Peter Pan Float Flies into Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

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The Peter Pan Float

Everyone is Instagramming this cool green drink!

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It’s chilled Sprite (lemon-lime) soda topped with soft serve Key Lime-flavored ice cream  presented with a chocolate red feather.

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Available at Storybook Treats in Fantasyland.

You can buy the Peter Pan Float at Storybook Treats in Fantasyland.

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$5.49

Peter Pan float.

♪♫♪You can fly, you can fly…..♪♫♪

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We love Peter Pan’s Flight!

Peter Pan’s Flight will be undergoing a month-long refurbishment, closing Jan. 7, 2019 – Feb. 2, 2019.  As of now, Peter Pan’s Flight is tentatively scheduled to reopen to guests on Feb. 3, 2019.

Hopefully, the wait lines will move a little quicker after refurbishment.

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It’s our favorite ride in Fantasyland!  Worth the wait!!! ❤

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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!

 

Best Corn Dogs at the Magic Kingdom – Casey’s Corner

Ready for some lunch at Casey's Corner

We’re ready for some lunch at Casey’s Corner.  ❤

We LOVE the corn dogs at Casey’s Corner – they are the BEST!  🙂

This place was always so busy no matter when we stopped by.

This place is always so busy no matter when we stop by.  Long lines, but they move fast.

Whether guests are baseball fans or not, Casey’s Corner is a must for Magic Kingdom guests.

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Lunchtime!!!

Memorializing the famous poem, Casey at the Bat, Casey’s Corner offers your favorite ballpark foods: hot dogs, fries, caramel popcorn, and pretzels.

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Casey’s has the best hot dogs at Walt Disney World!!!

And, while they serve some of the best hot dogs in town, their corn dog nuggets are to die for!

Finally, corn dogs!

Finally, corn dogs! And skinny fries!!!

Best hot dog in town, all it needs is a little ketchup.

Best hot dog in town, all it needs is a little ketchup.

Lunch/Dinner Menu (10/2018)

Hit it out of the park with American baseball favorites: hot dogs, nachos, corn dog nuggets, French fries, brownies, and Cracker Jack. 

Seasonal Offerings (Fall)

Minnie Witch Brownie: Brownie with Minnie Witch Chocolate, $4.29

Entrées

Loaded Mashed Potato All-Beef Foot Long Hot Diggity Dog  $13.49

Loaded Mashed Potato All-Beef Hot Diggity Dog, $11.49

Chili-Cheese All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog, $13.49

Chili-Cheese All-Beef Hot Dog, $11.49

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog, $13.49

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese All-Beef Hot Dog, $11.49

All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog Meal, $11.99

Plant-based Loaded-slaw Dog, $11.49

Plant-based Dog, $9.49

All-Beef Hot Dog Meal, $9.99

Corn Dog Nuggets Meal, $8.99

Snacks

Loaded Mashed Potato Fries, $6.49

Chili-Cheese French Fries, $6.49

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Fries, $6.49

French Fries, $4.49

Chili, $4.29

Mac and Cheese, $3.49

Brownie, $4.29

Cheese Sauce, $1.00

Specialty Beverage

Frozen Mint Julep Lemonade, $6.49

Beverages

Assorted Fountain Beverages – Regular, $3.99

Dasani Bottled Water, $3.50

Smartwater, $5.50

Minute Maid Apple Juice, $3.99

Nestlé Nesquik Chocolate Milk, $3.79

Regular Coffee, $3.29

Decaf Coffee, $3.29

Nestlé Hot Cocoa, $3.29

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Halloween on Main Street USA.  Casey’s Corner is up on the left.

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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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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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Trump Re-Election Banner Hung at Magic Kingdom

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Really awful.  Shame on them.

VIDEO LINK:  Trump Banner at Magic Kingdom

Yesterday, two guests hung a Trump 2020 Re-Election Banner off the Main Street USA railroad station at the Magic Kingdom.

The banner was in support of the re-election of Trump with his tagline: “Keep America Great.”

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WTF

Disney Security immediately responded and the guests were told to remove the offending banner. They were escorted backstage and removed from the park.

We’re hearing that they were AP pass holders and that their passes were suspended for 60 days over the incident.

Trump has caused nothing but headaches for Disney in 2017 and 2018.

