Terri – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Disney Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining, Reviews and More! Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 http://www.chipandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/512-icon-54ced060v1_site_icon-32x32.png Terri – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com 32 32 Disney Quick Tips – Don’t Force Your Kids to Keep Going http://www.chipandco.com/disney-quick-tips-force-kids-165673/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-quick-tips-force-kids-165673/#comments Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:45:44 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=165673 I spent a week at Disney this past May, and witnessed 4 different children vomit. Far from MAGICAL if you ask me. Was it caused by a stomach virus? Possibly. Too much sun? Perhaps. Food poisoning? No clue. But sometimes, a child (or adult for that matter) becomes sick due to being pushed to the max. The […]

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I spent a week at Disney this past May, and witnessed 4 different children vomit. Far from MAGICAL if you ask me. Was it caused by a stomach virus? Possibly. Too much sun? Perhaps. Food poisoning? No clue. But sometimes, a child (or adult for that matter) becomes sick due to being pushed to the max. The Sun, the heat, over-stimulation, food & calories being consumed that our bodies may not be used to, more walking than usual, and staying up late are all things that can throw our bodies out of whack – especially a child’s.

The Disney Quick Tip Here?

Don’t Force Your Kids to Keep Going. Don’t push them to the limit. When they start to show signs of needing a break – tired, cranky, crying, hungry – take that break! You don’t necessarily have to leave the parks and go back to your resort, but at least pull your child into some shade or air conditioning, give them a snack or a drink of water!

We all know Disney is fun and exciting, but it also can wipe you and your children out! So if there’s any doubt when you think Just one more ride… don’t push them. Yes, you paid a pretty penny for this trip, and you want to reap all that it’s worth… but it’s not worth it when someone gets sick due to being dragged all over the parks.

Speaking of pretty penny, one of those children I saw get sick, had just been to the Bibbiti Bobbiti Boutique. She was all dolled up in her brand new princess dress, hair done up with pixie dust, make-up, nails… the priciest package for sure!! She exits, proceeds to bend over and… (I’ll spare you the details)… but her dress was now covered in nastiness. Poor little girl. It was after 8 PM, she was likely tired after a big day in the parks, but the reservation had been made! It’s  a hard decision for parents to make… but slow down and enjoy the magic… part of that magic is you. Give your kids the break they need, even if it means missing an attraction on your agenda.

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Making ADRs… From 1 Day to 180 Days (+10) in Advance http://www.chipandco.com/making-adrs-1-day-180-days-10-advance-157564/ http://www.chipandco.com/making-adrs-1-day-180-days-10-advance-157564/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 00:45:19 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=157564 For the Planner or the Procrastinator… here are some tips to score some great Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) for your upcoming Disney Vacation. The Planner. If you’re well organized, you’ve likely got everything planned to a “T” for your next Disney trip. Dates picked, Resort reservation made, you even know which parks to visit on which […]

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For the Planner or the Procrastinator… here are some tips to score some great Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) for your upcoming Disney Vacation.

The Planner. If you’re well organized, you’ve likely got everything planned to a “T” for your next Disney trip. Dates picked, Resort reservation made, you even know which parks to visit on which days and where you’d like to eat each meal.

  • Call right at 180 days. You certainly know the drill about calling in (or having your travel agent call first thing) on the morning of 180 days before you check-in. Using this method, you’ll likely get every ADR that you want!
  • Know the “+10 Days” Rule. Sometimes getting those ever-so-popular restaurants such as Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table can still be troublesome! The trick to increasing your chances for harder-to-reserve restaurants such as these is to remember the “+10” days rule! On the morning of 180 days prior to check-in, you are allowed (if staying at a Disney Resort) to make reservations for up to 10 days of your trip, all at once!
  • Reserve the Popular Restaurants for the End of your Trip. Plan those more popular meals for later on in your vacation… the later you push that Be Our Guest reservation into your trip, the more likely you’ll actually get it for the time of day that you want it! For example, if you’re visiting Disney for 6 days and want a Be Our Guest reservation… call in 180 days prior to your trip, but reserve Be Our Guest for your 6th day… you will have reserved it 186 days in advance and have a better chance of getting the reservation time that you want!

The Procrastinator. I’m not calling names… in fact, many people don’t even know they’re going to Disney for sure until just a couple of months before their departure. But for those who put off making ADRs or for those who only have two months or less to make ADRs… it can still be done! You likely won’t be able to get into the popular restaurants, but don’t let that discourage you! There are plenty of wonderful meals to be found just about anywhere on Disney Property! You’re not going to be disappointed.

  • Eat Outside of the Parks. Didn’t get into CRT but want to see Cinderella? 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian offers ‘Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner’ where you can meet Cinderella AND Prince Charming! I just looked at Disney’s Dining Reservations site and there’s availability for this meal tomorrow (and at normal dinner times too)!!
  • Search for ‘Off’ Times. You might not get to eat right at Noon for lunch or 6 PM for dinner. But I’ve found that with all the walking and activity at the Parks, I get hungry earlier than my usual meal times. So, a 10:45 lunch or a 3:30 p.m. dinner isn’t so bad at all! Plus, you just might save some money eating your ‘Dinner’ for the price of Lunch.
  • Be Flexible… Don’t Skip Out on ADRs. You may not get your first choice restaurant, you may not even be able to reserve the time you want… but you can still have a good meal! Once you’ve made a reservation for a Disney Restaurant, research it! (Or research first and then Reserve.) There are many food reviewers/bloggers for Disney Restaurants… research the restaurant and figure out what’s delicious vs. what’s detestable!

So, there you have it. If whether you’ve got 1 day or 180 days to make ADRs… be willing to try alternative restaurants, times, and dishes. It’s Disney after all… you likely won’t be disappointed with whatever you choose! Do you have any Dining tips to add? Feel free to comment below!

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Demonstrations at Crystal Arts in the Magic Kingdom http://www.chipandco.com/demonstrations-crystal-arts-magic-kingdom-131587/ http://www.chipandco.com/demonstrations-crystal-arts-magic-kingdom-131587/#comments Sat, 08 Jun 2013 00:50:54 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=131587 Have you ever checked out this hidden gem? Most people book it down Main Street with their eyes on the castle. But if you take a moment to actually look around on Main Street, you should step inside Crystal Arts. For one thing, it’s Air Conditioned! It’s also never crowded, in fact, the day we […]

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Have you ever checked out this hidden gem? Most people book it down Main Street with their eyes on the castle. But if you take a moment to actually look around on Main Street, you should step inside Crystal Arts. For one thing, it’s Air Conditioned! It’s also never crowded, in fact, the day we stopped by last month, we had the entire store to ourselves for 20+ minutes!

