Beauty and the Beast 2017

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This looks like it is going to be so good!!!

Update on Beauty and the Beast 2017:  Spoilers ahead!

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Gaston courting Belle

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Dan Stevens, aka The Beast, in his iconic white shirt!

New production photos were released today for B&B2017!

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Gaston (Luke Evans) and LeFou (Gosh Gad) in tavern scene.

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Love this!

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The Beast’s family before the curse.

The first movie trailer is out!  Watch here:  Beauty and the Beast 2017 

Read more:  Emma Watson tweeted a year ago on 8/21/2015  that she’s just finished filming Beauty and the Beast on the same day she began filming as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 15 years ago (August 21, 2000). Read her tweet below:

It's a wrap!

It’s a wrap!

Emma Watson as Belle

Emma Watson as Belle

Filming wrapped up for the live action remake of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

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New movie poster.

Watch Emma Watson on set at Beauty and the Beast (D23 convention video, 8/15/15): Emma Watson on movie set

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Emma as Country Belle

They filmed at two locations:  London, England, UK and Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK.  The cast:

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The cast and their roles.

Storyline (for those of you who have forgotten!):  In exchange for her father’s freedom, a young woman agrees to live with a monstrous beast in his castle, and she may hold the key to his salvation.

This is rumored to be a much more faithful remake of the original 1991 animated movie, with all the movie’s musical numbers included. Plus, it will finally introduce some (or all) of the songs from the 1994 Broadway musical, like “Home”, “If I Can’t Love Her”, and “A Change in Me”.

Movie Release Date:  March 17, 2017!

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Primary cast members on first day on movie set.

The Cast:

Emma Watson:  Belle

Dan Stevens:  Beast

Luke Evans:  Gaston

Gugu Mbatha-Raw:  Plumette

Josh Gad: Le Fou

Emma Thompson:  Mrs. Potts

Ian McKellen:  Cogsworth

Kevin Kline:  Maurice

Ewan McGregor  Lumiere

Audra McDonald:  Garderobe

Chris Andrew Mellon: Nasty Headmaster

More cast members

More cast members and their roles

July 27, 2015: Production is moving along!

July 27, 2015: Production is moving along!  Movie will be released in 2 years (extensive post-production time needed).

That's a wrap! Will miss the cast of #beautyandthebeast especially my brilliant Gaston #LukeEvans

That’s a wrap! Will miss the cast of #beautyandthebeast especially my brilliant Gaston #LukeEvans

See more photos at:  Movie set photos.

Bonus trivia:  Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), and Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) share the same birth date –  April 15th: Emma Watson born in 1990, Luke Evans in 1979, and Emma Thompson born in 1959.

Even more cast photos:  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ewan-mcgregor-play-lumiere-beauty-790480

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Can’t wait!

Movie release date:  March 17, 2017!  We can’t wait to see it!!!

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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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Black-ish Tapes an Episode at WDW’s Magic Kingdom

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August 23, 2016:  Early morning start to taping an episode of Black-ish at the Magic Kingdom

For the second year in a row, the cast of the TV comedy ‘Black-ish‘ has made a trip to Disney World.

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The cast of Blackish

But, this time they were taping their Season 3 premier episode!

Behind the Scenes Taping of Season 3 Premiere

CMs were invited (via the Hub) to be part of the background scene and attend the taping at the Magic Kingdom!

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The taping went late into the night and the cast was nice enough to pose for photos with park guests even though they must have been very tired!

Last night, they were all riding on the new Soarin’ Around the World ride!

All the CMs that interacted with them had nothing but nice things to say about the cast and how friendly they were.

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On the Festival of Fantasy float during the afternoon parade.

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Meeting Tangled characters Rapunzel and Flynn

Watch: “That Baby was Too Old to Be in a Stroller”  Hahaha!!

The season premiere airs September 21, 2016 at 8:30pm (MDT).

We can’t wait to watch it!

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More on their first trip, Spring Break 2015 (Season Two):

Cinderella Castle, March 28, 2015

In front of Cinderella Castle, March 28, 2015

Last weekend, the four actors who play the Johnson family children on ABC’s comedy “Black-ish”, kicked off their spring break together at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida following the wrap of the show’s first season.

Actors Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown and Marcus Scribner, from the cast of the ABC series ‘black-ish,’ enjoying Mickey ice cream bars.

