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Normally I would tell you to just say no to drugs, but on a Disney World Vacation I’m tellin’ you… YOU BETTA BRING SOME WITH YOU!!!

On two of my trips to WDW I got sick. Sick as a dog. Sick as in “please Jesus let me DIE before my throat explodes” kind of sick.  I’m fairly sure  I spent as much on medicine at the gift shops as I did on park-tickets!

People book Disney vacations months in advance, so if they, or their children get sick it is extremely likely they will go ahead and on vacation. This becomes a problem because, if your kids are like mine, you cannot stop the darlings from TOUCHING THE QUEUE (WAITING LINE) HANDRAILS. (enter scary huffing-out-of-frustration sound here). Which means germs are being spread like wildfire.

Do NOT underestimate the importance of bringing a medicine bag with you. Now be smart… if you’re flying  there are all kinds of wacko regulations about how much liquid you can bring in your carry-on, so don’t get yourself into a situation that requires a pat-down,  but I wanted to make sure that I told you about some medicines that you just simply SHOULD NOT go to Disney without. Obviously you’ll remember any daily meds you take regularly, so they will be excluded from the list.

1. COLD Medicines:

  • Head Cold/Congestion Medicine – DAY & NIGHT. (this costs a TON at WDW and goes fast)
  • Tussin – will work for both kids or adults if a cough creeps up.
  • Claritin – With the ABUNDANT flora of Middle Florida and California you may discover you have an allergy to something you didn’t know you had. I would just suggest taking one every day just in case.
  • Thermometer – Is your kid just acting crabby b/c they’ve had a busy/overstimulating day, or have they caught something? A thermometer will help to see.
  • Ayr Nasal Spray – again, allergies or congestion can really ruin a trip. Don’t forget this kind of stuff.

2. TUMMY Medicines

  • Gas X – especially if you’re not accustomed to lots of high-fat foods.
  • TUMS/ antacid of some sort – again heartburn can kill an otherwise fun day at the World.
  • Pepto capsules – heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea . Nuff said.

3. HEADACHE MEDICINES

  • Advil/Ibuprofen.- Your feet and legs will most likely hurt from the LARGE amount of walking that you will be doing (on average 10-15 miles per day!!!!) so make sure you’ve got some pain reliever to take with you.
  • Tylenol/Acetaminophen/ kids version of this. If a fever creeps up you don’t want to be without, also can help with the HEADACHE which sometimes accompanies the over stimulation effect Disney can have on both you and your family.
  • Heating pad or Heat packs – Again, this will be amazing for you if you have any level of back pain. Even if you don’t I’d still sleep on it around my neck to release the day’s tension.

4. FIRST AID MEDICINES

  • A small first aid kit you can keep in your backpack is great.  You will  need some band aids, alcohol pads, triple antibiotic ointment if you don’t want to buy it all together as a little kit.
  • Band-aid Friction Block Stick – Honestly I wouldn’t be caught dead at a Disney park without it! It helps to put a thin layer of protection on your skin so you are less likely to get blisters. Get some blister bandages too just in case. Your feet really take a beating at Disney parks!
  • Suntan lotion , baby face stick, and Sooth-A-Caine Spray.Disney KNOWS you have to have suntan lotion. IF you forget it you will be out MUCHO DENARO!! Don’t forget your sunscreen.

5. ODD, BUT HELPFUL MEDICINES TO HAVE

  • If your little one has had pink eye and you have any of that medicine left, bring it with you. My son picked it up last trip and it was great having it available.
  • A/B Octic Ear Drops OR Swimmers Ears drops – If your kid frequently gets ear infections or if you think they might be swimming this will pay off HUGE DIVIDENDS if you’ve got some.
  • Tampons (sorry guys but its true). Tampons are a small FORTUNE at WDW Gift Shops. Make sure you pack some just in case. (Midol might be nice too)

If you are staying on property WDW resorts have a shuttle that will take you to a “Doc in the Box”. However, it will be a little pricey and, OF COURSE, you can’t get to them in the middle of the night which is when MY kids normally show up sick. On my December trip I SWEAR I thought I had Strep Throat and when I read in the packet I couldn’t do anything till after 8am I sat there and cried. They also have “first aid stations” in every park, but they’re not for anything other than BASIC first aid (think like what your school nurse would do).

Do NOT underestimate the importance of bringing Medicines with you down to WDW. Save room in your bags and remember to JUST SAY YES TO DRUGS – (when packing for a vacation at Disney Parks that is!)

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You might be a Disney Addict if http://www.chipandco.com/disney-addict-82516/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-addict-82516/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:00:12 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=82516 Remember the old Jeff Foxworth comedy routines about “You might be a redneck if…”? I do!! Part of why they were so hilarious to me was because I live in the deep south and so many of them were TRUE (however, I have lived in other parts of the country and have found there are […]

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Remember the old Jeff Foxworth comedy routines about “You might be a redneck if…”? I do!! Part of why they were so hilarious to me was because I live in the deep south and so many of them were TRUE (however, I have lived in other parts of the country and have found there are just as many red-necks y’all just call them something different).

So (once again) I was awakened with a post idea….You might be a Disney addict if…So get out a pencil and paper and see how many of these you fall under.

1. You are already planning your child’s (born or unborn) wedding at the Walt Disney World wedding pavilion. (complete with reception at Grand Floridian and horse-drawn princess carriage).

2. You have every seriously considered paying someone going on a Disney trip to bring you a Dole Whip or Turkey Leg back home.

3. You have at least one Christmas tree that has nothing but Disney Christmas ornaments on it.

4. You would never EVER marry someone who said they didn’t want to go to Disney World or Disneyland.

5. The majority of posts you regularly see on Facebook feeds (due to the new frequency of interaction policy) have something to do with Disney, and you love reading all the posts of Chip and Co!

6. You’ve ever gotten into a serious argument about whether its more important to go get fast passes for Soarin’ or Test Track when first entering Epcot or Toy Story Mania vs Tower of Terror vs Rockin’ Rollercoaster at Hollywood Studios.

7. You’ve ridden in the single-rider line even though you were with a “party” of people. (Every man/woman/child for themselves.)

8. You watch the Disney Vacation Planning DVD’s even though you know every single tip they could offer you.

9. You have a DisneyVisa that you pay off monthly just so you can use the points for food/ souvenirs in the park.

10. You have a SECOND Disney Visa that you use JUST to book vacation packages so you can get 6 months no-interest.

11. You would DIE to have your backyard chosen for “My yard goes Disney”.

12. You half hate/ half love Samantha Brown because she gets to go to Disney all the time.

13. You make your kids/ significant other/ family get up and watch the Disney Christmas Parade.

14. You know that the names on the windows on Main Street USA are almost all people who worked with Walt in planning Disney World.

15. You’ve ever thrown a coin to a yeti statue in the line for Expedition Everest.

16. You’ve encouraged someone going to WDW to try “Beverly” at Coke’s “Club Cool” because its… um…. delicious (snicker, snicker)

17. You know that if you wait too long to get ADR’s you don’t have a prayer of getting a table at O’hana (for dinner), Le Cellar (for anything), California Grille (during fireworks) or Cinderellas Royal Table.

18. You refuse to do the math on Disney Vacation Club vs how much you’ve spent in trips so far because you know it would make you weep.

19. You see a woman with a Disney tote bag or purse on the street in “the real world” and know exactly which store it came from.

20. Almost every hat or visor you own has a Disney character on it.

21. As SOON as you book your next trip you set a count-down widget somewhere on your computer or phone so you’ll always know “how many days till”.

22. One of your favorite things to do while at WDW or Disneyland is to take pictures on your cell phone and text (or upload them to facebook) your friends who AREN’T there with you!!! (come on, rubbing it in is half the fun!!)

23. You no longer notice the people in the park wearing fanny-packs.

24. You can do Animal Kingdom in 1/2 a day.

25. You have ever been jealous of the college kid working in the hot sun in a polyester outfit of some sort because “at least they work at DISNEY”.

26. You know how to make all 4 of the animal sounds at the Festival of the Lion King.

27. You know that Off Kilter has one heck of a bagpipes player.

28. You are seriously MAD that the child Chinese acrobats contract was not renewed.

29. You fully believe that a Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar really does taste better than a regular vanilla ice cream “dipped” cone.

