Lisa – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Disney Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining, Reviews and More! Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:40:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 http://www.chipandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/512-icon-54ced060v1_site_icon-32x32.png Lisa – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com 32 32 7800472 Ten Reasons Why You Should Stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort http://www.chipandco.com/ten-reasons-stay-disneys-polynesian-resort-84909/ http://www.chipandco.com/ten-reasons-stay-disneys-polynesian-resort-84909/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 19:00:08 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=84909 Recently my clan and I stayed at Disney’s Polynesian Resort and we fell in love! Our only other experience with Disney Resorts was the Caribbean Beach Resort. While we enjoyed the Caribbean Beach Resort, and would recommend it, the Polynesian suited us much better. You can ask anyone who has stayed at the Polynesian why […]

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Recently my clan and I stayed at Disney’s Polynesian Resort and we fell in love! Our only other experience with Disney Resorts was the Caribbean Beach Resort. While we enjoyed the Caribbean Beach Resort, and would recommend it, the Polynesian suited us much better.

You can ask anyone who has stayed at the Polynesian why they love it and you will get a multitude of answers. Some may agree with what I’m about to say and some may think I’m completely bonkers.

To give you some perspective, we are a family of five, three children 7 (at the time) and under. We spent most of our time at Epcot and Magic Kingdom. We did not visit the water parks. We utilized the Quick Service Dining Plan.

Now, let me gush about the Polynesian and why it’s so great!

  1. Tranquility. Even though you are very close to the hustle and bustle of the Magic Kingdom, the atmosphere of the Poly is laid back and relaxing. After an early morning in the parks, it was delightful to return to the Poly and grab a snack, a Dole Whip even, and relax near the pool or on the beach. I would say it was great to chill out in our room, but our experience with Mousekeeping was less than desirable. Our room was never ready before 2 pm, with one day being as late as 5 pm. When it was finally ready, however, it was nice to rest for a little while before returning for the evening events in the parks.
  2. Location, Location, Location. The ability to see the Water Pageant, Wishes and have personal space while doing so is fantastic. Nothing is like viewing Wishes from inside the Magic Kingdom, however, watching from the beach at the Poly gives a whole different perspective.
  3. Transportation. Having a dedicated boat service from the Magic Kingdom as well as Resort Monorail service is very convenient. Being able to walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center was fantastic for us. Of course, this can all depend on which Longhouse you are in, but we found it really wasn’t such a huge deal walking from any of the different Longhouses to the different transportation options.
  4.  Wildlife. Anyone who has ever been to Disney knows that the birds, well, they stalk you. While staying at the Poly we saw Mama Ducks with her ducklings, rabbits, birds, reptiles, and squirrels, all from the comfort of our room. Oh, and there was this mischievous blue alien wandering around inside the Great Ceremonial House. I think he was always hungry because he practically lived inside the restaurant O’Hana.
  5. Cast members. The cast at the Poly are some of the friendliest, most helpful that I have ever met while on property. The only other cast member that has ever been more helpful is a young gentleman named Robert who works at Cosmic Ray’s. He literally saved the day for us by chocolate cake. So, Robert, thank you for helping my distraught son in May of 2012. We appreciated your small gesture more than you can ever know.
  6. Entertainment. We could have spent an entire day, or two or three, just participating in the entertainment offered at the resort. The torch lighting ceremony, fun games at the pool and on the beach, marshmallow roasting are just a few that we really wanted to do. Unfortunately we didn’t get to accomplish them all, but maybe next time we will.
  7. Volcano Pool. It’s a volcano, and a slide, what could be cooler? We didn’t actually take a dip in the pool, but it looked fun and the visual effect it gave the resort was pretty amazing as well. We did, however, play in the water spot off to the side of the pool and the kids had a blast with that.
  8. Room size. The room, for our family of five, was more than large enough to accommodate us. The sleeper sofa made a great bed for a rather expensive starspeeder that a certain little boy was aching for. It did feel quite comfy when I sat on it and the starspeeder had no complaints. The queen beds in the room were quite comfortable as well.
  9. Quick Service Options. While the menu isn’t very extensive, there was more than enough to please everyone in our party. We especially liked the gourmet cupcakes and Dole Whips as dessert options. The biggest plus was that it was open 24 hours, with limited but a variety of options, available beyond 11 pm.
  10. Crowds. Although it was not peak crowd levels when we visited, the crowd level was high. During the evening, the Great Ceremonial House could become quite crowded, but still very manageable. That was the only time it was clear just how crowded the resort was. The beach was never overly crowded, transportation never felt rushed, and even during “normal” dining hours, the lines for Capt. Cooks were fairly short.

While the Polynesian isn’t perfect, it’s won my heart. There are things that can definitely be improved, such as Mousekeeping and more options at Capt. Cooks, overall the resort is top-notch. While the price may not be worth it to some, for us, it’s worth every penny.

If you’re considering a stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and being close to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot is a must, then the Poly would be fantastic for you. Eventually, we will test out the other resorts, one by one, but I have a feeling that our “home” will be Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

We’re beginning to think about our next Disney vacation, so I want to hear from you! What is your favorite Disney Resort and why? Is your favorite a hit with the kids? And finally, what is your least favorite resort, and why? Leave a comment below telling me why I should book a vacation at your favorite and why I should avoid the one you favor the least!

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What could go wrong?

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More Buses to Receive Cameras for Safety http://www.chipandco.com/buses-receive-cameras-safety-85207/ http://www.chipandco.com/buses-receive-cameras-safety-85207/#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:00:37 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=85207 After testing cameras on a couple of buses, Walt Disney Transportation has decided to install four cameras in every bus in the fleet. For the safety of everyone aboard, three will be exterior, while one will be interior. I recently saw one of the buses in the test run. It appears that at least one […]

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After testing cameras on a couple of buses, Walt Disney Transportation has decided to install four cameras in every bus in the fleet. For the safety of everyone aboard, three will be exterior, while one will be interior.

I recently saw one of the buses in the test run. It appears that at least one camera is focused on the load zones of the buses. I do hope this will cut down on some of the rowdiness at the bus stops.

How do you feel about cameras on buses? Do you think other modes of transportation, buses and monorails, need interior cameras?

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What could go wrong?

Photo courtesy of Jodi at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
  • Disney World’s Transportation System is Making Some Minor Changes (chipandco.com)
  • Taking the buses for CRT (passporterboards.com)

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 8 DVD Review:Where Do We Go From Here? http://www.chipandco.com/greys-anatomy-season-8-dvd-reviewwhere-81742/ Tue, 04 Sep 2012 01:00:33 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81742 Grey’s Anatomy Season 8 begins with the residents return for their first day of fifth year. This year will make or break their career. Some will persevere, some will leap and bound over the others, but one, one will surprise you when this doctor fails the boards. I was surprised by the failure of one […]

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 8 begins with the residents return for their first day of fifth year. This year will make or break their career. Some will persevere, some will leap and bound over the others, but one, one will surprise you when this doctor fails the boards. I was surprised by the failure of one of the residents and I’m left wondering, in Grey’s fashion, what the future of the doctor holds.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. Season 8 doesn’t disappoint. We begin the journey with the fallout from Meredith tampering with Derek’s clinical trial. Chief Webber keeps his promise to Ellis and watches over her little girl, much to everyone’s shock and anger. Karev must redeem himself, somehow, for outing Meredith, the most universally liked person in the whole hospital. The biggest question is: Will Meredith and Derek be granted custody of Zola?

Bailey must decide whether to ditch Nurse Eli for the Romancy Ben and later is served with a crossword puzzle of a lifetime. After completely fumbling her love’s gesture, she dons a trench coat to appease Mr. Ben. The scenes between these two are always a delight. Bailey is one of my favorite characters and seeing her vulnerable side with Ben gives me the warm fuzzies and usually a bought of giggles. It’s autonomic. I can’t help myself.

