Making the Most of myVEGAS Reward Points

If you want to make the most of your trip to Las Vegas like Cody and I did this last week, then have I got the scoop for you! I am going to inform you about all the apps that you will use to gain free rewards for your time in Las Vegas. There are other vacation spots involved (and as of last week there is a BIG update coming in terms of new rewards – read to the end for that update!) in these apps as well, but the focus is definitely on Vegas specifically.

What apps to use

There are five apps involved with the myVEGAS family that, once connected, you will be able to collect all loyalty points gained from all apps into one big bank! The five apps are:

Although having a Facebook account isn’t required, it will help you immensely! Especially since Konami Slots, myVEGAS Blackjack, and myVEGAS on Facebook will all require that you have a Facebook to be able to connect your loyalty points into one pool and purchase rewards. However, if you don’t have a Facebook, you can still play and gain loyalty points to redeem for free rewards by hooking up your email or Apple ID to myVEGAS Slots and POP! Slots. For example, Cody doesn’t have a Facebook but he was still able to gain a decent amount of points and help to purchase different rewards for our trip!

Do I have to pay to use it?

All of these apps are FREE! There are in-app purchases, but they are 100% NOT required to make bank on these apps. Every day you will get a Daily Bonus for each app, and every two hours you can collect a Time Bonus that will give you extra coins to keep on playing! Like I said, having a Facebook gives you an advantage because once you connect your Facebook to these apps, then you will start receiving daily emails that have will have even MORE free coins to collect for each app (except POP! Slots). Even on Facebook you can make quite a bit! If you go to the myVEGAS Facebook page, they post regularly with updates, but every update also has a link to collect MORE free coins – either through the Facebook game or through myVEGAS Slots (sometimes both!!). And those links don’t expire for six days, so if you started playing right now, or if you don’t check Facebook for a few days, you can go back as far as 6 days ago and collect ALL of those free coins. So there’s really no need to pay to buy more coins to play the slots on the app because there are so many opportunities for free coins.

How to “buy” rewards

The Loyalty Points will be what you use to buy the rewards. Although most of the rewards are the same across all the apps, there are some rewards that I found that were on specific apps. That being said, just be sure to check all the apps’ available rewards. Loyalty Points also cap out per day per app, assuming that you don’t use all your coins before you hit the cap. This is set up so that you aren’t just letting the games run all day and night without stopping. The cap increases with your level! I don’t have any definite amount that it caps out on based on your level – however I do know that with my current level on Facebook being 82, that my Loyalty Points stop going up after I have gained 1,100 points on that app. The way to tell if you have capped out is that next to your Loyalty Point tank will be a green check mark once you have reached your limit on that app. The only app that doesn’t show the green check mark though is the Facebook app. Unfortunately for that one, you will have to watch to see if your tank is filling up and if doesn’t fill up a little more with one of the spins, then you know you have reached your daily limit. But just because I cap out on one app, doesn’t mean that I can’t gain any more in a day! I can easily go to another app and keep on gaining! With each app having their own cap and level, you will find that you can gain and gain and gain all day!

How long does it take to gain enough points for my trip?

One of the questions I got via Instagram was how long it took me to gain as many points as I needed to buy everything for my four day trip to Vegas. The simple answer is I have no idea. I have been playing myVEGAS Slots for about a year, but I didn’t download or play the other four apps until maybe a month or so ago and that’s when I was REALLY set on gaining Loyalty Points because at that point the trip to Vegas was planned and bought. But please don’t think that you need to be playing for a year to gain enough to have a good time in Vegas. Honestly I really only played religiously for a month or two to gain what I needed to buy everything for Vegas. What’s great about gaining the points is that you can literally put the game on Auto Spin and walk away from it. Very few of the games require you to be a more active participant, but sometimes the slots will stop spinning if you gain a level and they require you to Collect a Level Up Bonus. Per day across all apps, I can gain around 15,000 Loyalty Points before I either run out of coins or I just want to use my phone for other things because win sick of playing. However that amount is smaller if for some reason I have more going on in my day and can’t have the games running on Auto.

How to gain Loyalty Points

You gain Loyalty Points by filling up your Loyalty Points “tank”. It starts filling up with each spin. The higher you make your bets per spin, the faster it fills up! Once it fills up, it will give you a certain amount of Loyalty Points. That amount will depend on your game level. For example, every time Cody fills up his Loyalty Points tank on myVEGAS Slots specifically, it awards him 200 Loyalty Points, but me being a higher level than him on that app, every time I fill up my tank, it awards me 400 Points! And for reference, I am level 315 on myVEGAS Slots. But again, each app has a different tank and each tank will award a different amount depending on the level you are on that certain app. Also the higher level you are, the more it will take to fill up your tank.

