Conchas Minnie Ears Arrive at Epcot Mexico

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Conchas Mickey Ears at Epcot Mexico (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Conchas are a delicious Mexican Sweet Bread.

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

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

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

#DisneyFamilia

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

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

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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The Spitting Camel Returns to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom

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

The spitting beauty of Adventureland is back!

After undergoing refurbishment for a few months, the beloved Spitting Camel of Adventureland is back and just in time for this weekend’s sweltering heat, too.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2019 forecast. HOT!!!

The Spitting Camel statue has been a staple of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin since 2001.

alladins-magic-carpet-rideWe personally avoid her spitting water at us, but many guests love it!

We noticed that she was gone during our trips to Disney World earlier this year.

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Adventureland is our favorite land!

Adventureland is our favorite land at the Magic Kingdom!

The Flying Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland is one of our favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom.

The wait lines for it are never very long.

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All aboard!  Our flying carpet ride awaits…

The Magic 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 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 out front spits water….and a great distance! It’s controlled by a behind-the-scenes cast member, and yes, they can see you! 🙂

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The flying carpets flying over a splashing fountain below.

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

Flying high!

Flying high with the wind in my hair!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Holding onto my flower crown.

Caroline holding onto her flower crown in the wind.

Elly has picked up a shift at Agrabah next week.

Wheeeeee…….

That guy just got spit on by the camel!

Watch out below!  That guy just got spit on by the camel!

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When I was a Disney Cast Member, I actually worked in Agrabah!

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My very colorful Agrabah Bazaar costume

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May 24, 2019: Aladdin opens today and we’re seeing it this weekend!

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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Welcome Home, DCP Graduate Christian!

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Christian returned home after a semester at Disney World working in the Disney College Program.

We missed him so much and are glad that he’s back!
He had a great time living and working at Disney World for 5 months.

We, of course, had a Welcome Home Party to welcome him back to Colorado and a bunch of snow!

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Homemade cupcakes.

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Scout was so happy to see him!

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Christian Graduating from the Disney College Program last week:

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Christian’s graduation photo with Mickey and Minnie!

Disney College Program’s graduation event for the Spring 2019 CPs was held today at The Commons clubroom next to Christian’s apartment.

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The DCP graduation invitation

Mickey and Minnie were there greeting CPs wearing their new red graduation costumes.

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Spring 2019 DCP graduation day

Christian was given a pair of Mouse Ears and his diploma for successfully completing the Spring 2019 Disney College Program internship.

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Mickey graduation caps for everyone!

There was a really nice catered meal for all CPs at Chatham Field on May 8th.

It was a lot of fun! 🙂

We’re glad that he went to the graduation event with Mickey and Minnie even if he couldn’t stay long because he had an evening shift at Cosmic Ray’s.

A CP Moment.

CP Moment #50:  DCP Graduation Day

There are CP Moments that every person doing the DCP internship has during their program:

50 Magical Moments Everyone on the DCP Has

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Congratulations Christian!!!!  🙂

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Mickey Graduation Plush

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Working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland this semester:

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Christian working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom this semester.

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This cheeseburger was Christian’s specialty: The limited edition Mickey’s 90th Birthday Cheeseburger! $17, only available at Cosmic Rays.

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He worked in Bay 1 making 1,000s of chicken nuggets every week.

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Christian outside his work location in the Magic Kingdom.

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Sonny Eclipse playing some sweet jazzy tunes in the background at Cosmic Ray’s.

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Christian’s work costume.  (Graphic by Elly Collins.)

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Congratulations Christian!  Spring 2019 DCP Program graduate.

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Christian had lots of visitors from Colorado during his program:

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When Caroline and Mitch came to visit him at work. Time for dinner!

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Big hugs!  Only 1 month left at Disney World.

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After every 2am shift when Christian finished cleaning out the fryers!

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

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Will Use Stormtroopers to Enforce Time Limit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 2, 2019 UPDATE:  All general admission passes to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge have been reserved at Disneyland.  They were gone within 2 HOURS this morning!

Hope you got yours!

