Disney World Decorates the Parks with more than 40,000 items overnight in only 5 hours!


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The Magic Kingdom is open extended for “Extra Extra Magic Hours” this fall. Extra time to play if you like to get up early on your vacation…like 6am!

♪♫♪ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…♪♫♪♫♪♪♫♪

Every Disney World park, resort, and cruise ship in the world gets decorated overnight for the holidays in early November.  It’s a massive worldwide task transforming from Halloween to Christmas.

At Disney World, Disney Parks manager of Disney’s Holiday Services, Lisa Borotkanics, explains how it happens.


November 2, 2019:  The park ‘All Clear’ signal wasn’t given until almost 2:30am causing a delay in getting all the holiday decor deployed overnight.  (November 1st was the last night of MNSSHP.) The Halloween bunting was still up at the train station at 8am! It was taken down after park closing that night.

“Yes! All Halloween goes away right after park close [on November 1st, last night of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party] and some Christmas goes up,” a “tired and excited” Lisa says just a few days after managing this year’s holiday overhaul.

By “some Christmas,” she means about 50 percent of what ultimately will comprise the Disney World holiday display.


Christmas wreaths around the Cinderella Castle.

Holiday decorating continues to go on behind the scenes from November 2nd through Thanksgiving, but you’d never know it: “We want guests to feel that it is all done in one night! The reality is, what they see that first morning is done in less than seven hours. And it’s a very large decor package”

In just the Magic Kingdom alone, there are 40 trees to put up and decorate, 147 wreaths to hang and 590 fruit-ladened garlands to adorn the train station, the Cinderella Castle, cornerstone buildings, Main Street USA, and the lamp posts of Magic Kingdom by the time guests walk in the gates the next morning.


November 2, 2019: All the fabulous holiday decor is  up on Main Street USA!

Additionally, each of Disney World’s three other theme parks, Blizzard Beach water park, Disney Springs, and all of the Disney World Resorts will have erected their own Christmas trees and wreaths, strung tens of thousands of LED lights and ornaments, and other holiday themed decorations by the morning of November 2nd.


Lots of giant candy canes and toy soldiers.

There are about 160 cast members working on Borotkanics’s Holiday Services team and they are primarily responsible for implementing all these quick turnarounds.

Her job is to ensure that preliminary set-up is both subtle and flawless. For weeks ahead of that crucial November 2nd rollout at around 1am after park close, she oversees the “pre-wiring” of the parks and resorts: “In some cases, like [Disney Hollywood] Studios and [Disney] Springs, we’re putting up the overhead cables early to put up the garlands across the street.”

“Have you ever stood at the Magic Kingdom when it opens on the second day of November and seen the guests come in for the first time when it’s decorated for the holiday season?” asks Lisa. “Hearing children giggle and laugh and say to their parents ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Christmas now!’ That’s just an incredible feeling.”

Once the holiday’s are done on January 6th, 2020, she’s in charge of returning every single one of those 40,000-plus decor items back to Disney World’s 160,000 square feet holiday warehousing backstage, where all the trees, wreaths, garlands, lighting, and other miscellaneous Disney holiday items are put through a cycle of refurbishment and, in some cases, retirement. “Every six years,” she confirms, “there’s a complete change-out” of the decorations.

“We’re always going to decorate on the exterior with fruits and sticks and berries and bows and candles,” Borotkanics says. But the little annual swap-outs and décor updates are all the more reason to keep your eyes open next time you spend the holidays at Disney World.



The Main Street Train Station all decorated for the hoildays.

It’s Christmastime at Magic Kingdom!

Just a few hours after celebrating the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of the year on November 1st, Main Street USA is now fully decked out for the holiday season.

It’s amazing how they can transform Main Street overnight from Halloween to Christmas.

Video link:  Christmas Decor Arrives at Magic Kingdom

It’s all so beautiful!


November 3, 2019. The Magic Kingdom train is still parked at the Main Street Train Station because of Tron construction. All the Halloween bunting is now gone.


The new Mickey flower heads have much more elongated ears this year, like Oswald.


City Hall


The Emporium.


Main Street USA decorated for the holidays.

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The gaslights are always lit.


Christmas wreaths around the Cinderella Castle.


It’s beautiful during the day, but just magical at night:


So pretty at night! (Tip:  The best time to take park photos at night is when you’re leaving…no crowds!)


The Cinderella Castle.

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The Main Street Christmas Tree.


Main Street USA at night.



Leaving the Magic Kingdom at midnight.

Cinderella Castle Dream Lights.



Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas by the Numbers


Christmas at Disney World by the numbers.

150 semi-trailer truckloads of decorations are bought in for decorating 27 resorts, 4 theme parks, and Disney Springs.

8.5 million lights are strung throughout WDW property.

99% of the lighting used for holiday décor is now LED while 1 percent is compact fluorescent lighting.

