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Beach weather is here, and so is my need to find matching Mickey Beach Towels for the whole family! Luckily SewWhatFun has made finding the perfect ones easy with these Personalized Mickey Beach Towels.

These Personalized Mickey Beach Towels are embroidered with the Mickey or Minnie design of your choice and name. I love embroidery for items that get roughly used such as towels, because it holds up so well. The beach towels come in 11 color choices, so you’re sure to find everyone’s favorite color. Personalized towels are great because they can match, but you won’t have anyone fighting over who’s is who’s. The designer uses nice large towels that measure Measure 30″ X 60″, which is great for laying out at the beach or pool. The towels are terry cloth on the bottom and Velour on the top side. Not too heavy, not too thick just the perfect weight. Of course having Mickey or Minnie on them is also a great way to have a little Disney with you during your summer adventures, even if you aren’t able to make it do a Disney Park.

Which color towel would you put your Mickey or Minnie on? I’m usually a purple girl, but I’m loving both the hot pink and turquoise ones! You can get your own here!

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Box Office Numbers for Alice Through the Looking Glass http://www.chipandco.com/box-office-numbers-alice-looking-glass-240154/ http://www.chipandco.com/box-office-numbers-alice-looking-glass-240154/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 18:51:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240154 This past Friday, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” hit theaters. Being the sequel to the 6th highest grossing Walt Disney Pictures film of all time (the 2010 “Alice in Wonderland”) it was estimated that it would do fairly well, around $60 million over Memorial Day weekend. However, the numbers are in and it seems that […]

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This past Friday, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” hit theaters. Being the sequel to the 6th highest grossing Walt Disney Pictures film of all time (the 2010 “Alice in Wonderland”) it was estimated that it would do fairly well, around $60 million over Memorial Day weekend.

However, the numbers are in and it seems that it won’t be near the box office numbers the first film reached. Over the four-day weekend, the film brought in around $34.2 million (compared to the first movie’s opening weekend of $116 million in earnings).

There could have been a number of reasons contributing to the low opening box office numbers; it could be because Tim Burton was not the director. I thought James Bobin did a fantastic job directing, but with Tim Burton having a huge fan base, many Burton fans may have opt to wait for the sequel to come to Redbox rather than pay for a movie ticket. Another possible reason? It has huge cinematic hits such as “Captain America: Civil War” and “The Jungle Book” in theaters at the same time, providing some huge competition for Memorial Day Weekend audiences.

Having seen the movie myself, I would definitely recommend the film if you’re an Alice fan. I enjoyed the new characters, the visuals, and had a great time seeing it. You can check out our official review here, as well as learn more about the makers of the film from the “Alice Through the Looking Glass” press conference.

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New Cars 3 Character and Concept Art Revealed http://www.chipandco.com/new-cars-3-character-concept-art-revealed-240150/ http://www.chipandco.com/new-cars-3-character-concept-art-revealed-240150/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 16:30:26 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240150 With Pixar’s “Finding Dory” about to hit theaters in less than a month, it’s exciting to wonder about the other upcoming films Pixar has on its docket. Their next film? “Cars 3“, to be released on June 16, 2017. For the third installment of the “Cars” trilogy, the story will be focused on main character […]

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With Pixar’s “Finding Dory” about to hit theaters in less than a month, it’s exciting to wonder about the other upcoming films Pixar has on its docket. Their next film? “Cars 3“, to be released on June 16, 2017.

For the third installment of the “Cars” trilogy, the story will be focused on main character Lightening McQueen (Owen Wilson), with familiar returning characters and Radiator Springs natives Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt), and Ramone (Cheech Marin).

In a USA Today exclusive, an all-new character was revealed, who like Lightening McQueen, is a race car: Cruz Ramirez. Cruz Ramirez is a Hispanic, female race car instructor, who steps in to mentor Lightening McQueen to get him back to the top in the racing world. Although McQueen is still one of the top racers, he is getting a little behind from being at the top of his game due to a brand new all-star racer, Jackson Storm. McQueen, not being the most high-tech, newest car around, wants to be back at the top so seeks the help of Ramirez to get back in gear.

Brian Fee, who was the storyboard director for “Cars” and “Cars 2” is making his directorial debut with “Cars 3.” Fee seems like the perfect person to direct the third installment, with having such a deep history with the “Cars” movies’ stories and characters. Fee said, in regards to the new character Cruz Ramirez:

“Think of where he’d [McQueen] be in his career now in real time. [McQueen] is not an old man, but he’s one of the older cars on the circuit with new rookies coming in. People start to wonder and ask when he might retire.”

“Cars 3”, as with many other Pixar films, will be telling a story using non-human characters to tell a story that is a reality that most of us deal with at one point or another in our lives. Fee went on to say:

“Everyone can relate to feeling like someone is at their heels, that they might be a little outdated in something they used to be very good at, feeling an expiration date. And knowing you need someone to help you get a second chance.”

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Complete List of Disney Spring’s Retail Stores and Restaurants Now Open and Coming Soon http://www.chipandco.com/complete-list-disney-springs-retail-stores-restaurants-now-open-coming-soon-240140/ http://www.chipandco.com/complete-list-disney-springs-retail-stores-restaurants-now-open-coming-soon-240140/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 13:39:26 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240140 The transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs has nearly doubled the shopping, dining and entertainment options available to guests.  Below is an overview of the recently opened retail shops and restaurants at Disney Springs as well as what we can expect to open in the months ahead. New Retail Locations Now Open: ALEX AND ANI®: Meaningful, […]

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The transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs has nearly doubled the shopping, dining and entertainment options available to guests.  Below is an overview of the recently opened retail shops and restaurants at Disney Springs as well as what we can expect to open in the months ahead.

New Retail Locations Now Open:

ALEX AND ANI®: Meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories designed to connect people. ALEX AND ANI products are proudly MADE IN AMERICA WITH LOVE®.

American Threads: Opening a flagship location at Disney Springs, American Threads offers women’s clothing inspired by the free American spirit.

Apex by Sunglass Hut is designed with the athlete, sports and outdoor enthusiast in mind. This shop utilizes innovative technology, such as the Apex Smart Mirror, to help guests find the best choice in sport sunglasses.

The Art of Shaving offers premium grooming essentials for the modern man. The location also has a team of shaving specialists who offer advice to Guests on proper grooming techniques. Appointments for a haircut or shave are suggested.

Chapel Hats specializes in fashionable hats and headwear for Guests of all ages. The location carries just about any style of hat including fedoras, sun hats, floppy hats, outdoors hats, kid’s hats and more.

Edward Beiner: A leading eyewear designer, purveyor and retailer, Edward Beiner offers today’s aspiring lifestyle-oriented customer the world’s most original, authentic and innovative designer, fashion and high performance eyewear.

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC will offer the same unsurpassed core vegan, gluten-free menu as its flagship bakery in New York City, and its sister bakery in Los Angeles. Look for a full selection of award-winning donuts, cupcakes, cookies, bagels (with vegan butter!), and other savory items daily.

Everything But Water: Dip into a beach-chic atmosphere for an unparalleled selection of women’s designer swimwear, resort wear and accessories. Fit-savvy sales members will help you discover the perfect pieces to pack on your next glam getaway.

francesca’s: With new merchandise arriving daily and in limited quantities, Guests will find unique, fashion-forward clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry and gifts.

The Ganachery: Located in The Landing, The Ganachery specializes in custom-blended chocolates with the finest beans. Hand-crafted onstage by a chocolatier, the shop features fresh batches daily, including dark (65 percent custom blend), hazelnut, chipotle and a custom blend flavored with the world’s finest spices. Beautiful custom packaging makes elegant take-home gifts. And there may even be some chocolate bars inspired by Disney characters!

Havaianas provides the options to “Make Your Own Havaianas” and “Embellish Your Own Havaianas.” This store features a large assortment of Havaianas sandals for women, men and children, plus kids’ rain boots.

