Walt Disney World Quick Tip – Illuminations Viewing

It seems that people are always looking for the best Illuminations viewing spot and invariably , most seem to end up between the Friendship Docks on the Future World side of World Showcase Lagoon. They do this to avoid the crowd and the rush to the exit but by viewing from this spot they become part of both.Over the years I have found that unless you have a prime dinner reservation at the Rose and Crown and want to take a chance on an outside table (even if you don’t they will allow you to … [Read more...]

Disneyworld Quick Tips – How to recharge your batteries

I love the transportation at Walt Disney World. I just enjoy riding the monorail, boats, and even the buses. I especially love taking the Friendship boats between Epcot and Hollywood Studios. On days we are at Hollywood Studios we like to take the Friendship over to Disney's Boardwalk and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the Boardwalk fare.The boat ride between the 2 parks with stops is around 40 minutes. While for some people they might say that is a long time but for my family and I … [Read more...]

Excerpt 2: Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2011)

This week we’re talking food and not just any food. Excerpt 2 from Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2011) looks at some uncommon non-character dining restaurants where food and entertainment value for your little guys and girls are rolled into one. Please enjoy the excerpt below from Chapter 7, “Dining.”Keep visiting Chip and Company for more excerpts as we get closer to the October release date of Beyond the Attractions. Just for Fun Not interested … [Read more...]

Chip’s Secret Spot to see Wishes for Couples


Narrated by Jiminy Cricket, "Wishes" takes Disney guests through treasured tales of adventure and romance from classic Disney films, accompanied by bigger, brighter, bolder pyrotechnics never before seen in a Disney theme park. Wishes are performed most nights in the Magic Kingdom.Now I may be giving away one of my top and most secret spots here. I stumbled upon this location at just the right time by accident a long time ago. Ever-since then we try to make it a point to go here while on … [Read more...]

Disneyland Service: Guest Assistance Cards


I'm not quite sure how this kind of service works at Walt Disney World, but down here at Disneyland we offer Guest Assistance Cards to park guests with some kind of physical limitation, such as limps, back problems, etc. The Guest Assistance Card is a great alternative to renting a wheelchair, as the card allows the visiting party to use the same handicapped entrance.Guest Assistance Cards are free and can be obtained at City Hall on Main Street, or Guest Services in California Adventure. … [Read more...]

Visiting Walt Disney World with Extended Family and Friends

I have some experience in this area and the way I see it vacationing at Walt Disney World with family or friends is all about setting expectations. Bottom line, what are you expecting from the trip and what are your traveling companions expecting? Seems simple, doesn’t it? The answer, of course, is a magical vacation. But if you want to return from the trip still on speaking terms and with your friendships intact, there’s more, a whole lot more, to discuss before you start making your … [Read more...]

The Disneyworld Mousekeeping Art of Folding Towels


Walt Disney World Mousekeepers are a talented bunch! Not only are they skilled at tucking in sheets and cleaning up after weary vacationers, but they can work magic with an ordinary washcloth. Add a few pipe cleaners and some stickers and you have a butterfly. Some creatively folded towels in the middle of your bed forms a hidden Mickey. Mousekeeping has turned towel folding into art.But at the end of the night the towel shape I like to see best is the toothbrush holder. I know it isn’t as … [Read more...]

Disney World Quick Tips – How to avoid lines

Starting off new series I like to tackle the tough questions, and for me this has to be one of the toughest question facing most families traveling to Walt Disney World Resort. Nobody likes to stand in line. Don't believe me head to your nearest post office or customer service counter at Walmart. You will see what I mean.If your really daring head there around Christmas :)When my family and I travel anywhere that is one of the things I plan for, avoiding large groups of people. I am not a … [Read more...]

Ten Tips for Staying Cool at Disney World This Summer

With the arrival of summer, vacation season begins and many families will be visiting Walt Disney World.  While a Disney vacation is a special one, visiting central Florida in the hottest part of summer will require some planning if you want this to be a magical vacation…and not a miserable one. So let’s talk about some ways to stay cool if you will be traveling to Disney World this summer.Keeping in mind that everyone’s definition of “hot” differs, let me give you a frame of reference if … [Read more...]

Ten Small Ways to Save Big for your Walt Disney World Vacation


You’ve done all the planning, made your reservations, and taken advantage of every discount you could find. Now there’s the not so small matter of paying for it all!Here are ten small ideas that can add up to saving big for your Disney trip.Vacation Club. This is a twist on the traditional Christmas Club. Save a little bit each month for your Disney vacation by depositing a portion of your paycheck directly into your Disney vacation fund. It’s easier for me to save the money if it’s … [Read more...]