Catie – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Disney Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining, Reviews and More! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:33:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 http://www.chipandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/512-icon-54ced060v1_site_icon-32x32.png Catie – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com 32 32 Make your own Dole Whip Cake at home! http://www.chipandco.com/make-dole-whip-cake-home-244500/ http://www.chipandco.com/make-dole-whip-cake-home-244500/#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:30:40 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244500 Some genius, somewhere, took the iconic Dole Whip dessert that we all know and love and turned it into a cake. I will admit – I was skeptical at first, like “Is that REALLY going to translate well into cake form?” well – the answer is YES. Not only does it translate well, but it’s […]

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Some genius, somewhere, took the iconic Dole Whip dessert that we all know and love and turned it into a cake. I will admit – I was skeptical at first, like “Is that REALLY going to translate well into cake form?” well – the answer is YES. Not only does it translate well, but it’s delicious, too!

Check it out:

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Dole Whip Cake
(Recipe Courtesy of Dole)

Ingredients
1 can (20 oz.) DOLE Crushed Pineapple 1 box (2¬layer) white cake mix
1 cup plus 5 tablespoons all¬purpose flour, divided
1¬ 3/4 cup sugar divided
3/4 plus pinch teaspoon salt, divided
4 egg whites
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 ¬1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, divided
1¬ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
1 can (6 oz) DOLE Pineapple Juice
1 cup whole milk
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature and cubed
1/2 cup boiling water
1 box (4 servings) pineapple flavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1¬ 1/4 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed

Instructions
Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray two (9¬inch) round baking pans with cooking spray and line with parchment or wax paper.

Press crushed pineapple through a sieve to drain well, reserving the juice. Juice should measure about 1¬1/3 cups. Set aside. Add pineapple to food processor and process until pureed. Set aside.

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Combine cake mix, 1 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add egg whites, oil, 1 cup yogurt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, reserved juice, and half of the reserved pineapple puree. Mix with a hand mixer for 2 minutes.

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Divide batter between prepared baking pans. Bake for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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Meanwhile, heat pineapple juice to boil and add gelatin. Stir until completely dissolved. Add cold water and stir to combine. Allow to cool to room temperature. Fold in remaining 1/2 cup yogurt and whipped topping until well blended. Cover and chill until set, about 1 hour.

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Combine remaining 5 tablespoons flour, 1 cup sugar, and milk in a small sauce pan. Whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a simmer. Continue to cook and whisk for 3 minutes, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Beat in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, pinch of salt, and butter one cube at a time, ensuring frosting is smooth. Fold in remaining pineapple puree.

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Spread filling over bottom layer of cake. Top with second layer. Spread frosting over cake. Chill cake for at least an hour before serving.

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It got an enthusiastic seal of approval from my little Mickey lover!

It’s tropical, it’s moist and flavorful, and best of all – its reminiscent of those hot sunny days at Disney – so if you’re looking for the perfect dessert to bring along to a summer cookout or BBQ, or if you’re just looking for a reminder of just how delicious those Dole Whips are – then I suggest you give this recipe a try.

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Is staying off site better than staying at a Disney World Resort Hotel? http://www.chipandco.com/staying-disney-world-resort-hotel-vs-off-property-244321/ http://www.chipandco.com/staying-disney-world-resort-hotel-vs-off-property-244321/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:30:59 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244321 I am normally a huge advocate for staying on property at a Disney Resort Hotel when I visit Walt Disney World – it’s way more convenient and closer to the Magic – but truth be told, sometimes those conveniences/perks of staying on site aren’t exactly free…and now that I have a family of my own, […]

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I am normally a huge advocate for staying on property at a Disney Resort Hotel when I visit Walt Disney World – it’s way more convenient and closer to the Magic – but truth be told, sometimes those conveniences/perks of staying on site aren’t exactly free…and now that I have a family of my own, I am seriously considering staying off property (GASP! Shocking, I know…)

Read on to discover some of the perks of staying somewhere other than a Disney World-owned Hotel:

More Space: There are a TON of Hotels and Resorts near Walt Disney World, and many of them offer a wide variety of room sizes/styles – from standard rooms, to suites, multi-bedroom apartments, villas – there are so many options to choose from! For example check out this special the Disney Springs Resort hotels are running.  In addition to hotels, there are TONS of vacation houses, condos, and townhomes in the Orlando area that are available for rental through sites like airbnb.com and homeaway.com. Whether you’re traveling to Florida alone or with your kids and husband, or your friends or extended family – there are places of every shape and size out there for you to stay in – many with separate bedrooms/bathrooms so you can have some privacy and a chance to relax (after all, you are on vacation!)

Dining/Diet Flexibility: Walt Disney World offers some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted – and I have been lucky enough to dine in many of their restaurants (and am working on trying out the rest!), and would eat there all the time if I could afford to! The prices overall are not awful, and the service is always amazing, but if you stay off site, you can really save a lot of money on food. If you stay at a place with a kitchen, you can head over to a nearby grocery store (there are plenty in the area!) for whatever you want to cook up – at a much lower cost than buying a similar meal in the Walt Disney Parks or Resorts. You can also do what Chip does and use Garden Grocer. And if you are on a special diet for whatever reason, having your own kitchen and the ability to prepare your own meals would come in VERY handy. Even just purchasing some snack items/drinks at the store to bring along to the Parks can save you and your family a bunch of money (not to mention having snacks on hand can help fend off meltdowns – always a plus in my book!)

COST: This is for real the biggest perk to me – if I can save money on my lodging budget, that means I can allocate those funds elsewhere – more souvenirs, more character meals – or even another day or two at the Parks! Once you step offsite, the prices of hotels/Resorts/rental properties drops dramatically – and there are deals up for grabs every day on sites like Travelocity.com, or hotels.com – you just have to look for them! There are a bunch of hotels within walking distance of Disney, and a bunch more that offer free shuttles to the Disney Parks. Of course, there are places that are too far for walking or don’t offer shuttles, so the best thing to do in that case is rent a car – and even when you factor in the rental cost, gas, and parking at the Parks, you still can have a decent savings over the cost of a WDW Resort. Not to mention – having a car makes it easy to run to the store for more food/diapers/snacks, and it gives you the option of checking out places other than Disney World while in the area.

Bottom line is – if you want the comforts of home while you’re on vacation like privacy, multiple bathrooms, a kitchen/the ability to cook, space to hang out/relax – you just won’t get these on WDW Property without paying an arm and a leg, and staying off property gives you the chance to have all this and more at a much lower price

I have stayed on property at WDW many times – so I know firsthand what I would be missing out on by staying off property: the Magical Express service, Extra Magic Hours, and yes we would lose out on some of that Disney Magic too – but for someone on a tight budget whose kid might be a bit too young to fully appreciate what staying “on property” entails the first time he visits Disney, I have to say, off property is looking more appealing by the day for my family!

What about you – have you stayed off property, or are you strictly a WDW Resort family?

Let us know your experiences in the comment box below.

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Disney World Resorts – Tons To Do, All In One Place! http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-resorts-tons-one-place-231244/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-resorts-tons-one-place-231244/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2016 23:00:33 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=231244 Don’t be so quick to rush off to the Disney World theme Parks every day of your Disney vacation – spend some time at your WDW Resort– there’s tons to do! Personally, my family and I like to designate one day as a “Non-Park Day” – we sleep in, relax, and enjoy all that is […]

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Don’t be so quick to rush off to the Disney World theme Parks every day of your Disney vacation – spend some time at your WDW Resort– there’s tons to do! Personally, my family and I like to designate one day as a “Non-Park Day” – we sleep in, relax, and enjoy all that is available to us right outside our Resort Room door!

Swimming: Every WDW Resort has multiple pools – most have a “main” pool, where you’ll find plenty of seating, a fountain or slide or something similar for the kids, a baby pool, and of course plenty of swimming space as this tends to be the largest pool at the Resort. There are usually a few other smaller pools scattered around the Resort grounds, which tend to be quieter and more laid back

Shopping: Many of the same souvenirs you see in the Parks can be purchased right at your Resort’s gift shop. Calling it a gift shop makes it seem like a small little place – when in reality most of them are huge and carry a huge variety of items – from jewelry and apparel to tech accessories, pins, toys, plush, and some necessities too – like first aid items, medicine, wine/liquor (hey, some people consider those vacation necessities!), etc. Why not shop close to home instead of buying stuff at the Parks and then having to carry it around all day? I prefer shopping at the Resort – less crowded, and a great selection!

