Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is so much fun!  We got tickets to go 3x!

We love seeing the Magic Kingdom all decorated for fall and Halloween!fall (2)

Our party costumes!

Our party costumes!

Everyone arriving in costumes for the evening.

Everyone arriving in costumes for the evening.

Special party lighting on Main Street USA.

Special party lighting on Main Street USA.

After dark fun!

After dark fun!

Characters everywhere!

Characters everywhere!

We love the Boo to You parade!

We love the Boo to You parade!

The parade smells like candy!

The parade smells like candy!

Caroline loves the Disney villians!

Caroline loves the Disney villians!

Got to meet all 7 dwarves!

Got to meet all 7 dwarves!

Castle in Halloween colors.

Castle in Halloween colors.

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom.

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom.

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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’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.

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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Disney Bounding 3: ‘Frozen’

Some ideas for Disney Bounding as ‘Frozen’ characters.

Perfect for the new Frozen Ever After ride just opening this week at Epcot!

Elsa

Elsa

Anna 1 (dress)

Anna 1 (dress)

Anna 2 (pants)

Anna 2 (pants)

Olaf

Olaf

Trolls

Trolls

Kristoff

Kristoff

Hans

Hans

 

Looking for more Disney Bounding ideas???  Look here:  Disney Bounding at the Parks

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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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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP)

Going to the Halloween Party!

Going to the Halloween Party!

In case you’ve never attended MNSSHP before, the party is an after-hours, separate ticket Halloween celebration that features a lot of must-see Halloween-themed entertainment, such as the “Boo To You Parade,” “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks, tons of Disney characters in costumes – especially the villains! -, and much, much more.

The party also features trick-or-treating stations with free candy for kids of all ages – yes, this means that adults are welcome to participate!

As Glenda The Good Witch from Wizard of Oz.

As Glenda The Good Witch from Wizard of Oz.

MNSSHP is the only time that park guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in costumes.  Last year, we saw whole families dressed in amazing homemade Disney costumes – going as the entire cast of ‘The Incredibles’, the entire cast of ‘The Little Mermaid’, more Disney princesses and villains than you could shake a stick at….just amazing costumes and make-up!

Special Candy Corn Dole Whip for the evening!

Special Candy Corn Dole Whip for the evening!

This year, MNSSHP features more trick-or-treat locations than ever before, with a total of 13 treat stops spread throughout the Magic Kingdom.  Over the next few weeks, cast members will hand out a total of 261 tons of candy!  That’s 522,000 lbs.!!

Mickey & Minnie at the Boo To You parade.

Mickey & Minnie at the Boo To You parade.

 

MNSSHP (2)Look for special Halloween lighting and effects (fog, etc.) throughout the Magic Kingdom, from the train station all the way down Main Street to the Castle, which will have its own special Halloween lighting and music for the evening.

We love the Halloween lighting on Main Street!

We love the Halloween lighting on Main Street!

Guests who exit the park after the 8:30 p.m. performance of the “Boo to You” parade are in for an additional treat – huge bins of candy filled to the brim for the guests who skipped the trick-or-treating stations or just need to top off their backpacks!

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Candy, candy, and more candy!

On special nights from September 12 – October 31, 2014.

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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

Backstage at WDW Costuming

The WDW Costuming locations are impossible to find unless you know where you're going or (as a guest), you get lost!

The WDW Costuming locations are impossible to find unless you know where you’re going or, as a guest, you get lost!  This is the one for DAK.

What has over 290 Mickey Mouse Outfits, 20,000 Shirts, and at least 4 Belle Gowns/Dresses –

Welcome to WDW Costuming! 🙂

Ariel's dress from 'The Little Mermaid' show

This Cinderella gown will be worn in the afternoon FoF parade.

Walt Disney World employs more than 60,000 Cast Members working in positions ranging from housekeeping at the Disney resorts to train engineer at the Magic Kingdom.

Each day someone has to get these Cast Members dressed for the day–Welcome to WDW Cast Costuming.

DAK merchantile costumes.

Our DAK mercantile costumes.

1.  Cast members know what costume their role requires each day. We can have 5 complete outfits signed out at any one time, plus accessories like a jacket and hat.

Finding a costume using RFID inside Disney's Epcot Operational Costuming Center

You would think that Costuming would ALWAYS have your size shirt/pants in stock…NOPE!!!

2.  We pick out the correct size and costume pieces from rows upon rows of shirts, pants, skirts, and jackets. There’s a laminated card or complete costume at the end of each row to show us the costume’s ensemble look.

Costume tags show various Mickey Mouse outfits

Costume tags show various Mickey Mouse outfits and what the pieces are.

3.  Mickey Mouse has a costume for every occasion and holiday.  Each Disney Princess has a summer and a winter costume.

4.  Disney provides the work shoes for some roles (i.e., food service), but for most locations they just provide strict guidelines on shoe wear and CMs must pay for their own shoes.

See our blog about Disney footwear to learn more:  Loving My Disney Work Shoes

One of Donald Duck's summer costumes

A talented CM making one of Donald Duck’s summer costumes.

