Carrie – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining Reviews and More! Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:46:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 http://www.chipandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/512-icon-54ced060v1_site_icon-32x32.png Carrie – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com 32 32 7800472 Disney Lingo – Do You Speak It? http://www.chipandco.com/disney-lingo-speak-161054/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-lingo-speak-161054/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=161054 Disney Lingo goes a little like this:  “I have a pre RD ADR at CP.  Then, I’m heading to get FPs for BTMRR while riding PotC standby.  After this, we’re spending the rest of the day at MK, hitting the headliners.  We’ll catch the bus to DtD and then back to BC for swimming and […]

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Disney Lingo goes a little like this:  “I have a pre RD ADR at CP.  Then, I’m heading to get FPs for BTMRR while riding PotC standby.  After this, we’re spending the rest of the day at MK, hitting the headliners.  We’ll catch the bus to DtD and then back to BC for swimming and dinner.”

Did you catch that?  If not, here is the translation:  “I have a pre-rope drop advanced dining reservation at Crystal Palace.  Then, I’m heading to get FastPasses for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad while riding Pirates of the Caribbean standby.  After this, we’re spending the rest of the day at Magic Kingdom, hitting the headliners.  We’ll catch the bus to Downtown Disney and then back to Beach Club for swimming and dinner.”

Disney is full of its own lingo, much of it put together by Disney fans themselves.  If you’ve ever joined a Disney FB group like the Disney Addicts, or chatted with a friend via text message about Disney, you’ll see some common abbreviations.  So as to help you out, and so you don’t get lost in translation, I’m going to share with you some of the more common Disney abbreviations or Disney Acronyms!

  • ADRs-Advanced Dining Reservations
  • AK-Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • AKL-Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • AKV-Animal Kingdom Villas {the DVC resort}
  • AoA-Art of Animation Resort
  • AP-Annual Passes
  • AS-All Star Sports Resort
  • ASMu-All Star Music Resort
  • ASMo-All Star Movies Resort
  •  BB-Blizzard Beach
  • BC-Beach Club Resort
  • BCV-Beach Club Villas {the DVC resort}
  • BLT-Bay Lake Tower @ Disney’s Contemporary Resort {the DVC resort}
  • BoG-Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • BTMRR-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • BW-Disney’s Boardwalk
  • BWI-Boardwalk Inn
  • BWV-Boardwalk Villas {the DVC resort}
  • CBR-Caribbean Beach Resort
  • CM-Cast Member
  • CON-Contemporary Resort
  • CoP-Carousel of Progress
  • CP-Candlelight Processional
  • CP-Crystal Palace
  • CSR-Coronado Springs Resort
  • CS-Counter Service Meal
  • DCA-Disney’s California Adventure
  • DtD-Downtown Disney or DS for Disney Springs (coming in 2015)
  • DD-Disney Daughter
  • DDP-Disney Dining Plan
  • DH-Disney Husband
  • DHS-Disney’s Hollywood Studios or MGM will work too
  • DL-Disneyland
  • DLH-Disneyland Hotel
  • DLP-Disneyland Paris
  • DLR-Disneyland Resort
  • DQ-Disney Quest
  • DS-Disney Son
  • DVC-Disney Vacation Club
  • DW-Disney Wife
  • ECV-Electronic Convenience Vehicle
  • EE-Expedition Everest
  • EMH-Extra Magic Hours
  • EWP-Electric Water Pageant
  • ExE-Expedition Everest
  • FoTLK-Festival of the Lion King
  • FP-FastPass
  • FPP-FastPass Plus
  • FW-Fort Wilderness Campground
  • FW-Future World @ EPCOT
  • GF-Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  • GMR-The Great Movie Ride
  • HDDR-Hoope Dee Doo Musical Revue
  • HM-Haunted Mansion
  • HMs-Hidden Mickeys
  • HoP-The Hall of Presidents
  • IASW-It’s a Small World
  • IG-International Gateway
  • JC-Jungle Cruise
  • KRR-Kali River Rapids
  • KJS-Kilimanjaro Safari
  • KTTW-Key to the World Card
  • KV-Kidani Village {the DVC Resort}
  • LTT-Liberty Tree Tavern
  • ME-Magical Express
  • MK-Magic Kingdom
  • MNSSHP-Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
  • MS-Main Street USA
  • MSEP-Main Street Electrical Parade
  • MVMCP-Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
  • MYW-Magic Your Way Packages
  • OKW-Old Key West Resort
  • POP or PC-Pop Century Resort
  • PH-Park Hopper
  • POFQ-Port Orleans French Quarter Resort
  • PotC-Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Poly-Polynesian Resort
  • POR-Port Orleans Riverside Resort
  • QS-Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan
  • RC-Rainforest Cafe
  • RnRC-Rockin’ Roller Coaster
  • SAB-Stormalong Bay {pool at Disney’s Beach Club Resort}
  • SM-Space Mountain
  • SoG-Shades of Green Resort
  • Splash or SM-Splash Mountain
  • SSR-Saratoga Springs Resort
  • SWW-Star Wars Weekends
  • TiW-Tables in Wonderland
  • TL-Typhoon Lagoon
  • ToT-Tower of Terror
  • TS-Table Service Meal
  • TSI-Tom Sawyer Island
  • TT-Test Track
  • TTA-Tomorrowland Transit Authority
  • TTC-Transportation and Ticket Center
  • V&A-Victoria and Albert’s
  • VB-Vero Beach Resort
  • VotLM-Voyage of the Little Mermaind
  • VWL-Villas at Wilderness Lodge {the DVC Resort}
  • WDW-Walt Disney World
  • WL-Wilderness Lodge Resort
  • WS-World Showcase
  • Y&B-Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
  • YC-Yacht Club

So, how do you “speak Disney”?  Have you learned these terms?  Do you have some to add?  I’m sure this isn’t an exhaustive list….but it’s a good start! Let us know some of your favorites below.

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Around the Universe-Exciting New Happenings at Universal Orlando Resort http://www.chipandco.com/universeexciting-happenings-universal-orlando-resort-194445/ Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00:16 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=194445 Orlando is also home to one of the most amazing theme parks in the United States-Universal Orlando Resort.   And for any great movie fan, Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure are a “must do”!  Especially if you have a Harry Potter fan in your family! Here at Chip and Co, we like to keep […]

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Orlando is also home to one of the most amazing theme parks in the United States-Universal Orlando Resort.   And for any great movie fan, Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure are a “must do”!  Especially if you have a Harry Potter fan in your family! Here at Chip and Co, we like to keep you up to date on all the Orlando attractions and events.  Did you know that even avid Disney fans will add a two or three night stay at the Universal Orlando Resort?  Today I’m sharing with you some of the exciting happenings at Universal Orlando Resort!

There are exciting new things happening every day at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Universe.” This week’s update features: Diagon Alley grand opening, new CityWalk eateries and more!

New! Diagon Alley is OPEN! July 8th marked the official grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando welcomed thousands of excited guests into the spectacularly themed land for the very first time with confetti, fireworks and a red carpet lined with dozens of cheering Diagon Alley team members. Here’s a video recap of Diagon Alley Grand Opening.

Fire-Breathing Dragon Wows Crowds: A 60-foot, fire-breathing Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon sits atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank and periodically thrills the crowds below with a burst of fire. Each time, the people in Diagon Alley jump from fright and then cheer in amazement. It’s something you just have to see! Here’s a slow motion video of the dragon breathing fire.

Follow #DiagonAlley News on Social Media: Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine or something else, keep an eye out for popular hashtags used by the many Muggles now exploring Diagon Alley. Some to watch are #MuggleMoments (this is an official hashtag announced by Universal Orlando), #DiagonAlley, #Potterwatch and #Gingotts. Also watch the official @UniversalOrlando accounts too.

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

New! Velvet Sessions with Lou Gramm July 31, 2014: Velvet Bar hosts the city’s only rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party on the last Thursday of the month. Admission is $29 on-line or $35 at the door and includes FREE specialty drinks & finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30-8:30pm, plus FREE valet parking. Cash bars and live band from 8:00pm onward. Each “session” combines creative cocktails with live music from some of the hottest rock bands.

Reminder! Wantilan Luau – Saturday Nights Year-Round: Sit back and experience an evening of authentic Polynesian food and entertainment at the enchanting Wantilan Luau, a weekly Hawaiian dinner show featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet of Polynesian specialties, live Hawaiian music and traditional hula dancing. Hula and fire dancers delight the audience and entice a few to even learn the hula! Adults: $70 for Priority Seating or $63 for Regular Seating. Children (ages 3 – 9): $40 for Priority Seating or $35 for Regular Seating. Ages under 3 are complimentary. Price includes gratuity, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer, and Mai Tais!

New! Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches Now Open: With a Bread Box sandwich, you’ll be transported back to your childhood kitchen or your favorite street corner deli. Here you’ll find that the combination of quality meats and vegetables, fresh bread, and simple preparation can transform a sandwich into something more.

Reminder! Hot Dog Hall of Fame Now Open: Hot Dog Hall of Fame officially opened July 3, 2014 at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, becoming the latest venue to debut as part of this year’s historic expansion to the entertainment complex. Hot Dog Hall of Fame, located across from Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, features stadium-style seating and iconic hot dog creations from across the nation, including the loaded Chicago dog and Milwaukee brat.  Universal partnered with Steven Schussler, the global culinary concept creator behind the popular Rain Forest Cafe, to bring his Hot Dog Hall of Fame concept to CityWalk.

Carrie is a vacation specialist with Destinations in Florida. She loves planning every aspect of a total Orlando vacation! Are you ready to plan a Universal Orlando getaway?  Or add a few nights at Universal Orlando Resort onto your Walt Disney World vacation?  Contact Carrie at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com to get your planning started!  

 

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10 Reasons to Sail Disney Cruise Line on October 16th http://www.chipandco.com/10-reasons-sail-disney-cruise-line-october-16th-194398/ Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:00:42 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=194398 Disney Cruise Line offers the perfect combination of family fun, relaxation, and Disney magic while experiencing the Bahamas and Castaway Cay!  Disney Cruise Line is perfect for any frequent Disney traveler, and offers something to do for everyone in your family.  So why not set sail with your fellow Disney Addicts for the October 16th […]

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Disney Cruise Line offers the perfect combination of family fun, relaxation, and Disney magic while experiencing the Bahamas and Castaway Cay!  Disney Cruise Line is perfect for any frequent Disney traveler, and offers something to do for everyone in your family.  So why not set sail with your fellow Disney Addicts for the October 16th sailing to the Bahamas?  Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Sail Disney Cruise Line on October 16th:

  • The Disney Dream departs on Thursday, October 16th.  That means the kids only have to miss two days of school!
  • The Disney Dream stops in Castaway Cay-Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.
  • Your fellow Disney Addicts will be enjoying themselves with their families aboard the Disney Dream.
  • Disney cruising is all-inclusive.  All your meals, non alcoholic drinks, entertainment are included in your cruise fare.
  • Disney Cruise Line has the largest staterooms of all the cruise lines-plenty of room for everyone!
  • You can earn a $50 onboard credit when you book and make all payments on your trip with your Disney Visa!
  • Your favorite Disney characters will be onboard, too!
  • Disney Cruise Line offers rotational dining-dine in a different location onboard for every meal.
  • Disney Cruise Line has adult only pools and decks, as well as kids clubs to keep everyone busy.
  • A three night Disney Cruise is perfect for first timers!

With fares starting at just $2280 for a family of 4, you can be sailing away on Disney Cruise Line with your fellow Disney Addicts sooner than you think!  Who’s ready for some Disney magic at sea?

Are you ready to book your Disney Cruise Line getaway with your fellow Disney Addicts?  Contact Carrie TODAY and mention this article for an additional free gift when you book your Disney Cruise Line getaway with her.  Email her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com.

 

 

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Squish and Sculpt with the New Squish Mickey Mouse Clubhouse App http://www.chipandco.com/squish-sculpt-squish-mickey-mouse-clubhouse-app-193740/ Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:00:32 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=193740 I am always looking for some summer fun that pushes the limits of creativity and imagination?  During those hot summer days, or long summer road trips, my 4 year old uses my iPad quite a bit!  And of course, she has her favorite Disney apps!  Now, Disney Publishing has released “Squish: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” the next app […]

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I am always looking for some summer fun that pushes the limits of creativity and imagination?  During those hot summer days, or long summer road trips, my 4 year old uses my iPad quite a bit!  And of course, she has her favorite Disney apps!  Now, Disney Publishing has released “Squish: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” the next app in its growing collection of Disney Junior’s creativity-based apps where children can sculpt and squish anything their imagination can dream up. This Disney Publishing product, based on a show from the #1 hit pre-school network, brings to life familiar characters for the younger ones in unprecedented ways!

Squish: Mickey Mouse Clayhouse” invites users to stretch, push, and pull clay to make Mickey or Minnie, or start from scratch with dozens of fun clay shapes from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse universe. Once finished, you can twist, inflate, and melt your creation using fun and unique Squishers.

Additional features include:

• 3D clay molds of Mickey and Minnie with easy-to-use sculpting tools
• Character molds and shapes that help little ones make their favorite characters from the show
• Unique Squishers: the “Twisterator,” the “Melter,” and the “Inflaterator”
• Kids can save their clay creations to the Gallery to show-off to their family and friends

I can’t wait to check out this app and share my review with you all. See ya real soon!

Carrie believes that Disney travel is an experience unlike any other, and the best family memories are made at the Happiest Place on Earth.  Book your next Disney vacation with Carrie at 937.209.9473 or carrie@destinationsinflorida.com.  Mention this article on Chip and Co for a free gift when you book with Carrie!

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Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Coming to Bluray/DVD in September http://www.chipandco.com/marvels-captain-america-winter-soldier-coming-3d-combo-pack-september-191852/ http://www.chipandco.com/marvels-captain-america-winter-soldier-coming-3d-combo-pack-september-191852/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 03:00:36 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=191852 Marvel’s original Avenger, Captain America returns in Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming to 3D Combo Pack this September.   You can own the movie that changed everything with exclusive bonus features!  This is the year’s #1 Live Action adventure from Walt Disney Studios home Entertainment.  According to Access Hollywood, it is “better than the […]

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Marvel’s original Avenger, Captain America returns in Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming to 3D Combo Pack this September.   You can own the movie that changed everything with exclusive bonus features!  This is the year’s #1 Live Action adventure from Walt Disney Studios home Entertainment.  According to Access Hollywood, it is “better than the Avengers” and “action packed” according to the NY Daily News.  Captain America and his new ally The Falcon team together to beat the Winter Soldier-his most powerful enemy yet.

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Are you a Marvel Comic fan?  Will you be looking for Captain America:  The Winter Soldier in a store near you?

Carrie believes that Disney travel is an experience unlike any other, and the best family memories are made at the Happiest Place on Earth.  Book your next Disney vacation with Carrie at 937.209.9473 or carrie@destinationsinflorida.com.  Mention this article on Chip and Co for a free gift when you book with Carrie!

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Ten Planning Tips to a Smoother Walt Disney World Vacation http://www.chipandco.com/ten-planning-tips-smoother-walt-disney-world-vacation-191521/ http://www.chipandco.com/ten-planning-tips-smoother-walt-disney-world-vacation-191521/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:00:21 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=191521 Do you want to have a smoother Walt Disney World vacation?  I am sure you do!  Considering Walt Disney World takes up about the size of San Francisco, planning your way around the parks is a must!  Even frequent Disney travelers like myself need to do a bit of planning.  Even if you don’t use […]

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Do you want to have a smoother Walt Disney World vacation?  I am sure you do!  Considering Walt Disney World takes up about the size of San Francisco, planning your way around the parks is a must!  Even frequent Disney travelers like myself need to do a bit of planning.  Even if you don’t use a hard core Touring Plan, or plan every meal down to the sprinkles on your Disney cupcakes during the 3 o’clock parade, some planning is necessary.  So today I am going to share Ten Planning Tips to a Smoother Walt Disney World Vacation!

