Riding Jingles at Disneyland

The 68 horses of King Arthur Carrousel

The 68 horses of King Arthur Carousel at Disneyland

As we learned during the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour, the oldest attraction at Disneyland is the King Arthur Carousel.

We made it a goal to ride on the Jingles horse during our last trip.

It’s not easy because everyone wants to ride on her.

We literally had to run to Jingles once the cast member opened the ride’s gate.

All the horses are trotters.

Interesting fact:  All the horses on the carousel are trotters.

The carousel was built by in Canada in 1875 and every horse on the carousel has a name.  You can pick up a complete list of the carousel horse’s names at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. (free).

The two finger point.

Tom Hanks, as Walt Disney, riding on Jingles in the movie Saving Mr. Banks.

Jingles is the carousel’s lead horse and was Walt’s favorite horse.

She made an appearance in the 2013 Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks.  (We got to go to the movie’s world premier in December 2013 when we were working at Disney World!)

Jingles is named for her beautiful straps of jingle bells hanging from her saddle and mantle.

For Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2005, Jingles was repainted and trimmed in real 18K gold leaf.

Jingles was ceremoniously dedicated to Dame Julie Andrews on April 8, 2008.


Jingles in all her glory.

Her saddle

Her saddle honoring the 50th anniversary of “Mary Poppins” and Dame Julie Andrews. 18K gold!  So shiny!

Close up of Jingle's golden bells.

Close up of Jingle’s golden bells.  Everyone wants to ride on Jingles!  She’s the best!!  We had to run to get to her first!

Jingles most famous rider.

Jingles most famous rider, Mary Poppins.

jinglesWe’ve actually gotten to ride on Jingles several times now:


Me & Jingles


Riding the carousel with Ian. ❤




Mary Poppins’ umbrella!

And look who else showed up to ride today:


Belle and the Beast!

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Belle waved at us! 🙂


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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/


Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!


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Two Disney Sisters



Disney World Resort Hopping 101: The Basics

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Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Resort Hopping is a great way to spend some down time on your Disney World vacation.

Maybe the parks are crowded and you want to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Maybe you have an extra day of vacation without tickets and want some fun ways to fill your time.

We do it every trip and it’s a lot of fun.

Here are our Resort Hopping 101 Tips:

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Transportation options at Disney World

Use Disney Transportation

Use Disney Transportation when traveling between resorts.  It’s free.

The Monorail travels between three of the resorts, some resorts have boat transportation, and Disney buses travel to all resorts.


The gondolas will have great treetop views of the parks! Yes, the Skyliner windows open, but there’s no AC in the cabins. Could be very hot to ride these in the summer!

The Disney Skyliner gondolas will be up and running later on this summer.

During peak times of the year, Disney has started charging for daytime resort parking ($25) and/or limiting resort parking to guests with hotel reservations, not just dining reservations.

Make a Dining Reservation

Part of the appeal to resort hopping is to try the restaurants at the resorts.

All of the deluxe resorts boast fine dining options with award-wining restaurants. Some even offer entertainment and character dining experiences.

Plan on dining for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the resorts on your resort-hopping list, and make a reservation in advance. This will guarantee you a spot at a table during your resort adventures.

Don’t Try to Do It All

With over 25 resorts at Disney World, it would be unrealistic to expect to visit them all when resort hopping, and it would take away from the fun and enjoyment. Set realistic expectations in regards to the number of resorts you plan to visit in one day.  Pick one or two things you’d like to do at each resort, and don’t be disappointed that you can’t do it all. It just means you’ll have to visit again!

Go on a Travel Day

If you only have part of a day at Disney due to your arrival or departure time, spend the time resort hopping instead of purchasing a ticket to the parks (now over $100/day for a single park ticket) when you can only spend a few hours there. You’ll save some money by not buying a park ticket, and you will find plenty of fun and magic at the resorts.

Be Prepared

You most likely need many of the same things resort hopping as you do spending the day at the parks. You might want to bring a poncho or umbrella in case it rains as you’re traveling to and from resorts, you’ll want your camera and/or phone, comfortable shoes, or anything else you find you need at the parks.

