Fall Dapper Days 2018 at Disney World

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Caroline celebrating Dapper Days!

What:  Dapper Days at Disney World!

When:  November 17 & 18 starting at 9:00am

Where:  Disney’s Animal Kingdom/Magic Kingdom (Nov. 17th) and Epcot (Nov. 18th)

Details:  Come dressed in your absolute best!  It’s Dapper Days!

Join us worldwide for Dapper Days Fall 2018! 

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Dapper Days, Fall 2018

Official link to planned events worldwide:  www.DapperDay.com

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Hat’s off to this family at the Magic Kingdom during Spring 2018 Dapper Day!!!

If you’re looking for a pretty outfit to wear on Dapper Day, The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane at Disney Springs has you covered!

Check out these pretty dresses!

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Just say yes to the dress!!!

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Orange Bird dress

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Casey’s Train

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Melanie’s dress from the Haunted Mansion’s Stretching Room.

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Haunted Mansion

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Tiki Room

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Cinderella dress (note the silver slippers on the collar).

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Snow White and 7 Dwarfs dress

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The teacups skirts

And don’t forget to pick up Minnie’s new Dapper Day mug!

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Minnie’s new Dapper Day mug

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Hahahaha! 🙂

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Some photos from Spring 2018 Dapper Days at WDW (photo credit:  DCP Blog)

For more information go to:  Special Things to Do for Dapper Days 2018.

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There’s a special pin available too!

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Dapper Day 2018 pin.

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Mickey and Minnie looking very dapper earlier this year!

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If you can’t make it this year, how about next Spring???

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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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Caroline at work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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!  Dapper Day:  Sat 11/17/18 from 9am – 3pm!

 

Best Orange Chicken at Epcot’s Lotus Blossom Café

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Try the Orange Chicken – it’s delicious!!!

When we’re in the mood for a quick lunch at Epcot, the Lotus Blossom Café is our first choice.
Epcot's Hidden Gem – China’s Lotus Blossom Café

We love the Orange Chicken with white rice there, and also the pot stickers. It has lots of covered seating so it’s fun to people watch while having lunch.

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And, don’t forget to order some Pot Stickers!

We always see Mulan when we’re there and there’s never a line to see her.

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Mulan is one of the nicest characters at Epcot!

lotus blossom cafeMenu (October 2018)

Appetizers
Potstickers $5.25
Egg rolls $3.99

Entrees
#1 Orange Chicken – Served with steamed rice. – $10.49
#2 Beef Noodle Soup Bowl – Beef noodle soup bowl. – $10.95
#3 Shrimp Fried Rice – Served with an egg roll. – $10.49
#4 Vegetarian Stir Fry – Served with steamed rice. – $10.49
#6 Sesame Chicken Salad – Sesame chicken salad. – $9.99

Kids Meals
Sweet and Sour Chicken. – $7.95
Pot Stickers and Spring Rolls. – $7.95

Red Lychee

Red Lychee fruit…it’s sweet!

Desserts
Choice of Caramel-Ginger or Lychee ice cream. – $3.50

Drinks
Smoothies – Choice of mango or strawberry. – $4.65
Cold Drinks – Choose from Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Nestea, and Fanta orange soda. Regular $2.99 or Large $3.29. Dasani Bottled Water $2.75, Bottled green tea or oolong tea (no sugar added) $4.25, Peach oolong tea $4.25, Orange juice $2.59, and Milk (regular, low fat, or chocolate) $1.99
Hot Beverages – Chinese Hot Tea, Nescafe coffee, or Nestle hot cocoa. – $2.29
Beer & Wine – Tiger Draft Beer $7.50, Plum Wine $4.99, and Tsing Tao bottled beer $6.95

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Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot China pavilion – Lots of seating!

Orange Chicken Blossom Cafe

This really is our favorite lunch at Epcot!

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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!

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Hunt at Epcot

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There’s a hidden Remy outside at each country.

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Hunt is going on right now around the World Showcase during the 2018 International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.

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Maps are $6.99 and you’ll get a free LE pin.

The treasure maps for the Remy’s hunt cost $6.99.  For that, you’ll receive a map and a sheet of stickers. The stickers are pictures of Remy with various food items.

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Hi Remy! Found you!!!

You follow the map and find Remy in each country. He’ll be with one of the sticker items like a zucchini, so you’ll peel off that sticker and place it in the circle on the map.

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And the answer is….the France Pavilion!

