Celebrating the 2017 Chinese Lunar New Year: The Year of the Rooster

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Mickey and Minnie in special costumes for the Chinese New Year celebration.

Disney is celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year at both Disneyland in California and at Hong Kong Disneyland this year!

Happy New Year from Disney Parks Blog

1. Disney California Adventure Park:  Paradise Pier

January 20 to February 5, 2017

Watch the 2017 California Adventure Park Celebration!

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Happy New Year!

A Wonderful New Year Wishes

Ring in the Chinese Lunar New Year with unforgettable experiences at Disney California Adventure Park.  (The Chinese Lunar New Year is January 28, 2017.)

It’s a perfect opportunity to focus on family—all while offering warm wishes for a wonderful future and celebrating the occasion as well!

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It’s the year of the Fire Rooster!

Sensational Sights to Behold

Over the course of this special event, certain areas of the park will be decked out with festive décor and a variety of continental colors.

Stroll along walkways where awe-inspiring ornamental lanterns have been woven into the walls for all to enjoy. Then, marvel as you feast your eyes upon banners and signs high in the sky—each presented in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, wishing one and all a Happy Lunar New Year!

Entertainment for Young and Old

No matter who you choose to visit with, be sure to catch an impressive array of authentic performers. And be on the lookout for a few familiar Disney Characters too, dressed in their best and ready to take part in all the fun. 

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The Chinese New Year celebration continues at Disneyland Hong Kong until February 21, 2017.

2. Disneyland Hong Kong

January 28 – February 21, 2017

Ring in Chinese New Year through January and February 2017 at the Disneyland Hong Kong Resort—and help bring luck, health and happiness to the year ahead!

(Note:  There might be a few blackout days for cast members in February: Hong Kong Disneyland Blockout Dates)

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is welcoming the Year of the Rooster from January 28 to February 21, 2017 resplendent in colorful peach blossoms and festive Chinese New Year decorations.

Romance will be in the air on February 14th. The Resort creates elegant dining settings for couples to celebrate together on Valentine’s Day at this Happiest Place on Earth.

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Duffy celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year!

CNY Family Fun with Disney Friends adds some Disney Magic

During the Chinese New Year celebration, Disney friends Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip & Dale, Duffy & ShellieMay, will change into bright Chinese New Year outfits to share best wishes with guests daily at Main Street, U.S.A.

Festive Dining In Abundance

A range of 80 gourmet delights with distinct Chinese New Year flavors will fill the menus of the restaurants in the park and the two themed hotels. Why not celebrate the beginning of the Year of Rooster with a cheeky Happy Albert Chocolate Mousse from the Market House Bakery, and enjoy savory and sweet snacks bearing auspicious names like “Lucky Ball” and “Happy New Year Fish”. Celebrate family togetherness with a “Chinese New Year Treasure in Pot Set Menu” at River View Cafe in Adventureland, or feast on the Plaza Inn’s “Chinese New Year Special Set”. 

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Special merchandise

Collectible Keepsakes Bestow Endless Blessing

Mystic Point’s monkey, Albert, is among the great variety of more than 30 memorabilia in the “Chinese New Year Assortment” to aptly mark the Year of the Rooster. Do not miss the Chinese New Year Limited Edition Pin 2017 and the Chinese New Year Jumbo Pin exclusive for Magic Access members.

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Romantic Celebration on Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, the Resort presents special dining menus creating the perfect romantic rendezvous for couples. Valentine’s Day buffets and set dinners are served at the restaurants of the two hotels. Guests can also enjoy specially created beverages like “The Love Rose” and “Pink Valentine”. Bestow your loved one with the most elaborate Valentine’s Day dinner set for two at Walt’s Cafe – it comes with a lovely pair of Duffy & ShellieMay Tsum Tsum Plush and a photo taken with Duffy & ShellieMay to commemorate the special occasion. Make the day even more memorable by sharing “his and hers” keepsakes from the Valentine’s Day and the Season of Love assortments featuring sweet pairs – Mickey and Minnie, and Duffy and ShellieMay.

