Getting Your Hair Cut at the Magic Kingdom!

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The Harmony Barbershop Quartet singing outside the barbershop.

It’s probably not on most people’s DCP Bucket Lists, but we think that getting a haircut “at work” should be! 🙂

Cast Member Hair Salons

All Walt Disney World cast members have exclusive access to hair salon services at the following locations:

Magic Kingdom Kutters (CM only)

Located in the Utilidors of the Magic Kingdom Park

8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, $15

407-824-5600

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Epcot HairPort International (CM only)

Located in Epcot’s Cast Services building

9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, $15

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Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Services For Cast Members and Guests:

Magic Kingdom’s Harmony Barber Shop (Public)

The Harmony Barber Shop is located on Main Street U.S.A., and is open to guests and cast members daily.

9:00am to 4:00pm, Daily.  Walk-ins only.

407-939-7529

The Barbershop Menu

All Harmony Barber Shop stylists are state-licensed cosmetologists.

Guests can select from the following options:

Adult haircut: $19 (CMs get a discount)

Child’s haircut: $15 (12 and under)

My First Haircut package: $19

Colored hair gel: $5

Beard and mustache trims: $10

Pixie dust glitter!  Free!!!

Ask for Pixie Dust glitter! It’s free!!!  🙂

Throwback Thursday:  Out dad getting his haircut there in 1993!

Throwback Thursday: Our dad getting his haircut at the Harmony Barbershop in 1993!

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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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Welcome new Cast Members to Disney Casting!

Disney Casting building at DTD.

Disney Casting building at Disney Springs.

First Day:

After check-in at Vista Way, it’s off to Disney Casting for new CPs.  Dress is casual.

Spring 2015 arrivals with their free DCP blue bags (perfect for that Walmart run!).

New program arrivals with their free DCP blue bags (perfect for that Walmart run!).

The golden statues welcoming you to Casting.

The golden statues welcoming you to Disney Casting.

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Caroline’s 1st Day at DCP Program: At Disney Casting for check-in

Disney Casting is where you get fingerprinted and for some safety critical roles (lifeguarding, attractions) a simple drug test of peeing in a cup.  We were both merchandise and could skip that step.

Plan on being there 2-3 hours as you move from room to room, getting in lines and more lines.  Definitely bring a water bottle and some snacks!

At Disney Casting, finding Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

At Disney Casting, Elly finding Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

Off to be fingerprinted!

Caroline’s off to be fingerprinted!

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The doorknobs of the big door at casting! Welcome new Cast Member!

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You can buy the phone case too!

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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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Disney Bounding as Princess Moana and Friends

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Fun ideas to Disney Bound as Moana.

Disney Bounding: When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters and go to the theme parks.
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Disney Bounding is a way of dressing up as your favorite character using inspired color palettes, accessories, and clothing styles to look like the character, without actually being in a Disney costume. You simply use items from your own wardrobe to pull together a terrific look.

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Coral and tan with seashell accents.

Princess Moana is one of the easiest Disney princesses to Disney Bound to!  Her colors are beautiful – coral and tan.

You can also Disney Bound as other characters in the movie like Maui:

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Disney Bounding as Maui

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Maui

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Ocean colors for Te Fiti

Other Disney Bounding ideas:

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

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

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

Now, Disney Bounding is different than Cosplay, which is dressing up exactly like the characters.

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Cosplaying as Moana characters.

You can’t get into the Disney Parks dressed liked this, except at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights.

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Moana signed my signature book.

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Meeting Moana!

 

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Meeting Moana at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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The whole family meeting Moana at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

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Hello Moana!!!!

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Moana and Hei Hei at the Polynesian Resort.

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January 2019: Moana in her winter costume (note the sleeves and leggings).

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I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat and restore the heart to Te Fiti. — at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Oahu, Hawaii.

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Meeting Moana at Disneyland in June.

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LE Moana pin.

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She was so friendly and nice!

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Close up of her cool island shoes!

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We love this song!  ❤

 

The ‘Rock’ to star in Disney’s new Jungle Cruise Movie!

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson riding on the Jungle Cruise this morning!

April 10, 2017:  From Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram account

Surprise! Once I committed to our Disney partners to make the movie based off the JUNGLE CRUISE ride, I wanted to dive head first into the research.

So, I headed to Walt Disney World and surprised tourists by commandeering the JUNGLE CRUISE boat.

It was a GREAT day on the river. Learned a lot… for example, it takes approximately 12.6 minutes for all the passengers to get over the shock of me jumping on the boat and thinking I’m a DJ look-a-like. One passenger even said, “Oh the real Rock is much smaller than this guy”. I threw his ass off the boat.

Jokes aside (and yes, with me as the Cruise Skipper there will be an abundance of puns) this is such an amazing, fantastical and cool world to build out. Best part about this surprise research day was knowing how FUN of an experience we’re gonna work hard to create for families around the world. That’s the part that gets my excited the most.

The movie. The ride. The experience.

It’s the cruise of a lifetime. And trust me, you’ll want me as your Skipper. Just don’t forget to bring the Skipper’s beer.

Next step… we find our visionary director.

