Beth – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Disney Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining, Reviews and More! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:14:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 http://i1.wp.com/www.chipandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/512-icon-54ced060v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Beth – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com 32 32 Choosing which Disney World Park to Visit http://www.chipandco.com/choosing-disney-park-visit-129865/ http://www.chipandco.com/choosing-disney-park-visit-129865/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 15:00:31 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=129865 Choosing which Disney World Park to visit each day on your vacation can be difficult.  Different Disney guests choose which park they will visit each day in different ways.  Some will use a plan found in a guide book.  Some will base it on Extra Magic Hours.  Others will use Touring Plans or another site […]

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Choosing which Disney World Park to visit each day on your vacation can be difficult.  Different Disney guests choose which park they will visit each day in different ways.  Some will use a plan found in a guide book.  Some will base it on Extra Magic Hours.  Others will use Touring Plans or another site that gives historical data and helps you choose the lowest crowds.  Others will just choose because they don’t know any better.  But have you ever considered choosing your park based on the days weather?

If you wake up and it’s a beautiful, sunny, Florida day, I would suggest heading to the Magic Kingdom.  The pretty skies and sunny weather will make the outdoor attractions like Astro Orbiter, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad perfect.  There are also so many great photo opportunities at the Magic Kingdom, especially with the New Fantasyland opened, where blue skies will make the shot amazing.

If it’s sunny but blazing hot outside, consider heading to Epcot.  Most of the attractions are indoors and several are long rides, like Universe of Energy.  The World Showcase has plenty of shows, shops and restaurants to duck into if the outdoor temperatures are too high.  That way you spend most of your day in the air conditioning!

When the skies are cloudy, go straight to Animal Kingdom.  This is a large park with lots of shade already.  The animals on Kilimanjaro Safari, Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek are more active when the sun is hidden behind the clouds.

Last, when you wake up to the dreaded rain shower, go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This is the smallest of the four parks so there isn’t as much walk time between attractions.  Most of the rides and attractions are covered or indoors making it the perfect park for rain.

One thing you need to think about before you let the weather help choose your park is whether or not you have park hopper tickets.  If you have dining reservations at one park, but plan to visit another park based on the weather recommendations above, make sure your tickets will allow you to make it to your reservations.  Don’t visit Hollywood Studios because it’s raining only to realize you can’t make your Tusker House lunch reservations at Animal Kingdom because you don’t have the park hopper option.

Happy Planning!

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Top 10 attractions and things to do with a toddler at Epcot http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-attractions-toddler-epcot-126317/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-attractions-toddler-epcot-126317/#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 00:00:32 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=126317 When you travel to Walt Disney World do you travel to Epcot with a toddler?  I’ve had many Disney first time guests ask me if Epcot is a waste of time with a toddler.  My answer is always no!  We took our youngest son to Epcot when he was 22 months old and again at […]

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When you travel to Walt Disney World do you travel to Epcot with a toddler?  I’ve had many Disney first time guests ask me if Epcot is a waste of time with a toddler.  My answer is always no!  We took our youngest son to Epcot when he was 22 months old and again at 32 months old.  He loved Epcot!  We didn’t spend as much time strolling around the World Showcase as we usually do, but it gave us a great time for him to nap in the stroller.

Here are my top attractions and things to do with a toddler at Epcot, based on my son’s experiences:

  1. Spaceship Earth– My son loved the slow pace of this attraction, the animatronics, the lights at the end, going backwards AND the video at the end of the ride.  He wanted to ride over and over, both trips!
  2. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros– We were very familiar with Donald Duck because of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  Seeing Donald’s adventures in Mexico was great for my little guy.  He also loved the boat.
  3. Living with the Land– Surprisingly, he loved this attraction.  I didn’t expect it at all. He enjoyed the boat ride going from inside to “outside” and loved seeing the fish.
  4. The Seas with Nemo and Friends– This attraction was made for toddlers!  While there were a few “scary fish” in the deep part of the ocean, he loved it.  Nemo is a favorite at our house.
  5. Journey into Imagination with Figment & ImageWorks– While this attraction is not as wonderful as it was when I was a child, my son doesn’t know the difference and he enjoys Figment and the slow moving ride talking about the 5 senses.  He especially liked the ImageWorks at the end where he could create music and make silly pictures.
  6. Character Spot(s)- While there is really only one “Character Spot” where you can meet the Fab Five characters with minimal lines in Future World, we love ALL areas where we can meet characters!  Throughout the World Showcase you can find characters who have connections to each country.
  7. Kidcot Fun Stop Stations– These World Showcase stations were still a bit over my son’s head when we were there last.  He didn’t understand the connections to the countries.  He just liked coloring on the Duffy bear cutout.  It was a good distraction for him when the rest of the family wanted to look at other things in the country pavilions.
  8. The Friendship Boats– Can you see a theme?  My son likes boats!  He enjoyed riding across the World Showcase Lagoon in the Friendship Boats.
  9. The trains at Germany– We spent quite a bit of time toddling through the miniature city at Germany looking at the train set.  While my youngest son was watching the train, my older son was searching for lizards perched on rooftops!
  10. Musicians around the World Showcase– My son actually danced his way through World Showcase when he wasn’t sleeping!  He loved the Mariachi Cobre Band in Mexico, the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps in America, Matsuriza in Japan, The British Revolution in the UK, and Mo’Rockin at Morocco!

While not as many rides as say the Magic Kingdom, Epcot is still a place that many toddlers love. If anything this is a great place to let your kids get out and explore. After a few hours of exploring they will be ready for a nap in no time 😉

What does your toddler enjoy at Epcot?  I’d love to hear in the comments!

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Staying Safe at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/staying-safe-walt-disney-world-104862/ Sat, 13 Apr 2013 19:00:44 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=104862 Too many times families travel to Walt Disney World and they aren’t as safe as they are back home.  Being in such a magical place often times causes people to let their guard down.  Here are a few simple reminders for staying safe at Walt Disney World in your hotel and in the parks. At […]

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Too many times families travel to Walt Disney World and they aren’t as safe as they are back home.  Being in such a magical place often times causes people to let their guard down.  Here are a few simple reminders for staying safe at Walt Disney World in your hotel and in the parks.

At the hotel:

  • Always lock the doors of your room and car.  Even when you are in your room, you need to keep the door locked.  Too many times people use the lock to prop open their hotel door and things get swiped.  Don’t let this happen to you.  When your car is in the parking lot, remember to lock the doors.
  • Use the safe located in each room.  These are there for a reason!  If you have valuables that are too big for the safe, ask the front desk if they can hold it for you.  Don’t leave valuables in your suitcase or in the hotel dresser.  These are the first places people will look for “stuff” if they get in your room.

  • Report anyone wanting to get in your room to the front desk.  Personally, I have never had anyone approach my room while at Walt Disney World, but others have.  If you are not expecting someone, (mousekeeping, food delivery, a friend, etc) don’t open the door.  If they persist, call the front desk.
  • Call Disney security if you feel there is a need.  If you see someone suspicious, call.  If there is a true emergency, always call 911.
  • Always follow pool rules and hours.  These are posted for a reason- to keep you and your family safe.  Be smart around the pools.
  • Never leave children unattended.  This should be a no brainer, but it happens all the time.  Don’t leave your children at the pool, in the room, in the arcade or food court without an adult.  Too many things can happen and yes, bad things do happen at Walt Disney World.  If you feel the need to leave your kids alone, line up a babysitter.  Concierge will be able to assist with this.

