Taping the 2017 Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration at Disney World

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No parade sequences will be taped at WDW this year.

Taping for the annual Disney holiday tradition will take place at Walt Disney World on November 3 – 7, 2017.  Multiple specials will be filmed that will air on the Disney Channel and on ABC Freeform in November and December.

The taping at Walt Disney World will be limited to stage performances and musical acts. All of the parade portions of the show will again be only filmed at the Disneyland Resort this year.

Taping dates for the Disneyland parade portions are still TBD, mid-November.

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Main Street USA is all decorated for the holidays.


Magic Kingdom

  • Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 Nighttime taping of performances in front of the Cinderella Castle, MK.
  • Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 Daytime taping around the park, rehearsal in the morning then afternoon taping of musical performances at the Magic Kingdom at the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. (8:30am – 5pm)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 More daytime taping of musical performances at the Magic Kingdom at the stage in front of Cinderella Castle.  (11am-8pm)

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  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017  Afternoon and nighttime taping at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in front of the Tree of Life and special Rivers of Life performance.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 2017  Daytime taping at DHS

Epcot

  • No taping is currently scheduled at Epcot this year.

Disney Water Parks

  • No taping is scheduled at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.

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Host Julianne Hough with 98 Degrees at the taping of the 2017 Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration.

They’re taping two Christmas specials at the Disney Parks this weekend.

Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey will be based at Walt Disney World Resort for the specials. Jesse Palmer will co-host from Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.

First up is “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration” airing on Nov. 30, 2017.

The second special airs Christmas morning called “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration.”

The acts performing in Orlando will be 98 Degrees, Fitz and the Tantrums, Fifth Harmony, Ciara and Darius Rucker.

For the first special “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration”, Hough and Lachey will perform an opening number on the steps of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. The special also features Disney Parks around the world, from Anaheim to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The performers on the Nov. 30 special include:

Ciara in a Christmas medley from Cinderella Castle.

Rucker on “Winter Wonderland.”

Fifth Harmony sings “Can You See,” from “The Star” soundtrack, and “The Christmas Song.”

Fitz and the Tantrums perform “HandClap” and their original Christmas song “Santa Stole My Lady.”

Hanson will sing “Finally It’s Christmas,” from their recently released Christmas album.

Boy band In Real Life will sing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

Jason Derulo performs “This Christmas.”

Lea Michele performs “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

The Dec 25th Christmas morning special “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” presents Hough and Lachey taking viewers down Main Street, U.S.A. Palmer again co-hosts from Disneyland.

The lineup of performers so far:

Ciara sings “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

Rucker on “Home for The Holidays.”

Fifth Harmony on “Sleigh Ride.”

Fitz and the Tantrums on “Last Christmas.”

Derulo delivers “Silent Night” from Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort.

“Glee” star Lea Michele sings “Let It Snow.”

98 Degrees performs “Season of Love.”

Broadway’s Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs, of the stage hit “Aladdin,” perform “A Whole New World” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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The DAK taping day is November 4th this year.

Cast members could sign up for free tickets on the Hub in late October and were notified if they won tickets.  CMs – check the Hub!

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The Christmas Day celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

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The Dream Lights on the Cinderella Castle are on now every evening until January 7, 2018.

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The giant Christmas Tree is up at the Magic Kingdom!

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Some photos from the WDW taping last week:

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Mickey and friends waiting for their musical cue.

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Look at Ciara’s FABULOUS dress!!!!

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Santa Goofy

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Minnie dressed in her new Christmas outfit.

 

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In between rehearsals.

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Julianne is so pretty!

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Singing on the Cinderella Castle stage.

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With Nick Lachey hosting.

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A kiss goodnight.

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Night time taping at Magic Kingdom.

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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2017-2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration

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October 2017: The DFHC envelopes went out last week. Check your mailbox!


WELCOME TO THE 2017-2018 DISNEY FAMILY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!

The Disney company holds this celebration throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in recognition of your hard work all year long. We hope you enjoy the celebration.

Happy Holidays to you!

Your Disney Family Holiday Celebration tickets can be accessed via The Hub >>Complimentary Admission module.

Your Disney Family Holiday Celebration Guest tickets must be used in conjunction with your valid Main Entrance Pass.

