Disney Bounding as the Tightrope Walker in the Haunted Mansion

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October 2019 at the Haunted Mansion.

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Caroline is already thinking about her Halloween costumes and what she’s be wearing at the 2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this Fall.

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The Tightrope Walker from the Stretching Room inside the Haunted Mansion!

We saw this dress from The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane on clearance at Cast Connections – 75% off! – in March and knew it would be perfect for her!

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So perfect!  Only 2 dresses left at Cast Connection and Christian had a Take Additional 10% Off coupon!  #Winning!

One was in her size and in perfect condition!

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The Tightrope Walker dress.

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So pretty!

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Without the velvet cape.

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The dress’s full skirt

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Caroline wearing her Cinderella costume at MNSSHP, the only time adults can wear full Disney costumes to the Parks.

Disney Bounding:  When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters and go to the theme parks.
Disney Bounding is a way of dressing up as your favorite character using inspired color palettes, accessories, and clothing styles to look like the character, without actually being in a Disney costume. You simply use items from your own wardrobe to pull together a terrific look.

Having some cold ice cream, yes, it's a Mickey Bar!

Disney Bounding as Frozen characters.

Not sure what you’re going to wear to this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) yet?

If you don’t have the time or money for an all out Disney costume, what about Disney Bounding? (This goes for the guys too!)

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Cute Disney Bounding summer outfit ideas for all the Disney Princesses…along with what to drink. Apple juice for Snow White of course….Fuji water for Ariel….Merida gets a strong Starbucks Frappuccino…..and I have no idea why Rapunzel gets a Capri Sun! 🙂

Important Note:  Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the only time adults can get into the Magic Kingdom while wearing a full costume.

Official Disney rules on wearing costumes at the theme parks: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/parks/recommended-dress/

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At MNSSHP

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Two Disney Princesses at MNSSHP!

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Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Still need more ideas? Check out these Disney Bounding ideas: http://disneybound.tumblr.com/

Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana:   https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/disney-bounding-as-princess-tiana/

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

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

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

Disney Bounding as Moana:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/disney-bounding-as-princess-moana-and-friends/

Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work.

Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work.

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October 31, 2017: Princess Anna going to work on Halloween.

Ariel (Disney Bounding at CU!)

Caroline Disney Bounding as Princess Ariel at a CU-Boulder party!

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Disney Bounding to a Halloween party as Rapunzel.

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Inside the Stretching Room…it’s not as it seems!

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The Tightrope Walker

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Elly is Disney Bounding as Minnie Mouse.

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Two Disney Sisters at the Magic Kingdom

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

Bonus points if you know where we took this photo.

What is Disney Bounding?

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What to wear Disney Bounding as Cinderella.

Disney Bounding:  When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters and go to the theme parks.
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August 2018:  We love this photo of a grandmother – mom – granddaughter all Disney Bounding as Snow White at Epcot!!! ❤

Disney Bounding is a way of dressing up as your favorite character using inspired color palettes, accessories, and clothing styles to look like the character, without actually being in a Disney costume. You simply use items from your own wardrobe to pull together a terrific look.

Having some cold ice cream, yes, it's a Mickey Bar!

Disney Bounding as Frozen characters.

Not sure what you’re going to wear to this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) yet? If you don’t have the time or money for an all out Disney costume, what about Disney Bounding? (This goes for the guys too!)

Disney Bounding

At MNSSHP

We Disney Bounded last year for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in November.

Some Disney Bounding ideas (photos from the internet):

Cinderella at the Ball

Cinderella at the Ball

Pocahontas bounding

Disney Bounding as Pocahontas.

Cinderella in rags.

Cinderella in rags.

Evil stepsisters

Evil stepsisters

Toy Story

Toy Story

Hunchback

Hunchback

White Rabbit (yes that's NPH!)

White Rabbit (yes that’s NPH with his husband and twins!)

UP

UP characters

101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians

Genie from Aladdin

Genie from Aladdin

Hippo from Fantasia

Hippo from Fantasia

Jane from Tarzan

Jane from Tarzan

Hercules

Hercules

Minnie Mouse.  (We've seen versions of this a lot!)

Minnie Mouse. (We’ve seen versions of this bounding a lot at the parks!)

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Snow White

Snow White

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Disney Bounding as Snow White is probably the most popular:

You just need a little yellow, royal blue & cherry red...

You just need a little yellow, royal blue & cherry red…

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So pretty!!

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Perfect!

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Two Disney Princesses at MNSSHP!

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Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Still need more ideas? Check out these Disney Bounding ideas on tumblr: http://disneybound.tumblr.com/

Important info:  You can’t wear a full Disney Costume to the Magic Kingdom on normal days, only during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights.

Official Disney rules on wearing costumes at the theme parks: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/parks/recommended-dress/

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Caroline wearing the Tightrope Walker dress from the Haunted Mansion stretching room.

Disney Bounding for all the Princesses

Disney Bounding color ideas for all the Princesses!

Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana:   https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/disney-bounding-as-princess-tiana/

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

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

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

Disney Bounding as Moana: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/disney-bounding-as-princess-moana-and-friends/

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Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work.

Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work.

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October 31, 2017: Princess Anna going to work.

Ariel (Disney Bounding at CU!)

Caroline Disney Bounding as Princess Ariel at a CU-Boulder party!

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Disney Bounding as Rapunzel.

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Elly Disney Bounding as Minnie Mouse.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

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

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

Royal Footwear: Disney Princess Shoes

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Princess Anna is wearing her royal boots.

All Disney princesses are beautiful from head to toe.

To prove it, we asked several of them to show us their royal shoes.

We were not disappointed!

Cinderella

Cinderella

Her royal shoes.

Her royal blue shoes.

Princess Aurora

Princess Aurora

Her royal shoes

Her royal pink shoes

Snow White (and Prince Charming!)

Snow White (and Prince Charming!)

Her royal shoes

Wearing her royal black shoes the day we saw her.

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But, sometimes Snow White wears cream colored shoes.

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July 2018: Wearing cream colored shoes now out by the wishing well in Epcot.

Rapunzel

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Her royal shoes.

Her royal shiny purple shoes.

Pocahantas

Pocahontas

Her royal moccasins

Her royal deerskin moccasins

Princess Ariel

Princess Ariel

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When she has legs, she wears cream colored shoes with dance heels.

Merida wearing her long cape.

Princess Merida wearing her sturdy black suede Scottish boots.

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We agree!!

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Let’s talk about Disney princess hair next!!!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

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

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

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Halloween 2014 at the White House

Hundreds of Disney princesses attended the trick-or-treating event.

Hundreds of Disney princesses attended the trick-or-treating event.  So cute!

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted trick-or-treaters at the White House on Friday.

Halloween decorations adorn the South Portico of the White House in Washington, DC.

Halloween decorations adorn the South Portico of the White House in Washington, DC.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed over 4,000 trick-or-treaters to a traditional White House Halloween — complete with First Dog Bo and Sunny topiaries dressed as circus clowns.

Schoolchildren and military families from across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area streamed onto the White House grounds, dressed as Piglets, princesses and Dr. Seuss characters.

Over 4,000 trick-or-treating children in costume.

Over 4,000 trick-or-treating children lining up in costume.

Mr. Obama wished a “happy Halloween” to a long procession of Disney princesses, sharks, zombies, monsters, a family dressed as Wizard of Oz characters, bumblebees and Batmen, among others. He patted the head of what appeared to be a small, orange fox being carried by his father. Mrs. Obama helped pass out treats from a basket next to the president.

Glinda the Good Witch

Glinda the Good Witch

The trick-or-treaters included children from local schools, as well as children from military families.The kids goggled at the 200 pumpkins, acrobats and dramatic spider decorations, and passed Glinda the Good Witch waving from inside a giant bubble.

As darkness fell on Halloween Night.

As darkness fell on Halloween Night at the White House.

The President and First Lady grinned and chatted with the kids as they handed out bags of goodies. Included in the haul: White House Hershey Kisses and a White House Sweet Dough Butter Cookie, along with black licorice and orange tangerine jelly beans, kettle corn, Bo and Sunny baseball cards and a Gala apple.

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Halloween 2016 at the White House

See the 2016 Halloween at the White House celebration photos here:

2016 White House Halloween Celebration

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President Obama and the First Lady

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So fun!

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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Confessions of a Disney Princess

Lady Tremaine and her daughters. How old would you say she is???

Lady Tremaine and her daughters. How old would you say she is???

During our first DCP program, we became friends with a fellow CP who “was friends with” Lady Tremaine.

She was the youngest person to ever portray that face character at WDW – only 19 years old!

In regular everyday life, she is very tall and thin, blonde, and very, very pretty….like Cinderella.

How Disney Casting ever looked at her and thought of ‘Lady Tremaine’, we’ll never know!! She looks more like Princess Aurora to us!

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Business Insider interviewed a former CM who “was friends with” Snow White.  (Read the full story at: Princess Snow White )

We thought her answers were pretty interesting.

And, Miss USA 2014 is also a former CM who “was friends with” many Disney Princesses! (Read her story with photos:  Miss USA was a Disney Princess)

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Snow White and Princess Aurora

A Former ‘Snow White’ Dishes About Life as a Disney Park Princess:

What’s the audition process like?

Audition process is LONG. The first is a ‘type out’ where they look to see if you have similar features, second is usually a dance, then a ‘read’ to have you act as the character, and an interview.

What are the specific look requirements?

Tink has a specified height requirement, as do all the other princesses. Princesses are usually 5’4”-5’7”, Fairies and Alice or Wendy are all 4’11”-5’2”.  [The largest princess costume is a size 10, 120 lbs. max., while Tinkerbell’s is a size 2-4, around 105 lbs.]

What’s the average age range for “face characters”?

Most girls are between 18 and 23, and a few of the girls who have been there awhile are 25-27. Rarely is a girl over 27 who does princesses or fairies.

How much training does Disney give you?

Training takes five days — mostly they just want you to study the film intensely. I can quote the movie from start to finish from memory.

How long did it take for you to put your costume on?

Putting the entire thing together took about an hour. Putting the dress itself on took 5-10 minutes.

Our make-up was made to match the colors in the films which was neat, I still have tons of red lipstick. We started with make-up, then wig, then costuming. Pretty standard. All day long you have to make adjustments and do touch ups, especially after lunch.

How much money does being a princess pay?

When I first started I was at $13.50 and the top out was $16. Though I think it might be different now. [2016:  Hasn’t changed that much!]

Disney does not do large payraises, only about 15 cents a year. It’s a good part time job for sure because of the pay, but when you are still making the same thing at year three it doesn’t exactly motivate you to work harder.

Has a kid ever asked you something that you couldn’t answer?

I’ve done improv for most of my life so I always had an answer for something.

Though one time a little girl gave me a hug then got super embarrassed and asked, “Are those your boobs?” To that I kind of laughed and re-focused her attention on the picture we were taking.

What was one of your best memories?

An adorable little girl named Jane with three months to live came to visit for Make A Wish. I got to ride two rides with her, and while we were on the Storybook boats she looked at me as sincere as a little girl can and said, “Snow White, this has been my mom’s best day ever.”

Her mother was in tears the whole time.

What kinds of rules are there in the Disney Parks?

There’s lots of rules. It’s why people get so frustrated working there — you’re always worried about getting in trouble.

Social media is a big problem there, we weren’t allowed to post or talk about the things we did as a character, or even to tell people what character we were. If I was still employed with them an AMA would be a no-no.

When we were performing in the park there were lots of rules about how we were to carry ourselves, not sitting, always smiling, always doing the voice, etc. We also weren’t supposed to refer to things outside the Disney realm. Snow White does not know Thomas the Tank Engine.

Were you friends with the other Disney Princesses?

It’s kind of like being in high school. Most of the princesses were viewed like “Mean Girls.” It creates a bit of a stigma which I fought loads of times. In fact I met two of my best friends while working there.

Being a princess is a lot like being in a sorority: We still get together and see each other. They are by far the most beautiful friends I have.

How long would you have to work until you got a break?

45 minutes on, 15 minute breaks, and our shifts were 8.5 since half hour of lunch was taken out.

When the weather reached 90, 95, or 100 degrees, they would adjust our sets and let us take some time off so we could recoup.

Is your voice normally as high as Snow White’s?

It’s a lot deeper than Snow White. I definitely strained a bit, but I was trained well.

Because of the repetition over time though I developed inoperable vocal nodes.

Are Disney employees ever allowed to say “no”?

Finding a solution to guest problems is a number one priority. I couldn’t flat out refuse autographs or pictures or answering questions.

Did you ever not want to go to work?

Some days are not fun (Christmas, Mid-Summer, etc.). But you learn to take a deep breath and deal with it. It took three years before I really started to get over it and I wanted to get out.

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Like to see all the Disney Princess costumes?  We do too!  They don’t get to wear their winter costumes very often in Florida….it must be under 60 degrees at parade time.  But, the costumes and coats are beautiful!!

Disney Princesses in their winter costumes

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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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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