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Easter is one of the busiest times to visit Walt Disney World, between Spring Break and the Holiday.  According to TouringPlans.com, expect Crowd Levels of 10 out of 10 from March 23rd to April 2nd. However, I had no idea there were so many additional activities Disney offered in the week prior or on Easter Sunday.

Here is and idea of what to expect on Easter.

THE PARKS

Magic Kingdom

  •  Meet and Greet with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny- Starting now through Easter Sunday.  At the Bunny Lane Gardens near City Hall from 9am to 5pm.
  • Easter Pre-Parade-An Easter Themed introduction 15 minutes prior to the 3pm parade. That’s 2:45pm folks!
  • Fantasyland walkway between Little Mermaid and Storybook Circus will be open through April 8th to alleviate crowds.

Epcot

  • Disney Limited Time Magic Vinylmation Easter Egg Hunt-Purchase a map for $4.95 and search for hidden “eggs” throughout  Epcot and you will be rewarded with an Easter Vinylmation surprise.
  • Easter Egg Hunts-At the UK Pavilion Garden Maze and Future World Innoventions “Easter Garden”.  Additional Easter Activities at the “Easter Garden”
  • Meet and Greet with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny-On Easter Sunday only at the UK Pavilion Garden Maze.

THE RESORTS

The resorts will have morning activities including Character Meet and Greets (in their Easter finery of course), Candy Scrambles , and Egg Relays.  The afternoons are dedicated to Poolside Easter Parties.  Every resort will have a schedule available, but expect Duck  Races, Easter Bingo and Easter crafts.  The evening will bring centrally located activities or in some cases Campfire activities and Movies Under the Stars.  Some of the resorts have some pretty unique happenings on the schedule:

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge-Decorate your own Ostricth Egg.  Cost is $20 and proceeds donated to the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund.
  • Art of Animation-Decorate your own Easter Cookie.
  • Contmeporary-Cast Members will be hand decorating 12″ tall Chocolate Easter Eggs.  Available on display throughut the resort from March 29th to April 1st.
  • Old Key West-Decorate your own Edible Easter Basket.
  • Saratoga Springs-The Golden Easter Egg Hunt
  • Yacht and Beach Club-Make Your Own Mickey Tie-Dye.

These activities are subject to change.  Your resort will have an schedule available when you check-in.

DINING

CHURCH SERVICES

  • At Contemporary Resort’s Fantasia Ballroom. Catholic Services are at 8am and 10:15 am. Protestant Services will be at 9am. Keep in mind you will not be able to park at the Contemporary, unless you are a Contemporary resort guest. So plan on taking monorail from Walt Disney World

SHOPPING

  • The Resort and Park Gift Shops are offering Pre-made Easter Baskets for sale.
  • Disney Floral and Gifts have Easter Celebrations and gifts available for delivery.
  • You can also purchase a “Hop and Drop” where an Easter Basket is delivered to your resort room on Easter Morning.
  • Select Quick Service restaurants will be offering a coupon on your purchase receipt.  It offers 20% off a merchandise purchase at select Gift Shops.  Restrictions apply, so look carefully.  This promotion is available from March 18th through April 24th.

As more Easter Activities are made available we will update this article!

 

 

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Throwing an Octonauts Birthday Party http://www.chipandco.com/throwing-octonauts-birthday-party-100402/ http://www.chipandco.com/throwing-octonauts-birthday-party-100402/#comments Sat, 16 Mar 2013 23:00:37 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=100402 As many of you know, the Octonauts is a new favorite for children on Disney Junior. My 5 year old is no exception.  So when his 6th birthday approached, an Octonauts party was a must.  I agreed wholeheartedly, until I began the search for party supplies.  Nothing online, in the party store, anywhere.  As the […]

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As many of you know, the Octonauts is a new favorite for children on Disney Junior. My 5 year old is no exception.  So when his 6th birthday approached, an Octonauts party was a must.  I agreed wholeheartedly, until I began the search for party supplies.  Nothing online, in the party store, anywhere.  As the show originated in the United Kingdom, all the Octonauts supplies were there.  As we search the internet, my husband and I find tons of DIY ideas for Octonauts decoration, food and favors.  We even got a little creative and came up with a few of our own.

Here is a breakdown of our Octonauts Birthday Party!

DECORATIONS

Tableware:  All we were able to find in the stores were Nemo, Sponge Bob and some Generic Ocean partyware.  So for plateware we went with Blue and Green plates, utensils and napkins in different hues.  I found some sand colored tablecovers in a rough fabric in a clearance bin.  We decorated the table with Sand Dollars, Starfish and Shells we found online.  Some solid colored buckets and bins from the Dollar Store and we were happy with the effect.

The Octopod Hatch:  I made this for the front door to let everyone know where the party was!  Here are the instructions:

Supplies-1 15″ Round Foam Circle (1/2″ thick), 8 Yards of Orange Ribbon (1 1/2″ wide), 1 sheet of blue scrapbook paper (I was able to find one with bubbles), Fabric Glue or Glue Dots, 12″ square piece of gray felt or poster board,  Hanging Ribbon and Door Hanger.

Instructions-Take Foam Circle and cover by winding Orange Ribbon around the circle until completely covered.  On the back side of the circle affix the scrapbook paper (cut if necessary) so that it appears you are looking out a porthole.  From the gray felt or poster board make 4 “rivets” and a hatch handle and affix to the front with glue.  Lastly, use a ribbon of your choice and weave through the back of the “hatch” and hang on your door using a door hanger.

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Jellyfish DIY-I made these with my son so they were “perfect” from a moms point of view.  We hung these around the house from the ceiling and doorways.

Supplies-Water Color Paints and Brushes, Plain Paper Bowls, Fabric Glue or Glue Gun, Miscellaneous ribbons and yarns (pinks, tans, greens, etc)

Instructions-Use water colors to paint plain paper bowls with random streaks of color.  Whatever works for you.  Some of our jellyfish were pink and  green, some were blue and purple. Take your random yarns and ribbons (the more texture the better) and cut to varying lengths. Take about 6 ribbons and tie a knot, leaving one string longer than the others at the TOP of the knot. Make a small hole in the bottom of a painted bowl. Pull string through the hole so that the ribbons are hanging from an upside-down bowl. The instructions we found called for fanning out the strings and then putting another bowl on top of the other. “We” decided to just insert a bowl inside the other to make the strings fan out. Then added more ribbon to the underside of the jellyfish. Your choice, they both work! Hang at will!

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Other Decorations-We got a ton of green and blue colored helium balloons and hung them from the ceiling.  The strings gave an underwater effect.  We also had some big fish cut outs that we colored and placed around the house.  We made a “kelp forest” out of some rough green yarn we found and strung though the stairwell and hung from doorknobs.  Green and yellow Streamers were hung straight down from the ceiling. My favorite decoration of all was the window art we did with Crayola Window Markers. We did drawings of all the characters and sea creatures using templates we found on disneyjunior.com.