Purchasing and cancelling rewards

It’s always fun to look at the Rewards page prior to buying just to get a feel for how much you need to gain to purchase that reward with your Loyalty Points. Before purchasing a reward though, it’s a great idea to make sure that the reward you are purchasing won’t expire before you can use it or that the place that hosts the reward isn’t closed due to COVID related reasons. If for some reason you do purchase a reward that ends up being unavailable to actually use, don’t worry! You can Cancel the reward and get your points back! Easy peezy! Cody and I weren’t able to use all of the rewards we bought while we were there just because our schedule was so jam packed (or because we didn’t check if things were available when we got there and realized afterwards that it was closed) so we were easily able to get those points back and now we have another little bank going for our next trip!

Best course of action for buying/using rewards

We also kind of did a “divide and conquer” situation to buy rewards. Since I had more time to play since I was furloughed and Cody was at work, I used my Loyalty Points to buy the bigger rewards such as our comped room at the MGM Grand or two free glasses of champagne at Prime at the Bellagio, and Cody used his Loyalty Points for 2-for-1 deals since those tended to be a lot cheaper. But then there were rewards that we both bought to make sure we could do them together like the Mandalay Shark Reef reward and the free shot at Centra reward.

Rewards aren’t just for Vegas!

Overall there’s no right or wrong way to get the rewards! You will find your own little system for your own trip that will help you and the person or people you go with to have the best time and maximize how much you are able to save! Especially since as of this week, they have announced that they will now be offering rewards that you can use at home!! This is an absolute game changer because now you can play these games without this idea that you HAVE to go to Vegas to get rewards. You can now play and redeem for things like an iPad! How amazing is that!!!

What are you waiting for? Get to playing!

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How to Get Your Dose of Disney in the Midst of Park Closures

Alright Disnerds – the news of all these parks being closed is pretty sad, but I respect the decision being made to close the parks! Although COVID-19 is not something to panic about, I know they made the decision to close the parks because they know people like us who love Disney more than lots of things in life will still continue to go there, even if we aren’t feeling 100%.

So yes it sucks, but it was a good call!

But how do we cope with all the Disney withdrawals that we are sure to get in these next couple of weeks?

1. shopDisney

Well first off, you can go to the tried and true retail therapy that is online shopping at! Find something you love and I am sure that will lift your spirits seeing that magic mail arrive on your doorstep!

2. Disney themed sleepover

This one is a little more middle school but come on, grown up sleepovers are kind of the best! Not only can you stay up to whatever time you want, be as loud as you want, eat whatever you choose, but you can also get those good times flowing in the form of your favorite adult beverage. You can break out the DVDs or if that’s too old school for you then you can binge watch literally everything on Disney+! Lizzie McGuire, That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana? You will be entertained forever! Just make sure your invite list doesn’t ask people to come over who aren’t feeling well and make sure you have hand sanitizer for your guests upon entry.

If you would rather make it a party of one or just have a movie night with your significant other, I would say that still counts as getting a good Disney fix!

3. Adding Disney flare to your wardrobe

If you have the ability to add some Disney accessories to your wardrobe for work, then do it! A watch, a necklace, a belt – things like that are simple and subtle. I wear a uniform for my job so I will be banking on these small pieces to add to my uniform that people won’t be able to see. Like my socks!

One of my favorite Instagrammers, @britishbelle, actually does a Disney Bound every Friday at work! She has her coworkers try to guess who she bounds as and more often than not, I have been able to guess through her posts who she is. So if you have the ability to do something like this, it could be really fun for you too!

4. Follow Disney fan pages on Instagram

Trust me when I say that you are not alone in feeling the withdrawals, but this does not mean content creators, small shops, and photographers don’t have a lot of pictures to rely on! There will never be a shortage of pictures and videos of your happy place. You can even watch the new Disneyland parade, “Magic Happens”, in its entirety on YouTube!

Here are some of my favorite Disney Instagramers: @dizmagic (photographer and CM), @ashhtaylor (influencer), @holaitsraquel (influencer and CM), @brit_at_wdw (photographer), @kingdomnommies (influencer and merch guru), and @wordofmouseco (mouse ear small shop)

5. Karaoke car jam sesh

Alright, this one is pretty straight forward. Get in your car, turn the volume up, and HANDLE IT! You have tons of Disney soundtracks at your fingertips with Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and Google. Your passengers can either sing along or get out.

Obviously these are not all the things you could do with your downtime to make Disney come to you instead of you going to Disney, but at least it’s a start! So wear those Mickey sweatshirts proudly, talk to strangers about how cool Rise of the Resistance is, and don’t let those mouse ears get too dusty. It’s a temporary closure after all!

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One of the most iconic pictures to take on the new Rise of Resistance Star Wars themed experience at Disneyland and Walt Disney World - a room full of First Order Stormtroopers!

TIPS: Rise of the Resistance

I’m just going to get this out in the open now – Rise of the Resistance deserves ALL of the hype it’s getting! I rode it for the first time yesterday and I just wish they took pictures at the end of it because I know that I was wide-eyed, open mouthed, and shocked to my core from everything.

A screenshot from the Disneyland app of the main page for you to get a Rise of the Resistance boarding group.

