Savannah – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Disney Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining, Reviews and More! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:30:21 +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 Savannah – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com 32 32 Top 10 Disney World Must Do’s at Epcot http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-epcot-must-dos-55772/ Sat, 06 Dec 2014 01:00:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=55772 When visiting Walt Disney World’s Epcot, there are a few things that every guest “must-do” in order to have a true Epcot experience. So if you’re an Epcot rookie, or just a big fan, check out my list of Top 10 Disney World Must Do’s at Epcot. 10. American Adventure-This spectacular audio-animatronic show, which serves as the […]

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When visiting Walt Disney World’s Epcot, there are a few things that every guest “must-do” in order to have a true Epcot experience. So if you’re an Epcot rookie, or just a big fan, check out my list of Top 10 Disney World Must Do’s at Epcot.

10. American Adventure-This spectacular audio-animatronic show, which serves as the American Adventure pavilion’s centerpiece, is hosted by Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin and features stirring moments of our nation’s history. The American Adventure features amazing sets and audio-animatronics and is just as good, if not better, than the Magic Kingdom’s Hall of Presidents! It’s definitely a “must do” for any Epcot guest!

9. Ride the Monorail-While guests can enjoy the monorail at the Magic Kingdom or its deluxe resorts, perhaps nowhere else on property does this futuristic form of transportation look more at home than at Epcot! The monorail loop also encircles the park’s icon, Spaceship Earth, for an aerial view of Future World! Also makes great photos like the one above.

8. Living with the Land-This leisurely boat ride floats through scenes that educate guests about the land and how we use it. The highlight of this attraction is a float through the greenhouses where Epcot shows new, innovative ways to produce food and even real Mickey shaped pumpkins and tomatoes!

7. Chat with a World Showcase Cast Member-The Cast Members at the World Showcase pavilions are actually from the countries in which they are working! Not only are they there to help you, but they can also answer any questions you might have about their country and culture. Chatting with a Cast Member and learning about their country is an amazing cultural experience and what Epcot’s World Showcase is all about!

6. Eat a Pastry at Boulangerie Patisserie or Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe-These two bakeries, located at the France and Norway pavilions respectively, are famous at WDW! At these bakeries, you can enjoy treats that are both familiar to our tastes and native to France and Norway. Norway’s School Bread is famous among Disney regulars! You can also snack on sandwiches and other items at these stops as well.

5. The Seas with Nemo and Friends-This pavilion begins with a calm, colorful ride under the sea with characters from Pixar’s Finding Nemo! Towards the end of the ride, you will see Finding Nemo characters swimming in an aquarium with real fish! It’s a really cool effect! Once you exit the ride, you are free to explore the massive aquarium and pavilions showcasing ocean life. It’s a lot of fun for both adults and kids! Don’t forget to stop by and see Crush Talk!

4. World Showcase-This part of Epcot is extremely popular and for good reason! Located around the World Showcase Lagoon, World Showcase consists of different pavilions representing different countries from around the world, as well as their architecture, cuisine, products, and history. It’s like a mini trip around the world in the heart of Disney magic! Don’t forget to Drink around the World Showcase!

3. Test Track-This popular Epcot attraction lets guests experience what it’s like to design and test drive their own car! Your car will go through terrain and brake tests, as well as a high-speed ride outdoors where you will reach 65 mph! Test Track is a blast and is definitely an Epcot “must do!”

2. Soarin’-This attraction is one of Disney’s best and is extremely popular! On Soarin’, you get to experience what it’s like to hanglide over California. You truly feel like you are flying and the scenery on the screen before you is beautiful! Exhilarating yet great for everyone in the family, Soarin’ is sure to be a favorite! Also, at the very end, you even get to fly over Disneyland during the fireworks!

1. Spaceship Earth-This attraction educates guests through history to educate riders about communication. This slow-moving ride featuring scenes and audio-animatronics which really capture the spirit of Epcot and is great way to get off your feet! Wondering why it’s at the top our list? This ride is located inside of Epcot’s giant icon!

The next time you visit Epcot, be sure to enjoy these “must do” activities and attractions; and be sure to share with us if any of these are on your own “must do” list too!

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Top 5 Things to Know When Visiting Disney World during the holidays http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-things-to-know-when-visiting-wdw-at-the-holidays-51616/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-things-to-know-when-visiting-wdw-at-the-holidays-51616/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 01:00:36 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=51616 While Walt Disney World is always a magical place, around the holiday season, the parks and resorts also get a dose of holiday magic too! If you are planning to visit during this festive time of year, there are a few things you need to know. Check out this Top 5 list to find out […]

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While Walt Disney World is always a magical place, around the holiday season, the parks and resorts also get a dose of holiday magic too! If you are planning to visit during this festive time of year, there are a few things you need to know.

Check out this Top 5 list to find out what you need to know for a holiday Disney vacation!

5. Holiday Meals-If you are at Walt Disney World on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day, Disney Resort food courts and certain restaurants through Walt Disney World offer traditional, holiday meals. However, you should be aware that some Disney restaurants, especially buffets and character meals, have higher prices around Christmas and into January.

4. Holiday Festivities-Beginning in November and lasting into January, the Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights! You can experience a Christmas themed parade, fake snow on Main Street, lots of characters, and more! Also, at Hollywood Studios, the Streets of America is decked out completely in lights for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights; and there is a special Candlelight Processional at Epcot. Also, the parks and resorts put up some amazing Christmas decorations! Also, if you are planning on visiting Walt Disney World  for New Years, there’s no better place to be ring in the new year than immersed in Disney magic and watching an amazing Disney firework display!

3. Themed Merchandise-Around the holiday season, Disney offers special, holiday themed merchandise that you can’t find any other time of year! This is a great time of year to do some Disney themed Christmas shopping!

2. Crowds-While this time of year tends to be less crowded than the summer months, particular days throughout this season can be VERY crowded! Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve are extremely crowded;  but if

1. Weather-It’s not always hot! A common misconception is that Central Florida is hot all the time. It can actually get chilly at Walt Disney World, especially during the winter months! It can even get into the forties at times! So when packing your suitcase, keep your shorts and flip-flops at home and think layers and sweatshirts! For more packing tip for this time of year, be sure to read Winter Weather Tips for Your Disney World Vacation: Don’t Leave the Coat at Home.

Are you planning to visit Disney around the holidays? Do you have any tips? Share them with us!

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Top 10 Disney World “Must Do’s” http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-world-must-dos-52756/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-world-must-dos-52756/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:00:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=52756 There is so much to see and do at Walt Disney World that it’s pretty much impossible to experience it all! However, there are a few things that you have to do in order for your Disney World vacation to be complete. Curious? Check out my Top 10 list to find out what they are! […]

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There is so much to see and do at Walt Disney World that it’s pretty much impossible to experience it all! However, there are a few things that you have to do in order for your Disney World vacation to be complete. Curious?

Check out my Top 10 list to find out what they are!

10. Dole Whip-A Dole Whip is a rite of passage for many Disney guests, and a sweet relief from the heat! They can only be found at a few select spots, such as Aloha Isle at the Magic Kingdom, Tamu Tamu Refreshments in the Animal Kingdom, and at Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Resort; and my personal favorite is the Dole Whip Float. This pineapple flavored soft-serve just has to be experienced!

9. World Showcase-Epcot has lots for guests to see and experience; but every guest MUST spend some time at this park’s World Showcase. This part of the park offers various pavilions representing different countries from all over the world. In an afternoon, you can visit little pieces of different nations and experience their culture, history, architecture, products, and food!

8. Kilimanjaro Safaris-This Animal Kingdom attraction offers one of the coolest experiences at WDW, a realistic African safari! You will board a safari vehicle and drive through areas which truly look and feel like the African savanna. Here you will encounter crocodiles, hippos, elephants, lions, giraffes, and much more. Young and old will enjoy!

7. Wear Mouse Ears-Every guest who visits WDW must don their own pair of iconic Mouse Ears and sport them through the Disney parks. It’s part of the Disney experience! So be sure to get your own personalized ears and stroll proudly down Main Street U.S.A. because everyone is a kid again at WDW!

6. Character Meal-Characters are a huge part of the magic at WDW; and one of the best ways to meet and interact with characters is at a Disney character meal. At certain restaurants at the parks and resorts, you can enjoy a meal while several Disney characters stop by to sign autographs and take pictures!

5. Tower of Terror-This attraction is one of the most famous of all the attractions at WDW, and is one of the best examples of Disney’s incredible imagineering. This traditional drop ride transports guests into an episode of the Twilight Zone television series; and not only is it fun, it’s definitely a memorable experience!

4. Mickey Premium Bar-This sweet, delicious treat is an ice cream bar covered in chocolate in the shape of Mickey Mouse! Every guest should take a break from pounding the pavement and enjoy this tasty, Mickey treat.

3. Parade-Everyone enjoys a good parade; and Disney takes them to a whole new level! Each Disney theme park, except for Epcot, has its own parade; and the Magic Kingdom has two! The Magic Kingdom’s nighttime parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade, is especially unique in that the floats and characters are covered in lights! Every guest should catch a Disney parade on their vacation!

2. Pirates of the Caribbean-Yo Ho, Yo Ho! This classic Disney attraction has been entertaining Disney guests for generations and still is incredibly popular. It also inspired the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean film series; and you can even see Captain Jack Sparrow popping up in the attraction these days! This ride offers both adventure and comedy and is enjoyable for all ages! You have yet to see all of Disney’s best without a trip on Pirates of the Caribbean!

1. Wishes-Disney is famous for their fireworks, and the most magical display can be found nightly above the Magic Kingdom! Wishes features some amazing fireworks coupled with a touching soundtrack and Disney songs and lighting tricks projected on Cinderella Castle. This show is narrated by Jiminy Cricket who tells guests about the power of wishes and dreams; but evil Disney villains try to turn those dreams into nightmares! However, good always triumphs over evil; and you will be touched, wowed, and charmed by this fireworks show! Also, early in the show, keep your eyes up to see Tinkerbell flying  down from the castle!

