Making Mickey’s Gingerbread House for Christmas

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Elly got her Mickey Gingerbread House made just in time for Christmas.

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The front door.  So cute!

The back door.

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Hidden Mickeys in the icing.

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Mickeys on the rooftop.

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Beautiful.

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Seeing the Osborne Family Holiday Lights.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

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Happy Holidays!

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The best Gingerbread House in the World:

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Disney’s 2019 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

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It takes over 5,000 hand-placed shingles to make this 16-foot Gingerbread House!

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We love the Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House!

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Caroline wearing her new gingerbread Mickey & Minnie Ears. That’s Pumpkin sitting on her lap! 🙂

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Holidays at Disney are the best!

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Disney Gingerbread Toys

We think that Disney gingerbread is adorable! ❤

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My new gingerbread mug. ❤

Gingerbread Cabin Opens at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

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The brand new Wilderness Lodge Gingerbread Cabin.

It’s made of sugar and spice and everything nice!

A magical surprise has arrived at the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge with the building of an all-new gingerbread cabin.

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Mickey wreath on cabin.

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How cute is this!!!???

In keeping with the tradition that Disney World Resorts follow around the holidays, a tiny cabin was built last week out of wood and then covered with hand-laid gingerbread shingles and bricks, and a few Hidden Mickeys (5) too!

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Gingerbread Cabin details.

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Chip and Dale staying warm.

The grand opening for the new gingerbread display was on Wednesday, November 13th.  There’s a special LE 2019 gingerbread pin too.

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2019 Wilderness Lodge Gingerbread Pin.  $17.99

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Featuring the brand new Gingerbread Cabin!

There’s a Hot Cocoa and Treats station set up daily in the lobby next to the Gingerbread Cabin.

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Hot cocoa and gingerbread treats station.

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Hot cocoa is only $3.79 a mug.

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two disney sistersWe’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Happy Holidays!

  

Disney World Decorates the Parks with more than 40,000 items overnight in only 5 hours!

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The Magic Kingdom is open extended for “Extra Extra Magic Hours” this fall. Extra time to play if you like to get up early on your vacation…like 6am!

♪♫♪ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…♪♫♪♫♪♪♫♪

Every Disney World park, resort, and cruise ship in the world gets decorated overnight for the holidays in early November.  It’s a massive worldwide task transforming from Halloween to Christmas.

At Disney World, Disney Parks manager of Disney’s Holiday Services, Lisa Borotkanics, explains how it happens.

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November 2, 2019:  The park ‘All Clear’ signal wasn’t given until almost 2:30am causing a delay in getting all the holiday decor deployed overnight.  (November 1st was the last night of MNSSHP.) The Halloween bunting was still up at the train station at 8am! It was taken down after park closing that night.

“Yes! All Halloween goes away right after park close [on November 1st, last night of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party] and some Christmas goes up,” a “tired and excited” Lisa says just a few days after managing this year’s holiday overhaul.

By “some Christmas,” she means about 50 percent of what ultimately will comprise the Disney World holiday display.

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Christmas wreaths around the Cinderella Castle.

Holiday decorating continues to go on behind the scenes from November 2nd through Thanksgiving, but you’d never know it: “We want guests to feel that it is all done in one night! The reality is, what they see that first morning is done in less than seven hours. And it’s a very large decor package”

In just the Magic Kingdom alone, there are 40 trees to put up and decorate, 147 wreaths to hang and 590 fruit-ladened garlands to adorn the train station, the Cinderella Castle, cornerstone buildings, Main Street USA, and the lamp posts of Magic Kingdom by the time guests walk in the gates the next morning.

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November 2, 2019: All the fabulous holiday decor is  up on Main Street USA!

Additionally, each of Disney World’s three other theme parks, Blizzard Beach water park, Disney Springs, and all of the Disney World Resorts will have erected their own Christmas trees and wreaths, strung tens of thousands of LED lights and ornaments, and other holiday themed decorations by the morning of November 2nd.

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Lots of giant candy canes and toy soldiers.

There are about 160 cast members working on Borotkanics’s Holiday Services team and they are primarily responsible for implementing all these quick turnarounds.

Her job is to ensure that preliminary set-up is both subtle and flawless. For weeks ahead of that crucial November 2nd rollout at around 1am after park close, she oversees the “pre-wiring” of the parks and resorts: “In some cases, like [Disney Hollywood] Studios and [Disney] Springs, we’re putting up the overhead cables early to put up the garlands across the street.”