30. You collect “rare characters” photos and autographs.

31. You’ve ever gotten a hair-cut at the Harmony Barbershop on Main Street.

32. You notice “hidden mickeys” everywhere!!! (my kids are constantly yelling loooook… hidden mickey mom!)

33. You’ve seen at least one celebrity (and their tour guide) in the parks.

34. You have your own “secret spot” for parade viewing , fireworks & using the bathroom that you don’t want to share with anybody because then it will get busy.

35. You get really irritated when you pick the “slow” fast pass distribution line.

36. You know the name of the “purple dragon” on the Imagination ride and when to hold your nose (and close your eyes)

37. You know that Mulan isn’t actually a Princess, that “sleeping beauty” has a name, and that Snow White’s Prince does NOT.

38. You know which rides the Imagineers SERIOUSLY need to consider updating.

39. You have ever cried/ teared up while watching Wishes!

40. You learned about what hydroponics was from riding “The Land” and you REALLY want a Mickey shaped pumpkin!

41. You ALWAYS pack your own ponchos.

42. You know which horse is “Cinderella’s horse” on the Carousel.

43. You can sing the music that plays in the “Innoventions” area at Epcot.

44. You know what parts of the safari to hold on a little tighter for.

45. You know when you see two vultures to put your hands up in the air because its going to be a Loooooong way down!

46. You know where to shoot on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin & Toy Story Mania in order to get the most points.

47. You know that Dinosaur is, for serious, the scariest ride at Walt Disney World!

48. You have thought of a question that YOU would ask Crush if you were the “dude in the yellow shell”. (my husband always tries to get my kids to ask Crush if turtles taste like chicken. They never did — until this day!).

49. You know where the sky-way buckets use to be.

50. If you are STILL reading this post and laughing to yourself, you MIGHT be a Disney Addict!

51. You join our group.. You might be a Disney Addict if..

That is all I have for now. So how many of these do you fall under? Let us know in the comment box below.

-The Disney Diva, www.tipsfromthedisneydiva.blogspot.com

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Bluray Review – The Aristocats is loaded with special features http://www.chipandco.com/bluray-review-aristocats-loaded-special-features-81917/ http://www.chipandco.com/bluray-review-aristocats-loaded-special-features-81917/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2012 23:00:01 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81917 The Aristocats Blu-ray and DVD Special Edition, now available in stores, is fantastic and worth adding to your family’s Blu-ray collection. As always, the animation is beautiful and the songs are fantastic, but the real jewels of this special edition are the special features. You will love the movie, and you’ve likely seen it, so […]

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The Aristocats Blu-ray and DVD Special Edition, now available in stores, is fantastic and worth adding to your family’s Blu-ray collection. As always, the animation is beautiful and the songs are fantastic, but the real jewels of this special edition are the special features. You will love the movie, and you’ve likely seen it, so I’m going to focus on the great special features that Disney collectors will love.

The Lost Open– In this segment, Richard Sherman, one of the famous songwriters for Disney, introduces the alternate beginning of the Aristocats. The segment walks you through original storyboard drawings and partial imitations from what was intended as the beginning to the actual opening of the movie. I really liked the original opening also. I’m curious, do you think they should have kept the original opening?

Oui Oui Marie– Oui Oui Marie is a music remix that takes snippits of things Marie says in the movie and clips them together into a song with a heavy back-beat. I personally found this part to be terrible. However, my 5-year-old daughter was “rocking out” to it.

Deleted Song, She Never Felt Alone – I adored this segment where, again, Richard Sherman introduces the process of writing this song that never made its way into the film. The song was, indeed beautiful and I think it would have made a stunning addition to the film, but I do understand why it was cut as it’s a bit on the slow side.

Disney Song Selection – This segment has sing-alongs for four songs in the Aristocats. My children enjoyed it.

The Sherman Brothers: The Aristocrats of Disney Songs – I love the Sherman Brothers and I love hearing the stories of how they wrote their songs. If you’re a Disney song lover you will really enjoy this segment where they discuss the song writing process for the Aristocats and they also discuss another song that was left out.

The Great Cat Family – An informative cartoon that was shown as a part of “Uncle Walt’s” World of Color shows. Learn all about the domestic cat family in a way that only Disney can teach.

Bath Day – Figero, Minnie Mouse’s Cat, takes a bath….with a little bit of calamity involved. This classic cartoon will leave the whole family in stitches.

The Aristocats fun with language game – A great language game for you and your kiddos.

The Aristocats scrapbook – A beautiful look at the art of the Aristocats.

You will really enjoy these features and beyond having a movie your whole family will enjoy for years to come, the amazing information found in the special features makes it well worth your while!

Cest Magnifique!

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Stages of Disney Addiction: What stage are you? http://www.chipandco.com/stages-disney-addiction-stage-79325/ http://www.chipandco.com/stages-disney-addiction-stage-79325/#comments Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:00:35 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=79325 Did you know there are actually stages of Disney Addiction we progress through? We decided to (virtually) sit down and define these stages so that you could test yourself and see what level of Disney Addiction you, or your family members, are in. Stage 1: Newbie (majority of park attendees) # of Disney trips: 0 […]

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Did you know there are actually stages of Disney Addiction we progress through? We decided to (virtually) sit down and define these stages so that you could test yourself and see what level of Disney Addiction you, or your family members, are in.

Stage 1: Newbie (majority of park attendees)
# of Disney trips: 0 as adult, may have visited as children but don’t remember much about their trip(s)
Symptoms:  Don’t know how much planning Disney vacations require. Are likely to only eat Quick Service the entire time and don’t know to take mid-day breaks. Choose parks based on interest on that day and don’t know about crowd flux. Relatively clueless about fast-passes and aren’t sure if they are free or not. May return to Disney, but no immediate plans to do so.
Identifying them in the park: Have a slightly glazed look as Disney is still overwhelming to them. Have a map they stop and check often and can be found looking exhausted while waiting in long stand-by lines. Will have bought at least one silly looking Disney theme hat (“Sorcerer Mickey” or Goofy buck-teeth”). Wears their Mickey Ears around the park. Will buy an autograph book for their kids, but have no idea what they’re going to do with the autographs when they get home. Alternates between huge smiles and grumpiness throughout the day.

Stage 2: Advanced.
# of Disney Trips: At least 1 as an adult, or many as children. They have developed a love of Disney growing up, but with all the changes that have occurred in the parks they’re practically starting over.
Symptoms: After having one successful trip, the Advanced visitor is feeling better about their ability to plan, and are likely reading planning books and the occasional Disney blog. Have a plan for most of the day, can navigate most parks on their own with occasional help from the map, knows to avoid certain parks in the morning  and the best times of year to travel. They’re better with their fast-passes, but haven’t figured out that they shouldn’t cross the park so often. Have at least 3-4 Disney clothing items, most likely bought on their last trip, however they’ve now shifted to the Disney ball-cap or visor instead of the novelty hats.
Identifying them in the park: Have started doing the “matching family” outfits for the purpose of easily spotting each other if someone gets lost. Pay for cutesy Mickey-themed outfits for their little girls. Know what ADR stands for and have a few character meals scheduled. If they have older children/pre-teens they have likely bought a pin-trading starter kit. They’ve started an autograph/ rare character photos collection.

Stage 3 Pros
# of Disney Trips: At least 2 as an adult, at least one really successful as a “family”or with a group of friends where they were the primary planner.
Symptoms: Pros begin making plans for their next trip relatively close to departing their current one. Checks with travel agents frequently hoping to discover a good deal. Pros read blogs and books frequently because they love Disney or because they’re planning their next trip. They have 10+ items of Disney clothing and have begun collecting “something” exclusive to Disney Parks (house-ware items, ornaments, figurines, snow-globes, pins). Have debated becoming annual pass-holders so they could make an extra trip that year (or two). No longer get irritated when a Cast Member moves their stroller (because they knew to mark it.) Would never go to Magic Kingdom without buying a Dole Whip. Understands the value of staying on the monorail loop. No longer feels the pressure to ride every single ride or see every parade. At least one piece of Disney art is in their home now. Sport their Disney scarf, purse, totebag, or crocs with pride even in the “real world”. Gets a little misty eyed when watching Disney commercials. Has gone on, or has at least seriously considered going on, a Disney cruise. Has taken at least one set of grandparents or friends on a trip with them.
Identifying them in the park: These are lanyard-wearing, pin-trading types. They don’t rush back and use their FastPass once their time is up, but grab another FP instead. Pros are at the front of every rope-drop line and have their spreadsheet with park hours, ADRs and parades/showtimes. They pre-paid for their Photopass. They have albums of pictures and autographs and show everyone that comes in their home!

