Rivers of Light Finally Opening Soon!

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Beautiful!

If all goes according to plan, Rivers of Light should finally debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom sometime in late October!

The dress rehearsals and technical work on the show are both scheduled to be wrapping up today (September 30th).  After that, the show could technically debut at any time, and we’re thinking in a few weeks (around November  1st) after Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party wraps up.

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The Tree of Life is used as the backdrop for the show.

Now, this is good news for us as we’ll be there at the end of the month! [For those of you that follow our blog, you’ll remember that Caroline made a special trip to DAK on Earth Day 2016 to see the RoL debut that never happened!]

Dress Rehearsal Preview:  Rivers of Light Preview

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All the new nighttime attractions and entertainment at DAK this fall.

The show, originally slated to debut almost 6 months ago on April 22, 2016 – Earth Day -, was indefinitely delayed due to problems with the automated show barges and floats, including one float that unfortunately sank during a rehearsal performance in April.

The show’s downtime and delay has also been used to rewrite large portions of the performance that Disney management deemed “too boring”. The show features animal-inspired floats and lanterns, special lighting and waterworks and fountains,  plus live performers and storytellers.

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The new Rivers of Light amphitheater with seating for 5,000.

The amphitheater overlooking the park’s Discovery River, which seats over 5,000 guests, was completed in March and is open for guests to sit in and rest during the day.

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New RoL merch.  Very pretty!

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Popcorn in a Lotus Flower container.

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We’re looking forward to seeing it finally!

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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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14 Daily Struggles of Disney Cast Members

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Welcome to Disney World!

The Struggles via Buzzfeed:

For fellow Disney cast members on the clock, off the clock, and everywhere in between.

1. The word “folks”

You had never said it in your life before you started working for the Mouse, and suddenly it’s the only word you use to communicate to a group of 3+ people.

“Hi, folks!” “Alrighty, folks…” “Folks! Folks!! FOLKS!!!”

Who are you? Mark Twain?

2. Not knowing how to end a conversation

Guest: Hi, where is the bathroom?
You: Just down that walkway to the right.
Guest: Thank you!
You: Of course! Have fun!!
Guest: *Looks at you, confused.*
You: *Looks at guest, confused, quickly looks away and pretends to be busy with something else.*

Don’t judge us, we typically have a very cheery demeanor, okay? And maybe we do want you to have a fun time in the bathroom…I don’t know.

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You: Hi, Princess!
Brother of “Princess”: He’s a boy!!
Parent of “Princess”: *Probably shooting you some look, but you don’t catch it because you cannot bear to look at them anymore.*
You: *Slowly walks away. Tries to disappear. Just pretends nothing happened. Considers saying “I said ‘prince!’” Just…thinks maybe I should just quit right now.*

Hey, in our defense, your young son has beautiful hair.

adele.jpgCheck out photos of Adele’s 3-year-old son in a Princess Anna dress at Disneyland in February 2016!

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4. The question of all questions

Guest: What time is the 3 o’clock parade?
You: *Wonders if guest is asking this on purpose to be silly…oh you silly guests! You must have read that BuzzFeed article about Cast Member struggles and you are asking this to be funny! …suddenly realizes guest is genuinely asking this question.*It’s at 3 o’clock!
Guest: I know it is! That’s why I said 3 o’clock parade! Get a sense of humor!!
You: *Forces smile and laughs through teeth while thinking about how you don’t get paid enough.*

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5. Selfie Sticks

We’re supposed to take them from you. You’re not supposed to bring them in. There are literally three announcements on the tram in about how they’re not welcome in the parks. There are signs at the turnstiles.  Big signs. And yet, here we are.

