The Floating Lanterns of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom

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The Floating Lanterns of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom.  So pretty at sunset when they come on!

Due to it’s wild popularity, the PhotoPass op with Tangled’s Floating Lanterns has been extended indefinitely passed the original planned March 15, 2017 final night.

We’re so happy to hear this!

Our favorite scene from Disney’s Tangled is when they sing the “At Last I See the Light” song!

Full song:  At Last I See The Light video

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Our friend, Ricky, capturing some magic last week.

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Our favorite scene!  Beautiful with all the floating lanterns!

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We love this Tangled scene so much that we went to a Paint Nite a few weeks ago and painted it!!

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Elly filling in the castle elements.

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Now for some lanterns…

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Everybody painted their castle scene just a little bit different!

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Caroline making good progress on her canvas.

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Caroline’s Floating Castle Lanterns

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Waiting for the paint to dry.

Adding in a few floating lanterns here and there!  Queue the Disney music!!

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Each one is just a little bit different, and all are fabulous!

And three hours later…our Floating Castle Lanterns paintings are all done.

Beautiful! 🙂

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Original movie artwork of the floating lanterns.

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This meme is so funny!  Yes, the photo op is right outside the restrooms!!!

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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!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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In the Gardens of Tangled.

Princess Tiana’s Riverboat Party – An All New Ice Cream Social Aboard the Liberty Square Riverboat

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Welcome aboard!

All-New, Old-Fashioned Fun aboard the Liberty Square Riverboat at the Magic Kingdom!

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Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen looking fabulous!

Make the most of your next visit to Magic Kingdom Park where Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen are throwing an unforgettable party… and you’re invited!

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Unlimited drinks and sweets are all included in the cruise.

The occasion begins on the dock as your royal hosts welcome you and your sweet tooth to an ice cream social, complete with ice cream and toppings, drinks, and sweet treats.

Then, board the Liberty Square Riverboat and relax while enjoying Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade—all from the comfort of your special onboard viewing location!

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Such a beautiful gown!

After the parade, Princess Tiana and Naveen will join you to continue the party as you all cruise around the Rivers of America, circling Tom Sawyer Island.

Pricing and Reservation Details

This special event is available for $49 per adult and $29 for children ages 9 and under (tax included). For reservations, you can book online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Disney Bounding

Thinking about Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana for the day?  We’ve got some ideas for you!

Look like a princess: Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana

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Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana

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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 Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot and Disneyland

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Disney’s EggStravaganza 2017!

From March 1–May 29, 2017, guests at Epcot can search for special hidden “eggs” themed to Disney characters and record your discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially themed Egg-stravaganza map to represent that location.

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Just follow the signs to buy a map!

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99 at the entrance to World Showcase.

Note:  Easter Sunday is April 16, 2017 and special characters will be out and about for meet and greets, including Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny!!!!!

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Epcot’s Egg Hunt map and stickers for 2017, $5.99

Maps and stickers can be purchased for just $5.99 at the following parks and locations:

Disney World

Epcot – Pin Central, Port of Entry (Showcase Plaza), Heritage Manor (The American Adventure) and World Traveler (International Gateway)

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Epcot’s map

Look how cute those mini prize eggs are this year!

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2017  Maps for Disneyland Egg Hunt

And, Epcot isn’t the only Disney Park that’s holding an Easter Egg Hunt this year!

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Easter Egg cake pops at Disneyland!

Disneyland Resort

The Easter egg scavenger hunt at Disneyland will take place from April 1-16, 2017, at Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park, and Downtown Disney District.

You can buy maps at:

Disney California Adventure Park – Elias & Co., Humphrey’s Service & Supplies, Off the Page, Oswald’s, Sarge’s Surplus Hut and Treasures in Paradise

Disneyland Park – Disneyana, Disney Showcase, “it’s a small world” Toy Shop, Little Green Men Store Command, Pieces of Eight, Pioneer Mercantile and Stromboli’s.

Downtown Disney District – Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, D Street, Disney Pin Traders, WonderGround Galleryand World of Disney Store

Disneyland Resort Hotels – Acorns Gifts & Goods, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; Mickey in Paradise, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel; and Fantasia Shop, Disneyland Hotel

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OMG, cute!

How to redeem by May 29, 2017:  A surprise awaits you!

Whether you choose to hunt for eggs or not, return your map to a redemption location for a special surprise – a mini Easter egg to remember your hunt by.  (You get to keep your map, they just mark it with a star!)

