Into The Woods Movie Review

The Baker & his wife, wanting a child (perhaps a little gingerbread boy?)

The Baker & his wife wanting a child (perhaps a little gingerbread boy?)

Into The Woods opened Christmas Day 2014 and we went to see it last weekend.

It’s 95% singing with very little spoken dialog, except by the narrator.

We give it a 4 out of 5 star rating.  It dragged a little bit at the end and should have ended 20 minutes before it did.  (It got a little unnecessarily dark at the very end.)

But, we LOVED the all songs!

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/watch-the-first-trailer-for-disneys-into-the-woods-1201272870/

Based on the Broadway musical, “Into the Woods” stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick and was composed by Stephen Sondheim.

The trailer opens with the various iconic characters offering wishes (“I wish…”), followed by the warning “This Christmas Be Careful What You Wish For.”

Into the Woods tells the story of a gang of fairy tale characters who enter a dark forest in the hopes of achieving their deepest wishes. The film stars Meryl Streep as the Witch, James Corden as the Baker, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as her Prince, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Lilla Crawford as Red Riding Hood, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, and Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf.

The Disney fairytale mash-up, based on various Grimm fairy tales, revolves around a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, “Jack and the Beanstalk’s” Jack Little, Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters. 🙂

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney World in the Disney College Program: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale. It’s filled with advice about the DCP program and how to get the most out of your internship.
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and wrote about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney. We give advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship at Disney, 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.
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+Tal

Meeting Princess Merida

Princess Merida

Princess Merida

Late one evening while walking towards Fantasyland, we happened to notice that Princess Merida from the movie “Brave” was still out in her meet and greet area, and there was no line to visit with her.  She’s very feisty!

It was late and it was cold!

It was late and it was cold!

Signing Caroline's autograph book.

Signing Caroline’s autograph book.

Merida signature in Caroline's autograph book.

Merida signature in Caroline’s autograph book.


Elly's selfie with Merida.

Elly taking a selfie with Merida.

Princess Merida is a princess by birth and an adventurer by spirit. She spends her days practicing archery, riding her horse Angus, and exploring the world around her. She loves her family, but she wants to control her own destiny.

Minnie was also out too, in her pretty winter costume.

We love Minnie.  She's always so nice.

We love Minnie. She’s always so nice.


Minnie signed Caroline's book too.

Minnie signed Caroline’s book too.

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney World in the Disney College Program: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale. It’s filled with advice about the DCP program and how to get the most out of your internship.
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and wrote about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney. We give advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship at Disney, 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.
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+Tal

Milestone – Our 500th Blog!

Our 500th blog posting!!

Our 500th blog posting!!

This week we published our 500th blog about Disney and being in the Disney College Program!

Our blog continues to grow with fans from around the world reading our posts (and commenting) about the DCP program and what we liked about working for Disney.

Almost 150,000 views from 122 countries around the world!

Almost 150,000 views from 122 countries around the world!

Thanks for visiting our blog and for all your nice comments!  We read every one.
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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney World in the Disney College Program: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale. It’s filled with advice about the DCP program and how to get the most out of your internship.
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and wrote about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney. We give advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship at Disney, 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.
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+Tal

2014: The DCP Blog in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog about your adventures at the DCP Program.

Happy New Years!

 

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 150,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Visiting Disney World in the Rain

No need to turn around and go home! Carry on!!

It’s raining, but there’s no need to turn around and go home!  Carry on!!  (Photo credit:  WDW Shutterbug)

No need to let a little – or a LOT – of rain, aka ‘liquid sunshine’, stop you from visiting Disney World…or make you leave the theme Parks early!

Summer downpour at the Magic Kingdom!

Summer downpour at the Magic Kingdom!

One of the great things about the DCP program is that you really become an expert on all the Parks of WDW. In no time at all, you know where the best place to park is and learn when the best time to visit to each Park is, even in the rain!

Walking around DAK in the rain.

Walking around DAK in the pouring rain.

We’ve toured Animal Kingdom in the pouring rain and not only had DAK all to ourselves, we had a blast! https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/touring-disneys-animal-kingdom-in-the-rain/

In our Disney ponchos.

With my CP friends in our Disney ponchos at Epcot.  I should have worn my sandals.

In order, the easiest Parks to tour in the rain are: Magic Kingdom (driest), Hollywood Studios (good), Epcot (OK), and Animal Kingdom (you’ll get very wet!).

Rainy season: June, July, August, September

Rainy season: June, July, August, September

Orlando gets more precipitation in June and July than we get all year at home (Boulder, CO).  But, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios all have many indoor attractions.

Take a look at the weather forecast during your stay. If there’s a fairly dry day predicted, plan to visit the Animal Kingdom on that day. While it does have sheltered venues, this is one Park that’s meant to be enjoyed outdoors. You will get very wet, even wearing a poncho, if you go there on a rainy day or if it starts to rain. And, there is very little covered seating for eating.

Buy disposable ponchos at the Dollar Store before you go to WDW!

Buy disposable ponchos at the Dollar Store before you go to WDW!

The good news is not everyone plans ahead and you often see visitors leaving the Parks in droves – almost running from the Park – once the rain begins. Just keep one safety issue in mind: when you pop on a poncho it doesn’t mean that you’re immune from lightning. If it’s thundering and lightning, stay indoors until the coast is clear.

If rain is in the forecast, when you arrive at the Park think about renting a locker. You can stow your rain gear in the morning when it’s not needed, and don’t forget to bring a plastic bag to store the wet rainwear later. If it’s really raining hard, plan on having soggy shoes/socks. A change of footwear for later on in the day may be a good idea.

Rainy day: no problem!

Rainy day at DTD: no problem!

The prospect of rain should not keep you out of the Parks (you won’t melt); all you really need to pack is a disposable poncho and flip-flops to make touring during a rainy day a breeze.  We liked using our collapsible umbrellas. The rain will scare plenty of local guests away, so a nice afternoon shower might be just the thing to lower the crowd levels to more manageable levels in the summer (less wait times!).

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: No Crowds!

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: No Crowds!

Here is a list of some of WDW’s indoor attractions, many of which have covered waiting areas:

October 2015:  A rainy afternoon at MK.  Look, no crowds!

October 2015: A rainy afternoon at MK. Look, no crowds!

Magic Kingdom:
Fantasyland: Dumbo’s Big Top Tent, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, It’s a Small World, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Winnie the Pooh, Prince Charming Carousel – all have covered waiting areas.
Adventureland: Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents – all great shows and all have covered pre-show/waiting areas.
Tomorrowland: Carousel of Progress, PeopleMover, Monsters, Inc., Stitch’s Great Escape, Buzz Lightyear.
Shopping on Main Street USA – All the stores are connected, so you can walk down a lot of Main Street inside, going from shop to shop.

Epcot:
Future World: Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Living With The Land Pavilion, Mission: Space, Sum of All Thrills, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Innovations, Soarin’, Captain EO, Spaceship Earth.
World Showcase:
‘O Canada’, American Adventure, ‘Impressions de France’, ‘Reflections of China’, Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride (Mexico).

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, Muppet-Vision 3D, Great Movie Ride, One Man’s Dream, Star Tours, Beauty and The Beast

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Finding Nemo: The Musical, Festival of the Lion King, It’s Tough to be a Bug

There's a lot of truth to this meme!!!

There’s a lot of truth to this meme!!!  Be prepared!

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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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Buying Our Book Everywhere in the World

You can buy the Kindle edition in the UK for £3.72.

You can buy the Kindle edition in the UK for £3.72

Our book is available all over the world now!

In Canada:   CDN$ 6.52

http://www.amazon.ca/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins-ebook/dp/B00NE1HAMS/

In the United Kingdom: £3.72

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins-ebook/dp/B00NE1HAMS

In Australia, where we have a lot of fans:  $6.41

http://www.amazon.com.au/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins-ebook/dp/B00NE1HAMS

In Germany:     EUR 4,70 (Kindle)

http://www.amazon.de/Girls-Mouse-Tale-English-Edition-ebook/dp/B00NE1HAMS

In France:  EUR 11,93 (paperback)

http://www.amazon.fr/Girls-Mouse-Tale-English-Edition-ebook/dp/B00NE1HAMS/

And at the Boulder Bookstore in Boulder, Colorado.

And at the Boulder Bookstore in Boulder, Colorado. $14.95

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney World in the Disney College Program: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale. It’s filled with advice about the DCP program and how to get the most out of your internship.
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and wrote about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney. We give advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship at Disney, 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.
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+Tal

2014 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Parade

Start of the parade

Start of the parade

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights in November and December.  Cast members can get discounted tickets (30% off) for the parties held in November.

Anna and Queen Elsa

Anna and Queen Elsa from Frozen (new parade addition for 2014)

We thought the nighttime parade was great, especially the new elements.  The gang from ‘Frozen’ was all there:  Kristoff in a horse-drawn sleigh, Olaf has his own float, and Anna and Queen Elsa ride along in an icy blue illuminated carriage.

Olaf is new to the parade this year.

Olaf is new to the parade this year.  He was great, waving and dancing to the music!

Our Magical Moment was when the girl next to Elly started yelling at Kristoff, and he waved wildly at her.  Elly turned and recognized her as the “friend of Anna” from Hollywood Studios!!

The snow machines on the rooftops were set to maximum!

The snow machines on the rooftops were set to maximum!  It was like a blizzard on Main Street!

The ‘snow’ machines were turned on high at the start of the parade and the buildings all along Main Street were illuminated in greens and reds.  The holiday music was so wonderful.  The smell of baking sugar cookies was in the air.  (Free cookies and hot cocoa are available at several of the restaurants from 7pm-Midnight.)

Mickey and minnie's float

Mickey and Minnie’s float

People were yelling and cheering at Mickey...

People were yelling and cheering at Mickey…

We loved seeing the toy soldiers marching in formation down the street!

LOVE these guys!

LOVE these guys!

And love these guys too!

Dancing reindeer…we love these guys too!

Video of the 2014 MVMCP parade:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaLKoeGPOSU

On Main Street after the early parade.

On Main Street after the early parade.  Not too crowded for a November night.

Almost midnight, time to leave!

Almost midnight, time to leave!

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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.

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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