2020 Free Admission to Disney Water Parks for Cast Members!

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BREAKING NEWS: DISNEY WORLD IS CLOSING DUE TO COVID-19!

March 12, 2020:  Thursday evening, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida released the following statement saying:

“In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15th, through the end of the month,” a Disney spokesperson said.

The Walt Disney Company will pay its cast members during that closure period. The hotel at Walt Disney World resort will remain open until further notice. The retail and dining at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World will remain open.

Domestic Walt Disney Company employees who are able to work from home are being asked to do so, including those at The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Direct-to-Consumer, and Parks, Experiences and Products. We will continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts.”

Disney World resort employs more than 75,000 people, making it the largest single-site employer in the United States.

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March 12, 2020 announcement

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The water parks always open at 10am, but close at different times throughout the year with longer park hours in the summer and shorter operating hours in the winter.

Typhoon Lagoon is closed for refurbishment January – March 2020.

Check Blizzard Beach Hours

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CP Moment: Going to Typhoon Lagoon on your day off!!!

Cast members can get into the two WDW Disney water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon – for free – until December 31st with just a few scheduled blackout days!  That’s a $69 value!

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Pay attention to the scheduled blackout days!  [Spring Break, Easter week, Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July week,  Christmas week….]

You can also buy 1/2 price tickets ($34.50) for family and friends at the gate. Cast members must be with guests.

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Wheeee……We love the Lazy River!

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Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (our favorite!) are open daily this summer.

The water park’s summer hours are currently from 10am – 8pm daily.

CM Tip #1:  The water parks do close for the daily afternoon thunderstorms, so always check before you go!  If the thunderstorms happen too close to closing, the water parks just close for the day and don’t reopen.

CM Tip #2:  The water on the rides is not heated!  Some guests think the water is a little too “refreshing”!  [Note:  Every year, both water parks will close due to cold weather in January, February, and March when the daily temperature is below 65 degrees.  The cast members working there were temporarily re-deployed to other Park locations.  Also, expect some closure days in late December due to cold weather too.]

Check on water park hours here:  Disney’s Water Parks Hours

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Try one of these delicious cold treats at Typhoon Lagoon!!! You get to keep the bucket.

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Guests LOVE Miss Adventure Falls!

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Welcome to Miss Adventure Falls!  This is Duncan the parrot.

The new Miss Adventure Falls tells the tale of Captain Mary Oceaneer, a world famous treasure-hunter and member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A). Years ago, the Captain made it her goal to sail the seven seas and collect treasures to share with the world.

One day when Captain Mary was out diving for treasure, a rogue storm struck and carried her ship and precious artifacts all the way to Typhoon Lagoon!

Take a peek into the Captain’s adventures. The entrance of the attraction is composed of items found at the site of the Captain’s shipwreck, including a bird cage, a diving helmet, a vintage Adventurer’s magazine that features the Captain on the cover and more.

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The captain’s diving bell.

The queue is also a treasure trove for the eye. Here, you’ll pass unopened crates of S.E.A. artifacts, crackers for the Captain’s parrot, as well as parrot-shaped footprints, a sure sign that the Captain’s diving partner, the parrot Duncan, may have walked this way!

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Captain Mary Oceaneer’s treasures abound!

On the lift up to the waterslide entrance, you’ll pass the hull of the M.S. Salty IV, which appears to have been snapped in half by the storm. Inside, Mary’s parrot and trusted diving partner, Duncan, is busy chatting, singing, and keeping an eye out for even more treasure. You can peek inside to spy’s Duncan’s unique treasure collection, telescope and more.

The 4-person raft ride is one of the longest rides at Disney water parks and takes you on a 2 minute long hunt for Captain Mary Oceaneer treasures.

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Miss Adventure Falls from above

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Up, up, up you go!

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To the top of the Falls!

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Wheeee……

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Come on in, the water’s fine!

Typhoon Lagoon map showing Lazy River.

Typhoon Lagoon needed a new ride added after Shark Reef closed.

Want to be a lifeguard at one of Disney World’s water parks or resorts?

Apply today!  It’s a fun job!  Disney Parks always has lifeguard openings FT/PT positions.

Lifeguarding at Disney World

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Free entrance for CMs!

