Disney College Program Character Performer Auditions for 2016 Roles

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2015 Character Performer Auditions!

Does your heart beat for the stage?  Disney cast members have the opportunity to be on stage all the time, making dreams come true for the young and young-at-heart. Our talented Disney performers have unique roles that immerse guests into a land of make-believe come-to-life.

We are seeking Disney College Program cast members for Character Performer roles to make magic for guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Performers of all levels – from those who have never danced to those who have strong performing experience – are welcome.

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Next audition at WDW.

Auditions will take place in the following cities in September-October 2015 for the 2016 Spring and Spring  Advantage Programs:

Fall 2015 Audition Tour Schedule

These auditions are for character performer positions on the 2016 Spring and Spring Advantage Programs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Fall 2015 Audition Tour Schedule

These auditions are for character performer positions on the 2016 Spring and Spring Advantage Programs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Please do not arrive more than one hour before the audition start time.

Ann Arbor, MI

October 4, 2015
Sign In: 11:00 AM
Audition: 11:30 AM

Central City Dance
6700 N. Canton Center Rd.
Canton, MI 48187

Atlanta, GA

October 2, 2015
Sign In: 10:00 AM
Audition: 10:30 AM

Atlanta Ballet
4279 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30342

Chicago, IL

October 8, 2015
Sign In: 10:00 AM
Audition: 10:30 AM

Hubbard Street Dance
1147 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607

Dallas, TX

October 8, 2015
Sign In: 10:00 AM
Audition: 10:30 AM

Power House of Dance
12300 Inwood Rd.
Dallas, TX 75244

New York , NY

October 6, 2015
Sign In: 10:00 AM
Audition: 10:30 AM

Pearl Studios
500 8th Ave – 4th floor
New York, NY 10018

Orlando, FL

October 1, 2015
Sign In: 9:00 AM
Audition: 10:00 AM

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Rehearsal Facility
3271 Sherberth Rd.
Kissimmee, FL 34747

Salt Lake City, UT

October 6, 2015
Sign In: 10:00 AM
Audition: 10:30 AM

Creative Arts Academy
165 S. Main St., Bountiful
UT 84010

San Francisco, CA

October 4, 2015
Sign In: 10:00 AM
Audition: 10:30 AM

Shan-Yee Poon Ballet
403 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

*All audition information subject to change


All the character performers that we met loved their roles!

For a complete listing of date, times and locations, as well as a set of detailed Frequently Asked Questions, please visit: Disney Character Auditions.

All the character performers that we met loved their roles!

MK Costuming: Does the thought of dressing like Belle for work make your heart beat faster?

MK Costuming: Does the thought of dressing like Belle for work make your heart beat faster?  Maybe you should audition with Disney!  🙂

You can read about how our audition went here!

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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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Welcome to Disney Springs!

It’s official, Disney held a renaming christening party today for Disney Springs, the shopping and dining district formerly known as Downtown Disney!

9/29/15: Lunchtime crowd gathers at DTD for the name changing ceremony.

9/29/15: Lunchtime crowd gathers at DTD for the name changing ceremony.

New signage has gone up at WDW for Disney Springs. They no longer say Downtown Disney.

New signage went up at WDW last week for Disney Springs. They no longer say ‘Downtown Disney’.

Major construction continues at a fast pace from one end of Disney Springs to the other, and on all the roadways in-between!

Some concept art of what Disney Springs will look like in Spring 2016:

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs.

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs.  Opened today.

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9/29/15: Mickey at the grand opening of Morimoto Asia today.

Disney Springs Town Center (opening in 2016).

Disney Springs Town Center (opening in 2016).

Marketplace, West Side

Marketplace, West Side

The Landing (formerly Pleasure Island).

The Landing (formerly Pleasure Island).

Disney Springs logo

Official Disney Springs logo

Video of the backstory of Disney Springs:  Disney Springs 2016  

What DTD will look like in Spring 2016.

What DTD will look like as Disney Springs in Spring 2016 (lake view).

We’re less than a year away from the final transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs by Spring 2016. The construction works continues at a fast pace, with new shops and restaurants opening weekly!

Personally, we’re very glad to see all the work being done to expand Buena Vista Blvd. and the opening of the two new parking garages (finally!).

Disney Springs is being expanded to include more than 150 shopping, dining and entertainment experiences.

It’s a 3 year construction project (2013-2016).

