Pineapple Promenade at the 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Pineapple Promenade at Epcot

Pineapple Promenade at Epcot

Pineapple Promenade at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival opened earlier this month to good reviews. We stopped by there several times last year during the 2014 F&G Festival for a snack and it was delicious!

The Coconut Rum Dole Whip is clear (left) and the Dark Rum Dole Whip is on right.

The Coconut Rum Dole Whip is clear (left) and the Dark Rum Dole Whip is on right. $8.75

If you’re hankering for an original Dole Whip (with or without the coconut rum!), veer towards the Canada side of the World Showcase Promenade.

CP Tip: Those craving a non-alcoholic Dole Whip might want to hold out for Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom or Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Village, as the portion size here is tiny for the price ($4.25).  But, if you are snacking your way ‘around the world’, then it’s perfect!

2015 Menu

The Pineapple Dog

The Pineapple Dog, $4.00

Pineapple Dog – Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Sriracha Mayo (NEW!), $4.00

Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-serve, $4.25

Pineapple Dole Whip Soft Serve with Sammy’s Beach Bar Red Head Macadamia Nut Flavored Rum (NEW!), $8.75

Pineapple Dole Whip Soft Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum (Comment: the CMs tend to skimp for the $4.50 rum upcharge.)

Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic), $3.00

Ace Pineapple Hard Cider (NEW!), $3.75

Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery, St, Petersburg,FL, $6.25

Berry Tea Cocktail with Twinings Cold-Brewed Mixed Berry Tea, $9.75

The 2015 menu with prices

The 2015 menu with prices

We <3 Dole Whip!

We ❤ Dole Whip!!!

Flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot

Flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot

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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

Bees Help Recycle Gingerbread Houses at WDW

Taking down the GF Gingerbread House in January 2015.

Taking down the GF Gingerbread House the first week in January.  The gingerbread is composted.

A behind-the-scenes look at what happens to all the gingerbread from the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House display when it is taken down in early January.

Royal icing used to glue the gingerbread pieces to the house.

Closeup of the Royal Frosting used to glue the gingerbread pieces to the house.

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Washing off the icing with plain water.

The house frame is reused every year.

The house frame is reused every year.

A busy bee

A busy bee

Cool video of the WDW bees working hard: Bees Recycle Disney Gingerbread

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Those same honey bees have a ball at the International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot in the spring!

Your favorite Disney gingerbread houses from the Walt Disney World Resort are shared with bees to help pollinate the spectacular flowers blooming right now during the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!  Come on by and see the spectacular flower displays!

30 million blooms!

30 million blooms!

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival

The F&G Festival is so beautiful!

The F&G Festival is so beautiful! (I took this photo on my cell phone!)

 

Going on now at Epcot through May 17, 2015.

Going on now at Epcot through May 17, 2015.

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Two Disney sisters.

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 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:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Riding the Disney Ferryboats

Transportation options at Disney World

Transportation options at Disney World

Transportation Options at Disney World

Part 3 of 3:  Riding the Disney Ferryboats

A Disney ferry boat leaving the Magic Kingdom

A Disney ferryboat leaving the Magic Kingdom

At Disney World, there are many transportation options for guests to use to get to the four parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) and to get to the many resorts on property.

Disney Water Transportation routes allow guests to travel throughout Walt Disney World Resort and to Downtown Disney Area for free.

Walt Disney World Water Transportation

Get where you’re going in grand Disney style: enjoy a leisurely cruise on a charming water launch or stately ferryboat. Sail around Walt Disney World Resort aboard a water launch or ferryboat for a fun cruise.  Water taxis and ferries sail to and from Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Deluxe Resorts.

All Aboard!

Take in the scenery and relax with welcome breezes as you sail around Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. Feel the wind in your hair and the magic in the air as you cruise Crescent Lake and Lake Hollywood. Water taxis and ferries sail to and from Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Downtown Disney area. Most routes run on 15- to 30-minute intervals.

Magic Kingdom Park

Accessible by water launch (also known as water taxi) from:

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Ferryboats connect Magic Kingdom park to the Transportation and Ticket Center.

Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Accessible by boat from:

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Downtown Disney Area

Accessible by ferryboat from:

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—French Quarter

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Hours of operation vary subject to water and weather conditions.

How to Use Walt Disney World Water Transportation

Getting where you want to go is easy when riding aboard Walt Disney World Water Transportation—including water launch, boat and ferryboat service to Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Downtown Disney area and select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Simply wait at one of the convenient and well-marked pickup points throughout Walt Disney World Resort. Your ride will then arrive—usually within minutes—ready to transport you to a variety of destinations. Keep in mind that certain destinations are not direct; you may be required to take a connecting mode of transportation to reach your destination.

For more information or further assistance, just ask a Cast Member!

(Today’s guest blogger is Chris Collins.)

 

Riding the Disney Bus

Transportation options at Disney World

Transportation options at Disney World

Transportation Options at Disney World

Part 2 of 3:  Riding the Disney Bus

Disney bus going to the Magic Kingdom

Disney bus going to the Magic Kingdom

At Disney World, there are many transportation options for guests to use to get to the four parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) and to get to the many resorts on property.

Disney Bus Transportation routes allow guests to travel throughout Walt Disney World Resort and to Downtown Disney Area for free.

