Roasting Marshmallows at the Wilderness Lodge

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Silver Creek flowing along at the Wilderness Lodge in the evening.

One of my Disney Bucket List items was to go and roast marshmallows at the Wilderness Lodge this summer.

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Marshmallow #1

Every night at sundown, the resort offers marshmallows to guests to roast.

This is a great, family-friendly event.  They provide the marshmallows and the sticks at no cost.

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Roasting our marshmallows

When you’re done using your stick, the CM breaks it up, and tosses it into the fire pit as more firewood!

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Marshmallow #2

Not gonna lie, I ate three marshmallows.  They were SO good!!!  Toasted just perfectly!

We sat around the fire pit watching the stars come out one by one.

Of course, we made a wish on the very first evening star we saw as every Disney fan knows: When you wish upon a star…your dreams come true!  🙂

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Make a wish….

I want to go with my DCP summer roommates next time.  It would be such a great bonding experience to roast marshmallows together and then watch the Wishes fireworks over the Castle! 🙂

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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!

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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!

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Two Disney Sisters

 

 

Breakfast at the Crystal Palace with my DCP Roommates!

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Ready for breakfast, 10:30am.

When my roommates found out I was going to the Crystal Palace, we all started talking about doing a roommate breakfast!

And AMAZINGLY, we all were off on Tuesday AND there was an reservation available for a large group!

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Breakfast brunch, $29.99

Our reservation was at 10:30am, so we carpooled together, parked over at the Contemporary and took the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom.

We all dressed up and wore our Mickey ears.  It was awesome!  I absolutely LOVE buffets and, luckily, so do my roommates.

While we were waiting for our table, we looked out over at the newly-expanded Castle Hub area and there was Mary Poppins! With no line!  We had to go say hi!

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Meeting Mary Poppins

She was so sweet and told us all to get some tea at the Crystal Palace.

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Breakfast time!

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My breakfast.

The best part of this meal was the deep fried French toast, covered in sugar! YUM!!!  I also really liked the fajita scrambled eggs.  And the Mickey Waffles, of course!

As if this meal could not get any better, while we were eating Winnie the Pooh arrived to say hello!

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Meeting Winnie the Pooh

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Me and Winnie

I wore my Parkbound button that says: “There’s a rumbly in my tumbly”. Pooh loved it!

Eeyore was so sad but so cute.

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Eyeore having a sad day.

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Piglet signing my autograph book next.

He drew some sad rain clouds and a heart in my autograph book!

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Grrrrr…..

Tigger was hysterical!  He came up to me and literally growled in my ear! haha! I’ve never experienced that before!

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So cute!!!

After brunch, we stopped and took some great photos together in front of Cinderella Castle.

My roommates are super fun!

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I just have to say how much I LUCKED OUT with these great roommates!  I absolutely love living with all seven of them and I’m so glad the DCP put us together. ❤

To read more about my crazy 3 reservations in 1 day, click here: Be Our Guest Lunch and here: Crystal Palace Dinner.

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Working the Pin Board 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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Caroline’s First Adventure to House of Blues

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Ok, I did it!

I finally went to House of Blues.  I never went during my last program because it seemed like it was a little too wild for my taste.  But, I’ve decided that I need to try new things during this program.  Plus, my roommates were all interested in trying it out for the first time with me!

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Me with 6 out of my 7 roommates.

It was so perfect because we all actually were available to go out that night.

With everyone working at different parks and having roles, it’s amazing we could all be together!

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Buuuut, it was basically as empty as the photo above!

Just us and the 15 ICPs that we rode the bus with!

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This is what it looks like for concerts. The dance floor was cleared for dancing when we got there.

We hung out for a hour or so, waiting for more people to show up.  There was a DJ on the stage, but he kept playing house mixes.  Nothing recognizable and only semi good beat.  I had to work the next day and be up by 6am, so I was keeping an eye on the clock.

Finally, we get out on the dance floor, but there was a dance-off going on.  There were maybe 6 people who knew how to pop and lock it and then 200 people standing around staring at them and wishing they were allowed to dance.