January 28, 2017:  Shanghai Disney Celebrates the New Year

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January 28, 2017: This morning’s Chinese Lion ceremony at Shanghai Disneyland theme park.

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So pretty.  The red color signifies good fortune.

Mickey-shaped lanterns dangle over the streets of Disneytown, Shanghai Disneyland Resort’s shopping, dining & entertainment district.

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Night of Sevens Housing event.

Read our blog about going to a DCP Housing Event celebration last summer with special characters:  Disney Housing Summer Event

 

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2017 is the Year of the Rooster

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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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8 Great Reasons You Should Work at Disneyland!

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Sleeping Beauty Castle all decorated for the 60th Diamond Anniversary celebration- Welcome all to this happy place!  🙂

The DCP program at Disney World gets all the attention with it’s 7,000+ program participants every year.

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It’s much harder to get accepted into the Disneyland DCP program because there are far fewer internships available!

The DCP program at Disneyland is way smaller, with less than 1,000 participants a year.

But, that doesn’t mean that it’s not just as FUN!  (Some CPs who have done programs at both WDW and DLR say that the California program is more fun!)

Here’s some reasons to apply for the Disneyland DCP program:

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1. It’s Where the Magic All Began!

Whether or not you’re an over-the-top fan of Walt Disney himself, you have to admit it’s pretty cool to walk in Walt’s footsteps on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland Park in California. Imagine taking that one step further and being a part of the magic in one of our many roles!

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2. It’s the 60th Anniversary Celebration Year!

We’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland with special events planned all year, through September 2016!  Come see the Sleeping Beauty Castle dazzle in the sunlight!

jessie (2)Disneyland cast members get new, special edition 60th Diamond Anniversary name tags.

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We love this photo!

3. Experience Disney History

Want to join us for a tour of legendary buildings and sound studios at Walt Disney Studios? How about touring Walt’s apartment on Main Street U.S.A.? Or the Dream Suite above New Orleans Square?

We thought these might get your attention as our participants love Disney history as much as we do. If Disney history is your passion, then California is your ticket!

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Laguna Beach is only 25 miles away!  In the winter months, you can see whales swim on by!

4. You’ve Never Seen the Pacific Ocean

California is home to some of the country’s most beautiful coast line as well as diverse climate. Too hot and humid? What’s that, Florida? Not here in balmy California!

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Some of the best beaches in the world, i.e. Laguna Beach, are only an hour away!

Or how about some beach and baseball? If you’re a sports fan, Anaheim is home to the Anaheim Angels baseball team and going to games is a favorite outing for many program participants.

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5. Live, Earn, and Learn

DLR participants earn more per hour than Florida CPs.  In the DLR program, CPs must sign up for a free education course at Disney University during their program.  Our guest lecture series is very popular.

Education courses are a great way to get to know many Disney leaders from a variety of places, including Walt Disney Studios, Pixar and other teams from Southern California. If you are interested in a career with Disney, make sure to network while you’re here.

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Carnegie Plaza, just 2 miles from Disneyland.

6. We Have Nice DCP Apartments Too!

We only need one apartment building, Carnegie Plaza, to house all the Disneyland CPs needing housing (about 250 per semester) and it’s really nice!

Walt Disney's star on Hollywood's Blvd. Walk of Stars.

Walt Disney’s star on Hollywood’s Blvd. Walk of Stars.

7. Hollywood, Baby!

The Housing team is always creating fun events and they want participants to come along! Jump on a double-decker bus with us and tour celebrity homes or walk along the stars on Hollywood Blvd. There’s also the chance to catch a movie at the El Capitan Theater – a famous landmark still in operation today.

Scenes from ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ with Tom Hanks were filmed right here on Main Street USA.  The Disney Parks Christmas Parade is filmed onsite every November.

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8. Disney is a Fortune 100 Company

Successfully completing a program is a great resume enhancer. Participants are asked about their Disney working experience from future employers. And if you are looking to have a career with Disney, it’s a great way to get your foot in the door.

