Epcot’s 2019 International Festival of the Arts

arts2

The 2019 International Festival of the Arts

What:  2019 International Festival of the Arts

Where:  Epcot

When:   January 18th to February 25, 2019

arts

“Where everyone is an artist”

IMG_5739

Disney paintings everywhere!

festival of art

We chose the blue color, #7.  You are supposed to paint at least 4 squares in your color.  The festival passport is free.

IMG_5782

A new wall mural is painted every day.  (Free event)

IMG_5794

Free postcard when you’re done painting.

art1

Some of this year’s merchandise.

art

Special MagicBands for the Festival.

****

The coolest things are the Living Sculptures!

IMG_5743

There were 6 of them. So cool!

IMG_5742

Space

IMG_5748

Energy

IMG_5745

Motion

Mickey

Meeting Mickey and Goofy

Things to see:

2a

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
5

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.

arts1

Paint your own pop tart (with icing!).

IMG_5869

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!

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.

6

1

The 2019 International Festival of the Arts

IMG_5754

Festival of the Arts

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

Adventure Book Cover

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

******

DAK costume

Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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/

DAK-Entrance

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

***

two disney sisters

Two Disney Sisters

Life is the Bubbles DCP Housing Event

bubbles

First DCP Housing event of 2019!

Last night was the first DCP Housing event of 2019.

The theme for the party was:  Life is the Bubbles.

The monthly events are open to all DCP cast members living in any of the four DCP housing complexes.  They usually hold them at Chatham Field.

This is especially convenient for Christian as he’s living in Chatham this semester, so he barely had any walk at all over to the field.  He walked over there with his roommates at 7pm.

The food at the housing events is free and is usually pretty good.  They scan your Housing ID now and limit the amount of food you can have. 😦

pizza-2

Free pizza!!!

He got 2 slices Dominoes pizza and a soda.  And a delicious rice krispy bar.

sebastian2

Meeting Sebastian the Crab!  I love the backdrop!!   Photo credit: emma_dcp_2019

The line for the character meet & greet – Sebastian the Crab – was over an hour long, so he passed on it.  That’s too bad because it was his first character meet and greet event!!!

The DJ was really good.

It’s been unusually cold at night this week in Orlando, so they only stayed for about an hour before heading back to their apartment.

cookie

Free special cookies and rice krispy bars for dessert!

Under the Sea1*******************
We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Two Disney Sisters

dream1

spring

Welcome!

Trying a Sprinkles Cupcake at Disney Springs

cupcake

My Mickey Mouse Oreo Cupcake!!!  $4.95

Week 1:

After finishing up at Disney Casting, it was time to meet up with my DCP friend, Justin, at Disney Springs.

There’s a cupcake shop at Disney Springs called Sprinkles.

They all looked pretty good!

sprinkles2

How to chose just one???

Cupcakes are $4.95 each or $53 for a dozen.

sprinkles3

Chocolate cupcakes….

They also carry ice cream, cookies, sodas, juices, and coffee drinks.

sprinkles menu

The Sprinkles menu. The cupcake selection changes daily.

sprinkles 1

More than just cupcakes!

sprinkles 2

sprinkles6

And they carry mini cupcakes too!  Just $3.50 each

You can sign up here for perks like getting your first cupcake for free and getting a free cupcake on your birthday:  Sprinkles Perks.

CM Tip:  Disney cast members get a 10% discount!

sprinkles00

The Sprinkles cupcake ATM.

There’s a cupcake ATM right outside! You don’t even have to go into the shop.  The cupcake ATM, which is open even when the bakery is closed, can hold up to 400 cupcakes.  It’s constantly restocked throughout the day to ensure freshness.

Note:  The cupcake ATM  also carries dog-friendly cupcakes!

sprinkles

Don’t let long lines outside put you off. The line moves very fast!

Sprinkles at Disney Springs

1676 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

(407) 560-9192

Store Hours:  Monday – Sunday, 10am – 12am

Cupcake machine:  Open 24/7.

sprinkles0

Sprinkles has sitting outside

Click here on Sprinkles Cupcakes for the daily cupcake menu.

sprinkles

Yes, please!

dream1*******************
We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Two Disney Sisters

sprinkles

How cute is this Mickey donut – with sprinkles! – necklace???!!!

Welcome to Disney World Casting!

Disney Casting building at DTD.

The Disney Casting building across from Disney Springs. 

Day 2:  Welcome to Disney Casting

Disney Casting is where you get fingerprinted and, for some safety critical roles  like lifeguarding, attractions, a simple drug test of peeing in a cup is performed.  (Christian is food service at Cosmic Rays over at the Magic Kingdom and didn’t need a drug test.)

Plan on being there 1 – 2 hours as you move from room to room, getting in lines and more lines, and watching company info and safety videos.

The casting orientation for the Spring DCP program goes faster than the orientation for the Fall DCP program as there are less participants.

Definitely bring a water bottle and some snacks!

casting2

10am:  Getting on the free shuttle from Chatham apartments to the Disney Casting building.

casting

A very cool looking building!

casting (2)

The golden Disney character statues welcoming you to Disney Casting.

casting4

These are pretty cool looking.

casting1

Company info videos.

casting3

12pm: Done and heading back to his apartment for the afternoon. It’s a cool January day for Florida….only 68 degrees.

casting5

The famous doorknobs on the Disney Casting door. Up until a year ago, they were golden. Then, they refurbished the building and put up these bluish ones. They are not as pretty that’s for sure!!!  I wonder who made this design decision???!!!

