Disney’s Aulani Resort is Closed Indefinitely

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Disney’s Aulani Resort

Disney has temporarily shuttered its Hawaiian Aulani resort amid the global coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

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Aulani is now closed “until further notice”.

Disney Aulani Resort, on the island of Oahu, closed on Friday, March 27th. The shutdown will last indefinitely, “until further notice”.  Aulani was the last Disney resort in the world to close.

The decision to close was made out of “an abundance of caution and in the best interests” of its guests and staff, according to DIsney.

Hawaii is under a 14 day travel quarantine for all visitors to the islands.

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Disney’s Aulani Resort.  Our room on the 7th floor.

Aulani has 351 hotel rooms, plus 481 Disney Vacation Club timeshare villas. The resort opened in August 2011 and was expanded in 2013.  Amenities include a Disney spa, fitness center, pools, waterslides and a kids’ clubhouse.

Reservations for guests who had booked hotel rooms from March 24 – 31st will automatically be canceled, according to the advisory. Change and cancellation fees will be waived through June 30th. Disney Vacation Club members with timeshare villa bookings will have their reservations automatically canceled. Points will be returned without the customary hold.

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All the rooms have fantastic views.

We were lucky to visit Aulani a little over a year ago and got to try all the restaurants onsite.

We can recommend two breakfast places at Disney’s Aulani Resort.  They are both very good!

#1: Breakfast at ‘Ama’Ama Restaurant at Disney’s Aulani Resort

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Inside the restaurant.  We had our choice of tables to sit at and admire the beach view.

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I love this!

We had 10am breakfast reservations at ‘Ama’Ama to celebrate Ian’s 30th birthday.

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Ian wearing his Happy Birthday button!  🙂

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Close up of how to say ‘Happy Birthday’ in Hawaiian!

Happy birthday, Ian!!!  ❤

‘Ama ‘Ama is named after a mullet fish native to Hawaii, also known as striped mullet. The restaurant itself is meant to look like a fishing shack from the 1890’s.

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Chilled POG juice!

For breakfast, you can choose from traditional breakfast favorites like eggs, waffles, bacon and pastries. Island specialties featuring fresh fish, local fruit, Portuguese sausage and other native ingredients are available daily.

All the online reviews said that breakfast was the best meal of the day served here.

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I had the ‘AMA’AMA Breakfast Sandwich. Delicious!

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My brother loved it!

THE DINING EXPERIENCE

Take in the enchanting sights of Ko Olina Beach as you dine at this open-air restaurant.

Style and Theme

The restaurant is named after the ‘AMA‘AMA, a local mullet fish—and it’s inspired by the fishing settlements along the leeward coast of O‘ahu that date back to the 12th century.

‘AMA‘AMA is designed to resemble a beachside house. Its spacious dining room features a thatched roof, mosaic designs, a fountain and a reflecting pool.

Location

‘AMA‘AMA is located beside the Waikolohe Valley pool area, just steps from the beach.

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Breakfast with an awesome view.

Breakfast Menu

Menu Date: June 2018

Breakfast is served 7am – 10:30am

Bakery “Gift of Bread”

Classic Flavors – Cinnamon Roll, Croissant, Apple Danish and Apple Fiber Multigrain Muffin, $11

Hawaiian Flavors – Guava Fan, Coconut Cream Pocket, Croissant, Orange-Macadamia Nut Muffin, $11

Entrees

‘AMA’AMA Breakfast Sandwich – Lobster claw, bacon, sunny side up egg, avocado, heirloom tomato, butter lettuce, truffle oil, served on a brioche bun, $23

Three Egg Omelet served with Aulani Potatoes – choice of:

— Kalua pig, spinach and tomatoes $21

— Seafood and herbs $25

Two Eggs any style – served with Aulani potatoes and choice of Chicken Sausage, Turkey Bacon, Bacon, or Portuguese Sausage, $19 — with a Grilled Sirloin Steak $29

Egg White Frittata – Farmer’s market vegetables, macadamia nut pesto and goat cheese, served with Aulani Potatoes, $19

Corned Beef Hash and Eggs – two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and Aulani Potatoes, $19

