Happy Canada Day 2019!

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Welcome to the Canada pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.

Happy Canada Day 2019!

The Canada pavilion at Epcot is one of our favorite places, probably because we’ve been to Canada several times and Elly did a Study Abroad program in the beautiful French-Canadian city of Chicoutimi, Quebec.

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Happy Canada Day 2019!

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The gardens that surround the Canada pavilion are lovely.  You can even get married here!

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♪♫♪ Oh Canada…♪♫♪

Of course, we always stop in and watch the O’Canada movie narrated by Martin Short.

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It’s a 360 degree movie.

O’Canada! is a Circle-Vision 360° movie showcasing Canada’s beautiful cities, scenery and people.

Guests watching the fourteen-minute “O’Canada!” movie will view places like Horseshoe Falls, Quebec City, Victoria, and Montreal as well as learn about Canadian celebrities like Mike Myers and Jim Carrey.

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This waterfall spot is so lovely!

Many guests don’t realize that at the back of the Canada Pavilion there’s a massive rockwall formation with a mighty waterfall flowing down it. There are several platforms and a small staircase next to the waterfall winding down to a babbling stream.

Guests can arrange to be married or have their vows renewed there.

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It’s the smallest wedding venue at Epcot with seating for just 20 guests.

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Canada Day7Currently, a series of 6 rotating bands perform daily on the Canada Mill Stage.

Current band line-up:  Entertainment at the Canada Pavilion

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Lots of flannel for sale in the Northwest Mercantile gift shop!

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We have this pin!

Flashback Friday:  Seeing Epcot’s Canadian Lumberjack Show

During our first DCP program, a new entertainment act was introduced at Epcot’s Canada pavilion: Canadian Lumberjack Show.

They performed on the Canada pavilion Mill Stage stage and were a hoot.

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Meeting the Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks after the show. So much flannel!  So much muscle!!

We got to see the brand new Canadian Lumberjack Show: The Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks at Epcot’s Canada pavilion last night.

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The Mill Stage smelled so good!!! Like they had been chopping pine trees on it all day!! 😉

The show features a mini-competition between the “blue team” and the “red team.” Each team consists of two lumberjacks as they compete in a series of events, including axe throwing, crosscut sawing and wood carving using chain saws.

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Red Team vs. Blue Team chopping competition.

Conservation is a big initiative for the group, who claim that for every tree that is cut for the show, three are planted in its place.  I must say, it smelled so good when they were chopping wood!  Like we were in the middle of a Canadian pine forest…

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All hunky guys in flannel from Canada!

The act consists of skilled lumberjacks from the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack group, which has performed for crowds around the world and has operated for more than 30 years. The group is based in Kissimmee, Florida.

You can catch their show 6x/day on most days.  If it’s raining or there’s lightning nearby, the show will be cancelled.

Video of the Canadian Lumberjacks Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es1gdrqWbjw

(The Canadian Lumberjack Show replaced Off Kilter, a kilt-wearing, bagpipe-playing band that entertained guests in Epcot’s Canada for 17 years.)

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Enjoying a fun day at Epcot!

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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The Canada Pavilion is so pretty at night!

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Oh, Canada! We’ve been here!

Meeting the Fairy Godmother at Disney World

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Meeting the Fairy Godmother at the Magic Kingdom.  Her Meet & Greet spot is right behind Cinderella Castle.

We have been lucky enough to meet the Fairy Godmother many times at both Disney World and at Disneyland!

She is one of the kindest people that you can meet!

She’s definitely a favorite of ours.  She’s just the nicest character that you’ll talk to at the Magic Kingdom!

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The Fairy Godmother holding her Tsum Tsum (and Cinderella one).

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We have her mug! 🙂

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Meeting the Fairy Godmother:  Then & Now

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1996:  Meeting the Fairy Godmother at the Magic Kingdom when I was 8 years old. She noticed that we were wearing the same colors!

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1996:  Caroline (4) going over to give her a hug.

And now:

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My mom meeting the Fairy Godmother. She only meets here in front of Storybook Treats when it’s not raining.

This was one of our best meetings ever with her:

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2003: Meeting the Fairy Godmother at Disneyland on the day we got engaged. She told us: “May all your dreams come true!”  ❤

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She got a costume update about 3 years ago.

Can you spot the differences?

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2015:  This was the shiny costume she was wearing when we saw her in 2015.  Her costume is now made of soft blue velvet.

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2019: In her new blue velvet costume.

The Fairy Godmother is the sweet and kind fairy that appears to Cinderella when she is in times of need and trouble.

She is a little forgetful, and her spells don’t last past midnight, but through her magic she enables Cinderella to go to the ball to achieve her dream.

With a flick of her magic wand and a Bibbidi Boppidy Boo, the Fairy Godmother is all that is pure and true in the world.  Video:  Fairy Godmother Transforms Cinderella’s Dress

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A Magical Moment Reunion for a Guest at Disney Worldgodmother1 

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25 years later….

When Amber was 2 years old, she met Snow White at the Magic Kingdom.

“Every single time I saw her until I was 15, she recognized me and knew me by name. She made my Disney childhood so incredibly magical. I haven’t seen her in person since, but I knew she was now the Fairy Godmother. Today, I tracked her down & got to hug her. Best day ever!!”  🙂

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And, she also occasionally has to comfort guests dealing with great sadness:

fairy godmotherShortly following her birth, Janice Murphy’s infant daughter Analiese died from complications related to a rare chromosomal disorder. Murphy recently visited Disney World, bringing with her a purple teddy bear containing her daughter’s ashes.

Murphy wrote that she spent several minutes in the park crying and mourning what she says her daughter will never experience. She lined up to see the Fairy Godmother, and when she finally shared her story with the Fairy Godmother, she writes that she was pretty much floored by her compassionate response.

“Despite your utter lack of knowledge, you included the bear in our interaction,” says Murphy. “And when you found out that my daughter died, and that her ashes are within the bear, you treated her the same way you treat every child that comes to see you every single day: with love, compassion and kindness. When you hugged her, and kissed her cheek, you made me feel like Analiese mattered to you.”

The interaction allowed Murphy to connect with her baby Analiese. She explained, “You helped me feel her spirit in a place she was never able to visit while alive.”

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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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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!

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We ❤ the Fairy Godmother!

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Cinderella gets a new horse for her 70th birthday.

 

Meeting Captain Hook at Disney World

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Captain Hook swinging on by…

Guests can see Captain Hook every afternoon in the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3pm.

He’s on the Peter Pan float and swings on by while standing on the ship’s swaying anchor.

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We like his velvety hair!  (I want to touch it so badly!)

We’ve seen him a few times strolling through Adventureland near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride before the parade.

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The captain waving his hook at guests in line.

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At Hook’s meet and greet:

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He’s a good looking villain!

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And look who was with him!!!

In April 2019, he started greeting young guests at Disney’s Beach Club Resort for dinner.

Dinner with Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew

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That hair!!! ❤

Looking for a Bunch of Scallywags!

Shiver me timbers—Captain Hook and his crew invite you to dinner and to see if ye be worthy of joining their ranks.

Upon entering Pirate Hideaway, seasoned members of Captain Hook’s crew will assist you in the first, most crucial step towards becoming a pirate—receiving your pirate name. Next, they’ll teach you the many skills crucial to life on the high seas such as talking like a pirate, swabbing the deck and singing sea chanties!

Captain Hook himself will be checking in to examine your progress and get you started on your first treasure hunt. You’ll solve puzzles and gather clues on land before setting sail along Crescent Lake.

But beware! For this be not for the faint of heart. Rumor has it there be cursed treasure around these parts. Be you brave enough to seek it?

Beginning April 28, 2019 set sail for Disney’s Beach Club Resort where Captain Hook is on the lookout for new recruits ages 4 to 12.   $55/ticket

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MNSSHP:  Meeting Peter Pan and Wendy…and Captain Hook!

He also regularly appears for some meet and greet time during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Fall.

That’s where we’ve met him.

We also saw him at Castaway Cay when we went on our Disney Dream cruise to the Bahamas.  He certainly gets around!

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Captain Hook and Mr. Smee at Castaway Cay.

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WHAT???!!!  Did Captain Hook kill Queen Athena???

But, remember, he is a villain!

There’s a rumor that he killed Ariel’s mother, Queen Athena!

In 2008, “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” came out and answered the question about Queen Athena’s demise. In the movie’s opening scenes, the terrible tale of Queen Athena’s death by pirate invasion unfolds!

No wonder the mermaids in Neverland are frightened of the pirates who troll and terrorize their waters.  And, King Triton’s complete aversion to humans can be explained, considering humans caused his wife’s death.

Do you think that Queen Athena was killed by Captain Hook’s pirate ship?

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Captain Hook is the dastardly evil pirate villain from Neverland.

Sailing the waters around the enchanted island of Neverland with his crew of misfits and idiots, Hook forever seeks the boy who has caused him so much pain and misery, Peter Pan. The Captain lost his left hand when Peter cut it off and fed it to the crocodile. Since then, the crocodile has been haunting Hook, always wanting more.

Luckily for Captain Hook, the crocodile also ate an alarm clock, so he can hear when the crocodile is near. His evil plans always fail, mainly due to the incompetence of not only himself, but of his downtrodden crew and first mate, Mr. Smee.

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Looking for Captain Hook.

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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“Toy Story 4” hits New High with $118 Million Opening Weekend

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At Toy Story 4 opening weekend.

Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” brought the box office to life with a $118 million opening weekend after a three-week slump of underperforming sequels.

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Woody and Bo Peep

The “Toy Story 4” opening, according to studio estimates Sunday morning, ranks as the fourth-highest animated film opening ever, not accounting for inflation. Above it are 2018’s “Incredibles 2” ($182 million), 2016’s “Finding Dory” ($135 million), and 2007’s “Shrek the Third” ($121 million). It’s the year’s third-largest debut, trailing only “Avengers: Endgame” and “Captain Marvel.”

It follows a string of disappointing sequels this spring including “Dark Phoenix,” ”Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “Men in Black: International.”

But “Toy Story 4” has something those films didn’t: great reviews. It rates 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences gave it an A grade on CinemaScore.

We liked it a lot.  4 Stars

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You can take selfies with Forky at both Disneyland and Disney World this week!

The sequel, which introduces the child-crafted plaything Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) to the voice cast including Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, also grossed $120 million internationally, for a worldwide 3-day box office gross of $238 million.

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At Disney World

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Toy Story 4We’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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Seeing Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Baby!

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And the Oscar goes to……

When we go to Disneyland, we try not to just go to Disneyland (even though that’s pretty hard!)….there are lots of other things to do and see in LA.

Like strolling down the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd.

You start on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine Street in Hollywood and start walking west. [Trivia:  We live on Vine Street!]

There are over 2,600 stars embedded in the sidewalk in the 15 blocks of the Walk of Fame.  There’s a lot to see.

Star Finder: Find the Star

We were interested in seeing all the Disney ones and there are A LOT of those!

(Note:  The area just 1 block off Hollywood Blvd. is a very rough neighborhood!  Only do this walk during the day!)

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We found Walt Disney’s star!  #1 star we were looking for!!!

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It all started with a mouse….

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Snow White has a star too!

The Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

In front of the famous Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.  There are a lot of performers dressed up here doing photo ops.  This is where you can see the handprints and sometimes footprints of stars in the cement.

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Marilyn Monroe’s statue re-enacting her cement signing.

Caroline checking out Marilyn's tiny handprint.

Caroline checking out Marilyn’s tiny handprint.

1937: Snow White Award Walt Disney won a total of 26 Academy Awards, and holds the records for most Academy Awards wins and most nominations in academy history.

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Walt Disney won a total of 26 Academy Awards, and holds the record for most Academy Awards wins and most nominations in academy history.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

Some more Disney-related Star photos:

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Yes, even Disneyland has a star!

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Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, the company’s financial guy, and his best friend.

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Tink’s star

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Yup, Donald has a star too.

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Winnie’s got one.

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Julie Andrews and her star, 1966.

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Such small hands and feet!!!!  Done right after the Sound of Music won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture.

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DHS’s Chinese Theater

We like the Chinese Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and can’t wait for the new attraction to open there in 2020.

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Stormtroopers onstage in front of the Chinese Theater.

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Christian in front of the Chinese Theater.

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Just like the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Disney holds cement signing ceremonies for stars visiting Disney World.   Mark Hamill, 1990.

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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

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At Hollywood Studios.

Resort Parking Fees Increase at Walt Disney World

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Guest parking at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Guests staying overnight at a Walt Disney World Resort will be charged more for parking starting today.

Disney has updated their Parking Information Page to reflect the increase in the overnight parking fees.

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June 16, 2019

Here are the details:

For reservations made before June 18, 2019 for arrivals in 2019 or 2020:

Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night

Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night

Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night

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It’s always best to just use the free Disney transportation and rent a car on the day you need it.

For reservations made after June 18, 2019:

Disney Value Resorts: $15 per night

Disney Moderate Resorts: $20 per night

Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $25 per night

Complimentary standard parking is available for guests staying at the campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.

These changes come on the heels of the massive increase in prices on Sunday night (06/16/19) for Annual Passes at Walt Disney World.

All of this is ahead of the grand opening of Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge in late August.

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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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Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Farewell Merchandise Arrives at Epcot

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Mickey Mouse blowing out the World Showcase torch. Magic Band, $27.99

IllumiNations, the nighttime fireworks spectacular that has been at Epcot for nearly 20 years, is ending September 30th with the new show Epcot Forever premiering October 1st.

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Whoa.

The new Farewell merchandise arrived at Epcot yesterday.

The main logo for the merchandise features Mickey Mouse blowing out the World Showcase torch surrounded by fireworks. Of course, Mickey Mouse blowing out the torch is fitting because of the iconic opening of the show where the narrator blows out the torches at the end of the opening monologue.

The farewell collection can be found at Mouse Gear.

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T-shirt, $29.99

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Ball cap, $27.99

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Travel tumblers, $18.77

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Disney LE pin, $15.99

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Epcot’s IllumiNations Fireworks Show Ending September 2019

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March 2019: Watching IllumiNations for the last time!

April 2019:  Disney Parks announced this week that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will have its final show on September 30, 2019.  It premiered on October 1, 1999.

The new fireworks show called Epcot Forever will debut 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.

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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, debuting 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 for one final time in March 2019:

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

VIP Seating for Illuminations

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

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It’s 9pm…so you know where we are!

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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Having a fun day at Epcot!  #TwoDisneySisters

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Disney Hercules (2022) Live Action Movie

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Principal cast for new Hercules movie?

Christ Pratt, Anna Kendrick, and Jeff Goldblum are reportedly in negotiation for roles in the upcoming live action remake of the 1997 Disney hit “Hercules”!

Pratt would play the goofy but loveable Hercules, with Kendrick set to sass up the screen as Megara.

Meanwhile, Goldblum would play Hades, the Lord of the Underworld (a role made famous by James Woods in the animated film).

dannyDanny DeVito is expected to return as the wisecracking sidekick Phil.  You can catch him  in the new Jumanji 2: The Next Level movie.

Shooting reportedly could begin spring 2021, with a tentative Thanksgiving 2022 release date.

This is Disney’s newly-revised movie release schedule: New Release Dates for Disney Movies

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I can see it.  We love Chris Pratt!

April 30, 2020 UPDATE: 

Disney’s going from zero to hero all over again!

A live-action remake of the studio’s 1997 animated musical “Hercules” is finally in development with producers Joe and Anthony Russo.

The original “Hercules” follows the demigod as a youngster (voiced by Tate Donovan) who has to prove he’s worthy of hanging with the gods on Mount Olympus and runs afoul of the evil fast-talking king of the underworld, Hades (James Woods).

The Russo brothers, who directed two “Captain America” films for Marvel as well as “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Endgame,” are producing.  David Callaham (“The Expendables,” the upcoming “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”) has been hired to write the screenplay.

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In early June 2020, a fake casting announcement with the likes of Jodie Comer as Megara and Noah Centineo as Hercules did the rounds on Twitter. We do think that some of these actors will be offered roles in Hercules 2022.

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Reportedly, Ariana Grande is very interested in the role of Megara.

There’s a lot of support for Ariana Grande to take on the role of Megara.  This is largely because she performed the song ‘I Won’t Say I’m in Love’ during The Disney Family Singalong 1 special, providing all the backup vocals herself.  She sounded great and wore really cool eye makeup.

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Hercules (1997) was a musical with music by Disney Legend Alan Menken.

The 1997 animated film was a musical, but no word yet if the live action film will also be a musical.  (I’m not sure Chris Pratt can sing, but Anna Kendrick has a great voice that was highlighted in the three “Pitch Perfect” movies.)

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Disney insider joke.

Well, bless my soul…the Herc is on a roll!

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We liked this movie a lot!

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January 2020: Well look who’s out and about today at the park!

Disney movie trivia:

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Hercules and Princess Ariel are 1st cousins!

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WHAT???!!!!

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Alexander Skarsgård as both Tarzan and Hercules????

Now, there’s a rumor going around that Disney is also considering Alexander Skarsgård, who played Tarzan in 2016, for the role if Chris Pratt has a scheduling conflict.

We think that at 43 years old that he’s too old for the role. (He would be 46 during filming.) Thoughts???

Yes, we know Chris Pratt turned 40 on 06/21/2019, but he looks younger and has a lighter personality.

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Two Disney Sisters at the Magic Kingdom.

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

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/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Meeting Hercules at Disney World:

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So strong!

Hercules is considered a “rare” character meaning that he doesn’t make regular appearances at Disney World or Disneyland.

He doesn’t even make annual appearances at special hard ticketed events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the fall.

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A rare character appearance.

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All those muscles are real!

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Hubba-hubba!

Oh my…..

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Seeing Hades at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Whoa!!!  He’s a scary dude!

We met Hades from Hercules and other Disney villains during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party when all the villains come out at night!  Caroline loves meeting villains!

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Caroline loves the Disney villains!  Meeting Jafar.

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Meeting Cruella DeVille

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Maleficent, of course.  We’re both Disney Bounding as Cinderella.

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Jafar…look how tall he is!!!  Jasmine was so pretty.

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This guy, can’t remember his name.  From the Hunchback of Notre Dame movie, I think.

Savor ‘The Flavors of Florida’ at Disney Springs this Summer!

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The Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs

This summer, June 2 – September 2, 2019, enjoy a slice of summer flavors with a selection of perfectly paired Florida dishes, cocktails and brews at Disney Springs!

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Key Lime Pie

Focusing on iconic Florida flavors – such as Key Lime Pie, fresh seafood, citrus-inspired dishes, refreshing craft cocktails and local Florida brews – you won’t want to miss this menu of delicious offerings.

With 20 participating venues, guests can stop by the Disney Springs Welcome Center through September 2nd to pick up an event guide with a full list of offerings.

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Try the Baked Alaska Pie at The Boathouse. We did!!!

Participating venues include:

  • Amorette’s Patisserie
  • The Boathouse
  • Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
  • D-Luxe Burger
  • The Ganachery
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Paddlefish
  • Paradiso 37
  • Pizza Ponte
  • Planet Hollywood
  • The Polite Pig
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • The Smokehouse at House of Blues®
  • Splitsville – Disney Springs
  • STK
  • T-Rex Cafe
  • Wine Bar George
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Orlando
  • YeSake

Remember, Disney cast members get a 20% at most of these dining places!

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The complete food offerings for the summer event:

Fountain of Youth Chicken Wings and Florida Rain Cocktail from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Fountain of Youth Chicken Wings – Chicken wings served with St Augustine Datil Pepper Sauce
  • Florida Rain – Orange vodka, gin, coconut rum, blue curaçao, and sour mix
Southern Burger and Orange Crème Milkshake from D-Luxe Burger for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

D-Luxe Burger

  • Southern Burger – Signature beef blend patty topped with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce, grilled onion, and bacon
  • Orange Crème Milkshake – Vanilla gelato blended with zesty orange flavors and topped with whipped cream
Blood Orange Mousse from Amorette’s Patisserie for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Blood Orange Mousse – Lemon chiffon cake with grapefruit gelée
Disney Springs Flavors of Florida Offerings from The Ganachery

The Ganachery

  • Disney Springs Dark Chocolate Bar – Dark chocolate bar with orange
  • Florida Orange Ganache Square – Dark chocolate blended with Florida orange juice and orange zest
  • Key Lime Ganache Pop – White chocolate blended with Key lime juice and fresh lime zest covered with dark chocolate
Conch Fritters from Rainforest Café for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

Rainforest Cafe

  • Conch Fritters – Conch fritters served on a bed of tropical slaw with Key lime tartar sauce
  • Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen

Wine Bar George and The Basket at Wine Bar George

  • Frozcato Cookie Sandwich – Frozen pineapple frozcato sandwiched between two house-made sugar cookies
  • Frozcato – Moscato, vodka, and Dole Whip Pineapple
Smoked Prime Rib Slider and Florida Mango Frosé from Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

Polite Pig

  • Smoked Prime Rib Slider – Prime rib served with a citrus aïoli and a green papaya horseradish slaw
  • Florida Mango Frosé – Fresh mango purée, sparkling rosé, and citrus
Key Lime Pie from House of Blues – The Smokehouse for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

House of Blues – The Smokehouse

  • Key Lime Pie – Key lime pie with graham cracker crust and toasted coconut
  • Sandbar Sunday Islamorada Beer Company American Pale Wheat Ale
Tuna Poke Tower and Strawberry Sake Spritzer from Splitsville for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

Splitsville

  • Tuna Poke Tower – Seared ahi tuna, spicy crab mix, diced Florida avocado, and Asian slaw stacked and served with crispy wonton chips
  • Strawberry Sake Spritzer – Local strawberries, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, and rosé-infused sake garnished with a whole strawberry and mint
Disney Springs Flavors of Florida Offerings from YeSake

YeSake

  • Fresh Tuna Tekka Don – Fresh, customizable poke bowl featuring sushi-grade tuna on a bed steamed rice topped with avocado, cucumber, seaweed salad, tempura crunch, and a zesty house-made yuzu aïoli
  • Violet Sake Slushie – Japanese sake, prickly pear, and lime topped with konpeito candy
  • Frozen Beer Shandy – Kirin draft beer with fresh-squeezed orange juice topped with frozen Kirin foam
Disney Springs Flavors of Florida Offerings from T-REX

T-REX

  • Boom Boom Alligator Tacos – Flour tortillas, fried alligator, and tropical fruit slaw topped with micro cilantro and spicy garlic sauce
  • Sailfish Brewing Co. Tag & Release Amber
  • The Ice Age – Rum, blue curaçao, piña colada purée, and orange juice
Key West Shrimp Cocktail and Blood Orange Madras from Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

  • Key West Shrimp Cocktail – Seasoned shrimp hand tossed with avocado, mango, cucumber, and house-made cocktail sauce and served with buttermilk crackers
  • Blood Orange Madras – Blood orange moonshine, freshly muddled strawberries, pineapple purée, and cranberry juice
Local Buratta and Cigar City Jai Alai IPA from Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

  • Local Buratta – Buratta made in Pompeo Beach, Florida served with prosciutto, arugula, fresh peaches, and basil pesto
  • Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
Crab Ceviche and Key Lime Wheat Ale from Paddlefish for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

Paddlefish

  • Crab Ceviche – Blue crab, avocado, bell pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime served with tortilla chips
  • Key Lime Wheat Ale
Steamed Peel and Eat Florida Shrimp from The BOATHOUSE for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

The BOATHOUSE

  • Steamed Peel and Eat Florida Shrimp – Florida shrimp dusted with Boathouse seasoning and served with drawn butter
  • Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat Ale
 A Zesty Slice of Florida from Pizza Ponte for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

Pizza Ponte

  • A Zesty Slice of Florida – Pizza bianca with Florida lemon, ricotta cheese, arugula, and black pepper
  • Guyebera Citra Pale Ale
Market or Fresh Catch Ceviche and La Playita Lager from STK Orlando for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

STK Orlando

  • Market or Fresh Catch Ceviche – Ceviche with passion fruit, lime, and chilis
  • La Playita Lager
Florida Scorpion Shrimp Paella and Sunset Margarita from Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

Paradiso 37, Taste of The Americas

  • Florida Scorpion Shrimp Paella – Colossal gulf shrimp, mussels, pancetta, peas, crushed red pepper, tomatoes, and savory Key lime butter tossed with Calasparra rice and broiled to perfection
  • Sunset Margarita – Tequila, cointreau, and fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice
Citrus Kale Salad and Key Lime Martini from Planet Hollywood for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida

Planet Hollywood

  • Citrus Kale Salad – Superfood blend of kale, julienned broccoli, slivered Brussels sprouts and cabbage, feta, fresh grapefruit and oranges, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and agave dressing
  • Key Lime Martini – Vodka, ice cream, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup with a graham cracker crumbs rim
Disney Springs Flavors of Florida Offerings from Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia

  • Orange Gator & Waffle Cone – Tempura alligator wok-tossed with a sweet Florida orange sauce and served in a house-made waffle cone
  • Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA

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Come on out and celebrate summer with us and enjoy Disney Springs Flavors of Florida. Remember, this event runs through September 2, 2019, and you won’t want to miss it!

For more information and to make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

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Disney Springs

Welcome to Disney Springs!

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

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/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Disney Unveils Vision for Disney Springs – Town Center and The

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‘Imagination Pink’ Merchandise Arrives at Disney World!

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Imagination Pink merchandise is available at Disney Springs.

The Imagination Pink merchandise arrived at Disney World yesterday, just in time for summer!

Can’t make it to Disney World this summer?

All the Imagination Pink merchandise is available online at:  shopDisney.com with free shipping on all orders over $75 (use code:  SHIPMAGIC).

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June 2019: Imagination Pink Minnie Ears, $27.99

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Pink or Silver sequins????  $39.99

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I think I like the deep pink sequins a little bit better.

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Mini Backpack, $90.00

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Imagination Pink Spirit Jersey, $64.99

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Imagination Pink Magic Band, $14.99

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We like these Imagination Pink backpacks a lot!

It’s a nice compliment to the Millennial Pink merchandise that was available last summer.

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Pink Millennial Minnie Ears at MK.

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

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

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

two-disney-sisters

Two Disney Sisters

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