A Rainy Day Parade at the Magic Kingdom

YES, they do!!

YES, they do!!

Next week is June 1st and you know what that means…the rainy season has officially arrived in Orlando!  Get out your ponchos and umbrellas!

wdw weather

Lots of rain in the Disney World forecast this Memorial Day Weekend!

While the average Orlando rainfall in May is a little over 3”, in June that expected rainfall jumps to over 8” in the average month!  That’s a lot of rain!!

Rainy season: June, July, August, September

Rainy season: June, July, August, September

If you’ve visited WDW more than a couple of times – especially in the summer months – then there’s a good chance that you’ve had the afternoon parade delayed or even canceled by inclement weather.

Here comes the Rainy Day Cavalcade parade!

Here comes the Rainy Day Cavalcade parade!

On days when it’s pouring rain in the afternoon, Disney swaps the ‘Rainy Day Calvacade’ parade for the 3pm Festival of Fantasy parade.  (If it’s lighting/thundering, the parade will be delayed until the storm passes.)

photo (1)

May 22, 2018: A Rainy Day Parade!

You still get to see all the characters smiling and waving at the crowds while the music plays...

You still get to see all the characters smiling and waving at the crowds while the music plays…

The performers all wear bright yellow raingear and the Main Street vehicles (old timey cars and the double-deckered bus) are packed with Disney characters.

It's amazing how cheerful the performers are!

It’s amazing how cheerful the performers are!

But, come prepared!  The streets at MK do flood very easily!

rain

May 21, 2018

For more tips on Visiting Disney World in the Rain, read our blog: Rain, rain, go away.

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: No Crowds!

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: Look no crowds!  And, yes, the parade will go on!  🙂

mickey-in-the-rain

Micky and Minnie getting caught in an afternoon cloudburst.

rain

Usually, the afternoon rain doesn’t last very long, maybe a hour.

******************************

epcot rain (2)

Walking around Epcot’s World Showcase in the pouring rain! Still fun! 🙂

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

book

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

****

When the Cinderella Castle Looked Different

Cinderella Castle

The most famous – and unpopular – change to the Cinderella Castle.

We were thinking about all the changes we’ve seen the Cinderella Castle go through since our first trip to WDW in 1993.

The most dramatic change was for the 15 month-long celebration of WDW’s 25th Anniversary (October 1996 – January 1998).

At the Castle, October 1996

At the pink Cinderella Castle with my mom, October 1996

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of WDW on October 1, 1996, Disney transformed the front of Cinderella Castle into an 18-story “birthday cake.” Complete with red and pink “icing,” giant candy canes and 26 glowing candles, the castle served as the centerpiece for the celebration. This was no small undertaking.

It took more than 400 US gallons of pink paint to cover the castle, which was then decorated with multicolored “sprinkles,” 26 candles, ranging in height from 20–40 feet tall, 16 two-foot long candy stars, 16 five-foot candy bears, 12 five-foot gumdrops, four six-foot stacks of Life Savers, 30 three-foot lollipops, and 50 two-foot gumballs. Additionally, more than 1000 feet of pink and blue inflatable “icing” was needed to finish it off.

pink1

But, it’s been changed other times too:

Happiest Celebration look in 2005

Happiest Celebration look in 2005

We were there in 2005 for the castle’s redecoration commemorating the Happiest Celebration on Earth in honor of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary.

The castle’s exterior was adorned with polished gold trim and accents, swags, banners and tapestries. Golden statues of Disney characters were also added to the exterior, including Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Wendy circling the tallest spire.

Stitich is King!

Stitch is King!  Awful!

The least appreciated Castle transformation – which only lasted 1 day (Nov 16, 2004) – was when the castle was modified to appear as though it was strewn with toilet paper.

“Stitch is King” was posted on a turret as faux graffiti to mark the grand opening of ‘Stitch’s Great Escape!’ ride in Tomorrowland that day. The material was removed after the park closed that evening.

Disney got a lot of complaints over that decor!  Wildly unappreciated and unpopular!!!

Castel repairs, January 2014

Castle repairs going on in January.

Every January, after the millions of Cinderella Castle Dream Lights came down, Disney maintenance starts an in-depth sprucing up of the Castle’s exterior.

They repair any roof leaks, re-seal the exterior, clean all the Castle windows (a big job!), and touch up any Castle paint which got scratched from the Dream Lights.

On Main Street USA, February 2014.  Note the crane moving things in the background.

On Main Street USA in January.  Note the big Disney crane moving things in the background.

For most of January when you walk down Main Street USA, you will see the large crane moving maintenance people and supplies back and forth.

It photobombs everyone’s Main Street photos!  😦

******************************

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

****

When the Cinderella Castle was Bright Pink!

We thought this change was wonderful!

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

We went to Disney World in November 1996 to see the “pink birthday castle” unveiled for the 25th anniversary celebration a few weeks earlier.

