Halloween 2018: My Mary Poppins Returns Costume!

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Off to work!

With the world premiere of the new Mary Poppins Returns just 6 weeks away, it was pretty easy choosing my Halloween costume this year!

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Knock, knock!

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Holding my umbrella and singing Robin.

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A very proper hairdo!

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My Disney parrot pin was perfect to complete the outfit!

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Going to the costume party at my work.

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1st Place!!!!!! I won a visa gift card! Whoo-hoo!  🙂

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Me riding around on my next bicycle!  🙂

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UPDATE: There will be limited edition popcorn bowls available during the movie’s premiere week! How cute are they???!!!

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Mary Poppins Returns popcorn bowl!

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ opens on December 19, 2018!

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December 19, 2018 at Epcot tonight!

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ opens in the US on December 19, 2018!

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Trailers for #MaryPoppinsReturns:

Trailer #1 – Opening Scenes

Trailer #2 – Mary Poppins Returns

Trailer #3 – Mary Poppins Sneak Peek

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Mary Poppins returns to the Banks family with her magical carpet bag in hand.

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins – her magical carpet bag in hand – following a personal loss.

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Michael Banks, his wife, and his three children.

Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

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February 2017:  Location filming begins in London.

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is the sequel to the 1964 Academy Award-winning ‘Mary Poppins’ and is set 25 years after the original film (1910 Edwardian London).

Principal photography on the new film began on February 10, 2017, at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, United Kingdom.

The film is scheduled for release on December 19, 2018.

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Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda take part in filming of a scene from the movie sequel Mary Poppins Returns in front of Buckingham Palace, central London.

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She is so pretty!

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Magical scene from Mary Poppins Returns


The Cast of ‘Mary Poppins Returns’:

Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Jack, an “optimistic streetlamp lighter”, and he is developing new songs for the film

Meryl Streep – Cousin Topsy

Julie Walters – Ellen, Michael’s housekeeper

Ben Whishaw – the grown-up Michael Banks

Emily Mortimer – the grown-up Jane Banks

New Banks children: Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson

Colin Firth – William Weatherall Wilkins, president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

Dick Van Dyke – Mr. Dawes Jr., CEO of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

Angela Lansbury – the Balloon Lady

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Jack, the optimistic streetlighter.

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Mary carrying her famous parrot head umbrella.

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Mary Poppins topiary at the Grand Floridian

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The amazing Dick Van Dyke!

Top photo:  Dick Van Dyke in 1964 (age 39) playing Mr. Dawes Sr. in Mary Poppins.

Bottom photo: Dick Van Dyke in 2018 (age 92) playing Mr. Dawes Jr, the son of his original aged character, in Mary Poppins Returns.

He appears to be nearly identical, with fluffy white hair and a beard, and glasses.  Many fans took to Twitter to express their disbelief at the likeness, with one writing that it is “surreal” and that he “doesn’t need prosthetics now”.

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Dancing on the table at 92 years old!!!

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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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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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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

There are Human Bones at Disneyland!

That skull & bones are real!!!

That skull and crossbones in the headboard at Disneyland are REAL!!!

With Halloween being on Wednesday, we though we would do a creepy, scary blog!

For most Disneyland fans, there is a lot of joy in finding hidden secrets about the Park that we all love to visit.

Today, we present to you a very interesting fact about the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disneyland:  The skull and the crossbones that sit above the bed in the treasure room are actually real bones!!

Super Creepy!!!

Pirates of the Caribbean definately has the most skulls and bones!!

Pirates of the Caribbean definitely has the most skulls and bones of any park attraction!!

Back in 1967 after Walt Disney had just passed away, the Pirates of the Caribbean first set sail at Disneyland. But along with singing pirates and fair maidens, it held a dark secret.

Disney lore has it that while the ride was still under construction, the Disney Imagineers were unhappy with the look of the fake skeletons placed about the ride. They didn’t think they looked authentic enough. The solution was simple: to use real human bones!

They asked around and the UCLA medical school provided cadaver skeletons to Disneyland from folks who had donated their bodies to “science”, which were then positioned in the classic poses we see today on the ride.

There’s a pair of skeleton friends playing chess, one sitting atop a mountain of gold coins, a dead captain with a sabre in his ribs… While it may seem grotesque using real bones, they remained for quite some time. It hasn’t been officially stated exactly when the skeletons were replaced with dummies, but they slowly were swapped out and the human remains returned to UCLA during the various ride refurbishments.

But, they didn’t remove them all!

