How to use C+ for vacations

So the last few posts have been about work and school so we wanted to share some tips on vacations. We love seeing all of your vacation countdowns on social media. So we wanted to share with you how you can have a fabulous vacation trip via the app.

 

Planning

Once you get your friends together and find out a date you all agree on then, you can add those all important dates to the app. Share the event code and don’t forget to make the event public so everyone can countdown with you.

 

Image Packs

If you are going on several vacations then don’t forget to personalise the countdown with the selection of great images from our image packs. We have a few vacation inspired images to choose from. You could also add your own images or images from Facebook.

 

Share Event

Once you have all the dates sorted and you finish personalising the event then you should start to share the event on social media which as mentioned a lot of our users do. Twitter we don’t see enough holiday countdowns so do get Sharing via the share buttons on the app.

 

Past Events

Then a sad feeling of knowing the event is over is not a nice feeling, but you can keep the old events to see how long since an event. This should then spur you on to actually add some new holiday events to the app. The repeat from the top.

 

We hope this gave you some more ideas on what to do with your vacation countdowns. So get sharing on social as we love seeing your countdowns use #countdown and #countdownplus

Beginner’s Guide to Universal Studios

We love writing about Universal Studios Orlando as much as we like talking about Disneyland. So we wanted to do a similar post to our Disneyland blog post and share with you a beginner’s guide to Universal Studios Orlando. We sourced some of the best info we could find on Pinterest and blog sites.

When to attend

Much like Disneyland, it is best to attend during term time and avoid the national holidays when you can. Of course, if you like going around seasonal time then you may expect to see a few seasonal treats like rides, shows and food.

Tricks

So if some of you aren’t aware you can use your magic wand that you get from Harry Potter world to do a whole host of fun things. You can unlock some magical features on some parts of the Harry Potter area of the park. Look out for the spots on the floor telling you where to go.

Food

Much like with Disneyland you can find some delightful treats to enjoy at the park. Following on from Harry Potter, you can get a butter beer and why not choose a Frozen Butter Beer for those hot days at the park. The giant Big Pink doughnut from Lard Lad Donuts is a must, best when shared amongst friends. If you are looking for a hearty meal then head to The Leaky Cauldron, which offers a variety of British foods like Bangers and Mash and Cottage Pie. If you want something cold for dessert then head to Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, which has some tasty flavours to indulge in.

Tickets

So much like Disneyland’s Fast Pass Universal Studios has its own system of jumping the queues. You can get The Express Pass which is given to you if you stay in one of the five hotels. Since Universal Studios has a lot more to offer, a lot of people recommend to get a park to park ticket, it means you can get out a lot more rides and attractions.

Let us know if you are off to Universal Studios in the comments and don’t forget to tag your countdowns or Universal Studio countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.

Beginner’s guide to Disneyland

We write a lot of Disneyland based blog posts and wanted to share with you a beginner’s guide to Disneyland. We sourced some of the best info we could find on Pinterest and blog sites.

When to attend

So as shared before it’s best to go during term time at school and avoid all national holidays if you can. Bare in mind it is totally down to when is best for you and sometimes visiting during national holidays can be a great time to see special shows and eat some seasonal foods.

Photo opportunity

If you are going to the park with family or friends, please remember not to bring your selfie sticks as these are frowned upon at the park. If whilst at the park for the first time you want to see your favourite Disney characters then, the meet and greet with characters might suit you. You can meet several of your favourite characters.

Tickets

If you want to fast track a lot of rides then we recommend getting yourself a fast pass. For a limited time on rides, you can queue jump and not have to wait hours to get on a ride. This is highly recommended if you are going to get on a ride which is very popular. You can grab tickets at the entrance of rides at the park, you just pay a little extra to queue jump.

Firework Show

Attending a firework show is a must when visiting Disneyland for the first time, or check out the special parades. We want to share the best places to actually view the fireworks which are, the further away you get from the castle the more obstructions will block your view. If you don’t mind setting up camp 2 hours before the show the try and find a spot to sit near the Partners Statue.