The two episodes leading up to the mid-season finale will leave you breathless. In “Heart-Shaped Box”, we see classic Cristina consulting the heart-in-a-box over her bucket list and Teddy and Henry’s first fight. This fight was to be their only, which leads us to “Dark was the Night”. This episode is chocked full of action, heart-break, edge-of-your-seat drama. Zola’s fate is determined and an issue between Owen, Cristina and Teddy erupts like a volcano. Meanwhile, Meredith and Alex are in limbo inside an ambulance in a scene that will have you glued to your seat, possibly yelling at the TV. Or, well, at least that’s what I did.

When we see the doctors again, the ER is bombarded by a family involved in a car crash. This particular episode features an eye surgery episode. Anything that involves the eyes gives me the heebie jeebies and I have to turn away. It was the huge piece of glass in a girl’s eye, in this instance, not the awkwardness of Lexie meeting Mark’s new girlfriend that gave my stomach a turn. Poor Lexie. She makes me want to scream at the screen “Just tell him already!”.

Throughout the second half of the season, we’re treated to a pondering by Meredith of what her life would be like if she had a mother and father who loved her. I must say that perky and pink just doesn’t suit her. I prefer her as one-half of the Twisted Sisters, and fate must as well.

Chief Webber begins to be a puppet master behind the scenes. This is genius. He’s an amazing manipulator and probably teaches Karev more in two scenes than Alex learned in almost five years. The success of Alex Karev is as surprising as the failure of Kepner. She is not who I envisioned failing the boards; Meredith had the stomach flu, Cristina’s life was in an uproar and she berates her examiner, Avery’s mother was next door posing a huge distraction for him and Karev missed the entire first set of scenarios and has a torrential meltdown any three-year old could be proud at the end of his last session.

Each episode of this season mashes our emotions with laughter, excitement, suspense and sadness. We see relationships fail while others flourish, careers made and broken, families built and shattered.

And then they were Lost. The finale was reminiscent to me of the opening sequence of ABC’s Lost, so much so that I could easily replace Meredith’s head with Jack’s and voila, we’re Lost. The similarities stop with the plane crash scenario. Where Lost was only beginning, Grey’s Season 8 was ending, with a cliffhanger like never before. Who will live and who will die? Will the residents really leave Seattle Grace Mercy West Death? How will the crash affect their decisions to leave or stay? How will they be rescued? What do you think?

The bonus features on the disc are excellent. I love “In Stitches”. Outtakes are always a blast to see and are my favorite kind of bonus features on any disc.  Traveling along with Kevin McKidd to Scotland was a delight. I had never heard his accent until hearing him speak in A Journey Home. The deleted scenes were even fun to watch, especially learning about beeswax. I wondered what happened to that couple, and now I know. The extended version of If/Then was more cohesive than the version that originally aired. I preferred the extended version, although the episode itself was one of my least favorite from the season.

I always view movies and TV shows with subtitles on. The white lettering of the subtitles were average compared to the yellow that you typically see on discs. The size was larger than most, and while I didn’t have a problem with the larger font, I felt it could be slightly distracting at times. I am, however, glad the size was larger than average and not smaller because it was very easy to read and I felt like it was in tune very well with the spoken word.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Season 8 and I’m psyched for Season 9 in a few weeks. Hopefully some of my questions from above can be answered, but I’m sure those answers will only spawn even more questions. What do you believe will happen with the crash? Will the residents go their separate ways or will this draw them to stay? Will the Twisted Sisters be each others person again? Will Bailey get married?

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What could go wrong?

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Disney World Parks Pet Peeves:You Down With PPP? (Yeah You Know Me) http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-parks-pet-peevesyou-ppp-yeah-81407/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-parks-pet-peevesyou-ppp-yeah-81407/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:00:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81407 Have I mentioned lately how much I absolutely love Walt Disney World? There’s nothing in this world like walking down Main Street, U.S.A. with Cinderella Castle looming in the distance, the beautiful sounds of the Mainstreet vehicles, clop clop clop of the horse’s hooves, meeting and greeting the Mayor and his wife, oh and the […]

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Have I mentioned lately how much I absolutely love Walt Disney World? There’s nothing in this world like walking down Main Street, U.S.A. with Cinderella Castle looming in the distance, the beautiful sounds of the Mainstreet vehicles, clop clop clop of the horse’s hooves, meeting and greeting the Mayor and his wife, oh and the sweet heavenly scents wafting from the Main Street Bakery.

I do love Disney, really, I do. You could even call me twitterpated, but sometimes it makes me want to punch someone in the throat. I’m not a violent person, not at all. I love sweet furry little critters, especially my three that walk on two legs. I mean, I gave birth to them, so they do tug at my heart-strings. I wave at folks passing by on the Ferry, I will hold the door open for a mum or dad struggling to juggle a stroller and a toddler, I’ll even give away awesome FastPasses for rides like Soarin’ or Toy Story Midway Mania (the horror!). I’m not entirely heartless. Sometimes, though, I need a wall at Disney World, just to bang my head against.

Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about the words “pet peeve”:

A pet peeve (or pet hate) is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to them, to a greater degree than others may find it.

Hmm, so it would seem that my “bang head here” moments would classify as pet peeves. What on Earth could annoy me about Walt Disney World? It’s so magical! Well, quite a bit actually.