Stage 4: Ultimate
# of park trips: They have a hard time remembering because they’ve been so many times.
Symptoms: Ultimate’s would be content if every vacation was at a Disney park or a Disney Cruise. Read blogs daily, and likely HAVE their own Disney blog. Knows who is a knowledgeable source and who is an idiot on Disney open forums. Often ask for Disney books and travel guides for Holiday gifts. Ultimates no longer need a park-map. Almost every t-shirt they own has something Disney on it. They laugh at people who wait in long stand-by lines and are experts in the art of fast-pass. Know the importance of running at a dead sprint at rope drop to Soarin, Toy Story Mania, and Expedition Everest. Get nervous if they don’t have their ADR’s secured exactly 180 days before their trip. Are in, or have seriously considered, the Disney Vacation Club (or have a time-share that allows frequent trips). Have bought at least one high-end camera just to take better pictures at Disney Parks. Ultimates know short-cuts to get around the masses on Main-Street and the importance of mid-day breaks. They likely have the ringtone for Wishes!, Spectromagic, or Main Street Electrical Parade on their cell-phone. Not only know, but can repeat, the monorail spiel in Spanish (“¡Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas!”). Ultimates have been to at least one “holiday party” and know what MNSSHP is. They know who the Sherman Brothers and Ub Iwerks are.They have attempted to “Drink around the world” at least one time. They have gone on (or want to go on) a Backstage tour.
Identifying them in the parks: Can you miss these people? Special pouches for their Keys, ID and FastPasses,they  jump from one attraction to the next with minimal wait times. Likely have their own Disney nametag, and can give a newbie directions in the park. Uses the “Disney point” even in the outside world! Look for the person who looks the most relaxed at Disney, and they are likely an Ultimate.

Can you think of other things that define the stages? Free to comment them here and tell us what stage YOU are in! Stay tuned this week to discover which stage some of your favorite Chip & Co writers are in and “proof” of their addiction!!

Linds & the Disney Diva

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The Aristocats comes to Blu-Ray August 21, 2012 http://www.chipandco.com/aristocats-bluray-august-21-2012-77896/ Sun, 05 Aug 2012 20:00:43 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=77896 Absolument it’s the Aristocats!!! Disney’s spectacular 20th full-length animated feature “The Aristocats” arrives for the first time ever in stunning Blu-ray high definition as a Special Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) and Digital, on August 21, 2012. “The Aristocats” invites audiences to relive all the tune-filled feline fun, comedy and adventure of […]

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Absolument it’s the Aristocats!!!

Disney’s spectacular 20th full-length animated feature “The Aristocats” arrives for the first time ever in stunning Blu-ray high definition as a Special Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) and Digital, on August 21, 2012. “The Aristocats” invites audiences to relive all the tune-filled feline fun, comedy and adventure of this Disney classic.

The exciting tale takes place in the heart of Paris where a kind and eccentric millionairess, wills her entire estate to ‘Duchess,’ a high society cat, and her three kittens. When the butler Edgar tries to pull off the ultimate catnap caper in order to secure the fortune for himself, it’s up to alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day. “The Aristocats” features the voice talents of Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, Sterling Halloway and legendary French singer Maurice Chevalier, who performs the film’s titular opening song. The legendary Disney songwriting team of brothers, Richard and Robert Sherman, get the joint jumping with the jazz-inspired musical numbers “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat,” “Scales and Arpeggios,” and “Thomas O’Malley Cat.”

“The Aristocats” Special Edition is a purr-fect treat for the whole family. It includes a brand new bonus featurette “The Lost Open” with Richard Sherman taking viewers through the storyboards of a never-before-seen alternate beginning which introduces a deleted character and a deleted song “How Much You Mean To Me” and “Court Me Slowly” written and performed by the Sherman brothers. This song demo was one of the few times Richard and Robert ever sang together. Additional classic bonus features on “The Aristocats” Special Edition include the delightful deleted song, “She Never Felt Alone” and “The Great Cat Family (Excerpt),” which explores the history of cats.

Keep an eye out for the release on August 21st, 2012.

If you love this movie as much as I do you’re thrilled about the new editions and seeing the movie in hi definition.

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Don’t forget to pack your Medicine! http://www.chipandco.com/forget-pack-medicine-77710/ http://www.chipandco.com/forget-pack-medicine-77710/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=77710 Normally I would tell you to just say no to drugs, but on a  Disney World Vacation I’m tellin’ you… YOU BETTA BRING SOME WITH YOU!!! On two of my trips to WDW I got sick. Sick as a dog. Sick as in “please Jesus let me DIE before my throat explodes” kind of sick.  […]

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Normally I would tell you to just say no to drugs, but on a  Disney World Vacation I’m tellin’ you…

YOU BETTA BRING SOME WITH YOU!!!

On two of my trips to WDW I got sick. Sick as a dog. Sick as in “please Jesus let me DIE before my throat explodes” kind of sick.  I’m fairly sure  I spent as much on medicine at the gift shops as I did on park-tickets!

People book Disney vacations months in advance, so if they, or their children get sick it is extremely likely they will go ahead and on vacation. This becomes a problem because, if your kids are like mine, you cannot stop the darlings from TOUCHING THE QUEUE (WAITING LINE) HANDRAILS. (enter scary huffing-out-of-frustration sound here). Which means germs are being spread like wildfire.

Do NOT underestimate the importance of bringing a medicine bag with you. Now be smart… if you’re flying  there are all kinds of wacko regulations about how much liquid you can bring in your carry-on, so don’t get yourself into a situation that requires a pat-down,  but I wanted to make sure that I told you about some medicines that you just simply SHOULD NOT go to Disney without. Obviously you’ll remember any daily meds you take regularly, so they will be excluded from the list.

1. COLD Medicines:

  • Head Cold/Congestion Medicine – DAY & NIGHT. (this costs a TON at WDW and goes fast)
  • Tussin – will work for both kids or adults if a cough creeps up.
  • Claritin – With the ABUNDANT flora of Middle Florida and California you may discover you have an allergy to something you didn’t know you had. I would just suggest taking one every day just in case.
  • Thermometer – Is your kid just acting crabby b/c they’ve had a busy/overstimulating day, or have they caught something? A thermometer will help to see.
  • Ayr Nasal Spray – again, allergies or congestion can really ruin a trip. Don’t forget this kind of stuff.

2. TUMMY Medicines

  • Gas X – especially if you’re not accustomed to lots of high-fat foods.
  • TUMS/ antacid of some sort – again heartburn can kill an otherwise fun day at the World.
  • Pepto capsules – heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea . Nuff said.

3. HEADACHE MEDICINES

  • Advil/Ibuprofen.- Your feet and legs will most likely hurt from the LARGE amount of walking that you will be doing (on average 10-15 miles per day!!!!) so make sure you’ve got some pain reliever to take with you.
  • Tylenol/Acetaminophen/ kids version of this. If a fever creeps up you don’t want to be without, also can help with the HEADACHE which sometimes accompanies the over stimulation effect Disney can have on both you and your family.
  • Heating pad or Heat packs – Again, this will be amazing for you if you have any level of back pain. Even if you don’t I’d still sleep on it around my neck to release the day’s tension.

4. FIRST AID MEDICINES

  • A small first aid kit you can keep in your backpack is great.  You will  need some band aids, alcohol pads, triple antibiotic ointment if you don’t want to buy it all together as a little kit.
  • Band-aid Friction Block Stick – Honestly I wouldn’t be caught dead at a Disney park without it! It helps to put a thin layer of protection on your skin so you are less likely to get blisters. Get some blister bandages too just in case. Your feet really take a beating at Disney parks!
  • Suntan lotion , baby face stick, and Sooth-A-Caine Spray.Disney KNOWS you have to have suntan lotion. IF you forget it you will be out MUCHO DENARO!! Don’t forget your sunscreen.