Food

There are many food items and always new ones around the seasonal holidays. We have talked about Disneyland items before but a few fan favourites are as follows. The Mickey ears ice cream bar which is so simple but a staple at the parks. Dole whip which sounds amazing and we are yet to enjoy or try the Dole Float. The Mickey Pretzel is a firm favourite for many as a great savoury snack, you can find it at many food carts. We have seen so many gorgeous pictures of the Bacon Mac and Cheese inside from a bread cone which sounds amazing, can be found at the Cars Land. There are much more but these are great, to begin with.

Let us know if you are off to Disneyland in the comments and don’t forget to tag your countdowns or Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.

Top 3 Music Festivals of 2017

Summer is approaching, and with Coachella been and gone, the summer of music festivals is about to start. With so many and so many booked out already, we wanted to countdown to some of our favourite music festivals. Read on to find out our Top 3 music festivals for 2017.

3.V Festival

It is back for another year in August at Hylands Park and Weston Park for two days. This year is set to be amazing with some amazing headliners such as Pink and JAY Z. With it being a smaller festival, there are plenty of chances to discover brand new music. Not only can you see live music but there will be a comedy tent. The Glee Comedy Tent to be exact, which is great if you want a break from all the non-stop dancing. Tickets have not sold out yet so you still have a chance to attend the festival.

2.Parklife

Parklife is in Heaton Park in Manchester on the 10-11th June. They have a huge lineup this year. Some familiar faces and some new faces. Headliners include The 1975 and Frank Ocean. So this is on the festivals in our line up which has unfortunately begun to sell out. Weekend General Admission and Payment Plans have all sold out, but you get your hands on Saturday and Sunday tickets. They are so many stages to choose from and some great artists it is sure to be a great festival.

1.Reading and Leeds

This is on of the UK’s biggest summer festivals with a new record of the capacity of 90,000 in 2016. Reading and Leeds this year has some brand new headliners and one which caught a lot of attention from the press was Eminem. Kasabian is back as headliners which headlined the festival back in 2012. Muse is headlining as well and headlined twice in the past. With Eminem headlining on Saturday they sold out on Saturday tickets for Reading back in March. But all weekend tickets for Leeds festival have not sold out yet. Not only are there headliners but there is a huge list of artists performing across all three days.

We thought we would include some summer festivals tips we found online. A lot of the time when you attend festivals, travel to the site is always busy, so expect to stay in the car or coach for a while so bring things to keep you occupied. Don’t bring a lot of valuables to the festival keep those safe at home. Do bring a flag or something to help find your tent if you end up camping out. If you are attending any UK festivals then expect the weather to change drastically. So take an extra few items of clothing and don’t forget those wellies. If the festival you are going to has an app then it can be recommended to download it. Some will have lineups and even maps of the festival so you never get lost.

Well, we hope that helps you get a better idea of some of the festivals. Don’t forget to countdown to some of those music festivals and tag them with #countdownplus or #countdown.

Top 5 things to do at Universal Studios

Following along from our last Top 5 blog post about Disneyland we wanted to do a similar post but for Universal Studios Orlando. So here are our Top 5 things to do whilst at Universal Studios Orlando. All this info was sourced from Pinterest.

  1. Don’t Travel to Universal during summer holidays

One of the busiest months is during the summer holidays mid-June- late August. Those are the months to best avoid a trip there. It is also the three hottest months to visit the park as well. Aim to travel when summer holidays or the easter weekend. It will be a better experience if you don’t go at the busiest times since you won’t be queuing for hours.

  1. Buy a Park to Park Ticket

It highly recommends online that you get a park to park ticket since it makes it easier. You can get a train ticket to board the Hogwarts Express, which actually works as a park to park transport. You can go to the ticket booths at either station in the parks. Best thing to do is to book these tickets in advance to save on time and money.