Although the skeleton laying in bed looking through a magnifying glass is no longer the remains of a deceased man, the bones on the headboard behind him are!

That is a genuine skull and human crossbones!

It’s unknown why Disney chose to leave them there when the others were removed.  (Possibly, they came from a different source than UCLA and couldn’t be returned.) If you look closely, you’ll notice that they’re darker and more aged than the rest of the skeletons on the ride. It’s the skull and bones of a Caucasian male.

Human skeletons were never used when the next Pirates rides were constructed at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in 1973, or at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, or at Disneyland Paris in 1992.

Sailing into a hurricane!

Captain Skeleton sailing into a hurricane!

Yo ho ho!   Dead men tell no tales!  😉

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Look closely….Lots of skulls here!

We went to Disneyland last year with a first time visitor, and he was like, “What’s with all the skeletons everywhere?”

When you think about it, there are skeletons all over Adventureland, in lots of scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean, the skeleton in the water that rises when you complete the Adventureland treasure map, some over in Fantasyland on Peter Pan’s Flight, a dungeon skeleton reaching for water in Snow White’s Scary Adventures, a skeleton hanging in the stretching room of the Haunted Mansion, the pile of animal bones signaling the entry to the piranha pool in Jungle Cruise, and a dinosaur fossil in Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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Adventureland Treasure Map.  Lots of skulls and skeletons!

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Pirate Mickey walking around Adventureland this weekend!

No bones about it, that’s a lot of bones!!!  🙂

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So creepy looking! The ghostly skeleton of the Lord of the Manor host at Haunted Mansion.

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We think Walt would love all the ghosts and skeletons at all the Disney Parks around the world!

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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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Caroline at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World

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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♪♫♪This is Halloween, this is Halloween…..♪♫♪ – at Disneyland in front of the 3,400 lb. pumpkin!

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Adventure is out there!

The Beautiful Floating Lanterns of Tangled

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

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

Full song:  At Last I See The Light video

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Our CM friend, Ricky, capturing some Tangled magic!

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My new Tangled mug! ❤

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Our favorite scene!  Beautiful with all the floating lanterns!

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Our very favorite scene during the nightly Once Upon a Time projection show at the Magic Kingdom …the Floating Lanterns of Tangled. ♪♫♪ And at last I see the lights…♪♫♪

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April 2019: New Tangled cupcake. Available at Intermission Food Court at All Star Music Resort. Yellow cupcake with buttercream frosting. $6

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We love this Tangled scene so much that we went to a Paint Night and painted it!!

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Elly filling in the castle elements.

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Now for some lanterns…

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Everybody painted their castle scene just a little bit different!

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Caroline making good progress on her canvas.

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Caroline’s Floating Castle Lanterns

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Waiting for the paint to dry.

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

♪♫♪ And at last I see the lights…♪♫♪

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

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

Beautiful! 🙂

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Original movie artwork of the floating lanterns.

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This meme is so funny!  (And true!)

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Capturing the magic just as the Tangled lanterns lights popped on.


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Thinking about Disney Bounding as Rapunzel?  Here’s some ideas!

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Don’t forget the tiara!

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Caroline with Rapunzel’s.  She’s so pretty!

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I love this hand-painted Tangled Magic Band!

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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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Posing in the Gardens of Tangled.

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Rapunzel’s Tower on the hill.

♪♫♪And at last I see the light
And it’s like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it’s like the sky is new
And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything looks different
Now that I see you♪♫♪

Joining the Disney College Program Alumni Association

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Join today!

Greetings from the Disney Alumni Association!

Congratulations on successfully completing your DCP program!

By now you have received the official communication on this new, exclusive group of College Program alumni. Don’t forget to complete the registration process.  Click here to join today!

www.dcpalumni.com

Best Regards, Disney Campus Recruiting

Join the DCP Alumni Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/disneyalumniassociation/

  • Network and connect with over 100K College Program Alumni across the country
  • Receive invites to future Alumni exclusive events on Disney property
  • Participate in webinars with Leaders from around the Company and partake in networking and learning opportunities
  • Receive exclusive Professional Development webinars and workshops with Disney Recruiters
  • Receive Disney Alumni Association exclusive merchandise
  • Be the first to know about Disney Internships and Programs opportunities

Want to buy some Alumni merchandise?  It’s now online!!  Click here:  Disney College Program Alumni Merchandise

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Continuing the Magic….

Update from DAA:

Several times a year, the Disney Alumni Association (DAA) experiences a backlog about joining, i.e., when the Spring and Fall CPs all graduate.