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Trump’s Disney animatronic is sooo ugly!

Read more about Trump at Hall of Presidents:

Hall of Presidents Reopens with Trump Animatronic

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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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Ziplock Teams Up with Disney Parks

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Have a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Day!

Ziploc is now the official sponsor of Splash Mountain at both the Magic Kingdom and at Disneyland.

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Cast members handing out free baggies.

As part of Ziploc’s partnership with Disney Parks, guests now get a cute resealable Ziploc bag to keep items dry while on the attraction. The bags are available daily on a first come, first serve basis and guests are encouraged to recycle the bags.

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Bigger than a snack sized baggie, most phones will easily fit in the baggie.

The bags feature the Splash Mountain logo. The promotion started this week.

Splash Mountain doesn’t have lockers to protect valuables like Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so the free baggies are a great idea.  Guests have been bringing Ziplock baggies into the parks for years to protect their phones while on wet rides.

Cast members began offering baggies to guests wanting to protect their phones, glasses, car keys, etc. on Monday.

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You can keep the baggie or recycle it at the end of the ride.

There’s been huge debate about this promotion among Disney guests as Disney recently announced it’s eliminating single use plastic straws worldwide as well as reducing plastic shopping bag usage by promoting reusable shopping bags available at all merchandise counters.

And, if you’re wondering if they’ve shown up on ebay yet, well wonder no more!

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The baggies are selling for $15 EACH on ebay this week!!!

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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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Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Haunted Mansion

One of my favorite rides at MK!

One of my favorite rides at MK!

When I was a cast member at Disney World, I got to go on a behind-the-scenes, aka “backstage”, tour of my favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom – The Haunted Mansion!!

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Always room for one more….;)

So, if you know me at all, you know that I am not an early riser.  When I first saw that the meeting time for the tour was at 6:40am…..ugh, no thank you!  But, it was my all time favorite ride, so I HAD to do it!

We were running late and I got a text from another CP in the group which said, “If you can catch up to us in the Utilidors, then you can be in the tour.  If not, then you can just go home.”  WHAT??!!!  Not very nice, and very stressful to read!

Sara and I parked and ran through the Utilidors and kept getting stopped by other cast members because we looked so lost and were wearing our street clothes.  But we did it!!! We found the group and made it on the tour!!

DAK cast members on HM Backstage tour.

DAK cast members on HM Backstage tour.

The old woman who did our tour was perfect for her role.  She has the highest seniority at the Haunted Mansion and has worked there for 17 years.  17 YEARS!!!!  She was extremely intimidating and unfriendly to say the least.

She began her tour by telling us that if we couldn’t keep the chatter down, then she’d end the tour early.   Hilarious, as the average age of our group was around 35.  She acted like we were a school tour of 2nd graders.

Note:  She said that we could take as many photos as we wanted AND use flash photography if we needed to!!!

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Portrait of the Master of the Mansion

We started out by doing a walking tour of the entire ride with the lights on.  We got to stay in each room as she pointed out interesting details and facts of the room.

Something I had heard before was that during the 2007 renovation, seven hidden Jack Skellingtons were added to the HM ride.  The first one is in this photo in the first HM room.  Jack can be found in the wrinkles above the left eyebrow.

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Same portrait as above, but with lights on.

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So creepy looking!

Here is a photo of our entire DAK group.  They told us to make a scared/frightened face!    I think mine is the best.   😉

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Boo!

After we watched the first scene in the stretching room, we all got to lay down and watch as the room slowly folded in on itself!  So scary!  And weird.  I bet no one has ever seen this room so empty!

There are 160 black “Doom Buggies” that move through the 10 minutes of the spookiest rooms in all of the Magic Kingdom!

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The long hallway of the Portrait Gallery….this is the first floor of the HM.

I love this scene!  It is so cool how the eyes all watch you as you move along.  We actually got to go up and touch the heads!  The trick is that the faces are actually concave into the other side of the wall.  It’s just a trick your eyes play on you as you move across the room.

There are two Jack Skellingtons in this room.  They are near the chair.  One is a picture of Jack on a book cover and the other is just Jack’s head on the spine of a book.

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The Library with watching busts and 1 crow.

Next time you’re in this scene, check out how creepy the coffin is!  There are hidden skulls around it.

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The Glass Conservatory with coffin.

