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Disney's Animal Kingdom Guest Experience Team Starting Soon
Disney’s Animal Kingdom guest experience team is next to be added at the parks. Previously, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios had tested out the guest experience team.

The Animal Kingdom guest experience team is stationed throughout the park to provide extra information to guests in need. All cast members provide information as needed while you are visiting the parks. However, the newest experience team will be proactively assisting guests with booking, modifying and recovering FastPass+ selections, navigating the My Disney Experience app, and deactivating and reactivating MagicBands.

In addition, the guest team will also provide recommendations, help guests view attraction wait times, and give tips on how to navigate the park.

The newest experience team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will available to guests beginning Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Source: Orlando Theme Park News

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Fans Want Guy Fieri to Play Ursula in “The Little Mermaid“. The casting for Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid has been the talk of the internet this week and has taken a hilarious turn.

The only official cast member at the moment is Halle Bailey who will be portraying Ariel and heavily rumored to play Ursula is Melissa McCarthy. While awaiting an official cast list from Disney, the internet has been having a field day speculating and presenting their casting choices online.

From fans wanting Gordon Ramsay to play Chef Louis, others thinking Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson should play the iconic rock from “Part of Your World“, to Terry Cruise announcing his interest in playing King Triton, the fan made casting choices keep getting better.

One such suggestion came from @domcorona_ who saw a resemblance to the villainous Ursula in Food Network Star and Chef, Guy Fieri. Apparently, Guy saw the post and retweeted the original post with lyrics from “Under the Sea.”

Guy’s retweet garnished over 625K likes and 100K tweets from fans who loved the idea. The likelihood of Disney casting Fieri in the role of Ursula is slim to none, but we have to admit the resemblance is uncanny. It’s also great to see Guy Fieri have such a positive attitude toward the casting idea and sharing it with his fans!

What are some of your favorite fan-casting choices you have seen this week? Who do you think should play Prince Eric, King Triton, Flounder, Sebastian, Chef Louis or Ursula? What other actors would you love to see cast? We would love to see your side-by-side suggestions!

Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for any updates for the casting of Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid.

Photo Credit: Disney/Food Network/@GuyFieri

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There’s good news for fans awaiting the new NBA Experience! The NBA Experience Store is now open at Disney Springs. The actual experience itself is set for grand opening on August 12th and it was a nice surprise to see the store already open. The store is labeled the NBA Store and is right next door to the location of the NBA Experience.

Inside this themed store is a basketball fans dream. There’s different merchandise everywhere from licensed apparel, customizable tech, and some fun new Loungefly.

The atmosphere looks like a modern-day locker room. Clean and industrial with a floor that looks like a basketball court.

There’s an area to personalize your own souvenirs. You can personalize your own Magic Bands, phone cases, and some other fun things to bring home.

The new Loungefly bags and Mickey ear hats bring it back to Disney and they are so adorable. It really has something in there for everyone!

Take a look at a tour we did inside the new NBA Store!

Just opened NBA Experience Store in Disney Springs

Posted by Chip and Co. on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

There are some really fun displays and even loads of signed memorabilia. They have a wide range of teams set up and even if you don’t plan on buying anything it’s definitely a fun store to go in and look around for a while.

The actual NBA Experience is set right net store and will be having its grand opening on August 12th. Guests can now purchase tickets to the NBA Experience at the new NBA Store.

The new NBA Store is located at Disney Springs West Side. Make sure you go in an take a look around. Stay tuned to Chip and Co. for all the information about the NBA Experience including some grand opening festivities.

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Dieter Deussen and his five-year-old son Julian just completed the trip of a lifetime. In a span of 13 days, the duo from Germany visited seven different countries and eight different cities on their way to visiting all of the LEGOLAND® Parks throughout the world!

“The key to this trip was to have fun and enjoy extensive time with my son,” said Deussen while embracing Julian. “It’s a memory that we’ll have forever.”

Deussen simply wanted to create a special experience for his young son before starting school for the very first time in September. Knowing that his son is a big LEGO® fan, Deussen suggested a “LEGOLAND World Tour.”

“It didn’t take more than a few seconds for Julian to say yes,” said Deussen.

Originally from Dusseldorf, Germany, their adventure began at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort in the UK on June 27. Immediately following Windsor, the twosome set their sails for LEGOLAND® Billund (Denmark), LEGOLAND® Deutschland (Germany), LEGOLAND® Dubai, LEGOLAND® Malaysia, LEGOLAND® Japan, and LEGOLAND® California Resort, with their final stop at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort on July 9; only thirteen days after originally landing in the UK to start their journey!

