Top 10 Food Myths About Eating at Disney World

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Happy Fall, y’all!  Welcome!

#1:  The kids’ menu is only for kids.

Anyone can order from the kids’ menu.  We do it all the time.

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Kid’s Meal: Turkey sandwich with healthy sides and a fountain drink. $5.99

#2:  Character meals are only for kids.

Oh, please.  We love meeting characters and we love character buffets!!  Enough said.

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Character breakfast with Mickey…a chance to meet him without waiting in long meet and greet lines!

#3:  You can’t bring in your own food and drinks.

Disney World allows guests to bring food and drinks into the parks.  The rules are simple: no alcohol and nothing in glass containers (with the exception of baby food in glass jars). Enjoy!

#4:  It’s impossible to eat on a budget.

Counter service locations in every park provide FREE cups of ice water. We always ask for large cups with lots of ice.  We never order anything but water to drink with our meals, saving at least $3/person/meal.  My sister brings concentrated fruit punch drops to add to her iced water.

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Water in Florida can sometimes taste “off”. These drops make it delicious!

If you want to save money on snacks, pack some granola bars, baggies of cookies or chips, poptarts, a little something for everyone in your bag or backpack.

Then, buy one Disney Snack per day, like a Mickey pretzel, and share it!  Best of both worlds.

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Sweet treats for dessert. Most can be shared by at least 2 people!

#5:  There’s nothing healthy to eat at theme parks.

Disney World provides healthy options for guests at quick service, table service, and snack stands all over the property. When ordering, look for healthy sides like carrots, salads, apple slices, grapes, or other fresh fruit.

Look for Mickey Check meals on the kids menus. These meals follow nutritional guidelines that limit saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and calories. The kids meals have healthy sides like grapes available instead of cookies. (And remember, anyone can order them!)

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Coffees, sodas, and beers available at Epcot Norway pavilion.

#6:  Alcohol isn’t served in Disney Parks.

Drink up, me hardies!  When Walt Disney conceptualized the Magic Kingdom, he decreed that it (and Disneyland in California) should remain dry, with no alcohol served on the premises, except for Club 33 in Disneyland. But that tradition ended in 2012 when Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland began serving adult beverages at dinner.  All restaurants at Epcot serve wine and beer.  Same with the nice sit down restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios.

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These ham and cheese sandwiches at Epcot France are so good!!!

#7:  There’s nothing but burgers and fries on the menu.

Even the quick service places offer pretty good choices on their menus.  While the park burgers aren’t very good, the fries are consistently good everywhere. The sandwiches are very good.

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These sandwiches are very tasty!

#8:  Dining with allergies is too hard.

Disney World has made a lot of progress over the past few years in providing options for guests with food allergies. This attention to allergens even finds a place at special ticketed events – like at the 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, where allergy-friendly treats are available to all guests.

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Some of the baby food and supplies available at the Baby Care Center at the Magic Kingdom. All the Baby Care Centers at Disney World are fully stocked.

#9:  It’s too hard to visit Disney World with a baby.

We speak from our experience working as WDW cast members…Disney World is a place for families, including those with babies.  There are fabulous Baby Care Centers located in all four parks, and they are terrific, quiet spots to take care of your little one.  Caroline loved working at the one in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  They are fully stocked with baby food and snacks.  But, please, use some common sense people!  The millions of guests visiting the WDW parks annually come from all over the world and your 4 week old newborn baby shouldn’t be exposed to their germs!!

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Caroline (off duty) at her DAK Baby Care Center.

#10:  Same-day Advance Dining Reservations are impossible to find.

Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be made 180 days ahead of your arrival day.  Lots of guests book their dining reservations at 12:01am.

Two things are helpful for finding same-day ADRs: persistence and flexibility. Be persistent: check the Disney World dining app repeatedly throughout the day. Be flexible: check out dining reservations at an off time and you might get lucky.  Plans change and guests change their ADRs all the time!

Last:  There’s nothing for vegetarians to eat.

Total myth.  Disney has really expanded their vegetarian meal offerings across the property.  We’ve never tried any of them so we can’t comment on their taste, but know that a surprising number of guests order them.