More details:  Know Before You Go

Disney’s Water Parks General Admission

  • Active Florida Site Cast Members*, Employees* and Non-Employees** of The Walt Disney Company may receive Free Admission and 50% off Admission for eligible Guests to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
  • Non-Florida Site Cast Members, Employees, Retirees and Non-Employees*** of The Walt Disney Company may receive 50% off Admission for themselves and eligible Guests to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

Walt Disney World® Resort

Water Parks Discount and Self-Admission Offer Block-Out Dates
July 1-6, 2019
December 22-31, 2019 

50% off Admission Offer:
Ages 10+ : $34.50 + tax
Ages 3-9: $31.50 + tax

Know Before You Go

  • Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company, Retirees and Non-Employees*** with a Main Entrance Pass will be able to purchase the number of discounted tickets based on their number of eligible admits. Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company, Retirees and Non-Employees*** may be asked to present their Guest Passes to determine how many discounted tickets may be purchased.
  • Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company with a Self-Admission Pass may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to three (3) additional Guests.
  • Non-Employees*** with a Self-Admission Pass may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and one (1) additional Guest.
  • Only Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company, Retirees and Non-Employees*** are eligible for this discount. A Spouse/Domestic Partner Pass holder may NOT purchase these tickets on behalf of Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company or Non-Employees***.
  • Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company, Retirees and Non-Employees*** must visit the Water Park along with their Guests.
  • No discount available on the Disney H2O Glow Nights hard ticket event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

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Two Disney Sisters at Typhoon Lagoon.

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!

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Two Disney Sisters

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More about our most excellent day at Typhoon Lagoon:

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A perfect day in Florida!

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Caroline wearing SPF 100.

I finally convinced Elly that we should go to a water park on one of our days off.  She has very strict requirements to go out to any of the Parks or do things.  It has to be cloudy or nighttime, and have lots of available water.  Well that’s been difficult because Florida is tropical, hot & sunny!

Our parents have taken us to both water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, but I really have no memory of them.  I was so excited!

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We put our stuff down and got into the lazy river which circles around the entire park. OMG, that water was COLD!  But it was so fun! There are just tons of empty tubes floating along in the river so it was easy to grab one and go. The lazy river takes you through the misty Amazon, a shipwreck, and a waterfall. Very cool!

We both got the kids hot dogs with a side of fries and applesauce.  We always try to order off the kids menu because it is cheaper and you get more to eat!

The hotdog was really good, but the applesauce was so gross!  You know the sliced apples they serve, the ones that are all watery and flavorless?  Well it was just those gross apples mashed up.  No flavor, no sugar, nothing! Yuck! Disney is getting way too “healthy”!

Then, we walked over to the wave pool.  The wave pool is huge!  We first walked over to the kiddie pool area because that’s more my speed.  Every half hour a huge tidal wave comes by and it’s crazy!  People will go to the deep end and swim along with it. Yikes!  We stayed for the tidal wave in about 3 feet of water.

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Elly with the Great White.

Elly was feeling particularly brave, and she convinced me to ride one of the water rides.

We walked up this huge staircase to do the Mayday Slide.  It’s a highspeed, 5 story drop! Sooo scary!  We had to wait a little to go and so I talked to all the little kids in line.  They said it’s just a 5 second ride and that it was so fun.   I should know never to listen to little kids!!

OMG, this ride was way too scary!  You’re basically vertical, flying down this completely dark slide!  They have you cross your arms and ankles and I can see why!  😦

After I was able to peel my eyes open again, I had to check to make sure everything was still where it was supposed to be because when we came to the bottom of the ride, I literally almost lost my swimsuit bottom. Like seriously.

Elly and I agreed “no more water rides”!!  Anything labeled “high speed adventure” is not for us! Haha

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Caroline in front of Mayday!  Never again!!!!

To calm our nerves, we got back in the lazy river and rode it all the way around and relaxed again.

To top off our day, we got a funnel cake to go. 🙂

In front of Tidal Wave pool with the 'Miss Tilly' shimp boat up high.

Elly in front of Tidal Wave pool with the ‘Miss Tilly’ shrimp boat up high.

The weather was so perfect, high 80s with some clouds.  And, because it is October, no one wants to go to the water park, so it was basically empty except for a few Europeans.  I can deal with some tiny male speedos if that means no lines!

We definitely had a blast today!  I wish we had been doing this more because it is a lot more relaxing than spending the day walking around the Parks!  I can’t wait to come back on my next day off!   🙂

Typhoon Lagoon map showing Lazy River.