“Have you ever stood at the Magic Kingdom when it opens on the second day of November and seen the guests come in for the first time when it’s decorated for the holiday season?” asks Lisa. “Hearing children giggle and laugh and say to their parents ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Christmas now!’ That’s just an incredible feeling.”

Once the holiday’s are done on January 6th, 2020, she’s in charge of returning every single one of those 40,000-plus decor items back to Disney World’s 160,000 square feet holiday warehousing backstage, where all the trees, wreaths, garlands, lighting, and other miscellaneous Disney holiday items are put through a cycle of refurbishment and, in some cases, retirement. “Every six years,” she confirms, “there’s a complete change-out” of the decorations.

“We’re always going to decorate on the exterior with fruits and sticks and berries and bows and candles,” Borotkanics says. But the little annual swap-outs and décor updates are all the more reason to keep your eyes open next time you spend the holidays at Disney World.

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The Main Street Train Station all decorated for the holidays.

It’s Christmastime at Magic Kingdom!

Just a few hours after celebrating the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of the year on November 1st, Main Street USA is now fully decked out for the holiday season.

It’s amazing how they can transform Main Street overnight from Halloween to Christmas.

Video link:  Christmas Decor Arrives at Magic Kingdom

It’s all so beautiful!

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November 3, 2019. The Magic Kingdom train is still parked at the Main Street Train Station because of Tron construction. All the Halloween bunting is now gone.

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It really is a feast for your eyes…so beautifully decorated!

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The new Mickey flower heads have much more elongated ears this year, like Oswald.

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City Hall

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The Emporium.

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Main Street USA decorated for the holidays.

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The gaslights are always lit.

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Christmas wreaths around the Cinderella Castle.

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It’s beautiful during the day, but just magical at night:

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So pretty at night! (Tip:  The best time to take park photos at night is when you’re leaving…no crowds!)

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The Cinderella Castle.

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So beautiful!

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The Main Street Christmas Tree.

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Main Street USA at night.

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Leaving the Magic Kingdom at midnight.

Cinderella Castle Dream Lights.

Wow!

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Merry Christmas!!!

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Disney turns the castle Dream Lights on at 6pm.

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7am:  They are also turned back on in the early morning!

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Christmas by the Numbers

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Christmas at Disney World by the numbers.

150 semi-trailer truckloads of decorations are bought in for decorating 27 resorts, 4 theme parks, and Disney Springs.

8.5 million lights are strung throughout WDW property.

99% of the lighting used for holiday décor is now LED while 1 percent is compact fluorescent lighting.

Every building and lampost is decorated.

Every building and lamp post is decorated.

There are over 1,300 decorated trees across WDW property during the holidays.

300,000 yards of ribbon and bows are used to decorate the 1,300 Christmas trees.

Over 15 miles of garland is strung.

1,314 wreaths are hung.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party parade

There are 170 performers and 15 floats in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom.

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The Candlelight Processional at Epcot

More than 800 performers participate the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Watching the Dream Lights come on at 6:15pm.

Watching the Dream Lights turn on.

And, finally let’s not forget all these bright lights!

There are over 200,000 LED lights on Cinderella Castle – the fabulous Castle Dream Lights.

We could watch them change colors all night!

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The Frozen teal color. Fabulous!

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The huge Christmas tree on Main Street USA.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters enjoying the holidays at Disney World,

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Finally, every resort has their own huge decorated tree:

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom tree

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Disney Hollywood Studios tree

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Boardwalk Resort tree

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Wilderness Lodge (outside)

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Wilderness Lodge tree (inside)

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Yacht Club Resort tree. (We were trying to see all the decorated Christmas trees at the Disney Resorts in one day!)

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December 1, 2019: The Epcot Christmas Tree at sunset when the lights came on.

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Epcot Christmas tree at night.

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Grand Floridian tree

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Welcome to Castaway Cay during the holidays!

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Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii!

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom

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November 1, 2018: Main Street USA was all decorated overnight for Christmas!

When the seasons change, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will transform the Magic Kingdom Park into a winter wonderland for the most magical 23 days of the year!

