The Avocado Margarita at Epcot’s La Cava del Tequila

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Ever since I first discovered Epcot’s La Cava del Tequila, I have wanted to try this Avocado Margarita!  It has a whole scoop of avocado and I know, I agree – it sounds super gross!  But I read some reviews that all say it’s worth a try!

So, I finally did it!  For $14.98, you get this drink…with all it’s delicious, creamy avocado glory.  It is SO good!
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It actually tastes like a delicious melon ball.  I kept telling my friends that it tasted like I was drinking a yummy “healthy” smoothie!100_7116My friends ordered the Pineapple margarita and the Pomegranate margarita.  I thought the pineapple one could have been more sweeter, but I’d also recommend the Pomegranate one!
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We ordered ours at the bar so we could walk around the world with it.100_7121Final review: definitely try the Avocado Margarita!! It was so refreshing to sip on as I walked around the world! 🙂

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DAK pin trading (2)

Pin trading at work, 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:

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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Selfie Sticks Banned at All Disney Parks Worldwide

June 30, 2015

June 30, 2015

As of June 30, 2015: Guests will not be permitted to bring selfie sticks into any of the Disney theme parks worldwide due to safety concerns imposed by the items being brought onto rides.

Disney said this in a statement:

“We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family, and unfortunately selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast. The use of selfie sticks also compromises our ability to deliver on The Four Keys Basics: Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency.”

Guest using a selfie stick on It's a Small World ride.  Nothing but trouble!

Guest using a selfie stick on It’s a Small World ride. Nothing but trouble!

Guest relations cast members will be assigned to the security screening areas in front of all of the parks to assist the security cast in dealing with guests trying to bring their “selfie sticks” in. If found, guests can opt to leave or they can check it with a guest relations cast member who will have the item stored, give the guest a ticket, and then guests may retrieve the item upon leaving the park later on that day.

Cute, but now banned at Disney Parks.

Cute, but now banned at Disney Parks.

Last week, the California Screamin’ attraction at DLR was stopped because a guest pulled out a selfie stick while the ride was in motion:

http://ktla.com/2015/06/25/disney-california-adventure-roller-coaster-stopped-after-rider-pulls-out-selfie-stick/

Testing the clearance on the new Mine Train ride in Fantasyland last year.  Selfie sticks can stick out further than this.

Testing the clearance on the new Mine Train ride in Fantasyland last year.  Selfie sticks can stick out further than this.

All rides are tested with an “Envelope of Protection”.  Selfie sticks can be extended beyond the safety point on many rides.

Video of testing Mine Train ride last April: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS2LNBYvtLw

The safety policy of keeping all hands, arms, and other items inside the ride vehicles has been in place at Walt Disney World for decades.

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Two Girls

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.

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.

The DCP Housing Internet

Bring a good router and an ethernet cord.

Previous advice:  Bring a good router and an Ethernet cable with you to Florida.

September 24, 2016 Update! Read this!!!

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Disney Housing is installing internet at all the housing complexes….SLOWLY!

This means that in the very near future, you will no longer need to bring a router with you to the program!  But, you still need to bring an ethernet cable and TV!

Every change has a positive and a negative side.

Positives:  Don’t need a router, faster internet service, faster streaming, able to take online classes from your university in your apartment and not have to go to Vista Way office.

Negatives:  Housing can control – and block – access to websites that it doesn’t like – sort of like high schools do.  We’re hearing that not all TVs work with the cable now and you need a smart TV.

We think that the faster internet service far outweighs any negatives for the vast majorities of CPs!  (Who exactly had all that time to be watching porn in their apartment???)

**The Tech Blog**

By now, probably everyone has heard that the internet connectivity and speed at DCP Housing is terrible.  There is no good internet connectivity in any of the apartments.

The nearest Starbucks has OK wifi, as does Panera.  If you need a quiet place with wifi, some CPs recommend trying the Vista Way Clubhouse, especially during the morning.

