Disney Alumni Association Update

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Hello DCP Alumni!

We are very excited to share some great things we have planned for you!

Throughout the next year, we will roll out exclusive opportunities to stay connected with Disney, network and receive professional development.

Here’s a little bit of what is coming your way:

Disney Alumni Networking Series – Opportunities to learn “What’s New” and “What’s Happening” with a wide range of Cast Members and employees from around The Walt Disney Company

Recruiter Roundtables – Virtual discussions with Recruiters from across The Walt Disney Company sharing tips and best practices to help you on your professional journey

Virtual Scavenger Hunts…and other cool activities

Quarterly Newsletters

Next Alumni Reunion Event:  January

Next Alumni Reunion Event: January 15 – 17, 2016!!!!!!!!  We’re going!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And…More Homecoming Events!!

We will be sharing lots more information and details about these events in the next few months so make sure you have added our email address to your contacts so that you don’t miss out!

In the meantime, join our Official Group on Facebook to connect with over 10K Alumni from around the world!

Thank you for being a valued Alumnus and we are looking forward to sharing exciting Alumni Association information with you in the future!

Until then, have a great spring!

Join the Alumni Group at:  www.dcpalumni.com

Free goodies from the DCP Alumni Association!

Free goodies from the DCP Alumni Association!

Sincerely,

Kristi Breen

Vice President, Disney International and Campus Programs and DCL Recruitment

The Walt Disney Company

www.DisneyCollegeProgram.com

(If you’re interested in seeing what the Fall 2014 Alumni Homecoming celebration was like, click here: Fall 2014 DCP Alumni Reunion )

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More DCP Alumni pins.

More DCP Alumni pins. (We have 2 of this one.)

And this one too.

And this one too.

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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. 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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Mattel Drops Sea World Barbie

This is not a good role model for anyone.

This is not a good role model for anyone.

Living for a year in Orlando during our Disney College Program, we had many opportunities to visit Sea World, which was literally just a few miles down the road from our DCP apartment.

But, we didn’t.  I don’t think that we will go there again until they free the orcas and other large captive marine mammals like dophins.

We hope that the US government continues to rule against Sea World and their wildlife permit, making them return the wild-caught animals back to the oceans that they came from.

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The SeaWorld barbie doll has been tossed overboard.

Mattel confirmed Friday that its licensing agreement with SeaWorld will not be extended. SeaWorld has come under fire for its treatment of killer whales, or orcas, after the sharply critical documentary “Blackfish” aired in theaters in the summer of 2013 and then on CNN in the fall of that year.

The toy giant had previously made SeaWorld-branded toys, including the Barbie Baby Animal Rescuer Playset and the Barbie Antarctica Penguin Fun Playset. Both featured a Barbie doll wearing a SeaWorld outfit and were sold on the animal theme park’s website.

A spokeswoman for Mattel did not elaborate on why the company decided not to renew its contract, which expired at the end of last year. But animal rights activists claimed it as a victory.

Attendance at SeaWorld parks, which are located in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio, has declined since Blackfish premiered, and Southwest Airlines dissolved its 26-year-long partnership with the company.

The stock price also has gone into a tailspin, falling roughly 48% since the documentary debuted.

Blackfish recounts the 2010 death of veteran SeaWorld trainer who was killed by a whale named Tilikum. It challenges the concept of keeping killer whales for entertainment and suggests that Tilikum had been driven to madness by captivity.

SeaWorld has been pushing back against its critics, namely the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The company unveiled a new advertising campaign last month aimed at “setting the record straight on false accusations by activists who oppose whales and other animals in zoological settings.”

SeaWorld has accused PETA of spreading “misinformation” and “inaccuracies” about its treatment of animals. In a statement, SeaWorld said it was “disappointed” in Mattel’s decision. “Particularly disappointing is that the decision appears to be based on complaints from PETA, an extremist organization that works to close zoos and aquariums,” the company said.

PETA issued a statement on Friday praising Mattel for not renewing its deal with SeaWorld and calling on other companies to “drop this orca-abusing park like a hot potato.”

“With people worldwide appalled by SeaWorld’s cruelty, Mattel’s decision to stop promoting the park is a smart one,” said PETA vice president Tracy Reiman. SeaWorld did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read more at: http://fox5sandiego.com/2015/04/27/mattel-drops-seaworld-themed-barbie-doll/

Related:

Jane Goodall: SeaWorld ‘should be closed down’

http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/28/news/jane-goodall-seaworld/

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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.

Cinderella Castle Mosaic Murals

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Walking through the Cinderella Castle into Fantasyland

The mosaic murals at Cinderella Castle are lovely. They tell Cinderella’s story of finding true love.

There are five mosaic murals that line the wall along the corridor that passes through the Cinderella Castle, each measuring fifteen feet high and ten feet wide.

Installing the mural, 1970.

Installing the murals, 1970.

These murals took 2 years to install!

These murals took 2 years to install! One million bits and pieces of glass laid by hand!

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Those shiny yellow tiles are real gold!

The mosaic murals took over one million hand cut and shaped pieces of glass, bits of real gold and silver, and numerous “jewels” to complete.

More than 500 glass colors were used in the designs and the entire process took two years to complete.

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Cinderella’s going to the Prince’s Ball with the help of her Fairy Godmother’s magic.

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If the shoe fits….

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True love…and they lived happily ever after! 🙂

The Cinderella Castle is the crown jewel of Walt Disney World. 🙂

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The Partners statue in front of the Cinderella Castle

Throwback Thursday:  1996 Visiting the Cinderella Castle for the second time!

Throwback Thursday: 1996
Visiting the Cinderella Castle for the second time!

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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.

Making a Magical Moment for a Special Guest

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean at Adventureland

Making a Magical Moment for Guests:  It’s what we do!

