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If you’re traveling to Orlando for vacation and are planning on spending only one day at Walt Disney World, then you will want to come armed with a strategy. WHY do you need a strategy, you might be wondering? Well, the reason is – there is SO MUCH to do and see at Walt Disney World that your instinct will be to try and cram it all into that one day. RESIST that urge – trust me – you will be much happier if you slow down, and use these tips.

Here’s my list of “Do’s and Don’t’s” for doing WDW in one day:

Do’s:
Research: Especially if this is your first time to WDW, you will want to do some reading up on the different rides, theme parks, shows, and food you will find at Disney. There are plenty of places to do this research – my personal fave being the chip and co website of course! And there are tons of great guidebooks out there, and the official Walt Disney World Site is helpful, too

DO Plan: Once you’ve done some research and reading up on all that Disney World has to offer (which is a LOT!), you can make a rough itinerary for your day at WDW – read more on that here. In addition to picking out which parks and rides you want to hit, I also recommend you make an ADR for at least one meal (ADR stands for Advance Dining Reservation – read more about that and why it’s important here

DO Prioritize: This goes hand in hand with planning – Let each person in your family pick their one MUST DO ride/attraction, and if you can, try and get a fastpass+ reservation for most/all of them. And keep a mental (or real!) list of everyone’s second choices – and try and do them if time permits. Make sure everyone – especially the little ones – know that they might not get to ride everything they want to ride, and prepare them for that ahead of time to avoid park meltdowns!

DO Pack Smart: No one is thrilled about the idea of lugging a bag around all day, but when you’re visiting Disney World there are some things you just HAVE to bring along with you – and to tote them I recommend a backpack with decent padding on the shoulder straps. Ponchos are a must have (one time use versions can be purchased at the dollar store), as is sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, snacks (things like trail mix, nuts, hard candies, granola bars, and pretzels are good choices), a small first aid kit (stocked with normal first aid items, and also with some over the counter pain meds and tums, too!) , and a spare pair of socks (your feet will sweat a lot in the Florida sun and heat – gross I know, but a smart thing to pack nonetheless!). Read more about packing for Disney here

Don’t’s
DON’T Over Plan: I mention planning and an itinerary in the “Do” section – and while I wholeheartedly believe in the benefits of both of those, I caution against overdoing it. Don’t plan out every minute of every day, and leave some room for spontaneity! Be realistic, and be flexible when it comes to checking off items on your Disney “to do” list

DON’T Try To Do It All: Is it physically possible to do all 4 theme parks in one day? Yes…but do I recommend it? NO WAY! It would be way too much to try and cram in, and you wouldn’t have any time to slow down and enjoy the fact that you’re at the most Magical place on earth! So I recommend you choose one or AT MOST two WDW theme parks to visit, and focus on enjoying the rides, shows, and atmospheres at each of them!

DON’T Skip the following items: sunscreen re-application every hour, hydration, and wearing comfortable sneakers for your day at Disney (seriously –as much as you may want to slip on those flip flops, your feet will be hating you by noon for it)

Follow these tips, and your day at Disney will be the most magical day ever!

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Take Your Love on a “Disney Date Night” To Disney Springs! http://www.chipandco.com/wdw-planning-take-love-disney-date-night-disney-springs-251477/ http://www.chipandco.com/wdw-planning-take-love-disney-date-night-disney-springs-251477/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:28:35 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=251477 There’s nothing better than a date night with your other half – except a date night in DISNEY WORLD – being out as a couple in the Happiest Place On Earth is such a treat, and if you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity – seize it! Disney Springs is the perfect setting for your […]

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There’s nothing better than a date night with your other half – except a date night in DISNEY WORLD – being out as a couple in the Happiest Place On Earth is such a treat, and if you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity – seize it! Disney Springs is the perfect setting for your Disney Date Night – check out all the options for making it a perfect night with your love:

Dining: There are some great places to eat at Disney Springs, places to suit every budget and taste! If you’re looking for more of a romantic, intimate spot – then I recommend checking out the amazing food at atmosphere at Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – where you can dine on the waterfront patio or in the beautiful dining room, and choose from a menu full of fresh seafood, wood-fired pizzas, and of course – pasta! You’ll find more of a lively atmosphere at Raglan Road Irish Pub (a personal favorite of mine – with its authentic Irish cuisine and live music and Irish dancing!) and Paradiso 37 – where they also have live music nightly, and offer unique varieties of rums and tequilas. Another option would be to check out the food trucks – setup daily on the west side, you will see a variety of trucks offering some amazingly mouth-watering meal options

Entertainment: Once dinner is done, you can move on to one of many different entertainment options available right in Disney Springs. There’s a movie theater, bowling alley, DisneyQuest (an indoor interactive theme park), La Nouba (Disney’s exclusive Cirque Du Soleil spectacular), and live music/shows available at various locations throughout the area. Personally, I love to just stroll around and take in all the sights and sounds of the night life at Disney Springs, it’s the perfect place for a moonlit romantic stroll!

Shopping: While many of you might not consider shopping a fun “date night” activity – I do, and you just might too – after you see just how many unique and fun stores/shops are waiting for you in Disney Springs! There are obviously plenty of stores that sell Disney merchandise (as to be expected!) but there are also plenty more that sell clothes, jewelry, art, and so much more – it’s worth a look, and who knows, you might find something perfect for your date!

Disney Springs is a great place to be any time of the day, but it really comes alive at night, which makes it a perfect spot to have a “Disney Date Night” any night of the week!

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Sneak Peek of New Menu Items at Paddlefish in Disney Springs http://www.chipandco.com/sneak-peek-new-menu-items-paddlefish-disney-springs-254090/ http://www.chipandco.com/sneak-peek-new-menu-items-paddlefish-disney-springs-254090/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:51:20 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=254090 If you are a fan of fish and seafood-centric menu items like I am,  then I imagine you’ll be as excited as I am to take a peek at some of the new menu items that will be debuting this Winter when the new Paddlefish opens in Disney Springs. Paddlefish, which is replacing Fulton’s Crab House, […]

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If you are a fan of fish and seafood-centric menu items like I am,  then I imagine you’ll be as excited as I am to take a peek at some of the new menu items that will be debuting this Winter when the new Paddlefish opens in Disney Springs. Paddlefish, which is replacing Fulton’s Crab House, has been undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation from bow-to-stern over the past year, and we are more than excited for it to finally open!