Star Wars Reservations

All reservations through June 23, 2019 are gone unless you’re staying at a DLR hotel.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening this summer at both Disneyland and Disney World

Disney announced this month that Disneyland Park in California will open its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Disneyland ahead of schedule on Friday, May 31st, while Disney World would open its Star Wars-themed area at the end of summer on August 29th.

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March 2019: Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge under construction at Disney World. Still so much to do!

The massive 14-acre Star Wars section of Disneyland’s park will be the largest single-themed land expansion ever, according to a press release from Disney, and will have restaurants – including the park’s first-ever cantina – as well as rides and other experiences to offer customers a fully-immersive experience.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is massive!

“Guests can become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run,” a previous press release stated. The park has also revealed that this new experience is a “choose your own adventure,” with each choice potentially impacting a guest’s visit.

Phase Two of the massive fully-immersive land, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will be opening later this year.

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Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

On opening day for Phase One, you’ll be able to live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample amazing galactic food and beverages, and explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and more.

Watch cool new  video:  Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge

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At the controls of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Only 6 people per simulator ride???

And for Phase Two opening later this year, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined that will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park in California between May 31 and June 23, 2019 will need valid theme park admission AND will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land.  It is expected that the Star Wars Land will reach capacity every day.

Information on how to make a reservation will be available soon on Disneyland.com. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest); valid theme park admission is required.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will not be available during Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland Park. [The area will be closed during EMH.]

Disney FASTPASS service and Disney MaxPass are unavailable for attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

A reservation will not be offered or required to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at  Disney World this time.

March 15, 2019:  All lodgings at the Disneyland Resort are now completely booked the night before the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on May 31st. This includes Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier and Disney’s Grand Californian.

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Opening May 31, 2019

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

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Meeting Darth Vader is actually pretty scary!  He’s close to 7 feet tall!

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Meeting Chewy. He is sooooo tall!  Even taller than Darth Vader! [May 2, 2019:  RIP Chewy!]

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Feeling the Force with Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie.

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With Darth Vader Goofy & Storm Trooper Donald

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Mickey and Minnie as Luke and Leia.

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

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Meeting Kylo Ren

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

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There can be only one winner in this battle…

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Two Jedi Knights:  They love their costumes!

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With our Jedi Knights at MNSSHP.

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Our brother Christian with Darth. Feeling The Force.

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December 2019 – We can’t wait!!!

 

Disney Discontinues Selling Car Antenna Toppers

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Car antenna toppers for every holiday and every favorite character!

Disney Parks is no longer selling Disney-themed car antenna toppers in its stores.

We knew this day was coming as most cars nowadays either have an embedded antenna in the front windshield or a thick 6” antenna mounted over the back windshield.

Gone are the days when all cars had 30” antenna wires fastened to the car’s front hood!

We personally own about 20 of these antenna toppers, most of them holiday themed.

And neither of our cars have the old fashioned wire antenna!  😦

But, you can still use them!

Here’s some fun ideas for using Disney Antenna Toppers:

On Your pre-2010 car’s 30″ Car Antenna – You knew this would be number one. It’s what they’re made for. I will say that you need to make sure that they fit a little snug because I’ve had them go on super easy and then come off just as easily… while driving at 40 mph. Goodbye fun souvenir!

Pencil or Pen Toppers – Maybe this is the teacher in me, but they fit perfectly on top of pencils!  Bring some to school and show them off!

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Orange Bird topper, $1.99 at the Character Outlet store.

Christmas Decoration Toppers – You can transform your favorite antenna toppers into Christmas tree decorations with a little bit of ribbon and craft glue.  They are much cheaper than buying Disney Christmas ornaments at the Parks, approx.. 75% less.

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Just tuck them into your door wreath.

Add them to Your Holiday Wreath – You can make a door wreath for any season and Disney has antenna toppers for every holiday that you can think of, along with most Disney characters having their own topper too.  They make a boring wreath into a Disney wreath!

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Make a bouquet!

Bouquet of Antenna Toppers – This is great if you have a collection. Make an “antenna topper bouquet” in a vase to display your collection. This way, you aren’t displaying one at a time or having to choose just one for a souvenir.  You can get a bunch of them off ebay now and display them in a pretty vase.

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We liked these toppers so much that we bought them in packages of 4 toppers!

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We have Disney car antenna toppers for every holiday including this set!

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My most favorite car topper! ❤

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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1996: When the Cinderella Castle at Disney World was Bright Pink!

We thought this change was wonderful!

We thought this bold castle color change was wonderful…but a lot of guests hated it!

We went on a family trip to Disney World in November 1996 to see the “Pink Birthday Cake Castle” unveiled for Disney World’s 25th anniversary celebration a few weeks earlier.

We were not disappointed!!  It was BRIGHT PINK!

At WDW for the 25 Anniversary celebration - in the of the Pink Castle.

Nov. 1996:  At Disney World for the 25th Anniversary celebration – sitting in front of the “Pink Castle”.  We loved it! ❤

Waiting for the 3 o'clock parade.

Waiting for the 3 o’clock parade to start.

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Magic Kingdom marching band.

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Caroline and the Lion King float.

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Genie on Main Street USA in the 3 o’clock parade

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All those candles were inflatables and would sway in the breeze.

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I took this photo of a close-up of the details.<3

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The whole Castle wasn’t painted…this is the view from the backside, Fantasyland.

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It really dazzled the eye!

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So pretty in the morning sunlight!

We saved the MK park map from our trip!

We saved the MK park map from our trip! Nov. 1996

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Disney drinking glasses celebrating the 25th anniversary of WDW. Sold at McDonald’s for just $1.  We wish we had bought more than just one!

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December 2018:  The Cinderella Castle Dream Lights are on.  Make it pink!!  🙂

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Throwback Thursday: Our mom at the Wedding Pavilion next to the Grand Floridian.

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Sitting with our mom.

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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Mickey’s 90th Birthday Celebration at the Magic Kingdom

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Parade time!  They wear these outfits for the morning parade.

Mickey and Minnie both have new outfits for Mickey’s 90th birthday celebration!

They greet guests in these costumes at the Town Square Theater, located just to the right of the railway station as you enter the park.

We got Fast Passes to see them, otherwise the wait time can be very long during the day.

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Waiting in line to see Mickey and Minnie.

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We love their new outfits!

Love is in the air:

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“Mickey, kiss her!”

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We told Minnie that she was beautiful!

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Close-up of Minnie

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His 90th birthday celebration at the Magic Kingdom in November 2018 was a big deal!

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Free celebration buttons for all WDW guests on Nov. 18, 2018, Mickey’s 90th birthday!

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Special birthday cupcake

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November 18, 2018

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Cast Member exclusive t-shirts for Mickey’s 90th birthday celebration.

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Mickey plush in his new celebration outfit.

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We got these Mickey & Minnie 90th Birthday celebration pins! ❤

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Our CM friend got us a celebration button and a copy of the Eyes & Ears magazine! ❤

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11/16/18: Good Morning America was live at the Magic Kingdom with Disney Chairman of Parks, Bob Chapek, celebrating Mickey’s 90th birthday in front of the Cinderella Castle! (New celebration outfits)

Video:  Good Morning America with Mickey and Minnie

So fun!  We love their new outfits!

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Mickey & Minnie in their brand new celebration outfits.

Mickey Mouse’s crisp white suit features a shower of colorful confetti, while fashion icon Minnie Mouse’s outfit is a puff-sleeve dress adorned with pompons and a buoyant bubble skirt.

According to Senior Costume Designer Joe Kucharski, their outfits will reflect the party spirit of the celebration.  “The looks that Mickey and Minnie will be wearing to celebrate their 90th anniversary represent all of the colorful exuberance of a party and birthday party decorations, complete with confetti, balloons, pompons, streamers and more!” he said. “These playful bursts of color and texture are set against crisp white, meant to evoke the nostalgic feeling of frosting, crisp linens and tissue paper.”

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

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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We love their outfits!