2018 Mardi Gras Celebration at Disney Parks

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Mickey and Minnie on Fat Tuesday

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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February 13, 2018!

Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday – is today – February 13, 2018!

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 mini 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 last year and really liked it! It’s a Mardi Gras celebration there every day!

Dining at Disney’s Port Orleans

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My delicious beignets!  No, six isn’t too many for me!!!!

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 today.

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

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She’s so beautiful!

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.

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New Orleans Square at Disneyland decorated for Mardi Gras.  So colorful!

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Princess Tiana and Gator Louie taking to the streets.

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

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Caroline 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 ideas for Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana!

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❤ February 14, 2018 ❤

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters at Disneyland.

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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Applying to the Fall/Fall Advantage 2018 DCP Program

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Apply today! Find out where the sky meets the sea….

Feeling adventurous in 2018?  Made a resolution to change your life?

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

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Application opened January 22, 2018.  Don’t be late, apply today!

The DCP Fall/Fall Advantage 2018 application is now open!

APPLY NOW!

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Fall 2018 app is now open!

These are the main DCP programs at Disney World and Disneyland in 2018:

Program Dates

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

Spring 2018 Program

Students should have applied and interviewed in late August 2017 – late October 2017

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

Spring Advantage 2018 Program

Students should have applied and interviewed late August 2017 – late October 2017

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

Fall 2018 Program  (Application open now)

Students should apply/interview January 2018 – late March 2018

Program begins early/mid August 2018 and ends in early January 2019

Fall Advantage 2018 Program (Application open now)

Students should apply/interview January 2018 – late March 2018

Program begins late May/early June 2018 and ends in early January 2019

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 will be open for ONE DAY  January 29, 2018! Apply to the 2018 DCP Summer Alumni Program

Program begins mid-to-late May/early June 2018 and ends in early August 2018 (10 weeks).

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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 $10.00 – $12.75 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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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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Celebrating the 2018 Chinese Lunar New Year: The Year of the Dog

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It’s the Year of the Dog!

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!

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

1. Disney California Adventure Park:  Paradise Pier

January 26 to February 18, 2018

Kick off the Year of the Dog with the popular Lunar New Year Festival at Disney California Adventure park!

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So colorful!

From January 26 through February 18, 2018, 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, all dressed up for the occasion — including Goofy dressed as the God of Good Fortune

Specialty Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese foods at marketplaces and Paradise Garden Grill

Commemorative merchandise featuring designs inspired by the different cultures of East Asia

Lucky Wishing Wall, where you can add your own wish for a good year

The festive Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession parade

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 February 16, 2018.)

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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Celebrating the Year of the Dog with ‘God of Fortune’ Goofy!

2. Disneyland Hong Kong

 January 18 – March 4, 2018

Ring in Chinese New Year 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)

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Mickey and Friends at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is welcoming the Year of the Dog from January 18 to March 4, 2018 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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So cute!

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 Dog. Do not miss the Chinese New Year Limited Edition Pin 2018 and the Chinese New Year Jumbo Pin exclusive for Magic Access members.

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.

Shanghai Disneyland Celebrates the New Year

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January 28, 2017:  The Chinese Lion ceremony at Shanghai Disneyland theme park.

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Shanghai Disneyland:  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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In Chinese zodiac, the Dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty.  People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature.  They are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable, and have a strong sense of responsibility.

Years of the Dog include: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.

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Caroline with Mushu

 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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The Little Leprechaun of Disneyland

man1The next time you find yourself in Adventureland at Disneyland be sure to take minute and look for the home of the leprechaun that lives in the park.

We noticed his home for the first time on our last trip while waiting in line for the Indiana Jones ride.  How had we never seen this before???  So cute!  We took a lot of photos of his home, and the guests in line asked us what we were looking at.

man2The story of the Little Man of Disneyland was first told in a Little Golden Book. It was published in 1955 – the same year that Disneyland opened. The Little Man of Disneyland tells the story of the leprechaun Patrick Begorra who lives in a tiny house at the root of a huge tree in Disneyland.  In 60 years, it’s never been out of print.

