2016 Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian

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The Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House

The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is celebrating its 18th year!

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The Gingerbread Sweet Shop

They put up the 2016 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House this week. It’s so beautiful! There are Hidden Mickey’s in the shingles.  The whole lobby of the GF smells like gingerbread! ❤

Free samples of the gingerbread for all the guests.  So delicious!  The botton is coated in rich dark chocolate!

Free samples of the gingerbread for all the guests while they are assembling the house. So delicious! The bottom is coated in rich dark chocolate!

The chefs make extra gingerbread shingles and dip them in dark chocolate. You can buy them in the gift shop and also from the gingerbread house when it’s open (limited hours).

Here’s the just released 2016 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House pin:

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Pin Signing event last Saturday!

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The gingerbread recipe

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Side view of gingerbread house

Some of the details:

The Gingerbread House stands 16 feet tall.

The 2015 ingredients include 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites, and 700 lbs. of delicious Belgium chocolate!

Here’s a video of the final dusting by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek:  Putting the Final Touches on the Gingerbread House  

The dusting of the gingerbread house takes 10-15 minutes. The chef squirts down the gingerbread roof with a ‘simple sugar’ water mix, and then sifts powdered sugar onto the house.

Then in early January when they take it all down, they take off all the gingerbread and compost it, wash down the house and store it again until next Christmas!  

Disney Behind-the-Scenes Video:  Bees Recycle GF Gingerbread House at WDW

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View of the gingerbread house from the balcony.

Check out the other Gingerbread displays on Disney properties:

Contemporary Resort:  Frozen Gingerbread Display at Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Beach Resort:  The Gingerbread Carousel

Disney BoardWalk Resort: Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe

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We got to see it last year.  So pretty…so yummy!!

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Walking around the Grand Floridian with the Gingerbread House up – it smells so good!!!!

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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Mickey Mouse Turns 88 with a Trip Around the World

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At Disney World’s Cinderella Castle.

Mickey Mouse turned 88 on Friday, November 18, 2016.

Of course there was a parade in his honor at Disney World!

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The “Happy Birthday, Mickey” parade at WDW on Friday.

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All the park guests got free birthday celebration buttons.

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Free birthday celebration buttons for all guests!  Help yourself!

This month, Mickey took a birthday trip around the world to celebrate his big day (video)Mickey’s Birthday Trip.

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Mickey celebrating his birthday in Japan.

Mickey’s Birthday Trip Around the World 2016 – Los Angeles, Kyoto, Shanghai, Rome, Paris, Cusco and Rio de Janeiro.

Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honor of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on November 18, 1928, at the Colony Theatre in New York City. Since then, he has starred in more than 100 cartoons.

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I think this button is really cute!

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Happy birthday to the best boss ever!  🙂

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Two Disney sisters.

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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Starbright Holidays at Disney Springs

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300 drones flying in synchronized formation to holiday music!

11/16/16:  Three hundred (300!) drones took to the skies over Disney Springs on Wednesday night in the first drone performance of this scale in the United States.

“Starbright Holidays” is a choreographed nighttime drone performance set to holiday music.

Watch 300 drones form a whirling Christmas Tree:  Christmas Tree in the Sky

Accompanied by an original Disney arrangement of classic holiday songs recorded by a full orchestra, the sparkling experience invites guests to look up to sky and wish upon a holiday star. This is the first time a drone show of this scale has ever been performed in the U.S.

Disney World secured permission from the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month to use drones on its properties.

The brightly lit drones flew in formation over a restricted area of the park, in view of Disney Springs, the shopping district, and entertainment zone formerly known as Downtown Disney.

Technology giant Intel said it was the first public performance in the United States of the company’s 300 Shooting Star drones. The drones feature built-in LED lights that can create more than four billion color combinations.

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Blue dove of peace.

The drones dance in formation, creating a huge floating, rotating Christmas tree and other holiday symbols like doves and angels.  Using the sky as the stage for an aerial ballet, the “Starbright Holidays” show will run nightly through Jan. 8, 2017.

The drones have plastic foam bodies and weigh about 10 ounces, about the same as an ultralight running shoe.  “They are going to be flying them over the water and they will almost certainly have some kind of geo-fence built into the software,” Waite said, describing it as similar to an invisible dog fence that won’t let the drones operate beyond a certain point.  And even in the unlikely event a 10-ounce drone falls 150 feet from the sky, “It may not feel great,” Waite said, “but it’s not going to injure you very much.”

“Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” will join other holiday enhancements at Disney Springs, including a brand-new Christmas Tree Trail, special seasonal entertainment, meet and greets with Santa, and festive decor throughout all four neighborhoods – Town Center, The Landing, West Side and Marketplace.

Full video of the 5 minute holiday show:  Starbright Holidays 2016

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Drones fly every evening through January 8, 2017, weather permitting.

