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A special ticketed one-night farewell to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure will be held on Sunday, January 1, 2017 from 10:00pm until 1:00am. Guests at the after hours Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 13th Hour dessert party will enjoy live music and a delicious dessert buffet followed by one last ride into the Twilight Zone on its final day of operation.

The party will be a posh affair, so you’re encouraged to dress in your finest Hollywood Golden Age style. Fedoras for the gents and hats with veils for the ladies are welcome, but no masks please.

This elegant, after-hours party features:

  • Enjoyment of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in its original version for the duration of the party
  • Dessert buffet, coffee, soda and water
  • Entertainment provided by a debonair emcee and the plucky Silver Lake Sisters
  • Special photo locations
  • Signature non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails for an additional cost
  • Commemorative keepsake available for purchase
  • One of the last opportunities to purchase Twilight Zone Tower of Terror merchandise

Tickets to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 13th Hour party cost $95.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity. They are currently available to purchase online or by calling (714) 781-DINE.

Event Admission and Check-In

  • Event ticket provides admission to a limited section of Disney California Adventure Park.
  • Event check-in begins at 8:00 PM at the Esplanade.
  • Guests may enter Disney California Adventure Park beginning at 10:00 PM.
  • Ticket prices do not include tax or gratuity.

Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older for the duration of the event. Guests must be 40″ (102 cm) or taller to enter the attraction. All prices, food options, services, age ranges, locations, dates, times and menus subject to change without notice. A 72-hour notice required for cancellation refund.

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Tiana’s Riverboat Ice Cream Social Party Overview and Review http://www.chipandco.com/tianas-riverboat-ice-cream-social-party-overview-review-255011/ http://www.chipandco.com/tianas-riverboat-ice-cream-social-party-overview-review-255011/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=255011 Tiana’s Riverboat Ice Cream Social Party is a new event that opened this past week at Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.  This experience is offered daily and is a special ticketed event.  The party includes all-you-can-eat ice cream, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, a personal meet-and-greet with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, VIP viewing of the Festival of Fantasy […]

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Tiana’s Riverboat Ice Cream Social Party is a new event that opened this past week at Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.  This experience is offered daily and is a special ticketed event.  The party includes all-you-can-eat ice cream, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, a personal meet-and-greet with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, VIP viewing of the Festival of Fantasy Parade, and a parade around the Riverboat with our hosts.  Here is my review of Tiana’s Riverboat Ice Cream Social Party.

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The event begins at the check-in podium just outside of the Liberty Belle Riverboat Landing.  You will give your name and a Cast Member will make sure you are on the guest list.  You will then be handed a large sticker to place on your person identifying you as a party participant.

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As you enter the Riverboat Landing, the first item on offer is ice cream and little pastries.  You can spruce up your ice cream, or sorbet, with decorative sweets and sauces from a lily pad display table.  My favorite choice amongst these treats was the Chocolate Cookie Sandwich.  It was sweet without being overpowering.  This is only beginning so save room for more!

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Party beverages included lemonade, water, and canned Coca-Cola Products.  There were festive cups in green, purple, and yellow.  You could bring a beverage on the Riverboat with you; but I discovered that, other than the lemonade, you could get water and soda during the parade viewing and the Riverboat Party Tour segments.

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Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen were on hand for a personal meet-and-greet with each guest.  They were both in character and their personalities suited their characters quite nicely.  I really liked that there was no rushing with this part.  The character meet is so important to this event and I am pleased that Disney recognized this.  They travel with a Disney Photographer who takes the pictures to post to your My Disney Experience account.

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Just in case you did not have enough to eat and drink on the Riverboat Landing, you are offered more ice cream and snacks as you board the Liberty Belle Riverboat.  There is a snack station on the second level of the Riverboat.  There are also Cast Members meandering around the decks with baskets full of snacks, bottled water, and canned Coca-Cola products.

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We are sent off in grand fashion by the Cast Members all waving and wearing Mardi Gras masks for our big send-off.  Our Riverboat pulls forward about 50 feet to our VIP viewing area for the Festival of Fantasy Parade.  There is some trees that slightly interfere with the view, but being up above the parade, on the top deck of the Liberty Belle Riverboat, makes up for that.  We were thrilled when Minnie Mouse blew us a kiss from her float.

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Upon the conclusion of the parade, the Riverboat backs up to pick up Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.  After all, they were in the parade so they certainly could not be on the Riverboat with us, and in the parade at the same time!  They hold a parade around the deck of the Liberty Belle Riverboat while playing tambourines.  They are also available for additional photos and conversations.  The party takes place as we make our way around the Rivers of America.

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As we make our way back to dock at the Riverboat Landing, we are offered additional snacks, just in case we are still hungry.  This was a really nice touch and I added a few items to my bag.  When I exited, I paid the experience forward by offering some treats to three-year-old Vittoria and her lovely family.

From check-in at 2:00pm to docking and exiting the Riverboat, the entire experience takes about an hour and forty-five minutes.  This timeframe is much more suitable and I prefer this over other dessert parties, that tend to run only for sixty minutes, as there is time to actually enjoy the experience.  Be sure to use the restroom before boarding as there are no restrooms on the boat.  There is plenty of food and beverages and you will not feel hungry, after leaving Tiana’s Riverboat Ice Cream Social Party experience, for the rest of the day!

The only thing I would say could be improved is that there should be music playing while Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen are leading the parade around the deck with their tambourines.  The cost for this experience is $49 for adults, and $29 for children. If you can fit this event into your budget, then I highly recommend this experience for anybody.  I attended alone and I had a wonderful time.  Princess Tiana’s Riverboat Ice Cream Social Party is a must-do event.

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Take a Look at what 2017 Has in Store for The Walt Disney World Resort http://www.chipandco.com/take-look-2017-store-walt-disney-world-resort-255119/ http://www.chipandco.com/take-look-2017-store-walt-disney-world-resort-255119/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:07:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=255119 If you plan on visiting Walt Disney World in 2017, then you’ll want to take a look at what new adventures and offerings are in store for guests for the new year! At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, Pandora – The World of Avatar, will open in summer 2017. In collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and […]

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If you plan on visiting Walt Disney World in 2017, then you’ll want to take a look at what new adventures and offerings are in store for guests for the new year!