We were not disappointed!!  It was BRIGHT PINK!

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

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

Waiting for the 3 o'clock parade.

Waiting for the 3 o’clock parade to start.

pink2

Magic Kingdom marching band.

pink3

Caroline in the Lion King float.

pink castle

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

pink4

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

pink1

IMG_20180510_0003

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

pink

It really dazzled the eye!

We saved the MK park map from our trip!

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

Sold at McDonald's for $1.

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

pink (2)

Dec 2017:  The Cinderella Castle Dream Lights are on.  Make it pink!!  🙂

pink ears

April 2018:  Pink Millennial Minnie Ears arrive at MK.  I wish I had these back then!  So pretty!!

pink1

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

***************************************

Two Disney Sisters

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

***

Disney Cast Member Costumes at Disney World

Costume Fittings

CP Moment #4:  Getting Your Costume

One of the most exciting CP moments is going to Disney costuming for the first time and being fitted for your work uniform, aka ‘costume’.

You’re allowed to check out up to five complete work costumes at a time, plus accessories like a jacket and hat, if your costume has one.

When your costume gets dirty or wrinkled, you can just trade it in for a clean one. Costumes can be machine washed and some DCP apartments have a washer/dryer unit in the apartment.

Each of the WDW Parks has its own costuming warehouse open 7 days a week, with the one for the Magic Kingdom being the largest.

On our way to Animal Kingdom costuming.

On our way to Animal Kingdom costuming.

Magic Kingdom costuming

Welcome to Animal Kingdom costuming

Finding a costume using RFID inside Disney's Epcot Operational Costuming Center

MK Costuming

****

April 22, 2018:  New DAK Discovery Island costumes:

DAK costumes

Our CM friend modeling her new DAK outfits.

***

Here are some of the various costumes we wore during our DCP time:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom costumes:

Caroline costume

Caroline working at DAK (merchandise). Full summer costume with hat.

Discovery Island Merchantile

Discovery Island Merchantile

It's a jungle out there...

It’s a jungle out there…

Caroline in her stocking

Caroline in her DAK stocking “mud” costume.

The AK costume jacket. Warm!

The DAK costume jacket. So warm! Only size left at DAK Costuming:  XXXL.

Beautiful!!

Beautiful!!  😉

Disney Springs costumes:

Pin Traders

Pin Traders at Disney Springs

Days of Christmas

Days of Christmas at DS

Tren-D

Tren-D

Team Mickey (now closed)

Team Mickey (now closed)

DTD Zone 1 Coordinator

DS Zone 1 Coordinator costume

Magic Kingdom costume:

Agrabah Bazaar

Agrabah Bazaar in Adventureland

***

costumes

CM Tip:  Disney sizing chart follows European sizing, so if you are normally a size 14 womens, for Disney costumes, you’ll be a size 18 or 20 here!  😥

Washer and dryer right off the kitchen.  No more trips to the common laundry room!!

The Commons:  The stacked washer/dryer in every apartment, right off the kitchen. No more trips to the laundry room!!

***
May 25, 2017: The new costumes of Pandora at DAK

pandora

New cast member costumes for Pandora.

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!

pandora6

New name tags for all cast members working in Pandora (cast members are from ‘Earth’).

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 have special costumes that reinforce those roles for guests.

pandora3

Alpha Centauri Expeditions costume (attractions cast member costume)

pandora2

Scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative. (This costume seems so familiar, maybe Epcot?)

pandora4

EXPAT Community costume (food service and merch costume)

***************************************

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 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

book

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

***

New “Politically Correct” Redhead Scene Debuts in Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney World

pirate

The new pirate, Redd.

March 19, 2018:  After being down for refurbishment for the past three weeks, Pirates of the Caribbean has reopened at Magic Kingdom Park today with a new version of the attraction’s auction scene.

pirate2

Looks like they’ve looted the Haunted Mansion!

In the new auction scene, the Auctioneer now oversees the sale of the townspeople’s possessions and goods, rather than selling brides to the pirates sacking the town. Everyone looks like they are carrying something stolen from the Haunted Mansion!

pirate1

Redd drinking some rum….

As for the Redhead, she has taken charge of her own story and become a pirate named Redd – pillaging the town’s rum supply, and she definitely has something to say about it.

pirate3

“Strike your feathers, dearie.”

The larger woman (formerly a pirate’s auction bride) in the scene is now holding a chicken that is being auctioned off.  New scene dialogue: “Strike your feathers, dearie. Show them your flock.”

redhead

The original Redhead scene. “We wants the Redhead!”

Classic scene lines that were completely removed in the change:

“We wants the redhead!”

“What be I offered for this winsome wench?”

“What are ya’ sellin’ her by the pound?”

“Shift yer cargo dearie, show ’em your larboard side.”

Video of new auction scene:  2018 Pirates of the Caribbean

redd

Redhead vs. Pirate Redd

redhead******************************

two disney sisters

Two Disney Sisters at Disneyland

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

book

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

***

2018 Easter Bunny at the Magic Kingdom

Mr Bunny

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny!

Guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park are in for some hippity hoppity fun starting March 19th, when the Easter Bunny will begin making appearances at the park.

easter Mickey

Mickey and Minnie looking very dapper in their spring outfits this Easter.  I like Minnie’s bonnet!

You can meet them daily in the Magic Kingdom at their meet and greet area near the flagpole on Main Street USA.  Their meet and greet area is surrounded by pretty spring flowers.

bunny
Thumper & Ms. Bunny at DAK

Easter Bunny Meet and Greet

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny: March 19 – April 1, 2018 from  9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Town Square Courtyard, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom admission required.  PhotoPass photographers will be available.

And, on Easter Sunday, April 1st, they just might hop on over to another park!

egg hunt

Epcot’s Egg Hunt map and stickers for 2018, $5.99

Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot

Don’t forget that the 2018 Easter Egg Hunt  is going on now over at Epcot!

Where to find Easter Eggs at Epcot:  Where to Find Easter Eggs at Epcot.

easter

April 1, 2018: Look who was at DAK this morning!

thumper

And they came back out at 7pm!! A rare sighting!

***

easter1

Meeting the Easter Bunny at DAK.

Last year, they were both out at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Easter Sunday morning.

But, you had to be quick as they were only there from 9am – 2pm!  There were no lines to meet them either! Compared to the crowds at MK, there was hardly anyone at DAK in the morning!

easter3

Meeting the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday morning at DAK.

The Easter Bunny was pointing out how I have ears just like him, only his ears are longer.   🙂

easter4

Nice ears, he pointed! (I’m wearing my DAK Mickey Ears.)

easter5

Mrs. Bunny is wearing a pretty Easter bonnet!

Don’t you love her dress and Easter hat?  Mrs. Bunny is so precious!

DSCN0805

The Easter Bunny brought candy for all the good little girls and boys!

DSCN0801

I got some Easter candy too!  Yum!

And, Mickey and Minnie of course have special outfits for Easter Sunday!

eb

Special Easter Sunday parade outfits.

On March 31 and April 1 (Easter Sunday), a special pre-parade will make its way down Main Street USA that will feature Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny, Daisy, Duck, Thumper & Ms. Bunny, White Rabbit, Yellow Rabbit, Clara Cluck, Hippos, Ostriches, Dancing Chicks and the Azalea Trail Maids from Mobile, Alabama.

easter2

Mickey and Minnie looking fine at their meet and greet.

Warning! The crowds at MK on Easter Sunday morning are awful, second only for Christmas Day crowds! We recommend going to Epcot instead!

easter2

Easter Sunday morning at MK.  The park is packed and it’s HOT!  😦

easter Mickey

Mickey and Minnie in their Easter best. In your Easter bonnet, with all the flowers on it….

***************************************

Two Disney Sisters

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

book

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

***

The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane at Disney Springs

IMG_5530

We love this place!

If you’re looking for a pretty outfit to wear on next month’s Dapper Day, The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane at Disney Springs has you covered!

Check out these pretty dresses!

IMG_5559

Just say yes to the dress!!!

IMG_5541

Orange Bird dress

IMG_5538

Casey’s Train

IMG_5531

Melanie’s dress from the Haunted Mansion’s Stretching Room.

IMG_5562

Haunted Mansion

IMG_5548

Tiki Room

IMG_5564

Cinderella dress (note the silver slippers on the collar).

IMG_5540

Snow White and 7 Dwarfs dress

IMG_5533

The teacups skirts

IMG_5553

Minnie dress

And above a lot of the dresses are shadowboxes that explain the concept art and colors behind the dresses:

IMG_5552

Minnie’s dress.

IMG_5542

Orange Bird

IMG_5543

Snow White

IMG_5551

Tiki

IMG_5547

Alice

And there are loads of perfect accessories for your perfect dress:

IMG_5539

Mary Poppins purse

IMG_5544

Orange Bird necklaces and bracelets.

IMG_5550

Orange Bird earrings

Some more really cute purses.

IMG_5570

Yes, there’s clothing for guys too! Pirates of the Caribbean shirt.

And, the best day to wear your pretty new outfit is of course on Dapper Days 2018!

easter Mickey

Mickey and Minnie looking very dapper!

dapper

A very Dapper Mickey & Minnie out and about at Mickey’s Retreat last year.

dapper days

Hat’s off to this family on Dapper Day 2017!!!

And don’t forget to pick up a new Dapper Days Minnie mug!

Dapper Days mug

Minnie’s Dapper Days mug

dapper day

Some photos from Dapper Days 2017 at WDW (photo credit:  DCP Blog)

***************************************

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

***