Our Blog Has Gotten Over 1.5 MILLION Views!!!

blogOver the weekend, our Disney blog hit 1.5 MILLION views from over 180 countries.
 
To all our fans far and wide who follow our adventures, we say THANK YOU!!!

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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 (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) 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:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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2015 Ratatouille’s Hide & Squeak Hunt at Epcot

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2015 Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak Map with stickers

We got to go to the 2015 Food and Wine Festival at Epcot on it’s very last day in November.

We’re big fans of the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot during the Flower and Garden Show and, new this year, Disney has added a special treat during the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Remy’s Raratouille Hide and Squeak!

What a cute idea!

What a cute idea!

You find the “hidden” Remy’s as he ventures around Epcot’s World Showcase collecting ingredients for his signature dish, Ratatouille.

Remy "hidden" by China pavilion

Remy “hidden” up high in China, tomatoes

What you're searching for: Remy's "hidden" way up high.

What you’re searching for: Remy’s “hidden” way up high on the building ledges.

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Remy in Mexico, peppers

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Peppers

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Norway, cheese

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Germany, salt

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France, zucchini

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Greece, wine

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Wine

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Italy, onions

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Some of the limited edition event pins.

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At Epcot’s 2015 Food and Wine Festival with mom.

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It’s a Recipe for Success!

Record your discoveries as you help Remy find each ingredient by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially-themed map representing that location.

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $7.95, plus tax at the following locations in the park:

Epcot – Disney Traders, Festival Center, Pin Central, Port of Entry and World Traveler (International Gateway).

Whether you choose to search for each ingredient or not, return your map to the redemption location at Port of Entry by November 16, 2015 to pick up your surprise treat…a limited edition pin!  🙂

Our CP friend got this pin today!

The free Remy pin for completing the map:  LE Tomatoes

CM Tips:   Remember, guests don’t need to complete the hunt for all the ingredients (or even hunt at all!) to get their surprise pin. Second, the maps don’t need to be redeemed until November 16th, allowing for an extended hunt over several visits to the Food and Wine Festival!

Six limited edition pins for the six weeks of the Food and Wine Festival.

Six limited edition pins for the six weeks of the 2015 Food and Wine Festival.  (The first pin was free for completing the map.)

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

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 (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) 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:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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20-40% Dining Discount For Disney Cast Members

Dining at the Crystal Palace.

Dining at the Crystal Palace this summer (with a 20% CM discount!)

UPDATED FOR 2017!  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/2016-disney-family-holiday-celebration-info/

Here are the new Disney Dining Discounts for October 19, 2015 – October 16, 2016:

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40% Dining discount with no block-out days at these restaurants.

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20% Dining discount with restrictions, only available for certain meals or at certain times of the day, i.e., after 8pm.

Note that most WDW dining is blocked out for the 20% cast member dining discount on these upcoming dates:

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Some upcoming blockout dining dates.

 

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Remember, there are black out dates!:(

The complete list of all the parks and resorts dining places that give CMs a discount.

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The complete restaurant list

Here’s our CP Dining tip:  Ask every time about getting a discount!  There are too many restaurants and blackout dates and restrictions to keep track of!  We always ask (nicely of course!) at every place we eat at, including the QSFB ones!  You just never know!

Dining reservations can be booked directly online at: www.disneyworld.com/dining or by calling 407-WDW-CAST.

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The fine print.

Dining Recommendation:  Our very favorite restaurant at WDW is Trail’s End at Fort Wilderness.  It serves the best breakfast ever! Using your CM dining discount, the breakfast buffet with tax and gratuity is under $15!!!

Trail’s End Restaurant Review

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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 (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) 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:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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New Disney Costume & Safety Guidelines at Disney Parks 2016

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Welcome to Walt Disney World!

From Disney Parks and Resorts: We want to make you aware of some recent changes to our costuming guidelines and security procedures. These changes go into effect Jan. 6, 2016, and are being implemented to further protect our Guests and Cast Members.

Costume Guidelines

For all Guests:

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 participants and their Guests may dress as their favorite character, but must follow these guidelines as determined solely by Disney.

  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Guests who dress like Characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • 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.

For Disney Guests ages 13 and under:

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

For Disney Guests ages 14 and older:

  • Layered costumes, that could conceal prohibited items, are not permitted (e.g., Jedi robes).
  • Costume props, including those that surround the entire body (e.g., Death Star, UP House) are not permitted.
  • 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.
  • Guests may not wear masks of any kind.
  • Guests 14 and older are not permitted to wear costumed attire in the theme parks

Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

Safety Reminders for all Guests

  • All Guests and bags are subject to screening prior to entering the Parks.
  • Weapons of any kind, or objects that appear to be actual weapons, including toy guns, are not allowed for any participants.
  • See Costume guidelines for examples of acceptable toy accessories.

For everyone’s safety, selfie sticks, skates, scooters, bicycles, skateboards, and animals of any kind are prohibited.

Please review the appropriate Park rules for further details:

Walt Disney World® Resort Park Rules

Disneyland® Resort Park Rules

Disneyland® Paris Resort Park Rules

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

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 (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) 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:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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2016 DCP Housing Rents

The four housing complexes at Disney World.

There are four huge DCP housing complexes at Disney World.

UPDATED RENT INCREASES JANUARY 1, 2017:

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Rent went up for all apartments January 1, 2017

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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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2016 Housing Rent:  From $93 – $124/week depending on the number of roommates in the apartment.

Rent costs are automatically deducted weekly from each 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, cable hookup, wifi (S-L-O-W!), waste disposal, recycling, heat/AC, and local phone service; gated security; free bus transportation to and from work; as well as the various resort-style amenities, such as pools, hot tubs, outdoor grills, gyms, basketball, etc. available at each housing complex.

Sign up as soon as you’re accepted to the DCP 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!)

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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!

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!

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The brand new DCP Housing pins are being released monthly now into 2017.

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

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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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Getting Crafty with Free Disney Celebration Buttons

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A few of my celebration and DCP buttons.

We’ve blogged previously about how great we think the free Disney Celebration Buttons are!

It’s fun to collect them on special occasion Park visits and, with an inexpensive package of magnetic buttons from Walmart, you and your roommates can decorate your apartment refrigerator (and those mini storage lockers in your closet!) with them.

Use 2 magnets per Celebration Button.

Use 2 magnets per Celebration Button.  You don’t need to remove the safety pin.

Put them on your refrigerator to remember the good times.

Put them on your refrigerator to remember the good times. (Our DCP buttons.)

It’s easy to bring home a whole bunch of celebration buttons from your time at the DCP!

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The 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party button

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Summer 2015 Alumni Program: I celebrated something every week at DCP!

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❤ Festival of Fantasy parade!

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Celebrating Wishes for the last time with my CP friends!

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Passing my oral French test with flying colors!

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Graduating from the DCP program for the 3rd time!!!

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We got two of these Mickey’s birthday buttons.

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DCP Homecoming buttons.  January 2018.

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New Celebration Buttons for 2016!  Stop in at Guest Services for yours!

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2nd Disney Craft Idea:  Pressed Pennies

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And, if you have A LOT of pressed pennies, here’s an idea….

If you collected a pressed penny or two (or more!!) from your work location, you can do crafts with them too!

Getting crafty with Disney pressed pennies

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Done!  Disney pressed penny with a tack pin back.

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3rd Disney Craft Idea:  Mickey Bathroom Lights!

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White LED bulb + ping pong balls

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These bulbs stay cool.

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Beautiful!!!

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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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Filling Out DCP DORMS Form for Housing

Tomorrow!!!

Tomorrow!!!

I finally got my email to fill out Dorms!

As you know, I have been using Facebook to find a good roommate match.  You can read about that here.

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This is a new updated process.  You usually receive this email 10 days before your arrival and it is where you link with your roommates and select your housing references.

When I did my first program, they were just rolling this out.  Before Fall 2013, you had to be in line with who you wanted to live with and it was first come, first serve for housing preferences.  So you literally had people lining up in the middle of the night!  I can’t imagine how frustrating it must have been trying to meet up with everyone you wanted to live with!  With my first program, you were able to link with 1-7 other people since the maximum is 8 in one unit.

Once I got my DORMS email, you have to read and confirm two different articles about housing rules.  Then it brings you to a page where you link with your roommates.  Your special ID number is in your email.  And – if you didn’t know, this will actually be your Cast Member ID number!

One person in your group needs all of your groups ID numbers to link everyone.  Once that happens, you’re good to go!  It was VERY surprising when I logged onto Dorms and saw they were only allowing people to link with two other people!  Everyone on the Facebook groups were freaking out – especially if they were hoping to get a larger apartment!

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You have two options: choosing to be “adventurous” and be randomly put in with people.  Or if you have a person you want to live with, you link with them here.

I, unfortunately, spent a lot of time connecting with people who I wanted to live with and had similar interests as me.  However, I tried to link with them and it wouldn’t let me because we were doing different programs!  I had no idea that summer program and Fall Advantage program people couldn’t live together!! 😦

I felt SO horrible for the girl I was going to live with – we both had to be “adventurous” with our roommates since we didn’t find anyone in the right programs to link to.  I know we will meet up and be friends, but I really wish it had worked out better!

Here is the updated DCP Rent Prices:

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The page below is also new to me!  In Fall 2013, we were able to select just 3 options for complexes and 3 options for occupancy. Just because you put “1 bedroom, Commons” doesn’t mean you’d necessarily get both of those.  Elly and I put: 1, 2, 3 bedroom and Commons, Chatham, and Patterson in our preference order and ended up getting a 3 bedroom in Chatham.

This new DORMS has every available living situation and you had to pick and drag it in the order you most preferred!  I really liked how specific it was!  You also have the option of being “adventurous” in this choice too!Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 10.36.47 AMI really, REALLY want to live in The Commons in a 1 bedroom again!  I loved the laundry availability and I really want to check out the new store there (The Grid).

These are my final preferences:
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05/26/2015 UPDATE:

I literally got my #16 – last!!! – choice.  😦

Choice #16:  4 bedroom, 8 girl apartment at Chatham Square, $100/week.

Choice #16: 4 bedroom, 8 girl apartment at Chatham Square, $100/week.

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Wearing my DAK straw hat (with my best friend/coworker, Ricky).

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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