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 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

Disney’s Cast Connection Hours and Location

Cast Connection Map

2340 Recycle Way

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COVID-19 Update:

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Phased reopening of Disney World begins July 11, 2020. We’ll let you know when Cast Connection reopens, but we’re thinking around July 1st!

March 20, 2020:  Cast Connection is currently closed along with the rest of Disney World Resort due to the coronavirus.

The food that Disney stocked Cast Connection with all came from the resort supply chain. With all the Disney resorts closed now, there was no food to restock the shelves.

Same with the weekly merchandise.  It all came from the parks and resorts.  (You’ll never see discounted merchandise ever in any of the Parks!)

However, when Disney World reopens, expect to see a flood of merchandise hit Cast Connection,  all of it 75 – 90% off.  All of the International Flower and Garden Festival merchandise from Epcot, all of the St. Patrick’s Day and Easter merchandise….expect to see crazy low pricing to get it moved out.

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March 27, 2020: US Disney Parks not be reopening at the end of March and will stayed closed now “until further notice”.

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Phased reopening of Disney Springs begins May 20th!

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cast connection hoursCast Connection’s address and phone number:

2340 Recycle Way

Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830

407-824-6369 (note: they rarely pick up the phone!!!!  Like NEVER!)

Don’t forget that there’s a Take an Additional 10% off coupon in your DCP Program Guide on page 79! 10% + 10% = 20% OFF!!!  🙂

It’s located off of Bear Island Rd. (turn right off of Western Way coming from Buena Vista Drive).

CPs can take the K bus there.

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CPs can take the K bus from their apartment to Cast Connection.

The Cast Connection building is located at the intersection of Western Way and Bear Island Road, near the massive Walt Disney World Tree Farm where a variety of plants, trees and shrubs are grown for use in the parks and resorts on property.  That is so cool to drive by!  Think of all the stuff Disney grows in there year-round!

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Welcome to the new Cast Connection

Western Way can be accessed from Buena Vista Drive between the entrances of the Coronado Resort and Blizzard Beach.

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Extended store hours

NOTE: You must be a Disney Cast Member, or a guest of one, to visit this little slice of shopping paradise.  You need a current Cast ID to check out.  Guests may pay for their purchases with their own funds, but they won’t get the 10% off additional CM discount.

Cast members can bring up to 6 (six) friends and family into Cast Connection and Property Control, but only cast members can go into the damages side of the building, which is now called ‘Mickeys Treasures’.

Cast Connection is a cast exclusive store that sells out-of-season or discontinued new merchandise, holiday merchandise, slightly damaged merchandise from the Parks (wrinkled/stained clothing), and some groceries (like what guests can buy at Fort Wilderness grocery store).

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Super good deals!!!! 🙂

We like to go there with CM friends at least once a year.

February 2018 finds:  Lots of Holiday and Marathon clothing and merchandise. Everything is at least 50-75% off listed price and you get an extra 10% CM discount at checkout.

Some recent store photos:

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Lots of 2017 merchandise. $3.99

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We saw Rivers of Light for the 1st time and were very disappointed. $9.99

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Holiday merch, $5.99

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Holiday lanyards, $4.99

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Frozen ornaments, $5.99

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D&B purses, 1/2 price

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Lots of toys, 75% off.

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Tons of Disney Marathon merch (Jan 2018) and also leftover merch from 2017 Food & Wine Festival at Epcot.

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Mickey’s Treasures: For current cast members only!!!

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The stuff for sale in this room is strictly for Disney Fanatics! It’s all artwork and furniture from the resorts. We bought some spoons from the Grand Floridian, 25 cents each!

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So much to look at…all priced to sell! Sofas, tables, chairs, lamps….

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Monitors, $5.00

Property Control, now known as ‘Mickey’s Treasures’, shares the space and sells decommissioned company items (industrial equipment, furniture from resorts, TVs, etc.), broken merchandise, and unclaimed lost and found items. Everything is 75-90% off the original price.  No additional CM discount at checkout.