5.  Every day, all returned costumes must be tag scanned, repaired, cleaned, pressed, and restocked on Costuming floor.

Belle's formal dress from

Princess gowns for the meet & greets.  No princess gown is larger than size 10 (fits about a 120lb woman).

Buzz Lightyear's shoes

Picking out shoes for some may be an issue, unless you’re a ladies size forty.

6. If we return a piece and it doesn’t get scanned right, or if we lose a costume piece like a belt, we are charged a full replacement price, at least $25 per item!

For costume questions, email costume recovery at:WDW.Costume.Recovery@disney.com

WDW Costuming:  407-824-1269

7.  Dozens and dozens of Disney name tags are accidentally turned in still attached to the costume’s shirt, blouse, or vest every day, 365 days/year!  We have to pay $5 to order a new one and it takes about two weeks to get it. (The first one was free!)  I lost my first name tag just two weeks after starting the program! Getting a new name tag

Watch a backstage peek at WDW Costuming, with over 3,700 costume pieces here: Disney World Costuming

Anyone interested in a role at Disneyland?  Watch a backstage peek at Disneyland Costuming, with over 800 costume pieces here:  Disneyland Costuming  

WDW costuming facts.

WDW costuming facts. Amazing!

(adapted from Disney Dose)

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

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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Things All First Time Guests Should Do at WDW

(adapted from Disney Dining)

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Never been to Disney World (it’s the one in Florida!) before and feeling overwhelmed after reading a few Disney guidebooks, both official and unofficial?

Walt Disney World is HUGE! It covers 37,000 acres, has 4 major theme parks, 2 water parks, a dozen resorts, several golf courses (both regualr and mini), etc. It’s impossible to see and do it all in just a week’s vacation or less!

So, what should you try and do on your first – and maybe your last! – trip to WDW?

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion

Experience Classic Disney attractions: Pirates of the Caribbean, Walt Disney World Railroad, Liberty Square Riverboat, Carousel of Progress, “it’s a small world”, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Splash Mountain, and Peter Pan’s Flight, etc. are attractions that have become part of the classic Disney World experience.

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Ride the Monorail: You have a few opportunities to do this, and it doesn’t have to cost you anything to do it. You can ride from the Transportation and Ticket Center, where you park if you are going to Magic Kingdom, to Magic Kingdom or one of the monorail resorts (Polynesian, Contemporary, and Grand Floridian) or to Epcot. It is an iconic ride that everyone should ride at least once each visit to Walt Disney World.

Ride the Boat transportation: There are many boat styles and voyages around Walt Disney World. They move people from resorts to parks, parking lots to parks, parks to parks, cross water within the parks, sometimes they are even featured attractions within the parks, just choose one and enjoy smooth sailing.

Space Mountain!!

Space Mountain!!

Ride at least one of the Disney “mountains:  Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Expedition Everest, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Get FastPasses to ride them with little waiting!

Ride the Kilimanjaro Safari: Count up all the different animal species you can spot. This is a truck safari through the recreation of an African landscape. Yes, the animals are real. They are real enough to block the road sometimes and slow things down a bit. You won’t regret taking the time to do this.

Meeting Princess Ariel

Meeting Princess Ariel

Meet a princess: Do whichever one of these is the most wanted. Princesses are available for Meet and Greets in each of the parks so check your Times Guide for times and places for them. The Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial takes place several times a day on the stage facing Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland, Magic Kingdom.

Seeing the Beast at Be Our Guest restaurant where he greets all the guests.

Seeing the Beast at Be Our Guest restaurant where he greets all the guests.

Get your photo with a character: There are Disney characters all over the parks so pick one that has a short line, or choose a favorite Disney film and look specifically for those characters, just get started and have fun with those engaging, animated, Disney characters.

Dine at a Character meal:  This proves to be the proverbial hitting-two-birds-with-one-stone idea as you can meet and get photos with several characters at one time and get a great meal too. Choose either by which park you will be in, which characters you want to meet, or by the menu. Several of these are buffets so you can really get your money’s worth here. Eat a bunch of ice cream at that buffet and you do a good job of hydrating yourself too!

Have a Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar: This has to be the most loved ice cream bar on the planet. It is a Premium experience and should be experienced at least once during your Walt Disney World visit.

Yum!

Yum!

Have a Dole Whip: This is a classic Disney treat that is a frozen pineapple dessert made by Dole. Try the Dole Whip Float which is the Dole Whip ice cream on top of pineapple juice, it is awesome!

In our Christmas holiday ears

In our Christmas holiday ears

Get some kind of headwear: The traditional Mickey Ears can be embroidered with your name on the back and is often the most sought-after headwear. You will find quite a selection of ears and other hats or headbands available to meet your Disney stylin’ needs. Have fun, you’re on vacation!
Typhoon lagoon (2)Spend an afternoon at one of the water parks: Challenge yourself to go down the tallest water slide, or at least start with one with the mindset that you will bump up your experience the next time you visit

See a live show: You won’t find shows like these outside of Disney! If you are visiting Animal Kingdom you can take in Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo-the Musical; Disney’s Hollywood Studios has Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage, and Fantasmic!

