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!
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!

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….

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!!

Stopping for a snack at Zuri’s Sweets Shop.

You can read more about it here.

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!!!

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!

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.

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!

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!


 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.

Available now at in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.


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