Actors Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown and Marcus Scribner, from the cast of the ABC series ‘black-ish,’ enjoying Mickey ice cream bars at the Magic Kingdom.

The show, which has new episodes airing through May 2105, has become the season’s No. 1 new comedy in adults 18-49.

To celebrate the show’s success, the kids took their spring break time together (along with their actual parents) to get an early start on Walt Disney World’s Coolest Summer Ever celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

With Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, Coolest Summer Ever

With Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, at DHS’s Coolest Summer Ever

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The cast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in front of their sign!

Watch the video of their trip:  Blackish Comes to Disney World

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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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Disney Costuming – What CPs Wear To Work

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CP Moment:  Going to Costuming on your first day of work!

One of the most exciting CP moments is going to Disney costuming for the first time and being fitted for your work costume (what other companies call a ‘uniform’). You’re allowed to check out up to five (5) complete work costumes at a time, plus accessories like a jacket and hat, if your costume has one.

When your costume gets dirty or wrinkled, you can just trade it in for a clean one. Costumes can also be machine washed and a lot of CPs keep their costumes and wash them themselves if there’s a shortage in their size.

Each of the Disney Parks has its own costuming warehouse, with the one for the Magic Kingdom being the largest.

On our way to Animal Kingdom costuming.

Animal Kingdom costuming.

Magic Kingdom costuming

Animal Kingdom costuming

Here are some of the various costumes that we’ve worn working for Disney:

Animal Kingdom costumes:

Discovery Island Merchantile

Discovery Island Merchantile

It's a jungle out there...

It’s a jungle out there…

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Caroline in her DAK stocking “mud” costume.

The AK costume jacket. Warm!

The AK costume jacket. Warm! Only size left XXXL – and Caroline took it!

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Beautiful!!

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Summer 2015 DAK costume at Strollers Main Gate location.

Disney Springs costumes:

Pin Traders

Pin Traders

Days of Christmas

Days of Christmas

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Tren-D

Team Mickey (now closed)

Team Mickey (now closed)

DTD Zone 1 Coordinator

DS Zone 1 Coordinator costume

Magic Kingdom costume:

Agrabah Bazaar

Agrabah Bazaar’s costume  (whoa!!)

We LOVE having our washer/dryer in the apartment!!!

We LOVED having a washer/dryer in our apartment at The Commons!!!  We just kept our costumes and washed them ourselves.

 

Interested and want to read more about Disney Costuming????

What has over 290 Mickey Mouse Outfits, 20,000 Shirts, and at least 4 Belle Gowns/Dresses –

Welcome to WDW Costuming! 🙂

Ariel's dress from 'The Little Mermaid' show

This beautiful gown will be worn in the afternoon Festival of Fantasy parade.

Walt Disney World employs more than 60,000 cast members (’employees’ to regular folks!) working in positions ranging from housekeeping at the Disney resorts to train engineer at the Magic Kingdom.

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The Disney Costuming sizing chart follows European size guidelines, which are smaller than US size charts.  If you normally wear a size 14 womens, at Disney your costume probably will be a size 18 or 20 costume!  😥

Each day someone has to get these cast members dressed for the day – Welcome to WDW Cast Costuming.

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Our DAK mercantile costumes.

1.  Cast members know what costume their role requires each day. We can have 5 complete outfits signed out at any one time, plus accessories like a jacket and hat.

Finding a costume using RFID inside Disney's Epcot Operational Costuming Center

You would think that Costuming would ALWAYS have your size shirt/pants in stock…NOPE!!!

2.  We pick out the correct size and costume pieces from rows upon rows of shirts, pants, skirts, and jackets. There’s a laminated card or complete costume at the end of each row to show us the costume’s ensemble look.

Costume tags show various Mickey Mouse outfits

Costume tags show various Mickey Mouse outfits and what the pieces are.

3.  Mickey Mouse has a costume for every occasion and holiday.  Each Disney Princess has a summer costume and a winter costume.

4.  Disney provides the work shoes for some roles (i.e., food service), but for most locations they just provide strict guidelines on shoe wear and CMs must pay for their own shoes.

See our blog about Disney footwear to learn more:  Loving My Disney Work Shoes

One of Donald Duck's summer costumes

A talented CM making one of Donald Duck’s summer costumes.

5.  Every day, all returned costumes must be tag scanned, repaired, cleaned, pressed, and restocked on Costuming floor.

Belle's formal dress from

Princess gowns for the meet & greets.  No princess gown is larger than size 10 (fits about a 120lb woman).