  • Rent a stroller from Kingdom Strollers, or bring your own.  The Walt Disney World strollers are bulky, uncomfortable, and annoying to others.   I know that getting a stroller on and off the Disney transportation can have its challenges.  But, the Disney Parks strollers are very cumbersome and it costs about the same to rent a comfortable stroller, that moves well along the park with a nice sunshade.  Plus, they will deliver to you!
  • Study the Disney Park maps before you visit.  If you have not visited the parks before, or find that you are fairly unfamiliar with a specific park, the maps can be very helpful.  It can be a waste of time to go from Space Mountain to Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom-when you could enjoy either more attractions in Tomorrowland or Frontierland before moving on.  Much time and frustration occur when you find yourself criss crossing the park, and you’ll miss out on attractions right there in front of you.
  • Schedule your FastPass Plus for early in the day.  When the third one is used, or the time has expired on it, you can start getting another one.  Try to time them for about two hours or so apart.  This allows you time to enjoy the other attractions in that immediate area, as well as make it to the next FPP.  The FastPass Plus kiosks are, for the most part, where the old FastPass machines were in the parks.  Very easy to find and CastMembers there are always happy to help!
  • Keep your family together.  Do not, I repeat do not, send one parent ahead in line while you take the little one to the potty or park the stroller.  This has become such a common thing at Walt Disney World lately. It is rude to others, and just doesn’t make any sense.  Everyone can wait in line together.  There really is no advantage to sending someone ahead, and expecting the others who are being polite, to be understanding when you cut in front of all of them to get to the rest of your family.
  • Use the My Disney Experience App when you are in the parks.  It is so nice!  I prefer the web version when I am planning from home.  But in the parks, the MDE App works well. Wait times  are accurate, you can change/make ADRs from it, change your FPP, and all your reservation details are at your fingertips.
  • Invest in an external charger for your phone.  This is the best thing my husband and I packed for Disney.  We were able to keep our phones charged in the parks.  This allowed us social media opportunities, picture taking, and using the MDE App.  It was so awesome!
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get from one place to another.  Depending on crowds, park attendance, etc., Disney buses may be a bit sparse.  You need to allow that wait time in your plans.  It’s a good idea to allow yourself 90 minutes of travel time when traveling to a Dining Reservation or to the park.
  • Stay on Disney Property.  At Disney, time is of the essence.  Staying on property allows you access to Extra Magic Hours, continuous transportation, and FastPass Plus pre selections really help manage your time well and take advantage of the perks on Disney property.  Even the value resorts are comparable to the nightly rate at off site hotels.
  • Allow yourself 5 or 6 days at Walt Disney World.  When you are at Walt Disney World, there is so much to do!  Plan yourself 5 or 6 days, with only 4 or 5 days of park tickets.  That gives you a down day to enjoy your resort, the Downtown Disney area, or even miniature golf.  Being in the parks every day all day is exhausting-and the magic is lost quickly!  Take your time, and enjoy yourself.
  • Plan on an afternoon break from the parks.  For some families, the recommended break time is about three hours.  I know that seems like a lot of time-but remember, there is waiting for the bus, travel time, walking to your room, and then actually resting.  So that is about right.  Even if you are a family with older children-or just two adults-a resort rest is a must for any fun and magical Disney trip.

Carrie believes that Disney travel is an experience unlike any other, and the best family memories are made at the Happiest Place on Earth.  Book your next Disney vacation with Carrie at 937.209.9473 or carrie@destinationsinflorida.com.  Mention this article on Chip and Co for a free gift when you book with Carrie!

 

 

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Five Disney Dining Tips for Your Arrival and Departure Days http://www.chipandco.com/disney-dining-tips-arrival-departure-days-191525/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-dining-tips-arrival-departure-days-191525/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 11:59:01 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=191525 Arrival and departure days at Walt Disney World can require just as much thought as the days in between.  Whether you are flying in or driving in, when you arrive at Walt Disney World,  you are ready to start your trip and you are also probably a bit tired.  So how do you manage a […]

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Arrival and departure days at Walt Disney World can require just as much thought as the days in between.  Whether you are flying in or driving in, when you arrive at Walt Disney World,  you are ready to start your trip and you are also probably a bit tired.  So how do you manage a hungry family in need of some Disney magic after being in the car or in airports all day?  These days are a great time to enjoy some of the Disney restaurants outside the parks.  Today I am sharing some Disney Dining Tips for Your Arrival and Departure Days.

  • Consider a very late dinner, or a quick service dinner, on your arrival day.  Flights can be delayed, and even when you board the Magical Express, you may not be at your resort for up to an hour after.  Allow yourself about 90 minutes or better from the time you land to the time you arrive at your resort and check in.  In this case, a quick service dinner or a dinner around 8PM would be a good idea.
  • Plan on eating outside the Disney Parks.  Whether it is counter or table service, using a park ticket on your arrival or departure day for a meal isn’t the best use of your time.  Consider the Downtown Disney area, your resort restaurant, the Monorail resorts, or the Boardwalk area.
  • Have a character meal upon arriving or before departing.  This gives you an opportunity to meet some characters, enjoy a good meal, and leave with some sweet Disney memories.
  • Use all your meal credits before your departure day.  The Disney Magical Express will pick you up about 3 hours before your flight.  This may almost guarantee you a meal at the airport.  So instead of leaving Disney with unused credits, be sure to just have a few snacks, or no entitlements left on your departure day.  If you are driving home, perhaps some sandwiches to go from your Quick Service location or Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney is a good idea!
  • Consider adding one more day of park tickets so it covers your arrival or departure day.  Adding another day of tickets can cost as little as $10 per person.  It may be worth it to only have a “half park day” on you arrival or departure day to get that dining experience you really want.  If you can time it right with your flights or departure time, it may work out well!  Many guests take the earliest flight into Orlando and the latest flight out.  Just because you want to head to a park on your arrival or departure doesn’t mean you have to do a full out touring plan.  Go in, enjoy a meal, and the parade or fireworks and head back for bed and to get ready for a full day.

Carrie believes that Disney travel is an experience unlike any other, and the best family memories are made at the Happiest Place on Earth.  Book your next Disney vacation with Carrie at 937.209.9473 or carrie@destinationsinflorida.com.  Mention this article on Chip and Co, and receive a free gift when you book your Walt Disney World vacation with Carrie.

 

 

 

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Disney Quick Tip: What to Wear in the Disney Parks http://www.chipandco.com/disney-quick-tip-wear-disney-parks-189401/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-quick-tip-wear-disney-parks-189401/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 00:00:06 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=189401 Disney World touring involves a lot of walking-and since it’s Florida, you are bound to be in the warm sun!  You may see many families who have created coordinating t-shirts, the little princesses fresh from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and even dads sporting their Mickey Mouse gear.  Comfort is key, yes….but you don’t have to […]

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Disney World touring involves a lot of walking-and since it’s Florida, you are bound to be in the warm sun!  You may see many families who have created coordinating t-shirts, the little princesses fresh from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and even dads sporting their Mickey Mouse gear.  Comfort is key, yes….but you don’t have to sacrifice your style while in the Disney parks either!  So today, I am going to share with you What to Wear in the Disney Parks!

Comfortable walking shoes.  This can be a “no brainer”.  But, if you don’t like the confines of tennis shoes, what is your option?  Many shoe brands have very comfortable flip flops.  Look for athletic brands like Nike or Adidas.  They make flip flops with extra cushion.  I personally love my Reefs while in the parks as well.  In fact, I never wear tennis shoes while at Disney!  My children are comfortable in their Crocs, as well as their Fila Skeletoes.  We always pack at least two pairs of shoes per person, in case they get wet or they need to change.

Dresses or skirts.  I prefer dresses while in the Disney parks.  They are so much cooler, and to be honest, I like my family to look decent for those photo opportunities.  Often my daughter is dressed in sundresses as well.  I like these because while she is in the stroller, her little knees are always exposed to the sun-and sundresses do a good job of keeping her knees covered.

Cargo Shorts.  For the boys and my husband, cargo shorts are awesome.  I love these because of all the pockets. Our boys looove their Disney maps, and often keep small hard candy or maybe even their digital cameras in their pockets.  Since my husband also carries his phone with him, the pockets keep it safe and easy to get to.  Plus, cargo shorts tend to be a tad longer, and keep their legs a little more protected from the sun.

A backpack.  I know, it’s not clothing.  BUT, my husband always has our backpack on in the parks.  It’s actually a camera backpack, and has plenty of room for everything we need.  We stash my DSLr camera, autograph books, pens, bandaids, and sometimes dry snacks in the backpack.

A crossbody bag.  My COACH cross body bag is my “go to” bag for the parks.  It easily holds my small point and shoot digital camera, lip balm, gum, and my phone.  Plus, it is easy to stash on the rides as well.

Matching Disney themed shirts.  There are loads of ways to get your family to coordinate for some of your Disney days.  If you are like me, you are crafting shirts for the kiddos a week or so in advance.  There are tons of tutorials on Pinterest for creating tye-dyed Disney shirts, and you can even make a quick trip to the Disney Store to pick out some essentials for those character meals.

And of course, you have the obvious things to wear-sunglasses and sunsreen, right?  What are your “must haves” for fashion in the Disney parks?

Planning your next Disney trip?  Carrie is ready to help you plan every last detail-from where to stay to what to bring along!  She is a Vacation Specialist with Destinations to Explore-the preferred Earmarked Agency of Chip and Co!  Contact her for your next vacation quote and to get your vacation planning started at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com.  

 

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Less Stress and More Magic at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/stress-magic-walt-disney-world-105681/ Sun, 18 May 2014 23:00:43 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=105681 When you stay on Disney property, you have everything you need, right at your fingertips?  Right?  Usually, that is the case.  Small shops at resorts and Downtown Disney can provide some basic needs, there are a few grocery stores right in the area, and Disney even rents their own strollers…uncomfortable and slightly impractical…but you can […]

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When you stay on Disney property, you have everything you need, right at your fingertips?  Right?  Usually, that is the case.  Small shops at resorts and Downtown Disney can provide some basic needs, there are a few grocery stores right in the area, and Disney even rents their own strollers…uncomfortable and slightly impractical…but you can rent a stroller at the parks. However, there are some businesses that can make your Disney experience even easier and more magical that I want to share with you today.

