The Hidden Gardens of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom

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The Gardens of Tangled.  I took this photo in November.

Pascal, a color-changing chameleon, is a true and loyal friend to Rapunzel in Disney’s ‘Tangled’ movie.

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At the waterfall of Rapunzel’s Tower.

Pascal and his friends can be found hiding in the pretty Gardens of Tangled in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

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The gardens are directly across from Rapunzel’s Tower.  So pretty at sunset!

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Free charging station!

Free charging station!

Located just past the tables and chairs in the phone charging area, you will find a beautiful garden filled with flowers, greenery, and even a small stream.

Ten of Pascal’s chameleon friends have made this garden their new home. They can be seen lounging about on rocks near the stream, in greenery, and even hidden on nearby buildings.

Look for 10 of them!

Look for 10 of them!

After a few minutes of searching, we were able to find six chameleons hiding in the garden. Next time you’re in Fantasyland, be sure to say hi to Pascal and his friends.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

This one was the hardest one to find!

This one was the hardest one to find!

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Brown Pascal next to rock.

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So fierce looking, tucked up against the creek rock!

Maximus hoof print in Fantasyland by Tangled area.

Bonus photo!  Try and find Maximus’s hoof print in Fantasyland by the Tangled area.

Disney Fun Fact:  Pascal is actually based on a real chameleon, owned by one of the movie’s cast members. The day the directors were trying to find a name for the character, the CM said she named her chameleon Pascal, so they took that name.

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Pascal, Rapunzel’s friend.

Pascal serves a similar role as being a friend and protective sidekick to Rapunzel as Flit the hummingbird did for Pocahontas.

Disney Bounding as Pascal.

Ideas for Disney Bounding as Pascal.

The real Pascal (so tiny!!).

The real Pascal (he’s so tiny!!)

Want to Disney Bound as one of the characters from ‘Tangled’?

Caroline’s done it several times now!  Disney Bounding at Work as Tangled Characters

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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

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Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana

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Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana

Princess Tiana is one of the easiest Disney princesses to Disney Bound to!  Her colors are beautiful – leaf green and pale yellow.

We’ve met her both at Disneyland and Disney World and she’s exactly like she is in the movie ‘The Princess and the Frog’…fiesty, but kind!

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Meeting Princess Tiana at New Orleans Square in Disneyland.

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Her skin was flawless!

With Tiana.

With Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Tiana looking warm in her winter outfit.

Princess Tiana looking warm in her winter outfit.  She doesn’t wear her fur-trimmed cape very often…it has to be below 60 degrees!

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Her dress is so beautiful!  So many layers!

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We loved the music in this movie!

Other Disney Bounding ideas:

Disney Bounding as “Frozen” characters: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/disney-bounding-3-frozen/

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/disney-bounding-2/

Disney Bounding as a Disney Princess: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/disney-bounding/

Our blog about meeting Princess Tiana during Mardi Gras:  Disney Mardi Gras Celebration.

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We love meeting Princess Tiana!

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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

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Registering for the DCP January 2016 Homecoming Event

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Save the date!

As soon as it was announced that there would be another DCP Homecoming Event, Elly and I knew we had to go to it!

It was announced on the Alumni Facebook group that the event would have 2,000 participants this time, as opposed to the 400 last year, and there is also a new $200 registration fee.  Everybody about lost their minds over the fee because last year’s event was free.  BUT, there is also going to be some new swag – like the exclusive Alumni magic band!!!!!

Elly and I talked it over and we decided that we didn’t mind paying the extra fee since all the events that weekend sounded so fun!

The registration was due to open Thursday, August 20th at noon our time.  Elly and I had our Macs, iPads, and smart phones out and ready! haha!  (I have a feeling we weren’t the only ones!)

We kept refreshing the link until the website opened up at 12:01pm.

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Server problems.

Almost immediately, we got an error message (above).

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Registration page.

I was waiting for this page where it asks for your name and email to get you into the registration webpage.  I ended up getting that error page 12 times in a row!  Finally – over an hour later – I was able to go to the next step of registration process!  Whew!

Here is a list of the special events offered over the MLK holiday weekend:

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Friday, January 15, 2016: Dessert and Wishes event at the Contemporary Resort.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016: Hollywood Studios gathering

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Reunion

The next part really threw people off!  Extra add-ons, but for an added fee!  😦

The offerings are: Bowling at Splitsville, a special character meet and greet at Epcot, and a family day at Mickey’s Retreat.

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Alumni fun…for an additional fee!

The only one Elly and I really wanted to go to was the character special meet and greet!

We can’t wait to find out who will be there!!!  (Last year, it was Mickey and Minnie in fancy costumes!)
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Next, you had to sign up for when you want to pick up your Alumni packet.

Elly and I chose the Friday at 5pm timeslot because we aren’t sure when we are flying in.  I think it might be too close to the first event – the party at the Contemporary starting at 6pm.  But, since this is at the Contemporary too, maybe it won’t be too bad and we can go straight there.

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The final part of weekend registration was paying the $200 fee, plus any of the add-ons, plus a processing fee!
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$211 in event fees.

Here is my final check of my info for Registration.  You can see all the Submission Error screens I had up (about 20!)!

Confirmed at last!!!

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Confirmation page.

Elly and I wore our DCP Alumni shirts that day – for extra pixie dust luck!

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We’re going!

So excited!!!!!
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Also – for all our rushing and nerves about not getting a spot for this year’s Homecoming, as of yesterday (August 21st), there were still 1,400 spots left!

We’re wondering if the $200 non-refundable fee stopped a lot of people from registering for this event.

Anyone else going to the 2nd Annual DCP Homecoming in January 2016??