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Epcot: Port of Entry

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Disneyland’s Easter Egg Hunt starts Saturday, April 1st.  So fun!

Disneyland Resort: Disney Showcase in Disneyland park; Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park; and the World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.

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Finding an Easter Egg by China.

We loved doing the Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot! Finding Easter Eggs at Epcot: Where to look

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2017 International Flower and Garden Festival

The extended  2017 International Flower and Garden Festival  runs March 1 – May 29, 2017 this year.

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Thousands and thousands of colorful flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot.  30 million blossoms!

There’s also brand new limited edition Flower and Garden Merchandise available throughout Epcot.

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Some of the really cute items for 2017.

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We love the D&B bags!

And, for the hungry, take a look at the all new Menu for the 2017 International Flower and Garden Festival, just $3 – $8 per delicious item.

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So cute!

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Welcome!

Here are some clues on where to look for the Easter Eaggs at Epcot:

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Now it looks so obvious!!!

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The cast members we asked followed us outside and laughed when we finally found it!

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Triumphant Elly!  1st egg found!!

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These Easter pins are so cute!

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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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Raglan Road’s Mighty Irish Festival 2017 at Disney Springs!

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This weekend!

The mightiest of mighty Irish festivals, Raglan Road’s Mighty Festival, kicks off on Thursday, March 16, 2017 and runs thru Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Experience a rollicking party in March during a uniquely Disney and authentically Irish tribute to St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy festive encounters of all kinds with entertainment and merchandise inspired by the Emerald Isle.

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Raglan Road at Disney Springs

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They’re after me Lucky Charms!

Irish Sights, Shopping and More: Just follow the shamrocks as they take you on an Irish history lesson—from the Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle to the Rock of Cashel. It’s a perfect opportunity to pick up fun facts about several famous landmarks!

Be sure to stop by Raglan Road’s Shop which will have a wide selection of St. Patrick’s Day merchandise available, including Raglan Road t-shirts and souvenirs, Celtic jewelry and much more.

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Irish Mickey and Minnie

Mickey and Minnie get to wear their Irish costumes only 1 day a year….

Music and Merriment: Kick up your heels for family-friendly festivities filled with singing, dancing and more! Whether you’re looking for high-energy sets showcasing authentic live music or a step-by-step workshop teaching you how to dance like the Irish, you’ll find it all during the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Disney Springs’ Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Irish Food & Beverage: Savor traditional Irish fare and refreshment, from the flavors of the countryside to classic pub favorites. You’re invited to sink your teeth into some corned beef specials and quench your thirst with specialty drinks at a variety of locations.

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St. Patrick’s Day Chili Cook-off & Irish Festival

Irish Mickey & Minnie on St. Patrick’s Day

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March 17th!

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Irish Disney princesses.

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Two Disney Sisters

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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Seeing a Sneak Peek of Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast Movie!

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We’re D23 members.

We got invited to a sneak peek of Disney’s new ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie!

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At the Bellco Theater…there were only a few hundred people there!

Whoo – hoo!!!!  So exclusive!  And they played a “sneak peek” video before the movie of all the upcoming Disney events from Disney Parks to Disney movies to TV shows on ABC….wonderful!

We loved it!!

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Our ticket into the event

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Elly wearing her Belle pin.  So many little girls were wearing their Belle dresses!  Adorable!

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From: CORP D23Events <CORP.D23Events@disney.com>

Subject: D23’s Special Preview of “Beauty and the Beast” Confirmation Reminder

Date: March 6, 2017 at 12:56:23 PM MST

Dear D23 Member,

We are so happy that you will “Be Our Guest” this week for a special preview of Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast! The screening will take place on the afternoon of the Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Check-in will begin at the Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202) at 1:30 p.m. Please do not arrive earlier than that time.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: All phones and recording devices will be required to be checked in upon entering the Bellco Theatre.

As a reminder, guests will not be admitted without photo ID.

We’ll see you real soon!

-The D23 Team

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The cast photos are beautiful!

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Belle (Emma Watson) and Maurice (Kevin Kline)

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Gaston courting Belle.

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Belle and The Beast (Dan Stevens)

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AMAZING!!!!!

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Gaston: “Kill the Beast!”

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Belle in her yellow dress

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The ballroom scene

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Funniest scene in movie:

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Gaston admiring himself

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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.  He is a prince.

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Official movie poster

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The cast and their roles.