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Two Disney sisters.

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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2016 Winter Formal Ball for Disney CPs

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December 5th:  Free food, good music, dancing, and photo ops with special characters!

The 2016 Winter Formal Ball for CPs will be held at  Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort on December 5, 2016.

This year’s theme is: Celebrating 45 Years of Magic

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Fall 2016 Winter Formal invite

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What’s on the menu.

Disney Housing is expecting over 3,000 CPs to attend the Winter Formal Ball.  It’s crowded, but so much fun!!!

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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

There will be Disney princes and princesses at the character meet and greets, with everyone celebrating 45 years of magic.

The 2016 end-of-semester capstone event will take you once upon a time to a glamorous event featuring a quality buffet and character meet-and-greets, with a night of dancing and not-to-be-missed surprises. Whether you want to be dancing among the crowd or just chatting with friends in a quieter area, a memorable evening is guaranteed!

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Be sure to dress up for the Ball!

December 5, 2016, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – Veracruz Exhibit Hall

Parking is limited, so please take advantage of Disney Housing transportation or carpool (see below). Housing IDs are required for entry. Participants with dietary restrictions or food allergies should email wdw.disney.housing.events.team.@disney.com by Nov. 28, so an alternative menu offering can be planned.

Transportation for the event will depart from the Chatham Square bus stop and Vista Way pavilion starting at 7:30 p.m. and will continue throughout the evening. In addition, from 7:30-11:30 p.m., transportation to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will be offered from Magic Kingdom Westclock, and from 7:30-11 p.m., transportation to the event will be offered from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot; just look for the motor coach labeled “Winter Formal.” Self-parking is extremely limited, so please make every effort to take Disney Housing Transportation.

Be advised that bag checks will be performed. Alcohol, open containers and any other items in violation of the Community Codes will be discarded immediately. In addition, limit your personal belongings to necessary items only. (A coat check will not be available at the event.) Unattended items, such as coats and purses will be placed in lost-and-found, so pack light.

Last, but not least, be sure to bring both your Disney and Housing IDs along. No non-CP guests are allowed. Formal attire is encouraged, but not required.  Come and enjoy the celebration!

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Winter Formal Ball at Contemporary Resort

Throwback photo:  At our program’s Winter Formal.  So much fun!  Better than prom!!!

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CP Moment:  Going to the Winter Formal Ball at Disney!  🙂

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The huge Cinderella Castle celebrating 45 years of magic.  (Photo credit:  Disney College Program)

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two-disney-sistersTwo 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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2017-2018 Dining Discounts for Disney Cast Members

Dining at the Crystal Palace.

Dining at the Crystal Palace  – 20% discount for cast members!

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CM discount valid until September 29, 2018!! We love this show and the food is excellent!!!

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40% Dining Discount list until September 29, 2018!

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Reservations can be made at www.DisneyWorld.com/Dining.


Remember, cast members get 20% off merch and 20% of dining most of the year.

  • Current 2017-2018 dining discount blockout days:
    • Dec. 23, 2016 – Jan. 2, 2017
    • Feb. 14, 2017
    • April 15-16, 2017
    • May 13-14, 2017
    • July 1-4, 2017
    • Nov 23-26, 2017
    • Dec 22 – Jan 1, 2018
    • Feb 14, 2018
    • July 1 – 4, 2018

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Remember, there are black out dates for dining discounts!  This year, 4th of July weekend is blocked.

Here’s our CP tip:  Ask every time!  There are too many restaurants and blackout dates and restrictions to keep track of!  We always ask (nicely of course!) at every place we eat at, including the QSFB ones!

You just never know!

Dining reservations can be booked directly online at: www.disneyworld.com/dining or by calling 407-WDW-CAST.

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The fine print.

 

DINING DISCOUNTS:  PARTICIPATING WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT RESTAURANTS

* ALL LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANT BLOCK-OUT DATES:  Nov. 23 – 26, 2017; Dec. 22, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018; Feb. 14, 2018; March 30 – April 1, 2018; May 12 – 13, 2018; July 4, 2018

THEME PARK DINING

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Casey’s Corner
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
  • Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant (Lunch Only)
  • Tortuga Tavern