Also, if you have dining reservations at a fine dining location, like California Grill or Victoria & Albert’s, there is a dress code, so make sure what you’re wearing is in line with their dress code.

Dedicate at Least Half a Day

Resort hopping takes time.

It’s wise to dedicate at least half a day to resort hopping. If you try to visit more than a few resorts in less than half a day, you’ll find yourself rushed and most likely unable to do everything on your list. With half a day or more, you can plan on having a meal, a snack, and have time to explore lobbies and shopping places without feeling rushed.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

We love the Grand Floridian’s annual Gingerbread House!

Resort Hop During the Holidays!

Christmas time is truly a magical time at Disney World and that especially includes the resorts!

If you find yourself at Disney World during the Christmas season, make an effort to do some resort hopping. The deluxe resorts go above and beyond in their decorations. All have giant Christmas trees with decorations that correspond to the theme of the resort.

There is a life-sized gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, and you can purchase delicious gingerbread cookies there. At least 5 other Disney resorts have gingerbread displays, all unique.  Check them all out!


The annual Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel

But, be aware that in late 2018 the parking guards really started cracking down on limiting parking to resort guests only at the deluxe resorts during the holiday season.  It’s best to park at one of the other resorts on property like All Stars and take the Disney transportation bus around.

Here are a few of our favorite places to resort hop:


Our #1 place to resort hop!

The Grand Floridian

You can catch a monorail directly from the Magic Kingdom or from Epcot by way of the Ticket and Transportation Center. There is also a water launch which is fun as long as it’s not cold out. From the other parks, you’ll have to take a bus.

When you get there, check out the orchestra that plays most afternoons upstairs in the main Grand Lobby. Make reservations for proper afternoon tea or for dinner at the fancy Victoria & Albert’s. Look for hidden Mickeys in the elaborate marble floors. This is also a very peaceful place to sit in the Grand Lobby and just enjoy the atmosphere!

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Resort hopping on a cool and rainy afternoon.

Polynesian Resort

Another monorail hotel, you can get to the Polynesian the same ways as the Contemporary or Grand Floridian. Once you get there, go to Captain Cook’s and get a Dole Whip, or get a tropical cocktail at the lounge outside of O’Hana or make a reservation for a family-style dinner at O’Hana.

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We love Dole Whip!

If you schedule your visit late enough, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle at Magic Kingdom complete with the music piped in while you’re enjoying dinner!

DisneyÕs Contemporary Resort Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes

CR Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes tempting us!

The Contemporary

The Contemporary is a great place to visit. You get to the Contemporary the same way you get to the Polynesian resort since it’s a monorail resort or you can walk over from Magic Kingdom.

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Walkway between the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom.

Once you get there, browse the great gift shops here. These may be our favorite gift shops on property. If you’re hungry, head upstairs to the Contempo Cafe. It’s a quick-service eatery with a lot of unique options for everyone’s tastes. Try the pot roast and veggies – it’s incredible.


Electrical Water Pageant: It’s very pretty with the float lights reflecting off the Seven Seas Lagoon.

You’ll also find character dining here at Chef Mickey’s. If you’re resort hopping at night, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle from the 4th floor observation deck and catch the nightly Electrical Water Pageant.


Don’t forget to stop in at the Wilderness Lodge and check out the huge Christmas tree! So pretty!!!

Wilderness Lodge

To get to the Wilderness Lodge, you can take a boat from the Magic Kingdom or Contemporary Resort, or a bus from the other parks. This is one of our favorite places to explore. Go on a search for hidden Mickeys. Watch the geyser erupt outside, or sit in the immense lobby straight from our National Parks. Take a close look at the towering fireplace.  Book a dinner reservation at Whispering Canyon Cafe – it’s one of the most fun and family-oriented restaurants on property. Roast some marshmallows over the campfire outside (free). You can also catch the Electrical Water Pageant going by at night.

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Here’s a funny shot, trying to get all of us in the photo! Our waitress was so nice!