Movie Release Date:  March 17, 2017!

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Opens worldwide March 17, 2017

The movie trailer is out!  Watch:  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 2017

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Check out this huge movie display at our local AMC theater!

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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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ABC’s The View is Taping at DAK All This Week!

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When they announced that the show would be airing live from DAK in March.

The cast and crew from ABC’s The View will be airing their show from Disney’s Animal Kingdom all this week.

Video link:  ABC’s The View is Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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They have a great line-up of guests planned for the week.  A lot of cast members were able to score free tickets to watch the daily taping!

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March 6, 2017:  Check-in.  They are giving out free t-shirts to audience members!!!

Monday, March 6– John Stamos; a performance by Andy Grammer.

Tuesday, March 7– Ariel Winter (ABC’s “Modern Family”; Disney’s “Sofia the First”); Sherri Shepherd.

Wednesday, March 8–Eric Stonestreet (ABC’s “Modern Family); Audra McDonald (Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”).

Thursday, March 9–  Mandy Moore (Disney Channel’s “Tangled”; “This is Us”); James Cameron and Whoopi explore Pandora: The World of Avatar.

Friday, March 10– Tom Bergeron (ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”);a performance by Train; Celebrity Chefs Masaharu Morimoto and Art Smith.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017:  Setting up for tomorrow’s show.

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So much prep work goes into doing this!

Whoopie Goldberg arrived early and had fun working as a cast member on Friday greeting guests at various attractions in the Magic Kingdom!

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Whoopie as a Ghost Host greeting guests at the Haunted Mansion

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Working a ride at Adventureland.

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Elly as Whoopie’s twin!

We’re looking forward to watching The View all this week!

They’ll be doing a segment on the new Pandora: The World of Avatar that is opening in May at DAK.

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Pandora: The World of Avatar.  Opens May 2017.

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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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2018 Free Admission to Disney Water Parks for Cast Members!

CP Moment: Typhoon Lagoon on your day off!!!

CP Moment: Going to Typhoon Lagoon with work friends on your day off!!!

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UPDATED INFORMATION FOR 2019:  2019 Free Admission into the Disney Water Parks

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Pay attention to the scheduled blackout days!

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Free admission for cast members resumed July 8th.

Cast members can get into the two WDW Disney water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon – for free – until December 31st!  No additional blockout days are planned for this year.  You can also buy 1/2 price tickets ($28.50) for family and friends at the gate. Cast members must be with guests.

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Wheeee……We love the Lazy River!

The water parks are scheduled to close for an extended periods for their annual refurbishments:

Blizzard Beach will be closed for its annual refurbishment October 28, 2018 through January 5, 2019.

Typhoon Lagoon will close for its annual refurbishment on January 6, 2019. The refurbishment is planned to continue through to March 17th, reopening to guests on March 18, 2019.

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Miss Adventure Falls is open!

At Typhoon Lagoon, the new Miss Adventure Falls ride is open!  Guests LOVE it!

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Up, up, up you go! To the top of the Falls!!!

Read all the details about the new Miss Adventure Falls here:  Miss Adventure Falls is Open!

Sun’s out, guns out!

Let’s go!!!!   🙂

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Try one of these delicious treats at Typhoon Lagoon!!!

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (our favorite!) are open daily.

The water park’s hours are currently from 10am – 8pm daily.

CM Tip #1:  The water parks do close for the daily afternoon thunderstorms, so always check before you go!  If the thunderstorms happen too close to closing, the water parks just close for the day and don’t reopen.

CM Tip #2:  The water on the rides is not heated!  Some guests think the water is a little too “refreshing”!  [Note:  Both water parks were closed due to cold weather for several days in January, February, and March of this year when the daily temperature was below 65 degrees.  The cast members working there were temporarily re-deployed to other Park locations.  Expect some closure days in late December due to cold weather at Typhoon Lagoon.]

Check on water park hours:  Disney’s Water Parks Hours
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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!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

 

Mickey Mouse and Some of His 500+ Costumes!

OUR BEST MICKEY PHOTO EVER!  

I got engaged at Disney World!  ❤

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Engaged at Disney World, February 2017!

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Our Disney Life Goal:  Take as many photos of Mickey in different outfits as possible!

Mickey Mouse has over 500 costumes for pretty much any occasion or activity that you can think of him doing.  Minnie has slightly fewer costumes, around 450 outfits currently.

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August 2013: Mickey handing out our name tags!  ;')

At our Traditions class – Mickey handing out our name tags!

