2016 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips

BREAKING NEWS!  More party dates have been added for cast member discounted tickets!

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Party dates Oct 23, 25, 27 and 28th have been added for discounted tickets for cast members!

tix2You must go to Vacation Planning or MK Guest Relations, not Company D, to get the discounted tickets, $63.70 + tax

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Cast members can now buy discounted tickets at the Company D store for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at a 30% discount off of general ticket prices for the public.

The ticket prices are good for the earlier party dates in September, which is wonderful as those are the less crowded nights (see memo below).

MNSSHP party details:

There are 29 nights for the 2016 event this year!

September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30*

October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31**

Hours: 7:00 pm – Midnight

Two Boo To You Parades:  at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm

HalloWishes Fireworks: at 9:30 pm

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MNSSHP Tickets Prices:

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25 – $72.00 plus tax age 10+, $67.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $79.00/$74 same-day*

September 29, 30 – $79.00 plus tax age 10+, $74.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $88/$83.00 same-day

October 2, 6 – $86.00 plus tax age 10+, $81.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90 same-day

October 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 – $91.00 plus tax age 10+, $86.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90 same-day

September 23 – $85.00 plus tax age 10+, $80.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 7, 14, 21, 28, 30 – $95.00 plus tax age 10+, $90.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 31– $105.00 plus tax age 10+, $100.00 plus tax age 3-9**

Passholder Rates available 9/2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 23, 25, 29, 30; 10/2, 6 – Rates are $67-80 (depends on night) plus tax. Disney Vacation Club members also have discounts on additional nights (including all dates APs already get) – 10/4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, & 20 ranging between $62-83.

*Cast Members can get discounted tickets (30% off) to MNSSHP for most nights in September at the Company D Store.

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2016 Cast member prices:  $ 50.40/ticket for September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, and 25 party nights

**Note: Guest tickets for Halloween night always sell out early!

CP Tip:  The party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s guests wearing costumes in for the party starting at 4pm. (Normally, adult guests may not wear costumes in the parks.)  Come early and plan on staying until midnight!

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Nobody decorates for the holidays – any holiday! – like Disney!  🙂

Plan on being at MK all day:  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom in the morning and storing your costume in the lockers near the entrance.  At 4pm, change into your costume and have your photo taken on Main Street before the crowds arrive at 7pm!

Everyone arriving in costumes for the evening.

Everyone arriving in great costumes for the party.

Special party lighting on Main Street USA.

Special MNSSHP party lighting all along Main Street USA.

After dark fun!

Having after dark fun in our costumes!  PhotoPass on Main Street.

Characters everywhere!

Characters in special costumes everywhere!

We love the Boo to You parade!

We love the Boo to You parade!

The parade smells like candy!

The parade smells like candy corn!

Caroline loves the Disney villians!

Caroline loves the Disney villains!  They are out in force during the party.

Got to meet all 7 dwarves!

Got to meet all 7 dwarfs during the MNSSHP party!

Castle in Halloween colors.

Cinderella Castle in Halloween colors with “fog” rolling in.  (This is our favorite castle color at night!)

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom.

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom on Halloween Night.

Have a magical time!  Watch out for the headless horseman!!

The Headless Horseman leads the Halloween Parade.

The Headless Horseman leads the Boo To You Halloween Parade.  🙂

Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

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Special Treats are available during the Halloween season!

Maps for the 2016 MNSSHP treat stations (Disney provides the candy treating bags for free!):

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2016 MNSSHP details

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13 Candy Stations this year.  Have fun!

One final party note!

There are new, expended costume rules this year!  Please plan your costume accordingly!

Come Dressed for the Occasion

Looking forward to dressing up for the occasion? Learn about costumes you can wear to this event—and some you can’t too.Before you brew up ideas for your next disguise, please take a moment to read over our official costume guidelines at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

GENERAL

  • 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 Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • 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.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

GUESTS AGES 13 AND UNDER

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

GUESTS AGES 14 AND OLDER

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • 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.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

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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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50 Moments Everyone Has on the DCP!

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Always keep dreaming!

Right in the feels….

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I’m going to Disney World!