At the parks:

  • Follow attraction rules and listen to cast members.  Again, these rules are posted for a reason and cast members are trained to keep guests safe.  If you are traveling with children, especially follow the rules and listen.  What are you teaching your kids when you break rules that could potentially harm you or them?
  • Follow safety signs on attractions.  While some of the safety restrictions may seem “childish” or incorrect to you, they are to keep you safe.  If a sign says people with back or neck problems should not ride, don’t ride if you do have these problems.  Pregnant women should also follow the advice on the signs.  Nobody wants to get off an attraction hurt- especially if it could have been avoided.
  • Carry bags you can keep your eye on.  Consider carrying a bag that goes across your body instead of a backpack style.  That way you can watch it and it’s always close.  It’s much harder for someone to get something out of your bag when it’s by your hip.
  • Attach your phone number to your kid.  You can use tattoos, bracelets, or a sharpie marker to make sure your child has your cell phone number on their body each day.  If you do get separated, it’s much easier for a cast member to find you if your child can share your number.

What tips do you have for staying safe at Walt Disney World?

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What’s the Height Requirement at WDW? http://www.chipandco.com/height-requirement-wdw-102393/ Thu, 21 Mar 2013 01:00:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=102393 Some of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World have a height requirement for the younger guests.  The reasons are for safety and age appropriateness.  While most of the attractions don’t have height minimums, the shortest you can be to experience these attractions is between 38 and 48 inches.  While many parents try to […]

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Some of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World have a height requirement for the younger guests.  The reasons are for safety and age appropriateness.  While most of the attractions don’t have height minimums, the shortest you can be to experience these attractions is between 38 and 48 inches.  While many parents try to make their child taller by stuffing their shoes or buying thick soled shoes, I suggest you don’t.  The only one who will potentially be hurt is your child.

Here is a list of attractions by park and the height requirements:

Magic Kingdom

  • Goofy’s Barnstormer – 35″
  • Stitch’s Great Escape – 40″
  • Splash Mountain – 40″
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 40″
  • Space Mountain – 44″
  • Tomorrowland Indy Speedway – 54″ to drive your own car, 32″ to drive with a rider who is over 54″

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids – 38″
  • Dinosaur – 40″
  • Expedition Everest – 44″
  • Primeval Whirl – 48″

Epcot

  • Test Track – 40″
  • Soarin’ – 40″
  • Mission:SPACE – 44″

Hollywood Studios

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 40″
  • Star Tours – 40″
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – 48″

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Suggested Tipping at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/suggested-tipping-walt-disney-world-101428/ http://www.chipandco.com/suggested-tipping-walt-disney-world-101428/#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:00:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=101428 When traveling to Walt Disney World many people think they have paid for their vacation once they pay their travel agent.  When staying on property, the agent usually takes care of the hotel, transportation, and tickets.  If free dining is offered, your dining is paid for as well!  If you travel when WDW is not […]

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When traveling to Walt Disney World many people think they have paid for their vacation once they pay their travel agent.  When staying on property, the agent usually takes care of the hotel, transportation, and tickets.  If free dining is offered, your dining is paid for as well!  If you travel when WDW is not offering free dining, you will have to pay for that in the parks. I know Chip is a big fan of Tables in Wonderland…  One thing that people often fail to remember is tipping.  I have asked several people what they feel proper tipping is at Walt Disney World and here is the consensus:

At the hotel:

  • Bellhop- $2 first bag, $1 per additional bag, $2 additional service
  • Concierge- $5 if they take care of Tickets and Reservations.  (no tip required when you ask for directions)
  • Doorman- $1 per bag, $1 hailing a cab (tip extra for holding an umbrella or handling extra heavy bags)
  • Mousekeeping (housekeeping) – $1 per person per day, no less than $2 per day.  (Tip daily.  The same maid may not service your room each day.  If you wait until the last day the tip may not go to the proper people.)

At the spa:

  • Shampoo- $2
  • Hair Stylist/ Barber- 15-20% of bill
  • Massage- 10-20% of bill
  • Manicure- 15-20% of bill

At the restaurant:

  • Waiter- 10-20% of bill (parties of 6 or more and parties using Tables in Wonderland have an automatic 18% gratuity added to the bill.)
  • Bartender- 15-20% of bill (minimum of 50 cents per soft drink, $1 per alcoholic drink)

Other:

  • Taxi Driver- 15-20% of bill ($1 minimum.  If the driver is loading your bags, $2 for first bag, $1 for the second.)
  • Food Delivery– 10-15% of bill
  • Parking Valet $2-$5 (Tip when the car is returned to you, not at drop off.)

Do you feel these are proper amounts for tipping?  Don’t forget, for those cast members who do an exceptional job and you can’t tip (photopass photographers, attraction attendants, bus drivers, etc.) always stop by guest relations and complete a guest compliment card for the cast member.  Don’t forget to remember the cast members name and where they are working so the right person will get the compliment!

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Walt Disney World Resort February Movie Schedules http://www.chipandco.com/walt-disney-world-resort-february-movie-schedules-99511/ Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:00:04 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=99511 Look no more…  Here is the complete list of the Walt Disney World Resort February Movie Schedules!  Watching a Disney movie would be a great activity for your first night at WDW if you aren’t going into a park. Or, if you need a night for your family to rest and unwind, try sitting on […]

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Look no more…  Here is the complete list of the Walt Disney World Resort February Movie Schedules!  Watching a Disney movie would be a great activity for your first night at WDW if you aren’t going into a park. Or, if you need a night for your family to rest and unwind, try sitting on a blanket to watch a Disney movie under the stars.  Always ask a cast member for additional information about locations, changes in schedules and bad weather plans.  Enjoy!

Disney’s Fort Wilderness:
February 1 – Peter Pan
February 2 – Toy Story 3
February 3 – Enchanted
February 4 – Monsters Inc
February 5 – Freaky Friday
February 6 – Alice in Wonderland
February 7 – The Lion King
February 8 – Brave
February 9 – Toy Story 2
February 10 – Cinderella
February 11 – Finding Nemo
February 12 – Jungle 2 Jungle
February 13 – The Muppets
February 14 – Up
February 15 – Peter Pan
February 16 – Toy Story 3
February 17 – Enchanted
February 18 – Monsters Inc
February 19 – Freaky Friday
February 20 – Alice in Wonderland
February 21 – The Lion King
February 22 – Brave
February 23 – Toy Story 2
February 24 – Cinderella
February 25 – Finding Nemo
February 26 – Jungle 2 Jungle
February 27 – The Muppets
February 28 – Up

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Jambo House
Sunday nights- Frankenweenie
Monday nights- Jungle 2 Jungle
Tuesday nights- Brave
Wednesday nights- Peter Pan
Thursday nights- Lady and the Tramp
Friday nights- Freaky Friday
Saturday nights- The Lion King

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Kidani Village 
Sunday nights- Brave
Monday nights- Shaggy Dog
Tuesday nights- Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings
Wednesday nights- Cinderella
Thursday nights- The Princess and the Frog
Friday nights- Frankenweenie
Saturday nights- Enchanted

