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In perhaps one of the only legitimate beefs in the so-called “war on Christmas” it appears the good guys actually won one. Malls across the country have attempted to capitalize on the Santa business by installing what they call “the Santa adventure” and charging parents fees from $35 to $50 just to get their children […]

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Steelwheels

This might settle things down a bit. The fur on Santa's coat seems to have been ruffled a tad from some earlier reports.

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Glenn Johnson

So, I just went to the website adventuretosanta.com, which is the site that the GGP malls use, through DreamWorks, to book online reservations. A photo package is still required to confirm a future reservation.

I believe the Cherry Hill Mall was actually using the system to book walk-ups, which would require everyone to pre-purchase a package. The system allows the host the book a walk-up to any available slot with no commitment to purchase. I suspect they are now using that system.

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Santa Caras

This just something I think is just gonna be messy no matter how it's handled. If the line is so large than maybe some type of entertainment should be used? The photo companies should be making enough money to do something to keep people there and prevent them from walking away. 

One day I hope to finally be able to work as a mall Santa so I need you guys to figure it out before I do this! LOL

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Saint MacNicholas

I'm less than 5 miles from the Cherry Hill Mall.  Never worked there, never been approached to work there and have never approached them to work there.  I only know what I've heard locally, and read in the papers.  As far as I can tell, Glenn has the right of it.  Seems like local Mall management shot themselves in the foot early on.  They were requiring the purchase of a photo package in order to see Santa.  They have since reconsidered.  Simply visiting with Santa is free.  The price of the photo packages remains unchanged.  As in a lot of other Mall operations, private cameras are prohibited.

I think that some folks are still going to be unhappy about the wait.  Last year was the first year the Cherry Hill Mall had this operation in place.  Shortly after Christmas, one of the younger guys at work told me that he and his wife had taken their kids there.  The children were young (2&4), and by the time they got in to see Santa, they were so overwrought from the wait that it was not the kind of Santa experience the parents had hoped for.  My co-worker was a bit annoyed because he had wanted to ask me to visit his kids at home, with their grandparents present, but his wife insisted on the Dreamworks experience. 

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Santa Keith

I'm sorry but I would be tempted to rent a large truck and decorate the inside to represent Santa's place and park it close by and invite anyone to see Santa at no charge and let them take their own pictures just to compete and try to stop that practice.  But there are none of those near where I'm at and I have plenty of bookings anyway.  It just irritates me that they would consider taking away the joy of seeing Santa from the less fortunate that wouldn't be able to afford it. 

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Glenn Johnson

Maybe this will enlighten some folks out in Santa land about what the DreamPlace Adventure to Santa is about. This is last year's promo from the very mall that is in the forefront of all of the discussion. Notice Santa is not visible to the general public, just the house. Notice it is much more than a traditional mall set.

 

 

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Santa Marty

My wife sent me this this morning.... 

billboard-1156932.jpg

Pre Paid Booking to see Santa Claus at the Worlds Largest Outdoor Mall.  Honolulu, Hawaii

On line booking to see santa, is actually a pre paid photo package and selection of time period of your visit.

 

photo of Santa Ron Vedder of GA.

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SantaJoe

This is win #2 for the good guys. Glacier coming down being the 1st. 

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Santa Marty

Maybe this will enlighten some folks out in Santa land about what the DreamPlace Adventure to Santa is about. This is last year's promo from the very mall that is in the forefront of all of the discussion. Notice Santa is not visible to the general public, just the house. Notice it is much more than a traditional mall set.

 

 

I wanna go!

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Glenn Johnson

My wife sent me this this morning.... 

billboard-1156932.jpg

Pre Paid Booking to see Santa Claus at the Worlds Largest Outdoor Mall.  Honolulu, Hawaii

On line booking to see santa, is actually a pre paid photo package and selection of time period of your visit.

 

photo of Santa Ron Vedder of GA.

I have looked everywhere for a link to this. I don't find it on Google, their website or their Facebook page. You got anything on it?

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Santa Marty

Glenn,

This was sent to my wife via email and forwarded to me.

It contained a $5.00 off your reservation to see Santa and on line booking pages.  I do not believe its live as of yet because I tried to make a reservation myself and it did not allow me to do so.  I am wondering if they are just floating this out this to see what the reaction  they get.

Yep, my wife IS on the email list for the shopping center.  No wonder we are broke.

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