Dining: Every Disney Resort has at least 1 place to eat right on property (many have more than 1!), and these are no simple “grab-n-go” packaged food places either. We are talking fresh, unique, delicious food – much of which you would never be able to find at the Parks. From pizza, to plenty of kids meals, to sushi and gelato, to every class of bottled beverage – they carry it all – so if you’re planning on eating all your meals at the Parks, you might want to re-think that strategy, and plan to check out what’s on site at your Resort

Playing: Playgrounds and play areas are a part of all the Walt Disney World Resorts, so if you’re looking for a way to entertain your little ones (and yourself!), head out for a leisurely walk around the Resort – you’ll find the aforementioned playgrounds and play areas, and you may discover even more cool stuff – like hammocks, statues, walking trails, and more! Some Resorts even rent out bikes, canoes, peddle boats and other watercrafts – which means playtime for the adults, too!

Moral of the story is – don’t underestimate your WDW Resort, and take advantage of all they have to offer (which is a lot – trust me!)

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Top 5 reasons to stay “On Site” at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-reasons-stay-site-walt-disney-world-243132/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-reasons-stay-site-walt-disney-world-243132/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:00:14 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=243132 I have always been a big fan of staying at Walt Disney World’s on site Resorts – for MANY reasons. If you’re planning a WDW trip and you aren’t sure if you want to stay on site or off site, maybe these Top 5 reasons to stay “On Site” at Walt Disney World will help sway […]

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I have always been a big fan of staying at Walt Disney World’s on site Resorts – for MANY reasons. If you’re planning a WDW trip and you aren’t sure if you want to stay on site or off site, maybe these Top 5 reasons to stay “On Site” at Walt Disney World will help sway you:

Magical Express: Disney provides free shuttle service from the Orlando airport to all WDW Resort Hotels – and they will even grab your luggage from baggage claim for you and bring it to your room! Return service is also provided, and they can help with checking bags when you are headed back home, too. In my opinion, this is one of the best perks of staying at a WDW Resort – as it eliminates the following questions: “should we rent a car? How will we get to the hotel? Where is baggage claim? Where are our bags?, etc – you get the idea. It just is one less thing to have to worry about, plus you get to start the “Disney experience” early – at the airport, when you reach the Magical Express desk and there’s a smiling Disney cast member waiting to greet you – you can let out a sigh of relief and let the Mouse take it from there!

Top Notch Service: I mentioned that smiling cast member who greets you at the Magical Express – well – that’s just the beginning. WDW Resort employees are amazing – polite, efficient, knowledgeable, and they will really go above and beyond to make sure your stay is as magical as possible. They are always there with a smile and a helping hand, and it honestly might seem like this is impossible – you’re probably thinking “can people be THAT helpful/happy all the time?” and the answer is YES – they can, and they are. They can answer almost any question you have, and if they don’t know the answer – they will make sure they find you the person that does. The smiles on their faces really make a difference in helping you feel relaxed and happy – which you should be, since you’re on vacation (you deserve it!)

Resort Food RULES: Each WDW Resort has on-site dining available, and we aren’t talking just some lame continental breakfast either. Freshly prepared hot meals using only the best ingredients is what you will find at these dining spots. All Resorts have some sort of “Quick Dining” location – where you can grab both fresh and pre-packaged snacks/meals, and many Resorts also offer a variety of sit down restaurants too – seafood, steak, sushi, burgers & sandwiches, pasta – there’s something for everyone, and the beauty of it is that you don’t even have to leave your hotel to get it

Extra Magic Hours: Each day, one of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or remains open up to 2 hours after regular closing time – and the best part is, only people who stay at WDW Resort Hotels are allowed to take advantage of these extra park hours. So that means shorter lines and fewer crowds for you early birds (or night owls), and the chance to experience more rides (some twice or more in a row if you’re lucky!) and attractions. I have also gotten some pretty amazing pictures of Cinderella’s Castle thanks to Extra Magic Hours – it’s a great perk that’s definitely worth waking up early for

Being IN The Magic: There’s nothing quite like waking up and knowing that you’re IN WALT DISNEY WORLD – it’s just such a unique experience, and staying at a WDW hotel makes it just that much more special and magical! There’s transportation available at all WDW Resorts to all of the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs – most is bus transportation, but there are also boats and monorails at select Resorts. Some Resorts are even close enough that you can walk right to the Parks – can’t get much closer to the Mouse than that!

Hopefully these perks have helped convince you that staying at a Disney World Resort Hotel is the way to go – because who doesn’t want to make their vacation even better by staying right in the middle of all the action? I know I do!

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Top 4 Tips for Meeting your favorite Disney Characters at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/top-4-tips-for-meeting-your-favorite-disney-characters-at-walt-disney-world-240141/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-4-tips-for-meeting-your-favorite-disney-characters-at-walt-disney-world-240141/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:44:13 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240141 One of the best things about traveling to Walt Disney World is that you can get the chance to rub elbows with some of the most famous characters ever – we’re talking Mickey & Minnie, Anna & Elsa, and so many more, too! Character meet and greets are a super important part of each day […]

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One of the best things about traveling to Walt Disney World is that you can get the chance to rub elbows with some of the most famous characters ever – we’re talking Mickey & Minnie, Anna & Elsa, and so many more, too! Character meet and greets are a super important part of each day my family spends at the Disney Parks – and I’m betting they will be for you, too! It can be overwhelming, not knowing where the characters might be or how your little one can get to meet their all-time favorites, but you needn’t worry – help is here!

Here’s our Top 4 Tips for Meeting your favorite Disney Characters at Walt Disney World:

Technology Is Your Friend: Let’s be real – you use your smartphone all the time anyways, you’ll have it out a lot to take pictures while you’re in Disney, so you might as well use it to help you meet characters, right? You’ll want to download the My Disney Experience app well in advance of your trip, so you have time to get used to it and play around with its features – and one of the best features of the app is the Character locater – just click on the “Characters” tab from the main screen and up comes an alphabetical list of characters and the times/places that you can meet up with them. As if that isn’t amazing enough, you can even sort by location so you can view the Characters for the Parks you’re currently at, or plan ahead for the day too!

Character Meals Are A MUST: For those of you who are unfamiliar with Character Dining, let me school you real quick – it’s basically a meal where you get to meet anywhere from 3-5 characters all in one place – and the best part is – they come to YOU! That’s right, pretty much all character meals (with the exception of Mickey’s Backyard BBQ), follow the same pattern – where the characters circulate from table to table, and for most places it takes about and hour and a half to get to see all the characters. Word of warning if you’re new to character dining: these restaurants can be loud and crowded – but you shouldn’t let that deter you from planning to eat at these places – as they can be truly amazing experiences! Character meals allow you to be treated like royalty and meet all the Disney Princesses, or join the Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto) at Mickey’s place – Chef Mickey’s. So if nothing else, you’re getting a chance to meet multiple characters in one place, while enjoying a delicious meal – and that’s what we call vacation multitasking at its finest!

The Waiting Game: Even if you come armed with a strategy and have a list and plan out when and where you’re going to meet up with your “must see” characters, be warned – it may not go totally as planned. You might miss a character due to a delay at another ride, or you might end up still waiting an hour in line to see a character (even if you planned ahead!). So the best planning advice I can give you is to plan on doing some standing around and waiting – take that chance to practice patience, and make sure you bring along some snacks/drinks, and maybe a few new little toys or books to occupy your kids (or you!) while you inch forward towards the main attraction – whoever it may be! And remember – it will all be worth it when you see your little one’s face light up when they see Mickey for the first time (trust me!)

Be Prepared: I swear, the main reason the lines to meet characters move so slowly is because people are not ready when it finally is their turn – and there’s nothing more frustrating than watching someone fumble with their camera and waste everyone’s time even more when they should have already been ready to go. So – don’t be that guy. BE PREPARED – Have your camera ready with the right settings and the lens cap off (or have your smartphone’s camera open and ready to fire away), Have your autograph book open and your pen uncapped. Ask your kids what they want to say when it’s their turn and practice it with them if needed. All of this might sound a bit silly, or even like it should be common sense – but believe me it is NOT – so save everyone (and yourselves!) some time and practice good character etiquette to help keep the line moving and reduce the wait times for everyone else

Back in the day (and we are talking the early 90’s here), my family traveled to Disney World every spring – and my dad was our planning guru. He was truly a master of character meet and greets – he knew where they would be, and made sure I got to see every character I could. His method? Well, he always made sure to grab the most updated park maps/schedules as soon as we arrived, and he made sure to study up on them so he could have an idea of what to expect, and if all else failed, he asked a Cast Member, and that advice still rings true today – the staff at Walt Disney World can answer pretty much any question you might have, and they always do so with a smile!