If it’s been more than 2 weeks, please contact the DAA email inbox at: wdw.disney.college.program.alumni@disney.com

We can then specifically look up the individual’s lost information.

Marcie Lemke, DAA admin

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Update:  Our DCP Alumni packages with all the free merch came!  The t-shirts fit perfectly!

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DCP Alumni t-shirt, business card holder, car decals, stickers & more!  FREE!!!

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DCP Alumni Logo

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DCP Kitchen Magnet

Our kitchen magnet

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We love the new DCP Alumni postcards:

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The Disney College Program Alumni Postcards. ❤

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DCP Alumni postcard #1

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DCP Alumni Postcard #4 – This one is our favorite!!!

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Disney College Program pin.

And, don’t forget about the special DCP Housing pins!

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DCP Housing pins!

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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

DCP Last Day

On the very last day of our DCP program…our last day to use our company IDs and get in for free! We should have been packing, but the parks were calling us!

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January 2018 Homecoming Event at DAK

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January 15, 2016:  Having a blast at the DCP Alumni Reunion Event at the Contemporary Resort

Meeting Lady Tremaine and Her ‘Beautiful’ Daughters

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These two crack me up! They are sooo vain!

The Beautiful Tremaine Daughters Have New Outfits!

This summer the ‘beautiful’ Tremaine daughters – Cinderella’s mean stepsisters – got new, upgraded outfits at Disney World.

Their new outfits are bigger and brighter, and have a lot more velvet and satin layers.

We love their new costumes!  ❤

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Anastasia wears pink

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Drizella wears blue/green.

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Very nice new outfits!

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Meeting the Tremaine Family at Cinderella Castle

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Me and Ricky meeting the Tremaine family.

We were wondering around the Cinderella Castle when a cast member told us that the  the whole Tremaine family would be coming out soon.

This made me nervous because the Tremaines are always so unpredictable!

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Wearing my Cinderella t-shirt at the Magic Kingdom.

Sure enough, Lady Tremaine and her ‘beautiful’ daughters came walking out. I was so nervous because I had on my Cinderella t-shirt and I knew they’d be mean to me about that!  And they were!

We took a group photo with them, and then I asked if I could have one alone.

Lady Tremaine looks at her daughters and says, “Very well!” And then they all walked away from me!!  😦

This is me saying, “Wait, no! I want one WITH you all!”

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“Wait! Come back!!”

Lady Tremaine just shrugged and said, “Well, to each their own. I wasn’t going to question you!”

They are soooo unpredictable!

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Me with Lady Tremaine and her “beautiful” daughters, Anastasia and Drizella.

Talk about a moment I will never forget!

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My favorite photo of Lady Tremaine and her daughters. How old would you say she is??? [Trick question.]

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And we can’t forget about the Fairy Godmother!

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Thinking about Disney Bounding as one of the beautiful sisters?

Here are some ideas:

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The casual look.

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The more dressy option.

Disney Bounding:  When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters and go to the theme parks.

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Elly is Disney Bounding as Cinderella during MNSSHP.

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frozen3We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Caroline in her Cinderella costume in front of the Haunted Mansion.

                       

 

Mickey’s Retreat for Cast Members at Disney World

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Mickey’s Retreat for Disney cast members.

Located at the DCP housing complex between Chatham Square and The Commons,

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Mickey’s Retreat at Little Lake Bryan

Mickey’s Retreat is a free 19-acre recreation facility located on Little Lake Bryan open exclusively to Disney Cast Members and their families.

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Big Bass Pier.  This gator fencing is all new since a 2 Year Old Boy Killed By Gator at the Grand Floridan.

It has two nice swimming pools, a white sand beach for relaxing, a marina with canoe and paddle boat rentals ($2), a children’s play area, picnic pavilions, four sand volleyball courts, a banquet room, and much more.

Beach volleyball on white sand beach.

Beach volleyball on white sand beach.

We love paddle boats!

We love paddle boats!

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Goofy’s Tennis Courts

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Donald’s Boat Rental

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Beach volleyball

Mickey’s Retreat is where the WDW Lifeguard Tests for cast members are held.

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Disney World Lifeguards earn this patch.

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At least once a year, one of the monthly DCP Housing events will be held there. You might even get lucky and have your DCP graduation bar-b-que held there like we did.

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Our 2nd DCP graduation event was held at Mickey’s Retreat!  Free food, music/DJ, dancing…and, of course, Mickey and Minnie Mouse made an appearance too!  🙂

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Come out and play, but don’t forget your Disney ID!