Traditional Loco Moco Breakfast – Hamburger patty on top of white rice, two eggs with onion gravy, $19

Japanese Breakfast – Broiled Island catch, poached egg, Miso Soup, Steamed Rice, Dried Seaweed, and Pickled Vegetables, $26

Belgian Waffle with apple-banana compote and Nutella cream, $17 — with vanilla ice cream $20

Cereal-Crusted French Toast with fresh berries and raspberry coulis, $17

Buttermilk Pancakes with macadamia nut-vanilla sauce, $17

Tropical Fruit Plate with honey yogurt, $16

Lox and Bagel with cream cheese, red onions, Kamuela tomatoes and capers, $19

Acai Bowl with berries, banana, granola, local island honey and mochi balls, $14

Steel Cut Oatmeal – $9 — with Fresh Berries, $14

Side Dishes

Whole Local Papaya $11

Sliced Pineapple $10

Pancakes (each) $7

Fried Rice $5

Hash Browns $5

Brown Rice $5

Chicken Sausage $7

Turkey Bacon $7

Bacon $7

Portuguese Sausage $7

Corned Beef Hash $9

Egg (each) $5

Featured Breakfast Cocktails

Mimosa – $11

Aulani’s Aloha Mary – $13

Hot Beverages

100% Kona Press Pot Coffee – $13

Honolulu Blend Hawaiian Coffee

Hawaiian blend Cappuccino

Hawaiian blend Espresso

Hawaiian blend Mocha

Hot Cocoa

Hot Tea

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Time for some shopping!

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Aulani Wishables.

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January 2020: New Aulani Wishable. She’s adorable!!!

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November 9, 2019: New Aulani merchandise has been released. So cute!

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Aloha!


Aulani spirit jersey, $70

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#2:  Mickey Mouse Character Breakfast at Aulani’s Makahiki Restaurant

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Meeting Mickey Mouse at Aulani!

On our second vacation day, we were able to score last minute breakfast reservations for two at Aulani’s Makahiki restaurant.

Reservations are actually difficult to get here year-round.  Make your dining reservations as soon as you book your hotel stay.

Aulani Tip:  This is the only place to meet Mickey and Minnie at the resort.

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Caroline’s breakfast: Mickey Waffles!  Yes, that’s POG juice!

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Mitch wanted to try the Eggs Benedict.  They were delicious!

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Minnie stopping by our table while we were eating. Our hair flowers match!  🙂

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We met Goofy too!

Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands

Start the day with a buffet breakfast, live entertainment, and visits with your favorite Disney Characters!

The Breakfast Menu

Enjoy a selection of family favorites, including pancakes, Mickey Waffles, French toast, island fruits, traditional Asian offerings, house-baked pastries, daily specialties and a build-your-own omelet station.

Entertainment

Throughout your meal, enjoy enchanting experiences like:

Some of your favorite Disney Characters— dropping in for photos, fun interactions and a few very special surprises your family will never forget

Island-inspired touches, like a ukulele performance by Aunty

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Close-up of the restaurant’s signature Dolphin Banana. (See the goldfish in his “mouth”???)

Disney Character Breakfast:

Hours:  7:00 AM – 11:00AM

Price:  Adults $39.00, Keiki (Ages 3 to 9) $20.00

Review Date:  June 2018

Continental Breakfast Items

Fresh Fruit Juice, Sliced Island Fruits

Assorted Yogurts, Almond Granola

Breakfast Pastries, Bagels, English Muffins, Assorted Breads, Bread Pudding

Butter, Jam, Honey, Compotes

Western Entrees

Oatmeal with fresh berries

Scrambled Eggs, Omelets, Eggs Benedict, Fluffy Egg White and Vegetable Frittata

Grilled Mahi Mahi, Smoked Salmon

Pork Sausage, Pineapple-Glazed Ham, Chicken Sausage, Deli Meats and Cheese

Bacon, Turkey Bacon, Kalua Pork Hash, Portuguese Sausage

Aulani Potatoes, Hash Browns, Grits, Loco Moco

Pancakes, Mickey Waffles, French Toast

Chinese/Japanese Entrees

Fresh Fruit Juices, Soy Milk

Grilled and Seared Island Fish, Tamago

Soba Noodle Salad, Waipoli Field Greens

Miso Soup

Fried Rice, Steamed Rice

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Pickled Vegetables

Congee with condiments

Omelet Station

Made-to-Order Omelets

Keiki (Kids) Corner

Fruit, Yogurt, Granola, Breakfast Pastries

Mickey Waffles, Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Tater Tots

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Aulani’s Mickey and Minnie in their Hawaiian costumes.