Meeting up with your favorite characters doesn’t have to be hard, and if you follow my tips above, you’ll be sure to have some amazing character interactions on your next trip to Walt Disney World!

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Choosing The Best Disney World Value Resort For Your Family http://www.chipandco.com/choosing-best-disney-world-value-resort-family-242217/ http://www.chipandco.com/choosing-best-disney-world-value-resort-family-242217/#respond Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:23:03 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=242217 When it comes to picking a Walt Disney World Resort, the choices can be a bit overwhelming – as there are more than a dozen amazing on site hotels to choose from! Over the years, I have been lucky enough to stay at many of them, and while I love them ALL, I have to […]

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When it comes to picking a Walt Disney World Resort, the choices can be a bit overwhelming – as there are more than a dozen amazing on site hotels to choose from! Over the years, I have been lucky enough to stay at many of them, and while I love them ALL, I have to say, for my family, the Value Resorts make the most sense for our needs.

If you’re trying to figure out what Resort is right for you, then you will want to read on for the lowdown on the WDW Value Resorts:

“What does “Value Resort” Mean?” – Well, as the name implies, these are the cheapest Hotel rooms on Walt Disney World Property – there are 5 of them total, with prices ranging from $100-$200 a night (lower prices during “non-peak” times, and during holidays/weekends the rates would be higher). The rooms are on the smaller side, and have either two double or one king bed. One slight drawback to this “Value” category is that the hotels themselves are the furthest from the Disney Parks. They are still on Disney World property, but it takes a bit longer to get to the Parks than a more expensive hotel would (as the more expensive ones are closer, naturally). Overall, the Value Resorts are perfect for you if you plan on using your hotel as just a place to sleep, and are a great way to save some money, too!

Similarities: There are some things that all WDW Value Resorts have in common – they are all HUGE – which means that while it may be easier to book a room here than at smaller Resorts, it also means the buses, food court, and Resort itself might feed crowded at times, and it also means that your room might be a 10 minute or more walk to the bus stops/food/lobby (of course, Disney lets you pay more to book a “Preferred” room closer to the main pool/lobby should you choose to do so). All Value Resorts have multiple pools, with a pool bar adjacent to the “main” pool. When it comes to dining, you’ll find a “food court” like eatery at all Value Resorts, where different stations offer different types of food (Italian pasta/pizzas, salads/sandwiches, ice cream/gelato, etc) and are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and well into the evening, too). They all offer bus transportation to all the Disney Parks and Disney Springs – and Disney is really good about sending extra buses right away if there are long lines to board

Themes: The main difference between each of the Value Resorts is that each of them has their own unique theme, which is carried on throughout the lobby, rooms, pools, and hotel grounds. There’s All-Star Movies (think giant movie reels), All-Star Sports (giant footballs), and All-Star Music (giant saxaphones and trumpets), and then there is Pop Century (An ode to “pop culture” over the last several decades – giant hippie flowers and Rubik’s Cubes), and last but not least – The Art Of Animation Resort which is themed after some of Disney’s best animated movies (Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Cars). As you might have been able to guess, these are NOT subtle themes – as the décor is BIG, BRIGHT and LOUD – it’s really a hit with the little ones!

Room For More: Speaking of little ones, if you are thinking that a standard size hotel room would NOT be enough space for you and your family to spread out, then you might want to think of booking a family suite instead. They sleep up to 6, and offer a separate bedroom, pull out sofa beds, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchenette. There are some at the All Star Music Resort, and a whole bunch more at the Art of Animation Resort. Prices are a bit more for these, running around $200-$300 a night (again, depending on what time of year you go). The price may be higher, but the extra space and ability to prepare simple meals (breakfast before you head to the parks, for example) makes it a much better choice for many families (not to mention – 2 bathrooms is a LOT more convenient than the whole family sharing just one!)

My family has really enjoyed staying at all the WDW Value Resorts – overall, the service has been amazing, and while they may not offer as many amenities as the Moderate or Deluxe hotels, we believe that the lower price is worth that trade off, and hopefully this helped convince you to check out the Value Resorts for your next trip, too!

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Top Disney World Souvenirs For Kids http://www.chipandco.com/top-disney-world-souvenirs-kids-234796/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-disney-world-souvenirs-kids-234796/#respond Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:10:11 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=234796 The struggle is real – to find the kids a souvenir that they like, you like, and isn’t absurdly expensive can seem near impossible, and add in that it ideally should be something they can actually get some practical use out of – well, forget it, right? WRONG! If you plan ahead and look around, […]

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The struggle is real – to find the kids a souvenir that they like, you like, and isn’t absurdly expensive can seem near impossible, and add in that it ideally should be something they can actually get some practical use out of – well, forget it, right? WRONG! If you plan ahead and look around, you’ll see that there are plenty of great, useful things you can purchase for your kids at Walt Disney World.

So read on for my top picks for Disney World Souvenirs for kids:

Pens/Pencils: The classic Mickey head shaped pen is a great small, inexpensive souvenir that they can bring back to school with them, and they come in tons of styles (and pencil versions too!). Disney also makes sets of nicer pens/pencils, as well as packs of colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc – perfect for your little artist. Another good choice to go along with those is a notebook/journal or Disney coloring book – I always loved having a journal to write/sketch in, and well – you’re NEVER too old to color, in my opinion!

Dining/Dinnerware: Every kid has to eat, right? So serve up those chicken nuggets and mac and cheese at home in style – with a Disney cute bowl or plate. Even my son (who is only 18 months old!) recognizes when one of his favorite characters is on his dinner plate or cup, so these are good for kids of all ages. A reusable water bottle is also a really useful souvenir – and the Parks offer them in a variety of styles/characters.

Deck Of Cards/Board Game: Normally anything that falls into the “toy” category is tricky when it comes to the question of “will they actually USE it at home?” – but there are a few toys that might actually get some use by the kids, and the adults too! Disney has several different styles of decks of cards for sale (including awesome haunted mansion themed ones, and star wars ones too!), and they sell some great Disney themed games too – like Tower of Terror Jenga, Haunted Mansion life, Disney Candyland, Muppets Yahtzee, assorted jigsaw puzzles, and more. I personally LOVE a good family game night – so these are all things that me and my family would get a ton of use out of.

A Bag: No matter what age, there’s always plenty of STUFF that kids need when you take them places – so why not buy them their very own Disney backpack or suitcase? There are tons of options to choose from, and they will get such a thrill out of having something as adult as their very own suitcase! And backpacks come in handy all the time – school, camp, weekend at Grandma’s – the possibilities are endless, and it’s definitely something they will get a lot of use out of.

There are some souvenirs I tend to steer the kids away from – including glow sticks/light up toys, those fans that you fill with water and can mist yourself with (cool when you’re in Florida, but not so useful at home), large stuffed animals, small ones are ok, and costume/dress up items – as they tend to be VERY expensive at the Parks, and if they want them badly enough, you can usually find them online for cheaper.

Hopefully you find this list helpful and keep these suggestions in the back of your mind when heading to Walt Disney World – they can help you save precious suitcase space, and money too!

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Tips & Tricks for Traveling To Disney World with Toddlers http://www.chipandco.com/tips-tricks-traveling-disney-world-toddlers-240386/ http://www.chipandco.com/tips-tricks-traveling-disney-world-toddlers-240386/#respond Sat, 11 Jun 2016 11:53:40 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240386 As all you parents out there know, life with toddlers is a unique experience (interpret that however you like…). They are amazing and learning different things every day, and there is no stage in life quite like it. Toddlers love experiencing new things and places, so what better way to introduce them to new things […]

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As all you parents out there know, life with toddlers is a unique experience (interpret that however you like…). They are amazing and learning different things every day, and there is no stage in life quite like it. Toddlers love experiencing new things and places, so what better way to introduce them to new things than with a trip to Walt Disney World!!

Here are some tips to help you plan for that magical trip with your little one: Walt Disney World “Do’s and Don’t’s” when traveling with toddlers:

DO:

Involve Them In The Planning: They may not understand it all, and will think when you say “We’re going to Disney!” that means right now even if its months away, but toddlers retain more than we think. Let them help make decisions, but break it down in toddler friendly terms, like “do you want to eat breakfast with Winnie The Pooh, or with Mickey Mouse?”, and “Do you want to go see the animals on the first day, or the Castle?” – thank and praise them for their input, and then when you get to Disney, remind them that they chose this meal/park/ride – they will love getting to make “big people” decisions!

