Sneak Peek at Disney’s Jungle Cruise 2020

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Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt at D23 convention yesterday. August 23, 2019: “We wanted to make a movie that was big, that was epic, that had romance, big comedy, big action, but most importantly . . . it’s got me,” The Rock said to the crowd as he introduced details about the upcoming “Jungle Cruise” film, a live-action movie inspired by the Disneyland and Disney World attractions of the same name.

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Emily Blunt (Lily) and Dwayne Johnson (Frank) on set.

Welcome to the adventure of a lifetime!

Watch new Disney’s Jungle Cruise trailer: Jungle Cruise 2020

Disney’s Jungle Cruise was originally set for release on October 11, 2019, but its release has been pushed back to July 24, 2020. The film stars Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson in this 1930s period adventure.

Based on Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise ride, the movie takes a group of travelers on a small riverboat cruise through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles, but with a supernatural element.

Set in the 1930s during the Great Depression, a riverboat captain named Frank takes a scientist and her brother on a mission into a jungle to find the Tree of Life, which is believed to possess healing powers. All the while, the trio must fight against dangerous wild animals, and a competing German expedition.

Principal photography began on May 14, 2018, in Hawaii.  Filming wrapped on September 14, 2018.

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Dwayne Johnson as Frank, a riverboat captain

Emily Blunt as Lily Houghton, a scientist searching for a tree’s magical cure

Jack Whitehall as McGregor Houghton, Lily’s brother

Édgar Ramírez, an unnamed villain

Jesse Plemons, an unnamed villain

Paul Giamatti

Andy Nyman as Sir James Hobbs-Cunningham

Quim Gutiérrez

Veronica Falcon

Dani Rovira

Simone Lockhart as Anna

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March 2018:  Enormous movie set under construction in Hawaii.

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This move set is huge!

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May 2018: Dwayne Johnson standing on the steps to the village.

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The village

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The jungle cruise boats docked.

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Emily Blunt fresh off her filming of “Mary Poppins Returns”.

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There are at least 4 Hidden Mickeys in this fake movie poster. Can you find them???

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Throwback Thursday:  Walt Disney as the Skipper on the Jungle Cruise

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Walt trying his hand as a Jungle Cruise Skipper.

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The cruise boats – and the actual ride – haven’t changed very much in 60 years.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson riding on the Jungle Cruise

April 10, 2017:  From Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram account

Surprise! Once I committed to our Disney partners to make the movie based off the JUNGLE CRUISE ride, I wanted to dive head first into the research.

So, I headed to Walt Disney World and surprised tourists by commandeering the JUNGLE CRUISE boat.

It was a GREAT day on the river. Learned a lot… for example, it takes approximately 12.6 minutes for all the passengers to get over the shock of me jumping on the boat and thinking I’m a DJ look-a-like. One passenger even said, “Oh the real Rock is much smaller than this guy”. I threw his ass off the boat.

Jokes aside (and yes, with me as the Cruise Skipper there will be an abundance of puns) this is such an amazing, fantastical and cool world to build out. Best part about this surprise research day was knowing how FUN of an experience we’re gonna work hard to create for families around the world. That’s the part that gets my excited the most.

The movie. The ride. The experience.

It’s the cruise of a lifetime. And trust me, you’ll want me as your Skipper. Just don’t forget to bring the Skipper’s beer.

(I think the lady to my right is snapping a pic of my bootaaaay.)

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Cruising aboard the Disney Dream on a 4 day cruise to the Caribbean.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: 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!

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Two Disney Sisters

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Opens in December!

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December 19, 2018 at Epcot tonight!

UPDATE: There will be limited edition popcorn bowls available during the movie’s premiere week! How cute are they???!!!

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Mary Poppins Returns popcorn bowl!

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ opens in the US on December 19, 2018!

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November 2018:  Interview with Emily Blunt:  Emily Blunt Talks About Getting Mary Poppins Role

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Trailers for #MaryPoppinsReturns:

Trailer #1 – Opening Scenes

Trailer #2 – Mary Poppins Returns

Trailer #3 – Mary Poppins Sneak Peek

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Mary Poppins returns to the Banks family with her magical carpet bag in hand.

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins – her magical carpet bag in hand – following a personal loss.

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Michael Banks, his wife, and his three children.

Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

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February 2017:  Location filming begins in London.

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is the sequel to the 1964 Academy Award-winning ‘Mary Poppins’ and is set 25 years after the original film (1910 Edwardian London).

Principal photography on the new film began on February 10, 2017, at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, United Kingdom.

The film is scheduled for release on December 19, 2018.

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Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda take part in filming of a scene from the movie sequel Mary Poppins Returns in front of Buckingham Palace, central London.