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The home of leprechaun Patrick Begorra

 

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January 2018:  People couldn’t figure out what we were taking photos of while waiting in line for the Indiana Jones ride!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters at Disneyland.

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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Meeting Moana at Disney World

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Meeting Moana at DHS – she was so nice!

We got to meet Disney’s newest princess, Moana, on our trip to Disney World last year.

She was only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a few months before she left.

“Currently, Moana and Maui are sailing the seas with Hei Hei. She visited with guests at Walt Disney World for a short time in early 2017. You know how much of a free spirit she is. It’s hard for us to keep up with her. Hopefully, she will return to the Parks to greet guests sometime soon, but no details have been given about if and when she will return.” 

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My new Moana pin!

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New limited edition Moana Magic Bands (LE 2400)

But, when we went to Disneyland in June 2017…there she was at Adventureland greeting guests in Aladdin’s Oasis!

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Meeting Moana at Disneyland in June.  She was so short and pretty!

So, we got to see her 2x last year!

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Moana signed my signature book.

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We went to see Moana on opening day with our mom. (November 23, 2016)

We’re hoping to meet her at Disney’s Aulani Resort next June on our honeymoon!!!

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Moana isn’t appearing at Aulani…yet!  Maybe soon…..

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Moana and Hei Hei at the Polynesian Resort.

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Watch the latest Moana movie trailer here:  New Moana Movie Trailer.

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Watch the first movie trailer for Moana here:  Disney’s Moana.

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Disney’s newest princess, Moana!

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Interested in Disney Bounding as Moana???

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Fun ideas to Disney Bound as Moana.

Disney Bounding: When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters and go to the theme parks.
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Disney Bounding is a way of dressing up as your favorite character using inspired color palettes, accessories, and clothing styles to look like the character, without actually being in a Disney costume. You simply use items from your own wardrobe to pull together a terrific look.

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Coral and tan with seashell accents.

Princess Moana is one of the easiest Disney princesses to Disney Bound to!  Her colors are beautiful – coral and tan.

You can also Disney Bound as other characters in the movie like Maui:

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Disney Bounding as Maui

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Maui

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Ocean colors for Te Fiti

Now, Disney Bounding is different than Cosplay, which is dressing up exactly like the characters.  This is not allowed inside any of the Disney Parks.

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Cosplaying as Moana characters.

You can’t get into the Disney Parks dressed liked this, except at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights.

Other Disney Bounding ideas:

Disney Bounding as “Frozen” characters: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/disney-bounding-3-frozen/

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip or Orange Bird: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/disney-bounding-2/

Disney Bounding as a Disney Princess: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/disney-bounding/

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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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Disney Princesses in Their Winter Outfits

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All the Disney princesses wearing their winter costumes.

When the temperature in Orlando falls below 65 degrees, the Disney princesses change into their heavier winter gowns.  This generally only happens in the December – February time period, so it’s hard to catch them wearing their winter gowns and capes.

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January 2018: Moana in her winter costume (note the sleeves and leggings).

It’s been cold in Orlando this week, so they’ve been wearing their winter costumes every day.

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Belle in her winter costume with Prince Adam.  (Feb 2018)

They are extra beautiful!  All that velvet and heavy satin and the long gloves and capes….so pretty!

Winter Belle at Hollywood Studios

Winter Belle and the Beast at Hollywood Studios

Tiana looking warm.

Tiana looking warm in her winter gown. (Liberty Square)

Cinderella stepsisters & mother in their winter outfits.

Cinderella stepsisters & mother in their long-sleeved winter outfits. (Fantasyland)

Meeting Snow White before dinner.

Snow White in her winter gown. (Epcot)

Merida wearing her long cape.

Merida wearing her long cape. (Epcot)

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Princess Aurora in her long-sleeved gown. (MK)

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Jan 2017: Pocahontas in her old winter outfit. (DAK)

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Dec 2017: Pocahontas in her new winter costume.  She wears gloves now. (DAK)


Keeping warm at the Festival of Fantasy parade:

Anna and Elsa in their capes.

