Top 10 Walt Disney World Christmas Trees

Town Square at Disneyland

If you’ve visited any of the Disney Parks during the Christmas holiday season, then you know that Disney goes all out in decorating their larger-than-life Christmas trees. Each tree is customized to the park or resort where the tree is found, making them all special in their own little way. Not all are created equal and a little more thought went into some more than others it seems. During our recent trip a few weeks ago, we visited 18 different resorts plus all 4 parks, so I did thorough … [Read more...]


Celebrating Christmas with Mickey and the Gang at Disney World

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 Celebrating Christmas at Disney is a very special treat, indeed!  You can't help but get into the Christmas spirit when you visit the parks and resorts.  The decorations are beyond compare, the food and treats...spectacular, the parades are magical, and the best part?  Seeing it all with the ones you love.Here are some of my favorite things when visiting Disney around the holidays.:Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - this is a separately ticketed event at the Magic … [Read more...]


New Surprises at It’s a Small World Holiday at Disneyland

Disneyland Holidays

  Holidays at Disneyland  just got merrier… and they’re about to get a little brighter, too!Evenings beginning November 12, the smiling clock at the front of  It’s a Small World Holiday will mark every quarter hour in a surprising new way. Using advanced 3D projection technology, the facade of the entire attraction will be transformed into an enormous, clockwork mechanism.The gears and springs pull back to reveal a world of holiday wonders hidden behind the clock, from an incredible … [Read more...]


Throwing an Octonauts Birthday Party

Making our own Jellyfish

As many of you know, the Octonauts is a new favorite for children on Disney Junior. My 5 year old is no exception.  So when his 6th birthday approached, an Octonauts party was a must.  I agreed wholeheartedly, until I began the search for party supplies.  Nothing online, in the party store, anywhere.  As the show originated in the United Kingdom, all the Octonauts supplies were there.  As we search the internet, my husband and I find tons of DIY ideas for Octonauts decoration, food and favors. … [Read more...]


Disney Quick Tips – Christmastime at the Resorts

Tree at Coronado Springs

This is the last article in my Christmas in July series, so better get to planning your trips!  If you would like to see my past articles click the link here. With all the things to see at the parks during the holiday season, many people forget at the resorts the atmosphere is just as magical.  Many have special displays like gingerbread houses or giant Christmas trees.  Here is a rundown of where to go when taking some time away from the parks.SPECIAL DISPLAYS-The deluxe resorts have the … [Read more...]


Capturing Disney in Pictures: 12th Day of Christmas on Main Street U.S.A.

Hanging around Main Stret U.S.A.

Every photo has a story.Walt Disney designed Main Street U.S.A. to be representative of Hometown America, an idealized main street based on memories from his childhood home in Marceline, Missouri.  You feel like you have been here before; the shops are familiar, warm, and inviting.  Yet there's excitement and adventure in the air.  Standing on Main Street, you are still at the beginning of a grand adventure.Picture this…All the shops on Main Street stay open an hour after the Magic … [Read more...]


Where Did All the Disney Christmas Decorations Go?

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I'd been hearing it for the last few year:  Disney was putting up fewer and fewer Christmas decorations.  Still, I didn't notice.  The parks and resorts were beautifully decorated, Cinderella castle sitting there right in the middle of it all, shimmering in all its "icicle" covered perfection.  It was the kind of sight that could make even the most jaded world traveler sit back and take notice.  But this year was different.  Not in the resorts, so much, but in the parks. Something was missing.  … [Read more...]


Merry Mousemas!

Christmas Castle

I love Disneyland any time of year (especially the off-weeks during the year when the park isn't that crowded). But Christmastime at the Disneyland Resort has to be my favorite time to visit the parks. The environment is so warm and welcoming, regardless of what the thermometer says. Wreaths, twinkling lights, snow, and the gigantic Christmas tree are all part of the magic.During the holiday season, the magic is so thick in the air you can almost see it. Guests arrive super early for … [Read more...]


Coming Soon! Halloweentime at Disneyland Photos

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Want to know what it's like during Halloweentime at Disneyland and California Adventure? Stay tuned -- I will be making a trip today/tonight to take photos of the decorations. You'll be able to see the photos tomorrow.Unfortunately, I won't be attending Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party at Disneyland or WDW, but if you're going, take lots of photos! Send them into me at jessica@chipandco.com. I'd love to post what you send me and create a little photo collage!The photo above is one that I … [Read more...]