Mike – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Disney Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining, Reviews and More! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:55:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 http://www.chipandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/512-icon-54ced060v1_site_icon-32x32.png Mike – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com 32 32 Top 10 things to experience at Disneyland! http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-experience-disneyland-103336/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-experience-disneyland-103336/#comments Tue, 02 Apr 2013 02:00:49 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=103336 On June 20, 2013, my family will be making it’s first pilgrimage to Disneyland!  The Park, as my friends know it, is, of course, the original, the one that started it all, the signature park of Walt Disney’s incredible legacy.  Since we have never been to Disneyland before, I have been in crazy planning mode […]

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On June 20, 2013, my family will be making it’s first pilgrimage to Disneyland!  The Park, as my friends know it, is, of course, the original, the one that started it all, the signature park of Walt Disney’s incredible legacy.  Since we have never been to Disneyland before, I have been in crazy planning mode for the past several months, looking at all of the attractions, dining, resorts, and on and on, to come up with the things that we want to experience when we get to Disneyland.  That process has led me to create a countdown on my own blog, aptly titled 100 Days til Disneyland.  Each day I am focusing on a different experience at the Park and sharing it with you over at my blog, My Dreams of Disney.  You can see the list thus far by clicking on the 100 Days til Disneyland link.

Based on the research that I’ve done so far, I am sharing with you today my top ten things to experience at Disneyland!  Please read it all, and then, in the comments, tell me which ones you like and don’t like, and tell me your own top ten list, or tell me how many of mine are on your list!

Top 10 things to experience at Disneyland

I’ve decided to do this as a countdown list, Letterman Style, so that when you get to #1 on the list, you will know that that experience is at the top of my list to experience!  So, starting at number 10:

10.) Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

This attraction is one that I have never experienced, but I’ve heard so much about it, I’ve got to take a look at it!  I don’t know if I’ll like it or not, but I’m guessing that it will leave me wishing it was still around at the Magic Kingdom!

9.) Peter Pan’s Flight

Of course this attraction is on my list!  I love Peter Pan’s Flight at the Magic Kingdom, and I can’t wait to see what it is like at Disneyland!  Is it better, worse, or the same everyone?  Let me know!

8.) Toontown

It was one of my great disappointments to see Walt Disney World close down Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  That land, even though it was not a big land, had a lot of great memories for me and my family, especially the time we saw our daughter so excited to see Donald Duck there.  So, Toontown is definitely something that I’m looking forward to experiencing!

Sophie, age 6 in this photo, so excited to see Donald Duck!

Sophie, age 6 in this photo, so excited to see Donald Duck!

7.) Splash Mountain

This attraction became Sophie’s favorite when we rode it at the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom in 2011.  It is a great ride, and we can’t wait to experience it at Disneyland!

6.) Space Mountain

Cindy and I love Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, but Sophie does not.  However, she might ride it at Disneyland because it has side by side seats, whereas the Magic Kingdom does not!  I can’t wait to ride it!

5.) Pirates of the Caribbean

The Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World, so it comes as no surprise that I can’t wait to check it out at Disneyland!  I have heard from my friends that I will like it BETTER at Disneyland then I already do at Walt Disney World!

4.) Haunted Mansion

There are some really incredible differences between the Haunted Mansion attraction at Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom and the one at New Orleans Square in Disneyland.  For starters, the houses look night-and-day different, and the engineering of the attraction is different.  Are there any other differences that you know of?  If so, let me know what they are please!

3.) Soarin’ Over California

I used to get really nervous when I rode this attraction at Epcot, but now I love it!  I can’t wait to see it at Disney’s California Adventure!  Is it the same film as at Epcot?

2.) Cars Land at Night

Visually, the nighttime shots of Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park are among the best I’ve ever seen!  I can’t wait to experience it all myself, and just let my camera be my guide through what I believe will be one of the absolute highlights of our trip!

1.) World of Color

At number one on my list is that incredible show, World of Color!  When Disney had it’s grand opening launch of the show, with all of the celebrities on hand, who do you think was up at midnight watching it on the Internet?  I was!  Who goes out periodically and watches it again via YouTube?  I do.  Who can’t WAIT to see it live and in person in June? I can’t!

Thank you for following along as we explore my top ten list of things to experience when we get to Disneyland!  What are your top things to do at the Park?  Please let me know, and I’ll talk to you later!

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Disney’s Peter Pan Blu-Ray Review http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-peter-pan-bluray-review-99265/ Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:00:54 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=99265 February 5th marked the 60th anniversary of the release of the classic Disney movie Peter Pan!  As a result, Walt Disney Pictures released the movie on Blu-Ray, and I was privileged to be able to review it for Chip and Company!  I hope that the words I convey to you in this review are sufficient […]

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February 5th marked the 60th anniversary of the release of the classic Disney movie Peter Pan!  As a result, Walt Disney Pictures released the movie on Blu-Ray, and I was privileged to be able to review it for Chip and Company!  I hope that the words I convey to you in this review are sufficient to make you go right out and purchase the movie, because let me tell you, there are some incredible things that this movie has — especially in the bonus features — that I had never seen before!

Right out of the gate, I saw a really neat feature that I had never experienced before.  I was getting ready to watch the movie with my daughter Sophie and her best friend Riley, and Sophie was making a popcorn for us all to enjoy!  The movie was about to start, but the popcorn wasn’t ready yet, so I paused it — and when I did so, I got a countdown clock that indicated that, if I didn’t hit play within 10 seconds, we would be taken to special Pirate Training activities!

The special Hidden Treasures that you have access to when you press pause include the following fun activities:

  • Fun & Games and Pirate Training!
  • Hunt for Peter Pan’s Shadow
  • Spot the Doubloon
  • Read Smoke Signals
  • and more!

The movie itself is just as you would expect it to be.  We have probably all seen the movie Peter Pan, and watching the movie in Blu-Ray format really isn’t going to enhance the movie experience (beyond the special touches I just mentioned) very much.  What makes this movie worth the purchase, though, is the information that we found in the Bonus Features section of the disk, which contain the following deleted scenes, songs, and a special documentary:

  • Deleted Scene: “The Journey Home” — in this alternate ending, you see a sketchboard or cartoon board alternate ending, where Peter Pan asks the Lost Boys to return home with Wendy so they can grow up.
  • Deleted Scene: “Alternate Arrival” — in this variation from the movie, Nana accompanies Wendy, John, and Michael to Neverland!
  • Deleted Song: “Never Smile at a Crocodile” — this song was originally released in conjunction with the movie’s release, and is a fun song to sing along to!
  • Deleted Song: “The Boatswain Song”
  • Special Documentary: “Growing Up With Nine Old Men” — more on this further on.