Johnston & Murphy: Slip into this vintage, industrial-inspired space to find classic men’s and women’s footwear exhibiting premium craftsmanship and comfort made to outfit modern legacies in the making.

kate spade new york: Glide inside this charming boutique where the fashion forecast calls for “playful sophistication.” You’ll spy everyday pieces—handbags, clothing, jewelry, shoes, décor and gifts—featuring crisp colors and graphic prints.

Kipling: Swing over to this fun-loving boutique and gaze upon a colorful array of accessories and carryalls featuring adorable monkey key fobs. Unleash your creativity by visiting the in-store photo booth and personalization station.

Lilly Pulitzer: The authentic American resort wear brand, Lilly Pulitzer, is landing in the heart of Disney and will be offering their clothing and accessories, optimistic outlook, and happy prints to those who’ve loved the brand for years and new Lilly Girls out there.

L’Occitane en Provence: Visit this cheerful apothecary rooted in French history where instant spa moments await. Browse a mix of products for your face, body and hair, or enjoy a complimentary free mini facial or hand massage.

Lucky Brand: Staying true to the rich heritage and authentic, all-American spirit of denim, Lucky Brand crafts comfortable vintage-inspired jeans and casual clothing with an irreverent rock and roll attitude.

M·A·C Cosmetics: Collaborating with leading talents from fashion, art and popular culture, M·A·C is a leader in professional makeup and celebrates diversity and individuality.

Melissa Shoes: Step inside a plastic dream world! Every pair at this avant-garde footwear boutique is made from eco-friendly, hypoallergenic PVC-from boots to sandals to pumps to ballet flats and beyond.

Na Hoku – Hawaii’s Finest Jewelers Since 1924: Dive into the Aloha spirit at Na Hoku, Hawaii’s oldest and largest manufacturer and retailer of exquisite island-inspired jewelry. Artisan designs feature beautiful Tahitian pearls, diamonds and colored gemstones.

PANDORA: Building on its existing relationship with Disney Parks, the popular jewelry brand offers classic yet modern charm bracelets, along with necklaces, rings and earrings, as well as a line of exclusive Disney-themed jewelry. And don’t miss a Mother-Daughter bracelet building station, exclusive to this location.

Sanuk offers creatively inspired footwear designed with non-traditional materials like yoga-mats.

Sephora: The new Sephora at Disney Springs store will offer Guests the opportunity to try, test, and play with thousands of products from classic and up-and-coming cosmetic and fragrance brands. Sephora at Disney Springs will feature the latest in beauty services and technology at their expanded Sephora Beauty Studio including Mini Makeovers, Sephora + Pantone Color IQ and complimentary Beauty Classes.

Sound Lion has the latest technology in headphones, earbuds, speakers, and other digital sound and music products can be found in this shop. They also provide education in digital music applications that improve the listening lifestyle.

Sperry: From the invention of the world’s first boat shoe to a full collection of sea-tested lifestyle products, Sperry offers the tools for life’s adventures.

Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s: Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s specializes in premium loose-leaf teas (hot, iced, blended) featuring customs blends, accessories and packaged teas from all over the globe; created to go or for a tea experience in the café.

Tommy Bahama: Iconic island lifestyle brand Tommy Bahama embodies relaxed sophistication. The hallmarks of this casual collection include island-inspired sportswear, denim, and swimwear for men and women in luxuriously soft silks and cottons, richly woven textures and eclectic prints.

TROPHY ROOM: Founded by Marcus Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan, TROPHY ROOM is an elevated and unique athletic retail boutique experience, inspired by the trophy room in the Jordan family estate. Opening its first location at Disney Springs, the store offers footwear, apparel, memorabilia and exclusive merchandise.

UGG: The UGG® brand is recognized as a premium lifestyle brand offering men’s, women’s and kid’s footwear as well as loungewear, outerwear, home products, cold weather accessories and handbags.

Under Armour Brand House: Covering two-stories of retail space with a large array of athletic apparel, footwear, and equipment for men, women, and youth, Under Armour Brand House at Disney Springs will have an interactive experience geared toward young athletes who want to test their skills and talents.

UNOde50: Founded in Madrid, Spain, this jewelry retailer offers unique, highly hand-crafted designs that break away from the norm.

Vera Bradley: Celebrating the unique signature style of Vera Bradley in an exciting and modern way, this store designed just for Disney Springs, will bring to life the rich history and heritage of Vera Bradley, showcasing a wide range of their distinctive signature collections and a myriad of specially-created Disney-themed products.

Vivoli Gelateria: Vivoli Gelateria serves expertly crafted gelato made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, panini sandwiches and espresso drinks.

Volcom: Volcom was founded on the belief that there is a higher level of consciousness to be found within one’s self through the internal and external journeys that board-sports, music, art and film provide. The company prides itself on making quality apparel, outerwear, footwear and accessories that not only exemplify the lifestyle, but also enhance the ability to live it.

Zara: One of the world’s largest fashion brands, Zara is known for its men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, and how it expertly interprets current fashion and style trends of the season, delivering original designs to the consumer in a matter of weeks.


New Dining Experiences Now Open!

Amorette’s Patisserie: Amorette’s Patisserie is a dessert lover’s dream come true with something for everyone. In addition to the signature cakes, Guests have a choice of delectable sweet treats: éclairs, New York-style cheesecake, cookies, opera cake, gluten-friendly macarons, sacher torte, and more.

Aristocrepes (Kiosk): Savory crepes include beef with horseradish cream, red onion, baby spinach and sharp Cheddar; vegetarian with pickled beets, goat cheese, candied pecans and baby greens; turkey with Brie, dried cranberries and Dijon spread; or smoked salmon with cream cheese, capers, onion and “everything bagel” topping. Or go sweet with a s’mores crepe with marshmallow cream, chocolate sauce and graham cracker crumbs; banana with Nutella and salted caramel; Key lime cheesecake with white chocolate and chiffon crouton; or strawberries Romanoff with Chantilly cream and strawberries.

B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. (Kiosk): Features artisan sausages—The Three Little Pigs features a trio of sausages each with different toppings: Reuben, bacon-wrapped with black bean salsa and chili cheese; Portuguese sausage with pickled vegetable slaw and chili mustard; sweet hot sausage with peppers, onions and marinara; Bavarian sausage sandwich with a mini-meterwurst, braised red cabbage and spicy brown mustard on a pretzel roll; and Italian veggie sausage with peppers, onions and marinara.

The BOATHOUSE®: This upscale, waterfront dining experience will immerse Guests both on land and on water with live music, guided tours aboard the Captain’s piloted 40-foot Italian Water Taxi with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and guided Amphicar rides that launch from land, enter the water, and take guests on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs. The BOATHOUSE will feature steaks, chops, seafood and a raw bar.

The Daily Poutine (Kiosk): Brings the Canadian classic to Disney Springs with four varieties of toppings on hot, thick-cut French fries—Classic, with beef poutine gravy and Cheddar cheese curds; Latin with fried yucca, black beans, pulled pork and queso fresco; Italian with Bocconcino mozzarella and Bolognese sauce; and French with mushroom cream sauce and Gruyere cheese. Pair them with a draft beer, sangria, lemonade or fountain soda.

D-Luxe Burger: A Disney owned and operated concept, burger aficionados are in for a treat with gourmet burgers made from a signature blend of beef, unique toppings and freshly baked buns. All-natural chicken and vegetarian burgers round out the menu with hand-cut fries and house-made dipping sauces as the perfect complement. Artisanal gelato shakes (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) and floats will also be featured, as well as hard sodas, draft beer and cider.

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar: Tucked in between Paradiso 37 and The BOATHOUSE restaurant, a new Disney owned and operated Food & Beverage offering is now open—an aviation-themed lounge, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.

With a prime location along Lake Buena Vista and seating for 150, the venue features unique cocktails—such as the “Hovito Mojito” with Barsol Quebranta Pisco, fresh lime juice and simple syrup—and small plates such as “Air Pirates Everything Pretzels” with house-made mustard and beer cheese fondue.