September:  MK Mickey

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Hi Mickey!

Festival of Fantasy Mickey & Minnie, Magic Kingdom

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German Mickey at DCP Housing event

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Rain soaked Mickey

Chinese Mickey

Chinese New Years Mickey

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King Mickey and Minnie on Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday

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St. Patricks Day Irish Mickey

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Easter Mickey

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Mickey and Minnie in their springtime outfits.

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Springtime Mickey and Minnie looking very dapper.

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1920s Mickey at California Adventure Park

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4th of July Mickey, Epcot

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Mickey celebrating the 4th.

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Mickey at his meet & greet in Epcot on July 4th.

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Disney Dream cruise: Captain Mickey
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Beach Mickey at Castaway Cay on Disney Dream cruise

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Lifeguard Mickey

February 2014:  Pirate Mickey

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Castaway Cay Mickey

Castaway Cay Mickey

Halloween Mickey

Halloween Mickey

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Halloween parade Mickey

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Mickey

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Mickey & Minnie

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Mickey at DHS this week greeting Halloween guests.

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Boo to You parade Mickey waving at me.

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Magician Mickey at MK on Caroline’s birthday!

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Magician Mickey talks to us for the first time!!!  WOW!

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Taking a selfie with Sorcerer Mickey at DHS

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Voting Mickey

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JULIANNE HOUGH, MICKEY MOUSE, MINNIE MOUSE, DEREK HOUGH

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December:  Christmas Mickey

Christmas Mickey and Minnie

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Christmas Parade Mickey

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Performing Mickey on Cinderella Castle center stage.

December:  Winter Ball Mickey

Winter Ball Mickey

Very Merry Christmas Party Mickey

Very Merry Christmas Party Mickey

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Kristoff Mickey with Anna and Olaf

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Their fancy white costumes (St. Patrick’s Day)

Star Wars Mickey

Star Wars Mickey

MGM Mickey

Hollywood Studios: Sorcerer Mickey

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DAK Safari Guide Mickey

DAK Jungle Jammin' Parade Mickey

DAK Jungle Jammin’ Parade Mickey (we miss this parade!)

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Hawaiian Mickey at Ohana’s in the Polynesian Resort

March:  St. Patrick's Day Mickey

St. Patrick’s Day Mickey

Main Street Parade Mickey

Main Street Parade Mickey at Disneyland

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Hollywood Mickey at California Adventure

Skipping through the Park Mickey

Skipping through the Park Mickey ready to greet morning guests

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Big hug Mickey, California Adventure

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60th Diamond Anniversary Mickey at Disneyland

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Frontierland Mickey

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Mickey at the DCP Alumni Ball.

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Team Mickey!

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Mickey at Typhoon Lagoon Starlit Splash Party!!

Tropical Mickey at Typhoon Lagoon Starlit Splash DCP party.

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Mickey looking pretty good!

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DCP Graduation Mickey

Goodbye Mickey!

Goodbye Mickey!  We’ll see ya real soon!

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Throwback Thursday, 1996: Visiting with Mickey!

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Everyone is happy to see Mickey Mouse!!!

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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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2017 International Flower and Garden Festival – Menu for Event

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Welcome!

Kicking off today and running through the end of May!March 1, 2017 – May 29, 2017 – the extended 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot is amazing!

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Flowers and flowers everywhere!

The complete Food Menu for the 2017 International Flower and Garden Festival is outlined below.

The prices for most dishes are in the $3 – $8 range.

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The F&G Festival is so beautiful!

Full Menus with prices for the 2017 Outdoor Kitchen Gardens:

THE BERRY BASKET – NEW!

Food

  • Lamb chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique – $7.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Field Greens with fresh Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spice Pecans (V) – $4.75, Vegetarian, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet (V) – $4.25, Vegetarian, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverage

  • Founders Raubeaus Pure Raspberry Ale – $4.25
  • Island Grove Blueberry Moscato – $5.25
  • Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep (non-alcoholic version also available) – $8.75, $4.25

 NORTHERN BLOOM – NEW!

