Visiting the Polynesian Village Resort

View from the monorail of the Polynesian Village Resort.
Checking out the gift shop.

Our first stop of the day was to the Polynesian Village Resort. It is Mom and Elly’s favorite Disney resort and we wanted to see how the renovations were coming along.

Actually, we just wanted to see the gift shop and go to the new Dole Whip place! haha!

As we were walking by the gift shop, we saw CM Kau’i making these beautiful leis with real flowers.  We stopped and said hello, and it turns out she is from Hawaii and has been working for Disney for years!

Hanging with Disney cast member Kau’i.

She has a little desk near the door and sits there handcrafting real leis from fresh flowers.  She makes necklaces, bracelets, and headbands.  How cute would that be if you were getting married at the Polynesian and everyone wore one of these?!

Her lei making table with finished leis for sale.
All the leis smelled so beautiful.

If you’d like to read more about her, click here.

Pineapple Lanai

Our next stop was to the new Pineapple Lanai onsite – aka the only place to get Dole Whip outside of Magic Kingdom!

The original Dole Whip place was inside Captain Cook’s and it was fun because you were able to build a super huge mountain of Dole Whip in your small cup (unsupervised).  The downside was that you had to wait in line with everyone else ordering food.

So, they moved it outside into this cute little kiosk.

Now the CM will make it for you and it is served in a little boat that looks like a pineapple.

Here’s a view of the major reconstruction at the Polynesian Resort.  I guess the pool with its volcano is closed? Hopefully they’re putting in a hot tub!

The construction is actually a little annoying because it makes it super confusing trying to navigate with all these huge fences up blocking your views!  We tried to take the boat from Magic Kingdom to the Polynesian and we could barely make our way back to the gift shop!

We had to ask a nice (i.e., cute) CM to “guide” us inside. lol

But, that’s a story for a different day.  🙂

Hidden Mickey at the Kona Cafe counter, upstairs at the Polynesian Resort
Hidden Mickey in the stair’s artwork at the Polynesian Resort
Riding the monorail around the Seven Seas Lagoon:  Elly showing off her cool new D&B purse.

Our next stop: The Magic Kingdom!


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

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