******

Throwback Thursday, Looking Back – Our Day at Disney World Casting:

After check-in at Vista Way, it was off to Disney Casting for all the new Fall CPs.

Dress is casual.

1st Day at DCP Program

Caroline’s 1st Day at DCP Program: At Disney Casting for check-in

At Disney Casting, finding Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

At Disney Casting, Elly finding Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

Off to be fingerprinted!

Caroline’s off to be fingerprinted!

Spring Check in (2)

New DCP arrivals with their free DCP blue bags (perfect for that Walmart run!).

casting-doors

The shiny and golden doorknobs of the big door at Disney Casting! Welcome new Cast Member!

case

You can buy the Casting phone case!

cast

December 2018: These Christmas ornaments were available at our local Disney Store here in Colorado. So fun!

*******
We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

book

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/
Two Disney Sisters

Christian’s DCP Apartment at Chatham Square

chatham

Chatham Square apartments.

Day 1: Check-in Day at Chatham Square apartments.

Check-in only took 30 minutes, and he was done and in his apartment.

chatham

He’s living in Chatham! Same place we lived during our 1st program!!!

He’s in a 2 Bedroom/2 Bath apartment on the 3rd floor for 6 guys.  The 6th guy never showed up, so there are currently 5 guys in the apartment.

Each bedroom has a bunk bed and a twin bed. The apartment seems roomy because of the high ceilings.  Their apartment doesn’t have a balcony.

Disney Housing fairly recently converted what were 2 bedroom/4 person apartments into 2 bedroom/6 person apartments just a few years ago.

It did not decrease the weekly rent per person by very much.  His weekly rent is $106/week.

2019-rent DCP

DCP rents: January 1 – May 4, 2019

Christian came from the farthest away.  His roommates are from: Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.  All from the East Coast and they all drove their cars down to the program, something that Christian wanted to do too.

A few photos of his apartment:

chatham1

Outside

chatham2

3rd floor is actually pretty nice.

chatham7

Lots and lots of trees in the parking lot.

chatham3

Living room. One of the roommates brought a TV with him. There’s also a dining room table and chairs for 6.

chatham5

Kitchen with 2 refrigerators.

chatham4

Bedroom #1:  Christian picked the lower bunk. The upper bunk is empty for now.

chatham6

Shared closet with lockers for 3.

chatham0

Walking around the apartment complexes checking out all the pools.  It’s a nice day.

***
We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

book

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Two Disney Sisters

chatham (2)

Our first DCP apartment at Chatham Square for the Fall 2013 DCP internship.  We were in Building #11.

Let the Disney Adventure Begin!

accepted2 (2)

Spring DCP Program at Disney World: January 2019 – May 2019

For those of you who follow our daily Disney blog, you might have read a few months ago that our brother, Chris, was accepted into the Spring 2019 Disney College Program internship.

We’ll be posting about his adventures at the Magic Kingdom over the coming months.

********

Day 0:

It’s Sunday morning and the time has finally come for him to head down to Orlando.

His program check-in day is tomorrow.

img_2185

Only guys can pack for a 4 month adventure in just 2 suitcases!

His suitcases are packed and his Southwest boarding pass is printed.

He has perfect sunny and clear flying weather as the major snowstorm stayed north of his flight path.

airport2

Saying goodbye at DIA.

airport3

Looking all GQ.

flight

We always fly Southwest whenever we can! ❤

airport4

January 13, 2019:  Taking off out of DIA.

airport5

Lots of snow and very cold…only 23 degrees!

airport6

South Platte River basin.

************
We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

book

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link:   https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Two Disney Sisters

airport1

I think we were more excited heading off to the airport than he was!  We’re going to miss him sooooo much!

Disney is Building New Apartments for its College Program – adios Vista Way!

dcp groundbreaking

Mickey Mouse came to the groundbreaking ceremony!

December 11, 2018:  Disney has broken ground on a $630 million residential community for participants of the Disney College Program, now known as Disney Internships & Programs, in Orlando, Fla.

In June 2018, ACC and Walt Disney World Resort announced their partnership, which is structured  where ACC serves as the developer, manager and owner of the new residential housing via a 75-year ground lease. 75 years!

flamingo-crossings

Flamingo Crossings: Located just off State Road 429 and near to the Western Way entrance to Walt Disney World.

The 10,400-bed community will be delivered in multiple phases, with the first phase scheduled to open in May 2020 and slated to be completed by May 2023.

Residents will have access to two 25,000-square-foot community centers connection and amenities including resort-style swimming pools, event and recreational lawns, fitness centers and social lounges. The community will feature a variety of floor plans with private and shared accommodations.

In addition, the development will include the Disney Education Center within the residential community. Program residents will also have access to academic resources, including group and private study rooms, computers with free printing, and free wi-fi.

flamingo_crossings_1

Flamingo Crossings by 2023.

In February 2018,  Disney confirmed that all 2,600 planned apartment units were for the Disney College Program with any units not occupied by the program being leased to current Disney employees. The application also confirmed that the new apartments would house educational facilities within them. (So Disney University would be moving too).

Disney currently owns or leases four local complexes to house its college interns with a total of 1,580 units.  The only one owned directly by Disney is Vista Way, while the others are owned by third parties.  These would be closed and sold when Flamingo Crossing opens in Fall 2020.

apartments

December 2018:  Physical layout of how the DCP apartments are to each other right now.

This would also greatly simplify the current CP bus routes from the four apartment complexes.

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

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

******

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/

***