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Cast members only allowed in here.

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Loaded with merchandise! We did buy some Pandora beads, 1/2 price.

The Grocery Section:  Healthy Food Options

The groceries available were: white/wheat sandwich bread, pasta, gallons of milk, OJ, butter (lb), cheese blocks (lb), yogurt, bottled water, cereal, eggs, HUGE bags of lettuce and chopped broccoli, 20 lb. bags of rice, fresh fruit by the piece (bananas, apples, lemons, limes, oranges, pineapples), and fresh vegetables (potatoes, onions). Some sliced deli ham ($8).

Food price examples:
Gallon of Milk: $3.25
Orange Juice: $2.50
Dozen eggs: $1.05
Bottled water: $1.00
Loaf bread: $1.50
HUGE industrial size bag of romaine: $4.00/bag
Oranges, Lemons & Limes: 0.20-0.50/piece
Whole Pineapple: $2.50

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Healthy food options

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Supporting Disney’s Health Pursuits options program.


Gallons of milk, $3.25  a gallon for Whole, 2%, Skim Milk

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Lots of OJ options, $1.00 – $2.50

Minute Maid Country Style Orange Juice, $2.50/0.5 gallon

Sliced cheese, $8/lb., dozen eggs, $1.05/dozen

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Bags of chopped lettuce, $4.00

Wheat and White Wonder Bread, $1.50/loaf

Pasta, $1/box

Fruit: 20 cents/piece, all excellent quality.  Pineapple/$2

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Bottled water $1.00

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New tsums tsums, originally $5.99, now $2.99

THE ONLINE AUCTION INFO

Several people have asked us about the online auction for Property Control.  There are a lot of really good deals to be had!

Here’s the info:

https://auctions.wdprpc.com/Home/Register

You must be either a current Cast Member or a WDW Vendor.

All property control auctions are held continuously online now (they used to be held a few times a year on the Cast Connection backlot).

Good luck with your bidding! There are a lot of Disney treasures listed!

🙂

Me:

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Hehehehe!!!

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EE_LogoGREAT DEALS AWAIT AT CAST CONNECTION & PROPERTY CONTROL

Disney’s Eyes & Ears Magazine

After more than 20 years in the Magic Kingdom Park area, Cast Connection and Property Control has found a new home off of Western Way behind Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Cast Connection is a great, onsite destination where cast members can purchase surplus or discontinued merchandise that was previously available within Walt Disney World Resort locations, as well as groceries. Anything from furniture to tableware that has previously been used across property is available for purchase within Property Control. Offerings within the location change frequently, so cast members should make visiting the stores a reoccurring item on their to-do list.

Cast Connection offers select groceries. From milk and eggs to fruit and cheese, Cast Connection can be more than just your source for unique Disney merchandise.

Based on availability, Cast Connection often carries some of the best-selling products within our stores like Disney Tsum Tsum plushes, holiday offerings, Disney Animator’s dolls and more! (All merchandise is subject to change and supplies are limited.)

Property Control offers company assets that were often previously used in Guest areas. This is a great way for cast members to get some great deals while reducing the number of items sent to a landfill.  

Also, cast members can bring up to six family members or friends when visiting the location. (Some areas of the store, such as Mickey’s Treasures and Property Control, are limited to cast members only, and those with a Spouse/Domestic Partner Main Entrance Pass only.) The relocation brings lots of great benefits for shoppers, including additional retail space, a dedicated parking lot, extended hours and the two stores now being under one roof.

Plan your visit to the new store: Sunday – Wednesday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. or Thursday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

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Biggest vinylmation I’ve ever seen!

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We’ll be back! We’re on to the Vera Bradley Outlet Store next!!!

And, don’t forget about Disney’s Character Warehouse over at the Outlets! Really great deals there too and cast members get a discount.  Everyone is welcome!

Disney’s Character Warehouse in Orlando

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You will need a basket! So many great deals!  Feb 2018.

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The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

Two Disney Sisters

Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

 

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2015

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Welcome to the Happiest Place on Earth!

