St. Patrick’s Day Chili Cook-off & Irish Festival

St. Patrick’s Day Chili Cook-off & Irish Festival

Irish Mickey & Minnie

The store managers at Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs) decided to hold a chili cook-off potluck to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend. They brought in four batches of homemade chili (with names like “Fireball” and “Cat on a hot tin roof”) and the cast members brought in all the side dishes.

I brought in cookies and applesauce for the party.  The CMs loved it!  🙂

Zone 1 Chili Cook-off.

2nd Annual Zone 1 Chili Cook-off at my work.

The chili's cooking all morning in the break room.

The pots of chili cooking all morning in the break room.

Because it was the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, there are a lot of events going on at DTD.  The Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival runs from March 7th – March 17, 2014.  It brings out mobs of guests.

The cast members couldn’t park in their normal parking lot at Disney Casting across from DTD and had to park over at Typhoon Lagoon and be bused over to DTD. (The buses for cast members to/from Typhoon Lagoon ran until 4am!)

I had to leave extra early to allow time for that and they gave me a special water bottle as a thank you.

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The Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Downtown Disney

Experience a rollicking party in March during a uniquely Disney and authentically Irish tribute to St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy festive encounters of all kinds with entertainment and merchandise inspired by the Emerald Isle.

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They’re after me Lucky Charms!

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Raglan Road at DTD

Irish Sights, Shopping and More: Just follow the shamrocks as they take you on an Irish history lesson—from the Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle to the Rock of Cashel. It’s a perfect opportunity to pick up fun facts about several famous landmarks! Be sure to stop by Raglan Road’s Shop for Ireland which will have a wide selection of St. Patrick’s Day merchandise available, including Raglan Road t-shirts and souvenirs, Celtic jewelry and much more.

irish mickey

Mickey and Minnie only wear this costume 1 day a year….

Music and Merriment: Kick up your heels for family-friendly festivities filled with singing, dancing and more! Whether you’re looking for high-energy sets showcasing authentic live music or a step-by-step workshop teaching you how to dance like the Irish, you’ll find it all during the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at the Downtown Disney area and Raglan Road™ Irish Pub and Restaurant.

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Irish Food & Beverage: Savor traditional Irish fare and refreshment, from the flavors of the countryside to classic pub favorites. All around the Downtown Disney area, you’re invited to sink your teeth and quench your thirst with festival specials at a variety of locations.

Elly got a passport to go to all the locations and they stamp it.

I got a passport to go to all the festival locations and they stamped it.

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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 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 in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale


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