Guest: *Pulls out selfie stick.*
You: *Hears “Psycho” theme, eyes widen as you focus in on the banned object. Approaches guest.* Hi, um, so actually selfie sticks aren’t allowed in the parks and –
Guest: What?! No one told me that! I had no idea!
You: Yeah…so…I actually have to take it from you.
Guest: For the day?
You: For…ever. Or I can call security and they can escort you out so you don’t have to get rid of it. You can take it to your hotel and then come back…or we can store them in a locker for you at the very front of the park….
Guest: That’ll take too long! But I’m not giving it up because it was expensive.
You: *Thinks: I’m pretty sure those are $4 at Claire’s, but sure.* I’m sorry, but they are a banned –
Guest: I’m not giving it up!
You: Okay, I’ll just have to call security…
Guest: That is ridiculous!
You: I know. *Looks at metaphorical fourth-wall camera and gives it a raised eyebrow.*

6. Not knowing if compliments are genuine or sarcastic

You: *Staring off into space, praying someone comes and bumps you soon.*
Old Man: Hey, *reads nametag* I just wanted to say you’re doin’ a great job, kiddo!
You: …Thank you!…? *Thinking: Was that sarcastic? Must have been. I’m doing a terrible job! I should give myself a Show reprimand for being a waste of space here.*

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7. Trying to find the appropriate shade of nail polish

We won’t get into the rules of the ‘Disney Look’ here because that’s a beast of its own, but it’s just difficult to understand how bright (hooker) peach nail polish is allowed, yet a lovely, subtle lavender shade isn’t…

Snarky Cast Member: Oh, I love that nail color!
You: Thanks! I –
SCM: But is it the Disney Look?
You: I DON’T KNOW, MARTHA, IS YOUR FACE DISNEY LOOK?!

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8. Trying to be a good Cast Member by picking up trash (and then instantly regretting it)

We all do our part to keep the Parks looking clean, and who doesn’t love doing a good “Disney Scoop” every now and then?

You: Oh, look, some trash in my way. I can totally pick this up! *Does Disney Scoop, picks up seemingly harmless-looking trash, realizes it is, in fact, not seemingly harmless.* OH MY GOD, THIS IS WET! WHY IS THIS WET?! WHAT HAVE YOU MONSTERS DONE TO THIS NAPKIN?! I AM NEVER PICKING UP GARBAGE AGAIN. SORRY, CUSTODIAL. SORRY, WALT. I CAN’T.

(“Disney Scoop” = a cute name for the fluid motion of bending down to pick up trash and seamlessly continuing to walk.)

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9. Crowds: Spring Break, Holidays, Peak Summer Season…

No one likes it when the parks are close to or at capacity. It’s a less-than-ideal situation for guests and cast members alike. Prime example:

“Dear Diary, today, in the same minute, I was hit in the head by a light saber and run into by an ECV backing up. Please send help.”

(What’s an ECV? Electronic Conveyance (Convenience?) Vehicle…or something like that. The scooters. You know.)

10. The Straight-Legged Sprint

Whether it’s to get someone their bump-out on time, to get to the PC in time to clock in, or to make your way through rotation quickly (because you stopped to use the bathroom), a lot of us CMs have mastered the Straight-Legged Sprint. From afar, it looks like you’re just a really fast walker, but upon closer inspection, you are absolutely sprinting without bending your legs. (No running at Disney!) It’s an acquired skill only brought out at the most necessary moments.

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11. Pretending not to be totally grossed out by vomit

People throw up. Kids especially throw up.  A lot. And sometimes it’s in the area you’re working. And all you can do is call custodial (Code V stat!), lay down some towels, if you have them, and stand over said vomit with a half smile plastered on your face while telling guests to watch their step.

You: Watch your step, folks.
Guest: Oh my GOD! Is that –
You: Yes. Yes it is. *Thinks to self: and I’m standing over it. For $10 an hour I am literally guarding someone’s puke. Is this the dream? Am I really living the dream right now?*
Guest: *Gives you look of pity but also appreciation.* You don’t get paid enough.
You: *Laughs and gives an “oh stop it” hand to guest, while also thinking: NO KIDDING, LADY!*

In a normal world, I would legitimately run away from puke. I don’t do vomit. Ever. But at work I get into the mental state of it being no big deal/another day another puke pile…this must be what it’s like to be a doctor…yeah.

12. Visiting the parks as a guest

You: *Sees cute child running around.* Hi, Buddy! How are you? Have you seen Mickey yet today?!
Cute Child: *Stares at you and wonders why this scary stranger is talking to him…*
Parent of Cute Child: *Kind of looks at you like you’re creepy, but also appreciates you talking to their kid.*
You: *Debates whether or not to say you work here, decides against it and just slowly walks away…*

OR, how about when you see guests doing something that definitely isn’t allowed and you have this moral compass problem of speaking up or not…but decide against it because you’re not on the clock/in costume. And then feeling guilty. “Safe-D begins with me!”