  • Garden Grocer.  These people are AWESOME!   A week or so before you arrive at Disney, you can place your order on their website for almost anything you’ll need.  All your favorite grocery brands are there, and they will deliver right to your Disney resort.  Garden Grocer is great if you are flying OR driving.  Some perishable items, such as milk & juice, may not travel well in the car.  Or, if you prefer to have them bring over some diapers and other toiletry necessities so you don’t have to pack them in your luggage, they’re happy to do so.  Their minimum order is $40, and they do charge a $14 delivery fee.
  • Kingdom Strollers.  Kingdom Strollers is one of the best stroller rental companies in the Orlando area.  What is great about Kingdom Strollers is the quality of strollers they provide, and their customer service is unmatched.  Let’s face it, Disney rents strollers in the parks, but they aren’t nearly as comfortable or as convenient as renting them from Kingdom Strollers.  Even in cost comparison, Kingdom Strollers is better.  An average WDW vacation is 4-7 nights.  If you rented a stroller from the parks, at $13/day {which is the discounted rate for a multi day stay} you’d pay $72 for four days of renting.  Through Kingdom Strollers, it would be $50.  And also, their strollers are high quality City Mini, City Elite, BOB, and double strollers as well.  Kingdom Strollers is really your best option, and they are wonderful to work with.
  • Disney Floral and Gifts.  Disney Floral and Gifts, will make any celebration you have at Walt Disney World that much more special.  Whether it’s flowers, balloons, or mouse ears, you won’t be disappointed.  Our kids love seeing something special come from Disney Floral and Gifts,  and many of their packages are centered around a theme.  Cars, Toy Story, Princesses, and Pirates are popular.  Star Wars, Mickey, and Minnie Mouse are part of some gift packages as well.  Or, maybe you have a friend who is taking their family for the first time.  How sweet it would be if you sent them a gift, and it was waiting for them upon arrival!
  • Disney World Mobile Guide – TimeStream Software announces an update of its Disney World Mobile Guide app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  This app features a comprehensive list of trip-planning and in-park resources in an easy-to-use design.  It provides users with wait times, interactive maps, restaurant listings, menus, park hours, parade and event times, ride descriptions, Disney hotel information, phone numbers, over 300 pages of valuable information and much more, all complemented with over 600 high-quality photos.  Recognized as one of the top apps available for Walt Disney World Resort, the new Disney World Mobile Guide Version 1.7 features a wealth of valuable trip-planning and in-park resources, and it’s something you’ll want to add to your “trip planning to do list.”

How do you make your vacation easier or more magical?  Have you ever used any of these tips? I’d love to hear about it!

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10 Disney Dining Reservations You Need to Make at 180 Days http://www.chipandco.com/10-disney-dining-reservations-180-days-189395/ http://www.chipandco.com/10-disney-dining-reservations-180-days-189395/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 11:45:26 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=189395 Making your Disney ADRs {Advanced Dining Reservations} is a must if you have the Disney Dining Plan.  Can you imagine the chaos-and time wasted-if Disney didn’t strongly encourage you to make these at 180 days in advance?  If you are like me, you are up at 6AM on the Disney website, logged into your My […]

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Making your Disney ADRs {Advanced Dining Reservations} is a must if you have the Disney Dining Plan.  Can you imagine the chaos-and time wasted-if Disney didn’t strongly encourage you to make these at 180 days in advance?  If you are like me, you are up at 6AM on the Disney website, logged into your My Disney Experience making ADRs for those hard to get restaurants.  What defines “hard to get” by Disney standards?  Popularity, times available, and location are all factors when it comes to making reservations.  Today I am going to share with you the Ten Disney Dining Reservations You Need to Make at 180 Days prior to arrival.

Be Our Guest:  As the newest restaurant on Disney property, and as part of the new Fantasyland expansion, Be Our Guest is nearly impossible to get if you do not try to get it at 180 days.  To get this reservation, keep in mind that they only serve one meal as table service.  Lunch is quick service, and can be FastPassed.  To get a reservation, try for a few days into your trip, as opposed to the beginning.  And, don’t try for a Mickey’s Not so Scary or a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party night.  If this is a priority for you, then this is the one you should try first.

Cinderella’s Royal Table:  Cinderella’s Royal Table still is a very popular location for princess dining-and eating in Cinderella’s Castle is a “must” for a lot of Disney travelers.   Since Cinderella’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you do have a wide variety of times.  However, that doesn’t take away from its popularity-particularly if you are timing it with a Bibbiddi Bobbidi Boutique reservation at the castle.

Chef Mickey’s:  Chef Mickey’s serves breakfast and dinner at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  This location is extremely popular, as it houses the “Fab Five”.  Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto all at one meal.   Like Cinderella’s Royal Table, a challenge with Chef Mickey’s can be “timing”.  Many families try to time this so they can see Wishes afterward, or get to the Magic Kingdom at a decent time in the morning.   This is a GREAT dining location for your first or last days of your trip.

California Grill:  California Grill is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  This is a very popular restaurant-particularly with couples who are looking for a nice evening out.  They also only serve dinner, so your times for this location are limited.  If you dine before the fireworks, you can bring back your receipt and be readmitted to enjoy Wishes from here.  How fun!

TRex:  TRex is located at Downtown Disney.  You may not think that this would be a popular location, but it can be! Since they are open later into the evening, sometimes the “good” dinner times are taken quickly.  So if you want a time for a more reasonable dinner, like before 9PM, you should make this one a priority as well.    They serve lunch and dinner, an the prehisotric atmosphere is very popular with families!

Le Cellier Steakhouse:  Le Cellier Steakhouse is located at Disney’s EPCOT park in the Canada pavilion of World Showcase.  Widely known for the “best steak on Disney property”, Le Cellier is a very popular restaurant.  They serve lunch and dinner here.  Many guests enjoy the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, as well as the wide selection of steak offerings.

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party:  While not exactly a “restaurant” experience, this popular dessert buffet at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park is very popular and sometimes hard to get.   Served at the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant, and with an impressive view of Wishes while you eat all the dessert you can, this dining experience is a fun event for the whole family.  You do need to pay for it in advance when you book it.

Yak and Yeti Restuarant:  I’m sure there are more “difficult” locations to get an ADR for.  But, Yak and Yeti make the list anyway.   This location serves lunch and dinner at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.  I chose this because it is only open as late as Animal Kingdom is open.  So, if you are planning a meal here for dinner, and Animal Kingdom closes at 5PM that evening, be sure to get your reservation ASAP.

O’hana:  O’hana is located at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  This restaurant is VERY popular-it’s the only location where you can dine with Lilo and Stitch!  They only serve breakfast with these two feisty characters, and dinner is a traditional Hawaiian experience!  Another factor that makes it difficult is timing it for Wishes. If you want a dinner that coincides with Wishes, try to make an earlier dinner and watch Wishes from the Polynesian Resort beach area.

Sanaa:  While in the same location as Boma, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Sanaa is one of the more popular locations because of the view.  We all know that Disney dining is an experience!  Sanaa is no exception.  The views of the animals and bird species is nothing short of impressive.

I hope this list has saved you some frustration, and has helped you prioritize your Disney Dining Reservations!  Being prepared as early as possible will make it stress free and easy!

Carrie is a Vacation Specialist with Destinations in Florida-the preferred Earmarked agency of Chip and Co.   She is always ready to help you and your family create lasting memories on your next Disney vacation, Disney Cruise adventure. or Disneyland trip.  Carrie specializes in families of five or more-from first hand experience, she knows how to plan a trip for a family of 5!  Contact her today at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com for a free quote and to get your Disney trip planning started. Mention Chip and Co for a free gift when you book your trip with her!  

 

 

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets on Sale! http://www.chipandco.com/mickeys-scary-halloween-party-mickeys-merry-christmas-party-tickets-sale-190437/ http://www.chipandco.com/mickeys-scary-halloween-party-mickeys-merry-christmas-party-tickets-sale-190437/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 23:30:56 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=190437 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets are on sale now!  These are two of the most special events at Walt Disney World!  Exclusive parades, fireworks, and activities take place at Magic Kingdom Park, starting in September and continuing through the holidays! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event […]

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets are on sale now!  These are two of the most special events at Walt Disney World!  Exclusive parades, fireworks, and activities take place at Magic Kingdom Park, starting in September and continuing through the holidays!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom® Park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom Park. In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade – including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.

Happy HalloWishes – a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky. Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes. Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom Park into happy haunted hollows.

