Best Ice Cream Sundae at the Magic Kingdom

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Cinderella Castle views from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.  We love sitting outside here and eating some ice cream before the 3 o’clock parade, especially on hot days.

We have to admit that we are not huge ice cream lovers, but we make two exceptions: When we’re at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor at the Magic Kingdom and when we’re at Ghiradelli’s Soda Fountain in Disney Springs.

Then it’s a definite YES!

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The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor at the Magic Kingdom. The tables and chairs for outdoor umbrella-covered seating are on the left.

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Mickey and Minnie’s Kitchen Sinks, $16.99

For Mickey’s 90th birthday celebration this year, Disney has some sweet ice cream treats for guests to enjoy.

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The Minnie Mouse Kitchen Sink Sundae

Behold, the Minnie Mouse Kitchen Sink Sundae!

It’s two scoops of ice cream, your choice of hot fudge, caramel or peanut butter topping, whipped cream and a three cherries on top…all in an adorable keepsake Minnie Mouse sink!

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Behold!

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Yummy!!!  Each Kitchen Sink Sundae feeds 2-3 adult guests or 4 children

Who can resist an ice cream sundae that comes in a cute Mickey or Minnie Mouse pants container???

You can find Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae (aka: The Mickey Pants Sundae) and Minnie’s Kitchen Sink Sundae at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom.

We watched the afternoon parade go by on Main Street USA, then we ran into the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and placed our Mickey Mouse Kitchen Sink Sundae order for 2 scoops of hand scooped chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream, all topped off with two Maraschino cherries.  Yum!

It was perfect for the 3 of us.

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Inside the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. The line moves pretty fast.

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Ask for 2 (or maybe 3!) spoons.

At the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, indulge in hand-scooped ice cream at this sweetly nostalgic parlor on Main Street, U.S.A.

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$16.99

Savor ice cream floats, fresh waffle-bowl sundaes smothered in hot fudge, and Mickey cones with chocolate ears! Fat- and sugar-free options are also available.

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Hello Minnie!

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February 2019:  Celebrating Mickey’s 90th birthday with Mickey and Minnie! 🙂

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“Mickey, kiss her!”

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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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Have a magical day!

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Mickey & Minnie in their matching birthday celebration outfits. They’re meeting in these outfits at the Main Street Theater.

 

“Extra” Extra Magic Hours Coming to Disney World this Fall

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Opening at 7am for “extra” Extra Magic Hours this Fall.

From September 1st to November 2, 2019, guests staying at Disney Resort hotels will have more opportunities to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours benefit with “Extra” Extra Magic Hours now! It’s a special chance to enjoy more time at a select park before the park’s regular operating hours and to enjoy select attractions and experiences with less crowds.

The “Extra” Extra Magic Hours will be offered every day from September 1st to November 2, 2019 at the following parks and times:

Disney’s Hollywood Studios* – including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land attractions and more from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM daily (please note that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is subject to capacity)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – including Pandora: The World of Avatar and other attractions throughout the park from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM daily

Magic Kingdom – including ride favorites in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM daily

The “Extra” Extra Magic Hours benefit is also available to guests of Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Shades of Green Resort, Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

*This may be the best way to see the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land.  Go at 6am before park opening to regular guests at 9am.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge  (14 acres)

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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!

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Aladdin 2019: A Movie Review

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At the AMC theater on opening weekend.

Last night was a Magic Carpet Ride of Adventure

Disney has done it again.

Watch Aladdin trailer:  Aladdin 2019

The live action version of Aladdin was literally beyond amazing.

It stayed true to the original 1992 animated classic but with lots of wonderful NEW surprises as well.  (They also removed some questionable dialogue from the original.)

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Princess Jasmine’s costumes are lit!!! Wow!!!

We loved everything about it…the songs, the costumes, the plot updates.

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We loved Naomi Scott’s Princess Jasmine!

The cast was amazing…. especially Will Smith who was outstanding as the Genie and was the highlight of the film. He didn’t try to copy Robin Williams Genie performance from the 1992 animated version, he made this Genie his own.  And this Fresh Prince of Bellaire is a better singer than Robin.

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Will Smith was excellent as the Genie!

♪♫♪ “You ain’t never had a friend like meeeeeee….”♪♫♪

We loved, loved, loved it and will be seeing it again!

(Opening weekend gross: $105 million.)

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We got tickets to see it in 3D. Highly recommend that!

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Release date: Friday, May 24, 2019

What it’s about: The 2019 live-action remake of the Disney classic follows Aladdin (Mena Massoud), a penniless teen, who falls for the princess of Agrabah, Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). His luck changes when he finds a magic lamp holding a magic genie (Will Smith) who grants him three wishes.

Why you should see it: Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes”) is directing and we can’t wait to see how he interprets 1992 animated Disney classic. Fans of the original will be happy to know the movie’s original composer Alan Menken will return for the movie’s score with new recordings of original songs along with two new ones.

The original 1992 movie won 2 Academy Awards for the music:

Best Music, Original Song: Alan Menken (music), Tim Rice (lyrics)

For the song “A Whole New World”

Best Music, Original Score: Alan Menken

And was nominated for a 2nd Best Music, Original Song: Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman (lyrics)

For the song “Friend Like Me.” Howard Ashman’s nomination was posthumous.

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May 24, 2019

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We have met Aladdin and Princess Jasmine several times.

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!

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Two Disney Sisters

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We love the Genie in Aladdin!

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Meeting the Genie in Adventureland during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (he’s a rare character!).

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#TBT 1996:  The Genie on Main Street USA in the 3 o’clock parade.  We were there!

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Pretty Disney Minnie Ears for Every Occasion!

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May 2019:  Sparkly Minnie Ears at DAK!

People ask us how many Mickey – and Minnie – Ears we own between us….and the answer is: A LOT!

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June 2019: Imagination Pink Minnie Ears

We haven’t thought of a good way to display them yet in-between trips to Disney World and Disneyland.

Not all of these photos are ours, but we do own all these ears…and more!

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May 27, 2019: Patriotic Minnie Ears perfect for wearing on both Memorial Day and 4th of July!

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Slinky Dog Ears at Toy Story Land in DHS

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Polka dot Minnie Ears

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May 2019: Conchas Mickey Ears at Epcot Mexico (Mexican Sweet Bread)

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Sparkly Rose Gold Minnie Ears (own).

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April 2019: Caroline’s new Violet Lemonade Minnie Ears at the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot.

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April 2019:  Caroline wearing her newest Violet Lemonade Minnie Ears.

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Don’t forget your glamorous iridescent Minnie Ears at DHS! (We bought these!)

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March 2019: Wearing my Cinderella Minnie Ears at Fantasyland.

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The new Purple Potion Mickey Ears are here!

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March 2019:  Perfect Minnie Ears for celebrating being Irish. 🙂

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Disney’s Aulani Resort on our honeymoon:  Our new Hawaiian Minnie Ears. There were only 2 left in the store and we bought them both! ❤

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Love these!

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Millennial Minnie Ears are available at Disneyland and Disney World now.

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Rose gold Minnie Ears

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My Christmas Minnie Ears.  I took this photo on our last holiday trip.

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Animal print Minnie Ears at DAK.

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We saw them and had to have!  Animal print Minnie Ears

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I see magic in the air!

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My Halloween Mickey Ears.  We had tickets to go to MNSSHP that night.

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Caroline wearing her animal print Easter Mickey Ears while meeting Mr. Easter Bunny.

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February 2019: Mickey’s 90th Birthday Celebration Minnie Ears.

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February 2019:  My new Minnie Mardi Gras Ears

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Ian in his birthday Mickey Ears. Happy birthday, Ian!!! (June 2019)

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April 2019:  Christian rockin’ his Mickey Ears at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

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Having breakfast at the Kona Cafe in Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

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SPARKLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG! Yes!!!!  How to chose just one???

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Caroline in her Pink Millennial Ears.

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At the Cinderella Castle wearing our Christmas holiday Minnie Ears!

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Caroline earning her graduation Mickey ears at the DCP.

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May 2017: On our honeymoon at Disneyland.

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October 2018:  Caroline modeling her wedding Minnie Ears at the Purple Wall in Tomorrowland on her honeymoon trip to Disney World.

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April 2019: The new Minnie Wedding Ears have arrived!

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The bow looks like a wedding dress!

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Wearing our DCP Graduation Mickey Ears at the Spring DCP graduation ceremony.

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!

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Two Disney Sisters.

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Improvements in Adventureland Continue Ahead of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Next Week

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May 31st, Disneyland: Grand opening of Star Was: Galaxy’s Edge.

The new Adventureland sign at Disneyland is up!

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May 24, 2019: The new Adventureland sign is in place!

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The walkway is so much wider now!  Much, Much better to hand the expected crowds.

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April 19, 2019: The Adventureland arch is down, replaced by the small sign on the right. Already the entrance into Adventureland feels bigger.

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April 15, 2019:  You can see all the wasted walkway space. The new Adventureland sign will be much bigger, maybe 2x.

April 2019:  Disneyland has filed a permit to demolish the current Adventureland sign and widen the pathway in preparation for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge  crowds.

According to the permit, Disney will replace the sign with a new one that doesn’t rely on footers in the walking space. The exact wording in the permit calls for a “demo [of] existing marquee and install new with footings and sign”.
This widening should increase the opening into Adventureland by at least 10 feet.
By comparison, look how wide the Adventureland entrance is at the Magic Kingdom:
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Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom:  Now, that’s a nice, wide walkway…plenty of room for guests and strollers!