Also, we got to pet the scarecrow!  It was surprisingly soft.  The original concept of the HM ride was to have the crow follow along with you and narrate the ride.  That plan was scraped, but you can still see the crow in every scene.

I LOVE this part of the ride!  Especially when the evil hand shadow crosses it!

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Tick, tock…The 13th hour clock…the Witching Hour.

Several people have tried to jump out of their Doom buggies to steal the ball every year. Apparently the going rate online for it is $500,000.  However, what you can’t see is that between the railing and the table is actually nothing!  It drops down to the floor below.

There was a guy who jumped over to the table, but missed.  He fell and broke his arm and kept screaming “Help! I can’t get out!” which, if you know Haunted Mansion, is exactly what the guy in the coffin is saying!  He wasn’t discovered until the end of the night when the music was finally turned off and the lights turned on for cleaning. Ouch!

There are now grates to over the open area, but a few years ago, a high schooler on graduation night tried to jump across and landed on the grates.  Except he landed between two of the bars, broke through, and got stuck.  Because he was bigger, they had to pull him all the way through to get him out.  He ended up getting  about 70 stitches around his stomach.  Ouch!

Note the railing....

Note the railing in the circular Seance Room….

Sorry this is such a bad photo!  But I love this scene!  I love when the ride breaks down in this room because there is always so many interesting things to look at!

We got to see the dancers!!!

We got to see the ghost dancers!!!

The BEST part about our backstage tour was the guide gave us a special opportunity to actually go into the ballroom!  We got to walk around the table and look at all the actual ghosts which are being reflected through a series of mirrors into the ballroom.  We got to dance with the ghosts!  And to touch the plates and silverware on the table, and see the Hidden Mickey!  This was my coolest and most amazing WDW experience!!!!

Our tour guide said that so far this year there have been 14 instances of people throwing human ashes during the HM ride, especially during the ballroom scene.  Each time it happens, it closes the ride for about four hours while custodial is called in to vacuum the ashes up!  Code HEPA….

The attic

The attic room with the lights on.

The protrait of the Haunted Mansion Bride.

The portrait of the Haunted Mansion Bride in the corner.

Out of the Haunted mansion (you exit the house via the 3rd floor attic!), and onto the graveyard...

Out of the Haunted mansion (you exit the house via the 3rd floor attic room!), and onto the graveyard…

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The singing ghosts.

Hidden Mickey!!  This is right before the fat lady sings (so you know the ride is over!).

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Can you see the Hidden Mickey?

Sara and me in our Doom Buggy.  I was glad to have her as ‘my partner in crime’!

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Sunrise at the Haunted Mansion.  So early in the morning!

Sara and me in front of the carriage after the tour.  Still no Park guests!  Only 8am.

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In front of the black carriage hearse led by an invisible horse.

First stop after the backstage tour – Starbucks on Main Street!  Yum!  I got an iced coffee with caramel.  So good!

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Drinking our Starbucks drinks on Main Street USA. Yum!

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The Memento Mori Gift Shop by the Haunted Mansion.

If you want to buy some Haunted Mansion merchandise, stop by the Memento Mori Gift Shop which is right by the exit.

They carry a lot of cool HM stuff.

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999 ghosts…and always room for 1 more!

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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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Memento Mori Gift Shop at the Magic Kingdom

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Memento Mori Gift Shop

Memento Mori is the Haunted Mansion-themed shop located in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom.

The all seeing eye over the door.

The all-seeing eye over the door. “Relics From Regions Beyond”

Memento Mori is Latin for ‘remember (that you have) to die’.

As the Haunted Mansion attraction is one of Caroline’s favorite rides at MK, we had to stop in and look at all the cool HM merchandise!

Your Ghostly Host, Caroline

Your Ghostly Host, Caroline

We loved the Haunted Mansion Cast Member t-shirt!

Remember, no smiling is allowed when you wear this one!  Grim faces only!!

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The Memento Mori merch costume

Merchandise cast members wear costumes that are slightly different from the maid and butler costumes at the HM attraction, including a unique Madame Leota-inspired broach that female cast members wear.

Haunted Mansion coffee mugs.

Haunted Mansion coffee mugs.  Note the doorknocker handles.