By far, the greatest special feature of the bonus features was the documentary “Growing Up With Nine Old Men”.  For those of you that might not know who the Nine Old Men are, that was the collective title of the nine men that worked most closely with Walt Disney in the animation studio.  This special documentary was a collection of interviews with the children of the Nine Old Men, and what it was like growing up in their father’s shadows, and some of the classic stories that they had to share.  One of the best stories was when some of the boys strung rubber bands from one doorknob across the hall to another doorknob, and proceeded to use it as a slingshot.  Their goal — to shoot their toy cars down the hall to hit the door at the very end.  Being resourceful lads, they accomplished just that — and when the car hit the door, the door opened up, only to see Walt Disney himself staring down the hallway to look at the kids.  Talk about being BUSTED!

It has been my pleasure to share my thoughts about the 60th Anniversary release of Peter Pan.  The edition I received was the Diamond Edition, which contains the Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Copy, and the Storybook App!  If you are interested in purchasing your own copy of the movie, you click here for more information from the Disney website!

 

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Disney World Challenge – Visiting all 4 parks in one day! http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-challengevisiting-4-parks-day-97946/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-challengevisiting-4-parks-day-97946/#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:00:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=97946 When it comes to visiting Walt Disney World, there are so many things to see and do that it almost seems impossible to see it all!  When we visit, we take about a week to see as many of the sites and sounds of all four parks, but what if you only have one day? […]

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When it comes to visiting Walt Disney World, there are so many things to see and do that it almost seems impossible to see it all!  When we visit, we take about a week to see as many of the sites and sounds of all four parks, but what if you only have one day?  Is it worth it to attempt to see all four parks in one day?

This challenge is known as the Disney World Challenge — and I’ll tell you, it probably isn’t easy, but I certainly think it is possible!

Pre-requisites

Before you start, you do need to do a little pre-DWC (Disney World Challenge) planning.  To make the most out of your time, here are some questions you’ll want to get answers too.

  • Pick a day that has either the Magic Kingdom or Epcot with evening Extra Magic Hours.
  • Decide what attractions you’re going to absolutely need to ride at each of the parks.
  • Are you driving to each of the parks or utilizing Disney Transportation?
  • I recommend starting your day with Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
  • Lastly, make sure that you have park hopper tickets or annual passes — standard Magic Your Way tickets without Park Hopper will not allow you to get in to all the parks on the same day.

My Disney World Challenge Road Map

Like I said in the pre-requisites, I think starting with Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the best way to get the challenge started.  Here is the order of park visits that I’ll be going with.  In this example, my pre-planning has determined that the Magic Kingdom has evening Extra Magic Hours until 1AM.  Additionally, I am taking advantage of Disney Transportation for this challenge.

  1. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  2. Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  3. Epcot
  4. Magic Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I’m going to plan on being there at rope drop, and I have two attractions that are must do on my list: Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids.  My plan is to head straight over to Kali River Rapids to get in and out as quickly as possible, then, after I ride it, I’m going to take on Expedition Everest in the Single Rider Line.  If the park isn’t very busy, I may add on Kilimanjaro Safari to my attraction list.

After Animal Kingdom, I’m off to the busses to head on over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Sorcerer Mickey Hat

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I have some specific attractions that I need to ride — mainly Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.  These two attractions, though, are among the longest lines at the park, so it’s extremely important to try and make sure that I get a FastPass for at least one of them.  Using my Touring Plans Lines App for my iPhone will tell me the standby wait and whether or not there are any FastPass tickets available, so make sure you have access to it.  Depending on the results of your inquiry — and how late in the morning it is — I would make a beeline to TSM to get a FastPass ticket if they are available.  If they aren’t, then go get one from Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.  In my hypothetical example, there is a FP available for TSM, so that’s what I got, then went over to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster to utilize the Single Rider line available for it.

After riding the coaster, and before my TSM ride, I take a moment to enjoy lunch at Fairfax Fare, where I enjoy their wonderful Barbecued Pork Sandwich with slaw and a drink.  Yummy!  After lunch I’m off to Toy Story Mania, then I’m off to the boats to head on over to Epcot!

I know that a lot of people feel like the boats between Hollywood Studios, Boardwalk, and Epcot’s International Gateway entrance are too slow — and maybe they are.  But it’s also a way for me to get off my feet and rest a minute, and to confirm what I want to do at Epcot.

Spaceship Earth

At Epcot I have some attractions that I would love to enjoy, and fortunately, almost all of them are not as busy as some of the big rides at Epcot.  I’m planning to enjoy at least Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros, Spaceship Earth (at least twice each), and if I can, Soarin’.

After the rides at Epcot, it’ll be time to take the Monorail over to the Magic Kingdom, where I’ll finish my challenge and enjoy some great attractions at the same time!

Walt Disney World Railroad Station

 

The Magic Kingdom is where I plan on enjoying my dinner — either Casey’s Corner, Cosmic Rays, or Columbia Harbour House, depending on my mood at the time.  After dinner, I believe I’ll have several hours available to enjoy the park, so the first thing I’ll try to do is pick up a FastPass for Peter Pan’s Flight.  I’ll also enjoy “it’s a small world“, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, and Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse — all great attractions!

Depending on the time, I plan to grab a popcorn and a diet coke, and settle in to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade, and then later on, Wishes.  Since the park isn’t closing until 1AM, I believe I’ll have plenty of time to hit up my favorites, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain, as well as get in my Peter Pan FastPass.  Additionally, I’ll watch the Carousel of Progress and ride the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!

All in all, I think I’ve got a realistic shot of making this happen — what do you think?  What things have I left off of the list that may snag me up?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

 

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Which is better Tables in Wonderland or the Disney Dining Plan? http://www.chipandco.com/tables-wonderland-disney-dining-plan-2-97453/ http://www.chipandco.com/tables-wonderland-disney-dining-plan-2-97453/#comments Sat, 12 Jan 2013 20:00:34 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=97453 Which is better: Tables in Wonderland (and out of pocket expenses) or signing up for the Disney Dining Plan? For those that aren’t aware, the Tables in Wonderland program is a special discount card that you purchase to get 20% off of dining costs at various restaurants at the Walt Disney World dining locations.  However, […]

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Which is better: Tables in Wonderland (and out of pocket expenses) or signing up for the Disney Dining Plan?

For those that aren’t aware, the Tables in Wonderland program is a special discount card that you purchase to get 20% off of dining costs at various restaurants at the Walt Disney World dining locations.  However, there are some things that you need to know about the TiW program:

1.     The TiW card can only be purchased by a person that has an annual pass, or by a Florida Resident.

2.     The card costs $100 for Annual Passholders, and $125 for Florida Residents.

3.     As I mentioned, the TiW program will discount 20% off of all your food and drink purchases (including alcohol) at many of the Walt Disney World restaurants, but not all of them. Check here for a list of restaurants.

4.     The TiW card can be used for the cardholder and up to nine guests dining with the cardholder.

5.     An automatic 18% gratuity is included when using the TiW card, regardless of the size of the party.

6.     If you are thinking of buying the TiW card, you need to do some research to make sure that the discount will be at least equal to the cost you are paying for the card.

