September 25th was a day my kids had marked off on the calendar and waited for with GREAT anticipation. It wasn’t anyone’s birthday, and it isn’t a holiday, but it was just about as exciting, for them. The release of Avengers on DVD was something they had been waiting for since they first saw it in the theaters, earlier this summer.
The night before my husband was to wake up and find himself unable to walk or stand on his own, he had taken our son and daughter to the movies for a fun night watching the new Avengers movie. I had other things going on and so hadn’t been able to attend with them. When they got home, they were excited and raving about how great a movie it was and how much I, a non-action hero or action-movie fan, was going to LOVE it and from that moment forward, the countdown to the DVD release was on. As it turned out for my husband, that night is a great memory of a time he shared with our kids, before he was sick; so recreating those fun memories was high on my, and our kids’, priority lists.
So, it was with a good deal of enthusiasm that my son, daughter and son-in-law joined me at 12:01 am on September 25th, to make that DVD purchase at our local Walmart. Walmart is the only store selling the exclusive Blu-Ray Combo Packs that included The Avengers Graphic Novel and that was our quest for this shop — that and some Walmart MarketSide Pizzas. It was time for family movie night AND pizza! Nothing fancy, just family, food and fun, sharing time together and enjoying our “theater” at home. For me, that’s the definition of heaven! 🙂
Since getting my first smart phone, this summer, I have loved the convenience of having the various shopping apps literally at my fingertips. The Walmart app is no exception. I love how easy it is to refill prescriptions, right on my phone, and to check the weekly ads for our local store, without having to have the newspaper in my hand. Another advantage is the built-in barcode scanner. If an item isn’t marked, as is sometimes the case, I can simply scan the UPC code/barcode area and find out the price.
I had downloaded one other app to my phone, in anticipation of this shopping trip. The Marvel SuperHero Augmented Reality app was designed to provide a sort of “gaming” experience, right in the store, as we shopped and I knew my kids were going to LOVE testing it out, answering the trivia questions and taking their photos as a member of the Avenger’s team.
We searched throughout the store for the special signage and displays that would provide us with the pictures and symbols to scan, in order to use the Marvel SuperHeroes AR app. The first we found was at the end of the cart rail, right in the front of the store. Sadly, nothing we tried triggered any response when it was photographed or scanned through the app. We found Marvel Avengers apparel in various areas throughout the store and were eager to scan the tags with the app, but again, were greeted with no response. At the back of the store in electronics and toys we found a very large display that gave us renewed hope for our in-store Avengers adventure. It was covered in symbols, QR codes and large pictures.
Unfortunately, we were never able to make any of the displays utilized by our small hometown store, work with the Avengers app. Though we were a little disappointed to miss that experience, in the store, nothing could dampen the enthusiasm for getting home with our new DVD and enjoying family movie night. We headed to the checkout and moved ahead with plans for our movie/pizza party.
At home, the next night, we put our family movie/pizza night into action. Everyone got into their pjs while our pizza baked. The tremendous size of the MarketSide pizzas, as well as how generously they are topped made it hard to believe how inexpensive they were and we were anxious to sample them. Have you ever tried the MarketSide pizzas from the Walmart deli cases? In our store they are only $6.99 to $9.99, depending on the toppings you select. They are fresh, not frozen and you bake them up hot and cheesy in your own oven. They were a huge hit with our family and we’ll opt for this delicious and budget-friendly option, over takeout or delivery, every time. We purchase a pepperoni and an all-meat, but cheese, sausage, supreme and beef were also available.
Once the pizza was ready, it was time for the main event and we all settled in with pizza and sodas to enjoy the Avengers movie. As predicted by my crew, I loved it! It was action-packed and sprinkled with humor. The super-hero characters are real people, not cartoons and you find yourself connecting with and rooting for them as the story unfolds and they learn to work, together, to defeat the villain. I know we will probably watch this movie, again and our kids have already read through the graphic novel that was included in the combo pack we purchased. They’ve even sketched a few pictures from it.
This was such a fun time for me. The best part was just to be able to sit down and relax with my family — all of us together, sharing food, fun and laughter. We didn’t think about illnesses or hospitals, we didn’t worry about bills, jobs or doctor appointments. We shut out the world and just enjoyed each other’s company, reconnecting over a fun family activity. It was an awesome night and created a great memory!
Walmart stores across the country will have special Avengers Character appearances on Saturday, September 29. It’s only in select stores, so call your local one to see if you’re on the list. Be sure to find out more about The Avengers movie and DVD release, by checking out Marvel on the web, on Twitter and on Facebook. If you want to see my complete shop experience you can check out my Google+ album, too.
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