Prepare Them: Show them pictures and videos of the rides/parks and explain to them how it all works – The Parks, the lines, the rides, the characters, etc. Especially the characters – try and get them some character interaction (like at a local theme park perhaps?) before you head to Disney, so you can get an idea of how they might react. If that’s not possible, just show them videos of other kids their age meeting and hugging and getting excited to meet their favorite characters

Pack Smart: Make sure you have plenty of snacks, drinks, and toys for the plane ride, ride lines, bus/boat rides – basically, be prepared for all the time you will spend waiting with lots of toddler-friendly distractions. New little toys/books can be bought cheaply at the dollar store – think things like bubbles, matchbox cars, coloring books, stickers, etc – these are all very useful in helping to prevent toddler meltdowns. Make sure you also back an extra change of clothes (or 2!) for your little one when you head off to the Parks, plus all the standard necessities like sunscreen, hats/hoodies/sunglasses, water bottles, extra wipes and kleenex, etc

DON’T:

Stray TOO Far From Your Toddler’s Regular Schedule: Obviously you’re on vacation, and in a new place, so you can’t expect to always stay 100% on schedule when it comes to naps or meals, but do the best you can to keep meals/snacks around the same time, and while you might not really get a chance to “nap” while touring the Parks, you can definitely make “quiet time” a reality – find a shady spot to spread out with your toddler, and bring a few books and their stuff animal or blanket, and encourage them to lay down in their stroller/on your lap for a bit, and if they nap, great, and if not – at least they got to unwind for a bit. If you’re able to leave the Parks somewhat easily (like if you’re staying on-site at a WDW Resort), then you can head back to your hotel for quiet time/naptime/pool time after lunch, and then be refreshed and ready to head back out to the Parks for dinner!

Do Too Much: On your little one’s first trip to WDW you want them to be able to see and do as much as possible, so it’s easy to try and overplan or to try and squeeze in just one last ride before lunch – and that’s where things can get dicey. Keep a close eye on your toddler – notice when they seem to be dragging, and assess the situation – maybe they just need to be carried for a bit, or maybe a break is in order – take LOTS of breaks – for snacks, drinks, or just to sit down for a few minutes. Your toddler is probably on sensory overload – so any chance you can take to do nothing while at WDW is a plus, gives them a chance to recharge, and the frequent breaks will keep you from overwhelming them

Expect Everything To Go As Planned: No matter how much you prepare for your WDW trip – the reality is that nothing with a toddler ever goes exactly as you plan it – and that’s ok! My best advice is to have a plan, but to be willing to be spontaneous too – it’s ok if you don’t ride every ride or meet every character, and if your toddler likes the train the best and wants to ride it 8 times – then do it! That’s how you make the best memories sometimes, by throwing the plan out the window and letting fate decide your day!

What about you have you traveled to WDW with toddlers? What are your best tips and tricks for making the most out of your vacation with them?

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Top Disney Souvenir Picks For Adults http://www.chipandco.com/top-disney-souvenir-picks-adults-236946/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-disney-souvenir-picks-adults-236946/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=236946 We we all know how awesome vacation souvenirs are when you’re a kid, but who says adults can’t bring home some awesome Disney keepsakes too? Read on for my top Disney souvenir picks for adults: Tech Accessories: Disney World shops and stores offer tons of great iphone and android phone cases/covers, and you now have the […]

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We we all know how awesome vacation souvenirs are when you’re a kid, but who says adults can’t bring home some awesome Disney keepsakes too? Read on for my top Disney souvenir picks for adults:

  • Tech Accessories: Disney World shops and stores offer tons of great iphone and android phone cases/covers, and you now have the ability to personalize these too – with the Create your own phone case kiosks coming to the Parks this Spring!
  • Bags/Totes/Purses: We all need to carry our stuff from place to place, so why not do it in style? One of the benefits of being an adult is that you can sometimes splurge a bit more on some nicer things – like a Disney Dooney and Bourke or Vera Bradley perhaps? They come in a variety of sizes, styles and patterns, and while the price tag might seem a bit steep for some of the bigger bags – it’s a small price to pay for something so classic! Guys aren’t left out of this category either – there are some really nicely made bags and other items in the Twenty Eight & Main Collection that are perfect for the man in your life
  • Kitchenware: I have to admit, this is a personal favorite of mine – and any time I enter a store at one of the Disney Parks, I am immediately scanning the shelves to find the home goods and kitchenware. It’s a weakness of mine – and I partly blame Disney for making SO MANY perfect yet practical things! Oven mitts, serving spoons/spatulas, plates, silverware, cups, bowls, mugs (I cannot say no to a cute Disney Mug), even aprons – they sell all this and more, and these could not be more amazingly useful – we all need spatulas right? So why not make it a DISNEY spatula!
  • Jewelry/watches: There is a HUGE selection of jewelry and watches available at various spots throughout the Disney Parks – there’s the Crislu collection which features Mickey in a variety of rings/necklaces/earrings and bracelets, Disney Pandora charms, Disney Alex & Ani bracelets, and SOOO much more. There’s a lot available for a reasonable price too, like really cute earrings and necklaces for under $20, and they also sell tons of diamond and gold items featuring Mickey and Pals, too
  • Personalized Souvenirs: There are a lot of spots around the Parks that will engrave/personalize various items – things like wine glasses/mugs and other drinkware, wooden and glass picture frames, leather accessories like bracelets or keychains, Christmas ornaments, and of course the iconic Mickey Ears – something no one should be without (no matter their age!). What better way to commemorate an amazing Disney vacation than with a personalized souvenir? We got an engraved photo frame last time we were at WDW, and put our picture from 1900 Park Fare in it

I LOVE buying Disney souvenirs as an adult – but I have to admit that my favorite one of ALL time is trip photos – all the pictures I take at Disney are super special to me, and I love displaying them and reliving the great times and memories captured in the pictures. But I want to know what you think – what’s YOUR favorite Disney “adult” souvenir?

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What’s To Eat at the Magic Kingdom for Snack Time! http://www.chipandco.com/whats-eat-magic-kingdom-snack-time-233541/ http://www.chipandco.com/whats-eat-magic-kingdom-snack-time-233541/#comments Tue, 31 May 2016 12:25:12 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=233541 Walt Disney World is home to some of the best food on the planet (at least in my opinion anyway!). There are TONS of restaurants and different types of cuisines, but I have to say – my favorite category in the Disney food world is the SNACKS – and yes, snacks are a real food […]

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Walt Disney World is home to some of the best food on the planet (at least in my opinion anyway!). There are TONS of restaurants and different types of cuisines, but I have to say – my favorite category in the Disney food world is the SNACKS – and yes, snacks are a real food category – especially at WDW!

I especially enjoy snacking my way around the Magic Kingdom – and here are my top picks:

Dole Whip: It’s a must have on a hot Florida day – not to mention it’s one of the most iconic Disney snacks ever! A cup full of cool, refreshing pineapple soft serve is a simple yet delicious thing – plus you can get it swirled with vanilla, or served as a float with pineapple juice (that’s my personal favorite). Aloha Isle over in Adventureland is the best place to snag one of these – it’s worth the (sometimes long) wait in line for sure! Learn how to make them at home here!

Giant Cinnamon Bun: These used to be served at the Main Street Bakery before it was refurbished as a Starbucks, and luckily it did not disappear – as it can now be found over in Gaston’s Tavern. The recipe hasn’t changed – they are still the huge, dense, yeast-y rolls as they were when the Bakery had them – with a nice thick cinnamon swirl, and plenty of ooey gooey glaze-like frosting on top, too – they are a must try! And while some of you may see a cinnamon bun as a mere “breakfast food” – I urge you to reconsider – as these are amazing any time of day, and are big enough to share (if you’re into sharing, that is)

Waffle Sandwich: Ok, so picture a huge Belgian style waffle – crispy on the outside, steaming hot and soft on the inside – you got that mental image conjured? Ok – so now, stuff said waffle with assorted amazing toppings – like Nutella and fresh fruit, or sweet and spicy breaded chicken, or ham and swiss – and if you’re liking what you’re seeing in your mind, just imagine how good it will actually taste once you head over to Sleepy Hollow and order one. They are divine – perfect for sharing, and definitely unique – I mean who else would think of something like this but the folks at WDW? If you’re not into waffles, Sleepy Hollow also has funnel cakes , ice cream, root beer floats, and more – it’s a great little spot to stop for a snack

Corn Dog Nuggets: Bit size hot dogs wrapped in delicious corn dog batter and deep fried? Yes – it’s for real, and you can get them over at Casey’s Corner on Main Street USA. The nuggets themselves are delicious, crispy outside, soft inside, with a plump hot dog in the center – but I have to say, the location is part of the appeal here too – there are few things better than grabbing some of these to enjoy while watching the parade come down Main Street. Casey’s also serves up hot dogs (with toppings like chili or pulled pork!), fries, and nachos – just like you’d find at the Ballpark (only more delicious, of course)

English Toffee: Handmade toffee coated in melted chocolate and nuts is one of my all-time favorite Disney treats, and you’ll find it at the Main Street Confectionery – a perfect place to stop to stock up on all of your candy needs. Cake pops, fudge, candy apples, cupcakes, cookies, bulk and bagged candy, and much more are for sale here – so good luck walking out of there empty handed! The toffee is sublime – it is always fresh, and while its packed with sugar (what good toffee isn’t, after all?), it manages to come off as not overly sweet, which makes it a winner for me every time

Well, it’s official – my mouth is watering, and I want to plan my next WDW trip solely based on the fact that I will get to eat all of these awesome snacks. It may seem weird that a vacation be centered so much around food, but people who think that probably have never been to Walt Disney World – because it truly is a foodie paradise. And after having sampled a lot of what they have to offer, I always come back to these old standbys.

