Are Those Real Skeleton Bones at Disneyland???!!!

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That skull & bones are real!!!

That skull and crossbones in the Captain’s headboard at Disneyland are REAL!!!

For most Disneyland fans, there is a lot of joy in finding hidden secrets about the Park that we all love to visit.

Today, we present to you a very interesting fact about the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disneyland:  The skull and the crossbones that sit above the bed in the Captain’s Quarters treasure room are actually real bones!!

Super Creepy!!!

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The Pirates of the Caribbean ride definitely has the most skulls and bones!!

Back in 1967, just after Walt Disney had passed away, the Pirates of the Caribbean first set sail at Disneyland. But along with singing pirates and fair maidens, it held a dark secret.

Disney lore has it that while the ride was still under construction, the Disney Imagineers were unhappy with the look of the fake plastic skeletons placed about the ride. They didn’t think they looked authentic enough.

The solution was simple: Use real human bones!

They asked around and the UCLA medical school provided cadaver skeletons to Disneyland from men who had donated their bodies to “science”, which were then positioned in the classic poses we see today on the ride.

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Skeletons playing chess.

There’s a pair of skeleton friends playing chess, one sitting atop a mountain of gold coins, a dead captain with a sabre in his ribs… While it may seem grotesque using real bones, they remained for quite some time.

Disney hasn’t officially confirmed exactly when the skeletons were replaced with fake bones, but they slowly were swapped out and the human remains returned to UCLA during the various ride refurbishments throughout the years.

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Yup, they’re real!

But, they didn’t remove them all!

Although the Captain’s skeleton laying in bed looking through a magnifying glass are no longer the remains of a deceased man, the bones on the headboard behind him are real!

That is a genuine skull and human crossbones!

It’s unknown why Disney chose to leave them there when the others were removed.  (Possibly, they came from a different source than UCLA and couldn’t be returned.)

If you look closely, you’ll notice that they’re darker and more aged than the rest of the skeletons on the ride. It’s the skull and leg bones of a Caucasian male.

Human skeletons were never used when the next Pirates rides were constructed at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in 1973, or at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, or at Disneyland Paris in 1992.

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Captain Skeleton sailing into a hurricane!

Yo ho, yo ho!   Dead men tell no tales!  😉

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We got to see Pirate Redd for the first time this week.

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Pirate Redd drinking some rum….

A few years ago when we went to Disneyland with a first time visitor he was like: “What’s with all the skeletons everywhere at Disneyland?”

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We don’t remember this scene at all! It must be new. 🙂

When you think about it, there are skeletons all over Adventureland, in lots of scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean,  some over in Fantasyland on Peter Pan’s Flight, a skeleton hanging in the stretching room of the Haunted Mansion, the pile of animal bones signaling the entry to the piranha pool in Jungle Cruise, and a dinosaur fossil in Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

No bones about it, that’s a lot of bones!!!  😉

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We think that Walt would have loved all the ghosts and skeletons at all the Disney Parks around the world!

Disneyland Fact:  Opening on March 18, 1967, the Disneyland version of Pirates of the Caribbean was the last attraction that Walt Disney himself participated in designing, debuting just three months after his death.

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Cheers to the new year!

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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

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Pirate Mickey walking around Adventureland

 

 

Applying to the Fall/Fall Advantage 2020 DCP Program

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The Fall 2020 DCP app opens January 13, 2020!

Feeling adventurous in 2020?  Made a resolution to change your life?

The Disney College Program (DCP) might be just what you’re looking for!

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Fall 2020 DCP announcement

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Find out where the sky meets the sea…. Apply to the Fall 2020 program!

The DCP Fall/Fall Advantage 2020 application opens January 13, 2020.

Apply here:  Apply to the DCP Now!

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Livin’ the Dream – working at Disney World.

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These are the main DCP programs at Disney World and Disneyland in 2020:

Program Dates

There are 5 main DCP programs at WDW and 4 main DCP programs at DLR.

Fall 2020 Program  

Students should apply/interview January 2020 – late March 2020

Program begins early/mid August 2020 and ends in early January 2021

Fall Advantage 2020 Program 

Students should apply/interview January 2020 – late March 2020

Program begins late May/early June 2020 and ends in early January 2021

Quarter Session Programs

There are also specialized program time frames for students who attend schools that follow a quarter or trimester academic calendar.

Summer Program

The summer-only program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company. 

Summer 2020 Program begins mid-to-late May/early June 2020 and ends in early August 2020 (10 weeks).

