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Disney really has a way of making fireworks more than just fireworks. This is especially true when it comes to the Disneyland Forever Fireworks at Disneyland Park. This show has been delighting guests since the beginning of the Diamond Celebration in May of 2015. Everyone should get to Disneyland at least once in their life, and if you’re going to be experiencing Walt’s original Magic Kingdom any time soon you’ll need to know where to watch these magical fireworks from! Let’s talk about the best viewing locations for the Disneyland Forever Fireworks.

First, the Disneyland Fireworks are more than just fireworks! There is music, lights, images projected on buildings, and of course the amazing fireworks themselves.

  • Main Street U.S.A. – The most popular viewing location for the Disneyland Forever Fireworks is Main Street USA. It really gives you the whole experience! After all, the Sleeping Beauty Castle is the symbol of Disneyland and watching the show with the castle at its center is magical. Images are shown on the buildings of Main Street which make this show truly unique. However, since it is the most popular it is also the most crowded. Guests will start to line Main Street, sometimes hours, before the Paint the Night Parade and many will stay in these places for the fireworks.
  • Fantasyland – Behind the castle in Fantasyland you will find a great, and unique viewing opportunity! The fireworks will appear above, yet still behind, the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction.
  • It’s a Small World – Much like on Main Street, images will be projected on the It’s a Small World facade during the show and this location provides you with a location that is closest to where the fireworks are shot off – they are shot from behind Toontown.
  • Rivers of America – You can also watch the show from the Rivers of America, however since this either section of the park is now closed it is not the same as it once was. The fireworks can be seen near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • Tomorrowland – Tomorrowland provides you with another unique viewing location that most guests will mostly likely not think of. The fireworks will be near the Matterhorn.

If you’re not interested in the whole experience – you just want to see the fireworks, or perhaps you’re coming from California Adventure, but don’t want to actually enter Disneyland Park to try to get a spot you’re in luck you can watch from outside the park, too!

  • In between – The space in between the two park entrances is a less crowded, but now popular location. It is an interesting location, I personally like it, but you certainly do not get the whole experience. You can enjoy the fireworks and not have to fight the crowds afterwards.
  • Downtown Disney – If you’re shopping when the fireworks are about to start, don’t worry, Downtown Disney also provides a great place to watch if you’ve seen the show before and are just interested in the fireworks.

Where is your favorite place to watch the Disneyland Forever Fireworks from? Let us know in the comments!
My name is Miriya Whitaker, I am a travel agent with World of Magic Travel, a writer for Chip and Co and Disney Addicts, and I love Disney fireworks! I would be more than happy to help you plan and book your next magical vacation so that you can enjoy the Disneyland Forever Fireworks, too! inside the parks! Contact me at miriyawhitaker@worldofmagictravel.com to start planning and follow me on Facebook for more Disney and travel information!

 

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The Best Viewing Locations for Wishes Nighttime Spectacular http://www.chipandco.com/the-best-viewing-locations-for-wishes-nighttime-spectacular-229568/ Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:00:49 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=229568 Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is, as the name implies, spectacular! Yes, it is the nighttime fireworks at Magic Kingdom, but Disney has a way of making fireworks so much more than just a regular fireworks display. Wishes features the voices of beloved characters as well as iconic music to which the fireworks are timed. This show […]

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Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is, as the name implies, spectacular! Yes, it is the nighttime fireworks at Magic Kingdom, but Disney has a way of making fireworks so much more than just a regular fireworks display. Wishes features the voices of beloved characters as well as iconic music to which the fireworks are timed. This show is something that everyone should experience at least once. Now the questions becomes, where do you watch it from? Well, that’s what I’m here to share – here are the best places to view Wishes from!

  • Main Street U.S.A. – If you have never seen Wishes, then Main Street is the best place for you to watch from. Before the fireworks start Tinkerbell flies across the sky, which you can’t see from anywhere else. Shortly before Wishes the Castle is bathed in light and scenes from Disney movies during Celebrate the Magic – and Main Street is the only place to see this as well.

Main Street is great, but it is also incredibly crowded! So, if you’re looking for somewhere less crowded, or even just a new perspective on the show there lots of great places to watch!

  • Fantasyland – While everyone is lining up in front of the Castle to watch the show, venture to the back for a unique experience. When you’re on Main Street all of the fireworks are directly in front of you, but when you’re behind the castle in Fantasyland you’re surrounded by them!
  • Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party – This one will cost you extra, but you will get to enjoy the show and delicious desserts all at the same time. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance and when the time comes, head over to the Tomorrowland Terrace for decadent eats and dazzling sights.
  • Tomorrowland – Tomorrowland’s location lends itself to a truly unique view opportunity. Main Street and Fantasyland give guests a front or back view of the show, but Tomorrowland gives guests a side view! You should check it out at least once!
  • Liberty Square – This one is my favorite! If you stand across from the entrance of Liberty Tree Tavern the fireworks will be almost directly above you – it is an amazing experience. There are also incredibly low crowds here during the show.

You don’t have to be inside of Magic Kingdom to enjoy the show, though!

  • Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise – This one costs a bite extra as well, but you won’t regret it. Set sail on the Seven Seas Lagoon where you’ll enjoy an amazing view of Wishes as well as tasty treats.
  • Resort Beaches – The beaches of Magic Kingdom area resorts offer a unique and relaxing viewing opportunity. Avoid the crowds, grab a seat, and enjoy the show.
  • Restaurants – Lastly, The California Grill at the Contemporary Resort and Ohana at the Polynesian Village Resort offer amazing views of the fireworks spectacular if you are seated by the window or if you are watching from the observation deck at the Contemporary. Not only do you get to see the show from a unique location, but the music that is played inside the park is also played inside the restaurant so that you get the whole experience.

Where is your favorite place to watch Wishes? Let us know in the comments!

My name is Miriya Whitaker, I am a travel agent with World of Magic Travel, a writer for Chip and Co and Disney Addicts, and I love Wishes! I would be more than happy to help you plan and book your next magical vacation so that you can enjoy the magic of Wishes, too! Contact me at miriyawhitaker@worldofmagictravel.com to start planning and follow me on Facebook for more Disney and travel information!

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Top 10 Disneyland Rides to Ride at Night http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disneyland-rides-to-ride-at-night-227018/ Sun, 07 Feb 2016 04:00:35 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=227018 Disneyland is a truly magical place, no matter what time of day it is, but the original Magic Kingdom becomes even more magical after dark. The music is louder, the scents are more fragrant, especially those of the turkey legs, the shimmering lights are brighter, and the tasty treats taste better. Many of the rides […]

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Disneyland is a truly magical place, no matter what time of day it is, but the original Magic Kingdom becomes even more magical after dark. The music is louder, the scents are more fragrant, especially those of the turkey legs, the shimmering lights are brighter, and the tasty treats taste better. Many of the rides are more magical at night, too. So, here are ten Disneyland rides that you should definitely check out at night on your next trip!

