Two organizational orders of business need our attention for Pixelmania this year, principally because things are so crazy on Disney’s end. Normally we would have all made fast passes by now including ones that we made to ride together as a Pixelmania group. We would have also had a better idea of a schedule and we would have been able to sketch out a tentative schedule that we could all sort of intersect with as needed. Since things are missing, (the ability to pre-plan fast pass, and entertainment, etc., that is being added as we speak) we need better ways to coordinate together. We plan on doing this in two ways and participation is optional. THE FIRST WAY IS TO ADD EACH OTHER TO DISNEY’S FAMILY and FRIENDS list on the Disney app. To add people that aren’t already in your F&F list go to the bottom of the Friends and family list and Click on the (+ Add a Guest ) button and follow the directions. You will need the email address of the guest AND their birthdate OR their resort reservation number. Disney then sends them an email to see if they would like to accept your invitation to join the Friends and Family list. We are doing this because we are thinking that if Disney’s My Genie is online, we could use that to make ride reservations together. I’ll be sending a Private IN BOX message thread on the WDW360 boards for people to post this information privately. DO NOT WAIT to add people to your F&F list once you have the info. Disney’s apps are glitchy and you’ll need time to get past the tech failures that are bound to happen. THE SECOND THING WE ARE DOING IS ADDING LOCATION SHARING ON YOUR Phone in the GOOGLE MAPS APP. For that YOU will need the person’s name and phone number (Found in a Private IN BOX message thread on the WDW360 boards). Doing that will allow us to see exactly where participants are in real time, making it easier to find each other. Participation is optional and you can easily turn this off after Pixelmania. We will still be using Group Me’s chat app but finding each other in the chaos that is Disney parks will be easier using Google’s location sharing app and it won’t require a response from someone who must constantly monitor their phone. To do this download Google Maps on your phone. And follow the instructions in the attached images at the end of this post. So that is the plan. Participation is optional and we are thinking that this will make things easier during a difficult, disorganized Disney planning year. ~ Joanie Image 1 is the first image you see when you open the Google Maps app. The things circled in red are the areas you need to open on the app. You must add the person's phone number to your phone book before you try to add them in Google's location sharing.