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When planning our Disney World Vacation we always make sure when we order our tickets we get the Park Hopper option. While at the parks one of our favorite things to do in Disney World is Park Hop! To us there is something about being in different parks in the same day that makes our Disney Day complete.

Don’t get me wrong we have spent many days in the same park and had a blast, but having the choice of leaving a park jumping on a boat, bus or monorail and being in a whole new place to explore in just a bit, is exciting!

We love to venture to Animal Kingdom early in the day and enjoy the peace and calm of the animals on the Kilimanjaro Safari, Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and the Maharajah Jungle Trek and then head back to Rafiki’s Planet Watch for some more up close animal time. Then head out for lunch at a favorite resort spot then on to Magic Kingdom for an afternoon and evening of riding fun! Or how about a morning and early afternoon in Hollywood Studios getting your blood pumping with the Tower of Terror, Rock -n- Roller Coaster and Star Tours then getting your game on in Toy Story Mania! Then off to Epcot to explore China, Norway, Germany & Morocco to name a few!

Or did you ever go to park and think “Ok every single person at Disney must be in this park today?” Yep me to, so head on out and hit up another park! Now I am sure some of you might say “but I only have 4 days and I just want to do one park a day”  while I get that and understand you want to see and do as much as you can with time you have, so taking the time to park hop isn’t something you want to add to your day. Fair enough but consider this, Animal Kingdom closes around 5 or 6 you can then head to another park for the rest of the evening, Hollywood Studios may close at 8 or 9 and Magic Kingdom may have Extra Magic Hours that night so extra time for Splash or Space Mountain is never a bad thing 😉

All in all park hoppers can add to your magical vacation by giving you the flexibility and extras you just may need!

Do you park hop while at Disney World? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Let’s Go See a Show – Our Favorite Disney World Shows http://www.chipandco.com/show-favorite-disney-world-shows-145219/ http://www.chipandco.com/show-favorite-disney-world-shows-145219/#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:00:57 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=145219 Everybody has their favorite Disney World Show for one reason or another, like the songs and story, sentimental reasons, cuteness factor and so on, whatever the case Disney shows are like no other!  From Broadway to action and from whimsy to fairy-tales Disney shows has something for everyone! I have to say I enjoy them […]

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Everybody has their favorite Disney World Show for one reason or another, like the songs and story, sentimental reasons, cuteness factor and so on, whatever the case Disney shows are like no other!  From Broadway to action and from whimsy to fairy-tales Disney shows has something for everyone!

I have to say I enjoy them all and try to do as many as time allows per trip but there are always those few that I just have to get to, no matter what! Fireworks. Parades and Dinner shows aside (that’s another article)these are the shows in the parks that have a fan following of there very own!

Lets take a look at just a few of My Favorites!

Festival of the Lion King This is a favorite of many with floats, singers, dancers, acrobatic monkeys and of course Timon & Pumba! This toe tapping, sing along show will delight everyone, it’s truly is a Broadway-caliber show! Try to get there early for a seat down front but keep in mind, not a bad seat in the house!

It’s Tough to be a Bug– Just the fact that you have to walk down a winding path around the Tree of Life and the show itself is under the Tree of Life, make this show a must do! It’s in 3-D, cute, funny and you may even learn a thing or two about bugs, even with the smells and um “creepy” honorary guest! Smaller guest may get scared, but they can sit on parents laps 😉

Finding Nemo The Musical Another Broadway worthy show! Big animated backgrounds, extremely cool puppets with acrobats and dancers that will leave you singing and reminding yourself to “Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming” all day long!

Turtle Talk with Crush– Even though my son is a little big to set down front anymore we still enjoy this show. So much fun to hear crush interact the guest and its different every time but always entertaining!

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular This one is my sentimental favorite, Indiana Jones movies were my grandmas favorite and this show just makes smile and think of how much she would love it 🙂 Loud explosions, big flames, a rolling boulder and a hero to save the day… what more could a girl ask for 😉

Mickey’s PhilharMagic– Here you get to see Donald Duck fly through scenes of  Disney classic movies all while chasing Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat! Its a fun filled 3-D show with great effects and lots of your favorite Disney characters! We like sitting in the middle towards the back~

Enchanted Tales with BelleThis newer show will be a favorite for years to come and will be on the “cant miss list” of many! Here you go from Maurice’s cottage to Beast’s Library for an amazing storytelling experience with Belle and Lumiere. This show has guest help with the story by playing a role while getting to experience an interactive fairy-tale!

Remember these are just a few of the many shows all over Disney property for guest to enjoy, so take the time and see a few on your next Disney Vacation!

Pixie Dust Sprinkles!

Dana

 

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Baby its Hot Outside! Here’s how to keep cool at Disney http://www.chipandco.com/baby-hot-cool-disney-131233/ http://www.chipandco.com/baby-hot-cool-disney-131233/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:50:04 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=131233 We have all said it or at least heard it a few times while visiting WDW… “I’m hot” “its soooo hot” “I think I’m melting” you get the picture 😉 Let’s face it, that Florida heat can be brutal and staying cool can be trying! So since we visit allot in the summer here are […]

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We have all said it or at least heard it a few times while visiting WDW… “I’m hot” “its soooo hot” “I think I’m melting” you get the picture 😉

Let’s face it, that Florida heat can be brutal and staying cool can be trying! So since we visit allot in the summer here are few tips that we use to try and keep cool…

Drinking water – seems easy enough but we learned the hard way that it is a must!! My mom on one summer Disney trip said “I just didn’t feel thirsty” but then she started feeling lightheaded and well one thing lead to another and Disney security/medical help descended on us ninja style and I apologize to anyone in the Its Tough To Be A Bug Que in August 2006 😉 So “Drink Up Ye Hardees” Mostly water and Power-aid/Gatorade but any nice iced cold drink will help in the summer heat!

*Any Counter Service will give you a Free cup of ice water, just ask!

Misting Fans! We have had our Disney Misting Fans for years and take them every trip! Disney sells them at every turn but you can also get them at home(and cheaper) to bring along! Just a little burst of air in your face or a light cold mist can help on a scorching day!

Neck Coolies! Well that’s what we call them, but they have many kinds out there all with different names. But the idea is they are bandanna’s filled with cooling crystals, you wet the bandanna and wear it around your neck to cool off! And yes they really do work! Check your local Wal-Mart or Sporting Goods Store or jump online and search Ice Bandannas, Neck Coolers, Frog Togs etc…

Take in a show! There are many to be had so find one and take a break, even waiting to get into a show(because on hot days, everybody will want to see a show) will still be cooler than directly outside.

Grab a bite! I know allot of people say “I’m to hot to eat” but sitting down giving your body a break with even a snack and a cold drink can help!

Just take a break... Now you can go back to the resort and swim or nap but you also can just find some shade or depending on the park an inside attraction and find a seat and just sit & people watch!

These all might seem easy and you could be thinking “no kidding, we will drink and take breaks” BUT the power of Disney is amazing and you get in the mind set of “Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming 😉 know what I mean? So please be smart and listen to your body~

For more check out this article, Top 5 Ways to Beat the Heat at Disney World.

>>Dana

 

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Stay and Dine in Disney Hollywood Studios! http://www.chipandco.com/stay-dine-disney-hollywood-studios-128366/ http://www.chipandco.com/stay-dine-disney-hollywood-studios-128366/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 23:00:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=128366 There are so many wonderful places to eat in WDW that narrowing down your choices can be hard to do! Choosing by Park can always help so today we will be spotlighting Table Service Places in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Let’s start with the Buffet in the group… Hollywood and Vine~ Here you can dine with […]

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There are so many wonderful places to eat in WDW that narrowing down your choices can be hard to do!

Choosing by Park can always help so today we will be spotlighting Table Service Places in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Let’s start with the Buffet in the groupHollywood and Vine~ Here you can dine with Characters like Jake from Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”, Agent OSO from “Special Agent OSO” as well as Handy Manny, and June from “Little Einstein’s”. Now keep in mind the Characters are only here for Breakfast and Lunch, but Dinner is served here as well. Seasonal Fruit, Fresh Bakes Pastries, Yogurt, Eggs, Breakfast Meats, Mickey Waffles and more  fill the breakfast buffet here! For Lunch and Dinner you will find a selection of Salads, Seafood, Carved Meats, Pasta, Sides and Desserts! This is a great place for the little ones in your group, especially for Breakfast and Lunch!

Best Themed here in Hollywood Studios has to go to The Sci-Fi Cafe! There is nothing like walking into the darkened drive-in scene complete with B-Movies, the cars, the wait staff on roller skates even up to the stars in the sky! We love going here for lunch, nice darkened, relatively quiet spot out of the bright hot Florida sun! The burgers and Shakes are always  a hit for us with some yummy appetizers like the Spinach & Artichoke dip and the Onion Rings to fill us up! From kids to grandparents this place get two thumbs up!

Fan Favorite here in the Studios has to be the 50’s Prime Time Cafe~ Step back to the 50’s and bring your appetite and sense of humor. The theme is Mom’s kitchen from back in the 50’s. TV’s in the restaurant show black and white sitcoms like “Father Knows Best” and the original “Mickey Mouse Club,” which is really cool. The servers here will be your cousins, aunts, uncles or mom and they mean business when they say clean your plate, eat your veggies and most defiantly keep your elbows off the table (just ask my hubby who had to wear a Little Mermaid bib during dinner!) It’s all in good fun and adds to the unique experience. There are lots of 50’s knick-knacks and the dessert menu is on a View-master! The Fried Chicken and the Pot Roast here is delicious and PB & J Milkshake is out of this world!  They also offer a full service bar here with some really amazing drinks, I suggest the Magical Star Cocktail~

For Best Upscale Dining and if you feel the need to go a little “glamorous and dine with the stars”?  Then make your way to the Hollywood Brown Derby and take a step back in time to the way Tinseltown  looked in its heyday! The walls of this lovely restaurant are lined with caricatures of the Stars and the tables are covered in crisp white linens and rich, wood paneling is used throughout. It defiantly has an upscale ambiance with menu to match.  The Cobb Salad is amazing and the Grapefruit Cake is a delightful little slice of  goodness! If dining here on the Disney Dining Plan it will be 2 credits.