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club
Sunday nights- Freaky Friday
Monday nights- George of the Jungle
Tuesday nights- Heavyweights
Wednesday nights-Peter Pan
Thursday nights- Lady and the Tramp
Friday nights- The Shaggy Dog
Saturday nights- Frankenweenie

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
Sunday nights – Bolt
Monday nights- Freaky Friday
Tuesday nights- Muppet Treasure Island
Wednesday nights- The Shaggy Dog
Thursday nights- Tangled
Friday nights- Frankenweenie
Saturday nights- Peter Pan

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Sunday nights- The Princess and the Frog
Monday nights-  Ratatouille
Tuesday nights- Lady and the Tramp
Wednesday nights- Wall-E
Thursday nights- Tangled
Friday nights- Frankenweenie
Saturday nights- The Lion King

Disney’s Grand Floridian

Sunday nights- Hercules
Monday nights-Lady and the Tramp
Tuesday nights- Enchanted
Wednesday nights- Toy Story 2
Thursday nights- Cinderella
Friday nights- Bolt
Saturday nights- Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings

Disney’s Polynesian

Sunday nights- A Bug’s Life
Monday nights- The Lion King
Tuesday nights- Brave
Wednesday nights- The Emperor’s New Groove
Thursday nights- Monsters, Inc.
Friday nights- Tangled
Saturday nights- Peter Pan

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Sunday nights – Up
Monday nights – Monsters Inc
Tuesday nights – The Shaggy Dog
Wednesday nights – Tangled
Thursday nights – The Rocketeer
Friday nights – Freaky Friday
Saturday nights – Frankenweenie

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Sunday nights- Enchanted
Monday nights- Cinderella
Tuesday nights- Pocahontas
Wednesday nights- Peter Pan
Thursday nights- Tangled
Friday nights- Dumbo
Saturday nights- The Princess and the Frog

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Sunday nights- Brave
Monday nights- Frankenweenie
Tuesday nights- Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings
Wednesday nights- A Goofy Movie
Thursday nights- Lady adn the Tramp
Friday nights- Freaky Friday
Saturday nights- Peter Pan

Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter

Sunday nights- The Princess and the Frog
Monday nights- Muppet Treasure Island
Tuesday nights- Tangled
Wednesday nights-Winnie the Pooh
Thursday nights- Finding Nemo
Friday nights- Heavyweights

Saturday nights- The Incredibles

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

Sunday nights- The Lion King
Monday nights- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Tuesday nights- Cinderella
Wednesday nights- Brave
Thursday nights- Up
Friday nights- Peter Pan
Saturday nights- Frankenweenie

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Sunday nights- Cinderella
Monday nights- Lady and the Tramp
Tuesday nights- Heavyweights
Wednesday nights- Peter Pan
Thursday nights- Enchanted
Friday nights- Brave
Saturday nights- The Lion King 1 1/2

Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Sunday nights- Toy Story 3
Monday nights-Landy and the Tramp
Tuesday nights- Heavyweights
Wednesday nights- Peter Pan
Thursday nights- Enchanted
Friday nights- Brave
Saturday nights- Tangled

Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Sunday nights- Heavyweights
Monday nights- Tarzan
Tuesday nights- A Bug’s Life
Wednesday nights- Peter Pan
Thursday nights- Lady & the Tramp
Friday nights- Wall-E
Saturday nights- Brave

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
Sunday nights- Frankenweenie
Monday nights- Hercules
Tuesday nights- Dumbo
Wednesday nights- Members Choice (Guests get to vote)
Thursday nights- Tangled
Friday nights- Freaky Friday
Saturday nights- Peter Pan

Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
Sunday nights- Guest Vote: Toy Story 1, 2 or 3
Monday nights- Enchanted
Tuesday nights- Guest Vote: Wall-E or UP!
Wednesday nights- Hercules
Thursday nights- Peter Pan
Friday nights- The Princess and the Frog
Saturday nights- Brave

Disney’s All Star Music Resort
Sunday nights- The Princess and the Frog
Monday nights- Guest Vote: Wall-E or UP!
Tuesday nights- Hercules
Wednesday nights- Peter Pan
Thursday nights- Guest Vote: Toy Story 1, 2 or 3
Friday nights- Brave
Saturday nights- Enchanted

Disney’s All Star Sports Resort
Sunday nights- Brave
Monday nights- Guest Vote: Toy Story 1, 2 or 3
Tuesday nights- Peter Pan
Wednesday nights- Guest Vote: Wall-E or UP!
Thursday nights- Hercules
Friday nights- Enchanted
Saturday nights- The Princess and the Frog

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Take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan with these helpful tips http://www.chipandco.com/advantage-disney-dining-plan-helpful-tips-96631/ http://www.chipandco.com/advantage-disney-dining-plan-helpful-tips-96631/#comments Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:20 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=96631 Many people who travel to Walt Disney World take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan (DDP).  Disney dining plans are options available exclusively to Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels with Magic Your Way Vacation Packages.  You can choose from quick service dining plan, dining plan, deluxe dining plan, premium package and platinum package.  Once […]

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Many people who travel to Walt Disney World take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan (DDP).  Disney dining plans are options available exclusively to Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels with Magic Your Way Vacation Packages.  You can choose from quick service dining plan, dining plan, deluxe dining plan, premium package and platinum package.  Once you decide which dining plan is best for your party, here are a few other things to consider:

  1. Kids under age three eat for free at buffets or off of a parent’s plate.
  2. When making reservations, give the exact number of your party even if some are under age 3 and will eat for free or if they are infants and won’t eat at all.  Disney needs to count all people, not just eaters, in the restaurant for fire code capacity.
  3. Tip is not included in Disney Dining Plan, so bring extra cash for a tip. We like using Disney Gift Cards for our tips. A little bit easier than carrying cash.
  4. Alcohol purchases are not included in the plan, so if you want to drink, bring extra money or a credit card for these purchases.
  5. Consider making reservations at a restaurant that will give you special seating for Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios or Candlelight Processional (Christmas time) at Epcot.
  6. Consider making early breakfast reservations prior to the park opening.  This will give your family a great opportunity to have your picture made with the park icons (Cinderella Castle, Tree of Life, Spaceship Earth or Sorcerer’s Hat) without as many other people in the background!  You can also get great shots of other attractions and scenery without people clutter.
  7. Plan for dinner at the Fort Wilderness instead of lunch.  Then you can stay after for the Sing A Long with Chip ‘N Dale and outdoor movie!
  8. Use Your Snack Credits. Most people forget to use them throughout the week. Chip listed out a ton of snack items you must try on his 100 Disney Foods to eat before you die challenge.
  9. Remember you can always call or go online and change your Advanced Dining Reservations. Most times even a few hours before you eat!
  10. With all the great food you’re gonna eat be sure to leave room for dessert!

Well there you have it, some great tips to go along with your Disney Dining Plan. The biggest one I think is the tipping. Most new people don’t realize they will need money for tips till that first receipt comes in, so plan to have some money onhand for those hard-working Disney Cast Members!

