Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2016

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Sleeping Beauty Castle is beautiful!

We thought we would post a link to the Disneyland blackout dates for using cast member guest passes, in case family and friends are planning a visit to see you during your DCP program!

New official link to check on Blackout dates at all Disney Parks including Disneyland and California Adventure:  https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

May 22, 2015: the 60th anniversary celebration begins!

May 22, 2015: The eighteen-month long 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration began!

 

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2016:

Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year’s Day and the days around MLK Day)

Weekdays in February (minus the days around President’s Day)

The first week in March

Weekdays the second half of April

Weekdays in May

Weekdays the first week of June

The first half of September; weekdays for the remainder of September and October

Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)

Weekdays during the first two weeks of December

 

To check on the daily park crowd forecast at Disneyland, click here:   Is It Packed??? 

 

The Worst Times to Visit Disneyland in 2016:

MLK weekend: Jan. 16 – 18, 2016

President’s Day weekend: Feb. 13 – Feb. 15, 2016

Spring Break and Easter: March 7 – April 12, 2016

Summer: June 4 – August 21, 2016

Labor Day Weekend: Sept. 3 – Sept. 5, 2016

Columbus Day weekend: Oct. 8 – Oct. 10, 2016

Halloween weekend: Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 2016

Veteran’s Day weekend: Nov. 11 – Nov. 13, 2016

Thanksgiving week: Nov. 19 – 27, 2016

Christmas week through the first week of the New Year: Dec. 17, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017

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During blackout days, you can’t use your Disney Guest Passes to swipe friends and family into the park for free.  Also, Disney limits the number of rooms available for CPs to use their cast member hotel discount.

New CPs can expect to get their guest passes after working 150 hours (about 5 weeks into their program), after completing Traditions class on around Day 3.

Read more at our Disneyland blog: Disneyland Diamond Celebration!  

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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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Disney Diamond Days Sweepstakes Has Been Extended!

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The new, third phase of the Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes begins at 7:00 AM Pacific Time on February 6, 2016 and ends at 6:59 AM Pacific Time on September 9, 2016!

Disney Diamond Days Contest link:  Diamond Days

Word of the Day: WORD

Daily Prizes!

Unique in-park experiences will be awarded DAILY to some lucky Disneyland Resort Guests. These same-day VIP experiences include individualized tours of the parks, preferred viewing for evening entertainment experiences and priority access to select attractions.

Daily prize winners must be present on the Disneyland Resort premises at the time of entry and at the time of prize redemption in order to be able to enjoy these special experiences, but theme park admission is not necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes.

Weekly Prizes and Surprises!
Each week we announce an extraordinary, only-Disney-can-do Weekly Prize that starts with a 3-day, 2-night vacation package to the Disneyland Resort and includes a dazzling extra like a special Disneyland experience or an authentic, independently certified blue, white or red diamonds, custom-engraved with a “hidden Mickey” for the Disneyland Diamond Celebration!

Here are the current Weekly Prizes:

    • Winter Thrills!
      February 19 to February 26
      Escape the cold with the heartwarming magic of Disney parks! A fun-filled day and evening at Disneyland Resort includes a totally chill meeting with Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, VIP seating at one of our nighttime spectaculars, a sumptuous feast at Carthay Circle Restaurant and a Main Street, U.S.A. shopping spree where the lucky winner and 3 Guests each receive a $100 Disney Gift Card to help spread some pixie dust!!
  • White Diamond and Disneyland Dream Suite Stay!!!
    February 26 to March 4 
    Spend the night in the Disneyland Dream Suite, an elegant apartment originally designed for Walt Disney himself. As a special treat, a Disneyland Resort Ambassador will be joined by Mickey and Minnie Mouse to present you with a certified 1-carat white diamond—custom-engraved with a Hidden Mickey symbol!

Be sure to check back here each Wednesday to see what gem of a prize you can enter for a chance to win in the coming week—and what dazzling Weekly Prize will be awarded for the current week!

Each week we announce an extraordinary, only-Disney-can-do Weekly Prize—including authentic, independently certified blue, white and red diamonds, custom-engraved with a “hidden Mickey” for the Disneyland Diamond Celebration!

Also:  Weekly all-inclusive Disneyland vacation packages will be awarded to lucky guests!

  • Number and Approximate Retail Value of prizes: (i) 217 Daily VIP Experience Prizes: each from $560 to $1,873; (ii) 1 Dazzled Mickey Mouse Ears Package: $33,832; (iii) 3 Blue Diamond Packages: each $25,300; (iv) 2 Red Diamond Packages: each $24,385; (v) 7 White Diamond Packages: each $13,877; (vi) 9 Disney Character Party Experience Packages: each from $3,768 to $16,138; (vii) 9 Disneyland Resort Experience Packages: each from $3,768 to $9,832; (viii) 1 Final Prize: $6,061.
The Diamond Celebration begins May 22, 2015!

The Diamond Celebration began May 22, 2015 and goes until Fall 2016 (9-9-16)!

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   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.

