‘Brain Storm’ Brought Back My Creativity

A little while ago I posted a short bit about Don Hahn's book Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self. I was sitting in my bedroom alone tonight and I got to thinking: Have I become any more creative? I'm happy to say that I have, indeed, become a bit more creative.Brain Storm definitely encourages one to reach back into the depths of his or her brain and start pulling out ideas like a magician pulls a rabbit out of his velvety black top hat. Since this book arrived in my mailbox … [Read more...]

Chip & Co. at D23 Expo!

Hello, everyone! You may have read on our Facebook page that I just received my press credential for the D23 convention in Anaheim August 19-21. I'm super excited, not just because I'm going to the convention, but because I get to bring information back for all of  you!Here's a taste of what you can expect to see from me:- "The Lion King 3D" review: I'm excited to see this! I saw the preview when I went to see "Cars 2" in 3D and I teared up. I also got chills down my spine and … [Read more...]

Photos: The Little Mermaid Dark Ride Preview

The new Little Mermaid dark ride opened up at California Adventure on June 3, with soft opens beforehand as well as annual passholder previews. I was able to check out the soft opening preview and snapped a few pictures for you.Check them out below.      Related articles'The Rocketeer' Celebrates 20 Years (chipandco.com) Photo and Fun Facts from The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure (chipandco.com) … [Read more...]

Review: Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is a Blast!

Mickey's Soundsational Parade, with a surprise soft opening on May 26, officially debuted on Friday, May 27.I don't want to be too talky-talky. I'll let the photos do all the talking. I absolutely loved the parade floats and the costumes! I can't wait to see it again soon.       Related articles'Mickey's Soundsational Parade' Celebrates Music in Motion at Disneyland Park (chipandco.com) Some of My Favorite Disneyworld Parades, … [Read more...]

‘The Rocketeer’ Celebrates 20 Years

It has been 20 years since Joe Johnston's film "The Rocketeer" debuted on the big screen. To commemorate this milestone, D23 held an event at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood with a special 20th anniversary screening followed by a panel discussion hosted by Kevin Smith.I had never been to the El Capital Theater before, so that alone was a big deal for me. The theater is absolutely beautiful inside, and we walked in to find the organist playing Disney melodies at the front of the … [Read more...]

AP Payment Plan Option Now Available to NorCal Residents

With the news of the ticket and annual pass price hikes, none of us were really thrilled. There is a bit of good news for Northern California residents with annual passes, though.Northern California residents will now be able to opt for the payment plan option rather than having to pay one large sum in full.The payment plan was introduced in 2008 but was only available to Southern California residents, which frustrated many Northern California passholders.Here is a list of the new … [Read more...]

Unleash Your Inner Creative Self

Over the past couple years, Disney film producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) has been putting his thoughts to paper about human creativity. Now those thoughts will be available for the rest of us.Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self, published by Disney Editions, is a book full of Hahn's personal anecdotes and advice to find the inner artist in all of us. The journey to discovering our inner creative self may not just be long, but emotional as well.To learn more … [Read more...]

Ask Us a Disney Question: Must-Do Attractions at Disneyland/California Adventure?

This question comes from WDW-goer Melissa:I'm a WDW veteran who will have the chance to make a two-day side trip to Disneyland this summer. I would explore from park open to close, but my husband (who is more than tolerant of my Disney-hobby) will run out of steam before I do. So I'm trying to make my must-do list! Since your site seems to be the Disney global clearing house, I'm hoping y'all can help me. What does the WDWphile have to do when given a chance to visit DL and DCA?You have … [Read more...]

‘Tinka’ and ‘Deuce’ Spotted At Disneyland

I spent all day hunting around for Johnny Depp at Disneyland, but never came across him. (Big sad face!!!!) Apparently John Stamos and George Lopez were also in the park. (EVEN BIGGER SAD FACE. I loved Uncle Jesse.) I DID, however, run into Disney Channel stars Caroline Sunshine and Adam Irigoyan from "Shake It Up!"'Deuce' and 'Tinka' were having fun in the park on Friday, May 6. We came across them at the exit of Thunder Mountain. How exciting! They were very nice and were chatting with … [Read more...]

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Premiere Set Up for Saturday

I was finally able to return home...err, to Disneyland, this week. I knew the Pirates premiere was going to happen this Saturday, but I was surprised to see the set up already done (for the most part). Then again, I wouldn't want to procrastinate on something like this.As you'll see in the photos below, the seating has been constructed, extending over Rivers of America. A giant screen is being set up on Tom Sawyer's Island. These photos were taken a few days ago, so I'm sure more has been … [Read more...]