Typhoon Lagoon map showing Lazy River.

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‘Frozen’ Summer Games Returns to Blizzard Beach in May!

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Frozen’s Summer Games returns May 26th!

The “Frozen” Summer Games 2017 will be returning to Disney’s Blizzard Beach starting May 26th, with even more snowy, summery fun!

And for the first time in forever, you will be able to meet and take photos with Kristoff and Olaf at Blizzard Beach.

Guests visiting Blizzard Beach can join Team Kristoff or Team Olaf to participate in a variety of activities, games, and crafts from Ice Pail Relays and a Snowball Toss to Ski Pole Limbo and Slide Races. It’s going to be a blast!

Listen for a DJ spinning some cool Disney tunes throughout the day!

Sun’s out, guns out!

Let’s go!!!!   🙂

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Blizzard Beach is open from 10am – 5pm daily.

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (our favorite!) are open daily.

The water park’s hours are currently from 10am – 5pm daily.  The water parks do close for thunderstorms, so always check before you go!

To check on water park hours:  Disney’s Water Parks Hours
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And, over at Typhoon Lagoon the new Miss Adventure Falls ride is open!

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The new Miss Adventure Falls tube ride

Read all the details about the new Miss Adventure Falls here:  Miss Adventure Falls is Open!

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We’ve met Olaf a couple times at several different locations and he’s a lot of fun!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:   Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2018 Free Admission to Disney Water Parks for Cast Members!

CP Moment: Typhoon Lagoon on your day off!!!

CP Moment: Going to Typhoon Lagoon with work friends on your day off!!!

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UPDATED INFORMATION FOR 2019:  2019 Free Admission into the Disney Water Parks

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Pay attention to the scheduled blackout days!

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2018:

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Free admission for cast members resumed July 8th.

Cast members can get into the two WDW Disney water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon – for free – until December 31st!  No additional blockout days are planned for this year.  You can also buy 1/2 price tickets ($28.50) for family and friends at the gate. Cast members must be with guests.

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Wheeee……We love the Lazy River!

The water parks are scheduled to close for an extended periods for their annual refurbishments:

Blizzard Beach will be closed for its annual refurbishment October 28, 2018 through January 5, 2019.

Typhoon Lagoon will close for its annual refurbishment on January 6, 2019. The refurbishment is planned to continue through to March 17th, reopening to guests on March 18, 2019.

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Miss Adventure Falls is open!

At Typhoon Lagoon, the new Miss Adventure Falls ride is open!  Guests LOVE it!

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Up, up, up you go! To the top of the Falls!!!

Read all the details about the new Miss Adventure Falls here:  Miss Adventure Falls is Open!

Sun’s out, guns out!

Let’s go!!!!   🙂

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Try one of these delicious treats at Typhoon Lagoon!!!

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (our favorite!) are open daily.

The water park’s hours are currently from 10am – 8pm daily.

CM Tip #1:  The water parks do close for the daily afternoon thunderstorms, so always check before you go!  If the thunderstorms happen too close to closing, the water parks just close for the day and don’t reopen.

CM Tip #2:  The water on the rides is not heated!  Some guests think the water is a little too “refreshing”!  [Note:  Both water parks were closed due to cold weather for several days in January, February, and March of this year when the daily temperature was below 65 degrees.  The cast members working there were temporarily re-deployed to other Park locations.  Expect some closure days in late December due to cold weather at Typhoon Lagoon.]

Check on water park hours:  Disney’s Water Parks Hours
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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

 

Free Admission for CMs to Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach Water Parks 2016

CP Moment: Typhoon Lagoon on your day off!!!

CP Moment: Going to Typhoon Lagoon with friends on your day off!!!

THIS BLOG HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR 2017!  New blockout dates!!!

2017 Free Admission to the Water Parks for Cast Members

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September 2016 Update –  The dates for the annual winter refurbishments of Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach:

Blizzard Beach will close first from October 23, 2016 through to December 24, 2016, reopening to guests on Christmas Day, December 25, 2016.

Typhoon Lagoon will then close from December 25, 2016 through to March 11,  2017, reopening to guests on March 12, 2017.

It is likely that Typhoon Lagoon will reopen with a new new family raft ride, Miss Fortune Falls!  But, sad news!! Shark Reef is permanently closing October 3, 2016!  So, if you want to swim with real sharks, get there by October 2nd!