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I see magic in the air!

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Apply today!  Good luck!!!

The Disneyland DCP application for the Spring 2017 program opens in just a few weeks…mid-August 2016.

Read some great application tips from the DCP Programs Blog:  Disneyland DCP Application Tips – How To Prepare.

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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

Celebrating the 2016 Chinese New Year: The Year of the Monkey

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Mickey and Minnie in special costumes for the celebration.

Disney is celebrating the Chinese New Year at both Disneyland in California and at Hong Kong Disneyland this week!

Disney California Adventure Park:  Paradise Pier

February 05 – February 08, 2016

A Wonderful New Year Wishes

Ring in the Lunar New Year with unforgettable experiences at Disney California Adventure Park.

It’s a perfect opportunity to focus on family—all while offering warm wishes for a wonderful future and celebrating the occasion as well!

Sensational Sights to Behold

Over the course of this special event, certain areas of the park will be decked out with festive décor and a variety of continental colors.

Stroll along walkways where awe-inspiring ornamental lanterns have been woven into the walls for all to enjoy. Then, marvel as you feast your eyes upon banners and signs high in the sky—each presented in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, wishing one and all a Happy Lunar New Year!

Entertainment for Young and Old

No matter who you choose to visit with, be sure to catch an impressive array of authentic performers. And be on the lookout for a few familiar Disney Characters too, dressed in their best and ready to take part in all the fun.

 

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The New Year celebration continues at Hong Kong Disneyland until February 21, 2016.

Hong Kong Disneyland

January 29 – February 21, 2016

Ring in Chinese New Year through January and February 2016 at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort—and help bring luck, health and happiness to the year ahead!

(Note:  There are a few blackout days for cast members in February: Hong Kong Disneyland Blockout Dates)

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is welcoming the Year of the Monkey from January 29 to February 21, 2016 resplendent in colorful peach blossoms and festive Chinese New Year decorations, adding jubilance to the Resort’s ongoing “Happily Ever After” 10th Anniversary celebration in 2016. Romance will be in the air towards the 7th day of Chinese New Year on February 14. The Resort creates elegant dining settings for couples to celebrate together on Valentine’s Day at this Happiest Place on Earth.

Commencing February 8 of Chinese New Year, blessings of good fortune will be shared with all guests as they are presented a “specially minted” Mickey chocolate gold coin Lai See, on their entry to the theme park. Even the red packet of the Lai See is itself a unique keepsake for the New Year celebration in this milestone anniversary year. Mickey, Goofy and Olaf, the stars of the Resort’s newest musical extravaganza “Mickey and the Wondrous Book”, are featured along with a gold embossed New Year blessing and a Hidden Mickey. Be among the first to visit the park on the first day of the Chinese New Year and receive the Lai See while stock lasts.

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Duffy!

CNY Family Fun with Disney Friends adds some Anniversary Magic

During the Chinese New Year celebration, Disney friends, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip & Dale, Duffy & ShellieMay, will change from their Anniversary costumes into bright Chinese New Year outfits to share best wishes with guests daily at Main Street, U.S.A., after the “Flights of Fantasy Parade”.

Festive Dining In Abundance

A range of 80 gourmet delights with distinct Chinese New Year flavors will fill the menus of the restaurants in the park and the two themed hotels. Why not celebrate the beginning of the Year of Monkey with a cheeky Happy Albert Chocolate Mousse from the Market House Bakery, and enjoy savory and sweet snacks bearing auspicious names like “Lucky Ball” and “Happy New Year Fish”. Celebrate family togetherness with a “Chinese New Year Treasure in Pot Set Menu” at River View Cafe in Adventureland, or feast on the Plaza Inn’s “Chinese New Year Special Set”. It will be exquisitely fun to have a “Lo Hei” at Studio Lounge at the Disney’s Hollywood Hotel with the whole family or with a group of friends or colleagues to wish everyone a year of prosperity and success ahead. Your year of abundance in gastronomy begins here at the Resort.