Buzz Lightyear's shoes

Picking out shoes for some may be an issue, unless you’re a ladies size forty.

6. If we return a piece and it doesn’t get scanned right, or if we lose a costume piece like a belt, we are charged a full replacement price, at least $25 per item!

For costume questions, email costume recovery at:WDW.Costume.Recovery@disney.com

WDW Costuming:  407-824-1269

7.  Dozens and dozens of Disney name tags are accidentally turned in still attached to the costume’s shirt, blouse, or vest every day, 365 days/year!  We have to pay $5 to order a new one and it takes about two weeks to get it. (The first one was free!)  I lost my first name tag just two weeks after starting the program! Getting a new name tag

Watch a video with a backstage peek at WDW Costuming, with over 3,700 costume pieces here: Disney World Costuming

Anyone interested in a role at Disneyland?  Watch a backstage peek at Disneyland Costuming, with over 800 costume pieces here:  Disneyland Costuming  

WDW costuming facts.

WDW costuming facts. Amazing!  WDW Costuming is responsible for almost 3 million costume pieces!

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Caroline’s work costume was actually the inspiration for one young guest visiting DAK this summer!!  How cute!!!

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Caroline had some vinyls made up of her favorite costumes!

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So cute!

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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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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50 Moments Everyone Has on the DCP!

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Always keep dreaming!

Right in the feels….

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I’m going to Disney World!

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CP Moment #1 and the Best One:  Meeting Mickey during Traditions class.  (Trying not to cry…)

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CP Moment #2:  Realizing that you made it through the DCP application process!

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CP Moment #3:  Notifying your school that you’re taking a semester off.

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CP Moment #4:  Getting the DCP acceptance postcard in the mail.

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CP Moment #5:  Moving to Orlando (or Anaheim!)

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#Truth

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After months of waiting and planning, you’re finally here!!! Welcome!!!

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#Arrival

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CP Moment #6: Moving into DCP housing on the first day of the program!

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Welcome to Casting!

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So happy to be at Disney World!!!

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New friends!

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CP Moment #7:  Earning Your Ears

CP Moment Getting Your Name Tag

CP Moment #8:  Getting you name tag with your university on it

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CP Moment #9:  Wearing your name tag for the first time

CP Moment Costume Fitting

CP Moment #10:  Going to Costuming for the first time and getting 5 complete costumes

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CP Moment #11:  Figuring out your schedule for the first time

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CP Moment #12: EPCOT – Every Paycheck Comes On Thursday

CP Moment First Housing Event

CP Moment #13:  Going to Housing events

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Making Magic for guests.

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CP Moment #14:  First day at your new job meeting other CPs.

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CP moment #15:  Safety D begins with me!

CP Moment First Day of Class

CP Moment #16:  First day of class at Disney University

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CP Moment #17:  Making CP and ICP friends

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CP Moment #18:  Entering the parks before guests

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CP Moment #19:  Leaving the parks after all the guests have gone home

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Typhoon Lagoon!

CP Moment Illuminations

CP Moment #20:  Watching Illuminations with your new friends

CP Moment Balloons

CP Moment #21:  Holding a bunch of Mickey balloons on Main Street USA

CP Moment Candy

CP Moment #22:  Disney snacks!

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Having dinner with your roommates.

CP Moment Making a Wish

CP Moment #23:  Making a wish at Cinderella Castle

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CP Moment #24:  Doing the Disney Point for guests

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Making memories that will last a lifetime!

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CP Moment #25:  Seeing all the guests in cute costumes

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CP Moment #26:  Earning your first Disney Fanatics card

CP Moment Monorail

CP Moment #27:  Riding the monorail and saying the safety message during the announcement

CP Moment Whistle While You Work (2)

CP Moment #28:  Picking up shifts at other locations and parks

CP Moment Free Admintence (2)

CP Moment #29:  When family and friends come to visit you during your program and you get them into the parks for free.

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CP Moment #30:  Backstage magic – behind the scene tours of your favorite rides

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CP Moment #31:  Getting into the water parks for free

CP Moment Housekeeping

CP Moment #32:  Monthly apartment inspections!

