as amazed as John and I were. I honestly left thinking, I wish I could see this again!
If you have the chance to see this show while it’s in Orlando (until 8/5), or maybe in one of the other cities it will be traveling to, I highly recommend it – you won’t be disappointed!
For more information, be sure to visit: www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal
Disclaimer: I am a Boza Agency Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest live entertainment, Boza Agency has provided me with complimentary tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows and other exclusive opportunities. As always, all opinions are my own.
A HUGE thank you to all who attended our July Girls Night Out event at Wine4 Oysters! It was awesome to see how many of you were returning attendees! I also loved meeting those of you that were first-timers to our GNOs! A big thank you to the staff at Wine 4 Oysters for being so great to us during our busy event and for providing great specials for us all to enjoy. The food and wine were delicious, and I heard from many of you that it was your first time trying oysters and that you loved them! Thank you to Nicole, our representative of this month’s charity, Cats in Knead. If you are looking to learn more about Cats in Knead and becoming a foster, be sure to check out our blog post here.
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses that helped make our July Girls Night Out event even more fun; including their information to connect. This is a great opportunity to connect with those vendors that you might have missed networking with at the event. I also encourage you all to like each other's pages to keep the love going; as we all grow together! Oh, and don't forget to keep them in mind for your future shopping and event needs.
C. Atkins Photography – Cedric Atkins
Website and Social Media coming soon!
Cedric Atkins was our wonderful photographer for our July GNO. To learn more about C. Atkins Photography and to book your own photo session with him, please send him an email! He is currently working on posting his portfolio to social media and a website.
Couture Med Spa – Oviedo location
Couture Med Spa of Oviedo joined us at our GNO. They offer services such as: Botox, Latisse, Cosmetic Dermal Fillers, Kybella, Laser Hair Removal, microblading, and more! For more information on what they offer and pricing, be sure to check out their website and Facebook page!
Monet – Ivelisse and Arielis
Websites: Ivelisse:iveliessedouglas.mymonat.com + Arielis: arielisrosado.mymonat.com
Ivelisse and Arielis shared with us the wonderful hair products by Monet! Monet is a revolutionary anti-aging hair care company that’s gaining global recognition. Driven by social selling and helping people gain vibrant healthy hair. Their naturally based products combine the best of nature and cutting-edge science to provide effective solutions to all hair concerns. Safe for all family members, and for all hair types, including colored or chemically treated hair and extensions. Monat products are FREE of sulfates, parabens, harsh salt systems, phthalates, harmful colors and harmful fragrances. They do not test on animals and have been LEAPING BUNNY approved. All products are cruelty-free and 100% vegan.
Paparazzi – Erica De La Rosa
Facebook: Lovely Jewelry
Erica introduced our guests to Paparazzi Jewelry, which offers beautiful $5 jewelry. Too good to be true? Nope! They are also lead & Nickel FREE and come in a variety of designs from simple to statement pieces. Erica also be shared the Paparazzi opportunity & how $5 jewelry can empower woman. Be sure to check out her social media pages and website to learn more!
Rodan + Fields – Concetta DeTolla and Stella Tessler
Please contact them directly via Facebook: Stella and Connie
Connie shared with us the amazing skincare products offered by R+F. These products were developed by the dermatologists, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields. The regimens offered by R+F help you address your skin concerns and overcome environmental aggressors to achieve visible, life-changing results. To learn more about the products R+F offer, first visit their websitewww.rodanandfields.com, then reach out to Connie and Stella to see what promotions they are running and place your order with them directly for a more personalized experience!
Young Living – Jennifer Cosby and Allison Laera
Facebook: Oil Show You the Way
Jennifer & Allison shared with us the benefits of Essential Oils. Essential oils can help your family with their health and wellness needs, and so much more. Be sure to check out their Facebook group to learn more about Young Living products and their benefits!
THE KRISPY KREME® HOT LIGHT™ IS COMING TO WEST KISSIMMEE
Grand Opening at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31
Florida Family Foods LLC, franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, is set to open Central Florida’s newest Krispy Kreme Doughnut® shop, Tuesday, July 31 at 7930 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee.
Grand Opening Day
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 6 a.m.
Join them as the HOT LIGHT™ is turned on for the very first time.
Surprise Golden Tickets will be randomly placed in dozen boxes good for one free dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts every month for a year, redeemable at this location. Look for Golden Tickets in purchased doughnuts dozen boxes from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 31, 2018.
The new shop is approximately 3,700 square feet and features Krispy Kreme’s classic welcoming atmosphere. The shop will offer premium coffee and more than a dozen of Krispy Kreme’s one-of-a-kind doughnuts, including the signature Original Glazed® doughnut loved by fans all over the world. The shop employs 50 full and part-time team members and can produce up to 250 dozen doughnuts per hour.
