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?

Buzz and Woody

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

The Spice & Tea Exchange, Downtown Disney.

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...]