What about you – what are your must have Magic Kingdom Snacks?

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Disney World Transportation 101 – What To Expect http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-transportation-101-expect-239686/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-transportation-101-expect-239686/#comments Mon, 30 May 2016 12:10:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=239686 Walt Disney World is a BIG PLACE – like 40 square miles big! To put that in perspective, that’s about the same size as San Francisco, or two Manhattan islands. Needless to say, one cannot expect to traverse the Disney World Parks by foot alone! Disney has its own internal transportation system in place, and it’s […]

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Walt Disney World is a BIG PLACE – like 40 square miles big! To put that in perspective, that’s about the same size as San Francisco, or two Manhattan islands. Needless to say, one cannot expect to traverse the Disney World Parks by foot alone! Disney has its own internal transportation system in place, and it’s designed to help make your life easier and allow you to spend more time enjoying all the Disney Magic!

Read on for a rundown of the basics of Disney World transportation:

Disney’s Magical Express is likely the first encounter you will have with Disney World transportation – as it’s the shuttle that brings you (and your luggage!) from the Orlando Airport to your WDW Resort Hotel , and then back again after your vacation is over (which has earned the return trip the name of “Tragical Express” – because no one wants to leave Disney World). When planning your Disney World vacation I highly suggest you plan to stay at one of Disney’s many awesome on site Resorts so that you can take advantage of this shuttle service, as it’s a great benefit that’s included for Disney World Resort guests (read more about other benefits of staying on site here)

Once you’re on site, you’ll have a variety of options to get you where you want to go, in the form of buses, monorails, and boats. All Value Resorts offer BUS transportation to the Parks/water parks/Disney Springs, and it’s once you move up to Moderate and Deluxe Resorts that you will see more options available to you:

  • BOAT transportation to the Magic Kingdom is available from: Fort Wilderness, Grand Floridian Resort, Polynesian Village Resort, and Wilderness Lodge.
  • BOAT Transportation to Epcot and Hollywood Studios is available from: Boardwalk Inn, Beach & Yacht Club Resorts, and Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Hotels.
  • BOAT Transportation to Disney Springs is available from: Port Orleans Riverside & French Quarter Resorts, Old Key West, and Saratoga Springs Resort.
  • MONORAIL Transportation connects the following places: Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village, and the Ticket and Transportation Center. From the Ticket and Transportation center itself, you can also catch an express monorail to both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom

Getting From Place To Place: Based on the above, it might seem like getting from point A to point B is impossibly confusing – and while it is a lot to try and understand, you really don’t have to remember all of it – as any WDW Cast Member will help you plot out your destination, and most of the time it’s as easy as taking a bus from your hotel directly to the Disney Parks. The one thing I do want to mention is that sometimes Disney World transportation runs on what I like to call “Disney Time” – which means that it might take slightly longer to get to your destination than you originally thought – between waiting for the bus/monorail/boat and then the unloading process, then the loading process, then the bus is full and they have to send another one…well, you get the picture – and it’s best just to assume you will need some extra time to get from place to place. While it may not be the world’s fastest transportation system, it manages to be as efficient as it can – considering just how many people they are moving around on a daily basis

Bottom line is – regardless of how much you take advantage of the amazing WDW Transportation system, you still will want to make sure you wear your most comfortable walking shoes when heading out for a day at the Disney Parks – personally I recommend/prefer sneakers that have been slightly worn in (but aren’t super old/worn out). You WILL be doing a LOT of walking at the Parks, so this is the one time that you should NOT worry about how fashionable your footwear is – as comfort is key here!

So what Disney World Transportation is your favorite? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Host Your Own “Inside Out” Movie Night! http://www.chipandco.com/host-inside-movie-night-239186/ Sun, 22 May 2016 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=239186 Have you had the chance to see Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” yet? I just saw it for the first time (I know, I am a bit behind, whoops!), and I really loved it (check out a review of the blu ray here!) – it’s such a creative theme/story for a movie, to get a glimpse into […]

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Have you had the chance to see Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” yet? I just saw it for the first time (I know, I am a bit behind, whoops!), and I really loved it (check out a review of the blu ray here!) – it’s such a creative theme/story for a movie, to get a glimpse into what someone is actually thinking/feeling, and in a way that’s fun and easy for those of all ages to understand. The movie follows an 11 year old girl through some tough times – and shows her emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust, Sadness, and Joy hard at work – and I have to admit, I have never seen anything quite like this movie. Little ones will love the visual aspect of it, and older kids will relate to the feelings and the struggles that Riley, our main character, is facing. Inside Out is the PERFECT movie to show at your next DIY Movie Night – and here are some ideas to make the night even more fun:

Décor: This is actually a pretty easy movie to decorate for – as each emotion is represented by it’s own color – Joy is yellow, Sadness is blue, Anger is red, Disgust is green, and Fear is purple – so you can easily head over to your local party store for an assortment of plates, cups, cutlery, tablecloths and streamers in those colors. Since the movie is relatively new, you can easily purchase stuffed animals, figurines and other toys/trinkets themed after the emotions from places like Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, and the Disney Store

Food: Every good movie night has to have some awesome snacks – so how about serving a “pop of Joy” – little cups of buttered popcorn, “Donut be Sad” blue frosted donuts, “Anger me not” red velvet cupcakes with orange frosting, “Not so disgusting” Green smoothies. Or “Fear’s Panko-Protected Green Beans” – which are breaded and baked green beans? Rainbow colored gumballs/other round candies serve as perfect “memories”, and really anything rainbow colored is bound to go over well with the little ones! Check out more themed food ideas here

Activities: This is a great chance to talk about feelings with your kids – explaining what each emotion is, and what it looks like, and then asking them to give you examples of each is a great activity that the whole family can take part in. If you’re looking for more of a hands on activity, check out this DIY memory ball activity, or this collection of assorted free printables – including number and word activities, too! This Inside out memory game is a great activity for younger kids, while older kids can benefit from some of these tips and tricks for teaching kids about emotions. Who says movie night can’t be educational, too?

If you need more party ideas, check out these great ideas (and these,too!)

I loved this movie – it made me laugh, it made me cry, it brought me joy…well, you get the idea. It really is the perfect movie to show at your next Disney DIY Movie night as it’s perfect fun for the whole family!

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How To Survive Those Looooooong Stretches Between Disney Trips http://www.chipandco.com/survive-looooooong-stretches-disney-trips-234144/ Sun, 08 May 2016 12:00:36 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=234144 I wish I could afford to go to Walt Disney World every year – heck I would go there every day if I could and never tire of it! But the reality for me (as for a lot of you, I’m sure) is that the expense of a WDW vacation is a luxury that I […]

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I wish I could afford to go to Walt Disney World every year – heck I would go there every day if I could and never tire of it! But the reality for me (as for a lot of you, I’m sure) is that the expense of a WDW vacation is a luxury that I work hard to be able to afford every few years, and that means there’s some pretty LONNNGGGG stretches between Disney trips for me. So how do I survive until I can get my next “Disney Fix”? Read on to find out:

Disney Movie Nights: This is one of my favorite ways to keep the “Disney Magic” alive in my house – we all take turns picking a movie, and then get some snacks and activities to go along with it. Check out our ideas for Finding Nemo, Cinderella, and Up themed movie nights. This is an easy way to get everyone in your family involved in combatting the Disney withdrawal symptoms

Saving: Even if you don’t have any Disney trips planned yet, you can always start a WDW vacation fund – here’s a DIY to help you create a spot to stash all that loose change (for future use at WDW!). Or if you’re not really the crafty type, could always start an official Disney Vacation Savings Account. Check out more ways to save here – and remember – it’s never too early to start saving towards your Disney dream vacation

Reading: I like to stay on top of all that is new in the Disney “World” – so obviously I am reading Chip and Co every day without fail, and I also like to check out the Disney Parks Blog for updates, too. Beyond that, I make it a habit to purchase at least 1 new WDW guidebook every year, and to read up on changes and reviews in my free time. It’s important to me to stay abreast of the changes happening at Disney – as I want to know what to expect when I go, plus – it’s fun to read about all the ways they are making things even better for their visitors

Planning: Once you actually book your WDW vacation, there’s plenty of planning you can do. You can figure out what to pack (tips on that here!), where to eat and what places to make ADR’s for, what rides and shows you might want to see, and you can even work on a trip itinerary, too!