When you’re finished, take your map back to the shop and you get your choice of a 2018 limited edition Remy pin.

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Don’t forget to pick up your LE pin! (You get to keep your treasure map.)

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Remy’s bottle cozy…2nd one from the right (the blue one, of course).

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We can’t wait until this new ride comes to the France Pavilion in 2020! It’s hugely popular at Disneyland Paris!!

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Caroline holding a little Remy.

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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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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Epcot’s Spaceship Earth Will Be Closing for Over Two Years!

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Spaceship Earth during the International Flower and Garden Festival.

Disney Parks is moving forward with a planned overhaul of Epcot’s park entrance and central area of Future World as part of “Project Gamma”.

Included in this project will be the complete overhaul of Spaceship Earth.

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The entrance to Spaceship Earth is way too congested on heavy load days, especially the Fast Pass queue.

The ride inside of Spaceship Earth will get a refreshing of all scenes.  The ride’s track will be overhauled with new loading and unloading areas, increasing the ride’s capacity.

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The loading/unloading area will be expanded to increase the ride’s capacity.

The scene at the top of the dome’s attraction where guests look back at Earth from space will be drastically reimagined utilizing the latest in projection mapping technologies.

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Boring!

We’ve always thought LOTS more could be done with the second half of the ride whereby you ride backwards down from the very top of the dome with nothing to look at but light points.  BORING!

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The overhaul will cause the ride to close from early 2020 until the park’s 40th anniversary in October 2022, two and half years!

Ahhh...the smell of Rome burning...

Hmmm…the smell of Rome burning…

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Breaking News! Spaceship Earth is Closing Soon!!!!

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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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dak tree costume

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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October 2018: Epcot seen from the air flying out of Orlando Airport. Major changes are coming to the entire park starting next year.

 

The Best Snacks and Treats at Disney World

 

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A single churro for $6.25???!!!

It makes us sad to see the huge price increases this week for snacks and treats at Disney World.
Disney treats are part of what makes visiting Disney World so special!

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October 1, 2018

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Treat yo self!!!!

The Best Park Snacks (Many for Under $5):  These will fill you up until dinnertime!

It’s snacktime!  What are you in the mood for…something sweet?, something salty?, something hot?, something cold????

Many snacks at the parks are actually quiet filling!

Here’s a list of our favorite snacks:

  1. Bakery items.  Every park has a bakery crammed packed with freshly baked pastries, huge cupcakes, muffins, cookies, cronuts, French macaroons…all of it delicious!  Find out where the park bakery is when you get there and stop in when you’re not hungry.  Plan on what you want to buy when you return hungry.
  2. QSFB cart snacks. Mickey ice cream bars, popcorn, huge Mickey pretzels, funnel cakes, churros and more.  Yes, please!
  3. Confectionary shops. Huge freshly dipped caramel apples, cotton candy, chocolate dipped marshmallows on a stick, bags of caramel popcorn.
  4. Dole Whip. Have some by itself or as a float with pineapple juice.
  5. Starbucks has opened locations in all the parks and Disney Springs.  Iced coffees, hot coffee drinks, hot cocoa, pastries.  All of it good!
  6. Popcorn! Regular and caramel, at the quick service carts.
Funnel cake for lunch?  OK!!

Funnel cake for lunch? OK!!

 Our recommended snacking locations:

MK: Main Street Confectionery, Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, Big Top Treats, Aloha Isle, Sunshine Tree Terrace, Cheshire Café, The Friar’s Nook, Storybook Treats

Epcot: Fountain View, Refreshment Port, Karamell-Küche (Germany), L’Artisan des Glaces (France), American Adventure pavilion

DHS: ABC Commissary, Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction

DAK:  Pizzafari, Kusafiri Coffe Shop and Bakery, Tamu Tamu Refreshments, Anandapur Ice Cream, Anandapur Café, Trilo-Bites

DTD: Earl of Sandwich, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain (free samples!), Wetzel’s Pretzels, Candy Cauldron, Goofy’s Candy Co. Glaciers (free samples!)

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The cupcakes of Disney World!!  We are not embarrassed to say that we’ve tried more than 1/2 of them!!! 🙂  $5.99 each

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Heading off to Epcot for the day??

Here’s our snacking tips at Epcot:

Best Desserts of Epcot

Snacking my way around the World Showcase!

Best snacks from around the World Showcase.

#1:  The Cronut

Have a Cronut at Epcot?  Don't mind if I do!!

