National Geographic joins Disney’s D23 Expo show floor for the first time, delivering unique experiences that inspire curiosity and exploration for fans of all ages. From free solo climbing to the top of El Capitan to exploring the “why” behind the “wow” behind our gray matter, National Geographic will immerse fans in adventure, ignite their curiosities about the world, and surprise them with stories unlike any they’ve seen before, harnessing the spirit of the iconic yellow border.

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests will engage with National Geographic’s wildly popular series, talent, explorers, and some very special guests—cuddly four-legged friends! National Geographic will also be supporting its Disney+ originals at D23 Expo. Details on experiences, talent appearances, and special signings in the National Geographic pavilion will be made available on the D23 Expo app and include the following:

  • National Geographic is reaching new heights to accomplish the impossible. Kicking it off on Aug. 23 from 1 to 2 p.m., get inspired at a book signing with legendary rock climber Alex Honnold, featured in the Academy Award-winning film Free Solo, which documented his achievement of his lifelong dream: to climb the face of the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, without a rope.
  • Then, on Aug. 24 from 3 to 4 p.m., the doctor will see you now! His day isn’t complete unless he’s checked a cow for pregnancy or helped a goat with pneumonia. But it’s all in a day’s work for Dr. Jan Pol from Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 series, The Incredible Dr. Pol. Hear his amazing animal stories, and cuddle up with his surprise guests—his cutest, furriest, four-legged friends!
  • Chill out on Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon with Sue Aikens from multiple-Emmy-award-winning series Life Below Zero, and hear about her jaw-dropping lifestyle in the remote corners of Alaska. Get a little taste of the subzero temperatures of Alaska while she signs autographs, takes pictures, and shares her incredible tales.
  • Throughout the weekend on the show floor, National Geographic is also creating a unique fan experience—Beneath the Blue—a breathtaking underwater world that will take you on an incredible journey to explore the oceans and learn more about the impact of single-use plastic on marine life.

In addition, National Geographic will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including WOMEN OF IMPACT: Meet the Nat Geo Explorers Changing the World on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Stage 28, featuring women on the front lines of exploration, conservation, and storytelling. They pilot submarines, get up close with lions, tigers, and bears—and even breakdance! Join submersible pilot and founder of a girls’ underwater camp Erika Bergman; multimedia storyteller and Planet or Plastic ambassador Lilly Sedaghat; and large-carnivore expert Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it takes to become the next game-changing explorer!

Then, on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the D23 Expo Arena, fans will get a first look at the reboot of Brain Games, National Geographic’s wildly popular series, during Power Up Your Brain With Keegan-Michael Key. Ignite your brainpower and play some fun, mind-bending, interactive challenges with Brain Games host Keegan-Michael Key (Toy Story 4The Lion King) as he shows you the “why” behind the “wow.” Joining him on stage will be top-class mentalist Lior Suchard, who will no doubt deliver fans an engaging and mind-blowing experience. Explore your mind’s mad skills during this workout of your 3-pound slimy blob!

Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children ages 3-9. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $79 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children ages 3-9. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2019, visit D23Expo.com.

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Disney Visa Cardmembers

Disney Visa Cardmembers rejoice! Disney has just released an exciting offer for hotel stays in Walt Disney World for Disney Visa Cardmembers.

Here’s your chance to book that last-minute summer vacation you ahve been thinking about!

This offer is available from July 15th to September 28th, 2019. This means you can view Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (opening August 29th) with this offer!

There is a minimum 2-night hotel stay and a 2-day base ticket to be eligible for this offer. Here’s what you can get:

  • 25% off Art of Animation and All Star Sports
  • 20% Port Orleans Riverside
  • 30% off the Water View rooms at Gran Destino Tower at the Coronado Springs Resort
  • 35% off Animal Kingdom Lodge and Saratoga Springs

Get those credit cards ready and have a magical time!

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Disney Parks has been releasing lots of cute leggings lately, but the Mickey Balloon Leggings have definitely floated away with my heard. I really just adore Mickey Balloons, they are one of my all time favorite Disney icons, so these leggings are sheer perfection.

Bright and vibrantly colored Mickey balloons float across the crisp white background of these super soft leggings. The whimsical print is sure to bring a smile to your face, and all of the colors makes these leggings great for pairing with a variety of different tees, and dresses.

You can find these fanciful leggings at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and online at shopDisney! We found ours at the World of Disney Store in Disney Springs.

The leggings come in a variety of sizes from XS all the way to 3X, and retail for $39.99.

I doubt you will, but if you need a little help putting together and outfit with these gorgeous leggings, there is also a fantastic hot pink tee that coordinates! This sizzling hot pink t-shirt says “Meet me on Main Street”, and features the same Mickey Balloons from the leggings print!

I am absolutely obsessed with the new Mickey Balloon Leggings, and I hope we see more Mickey Balloon merchandise in the future. A Mickey Balloon Spirit Jersey would be INCREDIBLE! What do you think of these sensational new leggings?

Special thanks to the sensational Susan for these amazing photos!

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New Details Released for Disney's Riviera Resort

Disney guests are starting to become excited as more information about the new Riviera Resort that will be opening this December at Walt Disney World!  The new resort will be filled with history and charm of the European Riviera, which was a vacation spot for Walt and Lillian Disney.

The Disney Imagineers took the time to create a space that celebrates “the elegance of a modern European retreat” as the overall design is inspired by the elegant, early 20th century hotels along the Mediterranean coast.

New Details Released for Disney's Riviera Resort

The new Riviera Resort will have articulated stone bases and smooth stucco facades that are accented with decorative metalwork, colorful awnings, and Italian style arches.  At the heart of the resort is the center building or tower, that will also provide expressive roofs and ornamental details.

Each wing of the resort that is adjacent to the tower will grow in height, from eight to ten stories providing beautiful views of the resort.  The growing heights allow the resort to have a layered story inspired by the buildings and architecture in Europe that also evolved over time.  In addition, each wing will have an exterior style of its own that also represents the regional resorts throughout the century.

New Details Released for Disney's Riviera Resort

Lastly, the window styles of each wing will also vary in size, shape, and design to incorporate the architectural details of the history in Europe.  Of course, the resort will also feature a variety of decorative railings with motifs of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

New Details Released for Disney's Riviera Resort

 

While guests are at the resort, they can also make reservations at the new rooftop restaurant, Topolino’s Terrace-Flavors of the Riviera before taking a ride on the new gondola system, The Disney Skyliner, which opens this fall.

Bookings for the new Riviera Resort have already opened.  Will you be staying at this new resort?

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bubble waffles aristocrepes disney springs

I didn’t know what to expect with these Bubble Waffles but they immediately went to the top of “My favorite Disney desserts” list.  There are two varieties: Strawberry and Salted Carmel.  Don’t be fooled… the Salted Carmel contains a lot of chocolate.  They are definitely large enough to share!  The waffle is soft, warm and delicious, like a thin Belgian waffle almost.

Let’s start with the Strawberry Bubble Waffle.  Topped with fresh strawberries and crispy strawberry pearls this waffle was fresh and delicious.  The warm bubble waffle sits on the bottom covered by some of the best vanilla ice cream on property and fresh whipped cream.  It is the summer version of a strawberry shortcake.

Next is the Salted Caramel Bubble Waffle.  This bubble waffle is garnished with chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, crispy caramel pearls, caramel drizzle, and chocolate covered pretzels.  Definitely a different vibe than the strawberry but also really tasty.

These bubble waffles can be found at the AristoCrêpes kiosk on the bridge at Disney Springs close to Rainforest Cafe.  They are $8.99 each and do not qualify as a Disney snack credit.  There are other crêpes and edible cookie dough here that also would be a great snack option.

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We are trying out the new Bubble Waffle Bowls at AristoCrêpes! They have a Strawberry or Salted Carmel bowl and they are $8.99 each! Which one would you try? @disneysprings #aristocrepes #disneyfood #disneysprings #disneysnacks #disneyicecream #chipandco

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Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill
The new Craftsman Bar & Grill located at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort is now open!

This new poolside bar and grill invite guests to enjoy cool breezes, sunshine, blue water, and an amazing menu.
The bar & grill is inspired by the Gamble House in Pasadena and continues with the many unique art and craft details and materials located throughout the bar. This beautiful eatery embraces the uniqueness with the beautiful stone columns, shady trellis’, and residential-style patio seating.

Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill

Let’s take a closer look at the signature cocktails, menu, and a few delicious appetizers.

Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill

The Craftsman Bar & Grill has many different cocktails to choose from for a variety of options that will speak to any guest interested in trying new specialty drinks.

Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill

Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill

Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill

The bar and grill also have a massive amount of beer, wine and spirit choices.

Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill

Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill

Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill

Want something non-alcoholic?  Try one of these specialty drinks.

Lastly, let’s take a look at a few of the food options.

Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill

Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill

Photos: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Craftsman Bar & Grill

With the Craftsman Bar & Grill officially open at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland Resort, will you be stopping to try the new eatery?

Photo Source: @dorkydisneydad

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New buses are making their way to Walt Disney World. This fun new fleet of character buses features six new designs, one for each of the Sensational Six. The new Disney buses featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy were recently announced and have just shown up this week.

The buses were said to be taking guests from the Ticket and Transportation Center to The Magic Kingdom. We were able to catch a glimpse of the entire fleet parked.

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New Disney character buses here! All six character buses were parked at the Ticket & Transportation Center. Which one is your favorite? @waltdisneyworld #disneybus #disneybuses #waltdisneyworld #disneytransportation #magickingdom #disneysmagickingdom #disneyworldbus #chipandco

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The six new Disney character themed buses will have seating with USB charging stations and will have Wi-Fi on board. The buses will have brand new blue seats and laminate flooring. Although these buses were seen in action yesterday they seem to still be in the early stages.

The new character buses are definitely fun new addition to the Walt Disney World experience. I personally can’t wait to see them driving all around the resort. The Sensational Six are such icons of Disney and seeing their faces on buses really brings a smile to my face. I’m sure when guests enter through those magical gates and start seeing these fun buses their excitement level will be over the top!

Are you excited about the new buses? Drop a comment below and let us know which character is your favorite. Keep following Chip and Co. on Instagram for breaking news and videos like this one.

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Bo Peep’s Sheep have wandered off, but don’t worry they haven’t gone to far! You can now find those darling sheep on a new Disney Gift Card available at the Disney Parks. Billy, Goat, and Gruff will will happily be by your side as you unlock the magic of Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

This is a collectible card available as a special offering this summer, and can only be found at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. The design features our three favorite fleecy gals, complete with a couple of sparkly stickers to keep their porcelain in tact. You can activate this collectible gift card with a minimum of $15.00, and it can be used to pay for all things Disney, from the Disney Resorts, to the Disney Store. Collectible gift cards are a great way to set up budgets for your trip, and also make a great take home keepsake. You can even display them as part of a shadow box, or used as an accent in a scrapbook!

Disney Gift Cards hold up to $1,000 and never expire, any balance left over after you leave the parks, is able to be used at a Disney store near you, or on shopDisney.com

Will you be adding this Disney Gift Card inspired by Bo Peep’s sheep to your collection?

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Halloween is nearly upon us and the latest news is Ursula joining the list of ghoulish villains at the Halloween Soirée this year at Disneyland Paris! Halloween season will spook it’s way into Disneyland Paris from the 28th September to the 3rd November, promising to give guests plenty of frights and laughs! This year, Disneyland Paris is offering a unique atmosphere with a new show and updated attractions but most importantly… a new villain! Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid to join the other villains, Mickey and his friends!

For more information about the new show and updated attractions click here. To book your tickets to this spooktacular event… click here. Are you excited to see Ursula at this year’s Halloween Soirée at Disneyland Paris this year?

Check out Disneyland Paris’ Halloween commercial below!

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There’s a new Disney Parks logo apparel item out, that is sure to add lots of vibrant color to our wardrobes. New Disney Long Sleeve Tees are available now at the Disney Parks, and feature logos for Disneyland and Walt Disney World! They give off the same effortless style as the Spirit Jerseys to me.

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Currently the Disneyland and Walt Disney World tees come in 4 different color combos:

  • Yellow and Blue
  • Purple and Orange
  • Pink and Blue
  • Green and White

They have a ribbed crewneck, and are made of a soft jersey knit. The color combos are also great for working into DisneyBound outfits! They are also perfect for wearing under your favorite short sleeve Disney tees for an extra layer when it gets chilly out.

Make it pink, no make it blue! This color combo totally reminds me of Sleeping Beauty. The soft colors of this tee also reminds me of the Flower and Garden Festival.

The purple and orange combo screams Figment to me! How perfect would this tee be for incorporating into a Figment DisneyBound, or wearing under your favorite Figment t-shirt?

Everyone will be green with envy when they see this stylish tee! You’ll always have the perfect back up shirt for St. Patrick’s Day too!

The yellow and blue tee is so vibrant and cheerful! There’s a lot of DisneyBound outfit ideas for this one too! Flounder, Joy, Snow White, the list goes on!

The new Disney Long Sleeve Tees retail for $39.99, and you can find them at select locations throughout the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts where apparel is sold, as well as online at shopDisney!

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