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, Pandora – The World of Avatar, will open in summer 2017. In collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, Disney is bringing to life the fantasy world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s epic film AVATAR, in a breathtaking new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Avatar Flight of Passage will send guests flying above the jungles of Pandora on a Mountain Banshee. Bioluminescent rainforests dramatically wrap around Na’vi River Journey, a family-friendly boat ride.

There will be new food and drink options as well, including Satu’li Canteen, the main dining location, or Pongu Pongu, a drink kiosk with a design as eclectic as its expat owner. Shoppers can stock up on Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more at Windtraders. “From the place making to the two extraordinary attractions that will be in the land…these promise to set new high-watermarks for the experiential magic we give our guests,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks and Resorts.

Disney Springs will also see some new additions as well:

  • Paddlefish – Sleek and modern after a bow-to-stern transformation from the former Fulton’s Crab House, Paddlefish will serve fresh seafood, steaks and chops. Unique menu choices for seafood lovers include a build-your-own boil. A new rooftop lounge will serve up a late-night menu and shipshape views of the water and Disney Springs. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Paddlefish will open in January 2017.
  • Planet Hollywood Observatory – Longtime Downtown Disney-goers will remember the iconic domed restaurant that drew celebrities and fans of the Hollywood scene. The reborn space will be themed to stars of a different kind: a turn-of-the-20th-Century observatory serving up amazing burgers and sandwiches created by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, and craft cocktails whose names are inspired by the planets and space travel. Movie memorabilia, video screens, contemporary music and themed merchandise complete the scene.
  • The Polite Pig – A sister restaurant to the Ravenous Pig, a favorite with Orlando locals, The Polite Pig will bring the same focus on genuine Florida cuisine to a broader global audience at Disney Springs. Lunch and dinner menus will feature a variety of wood-fired smoked and grilled items as well as an innovative beverage program that serves all drinks on tap, including beer, wine and cocktails.
  • Wine Bar George – Orlando master sommelier George Miliotes uncorks his first Disney wine bar in a space reminiscent of a winemaker’s estate warmed by oak wood and cozy lighting. Small plates dominate the food menu but it will be the wines with a starring role: more than 100 selections both by the bottle and the glass in a range of varietals and vintages.

 Guests of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will also be able to experience a new Family Raft Ride. Aboard this family-style raft adventure, guests will be immersed in the story of Captain Mary Oceaneer. Legend holds that this treasure hunter roamed the seven seas in search of undersea artifacts – until a rogue storm marooned her at Typhoon Lagoon. Guests gently ascend in treasure rafts, only to plunge into a whitewater adventure where they will encounter some of Mary’s deep sea booty. When it opens in spring 2017, it will be one of the longest attractions (2 minutes) at Disney’s Water Parks.

The much-anticipated opening of Rivers of LightComing in 2017, this powerful theatrical production takes Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests on a magnificent emotional journey – a visual mix of water, fire, nature and light choreographed to an original musical score. Continuing the park’s transformation from a day-into-nighttime experience, the amazing after-dark show on the banks of Discovery River celebrates the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans in the world. With innovative and never-before-seen technology, Rivers of Light will be unlike any other production ever staged at Walt Disney World Resort. CAst Members have already been to a preview performance, so we’re thinking it will debut in early 2017.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts – Epcot welcomes an all-new festival playing winter weekends and treating guests to a triple scoop of artful fun. For six colorful weekends (Fridays through Mondays) Jan. 13-Feb. 20, visual, culinary and performing arts will take center stage. Each weekend will feature taste bud-tempting and eye-dazzling creations from the Disney culinary team. Meantime, exciting new art from various media will tempt art lovers. Because the artwork will change out, it’s a new art festival every weekend. In addition, the lagoon-side stage at American Gardens Theatre will pulse with favorite showtunes performed by Broadway talent. In a collaboration with Disney Theatrical, songs from some of Disney on Broadway’s award-winning shows including The Lion King, Newsies and Aladdin will be performed.

 A new adventure in Disney dining and the ultimate Star Wars tour are being offered to guests in 2017:

  • Disney’s famed monorail is your connection in a movable feast called Highway in the Sky Dine-Around. The new experience gives guests priority boarding on the monorail for a distinctly Disney dining experience with stops for cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dessert. From a welcome cocktail at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, guests call at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (apps), Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (entree) and back to the Contemporary for dessert, cordials and coffee. Offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • For the ultimate Star Wars fan comes the ultimate tour. An all-new Star Wars Guided Tour is a seven-hour immersion in all current Star Wars experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Character greetings, themed dining, ride experiences, insider’s tours, dessert party and VIP viewing of Star Wars: a Galactic Spectacular are among highlights. Offered Mondays and Saturdays, it’s part of several new Star Wars additions announced in December 2016 for the park, including a new onstage sequence in the daytime experience “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away.” Star Wars-themed lands are planned for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

New Cabins and Deluxe Villas coming to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – In 2017, a proposed new Disney Vacation Club Resort, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, is scheduled to open, featuring new Resort accommodations that include plans for Deluxe Villas and unique waterfront cabins. Other enhancements coming to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge include a brand-new bar & grill, in addition to a quick-service restaurant. A sweeping re-imagination of the former Hidden Springs Pool, part of Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, is also scheduled to open in summer 2017. Named Boulder Ridge Cove, this area will feature an expanded sun deck and zero-depth-entry pool.

New Cheerleading, Dance Venue for ESPN Wide World of Sports – A first-of-its-kind venue specifically designed for the high-energy world of cheerleading and dance team competition opens its doors in 2017 at ESPN Wide World of Sports. The complex is collaborating with Varsity Spirit, the nation’s top cheerleading organization, in bringing the new multi-use venue to life. The venue will include a flexible design that allows for as many as four competition areas. With the ability to seat more than 8,000 guests, the sports and entertainment venue also can accommodate six regulation basketball courts, six regulation volleyball courts or be configured for concerts.

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Epcot’s Alpine Haus Showcases The Story Of The Christmas Tree http://www.chipandco.com/epcots-alpine-haus-showcases-story-christmas-tree-254939/ http://www.chipandco.com/epcots-alpine-haus-showcases-story-christmas-tree-254939/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254939 The tradition of having a Christmas Tree in our homes is celebrated around much of the world.  Have you ever wondered where, and how, this tradition started?  It is only fitting that Epcot’s new addition, Alpine Haus Food Kiosk, showcases The Story of the Christmas Tree with an intriguing display of trees and history.  From […]

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The tradition of having a Christmas Tree in our homes is celebrated around much of the world.  Have you ever wondered where, and how, this tradition started?  It is only fitting that Epcot’s new addition, Alpine Haus Food Kiosk, showcases The Story of the Christmas Tree with an intriguing display of trees and history.  From the First Christmas Trees in Germany, to Victorian Christmas Trees, American Christmas Trees, and Modern-day Christmas Trees the history is quite fascinating.