Ardent fans of the “Indiana Jones” films may recognize Jock Lindsey as Indy’s frequent pilot. In the main room, Guests will discover an expansive bar, aviation decor filling the room, vintage travel posters covering the walls and correspondence between Jock, Indy and their fellow adventurers on display. Guests can eat, drink and be merry outside as well, in Jocks’ old steamboat, now in permanent dry dock and aptly named “Reggie;” and in nearby seating on the adjacent deck.

Morimoto Asia – Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known from his appearances on Iron Chef America, has opened a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the heart of Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia is the Japanese master chef’s first-ever pan-Asian restaurant featuring flavors from across the continent. This Disney Springs dining destination includes unique exhibition kitchens showcasing traditions like Peking duck carving, and dim sum.

Morimoto Asia Street Food: A new walk-up window on the patio offers sushi, donburi rice bowls and bao tacos, plus snacks: such as takoyaki (octopus, nori, okomiyaki sauce), Morimoto sticky ribs, curry rice croquettes, pork egg rolls and taiyaki (snapper-shaped pancake filled with sweet adzuki red bean paste). Also on the menu: popping boba tea and an assortment of Asian-influenced beers and beverages.

Sprinkles: Treat yourself to sought-after, gourmet cupcakes baked fresh daily with unique flavors and high-quality ingredients. Dubbed “the world’s first cupcake bakery,” Sprinkles caters to anyone with a sweet tooth. And, don’t forget to visit the perky, pink cupcake ATM nestled outside.

STK Orlando: Artfully blends the modern steakhouse and chic lounge into one, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. STK distinguishes itself by focusing on the social experience with a sleek, contemporary design and an in-house DJ who creates an infectious, high-energy vibe.

YeSake (Kiosk): YeSake reflects the constant evolution in the way that Flavors of the World are introduced and offers an opportunity for Guests to experience sushi (individual, cone shaped, hand rolls) that will excite their palates, entice their curiosity, and introduce them to flavors from around the world presented in a way that is currently not offered in Central Florida.


Opening Summer 2016

Retail Locations

Anthropologie: Anthropologie’s unique and eclectic product assortment includes women’s casual apparel and accessories, intimates, shoes, beauty, home furnishings and a diverse array of gifts and decorative items.

Coca-Cola Store and Rooftop Beverage Bar: Building on its long-standing relationship with Disney, the new store, inspired by a 1920’s-era Coca-Cola bottling plant design, will feature a wide selection of Coca-Cola merchandise, a Coca-Cola Polar Bear experience and refreshing rooftop beverage bar.

Columbia Sportswear: Creating innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for outdoor and fishing enthusiasts since 1938. The new store at Disney Springs will feature the Performance Fishing Gear (PFG) collection designed with fabrics and industry leading technologies that allow for comfortable wear and use for enjoying long days on the water or under the sun.

Free People: Free People offers a unique merchandise mix of casual women’s apparel, intimates, shoes, accessories, activewear and gifts.

JOHNNY WAS: Beautifully crafted bohemian womenswear brand, with a curated selection of jewelry, books, and gifts and a signature line of colorful printed silk scarves, dresses, and tunics.

LACOSTE: Since the very first polo shirt was created in 1933, LACOSTE relies on its authentic sportive roots to spring optimism and elegance on the world thanks to a unique and original lifestyle for women, men and children and offers a range of products: apparel, leather goods, fragrances, footwear, eyewear, homewear, watches and underwear.

Luxury of Time by Diamonds International: An industry leader of fine timepieces and jewelry in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexico, Luxury of Time by Diamonds International will feature some of the world’s most prominent designer watch brands and a large collection of fine jewelry.

Oakley: Oakley infuses technology, performance and style into eyewear, apparel and accessories for those who are passionate about sports and outdoor lifestyles.

Origins: A high-performance skincare retailer featuring products formulated with certified organic ingredients and 100 percent natural essential oils. The socially-conscious brand employs earth-friendly practices, including a Plant-A-Tree program.

Shore: A fashionable American lifestyle brand featuring swimwear, fitness wear, everyday comfort clothing, exclusive products and a new line of limited-edition Shore Brand apparel, only available at Disney Springs.

Sugarboo & Co.: With products featuring creative and whimsical designs, this family-run business offers artful prints, home goods, paper products, accessories and more.

Superdry: Focusing on clothing with designs that fuse vintage Americana and Japanese-inspired graphics with a British style, Superdry offers a variety of products ranging from outerwear and knitwear to leather goods and leisurewear.

TUMI: A leading global brand of premium travel, business and lifestyle accessories.

UNIQLO: Leading global retailer UNIQLO designs, manufactures, and sells casual apparel that comes from the company’s Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. The simplest design hides the most thoughtful details in clothing that is constantly being innovated to bring more warmth and lightness, better design and comfort to people’s lives.

Vince Camuto: A lifestyle brand offering a range of innovative, stylish, trendy products including footwear, handbags, sportswear and much more.


Dining Locations

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza – Opening Summer 2016: Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint” known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. The fast-casual restaurant features an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize their pizza, choosing from over 40 fresh, artisanal toppings — all for one price. The generously sized, 11-inch pizzas are “fast-fired” in a blazing hot open-flame oven and ready to enjoy in just 180 seconds.

Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar – Opening Summer 2016: Celebrity Chef Art Smith is bringing a taste of real Florida to a new restaurant opening in summer 2016. Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar will showcase the cuisine of Chef Smith, who was born and reared in the town of Jasper, Fla., on the Florida-Georgia border. With farm-to-fork cuisine that showcases the bounty of Florida, and design inspired by turn-of-the century Florida architecture of the late 1800s, Homecoming will feature traditional Southern favorites with sophisticated, chef-inspired creations. Inside, the “rustic-chic” restaurant will feature a glass-walled show kitchen and the Southern Shinebar that celebrates an era where characters might have created some homegrown spirits on their homesteads just beyond the springs.

Frontera Cocina – Opening Summer 2016: The newest contemporary Mexican-themed restaurant joining Disney Springs has a new name. Frontera Cocina will delight friends, family and food-lovers with exciting flavors and a contemporary Mexican experience. Warm colors, an open kitchen and a lively atmosphere frame an inviting exploration of the many delights from the kitchen of renowned chef Rick Bayless. The delicious, enticing presentation of grilled meats, seafood and vegetables served on planks (tablas) promote sharing and togetherness.

Planet Hollywood Observatory – Opening Summer 2016: Look for a re-imagined Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs as the flagship venue is transformed into a star-themed Planet Hollywood Observatory to match the look and feel of Disney Springs. As part of the makeover, the venue will add a new outdoor terrace and bar space called Stargazers and feature live entertainment.

Paddlefish – Opening Fall 2016: Over in the Marketplace, Fulton’s Crab House, the steamboat currently under refurbishment at Disney Springs, will reopen this fall as Paddlefish after a bow-to-stern transformation. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Paddlefish will serve fresh seafood, steaks and chops, a catch of the day and composed seafood entrees such as lobster risotto with poached Maine lobster, saffron and Meyer lemon oil and redfish with coconut milk, crab broth, tomato, peppers, and ginger. Fan favorites, including Florida stone crab, Alaskan King and Queen crab, and lobster corn dogs will return. Plus, a fun new addition is lobster guacamole made tableside with Maine Lobster, chilies, cilantro, lime and tortilla chips. And, there’s a “build-your-own-boil” allowing Guests to pick their own ingredients and seasonings. The sleek modern design of Paddlefish includes a new rooftop lounge, open until 2:00 a.m., with spectacular views of Disney Springs and the water. The lounge will have a separate menu of eclectic dishes perfect for sharing.

Edison – Coming Early 2017: Inspired by The Edison venue in Los Angeles, this lavish “Industrial Gothic” -style restaurant, bar and nighttime destination is themed to a 1920s-period power plant, recalling an exuberant era of invention and imagination. It will feature exceptionally good classic American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment including cabaret and music.