Food

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple wood Smoked Bacon (GF) – $6.25,Gluten Free, DDP Snack Eligible 
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables – $6.50, DDP Snack Eligible 
  • Nanaimo Bar – $4.25, DDP Snack Eligible 

Beverages

  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whiskey – $11.75
  • Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic) – $4.50
  • Unibroue Maudite Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Unibroue Éphémère White Ale, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Beer Flight – $11.00

 LA ISLA FRESCA

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce – $6.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Caribbean Conch Salad with Avocado, Mango and Onions – $5.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • FlanCocho: Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager – $4.25
  • Frozen Simply Tropical™ Juice Drink with Cruzan Mango Rum – $9.25
  • Frozen Simply Tropical Juice Drink (Non-alcoholic) – $4.25

 CIDER HOUSE

Food

  • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Branston Dressing with Pears – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare – $5.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (V) (GF) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY – $4.50
  • Caribe Blood Orange Tropical Hard Cider, Florida Beer Company, Cape Canaveral, FL – $4.50
  • Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Strawberry Cider, Wisconsin – $4.50
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (Non-alcoholic) – $4.75

URBAN FARM EATS

Food

  • Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction (GF) (V) – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Fingerling Potatoes – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Crabless Cake with Crispy Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Vinaigrette and Old Bay Remoulade (V) – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Avivé Natural Peach Sparkling Wine, France – $9.50
  • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir, Oregon – $5.25
  • Wildflower Pale Ale, Forbidden Root Brewery, Chicago, IL – $4.25
  • Urban Mary with House-made Pickled Green Bean – $10.75
  • Urban Fairy Cocktail – $11.00
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Pineapple Promenade at Epcot

PINEAPPLE PROMENADE

Food

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips – $7.50
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve (V) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery, St. Petersburg, FL – $11.75
  • Pineapple Mana, Maui Brewing Company, Hawaii – $4.25
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum – $10.25
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $3.50

JARDIN DE FIESTAS

Food

  • Chile Relleno de Picadillo: Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef covered with Tomato Sauce and Garnished with Queso Fresco and Toasted Almonds – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Brocheta de Pollo con Salsa Morita: Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper served with Salsa Chile Morita and Garnished with Micro-Cilantro and Edible Flowers – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Tres Leches: Vanilla Sponge Cake, Cajeta, Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk and Garnished with Orange Zest – $3.95, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Hibiscus Margarita – $10.25
  • Elderflower Pineapple Margarita – $11.25
  • Watermelon White Sangria – $8.75
  • Pacifico Draft Beer with Kahlua Floater – $6.75
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

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Food

  • Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap – $5.95, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries (V) – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V) – $4.50, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea – $6.75
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice – $8.75
  • Dragon Pearl: Beer, Honey, Cream and Tapioca Pearls – $8.75
  • S.G: A cooler of Mango Wine, Strawberry and Ginger Ale – $8.75
  • Plum Wine Cooler – $8.75
  • Tsingtao Beer – $3.50
  • Dasani Bottled Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

BAUERNMARKT FARMER’S MARKET

Food

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips (GF) – $5.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Hugo-Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint – $9.50
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager – $4.25
  • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen – $4.25
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager – $4.25
  • Beer Flight – $9.50

PRIMAVERA KITCHEN

Food

  • Antipasto Misto: Cerignola Olives, Sweet Soppressata and Salami, Ovolini, Mozzarella, Sweet Roasted Peppers and Ciabatta Bread – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Meatball Parmigiana: Hand-made Beef and Veal Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana and Fresh Basil – $7.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Strawberry Tiramisu: Ladyfingers, Mascarpone Cream and Marinated Strawberries topped with Strawberry Sauce (DDP) – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Pinot Grigio – $8.00
  • Chianti – $8.00
  • Prosecco – $9.00
  • Corbinello – $8.00
  • Moscato – $8.00
  • Bellini Sparkling Wine and Peach purée – $10.00
  • Rossini Sparkling Wine and Marinated strawberries – $10.00
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila – $10.00
  • Moretti Lager – $5.50
  • Moretti La Rossa – $5.50
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

THE SMOKEHOUSE: BARBECUE AND BREWS

Food

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw and Crispy Onions – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Bean and Corn Salad (GF) – $6.75 DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverage

  • Zen of Zin Old Vine, California – $5.25
  • Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL – $4.25
  • 3 Daughters Phantasmas IPA, St. Petersburg, FL – $4.25
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL – $4.25
  • Beer Flight – $9.50
  • Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine – $11.75
  • Frozen Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $3.25, DDP Snack Eligible

