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Monday, November 27, 2017

Santa's Flight Academy - Cherry Creek Shopping Center #Denver

Disclosure:  I was provided with a Cherry Creek Shopping Center Gift Card in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

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Last week, we had the opportunity to head to Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver to experience Santa's Flight Academy.  Now, let me be clear, going to see Santa is not just sitting on the lap of the guy in the red suit...no way, now seeing Santa is an experience for the whole family.  The Cherry Creek Shopping Center's theme for the year is Santa's Flight Academy, it takes the kids on a special trip as an elf. 

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We started our tour of the Flight Academy by registering the kids.  Not only did they get to create a name badge with their "job" for the day but they also got to choose their guide for their trip through the Flight Academy. 

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What I loved about this experience was that the kids were totally involved in this process from the beginning.  They typed in their names, choose their guides and printed out their badge all on their own.  Once they had their badges, they were able to insert the badges to see if they were excepted to the Flight Academy.  

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Seeing their names on the giant screen made them smile!  Thankfully they were both accepted with out any issues...lucky kids!  The experience was so fun. 

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 They had their badges on and that certainly brought a bit of authority to their eyes and actions!  Each badge came with a nickname for them as well; Jude was Gumdrop and Teagan was Chestnut!  Adorable!!  

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As we made our way through the Flight Academy we stopped at each little station, most of them required the kids to insert their badges, which again, certainly made them feel special!  Our little elves!!  

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The stations included getting fitted for their flight suits which meant we had to see how tall they were, how big their feet were and their glove size.  Then they stepped up to the Flight Suit Visualizer to see their newly created suit on the screen.  Once the suit was up on the screen, they could dance and move in their suit.  Very cool visual effects!!  

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Next, Gumdrop and Chestnut had to learn about the sled navigation system.  We learned about the different flight patterns that Santa must take on Christmas Eve.  Oh, and the kids loved seeing the map and figuring out how Santa would not only get to our house but also to their cousins' house in The Netherlands!  What a fun interactive experience!  

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Once they checked the sled engine and made sure they were ready to fly we got to Santa's chair.  Now, because we put in their names and photos when we registered, Santa magically surprised them with saying "Hello Jude and Teagan!" OH THE MAGIC!!!!  Seriously, how great is that?  

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For the first year ever, Teagan did not freak out!  She jumped right next to Santa with no issues!  YAY!!  The Cherry Creek Santa had the very best beard and was so fun with the kids.  After their visit they each got a deck of cards for a matching game.  Both Jude and Teagan have been playing with those cards still. 


Santa’s Flight Academy Details

Santa’s Flight Academy is an interactive experience on your child’s way to meeting Santa for photos. By registering your child, the child will receive a personalized badge with the child’s photo, first name, and favorite elf. This badge will unlock experiences throughout Santa’s Flight Academy. When your child first enters the Santa’s Flight Academy set, they will be instructed to scan their badge, upon which the child’s name will appear on a screen along with the words “access granted”. At the Flight Suit Visualizer, each child scans their badge again and will be greeted by his or her favorite elf and then get a one of a kind opportunity to play and dance while watching a virtual flight suit appear on each child’s body. Inside the sleigh, the child will experience music, digital dancing elves on screens and a personalized thank you from the child’s favorite elf who will spell out the child’s name to say congratulations for saving Christmas. When the child visits Santa, he will have Santa’s Nice List showing the name of each child so he can personally greet them. Finally, after the experience, we will send parents a link to a video of each child’s experience at the Flight Suit Visualizer. The link is only sent to the parent, but anyone with whom a parent shares the link will also be able to see the video. Optionally, visitors can use a generic badge that will enable parts of the experience, but will not provide the personalized features described above.

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Santa's Flight Academy runs from November 9th - December 24th.  

Santa's Hours through Dec. 24

Monday - Sunday: All Mall Hours
Santa's Breaks: 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Santa Photo Hours on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Photo Package Pricing:

A. Four 5 x 7s, Four 4 x 6s, Four 3 x 5s, Eight Wallets, FREE Digital Download, $15 credit towards any Lovepop VIP pack at Lovepop.com, plus, a Lovepop Photo Wreath Card. $56

B. Two 5 x 7s, Two 4 x 6s, Two 3 x 5s, Eight Wallets, $15 credit towards any Lovepop VIP pack at Lovepop.com, plus, a Lovepop Photo Wreath Card. $48

C. One 5 x 7, Two 4 x 6s, Two 3 x 5s, Six Wallets, Two Photos in Two Keychains, $15 credit towards any Lovepop VIP pack at Lovepop.com, plus, a Lovepop Photo Wreath Card. $39

D. One 5 x 7, Two 4 x 6s, Four Wallets, $15 credit towards any Lovepop VIP pack at Lovepop.com. $30

E. Two 4 x 6s, $15 credit towards any Lovepop VIP pack at Lovepop.com. $23



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We had such a great time enjoying the Cherry Creek Shopping Center Santa's Flight Academy.  This experience will be remembered for a long time.  Thank you to the staff for continuing the magic with our kids for at least one more year!!!  

What is your kids favorite experience with visiting Santa?


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6 comments:

  1. I have friends near Denver, I'll have to tell them about this!

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  2. Oh thanks for sharing the Santa’s Flight Academy with us! This looks like a great family fun activity to do with the kids! Adding it onto my list for fun holiday activities!

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  3. What a wonderfully fun family experience! I love all the personalization the kids must have just loved seeing their names on the screen and having Santa know their name. Take the time to go through the fun process must really relax the kids any make them more likely not to be afraid and start crying.

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  4. How cute is this?! I wished I lived in Denver right now as my kids would love this! It's so personalized and really makes the kids feel like the experience is only theirs!

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  5. This does look like it would be such a fun event for the kids. Learning how to fly with Santa Claus would definitely be something worth participating in. That's great that your child didn't freak out. i remember those days when my daughter was afraid of the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus.

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  6. To be honest, my son has never taken a picture with Santa. He never wanted to, but he does believe in Santa. I think it's actually good because seeing him from a distance makes it so much better so he doesn't freak out.

    I love this Santa flight. I love that they can see their names on the screen. I know how great that is for kids.

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