Frozen at Hollywood Studios

After proving to be very popular with guests, Disney extended Frozen’s Summer Fun at Hollywood Studios well into the 2014 holiday season.

Wandering Oaken's Trading Post

Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post at Hollywood Studios

A little bit of winter in central Florida.

A little bit of winter in central Florida.

Having some cold ice cream, yes, it's a Mickey Bar!

Having some cold ice cream and,  yes, it’s a Mickey Bar!

Wandering Oaken's

Wandering Oaken’s Frozen merchandise

Olaf's as far as the eye can see...

Olaf’s as far as the eye can see…

Frozen rice krispie cookies

Frozen rice krispie cookies

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In the snow grounds.

At Wandering Oaken’s snowground. There was a cool app for smart phones here!

Do you want to build a snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman?

The snowground area was really cool – literally – with a lot of overly excited kids who had never seen snow before running around screaming.

The coolest part was the app you could download on your smartphone and it would add Frozen characters to your photo.

After visiting Wandering Oaken’s, we had FastPasses to see “For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration” playing in the Premiere Theater on the Streets of America next door.

https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/first-time-in-forever-a-frozen-sing-along-celebration/

Ice cream cart right outside the store.

Ice cream cart right outside Wandering Oaken’s.

On the Streets of America.  Not forzen today, it was 81 degrees!!

On the Streets of America. Not frozen today, it was 81 degrees!!

Anna and Elsa meet & greet

Meeting Frozen’s Anna and Elsa

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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.
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

2015 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Cast member ticket prices

Cast member ticket prices!  30% off!!

The dates for 2015 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party have been announced!

November 2015:  8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29*

December 2015: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18

Tickets went on sale April 8, 2015.

Public Ticket Prices:

Advance Ticket Sales – $74.00 plus tax age 10+, $69.00 plus tax age 3-9

Same-Day – $79.00 plus tax age 10+, $74.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance

Premium Night 12/18 – $82.00 plus tax age 10+, $77.00 plus tax age 3-9

Passholder Rates available 11/8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19; 12/1, 3, & 8 – Rates are $70/$65 plus tax

*Cast Members can get discounted tickets (30% off) to MVMCP for most nights in early November at the Company D Store.

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At MVMCP…so much fun!! The Cinderella Castle is just beautiful with the Dream Lights turned on!!

CP Tip:  The party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s ticketed guests in for the party starting at 4pm.  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom early and don’t forget to wear your Christmas sweater!  Even if it’s warm during the day, it can get very chilly in the park after the sun goes down!!!

At MVMCP party with friends:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/mickeys-very-merry-christmas-party-with-dcp-friends/

Special parade, snow falling on Main Street USA, Castle Dream Lights, free cookies and cocoa...all of it wonderful!!!

Special parade, snow falling on Main Street USA, Castle Dream Lights turned on, holiday music playing, free cookies and cocoa…all of it wonderful!!!

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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.

Dapper Day 2015

March 14, 2015

March 14, 2015

Dapper Day at the Park

Magic Kingdom, WDW

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dapper Day Events are meant to showcase you looking your best, and all manner of elegant attire is encouraged from vintage-inspired classics to chic contemporary looks.

It’s the perfect time to go Disney Bounding!  🙂

12 Noon:  Walking is so last century! Board the Peoplemover in Tomorrowland and let’s glide into the future together!

2pm: The Liberty Belle Bon Voyage!  Meet at the riverboat landing in Liberty Square for an elegant trip around The Rivers of America on this original attraction from 1971.

3pm: Island Escapes! Explore jewel-filled caverns, frontier forts, and other prime photo-op locations on Tom Sawyer Island. (Board the rafts near Big Thunder Mountain. Island closes at dusk.)

8pm: The Dapper Derby Race, Mary Poppins-style! Meet at Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel for a most elegant group ride!

9pm-Midnight: Join up for After Dapper Drinks!  Take the monorail over to Mizner’s Lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridian. Enjoy live jazz standards by the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra (performing until 9:40pm).

The Magic Kingdom will be open for all guests until midnight with Wishes fireworks at 10pm.  Resort guests will have park access until 2am for Extra Magic Hours!

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Dress your best!

(from http://dapperday.com/spring-2015-wdw-fl)

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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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12 Things to Do While Waiting for Your DCP Arrival Date to Come

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Soon!

It can be tough waiting for your DCP arrival date.

For many applicants, the wait time from the day you first apply online to your arrival date at the program will be 5-6 MONTHS!

The thrill of passing the online web-based interview (WBI), followed by the knowledge of nailing the phone interview (PI) fades as you impatiently wait for your arrival date to come!

CP Moment Accepting a Position

I’m on my way…

After accepting your internship, you still will have almost 4 months before arrival day!

Here are some ideas to pass the time:

1.  Make a Disney Bucket List

We kept a list with 50 tasks, but some CPs go all out and have lists of over 100 things they want to do while they are living in Orlando.

Our DCP Bucket List

2.  Think About How You’ll Get to Disney

Will you be flying there or driving your car?  (If you can bring your car, DO IT!)  Can any family members come with you and help get you get settled into your new apartment?

3.  Disney University Classes

Look over all the classes offered at Disney University during your internship and decide if any of them interest you.  Select a couple of choices as the most popular ones fill up fast and you might get wait listed. (The options for this changed in July 2015.)

4.  Contact Your University

Once you’ve accepted your DCP offer, let your academic advisor know that you’ll be taking a semester off, especially if you’re close to graduating.  If you’ve decided to take a class at Disney University, see if your college will give you credit for it.  Typically, colleges will give 3 credits for a Disney University class (but you must pass the class!).  If you’re a hospitality major, etc., some colleges may also give you 3-5 credits for the DCP internship experience.

5.  Wear a Disney Shirt     

It’s never too early to get in the Disney frame of mind and start your Disney clothes collection.  You’ll need at least a few Disney t-shirts to wear at the theme parks.  And, if you plan on Disney Bounding, it takes a while to get those outfits together!

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6.  Use Your Disney Mug Every Morning

Make Mondays “Mugshot Mondays” and take a photo of your favorite drink in a Disney mug – the one you’ll be bringing with you to the program!

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Love playing this CD in my car!

7.  Listen to Disney Music

We recently bought the NOW Disney Princess soundtrack and we love it!  We also have all the songs from other Disney movies on our iPad and listen to them while chillin’.  You might as well learn the words to all the Disney songs while you’re waiting for arrival day! (♪♫♪ Under the sea..♫♪♫)

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A few of our Disney movies…

8.  Have a Disney Movie Night

Who doesn’t own at least 10 Disney movies?  OK, maybe some of them are on VHS and maybe this is a good time to think about asking for some newly-released straight from the Disney Vaults DVDs or Blu-ray Disney movies or, even better, the multi-feature set with a digital copy!

Watch at least one Disney movie every week, especially any that you haven’t seen in years.  The Disney Channel runs movie marathons on the weekends all the time.

9.  Buy Some Trader Pins

Even if you don’t think that you’ll be collecting any Disney pins, everybody does!  How can you pass up pins of your location (i.e., Animal Kingdom) or attraction (i.e., Haunted Mansion), especially the limited edition holiday-themed ones??!!  We know we couldn’t!

10.  Buy a New Camera

Buy a new camera – or upgrade your smartphone – and learn how to take great photos and share them.  Your family and friends will want to see what you’re up to at Disney.

11.  Start a Blog

Start blogging – written or video – about the DCP months before you get there.  It’s a great way to connect with other CPs who will be in your program, and to stay connected with family and friends while you’re living in Florida.  You might find someone who you want to be roommates with!

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12.  Join a DCP Facebook Group

There’s the official DCP Facebook page, of course, but the fun pages to follow are the unofficial DCP groups.  Find one linked to your program or arrival date and make some new friends!

Spring 2016 DCP Facebook Group

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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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See you real soon!  Your new friends will be waiting there for you!

2015 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Cast member discounted prices!

Cast member discounted prices!  30% off!!!

The dates for 2015 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party have been announced!

September 2015: 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27*

October 2015: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31**

November 2015:  1st

Hours: 7:00 pm – Midnight

Boo To You Parade at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm

HalloWishes Fireworks at 9:30 pm

Tickets went on sale April 8, 2015.

