Disney Planning “Do’s” And “Don’ts”

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Planning a Walt Disney World vacation is no small task – there’s so much to do and see, and so much information out there that it can easily become overwhelming. Luckily, we’re here to help!Check out my list of Disney Planning Do’s and Don’ts:Do – Make Lists: I am big fan of lists – they help me stay on track, and they are especially helpful to me and my family when we are traveling. I like to make the following lists for my Disney trips: packing lists (for me AND the kids!), … [Read more...]


Summer In Walt Disney World – What To Expect

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Summer is a very popular time to visit Walt Disney World, and if you’re one of the many planning to make the trek during the upcoming months, then you will want to remember this - summer in Orlando is HOT and WET. Not only are the temperatures high, but the humidity is stifling, and there is thunder and rain storms almost every afternoon (and sometimes all day too!). Also, the crowds can get super intense, which for some isn’t an issue, but others might not love it. For many of you, summer is … [Read more...]


How to keep cool at the Walt Disney World theme parks

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Spring is in the air! The hot, humid air…ok so maybe it’s not quite hot or humid yet, but that doesn’t mean that Florida isn’t getting some heat – and there will be more of that to come as summer approaches too! As you plan to head to Walt Disney World this Spring and Summer, I recommend you take some preventative measures to help ensure that you are as cool as can be:Freeze Those Drinks - Get some disposable water bottles and fill them about 2/3 of the way with water, and then stick them in … [Read more...]


Why The Disney Dining Plan Will Make Your Life MUCH Easier

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So you’re in the midst of planning your Walt Disney World vacation, and you are deciding things like places to stay, when to go, flights/transportation etc – but there’s one more thing that should be on your list of things to book – the Disney Dining Plan! Why should I get it you might ask? Well, it will make your life easier – and don’t we all want that on vacation (and in general?)First of all, you probably need to know what the Disney Dining Plan, or DDP actually is - so let’s start with … [Read more...]


Disney Quick Tips – Add Your Celebration To Your Advanced Dining Reservation

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Walt Disney World is a great place for a celebration! To help you celebrate, they offer free celebration buttons for just about any occasion. But that's not the only way Disney can help with your celebration. When making your Advanced Dining Reservation, be sure to ask the cast members to make a note of your celebration. Also, remind them of your celebration when you arrive for your ADR. You never know what kind of Disney magic they may bring to your celebration.While it's not guaranteed you … [Read more...]


Can Adults Enjoy Disney Character Dining?

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Recently my husband and I were discussing Walt Disney World with a friend who is considering taking his family on their first trip to Disney. After several questions about why we love Disney so much, the topic of Disney Character Dining came up. He wanted to know more but thought we probably didn't experience character dining on our vacations since my husband and I don't have kids. I can easily see how it might look like character dining is an experience just for families with children; however, … [Read more...]


Disney World AM or PM Extra Magic Hours: Which Is Better?

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Guests staying at an on-property resort at a Walt Disney World have the added benefit of Extra Magic Hours. In case you're not familiar with Extra Magic Hours, this is additional time the parks are open exclusively for on-property resort guests. This is a great time to take advantage of reduced wait times on your favorite attractions. While not all attractions are running during Extra Magic Hours, the most popular attractions usually are.On most days, one WDW parks will be open early for … [Read more...]


Hungry? Then Don’t Forget These “Packable” Snacks For The Disney Parks

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Ok, it’s no secret that I LOVE LOVE Disney food - they really do an amazing job with everything from the 5 course meals to the popcorn and snack carts and drinks – it’s all delicious. BUT – as with everything at the Disney Parks – the food is not cheap. Keeping your family’s stomachs full while at Disney can be a hard (not to mention costly!) job – everyone is excited, there’s a lot of walking, it’s hot – meltdowns are eminent. Luckily, there are ways you can prepare yourself to help prevent … [Read more...]


Ten “Don’t Dos” for Your Disney Trip

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We talk a lot here on Chip and Co about the Disney World "must dos"-must use a Disney travel agent, must get to Rope Drop, must take comfortable shoes, must eat at Be Our Guest, must make ADRs at 180 days.  But today we are going to talk about the "don't dos" for your Disney trip.  These will make your trip easier, smoother, and less stressful, right?  I hope so!  Here we go with the Ten "Don't Dos" for Your Disney Trip.Don't buy tickets from a ticket reseller or an outside source.  Buy them … [Read more...]


Why Stay On-Property at the Walt Disney World Resort

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Deciding where to stay for your Walt Disney World vacation can be a big decision. There are so many choices, but the biggest choice may be whether or not to stay on-property. Sure, Disney World Resorts often come with a higher price tag, but I think you will find Disney has done their part to make sure the higher cost is worth it for families. Let's take a look at some of the best reasons to stay on-property.Transportation - For me, this is the biggest reason to stay on Disney property. No … [Read more...]