Having Dinner with the Beast at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom

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Be Our Guest restaurant.

For a final get together before he left Disney World, Christian’s roommates got dinner reservations at Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.

All his roommates decided to extend their DCP Spring 2019 program through the hot summer months until mid-August.  One of his roommates is in the Disney Culinary Program (Arthur) and hopes to make Disney his career.  He is an excellent chef.

Dinner at Be Our Guest is prix-fixe for $55/person and includes your choice of an appetizer, entrée, and dessert.  Cast members get a 20% discount.

It was already very hot for mid-May, in the mid-90s every day. This summer has been brutal in Orlando.

The restaurant is at the back of the Magic Kingdom and you have to walk through Fantasyland to reach it.

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Sign out front of the restaurant.

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Massive stone lions.

It’s a very pretty, Gothic restaurant with lots of stone.

It is the Beast’s Castle after all.

The Beast only makes appearances at dinnertime.

The food is actually better at breakfast, and it’s good for lunch. And much less expensive then as it’s all ala carte.

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The Main Dining Room aka The Ballroom.  The huge windows do not look out at the Magic Kingdom.  It’s always twilight outside those windows and snowing.

They were lucky to be seated in the main dining room, which is the best and most sought after reservation.

Christian was feeling really adventurous and wanted to try something new.

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Not today, Satan!!!  Ordering this appetizer was a mistake!!

For his appetizer, he selected the Charred Octopus (served cold!).  This was not good and upset his stomach.

For his entrée, he went for the Sea Scallops.

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Diving into some Sea Scallops.

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Christian trying the “grey stuff”.

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Meeting The Beast after dinner.  l-r: Kenny, Christian, The Beast, Arthur, and Tom.  Kenny also worked in Tomorrowland.

A ton more restaurant and dinner photos:

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Cool lamp posts with gargoyles.

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The pretty waterfall outside the restaurant.

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Walking into the restaurant.

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Two massive stone lion statues out front.

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The grand hallway.

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Princess Belle and Prince Adam in tile.

Fairytale Elegance at Be Our Guest Restaurant

20 foot ceilings with beautiful paintings. Really lovely Ballroom.

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Le Menu

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The size of the ballroom.

 

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Bringing home some dessert for the 2 roommates who couldn’t make it.

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Spring 2019 DCP – Chatham Square!

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Kenny shaking The Beast’s paw.

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Meeting the Beast after our lunch.

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

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We’ve eaten at Be Our Guest 5x now. Breakfast is best (3 Stars), lunch is good (2 1/2 Stars), and dinner is only for special occasions (1 1/2 Star).

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Meeting the Beast.

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Two Disney Sisters

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hehehe…bad food at dinner!

Holding the Beautiful Floating Lanterns of Tangled

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April 2019  Mitch and me holding a lantern.

It’s been on my Disney Bucket List for a few years now and I finally got to hold a Floating Lantern in Fantasyland at night!

The Floating Lanterns of Tangled:

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Making a wish.

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Sealed with a kiss.

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Our very favorite scene during the nightly Once Upon a Time projection show at the Magic Kingdom …the Floating Lanterns of Tangled.    ♪♫♪ And at last I see the lights…♪♫♪

Our favorite scene from Disney’s ‘Tangled’ movie is when they sing the “And at Last I See the Light” song!  ❤

Full song:  At Last I See The Light video

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Our favorite scene!  So beautiful with all the floating lanterns in the air!

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April 2019: New Tangled cupcake. Available at Intermission Food Court at All Star Music Resort. Yellow cupcake with buttercream frosting. $6

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The Lost Princess ice cream cone, Storybook Treats, $5.99

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This meme is so funny!  (And true!)

♪♫♪ And at last I see the lights…♪♫♪

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Sunset:  The Floating Lanterns of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom.  So pretty at sunset when they all come on!

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7pm:  We were there capturing the magic just as the lantern lights popped on.

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Rapunzel’s Tower at sunset.

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Wish fulfilled.

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Interested in Disney Bounding as Rapunzel?

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Thinking about Disney Bounding as Rapunzel?  Here’s some ideas!

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Don’t forget the tiara!

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Meeting Rapunzel.  She’s so pretty…and her hair is something else!!

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I ‘Disney Bounded’ as Rapunzel!  Everyone loved my hair!!!

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I love this hand-painted Tangled Magic Band!

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My new Tangled mug! ❤

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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

book Two Girls

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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Meeting Tarzan and Jane #MNSSHP

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Meeting Gaston at the Magic Kingdom

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Caroline getting his autograph!

We are always happy to see Gaston.

He wasn’t out greeting guests on our last visit and we miss him!

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Standing in front of Gaston’s Fountain.

He meets and greets guests by Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland.  Of course.

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He loves his fountain.

He is a hoot!!!

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“You’re pretty girls, but not as pretty as me!”

His antics with guests have been captured many times on video – some getting more than 10 million views! – and have been picked up by Time.com, USAToday.com, USMagazine.com, Today.com, ETonline.com, and many, many other news outlets around the world.