13. Being able to block out all the noise until someone brings up how you’re able to block out all the noise

Guest: Wow! You must be able to block out all that noise.
You: What noise?…*Suddenly, you hear it. You hear it all…Your area’s music/babies crying/people screaming.* Why have you done this to me, woman?! I was subconsciously blocking it all out until you mentioned it! Why?! What kind of monster are you?!

[Caroline was once in such a zone at work that she was mistaken by guests as being a mannequin! Then she ruined the moment by asking them “May I help you?”, which scared the crap out of them!!!  They didn’t think she was real!]

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14. “If you hate your job so much, why don’t you just quit?”

I don’t hate my job. I love it. I love the people I work with…well, most of them, and I truly do enjoy interacting with guests from all over the country and the world…well, most of them. Every day is a new adventure. It’s just fun to complain, especially when so many others can relate. Do I want to work here forever? No. But for now, yeah! And besides, Annual Passes are way too expensive now. My Cast ID is a golden ticket. And it’s nice to have someone wash your work clothes for you. #ThanksCostuming!

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Have a magical day!

– Disney Cast Member maddiescheutz via Buzzfeed

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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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The Wonderful Smells of Disney World

Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Welcome to sweet smelling 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”.

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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!

1. The Smell of Burning Wood

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Hmmm…the smell of Rome burning…

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

2. The Smell of the Water Rides

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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), and the Kali River Rapids, and they could correctly associate the water’s scent with the attraction.  And, they would be right.

3. The Smell of the Disney Resort Lobbies

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

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 Resort lobby smells vaguely “Hawaiian” with floral and wood notes.  The Yacht and Beach Club smells of “seashore”, but not in a bad way, more like a fresh salty sea breeze.

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.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

When the Gingerbread House goes up at the GF in November, the whole Grand Atrium smells like gingerbread cookies!

4. The Smell of Caramel Popcorn Cooking at Karamell Kuche in Epcot Germany

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Making a fresh batch of warm caramel popcorn.

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 Starbucks caramel latte, I always think of him and the sweet Karamell Kuche shop at Epcot.

5. The Spa Scent of Disney Resort Soaps and Toiletries

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Disney Resort toiletries smell wonderful!

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.

6.  The Special Holiday Parade Scents

And love these guys too!

Dancing reindeer on Main Street USA with the delicious scent of baking sugar cookies filling the air during the holidays!

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 also the scent of peppermint candy canes is in the air!

7.  The Scent of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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

The number one smell that I associate 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 now, 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 every guest 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 clouds of it in the air like it’s free!

By 9am every day, 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!

And, finally, a smell that is no more and that we miss a lot….

8. The Smell of Oranges on Soarin’

Flying high over the orange groves.

Flying high over the orange groves.  You could feel the wind in your face and smell the scent of oranges from the orange groves below.

While flying high above orange groves in Soarin’, you were surrounded by the smell of freshly squeezed oranges.  It was the scent we most identified with Disney World!  We miss it!

But, Soarin’ Around the World has all new scents that we’re sure we will come to love!
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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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The Hidden Gardens of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom

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The Gardens of Tangled.  I took this photo in November.

Pascal, a color-changing chameleon, is a true and loyal friend to Rapunzel in Disney’s ‘Tangled’ movie.

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At the waterfall of Rapunzel’s Tower.

Pascal and his friends can be found hiding in the pretty Gardens of Tangled in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

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The gardens are directly across from Rapunzel’s Tower.  So pretty at sunset!

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Free charging station!

Free charging station!

Located just past the tables and chairs in the phone charging area, you will find a beautiful garden filled with flowers, greenery, and even a small stream.

Ten of Pascal’s chameleon friends have made this garden their new home. They can be seen lounging about on rocks near the stream, in greenery, and even hidden on nearby buildings.

Look for 10 of them!

Look for 10 of them!

After a few minutes of searching, we were able to find six chameleons hiding in the garden. Next time you’re in Fantasyland, be sure to say hi to Pascal and his friends.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

This one was the hardest one to find!

This one was the hardest one to find!

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Brown Pascal next to rock.

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So fierce looking, tucked up against the creek rock!

Maximus hoof print in Fantasyland by Tangled area.