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Character breakfast with Mickey…a chance to meet him without waiting in meet and greet lines!

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Our new Hawaiian Minnie Ears. There were only 2 left in the store and we bought them both!

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I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat and restore the heart to Te Fiti. –  at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Oahu, Hawaii.

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Visiting the Dole Plantation on Oahu

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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Meeting Moana at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

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Don’t forget to try the luau for dinner!

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Luau on the beach at sunset!

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Rainbow Hawaiian Ice from the Rainbow’s End Cafe!  Yum!!! Mitch had 2!

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Caroline’s pretty Aloha hat.

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I got a bunch of new pins on this trip! You can pin trade at the check-in counter.

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Aloha!

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Christian’s pin from Aulani looks like The Rock in the Jungle Cruise!

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Only available at Aulani DVC.

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Stitch enjoying some Dole Whip too!

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Minnie Aulani Ears

 

International Mermaid Day 2020

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It’s International Mermaid Day!

Today – March 29, 2020 – is International Mermaid Day!

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We love The Little Mermaid ride in Fantasyland.

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Ariel’s Grotto at the Magic Kingdom. No one was in line when we were there! Empty.

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No wait line!

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The ride stopped 4x, making it the longest Little Mermaid ride we’ve ever ridden on.  But, we didn’t mind!  We were stopped at this scene for almost 2 minutes!  It was nice to relax for a bit!♪♫♪♪♫♪♪♫♪

♪♫♪ Go on and kiss the girl…♫♪♪♫♪

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I love this song!  🙂

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We also got Fast Passes to see Princess Ariel in her grotto on our last trip in February.  We walked right in…no wait!

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Our mom hadn’t seen Princess Ariel in years.

We love seeing our favorite mermaid, Princess Ariel, at Ariel’s Grotto in the Magic Kingdom.  But, the wait line can be long and FastPasses to see her are hard to get.

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Princess Ariel admiring Caroline’s new earrings.

But, not for us!!!  We were able to get 4 Fast Passes every day of our trip!

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She’s so pretty!

We were lucky and scored some really good Princess Ariel pin trades right in front of Ariel’s Grotto.

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Our favorite mermaid! (I traded a cast member for this pin right in front of Ariel’s Grotto!)

The cast member we traded with said that a guest was pin trading with some really old Ariel pins from 2007. So fun tracking all those pins down!

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Love this ride and love her bridal veil! ❤

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My new Ariel mug. I love how her hair is the mug’s handle!

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She waved right at us during the Festival of Fantasy parade that afternoon.

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We had lunch over at Disney’s Art of Animation that day.

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We love Disney PhotoPass!  Their photos are the best!

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What’s your mermaid name?

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Disney Bounding ideas:

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Do you want to Disney Bound as Princess Ariel (when she has her land legs)? We have!

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My favorite color combo!!!  Teal and lilac.

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Caroline ‘Disney Bounding’ as Princess Ariel (after she gets her legs!).

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Throwback Thursday: Meeting Princess Ariel in Disneyland, 2009

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Ready for a fun – and long – day 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

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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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More mermaid thoughts:

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We love this movie!  ❤   Image credit: Elly Collins

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So cool!

Posted Mar 20 2019 01:35PM PDT

A pre-kindergartener named Atlantis won Crazy Hair Day at her school after her mom went all out to style her hair to look just like Princess Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” the little girl’s big sister shared on Twitter Tuesday.

The big sister, coincidentally named Ariel, said her “mom did the mermaid because my name is Ariel and my sister is Atlantis, which is where Ariel lives under the sea :).”

Ariel says she and her baby sister have grown up loving mermaids thanks to their parents.  (Imagine naming your daughters Ariel & Atlantis!!!)
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She’s got legs!

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This coffee mug speaks to us.

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🙂

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Lovely.