Thank you for all you do, and Happy Holidays!

Valid: October 16, 2017 – February 15, 2018

New official link to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

GENERAL INFORMATION

This booklet contains the information you need to participate in the 2017 Disney Family Holiday Celebration.

2017 Disney Holiday Celebration info for Disney World

2017 Disney Holiday Celebration info for Disneyland

Some of the 2017/2018 Family Holiday Celebration Highlights:

 

ADMISSIONS

  • Walt Disney World and Disneyland Theme Park admission:  1 Free Park Hopper Ticket!
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park admission
  • One round at Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Link to check any upcoming  Blockout Days: Disney Blockout Days

FOOD & BEVERAGE

List of participating restaurants:  WDW Restaurant List

  • Three discount meal certificates: 30%, 40% and 50% off
  • Disney Dining Plan discounts (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan and Disney Dining Plan)
  • Six popcorn, Mickey ice cream bar, or soft drink coupons
  • ALL RESTAURANT LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANT BLOCK-OUT DATES:  Nov. 23 – 26, 2017; Dec. 22, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018; Feb. 14, 2018; March 30 – April 1, 2018; May 12 – 13, 2018; July 4, 2018:

MERCHANDISE

  • Special holiday discount on merchandise (40% discount!)
  • Cast discount at Cast Connection  (10% discount!)
  • Special Company D discount
  • One complimentary Disney PhotoPass™ photo download

Free 5×7″ photo!

DISCOUNTED RESORT ROOMS

Starting on Oct. 2, 2017, eligible Cast Members, Crew Members, Imagineers, Employees and Retirees are invited to book rooms at select hotels at the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort and enjoy special rates for stays most nights Oct. 16, 2017 – Feb. 15, 2018*.  Employee, Retiree, or Operating Participant employee must stay in the room.

Just $55 a night!!!

For example, Cast Members can enjoy rates starting at just $55 per night plus tax at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort for stays most nights October 16, 2017 – February 15, 2018.  Booking starts October 2, 2017.  Ask about great rates at other resortsž!

Book online via the Walt Disney World Resort Room Discount link or the Disneyland Resort Room Discount link on the Cast tab on the Hub.

WDW Booking number:  407-WDW-CAST

Merry Christmas!

SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER FOR OUR DISNEY ‘OHANA!

Eligible Employees, Retirees, and Operating employees book now to receive savings of up to 60% at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa on stays most nights Oct. 16, 2017 – Feb. 15, 2018 (excludes Nov. 24 – 27, 2017 and Dec. 21, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018).* Remember that friends and family of all Walt Disney Company Employees can also save on rooms. Check Backlot for details or call 1-866-44-DISNEY.

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Blockout dates for miniature golfing.


RECREATION

  • Holiday room discount!
  • Special discount on tickets for La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil
  • Special discounts on select events hosted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Special holiday-themed childcare programs at the YMCA Family Centers at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • 50% off initial fee at Lifeline Fitness Center
  • Holiday greens fee special
  • 50% off bicycle/boat rentals and other Walt Disney World Resort recreation discounts
  • Special holiday spa discount
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Free ornament for Cast Members!!!


CHERISH THE SEASON WITH YOUR HOLIDAY ORNAMENT

Cast members participating in the 2017 Disney Family Holiday Celebration will each receive one (1) complimentary Cast Holiday Ornament by presenting their certificate along with a valid Company-issued ID at any Walt Disney World® Resort Company D location.

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The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!!!

WDW:  The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!!!  Come celebrate!  🙂

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DLR:  Sleeping Beauty Castle is so beautiful during the holidays!

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Love this castle view.

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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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2017 Dia de los Muertos – Celebrating the Day of the Dead at Disneyland and California Adventure Park

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The traditional skeleton display for the Day of the Dead celebration.  Very festive.

From September 15 through November 2, 2017 Frontierland in Disneyland will feature a musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines called calacas, brightly colored flowers, and other decorative items celebrating the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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Día de los Muertos explained: It’s a time of joy, not sadness, to remember family and friends who have passed.

Traditionally, the Day of the Dead – known as “All Souls Day” – falls on November 1st, the day after Halloween (All Hallows Eve).

Festive offering table.

Festive offering table with sweets and candy and colorful flowers.