Bonus photo!  Try and find Maximus’s hoof print in Fantasyland by the Tangled area.

Disney Fun Fact:  Pascal is actually based on a real chameleon, owned by one of the movie’s cast members. The day the directors were trying to find a name for the character, the CM said she named her chameleon Pascal, so they took that name.

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Pascal, Rapunzel’s friend.

Pascal serves a similar role as being a friend and protective sidekick to Rapunzel as Flit the hummingbird did for Pocahontas.

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The real Pascal (so tiny!!).

The real Pascal (he’s so tiny!!)

Want to Disney Bound as one of the characters from ‘Tangled’?

Caroline’s done it several times now!  Disney Bounding at Work as Tangled Characters

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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 Closes on September 11, 2001

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Disneyland: September 11, 2001 11am.  Flag has been lowered to half staff

As Disneyland celebrates its 60th diamond anniversary celebration, we look back at some notable days in the park’s history.

In its 60 year history, Disneyland has had only four unscheduled closures:

Disneyland closed in observance of national mourning.

November 23, 1963:  Disneyland closed in observance of national mourning.

In 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

In 1970, due to an anti-Vietnam riot in Los Angeles instigated by the Youth International Party.

In 1994, for ride and park inspection after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

In 2001, after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

That’s just 4 unscheduled closure days out of 21,900 days!

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We’re so glad that we got to go to Disneyland for the 60th Diamond Anniversary celebration this year!

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Disneyland Cast Member Ginger’s Story

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the Walt Disney Company quickly closed its stateside theme parks that day, reportedly out of concern that the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts might also be on the terrorists’ target list.

In Florida, guests had already filled the parks at Walt Disney World by 10am, but on the West Coast, due to the time difference, the Disneyland Resort simply did not open that day.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Magic Kingdom is now closed. Please follow the direction of the nearest Cast Member.”

Turning on her television, Disneyland cast member Ginger saw the morning news reporter’s faces change as they received the news that a plane had struck the World Trade Center. As she prepared for her early shift, she watched in horror as a plane hit the second tower.

Shortly after, a friend called, begging her not to go to Disneyland. She said she had heard that Disneyland was going to be bombed.

At her home near Disneyland, Ginger headed out to the park. Arriving early, she found that work crews for custodial, landscaping and construction were all at work, preparing the park for the day’s guests, as well as a major press event scheduled for the Friday opening of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Play It. Star Regis Philbin was to fly in from New York.

Across the esplanade, another cast member had ridden his bicycle through the backstage gate, showered and dressed, and was puzzled to find everyone from his office in the break room, watching television. Joining them, he watched the tragedy in New York unfold, until word came in that Disneyland would not open that day. Everyone on hand was pressed into service, calling anyone on the schedule to let them know they were not to come in.

At the Hollywood Gate, Ginger got word about the closure. Her new task for the day was to clear the work crews who were already in the park. She then hurried back to the gate to turn back arriving cast members who hadn’t gotten a message. Many of the young people hadn’t heard the news, and couldn’t understand how Disneyland could be closed. Ginger found herself telling the same sad story over and over again.

One cast member who was woken up by a phone call at home later recalled that the enormity of the situation sank in only after he was told that Disney had closed all their theme parks. The events on the East Coast seemed unbelievable at first hearing; the decision to close the Disney theme parks was much more immediate.

Over at Disneyland, the young man with the bike was busy making phone calls, when word suddenly came through park radios to evacuate all buildings. A report had been received that planes were headed toward the resort. After hurrying through the building, ensuring that every office was cleared, he joined his co-workers and waited in their pre-designated evacuation area. After a tense wait, the all clear finally came through.

As the sun rose higher in the California sky, a sense of eerie calm settled over the Disneyland Resort. The only activity was at the hotels, where stranded guests were handled with Disney’s famous hospitality. A crew from the park was diverted to handle immediate needs, and characters were sent out in force to entertain the children who couldn’t understand why they had to stay at the hotel all day, as their parents huddled around television sets.

Taking her first break of the day, Ginger recalled that she had a disposable camera in her locker. She had purchased it to take photos of the last Sunday’s final performance of The Country Bears in Critter Country.

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Picking up the camera, Ginger headed over to Disneyland. Her first stop was Town Square, to see if the flag had been moved to half-staff. She was pleased to note that this had, indeed, been done.