So fun!

So fun!  Taking photos on Main Street USA.

Public Ticket Prices:

All September dates & 10/1*: $68.00 plus tax age 10+, $63.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $74.00/$69 same-day

All October dates & 11/1: $74.00 plus tax age 10+, $69.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $79/$74.00 same-day

10/31 (Halloween)**: $87.00 plus tax age 10+, $82.00 plus tax age 3-9 (Note:  Always sells out first!)

*Cast Members can get discounted tickets (30% off) to MNSSHP for most nights in September at the Company D Store.

**Tickets for Halloween night always sell out early!

CP Tip:  The party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s guests wearing costumes in for the party starting at 4pm.  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom early and storing your costume in the lockers near the entrance.  At 4pm, change into your costume and have your photo taken on Main Street!

 At the 2014 MNSSHP party:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party-2/

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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.

Convenience Store “The Grid” Opens at The Commons

Mickey came to the Grand Opening!

Mickey came to the Grand Opening!

This morning marked the grand opening of the first-ever on-site convenience store, The Grid, for Disney Housing at The Commons apartments.

Mickey Mouse cut the red ribbon to officially open the store. Special giveaways, tastings and photo opportunities added to the excitement of the day.

Soda machine!

Soda machine!

Healthy choices.

Healthy choices.

Prices are between Walmart & Walgreens prices.

Prices are between Walmart & Walgreens prices.

Coffee and ice cream!

Coffee and milk shakes!

The Grid will operate extended hours seven days a week until 1 a.m., and offers a wide array of hot and cold food items, health and beauty products, and coffee and assorted beverages.

We lived at The Commons during our second DCP internship and this is exciting news indeed!!!

Disney Housing tweeted about the grand opening.

Disney Housing tweeted about the grand opening.

(from https://disneyprogramsblog.com/first-ever-convenience-store-opens-at-the-commons/)

If you’re interested in what our 1 bedroom apartment at The Commons looked like, here are some photos:

https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/our-new-apartment-at-the-commons/

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Two GirlsWe 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=1409410046&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.

Disney Traditions Class

Attending Disney Traditions classes with Caroline.

Attending Disney’s Traditions class at Disney University in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Caroline is ready for class.  🙂

Now, for those of you who have no idea what Disney’s Traditions Class is – it’s one of most amazing training experiences!

It’s required that every Disney Cast Member take this class. It’s not only full of Disney history, but also legal information and explains what Disney Guest Services is including the 4 keys that we will live and work by.

CP Moment:  Learning the Four Keys.

CP Moment: Learning the Four Keys.

During the class, they go over the 4 Key Basics that Walt Disney invented and are the basis of how to be an excellent Disney employee. The 4 Keys are: Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency.

But, the key ingredient to the company’s success is above-and-beyond great guest service and the personal touch, aka “pixie dust”, that we must provide to all the guests.

During the training course, there were a lot of lectures, powerpoint presentations, and videos of Disney history, benefits, and legal information.  To demonstrate the ‘Basics’, we all got up and were put on a bus. It seemed so random.  We were driven right to the entrance to the secret tunnels at Magic Kingdom. That was really cool to see!!!

We walked around Main Street USA and Fantasyland while wearing “whisper ears”, meaning we had an earbud in our ears to listen to the instructor as he lead us around. It felt pretty VIP. (That way none of the Park guests knew we were there in training. The leader looked straight ahead as he walked and talked, not looking at us trailing behind him.)

We had to come up with examples of how “Safety” was demonstrated in the Parks, like the use of guard rails on bridges, etc.

CP Moment

CP Moment

After we got back to the classroom, when we were almost done, we heard a knock at the door. This part is secret, so we won’t say more….but have some Kleenex ready!

It gets you right in the feels!!!

At Disney Casting, finding Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

At Disney Casting after Traditions, we found Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

After Traditions, we went over to Disney Casting to get fingerprinted, etc., and I found a Hidden Mickey in the sparkles on the wall! 🙂

We were now officially employees of Disney and could log onto the portal!!

We were now officially employees of Disney and could log onto the portal!!

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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