Very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats.

La Catrina, the symbol of the Day: It’s all very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats.

There are special sweet treats out for the celebration, along with a trick-or-treating candy station open nearby during the Halloween Party nights.

We got to see last year.  We saw it during the day (above) and then we returned at night to see it after dark:

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Halloween night

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The calacas skeletons still singing….It very pretty at night.

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La Catrina at night.  I like her better during the day!  Sort of scary looking!

Día de los Muertos at Disneyland

Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Disneyland to honor the art, symbols and traditions of this age-old holiday.

Join the festivities as Frontierland hosts a special tribute to the Day of the Dead. This annual Mexican celebration remembers loved ones that have passed while embracing an eternal connection.

Now through November 2, Zocalo Park will feature a musical trio of iconic calacas—skeleton figurines—as well as brightly colored flowers and other decorative items commemorating the occasion.

Stop by and savor the tasty Orange Pumpkin Flan and other traditional Mexican treats exclusively at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurant while enjoying the authentic décor!

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At Carsland!

And, going on over at California Adventure Park:

This fall and winter, guests at Disney California Adventure Park will have the opportunity to celebrate the everlasting bonds of family and the spirit of the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

Starting with a new seasonal experience from Sept. 15 through Nov. 2, 2017 this immersive celebration will include special entertainment, featuring musicians and dancers, interactive activities — including a representation of Mexican folk art — and special décor and food inspired by this Mexican celebration of family.

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The Tree of Life

The celebration will feature the upcoming Disney•Pixar animated motion picture, “Coco,” with special themed experiences inspired by the film. Select elements of the celebration will move to “a bug’s land” beginning Sunday, Nov. 5, where they will be presented alongside a special sneak peek of the film, which will continue through the holiday season until Jan. 7, 2018.

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Celebrating Día de los Muertos at Disneyland!

Video from Disney Parks Blog explaining Día de los Muertos celebration:  Day of the Dead 2015

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Minnie Mouse during Day of the Dead celebration.

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Look for special sweet treats available at the bakery.

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Churro cupcakes are available!!!

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This looks so good!

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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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What Are the Disney College Program Start Dates?

Program Dates

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

Feeling adventurous?  Made a resolution this year to change your life?

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

July 26, 2017:  BREAKING NEWS!  There’s a new program for DCP Alumni at WDW!

The Winter Alumni Program is coming:

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There are five main DCP programs at Disney World and four at Disneyland:

Spring 2018 Program  

Students should apply and will interview in late August 2017– late October 2017

Program begins mid/late January and ends in early/mid May 2018

Spring Advantage 2018 Program 

Students should apply and interview late August 2017 – late October 2017

Program begins late January/early February and ends in early/mid August 2018

Fall 2017 Program  

Students should have applied/interviewed January 2017 – late March 2017

Program begins mid/late August and ends in early January 2018

Fall Advantage 2017 Program 

Students should have applied/interviewed February 2017 – late March 2017

Program begins late May/early June and ends in early January 2018

Quarter Session Programs

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

Summer Programs

The summer-only program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company. The application was open for ONE DAY:  February 6, 2017 only!  The 2017 DCP Summer Alumni Program.

Program began mid-to-late May/early June and ends in early August 2017 (10 weeks).

****Ready to apply???  Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!****

 

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 $10.00 – $12.31 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:  Disney College Program Updates

DCP Program info

DCP Program info

To join the DCP Alumni Association:

How to Join the DCP Alumni Group

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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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23 Changes Coming to Disney Parks Soon

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WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!

Here’s a rundown of the 23 official Disney announcements that came out of the D23 convention in Anaheim last week.  Simply AMAZING!!!

Over the next few years, Disney is planning a mind-boggling array of park developments and expansions, signaling an explosive growth period for the US parks.

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We’ve checked out the recent construction progress for Star Wars Land at both Disneyland and Disney World and it’s amazing!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
We’ve known for a while that new 14-acre Star Wars-themed lands would be coming to both Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. The expo revealed models of the highly anticipated lands and more details, including that they would be named Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Both will open in 2019, with the California version debuting first. Visitors will be able to interact with characters such as Kylo Ren and BB-8, dine at the Cantina, and otherwise geek out in the highly immersive, sci-fi havens.

