How to Do Mouse Gear and Not Go Home Broke

I know what you’re thinking. That title is misleading; that is just not possible! Especially if you’re at Epcot with kids, right? I used to agree. However, I’ve been visiting the World since my youngest was an infant, and I’ve learned some ways around all the “I want!!!” (That’s my husband I’m quoting there, by the way, wink-wink!)Set a budget. It’s one of the hardest things for us to do, but if we know we have only so much money to spend, it makes it easier to say NO to those … [Read more...]

Finding the best viewing spot for IllumiNations

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Epcot’s fireworks spectacular, is more than just bursts of color in the nighttime sky. It, like other Walt Disney World attractions, not only entertains—and wows—but also tells a story.Utilizing pyrotechnics, a revolving globe and laser projections all synced to a booming symphonic score, this 14-minute show integrates fire, earth and water (and wind on a breezy night) to celebrate our planet and its people. The story is “told” in three acts:Act 1: … [Read more...]

Visiting the Epcot Kidcot Fun Stops

To an adult, Epcot’s World Showcase Pavilions provide an unparalleled trek around the globe. Only at Walt Disney World can travelers walk from Mexico to Morocco! Nowhere else is there such a complete panorama of international culture and cuisine wrapped up in appealing authenticity.But to a child under age 10, the World Showcase may be little more than pretty buildings and people who talk funny. To kids, Norway’s trolls terrify and standing for O Canada! tires tiny feet, the food tastes … [Read more...]

FINDING NEMO Storybook & Comic App Review

To coincide with the 3D theatrical re-release of the 2003 Disney•Pixar hit Finding Nemo and inanticipation of its Blu-Ray DVD debut, Disney Publishing Worldwide has released two exciting NEW apps — Finding Nemo: Storybook Deluxe and Finding Nemo Interactive Comic. I turned my six-year-old son, Adam, loose with the iPad and said, “See what you can do!” He had a blast with Finding Nemo: Storybook Deluxe, because all the activities appealed to him. The story is told in panels, and the animation … [Read more...]


On the heels of the 3D re-release of Finding Nemo in theaters this past Friday and in anticipation of the upcoming Finding Nemo Blu-Ray DVD release, Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today *two* exciting NEW apps — Finding Nemo: Storybook Deluxe and Finding Nemo Interactive Comic.Kids can join Marlin and his forgetful friend, Dory, as they encounter hungry sharks, groovy turtles and other sea creatures in their quest across the ocean in search of Marlin’s lost son, Nemo. Through … [Read more...]

Learn Chinese:Toy Story 3 App for iPad Review

I recently had the opportunity to try out Disney Publishing’s Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3 app for iPad, and I’m really impressed with it!Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3 presents a whole new way to learn a foreign language with this read-along app based on the international teaching method Diglot Weave. My kids and I have started learning Chinese with this engaging, story-driven app that teaches you while you’re having fun.With Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3, my kids are experiencing the excitement … [Read more...]

Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3 App on Sale

As noted earlier today, Disney Publishing is kicking off the school year with an exciting app sale! All Disney Learning apps will be only $1.99 on the App Store (orig. $4.99) from August 29th – September 12th!  One of the apps on sale is Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3 (introduction to basic Mandarin).Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3 presents a whole new way to learn a foreign language with this read-along app based on the international teaching method Diglot Weave. Start learning Chinese with this … [Read more...]

Magical Mouse Schoolhouse Book Giveaway

Chip & Company’s very own Jodi Whisenhunt has published a book, and we want to give one lucky fan a copy of this “fantasmic” new resource!A reader named “Sunshine” says, “It is like getting 2 books for one. On one hand you get some history, facts and information about all aspects of Disney World. Jodi has a way of explaining things that makes you feel like you are right there. On the other hand, you get a lot of activities/experiments to do with your children.”With MAGICAL MOUSE … [Read more...]

So You Think You Can Blog

I am proud to write for such a successful website as Chip & Company. This family of writers is truly a group of regular people who happen to be crazy about all things Disney. Some are a little more fanatical about it than others, but, you know, we love them anyway!Several of us C&C writers run blogs and fan sites of our own, and we are often asked how to go about doing that. So I thought I’d share some tips of the trade, let you in on a few secrets, and maybe inspire you to pixie … [Read more...]

Disneynature’s CHIMPANZEE Bluray Review

Earlier this year, moviegoers got to meet Oscar, the young chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest. On August 21, 2012, you will be able to experience the spectacular imagery and stunning high-definition visuals of Chimpanzee from the comforts of home, when the highly acclaimed Disneynature film comes to Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital and On-Demand.Stunning footage transports you deep into the African forest and brings you up close and personal to … [Read more...]