Have a Cronut at Epcot? Don’t mind if I do!!

Cronuts.

Cronuts up close.  Yum!

#2:  Macarons from France  (With or without ice cream!)

Macarons by the box.

Macarons by the box.  Yes please!

So pretty!

The orange macaron. So pretty!

Macaron ice cream sandwiches!

Macaron ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day.  Perfect!!!

#3: Starbucks Coffee Drinks

Starbucks coffee drinks!

Starbucks coffee drinks!

#4 Funnel Cakes

Funnel cakes!

Funnel cakes!

#5  School Bread from Epcot Norway???

No thank you!  While lots of guests swear how delicious this snack from Norway is, we disagree!  So dry, and cardamon seasoning is disgusting.

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School Bread. (Not recommended!)

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Try the lefse instead! $3.29 a roll.  ❤

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Popcorn in a collectible (and refillable!) holder.

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Yum!

Delicious!

Delicious!  Dipped pretzels for under $5.

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All cupcakes are now $5.99 across the WDW property.

Cronut and cup of water, under $5

Epcot: Cronut and a cup of water, $5

Free drinks!

Epcot, Club Cool: Free fountain drinks!  Help yourself!!

Caramel apples.  They will slice these for free for easier eating.

Caramel apples. They will slice these for free for easier eating. Enough for 2 people.  $6

Dipped snacks.

Dipped snacks. Under $5

Cake cake at DHS.

Carrot cake at DHS. $6

Freshly made caramel popcorn, $4

Freshly made caramel popcorn, $4

Macaron in France.

Macaron in Epcot-France.

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Yum…Coca-Cola icy! Free samples at Goofy’s Glaciers in DTD…try all 8 flavors!

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Everything is between $3-$6.

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All treats < $6

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Freshly dipped caramel apples, $6

Sweet Mickey treats, $3

Sweet Mickey treats, $3

Mickey rice krispies treats

Mickey rice krispies treats, $4

We love WDW cotton candy!

We love WDW cotton candy!  ❤

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Happy Halloween!

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Having a Starbucks PSL – first one of the season!!!

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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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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Is Spain Coming to Epcot’s World Showcase?

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September 2018: Viewing Epcot from the air. You can definitely see where the next country would go in on the bottom right next to Germany Pavilion.

When Epcot opened in on October 3, 1982, Disney Parks left room for 8 additional countries to be added to the World Showcase sometime in the future.

The 50th anniversary of Epcot will be on October 3, 2022 and Disney Parks has begun announcing plans for a $1 Billion Dollar renovation of Epcot.

One of the holdups of putting new countries in the World Showcase is that Disney makes the governments pay for the honor.  So, this eliminates poor African or South/Central American countries. [The Tourism Bureau of Norway was not happy when so much of the Norway Pavilion was changed over to the fictional country of Arendelle of Frozen.)

Current leading contenders for a new country are Spain and Australia.

Epcot improvements already announced:  A major new ride — themed to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the hit Marvel movie series — is planned for Epcot’s front section replacing the closed Universe of Energy ride.  The Mission: Space simulator attraction will also be updated and expanded.

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We are looking forward to this Epcot update the most!

A ride based on the Pixar film “Ratatouille” will be added to the park’s France Pavilion.  This ride is already a huge hit at Disneyland Paris.  The Impressions of France movie is being refilmed as the one currently showing is 35 years old and very dated.

Epcot will serve as a stop for the new gondola system called Disney Skyliner  connecting the parks to Disney hotels.

1981:  Unrealized Pavilions
Three pavilions were advertised in EPCOT Center books in 1981 and other material, but never built: Spain, Israel, and Equatorial Africa. From those books, Equatorial Africa seemed to have the most developed plans. Israel would eventually be featured as one of the countries at the Millennium Village.
Epcot World Showcase:  Always Room for One More                                     Spain would fit very nicely next to Germany.

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Spain was to have two attractions. The first attraction was a film on vacation spots in Spain. The second attraction was a ride themed around Spain’s heritage and arts. Market places and a waterside restaurant serving tapas (a finger food found in Spain) were also planned for the pavilion.

Israel
Israel’s landmark was to be a Menorah in the center of a courtyard. The buildings would be themed after old and new buildings from the area with ancient Jerusalem in mind. The attraction was to be an amphitheater with classical and folk music being performed. Olive and cypress trees would also be part of the pavilion. Kosher foods from the country would also be featured.