Walt Disney World Bus Service

Relax and enjoy the ride with complimentary, air-conditioned bus service throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Save time, money and the hassle of driving and parking. Most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus. (Some routes may require a transfer between buses.)

Areas serviced include:

Disney Theme Parks

Disney Water Parks

Resort hotels

Downtown Disney Area

Complimentary transportation is available from one hour prior to Park opening until one hour after closing. In addition, complimentary transportation is also available for Guests traveling to the Downtown Disney area from their Resort hotel—running daily until 1:00 AM; between 1:00 AM to 2:00 AM, only outbound service from the Downtown Disney area to Resort hotels will be offered.

How to Use Disney Bus Transportation

Getting where you want to go is easy aboard one of our convenient buses, which service all of Walt Disney World Resort—including Disney theme and water parks, all Disney Resort hotels and the Downtown Disney area.

Simply wait at one of the convenient and well-marked pickup points throughout Walt Disney World Resort. Your ride will then arrive—usually within minutes—ready to transport you to a variety of destinations. Keep in mind that certain destinations are not direct; you may be required to take a connecting mode of transportation to reach your destination.

For more information or further assistance, just ask a Cast Member!

(Today’s guest blogger is Chris Collins.)

2015 Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot

2015 Epcot Egg Hunt Map

2015 Epcot Egg Hunt Map

Today is the launch of the 2015 Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot!

Epcot’s Egg-Stravaganza 2015

March 27th – April 5, 2015

Guests can purchase a map with egg stickers for $4.95, then find each hidden egg in the World Showcase and put a sticker on the map to mark the location. When you’ve completed your map, return it to Port of Entry in Epcot by April 30th for a special surprise!

Maps are available for purchase at Heritage Manor in the American Adventure Pavilion, Pin Central, World Traveler (International Gateway), and Plaza Towers (Port of Entry).

There are two additional elements to the Egg-stravaganza that make it easier to play. First, guests don’t need to complete the hunt for all the eggs (or even hunt at all!) to get their surprise. Second, maps don’t need to be redeemed until April 30th, allowing for an extended hunt over several visits.  🙂

Doing the Egg Hunt last year.

Doing the Epcot Easter Egg Hunt last year.

We went several times last year and had a blast looking for all the hidden eggs!

2014 Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot

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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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2015 Easter Eggs at the Grand Floridian

4th Annual Easter Eggs

4th Annual Easter Egg Display at GF

The 4th Annual Easter Egg Display show is going on over at the Grand Floridian now until April 10, 2015.

Cinderella carriage egg.

Cinderella carriage egg.

These nineteen 9-12 pound (!) chocolate Easter Eggs are created and crafted by Disney Chefs over the course of three weeks. Each egg is 16”-20” tall and decorated with “edible products such as modeling chocolate, fondant, sugar floral, royal icing, colored cocoa butter and sculpted sugar art pieces.”

Highlights this year is a golden coach from Cinderella and a chocolate fountain centerpiece.

The peguin fountain from the Vacation Villas.

The penguin fountain from the GF Vacation Villas.

This year's displays are distributed throughout the lobby, and not just confined to the main entrance. area.

This year’s displays are distributed throughout the GF lobby, and not just confined to the main entrance area.

So creative!

So creative!

Lady & the Tramp. One of Elly's favorites.

Lady & the Tramp, one of Elly’s favorites.

Back of egg.

Back of egg.

Tangled. Caroline's favorite.

Tangled. Caroline’s favorite egg.

Tangled, back.

Tangled, back.

Frozen, front.

Frozen, Queen Elsa front.

Frozen, back.

Frozen, back.

Midnight at the ball egg.

Midnight at the ball egg.

(Several of the photo credits:  Mousesteps)

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two-disney-sisters

Two Disney sisters.

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 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:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Jungle Cruise-Themed “Skipper’s Cantina” Restaurant Coming to the Magic Kingdom

Skipper's Cantina, opening Nov. 2015

Skipper’s Cantina, opening Nov. 2015

A new Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant is coming to Adventureland in November 2015 just in time for the holidays!  Finally, no more having to leave Adventureland to get something to eat for lunch or dinner.

Theme based on the nearby Jungle Cruise attraction.

Theme based on the nearby Jungle Cruise attraction.

Expected to be called Skipper’s Cantina, the restaurant is rumored to be offering counter service similar to the nearby Columbia House in Liberty Square or Pecos Bill in Frontierland, with entrees around $10.

We’re hoping the food will be similar to Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian and have a South Seas favor to it!

Hopefully, the menu will be more exciting than this!

Hopefully, the menu will be more exciting than this!

Elephant and other exotic meats probably won't be on the menu.  ;)

Elephant and other exotic meats probably won’t be on the menu. 😉

The new restaurant is expected to be themed around the near-by Jungle Cruise attraction. The back story would revolve around Jungle Cruise skippers being paid poorly by the Jungle Navigation Company (or Disney in real life, wink-wink) and needing to operate the restaurant to make a little more money.

The new restaurant replaces the old Adventureland Veranda, which closed in 1994.  Most recently, the location was used as Tinkerbell’s meet & greet area, the Magical Nook, until she moved to Main Street’s Town Square Theater in May 2014.

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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