The tone of the event is, well, “Not-So-Scary”, and is appropriate for children of all ages. Traveling to Disney in November and December?  You can celebrate the magic of the holiday season with your family at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a special event held select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom® Park! This festive celebration is filled with spectacular fireworks, a very special holiday parade and live entertainment featuring your favorite Disney Characters. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend this event, and tickets sell out quickly.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party features:

The enchanted Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, complete with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season Live entertainment featuring Disney Characters Meet and greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom Park with some of your favorite Disney Characters

Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa A magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A. Special access to many of the most popular Magic Kingdom attraction

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates:

September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, & 28

October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, & 31

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates:

November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, & 30

December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, & 19

You can buy tickets in advance to save even more!  Tickets can be purchased via Disney.com under “Tickets Only/Special Events”, through your travel agent, or by calling 407-W-DISNEY.  

Are you ready to plan your next family vacation? Let Carrie help you create a magically memorable trip for your family! Email her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com or request a no obligation quote to get the planning process started. Mention this article on Chip and Co, and receive a free gift when booking your trip with Carrie!

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Ten Disney Dining Reservations that are not Impossible to Get http://www.chipandco.com/ten-disney-dining-reservations-impossible-189391/ http://www.chipandco.com/ten-disney-dining-reservations-impossible-189391/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 23:00:58 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=189391 Disney dining reservations can cause some frustration, and stress, for a lot of travelers.  Disney encourages you to make your Advanced Dining Reservations as early as possible, at 180 days in advance of your arrival.   But what if you are are closer to arrival and haven’t made any?  Or what if you are waiting […]

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Disney dining reservations can cause some frustration, and stress, for a lot of travelers.  Disney encourages you to make your Advanced Dining Reservations as early as possible, at 180 days in advance of your arrival.   But what if you are are closer to arrival and haven’t made any?  Or what if you are waiting on other factors-such as which nights you can get Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or Mickey’s Not Scary Halloween Party tickets?  No fear!   I want to share with you the Ten Disney Dining Reservations that are not Impossible to Get!

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall:  Akershus is located in Norway at EPCOT’s World Showcase.  This is an EXCELLENT princess dining experience for all three meals of the day!  Often, you will see up to five princesses while dining here. Your little princess can also take part in the princess  parade throughout the banquet hall with her princess friends.   Akershus is an EXCELLENT alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table for a princess  meal.

Cape May:  Cape May is located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.  Cape May hosts Mickey and his friends in their beach gear for breakfast every morning.  Cape May is easy to get an ADR for, since most guests like to try for Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary.  So, if you are looking for a breakfast with the “classic” characters, Cape May is an excellent choice!

Garden Grill:  Garden Grill is located at EPCOT in the Living with the Land building.  Even though this location is only open for dinner hours, it is still easy to get an ADR here.  Chip and Dale serve up an all American harvest feast, while you can enjoy the slowly rotating views of The Land attraction.  Dinner is served family style, and the menu is great for picky eaters who prefer some easy to enjoy foods.

1900 Park Fare:  1900 Park Fare is located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in the Magic Kingdom area.  The nice thing about 1900 Park Fare is that it is a great alternative to dining with princesses at either EPCOT or Cinderella’s Royal Table.  Although it is “only” Cinderella, Prince Charming, the stepsisters, and the stepmother at breakfast, it still gives you that princess experience.  They also serve breakfast with Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, etc.  Although those characters are popular, they aren’t always as popular as the classic characters and princesses.

Liberty Tree Tavern:  Liberty Tree Tavern is located at Magic Kingdom Park.  There are six historically themed rooms at Liberty Tree Tavern, and the food is served family style.  This is also a great dining option for families with less adventurous eaters.  They serve lunch and dinner, and if you time your meals right, you can step right outside to Liberty Square to get a spot for watching the afternoon Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Boma:  Boma is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  They serve breakfast and dinner…in fact, I’ve heard it is so good that some guests book breakfast AND dinner there during their stay!  Even so, reservations here are easy to get.  After you have enjoyed your meal, you can explore Animal Kingdom Lodge and enjoy seeing the animals in the savannas.

Whispering Canyon Cafe:  Whispering Canyon Cafe is located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner-part of the reason why it’s easy to get reservations!  Also, the wait staff makes the experience fun, with their wise cracking jokes and short entertainment spiels while you eat.  This is a great location to eat if you need an ADR and a break from Magic Kingdom, since it’s just a boat ride away!

Tusker House:  Tusker House is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.  Donald and his friends are in their safari gear for breakfast and lunch.  For dinner, there are no characters-but fabulous African themed food on the menu.  This is another fun location with a unique character experience.  Since Animal Kingdom isn’t really a full day park, making an ADR at Tusker House can be a great way to spend some of your day there.

The Grand Floridian Cafe:  The Grand Floridian Cafe is located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.  This is a quaint, quiet, yet airy restaurant serving Victorian favorites.  If you want to enjoy a nice breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a classy and beautiful atmosphere, the Grand Floridian Cafe is for you!

The Crystal Palace:  The Crystal Palace is located at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park.  This restaurant is Winnie the Pooh and his 100 Acre Wood Friends for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I feel like this location is easy to get ADRs for since it also serves all three meals of the day.  No matter which meal you choose, your family will love dining in the bright and cheery greenhouse atmosphere of the Crystal Palace.

Are any of these locations a favorite of yours?  What am I missing?

Carrie is a Vacation Specialist with Destinations in Florida-the preferred Earmarked agency of Chip and Co.   She is always ready to help you and your family create lasting memories on your next Disney vacation, Disney Cruise adventure. or Disneyland trip.  Carrie specializes in families of five or more-from first hand experience, she knows how to plan a trip for a family of 5!  Contact her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com today for a free quote and to get your Disney trip planning started. Mention Chip and Co for a free gift when you book your trip with her!  

 

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: A Rocking, Rollicking Family-Friendly Roller Coaster Crowns New Fantasyland http://www.chipandco.com/dwarfs-train-rocking-rollicking-familyfriendly-roller-coaster-crowns-fantasyland-189842/ http://www.chipandco.com/dwarfs-train-rocking-rollicking-familyfriendly-roller-coaster-crowns-fantasyland-189842/#comments Sun, 04 May 2014 18:31:27 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=189842 Are you a huge Snow White Fan?  How can you not have a heart for the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey?  Now, at Magic Kingdom, that world comes to life in spring 2014 when the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train takes New Fantasyland guests on a rollicking, musical adventure into […]

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Are you a huge Snow White Fan?  How can you not have a heart for the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey?  Now, at Magic Kingdom, that world comes to life in spring 2014 when the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train takes New Fantasyland guests on a rollicking, musical adventure into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

The “crowning jewel” of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train represents the completion of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. The family-style coaster features first-of-its-kind ride vehicles that swing back and forth during the ride. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by music from the film classic and scenes filled with Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters.

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Inspired by the Disney animated film classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the story begins as guests cross a stone bridge and walk through a beautiful forest with the Dwarfs’ cottage in the distance. Then, they step into the attraction entrance and into the timeless story of the radiant and kindhearted Snow White and her forest friends led by the lovable Dwarfs.

When designing the cottage, Walt Disney Imagineers – the creative team behind all the attractions at Disney Parks – referenced the film in order to plan details as intricate as the color combination of roof shingles, the slope of the roof’s eaves, the shape of a lantern, and especially the etched woodland creatures that decorate the house. Props – including lanterns, ropes, pulleys and buckets of shiny jewels – were inspired by items found in the mine scenes of the film. According to Walt Disney Imagineering, jewels appear throughout the mine in four different sizes and in six different colors: red, green, amber, purple, blue and clear.

After passing through an interactive pre-show area with fun activities themed to mining – such as washing and sorting gems – guests will proceed to the mine train. Picks, shovels, barrels and hoists are scattered throughout the queue tunnel and at the load-in area.

“Rocks” ‘n’ Roll

Guests board the specially-designed mine cars and launch into their journey through the mine. Each “train” consists of five mine cars, which seat four guests each. The individual mine cars are designed to reflect similar vehicles that appear in the film, hand-made of wood by the Dwarfs, shaped by an axe, and used to haul rocks and jewels.

As guests twist and turn through the mine, the cars rock back and forth, adding an extra family-friendly thrill element. Riders tour through the cavernous mine’s winding track – jutting outside to climb and dip through the wooded landscape, and then re-entering the mine at different points in the attraction.

As with any classic Disney “dark ride,” the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train features spectacular Audio-Animatronics – with cars slowing down so guests can spot favorite characters making an appearance in different scenes.

New Fantasyland

Representing the largest expansion in the nearly-43-year history of Magic Kingdom, the spectacular new space features attractions, dining, shopping, character interactions, recreation and more – laid out fairy tale-style amid waterfalls, grottoes, arched bridges, forests and circus big tops. A multiyear expansion project, New Fantasyland lies just beyond the existing Fantasyland in the shadows of Cinderella Castle.

