Monday, December 23, 2013

'Disney on Ice' Rocks Out at Staples Center

'Disney on Ice: Rockin' Ever After' at Staples Center

Finding Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Merida (from Brave) and Rapunzel (from Tangled) in the same place is quite a feat -- even if you're headed to Disneyland.

CC and I got the chance to check out those characters and more at Disney on Ice: Rockin' Ever After, at the Staples Center earlier this month.

And thanks to Verizon Wireless, I was able to take along a Samsung Galaxy Camera -- with an amazing 21x optical-zoom lens and social-media sharing capabilities.

Both CC and I love ice skating, and it was fun seeing the characters dance and skate to familiar tunes. In fact, I realized that CC has yet to see Beauty and the Beast, a Disney classic that we might have to rent while she's on Christmas vacation.

We also enjoyed seeing new favorites, like Merida (and her silly brothers) and Rapunzel (with Flynn, of course).

It was a perfect winter outing in L.A., as the trees down at L.A. Live, where the Staples Center is, are covered in white Christmas lights. Some even look as if glowing ice is dripping from their leaves.

Getting to use the Samsung Galaxy was an unexpected treat. Right now, I have an iPhone 4 and the camera doesn't have that powerful of a zoom lens. This guy was amazing. We were sitting in one of the suites, and I was able to zoom all the way down to the ice! And the picture was still clear!

CC at "Disney on Ice"
What was even better was that I could share the images via Instagram, Twitter, email and any other apps that I downloaded to the camera.

Right now, we're checking out the different settings -- there's action freeze (great for fast-moving toddlers), party/indoor (great for dim lighting) and food (great for food bloggers :). That's in addition to dawn, snow, macro, sunset and more.

And what's (arguably) even better than taking the pictures -- especially when you're a non-pro like me? Being able to edit in Photo Wizard, right on the camera itself!

(Note: Media tickets provided; the Samsung Galaxy Camera is a loaner)

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