(I think the lady to my right is snapping a pic of my bootaaaay)

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As announced previously here, Dwayne “The Rock’ Johnson will star in Disney’s new Jungle Cruise movie, based on the classic Disneyland ride.  Johnson’s involvement once again puts the Jungle Cruise boat back into the water after a multiyear dry-dock phase.

Production begins Spring 2018.

Disney has been trying to mount a movie based on the popular ride since at least 2004, during the years of the multi-billion dollar success of ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies.

The studio last tried to develop the project as a starring vehicle for Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in early 2011.

Following the success of “The Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, Disney has pushed hard to find ways to use its various brand-name theme park attractions as a basis for feature films. A “Haunted Mansion” pic is currently in development with Ryan Gosling attached to star; an earlier “Haunted Mansion” film with Eddie Murphy did not succeed at the box office.

The Jungle Cruise is one of the Disneyland’s original rides and has a retro adventure vibe, transporting guests into African settings such as the Nile River and Congo River, encountering rhinos and hippos and headhunters along the way. There’s also an Amazon River section featuring piranhas and snakes.

While the Hanks-Allen iteration was to have been set in modern times, the new take brings the project back to its’ period roots with the intent to harken the new movie to classic jungle adventure movies such as ‘The African Queen’, the 1951 classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn that was one of the original inspirations for the ride.

Johnson is pumped to take a ride down the river: “[Disney production president] Sean Bailey and Disney have been awesome partners and now the fun part begins. I’m fired up about this one. Here we go.”

The actor is already the lead voice in Moana’, the animated blockbuster movie released last November. (Latest box office numbers:  $635,463,984 worldwide as of March 2017, not including merchandise or DVD/Blu-Ray sales.)

There are at least 4 Hidden Mickeys in this fake movie poster. Can you find them???

There are at least 4 Hidden Mickeys in this fan movie poster. Can you find them???

“More entertaining than the backside of water” – Goofy

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We ❤ Dole Whip!

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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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Disney Sisters

  

2017 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Info

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Main Street USA is all decorated for the holidays! It’s always ready by the first MVMCP party night, Nov. 9th this year.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2017 – an after hours, hard ticket event – will be held on 21 nights over two months this year:

November: 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28

December: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22

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MVMCP 2017

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christmas2017 MVMCP Party Night Dates and Ticket Prices for All Guests:

November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17 – $86.00 plus tax age 10+, $81.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $91.00/$86 same-day

November 26 and 28 – $92.00 plus tax age 10+, $87.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $96/$91.00 same-day

December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10 – $91.00 plus tax age 10+, $86.00 plus tax age 3-9

December 12, 14, 15 – $96.00 plus tax age 10+, $91.00 plus tax age 3-9

December 17, 19, 21, 22 – $99.00 plus tax age 10+, $94.00 plus tax age 3-9

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Cast Member ticket pricing.

*Cast Members can purchase discounted tickets for 30% off to MVMCP for four nights in November (some nights in December might be added later) at the Company D Store and at MK Vacation Planning kiosks.

christmas mickeyParty Tip:  The MVMCP party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s ticketed guests in for the party starting at 4pm.  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom early (park by 3:30pm) and don’t forget to wear your Christmas sweater!

Even if it’s warm during the day, it can get very chilly in the park after the sun goes down!!!  Stash a jacket in a locker as you enter the park. You’ll need it by midnight!

I love how Disney decorates the lightposts on Main Street!

We love how Disney decorates the lightposts on Main Street!  So pretty!

Wondering about the crowds, especially in December???  Well, they are miserable the last 2 weeks in December, BUT wonderful the first two weeks in December!

The 2.5 weeks between Thanksgiving and December 15th are a relatively low crowd period at the Magic Kingdom and Disney World in general.  Enjoy!

Special parade, snow falling on Main Street USA, Castle Dream Lights, free cookies and cocoa...all of it wonderful!!!

We were at the 2016 MVMCP: Special Christmas nighttime parade  with snow falling on Main Street USA, the Cinderella Castle Dream Lights turned on, holiday music playing, free sugar cookies and cocoa for all guests…all of it is wonderful to see!!! 

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It’s ‘snowing’!!!

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It’s ‘snowing’ on Main Street USA!

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Which do you like better: MNSSHP or MVMCP??? We love them both! 🙂

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Love this castle view.

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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 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Nights

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The 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party button (free!)

The MNSSHP hard ticket, after-hours event is expanding from 29 nights in 2016 to 32 evenings this year, spanning four months!

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Boo!

At last year’s MNSSHP party:

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Star Wars: At the 2016 MNSSHP party with our boyfriends.

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Caroline going as your Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion.

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Mickey at DHS this week greeting guests.


2017 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
will be held on 32 nights this year:

August 25 and 29th

September 1, 7, 10*, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29

October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31**

November 1st

*Sept. 10th MNSSHP Party cancelled due to Hurricane Irma!

**Oct. 31st is sold out.

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Happy HalloWishes fireworks!

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Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

The Magic Kingdom was fully decorated for Fall/Halloween on Wednesday, August 23 this year!  Two weeks earlier than last year.

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Main Street USA on MNSSHP party nights.  Cool lighting!!!