 HANAMI

Food

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side (V) – $5.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Ahi Tuna Poke Sesame Ginger – $8.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beef Teriyaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger – $6.20, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • SapporoPremium Black Lager – $4.25
  • Kirin Ichiban Pale Ale – $4.00
  • Matcha (Green Tea) Sake Cocktail – $7.50
  • Amabuki Kurenai Junmai Sake – $8.50
  • Ozeki Shin Junmai Sake – $8.50
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

 TASTE OF MARRAKESH

Food

  • Merguez “Hot Dog” Sausage: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Satueed Onions and Green Peppers – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Home-Made Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce – $5.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Baklava (V) – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages 

  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur – $8.00
  • White Sangria – $5.00
  • Guerrouane Red Wine – $4.00
  • Casa Beer – $4.00
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

FLORIDA FRESH

Food

  • Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne: Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust (V) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Poulet aux Écrevisses, Riz Pilaf: Baked Chicken with Crawfish served with Rice Pilaf – $5.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Macaron Chocolat Framboise: Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam (GF) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liquor, White and Red Cranberry Juice – $9.95
  • Kir Pomegranate, Sparkling Wine, Pama Pomegranate Liquor – $7.95
  • Brut de Pêche, Natural Peach Sparkling Wine – $7.50
  • Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blend, C’est La Vie – $5.00
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – $4.25
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Over 70 beautiful topiaries to see!

THE OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Set up around the World Showcase, Outdoor Kitchens offer regional and national delicacies to sample and taste, with the emphasis on fresh-from-the-garden goodness. Small plates and beverages give guests the chance to try specialty recipes from International locations!

New in 2017, is the addition of two more Outdoor Kitchens to the 13 Outdoor Kitchens returning from 2016.

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The International Flower and Garden Show at Epcot

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2017 International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot

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Welcome to the 2017 International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot!

Highlights for the 2017 festival include:

  • Outdoor Kitchens offering delectable small plates, and flavorful non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages—along with several new food and refreshment kiosks
  • More than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries—including many totally original displays
  • Vibrant gardens, flower towers, wildlife habitats and walkways—some being presented for the very first time
  • Inspirational exhibits, seminars, how-to demonstrations and all-new farm-to-table dining experiences
  • Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands—with an assortment of debuting acts and dining packages
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Bring your camera!!

Kicking off today and running through the end of May!March 1, 2017 – May 29, 2017 – the extended 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot is amazing!

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The 2017 International Flower and Garden Festival starts today!

The Disney pin team has created several limited edition pins featuring the F&G topiaries.

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The 2017 Limited Edition F&G pins.

Other limited edition merchandise will be available at the Festival Center where they hold the special cooking and gardening demonstrations.
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There is a dazzling array of over 70 topiary displays, gardens and exhibits—each featuring seasonal designs or several popular Disney characters, including:

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Queen Elsa and Princess Anna.  Look at their hair!!!

Festival Blooms – Future World East and West Lake

Fantasia – Future World West

Ranger Mickey & Friends – Future World

Figment – Future World behind Spaceship Earth

Stitch – Fountain-side of MouseGear

Disney Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear – Near Mission Space

Disney Pixar’s Cruz Besouro from the – Near Test Track

Phineas and Ferb – Near Odyssey Bridge

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto – Showcase Plaza

Anna and Elsa – Norway

Bromeliad Dragon – China

Panda presented by Disneynature – China

The Lion King Featuring Mufasa, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Sarabi, Simba and Timon – The Outpost between the Germany and China Pavilion

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany

Lady and the Tramp – Italy

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Disney Pixar’s Woody – The American Adventure

Beauty and the Beast – France

Belle – France

The Three Caballeros – Mexico

Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom

Peter Pan, Tinker Bell & Fairy Houses from Pixie Hollow – United Kingdom

Bambi and Friends featuring Bambi, Flower, and Thumper – Canada

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Farmer Mickey

Farmer Mickey & Minnie Located between Future World and World Showcase

Bambi & Friends Featuring Bambi, Flower and Thumper Located at the Canada Pavilion

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Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

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Lovely!

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The Lion King

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Beauty and the Beast

Yes, there are flowers, but there’s also special foods available during the festival!

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The 2017 merchandise logo

THE OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Set up around the World Showcase, Outdoor Kitchens offer regional and national delicacies to sample and taste, with the emphasis on fresh-from-the-garden goodness. Small plates and beverages give guests the chance to try specialty recipes from many international locations!

New in 2017, there are two new Outdoor Kitchens, in addition to the 13 Outdoor Kitchens returning from 2016.