“Traveling the world and visiting all of the Parks in just under two weeks is the ultimate LEGOLAND vacation,” said LEGOLAND Florida Resort Head of Public Relations, Shawn Mikus. “We’re really happy that LEGOLAND Florida Resort could play a small part in creating a lifelong memory for Dieter and Julian.”

The dynamic traveling duo spent valuable time at all of the theme parks, making sure they hopped on the most iconic rides at each destination. At LEGOLAND Florida Resort, the Deussen’s enjoyed THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD, where they laughed their way to Cloud Cuckoo Land on Unikitty’s Disco Drop, soared on a ‘triple-decker couch’ while riding THE LEGO MOVIE: Masters of Flight and revved their engines at Driving School (where Julian earned his 8th different Driving School license from the trip).

“This is the only place in the world to see THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD and it was a lot of fun; Julian loves the characters,” said Deussen.

Although this was the first journey of its kind to visit all current LEGOLAND parks, LEGOLAND officials realized the Deussen “LEGOLAND World Tour” was not quite complete. LEGOLAND officials surprised the Deussen’s with complimentary tickets to visit LEGOLAND New York Resort, opening in 2020.

It took Deussen eight months and a countless amount of hours to plan for the trip, but he insists it was worth every moment.

“100 percent it was worth it. To see Julian smile so much at every park and interact with children from around the world, regardless of the language difference, was amazing for me to see. I would absolutely do it again.”

The Deussen LEGOLAND World Tour Schedule:

•           Thursday, June 27 – LEGOLAND Windsor

•           Friday, June 28 – LEGOLAND Billund

•           Sunday, June 30 – LEGOLAND Deutschland

•           Monday, July 1 – LEGOLAND Dubai

•           Wednesday, July 3 – LEGOLAND Malaysia

•           Friday, July 5 – LEGOLAND Japan

•           Sunday, July 7 – LEGOLAND California

•           Tuesday, July 8-9 – LEGOLAND Florida

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 07:20

Legendary Actor Rip Torn dies at 88


Legendary actor Rip Torn has died at 88 peacefully at his home in Lakeville Connecticut.

His wife Amy Wright and his daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page were by his side when he passed.

Torn is also known for playing the voice of Zeus on the beloved Disney film Hercules in 1997 and also in the Men in Black movies.



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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 22:27

Amorette’s Patisserie Lion King Cake

Amorette’s Patisserie Lion King Cake

Fans of Disney’s The Lion King can’t wait to see the film come to life in just a few days! To celebrate Simba’s arrival, Amorette’s Patisserie has a new treat inspired by the film.

Amorette’s Patisserie, in Disney Springs is home to many wonderful and talented pastry chefs. These chefs make traditional French crepes and irresistible macarons. One of the most sought after dessert at Amorette’s, are delightfully intricate cakes.

Amorette’s Patisserie is now serving a petit cake to honor the release of The Lion King. This cake is made of vanilla and chocolate chiffon cake. Between the layers of cake is amarula mousse, pineapple jam, and chocolate covered potato chips! Then, the pastry chefs cover the cake with buttercream. Last, the cake gets wrapped in fondant and decorated with a fondant Simba.

The Lion King Petit Cake is one of Amorette’s limited time offerings. The retail price of of the cake is $16.

Head on over to Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs to get your own Lion King Petit Cake and catch Disney’s The Lion King in theaters on July 19th.

Are you going to try The Lion King Petit Cake at Amorette’s Patisserie? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Disney Springs

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The Little Mermaid celebrates it’s 30th anniversary on November 17th! Disney Parks are getting the celebration started early with lots of splash-tastic Little Mermaid 30th Anniversary Merchandise! The fin-sational assortment includes new Minnie Ears, Alex and Ani bangles, a MagicBand, and more!

We’ve already seen the Ariel Minnie Ears splash down at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but seriously, how amazing are they? These stunning seashell ears are mermaid perfection.

There are two new Alex and Ani bangles celebrating The Little Mermaid. There is a Dinglehopper Don’t Care colored enamel charm, that even has a dainty fork charm accent, this bracelet retails for $49.99. The second bracelet is a new and unique style for Alex and Ani. This bracelet has a rectangle double sided cabochon charm. Why rectangle you may ask, why to recreate the iconic VHS cassette tape box of course! The VHS bracelet retails for $39.99.