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January 2013 Fort Wilderness Movie Schedule http://www.chipandco.com/january-2013-fort-wilderness-movie-schedule-96533/ Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:00:20 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=96533 You’ve heard me share about how much I love the Campfire and Outdoor movie at Fort Wilderness!  I know all the Walt Disney World Resorts have a nightly movie, but there’s just something special about the movie at Fort Wilderness.  If you have dining reservations at Trail’s End or the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, […]

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You’ve heard me share about how much I love the Campfire and Outdoor movie at Fort Wilderness!  I know all the Walt Disney World Resorts have a nightly movie, but there’s just something special about the movie at Fort Wilderness.  If you have dining reservations at Trail’s End or the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, you may want to stay in the area and enjoy a movie.  If you are staying at Fort Wilderness, you definitely want to include the outdoor movie to your vacation plans!

Here is the line up for January 2013.

January 1 – High School Musical
January 2 – The Emperor’s New Groove
January 3 – WALL-E
January 4 – Brave 
January 5 – Enchanted 
January 6 – The Aristocats
January 7 – The Great Mouse Detective

January 8 – Cars
January 9 – Secret of the Wings
January 10 – Meet the Robinsons
January 11 – Cinderella
January 12 – Toy Story
January 13 – The Lion King
January 14 – Winnie the Pooh
January 15 – High School Musical
January 16 – The Emperor’s New Groove
January 17 – WALL-E
January 18 – Brave 
January 19 – Enchanted 
January 20 – The Aristocats
January 21 – The Great Mouse Detective
January 22 – Cars
January 23 – Secret of the Wings
January 24 – Meet the Robinsons
January 25 – Cinderella
January 26 – Toy Story
January 27 – The Lion King
January 28 – Winnie the Pooh
January 29 – High School Musical
January 30 – The Emperor’s New Groove
January 31 – WALL-E

  • Taking the family to an Outdoor Movie and Sing-along at Fort Wilderness (chipandco.com)
  • Planning an “Off Day” at Disney’s Fort Wilderness (chipandco.com)

 

 

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December Movie Schedule at Fort Wilderness http://www.chipandco.com/december-movie-schedule-fort-wilderness-94236/ http://www.chipandco.com/december-movie-schedule-fort-wilderness-94236/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2012 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=94236 Last month I shared with you the details of taking your family to the Campfire Sing-A-Long and outdoor movie at Fort Wilderness.  This is such a fun and unique FREE activity at Walt Disney World.  Spend some time sitting around the campfire, get your photo made with Chip and Dale, sing a few songs with […]

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Last month I shared with you the details of taking your family to the Campfire Sing-A-Long and outdoor movie at Fort Wilderness.  This is such a fun and unique FREE activity at Walt Disney World.  Spend some time sitting around the campfire, get your photo made with Chip and Dale, sing a few songs with a cast member playing guitar and end the night watching one of your favorite Disney movies under the stars!  If you want to spend money, you can buy snacks at the snack bar.

Here is the movie schedule for December:

December 1 – Toy Story 3
December 2 – Cinderella
December 3 – Tangled (PG)
December 4 – Secret of the Wings
December 5 – Lilo and Stitch (PG)
December 6 – Finding Nemo
December 7 – The Muppet Christmas Carol
December 8 – Brave (PG)
December 9 – Lady and the Tramp
December 10 – The Santa Clause
December 11 – Toy Story
December 12 – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
December 13 – Up (PG)
December 14 – The Princess and the Frog
December 15 – Toy Story 3
December 16 – Cinderella
December 17 – Tangled (PG)
December 18 – Secret of the Wings
December 19 – Lilo and Stitch (PG)
December 20 – Finding Nemo
December 21 – The Muppet Christmas Carol
December 22 – Brave (PG)
December 23 – Lady and the Tramp
December 24 – The Santa Clause
December 25 – Toy Story
December 26 – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
December 27 – Up (PG)
December 28 – The Princess and the Frog
December 29 – Toy Story 3
December 30 – Cinderella
December 31 – Tangled (PG)

Which movie do you want to see at Fort Wilderness?

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Tips & Tricks for Flying to Disney http://www.chipandco.com/tips-tricks-flying-disney-93240/ http://www.chipandco.com/tips-tricks-flying-disney-93240/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:00:09 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=93240 Recently, I shared a post about “Packing Your Carry On Bag” for Walt Disney World. Then, I started thinking more about packing for Disney when you will be flying, like things to do when you arrive at the airport, airline info, and more. I felt I needed to expand a little more on the subject to […]

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Recently, I shared a post about “Packing Your Carry On Bag” for Walt Disney World. Then, I started thinking more about packing for Disney when you will be flying, like things to do when you arrive at the airport, airline info, and more. I felt I needed to expand a little more on the subject to help those getting ready to fly to Disney World for the first time or maybe those people who have flown many times.

Here are a few additional thoughts on the subject:

  1. When you arrive at the airport, remember where you parked- write it down, take a picture of the area number, etc.  If you are a frequent flyer, try to always park in the same area so you aren’t always searching for your car after a long flight!
  2. If your airline allows your bags to “fly free”, take advantage of it!  Just remember to pack some necessities in your carry on bag, just in case!
  3. Head to Walgreens, Target or Wal Mart and purchase a travel neck pillow.  These help with naps in the terminals and on flight.  I suggest buying one where the ends snap together so you can snap it to your carry on bag.  One less thing to worry about.
  4. Women, pack a scarf.  Not a winter scarf, the lightweight “fashion” scarf.  It will help you look “in style” and it can double as a blanket in the airports and flights and can help cover up any embarrassing spills on your clothes!
  5. Take a few snacks (not drinks) with you in your bag.  Sometimes you’ll have to get to the next flight in a hurry and won’t have time to eat in the airport.
  6. Research the type of plane you’ll be flying in before you arrive at the airport.  This way you’ll know how much room you’ll have to stash your carry on bag.  If it’s a small jet, you won’t have much room under the seat in front of you and you will want your essentials within easy reach.
  7. If you travel with a laptop, smart phone or tablet and depend on wifi, make sure you have a back up plan during travel!  Download any important information, confirmation numbers, etc in case you can’t get online. Also have some backup movies, games, etc lined up to keep you busy.
  8. Don’t ever pack your park tickets, restaurant confirmation numbers or any other important travel documents in your checked bags.  Just in case your bags are later than you, you’ll want those important documents!
  9. Consider packing a pillowcase from home for your resort.  A friend recently told me she always packs a pillowcase and puts 2 hotel pillows in her pillowcase to make a “fluffier” pillow.  Plus the pillowcase from home is familiar and helps her sleep better.
  10. Make sure to travel comfortable. No need to get all dressed up just to fly. You are going to be sitting for long period of times both at the airport and on the plane so wear something comfy!
Well that is all I have right now. Do you have anything else to add to this list? Let me know in the comment box below!
  • Disney Quick Tips – Packing Your Carry on Bag (chipandco.com)
  • Top 5 Uses for Carabiners at Disney World (chipandco.com)

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Disney Quick Tips – Packing Your Carry on Bag http://www.chipandco.com/disney-quick-tips-packing-carry-bag-90689/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-quick-tips-packing-carry-bag-90689/#comments Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:00:59 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=90689 Packing for the Disney Parks can be both stressful and exciting. There are several different thoughts on what to pack in your carry on bag when you fly to Disney: Pack everything you need for your entire vacation in one bag so you don’t have to deal with bag check.  This is my father. Pack […]

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Packing for the Disney Parks can be both stressful and exciting. There are several different thoughts on what to pack in your carry on bag when you fly to Disney:

  1. Pack everything you need for your entire vacation in one bag so you don’t have to deal with bag check.  This is my father.
  2. Pack only in your pockets- keys, wallet, money, ID, chapstick- and carry a book.  This is my husband.
  3. Pack a backpack with as many books, magazines, toys, handheld games, snacks and gadgets as possible.  This is my oldest son.
  4. Pack a little bit of everything, just in case.  This is me.

Several years ago when our family flew to Los Angeles to visit Disneyland our carry on bags basically contained the items listed in #2 and #3.  We were only focused on keeping our son, then age 9, occupied on his first flight.  It worked beautifully on the way out to California.  However, on the return flight home, we had a much different experience.  One flight was delayed which meant the connecting flight was missed and there were no more flights to our destination until the next day.  Look back at the items in #2 and #3… we weren’t prepared for this.  After spending too many hours in the airport and eventually a night in a hotel, I made a list of items that will always be with me on a flight, just in case!

  • 1 complete change of clothes for everyone in your party including underwear and socks
  • 1 lightweight jacket/ sweater for each person
  • travel toothbrush and toothpaste for each person
  • travel deodorant for those who need it
  • wash cloths and a hand towel- to wash and dry  your face
  • small travel size soap- to wash your face
  • small pillow and light weight blanket for each person
  • ear plugs for those who can wear them
  • travel lotion
  • medicines
  • hair ties
  • hair brush
  • hand sanitizer
  • magazines or books

If children are flying with you, plan on adding snacks, toys, games, books, diapers, wipes, formula, bibs, and additional clothes.   When you have to spend unexpected time at an airport or in a hotel, it’s nice to have your own “stuff” instead of buying or using loaners.  You also know your own family best so bring any other special or important items you will need that are not included in this list.

Also, if you are taking Disney’s Magical Express to your Disney Resort, remember your checked luggage will be several hours behind you arriving at the resort.  If you plan on going straight to the parks when you arrive, plan on packing any items you’ll need at the parks in your carry on bag.  If you plan on going swimming once you reach your resort, pack your swimsuits and sunscreen (travel size) in your carry on bag so you can hit the pools as soon as you arrive without waiting on your checked baggage.

What is a “must have” on your carry on list?  I’d love to hear!

 

  • Flying Your Family to Disney Without Going Crazy! Part One: Planning Ahead (chipandco.com)
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Taking the family to an Outdoor Movie and Sing-along at Fort Wilderness http://www.chipandco.com/family-outdoor-movie-singalong-fort-wilderness-89904/ Tue, 06 Nov 2012 18:00:27 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=89904 Each night at the Fort Wilderness Resort, families can enjoy a night of good old-fashioned fun for FREE!  At 6:30 pm the campfires are lit and families can sit by the fire and roast marshmallows. You can bring marshmallows from home or purchase them at the Chuckwagon Snack Bar for $4 a bag and roasting […]

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Each night at the Fort Wilderness Resort, families can enjoy a night of good old-fashioned fun for FREE!  At 6:30 pm the campfires are lit and families can sit by the fire and roast marshmallows. You can bring marshmallows from home or purchase them at the Chuckwagon Snack Bar for $4 a bag and roasting sticks for $.59.  You can also  buy a s’mores kit for $8.99 and other snacks.  At 7:00 pm a Sing-a-long starts where a cast member plays fun, kid friendly, family songs (think Hokey Pokey, If You’re Happy & You Know It, It’s a Small World, etc) and Chip and Dale make an appearance for photographs and hugs.  At 7:40 pm the outdoor movie starts.  Feel free to bring your own chair or use the benches or bleachers provided.  Restrooms are close by and the snack bar stays open.

To get to the Fort Wilderness Outdoor Movie and Sing-a-long, you can drive, take a bus or a boat.  Once at Fort Wilderness, take the Yellow Bus Line to the 1500 Stop (Meadow Trading Post and Recreation Area).  Then cross the wooden bridge.  The outdoor theater is past the swimming pool behind the pool building.

To get an idea of the movies here is the movie schedule for November 2012:

November 01 – The Princess and the Frog
November 02 – Cinderella
November 03 – The Lion King
November 04 – Lady and the Tramp
November 05 – Monsters, Inc.
November 06 – The Apple Dumpling Gang
November 07 – Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
November 08 – Pocahontas
November 09 – Tangled (PG)
November 10 – Toy Story 3
November 11 – Tarzan
November 12 – Enchanted (PG)
November 13 – Herbie Rides Again
November 14 – The Muppets (2011) (PG)
November 15 – The Princess and the Frog
November 16 – Cinderella
November 17 – The Lion King
November 18 – Lady and the Tramp
November 19 – Monsters, Inc.
November 20 – The Apple Dumpling Gang
November 21 – Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
November 22 – Pocahontas
November 23 – Tangled (PG)
November 24 – Toy Story 3
November 25 – Tarzan
November 26 – Enchanted (PG)
November 27 – Herbie Rides Again
November 28 – The Muppets (2011) (PG)
November 29 – The Princess and the Frog
November 30 – Cinderella

Please check times with a cast member when you arrive at Walt Disney World.  Starting times do vary depending on the season.  If there is bad weather, the sing-a-long is usually held on the Meadow Trading Post porch and the movie is cancelled.

  • Planning an “Off Day” at Disney’s Fort Wilderness (chipandco.com)
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Planning an “Off Day” at Disney’s Fort Wilderness http://www.chipandco.com/planning-day-disneys-fort-wilderness-88227/ http://www.chipandco.com/planning-day-disneys-fort-wilderness-88227/#comments Fri, 02 Nov 2012 19:00:11 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=88227 So many people travel to Walt Disney World and never experience any of the fun Fort Wilderness has to offer.  Since 1971, the Campsites at Fort Wilderness Resort have been accommodating guests on over 700 acres of wooded trails.  This camping resort offers campsites for tents, pop ups and RVs and has cabins for those […]

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So many people travel to Walt Disney World and never experience any of the fun Fort Wilderness has to offer.  Since 1971, the Campsites at Fort Wilderness Resort have been accommodating guests on over 700 acres of wooded trails.  This camping resort offers campsites for tents, pop ups and RVs and has cabins for those who don’t want to “rough it!”  But, there are so many other things to do here than “camp!”  Below, you will find a listing of the restaurant options, things to do around the resort and even seasonal activities.  If you are needing to plan a day off during your WDW vacation, I highly suggest taking a bus or boat to Fort Wilderness and spending the day having fun with your family!

Restaurants:

  • Trail’s End Restaurant– Enjoy a buffet for breakfast or dinner and an a la carte lunch.  This restaurant features pioneer style food (fried chicken, ribs, roasted meats, veggies, salad bar, soup, cobbler, and ice cream) in a rustic log cabin style decor.
  • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue– This is a dinner show featuring western dancing, singing, skits and vaudeville comedy in Pioneer Hall.  You can also enjoy an all you can eat feast of American favorites: friend chicken, ribs, vegetables. baked beans, corn bread and strawberry shortcake.  Reservations are suggested and pre payment is required.
  • Mickey’s Backyard BBQ– Enjoy an outdoor picnic with Mickey Mouse and friends in the covered open air Pavilion at Fort Wilderness.  Participate in line dancing, singing to a country-western band and playing kid friendly games.  Enjoy a buffet of BBQ ribs, smoked chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, watermelon and more.  Due to inclement weather, this may be cancelled.
  • Crockett’s Tavern– This is an outpost lounge serving pizza, nachos and more from a full service bar.