On the other side of the equation, the Disney Dining Plan has several different choices available.  The three main ones are the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan; the original Disney Plus Dining Plan, and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan.  You can also add the Wine and Dine component to your Dining Plan or Deluxe Dining Plan, but that is a separate add-on charge, also they have a Magic Your Way Premium Package that has all kinds of add ons.

Here are some things you need to know about the regular Disney Dining Plan:

1.     For the regular DDP, you will receive one snack, one quick service meal, and one table service meal per day.

2.     With the DDP, you must select the plan for every day that you are visiting Disney, and the DDP is only available to people that are staying on a Disney property.

3.     In addition, each member of your party needs to be on the dining plan.  You can’t pick and choose.

4.     You get one credit for each of the types of meal (or snack) for each day.  You can choose to use all of them in one day, if you like, or you can space them out so that you have credits for each day.

For my family, we have always had the regular Disney Dining Plan.  There have been times when we got it for free based on when we came down on vacation, and there have been times when we paid for it.

This year, though, things are different.  Last June we became Disney Vacation Club owners, and as a result, this year we are staying at Bay Lake Towers, one of the DVC resorts available to us.  The room that we reserved is a 2 bedroom suite, and will sleep 9 people, which is the number of people in our party.  As a result, we made the decision really quickly that we were going to pay for our meals out of pocket.  Our room has a full kitchen, so as a result, we are planning on only having three sit down meals during our visit.  If we had wanted to do the Dining Plan, it would have cost my family (I am responsible for 5 of the guests) $1,371.65 for our stay, and it would have cost my sister-in-law’s family $1,049.72!  If we did the quick service plan, it still would have been about $1,800 for the two families combined.

So for us, having 9 people eating at Akershus and 50’s Prime Time Café, and 5 of us eating at Boma, the discount will more than make up for the $100 cost (we will be buying three annual passes as well!)

I have found if you are not big eaters or if you have little ones under 3 this is the best option. For us we like to share food so the Tables in Wonderland is the best option, not to mention our kids are not big eaters. If you have a larger family then Disney Dining Plan would be your best choice. Especially if you LOVE hitting up the Disney Buffets.

Are you big supporters of the Disney Dining Plan? Or have you explored the Tables in Wonderland option. If you want to read more about Tables in Wonderland check out this article.

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Disney Character Dining – Is it worth it? http://www.chipandco.com/disney-character-dining-worth-93900/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-character-dining-worth-93900/#comments Sat, 29 Dec 2012 18:00:52 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=93900 One of the biggest questions you can ask a person who is planning their Disney vacation is “What Disney Character Meals are you doing?”  However, this simple question brings up a whole lot of different perspectives, and opens up the discussion towards the ultimate question: “Are Disney Character Dining meals at Walt Disney World worth […]

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One of the biggest questions you can ask a person who is planning their Disney vacation is “What Disney Character Meals are you doing?”  However, this simple question brings up a whole lot of different perspectives, and opens up the discussion towards the ultimate question: “Are Disney Character Dining meals at Walt Disney World worth it?”  In this post, I will be presenting several vital pieces of evidence to illustrate why Character meals are a great value for you and your family.

When my family plans it’s Walt Disney World vacations, one of the key components of our planning is deciding what table service restaurants we want to eat at.  For us, most of the time we will choose a character dining restaurant over a casual dining location for the following reasons:

  1. By choosing a character dining restaurant, we are able to get autographs from our favorite characters while we enjoy our meal — and that is one less line we need to wait in!
  2. Often, the character dining restaurants offer the characters in unique costumes that is related to the setting that you find them at — for example, Mickey and Minnie in their western getups at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ.  This adds a dimension to your pictures that might be missing otherwise.
  3. Often, it can be hard to find a particular character at a location other than the restaurant they are featured at.  For example, when Sophie was younger, she had very little interest in Epcot, but she loved Winnie the Pooh.  Booking a meal at The Crystal Palace allowed her to see Pooh without having to go over to the United Kingdom just to find him in the back of the pavilion (and then having to wait in line to see him!)
  4. I know that a lot of people think that all that is served at character restaurants is the standard Disney buffet — but I say why is that a bad thing?  I pay a fixed amount, I get all I can eat, we see our favorite characters, and perhaps most importantly based on our travel schedule — we get out of the summer heat for a while to relax as we eat!
  5. Lastly, at some of the better character restaurants, you also get a special photo package with your favorite character.  At Cinderella’s Royal Table your party will get a photo package with Cinderella, and at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Princess Storybook Dining) your party will get a photo package — usually with Belle.  These pictures are incredibly good, and are included in the price of your meal, so enjoy them!

So there you have it, my top five reasons why Character Dining is worth it for your family!  I’ll leave it to another of the Chip and Company writers to offer rebuttal.  I hope that you have found this helpful!  What are your thoughts about character dining?  Yay or Nay?  Let us know in the comments, please!

 

  • Where to start when Planning a Trip to Walt Disney World (chipandco.com)
  • How many of these Top 10 Disney Must Do’s have you done? (chipandco.com)

 

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Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” 2 Movie Collection coming to Blu-Ray March 12, 2013! http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-hunchback-notre-dame-2-movie-collection-coming-bluray-march-12-2013-95651/ Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:00:43 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=95651 Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 Disc collection is coming to homes starting March 12, 2013!  Can you believe that it was June 21, 1996 when the first movie was originally released in theaters?  Wow, do I feel old! This is the first time that both movies will come out together on Blu-Ray in […]

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Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 Disc collection is coming to homes starting March 12, 2013!  Can you believe that it was June 21, 1996 when the first movie was originally released in theaters?  Wow, do I feel old!

This is the first time that both movies will come out together on Blu-Ray in this 2 disc collection, so you will want to jump at the chance to own this heartwarming story of Quasimodo and Esmeralda that shows the beauty that exists in all of us.  In case you forgot, check out the cast for the movies:

  •  Jason Alexander (TV’s “Seinfeld”) as voice of Hugo (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame I & II”)
  • Demi Moore (“Ghost”) as voice of Esmeralda (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame I & II”)
  • Tom Hulce (“Amadeus”) as voice of Quasimodo (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame I & II”)
  • Kevin Kline (“Wild Wild West”) as voice of Phoebus (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame I & II”)
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt (TV’s “Ghost Whisperer”) as voice of Madellaine (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame I & II”)
  • Michael McKean (“Clue”) as voice of Sarousch (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame II”)

Relive the incredible songs from the movie from Academy Award Winner Alan Menken, and don’t forget all of the great special features you will find in the Blu-Ray discs:

  • The Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Audio Commentary
  • Multi-Language Reel—“A Guy Like You”
  • Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • A Gargoyle’s Life

The Suggested Retail Price of the 3 Disc Blu-Ray Combo (1 Blu-Ray + 2 DVDs) is $39.99 in the US and $46.99 in Canada.