MNSSHP party details:

Hours: 7:00 pm – Midnight

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

HalloWishes Fireworks: at 10:15 pm

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Mickey and Minnie in the Boo To You Parade.

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And, don’t forget about the upcoming Spooky Days in the Magic Kingdom Park, September 22-23, 2017!

Spooky Days at MK 2017

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halloween1Cast members can buy discounted tickets at the Company D store for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at a 30% discount off of general ticket prices for several party nights in August and September.

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Don’t forget to buy some MNSSHP pins! They are only for sale during the party nights from 7pm-Midnight.

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$51.80 discounted tickets for cast members!


The ticket prices are good for the earlier party dates in August and September, which is wonderful as those are the less crowded nights.

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

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

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

If you have time:  Go visit the Headless Horseman Appearing at Fort Wilderness earlier in the evening.

Everyone arriving in costumes for the evening.

2016: Everyone arriving in great costumes for the party.

Special party lighting on Main Street USA.

Special MNSSHP party lighting all along Main Street USA.

After dark fun!

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

Characters everywhere!

Characters in special costumes everywhere!

We love the Boo to You parade!

We love the Boo to You parade!

The parade smells like candy!

The parade smells like candy corn!

Caroline loves the Disney villians!

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

Got to meet all 7 dwarves!

Got to meet all 7 dwarfs during the MNSSHP party!

Castle in Halloween colors.

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

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom.

Midnight:  Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom on party nights.

Have a magical time!

Watch out for the headless horseman who leads the Boo To You Parade each evening!!

The Headless Horseman leads the Halloween Parade.

The Headless Horseman leads the Boo To You Halloween Parade.  🙂  And you can also meet him over at Fort Wilderness earlier in the evening this year!

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Special Treats are available during the Halloween season!

Disney provides the treating candy bags for free! There are 13 – a lucky number! – trick-or-treating candy stations too!

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The 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party map

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13 trick or treat candy stations (marked with pumpkins on map)

One final party note!

There are new, expanded costume rules!  Please plan your party costume accordingly!

Come Dressed for the Occasion

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

GENERAL

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

GUESTS AGES 13 AND UNDER

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

GUESTS AGES 14 AND OLDER

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

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The brand new 2017 MNSSHP Magic Bands!

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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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Dapper Day Spring 2017

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Mickey and Minnie looking very dapper!

What:  Dapper Day Orlando!

When:  Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2017 at 9:00am

Where:  Magic Kingdom (April 29th) and Epcot (April 30th)

Details:  Come dressed in your absolute best!

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It’s always extra fun to Disney Bound on Dapper Day!

For more information go to:  Special Things To Do at WDW on Dapper Day!

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Join us worldwide for Dapper Day Spring 2017! 

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Our friend was at Dapper Day weekend at Disneyland last weekend and had a blast!

Dapper Days, Disneyland, CA:  April 22 – 23, 2017

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Stop in at the Expo in Disneyland.

Official link to planned events worldwide:  www.DapperDay.com

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You’re invited!  Bring your friends!

Spring 2017 Dapper Days

Special rates for Disney hotels in CA and FL are available! See links below:

Sat+Sun April 22+23, DAPPER DAY EXPO Free at The Disneyland Hotel
Sun April 23, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing to Disneyland CA
Sat April 29, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing Day 1 to The Magic Kingdom FL
Sun April 30, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing Day 2 to EPCOT FL
Sat May 6, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing to Disneyland Paris

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A very Dapper Mickey & Minnie out and about at Mickey’s Retreat in January 2016.

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Some photos from Dapper Day 2016 at WDW (photo credit:  DCP Blog)

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The perfect dress for Dapper Days!

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Sweet Dapper Days treats will be available this weekend on Main Street USA.

Specialty Cupcakes at the Magic Kingdom

Guests will love these specialty sweet treats, which look almost too good to eat!

“Hats off to Spring” Cupcakes – Vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream, or chocolate cupcake with mocha buttercream. Each cupcake is topped with a sugar cookie sandwich filled with raspberry jam and coated in white chocolate.

Dapper Quartet Cupcakes (four small cupcakes served together) – Two vanilla and two chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and fondant bowties, with colors matching the Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A.

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Enjoy a picnic lunch

Picnic in the Park

Guests may enjoy a Saturday afternoon picnic in the park on Saturday, April 29. Boxed lunches available at Tomorrowland Terrace, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., with a special reserved picnic area in the East Plaza Garden.  ($14.99)

Lunch comes with house-made chips, fruit cup, Dapper Rose cupcake, fountain beverage, and a choice of:

Fried Chicken

Chicken Caesar Salad

Greek Salad Wrap

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

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How pretty!

Floral offerings on Main Street, U.S.A.

A variety of corsages and rose wands from Disney Floral & Gifts will be available for purchase on Main Street, U.S.A. near Uptown Jewelers.

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Hat’s off to the family on Dapper Day 2017!!!

More dress ideas:

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The purple one of the left looks very “Haunted Mansion”!

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Lovely Dapper Day dresses!  Pretty in green.

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Pretty in red!

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Minnie’s 2017 Dapper Days mug

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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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