Celebrating the 2014 Winter Olympics

Celebrating the Olympics

Meeting Italian Mickey and Chip & Dale from China.

This month’s housing event was a celebration of the upcoming Olympic Games, which open in Sochi, Russia on Friday. There were Disney characters present from around the world.

I’ve been trying to see how many photos of Mickey in different costumes I can get. He has over 290 different costumes that he can show up in for pretty much any event or theme you can think of. (Minnie has over 200 costumes in her wardrobe.) This is the first time that I’ve seen Italian Mickey and New York Minnie.

Goofy is from France, Donald from Mexico, Minnie from USA.

Goofy is from France, Donald from Mexico, Minnie from USA.

Sweet Memories: Our Year Working at Disney

Sweet Memories:  Our Year Working at Disney

In front of Cinderella’s Castle

We are thinking about writing a book: Sweet Memories – Our Year Working at Disney!

We have about 35 official followers of our blog and another 100-200 occasional blog visitors from all over the world, including Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong, and Australia!  Over 3,100 views since we started the blog in September 2013!

We’d like to know what our fans think about the idea. Feel free to leave us a comment.

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From: Bob McLain
Date: Jan 29, 2014 8:43 PM
Subject: Re: Theme Park Press: New Author

Caroline,

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner.

I like the “hook” of two sisters writing about their concurrent experiences in the DCP. (By the way, what does the role of “coordinator” entail? I’m not familiar with that one.)

I’ve read some of your blog entries, and like your writing style. Do you think you and your sister could generate at least 40-45,000 words of good material about your programs?

— Bob
http://themeparkpress.com/

On 1/18/2014 5:16 PM, Theme Park Press wrote:

Theme Park Press: New Author
First Name Caroline
Last Name Collins
My Book Is: Somewhere in the process of being done
My Book Is About:   Our year working at Disney World: Two sisters exploring the ups and downs of working as interns for a year at the Disney College Program.
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Beta Testing ‘Be Our Guest’ Restaurant for Lunch

Beta Testing ‘Be Our Guest’ Restaurant for Lunch

From: Disney Destinations
Date: January 29, 2014 8:05:16 AM EST
Subject: Dine at Be Our Guest Restaurant
Reply-To: DoNotReply@experience.disneydestinations.com

Bonjour Ariel,

You are invited to participate in an exclusive test for lunch at one of our newest restaurants, Be Our Guest. As part of this test you have the ability to select an arrival window and pre-order meals for your entire party before arriving at Be Our Guest Restaurant.

To begin, follow the steps below:
1. Log on to https://BeOurGuestLunch.disney.go.com using yourDisney.com account.
2. Enter your Resort Reservation Number to begin: XXXX21
3. Select an arrival window and pre-order your meal

Don’t forget to wear your MagicBands* when you arrive at Be Our Guest Restaurant during your arrival window, and please enter the Disney FastPass+ entrance at the beginning of the bridge. You’ll be able to breeze by the line, confirm your order, pay for your lunch and head direct to your table while your food is prepared and delivered straight to you!

Bon appétit!

wdw

With the Beast.

With the Beast.

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http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.
Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Florida Minimum Wage Increases

Florida Minimum Wage Increases

The minimum wage in Florida, which is what Disney College Program interns earn, went up to $7.93/hour on January 1, 2014. Overtime pay is now $11.90/hour.

Of course, as a Professional Intern, I make 25% more than that working as a DTD Coordinator. Yeah!!! 🙂

Work at Disney

Sweet Memories: CP Fall 2013

Sweet Memories: CP Fall 2013

Caroline and I were talking about what were our Top 5 favorite memories of the Fall 2013 Disney College Program. We blogged about these good times; some of them seem like from so long ago. Between working a lot of hours and all the fun activities we’ve done, our time in Florida has flown by!

Caroline’s Top 5:

1. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (we went 3 times!!!)
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/halloween-night-at-the-magic-kingdom/

2. Going to the Winter Ball with my friends
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/winter-formal-ball-at-contemporary-resort/

3. First time staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, having mickey waffles for breakfast
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/animal-kingdom-lodge/

4. Character breakfast at Akershus, Norway Pavilion at Epcot, meeting all the Princesses
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/akershus/

5. Meeting Anna and Elsa before “Frozen” came out, then only a 15 minute wait time to see them. Now, it’s always a 3 hours+ wait time!
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/disneys-frozen-character-meet-greet/
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/frozen-dinner-and-a-movie/

Elly’s Top 5:

1. Completing my “Park Starz” vinylmation set, especially the Orange Bird!
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/vinylmation-event-at-d-street/

2. Getting my make-up done at the Grand Floridian, having a spa day
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/senses-spa-at-the-grand-floridian/

3. Eating at the Coral Reef restaurant at Epcot
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/dinner-at-the-coral-reef-in-epcot/

4. My mom coming out in November for a surprise visit!
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/our-family-comes-for-a-visit/

5. At work: Acing my French test & getting a promotion to Coordinator

https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/parlez-vous-francais/
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/my-new-name-tag/
https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/dtd-zone-1-coordinator/

What a year!

What a year!

Training at Disney World

Training at Disney World

Disney offers CPs so much training during their internship program!

Disney provides a lot of training for their Cast Members, including the college program interns. The training starts the first week during the Disney Traditions classes, then continues both online and at work.
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The training courses cover everything from job safety to merchandising to cash handling. They also have an extensive Disney University learning program especially geared towards hospitality and business majors.

Last semester, Caroline and I took an education class through Disney University called Experiential Learning. Caroline got an “A” and I got an “A-“. We’re not taking any classes this semester because Caroline is taking a real CU class, one that she needs for graduation, online. She has weekly reading and papers due for that class.

In 5 months of training, I learned:

Completed training, Page 1

Completed training, Page 1

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Completed training, Page 2

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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R.I.P. Team Mickey!

Team Mickey costume:  Yellow polo shirt, red belt, navy shorts.

The Team Mickey costume: Yellow polo shirt, red belt, navy shorts.

I worked last night on the final shift for the Team Mickey store.

At closing time – 11pm – the Cast Members all lined up with pom-poms and wished the final guests farewell with a Magical Moment good-bye.

R.I.P. Team Mickey!

Final night working at Team Mickey.

Disney is hosting a party for Team Mickey Cast Members on Thursday afternoon, and I plan on going to it. (Photos of the Team Mickey Cast Party.)

A new magic wand

Interacting with guests at Team Mickey before closing.

Farewell Team Mickey!

 

Team Mickey, an athletic-gear and souvenir store at Downtown Disney, is closing in January 2014 in favor of Marketplace Co-Op, a store-within-a-store concept that’s set to open in late spring 2014, the company said Friday.

Once open, the Co-Op will feature six slots for shops featuring beauty and fashion accessories for women and girls, home products with a dash of Disney theming, vintage-inspired sports apparel plus D-Tech on Demand, a spot with personalized and customized electronic accessories.

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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