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The First Christmas Trees were inspired by the Germans as they used to decorate their homes with evergreen boughs.  “Paradise Trees” were the first Christmas Trees and were decorated solely with real apples.  Take a moment to read the Legend of the Spider when you visit this area of the display.

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Victorian Christmas Trees made their first appearance, in Great Britain, in the mid-1800’s.  Inspired by Prince Albert, who wanted to share the Christmas Trees from his German childhood with the people, these Christmas Trees became very popular.  The additional piece of information, on this Victorian Christmas Trees history board, is the story of the First Christmas Cards.

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American Christmas Trees became popular in the late 1800’s.  The tradition of the Christmas Tree, while brought to the United States by way of Great Britain, inspired Americans to be innovative in many ways.  The first-ever Christmas Tree Lot opened in New York and the First Christmas Tree Lights were invented in the United States.  The First Electric Christmas Lights story will engage your interest.

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Modern-day Christmas Trees vary from evergreen to pressed metal.  This new take, on a lifetime tradition, brings innovative ways to celebrate the season with decorative elements.  The evergreen tree remains the most popular form of Christmas Tree.  Be sure to read the history board to discover how Japan, China, and Africa decorate their trees for the Christmas holiday.

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You can find The Story of the Christmas Tree display at Alpine Haus.  This new food kiosk is located along the World Showcase between Morocco and France.  Stop by and take a look at this beautifully intriguing display.  If you are looking for a bite to eat, Alpine Haus is an excellent option.  You can enjoy your food at a tall table while admiring The Story of the Christmas Tree display.  If you are traveling with school-age children to Walt Disney World this holiday season, the history of the Christmas Tree might make a really great report or journal entry for your student.  Either way, you are sure to be intrigued by The Story of the Christmas Tree.

What do you like to decorate your home with for the holidays?

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Discounted Club Villain Tickets Available for DVC and Annual Passholders http://www.chipandco.com/discounted-club-villain-tickets-available-dvc-annual-passholders-254730/ http://www.chipandco.com/discounted-club-villain-tickets-available-dvc-annual-passholders-254730/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:12:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254730 Tickets to Club Villain are currently available at a $30 discount for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. The discounted tickets are $99 rather than the usual price of $129 and are available for dates through January 28, 2017. Price includes tax and gratuity. Annual Passholders can take advantage of the special ticket price […]

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Tickets to Club Villain are currently available at a $30 discount for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. The discounted tickets are $99 rather than the usual price of $129 and are available for dates through January 28, 2017. Price includes tax and gratuity.

Annual Passholders can take advantage of the special ticket price by calling 407-WDW-DINE. DVC Members should call Member Services at 800-800-9800. The discount can even be applied to existing Club Villain reservations.

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New Fast Casual Dinner Menu Now Available at ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios http://www.chipandco.com/fast-casual-dinner-menu-now-available-abc-commissary-disneys-hollywood-studios-254855/ http://www.chipandco.com/fast-casual-dinner-menu-now-available-abc-commissary-disneys-hollywood-studios-254855/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254855 Guests at ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can expect a more upscale dining experience at dinner. Not only has the menu been elevated but food is brought directly to your table after placing your order at the register. New appetizers include jalapeño poppers and pita chips with hummus. Fast-casual entrees include a juicy Chimichurri […]

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Guests at ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can expect a more upscale dining experience at dinner. Not only has the menu been elevated but food is brought directly to your table after placing your order at the register.

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New appetizers include jalapeño poppers and pita chips with hummus. Fast-casual entrees include a juicy Chimichurri Steak served with a fire-roasted corn medley, hearty Barbecued Chicken and Ribs with coleslaw, and a Southwest Burger piled high with Pepper Jack cheese, bacon, guacamole and jalapeño poppers, all three are served with thick-cut steak fries.

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Lighter options include a zesty Lemon Pepper Salmon, served with green beans and couscous and the Mediterranean Salad with tomatoes, onions, peppers, Kalamata olives and feta tossed in a Greek vinaigrette and topped with your choice of chicken or salmon. Kids will enjoy entrees like barbecued chicken, salmon or a burger.

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Guests will place their order at the register and receive a pager. Choose any open table in the dining room, sit back, relax and enjoy the ambiance. A cast member will deliver your food and drinks to the table. Need a drink refill? More ketchup? Just ask a nearby cast member and they will be happy to assist.

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Are you excited about the recent change at ABC Commissary?

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Epcot Introduces International Holiday Treats Around the World Showcase http://www.chipandco.com/epcot-introduces-international-holiday-treats-around-world-showcase-254586/ http://www.chipandco.com/epcot-introduces-international-holiday-treats-around-world-showcase-254586/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:06:37 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254586 When we think of the holidays, often-times the first thing that comes to mind is the food.  Cultures around the world celebrate a variety of holidays, such as Christmas and New Year’s, with foods that may be slightly unfamiliar to many of us.  We are happy to announce that Epcot has introduced International Holiday Treats […]

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When we think of the holidays, often-times the first thing that comes to mind is the food.  Cultures around the world celebrate a variety of holidays, such as Christmas and New Year’s, with foods that may be slightly unfamiliar to many of us.  We are happy to announce that Epcot has introduced International Holiday Treats at food kiosks located around its World Showcase.

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You can pick up your 2016 Holiday Passport at the entrance to Epcot.  If you enter Epcot through the International Gateway, or just forget to pick one up at the front entrance, you can find your Holiday Passport at any food kiosk ordering station around the World Showcase.

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There are a number of kiosks around Epcot’s World Showcase that have been specifically designed to provide holiday food and drink.  New this year is the Seasonal Southern Delights.  It is located to left of the giant Christmas tree, just before you arrive in Mexico.  This food kiosk offers southern-style seasonal foods such as Hoppin’ John and Blackened Catfish.  For dessert you can try is their chocolate Pecan Tart.  If you are looking for something interesting to drink try the Frozen S’mores with, or without, alcohol.