What do you think every guest should do on a Disney Vacation? Are any of these on your to-do list? Let us know!

 

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Top 10 Ways to Know If You’re an Disney Addict: Part 2 http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-ways-extreme-disney-fan-part-2-97816/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-ways-extreme-disney-fan-part-2-97816/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 12:30:48 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=97816 Chances are that if you are like myself and the other writers here at Chip and Co., you are a Disney Addict. We have yet to find a cure, but the symptoms of this condition are rather obvious. Most likely your own friends and family have pointed them out to you or questioned your sanity […]

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Chances are that if you are like myself and the other writers here at Chip and Co., you are a Disney Addict. We have yet to find a cure, but the symptoms of this condition are rather obvious. Most likely your own friends and family have pointed them out to you or questioned your sanity a time or two. If you missed Part 1 of 2 click here to see the initial symptoms of this addiction.

Here are more ways to know if you’re a Disney Addict…

1. You can navigate the Disney parks better than you can your own hometown.

2. You are known to randomly break into a Disney song without warning.

3. Visits to other theme parks are just disappointing. Sorry Universal 😉

4. The only Spanish you know is “Por Favor Mantenganse Alejado de las Puertas.”

5. You go to the movies to a see a Disney movie…without kids.

6. You listen to a Disney soundtrack on a regular basis.

7. You need another Christmas tree just for your Disney ornaments.

8. All of your past Christmas cards were taken by a PhotoPass photographer.

9. Your backup plan in life is to become a Jungle Cruise Captain.

10. “You know a man with a wooden leg named Smith!”

Have you shown any of these symptoms? If so, you are probably a Disney Addict so be sure to comment below and share with others who share your condition.

Be sure to drop by our Disney Addict group and tell us more about your Disney Addiction…

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Top 10 Ways to Know If You’re an Disney Addict http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-ways-extreme-disney-fan-97815/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-ways-extreme-disney-fan-97815/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 13:30:26 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=97815 Chances are that if you are like myself and the other writers here at Chip and Co., you are a Disney Addict. We have yet to find a cure, but the symptoms of this condition are rather obvious. Most likely your own friends and family have pointed them out to you or questioned your sanity time or […]

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Chances are that if you are like myself and the other writers here at Chip and Co., you are a Disney Addict. We have yet to find a cure, but the symptoms of this condition are rather obvious. Most likely your own friends and family have pointed them out to you or questioned your sanity time or two. Still not sure? Check out my Top 10 Ways to Know If You’re an Disney Addict.

1. You refer to your own meals as quick service or table service meals.

2. You sing the theme to Wishes when watching  fireworks display.

3. You ask your family members at least once a day, “Where would we be right now if we were at Disney?”

4. You get excited when you drive past an airport and wish it had a Magical Express to take you home. 

5. You hum the Twilight Zone theme when you board an elevator and look for the 13th floor.

6. You watch the free Disney planning DVD’s just for fun.

7. You find hidden Mickeys everywhere!

8. No one asks you anymore about where you’re going on vacation.

9. You quote lines from Disney films in everyday conversation.

10. You name your pets after Disney characters.

Have you shown any of these symptoms? If so, you are probably an extreme Disney fan so be sure to comment below and share with others who share your condition.

Be sure to drop by our Disney Addict Facebook Group and share your Disney Addiction!

 

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Top 5 Ways to Experience Disney World Like a VIP http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-ways-experience-disney-world-vip-104537/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-ways-experience-disney-world-vip-104537/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 16:00:05 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=104537 Tired of the crowds and long lines? Ever wish you can experience Walt Disney World like a VIP? You can! I’ve got five ways for how you can experience some special treatment at WDW; but let’s just keep this between us, okay? 5. Go When Crowds are Low-Many Disney regulars will tell you that the […]

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Tired of the crowds and long lines? Ever wish you can experience Walt Disney World like a VIP? You can! I’ve got five ways for how you can experience some special treatment at WDW; but let’s just keep this between us, okay?

5. Go When Crowds are Low-Many Disney regulars will tell you that the best, and sometimes only, time to visit Walt Disney World is when the crowd levels are low, such as mid-January to Spring Break, post-Spring Break to June, and after school starts to about the second week of December. During these times, the lines are almost non-existent, you find yourself with more time and less stress, and it’s a great feeling not to shuffle through crowds. You really do feel like a VIP!  However, many families don’t have the flexibility of being able to travel at the low attendance times; and if you’re one of them, you can still experience what it’s like to have a non-crowded, almost private park! How? For one, I suggest arriving before rope drop at the parks. The parks usually don’t get crowded until an hour or two after opening; and the first hours of the day offer extra experiences and little to no waits. You can also tour the parks at night during one of the fireworks displays and parades. Lines and crowds are fewer because guests are all on Main Street or on the curb waiting for the show! Lastly, if you’re a Disney Resort guest, take advantage of Extra Magic Hours! These are reserved only for Disney Resorts guests and let you get in the parks earlier or stay later.

4. Stay Late-Many Disney guests tend to leave the parks after the fireworks or Illuminations or Fantasmic. Don’t be one of them! Disney will actually let you on an attraction up until the last minute before closing! With this little secret, you may get the chance to be the only one on your favorite ride! So don’t run for the bus, hang back and enjoy the park as it empties to do some shopping and riding, just like a VIP!

3. Stay at a DVC Villa-Many of Deluxe Disney Resorts have a wing for Disney Vacation Club rooms. These rooms come in a variety of sizes, ranging from one room studios to three-bedroom rooms with full kitchens! Not a Disney Vacation Club member? No problem! Disney will let you stay at a villa if they’re not full, or you can even rent points from other DVC owners (just make sure you’re careful about who you rent from!) Staying at a DVC Villa not only gives you the Deluxe experience, but also lets you feel like you’re at home or in a suite like a VIP with your own kitchen, amenities, extra rooms, and more all in a special section of the resort, but with all of the bonuses that Deluxe Disney guests always enjoy! I suggest renting from David’s Vacation Club Rentals!

2. Early Morning Dining Reservation-This is one of my favorite Disney secrets! If you want to experience what it’s like to have the Magic Kingdom all to yourself, book a breakfast reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table or the Crystal Palace before the park opens, the earlier the better. There is a special turnstile at the Magic Kingdom entrance for guests who have these early reservations; and once you’re inside, you find that Main Street U.S.A. is completely empty and all to yourself! It’s truly magical to walk towards the castle without any crowds or strollers in your way; and it’s especially magical to snap those rare perfect shots of Cinderella Castle and the Partners Statue before checking in at your restaurant. If you do finish your meal before park opening, head out into the park! The lands are roped off until the park opens, so you can’t get any early rides, but you can be first to enter the land, and possibly attraction, of your choice!

1. Take a Tour-To really feel like a VIP, and to experience the parks in a special, exclusive way, take one of WDW’s many tours! Most of the tours offer behind-the-scenes experiences to see how Disney makes the magic; and some even give you special rides on some of Disney’s classic attractions! It’s awesome and you really feel like a celebrity. You may even get a special souvenir to commemorate your trip too, but you didn’t hear that from me… One of my favorites is Keys to the Kingdom Tour at the Magic Kingdom. It’s affordable and even gives you a glimpse of the famed Utilidors, the tunnels and workspaces under the park that only Cast Members get to see!

Have you ever taken a Disney Tour? Which one was your favorite? Would you like to experience WDW like a celebrity or VIP?

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Top 10 Things Disney World Rookies Must Do’s http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-rookies-dos-97992/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-rookies-dos-97992/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:30:42 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=97992 Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Is it your first time? Don’t worry, we have your back! We know that planning your vacation and your days at the parks can seem like quite an undertaking considering the massive amount of things to do and see; but that’s part of what makes Disney World great […]

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Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Is it your first time? Don’t worry, we have your back! We know that planning your vacation and your days at the parks can seem like quite an undertaking considering the massive amount of things to do and see; but that’s part of what makes Disney World great because you will never get bored and there’s always a reason to come back!

But what do you do with all of those options? What should you not miss on your first trip? What if you miss out?

Stress no more! Just sit back and relax while I list the top 10 things Disney Rookies shouldn’t miss during their magical Disney Vacation!

10. Monorail-Disney World’s has its own unique transportation system, a sleek, elevated train that transports guests to and from select Disney Resorts to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom! This mode of transportation is so iconic, and even fun, that Disney fans sometimes ride it just for fun! For the complete Disney experience, and especially if you have kids, the monorail is a must for Disney Rookies! Try this Monorail Tour.

9. Deluxe Resorts-Disney’s most luxurious resorts are magical experiences within themselves and they can be enjoyed by guests who may be staying elsewhere! Each resort has its own theme and features restaurants, shops, hundreds of details, cool pools, and gorgeous views and landscaping. Visiting Disney resorts is actually called “resort hopping,” and it’s a relaxing way to take a break during the heat of the day or to avoid the crowds.

8. Unique Treats-Food at Disney is also an experience, especially when it comes to sweet treats! Disney World has become famous for a few of their yummy snacks; and with all of these options, Disney Rookies should definitely not settle for the generic theme park hot dogs and cotton candy. What kind of unique treats are we talking about? We recommend the iconic Mickey Premium Bar, Dole Whips, a variety of creative cupcakes, cultural sweets from Epcot, and more!

7. Main Street USA-This part of the Magic Kingdom serves as the park’s entryway and is full of old fashioned charm, Disney history, great shopping, dining, and the best view of Cinderella Castle! Looking to browse, enjoy the Disney quality, and grab a snack, Main Street USA is definitely the place and it’s absolutely gorgeous lit up at night!

6. Thrill Rides-Disney Rookies may be under the impression that Disney World is full of kiddie rides, but they are definitely wrong! Disney World has many high adrenaline thrill rides that not only make guests scream, but also immerse you into a story and are some of the best attractions on property. Disney Rookies, be sure to check out Tower of Terror, Splash Mountain, Rock n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, Star Tours, and Space Mountain!