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  • Coral Kabobs-Cubed melon and fruits on a stick, placed in a pan of blue jello with Swedish Fish.
  • OctoDogs-Take Hot Dogs (Hebrew National worked best) and cut strips about halfway up the dog. We tried for 8, but ended up with 6. When placed in boiling water the strips curled up to become legs. Half a bun works perfectly.
  • Professor Inkling’s Seaweed Dip-Spinach and Artichoke Dip (thank you Trader Joe’s) with Tostito Scoops (conveniently clam shell shaped).  Take an orange pepper aand cut in half.  Place half on top of dip.  Take remaining piece and cut “octopus” legs to creep out of the dip.
  • Kwazii’s Shark Teeth Collection-Triangular cuts of white cheddar cheese with crackers.
  • The Goldfish Bar-Every different type of goldfish crackers, we put in buckets for the kiddos to enjoy.
  • Shellington’s Shells and Cheese-Mini Shells substitute for macaroni.
  • Captain Barnacles Cake-Cook 2 round cakes and place on top of each other. Using rice krispie treats (homemade works best) form the hat, cheeks and ears. Dip hat and cheeks in blue candy melts and frost ears. Using black icing, color in ears and eyes. A tootsie roll makes the perfect nose. Assemble and serve
  • Vegimal’s Kelp Cakes-We had a few kids that were allergic to eggs and couldn’t have the cake. So we made a cake recipe and substituted applesauce for the eggs in the recipe. We made muffin tops and dipped in green candy melts and sprinkles.

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ENTERTAINMENT

  • Pin the Eye-Patch on Kwaazi-I purchased the image online and printed this project.
  • Make Your Own Picture Frame-Purchased a tub of “Sea Life” foam stickers and some foam photo frames in a bulk pack from the craft store. The kids were able to assemble and with a foam pen, write their names. I had the delusion I would have time to take and print their pictures and put in the frame before they left
  • Photo Montage-My better half put together a photo montage of Octonauts images, mixed with photos of our family at different aquariums looking at sea creatures.

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FAVOR BOXES

I purchased white cardboard carry boxes from Oriental Trading Company. Using an image from the internet I printed the Octonauts “Band-aid” logo on clear sticker paper. I cut them out, stuck them on the box and viola!, Peso’s Medical Bag. We filled them with some goodies from Oriental Trading Company-Mini Coloring Books, Stamps, Bubbles, etc. To finish off the boxes, I couldn’t resist a little treat after seeing them on Pinterest.

Marshmallow Favor Pops-Most of the supplies are available at your craft store and supermarket.

Supplies-Campfire Sized Marshmallows, Light Blue Candy Melts, Lollipop Sticks, Graham Cracker Goldfish, Crushed Graham Crackers (to mimic sand), Mini Pearl Sprinkles, Plastic Lollipop bag, Ribbon or Ties.

Instructions-Insert Lollipop Stick into Marshmallow and dip in melted candy melts. Spin to remove excess. Dip bottom of marshmallow in graham cracker crumbs and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. Before candy melts harden, place goldfish on marshmallow and add 3 mini pearl sprinkles to mimic bubbles coming out of its mouth. Once cooled, place in bag and tie with ribbon.

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I hope these ideas will help plan your Octonauts party. The best part for me was doing so much of it with my soon to be 6 year old son. We have some great memories. I also confess to having a few jellyfish still hanging up. Please feel free to ask any questions or share any ideas in the comments section.

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Sign #101 You are a Disney Addict http://www.chipandco.com/sign-101-disney-addict-102279/ Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:00:36 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=102279 One of the signs of a Disney Addict is obsession with Disney Parks on TV.  Old sitcoms and the Travel Channel are all fair game.  Anything to get a glimpse of one of your favorite places in the world to visit. There are several options to immerse your television into the Disney Parks.  Old Sitcoms […]

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One of the signs of a Disney Addict is obsession with Disney Parks on TV.  Old sitcoms and the Travel Channel are all fair game.  Anything to get a glimpse of one of your favorite places in the world to visit.

There are several options to immerse your television into the Disney Parks.  Old Sitcoms like Roseanne and Full House repeat episodes that were filmed in the parks.  Travel Channel will run specials on each Park or the history of Walt Disney.  My Yard Goes Disney is often shown and they visit imagineers at the Parks.  Food Channel is another spot to find a band-aid for the Disney Addiction.  Guy Fieri’s Christmas Special is a must watch every year!

You can search Disney on your cable guides and set up the DVR.  Another great resource is the website simply titled Disney Theme Parks on TV.  This site will take you to the weeks showings of anything Disney Park Related!  You can even set up a weekly email alert.

I know I am among friends and fellow Disney Addicts so you won’t judge!  What are your favorite Disney TV finds?

Chip’s Tip: Do you miss Stacey when you aren’t at the resorts? You Disney Addicts know who I’m talking about…look for her doing her thing on You Tube.

 

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Top 5 Nap Spots for Little Ones in Hollywood Studios http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-nap-spots-hollywood-studios-100427/ Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:00:02 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=100427 Continuing our series on the Top 5 Nap Spots for little ones we head to Hollywood… If you are at Hollywood Studios for the day and your Fast Pass for Toy Story Mania isn’t until 4pm, where do you take your little ones for a quick snooze?  With its lack of shade and noisy performances, it’s […]

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Continuing our series on the Top 5 Nap Spots for little ones we head to Hollywood… If you are at Hollywood Studios for the day and your Fast Pass for Toy Story Mania isn’t until 4pm, where do you take your little ones for a quick snooze?  With its lack of shade and noisy performances, it’s not the most conducive for sleep.  But even Hollywood Studios has some hiding places for peace and quiet.

  1. Streets of America-Find a back alley (which are more shaded) and park the stroller, or simply wander the streets until your little one is down.  Avoid the Mater and McQueen, they make noise!
  2. Echo Lake-While featuring some of the noisiest attractions, Echo Lake is abound with quiet shaded areas and quiet benches.  It’s also centrally located for the rest of the family.
  3. Walt Disney:  One Man’s Dream-An indoor self-guided tour of Walt’s artifacts and memorabilia.  Indoor, Low Lighting, Air-Conditioned.  What else does your little one need?  There is also a movie, which may or may not do the trick.
  4. Studio Catering Company-Covered patio with Dining tables and Chairs.  Honestly, it’s hardly ever open and you are right near bathrooms and Honey I Shrunk the Kids.
  5. Take a Boat Ride-The same Friendship boats that leave Epcot, make a stop at Hollywood Studios.  Therefore you can ride the boat with your child in their stroller as stops are made at Epcot, Boardwalk Resort, The Swan and Dolphin, Beach and Yacht Club.  There is also a walking path which if the weather isn’t miserable  makes a great option.

These are just some of my suggestions for Nap Spots at Hollywood Studios.  Any places you’ve found in Hollywood Studios for a snooze?  Please share with our readers in the Comments section of this article.

If you missed my other articles in the Nap Spot series, you can check out Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.

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From the Disney World Vault: King Stefan’s Banquet Hall http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-vault-king-stefans-banquet-hall-101729/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-vault-king-stefans-banquet-hall-101729/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:00:36 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=101729 Any Chip and Co fans born after 1990 are going to have no idea what I’m talking about.  So I’m going to get you all ready for the Double Jeopardy Question.  When Disney World opened in 1971, the restaurant in Cinderella Castle was… If you guessed Cinderella’s Royal Table you would be wrong. The answer is… King […]

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Any Chip and Co fans born after 1990 are going to have no idea what I’m talking about.  So I’m going to get you all ready for the Double Jeopardy Question.  When Disney World opened in 1971, the restaurant in Cinderella Castle was… If you guessed Cinderella’s Royal Table you would be wrong. The answer is…

King Stefan’s Banquet Hall

Yes, the restaurant featured in Cinderella Castle was named after Sleeping Beauty’s father.  It only took until 1997 for Disney to get sick of answering all the questions and change the name to Cinderella’s Royal Table.  Apparently the Disney Imaginers wanted to give the restaurant a regal name to match the dozens of Coat of Arms on the wall.  Since Cinderella’s father isn’t named in the movie, they decided on King Stefan.  Hence 25 years of confusing tourists and Cast Members.