  • Jungle Cruise – Take advantage of the unique opportunity to cruise through the great jungles of the world after dark. There isn’t a whole lot of artificial light here, like on other rides, most of it comes from the boats themselves, and this makes the attraction seem more authentic. It really adds to the attraction since it is, honestly, not entirely authentic during the day. You may also end up getting to hear a whole new, more adult, script if there aren’t many kids in the boat.
  • Dumbo – Soar high with Dumbo after dark and you’ll be in for a treat. The ride area itself is incredible, the fountains which are beautiful during the day are now lit up in varying colors. This attraction also allows for riders to take in views of the beautiful Fantasyland from new heights.
  • Astro Orbitor – Much like Dumbo, Astro Orbitor allows riders to take in amazing views from new heights. Enjoy your flight as you are surrounded by the shimmering lights of Tomorrowland, Main Street U.S.A. and Sleeping Beauty Castle!
  • Haunted Mansion – I know, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to include a ride that takes place complete inside, but there’s a reason behind this choice. Haunted Mansion is already slightly scary in the day time, after all it is haunted, but there is just something about walking into a “haunted” house after dark that makes it even scarier.
  • Splash Mountain – Most of Splash Mountain takes place inside, however there are quite a few out door portions, including the climax of the ride – the big drop. As you float by the homes of Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear be sure to take in the amazing views of the rest of the park. The drop is even more amazing or even more terrifying, in a good way, after dark as well!
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – Board the runaway mine train for the wildest ride in the wilderness. If you’re a roller coaster fan, and you like this ride during the day, be sure to check it out after dark for a faster and scarier experience. The mountain all light up at night is also quite beautiful.
  • King Arthur Carrousel – Carousels are almost always better at night – the music seems louder and the ride itself seems faster. It also provides riders with the unique opportunity to take in the shimmering lights of Fantasyland as they whiz by.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats – If you like this attraction during the day you’ll love it at night. Sail through the lands of Aladdin, Anna and Elsa, Cinderella and their friends, just like in the day time, but now everything is beautifully light up. It is truly breathtaking.
  • It’s a Small World – Most of this attraction takes place inside, but the short time that you are outside is memorable. This is especially true during the winter holidays when the ride is lit up with thousands of sparkling multicolored lights.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – Much like Big Thunder Mountain, the Matterhorn has a higher thrill factor at night – the ride seems faster and the yeti is even scarier.

What’s your favorite Disneyland ride to ride at night? Let us know in the comments!

My name is Miriya Whitaker, I am a travel agent with World of Magic Travel, a writer for Chip and Co and Disney Addicts, and I love to experience Disneyland after dark! I would be happy to answer any Disneyland questions you might have and to help you plan and book your next magical vacation! Contact me at miriyawhitaker@worldofmagictravel.com to start planning and follow me on Facebook for more Disney and travel information!

 

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IDW and Disney to Release Comics Based on Classic Characters http://www.chipandco.com/idw-disney-release-comics-based-classic-characters-206460/ Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:00:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=206460 Comics and Disney have been pairing quite well lately, but surprisingly it’s not with Marvel this time around. Our favorite classic characters including Donald and beloved Mickey Mouse will be making appearances in comics published by San Diego-based IDW Publishing. This April, you can expect to see Uncle Scrooge No. 1 at your local comic […]

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Comics and Disney have been pairing quite well lately, but surprisingly it’s not with Marvel this time around. Our favorite classic characters including Donald and beloved Mickey Mouse will be making appearances in comics published by San Diego-based IDW Publishing.

This April, you can expect to see Uncle Scrooge No. 1 at your local comic book shop, followed by a new Donald Duck series in May. Be on the lookout for Mickey Mouse comics in June, and Walt Disney Comics in July. Each of these upcoming series will feature reprints of comics originally created for foreign-language Disney comics. The covers will have art based on areas of the Walt Disney resorts. April will feature Adventureland, May will feature Tomorrowland, and July will feature Fantasyland.

Now that Disney is working alongside IDW, this means that the comic licensing is divided even further between three different publishers: IDW (classic Disney characters), Marvel (Figment, Seekers of the Weird, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) and Canadian publisher Joe’s Books (Frozen and Big Hero 6).

Which of these comic series are you most looking forward to? Tell us!

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Steve Martin May Star in Disney’s “Magic Camp” http://www.chipandco.com/steve-martin-star-disneys-magic-camp-197467/ http://www.chipandco.com/steve-martin-star-disneys-magic-camp-197467/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:00:57 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=197467   Steve Martin is in talks with Disney to star in “Magic Camp”, which is a family comedy being developed by Disney. He co-wrote this project with A.C.O.D. writer/director Stu Zicherman, based on a first draft by Diary of a Wimpy Kid scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. The story tells of a straitlaced banker who […]

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Steve Martin is in talks with Disney to star in “Magic Camp”, which is a family comedy being developed by Disney. He co-wrote this project with A.C.O.D. writer/director Stu Zicherman, based on a first draft by Diary of a Wimpy Kid scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah.

The story tells of a straitlaced banker who returns to Magic Camp, which he attended as a shy child. This time he is a counselor who makes it his mission to improve the lives of all the kids while keeping an eye on his ultimate prize, the top spot at the Golden Wand competition.

F.Y.I, Did you know that he got his start working at the Magic Shop in Disneyland and he was also a magician in his younger days. 

Steve Martin has been around for a while now but I think his most well known collaboration with Disney was the Father of the Bride movies.

Photo Credit: Slashfilm.com

Wishing you Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

Sunshine

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Where To Grab A Quick Bite at Disney’s Magic Kingdom http://www.chipandco.com/grab-quick-bite-disneys-magic-kingdom-195390/ http://www.chipandco.com/grab-quick-bite-disneys-magic-kingdom-195390/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12:00:35 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=195390 The sheer volume of dining options at Walt Disney World is enough to make my head spin! It takes me hours just to pick out where we will eat our Table service meals, and when, and then there’s making the ADR’s – and by the time that’s done, I am tired! Tired and not ready […]

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The sheer volume of dining options at Walt Disney World is enough to make my head spin! It takes me hours just to pick out where we will eat our Table service meals, and when, and then there’s making the ADR’s – and by the time that’s done, I am tired! Tired and not ready to think about the OTHER meals we will be needing to eat while at WDW. I don’t always plan specifically which quick service restaurants I’m going to eat at, but I like to have a general idea of what’s around when I am at a Disney Park. So I wanted to give a rundown of where you can grab a quick (but full) meal at the Parks – so here’s a list of what Disney Dining counter service eateries you’ll find in the Magic Kingdom:

Adventureland:

Tortuga Tavern – Serving up lunch and dinner, this restaurant offers a mostly Mexican themed menu – with burritos, taco salad, and beef nachos on the menu. Kids can munch on a quesadilla, and everyone can enjoy the toppings bar where you can spice up your entrée to suit your taste buds

Fantasyland:

Be Our Guest – This new restaurant offers a quick service meal at lunchtime ONLY (dinner is a sit down affair) – and with menu items like a carved turkey sandwich, croquet monsieur, vegetable quiche, and the signature Master’s cupcake (featuring “the Grey Stuff”) – you’ll want to make sure you’re there early (as there’s usually a line!). The décor here is really something – 3 themed dining rooms, with the mysterious “West Wing” and enchanted rose, and the Beast himself is often milling around for photo ops and hugs

Pinocchio Villiage Haus – Offers up lunch and dinner options like assorted flatbread pizzas, salads, and subs – and they have some nice outdoor seating which is perfect for Fantasyland people watching. They offer a side salad and delicious tomato soup too – both available for a dining plan snack credit

Frontierland:

Diamond Horseshoe – This is a “seasonal” dining location – meaning that it is only open during peak times to help feed the crowds! You can grab lunch or dinner here – and they have a mouth-watering menu of items like carved pork brisket and a carved turkey sandwich, and a Portobello mushroom sandwich (for those less carnivorous folks!)

Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn And Café – This Wild West themed location offers the option of express ordering – kiosks where you can place and pay for your order. Cheeseburgers, chicken wraps, taco salad, southwest chicken salad, and chili cheese fries are some of the delicious options here – oh, and they have sweet potato fries and onion rings too! The toppings bar offers additions like peppers, pickles, salsa, mushrooms, cheese, lettuce, and more – and they even have a nacho cheese dispenser! This spot is a fan favorite (and with good reason!)

Libery Square:

Columbia Harbour House – This one always receives a lot of praise – and I have to say I can understand why! The New England themed eatery has a unique menu – with items like battered fish, grilled salmon, fried shrimp, lobster roll, tuna sandwich – are you seeing a theme? Seafood is the name of the game here, and they offer a yummy New England Clam Chowder too – perfect on a rainy day. I have to say – my personal favorite is NOT a seafood item – it’s actually the Lighthouse Sandwich – which is a vegetarian option with hummus and broccoli slaw served on multigrain bread. The upstairs seating here is a great spot to relax and take in the sights too

Main Street USA:

Casey’s Corner – This spot is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers pretty basic items in the morning – bagels, croissants, Danish, muffings, juice etc – but the lunch and dinner menu is what really stands out here. Chili Cheese dogs, polish sausage, corn dog nuggets, nachos – and toppings too (including nacho cheese sauce, which tastes great on pretty much everything they serve!). It can be hard to grab a seat here – as its always crowded and there’s not that many tables – so if you can, try and eat at a non-peak time so you can fully enjoy the Casey’s experience

Tomorrowland:

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café – Grab a seat near animatronic entertainer Sonny Eclipse as he sings the blues in a futuristic yet retro style (is that even possible? You might be wondering – and trust me, it is – he is a riot!), or grab a seat on the terrace for a great view of the Castle. There are a few different “bays” here – aka section that offer different menu options, so make sure you check them all out before getting in a line! Rotisserie chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, turkey and veggie sandwiches, and greek salad are all on the menu here. This is another place that offers a toppings bar so you can customize your order – and they offer a nacho cheese dispenser too! (Can you tell that I love nacho cheese?)

Tomorrowland Terrace – You’ll find menus for all three meals here, but be warned – it’s another “seasonal” restaurant, so if the Parks aren’t crowded you may not be able to dine here. Breakfast options include oatmeal, waffles, Danish, and a ham, egg and cheese croissaint, while the lunch and dinner menus feature salads, pasta, and sandwich entrees. There are a couple different dining areas (aka the place is huge!) so you can choose to eat inside OR outside

So the next time hunger hits while you’re touring the Magic Kingdom, you will be all set and know what to expect and where you can grab your favorite foods. Stay tuned here on Chip and Co for more places to grab a quick bite in the World

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Cool Off With These Top Disney World Frozen Drinks http://www.chipandco.com/cool-top-disney-world-frozen-drinks-194743/ http://www.chipandco.com/cool-top-disney-world-frozen-drinks-194743/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:00:05 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=194743 I recently wrote about how the heat at Disney in the summer tends to drive people (myself included!) to as many indoor attractions as possible – but if you’re looking to stay outside and enjoy as much of that Florida sun as possible – then you are going to need two very important things – […]

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I recently wrote about how the heat at Disney in the summer tends to drive people (myself included!) to as many indoor attractions as possible – but if you’re looking to stay outside and enjoy as much of that Florida sun as possible – then you are going to need two very important things – 1. A strong sunscreen, and 2. Hydration! Obviously there are drink carts and restaurants and kiosks around every corner at WDW, but I know that for me, only certain (frozen!) things can really hit the spot on a hot hot Orlando day – so here are my top picks for top Disney World super cold drinks:

Goofy’s Glaciers – This create your own slurpee station at Goofy’s Candy Co in Downtown Disney is an awesomely cold and refreshing treat during a long day of Park hopping. First, you customize your souvenir cup (different characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc are available!) then you get to fill it with your choice of 8 different slurpee flavors, and you can feel free to mix 2 or all 8 together for the perfectly customized drink! While you’re there, check out their huge sweets selection, and if you’re feeling creative you can even create your own treat, like a custom Mickey Krispie treat, candy apple, marshmallows, or pretzel rods! You can watch your creation be made before your very eyes while you enjoy your ice cold glacier drink (oh, and did I mention the store is indoors? Air conditioning woo hoo!)

Frozen lemonade – These are widely available throughout the Parks at various stands/kiosks, and they are basically a lemonade slushy served with a cool straw that doubles as a spoon! The taste is nice and tart but still sweet, and tastes really great overall. Various flavors are available too (I have seen strawberry, and blue raspberry versions). A great treat to enjoy while you wait in that long (and I mean REALLY long) line to meet your favorite Frozen characters (to go with your FROZEN drink of course!)

Stoplight Margarita – Head over to High Octane Refreshments (adjacent to Studio Catering Co) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for this adult beverage that looks – you guessed it – like a stoplight, with green, yellow and red layers. The red is strawberry flavored, the yellow is a golden margarita, and the green is melon flavored. If one of those flavors doesn’t thrill you, each one is available separately too, as well as an assortment of other drinks (wine, beer, etc). But I love the look of this one personally – and the flavor combo is actually pretty good, none of the elements are too strong and it combines into one great frozen cocktail

Lefou’s Brew – Served up at Gaston’s Tavern over in the New Fantasyland, this frozen apple juice drink is topped with a creamy passion fruit froth that is supposed to be the brew’s “head”. You can get it in a regular cup or a souvenir “stein” featuring Gaston himself! The apple slush is pretty plain, but has an extra kick of sweetness from a slight marshmallow-y flavor that is added to it. Gaston’s is a great place to stop and sit down for a “brew”, a delicious cinnamon roll, and a giant pork shank (if that’s’what you’re into!)

Pineapple Float: This concoction is available at Aloha Isle in Adventureland, and its basically a Dole Whip on top of a cup of pineapple juice. That may not sound fancy, but trust me, it’s awesome! I like to mix the soft serve in with the juice for more of a smoothie-like texture, and this is a great way to get a quick sugar rush and a drink all while enjoying the classic Dole Whip taste. The line here may be quite long on a hot day – but its worth the wait in me book!

Honorable mention goes to the Frappucccino collection at Starbucks – and yes I realize this isn’t exactly a “thirst quencher”, nor is it something unique to the parks – but hey, it’s cold, big, and contains caffeine – and some mornings that’s all that matters

Well there you have it, my top 5 super cold frozen drink picks at WDW – but I would love to know – how do YOU beat the heat at WDW?