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

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

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Sleeping Beauty Castle is Ready to Dazzle!

Sleeping Beauty Castle 60th Anniversary decorations.

Sleeping Beauty Castle 60th Anniversary decorations.

WATCH LIVE CAMERA FEED FOR 24 HOUR (05/22 – 05/23/2015) EVENT AT DISNEYLAND:

http://www.disneylandevent.com/24hrevent/

In a special ceremony this afternoon, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier unveiled the dazzling Sleeping Beauty Castle, sparkling for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, beginning tomorrow (May 22, 2015).

During the ceremony, Colglazier recognized the 28,000 Disneyland Resort cast members – each of whom contribute to making this the Happiest Place on Earth.

The new celebration plaque

The new celebration plaque

As Michael said during the ceremony, Walt Disney knew it would take very special people to make his dream come true, and our Disneyland Resort cast members are the ones who make this the Happiest Place on Earth!

Ceremony video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEIOKhCV7AY

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Welcome all to this happy place...

Welcome all to this happy place…

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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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Mickey Mouse and Friends to Wear Sparkling New Ensembles for Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration

We do NOT understand their new outfits! It doesn't match the silver and blue colors of the Diamond Celebration at all!!

We do NOT understand their new outfits! It doesn’t match the silver and blue colors of the Diamond Celebration at all!!

We’ve already shared some of the sparkling new decor, entertainment and merchandise coming for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration beginning May 22, 2015 and going through September 5, 2016!

We’re excited to tell you that some of Disney’s biggest stars will also sparkle for the celebration!

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Their new 60th Diamond Anniversary costumes!

Throughout the 60th Diamond Celebration, Disneyland park guests will have the chance to see Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Chip and Dale in dazzling new duds in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A.!  Welcome!!

Why aren't their new outfits Silver & Blue like this??

Why aren’t their new outfits Silver & Blue like this??  In the merchandise video below, all the merchandise is Silver & Blue.

Interested in all the 60th Anniversary merchandise?  Here’s a sneak peek!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_0MTnAkuEw

Sleeping Beauty's Castle looking beautiful in the sunlight.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle looking beautiful in the sunlight.

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Very pretty.

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Cast members bring the magic to Disneyland!

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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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Sleeping Beauty Castle Diamonds

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Sleeping Beauty Castle sparkling in the sunlight!

The makeover of the Sleeping Beauty Castle for the 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration, May 22, 2015 – September 5, 2016, continues with the “diamondizing” of the castle to make it shimmer both day and night.

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So pretty!

WOW!!!  We love it all!

Hand glueing on thousands of jewels to the mirrored surfaces.

Hand glueing on thousands of jewels to the mirrored surfaces.

Each jewel placed by hand.

Each jewel placed by hand.

Can you imagine how much time this took???

Can you imagine how much time this took???

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Sparkly!!!

Watch the video of the Diamondizing process:  Ready to Dazzle 

So worth it! Wow!

So worth it! Wow!

Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes!

Disney announced that they will be giving away 1 and 2 carat Blue Diamonds during the celebration year!  This sweepstakes ends the first week in September 2016 too!  😦

Enter here:  Disney Diamond Days Sweepstakes
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Welcome all to this happy place…Sleeping Beauty Castle looks so beautiful in the sunlight!

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We couldn’t miss out on this celebration!

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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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2020 Disneyland Blockout Dates for Cast Members

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The Matterhorn ride at Disneyland in February. Beautiful!

Link to view updated calendars:  Disneyland Block-out Dates 

February 2020 – May 2020: 

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Currently, there are no blockout days for self admission at Disneyland or California Adventure this spring.

Disneyland Park: 

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Disneyland is almost totally blocked out this spring for using your Guest Passes because of Star Wars Land crowds.

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Disney’s California Adventure Park

Disney’s California Adventure Park: 

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CAL has a lot of upcoming blocked out days this spring for using your Guest Passes. But, not as many as Disneyland! Always check before you go!

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February 11, 2020:  Disneyland raised their ticket prices today:

PARK TICKETS

One-day tickets are now sold at five different pricing levels depending on Disney’s anticipated demand for the day of your visit. This replaces the three-tier Value, Regular and Peak system previously in place.

TIER 1

  • 1 Day, 1 Park: Adults (Age 10+): $104, Child (Ages 3-9): $98
  • 1 Day, Parkhopper: Adults (Age 10+): $159, Child (Ages 3-9): $153

TIER 2

  • 1 Day, 1 Park: Adults (Age 10+): $114, Child (Ages 3-9): $108
  • 1 Day, Parkhopper: Adults (Age 10+): $169, Child (Ages 3-9): $163

TIER 3

  • 1 Day, 1 Park: Adults (Age 10+): $124, Child (Ages 3-9): $117
  • 1 Day, Parkhopper: Adults (Age 10+): $179, Child (Ages 3-9): $172

TIER 4

  • 1 Day, 1 Park: Adults (Age 10+): $139, Child (Ages 3-9): $132
  • 1 Day, Parkhopper: Adults (Age 10+): $194, Child (Ages 3-9): $187

TIER 5

  • 1 Day, 1 Park: Adults (Age 10+): $154, Child (Ages 3-9): $146
  • 1 Day, Parkhopper: Adults (Age 10+): $209, Child (Ages 3-9): $201

Prices for Multi-Day tickets also increased by $15-$25 depending on the length of ticket.

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The Family Holiday Celebration is ending February 13, 2020!

The 2019-2020 Disney Family Holiday Celebration continues until February 13, 2020.

Link to official Disney site:  2020 Disney Holiday Celebration

Interested in using your complimentary guest Family Holiday Celebration passes?

There are blockout days you should be aware of!

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The Disney Family Holiday Celebration pass doesn’t work at Disneyland….only at California Adventure.

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The complimentary pass expires on February 13, 2020. Use it or lose it!

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Check out the color of this brand new Disneyland spirit jersey: Ariel’s Grotto. ❤

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We got to see Star Wars Land in January 2020 and ride on both attractions. Rise of the Resistance is AMAZING!!!

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Phase 2: Rise of the Resistance opened January 17, 2020!  We LOVED it!!!

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Phase 1 Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge opened to rave reviews!  It’s rated #1!!!!!! 🙂

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Kingdom of Cutie

To check on the daily crowd forecast for Disneyland, click here:  Is it Packed? 

Wondering what are the best times to visit Disneyland…and when NOT to go???

Click here for tips:  The Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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At the Olaf meet & greet at California Adventure Park.  He’s at Disney World’s Blizzard Beach in the summertime too!

Meeting Thor

Meeting Thor.  You can only meet Thor in California because of Universal Studios restrictions in Florida. You’ll never see him at Disney World.

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Disneyland Hotel Tip:  We always stay at the Del Sol Inn hotel across the street and just walk in.

We went to Disneyland again last summer.

When we were there, it was was mostly cloudy (the “marine layer”) until noon and barely 70 degrees on most days!  You needed a jacket at night and it even sprinkled several times – a rarity in June in southern California!

We went to see all the Disney stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame! So fun!

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Don’t forget to visit the nearby Hollywood Walk of Fame…The Disney Company has a lot of stars on it….Walt, Snow White, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Tinkerbell, Disneyland….it was fun!

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Walt’s well-earned star!

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Mickey Mouse

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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

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 at Disneyland.

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Who wore it better???  😉

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Princess Aurora looking over the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Christian at Disneyland.

 

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2015

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Welcome to the Happiest Place on Earth!

We thought we would post a link to the Disneyland blackout dates for using cast member guest passes, in case family and friends are planning a visit to see you during your DCP program!

New official link to check on Blackout dates at all Disney Parks including Disneyland and California Adventure:  https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

May 22, 2015: the 60th anniversary celebration begins!

May 22, 2015: The eighteen-month long 60th Diamond anniversary celebration began!

2015 is the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland.  Special events are planned monthly.

A lot of attractions, restaurants, and rides were closed and underwent extensive refurbishment earlier this year prior to the May 2015 celebration launch, including the repainting and decorating Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  Disneyland looks beautiful!!

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2015:

Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year’s Day and the days around MLK Day)

Weekdays in February (minus the days around President’s Day)

The first week in March

Weekdays the second half of April

Weekdays in May

Weekdays the first week of June

The first half of September; weekdays for the remainder of September and October

Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)

Weekdays during the first two weeks of December

Lots of upcoming blacked out dates during the holiday season.

Lots of upcoming blacked out dates for guest passes during the holiday season.

Remember to always check if you can use your CM pass for yourself and guests!

The restrictions:  Remember to always check if you can use your CM pass for yourself and guests!

California Adventure Park: Upcoming blackout dates

California Adventure Park: Upcoming blackout dates

Worst Times to Visit Disneyland in 2015:

To check on the daily park crowd forecast, click here: http://www.isitpacked.com/live-crowd-trackers/disneyland/

MLK weekend: Jan. 17 – 19, 2015

President’s Day: Feb. 13 – Feb. 16, 2015

Spring Break and Easter: March 7 – April 12, 2015

60th Anniversary Kick-off:  May 22 – May 24, 2015

Summer: June 5 – August 16, 2015

Labor Day Weekend: Sept. 5 – Sept. 7, 2015

Columbus Day weekend: Oct. 10 – Oct. 12, 2015

Halloween weekend: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2015

Veteran’s Day: Nov. 11, 2015

Thanksgiving week: Nov. 21 – 29, 2015

Christmas week through the second week of the New Year: Dec. 19 – Jan.10, 2016

During blackout days, you can’t use your guest passes to swipe friends and family into the park for free.  Also, Disney limits the number of hotel rooms available for CMs to use their cast member hotel discount.

Read more at our Disneyland blog:  Disneyland Diamond Celebration

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Welcome to Disneyland!!  The castle got a fresh coat of paint – and bejeweled –  in February 2015.

New CPs can expect to get their guest passes about two weeks after getting their IDs (after completing Traditions class).

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

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.

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

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

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