My Favorite Table Service in HS is hands down Mama Melrose’s!!! We love Mama’s for the quaint feel,  wood-burning ovens, brick walls, cozy booths and hardwood floors combined with overhead vines and lights to create an authentic and cozy atmosphere. All that said tho we come here for the food! Italian, Seafood, Pasta, Flat-breads, Steaks and more make this a family favorite. On our last trip we brought our friends for the first time and it was the “Favorite meal of the trip” by everyone! We did the Fantasmic! Dinner Package also on our last visit and really liked it, it was a three course meal as well as preferred seating at Fantasmic!  A win-win for sure.

*You can do the Fantasmic! Dinner Package at Mama Melrose’s, Brown Derby and Hollywood & Vine

From Character Buffets to Glitz and Glamour or to your Mom’s Kitchen, Little Italy and even Drive-In’s of the past, take your time and a break in your Hollywood Studios Day to have a wonderful table service meal, there is something here for everyone!

Pixie Dust Sprinkles,

Dana

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Is Downtown Disney a Disney Must Do? http://www.chipandco.com/downtown-disney-disney-106287/ http://www.chipandco.com/downtown-disney-disney-106287/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 00:00:01 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=106287 So many people seem to think that Downtown Disney is only shopping and true, there is allot of shopping to be had here, but there is so much more! From movies and bowling to food and entertainment! Food for one is a big part, we seem to always schedule a trip to DTD by where we […]

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So many people seem to think that Downtown Disney is only shopping and true, there is allot of shopping to be had here, but there is so much more! From movies and bowling to food and entertainment!

Food for one is a big part, we seem to always schedule a trip to DTD by where we want to eat…If you are just here to shop till you drop and want to grab a quick snack then you could choose from Pretzels and Fried Candy Bars at Wetzel’s Pretzels and Cookes of Dublin or how about candy and sweets galore then stop at Goofys Candy Company, the Candy Cauldron or Ghiradelli Soda Fountain, they should do the trick.

Counter service’s here will give you many choices from sandwiches to gourmet pizzas at Earl of Sandwich and Wolfgang Puck Express or maybe you will be in the mood for chicken or the new chili or meatball cones…well then you need to stop in at Pollo Campero or Marketplaces Snacks and pick those up.  Come for dinner and you can sit down and dine with  Dinosaurs and movie stars at T-Rex and Planet Hollywood or how about dining on a riverboat at Fultons Crab House. Then again you may want to be wild and dine in the jungle if so the Rainforest Cafe is where you need to go. Have a song in your heart and a tappin’ in your toes  then sing along at the House of Blues and do some toe tappin’ at Raglan Road! As you see there are allot of choices for every taste!

Wanna play for the day, then DisneyQuest is where you can get your game on! High tech games and ride simulators are the norm here, from calm and cute to you might want a motion sickness pill, is the range. Even non-gamers can have a fun filled day here, but be warned you may plan on staying and hour or two and before you know it… four hours have gone by in no time!

Maybe you want a game but bowling is more your style then head on over to Splitsville! Not only bowling will take center stage here, you can play pool, listen to music or maybe even catch some live entertainment. They also offer a full menu that can be delivered to you while you bowl! They also offer over 21 nights Thursday – Saturday on the second floor.

Take in a movie or do dinner and a movie at the AMC Downtown Disney 24. Six of the twenty four theaters offer The “Fork & Screen Theaters” plus there is a Bar and lounge that also offers drinks and a full menu if you would like to dine before the movie!

Cirque du Soleil-La Nouba is a completely immersive combination of circus and theatrical presentation combining elements of modern dance, staging, humor and acrobatic stunts. This show will make you laugh, think and amaze you! You will be entertained from start to finish.

Take to the water and rent Sea Raycer’s, Canopy Boats or Pontoon Boats Located at Cap’n Jack’s Marina, most rent for 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Specialty Cruises and Bass Fishing Excursions are also available from this location.

Maybe taking to the open sky sounds more like fun to you then try the  Characters in Flight balloon ride! The tethered balloon flight offers a bird-eye view of Downtown Disney and the surrounding area, a beautiful sight during both day- and night-time excursions.

There are many other ‘extras” that you can see and do in DTD, like  stage shows and dancing to playing at the Lego Imagination Center! So take a day and enjoy all Downtown Disney has to offer!

Pixie Dust Sprinkles,

Dana

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Disney Foodie Favorites – Dinner http://www.chipandco.com/disney-foodie-favorites-dinner-104161/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-foodie-favorites-dinner-104161/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:00:57 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=104161 Well my Disney Foodie Friends this is our last installment in the series…for now! If you have missed the past Disney Food Favorites check out this link. The wonderful thing about Disney food is there are so many places and new dishes to try that list are ever changing and if you’re a Disney Foodie then that […]

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Well my Disney Foodie Friends this is our last installment in the series…for now! If you have missed the past Disney Food Favorites check out this link.

The wonderful thing about Disney food is there are so many places and new dishes to try that list are ever changing and if you’re a Disney Foodie then that is a good thing! So lets wrap this up with a bang and with that I say… Dinner is Served 😉

Now this can be a debate that can go on forever, there are peoples favorite places that they love and others that well lets just say they wouldn’t be running back to!

Whatever the case these are my picks for Disney Foodie Dinner Favorites in WDW so lets see how they compare to your list 🙂 Most times dinner will be your bigger meal of the day, most times… So that is the premise with these choices I’m going to take.

Magic Kingdom

COSMIC RAYS in the Magic Kingdom is my pick for Counter Service Dinner here! Big portions and big taste is a winning combo! My favorite here is the 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken – with Mashed Potatoes and a seasonal vegetable its always juicy and flavor filled!  Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches and more are the favorites here and that’s a big plus for here, something for everyone! Plus you can have dinner and a show with  “Sonny Eclipse,” the animatronic lounge singer.

Now my choice for Table Service here in the Magic Kingdom was a toss up, I think that everyone at least once needs to eat in Cinderellas Castle just because well its Cinderellas Castle 😉 that said this is all about the food and just the food so with I am going with the CRYSTAL PALACE!! Salads, pasta, meats and sides all tasty with a more than a few stand outs. My favorite here is the Prime Rib and the Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes! Oh how I love those potato’s 😉 Buffets aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and you do dine here with Winnie and friends  but I’ve always had a hot, fresh and tasty meal here!

(I haven’t be to Be Our Guest yet so it wasn’t in the running this time around)

Animal Kingdom

Since this park isn’t open as late as the other parks so an early dinner would be on tap if choosing to dine here and my pick here is… The Yak and Yeti... for both Counter Service and Table Service!  The counter service portions were large and plenty enough to share, I love the Honey Chicken and my son loves to grab an egg roll here whenever he can! The only downside to here is seating, we grabbed ours and took a little walk and found a place in the shade. Now for the Table Service Yak and Yeti, we came here shortly after it open and was not expecting much but really enjoyed it and my mom and husband declared the ribs here the best of the trip! So we knew we needed to return to be sure, and we have really enjoyed our dinners every time! Now my mom and hubby stand by there ribs and order them without fail every time but my son and I change it up. He and I also like to share here since we can never seem to be able narrow it down, but we seem to have a favorite one of us seems to keep getting… the Duck with Anandapur Glaze – roasted half duckling, orange wasabi glaze, jasmine rice, stir-fried vegetables! Crispy, done to perfection and the glaze is yummy! Plus can I say the Fried Wontons for dessert… oh baby Yum-O!!!

Hollywood Studios

Once again I have to say HS doesn’t have a stand out counter service for us, we have tried them and none have thrilled us so we do more snacking here with a sit-down lunch or dinner. But as much as I don’t like the counter service choices in HS one of my favorite table service places in all of WDW is here,  Mama Melrose’s! Now I might catch a little heat for this one but honestly we have always had wonderful service and great food here… every single time! On our last trip there was 10 of us and everyone of us voted this one of our favorite dinners of the trip 🙂 My stand out here was the Seafood Arrabbiata– Shrimp, mussels,calamari, Fish of the Day, with pasta and tossed with a Spicy Seafood Sauce. This tasty mouth watering dish was amazing, it was honestly an outstanding dish that I cannot wait to have again!

Epcot

Well my friends when you want food on any Disney trip, Epcot is the park to visit. Being able to “snack” around the world be it for snacks, drinks, desserts or main courses can be done and is so much fun! From Mexico to Canada the World Showcase in Epcot can give your taste-bud’s some worldly goodies! Counter Service here is plentiful and at every turn which is nice when you’re in a group and not everyone wants the same thing. Now we have many favorites here but one that we seem to never miss is the Yorkshire County Fish Shop in the United Kingdom and Fish & Chips sums it all up! Fresh, hot, crispy and delicious 🙂 My favorite table service in Epcot is Le Cellier in Canada. My favorite meal here consist of the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with Pretzel Bread and Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon – 8 oz. Canadian AAA Beef Tenderloin with wild mushroom risotto, white truffle butter sauce and micro chervil. Savory and Scrumptious is a great way to wrap up dinner here, the steak was fork tender and the risotto cooked to perfection made for one happy girl 🙂 I must say I was not happy about the move to 2 credits and now even 2 for lunch 🙁 on the Disney Dining plan.