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Top 5 Ways to Experience Disney World Like a VIP http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-ways-experience-disney-world-vip-104537/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-ways-experience-disney-world-vip-104537/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 16:00:05 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=104537 Tired of the crowds and long lines? Ever wish you can experience Walt Disney World like a VIP? You can! I’ve got five ways for how you can experience some special treatment at WDW; but let’s just keep this between us, okay? 5. Go When Crowds are Low-Many Disney regulars will tell you that the […]

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Tired of the crowds and long lines? Ever wish you can experience Walt Disney World like a VIP? You can! I’ve got five ways for how you can experience some special treatment at WDW; but let’s just keep this between us, okay?

5. Go When Crowds are Low-Many Disney regulars will tell you that the best, and sometimes only, time to visit Walt Disney World is when the crowd levels are low, such as mid-January to Spring Break, post-Spring Break to June, and after school starts to about the second week of December. During these times, the lines are almost non-existent, you find yourself with more time and less stress, and it’s a great feeling not to shuffle through crowds. You really do feel like a VIP!  However, many families don’t have the flexibility of being able to travel at the low attendance times; and if you’re one of them, you can still experience what it’s like to have a non-crowded, almost private park! How? For one, I suggest arriving before rope drop at the parks. The parks usually don’t get crowded until an hour or two after opening; and the first hours of the day offer extra experiences and little to no waits. You can also tour the parks at night during one of the fireworks displays and parades. Lines and crowds are fewer because guests are all on Main Street or on the curb waiting for the show! Lastly, if you’re a Disney Resort guest, take advantage of Extra Magic Hours! These are reserved only for Disney Resorts guests and let you get in the parks earlier or stay later.

4. Stay Late-Many Disney guests tend to leave the parks after the fireworks or Illuminations or Fantasmic. Don’t be one of them! Disney will actually let you on an attraction up until the last minute before closing! With this little secret, you may get the chance to be the only one on your favorite ride! So don’t run for the bus, hang back and enjoy the park as it empties to do some shopping and riding, just like a VIP!

3. Stay at a DVC Villa-Many of Deluxe Disney Resorts have a wing for Disney Vacation Club rooms. These rooms come in a variety of sizes, ranging from one room studios to three-bedroom rooms with full kitchens! Not a Disney Vacation Club member? No problem! Disney will let you stay at a villa if they’re not full, or you can even rent points from other DVC owners (just make sure you’re careful about who you rent from!) Staying at a DVC Villa not only gives you the Deluxe experience, but also lets you feel like you’re at home or in a suite like a VIP with your own kitchen, amenities, extra rooms, and more all in a special section of the resort, but with all of the bonuses that Deluxe Disney guests always enjoy! I suggest renting from David’s Vacation Club Rentals!

2. Early Morning Dining Reservation-This is one of my favorite Disney secrets! If you want to experience what it’s like to have the Magic Kingdom all to yourself, book a breakfast reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table or the Crystal Palace before the park opens, the earlier the better. There is a special turnstile at the Magic Kingdom entrance for guests who have these early reservations; and once you’re inside, you find that Main Street U.S.A. is completely empty and all to yourself! It’s truly magical to walk towards the castle without any crowds or strollers in your way; and it’s especially magical to snap those rare perfect shots of Cinderella Castle and the Partners Statue before checking in at your restaurant. If you do finish your meal before park opening, head out into the park! The lands are roped off until the park opens, so you can’t get any early rides, but you can be first to enter the land, and possibly attraction, of your choice!

1. Take a Tour-To really feel like a VIP, and to experience the parks in a special, exclusive way, take one of WDW’s many tours! Most of the tours offer behind-the-scenes experiences to see how Disney makes the magic; and some even give you special rides on some of Disney’s classic attractions! It’s awesome and you really feel like a celebrity. You may even get a special souvenir to commemorate your trip too, but you didn’t hear that from me… One of my favorites is Keys to the Kingdom Tour at the Magic Kingdom. It’s affordable and even gives you a glimpse of the famed Utilidors, the tunnels and workspaces under the park that only Cast Members get to see!

Have you ever taken a Disney Tour? Which one was your favorite? Would you like to experience WDW like a celebrity or VIP?

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: A Rocking, Rollicking Family-Friendly Roller Coaster Crowns New Fantasyland http://www.chipandco.com/dwarfs-train-rocking-rollicking-familyfriendly-roller-coaster-crowns-fantasyland-189842/ http://www.chipandco.com/dwarfs-train-rocking-rollicking-familyfriendly-roller-coaster-crowns-fantasyland-189842/#comments Sun, 04 May 2014 18:31:27 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=189842 Are you a huge Snow White Fan?  How can you not have a heart for the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey?  Now, at Magic Kingdom, that world comes to life in spring 2014 when the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train takes New Fantasyland guests on a rollicking, musical adventure into […]

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Are you a huge Snow White Fan?  How can you not have a heart for the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey?  Now, at Magic Kingdom, that world comes to life in spring 2014 when the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train takes New Fantasyland guests on a rollicking, musical adventure into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

The “crowning jewel” of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train represents the completion of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. The family-style coaster features first-of-its-kind ride vehicles that swing back and forth during the ride. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by music from the film classic and scenes filled with Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters.

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Inspired by the Disney animated film classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the story begins as guests cross a stone bridge and walk through a beautiful forest with the Dwarfs’ cottage in the distance. Then, they step into the attraction entrance and into the timeless story of the radiant and kindhearted Snow White and her forest friends led by the lovable Dwarfs.

When designing the cottage, Walt Disney Imagineers – the creative team behind all the attractions at Disney Parks – referenced the film in order to plan details as intricate as the color combination of roof shingles, the slope of the roof’s eaves, the shape of a lantern, and especially the etched woodland creatures that decorate the house. Props – including lanterns, ropes, pulleys and buckets of shiny jewels – were inspired by items found in the mine scenes of the film. According to Walt Disney Imagineering, jewels appear throughout the mine in four different sizes and in six different colors: red, green, amber, purple, blue and clear.

After passing through an interactive pre-show area with fun activities themed to mining – such as washing and sorting gems – guests will proceed to the mine train. Picks, shovels, barrels and hoists are scattered throughout the queue tunnel and at the load-in area.

“Rocks” ‘n’ Roll

Guests board the specially-designed mine cars and launch into their journey through the mine. Each “train” consists of five mine cars, which seat four guests each. The individual mine cars are designed to reflect similar vehicles that appear in the film, hand-made of wood by the Dwarfs, shaped by an axe, and used to haul rocks and jewels.

As guests twist and turn through the mine, the cars rock back and forth, adding an extra family-friendly thrill element. Riders tour through the cavernous mine’s winding track – jutting outside to climb and dip through the wooded landscape, and then re-entering the mine at different points in the attraction.

As with any classic Disney “dark ride,” the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train features spectacular Audio-Animatronics – with cars slowing down so guests can spot favorite characters making an appearance in different scenes.

New Fantasyland

Representing the largest expansion in the nearly-43-year history of Magic Kingdom, the spectacular new space features attractions, dining, shopping, character interactions, recreation and more – laid out fairy tale-style amid waterfalls, grottoes, arched bridges, forests and circus big tops. A multiyear expansion project, New Fantasyland lies just beyond the existing Fantasyland in the shadows of Cinderella Castle.

New Fantasyland comprises the Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus areas. Walt Disney Imagineers brought to life beloved Disney stories and magical places, putting guests in the middle of Disney classics and new favorites – and making memories to last a lifetime.

