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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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“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.”

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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

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Redhead vs. Pirate Redd

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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

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2018 Easter Bunny at the Magic Kingdom

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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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.   🙂

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

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Mrs. Bunny is wearing a pretty Easter bonnet!

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

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

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I got some Easter candy too!  Yum!

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

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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

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The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane at Disney Springs

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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!

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Just say yes to the dress!!!

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Orange Bird dress

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Casey’s Train

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

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Haunted Mansion

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Tiki Room

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

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Snow White and 7 Dwarfs dress

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The teacups skirts

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Minnie dress

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

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Minnie’s dress.

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Orange Bird

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Snow White

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Tiki

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Alice

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

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Mary Poppins purse

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Orange Bird necklaces and bracelets.

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Orange Bird earrings

Some more really cute purses.

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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!

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Mickey and Minnie looking very dapper!

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

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

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

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Minnie’s Dapper Days mug

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

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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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Painting at Epcot’s 2018 International Festival of the Arts

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The 2018 International Festival of the Arts

What:  2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

When:   January 12 to February 19, 2018

We got a chance to go to the 2018 International Festival of the Arts last month for the first time.

We like to do something new on every trip.

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Where everyone is an artist.

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Disney paintings everywhere!

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A new wall mural is painted every day.  (Free)   Today’s mural was ‘The Faces of Figment’.

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We chose the blue color, #7.  You were supposed to paint at least 4 squares in your color.  Free festival passport.

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4 blue squares.  Done!  Stayed within the lines!  I am a Disney artist!!!

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Free postcard when you’re done painting. ‘The Faces of Figment’.

Coolest thing was the Living Sculptures!

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There were 6 of them. So cool!

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Space

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Energy

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Motion

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Meeting Mickey and Goofy at Innovations.

Things to see:

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Artists at work.  They paint from opening to closing.

Festival highlights include:

  • Artist appearances
  • Artful photo ops
  • Workshops and seminars with visiting artists
  • Commemorative merchandise
  • Community arts musical showcase
  • Culinary masterpieces
  • Destinations Discovered Tour
  • Disney on Broadway Concert Series
  • Gallery exhibits
  • IllumiNations
  • Interactive mural
  • Living statues
  • Walking chalk gallery and more!

Even More to Explore!

  • Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered Tour
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Cookie painting!  We tried this cookie!

The Festival of the Arts features five unique food booths, each with an eclectic menu that puts an emphasis on presentation and plating as much as bold flavors.

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Paint your own pop tart (with icing!). Caroline bought this poptart,

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Caroline’s colorful poptart. It was very good!

Original artwork will be on display at the Odyssey Festival Showplace located in the Odyssey building near the entrance to World Showcase.

In addition, chalk artists will reproduce classic works on canvas as well as park sidewalks, Epcot Living Statues literally come to life and guest performance artists create magic on the spot—with only a wave of their paintbrush!

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Almond Cake (very good)

Several Disney artists will be appearing throughout the festival including Jason Grandt, David Buckley, Jerrod Maruyama, and Kristin Tercek.

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Disney on Broadway concert series

The America Gardens Theatre offers the free Broadway Concert Series, with songs from Aladdin, Newsies, The Lion King and more. Guests can sing along to sensational, show-stopping renditions of unforgettable Disney hits… bravo!  Visit the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. on each festival day to catch the Disney on Broadway Concert Series.

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The 2018 International Festival of the Arts at Epcot!

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Epcot’s 2018 Festival of the Arts

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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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2018 Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival: Celebrating 25 Years

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Welcome to Epcot’s 2018 International Flower and Garden Festival!

Highlights for the 2018 International Flower and Garden Festival include:

  • Outdoor Kitchens offering delectable small plates, and flavorful non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages—along with several new food and refreshment kiosks
  • More than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries—including many totally original displays
  • Vibrant gardens, flower towers, wildlife habitats and walkways—some being presented for the very first time
  • Inspirational exhibits, seminars, how-to demonstrations and all-new farm-to-table dining experiences
  • Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands—with an assortment of debuting acts and dining packages
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Bring your camera!!

Kicks off today and runs through the end of May!