Mickey’s Retreat Information

Address: 8151 Lake Forest Dr. Orlando, Florida 32821
Phone: (407) 828-3620
Summer Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (Mon – Sun)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mickeys-Retreat/134618086587184

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But wait!  I got to go to Mickey’s Retreat several times with my CP friends and my roommates during my 3rd DCP program!  Read that blog, with more Retreat photos here:  Visiting Mickey’s Retreat!

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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 working 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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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Two Disney Sisters

Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge is Opening in 2019!

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Opening at Disney World in about a year.

Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge will open in June 2019 at Disneyland Resort and in November 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Watch video here:  Star Wars Land Opening in 2019

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Star Wars Land at Disney World is coming right along.

Both Star Wars Lands will cover 14 acres.  Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge is being built north of Frontierland, where Big Thunder Ranch was located.  At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Galaxy’s Edge is replacing the majority of the park’s Streets of America.  A Star Wars-themed area will also be opening at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2020.

We’ve seen the Star Wars Lands construction underway at both Disney World and Disneyland.  They broke ground for both Lands on April 14, 2016.  Really, really big construction projects.

Construction at Disneyland required reconfiguring the routes for the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America.

We were made aware of this during our last trip to Disneyland in summer 2017 when several attractions in Frontierland and Critter Country were closed because of Star Wars Land construction including the Disneyland Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes.

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Planet Batuu

The planet portrayed at Star Wars Land is called Batuu, which appears in the 2018 Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances book.

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Star Wars: At last year’s MNSSHP party with our Jedi Knights.

We are all huge Star Wars fans!

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Meeting Darth Vadar is actually pretty scary!  He’s 7 feet tall!

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Our brother Christian with Darth.

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Ian having fun.

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Star Wars pins!

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Seeing Chewy at meet & greet.  He is soooo tall too!

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At Mickey and Minnie’s Star Wars meet & greet.

With Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie.

Feeling the Force with Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie.

With Darth Vader Goofy & Storm Trooper Donald

With Darth Vader Goofy & Storm Trooper Donald

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Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie

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Caroline in her Taste the Dark Side t-shirt at DHS.

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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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DAK-Entrance

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Peter Pan Float Flies into Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

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The Peter Pan Float

Everyone is Instagramming this cool green drink!

#PeterPanFloat

It’s chilled Sprite (lemon-lime) soda topped with soft serve Key Lime-flavored ice cream  presented with a chocolate red feather.

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Available at Storybook Treats in Fantasyland.

You can buy the Peter Pan Float at Storybook Treats in Fantasyland.

Our friend Lisbeth trying the Peter Pan Float for the first time:

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She says it’s delish!

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$5.49

Peter Pan float.

♪♫♪You can fly, you can fly…..♪♫♪

And, how about Maleficent’s Soft-Serve Cone???

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The Maleficent Soft-Serve Cone, available at Storybook Treats in the Magic Kingdom, features lime soft serve in a black waffle cone, topped with chocolate horns and purple sugar.  There’s certainly nothing villainous about this treat! $5.49 at Storybook Treats

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We love Peter Pan’s Flight!

UPDATE: Peter Pan’s Flight will be undergoing a month-long refurbishment, closing Jan. 7, 2019 – Feb. 2, 2019.  As of now, Peter Pan’s Flight is tentatively scheduled to reopen to guests on Feb. 3, 2019.

Hopefully, the wait lines will move a little quicker after refurbishment.

Dumbo Ride

It’s our favorite ride in Fantasyland!  Worth the wait!!! ❤

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He’s a cutie!

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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/

DAK-Entrance

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Interested in Disney Bounding as Peter Pan?
Well, look no further for some great ideas!

 

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Disney Bounding as Peter Pan.

 

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Disney Bounding as Peter Pan at Disneyland.  Cool outfit!

Best Corn Dogs at the Magic Kingdom – Casey’s Corner

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Ready for some lunch at Casey’s Corner

We LOVE the corn dogs at Casey’s Corner – they are the BEST!  🙂

This place was always so busy no matter when we stopped by.

This place is always so busy no matter when we stop by.  Long lines, but they move fast.

Whether guests are baseball fans or not, Casey’s Corner is a must for Magic Kingdom guests.

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Lunchtime!!!

Memorializing the famous poem, Casey at the Bat, Casey’s Corner offers your favorite ballpark foods: hot dogs, fries, caramel popcorn, and pretzels.

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Casey’s has the best hot dogs at Walt Disney World!!!