Guests are transported to a far-off French village to spend time with Belle and play a part in her story. They hop aboard a clamshell to venture deep into the undersea world of Ariel, take a rollicking coaster ride to barnstorm with the Great Goofini or spin through the sky with everyone’s favorite pachyderm – Dumbo, the Flying Elephant.

Kids can take a cooling break among the circus wagons at the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station where monkeys, elephants and camels squirt water and even Casey Jr. spouts clouds of mist. Shopping delights await at Bonjour! Village Gifts and Big Top Souvenirs. When the hungries hit, guests are able to choose everything from on-the-go eats washed down with LeFou’s Brew — a signature drink, at the quick-service Gaston’s Tavern — to elegant ballroom dining at Be Our Guest restaurant, nestled under the stars in Beast’s Castle.

Opened in Fall 2013, Princess Fairytale Hall is the new regal home to Disney Princesses greeting their loyal subjects. Not only does Fantasyland double in size, Magic Kingdom castles triple. Across the skyline of the most popular theme park in the world,  the iconic Cinderella Castle is now joined by the distant ramparts of Beast’s Castle while stately Prince Eric’s Castle looms above the grottoed entrance to Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.

Are you ready to plan your next family vacation? Let Carrie help you create a magically memorable trip for your family! Email her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com or request a no obligation quote to get the planning process started. Mention this article on Chip and Co, and receive a free gift when booking your trip with Carrie!

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Breaking News: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Grand Opening May 28th, 2014 http://www.chipandco.com/breaking-news-dwarfs-train-grand-opening-28th-2014-190099/ http://www.chipandco.com/breaking-news-dwarfs-train-grand-opening-28th-2014-190099/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 14:36:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=190099 Disney shared the news today that the long waited Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the highlight of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, will officially open to Walt Disney World guests starting on May 28th, 2014! Tom Staggs made the announcement during a dedication of the attraction early Friday morning, Seven Dwarf Mine Train completes New Fantasyland and […]

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Disney shared the news today that the long waited Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the highlight of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, will officially open to Walt Disney World guests starting on May 28th, 2014!

Tom Staggs made the announcement during a dedication of the attraction early Friday morning, Seven Dwarf Mine Train completes New Fantasyland and is the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom.

“Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is both literally and figuratively the centerpiece of New Fantasyland, so we knew it had to be something special,” Staggs said. “The attraction appeals to everyone in the family and provides just the right blend of heart, humor, and thrill while keeping with the charm of this special land.”

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a rocking, rollicking family-style coaster that will immerse Magic Kingdom guests in the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey. Inspired by the Disney animated film classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the attraction will send riders on a playful musical adventure into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

The attraction features an innovative new ride system that allows cars to pivot back and forth during the twists, turns, hills and drops of the ride. Riders pass through magical mountain scenery studded with red poppies and live oak, cedar and birch trees. At the midpoint of the attraction, guests enter a mine aglow with gems and scenes of the Dwarfs and frolicking forest creatures. Music from the film classic accompanies the journey. At ride’s end, the cottage of the Dwarfs, replicated from the film to exacting detail by Walt Disney Imagineers, comes into view with a dancing Snow White visible through a window.

Staggs was joined at Friday’s dedication by Snow White and all Seven Dwarfs who proudly brought their freshly-mined gems:  buckets of glowing diamonds and jewels and wheelbarrows stacked with oversized rubies, emeralds and sapphires.

See the pictures below from the event. Are you excited about the opening of this new ride? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Attraction Closures for the Dedication of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train http://www.chipandco.com/attraction-closures-dedication-dwarfs-train-189773/ Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:45:57 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=189773 This week at Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, there will be some rescheduled and closed attractions due to the media party and dedication of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride. The party/dedication is for select media and guests and will only affect a few rides and shows during the two day event. If you are […]

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This week at Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, there will be some rescheduled and closed attractions due to the media party and dedication of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.

The party/dedication is for select media and guests and will only affect a few rides and shows during the two day event. If you are going to be at the park this week, this is the schedule of the closures:

Thursday May 1, 2014 – Media party

The following areas of Fantasyland will be closing at 5:30pm

Ariel’s Grotto
Bonjour! Village Gifts
Gaston’s Tavern
The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
Under The Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid

Friday May 2, 2014 – Dedication – Delayed opening of the following

Storybook Circus – 11:00 am
Tomorrowland Speedway – 11:00 am
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor – 1:00 pm

During the times scheduled for the events, all other areas of the park will be operating normally.

Although this may seem to be a small inconvenience, for all of us that are anxiously waiting for the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, this just means that we are one step closer to enjoying this long awaited new ride.

Will you be at Magic Kingdom this week? How will this event affect your plans or are you just happy that soon you will have your Fastpass for the ride?

Have a Magical Day. ºoº

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Top 10 Disney World Rides you must do at night! http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-wdw-rides-night-2-99035/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-wdw-rides-night-2-99035/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:30:50 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=99035 Let’s face it: all of the rides in Disney World are awesome. However, some rides are just better experienced at night. Below, I have made a list of ten rides that I think provide a better experience in the evenings. Do you agree with my suggestions? Splash Mountain – One of the classic rides in the Magic […]

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Let’s face it: all of the rides in Disney World are awesome. However, some rides are just better experienced at night. Below, I have made a list of ten rides that I think provide a better experience in the evenings. Do you agree with my suggestions?

Splash Mountain – One of the classic rides in the Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain is considered the best ride to experience at night. Why? That pivotal moment before your car plunges 50ft below, the view of Cinderella Castle is exquisite. Not to mention, the darkness adds quite the thrill to your drop.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad– Another Magic Kingdom classic, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a runaway train that whisks you through mines and canyons. Since this ride is set outdoors, the thrill factor increases in the darkness of the night especially with the rickety sounds of the out of control train ringing in your ears.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – What is scarier than random free fall drops in the warped Hollywood Hotel? Darkness. The drops are already dark but when the doors open at the top of the elevator shaft and Hollywood Studios sits before you eyes in a nighttime setting, the view is breathtaking and creepy all at the same time.

The Jungle Cruise – Riding through The Jungle Cruise during the day is a very tame experience but at night? I can only imagine that floating through water in the jungle at night has to be a bit uncomfortable. I would also consider avoiding this ride at night when with small children as it may be too scary for them.

The Haunted Mansion – If you have the courage, hobble through the path to the Haunted Mansion one evening. There is nothing scarier than walking through haunted grounds in the dark. I would also consider avoiding this ride at night when with small children as it may be too scary for them.

It’s a Small World – Yes I know, It’s a Small World is not scary nor is it outside. It is, however, in Fantasyland which is extremely crowded during the day. Evening makes the perfect opportunity to experience this classic ride.

Test Track – Everyone loves to drive fast but to drive fast at night is the ultimate driving experience.

Expedition Everest – This ride is scary, bumpy and fast! Add darkness to the mix and you have one heck of a thrilling experience. Again, please consider young children and their reaction to riding this in the dark.