Though the menu is still being fine-tuned, and information is not available about that for the time being, I did get a sneak peek at some photos of some items that are coming soon!

 

Take a look and see what delights await you at Paddlefish:

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Paddlefish is set to open sometime this Winter, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we have more details for you!

 

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Disney Adds new FREE treats for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! http://www.chipandco.com/disney-adds-new-free-treats-mickeys-merry-christmas-party-252799/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-adds-new-free-treats-mickeys-merry-christmas-party-252799/#respond Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:46:05 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=252799 Joining the hot chocolate and snickerdoodle cookies guests have enjoyed in years past at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, there are new complimentary treats available this year! Here are some of the free treats and their locations available for those attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Hot Chocolate and Snickerdoodle cookie, Tortuga Tavern, Adventureland Eggnog […]

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Joining the hot chocolate and snickerdoodle cookies guests have enjoyed in years past at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, there are new complimentary treats available this year!

Here are some of the free treats and their locations available for those attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

  • Hot Chocolate and Snickerdoodle cookie, Tortuga Tavern, Adventureland
  • Eggnog and Gingersnap Molasses Cookie, Heritage House in Liberty Square
  • Snow Cone and Snowman Sugar Cookie, Friar’s Nook in Fantasyland
  • Spiced Apple Cider and Snowman Sugar Cookie, Pete’s Silly Sideshow Storybook Circus in Fantasyland
  • Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Bark Cookie, The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland

Along with these free treats Disney is bringing back some old favorites and some new temptations that are available for a limited time.

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Peppermint Cupcake, with chocolate cake and peppermint frosting, and a Holiday Wish Cupcake, with vanilla cake and buttercream, Main Street Bakery.

Holiday Tree Cupcake, an adorable Holiday Tree Cupcake is made with spiced cake—infused with cinnamon, clove and star anise—topped with sprinkles, buttercream icing and an edible star,Gaston’s Tavern.

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Back by popular demand the Pumpkin Spice Waffle is topped with vanilla ice cream and dusted with cinnamon and holiday sprinkles pick this up at Sleepy Hollow.

Very Merry Strawberry Lemonade Slush, a holiday-inspired red and green slushy complete with Mickey straw, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café.

Holiday Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place select dates in November and December at Magic Kingdom Park, and requires separate admission ticket.

 

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Disney Cruise Line increases the pricing for Remy http://www.chipandco.com/disney-cruise-line-increases-pricing-remy-252553/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-cruise-line-increases-pricing-remy-252553/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2016 23:42:14 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=252553 After just raising the rates on Remy just a little while ago Disney Cruise Line just raised their rates again. Here are the details: Effective Nov. 4, 2016 on the Disney Dream and Nov. 5 on the Disney Fantasy, the price of Remy will increase from $85 per person to $95 per person for dinner, […]

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After just raising the rates on Remy just a little while ago Disney Cruise Line just raised their rates again.

Here are the details:

Effective Nov. 4, 2016 on the Disney Dream and Nov. 5 on the Disney Fantasy, the price of Remy will increase from $85 per person to $95 per person for dinner, from $55 per person to $60 per person for brunch and from $50 per person to $55 per person for dessert offering.

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Do Disney Like A Boss With These WDW Pro Tips http://www.chipandco.com/disney-like-boss-wdw-pro-tips-250379/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-like-boss-wdw-pro-tips-250379/#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:17 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=250379 Walt Disney World is a BIG place – 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks, Resorts, Restaurants, Shops – etc (I could go on but I won’t!). With that much going on, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all that there is to see/do/experience, and if you aren’t prepared, a trip to WDW can easily turn […]

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WDW Pro Tips

Walt Disney World is a BIG place – 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks, Resorts, Restaurants, Shops – etc (I could go on but I won’t!). With that much going on, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all that there is to see/do/experience, and if you aren’t prepared, a trip to WDW can easily turn into a stressful time – and who wants that on vacation? I know I don’t! Take my advice – save time and headaches with my WDW Pro Tips:

Plan Ahead: One of the most important WDW Pro Tips is to do some research ahead of time – Order your free Disney Planning DVD, and check out a guidebook or two. And of course utilize online information about the Parks and Resorts – sites like Chip And Co are of course great, and the Disney World Site can be helpful too. Now I’m not suggesting that you have every minute of every Disney Day planned out in advance – but a rough itinerary is pretty useful, and it can help you get the most out of your time at WDW. If you aren’t much of a planner – I still implore you to at least utilize the Fastpass+ and Advance Dining Reservation Services that Disney offers – they are both free, and can help you save a TON of time waiting in line for rides, and for food too!

Don’t Try To Do It All: I mentioned not over-planning, but you also want to be conscious of not “over-doing” it while at WDW, too. When you arrive through those Park gates, it’s easy to get overwhelmed – the sites, the sounds, the smells, the atmosphere, the MAGIC – it’s a lot to take in, and even though you may get the urge to sprint ahead and ride EVERY RIDE RIGHT THEN – resist it. Trust me – that urge will just leave you tired and cranky, and you will be MUCH better off if you take it slow, stroll instead of sprint, and take the time to take in the details of everything around you. I also recommend a mid-day break – lunchtime is the perfect time to leave the Parks and head back to your WDW Resort for lunch and a nap or some pool time. It may seem nuts to leave all the Park action right in the middle of the day, but trust me – a break will help recharge and refuel you so that you can head back to the Parks for dinner and an evening of fun! Plus – lunchtime and early afternoon is when it is SO HOT at the Parks that it can be a recipe for disaster – sunburn, dehydration, and tantrums galore can be easily prevented by retreating back to your Resort

And speaking of Resorts…

Stay on Site: You will want to stay at a Walt Disney World owned Resort to get the most out of your trip – for several reasons. One being Extra Magic Hours – which allows ONLY guests of WDW Resorts into a Park an hour early or access to a Park an hour after closing time each day, and another being their Magical Express shuttle – which brings you and your luggage to and from the Orlando airport to the doors of your WDW Resort (and it’s free!). For me though, probably the biggest perk of staying on site is just being IN the magic the WHOLE time – the amazing service from the cast members, the fact that I can just hop on a bus/monorail/boat and be at the Parks in minutes (no car, parking lot fees, or parking tram required!) – it’s all part of the perks of staying on site at WDW