5. ODD, BUT HELPFUL MEDICINES TO HAVE

  • If your little one has had pink eye and you have any of that medicine left, bring it with you. My son picked it up last trip and it was great having it available.
  • A/B Octic Ear Drops OR Swimmers Ears drops – If your kid frequently gets ear infections or if you think they might be swimming this will pay off HUGE DIVIDENDS if you’ve got some.
  • Tampons (sorry guys but its true). Tampons are a small FORTUNE at WDW Gift Shops. Make sure you pack some just in case. (Midol might be nice too)

If you are staying on property WDW resorts have a shuttle that will take you to a “Doc in the Box”. However, it will be a little pricey and, OF COURSE, you can’t get to them in the middle of the night which is when MY kids normally show up sick. On my December trip I SWEAR I thought I had Strep Throat and when I read in the packet I couldn’t do anything till after 8am I sat there and cried. They also have “first aid stations” in every park, but they’re not for anything other than BASIC first aid (think like what your school nurse would do).

Do NOT underestimate the importance of bringing Medicines with you down to WDW. Save room in your bags and remember to JUST SAY YES TO DRUGS – (when packing for a vacation at Disney Parks that is!)

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Disney Quick Tips – How to interact with a Disney Addict http://www.chipandco.com/disney-quick-tips-interact-disney-addict-77362/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-quick-tips-interact-disney-addict-77362/#comments Sat, 28 Jul 2012 17:00:23 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=77362 For those of you who are not Disney Addicts this addiction may seem confusing and overwhelming. The idea that someone would choose to take every vacation at the same location might challenge you. “What is the big deal?”, you might ask yourself, “Isn’t Disney just a sweltering hot, packed-out theme-park full of kiddy rides and […]

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For those of you who are not Disney Addicts this addiction may seem confusing and overwhelming. The idea that someone would choose to take every vacation at the same location might challenge you. “What is the big deal?”, you might ask yourself, “Isn’t Disney just a sweltering hot, packed-out theme-park full of kiddy rides and over-priced fast food?”

What you must understand is that to a true Disney Addict, every trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland is a homecoming. To the Disney Addict WDW and Dland is where they belong; where they can be themselves and be surrounded by magic.

Disney Addicts are somewhat of a mystery to the rest of the population and so I wanted to give you my top 5 tips for interacting with the Disney Addict in order to make your relationship healthier.

TIP 1 – Clothing: You should make every effort to not call a Disney Addict “weird” simply because they wear ties with mickey heads to board meetings, or mickey-shaped earrings while having a night on the town. Do not call attention to the fact that every t-shirt they own has a Disney Character on it. Instead of lambasting them when they return from their vacation with a new pair of plush Mickey costume gloves, you should look for more discrete Disney based gifts to give them for holiday gifts. There are many purses, socks, scarfs, dresses and other items with mickeys “hidden” into the pattern that will allow the individual to show their Disney pride in more subtle ways.

TIP 2 – Food: Part of the addiction to Disney World/Disneyland centers around an obsession with specific Disney-park foods. I have a friend who is a stage-four Disney Addict (65+ trips and he’s 24 yrs old) who swears there must be “crack or something in Casey’s Corner Hotdogs”. He has told me many times he will be driving down the street and suddenly have an overwhelming urge to book a trip just thinking about the hotdogs. My friend Suzanne Broughton swears that the Disneyland Corndog is THE addiction of choice for Dlanders and even got the scoop in her video The Disneyland Corn Dog Story. For my husband (pictured above) its the Dole Whip that triggers his irrational need to book a trip to WDW. You can help to quell this addiction by learning to make replicas of these foods at home. Our very own Chip wrote an article on How to Make your own Dole Whips , and as you saw in the Disneyland Corn Dog Story its an off-the-shelf batter that is used to make the Disneyland corn dogs. Spring for a mickey-head-shaped waffle maker and try giving your Addict small reminders of “home” with Disney Park-like foods.

TIP 3 – Technology: You should never point and laugh when you discover that a Disney Addicts computer screensaver contains nothing but photos from past Disney trips. Nor should you mock them when their Facebook status contains at least one mention of how many days until their next trip. Don’t be surprised when every bookmark on their computer is a Disney blog such as Tips from the Disney Diva or Chip & Co . Technology allows Disney Addicts to feel a part of the magic in the time in-between trips. It both feeds and satisfies their addiction simultaneously. Take me for example, I’m working through my Disney “DT’s” by blogging tips that allow me to live vicariously through those planning their vacations. Whenever you run across a great article send it to your Disney Addict friend and help them through technology.

TIP 4 – Polite Conversation: Disney Addicts lose all concept of time when talking to other people about their Disney Vacations. You should be careful when making small-talk with the Disney Addict to never mention anything Disney related unless you genuinely want to talk to the Addict about it. Make sure you have a plan of how you will exit the conversation gracefully once you are tired of talking about how many times their kid threw-up after riding Expedition Everest. The worst thing you can do to an Addict is act like Disney World/ Disneyland is stupid and not worth talking about, or that they are crazy for going so many times.

TIP 5 – Planning Trips: To A Disney Addict planning a trip to WDW or Dland is an ART FORM. No, they can’t just show up and figure out that day what to do. Yes, they really do need to book the dining reservations 180 days in advance. No, they don’t need a park map. It doesn’t make them weird, well maybe a little weird, but it makes YOUR trip to Disney a whole lot more enjoyable because they know what the plan is before you arrive. So if they’re sleeping, eating, and speaking Disney 24/7 and its getting a little old try saying something more like “I know you are excited about our trip, I am to, I trust you to plan it, you don’t have to discuss every element with me. I enjoy the surprise of the trip!” instead of “Shush! I’m sick and tired of hearing about this stupid trip!” OK? Remember all this planning is actually a method the addict uses to elongate the trip itself. When Addicts start packing a month ahead of the trip it makes me them feel like the trip has already begun. So let them plan, really, what can it hurt?

So now you have some tips to interacting with a Disney Addict. They are people and should be treated as such, even though they are obsessed with mice, ducks, dogs, dwarfs, and weird dog-like animals with buck-teeth. Good luck!

Kristin, Tips from the Disney Diva

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Bambi: Disney Classics Storybook app for iPad, iPod, and iPhone. http://www.chipandco.com/bambi-disney-classics-storybook-app-ipad-ipod-iphone-76523/ Fri, 20 Jul 2012 03:00:15 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=76523 Return to the forest and uncover the magic of Bambi in a brand new storybook app, Bambi: Disney Classics! Under the guidance of his mother and with the help from pals Thumper and Flower, Bambi learns about the wonder of nature and the power of friendship and family through an immersive digital storytelling experience.  The […]

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Return to the forest and uncover the magic of Bambi in a brand new storybook app, Bambi: Disney Classics!

Under the guidance of his mother and with the help from pals Thumper and Flower, Bambi learns about the wonder of nature and the power of friendship and family through an immersive digital storytelling experience.  The fourth app in the “Disney Classics” series follows on the heels of The Aristocats, The Jungle Book and Peter Pan, masterfully retelling the tale of Bambi for families in a stunning and interactive way.

Bambi: Disney Classics features include:

  • Classic Disney illustrations and charming animation throughout.
  • Professional narration, music, and whimsical sound effects.
  • An interactive Coloring Book, Matching Game, and Musical Activity!

The Bambi: Disney Classics app is available for $3.99 for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch on the App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bambi-disney-classics/id535569790?mt=8

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  • The Aristocats : Classic Storybook App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (chipandco.com)

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New Spider Man Augmented Reality App from Disney Publishing http://www.chipandco.com/spider-man-augmented-reality-app-disney-publishing-76302/ http://www.chipandco.com/spider-man-augmented-reality-app-disney-publishing-76302/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:00:31 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=76302 Just in time for this summer’s Spider-Man blockbuster, Disney Publishing Worldwide has released The Amazing Spider-Man Augmented Reality HD Book App, featuring interactive art, photos, and activities directly from and inspired by the film. The app allows kids to experience Peter Parker’s transformation first-hand through mini-games and interactive augmented reality elements like putting on Spider-Man […]

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Just in time for this summer’s Spider-Man blockbuster, Disney Publishing Worldwide has released The Amazing Spider-Man Augmented Reality HD Book App, featuring interactive art, photos, and activities directly from and inspired by the film.

The app allows kids to experience Peter Parker’s transformation first-hand through mini-games and interactive augmented reality elements like putting on Spider-Man mask, wearing Peter’s father’s glasses, controlling spiders as they crawl on your face, collecting spiders in a jar, or using Spider-Sense.

The Amazing Spider-Man Augmented Reality HD Book App is currently available for download on the iPad at the App Store for $4.99 (iPad): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spider-man-ar-book-hd/id530272876?ls=1&mt=8.