New Fantasyland comprises the Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus areas. Walt Disney Imagineers brought to life beloved Disney stories and magical places, putting guests in the middle of Disney classics and new favorites – and making memories to last a lifetime.

Guests are transported to a far-off French village to spend time with Belle and play a part in her story. They hop aboard a clamshell to venture deep into the undersea world of Ariel, take a rollicking coaster ride to barnstorm with the Great Goofini or spin through the sky with everyone’s favorite pachyderm – Dumbo, the Flying Elephant.

Kids can take a cooling break among the circus wagons at the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station where monkeys, elephants and camels squirt water and even Casey Jr. spouts clouds of mist. Shopping delights await at Bonjour! Village Gifts and Big Top Souvenirs. When the hungries hit, guests are able to choose everything from on-the-go eats washed down with LeFou’s Brew — a signature drink, at the quick-service Gaston’s Tavern — to elegant ballroom dining at Be Our Guest restaurant, nestled under the stars in Beast’s Castle.

Opened in Fall 2013, Princess Fairytale Hall is the new regal home to Disney Princesses greeting their loyal subjects. Not only does Fantasyland double in size, Magic Kingdom castles triple. Across the skyline of the most popular theme park in the world,  the iconic Cinderella Castle is now joined by the distant ramparts of Beast’s Castle while stately Prince Eric’s Castle looms above the grottoed entrance to Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.

Are you ready to plan your next family vacation? Let Carrie help you create a magically memorable trip for your family! Email her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com or request a no obligation quote to get the planning process started. Mention this article on Chip and Co, and receive a free gift when booking your trip with Carrie!

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: Fun Facts http://www.chipandco.com/dwarfs-train-fun-facts-189843/ Sat, 03 May 2014 21:30:45 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=189843 The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the newest addition to Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park!  This much anticipated attraction is set to open in May.  The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the creation of the ever imaginative Disney Imagineers.  For every Disney traveler, knowing the fun facts about many of the attractions, like the […]

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The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the newest addition to Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park!  This much anticipated attraction is set to open in May.  The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the creation of the ever imaginative Disney Imagineers.  For every Disney traveler, knowing the fun facts about many of the attractions, like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is part of the extra magic of a Disney vacation.  Let’s take a look at some of the Seven Dwarf Mine Train Fun Facts.

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, in the Enchanted Forest of New Fantasyland (Magic Kingdom), is a family coaster inspired by the film classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” that takes Walt Disney World Resort guests into the famous mine, glittering with diamonds, rubies, and other precious gems, where the Seven Dwarfs sing happily as they work.
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is almost completely “on stage.” With its location in the middle of New Fantasyland, guests aboard the rockin’ coaster are afforded amazing views from all angles.
  • The footprints of forest creatures, large and small, and the impressions of sticks, stones and acorns are embedded in the dirt path that meanders through the Enchanted Forest, leading to the attraction.
  • The Dwarfs cottage is a meticulously detailed representation of the cozy home seen in the classic film, down to the wisteria vine and birdhouse at the front door.
  • At the first interactive station in the attraction queue, Doc’s note explains the jewel washing game. As the jewels flow by in a wooden trough, or sluice, guests touch and drag them into a tray on the side of the sluice, matching them by color and shape. The trough is about 15 feet long and is accessible from both sides.
  • At the third interactive station in the queue, “Vault” is carved into the wooden crosspiece, or lintel, above the doorway. This is a reference to the scene in the film where Dopey opens the vault and throws in a bag of gems, then locks the door with a key. For safekeeping, Dopey hangs the key to the vault on a peg next to the door. The key hangs on a peg next to the entrance to the vault in the queue as well.
  • The figures of Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, and Happy, seen in the cottage near the end of the attraction, originally appeared in Snow White’s Scary Adventure, a Magic Kingdom attraction now the site of Princess Fairytale Hall. The figures of Snow White, Dopey and Sneezy, in the cottage scene, were created for this attraction.
  • The two vultures perched on the jib crane near the mine entrance are styled after the vultures in the film and originally appeared in the Snow White’s Scary Adventure attraction.
  • The individual mine cars are designed to reflect similar vehicles that appear in the film, handmade of wood by the Dwarfs, shaped with an ax, and used to haul rocks and jewels. Hand-hammered metal bands and nails are used to bind the wood. In the film, the mine cars sit in a cradle that allows them to be tipped to unload their contents. Here, the cradle design allows the cars to swing back and forth as they carry riders along the winding track.
  • The innovative, patented ride system for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is an original design developed at Walt Disney Imagineering. It features five-car trains designed to swing independently from side to side as they move along the track. This newly patented design provides a one-of-a-kind ride experience.
  • Next to Doc’s workstation in the mine, the carved wooden clock is a replica of the one seen in the film with the figures of two miners striking an anvil. As in the film, that motion signals the start of the beloved song, “Heigh-Ho.”
  • At the jewel washing station, a melody from the classic film can be created by moving from spigot to spigot. There are 12 spigots, corresponding to the notes of the musical scale.
  • The jewels seen throughout the mine come in three different sizes and six different colors: red, green, amber, purple, blue and clear.
  • The shadows of the Dwarfs marching homeward along the track on the lift inside of the mine were rotoscoped from the scene in the original film where the Dwarfs march across a log bridge, singing “…home from work we go.” (Rotoscoping is a technique where the movements of a figure in original live or animated footage are copied, or traced, frame-by-frame).
  • At the top of the second lift, guests have a brief moment to enjoy an inspiring view across Fantasyland to Belle’s cottage, Beast’s Castle above Be Our Guest Restaurant, and beyond. Then, the track drops precipitously, passing under a trestle and looping around the mountain crossing over the same trestle. The vehicle picks up speed as it careens down the mountain, twisting and turning, with its cars swinging back and forth. At the foot of the mountain, the mine train loops back to cross a pool at the bottom of a waterfall.
  • In the original tale by the Brothers Grimm, the Dwarfs were unnamed. When Walt Disney and his animators decided to name them to correspond with their character, scores of names were rejected including: Wheezy, Jumpy, Baldy, Hickey, Sniffy, Stuffy, Burpy, Tubby, Shorty, Deafy and Dizzy.
  • In the last view of the cottage, around the corner of the far wall, the Wicked Queen can be seen in her disguise as an old hag watching Snow White and the Dwarfs through a cottage window. She turns toward the train as it passes, and cackles wickedly.

Are you ready to plan your next family vacation? Let Carrie help you create a magically memorable trip for your family! Email her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com or request a no obligation quote to get the planning process started. Mention this article on Chip and Co, and receive a free gift when booking your trip with Carrie!

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We talk a lot here on Chip and Co about the Disney World “must dos”-must use a Disney travel agent, must get to Rope Drop, must take comfortable shoes, must eat at Be Our Guest, must make ADRs at 180 days.  But today we are going to talk about the “don’t dos” for your Disney trip.  These will make your trip easier, smoother, and less stressful, right?  I hope so!  Here we go with the Ten “Don’t Dos” for Your Disney Trip.

Don’t buy tickets from a ticket reseller or an outside source.  Buy them directly through Disney.  Sure, some companies offer “good deals”, or “buy one day get the next free”, but so does Disney.  Adding your tickets directly to your Disney package should be a no brainer.

Don’t stop in the middle of the walkway.  You wouldn’t stop in the middle of the street, you would pull over, right?  Same goes for the Disney walkways.  Stay to the right, and if you need to stop to tie a shoe, check a map, or take a photo, step to the side.

Don’t complain about everything.  Disney is crowded, it’s usually hot, and patience is key.  CastMembers are there to help you, so keep that in mind.  Some situations are out of their control.  Often, Disney will try to make up for any lack of service or expectation-the nicer you are about complaining, the better off you will be.

Don’t wait until 10 minutes before a parade starts to get a seat.  If you want a good seat for any parade at Disney, then timing is essential.  Start staking out a spot on Main Street at least an hour, if not more if it’s crowded, for the parades and Wishes.

Don’t take flash photos on rides.  It’s uncomfortable for others around you, some attractions and shows Disney asks you explicitly to not take these, and sometimes the photos don’t turn out how you’d hope they would anyway.

Don’t plan to be in the parks EVERYDAY of your trip.  Your family needs a rest from the sights, sounds, and other stimulation of the parks.  Plus, you paid to stay at an awesome Disney resort and you should make plans to enjoy it.  So many resorts have awesome pools, kids’ activities, movies outside, etc.  Make the most of it!

Don’t stay off Disney property.  The many perks of staying on Disney property outweigh the money you may save by staying off site.  FastPass Plus at 60 days prior, the Disney transportation, MagicBands, Extra Magic Hours, the Disney Dining Plan….and so much more!  In fact, if you go when Disney is offering a discount, you can stay at a Value Resort for about the same rate as you could stay off site.