Collectible Keepsakes Bestow Endless Blessing

Mystic Point’s monkey, Albert, will make his debut among the great variety of more than 30 memorabilia in the “Chinese New Year Assortment” to aptly mark the Year of the Monkey. Do not miss the Chinese New Year Limited Edition Pin 2016 and the Chinese New Year Jumbo Pin exclusive for Magic Access members.

Dual Romantic Celebration on Everybody’s Birthday

As Valentine’s Day falls on the 7th day of the Chinese New Year, the day denoted as everybody’s birthday on the Lunar calendar, the Resort presents special dining menus creating the perfect romantic rendezvous for couples. Valentine’s Day buffets and set dinners are served at the restaurants of the two hotels. Guests can also enjoy specially created beverages like “The Love Rose” and “Pink Valentine”. Bestow your loved one with the most elaborate Valentine’s Day dinner set for two at Walt’s Cafe – it comes with a lovely pair of Duffy & ShellieMay Tsum Tsum Plush and a photo taken with Duffy & ShellieMay to commemorate the special occasion. Make the day even more memorable by sharing “his and hers” keepsakes from the Valentine’s Day and the Season of Love assortments featuring sweet pairs – Mickey and Minnie, and Duffy and ShellieMay.

Read more at: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/events/chinese-new-year-celebration/

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Night of Sevens Housing event.

Read our blog about going to a DCP Housing Event celebration last summer with special characters:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/dcp-summer-housing-event-night-of-sevens/

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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 (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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Going on the Haunted Mansion Ride with my ICP Friends

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In line at the Haunted Mansion.

I got a chance to go on the Haunted Mansion ride one last time with my ICP friends before they left for home this week.

Notice that I'm wearing my Foolish Mortals parkbounding button!

Notice that I’m wearing my Foolish Mortals parkbounding button!

Amazingly, my ICP friend from China had never been on the ride!  In his culture, they believe a ghost is the spirit form of a person who has died and that ghosts are typically malevolent and will cause harm to the living if provoked. (See more below.)

At the Haunted Mansion

At the Haunted Mansion

I convinced him that he had to ride on it just one time before leaving the DCP program.

Me with TianTain.

Me with TianTian.

We got on the ride and he really was terrified!  He covered his eyes the whole ride!

I don’t think that he enjoyed it very much!

walt's ghost (2)I got to go on a Backstage Tour of the Haunted Mansion last year.  It was great!

Beware the hitchhiking ghost!

Beware the hitchhiking ghost!  They’ll follow you home!

Disney Fact:

When Disney was building Disneyland Hong Kong, they knew that if they built a Haunted Mansion in the park, absolutely no one would ride it.

So instead, they built the Mystic Manor.

Mystic Manor at Disneyland Hong Kong.

Mystic Manor at Disneyland Hong Kong.

Mystic Manor has a lighthearted, fantasy-based theme with no references to departed spirits, ghosts, or the afterlife, due to traditional Chinese culture and beliefs.

Mystic Manor tells the story of Lord Henry Mystic and his monkey Albert. Having recently acquired an enchanted music box, Albert opens the box and brings everything inside the house to life. [The monkey looks like Abu from ‘Aladdin’.]

Video of the inside the Mystic Manor ride:  Riding on the Mystic Manor

The manor itself is based on one of the most famous mansions in northern California, the Carson Mansion in Eureka, CA.

Carson Mansion in Eureka, CA.

Carson Mansion in Eureka, CA.

More on Chinese Beliefs in Ghosts from Wikipedia:

In Chinese thought, the world is populated by a vast number of spirits, both good and evil. Such spirits include nature demons (kuei-shen), evil spirits or devils (oni), and ghosts (kui).

Evil spirits are believed to avoid light, so many rituals involving fire and light have developed, such as the use of bonfires, firecrackers, and torches. Evil spirits are also traditionally believed to travel in straight lines, which explains many curvy roads throughout China.