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Brave: Storybook Deluxe and Brave Interactive Comic Book iPad/ iPhone Apps Review http://www.chipandco.com/brave-storybook-deluxe-brave-interactive-comic-book-ipad-iphone-apps-review-76287/ Tue, 17 Jul 2012 03:00:50 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=76287 Everybody is loving the Brave new Princess and these two new apps for your Apple device. will keep you and your little ones entertained for hours.   The “Brave: Storybook Deluxe” ($6.99 – for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and “Brave Interactive Comic”  ($1.99 – for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) Apps, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod […]

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Everybody is loving the Brave new Princess and these two new apps for your Apple device. will keep you and your little ones entertained for hours.   The “Brave: Storybook Deluxe” ($6.99 – for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and “Brave Interactive Comic”  ($1.99 – for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) Apps, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, incorporate dynamic animation and interactive content as readers follow the story of Princess Merida, who defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom and must rely on her bravery to undo a beastly curse.

Brave Comic Book

The Brave New Comic Book is basically a digital copy of a traditional comic book. My 10 year old, who doesn’t traditionally read comic books, was my primary source for both of the reviews and he says he liked it.

He really liked the how to draw section a lot though. He positively loves to draw and this app teaches you step by step how to draw some of the characters in the book. His favorite to draw is the baby bear.

This app doesn’t have a lot of things it can do, but if you’ve got a child who loves Animation Academy at Disney World or just loves to draw they will really like it.

Brave Storybook Deluxe

Now this app is great!! My two children have played with it so much that I practically have the Scottish music (that plays in the background of the app) memorized.

Games: There are puzzles, coloring that will keep your little ones busy for quite some time.

My favorite thing, however, is an action game called Merida’s Challenge. In Merida’s challenge you’re trying to fire arrows at targets. When you hit a bullseye you get one extra arrow, and if you fire it on a swinging target you will get two arrows!

The app also includes the interactive storybook that will either read Merida’s story to you while you read along, or you can practice reading.

We liked the comic but we LOVE the storybook app. It is something my children choose to play over and over and that is a good sign to me! So give them a try and enjoy a little more time with Disney‘s new, bravest, Princess!

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The 10 Commandments of Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/10-commandments-walt-disney-world-75438/ http://www.chipandco.com/10-commandments-walt-disney-world-75438/#comments Sun, 01 Jul 2012 13:12:19 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=75438 There are some things that you just should not… SHOULD NOT do when you’re at Walt Disney World. They are major time pitfalls!  Think of them as being the 10 Commandments of Walt Disney World trips! Commit them to memory, recite them daily if you have to. Just follow them, or risk a disaster of […]

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There are some things that you just should not… SHOULD NOT do when you’re at Walt Disney World. They are major time pitfalls!  Think of them as being the 10 Commandments of Walt Disney World trips! Commit them to memory, recite them daily if you have to.

Just follow them, or risk a disaster of a trip! You wont wander Egypt, but WDW will feel just as big!

1) KNOW THY MAP- Before you even leave you should study Disney World maps like you were about to pick a college! Knowing WHERE things are in relativity to one another is KEY to using time wisely.  “Map readers”  waste precious moments of Disney time. Study!!! Buzz Lightyear is no-where near Haunted Mansion. Know this, and know it well. (Ps. my 8 year old son can actually close his eyes and visually walk you around the parks, so I know you can learn it too!) You can get FREE customized maps at http://customizedmaps.disney.go.com/

2) WAKE THYSELF EARLY – Prime time is park openings peeps! Be there for park openings and truck it to the rides that get insanely long FIRST. (those are listed in another commandment). Take a nap (like the Disney Diva has told you half a million times) in the middle of the day then it will be significantly easier to drag yourself up and out of your resort in time for the opening ceremony. Getting their early and staying late is the BEST way to do Disney. Get out during the time when everybody and their mama’s there (ie. heat of the day).

3) BOOK THYSELF CHARACTER MEALS– Major time pitfall…. standing in character lines. This can be easily avoided by doing 2-3 meals. (two for us because our kids dont like Pooh characters). All you really need is Chef Mickeys, Akershus, & Crystal Palace. At Chef Mickey’s you will get the “Fab 5” Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, & Goofy. At Akershus you get Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, Snow White, or Jasmine. Crystal Palace knocks out Pooh, Piglet, Tigger & Eeyore. Hello, thats almost your whole autograph book full already! Schedule these early in your trip so you can just walk by and wave without your kids going into utter melt-down at you not stopping to get MORE of the same. Either way, don’t stand in those crazy long lines unless its your child’s most favorite character in the world.

4) BOOK THY CHARACTER MEALS AT GOOD TIMES – (online and 6 months in advance)We always do Chef Mickey breakfast first full-day 1 (about 7:45 if the magic kingdom opens at 9). This makes it possible to be at Magic Kingdom for park open. Akershus FOR SURE as a breakfast (the rest of the food wont be touched by the majority of Americanized kids) again 7:45am if park opens at 9. Crystal Palace is yummy at lunch and good at breakfast too. Crystal Palace gets you in early if you go for breakfast and there for rope drop (Rope drop makes it possible for you to get in to the actual lands), but I’m telling you that their Ratatouille is sooooo delicious at lunch!

5) DON’T BOOK THY TRIP HOLIDAY WEEKENDS – Yes, you’re off work… but SO IS EVERYBODY ELSE. If you really want shorter lines, less congestion and more fun think about those “random” times to go. For example, SEPTEMBER rocks at Disney, January, February (but not on MLK, Presidents Day, etc) and the first two weeks of May is usually pretty good as well. The months that have “spring break” and “fall break” are also bound to be more crowded. You have to be 32 flavors of CRAZY to do the 4th of July weekend and the week between Christmas and New Years is also INSANE. I know, some of you are going to go anyway, but you need to step up your planning game if you do, because its going to be VERY CROWDED.

6) USE THY CELL PHONE APPS THAT TELL PARK TIMES- If you have web access on your phone it will be your saving grace!! I have a droid and paid the subscription to the touringplans.com “Lines” app because, in my personal opinion, it is the best. It has it where you can update line waits as you see them and see other peoples wait updates (and how long ago they posted the wait). There are other ones. Droid has a free one that’s done by Undercover tourist called Disney World Times Lite. There are many other ones too. Its worth it. USE IT!

7) KNOW THY “LONG LINED” RIDES- There are rides that get crazy lines… CRAZY long lines which (I cannot understand WHY sometimes to be honest), but  its vitally important that you know WHICH ones those are in each park. You plan to go to those first. What I have noticed is that 1 hour after park opens these lines are going to be LONG for these rides. So if you don’t get them done in that first hour start using fast passes and move on or save them for another morning.
Magic Kingdom – DUMBO (has no fast pass), Peter Pan, Splash Mt., Big Thunder Mt., Space Mt., Buzz Lightyear, Pirates can get long (USE LEFT LANE IT IS SHORTER), and Jungle Cruise (which I cannot understand why the heck it gets long).
Epcot – RUN to Soarin’, Test Track, Mission Space can get long in summer, Spaceship Earth goes through shifts of busy and empty only go when its empty.
Hollywood Studios – RUN in a semi-psychotic way to Toy Story Mania (get the stroller later, rental/parking only takes time), Rockin Rollercoaster, Tower of Terror, Star Tours.
Animal Kingdom – Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Dinosaur (comes and goes in length)

8) DO THY LITTLE RIDES WHILE WAITING FOR FAST PASSES – As I mentioned before you do not go wait in one long line while waiting for a fast pass to come up. You do the smaller rides around it while waiting for your fast passes. Usually fast passes “come due” 1-2 hours after you get the actual ticket. So lets do a little scenario here.
FAST PASS- Splash Mountain.
WHILE WAITING – ride Aladdin’s Magic Carpets, Tiki Room, Pirates (if lines not long), , Country Bear Jamboree, Haunted Mansion, Liberty Bell.
EAT – Pecos Bill if you knock out all those rides quickly.
*If it’s an insanely long fast pass time (example Soarin’ you pick up fast-pass at 10:30 and its not coming up till 2) then normally it will give you a TIME when you can get another fp. Send someone to go and get another fp for a “long wait line” as soon as you can. For more help understanding fast passes read THIS post.