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CP Moment #1 and the Best One:  Meeting Mickey during Traditions class.  (Trying not to cry…)

CP Moment Pascal (2)

CP Moment #2:  Realizing that you made it through the DCP application process!

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CP Moment #3:  Notifying your school that you’re taking a semester off.

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CP Moment #4:  Getting the DCP acceptance postcard in the mail.

CP Moment On Your Own (2)

CP Moment #5:  Moving to Orlando (or Anaheim!)

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#Truth

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After months of waiting and planning, you’re finally here!!! Welcome!!!

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#Arrival

CP Moment Housing (2)

CP Moment #6: Moving into DCP housing on the first day of the program!

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Welcome to Casting!

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So happy to be at Disney World!!!

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New friends!

CP Moment Earning My Ears (2)

CP Moment #7:  Earning Your Ears

CP Moment Getting Your Name Tag

CP Moment #8:  Getting you name tag with your university on it

CP Moment Nametags

CP Moment #9:  Wearing your name tag for the first time

CP Moment Costume Fitting

CP Moment #10:  Going to Costuming for the first time and getting 5 complete costumes

CP Moment Military Time (2)

CP Moment #11:  Figuring out your schedule for the first time

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CP Moment #12: EPCOT – Every Paycheck Comes On Thursday

CP Moment First Housing Event

CP Moment #13:  Going to Housing events

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Making Magic for guests.

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CP Moment #14:  First day at your new job meeting other CPs.

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CP moment #15:  Safety D begins with me!

CP Moment First Day of Class

CP Moment #16:  First day of class at Disney University

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CP Moment #17:  Making CP and ICP friends

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CP Moment #18:  Entering the parks before guests

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CP Moment #19:  Leaving the parks after all the guests have gone home

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Typhoon Lagoon!

CP Moment Illuminations

CP Moment #20:  Watching Illuminations with your new friends

CP Moment Balloons

CP Moment #21:  Holding a bunch of Mickey balloons on Main Street USA

CP Moment Candy

CP Moment #22:  Disney snacks!

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Having dinner with your roommates.

CP Moment Making a Wish

CP Moment #23:  Making a wish at Cinderella Castle

CP Moment Disney Point (2)

CP Moment #24:  Doing the Disney Point for guests

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Making memories that will last a lifetime!

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CP Moment #25:  Seeing all the guests in cute costumes

CP Moment 4 Fanatic (2)

CP Moment #26:  Earning your first Disney Fanatics card

CP Moment Monorail

CP Moment #27:  Riding the monorail and saying the safety message during the announcement

CP Moment Whistle While You Work (2)

CP Moment #28:  Picking up shifts at other locations and parks

CP Moment Free Admintence (2)

CP Moment #29:  When family and friends come to visit you during your program and you get them into the parks for free.

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CP Moment #30:  Backstage magic – behind the scene tours of your favorite rides

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CP Moment #31:  Getting into the water parks for free

CP Moment Housekeeping

CP Moment #32:  Monthly apartment inspections!

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CP Moment #33:  Going to auditions

CP Moment Bilingual nametag

CP Moment #34:  Getting your bilingual name tag

CP Career

CP Moment #35:  Deciding to extend or make Disney a career

CP Moment Character Meet and Greets (2)

CP Moment #36:  Character Meet & Greets

CP Moment Mickeys Retreat

CP Moment #37:  Mickey’s Retreat!

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CP Moment #38:  Wearing a costume to the parks (not your work costume!) #MNSSHP

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CP Moment #39: Eating hot dogs for dinner at Caseys

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CP Moment #40:  Playing in the parks with your friends!

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CP Moment#41 :  Parades day and night

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CP Moment #42 : Riding the railroad because you’re tired of walking

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CP Moment #43 : Watching Wishes with your CP roommates.

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Getting into Blizzard Beach…for free!

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CP Moment #44:  Going to the Winter Formal Ball with your friends.

CP Moment Free Admission (2)

CP Moment #45: Comp admission to other Disney theme parks.

CP Moment Holidays

CP Moment #46:  Spending holidays away from home, but with your CP friends.

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CP Moment #47:  Shopping at Cast Connections!

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Being part of a team.

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Extending your program because you’re not ready to leave after just 4-5 months!

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Debating if you should stay on with Disney and apply for an extension or professional internship.

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Getting accepted for a PI next semester!!!

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Watching it snow on Main Street USA!

CP Moment Earning Degree

CP Moment #48:  Service ceremony with Mickey!

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Watching Wishes over the Cinderella Castle for the final time as a Cast Member.

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Getting ready to go home and back to school.

CP moment Clocking Out

CP Moment #49:  Clocking out for the last time

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Graduation service ceremony!

learn

Learning something new every day, including learning about yourself.

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And  finally, CP Moment #50:  Becoming a DCP Alumni!

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Knowing that as a DCP alumni, you’re a part of the Disney legacy.

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Never stop believing in the Magic of Disney!

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Yes!!!!  2017 will be the best year ever!!!!

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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’s EAP Counseling Program for Cast Members

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Disney’s EAP program is free for cast members and they can help with a lot of problems.  Having roommate issues?  Contact Disney Housing!  We found them to be very helpful!!!

Every semester, about 3,000 to 4,000 college students are accepted into the DCP Program.

The CPs are college age, generally 18 – 24 years old.  [There actually used to be a maximum program age limit (24), but that was eliminated in 2014.]

Naturally, a certain percentage of CPs will be unhappy during their program.  For some CPs, especially those attending their local community college, the DCP internship is literally their first time living away from home.

Disney provides a free counseling service – Employee Assistance Program – for all their cast members and dependents through Cigna.  You do not have to be enrolled in their medical insurance to call.  No one at Disney will get your personal information or learn about your issue.

The EAP number is:  (800) 952-6676.

Have concerns about dealing with stress?  Job satisfaction?  Relationship issues? Eating disorders?  School work????

You can get EAP counseling over the phone or in person, up to 5 counseling sessions per issue for free!

Thinking about self terming from the program?  We suggest talking to someone first.

Here are the steps to consider:  How To Self Term From the DCP Program

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Good advice!  Remember, the average DCP internship is only 4 months!

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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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Adios Disney Dollars!

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Disney Dollars were fun!

Beginning Saturday (05/14/16), Disney Dollars, a popular souvenir item and the in-house currency at US Disney parks, will no longer be sold.

Disney confirmed in a statement on Thursday that the once popular currency, which could only be used at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, would be terminated effective Saturday.

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We loved getting Disney Dollars as kids!

The Disney Dollars currently in circulation can still be used.

“It’s a testimony to the enthusiasm and heart of Disney guests and collectors that Disney Dollars remain collectible today,” the Disney statement said. “We continue to offer many ways to collect cherished Disney memories in tangible ways.”

Gift cards and and debit cards made the Disney Dollars obsolete.

Disneyland’s first president, Jack Lindquist, invented Disney Dollars because of the Anaheim and Orlando theme park’s growing popularity in the mid-1980s. The first dollar runs were unveiled and circulated on May 5, 1987.

“We set the criteria that our Disney money would always be tied to the price of the U.S. currency, so if a dollar is worth a dollar, a Disney Dollar would be worth a U.S. dollar,” Lindquist said in his memoir, “In Service to the Mouse.” “That way, the money could be spent in the parks, the same way U.S. currency is.”

Disney Dollars featured pictures of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other characters. They were sold at the theme parks in denominations of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50.

Disney Dollars were produced with the same level of  “care and concern as any other currency,” Lindquist said.

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We brought home Disney Dollars (and a mug!) from our 1994 WDW trip “Remember the Magic”

We loved our Disney Dollars and have several from our early trips to WDW in the 1990s.

During our DCP programs, we both noticed how rare the Disney Dollars had become.  We rarely saw them being used to purchase merchandise. Previously, parents would give their kids $10-$20 in Disney Dollars when they got to the parks to spend on daily snacks and souvenirs.  Now, they just give them pre-loaded Disney gift cards for each day.

Disney Dollars have gone the way of purchasing Kodak photo film for your camera on Main Street USA.

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Special Disney Dollars were issued for the 20th anniversary in 2007.

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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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DHS’s Earful Tower is Gone!

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My last photo of the Earful Tower that I took earlier this year.

Disney announced back in January 2016 that DHS’s iconic Earful Tower would be torn down as part of the plan to redevelop the park.

At one time, the Earful Tower served as the main icon for what was then known as Disney MGM Studios in the 1990s. It was in place when Disney MGM Studios opened on May 1, 1989 and through the years the tower saw décor come and go.

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Disney MGM Studios logo

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Decorated for the 101 Dalmatians movie premier.


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DHS’s new park icon is the Hollywood Tower of Terror building

The Earful Tower was removed overnight after park closing last Friday night (April 29, 2016). The area of land that the tower occupied will soon be home to the new Toy Story Land.

Major construction at DHS continues on a new Star Wars-themed Land and new Toy Story Land, both opening in 2017.

This follows the removal of DHS’s other park icon, Mickey’s Socerers Hat, in early 2015:

Mickey’s Hat Torn Down

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The new Disney Springs water tower.

In January 2016, is was rumored that the Earful Tower might be moved to Disney Springs, but then a new, different style water tower was installed at Disney Springs in February.

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All the Earful Tower merchandise is gone from the shops.

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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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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Disney ¡Fiesta!

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Caroline outside the Epcot Mexico pavilion sipping a cool drink.

This week Disney World is throwing one festive party… and it’s all set to go down at the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot!

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Mexico Mickey Ears

In honor of Cinco de Mayo and Día de los Niños, Epcot is hosting “¡Fiesta!”—a week-long celebration honoring the pride of Mexico, the personality of its people, and the color and food of its culture.

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The three amigos tsums tsims!

From meeting classic characters to eating authentic Mexican foods and collecting magic merchandise including special Mickey Ears, this is sure to be one fiesta you won’t soon forget!

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At La Cava, where all the drinks are delicious!!

Be sure to stop in and sample some the wonderful tequilas available at  La Cava del Tequila, especially the Flight of Tequilas!

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Ole!

We’ve always liked the Mexico pavilion at Epcot, nowadays even more after sampling the La Cava del Tequila Flight featuring the delicious Crème de Tequila!  Ole!

These sombreos are actually a big seller!

These sombreos are actually a big seller!  How do guests get them on the plane home???!!!

Tequila Liquor Flight:  The Essence of Mexico – ole!

Tequila Flight at La Cava del Tequila.

Tequila Flight at La Cava del Tequila:  Yes, please!!!

My Tequila Flight:  Almond Ultimo Agave, Agavero, and Rumchata 1921 Cream.  Yummy!

Tequila: The True Spirit of Mexico

“The soul of Tequila is the essence of Mexico; to drink it is to absorb stories and be initiated into a world of legends.”

And, who could forget the guest climbing the temple steps at last fall’s Food & Wine Festival after a few too many tequilas???

VIDEO:  Guest Climbs the Mayan Temple Steps!

Epcot Mexico.

Epcot Mexico in the early evening.  Now it’s all posted with ‘No Climbing’ signs.


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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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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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Seeing Disney’s Jungle Book Opening Weekend

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It’s a live action movie.

We got to see the new Jungle Book movie on opening weekend!  It was very good!!!

(It made $104 million opening weekend in the US.)

They gave out these cool free posters with every ticket purchase.

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We got 4 posters.

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It opened on Earth Day 2016,   April 22, 2016.

Watch the movie trailer:  The Jungle Book 2016 

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The Jungle Book 2016

The Jungle Book 2016 cast:

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Mowgli and Bagheera

Neel Sethi as Mowgli (he was excellent!!!)

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Baloo and Mowgli floating down the river (love this scene!)

Bill Murray as the voice of Baloo.  (He was very good.)

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Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Kaa.  (She was great, but the scene was too short!)

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Shere Khan

Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan  (so scary!!)

Ben Kingsley as the voice of Bagheera

Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of Raksha

Christoper Walken as the voice of King Louie  (very good)

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Lots of new Jungle Book merchandise!

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And the brand new Jungle Book tsum tsums came out this week too!

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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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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 y