Disney is Banning Plastic Straws Worldwide

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Disney is banning single use plastic straws worldwide.

In an effort to keep moving forward with their environmental protection efforts, The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday it is going to eliminate all single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at its locations across the world by mid-2019, a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million plastic stirrers each year.

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Caroline enjoying an icy Starbucks drink at DAK.  That’s a paper straw in the drink.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom banned plastic straws and cup lids from the time it opened in 1998.  Since the Creature Comfort Starbucks store at DAK opened in 2015, the drink straws offered to guests are made of rolled paper.

Disney is also transitioning from individual in-room amenities to refillable in-room amenities in its resort hotels and Disney Cruise Line ships. The refillable shampoo and conditioner bottles will reduce 80 percent of plastic from guest rooms.

Along with these moves, Disney is reducing the amount of plastic shopping bags in its stores. Reusable shopping bags are being offered for a small fee.

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Disney’s Environmental Conservation Goals.

“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”

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Starbucks + Disney = Perfect Day!

Walt Disney World is joining Starbucks, American Airlines, Marriott, the cities of Seattle and San Francisco, and other cities by announcing a ban on plastic straws.

Starbucks will do away with plastic straws by 2020, a plan aimed at eliminating more than one billion straws a year.

McDonald’s launched a new set of goals earlier this year: by 2025 all restaurants packaging, including straws, will be from renewable, recycled, or certified sustainable sources.

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We love visiting the Creature Comfort Starbucks and don’t mind the paper straws at all.  ❤

We support this effort 100%!

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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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KA WA’A Luau at Disney’s Aulani Resort

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The luau is outdoors and the weather was perfect!

Aulani’s lū‘au, the “KA WA‘A” or “The Canoe” was fabulous!

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Cocktail hour.

We were treated to VIP seating by our aunt, which we highly recommend. You get early admission, preferred seating right in front of the stage, and unlimited drinks. The luau’s cast members are wonderfully friendly and provide the level of guest service you expect from Disney.

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I made this flower bracelet.

The pre-dinner activities start at 5pm and include pounding poi, playing a ukulele, making flower and bead bracelets, and getting temporary Hawaiian tattoos.

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POG juice with coconut rum!

When we arrived at Aulani’s Halawai Lawn, smiling performers draped keeper-quality leis (tiny seashell leis for us girls, kukui nut leis for the guys) around our necks.

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Aloha, friends! Cheers!!!

We were handed delicious POG (passion fruit-orange juice-guava juice) and coconut rum cocktails, topped with maraschino cherries.

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Traditional Roasted Kālua Pig.  Delicious!!  Happy #30 birthday Ian!  ❤

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OMG.

At 6pm, the Aulani waitstaff ushered us to our VIP tables and invited us to enjoy the buffet.

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June 2018 Luau menu

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Meat carving station. Braised Pork Imu style.

Some of our favorites included the roasted kālua pig, local catch fish with macadamia nut sauce, Alae sea-salt-crusted prime rib and chicken tenders (Mitch).  Yes, some of us did visit the kid’s luau food tables!

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Fresh fruit

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Salads

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Veggies

The desserts were fabulous!

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Brownies

Aulani Banana Bread Pudding

Banana Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce.

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Tiny Moana Cupcakes!

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All of it was so good! (I won’t tell you whose plate this is!!!)

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2nd round: Mitch trying the chicken tenders and mac and cheese from the kids buffet.

Then, after watching a beautiful ocean sunset while eating, it was time for the night show.

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Hello Moana!!!!

The show is where the luau really shines. It tells a story that makes you feel like a part of Polynesian history. Moana, Mickey and Minnie make brief appearances to remind you that it’s a Disney luau.  The dancing was well done and well-choreographed.

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Mickey greeting the crowd.

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Hello Minnie!

Mickey and Minnie Mouse opened it up with an invitation for the kids to dance on stage. Next up, Noa, a local storyteller, narrated the history of the Tahitians who traveled by canoe, following the stars, to the ‘Ewa Plain. Performers use traditional Hawaiian dance, including hula kahiko and modern hula auana to bring taro farming, fishing, sugar cane production and the culture of the area to life.

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Beautiful! They had 3 costume changes as they performed the various traditional hula dances.

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Sun setting to the west.

Next up were the traditional shirtless Fire Dancers.

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WOW!!!

Hubba-Hubba!

