News – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining Reviews and More! Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:40:30 +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 News – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com 32 32 7800472 Refurbishment at Grand Floridian Convention Center http://www.chipandco.com/refurbishment-grand-floridian-convention-center-255052/ http://www.chipandco.com/refurbishment-grand-floridian-convention-center-255052/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:40:30 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=255052   If you’ll be staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World this month, you may want to take note of some new information regarding closures at the convention center. Orlando Theme Park News reports that starting December 12th, and lasting through January 1st, 2017, that the Convention Center at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort […]

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If you’ll be staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World this month, you may want to take note of some new information regarding closures at the convention center.

Orlando Theme Park News reports that starting December 12th, and lasting through January 1st, 2017, that the Convention Center at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be closed for refurbishment.

The Convention Center, its adjacent parking lot, as well as the Wedding Pavilion  areas will be inaccessible to Guests. Work will take place during the day with potential noise impacts. The Convention Services office will continue to remain open during refurbishment, but the business center will relocate to the main building of the resort (at the old concierge desk).

The Temporary Business Center Location will be located in the Main lobby, old concierge desk (Dec. 10–Jan. 1), with the following hours:

  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. 
  • Saturday & Sunday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m. 
  • Closed Sunday, Dec. 25 

Guest Computer Access will also be available in the Main lobby, second floor, next to the Disney Vacation Club information desk:

  • Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

 

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Disney Releases Two New “Rogue One” Videos http://www.chipandco.com/disney-releases-two-new-rogue-one-videos-255012/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-releases-two-new-rogue-one-videos-255012/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:47:48 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=255012 The days are ticking down to the “Rogue One” release date. Disney just release two more videos to get us all in the mood. Here is one behind the scenes of making the creatures: And the new TV trailer: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is released on December 16th.

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The days are ticking down to the “Rogue One” release date. Disney just release two more videos to get us all in the mood.

Here is one behind the scenes of making the creatures:

And the new TV trailer:

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is released on December 16th.

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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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Wind and Waves Officially Opens at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort http://www.chipandco.com/wind-waves-officially-opens-disneys-vero-beach-resort-254952/ http://www.chipandco.com/wind-waves-officially-opens-disneys-vero-beach-resort-254952/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:53:09 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254952 This past Saturday (December 2nd) Wind and Waves Grill, Market and Bar opened its doors at Disney’s Very Beach Resort.  This re-imagined eatery will be serving American classics and coastal favorites with an emphasis on Florida seafood and locally sourced produce.   The bar will also be mixing up a delicious selection of cocktails crafted […]

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This past Saturday (December 2nd) Wind and Waves Grill, Market and Bar opened its doors at Disney’s Very Beach Resort.  This re-imagined eatery will be serving American classics and coastal favorites with an emphasis on Florida seafood and locally sourced produce.   The bar will also be mixing up a delicious selection of cocktails crafted with an imaginative array of local ingredients and Florida-made spirits.

The Grill will serve guests for breakfast between 7:30 am and 10:30 am and again for dinner between 5pm and 9pm.  The Market is open for meals between 8am- 10pm and the Bar from 11am – 9pm.

Reservations at the Grill will be open to guests beginning on December 12th for dining from December 19th onwards.  Reservations can be made by calling 407.WDW.DINE.

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Disney Opens new Photo Pass Studio in Disney Springs http://www.chipandco.com/disney-opens-new-photo-pass-studio-disney-springs-254851/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-opens-new-photo-pass-studio-disney-springs-254851/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254851 One of the best parts of a Disney Vacation are all the wonderful photos and memories you go home with after your trip.  Disney is now offering a new studio-style portrait to their PhotoPass offerings for guests: At the Studio, guests can choose from the original standard background or new virtual backgrounds that place you […]

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One of the best parts of a Disney Vacation are all the wonderful photos and memories you go home with after your trip.  Disney is now offering a new studio-style portrait to their PhotoPass offerings for guests:

At the Studio, guests can choose from the original standard background or new virtual backgrounds that place you front and center at some of your favorite Disney scenes. A Disney PhotoPass Photographer will be onhand to find the perfect virtual background for your portrait.

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Along with additional portrait spaces, new view stations have been installed for you to easily preview, purchase and print all of your vacation memories linked to your Disney account with the assistance of a Disney PhotoPass Photographer*.