To do:

  • Bay Lake Beach– While you can’t swim in Bay Lake, you can relax on the white beaches and soak up the sun!
  • Bike and Watercraft Rental– You can rent bikes to explore Fort Wilderness at a faster pace.  You can also rent pontoon boats, canopy boats or Sea Raycers to enjoy Bay Lake.
  • Carriage Rides– Spend 25 minutes with 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 small children in a horse-drawn carriage ride through the resort and campground.  $45 per trip.
  • Chip’n Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long– Buy supplies to make s’mores at the Chuckwagon Snack Bar and roast the marshmallows around the campfire.  Then stick around to sing some fun songs and enjoy a visit from Chip and Dale!
  • Outdoor Movie– Following the campfire sing-a-long, stick around for a Disney movie under the stars.  This is fun for your whole family.
  • Electric Cart rentals– Fort Wilderness is 700+ acres.  Try renting an electric cart to see all there is to see!  Advanced reservations are encouraged!
  • Electrical Water Pageant– Sit on the Fort Wilderness beach at 9:45 each night to see the electrical water pageant cruise by on Bay Lake.
  • Fishing– Visit the marina and enjoy catch and release fishing with your family.  Fees do apply.
  • Horseback Riding– Saddle up a horse and enjoy a 45 minute ride through the trails.
  • Outdoor Sports– With your family or a group of families, you can enjoy volleyball, tennis, tether ball, basketball, horseshoes, shuffleboard or archery.
  • Pony Rides– Guests ages 2 and older (under 45 inches) can enjoy a “trot for tots” ride on the ponies at Tri-Circle-D Ranch.
  • Tri Circle D Ranch– Tour the stables to see the horses used in the park parades!
  • Swimming– Enjoy a dip in Meadow Swimmin’ Pool or Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool while the children enjoy scheduled pool activities with a cast member.
  • Running trail– Fort Wilderness has a 2.3 mile trail to help you prepare for the next Run Disney event!
  • Segway tour– If you are 16 years old and weigh 250 pounds or less, you can enjoy a 2 hour Segway tour (with training) of the Wilderness Back Trails.  This is $90 per person.
Seasonal:
  • Decorations– During Halloween and Christmas you can visit the campsites to view the holiday decorations.  The families decorate their campers with great flair!  Many make it an annual tradition to travel during October and December to participate in the decorations.
  • Holiday Sleigh Ride– Enjoy a 25 minute horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Fort Wilderness Resort throughout December.
  • Haunted Carriage Ride– In the past, they have offered a 25 minute Haunted Carriage Ride through the resort while hearing the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
  • Call 407-WDW-PLAY to make reservations and confirm that these events are taking place.  These excursions can been booked up to 180 days in advance.
What is your favorite thing to do at The Fort Wilderness Resort?

 

  • Fort Wilderness – The Perfect Resort For Families! (chipandco.com)
  • Top Ten Off the Beaten Path Experiences at Disney (chipandco.com)

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Jake And The Neverland Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky DVD Review http://www.chipandco.com/jake-neverland-pirates-jake-saves-bucky-dvd-review-86438/ Sun, 14 Oct 2012 23:00:32 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=86438 Jake And The Neverland Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky comes out on DVD + Digital Copy on October 16.  If you missed the premier on Disney Chanel in September, you don’t want to miss this DVD!   Recently, I was given a copy to review and I chose to watch it with my 3-year-old son, who […]

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Jake And The Neverland Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky comes out on DVD + Digital Copy on October 16.  If you missed the premier on Disney Chanel in September, you don’t want to miss this DVD!   Recently, I was given a copy to review and I chose to watch it with my 3-year-old son, who is a huge Jake fan!  As I suspected, we weren’t disappointed.  We got our family room set up with pillows, drinks, popcorn and the inflatable “Jake sword” that came with the DVD.   We both enjoyed the entire movie and my son has since enjoyed watching the additional episodes on my iPhone!

The movie begins with the Neverland Pirate Code which says Jake must race his Pirate ship, Bucky, against Captain Hook’s ship, The Jolly Roger.  The catch is if Bucky loses, he belongs to Captain Hook… forever.   After Hook cheats his way through the race and wins, Jake and his friends find out there is a way they can get Bucky back.  Peter Pan joins in the fun and eventually helps Jake win Bucky back!

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My son and I both enjoyed the movie, especially since Peter Pan made an appearance and helped Jake!  The story was fun and easy to follow and the songs were very catchy and fun to listen to.  Of course my son loved the songs by Sharky and Bones!  My personal favorite part of this DVD was the digital copy.  I could easily download the digital copy to my computer and save it in iTunes.  Now, my son can watch the “Jake Saves Bucky” movie and the episodes of Jake and the Neverland Pirates on my iPhone.  He has enjoyed watching in restaurants, in the car and waiting on dinner to be ready!  This digital copy was a pleasant surprise for me.

If you have children who are fans of Jake, Izzy and Cubby or Peter Pan, this is a must for your DVD collection!  It’s a great family fun movie that includes all kinds of “pirate fun!”

  • “Jake Saves Bucky” Available on Disney DVD October 16, 2012 (chipandco.com)
  • The Pirates League at WDW: It’s A Pirate’s Life for Me! (chipandco.com)

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“Jake Saves Bucky” Available on Disney DVD October 16, 2012 http://www.chipandco.com/jake-saves-bucky-disney-dvd-october-162012-85052/ http://www.chipandco.com/jake-saves-bucky-disney-dvd-october-162012-85052/#comments Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:00:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=85052 We love Jake and the Neverland Pirates at our house!  My three-year old son and I watch the cartoon on a daily basis and have several episodes on our DVR.  Each day on our way to school, we listen to Sharky and Bones sing Pirate Rock songs.  In fact, his 3rd birthday party was Jake […]

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We love Jake and the Neverland Pirates at our house!  My three-year old son and I watch the cartoon on a daily basis and have several episodes on our DVR.  Each day on our way to school, we listen to Sharky and Bones sing Pirate Rock songs.  In fact, his 3rd birthday party was Jake themed, so to say we are excited about this DVD release is an understatement!!

Yo ho, let’s go! Set sail with Jake and his crew on a full-length, high-speed adventure on the high seas. According to the Never Land Pirate Code, Jake and his crew must race Bucky against the Jolly Roger and the sneaky Captain Hook. But if Bucky loses, he’ll belong to Hook forever. Of course, Hook uses every trick in the book and wins the race. But, Jake and his crew might have a way to get Bucky back. With the help of Peter Pan, the young pirates embark on an adventure across Never Land that includes getting past a fire-breathing dragon. With your help, Jake’s crew can save Bucky from the devious Captain Hook. In addition, enjoy four more exciting Jake and the Never Land Pirates episodes. Overflowing with music, swashbuckling action and seafaring fun, Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky proves that being a hero comes from teamwork, determination and friendship!

Available on Disney DVD October 16, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky” Combo Pack comes with more than 2 hours of DVD content, a digital copy and an official “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” blow-up sword. In addition, fans can sing along to all the fun, swashbuckling songs on a special Pirate-oke feature (a karaoke-like feature that allows viewers to sing along to a collection of the songs featured in the episodes) exclusive to the DVD!

