Loving the Starbucks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Starbucks at DAK

I love visiting the Starbucks at Creature Comforts!!!

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Getting a sweet and cold caramel frappachino to start the day out right at DAK!

It was so cool seeing how they’ve redecorated my old work location!  It is set up with two lines, both offering the same things.  First you go to a Cast Member for sandwiches and desserts, then you order your drinks.

 

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The lines move really fast.

I’m obsessed with the DAK-exclusive cupcakes at Creature Comforts, all $5.19 each!!

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Zebra Specialty Cupcake

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Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake

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My favorite!! The Tree of Life Cupcake!

And, this is the only place to buy DAK Starbucks mugs!  I bought 2 of them for my collection.

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Love these mugs!

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My new You Are Here DAK mug – the front of mug with Tree of Life.

Here are the adorable Starbucks cups!  WITH a lid!  The official drink policy at DAK is no lids or straws fro drinks, but they are bending this rule for the new Starbucks.

The straws are green and made out of double thick paper, not plastic.  (Plastic straws are dangerous to the wildlife animals at DAK if they accidentally eat them.)

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My 2nd Starbucks at DAK drink for the day!

There are now 6 Starbucks locations open on WDW property, read our reviews about them here:  Starbucks at Disney World.

 

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DAK – my home park.

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Starbucks + Disney = Perfect Day!

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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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How To Self-Term from the DCP Program

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Over 99% of CPs that start their DCP program finish it on their scheduled departure date.  But, for the other 1%…

There are three main reasons that cast members ‘self term’ – short for self terminate – i.e., leave the DCP program before their scheduled departure date.

  1. Family Emergency. Generally, this means that a close family member is very ill or has died while the CP is at the program.  Managers are very understanding about this and the good news is that CPs leaving for this reason are likely to be selected again for another DCP program if they chose to apply again.*
  2. Personal Illness or Injury. During every program, a few CPs will get sick (i.e., appendicitis), or will find out that they can’t handle the Florida heat and humidity, or will injury themselves in some way (sprained ankles, back problems, knee problems, cuts), or will be in car accidents (Florida drivers are the worst!).  Again, CPs leaving for this reason can apply again to a later program*.
  3. The ‘Not Happy’ reason. These are the CPs that are miserable doing the DCP and just want to go home.  They don’t like their roommates, they don’t like their job assignment, they miss their boyfriend/girlfriend, or they fail to see the magic that is Disney.  They are miserable.  These CPs will never work for Disney again and in fact may never visit any Disney park or resort again in their life.  Doing the DCP program was the worst mistake of their life.

*If you self term, you will be placed on Restricted Rehire status for at least 6 months after you leave your program.

 

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For some CPs, especially the younger 18 and 19 year olds, the DCP program is just too much.  They stress out about everything and are miserable.

It’s easy to self term from the DCP program – no need for drama!

Step 1:  Notify your manager that you are self terming, either immediately or on a certain date.  You can also go to the Service Center at Vista Way and talk to the coordinator there to start the self term process.

Step 2: Turn in ALL your costume pieces. They do not have to be returned to your costume location, you can return them to any costume location.

Step 3: Be packed and out of your apartment by 11am the next day.

Step 4:  Turn your keys and Housing ID into Security on your way out.  If you chose to keep your Blue ID, do not lose it!  If you ever work for Disney again, you’ll need it or you’ll be charged a replacement fee (currently $35).

Step 5: You must pay the whole week’s rent. It will be taken out of your final paycheck.  Housing will contact by phone you if there is a balance due. Exception:  If you leave by 11am on Sunday morning, you won’t be charged for the week.

That’s all it takes!

It’s easy to self term from the DCP, but we don’t recommend it!

One Final Note:

Although it’s covered during Traditions, many CPs don’t pay attention to the Points and Reprimands lecture.  It’s also in your DCP Program Guide.

While it’s no fun self terming, it’s definitely worse being terminated by Disney for poor job performance!

To explain it in more detail, we’ve written a whole blog about it:  Disney Attendance Policy and Points Explained!

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And, don’t forget about Disney’s EAP program.  It’s free for cast members and they can help with a lot of problems.  Having roommate issues?  Contact Disney Housing!  We found them to be very helpful!!!

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Working together at DAK.  Between us, we’ve done 5 DCP programs now.

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 Bounding as Princess Tiana

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Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana

Princess Tiana is one of the easiest Disney princesses to Disney Bound to!  Her colors are beautiful – leaf green and pale yellow.

We’ve met her both at Disneyland and Disney World and she’s exactly like she is in the movie ‘The Princess and the Frog’…fiesty, but kind!

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Meeting Princess Tiana at New Orleans Square in Disneyland.

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Her skin was flawless!

With Tiana.

With Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Tiana looking warm in her winter outfit.

Princess Tiana looking warm in her winter outfit.  She doesn’t wear her fur-trimmed cape very often…it has to be below 60 degrees!

