Disney World Quick Tips – Make Sure To Plan Some Down Time


The more often you travel to Walt Disney World the more obvious this thought becomes - you can not possibly do everything in one (or two, or three, or four,etc.) visits. On every visit the importance of actually scheduling some "down" time becomes more and more apparent. If you tour like a group of crazed commandos your enjoyment of your vacation varies inversely with the length of the visit. Yes, you can get tired of Walt Disney World if you wear yourself out early in your trip.There are … [Read more...]

Disney World Planning 101 – Skipping the Bag Check


Alright all you Disney park fans out there. I know that, just like me, you have gotten to the parks so excited about being in “the world,” you have jumped off the bus, headed to the park entrance, joined all the folks happily bouncing up to the turnstiles and then realized, darn it – I have to stop at bag check. Ugh, just let me into the park!What's even worse is that guilty feeling I get from sticking my foot out to trip all those bag-less people just so I can be first…it is really hard on … [Read more...]

Finding Peace and Quiet at Walt Disney World

A Disney vacation is many things….but restful and relaxing is not one of them. If anything, it is pretty much the opposite: an almost non-stop whirlwind of walking, rides, eating, attractions, parades, eating, shows, activities and eating. It’s fun…but it’s exhausting too!It’s no wonder that many Disney veterans advise taking a much-needed break from all of this, for some downtime back at your resort or hotel. But what if you can’t conveniently…or just don’t want to…..go back to your hotel … [Read more...]

What to Bring to the Disney Theme Parks

This is the age-old Disney question – how much and what to bring with you to the Disney parks. As you have read often at Chip and Co, the answer is… it depends. There are three main factors to consider – who you are traveling with, your budget, and how prepared you like to be for every eventuality. The Necessities In my book, it is only necessary to bring four things to the park for a successful day of touring. Must-haves are your “documents,” sunscreen, water or other beverages, and a … [Read more...]

How Detailed Should Your Park Touring Plans Be?


Touring plans are a very personal thing and vary from group to group. Even if you don't have a plan, that's your plan - you don't have a formal plan. People vary in their approach from the "wing its" to the "plan every moment of the day" types. Many people use spreadsheets to keep track of scheduled items like ADR's and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique appointments and some folks just carry a little card in their pockets with that type of information. If it works for you that's all that counts.There … [Read more...]