This was posted on our DCP blog this morning….A Magical Moment for two Magic Kingdom guests.

I found your blog while looking for a Disney cast member. My 16 year old daughter with Down syndrome met Thomas the pirate at the entrance to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction on 4/22/15 between 7pm and 9:30 pm, if I’m not off on the time.

Thomas was wonderful with my daughter and gave her a ‘no strings attached’ paper good for a Mickey ice cream bar with a Disney princess showing at the top. Amber was so impacted by Thomas that on the way out that she asked to keep the slip and not get the ice cream so she could keep it to remember Thomas.

If you or someone else reading this knows cast member Thomas please thank him for teenage princess Amber and her mom for the priceless memory of that night.

Amber still talks of pirate Thomas and she put her no strings attached paper in her scrapbook to always remember him. G.C.

CP Thomas with his special Disney guest Amber.

CP Thomas with his special Disney guest Amber.

We posted the message on the Spring 2015 facebook wall and within 5 minutes several CPs had tagged Thomas and said what a great CP he is!

We contacted the guest and gave her the email address to Disney Guest Services so that Thomas can get officially acknowledged at work.

Disney cast members are the best!

Disney cast members are the best!  🙂

Link to thank a Disney cast member is:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/ways-to-be-kind-to-cast-members/
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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

Having a Starbucks Drink at Disney World

Getting a Starbucks drink at DTD.

Getting a Starbucks drink at DTD.

When facing a 12+ hour day at the parks, who couldn’t use a Starbucks coffee to start the day out right??

There are 6 Starbucks locations on WDW property:

This Starbucks is HUGE and the line moves very fast!

This DTD Starbucks is HUGE and the line moves very fast!

Downtown Disney West Side (9am – Midnight) Opening on May 30, 2014, this unusual store is one of just four company-owned Starbucks in Disney properties around the world.  Besides being the largest Starbucks we’ve ever been in, it also has an interactive display that shows a “chalk” outline of customers that walk in front. Even cooler, the display connects to a sister store at the Downtown Disney property in Anaheim, CA.

The Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks now serves beer and wine (part of the “Starbucks Evenings” program) – a first for any Starbucks in the state. They also have a cool grass art work piece (see photo above) and a fire for cold nights. Great place to sit back and relax from all the disney craziness.

Starbucks and Disney gift cards accepted.

Yes, please!

Yes, please!

DTD Marketplace (10am – Midnight) Starbucks kiosk inside World of Disney at the DTD Marketplace.  Limited drink menu.

Starbucks and Disney gift cards accepted.

Main Street Bakery Starbucks

Main Street Bakery Starbucks – Our favorite Starbucks at WDW!

Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom (9am – Closing) Opening in June 2013, this is a great place to stop in on the way down Main Street and top off your day with a cup of coffee or even a tasty treat!  Enjoy Starbucks espressos and coffees, specialty beverages, savory breakfast sandwiches and an assortment of delicious Disney-made sweets.

Disney gift cards accepted, Starbucks gift cards not accepted.

Our afternoon place to take a break.

Our favorite place to take an afternoon break at Epcot.

Fountain View at Epcot (9am – 9pm) Opened September 4, 2013 after a major remodel.  We like stopping in here in the afternoon when we need a caffeine pick-me-up.

Disney gift cards accepted, Starbucks gift cards not accepted.

Trolley Car Cafe Starbucks

Trolley Car Cafe Starbucks at DHS

The Trolley Car Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (9am – Closing):  This Starbucks opened on February 6, 2015 to enthusiastic crowds. The Trolley Car Café is themed as a classic trolley car station and gives guests a sense of early 20th century Hollywood atmosphere.

Disney gift cards accepted, Starbucks gift cards not accepted.

A hot cocoa on a cold day.

A hot cocoa on a cold day.

Animal Kingdom Creature Comforts Starbucks is Now Open! (9am – Closing): This Starbucks is in the former Creature Comforts location.  This newest Starbucks location has DAK park-themed décor, unlike traditional Starbucks locations.  Roar!

Starbucks Creature Comforts

Starbucks Creature Comforts in now open!

Read our review from opening day: Animal Kingdom Creature Comforts Starbucks is now open for business!  Breakfast is available!

Disney gift cards are accepted.

Starbucks + Disney = Happiness!

Starbucks + Disney = Happiness!

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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 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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Disney College Program Purple Welcome Postcard

imageI’m so excited to finally receive my purple DCP Welcome postcard!  My arrival date is so close!

May 26th – Disney World here I come!!!

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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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Mickey Mouse and Friends to Wear Sparkling New Ensembles for Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration

We do NOT understand their new outfits! It doesn't match the silver and blue colors of the Diamond Celebration at all!!

We do NOT understand their new outfits! It doesn’t match the silver and blue colors of the Diamond Celebration at all!!

We’ve already shared some of the sparkling new decor, entertainment and merchandise coming for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration beginning May 22, 2015 and going through September 5, 2016!

We’re excited to tell you that some of Disney’s biggest stars will also sparkle for the celebration!

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Their new 60th Diamond Anniversary costumes!

Throughout the 60th Diamond Celebration, Disneyland park guests will have the chance to see Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Chip and Dale in dazzling new duds in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A.!  Welcome!!

Why aren't their new outfits Silver & Blue like this??

Why aren’t their new outfits Silver & Blue like this??  In the merchandise video below, all the merchandise is Silver & Blue.

Interested in all the 60th Anniversary merchandise?  Here’s a sneak peek!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_0MTnAkuEw

Sleeping Beauty's Castle looking beautiful in the sunlight.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle looking beautiful in the sunlight.

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Very pretty.

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Cast members bring the magic to Disneyland!

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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 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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