Epcot

  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Chefs de France (Lunch Only)
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (Lunch Only)
  • Electric Umbrella
  • Kringla Bakeri og Kafé
  • La Cantina de San Angel (Lunch Only)
  • Liberty Inn
  • Lotus Blossom Café
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant (Lunch Only)
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (Lunch Only)
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante (Lunch Only)
  • Sommerfest
  • Sunshine Seasons
  • Teppan Edo (Lunch Only) – Discount does not apply to add on menu items category
  • The Garden Grill
  • Tokyo Dining (Lunch Only) – Discount does not apply to add on menu items category
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante (Lunch Only)
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Lunch Only)
  • Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • 50’s Prime Time Café (Lunch Only)
  • ABC Commissary
  • Backlot Express
  • Catalina Eddie’s
  • Fairfax Fare
  • Hollywood & Vine (Lunch Only)
  • Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner
  • PizzeRizzo
  • Rosie’s All-American Café
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Harambe Market
  • Pizzafari
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Satu’li Canteen
  • Tiffins
  • Tusker House Restaurant

RESORT DINING

Disney’s All-Star Resorts

  • All food courts

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Landscape of Flavors

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Boma – Flavors of Africa
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place
  • Sanaa
  • The Mara

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

  • ESPN Club (Lunch: Monday-Friday only)
  • Flying Fish Café
  • Trattoria al Forno (Dinner Only)

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Contempo Café
  • The Wave…of American Flavors

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

  • Trail’s End Restaurant

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • 1900 Park Fare (Breakfast Only)
  • Cítricos
  • Gasparilla Island Grill
  • Grand Floridian Café

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Good’s Food to Go
  • Olivia’s Café

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Capt. Cook’s
  • Kona Café (Dinner seating must occur after 8 p.m.)

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Everything POP Shopping & Dining

Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts

  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall
  • Riverside Mill Food Court
  • Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • The Artist’s Palette
  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

  • Wind and Waves Grill
  • Wind and Waves Market

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Artist Point
  • Roaring Fork
  • Whispering Canyon Café

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

  • Ale and Compass
  • Cape May Café (Breakfast Only)
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse (Dinner seating must occur after 8 p.m.)

Disney Springs

  • AristoCrepes
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.
  • D-LUXE Burger
  • Disney Operated Food Trucks
  • The Daily Poutine

WATER PARKS & SPORTS DINING

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Avalunch
  • Lottawatta Lodge

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • Leaning Palms
  • Typhoon Tilly’s

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill

Note: Always review the restaurant block-out dates and restrictions.

Disneyland® Resort participating restaurants and block-out dates >>

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Adventure is out there!

 

Halloween 2016 at the White House

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Halloween 2016

Last Friday (10/28/16), the White House opened its doors for the first-ever haunted Halloween tour!

Obama and his wife, Michelle, appeared as themselves and handed out White House Halloween Cookies, along treat bags filled with M&Ms, fruit bars, kettle corn, candies and baseball cards featuring their dogs, Bo and Sunny.

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The President handing out treats.

The President and First Lady Michelle Obama handing out treats on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday, October 29, 2016.

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Honest Abe meeting with schoolchildren.

They had live historical actors in the main public rooms acting out their part in the history of the White House.

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The President and Honest Abe discussing democracy.

Hundreds of local schoolchildren and children from military families came trick-or-treating at the White House on Friday afternoon dressed as Disney princesses, Star Wars characters, caped super heroes like Superman, Marvel characters like Captain America, firefighters, and furry creatures. At least one little girl dressed as the first lady and one little boy came dressed as a “Lame Duck”.

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The Obamas dancing with ghouls to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ at White House Halloween party.

Video of President and Mrs. Obama dancing to Thriller: Thriller

This year is the Obama’s final Halloween celebration at the White House.

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Two Disney sisters.

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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Chicago Cubs parade through Disney’s Magic Kingdom

parade1The Chicago Cubs World Series victory on Wednesday night ended a 108-year championship drought for the team.

“We’re going to Disney World!”

On Saturday, several members of the Chicago Cubs were at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando celebrating their World Series win.

World Series MVP Ben Zobrist along with teammates Addison Russell and Javier Baez paraded down Main Street USA as hundreds of park goers looked on. This follows historic Cubs parade and rally that drew an estimated 5 million fans to downtown Chicago on Friday afternoon.

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Can’t have a parade without paper streamers!

Mickey Mouse joined the players as they cruised down Main Street USA in a vintage car.

The parade has been decades in the making for the Cubs, often referred to by fans as ‘the Loveable Losers’.

Well done Cubs!

Video link:  http://www.wesh.com/article/chicago-cubs-parade-through-disneys-magic-kingdom/8250433

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2016:  Chicago Cubs won the series 4 – 3 over the Indians.

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Two Disney Sisters.

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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2017 DCP Housing Rents at WDW

The four housing complexes at Disney World.

There are four huge DCP housing complexes at Disney World.

December 2017 UPDATE:
DCP apartment rents are going up a little in 2018.

Check out the new rent increases: 2018 DCP Apartment Rents.

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The DCP apartments at Disney World have one to four bedrooms, with two or three participants in each bedroom.

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Rent is between $99-$200/week.  Check out Patterson’s new 3 Bedroom/3 Person apartment!