This is important if you like to stream movies, plan on taking an online class during your program, like to Skype with family and friends, maybe do a job interview or two….

We recommend that you bring a good router and an ethernet cord to the program.  Housing provides the apartment modem.

Let’s start with what internet speed you’re used to.

If you have Comcast, you can test it at: http://speedtest.comcast.net/

For other providers, just search “Checking Internet Speed for —“ for the link.

This is my speed for my home computer:

High Speed internet.

High Speed internet.  Perfect for downloading movies, gaming, etc.

Now, this is the speed at my apartment:

Literally 1/100th of the internet speed at home.  Terrible for uploading/downloading.

Literally 1/100th of the internet speed at home. Terrible for uploading/downloading.

You can buy a 3 month upgrade to 3mbps speed for $75.  So, for the five months of the Fall 2015 program, that’s $150.  Split between 4-8 people it’s not that bad…only about $1.00/day.

The flyer is outdated, the current upgrade speed is 3mbps.

The flyer is outdated, the current upgrade speed is 3mbps.

Call (407) 828-6400 for more info.

Router brand tip: WD My Net N900 HD DualBand Router for $59.99 from Staples.

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TV Listing Guide for the DCP apartments.

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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 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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The Pepper Market food court at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Welcome to the Pepper Market!

Welcome to the Pepper Market!

The Pepper Market is themed after a south-of-the-border outdoor marketplace with 7 serving stations serving American and Mexican food.

Self service counters

Self service counters

We ate breakfast there both mornings while staying at the Coronado Springs resort last weekend.

Dining room seats 400.

Dining room seats 400.

It’s huge (seats 400) and airy, very colorful and bright, especially in the morning.  The chairs, umbrellas, signs and artifacts on the walls all ooze with cheerful colors.

There are a lot of breakfast yummy options: Mickey Waffles, pancakes, French toast, eggs, omelets, breakfast burritos, and fresh bakery items if you don’t want a huge meal.

My Mickey Waffle with toppings.

My Mickey Waffle with toppings.

Location:  Coronado Springs – Main Building, El Centro

Food/Dining Type: American, Mexican

Breakfast Hours:  7am – 11am

Breakfast Entrees/Main Courses, June 2015

Biscuits & Gravy – Savory Sausage Gravy over Buttermilk Biscuits with choice of meat and potato – $6.99

Breakfast Frittata – Farm Fresh Eggs whipped with Cream Cheese and fresh Vegetables served by the slice with choice of Meat – $7.99

Buttermilk Pancakes – Three Buttermilk Pancakes with choice of meat and fruit compote – $7.99

Chorizo Hash and Poached Eggs – House made Potato and Chorizo Hash served with 2 poached eggs – $9.99

Cinnamon French Toast – Cinnamon Swirl French Toast with choice of meat – $8.99

Crème Brûlée French Toast – Cinnamon Swirl French Toast in a Vanilla Custard Crème served with choice of meat – $8.99

Grande Fiesta – Scrambled Eggs with Carved Ham, Bacon or Sausage and served with choice of potato – $9.99

Ham and Cheese Omelet – Diced Ham and Shredded Cheddar with home fries or roasted potato wedges – $7.99

Mexican Eggs Benedict Burrito – Whole Grain Tortilla filled with Egg, Ham and Cheese topped with Salsa Verde, and Sauce Choron – $8.99 [Recommended]

Mickey Waffles – 4 Belgium style Mickey Waffles with Fruit Compote and choice of meat – $7.99 [Recommended!!!  Yes please!]