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That Captain Hook is a villian!!!!!

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Hercules and Princess Ariel are 1st cousins!

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Princess Ariel, King Triton, Prince Eric, and Princess Melody in The Little Mermaid: II Return to the Sea.  Princess Ariel is the only Disney Princess to have a baby!

 

Building the Lego Disneyland Train Station

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The Disneyland Train Station with Disneyland Train

With some extra time on her hands this week, Caroline decided to assemble her new Lego Disneyland Train Station with Train, with a little help from her hubby and brother.

Just 4 1/2 short hours later, it was done!

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Caroline’s Lego Train Station was her major birthday gift from Mitch in February.

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Just 2,925 pieces!!!!  Begin…..

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A good start.

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The inside of the station.

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The completed front of the station.

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The gang’s all here! Elevation: 138 blocks.

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10:30pm: DONE!!!!

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The train is a fully operational train!!!

Video link: The Lego Disneyland Train Station

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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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Happy birthday, Caroline!

  

Disney World and Disneyland Will Remain Closed “Until Further Notice”

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3/27/20:  BREAKING NEWS!  Disney World will remain closed “until further notice” now.

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March 27, 2020: Disney World and Disneyland will remain closed “until further notice” now.

Disney World Resort will remain closed “until further notice,” but cast members will continue to be paid through April 18th.

Disney Springs and Disney Stores North America will also remain closed.

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Disney announced that Disney Springs and all Disney Stores in North America are closing indefinitely March 17, 2020.

 

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3/27/20: Disney Cruise Line Update – Disney Cruise Line has suspended all sailings through April 12, 2020 now.

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Disney Cruise Line has suspended all sailings through April 12th.

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March 27, 2020 –  Disneyland Update:  Disneyland is staying closed indefinitely now!

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Disneyland is staying closed indefinitely now!

The Disneyland closure was originally expected to last until the end of the month, but Disney Parks has just announced that Disneyland Resort will remain closed.

The Disneyland Resort will remain closed “until further notice,” but cast members will continue to be paid through April 18th.

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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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Easter 2020 Events at the Magic Kingdom

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BREAKING NEWS:  Disney World will now stay closed “until further notice”!

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March 27, 2020: Disney World will stay closed “until further notice” now.

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This is the saddest Easter!

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March 12, 2020 announcement:  Disney World will be close March 16 – 31, 2020!

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March 16, 2020 Update: Disney announced that all Disney Stores in North America are closing March 17, 2020.

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Mickey Easter

Look who’ll be wearing their Easter costumes! ❤

Easter Sunday is on April 12th this year.

There’s a lot going on at the Magic Kingdom during the month between Spring Break and Easter Week.  Right now, the Magic Kingdom Operating Hours Schedule is showing that the Parks will be open.  Check back for updates!

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2020 Easter pins.

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Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be greeting guests at the Magic Kingdom.

Easter Bunny Meet and Greet at the Magic Kingdom

From April 1 –  April 12th (Easter Sunday), you can meet and have your photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Magic Kingdom’s Town Square.

Note that the character line closes in the mid-afternoon because they are in the Easter Parade.  Use the My Disney Experience app to check their appearance times.

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Bunny Lane Garden, Opens in April

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Their garden is surrounded by pretty flowers!

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Some Easter Sunday Photos:  Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom, April 2019

Watch video: 2019 Easter Parade at Magic Kingdom

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The parade weather was gorgeous! Sunny and 73 degrees!

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Hi Daisy!!!

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The Easter Parade with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny.

Easter Parade Down Main Street USA

April 1 – April 12th (Easter Sunday), the special Easter Parade will lead off the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3pm.

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be at the front of the parade, being driven down the parade route in an old timey car.

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The Easter Parade

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The Azalea Trail Maids are lead by Daisy.

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Mr. Easter Bunny looking very cheerful.

Following them are Daisy and the Azalea Trail Maids.

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

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

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Daisy in her lilac costume.

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The Azalea Trail Maids in light purple.

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Special Easter characters in the parade.

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

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Minnie in her Azalea Trail Maid costume.

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Special Easter cupcakes will be available from the Main Street bakery. $5

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Minnie’s Bunny Cupcake.  I love Disney’s buttercream frosting!!!  ❤

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Super cute chocolate (of course) Bunny Cupcake!