Mad Tea Party – The Mad Tea Party is one of the most crowded rides in the Magic Kingdom. Although it doesn’t lighten up in crowds that much in the evenings, it just seems more vibrant and exciting. The lights and bright colors of the ride contrast greatly with the night sky giving it a brilliant effect.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant – Another Magic Kingdom favorite, Dumbo the Flying Elephant is wonderful to ride at night. The attraction is not crowded and is an excellent distraction for little ones during Wishes.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Lastly, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a ride similar to Dumbo. Since it is outdoors, riding in the calm of the evening makes it a much more pleasant experience.

So what Disney World rides must you do at night? Let me know in the comment box below!

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Will the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train open sooner than Spring 2014? http://www.chipandco.com/dwarfs-train-open-sooner-spring-2014-180591/ Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:30:54 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=180591 Howdy y’all! I’ve got some BIG Disney Gossip today! As always, I, Anonymouse, have the inside scoop.  Recently, my friends at Destinations in Florida saw the Mine Train Cars being tested. Does that mean the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is opening sooner than Spring 2014? I certainly hope so. With the addition of any new […]

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Howdy y’all! I’ve got some BIG Disney Gossip today! As always, I, Anonymouse, have the inside scoop.  Recently, my friends at Destinations in Florida saw the Mine Train Cars being tested. Does that mean the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is opening sooner than Spring 2014? I certainly hope so.

With the addition of any new attraction, Disney announces its Grand Opening with fanfare and much ado. However, soft openings can happen at any time. Is this one of those times?

It’s been rumored that Disney may be planning a soft opening of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for early 2014. Perhaps, in time for the New Year? This certainly seems possible with all the testing on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train being performed lately. I’ll keep my ears open for any definite date.

Anywho, that is all the Disney gossip I have right now. For my past gossip articles be sure to check them out here. Got any good gossip/rumors please email me at anonymouse@chipandco.com or on my facebook page.

 

 

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Meeting the Frozen Princesses at Disneyland http://www.chipandco.com/meeting-frozen-princesses-disneyland-179062/ http://www.chipandco.com/meeting-frozen-princesses-disneyland-179062/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 19:30:00 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=179062 A recent trip to Disneyland with my grand daughters included meeting the Frozen Princesses, Elsa and Anna. To honor the Frozen princesses, Olaf has transformed the small greeting room off the side of the Village Haus Restaurant, next door to Pinocchio’s Daring Adventures into a comfy FROZEN spot.  A sign hanging from the building announces […]

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A recent trip to Disneyland with my grand daughters included meeting the Frozen Princesses, Elsa and Anna.

To honor the Frozen princesses, Olaf has transformed the small greeting room off the side of the Village Haus Restaurant, next door to Pinocchio’s Daring Adventures into a comfy FROZEN spot.  A sign hanging from the building announces the location as the “Frozen Royal Reception”, while beautiful snow covers the surrounding rooftops.   And right there, above the door leading into the reception room is non other than Olaf himself.  After a quick lunch and even quicker vote, we decided it was worth the hour long wait and immediately secured our spot in line.

During our wait, as is our routine, we made friends with several other parents and kids.  My granddaughters became the official #FROZEN movie experts.  They shared their adventures about attending a special viewing at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. The youngest informed everyone that she and her sister were just like the princesses and even had the dresses to prove it.  There was the usual debate about the favorite characters – Elsa and Olaf are tied for first with Anna a close second.   The bits and pieces of shared movie scenes turned into a full fledged movie review.  I made the comment about how great it would be to be able to ask the princesses a few questions.  The parents just as excited as their kids, asked non stop questions about FROZEN.   We even sang a few lines of some of the songs including our favorite “Let it Go”. My oldest granddaughter informed everyone that the special effects were “amazing” and not to worry because the movie had a happy ending.   The younger granddaughter eager to contribute told a parent to make sure to visit the Disney store and buy her daughter an Olaf stuffed animal before seeing the movie.   The Walt Disney Company would have been pleased to see these two little Disney ambassadors promoting the film and all the related FROZEN accessories available.

As we neared the front of the line, we became aware of Olaf’s antics on the roof top.   Olaf is the official greeter and will come alive and appear to engage guests in conversation. Whether complimenting someone on their attire, or asking to borrow their mickey crocs and realizing he has no feet to put them on (my oldest granddaughter’s favorite comment),  Olaf kept us busy and happily anticipating his next words.  The laughter and delight of the parents and kids over Olaf’s comments, made the hour wait fly by

Finally it was our turn to meet the princesses.Nikon Camera ready and girls holding hands we made our way inside to find the beautiful Elsa standing before us.   A bit star struck and speechless, the girls went up and gave Elsa a huge hug.   The oldest granddaughter shyly asked if she could ask a few questions.  Elsa knelt down and the interview began.

Granddaughter:  “Elsa, is it very hard to have such strong magical powers?”

Elsa; “It is a bit hard because as you see in the movie sometimes, my powers get me in trouble.”

Granddaughter:  “Do you ever get mad at your sister?”  “Mine sometimes bothers me.”

Elsa was saved from having to respond with Anna’s arrival as the girls rushed over to hug and greet Anna.  After a few more pictures, it was time to move on.  On our way out the door, my granddaughter asked one last question.  “Anna, did it hurt when Elsa froze your heart?”   Anna responded with the perfect Disney princess answer.   “A little bit, but Elsa’s love made me better.”

As we walked away, I thought about Anna’s answer and found myself saying Walt Disney realized it a long time ago – Love makes everything better.

Don’t miss your chance to see #FROZEN this holiday weekend. Comment below or on our Facebook page once you have seen FROZEN and share your favorite character and scene.

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Top 10 Ways to Feel Like a Kid Again at Disney http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-ways-feel-kid-disney-177023/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-ways-feel-kid-disney-177023/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 01:30:58 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=177023 Disney is for the young at heart.  Whether you are traveling with little ones or are on an adventure getaway with your better half, harnessing your inner Peter Pan is a piece of cake.  Here are some ideas to help you unlock your fun side! 10.   Go and greet a character.  Don’t butt in line […]

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Disney is for the young at heart.  Whether you are traveling with little ones or are on an adventure getaway with your better half, harnessing your inner Peter Pan is a piece of cake.  Here are some ideas to help you unlock your fun side!

10.   Go and greet a character.  Don’t butt in line or wait for 45 minutes to see Buzz – just give Pooh a hug.  Kiss Jasmine on the cheek.  Do a jig with Rafiki.  You will be happily surprised at how much fun this is – give it a try!

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9.   Ride the Tea Cups…if you dare.  It has been a LONG time since I rode the teacups, they make me green.  BUT, if your stomach can handle it – spin as fast as you can!

8.  Dance.  Anytime you see a dance party erupt at a show or parade – join in!  Your energy is contagious and Disney Magic is sure to ensue!

7.   Engage a Cast Member.  They will always play along with silliness.  Tell them a knock, knock  joke or ask them for a high five before Space Mountain!

6.   Share some magic with a child.  It’s contagious…the magic that is.  Surprise a little one with an ice cream, give an unsuspecting tween a free pin, offer a little boy or girl a penny and two quarters to use in a pressed penny maching.  The more magic you spread, the more you will find.

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5.  Try the water parks.  Going doing a water slide is sure to make you laugh and gasp every. single. time.  Want to giggle at your spouse or friend, head to the huge wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon and watch them get knocked over by a wave.  This is sure to elicit hysterical laughter and memories for a lifetime!