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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 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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DAK costume

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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Disney Bounding as Cinderella

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Meeting Cruella DeVille

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.

Not sure what you’re going to wear to this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) yet?  If you don’t have the time or money for an all out Disney costume, what about Disney Bounding?

Cinderella has several looks.  I went Disney Bounding in her Going to the Ball look.

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Cinderella’s Going to the Ball costume.

Pink Cinderella ears

Cinderella’s Minnie Ears!

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Disney Bounding with our friend Jessie who was Country Belle.

We Disney Bounded last year at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in October.

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The Disney villains only come out during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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Meeting the whole Peter Pan gang.

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The good guys and heroes are also out at the MNSSHP party.  Meeting Captain America.

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Going as your Ghost Hosts at last year’s MNSSHP party with our Star Wars Jedi Knights.

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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 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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October 1, 2018:  Welcome to Disneyland!

Seeing Orange Bird at Disney World

Shelves full of Orange Bird merchandise!

Shelves full of Orange Bird merchandise!  Cups, bowls, glasses, potholders…I want it all!

We love Orange Bird and are excited to see all the Orange Bird merchandise available at Disney Springs.

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So cute!

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Orange plates with Hidden Mickeys.

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We bought this apron!

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Pretty tea towels with Hidden Mickeys.

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Glasses and orange juice pitchers featuring Orange Bird.

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Perfect for your morning cup of coffee!

Salt and pepper shakers

Cute little OB salt and pepper shakers

More merchandise.

More merchandise.  So bright and cheerful!

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New Orange Bird magic band and charm.

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These Orange Birds are so soft!

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My new Orange Bird Tsum Tsum!  He’s a cutie! 😉

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My Orange Bird kitchen magnet to hold notes (gift from Elly).

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Love this bracelet! ❤

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Orange Bird is the special sorcerer’s card for the 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!!!

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That’s not Dole Whip, that’s Orange Swirl from the Sunshine Tree Terrace that he’s holding!

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We love this year’s trading card of Orange Bird!

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There’s lots of orange everywhere!  🙂

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Thinking about Disney Bounding as Orange Bird for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year???  Here’s some cutie and colorful ideas:

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Disney Bounding as Orange Bird ideas!

My Orange Bird pins.

My Orange Bird pins all lined up.  ❤ them!

Our friend, Disney artist Jason Tackett, did this artwork for the Disney Blog.

Our friend, Disney artist Jason Tackett, did this artwork of Orange Bird for the official Disney Parks Blog.

You never see Orange Bird walking around Adventureland anymore.

You never see Orange Bird walking around Adventureland anymore (photo circa 1975).

Meet Orange Bird

Meet Orange Bird Disney Pin.  “A day with orange juice is like a day without sunshine!”

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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 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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DAK costume

Adventure is out there!

Trolley Car Cafe Starbucks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Trolley Car Cafe Starbucks at DHS

The Trolley Car Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (9am – Closing):  This Starbucks opened on February 6, 2015 to enthusiastic crowds. The Trolley Car Café is themed as a classic trolley car station and gives guests a sense of early 20th century Hollywood atmosphere.  Disney gift cards accepted, Starbucks gift cards not accepted.

Our CP friend, Lisbeth, works there and is a master barista now!

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Lisbeth heading off to work.

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CP Moment: Getting your work costume!

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All the snacks here look so good!

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Caroline’s morning Starbucks drink starts her DHS park day off right!

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DHS You Are Here Starbucks mugs

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Yes please!

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PSLs arrived August 28th this year!

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Enjoying my icy Starbucks coffee drink with my Disney friend, Katie, on Hollywood Blvd.!

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These Mickey Starbucks pins are so cute!!!!

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It’s going to be a great day!

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Disney is banning single use plastic straws worldwide at all their parks and on cruise lines.

Disney is committed to removing all single use plastic straws at all locations across the WDW property by Summer 2019.  They already use paper straws at the Creature Comfort Starbucks over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We expect to see paper straws being used at all the WDW Starbucks locations before the end of the year.

Read more here:  Disney is Banning Plastic Straws Worldwide

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A hot cocoa on a cold day.

February 2018:  A mug of hot cocoa on a cold day.

Starbucks + Disney = Happiness!

Starbucks + Disney = Happiness!

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August 28, 2018: PSLs are back at Starbucks for the Fall!

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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 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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DAK costume

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 my home, Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

 

What Shoes Should You Wear to Disney World?

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They might look pretty, but they will kill your feet to walk around in them!

Nothing can ruin a long day in the parks faster than sore feet!

Cinderella was right…the right pair of shoes makes all the difference.

The average Disney Park guest walks 5 – 10 MILES per day in the parks, mostly in the hot sun and on hard concrete. Most guests don’t walk nearly that much daily in their everyday life.  And, add in all those hours spent standing in wait lines for rides and food and you need to seriously think about your footwear before leaving home!

Let’s break it down:

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Yes!  The perfect sneaker!

#1: Tennis Shoes

The most popular footwear option around the parks and for good reason. A good tennis shoe has a great fit, is supportive and offers cushioning.

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These sneakers let your feet breathe…

We like waterproof leather ones if rain is in the forecast and cool weave ones for warm sunny days.

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Just say no…..

#2: Flip-Flops

We think guests are crazy to wear flip-flops to the parks. Your feet bake in the heat from the pavement, guests step on them or push strollers over them, you need to put sunscreen on your feet, and they’re not great for running in during the daily afternoon downpours.  Just say no.

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The preferred “dad” shoe.

#3:  All-Terrain Sandals

Our dad wears these to the Parks and loves them. A light, breathable sandal with the support and stability of a tennis shoe.  Comes in neutral and camo dad colors.

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They come in 100s of colors.

#4:  Crocs

We see these on kids a lot.  We don’t own a pair, but they look comfortable.  They come in a lot of fun colors.

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Play shoes are NOT good walking shoes!

#5:  Princess Shoes

No, no, no!!!  We see little girls teetering around wearing these play shoes and feel sorry for them!  Moms – put them in your bag and slip them on your daughter’s feet for the photo shoots with characters.  Otherwise, keep your kids in comfortable, broken in sneakers during your visit.  We think a lot of the crying and whining kids we see later on in the day are suffering from sore feet!

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Are you kidding me???!!!

#6:  High Heels

We kid you not…we see too many women wearing high heels at the Parks!!

We think they’re crazy!

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Choose your footwear wisely!

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Wondering what kind of shoes cast members – who work a lot of 12+ hour shifts – wear?

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Wonder no more…these black beauties!  🙂

Read more: Comfy Shoes for Disney Cast Members

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You can always tell when cast members are at the parks having fun….they’re the ones wearing black work shoes!!!

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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 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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DAK costume

Adventure is out there!

Disneyland’s ‘A Bug’s Land’ is Closing Next Week

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We loved the themeing and tie-in to gardening aspects of this land.

Disneyland is set to exterminate ‘A Bug’s Land’ from California Adventure!

On March 20, 2018, Disney Parks announced that A Bug’s Land will be closing permanently as the land will be the site for a new Marvel-themed land opening in 2020.

bug3The land’s anchor attraction, “It’s Tough to Be A Bug!” theater, which was built and opened when the theme park opened in 2001, closed on Monday, March 19, 2018. The remainder of the land is closing on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

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The lucky four leaf clover – there’s only one! It’s 12 feet tall.

Guests with small children loved the cute, bug-filled, and shady environment with its huge clover leaves.

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Pixar Pier with the Pixar Pal-A-Round (formerly Mickey’s Fun Wheel).  Nope!  Never again will will go on those swinging baskets!!!

This latest move continues the ongoing renovations at Disney California Adventure, which in June 2018 turned its former Paradise Pier into a new land called Pixar Pier, including a newly revamped roller coaster, a new midway games, and a renovated Mickey’s Fun Wheel ferris wheel.

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My favorite ride, Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train. It smelled so good!

Our favorite rides were:  Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train (yes!), Flik’s Flyers, and Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies.

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This ride was fun too!  Flik’s Flyers

I will say that – unlike at Disneyland – I never saw a screaming or crying kid at A Bug’s Land.  Not once.  Kids loved this land!  It was fun, shady, and there were lots of treat carts!

