Our Disney Blog Has Gotten Over 4 MILLION Views!!!

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How much we love this place!  ❤

This month, the blog that we started as Disney cast members about all our adventures while working at Disney World hit 4 MILLION views from all 195 countries in the world.

Our blog has literally been read by someone in every country on the planet!

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April 14, 2019: 4 million blog views.

To all our fans far and wide who follow our Disney adventures and like our posts, we say THANK YOU!!!

Our brother is continuing the Disney magic and is currently working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom.

Have a magical day!

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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.

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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Ice Cream Treats at L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion

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L’Artisan des Glaces. Come on in!

One of our favorite sweet spots at Epcot is the L’Artisan des Glaces (The Artisan of Ice Cream) in the France pavilion.

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Ice cream sandwich macaroons!

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Mickey in the sherbet!

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So hard to choose! Luckily, there were 3 of us!

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This was delicious! So perfect on a hot day. $4.22

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This is also where you can buy Caroline’s favorite ice cream sandwich: The Croque Glacé!

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Cast member with fresh brioches.

There’s an entire table of rows and rows of stacked brioche buns.

You pick your ice cream flavor, then a topping sauce (chocolate, caramel, or raspberry).

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Adding ice cream to her Croque Glacé.

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Huge Brioche bun – check!, chocolate ice cream – check!, sauce – check!, hot waffle grill – check!

At the end of the ice cream counter is what looks like a Belgium waffle maker.

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Next, some chocolate sauce drizzled on top! Time to close the lid.

Then, voilà!  30 seconds later, it’s warm and ready to eat.

It smelled so good!

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This is one of Epcot’s best snacks!  $6.33

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Caroline and Christian with their ice cream snacks.

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Taking our treats outside so we can walk around the World Showcase with them.

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Christian, Mitch and Caroline at the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot.

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Belle and the Beast at the Epcot France pavilion.

It’s been very warm at Disney World all month, sunny and in the 80s with little rain.

When Christian was at Epcot last weekend checking out the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival, he decided to take an ice cream break.

The ice cream there is as good as Ben & Jerry’s!  Maybe even better!

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Christian’s Blueberry ice cream cone.  $4.69

He said it was delicious!

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Don’t forget to pick up a few souvenirs while at Epcot France.

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❤ this shirt and purse!

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Don’t leave without buying some new merchandise!!! Paris mug

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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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Cinderella Castle Moat Drained for Pathway Widening Project at the Magic Kingdom

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Yuck.

To the disappointment of many, many Magic Kingdom guests, the moat around the Cinderella Castle was drained in late March so construction could begin on widening the pathway on the west side that connects Fantasyland to Liberty Square.

The pathway was fairly narrow and was prone to bottlenecking in the afternoon.

This was also a great spot to stop and take a few photos of the side view of the Cinderella Castle and a few “Magic Kingdom” selfies.

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April 25, 2019:  Not sure why the newly poured concrete isn’t level with the current pathway.

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The new walkway will be 2x as wide.

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May 6, 2019: Construction continues on the walkway.

Construction is scheduled to wrap up next month with the new walkway open and the moat refilled.

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Disney Parks uses this time to pick up all the objects that have fallen into the moat: sunglasses, cell phones, headbands, rings….

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Drained moat by Tomorrowland. The restaurant views aren’t currently very good.

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May 14, 2019: Now, if only Disney would do something about the flooding throughout the park that happens after every afternoon thunderstorm!!!

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Try the new Cinderella Castle Cupcake, $5.99

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February 2019, Cinderella Castle with a filled moat. It won’t look like this again until late May 2019.

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The Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland is also undergoing refurbishment has has been tarped for a month now.

That project isn’t scheduled to wrap up (pun alert) until just before Star Wars:  Galaxy Quest opens May 31st.

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May 15, 2019: Half the Castle tarps were taken down last night. The turrets look bright blue and sparkly!

Disneyland Guests:  Be aware that the Sleeping Beauty Castle is currently undergoing a $300,000 renovation.  The tarps won’t be removed and the walk-thru re-opened until May 28, 2019.

Check here for reopening updates:   Sleeping Beauty Castle Re-opening Date

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April 17, 2019: Still covered. 😦

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March 24, 2019: Tarps are going up to cover renovating the Sleeping Beauty Castle turrets.