If you’re patiently (or impatiently!) waiting to go on your next WDW trip, hopefully you can make the wait seem a bit shorter (or at least slightly less painful!) with these tips. If you have any other tips, I would love to hear them, and would also love to know – when’s YOUR next Disney trip?

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The Best Places For Chocolate Treats At Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/best-places-chocolate-treats-disney-world-235260/ http://www.chipandco.com/best-places-chocolate-treats-disney-world-235260/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 12:00:23 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=235260 Walt Disney World is well known for many things – it’s characters, it’s rides and attractions, and its FOOD, too! We aren’t talking just your standard “burgers and chicken nuggets” amusement park-fare here – they have it ALLLLL – cuisines from all around the globe, amazing drinks and snacks, and plenty of CHOCOLATE too. If […]

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Walt Disney World is well known for many things – it’s characters, it’s rides and attractions, and its FOOD, too! We aren’t talking just your standard “burgers and chicken nuggets” amusement park-fare here – they have it ALLLLL – cuisines from all around the globe, amazing drinks and snacks, and plenty of CHOCOLATE too.

If you’re like me and have a MAJOR sweet tooth, then you’ll want to read on for the Best Places To Find Chocolate Treats at Disney World:

Beaches And Cream: This “soda fountain” style eatery features American classics like burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches on its menu – all of which are delicious. But the star here is the ice cream menu – shakes and sundaes galore – and for you chocolate lovers: The Milky Way Sundae (drenched in hot fudge and caramel), Fudge Mud Slide (brownie AND hot fudge), and my personal favorite – the No Way Jose sundae featuring chocolate ice cream and peanut butter and hot fudge toppings – needless to say, you’ll be in heaven here when it comes to chocolate desserts!

Main Street Confectionary: This is one of my absolute favorite spots in all of Disney World – it’s an old fashioned candy shop located on Main Street and they sell pretty much any and every chocolate treat you can imagine. The candy case is stocked full of candy apples, Assorted dipped Krispie treats, chocolate covered bananas/pineapple/strawberries, cake pops, cupcakes, brownies, chocolate covered marshmallows, cookies…and as if that wasn’t enough, then there’s the ENGLISH TOFFEE (handmade) and ASSORTED FUDGE (turtle, cookies and cream, rocky road – to name just a few flavors). Seriously – my sweet tooth goes nuts in here, and I have to resist taking home one of everything

Boardwalk Bakery: Not only are there tons of amazing chocolate treats available here, but the location is amazing – a nice little boat ride over to the Resort from Epcot, and then a nice stroll down the beautiful boardwalk and boom – you’re in chocolate HEAVEN. Mickey tarts filled with chocolate ganache, chocolate cake, coffee mocha cupcakes, the amazing cheesecake brownie, peanut butter/banana/bacon pie…the list goes on. But really, I have to say, my go-to is the Mickey Tart – the crumbly shortbread-like outside and the creamy chocolate inside…can’t be beat for this choco-holic

Goofy’s Candy Co: the term “a kid in a candy shop” comes to mind when I enter this place – they sell any and all manner of packaged chocolate snacks – which are great to stock up on for when you’re home after your trip and those “post Disney blues” hit hard – salted caramels, chocolate covered pretzels, candy bars, and plenty more! There’s also a bakery style case offering tons of chocolate covered and filled treats, but the real attraction here for me is the “Create your own” treat – start with a base of a Krispie treat, apple, cookie, marshmallows on a stick, or pretzel rods and then they dunk it in your choice of dark, milk, or white chocolate. Then it’s on to the TOPPINGS – chocolate chips, M&M’s, butterfinger pieces, and many more choices – and then top it with a chocolate drizzle (if you dare!) for the perfectly personalized chocolate treat

Mickey Bar: ok so I know this isn’t a “location” to grab a chocolate snack, but I couldn’t write about chocolate at the Disney Parks without giving a nod to the most classic treat of them all – the MICKEY BAR! Vanilla ice cream shaped like the Mouse and covered in chocolate – it’s the most essential “must have” dessert of them all (or breakfast – I don’t judge). They can be purchased pretty much anywhere and everywhere at the Disney Parks, and the Resorts sell them too – so if you’ve never had one, you MUST on your next Disney trip – they are super easy to find, and super hard to resist

Now that I’m officially starving, drooling, and craving chocolate like crazy after writing that, I hope you take my advice and seek out some of these chocolate treats next time you’re at WDW – trust me, you will NOT be disappointed!

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Top 5 Random But Necessary Must Pack Items for Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-random-necessary-must-pack-items-disney-world-233143/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:52:45 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=233143 Last week I wrote about packing for the ever-changing Disney weather – and I hope that advice was helpful to you as you plan for your next trip to Walt Disney World! When it comes to packing for Disney, I have a LOT of experience – and I have some seemingly random items that you […]

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Last week I wrote about packing for the ever-changing Disney weather – and I hope that advice was helpful to you as you plan for your next trip to Walt Disney World! When it comes to packing for Disney, I have a LOT of experience – and I have some seemingly random items that you will want to pack to help make your trip go more smoothly.

Read on for my Top 5 Random But Necessary Must-Pack Items for Disney World:

Bags – LOTS Of Them: I’m talking plastic bags here – shopping bags, and Ziploc baggies in assorted sizes too. They come in handy for a LOT of things – keeping your valuables safe during rain or wet rides is a big one, and they can also store half eaten snacks, or hang on to those pressed pennies, or keep your Disney pins and backings in one place. There are so many uses for bags while at Disney that you just need to trust me on this and make sure you bring some along to the Parks

Conditioner: Yes, the WDW Resorts provide toiletries – some of them have combined shampoo/conditioners and others have separate bottles of each, but I personally like to bring my own. Why? Well – mostly because the water in Florida tends to make my hair really dry and brittle – between the showers and the pool, Disney is not kind to my hair. So I like to bring my own conditioner from home so I can make sure I am not dealing with a tangled hot mess of hair on vacation. Good idea to have the kiddos use some too – since de-tangling a little one’s hair can be painful for both parent AND child!

Empty Water Bottles: I toss a few of these into my checked luggage (I keep them empty so they don’t weigh down the bag, plus no liquid = no chance that they can explode in the suitcase!) and I fill them with water/ice each morning before I head off to the Parks. Of course there are water fountains at WDW, or you can purchase (expensive) bottled water – but I prefer bringing my own, makes things a lot easier, and helps us all stay hydrated when that Florida sun comes out to shine!

Gum: Little known fact – they do not sell gum at ALL on WDW property – which may seem strange, but it makes sense when you see how clean they keep the Parks. They don’t want messy sticky gum everywhere, and who can blame them? If you’re big on gum, stock up and bring it along with you (it’s especially helpful to keep your ears from popping when on an airplane!)

A Portable Medicine Cabinet: Most people think to bring their daily prescriptions and vitamins/supplements, but what about other medications you might need while away? You can purchase some over the counter items at the Park stores, but they are expensive, and generally come in very small quantities, so should you find yourself with a migraine at the Magic Kingdom, it might cost a pretty penny for enough Excedrin to get you through the day and evening. Tylenol, ibuprofen, band aids/Neosporin, Tums/Pepto Bismol, Nyquil, DayQuil, and Sudafed – those are all things that I like to bring along with me “just in case”

I deem these items “necessary” not because you can’t get them while at WDW, but because bringing them from home has made mine and my family’s life much easier on several occasions. Toting along these little random “comforts of home” helps ensure I have the happiest vacation ever!