Crystal Arts sells… well, crystal art! There are many fun little and large glass and crystal figurines – including many of your favorite Disney characters! It’s a very pretty store to walk through, and relatively safe for little ones to enter as well – because most pieces are displayed in glass cabinets.

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If you walk to the very back of the store, you’ll see that the back section is set up for Glass Blowing. If the Cast Member isn’t there already making beautiful pieces, check the desk right there for the “Next Demonstration Time.” If the Glass Blower is there, you’re in for a treat! Charlie, was very quick in making a “Daisy” vase – we watched for 20 minutes as he worked his magic. He was happy to answer questions, while he used the kiln and spun the glass.

This was a great break from the crowds, a great way to cool off, and certainly something fascinating to watch that you might not expect to see at the Magic Kingdom! So, next time you’re looking for a hidden gem – check out the Crystal Arts store. They also have demonstrations towards the front of the store as they create things out of crystal.

 

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Eeyore to make last appearance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom http://www.chipandco.com/eeyore-appearance-disneys-animal-kingdom-127054/ http://www.chipandco.com/eeyore-appearance-disneys-animal-kingdom-127054/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=127054 On Thursday, May 9th, 2013, Eeyore will make his last full day appearance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Sadly, he is being cut from the Animal Kingdom meet and greets. According to Kenny the Pirate, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger will leave their home at the Discovery Island boat dock and move to Camp Minnie Mickey […]

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On Thursday, May 9th, 2013, Eeyore will make his last full day appearance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Sadly, he is being cut from the Animal Kingdom meet and greets.

According to Kenny the Pirate, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger will leave their home at the Discovery Island boat dock and move to Camp Minnie Mickey on May 10th. Donald and Daisy will begin meeting at the former home of Pooh and friends, and Mickey and Minnie will begin meet and greets at the new Adventures Outpost on May 12th.

Eeyore’s retirement from the Animal Kingdom now means that he can only be met at Crystal Palace – making that character meal all the more valuable!

Are you sad to see Eeyore leaving? We sure hope to see him return to another meet and greet location sooner than later!

 

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2nd Annual Special Diets IllumiNations Dessert Party to take place October 13, 2013 http://www.chipandco.com/2nd-annual-special-diets-illuminations-dessert-party-place-october-13-2013-100693/ http://www.chipandco.com/2nd-annual-special-diets-illuminations-dessert-party-place-october-13-2013-100693/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:00:05 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=100693 The 2nd Annual Special Diets IllumiNations Dessert Party is being held Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the France Pavilion at Epcot® in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This event is being hosted by the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Blog and sponsored by Mousekejournals. Other sponsors include yours truly, Chip & […]

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The 2nd Annual Special Diets IllumiNations Dessert Party is being held Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the France Pavilion at Epcot® in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This event is being hosted by the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Blog and sponsored by Mousekejournals. Other sponsors include yours truly, Chip & Co., as well as Disney Dining“Mouse”cation and others. The event will include a dessert buffet in which all items will be made to be free of the top 8 common allergens (including gluten/wheat, dairy, egg, soy, tree nut, peanut, fish, and shellfish). Blog author and host, Sarah Norris, says that this dessert party not only helps bring awareness to the increasing prevalence of food allergies and intolerances, but also allows attendees with special diets to meet one another.

“This event is a great way to connect with others in the special diets community and to share tips and tricks about dining safely with a special diet. We had such a great response to last year’s event, that we wanted to start planning the next one right away!”

Last year’s event featured a variety of food allergy and intolerance friendly desserts including chocolate raspberry cupcakes and peach blueberry cobbler. Vendors who donated to the event included: Enjoy Life Foods, Udi’s Gluten Free, HomeFree: Organic Allergy Friendly Treats, Living Without Magazine, and A&J Bakery.

Tickets for this event will be $50.00 per person and include admission to the private event, special viewing area for the nightly showing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, access to an all-you-care-to-eat dessert buffet, and gift bags with products from special diets vendors. Children 3 years of age and under will be admitted free to the event with a ticket holding adult. Families are encouraged to attend.

The Walt Disney World Resort is known for adhering to strict guidelines and safety measures when it comes to food preparation for special dietary needs. Norris notes, “Disney is definitely the most accommodating venue and safest for cross-contamination.” However, as with any dining experience, attendees with food allergies and intolerances should take note that cross-contamination is always a potential risk for individuals with special diets. Questions regarding the dessert buffet should be directed to gfdf.wdw@gmail.com.

For more information about this event, visit the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Blog or email gfdf.wdw@gmail.com.

Sarah Norris founded the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Blog in 2009 and blogs about her dining experiences and provides tips for dining gluten free and with a dairy allergy at the Walt Disney World Resort. She was diagnosed with adult onset allergies and intolerances and is dedicated to bringing awareness to special diets.

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Peter Pan: Disney Classics Book App Review http://www.chipandco.com/peter-pan-disney-classics-book-app-review-100002/ Sat, 16 Feb 2013 02:00:05 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=100002 Last week I had the privilege of receiving and reviewing the Peter Pan: Disney Classics book app for the iPad. Before trying the app out myself, I allowed my kids to give it a go. They are 4 and 2 and the story held their attention. They chose the ‘Read to Me’ mode and as […]

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Last week I had the privilege of receiving and reviewing the Peter Pan: Disney Classics book app for the iPad. Before trying the app out myself, I allowed my kids to give it a go. They are 4 and 2 and the story held their attention. They chose the ‘Read to Me’ mode and as the story is read, each word spoken is highlighted.

Each page had a few interactive features that are fun to discover, but nothing overly distracting – such as turning on house lights, or making Tinker Bell fly away. The story of Peter Pan is told in a manner that kids will understand and be able to learn all of the characters. In fact, when you tap on a character their name is spoken.

There are some fun games included with this app – including puzzles. There are 4 puzzles to choose from, and 3 skill levels – easy, medium, or hard – depending on your child’s preference.

Peter Pan App puzzle

Your child can also play a memory-matching game – again with 3 skill levels to choose from.

Peter Pan App memory

Coloring is always a winner in our house! Choose from 4 different pictures to color using either your finger or a stylus.

Peter pan app coloring

The final activity is playing Peter Pan’s flute. You can play it as you like, follow along to playing instructions, or listen as it’s played for you.

All in all, this is a fun app for any Peter Pan lover. Keep in mind that it is a Book, not a game. I had seen some complaints in other reviews that it’s not as interactive as people would have expected like their other games. I felt the interaction was plenty considering it is a book, and too many distractions would have taken away from the overall story.

Thanks Chip for the opportunity to review Peter Pan: Disney Classics! This book app is available at the iTunes store for $3.99.

 

In addition to writing for Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blog WDW Hints. Terri enjoys seeking out the lesser-known areas of Walt Disney World and informing her readers of her findings. You can read additional hints on her facebook page.