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Mr. McDreamy!!!  Look at his pecs!  🙂

Why the world has fallen in love with Gaston, the WDW character actor

“The internet is raving over an unknown Disney cast member who has won the hearts of masses with his hilarious and convincing performance as ‘Beauty and the Beast’ villain, Gaston.

Delighted visitors to Disney World have been posting videos over the past year of a Gaston character actor who routinely takes part in the hugely popular meet and greet sessions held every day at Fantasyland.

You would not think Gaston, who thinks he is the strongest and most handsome man in the world, would be a popular character, especially being a hated villain and all, but small capsules of brilliance have been popping up on the internet that prove otherwise.

The latest video, of a Disney visitor challenging Gaston to a push-up contest and then winning, has gone viral with over 10,000,000 views, but Gaston’s fame has been slowly growing for a while.

In fact, he is probably the only man who can get away with making sexist comments, as he routinely tells female park guests they should not be thinking, or reading, much at all.”

Here are some of Gaston’s best comments in videos shots by park guests:

  1. A little girl puts Gaston in his place

A little girl refused to accept the fact that Belle will be Gaston’s wife, and tells Gaston the Beast will come and beat him up. Gaston tells the little girl to go and stare at his statue and loudly tells the Beast to bring it.

Video:  Little Girl Takes on Gaston

  1. Gaston trounces man with one-handed push ups

Clearly this Disney cast member’s biceps are not just for show, as Gaston proves not only can he rapidly pump out push ups like a pro, he is also able to do them one-handed, on demand.

Video:  Gaston Does Push-ups

  1.  Losing an arm wrestling contest

Of course, Gaston doesn’t always get to win, but even when he is publicly humiliated, he’s still pretty funny to watch. Check out this little girl who manages to beat the lofty Gaston at arm wrestling.

Video:  Little Girl Arm Wrestles Gaston

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That smile!  ❤ ❤ ❤

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Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland.  Our Tip: Order the cinnamon roll!

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Very limited seating inside.

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March 2019: The cinnamon roll. $5.29

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Menu items (very limited menu)

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We like the decor inside.  Lots of antlers!

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Antlers everywhere, on every wall, on the ceiling…

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Gaston’s #1 fan: himself!  🙂

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

Both are available on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom and Two Girls and a Mouse Tale.

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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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Making a Wish at the Cinderella Fountain at the Magic Kingdom

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The Cinderella Fountain in Fantasyland.

We were walking around Fantasyland and stopped to refill our water bottles at the Cinderella Fountain.

There are four drinking water fountains attached to the fountain.  We like this spot because it’s mostly in the cool shade all day, except at high noon.

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There are 4 drinking fountains attached to the fountain.

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With 4 drinking fountains, there’s never a line and it’s a good place to refill water bottles.

Located next to Cinderella’s Castle, this is where you can find the statue of the most famous princess in the Magic Kingdom:  Cinderella!

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The Cinderella Fountain in Fantasyland. She only wears her crown in one viewing position.

The Cinderella statue was sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson in 1965 prior to Magic Kingdom Park’s opening in October 1971.

On the fountain, Cinderella is seated, wearing her work dress.  In one hand she holds a little bird and with her other hand she reaches for Jaq and Gus, her little mice friends.

If you face Cinderella and curtsy to her, the crown painted behind her looks like it’s placed on her head.

“When you view the Cinderella Fountain from an average adult’s eye level, the crown is above Cinderella’s head. However, from a child’s view, the crown is resting on Cinderella’s head. Sometimes it takes the innocence of childhood to see the truth in situations.”

This is a great place to make a wish!

We asked a cast member for some shiny new pennies and she gave us 10 new ones to make our wishes with.  ❤

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Our wishing pennies.

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Cinderella wearing her crown.

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The backside of the Cinderella Castle.

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Amazing castle details everywhere you look.

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Fun Fact:  There is a twin to the Cinderella Fountain at Disneyland Paris!

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The Cinderella Fountain, La Fontaine de Cendrillon, in Disneyland Paris.

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

Both are available on Amazon.com:

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Meeting the Fairy Godmother on the day we got engaged. She told us: “May all your dreams come true!”

Finding the Hidden Pascals in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland

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I took this pretty photo of the Gardens of Tangled.

Pascal, a sweet chameleon, is a true and loyal friend to Rapunzel in Disney’s “Tangled’ movie.

Pascal and his friends can be found hiding throughout the Magic Kingdom Fantasyland’s Tangled-themed pavilion, The Gardens of Tangled, just across from Rapunzel’s’ Tower.

This is beautiful, quiet garden filled with flowers, greenery, and even a small stream.

Ten of Pascal’s chameleon friends have made this garden their new home. They can be seen lounging about on rocks near the stream, in the greenery, and even hidden on nearby buildings (look up high!).

Look for 10 of them!

Look for 10 of them!

After a few minutes of searching, we were able to find seven chameleons hiding in the garden.

Next time you’re in Fantasyland, be sure to say hi to Pascal and his friends.