We thought we would post a link to the Disneyland blackout dates for using cast member guest passes, in case family and friends are planning a visit to see you during your DCP program!

New official link to check on Blackout dates at all Disney Parks including Disneyland and California Adventure:  https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

May 22, 2015: the 60th anniversary celebration begins!

May 22, 2015: The eighteen-month long 60th Diamond anniversary celebration began!

2015 is the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland.  Special events are planned monthly.

A lot of attractions, restaurants, and rides were closed and underwent extensive refurbishment earlier this year prior to the May 2015 celebration launch, including the repainting and decorating Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  Disneyland looks beautiful!!

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2015:

Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year’s Day and the days around MLK Day)

Weekdays in February (minus the days around President’s Day)

The first week in March

Weekdays the second half of April

Weekdays in May

Weekdays the first week of June

The first half of September; weekdays for the remainder of September and October

Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)

Weekdays during the first two weeks of December

Lots of upcoming blacked out dates during the holiday season.

Lots of upcoming blacked out dates for guest passes during the holiday season.

Remember to always check if you can use your CM pass for yourself and guests!

The restrictions:  Remember to always check if you can use your CM pass for yourself and guests!

California Adventure Park: Upcoming blackout dates

California Adventure Park: Upcoming blackout dates

Worst Times to Visit Disneyland in 2015:

To check on the daily park crowd forecast, click here: http://www.isitpacked.com/live-crowd-trackers/disneyland/

MLK weekend: Jan. 17 – 19, 2015

President’s Day: Feb. 13 – Feb. 16, 2015

Spring Break and Easter: March 7 – April 12, 2015

60th Anniversary Kick-off:  May 22 – May 24, 2015

Summer: June 5 – August 16, 2015

Labor Day Weekend: Sept. 5 – Sept. 7, 2015

Columbus Day weekend: Oct. 10 – Oct. 12, 2015

Halloween weekend: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2015

Veteran’s Day: Nov. 11, 2015

Thanksgiving week: Nov. 21 – 29, 2015

Christmas week through the second week of the New Year: Dec. 19 – Jan.10, 2016

During blackout days, you can’t use your guest passes to swipe friends and family into the park for free.  Also, Disney limits the number of hotel rooms available for CMs to use their cast member hotel discount.

Read more at our Disneyland blog:  Disneyland Diamond Celebration

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Welcome to Disneyland!!  The castle got a fresh coat of paint – and bejeweled –  in February 2015.

New CPs can expect to get their guest passes about two weeks after getting their IDs (after completing Traditions class).

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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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Aloha Isle Swaps Locations with Sunshine Tree Terrace

Aloha Isle in its new, larger location.

Aloha Isle in its new, larger location.  Welcome Dole Whip fans!

Genius!  This location swap should have happened years ago!

New signage

New signage

Last week, Aloha Isle, home of the world famous Dole Whip, moved to a new, larger location in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.

Swapping places with the Sunshine Tree Terrace, you can still enjoy Dole Whip, Dole Whip Swirl, Dole Whip Floats, fresh spears of Pineapple, and Dole Pineapple Juice, in addition to other drink options. The Souvenir Tiki Mug is also still available.  Aloha Isle’s new location is next-door to the Tiki room, just across from the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

The ordering lines should move much faster now!

Guests wanting their Dole Whip fix always caused traffic problems here.

Guests wanting their Dole Whip fix always caused traffic problems here. 😦

The Sunshine Tree Terrace has moved to the Aloha Isle’s previous location across from the Swiss Family Treehouse. For years, Aloha Isle couldn’t handle the crowds with just two serving windows.  This caused congestion and a bottleneck of guests right in front of the treehouse.

Orange Dole Whip!

Orange Dole Whip!

But, no more!  Look at all the room it has!  Sweet! 🙂

We <3 Dole Whip!

We ❤ Dole Whip!

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip!!!

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip!!!

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Disney Bounding as Orange Bird!!!

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

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