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates

  • November: 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24
  • December: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22

Returning favorites for the holidays include Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade; “Holiday Wishes,” fireworks spectacular; “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” featuring Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom—transforming Cinderella Castle into a sparkling, icy centerpiece for the celebration; and the jubilant show, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.”*

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets start at $99 in advance (for certain dates) or $110 at the gate, if available.

April 7th:  Guests can purchase special event tickets by calling 407-939-1872.

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Welcome!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 – an after hours, hard ticket event – will be held on 23 nights over two months – November and December – this year:

Featuring:  Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade, “Holiday Wishes” fireworks, “A Frozen Holiday Wish” which features Elsa transforming Cinderella Castle into an icy wonderland, nightly Castle Dream Lights lighting ceremony, and the stage show “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration!”

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets start at $99 in advance or $110 at the gate.  There are specially priced tickets for DVC members and WDW Annual Passholders on select dates.  Tickets must be purchased in advance to receive the discount.

Note:   Cast members get a 30% discount!

MVMCP Tickets

Expect more dates to be added for CMs closer to the event.  $75/night.

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The Dream Lights shining on the Cinderella Castle.

Party Note:  Main Street USA will be fully decorated for the holidays with the big plaza Christmas Tree all set up by November 4, 2019, if not earlier!

Watch how cast members change the Magic Kingdom from Halloween to Christmas decor overnight:   MK Transforms from Halloween to Christmas!

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We love seeing this parade!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise:

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Special t-shirts, clothing, and Disney LE party pins are only available on party nights between 7pm – 12am.

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The MVMCP brochure

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MVMCP map with all the free cookie and hot cocoa stations.

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Come celebrate the holidays at Disney World!

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LE Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Magic Bands are only available during the party.  We love these because they are special when you go through the main entrance  turnstiles.

Video of Christmas LE Magic Band effect:  Christmas Magic Band

Very Merry Magic Bands

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I took this photo last year. So pretty!

CM Tip:  Cast Members can purchase discounted tickets for 30% off to MVMCP for seven nights in November (some nights in early December will be added later) at the Company D Store and at MK Vacation Planning kiosks.

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$75/ticket.

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Mickey and Minnie in their holiday outfits.

Party Tip:  The MVMCP party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s ticketed guests in for the party starting at 4pm.  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom early (park by 3:30pm) and don’t forget to wear your Christmas sweater!

Even if it’s warm during the day, it can get very chilly in the park after the sun goes down!!!  Stash a jacket in a locker as you enter the park. You’ll need it by midnight!

I love how Disney decorates the lightposts on Main Street!

We love how Disney decorates the lightposts on Main Street! So pretty!

Wondering about the crowds, especially in December???

Well, they are miserable the last 2 weeks in December, BUT wonderful the first two weeks in December!

The 2.5 weeks between the Monday after Thanksgiving and December 15th is a relatively low crowd period at the Magic Kingdom and for Disney World in general.  You can usually find great hotel rates.

Come to the party then, it’s much more fun!  Merry Christmas!

Special parade, snow falling on Main Street USA, Castle Dream Lights, free cookies and cocoa...all of it wonderful!!!

Special Christmas nighttime parade with snow falling on Main Street USA, the Cinderella Castle Dream Lights turned on, holiday music playing, free sugar cookies and cocoa for all guests…all of it is wonderful to see!!!  ❤

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It’s ‘snowing’ on Main Street USA!

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Love this castle view.  (I took this photo of my Christmas Mickey ears!)

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Happy Holidays!!!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters:  It’s ‘snowing’ on Main Street USA and the Castle is glowing!!!

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Main Street USA at Christmastime.  Happy Holidays!!

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Which party do you like better: MNSSHP or MVMCP??? We love them both! 🙂

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Cast member sights:  The Cinderella Dreams Lights turned on in the early morning.  ❤

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We love seeing all the characters dressed up for the holidays! Some more festive than others….

Buying Christmas Tree Pickles at Epcot Germany

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The Christmas Pickle is sold at Epcot Germany. $12.95-$14.95

Something fun to buy at Epcot Germany for the holidays is a Christmas Pickle for your Christmas tree at home.

The Germany Pavilion has eight different shops including the holiday-themed Die Weihnachts Ecke shop (this is where you can buy the Christmas Pickle ornament); Stein Haus (drinkware and home décor); Weinkeller (wine shop); and Das Kaufhaus, which carries soccer apparel and accessories.