5. Enjoy a Character Meal-Character Meals are typically buffets at the Disney parks and resorts where Disney characters drop by your table for some one-on-one time! While opinions vary on which character meal to visit, or whether they are worth it, we think at least one is must-do for Disney Rookies, especially if you have kids! It’s a great way to meet characters without waiting in line in the sun for a few seconds of character interaction. Which character meals are best? I recommend the Crystal Palace, Akershus Storybook Dining, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and ‘Ohana!

4. Kilimanjaro Safaris-This Animal Kingdom attraction is not only a big crowd pleaser, it’s also an awesome experience! This ride lets guests ride in a safari vehicle through acres and acres of what truly looks like an authentic African savanna where real, African wildlife roam freely! It’s about the closest you can get to a real African safari and it’s an awesome chance to see animals out and about as they would be in the wild! It’s also a ride that every member of the family can enjoy, young or old. So Disney Rookies, don’t miss this!

3. World Showcase-This section of Epcot offers pavilions representing eleven different nations from around the world and features their architecture, history, culture, traditions, merchandise, and dining! Even the Cast Members who work in each of these pavilions are actually natives from those countries and are willing to share their knowledge with you. World Showcase offers some of the best dining on property and can be browsed and enjoyed at your own pace without waiting in lines as you can come and go and see as you please. It’s also one of the best places to do some unique souvenir shopping.

2. Soarin’-This attraction is arguably one of the best on property and shouldn’t be missed because everyone can enjoy it! Soarin’ is about as close as a guest can get to flying, but provides plenty of security for those who don’t prefer thrills. On this attraction, you sit on a bench seat along with other guests and are lifted towards a bowl shaped screen. When the film begins, showing a variety of landscapes from scenic California, you feel like you are flying right over them, even to the point of smelling oranges from the California orange groves and feeling a gentle spray from the ocean! This attraction simply has to be experienced and is one of Disney’s best!

1. Epcot & Hollywood Studios-Pretty much everyone going to WDW knows  visit the Magic Kingdom, but many visitors don’t bother visiting Epcot or Hollywood Studios! While I like Animal Kingdom, these two parks feature some of the best Disney attractions, restaurants, and offer different views of the magic of Disney. So Disney Rookies, while you definitely shouldn’t miss the Magic Kingdom, don’t count out these other two, fantastic parks for some of the best of the best of Disney!

So are these on your Disney to-do list? Do you think these are definite must-dos for first time guests? Disney Rookies, do you feel any more at ease? Be sure to let me know!

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Top 10 Ways Walt Disney World Has Spoiled Me http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-ways-walt-disney-world-spoiled-96613/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-ways-walt-disney-world-spoiled-96613/#comments Sun, 15 Dec 2013 01:30:08 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=96613 Walt Disney World is an escape from reality, my own personal Neverland if you will; and ever since my first visit, the real world and other vacations I have taken have failed to measure up! To put it simply, Walt Disney World has spoiled me! How? Read for yourself my top 10 ways and maybe you […]

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Walt Disney World is an escape from reality, my own personal Neverland if you will; and ever since my first visit, the real world and other vacations I have taken have failed to measure up! To put it simply, Walt Disney World has spoiled me! How? Read for yourself my top 10 ways and maybe you will find that you’ve been spoiled too!

10. Permission to Behave Like My Kids-Disney World has taught me that skipping, screaming, pointing, and wearing Mouse Ears is perfectly acceptable no matter age you are. Seriously, no one bats an eye if they see a middle-aged businessman wearing a hat and dreadlocks like Captain Jack Sparrow at the Magic Kingdom; but back in the real world, I’ve discovered that such behavior is frowned upon. Weird, right? Yeah, I don’t get it either.

9. Christmas Lights-If you have ever been to WDW around Christmas, you know what I’m talking about here! This is especially true if you have witnessed the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This is seriously one of the best lighting displays ever which has been synchronized to music and features artificial, falling snow! Ever since I saw this awesome holiday display for myself, any other Christmas lights display I’ve seen since simply hasn’t compared.

8. Parades-Can any parade compete with a Disney parade? I don’t think so. Disney parades are full of details and Disney characters and creative technology and much more; and don’t even get me started about the Magic Kingdom’s nighttime parade, like Spectromagic or Main Street Electrical Parade! So after you see you’re first Disney parade, don’t even bother getting excited for any others. This is exactly why I keep the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade saved on my DVR!

7. Disney Dining Plan-I’m a huge fan of the Disney Dining Plan for two reasons. The first is that I really like to eat; and the second is that I like the feel of all-inclusive vacation. When I have the dining plan, I don’t have to worry about prices or counting cash, I just give them my card and it’s all taken care of! I also like the fact that I can take full advantage of the plan by dining at some of Disney’s best and most expensive restaurants that I normally would never do if I didn’t have the plan! So after a week at WDW using this easy and cost-efficient service, I find myself frustrated by having to count change or getting strange stares when I refer to fast food chains as counter service restaurants!

6. FastPasses+-Why can’t we have FastPasses+ in the real world? Is it too much to ask for my spot to be saved in line while I go do some shopping or grab a snack or something? Can you imagine how much easier Black Friday would be? So yeah, FastPasses+, one of Disney’s best creations, has definitely spoiled me. Waiting? What’s that?

5. Z00s-So before Animal Kingdom, I thought zoos were pretty awesome; but now, not so much. Staring at animals through bars and fencing just isn’t the same as getting to ride in a safari vehicle through an African habitat, you know what I mean? Also, if you ask people at zoos if they saw the Yeti, they won’t get it. Bummer.

4. Hotels-WDW hotel are seriously awesome! I mean, you can pick what type of vacation you want with your hotel choice! For example, are you looking for a seaside getaway, try Yacht and Beach Club? A Hawaiian vacation? Visit the Polynesian! How about an adventurous trip to Africa? Animal Kingdom Lodge has you covered complete with guaranteed views of African wildlife. Why, even if you want to go camping, you can at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground! Plus, what other hotels leave Mickey-shaped towels on your bed or hide Hidden Mickeys in your carpet and bedspreads? Or where else can you wake up to a view of the Magic Kingdom? Exactly. No matter how many Mickey soaps and shampoos you bring to those other hotels, there is simply no comparison.

3. Details-Disney specializes in the details in everything they do, from design to entertainment to service. Everywhere you look, there is something new to see or some extra magic to discover. I think anyone who is been to Disney can agree that detail element is definitely missed in everyday life or at other theme parks and resorts.

2. Fireworks-Okay, this is an area where I have most definitely been spoiled. Disney fireworks are just insane; and there is usually a fireworks display every night at WDW! Then, if you’ve ever seen their holiday firework displays, such as those for the Fourth of July or New Years, you know that they are at a whole other level. But let me warn you, once you’ve seen Disney fireworks, your town’s yearly Fourth of July display will never be the same in your eyes.

1. Theme Parks-So this is an obvious one, but it’s so true! Disney World Theme Parks are clean, offer the best technology, and immerse you in other worlds. Unlike other theme parks, you don’t see the boring wires and buttons and construction from behind the scenes, there is no cardboard or plywood, there is only the worlds you see in your favorite films come to life. So yeah, just try to go to Six Flags after you’ve been to Disney, we bet you will feel the same.

As you can see, I’ve definitely been spoiled by Walt Disney World; but I definitely don’t see this is as a bad thing! I just like to think that I’ve seen and experienced the best of the best; and that’s why I keep going back! I bet you and countless others feel the same way. Do you? Well go ahead and let me know! I always enjoy hearing from you!

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Top 5 Most Difficult Restaurants to Advanced Dining Reservations at Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-difficult-restaurants-advanced-dining-reservations-disney-world-176333/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-difficult-restaurants-advanced-dining-reservations-disney-world-176333/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:15:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=176333 Walt Disney World is home to dozens upon dozens of themed restaurants offering delicious menus, picturesque locations, and even your favorite characters! You can drop by a restaurant while at the parks or the resorts; but to make sure you are guaranteed a seat, you can make Advanced Dining Reservations by phone or online. However, […]

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Walt Disney World is home to dozens upon dozens of themed restaurants offering delicious menus, picturesque locations, and even your favorite characters! You can drop by a restaurant while at the parks or the resorts; but to make sure you are guaranteed a seat, you can make Advanced Dining Reservations by phone or online. However, reservations aren’t always easy to get when it comes to a few select restaurants. These dining spots feature some of the best theming and locations on property, as well as dishes and desserts! Find out what I think are the Top 5 Most Difficult Restaurants to Get Reservations for at WDW so you can plan ahead in advance!

5. Chef Mickey’s – Located in the lobby of the Contemporary Resort, this family-friendly restaurant features a spectacular buffet to suit all your tastes and cravings, as well as visits from Goofy, Donald, Pluto, Minnie, and Mickey! Because you really can’t go wrong at this restaurant, it’s very popular with guests and tables go quickly. Be sure to get a reservation as soon as you can to guarantee you and your family this fun dining experience.

4. ‘Ohana – ‘Ohana means family; and the ‘Ohana restaurant at the Polynesian resort, that’s exactly what you are! This restaurant offers two dining experiences, breakfast and dinner. At breakfast, you are treated to breakfast platters with a Hawaiian twist while Lilo and Stitch and a few other friends drop by to visit. Then, at dinner, you will feast on Polynesian style dishes, as well as yummy meat skewers right out of the fire, while the kids participate in some fun, tropical games! Late diners may even see Wishes being displayed over Cinderella Castle from across the lake at the Magic Kingdom!

3. Le Cellier – Epcot’s World Showcase is my personal go-to park for a great meal because there are so many restaurants to choose from and it’s all so good! Plus, the international experience is a lot of fun too! Out of all the fabulous World Showcase restaurants, my personal favorite is Le Cellier at the Canada pavilion. Tucked hidden away, and in what looks like an old wine cellar, there isn’t much seating. However, the food is some of the best I’ve had on Disney property, particularly the Filet Mignon with Mushroom Risotto! Also, you’ve gotta try their Pretzel Bread, as well as their Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup. For years, Le Cellier has notoriously difficult to get reservations for, so be sure to snatch up a reservation as soon as you now you’re going to WDW!