Additional Enhancements at Disney Springs

Now Open! Welcome Center: As Guests enter Town Center around The Spring area, they will be warmly greeted at the Welcome Center, a place where Guests can relax and take in the beauty of the clear water with lush landscape along the water’s edge. Themed to early Florida settlements, the architecture around The Spring is based on timber frame structures that were once used in the citrus and ranching industries.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: In addition, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will move from its current location at World of Disney® into a new and expanded location near Once Upon a Toy in the Disney Springs Marketplace. Guests ages 3-12 will receive the royal treatment, getting made up like their favorite Disney princess with the help of their own Fairy Godmother-in-Training. This country parlor-inspired location will include an expanded salon to welcome royal attendees and a uniquely designed photo room to capture memories. Be among the first to experience this new location by booking your royal makeover at 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895).

Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to start planning your next Walt Disney World vacation, including a visit to Disney Springs.  All of my planning services are 100% FREE. 

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Walt Disney World is home to some of the best food on the planet (at least in my opinion anyway!). There are TONS of restaurants and different types of cuisines, but I have to say – my favorite category in the Disney food world is the SNACKS – and yes, snacks are a real food category – especially at WDW!

I especially enjoy snacking my way around the Magic Kingdom – and here are my top picks:

Dole Whip: It’s a must have on a hot Florida day – not to mention it’s one of the most iconic Disney snacks ever! A cup full of cool, refreshing pineapple soft serve is a simple yet delicious thing – plus you can get it swirled with vanilla, or served as a float with pineapple juice (that’s my personal favorite). Aloha Isle over in Adventureland is the best place to snag one of these – it’s worth the (sometimes long) wait in line for sure! Learn how to make them at home here!

Giant Cinnamon Bun: These used to be served at the Main Street Bakery before it was refurbished as a Starbucks, and luckily it did not disappear – as it can now be found over in Gaston’s Tavern. The recipe hasn’t changed – they are still the huge, dense, yeast-y rolls as they were when the Bakery had them – with a nice thick cinnamon swirl, and plenty of ooey gooey glaze-like frosting on top, too – they are a must try! And while some of you may see a cinnamon bun as a mere “breakfast food” – I urge you to reconsider – as these are amazing any time of day, and are big enough to share (if you’re into sharing, that is)

Waffle Sandwich: Ok, so picture a huge Belgian style waffle – crispy on the outside, steaming hot and soft on the inside – you got that mental image conjured? Ok – so now, stuff said waffle with assorted amazing toppings – like Nutella and fresh fruit, or sweet and spicy breaded chicken, or ham and swiss – and if you’re liking what you’re seeing in your mind, just imagine how good it will actually taste once you head over to Sleepy Hollow and order one. They are divine – perfect for sharing, and definitely unique – I mean who else would think of something like this but the folks at WDW? If you’re not into waffles, Sleepy Hollow also has funnel cakes , ice cream, root beer floats, and more – it’s a great little spot to stop for a snack

Corn Dog Nuggets: Bit size hot dogs wrapped in delicious corn dog batter and deep fried? Yes – it’s for real, and you can get them over at Casey’s Corner on Main Street USA. The nuggets themselves are delicious, crispy outside, soft inside, with a plump hot dog in the center – but I have to say, the location is part of the appeal here too – there are few things better than grabbing some of these to enjoy while watching the parade come down Main Street. Casey’s also serves up hot dogs (with toppings like chili or pulled pork!), fries, and nachos – just like you’d find at the Ballpark (only more delicious, of course)

English Toffee: Handmade toffee coated in melted chocolate and nuts is one of my all-time favorite Disney treats, and you’ll find it at the Main Street Confectionery – a perfect place to stop to stock up on all of your candy needs. Cake pops, fudge, candy apples, cupcakes, cookies, bulk and bagged candy, and much more are for sale here – so good luck walking out of there empty handed! The toffee is sublime – it is always fresh, and while its packed with sugar (what good toffee isn’t, after all?), it manages to come off as not overly sweet, which makes it a winner for me every time

Well, it’s official – my mouth is watering, and I want to plan my next WDW trip solely based on the fact that I will get to eat all of these awesome snacks. It may seem weird that a vacation be centered so much around food, but people who think that probably have never been to Walt Disney World – because it truly is a foodie paradise. And after having sampled a lot of what they have to offer, I always come back to these old standbys.

What about you – what are your must have Magic Kingdom Snacks?

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Rock n’ Roll Around the Clock with Disney Record Clocks http://www.chipandco.com/rock-n-roll-around-clock-disney-record-clocks-240133/ http://www.chipandco.com/rock-n-roll-around-clock-disney-record-clocks-240133/#respond Mon, 30 May 2016 21:00:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240133 Get ready to rock all the time Disney style, with these fun Disney Record Clocks, that have been cut from real vinyl records. They are actually real working clocks, how neat is that? These Disney Cartoon Vinyl Record Wall Clocks are made of old vinyl records. They are 12 inch records, so they are a decent […]

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Get ready to rock all the time Disney style, with these fun Disney Record Clocks, that have been cut from real vinyl records. They are actually real working clocks, how neat is that?

These Disney Cartoon Vinyl Record Wall Clocks are made of old vinyl records. They are 12 inch records, so they are a decent size that won’t get lost on the wall. They are such a unique clock, with great details, and tell the story of the characters we love and cherish. They have a silent mechanism, so you won’t have to worry about going tick-tock crazy haha! Another cool thing is since they are made from old and up-cycled records, you’re also getting a little piece of music history to keep too. They are cut to order, so each one will be uniquely yours. I love that they even have a Zootopia one, it’s great to see such a new movie getting recognition! Check out some of the fun designs available below!

How fun are these Disney Record Clocks, which one is your favorite?

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Tree of Life Awakens as Darkness Descends Upon Disney’s Animal Kingdom http://www.chipandco.com/tree-life-awakens-darkness-descends-upon-disneys-animal-kingdom-240122/ http://www.chipandco.com/tree-life-awakens-darkness-descends-upon-disneys-animal-kingdom-240122/#respond Mon, 30 May 2016 20:30:26 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240122 As darkness descends upon Disney’s Animal Kingdom the Tree of Life is Awakened with brilliant hues of color and light.  When the tree awakens, fireflies magically reveal animal spirits as they emerge from the trunk of the tree.  The Awakenings are set to a fitting musical track.  Spirit creatures such as a deer, a fox, and a […]

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As darkness descends upon Disney’s Animal Kingdom the Tree of Life is Awakened with brilliant hues of color and light.  When the tree awakens, fireflies magically reveal animal spirits as they emerge from the trunk of the tree.  The Awakenings are set to a fitting musical track.  Spirit creatures such as a deer, a fox, and a pair of hummingbirds will appear and embark on separate journeys.  Each experience is its own entity and lasts approximately three to four minutes.  The Tree of Life will Awaken randomly about every fifteen to twenty minutes throughout the evening.

Unlike the new Harambe Village Acrobats and The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic, this new night-time experience is not listed in the Times Guide.  One reason for this fact is that the Awakenings do not have set times.  If you wish to catch each awakenings journey, you will need to spend quite a bit of your evening in front of the Tree of Life.  However, I can assure you that your time and efforts will not go un-rewarded.  Each Awakening is truly magical and I believe these new experiences need to be added to everybody’s “Not To Be Missed” list.

Many of us are quite familiar with the Tree of Life as it appears during the day.  This iconic image of Disney’s Animal Kingdom stands 145 feet tall, is a must-see during the daylight hours, and can be seen from most areas of the park.  While this is impressive, the Tree of Life is even more spectacular at night.  Words and pictures cannot do it true justice.  The Tree of Life has been sleeping at night since the opening of Animal Kingdom on Earth Day in 1998.  With the animal spirits emerging from the tree as if they have always been there, I truly believe that this icon has been majestically awaiting it’s time of awakening.

We were able to get some videos from the Animal Kingdom from this weekend including the The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic & Awakening of the Tree of life.  We hope you enjoy them!

What do you think of the new night-time shows?  Please share your comments below.

