Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

We’ve written a book about our time at the Disney College Program.  Available now from Amazon.com!

Here is the link to buy the book:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Double Shot of the Disney College Program

Elly and Caroline Collins aren’t just sisters; they’re best friends, too. So when Elly suggested that they join the Disney College Program together, Caroline went right along. They left their family and boyfriends in Colorado for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live, work, and play with Mickey Mouse.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale is both diary and tutorial. It offers essential advice on how to get accepted into the Disney College Program, and how to avoid the pitfalls of working for Disney and living in its pressure-cooker environment. But mostly it provides a fun, witty, intimate account of a year spent in the pixie dust trenches of Walt Disney World, taking you behind the scenes, through the theme parks, and out the front gate into the dorm-like Disney apartments and the warts-and-all College Program community.

Caroline and Elly open their diaries and share:

  • What you absolutely must do to get accepted into the Disney College Program, and what you absolutely must never do
  • How to pick the best Disney apartment complex, what to pack, whether to enroll in Disney University, and everything else you need to start the program right
  • Disney roommate stories, including the notorious “Walk of Shame” and the girl who thought Brillo pads worked in the dishwasher
  • The pure joy of creating “Magical Moments” for park guests
  • An entire chapter about backstage tours of attractions like Haunted Mansion and Expedition Everest, with trivia only Cast Members know
  • Plus, glimpses into every aspect of DCP life, from Traditions and training to merchantaining and private Cast Member parties

These two girls really do have a mouse tale to tell. You’ll love their honesty, their humor, and most of all their enthusiasm for the happiest place on earth.

 

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

August 2014 Update:  We’ve written a book about our time at Disney World working in the DCP Program.  Available now on Amazon. com.  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

ISBN 978-1-941500-11-8, $14.95

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

© 2014 Elly and Caroline Collins

Double Shot of the Disney College Program

Elly and Caroline Collins aren’t just sisters; they’re best friends, too. So when Elly suggested that they join the Disney College Program together, Caroline went right along. They left their family and boyfriends in Colorado for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live, work, and play with Mickey Mouse.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale is both diary and tutorial. It offers essential advice on how to get accepted into the Disney College Program, and how to avoid the pitfalls of working for Disney and living in its pressure-cooker environment. But mostly it provides a fun, witty, intimate account of a year spent in the pixie dust trenches of Walt Disney World, taking you behind the scenes, through the theme parks, and out the front gate into the dorm-like Disney apartments and the warts-and-all College Program community.

Caroline and Elly open their diaries and share:

  • What you absolutely must do to get accepted into the Disney College Program, and what you absolutely must never do
  • How to pick the best Disney apartment complex, what to pack, whether to enroll in Disney University, and everything else you need to start the program right
  • Disney roommate stories, including the notorious “Walk of Shame” and the girl who thought Brillo pads worked in the dishwasher
  • The pure joy of creating “Magical Moments” for park guests
  • An entire chapter about backstage tours of attractions like Haunted Mansion and Expedition Everest, with trivia only Cast Members know
  • Plus, glimpses into every aspect of DCP life, from Traditions and training to merchantaining and private Cast Member parties

These two girls really do have a mouse tale to tell. You’ll love their honesty, their humor, and most of all their enthusiasm for the happiest place on earth. 🙂

 

Little Things You Appreciate During Your DCP Internship

Here’s a random list of things we appreciated every day at WDW:

Seeing the Cinderella Castle all the time

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Cinderella Castle in the morning sunlight.

Really, how many people have a castle at their workplace?

Seeing/hearing fireworks every night

Seeing Wishes never gets old!  Or, if it’s 9pm, that noise must be from Epcot’s Illuminations fireworks.

Wishes fireworks

Wishes fireworks

The Music of the Parks

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The Little Mermaid ride…great music!!!

Whether you’re at a Park or a Disney resort, music is playing everywhere.  ♪ ♫ ♬ Under the sea… ♪ ♫

The Monorail

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True!

Can’t think of anywhere else where you can ride a monorail all day…for free!

Disney Smells

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Are those sugar cookies I’m smelling???

There is just something about the way the all the Parks, attractions and Disney resorts smell…so good!  If you’re ever able to be on Main Street during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with the smell of cookies baking or peppermint candy canes in the air…yum!

Runner ups:  The smell of oranges while riding Soarin’ and the smell of Rome burning while riding Spaceship Earth.

Ahhh, smell the oranges....

Ahhh, smell the oranges….

Ahhh...the smell of Rome burning...

Ahhh…the smell of Rome burning…

Disney Snacks

Dole Whip, Mickey Waffles, Mickey Bars, churritoes, decorated candy apples, French macaroons, and any Mickey bakery snacks…need we say more?

We love WDW cotton candy!

We love WDW cotton candy! ❤

Water Rides on a Hot Day

Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, It’s a small world, Kali River Rapids Run, Maelstrom, and even Living with the Land.  It’s all good! 

Favorite ride!

Favorite ride!

Self-Flushing Toilets

Enough said.

True!

True!

The minute you graduate and leave the DCP program, we guarantee that you will miss it all, so enjoy it now!:)

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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.

Disney Professional Internships

The link to apply for a Disney Professional Internship in 2015 is now active:

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We are now accepting Disney Professional Internship
applications for Spring 2015!

We are excited to inform you that our recruiting season for Disney Professional Internships is underway. We encourage you to visit our website, disneyinterns.com, and apply for internships in which you are interested today!

Internships are offered in a wide range of areas, including but not limited to:

  • Animal Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Events
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Labor Operations
  • Management
  • Merchandise
  • Operations/Guest Relations
  • Sales and Marketing

To download a listing of Disney Professional Internships available exclusively to Disney College Program Alumni, click here.

Disney College Program Alumni may apply for these internships here:


The deadline to apply for Management Internships is September 11, 2014.

The deadline to apply for most other Professional Internship positions is
September 25, 2014.


Visit disneyinterns.com for more information and to apply!

Disney Professional Internship Recruiting
wdpr.professional.interns@disney.com

* Receipt of this message does not imply application eligibility.
Please note that this is not an offer of employment.

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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.

Book Launch on Sept. 1st!

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale: Our Year Working at Walt Disney World.

We are excited to announce that our book “Two Girls and a Mouse Tale” will be available from Amazon.com starting on September 1, 2014!

From the Publisher:

Two girls from Colorado spend a year in the Disney College Program internship at Walt Disney World.  Follow along as they spin Disney magic for guests, balancing pixie dust glitter with reality bites. 

If you’re considering applying to the Disney College Program, or are a Disney fan, this book is filled with advice about the DCP program, including actual questions asked during the interview process.  The girls explain what it takes to be a Disney Cast Member and offer behind-the scenes glimpses of the magic of Disney, including what goes on during backstage tours of headliner attractions at the Parks.

Theme Park Press 

ISBN 978-1-941500-11-8, $14.95

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

© 2014 Elly and Caroline Collins

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale:  Our Year Working at Walt Disney World

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale: Our Year Working at Walt Disney World

Car Fire at Epcot

photo taken by cast member.

photo taken by cast member

The daily summer thunderstorms continue to roll over Orlando every afternoon.  Lightning struck a guest vehicle in the Epcot parking lot yesterday. Wow.

Thankfully no one was hurt.

What a way to end your day at Epcot! 😦

Total loss....hope it was a rental!

Total loss….hope it was a rental!

Calling tow truck to haul it away.

Calling tow truck to haul it away.

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Two Girls 

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.

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

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Villains Unleashed 2014

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On Friday the 13th 2013 (09/13/13), Caroline tried to go to the first ever Disney’s “Unleash the Villains” party and it was an utter failure.  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/unleashing-the-villains-at-disneys-hollywood-studios/ 

Disney redid some things for the 2014 event, like moving it to August and having pre-sale hard tickets, but it wasn’t any better this year!  For $71, guests expect to have a better time than they did.  Too crowded, wait lines for everything from characters to food to merchandise were too long.

(From wdwinfo blog)

villian (2)After last year’s Limited Time Magic “Unleash the Villains” mess of an event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney decided to hold it again this year, rename it, and charge guests $70 a person to attend. One would hope that with these changes – especially with the new higher price tag – that the new Villains Unleashed hard ticket party would be an enjoyable experience with Disney learning from the mistakes that were made a year earlier.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and Disney grossly oversold the event again making crowds unmanageable, merchandise and food selling out early in the night, and over three hour waits for character meet-and-greets during a five hour event.

The situation was so bad that Disney was reportedly offering guests full refunds for the event at Guest Relations or offering guest’s tickets to this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

For a summary of the good and the bad, follow this link:

http://blog.wdwinfo.com/2014/08/24/villains-unleashed-needs-leashing-up-disneys-overcrowded-hard-ticket-event-leaves-guests-in-long-lines-most-of-the-night/

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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.

The Carousel of Progress

Not our favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom!

Not our favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom!

In our family, some of us love the Carousel of Progress attraction, while some of us don’t.  (Note:  especially fun ride on super hot days or if it’s raining!  Never any wait lines!)

Walt Disney himself proclaimed that the Carousel of Progress was his favorite attraction and that it should never cease operation. This is supported by Disney’s family and friends, who knew of his constant work on the attraction. Of all the attractions he presented at the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair, Disney seemed especially devoted to the Carousel of Progress.

After the 1964 New York World’s Fair closed, the COP attraction was moved to Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, remaining there from 1967 until 1973. It reopened in its present home in WDW’s Magic Kingdom in 1975.

The Carousel of Progress holds the record as the longest-running stage show, with the most performances, in the history of American theater.  It is one of the oldest attractions at WDW. It is also the only attraction at WDW to have been touched by Walt Disney himself.