2. Cinderella’s Royal Table – This restaurant has the BEST location in all of WDW as it can be found inside of Cinderella’s Castle with a view of Fantasyland! Yes, this restaurant lets you dine inside of a fairytale beginning with a visit from Cinderella and then visits from other royal princesses while you dine either at breakfast, lunch, or dinner! The setting, details, dishes, as well as a few special treats, make Cinderella’s Royal Table a VERY popular dining destination, especially for birthdays, engagements, and other special occasions. We recommend booking a reservation here as soon as absolutely possible!

1. Be Our Guest – The Magic Kingdom’s newest restaurant, Be Our Guest, is housed inside of the Beast’s enchanted castle from the classic Disney film, Beauty and the Beast! This restaurant features three unique dining rooms with their own unique experiences. My personal favorites are the West Wing, with the torn décor, lightning effects, and wilting rose, and the famous ballroom. The ballroom truly looks as if it came straight out of the film, complete with the massive gold chandeliers and the tall windows where you can watch snow fall outside! Now Be Our Guest is a Disney first in that it’s a quick service restaurant for lunch, but turns into a table service restaurant for dinner; and dinner reservations are next to impossible to get right now! My advice? Wait in line to eat here at lunch, or book a reservation the first day you can which would be 180 days out from your trip.

So just because these restaurants are popular and typically booked, that doesn’t mean you still can’t get in! While I can’t guarantee anything, I do have a few tips:

1. Keep Checking! Guests cancel reservations all the time, and if you keep checking, you may snatch that one open reservation.

2. Book Online! While you can book a reservation over the phone, I prefer to book online. Why? I can check all available times for the days I want without having to go through someone else. I can also check and book anytime I wish, giving me a greater chance of landing an opening.

3. Check a Few Hours Ahead! If you still haven’t grabbed that reservation when you arrive at WDW, don’t despair! Many guests tend to cancel their reservations when on vacation as things come up and change and so on. Therefore, I would suggest checking for an open reservation for the restaurant of your choice a few hours in advance of your desired mealtime. You never know what might be available!

4. Take Advantage of Bad Weather! Stormy weather is usually a bad thing at WDW, but not if you’re hungry! The parks tend to empty when the weather turns nasty, meaning many guests may not show up for their reservation. However, the opposite is true of resort restaurants. They tend to fill up even more as guests prefer to stay in on gray days.

Are any of these Top 5 Restaurants your favorites? Do you have any suggestions for how to get in?

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Top 10 Favorite Disney Ride Vehicles at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-favorite-disney-ride-vehicles-walt-disney-world-173911/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-favorite-disney-ride-vehicles-walt-disney-world-173911/#comments Sun, 20 Oct 2013 21:45:52 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=173911 Disney rides and attractions are meant to transport you into your favorite Disney film, to a different place in time, or to the African Savanna or even under the sea! But how do they take you from the long, snaking lines and actually into these stories and experiences? By their ride vehicles of course! But not all ride […]

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Disney rides and attractions are meant to transport you into your favorite Disney film, to a different place in time, or to the African Savanna or even under the sea! But how do they take you from the long, snaking lines and actually into these stories and experiences? By their ride vehicles of course! But not all ride vehicles are created equal, and some play a huge part in the story the Imagineers are trying to tell, or even become icons of the rides themselves! Ride Vehicles range from bouncing honey pots and spinning tea cups to hang gliders and falling elevators! That’s why today I’m sharing with you my Top 10 Favorite Ride Vehicles!

10. Dumbo-This attraction is a Disney icon and childhood rite of passage! Dumbo, of course, has to make my list because where else would you get to ride an elephant, especially one that flies?

9. Soarin’ Hang Gliders-So when you first hear that Soarin’ is about hang gliding over California, you naturally begin to wonder just how are the Imagineers gonna pull this one off. The answer is the Soarin’ Hang Gliders consisting of rows of long bench seats with awnings overhead which are lifted up towards a massive bowl screen to let you experience what it’s like to soar! (while sitting down, that is!) These vehicles gently tilt and tip, making you feel as if you really are flying! It’s exhilarating, but yet calm and soothing. No wonder it’s so popular!

8. Pirates of the Caribbean Boats-I really like the spacious, roomy boats on Pirates of the Caribbean. Although, to be honest, there are very few things that I don’t like about this ride! I like how the boats set you close to the water, and how easy it is to see the scenery, and I especially like having a whole boat to myself when I ride near closing time! There has been a lot of news about the refurbished boats, as they have been getting guests wet; but despite that, there’s no better way to enjoy this classic ride than in a roomy boat floating past those classic pirate scenes!

7. Splash Mountain Log-For this Southern style ride, you hop aboard a log to float in and out of Chickapin Hill before being sent sliding down into the Briar Patch! Also, be sure to look at the front of the log to see a small Brer Rabbit too, the hero of this tale!

6. Rock n’ Roller Coaster Limo-A super-stretch limo is what it really is!  Yes, the ride vehicle for this adrenaline-packed, rockin’ ride is a limousine; and if that wasn’t cool enough, each seat has high-tech speakers! So yeah, it definitely makes this list.

5. Kilimanjaro Safaris Vehicle-Once you hop aboard this safari truck, you may forget that you’re in Central Florida! Disney really did an amazing job with this attraction. It’s about as realistic as a safari can get without actually being in Africa. The safari vehicles themselves are detailed, with gear packed onto the side, and they even have wildlife guides displayed inside to help you name and identify the animals you find all around you! No need to strategize about which side of the vehicle to sit as both sides offer close-up views of the animals!

4. Spinning Tea Cups-One of the most original ride vehicles ever, Fantasyland’s Mad Tea Party lets you board giant teacups that spin! This ride is simple, silly fun, a classic Disney attraction, and somewhat of an icon!

3. Jungle Cruise Boats-These vintage, detailed boats are unique in that they offer seating all the way around and feature a Cast Member/Jungle Cruise Captain at the helm. These captains are there to safely navigate you through the world’s waterways, as well as to crack some corny, classic jokes that are as much of a part of this ride as the audio-animatronic wildlife! The Jungle Cruise boats also sport some chuckle-worth names too, such as Senegal Sal, Nile Nellie, and Congo Connie!

2. Tower of Terror Elevators-The Tower of Terror elevators are the centerpiece of this attraction’s story and they are pretty high-tech too! I mean, these elevators not only move up and down, but also horizontal, and are dropped in random sequences that you can’t predict all while keeping you safe!

1. Peter Pan’s Flight Pirate Ships-I’ve always had a soft spot for Peter Pan’s Flight. It was, after all, my favorite Disney World attraction as a kid; and you can’t deny its impressive history as an opening day attraction. What sets Peter Pan’s Flight apart from the rest is its pirate ship ride vehicle. Unlike boats or vehicles on ground tracks, Peter Pan’s Flight’s pirate ships run on a track hanging from the ceiling which dip and tilt and gently swing you through the Darling children’s nursery, over London, and then over and around Neverland! The flight over a tiny, realistic London still gets me excited even today. I guess this is why this attraction still fills the lines, it’s simply timeless!

So what’s your favorite Disney World rive vehicle? Did I leave any out?

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Top 10 Things That “Should” Be Disney Souvenirs http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-souvenirs-161161/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-souvenirs-161161/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:45:38 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=161161 I don’t know about you, but souvenir shopping is one of my favorite things to do at Walt Disney World. But sometimes when I’m browsing the shelves I get to wishing that maybe Disney could sell a few things that they have in their magical films or that they use in the parks! Like what? […]

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I don’t know about you, but souvenir shopping is one of my favorite things to do at Walt Disney World. But sometimes when I’m browsing the shelves I get to wishing that maybe Disney could sell a few things that they have in their magical films or that they use in the parks! Like what? Well, just take a look at my Top 10 Things That “Should” be Disney Souvenirs!

10. Umbrellas from Pixar’s The Blue Umbrella short-Can Pixar be any sweeter or more amazing? There shorts never fail to pull at the heartstrings and leave us in awe. But wouldn’t it be great to have red and blue couples umbrellas at WDW? That would be so cute for Disney engagements or wedding pics, don’t you think?

9. POG/Jungle Juice-If you have ever had this refreshing juice at ‘Ohana or Tusker House, you know how deliciously amazing it is, as well as how addicting it can be! What is it? It’s a combination of pineapple, orange, and guava juice and is known by several names around the Disney property, mainly POG Juice at ‘Ohana and Jungle Juice at Tusker House. Seriously, Disney needs to bottle this stuff so we can bring some home with us! However, if you are at Animal Kingdom, but don’t have a reservation for Tusker House, you can now grab a cup of this tropical juice for yourself at the Harambe Popcorn Stand!

8. Jack’s Compass-Yes, I know it doesn’t point North; but I think the Pirates of the Caribbean films have shown that thing is pretty valuable! Why? Because it points to the thing you want most. This could make everyday life a whole lot simpler. How? Trying to decide whether to have a piece of pie or a piece cake? No problem. You have the compass. Splash Mountain or Space Mountain? Check the compass! You see?

7. Mary Poppins’ Carpet Bag-Everyone’s favorite English nanny mastered the art of packing for flights with her signature carpet bag that could constitute as a carry-on, but also can hold everything from shoes to furniture! If this bag was a Disney souvenir, it would really help us fans out with all of those airline luggage requirements!

6. Disney Princess Hair Products-Those princesses are doing something right when it comes to their hair. Think about it. Ariel’s hair never frizzes or succumbs to the all the moisture, Jasmine’s hair never looks windblown on magic carpet rides, and even Mulan can shop off her hair with a sword and it stills look great! So obviously, they have invested in some pretty impressive hair products that, if Disney would sell at their resort gift shops, would make every girl’s life a whole lot easier!