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The Mexico food kiosk, while not new, offers some interesting choices.  From traditional Chicken Enchiladas to Sweet Tamales, you will be tempted to have a taste.  And what about a Mexican Coffee Margarita to balance out the food?

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The Prost! food kiosk in Germany is not new to the Holidays Around the World event.  However, the German Artisan Cheese Plate with a glass of Possmann Pure Hard Black Currant Apple Cider is tempting.  If you are looking for a snack then the Stollen, a Holiday Fruit Cake, makes a great option.  If you are interested in learing about different traditions, sampling International Holiday Treats is a great way to do this.

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New to the Holidays Around the World is the American Holiday Table.  Located on the grounds of the America Pavillion you can purchase seasonal favorites such as the Slow-roasted Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole.  As portions go, this is the largest one I saw and can easily be shared.  Try to wash it down with a glass of Firenog!

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The Alpine Haus, located between the U. K. and Canada Pavillions, is another new option.  This food kiosk was one of my favorites and is a must-try location.  The Duck Confit along with the Cheese Fondue is delicious.  Just looking for dessert?  No problem as they offer a beautiful Sachertorte, which is a type of chocolate cake.  If you enjoy shaking things up a bit then you should try the alcoholic, or non-alcoholic version, of the Chocolate Apple Shake.

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The Holiday Eats and Treats is yet another new theme to an already existing food kiosk.  This one is located just to the right of the giant Christmas Tree headed towards the Canada Pavillion.  The theme appears to be Holiday foods, however the hot dog on the menu threw me a little.  The Holiday Sandwich is pretty good as it is made with a nice cranberry bread.  I was not a fan of the mashed potatoes on my sandwich and would have much preferred the stuffing, that I am familiar with, on a popular sandwich at a Disney Springs vendor.  The Peppermint Sundae was basically chocolate soft-serve ice cream with whipped cream and crushed candy cane.  I will pass on this option next time.

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My absolute favorite International Holiday Treats food choice was the Three Kings Bread.  You can find this delectable treat at the Feast of the Three Kings food kiosk located just behind the Holiday Eats and Treats heading towards the Canada Pavillion. If you have never tried Coquito, then this drink option is a must and I plan to have that the next time I visit Epcot.

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The Joffrey’s food kiosks are not new to the World Showcase.  However, they are offering some really interesting seasonal drinks.  I admit that I did, in fact, turn into a Crazy Elf on this visit.  Of course, you can always keep things mellow with a lovely Holiday Latte as well.

Epcot’s Holidays Around the World is a popular event that is likely to become even more popular as word gets around about the additional seasonal food and drink options located around the World Showcase.  The Holidays Around the World kicked off on November 25th and will run through December 30th.  If you are visiting the Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season, be sure to plan a visit to Epcot.  You are sure to be please that Epcot has introduced a number of new International Holiday Treats at food kiosks around the World Showcase.

Which food and drink option are you most excited to try?  Please leave your comments in the box below.

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New Details on 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival http://www.chipandco.com/new-details-2017-epcot-international-flower-garden-festival-254693/ http://www.chipandco.com/new-details-2017-epcot-international-flower-garden-festival-254693/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:15:50 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254693 The 24th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will take place from March 1 – May 29, 2017 for a total of 90 days. The festival dates were extended last year and guests will continue to be able to enjoy the event for an additional two weekends in 2017. New character topiaries and outdoor […]

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The 24th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will take place from March 1 – May 29, 2017 for a total of 90 days. The festival dates were extended last year and guests will continue to be able to enjoy the event for an additional two weekends in 2017.

New character topiaries and outdoor kitchens along with new entertainment will help jump-start the spring season at Walt Disney World. Below are some exciting new details about the 2017 Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot:

  • Fresh, farm-market food and beverage flavors will debut at two new Outdoor Kitchens that will join 13 returning Outdoor Kitchens. Guest can sip and savor their way around Epcot, enjoying chef-inspired
    noshes and refreshing libations with or without a kick.
  • The new generation of princess topiaries (Snow White, Anna and Elsa – the first to be designed and created with topiary facial features) will welcome a brand-new Belle topiary as fans remember her from the Oscar-winning Disney film, “Beauty and the Beast.” Located outside the France pavilion with the Beast topiary, Belle will come to life with sculpted facial features and her yellow ball gown created with golden blooming Joseph’s Coat plants.
  • Another festival first will be a 6-foot-tall topiary of Figment, the feisty dragon mascot of the park’s Imagination! pavilion, perched atop a 5-foot-diameter ball fashioned from yellow Joseph’s Coat.
  • The brand-new Epcot front-entrance topiary garden inspired by a vintage Walt Disney short film will spring to life with a floral-festooned maypole featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy and
    Pluto.
  • The popular Garden Rocks concert series will expand to four days each week, with three concerts each Friday through Monday presenting pop musicians that span multiple genres over four decades.
  • New Garden Rocks Dining Packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants.
  • Reimagined interactive play gardens will include a new take on the “Cars”-themed garden introducing a new character topiary from the June 2017 release of the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3.”
  • Music Garden Melodies play area will return with new garden and topiary elements.
  • For the first time, the event’s Festival Center will extend operating hours from Wednesday, March 1 through Sunday, March 5. Throughout the rest of the festival, the center will be open each
    Friday through Sunday with an entertaining mix of gardening seminars and DIY workshops.

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One of the popular Outdoor Kitchen gardens, Urban Farm Eats, will return with savory bites, sweet treats and ideas for planting produce that can inspire growing numbers of guests who want to learn to grow their
own edibles.

“A lot of people, including young children, are serious foodies now, and they have lots of questions about gardening,” says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. “We’re getting more and more people in their
20’s and 30’s asking, ‘How can I grow this?’ I think we’ll be creating more gardeners because people can see what’s possible.”

The 2017 festival forecast will be sunny with colorful floral bursts by day and a nighttime landscape aglow with twinkling lights:

  • Topiaries of Donald Duck and nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie will share Future World space in front of Spaceship Earth with Chip and Dale for a “Fresh Epcot” selfie and family photo opportunity.
  • Anna and Elsa topiaries will return to the Norway pavilion festival landscape in celebration of the park’s new Frozen Ever After.
  • Nearly 100 festival topiaries in all will include up to 70 character
    creations such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp, Simba, Timon and Tinker Bell.
  • Guests will encounter garden surprises and special appearances related to Earth Day and other spring activities.
  • The Butterflies on the Go garden will return with the story of the Monarch’s epic journey across the continent and featuring butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.
  • On the way to the new Soarin’ Around the World film at the Soarin’attraction in The Land pavilion, guests can discover gardens featuring edible flowers, plants that benefit health and healing, and
    a pollinator paradise.

Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms will transform the park’s landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the
water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.

All gardening programs and exhibits at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival are included in regular Epcot admission.

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Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs Now Opening on January 3 http://www.chipandco.com/planet-hollywood-observatory-disney-springs-now-opening-january-3-254683/ http://www.chipandco.com/planet-hollywood-observatory-disney-springs-now-opening-january-3-254683/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:39:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254683 Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs will not be opening on December 15th as planned due to unexpected construction delays. They are however currently accepting reservations for dates beginning January 3, 2017. Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant directly at 407-827-7827. Guests with reservations between December 15 and January 2 should have been notified […]

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Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs will not be opening on December 15th as planned due to unexpected construction delays. They are however currently accepting reservations for dates beginning January 3, 2017.

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Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant directly at 407-827-7827. Guests with reservations between December 15 and January 2 should have been notified of cancellation.

Fingers crossed there won’t be any more delays and Plant Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs will open on January 3, 2017!

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New “Highway in the Sky Dine Around” Experience at Walt Disney World Begins December 2nd http://www.chipandco.com/new-highway-sky-dine-around-experience-walt-disney-world-begins-december-2nd-254664/ http://www.chipandco.com/new-highway-sky-dine-around-experience-walt-disney-world-begins-december-2nd-254664/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:57:12 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254664 Board the Walt Disney World Resort Monorail for a progressive dinner at 3 Disney Resort hotels beginning December 2, 2016. The new “Highway in the Sky Dine Around” experience includes stops for cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dessert along the way.  Guests will receive priority boarding on the monorail during their dining journey between Disney’s Contemporary […]

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Board the Walt Disney World Resort Monorail for a progressive dinner at 3 Disney Resort hotels beginning December 2, 2016. The new “Highway in the Sky Dine Around” experience includes stops for cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dessert along the way.  Guests will receive priority boarding on the monorail during their dining journey between Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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Your Dine Around adventure begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you’ll check in at The Wave… of American Flavors restaurant. Relax and mingle with your fellow diners, enjoying a welcoming appetizer and specialty cocktail before setting off on your epicurean odyssey. Bon voyage and bon appétit!

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First stop: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort—where you’ll feel as if you’ve arrived in a far-flung tropical paradise. Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific and luxuriate in the charm of this exotic retreat, with an enticing variety of island-inspired libations and appetizers.

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Then it’s time for a change of scene and cuisine—as the monorail transports you a world away: to the opulent Victorian-style Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Step inside and step back into a bygone era of elegance and gracious hospitality. You’ll be escorted to the award-winning Cítricos restaurant where we invite you to settle in amid the refined ambience as you’re treated to a special Chef’s main course selection. Afterward, gather in the splendidly appointed lobby to sip champagne and savor a selection of artisanal cheeses.

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Board the monorail once more to return to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for the culmination of your evening. Here, you and your Dine Around companions will retire to a private patio to enjoy an indulgent assortment of desserts, cordials and coffee. From this exclusive location, watch in wonder as the Wishes nighttime spectacular fireworks light up the night over Cinderella Castle—a musical, magical grand finale to your one-of-a-kind dining adventure.

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The price of the “Highway in the Sky Dine Around” is $150 per person plus tax, gratuity included. It is offered on select Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:45pm beginning December 2, 2016. Check-in takes place at The Wave located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 15 minutes ahead of your reservation time. The Disney Dining Plan may not be used for this event and any discounts or promotions are not valid.

Reservations open November 29th and can be made online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. There will be no dine-around between December 18 and January 3. Dates are currently available through March 31, 2017. Reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance to avoid forfeiting the full price of the experience.

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Dole Whip Available at Disney Springs http://www.chipandco.com/dole-whip-available-disney-springs-254627/ http://www.chipandco.com/dole-whip-available-disney-springs-254627/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:29:10 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254627 Dole Whip lovers, rejoice! In addition to all your usual favorite spots to find this delicious pineapple treat, you can now add one more to your list! Marketplace Snacks in Disney Springs is now offering Dole Whip to guests.   The new location at Marketplace Snacks joins other locations throughout Disney’s Parks and Resorts: Pineapple […]

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Dole Whip lovers, rejoice! In addition to all your usual favorite spots to find this delicious pineapple treat, you can now add one more to your list! Marketplace Snacks in Disney Springs is now offering Dole Whip to guests.

 

The new location at Marketplace Snacks joins other locations throughout Disney’s Parks and Resorts:

  • Pineapple Lanai- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Aloha Aisle- Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
  • Tiki Juice Bar- Disneyland
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments- Animal Kingdom
  • Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

 

Who will be grabbing a Dole Whip on their next shopping venture at Disney Springs?

 

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Bus Stop Pizza Kiosks Open at Two of the All Star Resorts http://www.chipandco.com/bus-stop-pizza-kiosks-open-two-star-resorts-254526/ http://www.chipandco.com/bus-stop-pizza-kiosks-open-two-star-resorts-254526/#respond Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:34:16 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254526 As previous guests at the All Star Resorts could probably tell you, if you have a hankering for a slice of pizza after a long day at the parks, be prepared to wait in line.  Especially in the late hours of the evening, pizza lines at the All Star food courts can reach Peter Pan’s […]

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As previous guests at the All Star Resorts could probably tell you, if you have a hankering for a slice of pizza after a long day at the parks, be prepared to wait in line.  Especially in the late hours of the evening, pizza lines at the All Star food courts can reach Peter Pan’s Flight like proportions. Thankfully, Disney has heeded the pizza-lover’s call and on November 23rd unveiled new quick service kiosks at both All Star Movies and Music that will offer pizzas curbside.

Having the kiosks near the bus stops means that families arriving back at the resort after visiting the theme parks can pick up pizza for the family without having to trek through the lobby or wait in long food court lines.

Anticipating the urge of late-night guests to have a slice, the kiosks will only be open between the hours of 7pm and 10pm.  The two locations dubbed “Intermission Express “at All-Star Music and “World Premier Express” at All Star Movies will offer a very simplified menu with cheese and pepperoni pizzas on offer. However, what it lacks in variety, it certainly makes up for in terms of convenience.

No further information has been given as of going to print regarding costs or whether or not the pizza can be purchased as part of the Disney Dining Plan.  Guests are encouraged to watch this space for further details.

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Holidays Around the World at Epcot 2016 Entertainment Schedule http://www.chipandco.com/holidays-around-world-epcot-2016-entertainment-schedule-254483/ http://www.chipandco.com/holidays-around-world-epcot-2016-entertainment-schedule-254483/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:20:59 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254483 Holidays Around the World at Epcot will be held from November 25 to December 30, 2016 and is included with valid theme park admission. Below is a schedule of daily performances but be sure to pick up a times guide when you enter the park for the most up to date information. IllumiNations: Reflections of […]

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Holidays Around the World at Epcot will be held from November 25 to December 30, 2016 and is included with valid theme park admission. Below is a schedule of daily performances but be sure to pick up a times guide when you enter the park for the most up to date information.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

A special seasonal finale to IllumiNations will take place from November 25 to December 24 at 9:30pm and from December 24 to December 30 at 10:30pm. It will feature holiday greetings in native languages from the countries of World Showcase, along with the beloved sounds of the classice song “Let There be Peace on Earth.”

American Music Machine

Enjoy favorite songs of the season in the distinctive styling of the world renowned five person a capella group at Fountain Stage in Future World at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 6pm.

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

Rejoice in seasonal sounds that blend gospel with R&B, jazz and urban melodies to celebrate this glorious season with a contemporary flair. Performances are held at the Fountain Stage in Future World at 1:25pm, 2:25pm, 3:25pm and 4:25pm.

Candlelight Processional

Hear the stirring story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and several magnificent choirs at American Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. Candlelight Processional performances take place three times a day at 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm.

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Indulge in the flavors of the season with scrumptious bites, decadent desserts and merry libations around the world at the Holidays Around the World Marketplaces.

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Performances take place daily from November 25 to December 29 2016.

Canada – The Canadian Holiday Voyageurs
Explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North. 12:25pm, 1:20pm, 2:15pm, 3:10pm, 4:25pm, 6pm

United Kingdom – Father Christmas
Join Father Christmas, as he rings in the season, with traditions of the United Kingdom and good cheer. 1:05pm, 2pm, 2:55pm, 4:30pm, 5:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

France – Père Noël
Discover the magic of Père Noël and the joy of the season through a Christmas letter from a child. 11:20am, 11:55am, 12:30pm, 1:20pm, 2:10pm, 3:40pm, 4:25pm, 5:40pm

Morocco – Morocco Holiday Entertainment
Take a journey through seasons of holidays in Morocco, where celebrations are “the spice of life!” 12:45pm, 2pm, 2:50pm, 3:25pm, 5:15pm, 6:10pm, 7:25pm.

Japan – Daruma
Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year! 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:10pm, 6:45pm.

Italy – La Befana
Meet the kind-hearted witch who arrives on the Eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children. 1:40pm, 2:35pm, 3:30pm, 4:25pm, 5:45pm, 6:25pm, 7pm, 7:30pm.

Germany – Helga
Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker. 1:40pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 5:25pm, 6:35pm, 7:35pm, 8:30pm.

China – Chinese Lion Dancers
The colorful Chinese Lion Dance brings good fortune and happiness to all during the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:40pm.

Norway – Sigrid and Julenissen
Enjoy the season of joy and fun with Sigrid and Julenissen, the mischievous Christmas gnome. 11:15am, 12pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm.

Mexico – Mariachis and Dancers
Celebrate a Feliz Navidad and join in the color and excitement of the music, dances and traditions of a Holiday Fiesta! 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm.

American Adventure – Santa and Mrs. Claus
Join Santa and Mrs. Clause at The American Adventure from November 25 to December 24 at 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

American Adventure – Hanukkah
Discover the traditions of Hanukkah, the story of the brave Maccabees and the miracle of the burning oil lamp. 12:15pm, 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 4pm, 4:45pm.

American Adventure – Kwanzaa
Experience the spirit of Kwanzaa, a celebration of unity, creativity and pride. 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm.

American Adventure – Voices of Liberty
Appearing in Dickens costumes, the Voices of Liberty a cappella group presents a special seasonal repertoire of holiday favorites. 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm.

Ring in the holiday season with an assortment of food, music and celebrations from around the globe during Holidays Around the World at Epcot.

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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starting August 31st, 2017! http://www.chipandco.com/2017-epcot-food-wine-festival-starting-august-31st-2017-254472/ http://www.chipandco.com/2017-epcot-food-wine-festival-starting-august-31st-2017-254472/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:22:41 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254472 Great News! The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is beginning much earlier next year, according to reports it will be starting on August 31st through November 13th! That is 2 additional weeks earlier than 2016. This is the 2nd year in a row Disney has expanded the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. In case you missed the […]

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Great News! The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is beginning much earlier next year, according to reports it will be starting on August 31st through November 13th! That is 2 additional weeks earlier than 2016. This is the 2nd year in a row Disney has expanded the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

In case you missed the news Disney has also added a new event in January 2017 called Festival of the Arts.

Highlights of the Festival will include works on display from notable Disney artists such as Mary Blair and Herb Ryman and will also showcase the talents of current artists like Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos. Guests will also have the opportunity to watch the creative process live.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will also be joining forces with Disney Theatrical to present a showcase of favorite music featuring Broadway talent at the American Gardens Theatre stage.

After the Flower & Garden Festival there is only a few months in the summer when there is not some type of event/festival going on. Does this mean Disney is working on a summer event to fill in the void between Flower & Garden and Food & Wine? You never know…

Are you enjoying these almost year around events?

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Take Your Love on a “Disney Date Night” To Disney Springs! http://www.chipandco.com/wdw-planning-take-love-disney-date-night-disney-springs-251477/ http://www.chipandco.com/wdw-planning-take-love-disney-date-night-disney-springs-251477/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:28:35 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=251477 There’s nothing better than a date night with your other half – except a date night in DISNEY WORLD – being out as a couple in the Happiest Place On Earth is such a treat, and if you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity – seize it! Disney Springs is the perfect setting for your […]

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There’s nothing better than a date night with your other half – except a date night in DISNEY WORLD – being out as a couple in the Happiest Place On Earth is such a treat, and if you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity – seize it! Disney Springs is the perfect setting for your Disney Date Night – check out all the options for making it a perfect night with your love:

Dining: There are some great places to eat at Disney Springs, places to suit every budget and taste! If you’re looking for more of a romantic, intimate spot – then I recommend checking out the amazing food at atmosphere at Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – where you can dine on the waterfront patio or in the beautiful dining room, and choose from a menu full of fresh seafood, wood-fired pizzas, and of course – pasta! You’ll find more of a lively atmosphere at Raglan Road Irish Pub (a personal favorite of mine – with its authentic Irish cuisine and live music and Irish dancing!) and Paradiso 37 – where they also have live music nightly, and offer unique varieties of rums and tequilas. Another option would be to check out the food trucks – setup daily on the west side, you will see a variety of trucks offering some amazingly mouth-watering meal options

Entertainment: Once dinner is done, you can move on to one of many different entertainment options available right in Disney Springs. There’s a movie theater, bowling alley, DisneyQuest (an indoor interactive theme park), La Nouba (Disney’s exclusive Cirque Du Soleil spectacular), and live music/shows available at various locations throughout the area. Personally, I love to just stroll around and take in all the sights and sounds of the night life at Disney Springs, it’s the perfect place for a moonlit romantic stroll!

Shopping: While many of you might not consider shopping a fun “date night” activity – I do, and you just might too – after you see just how many unique and fun stores/shops are waiting for you in Disney Springs! There are obviously plenty of stores that sell Disney merchandise (as to be expected!) but there are also plenty more that sell clothes, jewelry, art, and so much more – it’s worth a look, and who knows, you might find something perfect for your date!

Disney Springs is a great place to be any time of the day, but it really comes alive at night, which makes it a perfect spot to have a “Disney Date Night” any night of the week!

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PizzeRizzo Now Serving Up Pizza With a Dash of Muppet-Style Humor http://www.chipandco.com/pizzerizzo-now-serving-pizza-dash-muppet-style-humor-254249/ http://www.chipandco.com/pizzerizzo-now-serving-pizza-dash-muppet-style-humor-254249/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:30:22 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254249 PizzeRizzo opened for regular business on Friday November 18, 2016.  We have been following the refurbishment progress and were happy to have the opportunity to visit this establishment on opening day.  Here is our review of how PizzeRizzo is now serving up pizza with a dash of muppet-style humor. PizzeRizzo is serving up pizza, salads […]

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PizzeRizzo opened for regular business on Friday November 18, 2016.  We have been following the refurbishment progress and were happy to have the opportunity to visit this establishment on opening day.  Here is our review of how PizzeRizzo is now serving up pizza with a dash of muppet-style humor.

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PizzeRizzo is serving up pizza, salads and meatball subs along with desserts, kids meals, and beverages.  We are happy to note that PizzeRizzo also offers a fairly extensive allergy-friendly menu that accommodates most common allergies.  The pizza comes standard with a small Caesar Salad which is great; as long as they do not run out of lettuce!

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I was thrilled that salad comes with the pizza so I ordered a cheese pizza, to include a Caesar Salad, and a Wildberry-Basil Limoncello Lemonade.  The food portion sizes are quite good.  When my order was ready I was told that, sadly, there would be no Caesar salad for me as they had run out of lettuce.  I was handed a bag of potato chips and I asked if that could be substituted for a Cannoli instead since there was no salad as I had originally anticipated.  The Cast Member was very accommodating and agreed to substitute the Cannoli for the Salad at no additional charge.  The cheese pizza was what one would expect from a quick-service pizzeria.  While the crust was crunchy, and the inside of the dough was slightly chewy, the sauce and cheese combination was average.  In fact, the cheese was minimal.   I was not a fan of the pizza, and to be honest, I will try a meatball sub if I ever have another meal here.  The WildberryBasil Limoncello Lemonade, on the other hand, was quite good and I would definitely order this drink again.  The Cannoli was just okay as there was not a lot of flavor in this dessert option.  The filling did not taste like sweetened ricotta as it was quite bland.  The shell tasted exactly a sugar cone you would order for an ice cream so that too was disappointing.  The other dessert option is Tiramisu but, even though it looks good, I am not sure I would try to order it after experiencing the Cannoli.

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If you enjoy a bit of Muppet-style humor, then be sure to look at the decorative elements on the walls throughout the restaurant.  Be sure to check out the framed “Our First Dollar” display on the first floor just as you enter the main dining room after picking up your food.  Here you will also see Papa Rizzo’s original apron from 1916 along with various pizza “awards.”  On the second floor be sure to check out the bulletin board of Muppet advertisements.

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There are some very clever wall displays featuring records, Play Bills, and framed photographs.  Be sure to read the Play Bills and check out the artists featured on the records.  You must look closely at the photographs to catch the humor in these displays as, upon closer inspection, you will see Muppet characters such as Rizzo and Gonzo.

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The second floor boasts a reception hall where a wedding reception is supposedly taking place.  There is music playing and the ceiling displays a disco ball.  This area was the most crowded but I have to admit, I expected something more from this space.  There are no characters on the walls or any sign of an actual wedding party going on.  I think they missed an amazing opportunity here.  I am no Imagineer, but they could have easily had something as simple as a glass-enclosed case along one wall with the wedding party eating or dancing together.

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I really like the main dining area upstairs.  The classic Pizzeria deco is very nice and fitting for the establishment.  However, I was shocked to go upstairs and see that there was nobody there.  This was opening day during the dinner hour around 5:30pm.  I was surprised there were not more people there at that time.

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One other area of note is the back wall of the second floor near the restrooms.  There is a feature wall that is full of sketches and framed art of Muppet characters.  This is the only noticable feature that specifically focuses on the Muppets.

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One of the really fun elements included in the deco is the trash cans.  They are worth noting in that they offer a humorous thought process with regards to discarding your trash.

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There is outdoor patio seating on both levels.  I prefer the seating upstairs just for the view alone of the buildings.  Either way, there was plenty of seating available both indoors and outdoors on opening night.

You can see our inside video tour of PizzeRizzo here:

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The main PizzeRizzo sign, on top of the building, is lit up at night.  Be sure to notice how some of the lighting, on a few of the letters, goes out.  The remaining letters spell out, “It’s Rat Pizza.”

You can see the short night-time video of the sign here:
Overall, PizzeRizzo is not about the food, but rather about the atmosphere.  If you have some time to kill, stop by and order a drink, and then wander around the restaurant looking at all of the wall deco.  Everyone has different taste preferences and the only way to know if you will enjoy the food options at PizzeRizzo is to try them out for yourself.  If you are not fussy about the quality of your pizza then the portions are substantial and can work as a good lunch option.   For folks looking for a place to relax for a bit while refueling with some food and beverage, before getting back to the park rides and shows, this restaurant provides a comfortable space for this purpose.  While PizzeRizzo is serving up pizza at this establishment, you are more likely to enjoy the dash of Muppet-style that exists in this space.

Are you planning to visit PizzeRizzo on your next visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios?  Please leave your comments in the box below.

 

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Disney Springs Progressive Dinner Tickets Available http://www.chipandco.com/disney-springs-progressive-dinner-tickets-available-254272/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-springs-progressive-dinner-tickets-available-254272/#respond Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:21:05 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254272 The head chefs of both Morimoto Asia (Masaharu Morimoto) and Art Smith’s Homecoming (Art Smith) in Disney Springs are coming together to offer guests a night of dining they won’t soon forget. The two chefs are teaming up for ‘Sake and Shine,’ a progressive dinner, on Dec. 3 in Disney Springs. The Orlando Sentinel provided the following […]

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The head chefs of both Morimoto Asia (Masaharu Morimoto) and Art Smith’s Homecoming (Art Smith) in Disney Springs are coming together to offer guests a night of dining they won’t soon forget. The two chefs are teaming up for ‘Sake and Shine,’ a progressive dinner, on Dec. 3 in Disney Springs.

The Orlando Sentinel provided the following details for the event:

Guests will start their evening at Morimoto Asia, with a three-course Pan-Asian meal with sake and beer pairings. It includes the Iron Chef’s favorite dishes of the season such as Alaskan king crab and Nantucket Bay scallop “ankake” over crispy noodles, five-spiced brasied beef short rib with a sansho peppercorn sauce and wilted dou milao, and a sushi course.

The feast will be served in the Forbidden Lounge balcony in the restaurant.

Afterward, guests will head to Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming for dessert that includes a build-your-own-Florida-strawberry shortcake bar as well as slices of the chef’s famous Hummingbird cake and Shine cake. A variety of moonshine-based cocktails will also be available.

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What: A progressive dinner with Celebrity Chefs Masaharu Morimoto and Art Smith.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Morimoto Asia and Homecoming Florida Kitchen at Disney Springs

Tickets: $225 per person (price is all-inclusive and covers tax and gratuity). Buy advance tickets by visiting http://bit.ly/2flf5eg.

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Changes Coming to ABC Commissary Dinner Menu http://www.chipandco.com/changes-coming-abc-commissary-dinner-menu-254160/ http://www.chipandco.com/changes-coming-abc-commissary-dinner-menu-254160/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:00:48 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254160 There have been many changes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and there is yet another one coming. Starting November 30th, the ABC Commissary will start offering a “fast casual” quick service Dinner experience for guests. The new items will be made-to-order with an emphasis on healthy meals and specialty items. Once guests place their order, they […]

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There have been many changes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and there is yet another one coming. Starting November 30th, the ABC Commissary will start offering a “fast casual” quick service Dinner experience for guests. The new items will be made-to-order with an emphasis on healthy meals and specialty items. Once guests place their order, they will bring a pager back to their table, and they will be notified when their food is ready. These changes are only in effect for Dinner, as the lunch quick-service  will remain the same.

 

Will you be checking out the new fast casual dinner menu at ABC Commissary?

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Tiana’s Riverboat Party with Festival of Fantasy Parade dessert party http://www.chipandco.com/tianas-riverboat-party-festival-fantasy-parade-dessert-party-254147/ http://www.chipandco.com/tianas-riverboat-party-festival-fantasy-parade-dessert-party-254147/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:29:57 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254147 Starting November 29th Disney is offering a fun new dessert party with Festival of Fantasy Parade viewing in the Magic Kingdom called Tiana’s Riverboat Party. Treat your senses to a Liberty Square Riverboat “sundae fun-day” and reserved viewing of one of our grandest processions. Make the most of your next visit to Magic Kingdom park, where Princess […]

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Starting November 29th Disney is offering a fun new dessert party with Festival of Fantasy Parade viewing in the Magic Kingdom called Tiana’s Riverboat Party.

Treat your senses to a Liberty Square Riverboat “sundae fun-day” and reserved viewing of one of our grandest processions.

Make the most of your next visit to Magic Kingdom park, where Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen are throwing an unforgettable party… and you’re invited! The occasion begins on the dock as your royal hosts welcome you and your sweet tooth to an ice cream social, complete with ice cream and toppings, drinks, and sweet treats.

Then board the Liberty Square Riverboat and relax while enjoying the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade—all from the comfort of your special viewing location!

After the parade, Tiana and Naveen will join you to continue the party as you all cruise around the Rivers of America, circling Tom Sawyer Island.

Pricing and Reservation Details
This special event is available for $49 per adult and $29 for children ages 9 and under (tax included). For reservations, you can book online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Please check in at the Liberty Square Riverboat entrance 45 minutes before the parade begins.

All entertainment and experiences are subject to change without notice. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

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Sneak Peek of New Menu Items at Paddlefish in Disney Springs http://www.chipandco.com/sneak-peek-new-menu-items-paddlefish-disney-springs-254090/ http://www.chipandco.com/sneak-peek-new-menu-items-paddlefish-disney-springs-254090/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:51:20 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254090 If you are a fan of fish and seafood-centric menu items like I am,  then I imagine you’ll be as excited as I am to take a peek at some of the new menu items that will be debuting this Winter when the new Paddlefish opens in Disney Springs. Paddlefish, which is replacing Fulton’s Crab House, […]

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If you are a fan of fish and seafood-centric menu items like I am,  then I imagine you’ll be as excited as I am to take a peek at some of the new menu items that will be debuting this Winter when the new Paddlefish opens in Disney Springs. Paddlefish, which is replacing Fulton’s Crab House, has been undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation from bow-to-stern over the past year, and we are more than excited for it to finally open!

Though the menu is still being fine-tuned, and information is not available about that for the time being, I did get a sneak peek at some photos of some items that are coming soon!

 

Take a look and see what delights await you at Paddlefish:

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Paddlefish is set to open sometime this Winter, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we have more details for you!

 

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