Most dishes are in the $3 – $8 range. Don’t forget that many of these are available for a Disney Dining Food snack credit!

Our tip:  Plan on spending about $60 sampling all the cuisine.

Read the entire Food Menu with prices here:

Full Menus for the 2017 Outdoor Kitchen Gardens

THE BERRY BASKET – NEW!

Food

  • Lamb chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique – $7.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Field Greens with fresh Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spice Pecans (V) – $4.75, Vegetarian, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet (V) – $4.25, Vegetarian, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverage

  • Founders Raubeaus Pure Raspberry Ale – $4.25
  • Island Grove Blueberry Moscato – $5.25
  • Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep (non-alcoholic version also available) – $8.75, $4.25

NORTHERN BLOOM – NEW!

Food

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple wood Smoked Bacon (GF) – $6.25,Gluten Free, DDP Snack Eligible 
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables – $6.50, DDP Snack Eligible 
  • Nanaimo Bar – $4.25, DDP Snack Eligible 

Beverages

  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whiskey – $11.75
  • Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic) – $4.50
  • Unibroue Maudite Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Unibroue Éphémère White Ale, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Beer Flight – $11.00

 LA ISLA FRESCA

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce – $6.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Caribbean Conch Salad with Avocado, Mango and Onions – $5.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • FlanCocho: Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager – $4.25
  • Frozen Simply Tropical™ Juice Drink with Cruzan Mango Rum – $9.25
  • Frozen Simply Tropical Juice Drink (Non-alcoholic) – $4.25

 CIDER HOUSE

Food

  • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Branston Dressing with Pears – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare – $5.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (V) (GF) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY – $4.50
  • Caribe Blood Orange Tropical Hard Cider, Florida Beer Company, Cape Canaveral, FL – $4.50
  • Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Strawberry Cider, Wisconsin – $4.50
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (Non-alcoholic) – $4.75

 URBAN FARM EATS

Food

  • Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction (GF) (V) – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Fingerling Potatoes – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Crabless Cake with Crispy Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Vinaigrette and Old Bay Remoulade (V) – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Avivé Natural Peach Sparkling Wine, France – $9.50
  • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir, Oregon – $5.25
  • Wildflower Pale Ale, Forbidden Root Brewery, Chicago, IL – $4.25
  • Urban Mary with House-made Pickled Green Bean – $10.75
  • Urban Fairy Cocktail – $11.00

PINEAPPLE PROMENADE

Food

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips – $7.50
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve (V) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery, St. Petersburg, FL – $11.75
  • Pineapple Mana, Maui Brewing Company, Hawaii – $4.25
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum – $10.25
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $3.50

 JARDIN DE FIESTAS

Food

  • Chile Relleno de Picadillo: Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef covered with Tomato Sauce and Garnished with Queso Fresco and Toasted Almonds – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Brocheta de Pollo con Salsa Morita: Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper served with Salsa Chile Morita and Garnished with Micro-Cilantro and Edible Flowers – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Tres Leches: Vanilla Sponge Cake, Cajeta, Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk and Garnished with Orange Zest – $3.95, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Hibiscus Margarita – $10.25
  • Elderflower Pineapple Margarita – $11.25
  • Watermelon White Sangria – $8.75
  • Pacifico Draft Beer with Kahlua Floater – $6.75
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

 LOTUS HOUSE

Food

  • Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap – $5.95, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries (V) – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V) – $4.50, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea – $6.75
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice – $8.75
  • Dragon Pearl: Beer, Honey, Cream and Tapioca Pearls – $8.75
  • S.G: A cooler of Mango Wine, Strawberry and Ginger Ale – $8.75
  • Plum Wine Cooler – $8.75
  • Tsingtao Beer – $3.50
  • Dasani Bottled Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

 BAUERNMARKT FARMER’S MARKET

Food

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips (GF) – $5.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Hugo-Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint – $9.50
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager – $4.25
  • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen – $4.25
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager – $4.25
  • Beer Flight – $9.50