9) MARK THY STROLLER- I don’t know about you, but I’m spoiled now. When I park my car and walk in to a store on my cell phone, paying little to NO attention to where the heck I parked and not realizing it until I come back out, I hit the little button on my car that flashes the lights and makes a noise (over and over and over again). Unfortunately your stroller will not come with such a button. And they all look 100% identical. Let me highly recommend you go and buy some brightly colored ribbons. Think florescent orange or hot pink or lime green and wrap it around your stroller handle each day. People waste A LOT of time hunting for their strollers and some cast members seem to get their jollies by continuously re-arranging “stroller parking lots” so don’t expect it to be the same place you put it originally. Mark your stroller (and a balloon is not a good idea b/c there’s a billion of other people with them).

10) KNOW THY PARKING SPACE – At the end of the evening, lets face it, most people are cranky. Especially the people who did not choose to stay “on property”. You’ve not seen people CRAZY though until they cannot find their car. Super easy solution to this… whenever you park, as you are leaving to go to the tram take a picture with either your camera or your cell phone of the parking lot name and number. DO NOT FORGET TO DO THIS. It will save you a lot of drama and meltdowns later on. If you rent a car tie one of those brightly colored ribbons around your antenna (works the same as with your stroller). You might recognize your own car but not a rental car and pay for the GPS, it will save you major drama! (great present for those of you driving to disney this year).

 

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Under the Tuscan Sun coming to Blu-ray July 3, 2012 http://www.chipandco.com/tuscan-sun-coming-bluray-july-3-2012-75136/ Fri, 29 Jun 2012 03:00:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=75136   Experience the inspiring romantic comedy starring Academy Award nominee Diane Lane (Best Actress, 2002, Unfaithful) for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring an all-new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, Under The Tuscan Sun follows San Francisco writer Frances Mayes (Lane) on a ten-day […]

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Experience the inspiring romantic comedy starring Academy Award nominee Diane Lane (Best Actress, 2002, Unfaithful) for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring an all-new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound.

Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, Under The Tuscan Sun follows San Francisco writer Frances Mayes (Lane) on a ten-day trip to Tuscany. Once there, she is captivated by the beautiful Italian countryside, and impulsively buys an aging, but charming villa. Fully embracing new friends and local color, Frances finds herself immersed in a life-changing adventure filled with enough unexpected surprises, laughter, and romance to restore her new home – and her belief in second chances. Enjoy every breathtaking moment in stunning Blu-ray high definition.

Under the Tuscan Sun coming to Blu-ray July 3, 2012

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DVD Review: Debby Ryan stars in Radio Rebel http://www.chipandco.com/dvd-review-debby-ryan-stars-radio-rebel-74820/ Wed, 27 Jun 2012 23:00:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=74820 Diversity, Embracing Who You Are, Be Yourself, Believe in Yourself all things you want your kids and pre-teens thinking about and embracing. Enter the new Disney Channel Movie, Radio Rebel, stage right. Tara, played by Debby Ryan, is perhaps one of the shyest characters I’ve ever seen played on Disney Channel. She can barely get […]

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Diversity, Embracing Who You Are, Be Yourself, Believe in Yourself all things you want your kids and pre-teens thinking about and embracing. Enter the new Disney Channel Movie, Radio Rebel, stage right.

Tara, played by Debby Ryan, is perhaps one of the shyest characters I’ve ever seen played on Disney Channel. She can barely get a word out to anybody other than her BFF, Audrey (played by Sarena Parmar). however, like most teenagers, there’s more than one side to Tara. And it appears that she has “found her voice” doing an anonymous podcast as “Radio Rebel” that has become immensely popular at her high school long before the story picks up.

Her new stepfather, who happens to be a producer at the struggling Seattle radio station, SLAM, discovers that Tara is Radio Rebel and hires her, on the spot, to begin working at the radio station.

It seems as if Tara is growing as a confident person as quickly as her radio show  popularity. When Tara gets paired to do a scene with her long-time crush, Gavin (played by Adam DiMarco), and her evil nemesis, Stacy (played by Merritt Patterson), is named director, she begins really coming out of her shell.

However, her hi-jinx to rebel against the “unfair” policies being enacted by Principal Moreno, get her into quite a pickle as Moreno decides to flush “Radio Rebel” out by cancelling the Prom unless RR reveals herself.

Radio Rebels convinces SLAM radio to sponsor a Morp (Prom spelled backward) where students can “come as themselves”. And, as in all Disney Movies, all’s well that ends well. The guy and the girl get together, and the villain is revealed. However, in this movie the villain is not humiliated, which is a change, however the authority figure (the principal) IS humiliated. Which is a trend in Disney shows I’m really starting to dislike. However, on the whole its a sweet, empowering movie.

Big shout out to the scene stealer of the movie, Kim the sidekick, played by Allie Bertram. She brings a lot of fun and wit to the movie.

DVD Extras

Who is Radio Rebel – Break down of the film. Comments from the lead characters for the show. Secret Handshakes reveal.

From Prom to Morp – Main Characters talk about their own prom experiences and talk about the Morp in the movie.

Rockin’ Out with Radio Rebel – More behind the scenes clips from the actors

On the set with Debbie Ryan – Other actors talk about how great it was to work with Debbie Ryan and how great she is

Red Carpet Rebel- Pictures and videos from the Radio Rebel premier

Deleted Scenes -First scene is kind of redundant, and the second clip happens after the MORP reveal clip with all the main characters and the reciting of a mantra where everybody says “I reject the status quo”. (I’m very happy they cut that out its a terrible ending).

Bloopers – Which were not all that “bloopery”

They Got The Beat – Debbie Ryan’s re-release of a familiar song, including the music video.

So check out Radio Rebel on DVD yourself and find out if you can think like a rock star!

 

Want tips for planning your next Walt Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Check out more from the Disney Diva at www.tipsfromthedisneydiva.com or on facebook www.facebook.com/tipsfromthedisneydiva!

 

 

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Brave Storybook Deluxe and Brave Interactive Comic Apps for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch http://www.chipandco.com/brave-storybook-deluxe-brave-interactive-comic-apps-iphone-ipad-ipod-touch-75126/ Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:00:22 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=75126 If you are excited that Brave is now in theaters, you’ll love playing with these new apps on your Apple device.  The “Brave: Storybook Deluxe” ($6.99 – for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and “Brave Interactive Comic”  ($1.99 – for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) Apps, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, incorporate dynamic animation and interactive content as […]

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If you are excited that Brave is now in theaters, you’ll love playing with these new apps on your Apple device.  The “Brave: Storybook Deluxe” ($6.99 – for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and “Brave Interactive Comic”  ($1.99 – for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) Apps, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, incorporate dynamic animation and interactive content as readers follow the story of Princess Merida, who defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom and must rely on her bravery to undo a beastly curse.

Brave is a story with courage at its core – it’s about a young girl determined to create her own life path. Our aim was to retell this inspiring story in a variety of formats so that kids of all ages can enjoy it long after they watch the film in its full, 3D glory,” said Lyle Underkoffler, vice president, Digital Media. “Disney Publishing has introduced a level of interactivity into the storybook that gives children a chance to re-live Merida’s adventures through visually breathtaking and immersivr storytelling experience.”

Brave: Storybook Deluxe” is a complete retelling of the film for children ages 5 and up, following Merida through a courageous voyage to defy an age-old tradition and forge her own destiny. The app features beautiful art, character voices, dynamic animation, and surprising interactive elements. Readers can also play an engaging archery game where Merida and Angus discover the true meaning of bravery as they gallop through the woods shooting makeshift targets with a bow and arrows.

Brave Interactive Comic” is a more advanced interactive graphic novel for kids ages 7 to 12 that turns this retelling into an enriched animated comic with special effects, enticing music and sounds, as well as engaging content that can be discovered with a single tap. Readers can watch as Merida discovers the mystery that lies within the Scottish Highlands through clips, sketches, and participate in step-by-step drawing lessons.

The “Brave: Storybook Deluxe” and “Brave Interactive Comic” Apps are available for $6.99 and $1.99 respectively from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

  • The Aristocats : Classic Storybook App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (chipandco.com)
  • The Jungle Book: Classic Storybook App for the iPad Review (chipandco.com)

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The Aristocats : Classic Storybook App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch http://www.chipandco.com/aristocats-classic-storybook-app-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch-74723/ Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:00:37 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=74723 I had a chance to try out The Aristocats: Classic Storybook App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and I really liked it and wanted to share the app with you. The app, which is $3.99 in the iTunes store, allows the owner to use their Apple device to “read” the storybook. You will […]

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I had a chance to try out The Aristocats: Classic Storybook App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and I really liked it and wanted to share the app with you.

The app, which is $3.99 in the iTunes store, allows the owner to use their Apple device to “read” the storybook. You will find interactive games such as puzzles, piano lessons, and pictures to “paint” online, embedded in the story as you progress through the pages.

When you first log on you will be asked to “personalize” your book by inserting your picture and a name. This really doesn’t serve any purpose than just looking cool from what I can tell however. Let me tell you a bit more about the app.

The Storybook: Like the Jungle Book Classic Storybook  App I wrote about previously, the art is absolutely beautiful in the app. The woman’s voice that reads along with each highlighted word was beautiful with a hint of a British accent but nothing overwhelming. It “fit” the story of Aristocats well and having the words highlighted can help early readers with their training. The art looks as if it could be actual drawings scanned from the original movie. At times, the picture is still and at times the character will dance or their eyes will move. So it both feels like a book and a movie of sorts.

Games: There seemed to be fewer games in this app than in the Jungle Book App, but my children adored the piano. If you’ve ever watched The Aristocats you’ll remember the “Scales and Arpeggios” song. In one game you can play a small piano on your own OR the colorful paw prints will teach you how to play the song. Very fun and my 10 and 5 year old really liked the game.

There are also puzzles you can put together and something different than the Jungle Book App, when you color a picture you have the option of emailing it to someone. Which I thought was really neat.

Another neat thing I found on this app was the ability to record your own voice. I was thinking it would be particularly nice if a parent was traveling to have them “read” the book, record it, and then have it readily available at bedtime. It also allows the reader to have the words light up without a voice reading.

Overall I like the App. I think kids who are real Aristocat lovers will enjoy it and it kept my kids busy on a long vacation ride back. Give it a try!

You can read more Tips from the Disney Diva at www.tipsfromthedisneydiva.com

  • Disney Classics – The Aristocats App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (chipandco.com)
  • The Jungle Book: Classic Storybook App for the iPad Review (chipandco.com)

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How to avoid the Disney World Diva Meltdowns http://www.chipandco.com/avoid-disney-world-diva-meltdowns-73902/ Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:00:41 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=73902 Melt-down – (official definition) “Severe overheating of a nuclear reactor core, resulting in melting of the core and escape of radiation.” Disney World Melt-Down (Diva definition) “The actions that result from being tired, hot, hungry, having aching feet, being over-stimulated, saying no to your greedy kids for the 1,000th time, dealing with a nagging spouse, […]

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Melt-down – (official definition) “Severe overheating of a nuclear reactor core, resulting in melting of the core and escape of radiation.”

Disney World Melt-Down (Diva definition) “The actions that result from being tired, hot, hungry, having aching feet, being over-stimulated, saying no to your greedy kids for the 1,000th time, dealing with a nagging spouse, and knowing that you spent a lot of money to be at WDW.

WDW Melt-Downs usually manifest themselves in the park as:

  • Yelling/Snapping at anyone in your party regardless of what they asked you or who else is around.
  • Talking ANGRILY through your teeth (usually involves some eyes bugging out and a furrowed brow and temples pulsing), <Beware the Diva’s Teeth Talking, it’s pretty fierce>”
  •  Snatching” things up (things can include: children, items, toys, drinks, or anything else its possible to grab in an angry way).
  •  Bench-planting. Where the person simply refuses to go further and plants themselves on a bench or table. Only slightly less irritating when its an adult than when it is a child.
  • The HASTY retreat. Usually occurs when one or both parents have simply “HAD ENOUGH” and they half-drag their children while stomping their feet out to the car/bus.
  • The sob-fest/ screaming uncontrollably. Slightly MORE irritating in this case when it is an adult instead of a child, however 100% possible to see/ experience as an adult.
  • Prime Time for Melt Downs– 3:00pm. “The WDW Witching Hour”. WDW Melt-Downs happen. They are unavoidable should you be there with or without children. It doesn’t matter how good of a planner you are, how well behaved you or your children “normally” are.

This. Is. DISNEY WORLD. It doesn’t make you a bad parent if your kids (or you) completely “lose it” in a park.

So, what to do WHEN one of these melt-downs rears its ugly head?

In case of EMERGENCY: BREAK G.L.A.S.S.

  • GIVE permission for melt-downs/cool downs to occur. Limit the amounts of melt-downs each person is entitled to have. Give people a time limit that they can be mad. Also, realize your kids are over-stimulated. So give them small breaks and just go and sit together under a tree and watch the birds fight over the popcorn kernels in front of Casey’s Corner, if your kids are old enough, give them small breaks and meet back up.
  • LISTEN to your body. Are you sweating through your clothes? When was the last time you ate anything? Is your family’s non-verbal communication changing (crossing arms, rolling eyes, huffing, pushing in the stroller), do your children have a vacant look in their eyes? Time to head off that melt-down. First step is to find someplace to SIT that is COOL (as in air-conditioned). Standing in a line does NOT work here, try one of these Quiet Places in Magic Kingdom to take a break.
  • ASK how everybody is doing. COMMUNICATE and ask your family frequently for a “check up” on how they are doing. Disney World is Huge, you’re not going to get it all in on one trip. Just do what you can and concentrate on QUALITY of time OVER QUANITY of rides (read this post if you are silently disagreeing with me). Ask how they feel on a scale of one to 10 frequently and honestly. If at any point anybody drops to a 5 or below slow down and re-evaluate.
  • STEP outside yourself. Step-outside of yourself and really THINK about what is happening. Ask yourself, “is this something any normal, rational, and normally-enjoyable to be around, person would do?” If the answer is no then think… why?? What happened in the time leading UP to the melt-down occurred? Did you tell your teenager you would go ride a ride later then never come back to it? Did you tell your aging parents to hurry up? Did you tell your wife to stop spending money, then buy a giant turkey leg for yourself? Before you react, THINK. What role do YOU have in the meltdown? What role do THEY have? Are you turning them into the villain? I mean, do you think your 5 year old is sitting around plotting HOW to ruin your day? Think before you react, apologize if warranted.  Sincere apologies turn most every situation around.
  • STOP before you all act STUPID.  Stop doing the mental math you lil’ engineers, accountants and extreme type-A personalities about how much each minute you are not in the park is costing you and remember WHY YOU ARE AT WDW IN THE FIRST PLACE. You are on a VACATION!

Let me assure you that your “hissy fit” is going to be remembered by your family members FAR longer and more vividly than how many rides they rode that day, much less the actual contents of each ride/meal/ or character greeting. All that most of you will remember is the photographs and if you all look miserable in those just GUESS how the trip will be remembered. You talk about wasting money. You can read more about this on my post Quantity of Rides VS Quality of Life.

Get out of the parks during the heat of the day and come back refreshed and ready to tackle the park. Switch parks after your mid-day cool down if you have park-hopper tickets (which I recommend in my post HERE on ticket options) so you can to keep things exciting and new. Remember WHY you are spending the money, not HOW MUCH money you are spending. If everybody is miserable it’s not much of a trip. And I’d say it’s the #1 reason why most people don’t return to WDW.

WDW is intended to be a dream world where your heroes are real and your family is even MORE so. So remember when that next melt-down starts trying to creep up on you. Just break the G.L.A.S.S. and do what is RIGHT by your family.

Kristin The Disney Diva

Kristin T. Scroggin is a Communications Professor and avid Disney blogger. Her blog, Tips from the Disney Diva, provides readers with easily applied tips on planning, packing, and more.

  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Disney World Vacationing (chipandco.com)
  • Top 5 Underrated Disney World Attractions (chipandco.com)

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Disney Classics – The Aristocats App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch http://www.chipandco.com/disney-classics-aristocats-app-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch-73759/ Fri, 08 Jun 2012 01:00:45 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=73759 Disney Publishing is excited to release the newest storybook in its Disney Classics series – The Aristocats! Parents can relive the classic story of the 1970 “homeward bound” adventure and introduce it to a new generation with this interactive app featuring rich illustrations, professional narration, and music from the original film. The Aristocats app, available […]

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Disney Publishing is excited to release the newest storybook in its Disney Classics series – The Aristocats!