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Her dress is so beautiful!  So many layers!

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We loved the music in this movie!

Other Disney Bounding ideas:

Disney Bounding as “Frozen” characters: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/disney-bounding-3-frozen/

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/disney-bounding-2/

Disney Bounding as a Disney Princess: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/disney-bounding/

Our blog about meeting Princess Tiana during Mardi Gras:  Disney Mardi Gras Celebration.

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We love meeting Princess Tiana!

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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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Playing Pokemon Go at Disneyland – Game Tips!

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Disneyland is a great place to play Pokemon Go!

“The Happiest Place on Earth” is also one of the happiest places for playing Pokémon Go!

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It’s easy and it’s fun!

Both Disneyland and California Adventure parks are full of Pokéstops and rare Pokémons.  And, you’ll definitely get in plenty of steps while finding them too!

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Try to discover an eluding Goldeen or Pikachu while you wait in line at one of the park’s many adventures and attractions this summer.

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They are here and there and everywhere!!!

During the Paint the Night parade after sunset, many special characters come out along the parade route!

Downtown Disney is also a good place to hunt Pokemon, as the Disney shopping district does not require an admission fee and it’s very crowded there all the time!

Also, check out the areas around the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel, and the Grand Californian Resort (all free to visit).

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Finally, DO NOT go into restricted areas chasing Pokemon!  Rules are still rules, and even if you see the grass moving in a backstage area, you’re not allowed to go there!  Respect Cast Members and Disney Security.

There are 15+ Pokestops and gyms throughout the Disneyland area.

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15+ Pokestops at Disneyland alone!

Interested in playing Pokemon Go at Disney World?  Disney World Pokemon Go Tips

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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:

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

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Playing Pokemon Go at Disney World – Game Tips!

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Pokemon Go is a great way to pass the time while waiting in line at WDW this summer!  The Pokemon are EVERYWHERE!!!!

Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that has become a worldwide phenomenon since its launch 2 weeks ago, has made its way to Disney World!

poke3The game involves using your smartphone to spot and catch Pokemon that appear on the screen. The Pokemon characters are more plentiful in crowded areas like the theme parks.

The Magic Kingdom is a great place to find the rare characters!  We’re hearing that rare characters show up near the Cinderella Castle in the mid-afternoon – around the time of the 3pm Festival of Fantasy parade!

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You don’t need to pay to get into Disney Springs where there are rare characters everywhere!  But, watch where you walk!

Disney Springs is also a good place to hunt Pokemon, as the Disney shopping district does not require an admission fee and it’s very crowded there all the time!

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Hello little guy in the grass!

There are 30+ Pokestops and gyms throughout the Disney Springs area.

Finally, DO NOT go into restricted areas chasing Pokemon!  Rules are still rules, and even if you see the grass moving in a backstage area, you’re not allowed to go there! Respect the Cast Members and Disney Security.

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Interested in playing Pokemon Go at Disneyland? Pokemon Go Disneyland Tips

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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:

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

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Things You Must Do at Disney World!

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Four Parks, One World:  Welcome to Disney World!  (Photo credit:  WDW Shutterfly)

The checklists below for the 4 parks are from last year, but they are still very helpful in planning and making sure that you don’t miss out on the things that you really want to do and see during your vacation at Walt Disney World.

There are FastPasses available at each park for the premier attractions, but are generally gone by early morning during the peak crowd weeks, so plan accordingly.

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You can get FastPasses for a lot of these MK attractions….but only 3 per day (unless you are a resort guest) so plan accordingly!

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Maelstrom is now Frozen Ever After, of course.  And the brand new IMAX film is playing at Soarin’.  Get a FastPass to see that!

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The brand new Rivers of Life attraction is now playing in the evening at DAK.

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This checklist for DHS is mainly to show how DHS has become a 1/2 day park with all the construction for Toy Story Land and the new Star Wars Land.  More than 1/2 of these attractions are now closed.  There’s not a lot to do on some days if you didn’t get any FastPasses; you might not want to wait around for Fantasmic at 8pm.

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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:

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

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8 Great Reasons You Should Work at Disneyland!

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Sleeping Beauty Castle all decorated for the 60th Diamond Anniversary celebration- 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!)

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

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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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2. It’s the 60th Anniversary Celebration Year!

We’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland with special events planned all year, through September 2016!  Come see the Sleeping Beauty Castle dazzle in the sunlight!

jessie (2)Disneyland cast members get new, special edition 60th Diamond Anniversary name tags.

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We love this photo!

3. 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!

4. 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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5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Hollywood, Baby!

The 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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8. 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!!!

The Disneyland DCP application for the Spring 2017 program opens in just a few weeks…mid-August 2016.

Read some great application tips from the DCP Programs Blog:  Disneyland DCP Application Tips – How To Prepare.

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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:

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