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Gray Pascal (color of the rocks)

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Tan Pascal

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Yellow Pascal

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Olive Pascal

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Moss Pascal

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Brown Pascal

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The real Pascal is hiding in the windowbox on the left, way up high!

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There he is!

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Green Pascal. This is really Pascal! He is the hardest one to spot!!!!

We think at area around the Gardens of Tangled is very pretty.

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Rapunzel’s Tower and waterfall.

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Looking for more of Pascal’s friends.

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This area of Fantasyland is very pretty.

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I think the buildings are Tudor style.

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And there’s It’s a Small World.

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The Lanterns of Tangled.

At dusk, the lanterns turn on and a photopass cast member comes out with an illuminated lantern.  (The wait times for this photo op can be very long.  There’s no FastPass for it.)

Beautiful!

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Dusk and the lanterns have turned on.

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Caroline and Mitch. First trip back to Disney World after getting married.

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Making a wish.

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Sealed with a kiss.

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Wish fulfilled.

 

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Yes, the Lanterns of Tangled are right outside the restrooms!

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We agree! We love this scene from Tangled!

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Caroline and her new cat.

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If you need to recharge a device, have a seat!

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The outlets are in the stumps.

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Free charging station!

Free charging station!

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Maximus hoof print in Fantasyland by Tangled area.

Bonus photo!  Try and find Maximus’s hoof print in Fantasyland by the Tangled area.

Disney Fun Fact:  Pascal is actually based on a real chameleon, owned by one of the movie’s cast members. The day the directors were trying to find a name for the character, the CM said she named her chameleon Pascal, so they took that name.

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Pascal, Rapunzel’s friend.

Pascal serves a similar role as being a friend and protective sidekick to Rapunzel as Flit the hummingbird did for Pocahontas.

Disney Bounding as Pascal.

Disney Bounding as Pascal.

The real Pascal (so tiny!!).

The real Pascal.  (He’s so tiny!!)

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Disney Bounding as Rapunzel. That jeweled Pascal pin is really cool!

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Rapunzel’s famous line from the movie.

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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

book Two Girls

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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Cinderella’s Royal Coach Returned to Magic Kingdom for Valentine’s Day

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Cinderella’s Royal Carriage on display last week.

Cinderella’s Royal Carriage returned to Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom for a few days for Valentine’s Day, on February 13, 14, and 15, 2019.

We were walking by Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel and happened to spot it.

There were only 3 people in line to see it!

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That’s a very plush carriage seat!

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The crystals on top of the carriage.

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A carriage built for one.

carriageBest of all, the Fairy Godmother came out just then and we got to see her too!

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My mom meeting the Fairy Godmother.

She’s a favorite of ours!  Just the nicest character that you’ll talk to at the Magic Kingdom!

We went on Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel that night and the carriage was still out, all illuminated.  Very pretty!

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The carriage all lit up at night.

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A Magical Moment Reunion

When Amber was 2 years old, she met Snow White at the Magic Kingdom.

“Every single time I saw her until I was 15, she recognized me and knew me by name. She made my Disney childhood so incredibly magical. I haven’t seen her in person since, but I knew she was now the Fairy Godmother. Today, I tracked her down & got to hug her. Best day ever!!”

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25 years later….

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP.

Both are available on Amazon.com:

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Riding Jingles at Disneyland

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The 68 horses of King Arthur Carousel at Disneyland

As we learned during the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour, the oldest attraction at Disneyland is the King Arthur Carousel.

We made it a goal to ride on the Jingles horse during our last trip.

It’s not easy because everyone wants to ride on her.

We literally had to run to Jingles once the cast member opened the ride’s gate.

All the horses are trotters.

Interesting fact:  All the horses on the carousel are trotters.

The carousel was built by in Canada in 1875 and every horse on the carousel has a name.  You can pick up a complete list of the carousel horse’s names at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. (free).

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Tom Hanks, as Walt Disney, riding on Jingles in the movie Saving Mr. Banks.

Jingles is the carousel’s lead horse and was Walt’s favorite horse.

She made an appearance in the 2013 Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks.  (We got to go to the movie’s world premier in December 2013 when we were working at Disney World!)

Jingles is named for her beautiful straps of jingle bells hanging from her saddle and mantle.

For Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2005, Jingles was repainted and trimmed in real 18K gold leaf.

Jingles was ceremoniously dedicated to Dame Julie Andrews on April 8, 2008.

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Jingles in all her glory.

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Her saddle honoring the 50th anniversary of “Mary Poppins” and Dame Julie Andrews. 18K gold!  So shiny!

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Close up of Jingle’s golden bells.  Everyone wants to ride on Jingles!  She’s the best!!  We had to run to get to her first!

Jingles most famous rider.

Jingles most famous rider, Mary Poppins.

We’ve actually gotten to ride on Jingles several times now:

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Me & Jingles

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Riding the carousel with Ian. ❤

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Mary Poppins’ umbrella!

And look who else showed up to ride today:

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Belle and the Beast!

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Belle waved at us! 🙂

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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!

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Two Disney Sisters