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Old 01-27-2004, 03:19 AM   #1
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Has anyone taken the survey about the DisneyPix program WDW is considering?
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I haven't taken the survey. I also have no idea what it is about. Care to fill us in?
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I took the verrrrrry loooooonnng survey and they paid me $10! I think it sounds cool and indicated that I would do it. For those who don't know, they are apparently tossing around a concept that is all about photography. There are many parts to it. One is the on-ride or park photos, that will be available to view and order on the tv in your resort room if you're staying on property. Another part is their film developing centers for regular film that will be amped up. The coolest thing is the digital photography stuff. They mentioned renting digital cameras (it was VERY reasonable - like $20 for several days or something) and then having your photos uploaded to the tv in your room for viewing and selection/purchase. Obviously you'd just buy the ones you want. The survey talked about using these pictures in Greeting Cards for so much per box, calendars, scrapbooks and photo albums. The photoalbums/scrapbooks would have a custom cover with your family in a professional disney photo. The cool part to me was that they will also take your photos and create a CD or DVD of your whole vacation! The DVD they make will allow you to choose some stock Disney footage - I'm thinking like from the vacation planning DVD - with your own photos (including park and on-ride pics) inserted. So your DVD would show Splash Mountain and what it's about in action, then you'd see your own ride photo with your family, followed by snapshots that you took. The CD would be similar, just no action, obviously, still shots only. The survey asked questions like "Would you buy the DVD for $24.95? $34.95? How about 3 Calendars and one DVD for $64.95? And on and on with several price combinations. I made it sound like I was interested, but ONLY if it was pretty cheap - $19.95 for a photo album and $24.95 for a DVD, stuff like that. Hopefully they do it and it's affordable. Anyway! It looks cool.

*edit* Oh, when I say "family", I was using the term generically. I really mean "you" or "your group". They in no way made it sound like it was geared toward traditional families only. Sorry 'bout that.
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That sounds really cool. I did one of those surveys but it was on a walkie talkie system for the park. Since my family uses walkie talkies at the park, we thought it was a great idea. They currently have the Disney messaging system but they were considering expanding it. Those surveys are great, I feel like I actually have input on things at Disney. As for the digital photo services, I'm sure it would be quite expensive. I have my own digitial camera and printer that we are taking in March and I know that my friend would be interested, but as with all things Disney, cost is a major consideration. Thanx!
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