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Riding the Chew-Chew train…ahhh…all the yummy smells..candy corn!  🙂

bug2Video riding Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train  :  Riding the Chew Chew Train

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Heimlich!

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We bought the little Heimlich vinyl.

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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 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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DAK costume

Adventure is out there!

 

New Book: Adventure’s in the Animal Kingdom

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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 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 shiny, 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:  Adventure’s in the Animal Kingdom
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DAK costume

Adventure is out there!

Hurricane Lane and Disney’s Aulani Resort

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Disney’s Aulani Resort.  We were there last month!

HURRICANE WARNING
AUGUST 24, 2018

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is operating under our storm preparedness guidelines as we continue to monitor Hurricane Lane closely.

The island of Oahu is currently under a hurricane warning and forecasts indicate that there could be periods of rain, gusty wind and high surf through Saturday, August 25, 2018.

Read more:  Aulani Travel Advisory

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That is a huge hurricane!

HURRICANE WARNING ISSUED FOR OAHU

ISSUED: 3:58 AM AUG. 24, 2018 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

…HURRICANE WARNING FOR HAWAII REMAINS IN EFFECT…

LOCATIONS AFFECTED

– Honolulu

– Kapolei

– Ewa Beach

– Hawaii Kai

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Weekend forecast for Hurricane Lane’s path.

LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind

– Peak Wind Forecast: 40-50 mph with gusts to 75 mph

– Window for Tropical Storm force winds: this morning until early Sunday morning

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TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE:  HURRICANE LANE

AUGUST 23, 2018

Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa is operating under normal conditions as we continue to monitor Hurricane Lane closely.

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This image from the GOES-15 satellite shows Hurricane Lane, with a well-defined eye, positioned about 300 miles south of Hawaii’s Big Island at 2 p.m. ET on August 22, 2018.

The island of Oahu is currently under a hurricane warning and forecasts indicate that there could be periods of rain, gusty wind and high surf beginning Thursday, August 23 through Friday, August 24, 2018.

Guests with questions about an upcoming reservation should contact their original booking agent. Guest who booked directly through Aulani, may contact The Walt Disney Travel Company at (866) 443-4763.

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With an estimated 1.5 million people in Hawaii and highly valuable property, Hurricane Lane has the potential to do a great deal of damage.

Models predict the Category 4 hurricane with 130mph winds will make landfall between late Thursday night and Friday, bringing with it torrential downpours and dangerous winds.  All schools have been canceled for Thursday and Friday. Expect delays at all airports.

Even with Hurricane Lane not making landfall, the wide extent of the hurricane can still cause significant destruction.

“We don’t know where this storm will hit,” said Gov. David Ige, who issued an emergency proclamation to speed the state’s response. “Everyone should be prepared.”

hurricane-lane-path-track-map-update-thursdayjpg-16f5a046a9f28e48In 1992, Hurricane Iniki made a sharp turn and veered into Kauai as a Category 4 storm. It killed six people and left about $3 billion worth of damage, leveling more than 1,400 homes and leaving more than 14,000 with at least some level of damage. Power and phone lines were out for weeks throughout the island, and crops like banana and papaya were destroyed.
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Adventures

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 shiny, 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:  Adventure’s in the Animal Kingdom
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Adventure is out there!

High Speed Gondolas Progressing at Disney World

November 22, 2018:  New! Disney is giving out Skyliner pins to resort guests this week!  🙂

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Cute Skyliner pins for resort guests!  Free!!!

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Gondola transfer station at DHS is done.

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August 2018: A lot of the gondola towers are up already.

Installation of the new high speed gondola system called Disney Skyliner at Walt Disney World is progressing nicely.

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September 10, 2018: Look what was arriving today at Disney World!!!

No date has been announced yet for testing the system.

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November 2018: Disney confirmed today that their Skyliner system won’t have AC in the cars, just darkened windows and a “passive” air flow system. Could be sweltering riding in the summer!!!

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New gondola tower by Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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September 2018: Gondola tower by Caribbean Beach.

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Close-up of one of the high speed gondola towers for the new Skyliner.

The map below shows how the two theme parks (Epcot and DHS) and four resorts (Caribbean Beach, Boardwalk Resort, and Pop Century/Art of Animation Resorts) will be connected.