"Krispy Kreme has been in the Central Florida market for decades and it is still incredible to see how well our brand resonates with Orlando doughnut and coffee fans," said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. "As Krispy Kreme continues its growth throughout the country, we are excited to bring new shops, new jobs and a number of delicious new products to the Central Florida community."
Additionally, Krispy Kreme team members and local dignitaries will gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 1 at 9 a.m.
Operated by Florida Family Foods, a second-generation, family-owned business with three decades of expertise as an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, the Kissimmee West shop will be its sixth in Central Florida.
Follow the new store on Social Media:
Twitter and Instagram: @KrispyKremeORL
DISCLAIMER: This information was received via Press Release.
WARNING – SPOILERS!!!
Earlier this month I was able to experience what it would have been like on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, including the tragic and deadly last night aboard the ship.
Located on International Drive in Orlando, you will find Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit. This is the 2ndlargest Titanic exhibit, with the first being located in Las Vegas (owned by the same company, Premier Exhibitions). This exhibit has both replicated artifacts as well as real artifacts that have been obtained from the Titanic itself. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the exhibit puts on a dinner show like I have never experienced, “The 1st Class Gala Dinner.” Most dinner shows have a stage and an entire act that takes place on that stage; this dinner show does not.
The show begins the moment you walk in the door of the lobby. You will be given a Titanic “ticket” which has information regarding an actual passenger that you have now become (don’t Google your person, keep reading and you’ll find out why). Your party’s photo will be taken and then you get to enjoy and take part in the Captain’s Cocktail party. During this time, there are some light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar for beverages, such as the Iceberg cocktail – super pretty and pretty yummy too!
Once all the parties have been checked in, the “show” will begin. Famous passengers (well, ones you have probably heard of before) from the Titanic will make their way through the lobby, greeting you and speaking with you, all while never breaking character. The toast to the voyage will be made and then you will be taken through a portion of the exhibit to experience and feel what it was like to be a passenger boarding the ship. Some time is offered to explore a bit, more photos will be taken of your party, and then everyone will sit down to their dinner.
Much of the “show” is during dinner, and again, there is no stage. You will have those previously mentioned passengers performing and having conversations all around the room, including possibly joining your table and conversing with you. The dinner takes place that last night of the Titanic’s voyage.
A cash bar is available during the dinner, should you want more alcoholic beverages or soft drinks. The meal starts with dinner rolls, salad, and French onion soup. The main course will be a nice combination of steak and chicken, plus veggies and a twice baked potato (if you can’t have pork like me, they were able to give me mashed potatoes). For dessert, there was a chocolate mousse with brownie (peanut-free will not include the brownie), plus coffee. The meal will end with a champagne (or sparkling cider for those under 21) toast and then it’s back to reliving that last night aboard the ship.
Be prepared to feel a bit emotional as you finish your evening the way all those passengers did that grave night in April 1912. I won’t spoil how exactly the show finishes, but I will say that the performance by the “passengers” was great. They did a wonderful job making you feel like you were really there and reliving those last moments. At the very end, you will be able to find out if your passenger survived or perished, as well as the fate of those “passengers” that joined you that evening. At this point, you’ll have just a little bit of the exhibit left, which includes one of my favorite parts – the iceberg room (that’s all I’ll say, it’s really “cool” though!). You’ll also have the opportunity to TOUCH a piece of the actual ship that was recovered. In true Orlando fashion, a gift shop is located at the end of the exhibit, and I’ll be honest – I wanted everything! If you are big Titanic fan, there are some really cool items for sale. You will also be able to view all of your party’s photos at this time, and purchase if you are interested. Below are some of my favorites of my party that evening:
I recommend visiting the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit, as well as doing the dinner show. I would recommend doing them at separate times, as the dinner show lets you look around, but not in the same capacity or timeframe that you might be hoping – especially if you like to read and look at everything they have. I love how the exhibit really does a great job at making you feel like you are aboard the real Titanic, all the way down to the music/soundbites in the different rooms. The show just gives it that something “extra” to make you feel immersed in the moment. I definitely plan to go back to the exhibit very soon so that I can take more time and really learn more. PlusI want to bring some others with me, so that they can also experience this one-of-a-kind exhibit.
THINGS TO KNOW
You may not take photos within the exhibit, including during the dinner. Photos are taken by their photographers in specific areas of the exhibit in order to preserve the artifacts.
TO LEARN MORE, please visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit’s website here.
Disclaimer: I was hosted by Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit, in exchange for my time and efforts in attending the show and reporting my opinion within this blog. As always, all opinions are my own.
Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series Rolls into Orlando for Very First Time: Athletes & Trucks Revealed!
Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues like Amway Center, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.
Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. Following racing, just like the show at Camping World Stadium, Monster Jam fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones. This tour features two female athletes among the eight total competitors.
The all new Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series will be making a stop in Orlando, FL at the Amway Center for two shows on August 18, 2018 ONLY. The new season will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family and is unlike anything ever seen at the stadium style events.
Monster Jam has been coming to Orlando to the Camping World Stadium for more than 30 years. The Triple Threat Arena Tour debuts in Orlando for the first time and is an entirely different format than Orlando fans have seen at the stadium. This upcoming tour will feature eight of the most talented Monster Jam drivers competing on three vehicles during the competition. Orlando fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks closer to the action than ever before. The eight athletes all competing in individual racing and skill competitions and overall event championship are:
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Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series will be at the Amway Center in Orlando:
Tickets NOW on sale! For more ticket information, please go to MonsterJam.com. You can also purchase tickets via www.ticketmaster.com, calling 800-745- 3000, or visit the arena box office. For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Amway Center is located at 400 W Church St #200, Orlando, FL 32801; paid parking is available in the attached parking garage.
Stay current on the latest developments through social media:
Twitter: @MonsterJam #MonsterJam #AmwayCenter
Disclaimer: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities. As always, all opinions are my own.
As many of you readers know, John and I took a one-week vacation in California. Most of that time, we were staying on Disney property, enjoying a Disneyland vacation. During our time at Disneyland, we took one of their tours, “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps.” This tour was recommended to me, and I am so glad it was!
Living near Walt Disney World, here in Orlando, I have taken a few of their tours over the years, but I decided I wanted to take this tour since it was my first time at Disneyland and it was the one park Walt Disney himself actually walked in and experienced.
Obviously, I want to preserve the “magic” of the tour for everyone, so I won’t go into too much detail – which is SO hard for me! I will however, try to give you a little bit of information so that you can decide if this tour is right for you.
We did the 9:30am tour; perfect because it wasn’t too hot yet. We checked-in next to City Hall, at the Tour Gardens Kiosk. During check-in, we got to place our lunch order (included with the tour), received our name badges, and then waited for the rest of the group to arrive. Once everyone had their headsets on, we began out 3+ hour tour. Our guide was Amy, and she was so full of Disney love and energy!
We learned about Walt’s dreams coming to life, hidden tributes he placed around the park, his love for his wife, Lillian, and his grandchildren, significance behind many of the classic rides we see in the park today, and so much more.
One of the biggest reasons I wanted to do this tour, was to see Walt’s apartment, which I had learned about on a WDW tour years ago. Seeing his apartment made me much more emotional than I ever would have thought. Hearing the stories from our apartment tour guides had me choking up too. At one point, I was looking out the window of Walt’s apartment and saw the parade pass by with Mickey, Minnie, and some other characters, tears welled up in my eyes, feeling what I could only imagine was 1% of what Walt felt when he finally saw his dream come true.
Cameras and phones are not allowed during this part of the tour, until the very end, when the guide can take a photo of you in the apartment. This was such an exciting thing for me – I made sure to get one with just me, as well as one with John.
We then ate our lunch, which was from Jolly Holiday Bakery. I highly recommend the Matterhorn Macaroon for dessert– so yummy!
Our tour ended here, but not after receiving our special pin for taking the tour – how awesome is this pin?
So, if you are wondering if you should take this tour, my answer is YES.
For more information, including pricing, be sure to contact the Disneyland reservations number.
Are you ever looking for something new and fun to do for a date night? I know I am! To be honest, sometimes I just want to stay in and not go anywhere, but food delivery and binge-watching TV can get old. I was looking for something new and fun John and I could do at home; something I didn’t have to take effort in planning myself.
I decided to try a Date Night In subscription box from Night In Boxes. If you’ve never heard of Night In Boxes, they offer boxes for date night, date night with faith, and kids night in boxes too! The July box was my very first Date Night In box, and I was very excited to see what our date night was going to be!
IN THE BOX
When I opened the box, I found that there was a pamphlet and all sorts of goodies. Within the pamphlet, there is an optional dinner + drinks menu provided (recipes included!). There is even a Spotify link which takes you to a music playlist made specifically for the Date Night In box! I was pretty impressed at how much thought was put into the box.
JULY’S BOX | MINUTE TO WIN IT
July’s box was a game night called “Minute to Win It.” The tasks were super silly, and I could tell lots of laughs and fun would be had.
OUR DATE NIGHT
I had every intention of sharing the date night with John, but my best friend from Virginia came to town, and I knew this Minute to Win It game would be right up her alley. John was a good sport and took our photos and video for us. Some of the tasks included were unraveling streamer with our non-dominant hands, making an “elevator” out of straws & string to bring jelly beans to our mouths, putting stockings on our heads and trying to knock down cups with the ball inside, plus much more!