5. Disney Resort Bed Spreads-There’s a style for almost every tasted and they contain Hidden Mickeys and sometimes even characters! Who wouldn’t want one? I’m thinking of the bedspreads from the Port Orleans Riverside’s Royal Rooms which contain crowns from the different princesses, or maybe the bedspread covered in pirate treasure from the Pirate Rooms at Caribbean Beach?

4. Dole Whips-Why there isn’t a Dole Whip stand on every street corner is just wrong in itself! Disney needs to sell Dole Whip mix or it frozen or something so I wouldn’t have to suffer cravings of this delicious, tropical treat whenever I’m far from Disney World.

3. FastPasses-Another great Disney World souvenir would be passes for the everyday stuff in life, like for when you’re in line at the bank or for Black Friday shopping or maybe for my next Disney World vacation?

2. Droids-I know you can already build-your-own Droid at Tatooine Traders and Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney; but wouldn’t it be great if you had your own “real” droid? C-3po would be really helpful when I need to read those directions that are only written in a foreign language, and R2-D2 would be great for whenever I have car trouble. He’s like a GPS and a mechanic in one cute package!

1. Pixie Dust-Wouldn’t be awesome if we could bottle Tink’s dust and have it stocked on the shelves of the Disney Store? Pixie Dust would not only be a great souvenir, but useful too! I mean, think of all the money we could save on airfare!

So these are my 10 things that I think “should” be Disney Souvenirs! What do you think?

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Top 10 Best Disney World Tips for the Best Vacation EVER! http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-world-tips-vacation-163717/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-world-tips-vacation-163717/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:45:12 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=163717 Everyone can use a good tip or two, right? I’m always eager to hear some new Disney World Tips; and so today, I thought I would share a few of my favorite tips that I’ve gathered from my trips to Walt Disney World. Enjoy! 10. Water Shoes-If you’re planning on visiting Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, […]

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Everyone can use a good tip or two, right? I’m always eager to hear some new Disney World Tips; and so today, I thought I would share a few of my favorite tips that I’ve gathered from my trips to Walt Disney World. Enjoy!

10. Water Shoes-If you’re planning on visiting Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, water shoes are a must! The pavement is usually blistering hot and can be very painful when going from one slide to another or waiting your turn in line. For a more enjoyable experience, definitely invest in some water shoes.

9. Always ride Peter Pan’s Flight, Toy Story Midway Mania, Test Track, and Soarin’ Early-If you want a chance to ride these popular attractions without waiting  a long, long time, head to these attractions first thing in the morning, preferably right after the park opens. If you can, grab a FastPass too so you can enjoy them again later.

8. Meet Lilo and Stitch at Typhoon Lagoon-Did you know that there are some characters you can meet at the water parks? At Typhoon Lagoon, you can meet up with Lilo and Stitch and there’s rarely ever a long line.

7. The Magic of Disney Animation-This attraction is located at the rear of the Animation Courtyard and offers a cute show about Disney animation. The really great part comes after the show, where you enter a large indoor area to play interactive games, take a great art class, and check out several character meet and greets at your own pace! This area is air conditioned, indoors, and also offers quite a bit of seating. It’s a great place to escape the rain, to rest, and to let kids run free. If you don’t want to see the show, just enter through the door at the back of the attached art store.

6. Liberty Tree Tavern Décor-One of our favorite Magic Kingdom restaurants is Liberty Tree Tavern, a colonial style restaurant that serves up hearty, American dishes such as the Pilgrim’s Platter and their famous Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake! Many guests don’t realize that each room of the restaurant is themed after an early American hero, such as John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, and more. It’s fun to try to figure out which room you are seated in, as well as expose the kids to a little history lesson in a fun way!

5. Use the International Gateway-Found between the France and United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase is the International Gateway, a small entrance/exit to the park. Once you pass through this gateway, you can board a small ferry boat, or take a walking path, and visit the Yacht and Beach Club, the Boardwalk, Swan and Dolphin, and then Hollywood Studios. This extra gateway can save you some transportation time, as well as provide easy access to the Epcot Resorts and the entertaining Boardwalk.

4. Use the Quiet Pools-Most Disney Resorts have a quiet pool in addition to their main pool. Since most guests, and especially kids, head towards the main, themed pools, you can often have a pool to yourself with this alternative option. Value Resorts don’t offer quiet pools, but they typically have more than one. I suggest heading towards the smaller pools to avoid crowds, such as the Bowling Pin pool at Pop Century or the Little Mermaid pool at the Art of Animation.

3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Night-One of my favorite ways to enjoy Wishes is while riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The lofty view is amazing and makes you feel closer to the colorful display; and if that’s not all, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad feels faster and is like a different experience at night. Trust me, you won’t forget this wildest ride in the wilderness under the fireworks!

2. Do the Opposite of Extra Magic Hours-Do you usually take advantage of extra magic hours? While they’re great in some ways, it can be a good idea to skip them and visit that park the next day. For example, if the Magic Kingdom has extra magic hours on Monday, go somewhere else that night and then go to the Magic Kingdom on Tuesday. Why? Crowds tend to flock to the park with the extra hours. Therefore, if you go on Tuesday, the crowd levels should be low because everyone was there the night before!

1. Movie Under the Stars-Most Disney Resorts offer this great experience, a Disney movie outdoors on the resort grounds! Your resort will have this experience listed in their schedule and will set up a large screen either on the beach or in a open area. Bring a beach blanket, some snacks, and relax! The best part? This experience is free!

Do you have any Disney World tips to share?

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Top 10 Best Things About Disney in the ’70s http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-70s-161158/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-70s-161158/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:45:38 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=161158 Since I have already shared the Top 10 Best Things About Disney in the 90s and 80s, I thought we would continue our journey down memory lane with a groovy look at Disney back in 70s! This decade was full of openings and additions and was the first decade without Walt. Needless to say, it was […]

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Since I have already shared the Top 10 Best Things About Disney in the 90s and 80s, I thought we would continue our journey down memory lane with a groovy look at Disney back in 70s! This decade was full of openings and additions and was the first decade without Walt. Needless to say, it was crucial, but also exciting for Disney fans! So go ahead and take a look at my Top 10 Best Things About Disney in the 70s!

10. River Country-In 1976, Disney opened their very first water park! River Country boasted a rustic, old fashioned swimming hole theme and featured rock slides and rope swings and the like. If you were visiting Walt Disney World in the 70s, you were surely excited about Disney’s first stab at a water park, as well as having a new way to cool off in the Florida heat!

9. Epcot Construction-Disney broke ground on Walt’s last vision, EPCOT, in 1979. Many Disney fans from this era would remember watching Walt share his plans and vision for EPCOT; but once he passed away, there was no one to turn his unique plan into reality. If you were a Disney fan in the 70s, you were surely curious, as well as excited, to see what another Disney park would be like and what new magic you would discover in the coming years!

8. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln-Back in the 70s, you could still catch the original version of Disneyland’s Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln! Walt had wanted an attraction featuring audio-animatronics of all of our nation’s presidents, but he was a little ahead of his time. Therefore, he settled on a show featuring his boyhood hero, Abraham Lincoln. Walt promised that his Lincoln would be as lifelike as possible, and he delivered! This attraction was replaced and then revamped several times; but in the early 70s, you could still see Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln in all of its original glory.

7. Space Mountain-In the seventies, Disney fans got to experience what it was like to rocket through space with the opening of Space Mountain in Disney World in 1975 and then in Disneyland in 1977! This attraction was the first of its kind as it offered roller coaster thrills in the dark! If you were still caught up with the Space Race, seeing how man had just walked on the moon in ’69, a ride on Space Mountain was at the top of your vacation to-do list in the 70s!

6. Pirates of the Caribbean-This popular, classic attraction first arrived at Walt Disney World in 1973. That means it opened a few years after Walt Disney World opened. Surprised? Imagineers thought that the pirate motif wouldn’t interest Florida guests, seeing how the Caribbean and pirate history was right in their own backyard; but when guests began pouring through the park gates, they were looking for Pirates of the Caribbean. The Imagineers soon responded with Florida’s own version of the popular ride; and even today, this attraction is a big favorite.

5. Robin Hood, the Aristocats, and the Rescuers-Even though Walt was gone, Disney continued churning out heartwarming animated movies. Aristocats debuted in 1970, soon followed by Robin Hood and then the Rescuers. While critics claimed these films weren’t quite up to the majestic quality of those under Walt’s supervision, Disney fans still enjoy them even today! Disney in the 70s also recycled popular voice talents, such as Phil Harris who voiced Baloo in Jungle Book. He was chosen again to voice Thomas O’Malley in the Aristocats and Little John in Robin Hood. Also, Eva Gabor was picked to voice Duchess in Aristocats and then Bianca from the Rescuers a few years later.

4. Star Wars-Even though the Star Wars franchise wasn’t Disney related back in the 70s, it has to be mentioned as it is a major part of the Disney company today. In 1977, Star Wars first hit theaters and the world has never been the same. Today, Star Wars attractions can be found at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World; and every year in May, Star Wars Weekends is celebrated at Hollywood Studios. Check out these Star Wars Weekends tips! Also, rumor has it that Disney is planning on implementing a Star Wars Land at Hollywood Studios; but for now, Disney is keeping quiet about these possible developments.

3. The Contemporary, Polynesian, & Fort Wilderness-In 1971, these three resorts opened at Walt Disney World and offered Disney guests the chance to stay immersed in Disney magic all throughout their vacation! The Contemporary was truly a modern marvel with it’s sleek, stylish design and the Monorail running right through the middle of the resort, a perfect reflection of the modern style of the 70s.

2. Winnie the Pooh-Disney released The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1977 and charmed young and old with Disney’s version everyone’s silly, ol’ bear! Winnie the Pooh is one of the best things to come from Disney in the seventies and its loveable characters became just as popular and iconic as Mickey and Cinderella!