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The DCP is currently accepting applications for the following program dates:

  • Anaheim, CA
    • Housing: August – January
      • 8/11/2020 – 1/4/2021
    • Local/Commuters: May/June – January
      • 5/14/2020 – 1/4/2021
      • 6/11/2020 – 1/4/2021 (No Lifeguard hires)
  • Orlando, FL
    • ​Fall Advantage: May/June – January
      • 5/13/2020 – 1/2/2021
      • 5/20/2020 – 1/2/2021
      • 6/3/2020 – 1/2/2021
    • Fall: August/September – January
      • 8/5/2020 – 1/2/2021
      • 8/12/2020 – 1/2/2021
      • 8/19/2020 – 1/2/2021
      • 8/26/2020 – 1/2/2021
      • 9/3/2020   – 1/2/2021
    • DCP last day

      February 28, 2020 – The last day to apply for the Fall Advantage Program.  March 13, 2020 is the last day to apply to the Fall 2020 DCP Program.

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      DCP Spring 2020 app opens in 5 days…..Monday, January 13, 2020!!!!!!

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      App opens January 13, 2020!!!

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      Step #1:  Apply!

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      #1. Apply

      Step #2:  The Web-Based Interview (WBI)

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      #3. Then schedule your Phone Interview!

      Step #3:  The Phone Interview (PI)

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      Step #4: Wait and see if you catch a wave! Good luck!

      Step #4:  The Waiting Game!

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      Good luck and we hope you catch a wave!

      Step #5:  Acceptance!

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      Step 5:  Acceptance email arrives!!!  Whoo-Hoo!!!  Congrats!!!!!!!!

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      Christian did the Spring 2019 DCP Program in Tomorrowland!!!!! 🙂

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      After you apply:

      If you’ve been invited to take a Web-Based Interview (WBI), find out more here:

      DCP Web-Based Interview Tips

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      Ring, ring….

      If you’ve been invited to a Phone Interview (PI), find out more here:

      DCP Phone Interview Tips

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      Check out all the current Disney employment openings at:  Disney College Program Careers

      This program is currently offered at both at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL and the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. During the application process, candidates will be given the opportunity to express interest in one or both locations. (It is not necessary to apply separately.) A Disney College Program participant’s wage will vary between $11.00 – $15.00 per hour, based upon the role that he/she is selected to perform. Participants may also be eligible for premium pay in select roles and will learn their exact rate of pay upon receiving an invitation.

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      Link to get email notifications for future openings:  http://disneyinternsinfo.com/

      DCP Program info

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      What Disney role, i.e., job, would you like to apply to???

      Fun Roles for Cast Members at WDW

      5 days DCP

      January 9, 2020

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      Many colleges will give you 3 – 5 credits for doing the DCP program! Check with your college adviser.

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      Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!

      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.

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

      Have a magical day!

      Two Disney Sisters

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      DCP Kitchen Magnet

      Christian got this free DCP kitchen magnet for his fridge.

Disneyland Welcomes the ‘Year of the Mouse’ Lunar New Year 2020

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2020 year of the rat

January 25, 2020

January 25, 2020:  Happy New Year to all our Asian friends and fans!

Disney Parks is celebrating the 2020 Chinese Lunar New Year at Disneyland Resort!

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

Disneyland is celebrating the Year of the Mouse (actually it’s the Year of the Rat!) this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, January 17th – February 9, 2020.

During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests will enjoy exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” and the return of the heartwarming “Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration” prior to the “World of Color” nighttime spectacular.

Highlights of the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure include:

  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” is a celebratory parade led by Mulan that honors Lunar New Year and dedicates the new year’s blessings to family and friendship. As a special treat for the Year of the Mouse, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse join the procession in new celebration attire, along with Goofy in his “god of Good Fortune” attire and Chip ‘n’ Dale in their red vests. Talented performers bring dance, martial arts and drumming to enhance the beautifully colorful procession. “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” will run several times, daily.
  • “Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration” is a heartwarming nighttime water show at Paradise Bay prior to “World of Color” which tells the tale of a little lantern’s quest to reunite with family for the annual celebration of good luck and fortune. Guests will be delighted to see Mulan as a part of the little lantern’s journey.
  • Beloved characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will don new festive Lunar New Year attire this year as they greet guests at Paradise Gardens. Other characters guests may find in this area include Mulan, Pluto, and the Three Little Pigs who also join in the Lunar New Year celebration.
  • Guests will enjoy four festive marketplaces to experience delightful food and beverages inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, including the new smoked beef bulgogi short rib and the peach sojito, as well as many other new and returning favorites. The popular Sip and Savor Pass is available for any guest to purchase if they wish to get the best value as they taste their way through the festive Asian marketplaces.
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  • A special Lunar New Year menu at Paradise Garden Grill offers items inspired by traditional Asian fare, plus a Festival Cart inside Paradise Gardens and special food options at Lucky Fortune Cookery in Pacific Wharf.
  • Live, daily performances by authentic Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese dancers and musicians will take place throughout Paradise Gardens Park.
  • Enjoy areas for guests to try complimentary arts and crafts. One area features a complimentary dragon’s pearl coloring craft, and another features Chinese calligraphy with local artisans. Plus, new face painting opportunities have been added to the Lunar New Year celebration, available for purchase.
  • A Lucky Wishing Wall, located in Paradise Gardens, is where guests may write down wishes and tie them to the wall in hopes for a prosperous future.
  • The educational art walls provide guests with information about the festival, including fun details such as “What Year Are You?” as well as the unique story of Lunar New Year in each culture that celebrates the sun and moon festival.
  • Inspiring Lunar New Year décor symbolizes good luck, fortune and happiness in bold red and brilliant gold. Guests will see ornamental lanterns and banners wishing guests a Happy Lunar New Year in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.
  • New Lunar New Year merchandise inspired by different cultures of East Asia will be available for purchase. This year, guests will find all-new spirit jerseys, fun bobble-head figures with Chip and Dale, a traditional red envelope set, themed Minnie Mouse ear headbands and more.
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So colorful!

From January 17th through February 9, 2020, this spectacular festival will feature live entertainment, delicious food and more. Take a look at the favorite experiences returning for this year’s celebration:

Hurry Home — Lunar New Year Celebration, a nighttime water show on Paradise Bay featuring Mulan, Mushu and a loveable little lantern in a heartwarming tale of family and friendship.

Disney characters such as Mulan and her friend Mushu, along with Mickey Mouse and his pals, will be all dressed up for the occasion.

Enjoy specialty Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese foods at marketplaces and Paradise Garden Grill.

Commemorative merchandise featuring designs inspired by the different cultures of East Asia will be available.

Visit the Lucky Wishing Wall, where you can add your own wish for a good year and stay to watch the festive Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession parade.

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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 25, 2020.)

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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Guests can meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Chip, Dale, Goofy, and Pluto in their Chinese New Year costumes during the lunar celebration.

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They have new costumes! ❤

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Shanghai Disneyland:  The red balloon color signifies good fortune.  So pretty!

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Mulan is one of the nicest characters you’ll meet at Epcot!

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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Caroline meeting Mushu.

2020 Happy Chinese New Year, the year of the rat. Design concept of funny greeting card with cute characters mouses and their tails look like number 2020. Vector illustration

 

2020 Three Kings Day Celebration at Disneyland

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The sculptures of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts.

The Disneyland sculpture of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts.

Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes Magos) is on January 6, 2020.

At Disneyland, celebration activities for the event are scheduled for  the weekend of January 4 – 7, 2020.

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We love Mickey & Minnie’s costumes for the celebration event!

Three Kings Day entertainment includes ‘folklorico’ dancing and Mariachi musical performers, Disney characters in festive, colorful costumes, and holiday photo opportunities.

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Rosca de Reyes sweet bread – yummy!

For a sweet treat, try the bread known as Rosca de Reyes—there could even be a tiny toy hidden inside!

[Rosca de Reyes (King’s Ring) is a Latin American pastry traditionally eaten to celebrate Epiphany.  For decoration, figs, quinces, cherries or dried and candied fruits are used, sort of like a Spanish fruit cake.

It is traditionally eaten on January 6th, during the celebration of the Día de Reyes (literally “Kings’ Day”), which commemorates the arrival of the three Magi or Wise Men.]

Video of Three Kings Day at Disneyland:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2hs3VY0bCI

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Capping off Disney’s “¡Viva Navidad!” celebration will be the special four-day celebration of Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) January 4, 2020 through January 7, 2020 in Paradise Garden. Traditional Rosca de Reyes bread will be served in honor of this special holiday.

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The Epiphany—or twelfth day of Christmas—is celebrated around the world in many ways. Join us as we mark the occasion known as El Día de los Reyes Magos in Mexico, Central and South America with traditional festivities.

Fanciful Displays

Enjoy sculptures of the 3 Wise Men bearing gifts to Bethlehem as well as replicas of children’s shoes—customarily left outside the home, to be magically filled with toys by the Three Kings during the night.

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Los niños can have fun coloring in pictures of the Three Kings or even design their own custom crown with sparkling “jewels.”

Traditional Treats

Savor a taste of the circular cake known as Rosca de Reyes—and enjoy good luck for the year if your piece contains a secret baked-in surprise! 