The menu was known for its Beef and Barley Soup and Fried Brie.  The Fairy Godmothers Vegetarian Plate was a gnocchi and vegetable combination, a favorite among diners.  The Kid’s menu resembles a fast food chain “crown” and joins other King Stefan’s Banquet Hall collectibles on Ebay.  Check here for recipes of old favorites from the original Royal Table.

As my first Disney visit was as an adult, I never knew King Stefan’s Banquet Hall.   Please share your stories, menu items and collectibles with Chip and Co in the comment section below.

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: The Quest for Crystal Mickey Arrives on DVD May 21, 2013 http://www.chipandco.com/mickey-mouse-clubhouse-quest-crystal-mickey-arrives-dvd-21-2013-101412/ http://www.chipandco.com/mickey-mouse-clubhouse-quest-crystal-mickey-arrives-dvd-21-2013-101412/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 15:00:38 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=101412 Just in time for Summer Break, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse:  The Quest for Crystal Mickey arrives on DVD on May 21, 2013. Join Mickey, Pluto and all their pals in the newest Clubhouse Crusade.  When the legendary Crystal Mickey goes missing, Mickey and his friends go on an adventure to save the Clubhouse from losing it’s […]

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Just in time for Summer Break, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse:  The Quest for Crystal Mickey arrives on DVD on May 21, 2013. Join Mickey, Pluto and all their pals in the newest Clubhouse Crusade.  When the legendary Crystal Mickey goes missing, Mickey and his friends go on an adventure to save the Clubhouse from losing it’s magic.  Grab your hat, buckle your seat-belt and get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure!

There’s no time to lose after greedy Plunderin’ Pete snatches the legendary Crystal Mickey statue from the Clubhouse.  Without this sparkly statue’s magic, the Clubhouse will disappear forever!  Can the world’s most extraordinary hero “Kansas City Mickey”, get the magical statue back in time.  Only with help from young viewers at home…and the right “Mouseketools”!  Watch as Mickey journeys across the Sandy Desert, braves the Rushing River and makes his way through the Hidden Jungle.  As usual, watch out for Pete’s trickiest traps!  Get ready for your adventure on May 21, 2013.

Extra Features:

Adventure Activity Map including stickers

Four Bonus Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Episodes

  •  Donald of the Desert
  • Donald the Genie
  • Goofy’s Coconutty Monkey
  • Goofy’s Giant Adventure

Street Date: May 21, 2013
Director Prebook: March 26, 2013
Distributor Prebook: April 9, 2013
Release Format: DVD
Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 U.S./$24.99 Canada
Run Time: Approx. 120 minutes
Rated: TV-Y
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages & Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

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Top 5 Nap Spots for Little Ones in Epcot http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-nap-spots-epcot-100382/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-nap-spots-epcot-100382/#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:00:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=100382 I know Napping at Disney World is a funny subject to write about but if you have little ones it is not always feasible to go back to the room for naps that is why I am writing these articles. In continuing my Favorite Nap Spot series, next stop is Epcot.  In case you missed […]

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I know Napping at Disney World is a funny subject to write about but if you have little ones it is not always feasible to go back to the room for naps that is why I am writing these articles.

In continuing my Favorite Nap Spot series, next stop is Epcot.  In case you missed my other posts you can read about Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom spots.

Due to its size, Epcot has many places to park the stroller and cajole the little ones to sleep.

  1. World Showcase-Yup, the whole thing!  Place your little one in the stroller and start walking.  Maybe even detour with a soothing boat ride across the lake to Italy.  Yes, you will be surrounded by people, but keeping the stroller moving always works for us.  Avoid the musical performances at the American Pavilion.
  2. Take a Boat Ride-Exit Epcot near the International Gateway (between UK and France pavilions)and continue along the path to the resort boats.  You can ride the boats to the Boardwalk, Swan and Dolphin, Beach and Yacht Club resorts.  Stay on the boat or get off for a quiet spot away from it all.  You do not need to take you child out of the strollers so that is a bonus!
  3. Go to the United Kingdom-Behind the shops you will find Gardens and a Hedge Maze. Grab a snack and head over to find a quiet spot. It’s centrally located to food, restrooms and other activities for family members.
  4. American Adventure-Dark and Air-Conditioned.  Enough Said!
  5. Visit Morocco-One of Epcot’s overlooked treasures.  Near the art exhibit there are some cool spots to sit and have little one take a rest as well.  Because it’s so overlooked, it can be very quiet and restful!

Epcot has so many beautiful nooks to find some rest for your little ones.  And your feet!  Like all Disney parks, there is a Baby Care Center for a rocking chair and some air conditioning.  However, some days a trip back to the resort is in order.  You know your kids best, so gauge their moods so everyone has a great day!

Please share your favorite Nap Spots at Epcot in the comments section below.

MickeyMom is Mom to two boys, travel planner and is a strong believer in naps for the entire family!

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Disney Evite Collection is Now Available http://www.chipandco.com/disney-evite-collection-100463/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-evite-collection-100463/#comments Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:00:28 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=100463 Do you do invites or Evites?  Until now, Disney fans had to use paper invites or get creative on their own to do a Disney themed party.  Now Disney’s interactive Spoonful.com and Evite.com have partnered to bring the Disney collection to you on Evite.com/Disney. Evite has been named the exclusive online party invitation partner for […]

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Do you do invites or Evites?  Until now, Disney fans had to use paper invites or get creative on their own to do a Disney themed party.  Now Disney’s interactive Spoonful.com and Evite.com have partnered to bring the Disney collection to you on Evite.com/Disney.

Evite has been named the exclusive online party invitation partner for Disney Interactive’s Spoonful.com and is now offering a new collection of Disney-themed online party invitations.  The Evite Disney Collection includes characters popular with both boys and girls, in eye-catching designs.  The invitations will still use Evite’s signature, simple, invitation templates and party planning tools.

Disney’s Spoonful.com inspires families to express their creativity and provides them with tools to enjoy family celebrations and party planning.  The Evite partnership makes it one step easier by providing customized invitations from their favorite Disney characters and stories.

Designs featured in the Evite Disney Collection will include Disney Princess, Disney Fairies, Cars, Toy Story, Phineas and Ferb, Alice in Wonderland®, Mickey and Minnie®, Jake and the Never Land Pirates®, Pooh®, Tangled®, Brave®, Shake it Up®, and Doc McStuffins.

Well of course, we at Chip and Company have to check out the Disney Evites.  I’ll be setting up a Cars Birthday Party invite for my son’s 2nd Birthday party.  Keep an eye on Chip and Company for my review!

MickeyMom is a Mom 2 Disney Addicts in Training and is looking forward to planning a Cars party!