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CP Moment #33:  Going to auditions

CP Moment Bilingual nametag

CP Moment #34:  Getting your bilingual name tag

CP Career

CP Moment #35:  Deciding to extend or make Disney a career

CP Moment Character Meet and Greets (2)

CP Moment #36:  Character Meet & Greets

CP Moment Mickeys Retreat

CP Moment #37:  Mickey’s Retreat!

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CP Moment #38:  Wearing a costume to the parks (not your work costume!) #MNSSHP

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CP Moment #39: Eating hot dogs for dinner at Caseys

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CP Moment #40:  Playing in the parks with your friends!

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CP Moment#41 :  Parades day and night

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CP Moment #42 : Riding the railroad because you’re tired of walking

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CP Moment #43 : Watching Wishes with your CP roommates.

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Getting into Blizzard Beach…for free!

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CP Moment #44:  Going to the Winter Formal Ball with your friends.

CP Moment Free Admission (2)

CP Moment #45: Comp admission to other Disney theme parks.

CP Moment Holidays

CP Moment #46:  Spending holidays away from home, but with your CP friends.

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CP Moment #47:  Shopping at Cast Connections!

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Being part of a team.

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Extending your program because you’re not ready to leave after just 4-5 months!

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Debating if you should stay on with Disney and apply for an extension or professional internship.

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Getting accepted for a PI next semester!!!

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Watching it snow on Main Street USA!

CP Moment Earning Degree

CP Moment #48:  Service ceremony with Mickey!

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Watching Wishes over the Cinderella Castle for the final time as a Cast Member.

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Getting ready to go home and back to school.

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CP Moment #49:  Clocking out for the last time

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Graduation service ceremony!

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Learning something new every day, including learning about yourself.

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And  finally, CP Moment #50:  Becoming a DCP Alumni!

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Knowing that as a DCP alumni, you’re a part of the Disney legacy.

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Never stop believing in the Magic of Disney!

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Yes!!!!  2017 will be the best year ever!!!!

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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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Shanghai Disneyland Finally Opens Almost a Year Late

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Shanghai Disneyland finally and officially opened June 16, 2016 to good reviews, big crowds, and rainy overcast skies.

Video of Opening Day Ceremony:  Opening Day Celebration

Daily tickets cost ¥499.00 CNY  or about $79 US.  You can buy 1 or 2 day park tickets.

Shanghai Disneyland prides itself on offering a culturally distinct experience—imagined especially for China and designed for guests of every kind.

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The castle at Shanghai Disneyland is Disney’s biggest one yet! IT’S HUGE!!!

Shanghai Disneyland continues the tradition in new and unique ways, through never-before-seen lands like Adventure Isle, Treasure Cove and Gardens of Imagination, and one-of-a-kind attractions and experiences.

That includes the largest castle in any Disney theme park around the world!

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Free Opening Day buttons were given out to all the guests.

The building cost was initially estimated at 24.5 billion yuan (USD $3.7 billion) for the theme park and an additional 4.5 billion yuan (USD $700 million). This rose to around USD $5.5 billion before delays, which was due in part to additions to the number of attractions open to the public on opening day, which added USD $800 million to the cost. The added cost doesn’t take into account lost revenue from the lost admissions fees.

This huge overrun and opening delay caused massive layoffs and cut park hours at the other Disney theme parks, especially at Disney World and Disneyland.

According to the International Business Times (IBT), a “a two-day weekend ticket for two adults and one child comes close to China’s average urban monthly wage.”

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We love collecting Disney pins!

Shanghai Disney merchandise:  Pins!

Opening Day:

The soft park opening started in May 2016 to test out everything.  Some guests were tagged as “uncivilized” by local media for their behavior during the theme park’s first few days of operations.

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The park trashed at closing every night.

Photos of food wrappers, plastic bags, paper cups and other trash that littered the park grounds were shared on Chinese social media and local news sites.

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Trash left by a family after they finished their picnic lunch.

Local reporters even spotted a mom letting her child defecate in an open area of the park grounds instead of bringing him to a restroom. Shanghai Disneyland has a visitor-to-washroom ratio of 4,500 to 1.  [Are they kidding???!!!  What was Disney thinking???]

The behavior of some guests led to the issuance of an etiquette guide by the local city government.  The six-point guideline directly asked park patrons to avoid littering, rowdiness, vandalism, cutting in lines, trampling on plants, and general “uncouth behavior.”