Don’t plan a trip for Easter, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve.  These are not only the busiest times at Disney, but also some of the most expensive times.  Occasionally, you’ll get lucky and Easter might be included in a discount.  BUT, the weeks between Christmas and New Year’s are not.  You’ll be so much happier if you try an alternate time.

Don’t tote your purchases all through the Disney Parks.  Disney has a fabulous perk for on site guests.  When you purchase something in the shops, you can leave it.  Disney will deliver it to your resort.  Then you can pick it up at the resort shop.  Be aware, that if it is your last day in the parks, this may not work.  The packages may not make it to the resort in time.

Don’t crowd the family who is enjoying a character meet and greet.  Let them have their moment and their photos.  I know it can be hard to wait in line with young children who are excited.   But it is also frustrating to be the family enjoying your moment, while those behind you are commenting, rolling their eyes, and are clearly impatient.  Your time will come, and you’ll want others to be patient too.  On the flip side, be aware of others who are waiting patiently.

What can you add to the list?  I am sure we all have our Disney frustrations.  Keep in mind that the Disney parks attract a lot of guests all year round.  That means patience, tolerance, and lots of pixie dust!

Carrie is a Vacation Specialist with Destinations in Florida-the preferred Earmarked agency of Chip and Co.   She is always ready to help you and your family create lasting memories on your next Disney vacation, Disney Cruise adventure. or Disneyland trip.  Carrie specializes in families of five or more-from first hand experience, she knows how to plan a trip for a family of 5!  Contact her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com today for a free quote and to get your Disney trip planning started. Mention Chip and Co for a free gift when you book your trip with her! 

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Universal Studios Hollywood Monumental Theme Park Transformation http://www.chipandco.com/universal-studios-hollywood-monumental-theme-park-transformation-188891/ Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:30:13 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=188891 Universal Studios Hollywood is the Number One tourist destination in Los Angeles.  After all, Hollywood is the entertainment mecca!  They have decided to make an investment over 5-years to make the park even better for visitors!  They will be bringing new thrill rides and a whole new meaning to LA’s “Entertainment Capital” title. The Universal […]

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Universal Studios Hollywood is the Number One tourist destination in Los Angeles.  After all, Hollywood is the entertainment mecca!  They have decided to make an investment over 5-years to make the park even better for visitors!  They will be bringing new thrill rides and a whole new meaning to LA’s “Entertainment Capital” title.

The Universal Studios Hollywood transformation started in 2012, with the Transformers:  The Ride-3D, and in 2016 they will be following suit from the Universal Orlando Park and add “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”    Universal Studios Hollywood has been around for 50 years!  The goal of both Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood is to fully immerse guests in the movie experiences that have become so popular on the big screen.  The extra fabulous aspect to Universal Studios Hollywood, is that it is truly a working studio lot.    As a visitor to Universal Studios Hollywood, you can even enjoy a Studio Tour-which takes you onto the movie and television studio sets-making you feel like you are part of the action!

Following the Transformers:  The Ride-3D came Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Super Silly Fun Land.  Both of these are set to open on April 14th, making 2014 the Year of the Minion at both Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.    The awesome aspect to the Universal Parks is the fully immersive experience.  You feel as if you are in Gru’s neighborhood, at Miss Hattie’s Home for Girls, and walking alongside the seaside carnival.

In 2015, Universal Studios Hollywood will open two attractions to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  The land of Springfield, surrounding the Simpsons Ride will open in Spring of 2015, as well as the Fast And Furious Supercharged!  This will be the “grand finale” of the Studio Tour.    While in “Springfield”, you can enjoy the Krusty Burger, Luigi’s Pizza, and the Phineas Q. Butterfats 5600 Flavor Ice Cream Parlor.

For any movie and TV fan, the Universal Parks are for YOU!  The fully immersive experiences are like none other.  Imagine plummeting into the world of underground car racing from the Fast and the Furious with hyper-realistic and over the top special effects.   And in 2016, Universal Studios Hollywood will FINALLY welcome the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-the uber popular attraction at Universal Orlando.  You can bet that Hogwarts Castle will be a huge park icon in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Are you ready to plan your Universal Orlando or Universal Hollywood Studios Vacation?  Carrie Hurst is a Travel Agent with Destinations in Florida-the preferred agency of Chip and Co and an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.  She is always ready to help you experience your favorite movies and TV shows on a whole new level-in real life!  Contact her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park-Stellar Entertainment for Your Walt Disney World Trip http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-animal-kingdom-parkstellar-entertainment-walt-disney-world-trip-186959/ http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-animal-kingdom-parkstellar-entertainment-walt-disney-world-trip-186959/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:30:17 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=186959 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park for some families is a “half a day park”.   But did you know that some of Disney’s best entertainment is tucked inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom?  Just because Animal Kingdom doesn’t house as many attractions as the other parks, your family can still enjoy some fabulous entertainment at Animal Kingdom.  Part […]

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park for some families is a “half a day park”.   But did you know that some of Disney’s best entertainment is tucked inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom?  Just because Animal Kingdom doesn’t house as many attractions as the other parks, your family can still enjoy some fabulous entertainment at Animal Kingdom.  Part of any great Disney trip is enjoying not only the attractions, but the shows and other entertainment that make it a magical vacation!  So today I am going to share with you some of the best entertainment found at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park.

Festival of the Lion King-Although it has been under refurbishment until further notice, it is a “must do” if you enjoy Broadway caliber entertainment.  The acrobats, singers, and performers in tribal attire and vibrant costumes enact the the scenes from the Broadway show.  The floats,  audience interaction, and music will have you singing “I just can’t wait to be king” all day long!  Our family loves the antics of the monkeys, the performers as giraffes, and the whole experience is awesome!

Finding Nemo the Musical-The creatively made puppets that clothe the human performers in Finding Nemo the Musical add whimsy and magic to this stage show of the well-loved movie.   The novelty of the performance, and the bright colors from the coral reef are perfect for families.  And, the nice thing, is parents can also enjoy some rest time and entertainment while the kids enjoy a familiar performance.  You can use FastPass+ for this show, and it may not be a bad idea because the out door seating is huge, and with FastPass+ you get priority seating.

Flights of Wonder-This is an exotic bird ‘stunt’ show in an outdoor amphitheater. Flights of Wonder is entertaining and engaging, and the cheesy comedy gives an added bonus to the performance.  The idea behind Flights of Wonder is conservation-so they try to balance it with bird stunts and funny jokes.   The intelligence of birds is astounding, and pretty funny, too. It’s a great blend of Disney entertainment and wildlife.  For the animal lover in your family, it is a “must do”.

It’s Tough to Be a BugThis 3D show shares the benefits of insects with the cast of A Bug’s Life.  With Disney entertainment, learning about bugs can be fun!   One thing to note is, although it is very entertaining, It’s Tough to be a Bug can be a little overstimulating for young kids.  It’s an all around sensory experience, and in 3D.  FastPass+ is available, but you won’t need it for this.

Devine, character meet and greets, Tam Tam  Drummers of Harambe, and more-All around Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park is entertainment.  In fact, I think it’s one of the best parks to meet favorite characters!  Plus, the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe are wonderful entertainment-our family has never experienced Africa up close, and the Tam Tam Drummers give that experience.  I love the authenticity and detail surrounding everything at Disney.  Have you seen Devine?  If not, you need to be on the lookout for her!

Are you ready to plan your Disney Vacation?  Carrie is ready to get you started on your trip planning.  When you book with Carrie at Destinations in Florida-an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner-you can be assured that you will have a magical trip that is perfect for your family!  Email her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com today for a free quote and to get the trip planning started!  

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Disney’s My Magic+ System Undergoing More Great Changes for Guests http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-magic-system-undergoing-great-guests-188570/ http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-magic-system-undergoing-great-guests-188570/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:25:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=188570 Disney’s My Magic+ System is still undergoing changes for guests.  For quite some time, only guests staying on Disney property were entitled to preselecting their FastPass Plus Options 60 days prior to arrival.  More recently, Annual Passholders began receiving MagicBands, and now off-site guests can make FastPass Plus selections 30 days prior to arrival. Now, […]

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Disney’s My Magic+ System is still undergoing changes for guests.  For quite some time, only guests staying on Disney property were entitled to preselecting their FastPass Plus Options 60 days prior to arrival.  More recently, Annual Passholders began receiving MagicBands, and now off-site guests can make FastPass Plus selections 30 days prior to arrival.

Now, Walt Disney World is going to begin making more great changes to MyMagic+! Many guests at Walt Disney World enjoy the ability to secure ride times in advance-it really helps with time management in the parks!  As part of the ongoing testing phase of MyMagic+, guests have told Walt Disney World that they would like to add additional FastPass Plus entitlements, and Disney is listening!   Walt Disney World is working on giving guests the ability to add more FastPass Plus options after they have chosen their three in advance.  During your visit, once you have used the 3 you have chosen in advance, you will be enabled to select more at kiosks throughout the parks.  Then, after the 4th has been used, you will be able to select another, etc.