 

  • ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’, ‘Mulan’, and More Coming to Blu-ray on March 13, 2013 (chipandco.com)
  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green Blu-ray Combo Pack Review (chipandco.com)
  • Disney’s Heavyweights Blu-ray Review (chipandco.com)

 

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Pre-order Peter Pan Bluray/DVD now, get an $8 Amazon coupon! http://www.chipandco.com/preorder-peter-pan-8-amazon-coupon-93005/ Thu, 22 Nov 2012 19:45:12 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=93005 Peter Pan, that classic movie that has spawned rides all over the world, is coming to Disney Blu-Ray on February 5th, 2013!  Why so late, you ask?  Well, that is because that is the 60th Anniversary of the original release of the movie! I am looking forward to the movie release quite a bit, because […]

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Peter Pan, that classic movie that has spawned rides all over the world, is coming to Disney Blu-Ray on February 5th, 2013!  Why so late, you ask?  Well, that is because that is the 60th Anniversary of the original release of the movie!

I am looking forward to the movie release quite a bit, because that is the day before my birthday!  The Peter Pan Diamond Edition, which consists of the Blu-Ray Disc, the DVD, the Digital Copy and the Storybook App, has a suggested retail price of $44.99 in the US, and $51.99 in Canada.  That would make a great birthday present for me or any other Disney enthusiast who has a Blu-Ray player!  Maybe I should send this post on over to my wife! 😉

However, if you pre-order now on Amazon.com, you can receive an $8 coupon to be used at check-out.  Also, Amazon.com has the pre-order price marked at $30.99, and when you use the $8 coupon, you’re pre-order price becomes $22.99 before shipping, and around $25 after shipping costs.  I haven’t been able to determine how long the coupon is good for, so if you are thinking about waiting and seeing about whether you want to buy the movie, you may end up losing out on that valuable coupon!

To help you decide whether you want to purchase the movie or not, here is a trailer you can watch!  Enjoy!

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Disney World Quick Tips – Locker Rentals at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tips-locker-rentals-walt-disney-world-92270/ Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:00:51 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=92270 Often the question is asked, can you rent lockers at Walt Disney World?  The answer is yes!  Locker rental is an additional fee, but if my memory serves me correctly, the fee wasn’t a terrible expense. Here are the locations where you can rent lockers: Magic Kingdom has locker facilities available adjacent to the wheelchair […]

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Often the question is asked, can you rent lockers at Walt Disney World?  The answer is yes!  Locker rental is an additional fee, but if my memory serves me correctly, the fee wasn’t a terrible expense.

Here are the locations where you can rent lockers:

  • Magic Kingdom has locker facilities available adjacent to the wheelchair and ECV rental location.
  • Epcot  has lockers in several locations.
  • Near the west side of Spaceship Earth
  • At the International Gateway (these are considered unattended lockers)
  • Oversized lockers are available at the Bus Information area.
  • Hollywood Studios has lockers available near Oscar’s Classic Car Souvenirs at the main entrance.
  • Animal Kingdom has lockers available both inside and outside the main entrance.
  • Typhoon Lagoon has lockers available adjacent to the main dressing room and also by Hammerhead Fred’s Dive Shop.
  • Blizzard Beach has lockers available at Snowless Joe’s.
  • Lastly, at Downtown Disney lockers are available at the dock near the Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant and at the marina rental window.

If you need a locker, I hope that these locations help you out!  I don’t think lockers are used all that much, but it’s good to have them available as an option, especially in the case where you might be leaving that day and have some time to enjoy before your flight leaves.  How often do you utilize the lockers at Walt Disney World?

  • Mermaids now appearing on Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World Resort (chipandco.com)
  • Last Minute Tips before you leave for Walt Disney World! (chipandco.com)

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Happy 30th Birthday Epcot! http://www.chipandco.com/happy-30th-birthday-epcot-84566/ http://www.chipandco.com/happy-30th-birthday-epcot-84566/#comments Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=84566 As almost the entire world knows, this coming Monday is the 30th Birthday of Epcot!  Happy Birthday Epcot!  I was extremely fortunate to be able to be at the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World last October 1st, and while I won’t be at Epcot this year, I can really picture the setting in my […]

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The beauty of Spaceship Earth at night is just one of the things I wish I could see on its 30th Birthday!

As almost the entire world knows, this coming Monday is the 30th Birthday of Epcot!  Happy Birthday Epcot!  I was extremely fortunate to be able to be at the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World last October 1st, and while I won’t be at Epcot this year, I can really picture the setting in my mind’s eye as if I was there.  I thought I would share with you some of the things you might be able to see at Epcot for the anniversary, so take a look at the list and decide if any of them are of interest to you.  These special events are being brought to you from the D23 gang, Disney’s Official Fan Club.

  • From 1-2PM, Designing the Future – Past and Present: A panel of Disney Imagineers remembers 30 years of building tomorrow!
  • 4:30-6:00 pm: Epcot: How it Changed the World with Marty Sklar
  • 6:30-8:00 pm: Epcot: How it Changed the World with Marty Sklar
  • At 3PM in the America Gardens Theatre, Disney leaders will speak, as well as performances from Mariachi Cobre and the Voices of Liberty.
  • Lastly, there will be a special 30th Anniversary edition of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth for you to enjoy!

All of these events are included with your park admission.  For the events at Epcot’s World Showplace and America Gardens Theatre, there is limited seating, so if you want to see these, you’ll want to act quickly!

You know, though, for me, the beauty of the day isn’t in the special presentations.  The beauty is just being there, experiencing the incredible Disney Magic, and for me, remembering all of the special memories that I have had over the years at the park.  Last year, the weather was absolutely incredible.  You know how some people swear that Disney has a roof over the Magic Kingdom to prevent bad weather?  Well, last year, I could almost believe that was the case because of the incredible weather we had.  It was truly a day 40 years in the making, and one that I won’t ever forget.  If I were at Epcot on Monday, I would imagine the day to be just like the one last year.  I would take advantage of the day to ride my favorite rides, I would enjoy all that the Food & Wine Festival had to offer, I would stroll aimlessly around Epcot’s World Showcase, speaking with total strangers, laughing, and drinking it all in.  Most of all, though, I would remember all of the incredible memories I have from that place, such as these five favorites of mine:

  1. The day we happened into Morocco, and near the back, just happened to come across Princess Jasmine and the Genie!  There was no line, and my girl was able to talk to her for about 10 minutes!  This was one of my favorite Disney memories of all time!
  2. One of Sophie’s favorite characters is Donald Duck, and she really enjoys the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballero’s.  One day we were just outside Mexico and were able to speak and get pictures with Donald in his Mexican Outfit.  Good times.
  3. The day last year when we were able to enjoy the Food & Wine Festival.  It’s my only time being there for that special event, and it was only one day, but it was a great day, and to top it off, I was able to meet my Sister-in-Christ Brenda, one of my dearest friends!
  4. Eating at Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus in Norway.  We have been there many times, and it is always a favorite of ours.  Seeing the Princesses up close is great, they are always so nice to all of us!
  5. Lastly, I’ll never forget last year in June, when we were in Norway and the kids were at the at the Kidcot Fun Stop.  My sister-in-law’s Mom was talking to one of the Norwegian Cast Members and just talking his ear off!  It was so funny, but he was a top-notch Cast Member, and he never once showed that he was tired of talking with her!
What are your favorite Epcot memories?  Why not leave us a comment to let us know, or tell us on our Facebook Page!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Disney’s Peter Pan: Diamond Edition coming to Blu-Ray on February 5th! http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-peter-pan-diamond-edition-coming-bluray-february-5th-84616/ http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-peter-pan-diamond-edition-coming-bluray-february-5th-84616/#comments Sat, 29 Sep 2012 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=84616 Watch out everyone!  Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and all of the Darling children will be back before you know it!  Peter Pan: Diamond Edition is being released on Blu-Ray, Disney DVD, and Digital Copy on February 5th for a limited time!  I don’t know right now how long that will be, but you’ll want to […]

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Watch out everyone!  Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and all of the Darling children will be back before you know it!  Peter Pan: Diamond Edition is being released on Blu-Ray, Disney DVD, and Digital Copy on February 5th for a limited time!  I don’t know right now how long that will be, but you’ll want to mark your calendars so that you’ll be ready to make your purchase!

In case you are wondering why it isn’t being released until next February, the reason became clear when I did a little digging.  It turns out that February 5th, 1953 was the date that Peter Pan was released in theaters, so this will be the 60th Anniversary of this incredible movie being released!  While you can’t go get the movie just yet, you can enjoy a little tease, so take a look at the trailer and enjoy!

Will this be something that you will want to add to your library?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

  • Cinderella: Diamond Edition on Blu-ray & DVD October 2, 2012 (chipandco.com)
  • Cinderella: Diamond Edition on Blu-ray & DVD Review! (chipandco.com)

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App Review: Disney Publishing’s The Jungle Book! http://www.chipandco.com/app-review-disney-publishings-jungle-book-83890/ Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:00:27 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=83890 With the release of the Disney Publishing app Dumbo: Disney Classic, Disney Publishing has opened the vault for some special savings!  From now until September 26, 2012, you can get Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book app for the low price of $1.99, half off of it’s regularly priced $3.99! The Jungle Book is built upon […]

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With the release of the Disney Publishing app Dumbo: Disney Classic, Disney Publishing has opened the vault for some special savings!  From now until September 26, 2012, you can get Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book app for the low price of $1.99, half off of it’s regularly priced $3.99!

The Jungle Book is built upon many of the same features that Bambi is, but it does have some differences.  One nice feature is that you are able to take a picture and put it on the title screen so that you can show who owns the book!  Additionally, you can type their name in the “This book belongs to:” section of the page also.

As you can see from this shot, there are plenty of interactions waiting for your child as she explores the Jungle Book story.  In this scene, let your young one put together the puzzle to complete the picture!

The book takes you from when Mowgli is sent off into the forest, and is discovered by Bagheera, who takes pity on the baby and delivers him to a wolfpack to raise him.

Feel free to sing along with your pal Baloo!  Who knows the songs you’ll sing!

As the story progresses, you realize that it really is in the best interests of Mowgli to get him back to a village where he can continue to grow with the humans.  Watch out, though, for the journey isn’t a walk in the park!  Watch out for Kaa as he attempts to squeeze the life out of Mowgli!

Also, that King Louie has something up his sleeve, he wants you to teach him the secret to man’s red fire!

In the end, though, Mowgli is delivered to the village, and even though he is sad, he knows that it is in his best interests to stay there rather then with his friends in the forest.

Like almost all of the Disney Publishing apps, this app is really well done!  It combines a classic Disney story with interactive features for your children to enjoy, and helps your early reader learn as grow with the book.  This book is a bargain at $3.99, but it’s even better at $1.99, so act now and you can own it too!  It works on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

  • The Jungle Book: Disney Classics Arrives for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch! (chipandco.com)
  • Bambi: Disney Classics Storybook app for iPad, iPod, and iPhone. (chipandco.com)

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App Review: Disney Publishing’s Bambi Interactive App! http://www.chipandco.com/ios-app-review-bambi-83868/ Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:00:21 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=83868 The Disney Publishing Group is at it again, and offering a really good deal on some great interactive books.  You may remember seeing that Disney Publishing recently released the Disney Classic Dumbo as an iOS app, working on iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices.  With that release, they opened up the vault and are offering […]

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The Disney Publishing Group is at it again, and offering a really good deal on some great interactive books.  You may remember seeing that Disney Publishing recently released the Disney Classic Dumbo as an iOS app, working on iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices.  With that release, they opened up the vault and are offering some great prices on their other Disney Classics, including this one, Bambi!  From now until September 26th, you can get the Bambi Interactive Storybook app for $1.99 instead of its normal $3.99 price tag.

Walt Disney’s Bambi is one of the true Disney Classics.  In this interactive app, you’ll be there when Bambi is born, and meets Thumper and all his friends.  You’ll laugh when he tries to jump over the log that the bunny rabbits can jump over with ease!

You’ll witness his excitement when he meets Faline, his friend, and you’ll love it when he meets Flower, thinking it’s truly a flower instead of a skunk!

The fun of the interactive story is that there are all sorts of things for you and your children to enjoy!  For starters, you may have noticed that there is a spot to insert a picture, and you can even type or draw your child’s name in the “This book belongs to” section.

In addition to that, there are three different puzzle games.  Coloring is the game where you get to paint the picture with the colors you want. Matching is where you get to look at the flowers, touch them to show the flower, and try to match it with another flower.  The last game is called Meadow Music, and this one lets you listen, learn, and play the music!

Lastly, one of the neatest features in my opinion is the ability to record your own voice as you read the story.  This will allow you to set up the settings to play the story back to you using your recording, and is something that my daughter thinks is neat.

Overall, I like the Bambi app.  It’s a great story, and a lot of fun for kids — and grownups! — alike!

 

  • Bambi: Disney Classics Arrives for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch! (chipandco.com)
  • Dumbo: Disney Classics arrive on iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone! (chipandco.com)

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The Jungle Book: Disney Classics Arrives for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch! http://www.chipandco.com/jungle-book-disney-classics-arrives-ipad-82716/ Tue, 18 Sep 2012 03:00:34 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=82716 In celebration of the newly released app Dumbo: Disney Classics app, Disney Publishing has opened up their entire Disney Classics library for a special sale!  From now until September 26th, all of the Disney Publishing “Disney Classics” apps for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch are on sale for the low price of $1.99!  These […]

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In celebration of the newly released app Dumbo: Disney Classics app, Disney Publishing has opened up their entire Disney Classics library for a special sale!  From now until September 26th, all of the Disney Publishing “Disney Classics” apps for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch are on sale for the low price of $1.99!  These apps normally sell for $3.99, so you are getting a great app for 1/2 off!

