It’s Groundhog Day here in the United States, and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so we’re in for six more weeks of winter. Here in Chicago winter always lasts until April anyway, so six weeks after February 2 is a given. I checked a species list for Disney’s Animal Kingdom for groundhogs, and unfortunately there were none on there, so you’re out of luck if Groundhog Day is your favorite holiday (or movie). But groundhogs are part of the ground squirrel family, as are chipmunks. So, it only seemed right to focus on two famous Disney chipmunks today.
Here are three things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Chip ‘n’ Dale.
1. Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long
As I mentioned in my post on cinema, Chip and Dale host this fun sing-a-long and movie event at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. During the sing-a-long, Chip and Dale sign autographs and take photos with guests. It’s a great way to spend an evening if you’re not going to be in the parks. It pairs especially well with a day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, because that park often closes at 5 or 6 p.m., and the campfire starts at 7 or 8 p.m.
2. Chip ‘n Dale’s Harvest Feast
Chip and Dale host this character dinner at The Garden Grill Restaurant in The Land Pavilion at Epcot. I’ve never had a chance to eat there, but it sounds like a lot of fun, because the restaurant rotates and you get to peek in on Living with the Land!
3. Character meet-and-greets
Chip and Dale can often be found in Innoventions West in Epcot. This week’s Times Guide, for example, has them listed as appearing continuously from 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. They also frequently appear in the other parks, but their appearances aren’t always scheduled. Good places to check are Main Street, U.S.A. (Magic Kingdom), by the Sorcerer Hat at the end of Hollywood Boulevard (Disney’s Hollywood Studios), and Camp Minnie-Mickey (Disney’s Animal Kingdom).
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A day full of Chip ‘n’ Dale will be part planning and part luck. You are guaranteed to find them at Garden Grill and the Sing-a-long, but their meet-and-greet appearances are more random. Before your trip, you’ll want to make reservations for the Harvest Feast. I’d suggest planning an early dinner (say 4:30 or 5 p.m.) so you’ll have plenty of time there before heading to Fort Wilderness for the Sing-a-long. When you get to Walt Disney World, you’ll want to check the Times Guides for all four parks to see if Chip and Dale’s appearances are guaranteed anywhere. Coordinate the scheduled activities, and then you can spend the rest of your time keeping an eye out for them. You can also check with Guest Relations in any park to see if they know where the chipmunks may turn up next.
Who’s your favorite: Chip or Dale?