Beth – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining Reviews and More! Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:25:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 http://www.chipandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/512-icon-54ced060v1_site_icon-32x32.png 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?

  • 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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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)
  • Top 5 Uses for Carabiners at Disney World (chipandco.com)

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