 

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Royal Party and Storybook Deluxe Princess App Reviews http://www.chipandco.com/royal-party-storybook-deluxe-princess-app-reviews-100064/ Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:00:38 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=100064 There are FIVE Disney Princess Apps on sale for $1.99 right now through Friday (Feb 15) at the iTunes store (regularly $4.99). I’m here tell you about the Disney Princess – Royal Party app and the Beauty and the Beast: Storybook Deluxe app. Royal Party celebrates Rapunzel becoming a Disney Princess! This app is loaded […]

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There are FIVE Disney Princess Apps on sale for $1.99 right now through Friday (Feb 15) at the iTunes store (regularly $4.99). I’m here tell you about the Disney Princess – Royal Party app and the Beauty and the Beast: Storybook Deluxe app.

Royal Party celebrates Rapunzel becoming a Disney Princess! This app is loaded with a lot of fun for little girls! There are Coloring Pages, Puzzles, and a story to read about Rapuzel, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg – look at what else there is to discover!

 

Royal Party story app

Pictured below is the Princess Dress-up game. Choose one of six princesses to dress up. Princesses can be dolled up with dresses, shoes, jewelry, hats or tiaras! There are endless combinations, and once you’re done with one, go dress up the next Princess!

Royal Party dress up

There are a couple of crafts and recipes your child can make with your help. Step-by-step instructions are listed within the app, making it easy for your child to understand. These crafts and recipes are geared towards a ‘Princess Party’ theme… so if your daughter has a Birthday coming up – this would be perfect!!

Royal Party craft page

Another fun activity is designing your own Party scene with Rapunzel, Flynn and all of the other Princes and Princesses! There are a couple of backdrops you can choose, and then you can place each Prince and Princess where ever you like on the page!

Royal Party Sticker scene

I still haven’t touched on everything this app has to offer! When your child creates a special ‘sticker’ scene or coloring page, she can email it to a friend or family member. Between activity selections, funny scenes from the Rapunzel movie will play. This is an entertaining app for any Princess fan!

Beauty and the Beast: Storybook Deluxe tells the traditional story of  Belle and highlights each word as it is read (or your older ones can read the story on their own.)

Belle storybook app

On a few pages of the story, you can gently shake the iPad and a few of the animals will “move” creating a 3D illusion effect on the page. Pictured below, the wolves move toward the beast as if they’re about to attack.

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Just like most of Disney’s storybook apps, this one includes coloring pages, puzzles and a few animated clips. A fun game that is included is a maze.

Belle app maze

Throughout the app, music from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is played. There is also a “rose” search throughout the entire story. As you find a rose on select pages, touch it and it will find it’s way into your rose collection at the very end of the book. There are a dozen roses to find!

Again, these 2 apps and a few other Disney Princess apps are on sale for $1.99 through Feb 15, 2013. A fun Valentine’s gift for your little Princess!

 

In addition to writing for Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blog WDW Hints. Terri enjoys going off the beaten path at Walt Disney World and finding the lesser-known things which she then shares with her readers. You may find more hints on her facebook page.

 

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Valentine’s Sale on 5 Disney Princess Apps! http://www.chipandco.com/valentines-sale-5-disney-princess-apps-99829/ Sat, 09 Feb 2013 18:00:21 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=99829 Disney Publishing Worldwide is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with its Disney Princesses! Now through Friday,  February 15, select Princess apps for iOS are on sale for $1.99. The apps include the following: Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book for $1.99 (orig. $4.99)  Readers help their favorite Disney Princesses prepare for magical moments in this dress-up sticker book. Updated […]

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Disney Publishing Worldwide is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with its Disney Princesses! Now through Friday,  February 15, select Princess apps for iOS are on sale for $1.99. The apps include the following:

  • Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book for $1.99 (orig. $4.99) 
    Readers help their favorite Disney Princesses prepare for magical moments in this dress-up sticker book. Updated version includes interactive camera feature, plus new outfits, shoes, stories, and Princess Tiana.
  • Cinderella: Storybook Deluxe for $1.99 (orig. $4.99) 
    Disney’s Cinderella has enchanted generations with its spellbinding story, charming music, and endearing characters that live in your heart forever. This app includes a full retelling of the film with fresh illustrations, engaging narration, music and sound effects, as well as whimsical interactivity on every page.

Cinderella Storybook app

  • Beauty and the Beast: Storybook Deluxe for $1.99 (orig. $4.99)
    In this unforgettable story of love and adventure in a magical new format, Belle finds herself in a castle with talking furniture, an enchanted rose and a grumpy beast. Despite an awkward beginning, Belle and the Beast gradually become friends, and Belle learns not to judge a book by its cover.
  • The Princess and the Frog Read-Along for $1.99 (orig. $4.99) 
    This fully interactive app includes games, movie clips, coloring pages, and music to sing along! You can even record your own voice reading the story. Tiana, a beautiful Louisiana girl who dreams of owning her own restaurant and Naveen, a spoiled, jazz-loving prince who doesn’t know the meaning of hard work, have nothing in common – until they are magically transformed into frogs.

Princess and the Frog app

  • Princess Royal Party for $1.99 (orig. $4.99) 
    Welcome to the Magical and Enchanting world of Disney’s Royal Party, just in time for Rapunzel’s own celebration! Disney’s Royal Party includes many fun activities and crafts for hours of fun with your favorite Disney Princesses.

Stay tuned to Chip & Co. for reviews on these Disney Princess Apps from Carrie and Terri!

 

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Peter Pan: Disney Classics App http://www.chipandco.com/peter-pan-disney-classics-app-99577/ Thu, 07 Feb 2013 02:00:17 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=99577 This year, Disney’s Peter Pan turns 60 years old. To celebrate, on Feb 5th, Disney released an all-new “Diamond Edition” DVD/Blu-ray; however, fans can also experience the classic tale on mobile devices with the Peter Pan: Disney Classics book app. The iOS story takes readers to Neverland like never before. With read along activities, games and more, readers will […]

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This year, Disney’s Peter Pan turns 60 years old. To celebrate, on Feb 5th, Disney released an all-new “Diamond Edition” DVD/Blu-ray; however, fans can also experience the classic tale on mobile devices with the Peter Pan: Disney Classics book app. The iOS story takes readers to Neverland like never before. With read along activities, games and more, readers will join Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the whole gang on a magical adventure whenever, wherever, and however they choose.

The swashbuckling interactive story features:

  • Reading modes for all ages: Read to Me or Read by Myself!
  • Coloring pages, interactive puzzles and memory matching games throughout the story.
  • Activities including a musical instrument activity!
  • Beautiful illustrations, professional narration, and sound effects.

Peter Pan app page

The Peter Pan: Disney Classics book app is available now for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store for $3.99.