5 Stars!

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Wonderful show!

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Christian with two of the luau dancers.

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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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Caroline at work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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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Two Disney Sisters

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I carved this pineapple when I got home. #AulaniInspired

 

The Magic Kingdom’s Big Chief Seegar

On Main Street USA with Big Chief Seegar.

On Main Street USA with ‘Big Chief Seegar’ (green cape).  He’s only 5 feet tall!

Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland once featured tobacco shops on their respective Main Streets.

Walt Disney World’s tobacco shop closed in the mid-1980s. The Cigar Store Indian, Big Chief Seegar (say his name out loud!) remains as a tribute. Today, he can be found in front on the Crystal Arts shop, on the northeast corner of Main and Center Street at the Magic Kingdom.

That’s him above in the green cape.

But, there’s another one at Disneyland too!

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Big Chief Pipum at Frontierland.  He wears a red cape!

Most guests don’t know that you can find the twin to the Disney World Main Street Cigar Store Indian in Disneyland’s Frontierland, Big Chief Pipum.  He has a red cape.

That one can be found on the porch in front of Prairie Outpost & Supply.  At one time, this location also sold tobacco products, but not for thirty years now.

When the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, the park featured a shop called “The Tobacconist”.  That shop was located on the west side of the street, between the House of Magic and the Refreshment Corner (now Casey’s corner).  The shop sold tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, hand carved pipes, and loose leaf tobacco.  In the early-1980s, the shop was closed, but tobacco products could still be purchased across the street at the Market House for a few more years.  The Cigar Store Indian Big Chief Seegar was moved down the street to its present location to reflect the change.

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The Chief looking serious.

Since 2000, tobacco products are no longer sold in any of the Disney parks, but the Cigar Store Indian remains at most of the Disney parks, providing an ever vigilant watch over Main Street, USA and providing a glimpse of Disney World’s past.

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Caroline is as tall as he is!

Traditionally known as a “Cigar Store Indian” or “Wooden Indian”, statues such as these were used as an advertising figure made to represent tobacconists, much like barber poles advertise barber shops or three gold balls advertise pawn shops.

These figures were three-dimensional sculptures several feet tall up to life-sized.  But, how did an Indian come to represent tobacco products?  American Indians were associated with tobacco since they had introduced the product to Europeans in the 1600s.  The Indian statue served as a visual magnet, drawing the attention of passersbys to the store. 

Throwback Thursday photo with the Chief.

1996:  #TBT Photo – Throwback Thursday photo with the Chief and my sister.

On our first visit to the Magic Kingdom, 1993.  Seeing the Chief for the 1st time!

1993:  #TBT Photo – On my first visit to the Magic Kingdom – Seeing the Chief for the 1st time with my mom!

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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!

Applying to the Spring/Spring Advantage 2019 DCP Program

Apply

Apply today!  🙂

October 2018 Update:

Don’t be late for this very important date! October 19th is the last day to apply for this spring’s Disney College Program at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience where you’ll create memories to last a lifetime. Apply today!

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Feeling adventurous in 2019?  Made a resolution to change your life?

The Disney College Program might be just what you’re looking for!

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Find out where the sky meets the sea…. Application for Spring DCP program is open now!

The DCP Spring/Spring Advantage 2019 application opened August 20, 2018.

Apply here:  Apply to the DCP Now!

And, join the Spring 2019 DCP facebook page:  DCPSpring2019

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Applications opened in August

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These are the main DCP programs at Disney World and Disneyland in 2019:

Program Dates

There are 5 main DCP programs at WDW and 4 main DCP programs at DLR.

Spring 2019 Program (App is open now!)

Students should apply and interview in late August 2018 – late October 2018

Program begins early/mid January 2019 and ends in early/mid May 2019

Spring Advantage 2019 Program (App is open now!)

Students should apply and interview late August 2018 – late October 2018

Program begins mid January/early February 2019 and ends in early/mid August 2019

Fall 2018 Program  

Students should have applied/interviewed January 2018 – late March 2018

Program begins early/mid August 2018 and ends in early January 2019

Fall Advantage 2018 Program 

Students should have applied/interviewed January 2018 – late March 2018

Program began late May/early June 2018 and ends in early January 2019

Quarter Session Programs

There are also specialized program time frames for students who attend schools that follow a quarter or trimester academic calendar.

Summer Program

The summer-only program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company. 