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Construction on Miss Fortune Falls is about to begin!!!

July 15, 2016 Update!

Due to the excessive heat, the summer blockout has been lifted…cast members can get in to both water parks for FREE!!!  Enjoy!!  (CM Tip:  Always check on the Hub for current daily info before you go!)

June 2016 Update:  CMs are currently blocked out from free admission to the water parks in the summer months…unless you work there!  If you do, then you can get in for free anytime!

After 2pm, CMs can buy 1/2 price admission tickets at the window by showing their ID.

Sun’s out, guns out!  Let’s go!!!!   🙂

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Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (our favorite!) are open daily now.

The water park’s winter hours are usually from 10am – 5pm daily.

Check on water park hours:  Disney’s Water Parks Hours

February 2016 Update:  CPs are blocked from free entrance and using guest passes during Spring Break (March 20 – April 2, 2016) and also over Memorial Day Weekend (May 28 – May 30, 2016).  They’ll be blocked from free admission all summer too!  😦

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Free cast member admission to the water parks:  January 1 – June 11, 2016.

Which water park do you prefer, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach?? Our vote: Typhoon Lagoon!

Which water park do you prefer: Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach??
Our vote: Typhoon Lagoon! 🙂

 

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Blizzard Beach reopened for the season on January 3, 2016.  Blizzard Beach is more exciting, while Typhoon Lagoon is more relaxing.

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Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:   Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach Updates

CP Moment: Typhoon Lagoon on your day off!!!

CP Moment: Going to Typhoon Lagoon on your day off!!!

Annually, both water parks each close for 10 weeks in the late fall/early winter for refurbishments.

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park- Annual Refurbishment-  Oct. 4, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park- Annual Refurbishment-  Jan. 3 – Mar. 12, 2016

When open, the winter hours are usually from 10am – 5pm daily.  Disney Water Parks Calendar.

December Update:  CPs are blocked from free entrance and using guest passes to Typhoon Lagoon from December 20, 2015 – January 2, 2016.

Which water park do you prefer, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach?? Our vote: Typhoon Lagoon!

Which water park do you prefer: Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach??
Our vote: Typhoon Lagoon! 🙂

 

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Blizzard Beach reopens for the winter on January 3, 2016!

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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2016 Refurbishment Closure Schedule for Disney World and Disneyland

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Four Parks, One World    (photo credit: WDW Shutterbug)

Note:  Last updated by Disney World on January 4, 2016

There’s nothing more frustrating than going all the way to Disney World for a long-planned vacation and finding out that your favorite ride or attraction is closed for refurbishment!

Disney tries to schedule most of the serious refurbishments for popular attractions during the slow, winter months. But, sometimes refurbishments and closures for repairs do get scheduled during the peak summer months.

Magic Kingdom

  • Splash Mountain- closed 1/10/2016- 1/14/2016
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin closed- 1/18/2016- 2/11/2016
  • Liberty Square Riverboat closed- 1/18/2016- 2/22/2016
  • Mad Tea Party closed- 2/22/2016- 2/26/2016
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin closed- 1/25/2016- 2/3/2016
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 4/4/2016 – 7/15/2016
  • Swiss Family Treehouse: 07/06/2016 – 09/24/2016
  • Liberty Square Riverboat: 08/15/2016 – 08/21/2016
  • “it’s a small world”: 08/22/2016 – 09/15/2016
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Closed until July 2016!  They are upgrading the movie and adding a 3rd theater.

Epcot

  • Re-Imagination of Maelstrom Oct. 15, 2014 – Apr. 30, 2016
  • Frozen Ever After: Opening May 1, 2016
  • Soarin’: Jan. 4, 2016 – Summer 2016

Hollywood Studios

Expect many closure announcements in 2016 due to the construction of Star Wars Land on the left side of the park.

  • Pizza Planet – closed 1/11/2016 – Nov. 2016
  • Phineas & Ferb Meet and Greet – closing permanently 1/5/2016
  • Lightning McQueen & Mater Meet and Greet – closing permanently 1/5/2016
  • Joffrey’s coffee kiosk – closing permanently 1/4/2016

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids- closed 1/4/2016 – 2/11/2016
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek- closed 1/4/2016- 1/21/2016
  • Flights of Wonder- closed 1/25/2016- 3/17/2016

Monorail
Mar. 10, 2015 – January 2016
The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

Blizzard Beach closes until January 2016 next week.

