Mickey’s Retreat for Cast Members at Disney World

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.

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.

Disney World Lifeguards earn this patch.


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.

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/

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!


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Two Disney Sisters

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