In The Jungle Book: Disney Classics app, based on the 1967 animated film, you and your child can relive the story of Mowgli and his friends.  You can stare down the tiger Shere Khan and learn about the “unknown” world of humans!  With reading modes for all ages, coloring pages, interactive puzzles, memory games, and “The Bare Necessities” sing-along, this app has a lot going for it!  Click here to check out this video trailer of the app!

Look for a review in the upcoming week!

  • Disney Publishing Worldwide presents Minnie Bow Maker app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch! (chipandco.com)
  • Bambi: Disney Classics Storybook app for iPad, iPod, and iPhone. (chipandco.com)

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Bambi: Disney Classics Arrives for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch! http://www.chipandco.com/bambi-disney-classics-arrives-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch-82722/ http://www.chipandco.com/bambi-disney-classics-arrives-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch-82722/#comments Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:00:40 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=82722 In celebration of the newly released app Dumbo: Disney Classics app, Disney Publishing has opened up their entire Disney Classics library for a special sale!  From now until September 26th, all of the Disney Publishing “Disney Classics” apps for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch are on sale for the low price of $1.99!  These […]

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In celebration of the newly released app Dumbo: Disney Classics app, Disney Publishing has opened up their entire Disney Classics library for a special sale!  From now until September 26th, all of the Disney Publishing “Disney Classics” apps for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch are on sale for the low price of $1.99!  These apps normally sell for $3.99, so you are getting a great app for 1/2 off!

In the Bambi: Disney Classics app, you’ll learn alongside Bambi as he learns from his mom and pals Thumper and Flower the wonder of nature and the power of friendship and family.  Some of the special features include that classic Disney illustration and charming animation, music, whimsical sound effects, and an interactive Coloring Book, Matching Game, and Musical Activity!

Look for a review in the upcoming week!

  • Disney Publishing Worldwide presents Minnie Bow Maker app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch! (chipandco.com)
  • All new Disney Fairies Fashion Boutique Game Now Available (chipandco.com)

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Who wants to win a $25 Disney Gift Card and Disney Fantasy Photo Album? http://www.chipandco.com/win-25-disney-gift-card-disney-fantasy-photo-album-82174/ http://www.chipandco.com/win-25-disney-gift-card-disney-fantasy-photo-album-82174/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:00:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=82174 Chip & Company and My Dreams of Disney are teaming up to give away a prize pack of two great Disney gifts: a $25 Disney Gift Card and the Disney Fantasy Inaugural Sailings Photo Album! This is a celebration contest for My Dreams of Disney as we just turned 2 years old this past Saturday!  […]

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Chip & Company and My Dreams of Disney are teaming up to give away a prize pack of two great Disney gifts: a $25 Disney Gift Card and the Disney Fantasy Inaugural Sailings Photo Album!

This is a celebration contest for My Dreams of Disney as we just turned 2 years old this past Saturday!  In addition to the blog anniversary and the contest, this past weekend was the time when we decided to migrate My Dreams of Disney from the Blogger platform of blogging to a self-hosted WordPress site, so there is a lot going on at the site!

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The contest ends Saturday September 15th at 11:59pm. On Sunday I will pick one lucky winner and notify them Monday Morning via email/facebook that they won. Be sure to use a valid way for me to contact you.

For bonus entries, share this post using any of the buttons at the top of this page. You can tweet and share as often as you like, because each counts as bonus entries!

Also stay tuned to Twitter our man Johnathan will be hosting #DisneyTrivia for bonus entries!!

Good Luck

P.S. – Please share Chip and Co with your friends and help us grow our community. The larger the community the better the prizes I can share with you EVERY WEEK!

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  • $200 Disney Gift Card Giveaway (chipandco.com)
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What is Tables in Wonderland and Where can you use it? http://www.chipandco.com/tables-wonderland-82566/ http://www.chipandco.com/tables-wonderland-82566/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:00:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=82566 The Walt Disney World Tables in Wonderland program is a great way to enjoy some additional dining discounts if you are an Annual Passholder or Florida Resident.  The cost is $100 for Florida Residents and Disney Vacation Club Members, $75 for Annual / Seasonal Passholders and you can even Add a second membership for your spouse or partner […]

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The Walt Disney World Tables in Wonderland program is a great way to enjoy some additional dining discounts if you are an Annual Passholder or Florida Resident.  The cost is $100 for Florida Residents and Disney Vacation Club Members, $75 for Annual / Seasonal Passholders and you can even Add a second membership for your spouse or partner for only $50 more! TIW entitles you to 20% off of your meal cost (including alcoholic beverages) for the cardholder and up to nine guests! The card is valid for 13 months from your date of purchase!  However, an automatic 18% gratuity is added onto your bill, regardless of how many people are in your party.  When we went to Disney last June, we purchased the card because we had a total party of nine people, and this allowed us to maximize our dining savings.  We had decided against the Disney Dining Plan because we didn’t want table service reservations for each night, so this was a great option for us.

The Tables in Wonderland card can be used at a lot of different locations throughout Walt Disney World!  Here is a comprehensive list for you to keep handy in your smart phones (don’t worry, if you are like me and don’t have a smart phone, you will still be okay because you will get a little booklet with the latest dining locations when you purchase the card). You can also check out the Disney’s Tables in Wonderland Site.

At the Magic Kingdom:

At Epcot:

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

At Downtown Disney:

In general, you will find that the TiW card is a great alternative to those that don’t want to do the Disney Dining Plan, but still want to have some table service meals.  When you are using the card, make sure that you mention when you check in that you have the Tables in Wonderland card.

For our last trip, I mentioned that we used the card — we ended up saving well in excess of $200 off of our dining costs (we had four table service meals), and that is in addition to recouping the $75 we spent for the card.

I hope that this list helps you to find some new, interesting ways to explore the Walt Disney World restaurants, while still getting some savings.  At the very least, you can use this list to help find out which unknown restaurant is the next on your list to try out!  Just click on the links to read more about them!

  • 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Full Details and Schedule of Events (chipandco.com)
  • Dining: Top 5 Character Meals Which Offer the Most for the Money (aglassslippervacation.com)

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Blu-Ray Review: Once Upon A Time http://www.chipandco.com/bluray-review-time-81412/ Sun, 02 Sep 2012 00:00:01 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81412 Once Upon A Time, there was a Blu-Ray release of the first season of a series that captured the heart and soul of a Disney Generation.  Once Upon A Time, Season One, on Blu-Ray, is a collection that you are going to want to own!  There are so many incredible details to this, I scarcely […]

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Once Upon A Time, there was a Blu-Ray release of the first season of a series that captured the heart and soul of a Disney Generation.  Once Upon A Time, Season One, on Blu-Ray, is a collection that you are going to want to own!  There are so many incredible details to this, I scarcely know where to begin.  For starters, the first season is 22 episodes long, which encompasses five Blu-Ray disks worth of incredible storylines, plot twists, and character development!  What is great is that you can sit down, put in disk one, and watch each and every episode without commercial interruptions, pause it when you need to, and you don’t need to wait each week for the next episode!