Millennium Falcon attraction
One of the two featured rides at Galaxy’s Edge will hand visitors the reins of the Millennium Falcon, the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” according to Lando Calrissian. There’s no word whether Han Solo and Chewbacca will help the rookie pilots in their mission aboard the famed starship.

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The other major experience at Galaxy’s Edge will drop visitors into a raging battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Chapek said that guests will feel like they are inside a Star Destroyer and that “the scale of the attraction is unlike anything we’ve ever done before.”

Star Wars-themed hotel
For those who just can’t get enough of the galaxy far, far away, Disney World visitors will soon be able to sleep among wookies and Jedi knights. Calling it Disney’s “most experiential concept ever,” Chapek announced that a new Star Wars-themed luxury resort will invite guests on a multi-day voyage aboard a starship. Every window, the parks chairman promised, will have a view of space.

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary
As with many of the D23 Expo announcements, there were no opening dates given for the Star Wars-themed hotel. But much was made of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, which will take place in 2021. It’s likely that everything revealed for the Florida resort will be up and running by then, and that there will be a blowout celebration.

Epcot makeover
Epcot, which opened in 1982 and has been showing its age, will be getting a lot of Imagineering love. In its initial inception, the park struck a serious tone and had an edutainment focus geared largely to adults. The company plans to continue injecting more whimsy into Epcot.

“We want to keep it true to the original vision, while making it more timeless, more relevant, more family, and more Disney,” Chapek said. In addition to specific announcements, he shared a blue-sky rendering of a significantly updated Future World, the area at the front of the park. Among other changes, the Innoventions science and technology exhibit building appeared to be missing in the image.

Guardians of the Galaxy attraction
A new attraction based on the popular Marvel franchise will take over Ellen’s Energy Adventure in the former Universe of Energy pavilion. While it sounds more “family” (and potentially a whole lot of fun), the connection to the park’s vision seems tenuous. What are the Guardians doing in Epcot? Chapek says that the attraction will have something to do with Peter Quill’s visit to the park when he was a child.

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We’re looking forward to this Epcot update the most!

Ratatouille Ride attraction
Coming to the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, the new ride will be based on the popular Disneyland Paris attraction. That 4D ride shrinks visitors down to the size of Remy, the gourmet chef who happens to be a rat, and sends them on an adventure using sophisticated trackless vehicles.

New mission for Mission: Space
In addition to sending passengers on a mission to Mars (which will be getting new media), the Epcot attraction will offer a toned-down experience that will take guests on an orbital adventure above Earth. Younger kids will be able to blast off on the revamped ride which will reopen later this summer.

Space-themed restaurant
Next to Mission: Space, Epcot will be adding a table-service restaurant that will transport diners to a space station high above Earth. It promises to have great views.

New film for the China Pavilion
A new in-the-round movie about China will be presented at Epcot’s pavilion. It will use a new digital “Circle-Vision 360” film and projection system that will replace the circular theater’s multiple screens with one seamless screen and image.

Tron ride
Next to the Star Wars-themed hotel, perhaps the most exciting new announcement made at the D23 Expo was about the Tron attraction coming to Tomorrowland in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It will be based on Shanghai Disneyland’s Tron Lightcycle Power Run, which is arguably Disney’s most intense and best themed roller coaster. Using cycle-like cars, launched trains will blast riders into the videogame-like “Grid” of the films.

New theater and show at MK
The Magic Kingdom will also be getting a new live show in a theater that will be based on an early 20th-century Kansas City playhouse. Located on Main Street, U.S.A., it will complement the area’s architecture and theme, which is tied to Walt Disney’s boyhood town.

Toy Story Land at DHS
In addition to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming in 2019, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open Toy Story Land in summer 2018. Capitalizing on the existing Toy Story Mania attraction, the land will invite visitors into Andy’s backyard for adventures among his playthings. It will include a new Alien Swirling Saucers ride featuring the green aliens from the movies.

Slinky Dog-themed coaster
Also on its way to Toy Story Land will be a roller coaster themed to the films’ Slinky Dog. It appears that it will be a family-level ride and offer moderate thrills.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
The curtain will come down on The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In its place at the park’s centerpiece Chinese Theatre will be a new ride-through attraction based on the hip, retro-style Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts broadcast on the Disney Channel.