1. October 1, 1971-The seventies were a great time to be a Disney fan because, of course, this is the decade when Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida! Hurray! Walt Disney World let guests on the eastern side of the country enjoy the wonder and charm of the Magic Kingdom, but more land and room to grow than what could be found at Disneyland.

Were you a Disney fan in the 70s? Did you rock a pair of mouse ears with your bell bottoms? What do you miss about this decade?

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Top 10 Best Things About Disney in the ’80s http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-80s-159921/ Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:45:23 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=159921 Despite the embarrassing fashions and massive hair, the 80s were a fun decade and made a big mark in pop culture! This got me thinking… While Disney is as magical today as ever, many of us Mouse Ear sporting fans were first to introduced to Disney in the 80s and it truly was a great […]

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Despite the embarrassing fashions and massive hair, the 80s were a fun decade and made a big mark in pop culture! This got me thinking… While Disney is as magical today as ever, many of us Mouse Ear sporting fans were first to introduced to Disney in the 80s and it truly was a great time to be a Disney fan. How? Read on to find out what I think are the top 10 best things about Disney in the ’80s!

10. Old Attractions-Back in the 80s, some of Disney’s extinct attractions were still in their heyday, such as the beloved 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mission to Mars, and Plaza Swan Boats. Tomorrowland? It looked nothing like the retro-futuristic land that we know today! Also, in 1980, we also had a our last chance to enjoy the Mickey Mouse Revue, an adorable show featuring a myriad of Disney Characters and their songs. Today we have Mickey’s Philharmagic, which is like the next generation of the Mickey Mouse Revue and pretty awesome in its own right; but we still have to shed a tear for those Magic Kingdom attractions which we won’t see again except in our old, dusty photo albums. But on a brighter note, in 1985, we were able to see Tinker Bell descend from Cinderella Castle for the first time; and even the 80s are quite a few years behind us, seeing Tinker Bell fly over the park at night still amazes us even today.

9. New Movies-The 80s held for us both a mix of both live action and animated movies to enjoy, including the Flight of the Navigator, Tron, The Brave Little Toaster, and Fox and the Hound! While they often are overshadowed by more of Disney’s early and more recent releases, these films are classics in their own right and few of my faves!

8. New Management-In 1984, Michael Eisner became the CEO of the Disney Company, thus beginning what is now known as the “Eisner Era.” During these years, new life was breathed into the parks and the Disney Renaissance, which would be a rebirth of Disney animated classics in the 90s, began. Eisner would also pursue other entertainment avenues for Disney and open up a future for the Disney Company which had seemed lifeless and lackluster since Walt’s death years before. But back in the early 80s, all of this was just beginning!

7. Debut of the Mickey Ice Cream Bar-In 1985, Disney guests were treated, literally, to Mickey shaped ice cream treats. Yum! Today known as the Mickey Premium Bar, this favorite park snack which began in the 80s sure makes our park visits all the sweeter!

6. Disney Channel-In 1983, Disney fans were able to enjoy Disney magic at home with the debut of Disney Channel! It made those of us who didn’t have cable feel even more out of the loop at school, but what we wouldn’t give to go back in time to those old, original shows instead of watching what’s on today…

5. Classic Disney Cartoons-Don’t you miss the cartoon era? I sure do! I also miss Disney’s version of cartoons, such as Ducktales and the Gummi Bears! Now this was quality television, people!

4. Disney and Star Wars Partnership-Several years after the release of Return of the Jedi, you get the news that the galaxy far, far way is being made into an attraction at the newest Disney park, MGM Studios! You know that nothing was cooler at the time than seeing Mickey dressed in a rainbow space suit rubbing elbows with R2-D2 and C3PO on the front page of the newspaper; and when you got to ride Star Tours (which as now been refurbished and in 3-D) for yourself, it quickly became your new favorite ride!

3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad-In 1980, Disney got a brand new attraction, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! This was great news if you were a thrill-seeker as, at the time, Space Mountain was the only other stomach-dropping ride to be found at the park.

2. The Grand Floridian-In 1988, Disney’s flagship resort, the Grand Floridian, opened its doors and transported guests back to the Victorian era to pamper them in luxury within sight of Cinderella Castle! Back in the 80s, your jaw was sure to hit the floor when you walked inside the immaculate, cavernous lobby of this resort. Come to think of it, it probably still does even now!

1. Opening of EPCOT-In 1982, Disney opened, EPCOT, the first Disney park separate from the Magic Kingdom. Disney was unable to execute Walt’s original vision for EPCOT, but they took some of the core ideas and themes of his concept, along with a World’s Fair concept, to create the park we came to know. This theme park was a breed all of its own and endured some criticism in its early years; but the EPCOT of 1982 is very different from the EPCOT we know now. Back in the 80s, you wouldn’t find Mickey merchandise or princess dresses like you find now, and you could still enjoy some original EPCOT park attractions, such as the original Journey into the Imagination and Horizons! You also would’ve been rocking your big hair and neon windbreaker as you took in Captain EO for the first time around!

Were you a Disney fan in the 80s? What do you miss the most from this decade?

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Top 10 Best Things About Disney in the ’90s http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-90s-144896/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-90s-144896/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:45:44 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=144896 So believe it or not, the 90s are trending right now. People everywhere are looking back and reminiscing about the grunge decade; and that got me thinking. You see, my 90s childhood and Disney are inseparable from one another; and while Disney is still great today, I think the 90s were definitely a peak in the company’s […]

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So believe it or not, the 90s are trending right now. People everywhere are looking back and reminiscing about the grunge decade; and that got me thinking. You see, my 90s childhood and Disney are inseparable from one another; and while Disney is still great today, I think the 90s were definitely a peak in the company’s career and a great time to be a Disney fan. How? Read on to find out what I think are the top 10 best things about Disney in the ’90s!

1o. The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Timon and Pumbaa TV Series-Back in the 90s, characters from hit Disney movies continued their stories in several animated television series! The Little Mermaid series let us watch more of Ariel and Flounder’s adventures before she met Eric, while the Aladdin series thrilled us with Aladdin’s daring adventures in Agrabah with Jasmine and the Genie. The Timon and Pumbaa series was a non-stop gag session with these loveable sidekicks. Hey, it wasn’t Emmy award winning television; but it let us live in the 90s movie world a little longer.

9. Live Action Movies-We all knew that Walt Disney could not only entertain us with animated characters, but live actors too in such films as the Parent Trap, Mary Poppins, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; but in the 90s, Disney did it again with lots of new live action movies. Like what? How about the Parent Trap remake with Lindsey Lohan, the Mighty Ducks, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Angles in the Outfield, or the Santa Clause? Okay, so maybe these films aren’t in the same league as Mary Poppins, but they still were quality, family-friendly entertainment and big hits.

8. 90s Disney Channel-Oh the good ol’ days… Back in the 90s, Disney Channel was awesome! Not only did they show reruns of the World of Disney at night, they also had shows such as Boy Meets World, The Famous Jett Jackson, Brotherly Love, and Bug Juice. Is anyone else a fan of these? Not to mention their surprisingly good TV movies, like Brink, Johnny Tsunami, and Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century!

7. New Ways to Get Wet-If you visited Walt Disney World in the 90s, you knew that there were whole new ways to beat the Florida heat! Typhoon Lagoon opened in 1989 and its famous Surf Pool “blew” guests away; and then in 1995, Blizzard Beach helped guest “cool” off with its unique theme!

6. Cool Parades-The 90s truly had some great park parades. If you visited Walt Disney World time or two throughout this decade, you know what I mean. The 90s gave us that giant balloon float at the Magic Kingdom, the Party Gras Parade, as well as parades themed after new films like Aladdin’s Royal Caravan Parade, Hercules Victory Parade, and the Hollywood Studios Mulan parade.

5. VHS Tapes-Kids today will probably never understand the famous “Be Kind and Rewind.” But in the 90s, VHS tapes allowed us to take Disney Classics home for the first time and let us relive our favorite stories over and over and over again. Speaking of which, does anyone else remember those special sneak peeks on Disney VHS tapes? The ones that showed viewers a quick behind the scenes of Disney animators working on the next upcoming film? I still remember watching animators draw early sketches of the Beast for Beauty and the Beast.

4. Big Drops-Walt Disney World brought us some new thrilling attractions to draw thrill seekers to the park and appeal to a whole new generation; and they sure did a good job! The 90s gave us such iconic attractions as Splash Mountain and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Disney Imagineering had definitely hit a high point in these years and still have us screaming and holding onto our Mouse Ears today.

3. The Birth of Pixar-While Pixar had been around before Toy Story, this film’s debut was our first introduction to the world of computer animation and classic Pixar storytelling. I still remember being awestruck watching this film in theaters and what a phenomenon it was, do you?

2. Two New WDW Theme Parks-A Disney World Vacation in the 90s usually meant getting to explore new theme parks! In 1989, MGM Studios, now known as Hollywood Studios, opened and was the first Disney theme park that was completely independent of Walt’s vision. New attractions were added throughout the early 90s, offering new experiences to visitors in those years; and then, in 1998, Animal Kingdom opened to guests and immersed us all in a whole new them park experience. Do you remember those early commercials for Animal Kingdom, or thinking that Dinosaur (then known as Countdown to Extinction) was the scariest thing ever?

1. The Disney Renaissance-Above all, the 90s were great to us Disney fans because it was the era of the Disney Renaissance, an nickname for the string of blockbuster Disney films which breathed new life into the Disney Company. Once The Little Mermaid debuted, it started a movie avalanche that brought us classics like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, and Mulan! Almost every year we had a new film to enjoy, many of which are some of Disney’s biggest films of all time and are still being celebrated and implemented at the parks.

So did I miss anything? Do you agree? What about Disney in the 90s do you miss?

