Goodbye to ‘Wishes’ Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom!

Disney has the best fireworks shows in the world!

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Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
I wish I might have my wish tonight.

 

After 14 years, the ‘Wishes’ Nighttime Fireworks Spectacular at the Magic Kingdom will say goodbye tonight (May 11, 2017) with the very last performance.

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The new fireworks show!

A new show called ‘Happily Ever After’ begins Friday night, May 12th, 2017.

‘Happily Ever After’ captures the heart, humor, and emotions of Disney films through awe-inspiring fireworks, state of the art projections, and brilliant lasers.

Disney Parks Blog will be live steaming the event:  Live Stream from the Magic Kingdom.

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Always make a wish when Tinkerbell leaps off the Cinderella Castle and glides over Fantasyland!

We saw – or heard – the Wishes fireworks show every single day while working for Disney during our year-long DCP program at Disney World.

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We cried along with our friends watching Wishes fireworks on the very last night of our program!

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Ever wonder just what do all those firework shows at Disney World cost????

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‘Wishes’ over the Magic Kingdom!

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the highest consumer of fireworks in the world.

Disney does not disclose the cost of fireworks, but just the nightly – and sometimes twice a night – ‘Wishes’ fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom costs anywhere from $41,000-$55,000 a night. (The special New Year’s Eve fireworks at MK are estimated to cost over $100,000!)  That means it costs at least $15 million a year for Magic Kingdom fireworks alone.

Disney World puts on about 2,500 firework shows a year at three of their parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios). No fireworks displays are ever used at Animal Kingdom – it would scare the animals!  And, there are no fireworks shows at Disney Springs.

If you want to assume that Illuminations at Epcot and Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios are slightly less, maybe half the cost, that comes out to at least $30 million a year for them. This would not include any special fireworks displays that happen for 4th of July, or Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Villains in the Sky at Hollywood Studios, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, nor the daytime fireworks that are a part of most of the stage shows performed in front of the Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom.

Rough, conservative estimate for WDW fireworks – $45 – $50 million dollars annually.

It seems like everytime Disney changes or expands the fireowrks show, the parking fees go up!

It seems like every time Disney changes or expands the fireworks show, the parking fees go up!

Rumor has it that Disney uses the revenue from all their parking lots (currently $20/day) to help cover the cost of the fireworks. So, when you pay for parking, you’re really paying for the evening’s fireworks show. Nice!  (Be sure to stay for the fireworks and not leave early!!)

Expect parking fees to go up soon with the new fireworks show launching this week!  🙂

5pm: Moving the Illumnations fireworks platforms into position.

5pm: Moving the Illuminations fireworks platforms into position at Epcot.

Moving out into the center of the Friendship Lagoon.

Moving the launching platforms out into the center of Friendship Lagoon.

VIP Seating for Illuminations

Caroline watching the beginning of the Illuminations show.

CP Moment Illuminations

A CP Moment:  Watching IllumiNations for the first time with your coworkers.

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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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New Cast Member Costumes for Pandora – The World of Avatar Coming to DAK

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New cast member costumes for Pandora were previewed this week.

There’s something about the look of these costumes that vaguely looks like a combination of the Spaceship Earth cast member costumes at Epcot and the Tomorrowland costumes at the Magic Kingdom!

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New name tags for all cast members working in Pandora.

There are three groups residing in Pandora: Alpha Centauri Expeditions, Scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative, and EXPAT Community.

Each of these groups have specific roles in Pandora and each will have special costumes that reinforce those roles for guests.

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Alpha Centauri Expeditions costume (attractions cast member costume)

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Scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative. (This costume seems so familiar!)

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EXPAT Community costume (food service and merch costume)

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Cast Member Exclusive Preview!!!

May 5th!

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Cast preview on Friday morning!

 

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This is going to be AMAZING!

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Pandora – The World of Avatar opens for guests May 27, 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Welcome to the World of Avatar!

This new land will transport guests to the visually stunning world of Pandora. Here, guests will wonder at floating mountains and bioluminescent plants, and can join the Na’vi on two excursions that take adventure to the next level.

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Na’vi River Journey

First, the family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests through a bioluminescent rainforest. (Similar to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at MK.)

NEW VIDEO!:  Animontronics on Na’vi River Journey

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The bioluminescence forest.

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Cool photo pass op!

The journey ends with an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora.

Soarin on a banshee.

Flight of Passage! Soaring on the back of a banshee.  This will be one crazy simulator ride!!!

Second, Avatar Flight of Passage will offer guests the jaw-dropping experience of exploring the world of Pandora atop a Banshee. (The banshee flight simulator is similar ride to Soarin’ Around the World ride at Epcot.) The new ride system will be “considerably more thrilling” than the current Soarin’ attraction. Guests will “climb up the mountains of Pandora” in the queue for the ride before entering the show building where they will ‘take off and fly’, literally launching off the cliffs on a Banshee.

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We love DAK and can’t wait for Pandora to open next month!

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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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‘Spooky Day in the Parks’ Coming September 2017

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September 22-23, 2017

Spooky Day in the Parks is a two day meet up event for fans that have a “villainous” side. A mixture of Theme Park gatherings, special VIP events, bizarre merchandise to fulfill your dark side, and much more!

Spooky Day in the Parks will be held September 22 – 23, 2017.

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Special room rates at Coronado Springs Resort will be available for the event.

The event will take place in multiple locations throughout Walt Disney World, including convention space at Coronado Springs (where you can book rooms at special event rates), an intentionally dark and dreary day at the Magic Kingdom – and even a special private soiree at the Tower of Terror!

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Special private event party at ToT!

The party night dates for 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party have been announced and September 22, 2017 is one of the dates.  This is the only time adults can get into the Magic Kingdom dressed in costume.

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Adults are only allowed to wear costumes in the MK park on Halloween Party nights.

This is not an official Disney event, but a gathering of fans in conjunction with the Spooky Empire organization, which will be renting space at Walt Disney World.

Link to their website:  https://www.spookydayintheparks.com/

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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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‘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 DCP Homecoming Event at Disney World

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Let the countdown begin!

2018 DCP Homecoming Weekend Event

Greetings DCP Alumni!

Exciting news!!

Here are some details for the next Homecoming Weekend set to take place at the Walt Disney World Resort on January 19 – 21, 2018.

The fee to attend next year’s event is a non-refundable $250.

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January 2018 – See you there!

Next year’s event is sure to create lasting memories and unforgettable moments not only with your family and friends but other #CPAlumni. Registration will open soon and include:

A semi-formal evening reception and dessert party scheduled at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and celebrating the Disney College Program. Here you will find themed iconic pieces from our parks and resorts as well as Disney story book characters, music, food and fun. The event will end with a special fireworks viewing party.

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Some of the DCP Homecoming gifts from the 2016 DCP Reunion.

Exclusive #CPAlumni Homecoming Weekend merchandise will be available including a customized Disney Alumni Association MagicBand!

You can order DCP Alumni merchandise here:  DCP Alumni Merchandise

Other Important Homecoming Weekend 2018 Facts:

Hotel Accommodations: We will have a limited number of discounted rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Travel expenses: You will be responsible for airfare, hotel accommodations, and transportation to and from WDW for this event. If you are staying on Disney property, we encourage you to utilize Disney transportation to attend the weekend activities. Of course, you will be welcome to carpool or utilize your own personal vehicle. Any event that includes transportation will be noted at the time of registration.

Park Tickets: Once you complete your registration, you will have the ability to purchase theme park tickets at a discounted rate.

Write us with any questions at: alumni@disney.com

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Join the DCP Alumni Association today!  DCP Alumni

For more information about registering for this event, check back soon.

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January 15, 2016:  The DCP Party Event at the Contemporary Resort

Here’s the agenda from the 2016 DCP Homecoming Event: DCP Alumni Homecoming 2016 Agenda

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Florida CPs, California CPs, and ICPs are all welcome!

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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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Enjoying POG Juice at Disney World

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Perfection!

POG Juice is a tropical juice drink created in 1971 by Mary Soon who worked for Haleakala Dairy on Maui, Hawaii.

It consists of a blend of juices from Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava (hence ‘POG’).

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This juice is perfection!

POG Juice, aka Moonshine Juice, is served at breakfast at several resorts at Disney World.

We’ve also had a version of it as Pineapple, Orange, and Guava juice and let me tell you, it’s just as delicious!

At Ohana’s Restaurant at the Polynesian Resort, chilled POG juice is served during breakfast.

Carafes of P.O.G. juice.

Carafes of chilled P.O.G. juice are brought to your table.

Having fun with Stitch.

Having fun with Stitch.

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Yum!  POG juice is delicious with the breakfast buffet food.

She was great!

Lilo was great!  She wanted to know if I liked my POG juice.  Yes, of course!!

At Trail’s End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness their breakfast juice is called Moonshine Juice and it’s served in canning jars.

Moonshine juice in glass canning jars.

Moonshine juice in glass canning jars.

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Mom and Christian toasting with Moonshine juice.

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Moonshine juice is perfect with Mickey Waffles!

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Unlimited Moonshine juice for everyone!

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A little taste of Hawaii.

On the west coast and in Hawaii, you can buy POG juice at the grocery store.  Lucky!

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All you need to make POG juice at home!

POG Juice Recipe:

1 Cup Passion Fruit juice or Pineapple juice

1 Cup Orange juice

1 Cup Guava juice

Mix together and serve chilled or over ice.

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We even had some POG Juice at Fridays restaurant last night!  (They call it Paradise Punch. $2.40)

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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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Filming of Mary Poppins Returns in London

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Mary Poppins Returns with her magical carpet bag in hand.

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins – her magical carpet bag in hand – following a personal loss.

Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

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February 2017:  Filming in London.

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is the sequel to the 1964 Academy Award-winning ‘Mary Poppins’ and is set 25 years after the original film (1910 Edwardian London).

Principal photography on the new film began on February 10, 2017, at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, United Kingdom.

The film is scheduled for release on December 25, 2018.

Mary Poppins Returnsmp3The Cast of Mary Poppins Returns:

Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Jack, an “optimistic streetlamp lighter”, and he is developing new songs for the film

Meryl Streep – Cousin Topsy

Julie Walters – Ellen, Michael’s housekeeper

Ben Whishaw – the grown-up Michael Banks

Emily Mortimer – the grown-up Jane Banks

New Banks children: Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson

Colin Firth – William Weatherall Wilkins, president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

Dick Van Dyke – Mr. Dawes Jr., CEO of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

Angela Lansbury – the Balloon Lady

Mary Poppins Returns

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Jack, an optimistic streetlighter.

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Carrying her parrot head umbrella.

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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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