  • Ropes. I hate ropes. I hate ropes in queues especially because it never fails my darling of a son wants to shake them and annoy anyone within touching distance with these ropes. Give him 0.03 seconds and he will grab the rope so lightning fast we call him “Speed, I am speed”. That’s not the only ropes that annoy me. There is another type that produces a whole different level of annoyance. Not “Rope Drop”, I love that actually. It’s what I like to call “Puh leeeeze let me make it out of the park before the rope is closed and I’m stuck behind the parade” ropes. Mouthful, I know. But these ropes, the ones that lie between me and the exit and that oh so wonderful Main Street Electrical Parade music, are my least favorite. I get that they’re probably saving dozens, possibly hundreds, of Guest’s lives from being squished by floats. I get it. But I still hate them. Vividly.
  • Starring Rolls Cafe. I want to know whose genius idea it was to have Starring Rolls close so much earlier than the rest of the park. Really, I want to know so I can send them hate mail. I. Need. My. Cupcakes. That is all.
  • Baby Care Center locations. I love the Baby Care Centers. I just don’t love trekking a couple of miles across the park to use one. I know they’re a luxury, I know they’re not necessary, but it would be nice to have a second, smaller one on the opposite side of the park from the central one. Sometimes the restroom changing stations just don’t cut it and you need the extra space and relaxation from the Baby Care Center.  Have you ever tried to carry a baby with a blow out five miles across a park full of Guests? Enough said.
  • Misters. Spending a sweltering day at Animal Kingdom could be slightly more pleasant with more misters. After all, it’s not a zoo, it’s a jungle out there, so make it look like one! Mist me! I’m in a jungle, I need the mist! Aren’t gorillas in the mist anyway? I’ll be a gorilla for a day, if you’ll mist me.
  • 7 pm. Typically, I would say this is a wonderful time of day, unless I’m at EPCOT and enjoying Innoventions. Then 7 pm puts a damper on my day. I like Innoventions and Figment is a favorite for us. We even enjoy a nice round of Jeopardy with Ellen, but not after 7. Sorry, if it’s after 7 you’re out of luck. No smell lab for you. No Stupid Judy. No fire truck that your son thinks is the most awesome thing ever. Nope. None. So sorry.
  • Captain EO. That’s pretty much all I’ll say about that.
  • Smoking Sections. I’m so thankful that most smokers at Walt Disney World have the decency to smoke in designated smoking section. Really, I am. Now, if only I wouldn’t have to walk through those smoking sections to get to my destination when I have no other options, that would be delightful. Even better yet would be if the People Mover didn’t go directly above and through a smoking section. That would be fantastic. I mean, I’ve been in the park all day, sweaty, I probably smell bad enough as it is. I don’t need to add ashtray to my odorant collection. I already have smelly garbage and wet dog.
  • Tram safety message. Technically this isn’t a Park Pet Peeve and not really Disney’s fault at all. It’s beyond insane how long a safety message can detain a tram. Here’s how a typical boarding scenario goes: Tram Speaker: “No further boarding, no further boarding, please stay behind the yellow safety line and listen to this safety message” Tram speaker initiates the pre-recorded message telling us to watch our kids, no eating or drinking, no bad dancing and stay in the tram. Tram Speaker does the tram walk making sure all guests are seated in accordance to tram rules. Some kids have to be rearranged, strollers folded, all in all Tram Speaker is back in 45 seconds or so. Just as Tram Speaker is about to give the driver all clear a family of 10 dart across the yellow line and boards. Tram Speaker is yelling “No further boarding!” Family doesn’t care, they’re on vacation and everything is peachy! Tram Speaker says once again “Please listen to this safety message”. Tram speaker initiates pre-recorded message again and does the walk, again. This time we’re lucky and Tram Speaker gives the driver all clear and we’re off! Except by now, we could have walked and made it there twice.
  • Cattle herders. I actually have a love/hate relationship with the cattle herders. What’s a cattle herder? Have you ever been walking along in one of the parks and suddenly came to a set of poles spaced evenly apart so as to divide and conquer the traffic flow? That’s a cattle herder. Typically, I like how they work to disperse large groups, especially ones that stand 6 people wide and take up the entire walk way. This gives me an opportunity to get a break in their formation, otherwise it’s going to be like a game of Red Rover. However, I do not like when the cattle herders send me 40 feet out of my way when I’m exiting the park. I just want to make it to the Monorail, I don’t want to walk a thousand extra steps toward the Ferry only to be directed through a labyrinth of ropes (I hate these ropes too) when my destination is so close I can almost touch it. It’s a tease fest for my feet. It makes me whiny. A temper tantrum is on the brink and it’s not from my four-year old. Just when the temptation to unlatch the rope is nearly too much, we’re there! Finally! Now, only to hike the climb up the Monorail ramp. It’s almost as tall as Everest, right?
  • Refurbishments. Dreambuilders put up The Great Wall of Disney. My vacation plans are crushed. Don’t get me wrong, I love updating rides, I love new and exciting expansions. I’m excited to the gills for the Fantasy Land Expansion, after all, Belle is my favorite Princess. I get annoyed when Disney takes away all my favorites all at once. It makes me want to cry. My vacation is crushed. No Test Track and no Big Thunder during my last vacation. We did find a few new favorites and the magic was restored, the day was saved and all was well but I still wanted to pout. Or stamp my feet. At least I managed to glare longingly and evilly at both rides from a distance. Needless to say it wasn’t quite satisfying but it did work in the end.

None of these pet peeves are enough to deter me from having a blast at Disney. Most are things that my family and I can laugh about once we’re home. There have been times, however, when they sucked the magic carpet right from underneath me. Thankfully, Abu had my back, got me back on my magic carpet and it was a whole new world.

Do you have any Park Pet Peeves? Do you share any of mine? 

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What could go wrong?

 

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Five Things To Do Before Your First or Fiftieth Disney Vacation http://www.chipandco.com/fiftieth-disney-vacation-81346/ http://www.chipandco.com/fiftieth-disney-vacation-81346/#comments Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:00:37 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81346 Congratulations, you have just booked your first (or fifitieth!) Disney vacation! But, now what? You’ve figured out your hotel, your flight, and booked an amazing package with tickets included. Nothing left to worry about, right? That’s not quite true. Most people think that’s the end of vacation planning, but it’s not, at least where Disney […]

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Congratulations, you have just booked your first (or fifitieth!) Disney vacation! But, now what? You’ve figured out your hotel, your flight, and booked an amazing package with tickets included. Nothing left to worry about, right?

That’s not quite true. Most people think that’s the end of vacation planning, but it’s not, at least where Disney is concerned. A decent plan in place could vastly improve your Disney vacation.

First and foremost, follow a reputable Disney Blog. You’re already here at Chip & Co. though so I won’t include that on my list.

  1. Read a guide book. Most people recommend The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (for the most comprehensive look at the resort) or The Passporter (the most fun and personalized). I don’t have an opinion either way, except that buying one, or checking one out from the library, is a good idea for planning a stress free vacation.
  2. Sit with your family and decide if you want to do any Character Dining or Signature Dining. If you do, decide and book those 180 days prior to your arrival date. Some of the restaurants book up fast, so it’s important that you do this early in your vacation planning.
  3. Figure out what attractions that are “Must-Do’s” for you and your family. Walt Disney World is a huge place. Not many people realize just how huge it is until they arrive. Most people cannot accomplish it all in one vacation. Spend time looking over the attractions, you can even view them on YouTube, to pick the ones that you really want to experience the most. Some rides, such as Soarin’ and Toy Story Midway Mania can have upwards of 3 hours projected wait time during peak crowds. If those are attractions that intrigue you, hit them first! On the other hand, if you’re nostalgic and want to be sure to experience The Carousel of Progress or The Great Movie Ride, these don’t typically have long wait times so you could visit them just about any time.  If you use Chip’s touring plans, he goes over all of this park-by-park.
  4. Create an itinerary.  I know not everyone likes to plan their days on vacation like I do, however, I do find it’s important to discuss and decide tentatively whether you will participate in any Extra Magic Hours or arrive at Rope Drop and how a crowd calendar prediction will affect your desired park each day. When I create my personal itineraries, I pick a park per day based on projected crowd levels. I aim for the lower or middle graded park unless I’m participating in an EMH park. This works great for us, most of the time. There are flukes, days where the lowest rated park will have an insane amount of Guests. We just roll with it. With a good touring plan (like Chip’s), you can still hit all the headliners and have time to people watch.
  5. “Soft” Pack your luggage. We begin a few weeks before our departure date packing the non-essential items we’ll need on vacation like extra socks, zip-lock bags, paper towel rolls etc. This not only minimizes the chance we’ll forget something, but it also gives us time to pack the things we would have forgotten about otherwise.

This list is a good start for planning a Disney vacation, but it’s not comprehensive by any means. I’m a planning nerd and will spend an insane amount of energy planning a Disney vacation by looking through menus, contemplating what each person in our family would order, torturing each of us with countless photos of all the yummy goodness available until we’re all feeling so starved that our tummies are begging for a bite of what’s on the screen. And that’s just on step two. I try to not drive my family insane with the planning, so I also create Disney Mix-tapes and implement a family movie night with Disney movies as our countdown. They don’t mind me so much then, or well, at least they tolerate me. Mostly.

Also Chip recommends if you are a Disney Foodie try out his 100 Disney Foods to Eat Before you Die Challenge or 100 Disney VEGETARIAN Foods to Eat Before you Die Challenge. Let us know how many you have tried!

Anyhow, even if you’re the spontaneous type, these five steps could greatly improve your Disney vacation. By preparing a little ahead of time, you can reduce the amount of time you spend saying “what do you want to do next”. Instead you’ll already have a good idea and not waste precious (and expensive!) vacation time.

What is your booking ritual? Do you completely wing it or are you a planner like me?

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s could go wrong?

