The Magic Behind the ‘Company’ – Getting To Know Kristen
Where do you live? In An Enchanted Castle
How long have you been with Chip and Company? 6 months
What topics do you write about? Snack and counter service food items and other Disney dining topics
Favorite C&C Writer? Myself (Followed by Aljon… I guess.)
Do you have a Blog or Website? http://cookingwithmickey.info
What do you talk about there? Disney restaurants, food, recipes and news. Also cooking tips and personal recipes.
What % of your clothes and house is decorated with Disney Gear? 10% or so… I have an entire room decorate Disney with collectibles, prints and more.
Chip or Dale? Dale
What’s you Favorite Disney Park? EPCOT
How many Times have you been to the Disney Parks? 19 so far and have at least 3 more trips planned for this year. My trips to Disney have also been anywhere from 5 to 14 days.
What’s your First Disney Memory? In Dec 1991 I visited Walt Disney World on my way to the Orange Bowl and played in the Magic Music Days Parade but the first thing I remember is as soon as we arrived my friends insisted that we had to ride Pirates of the Caribbean and that’s exactly what we did.
What is your favorite Ride, Show, and Event? Walt Disney World: Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Rock N Rollercoaster and Disney Animation drawing class. Disneyland: Pirates of the Caribbean, California Screamin’, Indian Jones Adventure and The Mad Tea Party.
Where is your favorite place to get your grub on? LOL! You shouldn’t have asked this! I have so many favorites with 77 places to choose from but these top the list: Flying Fish, La Hacienda de San Angel, Via Napoli, Le Cellier, Raglan Road, Narcoossee’s, Biergarten, Yak & Yeti, Hollywood Brown Derby and Il Mulino.
What’s your favorite snack? Brezel und Bier (Pretzel and Beer)
You have the whole park to yourself tell us what park it would be and plan of attack? EPCOT so I could ride everything without a wait and walk around each of the countries and find out about the CMs homeland and learn a few words in their language. I’d also stop by as many restaurants in the park as I could and eat something from each.
Least Favorite Disney Ride or Attractions? Finding Nemo The Musical
What’s missing from the Parks? Marvel!
Which thing do you wish Disney would bring back? The old Journey Into Imagination and the Captain Jack Sparrow meet n’ greet.
What do you bring to the park with you? Backpack with DSLR, Zoom, Webbie, iPhone, backup batteries, chargers, poncho, pen, sharpie, hand sanitizer, lip gloss, lanyard, wallet, meds and water. Hey! You asked..
Do you fly, drive or take a Magic Carpet to the Disney Parks? Depends on how long and when I’m going, usually fly or drive. I find it hard to get my hands on a Magic Carpet these days.
What’s your most and least favorite Disney character and why?
Favorite: Belle because she is smart, likes to be educated, wants to see the world and is a brunette. Also, Remy because he loves to cook and is good at it. He proves that anyone can cook! Could name more but won’t.
Least Favorite: I don’t really have a least favorite. If I have to name one, Stitch because Disney let him take over AlienEncounter.
Dining Plan, OOP, or Bring Food with you? Disney Dining Plan or Tables in Wonderland… no way around it. Saves me money (over $400 on one vacation with the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan) and I enjoy good food, really good food. Absolutely worth the money if you are a foodie!
To ADR or Not to ADR? ADR because I want to sit down to eat… otherwise, I’m stuck dining at the restaurants no one wants to eat at and at terrible times.
Events at the park that cost extra good idea or should be included with park admission? Cost extra! It keeps the crowds smaller for people to enjoy them. Otherwise everyone would attend and the parks would be insanely crowded and no one could enjoy the event. Just look at what free has done to the DDP.
When is your next trip to WDW or DL? WDW May 2011
What is your favorite Disney Movie? Classic: Alice in Wonderland New: Beauty and the Beast Pixar: Ratatouille
Do you do any Disney Collections? Yes – Pins, Walt Disney Classics Collection, Snowglobes, Mugs and Glasses, MouseEars, T-Shirts, Recipes, Cookbooks, Park CDs and anything relating to my favorite Disney movies.
Have you been on a Disney Cruise or Adventures by Disney? Not yet. Once Disney runs a good discount for adults to go on a Disney Cruise, I’ll go. Adventures by Disney is another story. I can’t afford to go on Adventures by Disney but hopefully one day. I’d love to compare them to the other European tours I’ve taken.
Ever been to DLRP or TDL? No! Just DLR in California. Hope to visit Disneyland Paris though. It’s on my bucket list.
Finally what does Disney Mean to you? A company based on the idea of spending quality time with family, entertainment for people of all ages and that brings happiness to others. However, I guess I really should be saying that Disney, to me, means Walt. It also means good food.
Kristen, creator of CookingwithMickey.info, is a foodie who has traveled extensively & dined at 80% of the Walt Disney World TS restaurants; including the Five Diamond Award winning restaurant Victoria and Albert’s & the members-only exclusive Club 33. She’s host of Cooking with Mickey videos, DJ for Sorcerer Radio, host of The Disney Foodie on the Character Breakfast, travel specialist & writer. She also enjoys photography & hockey. She’s a huge fan of the Nashville Predators, so much so she has season tickets. You can follow her on Twitter @CookingwMickey & CookingWithMickey on Facebook.
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