Applying to the Fall/Fall Advantage 2017 DCP Program

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Apply today!

Feeling adventurous in 2017?  Made a resolution to change your life?

The Disney College Program might be just what you’re looking for!

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Application opened January 23, 2017!  Don’t be late, apply today!

The DCP Fall/Fall Advantage 2017 application opened today!

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There are five main DCP programs at Disney World and Disneyland in 2017.

DCP program dates for Disney World.

DCP program dates for Disney World and Disneyland.

Spring 2017 Program

Students should have applied and interviewed in late August 2016– late October 2016

Program begins mid/late January and ends in early/mid May 2017

Spring Advantage 2017 Program

Students should have applied and interviewed late August 2016 – late October 2016

Program begins late January/early February and ends in early/mid August 2017

Fall 2017 Program  (Application open now)

Students should apply/interview January 2017 – late March 2017

Program begins mid/late August and ends in early January 2018

Fall Advantage 2017 Program (Application open now)

Students should apply/interview February 2017 – late March 2017

Program begins late May/early June and ends in early January 2018

Quarter Session Programs

There are also specialized program time frames for students who attend schools that follow a quarter or trimester academic calendar.

Summer Programs

The summer-only program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company. The application will be open for ONE DAY:  February 6, 2017 only!  The 2017 DCP Summer Alumni Program.

Program begins mid-to-late May/early June and ends in early August 2017 (10 weeks).

****Ready to apply???  Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!****

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Disney College Program Careers

This program is currently offered at both at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL and the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. During the application process, candidates will be given the opportunity to express interest in one or both locations. (It is not necessary to apply separately.) A Disney College Program participant’s wage will vary between $10.00 – $12.31 per hour, based upon the role that he/she is selected to perform. Participants may also be eligible for premium pay in select roles and will learn their exact rate of pay upon receiving an invitation.

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Link to get email notifications for future openings:  http://disneyinternsinfo.com/

DCP Program info

DCP Program info

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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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Disney Princesses Keeping Warm in the Festival of Fantasy Parade

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The Disney princesses staying warm in their winter outfits.  (Jiminy Cricket looks concerned!)

When the temperature in Orlando falls below 60 degrees, the Disney princesses change into their heavier winter gowns.  This generally only happens for a few days in the December – February time period, so it’s hard to catch them wearing their winter gowns and capes. [We think that in 365 days, they maybe get to wear their winter costumes only about 20-25 times!]

But, when they are wearing them, they are extra beautiful!  All that velvet and heavy satin and the long gloves….so pretty!

They were wearing them during the Festival of Fantasy parade for several days last week before Christmas (Dec 2016).

The Festival of Fantasy parade photos (several photo credits:  Dan K.):

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The Frozen princesses dressed to stay warm.

The Frozen princesses.

The Frozen princesses in their capes and gloves.

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So exciting to see Cinderella in her winter outfit!

Cinderella all covered up.

Cinderella all covered up.

Cinderella keeping warm.

Cinderella keeping warm.

Rapunzel keeping warm.

Rapunzel keeping warm.

We didn't even know that Tinkerbell had a green jacket!

We didn’t even know that Tinkerbell had a green jacket for her costume!

Belle looks warm.

Belle keeping warm.

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They also wear their winter costumes for the character meet and greets in the parks when the temps fall below 60 degrees.

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Princess Aurora in her long-sleeved gown.

Meeting Snow White before dinner.

Snow White in her winter gown.

Merida wearing her long cape.

Merida wearing her long winter cape.

Tiana looking warm.

Tiana looking warm in her winter gown and cape.

Cinderella stepsisters & mother in their winter outfits.

Cinderella’s mean stepsisters & stepmother in their winter outfits.

A warm cape for Princess Ariel.

A warm clamshell cape for Princess Ariel.  (We didn’t even know that she had a cape either!)

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Close-up of her clamshell cape.  I wonder if her seat is heated…

Winter Belle at Hollywood Studios

Winter Belle at Hollywood Studios. (This is her Christmas outfit.)

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Full on view of Belle’s winter dress.  Lovely!

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Pocahontas in her winter outfit last year at DAK.  She has a brand new costume, so her winter outfit may have been updated too

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And here is the rarest of all the winter costumes….TARZAN!

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Meanwhile at Disneyland, they hold Christmas Fantasy Parades during the holidays with special princess costumes and tiaras.

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Princess Aurora looking lovely in the tiara.

Winter Cinderella

Winter Cinderella

Winter gown.

Another winter gown for Princess Aurora.

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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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Buying a Christmas Pickle at Epcot Germany

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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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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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At the Karamell Kuche shop….so delicious!!!!

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

Meeting Snow White before dinner.

Meeting Snow White at her wishing well.

Something fun to buy at Epcot for the holidays is a Christmas Pickle!

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The “Christmas Pickle” is sold at Epcot Germany.  $20

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 Christmas tree of Christmas Pickles at the shop!

The first child to find it on Christmas morning is rewarded with one of three things: the privilege of opening the first gift, or 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 last year and he said that he never heard of the ‘Christmas Pickle’ before coming to America, and neither did any of his coworkers!

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

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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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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2017 DCP Housing Rents at WDW

The four housing complexes at Disney World.

There are four huge DCP housing complexes at Disney World.

The DCP apartments at Disney World have one to four bedrooms, with two or three participants in each bedroom.

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Rent is between $99-$200/week.  Check out Patterson’s new 3 Bedroom/3 Person apartment!

Rent costs are automatically deducted weekly from every cast members’ paychecks, so you don’t have to worry about turning in a check at the beginning of the month. (If you don’t work enough hours in a week, you can call the Front Office and pay your rent over the phone.)

The apartment rent includes all utilities such as electricity, wifi internet (S-L-O-W!), TV cable hookup, waste disposal, recycling, heat/AC, local phone service, 24 hour gated security, free bus transportation to all the Disney parks, resorts, and Disney Springs (for work and playtime!); as well as the various resort-style amenities, such as pools, hot tubs, outdoor grills, gyms, basketball, etc. available at each housing complex.

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You can rent all these things for free at the front desk of each housing complex.

 

May 16, 2017 Update:  All DCP apartments have been smoke-free for years, but now Housing is limiting where you can smoke on property (i.e., one of our roommates used to smoke out on the balcony. That’s no longer allowed.)  We think this is a good thing!

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May 16, 2017 email from Housing regarding smoking on property.

Now if they see or smell any sign of smoking in the apartment at all, the whole apartment will FAIL the monthly inspection!  😦

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“Smoking inside the apartment” is now a Code Violation.

As soon as you’re accepted to the DCP, sign up for what type of apartment size you want and where you want to live like I did: Filling out my DORMS form.  (Be aware, there is no guarantee…I literally got my last housing choice!)

To help figure out what size apartment you will be able to afford during your program, remember that most CPs are paid $10/hr. before taxes and are only guaranteed 32/hrs. week.  [Certain roles get a $1/hr. premium.]

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The DORMS apartment selection process.

Bonus Tip:  Disney Housing offers a free monthly Housing Event social for all residents. Lots of free food, music and dancing, and fun character meet and greets!

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The first Housing Event for the Fall 2017 program is on August 10th, Chatham Field. Free food and great music!! Don’t miss it!

Our first DCP Housing event:  August 2013

At our first DCP Housing event, we got to meet the characters from Andy’s Room (Toy Story) and they gave us free straw hats!

Interested in learning about the DCP Housing available at Disneyland? It’s called Carnegie Plaza:  Carnegie Plaza at Disneyland.

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The brand new DCP Housing pins are being released monthly.

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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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2016 Cinderella Castle Dream Lights are On!

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

The 2016 Dream Lights were turned on November 2, 2016.  It’s Christmastime at the Magic Kingdom!!! [The Dream Lights will stay lit until after the Disney Marathon Weekend January 5 – 8, 2017!]

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

Over 200,000 LED lights are draped over the turrets and roofs and down the sides of the Castle to create this beautiful effect.

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

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6pm:  The Frozen preshow where Queen Elsa lights the Castle.

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

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 Castle.  The new turrets on either side of the Castle are decorated with lights too.

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Make it pink!!

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Stunning!  Icy blue.

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Teal into ‘Frozen’ blues.  **Sigh**

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The four side turrets house the new state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.

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Reflections of the Dream Lights on the moat water.

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

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Christmas 2015:  It’s starting to rain, but we don’t care!  Ho ho ho!!

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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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Disney World Refurbishment Schedule Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!

Note:  Last updated by Disney World on October 16, 2016

There’s nothing more frustrating than going all the way to Disney World for a long-planned vacation and finding out that your favorite ride or attraction is closed for refurbishment – or has permanently closed!

Disney tries to schedule most of the serious refurbishments for popular attractions during the slow, winter months. But, sometimes refurbishments and closures for repairs do get scheduled during the summer and fall months.octoberMagic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain closed 8/8/2016- 11/18/2016
  • Liberty Square Riverboat closed 1/3/2017- 1/12/2017
  • Magic Kingdom Railroad closed 1/9/2017- 2/16/2017
  • Hall of Presidents closed 1/17/2017- 6/29/2017
  • Stitch’s Great Escape is now a seasonal attraction 10/2/2016
  • Haunted Mansion closed 11/28/2016- 12/1/2016
  • Swiss Family Treehouse closed until 10/25/16
  • Splash Mountain closed 12/7/2016

Epcot

  • Infrastructure Work in park: 9/28/2016- 12/17/2016

     Permanently closed

  • Habit Heroes in Innoventions West closed 1/18/2016
  • Captain EO – closed 12/6/15
  • Off Kilter- final performance 9/27/2014
  • Mo’Rockin- final performance 9/27/2014
  • World Showcase Players- final performance 9/25/2014
  • Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps- final performance 9/27/2014
  • Maelstrom- closed 10/6/2014
  • The Spirit of Norway- closed 10/6/2014
  • Test the Limits Lab- closed permanently 1/6/2015
  • My Magic+ Service Center located inside Innoventions East is now closed. You can visit Guest Relations in Future World or any of the FastPass kiosks.
  • Sum of All Thrills and StormStruck have closed permanently 9/15/2016

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Look for the brand new Rivers of Light finally opening this month.

      Permanently closed attractions:

  • Wild by Design Tour- last tour was 9/26/2014. This was discontinued.
  • Tip Board permanently closed
  • Sunrise Safari Tour- last tour was 12/28/2014. This was discontinued.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Many attractions have permanently closed due to Star Ward Land and Toy Story Land construction which will continue into 2017.

  • Pizza Planet closed 1/11/2016- Late 2016
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster closed 10/27/16- 11/9/2016

     Permanently closed rides and attractions:

  • American Idol Experience closed. Last day was 8/30/2014.
  • Backlot Tour closed permanently 9/27/2014
  • American Film Institute Showcase at the end of the Backlot Tour closed permanently 8/17/2014.
  • Legend of Jack Sparrow closed
  • Phineas & Ferb Meet and Greet- closed permanently 1/5/2016
  • Lightning McQueen & Mater Meet and Greet- closed permanently 1/5/2016
  • Joffrey’s coffee kiosk closed 1/4/2016
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Meet and Greet: Mike and Sulley at Street of America closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Prop Shop- closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Studio Catering Co. closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Watto’s Grotto closed permanently 04/03/16
  • High Octane Refreshments closed permanently 04/03/16
  • New York News closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Youse Guys Moychindise closed permanently 04/03/16

Water Parks:

  • Blizzard Beach – closed 10/16/2016- 12/24/2016
  • Typhoon Lagoon- closed 12/25/2016- 3/11/2017 Shark Reef has closed permanently

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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

New Holiday Treat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Opens Next Month

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The Jingle Bell spectacular will be projected onto the Chinese Theater with a special holiday fireworks show at the end.

For Disney guests that want to see something new at the Parks this holiday season – and are bummed that the Osborne Family Lights won’t be returning with the demolition of the DHS Streets of America last April – there’s something new planned for the holidays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Starting November 14, 2016 – December 31, 2016, there’s an all-new “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday spectacular. The show comes to life on, above and all around the Chinese Theater with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score… and SNOW!

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Mickey’s Christmas Carol

The show features memorable holiday moments from classic Disney xmas films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast Holiday Edition,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”

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The elves help find and return Santa to the North Pole in time for Christmas.

And did I mention there will be snow?  🙂

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Beauty and The Beast Holiday Edition

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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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