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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12 Things You Must Do During Your Spring DCP Program

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Congratulations on your DCP acceptance!  The Spring 2017 DCP dates are generally January 10 – May 18, 2017.

The Spring 2017 DCP program is almost 3 weeks shorter than the Fall 2016 DCP program.

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Whoo-hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!

This can only mean one thing:  There’s no time to waste!

The following “must do’s” should be on everyone’s DCP Bucket List:

 

Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Welcome to magical Walt Disney World!

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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 Winter Formal Ball for Disney CPs

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December 5th:  Free food, good music, dancing, and photo ops with special characters!

The 2016 Winter Formal Ball for CPs will be held at  Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort on December 5, 2016.

This year’s theme is: Celebrating 45 Years of Magic

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Fall 2016 Winter Formal invite

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What’s on the menu.

Disney Housing is expecting over 3,000 CPs to attend the Winter Formal Ball.  It’s crowded, but so much fun!!!

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

There will be Disney princes and princesses at the character meet and greets, with everyone celebrating 45 years of magic.

The 2016 end-of-semester capstone event will take you once upon a time to a glamorous event featuring a quality buffet and character meet-and-greets, with a night of dancing and not-to-be-missed surprises. Whether you want to be dancing among the crowd or just chatting with friends in a quieter area, a memorable evening is guaranteed!

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Be sure to dress up for the Ball!

December 5, 2016, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – Veracruz Exhibit Hall

Parking is limited, so please take advantage of Disney Housing transportation or carpool (see below). Housing IDs are required for entry. Participants with dietary restrictions or food allergies should email wdw.disney.housing.events.team.@disney.com by Nov. 28, so an alternative menu offering can be planned.

Transportation for the event will depart from the Chatham Square bus stop and Vista Way pavilion starting at 7:30 p.m. and will continue throughout the evening. In addition, from 7:30-11:30 p.m., transportation to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will be offered from Magic Kingdom Westclock, and from 7:30-11 p.m., transportation to the event will be offered from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot; just look for the motor coach labeled “Winter Formal.” Self-parking is extremely limited, so please make every effort to take Disney Housing Transportation.

Be advised that bag checks will be performed. Alcohol, open containers and any other items in violation of the Community Codes will be discarded immediately. In addition, limit your personal belongings to necessary items only. (A coat check will not be available at the event.) Unattended items, such as coats and purses will be placed in lost-and-found, so pack light.

Last, but not least, be sure to bring both your Disney and Housing IDs along. No non-CP guests are allowed. Formal attire is encouraged, but not required.  Come and enjoy the celebration!

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2016 Winter Formal Ball

Winter Formal Ball at Contemporary Resort

Throwback photo:  At our program’s Winter Formal.  So much fun!  Better than prom!!!

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CP Moment:  Going to the Winter Formal Ball at Disney!  🙂

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The huge Cinderella Castle celebrating 45 years of magic.  (Photo credit:  Disney College Program)

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two-disney-sistersTwo 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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Dia de los Muertos – Celebrating the Day of the Dead at Disneyland 2016

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The traditional skeleton display for the Day of the Dead celebration.  Very festive.

Today – November 2, 2016 – was the last day of the Dia de los Muertos – Celebrating the Day of the Dead celebration at Disneyland.

From mid-October through November 2, 2016, Disneyland (but not Disney World) celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a traditional skeleton display in Frontierland during Halloween time.

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Día de los Muertos explained: It’s a time of joy, not sadness, to remember family and friends who have passed.

Traditionally, the Day of the Dead – known as “All Souls Day” – falls on November 1st, the day after Halloween.

Festive offering table.

Festive offering table with sweets and candy and colorful flowers.

Very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats.

La Catrina, the symbol of the Day: It’s all very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats.

There are special sweet treats out for the celebration, along with a trick-or-treating candy station open nearby during the Halloween Party nights.

We got to see it in October 2015 during the 60th Diamond Anniversary celebrations at Disneyland.

We saw it during the day (above) and we also returned at night to see it:

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Halloween 2015

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The calacas still singing….It very pretty at night.

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La Catrina at night.  I like her better during the day!

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Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Disneyland to honor the art, symbols and traditions of this age-old holiday.

Join the festivities as Frontierland hosts a special tribute to the Day of the Dead. This annual Mexican celebration remembers loved ones that have passed while embracing an eternal connection.

Now through November 2, Zocalo Park will feature a musical trio of iconic calacas—skeleton figurines—as well as brightly colored flowers and other decorative items commemorating the occasion.

Stop by for Calaveras-style face painting—offered daily from 10am to 6pm—or simply savor the tasty Orange Pumpkin Flan and other traditional Mexican treats exclusively at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurant while enjoying the authentic décor!

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Celebrating Día de los Muertos at Disneyland!

Video from Disney Parks Blog explaining Día de los Muertos celebration:  Day of the Dead 2015

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Minnie Mouse for Day of the Dead celebration.

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Look for special sweet treats available at the bakery.

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Churro cupcakes!!!

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

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

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

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

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

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Disney 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

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

When Hurricane Matthew Closed Disney World

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Several of our blog fans have asked us about doing a follow-up blog to what happened after Disney closed WDW in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew’s arrival and Disney activated their Hurricane Rideout Teams.

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4:45pm on Thursday afternoon, the Magic Kingdom is closing.

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5pm:  The WDW parks are all closed.

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5:30pm:  The Magic Kingdom is closed and deserted!  Really raining hard!

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Everything is closed!

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The cast members on the Hurricane Rideout Teams worked 48-72 hour shifts making magic for guests.

Some cast members expressed disappointment that the hurricane changed course slightly and went about 20 miles east of expected… 20 miles for a storm the size of Texas!

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Friday, October 7, 2016:  The Magic Kingdom is closed!

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The WDW parks closed on Thursday afternoon and didn’t reopen until Saturday morning.

Real Floridians were thankful that the storm stayed offshore until making landfall in northern Florida near St. Augustine.

From there up through the Carolinas, especially North Carolina, there was terrible flooding and widespread power outages effecting millions of people.

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The path of Hurricane Matthew.

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Hurricane Matthew stats:  Over 1,300 killed by the storm.

Over a thousand people died from Hurricane Matthew, mostly in Haiti from drowning.

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The view from the Swan Resort on Friday morning.  Rainy and windy.

We were thankful the hurricane caused little damage in Orlando.

This city is still recovering from the triple tragedies over a 5 day period in early June 2016 when the Orlando area suffered a trio of horrific events: The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that killed 49 clubgoers and wounded 53 more. The slaying of a young singing sensation Christian Grimmie from The Voice. The tragic disappearance and drowning of a 2-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.  #OrlandoStrong

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Some people were sad that it wasn’t more destructive I guess.

We didn’t need the destruction of a Category 4 hurricane blowing though Orlando too!
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Disney will need to make a new hurricane pin!  Summer of 2004 WDW closed 3x for hurricanes!

Disney World closed its parks for just the fifth time since its opening, due to Hurricane Matthew.

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Thursday morning at 10am.

Since opening in 1971, the WDW parks have only had four unplanned closures, all in anticipation of hurricanes.

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The MNSSHP party events were cancelled for both Thursday and Friday night.

On October 6, 2016, a spokeswoman for Walt Disney World said, “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 (Thursday, 10/06/16) by 5 p.m., and will remain closed through Fri., Oct. 7, 2016.”

Disney World shuttered its gates on Sept. 15, 1999, for Hurricane Floyd; August 13, 2004 for Hurricane Charley; Sept. 4 and 5, 2004, for Hurricane Frances; and Sept. 26, 2004, for Hurricane Jeanne. [2004 was a very bad year for Florida hurricanes!] It was also evacuated in a brisk 30 minutes on 9/11/2001 due to the terrorist attacks in NYC and Washington DC, but the parks were not closed beforehand.

Sometimes hurricanes can delay the parks from opening. Back in 1995, category 1 Hurricane Erin hit Walt Disney World in the early morning hours, delaying the park opening until 11am that day so that all the wind damage could be cleaned up.

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The grocery shelves around Orlando really were wiped out of water, bread, eggs, milk…and soup!

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How Floridians prepare for hurricanes…

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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

The Wonderful Smells of Disney World

Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Welcome to sweet smelling Walt Disney World!

If you’re a cast member working at Disney World, or a frequent guest of the parks, you know what people mean when they talk about that “Disney smell”.

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Welcome to Orlando, Florida!

It actually starts when you arrive at Orlando airport and walk outside for the first time.  Florida smells like Florida…it has a sweetly fragrant scent due to all the blooming flowers and trees.  Many returning tourists pause for a moment when they walk outside the terminal and just take a deep breath of sweet Florida air.  Ahhh, breathe it in…

Even more special, there is just something about the way the all the parks, attractions and Disney resorts smell…all so good! Long ago, Disney realized that if the parks smelled good and unique, you’d remember it long after your vacation was over. And, more importantly, you’ll remember how good you felt at the time.

Did you know that Disney World pumps irresistible scents onto its lobbies and streets to entice park goers? There are strategically placed devices called “smellitizers” dispersed throughout the resort and they emit pleasing scents throughout the day and night.

Ask any cast member to name where a particular scent is associated with and we can all pass this test with flying colors!

1. The Smell of Burning Wood

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Hmmm…the smell of Rome burning…

That would be the smoky smell of burning embers from the Rome burning diorama while riding Spaceship Earth.  Just before that scene, as you’re loading onto the ride, you smell the smoldering ashes from cave-dwelling prehistoric man discovering fire.

2. The Smell of the Water Rides

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Guests say that you could line up bottles of water with scents from the fog from Pirates of the Caribbean, the indoor water rides (It’s a Small World, Splash Mountain, the Three Caberos ride), and the Kali River Rapids, and they could correctly associate the water’s scent with the attraction.  And, they would be right.

3. The Smell of the Disney Resort Lobbies

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

This is not a hard one at all.  In fact, the fragrances are so specific that you can actually buy candles online with the scent of each resort.  For example, the Polynesian Resort lobby smells vaguely “Hawaiian” with floral and wood notes.  The Yacht and Beach Club smells of “seashore”, but not in a bad way, more like a fresh salty sea breeze.

The Grand Floridian lobby smells of “rich money” to me, except when the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is up in the lobby during the holidays.  Then, of course, it smells strongly of freshly-baked gingerbread.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

When the Gingerbread House goes up at the GF in November, the whole Grand Atrium smells like gingerbread cookies!

4. The Smell of Caramel Popcorn Cooking at Karamell Kuche in Epcot Germany

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Making a fresh batch of warm caramel popcorn.

My ICP friend from Germany worked in this sweet shop making the caramel popcorn with Werther’s Original Caramels all day.  In fact, he was kind enough to share the secret recipe with me. (Of course, the recipe makes a huge batch!)

On one of my last days at the DCP program, I stopped in to say good-bye to him and him made a Magical Moment for me by bagging up a small bag of caramel popcorn that he had just finished making.  It was delicious!

Every time I smell the caramel on my Starbucks caramel latte, I always think of him and the sweet Karamell Kuche shop at Epcot.

5. The Spa Scent of Disney Resort Soaps and Toiletries

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Disney Resort toiletries smell wonderful!

If you’ve stayed at any of the properties onsite, you know this scent!  I call this smell “rich spa”.  It’s so wonderful a scent that guests often pause while washing their hands and just smell the fragrant bubbles.

6.  The Special Holiday Parade Scents

And love these guys too!

Dancing reindeer on Main Street USA with the delicious scent of baking sugar cookies filling the air during the holidays!

If you’ve ever had the chance to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the fall, you know that the ‘Boo To You’ parade smells just like candy corn.

And, if you’ve been on Main Street USA during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during the holidays, you’ve noticed the smell of sugar cookies baking and also the scent of peppermint candy canes is in the air!

7.  The Scent of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Sniff, sniff….Tarzan likes the smell of my sunscreen!

The number one smell that I associate with DAK is probably not the one you’re thinking of!  No, it’s not the smell of animals and animal manure!

After working at DAK through every season now, I would have to say that the smell I most associate with my workplace is: sunscreen!

Working at the front of DAK, it seems like every guest that gets off the trams coming in from the parking lots pauses and literally hoses down themselves and their children with sunscreen.  And, not just the lotion kind that comes in bottles.  Over the past few years, aerosol spray sunscreen has become very popular.  They spray clouds of it in the air like it’s free!

By 9am every day, the vaguely coconut smell of sunscreen fills the plaza in front of the entrance turnstiles.  It’s a smell I’ll always associate with DAK! 🙂

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Spending my day off back at the Animal Kingdom.  Yes, I’m wearing my SPF 50 sunscreen!

And, finally, a smell that is no more and that we miss a lot….

8. The Smell of Oranges on Soarin’

Flying high over the orange groves.

Flying high over the orange groves.  You could feel the wind in your face and smell the scent of oranges from the orange groves below.

While flying high above orange groves in Soarin’, you were surrounded by the smell of freshly squeezed oranges.  It was the scent we most identified with Disney World!  We miss it!

But, Soarin’ Around the World has all new scents that we’re sure we will come to love!
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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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