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…

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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.

December 2017 UPDATE:
DCP apartment rents are going up a little in 2018.

Check out the new rent increases: 2018 DCP Apartment Rents.

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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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Hurricane Ride Out Teams Have Been Activated at Disney World – Hurricane Matthew Arrives

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Crazy!

 

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BREAKING NEWS FOR WDW CAST MEMBERS!

HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE:

September 5, 2017:  We are posting WDW operational updates for Hurricane Irma on this blog:  Hurricane Irma is Coming!

We’ll be updating the blog twice a day at 9am and 9pm.

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Hurricane Matthew Arrives!

BREAKING NEWS!  Oct 6th, 2016, 11am EDT:

All WDW Disney Parks and Disney Springs are closing at 5pm today and remaining closed tomorrow, Friday October 7, 2016.

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pathDisneyWorld.com Update October 6, 2016
Based on the most recent forecasts for Hurricane Matthew, Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, miniature golf courses and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will all be closed today by 5 p.m. and will remain closed through Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Theme Park is also canceled for tonight and tomorrow.
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Thursday, Oct 6th, 2016,  1pm Update:

From the National Weather Service – Orange County

Wind:

Latest Local Forecast: equivalent Cat 1 Hurricane force winds.

Peak wind forecast: 65-85 mph with gusts to 105 mph.

Flooding Rain:

Latest Local Forecast: Flood Watch is in effect.

Peak rainfall amounts: additional 3-5 inches, with locally higher amounts.

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Oct 5, 11pm EDT:  Operational Closures at WDW

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First closing notification

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MNSSHP has been cancelled for Thursday night.  Official MK closing was 7 pm, but now it’s closing at 5pm to secure the park.

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Oct 5, 2016, 3pm  Hurricane warning for Orange County

*** Hurricane Ride Out Teams Now Activated at Disney World ***

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 3:15pm MDT

Fort Wilderness, Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villa, and Polynesian Bungalow guests are being asked to voluntarily relocate to other resorts at no extra cost by Thursday morning and the WDW resort is not presently accepting new reservations. (Relocation will become mandatory if winds exceed 30 mph.  It’s not safe to be under trees or over water during hurricane winds.)

Guests who decide to cancel WDW hotel stays between October 5 and October 9, 2016 due to the storm will receive full refunds.  WDW Hurricane Matthew Updates.

Cast Member Hurricane Ride Out Teams – Activated!

Disney cast members are known to go above and beyond for resort and park guests.  This includes during a hurricane!

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Hurricane Ride Out Team info

Every location has a written hurricane safety plan.  Remember, Safe-D begins with me!

Cast members on Hurricane Ride Out Teams will be on shift for 72 hours straight. CMs are paid their normal rate until hour 8 worked, then from hour 8-16 is OT, and from 16 onward would be DT.

CMs will hang out at their location during the storm and do tasks as needed, mostly centered around keeping things safe and comfy for guests. Meals and a place to sleep and shower will be provided at no cost.  Example: Magic Kingdom cast members will spend their entire time in the park and not be released to leave until the storm has passed and the park is clean and safe for guests.  No park will reopen until all storm debris has been cleaned up and all rides have been reinspected.  Stay connected via the Hub for Saturday park status updates.

Remember, Disney World has its own power station and water treatment plant.  Even though DCP housing is only 4 miles away, the housing complexes are on the Orlando power grid and may lose power.

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Very high winds, and maybe even tornadoes, are in the Friday forecast!

Park Tie Downs

Cast members are beginning what is known as a park-wide “tie down” which essentially involves removing all loose items around the parks and hotels, including trash bins, tables, chairs and anything else not firmly attached to the ground, and storing them in a secure location where they won’t be blown around by the wind.

In addition, anything that is loose but attached to a building (like a hanging sign or banner) is being tied down and secured with rope and zipties.

Disney is taking all appropriate steps to ensure that the storm has as minimal an impact on a guest’s vacation as possible.  They are updating their main page hourly with advisories:  https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

CPs Living in Disney Housing Complexes

Disney is bringing in about a dozen people for the next 72 hours (starting today, Oct 6th) that will be working 24/7 at all of the DCP housing complexes making sure that all cast members are safe. They will be handling any emergency situations such as apartment flooding or wind damage, ensuring that all damage reports are taken care of immediately.