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How the gondolas will connect the four resorts to the two parks.

The yellow squares on the map feature the gondola stations/stops while the blue squares signify the L-turns to change direction. The orange lines detail the cable routes the gondola cars will travel.

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Disney Skyliner loading/unloading area.

The high speed gondolas will connect:

Epcot France to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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Barefoot Bay at the Caribbean Beach Resort.  We love staying here.  It will be great to take a gondola from here to Epcot in 15 minutes!

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Disney Boardwalk

The Boardwalk Resort is just to the right on this photo.

We’re most excited about the possibility of the Epcot France gondola connecting to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort!

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Epcot France on a lovely spring day.

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The new high speed gondola Skyliner transportation system will transport guests a good distance across the vast WDW property in under 15 minutes, a huge improvement over the current bus transportation system.  Only worry is that is cars won’t have AC in them.

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The gondolas will have great treetop views of the parks!

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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!

Disney Character Line-up for 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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The Disney villains only come out during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Special Character line-up for the 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

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Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet (special Halloween outfits)
Mike, Sulley, George and Boo (at dance party)
Elvis Stitch
Queen of Hearts, Tweedles
Cruella DeVille
Doc McStuffins and Timon (at dance party)
Alice and Mad hatter
Gravediggers
Brer Fox and Rabbit
Belle and Gaston
Ariel and Eric
Minnie, Donald and Daisy (special Halloween outfits)
7 Dwarfs
Anastasia and Drizella
Pirate Goofy
Jack and Sally
Mickey
Jafar
Elena, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana
Tarzan, Jane and Terk
Jack Sparrow
Aladdin, Jasmine, Abu, Genie
Moana

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Meeting Cruella DeVille

Elly was Disney Bounding  as Cinderella ‘Going to The Ball’.  Caroline (wearing a tiara) was Cinderella ‘At The Ball’.

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Meeting Pooh Bear in his special MNSSHP outfit.

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Jafar

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This guy.

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The Headless Horseman leads the Boo to You Parade….which is loaded with Disney characters dressed in special Halloween outfits if you don’t have time for the character meet & greets.

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Caroline loves the Disney villains! We met Jafar!  He’s 7 feet tall!

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We got to meet all 7 dwarfs during the MNSSHP party!

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The good guys and Disney heroes are also at the MNSSHP party.  Meeting Captain America.

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Thor.  Expect to see a lot of the Marvel Heroes.

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August 17, 2018, 8pm:  Look who got new Halloween outfits this year!

The MNSSHP hard ticket, after-hours event is expanding to 34 evenings this year, spanning over three months!

  • August 17, 24, 28, 31
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
  • October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31*

Returning are popular favorites, such as “Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular” stage show in front of Cinderella Castle, Mickey’s “Boo-to-You!” parade down Main Street, and “Happy HalloWishes!” led by everyone’s favorite villains.

Tickets for this Halloween spectacular start at $75 for advance purchase, or $85 at the gate, if available.

*Halloween Night (Oct. 31st) always sells out first! Tickets are $125.

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MNSSHP nights at a glance.

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Cast member pricing – 30% off ticket prices!

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Don’t forget to buy the 2018 Magic Band and some 2018 MNSSHP pins! They are only for sale during the party nights from 7pm-Midnight.

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Hello Halloween Mickey and Minnie! 🙂

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We love this year’s Sorcerer’s trading card of Orange Bird!

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At last year’s MNSSHP party:

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Star Wars: At last year’s MNSSHP party with our significant others.

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Caroline going as your Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion.

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Happy HalloWishes fireworks!

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Main Street USA is all decorated for fall. So pretty!

The Magic Kingdom was fully decorated for Fall/Halloween on Wednesday, August 15th this year.  Two weeks earlier than last year.

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Welcome!

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

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 at Fort Wilderness in 2018  earlier in the evening.

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.

Have a magical time!

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

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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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You don’t need to bring your own trick-or-treating bag as they hand them out for free…but you can if you want to!

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Free candy! Take as much as you would like!!! 🙂

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13 Trick-or-Treat stations.

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Main Street USA

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Have fun!

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Two Disney Sisters

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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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom