Creating a Rice Krispy Treat at Goofy Candy Co.

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I’m about to go order my first rice krispy treat!!

One of the items on my Bucket list was to create my own rice krispy Mickey Treat at Goofy’s Candy Co.  It was so worth it! 🙂

Goofy’s Candy Co. is located at Downtown Disney near Elly’s work, across from Days of Christmas store.  It has all this candy that you can buy, and also an assortment of delicious caramel apples and cookies.

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Cookies and Cake Pops (cakes on a stick).

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Cake Pops.

You can also “Create Your Own” treat with any of these items:  apples, pretzels, rice krispies, gingerbread cookies, or marshmallows.

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Here is the sign you follow to create your own treat.  They have you fill out a paper that has the same instructions so it can be passed down to all the cast members in the assembly line.

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Here is the cast member making my rice krispy treat.  I wanted one dipped in dark chocolate, covered in peanut butter chips, and drizzled with white chocolate.  Doesn’t that sound good!?

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Dipping it in peanut butter chips.

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Drizzling it with white chocolate….

All done!!  Ta Da!


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This weighed about 2 lbs.!

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Now, time to enjoy!!  🙂

My rice krispy treat was less than $5, plus I got a 20% cast member discount.

It was so good!  I definitely couldn’t eat it all in one sitting, so I saved it in the fridge to eat after work.

So fun! 🙂

The Kitchen Sink!!!

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Beaches and Cream Soda Shop

I have wanted to get a Kitchen Sink from Beaches and Cream ever since I heard about it!

It was one of the last things that I hadn’t been able to cross off my Bucket List because it’s so hard to coordinate everyone’s schedules.  You need at least six people to eat all that ice cream, ten people would be better.  Finally, the stars aligned and it happened last week.

It was so awesome that I was able to get everyone together for one last time before I leave the program in May.

Beaches and Cream Ice Cream Shop is attached to the Beach Club Resort.  It is so popular, and so tiny with limited seating, that it is reservation only.

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No one here but us!

Our reservation was for 11am because everyone was working closing shifts.  We were surprised when we walked in and every cast member there started clapping!  We were the first people in the restaurant that morning and they were welcoming us in.

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Our waiter. When they bring the Kitchen Sink to the table, they dim the restaurant lights and ring a bell and announce it’s being served.

 

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On the left: Sara (Meaghan’s roommate), Sarah (Work friend), and Sara (CP work friend)    On the right: Elly, Meaghan (former work friend), and me!

The Famous Kitchen Sink!!!!!!!

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10,000 sweet calories!!!!

Here’s a list of what’s included in the Kitchen Sink:

  • ½ cup fudge topping, warmed
  • ½ cup butterscotch topping, warmed
  • ½ cup peanut butter topping, warmed
  • 1 medium banana, sliced in 1/2 –inch slices
  • 1 cinnamon spice cupcake (2 ½ x 1 ¼-inch), quartered
  • 1 angel food cupcake (3 x 1 ½-inch), quartered
  • 2 4-oz. scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 4-oz. scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 2 4-oz. scoops strawberry ice cream
  • 1 4-oz. scoop mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 1 4-oz. scoop coffee ice cream
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • ¼ cup marshmallow crème
  • ¼ cup strawberry topping
  • ¼ cup pineapple topping
  • 1 ENTIRE 14-oz CAN OF WHIPPED CREAM!
  • 1 brownie (6-inch x 6-inch), quartered
  • 1 regular-sized (2 ounce) candy bar, quartered
  • 4 chocolate cookies with cream filling
  • 1 tablespoon sliced toasted almonds
  • 1 tablespoon dark and white chocolate shavings
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate cookies with cream filling, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jellied orange slices (approximately 2 large slices)
  • 1 tablespoon milk chocolate chip morsels
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter chip morsels
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 tablespoon rainbow sprinkles
  • ½ cup drained maraschino cherries
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Us with our CP friend, Meaghan.

This was SO MUCH FUN!!!!

The best parts of the sink were the brownies and the chocolate ice cream.  I honestly hadn’t looked up the ingredients so I really had no idea what to expect.  It was hard to see what you were eating because everything was covered in whipped cream so you had no idea what you were eating!

I kept getting tricked into eating coffee ice cream covered with the pineapple topping (not good!) or scoops of (accidentally) getting some strawberry ice cream!  Yuck!  I don’t like strawberry ice cream! 😦

But, it was such a great experience with my sister and friends!!

Kitchen Sink trading pin.

Kitchen Sink trading pin.

And, we found a Hidden Mickey in the onion rings on the wall!  🙂

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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 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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Fun Night Out

Downtown Disney (2)

Luckily, Elly and my schedules have been calming down from Spring Break so I have been able to get out a lot more.  My CP friend Sara and I decided to go stroll around Downtown Disney this week.

This is in front of the Irish pub Raglan Road.  It was so hot that day! 90 degrees!  We stopped and got one of these Baileys milkshakes.  So refreshing and good!  It was $10.25 by the way, but that is a typical price for Disney drinks.

 

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Ah, a Baileys iced milkshake!

 

After walking around DTD, we went and had dinner at the T-Rex restaurant.  Yum!

This is a photo of Sara’s drink.  I don’t know what it was, but it was peachy and delicious!

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Sara’s drink.

 

We were in the forest room this time!  Sitting right next to a couple of vocal dinosaurs! haha

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Every 30 minutes, there is a meteor shower!  All the dinosaurs come to life and the ice cave turns red and scary.

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Ice cave.


I got the chicken salad sandwich. Yum!

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The food is very good at T-Rex.

 

Inside the ice cave, there are dinosaur bones!

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Cool ice cave!

 

After dinner, we went to Ghirardelli’s for some dessert!  I got cookie dough ice cream and Sara got a chocolate milkshake.

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Stopping into Pin Traders to say hi to Elly and to trade for some good pins!  Score!

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Lastly, we went to the AMC theater and saw Rio 2!

Rio 2...opening weekend.

Rio 2…opening weekend.

Elly and I loved Rio so we were really excited to hear they made a sequel.

I loved the music! And the best part was that we were the only ones in the movie theater!

Such a great night! 🙂

 

The Easter Bunny Comes to Disney World

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Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny came to Disney World!  How cute is this!!

They were only out at Animal Kingdom from 9am-2pm on Easter Sunday.

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The Easter Bunny was pointing out how I have ears just like him, only his ears are longer.   🙂

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Nice ears!

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Elly and me with the Easter Bunny.  (Note that we are wearing our work shoes!)

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Mrs. Bunny is wearing an Easter bonnet!

Don’t you love her dress?  Mrs. Bunny is so precious!

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The Easter Bunny brought candy for all the little girls and boys!

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Easter candy!  Yum!

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Two Disney sisters.

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 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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Haunted Mansion Backstage Tour

One of my favorite rides at MK!

One of my favorite rides at MK!

I am so excited because I got to go on another backstage tour through my work (DAK) and it was on my favorite ride – The Haunted Mansion!!

Always room for one more....

Always room for one more….;)

So, if you know me at all, you know that I am not an early riser.  I am much better at it than Elly, but I still don’t do it without some grumbling.  When I saw that the meeting time was at 6:40am…..ugh, no thank you!  But, it was my all time favorite ride, so I HAD to do it!

The plan was for my CP friend, Amanda, to pick me and Sara up from The Commons at 5:45am so that we could go get some Starbucks and be there by 6:30am. It would have been fine, if Amanda’s alarm had gone off that morning.  Sara and I sat outside of The Commons in the dark until 6:20am, texting and calling Amanda to wake her up and then finally texting other people who we knew were also going on this tour.  We got nothing, no response.

Finally, Sara and I decided to run back to my apartment, grab Elly’s car keys (luckily she wasn’t working that day!), and race to Magic Kingdom!  I was incredibly impressed that I was able to get all the way from The Commons to backstage of Magic Kingdom in UNDER 15 minutes with almost NO speeding! Woo-hoo!  🙂

We got a text from another CP in the group which said, “If you can catch up to us in the Utilidors, then you can be in the tour.  If not, then you can just go home.”  WHAT??!!!  Not very nice, and very stressful to read!

Sara and I parked and ran to the Westclock Bus to take us back behind the Haunted Mansion.  We ran through the Utilidors and kept getting stopped because we looked so lost and were wearing our street clothes.  But we did it!!! We found the group and made it on the tour!!

DAK cast members on HM Backstage tour.

DAK cast members on HM Backstage tour.

The old woman who did our tour was perfect for her role.  She has the highest seniority at the Haunted Mansion and has worked there for 17 years.  17 YEARS!!!!  She was extremely intimidating to say the least.

She began her tour by telling us that if we couldn’t keep the chatter down, then she’d end the tour early.   Hilarious, as the average age of our group was around 35.  She acted like we were a school tour of 2nd graders.

She said that we could take as many photos as we wanted AND use flash photography if we needed to!!!

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Portrait of the Master of the Mansion

We started out by doing a walking tour of the entire ride with the lights on.  We got to stay in each room as she pointed out interesting details and facts of the room.

Something I had heard before was that during the 2007 renovation, seven hidden Jack Skellingtons were added to the HM ride.  The first one is in this photo in the first HM room.  Jack can be found in the wrinkles above the left eyebrow.

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Same portrait as above, but with lights on.

Here is a photo of our entire DAK group.  They told us to make a scared face!  haha.  I think mine is the best.   😉

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Boo!

After we watched the first scene in the stretching room, we all got to lay down and watch as the room slowly folded in on itself!  So scary!  And weird.  I bet no one has ever seen this room so empty!

There are 160 black “Doom Buggies” that move through the 10 minutes of the spookiest rooms in all of the Magic Kingdom!

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The long hallway of the Portrait Gallery….this is the first floor of the HM.

I love this scene!  It is so cool how the busts’ eyes watch you as you move along.  We actually got to go up and touch the heads!  The trick is that the faces are actually concave into the other side of the wall.  It’s just a trick your eyes play on you as you move across the room.

There are two Jack Skellingtons in this room.  They are near the chair.  One is a picture of Jack on a book cover and the other is just Jack’s head on the spine of a book.

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The Library with watching busts and 1 crow.

Next time you’re in this scene, check out how creepy the coffin is!  There are hidden skulls around it.

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The Glass Conservatory with coffin.

Also, we got to pet the scarecrow!  It was surprisingly soft.  The original concept of the HM ride was to have the crow follow along with you and narrate the ride.  That plan was scraped, but you can still see the crow in every scene.

I LOVE this part of the ride!  Especially when the evil hand shadow crosses it!

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Tick, tock…The 13th hour clock…the Witching Hour.

Several people try to jump out of their Doom buggies to steal the ball every year.  Apparently the going rate online for it is $500,000.  However, what you can’t see is that between the railing and the table is actually nothing!  It drops down to the floor below.

There was a guy who jumped over to the table, but missed.  He fell and broke his arm and his leg, and kept screaming “Help! I can’t get out!” which, if you know Haunted Mansion, is exactly what the guy in the coffin is saying!  He wasn’t discovered until the end of the night when the music was finally turned off and the lights turned on for cleaning. Ouch!

There are now grates to over the open area, but a few years ago, a high schooler on graduation night tried to jump across and landed on the grates.  Except he landed between two of the bars, broke through, and got stuck.  Because he was bigger, they had to pull him all the way through to get him out.  He ended up getting  about 70 stitches around his stomach.  Ouch!

Note the railing....

Note the railing in the circular Seance Room….

Sorry this is such a bad photo!  But I love this scene!  I love when the ride breaks down in this room because there is always so many interesting things to look at!

I actually have several clear photos of the ballroom from when I did the Magic Band testing last semester.  However, I don’t want anyone to stumble upon it and have the magic ruined!  Needless to say, it was AWESOME!

We got to see the dancers!!!

We got to see the dancers!!!

The BEST part about our backstage tour was the guide gave us a special opportunity to actually go into the ballroom!  We got to walk around the table and look at all the actual ghosts which are being reflected through a series of mirrors into the ballroom.  We got to dance with the ghosts!  And to touch the plates and silverware on the table, and see the Hidden Mickey!  This was my coolest and most amazing WDW experience so far!!!! 🙂

In 2013, our tour guide said that there were 14 instances of people throwing human ashes during the HM ride, especially during the ballroom scene.  Each time it happened, it closed the ride for about four hours while custodial was called in to vacuum them up!

The attic

The attic

The protrait of the Haunted Mansion Bride.

The portrait of the Haunted Mansion Bride.

Out of the Haunted mansion (you exit the house via the 3rd floor attic!), and onto the graveyard...

Out of the Haunted mansion (you exit the house via the 3rd floor attic!), and onto the graveyard…

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The singing ghosts.

Hidden Mickey!!  This is right before the fat lady sings (so you know the ride is over!).

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Can you see the Hidden Mickey?

Sara and me in our Doom Buggy.  Glad to have her as ‘my partner in crime’ this semester!  🙂

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Sunrise at the Haunted Mansion.

Sara and me in front of the carriage after the tour.  Still no Park guests!  8am

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In front of the black carriage hearse led by an invisible horse.

First stop after the backstage tour – Starbucks on Main Street!  Yum!  I got an iced coffee with caramel. So good!

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Starbucks on Main Street!

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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:

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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Meeting Jiminy Cricket

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I can’t believe that I actually met Jiminy Cricket!!!!

He only comes out once a year – only on Earth Day.  The day is easy to remember because it is also Animal Kingdom’s birthday!  (The Animal Kingdom turns 16 today,April 22, 2014.)

The BEST part about being a CP for almost a full year is getting the opportunity to meet such cool characters who normally aren’t out all the time.

Jiminy was only out from 9am-2pm on Earth Day.  And he came to MY park to celebrate the day! So happy!

Jiminy was so cute!!  He tipped his hat to me and offered me his arm for the photo!

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“Let your conscience be your guide!”

I geared up for this meeting by watching “Pinocchio” at DAK Baby Care the day before.  So cute!

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“When you wish upon a star…”

It was fun to meet him with my CP work friends along, Sara and Amanda.

The coolest part of meeting him was his autograph!  The J in his name is an umbrella!!!

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Getting his autograph.

Jiminy Cricket at DAK

Jiminy Cricket at DAK

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Two Disney Sisters

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 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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Merchantaining and Magical Moments

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This is me merchantaining some of the kitchenware and the cool new food magnets we sell.

Elly and I have talked about how a lot of what we do at Disney is called “merchantaining” – we are entertaining the guests by using merchandise that we sell in the store.  This helps show the guest how fun a toy could be or helps them imagine what it would be like at their own home.

Sometimes we have to get to our store really early in the morning (6am), even though the Park does not actually open until 8am or 9am.  We have a lot of free time so we go around and find things to merchantain with when guests finally arrive, to help draw them into the stores.

We sell doughnuts, churros, Mickey Premium Bars, and rice krispy bars that actually look like the real thing!  Elly and I already have the whole set (except the turkey legs – YUCK!) on our refrigerator.  It’s always funny to go up to guests at 8am and offer them a doughnut, only to have them realize it’s not real!  Then I have to immediately tell them where they can buy a real doughnut since they now want one so bad! haha.

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Yum!

Besides merchantaining, only task we have is Magical Moments.  Yes, sometimes cast members are assigned to perform Magical Moments.  Currently on the Island, we have guests write a letter to Pocahontas at Island Merchantile, and they can write to Mickey Mouse at Outfitters.

 

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Cast members will go up to children and ask if they want to write Pocahontas a letter.  We bring along this little box and some paper.  We talk to the children and ask if they saw any cool animals today and if they wanted to tell her all about it.

 

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Pocahontas’ letter box.

 

Here is a letter Elly wrote to Pocahontas.  If she were on Outfitters side, she could write to Mickey Mouse and put it in an actual mailbox!  Pocahontas doesn’t have a mailbox because she is a free spirit and constantly moves around.  We leave out the box and her forest friends tell her when she needs to check it.

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This is a great way to start a conversation with super cute kids.  And it helps us tie in to what Animal Kingdom is all about – the animals!  I like doing this Magical Moment because you can only meet Pocahontas at Animal Kingdom and it helps create some magic for our guests. 🙂

"Just around the river bend..."

“Just around the river bend…”