New Disney Springs signage everywhere.

New Disney Springs signage everywhere.

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Disney Springs logo.

They should have begun this expansion – especially the two new parking garages – back in 2000.  Parking’s been terrible at Downtown Disney for 10+ years and Lake Buena Vista hasn’t been able to handle the daily traffic loads for years.

Every CP we know, including us!, has sat on a bus in stopped traffic on Lake Buena Vista Drive going to and from work.

New I-4 interchange that will offer guests direct access to Disney Springs.

2016:  New I-4 interchange that will offer guests direct access to Disney Springs.

Widening Lake Buena Vista Drive from seven to ten lanes.

Summer 2016:  Widening Lake Buena Vista Drive from seven to ten lanes will finally be complete.

We can’t wait until it’s all finished!  We are definitely planning a trip in 2016 to see it all done!

Disney Springs 2016

Ariel view:  The Landing at Disney Springs shopping and dining district, Spring 2016

Disney Springs after dark.

Disney Springs after dark.  Almost double the restaurants and shops are planned.

Disney Springs, Florida logo

The official Disney Springs, Florida logo

Disney Springs Construction Work:

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive  Through Mar. 2016
    Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Disney Springs and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G  Dec. 1, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2016
    Loss of parking lot Entrance 2 to Guest/Cast traffic and associated lots A-G in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.

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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 Wonderful Scents of Disney World

Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Welcome to sweet Walt Disney World!

If you’re a cast member working at Disney World, or a frequent guest of the parks, you know what people mean when they talk about that “Disney smell”.

Orlando, Florida!

Welcome to Orlando, Florida!

It actually starts when you arrive at Orlando airport and walk outside for the first time.  Florida smells like Florida…it has a sweetly fragrant scent due to all the blooming flowers and trees.  Many returning tourists pause for a moment when they walk outside the terminal and just take a deep breath of sweet Florida air.  Ahhh, breathe it in…

Even more special, there is just something about the way the all the parks, attractions and Disney resorts smell…all so good! Long ago, Disney realized that if the parks smelled good and unique, you’d remember it long after your vacation was over. And, more importantly, you’ll remember how good you felt at the time.

Did you know that Disney World pumps irresistible scents onto its lobbies and streets to entice park goers? There are strategically placed devices called “smellitizers” dispersed throughout the resort and they emit pleasing scents throughout the day and night.

Ask any cast member to name where a particular scent is associated with and we can all pass this test with flying colors!

Flying high over the orange groves.

Flying high over the orange groves.  You can feel the wind in your face and smell the oranges. (We’re hoping that the new Soarin’ ride still has this smell!!)

The smell of oranges

While flying high above orange groves in Soarin’, you are surrounded by the smell of freshly squeezed oranges.

Ahhh...the smell of Rome burning...

Hmmm…the smell of Rome burning…

The smell of burning wood

That would be the smoky smell of burning embers from the Rome burning diorama while riding Spaceship Earth.  Just before that scene, as your loading onto the ride, you smell the smoldering ashes from cave-dwelling prehistoric man discovering fire.

 

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The smell of the water rides

Guests say that you could line up bottles of water with scents from the fog from Pirates of the Caribbean, the indoor water rides (It’s a Small World, Splash Mountain, the Three Caberos ride), to Kali River Rapids and they could correctly associate the water’s scent with the attraction.  And, they would be right.

The Grand Floridian

The Grand Floridian

The smell of the Disney Resort lobbies

This is not a hard one at all.  In fact, the fragrances are so specific that you can actually buy candles online with the scent of each resort.  For example, the Polynesian lobby smells vaguely “Hawaiian” with floral and wood notes.  The Grand Floridian lobby smells of “rich money” to me, except when the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is up in the lobby during the holidays.  Then, of course, it smells strongly of freshly-baked gingerbread.  The Yacht and Beach Club smells of “seashore”, but not in a bad way, more like a fresh salty sea breeze.

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Making a fresh batch of caramel corn.

The smell of Karamell Kuche in Epcot Germany

My ICP friend from Germany worked in this sweet shop making the caramel popcorn with Werther’s Original Caramels all day.  In fact, he was kind enough to share the secret recipe with me. (Of course, the recipe makes a huge batch!)

On one of my last days at the DCP program, I stopped in to say good-bye to him and him made a Magical Moment for me by bagging up a small bag of caramel popcorn that he had just finished making.  It was delicious!

