Disney DCP Alumni Homecoming Weekend 2016

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Continuing the Magic…

Because Elly and I both have full time jobs now, we decided to leave early Friday morning to get to the party and not miss too much work.  Unfortunately that meant getting up at 4:30!! Elly announced “well, I’m not showering!” When we woke up. Lol

We decided to take 2 suitcases each since we were flying on southwest and bags fly free.  I’d prefer only one each, but we knew we might be buying some good merchandise, plus I had to bring dress clothes for the big party at the contemporary.

Elly bought me a super sparkly dress for dress and I actually bought her dress for Christmas too! Totally unplanned.  I also bought a nice purple dress on Black Friday sales.  I probably tried on both outfits 20+ times before to weekend to see which one I should wear.  I loved the sparkly one, but I was t sure if it was too sexy and tight – or if I could pull it off.  I loved the purple one, but I wasn’t sure it’d photograph well.  So, I brought both. Plus a whole other outfit in case. Haha

The flight was pretty good.  It’s always turbulent between Denver and Orlando, but I guess I’m getting used to it because I barely noticed.

I knew one of my best Disney friends, Ricky was also flying in, but I knew he would get in like 3 hours before us.

I was totally surprised when we landed and I saw on Facebook that his flight had been delayed and he just landed too!  I quickly texted him ” hey, meet me at the Disney store!”  I laughed SO hard when he responded “Already there!”

We met up, hugged, pin traded at the Earport, and had lunch at the really nice food court in the airport.

It was so funny because Elly and I purposefully wore our grey Alumni shirts and people kept stopping to say hi and talk about how excited we all were about going to this Homecoming!

Ricky was riding in on Mears and For the first time, we did Magical express to get to our resort!  Unfortunately, we were on the completely wrong side of the Airport, so we had to drag our 4 suitcases all the way back to the 3rd level, across the whole terminal, back down to ground level, then all the way to the end of the terminal again.

There were several queues open to check in.  Elly couldn’t figure out how to pre check in, so we just walked with our resort info and hoped for the best!

It was pretty easy, he was able to pull up our info and because we were on the reservation, we just got some papers and were on our way.  We got in another queue for all the buses lined up outside and were immediately put on the Old Key West/Disney Springs one.  We were totally surprised when we got on that the bus was all the way full!  We got all the way to the back of the bus, and there were two people sitting next to empty seats.  They saw we were together and were super kind enough to move so we could sit together!

We loved he little videos that play during the drive to the hotel. Just more advertisements for Disney. Lol

When we got to Old Key West, our family friends Dan and Pam was so kind and actually met us at the bus stop!  We got our magic bands and headed over to the room.

Wow! The room was beautiful!  Luckily it was close to the bus stop so it wasn’t too bad managing our suitcases.

Because Old Key West is DVC, all the rooms are like suites.  There’s the main bedroom with connecting spa tub, shower and bathroom. Then there is a HUGE living room, kitchen, and eating area.  We were going to stay on the pullout couch.

It was  so funny because we immediately dumped out all our crap from our suitcases, trying to find anything and you could just see their faces at the mess…I immediately was like “Don’t worry, this’ll all be gone when you get back!”  Our friends left to let us get ready for the party!

We showered and got all ready, all the while texting Ricky to see what he was up to and when to meet.

Poor Ricky – not only was his flight super delayed, when he got to the hotel, he realized that there had been a water leak and all the guests had to be put up in a different hotel.  So they paid for his taxi to the new place.  But when he got dropped off, he was at the wrong hotel!  So then he had to walk a couple blocks over with two suitcases to the real hotel!  And instead of being super close (near the Outlets), he was moved over 30 minutes away near the Orlando Eye!

We were invited to attend this special DCP networking event before the real party, but I knew we wouldn’t be able to make that.  Our friends were so kind, they left the car keys for us, so we went and picked up Ricky so he wouldn’t have to pay for a crazy expensive uber.
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We got to the Contemporary around 6pm, a little over an hour late.  Luckily we were able to find a good parking spot even though it was super crowded.

We walked in to the event and immediately checked in.  We got our magic bands, shirts, backpacks, and wrist bands stating which events we paid for.

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Then we saw this huge red carpet to enter! So cool!

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But before we went in, we got stopped by two CMs with video cameras.  They filmed us answering a couple questions like what we got our of these networking events and what we thought of the weekend so far.  Pretty fun!
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When we walked into the party, we immediately found another one of my Strollers friends and grabbed a table.  Elly and I were starving so we went to the big buffet set up at either end of the room.