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5 Ways You Can Save For Your Next Disney World Vacation http://www.chipandco.com/5-ways-can-save-next-disney-world-vacation-234321/ http://www.chipandco.com/5-ways-can-save-next-disney-world-vacation-234321/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:50:39 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=234321 If you’ve decided a Walt Disney World vacation is something you definitely see in your immediate (or even not so immediate) future, then one thing you’ll want to get started on right away is SAVING for it! Not sure where to begin or how you can save for a trip to The Happiest Place On […]

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If you’ve decided a Walt Disney World vacation is something you definitely see in your immediate (or even not so immediate) future, then one thing you’ll want to get started on right away is SAVING for it! Not sure where to begin or how you can save for a trip to The Happiest Place On Earth?

Then read on for 5 ways you can save for your Disney World Vacation:

Setup An Automatic Transfer: Get Savvy with your online banking by setting up an automatic transfer to a separate account that is just for your “vacation fund” – even just a small amount like $5 a week won’t be missed in your day to day budget, but will make a huge difference when it comes to paying off your vacation – that’s $260 a year alone! I set mine up to transfer each payday, and it goes right to a separate savings account from checking – and it’s the perfect way to start saving for Disney

Use Your Tax Refund: By now most of us have already filed our taxes, and some of us might be lucky enough to be getting money back. While there are plenty of ways to spend that money, one of the best ways is to use it to put down a deposit or pay off part (or all!) of your Disney vacation. My husband and I purposely have extra taken out so we can ensure we get at least SOME kind of refund each year, and that makes this the perfect time to book another Disney trip and put some of that tax money to good use

The Disney Gift Card: In case you didn’t know, you can pay off some (or all!) of your Disney trip using gift cards – so next time someone asks what you want for your Birthday or Christmas, instead of struggling to come up with an answer – simply tell them A DISNEY GIFT CARD! They can be purchased almost anywhere – including online or at most grocery stores with a gift card center (which is basically all of them), and they make a perfect gift for you or the Disney Lover in your life. They can be used to pay off the trip, or to pay for things while at Disney, too! They also make a great reward system – create a chore chart for your little ones with Disney gift cards as the prize and they will earn their own trip spending money in no time

Buy Disney Gift Cards At A Discount: Most people I know have a membership to a club store like BJ’s or Sam’s Club, and places like also have gift card centers, where you can get Disney gift cards at a discount. While the discount is usually no more than 5%, that’s still a $100 savings off $2000 worth of Disney fun – and that’s worth it to me! Another way to get discount gift cards is through Target’s Red Card program – I finally broke down and got myself a debit Red card last year, and while the 5% savings may not seem like much, it adds up when you’re constantly there buying diapers, formula, food, toys….the list goes on. Might as well grab some Disney gift cards while you’re at it – 5% makes a difference!

The Disney Chase Visa Card: This is a credit card that offers you $1 in “Disney Reward Dollars” for every $100 that you spend on the card. I use mine for all larger purchases, and also for gas and grocery shopping – and believe me – the reward dollars add up QUICKLY, and they can then be redeemed to a card that can be used like a gift card. I like to save my rewards dollars for Park souvenirs, and it has really been beneficial to me and my family. ALSO – they sometimes have bonuses for signing up/applying for the card, so keep your eye out for that if this is something you are considering

Now, I don’t want to make it seem like I am suggesting everyone run out and apply for credit or debit cards or go buy a BJ’s or Sam’s Club membership – but I will be honest with you – there are some BIG benefits to these for Disney Lovers! These happened to be things I already had/was already doing, so it really didn’t “cost” me anything up front to start saving for my next Disney trip

Once you’ve booked your next trip, I hope you are able to use these tips to your advantage! You should also hit up the dollar store for even more savings on Disney trip essentials – read more about that here. And be sure you check out my Disney Planning Do’s And Don’t’s for even more tips for ensuring your Disney trip is the best ever!

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Traveling With an Infant To Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/traveling-infant-walt-disney-world-229868/ Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:00:20 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=229868 Whether you choose to travel to WDW with just your infant, or you’re heading there with multiple children, there’s no doubt that traveling anywhere with a little one presents some unique challenges for both parents and the child, too. Schedules are interrupted, sensory overload happens, regular diets are all screwed up – all the ingredients […]

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Whether you choose to travel to WDW with just your infant, or you’re heading there with multiple children, there’s no doubt that traveling anywhere with a little one presents some unique challenges for both parents and the child, too. Schedules are interrupted, sensory overload happens, regular diets are all screwed up – all the ingredients are there to make a recipe for disaster. But fear not – to help alleviate some of the stresses that come with infant travel, I have come up with some Tips and Tricks for Traveling with a little one to Disney World:

Don’t Overdo It: There is so much to see and do at Walt Disney World that it’s almost instinctual to try and cram as much into a day at the Parks as possible – but RESIST THE URGE to overdo it, no matter how many awesome things you see that you want to do, just take it slow and do a few rides and take breaks often. Head back to your WDW Resort for your little one’s normal naptime – it may seem like a pain to leave the Parks just to return a few hours later, but your little one (and you!) will welcome the break, trust me. And trying to skip nap time is a BIG no no – that just will not work out well for anyone, so don’t even bother trying it

Pack Accordingly: You’ll obviously want to take a well-stocked diaper bag along with you when you head out to the Parks, and you’ll want to make sure it’s a bag that’s comfortable and easy to carry/wear – I suggest a backpack (leaves your hands free for kid-wrangling). Diapers, wipes, sunscreen, hats/sunglasses, extra changes of clothes (yes, multiple), sweatshirt/hoodie/blanket, some smaller toys, and PLENTY of snacks – seriously, if it seems like you’re overdoing it, then you still probably need more. Pouches, puffs/goldfish crackers, granola/cereal bars, pieces of fruit, water bottles/juice boxes – bring them ALL – as you will not want to have to pay for an adult sized snack every time your little one is hungry – as that would get costly in a hurry

Utilize The Baby Care Centers: All 4 WDW Theme Parks have one of these baby centers, which offer a quiet spot to change, feed and nurse your little ones. There are high chairs in the feeding area, a kitchen with a microwave, oven and sink, and an on-site shop where essentials like formula, diapers, and wipes can be purchased. It’s a great place to take one of your breaks, and offers a private place to nurse too. Plus it’s air conditioned – which can really be a huge plus on a hot Orlando day!

Bring A Baby Carrier: Strollers are great, and while they make it way easier to transport your little one, I personally prefer wearing my baby as much as possible when at WDW. For the littlest babies it keeps them close to mom or dad, and helps partly shield them from the sun and noise too. Toddler carriers are great too – they make ergonomic ones that reduce the strain on your back (we like this one!), and you wear them piggyback style, which leaves them able to check out their surroundings easily. Obviously even the littlest ones will feel heavy after a while – but take turns with your partner, and sit down often for breaks. A carrier may not totally replace a stroller, but I personally think it’s a great alternative and can really help out when you’re in big crowds (like there tend to be at Disney!)

Know Before You Go: Do your research on the various rides and shows to know the age/height restrictions – and make a list of ones that might work for you and your little one. Be aware that even the tamest of shows might scare them – so be prepared to get up and leave a show if need be, as the darkness or lights/sounds might be overwhelming to little eyes and ears

Above All – DON’T STRESS! There will be tantrums and meltdowns and crying – and that’s ok – it is normal, it happens, and it is best to just accept it now – it will make your trip much easier, trust me! Taking babies and toddlers to WDW can be a big undertaking – but it can have big rewards too – watching your baby smile at Mickey, or seeing their face light up as they see the castle for the first time – these are the moments that make it all worthwhile

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Top 4 Disney World Resort Activities http://www.chipandco.com/top-4-disney-world-resort-activities-227877/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-4-disney-world-resort-activities-227877/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:45:16 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=227877 When planning their Walt Disney World vacation, most people will tend to focus on the 4 Theme Parks and plan their days around their visits to these spots – and with good reason – the Theme Parks are FULL of amazing rides, shows, characters, food, parades, and more! But there’s also plenty to do outside […]

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When planning their Walt Disney World vacation, most people will tend to focus on the 4 Theme Parks and plan their days around their visits to these spots – and with good reason – the Theme Parks are FULL of amazing rides, shows, characters, food, parades, and more! But there’s also plenty to do outside the Parks too. Don’t believe me? Well, then I invite you to read on and learn more about all the great NON Theme Park things there are to do at WDW:

Shopping: You can definitely give your credit card a workout with all the amazing stores there are at Walt Disney World – and some of the very best ones are found outside the Theme Parks. Every WDW Resort has at least one souvenir shop that offers a wide variety of Disney gear – and most also offer some specialty shops as well. But the BEST place to shop at Disney, hands down, is Disney Springs (Formerly Downtown Disney) – where a veritable mecca of shopping options awaits – and we aren’t talking just Disney themed stores either – there’s a Harley Davidson store, art stores, jewelry and clothing stores, and MUCH more

Swimming: If you happen to be staying at a WDW owned Resort, then you’ll have multiple options for taking a dip – you’ll find family friendly pools with waterfalls, slides, and toddler play areas; plus there’s quieter/more secluded pools tucked away in various places around the Resort grounds too. Even if you aren’t a big swimmer, you can relax in the sun and enjoy an adult beverage from the nearby pool bar. If you aren’t staying at a WDW Resort – fear not, as it’s likely that your Resort will have at least one pool for you to enjoy – after all, you’re in Florida (where pretty much everyone has a pool)

Explore Your Resort: The Disney Resorts offer TONS of fun on site things to do – most have movie nights, trivia, activities for kids, and more. Plus – there are some great things to see if you take some time to walk around the Resort – play areas, cool photo ops, gardens and other cool décor and landscaping that all adds to the theming. Personally I love to wander around whatever Resort I am staying at, and I recommend you take some time to do this too – you never know what you might find!