The Yacht & Beach Clubs

These resorts are sister resorts, sharing a fabulous pool, in the Epcot resort area. If you’re at Epcot, you can walk out the back entrance at the International Gateway between the France and United Kingdom pavilions and continue on the sidewalk straight to the resorts.

Try a kitchen sink sundae from Beaches & Cream soda shop. Sit on the sandy beach and watch the Friendship boats go by. In the evenings, catch a movie under the stars on this same beach. Go to the lobby of the Yacht Club and visit with the Captain. Browse their gift shops – they’re some of our favorites!


Disney Boardwalk – See it during the day, but come back at night…it’s magical!

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is a great place to resort hop in the evenings. You can get there the same ways you can get to Yacht & Beach Clubs, as there are sidewalks that connect the three resorts.

If you’re hungry, try the walk-up pizza by the slice window or grab a sweet treat from the Confectionery. There are always street performers to watch and plenty of benches and tables to sit and enjoy the ambiance.

You can rent a surrey bike here as well. Catch a sporting event at the ESPN club. If you stand on the bridge between the Boardwalk and the Yacht & Beach Clubs looking towards Epcot, you can view the 9pm IllumiNations fireworks at the end your day.


We love the new Happily Ever After fireworks show!!  ❤



Two Disney Sisters

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

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!



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Two Disney Sisters



Working at Cosmic Rays Starlight Café in the Magic Kingdom


Food Chef Christian!

Week 2 – Training at Cosmic Rays

Christian completed his food training this week at Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe.

While we initially thought he would be working FOH (Front of House) at Cosmic Rays, he actually was assigned HOH (Heart of House), which is all the food prep in the kitchen.

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Heart of House food prep stations.

There’s a lot of crew working the kitchen, at least 16-20 people per shift.


Welcome to Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe.

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Christian heading into work.

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Christian making us lunch!

It’s a busy kitchen as Cosmic Rays is the major quick service restaurant in Tomorrowland. They have it divided into food “bays” so they can serve a lot of guests at once.  The food lines move pretty quickly.  It’s typically open for lunch and dinner, usually 10am – 8pm.  Christian’s shifts this week have mostly been 2pm-9pm.


Bay 1: Chicken, chicken, chicken.


Bay 3: Sandwiches.

It was open yesterday for breakfast for EMH (Extra Magic Hours when the Magic Kingdom opens early for guests staying onsite), so he had to work a 7am – 3pm shift.

We’ve eaten there many times, it’s a good place for an early dinner.  Their burgers and chicken nuggets are tasty and the Toppings Bar is excellent.


They have a special menu for Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration.

cosmic6The Kid’s Meal is an PB&J Uncrustable sandwich.  $6.49

Explore a galaxy of enticing options—from our out-of-this-world BBQ platter and chicken breast nuggets to bacon cheeseburgers and hot dogs. Customize your meal at the topping bar, then have a blast enjoying the stellar musical entertainment of Sonny Eclipse!



He doesn’t play all the time.


Sonny Eclipse playing some jazzy tunes.


The Mickey Burger.


The bar-b-que pork sandwich is very good.



The Mickey Burger cheeseburger ($16) at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café!  This angus burger comes loaded with macaroni and cheese, American cheese, cheese sauce, flaming hot cheese dust, and bacon all served on a toasted Mickey Mouse bun.  It’s out of this world!



Cosmic Rays at night. It’s a good place to watch the evening parade if it’s cold outside.


We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP.

Both are available on Amazon.com:

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom


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

The Maleficent Dragon is Back at the Magic Kingdom!

01/25/2019 Update:  The Maleficent Dragon float – in all her fire-breathing glory – is back in the Festival of Fantasy Parade today!!!  🙂


After an 8-month absence, Maleficent, in her guise as a Steampunk dragon, returned to the Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy parade today, January 25, 2019. Welcome back Maleficent! We missed you!

I want a job that I love as much as this float pilot cast member loves her job!!! 🙂


October 2019 🙂



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Later on that evening during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party parade.


It was shocking when she caught fire and completely burned during the Festival of Fantasy parade in May 2018.

Thankfully, no one was injured, especially parade cast members.
dragon1May 11, 2018:  The fire-breathing Maleficent Dragon float in the Festival of Fantasy Parade caught fire today at the Magic Kingdom as the parade neared Liberty Square.


Guests stood around and filmed the burning dragon before cast members moved them away from the float. It was weird because the dragon continued to moved his head and the parade music continued to play.

The parade promptly stopped and several cast members responded with small portable fire extinguishers, which did not put out the fire burning in the dragon’s head.

Video Link:  Malificent Dragon Catches Fire at Magic Kingdom

The float’s pilot escaped unharmed.  The motorized dragon continued to lift its head up and down while the flames made their way down its neck to the float’s body.  No cast members or park guests were injured during the incident.


The float is a total loss.

The Maleficent Dragon float was a total loss when the fire was finally put out.

fire1Yesterday, the dragon float was replaced by a new float featuring Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora.  (We saw this float being used for them during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade last year.  Of course, then it was a lot more festive and decorated for the holidays.)


New float featuring Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora debuted in the FoF parade on Saturday, May 12th.

A brand new dragon float – the steampunk star of the Festival of Fantasy parade – will be added back into the parade in early 2019 with more safety equipment.


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Two Disney Sisters

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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Flying high in Adventureland with the wind in my hair!

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Look out below!  That camel spits!  😉


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. Well, there’s certainly nothing villainous about that! $5.49 at Storybook Treats


May 2018, all Disney Parks Worldwide: The dragon at Disneyland Paris no longer breathes fire after the one in Disney World (Orlando, FL) caught fire during the Festival of Fantasy parade yesterday.  Disneyland Paris had no comment as to when it would resume fire breathing.


2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom

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November 1, 2018: Main Street USA was all decorated overnight for Christmas!

When the seasons change, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will transform the Magic Kingdom Park into a winter wonderland for the most magical 23 days of the year!

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates

  • November: 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24
  • December: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22

Returning favorites for the holidays include Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade; “Holiday Wishes,” fireworks spectacular; “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” featuring Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom—transforming Cinderella Castle into a sparkling, icy centerpiece for the celebration; and the jubilant show, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.”*

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets start at $99 in advance (for certain dates) or $110 at the gate, if available.

April 7th:  Guests can purchase special event tickets by calling 407-939-1872.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 – an after hours, hard ticket event – will be held on 23 nights over two months – November and December – this year:

Featuring:  Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade, “Holiday Wishes” fireworks, “A Frozen Holiday Wish” which features Elsa transforming Cinderella Castle into an icy wonderland, nightly Castle Dream Lights lighting ceremony, and the stage show “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration!”

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets start at $99 in advance or $110 at the gate.  There are specially priced tickets for DVC members and WDW Annual Passholders on select dates.  Tickets must be purchased in advance to receive the discount.

Note:   Cast members get a 30% discount!

MVMCP Tickets

Expect more dates to be added for CMs closer to the event.  $75/night.

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The Dream Lights shining on the Cinderella Castle.

Party Note:  Main Street USA will be fully decorated for the holidays with the big plaza Christmas Tree all set up by November 4, 2019, if not earlier!

Watch how cast members change the Magic Kingdom from Halloween to Christmas decor overnight:   MK Transforms from Halloween to Christmas!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise:

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Special t-shirts, clothing, and Disney LE party pins are only available on party nights between 7pm – 12am.



The MVMCP brochure


MVMCP map with all the free cookie and hot cocoa stations.


Come celebrate the holidays at Disney World!


LE Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Magic Bands are only available during the party.  We love these because they are special when you go through the main entrance  turnstiles.

Video of Christmas LE Magic Band effect:  Christmas Magic Band

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I took this photo last year. So pretty!

CM Tip:  Cast Members can purchase discounted tickets for 30% off to MVMCP for seven nights in November (some nights in early December will be added later) at the Company D Store and at MK Vacation Planning kiosks.