Park hopping?  Disney will have you covered, too.  They are working on a way to add a Park Hopping feature to FastPass Plus as well.

Although MyMagic+ came as a wonderful change in the eyes of some Disney guests, and still needed some kinks worked out, all in all it has given Disney guests the ability to enjoy attractions with minimal waits or make changes in the parks.

Carrie believes that Disney travel is an experience unlike any other, and the best family memories are made at the Happiest Place on Earth. Book your next Disney vacation with Carrie at 937.209.9473 or carrie@destinationsinflorida.com. Be sure you ask Carrie about how to save an extra 5% off your Disney vacation!  

 

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Taking Guests’ Vacations to an All-New Level With New Website, Mobile App, FastPass+ and Magicbands http://www.chipandco.com/guests-vacations-allnew-level-website-mobile-app-fastpass-magicbands-187629/ http://www.chipandco.com/guests-vacations-allnew-level-website-mobile-app-fastpass-magicbands-187629/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:30:25 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=187629 MyMagic+ is reshaping the Walt Disney World Resort vacation experience in ways that will make it more customized, more magical and easier than ever for guests to create lasting memories with their families and friends. Guests will be able to design the Disney vacation they want – personalizing everything from at-home planning to in-park experiences […]

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MyMagic+ is reshaping the Walt Disney World Resort vacation experience in ways that will make it more customized, more magical and easier than ever for guests to create lasting memories with their families and friends.

Guests will be able to design the Disney vacation they want – personalizing everything from at-home planning to in-park experiences to capturing memories to share and relive. MyMagic+ takes renowned Disney guest service to a new level — more customized, more seamless and aimed at delivering the best Disney World experience ever.

MyMagic+ is a fantastic new way for our guests to experience even more of the magic of a Walt Disney World vacation,” said Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vision is simple: To be the most trusted provider of shared family travel and leisure experiences throughout the world. And with MyMagic+ we are taking that experience to a new level.”

As the “test and adjust” phase continues to ensure every aspect is ready for guests, three major components will help define MyMagic+:

MyDisneyExperience.com

The already-popular new web site MyDisneyExperience.com and free mobile app provide Walt Disney World vacationers the ease of one-stop shopping for every aspect of their vacation. They can plan as much or as little as they wish – right from their home computer, tablet or smartphone. In creating their own personal guide to the magic, guests access their most valued experiences and get assistance along every step of the way to make those must-do’s a reality. There is even the option of making changes on the go.

My Disney Experience features for guests include:

  • Complete information about Walt Disney World Resort attractions, experiences, dining and resort hotels becomes easier than ever to access.
  • Interactive maps, videos, itinerary tools and more, all in one easy place.
  • The ability to lock in some of their must-do experiences in advance through FastPass+.  Make show, ride, fireworks or parade viewing or Disney Character Greeting reservations in advance or on the day of their visit. With no worries about experiencing favorite attractions and shows, everyone can relax and focus on their time together.
  • Find restaurants of every flavor (more than 80 to choose from) and make dining reservations direct from their mobile app or MyDisneyExperience.com
  • Connect with family and friends to coordinate plans and share photos.
  • Access all Walt Disney World Resort details from a smart phone, tablet or other portable device. Now, guests can take their Disney vacation with them and have the plans they created at home – along with interactive maps, character moments, dining reservations and wait times – at their fingertips as real-time info.

Disney FastPass+

  • For the first time, Disney-bound guests can reserve their special slice of Disney magic right from home. With a simple click of the mouse on MyDisneyExperience.com guests will be able to select up to three FastPass+ experiences at one park per day.
  • The menu of choices is bigger and better than ever. In fact, more than double the number of experiences will be available as FastPass+ choices. Depending on the park selected, guests can secure not only their spot on Space Mountain, Soarin’, Expedition Everest or Toy Story Midway Mania! and many other choices, but the date and time as well. And for the first time, by using FastPass+ guests will also be able to reserve Disney Character Greetings, fireworks and parade viewing areas, shows and spectaculars.
  • Not sure where to start? Disney will recommend FastPicks, a set of three FastPass+ selections to get guests started.
  • Selections can be changed at any time until they are redeemed. When an experience is unavailable, an alert on the My Disney Experience mobile app will notify the guest.
  • Access to FastPass+ is included in theme park admission for all Walt Disney World guests.

MagicBand

  • MagicBand, an innovative and colorful wristband, is an all-in-one device that effortlessly connects guests to all the vacation choices they made online with My Disney Experience.
  • It’s a room key, theme park ticket and optional payment system rolled into one. With just the touch of their MagicBand, guests can enter the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and water parks (ticket required), enter their Disney Resort hotel room, purchase food and merchandise and experience Disney Character Greetings.
  • The MagicBand also provides FastPass+ access so guests can walk right onto their favorite attraction or other experience during the time they pre-selected. MagicBand technology also connects the guest to Disney’s PhotoPass+.
  • MagicBands consist of hypoallergenic material that is flexible, durable, waterproof and comfortable to wear. Easily scaled to fit any user, it has ridges that help air circulate between the band and the wrist.
  • Extensive measures are in place to protect the privacy of guests and the security of the personal information they choose to share. MagicBands store no personal information – each contains only a randomly assigned code that securely links to an encrypted database and associates the guest’s MagicBand or card with the Disney experiences they’ve selected.
  • MagicBands can be disabled remotely if lost or stolen.
  • MagicBands are mailed to families well ahead of their departure date or waiting for them at their Disney Resort hotel. Mom, dad and the kids can each choose the color of their individual wristband right at home, with seven colors to choose from: pink, blue, green, red, gray, orange, yellow. Bands can be personalized with the family member’s name etched inside it.

 

Questions about MagicBands?  Need dining options?  How about great suggestions for how to spend your time in the parks and get the most out of your Disney trip?  Carrie is always ready to walk alongside of you to create a magical vacation for you and your family.  She is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida-an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and the preferred agency of Chip and Co.  Contact her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com to get your magical Disney trip booked and planned!

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2014 Disney Dining Plan Prices on the Increase http://www.chipandco.com/2014-disney-dining-plan-prices-increase-187770/ http://www.chipandco.com/2014-disney-dining-plan-prices-increase-187770/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:30:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=187770 Disney Dining Plan is a huge part of any great Walt Disney World vacation.  When you are at Walt Disney World, part of the experience is the food and character dining experiences!  Along with increasing ticket prices, and now package prices have increased in general, Disney is also increasing their Disney Dining Plan prices.  This […]

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Disney Dining Plan is a huge part of any great Walt Disney World vacation.  When you are at Walt Disney World, part of the experience is the food and character dining experiences!  Along with increasing ticket prices, and now package prices have increased in general, Disney is also increasing their Disney Dining Plan prices.  This is one thing to note about Disney travel-as soon as you know when you’d like to go, book your trip with the $200 deposit.  Why?  Because you are locked into that rate.  Otherwise, prices could go up and your package total could change.  I’m going to share with you the details of the Disney Dining Plan Price Increase.

Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan:

$41.99 per adult {ages 10+}, $16.03 per child {ages 3-9}.  This is an increase of $2.35 for adults and $.28 for children.  This plan entitles each guest to two quick service meals, one snack per night of their stay, as well as a resort refillable mug.  These rates are per person per night.

Disney’s Basic Dining Plan:

$60.64 per adult {ages 10+}, $19.23 per child {ages 3-9}.  This is an increase of $1.96 per adult and $.35 per child.  With the Basic Dining Plan, you are entitled to one table service meal, one quick service meal, and one snack per person per night of your stay.  You also receive a resort refillable mug.  These rates are per person per night.

Disney’s Deluxe Dining Plan:

$109.53 per adult {Ages 10+}, $29.51 per child {ages 3-9}.  This is an increase of $4.69 per adult and $.35 per child.  With the Deluxe Dining Plan, you are entitled to 3 meals per person to use however you choose-table service, quick service, and even at dinner shows.  As well as two snacks per person and a resort refillable mug.  These are per person per night.

So what does that mean for you?  It is a good idea to visit the Walt Disney World website and look at the menus.  Decide what you might order-entree, sides, dessert, drink-to see if you can benefit from the Disney Dining Plan.  Then nice thing about the Disney Dining Plan is that you can use your dining credits on anything on most menus.  It is really a moneysaver for a lot of families.  Remember, you need to make Dining Reservations 180 days in advance of your arrival date to ensure you get the times and locations you prefer.

Carrie is always ready to help you stretch your hard earned money and plan the best Disney vacation for YOUR family.  Email her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com for a free quote, and to get your magical Disney vacation planning started!  

 

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