February 28, 2018 – May 28, 2018 – the extended 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot is amazing!

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2018 International Flower and Garden Festival starts today!

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Flowers, flowers, flowers!

There is a dazzling array of over 70 topiary displays, gardens and exhibits—each featuring seasonal designs or several popular Disney characters, including:

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Queen Elsa and Princess Anna.  Look at their hair!!!

Festival Blooms – Future World East and West Lake

Fantasia – Future World West

Ranger Mickey & Friends – Future World

Figment – Future World behind Spaceship Earth

Stitch – Fountain-side of MouseGear

Disney Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear – Near Mission Space

Disney Pixar’s Cruz Besouro from the – Near Test Track

Phineas and Ferb – Near Odyssey Bridge

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto – Showcase Plaza

Anna and Elsa – Norway

Bromeliad Dragon – China

Panda presented by Disneynature – China

The Lion King Featuring Mufasa, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Sarabi, Simba and Timon – The Outpost between the Germany and China Pavilion

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Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany

Lady and the Tramp – Italy

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Disney Pixar’s Woody – The American Adventure

Beauty and the Beast – France

Belle – France

The Three Caballeros – Mexico

Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom

Peter Pan, Tinker Bell & Fairy Houses from Pixie Hollow – United Kingdom

Bambi and Friends featuring Bambi, Flower, and Thumper – Canada

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Donald Duck

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Farmer Mickey and Minnie

Farmer Mickey & Minnie Located between Future World and World Showcase

Bambi & Friends Featuring Bambi, Flower and Thumper Located at the Canada Pavilion

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Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

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Lovely!  Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip dancing at sunset.

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The Lion King

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Beauty and the Beast

Yes, there are flowers, but there’s also special foods available during the festival!

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Wrist gift cards for Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, for eating and drinking your way around the world. 😉

THE OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Set up around the World Showcase, Outdoor Kitchens offer regional and national delicacies to sample and taste, with the emphasis on fresh-from-the-garden goodness. Small plates and beverages give guests the chance to try specialty recipes from many international locations!

Most dishes are in the $3 – $8 range. Don’t forget that many of these are available for a Disney Dining Food snack credit!

Our tip:  Plan on spending about $60 sampling all the cuisine.

The F&G Festival is so beautiful!

The F&G Festival is so beautiful!  (I took this photo on my cell phone last year!)  Over 200 floating mini-gardens in the bay!

THE FESTIVAL GARDENS

And, don’t forget to stop by and see the special butterfly pavilion and all the special gardens of the festival!

From Bonsai trees to butterflies, there’s a bounty of displays ready to capture your family’s attention and imagination. Highlights include:

Bonsai Collection – Branch out to the Japan Pavilion to cultivate an appreciation for an ancient art form that produces the most amazing miniature trees.

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The Butterflies on the Go pavilion

Butterflies hatching.

Butterflies hatching daily.

Butterflies on the Go presented by GoGo squeeZ – Float over to this happening habitat in Future World to get an up-close glimpse at several species of butterflies—they may even brush by your shoulder during the exciting walkthrough tour.

English Tea Garden hosted by Twinings of London – Ripen your knowledge of the art and history of tea during this 20-minute guided tour. Afterwards, capture the cutest photos of tea-flavoring plants tucked inside giant saucers that are strewn throughout the garden.

Floating Mini-Gardens – Gaze upon 225 petite plots drifting on the ponds that border the walkway between Future World and World Showcase.

Health & Healing Garden – Glide over to The Land to discover ancient plants that have the ability to heal!

Illuminated Gardens – See Epcot with new wonder as select Disney topiaries and Festival playgrounds all across the park glow with light as the Flower & Garden fun continues into the night!

Pepper Fire Garden – Think you can take the heat? Head to The Land Pavilion to peek at the world’s hottest peppers.

Prehistoric Plants – Spot examples of greenery that existed when dinosaurs roamed the earth at Future World East.

Purple Martins Presented by Audubon Florida – Stop and listen to the tranquil sound of this special species of songbird at Future World East. The Purple Martins arrived back at WDW last night!

Shakespeare Garden – Thou shalt adore matching up famous quotes to flowers found within this vibrant garden in the United Kingdom Pavilion.

THE MUSIC OF THE FESTIVAL

Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands with new acts added this year.  Always a crowd pleaser!

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New Magic Bands for the 2018 festival.  $32.99

MERCHANDISE

The Disney pin team has created several 2018 limited edition pins featuring the F&G topiaries.

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2018 Flower and Garden Festival pins.

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New 2018 F&G pin featuring Figment.

 

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So pretty!

So pretty! And the flowering trees are just starting to bloom!

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Epcot France Pavilion in the late morning sunlight.

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Interested in Disney Bounding to the Flower and Garden Festival??? Here’s some ideas.

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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

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot

One last photo….Thousands of colorful flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot –  30 million blossoms!  We were waiting for the monorail to show up!

WDW Parking Fees Increase to $22 a Day on 02/11/2018

Expect traffic into DHS to be bad.

WDW parking lot.

New WDW Parking Fees 02/11/2018:

Guests pay one fee per day to receive a parking pass good for all Disney World parking lots.

  • Standard parking: car or motorcycle – $22 per day
  • Preferred parking: car or motorcycle – $45 per day
  • Oversized Vehicle Parking: Shuttle, Limo, Camper Trailer, RV, Bus or Tractor Trailer – $27 per day

Disney Resort Hotel Guests:
In non-peak periods only, daytime self-parking Disney Resort hotels is complimentary for Disney Resort hotel guests.

BREAKING NEWS:  New WDW Resort Parking Fees Just Announced 3/14/18

Starting March 21, 2018, guests staying at onsite at WDW resorts will have to pay to park their car overnight.

Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night

Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night

Disney Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas: $24 per night

Valet parking Disney Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas: $33 per night

Disney Vacation Club Members:  No charge when staying at a DVC Deluxe Villa property

Universal Studios Orlando:

And, no surprise here, Universal Studios Orlando raised their parking fee to $22 also! Universal Parking Fees

Disney has the best fireworks shows in the world!

Fireworks over the Cinderella Castle

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

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The new fireworks show ‘Happily Ever After’ debuted summer 2017 at the Magic Kingdom.

With the new high def  ‘Happily Ever After’ fireworks show that launched last summer, it’s no surprise that car parking has now gone up to $22/day.

New ‘Happily Ever After’ fireworks show

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We love the new fireworks show!!

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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

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Meeting Disney Legend Richard Gerth at the Grand Floridian

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January 2018: Resort hopping at the Grand Floridian.  It was a cool day so Richard was wearing his white gloves to keep his hands warm.

Anyone who has ever visited the Grand Floridian Resort &  Spa has no doubt seen his familiar smiling face.

Disney cast member, Richard Gerth, who’s celebrating birthday #93 this year!, has been greeting guests at the Grand Floridian since 1991.  26 YEARS!

He was proudly wearing his 25 Year Disney Service pin.  We asked him if he was going for his 30 year service pin with Disney and he said “maybe”.  We like his spirit!  🙂

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October 2017:  Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid) meeting CM Richard at the Grand Floridian. Two Disney Legends!!

In 2013, Richard was presented with the Walt Disney Legacy Award. This is the highest award any Disney cast member can receive. According to Robert Hitchcock of the Disney Parks Blog, “Richard has greeted thousands of guests, and assisted thousands of brides with wedding photos on their special day.”

Link to his facebook page:  Disney Legend Richard

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Disney cast member Richard Gerth.

The day we were there, he was greeting arriving guests out in front of the Grand Floridian.

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He calls himself a “train conductor” as he preps all the bride’s trains for their grand entrance into the Grand Floridian’s Grand Atrium Lobby.

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One of the thousands of brides that he’s attended to on her wedding day.

In addition to being the greeter, Richard is also the Official Fairy Tale Wedding Greeter and has helped over 3,500 brides on their special day at Disney’s wedding pavilion!

Video link by Disney:  A Day with Richard

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December 2017 Update:

You know the holiday season has officially arrived when:

1.  The GF Gingerbread House goes up, and

2. Greeter Richard dons his festive holiday red vest and hat brim!

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92 years old!

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Looking good, Richard!

 

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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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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