Anna and Elsa in their winter capes and gloves.

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The Frozen Float

The Frozen princesses.

The Frozen princesses.

Cinderella all covered up.

Cinderella all covered up.

Cinderella keeping warm.

Cinderella keeping warm.

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Princess Aurora and her Prince staying warm.

Rapunzel keeping warm.

Rapunzel keeping warm.

We didn't even know that Tinkerbell had a green jacket!

We didn’t even know that Tinkerbell had a green jacket!

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Belle looks beautiful in her long sleeved gown and white fur stole.

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The Disney princesses staying warm in their winter outfits.  (Jiminy Cricket looks concerned about Alice!)

Winter Aurora

Winter Aurora

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Belle looking lovely in her winter gown (Dec 2017, MK).

And the rarest one: Chimney sweep Mary Poppins!!!

And the rarest one: Chimney sweep Mary Poppins!!!

A warm cape for Princess Ariel.

A warm cape for Princess Ariel.

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Prince Naveen in his winter outfit

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And here is the rarest of all the winter costumes….TARZAN!  Whoo-hoo!!!!

Disneyland:  At Disneyland, they hold Christmas Fantasy Parades during the holidays with special princess costumes and tiaras.

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Princess Aurora looking lovely.

Winter Cinderella

Winter Cinderella

Winter gown.

Another winter gown for Princess Aurora.

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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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2018 DCP Housing Rents at WDW

The four housing complexes at Disney World.

There are four huge DCP housing complexes at Disney World.

The DCP apartments at Disney World have one to four bedrooms, with two or three participants in each bedroom.

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$103 – $196/week.

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$108 – $200/week.  We loved living at The Commons.

Rent costs are automatically deducted weekly from every cast members’ paychecks, so you don’t have to worry about turning in a check at the beginning of the month. (If you don’t work enough hours in a week, you can call the Front Office and pay your rent over the phone.)

The apartment rent includes all utilities such as electricity, wifi internet (S-L-O-W!), TV cable hookup, waste disposal, recycling, heat/AC, local phone service, 24 hour gated security, free bus transportation to all the Disney parks, resorts, and Disney Springs (for work and playtime!); as well as the various resort-style amenities, such as pools, hot tubs, outdoor grills, gyms, basketball, etc. available at each housing complex.

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You can rent all these things for free at the front desk of each housing complex.

May 16, 2017 Update:  All DCP apartments have been smoke-free for years, but now Housing is limiting where you can smoke on property (i.e., one of our roommates used to smoke out on the balcony. That’s no longer allowed.)  We think this is a good thing!

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May 16, 2017 email from Housing regarding smoking on property.

Now if they see or smell any sign of smoking in the apartment at all, the whole apartment will FAIL the monthly inspection!  😦

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“Smoking inside the apartment” is now a Code Violation.

As soon as you’re accepted to the DCP, sign up for what type of apartment size you want and where you want to live like I did: Filling out my DORMS form.  (Be aware, there is no guarantee…I literally got my last housing choice!)

To help figure out what size apartment you will be able to afford during your program, remember that most CPs are paid $10/hr. before taxes and are only guaranteed 32/hrs. week.  [Certain roles like lifeguarding get a $1/hr. premium.]

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The DORMS apartment selection process.

Bonus Tip:  Disney Housing offers a free monthly Housing Event social for all residents. Lots of free food, music and dancing, and fun character meet and greets!

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The first Housing Event for the Fall 2017 program is on August 10th, Chatham Field. Free food and great music!! Don’t miss it!

Our first DCP Housing event:  August 2013

At our first DCP Housing event, we got to meet the characters from Andy’s Room (Toy Story) and they gave us free straw hats!

Interested in learning about the DCP Housing available at Disneyland? It’s called Carnegie Plaza:  Carnegie Plaza at Disneyland.

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The brand new DCP Housing pins are being released monthly.

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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