If you were able to catch my Instagram story, it was a great time, full of laughs, and even a surprise cameo by my dog as he attacked the streamers! You can still view our fun in the highlights of my IG bio (@orlandowives) under "Date Night In"...pictured below:
I can’t wait to see what next month’s Date Night In box will be!
Interested in trying a Date Night In box for yourself? Click the photo below to learn more + subscribe!
DISCLAIMER: I am a Night In Boxes Affiliate, and in exchange for my time and efforts in reviewing their boxes and reporting my opinion on this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest offers, Night In Boxes has provided me with free subscription boxes. As always, all opinions are my own.
I grew up seeing movies just about every weekend. It didn’t matter what movie, my dad took me, so I saw it. My first job in high school was at a movie theater, partially because I really wanted to see movies for free – I soon learned that this perk would be used more by my family than by me. In college I still saw a decent number of movies, but I was living near DC, so it was pretty expensive, so it wasn’t as often as I had in the past. Once moving back to Virginia Beach, I went back to seeing movies just about every weekend. After moving to Orlando, that changed pretty quickly. Movie ticket prices continued to climb, and they were much more expensive here than back home. After a few years, I was lucky if I saw one movie a month in the theater. We decided it financially made more sense to wait for the movie to either go on iTunes to purchase (which would be cheaper than two people seeing the movie in the theater), wait for it to appear on Netflix, or wait for it to arrive at Redbox. I was missing seeing movies in the theater, but it just didn’t make financial sense anymore.
MOVIE THEATER MEMBERSHIPS
Then came Moviepass. I was intrigued and followed along here and there to see if people found it to be worth it, but it just still didn’t seem like it made financial sense, considering I barely went to movies at the theater anymore. The theater we were going to, when we did see movies, started offering their own plan to rival Moviepass. However, the plan was much worse and actually would have cost us more money than just buying the matinee ticket we usually bought (we usually opted for standard).
AMC STUBS A-LIST...TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
So I was pretty set that I would just keep seeing movies on the rare occasion, and never purchase one of these movie plans. Then I heard about the new AMC Stubs A-List membership. Yes, it is twice the price of Moviepass ($19.99/mo + tax), and no you don’t get to see a movie every 24 hours, BUT I do get to see 3 movies a week (week starting Friday morning), there are NO blackouts, I can see any movie I want – IMAX, Dolby Theater, 3D, etc. without an extra fee. I can book my seats online ahead of time without an extra fee. I get points for paying my membership and points for concessions, like all other Stubs members, plus the drink/popcorn upgrades. I was intrigued to say the least.
I decided to give this plan a shot, because now I could finally go see a movie every weekend (or more) if I wanted to, I could see 3D and IMAX, instead of settling for standard, and 2-3 movies at the price I was already paying for standard, would pay for the membership. My first week was this week and being on Summer Break, I decided to see all 3 movies. It was amazing. I ordered my tickets and picked my seats on the app the day before (with no fees!), showed up at the theater, got my upgraded drink and popcorn, and I was good to go. I also saw a movie in the Dolby Cinema for the first time – really cool.
IS IT WORTH IT?
Do I think this plan is worth it? Definitely. If you like seeing movies in 3D, IMAX, or the Dolby Cinema, it’s honestly a no-brainer. Even if you see 4 standard movies in a month (one a week- not on Tuesday), it would completely pay for itself. My matinee ticket in the Dolby Cinema would have been about $15 on its own, so think about that for a minute. I paid $10 to see a standard movie at the same theater the week before with a girlfriend. So yes, I highly recommend the AMC Stubs A-List membership.
OK...WHAT'S THE CATCH?
What’s the catch? You are required to stay on the plan for 3 months without cancelling. After that, if you don’t like it, you can cancel. Otherwise, the membership is for 1 year; billed monthly. You cannot transfer your tickets to anyone; you will show your ID when they scan your ticket. Other than that, I haven’t noticed anything else worth mentioning. I’m honestly super excited to see a bunch of movies now! I’m already planning ahead to all the movies I was really wanting to see, and actually will now see them on the big screen! You can learn more about the AMC Stubs A-List membership here!
Have you signed up for the AMC Stubs A-List? Comment below to let me know your thoughts on it!
Hi! I'm Michelle. I love traveling, trying new restaurants, meeting new people, going to the parks, and playing with my dogs. I'm also super Disney obsessed - parks, cruise lines, movies - I love it all!
I host monthly networking events in the Orlando area for all women to attend. I look forward to meeting you at our next GNO!