Having a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Day at Splash Mountain

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Mitch at Splash Mountain.  Love his t-shirt!  ❤

No more wet phones riding Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom!

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These ziplock baggies are really nice with a zipper lock.

As part of Ziploc’s partnership with Disney Parks, guests get a cute – and free! – resealable Ziploc bag to keep items dry while on the attraction.

The bags are available daily on a first come, first serve basis and guests are encouraged to recycle the bags.

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Having a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Day at Splash Mountain!

Ziploc is the official sponsor of Splash Mountain at both the Magic Kingdom and at Disneyland.

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Cast members handing out free baggies.

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It’s bigger than a snack sized baggie, so most cell phones will easily fit in the baggie.

The bags feature the fun Splash Mountain logo.

Splash Mountain doesn’t have lockers to protect valuables like Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so the free baggies are a great idea.  Guests have been bringing Ziplock baggies into the parks for years to protect their phones while on wet rides.

Cast members offer baggies to any guests wanting to protect their phones, glasses, car keys, etc.

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Guests can keep the baggie or recycle it at the end of the ride.

There’s been huge debate about these plastic baggies as Disney recently announced it’s eliminating single use plastic straws worldwide as well as reducing plastic shopping bag usage by promoting reusable shopping bags ($1) available at all merchandise counters.

And, if you’re wondering if they’ve shown up on ebay, well wonder no more!

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The baggies were selling for $15 EACH on ebay last year!!!

And today, March 28, 2019:

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March 28, 2019: The prices have dropped!

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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

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International Mermaid Day 2019

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Our favorite mermaid! (Elly traded a cast member for this pin right in front of Ariel’s Grotto!)

Today – March 29, 2019 – is International Mermaid Day!

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We love The Little Mermaid ride in Fantasyland.

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Ariel’s Grotto at the Magic Kingdom. No one was in line! Empty.

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No wait line!

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The ride stopped 4x, making it the longest Little Mermaid ride we’ve ever ridden on.  But, we didn’t mind!  We were stopped at this scene for almost 2 minutes!

♪♫♪ Go on and kiss the girl…♫♪♪♫♪

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We also got Fast Passes to see Princess Ariel in her grotto on our trip in February.  We walked right in…no wait!

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Our mom hadn’t seen Princess Ariel in years.

We love seeing our favorite mermaid, Princess Ariel, at Ariel’s Grotto in the Magic Kingdom.  But, the wait line can be long and FastPasses to see her are hard to get.

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Princess Ariel admiring Caroline’s new earrings.

But, not for us!!!  We were able to get 4 Fast Passes every day of our trip!

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She’s so pretty!

We were lucky and scored some really good Princess Ariel pin trades right in front of Ariel’s Grotto.

The cast member we traded with said that a guest was pin trading with some really old Ariel pins from 2007. So fun!

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Love this ride and love her bridal veil! ❤

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My new Ariel mug. I love how her hair is the mug’s handle!

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She waved right at us during the Festival of Fantasy parade that afternoon.

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We had lunch over at Disney’s Art of Animation that day.

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We love Disney PhotoPass!  Their photos are the best!

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Do you want to Disney Bound as Princess Ariel (when she has her land legs)? We have!

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My favorite color combo!!!

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Caroline ‘Disney Bounding’ as Princess Ariel (after she gets her legs!).

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Throwback Thursday: Meeting Princess Ariel in Disneyland, 2009

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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

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We love this movie!  ❤   Image credit: Elly Collins

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Posted Mar 20 2019 01:35PM PDT

A pre-kindergartener named Atlantis won Crazy Hair Day at her school after her mom went all out to style her hair to look just like Princess Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” the little girl’s big sister shared on Twitter Tuesday.

The big sister, coincidentally named Ariel, said her “mom did the mermaid because my name is Ariel and my sister is Atlantis, which is where Ariel lives under the sea :).”

Ariel says she and her baby sister have grown up loving mermaids thanks to their parents.
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This coffee mug speaks to us.

 

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Do You Love Cotton Candy???

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The Confectionery at the Magic Kingdom

Hot and fresh Cotton Candy is made all day long at the Confectionery on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom.  It smells – and tastes – so good!

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Caroline’s fresh cotton candy.  It’s so good!!!!  🙂

We LOVE it!

We had a Magical Moment here when the cast member was making cotton candy and she handed each of us a huge tasty and warm blob of it!!!!! ❤

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She was making blue cotton candy the morning we were there.

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It smells so good!

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Making some for us!

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Come on in!

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The Main Street Confectionery at the Magic Kingdom.

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Daisy looking cute in her yellow Confectionery costume that matches the cast members working inside.

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Photo of the whole crew.

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Confectionery Costume (Illustration by Elly Collins)

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Cast members working at Main Street Confectionery.

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Our Magical Moment – free sample of cotton candy!  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

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Throwback Thursday: Eating Cotton Candy on Main Street USA, 1996

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Pink cotton candy!

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Yummy!

Cinderella-Style Carriage Strollers Banned at Disney World

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Cinderella Coach Carriage, $299/day

We saw these regal Cinderella Coach Carriages around the Magic Kingdom last month.

They are huge, much wider than the 31″ allowed now.

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New rule says strollers can’t be more than 31″ wide at their widest width.

With the new stroller size restriction going into effect May 1, 2019, guests can no longer bring them into the park.

We think this is a good thing….they were just too big on crowded days. The carriage has two bench-style seats and a cup holder, far exceeding the new 31″ width restriction.

They weren’t cheap to rent…costing $299 to rent per day.

According to the rental service’s website, there are only 10 strollers available for rent per day.

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Cast members did not enjoy re-parking these bad boys.  They are too big, too wide.

Other items Disney Parks has banned starting on May 1, 2019:

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Know Before You Go

No Smoking! Starting Wednesday, May 1st, all smoking inside Disney theme parks is banned.

YEAH!!!!!!!!!  Finally!

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No Wagons

No Ice

No Coolers or cooler bags used to store snacks and drinks

Read more:  18 Common Items Banned from Disney World

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Know before you go rules

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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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Breakfast at Disney’s Grand Floridian Cafe

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It’s a very pretty cafe!

We got reservations for 3 this morning for breakfast at Disney’s Grand Floridian Cafe.

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Having breakfast with my two favorite guys.

We were lucky that Christian has today off and was able to join us.  (Fun fact: Disney cast members get a 40% meal discount at breakfast!)

It’s a very pretty restaurant and the food is all very good.

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Eggs Benedict are Mitch’s favorite breakfast!  A Flight of Eggs Benedict: A tasting of Grand Floridian Cafes’ Three-signature Benedicts served with Marinated Tomato Salad, $19.

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Christian’s huge Mickey Waffle and fried chicken.  Delicious!

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Caroline’s Grand Breakfast, $16

The cafe is very pretty, especially in the morning with the sunlight streaming in through the windows.  (Our reservation was at 10am.)

It’s all pinks and creams, with lovely views of the Grand Floridian rose garden outside.

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Look at all the windows!

View of the rose gardens outside.

Lovely views of the Grand Floridian’s rose garden outside.

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Welcome!

Elegant, yet unpretentious, the Grand Floridian Cafe is a delightful restaurant. The Victorian motif features lovely florals and muted tones. A wall of windows overlooks the courtyard and landscaped rose gardens of the Grand Floridian Resort.

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Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast Menu, March 2019

Entrees

American – Two eggs served with biscuits, bacon, sausage and breakfast potatoes and a choice of juice, $16

Sirloin Steak and Eggs – Breakfast potatoes, two eggs your way in Béarnaise sauce, $20

Fruit Plate – with cottage cheese or Greek yogurt and granola, $9

Smoked Salmon – with tomatoes, onions, capers, cream cheese and toasted bagel, $11

Eggs Benedict – Two poached eggs on a toasted English Muffin, Canadian bacon, and Key Lime hollandaise sauce served with asparagus and broiled tomato au gratin, $15

Lobster Eggs Benedict – Two poached eggs, lobster hash, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce, $20

Ham and Cheese Omelet – served with breakfast potatoes, $13

Frittata – Egg whites, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, basil and fresh fruit, $12

Seasonal Pancakes – Seasonally-inspired with house-made butter with choice of bacon or sausage, $14

Mickey Waffle – malted or multigrain waffle served with bacon or sausage, $15

Buttermilk Pancakes – served with bacon or sausage; strawberry, blueberry or bananas add $3.50, $14

My French Toast with bacon and warmed syrup.

Brioche French Toast with bacon and warmed syrup.  $16

Vanilla-laced French Toast – Brioche bread dipped in vanilla-flavored egg batter served with bacon or sausage, $16 [Highly Recommended!] 

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Fruit plate (vegan), $9

Side Dishes

Ham, Bacon or Sausage, $5

Turkey Sausage or Canadian Bacon, $5

Fruit-flavored Yogurt, $5

Greek Yogurt – with orange blossom honey, $4

Cottage Cheese, $4

Pastry Selections, $6

Danish or Croissant, $4

Bagel and Cream Cheese, $4

Steel-cut Oatmeal – served with raisins and brown sugar, $8

Beverages

Grand Blend Press Pot Coffee, $8

Coffee, $3.79

Espresso, $3.99

Cappuccino or Latte – Flavored with Chocolate, Caramel or Vanilla – add $.50; $ 5.50

Juices, $3.99

Specialty Beverages (non-alcoholic)

Disney Character Punch – Light Lemonade Punch served in a souvenir cup with a glowing Disney character clip-on light, $8.00

Mega Berry Smoothie – raspberry puree and nonfat yogurt blended with Odwalla Berries Go Mega, $6.00

Raspberry Colada – blend of creamy colada and pureed raspberries, $5.50

Tropical Splash – refreshing surprise of blended strawberries and orange juice, $6.00

All-natural Lemonade – topped with a Wildberry Foam, $5.49

Frozen Cappuccinos – chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut or caramel, $5.50

Specialty Cocktails (alcoholic)

Grand Colada – a tropical blend of Myer’s Rum, Coconut, and Pineapple, topped with Blue Curacao, $12

Florida Sunshine – Peach Schnapps, Chambord, Skyy Vodka, and a splash of orange and cranberry juices, $12.50

Key West – a frozen blend of pureed strawberries and orange juice, laced with rum, $11.25

Grand Mimosa – Champagne, orange juice and a splash of Grand Marnier, $11.50

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Grand Floridian Cafe Planning Pin

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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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Disney Bans Smoking at its Theme Parks

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No more smoking inside the theme parks!

Disney bans smoking, ice, and over-sized strollers at all theme parks

March 28, 2019:  Disney announced today that smoking inside all of their theme parks will be banned.  They are now officially Smoke-Free Environments.

The company made the announcement Thursday about a few rule changes set to go into effect at their parks on May 1, 2019.

The smoking ban covers Walt Disney World in Orlando, Disneyland theme parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Downtown Disney in California, and all water parks.

The only designated smoking areas will be found outside the entrances of the parks and at Disney Springs in Orlando.

For guests staying at Disney Resort hotels with room or dining reservations, there will be designated smoking areas to use.

The smoking ban goes into effect May 1, 2019.

[Cast members everywhere are celebrating this announcement!]

Also starting May 1st, any strollers over 31-inches will not be allowed inside the parks. The current limit is 36-inches.

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New park rules May 1st.

Disney also said that starting immediately, if you plan to bring a cooler or cooler bag to store snacks and drinks, loose or dry ice are no longer permitted in the parks.

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Smoking is also banned inside ALL their hotel rooms! This is huge!

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The smoking ban goes into effect May 1st.

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Most photos of Walt Disney have been air-brushed to remove his cigarettes.

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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

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/

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opens May 31st at Disneyland and August 29th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

May 2, 2019 UPDATE:  All general admission passes to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge have been reserved at Disneyland.  They were gone within 2 HOURS this morning!

Hope you got yours!

Star Wars Reservations

All reservations through June 23, 2019 are gone unless you’re staying at a DLR hotel.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening at both Disneyland and Disney World

Disney announced this month that Disneyland Park in California will open its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Disneyland ahead of schedule on Friday, May 31st, while Disney World would open its Star Wars-themed area at the end of summer on August 29th.

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March 2019: Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge under construction at Disney World. Still so much to do!

The massive 14-acre Star Wars section of Disneyland’s park will be the largest single-themed land expansion ever, according to a press release from Disney, and will have restaurants – including the park’s first-ever cantina – as well as rides and other experiences to offer customers a fully-immersive experience.

“Guests can become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run,” a previous press release stated. The park has also revealed that this new experience is a “choose your own adventure,” with each choice potentially impacting a guest’s visit.

Phase Two of the massive fully-immersive land, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will be opening later this year.

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Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

On opening day for Phase One, you’ll be able to live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample amazing galactic food and beverages, and explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and more.

Watch cool new  video:  Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge

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At the controls of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Only 6 people per simulator ride???

And for Phase Two opening later this year, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined that will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park in California between May 31 and June 23, 2019 will need valid theme park admission AND will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land.  It is expected that the Star Wars Land will reach capacity every day.

Information on how to make a reservation will be available soon on Disneyland.com. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest); valid theme park admission is required.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will not be available during Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland Park. [The area will be closed during EMH.]

Disney FASTPASS service and Disney MaxPass are unavailable for attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

A reservation will not be offered or required to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at  Disney World this time.

March 15, 2019:  All lodgings at the Disneyland Resort are now completely booked the night before the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on May 31st. This includes Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier and Disney’s Grand Californian.

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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/

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Meeting Darth Vader is actually pretty scary!  He’s close to 7 feet tall!

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Meeting Chewy. He is sooooo tall!

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Feeling the Force with Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie.

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With Darth Vader Goofy & Storm Trooper Donald

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Mickey and Minnie as Luke and Leia.

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Caroline in her Taste the Dark Side Mickey ice cream bar t-shirt at DHS.