Although the sun was shining brightly, there was a deafening silence, due to the fact that Main Street was deserted. Even the familiar park music had been turned off. Ginger would later describe it as the happiest place on earth on the saddest day she could ever remember being there.

(Article and photo source:  TheLaughingPlace.com)

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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:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2016 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips

BREAKING NEWS!  More party dates have been added for cast member discounted tickets!

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Party dates Oct 23, 25, 27 and 28th have been added for discounted tickets for cast members!

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Cast members can now buy discounted tickets at the Company D store for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at a 30% discount off of general ticket prices for the public.

The ticket prices are good for the earlier party dates in September, which is wonderful as those are the less crowded nights (see memo below).

MNSSHP party details:

There are 29 nights for the 2016 event this year!

September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30*

October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31**

Hours: 7:00 pm – Midnight

Two Boo To You Parades:  at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm

HalloWishes Fireworks: at 9:30 pm

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MNSSHP Tickets Prices:

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25 – $72.00 plus tax age 10+, $67.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $79.00/$74 same-day*

September 29, 30 – $79.00 plus tax age 10+, $74.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $88/$83.00 same-day

October 2, 6 – $86.00 plus tax age 10+, $81.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90 same-day

October 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 – $91.00 plus tax age 10+, $86.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90 same-day

September 23 – $85.00 plus tax age 10+, $80.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 7, 14, 21, 28, 30 – $95.00 plus tax age 10+, $90.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 31– $105.00 plus tax age 10+, $100.00 plus tax age 3-9**

Passholder Rates available 9/2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 23, 25, 29, 30; 10/2, 6 – Rates are $67-80 (depends on night) plus tax. Disney Vacation Club members also have discounts on additional nights (including all dates APs already get) – 10/4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, & 20 ranging between $62-83.

*Cast Members can get discounted tickets (30% off) to MNSSHP for most nights in September at the Company D Store.

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2016 Cast member prices:  $ 50.40/ticket for September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, and 25 party nights

**Note: Guest tickets for Halloween night always sell out early!

CP Tip:  The party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s guests wearing costumes in for the party starting at 4pm. (Normally, adult guests may not wear costumes in the parks.)  Come early and plan on staying until midnight!

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Nobody decorates for the holidays – any holiday! – like Disney!  🙂

Plan on being at MK all day:  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom in the morning and storing your costume in the lockers near the entrance.  At 4pm, change into your costume and have your photo taken on Main Street before the crowds arrive at 7pm!

Everyone arriving in costumes for the evening.

Everyone arriving in great costumes for the party.

Special party lighting on Main Street USA.

Special MNSSHP party lighting all along Main Street USA.

After dark fun!

Having after dark fun in our costumes!  PhotoPass on Main Street.

Characters everywhere!

Characters in special costumes everywhere!

We love the Boo to You parade!

We love the Boo to You parade!

The parade smells like candy!

The parade smells like candy corn!

Caroline loves the Disney villians!

Caroline loves the Disney villains!  They are out in force during the party.

Got to meet all 7 dwarves!

Got to meet all 7 dwarfs during the MNSSHP party!

Castle in Halloween colors.

Cinderella Castle in Halloween colors with “fog” rolling in.  (This is our favorite castle color at night!)

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom.

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom on Halloween Night.

Have a magical time!  Watch out for the headless horseman!!

The Headless Horseman leads the Halloween Parade.

The Headless Horseman leads the Boo To You Halloween Parade.  🙂

Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

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Special Treats are available during the Halloween season!

Maps for the 2016 MNSSHP treat stations (Disney provides the candy treating bags for free!):

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2016 MNSSHP details

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13 Candy Stations this year.  Have fun!

One final party note!

There are new, expended costume rules this year!  Please plan your costume accordingly!

Come Dressed for the Occasion

Looking forward to dressing up for the occasion? Learn about costumes you can wear to this event—and some you can’t too.Before you brew up ideas for your next disguise, please take a moment to read over our official costume guidelines at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

GENERAL

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

GUESTS AGES 13 AND UNDER

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

GUESTS AGES 14 AND OLDER

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

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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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Visiting Disney World When It’s Raining

No need to turn around and go home! Carry on!!