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Making Roscas de Reyes breads.

Mexican bakeries will be busy all day on Saturday January 4th, 2020 selling Roscas de Reyes.

It’s a traditional sweet bread served for Día de los Reyes Magos or Three King’s Day. The oval shaped bread is topped with fruit and filled with cream cheese.

It symbolizes the visit of the three wise men who followed the star to Bethlehem to see baby Jesus, arriving on the 12th Day of Christmas, the Epiphany.

For Latin American families, the day is a big celebration. “It’s another Christmas for us,” said Laura Lechuga, owner of Panaderia Rosales. “You leave your shoe out again and hope for more presents,” she said.

The Rosca, or the traditional bread, also comes with a baby Jesus figurine hidden inside. Whoever gets the piece of cake with it, “it’s good luck for the entire year,” explained Lechuga.

Lechuga has owned Panaderia Rosales for over 40 years. She says they sell thousands of pounds in Roscas over the holiday weekend. “Every year the demand grows,” she said.

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Cheers to a new year!

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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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And, don’t forget about everything going on in Disney California Adventure.
The holiday decor will stay up until January 7, 2020!

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Cars Land – during the day.

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The Festival of Holidays

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Welcome to California Adventure Park during the holidays!

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Christmastime at DIsney California Adventure Park.

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Holidays at Disneyland Resort - “it’s a small world” Holiday at Disneyland Park

“it’s a small world” Holiday 2019

January 6, 2020
This is the last night to see the exterior holiday lights on Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” Holiday.

The attraction is covered with over 400,000 lights: 50,000 LED C7 lights are used to illuminate the façade of “it’s a small world” Holiday, with an additional 350,000 LED mini-lights brightening the trees, hedges and animal topiaries surrounding the attraction.

It really is dazzling.

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“it’s a small world” Holiday 2019

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“it’s a small world” Holiday

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Brand new – and adorable – Disneyland Wishables released last week!

 

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Closing for Extensive Refurbishment in January 2020

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999 ghosts…and always room for 1 more!

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion will close and undergo extensive refurbishment in early 2020.

The last day to ride Haunted Mansion Holiday will be on January 20, 2020, with the ride closing for several months for refurbishment on January 21, 2020.

The refurbishment is expected to last into late March or April 2020, reopening before the Easter crowds arrive.

This closing period is considerably longer than one week it typically takes to transform the Haunted Mansion Holiday back into normal appearance.

Work on the attraction will include paint and trim work on the interior and exterior, lighting work on the interior, and mechanical work on the interior. No story or visual changes are expected after this downtime.

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Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019

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Long, long wait lines for this attraction…always get a FastPass!

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019 is open through January 20, 2020!

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The Haunted Mansion Holiday at night.  Lots of pumpkins and Jack O’Lanterns everywhere.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019

Are you ready for a tour of the eerie estate’s merry macabre makeover – and to meet some real holidays spirits – from September 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020?

Take your seat in a gloomy Doom Buggy for a spooky tour through this decorated house of happy haunts.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion at Christmas 2019

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The Haunted Mansion Holiday premiered at Disneyland in Fall 2001, merging Halloween and Christmas with “Nightmare Before Christmas,” with ride décor that would start Labor Day weekend, last through Halloween, and beyond the Holiday season into the new year at Disneyland.

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The wait line was super long…over 60 minutes when we were there last October. 😦

This movie overlay on the attraction runs from September 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020 making the attraction available for guests to experience for approximately one third of the year.

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There’s tons of “snow” and jack o’lanterns all over the ride.

Decked Out for the Horror-Days

Explore the estate at its eeriest with tons of frightfully festive touches—courtesy of Jack Skellington!

This fall, the Haunted Mansion is transformed with jack o’ lanterns and wreaths, terrifying toys and kooky characters from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a creep-tastic classic you won’t want to miss!

Experience all your favorite frights plus scary seasonal surprises—all thanks to Jack himself. Sally, Oogie Boogie and other Nightmare nasties will also be on hand to wish you “Season’s Screamings!”

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The 2019 Gingerbread House proudly sitting on the dining room table.  

The Gingerbread House in the Dining Room

One of the most dazzling and awe-inspiring features of the holiday attraction is the handmade gingerbread house in the dining room.

The gingerbread house has been a prominent feature of the Haunted Mansion Holiday since the attraction overlay’s debut in 2001. Multiple pastry chefs work together every year to construct the gingerbread house, many of whom have been a part of the tradition since its conception in 2001. Each house takes an average of two weeks to complete and includes a combination of gingerbread, powdered sugar, egg whites, lemon juice, fondant, and glitter.

Every year, pastry chefs create a fresh Gingerbread House version with a new theme.

Fast Facts about the 2019 Gingerbread House:

It’s 10 feet tall

It took 6 Pastry Chefs 13 days to make using:

30 lbs. of gingerbread

75 lbs. of powdered sugar

120 lbs. of icing

3 gallons of egg whites

Watch video of it’s creation: Making the 2019 Gingerbread House at Disneyland

You can see it for yourself when riding your doom buggy through the grand ballroom scene. The gingerbread house is always the centerpiece of the ballroom’s long table. Be sure to take a deep breath so you can smell the delicious sweet scent of gingerbread as you pass through the room!

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Holding some Halloween balloons!

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!

Two Disney Sisters

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The Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

The Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2020:

First two weeks (weekdays only) in January 2020

Weekdays in February (minus the days around President’s Day, Monday, Feb 17th )

The first two weeks in March

Weekdays the second half of April after Easter (Sunday, April 12th)

Weekdays in May before Memorial Day weekend (Monday, May 25th)

Weekdays the first week of June (for California Adventure only)

The first half of September after Labor Day (Monday, Sept 7th)

Weekdays for the remainder of September and October, avoid Columbus Day weekend (Monday, October 12th)

Weekdays in early and mid-November (minus the week of Thanksgiving, Nov 26th)

Weekdays during the first two weeks of December

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Princess Aurora at Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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

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Phase 2: Star Wars – Rise of the Resistance opens at Disneyland on January 17, 2020!

The Worst Times to Visit Disneyland in 2020:  Listen Up People!!!

Last 2 weeks of January 2020: Star Wars – Rise of the Resistance opens January 17, 2020!

MLK weekend: Jan. 18 – 20, 2020

President’s Day weekend: Feb. 15 – Feb. 17, 2020

Spring Break : March 7 – March 30, 2020

Easter Weeks:  April 4 – April 19, 2020

Memorial Day weekend:  May 23 – 25, 2020

4th of July week:  June 27 – July 6, 2020

Labor Day weekend: Sept. 5 – Sept. 7, 2020

Columbus Day weekend: Oct. 10 – Oct. 12, 2020

Halloween weekend: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2020

Veteran’s Day:  Nov. 11, 2020

Thanksgiving week: Nov. 21 – 29, 2020

Christmas week through the first week of the New Year: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

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Adventureland in front of Pirates, Christmas Week, December 27th.  NO THANK YOU!!!  Wall-to-Wall guests.

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Christmas Week:  45 minute wait just to get to the baggage check!  😦

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The Matterhorn ride at Disneyland, February. Beautiful!

Link to view updated calendars:  Disneyland Block-out Dates 

January 2020 – April 2020: 2020 Blockout Days for Disneyland

Disneyland Park:  

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Disneyland is almost totally blocked out this winter because Rise of the Resistance opens January 17, 2020.

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Self admission is just blocked on Rise of the Resistance opening weekend.

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Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge is now open to rave guest reviews!!!

Phase 1 Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge is now open to rave guest reviews!!!  Phase 2 opens January 17, 2020.  Expect big crowds at Disneyland, especially opening week!

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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 winter for using your guest passes. But, not as many as Disneyland! Always check before you go!

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No upcoming blockout days are currently scheduled for using your self admission pass at California Adventure Park.

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The weather at Disneyland is beautiful in the springtime! Our #1 recommended time to visit.

During blockout 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 CMs to use their cast member hotel discount.

New CMs 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.

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Disneyland even has its own star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood!  Go see it!

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We always go left and start with Adventureland first!  It’s our favorite land.

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Welcome to Disneyland!

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dlr2We’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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Two Disney Sisters

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We ❤ Disneyland

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 

January 2020 – April 2020: 2020 Blockout Days for Disneyland

Disneyland Park:  

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Disneyland is almost totally blocked out this winter because Rise of the Resistance opens January 17, 2020.

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Self admission is just blocked on Rise of the Resistance opening weekend.

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Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge is now open to rave guest reviews!!!

Phase 1 Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge is now open to rave guest reviews!!!  Phase 2 opens January 17, 2020.  Expect big crowds at Disneyland, especially opening week!

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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 winter for using your guest passes. But, not as many as Disneyland! Always check before you go!

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No upcoming blockout days are currently scheduled for using your self admission pass at California Adventure Park.

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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 14, 2020. Use it or lose it!

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Phase 2: Rise of the Resistance opens January 17, 2020!

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Phase 1 Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge is open now 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

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Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters at Disneyland.

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We always go left and start with Adventureland first!