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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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Two Disney Sisters

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Avengers: Endgame Opens in Theaters Today

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Opened April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019: Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame”  opened to astronomically-record ticket sales in North America with a record $60 million in Thursday night preview showings.  (Mitch and Caroline went to see it last night.)

Watch Official Movie Trailer:  Avengers: Endgame

It’s the top domestic preview number of all time, besting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $57 million in 2015.  Imax showings brought in $4.8 million at 412 locations, the third-highest total of all time.

Watch cool video:  Avengers: Endgame Video

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Critics have strongly supported “Avengers: Endgame” with a 96% score from Rotten Tomatoes and Disney noted that it anticipates word-of-mouth to be exceptionally strong throughout the weekend and beyond.  The 96% score is the second best ever earned by a Marvel release after “Black Panther” at 97%.

AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie-theater chain, announced on Monday that 17 of its theaters in the US will stay open from Thursday night through Sunday to accommodate the high demand to see “Avengers: Endgame.”

Twenty-nine AMCs are scheduled to stay open around the clock Thursday through Friday, and 18 are scheduled to be open around the clock Thursday through Saturday (or Friday through Sunday).

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Bring some Kleenex!!!

This is in response to the huge presales for “Endgame” that AMC has received. The company announced that the movie broke the record for the most presale tickets sold for any movie in the 99-year history of AMC.

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December 2019

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Show us your Avengers photos!

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Meet and greet with superheros

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Meeting Thor

Meeting Thor at Disneyland.

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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Two Disney Sisters.  Feeling the Force with Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie.

 

 

 

The Magical Walls of Epcot at Disney World

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Welcome to Epcot!

It’s a fun photo scavenger hunt to find these special walls at Epcot and take your photo in front of them.

The best Epcot walls for your next Instagram photo are:

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#BubbleGumWall

#1:  Epcot’s #BubbleGumWall – This tri-color wall is just outside the exit of Spaceship Earth on the right.

Action:  Next time you’re walking out of Spaceship Earth, stop for a few seconds at the #BubbleGumWall and take some photos.

Action Rating:  Worth it!  This is probably the most famous Epcot Instagram wall.

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#BlueberryWall

#2:  Epcot’s #BlueberryWall – Two steps away from the #BubbleGumWall is the bright #BlueberryWall.

Action:  Next time you’re walking out of Spaceship Earth, stop for a few seconds at the #BlueberryWall and take some photos.

Action Rating:  Worth it!

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#TheBigBlueWall

#3:  Epcot’s #TheBigBlueWallYou can find the #TheBigBlueWall upon exiting The Seas With Nemo and Friends pavilion.

Action:  Next time you’re walking out of The Living Seas, stop for a few seconds at the #TheBigBlueWall and take some photos.

Action Rating:  Worth it!

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The Living Seas at Epcot. The wall is on the left.

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#TheGalaxyStarWall

#4:  Epcot’s #TheGalaxyStarWall at Guardians of the Galaxy

Action:  Next time you’re walking near the Guardians of the Galaxy construction wall (by the old Energy ride with Ellen), stop for a few seconds at the #TheGalaxyStarWall and take some photos.

Action Rating:  Worth it!

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More Special Walls to Find in Epcot:

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#SalutetoSpace

Epcot’s ‘Salute to Space’ Wall – Next to the Imagination Pavilion in Future World West.

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Living with the Land:  Hidden Mickey in the bubbles on the wall.

The Living with The Land wall with its Hidden Mickey in the bubbles.  Did you find it too?

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Fichwa! wall at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. (“Hidden Mickey”!)

There are other special walls all around Disney World all with their own Instagram Hashtag.

Interested in where they’re located????

Click here:  The Magical Walls of Disney World

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This is the famous #PurpleWall in the Magic Kingdom!

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The Purple Wall has it’s own Magic Bands! 🙂

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The Purple Wall Slushie in Tomorrowland! It has purple sprinkles on top!

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How many walls have you ‘captured’ at Disney World???

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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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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New Paper Straws Only at Disney World

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Disney World has banned single use plastic straws.

Earth Day 2019 at Disney World

In an effort to keep moving forward with their environmental protection efforts, The Walt Disney Company eliminated all single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at Disney World today.  All straws are now made of biodegradable paper.

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Earth Day 2019: The new paper straws.

In 2018, The Walt Disney Company announced that it would eliminate all single-use straws at its locations across the world by mid-2019, a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million plastic stirrers each year.

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Caroline enjoying an icy Starbucks drink at DAK.  That’s a paper straw in the drink.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom banned plastic straws and cup lids from quick service locations from the time it opened in 1998.  Since the Creature Comfort Starbucks at DAK opened in 2015, all drink straws offered to guests are made of rolled paper.

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We love this change!

Disney is also transitioning from individual in-room bathing amenities to refillable in-room amenities in its resort hotels and Disney Cruise Line ships. The refillable body wash, shampoo and conditioner bottles will reduce 80 percent of plastic waste from guest rooms.

We stayed at Port Orleans last month and LOVE this change!  We love, love, love the smell of Disney’s shampoo and conditioner and now can use gobs of it when showering instead of bringing tiny bottles into the shower with use.

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Waterproof reusable shopping bags, $1 – $3

Along with these moves, Disney is reducing the amount of plastic shopping bags in its stores. Reusable shopping bags are being offered for a small fee depending on size ($1 – $3).  Guests are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags when visiting Disney World.

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Free reusable bags were given out to guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s front entrance on Earth Day 2019.

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Disney’s Environmental Conservation Goals.

“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”

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Starbucks + Disney = Perfect Day!

Walt Disney World is joining Starbucks, American Airlines, Marriott, the cities of Seattle and San Francisco, and other cities by implementing a ban on plastic straws.

Starbucks will do away with plastic straws by 2020, a plan aimed at eliminating more than one billion straws a year.  One billion!

McDonald’s also launched a new set of environmental goals in 2018: By 2025 all restaurants packaging, including straws, will be from renewable, recycled, or certified sustainable sources.

We support these efforts 100%!

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9am: Iced coffee #1

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1pm: Iced coffee #2

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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.

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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We don’t mind the paper straws at all.  Two Disney Sisters

Free Reusable ‘Penguins’ Shopping Bags at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Today!

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Free reusable Penguins bags at DAK today.

Disneynature and Disney Parks are teaming up to celebrate Earth Day 2019 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

The new movie ‘Penguins’ is now playing in theaters and Disney Parks is helping conserve Earth resources by giving guests free reusable Penguins shopping bags.

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Sea Waste Artwork:  See the Adélie penguin sculpture walking over ocean trash. The sculpture is more than initially meets the eye – it’s made entirely out of recycled marine debris such as bottle caps, toothbrushes and even discarded toys, all recovered from oceans and waterways! The artwork was created by the nonprofit organization WashedAshore.org,

You can find them at DAK park entrance while supplies lasts, along with a penguin statue made from recycled plastic and rubber recovered from sea waste.

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Sea Waste Artwork:  See the Adélie penguin and her baby sculpture resting on a pebble nest. The installation is more than initially meets the eye – it’s made entirely out of recycled marine debris such as bottle caps, toothbrushes and even discarded toys, all recovered from oceans and waterways! The artwork was created by the nonprofit organization WashedAshore.org,

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

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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Halloween 2017:  Recycling Disneyland shopping bags

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

 

Seeing the Azalea Trail Maids at the Magic Kingdom

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Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019: The Azalea Trail Maids greeting arriving guests at the Magic Kingdom this morning.  Happy Easter!

Watch video: Azalea Trail Maids at the Magic Kingdom 2019

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The Easter Parade with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny riding in an old timey car.

Disney’s Easter Parade Down Main Street USA with the Azalea Trail Maids

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The Azalea Trail Queen has the honor of being the only one to wear pink. The queen is also provided a full-ride scholarship from Auburn University.

Through April 21st (Easter Sunday), the Easter Parade leads off the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3pm.

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Hello Daisy!

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny are driven the parade route in an old timey car followed by the Azalea Trail Maids.

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The Easter Parade at the Magic Kingdom

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Mrs. Easter Bunny waving hello.

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The Azalea Trail Maids are lead by Daisy.

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Mr. Easter Bunny looking very cheerful.

Following them are Daisy and the Azalea Trail Maids.

The Azalea Trail Maids are 50 seniors in high school from Mobile, Alabama.

Daisy received her own Azalea Trail Maid costume in a lovely shade of deep lilac in 2014.

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Daisy in her lilac costume leading the maids down Main Street USA.

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The Azalea Trail Maids in light purple.

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The Azalea Trail Maid costumes are not exactly identical.