Reservations are not needed to visit the Disney PhotoPass Studio, and photos taken at this location will be linked to your My Disney Experience account. Studio photos are also included as part of an active Memory Maker entitlement.

*Online account registration required. Disney PhotoPass Service and Memory Maker are subject to the Disney PhotoPass and Memory Maker terms and applicable policies available at https://mydisneyphotopass.disney.go.com/help-and-support/policies. Photos in your account will expire pursuant to the expiration policy Downloads are restricted to personal use only. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

What do you think of this new photo location?

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 Latest Trailer http://www.chipandco.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-latest-trailer-254910/ http://www.chipandco.com/guardians-galaxy-vol-2-latest-trailer-254910/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:02:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254910 This makes me so happy! Today at Comic Con Experience 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil, James Gunn premiered the new Teaser Trailer for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. How about you?

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This makes me so happy! Today at Comic Con Experience 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil, James Gunn premiered the new Teaser Trailer for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

How about you?

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Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast” releases beautiful International Trailer http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-beauty-beast-releases-beautiful-international-trailer-254906/ http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-beauty-beast-releases-beautiful-international-trailer-254906/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:43:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254906 2017 is fast approaching which means the release of Disney’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” is right around the corner. To add to the anticipation, Disney just released the international trailer. Here it is in all it’s glory: Now, all we have to do is wait for March 2017!

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2017 is fast approaching which means the release of Disney’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” is right around the corner. To add to the anticipation, Disney just released the international trailer.

Here it is in all it’s glory:

Now, all we have to do is wait for March 2017!

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Disney’s Bob Iger Selected for Donald Trump’s Advisory Group http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-bob-iger-selected-donald-trumps-advisory-group-254904/ http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-bob-iger-selected-donald-trumps-advisory-group-254904/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:11:51 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254904 Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger has been selected among other business leaders to make up President-elect Donald Trump’s strategic and policy forum. The first meeting of the Donald Trump’s Advisory Group for economic growth strategies, is scheduled for February at the White House. The 16-member forum will be chaired by Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO of […]

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Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger has been selected among other business leaders to make up President-elect Donald Trump’s strategic and policy forum. The first meeting of the Donald Trump’s Advisory Group for economic growth strategies, is scheduled for February at the White House.

The 16-member forum will be chaired by Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone. Blackstone is a major investor of Sea World. Other members include , Doug McMillon of Walmart, Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase & Co, and Mary Barra of General Motors.

A Statement from Trump said, “This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth. My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America.”

The Press Release says members “will be charged with providing their individual views to the President – informed by their unique vantage points in the private sector – on how government policy impacts economic growth, job creation, and productivity. The Forum is designed to provide direct input to the President from many of the best and brightest in the business world in a frank, non-bureaucratic, and non-partisan manner.”

New Source: Orlando Sentinel

 

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Additional Destinations to Be Added to Star Tours http://www.chipandco.com/additional-destinations-added-star-tours-254890/ http://www.chipandco.com/additional-destinations-added-star-tours-254890/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:06:52 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254890 Last month during D23:Destination D, Disney shared with fan club members plans to add a new adventure to the Star Tours- The Adventure Continues attraction.  Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering are currently in production to add an exhilarating new mission that will coincide with the release of Star Wars Episode 8 next year. In the […]

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Last month during D23:Destination D, Disney shared with fan club members plans to add a new adventure to the Star Tours- The Adventure Continues attraction.  Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering are currently in production to add an exhilarating new mission that will coincide with the release of Star Wars Episode 8 next year.

In the meantime, WDW News Today is reporting upcoming changes to the Star Tours destinations visited during the ride.  Since The Force Awakens came out last year both Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s versions of Star Tours have been programmed so that every rider experiences both the Jakku and the BB-8 sequences during their ride.  However, reports are surfacing that the two sequences will be randomized like all of the others in the attraction.

In addition, beginning on December 18th, the Kashyk, Hoth and Tatooine sequences as well as the Admiral Ackbar, Yoda and Princess Leia hologram transmissions will once again be added into the mix.

Since opening in 1989, Star Tours has offered multiple random sequences during the space simulations so that guests, even those choosing to ride multiple times, have the feeling that they are on a new adventure every time.

