The Chocolate Lover’s Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream!!!

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Beaches and Cream soda fountain at the Yacht Club.

After renting our Surrey Bike and pedaling around the Boardwalk for an hour, we headed over to our reservation at Beaches and Cream.

I was so excited – none of my CP friends have tried the Kitchen Sink, so we were doing it on our last week of the program.

I tried the Kitchen Sink during my last program with Elly…and it was super gross.  😦

I do not like coffee ice cream + pineapple topping, which was what I got with every bite last time!! Yuck!!

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Trying the Kitchen Sink with my ICP friends that work strollers at DAK with me: Eve, Julia, and Jane!

This time around, I begged my friends to try something different than the $50 Original Kitchen Sink.

I heard that there were actually different types of Kitchen Sinks, so I convinced my friends to try the chocolate one with me.

There are actually 3 types of Kitchen Sinks at Beaches and Cream: the B&C Original, the Chocolate Lovers, and the Neapolitan.

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Chocolate Lovers Kitchen Sink: 3 scoops chocolate ice cream, 3 scoops cookies and cream, 2 scoops vanilla, 4 brownies, 4 oreos, 2 milky ways, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, white and dark chocolate shavings, and a WHOLE CAN OF WHIP CREAM!!!!!  Yes, please!

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Luckily, all my girlfriends love chocolate as much as I do and we were all set to order the Chocolate Lovers Kitchen Sink.

Here's a funny shot, trying to get all of us in the photo! Our waitress was so nice!

Here’s a funny shot, trying to get all of us in the photo! Our waitress was so nice!

So good!!

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Excited to dig in with my ICP friend, Jane!

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All gone! So good!!

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that we finished the entire thing! Yum!!!!

Here’s a list of what’s included in the Chocolate Lover’s Kitchen Sink (5,000+ calories!!):

  • ½ cup fudge topping, warmed
  • ½ cup caramel topping, warmed
  • 2 4-oz. scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 3 4-oz. scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 3 4-oz. scoops cookies and cream ice cream
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 brownies (6-inch x 6-inch), cut in half
  • 2 regular-sized Milky Way  candy bars, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate shavings
  • 1 tablespoon white chocolate shavings
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate cookies with cream filling (Oreos), crushed
  • 1 tablespoon milk chocolate chip morsels
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 ENTIRE 14-oz CAN OF WHIPPED CREAM!

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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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Renting a Surrey Bike on the Boardwalk

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The Boardwalk Surrey Bikes.

I have been trying to convince my CP friends to rent one of those surrey bikes at the Boardwalk. It looks like SO much fun!

Since it was our last week of our summer College Program, I planned an epic night of bike riding followed by dessert at Beaches and Cream over at the Yacht Club!

We all got off work by 6pm and met up at the Boardwalk.

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If only the Boardwalk had been this empty when we were biking around!!  It was filled with summer crowds on the night we were there.

The surrey bike rental is right in front of the Boardwalk.  They were actually setting up for a movie on the lawn while we were “gearing” up for this!  (Get it? GEARING!??)
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We were super confused because you know that you can get alcohol at the Boardwalk, you’d think you’d want a more competent DD than just someone over 21 driving. 😉

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Here is the contract, which I had to fill out as the Driver and then everyone else in the party also had to sign it.

It was just $22 to rent the bike.  We had him split the bill 5 ways to make it easy for all of us to pay since none of us carry cash.  At less than $5 per person, it was cheaper than a movie ticket!

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Ready to roll.

After some group photos, we were off!!

I LITERALLY have NEVER laughed so hard in my life!!!!!

It kind of looks easy, watching other families go around the lake loop.  You start at the boardwalk, normally heading towards Epcot, cross over the International Gateway bridge, past the Yacht and Beach club, and then make a complete circle back at the Boardwalk.

I was the driver and my ICP friend, Eve, (from Thailand) was in charge of the bell. Well, guests gave no bothers at all about a giant mult-person bike hurdling towards them! haha  I kept telling my friends, “Don’t worry, my hand is ON the brake!” as we are literally going on two wheels around the corners.  I didn’t mean I was using the brake, but my hand was on it!

We were coming up to the “hill” right before the Friendship bridgeway and I was trying to get everyone to kick it up a notch because I knew it would be harder than it looks. Instead, we literally came to a complete stop on this hill!!!  (There’s a reason they call it “Heartbreak Hill”!)

We were laughing so hard as all the pedestrians strolled past us!

We made it almost all the way around and didn’t realize that there was a second hill on the other side of the Boardwalk!  We couldn’t make it up it and came to a complete stop, all of us just dying with laughter!  Luckily, a cast member was walking in the opposite direction and stopped to give us a boost up the hill.

The complete loop is only supposed to take less than 30 minutes….it took us over an hour!  When we got back to the rental place, I hopped off and asked the CM if we could go around again.

The guy working there was very nice and said it was OK!  He made it a Magical Moment for us!  So off we went!  We pedaled about one shop down the Boardwalk and realized…we didn’t want to conquer those hills again.  It was my bright idea to just do a U-turn and head back to the rental place.