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The food was great!  Nice salads, giant stuffed pasta shells, and full chicken breasts. I felt a little awkward because the buffet was set up right in front of the character line and it felt like we were being stared at because we were the first to get food haha

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The characters!

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We were super surprised to see Mickey and Minnie in super fancy Gatsby like costumes.  Donald and daisy were there and then also goofy and Plato.  We ate and caught up with my friends.  After eating, we decided to hold off on dancing to see Mickey and Minnie. I didn’t want to miss it in case they cut the line early.

We walked over and there was 5 rows of people waiting!  But we got in line anyway.  In total, we waited a full hour to meet them!  But it was so worth it!

Next, we took pictures with Walt, then signed our names and locations/year on this giant poster.

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Then we saw this giant replica of the Sorcerer Hat.  It’s gone now from DHS.
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Finally, the DJ started playing the Wobble!  And you KNOW I can’t miss that! (Or Cupids Shuffle!) So we joined literally everyone and participated in a massive dance!

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By 9pm, they told everyone to head outside for a dessert party!

Out on the front of the building, they set up long tables filled with all these tiny desserts!  There were little meringues (I thought they were s’mores, boo), fruit custard shooters, dark chocolate domes, pineapple upside down cake, and a gluten free cookie option. I really don’t like lemon things, so I wasn’t a fan of the first two.  I REALLY liked the chocolate except as I was eating, I realized my mouth was on fire!  I think they put cayenne pepper in it!

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There was also really good juice called “blast from the past” punch!

Both my DAK friends left before fireworks to head to Magic Kingdom.  Elly and I stayed though because our shoes couldn’t handle any amount to park time! Lol

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Once our friends left, Elly and I were just talking to ourselves and we were totally surprised when people started coming up to talk to us about our book and blog! A couple guys wanted selfies with us – which I totally loved!

The nice things people say about Two Girls and A Mouse Tale book & blog really means so much to me!  I really take it to heart when people say we were helpful!

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After around 25 minutes, Elly and I left to get home. It was after midnight and we were exhausted since we were up so early!

We headed back to our resort to turn in for the night.  Busy weekend ahead of us!

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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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DCP 2016 Homecoming Event Update


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Greetings #CPAlumni!

We are excited to share some updates regarding our #CPAlumni Homecoming Weekendregistration.

You said…. You wanted all events to be open to family and friends.

We listened…Starting Thursday September 10th, 2015 a limited number of spots will be opened for you to bring one family member or friend over the age of 18 to attend the main events, for a $200 non-refundable registration fee. This includes a red carpet event at Disney’s Contemporary Resort along with a special Wishes viewing dessert party, an in-park experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with access to attractions, and exclusive bundled event-specific merchandise including a Disney Alumni Association MagicBand.

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What you need to know:

If you already have registered and paid for the event, you will need to access the registration site through the “Activity Add-on Form” in your confirmation email. This will allow you to add your family member or friend over the age of 18 and pay any additional fees incurred.

If you have not yet registered, please click here to formally register for an unforgettable weekend with family, friends and Alumni! You will have an option to add your family/friend prior to the final payment page starting September 10th.

Family and friends will now be able to attend all events with alumni, pending registration and payment.

Only a few weeks left so save your Disney dollars! Registration is filling fast but there is still availability for you to participate in the next Homecoming Weekend set to take place at the Walt Disney World Resort on January 15-17, 2016.

Should you experience any technical challenges, you can contact our team directly for assistance at wdw.disney.college.program.alumni@disney.com.

We are looking forward to celebrating 35 years and welcoming home our alumni to Walt Disney World Resort in January 2016!

Best Regards,

Disney Campus Recruiting

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Disney Alumni Association Homecoming Weekend FAQs

When is #CPAlumni Homecoming Weekend?

We are excited to share that the next #CPAlumni Homecoming Weekend will take place January 15-17, 2016 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.

What is #CPAlumni Homecoming Weekend?

#CPAlumni Homecoming Weekend began with the launch of the Disney Alumni Association in 2014 as a way to kick off this new, exciting community. The weekend festivities allow alumni to come together, reconnect with the Disney brand and reminisce about their Program while sharing memories with their family and friends. This year we celebrate 35 years of the Disney College Program!

How much does Homecoming Weekend cost? What are the events included with registration?

This year’s Homecoming Weekend will include a red carpet event at Disney’s Contemporary Resort along with a special Wishes viewing dessert party, an in-park experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with access to attractions, and exclusive bundled event-specific merchandise. The event will have a non-refundable fee of $200 per person. During registration you will have the option to add other uniquely designed events which allow you to customize your weekend for you, your family and friends.

Why is there a $200 charge this year?