Episodes included :
1 – Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky (Full-length adventure)
2 – Peter’s Musical Pipes/The Never Night Star
3 – Captain Hook’s Hooks/Mr. Smee’s Pet
4 – Race-Around Rock!/Captain Hook is Missing!
5 – Captain Hook’s Lagoon/Undersea Bucky!

Suggested Retail Price for “Jake Saves Bucky” is $19.99 (U.S.)/$24.99 (Canada).

  • The Neverland Pirates Band Will Perform at Walt Disney World Resort August 3-12 (chipandco.com)
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Top 5 Things To Take Into The Parks For Hot Days http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-parks-hot-days-77336/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-parks-hot-days-77336/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:00:58 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=77336 Last year I took my son to Walt Disney World in late September.  I was looking forward to lower crowds due to school being in session and cooler weather during a “fall month.”  I was right only about one of those things the lower crowds.  I honestly believe the week we were there in September […]

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Last year I took my son to Walt Disney World in late September.  I was looking forward to lower crowds due to school being in session and cooler weather during a “fall month.”  I was right only about one of those things the lower crowds.  I honestly believe the week we were there in September was hotter than the week I spent there in July!

After thinking about being in Walt Disney World during a hot period, here is a list of  5 things we like to bring into the parks now when we know its going to be hot..

5. Sunglasses– These are nice to have to protect your eyes on any day when the sun is out, no matter the temperature.  But on those really hot days when there is no cloud coverage, sunglasses are almost a must! Make sure to take them off from time to time as not to get raccoon eyes.

4. Sunscreen– While you need to wear sunscreen every day, on hot days when you sweat a lot, you need to have the sunscreen with you so you can reapply!  Being sunburnt on a WDW vacation is not fun- trust me! Chip recommends Bullfrog as you can put it on before you leave for the parks and you are covered all day.

3. Washcloth– These were a lifesaver on our last trip!  We wet wash cloths in the bathrooms on a regular basis to wrap around our necks and wipe sweat off our brow.  It felt so nice! If you have a small cooler with an ice pack you can store the wash clothes in there and when you pull them out they are nice and cool.

2. Ponchos– You need ponchos almost any time of year, but on hot days it’s nice to have a poncho to keep you dry in a rain storm.  After it rains, it becomes more humid and if you are wet and it’s humid, you can feel quite miserable! Ponchos also help you to avoid a Meltdown.

1. Small Fan– It’s hot.  Fans are nice.  ‘Nuff said! Disney World even sells the ones that mist. This is a must have for us and something we still use back home.

Well there you have it just a few little Quick Tips on what we like to bring with us on Hot Days. What is on your must have list for things to take into the parks on hot Summer days? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Sites We Love: A Disney Mom’s Thoughts http://www.chipandco.com/sites-love-disney-moms-thoughts-78096/ http://www.chipandco.com/sites-love-disney-moms-thoughts-78096/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2012 23:00:12 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=78096 “A Disney Mom’s Thoughts” is a Disney blog written by Beth Green, a mom of three boys living in North Alabama.  With almost 20 trips to Walt Disney World and 1 trip to Disneyland under her belt, she has been blogging about Disney on her personal blog since March of 2010 and has been contributing […]

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“A Disney Mom’s Thoughts” is a Disney blog written by Beth Green, a mom of three boys living in North Alabama.  With almost 20 trips to Walt Disney World and 1 trip to Disneyland under her belt, she has been blogging about Disney on her personal blog since March of 2010 and has been contributing to Chip and Co since January of 2012.  At “A Disney Mom’s Thoughts,” you can find information about planning trips to Walt Disney World, tips to make your trip easier, restaurant, resort and attraction reviews, trip reports and more!  Beth often writes from a mom’s perspective focusing on what makes her boys happy while at Walt Disney World or Disneyland.

When Beth is not blogging about Disney, playing with her boys or planning her next adventure at Walt Disney World, she is spending time with a load of students as the full-time youth minister at her church.  In fact, she even took 28 high school students to WDW this summer after a mission trip!

You can find Beth at her blog, “A Disney Mom’s Thoughts”, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.  Check out her past articles on Chip and Co too!

  • Last Minute Tips before you leave for Walt Disney World! (chipandco.com)
  • You might be a Disney Addict if (chipandco.com)

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Things to do to pass the time while driving to Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/pass-time-driving-disney-world-82972/ http://www.chipandco.com/pass-time-driving-disney-world-82972/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:00:55 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=82972 Do you fly or drive to Walt Disney World?  Our family drives.  It’s only 9 hours and so much cheaper for a family of 5 to drive.  The only downside to driving is the fact that 5 people are stuck in the same car for 9+ hours together! What can you do to help pass […]

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Do you fly or drive to Walt Disney World?  Our family drives.  It’s only 9 hours and so much cheaper for a family of 5 to drive.  The only downside to driving is the fact that 5 people are stuck in the same car for 9+ hours together!

What can you do to help pass the time and keep everyone happy?  Here are a few suggestions my family and I like to do on our long trek home:

  1. Books– Buy new books for your kids to read in the car.  If your child can’t read, try the Leapfrog “Tag Reader” System.  It’s great for younger kids who can’t read on their own yet!
  2. Music– We always make a Disney playlist for the ride to Orlando.  We add our favorite songs from movies, TV shows and park attractions.  It helps get us even MORE excited about our destination!
  3. Presents.   Visit dollar stores, party stores and drug stores to buy cheap Disney themed treats.  You can give one to your children at certain points along the route- after each hour you’ve traveled, at certain mile markers, or when you cross state lines.  It gives the kids something to look forward to and it’s another “distraction” for the kids!
  4. Snacks- Pack healthy, non messy snacks for all of your kids to munch on during the ride.  Food always helps me travel better!
  5. Play Games– Get the whole family involved!  Traditional car games are “I Spy”, the “ABC game”, and  “Car Bingo”.  You can always Google additional ideas for games to play during car rides.
  6. Crafts– Don’t forget to pack coloring books, paper, markers and crayons!  You’ll also need clipboards or lap desks to provide a hard surface.  Other fun “crafty” things are stickers, pipe cleaners (twist them into different shapes), magna doodles, and dry erase boards/ markers.
  7. Smart Phone/ Tablet– Some families don’t want to use technology with their kids and that is fine.  But, if you have one of these devices, you may want to download some apps for your toddlers, kids and teens to keep them occupied in the car.   You can also download movies onto your phone or tablet and let them watch movies. Also check out some of the great Disney Apps we feature here on Chip and Co.
  8. DVD/ Movies– If you don’t have movies downloaded onto your phone or tablet you can always put in your favorite Disney movie in a DVD player and let the family watch a movie. Check out some of the new movies on DVD here.
  9. Visor clips-   To help keep behavior in check while traveling, each child has three clips (clothes pins with their name written on them) clipped on the sun visor of the car.  When a child misbehaves, a parent removes one clip.  The children who have all three clips left once they get to WDW receive a special prize!
  10. Pay Your Mom– Another trick to help keep kids from asking the dreaded questions, “Are we there yet?” and “How much longer?” is to have your kids pay mom (or dad).  At the start of the trip, give each child a certain amount of quarters.  Each time they ask one of those 2 questions (or ask or do anything specific that drives you batty), they have to pay mom a quarter.  Once they get to WDW, they can use the remaining quarters in the arcade, to buy pressed pennies or to put towards another souvenir!
Keep in mind that many of these “On the Road” tips can also be used in the parks while waiting for parades, shows and attractions! What are some things you and your family like to do on your drive down to Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comment box below.