We can’t wait to meet you there!  🙂

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 Two Girls

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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Aloha Isle Swaps Locations with Sunshine Tree Terrace

Aloha Isle in its new, larger location.

Aloha Isle in its new, larger location.  Welcome Dole Whip fans!

Genius!  This location swap should have happened years ago!

New signage

New signage

Last week, Aloha Isle, home of the world famous Dole Whip, moved to a new, larger location in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.

Swapping places with the Sunshine Tree Terrace, you can still enjoy Dole Whip, Dole Whip Swirl, Dole Whip Floats, fresh spears of Pineapple, and Dole Pineapple Juice, in addition to other drink options. The Souvenir Tiki Mug is also still available.  Aloha Isle’s new location is next-door to the Tiki room, just across from the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

The ordering lines should move much faster now!

Guests wanting their Dole Whip fix always caused traffic problems here.

Guests wanting their Dole Whip fix always caused traffic problems here. 😦

The Sunshine Tree Terrace has moved to the Aloha Isle’s previous location across from the Swiss Family Treehouse. For years, Aloha Isle couldn’t handle the crowds with just two serving windows.  This caused congestion and a bottleneck of guests right in front of the treehouse.

Orange Dole Whip!

Orange Dole Whip!

But, no more!  Look at all the room it has!  Sweet! 🙂

We <3 Dole Whip!

We ❤ Dole Whip!

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip!!!

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip!!!

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Disney Bounding as Orange Bird!!!

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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 (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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Dapper Day 2015

March 14, 2015

March 14, 2015

Dapper Day at the Park

Magic Kingdom, WDW

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dapper Day Events are meant to showcase you looking your best, and all manner of elegant attire is encouraged from vintage-inspired classics to chic contemporary looks.

It’s the perfect time to go Disney Bounding!  🙂

12 Noon:  Walking is so last century! Board the Peoplemover in Tomorrowland and let’s glide into the future together!

2pm: The Liberty Belle Bon Voyage!  Meet at the riverboat landing in Liberty Square for an elegant trip around The Rivers of America on this original attraction from 1971.

3pm: Island Escapes! Explore jewel-filled caverns, frontier forts, and other prime photo-op locations on Tom Sawyer Island. (Board the rafts near Big Thunder Mountain. Island closes at dusk.)

8pm: The Dapper Derby Race, Mary Poppins-style! Meet at Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel for a most elegant group ride!

9pm-Midnight: Join up for After Dapper Drinks!  Take the monorail over to Mizner’s Lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridian. Enjoy live jazz standards by the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra (performing until 9:40pm).

The Magic Kingdom will be open for all guests until midnight with Wishes fireworks at 10pm.  Resort guests will have park access until 2am for Extra Magic Hours!

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Dress your best!

(from http://dapperday.com/spring-2015-wdw-fl)

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

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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Hidden Pascal and Friends in Fantasyland

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The gardens of Tangled.  I took this photo in November.

Pascal, a chameleon, is a true and loyal friend to Rapunzel in Disney’s “Tangled’ movie.  Hidden Pascal’s and friends can be found hiding throughout the Magic Kingdom Fantasyland’s Tangled-themed pavilion.

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Free charging station!

Free charging station!

Located just past the tables and chairs in the phone charging area, you will find a beautiful garden filled with flowers, greenery, and even a small stream.

Ten of Pascal’s chameleon friends have made this garden their new home. They can be seen lounging about on rocks near the stream, in greenery, and even hidden on nearby buildings.

Look for 10 of them!

Look for 10 of them!

After a few minutes of searching, we were able to find six chameleons hiding in the garden. Next time you’re in Fantasyland, be sure to say hi to Pascal’s friends.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

This one was the hardest one to find!

This one was the hardest one to find!

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Brown Pascal next to rock.

Maximus hoof print in Fantasyland by Tangled area.

Bonus photo!  Try and find Maximus’s hoof print in Fantasyland by the Tangled area.

Disney Fun Fct:  Pascal is actually based on a real chameleon, owned by one of the movie’s cast members. The day the directors were trying to find a name for the character, the CM said she named her chameleon Pascal, so they took that name.

Pascal

Pascal, Rapunzel’s friend.

Pascal serves a similar role as being a friend and protective sidekick to Rapunzel as Flit the hummingbird did for Pocahontas.

Disney Bounding as Pascal.

Disney Bounding as Pascal.

The real Pascal (so tiny!!).

The real Pascal (so tiny!!).

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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

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Adventureland Merchandise at the Marketplace Co-op in Downtown Disney

Fun sign!

Fun sign!

Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom just might be our favorite land to visit when we go to Disney World!

We were excited to see all the cool merchandise at the new Marketplace Co-op at Downtown Disney last month.  Check it out!

Perfect for drinks on hot summer nights!

Perfect for Pineapple Rum drinks on hot summer nights!

Enchanted Tiki Room glasses!

Enchanted Tiki Room glasses!

Adventureland pillows.

Enchanted Tiki Room pillows. $40 for two!

Shelves full of Orange Bird merchandise!

Shelves full of Orange Bird merchandise!

My coordinator friend, Amalia.  I worked with her at DTD Zone 1.

My coordinator friend, Amalia. I worked with her at DTD Zone 1.

And we ran into my coordinator friend, Amalia, too! 🙂

Dole Whip - LOVE it!!

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip – LOVE it!!

A few of my Enchanted Tiki Room pins.

A few of my Enchanted Tiki Room pins.

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney World in the Disney College Program: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale. It’s filled with advice about the DCP program and how to get the most out of your internship.
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and wrote about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney. We give advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship at Disney, 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=1409410046&sr=1-1&keywords=Two+Girls+and+a+Mouse+Tal