One interesting thing that they have on the Blu-Rays is a feature called SmartPlay.  If you utilize this, you create a profile, start watching, and when you stop, the system remembers where you were, and starts back at that spot when you pick it back up again.

Here are all the incredible episode titles for the first season:

  1. “Pilot”
  2. “The Thing You Love Most”
  3. “Snow Falls”
  4. “The Price of Gold”
  5. “That Still Small Voice”
  6. “The Shepherd”
  7. “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter”
  8. “Desperate Souls”
  9. “True North”
  10. “7:15 A.M.”
  11. “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree”
  12. “Skin Deep”
  13. “What Happened to Frederick”
  14. “Dreamy”
  15. “Red-Handed”
  16. “Heart of Darkness”
  17. “Hat Trick”
  18. “The Stable Boy”
  19. “The Return”
  20. “The Stranger”
  21. “An Apple Red as Blood”
  22. “A Land Without Magic”

What I find absolutely astonishing is the way that Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, and the rest of the crew have woven an incredible backstory to each of the fairytale characters, showing some information about each of them that didn’t know about.  It is so believable that you can quite easily forget that they made this stuff up!  I can picture them as Imagineers, it is that believable.

For me, my favorite of the episodes would have to be “Skin Deep.”  This episode is the story of Rumpelstiltskin and Belle, and how Belle tried to save Rumpelstiltskin, and almost succeeded, but in the end he did not allow True Love’s Kiss to break the hold of his magic on him.  It is an extremely well written episode, and does an incredible job of pulling at the heart-strings.  I found myself hoping that Belle would break the spell and return Rumpelstiltskin back to himself, but it wasn’t to be.

As incredible as the episodes are, and being able to watch them one after another, the Bonus Features are just as good.  There are several things to explore on the disks (each disk has bonus features!) including the following:

  • Fairy Tales in the Modern World
  • Tell Me a Story
  • Building Character
  • Noble Creatures
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Easter Eggs

The beauty of Blu-Ray technology, in addition to the stunning imagery, is that the disks hold so much more data so you are able to get so much more information on each of the disks.  I really enjoyed both Tell Me a Story and Building Character for the bonus features.  In Tell Me a Story, the origins of the fairy tales were explained in greater detail, and details were also provided that showed the link between the original stories and the Disney versions of the stories.  In Building Character, interviews were had with Horowitz, Kitsis, and some of the cast to explain how the actors grabbed a hold of their character and made it their own.

In the end, if you are a fan of Disney and a fan of the series, you are going to want to own this collection.  It is incredibly well done, and something that you will treasure for years to come.  With the second season starting on September 30, go out and get it now and re-watch the first season just in time to get caught back up in the second season!

  • Bluray Review: ‘Pocahontas’ and ‘Pocahontas II’ on Blu-Ray (chipandco.com)
  • ‘Ghosts of the Abyss’ Comes to Blu-ray September 11, 2012 (chipandco.com)

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‘The Preacher’s Wife’ Blu-Ray Review http://www.chipandco.com/the-preachers-wife-bluray-review-78051/ Wed, 08 Aug 2012 01:00:49 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=78051 The Preacher’s Wife was originally released in 1996, and starred Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. Vance.  The movie is the story of a Baptist Preacher, the Reverend Henry Biggs, who is portrayed by Vance, and his wife Julia, who is portrayed by Houston, who have fallen into a bit of a rocky patch […]

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The Preacher’s Wife was originally released in 1996, and starred Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. Vance.  The movie is the story of a Baptist Preacher, the Reverend Henry Biggs, who is portrayed by Vance, and his wife Julia, who is portrayed by Houston, who have fallen into a bit of a rocky patch in their marriage.  The movie takes place during the Christmas season, and at one point in the movie, Rev. Biggs calls out to God for help — that help is delivered in the form of the Angel Dudley, portrayed by Washington.

When things go bad for Rev. Biggs, they go bad.  I already mentioned his marital difficulties, but in addition to that, one of the troubled teens from his church was arrested for robbing a liquor store, which he didn’t do.  Then, one of his parishioners was in the hospital.  Top it all off with a failed boiler, his son’s best friend going out of town to a foster home, and a greedy real estate agent who tried to “buy” Rev. Biggs a new church, and things definitely were not looking up for him.

In the end, Angel Dudley was, of course, able to help Rev. Biggs, and in fact, help the whole congregation in some way or another, and with a renewed heart, Rev. Biggs gives the Christmas Sermon of a lifetime.

I had forgotten how good this movie is.  During the heat of the North Carolina summer, watching a Christmas movie — even if it isn’t July — was a welcome diversion from the heat and humidity.  The movie is funny, it is heartwarming, it is a reminder that the things that matter most are the things that come from the heart.

There are nine songs in the movie that are performed by Whitney Houston, including “I Believe in You And Me.” which was a top ten hit for 1996.  The talent that Houston had was so incredible, it’s sad to see it comes to such an early end.  Still, movies like “The Preacher’s Wife” are good when they are released on Blu-Ray or DVD because it gives us a chance to remember the depth of that talent.

The Preacher’s Wife is a good movie, and being able to see it again is great.  If you have never seen the movie before, this heartwarming film will warm your heart.  It is rated PG, and other then a couple of moments where a curse word was used, I would feel comfortable with my girl watching it.

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Reminder: Once Upon a Time, Season One, coming soon! http://www.chipandco.com/reminder-time-season-coming-77983/ http://www.chipandco.com/reminder-time-season-coming-77983/#comments Sun, 05 Aug 2012 22:00:26 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=77983 Once Upon a Time, that series on ABC that took the Disney Nation by storm last year, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting August 28, 2012!  Chip & Company will be reviewing it, so stay tuned! In case you have forgotten, here is a brief synopsis of what the series is all about: […]

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Once Upon a Time, that series on ABC that took the Disney Nation by storm last year, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting August 28, 2012!  Chip & Company will be reviewing it, so stay tuned! In case you have forgotten, here is a brief synopsis of what the series is all about:

“Once Upon A Time” the Evil Queen cast an evil spell on an enchanted forest filled with fairytale characters. The curse trapped these characters in a place where all their happy endings were stolen – our world.  Now the Evil Queen is acting as town mayor, and all of the inhabitants of the fairytale world of Storybrooke can’t seem to remember any details of their past lives. As the truth starts to unfold, the battle between good and evil begins.