Blizzard Beach is now open again!

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park- Annual Refurbishment-  Oct. 4, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016 (Open!)
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park- Annual Refurbishment-  Jan. 3 – Mar. 12, 2016 (Closed!)

Disney Springs Area

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive  Through Mar. 2016
    Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G  Dec. 1, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2016
    Loss of parking lot Entrance 2 to Guest/Cast traffic and associated lots A-G in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.
  • Fulton’s Crab House Jan. 1 – Apr. 1, 2016
  • Planet Hollywood Jan. 1 – Jun. 1, 2016

Resorts

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

  • Exterior Repair and Painting Aug. 17, 2015 – May 5, 2016

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

  • General Construction through Early 2016
    During this time, Guests will observe construction taking place and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.
  • East Pool Through Early 2016
    Closed for enhancement. Guests may see or hear work in progress.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • General Resort Refurbishments Oct. 2, 2015 through 2017
    Due to multiple resort refurbishment projects, Guests will notice construction work in various areas. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m.
  • Certain pathways, including the nature trail, will be unavailable. Oct. 2, 2015 – 2017
  • The Hidden Springs leisure pool area (the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge), resort beach, playground and Recreation fire pit will be unavailable. Oct. 26, 2015 – 2017

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

  • Guest Room Renovations  June 2016 – September 2016
    Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.

DISNEYLAND:

The Diamond Celebration begins May 22, 2015!

The Diamond Celebration began May 22, 2015 and goes until September 5, 2016!

Disneyland

With the construction of the new Star Wars Land beginning in January 2016, Disneyland will be closing many attractions, sometimes for a long period of time!

Disneyland Park

  • Autopia:  1/11/16 – 4/2/16
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Disneyland Railroad Main Street Station:  1/11/16 – 4/2/16
  • Disneyland Railroad Mickey’s Toontown:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Disneyland Railroad New Orleans Square Station:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Disneyland Railroad Tomorrowland Station:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Sailing Ship Columbia:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Haunted Mansion:  1/11/16 – 1/22/16
  • Jungle Cruise:  1/11/16 – 4/2/16
  • Mark Twain Riverboat: 1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Fantasmic!  1/11/16 – 7/2/17
  • it’s a small world:  1/25/16 – 2/6/16
  • Splash Mountain: 2/8/16 – 4/18/16
  • Big Thunder Ranch:  Closing January 11, 2016

Disney California Adventure

  • Grizzly River Run:  1/11/16 – 1/14/16
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!:  1/13/16 – 1/22/16
  • World of Color :  1/19/16 – 2/2/16
  • Soarin’ Over California:  1/4/16-1/23/16 ,1/25/16-1/29/16, 2/1/16-2/5/16, 2/8/16-2/12/16, 2/15/16-2/19/16, 2/22/16-2/26/16
  • Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular:  Closing January 11, 2016
  • Olaf’s Snow Fest: Closing January 7, 2016

 From Disney: “Information and dates subject to change without notice. Last updated January 4, 2016.

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Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Disney Water Parks 2015 Blackout Dates

UPDATED FOR 2016!!!  2016 Free Admission to Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach

 

Free CP admission: August 2 - December 31, 2105!

Free CP admission: August 2 – December 31, 2105!

August 2, 2015 Update: The two Disney water parks at WDW – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach – are in free, unlimited admissions mode for cast members after being blacked out this summer.  Guests of CPs get 50% off ticket price.

CP Moment: Typhoon Lagoon on your day off!!!

CP Moment: Going to Typhoon Lagoon on your day off!!!

The water parks are generally open 9am – 8pm every day in the summer, but temporarily close for thunderstorms/lightning in the afternoons.  Disney Water Parks Calendar

Have fun!!

Which water park do you prefer, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach?? Our vote: Typhoon Lagoon!

Which water park do you prefer: Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach??
Our vote: Typhoon Lagoon!  🙂

Annually, both water parks close for 10 weeks in the fall/winter for refurbishments.

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CP Moment: Celebrating Blizzard Beach

Disney Water Parks: Upcoming Closures

Blizzard Beach – closed for refurbishment 10/04/2015 – 1/2/2016

Typhoon Lagoon – closed for refurbishment 1/3/2016 – 3/19/2016

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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