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Easter Sunday 2019 at Disney World. The weather doesn’t get any better than this! Perfect! 4/21/2029

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Guests can meet the Azalea Trail Maids in Town Square on Easter Sunday at:

  • 9:45am – 1030am
  • 11:30am – 12:15pm

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The Azalea Trail Maids are 50 girls that are chosen to serve as the official ambassadors of the city of Mobile, Alabama. They are well-known for the large and colorful dresses they wear.

In order to apply to try to join the selective organization, one must be in their junior year of high school and live in Mobile County.

The most noticeable and distinctive part of the Azalea Trail Maids is their outfits, which they have worn since 1950. Forty-nine of the girls are randomly assigned one of following colors: blue, green, lavender, peach, or yellow. The Trail Queen has the honor of being the only one to wear pink. The five main colors are meant to represent spring-time in which the Azalea flowers found all over Mobile start to bloom. Each girl is put into a five-team appearance group, one girl for each color.

The look of the dresses is based on and inspired by antebellum era dresses to give off the classical southern belle look. They also have an extravagant amount of frills and ruffles, which are meant to symbolize the Azalea flowers that bloom each spring. Every dress is custom-made for each girl, each costing a several thousand dollars in dressmaker charges.

The entire ensemble is made up of 10 different pieces: the actual dress, a hoop skirt, pantaloons, finger-less gloves, dyed square-dancing shoes, a hat, a cummerbund, a sash with a bow on it, a longline bra, and a parasol. When the entire outfit is put together it can weight between 40 to 50 pounds.

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Daisy wore her Azalea Trail Maid costume over at Pop Century on the first day of Spring.

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March 20, 2019: First Day of Spring. Daisy in her lovely Azalea Trail Maid costume greeting guests.

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Bunny Lane Garden Open 9am – 5:30pm until Easter Sunday.

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They are surrounded by pretty flowers!

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And look who else was out and about in their Easter outfits! ❤  Happy Easter!

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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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Meeting Mr. Easter Bunny.  Two Disney Sisters

What All the Firework Shows at Disney World Cost

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Disney World has the best fireworks shows in the world!

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the highest consumer of fireworks in the world.

fireworksDisney Parks doesn’t disclose the cost of all their firework shows, but just the nightly – and sometimes twice a night – ‘Happily Ever After’ fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom costs anywhere from $41,000 – $55,000 a night. (The special New Year’s Eve firework show at MK is estimated to cost over $100,000!)

That means it costs at least $15 million a year for Magic Kingdom fireworks alone.

Disney World puts on about 2,500 firework shows a year at three of their parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios). No fireworks displays are ever used Disney’s Animal Kingdom – it would scare the animals!  And, there are no fireworks shows at Disney Springs.

If you want to assume that Illuminations at Epcot and Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are slightly less, maybe half the cost, that comes out to at least $30 million a year for them.

This would not include any of the special fireworks displays that happen for 4th of July,  Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Villains in the Sky at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, nor the daytime fireworks that are a part of the stage shows performed in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom throughout the day.

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We love the new fireworks show!

A rough, conservative estimate for WDW fireworks: $45 – $50 million dollars annually.

WOW!!!

It seems like everytime Disney changes or expands the fireowrks show, the parking fees go up!

It seems like every time Disney changes or expands the fireworks show, the parking fees go up!

Rumor has it that Disney uses the revenue from all their parking lots (currently $25/day ) to help cover the cost of the fireworks. So, when you pay for parking, you’re really paying for the evening’s fireworks show.  Be sure to stay for the fireworks and not leave early. Your parking pass paid for that show!

Disney recently added a new Star Wars-themed fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  We’ve seen it a few times in front of the Chinese Theater and it’s pretty cool.  Star Wars Fireworks.

Disney has the best fireworks shows in the world!

Nightly fireworks over the Cinderella Castle

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
I wish I might have my wish tonight.
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The new fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom ‘Happily Ever After’ debuted May 2017. We LOVE it! 🙂

‘Happily Ever After’ captures the heart, humor, and emotions of Disney films through awe-inspiring fireworks, state of the art projections, and brilliant lasers.

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Quick, make a wish!!!

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Always make a wish when Tinkerbell leaps off the Cinderella Castle and glides over Fantasyland!

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This is Tinkerbell’s view of Tomorrowland from the turret where she jumps off the Castle every night before the start of the fireworks show. It’s a longggg way down!

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Nightly fireworks: Epcot Forever

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March 2019: We watched IllumiNations for the last time. 😦

The new, temporary fireworks show called Epcot Forever debuted at 9pm on October 1, 2019.

Watch preview of Epcot Forever:  Epcot Forever – New Fireworks Show at Epcot

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Kites flying high during new the Epcot Forever fireworks show preview this week.

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Epcot Forever

This is a temporary fireworks show until the new IllumiNations replacement show premieres in early 2020.

The official replacement for IllumiNations, yet unnamed, will debut in early 2020 and will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers. The yet-unnamed show will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world.

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We watched IllumiNations one final time in February 2019:

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5pm: Moving the Illumnations fireworks platforms into position.

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Moving out into the center of the Friendship Lagoon.

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All the World Showcase pavilions illuminated during the IllumiNations fireworks.

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Red, white, and blue fireworks set to wonderful music.

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9pm at Epcot.  We’ll miss this fireworks show!  We’ve grown up with it.

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CP Moment #18: Watching IllumiNations for the first time with your DCP roommates.

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It’s 9pm…so you know where we are! #TwoDisneySisters

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

 

Disney Gondolas Will Give Guests Tree Top Views of Walt Disney World

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Gondola evacuation over water.

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Ziplines!

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It would be exciting to do this! A bonus ride!

July 2019: Some photos of Reedy Creek Fire Dept. practicing zip line rescues over water last night from the new gondola system ahead of grand opening in fall.

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Yes, the Disney Skyliner windows open, but there’s no AC in the cabins. It could be very hot riding inside these cars in the summer!  (It’s a pass for us for riding during thunderstorms!)

April 16, 2019:  Disney Parks gave a construction update Tuesday on the new gondola system, which is in testing stage. All but one gondola is currently covered in plastic.  They will gradually be unveiled starting in mid-May to show off eight bright colors and 22 Disney characters themes.

Watch Video Update: Disney Skyliner Gondolas in Testing Mode

Running on more than six miles of cable, the gondolas will travel at about 11 mph, giving guests a bird’s eye view of Walt Disney World Resort’s lakes, roads, woods, and Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios parks.

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Exterior of decorated gondola cabin.

The typical ride will last between five to 15 minutes as gondolas travel from 15 feet up to about 60 feet in the air.

“There are fabulous property views from above,” said Thomas Mazloum, a Disney senior vice president who oversees transportation and resorts.

The Disney Skyliner gondola system consists of 300 gondolas and will open to the public later this fall. The gondolas will carry enough Disney guests to roughly match the capacity of its monorail trains, company officials said.

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Hard, unpadded wooden benches inside.

Inside a gondola, twin wooden benches can carry up to 10 people.  The interior is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

On social media, some theme park followers have criticized the lack of air conditioning in the gondolas.  But Mazloum argued the ride is “absolutely comfortable.”

“We have specifically designed them with the Florida climate in mind,” he said, pointing to reflective windows that block out the sunlight and the mesh screens on both sides to bring in a breeze. The gondolas will run at a brisk 11 mph.

Some gondola cabins will be decorated in plain colors, like a vibrant teal or purple, while the other gondolas will feature characters from Disney movies and attractions.

When we were there last month, we got to see the progress on the new Disney Skyliner gondola system, especially at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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A Disney Skyliner transfer station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Skip the parking hassle and take the gondola from your resort!

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The gondolas mostly ride about 25 feet above the ground. 

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Gondola transfer station at DHS is ready.

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Recently, Disney was giving out new Skyliner pins to resort guests.  🙂

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Cute Skyliner pins for resort guests!  Free!!!

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Gondola tower by Caribbean Beach.  Some guests have complained about how the towers look crossing the resorts.

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

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Outline of how the gondolas will connect the four resorts to the two parks.

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

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Disney Skyliner Transfer Station, loading/unloading area for guests.

The high speed (11 mph) gondolas will connect:

Epcot France to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

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

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

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

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Disney Boardwalk

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

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

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Epcot France on a lovely spring day.

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The new high speed gondola Skyliner transportation system will transport guests a good distance across the vast WDW property in under 15 minutes, a huge improvement over the current bus transportation system, which takes 45 minutes to over an hour during peak times to get between the four points.

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The gondolas will have great treetop views of the parks!

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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

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Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters