#Fandango! I Want My Cars 2 Tickets Now! I Can’t Wait!

Well isn’t this a fabulous combination?  Cars 2 and Fandango?  Why yes, yes it is!  I had heard of Fandango in the past but had never personally used them.  With this economy and a large family, we haven’t been frequent movie goers for sure.  Honestly, I cannot remember the last time I went to a movie at a theater.  But with that said, we really want to go see Cars 2.  We must go!  Bubby talks about it all day, every day!  He’s 2 and he seriously watches the original movie at least once a day!
As you know, it’s been 5 long years since we first met Mater and Lightening McQueen! This time the dynamic duo is headed for Japan to compete in the World Grand Prix. Yes this IS exciting! The road to the championship becomes a little rocky when Mater gets caught up in international espionage…OH that Mater! We are oh-so-excited! And it’s in theaters now.  I’m thinking a visit to Fandango for advanced ticket purchase is in order!

There will be 6 of us going to the movie so saving time and money will be key obviously.  My husband and I will be taking Bug and Bubby of course, and as an added bonus, my two step-kids, Jr and The Drama Queen (we’ll call her TDQ from now on), are visiting from Georgia and this will be a fantastic treat for them as well!
Originally, I logged on to Fandango.com from my home PC.  I created an account and looked around before making my purchase.  While surfing, I noticed some pretty cool stuff. 
There’s a “Browse Movies” tab where you can see what’s in  theaters now (Cars 2, Bad Teacher, Green Lantern, and Hangover II to name a few…something for everyone).  Movies opening this week (Monte Carlo and Larry Crowne are both opening July 1st).  And what’s top at the box office if that is important to you. 
There’s a spot to check out information and photos of your favorite celebrities!
You can even join the community and review movies yourself for others to read.  That’s right up my alley for sure.  I’ll be back there after we actually get to see this highly anticipated flick!
About this time, it got really loud in my apartment.  It always gets really loud in my apartment, and I noticed that they have a mobile app. They have apps for the Droid, they have apps for the IPhone, they have apps for all of the big name smart phones. But you see, I don’t have a smart phone. Mine is only mildly intelligent. It’s a Samsung with 25 MB of allowed usage per month. My kids have smart phones. They have unlimited usage, I do not! Let’s see what I can do with this! 
Since there is no “app for that” on my phone, I had seen on the site that I could just go to http://mobile.fandango.com so away I went! Ready set, go!
Log into your account then set the location (by zip code) to get available theaters and show times in your area.   You can find the new movies “In The Spotlight” which is where I found Cars 2.  Select your movie, your theater, your date, and your showtime, and you’re ready to order.  (Something to be noted here is that even if your local theater is a large theater, Fandango may not offer movie ticketing for that particular theater.  We have a large theater here on the island, but could not purchase tickets for our local.  I chose the closest theater which is only about 20 minutes away on the mainland.  Personally, I wish they covered more locations.)  Conveniently they not only accept Visa, American Express, Master Card, and Discovery, they also accept Pay Pal which was my choice!  Confirm your order details on the screen, then simply tap the “Buy” button.  And as Fandango says “You’re good to go”, literally, you’re all set and ready to go!  The whole ordering process took me roughly 2 minutes (how awesome is that?) and only used .379 of my allowed MB (even awesomer).
You can see more details about my online purchase through my Intersect Story.  I am relieved to already have my tickets (I’m an incurable panic freak, and the preorder method works best for me as I know that we will have seats.  The movie cannot sell out.  Plans are set.  Plans are good!).  With that said, there are pros and cons to ordering through Fandango and I wouldn’t be doing you a service if I didn’t outline both here.  
Pros:  
1) Order in advance.
2) Ease of use (both online and through almost any mobile phone).  
3) Quick and painless. 
4) A lot of useful and interesting information throughout the site. 
5) A coupon for useful things after checkout (I chose printer cartridges with a pretty hefty savings). 
Cons:
1)  Limited theater selection. 
2) The “convenience” fee (it’s really pretty steep, $1.25 per ticket, and in my case, each ticket was only $2.75) that is charged.  You can actually buy tickets at most local theaters in advance online without a convenience fee.  To counter this of course, you do get a valuable coupon and if it’s something you actually need then it’s all good!
3) You can only order about 3-5 days in advance, depending on the movie and the theater.
You should go check them out for your next trip to the movies!  You never know, you might like them!  And as always, stay tuned, I’ll be back after we see Cars 2 to tell you all about it!  Of course I will!  Oh this is so exciting!  I can hardly wait!  Hope the kids will enjoy it too!
About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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