Dining: All WDW Resorts (and most offsite hotels too) offer at least one dining location – and they are usually pretty great places to grab a bite! All WDW Value Resorts have large “food court” style eateries – and the food is actually REALLY good at them! There’s your standards like burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza – but there’s also unique items like a Mongolian grill menu, create your own salads, gelato, and plenty of grab’n’go options as well. Most Moderate and Deluxe Resorts offer quick service dining as well as sit down restaurants too – and there are some pretty great places to eat – sushi, steak, seafood, 5 star fare – you name it, the WDW Resorts have got it! So don’t limit yourself to eating just at the Parks – make sure you check out your Resort and neighboring Resorts for dining too

While the Theme Parks are one of the best things about WDW, I think that getting to stay on site at one of the WDW Resorts is almost as good as the Parks – there’s so much to do and see and explore! I HIGHLY recommend you take some time out and check out your Resort – it may seem like just a place to sleep – but it’s got so much more in store for you!

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Packing For The Unpredictable Disney World Weather http://www.chipandco.com/packing-for-the-unpredictable-disney-world-weather-232899/ Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:00:43 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=232899 Packing for your Disney World vacation can be a formidable task – especially if you’re packing for yourself AND your kids (and maybe even your significant other too?!). I recommend making a list and starting well in advance of your departure for WDW – but even if you aren’t into planning ahead, you’ll want to […]

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Packing for your Disney World vacation can be a formidable task – especially if you’re packing for yourself AND your kids (and maybe even your significant other too?!). I recommend making a list and starting well in advance of your departure for WDW – but even if you aren’t into planning ahead, you’ll want to read on and make sure you’re including these in your suitcase:

Rain Gear: Bringing your own ponchos is a MUST – I cannot stress this enough! It is pretty likely that it will rain sometime during your trip to Disney World – and you’ll want to be prepared for when it does! The Parks sell ponchos and umbrellas of course, but it’s much easier and cost effective to bring your own – local dollar stores sell thinner ones, and more durable versions can be purchased at stores like Wal-Mart or Target. Ziploc baggies and shopping bags in assorted sizes can also be a lifesaver to help protect valuables (wallets, cell phones, cameras, etc) from the rain. I like to also bring along a smaller hand towel, to help dry off exposed areas like arms/legs once the rain is done – not a necessity but certainly something that’s nice to have!

Keeping Comfortable In The Heat: Make sure you and your family are packing outfits that are loose, comfortable, and light colored as they will be the best at keeping you cool when the Florida sun makes its appearance. Sunscreen (multiple bottles) is also a must-have – I prefer the spray on kind – I find it more easily applied and absorbed, but whatever your family prefers, make sure to stock up ahead of time so you can bring it along to Disney. You’ll want to tuck a few empty water bottles in your suitcase alongside the sunscreen, as staying hydrated is really important, especially when it’s so hot out (bonus – you’ll save money by bringing your own water bottles and not having to buy bottled water at the Parks!)

It just might get cool at night: While it’s not likely that you’ll need a parka or mittens, you’ll want to make sure you’re packing at least a pair of jeans and a hoodie/sweatshirt in your bag. It can get cooler once the sun goes down, and you’ll be grateful for that hoodie, believe me!

Bag It: When heading to the Parks, stow all these items in a comfortable, easy to wear bag (since you’ll be carrying it around all day!) – I prefer a backpack with padded straps, and I like to choose one that’s gender neutral so that my husband and I can switch off carrying it and he doesn’t have to be embarrassed to tote around a pink glittery Minnie backpack (not that I own one of those…)

The weather in Orlando can change quickly – it can go from being hot and sunny to cold and rainy in a flash, so be prepared and pack for the WDW weather to save time, money, and frustration and help ensure your visit is the happiest it can be!

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6 Reasons Why Adults Will LOVE Disney World As Much As The Kids http://www.chipandco.com/heres-why-adults-will-love-disney-world-as-much-as-the-kids-228808/ Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:30:58 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=228808 There’s no denying that Walt Disney World is a true kid’s paradise – kids beg and plead to go there, and with good reason – the characters, rides, shows – it’s a magical experience for the little ones. But, believe it or not – there’s a TON of stuff that the grown-ups will love too […]

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There’s no denying that Walt Disney World is a true kid’s paradise – kids beg and plead to go there, and with good reason – the characters, rides, shows – it’s a magical experience for the little ones. But, believe it or not – there’s a TON of stuff that the grown-ups will love too – don’t believe me? Then read on to learn about the Disney Magic For Adults:

The FOOD: Most people think “theme park food” and things like chicken nuggets, hamburgers, and all things deep fried come to mind – and if that’s your thing, WDW has you covered – but if you’re looking for something a bit more palette stimulating – you’re totally in luck. Disney World offers TONS of amazing restaurants – all different kinds of cuisine, and even some fine dining and 5 star restaurants too – Japanese, Moroccan, Italian, New American – plus many, many more. You won’t leave hungry – trust me

Quench Your Thirst: There may be sodas and juice boxes around every corner, but if you look just a teeny bit harder, you’ll find a wide selection of more “adult” beverages too! Most restaurants serve beer and wine, and many have an extensive list and offer advice on pairings as well. Specialty cocktails are on many menus too, and you can even “drink around the world” at Epcot and try different, exotic drinks from each country. No matter how much of a spirits aficionado you might be, you will surely find something new and different to try at Disney

Nightlife: A dueling piano bar on a real old school boardwalk, night clubs, live music, a bowling alley, a movie theater, an exclusive Cirque Du Soleil show, bars and restaurants galore – it all adds up to an amazing night out – and it’s all located on Disney property, so no worries about driving or needing to call a cab if you’re staying at a WDW Resort (which I HIGHLY recommend – for MANY reasons), as you have access to a whole network of WDW boats, buses, and monorails to get you from place to place – so feel free to get out there and explore it all!

Shop It Out: Your credit card can get a heck of a workout at Walt Disney World – as there are plenty of stores for you to browse. There are your typical souvenir shops with stuffed animals, t shirts, Mickey ear hats, etc – but there’s a lot of places that offer much more than that: fine jewelry, purses/bags/luggage, clothes and accessories, kitchenware, art, stationary – there’s something for everyone, and if you love to shop till you drop, then Disney World is the perfect place for you!

Relax In The Lap Of Luxury: I mentioned how great staying at a WDW Resort is – and one of the great things about it is the sheer volume of choices you have when it comes to places to stay. There are some truly world class resorts on the list too – the Disney Deluxe Resorts offer the largest, most sumptuous rooms and the most amenities too – room service, concierge level service, multiple restaurants and shopping options, plus they are the closest to the WDW Parks too. If catching some zzz’s in a gorgeous hotel room or suite doesn’t relax you, then you can check out WDW’s spas – where massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and more are available in a beautifully tranquil setting

Get Your Sport On: If you’re one of those crazy people (like me!) who like to workout while on vacation, then you’ll be good to go at WDW – between the Resorts that offer gyms, plus all the walking/running trails and places to rent bikes/paddleboats/canoes – you’ll surely find something to get your heart rate pumping! You can also go waterskiing or parasailing, learn to surf, rent a boat, go horseback riding, or check out one of Disney’s golf courses

Walt Disney World is a great place for those of ALL ages – and adults especially will be pleased to find all that the Parks and Resorts have to offer – there truly is something that everyone will enjoy!

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