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 8 DVD Crashes the Shelves on 9/4 http://www.chipandco.com/greys-anatomy-season-8-dvd-crashes-shelves-94-81333/ http://www.chipandco.com/greys-anatomy-season-8-dvd-crashes-shelves-94-81333/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:00:01 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81333 I have awesome news Grey’s fans! Season 8 will arrive on Blu-Ray and DVD September 4th, just in time to catch up for the upcoming Season 9. Veg-fest anyone? Season 8 Synopsis: As fifth year residents, it’s do or die for the doctors of Seattle Grace MercyDeath West Hospital. Things heat up in the operating […]

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I have awesome news Grey’s fans! Season 8 will arrive on Blu-Ray and DVD September 4th, just in time to catch up for the upcoming Season 9. Veg-fest anyone?

Season 8 Synopsis:

As fifth year residents, it’s do or die for the doctors of Seattle Grace MercyDeath West Hospital. Things heat up in the operating room and in the bedroom as competition abounds and passions are ignited. The six-disc DVD brings fans even closer to the action!! Bonus features include an exciting feature “A Journey Home with Kevin McKidd” where fans can tag along with Kevin McKidd (Dr. Owen Hunt) as he heads home to the Highlands of Scotland and tours his hometown, deleted scenes and much more!!

Cast:

The favorites we found and loved (or hated) in Season 7, returned for the 8th Season. Who’s your favorite? I love the Twisted Sister’s and their dynamics!
“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang , Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Eric Dane as Mark Sloan, Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman, Jesse Williams as JacksonAvery and Sarah Drew as April Kepner.

Bonus Features:

As I mentioned before, “A Journey Home” With Kevin McKidd – Fans will tag along with Kevin McKidd (Dr. Owen Hunt) as he heads home to Elgin in the Highlands of Scotland for a visit home including a tour of the town and a musical jam session with his family and friends.

Extended Episode – an insightful extended version of episode #813 “If/Then”. In case you can’t remember, this is the episode where Meredith wonders “What if” and ponders fate.

Deleted Scenes – The chance for fans to discover even more heart-pounding experiences through the eyes of the Seattle Grace Mercy West doctors through material that didn’t make into the aired episodes.

In Stitches: Outtakes – Fans will have a chance to join in on the laughs with a blooper reel from the hit series’ exciting eight season.

 

I always love to see the blooper reels from my favorite shows and movies, so needless to say, that is one bonus feature I’m definitely excited about!

Release Date: September 4, 2012

Release Format & SRP: 6-Disc DVD = $45.99

Rating: TV14 DLSV

Bonus features not rated.

Feature Run Time: Approximately 1032 minutes (24
episodes)

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Languages/Subtitles: English/English, French, Spanish,
Thai, Chinese, Brazilian,
Portuguese

Stay tuned to see what I the heart in the box thought of Season 8 as a whole.

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

 

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Disney World Quick Tips and Tricks: Dark Ride Etiquette Part Two http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-tricks-dark-ride-etiquette-part-79360/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-tricks-dark-ride-etiquette-part-79360/#comments Sat, 18 Aug 2012 19:00:37 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=79360 For first time visitors to Disney Parks, dark ride etiquette may seem confusing. Some rides allow photos with no external lighting, while others are somewhat vague. That’s just the tip of the iceberg concerning Dark Ride Etiquette. Here is my part 2 of  Top 5Dark Ride Do’s, the sequel to my Don’ts. Peter Pan’s Flight. […]

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For first time visitors to Disney Parks, dark ride etiquette may seem confusing. Some rides allow photos with no external lighting, while others are somewhat vague. That’s just the tip of the iceberg concerning Dark Ride Etiquette.

Here is my part 2 of  Top 5Dark Ride Do’s, the sequel to my Don’ts.

  1. Peter Pan’s Flight. With the technology of new DSLR cameras, some striking photos can be captured on this ride without the flash. Timing has to be spot on, but most photographers know that is part of the fun. So, do whip out those crazy expensive cameras, do turn the flash off and do make insane attempts to capture Wendy on the boat.
  2. Great Movie Ride. This is a perfect ride for show interaction. Get involved with the Gangster. Heckle him. See what happens.
  3. Soarin’. In most cases, on this ride, you can leave your cell phone’s ringer on. You’re underground and not likely to pick up signal. However, if by some chance you do have your phone out while you’re over California, hang on to it, and hang on to it tight. Those mountain climbers would likely have better signal than you would at that moment and they may need to make a call. If you drop your phone down to them, you may never see it (in one piece) again.
  4. Livin’ with the Land.This ride is an amazing foreground for discussion. As a home learning family, we’ve found many agriculture discussions can begin with this attraction. Try to keep the noise to a minimum so others around you can hear the overhead speakers, but do discuss this ride, and talk to those around you, point out things that others might not see and watch for the Hidden Mickeys!
  5. Stroller Derby. It’s not an advertised attraction, but after closing out a park, you will understand what the term means. Families with young children attempt to leave the park all at once while pushing strollers, ahem, quite aggressively in some instances. I have found this is the absolute perfect time to carry your children if you must leave with the crowd. If they’re small enough to be in your arms, they’re probably safer. So go ahead and pick those little ones up, hold them tight and join the derby. If you’d rather wait until the derby is over, you can usually meander out of the park at your own pace.

What has been your experiences with these “do’s”? Do you have any other etiquette tips to share?

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Disney World Tips and Tricks: Dark Ride Etiquette http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-tips-tricks-dark-ride-etiquette-79358/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-tips-tricks-dark-ride-etiquette-79358/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:00:26 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=79358 For first time visitors to Disney Parks, dark ride etiquette may seem confusing. Some rides allow photos with no external lighting, while others are somewhat vague. That’s just the tip of the iceberg concerning Dark Ride Etiquette. Here is my Top 5 Dark Ride Don’ts. Pirates of the Caribbean. This ride does quietly announce “No […]

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For first time visitors to Disney Parks, dark ride etiquette may seem confusing. Some rides allow photos with no external lighting, while others are somewhat vague. That’s just the tip of the iceberg concerning Dark Ride Etiquette.

Here is my Top 5 Dark Ride Don’ts.

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean. This ride does quietly announce “No flash photos”, however hearing the announcement can be quite difficult. I used to love riding Pirates of the Caribbean. It was one of my favorite attractions. After riding a few times with numerous flashers, my retinas began to ache and now I avoid riding unless it’s very late or very early in the day reducing the likelihood of flashers being in our boat. While you may want to remember the ride, the rest of the passengers in your boat want to experience the ride. When multiple flashes suddenly illuminate your surroundings, it really puts a damper on the entire experience, ruins the illusion of the ride and can cause serious health problems for some people. So, please be considerate and if you must take photos, turn the flash off. Your pictures will likely turn out better that way anyhow.
  2. Haunted Mansion. While flash photos aren’t as prevalent on this attraction, they are still a problem. However a much more pressing issue is trying to spook little kids by randomly shouting in Madame Leona’s room. For some kids, The Haunted Mansion is already spooky enough, while other children find the attraction silly and whimsical. For those few who are already spooked, let’s try to be considerate and not terrify them. Give them a chance to find the fun in a wonderfully, happily macabre attraction.
    Dinosaur. This is something I’m guilty of. Typically I remember to turn my cell off or on vibrate before getting on a ride. However, for Dinosaur I sometimes forget because I have “No Service” displayed across the screen from the time I enter the building until the Sauropod scene. That’s when my phone decides it’s a fantastic time to ring. I’m sure no one around me wants to hear my awesome ring tone as I fumble to turn it off in the jostling Time Rover. To my fellow passengers, I’m deeply sorry that I may have potentially altered our homing signal from the bright light of my LCD screen as I manage to decline the call and turn the ringer off. Aladar, I am sorry that you are lost in the Dino Institute because of my failure to do something considerate.
  3. It’s a Small World. If one of my kids decide to ride this ride, I really do not need to hear you sing, chant, or discuss this attraction very loudly. If you’re louder than the cute little dolls who never seem to stop, then you’re probably too loud. I sing along with the dolls, and sing quite badly, but I do not belt the words out to the top of my lungs. I don’t want everyone’s ears to bleed as we travel through the various rooms. I’m not a doctor and blood freaks me out and for that reason, I’ll sing or speak quietly to the person next to me so only they can hear. It would be nice if you would do the same.
  4. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. It’s not a ride, to most of us anyway. Most kids seem to get really tall as the day progresses while at Walt Disney World. I had never seen a 7 or 8 foot tall toddler until our first viewing of Wishes. I get it, your kid wants to see over everyone’s head, in fact I understand it. Being vertically challenged, I have asked if my husband would perch me on his shoulders to see the fireworks. He declined my request, but I found that I could see the fireworks just as fine from my cold hard seat on the ground, until that 8 foot tall three year old stood in front of me, anyway. So, take a break, find an incredibly uncomfortable seat right at the Hub in front of the castle and relax with your kids. You will see the show and get some rest for the stroller derby all at once. Oh and I can see the fireworks too. Now, we’re all happy!

What rides have been the worst offenders on your vacation? Do you have any other etiquette tips to share? Are you guilty, like me, of being a dark ride bad etiquette offender?

Stay tuned to Part 2 coming soon!

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

  • Proper Park Etiquette – What NOT to do at Disney World! (chipandco.com)
  • Disney World Quick Tips: Ten Tips for First Timers (chipandco.com)

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Disney World Quick Tips: Rest is a Wish Your Feet Make http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-rest-feet-77258/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-rest-feet-77258/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:50:03 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=77258 Recently we spent a week at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. We did 5 park days and maxed out our legs nearly every day. We’re locals and go often, however we rarely spend an entire day at a park. We average about 4-5 miles per day throughout the year. However, I was curious to see How many […]

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Recently we spent a week at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. We did 5 park days and maxed out our legs nearly every day. We’re locals and go often, however we rarely spend an entire day at a park. We average about 4-5 miles per day throughout the year. However, I was curious to see How many miles we would actually walk while on vacation.

Our arrival day we visited Epcot. We spent awhile meandering around World Showcase and then went back to the room to rest. We hopped the boat back to Magic Kingdom for a little while that evening, but everyone was pretty tired from lack of sleep the night before. Excitement got the best of us. This is the day we walked the least at 6.90 miles

Day two we visited the Magic Kingdom for Rope Drop. We managed 8.97 miles that day.

Day three was Disney’s Animal Kingdom at 10.76 miles.

Day four we attempted Hollywood Studios and failed. Everyone was just so wore out that we ended up relaxing much of the day, and then an impromptu trip back to Epcot for a few late evening rides.I didn’t even take the pedometer with us on this day after the massive failure at the Studios.

Day five we hit three parks. We managed 8.32 miles this day.

If you’re keeping track of the math, that’s 34.95 miles in four days with an average of 8.74 miles per day. We didn’t have ADR’s, we did very few Fastpasses so our back tracking was minimal and I also didn’t include the few thousand (ok, probably not that many) trips to Cap’t Cook’s to fill our mugs and get snacks.

If you’re not used to walking this much in a day, it can be a shock to your body after the second day of touring the parks. Our first vacation to Disney World, by day three, I had a blown knee and was pretty miserable. You just don’t realize how much you have walked until you are back in your room at night and the pain yells at you.

My tips for preparing your legs and feet are simple.

  • Moisturize your feet. After your shower (yes, please shower, we all appreciate it when you shower on vacation), grab a bottle of a nice moisturizing lotion — I like Avon’s Moisture Therapy — apply it liberally to the soles of your feet and wear a pair of cotton socks for about 20 minutes each night of vacation.
  • Start NOW walking often and walking as much as possible. Your legs, knees and ankles will thank you.
  • Since you’re starting to walk now, find a nice broken in pair of sneakers. Wear them while you walk. Wear those same shoes on vacation. You do not want to attempt to walk this much on vacation in new shoes.
  • Buy moleskin. Pack it in your suitcase. Don’t forget the scissors to cut the moleskin. If, after all this preparation, you still get blisters, moleskin will help to relieve the pain.
  • Remember, kids have shorter legs and a lower tolerance for walking long distances than we adults do. Take breaks, drink a lot of water and rest as much as you can. I use a stroller for my 4 and 5 year olds because they can not do 8 miles a day.

Have you used a pedometer to track how much you walk while at Walt Disney World? How many miles did you walk?

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

 

  • Top 5 Boat Rides at Walt Disney World Resort (chipandco.com)
  • Five Things EVERY Adult has the Right to do at Disney World! (chipandco.com)

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Phenomenon on Blu-Ray Review http://www.chipandco.com/phenomenon-bluray-review-76214/ Sun, 15 Jul 2012 23:00:01 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=76214 Being a Travolta fan, I was excited to finally see Phenomenon. While I can’t say that I loved the movie, I would definitely rate this as a “buy” and not just a “rent” movie. If I didn’t love it, then why would I buy it? It’s thought-provoking and interesting, but really the best reason I […]

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Being a Travolta fan, I was excited to finally see Phenomenon. While I can’t say that I loved the movie, I would definitely rate this as a “buy” and not just a “rent” movie.

If I didn’t love it, then why would I buy it? It’s thought-provoking and interesting, but really the best reason I can give you for buying it is the powerful scenes presented between Travolta and Sedgwick’s characters.

George Malley (Travolta) is from a small town where everyone knows everyone. His entire life takes a turn on his 37th birthday when he sees a bright light which helps him see everything so much clearer than before.

He begins to devour books, several in a day. George can suddenly win at chess, speak multiple languages after only briefly studying them, and predict earthquakes. Yet his friends never treat him differently.

Lace (Sedgwick) tries desperately to not love George and fails miserably with her efforts. The tug and pull of their relationship could be the basis of any Rom-Com on the market, but the twist in the movie plows their story in an entirely different direction which will pull at your heartstrings in an unexpected way.

I did find a scene between George and Lace’s children to be very reminiscent of The Lion King. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will forever equate an apple to the circle of life.

The Blu-Ray had a few interesting sneak peeks, but was lacking any real special features. One of the best parts of owning a movie is checking out the extra features included on the disc. The only bonus feature included was an original theatrical trailer, which I did view.

The menu was bland, nothing special. It consisted of a screen with the image from the jacket. I prefer flashier Blu-Ray menus, but with a movie that’s sixteen years old it was sufficient . The clarity of the image was pristine.

I always view my movies with subtitles when available. The English version was spot on. French and Spanish audio and subtitles are also available.

Picture quality was on par for movies produced today. I didn’t notice any graininess or colors that seemed off. Even the special effects were smooth enough to get a passing grade nearly 20 years later.

Although I prefer Travolta in his more notable action roles, his performance as a small town man was believable. I felt the plot had a few holes and seemed a little scattered and unfinished at times. I won’t give away the twist, but it did help to tie the entire movie together and offer a somewhat plausible explanation for George’s transformation. While it wasn’t what I was expecting, I was pleased with the movie.

Have you seen Phenomenon? Will you purchase the Blu-Ray? What do you think about the “twist”, believable or not?

  • “Phenomenon” coming to Blu-Ray on July 3rd (chipandco.com)
  • Step Up Blu-Ray Review (chipandco.com)

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Disney World Quick Tips: Ten Tips for First Timers http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-ten-tips-timers-74941/ Sat, 07 Jul 2012 18:00:34 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=74941 You’ve just booked your first trip to Walt Disney World! Yay! Congratulations! Feel the excitement rush through your veins! Bask in that after-booking glory. But…then what? Well, don’t you fret, dearies! I have compiled a short list of my top ten tips for anyone visiting Disney World for the first, or fiftieth, time. Arrive early. When […]

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You’ve just booked your first trip to Walt Disney World! Yay! Congratulations! Feel the excitement rush through your veins! Bask in that after-booking glory. But…then what?