But not all spirits are evil — some are just unhappy. As evidenced by the practice of ancestor worship, most Chinese people believe the souls of the deceased endure after death and must be kept happy by offerings and honor.

If a spirit is not kept happy, perhaps because it had a bad death, an improper burial or has no descendents to perform the proper rituals, it becomes a ghost (sometimes called a “hungry ghost,” a term with Buddhist origins). Ghosts may attack human beings to prompt them to meet the ghosts’ needs or at least to draw attention to their plight.

Ghosts receive the most attentions during Ghost Month, the seventh month in the Chinese lunar year, and especially during the Ghost Festival on the fiftteenth day.

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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.

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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Blackout Dates for Disneyland Hong Kong

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Welcome to Hong Kong Disneyland!

For those of us cast members lucky enough to afford a plane ticket to Hong Kong, here are the blackout dates for Hong Kong Disneyland.

August 2017 – November 2017:

Official link to check the 3 month view: Hong Kong Blockout Dates

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There’s only 1 blockout day coming up in the next 4 months for using your guest passes…September 24th.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Hong Kong.

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Hong Kong.  Beautiful!

Disney Fact:

When Disney was building Disneyland Hong Kong, they knew that if they built a Haunted Mansion in the park, absolutely no one would ride it.

So instead, they built the Mystic Manor.

Mystic Manor at Disneyland Hong Kong.

Mystic Manor at Disneyland Hong Kong…an un-haunted mansion!

Mystic Manor has a lighthearted, fantasy-based theme with no references to departed spirits, ghosts, or the afterlife, due to traditional Chinese culture and beliefs.

Mystic Manor tells the story of Lord Henry Mystic and his monkey Albert. Having recently acquired an enchanted music box, Albert opens the box and brings everything inside the house to life. [The monkey looks like Abu from ‘Aladdin’.]

Video of the inside the Mystic Manor ride:  Riding on the Mystic Manor

The manor itself is based on one of the most famous mansions in northern California, the Carson Mansion in Eureka, CA.

Carson Mansion in Eureka, CA.

Carson Mansion in Eureka, CA.

More on Chinese Beliefs in Ghosts from Wikipedia:

In Chinese thought, the world is populated by a vast number of spirits, both good and evil. Such spirits include nature demons (kuei-shen), evil spirits or devils (oni), and ghosts (kui).

Evil spirits are believed to avoid light, so many rituals involving fire and light have developed, such as the use of bonfires, firecrackers, and torches. Evil spirits are also traditionally believed to travel in straight lines, which explains many curvy roads throughout China.

But not all spirits are evil — some are just unhappy. As evidenced by the practice of ancestor worship, most Chinese people believe the souls of the deceased endure after death and must be kept happy by offerings and honor.

If a spirit is not kept happy, perhaps because it had a bad death, an improper burial or has no descendents to perform the proper rituals, it becomes a ghost (sometimes called a “hungry ghost,” a term with Buddhist origins). Ghosts may attack human beings to prompt them to meet the ghosts’ needs or at least to draw attention to their plight.

Ghosts receive the most attentions during Ghost Month, the seventh month in the Chinese lunar year, and especially during the Ghost Festival on the fiftteenth day.

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The Disneyland Springtime Egg-stravaganza (March 17 – May 29, 2017) was wonderful!

Very positive feedback from guests, all really enjoyed the egg hunt.

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Over 100 jumbo eggs were part of the Celebrate Spring Egg Hunt!

So much fun for guests!   Disney always makes every holiday special!

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Sleeping Beauty Castle at sunset at Disneyland Hong Kong

Remember, for regular US Disney cast members, your Self Admission Pass works there for free admission.

Just go up to Guest Services/Ticketing with your Self Admission Pass and cast member ID card, and they’ll print you off a day pass.

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January 1, 2016:  New restrictions for worldwide use of Disney Self Admission Passes for part time cast members.

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The new Self Admission Pass, which replaced the Blue Main Gate Pass.

Have a magical day!

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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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