Rent costs are automatically deducted weekly from every cast members’ paychecks, so you don’t have to worry about turning in a check at the beginning of the month. (If you don’t work enough hours in a week, you can call the Front Office and pay your rent over the phone.)

The apartment rent includes all utilities such as electricity, wifi internet (S-L-O-W!), TV cable hookup, waste disposal, recycling, heat/AC, local phone service, 24 hour gated security, free bus transportation to all the Disney parks, resorts, and Disney Springs (for work and playtime!); as well as the various resort-style amenities, such as pools, hot tubs, outdoor grills, gyms, basketball, etc. available at each housing complex.

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You can rent all these things for free at the front desk of each housing complex.

 

May 16, 2017 Update:  All DCP apartments have been smoke-free for years, but now Housing is limiting where you can smoke on property (i.e., one of our roommates used to smoke out on the balcony. That’s no longer allowed.)  We think this is a good thing!

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May 16, 2017 email from Housing regarding smoking on property.

Now if they see or smell any sign of smoking in the apartment at all, the whole apartment will FAIL the monthly inspection!  😦

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“Smoking inside the apartment” is now a Code Violation.

As soon as you’re accepted to the DCP, sign up for what type of apartment size you want and where you want to live like I did: Filling out my DORMS form.  (Be aware, there is no guarantee…I literally got my last housing choice!)

To help figure out what size apartment you will be able to afford during your program, remember that most CPs are paid $10/hr. before taxes and are only guaranteed 32/hrs. week.  [Certain roles get a $1/hr. premium.]

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The DORMS apartment selection process.

Bonus Tip:  Disney Housing offers a free monthly Housing Event social for all residents. Lots of free food, music and dancing, and fun character meet and greets!

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The first Housing Event for the Fall 2017 program is on August 10th, Chatham Field. Free food and great music!! Don’t miss it!

Our first DCP Housing event:  August 2013

At our first DCP Housing event, we got to meet the characters from Andy’s Room (Toy Story) and they gave us free straw hats!

Interested in learning about the DCP Housing available at Disneyland? It’s called Carnegie Plaza:  Carnegie Plaza at Disneyland.

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The brand new DCP Housing pins are being released monthly.

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Two Disney Sisters

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 Art of Disney with Larry Dotson

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“Halloween at Disney’s Magic Kingdom”

For the second time, we got to meet Disney artist Larry Dotson, this time at The Art of Disney at Epcot last week.

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The Art of Disney at Epcot

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Larry signing our prints.

We got two new prints, one Halloween, one Christmas:

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Elly’s Christmas print.

He signed our new prints:

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Boo to You!

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Merry Christmas

Larry’s work can be seen at all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney Golf Course Pro Shops, Art of Disney Galleries, and Disney Cruise Line. (We first saw his artwork on our Disney Dream cruise.)

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Larry working on his latest piece for Disney.

It was a pleasure to meet him again and he signed several of our purchases for us.

Artist Showcase with Larry Dotson, Disney Artist

Walt Disney World Resort is pleased to present the artwork for internationally recognized artist, Larry Dotson. Larry’s oil paintings of Disney scenes capture the magical memories of trips to Disney Parks. Join us as we debut some of his latest releases.

Upcoming signing events:

November 7 – 9:  The Art of Disney, Epcot
November 10 – 14:  The Art of Disney, Epcot
November 18 – 20:  Norway Pavilion, Epcot
November 25 – 27:  The Art of Disney, Epcot
December 5 – 7:  The Art of Disney, Epcot
December 8 – 11:  The Art of Disney, Epcot

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Epcot – France.   Les Halles Boulangerie et Patisserie

Epcot's 2014 Flower & Garden Show.

Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Show.

larry-dotsonMeeting Larry two years ago while on our DCP Program:  Meeting Disney Artist Larry Dotson

Larry working on his latest piece for Disney.

Larry working on a Main Street USA piece for Disney.

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Two Disney sisters.

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 25 Days of Christmas TV Schedule

We went to the Disney Store last weekend and they were giving out free programming guides to the 25 Days of Christmas with a paper ornament inside!

It starts tonight – December 1st!

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Free programming guide

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Paper ornament inside!

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The special month-long holiday programming is shown every year from December 1st to December 25th on Freeform, formerly known as the ABC Family channel.

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2016 Holiday Schedule

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We love Elf!  The 4 kinds of candy are…..

New this year, Disney will also be airing holiday musical specials that were taped in front of the Cinderella Castle at Disney World in mid-November!

Watch:  The 2016 Disney Parks Magical Holiday Celebrations.

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Here’s the link to the facebook page for programming updates:  https://www.facebook.com/25DaysofChristmas/

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Yes, this classic will be airing too!

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Set your DVRs!

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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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