Guests visiting Walt Disney World can unlock the magic with some under the sea style. A stunning new Ariel MagicBand celebrates her 30th anniversary with a beautiful sketch design.

The beloved Ariel bubble wand has even gotten an update for the celebratory occasion! The globe is gone, and now Ariel sits atop a shell like she does in the Festival of Fantasy parade!

You can stay hydrated while on dry land with the shimmering Ariel inspired drinkware assortment.

We should all be empowered by mermaid hair don’t care, but if you do care this new Ariel cap is here to save the day.

You can also fill this gorgeous sketch book with all of your fantastical mermaid dreams!

This is just a splash of the Little Mermaid 30th Anniversary Merchandise that you can now find at the Disney Parks!

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Answering the prayers of music lovers and foodies everywhere, House of Blues Orlando, known for its live concerts featuring top music acts, unique entertainment and mouthwatering menu offerings, is launching Bayou Brunch, a new weekend brunch event that is guaranteed to rock your taste buds and your soul! Beginning August 3rd, every Saturday and Sunday, House of Blues Restaurant & Bar will take Southern hospitality to a whole new level!  The new Bayou Brunch will feature the delicious Southern-inspired menu items, like Biscuits and Gravy, freshly made Omelets, Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee and more, as well as bottomless brunch beverages and a Build Your Old Fashioned bar.  Additionally, for all those that crave a little more bite to their brunch, the Orlando location will turn up the dining experience a few notches with live music from Brown Bag Brass Band, who will entertain guests with Dixieland, Jazz and Brass band selections.

What: House of Blues Bayou Brunch

Where: House of Blues Orlando Restaurant & Bar

1490 E Buena Vista Drive

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Phone:  (407) 934-BLUE (2583)


When: Beginning August 3rd, taking place every Saturday and Sunday

10 AM – 1 PM


Cost: Buffet is $33 for adults (10+) and $15 for children (3-9)

Children under 3 are free

Regular Restaurant & Bar menu available at 11:30 AM

Alcohol, Tax and Gratuity not included

*Disney Dining Plan for 1 entitlement, bottomless drink options not applicable.  Disney Reservations rollout TBD.  Discounts accepted for Annual Passholders, DVC Members & Cast Members

Featured Menu Items:

Salads: Southern Salad, Caesar Salad, Fresh Fruit, Peel and Eat Shrimp
Breakfast: Omelet Station, Scrambled Eggs, Candied Bacon, Andouille Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Chicken & Waffles
Lunch: Chicken Tacos, Pork Tacos, Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee, Jalapeno and Cheese Cornbread, Carving Station with Ham and Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Seasonal Vegetables
Desserts: Bourbon Bread Pudding, Assorted Desserts
Drink Specials:

Build Your Old Fashioned with bourbon, bitters, and garnish bars ($12 each)
Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s ($15)
Happy Hour pricing on select beer, house wine, and well cocktails
*All menu items subject to change without notice.


For more information, please call House of Blues Orlando at 407-934-2583 or visit

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You can now have a blast on Batuu in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, now open at Disneyland park! When you land on Batuu you can choose your side in the fight between the First Order and the Resistance, prove your allegiance, and discover who you truly are.

Along the way, you might spot a few Disney PhotoPass photographers. Rogues and smugglers needn’t fear discovery: the only mission of these photographers is capturing photos of galactic travelers enjoying the beauty of the planet.

After you drop by, you might even discover creatures and objects from across the galaxy that appear in your photos.

Before returning to your home planet or starting your next adventure elsewhere in a galaxy far, far away, don’t forget to capture photos of you living out your Star Wars story!

Photos: Courtesy Disney

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Today Disney announced the line up for the Halloween Party this fall and with it, we noticed a change that seemed to slip right under the radar.

From Sept. 6 through Oct. 31, 2019 both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will be transformed into dreadful delights with seasonal attraction overlays, Halloween-themed décor and food and beverage offerings, plus encounters with dastardly Disney villains, happy haunts seem to materialize around every corner!

To celebrate this year they are bringing back some of the old favorites we love to Disneyland:

One of the items missing from the Halloween Party was the Ghost Galaxy Halloween Overlay for Space Mountain! We don’t know if it is temporary or if this is a permanent change. However, Disneyland has so much in store this holiday season you surely won’t be missing anything!

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