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Mickey and Minnie in their holiday outfits.

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

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

I love how Disney decorates the lightposts on Main Street!

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

Wondering about the crowds, especially in December???

Well, they are miserable the last 2 weeks in December, BUT wonderful the first two weeks in December!

The 2.5 weeks between the Monday after Thanksgiving and December 15th is a relatively low crowd period at the Magic Kingdom and for Disney World in general.  You can usually find great hotel rates.

Come to the party then, it’s much more fun!  Merry Christmas!

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

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


It’s ‘snowing’ on Main Street USA!

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Love this castle view.  (I took this photo of my Christmas Mickey ears!)


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Happy Holidays!!!

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!



Two Disney Sisters:  It’s ‘snowing’ on Main Street USA and the Castle is glowing!!!



Main Street USA at Christmastime.  Happy Holidays!!

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


Cast member sights:  The Cinderella Dreams Lights turned on in the early morning.  ❤


We love seeing all the characters dressed up for the holidays! Some more festive than others….

2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Nights



The Fall Fun at Disney World begins August 16th this year!

The 2019 MNSSHP hard ticket, after-hours event is expanding from 34 nights in 2018 to 36 evenings this year, spanning over three months!

The 2019 MNSSHP event will take place on the following dates:

  • August 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
  • September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
  • October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31*
  • November 1​

Tickets, which are now on sale, range from $79 to $135 for adults (depending on the date) and from $74 to $130 for children.

*Halloween Night (Oct. 31st) always sells out first! Tickets for that night are $135, the most expensive party night of the season.

Price varies based on selected date (not including tax).

August 20, 27, and September 2, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22:
Advance Sale: Adult $79/Child $74
Same Day: Adult $89/Child $84

August 16, 23, 30, and September 6, 13, 20, 24, 27, 29, and Oct 1
Advance Sale: Adult $85/Child $80
Same Day: Adult $95/Child $90

October 3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 24
Advance Sale: Adult $105/Child $100
Same Day: Adult $115/Child $105

October 4, 11, 18, 25, 27, 29 and November 1
Advance Sale: Adult $115/Child $110
Same Day: Adult $125/Child $120

October 31:   Halloween Night
Adults $135/Child $130

New this year:  There’s a  $299 Unlimited Party Pass to go as many nights as you would like!

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Get your $299 MNSSHP Party pass today!!!

Beginning August 16th, you can purchase the brand new $299 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Pass to enjoy up to 35 nights in 2019.

With this new pass you can attend most event nights – Halloween Night is excluded – for just $299 plus tax. Three months of Halloween parties!!!

There is so much to see and do at this festive celebration and this pass is the perfect way to enjoy trick-or-treat throughout the Magic Kingdom, exclusive entertainment including a brand-new fireworks spectacular and attraction offerings and partake in the endless amount of ghoulishly good times!

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Cast members can get MNSSHP party tickets at a 30% discount for most nights in August and September.


August 16, 2019: 1st Night of MNSSHP!




Party Rules


13 Trick-or-Treating Stations, marked with an orange pumpkin on map.


The first candy station is right as you enter the park, on your right after the turnstiles.


The calendar might still say August and it might be 95 degrees in the shade, but it’s full on Fall at the Magic Kingdom!


We’ll see the return of 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 a BRAND NEW FIREWORKS SHOW is replacing “Happy HalloWishes!” this year: Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Show!!  🙂


Don’t forget to buy the LE 2019 Magic Band and some LE 2019 MNSSHP pins! They are only for sale during the party nights from 7pm-Midnight.  The band plays a special tune at the Main Gate turnstile.


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! (The free party bags are small.)


The perfect party hat!


♪♫♪This is Halloween, this is Halloween….Boo to you, and boo to you…♪♫♪

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Yum! Need some caffeine to keep going until midnight!


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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party starts even earlier now….on August 16th this year!

Cast members can buy discounted tickets at the Company D store for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at a 30% discount off of general ticket prices for most party nights in August and September.  $59/ticket.

MNSSHP Tickets

Cast members can get MNSSHP party tickets at a 30% discount for most nights in August and September.  $59.00/ticket


Minnie looks so pretty in her new Halloween costume!

The Cast Member discounted ticket prices are good for the earlier party dates in August and September – and expect some dates in early October to be added –  which is wonderful as those are the less crowded nights.


Look who’s wearing new Halloween costumes!

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Special treats on party nights!  Halloween Cinnamon Roll.

Mickey Waffle Halloween

Try a new Spooky Midnight Mickey Waffle Sundae! During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you can get a Midnight Mickey Waffle Sundae made with black chocolate Mickey Waffles and pumpkin gelato, all topped off with whipped cream and candy corn sprinkles! 🙂


2019 popcorn buckets released on Friday night.


The backside. The middle ghost is actually a sipper with a straw.


At last year’s MNSSHP party:

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Star Wars: At last year’s MNSSHP party with our hubbies.  🙂

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Caroline going as your Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion.

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Pickup a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party button (free!) at guest services!





Come and watch a brand new Halloween fireworks show premiering August 16th at 10:15pm.



Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

The Magic Kingdom was fully decorated for Fall/Halloween on Tuesday, August 13th.

The first party night is on Friday, August 16th.


Main Street USA on MNSSHP party nights.  Cool lighting and special effects on the entire street!!!

MNSSHP party details:

Hours: 7:00 pm – Midnight

2 Boo To You Parades:  at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm (the earlier one is much more crowded)

Special Halloween Fireworks Show: at 10:15 pm

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Mickey and Minnie in the Boo To You Parade.

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

CP Tip:  The party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s guests wearing costumes in for the party starting at 4pm. (Normally, adult guests may not wear costumes in the parks.)

DVC members can get in extra early at 12pm noon!

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!

Everyone arriving in costumes for the evening.

Everyone arriving in great costumes for the party.

Special party lighting on Main Street USA.

Special MNSSHP party lighting all along Main Street USA.

After dark fun!

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

Characters everywhere!

Characters in special Halloween costumes everywhere!

We love the Boo to You parade!

We love the Boo to You parade!

The parade smells like candy!

The parade smells like candy corn!

Caroline loves the Disney villians!

Caroline loves the Disney villains!  They are out in force during the party.  The Evil Queen was at the 2018 party.

Got to meet all 7 dwarves!

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

Castle in Halloween colors.

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

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom.

12AM -Midnight – Park Closing Time:  Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom on party nights.  We were soooo tired!

Have a magical time!

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

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The Headless Horseman leads the Boo To You Halloween Parade. 


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!


Free candy! Take as much as you would like!!! Fill up your bag!!  🙂

One final party note!

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

Come Dressed for the Occasion

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


Caroline’s Halloween costume made from merchandise bags from Disneyland!!! ❤

More MNSSHP details:

2019 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom new additions:

•Real live pirates will be invading the Pirates of the Caribbean ride! They will interact with guests, plus guests get the chance to join in the hunt for Gunpowder Pete.
•Special lighting and effects are being added to the Mad Tea Party ride that gives it a special glow!
•A new soundtrack and more will be added to Space Mountain.
•Disney Junior Characters, including Doc McStuffins, will be hosting a dance party in the Storybook Circus area for the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam.

Special Entertainment and Inclusions
•Trick-or-Treating – unlimited free candy! – at 13 designated spots throughout the Magic Kingdom
•Guest-only access to Magic Kingdom attractions
•Castle Stage Show: Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
•Fireworks Show
•Parade: Boo-To-You Halloween Parade
•Photo opportunities with Disney characters in their Halloween costumes
•Party-exclusive free snacks, some at additional cost

Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members are eligible for discounts on select dates.  Guests are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes; however, costume rules do apply.

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Boo to you! 🙂


Disney Bounding Two DIsney Sisters Halloween

Minnie & Ariel

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.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!



Two Disney Sisters


elsa and anna2 Frozen

Frozen 2 opens November 22, 2019!


Halloween balloons MK

Happy Halloween!

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Christian is Officially a Disney Cast Member!


Welcome to Disney Traditions!

****WARNING!!! This blog contains a step-by-step account of Disney’s Traditions class, including some surprises and Magical Moments!****

The last step to becoming a Disney Cast Member is Disney Traditions training.

This is basically a job orientation class that teaches you everything about the Disney Company and all the great reasons you should be proud to be working here!


Don’t be late!

There are typically two sessions: a morning one at 8:30am and an afternoon one at 2:30pm.  They’re sorted alphabetically by last name.  Since Christian’s last name is Collins, he had to wake up at 7am to get on the bus at 7:30am to make it to class ontime.  (You always need to allow a lot of extra time for Disney buses so that you are never late!)

It’s always obvious who is going to Traditions since everyone going is wearing nice clothing at the bus stop.

The best part about being at Disney University is the decor!

All the walls have massive, colorful Disney artwork with inspirational quotes.


Making Magic

Now, for those of you who have no idea what Disney’s Traditions Class is – it’s one of most amazing training experiences!



It’s required that every Disney Cast Member take this class. It’s not only full of Disney history, but also legal, HR, and Safety information. They explain what Disney Guest Services is including the Four Keys that cast members live and work by.

CP Moment:  Learning the Four Keys.

CP Moment: Learning the Four Keys.

During the class, they go over the 4 Keys basics that are the basis of how to be an excellent Disney cast member. The 4 Keys are: Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency.

But, the key ingredient to the company’s success is above-and-beyond great guest service and the personal touch, aka “pixie dust”, that CMs provide to all guests.

During the training course, there are a lot of lectures, powerpoint presentations, and videos of Disney history, benefits, legal, and safety information.

They hold Traditions in a large training room with several tables set up.

To start off Traditions, two speakers, both Disney coordinators, do some Disney trivia questions.  They don’t mess around with easy ones either!

Let’s see if you know the answers…

1.  What was the first Disney broadway show?

2.  What are Ursula’s sidekicks’ names?

3.  When Disneyland was first built, which land was the largest?

4.  Which two characters debuted in Steamboat Willie?

5.  What attraction has been moved around 3 times?

6.  What was the first show to come to Animal Kingdom, originally located in Camp Minnie Mickey, but has now been moved to Africa?  Answer: The Festival of Lion King!

After the training session, everyone gets onto a bus for a quick trip to the Magic Kingdom.

The group is driven right to the entrance of the secret tunnels – the Utilidors – at Magic Kingdom. That’s always really cool to see!!!

They walked around Main Street USA and Fantasyland while wearing “whisper ears”, meaning they had earbuds in listening to the instructor as he lead them around. It’s pretty VIP. (That way none of the Park guests knew the group was there in training. The leader looks straight ahead as he walks and talks, not looking at the group trailing behind him.)

Their trainer allowed the group to stop and take some selfies in front of the castle.  The first of many, many selfies at Disney World during the program!!!

After they got back to the classroom at Disney University, Christian received his blue Disney company ID.

He was officially a Cast Member!

When they were wrapping up the training class, the presenters announced that a special guest was here to deliver some magic!


And the whole room loses it…..

So exciting!  Break out the Kleenex!!!!


It’s the Boss!! Stopping in to say hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


“Hi, everybody!”


See you later, pal.

Mickey was delivering Christian’s new Disney nametag to him!

Traditions is a great way to kick off your career at Disney!


Some final advice for DCPers: Bring snacks and a water bottle!  You will be HUNGRY! Traditions went from 8:30am to 1pm, and you only  get one 10 minute break!  Definitely eat breakfast before you go and bring snacks to eat while you’re watching the presentations and riding on the bus.

And since you will be walking around outside in the Florida weather, you’ll need to stay hydrated and will get a chance to refill your water bottle.

CP Moment

CP Moment #3:  Getting your Disney name tag



Looking back:  Our First Day as Disney Cast Members

Attending Disney Traditions classes with Caroline.

Elly attending Disney’s Traditions class at Disney University in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Caroline is ready for class to start  🙂


We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

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Have a magical day!