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Mickey and Minnie in their Spring outfits over at the Boardwalk.

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Meeting Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny at DAK.

And they sometimes make appearances over at the other Parks too, but usually just on Easter Sunday!

We got to see them a few years ago at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Meeting Mr. Easter Bunny.

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Mrs. Easter Bunny.

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Thumper & Ms. Bunny were out at DAK too!

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April 1, 2019: Look who was at DAK this morning!  She’s a rare character!

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Hi Minnie!  🙂

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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Easter Now and Then:  26 Years Apart

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Elly’s Easter Party in Louisville, Colorado. April 2019

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#Throwback Thursday: Meeting the Easter Bunny. April 1993

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Fun things to do while stuck inside due to the COVID-19 Pandemic for 60 Days

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Caroline finishing her 750 piece Thomas Kinkade Cinderella puzzle.

1. Complete a puzzle: The more pieces the better!

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Done! I finished my new Tsum Tsum puzzle!

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Elly putting in the last piece of a 1,000 piece puzzle!

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May 2, 2020: The 1,000 piece Disney Princess puzzle is done!!!

2. Start a journal or blog. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about your specific interests like gardening or travel.

ariel mermaid13. Dust off that old instrument and practice.

4. Watch all the really long movies you’ve avoided until now.

5. Teach yourself a foreign language.

6. Read 1,000 page books like “The Stand.” You got this.

7. Meditate. Try lying down with your eyes closed, palms up and while focusing on your breath. Or spend 20 minutes sitting cross-legged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head.

8. Face peels, moisturizers, oh my! Treat yourself to a 10-step skin care routine you don’t have time for during a normal work week.

9. Watch videos of kittens and puppies.

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Rapunzel’s great ideas for keeping busy!

10. Take note from “Tangled” star Rapunzel, who has an entire song about how she spent her days alone in a castle. Activities included in her ditty: Cleaning, candle-making, papier-mâché, and adding a new painting to her gallery.

11. Write actual letters to family and friends. Write thank-you notes to service people still having to go into work like your garbageman, newspaper carrier, mailman, Starbucks barista.

12. Learn calligraphy. YouTube can help.

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Playing Life-Haunted Mansion version of the game. So fun pushing around our Doom Buggies!

13. Read the rules to those long board games and card games.

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Monopoly: Theme Park Edition

14. Organize your cabinets. Have a space in your kitchen where all the Tupperware goes? Organize it and actually match lids to containers.

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Playing Uno with the fam.

15. Go through your closets and try on all your clothes and coats, determining whether they “spark joy” á la Marie Kondo. Donate at least 1/4th of clothes, coats, and shoes.

16. Organize your junk drawer in the kitchen. Throw out ½ of it!

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Holiday Cookies!

17. Bake some holiday cookies.

18. Try out a new recipe for dinner.

19. Watch the films that won 2019 Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, etc.

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Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in “Finding Mr. Banks”.

20. Watch every Tom Hanks movie chronologically.

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♪♫♪ It’s a whole new world….♪♫♪

21. Knit or crochet a scarf.  Learn to cross-stitch.

22. Use Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Marco Polo to video chat with your long-distance friends once a week.

23. Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos. Consider downloading a fitness.

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24. Update your playlist with 100 songs to help lift your spirits during a pandemic

25. Take a bubble bath, alone.

26. Make a classic cocktail from the 1960s ala James Bond. Don’t forget the garnish.

27. Get some coloring books.

28. Write a short story or get started on that novel.

29. Actually try to reproduce something crafty you see on Pinterest. Probably fail. Try again.  Instagram your results.

30. Clear out the family room and camp indoors with blankets, popcorn, flashlights, and scary movies.

31. Finally get around to fixing that broken door knob or loose tile, or touch-up paint a scuffed up wall.

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So cool!

32. Learn how to braid your – or your child’s – hair (fishtail, French, etc.) via YouTube tutorial.

33. Throw out all your too-old makeup. (Tip: most liquid products have a small symbol on them noting expiration date, usually six months to a year. This includes sunscreen!)

cinderella castle134. Go through your camera roll, pick your favorite travel pics from the past year and make a photo book or order framed versions online.