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Events & Attractions for Easter 2013 at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/easter-2013-preview-walt-disney-world-99611/ Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:00:40 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=99611 Easter is one of the busiest times to visit Walt Disney World, between Spring Break and the Holiday.  According to TouringPlans.com, expect Crowd Levels of 10 out of 10 from March 23rd to April 2nd. However, I had no idea there were so many additional activities Disney offered in the week prior or on Easter Sunday. […]

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Easter is one of the busiest times to visit Walt Disney World, between Spring Break and the Holiday.  According to TouringPlans.com, expect Crowd Levels of 10 out of 10 from March 23rd to April 2nd. However, I had no idea there were so many additional activities Disney offered in the week prior or on Easter Sunday.

Here is a preview of what to expect on Easter.

THE PARKS

Magic Kingdom

  •  Meet and Greet with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny-Starts a week prior and on Easter Sunday.  At the Gardens near City Hall.
  • Easter Pre-Parade-An Easter Themed introduction 15 minutes prior to the 3pm parade. That’s 2:45pm folks!

Epcot

  • Easter Egg Hunts-At the UK Pavilion Garden Maze and Future World Innoventions “Easter Garden”.  Additional Easter Activities at the “Easter Garden”
  • Meet and Greet with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny-On Easter Sunday only at the UK Pavilion Garden Maze.

THE RESORTS

  • Almost every resort has Easter activities in the week prior to Easter.  On Easter itself, expect Egg Decorating, Character Greetings and Easter Egg Hunts.  In the Past the Grand Floridian has offered edible Easter Eggs for sale.  I will post the 2013 details as they become available.

DINING

  • Easter Brunch at Epcot World Showcase 
  • Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club Resort-Easter Buffet Breakfast and Easter Dinner
  • Captain’s Grill at the Yacht Club Resort-Easter Brunch
  • Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort-Easter Brunch
  • The Wave…of American Flavors at the Contemporary Resort-Easter Brunch

CHURCH SERVICES

  • At Contemporary Resort’s Fantasia Ballroom. Catholic Services are at 8am and 10:15 am. Protestant Services will be at 9am. Keep in mind you will not be able to park at the Contemporary, unless you are a Contemporary resort guest. So plan on taking monorail from Walt Disney World

SHOPPING

  • The Resort and Park Gift Shops will offer Pre-made Easter Baskets for sale.
  • Disney Floral and Gifts will have Easter Celebrations and gifts available for delivery.
  • In the past you are able to order a “Hop and Drop” where an Easter Basket is delivered to your resort room on Easter Morning

Keep an eye on ChipandCo.com for an update on Easter Happenings as they are released for 2013. We will having dining times, menus and more.

MickeyMom is a mom to two boys, Disney Addict, blogger and Travel Planner.  Some days one, most days all!

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Our readers have Dining questions all the time.  When is the best time to eat?  Quick Service or Table Service?  Dining Plan or No?  Ask ten people how they eat when they are at Walt Disney World and you will get twelve different answers!  It all depends on how you like to do things at the parks.   I’m going to give you a rundown of how we plan our meals at Walt Disney World with two kids.

1. Disney Dining Plan:  We always do the Disney Dining Plan (especially when it’s free).  There are debates on whether you are saving money, but we like the convenience.  I like being able to budget most of my expenses ahead of time.  Children under 3 are not required to purchase a Dining Plan, so they can eat off of your plate.  There is so much food, this is never an issue.

2.  Plan your Advance Dining Reservations.  Yup, we love to eat at Disney and have our favorite places to go.  So after consulting TouringPlans.com for their crowd calendar, we decide which days we will be at which park.  Then we map out our Advance Dinning Reservations (ADR’s).  With the dining plan you get one Table Service, one Quick Service and one Snack per person, per night of stay.  You can use in any order or combination and we do!

3. Bang for Your Buck: If you are using the Disney Dining Plan, get the most out of your money. Plan character meals, which are often very expensive. Check out the menu’s ahead of time and make sure you go somewhere special, that you might not go to otherwise. If you are looking to do Le Cellier for a romantic evening, or Cinderella’s Royal Table for your Princess, plan on 2 Table Service Credits.

4.  Space out Meals:  When planning our meals we try to stick to one Table Service per day.  It is a lot of food and two Table Service meals is also more time away from the parks.  We do a combination of dinners and Character buffets.  We rarely do a Table Service Lunch unless there is somewhere we really want to go and the ADR works out that way.  Too much food + too many rides=disaster.

5.  Timing is Everything:  This is where you need to do a little thinking.  Depending on what you are doing at the parks and your family needs, reservation times can vary.  Ours vary from day to day on our trips.  If we are having a resort day/afternoon, we plan our dinner later so there is plenty of time for clean up or napping.  If we are having a Table Service breakfast we go as early as possible.  If you get a reservation before the park opens you have the place to yourself! If we know we are going to push through the day with minimal naps, then an early dinner is on the menu.

6. Grocery Shop: Don’t waste your cash or snack credits on bottled water. If you have a car, head to a local grocery store for Breakfast items, Snacks, Bottled Beverages, Milk, etc. If you are not renting a car, then use a grocery delivery service like Garden Grocer. For us, snack credits are for Mickey Ice Cream Bars!

7. Be Nice and Share: This applies to snacks and Quick Service meals. For breakfasts we often have items on hand from Garden Grocer for quick eats before we head out. But if we decide we want a hot breakfast, we use one or two of our Quick Service credits and share among the four of us. If you are staying at the resorts you have your refillable mug for coffee, so get a drink for later. Children’s Quick Service credits do not need to be used on kid meals, so we plan on sharing with them an adult portion. Then we share a lunch later on in the day. This way we all have more room for Table Service Meals!

8. Save for Later: Save your Quick Service dessert or sides for a snack later. Obviously this doesn’t work for ice cream, but there are plenty of other things to throw in the backpack for later. For our Table Service meals we are often full by dessert. Ask your server to pack your dessert for later. After you’ve walked around a bit, or returned to your room you have a treat.

9. Park Hop: We utilize the Park Hopper option for the sole reason of being able to have flexibility. If we want a relaxing night at Epcot’s Le Cellier after a day at the Magic Kingdom, no problem. remember, even if you have a reservation for dining, you need a ticket to get in the park.

10. Airplane food: Is horrible and expensive. Save a quick service credit or two for your last day. Purchase a sandwich or salad and ask for ice if necessary. Maybe even have a small collapsible cooler bag. With the exception of liquids, you can take your meal on the plane. A last  bit of Disney for your way home.

By no means is my way the only way to dine at Disney. You need to think about what works for your family. I like to plan ahead, so this works for me. We like to have nice sit-down dinners as a family, but you may want to have more park time with each other. Key is to have a great time and enjoy all that Disney has to offer!

Share your dining tips in the comment section below, we love reader tips!

Mickey Mom is Mom to Two Disney eaters and her favorite Character Meal is Breakfast at Tusker House.

