We Own a Piece of the Mouse!

We Own a Piece of the Mouse!

As a DCP graduation present, our parents bought us each one share of Disney stock! It’s a beautiful, colorful stock certificate. Our mom had them matted and framed for us.

For the rest of our lives, we’ll be invited to Disney Company stockholder meetings and can vote on important company issues.

We got our first quarterly stock dividend…a check from Disney for 62 cents! As long as the company is profitable, the money will keep rolling in! 🙂

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney World in the Disney College Program: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale. It’s filled with advice about the DCP program and how to get the most out of your internship.
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and wrote about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney. We give advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship at Disney, 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.
http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409410046&sr=1-1&keywords=Two+Girls+and+a+Mouse+Tal

 

We Got the White Glove Award!

We Got the White Glove Award!

Our inspection report and free Disney CM exclusive pins!

We deep cleaned our apartment before the March inspection. When we came home, we found that we had won the White Glove Award!

The got the rare White Glove Award!

We got the rare White Glove Award! 🙂

Two days later on our next day off together, went to the Front Office and got our White Glove award and had our photo taken to be put up on the big board there.  And we got free cookies!

At the front office getting our celebratory White Glove cookies.

At the front office getting our celebratory White Glove cookies.

The apartment inspectors also gave us two cast member exclusive Disney trading pins featuring Mickey with a mop and bucket.  (Worth $$ on ebay!)

Nothing on our walls this month!

Nothing on our walls this month!

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale.
Available now on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. Published by Theme Park Press.
http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409410046&sr=1-1&keywords=Two+Girls+and+a+Mouse+Tale

We’re Writing a Book!

We're Writing a Book!

We are so excited to announce that we have been offered a book deal through Theme Park Press!!!

We are writing a book about our experiences with the Disney College Program. Our book will be on the shelves and online for purchase by August 2014!

Look for us on Amazon.com this summer!

“Two Girls and a Mouse Tale”

Caroline working hard on book edits.

Caroline working hard on book edits.

CP Moment #1:  Meeting The Boss at Work

Our CP Moment #1:  Meeting Mickey during Traditions class in August.

Our CP Moment #1: Meeting Mickey during Traditions class in August.

UPDATE ON OUR BOOK: Our Book “Two Girls and a Mouse Tale” – Coming Soon

 

New DCP Housing Prices

New DCP Housing Prices

The Commons Apartments

UPDATED!  2016 DCP Housing Rates

2014 Apartment Pricing Information

Most bedrooms are double occupancy.
Some bedrooms are triple occupancy. Bedrooms with three participants include a single bed and a bunk bed.
Below is a synopsis of our weekly housing rates* to assist you:

Chatham Square
1 BR: 2 Person – $105
1 BR: 3 Person – $85
2 BR: 6 Person – $78
3 BR: 6 Person – $92
4 BR: 8 Person – $91

The Commons
1 BR: 2 Person – $109
1 BR: 3 Person – $89
2 BR: 4 Person – $107
2 BR: 5 Person – $82
3 BR: 6 Person – $95
4 BR: 8 Person – $94

Patterson Court
1 BR: 2 Person – $105
1 BR: 3 Person – $85
2 BR: 4 Person – $103
2 BR: 5 Person – $80
3 BR: 6 Person – $92

Vista Way
2 BR: 4 Person – $98
3 BR: 6 Person – $89

*Subject to change without notice.

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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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WDW Park Attendance & DCP Internships

WDW Park Attendance & DCP Internships

2008:  118,000,000

2009:  119,100,000

2010:  120,600,000

2011:  121,400,000

2012:  126,479,000

With the increase in Park attendance, Disney is expanding their DCP internship program. But, where to put all the additional Fall interns? No additional housing is being built.

DCP Housing announced their plans today. The plan is for the 3- and 4-bedroom units to get bunk beds and platform beds with drawers underneath. The 3 bedroom units, which now house six DCP interns will house nine interns in the fall, and the 4 bedroom units currently with eight interns will house ten interns in the fall (maximum allowed by Florida housing codes). Talk about roommate problems!!!

The girls are glad they are leaving in May! Having just four other roommates last Fall caused plenty of drama.

New, furniture including bunk beds and refrigerators! refrigerators!

New furniture coming,  including bunk beds and refrigerators!

Top DWCF Fundraiser

Top DWCF Fundraiser

Caroline was one of the top DWCF fundraisers in February and got invited to a cupcake celebration party at DAK. She got another ‘congratulations’ certificate for her scrapbook.

Her top donation for the month was $50 from a British tourist…a new personal record for her DWCF fundraising activities.

(She says that tourists from the UK are most likely to donate their change to the DWCF program and also the most likely to add a few dollars and round up to the nearest whole $10 amount (i.e., $50, $60, $70, etc.)

Caroline at DAK cupcake party.

Caroline at DAK cupcake party.

Seeing the Festival of Fantasy Parade Premier

Festival of Fantasy Parade Premier

At the March 9, 2014 FoF parade premier!!

Seeing the Festival of Fantasy parade is yet another premier that Caroline and I were able to catch during our DCP program. WOW! This parade is amazing!

The Festival of Fantasy is the new Magic Kingdom daily parade. This parade replaced the “Celebrate A Dream Come True” parade that had been going on since January 2009.

We had a great parade spot at the Magic Kingdom. We were standing right on the edge between Liberty Square and Frontierland. It was sunny day with blue skies, and it was not too crowded.  It was so great.

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Belle & The Beast

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Princess Ariel on her float.

The parade starts off with Belle and the Beast on a very long princess float filled with gorgeous roses. The last section of the princess float is the best with Anna & Elsa on a platform that rotates to reveal Tiana & Prince Naveen.

We thought that Anna and Elsa looked great, but we want them to have a float of their own! It just shows how much Disney underestimated the popularity of ‘Frozen’!

Peter Pan float.

Peter Pan float.

The ‘Tangled’ float was amazing with Rapunzel’s hair wrapped around the top and all along the whole float, maybe 40 feet long. There were three swings on that float that go back and forth with the movie characters on them like Flynn. We thought that would be so fun…to be a Disney character swinging on a float as it moves down Main Street USA in a parade.

Flynn on Tangled float.

Flynn swinging on the Tangled float.

The most eagerly awaited new float was a gigantic, purple metallic dragon from ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Prince Philip is ahead of the float fighting the dragon the whole time. The dragon is just huge, two stories high, it takes up the whole street and blows fire and smoke.

The fire breathing dragon from Sleeping Beauty.

WOW!!!!! The 53-foot long, Steampunk-inspired fire-breathing Maleficent Dragon from Sleeping Beauty.

The last float of the new parade was Mickey and Minnie on a 32-foot  high hot air balloon called Mickey’s Airship!  We loved it!

Hi Mickey!

Hi Mickey!

The parade was so exciting. It was really cool because we were the first of our friends to see it and the only ones to post photos on Facebook yesterday. We felt pretty lucky that we planned a Magic Kingdom day for that day because our Aunt Pam and friend Ann were visiting us and no one realized that it was launch day for the new parade!

Yum, Dole Whip floats!

Yum, Dole Whip floats in Adventureland after the parade!

After watching the parade in the sunshine, we walked over the Adventureland and hopped in line at the Aloha Isle for some Dole Whip! We love it! Ann hadn’t ever tried it! She thought it was good, but wasn’t as obsessed with it as we were. We kept offering a bite to Aunt Pam claiming it’s good for her health.

It was such a fun day at the MK! 🙂

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03/09/2015:  Happy 1st anniversary Festival of Fantasy parade!

03/09/2015: Happy 1st anniversary Festival of Fantasy parade!

WOW!

WOW!

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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.
http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409410046&sr=1-1&keywords=Two+Girls+and+a+Mouse+Tale