It’s raining, but there’s no need to turn around and go home!  Carry on!!  (Photo credit:  WDW Shutterbug)

No need to let a little – or a LOT – of rain, aka ‘liquid sunshine’, stop you from visiting Disney World…or make you leave early!

Walking around Epcot's World Showcase in the pouring rain! :)

Walking around Epcot’s World Showcase in the pouring rain! The park was empty!  🙂

One of the great things about being a Disney cast member is that you really become an expert on all the parks of WDW.  In no time at all, you know when the best time to visit to each park is, even in the rain!

Touring Disney's Animal Kingdom in the Rain Walking around DAK in the rain!  Rain, rain, go away…

We’ve toured Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the pouring rain and not only had DAK all to ourselves, we had a blast!   Visiting DAK in the rain!

In order, the easiest WDW Parks to tour in the rain are: Magic Kingdom (driest), Hollywood Studios (good), Epcot (OK), and Animal Kingdom (you’ll get very wet!).

Rainy season: June, July, August, September

The Florida Rainy Season: June, July, August, September

Orlando gets more precipitation in June and July than we get all year at home (Boulder, CO).  But, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios all have many indoor attractions to visit when it’s raining.

When other people say no, I say YES!

Rainy day at Epcot?  When other people say no and stay home, I say YES!

Take a look at the weather forecast during your stay. If there’s a fairly dry day predicted, plan to visit the Animal Kingdom on that day. While it does have sheltered venues, this is one Park that’s meant to be enjoyed outdoors. You will get very wet, even wearing a poncho, if you go there on a rainy day or if it starts to rain. And, there is very little covered seating for eating.

Buy disposable ponchos at the Dollar Store before you go to WDW!

Buy disposable ponchos at the Dollar Store before you go to WDW!

The good news is not everyone plans ahead and you often see visitors leaving the Parks in droves – almost running from the Park – once the rain begins. Just keep one safety issue in mind: when you pop on a poncho it doesn’t mean that you’re immune from lightning. If it’s thundering and lightning, stay indoors until the coast is clear.

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Those look like rain clouds to me!

If rain is in the forecast, when you arrive at the Park think about renting a locker. You can stow your rain gear in the morning when it’s not needed, and don’t forget to bring a plastic bag to store the wet rainwear later. If it’s really raining hard, plan on having soggy shoes/socks. A change of footwear for later on in the day may be a good idea.

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: No Crowds!

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: No Crowds!

The prospect of rain should not keep you out of the Parks (you won’t melt).  All you really need to pack is a disposable poncho and flip-flops to make touring during a rainy day a breeze.  We liked using our collapsible umbrellas.

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Looks like it could rain at any minute!!!

The rain will scare plenty of local guests away, so a nice afternoon shower might be just the thing to lower the crowd levels to more manageable levels in the summer (less wait times!).

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Yes, the characters sometimes get caught out in the rain too!

Here is a list of some of WDW’s indoor attractions, many of which have covered waiting areas:

October 2015:  A rainy afternoon at MK.  Look, no crowds!

A rainy afternoon at MK. Look, no crowds!

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Don’t let a little rain stop you from enjoying the day!

Magic Kingdom:
Fantasyland: Dumbo’s Big Top Tent, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, It’s a Small World, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Winnie the Pooh, Prince Charming Carousel – all have covered waiting areas.
Adventureland: Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents – all great shows and all have covered pre-show/waiting areas.
Tomorrowland: Carousel of Progress, PeopleMover, Monsters, Inc., Stitch’s Great Escape, Buzz Lightyear.
Shopping on Main Street USA – All the stores are connected, so you can walk down a lot of Main Street inside, going from shop to shop.

Epcot:
Future World: Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Living With The Land Pavilion, Mission: Space, Sum of All Thrills, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Innovations, Soarin’, Spaceship Earth (our favorite!!!).
World Showcase:
‘O Canada’, American Adventure, ‘Impressions de France’, ‘Reflections of China’, Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride (Mexico).

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, One Man’s Dream, Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Finding Nemo: The Musical, Festival of the Lion King, It’s Tough to be a Bug

There's a lot of truth to this meme!!!

There’s a lot of truth to this meme!!!  Be prepared!

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Remember, rain at MK = No Crowds!!!!

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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:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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