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Planning 101: Stocking up for Birthday and Holiday Gifts at Disney http://www.chipandco.com/planning-101-stocking-birthday-holiday-gifts-disney-98003/ Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:00:38 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=98003 Like many Disney guests, I’ve celebrated my kids birthdays and even one crazy Christmas at Walt Disney World.  I would go broke if I waited and bought their presents upon arrival, so a little planning is often required.  Keep in mind you need to get these supplies to Disney, so if flying you should weigh the […]

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Like many Disney guests, I’ve celebrated my kids birthdays and even one crazy Christmas at Walt Disney World.  I would go broke if I waited and bought their presents upon arrival, so a little planning is often required.  Keep in mind you need to get these supplies to Disney, so if flying you should weigh the cost options of an extra bag or mailing to your resort vs. your savings. Here are a few of my tips for stocking up for giving giving with a  little Disney magic:

  • Disney Store or DisneyStore.com-When Disney has a sale, they have a good one.  I’m also lucky enough to have two outlet stores nearby and can snag some deals.  Park exclusives are available as well!  Take advantage of their “Twice Upon a Year Sales” and after Christmas markdowns for next Christmas.  Beware:  Some items will be dated with the year, so look at the online description.
  • “Other Websites”-There are a lot of sites selling Disney merchandise.  One being LaughingPlaceStore.com which has items like autograph books and pin sets.  BirthdayExpress.com has Disney party goods to make birthday’s special.
  • “Other Stores”-Again, look for deals and clearance but Disney items can be found at Target, Sears, Walmart, Toys R Us, etc.  I’ve gotten some really cute sweatshirts to give as gifts and wear at the park.
  • Get Creative-Zazzle.com allows you to make custom clothing with official Disney graphics.  Perfect for announcing to the park your special trip.  Etsy.com is also a really creative place for custom Disney clothing.

Part of having fun at Disney  immersing yourself in the Magic of Disney.  So budget a bit to get a special “One of a Kind” present from the gift shops.  Don’t forget to get a “Happy Birthday” Button at Guest Services as you enter the parks.  Decorate your window at your resort for Birthdays or Christmas.  For ideas, click here.  Have fun and enjoy your special holiday vacation!

Mickey  Mom is Mom to two boys with birthdays that often get celebrated as one big party in Walt Disney World.

 

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Quick Service Dining at Disney’s Animal Kingdom… Does it exist? http://www.chipandco.com/quick-service-dining-disneys-animal-kingdom-exist-97617/ http://www.chipandco.com/quick-service-dining-disneys-animal-kingdom-exist-97617/#comments Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:00:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=97617 Disney’s Animal Kingdom may not be open as long as many of the other parks but they do pack in as much as they can in the hours that is available. While walking around I know I get hungry. We often get asked from fans, Are there many Quick Service choices for Dining in Disney’s […]

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom may not be open as long as many of the other parks but they do pack in as much as they can in the hours that is available. While walking around I know I get hungry. We often get asked from fans, Are there many Quick Service choices for Dining in Disney’s Animal Kingdom? My answer would be, most definitely, and it’s some of the best food I’ve found in the Walt Disney World Parks.

Here is a rundown of what you can find throughout the park for snacks, a quick bite or a full meal. There are carts scattered all over the park, with often one item and beverages being the only options. Also a great choice are kiosks with no seating provided, but with plenty available nearby, usually 3 or more choices with beverages. Lastly there are full Quick Service plazas with dining, restroom facilities and plenty of indoor/outdoor seating.

Why include the carts and kiosks? Well, sometimes snacking around the Animal Kingdom is the best way. There are tons of nooks to grab a table and enjoy your surroundings.

Discovery Island

  • The Beastly Kiosk-Offers corn dogs, chips and beverage choices.  Perfect if you are looking for quick eats as you enter the park.
  • Safari Coffee-One of several kiosks near the tree of life. Perfect for an early morning stop, Safari Coffee offers coffee, espresso beverages, breakfast pastry and cupcakes. Seating is available nearby.
  • Safari Ice Cream, Popcorn and Pretzels-Three kiosks located right before the entrance to Africa. Here you will find hand scooped ice cream, popcorn and stuffed pretzels. All serve water and soft drinks. The popcorn kiosk also serves beer.
  • Flame Tree Barbecue A Full Quick Service option near the road towards Dinoland, USA. The menu consists of house-smoked specialties; including ribs, pork and chicken. Salads and beverages are available. Seating is an outdoor, partially covered pavillion with amazing views of Everest.
  • Pizzafari-Also a Full Quick Service option on the path towards Camp Mickey and Minnie.  Both breakfast aand lunch are served here.  Another benefit is indoor (aka air-conditioned) and outdoor seating.  Breakfast options include Eggs, French Toast, Frittatas and Fresh Fruit.  Lunch offers Pizza, Sandwiches and Salads.

Camp Minnie and Mickey

  • Camp Minnie and Mickey Cabin-Funnel Cakes with topping choices. Beverages are also available. Located near the entrance to the Festival of the Lion King for a yummy pre/post show treat. There isn’t seating assigned to the kiosk but there are plenty of small tables and benches nearby.
  • Campfire Treats-A perfect snack while waiting for photos with your favorite characters. They offer hot dogs, soft serve ice cream and floats. Seating available nearby.

Africa

  • Harambe Fruit Market-I love this kiosk located next to the Kilimanjaro Safari entrance. It offers fresh fruit cups, whole fruit, pretzels, trail mix and bottled beverages. Often I can sneak in a healthy snack without the kids noticing.
  • Harambe Popcorn-Not just popcorn, but glazed almonds and pecans are available. Beer and Soft Drinks are sold here.
  • Kusafiri Coffee and Bake Shop-You will smell this before you see it. Located near the entrance to the Safari, its a small window service. There you can get coffee, espresso beverages, cupcakes, breakfast pastries and other baked treats. There are a few dedicated high-top tables, but no seating.
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments-Here you will find outdoor seating to enjoy your breakfast or lunch. Breakfast is bagel, french toast sticks and coffee. Lunch is sandwiches, including Tandoori Chicken Salad and Slow Roasted Beef.

Asia

  • Anandapur Ice Cream Truck-Treat yourself on the way to Asia from Africa with Soft Serve Waffle Cones, Soda Floats and Bottled Beverages.
  • DrinkWallah-This location is open seasonally and can be found across from the Yak and Yeti Quick Service. Frozen Coke, Lemonade and Blue Raspberry are made to beat the summer heat. You will also find fruit and bottled beverages,
  • Kamal’s Safari Nuggets-Located near the Flights of Wonder entrance. Corn dog nuggets and chicken nuggets with wing sauces are available here. No dedicated seating, but plenty nearby with great views of the Discovery River.
  • Royal Anandapur Tea Company-A tea lover’s paradise! Both iced and hot teas are available, Chai and Espresso Beverages. Some pastries are also offered. Note, Disney Dining plan is not accepted here. Located across from Yak and Yeti Quick Service.
  • Bradley Falls Kiosk-On the way from Africa to Asia, near the entrance to Flights of Wonder. Summer Rolls, Lychee Noodle Salad and Edamame are available with Beverages. This is the former Safari Egg Roll kiosk for those wandering around looking for it!
  • Yak and Yeti-This is a must do when we visit Animal Kingdom. Located as you enter Asia from Africa. This Full Quick Service is known for its Honey Chicken. They also offer Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef Lo Mien, Egg Rolls and Mandarin Chicken Salad. There is outdoor seating along the side and also around back. Great atmosphere and views.