Damask mugs.  (Wallpaper from the Haunted Mansion pattern)

Damask mugs. (The Haunted Mansion wallpaper pattern.)

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Handbags and shoes.

Ghostly treats in greens & purples.

Ghostly Haunted Mansion treats in greens & purples.

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Cookies

Caroline in front of Madame Leota’s beautiful - and everchanging - portrait.

Caroline in front of Madame Leota’s beautiful – and everchanging – portrait.

Madame Leota’s beautiful portrait is rumored to have been created during the time she lived in the area. (It changes its look every 60 seconds. Wait for it…..)

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Spooky….

Miniature of the graveyard stone.

Miniature of the graveyard stone.

Another Ghostly Host.

Another Ghostly Host welcoming people.

Each piece of  dinnerwear features a floor plan of the HM.

Each piece of dinnerwear features a floor plan of the HM.  This is the 1st floor dinner plate.

Something I never knew:  Each piece of HM dinnerwear features a floor plan of the Haunted Mansion!  The dinner plate has the 1st Floor, the salad plate has the 2nd Floor, the dessert plate has the 3rd Floor.

Thinking about the ride, you start out on the first floor, then move through the gallery on the second floor, finally exiting the mansion on the 3rd floor.  (You can even see the roof shingles when you exit the house!)

I really had no idea that the ride was supposedly taking place in a 3 story mansion!!!

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Haunted Mansion D&B bag, $128

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Ghost Host hats.

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Halloween Mickey Ears

It looks like Halloween has arrived on Main Street USA.

Our HM costumes at last year’s MNSSHP:

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Caroline as your Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion.

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At last year’s MNSSHP party with our boyfriends.

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999 ghosts…and always room for 1 more!

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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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Meeting Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled Movie

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Caroline at Rapunzel’s meet and greet.

We’ve met both Rapunzel and Flynn at the Magic Kingdom.
Tangled is one of our favorite Disney movies!

Flynn on Tangled float.

Flynn isn’t at Rapunzel’s meet and greet very often…but he’s swinging on the Tangled float in the Festival of Fantasy parade every day at 3pm!

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

Our favorite scene from Disney’s Tangled is when they sing the “At Last I See the Light” song!

Full song:  At Last I See The Light video

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Our CM friend, Ricky, capturing some Tangled magic.

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We happened to be there at 7pm when the lights all popped on. Magical!

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

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Flynn was at Rapunzel’s meet and greet the day we were there.

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We love this Tangled scene so much that we painted it during a Paint Nite event!!

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Elly filling in the castle elements.

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Now for some lanterns…

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Everyone painted their castle scene just a little bit different!

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Caroline making good progress on her canvas.

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Caroline’s Floating Castle Lanterns

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Waiting for the paint to dry.

Last, Caroline adding in a few yellow floating lanterns here and there!  Queue the Disney Tangled music!!

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Each one is just a little bit different, and all are fabulous!

And three hours later…our Floating Castle Lanterns paintings are all done.

Beautiful! 🙂

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The Hidden Gardens of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom

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The Hidden Gardens of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom.  I took this photo in November.

Pascal, a color-changing chameleon, is a true and loyal friend to Rapunzel in Disney’s ‘Tangled’ movie.

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At the waterfall of Rapunzel’s Tower.

Pascal and his friends can be found hiding in the pretty Hidden Gardens of Tangled in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

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The gardens are directly across from Rapunzel’s Tower.  So pretty at sunset!

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!

Located just past the tables and chairs in the phone charging area, you will find a beautiful 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 greenery, and even hidden on nearby buildings.  You’ll need to look very closely to see them all!

Look for 10 of them!

Look for 10 of them!

After a few minutes of searching, we were able to find six chameleons hiding in the garden. Next time you’re in Fantasyland, be sure to say hi to Pascal and his friends.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

This one was the hardest one to find!

This one was the hardest one to find!

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Brown Pascal next to rock.

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So fierce looking, tucked up against the creek rock!

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.

Ideas for Disney Bounding as Pascal.

The real Pascal (so tiny!!).

The real Pascal (he’s so tiny!!)

Want to Disney Bound as one of the characters from ‘Tangled’?

Caroline’s done it several times now!  Disney Bounding at Work as Tangled Characters

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Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel.

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This meme is so funny!

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I want this Tangled birthday cake!  ❤

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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/