Here are a few details to whet your whistle with:

Disc Specifications:
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Suggested Retail Prices: Blu-ray = $ 79.99 US; $94.99 Can
DVD = $45. 99 US; $54.99 Can
Run Time: Approximately 946 minutes (22 episodes)
Rated: TV PG LSV
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Languages: English

 

  • ‘High Fidelity’ Comes to Blu-ray August 7, 2012 (chipandco.com)
  • The Santa Clause Trilogy Coming to Blu-Ray October 16th, 2012 (chipandco.com)

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Everything You Wanted to know about Disney’s PhotoPass Service http://www.chipandco.com/disney-photopass-service-76356/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-photopass-service-76356/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:00:51 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=76356 One of the things that people seem to continually ask about on the Facebook Group “You Might Be a Disney Addict” is to ask about Disney’s Photopass service, the ins and outs of it, and whether it is worth it.  Since my family has ordered the Photopass CD the last two years, I told Chip […]

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One of the things that people seem to continually ask about on the Facebook Group “You Might Be a Disney Addict” is to ask about Disney’s Photopass service, the ins and outs of it, and whether it is worth it.  Since my family has ordered the Photopass CD the last two years, I told Chip that I would write about it when he asked if anyone would cover it.

First, a little background.  Most of you have probably seen the Disney PhotoPass Photographers throughout the parks, and have probably even had your picture taken with them.  Those PhotoPass photographers have special technology with their cameras, and they are able to submit the photos they take to special cards.  These cards, known as the PhotoPass cards, have a special code on them that you will need to have in order to access your photos.

If you are interested in ordering either the PhotoPass CD or the new PhotoPass+ CD, there are some things that you need to know before you make your decision.

  1. You will need to create a Disney PhotoPass account if you do not have one already.  Click on this link to get started with that.
  2. You must pre-order your CD before you go on vacation to ensure that you get all photos that are taken with the PhotoPass cards.  If you have some pictures taken on a PhotoPass card, and then pre-order the CD at the special rate, those pictures you had taken will not be included.
  3. When you get photos taken with your PhotoPass cards, those photos are only stored on the site for 30 days before they expire out.  You can purchase extra time, though.
  4. The savings for doing the pre-order of the CD is quite significant.  If you pre-order the regular PhotoPass CD, the cost is $119.95, but if you don’t, you’ll be paying $169.95.  The PhotoPass+ Card is $169.95 when you pre-order (for Walt Disney World; it is $69.95 when you pre-order for Disneyland), but $199.95 when you purchase it at Walt Disney World ($99.95 when purchased for Disneyland).

Now lets get into all the fine details.  We’re going to start with the original PhotoPass CD for Walt Disney World.

As I mentioned above, the Disney PhotoPass CD is $119.95 when you pre-order from the Disney PhotoPass site.  Remember though, that you must pre-order before you start having pictures taken on PhotoPass cards because if you don’t, those photos will not be included in your CD.

Now that you have pre-ordered your CD, when your vacation begins, go out and get some pictures taken!  As you do, make sure that you have a PhotoPass card for each member of your party.  That way, if you are off doing your own thing, and you want a photo taken, you can use that card.  One tip that I’ve seen is to either write your name on the back of the card, or take a photo of it so that you have the card ID number.  It is that number that will allow you to load your pictures into your PhotoPass account later.

There is no limit to the number of PhotoPass pictures you can have taken!  You can have thousands of photos taken of your party during your trip, and all of them will be available for you to edit and have on your PhotoPass CD.  You will receive as many CDs as necessary to store all of your photos.

The thing that distinguishes the Disney PhotoPass service is that the pictures that you have taken with the photographers are able to be edited before you create the CD.  This is really cool because you can take a picture, and crop it in closer, or add a border, and then, when you save the photo and create the CD, you’ll get the original photo, plus the photo that you created with the edit.  The borders that you can choose depends on where the photo was taken.  For example, when you have your picture taken while you are at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, you can add this special border.

The original photo.

With the border.

Adding borders isn’t all that can be done when a PhotoPass Photographer takes your picture.  In some poses, they’ll ask you to make a certain pose, and when you see the photo afterwards online, you know why they asked you to do that.  In this photo, my niece, her fiancee, and his brother were asked to point at the ground.  They didn’t really know why, but when they saw the photo, they knew why!  Take a look at the original, and then see the border I put on it afterwards.

The original photo.

After the border.

After you make all the edits that you want — and feel free to take the same picture and add a lot of different borders — you’ll be able to order the CD.  When you do so, your account will see that you have the PhotoPass CD Credit, and that will take care of the cost of the CD.  You will, though, have to pay for the shipping also, which for me, was $4.95 each year.

What happens if I find out that I’m going to run out of time before I can make my CD?  Remember that your pictures will only store in your account for 30 days.  If you find that you are running out of time, you can purchase a 15 day extension on that expiration date.  The cost for that is $19.95, and you can order that at the PhotoPass site.  Truth be told, though, I’ve never needed to get an extension, and if you plan your post vacation time, you shouldn’t need that either.

So, what is the difference between PhotoPass and PhotoPass+?

The biggest difference between the two services is that the PhotoPass+ allows you to save ride photos that are taken from specific attractions and dining venues.  Here is the current list that this applies to at Walt Disney World:

  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Expedition Everest
  • Dinosaur
  • 1900 Park Fare
  • ‘Ohana
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
  • Chef Mickey’s
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue
  • Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

If you are interested in pre-ordering for this package, click on the PhotoPass+ link for Walt Disney World.

If you will be visiting Disneyland instead, you can purchase the PhotoPass+ for Disneyland instead.  The PhotoPass+ for Disneyland doesn’t cover as many attractions and dining venues, so as a result, the cost is less.  Significantly less, in fact.  The Disneyland PhotoPass+ kit will cost you $69.95 for the pre-order price, or $99.95 if you buy it at the Parks.  Here are the attractions and dining venues that you have covered at Disneyland:

  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • California Screamin
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Goofy’s Kitchen
  • Ariel’s Grotto
  • Disney’s PCH Grill
  • Plaza Inn

If you want to pre-order the Disneyland PhotoPass+ kit, just click on the PhotoPass+ link for Disneyland.

So, before I wrap this up, I know you have one question that I haven’t answered.  Why can’t I just purchase the PhotoPass for Disneyland and use it at Walt Disney World?  The reason you can’t is because when you make the purchase, part of what you get is a voucher that you will exchange for a special PhotoPass Card.  That is how they make sure you purchase the one that is for the resort you are visiting.

I hope that you have gotten a lot of information out of this post.  The decision of whether or not to order the PhotoPass CD is ultimately a personal decision.  In our family, we base that decision on who is visiting with us.  If we have a big group of family and friends, some of whom won’t be back to Walt Disney World anytime soon, then it makes sense to us to order the CD.  If it is just Cindy, Sophie and I, though, then that’s a little different, and we won’t order the CD.  So tell me, do you order the PhotoPass CD?

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