Pack Smart For The Parks: Do NOT walk out of your hotel room empty handed – as there are some items you will DEFINITELY be wanting to bring along with you to the Disney Parks. First and foremost – sunscreen – the good kind (high SPF), and you will want to make sure you are applying it OFTEN – whether it’s sunny OR cloudy. Another must have item is refillable water bottles – I like to bring my own from home and fill it at my Resort with water and ice, and I also like to make sure I am refilling it often (ie – that I am DRINKING the water). The Florida sun is no joke folks – it’s big, bright, and HOTTTT – and even if you’re used to sun, it can really be a fun killer – so just bring your sunscreen and water bottles every time you leave your Resort (trust me!). Other items I like to make sure I bring to the WDW Parks are – assorted snacks/hard candies, and spare camera batteries, and ponchos and Ziploc baggies to protect myself (and my valuables!) in case of a sudden downpour – which happens pretty often in Orlando

Try Something New: Remember how your mom always said “Try it, you’ll like it” at dinner time? Well, that doesn’t just apply to broccoli and Brussel sprouts – as vacation is the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and try a roller coaster, or a big water slide, or some new or unique cuisine too! Seriously though – eat all the food when you’re at Disney – it’s amazing, and it goes way beyond your standard “theme park food” – I literally have never tried something I didn’t like

Hopefully these “WDW Pro Tips” can help you breeze through the hard parts of planning a vacation and allow you to enjoy every minute of being at the Happiest Place On Earth!

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Holiday Inspired Dishes Coming to the World Showcase this November and December http://www.chipandco.com/holiday-inspired-dishes-coming-world-showcase-november-thru-december-251939/ http://www.chipandco.com/holiday-inspired-dishes-coming-world-showcase-november-thru-december-251939/#respond Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:01:52 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=251939 Those culinary elves at Epcot will be unveiling a selection of delightful seasonal dishes at eateries throughout the World Showcase later next month to ring in the arrival of the much-loved Yuletide celebration –Holidays Around the World.  Each of the 11 Pavilions that make up the World Showcase will deliver tasty treats starting on November […]

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Those culinary elves at Epcot will be unveiling a selection of delightful seasonal dishes at eateries throughout the World Showcase later next month to ring in the arrival of the much-loved Yuletide celebration –Holidays Around the World.  Each of the 11 Pavilions that make up the World Showcase will deliver tasty treats starting on November 25th and running through until the end of December that will have you  signing Christmas Carols in no time.  Here are a few the favorites:

American Holiday Table – For some good old-fashioned Christmas cooking head over to this eatery located at the American Adventure Pavilion where they’ll be serving up turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.  Also on offer is pork tenderloin, and green bean casserole (just like mom used to make).  For those looking to warm up, Eggnog will be on offer as well as hot chocolate with some peppermint Schnapps to put a swing in your step.

Feast of the Three Kings Feast – In honor of Three Kings Day the World Showcase Plaza is serving up an shredded beef tamale served with avocado creme; roasted pork with mashed yucca and pickled green bananas and the delectable Three Kings Bread (pictured).  Also don’t miss your chance to warm up with Coquito coconut milk with rum.

Seasonal Southern Delights – For those that like their Christmas dinner with a bit of a Southern flair look no further than this World Showcase Plaza offering of black-eyed peas, ham hocks, kale with rice and cornbread crumbles.  There’s also blackened catfish with white cheddar grits and okra as well as onion and tomato stew.  And no Southern holiday would be complete without a chocolate pecan tart.  There’s also a Frozen S’mores drink for those looking to stay cool in December Florida heat.

Prostl- Finally for those looking for Old-World Christmas Culinary delights, this eatery located in the German Pavilion will be serving up artisan cheese plates, sauerbraten with red cabbage and a hot (alcoholic) Caramel Kiss featuring Werther’s Caramel.

So if you’re heading to Disney World this holiday season and are plotting out where to eat,  definitely make Epcot one of your go-to Christmas dining destinations.

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Get 10% Off Items at Disney Springs Marketplace When You Dine at Select Theme Park Locations http://www.chipandco.com/get-10-off-items-disney-springs-marketplace-dine-select-theme-park-locations-251914/ http://www.chipandco.com/get-10-off-items-disney-springs-marketplace-dine-select-theme-park-locations-251914/#respond Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:58:14 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=251914 Between now and November 23rd, when guests at Walt Disney World dine at a number of  theme park locations, you’ll receive a coupon for 10% off at select Disney Springs retail outlets.  Just in time for the Christmas shopping season these vouchers can be used at the following locations: World of Disney Disney Marketplace Co-op Disney […]

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Between now and November 23rd, when guests at Walt Disney World dine at a number of  theme park locations, you’ll receive a coupon for 10% off at select Disney Springs retail outlets.  Just in time for the Christmas shopping season these vouchers can be used at the following locations:

  • World of Disney
  • Disney Marketplace Co-op
  • Disney Pin Traders
  • Disney’s Days of Christmas
  • Tren-D
  • Once Upon a Toy
  • Marketplace Fun Finds
  • Mickey’s Pantry
  • Goofy’s Candy Company
  • Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories
  • Disney’s Days of Christmas

Some restrictions may apply.  The discount can not be used in combination with any other offer and are not valid on certain items including tickets, CDs, DVDs and Gift Cards.

So how do you nab one of these seasonal deals? Coupons will be distributed to diners at the following locations:

Magic Kingdom: 

  • Aloha Isle
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
  • Casey’s Corner
  • Cheshire Cafe
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Cool Ship
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • Friar’s Nook
  • Gaston’s Tavern
  • Golden Oak Outpost
  • The Lunching Pad
  • Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Storybook Treats
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Tomorrowland Terrace

Epcot

  • African Outpost
  • Bierline Beer Cart
  • Block and Hans
  • Canada Refreshment
  • Electric Umbrella
  • Fife and Drum Tavern
  • Germany Summerfest
  • Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
  • Liberty Inn
  • Sunshine Seasons
  • Test Track Cool Wash
  • Yorkshire County Fish and Chips

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • ABC Commissary
  • Anaheim Produce
  • Backlot Express
  • Catalina Eddie’s
  • Coke Bottle
  • Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction
  • Fairfax Fare
  • Great Movie Ride Popcorn
  • Hey Howdy Hey
  • Hollywood Scoops
  • KRNR The Rock Station
  • Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner
  • Oasis Canteen
  • Peevey’s Polar Pipeline
  • Rosies All-American Cafe
  • Starring Rolls Cafe
  • Sunshine Day Cafe

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Amandapur Ice Cream Truck
  • Caravan Road
  • Chakranadi
  • Dino-Bit Snacks
  • Dino Diner
  • Drinkwallah
  • Eight Spoon Care
  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Harambe Market
  • Harambe Fruit Market
  • Isle of Java
  • Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
  • Mahindi
  • Mr. Kamal’s
  • Pizzafari
  • Restaurantasaurus
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments
  • Terra Treats
  • The Feeding Ground
  • The Smiling Crocodile
  • Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks
  • Trilo-Bites

So don’t miss your chance to grab some delicious eats and save at Disney Springs this Fall.

