Terrence J hangs out with Capt Hook at Walt Disney World

Actor/TV personality Terrence J, co-host of BET’s “106 & Park,” strikes a pose May 13, 2011 with Captain Hook in front of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.Terrence J is a celebrity participant in “Disney’s Dreamers Academy,” an annual career-enrichment program for high school students at Walt Disney World Resort. He is vacationing with family and friends at Walt Disney World this week. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On … [Read more...]

Star Tours Grand Opening Webcast from Disney’s Hollywood Studios

You better believe we’re counting down the days until Star Tours re-launches at Disney Parks. And if you’re as excited as we are about this monumental occasion at Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort, then we’ve got some great news to share. You’ll be able to see the grand opening of “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” as it happens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the Disney Parks Blog.Beginning at 10 a.m. on May 20, we will host a live webcast of the grand opening that … [Read more...]

Video: Star Tours 2 soft opening

I had a feeling they were going to do a soft opening of Star Tours this weekend. With all the people there for the D23 event is was inevitable.At roughly 2pm on Saturday, May 14, 2011, Disney's Hollywood Studios held its first "test flights" in a soft opening to public guests for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. No video or photos were allowed inside the attraction, but there was plenty of excitement before and after the first-ever guest ride, which you see here!Related … [Read more...]

Top 4 Benefits for Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel

For many guests, the benefit of staying at a Walt Disney World owned-and-operated resort begins before arrival at the Vacation Kingdom.  And for all guests, the benefits and perks combine to make vacation magic 24 hours a day – whether at a Disney Value Resort designed for budget-minded vacationers … or at a Disney Deluxe Resort or Deluxe Villa offering lavish amenities.Disney resort hotels are designed to provide a lot more than a pillow beneath guests’ heads.  They are created to … [Read more...]

Counting Down the Days: Important Deadlines for your Disney Vacation

After my last trip to Disney World in June 2010, I wasn’t sure when my next Disney trip would be. It’s not that I didn’t think it would happen; it was just a matter of when. I was about to start a new job, move, and my typically predictable calendar was all out of sorts. When things settled down in the fall, my first order of business was deciding when I was going to get back to Orlando! After several discussions with my family, we agreed that a big family trip (there will be 11 of us) … [Read more...]

Ask a Disney Question: Is It Possible to Meet Every Character?

This question comes from Jason, who asks:  “We are going on vacation this summer with our two boys and they really love Up and Cars. What characters are available to meet and greet while at Walt Disney World?”Jeremy, thanks for your question and for reading the site.  There's something about meeting characters in the parks that makes even the most jaded grown-up smile.  Sure, we know it's really a cast member in a costume, but for that brief moment, you really are meeting  Buzz Lightyear and … [Read more...]

In need of an upgrade – “It’s Tough to be a Bug”

Today I’m going to take a look at what may be my least favorite attraction in any of the Disney Parks – “It’s Tough to be a Bug”.  This attraction is in need of a serious upgrade!I have several things I don’t like about this attraction.  For starters,  it absolutely terrifies my daughter!  She doesn’t like how the bugs start attacking us, and to be quite honest, neither do I!   Secondly, I don’t like how the yellow jackets sting us in the backside!  That hurts!  And to be quite honest, the … [Read more...]

Guide to Downtown Disney – ‘Must Sees’ for Foodies

Regular readers of Chip & Company know that I enjoy exploring the various things to see and do Downtown Disney (DTD) at Walt Disney World. Part of the reason for my pleasure in the larger DTD area – the absence of Adventurers Club notwithstanding – is that the place offers different experiences for different people that can vary with the trip. Indeed, the “must sees” for a first-time visitor to DTD are different than for guests who are returning on their second, third or thirtieth … [Read more...]

How to Park at Disney for Free

When traveling to Disney, people are often reviewing their budget in an attempt to get the most out of their Disney budget.  One thing that should be considered is the cost of parking when visiting the theme parks.  The cost to park at any of the Disney World or Disneyland is $15.  Guests staying at the parks for 6 days would rack up a bill of $90 in parking fees!  With the cost being this expensive, consider these ways to receive free parking:1.  Stay at a Walt Disney World resort to … [Read more...]

Can We Afford to Go to Disney World.. Again..and Again?

It happened again the other day. I heard someone say: “I would love to go on a Disney World vacation, but it’s just too expensive.”I have lost count how many times I have heard this statement, and I always feel kind of bad when I do, because I think that’s what most people think, and it prevents folks from even considering a trip to Disney World because they think they can’t afford it. The thing is a Disney vacation can actually be very affordable. There are all kinds of ways to save money. … [Read more...]