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Guests Asked to Help Select the New “Words Are Powerful” Alex and Ani bangles http://www.chipandco.com/select-new-words-are-powerful-alex-ani-254808/ http://www.chipandco.com/select-new-words-are-powerful-alex-ani-254808/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:08:20 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254808 Disney Parks Blog invited fans earlier this week to help select the new “ Words Are Powerful ” Alex and Ani collection. This color infused bangle collection is inspired by Disney sayings and attributes of some of our most beloved characters! You may have heard about them this summer. For the three days, guests were invited to select […]

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Disney Parks Blog invited fans earlier this week to help select the new “ Words Are Powerful ” Alex and Ani collection. This color infused bangle collection is inspired by Disney sayings and attributes of some of our most beloved characters! You may have heard about them this summer.

For the three days, guests were invited to select one of their favorite phrases from a poll on the Disney Parks Blog. The top three phrases with the most votes will be released as part of the ALEX AND ANI “Words Are Powerful” collection in spring 2017. How exciting is that, getting to help choose upcoming magical merchandise? Currently available in the collection is Available in the Words are Power Princess Collection Bangles are Ariel, Elsa, Cinderella, Belle Tink, and Aurora. The possible choices for the new collection are inspired by Snow White, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel and Merida.

The phrases that were available to choose between were:

  • The Fairest One Of All
  • Live With Honor
  • Make Your Own Path
  • Unlock the Magic
  • Be Forever Brave

You can find Alex and Ani in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. You may also find select designs via the Shop Disney Parks app or on the Disney Parks online store.

Which three Words Are Powerful bangles do you hope come to the Disney Parks next spring?

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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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Disneynature’s GROWING UP WILD on Digital HD and VOD December 6th http://www.chipandco.com/disneynatures-growing-wild-digital-hd-vod-december-6th-254830/ http://www.chipandco.com/disneynatures-growing-wild-digital-hd-vod-december-6th-254830/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:36:05 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254830 Life is an adventure – especially for a newborn animal who has so much to learn.“Growing Up Wild” takes audiences to the wildest corners of the planet to tell the tales of five courageous animals as they tackle the very first challenges of their young lives. With a little guidance from sage family members, each […]

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Life is an adventure – especially for a newborn animal who has so much to learn.“Growing Up Wild” takes audiences to the wildest corners of the planet to tell the tales of five courageous animals as they tackle the very first challenges of their young lives. With a little guidance from sage family members, each must figure out how and where to find food, while learning to recognize the very real threat of danger.  From their first steps of exploring their world to their final steps into independence,“Growing Up Wild” reveals the triumphs and setbacks of five young lives in which instinct, parental lessons, and trial and error ultimately define their destinies. Featuring the stunning imagery and iconic storytelling that makes Disneynature’s big-screen adventures an inspiring movie-going experience, “Growing Up Wild” brings home a special look at how similar and different these young lives can be.

Disneynature’s Growing Up Wild is on Digital HD and VOD December 6th.

Narrated by: Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”)

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New Express Bus Transportation Option at Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/new-express-bus-transportation-option-disney-world-254819/ http://www.chipandco.com/new-express-bus-transportation-option-disney-world-254819/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:36:09 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254819 A new “Express” bus transportation service will be offered between the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort beginning December 7, 2016. Guests are picked up backstage and driven directly to the next park of their choosing. Since the drop off location is backstage, they are able to bypass the line and security at park […]

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A new “Express” bus transportation service will be offered between the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort beginning December 7, 2016. Guests are picked up backstage and driven directly to the next park of their choosing. Since the drop off location is backstage, they are able to bypass the line and security at park entrance. Transportation to the resort hotels is not included at this time.

An express bus will be available backstage at the following pickup/dropoff locations every 30 minutes:

  • Magic Kingdom – Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin exit area
  • Hollywood Studios – Next to Rock n’ Roller Coaster Courtyard
  • Epcot – Near Spaceship Earth
  • Animal Kingdom – Near Kilimanjaro Safaris entrance

The express service costs $15 per person for one day or $24 per person for multiple days and will be offered from 10am to park closing. Only the one-day option is available to Annual Passholders and Disney Cast Members.

The express option can be added at the time of ticket purchase or upgraded at a later date by visiting Guest Relations. A park hopper ticket is required to take advantage of this service.

The new express bus transportation will initially be in a testing phase. Would you be willing to pay an extra fee for the added convenience if it is successful?

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Details Released for Star Wars Season of the Force at Disneyland Paris http://www.chipandco.com/details-released-star-wars-season-force-disneyland-paris-254815/ http://www.chipandco.com/details-released-star-wars-season-force-disneyland-paris-254815/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:40:37 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254815 Disneyland Paris has recently revealed new details about it’s Star Wars Season of the Force celebration taking place at the theme parks from January 14- March 26, 2017. The event will feature of a who’s who of Star Wars characters that will be in residence during the the early months of 2017 including:  Darth Vader, […]

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Disneyland Paris has recently revealed new details about it’s Star Wars Season of the Force celebration taking place at the theme parks from January 14- March 26, 2017.

The event will feature of a who’s who of Star Wars characters that will be in residence during the the early months of 2017 including:  Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Captain Phasma and Darth Maul.

During the Season, Walt Disney Studios Park will also play host to “Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration” an evening spectacular that sounds slightly akin to Hollywood Studio’s Galactic Spectacular. This nighttime offering is an homage to the heroes of Star Wars and promises to be a delightful combination of light show, projections, special effects and stage performances from iconic Star Wars characters.  This is a limited-time-only engagement so Star Wars fans heading to the parks in early 2017 will want to be sure to add it to your “must-do” list.

Daytime offerings at Walt Disney Studios Park during the Season will include the “First Order March” led by Captain Phasma as a precursor to “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far Far Away”, which is an afternoon production that will showcase some of Star Wars’ key characters including Darth Vader and Kylo Ren.  A Storm Trooper Patrol will also take place at the park where it is rumored that the Troopers will be interacting with park guests.

Disneyland Park will also be taking part in the fun with Jedi Training Academy. Similar to the Academies already on offer stateside, young guests between the ages of 7-12 will have an opportunity to be schooled in the ways of the Force.

If you’re planning a visit to Disneyland Paris during early 2017, please watch this space for further details on these galactic celebrations.

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Disneyland Refurbishment Schedule for December 2016 http://www.chipandco.com/disneyland-refurbishment-schedule-december-2016-254799/ http://www.chipandco.com/disneyland-refurbishment-schedule-december-2016-254799/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:00:11 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254799 In order to keep their rides running smoothly and safely, Disneyland often needs to close rides in order to perform maintenance on them, or even to give them a new look. As much as we don’t like it when our favorite rides aren’t running, it’s necessary to keep all the guests safe while on the […]

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In order to keep their rides running smoothly and safely, Disneyland often needs to close rides in order to perform maintenance on them, or even to give them a new look. As much as we don’t like it when our favorite rides aren’t running, it’s necessary to keep all the guests safe while on the rides. That being said, here is a list of rides and attractions at the Disneyland Resort undergoing refurbishment during December 2016.

Disneyland Resort:

  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes- Closed until Summer 2017
  • Disneyland Railroad – Closed until Summer 2017
  • Disneyland Railroad – Mickey’s Toontown – Closed until Summer 2017
  • Disneyland Railroad – New Orleans Square – Closed until Summer 2017
  • Disneyland Railroad – Tomorrowland – Closed until Summer 2017
  • Fantasmic! – Closed until Summer 2017
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – Closed until Summer 2017
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island – Closed until  Summer 2017
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – Closed until Summer 2017
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad- Closed December 5-7

 

 

Disney’s Grand Californian Resort made the following statement about General refurbishments scheduled from Jan-Fall 2017:

General Resort Refurbishments
Guests may see and hear construction as we make improvements to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. To minimize any disruptions, activities that may create noise will not start earlier than 9:00 AM.

 

We hope these closures don’t affect your next Magical vacation to Disneyland!

If you would like to go to Disneyland, or maybe to Walt Disney World to celebrate it’s 45th Anniversary, but are unsure of where to begin planning your Disney vacation, contact me today to take advantage of my FREE vacation planning services! I specialize in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii, as well as Adventures by Disney. Email me today at slawless@mickeytravels.com for a free quote, or you can follow along on Facebook here.

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Internal Shuttles Added at Port Orleans Resorts http://www.chipandco.com/internal-shuttles-added-port-orleans-resorts-254793/ http://www.chipandco.com/internal-shuttles-added-port-orleans-resorts-254793/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:39:32 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254793 Staying at Disney’s larger resorts can sometimes be a pain when it comes to waiting for buses, as I’ve heard many guests complain many times. One of the resorts that seems to have a bigger issue with overcrowded buses, multiple stops, and long wait times are the Port Orleans Resorts. We hear now from Orlando […]

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Staying at Disney’s larger resorts can sometimes be a pain when it comes to waiting for buses, as I’ve heard many guests complain many times. One of the resorts that seems to have a bigger issue with overcrowded buses, multiple stops, and long wait times are the Port Orleans Resorts. We hear now from Orlando Theme Park News that Disney is aiming to alleviate some of the issues by adding internal routes between Riverside and French Quarter, as well as adding another early morning Magic Kingdom bus at Riverside:

A dedicated internal shuttle is now available daily beginning at 6:30 a.m. The shuttle services all resort bus stops (which include the following: French Quarter and Riverside South, West, North, and East) until 12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The bus service from Port Orleans Resort – Riverside to Magic Kingdom Park has been slightly modified for guest convenience as well. From approximately 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (peak morning hours), two separate buses will be sent to the Resort. One bus will pick up from the West, North, and East stops and head straight to the Magic Kingdom while the other bus will head to the South stop to pick those guests up.

Hopefully this should help guests get where they are trying to go a bit faster! What do you think of the new bus schedules?

If you would like to visit Disneyland or Walt Disney World, but are unsure of where to begin, contact me today to take advantage of my FREE vacation planning services! I specialize in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii, as well as Adventures by Disney. Email me today at slawless@mickeytravels.com for a free quote, or you can follow along on Facebook here.

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Regal Entertainment Gives Out An Ultimate Rogue One Ticket For Star Wars Fans http://www.chipandco.com/regal-entertainment-gives-ultimate-rogue-one-ticket-star-wars-fans-254714/ http://www.chipandco.com/regal-entertainment-gives-ultimate-rogue-one-ticket-star-wars-fans-254714/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:12:15 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254714 Check this out, Star Wars fans!! With the “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” Regal “Ultimate” Ticket, fans can go see the movie an unlimited number of times, in all formats, for the duration of the movie’s release. That means seeing it in standard, 3D, RPX, and IMAX over and over and over again without […]

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Check this out, Star Wars fans!! With the “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” Regal “Ultimate” Ticket, fans can go see the movie an unlimited number of times, in all formats, for the duration of the movie’s release. That means seeing it in standard, 3D, RPX, and IMAX over and over and over again without any additional cost.

The collectible ticket is a laser-cut anodized steel card with the Rogue One logo (and REGAL Ultimate Ticket logo) emblazoned in gold. A glossy Rebel Alliance phoenix insignia completes the package. Your name is inscribed into the back of the card, as well. Only 1,000 cards are being produced and released.

The Rogue One Ultimate Ticket runs $100 plus shipping and can be bought only on the web via Regal’s website. It takes 2-3 weeks to arrive, so you’ll most likely still need your individual tickets for the opening weekend in 16-17 days. Each card has to be ordered separately, as they’re personalized. Yes, that personalization means they’re also non-transferable: you’ll have to show photo ID when you’re picking up your ticket at the box office for admission.

So how much is this actually worth? Well, the last Regal Ultimate Ticket was for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was in theaters for a total of 12 weeks. If you saw the movie once a week for 12 weeks, at an average of around $15 (if you split viewings between the different formats), that’s $180 worth of tickets. Of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in theaters for double the time – 24 weeks, so you could as much as double that, especially taking into account the lack of major blockbusters in January and February that should keep momentum going for Rogue One. And that’s all, of course, based on only going once a week, while you can absolutely go more often if you like. At $20 a pop for IMAX, you only need to see it five times to pay for the card in the large format screens.

Go to the Regal Entertainment Group website now to pick up the Ultimate Ticket so you have it in time for opening week. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits US theaters December 16, 2016. Directed by Gareth Edwards, it’s the first of the new standalone features from Lucasfilm.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Cast to Appear Exclusively on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ ‪Friday, December 9 http://www.chipandco.com/rogue-one-star-wars-story-cast-appear-exclusively-abcs-jimmy-kimmel-live-%e2%80%aafriday-december-9-254785/ http://www.chipandco.com/rogue-one-star-wars-story-cast-appear-exclusively-abcs-jimmy-kimmel-live-%e2%80%aafriday-december-9-254785/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:00:12 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254785 ‪ On Friday, December 9‪, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will broadcast a special “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” cast show featuring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn and Mads Mikkelsen, as well as the film’s director Gareth Edwards. ‬ “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs weeknights 11:335pm|‪10:35pm CT on ABC. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theaters […]

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On Friday, December 9‪, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will broadcast a special “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” cast show featuring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn and Mads Mikkelsen, as well as the film’s director Gareth Edwards. ‬

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs weeknights 11:335pm|‪10:35pm CT on ABC.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theaters on December 16, 2016.

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Shanghai Disney Resort Celebrates First Holiday Season http://www.chipandco.com/shanghai-disney-resort-celebrates-first-holiday-season-254766/ http://www.chipandco.com/shanghai-disney-resort-celebrates-first-holiday-season-254766/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:59:21 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254766 Shanghai Disney Resort is celebrating its first holiday season in true Disney fashion. MickeyAvenue at Shanghai Disneyland has been transformed into a holiday wonderland with festive decorations and music, merry food & drinks and even a holiday game. Keep an eye out for special appearances by Mickey and pals dressed in holiday attire. Strolling through […]

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Shanghai Disney Resort is celebrating its first holiday season in true Disney fashion. MickeyAvenue at Shanghai Disneyland has been transformed into a holiday wonderland with festive decorations and music, merry food & drinks and even a holiday game. Keep an eye out for special appearances by Mickey and pals dressed in holiday attire.

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Strolling through the park, hear joyous Christmas music playing all around you. Marvel at shops, lampposts and rooftops festively-appointed with wreaths and garland. Behold the sight of a towering Christmas tree in Gardens of Imagination and take in twinkling holiday lights.

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Guests will find enchanting Christmas touches at every turn. Disneytown, Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel all have shimmering Christmas trees for guests to enjoy, each with different styles. The pianist at Shanghai Disneyland Hotel will also be available to play a few merry tunes. For a final touch of holiday sparkle, catch the dazzling fireworks display at night.

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During the festive Christmas season, Mickey and all his Disney pals are preparing twinkling yuletide treats just for you! Look out for event signage throughout the Park, scan the QR code, and one of these joyous ho-ho-holiday SurPrizes could be yours! This in park interaction is sure to spark your imagination and curiosity while you’re on the go. Happy holiday SurPrize hunting!

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Try an original cocktail concoction to brighten your winter days or make yourself cozy with a rich Hot Chocolate, soothing Chinese Ginger Tea or a delectable Hazelnut Latte at the Bacchus Lounge.

How about a sweet treat? Indulge in some fruity Christmas Stollen, nibble on a scrumptious Chocolate Santa Claus or tuck into a slice of spicy Ginger Bread at our Ballet Café or Sunnyside Market.

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In honor of the holiday season, guests will find more than 30 limited-release merchandise items around the resort, including special Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse plush toys, festive Christmas head wear and scarves, and beautiful holiday ornaments. There will also be holiday feasts and treats at several restaurants and shops throughout the park.

Happy holidays from Shanghai Disney Resort!

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One of the best Star Wars Christmas Light Shows you will ever see! http://www.chipandco.com/one-best-star-wars-christmas-light-shows-will-ever-see-254763/ http://www.chipandco.com/one-best-star-wars-christmas-light-shows-will-ever-see-254763/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:10:34 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254763 Youtube User Tom BetGeorge creates some of the best Star Wars Christmas Light Shows on his house year after year. He lives in Tracy, California and people from all around come out to his house to enjoy his Christmas Decorations. His 2015 display was pretty spectacular and I wanted to share it with you here on the […]

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Youtube User Tom BetGeorge creates some of the best Star Wars Christmas Light Shows on his house year after year. He lives in Tracy, California and people from all around come out to his house to enjoy his Christmas Decorations. His 2015 display was pretty spectacular and I wanted to share it with you here on the site.

List of tracks in order of mix (intentional total time of 5:01)

  • “Star Wars Main Title and the Arrival at Naboo” – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • “Duel of the Fates” – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • “Across the Stars (Love Theme)” – Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones
  • “Battle of the Heroes” – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Light Saber Fight)
  • “The Hologram; Binary Sunset” – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • “Cantina Band” – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • “Ben Kenobi’s Death/TIE Fighter Attack” – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (TIE Fighter Crash)
  • “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)” – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • “Victory Celebration, End Title” – Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Hope you like the video:

If you’re in Tracy, CA, you should see it in person! If you do drop by he accepts cash donations that goes towards the local homeless shelter, the McHenry House

Be sure to like his Facebook Page too!

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