Dinoland, USA

  • DinoBites-You will find this window right next to Restaurantosaurus. Ice Cream Sandwiches, Hot Fudge Sundaes and Churros for an afternoon snack. There is a dedicated outdoor seating attached.
  • Dino Diner-It looks like a camper with picnic tables in front. Hot Dogs, Glazed Almonds and Pecans, Soft Drinks and Beer are on the menu.
  • Restaurantosaurus-A Full Counter Service Option near the Boneyard and DINOSAUR ride. Burgers, Shrimp Po’Boys, and Salad are featured along with Kids Meals, Desserts and Beverages. An amazing Vegetable Sub to please everyone. You will find uniquely themed seating areas for air-conditioned comfort.
  • Trilo-Bites-This window service has your Smoked Turkey Leg and Frozen Lemonade…enough said.

I hope by now your mouth is watering and you are ready to delve into the Quick Service options at Animal Kingdom. Please share any reviews or comments below for all our readers!

Don’t forget to stop Disney Dining for some great food tips and reviews!

MickeyMom is a mom to two Dinos and can feed the whole family on one Yak and Yeti Quick Service Meal…and a few snack stops.

 

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Disney DIY – Recycling Disney T-Shirts http://www.chipandco.com/disney-diy-recycling-disney-tshirts-97103/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-diy-recycling-disney-tshirts-97103/#comments Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:00:08 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=97103   We love Disney T-shirts, its one of the most popular items purchased in the parks.  However, what to do when it’s unwearable?  Maybe worn out from too many trips, stained from the Mickey Ear Ice Cream bar, or no longer fits (nothing to do with the Mickey Ear Ice Cream Bar).  You can always […]

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We love Disney T-shirts, its one of the most popular items purchased in the parks.  However, what to do when it’s unwearable?  Maybe worn out from too many trips, stained from the Mickey Ear Ice Cream bar, or no longer fits (nothing to do with the Mickey Ear Ice Cream Bar).  You can always recycle (or the new word is upcycle) your favorites. Here are a few ideas of my own and some fun tips I found while searching the internet.

Make a Quilt

Or if you are like me, have someone make a quilt for you.  There are many services out there that will take your old t-shirts,  cut out the image and sew into a quilt of memories.  What better way to have your trip memories available as a cozy blanket to wrap around you as you watch your favorite Disney classic on TV. If you are handy of course you can do this on your own and make it a family project!

Write a Book

Many of the photo printing sites out there offer soft and hard cover books of your photos.  Some even use Disney backgrounds and graphics.  Often there are great deal for free books or half price book.  Take a close up photo of the image on your t-shirt.  Either on you or stretched out on the back of a chair.  Make a collage book of your favorite t-shirts and maybe include text with fun anctedotes of that particular trip.  For example: ” This is the 2010 trip shirt we bought Andrew after he got soaked on Splash Mountain”.  You can even put in a few pics of your family wearing the shirt on a trip.  Then if the shirt is in good shape, give to a charity of your choice.  There are many kids that will never make it to Disney and the shirt alone will be priceless.

Make a Journal

Now this is a simple craft to do with your older children. Purchase a plain journal, preferably with a hard cover. Lay out the book and arrange the t-shirt image around the front and back. Leaving an at least an inch extra, cut out the graphic from the shirt and any extra material for the back. Simply glue the flaps down inside the cover, folding corners as needed. Use binder clips to keep in place while the glue dries.  Cut away any extra fabric.  Now have a new journal. Maybe for recording memories of the next trip to Disney?

Repurpose the Shirt

  • Tote Bag:  The internet is full of ideas for repurposing t-shirts. One of the easiest is to turn it into a tote bag. It’s washable and durable and the world certainly has enough plastic bags! Click here for step-by-step instructions.
  • Throw Pillows:  What better way to decorate your child’s room (or your child at heart) than with throw pillows from Disney t-shirts.  Click here to get instructions for this fun project.
  • Wall Art:  No need to buy expensive art from Disney, use your t-shirts instead.  A quick trip to the art supply or craft store and you’re ready to redecorate.  Click here for the instructions to Disney decorate.
  • Purse:  What gal doesn’t love a big purse collection?  Trade that old t-shirt in for a cute little purse that will definitely be a conversation piece.  Click here for the instructions for a hip bag.
  • Laptop or Ipad Case: Keep those electronics protected and maybe disguised a bit. Click here for the Ipad instructions. Click here for the Laptop cover instructions.

I had fun finding some new ideas for recycling t-shirts.  Any ideas you would like to share?  Please leave in the comment section!

MickeyMom is a mom to two boys who keep outgrowing their Disney t-shirts.

P.S. – Don’t forget you can order your own Chip and Co Disney T-Shirts in our all new store! Not only can you order a Chip and Co logo shirt you can order a custom shirt for your family vacation!

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Disney Junior’s Octonaut Toys to the Rescue March 2013 http://www.chipandco.com/disney-juniors-octonaut-toys-rescue-march-2013-97263/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-juniors-octonaut-toys-rescue-march-2013-97263/#comments Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:00:38 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=97263 The Octonauts is an animated British television series that aired 52 episodes in 2010-2011.  Those episodes have now been available as a Disney Junior favorite since January 2012.  The premise of the show is that the characters live in an OctoPod and travel the World’s oceans doing research, rescuing sea creatures and solving mysteries.  Based […]

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The Octonauts is an animated British television series that aired 52 episodes in 2010-2011.  Those episodes have now been available as a Disney Junior favorite since January 2012.  The premise of the show is that the characters live in an OctoPod and travel the World’s oceans doing research, rescuing sea creatures and solving mysteries.  Based on the books by Meomi, the series was created with the help of marine biologists Dr. Lara A. Ferry-Graham and Dr. Michael H. Graham.  They were also involved in Disney-Pixar’s Finding Nemo.  New episodes are being aired in the UK after a year hiatus and hopefully they will find their way to Disney Junior soon.

Here is the mystery…where are the toys?  Well, in Great Britain as of right now.  Several sites like Amazon or Ebay have limited supplies and you pay an outrageous premium.  My little Octonaut had Octonaut toys on his list for Santa, which couldn’t be delivered.  How is it the toy aisles weren’t filled with consumer temptation? Well, the wait is over. According to the Octonauts Facebook page, March 2013 will be the Fisher-Price launch of the under the sea madness.

I’m thrilled my son will have new toys from his favorite show. My wallet is scared to death. If you haven’t checked out this series on Disney Junior, give it a chance. It’s very informative and I was amazed how much my son retained. During a recent visit to the aquarium, he rattled off all he knows about Decorator Crabs to the amazement of the staff.

Mickey Mom is a Mom to Two Octonaut fans and secretly likes the show!

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Why Do the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse? http://www.chipandco.com/swiss-family-robinson-treehouse-96593/ Sat, 05 Jan 2013 20:00:41 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=96593 That is a question I get when helping friends plan their agenda at Magic Kingdom.  Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse is not a thrill ride and involves climbing a lot of steps (116 to be exact).  So what’s the attraction? It’s a replica of the treehouse the Robinson Family built upon being shipwrecked on an island. […]

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That is a question I get when helping friends plan their agenda at Magic Kingdom.  Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse is not a thrill ride and involves climbing a lot of steps (116 to be exact).  So what’s the attraction? It’s a replica of the treehouse the Robinson Family built upon being shipwrecked on an island. The story is depicted in Disney‘s 1960 classic, The Swiss Family Robinson. Fact is, I’m partial to Swiss Family Robinson and it’s a must-do on my personal touring plan at Magic Kingdom.

Here are my Top 5 reasons YOU should “swing” by the Treehouse.

    1. It’s Cool.  Not just to look at, but you are shaded by a leaf and moss canopy on your way through.  It’s also right next to the sprayground outside the Jungle Cruise. Hint, Hint!
    2. It’s Disney Imagineering at It’s Best.  Everything looks as if it were salvaged from the shipwreck or created from island resources.  In reality, only the moss is real at this attraction.
    3. It’s a Great Distraction.  When waiting for your Jungle Cruise or Pirates of the Caribbean FASTPASS time to arrive, head through this attraction.  There are rarely any lines. You also get a birds-eye view of the Jungle Cruise to complete the feeling of being shipwrecked.
    4. It’s Fun to Imagine.  The attraction looks so real, right down to the working water pulley system.  The table is set, beds made and even an organ. It’s not difficult to imagine living in a Treehouse.  After walking around Magic Kingdom all day, the hammocks look pretty tempting!
    5. It’s a Classic.  Not just the movie (which I recommend seeing before you tour through the Treehouse), but the attraction.  It was in Adventureland when Magic Kingdom opened in 1971.  Take 15 minutes to appreciate Treehouse and the Disney Magic that went into its creation.

MickeyMom is a Mom to 2, and thinks Disney should let her stay in the Treehouse overnight.

 

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Monsters, Inc. Storybook App Review http://www.chipandco.com/monsters-storybook-app-review-96104/ Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:00:52 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=96104 Did your holiday weekend include a trip to the movie theater to revisit the Pixar favorite, Monsters Inc.?  My 5 year old and I got a chance to review the Monsters Inc. Storybook app on our iPad.  It’s also available for iPhone, iPod and even the new iPad Mini, for $6.99 at the App Store. […]

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Did your holiday weekend include a trip to the movie theater to revisit the Pixar favorite, Monsters Inc.?  My 5 year old and I got a chance to review the Monsters Inc. Storybook app on our iPad.  It’s also available for iPhone, iPod and even the new iPad Mini, for $6.99 at the App Store.

The app is divided into two sections.  The first is the storybook version of the movie Monsters, Inc.  It offers the option to read on your own, or have read aloud.  The story is slightly interactive, as each page offers a chance to touch a highlighted area.  Then there will be an animation of the page or a specific image will be animated.

The second section was a game called “Scare Cards”.  Here is where you can test your ability to avoid human objects and reach the “test kid” for a scare. This involves moving your IOS manually to avoid the objects.  Each level offers a different Scare Card where you can learn the stats of your favorite Monsters, Inc. “employees”.  There are three levels of difficulty for the game.  There are multiple levels or “Scare Cards”.

This is where my child and I had a difference of opinion.  As part of the game you need to roar/growl at the screen to achieve the maximum scream from your “test kid”.  I felt kind of foolish doing so, not to mention I have enough noise in my house without screaming at my iPad.  Of course, my son loved it and couldn’t growl enough.

What I loved about this app, was the storybook portion.  You get a short rendition of the movie with a little twist.  The “Scare Cards” are fun and there are different scenarios as you move up in levels.  However, that was the only activity available.  Other Disney storybook apps offer a variety of games and activities, which would have given this app a top rating.

Overall, I rate this app a B-.  If you or your child is a Monsters, Inc. fan its worth it for the storybook portion alone.  Now onto the Countdown for Monsters, Inc 2!

Mickey Mom is a mom to 2 monsters, hates to scream and her favorite monster is Sully.

 

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Monsters Inc. Storybook App Available Now http://www.chipandco.com/monsters-storybook-app-95809/ Mon, 24 Dec 2012 03:07:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=95809 With yesterday’s anticipated re-release of Disney-Pixar’s hit animated feature, Monsters, Inc., in 3D, Disney Publishing is offering kids and parents a chance to relive the “monstrously” fun story in a new, fully-interactive way! This week, the Monsters, Inc. Storybook Deluxe app is available for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and even iPad mini – just […]

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With yesterday’s anticipated re-release of Disney-Pixar’s hit animated feature, Monsters, Inc., in 3D, Disney Publishing is offering kids and parents a chance to relive the “monstrously” fun story in a new, fully-interactive way! This week, the Monsters, Inc. Storybook Deluxe app is available for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and even iPad mini – just in time for the holidays!

In the app, kids join Sulley and Mike on their quest to return Boo back to her home, while also trying to keep her out of sight of course. Featuring original character voices and original movie clips, the app allows young readers and monster fans alike to discover hidden “Scare Cards” throughout the story, navigate their way through a Monsters, Incorporated scare simulator training room to collect scream energy in a new game, and even uses kids’ own recorded screaming and roaring abilities to personalize the app!

The Monsters, Inc. Storybook Deluxe app is available now for iOS for $6.99 on the App Store.

Well, my 5 year old is,  I am looking forward to the 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. We also can’t wait to see Monsters 2. So for now we will check out this app  and let you know if it will keep the Monsters “at bay”. Look for my review at Chip and Co.

 

Mickey Mom is mom to two monsters, loves to laugh and her favorite monster is Sully.

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The dish on Disney Buttons http://www.chipandco.com/dish-disney-buttons-95091/ http://www.chipandco.com/dish-disney-buttons-95091/#comments Sat, 15 Dec 2012 20:00:56 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=95091 One of the most popular pieces of advice given by savvy Disney travelers is to get your “Disney Button” .  You may ask what could possibly make you want to look like you work for a restaurant chain while visiting Disney?  Well, Disney is its own little “World” and wearing Disney Buttons and Mickey Ears on […]

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One of the most popular pieces of advice given by savvy Disney travelers is to get your “Disney Button” .  You may ask what could possibly make you want to look like you work for a restaurant chain while visiting Disney?  Well, Disney is its own little “World” and wearing Disney Buttons and Mickey Ears on your head are all OK.  So here is the dish on Disney World Buttons.

What are they?

Well, they are a 3 inch round button provided by Disney at no charge to you.  They promote different occasions you might have come to Disney to celebrate.   Currently there are buttons available for the following:

  • First Visit (Can be personalized)
  • Happy Birthday or Feliz Cumpleanos (Can be personalized)
  • Happy Anniversary
  • Just Married
  • Just Engaged
  • Family Reunion
  • Generic “I’m Celebrating”

More info after the jump…

Where do I get one?

  • If you’ve notated your special occasion on your resort reservation its likely they will have ready for you when you check in.  If not, ask at the concierge desk and they will make up a button for you.
  • Guest Services at Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios or Epcot.
  • City Hall at the Magic Kingdom

What do I get with my button?

A little extra pixie dust is all I tell everyone to expect.  Everything after that is a bonus!  Cast Members will go out of their way to wish you a “Happy Birthday” or other occasion when they notice your button.  Here are some other perks we’ve gotten over the years:

  • The button itself makes a cool souvenir, make sure they redo the writing as you finish your trip.  It can get a little rough-looking after a few days.
  • A special dessert (cupcake, ice cream, etc.) at a table service meal.
  • Signed birthday cards from the characters at a character meal.
  • Stickers handed out randomly by cast members.
  • Fast passes to a particular ride
  • Balloon Bouquets from the resort
  • Extra attention during a live show

What are the rules?

There are no hard and fast rules for getting a button.  While Disney gives them out freely I think it ruins the magic if you take a button just to get free stuff.  That being said, I don’t think it has to be your actual birthday or anniversary to get a button.  If you are in Disney celebrating the occasion then make sure everyone knows it!  My son’s birthdays are 6 weeks apart and when we celebrate at Disney we go in between both their days.  They both get a celebration button of course!

Anyone have a button I didn’t mention above?  They’ve changed over the years and some come and go.  Want to share your button stories?  We would love to hear from you!

Mickey Mom is a mom to two boys, loves going to Disney for their birthdays and has never worn a button at Disney World.

 

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Do you need a Disney Rewards Visa Credit Card? http://www.chipandco.com/disney-rewards-visa-credit-card-2-95405/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-rewards-visa-credit-card-2-95405/#comments Sat, 15 Dec 2012 16:00:23 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=95405 If you are anything like me the answer is a resounding NO! In fact I don’t need any more credit cards!   That doesn’t stop every credit card company on earth from sending me a pre-approved credit application once a week.  Even Disney Rewards Visa  was relentless. The photo of Mickey on the card, designed […]

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If you are anything like me the answer is a resounding NO! In fact I don’t need any more credit cards!   That doesn’t stop every credit card company on earth from sending me a pre-approved credit application once a week.  Even Disney Rewards Visa  was relentless. The photo of Mickey on the card, designed to draw any Disney Addict in.  Oh wait, I can choose from multiple designs?  I can even pick a Tinkerbell card!  Nope, don’t need it.  They can’t make me, I’ve paid off all my cards.  I will not repeat the mistakes of my early 20’s.

I remained firm for a year.  Shredding every application that came.  Mickey’s smiling face cut into a thousand pieces.  UNTIL…What?  A $50 Disney gift card if I sign up?  How did they know I had a trip planned in 3 months?   That will come in handy for sure.  I will use it towards my trip.  That did it, I was done.  Magic words…Disney Gift Card.  Now I had to open the envelope and see what was involved.  Within a few minutes I had my card design picked out (Where Dreams Come True) and the card was on its way.  My husband won’t care, at least it’s not the Tink card.  I’ll get rid of the Gymboree card, that’s the plan.

Why did I give in?  The Disney Rewards Visa has great perks and no annual fee.  Here’s the scoop:

  • $50 Gift Card – Earn a $50 Disney gift card when you first use your credit card upon account approval. Consider it you’re welcome gift, available exclusively with the Disney Rewards Visa Card.
  • 0% Introductory APR – Pay no interest with a special 0% Introductory APR that lasts 6 months on select Disney vacation packages. A variable APR of 14.24% will apply thereafter.
  • Earn Rewards Everyday – Earn rewards on your everyday purchases by receiving 1%. You can redeem toward Disney goodies such as DVDs and toys. Or, you can embark on your Disney trip, and enjoy redeeming for Theme Park tickets, resort stays and much more.
  • Save on merchandise – With the Disney Rewards Visa Card, you can enjoy additional savings with a 10% discount on select merchandise purchases of $50 or more at Disney Store locations or at the Disney Store online.
  • More Card Perks – Say hello to Mickey Mouse with Disney Theme Park Character Meet ‘N’ Greet at a private card member location. You can also select from 8 fun card designs to personalize your Disney Rewards Visa® Card, plus enjoy no annual fee.

How did we use our card?

  • First I made a initial purchase in order to receive the Disney Gift Card.
  • I then credited the money toward my balance due on my upcoming trip.  You could always save for some guilt free shopping at home or at the parks.
  • I used my Disney Visa to pay for the trip.   Please note, I paid off the card at the first statement to avoid interest.
  • Then as my trip neared I applied online for my Rewards Gift Card.  Which I turned around and spent on souvenirs at Disney World.

MickeyMom Disclaimer:  I don’t work for Visa.  I don’t get anything if I’ve convinced you to get a Disney Visa.  Just because the voice in my head told me to get one, it doesn’t mean you should.  If you are in financial trouble, do not get another credit card.  Do not buy a ton of stuff just to get Disney Dollars.  Do not blame me if you overspend.  Blame Disney Merchandising.

P.S. – Chase also offers a  Disney’s Premier Visa Card which gives you 2% in reward dollars on card purchases, and a $100 Disney Gift Card! Click here to learn more!

 

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“Babes in Toyland” BluRay Review http://www.chipandco.com/babes-toyland-bluray-review-94959/ http://www.chipandco.com/babes-toyland-bluray-review-94959/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:00:32 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=94959 Done with your Holiday s shopping?  Watched ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas already?  Then head out on Tuesday, December 11th for your own copy of Disney’s 1961 classic “Babes in Toyland“.  It’s time to carve out a little time to watch a BluRay with the family. A childhood tradition in my family, I was excited […]

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Done with your Holiday s shopping?  Watched ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas already?  Then head out on Tuesday, December 11th for your own copy of Disney’s 1961 classic “Babes in Toyland“.  It’s time to carve out a little time to watch a BluRay with the family.

A childhood tradition in my family, I was excited for the opportunity to review the digitally remastered release of “Babes in Toyland”.  Starring Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands, the  movie is Walt Disney’s first try at a live performance film.    Based on a 1903 operetta, the story had been told in a 1934 film with Laurel and Hardy.  In that version there is a mouse that looks a lot like Disney’s Mickey Mouse.  In an interesting twist, Walt’s production featured characters that looked a lot like Laurel and Hardy.

The film is 1960’s campy, but stands the test of time for a holiday movie.  The remastered Technicolor gives the set a Wizard of Oz look.  The premise of the film is that you are watching a stage production, so the sets and costumes are over the top.  I enjoyed the storyline and musical score as much as I did as a child.  As an adult, I was entranced by Ray Bolger (Wizard of Oz, scarecrow) as the evil Barnaby.  He pulled off the smarmy, bad guy with a comedic twist.  There are no special features with the BluRay, which is a disappointment.  This movie was heavily promoted by Walt Disney himself and even filmed the wrap party for his “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” program on NBC.  It would have been nice to see some old footage or some commentary from the actors.  That however, is all that is missing from this beautifully restored classic.

Here are some interesting trivia facts to consider when watching this wonderful family movie:

  • Despite television success years later,  Babes in Toyland was a box office failure.  It was next released 8 years later as a television 2-part series.  Walt did not make another musical until “Mary Poppins”.
  • Little Bo Peep was Ann Jilllian’s film debut.
  • The voice of the Goose is the film’s director, Jack Donahue.
  • Tommy Kirk, a Walt Disney favorite is Grumio.  Also in the film is Kevin Corcoran as Little Boy Blue.  They’ve starred as Big Brother/Little Brother in five Disney Films.  Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson, Savage Sam, The Shaggy Dog and Bon Voyage.
  • The stop action scenes with the March of the Wooden soldiers took 6 months to film.
  • Part of the sets were a walk through attraction at Disneyland.
  • The 1934 films name was changed to “March of the Wooden Soldiers” to cut confusion with Disney’s film.  However that film most closely resembles the original script.
  • “Babes in Toyland” was Annette Funicellos favorite film.

Is “Babes in Toyland” a tradition in your home for the holidays?  If so grab the restored film in Blu-Ray on December 11th and watch with some homemade (or bakery made, we don’t judge here at Chip & Co.) cookies and cocoa.  Immerse yourself in the nostalgia and Happy Holidays!

Running Time:  106 minutes

Suggested Retail: $20

For my October press release, click here.

 

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