Stay tuned for a full review of this interactive Book app right here on Chip & Co.!

 

In addition to writing for Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blogs WDW Hints and Mousekejournals.  For more fun Disney hints, follow Terri on facebook!

 

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Maximize Your Mornings at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/maximize-mornings-walt-disney-world-97988/ http://www.chipandco.com/maximize-mornings-walt-disney-world-97988/#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:00:25 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=97988 When a friend is headed to Walt Disney World, we often get asked “What attractions are a must-do?” While that question is easy to answer – and the answers may vary depending on who is asked – the better piece of advice I give is to maximize your mornings at the Parks to successfully carry […]

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When a friend is headed to Walt Disney World, we often get asked “What attractions are a must-do?” While that question is easy to answer – and the answers may vary depending on who is asked – the better piece of advice I give is to maximize your mornings at the Parks to successfully carry out all of those must-see attractions. Here’s how to maximize your mornings at the parks:

Wake Up Early! Yes, you’re on vacation, and usually that means “sleeping in.” But not at WDW! Set your alarm in order to wake up early and get a head start on the day!

Eat (a quick) Breakfast. Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip it! But do make it something simple and easy. We bring a box of cereal from home (yep, in our packed luggage), and buy milk from the resort gift shop. We’ve got a quick and easy breakfast made in our own room! If you’d rather eat on-the-go, you can grab a muffin and juice at your resorts food court or gift shop and continue to the bus stop.

Arrive at the Park BEFORE Opening. In order to arrive to the Parks before opening, you’ll need to be at your resort’s bus stop 45 minutes to an hour before the Park actually opens. Sometimes you’ll be waiting up to 20 minutes for your bus to pick you up. You may spend another 20 minutes en route to the park. If you drive, plan on arriving to the park’s parking lot 30 minutes before opening so you can catch the monorail, tram or walk to the entrance. You’ll then get your bags checked by security and proceed to the turnstiles. If it’s Magic Kingdom you’re headed to, their fabulous Opening Show begins 10 minutes before the Park officially opens. This is a must-see and so many people miss it because they either don’t know about it or they’re sleeping in.

Have a Plan. If you’ve done everything listed above, you’ve just set yourself up to accomplish a lot! Make sure you truly can accomplish quite a bit and have a plan. Study a park map and check out where your must-do attractions are located. Then map out your route so that you can hit everything you’d like to see. That first hour that the park is open is a great time to do and see many attractions because it’s when the park is the least crowded, and the lines have very little wait. You will likely be able to accomplish more in the first 3 hours after the park opens, than you will be able to do from Noon straight until park closing. Utilize those first 3 hours!!

Reward Yourself. Now that you’ve accomplished likely everything you’ve wanted to see, take a well-deserved break! Go enjoy lunch or leave the park for a mid-day break (and watch the entrance as you leave… A LOT people will be entering as you’re exiting, and you’ll be avoiding the most crowded time of the day).

At WDW, the early bird gets the worm! By maximizing your mornings, you can avoid the major afternoon crowds. And if you choose to avoid the parks during the afternoon, you can catch up on your sleep if you truly missed sleeping in.

Do you maximize your mornings? Tell us your tips in the comments below!

 

Terri enjoys seeking out the lesser-known things of Walt Disney World and reporting her findings on her own blog, WDW Hints as well as the WDW Hints facebook page. She is also the co-creator of Mousekejournals – your one-stop-shop for Disney-related articles from many great blogs! 

 

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Mickey Mail! Sending Disney Postcards to Friends & Family http://www.chipandco.com/mickey-mail-sending-disney-postcards-friends-family-97997/ http://www.chipandco.com/mickey-mail-sending-disney-postcards-friends-family-97997/#comments Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:00:06 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=97997 I think we all agree that the best mail to receive is our Travel documents from the Walt Disney World resort – whether it’s a confirmation of your resort reservation, Disney luggage tags or Magical Express tags – it just builds to the excitement of your upcoming trip! Care to share any of that magic […]

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I think we all agree that the best mail to receive is our Travel documents from the Walt Disney World resort – whether it’s a confirmation of your resort reservation, Disney luggage tags or Magical Express tags – it just builds to the excitement of your upcoming trip!

Care to share any of that magic with your friends or family who aren’t with you on vacation? You can! Send them a Disney postcard. Disney postcards can be found in almost every resort or gift shop on Disney property. Here are a few tips to make your post card mailing a bit more easy:

Bring Postage Stamps. In order to save yourself some time, buy postcard postage stamps at home and bring them with you.

Pre-Print Address Labels. Another time-saving tip is to print out (or even hand-write) address labels before you leave. This solves the problem of trying to remember street addresses and zip codes of your friends and family – and it even saves you the time of writing out each address on the postcard. Just put the pre-printed label directly on the postcard and it’s ready to be mailed!

Where to Mail Postcards. The front desk at all resorts will happily take your postcards and mail them for you. Or you can head to City Hall in the Magic Kingdom and ask the Cast Member for the “Main Street Post Mark” to be put on your postcards. They will stamp your mail with a special Main Street USA – Magic Kingdom postmark! When your cards get to an actual post office, they will also be stamped with the basic “Lake Buena Vista” or “Orlando” postmark.

So take a few minutes to share the magic with loved ones back home! Send them some Mickey Mail!!

 

In addition to writing for Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blog, WDW Hints where she enjoys sharing with her readers the lesser-known things of WDW. You may follow her on facebook as well! Terri is also the co-creator of Mousekejournals – your one-stop-shop for many great Disney-related articles found in one place.

 

 

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When Less is More for Your Little Ones at Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-2-93792/ Sat, 01 Dec 2012 20:00:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=93792 Many parents enjoy seeing Walt Disney World through their toddlers eyes. It is very fun to see their reactions to all the sights, sounds, colors and Characters. But one thing I didn’t expect was for our toddlers to tire out more quickly than they did at home. That’s when we realized that less time spent […]

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Many parents enjoy seeing Walt Disney World through their toddlers eyes. It is very fun to see their reactions to all the sights, sounds, colors and Characters. But one thing I didn’t expect was for our toddlers to tire out more quickly than they did at home. That’s when we realized that less time spent at the parks, can actually be a good thing with little ones. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to the “less is more” theory:

Park Tickets. A vacation to Walt Disney World can be expensive! How many times have you thought (or over heard) “I paid good money for these tickets, we’re going to use them and get our moneys worth!”? It certainly is tempting to get as much out of the parks as you can, but with little ones it can turn into more trouble than those tickets are worth. Consider buying base day tickets. Visit the park of your choice in the morning, take an afternoon break (nap, swim, play at your resort, etc.) and then return to the park in the evening. Base day tickets are the least expensive option of park tickets to buy. One park per day is plenty for your little ones to see, as well.

Take Breaks. It’s hard on a child to be cooped up in a stroller all day at the parks. Take plenty of breaks at the park – find a play area for your child to run around. Yes, it may mean seeing fewer attractions, but it sure beats dealing with a cranky child. A mid-day break back to your resort for a nap or quiet time is invaluable, if you’re able to take one. Allowing your child some freedom at your resort playground or swimming pool, lets them release some of their energy.

Meals. Have plenty of snacks on hand for your little ones. We found that our kids got pretty hungry an hour before their normally scheduled meal time. We didn’t experience a time change, but we figured the overall change in schedule and being ‘on the go’ wore them out more quickly than expected. Having food on hand quickly eased their crankiness, and gave them something to do while we waited for the next attraction. It was also easier for us to do more snacks and quick-service meals than sit-down meals. Table service meals just meant more sitting for our kids, and less patience for us all.

Have an ‘Off Day.’ With little ones, it certainly makes sense to take an ‘off day’ or non-park day. Relax at your hotel, go for a swim, use the resort playgrounds, or visit Downtown Disney. There’s plenty to do without actually entering the parks. Yes, you’re paying for a night at the hotel without experiencing the parks, but many kids think the resort Pool is just as exciting (or even more-so) than the parks themselves. A non-park day is also the perfect opportunity to do a Character meal at one of Disney’s resorts. Wear your kids out at a playground beforehand, and hopefully they’ll sit through the meal without becoming to antsy.

While you may not be able to accomplish everything you had in mind, doing a little less at Walt Disney World with your toddlers, may actually prove more beneficial for your vacation memories! Once you realize your little ones may be nearing their breaking point, take a break and let everyone recuperate – it will make for a more enjoyable time for everyone.

In addition to writing for Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blog Walt Disney World Hints. Terri is also the co-creator of Mousekejournals – your ‘one stop shop’ for many great Disney-related articles written by all of your favorite Disney bloggers. 

 

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Choosing the Best Day of the Week to Visit Each Disney World Park http://www.chipandco.com/choosing-day-week-visit-disney-world-park-89880/ Fri, 09 Nov 2012 22:00:33 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=89880 There are many theories on how to choose which park to visit on each day of your vacation.  There are also many helpful websites that give insight into why you should attend a certain Disney park on a specific day. My preference in choosing a park is based on avoiding the crowds.  There are three […]

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There are many theories on how to choose which park to visit on each day of your vacation.  There are also many helpful websites that give insight into why you should attend a certain Disney park on a specific day. My preference in choosing a park is based on avoiding the crowds.  There are three things I look at when choosing a park to visit.

Here they are:

Historical Park Attendance.  Historically, Mondays have been known to be the most crowded days at the Magic Kingdom. The theory being that most people travel on the weekends and with the Magic Kingdom being the most popular park, most people want to visit that park first. Following this mentality, people also tend to visit the parks in chronological order as they were created.  Therefore, as the Magic Kingdom tends to be the most crowded on Mondays, Epcot is most crowded on Tuesdays, Hollywood Studio’s has higher crowds on Wednesdays, and Animal Kingdom can be busier on Thursdays. This theory doesn’t always hold true, as Extra Magic Hours or Special Events do alter which days are busiest at each park.  That’s why it’s important to take Park Hours into consideration as well.

Extra Magic Hours & Special Events.  Disney realized that certain parks were more crowded on certain days, therefore they came up with the plan of Extra Magic Hours to try to disperse crowds more evenly between the four parks. In order to avoid crowds, I’d suggest avoiding the parks on the days that have Extra Magic Hours – morning and evening. Take it a step further, and look at which park has extra evening hours – and visit that park the very next day. If Hollywood Studios has EMH on a Tuesday evening, visit that park on Wednesday morning. Yes, it conflicts with the historical attendance theory, but with the use of EMH Disney has pulled crowds into Hollywood Studios on the night before, causing for fewer people to show up at DHS on Wednesday morning. (If you have a park hopper, and you know for certain you can get to the park that has the EMH morning hour – go for it! You can accomplish quite a bit in that first hour, but you may want to hope to another park later on.)

Special Events in the parks, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, do detract crowds. When guests see that the Magic Kingdom is closing extra early due to a party, they choose a different park to visit that day because they’re afraid of having ‘less time’ in the Magic Kingdom. I say go to the Magic Kingdom that day! Get there right at opening, you’ll be able to experience just about everything you want to with very little wait because the crowds will be lower. Yes, the park closes earlier than the rest, but if you’ve got a Park Hopper you can finish off your evening at another park. If you don’t have the park hopping option, go back to your hotel to relax and get a good night’s rest so you can hit your next park first thing in the morning!

Touring Plans.  Finally, take a look at what days Touring Plans suggests are best. Did you know you can look at the crowd calendar for your travel dates one month in advance for free? For example, now that it’s November, the month of December is available for you to view absolutely free. There you’ll see that every single Monday is December has the Magic Kingdom marked as a Park to Avoid due to predicted high crowds. I often cross-check Touring Plans suggestions with the crowd calendars on EasyWDW (always free to use) and make my decision based on the info given from both sites.

By using the three methods above, you should be able to plan out which days you’d like to visit each park in order to experience the lowest crowds for that particular day. This certainly isn’t the only way to choose your parks for each day, there are many other resources you can use to help select the parks you visit on your vacation days. For those of you that are planners – tell us what your method is for choosing which parks to visit on each day of your trip in the comments below!

In addition to writing for Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blog Walt Disney World Hints. Terri enjoys going off the beaten path when visiting Walt Disney World and finding out about the lesser known things. You can also find out more tips on the WDW Hints facebook page.

 

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Keys to the Kingdom Tour – What’s it All About? http://www.chipandco.com/keys-kingdom-tour-89827/ Sun, 04 Nov 2012 20:00:18 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=89827 The Keys to the Kingdom Tour is a fabulous “extra-curricular” for any Magic Kingdom fan that wants to add even more knowledge and fun facts to their repertoire. Even the most knowledgable Disney trivia buff will learn something new on this tour. While I won’t give away the secrets about this tour, I will give […]

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The Keys to the Kingdom Tour is a fabulous “extra-curricular” for any Magic Kingdom fan that wants to add even more knowledge and fun facts to their repertoire. Even the most knowledgable Disney trivia buff will learn something new on this tour. While I won’t give away the secrets about this tour, I will give you some helpful information and insight about it.

Just like ADRs, you may schedule the Keys to the Kingdom tour 180 days out. All tour participants MUST be at least 16 years old. There are 3 tours given per day. Each tour lasts about 5 hours. Lunch is included at the Columbia Harbor House.

Chip’s Tips: Choose the first tour of the day, as it begins before park opening, allowing you the opportunity to get some great pictures of an “empty” Main Street USA and Cinderella’s Castle.

When arriving for your KTTK tour, check-in at Guest Relations. If your tour begins before park opening, your name will be on a Tour List at the turnstiles – they will allow you early entrance. At Guest Relations, you will be given a name tag as well as an ear piece (a clip-on ear phone) in order to hear your tour guide. You will also pre-order your lunch from the Columbia Harbor House menu.

All of the KTTK tour guides have an incredible knowledge of Walt Disney, his ideas, and the details that went into planning the Magic Kingdom park. The tour begins on Main Street USA, where you’ll learn about forced perspective, and the stories behind a few of the names you see written on the 2nd story building windows. You’ll stand in the hub in front of Cinderella’s castle and learn why the entrance to Tomorrowland is nearly twice as wide as the entrance to Adventureland. Your tour guide will even point out certain trees and tell you why they’re important – one reason being, some are strategically placed to hide certain park icons from being seen while in another land. Your tour guide will show you how the details in the park transition as you walk from one land into the next. From the music changing, to the detailing in the walls, even to the changes in the pavement that you’re walking on!

You will ride two attractions on your tour. We rode Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, but I have also heard of the KTTK tours riding Jungle Cruise. Your tour guide may tell you a story line that goes along with the ride (here’s the Haunted Mansion story line we were told on our tour), or tell you to look for certain things within the ride – such as Hidden Mickeys, special props, or certain sounds – and they’ll give you the explanation for their importance. They will point out things you have likely never noticed before.

Now to the part you’ve been waiting for – Backstage!  You’ll go “backstage” twice during your tour. First, you’ll be allowed to go through the parade route gates near Splash Mountain.  What you see backstage isn’t as exciting as you may think it will be.  Behind Splash Mountain is essentially a large parking lot.  There are parade floats parked there as well as regular vehicles. There are a couple of trailers, and a couple of garage-like buildings that house parade floats as well as areas within them to refurbish floats or other large Disney props.  Upon returning inside the Magic Kingdom, you get a look of the back of Splash Mountain – just a boxed in building from behind – no point in sprucing up what guests can’t see! You’ll also learn a few extra fun facts about Splash Mountain though – such as the water is purified with Bromine, because chlorine would turn guests clothing white!

The other backstage site you’ll visit is the Utilidors – often referred to as the “underground tunnels.”  Technically, they’re not underground – they’re on the first level and the park is on the 2nd level.  And they’re truly not tunnels, but just hallways – lots and lots of drab hallways. It reminded me of school hallways – although there weren’t windows anywhere. It was mostly quiet down there.  A few offices, changing rooms and cafeterias are off of these halls. We saw a rack of costumes – Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan “outfits” were hanging up. Guess what they listen to in the Utilidors? Music from the radio (gasp)! Cast Members do need a break from those Disney-tunes every once in a while.

The age limit of 16 is very appropriate, as Disney doesn’t want anyone to “lose the magic” after seeing the things that you may see backstage. For example, I saw TWO Minnie Mouse’s standing together backstage – it was a little surprising to see, but how else does Minnie go powder her nose so quickly and return during Character Meet and Greets? For me, the tour was worth the cost, jam-packed full of great information, and only added to the Magic of Disney despite the “tricks” I saw backstage.

If you’re considering taking this tour – do it! You can even save money on the cost of the tour if you’re an Annual Passholder or Disney VISA card holder – just ask about what discounts you might be eligible for when making your tour reservation!

In addition to writing for Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blog Walt Disney World Hints. Terri enjoys traveling off the beaten path at Disney World and learning about the lesser known things. You’ll also find extra hints on her facebook page, WDW Hints.

 

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Disney’s Letters with Pooh – App Review! http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-letters-pooh-app-review-86419/ Mon, 15 Oct 2012 21:00:14 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=86419 Letters with Pooh is one of the better Disney educational apps that I’ve seen! My 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter enjoyed playing it, and it was age-appropriate for both! The Letters with Pooh app has 3 chapters. Each chapter begins with a brief read-a-long story followed by an activity geared towards helping your child learn […]

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Letters with Pooh is one of the better Disney educational apps that I’ve seen! My 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter enjoyed playing it, and it was age-appropriate for both!

The Letters with Pooh app has 3 chapters. Each chapter begins with a brief read-a-long story followed by an activity geared towards helping your child learn and recognize letters within the alphabet.

Chapter One focuses on line tracing with a story line of helping Pooh find the bee hive where the honey is. Children will trace both straight and curved lines to help Pooh go in the correct direction and at the same time children are practicing skills to correctly write letters.

Chapter Two focuses on real letter writing. Each letter of the alphabet is displayed for tracing. Each letter that is sufficiently traced will earn you one balloon. As soon as enough balloons are earned, Pooh can “fly” to the top of the tree where the hive is and collect his sweet treat of honey!

The goal of Chapter Three is for children to recognize letters. This is done through a few fun games. Children can match letters with those displayed on a picture to “color” it. Children are also asked to find the lower case letter of the upper case letter displayed and collect it in Pooh’s honey pot.

A bonus section allows children to decorate scenes from Winnie the Pooh with “stickers” that they’ve earned throughout the game.

Best of all, there is a Parents section in this app, where you can preview your child’s progress! See how many letters they can recognize, properly trace, and which lower-case letters they can pair up with their higher-case counter-parts.

It was certainly neat to see which letters my son could recognize as he’s in the midst of figuring out the Alphabet. My 4-year-old daughter’s report card showed that she had completed more activities accurately than my 2-year-old son could – but that’s to be expected. My daughter already knows the alphabet, but this app was still helpful in regards to her penmanship – figuring out the proper way to write letters is what she needs now, and this app is great for helping her gain that skill!

I definitely recommend this app for any parent with children aged 2 to 6. It’s certainly worth the low price of $1.99!

You can buy the Letters for Pooh app or find out more general information from the iTunes store.

In addition to writing for Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blog Walt Disney World Hints, where you can read about the lesser-known things of your four favorite parks. Additional hints can be found on her Facebook page: WDW Hints!

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Learn ABCs with Winnie the Pooh – New App! http://www.chipandco.com/learn-abcs-winnie-pooh-app-85140/ http://www.chipandco.com/learn-abcs-winnie-pooh-app-85140/#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:00:38 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=85140 Since 1926, kids have been following the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and friends throughout the Hundred Acre Wood – now, a wonderfully safe learning environment.  Children preschool through kindergarten can practice their ABCs with Pooh as their trusted guide in a new, interactive iOS app – Letters with Pooh, from Disney Learning. Developed by Disney […]

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Since 1926, kids have been following the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and friends throughout the Hundred Acre Wood – now, a wonderfully safe learning environment.  Children preschool through kindergarten can practice their ABCs with Pooh as their trusted guide in a new, interactive iOS app – Letters with Pooh, from Disney Learning.

Developed by Disney Publishing and leading educators, Letters with Pooh is filled with engaging activities aligned to Common Core and state standards for pre-k literacy and is designed to help kids identify and practice writing letters of the alphabet as well as learn sound/symbol relationships.  Learning is seamlessly integrated into game play and the storyline, allowing kids to explore beginning literacy skills before entering a conventional classroom setting.  Kids help Pooh on his quest for honey by catching falling letters, tracing letters and collecting letter balloons, bringing letter puzzles to life. Kids will also help the other Hundred Acre Wood residents in supplemental activities that reinforce the letters they traced and collected during Pooh’s honey-hunting adventure.

Letters with Pooh features include:

  • Practice tracing and writing upper-and lowercase letters to help Pooh find honey
  • Record all the letters of the alphabet
  • Play fun, character-driven activities that reinforce letter identification
  • Create Winnie the Pooh scenes with interactive stickers
  • Whimsical Winnie the Pooh artwork!
  • Professional narration, music and charming sound effects
  • Parents and caregivers can track proficiency for up to four children in the comprehensive parents’ section

Letters with Pooh is available for $1.99 on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch here at the itunes store.

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Allergy Free Dining on Disney Cruise Line http://www.chipandco.com/allergy-free-dining-disney-cruise-line-83690/ Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:00:11 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=83690 Having a food allergy or intolerance is often considered a hindrance, an annoyance,  and can be discouraging when eating out and knowing that your meal options are very limited. On a Disney Cruise Ship, it’s practically considered a privilege to have a food allergy! Here’s how to go about achieving successful allergy-free dining with Disney Cruise Line. Note the food allergy […]

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Having a food allergy or intolerance is often considered a hindrance, an annoyance,  and can be discouraging when eating out and knowing that your meal options are very limited. On a Disney Cruise Ship, it’s practically considered a privilege to have a food allergy! Here’s how to go about achieving successful allergy-free dining with Disney Cruise Line.

Note the food allergy on your Reservation. When you book your Disney cruise, make sure it is noted on your reservation that you, or someone in your party, has a food allergy.

When you board the ship, visit the Dining staff. As soon as you board the Disney Cruise Ship, you can either find a head server in one of the main dining rooms to make your dinner order ahead of time, or you can simply wait until you are first seated for dinner to put in your order (keep in mind, if you choose the latter, your dinner may take more time to prepare as they will be checking all ingredients during that dinner hour.)

Pre-select your meals for the next day. At the end of dinner, your server will hand you the dinner menu for the next evening. You will then be able to pre-select anything you want off of the menu, and the Chef’s will prepare it without the specific allergens that you cannot consume.  The Head Server will then come visit you to pre-order your breakfast and lunch meals. You’ll also choose where you’ll be eating, so that your meals can be sent to the correct location. Doing this will allow for less wait time at each meal, as your meals will be pre-made and ready to go whenever you request them.

My experience. I recently had the pleasure of sailing on the Disney Dream (Sept 13 – 16, 2012 to be exact.) I have sailed with 3 other cruise lines, and I must say that Disney Cruise Line handled food allergies beyond all expectations!  I felt spoiled due to the servers bringing out more and more gluten-free foods that I hadn’t even asked for!  My husband even noticed the special treatment I was receiving and remarked how well I was taken care of.

I was able to pre-select all of my meals for the next day at dinner each night.  My breakfast and lunch meals were ready in each restaurant when I showed up (restaurant location was chosen the night before).  The surprising thing was, each server brought out extra food for me!  For breakfast on our first morning, I had ordered gluten-free pancakes with bacon.  Apparently the head server didn’t think that was enough, so he added in fresh fruit, yogurt and gluten-free muffins.  I enjoyed it all!  This happened at every breakfast – it didn’t matter who my server was, they would bring me a few fun extras that I hadn’t requested.  They sure do know what those of us with allergies like to eat!

We ate our lunches in Cabanas – the buffet.  Each time I entered, I happened to ask a server what might be gluten-free.  They proceeded to walk me through the entire buffet line pointing out what was safe for me to eat, and what I should avoid.  They were extremely helpful – and I was surprised that some items were gluten-free!  If I hadn’t been shown what was safe vs. not safe to eat, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy such filling meals!

If you’ve got an allergy or food intolerance, rest assured, you will do just fine on a Disney Cruise – certainly  nothing to worry about!

In addition to writing for Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blog Walt Disney World Hints.  Terri has had Celiac Disease for 4 years and maintains a strict, gluten-free diet.  She finds that Walt Disney World is the best place to vacation at that understands and can properly prepare allergy-free meals. You can find extra fun Disney hints on her facebook page, WDW Hints.

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Toy Story Showtime! App Review http://www.chipandco.com/toy-story-showtime-app-review-81772/ Sun, 02 Sep 2012 22:00:33 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81772 Toy Story Showtime! is an interactive storybook app designed to help early readers pick-up on essential reading concepts. The story begins with all of your favorite Toy Story characters preparing for a Talent Show. Buzz is on a mission to impress Jessie. On each ‘page’ of the story, Buzz is coming up with a new act […]

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Toy Story Showtime! is an interactive storybook app designed to help early readers pick-up on essential reading concepts. The story begins with all of your favorite Toy Story characters preparing for a Talent Show. Buzz is on a mission to impress Jessie. On each ‘page’ of the story, Buzz is coming up with a new act that ends up in a mis-hap. Will he ever figure out how to impress Jessie? The entire story takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, depending on how long your child plays with the interactive features within the story.

My 4-year-old daughter loves this app! She took to it right away. In fact, I let her try it out first and watched her explore it before trying it out myself.  She was able to discover a majority of the interactive features on her own! As the narrator reads, each word is highlighted so that your child can follow along.  My daughters eyes were tracking each word, from left-to-right.

At the end of the storybook, there are 3 interactive games that your child can play.  The first game is very similar to the old-fashioned, hand-held game “Simon.”  A sequence of dance moves are highlighted and spoken, then your child must attempt to remember that sequence and recreate it.  It certainly doesn’t become as advanced as Simon, as a new round will begin after 5 dance moves in a row are successfully completed.

The next game is purely for fun (and a great alternative if your child isn’t catching on to the memory game described above).  Your child can choose a sequence of 8 dance moves that Buzz must then perform.  Once your child has made their dance move selections, press the green play button – the lights will dim, and Buzz will start dancing the steps that your child picked out!

Finally, the last game is one that really helps your child begin to visualize words and attempt to correctly place letters where they belong.  Once the word is completed, the character will perform the word.  Below is Dolly showing us how to hop!

Overall, this is a great app! My daughter sat quietly and played with it for an hour!  She likely would have played longer, but the parent-in-me felt that she experienced enough screen time. She does ask to play it daily, the novelty of it hasn’t worn off. Our only complaint is that when the narrator asks you to shake the iPad, it is very hard to shake it ‘just so’ to activate the reaction desired.

This app typically is priced at $4.99, but now through September 12 (2012), you can purchase it for $1.99 – that’s a steal!  For more information, read our press release.

In addition to writing for Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blog Walt Disney World Hints.  You can also find extra hints on the facebook page, WDW Hints!

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Toy Story Showtime! on Sale in the App Store http://www.chipandco.com/toy-story-showtime-sale-app-store-81414/ http://www.chipandco.com/toy-story-showtime-sale-app-store-81414/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2012 01:00:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81414 It’s “Back to School” time!  While some kids are excited for school to start – others are not.  Words like “school,” “education,” and “learning,” can be a turn-off to kids.  However, Disney Publishing has taken a different approach to learning!  Their interactive apps engage children in guided learning and fun activities – they may not […]

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It’s “Back to School” time!  While some kids are excited for school to start – others are not.  Words like “school,” “education,” and “learning,” can be a turn-off to kids.  However, Disney Publishing has taken a different approach to learning!  Their interactive apps engage children in guided learning and fun activities – they may not even realize they’re boosting their brain power!  Right now, all Disney Learning apps will be only $1.99 on the App Store (orig. $4.99) from August 29th – September 12th!

“Toy Story Showtime!” is a Disney Learning interactive storybook, recommended for children ages 4-6, and designed to help children explore essential early reading concepts. Kids are invited to join Buzz Lightyear as he sets out to impress Jessie the Cowgirl in the talent show. As Buzz tries his luck at everything from comedy to juggling, emerging readers discover new vocabulary words in the context of a rich, interactive storytelling experience. Bonus activities encourage children to use the vocabulary in both guided and exploratory play.

FEATURED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Age-appropriate sight word vocabulary is explored through storytelling and interactivity.
  • Advanced vocabulary is introduced through context, supported by art and animation, and reinforced through repetition. Tap story vocabulary words for age-appropriate definitions.
  • Narration with word-by-word highlights supports the read-along experience.
  • Special feature taps indicated by a yellow glow engage and surprise young readers. Find and tap the pea; tilt, trace, and shake to trigger Buzz’s moves; shake to toss roses on the stage, and much more!
  • End of book activities provide extended practice with early-learning concepts.
  • Info Page offers story extension activities for parents and caregivers.

For a demo video, click here.

Keep in mind that “Toy Story Showtime!” is only compatible with 4th generation iPod Touch, 3rd generation iPod Touch (16GB), iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad. Your device must have a wireless connection for the initial download.

I just received the App moments ago from Chip!  I can’t wait to see how my 4 year old daughter responds to it!  Thanks Chip!

For more Disney Book Apps, visit DisneyBookApps.com

In addition to Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blog, Walt Disney World Hints.  You can find additional hints on her facebook page, WDW Hints!

 

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Magical Manners at your Disney Resort http://www.chipandco.com/magical-manners-disney-resort-80504/ http://www.chipandco.com/magical-manners-disney-resort-80504/#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:30:04 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=80504 It’s time for another dose of manners! This time it’s about proper etiquette in and around your Resort! Common sense? Yes.  Do all guests have it? Nope. Are a few nice reminders needed? Probably – but certainly NOT for our readers! This little ditty is written for those guests that don’t know how to act, speak, or behave correctly.  Let’s […]

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It’s time for another dose of manners! This time it’s about proper etiquette in and around your Resort! Common sense? Yes.  Do all guests have it? Nope. Are a few nice reminders needed? Probably – but certainly NOT for our readers! This little ditty is written for those guests that don’t know how to act, speak, or behave correctly.  Let’s just hope that one day, they hap upon this series of articles.

Here’s what we’d love to tell those people:

  • Always be polite when asking for something from the staff. Smile and make eye contact. Saying “Please,” “Thank you,” “No Thank you” as well as “Have a nice day!”  to others goes a long way; you’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Grouchy, demanding and accusation-like tones won’t help you get what you’re asking for – such as room requests. However, being polite, using friendly tones and giving a smile makes others want to keep working with you, and consequently, they’ll work harder to help you out!

  • Don’t block the elevators! Stand back and wait until guests leave the elevator before boarding. If you’re in an elevator, it may help to step OUT of the elevator so that those behind you may exit – don’t worry, the elevator isn’t going to leave without you!  If there is a crowd of people waiting for an elevator (including strollers and/or wheelchairs) and you’re just going up 1 or 2 floors, take the stairs if you are physically able – your waistline will thank you.
  • Be quiet when walking through halls, especially at night as not all guests are still awake. Quietly walk through the hallways at night, and if you have to talk – please whisper. Make sure children walk and not run through the hallways or your room. When leaving your room, don’t let the door slam.
  • Keep your TV/radio volume as low as possible to hear it. Hotel walls don’t always block out noise.
  • Do not leave strollers, luggage or other bulky items outside your room door. While most people can pass by them, those in wheelchairs have a harder time maneuvering around them.
  • Don’t leave your laundry in the machines and not come back for it until much later.
  • Don’t leave your personal belongings on pool chairs to save them for later. They are there for everyone and unless you’re ready to use them, don’t leave your stuff on them.
  • Treat everyone with respect. That includes everyone from guests all the way to  Cast Members. CM’s work hard and a little courtesy goes a long way.
  • If you do not receive a towel animal from Mousekeeping, your vacation is not ruined! Towel animals are an extra pinch of Pixie dust that your mousekeeper may or may not leave for you. Yes, you did pay good money for this trip, but please don’t demand special treatment from the CM’s or get angry with them when things don’t happen exactly the way you expected.
  • Tipping Mousekeeping is up to you. While it is not required, it is a gesture of appreciation for someone who is cleaning up after you. Printable Mousekeeping envelopes can be found all over the internet (just do a search!)
  • Allowing your little one to cry themselves to sleep may be the habit at home, but take your resort neighbors into consideration… if you can help it, don’t allow the crying to carry on… and on… and on!

Good manners will make your vacation more memorable. Being courteous may brighten others vacations. Acknowledging a job well done by a Cast Member can speak volumes to them. Take a moment to commend the staff if they have done a great job. Have you ever filled out a Great Service Fanatic Card? It’s probably the best way for them to receive recognition ~ and they’ll appreciate YOU for it!

In addition to writing for Chip & Co., Terri writes for her own blog Walt Disney World Hints. You may also find extra hints on the facebook page WDW Hints.

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