And, while they serve some of the best hot dogs in town, their corn dog nuggets are to die for!

Finally, corn dogs!

Finally, corn dogs! And skinny fries!!!

Best hot dog in town, all it needs is a little ketchup.

Best hot dog in town, all it needs is a little ketchup.

Lunch/Dinner Menu (10/2018)

Hit it out of the park with American baseball favorites: hot dogs, nachos, corn dog nuggets, French fries, brownies, and Cracker Jack. 

Seasonal Offerings (Fall)

Minnie Witch Brownie: Brownie with Minnie Witch Chocolate, $4.29

Entrées

Loaded Mashed Potato All-Beef Foot Long Hot Diggity Dog  $13.49

Loaded Mashed Potato All-Beef Hot Diggity Dog, $11.49

Chili-Cheese All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog, $13.49

Chili-Cheese All-Beef Hot Dog, $11.49

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog, $13.49

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese All-Beef Hot Dog, $11.49

All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog Meal, $11.99

Plant-based Loaded-slaw Dog, $11.49

Plant-based Dog, $9.49

All-Beef Hot Dog Meal, $9.99

Corn Dog Nuggets Meal, $8.99

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Perfection in a cup! Bring on the ketchup!

Snacks

Loaded Mashed Potato Fries, $6.49

Chili-Cheese French Fries, $6.49

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Fries, $6.49

French Fries, $4.49

Chili, $4.29

Mac and Cheese, $3.49

Brownie, $4.29

Cheese Sauce, $1.00

Specialty Beverage

Frozen Mint Julep Lemonade, $6.49

Beverages

Assorted Fountain Beverages – Regular, $3.99

Dasani Bottled Water, $3.50

Smartwater, $5.50

Minute Maid Apple Juice, $3.99

Nestlé Nesquik Chocolate Milk, $3.79

Regular Coffee, $3.29

Decaf Coffee, $3.29

Nestlé Hot Cocoa, $3.29

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Casey’s is the best place to celebrate National Hot Dog Day!

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Celebrating Halloween on Main Street USA.  Casey’s Corner is up on the left.

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Casey’s all decorated for Fall.

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Always busy inside all day long.

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April 2019: Lunchtime!!!

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Two Disney Sisters

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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party…heading off for some corn dogs first!!!  🙂

Best Orange Chicken at Epcot’s Lotus Blossom Café

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Try the Orange Chicken – it’s delicious!!!

When we’re in the mood for a quick lunch at Epcot, the Lotus Blossom Café is our first choice.
Epcot's Hidden Gem – China’s Lotus Blossom Café

We love the Orange Chicken with white rice there, and also the pot stickers. It has lots of covered seating so it’s fun to people watch while having lunch.

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And, don’t forget to order some Pot Stickers!

We always see Mulan when we’re there and there’s never a line to see her.

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Mulan is one of the nicest characters at Epcot!

lotus blossom cafeMenu (October 2018)

Appetizers
Potstickers $5.25
Egg rolls $3.99

Entrees
#1 Orange Chicken – Served with steamed rice. – $10.49
#2 Beef Noodle Soup Bowl – Beef noodle soup bowl. – $10.95
#3 Shrimp Fried Rice – Served with an egg roll. – $10.49
#4 Vegetarian Stir Fry – Served with steamed rice. – $10.49
#6 Sesame Chicken Salad – Sesame chicken salad. – $9.99

Kids Meals
Sweet and Sour Chicken. – $7.95
Pot Stickers and Spring Rolls. – $7.95

Red Lychee

Red Lychee fruit…it’s sweet!

Desserts
Choice of Caramel-Ginger or Lychee ice cream. – $3.50

Drinks
Smoothies – Choice of mango or strawberry. – $4.65
Cold Drinks – Choose from Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Nestea, and Fanta orange soda. Regular $2.99 or Large $3.29. Dasani Bottled Water $2.75, Bottled green tea or oolong tea (no sugar added) $4.25, Peach oolong tea $4.25, Orange juice $2.59, and Milk (regular, low fat, or chocolate) $1.99
Hot Beverages – Chinese Hot Tea, Nescafe coffee, or Nestle hot cocoa. – $2.29
Beer & Wine – Tiger Draft Beer $7.50, Plum Wine $4.99, and Tsing Tao bottled beer $6.95

Lotus Blossom Cafe Epcot

Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot China pavilion – Lots of seating!

Orange Chicken Blossom Cafe

This really is our favorite lunch at Epcot!

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Having a fun day at Epcot! Caroline is wearing one of her new Minnie Ears.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters