Seeing Jim Gaffigan’s Comedy Performance

Jim Gaffigan on tour

Jim Gaffigan on tour

We saw Jim Gaffigan doing his ‘Contagious’ comedy tour at the Broomfield Event Center on Wednesday night.  He’s touring the country this summer with over 30 tour dates.

At the Broomfield Event Center.

8pm:  At the Broomfield Event Center.

So funny!

We wished he had talked more about his triumphant return to Disney World with the kids this summer.

Here’s some very funny video of the first time that he took his kids to Disney World and they stayed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYacdfsORec

Jim leaving the stage.  We had really good seats.

Jim leaving the stage. We had really good seats.

He’s also got a funny new show airing on TV Land this summer, The Jim Gaffigan Show.  (Inspired by Jim Gaffigan’s real life, The Jim Gaffigan Show explores one man’s struggle to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite.)

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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.

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 Mountain Melt at the Miller Ale House

Only 2 miles away from my apartment. 12371 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32836

Only 2 miles away from my apartment.
12371 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32836

I finally went to the Ale House – arguably a DCP “must” if you’re over 21 during your program.  It is right by DCP housing and has a reputation for being delicious.

Several of my friends and roommates told me about their Mountain Melt and I was SO excited to finally get to order it.

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The Mountain Melt…only 2,490 calories and three days worth of sodium!!

It is a huge plate of fries, covered in melted cheese, topped with chicken tenders!  You get to choose your sauce too – I got the honey BBQ.  It comes with ranch for dipping.  Yum!!!!!!

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Chicken Pizza Melt

There is also a pizza option!  SO good!

The Ale House is also known for having super cheap drink deals.

I got the Cherry and Smirnoff Limeade for only $3!  It was so  good!  There’s also good beer deals like a 6 beer bucket for only $8. (A good deal if you drink beer and don’t find it super gross like I do…haha)

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A bucket of ice cold beer: $8.

Finally, best of all, Disney cast members get a discount! Yay!

I definitely recommend visiting it and especially ordering the Mountain Melt!  It looks and feels like a dive bar, but I loved it!

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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.

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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Meeting Tarzan at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Spending my day off back at the Animal Kingdom.

I was so excited to hear that Tarzan was finally getting a permanent Meet & Greet area in Animal Kingdom.

First of all, he is seriously hot!  Second, I’ve seen him around and he is always so funny with guests!

I finally got a day off and I knew I had to meet him.  His current location is Pocahontas’s old meet and greet location, behind the Tree of Life on the Discovery Island Trails.  There is never any line because people don’t know about it.

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Notice how he holds the pen!

As I was asking for his autograph, Tarzan was telling me “Jane teach Tarzan autograph. Now Tarzan has best autograph in whole jungle.”  So funny!

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Sniff, sniff….

I went to pose to take a photo with him and then…

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A little too close Tarzan!

He totally smells my hair!!!

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He is a hunk of burnin’ love for sure!   ❤

Ahhhh….I laughed so hard!

He said I looked like I’d been living in the jungle for a while – I think he must have recognized me from around DAK! Haha!

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Making jungle noises.  (I’m wearing my DAK Mickey Ears!)

I wasn’t sure if I should put my arm around him or not!  I mean, he’s only wearing a loin cloth and a spear!  

It was so fun seeing him up close and in real life! ❤

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DAK pin trading (2)

Working the pin board 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 at Sanaa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Having lunch with my DAK coworkers.

As many of you know, DAK and DAK Lodge hold a special place in my heart.  Where else in the United States can you wake up and see giraffes and zebras outside your window??

My DAK coworkers got a big group together to go and try DAK Lodge’s Sanaa restaurant, located in the Kidani Village.

Because we are all CPs and do mostly closing shifts, all 13 of us could go for lunch!

Jambo House

Jambo House

After saying a quick hello to the zebras and wildebeests, we went into Sanaa.

Right when we walked in, I immediately recognized Joe Rohde at the bar!  He is the imagineer behind Animal Kingdom and happens to be super recognizable because of his earring. haha  There were more than a couple in our group fan-girling over him!

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With our drinks.

We were split into two tables of 8, plus an extra chair for my friend Ricky.

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The DAK Pack!

I, of course, ordered my favorite drink here – the Painted Lemur!

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My Painted Lemur cocktail.

The description says it’s fruity/chocolatey, which sounds super gross.  But, it’s actually so good!  It’s light and tastes similar to rumchata.

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The Painted Lemur martini

Plus it just looks so cool in it’s martini glass.

First thing we ordered was the house bread specialty!

Indian Style Bread service – Choose Five Breads from four bread choices: Naan, Roti, Paratha or Paneer Paratha. Choice of three accompaniments. Mint and onion Raita, Cucumber Raita, Coriander Raita,Mango Chutney, Garlic-ginger Pickle, Mango-lime Pickle, Roated Red Bell Pepper Hummus, Tamarind chutney.

It is an extra charge for lunch, but SO worth it! All this food for only $12.99!

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Choice of Breads – Traditional Naan, Garlic-Ginger Naan, Spiced Naan, Onion Kucha, or Paneer Paratha.

The bread comes with five large slices of different flavored bread and twelve different sauces that are organized mild to hot.  We all agreed that the best was the green one!  It tasted sweet and tangy and was so delicious!!  I also really liked the mango chutney (3rd one in on the left).

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Choice of Accompaniments – Cucumber Raita, Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus, Mango Chutney, Tamarind Chutney, Tomato-Date Jam, Coriander Chutney, Red Chile Sambal, Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle

I ordered the Potjie inspired dish.

You pick two options from Butter Chicken, Spicy Durban Shrimp, Seasonal Greens and Tomatoes, Paneer Tikka, Goan Seafood Curry, Spiced Lamb, Lentil Dhal, or Chickpea Wat.  I ordered the least spicy: Butter Chicken and the Seafood Curry.  It also comes with a choice of Basmati Rice or Five-Grain Pilaf.  I got the yummy rice.

11798266_10207009717458555_1341690958_nI really liked it!  Both items were mild and I used the extra sauce to eat with the rice.  There were some fun shaped items in the seafood – I have a sneaky suspicion I was eating octopus. haha

My friends tried the Tandoori Chicken.  It came open faced with tomato, onion, and the white cucumber rita sauce.
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Shrimp

It was so awesome getting to hang out with the DAK Pack!

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Rawr! It’s a jungle out there….

The best part?  Cast members get 40% off lunch here!

I absolutely loved it and I definitely want to go back again – if only to eat some of that bread again!!

To read about my first time visiting Sanaa with Elly, click here.

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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.

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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Wearing Your Pressed Pennies

A Penny Band for your pressed penny.

A Penny Band for wearing your pressed penny.

Every year, over 30 million pennies are pressed in over 3000 penny press machines in the United States.

At WDW, there are over 500 machines on property and some of them have recently gone digital: Digital Pressed Penny Machines.

We think that every CP should bring home at least one pressed penny from WDW, either from their work location or from their favorite park/attraction.

What a great way to show it off!  🙂

It’s too bad that Magic Bands don’t come with a pressed penny holder slot!

Available in every color just like the Magic Bands.

Available in every color just like the Magic Bands.

Available in all the colors of the rainbow, $6.99:

http://www.buybandz.com/Pennybandz/PennybandzBracelet.html#.VbaoS5fU4Rw

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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.

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 the Crystal Palace with my DCP Roommates!

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Ready for breakfast, 10:30am.

When my roommates found out I was going to the Crystal Palace, we all started talking about doing a roommate breakfast!

And AMAZINGLY, we all were off on Tuesday AND there was an reservation available for a large group!

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Breakfast brunch, $29.99

Our reservation was at 10:30am, so we carpooled together, parked over at the Contemporary and took the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom.

We all dressed up and wore our Mickey ears.  It was awesome!  I absolutely LOVE buffets and, luckily, so do my roommates.

While we were waiting for our table, we looked out over at the newly-expanded Castle Hub area and there was Mary Poppins! With no line!  We had to go say hi!

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Meeting Mary Poppins

She was so sweet and told us all to get some tea at the Crystal Palace.

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Breakfast time!

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My breakfast.

The best part of this meal was the deep fried French toast, covered in sugar! YUM!!!  I also really liked the fajita scrambled eggs.  And the Mickey Waffles, of course!

As if this meal could not get any better, while we were eating Winnie the Pooh arrived to say hello!

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Meeting Winnie the Pooh

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Me and Winnie

I wore my Parkbound button that says: “There’s a rumbly in my tumbly”. Pooh loved it!

Eeyore was so sad but so cute.

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Eyeore having a sad day.

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Piglet signing my autograph book next.

He drew some sad rain clouds and a heart in my autograph book!

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Grrrrr…..

Tigger was hysterical!  He came up to me and literally growled in my ear! haha! I’ve never experienced that before!

After brunch, we stopped and took some great photos together in front of Cinderella Castle.

My roommates are super fun!

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I just have to say how much I LUCKED OUT with these great roommates!  I absolutely love living with all seven of them and I’m so glad the DCP put us together. ❤

To read more about my crazy 3 reservations in 1 day, click here: Be Our Guest Lunch and here: Crystal Palace Dinner.

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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.

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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Lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom

Welcome!  It's lunchtime...

Welcome! It’s lunchtime at Be Our Guest…

The Be Our Guest Restaurant in Fantasyland is the nicest restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. The food is delicious.

We like the quick service – and menu – at lunchtime better than the slow, full service at dinner, which can take up to 2 hours!

It’s almost impossible to get a reservation – for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – at the Be Our Guest restaurant in July.  The restaurant takes reservations 180 days out and all the time slots fill up fast.

My CP friend Ricky had reservations for two for lunch last week at Be Our Guest and then dinner at Crystal Palace in the same day! Unfortunately, his friend got termed for having alcohol in his apartment just a few days before the lunch date.

He asked me if I would like to go instead and, of course, I said YES!!!

For breakfast and lunch, you are lined up to wait for a self-serve ordering system. You seat yourself after ordering lunch, and for the waiters to find you, they give you a “magic rose” that tracks where you are seated.  If you’re wearing a magic band, they will use that instead.

Checking in for our 2pm lunch reservation.

Checking in for our 2pm lunch reservation with my magic rose.

Entrance

Entrance

The windows don't actually look outside...it's always twilight.

The windows don’t actually look outside the restaurant…it’s always twilight at the Beast’s Castle.

20 foot ceilings with beautiful paintings.

20 foot ceilings with beautiful paintings.

All the food on the lunch menu is pretty heavy for a hot summer’s day and the portions are huge.

I ordered the slow-cooked pork with sweet mashed potatoes off kids menu instead ($8.49).  While it was good, I seriously don’t believe any kids under the age of 9 would eat this!

But I appreciated it!

Slow-cooked pork with sweet mashed potatoes.  The 'kids' portions are huge!

Slow-cooked pork with sweet mashed potatoes and green beans. The ‘kids’ portions are huge!

While the food is good, you really dine at Be Our Guest for the ambience.

Dessert time!

Dessert time! My Master’s Cupcake.

There was a delay in getting our lunch.  After 25 minutes, the manager came over and apologized and offered my friend a free dessert.  He got a free cupcake with his meal.  🙂

The Master's Cupcake with

The Master’s Cupcake with “grey stuff” frosting.

Dessert cart.  Try the 'Grey Stuff', it's delicious!!  (Chocolate cream moouse!)

Other French-inspired desserts. Try the ‘Grey Stuff’, it’s delicious!! (Chocolate cream mousse!)

Note: The Beast only makes appearances at dinner.

No Beast today, but pretty stained glass.

No Beast today, but pretty stained glass.

To read more about my crazy 3 reservations in 1 day, click here: Crystal Palace Breakfast and here: Crystal Palace Dinner.

During our spring DCP program, we were invited to beta test the new lunch service at Be Our Guest:

https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/beta-testing-be-our-guest-restaurant-for-lunch/

So pretty!

So pretty!  All three dining rooms are open at lunchtime.

A Regal Lunch with No Time Crunch

Lunch is available from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM in all three of our elegant and immersive dining areas.

The restaurant features medieval windows reaching the ceiling and murals depicting the Enchanted Rose and characters from the film, including Belle, the Beast, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumière, and Cogsworth.

Enjoy a delicious, expeditious quick-service lunch in a majestic setting—with a lush décor you’ll adore! Mrs. Potts insists you dine in a manner befitting royalty! So raise a glass, and dine first-class.

Cuisine is French-inspired. Three dining rooms are located within the castle, including the ballroom where Belle and the Beast danced, the West Wing where the rose is kept, and a gallery with paintings and a 7′ wooden music box depicting Belle and Beast.

Stay light on your feet with a fresh tuna Niçoise salad, or indulge in a tempting béchamel-smothered croque-monsieur sandwich served with pommes frites. Other favorites include the turkey baguette, vegetable quiche and the chef’s favorite—our “singing,” 8-hour braised pork! Your princesses and mini-beasts, meanwhile, can enjoy popular kids’ menu choices like Mickey meatloaf and whole-grain macaroni.

Reservations are recommended. With a reservation, you can also enjoy the convenience of pre-ordering your lunch online—up to 30 days before your visit—through our new order-ahead dining service!

The Lunch Menu (07/2015)

Soups/Salads

French Onion Soup – Also available without cheese and crouton. $5.49

Potato Leek Soup $5.29

Entrees

Tuna Nicoise Salad – Warm seared tuna steak with chilled green beans, potatoes, olives, roasted bell peppers, tomatoes, and hard boiled eggs $13.99

Braised Pork – slow-cooked pork with vegetables and bacon served with mashed potatoes and green beans jardiniere $12.99

Carved Turkey Sandwich – served on a warm baguette with Dijon mayonnaise and Pomme Frites $11.49

Carved Prime Chuck Roast Beef Sandwich – served warm on a baguette with horseradish sour cream and Pomme Frites $12.49

Quinoa Salad – with chilled green beans, potatoes, olives, roasted bell peppers, golden beets and tomatoes $10.49

Croque Monsieur – Grilled sandwich of carved ham, Gruyere cheese, and bechamel with Pommes Frites $11.49

Vegetable Quiche – mushroom, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, and chive quiche; served with baby lettuce and champagne vinaigrette $9.49 **Recommended!!

Desserts

The Master’s Cupcake – chocolate sponge cake topped with Lumiere’s special grey stuff $4.19 [Recommended!!]

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake – vanilla sponge cake, strawberry mousse filling, and cream cheese icing $4.19

Triple Chocolate Cupcake – chocolate sponge cake, chocolate mousse filling, and chocolate ganache $4.19

Lemon Meringue Cupcake – Vanilla sponge cake, lemon custard filling, flamed meringue icing $4.19

Chocolate Cream Puff – filled with chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream $4.19 **Recommended!!

Eclaire a l’Orange – custard filling with zested Orange and then finished with Chocolate Ganache $4.19

Lemon-Raspberry Cream Puff – filled with lemon custard (Gluten Free – No Sugar Added) $4.19

Beverages

Soft Drinks – Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Orange, Root Beer $2.99

Bottled Water $2.50

Perrier Water $3.25

Orange Juice $3.79

Apple Juice $2.69

Lowfat Milk $1.79

Chocolate Milk $2.59

Fresh Brewed Coffee $2.39

Fresh Brewed Iced Tea $2.99

Hot Cocoa $2.39

Souvenir Castle Goblet – Light Up Castle-themed Souvenir Goblet with choice of fountain beverage. $16.99

Ariel Light Cup – Child’s Ariel Cup with Light Up Clip and choice of fountain beverage. $6.99

Pirate Light Cup – Child’s Pirate Cup with Light Up Clip and choice of fountain beverage. $6.99

Mickey Straw for your drink $.59

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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.

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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