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Baby Yoda:  When he walks around, it’s just too cute!!!

35. Create a list of shows or movies you’re watching and share it with family and friends.

36. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for.

37. Have your own wine tasting of whatever bottles you have at home. Make up stories about the journey of the grapes to your mouth.

38. Work on your financial planning, such as exploring whether to refinance your loan or ways to save more money.

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Minnie chai tea.

39. Make a different coffee or tea than you usually drink.

40. Buy gift cards from your favorite local businesses to help keep them in business while we quarantine.

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At the Frozen 2 premiere last November.

41. Watch “Frozen 2,’ which posted early on Disney+ this week.

42. Have a Scrabble tournament.

43. Pictionary, anyone?

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My homemade cupcakes.

44. Get into baking with “The Great British Baking Show,” but your technical challenge is baking something with the ingredients you have on hand.

45. Do an indoor scavenger hunt.

46. Re-read the entire Harry Potter series.

47. Dye your hair a new color. No one else needs to see it if you don’t like it.

48. Rearrange your sock drawer. Really. Throw out your old socks.

49. Stop procrastinating and do your income taxes, now due July 15th.

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We love the beaches in Florida! Best in the world!

50. Make lists of all the Disney Parks, museums, cities, and beaches you want to visit when they finally reopen.

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Cruising aboard the Disney Dream

50. Plan a Disney cruise for 2021!

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♪♫♪ Sailing, sailing, over the ocean blue….♪♫♪

51. Rearrange your furniture to make it seem like your home is a totally different space.

52. Practice shuffling playing cards like a Poker dealer. Be ready for employment opportunities once all casinos open back up.

53. Organize your spice rack alphabetically like Martha Stewart.

54. Teach your dog to shake and lay down. Rollover optional.

55. Memorize the periodic table. You never know when that will come in handy.

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We started watching Star Trek: Picard this week!

56. Get a free week’s trial of a streaming service and binge-watch as much as you can before it expires. Remember to cancel it on Day 6.

57. Apply for a new job. You have remote work experience now.

58. Update or write your will and organize your affairs. Yes, it sounds melodramatic and morbid but let’s face it: This is a task many of us avoid because we never have the time. Now we do.

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Yum!

59. Plan an Easter dinner made from scratch.

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Learn the Star Wars timeline people!!!

60. Watch the “Star Wars” movies in this and only this order: Rogue One-IV-V-II-III-Solo-VI-VII-VIII-IX.

61. Attempt to do things with your non-dominant hand, from writing to brushing your teeth.

62. How many words per minute can you type? See if you can get speedier by taking an online typing course.

63. Stretch. Work on your flexibility every day.

flower epcot64. Talk to your plants. How are they doing? Make sure they are getting the amount of sunlight they should be. Check their soil. Water if necessary. Re-pot if root-bound. Think about your outdoor garden.

65. Deep condition your hair and put paraffin wax on your hands. Enjoy your soft hair and nails.

66. Consider donating money to food banks to help families struggling to get meals.

67. Get extra sleep. Get lots of it. Sleep in every day. Stay up late. Pretend you’re back in college!

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The Disney Train Station with working train. DONE!!!!

68.  Assemble a 1,200 piece LEGO set!

sidewalk chalk art69.  Do some sidewalk chalk art.

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Christian and Adi drew this castle complete with Cinderella!

70. Learn to draw your favorite Disney character. Start with Mickey Mouse!

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Hi ya, pal!

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Cheers!

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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March 27, 2020 Update:  Disney World and Disneyland are staying closed now “until further notice”.

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We love Thomas Kinkade puzzles!  Caroline did this puzzle last week!

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OMG!!!! Now, that’s a puzzle!!!!

Rapunzel: ‘When Will My Life Begin’ from Tangled

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In these trying and stressful times, it’s easy to get overwhelmed!
We won’t be inside forever, just for a few months (we hope!).

But, it’s so easy to be bored, especially when the weather is still cold and snowy here in Colorado.

Watch Rapunzels’ song:  When Will My Life Begin?

Here’s some ideas from Rapunzel to keep you busy:

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13 great ideas for keeping busy!

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March 21, 2020: Current daily schedule  😉

Doing some chalk art at home:

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Rapunzel’s sun.

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The cat watching over the drawings.

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Cinderella at the Ball.

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Adventureland

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Caroline meeting at Rapunzel at her meet and greet.

We’ve met both Rapunzel and Flynn at the Magic Kingdom.
Tangled is one of our favorite Disney movies!

Flynn on Tangled float.

Flynn isn’t at Rapunzel’s meet and greet very often…but he’s swinging on the Tangled float in the Festival of Fantasy parade every day at 3pm!

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The Floating Lanterns of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom.  So pretty at sunset when they come on!

Our favorite scene from Disney’s Tangled is when they sing the “At Last I See the Light” song!

Full song:  At Last I See The Light video

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Mitch and Caroline. April 2019

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Making a wish.

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A wish sealed with a kiss.

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We happened to be there at 7pm when the lights all popped on. Magical! 🙂

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8pm. We don’t care that these are the restrooms!!  Beautiful!

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Rapunzel’s Tower at twilight.

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Our favorite scene!  So beautiful with all the floating lanterns!

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We agree! We love this scene from Tangled!

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Flynn was also at Rapunzel’s meet and greet the day we were there.

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You can meet Rapunzel at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the Cinderella Castle most mornings.

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The Hidden Gardens of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom

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The Hidden Gardens of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom.  I took this photo in November.

Pascal, a color-changing chameleon, is a true and loyal friend to Rapunzel in Disney’s ‘Tangled’ movie.

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At the waterfall of Rapunzel’s Tower.

Pascal and his friends can be found hiding in the pretty Hidden Gardens of Tangled in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

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My newest Disney pin!!!! I traded for him in Fantasyland! ❤

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The gardens are directly across from Rapunzel’s Tower.  So pretty at sunset!

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Free charging station!

Free charging station!

Located just past the tables and chairs in the phone charging area, you will find a beautiful garden filled with flowers, greenery, and even a small stream.

Ten of Pascal’s chameleon friends have made this garden their new home. They can be seen lounging about on rocks near the stream, in greenery, and even hidden on nearby buildings.  You’ll need to look very closely to see them all!

Look for 10 of them!

Look for 10 of them!

After a few minutes of searching, we were able to find six chameleons hiding in the garden. Next time you’re in Fantasyland, be sure to say hi to Pascal and his friends.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

This one was the hardest one to find!

This one was the hardest one to find!

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Brown Pascal next to rock.

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So fierce looking, tucked up against the creek rock!

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The real Pascal is hiding in the windowbox on the left.

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There he is!

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Green Pascal. This is really Pascal! He is the hardest one to spot!!!!

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We traded for these pins!

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“When you love your companion animal and would do anything for him no matter what.”

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Maximus hoof print in Fantasyland by Tangled area.

Bonus photo!  Try and find Maximus’s hoof print in Fantasyland by the Tangled area.

Disney Fun Fact:  Pascal is actually based on a real chameleon, owned by one of the movie’s cast members. The day the directors were trying to find a name for the character, the CM said she named her chameleon Pascal, so they took that name.

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Pascal, Rapunzel’s friend.

Pascal serves a similar role as being a friend and protective sidekick to Rapunzel as Flit the hummingbird did for Pocahontas.

Disney Bounding as Pascal.

Ideas for Disney Bounding as Pascal.

The real Pascal (so tiny!!).

The real Pascal (he’s so tiny!!)

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Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work

Want to Disney Bound as one of the characters from ‘Tangled’?

Caroline’s done it several times now!  Disney Bounding at Work as Tangled Characters

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Rapunzel outfit ideas

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Flynn Rider

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Don’t forget the tiara!

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Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel.

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This meme is so funny!

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I want this Tangled birthday cake!  ❤

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Having fun with skillets!

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Rapunzel and her trusty skillet. 😉

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The Lost Princess ice cream cone, Storybook Treats, $5.99

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April 2019: New Tangled cupcake. Available at Intermission Food Court at All Star Music Resort. Yellow cupcake with buttercream frosting. $6

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Rapunzel with her short brown hair.

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Cheers!

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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Wish fulfilled.