PRIMAVERA KITCHEN

Food

  • Antipasto Misto: Cerignola Olives, Sweet Soppressata and Salami, Ovolini, Mozzarella, Sweet Roasted Peppers and Ciabatta Bread – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Meatball Parmigiana: Hand-made Beef and Veal Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana and Fresh Basil – $7.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Strawberry Tiramisu: Ladyfingers, Mascarpone Cream and Marinated Strawberries topped with Strawberry Sauce (DDP) – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Pinot Grigio – $8.00
  • Chianti – $8.00
  • Prosecco – $9.00
  • Corbinello – $8.00
  • Moscato – $8.00
  • Bellini Sparkling Wine and Peach purée – $10.00
  • Rossini Sparkling Wine and Marinated strawberries – $10.00
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila – $10.00
  • Moretti Lager – $5.50
  • Moretti La Rossa – $5.50
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

 THE SMOKEHOUSE: BARBECUE AND BREWS

Food

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw and Crispy Onions – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Bean and Corn Salad (GF) – $6.75 DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverage

  • Zen of Zin Old Vine, California – $5.25
  • Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL – $4.25
  • 3 Daughters Phantasmas IPA, St. Petersburg, FL – $4.25
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL – $4.25
  • Beer Flight – $9.50
  • Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine – $11.75
  • Frozen Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $3.25, DDP Snack Eligible

HANAMI

Food

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side (V) – $5.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Ahi Tuna Poke Sesame Ginger – $8.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beef Teriyaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger – $6.20, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • SapporoPremium Black Lager – $4.25
  • Kirin Ichiban Pale Ale – $4.00
  • Matcha (Green Tea) Sake Cocktail – $7.50
  • Amabuki Kurenai Junmai Sake – $8.50
  • Ozeki Shin Junmai Sake – $8.50
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

 TASTE OF MARRAKESH

Food

  • Merguez “Hot Dog” Sausage: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Satueed Onions and Green Peppers – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Home-Made Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce – $5.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Baklava (V) – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages 

  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur – $8.00
  • White Sangria – $5.00
  • Guerrouane Red Wine – $4.00
  • Casa Beer – $4.00
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

FLORIDA FRESH

Food

  • Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne: Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust (V) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Poulet aux Écrevisses, Riz Pilaf: Baked Chicken with Crawfish served with Rice Pilaf – $5.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Macaron Chocolat Framboise: Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam (GF) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liquor, White and Red Cranberry Juice – $9.95
  • Kir Pomegranate, Sparkling Wine, Pama Pomegranate Liquor – $7.95
  • Brut de Pêche, Natural Peach Sparkling Wine – $7.50
  • Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blend, C’est La Vie – $5.00
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – $4.25
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The F&G Festival is so beautiful!

The F&G Festival is so beautiful!  (I took this photo on my cell phone last year!)

THE FESTIVAL GARDENS

And, don’t forget to stop by and see the special butterfly pavilion and all the special gardens of the festival!

From Bonsai trees to butterflies, there’s a bounty of displays ready to capture your family’s attention and imagination. Highlights include:

Bonsai Collection – Branch out to the Japan Pavilion to cultivate an appreciation for an ancient art form that produces the most amazing miniature trees.

Butterfly pavilon

The Butterflies on the Go pavilion

Butterflies hatching.

Butterflies hatching daily.

Butterflies on the Go presented by GoGo squeeZ – Float over to this happening habitat in Future World to get an up-close glimpse at several species of butterflies—they may even brush by your shoulder during the exciting walkthrough tour.

English Tea Garden hosted by Twinings of London – Ripen your knowledge of the art and history of tea during this 20-minute guided tour. Afterwards, capture the cutest photos of tea-flavoring plants tucked inside giant saucers that are strewn throughout the garden.

Floating Mini-Gardens – Gaze upon 225 petite plots drifting on the ponds that border the walkway between Future World and World Showcase.

Health & Healing Garden – Glide over to The Land to discover ancient plants that have the ability to heal!

Illuminated Gardens – See Epcot with new wonder as select Disney topiaries and Festival playgrounds all across the park glow with light as the Flower & Garden fun continues into the night!

Pepper Fire Garden – Think you can take the heat? Head to The Land Pavilion to peek at the world’s hottest peppers.

Prehistoric Plants – Spot examples of greenery that existed when dinosaurs roamed the earth at Future World East.

Purple Martins Presented by Audubon Florida – Stop and listen to the tranquil sound of this special species of songbird at Future World East.

Shakespeare Garden – Thou shalt adore matching up famous quotes to flowers found within this vibrant garden in the United Kingdom Pavilion.

THE MUSIC OF THE FESTIVAL

Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands with new acts added this year.  Always a crowd pleaser!

So pretty!

So pretty!

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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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Flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot

One last photo….Thousands of colorful flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot –  30 million blossoms!