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Thank you guys for another great year on Chip and Company.! None of this would be possible without great fans as you!
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As a special thank you we have a video of Disney New Year’s Eve Fireworks.
Continuing a grand Disney tradition from past years (file video), New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2011) is one of the biggest fireworks evenings of the year at Walt Disney World Resort, a place where fireworks are both spectacular and an every-night event. Magic Kingdom presents “Holiday Wishes” at 8:30 p.m. and the classic “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks display at 11:51 p.m. Epcot’s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” salutes the approaching 2012 at 7:00 and 11:42 p.m. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the 25-minute spectacular “Fantasmic!” will be presented at 6:30 and 8 p.m., with the popular “Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!” fireworks display at midnight.
Pitbull and Hot Chelle Rae will be performing live for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012″! They will join previously announced Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber as performers, live from New York.
Also, Jenny McCarthy will once again join the celebration by reporting live from Times Square with hosts Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest celebrating 40 years of “Rockin’ Eve” history on Saturday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network!
The bi-coastal celebration will include over 5 ½ hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, as well as the American tradition of Dick Clark counting down to midnight from Times Square in New York City. Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas will return to host the Los Angeles-based portions of the specials.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the cherished New Year’s Eve celebration, the festivities will begin at 8:00 p.m., ET with a special two-hour event hosted by Jenny McCarthy and Fergie entitled “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party.”
Switched at Birth is an ABC Family original TV Show which first aired this June. As with some of its other popular shows ABC Family has Switched at Birth slated for a “summer season” and “winter season”. Fans of Pretty Little Liars know that this is a nice reprieve from the reruns usually being show at this time. The half seasons work great and this show is a great addition to their lineup.
Switched at Birth tells the story of two teens who find out that they were actually Switched at Birth. The girls couldn’t have had different lives: Bay is an edgey girl who grew up in part of a wealthy, happy family while Daphne grew up in a working class neighborhood with only her mother. As you can imagine the collision of the lives of Daphne and Bay stir up more than just emotions. Drama and personal revelations fill the first 10 episodes of Switched at Birth.
On Tuesday, December 13th the 2-Disc DVD will hit retailers. Ifeatures the 10 episodes from this past summer. The episodes included are:
While the DVD set does not include special features it is fairly priced (although MSRP is $29.99 many only retailers have it priced at $16.99) for what you get. If you consider that you pay close to that price for a feature film on DVD and you are getting over 7 hours of episodes it is a really good deal for your money. As you can see if you flip through the episode descriptions, this is a really good take on the usual Prince and the Pauper scenario.
What I like the most about it is that it is a somewhat universal message and story. While ABC Family originals are geared more towards teens I am a twenty-something who is hooked on this show! I also like that it is a 2-disc edition since it seems lately a lot of box sets have been breaking down into only 3 to 4 episodes per disc and this features one disc of episodes 1-5 and another of episodes 6-10.
With the winter season starting up after the New Year this is an awesome gift for someone who was into this show over the summer. Its a great way to recap before the new season. Not to mention, this is a great gift for anyone who loves other ABC Family shows or teen dramas. Like me, I am sure anyone who receives this would be pleasantly surprised with the quality of the show and the seamless DVD production.
- ABC Family Has Begun Production On The New Pilot “Intercept” (chipandco.com)
- Chip & Company Week in Review for December 5, 2011 (chipandco.com)
If you are like many folks planning a visit to Walt Disney World, you have probably spent a great deal of time thinking about your meals: what restaurants your family will enjoy, whether you will do any character meals, what time(s) you will want to eat if you are making Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs), and that doesn’t even take into consideration figuring out how much your dining will actually cost.
So with all that planning, what happens if those plans change…while you are at Disney World? Just how hard is it to find a new place to eat, and/or change your ADRs?
We found out just this very thing on our Disney World vacation over the New Year’s holiday. Since this is one of the busiest weeks of the year, I had diligently planned (and in some cases planned again and again) so that we would be assured of eating where we wanted, when we wanted, and we knew how much it would all cost.
All was going beautifully, as planned, until our final full day. We were going to spend the morning at Hollywood Studios, have lunch, and then return to Saratoga Springs for the afternoon, relax a bit, and then have an early dinner there. We then would return to Hollywood Studios to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights that evening.
Oh and one tiny addition: since this was the last day of the regular pro football season, DH and DD were going to go to ESPN Zone to watch some football, and I planned to go for part of the time as well.
So what happened? Well we went to DHS in the morning, had lunch, and then we all took to the boat to ESPN Zone. The game started and after a while we sat down, and then we ordered nachos and a couple of beers. And we made some friends. And the time kept creeping by…..and no one wanted to leave. We were having fun!
By halftime it was evident that we were not going anywhere any time soon, and considering that we were definitely going back to DHS that evening, it just seemed really silly to go all the way back to Saratoga Springs just for dinner.
So deciding to change our plans, I went in search of a new place to eat that night.
Now there are a few ways to change ADRs while at Disney World (works also if you need to make new ones):
- You can call Disney Dining from a Disney resort hotel room phone (was not an option for us at the time, we weren’t in our room)
- You can use Disney’s mobile reservation tool on your smartphone (also not an option for us, as my phone doesn’t support their tool….yes I need a new smartphone)
- Or you can speak to the concierge at a Disney resort hotel who can assist you.
That’s exactly what I did. I went over to the Boardwalk, just a few steps from ESPN Zone and explained to the concierge our dilemma. Since she did not look remotely surprised, I took this to mean that folks change their minds about dining while at Disney World all the time.
She very patiently pulled up every available restaurant in the DHS/Epcot/Epcot resort area for around the time we needed. I have to say that, to my surprise, on Sunday, January 2, during one of the busiest weekends of the year, there were a number of options. Not every restaurant was available mind you (and none of the “major, popular” ones), but there were more than enough to give us a decent choice.
I ended up choosing the Captain’s Grille at the Yacht Club, because we had not eaten there before and it was similar in menu to our original choice at Saratoga Springs….that we were now cancelling. She took care of it all for me: she cancelled our old ADR, gave me our new confirmation number, and I was on my way back to ESPN Zone to catch the 2nd half of the game.
So it really all worked out very well. Our dinner was FABULOUS (maybe our favorite the entire trip) and we had a much more relaxing afternoon than we would have spent, going back and forth to Saratoga Springs.
Making the change was really easy, and I was pleasantly surprised about the options I had, even at a busy time of year. I think that the moral of the story is: ask, what have you got to lose?
- Yes, You CAN Change Your Dining Plans While ON Your Disney World Vacation (theaffordablemouse.com)
- D23′s 2nd Anniversary Member Mixer at Disneyland (chipandco.com)
Enter Disney’s New Year New Me Sweepstakes for your chance to win a spa vacation in Los Angeles, a prize worth $5,000.
- Disney Family – Save It Spend It Contest (chipandco.com)