Saturday, 28 November 2015

Christmas: Portable North Pole (PNP)

If you've never set foot in the Portable North Pole (and I cannot believe after raving about it every December I am still finding people I know who don't know about it!!) then get ready to step into Santa’s enchanted universe. A virtual gateway that reveals stories about the North Pole that now, thanks to the PNP Console and the power of the Internet, are available for all the world to share.

PNP is now in its 8th year and I've been using it for the last 7! Every year the videos get better and better with new scenarios year on year.  A few years ago you'd have never caught me spending money on a message from Santa but this is worth every penny when you see the look on your child's face.. there is a free version as well.




I tried out the Gold Pass which was great value as it meant I could create video's for both boys before Christmas and Christmas Eve videos, I am also planning on ordering them a phone call (or 2).

This package uses the premium video and it's so simple. You answer a few basic questions; child's name, date of birth, gender and where they live.  You are also asked to upload a photo of your child.

Now you can start with the personalisation element.

Scenario
Choose which of the scenarios you would like Santa to appear in, I love the 2 new ones for this year Post Office and Elf House.

Verdict
There are 3 verdicts to choose from; naughty, naughty/ nice or nice. I always opt for the middle one (Santa isn't mean he simply tells them to try harder and that he believes they can make the nice list).  This works really well because I then log in again a few days before Christmas and make them a nice one.

Child's Daily Life
Do they go to school?  nursery? stay at home with mum/ dad?


Effort asked of the child
What have they been trying hard to do? Again another huge drop down including:  pee in the toilet? be nice to their sister? put away toys? help at home?


Gift
You can choose from a vast drop down list of gift categories such as video game, makeup, dolls or a musical instrument that the child has asked for.
 You can also upload a picture of the present.


Child's Friends/ Relatives
You can pick 4 names of people your child knows to appear on books on the shelf next to theirs.


Photos

Choose photos of the child doing something such as a trip, holiday, special occasion.  Or if you take part in Elf on the Shelf this is now an option too.

The last one you are asked to upload is of the child's home  (I find Google Street View very handy for this)


There are loads of package options available on the Portable North Pole ranging from free to an unlimited gold pass to suit every family and budget.


Normal Video - Free
This option has only 1 storyline, can be personalised in 8 ways (such as the child's name, location and daily activities) and is up to 3 minutes long.
These videos can be watched on line and downloaded until the end of June 2016 so you can save them in case your child asks to watch it in August (as mine did this year)*.
In the free video Santa does not deliver his naughty/ nice verdict.
*additional cost applies

Grown-ups video - Free
Perfect for the young at heart! Reach out to loved ones or spread merriment through the office with personalised messages from Santa.
This is the same as the children's video but aimed at adults. The video is 2 minutes in length but does deliver a verdict at the end.

Premium video - £3.99
You can only create 1 premium video, if you have more than one child I would suggest upgrading to an unlimited pass.
Premium Video Messages offer almost 6-minutes of screen time and include up to 5 photos!
There are 5 different scenarios (2 new, 3 from last year), each with unique story lines and environments.
The videos include up to 16 personalised items, such as the child's name, location, desired gift, and Santa’s Verdict is included to each scenario!
The personalised Premium Video Message can be saved as a keepsake in HD file on a local device (desktop, laptop, mobile device, tablet, etc) as a separate purchase.


Premium Christmas Eve video - £3.99
The Christmas Eve video is a bonus message available only to those who have purchased the Pre-Season Fan Offer or a Gold Pass
Parents can use this message to prepare their children for the arrival of Santa on the night of the Big Delivery around the world, where he flies from his village in the North Pole to the child's house.

This video messages is about 2 minutes long and includes up to 6 personalisation's.

Call from Santa - £2.99
Santa will call your child.  There are 32 story lines to choose from and up to 4 personalisation's.

Call Pass - £5.99
Create & send unlimited personalised phone calls from Santa during the holiday season

Video Pass - £7.99
Create & send unlimited premium personalised video messages from Santa during the holiday season

Gold Pass - £9.99
Create & send an unlimited number of premium videos & calls from Santa during the holiday season.  This pass includes Free HD downloads of your videos to keep.



Birthday video - Free
This is one special birthday storyline with 1 photo and up to 5 personalisation's.

Premium Birthday video - £TBC
This is one special birthday storyline with 5 photos and up to 5 personalisation's.


The apple and android apps are coming soon and promise lots of exciting games and videos.



The boys Christmas Elf will be bringing their videos at the weekend on a memory stick and I can't wait to see their reaction. I only have a couple of years left of Ben believing and not much longer for Noah.  This is a tradition I'll be really sad to have to finish.


Whilst I could share Ben or Noah's video with you that would give too much away, instead please enjoy this  one.





***Discount Code***
You can also enjoy 20% off digital products (including premium video upgrade) in the PNP store by using the code:  BLG20BKP


So make Christmas magic this year
Create a video from the Portable North Pole.

Website:  http://www.portablenorthpole.com



Disclaimer:  I was given a free gold pass  for this PNP review however all views and opinions are my own.

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