New DCP Housing ‘Flamingo Crossings’ Nearing Completion

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2,600 apartment units. That does NOT look like enough parking spaces for 10,000 DCP participants!

The new DCP housing development for cast members doing an internship program with Disney Parks is almost ready to welcome its first DCP participants.

The $630 million residential community will have 10,400 beds (2,600 residential units), two 25,000-square-foot community centers, two resort-style pools, and more.  It replaces the current 4 DCP apartment locations.

The first participants are scheduled to move in this May 2020, with a phased occupancy rollout lasting for the next three years.

In addition to housing, the development will include the Disney Education Center (replacing Disney University), providing unprecedented integration for program participants to engage in ‘uniquely Disney’ learning experiences and the ability to earn up to nine credit hours in college coursework. Program residents will also have access to resources needed for academic success, including group and private study rooms, computers with free printing, and Wifi.

“The college students who have been part of our college and internship programs have helped make magic for millions of our guests for more than three decades,” said Kristi Breen, vice president of Disney International Campus Programs.

Mike from BlogMickey stopped by and checked out the construction progress:

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One of the Community Centers.

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Very high density housing.  I’m sure they will look nicer once painted.

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No balconies. I’m assuming Disney is moving all the old furniture from the current 4 housing complexes over to Flamingo Crossings.

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Two Years Ago: February 2018  

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Mickey Mouse came to the groundbreaking ceremony!

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Flamingo Crossings

Disney is building 2,600 new apartments for its College Program!

In February 2018,  Disney confirmed that all 2,600 planned apartment units were for the Disney College Program with any units not occupied by the program being leased to current Disney employees. They also confirmed that the new apartments would house educational facilities within them.  Disney University would be moving to the new complex too.  If would be great if Magic Kingdom Costuming moved there too.

Disney currently owns or leases four local complexes to house its college interns with a total of 1,580 units.  The only one owned directly by Disney is Vista Way, while the others are owned by third parties.  These would be closed and sold when Flamingo Crossing opens in Summer 2020.

This would also greatly simplify the current CP bus routes from the four apartment complexes.

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These will all be shut down and replaced by Flamingo Crossings over the next 3 years.

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Disney University is moving over to Flamingo Crossings this Fall.

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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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Now and Then:

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Andy’s Room wall.

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At the Fall DCP Housing event at Chatham Square.

 

Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland Are Now Both Closed Indefinitely

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Closed until further notice.

Hong Kong Disneyland has joined Shanghai Disneyland in closing indefinitely amid the Coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 100, infected thousands and restricted millions from traveling to China tourist destinations during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Hong Kong Disneyland announced that the theme park would be temporarily closing indefinitely on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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The streets are deserted.

“As a precautionary measure in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, we are temporarily closing Hong Kong Disneyland park from January 26, 2020 out of consideration for the health and safety of our Guests and Cast Members,” the park said in a statement posted on its website. “We are in close contact with health authorities and the government about the situation and will announce a reopening date once they determine it is advisable.”

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Notice from the Hong Kong Disneyland website.

Coronavirus symptoms include fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Most of the fatalities from the outbreak have been from pneumonia in elderly patients with preexisting conditions, according to the World Health Organization.

The Coronavirus outbreak and a fear of a spike in the infection rate has forced the closure of tourist destinations across China and put airlines and hotels on high alert during the Lunar New Year when hundreds of millions of Chinese travel domestically and internationally.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Hong Kong.

The closures of Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland comes during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, one of the busiest travel seasons of the year in China.

Some of China’s best-known tourist attractions have also been closed by the Coronavirus outbreak, including the National Museum of China on Tiananmen Square, a section of the Great Wall of China near Beijing, and the Forbidden City.

Airlines suspending flights into and out of China today, Jan 29th:

US carriers:  United, American

British Airways

Air Canada

Air France

Air India

South Korean budget carrier Seoul Air

Indonesia’s Lion

Finnair

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia

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Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland closed its doors Saturday 1/25/2020 in reaction to the spread of the Coronavirus that has now killed over 100 people in mainland China.

The resort complex, which normally operates 365 days per year and welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually, announced last Friday afternoon local time that it will shutter the Shanghai Disneyland theme park, the Disneytown retail and dining area, the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, and Wishing Star Park.

It did not give a date for their reopening.