According to Walt Disney Imagineering’s Kevin Rafferty, the E-Ticket ride will feature a “sing-able and lovable theme song” and will be presented in “2-and-a-half-D.” The breakthrough concept will present dimensional media without the need for 3-D glasses. He adds that passengers will step into the flat movie screen and onto a train – presumably a runaway locomotive – that will be operated by Goofy.

Disney Riviera Resort
A new Disney World hotel will be part of Disney Vacation Club, the company’s membership-based vacation ownership program. It will be located near Epcot.

Disney Skyliner Gondolas
Moving visitors around the vast property has always been a challenge for Disney World. Instead of expanding the monorail system to address the need for more capacity, the resort is building a gondola system. It will connect Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with some of the hotels near those parks (including the new Disney Riviera).

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The Minnie Van service. Finally! We’ve been using Uber to get around WDW for years now!

Minnie Van service
Another new transportation option will move Disney World guests from door to door using “Minnie Vans” (great name!). They will use an Uber-like ride-hailing service.

Marvel Land
The Guardians of the Galaxy ride that recently opened at Disney California Adventure will expand into a full-fledged Marvel Land. Chapek said that attractions based on The Avengers and Spider-Man will be part of the superhero mix. It would be interesting to have competing Spider-Man rides from Disney and Universal, which has been featuring the web-slinger in a highly regarded attraction at Islands of Adventure for years.

Pixar Pier
Pixar has long been prominently represented at Disney California Adventure with Cars Land, A Bug’s Land, and Turtle Talk with Crush. Soon, Paradise Pier, which is already home to Toy Story Midway Mania, will be transformed into Pixar Pier. The Incredibles and Inside Out will be added to the mix at the “seaside” boardwalk.

Pixar Fest
In 2018, Disneyland Resort will celebrate Pixar Fest. Disneyland Park will feature the returning Pixar Play Parade and a Pixar-themed fireworks and projection show, while Disney California Adventure will bring back the Paint the Night Parade.

The Art of Marvel
Disney’s Hotel New York at Disneyland Paris will transform into a Marvel-themed resort with the incorporation of The Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and other superheroes.

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Disney cruises are the best!

Three new Cruise Ships
Yes, you read that right!  Three (3) new multi-billion dollar Disney cruise ships have been commissioned!

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Love this photo from last week of the Disney princesses and Olaf!!!


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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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Mickey Mouse and Some of His 500+ Costumes!

OUR BEST MICKEY PHOTO EVER!  

I got engaged at Disney World!  ❤

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Engaged at Disney World, February 2017!

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Our Disney Life Goal:  Take as many photos of Mickey in different outfits as possible!

Mickey Mouse has over 500 costumes for pretty much any occasion or activity that you can think of him doing.  Minnie has slightly fewer costumes, around 450 outfits currently.

June 2013:  Disneyland Mickey

Disneyland Mickey

August 2013: Mickey handing out our name tags!  ;')

At our Traditions class – Mickey handing out our name tags!

September:  MK Mickey

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Hi Mickey!

Festival of Fantasy Mickey & Minnie, Magic Kingdom

German Mickey

German Mickey at DCP Housing event

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Rain soaked Mickey

Chinese Mickey

Chinese New Years Mickey

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King Mickey and Minnie on Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday

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St. Patricks Day Irish Mickey

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Easter Mickey

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Springtime Mickey and Minnie looking very dapper.

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1920s Mickey at California Adventure Park

4th of July Mickey

4th of July Mickey, Epcot

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Mickey celebrating the 4th.

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Mickey at his meet & greet in Epcot on July 4th.

Disney Dream:  Captain Mickey
Disney Dream cruise: Captain Mickey
Disney Dream Beach Mickey

Beach Mickey at Castaway Cay on Disney Dream cruise

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Lifeguard Mickey

February 2014:  Pirate Mickey

Pirate Mickey

Castaway Cay Mickey

Castaway Cay Mickey

Halloween Mickey

Halloween Mickey

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Halloween parade Mickey

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Mickey

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Mickey & Minnie

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Mickey at DHS this week greeting Halloween guests.

Boo to You parade Mickey

Boo to You parade Mickey waving at me.

November:  Magician Mickey at MK

Magician Mickey at MK on Caroline’s birthday!