Catchy song!

Catchy song!

The basic plot of the Carousel of Progress show has essentially remained unchanged since it debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The circular center stage is divided into six equal scenes, surrounded by six 240-seat audience sections which revolve from one to the next.

Yup, that last one is tricky for Disney...

Yup, that last one is tricky for Disney…

Each of the scenes featured a male dog, who barks or growls at the wrong moments, causing the master to firmly scold the foolish dog to behave himself.

The first and last scenes involve the loading and unloading of guests. The middle four scenes depict an Audio-Animatronic family appreciating the technological advances of succeeding eras of the 20th century. Each of the four scenes is set around a holiday associated with one of the four seasons of the year. The progress of the seasons serves as a metaphor for the progress of the development of the modern age of electricity.

Turn of the century, around 1904.

Turn of the century, around 1904.

The first act takes place during Valentine’s Day around the beginning of the 20th century and features the family using innovations for that era including gas lamps, a kitchen pump, a hand-cranked washing machine, and a gramophone. A mention of the St. Louis World’s Fair dates the scene to 1904.

1920s, around 1927.  Electricity comes to middle America.

1920s, around 1927. Electricity comes to middle America.

The second act features devices such as electric lighting and cookware, radio, a sewing machine, and an ice box during the 4th of July holiday in the 1920s.  The Charles Lindbergh reference makes the most likely year 1927.

Late 1940s, after World War 2 ends.  Prosperity for middle class.

Late 1940s, after World War 2 ends. Prosperity for middle class.

The third act, set around Halloween in the late-1940s after the war, features an automatic dishwasher, television, and a homemade paint mixing system made from the mother’s kitchen mixer!

21st century, electronic gadgets.

21st century, electronic gadgets.

The final scene is set around Christmas and depicts the family interacting with recent technology. As such, it has changed since the show debuted in 1964. To keep it up with the times, the attraction has been updated five times: in 1967, 1975, 1981, 1985, and 1993.

While originally featuring the family’s home in the 1960s, it currently features high-definition television, virtual reality games, voice activated appliances, and other recent innovations. A slight refurbishment was made in January 2011, upgrading the outdated Sony CRT television to a larger Samsung flat panel display.

Our mom loves this ride!!

Our mom loves this ride!!

Video of the whole attraction:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKz6qdexetY

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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.

Disney Alumni Association

alumniDear Ariel,

Congratulations you are now a Disney Alumni Association member!

You are now a part of an exclusive group who not only has enjoyed the magic of Disney but also helped bring it to life! You are a part of the Disney legacy!

We are very excited to have you join our community!

Click here to go directly to the Facebook group. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/disneyalumniassociation/)

Now that you have been accepted, you will be able to:

  • Network and connect with over 100K College Program Alumni across the country
  • Receive invites to future Alumni exclusive events on Disney property
  • Participate in webinars with Leaders from around the Company and partake in networking and learning opportunities
  • Receive exclusive Professional Development webinars and workshops with Disney Recruiters
  • Receive Disney Alumni Association exclusive merchandise
  • Be the first to know about Disney Internships and Programs opportunities

We are looking forward to connecting with you through the Disney Alumni Association!

Best Regards,

Disney Campus Recruiting 

DisneyCollegeProgram.com

Disney College Recruiting
1515 Buena Vista Dr.
Orlando, FL 32830

ALUMNI LINK:  www.dcpalumni.com

09/04/2014 Update:

Our DCP Alumni package came in the mail with all these goodies!!!  🙂

DCP t-shirt, car decals, stickers & more!

DCP t-shirt, car decals, stickers & more!

We should have collected more DCP pins!

We should have collected more DCP pins!

DCP photo

CPs are part of the magic of Disney!

Next Alumni Reunion Event:  January 2016

Next Alumni Reunion Event: January 2016

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 Two Girls

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 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.

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

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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DTD Marketplace Boat Dock and Saratoga Bridge is Open

Marketplace Boat Dock at Downtown Disney.

Marketplace Boat Dock at Downtown Disney.

Vice President of Downtown Disney, Keith Bradford along with Cast Members and guests gathered yesterday to celebrate the official opening of the new Marketplace Boat Dock and Saratoga Bridge.

This is the first of many milestones that will take place in the largest expansion in the history of Downtown Disney as it becomes Disney Springs by 2016.

The newly opened bridge will offer a way for pedestrians to be able to go back and forth from Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and the Downtown Disney area.  In addition to the bridge, the Marketplace Boat Dock, that is located near the Marketplace Bus Loop, will provide easy access for those going to the West Side and Pleasure Island.

Disney says that guests who utilize the water taxi will learn more about what’s coming to Disney Springs.

The Marketplace Boat Dock operates daily starting at 10:30 a.m. until closing, weather permitting.

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Downtown Disney – soon to be Disney Springs – map.

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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