  1. Stay on the On-site hotels at Universal Studios

It is a must and also a benefit if you stay at any of the on-site hotels. It’s not just a convenient place to stay but, you will get the chance to go to each park with a Universal Express Unlimited pass for both park free of charge. You can receive early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can enter the parks as well one hour earlier than general admission, perfect since a lot of the attractions are very busy in the morning. Also, this free pass is for your whole stay not just a one-off pass, so it is something to take full advantage of.

  1. Enjoy a Butter Beer

One of the most popular drinks at Universal Studios Orlando is the butter beer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It is a huge must drink everywhere we look online. It is said to taste a little bit like a cream soda, perfect picture opportunity as well, to share with all your friends online. There is also a frozen version of the drink.

  1. Eat a Pink Doughnut

We keep seeing this everywhere online but get a taste of the amazing pink doughnut which you can find at Lard Lad Donuts. It is located in the Simpsons area of the theme park. The pink doughnut is basically the size of your face and it is really fun for a picture opportunity as well. Well worth it if you want to share it too since it’s huge.

Hope you all enjoyed another Universal Studios Orlando post. Don’t forget to tag all your Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.

User Inspired Events

This post is another one of our users inspired posts that we really enjoy writing because all of our users have such amazing countdowns. For this one, it’s a mixed user inspired event post.

First up is @chrissiebarlow with their countdown to Disneyland next year in September 2018. As we always tell our followers, it never is too early for any countdowns. We love to talk about Disneyland on our blog here, our last post was just about Disneyland. Disneyland by 2018 will feature a lot of new rides to enjoy such as the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride formerly the Tower of Terror and a new Star Wars attraction. Going to Disneyland just before Halloween will be exciting, there will be many shows to watch and the park will be transformed for your enjoyment. Halloween gets well under way from September so there is a lot to look forward to such at Mickey’s Halloween Party at the park. So overall a fabulous time to head to Disneyland and we hope you have a lovely time, we can’t wait to countdown along with you for the rest of the year.

Far too excited for this! 😍✈️🇺🇸 #holiday #family #friends #florida #disneyland #dreamcometrue #countdown #love

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Next, is @lottieq96 with their countdown to Tenerife in a few months’ time. We have seen a few Tenerife countdowns on Instagram but we loved the look of this one. Tenerife is a lovely sunny place for a holiday, whether it’s with a group or you’re going as a couple. There is so much to do whilst in Tenerife, if you just want to enjoy the pool then the best place to go to is Siam Park which is a huge favourite with many tourists. The park is massive so expect to spend most of your day there and maybe don’t plan to do anything but spend your day there. Loro Parque Zoo is a firm favourite too from our research online, you can get a ticket for both Siam Park and the Zoo which helps to queue jump at the water park. There is so much to see at the Zoo lots of shows so chances to see some animals in action. You are guaranteed to see animals in the sunshine since it’s sunny all year around in Tenerife.

Can't bloody wait 😬☀️ #what #I #have #been #waiting #for #holiday #sun #tenerife #countdown

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We hope you enjoyed this user inspired post from our users. If you want to be featured in the next user inspired post then use #countdown or #countdownplus to be featured.

Top 5 things to do at Disneyland

We love to talk about Disneyland a lot on our blog, our Disneyland posts always perform well with our audience. So we wanted to do a Top 5 things to do at Disneyland. All this info was sourced from Pinterest.

  1. Eat a Dole Whip

Something which we have seen time and time again on Pinterest in regard to food at Disneyland, they all tell you to have a Dole Whip. It is a Disneyland favourite and a staple food, you cannot go wrong with it. Also it makes for a lovely picture for all social media channels or just Instagram.

  1. Take a picture in front of the castle

Whether you go as a couple or with a group of friends, taking a picture in front of the castle is always a must do. Either get some Minnie ears and take some artsy photos for Instagram. It is a really a perfect photo opportunity at any parks across the globe.