Shop and eat at Downtown Disney: This is a fun non-park day activity. There are many interesting shops with unique merchandise and a wide array of restaurants to choose from. You will find the largest Disney store in the world there where they will help you find any Disney merchandise you are looking for. Visit the Christmas store. Shop and have your ornament personalized. Taste all the flavors of Goofy’s Glaciers at Goofy’s Candy Company before selecting the one you want. Have a custom candy apple made there too. Ghirardelli ice cream sundaes are pretty spectacular and you can get a free taste of Ghirardelli chocolate candy too.

Cast member lanyard with lots of fun trading pins.

Cast member lanyard with lots of fun trading pins.

Pin Trade: A lot of the cast members wear lanyards with Disney pins to trade for.

Watch Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream: Everyone should visit this attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It provides a well-put-together display of photos, art pieces, a full size replica of Walt’s office, models, and concludes with a film. They all attempt to show you the many things that inspired Walt Disney and things he created to make his dreams come true. If he ran up against a challenge, he would invent something that would get him over that hurdle and finish what he wanted to. He was brilliant in so many areas yet never lost his sense of fun and exploration. This will give you a whole new perspective on the man and the mouse and all the Disney parks.

Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot China pavilion

Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot China pavilion

Dine in Epcot’s World Showcase: Make sure you try food at some of the quick-service locations. These include Yorkshire County Fish Shop (United Kingdom), Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie (France), Tangierine Café (Morocco), Katsura Grill (Japan), Liberty Inn (The American Adventure), Sommerfest (Germany), Lotus Blossom Café (China), Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway), La Cantina de San Angel (Mexico).

View a Parade and stay for Fireworks: No one does parades or fireworks like Disney does! Check your Times Guides for the parades in Magic Kingdom and the Fireworks show in Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are no fireworks shows at Animal Kingdom, but in a couple years you will be able to view a nighttime light show on the water accompanied by music.

Stay at a Disney World resort: You can really get away from it all while close to WDW. All the resorts are comfortable, clean, welcoming, and close to the parks with the added benefit of saving us time. Disney resort guests also have the advantage of extra magic hours where you can be in a specified park from one hour earlier than official opening time and up to three hours after official closing times for the park. It just adds so much to your vacation to stay in a Disney resort.

Ride whatever is the newest ride: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the newest at this time. You may have to wait in the standby line if you are unable to get a FastPass+ time, but the queue has large fans and interactive games to play to keep you entertained and cooled off. It is a fun ride, but don’t expect a high speed runaway train. 🙂

Need more ideas? http://www.disneydining.com/25-things-must-walt-disney-world/
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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

Throwback Thursday – Meeting the Beast

The Beast was over at the Magic Kingdom too!

The Beast was over at the Magic Kingdom too!  Caroline was so afraid of him!!!

The first time that we met the Beast was in November 1996 at Epcot outside the France pavilion.

Meetin the Beast and Belle at France.

Meeting the Beast and Belle at France.

Getting our autograph books signed.

Getting our autograph books signed.  Caroline wouldn’t get any closer than this to the Beast!

Belle was so pretty!

Belle was so pretty!

And the last time we saw the Beast was at Be Our Guest restaurant in November 2013.
17 years later, almost to the day!

Seeing the Beast at Be Our Guest restaurant where he greets all the guests.

Seeing the Beast at Be Our Guest restaurant where he greets all the guests.

November 7, 1996 &  November 8, 2013

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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

DCP Alumni Weekend Registration Update

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Homecoming Weekend FAQs:

https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/dcp-alumni-homecoming-weekend-faqs/

Friday, Oct 24:  Pep Rally, 4pm – 7pm

Late afternoon Pep Rally and the opportunity to enjoy one of our theme parks in the evening; theme park admission provided.

Note:  If you didn’t get registered and want to come to the celebration party anyway, meet us on Main Street USA in the afternoon!  Wear your DCP Alumni t-shirt and stop in at Guest Relations and get an “I’m Celebrating” button.  List your DCP program and year on your button!  You are bound to meet up with lots of other alumni!!  🙂

Saturday, Oct 25: Homecoming Extravaganza, 8pm -11pm

Behind the scenes surprises and #CPAlumni exclusive opportunities throughout the day, theme park admission provided. Evening Homecoming Extravaganza at one of our theme parks, theme park admission provided!

Sunday, Oct 26:  VolunEARS event.

Morning event.

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The Homecoming Weekend event registration is now full.  There are so many activities planned for alumni in October!

Theme park operating hours.  Note that MK closes early on Friday night!

Theme park operating hours. Note that MK closes early on Friday night 7pm!!

(Note:  Some of the events are open activities not requiring registration.)

Something for everyone.

Something for everyone. 🙂

DCP photo

Events registration link:  http://www.disneynow.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x172882a74f

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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’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.

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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