Well, don’t you fret, dearies! I have compiled a short list of my top ten tips for anyone visiting Disney World for the first, or fiftieth, time.

  1. Arrive early. When using Disney Transportation, you need to give yourself at least an hour to get to your destination. I strongly suggest arriving 20 minutes prior to park opening. You will never believe the amount of touring you can get done in the three hours before most everyone else gets out of bed and decides where they’re going for the day. Not only do you beat the crowd, but during the hotter months, you can beat the heat as well.
  2. Use both sides. When you’re standing in line for the turnstiles, at bag check or at a quick service restaurant, most people do not realize that there are lines on both the right and left side of the cast member.
  3. Gum. You cannot purchase gum at any of the four major theme parks. However, a very little known fact is the Clubhouse Shop at ESPN Wide World of Sports does carry a very limited amount of gum. If you’re in desperation, hop a bus to one of the All-Star resorts and head on over to the WWoS to satisfy that gum craving. Please be aware that this shop is not open 365 days a year. Check with the front desk of your hotel to determine whether it’s open or closed.
  4. Fastpasses. Fastpasses are free. Learn about them. Utilize them. A fastpass can save a substantial amount of time in peak season.
  5. Smartphones. If you have a smartphone, download Disney’s Mobile Magic app to keep an eye on wait times, have a map readily available and and review important information of attraction when you are inside a Disney Park.
  6. Transportation. Disney offers a variety of free transportation options. Yes, you read that correctly. Free. If you don’t have a car, you don’t have to rent one. Once on property, you have several choices of how to get around. There are buses, boats and monorails. What’s available depends on where you’re coming from and where you’re going. Inquire at the front desk if you’re reading this from your hotel. If you’re still at home, Chip & Company can help you by clicking here.
  7. Love Coca Cola. Open Happiness. There are no Pepsi products to be found while on Disney property. If you absolutely must have Pepsi, bring it from home. Don’t forget to try Club Cool!
  8. YouTubeIf you have little ones, you can pump up their excitement or gauge their timidness of some of the attractions by looking them up on YouTube.
  9. Park Hoppers.  If you plan on visiting more than one park per day, you must purchase a Park Hopper, you cannot use another day on your ticket to enter a second park on the same day.
  10. Times Guide/Park Maps. So you’re not really a planner, eh? No sweat, just be sure to grab a Park Map and a Times Guide (or download the app mentioned in #5) and quickly go over it to see what you’re interested in doing. Grab a nearby Cast Member and ask what the most popular attraction is and head there first to either ride or grab a Fastpass. From there, just begin working your way around the park and enjoy the spontaneity of your vacation!

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are entire books devoted to helping you have the best Disney vacation possible. What tips can you offer someone visiting a Disney Park for the first time? Can you offer some insight on what to do/not do on a Disney vacation?

  • Disney World Quick Tips: Don’t Miss the Sponteneity (chipandco.com)
  • Disney to Begin Testing Next Generation FASTPASS System (chipandco.com)

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BYOPD Bring Your Own Pixie Dust: A Quick Tip to Creating Your Own Magic http://www.chipandco.com/byopd-bring-pixie-dust-quick-tip-creating-magic-74565/ http://www.chipandco.com/byopd-bring-pixie-dust-quick-tip-creating-magic-74565/#comments Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:50:13 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=74565 Are you looking for a way to make your vacation extra-magical? Disney does great at sprinkling unexpected pixie dust, but what if you want to create your own? One perfect way I have found is by leaving trinkets out for the family to find when returning to the room for a mid-day break. Not to […]

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Are you looking for a way to make your vacation extra-magical? Disney does great at sprinkling unexpected pixie dust, but what if you want to create your own? One perfect way I have found is by leaving trinkets out for the family to find when returning to the room for a mid-day break.

Not to worry, I have found some very budget friendly ways to accomplish this, even with my family of five.

All of these things can cost less than a dollar per person. You can pick up a pack of pens or stickers for $1 at most stores and separate them out reducing the cost even more. I like to type up a little note each day using a unique looking font.  The kids enjoy this and it nips the “I don’t wanna go back to the room” complaint in the bud. They’re excited to go back to the room for a rest so they can see what surprise they have for that day. Parental meltdown averted, day saved, magic restored, kids rested — what could be better for less than a buck a day?

Do you leave small gifts for your kids? If you do, what is the coolest thing you’ve found to spread a little pixie dust of your own?

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

  • Disney World Vacation Souvenirs for the Budget Conscious (chipandco.com)
  • Disney World Quick Tips: Don’t Miss the Sponteneity (chipandco.com)

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Ten Movies Your Family Should Watch Before Your Disney Vacation http://www.chipandco.com/ten-movies-family-watch-disney-vacation-74950/ http://www.chipandco.com/ten-movies-family-watch-disney-vacation-74950/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:00:41 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=74950 Every time we book a Walt Disney World Vacation, we “study” as a family. It’s the perfect excuse to begin a family movie night, if you haven’t already. Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to find a movie the entire family will enjoy. You may find some movies are “too girly” for the guys, […]

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Every time we book a Walt Disney World Vacation, we “study” as a family. It’s the perfect excuse to begin a family movie night, if you haven’t already.

Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to find a movie the entire family will enjoy. You may find some movies are “too girly” for the guys, or “too cootie-fied” for the girls. Disney does a great job to make movies appealing to both genders, even the princess movies.

However, after a few trial and error runs, these seem to be our top ten favorite DVDs to watch leading up to check-in day. We call them “Countdown DVDs”.

  1. Alice in Wonderland Even though the story centers around Alice, I find that boys don’t seem to mind since the Queen of Hearts provides quite enough destruction to win over even the most skeptic little guys. If not, there’s always the comedy the Tweedles bring along.
  2. Mickey’s House of Mouse Villains I prefer this dvd for the Fab five. It’s quite entertaining and while it’s not the Playhouse Disney Mouse that most of the kids today know, they will be entertained and meet quite a few of the classic Disney villains. This would be terrific to end a countdown on if you are attending a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
  3. Lilo & Stitch I absolutely adore Stitch. In fact, I have one of my own, er, I mean my son reminds me of Stitch. With catchy tunes and memorable lines (Ohana means family…), this movie is a hit with both Princesses and Princes in our house.
  4. The Little Mermaid This one might not be quite as entertaining to anyone who is anti-princess, but there are plenty of danger and suspenseful moments to entertain them if they will give it a shot.
  5. Finding Nemo This movie teaches so much about love, trust, adventure and family. Bingo, I mean, Elmo, oh wait is it Fabio? Oh Nemo, that’s right. Nemo is delightfully entertaining for an entire family and really speaks to little ones about some difficult life lessons in ways that only Disney can.
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean This is the only live action movie on my list. I tossed around ideas of quite a few more, but for our family, Pirates of the Caribbean is solidly in the top ten countdown. Cap’t Jack is thoroughly amazing with his happenstance brilliance. The kids and the parents both enjoy the entire series.
  7. Toy Story There’s no doubt about it, Toy Story is a wonderful tale. We love all three movies and watch them often. It’s a staple for us with each trip. There’s just enough to appeal to both genders to make this movie hard for anyone to hate.
  8. Peter Pan While I don’t love this movie, I think it’s vital to watch it at least once as your arrival day draws near. The essence of Tinkerbell comes across so wonderfully while telling a beautiful story of three children full of adventure and discovery.
  9. The Lion King Following Simba’s journey through life is mesmerizing and eye-opening. While some of the younger viewers may not grasp the full meaning of the storyline, it will still be entertaining for them and their parents. Each time we watch Lion King, and Circle of Life at Epcot,  I still get teary eyed.
  10. Cinderella Yes, it’s a princess movie. As the last movie on our countdown, I find it to be kindred to Wishes Nightime Spectacular at the Magic Kingdom. The Prince Charmings in our household don’t quite agree, but alas, just knowing that this is the last sleep before walking right down the middle of Mainstreet USA and standing in awe of Cinderella Castle is enough to entice them to oblige me.

