“Extra” Extra Magic Hours at Disney World this Fall

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The Magic Kingdom is opening at 7am for “extra” Extra Magic Hours this Fall!

From September 1st to November 2, 2019, guests staying at Disney Resort hotels have more opportunities to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours benefit with “Extra” Extra Magic Hours now! It’s a special chance to enjoy more time at a select park before the park’s regular operating hours and to enjoy select attractions and experiences with less crowds.

The “Extra” Extra Magic Hours are offered every day from September 1st to November 2, 2019 at the following parks and times:

Disney’s Hollywood Studios* – including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land attractions and more from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM daily (please note that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is subject to capacity)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – including Pandora: The World of Avatar and other attractions throughout the park from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM daily

Magic Kingdom – including ride favorites in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM daily

The “Extra” Extra Magic Hours benefit is also available to guests of Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Shades of Green Resort, Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

*This may be the best way to see the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land.  Go at 6am before park opening to regular guests at 9am.  Note:  This is before sunrise!

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open!

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Going to need a lot of Starbucks for the “extra” extra early morning hours!  7am!

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

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Have a magical day!

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9am at Disney Hollywood Studios:  It’s going to be a great day!

Disney is Banning Plastic Straws Worldwide

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Disney is banning single use plastic straws worldwide.

In an effort to keep moving forward with their environmental protection efforts, The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday it is going to eliminate all single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at its locations across the world by mid-2019, a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million plastic stirrers each year.

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Caroline enjoying an icy Starbucks drink at DAK.  That’s a paper straw in the drink.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom banned plastic straws and cup lids from the time it opened in 1998.  Since the Creature Comfort Starbucks store at DAK opened in 2015, the drink straws offered to guests are made of rolled paper.

Disney is also transitioning from individual in-room amenities to refillable in-room amenities in its resort hotels and Disney Cruise Line ships. The refillable shampoo and conditioner bottles will reduce 80 percent of plastic from guest rooms.

Along with these moves, Disney is reducing the amount of plastic shopping bags in its stores. Reusable shopping bags are being offered for a small fee.

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Disney’s Environmental Conservation Goals.

“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”

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Starbucks + Disney = Perfect Day!

Walt Disney World is joining Starbucks, American Airlines, Marriott, the cities of Seattle and San Francisco, and other cities by announcing a ban on plastic straws.

Starbucks will do away with plastic straws by 2020, a plan aimed at eliminating more than one billion straws a year.

McDonald’s launched a new set of goals earlier this year: by 2025 all restaurants packaging, including straws, will be from renewable, recycled, or certified sustainable sources.

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We love visiting the Creature Comfort Starbucks and don’t mind the paper straws at all.  ❤

We support this effort 100%!

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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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Having a Starbucks Drink at Disney World

Getting a Starbucks drink at DTD.

Getting a Starbucks drink at DTD.

When facing a 12+ hour day at the parks, who couldn’t use a Starbucks coffee to start the day out right??

There are 6 Starbucks locations on WDW property:

This Starbucks is HUGE and the line moves very fast!

This DTD Starbucks is HUGE and the line moves very fast!

Downtown Disney West Side (9am – Midnight) Opening on May 30, 2014, this unusual store is one of just four company-owned Starbucks in Disney properties around the world.  Besides being the largest Starbucks we’ve ever been in, it also has an interactive display that shows a “chalk” outline of customers that walk in front. Even cooler, the display connects to a sister store at the Downtown Disney property in Anaheim, CA.

The Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks now serves beer and wine (part of the “Starbucks Evenings” program) – a first for any Starbucks in the state. They also have a cool grass art work piece (see photo above) and a fire for cold nights. Great place to sit back and relax from all the disney craziness.

Starbucks and Disney gift cards accepted.

Yes, please!

Yes, please!

DTD Marketplace (10am – Midnight) Starbucks kiosk inside World of Disney at the DTD Marketplace.  Limited drink menu.

Starbucks and Disney gift cards accepted.

Main Street Bakery Starbucks

Main Street Bakery Starbucks – Our favorite Starbucks at WDW!

Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom (9am – Closing) Opening in June 2013, this is a great place to stop in on the way down Main Street and top off your day with a cup of coffee or even a tasty treat!  Enjoy Starbucks espressos and coffees, specialty beverages, savory breakfast sandwiches and an assortment of delicious Disney-made sweets.

Disney gift cards accepted, Starbucks gift cards not accepted.

Our afternoon place to take a break.

Our favorite place to take an afternoon break at Epcot.

Fountain View at Epcot (9am – 9pm) Opened September 4, 2013 after a major remodel.  We like stopping in here in the afternoon when we need a caffeine pick-me-up.

Disney gift cards accepted, Starbucks gift cards not accepted.

Trolley Car Cafe Starbucks

Trolley Car Cafe Starbucks at DHS

The Trolley Car Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (9am – Closing):  This Starbucks opened on February 6, 2015 to enthusiastic crowds. The Trolley Car Café is themed as a classic trolley car station and gives guests a sense of early 20th century Hollywood atmosphere.

Disney gift cards accepted, Starbucks gift cards not accepted.

A hot cocoa on a cold day.

A hot cocoa on a cold day.

Animal Kingdom Creature Comforts Starbucks is Now Open! (9am – Closing): This Starbucks is in the former Creature Comforts location.  This newest Starbucks location has DAK park-themed décor, unlike traditional Starbucks locations.  Roar!

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Starbucks Creature Comforts in now open!

Read our review from opening day: Animal Kingdom Creature Comforts Starbucks is now open for business!  Breakfast is available!

Disney gift cards are accepted.

Starbucks + Disney = Happiness!

Starbucks + Disney = Happiness!

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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:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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