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Rivers of Light to open May 1st 2017 with new Dining Packages http://www.chipandco.com/rivers-light-open-may-1st-2017-new-dining-packages-250570/ http://www.chipandco.com/rivers-light-open-may-1st-2017-new-dining-packages-250570/#respond Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:38:33 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=250570 It appears we finally may be getting closer to an opening date for the highly anticipated Rivers of Light show at Animal Kingdom. A Rivers of Light Dining Package is now posted on the Disney website with an available advanced reservation date of May 1, 2017. Dining reservations can be made 180 days in advance. Relish […]

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It appears we finally may be getting closer to an opening date for the highly anticipated Rivers of Light show at Animal Kingdom. A Rivers of Light Dining Package is now posted on the Disney website with an available advanced reservation date of May 1, 2017. Dining reservations can be made 180 days in advance.

Relish one of 3 delectable dining experiences before watching the Rivers of Light show under the stars.

Showstopping Suppers

Savor a mouthwatering meal and score premium seats to the riveting Rivers of Light show!

Pick your pleasure! Enjoy a delicious feast at participating restaurants in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and experience the beauty of the nighttime spectacular, Rivers of Light—a dazzling light and water show celebrating the magic of nature.

Included in Each Rivers of Light Dining Package:

  • Meal selection from a menu or buffet from one of 3 participating restaurants, plus a non-alcoholic beverage
  • Premium seating for Rivers of Light show

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Tusker House Restaurant

  • Graze on a bountiful buffet brimming with African flavors at Tusker House in Harambe. Please note: While this dining package is available for all meal periods, Guests must dine no later than 2 hours and thirty minutes prior to showtime.
  • Rivers of Light Dining Package Prices (Dine Plan Eligible)
    Breakfast, starting at:
    $37.00 adults
    $23.00 children ages 3 to 9
    Lunch/Dinner, starting at:
    $49.00 adults
    $30.00 children ages 3 to 9

Flame Tree Barbeque

  • Dine underneath an intricately carved wood pavilion surrounded by lush greenery. Select an entrée, 3 sides and a dessert off a tempting menu featuring American favorites. Please note: While this dining package is available starting at 2:30 PM, Guests must dine no later than one hour and 15 minutes prior to showtime.
  • Rivers of Light Dining Package Prices (Quick-Service Dining Plan Ineligible)
    $21.99 adults
    $11.99 children ages 3 to 9

Please Note: Listed dining package excludes tax, park admission, gratuity and alcohol. The preferred Rivers of Light seating area is separate from the dining location.

Rivers of Light Dining Packages are available beginning May 1. Advance reservations for the Rivers of Light Dining Package are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Know Before You Go

Learn important information about premium seating.

  • Admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is required and is not included in the price of the dining package.
  • You receive your voucher for Rivers of Light package seating at the time of your meal.
  • Plan to arrive for Rivers of Light seating 15 to 35 minutes prior to show time. Please use the theater entrance located closest to DinoLand U.S.A.
  • Your seats are not assigned. Rather, you choose your seats within the reserved section on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The Rivers of Light Dining Package is available on all Rivers of Light show days. There may be multiple shows on the same day and your dining reservation will indicate which show you are booked for. Showtimes may be found on the online calendar , the My Disney Experience app and the Times Guide at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
  • The Rivers of Light Show is subject to change or cancellation without notice. Dining packages will not be refunded due to show cancellation or modification.

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Disney to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom with special cupcake & hot dog! http://www.chipandco.com/disney-celebrate-45th-anniversary-magic-kingdom-special-cupcake-hot-dog-249647/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:02:35 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=249647 In honor of the 45th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom Disney will be sharing a special cupcake, hot dog, and possibly a special discount at the parks starting tomorrow! The cupcake will be available at Main Street Bakery starting on October 1st. Looks yummy! Also make sure to stop by and get a Celebration Dog from Casey’s Corner, […]

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In honor of the 45th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom Disney will be sharing a special cupcake, hot dog, and possibly a special discount at the parks starting tomorrow!

The cupcake will be available at Main Street Bakery starting on October 1st. Looks yummy!

Also make sure to stop by and get a Celebration Dog from Casey’s Corner, topped with potatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, fried onion straws and a chipotle-ranch drizzle.

In case you missed it, here is some of the special merchandise available for the 45th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom too!

Are you going to be at the parks tomorrow?

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Top Disney World Theme Park Dining Spots http://www.chipandco.com/top-disney-world-theme-park-dining-spots-248633/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:59:27 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=248633 Last week I wrote about my picks for Top Disney Springs Dining Spots, and it got me to thinking more about Disney Food…oh who are we kidding, I am almost always thinking about Disney Food – there is just so much of it and it’s all so amazing! But when it comes to picking the […]

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Last week I wrote about my picks for Top Disney Springs Dining Spots, and it got me to thinking more about Disney Food…oh who are we kidding, I am almost always thinking about Disney Food – there is just so much of it and it’s all so amazing! But when it comes to picking the best of the best, there are definitely some that stand out above the rest.

So read on to find out my Top Disney World Theme Park Dining Spots:

Magic Kingdom

  • Crystal Palace: This is hands down my favorite place to eat in the Magic Kingdom (maybe even in all of WDW!). It’s a buffet that serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and it’s also a CHARACTER meal – Winnie The Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore circulate for hugs, autographs and photo ops while you dine on some deliciously fresh eats. Pooh’s Breakfast Lasagna is a must have for breakfast, and you’ll want to make sure you grab some fresh roasted meats from the carving stations at lunch and dinner. It’s a hit for those of all ages – great food, great characters, and it’s in a GREAT location too right on the main drag of Main Street USA!