Every time I smell the caramel on my daily Starbucks caramel latte, I always think of him and the sweet Karamell Kuche shop at Epcot.

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Disney Resort toiletries smell wonderful!

The scent of Disney Resort soap and toiletries

If you’ve stayed at any of the properties onsite, you know this scent!  I call this smell “rich spa”.  It’s so wonderful a scent that guests often pause while washing their hands and just smell the fragrant bubbles.

And love these guys too!

Dancing reindeer and the smell of sugar cookies fills the air on Main Street USA during the holidays!

The special Parade scents

If you’ve ever had the chance to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the fall, you know that the ‘Boo To You’ parade smells just like candy corn.

And, if you’ve been on Main Street USA during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during the holidays, you’ve noticed the smell of sugar cookies baking and scent of peppermint candy canes is in the air!

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Sniff, sniff….Tarzan likes the smell of my sunscreen!

The scent of DAK

The number one smell that I associated with DAK is probably not the one you’re thinking of!  No, it’s not the smell of animals and animal manure!

After working at DAK through every season, I would have to say that the smell I most associate with my workplace is sunscreen.

Working at the front of DAK, it seems like everyone that gets off the trams coming in from the parking lots pauses and literally hoses down themselves and their children with sunscreen.  And, not just the lotion kind that comes in bottles.  Over the past few years, aerosol spray sunscreen has become very popular.  They spray it like it’s free!

At 9am, the vaguely coconut smell of sunscreen fills the plaza in front of the entrance turnstiles.  It’s a smell I’ll always associate with DAK! 🙂

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Spending my day off back at the Animal Kingdom.  Yes, I’m wearing my SPF 50 sunscreen!

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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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Disney Attendance Policy: Points and Reprimands Explained

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The DCP Program Guide has all the program info and guidelines that you need to know!

Remeber reading this during Traditions? This is the Program Guide page that expalins the points system.

Remember reading this from during Traditions? This is the Program Guide page that explains the points system.

The Points and Reprimand System for Disney World CP cast members*

3 points within 30 days of each other = 1 Reprimand

6 points within 90 days of each other = 2 Reprimands

9 points within 180 days of each other = 3 Reprimands, CPs TERMED

12 points within 365 days of each other = 4 Reprimands = CMs TERMED

*At Disneyland, it’s the above point/reprimand system x 3.

Note:  Points and Reprimands do NOT “disappear” from your employment record!  If you’ve heard otherwise from a fellow cast member, it’s not true!  But, they won’t be carried forward if you convert from a CP to a CM after your program has ended.

As stated above, CPs who extend in their role will carry forward any points and reprimands from their first program into their extension!

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The DCP Program Guide

Points for Clocking in Late to Work (mainly due to riding Transtar buses to work!)

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Do not let those 1/2 points add up!!

1 minute to 2 hours late = 1/2 point*

Over 2 hours late to work = 1 point

*If your shift starts at 9:00am, you must clock in between 8:45am – 9:00am.  Clocking in at 9:01am is 1/2 point!

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From Page 50 of your Program Guide:  NEVER, EVER call out and then go play in the parks!  Your manager will get a notification and it’s grounds for immediate dismissal from the DCP program!  CPs do this every semester and are surprised to be termed the next day!!

Calling Out

CPs get no (0, zero) sick days or personal days during their program.

Calling out or no show = 1 point

Taking Time Off During Your Program

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The 10 Day Rule

Requesting time off – called ADO, for Approved Day Off – may or may not be approved by your manager depending on scheduling.

You can’t take more than 10 consecutive days off in a 14 day period.

Spring CPs are more likely to get ADOs than Fall CPs.

Self Terming

And, finally, are you seriously thinking about self terming?

The DCP Program isn’t for everyone!  IT IS HARD WORK!!!

Some people don’t get along with their roommates, some CPs don’t like their role or their leaders, some people get sick during their program…there’s lots of reasons to stay, but there’s also a lot of valid reasons to leave.

How To Self Term From the DCP Program

Restricted Rehire

Sometimes things don’t work out and you have to leave the program early.

You’ll be placed on Restricted Rehire status for at least 6 months after you separate from the company.

Read more here:  Restricted Rehire Status – What Does It Mean?

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Clocking out…time to hit the parks and have some fun on your scheduled days off!!