Signature Scramble – Fluffy Scrambled Eggs with Ham, Onions, Peppers, Salsa, and Cheddar Cheese served with choice of meat and potato – $8.99

Southwestern Omelet – Ham, Peppers, Onions and Salsa topped with Cheddar Cheese served with home fries or seasoned potato wedges – $7.99

Veggie Omelet – Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Onions, Peppers, Squash, and Zucchini topped with Cheddar Cheese and Pico de Gallo served with home fries or potato wedges – $7.99

Side Dishes

Assorted Cereals – Individual bowl pack cereals – $1.99

Assorted Cut Fruit – Freshly prepared Fruit Salads and Grapes – $3.99

Assorted Muffins and Danishes – $2.99

Assorted Whole Fruits – Granny Smith Apples, Red Delicious Apples, Florida Oranges and Bananas – $1.29

Bowl of Oatmeal or Grits – Choice of Oatmeal or Grits with all the accompaniments – $2.99

Croissant – $2.99

English Muffin – $1.99

Granola Parfait – Low Fat Yogurt layered with Blueberries, Strawberry Compote, and Granola – $4.29

Toast – $0.99

Beverages

Assorted Fountain Beverages – $2.99

Café Latte – $3.89

Cappuccino – $3.89

Coffee – $2.99

Tea – $2.19

Espresso – $3.39

Double Espresso – $4.69

Flavored Cappuccino – $4.19

Milk, skim, 2% – $1.99

Orange Juice – $2.99

Souvenir Mug with Rapidfill:  unlimited refills on Fountain Beverages, Iced Tea, Coffee, and Tea at Disney restaurants during your stay – $17.99

The bf's cinnamon roll for breakfast.  So good!

The bf’s cinnamon roll for breakfast. So good!

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Two Girls

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.

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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The Grid @ The Commons Update

Coffee and ice cream!

Milk shakes!

I went over to The Grid @ The Commons apartments to get some hot food for supper and took some updated photos of what’s available there.

They are now carrying a few items for the apartments:  twin sheets, towels, and pillows!

Twin sheets, towels, pillows...

Twin sheets, towels, pillows…

Food items (zoom in for prices):

Fresh muffins, bagels, cookies, free jellies, $1.39

Fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, cookies, free jellies, $1.39-$1.99 [Late afternoon, mostly sold out.]

Grab & Go:  single serving items, $2

Grab & Go: single serving items, cereals, oatmeal, granola bars: $0.99 – $2

Cold items: Fruit cups, salads, sandwiches, dessert cups, $2 - $6

Cold items: Fruit cups, salads, sandwiches, dessert cups:  $2 – $6

Milk, cold cuts, etc.

Milk, cold cuts, etc.

Soups, crackers

Soups, crackers, cookies:  $1.79 – $3.99

Organic aisle

Organic aisle

Frozen items

Frozen items

Personal care items

Personal care items

Paper items, school supplies

Paper items, laundry items, school supplies

Fresh coffee bar, milkshakes too.

Fresh coffee bar (Starbucks brand)

Grand Opening Event for The Grid, February 2015: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/convenience-store-the-grid-opens-at-the-commons/

The Grid.com online for all your DCP apartment needs: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/the-grid-com-is-open-for-your-dcp-apartment-needs/

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 Two Girls

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.

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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Breakfast at Ohana at the Polynesian Resort

Enjoying a Character Breakfast at 'Ohana

Enjoying a Character Breakfast at ‘Ohana.  (Photo taken before being seated.)

Caroline and I used our 50% dining discount coupon to enjoy a character breakfast with Lilo & Stitch at ‘Ohana at the Great Ceremonial House.

The huge breakfast is served family style on platters, with the Disney characters of Mickey Mouse,  Lilo and Stitch visiting the tables.

We had a great time with the characters!

The food was so delicious!

The food was so delicious!  Sweet breads and fresh fruit.

Yum!

Yum!  Huge serving portions.

Mickey leading a parade of kids.

Mickey leading a parade of kids.

With Lilo.

With Lilo.

She was great!

She was great!

Having fun with Stitch.

Having fun with Stitch.

Elly & Hawaiian Mickey.

Elly & Hawaiian Mickey.

“Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch”

Polynesian friends invite you to join Mickey for autographs and pictures. A family photo is taken before you are seated. A photographer will bring the photo to your table during the meal for you to purchase if you wish.