Downtown Disney

This place is a Hodge podge of places to eat and that is a good thing, just trying to choose is the tough part. Wolfgang Puck Express is a gem of a counter service place, breakfast, lunch or dinner here is outstanding every time with out fail. My favorite here is the Four Cheese Macaroni – A creamy blend of four cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar, fontina and Gorgonzola) baked with macaroni. All the cheesy goodness in this dish makes it lip-smacking and heavenly and running a very close second here was the Rigatoni– With chicken bolognese 🙂 Whatever your choice I don’t think you can ever go wrong here!! Did you ever go some place and just get blown away? Well that was me at House of Blues, wow!! We all loved it and will be back for sure!!  My mom had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and oh my goodness crispy, Finger Licking Good and just yummy with a capital Y! Now being here I had to try the Jambalaya and  kids let me tell you this was “smack your momma good” it just doesn’t get any better than this, spicy, full of flavor and just Delicious! You might not hear a lot about the House of Blues but put on your list and try it out, you won’t be sorry 😉

Resorts

I was torn on this one so I picked 2 tables service places! Its no secret I love, love, love Ohana we go here once a trip for either breakfast or dinner and sometimes both! I think this is a true Disney Foodies Paradise dinner!  Pork fried dumplings, Coriander chicken wings, and Mixed Greens with Honey-Lime dressing then broccoli and green peas and pad Thai noodles. with Sauces: peanut, chimichurri and sweet-and-sour! Then the really good stuff… Marinated sirloin steak, Asian BBQ pork loin, Mesquite grilled turkey, and non-peeled shrimp… Everything delicious and flavorful, my favorite is the Shrimp~ Wish I had some right now! Ohana books up quickly so be on the ball and make your reservation here asap 😉 My other choice here is at the Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht & Beach Club / Yacht Club Resort this is one of those places that you just need to go to at least once, amazing service and absolute delectable dishes from start to finish~ My favorite starter here is the Lobster Bisque Made with Maine lobster and creme fraiche finished with Brandy makes it creamy, rich, smooth with chunks of lobster just luscious! For dinner here I am a NY Strip Steak fan, done to perfection and cuts like butter…mmm it just doesn’t get better than that! Now if you want a really big steak here and an a  succulent one at that then by all means go for the 28 oz Porterhouse! My hubby and nephew love this and I have to say it is wonderful (I stole a bite) just a little on large size but heavenly none the less 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my Disney Foodie Series and I also hope you have a list of your own! There are so many foodie choices at WDW trying new places and dishes means you can have a list of new favorites every time you go, nothing wrong with that 😉

Pixie Dust Sprinkles,

Dana

 

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Disney Foodie Favorites – Lunch! http://www.chipandco.com/disney-foodie-favorites-lunch-102442/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-foodie-favorites-lunch-102442/#comments Mon, 01 Apr 2013 18:00:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=102442 So far in our Disney Foodie Series we have covered Snacks and Breakfast!  Today lets do Lunch! Once again lets break this down by parks, resorts and DTD plus by counter service to table service , because lets face it there’s waaaaay too many favorites to narrow it down to just one 😉 First up Magic Kingdom~ My favorite counter service here in MK […]

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So far in our Disney Foodie Series we have covered Snacks and Breakfast!  Today lets do Lunch! Once again lets break this down by parks, resorts and DTD plus by counter service to table service , because lets face it there’s waaaaay too many favorites to narrow it down to just one 😉

First up Magic Kingdom~ My favorite counter service here in MK has never wavered, and that says alot because I am always open to new places and new taste. Columbia Harbour House, we have always liked anything we have got here over the years and always look forward to making a return. My favorite here is the Anchors Aweigh Sandwich, fresh, light and tasty just the way a sandwich should be! My son loves the Chicken Salad here and last time we split our meals and I have to say it was really good! I would recommend anything here fish, chicken or go crazy and try the lighthouse hummus sandwich! Plus try the upstairs seating, quiet and out of the way makes for a great break in the middle of the day!

My Foodie choice for a sit-down lunch in the Magic kingdom is the Liberty Tree Tavern. We always enjoyed the character dinners they had a few years ago and the Pilgrims Feast (Turkey Dinner) with all the trimming they served, but alas the characters are gone but the Pilgrims’ Feast thankfully remains! It was then we tried lunch here, while some ordered the pilgrims feast I went with the New England Pot Roast… Our Tavern Keeper’s Favorite and what a scrumptious dish this is! It was melt in your mouth good, the way good pot roast should be and this folks didn’t disappoint 🙂 Also again if you are looking for something lighter and say even a little different give the Colony Salad a try, it not only has chicken and greens but crasins, apples and pecans a great salad for sure!

Animal Kingdom has a few surprises up there sleeve when it comes to counter service places, my son was thrilled to find Mr. Kamal’s Kiosk where they served his favorite food ever chicken wings! They were of the boneless variety but he was a happy boy none the less. I also found a little jewel in the rough here if you will, Tamu Tamu Refreshments Kiosk! We looking for a little something and hit the jackpot on a couple sandwiches here that were delightful! Slow Roasted Pulled Beef Sandwich was my choice and Oh My Goodness what a treat this was! Spicy pulled beef with a creamy cucumber sauce on a pita it was so flavorful! My mom had the Roasted Chicken Salad Sandwich this was stuffed full diced chicken and dried fruit with a little spice thrown in for an extra burst of flavor! These were both absolutely sinful! So do your palate a favor and stop by Tamu Tamu!

Disney Foodies like myself like a sit down lunch at Tusker House, now I know I also choose here for breakfast but lunch here gives you a pleasant-tasting awry of different dishes similar to those served at Boma. My pick here is the Spiced Rubbed Rotisserie Chicken and the Seafood Stew plus the salads, sides and vegetables here are splendid, maybe a little different that the norm but tasty.

Hollywood Studios, well once again (the same as breakfast) we don’t do allot of counter service meals here, nothing has ever stood out here for us in that department, while there are places around nothing hits the spot for us soooo if we are looking for a bite in the early afternoon here I always find myself making my way to the Writer’s Stop for a Iced Cappuccino or a Frozen Drink, Raspberry is my favorite, and while I don’t see a problem with “drinking” your lunch a sweet treat here is also a really good idea from the Carrot Cake Cookie to cupcakes you can’t go wrong!

Now I may take a little backlash on this pick but we really like the Sci-Fi Cafe for a sit down lunch here at the studios! The inside cant be beat for the decor’ coming in from the mid-day heat to a dark, cool place and you get to eat in a car! That all aside the food while not gourmet hits the spot! The milkshakes here are creamy & smooth and the appetizers with choices like Spinach and Artichoke Dip can be lunch all by themselves! If your more in the mood for a sandwich the Smoked Turkey is always my choice, the Avocado Mayonnaise makes this a lip-smacking good choice!

Epcot~ My beloved Epcot, where to even start here? This is a Disney Foodies paradise!! The choices here a many and by most accounts all good! So this one kept me thinking for while, because lets face it you can have anything here from Fish & Chips to Falafel and anything in between! We almost always do counter service lunches here just because of the endless choices, we have even all split up and went to different countries got lunch met up and all shared a little, now that my foodie friends is a perfect lunch!! But alas I finally came to a decision… Tangierine Cafe gets the nod, the Shawarma Platters are a taste sensation you just can’t find anywhere! I do the Chicken & Lamb combo since I can’t pick just one but I think my favorite part is the fresh Moroccan bread…Yum-O sums that up just fine!! I will say I tried for the first time the Moroccan Kefta Sandwich and I will be back for that for sure!

Sitting down for an afternoon lunch here in Epcot is a great way to try places with a little lesser cost~ When I started to write this Disney Foodie Series I knew what I was going to put here…La Hacienda de San Angel we stopped here for a lighter lunch and was happy with our choices from the starter portion of the menu. Taquiza – taco trio ~ beef taco with chipotle salsa, roasted chicken taco with salsa Verde  and Chilorio (marinated pork)taco all yummy! We also had and shared the Botana – chicken tostada, Chilorio sope (marinated pork), and cheese empanada,  and of course Margaritas! This is a great way to try a new place and not be stuffed all day, and with so many great items throughout the World Showcase this is a perfect way to pace yourself! 😉

DTD~ Earl of Sandwich is always busy and there is a reason great sandwiches  We have been here quite few times and I always try something different…until I had the Caprese!! This was not something I would normally pick but one afternoon I was so hot and just not myself so for whatever reason I choose this and BAM I was loving the mozzarella, tomatoes,  fresh basil and balsamic vinaigrette that it was a tried and true favorite from that point on!

Shopping is hard work and sitting down in a nice cool place and having a bite to eat will give a second to shop some more! So again we have been thrilled with what is on the appetizer menu at Planet Hollywood! We have done dinner here and enjoyed it quite a bit, but when wanting something a little smaller for lunch we went with the VIP Platter – it has Chicken Crunch, Buffalo Wings, Texas Tostados and Spinach dip big enough to share and it hit the spot! If you are going to have lunch as your big meal of the day then I strongly suggest the LA Lasagna.- A friend told me to give this a try and she was not kidding this is one of those “are you kidding me” type of meals! They basically put fill pasta tubes with Lasagna and deep fry them, yes kids deep fry them! Yes it is as enjoyable as you are imagining it to be! Oh and they cover it with a garlic cream sauce, yeah you might want to nap after having lunch here 😉

Resorts~ Now I think wherever you stay you more than likely visit your quick serve/food court area at least once. It also seems that each resort has things that others do not and people will travel to certain resorts just to pick up said things like…Beignets and Muffalettas from POFQ, Zebra Domes and Flatbreads from Mara, and this is a great way to see and visit different resorts, check them out and grab a quick bite to eat!

There is one place that it seems every Disney Foodies strives to get to…Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club Resort! The Kitchen Sink is a big draw for lots of people just as all ice cream specialty’s served here are, but keep focused people we are here for lunch 😉 Wait… who am I kidding you’re in Disney and its perfectly fine to have Ice Cream for lunch! So order up the Kitchen Sink, The No Way Jose or my decadent pick the Milky Way Sundae if that’s what your heart desires! But…if it lunch you really want then come here and have a burger! Bacon Angus Beef Burger is one of my favorites and the Onion Rings here, well I have came here just for them and ice cream, yep they are that good!!

Well my foodie friend that is our Lunch wrap up! Stay tuned for the Dinner portion of our Disney Foodie Series!!

Pixie Dust Sprinkles,

Dana

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Last week on our Disney Foodie Series we talked about Snacks, now let’s move on to some Breakfast favorites!! This is one meal that most people are divided on…have pop tarts or cereal in the room for a quick get up and go type of breakfast or grab something in your food court, maybe stop and grab a pastries or cupcake in the park or make an ADR for a sit-down breakfast like at Kona or Boma or do you wake up early on the day your ADR window opens and book Chef Mickey or Cinderella’s Castle to start your day the most Magical way!

No wrong answer here and honestly we do a combination of all of the above on our trips to the world! But this is all about being a Disney Foodie so let’s break this down by Quick Service and Sit down’s in each park, DTD and resorts! I mean there are sooooo many favorites why just pick one 😉

So let’s start with parks… Magic Kingdom!

Well Main Street Bakery is a Breakfast fan favorite for many reasons, pastries, specialty coffees, cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches…what? It is vacation, who am I to judge 😉 but all those options aside (and maybe more to come soon) I always have the Warm Cinnamon Roll here for breakfast…big, warm, soft and gooey it is de-lish!! Plus the line goes quick here, seats inside or grab yourself a seat outside and watch as folks start to head into the park for the day!

Chip’s Tips – While the MSB is under refurbishment head up to Gaston Tavern for those Warm Cinnamon Rolls!

My favorite Sit-Down Breakfast in Magic Kingdom is hands down Crystal Palace! Now yes I have a thing for Winnie the Pooh but breakfast here has never disappointed us! I enjoy most selections here the breakfast pizza, the potatoes, Mickey Waffles but my must have here is the Puffed French Toast I could have just that and be happy as a clam!

More after the jump…

Animal Kingdom!

I will say on other trips to the world if we weren’t having a sit down breakfast here we grabbed something quick in our room or food court then headed to AK… Then I read somewhere to give Pizzafari a try for breakfast, I thought “Pizzafari really” well I must say we were pleasantly surprised! My hubby had the breakfast Panini, my son a blueberry muffin and I had and fell in love with the Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata it was served with a salsa a yummy potatoes! It was scrumptious I can’t wait to have it again! This was defiantly a “who knew” for us but we loved this little gem for breakfast!

Sit down Breakfast here in AK for us is always a family favorite of the trip, and while its Animal Kingdoms only sit down breakfast it is a winner in the category none the less… Tusker House~ Donald’s Safari Breakfast! This buffet offer your normal Disney breakfast fare but they also add in some dishes that run along the lines of dishes you would see at Boma. My stand out here is the Ham and Cheese Frittata so tasty with the right amount of ham and cheese! I do have to give a shout out to the Cheese Blintzes, these little “heaven pockets” are stuffed with a sweet cream cheese that would rival any pastries’ offered here.

Hollywood Studios

Starring Rolls Cafe is the “Only” place we do breakfast here… Sad but true! Then again sad is NOT the word for here, oh no some of our favorite goodies come from here! The Cupcakes
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 yes the cupcakes… It is a rule that at least once on vacation we can have cupcakes for breakfast and it always seems to be here! So if have you never had cupcakes for breakfast then take a stroll down Sunset Boulevard and get yourself one 😉 If Cupcakes aren’t your thing, then defiantly try the Apple or Cherry Turnovers or any of the Muffins they offer here, always outstanding!

Epcot

Sunshine Season is always a great stop for a quick morning breakfast! We seem to always get a Child French Toast meal here or split a platter (eggs, bacon, potato’s, sausage & biscuit) meal, reason…we like to eat our way around the world showcase later! 😉 Yes while we like breakfast most days, when offered all the yummy goodies the World Showcase has to offer, we save room in our bellies for that and forgo breakfast “most” Epcot days! Normal breakfast fare is the norm here but always good and there is something about the Potatoes here, mmm they are tasty little buggers, so guess what my part is when we share.

Downtown Disney

I read awhile back about Wolfgang Puck Express and never thought about breakfast here until then, so like any good Disney Foodie I put it on my Itinerary and off we went! While this is a Quick Service place its ads a nice mix of table service, I really like this place anytime of the day and the food is always outstanding! That said one of my favorites (day or night) is the Wolfgang’s Breakfast Pocket it is stuffed full of scrambled eggs, bacon, onions, peppers and cheese and all tucked in a pizza dough, now kids this is good eats!!

Disney Resorts

No matter where we stay at least once we hit our food court for breakfast and while Mickey Waffles and a Breakfast Platters always seem to be our choices I will say we have always liked them! Of course I always take the Potatoes 😉 Now as far as sit down places at the resorts for breakfast, we have hit them all and while O’Hana, Boma, Chef Mickey’s & 1900 Park Fare are places we have been to a couple times each, our favorite is Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Resort! I know that Tonga Toast is a fan favorite here… but my love here is the Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes these are so good they get my “Shut the Front Door” award for favorite breakfast dish on WDW property!

These are my Breakfast Favorites but as a Disney Foodie I am always on the lookout for new places and goodies to try! Stay tuned for Disney Foodie Favorite Lunch Spots and dishes!

Pixie Dust Sprinkles,

Dana

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Disney Foodie Favorites – SNACKS! http://www.chipandco.com/disney-foodie-favorites-snacks-100857/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-foodie-favorites-snacks-100857/#comments Sun, 03 Mar 2013 20:00:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=100857 Are you a Disney foodie? You know
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Are you a Disney foodie?

You know
 do you think about where you’re going to eat on your next trip while your countdown is still going for your current trip? Do you have a list of must have snacks, and check them off as you go? Do you plan your park day around where you going to eat later? Are you sure to be up and ready to dial or click at 7am to get into Cinderella’s Castle or Ohana’s? Do you make everyone in your group wait while you snap a picture of their food before they touch it?

If you answered yes to any of those or all of these, then yes my friend you are a Disney foodie! Even if you didn’t, no worries you can be a Disney Foodie in no time, it’s easy and you might be one and not even know it!

Now don’t get me wrong, I love to cook, from simple things that take no time at all, to cooking Martha Stewart style plus searching various websites for recipes and dinner help, BUT when I am on vacation I want someone else cooking for me! So its breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks out!

Plus these are places and things that we don’t have at home (most times) especially the ones on Disney property, so enjoy them while and when you can I say! So this is going to be a mini-series all about Disney Foodie Favorites! It’s a 4 part series so loosen your belt buckle and let’s talk food, Disney food that is! Our 4 topics will be Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner now please keep in mind these are my picks and there are so many that we may differ but all the more reason to head back to Disney and try other things!

So let’s start with SNACKS! Every Disney Foodie has their list of snack must haves, they know where they are located, how to get there, should they share (only to save room for other snack must haves of course) as well as where they fall on the list of importance, on their list of “snack must haves” 😉

Lets get this Foodie Party Started, grab a pen & paper (and maybe a glass of milk) and take take some notes, because this cluster of Disney Goodies is not to be missed!

  • Cupcakes are all the rage now across the country but Disney always had the cupcake “thing” going on! Big, sugary and yummy and found all across the “World” from snack stops to sit down restaurants those big ole sugary cups of love are everywhere on Disney property. My favorite is the Butterfinger Cupcake, chocolate with some more chocolate then topped sweet crunchy butterfinger bits all over the top! Now this foodie friend’s is a snack to share, spread the chocolate crunchy love with others, so you can try other snacks and don’t go in sugar shock! This sweet gem can be found at Starring Rolls Cafe in Hollywood Studios!
  • Popcorn is another snack must have! I know what you’re saying “but Dana we can get popcorn anywhere” ahh yes but it’s not Disney Popcorn, oh no my friends Disney Popcorn is like Disney Crack for some
”You pop it, they will come” I mean really have you ever been stuffed full walking down Main Street and smell that slight smell of buttery, salty, poppy yumminess and think “hmm I could eat some popcorn” and you get in the line and the next thing you know you have the big ole Disney Themed Bucket of Disney Crack… er I mean Popcorn
gets ya every time 😉
  • Mickey Bars! Well let’s just say you can’t come to Disney and not have ice cream at some point, it’s hot and ice cream is a treat anytime anywhere, especially on vacation! But nobody else has Mickey shaped Ice Cream
oh yeah the sweet vanilla creamy goodness, wrapped in a dark chocolate blanket of heaven
oh and not to mention its shaped like Mickey and we all know any food shaped like Mickey just taste better no matter what!
  • Dole Whips~ now this tasty little treat has its own loyal following that can rival any snack, anytime, anywhere and come out a winner! I mean these little buggers have a cult following and Tee-Shirts to boot! You best not tell a Dole Whip Lover you never had one or they may just march you right down to Aloha Isle in Adventureland to have one! Pineapple soft serve with Pineapple juice, you can just feel the palm trees sway
right, I mean It’s a little bit of cold, delicious, sweet sunshine in a cup!
  • Turkey Legs I will admit this could be also lunch or dinner, but it’s one of my son’s favorite snacks so on the snack list it goes! This big ole caveman like treat is juicy, tender and let’s faces it just plain old fun to eat! I think that’s why my son likes them so much, I mean when at home are you going to have a massive turkey leg to chow down on!
  • Carrot Cake Cookie This is the first snack I went on the hunt for, I mean popcorn you can grab here there and everywhere just like Mickey Bars but this big round hunk of amazingly good carrot cake cookie with tantalizing creamy cheese icing inside was a little a little harder to find, but so worth it! The Writers Stop they said
hmm I have been to Hollywood Studios a few times and never seen this little gem of a place, then there it was tucked back in the corner like it was suppose to be a secret that only Disney foodies should know about. Now remember this place is a secret, so please keep it to yourself 😉
  • School Bread Norway in Epcot is a great place to visit but make sure you stop into Kringla Bakeri Og CafĂ©! Oh the goodies you will find in here, sweet pretzels, cloudberry horns and so many more! But my favorite little piece of Norway goodness is the School Bread. Don’t let the “I’m just a filled doughnut” look fool you, oh no my Disney Foodies this is a diamond in a case of sugar-laden gems that is not to be overlooked!
  • Caramel Corn– Picture it
 Germany Pavilion at the Karmell Kutche
 Warm Caramel Corn Is being made
yep I know your jaw just dropped and you were thinking O. M. G. and rightfully so! I’m talking warm caramel corn people; I ask you who can resist that. Do yourself a favor and take a break and get it while it’s warm

  • Beignets– One of my favorite reasons for staying at Port Orleans French Quarter. These light airy little puffs of love covered in powder-sugar can be found here in the Sassagoula Floatworks in orders of three or six. Even if you are not staying here it’s worth the trip over, grab a couple stroll down the cobblestone walkways to the Sassagoula River and enjoy this amazing New Orleans treat the right way 😉
  • NapoleonMy all time favorite, numero uno, A number 1, cream of the crop treat in all of the world is this delectable slice of heaven found in the Boulangerie Patisserie in the France Pavilion. Light, rich, creamy and just the right amount of sweet make this little bundle of joy my top must have snack on every trip!

I hope you enjoyed my Must Have Snack List! Yep it’s a whole lot of sugary treats That’s why sharing (on most things) is a must and pacing yourself will be your friend 🙂 Relax its vacation, Enjoy the good stuff!

Next Up; Favorite Foodie Breakfast’s
Dana is a Disney Foodie and avid planner of all things Disney! You may see her in the parks with her Must See/Do/Have/Foodie lists.

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Can’t decide on where to stay on your Disney World Vacation? Take a Resort Tour! http://www.chipandco.com/decide-stay-disney-world-vacation-resort-tour-96845/ Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:00:26 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=96845 One big decision when planning your Disney World Vacation is where to stay? Some people have a favorite that they never waver from, while some make it a mission to stay every place at least once! Others choose in the categories Disney has set, value, moderate or deluxe for one reason or another. So how […]

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One big decision when planning your Disney World Vacation is where to stay?

Some people have a favorite that they never waver from, while some make it a mission to stay every place at least once! Others choose in the categories Disney has set, value, moderate or deluxe for one reason or another.

So how do you choose and why? Budget, Location, Room Size, the Look, Newest
 The list could go on and on, and for some it does and for others it’s a no brainer!

Years ago when we went on our honeymoon, with the help of our travel agent we choose Port Orleans French Quarter, it was small, quaint, charming and in our budget! Perfect for us then
 and now as well! It is still our favorite but the fact that my mom travels with us a lot now and uses a wheelchair has made us love the smaller size of POFQ even more!

When my son was younger we made our rounds in the value resorts, he loved the big over-sized icons in the All Starsand checking out all the fun things at PoP! We also hit the ground running then and didn’t stop; my son was a Disney commando and went from sun up to sun down and then some. Not being at the resort much made staying at a value for us the way to go, why pay to sleep 😉

Once he got a little older and while he still loved Disney, his wants and needs changed and where he stayed wasn’t high on his list, as long as he could grab food and had a pool he was OK where ever it was
 (It’s tough being a teenager 😉 anyway with that in mind, my husband and I had wanted to go back to POFQ and with my mom coming along, POFQ just made sense for all of us. So at the moment it’s the place for us!

But let’s just say you can’t seem to narrow down your next place to stay or your first place to stay for that matter! Well here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Never been to Walt Disney World? The internet is your friend, on Disney.com you can take a virtual tour of each resort plus you can order a Disney Vacation CD on there as well, that will give you look at the resorts and what they have to offer!
  • On Disney Fan websites like Chip and Co 😉  you can get personal inside looks at each place by just asking! People will love to share info and thoughts about the Resort they love the most! That can help you narrow down your choice a lot!

So now let’s say you’ve been to Disney one or many times before and would like to try a different resort, or just want to check them out, then why not take a day or a couple of hours on your next trip and Resort Hop! Let’s say you have it narrowed down to a couple different places you would like to stay next time, then take a couple hours and visit those places. Start with one farthest away from your destination of the day and stop in and check out what is most important to you, pool, gift shop, snack bars whatever it may be ask a Cast Member where to find what you’re looking for, snap a couple of pictures and head to your next stop! Pictures are a great way of helping remember, what was there or something that caught your eye!

Or maybe you have an extra day in your vacation for some down time, then why not take it and do a resort tour? The details Disney put into each and every one of them make them all worth a look .

One of our favorite days a couple of years ago was the day we took to check out all the resorts we have never been to, what a fun day! We checked out the lobby, the pool areas, the gifts shops and the quick service food stops in each place, and we even grabbed some famous Disney snacks from said places like
 Zebra Domes at AKL, Dole Whips at the Poly and the Magic Cookie Bar from Port Orleans Riverside (hey what can I say the sugar helped us keep going)

On this day we started at Animal Kingdom Lodge with Breakfast at Boma, now my son really wanted to go here while I never thought it would be a resort that I much cared for, boy was I wrong! After we were done with breakfast we were starting to check things out and had a wonderful Cast Member stop and ask us if we would like a little tour of AKL, what a great morning we had! This wonderful resort has moved up on my “must stay list” for sure!

I always love to have sit down meal at different resorts so we can check them out and make our list of where we would like to stay in the future! This is a great way to see the resorts and get a feel for them because let’s face it not every place is for every family, and with having a sit down meal ensures a visit with enough time to get comfortable so you can check things out!
I hope you can use these tips for checking out resorts you might like to stay at sometime or just to stop in for a visit!~Check out the lobby, gifts shop, pool & grounds as well as the quick service area, just to see what all they have to offer plus a reservation for a sit down meal will give you some time at a resort you really like!

Some resorts just may surprise you, so think outside the box and take a day or a couple of hours “Resort Tour” I’m willing to bet you will have a great time, and you just may find your next favorite place to stay!

Dana is Disney Resort Junkie, even if it’s just a quick stop she has been there!

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You Should Be In Pictures, Disney Photo Pass Pictures That Is! http://www.chipandco.com/pictures-disney-photo-pass-pictures-89717/ Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:00:30 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=89717 What’s the best way to capture all your favorite Disney Memories? Pictures of course!! Admit it we have all seen it happening or even done it ourselves
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What’s the best way to capture all your favorite Disney Memories? Pictures of course!!

Admit it we have all seen it happening or even done it ourselves
Stopping on Main Street, leaning over the rail by the flower gardens in Epcot, bending to get that silly shot on the Jedi Cruiser outside Star Tours, or how about stooping to get that little gecko hanging out in Animal Kingdom all in hopes of getting that one time million dollar shot! We all have those pictures we cherish, like ones of our favorite hotel that reminds us of a quiet morning that made it seem like we had the place to ourselves, or the one of the kiddos taking a nap in the stroller, or how about the animals on the Kilimanjaro Safaris come on admit it you have 15 pictures of the same elephants playing in the mud 😉 But one thing I always noticed is that I may have gotten some great random shots but the family pictures for the most part were always missing something
 ME!

Now don’t get me wrong I love being behind the camera, in front of, well not so much. That said though family pictures at Disney are always our favorites, in front of Cinderella’s Castle, Spaceship Earth or that special picture with the main mouse himself! Whichever it is, it’s nice when everybody can flash their pearly whites and say Cheese!!

So how does one handle this little problem? Disney Photo Pass of course! We started getting Photo pass in 2006 and have loved it every time and our last trip was no exception! My best friend’s family was joining us this trip and it was a couple of years in the making. Her family had never been to Disney and wanting to capture every moment for them I knew from the get go that Disney Photo Pass was a must! So many amazing family photos, character shots, ride & dinner photos that was well worth the price and yes even the time it may take to get the picture snapped was so worth it when we got our disk of almost 450 pictures! Group shots that wouldn’t have happened are now trip favorites and have since been made into 8×10 and are hanging up on the wall.

The key is stopping at the  photographers, that’s what they are there for! Oh and here is a little tip, as long as they have a camera around their neck (not on a tripod) ask them for a “special” picture, you never know who will pop in or up on your picture! Also once your home you can add boarders to your pictures for no extra charge. This trip we did the photopass plus, so it had all the pic’s we could take in the parks plus character dinners and ride photo’s! Which I have to say was our favorite “plus”! The Photo Pass Plus was $179 ordered before we left home, then once home we ordered a second disk for $20 so $200 for 450 pictures. It may seem like a lot, and don’t get me wrong it is, but priceless pictures are on that disk and its one of our greatest treasures from this trip!
Again, Photo Pass isn’t cheap and you can buy a lot of extras if you choose but for the memories and great pictures we have, I budget it in for every trip. It’s just one of those “must haves” for us, it might not be for every family but we enjoy it! As much as I like to snap away, it does take a little pressure from the main picture taker in the group!
When planning your next Disney Vacation check out Disney’s Photo Pass and see if it fits for your trip! Dont forget to stop when you can, you may just get that perfect Disney picture!

Dana is a Disney Photo Junkie who brings 3 cameras to Disney…just in case 😉

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Ohana! Knocks it out of the Park! http://www.chipandco.com/ohana-knocks-park-84542/ http://www.chipandco.com/ohana-knocks-park-84542/#comments Tue, 02 Oct 2012 20:00:26 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=84542 ‘Ohana mean Family and that is what you will be treated like dining there for breakfast or dinner! On our recent trip I had booked ‘Ohana for dinner at the 180 day mark; we had been here a few years ago and couldn’t wait to return! We got a Sunday evening reservation at 6:30 for the four […]

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‘Ohana mean Family and that is what you will be treated like dining there for breakfast or dinner!

On our recent trip I had booked ‘Ohana for dinner at the 180 day mark; we had been here a few years ago and couldn’t wait to return! We got a Sunday evening reservation at 6:30 for the four of us. A couple months later my best friend’s family decided to join us on vacation and we were thrilled, so I got them booked and worked on revising all our dining reservations. I had luck with all but one
dinner at Ohana 🙁 so it can be very important to book those special reservations ASAP!

We did a little compromise, we kept our dinner reservation and I was able to score a breakfast reservation for later in the week for all 9 of us at ‘Ohanafor Lilo & Stitch’s Breakfast!

So let’s see how the two stacked up!

Both meals here are served family style and they keep the food coming! Let’s start with a review of Breakfast.

Yum!

When you arrive your group will have a picture taken which you can buy later at breakfast or if you buy the Photo Pass Plus like we did they will give a receipt and you can stop at any counter Photo passand have it loaded on your disk!