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She is so pretty!

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Magical scene from Mary Poppins Returns


The Cast of ‘Mary Poppins Returns’:

Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Jack, an “optimistic streetlamp lighter”, and he is developing new songs for the film

Meryl Streep – Cousin Topsy

Julie Walters – Ellen, Michael’s housekeeper

Ben Whishaw – the grown-up Michael Banks

Emily Mortimer – the grown-up Jane Banks

New Banks children: Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson

Colin Firth – William Weatherall Wilkins, president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

Dick Van Dyke – Mr. Dawes Jr., CEO of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

Angela Lansbury – the Balloon Lady

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Jack, the optimistic streetlighter.

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Mary carrying her famous parrot head umbrella.

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Mary Poppins topiary at the Grand Floridian

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The amazing Dick Van Dyke!

Top photo:  Dick Van Dyke in 1964 (age 39) playing Mr. Dawes Sr. in Mary Poppins.

Bottom photo: Dick Van Dyke in 2018 (age 92) playing Mr. Dawes Jr, the son of his original aged character, in Mary Poppins Returns.

He appears to be nearly identical, with fluffy white hair and a beard, and glasses.  Many fans took to Twitter to express their disbelief at the likeness, with one writing that it is “surreal” and that he “doesn’t need prosthetics now”.

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Dancing on the table at 92 years old!!!

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

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

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Filming ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in London

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Mary Poppins Returns:  Opening December 19, 2018!

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Trailers for #MaryPoppinsReturns:

Trailer #1 – Opening Scenes

Trailer #2 – Mary Poppins Returns

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Mary Poppins Returns with her magical carpet bag in hand.

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins – her magical carpet bag in hand – following a personal loss.

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Michael, his wife, and his three children.

Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

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February 2017:  Filming in London.

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is the sequel to the 1964 Academy Award-winning ‘Mary Poppins’ and is set 25 years after the original film (1910 Edwardian London).

Principal photography on the new film began on February 10, 2017, at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, United Kingdom.

The film is scheduled for release on December 19, 2018.

Mary Poppins Returnsmp3The Cast of Mary Poppins Returns:

Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Jack, an “optimistic streetlamp lighter”, and he is developing new songs for the film

Meryl Streep – Cousin Topsy

Julie Walters – Ellen, Michael’s housekeeper

Ben Whishaw – the grown-up Michael Banks

Emily Mortimer – the grown-up Jane Banks

New Banks children: Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson

Colin Firth – William Weatherall Wilkins, president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

Dick Van Dyke – Mr. Dawes Jr., CEO of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

Angela Lansbury – the Balloon Lady

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Jack, the optimistic streetlighter.

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Mary carrying her famous parrot head umbrella.

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Movie poster for Mary Poppins Returns

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Mary Poppins topiary at the Grand Floridian

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The amazing Dick Van Dyke!

Top photo:  Dick Van Dyke in 1964 (age 39) playing Mr. Dawes Sr. in Mary Poppins.

Bottom photo: Dick Van Dyke in 2018 (age 92) playing Mr. Dawes Jr, the son of his original aged character, in Mary Poppins Returns.

He appears to be nearly identical, with fluffy white hair and a beard, and glasses.  Many fans took to Twitter to express their disbelief at the likeness, with one writing that it is “surreal” and that he “doesn’t need prosthetics now”.

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Dancing on the table at 92 years old!!!

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

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

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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‘Into The Woods’ Movie Review

The Baker & his wife, wanting a child (perhaps a little gingerbread boy?)

The Baker & his wife wanting a child (perhaps a little gingerbread boy?)

Into The Woods opened Christmas Day 2014 and we went to see it last weekend.

It’s 95% singing with very little spoken dialog, except by the narrator.

We give it a 4 out of 5 star rating.  It dragged a little bit at the end and should have ended 20 minutes before it did.  (It got a little unnecessarily dark at the very end.)

But, we LOVED the all songs!

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/watch-the-first-trailer-for-disneys-into-the-woods-1201272870/

Based on the Broadway musical, “Into the Woods” stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick and was composed by Stephen Sondheim.

The trailer opens with the various iconic characters offering wishes (“I wish…”), followed by the warning “This Christmas Be Careful What You Wish For.”

Into the Woods tells the story of a gang of fairy tale characters who enter a dark forest in the hopes of achieving their deepest wishes. The film stars Meryl Streep as the Witch, James Corden as the Baker, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as her Prince, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Lilla Crawford as Red Riding Hood, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, and Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf.

The Disney fairytale mash-up, based on various Grimm fairy tales, revolves around a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, “Jack and the Beanstalk’s” Jack Little, Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters. 🙂

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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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