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My Top 10 Favorite Things at the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-favorite-magic-kingdoms-fantasyland-144741/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-favorite-magic-kingdoms-fantasyland-144741/#comments Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:50:51 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=144741 Of all the lands at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland has always been immensely popular and the most magical. Most of New Fantasyland opened to the public a few months ago while the rest is scheduled to open next year; and when it is completely finished, it will be the largest expansion in the […]

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Of all the lands at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland has always been immensely popular and the most magical. Most of New Fantasyland opened to the public a few months ago while the rest is scheduled to open next year; and when it is completely finished, it will be the largest expansion in the history of the park!

I recently visited the Magic Kingdom and exploring the New Fantasyland was at the tip top of my list; and to me, it was better than the pictures and the closest thing to actually walking into my favorite films! So after my visits, I have gathered a list of my favorite things about this new addition to the park. Let’s see if mine are some of yours too!

10. Pavement-Surprised? Yes, believe it or not, the pavement in the New Fantasyland is pretty cool in my opinion as it also follows the theme. This is not a new trick, Disney has been doing this for awhile. One of my favorite examples is the pavement around the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Anyway, the pavement around Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid is littered with shells; and at Storybook Circus, there are a variety of different animal footprints, including that of an elephant! Hmmm… Wonder who that elephant might be?

9. Village Square-I don’t think this is an official name for an area, but it’s the best I could come up with for the space in front of Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour Village Gifts. For one, I like both of these places and the detail inside; but secondly, this spot makes me feel like I’m actually in the movie! I almost expect to see Belle curled up on the fountain reading with the sheep running by. It just offers one of those immersive experiences.

8. Casey Jr. Splash n’ Soak Station-This water play area at Storybook Circus is so cute and really helps communicate the animal circus theme. It’s a great place for kids to not only cool off, but to run free after being confined to strollers and long, crowded lines all day.

7. Castle Walls-The entrance to the New Fantasyland are extensions of the Cinderella Castle wall; and while simple, it helps to tie the old Fantasyland to the new and brings the iconic, majestic castle to a whole new area! I think this is a great spot to take pictures; and it’s really pretty lit up at night. Be sure to walk under the archways and to pay attention to the details.

6. New Merchandise-One of my favorite things to do at Disney World is to shop; and I have really enjoyed shopping for all the New Fantasyland themed merchandise! Bonjour Gifts offers a great selection, such as the light-up castle goblets available at Be Our Guest, decorative pillows, tees, and artwork. Also, other stores in Fantasyland offer new stuff too, such as New Fantasyland pins and Little Mermaid gear, including a Dinglehopper Brush!

5. Enchanted Tales with Belle-This attraction is housed in Maurice’s Cottage and lets you walk through the home where Belle grew up, complete with charming details, before entering an amazing magic mirror which transports you into the Beast’s Castle! There you and other guests, particularly the kids, prepare to act out a story for Belle with props, courtesy of an audio-animatronic wardrobe from the film, before entering the Beast’s Library to meet a life-like, audio-animatronic Lumiere and Belle herself! The attraction is an amazing character experience; and the different rooms, characters, and details are incredible! While it’s geared towards guests, I think adults will be delightfully surprised too.

4. Tangled Restroom Area-Right around the corner from the Haunted Mansion is a brand new restroom area, which may not sound interesting; but this area features Rapunzel’s tower, a plaza strung with floating lanterns, a recharging station for phones, and lots of details inside and around the restrooms. Like what? How about wanted posters of Flynn and the guys from the Snuggly Duckling? Or Rapunzel’s paints and guitar? Keep your eyes open for Pascal too.

3. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid-This dark ride attraction takes you on Ariel’s journey, beginning with a cool descent under the sea, and through major moments from the movie. My personal favorite part of this attraction is actually the queue. Weird, I know, but it’s true! The line begins outside of Prince Eric’s Castle before taking you into a seaside grotto littered with treasures. There’s even a subtle interactive game where you can help Scuttle collect some of treasures, just like Ariel likes to do. The detail and décor of this whole line is pretty awesome and I’m sure it’s going to take many more visits before I see everything to be found here.

2. Be Our Guest Restaurant-This restaurant is incredible in so many ways! I was floored by everything about it, from the walk over the drawbridge, to the whispering and snoring enchanted suits of armor, to snow falling outside the ballroom windows, and the totally creepy West Wing. I visited for lunch, got to see the cool self-ordering systems, and then grabbed a table in the ballroom; and it truly does look just like the ballroom from the movie! The West Wing was my second favorite room, especially the wilting, enchanted rose. The food was pretty tasty too. I would recommend the Potato Leek Soup!

1. Visiting at Night-I visited the New Fantasyland for the first time one morning right after rope drop; but later in my trip, I came for a second look after dark. It was a whole new experience as both the Beast’s Castle and Prince Eric’s Castle are alight at night, as well as the waterfalls and rockwork, and the Tangled restroom area is reminiscent of the nighttime floating lantern scene! I definitely recommend you visit after sunset if you haven’t already; and hopefully the crowd levels will be lower than usual too.

So these are just a few of my favorite things about the New Fantasyland; and the best part is that there’s more to come! The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Princess Fairytale Hall are still in the works, so there’s even more to discover in the months to come.

Are you excited? What do you like the most about New Fantasyland? Let me know!

 

Some more great articles:

Tips: How to Get a Sneak Peek of Be Our Guest (aglassslippervacation.com)

Journey of the Little Mermaid Characters Come to Life with Classic Storytelling and Innovative Technology

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Vacation Club Villa http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-reasons-stay-dvc-villa-97826/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-reasons-stay-dvc-villa-97826/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:50:45 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=97826 You may not know it, but you can stay at a Disney Vacation Club Villa even if you’re not a member! It’s true! Villas are connected to several of Disney World’s deluxe resorts and offer some extra benefits; but now you may be asking yourself, why should I choose to stay at one? Well, my […]

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You may not know it, but you can stay at a Disney Vacation Club Villa even if you’re not a member! It’s true! Villas are connected to several of Disney World’s deluxe resorts and offer some extra benefits; but now you may be asking yourself, why should I choose to stay at one? Well, my Top 5 Reasons to Stay at a DVC Villa will answer just that!

1. Space-If you stay at a DVC villa, you are getting more space. There are several room types available, some offering more than one room for even more space! This is a great benefit if you have a large family, are traveling with older kids, or just want to live in luxury while at Disney!

2. Amenities-Every type of room at the villas, regardless of whether you are staying in a studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom, all rooms offer a microwave, wet bar, refridgerator, private porch or balcony. Most of the villa room types, except for the studios, offer a DVD player, whirlpool tub, washer and dryer, king size bed, and more! If you are interested in these extras for your stay at a DVC villa, make sure that your type of room offers what you are looking for and check with Disney when you make reservations to be sure. Also be aware of a downside at the villas, which is housekeeping doesn’t clean your room every day.

3. Cheaper-Sometimes some DVC Villas can actually run cheaper than standard Deluxe rooms! It’s like a Deluxe Resort discount with extras!

4. Laundry-One of the biggest pains at Disney is laundry. Most rooms at Disney World don’t have a washer and dryer so halfway during your trip, you have to fill your pockets full of change, haul your family’s laundry to the resort’s laundromat, and then wait and wait. Some guests pack enough clothes for the whole trip to avoid this; but with today’s baggage fees, that’s hard to do. It’s also difficult in the summertime where you will probably change more than once during the day because you will get hot and sweaty or soaked in a sudden downpour. If you are debating the packing/laundry issue, click here for some help.

5. New Experience-DVC villas are often housed in connecting but separate buildings at Disney resorts. They often offer different room decor and a homey like atmosphere. If you stay at Wilderness Lodge, you will get to see its own Vacation Club’s separate lobby that you may not have known was there! It has a small fireplace, relics, and even a game room decorated with old fashioned trains.

Do you prefer staying at the DVC villas? What’s is your favorite resort villa?

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Disney Announces Artist Carly Rae Jepsen to Celebrate The Release of The Little Mermaid Bluray with New Song http://www.chipandco.com/disney-announces-artist-carly-rae-jepsen-celebrate-release-mermaid-bluray-song-132651/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-announces-artist-carly-rae-jepsen-celebrate-release-mermaid-bluray-song-132651/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:00:14 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=132651 Disney Enlists Grammy®-Nominated Recording Artist Carly Rae Jepsen to Celebrate The Release Of “The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition” With A New Version Of The Beloved Song “Part Of Your World” This October 1, The Walt Disney Studios animated classic The Little Mermaid becomes a part of our world like never before as an all-new Diamond […]

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Disney Enlists Grammy®-Nominated Recording Artist Carly Rae Jepsen to Celebrate The Release Of “The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition” With A New Version Of The Beloved Song “Part Of Your World”

This October 1, The Walt Disney Studios animated classic The Little Mermaid becomes a part of our world like never before as an all-new Diamond Edition release.  To celebrate the return of the movie that gave voice to a whole generation, Disney has teamed up with the voice of a new generation, Grammy®-nominated music superstar Carly Rae Jepsen, to record a new version of The Little Mermaid’s beloved song “Part of Your World,” which will appear as a music video on the upcoming Diamond Edition Blu-ray™ Combo Pack releases.

Canadian singer/songwriter and breakout pop sensation, Carly Rae Jepsen burst onto the scene with her Top Ten U.S. debut album Kiss and its global smash hit “Call Me Maybe,” which held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks and climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in more than 47 countries, while her music videos have amassed over 600 million VEVO views.  Jepsen won the 2012 American Music Award for Best New Artist and received two 2012 GRAMMY Award nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year.  Her new single, “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” The Remix ft. Nicki Minaj from her Top Ten debut album Kiss is out now.  Ms. Jepsen is set to dazzle our world again with an exciting new rendition of the classic ballad “Part of Your World.”

“Part of Your World” was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman and originally recorded for the movie by American actress and singer Jodi Benson, who gave voice to Disney’s favorite underwater princess, Ariel. The song is a Broadway-style ballad in which young heroine Ariel expresses her desire to be a part of the human world.

In addition to the new music video “Part of Your World” featuring Ms. Jepsen, The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a cavern of other wondrous bonus feature treasures. Viewers can experience the film in high definition Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray and High Definition Digital platforms.

To stay informed on “The Little Mermaid” and Disney’s exciting collaboration with Carly Rae Jepsen, please continue to visit us at www.Disney.com/TheLittleMermaid.

Synopsis:

Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson), is a free-spirited mermaid, who is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder (voiced by Jason Marin), and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian (voiced by Samuel E. Wright) at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true—and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula (voiced by Pat Carroll).

Bonus Features:

All-New Music Video @ Disney Animation, Disney Intermission,  Deleted Character, The Real Little Mermaid: Live Action Reference Model, Part of Her World: Jodi Benson’s Voyage To New Fantasyland, Howard’s Lecture, and Classic DVD Bonus Features.

The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World” is an iconic Disney song and one of my personal favorites! It will be fun to hear a new, youthful twist on this classic, as well as experience the film’s beautiful animation all over again in high definition. I’m also really excited to check out the Diamond Edition’s Bonus Features, particularly Jodi Benson’s Voyage To New Fantasyland. October 1st can’t come soon enough until I can add The Little Mermaid to my collection in a whole new way!

Are you excited for The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition? How about Carly Rae Jepsen’s version of “Part of Your World”? Let me know!

 

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Top 10 Ways to Get Ready for a Disney World Vacation http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-ways-ready-disney-world-vacation-131329/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-ways-ready-disney-world-vacation-131329/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:50:13 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=131329 Do you countdown the days until your Disney World Vacation? Do you have any special traditions or ways to get ready for your trip? I don’t know about you, but preparing for my Disney Vacation is half the fun! Here are a few of my Top 10 Ways to Get Ready! 10. Disney Movie Marathon-What […]

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Do you countdown the days until your Disney World Vacation? Do you have any special traditions or ways to get ready for your trip? I don’t know about you, but preparing for my Disney Vacation is half the fun! Here are a few of my Top 10 Ways to Get Ready!

10. Disney Movie Marathon-What better way to get in the Disney mood than to revisit a few magical classics? It’s also great to reacquaint your kids with a few characters they might meet during your trip!

9. Train-Disney guests typically walk between five to ten miles every day of their vacation! But don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds because you’re always waking from one magical experience to the next. However, to keep up your stamina and make conditions a little easier on your legs and feet, I suggest you train before your trip. How? Make it a priority to walk a little bit each day. I know, I know…this doesn’t exactly sound like fun; but you will appreciate it later! Plus, isn’t working out a little easier when you know that it’s all for Disney World?

8. Make a Photo List-Disney World is the ultimate place to take photos that you will treasure for years to come. Therefore, to get ready, make yourself a list of places where you want to get photos of you and the family! The standards photos of the park icons and the kids in Mouse Ears are a must; but try to be creative! How about a picture of each kid in front of their favorite attraction, enjoying a dessert, asleep on the Monorail, or their expressions when watching the fireworks?

7. Develop a Packing Strategy-The better you pack, the easier vacation life will be; and striking a balance between packing light and for those possible emergency situations requires strategy! It also helps you not wait until the last minute!

6. Watch the Free Disney Parks Planning DVDs-At DisneyWorld.com, you can order free vacation planning DVDs, which are very helpful when planning your trip! However, for those of us who know Walt Disney World better than our own hometowns, these DVDs are a little glimpse of “home” and can really help you get psyched for upcoming vacation. Find out how to get one of your own here!

5. Make Some Pre-Park Purchases-There are a few things that are a “must” for me to have on a Disney Vacation, such as really comfortable shoes, a lightweight bag, and sunglasses. These three things make your days at the park a whole lot easier and more comfortable. But when it comes to souvenirs, there are a few things you may want to get before you go. For example, almost every little girl you see at WDW is wearing a Disney Princess dress at one time or another; and the odds are that your own little princess will want one too, especially now that Disney offers the popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. If that’s the case, I would suggest purchasing her a princess dress beforehand as the prices at Wal-Mart, Target, other toy stores, and even online are usually cheaper. It may be smart to pick up a few Disney toys to pacify the kids when they are begging for stuffed Disney plush toys or light-up items for parades before you go too.

4. Purchase Disney Gift Cards-Do you have a souvenir fund? Exchange your souvenir cash for Disney Gift Cards! At stores such as Target, Kroger, and Sam’s Club, you can purchase special Disney Gift Cards that can be used at the parks and resorts. The best part is that a $50 dollar gift card will only cost you $48 at most locations; and Kroger benefits will help you save on gas, giving you more money for your fund. While these savings are small, they can really add up! Plus, if you have any Wal-Mart gift cards laying around from Christmas or birthdays, you can use those cards at Sam’s Club saving you even more. This is a great way to make a little extra, as well as help you budget for your vacation.

3. Build Up Your Disney Fund-Want a little extra cash for your vacation fund? Have a yard sale, help the kids make a lemonade stand, coupon, cash in all that saved up change, and more! It’s fun to see how much you can generate toward your fund before you go, and it’s also going to make vacationing a lot easier on your wallet.

2. Make a Countdown Calendar-To help pass the time for you and the kids, make a countdown calendar! Many Disney fans make theirs out of paper chains and tear off a link each day until there’s none left; but get creative and make one your own! Get the kids involved and let them add some Disney stickers or their own touches. This way you can make a Disney memory before you even leave home! Find out how to make a special countdown craft here!

1. Make a Plan-Now I must say that I’m not a big fan of schedules. While I like to be up and going all day long, I think schedules are pretty much impossible to keep at WDW and tend to prevent guests from enjoying the little moments and details,  leaving them hot, tired, and exhausted. On the other hand,  I also believe that you need to have somewhat of a plan when you visit because Disney World is called just that for a reason. So before you go, I suggest making a plan for each day or a list of things you want to see and do, along with your ADRs; and let the rest of the day take care of itself! Tip: Check the extended weather forecast to help you plan; and remember that afternoon showers in Florida are very common but usually don’t last long!

How do you prepare for your Disney World Vacation? Do you have any tips to share?

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Top 10 Things To Do at a Disney All-Nighter http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-allnighter-130838/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-allnighter-130838/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 01:00:34 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=130838 On May 24th, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom and California Adventure hosted their second 24 Hour All-Nighter! Last year, Disney decided to leave the park open for 24 hours in honor of Leap Day for “One More Disney Day” and it was so popular that Disney gave it another go, but […]

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On May 24th, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom and California Adventure hosted their second 24 Hour All-Nighter! Last year, Disney decided to leave the park open for 24 hours in honor of Leap Day for “One More Disney Day” and it was so popular that Disney gave it another go, but this time in the form of Disney’s Monstrous Summer! This 24 hour experience was themed around Pixar’s newest film coming to theaters this summer, Monsters University! (Which, by the way, looks like it’s going to be awesome!)

Guests eager to spend 24 hours at the parks were treated to a special welcome ceremony, featuring Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc, as well as Monsters themed special event merchandise, sweet treats and goodies, late night dance parties, special character experiences, and much more!

Now I know that this year’s all-nighter has come and gone, but I’m wishing on a star that Disney will decide to make this an annual event; and if they do, I’ve come up with some things to do that normally I couldn’t during a regular Disney day. So go on and read my Top 10 Things To Do at a Disney All-Nighter!

10. Make Your Own Special Event T-Shirt-Many people at Disneyland and Disney World made their own unique tees to commemorate this special event; and I think this sounds like a lot of fun! To get ready for your all-nighter, make your own tee and get some attention and maybe a few photos during the event.

9. Eat a Special Event Treat-Disney World and food go together like Mickey and Minnie; and for this special event, they pulled out all the stops! At both parks guests were able to enjoy a variety of Monstrous Summer treats that were not only cute, but delicious too!

8. Take a Nap-A few hours at a Disney Park is enough to wear you out, so imagine what a full 24 hours will do! My advice for the next all-nighter is to take a nap somewhere during the day. Where? How about the PeopleMover? Or a comfy bench at the Main Street Train Station? In a dark, air conditioned theater perhaps? Not only will it energize you for more fun, but you can actually say you got your night’s sleep, no matter how short it might be, in the Magic Kingdom and maybe on one of your favorite rides!

7. Be Cinderella at Midnight-When the  clock strikes midnight during the 24 hour all-nighter, run out of Cinderella Castle and down the walkway, just like Cinderella did in the film! If you really want to go for it, leave your shoe as you go! You may get some stares, but you can actually say you know what’s like to be a Disney princess; and who doesn’t want that?

6. Wear Pajamas-Hey, it’s all-nighter, isn’t it? How about wearing some of your favorite pajamas around the park? (But let’s remember modesty and decency here people!) Not only would it be fun, but it would also be great for photos; and if you’re really creative, you could bring a sleep mask, slippers, and maybe your favorite stuffed animal?

5. Dance at a Late Night Dance Party-To keep guests up and going, the Magic Kingdom hosts dance parties late at night featuring popular Disney characters! How cool is this, right? This is definitely something I want to do if there’s another all-nighter!

4. Get Photos with Characters in Pajamas-We have seen Disney characters dressed in their pajamas during these all-nighters and it’s so cute! Be sure to snap a pic with one of your favorites to remember this special event!

3. Watch the Sunrise Over the Park-When would you ever get a chance to see this except at an all-nighter? So take advantage of the moment, find a great spot, and soak in the beauty! But be sure to grab some coffee first!

2. Take a Photo of the Main Street U.S.A. Clock-To chronicle your experience, snap some of photos of the Main Street U.S.A. clock, or the clock on Cinderella Castle, during your 24 hours.

1. Ride Every Ride at Least Once-So this would be quite the challenge, but this event offers the perfect opportunity. It may take some strategy, several breaks, FastPasses, and a sugar buzz, but just think of how great would it be to say that you rode every ride in one day?

So would you do with 24 hours at the Magic Kingdom? Would you be willing to give any of these a try? Do you hope Disney will bring back the all-nighter next year? Share with us!

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