Summer 2018 Program began mid-to-late May/early June 2018 and ends in early August 2018 (10 weeks).

Winter Program

The Winter Holiday program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company. 

Winter 2017 Program began mid-to-late November/early December 2017 and ended in early January/February 2018 (5-8 weeks).
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The DCP is currently accepting applications for the following program dates:

  • Anaheim, CA
    • Housing: January – August
      • 1/13/2019 – 8/3/2019
    • Local/Commuters: January – August
      • 1/07/2019 – 8/10/2019
  • Orlando, FL
    • ​Spring:January – May and March/April – August
      • 1/14/2019 – 5/16/2019
      • 1/22/2019 – 5/16/2019
      • 1/28/2019 – 5/16/2019
      • 3/11/2019 – 8/1/2019
      • 3/11/2019 – 10/29/2019 (Lifeguards Only)
      • 4/1/2019 – 8/1/2019
      • 4/22/2019 – 8/1/2019
    • Spring Advantage: January – August
      • 1/22/2019 – 8/1/2019
      • 1/28/2019 – 8/1/2019
      • 2/4/2019 – 8/8/2019

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Been invited to take a Web-Based Interview (WBI)? Find out more here:

DCP Web-Based Interview Tips

Been invited to a Phone Interview (PI)?  Find out more here:

DCP Phone Interview Tips

Step #1:  Apply!

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#1. Apply, then #2. Take the Web-Based Interview.

Step #2:  The Web-Based Interview (WBI)

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#3. Then schedule your Phone Interview!

Step #3:  The Phone Interview (PI)

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#4: Wait and see if you catch a wave! Good luck!

Step #4:  The Waiting Game!

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All offers will be sent out by November 16, 2018. Good luck, we hope you catch a wave!

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Whoo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!

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Check out all the current Disney employment openings at:  Disney College Program Careers

This program is currently offered at both at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL and the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. During the application process, candidates will be given the opportunity to express interest in one or both locations. (It is not necessary to apply separately.) A Disney College Program participant’s wage will vary between $10.00 – $15.00 per hour, based upon the role that he/she is selected to perform. Participants may also be eligible for premium pay in select roles and will learn their exact rate of pay upon receiving an invitation.

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Link to get email notifications for future openings:  http://disneyinternsinfo.com/

DCP Program info

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What role do you want to apply for???

Fun Roles for Cast Members at WDW
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Adventure Book Cover

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 older 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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Hiking to Waimea Falls in Waimea Valley, Oahu

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Waimea Falls. You can swim here, the water’s 30 feet deep.

We had a lovely hike to the Waimea Falls yesterday.

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Aloha Waimea Valley

Waimea Falls Park is beautiful and very scenic.  A true slice of Hawaii.  Very green with lots of vegetation.

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The 45-foot falls. After a rainstorm, the water pours over the falls.

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We didn’t bring our bathing suits for swimming, but it was closed for swimming because of the recent rain.  Very few people were at the falls.

We didn’t go swimming because it was closed that day as the Falls were flowing too rapidly from a recent rain storm. There were No Swimming Today signs posted at the visitor center.

It was pretty empty up at the Falls, probably because it was a no swimming day.
Life jackets are required to swim near the Falls and you can rent them at the Outpost. There are changing stalls there, but no restrooms.

Roundtrip, the hike is 3.5 miles.  There’s a lot to see along the way, with tons of Hawaiian and other botanical plants, all in bloom.

Rating:  4 1/2 Stars.

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Perfect spot to enjoy a Hawaiian shaved ice!

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Waimea Creek

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Lots of water from the recent rain.

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Beautiful.

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Beautiful Hawaiian flowers in bloom.

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Such a dramatic plant!

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POG juice flavored Hawaiian shaved ice after the hike! Yum!!!!  🙂

Waimea Falls Park is ranked amongst some of the best Oahu hikes.  This pleasurable, one mile stroll through lush botanical gardens leads up to the grand 30-foot Waimea Falls waterfall.

You might feel like you have stepped into the movie set for Jurassic Park, as you are surrounded by oversized tropical plants and unique botanical gardens along the hike.

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I love this plant!

Still known as Waimea Falls Park, this Oahu waterfall and tropical grounds are now run by the stewards of Waimea Valley Hi’ipaka.  Waimea Valley Botanical Gardens preserves Hawaiian culture and community.

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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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