Taping of the 2019 Disney Parks’ Magical Holiday Celebration at Disney World

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Welcome to the holidays at the Magic Kingdom!

Taping for the annual Disney holiday tradition will take place at Walt Disney World on November 7 – 10, 2019.  Multiple specials will be filmed that will air on the Disney Channel and on ABC Freeform in November and December.

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Taping announcement

The taping at Walt Disney World will be limited to stage performances and musical acts. All of the parade portions of the show will again be only filmed at the Disneyland Resort this year.

Taping dates for the Disneyland parade portions are scheduled for November 13-15, 2019.  The Disneyland portions, hosted by Jesse Palmer, feature Ingrid Michaelson, Andy Grammer and the rock band Portugal.

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November 2, 2019:  Main Street USA is all decorated for the holidays!

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  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 Daytime taping around the park, rehearsal in the morning then afternoon taping of musical performances at the Magic Kingdom at the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. (8:30am – 5pm).
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 More daytime and afternoon taping of musical performances at the Magic Kingdom at the stage in front of Cinderella Castle.  (11am-5pm)
  • Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019  Afternoon and evening taping (3pm – 8pm).

Actor Matthew Morrison and singer Emma Bunton will host and perform.

Sting, Shaggy and Ally Brooke will perform at Walt Disney World Resort in holiday specials this year.

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” airs at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving on ABC.

Sting and Shaggy will offer duets and solo numbers. Other performers at Walt Disney World include violinist Lindsey Stirling, a cappella group Pentatonix and “Dancing With the Stars” contender Brooke, who will sing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”  Spice Girl Bunton will sing “Santa Baby.”

The special will preview Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, set to open Dec. 5 in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Some behind-the-scene photos from the multiple tapings this weekend:

 

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Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice, singing her holiday songs including “Santa Baby”.

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Shaggy performing on Castle stage.

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Nov. 8, 2019.

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Host Matthew Morrison

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Nov. 10, 2019: At the taping on Sunday afternoon. Shaggy, Matthew Morrison, Baby Spice, Sting.

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We have met Mickey and Minnie wearing the same outfits that they wore for the grand finale taping on Sunday night!!!

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Holiday Celebration special

“Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World” debuts at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, on the cable channel. Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim of “Zombies 2” host. The performers include Morrison, Shaggy, Pentatonix and Disney Channel stars Issac Ryan Brown (“Raven’s Home“), Ruby Rose Turner (“Coop & Cami Ask the World”) and Kylie Cantrall (“Gabby Duran & The Unsittables”)

“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Parade” is set for 10 a.m. Christmas Day. Morrison, Bunton and Palmer are the hosts. Sting, Shaggy, Pentatonix and Brooke sing at Walt Disney World. Michaelson, Grace VanderWaal and the cast of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” perform at Disneyland.

The Christmas Day special “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Parade” previews Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in spring 2020. The special also features the new Disney Skyliner gondola system, which connects Disney World guests to two Disney theme parks and four resorts, including Disney’s Riviera Resort, which opens Dec. 16.

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At the taping on Sunday afternoon.

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  • TBA: Lots of taping at Epcot showcasing all the improvements going on!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • TBA:  Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge taping!

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  • TBA: Nighttime taping at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in front of the Tree of Life.

Disney Water Parks

  • No taping is scheduled at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.

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Airs Thanksgiving night, 8pm November 28, 2019.

“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” airs on Tuesday, Dec. 25, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. EST, 9-11 a.m. CST/MST/PST on The ABC Television Network and on the ABC app. Air times vary, so be sure to check local listings.

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Airs December 25th, Christmas Day! We never miss it!

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All the tickets are gone!

Cast members could sign up for free tickets on the Hub in late October and were notified this week if they got tickets.  CMs – check the Hub!

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Some of our friends got tickets!!!

The following performances will be impacted at the Magic Kingdom:

Thursday, Nov. 7
Let the Magic Begin (Welcome Show) will be audio only, no characters.
Friday, Nov. 8
Let the Magic Begin (Welcome Show) will be audio only, co characters.
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will not be presented.
Saturday, Nov. 9
Let the Magic Begin (Welcome Show) will be audio only.
The Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party 4:40pm show only.
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will not be presented.
A Frozen Holiday Wish will not be presented.
Once Upon a Time will not be presented.
Sunday, Nov. 10
Let the Magic Begin (Welcome Show) will be audio only.
The Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party 4:40pm show only.
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will not be presented.
A Frozen Holiday Wish will not be presented.
Once Upon a Time will not be presented

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The 2019 Magical Holiday Celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.  You won’t want to miss it!

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The Dream Lights on the Cinderella Castle were turned on Nov. 4th at a special Frozen ceremony and will remain on every evening until January 6, 2020.

Watch the Cinderella Castle Dream Lights being turned on for the holiday season Nov. 4th:  Frozen Holiday Wish Castle Lighting

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The giant Christmas Tree at the Magic Kingdom!

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All the fabulous holiday decor was up on Main Street USA on the morning of November 2nd!  That’s an enormous strand of popcorn!!!

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December 25, 2019:

Watching it Christmas morning with our family!

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We never miss it!

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Everyone loves the Toy Soldiers!

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Santa!

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Mickey and Minnie in their holiday outfits.

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Big finish to the taping at the Magic Kingdom last year with fireworks over the Cinderella Castle!!!

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At the taping in front of Cinderella Castle.

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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Two Disney Sisters

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Celebrating the holidays at the Magic Kingdom!  We highly recommend going the first two weeks in December when the crowds are relatively low.

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This year, the last night of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was November 1st. Crews arrived at 1am and overnight magically transformed the Magic Kingdom from Halloween to Christmas in time for the park opening at 8am on November 2nd. It is amazing!

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The park All Clear was given until almost 2:30am on Nov. 2nd causing a delay in getting all the holiday decor deployed overnight. The Halloween bunting was still up at the train station at 8am! It was replaced after park closing that night.

MVMCP Tickets

Discounted MVMCP tickets are available for cast members.  Expect more dates to be added for CMs closer to the event.

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Some photos of all the beautiful holiday decor at the Magic Kingdom:

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Hidden Treasures Beneath Your Feet at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

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Welcome to Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom!

In Adventureland, you can find broken tiles, gems, jewelry, and ‘coins’ scattered in the concrete pavement all around The Flying Carpets of Aladdin.

Finding the Hidden Treasures of Adventureland – Where to Look

Start looking down at the pavement here - lots of gems everywhere!!!

Start looking down at the pavement here – lots of gems everywhere!!!

While we were waiting in the Aladdin and Jasmine meet & greet line at Agrabah Bazaar, we pointed out some interesting pieces in the pavement to the young guests waiting in line with us.

All of them – boys and girls – bent down to exam to jewelry more closely and all of them reached out and tried to pick up the pieces!  🙂

The most jewelry can be found outside the Bazaar.

The most jewelry in Adventureland can be found in the pavement outside the Bazaar.

There’s actually a lot of jewelry pressed into the pavement, like long necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The closer you get to the Aladdin and Jasmine ‘Meet & Greet’ area, the more jewelry is scattered on the ground.

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A pretty ‘diamond’ bracelet near the Bazaar.

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Treasures set into the pavement…this is the tiniest Hidden Mickey at the Magic Kingdom!!!

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Watch out as you walk by her or you may get wet!

Riding on The Flying Carpets of Aladdin

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Adventureland is our favorite land!

Located over in Adventureland, the Flying Carpets of Aladdin is such a fun ride!  We think that it’s a cooler version of the Dumbo ride because you pilot flying “magic carpets” instead of flying elephants.

Insider Tip #1:  The wait times are always much, much shorter at the Flying Carpets than they are over at the Dumbo ride.  In fact, there was no wait at all when we got there!

Insider Tip #2: Sit in the front seat to control how high your carpet flies and sit in the back seat to make it tilt forwards and back.

Insider Tip #3:  Yes, the camel “spits”!  It’s controlled by a behind-the-scenes cast member, and yes, they can see you!

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All aboard! My flying carpet ride awaits…

Flying high over Agrabah on a magic flying carpet around a giant genie lamp:

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Flying high!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

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Holding onto my flower crown.

Elly has picked up a shift at Agrabah next week.

Wheeee…

That guy just got spit on by the camel!

That guy just got spit on by the camel!

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A few years ago, Jasmine and Aladdin got major costume updates.

Not everyone was happy with their new look, but we like it.

Jasmine’s new costume:

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Jasmine’s new outfit.

Aladdin’s new costume:

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He’s got a sweet royal purple cape now!

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May 2019:  Princess Jasmine’s costumes are lit in the new live action ‘Aladdin’ movie!!!

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We traded for this Princess Jasmine pin with a cast member right outside the bazaar.

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The Ghost Bride’s Ring

The Ghost Bride’s Engagement Ring

This probably the most famous piece of jewelry in the pavement at the Magic Kingdom.

We always forget exactly where her ring is and have to look extra hard to find it. Every time!

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Look right here in the corner.

Anyone else found this ring in the Haunted Mansion queue line???

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The Ghost Ring: It’s her ring.

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Meeting Aladdin and Jasmine - they were so nice!!

Meeting Aladdin and Jasmine – they were both so nice!!

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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They signed my autograph book.

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Meeting Jasmine at MNSSHP party night:

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We met Princess Jasmine during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Genie too (he’s a rare character).

Having Drinks at Oga’s Cantina at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World

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We were so lucky to get reservations before dinner!

We decided to try some specialty drinks at Oga’s Cantina.  This is one cool place in a galaxy far, far away!

This cantina is really hard to get reservations for and you’re limited to a 45 minute stay.

So, drink up!

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Our drinks

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Oga’s Obsession, $7.50  No one liked this.

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Mitch got a Cliff Dweller – Citrus Juices, Coconut, Hibiscus-Grenadine, and Seagram’s Ginger Ale – in a Porg Mug, $32 (non-alcoholic)

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My drink.  Delicious!

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drink1Thirsty for a Taste of Adventure?

For those who have long dreamed of visiting one of the galaxy’s most infamous watering holes, Oga’s Cantina brings that dream to life.

Welcome to the local cantina, where bounty hunters, smugglers, rogue traders, and weary travelers of all ages come together to refuel, enjoy music, and conduct meetings—no questions asked. With an expansive menu of exotic concoctions for young ones and adults, the cantina is a welcome rest stop before your crew’s next galactic journey.

As you plan your next smuggling run, please enjoy some bold musical entertainment courtesy of droid DJ R-3X, a former Starspeeder 3000 pilot. The cantina adheres to proprietor Oga Garra’s strict code of conduct, but patrons can be… unpredictable, so just keep your head down—and drink casual.

Explore a Galaxy of Unusual Offerings

Oga’s specializes in fantastical drinks sourced with ingredients from across the galaxy and enticing concoctions that will delight even the youngest crew members.

Reservations

Reservations for Oga’s Cantina are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance. Space is limited. Separate theme park admission is also required.

To make a reservation, please check availability on the My Disney Experience app.

Checking In

Guests should check in no earlier than 15 minutes prior to their reservation time with the Cast Member at the end of the queue at Oga’s Cantina inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Each person in your party must be present upon check-in and for admission to the land and the cantina. Please be prepared to present your reservation confirmation email, photo ID and the credit card provided at the time of booking.

Guests will be admitted as soon as space that accommodates their party size becomes available. Late arrivals may not be accommodated.

Limited Seating

Oga’s Cantina consists mainly of standing room, with limited seating. Seating is not guaranteed upon entry, separate parties may be seated together and large parties may be separated.

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Pick your poison!

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Cool bar menu

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Concoctions with Alcohol

Bespin Fizz – Bacardí Superior Rum, Yuzu Purée, Pomegranate Juice, White Cranberry Juice, and a Cloud Swirl – $18.00

The Outer Rim – Patrón Silver Tequila, Cedilla Açaí Liqueur, Lime Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, with Black Salt and Exotic Fruit Purée – $17.00

Dagobah Slug Slinger – Herradura Reposado Tequila, Bols Blue Curaçao, Citrus Juices, Ginger, Herbs, and Bitters – $16.00

Fuzzy Tauntaun – Cîroc Peach Vodka, Bols Peach Schnapps, Simply® Orange with Tangerine, Pure Cane Sugar, and “Buzz Button Tingling” Foam – $16.00

T-16 Skyhopper – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bols Melon Liqueur, Kiwi, and Half and Half – $16.00

Jedi Mind Trick – Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit and Rose Vodka, John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum, Bols Blue Curaçao, White Grape Juice, Lime Juice, and Grapefruit Bitters – $15.00

Jet Juice – Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Cedilla Açaí Liqueur, White Grape Juice, and Lemon Juice – $15.00

Yub Nub – Malibu Pineapple Rum, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Citrus Juices, and Passion Fruit – $15.00

Concoctions without Alcohol

Blue Bantha – Blue Milk served chilled with Bantha-inspired Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookie (contains tree nuts: coconut) – $13.00

Carbon Freeze – POWERADE® Lemon Lime, Wild Strawberry, Blueberry, and Green Apple Popping Pearls – $7.50

Black Spire Brew – Cold Brew Joffrey’s Coffee®, Honey, Falernum, Passion Fruit, and Citrus – $7.00

Blurrgfire – Odwalla® Lemonade, Pomegranate Juice, and Habanero-Lime – $7.00

Jabba Juice – Simply® Orange with Pineapple, Kiwi, Cantaloupe, and Blueberry Popping Pearls – $6.50

Cliff Dweller – Citrus Juices, Coconut, Hibiscus-Grenadine, and Seagram’s® Ginger Ale – $6.00

Hyperdrive (Punch It!) – POWERADE® Mountain Berry Blast, White Cranberry Juice, Black Cherry Purée, and Sprite® – $6.00

Provisions with Alcohol

Rodian Ration – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Dekuyper Pucker Sour Apple, Green Apple, Sprite®, and Boba Balls with a Pop – $13.50

Provisions without Alcohol

Oga’s Obsession – Odwalla® Lemonade, Cotton Candy Flavor, Blueberry Popping Pearls with a Bursting Dried Fruit Mixture – $7.50

Beers on Tap

White Wampa Ale – Ballast Point Brewing Co. – Classic Hefeweizen with a Banana and Citrus Character | ABV 4.5% – IBU 10 – $14.25

Bad Motivator IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Tropical India Pale Ale with Galaxy and Comet Hops | ABV 6.0% – IBU 50 – $13.25

Gamorrean Ale – New Belgium Brewing Co. – Red Ale with Roasted Caramel, Hop Character, and Touch of Grapefruit | ABV 5.8% – IBU 42 – $13.25

Gold Squadron Lager – Blue Point Brewing Co. – Golden Lager with Lavender and Plum Flavors | ABV 5.0% – IBU 18 – $13.25

Cider on Tap

Spice Runner Hard Cider – Angry Orchard Cider Co. – Hard Apple Cider with Vibrant Red Color and Spices | ABV 5.0% – $12.25

Wine on Tap

Imperial Guard, Goldschmidt Vineyards, Sonoma – Fully Clad Crimson-Colored, Nicely Focused Red Cherry and Raspberry aromas combined robust Red Berry Fruit Flavors, a touch of Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and spice with Long, Supple Tannis – $16.00

Toniray, Goldschmidt Vineyards, Sonoma – Formerly Produced on Alderaan, Teal-Colored, Refreshing Crisp Style, Aroma Characteristics of Green Apple and Meyer Lemon with flavors of Juicy White Peach, Apricot, and a hint of Vanilla – $13.00

Snacks

Batuu Bits – Crispy Galaxy Snack Bits with Spiced Chermoula Dip – $8.00

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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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Cheers!

Visiting Pandora After Dark at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Plan on arriving before sunset to see Pandora in the daylight…then stay for the magical transformation at night!

The amazing world of Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom transforms into glowing beauty at night when Pandora’s bioluminescent flora comes to life – Pandora After Dark!

As night falls over Pandora, you’re instantly transported to a new planet of awe and wonder. The moody darkness is filled with bioluminescent pathways and plants and makes you feel like you’re walking through your own little galaxy…on a planet far, far away.

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In the Valley of Mo’ara at night

Take in the glowing blue cascading waterfalls by the queue line to Flight of Passage, with breathtaking, enormous floating mountains overhead.

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So much to see…all the plants sort of plain during the day but are super cool at night!

Listen closely as you wander around Pandora after Dark.

As night falls, the “natural” sounds in Pandora: The World of Avatar change with the scenery as well. You’ll hear low animal growls as well as other scary sounds coming from the animals of Pandora hiding in the bushes.

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The walkways all glow.

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Everything is so cool under the black lights!

Interested in the special ticketed event Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park?

Now through March 2020 you can stay late – until midnight! – at DAK:

Guests with Disney After Hours tickets can enter the park as early as 7:00 PM every event night (5 hour event).

The event takes place from 9:00 PM to Midnight:

  • Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Saturday, October 19, 2019
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $129 per adult or child, plus tax, or on the day of the event for $139 per adult or child, plus tax. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of specially priced advance-purchase tickets for just $99 per adult or child, plus tax.

Only a limited number of tickets are available for each event.

Tickets to this special event can be purchased online, at any Walt Disney World ticket window, or by calling (407) 939-7795.

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So pretty!

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Day into Night at the Floating Mountains:

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9am:  The Floating Mountains of Pandora: The World of Avatar.

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With my hubby.

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9pm:  And at night…

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Sitting in front of the Moss Wall.

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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‘Story of Coco’ Returns to Epcot for Día de los Muertos!

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Día de los Muertos celebration at Epcot.

If you would like to celebrate and honor the Day of the Dead, el Día de los Muertos, at Disney World this year look no further than Epcot where Mariachi Cobre Presents the Story of “Coco”, returning Oct. 31st – Nov. 2nd, 2019.

The beloved story of Disney Pixar’s “Coco” comes to life in this amazing show where Mariachi Cobre, joined by Folklórico dancers, tell the story of Miguel through vibrant dance and song at the Mexico pavilion at Epcot.

The show honors the movie’s theme, which celebrates the tradition of remembering friends and family members who are no longer with us.

Disneyland Resort Halloween FoodThis joyous celebration will be performed four times a day this week from Thursday, Oct. 31st through Sunday, Nov. 2nd at the Mexico pavilion in World Showcase.

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Conchas Mickey Ears at Epcot Mexico (Mexican Sweet Bread)

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Inside the Mexican pavilion.

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At Disneyland this month:

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Día de los Muertos celebration at Disneyland.

Interested in the much larger Día de los Muertos celebration going on at Disneyland right now?

Read our Disneyland blog here: Celebrating Day of the Dead at Disneyland

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Offerings table.

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New Coco pins released this month.

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Yum!

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At the Día de los Muertos celebration at Disneyland.

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Pan de los Muertos at Walmart this week – we want to try it!!! $4.98

We saw this special celebration bread, Pan de los Muertos, at Walmart yesterday!

It’s available at Disneyland this week.  We’re not sure about it being at Epcot. (You can always get some School Bread over in the Norway pavilion instead!!!)

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Pan de los Muertos is available this week at Paradise Garden Grill in California Adventure.

Pan de los Muertos (Spanish for: Bread of the Dead) is a sweet roll traditionally baked in Mexico during the week leading up to the Día de Muertos, which is celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd, with November 1st being Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

The sweetened soft bread is shaped like a bun, often decorated with bone-shaped phalanges pieces. Pan de muerto is eaten on Día de Muertos, at the gravesite or, alternatively, at a tribute called an ofrenda.  As part of the celebration, loved ones eat pan de muerto as well as the relative’s favorite foods.

Bread of the Dead usually has skulls or crossbones engraved on it. It is believed the spirits do not eat it, but rather absorb its essence, along with water at their ofrenda, after their long journey back to Earth.

The bones represent the deceased one (difuntos or difuntas) and there is normally a baked tear drop on the bread to represent goddess Chimalma’s tears for the living. The bread is represented in a circle to portray the circle of life and is topped with sugar as life is sweet.

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Meeting Donald outside Epcot Mexico.

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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Epcot Mexico.

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February 2019: Donald waved us over for a photo. 🙂

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Throwback Thursday:  Epcot Mexico, 1996.

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Recreating the photo!

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These sombreos are actually a big seller!  We don’t know how people get them home on a plane!!

 

Celebrity Narrators for the 2019 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

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Beautiful!

Dates for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot are:  November 29th – December 30, 2019.

Celebrity Narrators

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. Gorgeous choral pieces performed by an orchestra and various choirs are interwoven with the narration, inspiring the audience with songs of hope and joy.

An exciting line-up of celebrities—including a few new faces and voices—are lending their dramatic talents to the production, have been announced including:

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November 29 – December 1, 2019

Ming-Na Wen – November 29 – December 1, 2019

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Neil Patrick Harris – December 2 – 5, 2019

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December 6-7, 2019

Whoopi Goldberg – December 6 – 7, 2019
Isabella Rossellini – December 8 – 10, 2019
Chita Rivera – December 11 – 12, 2019

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December 13-15, 2019

Gary Sinise – December 13 – 15, 2019
Pat Sajak – December 16 – 18, 2019
Warwick Davis – December 19 -21, 2019
Steven Curtis Chapman – December 22 – 24, 2019
Edward James Olmos – December 25 – 26, 2019
Marlee Matlin – December 27 – 28, 2019
Lisa Ling – December 29 -30, 2019

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December 5, 2019: Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot narrating the Christmas Story.

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He was spotted at DAK walking around with his daughter and a Disney guide the next day.

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He was wonderful!

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He usually narrates for 3 nights.

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Opening event on November 29, 2019 with Ming-Na.

Ming-Na Wen opens the 2019 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays got underway this past weekend with actress and Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen opening the 2019 Candlelight Processional on November 29th.

Ming-Na Wen is known for being the voice of Mulan, and most recently as Fennec Shand in The Mandalorian streaming on Disney+.

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December 30, 2019: Lisa Ling

The final candlelight processional with Lisa Ling:  December 30, 2019

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Lisa Ling

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Cast members (in green robes) on the left, visiting high school choir (in yellow robes) on the right.

Dates, Times and Location:

November 29th to December 30, 2019

5:00pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm

America Gardens Theater, Epcot

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December 2018:  NPH was so good! Everyone was commenting on how super thin he is! (Cast members are behind him wearing the green robes.)

Video of  Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot Candlelight Processional. Wonderful!!!

During our DCP program, we went on December 23rd – almost Christmas Eve! – and got to see the Candlelight Processional lead by one of our favorite country singers, Trace Adkins.  It was wonderful!  It really got us in the Christmas spirit!  🙂

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The beautiful new logo for the 2014 Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

The beautiful logo for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

Event Details:

Interested in adding a dining experience to your Candlelight Processional Evening?

Click here:  Candlelight Processional Dining Experience 

The Candlelight Processional is a breathtaking retelling of the Christmas story in words and music complete with a 50-piece orchestra, choir and celebrity guest narrators. The narrator reads the Christmas story and favorite carols of the season are interspersed throughout the program.

The Candlelight Processional is held every night during the Christmas season. The first performance is on November 29, 2019 and then runs nightly through December 30, 2019.

There are three performances each evening at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. The length of the show is about 45 minutes.

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Our FREE ticket to see Edward James Olmos narrate from 2016 Candlelight Processional!  He’ll be back this year on Christmas night, December 25, 2019.

The performance is included in regular Epcot park admission at no additional cost. All Epcot guests are welcome to view this wonderful presentation.

The Candlelight Processional is held in Epcot at the American Gardens Theater in the American pavilion. This is an open air theater and, although there is a roof, you may get wet if it rains. Remember to dress for being outside. Although you are in Florida, it still may be quite cool on a December evening.

The choir consists of members of Disney’s Voices of Liberty (red & black attire), the Cast Member choir (green robes), and visiting high school and guest choirs (gold robes).

CM Update:  Cast member auditions for the 2019 Candlelight Processional choir were held this summer in July, and CMs were notified if they were selected as a participant by mid-August 2019.  Rehearsals started earlier this month.

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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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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December 1, 2019: The Epcot Christmas Tree.

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So beautiful!

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Happy Holidays!

Doing the Lion King Scavenger Hunt at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Ten wooden Lion King Carvings are hiding in plain sight.

We always try to do something new on every trip.

Last week, we were surprised to see that Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a brand new scavenger hunt similar to Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Hunt at Epcot’s World Showcase.

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$6.99

This scavenger hunt started in July 2019 and was supposed to end September 28th, but has been extended through October.

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10 stickers and Animal Facts

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$6.99

You can purchase the scavenger hunt map for $6.99 from the Outpost Shop, Discovery Trading Company, Island Mercantile (my old workplace!), or Mombasa Marketplace.

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Always look up high!

The entire scavenger hunt is within Harambe with 10 wooden Lion King Carvings hiding in plain sight that need to be found.

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The family carving.

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♪♫♪ Oh, I just can’t wait to be king…♪♫♪

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Each time you discover a hidden character around Harambe, you mark the map with a sticker and then return the map for a prize at Mombasa Marketplace in Harambe or The Outpost Shop in the Oasis for a surprise prize.

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Ready to start the scavenger hunt….

But, here’s the best part – you don’t have to complete the hunt to get a prize! Just go in with your map and the cast member will let you select which prize you want!

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Super cute.

Each prize is a magnet made of a unique piece of wood with one of three Lion King stamps on it.  Our cast member handed us 20 prizes and let us each choose the one we wanted!

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Our 3 Lion King Magnets. A prize can be redeemed whether the map is completed or not.

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Lion King IRL

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New wall at DAK.

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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Wearing our animal print Minnie Ears at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Roar!  October 2019

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Flashback Friday: Working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Working together at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Caroline working the DCP Summer Alumni Program.

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See you later Animal Kingdom!!!

Disney World’s Halloween Décor by the Numbers

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The Mickey Flower head at Halloween.  There are 12 pumpkins in the flowers.

As you arrive at the Magic Kingdom, you’ll notice that there are 12 different pumpkins nestled in the Mickey Mouse floral bed.

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The trick-or-treating scarecrows.

Entering Main Street, U.S.A., there are 8 friendly scarecrows located around the flagpole, ready for trick-or-treating!

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We love the Mickey pumpkin wreaths.

One of the most iconic Halloween decorations at the Magic Kingdom is the Mickey Mouse pumpkin wreath. The diameter of each wreath is approximately 26 inches.  There are over 50 wreaths hung in the kingdom during Halloween.

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Jack o’lanterns everywhere, each with a unique face! Some scary, some happy, some fun, some cute!

Walking down Main Street U.S.A, there are 190 individual pumpkins adorning the buildings and windows with many of them themed to their location.

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Special party lighting on Main Street USA.

More than 23,100 feet or about 4.25 miles of cable is installed for special lighting and sound effects for the party’s Halloween evening entertainment.

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Free candy! Take as much as you would like!!! 🙂

The MNSSHP features a total of 13 trick-or-treat stations spread throughout the Magic Kingdom.  Over the four months of party nights, cast members will hand out over 361 tons of candy!  That’s 722,000 lbs.!!  They bring it in by the truckload on party nights!

The trick-or-treating barrels contain over 40 different kinds of brand-name candies, including Skittles, M&Ms, Snickers, Kit Kats, Lifesavers….Guests can – and do – ask for unlimited treats.

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October 2019:  Look at all that candy a family of 4 got last night at the party! A whole suitcase full!!!!

In 2014, there were only 26 party nights in September – October.

In 2019, there are 36 party nights spread out over August – September – October – November!

Halloween balloonsThe first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was held in 1995. The first party was held on just one night and cost $16.95 for a ticket.  This year, you can buy an unlimited MNSSHP pass good for 35 of the 36 party nights (not Halloween night!) for $299.

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The left pumpkin is 120 inches tall (10 feet!) and 43 inches wide! The right pumpkin is 8 feet tall.

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So fun!

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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Candy, candy, candy!

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Frozen 2 Opens Next Month!

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Frozen 2 Plot:  Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They are setting out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom.

Watch extended trailer here:  Frozen 2 Extended Trailer

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The gang’s all back.

Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell are reprising their roles in the highly anticipated sequel as Arendelle royalty, while Josh Gad returns as the lovable snowman Olaf.

Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown join the voice cast. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the filmmakers behind “Frozen,” are once again directing a script written by “Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder.

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The four seasons of Frozen (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring).  We love the new Frozen 2 costumes!

The original Frozen animated film was a massive sensation generating nearly $1.3 billion worldwide and winning a slew of awards, including two Oscars.

It now ranks as the highest-grossing animated film of all time, as well as the 13th biggest movie ever. In 2018, it was adapted as a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who wrote the songs for the movie.

Frozen 2 opens Thanksgiving weekend:  November 22, 2019.

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We love their new outfits!!!

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November 22, 2019!

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She looked like a superhero in the trailer we saw.

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Meeting Frozen’s Queen Elsa and Princess Anna at Epcot Norway Pavilion

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On a good day, the Frozen Ever After wait time is 60 minutes or less. Plan ahead:  All the ride’s Fast Passes are usually gone every day by 9am.

We had Two Magical Moments happen to us at Epcot Norway!

We had two Fast Passes to ride the Frozen Ever After attraction at Epcot Norway…for the three of us.  That was as many Fast Passes as we were able to get that week for an early evening timeslot.

But, the ride cast member let us all in!  There was hardly any wait line, maybe 10 minutes.

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Elsa and Anna are the most advanced animatronics in all of WDW.  Look at their faces!

The Frozen Ever After attraction takes guests to Arendelle and immerses them in the movie’s favorite moments and music.

Frozen Ever After in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot

The 4-minute ride moves along the Frozen storyline pretty fast.

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♪♫♪Let it go, let it go….♪♫♪

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Queen Elsa singing as the long boat goes over the mini falls backwards.

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This is the ride’s best scene.

Watch Frozen Ever After POV (full ride):  Frozen Ever After ride

Olaf has a song to sing too.

Olaf singing his song.

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Marshmallow appears at the end of the boat ride.

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Summer:  Sometimes the wait time for the ride is crazy!

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Walking into the Frozen meet and greet area.

Anna and Elsa have their meet & greet place right next door to Frozen Ever After.

We did not have Fast Passes for that (none available for the whole day) but the cast member let us right in!

A second Magical ‘Frozen’ Moment in less than 20 minutes!!!

We gave her a big hug on our way out. Disney Magic at its best.

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Meeting Queen Elsa.

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Princess Anna

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Queen Elsa greeting us.

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Queen Elsa asking us if the winter has been cold in Colorado. (It was cold in Orlando the day we went, 52 degrees!)

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Interested in Disney Bounding as a Frozen character??

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Disney Bounding as Queen Elsa

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Disney Bounding as Princess Anna

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Disney Bounding as Kristoff

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Disney Bounding as Olaf

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Good eats! And you can meet some Disney princesses!  🙂

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Nov. 2013: Meeting Princess Anna and Queen Elsa in the Norway Pavilion when NO ONE knew who these two new princesses were!  Frozen movie would open 2 weeks later….

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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The first time we saw the princesses was right before the movie opened in November 2013…there was only a 5 minute wait to see Anna & Elsa. No one knew who they were.  Two weeks later, the wait was 300 minutes!

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Caroline with Anna and Elsa.

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Meeting Elsa (again!) on a very cold January night…she asked us if we liked hot chocolate!

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Our Frozen costumes:

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Halloween! ❤

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People at work LOVED these costumes!!!

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Halloween morning, October 31, 2017: Caroline as Princess Anna, heading off to school.

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Seeing the Frozen broadway show here in Denver.

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November 22, 2019!

2019 – 2020 Disney Family Holiday Celebration for Cast Members

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Let’s Celebrate:  October 13, 2019 – February 13, 2020!

WELCOME TO THE 2019-2020 DISNEY FAMILY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!

The Disney company holds this celebration throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in recognition of your hard work all year long. We hope you enjoy the celebration.

Happy Holidays to you!

Your Disney Family Holiday Celebration tickets can be accessed via The Hub >>Complimentary Admission module.

Your Disney Family Holiday Celebration Guest tickets must be used in conjunction with your valid Main Entrance Pass.

Thank you for all you do, and Happy Holidays!

Valid: October 13, 2019 – February 13, 2020

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Happy Holidays!

CM Tip:  Always check for any blockout days for self admission and also for using your Disney Family Holiday Complimentary Guest Passes at: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

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October 5, 2019:  It’s here!!!  🙂

GENERAL INFORMATION

This links below contain the information you need to participate in the 2019-2020 Disney Family Holiday Celebration.

Some of the 2019-2020 Family Holiday Celebration Highlights:

 ADMISSIONS

    • Walt Disney World and Disneyland Theme Park admission:  1 Free Park Hopper Ticket!
    • Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park admission: 1 Free
    • One round at Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
    • Link to check any upcoming  Blockout Days: Disney Blockout Days

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30%…40%…50% off!

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The details.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

List of participating restaurants:  WDW Restaurant List

  • Three (3) discount meal certificates: 30%, 40% and 50% off
  • Disney Dining Plan discounts (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan and Disney Dining Plan)
  • Six (6) Popcorn, Mickey ice cream bar, or soft drink coupons
  • IMPORTANT:  ALL RESTAURANT LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANT BLOCK-OUT DATES:  Nov. 28 – Dec 1, 2019; Dec 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020; Feb. 14, 2020; April 10 – 12, 2020; May 10, 2020; and July 4, 2020.  Each coupon is valid for one (1) complimentary box of popcorn OR one (1) regular-sized soft drink/non-alcoholic bottled beverage OR one (1) regular pretzel OR one (1) regular churro OR one (1) Mickey premium ice cream bar OR one (1) Mickey ice cream sandwich OR one (1) frozen fruit bar OR one (1) piece of whole fruit (apple OR banana OR orange) at participating counter-service locations or carts at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, and Disney Springs Marketplace Snacks OR one (1) food item at the Festival of Holidays Marketplace located in Disney California Adventure Park.Regular pretzel can be combined with cheese sauceRegular churro can be combined with accompanying sauceNot valid for alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic specialty beverages or beverages at table-service locationsNot valid on pretzels with jalapeño or cream cheese or any other fillingNot valid on special flavored churros or churros with any fillingNot valid on walk-around popcorn vendors or at merchandise locations
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The snack coupons! (Only original coupons are accepted, so don’t bother printing these out!)

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40% OFF MERCHANDISE

  • Special holiday discount on merchandise (40% discount!)
  • Cast discount at Cast Connection  (10% discount!)
  • Special 20% & 35% Company D discount
  • One complimentary Disney PhotoPass™ photo download

DISCOUNTED RESORT ROOMS

Enjoy Special Holiday Room Rates

  • Eligible Employees: Call for more information
    • Disneyland Resort: 714-520-5060
    • Walt Disney World Resort: 407-939-2278 or 407-WDW-CAST
    • Aulani – A Disney Resort and Spa: 1-866-44-DISNEY (1-866-443-4176)
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      Special room rates at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii for cast members!

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    • Note:  For the 2nd year, there will NOT be any complimentary holiday ornaments given out to cast members.  :(

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      magic kingdom balloonsWe thought we would post the upcoming blockout dates for using your Disney guest passes for all four WDW theme parks for the next few months in case family and friends are planning a visit to Orlando to see you!

      New official link for cast members to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

      February 2020 – April 2020:  The blockout dates for the 4 WDW parks are below.

      Magic Kingdom:

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      There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for self admission at the Magic Kingdom.

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      Several upcoming block-out days are scheduled for using your guest passes at MK.

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      The Disney Family Holiday Passes expire on February 13, 2020.

      Epcot:

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      There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for self admission at Epcot.

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      There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for Guest Passes at Epcot.

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      The Disney Family Holiday Passes expire on February 13, 2020.

      Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

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      There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for self admission at DAK.

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      There is currently only 1 scheduled block-out day for using your guest passes at DAK.

      Disney’s Hollywood Studios

      NOTE:  Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge opened August 29th and Rise of the Resistance opened December 5, 2019!  Both main gate and guest passes are still blocked out all spring!

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      DHS is totally blocked out for using any passes through Spring/Easter Break.

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      Phase 2: Rise of the Resistance opened December 5, 2019. Guests LOVE the new ride!!!

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      Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge  14 acres of fun!

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      Shhhh….There’s a small hidden Millennium Falcon in the wing of the Millennium Falcon at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!    Have you seen it???

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      We love Blizzard Beach! ❤

      Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon:  Free Admission for Cast Members!

      Update:  Typhoon Lagoon is currently closed for refurbishment and will not reopen until March 2020.

      Both of Disney’s water parks are refurbished annually, typically between October to March. The refurbishment schedule is staggered so guests can enjoy at least one water park experience year-round.

      Comments about the Disney Water Parks: Cast members can get into the Disney water parks for free ($69 value).  You can also buy 1/2 price tickets ($34.50) for family and friends at the gate. Cast members must be present with their guests.

      Please note that the water parks close when the temperature falls below 65 degrees (the water is not heated) or if thunderstorms/lightning are nearby.

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      Pay attention to the scheduled blackout days! Always check on The Hub before you go!

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      Company D

      Discounted (10% off) ticket rates: Discounted Tickets for Cast Members

      Remember, CMs can buy discounted park tickets for their guests at the Company D store to use on blocked out days.

      Ticket Prices 2019

      Discounted CM ticket prices.

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      Car parking is now $25 a day.

      Parking at all the theme parks is currently $25/day. 

      Remember, cast members get free parking. Just show your ID badge at the gate.

      They are now more consistently checking Annual Pass Holders IDs for free parking at the entrance gate.  And the guards at the resorts are questioning all guests if they have a resort or dining reservation at the resort before allowing guests to park.

      Read more here:  Disney Increase Parking Fees to $25 a Day

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      Cheers to the new year! #2020

      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!

      #TwoDisneySisters

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      Two Disney Sisters

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      Once upon a time…

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      Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

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      Magic Kingdom Wishable

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      Epcot Wishable

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      Tree of Life Wishable