When you sit down you are given sweet breads, Lilikoi Juice and fruit plates. You can then order drinks and if you’re a coffee drinker then by all means order a cup here! The hit of all the drinks is the never-ending Lilikoi Juice
oh my goodness its sooooo good, every single person at our table loved it and we were brought plenty of it!

Then the big platter of breakfast foods arrive, Scrambled eggs, Pork Sausage, Bacon, Biscuits and Seasoned Potatoes! Then another server would bring around a big bowl of Mickey Waffles and give you one at a time, which was our only “gripe” of the entire breakfast with 4 kids in our group they could have eaten the bowl of Mickey Waffles all by themselves.

Waffles issue aside all the food was fantastic we enjoyed plenty of it as they keep it coming the entire time. The characters here Lilo, Stitch, Pluto and Mickey and they all spent ample time at our table taking pictures, signing autographs and just goofing around. Also they do a parade for kids, giving them maracas’ and its lead by the characters.

All in all this meal got 2 thumbs up from everyone in our party and we would all go back in a heartbeat!

Yummy!

Onto to our dinner at ‘Ohana~ Once again it is served family style and lots of it!

First you are brought Pineapple-Coconut Bread& Mixed Greens Salad with Mango-Poppy Seed Dressing, along with warm towels (for what comes next). Honey Coriander Chicken Wings& Pork fried dumplings with three dipping sauces, House Made Peanut Sauce, Chimichurri Sauce and a Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce are brought next. Along with those or around the same time they also bring a Lo-Mein noodle dish as well as Broccoli with some smaller veggies added in.

Now we could have been perfectly happy with all of these, we all had our favorites and was content to just keep munching away
but then came, Oak Grilled Chicken, Asian Barbecued Pork Loin, Marinated Sirloin Steak and Spicy Grilled Peel – n – Eat Shrimp! Yes this is a foodiesdinner come true 🙂  They keep it coming and you can have refills of anything. Our service was also top-notch extremely friendly! And let us not forget the dessert…Warm Bread Pudding Served with a Warm Caramel Sauce and a big side of Vanilla Ice Cream, Yum-O! A perfect ending to a perfect dinner!

They also do a parade for the kids but no characters at dinner time~ The MC ask about birthdays, anniversaries and anything else you may be celebrating and makes it entertaining.

Again ‘Ohana got two thumbs up from us! It is a great place to dine for breakfast or dinner with lots of great food, entertainment and wonderful service! If you haven’t already on your next trip make plans to go to Ohana!

Dana is a Disney Foodie always looking for the best and reviewing Disney snacks, breakfast, dinners and more when she travels to her Disney World home~

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On the Road Again! Driving vs Flying to Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/road-driving-flying-disney-world-82210/ http://www.chipandco.com/road-driving-flying-disney-world-82210/#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:00:55 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=82210 If you would have ask me a few years ago if I would drive to Disney from Western PA I would have given you a big old NO…but times change and airfare kept climbing! With that we had a trip scheduled in September 2010 and I had looked at airfare endlessly becoming more and more […]

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It’s how I Roll…

If you would have ask me a few years ago if I would drive to Disney from Western PA I would have given you a big old NO…but times change and airfare kept climbing!

With that we had a trip scheduled in September 2010 and I had looked at airfare endlessly becoming more and more frustrated and I got that little voice in my head, you know the “what if” voice
what if we drive? Well I put off the idea for a while, but the neighbor that was traveling with us said “did you ever think about driving, I really hate to fly” well that’s where it began I became relentless in finding out about driving from Pittsburgh PA to Florida! How long would it take, how much would gas cost, what was the best route, should we stay half way, where was halfway and of course was it cheaper than flying!

It looked like anywhere from 16 to 20 hours depending on who you asked or what website you went on~

I found a great site to calculate gas prices on AAA as well as a great site to find the cheapest gas prices on the route!

Speaking of that what was the best route? I asked on many web-sites the route most take and we went from there. Plus I mapped it out seen what was half way, but we chose to keep on going!

Well the biggest answer to all of those was yes it was cheaper than flying!

Here is a quick breakdown of that:

  • We rented a Van $450
  • Gas down & back -$320
  • Rented a Room on the way down $60

That was a total of $830 and for when we were going for 6 people I couldn’t get airfare cheaper than $1200 and that was with layovers, switching planes and leaving early in the morning on departure day, we like to stay as long as we can on our last day in Disney!

We took snacks & drinks with us and ordered a pizza when we stopped for the night. On the way back we drove straight through. With the pizza and stopping for breakfast on the way back we spent about another $60 or so bucks.

If renting a van wasn’t necessary we could have saved a lot more, but with six of us it was a must. We also looked at it as not putting the wear and tear on our car, but if you do drive your own vehicle look into getting AAA or some other type of roadside service.

We actually made it to Florida before stopping to stay over and found a coupon book at roadside rest just before the Florida state line and found a great hotel deal in there for 6 people for $60 just minutes from Disney! So check out those rest stop booklets many offer hotel, restaurant , shopping and fun things to do deals! We also seen many BOGO deals plus ads for places to visit or see!

We loved entering each state, just knowing you were somewhere other than home was exciting! The kids had their DS and Games plus we have portable DVD player so they even watched a movie or two.

Just as planning our Disney Vacation, I planned our drive down and back and looked for deals where I could get them, with gas (gasbuddy.com) our hotel (Roadside rest coupon booklets) and even a pizza coupon we got at the hotel (all those coupon & books beside the check in desk) I was on the look out for deals to cut cost. Plus I checked out Chip & Co for tips and hints about Driving to Disney 😉

Some may say “but Dana you only saved $300 by not flying” while that maybe true we could take and bring back as much luggage as we wanted, could leave when we wanted, seen thing we wouldn’t have if we flew plus believe it or not we really liked driving~

We will be driving back to WDW in just a few days and all my plans are in motion for another great road trip!

Dana is a Disney Planner at Heart, she and her peeps will hitting the road to Disney from Pittsburgh PA with her Terrible Towel in Hand! Go Steelers!!

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Disney World Quick Tips – Parade do’s and don’ts http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-parade-dos-donts-81370/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-parade-dos-donts-81370/#comments Sun, 02 Sep 2012 18:00:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81370 We love the Disney World parades. Singing along, waving to the characters and of course snapping a few pictures here and there make for a great break in busy park day. Do you stake out a parade spot or do you just wing as its coming by, like a right place, right time type of […]

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We love the Disney World parades. Singing along, waving to the characters and of course snapping a few pictures here and there make for a great break in busy park day.

Do you stake out a parade spot or do you just wing as its coming by, like a right place, right time type of thing? We do both, and it depends on the day! Some days we are wrapped up on many others things like, rides, shows maybe a character dinner and the parade can come and go and we are blissfully unaware. Other days I like to plan parade time! I mean lets face it you can get lucky as a parade is passing by and grab a spot and watch all the fun, but most times the parade route is lined with people and if you didn’t get there early well then no good parade viewing for you!

So that point brought up, lets talk about “staking out a parade spot”! Now I know this is a touchy subject for many Disney fans but really common sense should…(I said should) win out here!

1.) Grab a spot early~ I have always tried about 30 minutes before hand to grab a spot.

2.) Check the parade route~ Out of the way places tend to be less crowded, yes watching the parade go down Main Street is awesome, but having a better view and room to move ( in Liberty Square closer to Frontierland) can be just as great!

3.) Get drinks and snacks before you get comfortable in your spot~ Now I know what your thinking, “we can all sit down and send dad/mom for snacks” while the latter is true it will make it easier for everyone if you grab something before hand! Then the designated “snack grabber” doesn’t have to fight their way to and from the spot.

4.) Picture Taking~ Jumping in front of someone to get a picture of your favorite character is just not nice, ask before hand or better yet, see #1

5.) Dont assume…anything! Like “oh little so and so step right here in front of these people with NO kids” biggest um “fight” I ever saw at Disney followed that statement, and it quickly wasnt the happiest place on earth for long for all involved in that . Another one we saw “excuse me, excuse me” as an adult is pushing their child through a crowd to the curb and says “just sit there, I’ll be right back here”… Wait, What!! We had this happen by us once and the child was traumatized sitting with a bunch of strangers and mom & dad no where in sight. Poor kid~ If you have little one’s and you want up front or want them up front…then please by all means see #1

I’m sure some will say “Disney is for kids” and while that may be true, it’s not a place for others to watch your precious cargo or to give up their prime spot so someone elses child can get a better view. Also there are many reason’s that could make it, not a good idea…sometime’s parade crowds can run 4, 5 or 6 people deep and a little one that far out of a parents reach is risky no matter where you go, plus they can’t share the “look mommy its Mickey” look with the stranger behind them, and for parents who squeeze little ones up front and then just…stay there, again please see #1

I also know that some folks are perfectly happy giving up there curb-side seat for someone else’s child, and that is all fine well and good, but keep in mind, not everyone is~ So if you ask and you get a NO please don’t be offended, they may have put a great deal of time in to it, they may have a little one of their own that the spot in front of them is for, whatever the reason respect what they say and move on.

Just as with the rest of your Disney Vacation, plan accordingly and who knows you may get lucky and stumble onto a great spot sprinkled with Pixie Dust~

Whew… Ok all that out-of-the-way here is a list of parades!

Magic KingdomCelebrate a Dream Come True Parade! This is a great one to see all your favorites in snapshots of classic Disney moments with Kermit and Miss Piggy leading the way! This Parade starts at 3pm daily, if you forget what time it starts, just ask a Cast Member what time the 3 o’clock Parade starts! 😉

Magic KingdomThe Main Street Electric Parade is Disney’s nighttime Parade. Filled with your favorite characters, fantasy, whimsy and a spectacle of lights make it a treat for all ages!

Disney’s Hollywood StudiosPixar Pals Countdown to Fun is short but sweet! With your favorite Pixar characters from Monsters Inc, Toy Story and more, it’s a song and dance high energy afternoon parade that will be sure to put some kick in your step for the rest of the day!

Animal Kingdom– Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade! I have to say this is my favorite Disney Parade, from the animal themed puppets, still walkers, drummers and the colorful character jeeps this festive Island parade will have you dancing in the streets!

Just have fun enjoy all the parades that Disney offers and as always use common courtesy and you will have a great time!

Dana is a Disney gal who loves Disney Parades, Shows and Fireworks! You can find her and her peeps hanging out in an out-of-the-way place 30 before start time with drink in hand, mouse ears on and camera ready!

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Growing Up Disney! http://www.chipandco.com/growing-disney-80426/ http://www.chipandco.com/growing-disney-80426/#comments Sun, 19 Aug 2012 19:00:34 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=80426 We have all seen the promos, commercials and ads for Disney and most time always with a small child, because let’s face it, there is nothing as Magical as seeing Disney Magic through the eyes of a child! Thankfully I have been there as well! My son was introduced to Walt Disney World at the age […]

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Now that Smile is Magic!

We have all seen the promos, commercials and ads for Disney and most time always with a small child, because let’s face it, there is nothing as Magical as seeing Disney Magic through the eyes of a child!
Thankfully I have been there as well! My son was introduced to Walt Disney World at the age of 5 so we have seen him grow up with each Disney trip always finding something new and exciting to be amazed and enthralled with! For my husband and I to see the look of Magic in his eyes has always been priceless and just another reason for us to love WDW!

So now we are just 29 days away from what will be my son’s 6th trip to the World and he just turned 13
sigh
which the other day for the first time made me a little sad to think that he won’t get as excited walking down Main Street to the Castle, or running to get to Buzz Lightyear for his favorite picture or getting so excited knowing that today is the day that we eat at Chef Mickey’s
Yep I’m thinking that those days are or will be soon be gone.

As perfect and Pixie Dust filled as those days were I can honestly say (other than those little moments mom’s have of wishing their babies were still little) that I’m excited to see what new magical moments he will find! So I ask him “what are you most looking forward to on this trip?” and with his first answer it was like every other answer I get these days
:”I don’t Know?” but then he did think for a moment and then started his list of “New” things he was ready to try!

1.) Helping our friends, who will be joining us this trip and have never been to WDW! He says he can’t wait to show them around and let them know all his secrets!

2.)  Trying different foods! Now he has always been a rather adventurous eater but we have done our fair share of character meals and loved them but this trip his choices were a little different with the line up looking like this…Boma, Yak-n-Yeti, Le Celliar, O’Hana, Mama Melrose’s and he is dying to go to Planet Hollywood!

3.)  Checking out Disney Quest!  In all our trips we have never been here so this year it is on his list.

4.) Spending a day at a water park. This was always take it or leave it, this year its a must do!

5.)  Having his “guy time”! Ever since we have started taking him, he and my husband take an afternoon to go park hopping to all the, well as he use to call them, “big boy rides” from Space Mountain to Everest and Tower of Terror to Mission Space! He and his dad just hanging out and riding the big guns, so thankfully this hasn’t changed!

6.) And his big one
can we sleep in a couple of days! I thought this was cute because as you know nothing is more important to a teen than sleep!

This list is so different from years past when they looked something like this…

1.) Meet Characters

2.) Meet Characters when we eat

3.) Go to the park when it opens and stay all day!

4.) Daddy day

As you can see they are a little different!

So his list of must do’s have changed and he wants to go about some things a little different and rope drops most likely won’t happen this trip but that’s ok I’ll take it, because I know we will still laugh ourselves silly on Space Mountain try to beat each other scores on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Toy Story Mania, eat popcorn at the parades and cupcakes for breakfast!

As our kids grow there must do’s change… even at Disney! Ask them what they are looking forward to and what they would like to do, see, eat or play and let them help plan out your WDW family vacation!

Because it’s Disney and just like us, some things change and some stay the same, either way its Disney Magic and I can’t wait to see what it looks like at 13!

What about you do you have any little ones that have grown up going to Disney World?

Dana is a Disney Addict that likes to try something new on each visit with her son Hunter, a Disney Addict in training!

 

 

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Traveling to Disney World with a Wheelchair http://www.chipandco.com/traveling-disney-world-wheelchair-78382/ http://www.chipandco.com/traveling-disney-world-wheelchair-78382/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 18:50:08 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=78382 I’m sure we have all seen wheelchairs in the park, some pushed by others, some on there own or even the motorized scooter type’s, whatever kind… they are there, thankfully! My mom would never be able to experience the Magic of Disney if they were not, so for her and others who need them, again […]

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I’m sure we have all seen wheelchairs in the park, some pushed by others, some on there own or even the motorized scooter type’s, whatever kind… they are there, thankfully!

My mom would never be able to experience the Magic of Disney if they were not, so for her and others who need them, again I am thankful that they can be used in Disney and for most part, easily!

When visiting Disney World you can rent what you need from them, here is a list of prices and locations:

For the convenience of Guests with disabilities, wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECV) are available for rent at a variety of locations throughout Disney Theme Parks and the Downtown Disney Area. A limited supply of wheelchairs is also available for Guests use at select Disney Resort hotel locations, but ECVs are not available. ECVs are designed to be single-rider and not to hold more than one person.

Rental Fees (Prices are subject to change.)

  • $12.00 USD per day for wheelchairs at Theme Parks
  • $12.00 USD per day plus a $100.00 USD refundable security deposit for wheelchairs at the Downtown Disney Area
  • $50.00 USD per day plus a $20.00 USD refundable security deposit for ECVs at Theme Parks
  • $50.00 USD per day plus a $100.00 USD refundable security deposit for ECVs at the Downtown Disney Area

Rented units must be returned to the original rental location to receive a security deposit refund. Guests must be 18 years of age to rent an ECV. ECVs are designed to be single-rider and not to hold more than one person.

Quantities are limited and subject to availability. For more information, please visit our Guests with Needs section and ask for the Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities when you arrive at Walt Disney World Resort.

For Guests who require a wheelchair rental for multiple days, Disney Theme Parks offer a length of stay rental ticket where you make a one-time payment transaction for as many days of rental as you will need. Wheelchairs are available for $10.00 USD per day when rented for multiple days. Upon visiting a Disney Theme Park, show your receipt at the wheelchair rental location and you will be expedited through the queue with a reduced wait time. The length of stay rental option is not available or valid at Downtown Disney.

Magic Kingdom Theme Park Wheelchair and ECV rentals are available at the Stroller Shop inside the Magic Kingdom theme park entrance. For more information, ask for the Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities at City Hall.

Epcot Theme Park Wheelchair and ECV rentals are available on the east side of the Epcot theme park Entrance Plaza and at the International Gateway. For more information, ask for the Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities at Guest Relations on the east side of  Spaceship Earth.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park Wheelchair and ECV rentals are available at Oscar’s Super Service just inside the Main Entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.Replacement wheelchairs are available at the In Character Costume Shop. For more information, ask for the Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities at Guest Relations.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Wheelchair and ECV rentals are available at Garden Gate Gifts inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. For more information, ask for the Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities at Guest Relations.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Wheelchairs are welcome at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park; however, they are not available for rent.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park Wheelchairs are welcome at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park; however, they are not available for rent.

Downtown Disney Area Rentals are available at Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories at Downtown Disney Marketplace and at DisneyQuest Emporium at Downtown Disney West Side.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels A limited number of wheelchairs are available at each Disney Resort Hotel. Contact Guest Services or the Front Desk for assistance. A $315 USD deposit will be held on the Guest room account—charged only if the wheelchair is not returned. Guests wishing to guarantee the use of a wheelchair throughout their stay should contact local area rental companies to make arrangements.

While being able to rent what you need in and on Disney property, is a great when something happens and you need one then and there, I have to tell you that renting offsite or even from home can and will be much, much cheaper if need one for your entire trip! So checking into a few offsite places beofre you go will benifit you in the long run~ These places will drop off and pick up at your resort and you can use them all over Disney property, not just in the parks.

Here is a list of a few…

If you need or someone in your party needs the assistance of wheelchair or scooter on your Disney Vacation then by all means get one, it will make your vacation so much more enjoyable!

I know that sometimes other guest have thought “they are using a wheelchair to get on a ride quicker or better seats at a show or on a bus” I assure you that is not the case! It can be very disheartening to hear comments like that, especially when I am sure that the person in the chair would give anything to be walking through Disney World! So please don’t be so quick to judge when you see a wheelchair in line at your favorite ride or going in a side entrance to a show or even in line at the bus stops, they deserve to enjoy there vacation just as much as anyone and if a wheelchair can make that happen then more power to them!

Dana is a Disney Addict that travels to Disney often with her mom and her mom’s wheels, you can find them both anywhere on Disney Property!

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Disney Dining Plan tips to help you Think Outside the Box http://www.chipandco.com/disney-dining-plan-tips-box-77470/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-dining-plan-tips-box-77470/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:00:32 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=77470 When planning a Disney Vacation where to eat can be very high on the list of priorities, but where to use your DDP Credits can have even the best Disney Planner thinking and re-thinking  there best laid plans. Character Dining- This is not just for kids, some of the best buffetsor family style meals can […]

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When planning a Disney Vacation where to eat can be very high on the list of priorities, but where to use your DDP Credits can have even the best Disney Planner thinking and re-thinking  there best laid plans.

Character Dining- This is not just for kids, some of the best buffetsor family style meals can come with your favorite Disney Pals hanging around during your meal! Don’t be afraid to try them just based on Character alone. Most Disney Characters are very good at telling weather you are a “smile, wave and pass me by” type of table or an “I need a picture with Goofy” type of table. So put your Mouse Ears on and try Character Dining!

Signature Dining- 2 Credits Restaurants on the DDP most of the time will mean, well more time! Whether it be Jiko over at Animal Kingdom Lodge or the Yachtsman Steak House at the Yacht & Beach Club Resort, dinner will have you and your party at their place, for at least 2 hours. Plan accordingly with time in mind, and you might just have one of the best evenings of your vacation!

Dinner ShowsThe Hoop De Doo Revue is a big fan favorite and with good reason, big laughs and big food!  Dinner Shows are 2 Credits from the Disney Dining Plan and will give you a great dinner and well an amazing show! So you get a lot of bang for your buck, or in this case, credits! Along with the Hoop there is The Spirit of Aloha Luau and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. These shows all run at different times so choose the one that best fits your family and relax for an evening dinner and entertainment!

Out Of The Way Places- Disney Transportation is your friend, using the Disney buses, ferry’s or monorails can get you anywhere on Disney Property! Staying at Disney’s All Star Movie Resortand want to dine at Trail’s End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness? Jump on a bus heading to the Magic Kingdom and from there take a Bus or a Ferry (I prefer the Ferry) over to Fort Wilderness Resort follow the signs and you’re at Trails End! Keep in mind that while easy always allow for extra travel time if you have made a reservation. Taxi’scan also be used to get from place to place at Disney; while they will almost always be quicker there will be fee. Just check with your front desk and the can assist you with a taxi service.

Share and Share Alike- Some folks prefer to try a place out by sharing their meal! Just tell the waitress/waiter that you will be sharing your entrée and they will split your meal for you. This gives you a chance to try a new place, save a credit or just leave more room for lots of goodies later on!

Make Reservations- Anymore this is a Must Do. You can call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3464) from 7am – 10pm seven days a week starting at 180 days out from the start of your Disney Vacation. Also you can make reservation online at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining don’t for get to try back if your choices aren’t available at first; openings can become available down the road!

Do you have any additional tips? Let us know in the comment box below!

Dana Toy- Dana is an avid Disney Addict and DDP Lover, you can find her in WDW’s Epcot snacking around the world and planning her DDP stops for her next trip~

 

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Going to Disney World with Your Peeps! http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-peeps-77282/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-peeps-77282/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:00:28 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=77282 You know it happens
 you announce, “We’re Going to Disney World” and somebody will say “Can We Go to?” or maybe you say “why don’t you come along with us?’ Either way before you know it your are traveling to the Happiest Place on Earth with your peeps! Great! But now how do you keep everyone happy? […]

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You know it happens
 you announce, “We’re Going to Disney World” and somebody will say “Can We Go to?” or maybe you say “why don’t you come along with us?’ Either way before you know it your are traveling to the Happiest Place on Earth with your peeps! Great! But now how do you keep everyone happy?

Planning can be a life saver and will be your friend! Appointing someone the “lead planner” in the group should help things run smooth, all plans come his or her way so everyone can stay on the same page. I’m not saying all decisions are his or her’s alone but when making a grand plan, one person making notes and keeping things in order will help to finalize things. I find, being the Disney planner of my friends and family, that they are more than happy to say “you just tell me where and when to be there” great then I will just do my thing, plan a Disney Vacation!

So now plans are in the making and your group of 3 is now 5, 7 or 10 and they have left you in charge of planning! Yikes what to do? Stay Calm and make plans, come on you can do it, you do it all the time for yourself now you’re just expanding and trust me at the end of the day, or should I say trip, you will be so glad you did.

Always ask, even if they say “I dont care, its up to you” always ASK this way you can always say…”I ask you” so your in the clear if something comes up. Most people have a different vision of what a Disney vacation should be, from where they want to stay, what they must see or do, to where they really want to eat. So asking each person, group or family what they have in mind on those points will help you in the long run. Plus keep in mind everyone has a different budgetand that’s ok, traveling as a group does not mean being together 24/7 in fact time apart will make an enjoyable trip even better, you have your group vacation as well as some family or personal vacation time! Its a win – win!

Ok so now your ready, so lets plan this group vacation out!

Where to Stay? Will you all stay at the same resort? Or will you spilt? Staying at the same resort can have its perks, like all leaving in the morning and heading to the same park for the day, families will do this, then when they arrive at said park they will separate and meet up for lunch, dinner or even there favorite ride. You also can stay at the same resort and have down time each evening with family or friends around the pool or in each other’s rooms.  Staying Separate can also work out well. If you have a favorite resort and grandma and grandpa have another one, no problem Disney is big place but with avid transportation so groups staying in different location won’t be an issue. Some folks will want the Saving a Value Resorts like POP can offer, others will like the laid back pace of Port Orleans French Quarter, and some may want to wake up with the animals everyday at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, with so many choices letting them choose their own can be a good thing. Also if you are planning to spend most of the days touring together, different resorts can be a little retreat at the end of the day plus a quiet morning to start your busy family/friends filled day!

Each family is different, so will be there touring style. Ask each group what there must see & do’s are and start with that. Some families may have younger children, teens or none at all so separate touring plans can be a must. If knowing what each family wants to see and do in a park then directing them the way they need to go to have the vacation they want, won’t be a problem. Nobody wants to go and follow someone else plan for a fun filled day all day every day, so let everyone know “Separation is the key” this will also help with
 um shall we say internal family meltdowns. This also helps with, just because you’re the trip planner you’re not the trip boss. That can be big load to carry and keeping everyone happy can be hard so knowing what they want to do and see and pointing them in that direction, will keep them all smiling.

Some families also may want to do Extra Magic Morning Hours and other may be more into the Extra Magic Evening Hours. Letting each family know where and when these are will help them choose which park on a particular day is right for them. Also if they say “here is what we like, you plan it” and yes this can happen, just eliminate a lot of choices and let them know since they have little ones Magic Kingdom Extra Magic Mornings Hours are this and this they will head there then and all will be right, hopefully


Plan to all get together here and there, lunch or dinners are good for that. This is a great time to talk about what everyone has done or is getting ready to do. Try to choose a place that will have a variety for everyone or a place that everyone has said they want to go. If nobody has said where they would like to go, choosing a Disney Buffet can be a great way to satisfy even the picky ones in the group. Family Style meals like Ohana, Liberty Tree Tavern or Hoop Dee Doo Review can also be a crowd pleaser.

So with these basics nailed down your ALL ready to head to Walt Disney World and have an amazing vacation…together!

Being a Disney Planner can be fun, just don’t get overwhelmed, make a chart, have a plan and you and your group will have an amazing family and friends Disney Vacation!

Dana is a Disney Addict here at Chip and Company with a passion for planning, just look for her and her charts on Main Street with Disney Popcorn in one hand and highlighter markers in the other~

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Keeping Your Feet Happy on Vacation http://www.chipandco.com/keeping-feet-happy-vacation-76759/ http://www.chipandco.com/keeping-feet-happy-vacation-76759/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2012 18:50:08 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=76759 Keeping Your Feet Happy on Vacation- Going on vacation can mean new adventures, new clothes, new shoes
wait; you might want to rethink that one!New shoes at any time can take some breaking in, you wouldn’t buy a brand new pair of sneakers put them on and go on a 20 mile hike, right? Break in your […]

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Keeping Your Feet Happy on Vacation- Going on vacation can mean new adventures, new clothes, new shoes
wait; you might want to rethink that one!New shoes at any time can take some breaking in, you wouldn’t buy a brand new pair of sneakers put them on and go on a 20 mile hike, right? Break in your vacation shoes for you and your kiddos in plenty of time before you hit WDW.

You will do A LOT of walking on your Disney Vacation and keeping your tootsies happy will make it so much more enjoyable! Nothing will stop you in your tracks quicker than a blister on your heal or toe, the biggest culprit
New Shoes. The will look pretty but at the end of the day
Ouch!

Wet Shoes can cause problems as well. Riding a wet ride, like Splash Mountain, Kali River Rapids or playing in Epcot’s Fountain of Nations will have you sloshing around the park in wet shoes for hours! This is where my personal park shoes will come in handy, Croc’s! Ah yes the ole love them or hate them Croc’s debate. These or shoes like them can be great for wet feet, they dry quickly and so will your feet! If Tennis Shoes are you park shoes of choice, changing wet socks can be a big help, if you carry any type of bag to the park socks thrown in wont take much room. Not a bag carrier? Then you can rent locker at the Disney Ticket and Transportation Center for a fee.

Take Band-Aids or Moleskin with you to the parks! Band-Aids will most likely be just a temporary fix, as they will sometimes rub off easy or just with Florida heat fall off. Moleskin is the better bet here, pretty secure and in most cases will last the entire day. Also Moleskin is great just in case you get that “I may be getting a blister here feeling” slap a piece on and it should solve the problem. You can find Moleskin in most places where Band Aids are sold, but it will need cut into smaller pieces before you hit the parks.

Soaking Tired Feet at the end of long day can be a life or should I say feet savers! I do this on every trip. I take my favorite foot soak (anything with peppermint) soak those bad boys for at least 10 minutes and they feel like brand new tootsies! Don’t forget another great way to soak those tired feet, your resorts Hot Tub!

Take more than one pair of shoes. Always have a back up pair, switching them out everyday can help but especially if one pair is wet, an extra pair will be than handy! Here is a quick tip for wet shoes, at the end of the day; stuff the shoes, really stuff them, with paper towels and in the morning
presto, dry shoes!

Here is a wrap up of a few Foot Friendly Tips to Help You Out While in WDW;

1.)    Reliable Shoes
Sandals, Sneakers, Crocs or whatever you wear for comfort is your best bet

2.)    Wearing Socks? Moisture Wicking socks will help keep your feet dry in the Florida heat

3.)    Change your socks if they become wet. Wet socks or shoes with rub faster causing blisters

4.)    Band-Aids can help but will the heat and moisture they can fall off rather quickly.

5.)    Mole Skin- Can be a great help (pick up at your local drugstore or Walmart type store) This can be cut to fit any size boo-boo, but cutting pieces before hitting the parks may save you time trying to get a piece cut while you are clear on the other side of the park away from first aid.

6.)    Soaking your tired feet after a long day in the park can be a party for your feet! Just pick up your favorite foot soak product before you leave home (don’t have a favorite, I suggest one with peppermint) take a few minutes and let your tired tootsies rejuvenate!

7.)    Take more than one pair of shoes! Switch them out, either during the day or day-to-day!

Dana is a Disney Addict with an expansive Croc collection, check for Dana and her, Pink, Blue, Green, Yellow or Red Crocs dancing with Mickey till the sun goes down.

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