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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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

book Two Girls

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 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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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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).

Mickey Waffle

Fruity Pebbles Mickey Waffle!

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 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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Lunch

Two Disney Sisters

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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Lava: A Pixar Short Film

Lava

Lava, singing in the Pacific Ocean somewhere.

Playing in front of Disney’s new movie, “Inside Out”, is an excellent 5 minute Pixar short film: Lava.

LAVA, a Pixar movie (5 minutes): LAVA

Watch the 1 minute preview here: LAVA Preview

Lava’s “I Have A Dream” song is available on iTunes:  I Have A Dream Song

Lele, Lava's true love.

Lele, Lava’s true love.

Interview with the director of Lava, James Ford Murphy:

Entertainment Weekly: Anyone who has ever visited Hawaii or Tahiti or any of the Polynesian islands knows there is an overwhelmingly enchanting quality about them—they are literally what we think of when we hear the word paradise. Where did this idea originate?

James Ford Murphy: When I got married in 1989, my wife and I honeymooned on the Big Island in Hawaii and that completely captivated me. The Big Island has an active volcano called Kilauea. Then about 12 or 13 years ago my wife and I were watching an episode of ER that featured a version of a song that I new so well from The Wizard of Oz called “Over The Rainbow.” But this was sung by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. And I was absolutely floored when I heard that version and I never forgot it.

That’s been in many films and TV shows. Such a heartbreakingly sweet version of “Over the Rainbow.” I think it’s meshed with “What a Wonderful World,” too?

Correct. So when it came time for me to sit down and really think about ideas for short films, I went to this very special place in my heart for tropical islands, active volcanos, and this song. And I thought, what if I could write a song that made me feel the way that song did the first time I heard it.

The short is essentially a music video performed by a singing island.

That was one of my goals, to see if could I tell a story that’s told completely in a song. With a ukulele that kind of drives the emotional beat of the whole piece.

What was the pitch process like getting your short film made at Pixar? Did you just barge into John Lasseter’s office and drag Ed Catmull in and play them a love song?

Basically, yeah! I did. It was a song that I’d written, and every time I pitched it I would sing the entire song on ukulele. I didn’t know how to play the ukulele before this, but I knew how to play the guitar.

As you’re performing it in pitch meetings, are you stopping mid-song to say “Okay, now here’s what you’re seeing while this part of the song plays”?

No. I did about 25 drawings and I would have somebody there with me that would kind of roll the drawings and those tell the story. I didn’t want to break out of the song ever, once you’ve captivated them. People were so stunned that I was singing to them. As you said, it’s just John Lasseter in a conference room, and me singing straight to him, but once you get that engagement, you don’t want to let go of it, you know?

Did the song get rewritten many times during the production process?

Once the story was green-lit, the structure of the song never really changed but the lyrics changed a bit here and there as the story evolved.

Tell me about the two singers that you have in the short, Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig. What was the process like getting them into the rocky skin of these characters?

So when I first pitched this, I promised that this would be sung by traditional Hawaiian singers, and so one year after we were green-lit all I did was listen to Hawaiian music. We found out when Kuana and Napua got [to the recording session] that they actually grew up together and they were in hula school together. And they’re what they call hula brother and sister. So it was really one of those serendipitous things that we were very lucky to get them and have this wonderful recording session that the whole film kind of embodies.

Did they contribute anything to your thinking about the story and the music and the depiction of the islands—because you are not from Hawaii, right? You were raised in Detroit?

That’s right, I’m from Detroit. And they contributed I a lot vocally… When I sing the song I’m, you know, very—

You don’t bring any Motown to it do you?

No… [laughs] I did whatever I could to just get the idea across and to get the emotion across. But I don’t have a beautiful voice like they do. The reason we picked them both is because both their voices sound like they could come from the earth. That there is a very powerful quality to both their vocals.

The main character is Uku. He’s a volcano. He’s anthropomorphic in the sense that his face moves but he’s rooted to the earth in the middle of the sea. He’s big and when we first meet him he’s lush and lovely. I thought the vegetation around his arms and his torso looked like a big green sweater. And he has this volcanic crater that’s angled, almost looks like a crew cut. I kept thinking of Ernest Borgnine. And I wondered if that was an inspiration for you on the human side?

[Laughs] No, it wasn’t, but I could totally see that. You know some of the inspirations for us, besides Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, was Kuana, the singer—we looked at him a lot for inspiration. As well as, believe it or not, Jackie Gleason. Jackie Gleason is a huge inspiration, not just for his personality, but the way he uses his face. There’s just some amazing eye movements.

Did you take inspiration from any places?

We looked at a lot of places, in particular with Uku, we really looked at the Waimea Canyon in Kauai, we looked at the sea cliffs of Molokai a lot. We looked at Hanalei Bay.

The other character in Lava is Lele. Uku is singing but he is alone above the surface of the ocean and he’s hoping to find a companion, but he can’t see anyone. But we see below the surface, there’s this other formation that’s coming together.

I did an incredible amount of research into the geology of the Hawaiian islands and that’s what inspired this love story. And the geology tells us that all of these islands are formed by a hot spot on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. As the tectonic plates move over this hot spot these volcanoes form and as these volcanoes slide three-and-a-half inches a year, they eventually slide off that hot spot and erode back into the sea.

Isn’t The Big Island over the hot spot right now?

That’s why it’s the biggest island and the newest and has the most activity. Whereas Kauai and Niihau are the oldest islands. That is why they are so eroded and have so much character. And I just found that so beautifully profound. As I continued my research, I found out there is an underwater volcano just off the coast of the big island called Lo’ihi that’s expected to reach the surface and join the big island in the next 10,000 to 100,000 years.

There’s your story!

That’s where I was thinking, “Oh my God, does Lo’ihi know The Big Island is there? And does The Big Island know Lo’ihi is there?”

What about personal experiences? Did anything like that inspire Lava?

Right around the time I was contemplating all this, my sister was getting married at the age of 43. That’s really where I had this epiphany when I saw my sister up there on the altar and I thought about how long she’d waited. So that was kinda taking geology or science and making it more poetic.

Read more at: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/06/17/pixar-lava-behind-scenes-love-story

i-lava-you-pin  LAVA

One of my favorite pins! ❤

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Brand new LE “I Lava You” MagicBand for Valentine’s Day!

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Uku

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Dole Aulani Two DIsney Sisters

At the Dole Plantation on Oahu.

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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Aloha!

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Disney Policy on Tattoos, Nails, Rings, and Jewelry for QSFB Roles: The Disney Look

The Disney Look: Nails & nailpolish

The Disney Look for Nails & Nail Polish:  You must always be “Good Show” at work.  Cast members in QSFB roles may NOT wear nail polish at work.

The Disney Policy for QSFB Roles:
In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment and comply with State-mandated regulatory food standards, all Cast Members working in Food & Beverage and Merchandise positions that prepares and/or serves food and beverages are required to abide by the Food & Beverage Nail and Jewelry Policy:

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Nails must be kept trim! Nails may only extend 1/4″ beyond fingertip (less than what is pictured here).

* Keep fingernails trimmed and filed (not to extend beyond the tip of the finger, see Figure #1 above.)

* No wearing fingernail polish and/or artificial nails

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Approved nailpolish colors for non-QSFB roles. No nail art, stickers, or rhinestones are allowed on nails even if the color is OK.

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October 28, 2019 Jewelry Update:  Starting today, cast members will now be able to wear a single bracelet and a single necklace. Previously, necklaces and bracelets were not permitted, with cast members only having the option to wear rings/wedding bands, simple earrings, and a classic business-style wristwatch.

Note:  Cast members in QSFB and Safety Critical roles still can not wear bracelets or necklaces.

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Good Show

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Bad Show

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Good Show

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Bad Show

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No Jewelry Rule:  QSFB and Safety Critical roles may not wear jewelry on arms or hands, including wristwatches and medical information jewelry.  Acceptable options for medical jewelry include necklaces and ankle bracelets.

  • Rings:  The jewelry exception is a plain (commitment) ring, without stones, raised designs or jagged edges.  Wedding bands without stones are acceptable.  Only 1 ring allowed.
Nope, not allowed for QSFB roles.

Nope, tattoos below the elbow are NOT allowed for QSFB roles as they can not be covered with make-up.  You must tell your recruiter if you have such tattoos, no matter how small.

Tattoos: If you have a tattoo below the elbow, make-up may not be worn to cover the tattoo since it can potentially contaminate food, equipment, utensils or unwrapped single-service articles. Furthermore, the Food Code requires that food employees shall wash their hands and exposed portions of their arms immediately before engaging in food preparation including working with exposed food, clean equipment and utensils, and unwrapped single-service articles and other times.

Additionally, from an on-stage appearance perspective, if the tattoo is above the elbow, a Company authorized costume/shirt or opaque makeup (for small tattoos) may be worn to conceal the tattoo. Tattoos on other exposed portions of the body can be covered with the costume or, for small tattoos, opaque makeup, provided on-stage appearance guidelines are followed.

Female cast members in non-QSFB roles may wear neutral colored nail polish at work:

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Good Show:  Acceptable neutral colors for nail polish at work.  No decals or charms are allowed on the nail.

Male cast members may not wear nail polish at work, including clear nail polish.

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Read more about the Disney look for cast members:

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The Disney Look

Read more about the specific Disney Look and questions:

Disney Look for Acceptable Eyewear

Disney Look for Acceptable Watches and FitBits

Disney Look for Acceptable Hairstyles

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Our 'Disney' nail polishes.

Our ‘Disney’ nail polishes.  **BORING!**

Disney has a lot of rules about how their cast members should look.

It’s so uniform and identifiable that it’s called The Disney Look.

Ironically, the rule we were most impacted by while working at Disney World had to do with nail polish!

Fingernails Fingernails should be kept clean. If polish is used, it should be complementary to your skin tone. This includes deeper, richer shades of polish. Polishes that are not permitted include neon, black, gold, silver or multi-colored. Charms or decals on fingernails are not permitted. Fingernails should not exceed one-fourth of an inch (approximately 6 mm) beyond the fingertip.

http://cp.disneycareers.com/en/onboarding/fl/working-here/disney-look/female-cast-members/

Whenever we have a few extra dollars, we like to treat ourselves to a manicure or, even better, a mani/pedi. But, we were very limited to nail polish color choices within the Disney Look, and certainly no flowers or sparkly top coats were allowed.

Most of the nail salons around Disney World give cast members a 10% discount, which is really nice!

Elly's non-Disney mani, Coral Beach with flowers.

Elly’s non-Disney Look mani, Coral Beach with flowers.

Caroline's Fushia mani with a silver sparlke top coat. Pretty!

Caroline’s Non-Disney Look purple fushia mani with a silver sparkle top coat. Pretty!

We knew cast members who were warned by their managers at work about their nail polish.  You don’t want to make that mistake twice!

Your hands are one of your most noticeable features, especially when working merchandise.  You’re always accepting credit cards, bagging merchandise, handing back change, and giving the Disney ‘two finger’ directional point…everyone notices your hands!

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Acceptable nailpolish colors.

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working together at DAK costume Two Disney Sisters

Working together at Disney’s Animal 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.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

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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Now & Then:

Two Disney Sisters

At the DCP Alumni Event.

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AT the DCP Housing event at Chatham Square.

 

My Day with My Family

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No FastPasses needed here, we walked on!  “We’re not gonna make it! We’re not gonna make it!”

My dad and brother, Christian, have been sailing around the Florida Keys for the past week with Boy Scouts. They decided to change their flight back so they could spend a day with me! Literally 1 day.  So, we went Disney Crazy!

Our first stop?  Visiting my favorite place: Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Starting our wild, pedal-to-the-metal day:

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Expedition Everest.  Perfect day here in Florida!

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I’m just here for a relaxing train ride through the Himalayas…but I heard the Yeti’s been messing with the tracks. I think I’ll go investigate!

After we walked on to Dinosaur, we tried our luck at Expedition Everest.  Walked on!

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Soaking wet, but it felt good…the day was heating up!  Record 100 degrees!

After Everest, we tried our luck with Kali River Rapids:  “Where you WILL get wet and you MAY get soaked”! Guess which one we got….

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The Tree of Life, park symbol of the Animal Kingdom.

As you walk between Africa and Asia, there is the most beautiful view of the Tree of Life! ❤

unnamed-20We were on a time crunch, so we skipped the Safari and headed to the new Zuri’s Sweets Shop – it just opened yesterday!!

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Stopping for a snack at Zuri’s Sweets Shop.

You can read more about it here.

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Just opened at 10am this morning!


Our last stop at Animal Kingdom before park hopping over to Epcot was to visit the new Creature Comforts Starbucks!!!

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Guests were limited to buying 5 mugs. They were flying off the shelves!

My #1 goal today was to buy one of the new ‘You are Here’ Starbucks mugs from DAK! Yes!!!!

To read more about the new Starbucks at Animal Kingdom on opening day, click here.

After only 3 hours, we headed to our next stop: EPCOT!

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Spaceship Earth at Epcot

By now, it was after 12pm, so we stopped by the UK pavilion to get Christian some Fish and Chips, and then headed to France to get some lunch for Dad and me.

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All so good!!

Dad and I split a quiche Lorraine and a Jambon Beurre.  Christian said his fish and chips were the best he has ever had!

We got fast passes for Living with the Land, Finding Nemo, and Spaceship Earth.

We also made time to go on the fun ride at Mexico! It’s my new favorite ride at World Showcase since they closed Maelstrom!

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Last ride of the day!  Boarding Spaceship Earth.

In total, Dad and Christian were with me for only 18 hours before they had to get on a plane back to Colorado!  It was SO sad saying goodbye to them!!

I wish they could have stayed longer, but I have more company coming for a visit this weekend!

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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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