We are thrilled to open this event up to 2,000 people and encourage alumni to register and bring a guest to the weekend festivities. In order to do that it was necessary to offset the cost of the food and beverage, entertainment, theming, and labor with a registration fee. Neither the Walt Disney Company nor the Disney Alumni Association is making a profit on this event. 100% of the registration fee goes back into the event…. Making an unforgettable Disney event you don’t want to miss!

How do I register for the event?

Registration is open! You can visit http://www.disneyurl.com/CPAlumniWeekend to get started! All you need is your Last Name and Email Address that you used when you initially joined the association at http://www.dcpalumni.com.

What if I receive an error message when I try to register?

Unfortunately, this may happen if too many people are trying to access the site at the same time. Please be patient, refresh your page and clear cache and delete cookies in your web browser.

What if I had challenges logging-in to register?

A few reminders to help troubleshoot. You must be part of the Disney Alumni Association community in order to register for the event. Please do not forward registration information to friends who are not currently part of the group. The information that you provided at the time of registration (www.dcpalumni.com) will be your log-in credentials. If you experience any challenges registering, please simply click the “email assistance link” on the bottom of the screen. This will be a timestamp of your registration attempt. We will handle all challenges in the order they are received, we appreciate your patience in advance. Please wait for us to respond individually to your request.

How and when will I know if I have been approved to attend this year’s event?

We are thrilled that this year’s event has grown to include 2,000 participants. Once you pay the registration fee, you are confirmed! Payment is taken on the final page of the registration site. You will immediately receive an email, after submitting payment, confirming your event registration. There will be a small waitlist in case of any cancellations. Please view our cancellation policy prior to registering. Reminder: Please do not book any airfare or transportation until you are registered.

Do I have to attend all of the events?

We encourage you to attend all the events included with your registration however, nothing is mandatory. The Friday and Saturday evening events are part of your fee to attend. If you choose not to attend these main events, the cost will remain the same. The intention is to celebrate YOU and allow you to connect and engage with other alumni and the Disney brand. You can create your own weekend itinerary based on your personal schedule and availability. All add-on events are first come, first serve as they do have limited availability.

Can I bring guests?

We are excited to announce that this year’s Homecoming Weekend will allow you the option to register and bring (1) additional guest (over the age of 18) to the main Homecoming festivities (red carpet event and special Wishes viewing dessert party, in-park event and event merchandise), for the non-refundable $200/person registration fee. All “Add-on” events are open to family and friends of all ages, pending registration confirmation. Please refer to the registration site for detailed information including the cost for each event.

Is Disney Theme Park tickets included with registration? How do I get park tickets?

Any event that takes place in-park as part of the #CPAlumni Homecoming Weekend will allow admission with your event credentials (provided as part of your event registration packet). These are noted in the registration process. Admission is for the event only and pending your registration confirmation; specific details will be outlined and included with your event registration packet upon check-in. Park tickets are not included in the price of this event. Should you require park tickets, you will have the ability to purchase them at a discounted rate once you complete your registration. Discount may range but majority are a 10% discount on multi-day tickets.

How do I book my hotel? Do I have to stay in the room block? We have a limited number of discounted rooms at both Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Should you elect to stay at one of the #CPAlumni Homecoming Weekend host resorts, special Guest room rates are offered based on availability. Accommodations can be requested by visiting http://www.disneyurl.com/DisneyAlumniAssociationEvent2016.

* Note: Please confirm your event registration prior to booking travel arrangements.

*If you are arriving early or extending your stay, you are welcome to add days to your resort reservation, per availability through Resort Sales. You can get information on our group rate by calling 407-939-4686. This is an option for those of you who may need accommodations during your trip however, you are welcome to stay anywhere you choose.

Will meals be provided?

This is noted in the registration process. All events will offer a full meal and/or snack option that is included with registration.

Is transportation provided?

Please keep in mind, Disney buses will be available for your transportation needs to and from the majority of our events. You are welcome to utilize your personal vehicle and/or carpool with a friend to any of our events. Those events with limited parking or if transportation will be included, are noted during registration. Additional details will be shared in your event registration packet upon arrival. You will need your own transportation to and from the airport (we recommend you contact your resort for additional options).

How do I pick up my event registration packet?

Registration packets, bundled merchandise items and event credentials will be distributed throughout the weekend beginning on Thursday, January 14th at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center. You will select an approximate time to pick up your information during the registration process.

How do you determine who gets to attend the event? Why is it limited to 2,000 people?

This is solely determined by registration time. In order for us to make a great experience for those attending, and due to the capacity needs of our venues, as well as availability we had to make this event exclusive. We will continue to provide opportunities in the future so more people can be involved– continue to remain connected!

What does it mean to be on a “waitlist”?

We have created a small waitlist to allow additional Alumni to attend in case of cancellations. Those individuals will be notified if anything becomes available.

What if I already bought a plane ticket or booked my room?

We ask that you do not book any travel or hotel accommodations until you are confirmed for the event. You will NOT be reimbursed for any expenses incurred. If you have further questions, please contact us at wdw.disney.college.program.alumni@disney.com.

What if I need to make changes to my “add-on” events or my packet pick-up time?

You are welcome to modify your add-on selections through November 1, 2015. At that time, all selections will be final. In order to make changes, simply click the “add-on activity form” link from the email confirmation. Please view the cancellations policy in case of any questions.

Is there a charge for children under the age of 3 for any of the “add-on” events?

All “Add-on” events are open to your family and friends of all ages, pending registration confirmation. These events will follow the same policy as Disney Theme Parks. Children under the age of 3 will be admitted for free to any weekend add-on activity that is open to family/friends of all ages. *Children will not be admitted to the main Homecoming festivities (red carpet event and special Wishes viewing dessert party, in-park event and event merchandise), as this is open to our alumni plus (1) guest over the age of 18 only.

What events are open to family and friends? How do I update or add a family member?

The main Homecoming festivities (red carpet event and special Wishes viewing dessert party, in-park event and event merchandise), for the non-refundable $200/person registration fee are open to alumni plus (1) family member and/or friend over the age of 18.

All weekend add-on events are open to family and friends of all ages include: Bowling, Billiards and a Buffet at Splitsville (Friday Jan. 15th), Special Character Meet and Greet (Saturday Jan. 16th) and Family Fun Day at Mickey’s Retreat (Sunday Jan. 17th). If you choose to bring a family member or friend, there is a small fee incurred and you must register this individual via the “Activity Add-on Form” in your confirmation email or, if you haven’t completed your registration, please visit http://www.disneyurl.com/CPAlumniWeekend.

*If you’d like to update, add or delete a family member after you complete registration, please use the “add-on activity form” link from your confirmation email.

Will there be events at Disneyland in the future?

This event is one of many for the Disney Alumni Association! It is possible that they can take place at any of our locations so stay tuned for future details. We always welcome your thoughts and feedback on where you’d like to see the next event take place!

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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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DCP Homecoming 2016 Event at WDW

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EXCITING NEWS!!!  The DCP Homecoming date for 2018 has been announced!

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Greetings DCP Alumni!

Exciting news!!

Here are the details for the next Homecoming Weekend set to take place at the Walt Disney World Resort on January 15-17, 2016. We truly look forward to hosting 2,000 Alumni at this event!

Registration will officially open on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 2pm EST.

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

A semi-formal evening reception and dessert party taking place at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and celebrating the “decades” of 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 Wishes viewing party.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the perfect location to “Welcome Home” our Alumni as part of the Disney family! Celebrate 35 years of the Disney College Program with character photo opportunities, exclusive access to attractions and so much more!

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Some of the DCP Homecoming gifts!

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

Uniquely designed events throughout the weekend allowing you to customize your experience and include your family and friends.

The fee to attend this year’s event is a non-refundable $200.

Other Important Homecoming Weekend 2016 Facts:

Hotel Accommodations: We 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.

Plan on registering quickly!

It will be an event to celebrate 35 years of the Disney College Program and you will not want to miss it!

Best Regards,

Disney Campus Recruiting

wdw.disney.college.program.alumni@disney.com

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Join the DCP Alumni Association today!  DCP Alumni

For more information about registering for this event, click here.

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

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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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2016 DCP Alumni Homecoming Event

MLK Holiday weekend!

MLK Holiday weekend!

We’re very excited about the 2016 DCP Alumni Homecoming announcement!  We plan on going to it.

While there’s been some speculation that it would be held at Disneyland this time because of the 60th Anniversary celebration happening there now, we’re pretty sure that it will be held at WDW again.

Remember, almost 90% of CP Alumni did their internship at Disney World not Disneyland!

We got a text message from the DAA on July 20, 2015 about the upcoming Homecoming Event.

We got a text message from the DAA on July 20, 2015 about the upcoming 2016 Homecoming Event.

To get homecoming event updates, etc., join the DCP alumni association at: www.dcpalumni.com

If you want to send an email to the DAA:  wdw.disney.college.program.alumni@disney.com

A look back at the 2014 DCP Homecoming activities: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/dcp-alumni-wdw-homecoming-weekend/

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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 (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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