 

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Grand and Miraculous Spaceship Earth Inspired Mouse Ears http://www.chipandco.com/grand-miraculous-spaceship-earth-inspired-mouse-ears-235616/ http://www.chipandco.com/grand-miraculous-spaceship-earth-inspired-mouse-ears-235616/#respond Mon, 30 May 2016 19:00:15 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=235616 The wonders of Spaceship Earth sparkle brightly in these beautiful Spaceship Earth Inspired Mouse Ears on Etsy by MouseBands. I’m a huge fan of Epcot, and I love that these ears show off the park’s most famous icon. The designer Jennifer uses a rare fabric featuring the geometric pattern found on the iconic Spaceship Earth at Epcot […]

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The wonders of Spaceship Earth sparkle brightly in these beautiful Spaceship Earth Inspired Mouse Ears on Etsy by MouseBands. I’m a huge fan of Epcot, and I love that these ears show off the park’s most famous icon.

The designer Jennifer uses a rare fabric featuring the geometric pattern found on the iconic Spaceship Earth at Epcot to launch these fabulous ears into reality. A sparkling silver sequin bow perfectly resembles the glinting lights refracting around the Future World attractions. The ears are perfectly set on a glittering headband to show off Epcot’s Spaceship Earth in Disney Style. These would be great ears to have for Flower and Garden Festival, and the Food and Wine Festival, you could wear them for both events. If you’ve been able to read this, thank the Phoenicians or you can check out the ears here!

Great news! Right now Mouse Bands has a special coupon code for our readers to get 15% off! Just use ChipCo15 at check out. These sold out in a single day the first time we posted them, so get yours before they are gone.

What Disney attraction would you love to see Mouse Ears inspired by?

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Walt Disney World is a BIG PLACE – like 40 square miles big! To put that in perspective, that’s about the same size as San Francisco, or two Manhattan islands. Needless to say, one cannot expect to traverse the Disney World Parks by foot alone! Disney has its own internal transportation system in place, and it’s designed to help make your life easier and allow you to spend more time enjoying all the Disney Magic!

Read on for a rundown of the basics of Disney World transportation:

Disney’s Magical Express is likely the first encounter you will have with Disney World transportation – as it’s the shuttle that brings you (and your luggage!) from the Orlando Airport to your WDW Resort Hotel , and then back again after your vacation is over (which has earned the return trip the name of “Tragical Express” – because no one wants to leave Disney World). When planning your Disney World vacation I highly suggest you plan to stay at one of Disney’s many awesome on site Resorts so that you can take advantage of this shuttle service, as it’s a great benefit that’s included for Disney World Resort guests (read more about other benefits of staying on site here)

Once you’re on site, you’ll have a variety of options to get you where you want to go, in the form of buses, monorails, and boats. All Value Resorts offer BUS transportation to the Parks/water parks/Disney Springs, and it’s once you move up to Moderate and Deluxe Resorts that you will see more options available to you:

  • BOAT transportation to the Magic Kingdom is available from: Fort Wilderness, Grand Floridian Resort, Polynesian Village Resort, and Wilderness Lodge.
  • BOAT Transportation to Epcot and Hollywood Studios is available from: Boardwalk Inn, Beach & Yacht Club Resorts, and Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Hotels.
  • BOAT Transportation to Disney Springs is available from: Port Orleans Riverside & French Quarter Resorts, Old Key West, and Saratoga Springs Resort.
  • MONORAIL Transportation connects the following places: Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village, and the Ticket and Transportation Center. From the Ticket and Transportation center itself, you can also catch an express monorail to both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom

Getting From Place To Place: Based on the above, it might seem like getting from point A to point B is impossibly confusing – and while it is a lot to try and understand, you really don’t have to remember all of it – as any WDW Cast Member will help you plot out your destination, and most of the time it’s as easy as taking a bus from your hotel directly to the Disney Parks. The one thing I do want to mention is that sometimes Disney World transportation runs on what I like to call “Disney Time” – which means that it might take slightly longer to get to your destination than you originally thought – between waiting for the bus/monorail/boat and then the unloading process, then the loading process, then the bus is full and they have to send another one…well, you get the picture – and it’s best just to assume you will need some extra time to get from place to place. While it may not be the world’s fastest transportation system, it manages to be as efficient as it can – considering just how many people they are moving around on a daily basis

Bottom line is – regardless of how much you take advantage of the amazing WDW Transportation system, you still will want to make sure you wear your most comfortable walking shoes when heading out for a day at the Disney Parks – personally I recommend/prefer sneakers that have been slightly worn in (but aren’t super old/worn out). You WILL be doing a LOT of walking at the Parks, so this is the one time that you should NOT worry about how fashionable your footwear is – as comfort is key here!

So what Disney World Transportation is your favorite? Let us know in the comment box below.

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New detailed information about Animal Kingdom’s New Restaurant, Tiffin’s http://www.chipandco.com/new-detailed-information-animal-kingdoms-new-restaurants-240096/ http://www.chipandco.com/new-detailed-information-animal-kingdoms-new-restaurants-240096/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 23:00:12 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240096 If you weren’t aware that Animal Kingdom was opening up a new restaurant to enhance it’s nighttime offerings, then here’s your chance to get familiar with  the newest dining addition to the parks: Tiffin’s. Here’s a fantastic detailed description that Disney has put out for guests: “This new restaurant highlights our commitment to introduce new, […]

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If you weren’t aware that Animal Kingdom was opening up a new restaurant to enhance it’s nighttime offerings, then here’s your chance to get familiar with  the newest dining addition to the parks: Tiffin’s. Here’s a fantastic detailed description that Disney has put out for guests:

“This new restaurant highlights our commitment to introduce new, innovative and immersive experiences only Disney can deliver,” said Beth Scott, vice president of Food & Beverage for Disney Parks & Resorts. “ We are confident that our culinary and beverage professionals have created something that re-imagines theme park dining, and encourage our guests to explore these authentic global flavors just as our Imagineers did when designing Disney’s Animal Kingdom.”

A detailed map within the restaurant’s entryway sets the stage for an immersive dining experience celebrating world travel, with bold artwork derived from sketches, journals and research from those who created the theme park.

“Tiffins is the signature restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, celebrating the culture of design and research that went into creating this unique park,” said Emily O’Brien, Walt Disney Imagineering executive show producer for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

“All the senses are explored and turned into amazing works of art,” said O’Brien. “Two of the three ‘galleries,’ or dining rooms, focus on Asia [Trek Gallery with 74 seats] and Africa [Safari Gallery with 64 seats], and the third [Grand Gallery with 114 seats] pays homage to animal species that the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund works to protect.”

The travel-inspired artwork includes a static, three-dimensional piece that features prayer flags blowing in the wind. “As our research team traveled up the high mountains of Nepal, the winds were strong,” explained O’Brien. “The prayer flags are rarely seen hanging, they are always blowing.” This portrayal of the motion is realistically captured in the display which will hang above a corner booth in the Trek Gallery.

“Tiffins is not about a make-believe place, it’s about real people and places,” said O’Brien.

Here is a peek inside:

Global Menu

From the familiar to something new, the menu offers diners starters such a Lobster-Popcorn Thai Curry Soup with Basil and Peanuts (Asia/Africa) and marinated grilled octopus (Europe). Sustainable seasonal fish crudo (South America) and a salad of roasted baby beets and goat cheese with walnut granola and a sun-dried cherry vinaigrette (North America) round out international creations.

Entrées include Berber-Spiced Lamb Chop with Mustard Greens, Lentil Stew and Mint Chutney (Africa); Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with Huitlacoche Tamale, Hominy Succotash and Red Mole Sauce (South America); Miso-glazed Black Cod with Forbidden Rice in Steamed Bok Choywith Turmeric Sauce (Asia), and Grilled Head-on Shrimp with Tomatoes, Roasted Fennel, Olives and Sea Urchin Butter Sauce (Europe). For vegetarians, the Roasted Market Vegetable Curry with Quinoa, Zucchini and Lime Chutney brings a taste of Asia.

The kids’ menu includes roasted chicken, pan-seared cod and braised short ribs with seasonal vegetables and cous cous or multigrain rice, or roasted vegetables served over spaghetti squash.

Beverages focus on Africa, Asia and South America, including handcrafted cocktails and beers. Non-alcoholic beverages include exotic-fruit-flavored lemonades, Asian and African premium loose-leaf teas and coffee beans from Columbia, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Tanzania.

“With a focus on South American and South African wines, the beverage program is very special – we don’t have another one like it at Disney,” said Master Sommelier Brian Koziol, Food & Beverage Concept and Development director for Disney Parks & Resorts. “The program will focus on environmentality: producers that focus on sustainability, organic wines, and bio-dynamic viticulture,” he explained. “Environmentality is a core value at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and this beverage program is a great way to share that with our guests.”

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Nomad Lounge

With beautiful waterfront views, the adjacent Nomad Lounge focuses on storytelling, and also on guests’ travels.

“We’re trying to tell the story of how guests can make a change,” said O’Brien. While the answers of Disney experts are displayed, guests also have the opportunity purchase a tag that supports the Disney Conservation Fund and to write their own answers to the questions to display above the bar– a way to share their own travel stories “so they can be a part of the story,” said O’Brien.

With 55 seats inside, and 46 seats in a covered outdoor area, Nomad Lounge offers a half-dozen small bites such as a vegetarian summer roll, a seared Wagyu beef skewer, honey-glazed coriander-spiced pork ribs, Indian butter-chicken wings, seasonal fish balls with shishito peppers and house-made head cheese and chicken liver pate with chutney.

Like Tiffins, the lounge offers handcrafted cocktails with African, Asian and South American flavors, imported beers and a South American and South African wine list. Non-alcoholic beverages include exotic-fruit-flavored lemonades, Asian and African premium loose-leaf teas and coffee beans from Columbia, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Tanzania.

For Tiffins reservations, guests can visit DisneyWorld.com/dining or call 407-WDW-DINE.

If you’d like to plan a trip to WDW to experience their new offerings,  contact me today to take advantage of my FREE Disney vacation planning services. I specialize in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii, as well as Adventures by Disney. Contact me today at slawless@mickeytravels.com for a free quote, or you can find me on my Facebook page here.

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Bring a Little Disney Where Ever You Go With Park Map Jewelry http://www.chipandco.com/bring-a-little-disney-where-ever-you-go-with-park-map-jewelry-228360/ http://www.chipandco.com/bring-a-little-disney-where-ever-you-go-with-park-map-jewelry-228360/#comments Sun, 29 May 2016 21:00:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=228360 In my search for a finding a way of keeping the Disney Parks magic alive, I stumbled on something beautiful. These beautiful Park Map jewelry pieces are from Etsy designer TheCreativeBee. This shop brings the magic of Disney to life with up-cycled park maps. Each one is made from recycled Disney park maps. They are placed on sturdy backings then sealed. I have my own, and […]

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In my search for a finding a way of keeping the Disney Parks magic alive, I stumbled on something beautiful. These beautiful Park Map jewelry pieces are from Etsy designer TheCreativeBee.

Park Map Necklace

This shop brings the magic of Disney to life with up-cycled park maps. Each one is made from recycled Disney park maps. They are placed on sturdy backings then sealed. I have my own, and is has gone with me on many vacations. I always get tons of compliments on it! I love the mother daughter set, it’s a great family keepsake to treasure. There are several choices available, so check them out below:

How adorable is this Park Map Jewelry, which one is your favorite?

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Absolutely Adorable Disney Phone Charger Wraps http://www.chipandco.com/absolutely-adorable-disney-phone-charger-wraps-233050/ http://www.chipandco.com/absolutely-adorable-disney-phone-charger-wraps-233050/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 19:00:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=233050 I love accessorizing with fun Disney accents, and I’m always on the hunt for new fun Disney things for my phone! Disney cases are always easy to find for the iPhone, but man was I surprised when I saw these cute Disney Phone Charger Wraps! How can you not love these fun skins that change your plain […]

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I love accessorizing with fun Disney accents, and I’m always on the hunt for new fun Disney things for my phone! Disney cases are always easy to find for the iPhone, but man was I surprised when I saw these cute Disney Phone Charger Wraps!

Charger Wraps Deluxe

How can you not love these fun skins that change your plain charger base into an adorable Disney character? You can decorate your phone charger with these heat resistant vinyl skins that are available in 16 different character choices! I really never knew of a way to completely transform my charger base before these. Now my problem is deciding which character I want most. They even come with extra decorative stickers to add a little extra Disney magic to your phone, or other accessories. These aren’t only for iPhones too, which is great. As long as you have a square charging block you can use these!

Available Characters:

Which character will you transform your phone charger base into? I’m having a hard time choosing, but I think I’m leaning towards Donald Duck or the Cheshire Cat Disney phone charger wraps!

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Discovery Cove offering $100 off for Florida Residents http://www.chipandco.com/discovery-cove-offering-100-off-florida-residence-240000/ http://www.chipandco.com/discovery-cove-offering-100-off-florida-residence-240000/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 15:00:01 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240000 Discovery Cove has a current offer saving Florida residents over a 100.00 on admission, the offer is valid until June 26th. Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort offering swimming with dolphins, rays and tropical fish, feeding exotic birds and much more. “Florida residents can take a much-needed vacation without having to travel too far, yet […]

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Discovery Cove has a current offer saving Florida residents over a 100.00 on admission, the offer is valid until June 26th. Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort offering swimming with dolphins, rays and tropical fish, feeding exotic birds and much more.

“Florida residents can take a much-needed vacation without having to travel too far, yet feel as though they are on a tropical island far away,” says Stewart Clark, Vice President of Discovery Cove. “It’s a great perk of being a Florida resident, and with the beautiful weather, it’s also the best time of the year to come.”

Florida resident packages start at $219 per person and include a 30-minute, in-water interaction with bottlenose dolphins as well as a full day of snorkeling, swimming and playing in the sun.  Guests can help themselves to freshly prepared meals, snacks and beverages including beer, wine and frozen daiquiris — all included with admission.  Wetsuits, snorkel gear, showers and changing facilities, towels, lockers and environmentally safe sunscreen are complimentary.

The package also includes unlimited admission to SeaWorld® and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ for 14 consecutive days around the Discovery Cove visit.

“What guests are surprised — and delighted — to learn is that a Discovery Cove experience also includes access to our other Orlando parks,” said Clark.  “It’s a tremendous value.”

For overnight stays, Florida residents can book a Discovery Cove Vacation and get even more benefits: reserved seating at SeaWorld’s top shows, front-of-line access on rides (Official Hotels only), 10 percent off dining and merchandise, transportation, self-parking and early park access on select days.  There is also an option that includes admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

For additional information or to book a Discovery Cove experience or Discovery Cove Vacation, visit DiscoveryCove.com.

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Special Rates available for select Adventures by Disney Packages http://www.chipandco.com/special-rates-available-select-adventures-disney-packages-239943/ http://www.chipandco.com/special-rates-available-select-adventures-disney-packages-239943/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 11:30:06 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=239943 If you’ve always dreamed of trying out one of Adventures by Disney’s exciting itineraries, now is your chance to do it for a great rate! Special rates are now available on select Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise packages and land packages departing July 6-Sept. 27, 2016. Don’t miss out on these last chance dates! For […]

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If you’ve always dreamed of trying out one of Adventures by Disney’s exciting itineraries, now is your chance to do it for a great rate!

Special rates are now available on select Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise packages and land packages departing July 6-Sept. 27, 2016. Don’t miss out on these last chance dates!

For select staterooms on the Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise, travel must be booked 15 days prior to applicable departure date. Not all stateroom categories are available for booking. For select Adventures by Disney land packages, travel must be booked 30-60 days prior to applicable departure date, depending on the itinerary (listed below)

Eligible itineraries include:

  • Danube River Cruises
  • England and France
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Austria, Germany and Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Norway
  • France
  • Italy and Amalfi Coast
  • China
  • Peru
  • Costa Rica
  • Australia
  • Alaska
  • Arizona and Utah
  • Disneyland® Resort and Hollywood
  • Walt Disney World® Resort and Central Florida
  • Washington D.C. and Philadelphia
  • Wyoming

If you’d like to take advantage of these amazing rates,  contact me today to take advantage of my FREE Disney vacation planning services. I specialize in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii, as well as Adventures by Disney. Contact me today at slawless@mickeytravels.com for a free quote, or you can find me on my Facebook page here.

 

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Create Your Own DIY Dole Whips At Home http://www.chipandco.com/create-diy-dole-whips-home-240080/ http://www.chipandco.com/create-diy-dole-whips-home-240080/#respond Sat, 28 May 2016 21:00:25 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240080 I scream you scream we all scream for… Dole Whips! Ah yes, those deliciously refreshing treats from Disney that have become iconic. I don’t know about you though, but I crave them when I’m not at Disney, so I love this fun way to create DIY Dole Whips a home! To have fresh and tasty Dole […]

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I scream you scream we all scream for… Dole Whips! Ah yes, those deliciously refreshing treats from Disney that have become iconic. I don’t know about you though, but I crave them when I’m not at Disney, so I love this fun way to create DIY Dole Whips a home!

To have fresh and tasty Dole Whips at home when ever you want, will really only require two main things. First a good Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker, you want a quality one that will hold up. The next, and most important item, is the Dole Whip brand Pineapple Soft Serve Mix. With these two lovely items you can be serving up with tropical treat of Disney vacation memories in no time. I like the Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker because it’s upright and has a place to set a bowl under, and a cone holder too if you want more versatility. Another fun thing to add if you’re making them at home, is a maraschino cherry, to make it a Disneyland Dole Whip! For me never having been to Disneyland (SAD I KNOW!!) it’s the closest I’ll ever get to the Californian version.

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So there we go! Our own fun way to have a taste of Disney at home when ever we like, and great for parties too! Can we say Adventureland Themed Party? Have you ever wanted to make your own DIY Dole Whips at home?

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Fun Disney Cookie Cutters to Add a Touch of Magic to Your Baking http://www.chipandco.com/fun-disney-cookie-cutters-to-add-a-touch-of-magic-to-your-baking-233055/ http://www.chipandco.com/fun-disney-cookie-cutters-to-add-a-touch-of-magic-to-your-baking-233055/#respond Sat, 28 May 2016 19:00:16 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=233055 If you’re looking to add a little extra touch of Disney to your next cookie baking session, well have I found the cookie cutters for you! Etsy Designer kaykayline has an endless assortment of cookie cutters to bring your favorite characters to edible life! These cookie cutters are super adorable, and are the perfect kitchen accessory for […]

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If you’re looking to add a little extra touch of Disney to your next cookie baking session, well have I found the cookie cutters for you! Etsy Designer kaykayline has an endless assortment of cookie cutters to bring your favorite characters to edible life!

These cookie cutters are super adorable, and are the perfect kitchen accessory for any Disney Addict who loves to bake. These are made in 3D and not only give you a shape, but they also make an imprint! The imprint lines add depth and shape to the cookies. These cutters also make it easier to decorate your cookies with royal frosting! I also love that they are even made from a biodegradable plastic! There are many Disney cutters to choose from, but check out a list of my favorites below.

These Disney Cookie Cutters would be perfect for a Disney themed Birthday party too! Which one is your favorite?

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New Animal Kingdom Guide Map is Now Available http://www.chipandco.com/new-animal-kingdom-guide-map-now-available-240055/ http://www.chipandco.com/new-animal-kingdom-guide-map-now-available-240055/#respond Sat, 28 May 2016 13:30:42 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240055 New Guide Maps are now available for Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. The updated maps include Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge in Discovery Island along with the Discovery Trading Company store. It looks as though the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Africa has officially returned to its original name, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. The new […]

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New Guide Maps are now available for Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. The updated maps include Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge in Discovery Island along with the Discovery Trading Company store.

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It looks as though the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Africa has officially returned to its original name, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail.

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The new nighttime show “Jungle Book: Alive With Magic” shows its FastPass+ entrance in Asia and the  standby entrance in DinoLand U.S.A.

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Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to start planning your next Walt Disney World vacation, including a visit to Animal Kingdom. All of my planning services are 100% FREE! 

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Bus Transportation to Disney’s Water Parks Changes This Weekend http://www.chipandco.com/bus-transportation-disneys-water-parks-changes-weekend-240067/ http://www.chipandco.com/bus-transportation-disneys-water-parks-changes-weekend-240067/#comments Sat, 28 May 2016 13:07:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240067 It’s going to become a little harder and more time consuming to get to Disney’s water parks beginning Sunday, May 29th. In order to get to Blizzard Beach Water Park, guests will first have to take a bus from their resort hotel over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and then hop on a different bus to […]

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It’s going to become a little harder and more time consuming to get to Disney’s water parks beginning Sunday, May 29th.

In order to get to Blizzard Beach Water Park, guests will first have to take a bus from their resort hotel over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and then hop on a different bus to Blizzard Beach.

Next to get to Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, guests will need to take a bus from their resort hotel heading to Disney Springs first and the water park will be the second stop. After 1pm you might have to transfer to another bus in Disney Springs if your bus is not making the 2nd stop at Typhoon Lagoon. Ask your bus driver if that is the case.

As always check with the front desk of your hotel to find out full transportation details before you go.

Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to start planning your next Walt Disney World vacation. All of my planning services are 100% FREE!

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Awaken Summer 2016 at Disney World Kicks off Memorial Day Weekend http://www.chipandco.com/awaken-summer-disney-world-kicks-off-memorial-day-weekend-240003/ http://www.chipandco.com/awaken-summer-disney-world-kicks-off-memorial-day-weekend-240003/#respond Sat, 28 May 2016 11:30:23 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=240003 Awaken Summer at the Walt Disney World Resort kicks off this Memorial Day Weekend with an incredible lineup of new attractions and experiences across all four theme parks. The fun begins Friday evening when Animal Kingdom comes to life at night giving guests the opportunity to experience popular attractions, restaurants and new entertainment under the […]

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Awaken Summer at the Walt Disney World Resort kicks off this Memorial Day Weekend with an incredible lineup of new attractions and experiences across all four theme parks. The fun begins Friday evening when Animal Kingdom comes to life at night giving guests the opportunity to experience popular attractions, restaurants and new entertainment under the moonlight until 11pm. The limited-time engagement “Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” premieres at Discover River on Saturday night with 2 shows daily at 9:00pm and 10:30pm.

June 17th will be a big day throughout the parks when “Soarin’ Around the World”, “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” and the new “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show all make their debut.  Last, but certainly not least, the brand new Frozen Ever After attraction and Royal Sommerhus meet & greet with Anna and Elsa will both open to guests in the Norway Pavilion of Epcot on June 21st.

Below are 22 reasons why Summer 2016 is going to be an epic season at Disney world.  Plus, as an added bonus, save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels with the Awaken Summer offer. Valid for stays most nights June 12-Aug. 25, 2016 when booked by June 10, 2016.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

For the first time in its 18-year history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut new day-into-nighttime experiences that celebrate the magic of nature, starting Friday, May 27.

  • The park’s iconic Tree of Life will awaken each night amid a lively celebration of Discovery Island music and dance. Through stunning visuals, animal spirits appear and enchanted fireflies reveal stories of wonder as the tree morphs to showcase the magic of nature.
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris transitions to a new nighttime adventure in the extended orange glow of a setting sun. For the first time, hyenas and African wild dogs join the safari trail creature feature.
  • Discovery River becomes the stage for music and pageantry in a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film The Jungle Book. Premiering May 28, The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic is a live show filled with music and special effects that celebrates the new film and the classic songs, now infused with an Indian influence.
  • Hungry adventurers can have lunch or dinner at the new Tiffins signature restaurant on Discovery Island beginning May 27. Guests seated in the restaurant’s travel-themed dining rooms or on the waterfront patio can sip libations and savor dishes featuring African, Asian and South American flavors.
  • Across the park, guests can experience wondrous new nighttime experiences and entertainment celebrating marvels in nature and enjoy long-time favorites such as Expedition Everest, DINOSAUR, Kali River Rapids and more – in a whole new light.

Epcot

Anna, Elsa and other beloved characters from the blockbuster film, “Frozen,” will give the summer season a warm hug at Epcot beginning June 21. Meanwhile “Turtle Talk with Crush” makes fun waves and Soarin’ Around the World takes guests to new heights starting June 17.

  • Anna, Elsa and their “Frozen” friends will welcome guests aboard the new Frozen Ever After boat ride that sails into a “Frozen” world at the Norway Pavilion starting June 21. Passengers on their way to Arendelle’s Winter in Summer Celebration for Queen Elsa visit the ice palace and hear beloved film tunes plus new lyrics by Oscar-winning “Let It Go” songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
  • Also at the Norway Pavilion, Anna and Elsa will greet guests in the new Royal Sommerhus, modeled after a traditional Norwegian cabin beginning June 17.
  • In Future World, guests will celebrate the U.S. debut of the expanded Soarin’ Around the World attraction at The Land Pavilion on June 17. Now with a third Epcot theater, plus new digital screens and projection systems, the enhanced attraction takes guests on an exhilarating “flight” above spectacular global landscapes and man-made wonders.
  • Guests can now find new additions at “Turtle Talk with Crush” with characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory”. When Crush the sea turtle swims up to the “Human Tank” at Epcot, he’ll be joined by Dory and some of her new friends that guests will get to know better when “Finding Dory” swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.

Magic Kingdom

Classic Disney characters will join contemporary animated film stars beginning June 17 in a new extravaganza on the grand Cinderella Castle stage, and Magic Kingdom guests can experience a new dining adventure.

  • For the first time, Tiana of “Princess and the Frog,” and Rapunzel of “Tangled,” co-star with Anna and Elsa of “Frozen,” and a host of favorite Disney characters in the new Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. Performed on the grandest stage in the kingdom, the star-studded tale of friendship presents Mickey Mouse and his troupe of Merry Makers – Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy – who invite 10 new friends from different animated worlds to join the celebration. This “timeless fairytale” of a show combines grand dance, fireworks and stunts with memorable music, an original song and special effects.
  • Disney Parks will welcome Elena of Avalor, Disney’s first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures. Elena of Avalor will appear at Walt Disney World Resort later this summer and at Disneyland Resort in the fall, following her television debut in a new animated series this summer on Disney Channel.
  • Next door to the legendary Jungle Cruise, guests can enjoy the bold flavors of “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” served by the wisecracking crew of the new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. It’s the first Disney full-service restaurant themed after a specific park attraction.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

In the galactic wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, new Star-Wars-themed experiences shift into light speed.

  • The next generation of Star Wars-themed fireworks shows, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” will premiere June 17 with new themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic characters and scenes from the complete saga, all set to the unforgettable score of the film series.
  • The live stage show “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” debuted April 4, celebrating iconic moments from the Star Wars saga with live vignettes featuring popular characters such as BB-8, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and Darth Maul.
  • First Order Stormtroopers led by Captain Phasma march from Star Wars Launch Bay to the park’s Center Stage, adding menace to the entertainment. Star Wars Launch Bay showcases large-scale artifacts and encounters with characters including Kylo Ren. The re-imagined Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple experience also features new characters. And at Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests buckle up for an enhanced high-speed journey with new Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters and a visit to Jakku.

Disney Springs and Water Parks Make a Splash

Inspired by Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs is a charming district filled with unique retailers and restaurants from award-winning chefs. Throughout the summer, new stores and restaurants will open as Disney Springs more than doubles the number of retail, dining and other venues for guests.

  • As Disney Springs continues to expand and diversify its dining, shopping and entertainment, more exciting high-profile tenants are coming onboard, including Anthropologie, Under Armour, kate spade new york, Sephora and Lucky Brand, among others. Other new shops opening in 2016 include Zara, Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, UNIQLO and PANDORA.
  • More than 30 new tenants will be coming to Disney Springs this summer, including retail shops and dining venues.
  • Home to world-class dining, Disney Springs is shaping up to be a culinary dream. With its chic style and Pan-Asian flavors, Morimoto Asia offers just a taste of what’s to come as more new eateries are gearing up to open in the coming year, including Tablas Frontera by Chef Rick Bayless; Homecoming – Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar by Chef Art Smith; STK Orlando, a modern steakhouse with the ambience of a sleek lounge; Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, a modern-day “pizza joint” with artisanal pies; and the reimagined, Planet Hollywood Observatory with new outdoor terrace and live entertainment.
  • Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless and Chef Art Smith join master Chef Masaharu Morimoto in a growing collection of James Beard Award winning chefs at Disney Springs.
  • At Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba,” the new B-Boys hip-hop, breakdancing threesome showcases a rare mix of rhythm, strength and “how-did-they-do-that?” moves. As part of the show’s ongoing evolution, the masterful Aerial Bamboo act joins recent additions of madcap clowns and a breathtaking rolla bolla juggling act.

Meanwhile, Disney’s Water Parks ramp up with playful spirits and summer fun faster than Olaf can beg for warm hugs.

  • At Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Olaf from Disney’s animated hit “Frozen,” will be living his “In Summer” dream as he and Kristoff host The “Frozen Games” of friendly, fun competitions that begin May 27 and run through Aug. 21.
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park castaways can splash down on a sandy summer beach with a cold ale and savory snack after a wild slide on Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster.

Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to start planning your summer vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort. Be sure to ask how you can save money on your stay with the Awaken Summer offer and remember all of my planning services are 100% FREE! 

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How Fans Can Take Part in Finding Dory’s #SpeakLikeAWhaleDay http://www.chipandco.com/fans-can-take-part-finding-dorys-speaklikeawhaleday-239901/ http://www.chipandco.com/fans-can-take-part-finding-dorys-speaklikeawhaleday-239901/#respond Sat, 28 May 2016 03:00:19 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=239901 Announced recently was that Pixar Animation, Walt Disney Studios, and Disney Parks have declared June 11th Speak Like a Whale Day! In “Finding Nemo”, audiences got to get a taste of the many languages of whale that Dory is fluent in. Now, with our favorite Blue Tang fish getting her own movie on June 17th, it’s […]

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Announced recently was that Pixar Animation, Walt Disney Studios, and Disney Parks have declared June 11th Speak Like a Whale Day! In “Finding Nemo”, audiences got to get a taste of the many languages of whale that Dory is fluent in. Now, with our favorite Blue Tang fish getting her own movie on June 17th, it’s time to celebrate and pay homage to the language of whale! Voice actors Kaitlin Olsen (Destiny) and Ty Burrell (Bailey) are already practicing their whale speaking skills:

Disney and Pixar are creating lots of ways that fans can celebrate Speak Like a Whale day in person:

  • At both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as Disney Cruise Lines, guests will receive a complimentary commemeritve button, while supplies last.
  • These commemorative buttons will also be available at select Goodrich Quality, Marcus, Megaplex, and National Amusements movie theaters on June 11th
  • At Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort, and Disney Springs at WDW Resort, there will be lots of undersea themed activities, complete with games, prizes, and a DJ. Young marlins can also take part in “Whale Speak University.”
  • Guests at Epcot and Disney California Adventure can now see Destiny and Bailey, as well as Hank the Octopus alongside Crush at the Turtle Talk with Crush attractions.
  • At The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot will get the chance to learn about the real-life sea animals that inspired the characters of “Finding Dory”, and even get to see some at The Seas’ saltwater aquarium.

Even if you won’t be at the parks on June 11th, you can join in on the fun by uploading videos with the #SpeakLikeAWhaleDay . I can’t think of a better way to get ready for the premiere of “Finding Dory”!

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