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Snow White
  2. Honey I Shrunk the Kids
  3. Sleeping Beauty
  4. Beauty and the Beast
  5. Song of the South

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While my short list will certainly help you brush up on some of the most popular characters for rides, meet-and-greets and shows, it isn’t comprehensive. Walt Disney World is huge! I recommend picking a few of your favorite childhood movies and group them with some from the last ten or so years to find your own Top Ten.

Do you have any Disney movies that are must-sees prior to a trip? Do you have any that you bring along with you to catch while relaxing in your room? What is your absolute favorite Disney film of all time?

Psssst: Mine is Beauty and the Beast.

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

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“Phenomenon” coming to Blu-Ray on July 3rd http://www.chipandco.com/phenomenon-coming-bluray-july-3rd-74835/ Fri, 22 Jun 2012 00:00:10 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=74835 Experience the critically-acclaimed film, Phenomenon – available on Blu-ray for the first time, featuring an incredible new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Academy Award nominee John Travolta (Best Actor, 1994, Pulp Fiction) leads a stellar cast, including Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, and Robert Duvall, in this uplifting story of an ordinary man transformed […]

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Experience the critically-acclaimed film, Phenomenon – available on Blu-ray for the first time, featuring an incredible new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Academy Award nominee John Travolta (Best Actor, 1994, Pulp Fiction) leads a stellar cast, including Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, and Robert Duvall, in this uplifting story of an ordinary man transformed by extraordinary events.

On the night of his 37th birthday, George Malley (Travolta) is knocked to the ground by a mysterious, blinding light and develops amazing mental abilities. With his newfound knowledge, George astounds everyone in town, but comes to realize that his wondrous experience has changed him and all those around him forever.

As a fan of  Jon Turteltaub‘s (Director)  National Treasure Films, I’m excited to finally experience this film in 1080p. Highly regarded as Travolta’s return to the big screen, his performance hits the mark for reminding us that somethings in life just can’t be explained.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve watched this film and you think it would be a good family movie, I would give this a ranking of 8/10 for profanity, 7/10 for nudity, earning it a PG rating.

Talent/Cast: John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever), Kyra Sedgwick (Singles), Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Jeffrey DeMunn (Shawshank Redemption)

Director:  Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure films)

 Producers:  Barbara Boyle (Instinct) and Michael Taylor (Copying Beethoven)

 Writer:   Gerald Di Pego (Message In A Bottle)

Release Date:  July 3, 2012

Suggested Retail Price: 1 Disc Blu-ray: $20.00 U.S./Canada

Rating:  U.S.: PG For Language And Mild Sensuality;  Canada: PG (applies to film content only)

Feature Run Time:  Approximately 123 minutes

Aspect Ratio:   2.35:1 (1080p High Definition)

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish: 2.0 Dolby Digital

Languages: English, Spanish

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

 

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Disney World Quick Tips: Don’t Miss the Sponteneity http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-sponteneity-74402/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-sponteneity-74402/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:50:54 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=74402 With the rumors and testing of Disney’sXPass coupled with the recent ticket price increase, one might wonder if you’re expected to pre-plan every moment of your Walt Disney World vacation. I’m a planner. I love to plan. I will plan our vacation months in advance. It is part of the fun for me. I enjoy scrolling […]

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With the rumors and testing of Disney’sXPass coupled with the recent ticket price increase, one might wonder if you’re expected to pre-plan every moment of your Walt Disney World vacation.

I’m a planner. I love to plan. I will plan our vacation months in advance. It is part of the fun for me. I enjoy scrolling through the myriad of links I have bookmarked, reading and re-reading tips and tricks about planning your vacation at Walt Disney World. I make lists and spreadsheets of what we want to try new, where we want to eat and any attractions or shows that are a must-see for each of our family members. I prepare a tentative touring plan for each day, with room for adjustments as needed.

Even though I love to plan, I never want to lose sight of what the basis of Disney is really about. The magic. In a recent visit to the Magic Kingdom, we arrived around 9:15 a.m. We began our visit by starting in Adventureland,  and the heading to Frontierland. We happened upon the Frontierland Hoedown where we participated in an impromptu bout of the Hokey Pokey. The kids had a blast with Brer Rabbit and the Country Bears.

Although I’m positive you can search and find the approximate times of the Hoedown each day, as well as when to search for PUSH or DiVine, the sense of magic and wonderment you and your children will experience by embracing the spontaneity will add some pixie dust to your day. I could have scheduled the Hoedown into our day, in fact, I have tried several times unsuccessfully. By allowing Disney to do what Disney does best, we were pleasantly surprised and thoroughly entertained.

Disney Parks continue to see an increase in visitors, both internationally and domestically, each year. While this may enhance the need for pre-planning some of your day, don’t forget to stop and take in your surroundings. You never know when a character might pop out of a hidden alcove, or a rowdy dating game (with bad jokes!) ensues, or be invited to participate in an impromptu game of Hokey Pokey.

Have you experienced any un-planned shows or characters appearing suddenly? Does it add just a bit of magic to your day or do you find it to be a hindrance? Do you prefer to plan to see these types of shows/interactions or would you rather leave them to happenstance?

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

  • Top 10 Magic Kingdom Attractions to enjoy on our next Disney World vacation! (chipandco.com)
  • How to Tour the Parks – Visiting the Magic Kingdom in a Wheelchair (chipandco.com)

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Parking at ESPN Wide World of Sports Explained http://www.chipandco.com/parking-espn-wide-world-sports-explained-74180/ Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:00:45 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=74180 Summer is upon us and it’s one of the busiest times at ESPN Wide World of Sports. While parking is free at the complex, it can be somewhat hectic to find a spot, unload your gear, and make the trek to your scheduled field. With a little prep, you can make that trek a little […]

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Summer is upon us and it’s one of the busiest times at ESPN Wide World of Sports. While parking is free at the complex, it can be somewhat hectic to find a spot, unload your gear, and make the trek to your scheduled field.

With a little prep, you can make that trek a little easier. The red arrow above indicates where you will enter the parking area. You may see a sign that says “Bus” parking. That refers to the area indicated by the green arrow. If you arrive early enough, there may be spots in the “General Parking”, which is indicated by the blue arrow. If you arrive mid-to-late afternoon, you may be directed to the overflow parking areas indicated by the orange arrows. These are sometimes called “Touchdown” lots.

The area with yellow arrows is reserved for game referees and other officials such as AAU, as well as some coaches and scouts. This area is guarded by cast members and without the proper identification, you will not be permitted to park there except on certain occasions when guests with disabilities are directed to park in the area designated as “Slamdunk”.

Here’s a tip: If you are playing on baseball fields 1-5, bypass the “General Parking” lot and continue on to the “Bus” lot. Park there and you will be much closer to a side entrance designated just for the baseball diamonds. If the turnstiles aren’t open yet, you’re still close to the main entrance.

If you are attending an event in the HP Field House or Josten’s Center, it is just as close to walk from the overflow parking in Touchdown as it is to walk from the Bus lot, maybe even a little closer.

Have you attended an event at the Wide World of Sports? What has been your experience with parking? Will you be attending an event this summer?