This video about the park’s guests was shared on facebook over 50,000x:  Chinese Guests Acting Badly

Read a Special Update for Disney Cast Members about Shanghai Disneyland below:

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The beautiful castle at Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disney Resort – Blocked Out Summer 2016

Due to anticipated high guest attendance, at this time Shanghai Disneyland will not be accepting complimentary admission (i.e.: Main Entrance Passes, Spouse/Domestic Partner Passes, Self-Admission Passes, Complimentary Tickets, One-Day Park Hopper® Guest Tickets, etc.). Please continue to enjoy your Complimentary Admission at eligible theme parks.   Posted by Disney Theme Parks 05/27/2016

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   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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Disneyland’s New Eastern Gateway Parking Lot Opening 2018!

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The Eastern Gateway.  Finally!  Parking at Disneyland has always been a struggle!

Disneyland Resort is planning to break ground soon on their Eastern Gateway, a new arrival point that will provide guests even more choices for access and parking when it opens in late 2018. This project on the east side of the Disneyland Resort will include a new parking structure with 6,800 spaces, a new transportation facility and an elevated pedestrian bridge.

The new pedestrian pathway and elevated bridge over Harbor Blvd. will directly link guests arriving at the parking structure and eastern transportation facility with the main Disneyland Resort entrance plaza.

Disney's recent land purchases.

Disney’s recent land purchases across Harbor Blvd. (east side)

Location of the new parking structure looks great!

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The pedestrian bridge will link to this DLR entry spot.  Perfect and long overdue as anyone who has driven on Harbor Blvd. – or as a pedestrian waiting at the crossing light – will tell you!

They’ve need more parking nearby, especially for guests going to Downtown Disney for the evening.

Downtown Disney needs some non-resort parking for its guests.

Downtown Disney badly needs some close by, non-resort parking for its guests.

The OC Register reported that Disneyland Resort acquired 1515 and 1585 South Manchester Avenue for the purchase price of $48 million. Disney also purchased the Carousel Inn April 2015 for $32 million.

Two parking lots are available at Disneyland: Mickey and Friends and Toy Story. Both are far away from the park's entrance.

Two parking lots are available at Disneyland: Mickey and Friends and Toy Story.
Both are far away from the park’s entrance and require bus service.

Right now, guests can park at two Disney parking lots: the Mickey and Friends parking structure or the Toy Story parking lot.

Mickey and Friends Parking Structure is a six-level facility and is the second largest parking area in the world. (The largest is at Tokyo Disneyland.) There is tram service from the parking structure to the Disneyland Main Entrance Plaza. Restrooms and drinking fountains are located near the tram loading area under the escalators. Wheelchairs/ECV users will be directed to a special parking area, then proceed to the wheelchair/ECV ramps in the tram loading area.

For the Toy Story Parking Lot: There is bus service from the lot to the shuttle bus area on the east side of the Disneyland Main Entrance Plaza.

2016 Costs — Parking is $18.00/day for cars, $23.00/day for “oversized” vehicles, and $28.00/day for buses and tractors with trailers. Annual passholders who have the parking option on their pass may park in either facility at no additional charge.

We expect parking fees at the new structure to be $20/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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Disneyland 60th Anniversary Celebration is Coming to an End!

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What a wonderful celebration!

For the past year, Disneyland has been celebrating sixty years as the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ with its 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 began on Main Street USA!

Featuring the all-new “Paint the Night” parade (leaving soon!!), “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.

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We couldn’t miss seeing this celebration!

The Disneyland celebration will continue to dazzle guests only through September 5, 2016!disneyland2

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The whole park is so beautiful!

Take a look at this Best Day Ever video of The Happiness Place on Earth:  Best Day Ever at Disneyland!

Why aren't their new outfits Silver & Blue like this??

Celebrating at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Are you ready for some anniversay pin trading fun?

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Pins, pins, and more pins!  We bought 10 of them!

Some of the May pin releases.

Some of the 60th 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, there’s 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.

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So much anniversary merchandise!  Something for everyone!!!

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Special Mickey ears!

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Our new Disneyland mugs.  We love the handle!

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Shhhh…some of this Disneyland 60th anniversary merch is now showing up at the Cast Connections store at WDW!!!

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The Paint the Night parade is leaving Disneyland…but coming to WDW!!!

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This parade is beautiful!

Disneyland 60th Anniversary celebration

Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary celebration ends 09/05/2016!  Don’t miss it!

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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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