 

  • Disney Quick Tips – How to interact with a Disney Addict (chipandco.com)
  • You might be a Disney Addict if (chipandco.com)

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Kid Tested: Check out the all new Spider-Man X-celeRacers http://www.chipandco.com/kid-tested-check-spiderman-xceleracers-79533/ http://www.chipandco.com/kid-tested-check-spiderman-xceleracers-79533/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:00:16 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=79533 Recently, here at Chip andCo, we had a giveaway for an awesome prize pack for your little super hero!  Stride Rite provided us with a pair of Spider-Man X-celeRacers™ shoes, a full Spider-Man costume, a Spider-Man Movie Poster and a $50 Stride Rite gift card.  I was lucky enough to be able to review this prize pack for my 3 1/2-year-old son. […]

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Recently, here at Chip andCo, we had a giveaway for an awesome prize pack for your little super hero!  Stride Rite provided us with a pair of Spider-Man X-celeRacers™ shoes, a full Spider-Man costume, a Spider-Man Movie Poster and a $50 Stride Rite gift card.  I was lucky enough to be able to review this prize pack for my 3 1/2-year-old son.

When we opened the box the look on my son’s face was priceless!!  He was so excited to see the shoes and costume.  He immediately wanted to put all of it on.  The costume was quite the hit, but the shoes were even more exciting!  Of course, he had to run around the house a few times to show me how fast he could run in his new shoes.  Then he told me all about his plan to wear the shoes to school tomorrow to show his friends!  To say this prize was a hit would be an understatement!  He already decided he would be Spider-Man for Halloween!

    

The shoes fit him perfectly.  They were easy for us to get on and he could fasten them by himself.  That was what I liked!  Once they were fastened by Velcro, they stayed on for quite some time.  I was worried he would “unVelcro” them to take them off, but he never tried.  The shoes are lightweight, but durable.  The soles are soft and thick, but not heavy and restricting.  They seem to be comfortable to wear and my son agrees.

Here is some information about the Spider-Man X-celeRacers™ by Stride Rite®

Be amazing to the power of X in our X-celeRacers™ Spider-Man Marvel by Stride Rite® sneakers. Loaded with X-treme features, the X-celeRacers™ Spider-Man is bound to send your little web crawler’s imagination soaring to new heights.

  • X-Grip outsole for mega traction
  • X-tra Flex construction for ultra flexibility
  • X-tra Fast Strap for lightning quick closure and unparalleled fit
  • Lightweight cushioning for added comfort
  • Extra wide opening for easy on and off
  • Leather and synthetic upper featuring Spider-man face and web graphic

After looking at the box the shoes came in, he asked me if the “surprise guys” who sent these shoes to us were going to send the other Super Heroes too!  Since Captain America and the Incredible Hulk are also on the box, he thinks he’ll be getting those as well!

We love the shoes and the costume from Stride Rite!  My son looks forward to wearing his shoes to school until they are too small or too worn out~ whichever comes first.  The costume will, no doubt, become his “uniform” for after school! The poster will make its way to his wall in his bedroom and the $50 gift card will be well spent when it’s time to replace the Spider-Man shoes.

Thank you Stride Rite for this opportunity to review your product and offer it to one of our readers at Chip and Co! To order your pair click here!

 

 

 

  • Stride Rite Summer Super Hero Kit Giveaway (chipandco.com)

 

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Things You’ll Need While Pregnant at WDW http://www.chipandco.com/pregnant-wdw-77343/ http://www.chipandco.com/pregnant-wdw-77343/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2012 17:00:15 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=77343 Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to Walt Disney World with 28 youth while I was 32 weeks pregnant!!  Luckily, I wasn’t traveling with my own boys, ages 11 and 3, and I was there in February so I didn’t feel too guilty for not riding all the rides and seeing all the […]

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Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to Walt Disney World with 28 youth while I was 32 weeks pregnant!!  Luckily, I wasn’t traveling with my own boys, ages 11 and 3, and I was there in February so I didn’t feel too guilty for not riding all the rides and seeing all the shows!

This trip was a whole new experience for me since I was so pregnant!  I thought I was prepared, but honestly I wasn’t!  I should have “trained” more by walking around my neighborhood and should have thought harder about things I would need while in the parks.  So, after my personal mistakes from last week, I’ve created a list of 10 things you’ll need to have if you are traveling to Walt Disney World pregnant… especially if it’s in the summer months!

1. Water.  It was so hot last week.  My hot natured husband wasn’t even sweating while I was literally dripping sweat!  I couldn’t drink enough water while I was there.  I know I was dehydrated and was still drinking a ton of water.  DON’T SKIMP ON WATER!  It’s free at all of the counter service restaurants.  While the “Florida water” does taste funny to me, I still drank it.  I also asked for large cups of ice and would let that melt into water, which seemed to taste better!

2. Fan– See above… It was HOT!  I ended up using a park map to fan myself, but a handheld, battery powered fan would have been so much better!  I could have purchased one in the park for $15ish, but am too cheap!

3. Washcloth– Did I mention it was hot last week?  The first day I took a washcloth from the resort to wipe the sweat off my face.  But the second day, I forgot it.  So I purchased a “Magic Towel” at the gift shop for around $3 and wet it in the bathroom.  This was a lifesaver!

4. Snacks– I had granola and peanut butter crackers in my bag which helped keep my going throughout the day.  Walking and sweating so much made my appetite increase!  These were nice to have between meals without spending a lot in the parks.

5. Comfortable Shoes- This is a must for all WDW travelers, but especially if you are pregnant!!  In fact, bring 2 pair of comfy shoes so you can swap them out every other day to keep your feet more comfortable.  Also, make sure the shoes can expand as your feet swell and grow during your travels!

6. Hair Ties- I tried to keep my hair down and “look cute” while at WDW, but it was too stinkin’ hot!  I’m so glad I had extra hair ties in my bag to pull my hair back off my face and neck.

7. Tylenol- By the end of the day, my hips, lower back and feet were killing me.  The tylenol helped.  Remember to ask your doctor what type of pain relief is best for you.  My doc always said Tylenol and nothing else.

8. Maternity Belt- This was one thing I didn’t have and wish I had.  I may not have needed as much Tylenol had I brought my maternity belt to help with the strain my belly was putting on my body!

9. Foot Cream- This was awesome to have!  At the last minute, I threw some Aveda stress relief foot cream in my bag and it was heavenly!

10. Plans to Rest!- This is probably the most important.  Listen to your body.  If you need to rest, do it!  Find a nice air conditioned attraction or restaurant.  Head back to the hotel. Find a quiet bench in the shade.  If you don’t rest when your body and your baby need it, you’ll be miserable!

Hopefully some of these items will help you enjoy your next vacation while you are pregnant!  Also, check out a great list of attractions you can ride while pregnant!

  • Disney Quick Tips – How to interact with a Disney Addict (chipandco.com)
  • Pregnant at Disney World? What will you do…? (chipandco.com)

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