Epcot

  • Sunshine Seasons: You’ll find this fast-casual dining spot over in Epcot’s Future World – right inside the Land pavilion. I think what I love about this is that when most people think of “fast” food, things like burgers and chicken nuggets come to mind – but that is SO NOT the case here. You can smell the Rotisserie chickens the second you walk into the ordering area, and you can see the chefs bustle around as they prepare salads, Asian stir fry, southwest chicken wraps, and so much more. There’s a huge variety, and everything is fresh and made to order
    Pro Tip – try and eat here at an “off” time (ie – not right at the NOON lunch rush) to avoid the huge crowds

Hollywood Studios

  • Starring Roles Café: I’ve got two words for you: BAKED GOODS. And if you’re thinking “ok, well, a cupcake can’t be a meal” – then not only are you WRONG, but you have also obviously never grabbed a bite at Starring Roles! Their bakery case is truly a sight to behold – I must always resist the urge to order 3 of everything (1 of everything is plenty!), and once I get my food, I can people watch from the adorable outside terrace/seating area. Sandwiches and assorted sushi are on the menu for lunch and dinner, but like I said – the true “Star” here is the bakery case – the Butterfinger Cupcake is a personal favorite, but they have plenty of other stuff too – turnovers, tarts, croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and so much more! My advice is to skip lunch and go straight to Starring Roles for dessert

Animal Kingdom

  • Tusker House Restaurant: Another character meal has made my list of top picks – what can I say – I’m just a kid at heart, who loves pairing character hugs with outstanding cuisine (nothing wrong with that, right?). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served here buffet style, and you’ll find a lot of typical American fare, but they also serve up a lot of African inspired dishes – the Bobotie is a must try, as are the assorted rice/salad dishes. It’s a great place to try something new, for sure. Oh – and Donald and pals are there too – dressed in their safari gear! It’s a great chance to get some unique photos with characters for sure!

As always, I highly recommend you utilize ADR’s (or Advance Dining Reservations for any and all table service meals – and for those of you unfamiliar with that process, click here for more info!)

Now that I have shared MY faves with you, I would love to know what YOU think – where do you love to eat at each of the WDW Parks?

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Top 5 Ways To Make Your Disney World Vacation More Magical http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-ways-make-disney-world-vacation-magical-245859/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:08:21 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=245859 Walt Disney World Family vacations are a ton of fun, and the perfect way to make memories that will last a lifetime! Of course – in addition to fun, it might also be stressful, expensive, and time consuming to plan and execute a family trip to a place like Walt Disney World. But fear not! […]

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Walt Disney World Family vacations are a ton of fun, and the perfect way to make memories that will last a lifetime! Of course – in addition to fun, it might also be stressful, expensive, and time consuming to plan and execute a family trip to a place like Walt Disney World. But fear not! I have compiled this list of tips to help you make your Disney Vacation less stressful and more magical:

Know Before You Go: Disney World is a BIG place FULL of things to do, see, and eat. So, you’ll want to brush up – do some research (chip and co is a great place to start, plus the Walt Disney World official website has useful info too!), check out what rides and attractions you and your family might like, and look at some maps to get a lay of the land. There are plenty of great Guidebooks out there too, with a lot of in depth information and reviews to help you plan

Book Fastpasses: For those of you who don’t know, fastpasses are a way for you to avoid (some of) the long lines when waiting for popular rides/attractions. You can book them ahead of time, and can pre-select up to 3 per day. Let your family help too – and give them each a chance to pick at least 1 must do ride/attraction that you can book a fastpass for. Learn more about how fastpasses work here, and for the record – I HIGHLY suggest you take advantage of the ability to pre-pick some rides, because any time you DON’T have to spend in line can be used for other fun stuff (like obtaining delicious Mickey shaped snacks, for example)

Use ADR’s: This is another service Disney offers that I HIGHLY recommend you take advantage of. ADR stands for “Advance Dining Reservation”, and it is a way to essentially “pre-reserve” sit down meals at the Disney Parks and Resorts up to 180 days before your vacation. It isn’t a traditional “reservation”, but more like a “call ahead” where you arrive at a set time and are put next on the list for a table. These are basically NECESSARY for many of the more popular character meals, so if you have character lovers in your family – you better make sure you’re on the phone or online exactly 180 days before your trip to make those ADR’s for Mickey and the Princesses! I know it may seem NUTS to make reservations for a restaurant 6 months before you go on vacation, but trust me – it’s just something you need to do, as the days of just walking up to a WDW restaurant and hoping for an open table are OVER – ADR’s are the wave of the future, so you should definitely take advantage and book as many as you can!

Stay On Property: There are about a million places to stay in the greater Orlando area – and while many of them offer amazing lodging and plenty of amenities – for me, there’s no better place to stay than right in the magic, at a Walt Disney owned Resort Hotel. Not only are you as close as you can possibly be to the WDW Parks, but you’re able to take advantage of some other perks too. One of the BEST ones is Extra Magic Hours – where each day one of the parks stays open late an extra hour, and one of the parks opens up an hour early too ONLY for guests staying at WDW Hotels. It’s a great way to ride your favorite ride again and again with little to no wait, or to get some great photos in an almost empty Park

Let Disney Do The Driving: Don’t bother with a rental car – if you’re staying at a WDW Resort you really don’t need it, and even if you aren’t, many of the nearby hotels offer daily shuttles to the Disney Parks – so if I were you, I would sit back and let Disney do the driving! Once you’re on WDW property, you can take advantage of their transportation options – including monorails, boats, and buses to get you from place to place. And they even offer free shuttle service to the Orlando airport if you’re staying at a Disney hotel too – the “Magical Express” brings you to and from the airport and even takes care of checking your luggage for you too (another perk of staying on property…it’s starting to sound pretty good, isn’t it?)

If You Need Help – ASK: You will not find better customer service anyplace, seriously – Walt Disney World employees are the nicest, most helpful people ever – so don’t be afraid to ask for directions, or assistance with anything you might need while at the Parks or Resorts. They are super knowledgeable, and if they can’t answer your question, they will promptly find someone who can. No one expects you to memorize a Disney guidebook before your trip – so rest assured knowing that Disney Cast Members are always there to help fill in the blanks and make your trip the best it can be!

Did I miss any? Let me know in the comment box below.

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21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Fun Facts http://www.chipandco.com/21st-epcot-international-food-wine-festival-fun-facts-248300/ Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:25:14 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=248300 Walt Disney World Resort guests are invited to join the fun when the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase turns 21 from Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016. The longer-than-ever party will feature global and specialty cuisine, refreshing new beverages and three live concerts nightly. The 62-day festival at Disney’s Epcot theme park will […]

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Walt Disney World Resort guests are invited to join the fun when the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase turns 21 from Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016. The longer-than-ever party will feature global and specialty cuisine, refreshing new beverages and three live concerts nightly.

The 62-day festival at Disney’s Epcot theme park will showcase 30 global marketplaces including four new Future World marketplaces featuring fresh culinary concepts to pair with select wines, beers, cocktails and other beverages. ABC’s Emmy Award-winning lifestyle series, “The Chew,” will broadcast from the festival for the second year and will participate in one of the new Future World festival marketplaces, The Chew Collective. The festival is believed to be the largest food and wine event of its kind in the world.

Here are some fun facts about the 21st festival celebration:

  • Now 62 days long, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival began in 1996 with a first run of 30 days
  • At the 2016 festival, 30 global marketplaces will include new offerings like The Chew Collective in Future World’s Next Eats festival area and Islands of the Caribbean along the World Showcase Promenade
  • Producers of ABC’s “The Chew” will tape 5 episodes of the show before 5 festival guest audiences numbering in the hundreds for each show
  • The 21st festival will feature 32 new marketplace dishes and 49 (as of right now) new cocktails, beers, wines and ciders
  • In 1998, 200 domestic and international wines were poured at the festival. This year, at marketplaces and premium events, more than 300 domestic and international wines will be offered
  • More than 50 wineries and more than 35 breweries from around the world, including local craft beer operations, will be represented at festival marketplaces
  • The new “The Best of Epcot Festivals 2016” cookbook by Pam Brandon and the Disney Chefs features 75 recipes from the global marketplaces.
  • 3 Rockin’ Burger Block Parties and 6 Party for the Senses grand tastings will take place at World Showplace during the festival run. In all, the festival will feature 204 premium events ranging from Signature Dinners and Food & Wine Pairings to Beverage Boot Camps and Festival Events in World Showcase pavilions
  • Guest chefs and Disney chefs numbering 250 will present culinary demonstrations and will cook for festival events
  • Celebrity chefs and visiting culinarians from 10 countries and 26 U.S. states will participate in the festival at culinary demos, book signings, and special tasting events and dinners.
  • Nearly 400 culinary demos, beverage and interactive seminars will take place during the 62-day festival
  • During Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak festival scavenger hunt, guests can help Remy scour the park for the ingredients to make his signature dish, ratatouille. Along the way, they’ll find 12 Remy statuettes hidden in each of 11 countries of the World Showcase and at the African Outpost location. Guests can redeem the 12 stickers they’ve collected for one of 6 special pins at Select merchandise locations
  • More than 375 hours of scheduled seminars will take place at the Festival Center for the 62 days of the festival.  These include culinary demos and beverage seminars, the new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! interactive events, plus more
  • 186 Eat to the Beat concerts will be performed; 8 musical acts will appear for the first time at this year’s festival featuring entertainment ranging from rock and soul to funk and blues
  • The Festival Passport (previously called the Marketplace Discovery Passport) was introduced in 2010 for the 15th annual festival; today, the free passport will feature pages with all 30 festival marketplaces
  • More than 1,200 fireworks will explode each night over World Showcase Lagoon in IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth nightime spectacular
  • Chase is the festival’s presenting sponsor for the 5th year; its Chase Lounge at the American Adventure Pavilion is open exclusively to Chase cardholders and offers an inviting place to relax and recharge
  • More than 225,000,000 festival dishes were served during last year’s 53-day festival
  • 100,000-plus desserts, including the Hard Soda Floats at Desserts & Champagne Marketplace, are expected to be served
  • In 1997, during the festival’s second year, festival planners introduced the first Grand Tasting culinary extravaganza; in 2002, the event was renamed and moved to World Showplace as Party for the Senses, now featuring up to 50 food and beverage stations and, in 2016, new and different themed entertainment for each event

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Top 6 Disney Springs Dining Spots http://www.chipandco.com/top-6-disney-springs-dining-spots-247312/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:26:48 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=247312 Dining at Disney World is a true foodie’s dream come true –there’s always something new and delicious to try, and one of my favorite places to eat while at WDW is Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney!). Check out my picks for Top 6 Disney Springs Dining Spots: Sit Down Restaurants: The Boathouse: This new restaurant […]

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Dining at Disney World is a true foodie’s dream come true –there’s always something new and delicious to try, and one of my favorite places to eat while at WDW is Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney!). Check out my picks for Top 6 Disney Springs Dining Spots:

Sit Down Restaurants:

The Boathouse: This new restaurant is perfect for seafood lovers as well as boat enthusiasts, too – while you dine at this waterfront spot you can check out the vintage boats from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s on display. And the menu is ever-changing to allow the chefs to take advantage of the freshest seafood available! Steak, lobster, oysters, calamari, and fish tacos are all on the menu plus a TON of other options too

Wolfgang Puck Café: While this is not a “new to Disney Springs” restaurant, it is certainly a mainstay and an institution in my book! The sign has the quote “Live, Love, Eat” on it – and those are really embodied within the restaurant itself, where you can tell the innovative food is prepared with care and the freshest ingredients. Sushi lovers will really enjoy the offerings, as will pizza lovers – they serve up pies topped with Italian meats, barbeque chicken, and more. The best thing on this menu for me though is a toss-up between the bacon wrapped meatloaf and the roasted chicken entrees

Raglan Road: You can’t ever go wrong with a traditional Irish Pub – and this one delivers nothing but fantastic food in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Live Irish music and dancers keep you entertained as you wait for your food and drinks – plenty of beers, wines and cocktails to choose from here! The menu is full of amazing dishes – bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes), shepherd’s pie, Guinness beef stew, and so much more. I have eaten here several times, and it is just the best – a true gem!

Quick note about the above restaurants: As with any sit down meal at Disney, you’ll want to do your best to make an ADR (or Advance Dining Reservation) for them in advance to ensure that you are able to partake in these amazing dining spots!

Quick Meals:
Earl Of Sandwich: There are few things better than the smell of freshly baked bread – which the Earl is baking up daily for his mouth-wateringly delicious sandwiches – Holiday Turkey (featuring stuffing and cranberry sauce!), Caprese, buffalo chicken, and tuna melt to name a few. Oh – and don’t forget to grab a brownie sandwich for dessert as they are filled with frosting (and who doesn’t need a frosting sandwich in their life?). One of the best parts of this spot is it’s pretty reasonable price wise, and usually pretty speedy too

Food Trucks: Assorted food trucks park on the West Side of Disney Springs starting around lunch time daily, and while it’s not always the same trucks each day, you can be sure you will find some amazing meal options either way. The Namaste Café truck offers up freshly made naan, samosas, butter chicken, and tandoori shrimp; while Fantasy Fare serves classic dishes like corn dogs, chicken strips, and buffalo chicken and waffles. The great thing about grabbing a bite here is the variety – there’s something for everyone, and always something new and unique to try (for those adventurous eaters out there!)

Snack Attack:
Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop: You can smell the house made hot fudge and freshly baked waffle cones as you approach this dessert spot, and it’s enough to lure you right in (well, it is for me at least!). The menu is full of delicious ice cream sundaes and assorted lattes and other coffee beverages as well (including the classic Ghiradelli hot chocolate!). You can also purchase assorted packaged chocolates to bring home with you (and if they don’t make it all the way home, that’s ok too, I don’t judge)

Check out the official Disney Springs Dining Site Here for the most up to date list of offerings so you can plan which ones you’ll eat at next time you’re in Disney!

I would love to know which Disney Springs Dining Spots Top YOUR list, too!

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Cannoli Cupcake From Gelato Kiosk at Epcot’s Italy Pavillion http://www.chipandco.com/cannoli-cupcake-gelato-kiosk-epcots-italy-pavillion-246986/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:30:51 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=246986 Ciao to the Cannoli Cupcake at Epcot’s Italy Gelato Kiosk.  This sweet treat offers a multitude of flavors in a cup.  If you are looking for something new and fun to try while strolling around the World Showcase at Epcot, the Cannoli Cupcake is a great choice. Let’s start from the top.  The Cannoli Cupcake consists […]

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Ciao to the Cannoli Cupcake at Epcot’s Italy Gelato Kiosk.  This sweet treat offers a multitude of flavors in a cup.  If you are looking for something new and fun to try while strolling around the World Showcase at Epcot, the Cannoli Cupcake is a great choice.

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Let’s start from the top.  The Cannoli Cupcake consists of 4 layers.  The very top is a mini cannoli filled with sweet ricotta and chocolate chips, drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Beneath the mini cannoli is the swirled ricotta icing topped with candied cherries and pineapples, then drizzled with chocolate.  The icing tops the vanilla bean cupcake.  I must note here that I am not typcially a fan of cupcakes. However, this cupcake was not too sweet and the cupcake itself was rather dense as opposed to your typical crumbly cupcake.  I found it to be a bit dry until I realized that underneath the cupcake, the bottom layer was a sweet ricotta with chocolate chips.  When I combined the dryness of the cupcake, with the ricotta and chocolate chips, it was quite pleasing to the palette.

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The Cannoli Cupcake can be found at the Gelato Kiosk, on the right, as you are walking past the Italy Pavillion towards Germany.  This non-descript location blends into the background and you can easily walk right by without realizing you have passed it.  While the Tiramisu and the Cannoli do count as a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan, the Cannoli Cupcake, unfortunately, does not.  If you are not on the Dining Plan, or are just looking for a more substantial snack, then the Cannoli Cupcake will certainly satisfy.  The Cannoli Cupcake comes in a clear cup, thus making it easy to continue on your way around the World Showcase while enjoying your sweet treat.  Just remember to grab a spoon.

What do you think of the new Cannoli Cupcake?  Please leave your comments in the box below.

 

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Mickey’s Backyard BBQ now Offers a Category 1 and 2 Seating Option http://www.chipandco.com/mickeys-backyard-bbq-now-offers-category-1-2-seating-option-246479/ Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:50:51 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=246479 Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is now offering a Category 1 and 2 seating option at its all-you-care-to-enjoy barbecue buffet. Guests who reserve Category 1 seating for only $10 more per person are invited to enjoy the following: Early Access to the Backyard Pavilion Priority seating that gets you closer […]

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Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is now offering a Category 1 and 2 seating option at its all-you-care-to-enjoy barbecue buffet. Guests who reserve Category 1 seating for only $10 more per person are invited to enjoy the following:

  • Early Access to the Backyard Pavilion
  • Priority seating that gets you closer to the experience
  • A Character Greeting with Mickey and pals prior to the show
  • Plus, early access to all food and beverages

Ticket Prices and Seating Chart:

  • Category 1:  Ages 10 and older $72, Ages 3 to 9 $47
  • Category 2: Ages 10 and older $62, Ages 3 to 9 $37

Prepayment is required at the time of booking and includes tax and gratuity. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted and requires two table service credits for both Category 1 and 2 seating options.

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Reservations for Mickey’s Backyard BBQ can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE up to 180 days prior to your visit. Tickets are available for pick-up immediately after reservation has been confirmed online at any Walt Disney World Resort Guest Relations, Guest Services or Resort Concierge desk. For same-day box office pick-up, please arrive 40 minutes prior to show time.

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4 New Restaurants added to the Tables in Wonderland Discount Card http://www.chipandco.com/4-new-restaurants-added-tables-wonderland-discount-card-245464/ http://www.chipandco.com/4-new-restaurants-added-tables-wonderland-discount-card-245464/#comments Sat, 06 Aug 2016 13:26:10 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=245464 If you are a Tables in Wonderland Discount cardholder, then you may be interested to know that 4 new restaurants have been added to the list of participating discounts! 4 of Walt Disney World’s newest dining locations have now joined the list: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen Nomad Lounge Tiffins […]

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If you are a Tables in Wonderland Discount cardholder, then you may be interested to know that 4 new restaurants have been added to the list of participating discounts!

4 of Walt Disney World’s newest dining locations have now joined the list:

Disney’s Tables in Wonderland is a great dining discount card for guests who choose not to opt for the dining plan. It can save you up to 20% at certain participating locations around teh Walt Disney World resort.

Do you have this magical card?

 

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New Concept Art and Construction Update for Pizza Rizzo in Hollywood Studios http://www.chipandco.com/new-concept-art-construction-update-pizza-rizzo-hollywood-studios-245093/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:24:13 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=245093 On display at Disney World is all new concept art for the Pizza Rizzo Restaurant that is taking over Pizza Planet in the Muppet Courtyard area of Hollywood Studios. Really no information has been released on this new restaurant. There is actually more information about the new Muppet show coming to the Magic Kingdom than there […]

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On display at Disney World is all new concept art for the Pizza Rizzo Restaurant that is taking over Pizza Planet in the Muppet Courtyard area of Hollywood Studios.

Really no information has been released on this new restaurant. There is actually more information about the new Muppet show coming to the Magic Kingdom than there is this restaurant.

I really hope Rizzo’s will be serving up hot & fresh New York Style Pizza but only time will tell.

The Disney Blog has photos of the construction progress including the 2nd level deck area. Why it will be an open air deck in Florida is beyond me. You can check them out here.

Pizza Rizzo is scheduled to open this fall. As soon as we find out an exact opening date we will let you know.

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Top 5 Disney World Rides You NEED A Fastpass For http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-wdw-rides-you-need-a-fastpass-for-227985/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-wdw-rides-you-need-a-fastpass-for-227985/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:00:19 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=227985 There’s a lot of planning that goes into a Walt Disney World vacation these days – and thanks to technology – it’s all online and easier than ever! Researching places to stay, places to eat, and Park rides and attractions can be done entirely online, your trip can be booked online, and then you can […]

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There’s a lot of planning that goes into a Walt Disney World vacation these days – and thanks to technology – it’s all online and easier than ever! Researching places to stay, places to eat, and Park rides and attractions can be done entirely online, your trip can be booked online, and then you can make dining reservations online too! In addition to making ADR’s ahead of time, you can also plan out your fastpasses before you even arrive at the Park! No Fastpass kiosk or tickets needed – it will all be loaded onto your Magic Band (along with your room key, ticket information, dining reservations, and credit card info)

So if you’re deep in that “planning” stage, and you can’t decide which rides to use your precious Fastpass+ selections on…fear not! I’m here to help, with my top five picks for rides you NEED a fastpass for:

  • Test Track: Located in Epcot and sponsored by General Motors, there are 3 parts to this experience. First, you enter the pre-show area where you “design” your test vehicle (this part is newer and was added when the ride was redone in 2012), and then you board your test vehicle and take it through a track where it goes through tests for: capability, efficiency, responsiveness, and power. You get to see how well your car fares against varying weather conditions, and (my favorite part!) how well it does on the speed test! After the test, you exit into a Chevrolet showroom of current and concept vehicles – and true to Disney standards, it’s also a gift shop, where you can even buy a car! This has always been a popular ride, but ever since the refurbishment, it has become even MORE popular with waits stretching beyond the 120 minute mark on busy days – which is why I have deemed it a Fastpass MUST (especially for all car enthusiasts – which I have a few of in my family)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: Magic Kingdom’s newest attraction opened less than a year ago in May 2014, and it’s newness is the main reason I would make sure I reserved my Fastpass for this one. Another reason is that I LOVE roller coasters, and this one is unique – it uses new technology to make you feel the tilting and swaying that would occur in a real mine cart. The queue is interactive too – with games and fun things to see. It’s more of a “family” themed roller coaster, and for that reason it has been EXTREMEMLY popular – and if you don’t want to risk the long Standby line, Fastpass is the way to go!
  • Toy Story Midway Mania: This Hollywood Studios attraction is based on old time carnival games, where the story is that Andy gets a new carnival play set for his birthday, and as soon as he leaves his room for dinner, his toys decide to give the games a go! A pie throw, egg throw, darts, basketball throw, ring toss, and shooting games are the current features here, and you experience them while wearing 3D glasses and riding on spinning vehicles. This is a WILDLY popular ride for kids (and really, for adults too!) and the wait at any given time is over an hour and I have seen it stretch way beyond that – so if you’re looking for a ride the whole family can enjoy – I suggest you book a fastpass and head to the carnival!
  • Peter Pan’s Flight: This one is a classic – one of my personal favorites, and I am obviously not alone, as the wait time is often 90 minutes or more! When it’s your turn to take flight, you board a “pirate ship” that flies over Peter Pan and his adventures in Neverland. The ride takes place mostly in the dark, which I love because it really is like you’re being transported to a new, wondrous place! Mermaid Lagoon, Hook’s ship, Wendy walking the plank, Pan battling Hook – you see all that and more throughout your adventures. Like I said – it’s classic, and little ones may not understand the story or theming, but getting to “fly” in the ship and see all the different scenes is something those of all ages can enjoy
  • Space Mountain: Another “classic” ride – it’s actually Florida’s oldest operating roller coaster, as it’s been open since January 1975 (40 years wow!). As the name suggests, it’s a space-themed ride, where you board a spaceship and “blast off” into outer space! It’s a fast ride with lots of turns and drops in the dark – where you can see the stars, asteroids, and other rockets, with a soundtrack of “space like” sounds (as well as other passengers screams – mostly of delight). It was Magic Kingdom’s first “thrill” ride – and it continues to thrill and excite to this day, where the wait can span anywhere from 30 to over 120 minutes. On Christmas Day, I saw the wait time for Space Mountain was – no joke – 180 minutes, and while that may seem like a lie – it’s not. Trust me – you’ll want to fastpass this one FOR SURE

My “Must Fastpass” Picks are based mostly on the average wait times I have seen/experienced at the Parks, so your top choices may vary – but at least this gives you a place to start in planning out your Fastpass+ picks.

Here’s hoping that you can use my recommendations to help avoid some really long wait times next time you’re at Disney World!

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Flying Fish to start taking Reservations Tomorrow http://www.chipandco.com/flying-fish-start-taking-reservations-tomorrow-244872/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:38:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244872 Starting Tomorrow, July 29th, you can start making reservations again for Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk. We had mentioned a while back that  Flying fish was undergoing both cosmetic and menu upgrades, so we are super excited to be able to check it out once it officially re-opens on August 3rd. As you can see, the […]

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Starting Tomorrow, July 29th, you can start making reservations again for Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk. We had mentioned a while back that  Flying fish was undergoing both cosmetic and menu upgrades, so we are super excited to be able to check it out once it officially re-opens on August 3rd.

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As you can see, the new menu is still strongly focused on seafood, but still has some fantastic meat offerings as well for those non-seafood lovers out there. Will you be making your reservation tomorrow?

If you’re unsure of where to begin planning your Disney Parks vacation, contact me today to take advantage of my FREE 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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