Equatorial Africa
Equatorial Africa refers to the group of African countries that lie along the equator. This pavilion was also referred to as the “African Nations pavilion” and the “Africa pavilion.” Equatorial Africa was to be located between China and Germany, where the Outpost currently sits.

Equatorial Africa was to have tree house-like architecture set in the dark jungle. Foliage, running water, jungle sounds and smells would be present, along with “animals” visiting a water hole. The animals would be created with rear-projected film.  The Heritage area was to be an African village with live entertainment with traditional performances. The area was also planned to hold a museum displaying fine African art.

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Caroline in front of the American Adventure

The American Adventure is the anchor of the World Showcase.

We like eating dinner here.  (We always have lunch over in the France Pavilion.)

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We took this photo during the International Flower and Garden Festival last spring.

No plans announced yet for additional countries, but maybe sometime in the near future…hopefully by Epcot’s 50th anniversary celebration!

Australia gets our vote. ❤

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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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car DAK costume

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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Amen. We typically walk 20,000 – 30,000 steps a day while at Epcot!

Celebrity Narrators for the 2018 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

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Choir walking in singing while holding their candles.  Beautiful!

Dates for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot are:  November 22th – December 30, 2018.

Celebrity Narrators

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. Gorgeous choral pieces performed by an orchestra and various choirs are interwoven with the narration, inspiring the audience with songs of hope and joy.

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Neil Patrick Harris has performed the narration for several years now and is excellent!  He’ll be back this year too, December 3 – 6, 2018.

An exciting line-up of celebrities—including a few new faces and voices—are lending their dramatic talents to the production, have been announced including:

November 22 to 23, 2018: Chita Rivera

November 24 to 25, 2018: Helen Hunt

November 26 to 27, 2018: Alfonso Ribeiro

November 28 to 30, 2018: Robby Benson (The Beast)

December 1 to 2, 2018:  John Stamos

December 3 to 6, 2018:  Neil Patrick Harris

December 7 to 9, 2018:  Whoopi Goldberg

December 10 to 12, 2018: Bart Millard

December 13 to 14, 2018: Blair Underwood

December 15 to 16, 2018: Gary Sinise

December 18 to 20, 2018: Pat Sajak

December 21 to 23, 2018:  Auli’i Cravalho (Moana)

December 24 to 25, 2018:   Edward James Olmos

December 26 to 27, 2018:  Jodi Benson  (Ariel)

December 28 to 30, 2018:  Cal Ripken Jr.

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Cast members (in green robes) on the left, visiting high school choir (in yellow robes) on the right.

Dates, Times and Location:

November 22nd to December 30, 2018

5:00pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm

America Gardens Theater, Epcot

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NPH was so good! Everyone was commenting on how super thin he is! (Cast members are behind him wearing the green robes.)

Video of  Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot Candlelight Processional. Wonderful!!!

During our DCP program, we went on December 23rd – almost Christmas Eve! – and got to see the Candlelight Processional lead by one of our favorite country singers, Trace Adkins.  It was wonderful!  It really got us in the Christmas spirit!  🙂

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The beautiful new logo for the 2014 Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

The beautiful logo for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

Event Details:

Interested in adding a dining experience to your Candlelight Processional Evening?

Click here:  Candlelight Processional Dining Experience 

The Candlelight Processional is a breathtaking retelling of the Christmas story in words and music complete with a 50-piece orchestra, choir and celebrity guest narrators. The narrator reads the Christmas story and favorite carols of the season are interspersed throughout the program.

The Candlelight Processional is held every night during the Christmas season. The first performance is on November 22, 2018 and then runs nightly through December 30, 2018.

There are three performances each evening at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. The length of the show is about 45 minutes.

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Free ticket to see Edward James Olmos narrate from 2016 Candlelight Processional!

The performance is included in regular Epcot park admission at no additional cost. All Epcot guests are welcome to view this wonderful presentation.

The Candlelight Processional is held in Epcot at the American Gardens Theater in the American pavilion. This is an open air theater and, although there is a roof, you may get wet if it rains. Remember to dress for being outside. Although you are in Florida, it still may be quite cool on a December evening.

The choir consists of members of Disney’s Voices of Liberty (red & black attire), the Cast Member choir (green robes), and visiting high school and guest choirs (gold robes).

CM Update:  Cast member auditions for the 2018 Candlelight Processional choir were held this summer in July, and CMs were notified if they were selected as a participant by mid-August 2018.  Rehearsals started earlier this month.

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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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Caroline at work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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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