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They have new costumes to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

This week is the Chinese Lunar New Year.  Chinese Lunar New Year is the peak time of year for internal travel within China, when typically half of the country’s 1.4 billion population travel to their home towns to be reunited with family. Seven cities – over 11 million people – have been placed under lock down measures to prevent the spread of the disease, and vast numbers of cinemas have also closed their doors.

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Visitors to Shanghai Disneyland Resort’s website can find the following message:

In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak and in order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and Cast, Shanghai Disney Resort is temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown including Walt Disney Grand Theatre and Wishing Star Park, starting January 25, 2020. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local government, and we will announce the reopening date upon confirmation.

Shanghai Disney Resort will assist in the refund for guests who have purchased tickets for admission to Shanghai Disneyland, have booked a resort hotel, or have booked tickets for Beauty and the Beast Mandarin Production through the original ticket purchase channel, and we will introduce the detailed procedure and guidelines via the resort’s official platforms as soon as possible.

We wish our guests a healthy and happy Spring Festival!

Shanghai Disney Resort

January 24, 2020”

shangaiThe resort is issuing refunds to guests looking to cancel their trip due to the outbreak.

Cast members can’t use self admission or guest passes through at least the end of the month.

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Expect the park to be closed at least until February 29, 2020.

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Expect the park to be closed at least until February 29, 2020.

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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.

Adventure Book Cover

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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

Two Disney Sisters

Yes, we did!!! 🙂

 

Visiting Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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A view from the top! Wheeeee……

We love Toy Story Land!  There’s so much to do and the food there is very good.

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Caroline and Mitch

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At the front entrance of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  You can meet Woody here most mornings.

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Christian’s first visit.

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Back again.  ❤

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Slink Dog’s roller coaster ride. This ride is a blast!

There’s enough to do that you should plan on spending at least 3-4 hours here.

We stayed until after sunset when all the lights came on.

Magical!

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We love the Christmas lights overhead.  The colors are all so vibrant!

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Slink Dog’s roller coaster at night.

The characters from Toy Story are out walking around and at their meet and greet area all day and into the night.

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Bo Peep is very tiny, under 5 feet tall! They meet by Toy Story Mania.

Bo Peep and Jesse meet with Woody at the front entrance and also at their meet and greet area by Toy Story Mania.

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Bo Peep

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Pushing the Big Yellow Ball.

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This is where you can meet Forky too.

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Forky.


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These are a few of the Instagram walls of Toy Story Land:

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The colorful #PopsicleWall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We love it!

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Christian at the Popsicle Wall.

Action:  Next time you’re walking over to the cute restroom in Toy Story Land, look around for the #PopsicleWall and take some photos.

Action Rating:  Worth it!

Look at these super cute Popsicle benches:

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Popsicle Bench

Popsicle Bench

We love colorful new benches!  ❤

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Holding up the Popsicle Wall.

Here are more Magical Walls to find at Toy Story Land:

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Caroline at the #BlockWall.

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The #BlockWall is located over by the restrooms in Toy Story Land.

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Look at how cute even the trashcans are here!

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Checkers Wall

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Christian at Checkers Wall

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Mitch at Checkers Wall

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Lion Puzzle Wall

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Woody Wall

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Pushing Buzz Lightyear’s button.

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Mr. Potato Head Wall

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Caroline at the Coffee Wall with her Starbucks coffee!

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Feeling hungry?

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Woody’s Lunchbox. The outdoor dining tables and chairs are on the left.

Woody’s Lunchbox:  Andy from Toy Story has taken his lunch box and thermos and used them to build a walk-up food service location that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to all of us “toys” visiting Toy Story Land!

The restaurant is actually a metal lunch box turned on it’s side with Andy’s thermos as a support column!  Super cute themeing!

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Yes, you can get alcoholic beverages at this lunch box!

Fun twists on American dishes like a S’mores French Toast Sandwich are available for breakfast, and hot sandwiches available for lunch and dinner include kid-friendly grilled cheese sandwiches and BBQ Brisket Melt. Potato Barrels and Totchos (tater tot nachos) are available for lunch and dinner.

Lunch Box Tarts (frosted raspberry or chocolate pop tarts) provide a sweet pastry treat all day long.

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Woody’s Lunch Box menu

Disney has partnered with Mini Babybel cheese as the Official Snack Cheese for Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney World.