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So many guests standing around here at the ride’s entrance waiting for family to return.

However, we still expect a bottleneck of people by the Indiana Jones ride.

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Only looks like this when the ride is closed.

This is all part of a park-wide effort to widen several pathways for the massive crowds expected when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on May 31st.

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May 31, 2019  NO THANK YOU!

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  Expect crazy crowds all summer long!!!!

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Stormtroopers will be on constant patrol enforcing 4 hour visit limit.

If you’re looking to visit a galaxy far, far away at the end of this month, you’ll want to note that you only have about four hours to do so.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open in Disneyland on May 31 and in an effort to avoid overcrowding, the happiest place on earth will use Stormtroopers to enforce the 4-Hour time limit.

The Stormtrooper-enforced time limit is just one of the precautions the park plans to use to avoid potential crowd chaos upon its opening.

star wars1Disney engineers and landscapers have widened walkways in Adventureland and improved queuing systems throughout Disneyland in an attempt to accommodate more visitors.

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May 22, 2019: Meet the cast members of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening team.

During the first three weeks of the attraction’s opening, guests will be required to make reservations for each member to enter the Star Wars land.

Guests will receive colored wristbands coordinating with their reserved four-hour time slot. Once that time window expires, Stormtroopers will patrol the park and politely tell visitors to leave so new visitors may enter.

“Four hours is a long time in the land,” Kris Theiler, vice president of the Disneyland Park says. “Most guests are going to find that they’re ready to roll after four hours.”

What happens if guests refuse to leave the park after their time slot expiration? Well, Disneyland is keeping pretty quiet on that part…maybe use “The Force” on them?

Park visitors who booked rooms at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels automatically received reservations, while those who booked a stay elsewhere are required to reserve their slot online.

Reservations opened on May 2nd for the May 31st – June 23rd opening and the opening period dates were filled within two hours.

Following the 3-week “soft opening” time frame, Disneyland will launch a virtual queuing system similar to FastPass where guests can sign up for a boarding group.

Each boarding group will have a two-hour window in which guests can enter the Star Wars land, but no time limit once guests are inside.

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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!

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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 this summer 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.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is massive!

“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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Feeling the Force with Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie.

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

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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!  Even taller than Darth Vader! [May 2, 2019:  RIP Chewy!]

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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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Ian having fun. (He bought this Jedi robe!)

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Meeting Kylo Ren

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

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There can be only one winner in this battle…

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Two Jedi Knights:  They love their costumes!

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With our Jedi Knights at MNSSHP.

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Our brother Christian with Darth. Feeling The Force.

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December 2019 – We can’t wait!!!

 

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland has Re-opened and is More Beautiful Than Ever!

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May 24, 2019: Grand Re-Opening of Sleeping Beauty Castle

The $300,000 refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty Castle is complete and the Castle’s walk-through re-opened today.

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle now features vibrant new colors, a new roof, and other pixie dust enhancements.

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May 24, 2019: Sleeping Beauty Castle’s new paint job.

“What’s interesting is that we used an ages-old painting technique called ‘atmospheric perspective’ to visually heighten the castle,” said Kim Irvine, art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. “We warmed the pink hues on the lower towers and gradually added blue to lighten the colors toward the top.”

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Golden accents and a pixie dust sprinkled roof.

The same technique was used for the new roof, now in gorgeous cobalt blue hues. Each of the 18 original turrets was digitally scanned to create the same roofline and sparkly pixie dust was sprinkled on the center roof.

“We focused the golden accents and pixie dust around the entrance to the castle, as though it has been magically enchanted,” said Irvine.

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The walk-through has brand new LED lighting.

Colorful banners, pennants and landscaping were also included in the refurbishment and the Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through received new paint and interior lighting.

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We think it’s beautiful!

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The beloved Partners statue with Walt holding Mickey’s hand.

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Princess Aurora looking over her refurbished castle.  ❤

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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 at Disneyland

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Conchas Minnie Ears Arrive at Epcot Mexico

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Conchas Mickey Ears at Epcot Mexico (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Conchas are a delicious Mexican Sweet Bread.

The festive Conchas headband can be found at the Mexico pavilion in Epcot and also at Disneyland.

These beautiful Minnie Ears were designed to represent the very popular Mexican sweet bread (pan dulce) typically made with sugar, butter, and flour. The topping cracks during the baking process giving the sweet bread a crunchy, shell-like appearance. Pan dulce is perfect for breakfast with a nice cup of café or during the merienda for an afternoon snack.

The bow is inspired and colored after the traditional Mexican Zarape textile stripes and covered with clear flat sequins that add lots of brillo (shimmer and shine)!

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Try not to take a bite out of these yummy Minnie Ears!

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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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