Cinderella Castle to Receive Royal Makeover This Spring

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It will be all trimmed in gold!

The Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom is getting a royal makeover!

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Beginning next month, the Castle walk-through into Fantasyland will be closed for 3 months.

The stunning golden castle enhancements will begin in early March 2020 and continue for about 3 months into early summer.

It’s being repainted the same light pink shade used last year at Sleeping Beauty Castle, with royal blue turrets and lots of gold trim.

The castle’s tarps and barriers should go up around March 1st.

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The pretty mosaic murals in the Castle walk through.

You won’t be able to walk through the Cinderella Castle Walk-Through during renovations.

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It’s pretty golden inside the walk through already.

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The Cinderella stained glass mural.

It’s the 70th anniversary of the release of the Cinderella movie today.

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Cinderella greeting her Royal Table guests at every meal.

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Cinderella opened to glowing reviews on February 15, 1950.

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This follows the golden enhancements given to Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle last year:

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland is More Beautiful Than Ever!

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May 24, 2019: Grand Re-Opening of Sleeping Beauty Castle

The $300,000 refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty Castle is complete and the Castle’s walk-through has re-opened for guests.

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle now features vibrant new colors, a new roof, and other pixie dust enhancements.

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May 24, 2019: Sleeping Beauty Castle’s new, much bluer paint job.

“What’s interesting is that we used an ages-old painting technique called ‘atmospheric perspective’ to visually heighten the castle,” said Kim Irvine, art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. “We warmed the pink hues on the lower towers and gradually added blue to lighten the colors toward the top.”

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Golden accents and a pixie dust sprinkled roof.

The same technique was used for the new roof, now in gorgeous cobalt blue hues. Each of the 18 original turrets was digitally scanned to create the same roofline and sparkly pixie dust was sprinkled on the center roof.

“We focused the golden accents and pixie dust around the entrance to the castle, as though it has been magically enchanted,” said Irvine.

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The walk-through has brand new LED lighting.

Colorful banners, pennants and landscaping were also included in the refurbishment and the Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through received new paint and interior lighting.

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We think it’s beautiful!

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The beloved Partners statue with Walt holding Mickey’s hand.

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Princess Aurora looking over her refurbished castle.  ❤

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Christian admiring the Sleeping Beauty Castle too.

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But, this is what guests have to look forward to this spring at the Cinderella Castle:  Tarps and Barriers.

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April 17, 2019: Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle has been tarped now for almost 2 months! 😦

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March 24, 2019: Renovating the Sleeping Beauty Castle turrets.  The tarps are so ugly!  You can’t walk through the Castle into Fantasyland.

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January 2020:  Seeing Sleeping Beauty Castle with it’s new golden look.  We love it!  ❤

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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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Cheers to the new year!

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!  Can’t wait to see all the improvements later on this year!

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Now, that’s PINK!!!

People are complaining already about this new light pink color ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration next year, but we remember when the Cinderella Castle was REALLY PINK for the 25th anniversary celebration!!!

President Trump’s Visit to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Cancelled!

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Not gonna happen now!

Two weeks ago, the Florida Republican Party and Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Donald Trump would be visiting Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort for a Republican fundraising event. The event was scheduled to take place the evening of December 7th.  It would have been Trump’s first visit to a Disney location.

The fundraiser was originally supposed to be held in early November 2019, but was pushed back to the December 7th date. A cached page on the Florida GOP website shows the November event was scheduled to be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Tellingly, Disney Parks did not made ANY official announcements about the presidential visit or the potential operational impacts due to the presidential visit, but you can bet it would have been noticeable for guests staying at the Grand Floridian or anywhere on property, or visiting Disney World theme parks December 6 – 7, 2019.

We’re guessing that the shit literally hit the fan over this surprise announcement and Disney Parks was clearly not consulted!  Complete radio silence from them.

The revised December 7th dinner was set to be held along the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian.

But, the venue now seems to have changed once again.

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Being held in Miami now.

According to the Republican Party of Florida’s website, the 2019 Statesman’s Dinner with Gov. Ron DeSantis will now be held in Miami on Dec. 7th.

After the dinner, Trump plans on spending the night at his Mar-a-Lago resort after giving a speech and holding a photo op for big Republican donors, and those plans haven’t changed.  He doesn’t like to sleep in hotels that aren’t his and never planned on spending the night at the Grand Floridian.

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Trump has filed paperwork making Mar-a-Lago his official residence now.

Nearly every president since Harry Truman – with the sole exception of Lyndon B. Johnson – has visited a Disney park at some point in their life, and every single sitting modern president since Nixon has made a visit to WDW while in office.

Trump will be the exception to that.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort last hosted a political event in 2017 where Vice President Mike Pence was the keynote speaker.

Disney Security is still present at the Hall of Presidents, and is inside the theater for every performance due to rowdy guests.

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His animatronic in the Hall of Presidents is really something!

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#Truth

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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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Fun Disney Touches in Our Weddings

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May 2017  Boulder, Colorado

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June 2018  Thornton, Colorado

We were both late spring brides, getting married in May (Elly) and June (Caroline).

Our 2nd (Elly) and 1st (Caroline) anniversaries are coming up in just a few weeks.

We were thrilled to be able to incorporate subtle Disney touches into our weddings.

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First, we took engagement ring photos at our favorite parks at Disney World:

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Elly’s engagement ring, Magic Kingdom

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Caroline’s engagement ring, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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We love this ring!

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People ask us all the time what Disney touches were in our weddings.

Disney touches in the Flowers

Elly’s Flowers:

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Hidden Mickeys in the trellis flowers.

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Hidden Mickey’s in the roses.

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Mickey gems attached to the satin ribbon of the bouquets. (Bride’s bouquet)

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Pink Mickeys on bridesmaid’s bouquets.

Caroline’s Flowers:

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Hidden Mickey in the trellis roses.

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Close-up of the roses.

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Bridesmaid bouquet with Hidden Mickey.

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Mickey gems attached to the satin ribbon. (Bridesmaid’s bouquets)

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Mickey gems on Bride’s bouquet

Disney touches in the Hair

Elly’s hair:

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Elly’s hair with Mickey pins.

Caroline’s hair:

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Caroline’s hair with Mickey pins.

Disney touches in the Veil

We shared the custom-made veil that was covered in tiny crystal beads and had a Hidden Mickey added in sparkling Swarovski crystals.

Elly wore it as “something new” and Caroline wore it as “something borrowed”.

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Elly and Ian, Boulder, Colorado,  May 2017

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The Swarovski crystal Hidden Mickey on the bottom hem of the veil.

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Caroline wearing a Princess Tiana crystal tiara.

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Caroline and Mitch, Thornton, Colorado, June 2018

Disney touches in the Shoes

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Disney Cinderella shoes.

Disney touches in the Cake

Elly’s wedding cake:

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Cinderella Castle cake topper.

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Hidden Mickey in the cake roses and frosting dots.

Caroline’s wedding cake:

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Hidden Mickey in the cake roses and frosting dots.

Disney touches at the Reception

Elly’s reception:

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Mickey and Minnie wedding tsums tsums (made by Elly including gazebo).

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Going on a Disney honeymoon, of course. 🙂

Caroline’s reception:

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Table numbers with each a Disney couple and saying.

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Gift from MIL.

Wedding Mickey Ears

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Disney Weddings posted Elly’s engagement ring photo on their Instagram page and it got over 32,000 likes and over 200 comments! ❤

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Cheers!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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!

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

Disney World Premiering New Fireworks Show at Magic Kingdom this Fall

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The new fireworks show will feature a Halloween story projected onto the Cinderella Castle, all set to themed music and less fireworks.

A brand-new castle projection/fireworks show will debut at this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party  on August 16th, replacing the popular HalloWishes fireworks show.

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The new show may feature live character cast members on the Cinderella Castle stage.

In the new castle projection show, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy will be drawn into a haunted house where they will face “dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of troublemaking Disney villains.”

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Happy Halloween!

The yet-to-be-named show “will feature state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night,” according to Disney.

halloween3The use of castle projection effects, lasers, and lighting comes as no surprise. As fireworks themselves become more of an environmental and cost-cutting concern, the company has been introducing other technologies into their shows.

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Fireworks lighting up the skies over the Magic Kingdom!

Disney Parks continues to update their fireworks shows ahead of the huge anniversary celebration planned for 2021.

“Happily Ever After” debuted at the Magic Kingdom in 2017, replacing the long running “Wishes,” and bringing new projection mapping to the forefront of the storyline. The popular HalloWishes leaned heavily on loud fireworks set to themed Halloween music.

While Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will have a new nighttime fireworks spectacular, other party classics, like the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, and the 13 free trick-or-treating stations will all return.

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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.

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

Have a magical day!

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The Orange Bird Sipper is Back at Epcot!

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Caroline buying an Orange Bird Sipper at Epcot last weekend.

After selling out the entire Orange Bird Sipper inventory for the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival the very first weeka new shipment of Sippers arrived last Saturday.  Yeah!

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We each got one…So cute!

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This little guy is soooo cute!

The star of the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival is this adorable little Orange Bird Sipper.  He’s a cutie!  ❤

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Orange Cream Slushy, $14

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Limit 10 sippers per guest (that will cost you $140!).

The wait line at The Citrus Blossom booth to get one of these sippers filled with Orange Slush has consistently been about an hour.

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Guests were lining up at the Citrus Blossom booth before it opened!

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One hour wait line to buy an Orange Bird Sipper!

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There’s citrus-flavored food available at The Citrus Blossom booth too…including Lobster Tail!!!

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♪♫♪ So this is love…♫♪♪♫♪

orange4No time?  They’re available on ebay for between $30-$60 a sipper!

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April 2, 2019: Orange Bird Sippers available on ebay.

Disney initially only ordered 45,000 Orange Bird sippers for the 90 day Festival that runs into June this year.  That’s 500/day.  Right now, they’re selling 3x that many a day.  They put in a huge reorder March 12th after selling out.

Insider Tip:  They might totally run out before the Festival ends on June 3, 2019. Get one quick if you want one!

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

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

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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!

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Do You Love Cotton Candy???

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The Confectionery at the Magic Kingdom

Hot and fresh Cotton Candy is made all day long at the Confectionery on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom.  It smells – and tastes – so good!

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Caroline’s fresh cotton candy.  It’s so good!!!!  🙂

We LOVE it!

We had a Magical Moment here when the cast member was making cotton candy and she handed each of us a huge tasty and warm blob of it!!!!! ❤

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She was making blue cotton candy the morning we were there.

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It smells so good!

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Making some for us!

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Come on in!

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The Main Street Confectionery at the Magic Kingdom.

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Daisy looking cute in her yellow Confectionery costume that matches the cast members working inside.

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Photo of the whole crew.

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Confectionery Costume (Illustration by Elly Collins)

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Cast members working at Main Street Confectionery.

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Our Magical Moment – free sample of cotton candy!  Two Disney Sisters

We’ve written two books about our time working 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/

#TwoDisneySisters

Have a magical day!

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Throwback Thursday: Eating Cotton Candy on Main Street USA, 1996

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Pink cotton candy!

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Yummy!

Disney Bans Smoking at its Theme Parks

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No more smoking inside the theme parks!

Disney bans smoking, ice, and over-sized strollers at all theme parks

March 28, 2019:  Disney announced today that smoking inside all of their theme parks will be banned.  They are now officially Smoke-Free Environments.

The company made the announcement Thursday about a few rule changes set to go into effect at their parks on May 1, 2019.

The smoking ban covers Walt Disney World in Orlando, Disneyland theme parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Downtown Disney in California, and all water parks.

The only designated smoking areas will be found outside the entrances of the parks and at Disney Springs in Orlando.

For guests staying at Disney Resort hotels with room or dining reservations, there will be designated smoking areas to use.

The smoking ban goes into effect May 1, 2019.

[Cast members everywhere are celebrating this announcement!]

Also starting May 1st, any strollers over 31-inches will not be allowed inside the parks. The current limit is 36-inches.

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New park rules May 1st.

Disney also said that starting immediately, if you plan to bring a cooler or cooler bag to store snacks and drinks, loose or dry ice are no longer permitted in the parks.

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Smoking is also banned inside ALL their hotel rooms! This is huge!

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The smoking ban goes into effect May 1st.

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Most photos of Walt Disney have been air-brushed to remove his cigarettes.

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The cigarette in his fingers has been airbrushed out.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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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