We watched the dancing for an hour. omg!  SO boring!  Yeah, it was cool the FIRST time they showed off their moves…not the 15th time!  Finally, a group of us girls got so annoyed, we rushed the dance floor.  It was SO fun for about 2 minutes until they reformed the dance circle…

By then, my roommates and I were fed up with the mood.  We came here to dance, not watch people dancing!  Plus, it was after 12:30am, so it was time for me to go.  Luckily, some of my roommates were ready to leave too so I didn’t have to go home alone.

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Walking back to the bus!

I ended up going to bed at 2am and had to get up at 6am for my last day of training.

It was so funny – it looked like everyone on the early morning bus bus had ALSO gone to HOB last night, judging by their puffy eyes and also the fact they were all completely passed out riding to work.

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This was what I was expecting at HOB. (Although, thank god it wasn’t!)

The coolest part about that night was getting to hang out with my roommates.  I never went anywhere or hung out with my previous program’s roommates because we had nothing in common.

Even though I went completely random this time with my roommate selection, I seriously LUCKED OUT with these girls!  🙂

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Two GirlsTwo 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.
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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Filling Out DCP DORMS Form for Housing

Tomorrow!!!

Tomorrow!!!

I finally got my email to fill out Dorms!

As you know, I have been using Facebook to find a good roommate match.  You can read about that here.

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This is a new updated process.  You usually receive this email 10 days before your arrival and it is where you link with your roommates and select your housing references.

When I did my first program, they were just rolling this out.  Before Fall 2013, you had to be in line with who you wanted to live with and it was first come, first serve for housing preferences.  So you literally had people lining up in the middle of the night!  I can’t imagine how frustrating it must have been trying to meet up with everyone you wanted to live with!  With my first program, you were able to link with 1-7 other people since the maximum is 8 in one unit.

Once I got my DORMS email, you have to read and confirm two different articles about housing rules.  Then it brings you to a page where you link with your roommates.  Your special ID number is in your email.  And – if you didn’t know, this will actually be your Cast Member ID number!

One person in your group needs all of your groups ID numbers to link everyone.  Once that happens, you’re good to go!  It was VERY surprising when I logged onto Dorms and saw they were only allowing people to link with two other people!  Everyone on the Facebook groups were freaking out – especially if they were hoping to get a larger apartment!

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You have two options: choosing to be “adventurous” and be randomly put in with people.  Or if you have a person you want to live with, you link with them here.

I, unfortunately, spent a lot of time connecting with people who I wanted to live with and had similar interests as me.  However, I tried to link with them and it wouldn’t let me because we were doing different programs!  I had no idea that summer program and Fall Advantage program people couldn’t live together!! 😦

I felt SO horrible for the girl I was going to live with – we both had to be “adventurous” with our roommates since we didn’t find anyone in the right programs to link to.  I know we will meet up and be friends, but I really wish it had worked out better!

Here is the updated DCP Rent Prices:

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The page below is also new to me!  In Fall 2013, we were able to select just 3 options for complexes and 3 options for occupancy. Just because you put “1 bedroom, Commons” doesn’t mean you’d necessarily get both of those.  Elly and I put: 1, 2, 3 bedroom and Commons, Chatham, and Patterson in our preference order and ended up getting a 3 bedroom in Chatham.

This new DORMS has every available living situation and you had to pick and drag it in the order you most preferred!  I really liked how specific it was!  You also have the option of being “adventurous” in this choice too!Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 10.36.47 AMI really, REALLY want to live in The Commons in a 1 bedroom again!  I loved the laundry availability and I really want to check out the new store there (The Grid).

These are my final preferences:
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05/26/2015 UPDATE:

I literally got my #16 – last!!! – choice.  😦

Choice #16:  4 bedroom, 8 girl apartment at Chatham Square, $100/week.

Choice #16: 4 bedroom, 8 girl apartment at Chatham Square, $100/week.

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Wearing my DAK straw hat (with my best friend/coworker, Ricky).

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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