Each shop is filled with wonderful Germany-inspired gifts and treasures.

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The Christmas Pickle Tree stays up and lit all year round.  There’s a sign on the wall explaining the “tradition”.

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The fragile glass ornaments are made in Germany.

Unfortunately, you can’t buy these online at Shop Disney, only In-Store.  😦

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Die Weihnachts Ecke (The Christmas Corner) room usually has 5 or more fully decorated Christmas Trees up year round, covered in blown glass ornaments from Germany.

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Christmas Pickle Backstory:

In the early 1890s, Woolworth department stores started selling glass ornaments imported from Germany that were in the shape of various fruits and vegetables, including a pickle.

Around the same time it was claimed that the Christmas Pickle was a “very old German tradition” and that the pickle was the last ornament hung on the tree on Christmas Eve, buried deep in the tree’s branches.

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A whole tree of Christmas pickles!

The first child to find it on Christmas morning is rewarded with one of three things: the privilege of opening the first gift, the receiving an extra gift from Santa, or being granted a year of good luck.

We are friends with an ICP from Germany who worked at Epcot’s Germany pavilion and he said that he never heard of the ‘Christmas Pickle’ before coming to America, and neither did any of his coworkers!

In fact, a recent survey revealed more than 90 percent of Germans had never heard of the “Christmas Pickle”.

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It seems like this sparkly pickle would be easy to find on Christmas morning…$19.95

Bottom line, the Christmas pickle is actually an American Christmas tradition, not German!

But, we still like the idea of getting an extra present on Christmas morning!

Read more about our visit to Epcot Germany here:  Epcot Germany Pavilion.

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Epcot Germany – A beautiful town square with a real clock tower.

The Germany pavilion is one of our favorite places to shop at Epcot.

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The shops at Epcot Germany when we went in January.

Crystal princesses.

Crystal princesses.  So pretty!!

We’ve bought some crystal figurines there and we can’t talk about Germany without talking about the wonderful caramel popcorn at the Karamell-Kuche shop!!!

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Werther’s Original Caramels at the Karamell Kuche shop….so delicious!!!!

And, Snow White meets there every afternoon by her wishing well.

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Do you hang a Christmas Pickle on your tree on Christmas Eve?

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Caroline working at DAK (merchandise).

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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!

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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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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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Meeting Princess Aurora at the Magic Kingdom’s Candy Cane Garden

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The Candy Cane Garden where Princess Aurora greets guests during the day.

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Meeting a very pretty Princess Aurora.

During the holiday season, Princess Aurora can be found on Main Street USA near City Hall at the Candy Cane Garden in the Magic Kingdom.

We were so excited to see her because it was cool and she was wearing her winter costume!

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Elly and Aurora taking a selfie together.

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The Countdown sign.  Christmas will be here soon!  🙂

Mailbox for Santa letters in the Candy Cane Garden.

Mailbox for Santa letters in the Candy Cane Garden.

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Meeting winter Princess Aurora.

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The Candy Cane Garden is very festive.

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Open daily through Dec. 31st 10am – 5pm.

Bonus Tip:  If you’re at  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party  (a hard ticket event during certain nights in December), you can meet Santa here before the Holiday Celebration Parade!!!  Expect long lines.  He’s only here until December 24th, then he returns to the North Pole!  ❤

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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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Caroline at work 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/

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Ready for the Christmas parade!

Turning on the 2018 Cinderella Castle Dream Lights!

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The 2018 Cinderella Castle Dream Lights will be turned on tonight, November 8, 2018 and Disney Parks Blog will be live streaming it!

It’s also the first night of the 2018 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party celebration.

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The Cinderella Castle Dream Lights.  (Teal, my favorite color!)

It’s Christmastime at the Magic Kingdom!!!

Disney decorates Cinderella Castle for the holiday season with a “Dream Lights” effect that makes the Castle look covered in ice.

Over 350,000 LED lights are draped over the turrets and roofs and down the sides of the Castle to create this beautiful effect.  It takes over 7 weeks to hang all the lights!

We’ve gotten to see the Cinderella Castle Dream Lights being turned on many times for the past several years.  It’s beautiful each and every time!

The Dream Lights will stay lit until after the Disney Marathon Weekend happening January 9 – 13, 2019.

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6pm:  The Frozen show –“A Frozen Holiday Wish” – where Queen Elsa lights the Castle’s Dream Lights with a sweep of her hand.

Just after dark at around 6pm, the characters from ‘Frozen’ come out on the Castle Stage and do a short show called “A Frozen Holiday Wish”.  The castle lighting show stars Queen Elsa (who turns on the Dream Lights with her magical, icy powers), Princess Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf the snowman.

The Frozen show starts the evening’s celebrations, followed by the Castle’s lighting ceremony at 6:15 pm.  The Castle’s Dream Lights remain on, with the Castle slowly changing colors from pink to green to blue to purple, for the rest of the evening until one hour after park closing.

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I could watch them change colors all night.  This is one of my favorite shades, blue into purple.  Just dazzling!

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Purple.

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Make it pink!!

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Stunning!  Icy blue.

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Teal into the ‘Frozen’ blues.  **Sigh**  Just beautiful.

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The four side turrets house the new state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems for all the different shows put on every day.

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Reflections of the Dream Lights on the castle’s moat water.  I took this photo last year.

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Starbucks Coffee colored! [Rare!]

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I could watch the Cinderella Lights from the bridge all night!

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They are also turned back on in the early morning!  So pretty as the sun is coming up!

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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

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Caroline at work 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/

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7pm:  The Dream Lights are turned on and they are beautiful!  ❤

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10pm:  It’s starting to rain on Main Street USA, but we don’t care!  Ho ho ho!!  Happy Holidays!

 

Disney Store Private Christmas Event

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Disney Magic

We were invited to a private holiday event at the Disney Store in Broomfield, CO on Tuesday night (11/07/2017).

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Gate opening at 8pm for the private event.

It was by invitation only for Disney VISA card holders and you had to RSVP.

Because it was snowing, only about 5 people showed up!

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These holiday dolls were so cute!

All the new Christmas merchandise was out including the new 2017 holiday pins.  All the new Coco movie merch was out too.

They also sent us a 25% off entire order coupon!

Some photos of the new holiday merch:

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Holiday mugs and tsums tsums.

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New Anna and Elsa dresses from the new movie coming out next week.

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Love these mini’s!

 

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Belle and Snow White


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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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Sweet Treats – Shingles from the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

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Selling gingerbread treats since 1999!

This time of year when you walk into Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, you can immediately smell the sweet and spicy aroma of baked gingerbread.

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Buying some sweet treats at the Gingerbread House.

Right beyond the huge and beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the middle of the grand lobby sits the 2016 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

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The Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House

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The gingerbread recipe for making 5,089 shingles!

According to Disney, the gingerbread house is made up of 1,050 pounds of honey, 140 pints of egg whites, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 700 pounds of chocolate, 800 pounds of flour, 35 pounds of spices, and tons of Disney magic and pixie dust. (Look for the 17 Hidden Mickeys in the shingles!)

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The Gingerbread Shoppe is open 10am – 10pm daily until January 1, 2017.

But, the best part of the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is that on the backside of the structure, you’ll find the Gingerbread Shoppe, a dutch window where guests can purchase many kinds of sweet treats.

These include gingerbread men, gingerbread houses, gingerbread cookies, gingerbread shingles, and white chocolate treats! If it can be made with gingerbread, it’s likely sold here.  🙂

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Gingerbread everything!!

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Buckets of White Chocolate treats

The gingerbread shingles are the BEST! The cookie is very soft with a subtle gingerbread taste. And, the best part is that the back of the shingle is covered in rich dark chocolate, which pairs nicely with the gingerbread flavor.

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We could eat one of these every day! ❤

It is one of our favorite treats at WDW.

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You can even buy decorated gingerbread houses at the GF Gingerbread House!

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The front side of the Gingerbread House.

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I found one of the Hidden Mickeys in the shingles!

The Gingerbread Shoppe is open from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily during the holiday season, usually until the first week in January.

This year, the Gingerbread House Shoppe is scheduled to close January 1, 2017, and Disney will start to disassemble it January 4, 2017.

Interested in what happens to all that gingerbread???

It gets recycled and composted!  Disney Bees Recycle GF Gingerbread House!

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Special resort pins are available during the holiday season.

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We got to see it – and buy some sweet treats – last year.  So pretty…so yummy!!

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The 2016 Grand Floridian holiday pin.

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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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