Except, we had stopped our surrey between a shop and a street performer!  We got completely stuck at a dead stop length-wise on the Boardwalk!  We were all laughing so hard!  We tried to simultaneously pedal backwards and that did nothing!

Luckily, a random guest saw how much we were struggling (the surrey’s are very heavy) and grabbed onto the front of the bike and, as I steered, he backed us up enough so that we could turn completely around.  Too funny!

By the time we completed our outing, I was completely soaked in sweat from all the pedaling, from the Florida humidity, and from the embarrassment!

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Ready to conquer some hills!

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The Boardwalk at night. So pretty with the lights reflecting off the lake.  The Frozen fireworks at DHS were just starting.

It was literally the best night of my DCP program! ❤

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Dock sign says: “Wishing You a Magical Day”.


We decided to walk to Beaches and Cream to cool down and were so happy to catch the 9pm Frozen fireworks going off at Hollywood Studios, perfectly framed over the Boardwalk!
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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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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safari Ride Photos

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Welcome to my park!

I have been SO lucky seeing so many animals upclose every time I ride the Safari that I thought I’d share some great photos I took of the DAK animals…

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Hippo area

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Resting from the heat of the day.

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Swimming hippos

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Bird riding on hippo’s back!

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Crocs!

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Love this tree!

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Giraffes

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Giraffes

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Baby elephant

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My favorite DAK photo!

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Rhino in the road. Had to stop.

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Lion Pride Rock

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There’s a hidden AC vent at Lion Pride Rock to keep them cool.

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Baby rhino

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Mom and baby

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Ostrich

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I love this photo!

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Riding on the safari expedition.

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

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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Seven Great Reasons You Should Apply to the Disneyland DCP Program

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Welcome all to this happy place!

The DCP program at Disney World gets all the attention with it’s 7,000+ program participants every year.

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It’s much harder to get accepted into the Disneyland DCP program because there are far fewer internships available!

The DCP program at Disneyland is way smaller, with less than 1,000 participants a year.

But, that doesn’t mean that it’s not just as FUN!  (Some CPs who have done programs at both WDW and DLR say that the California program is more fun!)

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Here’s some reasons to apply for the Disneyland DCP today:

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Disneyland celebrated their 60th Diamond Anniversary all last year.

1. It’s Where the Magic All Began!

Whether or not you’re an over-the-top fan of Walt Disney himself, you have to admit it’s pretty cool to walk in Walt’s footsteps on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland Park in California.

Imagine taking that one step further and being a part of the magic in one of our many roles!

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We love this photo!

2. Experience Disney History

Want to join us for a tour of legendary buildings and sound studios at Walt Disney Studios? How about touring Walt’s apartment on Main Street U.S.A.? Or the Dream Suite above New Orleans Square?

We thought these might get your attention as our participants love Disney history as much as we do. If Disney history is your passion, then California is your ticket!

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Laguna Beach is only 25 miles away!  In the winter months, you can see whales swim on by!

3. You’ve Never Seen the Pacific Ocean

California is home to some of the country’s most beautiful coast line as well as diverse climate. Too hot and humid? What’s that, Florida? Not here in balmy California!

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Some of the best beaches in the world, i.e. Laguna Beach, are only an hour away!

Or how about some beach and baseball? If you’re a sports fan, Anaheim is home to the Anaheim Angels baseball team and going to games is a favorite outing for many program participants.

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4. Live, Earn, and Learn

DLR participants earn more per hour than Florida CPs.  In the DLR program, CPs must sign up for a free education course at Disney University during their program.  Our guest lecture series is very popular.

Education courses are a great way to get to know many Disney leaders from a variety of places, including Walt Disney Studios, Pixar and other teams from Southern California. If you are interested in a career with Disney, make sure to network while you’re here.

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Carnegie Plaza, just 2 miles from Disneyland.

5. We Have Nice DCP Apartments Too!

We only need one apartment building, Carnegie Plaza, to house all the Disneyland CPs needing housing (about 250 per semester) and it’s really nice!

Walt Disney's star on Hollywood's Blvd. Walk of Stars.

Walt Disney’s star on Hollywood’s Blvd. Walk of Stars.

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Yes, Disneyland has a star too…as do Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Snow White!

6. Hollywood, Baby!

The DCP Housing team is always creating fun events and they want participants to come along! Jump on a double-decker bus with us and tour celebrity homes or walk along the stars on Hollywood Blvd. There’s also the chance to catch a movie at the El Capitan Theater – a famous landmark still in operation today.

Scenes from ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ with Tom Hanks were filmed right here on Main Street USA.  The Disney Parks Christmas Parade is filmed onsite every November.

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7. Disney is a Fortune 100 Company

Successfully completing a program is a great resume enhancer. Participants are asked about their Disney working experience from future employers. And if you are looking to have a career with Disney, it’s a great way to get your foot in the door.

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I see magic in the air!

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Apply today!  Good luck!!!

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Spring is in the air here!