Breakfast served 7:30am – 11am

‘All you care to eat’ sweet breads, potatoes, breakfast skillet meals, and fruits are brought table-side by servers.  Mickey waffles brought to you by another server.

The general price ranges for this breakfast meal are as follows:

Adult price range: $22.36-$26.62

Child (ages 3-9) price range: $12.77-$14.90

Tax is included; gratuity is not included. A standard, non-alcoholic beverage is included in this price.

Note that the price of this meal varies based on the time of year (peak seasons vs regular season), and even on the day of the week (weekday vs weekend).

Breakfasts Menu, April 2015

Seasonal Fruit Bowl for na Keiki

Breakfast Basket of Sweet Breads

The huge breakfast platter for the table includes:

** Hua Paka (Scrambled Eggs) – made fresh, hot & delicious

** Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes) – island-style potatoes, caramelized onions & scallions

** Pua’a (Pork) – pork breakfast sausage links & smoked bacon

** Seasonal Fruit

Mickey Waffles – brought tableside by a server with warmed syrup

Beverages:

Unlimited Juice, Milk, Tea, Cocoa, and Coffee – The house juice is a blend of pineapple, orange and guava

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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:

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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4th of July Celebrations at Walt Disney World

Mickey and Minnie on 4th of July

Mickey and Minnie at Epcot on 4th of July

Yes, it’s the most crowded day in July (which is the busiest attendance month at WDW), but, heck yes it’s a lot of fun!

Expect the parks to be packed, especially the Magic Kingdom, with crazy long ride lines and food lines, and just go with the flow. 🙂

Info for cast members

Info for cast members

Magic Kingdom

These impressive pyrotechnics are 15 minutes of explosive beauty rising not just above the Cinderella Castle, but all around the park. Independence Day is one of the few fireworks displays, along with the Halloween and Christmas versions, that utilize the perimeter bursts, making it seem like the fireworks are all around you. As you may expect, the display is accompanied by a rousing patrotic soundtrack that is designed to speak to the soul of America.

Unofficial Tip:  Think you’ll watch the fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian Resort? You and a lot of other folks! Disney will be checking room keys for beach guests on the 4th and parking will be restricted to resort guests only.

Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky fireworks over Cinderella Castle

Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

July 3, 2015:

9:00 pm – “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

Castle 4th of July

Expect special lighting on Cinderella Caste both before and during the show.

July 4, 2015:

9:00 pm – “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

Epcot

Goofy is from France, Donald from Mexico, Minnie from USA.

Statue of Liberty Minnie Mouse!

July 4, 2015: Throughout the day, Disney characters in their patriotic costumes will appear on the promenade near The American Adventure.

12:30, 1:45, 3:00pm – Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert (features an expanded cast performing a patriotic salute, including the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and Disney characters) – on the America Gardens Theatre stage.

4:15 and 5:00pm – Voices of Liberty inside the American Adventure Rotunda

10:00 pm – IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will feature “The Heartbeat of Freedom” fireworks show, a special 5-minute patriotic fireworks finale added onto illumiNations. [Note that this is 1 hour later than the usual 9pm IllumiNations show.]

Mickey and pals.

Mickey and pals.

New UP pin for the 4th of July!

New UP pin for the 4th of July!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

July 4, 2015:   10:15 pm – Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration: Fireworks with a rock n’ roll soundtrack will replace the new Frozen fireworks show for the evening.

July 4th fireworks at DHS

July 4th fireworks at DHS

Animal Kingdom

There are no special 4th of July events planned at Animal Kingdom. (There are never firework events at DAK as they would scare the animals.)

Downtown Disney

There are no special holiday events planned at DTD.

It's the 4th of July!  One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year!!

It’s the 4th of July! One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year at MK!!

4th of July treats this morning at the Chatham bus stop for CPs!!!

4th of July treats this morning at the Chatham bus stop for CPs!

Frosted sugar cookies!! :)

Frosted sugar cookies!! 🙂

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Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

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.

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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