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

  • Runners to Race Around the “High Banks” and “Bases” As Part of 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Course (chipandco.com)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Home to Olympic Hopefuls (chipandco.com)

 

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Disney World Quick Tips and Tricks: Breastfeeding in the Parks http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-tricks-breastfeeding-parks-73918/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-tricks-breastfeeding-parks-73918/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:00:19 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=73918 Before my family’s first trip to Walt Disney World, I was a little apprehensive about how, when and where I would breastfeed my son. He was just under three years old at the time and I knew the stigma in America with breastfeeding older children could potentially invade my dream vacation. All of my worries […]

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Before my family’s first trip to Walt Disney World, I was a little apprehensive about how, when and where I would breastfeed my son. He was just under three years old at the time and I knew the stigma in America with breastfeeding older children could potentially invade my dream vacation.
All of my worries were for nothing. During our first visit to the Magic Kingdom,  my nursling decided he needed a midday break while his sisters did not. We made our way to the Baby Care Center where I found a nice room had been prepared for nursing mothers. Comfortable rocking chairs, dimmed lights and air conditioning made my first visit to the Baby Care Center a must do for every day of our vacation.

I also nursed while waiting outside for our lunch reservation at Akershus and while inside Akershus. I never encountered a mis-informed or rude cast member while doing so.

I did find some dark rides and shows exceptional for a nursing session if needed. Universe of Energy: Ellen’s Energy Adventure was great because my older daughters were thoroughly entertained (and they learned a few things as well), while my son nursed and rested. Carousel of Progress provided another opportunity to breastfeed my son while my daughters experienced a classic attraction.

There are many places throughout the parks that provide a respite from the Florida heat and elements so mom can feed her baby and the family can still enjoy spending time together. While Baby Care Centers are great, don’t feel like you have to use them. That’s not the case at all. They’re just there for your convenience, if you so choose. Cast members are trained to leave you alone in accordance with Fla. Stat. § 383.015

What has been your experience with breastfeeding your baby at Disney World? Did you find the perfect spot to nurse? What other tips can you offer moms visiting the park with a nursing baby?

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

  • Disney World Quick Tips – Best Rides and Attractions to Nurse or Bottle Feed your Little Ones (chipandco.com)
  • Changing, feeding, and more! (disneybabiesblog.com)

 

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Disney to Test Surveillance Cameras on Buses http://www.chipandco.com/disney-test-surveillance-cameras-buses-74175/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-test-surveillance-cameras-buses-74175/#comments Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:55:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=74175 This week Disney Transport will test surveillance cameras on two buses. It is unknown at this time what exactly prompted the installation of the test cameras or if the cameras are recording guests or drivers. The first roll-out will begin on June 10, 2012.  I, for one, am all for video cameras on buses. With more and […]

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This week Disney Transport will test surveillance cameras on two buses. It is unknown at this time what exactly prompted the installation of the test cameras or if the cameras are recording guests or drivers.

The first roll-out will begin on June 10, 2012. 

I, for one, am all for video cameras on buses. With more and more guests visiting the parks, it can result in an interesting bus ride at peak times.

So, just remember folks, The Big Cheese is watching, so watch your children, watch your hands and watch your language.

What do you think about surveillance cameras on Disney Transportation? Is this a good idea? Do you think it will cut down on some of the raucous behavior on board? Or is it a waste of resources?

 

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. If you’re curious what the bus number is with the hidden mickey and if you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

 

 

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Five Things You Should Pack That You Never Thought Of http://www.chipandco.com/pack-thought-73706/ http://www.chipandco.com/pack-thought-73706/#comments Sat, 09 Jun 2012 19:00:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=73706 If you were to look inside my luggage for our Walt Disney World vacation, you may think I have gone bonkers. Why would a sane person pack empty paper towel rolls on a Disney vacation? Stockings? Surely I don’t plan to wear those, right? You’re very right, I have a much more useful plan for […]

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If you were to look inside my luggage for our Walt Disney World vacation, you may think I have gone bonkers. Why would a sane person pack empty paper towel rolls on a Disney vacation? Stockings? Surely I don’t plan to wear those, right?

You’re very right, I have a much more useful plan for those. Just wait and be amazed.

  1. Panty Hose or Knee High Stockings. Do you have a little girl who will be treated to Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? Would you like to conserve that bun for the next day? Put some stockings over it and wrap the length around the bun to help protect it through the night. Touch it up with some spritz the next morning!
  2. Empty Paper Towel Roll(s). If you plan to enjoy a session at the Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you may want to keep your artwork. An empty paper towel roll will keep your drawings together and protected from being damaged on the way home.
  3. Gallon Freezer Bags. These can have multiple uses. They’re a great way to protect your expensive digital camera on water rides like Splash Mountain where you can leave it on your neck strap, but need something to make it water proof. A zippered freezer bag can do just that. Also, I love to use them to separate each person clothes. With a larger family, this can conserve space in luggage as well as make rope drop mornings much easier.
  4. Post-it Notes. Some parents may not realize that their toddler could potentially find something very harmless extremely frightening. It’s not an attraction or character, it’s the toilets. All across Walt Disney World, automatic flushing toilets are the norm. Some young children find them frightening. You can prevent the toilet from prematurely flushing, which can happen all too often when little ones are the occupants of the throne, simply place a Post-It Note™ over the sensor. Problem solved and disaster averted!
  5. Bright Colored Fabric Strip or Ribbon. If you plan on using a stroller, whether it’s your personal one or a rented one, then be prepared. There is something I like to call the “Sea of Strollers” at attractions like “Soarin”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Kilimanjaro Safaris”, and “Toy Story Midway Mania”. You may park your stroller in one location, only to return to find it has been moved. I like to use a bright colored ribbon or piece of fabric tied around the handle to easily spot our stroller amongst all the others. It’s great for rentals as well, because it can be easily removed and reused each day.


These are just a few random things that I have found extremely useful in the parks and easy to just toss in the luggage. What are yours? What is the weirdest thing you have ever packed for vacation that has been extremely useful?

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

  • Disney World Quick Tips – Miscellaneous Tips I have learned (chipandco.com)
  • Learn to Draw a Character at the Animation Academy in Hollywood Studios (meetthemagic.com)

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Disney World Quick Tips – Packing Your Electronics http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-packing-electronics-73684/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-packing-electronics-73684/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:00:16 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=73684 Have you ever wondered how in the world you were going to keep all those tiny things safe in your luggage? Chargers for all your electronic items, iPods, mini video cameras, OTC medications, first aid items, portable video game cartridges, extra memory cards/sticks and batteries are just a few of the small itemspictured above. All […]

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Have you ever wondered how in the world you were going to keep all those tiny things safe in your luggage?

Chargers for all your electronic items, iPods, mini video cameras, OTC medications, first aid items, portable video game cartridges, extra memory cards/sticks and batteries are just a few of the small itemspictured above.

All these objects fit nicely in a pencil case where they are protected and can easily be stored inside the in-room safe in most resort rooms. I would refrain from putting anything wet or liquid in with the electronic items in case of spills or leaks. I purchased my pencil case at the beginning of the school year for around $1. Most large box retailers carry them and in a multitude of colors. You can even decorate them with Disney stickers if you wish.

You could also, hypothetically, pack your Roku player inside to use while on vacation. I cannot confirm that a Roku player will connect to the free Wi-Fi on property, however, because I forgot my Roku remote control at home. Which, incidentally, could fit nicely inside the pencil case as well. My Roku player did look very snazzy connected to the televisions at the Polynesian Resort. It made a great paper weight for our stay.

As a bonus, the pencil case is great for transporting home all the stickers, pirate coins and gems, unused fastpasses for the scrapbook and even pressed pennies you will have accumulated during your stay.

No pencil case? A cheap Rubbermaid Take-a-long with a lid could serve the same purpose. Just be sure the lid fits snug and the electronic items do not jostle around inside.

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

  • Disney Planning Tips – Plan It, Pack It, Post-It! (chipandco.com)
  • Walt Disney World Planning Tips: What to Pack? (chipandco.com)

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