On the very last day of our DCP program.

On the very last day of our second DCP program.  Thanks for everything Mickey!!!

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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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Disneyland Diamond Celebration Continues Only Until September 5, 2016!

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Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.  So pretty!

For the past year, Disneyland has been celebrating sixty years at the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ with the Disneyland Resort 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration.

May 22, 2015:  The 60th Diamond Anniversary celebration begins on Main Street USA!

May 22, 2015: The 60th Diamond Anniversary celebration begins on Main Street USA!

Featuring the all-new “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!”, as well as special food and merchandise, the celebration has also brought a special sparkle throughout the Disneyland Resort – including a diamond-encrusted Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Welcome all to this happy place...

Welcome all to this happy place…Sleeping Beauty Castle looks beautiful in the sunlight!

The Disneyland celebration will continue to dazzle guests only through September 5, 2016!

There have been countless moments of happiness here at the Disneyland Resort through the past sixty years … take a look at this Best Day Ever video of The Happiness Place on Earth:  Best Day Ever at Disneyland!

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Celebrating at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Are you ready for some anniversay pin trading fun?

Some of the May pin releases.

Some of the Diamond Celebration pin releases.

p2Disney is releasing more than 100 pins (yes, you read that correctly: 100!) during the 60th anniversary celebration!

Annual Passholder exclusive pins.

Annual Passholder exclusive pins.

For Disneyland Annual Passholders, be sure to keep an eye out for a special series of pins created just for you. These dazzling diamond shaped pins will release bi-monthly until August 2016.  They feature stained glass and a hinge that opens to reveal beloved characters and attractions.

CP Tip: Remember you must present your valid Disneyland Resort Annual Passport or Premier Pass and photo I.D. at time of purchase for these extra special pins.

Disneyland 60th Anniversary celebration

Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary celebration ends 09/05/2016.

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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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Pop Secret becomes Disney’s Official Popcorn

fantasticPop Secret’s producer, Diamond Foods, announced Tuesday (09/15/2015) that it has entered into a “strategic alliance agreement” with Disney.

The popcorn is delicious and the Cinderella carriage is collectible! ($13.50 for salted, $15 for caramel corn.)

The popcorn is delicious and the Cinderella Carriage is collectible! ($13.50 for salted, $15 for caramel corn.)

Pop Secret popcorn will be sold in carts at the theme parks. The Pop Secret brand will also become the title sponsor of the nightly Fantasmic! Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It also plans to sponsor the movie nights held at many of Disney’s resort hotels.

This one is a beauty, and just like the cars on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Roller Coaster, the body of the cart swings from side to side.AND if you have more than one, you can hitch the carts together to build your own train. $12.50

Mine Train popcorn:  This one is a beauty, and just like the cars on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Roller Coaster, the body of the cart swings from side to side.  And, if you have more than one, you can hitch the carts together to build your own train!!
$12.50

Diamond Foods plans to advertise on Disney-owned channels like ABC Family and the Disney Channel. Retail promotions, on-pack Disney trip sweepstakes and digital content creation are all ways in which Pop Secret expects to work with Disney.

Maurice’s Amazing Popcorn Machine in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.

Maurice’s Amazing Popcorn Machine in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.

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Two GirlsTwo 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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Toy Story 4 is Now Coming in June 2018!

Toy Story 4 is coming in 2017.

Toy Story 4, a love story, is coming out in June 2017.

October 2015 Update:  Toy Story 4 has a new release date:  June 15, 2018!  Almost a year later than originally announced!!

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June 2018 now!

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Toy Story 4 is in pre-production!

This time, it’s all about the love story between Woody and Bo Peep. 🙂

“I love Bo Peep,” said John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. “And we never got to know her backstory. She wasn’t in Toy Story 3 at all, so it really set us up nicely for her to come back. It’s a very special story.” For Lasseter, in particular. as the Disney exec revealed that Bo Peep’s story is based off of his own wife Nancy’s life.

Bo Peep is voiced by Annie Potts. Tom Hanks, of course, voices Woody, while Tim Allen covers Buzz Lightyear.

Both Tim Allen and Tom Hanks will be back for Toy Story 4!

Both Tim Allen and Tom Hanks will be back for Toy Story 4!

Toy Story 4 is due to hit theaters in June 2017.  [See update above.]

The theatrical release is being timed to the grand opening of the new Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Summer 2017.

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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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