 

Apply here:  Disney College Program Careers Link

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We love Disneyland!!!

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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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

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The Coronado Springs Resort is BEAUTIFUL!  It is a huge resort, centered around a giant lake!

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Just like the Caribbean, there are different clusters of rooms.  We requested the Cabanas.  It is right next to the main area (including the food court!) and it has its own bust stop.

The rooms were really nice.  I think they’ve been newly renovated.

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The Best Souvenirs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom, my home.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom (DAK) is a beautiful, lushly landscaped theme park.

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Spending my day off having fun at the Animal Kingdom.

Disney has planted millions of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants all over the 500-acre park. It has a lot of fun jungle- and animal-themed shops and restaurants centered around Discovery Island, all the better to pick up a few souvenirs on your way out of the park so that you’re not carrying bags around with you all day.

Here’s a list of my Best DAK Souvenirs that everyone should come home with after spending a few hours – or a whole day – at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

 

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My family and me at DAK.

1. A photo in front of the Tree of Life.
The enormous 145-foot tall tree with all its beautiful animal carvings dominates the park and has green leaves (all fake!) all year round. It’s a classic DAK photo!

Animal print Mickey Ears

Animal print Mickey Ears

2. Mickey Ears in Jungle Prints

Mickey ears are available at DAK in lots of fun animal prints.

Very exclusive conservation pins

Very exclusive conservation pins

3. Disney Trading Pins – DAK themed ones Stop in at Island Mercantile and check out the extensive pin collection. You’ll find pins here that aren’t available anywhere else on the WDW property, including at World of Disney in Disney Springs!  I always find something new!

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Dug and Russell at the Greeting Trail

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

4. Photos with Disney characters in their Safari Outfits

Russell and Dug are out all day on the Animal Kingdom’s Greeting Trails, while Rafiki can be found holding down the fort at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Pocahontas has taken over the old Pooh meet and greet area and Tarzan can now be found on most days on the trail by the Tree of life.

BRAND NEW: The You Are Here mug, front view with Tree of Life.

Brand new!:  The new Starbucks  You Are Here DAK mug, front view with Tree of Life.

You can only buy this mug at DAK!

You can only buy this mug at DAK! (Yes, I own one!)

5. DAK Coffee Mugs

A large selection of Disney merchandise and mugs can be found at Island Mercantile.

DAK map of all the pressed penny locations.

DAK map of all the pressed penny locations.

One of the DAK pressed pennies.

One of the DAK pressed pennies.

6. Pressed Pennies featuring DAK locations

There are currently 22 locations for picking up some pressed pennies at DAK, all with exclusive DAK designs.

Two of the colors. Caroline collected them all!

Two of the colors. I collected them all!

7. Disney Worldwide Conservation Button

Make a donation at any merchandise location and get a free Conservation Hero button. There currently are 10 different ones in different colors.

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Safari photo that I took in August.  So adorable!

8. Vacation Photos!

All of the animals – all 1,700 of them! – and all of the rides..Dinosaur!  Expedition Everest!   Kali River Rapids!   Dinoland!… are all extremely photogenic.

9. DAK Toothpick Holder

When guests ask me if we sell shotglasses, or worse double shotglasses, I tell them no.  But, we do sell a large selection of beautiful toothpick holders, including some that even come in sets of four!

10. Your DAK Park Map

It’s fun to circle all the things that you did, the shows you saw, and all the great places that you got to eat at while visiting DAK!

Good night DAK!

Good night DAK!  Be careful – it’s a jungle out there! 🙂

We are so looking forward to seeing the new Rivers of Light show and  to Avatarland opening in 2017!

They’ve replaced all 100,000+ leaves on the Tree of Life with ones that have hidden LED lights so that the tree glows and “dances” to a music video at night!  Can’t wait!!!

Other great  WDW souvenir ideas:
The Best Disney World Souvenirs: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/best-disney-souvenirs/

The Best Souvenirs of Epcot:https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/best-epcot-souvenirs/ 

Mickey Mouse at DAK

Mickey Mouse at DAK

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Roasting Marshmallows at the Wilderness Lodge

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Silver Creek at the Wilderness Lodge in the evening.

One of my Disney Bucket List items was to go and roast marshmallows at the Wilderness Lodge this summer.

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8pm:  A perfectly toasted marshmallow!

Every night at sundown, the resort offers marshmallows to guests to roast.

This is a great, family-friendly event.  They provide the marshmallows and the sticks at no cost.

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The Wilderness Lodge fire pit. It smells so good with all the marshmallows roasting over it!

When you’re done using your stick, the CM breaks it up, and tosses it into the fire pit as more firewood!

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Marshmallow #2.

Not gonna lie, I ate three marshmallows.  They were SO good!!!I

We sat around the fire pit watching the stars come out one by one.  Of course, we made a wish on the very first evening star we saw as every Disney fan knows: When you wish upon a star…your dreams come true!

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Make a wish….

I want to go with my DCP summer roommates next time.  It would be such a great bonding experience to roast marshmallows together and then watch the Wishes fireworks over the Castle! 🙂

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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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