To get on this ride, you will need to get into a boarding group. To obtain a boarding group is essentially a lottery system of getting on a reservation list. The boarding groups go fast and you will need to prepare yourself for the fact that you may not get one. To get your boarding group, you will need to download the Disneyland/Walt Disney World app so that you can make your reservation via the app. There will be a way to get a paper version of a reservation, but that will only be available if the spots have not already been filled electronically. To find a paper location, ask a cast member! But at Disneyland, you can find it near the the fast passes for Astro Blasters.

You will also need to ensure that you are IN the park before 8am. The reservations will go live at that time and if you do not have your whole party’s tickets scanned, then you will not be able to get a pass. Now that we have those basics out of the way, let’s get started with the tips.

  1. Download the app.
  2. Link your pass and everyone else’s pass onto your app.
  3. If you have multiple people’s passes connected who are NOT there, delete them. This will save you time in the reservation process.
  4. Use multiple phones. If you have a group with you, this will ensure that you can recover from someone’s phone dying, lagging, or crashing.
  5. Close all apps on your phone INCLUDING the Disney app.
  6. Shut off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. I cannot emphasize this enough – DO NOT TRY TO USE DISNEY WI-FI! Mobile data ONLY!
  7. Stand in an area that has good reception (I would try City Hall)
  8. Open the app at EXACTLY 8am. Do not try to open it early to account for load-up time, this will only result in the app not loading and showing an error code when you try to join a boarding group.
  9. Once the app is open, click “Find Out More”, this will lead to a secondary page that will say “Join a Boarding Group” – click that!
  10. Make it ALL THE WAY THROUGH the prompts. It will first ask you which passes you want to make a boarding group for, and if you ONLY have the people who are in your group on your app, then you will not be unchecking any boxes from the list of passes that pop up. From there it was ask you to confirm the reservation. The main point I’m making here is not to just click “Join a Boarding Group” and think that you got it! You WILL need to get to the end screen that shows your boarding group number.
  11. Lastly, STAY CALM! This is obviously a very anxious time and getting worked up will only cause you to panic.

Other things to note:
  • You will need to have an early morning. We were at the parking structure by 6:15am (they open at 6:30), in line out front of the park by 7, and on Main Street by 7:25am. When they opened the park around 7:20, there was a HUGE line behind us to get in so make sure you are getting there as soon as you can.
  • Do not open the app even a second before 8am. You have to open it at exactly 8am otherwise the app will not time stamp your phone at 8am so it will not register that you can grab a boarding group.
  • Boarding groups start getting called at 9am.
  • Not all boarding groups are guaranteed entry, and each day will have a different guaranteed group. It will say on the bottom of the “Find Out More” page which boarding group they are guaranteeing for that day.
  • You will not get a push notification when your boarding group gets cleared for entry. You have to be the one that checks your status.
  • You have two hours to get to the ride from the time your group is called. After that, you will not be allowed on.
  • From the time you get into the line, to the time that you get off of the ride (with no delays/ride closures) takes about 50 minutes. I am sure this will change as well since the day we went was a rather tame day in terms of park attendance and we did not see the full extent of the queue.
  • The ride will stop calling boarding groups 3 hours before the park closes to ensure that everyone who is already in line can get on the ride.
  • Even if you use multiple phones, you will still only get one boarding group! Why? Because you only have one pass per person and the app will update with who got the reservation first and will not allow you to obtain any others after that.

I want you to follow these tips to a T! I had some trouble trying to get a group because I tried to be smarter than these tips. Our biggest mistake was trying to account for load-up time. It was me, my mom, and my boyfriend all trying to make the reservation. We all had each other’s passes connected to our apps. We had my mom assigned to open the app 10 seconds before 8am, I was assigned to open the app 5 seconds before 8am, and my boyfriend was going to open the app at exactly 8. My mom and I both could not click “Join a Boarding Group” because it was greyed out. Why? Because even though the load-up time of the app put as at around 8am, the app is smarter than that. The moment we clicked the app is when our phone’s got time stamped. That time stamp determines the app’s time itself thereby making it absolutely impossible for us to get a boarding group because the app had not registered an 8am time stamp.

Only a couple of seconds had gone by but everyone around us was cheering and yelling out which group they got and that made us all so discouraged. Especially me since I was the one that brought them to the park that day – I felt like I had failed them in my expertise of Disney and that I ruined our chances of getting on the ride. But my boyfriend came in clutch! Unfortunately/Fortunately he had accidentally opened his NFL app at 8am exactly (because it was right next to the Disney app) but because he got into the app a little bit afterwards, his time stamp was the one that got us on the ride that day. By 8:01 we had a boarding group of 54!

That day they were guaranteeing a boarding group of 42 which yes seems low. We figured this was because the day we went, Disneyland was hosting 80’s Nite and the park would be closing to non-party guests at 8pm. Fortunately our boarding group was cleared for entry at 1:16pm! We kept checking the app after we had ridden it just to see how far the groups would go that day! Lucky for us and a lot of other guests that day, the ride did not shut down once and they ended the day accepting groups up to group 112!! It just goes to show that even if you don’t get a super early group, it is still VERY possible for you to get on the ride!!

I hope this helps you get on the ride as stress-free as possible! And.. may the force be with you!

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