  1. Take photos with classic Disney characters

A great way to remember your trip is by taking lots of pictures with some Disney characters. They can be spotted all through the park, and you can queue to see a few of them all in one go. So choose who you want to take pictures with and manage to squeeze it in during your trip.

  1. Watch a fireworks show.

So usually towards the end of the day, you can expect to see a fireworks show. Depending on the time of year it could be season themed. It is always worth a watch after a long day of adventure at the park.

1.Walk through the Sleeping Beauty Castle

So not only is it recommended to take a picture in front of the castle but you can actually go inside the castle. It is an attraction basically for the whole family. It’s a really exciting experience, with lights and drama and a thrilling story to follow along.

Hope you all enjoyed another Disneyland post, we will be doing a similar post but for Universal Studios Orlando in a few weeks time. Don’t forget to tag all your Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.

How to throw an awesome Easter Party

Easter is on its way and with only a month left you might be thinking of getting a few friends together to celebrate Easter time. It’s a lovely time of year since all the daffodils come out and it’s a perfect excuse to have a picnic in the Spring time weather.

The first thing to consider is a date that suits everyone, so if like many you are part of a big group chat with friends then settle on a date. Next the step we would recommend is to put that date in your Countdownplus app. You can also get everyone else involved and they can countdown with you by using an Event Code. If you need help with that check out this video tutorial. Now that’s all sorted time to think of what to do.

You might have a lot of friends who have children so an Easter egg hunt would be a blast. You can go to your local crafts store and get some Easter egg craft items. You could get the kids to decorate some eggs and then go away and hide some in the garden, or your local park. Kids then can have some baskets to go and collect them.

Setting up a picnic for the whole family could be fun. You can get everyone to bring some foods along and have everyone chip in. That makes for a great day out during spring time. Could also make some Easter treats too, Pinterest is the best place to find some amazing ideas.

So we hope that helps give you some inspiration for your next Easter party. Don’t forget to tag your Easter countdown by using #Countdownplus on all social channels.

Top 3 Easter Getaways

Easter is getting closer and some of you may want to use that time to go away for a short time. Short Easter breaks are hugely popular. We wanted to compile a short list of places you could visit for cheap and last minute. So here are our Top 3 Easter getaways.

1. Paris, France

It is one of the easiest places to get to if you are travelling from London. You can travel either via train or plane, train is the fastest and gets you right in the centre of Paris. From as little as £30 you can travel to Paris via the Eurostar. So there are plenty of things to do and see whilst in Paris, you can see famous sites like Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and see the Mona Lisa painting at Louvre. So much food to eat to, why not head to a few patisseries and get some croissants and macarons. Of if you fancy heading Disneyland you can do so by still taking the Eurostar, there is a stop along the way where you can get off and visit the magical castle. Paris is great any time of year, but very pretty during the spring months when the cherry blossom is in full swing

2.Amsterdam, Netherlands

A fairly easy to get to country via London, no trains to Amsterdam but you get there from £100 if you fly there. Many thrilling places to visit whilst in Amsterdam, Anne Frank house, Van Gogh museum and why not take a photo at the IAMSTERDAM sign. Plenty to explore on foot, but it is recommended to rent a bicycle to see the town in its full glory. Enjoy some stroopwaffles, eat a dutch apple pie. It’s a delightful place to visit in the Easter months, providing the weather holds up. You can go for many walks and discover lots of things on your travels.

 3. Rome, Italy

Travel to Rome from London, and costs around £100 over to go there. Most popular sites to visit are the Colosseum in Rome, Trevi Fountain, Vatican City and many others. So much pizza to eat during the trip since your in Rome, why not eat the best food ever. It’s a great place to visit and you can walk around the towns on foot, and take the tram to a lot of places or the bus. Check for opening times with a lot of places and it is a great time to visit the place in Easter, it can get quite hot so feels like an early summer holiday.

We hope you enjoyed this post for some Easter trips, don’t forget to tag your holidays with #countdownplus on all social channels.