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We tried the Grilled Cheese sandwich, the Beef Brisket sandwich, the tomato soup, and potato barrels (tater tots) with Root Beer Floats for dessert. It was all very good!

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My lunch.  The Grilled Cheese is very good.

Woody’s Lunch Box Menu

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At the Toy Story 4 premiere.

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.

Adventure Book Cover

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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Now & Then:

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Meeting them again at Andy’s Room

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During our program at a DCP Housing event at Chatham Square.

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No they do not!  But, guests still yell this at Woody all day long!

‘HarmonioUS’ Fireworks Show is Coming to Epcot Soon

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HarmonioUS at Epcot

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“Epcot Forever” is being replaced in Spring 2020 by “HarmonioUS,” a new nighttime spectacular that celebrates the role of Disney music in uniting the world.  Disney promises the new show will be “the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney Park”.

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HarmonioUS: Expect large LED floats, very similar to the nightly Rivers of Light floats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks Live Entertainment teams recently passed a major milestone in the development of the show with the delivery of several large floating platforms that will provide the base for the technology used to create “HarmonioUS.”

Watch video of first Floating Platform Barge Arriving here: HarmonioUS Barge Arrives at Epcot

“HarmonioUS” will bring an innovative show of massive floating set pieces that house a variety of show effects, including custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, colorful lights, lasers, pyrotechnics and more to the World Showcase Lagoon.

The show is a magical nighttime dreamscape of Disney music and images where guests can discover how Disney music has the power to inspire and unite us all.

You can catch an early glimpse of concepts for the show now by visiting Walt Disney Imagineering Presents the Epcot Experience, located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion.

Expect this new fireworks show to last at least 20 years.

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HarmonioUS logo

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Epcot-Forever

October 1, 2019 – April 2020.

The current nighttime fireworks show at Epcot is “Epcot Forever”.

“Epcot Forever” has been described as a love letter to the park. The show tells the story of Epcot, beginning with the first spark of inspiration and the opening day anthem, “We’ve Just Begun to Dream,” and continuing through chapters dedicated to the thematic pillars of innovation, exploration, imagination and celebration. It concludes with an all-new verse of the classic song, “One Little Spark,” leading into a spectacular grand finale fireworks show promising “A Whole New World” of magical possibilities to come.

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October 1, 2019 – April 2020.

The temporary fireworks show debuted October 1, 2019 replacing the long-running IllumiNations.

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Epcot Forever

Celebrating the history of Epcot via its music, characters and vision, the Epcot Forever show uses massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, fireworks, lasers, and special effect kites.

Epcot Forever features low flying kites that are visible at night thanks to unique built-in LED lighting.

Watch a bit of Epcot Forever:  Epcot Forever – New Fireworks Show at Epcot

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Illuminated Kites flying soaring during the Epcot Forever fireworks show.

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We love Disney parks fireworks!

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Epcot Forever with the new Epcot logo.

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Having a fun day at Epcot! Caroline is wearing one of her new Minnie Ears.

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.

Adventure Book Cover

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 Princess Aurora at Disneyland

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Meeting Princess Aurora. She’s very pretty!

We were surprised to see Princess Aurora greeting guests in front of the Wishing Well at Snow White’s Grotto in Disneyland last week.

It’s such a pretty, calm place and there was no line to meet her.

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Princess Aurora waiting to meet a guest.

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It was chilly and she was wearing her fur-trimmed costume!!!!  ❤

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So pretty!

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Twinning!

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She had to leave right after we met her.

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Princess Aurora walking back into the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Christian making a wish.

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January 16, 2020: It was such a light post-holiday crowd day, with the threat of rain in the afternoon, which held off until 10pm. We had the park to ourselves and got to ride on everything, some of the rides 2x even.  We really recommend going to Disneyland in January!

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Disneyland roses in bloom.

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Who wore it better????

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Princess Aurora looking over her Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Christian at Disneyland.

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Interested in Disney Bounding as Princess Aurora??

It’s easy!

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Disney Bounding in Aurora’s pink outfit.

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Disney Bounding in Aurora’ cottage outfit.

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We were lucky to meet her a few years ago at Disney World during Christmastime:

Meeting Princess Aurora at the Magic Kingdom’s Candy Cane Garden

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Meeting a very pretty Princess Aurora.

During the holiday season, Princess Aurora can be found on Main Street USA near City Hall at the Candy Cane Garden in the Magic Kingdom.

We were excited to meet her for the first time.

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Elly and Aurora taking a selfie together.

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Selfie time!

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You can meet Princess Aurora during the day in the Candy Cane Garden.

Christmas will be here soon!

The Christmas Countdown sign.

Mailbox for Santa letters in the Candy Cane Garden.

Mailbox for Santa letters in the Candy Cane Garden.

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Meeting Princess Aurora for the first time.

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The Candy Cane Garden is very festive.

Bonus Tip:  If you’re at  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party  (a hard ticket event during certain nights Nov.-December), you can meet Santa here before the Holiday Celebration Parade!!!  Expect long lines.  He’s only there until December 24th, then he returns to the North Pole!  ❤

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Santa and Mrs. Claus!!!

Candy Cane Garden

The Candy Cane Garden is open daily through the holiday season, 10am – 5pm.

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Cheers to the new year!

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.

Adventure Book Cover

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!

Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney sisters2 DCP Alumni

Two Disney Sisters

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2020: It’s Disney’s ‘Year of The Mouse’!

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Mickey and Minnie greeting guests in their new costumes.

From now through Feb. 9th, celebrate the 2020 Chinese Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park!

Ring in the Year of the Mouse with spectacular entertainment, festive eats and family activities that welcome another year of good fortune for you and your family.

Encounter favorite characters in their pretty Lunar New Year-themed attire.

Watch the new video: 2020 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park

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2020 is Disney’s Year of the Mouse.

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lunar new yearWe got to see it last week:

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Mulan and Mushu

Paradise Pier

We had the best room at Paradise Pier!

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All the decor is up for celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Every light post has new banners on it.


Lots of interesting food.

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All the decor is so red and pretty.

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Minnie’s new Lunar New Year ears. So pretty!

Special pins:

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New 2020 pin.

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2020: The Year of the Mouse

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Now, actually it’s the Year of the Rat……why didn’t Disney go with Remy???

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Remy the rat from Ratatouille.

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Sneak peek at the ride cars for the new Ratatouille attraction opening at Epcot this summer.

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Caroline holding a little Remy.  He’s a cutie!

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Remy pin.

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2020: The Year of the Rat.

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Mulan Epcot China

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.

Adventure Book Cover

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!

Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney sisters2 DCP Alumni

Two Disney Sisters

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Caroline meeting Mushu.

      

Shanghai Disneyland Closes in Response to Corona Virus Outbreak

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shanghai-disneyland-castle-3Shanghai Disneyland closed its doors Saturday 1/25/2020 in reaction to the spread of the Coronavirus that has now killed 26 people in mainland China.

The resort complex, which normally operates 365 days per year and welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually, announced Friday afternoon local time that it will shutter the Shanghai Disneyland theme park, the Disneytown retail and dining area, the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, and Wishing Star Park. It did not give a date for their reopening.

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They have new costumes to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

This week is the Chinese New Year.  Chinese New Year is the peak time of year for internal travel within China, when typically half of the country’s 1.4 billion population travel to their home towns to be reunited with family. Seven cities have been placed under lock down measures to prevent the spread of the disease, and vast numbers of cinemas have also closed their doors.

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Visitors to Shanghai Disneyland Resort’s website can find the following message:

In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak and in order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and Cast, Shanghai Disney Resort is temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown including Walt Disney Grand Theatre and Wishing Star Park, starting January 25, 2020. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local government, and we will announce the reopening date upon confirmation.

Shanghai Disney Resort will assist in the refund for guests who have purchased tickets for admission to Shanghai Disneyland, have booked a resort hotel, or have booked tickets for Beauty and the Beast Mandarin Production through the original ticket purchase channel, and we will introduce the detailed procedure and guidelines via the resort’s official platforms as soon as possible.

We wish our guests a healthy and happy Spring Festival!

Shanghai Disney Resort

January 24, 2020”

shangaiThe resort is issuing refunds to guests looking to cancel their trip due to the outbreak.

BREAKING: Hong Kong Disneyland Reportedly Suspends Face Character Meet-and-Greets as Coronavirus Threat Looms

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The Chinese New Year is January 25, 2020.

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Mulan Epcot China

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.

Adventure Book Cover

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!

Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney sisters2 DCP Alumni

Two Disney Sisters

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Two girls wall

Once upon a time…

Two Disney Sisters

Yes, we did!!! 🙂