4.  Eat some sugar.  Forget the calories for a few minutes…eat some cotton candy or funnel cake.  It’s great and such an indulgence.   When was the last time you ate either of those things?  If you have, good for you.  You are already in touch with your inner kid!

3.  SKIP and HOLD HANDS.  Ever heard the saying “Dance like no one is watching”?  This is very similar.  Put on those Mickey Ears, hold hands with your honey and your kids and skip from the entrance of the Magic Kingdom all the way to Space Mountain.  It’s fun, the red seas will part for you, and others are sure to get a kick out of it.  Plus, it helps you work off that funnel cake.

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2.  Ride the Carousel.  I don’t know why this does it for me.  But, it does.  It’s romantic, nostalgic, and always makes me swoon.  Do it at night, you won’t be sorry.

1.  Go with kids.  If you don’t have kids, grab your nieces or nephews.  Nothing brings out the joy in my heart more than watching kids at Disney.  It’s nearly impossible not to get caught up in the magic when you see the delight in the eyes of kids that you love.  So, grab your grandkids, godchildren, nieces and nephews and make some memories that you will never forget.  And don’t forget….SKIP.

What are some ways you like to feel like a kid again at the Disney Theme parks? Let us know in the comment box below.

 

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Finding Pascal’s Friends in the Tangled Tower and Village http://www.chipandco.com/finding-pascals-friends-tangled-tower-village-171166/ http://www.chipandco.com/finding-pascals-friends-tangled-tower-village-171166/#comments Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:45:41 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=171166 The Tangled area in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is filled with all kinds of wonderful details. Observant guests can find Rapunzel’s paintings, wanted posters, and even Maximus’ footprints! Pascal’s hidden friends are my favorite of all the fun details in the Tangled area. Located just past the tables and chairs in the […]

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The Tangled area in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is filled with all kinds of wonderful details. Observant guests can find Rapunzel’s paintings, wanted posters, and even Maximus’ footprints! Pascal’s hidden friends are my favorite of all the fun details in the Tangled area.

Located just past the tables and chairs in the phone charging area, you will find a beautiful garden filled with flowers, greenery, and even a small stream. Ten of Pascal’s chameleon friends have made this garden their new home. They can be seen lounging about on rocks near the stream, in greenery, and even on nearby buildings.

As you would expect, these chameleons do a great job of blending in with the scenery around them! I’m sure I looked right at several of Pascal’s friends before I ever noticed them starring back at me. I won’t spoil all the fun of searching for Pascal’s friends, but here’s a photo of one of his friends hiding under a nearby planter.

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Searching for these hidden chameleons was such a fun experience and one I highly recommend. After a few minutes of searching, I was able to find six chameleons hiding in the garden. Next time you’re in Fantasyland, be sure to say hi to Pascal’s friends.

Have you had the chance to search for Pascal’s friends yet? Let us know how many you were able to spot in the comments below!

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Have a Magical First Disney Character Meet and Greet http://www.chipandco.com/magical-meet-greet-171914/ http://www.chipandco.com/magical-meet-greet-171914/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 01:45:32 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=171914 Some children wait months, if not years to meet their favorite characters in person on a Disney vacation. The anticipation builds as the weeks pass and after watching the same Disney movies over and over again, the moment finally arrives to meet Winnie the Pooh. You have waited in line at the park for over […]

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Some children wait months, if not years to meet their favorite characters in person on a Disney vacation. The anticipation builds as the weeks pass and after watching the same Disney movies over and over again, the moment finally arrives to meet Winnie the Pooh. You have waited in line at the park for over 30 minutes for your meet and greet and now it’s your turn. As you walk up to Pooh with your camera in hand… your child runs behind you and hides.

Planning for that first meet and greet can help prepare your little ones for the experience, so the memories will be magic rather than tragic.

“My, what big eyes you have!”

Disney characters look tiny on television and seeing them in person can be quite intimidating. Many of the characters tower over kids and may be an unexpected and frightening surprise. Providing the perfect setting can ensure an easy first introduction that is relaxed and happy.

Consider a character meal for your first meet and greet since the meetings take place while guests are seated. 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Hollywood and Vine’s Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine and several other restaurants within the resort offer character dining. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance of your scheduled vacation.

Stage shows are an opportunity to get a peek at the characters and give a visual of what to expect during a meet and greet. Disney Junior- Live on Stage at Hollywood Studios stars Doc McStuffins, Jake, Princess Sofia and the cast of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The Magic Kingdom morning rope drop ceremony features Mickey and his pals and also makes a great introductory option because you see the characters from afar.

Camera-ready tips for first time meetings:

  • If you can, plan your meet and greets in the morning before the temperature rises. This will allow your family to feel more comfortable and happy for their meeting.
  • Planning around nap time and meals is also key for big smiles. Waits can be lengthy on busy park days, so eating prior to your meet and greet will help keep everyone in their laughing place.
  • If your child is hesitant, Mom or Dad can go up to the character first, take a photo or two and then encourage the participation of their little one. Disney cast members work with shy guests quite often and have some great techniques to bring out the smiles.
  • If you have a long wait in line, take the opportunity to talk about the things that your child will say and do when he or she meets their Disney favorite. “Are you going to hug them?”  “Do you want their autograph?” Setting the tone and rehearsing can help to prevent stage fright.

Have your camera ready, because these are some memories that you are not going to want to forget! There is nothing like a first time meet and greet.

Do you have a special technique to encourage smiles during meet and greets? Please share your experiences in the comments section.

 

 

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Your Favorite Animated Classics Are Everywhere at WDW! http://www.chipandco.com/favorite-animated-classics-wdw-149190/ http://www.chipandco.com/favorite-animated-classics-wdw-149190/#comments Sun, 14 Jul 2013 15:45:50 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=149190   Everyone has their favorite Animated Disney classic movie, and one of the best parts of a Walt Disney World vacation is getting to see these movies come to life in the rides and attractions! So you might be wondering….Where can you find your favorite Disney Movie at WDW? Well, here’s the answer! Beauty and […]

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Everyone has their favorite Animated Disney classic movie, and one of the best parts of a Walt Disney World vacation is getting to see these movies come to life in the rides and attractions!

So you might be wondering….Where can you find your favorite Disney Movie at WDW?

Well, here’s the answer!

Beauty and the Beast – The New Fantasyland features the Beast’s Castle, where you can dine at the Be Our Guest Restaurant, and even meet the Beast himself! You can also check out Enchanted Tales With Belle, where Belle interacts with children and tells them stories. Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Beauty and The Beast stage show will wow you with its songs and reenactment of the classic tale

The Little Mermaid – This is another movie that takes center stage in the New Fantasyland, with Prince Eric’s Castle, which houses the “Under The Sea – Journey Of The Little Mermaid” ride, where you board a giant clamshell and head under the sea and into Ariel’s world! There is also an “Ariel’s Grotto” section of this attraction, where you can meet up with Ariel for photos and autographs. The Voyage Of The Little Mermaid over at Hollywood Studios is a multimedia recreation of the movie which is presented in a theater style setting with live actors

Cinderella – She is a pretty big deal over in the Magic Kingdom, as the main focus of the whole Park is Cinderella’s Castle – where you can actually dine with Cinderella and other royalty at Cinderella’s Royal Table

Aladdin – Take ride with Jasmine and Aladdin in the Magic Kingdom on the Magic Carpets Of Aladdin

Dumbo – Fly along with this adorable baby elephant on Dumbo’s Flight which was recently re-done with the New Fantasyland expansion and it now has an interactive queue and two sets of flying elephants (so twice as many people can ride at once!). Head over to Big Top Treats and pick up some delicious circus-y snacks like caramel apples and cotton candy!

The Lion KingFestival Of The Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a live theater show that features classic Lion King scenes and songs – and it’s a great way to watch the movie come to life (which getting to enjoy an enclosed, air conditioned theater on a hot Orlando day!)

Alice In Wonderland – Are you a fan of tea? Even if you’re not, you will love boarding a giant teacup at the Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland, where you spin as fast as your stomach can handle (I do NOT recommend riding this one until your Crystal Palace meal has fully settled!)

Toy Story – Not sure this one could be considered a “classic” Disney Movie quite yet, but it certainly is one of my favorites, and for those of you who agree with me, I suggest you check out Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland, where you can join Buzz in defeating evil! Toy Story Midway Mania over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios lets you try your hand at classic midway games like darts and shooting, and After all that, you’ll probably be hungry, so I suggest you check out Pizza Planet – a restaurant and arcade that serves up – you guessed it – pizza! As well as other options

Peter PanPeter Pan’s Flight seats you in a magical flying pirate ship where you fly high above scenes recreated from the original animated classic. You can also meet up with Tinkerbell and her fairy friends over at Tinkerbell’s Magical Nook in Adventureland

Most of these attractions have gift shops or stands near their exits that feature merchandise inspired by the rides – so you can pick up a stuffed animal or t-shirt to match your favorite movie! And if you really want to go all out – you can take your little one for a makeover at the Bippity Boppity Boutique – where they will do their hair, nails, makeup and wardrobe and turn them into their favorite Disney Prince or Princess!

And of course, there are many chances to meet and greet the characters from your favorite movies too! There are tons of character meals that feature many of the characters from these classics, and you can always check out the Park guides/schedules once you arrive for more info – as characters rotate times and appearances daily

No matter what your favorite Disney Animated Classic is, you’re bound to find it somewhere at Walt Disney World! What about you – which one is your favorite?

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Magic Kingdom Extras You Don’t Want To Miss – Disney’s Family Magic Tour http://www.chipandco.com/magic-kingdom-extras-disneys-family-magic-tour-126671/ http://www.chipandco.com/magic-kingdom-extras-disneys-family-magic-tour-126671/#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 21:00:43 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=126671 Ever want to be a hero? Find the clues, solve the mystery and save the day? Disney’s Family Magic Tour will let you do just that, with this guided scavenger hunt you help defeat a dastardly villain and save the Magic Kingdom. Put on your Detective Hat ! Solve perplexing riddles on this high-energy interactive […]

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Ever want to be a hero? Find the clues, solve the mystery and save the day? Disney’s Family Magic Tour will let you do just that, with this guided scavenger hunt you help defeat a dastardly villain and save the Magic Kingdom.

Put on your Detective Hat !

Solve perplexing riddles on this high-energy interactive quest. You never know whom you might meet along the way!

Follow your map and your guide as hop, skip and even sing your way around the Magic Kingdom Park searching high and low for each piece of the puzzle to solve the mystery and defeat the scoundrel.

Be sure to bring your camera to capture memorable surprises as you and your group wind your way down Main Street, U.S.A., across Liberty Square, and through Tomorrowland and Fantasyland.

Know Before You Go

  • Children and the young at heart will enjoy this fanciful adventure, though it is best suited for Guests 4 to 10 years of age. Guests 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 years of age or older).
  • Please note that the tour involves a lot of outdoor walking for approximately 2 hours, so be sure to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately, including wearing comfortable shoes. Accordingly, the tour may be too strenuous for some of our younger Guests.
  • Please check in at the Chamber of Commerce building adjacent to City Hall 15 minutes prior to your experience. You will forfeit the entire price of your tour if you no-show or cancel within 2 days of your reservation.
  • Same-day bookings are available on a walk-up basis only.
  • Price is $34.00 for adult

I would love to try this when our youngest is a little bit older. Have you ever done it? What did you think? Join us next time as continue around the Magic Kingdom and explore all the “extras” it has to offer.

Let me book your your chance to save Magic Kingdom from a Villain or any of the other tours and events we have talked about on your next vacation.  At DIF we offer personalized travel planning, lots of extras and the first Mickey Mouse Ice Cream is on me to help make your trip even more magical.

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Take Some Time To Un”Wine”d At WDW http://www.chipandco.com/time-unwined-wdw-126968/ Thu, 09 May 2013 15:00:25 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=126968 Fear not wine conissouers – Walt Disney World has NOT forgotten about you! It may be a Theme Park with ample child and family friendly activities and restaurants, but there is plenty for us adults to enjoy too! So if you find that you’re in the mood for a glass or two of vino after […]

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Fear not wine conissouers – Walt Disney World has NOT forgotten about you! It may be a Theme Park with ample child and family friendly activities and restaurants, but there is plenty for us adults to enjoy too!

So if you find that you’re in the mood for a glass or two of vino after a long day of touring the Parks, then I suggest you head to these spots:

Magic Kingdom – Up until just recently, the Magic Kingdom was a “dry” park that didn’t serve any alcohol at all, but with the addition of the Be Our Guest restaurant at the New Fantasyland came a french inspired menu that included cornish game hen, pork chops, and ratatouillie. Along with that menu came a drink menu that includes some truly delicious red and white wines, as well as some classic French beers.

There are some great drink options on the menu, and since it’s a new (popular!) restaurant, you will definitely want to make an ADR to wine and dine here!

Hollywood Studios -Starring Roles offers Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Merlot (paired with a Butterfinger cupcake perhaps?) to sip while watching the afternoon parage, or you can head over to High Octane Refreshments located adjacent to the Studio Catering Company for some wine and sangria on the go. The Hollywood Brown Derby offers a LARGE wine list, from red to white and sparkling, there is something to please every palette here at this luxurious sit down restaurant, while Mama Melrose’s offers some delicious Italian wines to pair with their spaghetti and meatballs and other classics

Epcot – You will definitely find some amazing wines at Epcot’s World Showcase, starting with the Wine Flight at Germany’s Weinkellar – where you get to pick 3 of the 6 German varieties offered (which they change up regularly). Over in Italy, the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar has an extensive wine list that’s sure to please everyone in your party, and if you’re looking to grab a quick glass on the go I suggest heading over to France’s Boulangerie Patisserie, where beer and wine as well as plenty of mouth watering snack options are available

WDW Resort Hotels – All Disney Deluxe and Moderate Resorts have at least 1 sit down restaurant and also offer a bar/lounge where you are sure to find wine that fits in with that Resort’s theming. If you’re staying at a Value Resort, you can grab a bottle at the food court dining area

Wine Lovers might want to plan to head to WDW during the annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which features new and unique offerings of food and wine as well as culinary demonstrations and special guest presentations,This year it will run from September 27-November 10.

Don’t forget you can also try out Drink Around the World Showcase if you want to mix things up a bit.

What about you – where do you like to head for a good glass of wine at Walt Disney World?

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