No guests will be allowed into the DCP housing complexes after 4pm. Residents are only allowed in their own complex (i.e., Vista Way residents are not allowed in The Commons after 4pm.)

Taping of windows is not allowed.

Florida Airports are Closing Ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Airlines are canceling hundreds of flights as Hurricane Matthew sweeps along the Florida coast.  Across the state, nearly 1,500 flights have been scrapped, according to FlightAware.com.

Orlando International Airport (MCO) officials said commercial operations will cease Thursday around 8 p.m., but passengers with an in-bound flight around that time should contact their airline for specific information.

The Orlando Sanford International Airport said it will cease domestic commercial flights at 10 a.m. Thursday. International flights will cease at 6:30 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale International Airport announced plans to close at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Officials at Miami International Airport will continue monitoring the storm and warned of possible flight cancellations. On its website, officials noted that generally “airports don’t’ operate in sustained crosswinds that exceed 35 mph.”

The Palm Beach International Airport website doesn’t say when flights will be suspended, but asked travelers to stay away, noting that the airport is not intended for use as a shelter.

The Jacksonville International Airport website also advises travelers to check flight status with the airlines before heading to the airport.

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landfallHurricane Warning in effect for Orange County until Saturday, 1:15 AM EDT.

Areal Flood Watch in effect from Thursday, 8:00 AM EDT until Friday, 8:00 PM EDT. Source: U.S. National Weather Service.

warning2HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT:  National Weather Service Update

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED – ORLANDO – APOPKA – CHRISTMAS

* WIND – LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: EQUIVALENT CAT 1 HURRICANE FORCE WIND – PEAK WIND FORECAST: 60-80 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 100 MPH – WINDOW FOR TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS: THURSDAY EVENING UNTIL EARLY SATURDAY MORNING – WINDOW FOR HURRICANE FORCE WINDS: EARLY FRIDAY MORNING UNTIL FRIDAY AFTERNOON

– CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: EXTREME – THE WIND THREAT HAS INCREASED FROM THE PREVIOUS ASSESSMENT. – EMERGENCY PLANS SHOULD INCLUDE A REASONABLE THREAT FOR MAJOR HURRICANE FORCE WIND GREATER THAN 110 MPH OF EQUIVALENT CATEGORY 3 INTENSITY OR HIGHER. – TO BE SAFE, AGGRESSIVELY PREPARE FOR THE POTENTIAL OF DEVASTATING WIND IMPACTS. REMAINING EFFORTS TO SECURE PROPERTIES SHOULD NOW BE BROUGHT TO COMPLETION. – EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING WIND IS POSSIBLE. FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY SHELTER MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY, LOSS OF LIFE, OR IMMENSE HUMAN SUFFERING. MOVE TO SAFE SHELTER BEFORE THE WIND BECOMES HAZARDOUS.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: DEVASTATING – STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO STURDY BUILDINGS, SOME WITH COMPLETE ROOF AND WALL FAILURES. COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF MOBILE HOMES. DAMAGE GREATLY ACCENTUATED BY LARGE AIRBORNE PROJECTILES. LOCATIONS MAY BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS OR MONTHS. – NUMEROUS LARGE TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ALONG WITH FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN OVER. – MANY ROADS IMPASSABLE FROM LARGE DEBRIS, AND MORE WITHIN URBAN OR HEAVILY WOODED PLACES. MANY BRIDGES, CAUSEWAYS, AND ACCESS ROUTES IMPASSABLE. – WIDESPREAD POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES.

* FLOODING RAIN – LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT – PEAK RAINFALL AMOUNTS: ADDITIONAL 3-5 INCHES, WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS.

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4pm Update:  If the parks are open tomorrow and it’s raining, bring a poncho and wear sandals, especially at the Magic Kingdom!  MK floods very easily…Main Street, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland…all flood with only 2-3″ of rain!

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5:30pm:  The Magic Kingdom is closed for the night!

5:30pm Update:  All the Disney Parks at WDW are closed!  The Magic Kingdom closed at 5pm and by 5:30pm it was deserted and raining hard!  😦

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Several of our blog fans have asked for an update after the parks and resorts reopened yesterday.

48 Hours Later Follow-up Blog:  When Hurricane Matthew Closed Disney World

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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

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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14 Daily Struggles of Disney Cast Members

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Welcome to Disney World!

The Struggles via Buzzfeed:

For fellow Disney cast members on the clock, off the clock, and everywhere in between.

1. The word “folks”

You had never said it in your life before you started working for the Mouse, and suddenly it’s the only word you use to communicate to a group of 3+ people.

“Hi, folks!” “Alrighty, folks…” “Folks! Folks!! FOLKS!!!”

Who are you? Mark Twain?

2. Not knowing how to end a conversation

Guest: Hi, where is the bathroom?
You: Just down that walkway to the right.
Guest: Thank you!
You: Of course! Have fun!!
Guest: *Looks at you, confused.*
You: *Looks at guest, confused, quickly looks away and pretends to be busy with something else.*

Don’t judge us, we typically have a very cheery demeanor, okay? And maybe we do want you to have a fun time in the bathroom…I don’t know.

CP Meeting a princess (2)3. Calling little boys “Princess”

You: Hi, Princess!
Brother of “Princess”: He’s a boy!!
Parent of “Princess”: *Probably shooting you some look, but you don’t catch it because you cannot bear to look at them anymore.*
You: *Slowly walks away. Tries to disappear. Just pretends nothing happened. Considers saying “I said ‘prince!’” Just…thinks maybe I should just quit right now.*

Hey, in our defense, your young son has beautiful hair.

adele.jpgCheck out photos of Adele’s 3-year-old son in a Princess Anna dress at Disneyland in February 2016!

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4. The question of all questions

Guest: What time is the 3 o’clock parade?
You: *Wonders if guest is asking this on purpose to be silly…oh you silly guests! You must have read that BuzzFeed article about Cast Member struggles and you are asking this to be funny! …suddenly realizes guest is genuinely asking this question.*It’s at 3 o’clock!
Guest: I know it is! That’s why I said 3 o’clock parade! Get a sense of humor!!
You: *Forces smile and laughs through teeth while thinking about how you don’t get paid enough.*

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5. Selfie Sticks

We’re supposed to take them from you. You’re not supposed to bring them in. There are literally three announcements on the tram in about how they’re not welcome in the parks. There are signs at the turnstiles.  Big signs. And yet, here we are.

Guest: *Pulls out selfie stick.*
You: *Hears “Psycho” theme, eyes widen as you focus in on the banned object. Approaches guest.* Hi, um, so actually selfie sticks aren’t allowed in the parks and –
Guest: What?! No one told me that! I had no idea!
You: Yeah…so…I actually have to take it from you.
Guest: For the day?
You: For…ever. Or I can call security and they can escort you out so you don’t have to get rid of it. You can take it to your hotel and then come back…or we can store them in a locker for you at the very front of the park….
Guest: That’ll take too long! But I’m not giving it up because it was expensive.
You: *Thinks: I’m pretty sure those are $4 at Claire’s, but sure.* I’m sorry, but they are a banned –
Guest: I’m not giving it up!
You: Okay, I’ll just have to call security…
Guest: That is ridiculous!
You: I know. *Looks at metaphorical fourth-wall camera and gives it a raised eyebrow.*

6. Not knowing if compliments are genuine or sarcastic

You: *Staring off into space, praying someone comes and bumps you soon.*
Old Man: Hey, *reads nametag* I just wanted to say you’re doin’ a great job, kiddo!
You: …Thank you!…? *Thinking: Was that sarcastic? Must have been. I’m doing a terrible job! I should give myself a Show reprimand for being a waste of space here.*

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7. Trying to find the appropriate shade of nail polish

We won’t get into the rules of the ‘Disney Look’ here because that’s a beast of its own, but it’s just difficult to understand how bright (hooker) peach nail polish is allowed, yet a lovely, subtle lavender shade isn’t…

Snarky Cast Member: Oh, I love that nail color!
You: Thanks! I –
SCM: But is it the Disney Look?
You: I DON’T KNOW, MARTHA, IS YOUR FACE DISNEY LOOK?!

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8. Trying to be a good Cast Member by picking up trash (and then instantly regretting it)

We all do our part to keep the Parks looking clean, and who doesn’t love doing a good “Disney Scoop” every now and then?

You: Oh, look, some trash in my way. I can totally pick this up! *Does Disney Scoop, picks up seemingly harmless-looking trash, realizes it is, in fact, not seemingly harmless.* OH MY GOD, THIS IS WET! WHY IS THIS WET?! WHAT HAVE YOU MONSTERS DONE TO THIS NAPKIN?! I AM NEVER PICKING UP GARBAGE AGAIN. SORRY, CUSTODIAL. SORRY, WALT. I CAN’T.

(“Disney Scoop” = a cute name for the fluid motion of bending down to pick up trash and seamlessly continuing to walk.)

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9. Crowds: Spring Break, Holidays, Peak Summer Season…

No one likes it when the parks are close to or at capacity. It’s a less-than-ideal situation for guests and cast members alike. Prime example:

“Dear Diary, today, in the same minute, I was hit in the head by a light saber and run into by an ECV backing up. Please send help.”

(What’s an ECV? Electronic Conveyance (Convenience?) Vehicle…or something like that. The scooters. You know.)

10. The Straight-Legged Sprint

Whether it’s to get someone their bump-out on time, to get to the PC in time to clock in, or to make your way through rotation quickly (because you stopped to use the bathroom), a lot of us CMs have mastered the Straight-Legged Sprint. From afar, it looks like you’re just a really fast walker, but upon closer inspection, you are absolutely sprinting without bending your legs. (No running at Disney!) It’s an acquired skill only brought out at the most necessary moments.

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11. Pretending not to be totally grossed out by vomit

People throw up. Kids especially throw up.  A lot. And sometimes it’s in the area you’re working. And all you can do is call custodial (Code V stat!), lay down some towels, if you have them, and stand over said vomit with a half smile plastered on your face while telling guests to watch their step.

You: Watch your step, folks.
Guest: Oh my GOD! Is that –
You: Yes. Yes it is. *Thinks to self: and I’m standing over it. For $10 an hour I am literally guarding someone’s puke. Is this the dream? Am I really living the dream right now?*
Guest: *Gives you look of pity but also appreciation.* You don’t get paid enough.
You: *Laughs and gives an “oh stop it” hand to guest, while also thinking: NO KIDDING, LADY!*

In a normal world, I would legitimately run away from puke. I don’t do vomit. Ever. But at work I get into the mental state of it being no big deal/another day another puke pile…this must be what it’s like to be a doctor…yeah.

12. Visiting the parks as a guest

You: *Sees cute child running around.* Hi, Buddy! How are you? Have you seen Mickey yet today?!
Cute Child: *Stares at you and wonders why this scary stranger is talking to him…*
Parent of Cute Child: *Kind of looks at you like you’re creepy, but also appreciates you talking to their kid.*
You: *Debates whether or not to say you work here, decides against it and just slowly walks away…*

OR, how about when you see guests doing something that definitely isn’t allowed and you have this moral compass problem of speaking up or not…but decide against it because you’re not on the clock/in costume. And then feeling guilty. “Safe-D begins with me!”

13. Being able to block out all the noise until someone brings up how you’re able to block out all the noise

Guest: Wow! You must be able to block out all that noise.
You: What noise?…*Suddenly, you hear it. You hear it all…Your area’s music/babies crying/people screaming.* Why have you done this to me, woman?! I was subconsciously blocking it all out until you mentioned it! Why?! What kind of monster are you?!

[Caroline was once in such a zone at work that she was mistaken by guests as being a mannequin! Then she ruined the moment by asking them “May I help you?”, which scared the crap out of them!!!  They didn’t think she was real!]

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14. “If you hate your job so much, why don’t you just quit?”

I don’t hate my job. I love it. I love the people I work with…well, most of them, and I truly do enjoy interacting with guests from all over the country and the world…well, most of them. Every day is a new adventure. It’s just fun to complain, especially when so many others can relate. Do I want to work here forever? No. But for now, yeah! And besides, Annual Passes are way too expensive now. My Cast ID is a golden ticket. And it’s nice to have someone wash your work clothes for you. #ThanksCostuming!

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Have a magical day!

– Disney Cast Member maddiescheutz via Buzzfeed

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2016 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips

BREAKING NEWS!  More party dates have been added for cast member discounted tickets!

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Party dates Oct 23, 25, 27 and 28th have been added for discounted tickets for cast members!

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Cast members can now buy discounted tickets at the Company D store for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at a 30% discount off of general ticket prices for the public.

The ticket prices are good for the earlier party dates in September, which is wonderful as those are the less crowded nights (see memo below).

MNSSHP party details:

There are 29 nights for the 2016 event this year!

September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30*

October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31**

Hours: 7:00 pm – Midnight

Two Boo To You Parades:  at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm

HalloWishes Fireworks: at 9:30 pm

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MNSSHP Tickets Prices:

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25 – $72.00 plus tax age 10+, $67.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $79.00/$74 same-day*

September 29, 30 – $79.00 plus tax age 10+, $74.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $88/$83.00 same-day

October 2, 6 – $86.00 plus tax age 10+, $81.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90 same-day

October 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 – $91.00 plus tax age 10+, $86.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90 same-day

September 23 – $85.00 plus tax age 10+, $80.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 7, 14, 21, 28, 30 – $95.00 plus tax age 10+, $90.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 31– $105.00 plus tax age 10+, $100.00 plus tax age 3-9**

Passholder Rates available 9/2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 23, 25, 29, 30; 10/2, 6 – Rates are $67-80 (depends on night) plus tax. Disney Vacation Club members also have discounts on additional nights (including all dates APs already get) – 10/4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, & 20 ranging between $62-83.

*Cast Members can get discounted tickets (30% off) to MNSSHP for most nights in September at the Company D Store.

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2016 Cast member prices:  $ 50.40/ticket for September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, and 25 party nights

**Note: Guest tickets for Halloween night always sell out early!

CP Tip:  The party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s guests wearing costumes in for the party starting at 4pm. (Normally, adult guests may not wear costumes in the parks.)  Come early and plan on staying until midnight!

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Nobody decorates for the holidays – any holiday! – like Disney!  🙂

Plan on being at MK all day:  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom in the morning and storing your costume in the lockers near the entrance.  At 4pm, change into your costume and have your photo taken on Main Street before the crowds arrive at 7pm!

Everyone arriving in costumes for the evening.

Everyone arriving in great costumes for the party.

Special party lighting on Main Street USA.

Special MNSSHP party lighting all along Main Street USA.

After dark fun!

Having after dark fun in our costumes!  PhotoPass on Main Street.

Characters everywhere!

Characters in special costumes everywhere!

We love the Boo to You parade!

We love the Boo to You parade!

The parade smells like candy!

The parade smells like candy corn!

Caroline loves the Disney villians!

Caroline loves the Disney villains!  They are out in force during the party.

Got to meet all 7 dwarves!

Got to meet all 7 dwarfs during the MNSSHP party!

Castle in Halloween colors.

Cinderella Castle in Halloween colors with “fog” rolling in.  (This is our favorite castle color at night!)

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom.

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom on Halloween Night.

Have a magical time!  Watch out for the headless horseman!!

The Headless Horseman leads the Halloween Parade.

The Headless Horseman leads the Boo To You Halloween Parade.  🙂

Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

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Special Treats are available during the Halloween season!

Maps for the 2016 MNSSHP treat stations (Disney provides the candy treating bags for free!):

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2016 MNSSHP details

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13 Candy Stations this year.  Have fun!

One final party note!

There are new, expended costume rules this year!  Please plan your costume accordingly!

Come Dressed for the Occasion

Looking forward to dressing up for the occasion? Learn about costumes you can wear to this event—and some you can’t too.Before you brew up ideas for your next disguise, please take a moment to read over our official costume guidelines at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

GENERAL

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

GUESTS AGES 13 AND UNDER

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

GUESTS AGES 14 AND OLDER

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

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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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