Parents can relive the classic story of the 1970 “homeward bound” adventure and introduce it to a new generation with this interactive app featuring rich illustrations, professional narration, and music from the original film.

The Aristocats app, available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, tells the story of Duchess and her three kittens as they try to find their way home to their beloved Madame Bonfamille with the help of resourceful alley cat Thomas O’Malley.  Will the “aristocrats” make it home, or will Edgar, Madame’s conniving butler, prevent them from ever seeing home again? App features include: story personalization, reading modes for all ages, coloring pages and interactive puzzles, piano activity, “old-fashioned camera” photo feature and beautiful illustrations, narration and sound effects.

The app is geared towards kids ages 3-7 and available for $3.99 on the App Store.

 

Read more from Tips from the Disney Diva at www.tipsfromthedisneydiva.com

  • Disney Classic Peter Pan Re-imagined on iPad and iPhone (chipandco.com)
  • The Jungle Book app for iPad and iPod Touch (chipandco.com)

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Newsies coming to Blueray DVD June 19th, 2012!! http://www.chipandco.com/newsies-coming-blueray-dvd-june-19th-2012-73334/ Sat, 02 Jun 2012 23:00:05 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=73334 I’m excited to share with you that one of MY favorite movies, Disney’s Newsies, will be released on Disney Blueray DVD on June 19th. You don’t remember it? Perhaps this will ring a bell. The movie starred Academy Award® winners Christian Bale and Robert Duvall and screen favorite Ann-Margaret. Newsies tells the true tale of […]

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I’m excited to share with you that one of MY favorite movies, Disney’s Newsies, will be released on Disney Blueray DVD on June 19th.

You don’t remember it? Perhaps this will ring a bell. The movie starred Academy Award® winners Christian Bale and Robert Duvall and screen favorite Ann-Margaret. Newsies tells the true tale of a courageous group of newsboys in a classic musical style, and has fabulous dance sequences choreographed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) as well as an engaging story produced by Hollywood legend Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast).

Bonus Features of the Blueray will include:  Audio commentary with filmmakers; “Newsies, Newsies, See All About It;” Newsies: The Inside Story; The Strike! The True Story; storyboard-to-scene comparison sequence with audio commentary; sing-along feature

I hope you’ll run out to get it! I know I will!

 

Want more from the Disney Diva and heading to Walt Disney World or Disneyland? Then head over to the Tips from the Disney Diva (www.tipsfromthedisneydiva.com)

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The Jungle Book: Classic Storybook App for the iPad Review http://www.chipandco.com/jungle-book-classic-storybook-app-ipad-review-73310/ Fri, 01 Jun 2012 21:00:36 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=73310 I had a chance to try out The Jungle Book: Classic Storybook App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and I really liked it and wanted to share the app with you. The app, which is $3.99 in the iTunes store, allows the owner to use their Apple device to “read” the storybook. You […]

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I had a chance to try out The Jungle Book: Classic Storybook App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and I really liked it and wanted to share the app with you.

The app, which is $3.99 in the iTunes store, allows the owner to use their Apple device to “read” the storybook. You will find interactive games such as puzzles, sing-alongs, and pictures to “paint” online, embedded in the story as you progress through the pages.

When you first log on you will be asked to “personalize” your book by inserting your picture and a name. This really doesn’t serve any purpose than just looking cool from what I can tell however. Let me tell you a bit more about the app.

The Storybook: The art is absolutely beautiful in the app. The voice that reads along with each highlighted word is also pleasant to listen to and can help early readers with their training.It has that classic haze that permeates the original Jungle Book movie. At times, the picture is still and at times the character will dance or their eyes will move. So it both feels like a book and a movie of sorts.

Games: Some of the games I thought were pretty neat were the puzzles, sing – alongs, and there was even a chance to “play” the bongos. I didn’t care much for the painting games. If you don’t have a stylus they’d be hard to do, but perhaps little fingers playing along would have an easier time.

Record your own voice: Another neat thing I found on this app was the ability to record your own voice. I was thinking it would be particularly nice if a parent was traveling to have them “read” the book, record it, and then have it readily available at bedtime. It also allows the reader to have the words light up without a voice reading.

On the whole I think it is a good application. My 10 year old son and 5 year old daughter were entertained and, again, the artwork is beautiful. Enjoy!

 

Planning a Walt Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Get trip planning tips from the Disney Diva at www.tipsfromthedisneydiva.com

  • The Jungle Book app for iPad and iPod Touch (chipandco.com)
  • Disney Classic Peter Pan Re-imagined on iPad and iPhone (chipandco.com)

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: When to make Reservations and what to bring with you? http://www.chipandco.com/bibbidi-bobbidi-boutique-reservations-bring-73115/ http://www.chipandco.com/bibbidi-bobbidi-boutique-reservations-bring-73115/#comments Tue, 29 May 2012 21:00:25 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=73115 Nothing says “girly girl” quite the way that a totally princess-ed out girl can! And nothing at Walt Disney World quite princess-es out your girly girl like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. There are two locations for the BBB at Walt Disney World. The first is at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney and the […]

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Nothing says “girly girl” quite the way that a totally princess-ed out girl can! And nothing at Walt Disney World quite princess-es out your girly girl like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

There are two locations for the BBB at Walt Disney World. The first is at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney and the other is INSIDE Cinderella’s Castle. Yup you read that correctly, INSIDE the castle.

WHEN SHOULD I MAKE RESERVATIONS? You really need to make your reservation AS CLOSE TO 180 DAYS IN ADVANCE of your trip as you can by calling 407-WDW-STYLE.  However, if you are under the 180 days mark when you decide to book your Walt Disney World trip, then I say book them AS SOON AS YOU CAN! Time slots do fill up quickly, so do not hesitate.

WHICH PACKAGE SHOULD I CHOOSE? There are three packagesof princess-fication for you to pick from for your girl

  • Coach Package includes choice of hairstyling, shimmering makeup, princess sash, face gem and princess cinch bag—$54.95 plus tax.
  • Crown Package includes choice of hairstyling, shimmering makeup, nail polish, princess sash, face gem and princess cinch bag—$59.95 plus tax
  • Courtyard Package includes exclusive Courtyard hairstyling, shimmering makeup, nail polish, face gem, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique t-shirt, trendy tutu, princess sash and princess cinch bag—$89.95 plus tax.
  • Castle Package includes the Crown Package components plus Imaging Package (one 6″ x 8″ and four 4″ x 6″ photos in a princess-themed photo holder) and complete Disney Princess costume with coordinating wand and tiara accessories—starting at $189.95 plus tax.

They also offer a “Knight Package” for boys over 3 years old for $15.95 (plus tax) with a style and a mighty sword but I’m thinking why go prince when you could go PIRATE at Pirates League and rock their little world.

I’m not going to lie to you. I think you should ALWAYS bring your own princess costumes to WDW. You can find them really in-expensivimageely on ebay, yards ales, consignment shops/sales, LOTS of places. They cost a FORTUNE at WDW. Usually WELL over $50.00 per gown. The difference between the other two packages is only $5.00 and consider the fact that you get to keep the nail polish and it extends your time there its worth it. So the Disney Diva‘s recommended package choice is the CROWN Package and BRING YOUR OWN COSTUME WITH YOU!!!

WHAT ARE GOOD TIMES TO BOOK? Here’s a Disney Diva secret for you. You can book your Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique reservation BEFORE park opens! Why would you want to do this? Well first of all it gets you in the park earlier, but secondly it gives you a really GREAT view of an almost empty street leading up to the castle. Which to me is the BEST way to see Cinderella’s castle for the first time! If you have breakfast reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table you should also look into booking your BBB reservation about 1.5 hours prior to your reservation. Also, if you are going to any Holiday Parties, like Miimageckeys Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you want to book a few hours PRIOR to the party starting, but I will tell you that the hair will REALLY hold for a few days.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? Well, like I mentioned before you should look into bringing your own costume with you to save some big bucks. You also want to make sure that the child’s hair is clean and FREE OF TANGLES. They suggest you bring a brush, but our fairy godmother had her own comb that she used. Also if you are getting nails done you should make sure that they are clean without nail polish currently on them. And bring your camera! You will have many adorable shots to enjoy!

You are all sure to have a WONDERFUL time and it will be a great memory for your special princess! Beware of extreme needs for Posing and photo-taking after being styled.

 

Love, The Diva  www.tipsfromthedisneydiva.com

 

 

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