Meeting Mickey

Magician Mickey talks to us for the first time!!!  WOW!

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Taking a selfie with Sorcerer Mickey at DHS

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Voting Mickey

Thanksgiving Mickey

Thanksgiving Mickey

JULIANNE HOUGH, MICKEY MOUSE, MINNIE MOUSE, DEREK HOUGH

TV Dancing Mickey

December:  Christmas Mickey

Christmas Mickey and Minnie

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Christmas Parade Mickey

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Performing Mickey on Cinderella Castle center stage.

December:  Winter Ball Mickey

Winter Ball Mickey

Very Merry Christmas Party Mickey

Very Merry Christmas Party Mickey

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Kristoff Mickey with Anna and Olaf

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Their fancy white costumes (St. Patrick’s Day)

Star Wars Mickey

Star Wars Mickey

MGM Mickey

Hollywood Studios: Sorcerer Mickey

Epcot Mickey

Epcot Mickey

DAK Mickey

DAK Safari Guide Mickey

DAK Jungle Jammin' Parade Mickey

DAK Jungle Jammin’ Parade Mickey (we miss this parade!)

Polynesian Mickey

Hawaiian Mickey at Ohana’s in the Polynesian Resort

March:  St. Patrick's Day Mickey

St. Patrick’s Day Mickey

Main Street Parade Mickey

Main Street Parade Mickey at Disneyland

Hollywood Mickey

Hollywood Mickey at California Adventure

Skipping through the Park Mickey

Skipping through the Park Mickey ready to greet morning guests

Big hug Mickey

Big hug Mickey, California Adventure

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60th Diamond Anniversary Mickey at Disneyland

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Frontierland Mickey

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Mickey at the DCP Alumni Ball.

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Team Mickey!

VoluntEARS Mickey

VoluntEARS Mickey

Mickey at Typhoon Lagoon Starlit Splash Party!!

Tropical Mickey at Typhoon Lagoon Starlit Splash DCP party.

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Mickey looking pretty good!

Graduation Mickey

DCP Graduation Mickey

Goodbye Mickey!

Goodbye Mickey!  We’ll see ya real soon!

1996:  First Visit with Mickey!

Throwback Thursday, 1996: Visiting with Mickey!

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Everyone is happy to see Mickey Mouse!!!

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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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2017 Mardi Gras Celebration at Disney Parks

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Mickey and Minnie on Fat Tuesday

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday – is today – February 28, 2017!

It’s celebrated at all the Disney parks, but especially at Disney World and Disneyland!

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Meeting Princess Tiana at the Magic Kingdom.  Her gown is so beautiful!!!

Disney World:

At Disney World’s Port Orleans Resort, there is a mini-float parade consisting of themed golf carts decorated by resort cast members at 10am on Fat Tuesday.

The parade features music, select Disney characters in Mardi Gras costumes, and free party beads and candy for guests along the parade route.

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Try some sugar-dusted beignets at Sassagoula restaurant at Port Orleans!

We got to eat at Sassagoula Floatworks Food Factory at Port Orleans for Mardi Gras and really liked it! Dining at Disney’s Port Orleans.

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My delicious Beignets! No, six isn’t too many!!!!

House specialties include famous New Orleans-style Beignets, fresh baked goods, pizza, pasta, hamburgers, split-roasted chicken, BBQ ribs, Po’ Boys and scrumptious sandwiches.

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Chip and Dale in their Mardi Gras costumes.

And, Princess Tiana will be at her meet and greet area all day signing autographs for guests:

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February 2017

At Disneyland:

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Mickey celebrating as Mardi Gras King

The New Orleans Square of Disneyland is always decorated for Mardi Gras!

The streets of New Orleans Square are filled with jazz music and the smells of delicious cajun food.

New Orleans Square Holiday Decorations Disneyland

New Orleans Square at Disneyland. So pretty!

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Princess Tiana and Gator Louie

Don’t forget to meet Princess Tiana from Disney’s Princess and the Frog!

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Meeting Princess Tiana at New Orleans Square, Disneyland.

Interested in Disney Bounding at the parks as Princess Tiana?

It’s easy to do!

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A few Princess Tiana Disney Bounding ideas!

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two-disney-sisters

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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