Every building and lampost is decorated.

Every building and lamp post is decorated.

There are over 1,300 decorated trees across WDW property during the holidays.

300,000 yards of ribbon and bows are used to decorate the 1,300 Christmas trees.

Over 15 miles of garland is strung.

1,314 wreaths are hung.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party parade

There are 170 performers and 15 floats in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom.

The Candlelight Professional

The Candlelight Processional at Epcot

More than 800 performers participate the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Watching the Dream Lights come on at 6:15pm.

Watching the Dream Lights turn on.

And, finally let’s not forget all these bright lights!

There are over 200,000 LED lights on Cinderella Castle – the Dream Lights.



The huge Christmas tree on Main Street USA.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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

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Two Disney Sisters enjoying the holidays at Disney World,


Finally, every resort has their own huge decorated tree:


Disney’s Animal Kingdom tree


Disney Hollywood Studios tree


Boardwalk Resort tree


Wilderness Lodge (outside)

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Wilderness Lodge tree (inside)


Yacht Club Resort tree. (We were trying to see all the decorated Christmas trees at the Disney Resorts in one day!)


Epcot Christmas tree at night.

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Grand Floridian tree


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Welcome to Castaway Cay during the holidays!


Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii!

2019 “Jingle” Cruise Launches at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom


Jingle all the way…

Get ready to “Jingle all the Way!”

The world-famous Jungle Cruise has been transformed this week into a festive-yet-familiar jungle adventure – the Jingle Cruise. This festive attraction is available for daily rides throughout the holiday season until January 6, 2020!

The new puns on this Jingle Cruise are all holiday themed (“That must hurt like the Dickens!” “Those insects must be bah humbugs!” “Oh look, they must be carolers!” “Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Trader Sams!”)*

It’s a lot of fun!

*No eye rolling is allowed on the Jingle Cruise!


Welcome to the 2019 Jingle Cruise!  All aboard!

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Holiday presents stacked under the tree for the Skippers.

Has anyone ever noticed that the Jungle Cruise map appears to be painted on an elephant's ear?

Has anyone ever noticed that the Jungle Cruise map appears to be painted on an elephant’s ear?

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Here were go wassailing….

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Cup of Egg Nog anymore???

Love this all Turkey menu for the week!

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Our holiday-themed cruise boat – with a new “holiday” name – arriving at the dock.  The skippers are all wearing fun holiday stocking khaki caps.

This year during the holiday season, your favorite Jungle Cruise experiences transform into the Jingle Cruise  a festive-yet-familiar adventure, from stem to stern!

The Skippers are once again homesick for the holidays, so they’ve added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home, plus a few they’ve created themselves.  You’ll also see some holiday supplies that got lost in the jungle along the way!

The Skippers have also added a slew of all new holiday-themed jokes to their tours that are the perfect way to get guests in the holiday spirit.

Additionally, Jungle Cruise boats have been renamed with the holidays in mind, and if guests listen carefully, they may hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background.

The Jingle Cruise is open during normal park hours and also during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties.

Some photos from the 2019 Jingle Cruise with the holiday overlay on the ride:

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Holiday packages for the skippers have been air dropped in!

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Someone’s opening his presents early!

Getting the point of Christmas.

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No sense being in denial (De Nile)…Christmas is coming! 🙂

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Time to get a ‘Head Start’ holiday shopping at Trader Joes. 😉


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The Jingle Cruise is fun at night, but better during the day.

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The Jingle Cruise holiday logo.

Happy ‘Gnu’ Year to you from all the Jingle Cruise Skippers!

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I’m wearing my Jingle Cruise t-shirt.

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It’s the backside of water! 🙂



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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A Sneak Peek at Disney’s Jungle Cruise 2020


Opening July 24, 2020!

October 11, 2019 – 2nd movie trailer was released:  Jungle Cruise Trailer

We think this movie looks really good!!!

❤ The Rock!


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

Welcome to the adventure of a lifetime!

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

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

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

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

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

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Dwayne Johnson as Frank, a riverboat captain

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

Jack Whitehall as McGregor Houghton, Lily’s brother

Édgar Ramírez, an unnamed villain

Jesse Plemons, an unnamed villain

Paul Giamatti

Andy Nyman as Sir James Hobbs-Cunningham

Quim Gutiérrez

Veronica Falcon

Dani Rovira

Simone Lockhart as Anna

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Disney’s Jungle Cruise

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March 2018:  Enormous movie set under construction in Hawaii.

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This move set is huge!

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

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The village

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The Jungle Cruise boats docked.

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

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


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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson riding on the Jungle Cruise

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

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

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

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

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

The movie. The ride. The experience.

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

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



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Christian’s pin from Aulani looks like The Rock in the Jungle Cruise!


Disney is Livestreaming ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ Castle Lighting Tonight!


frozen lightsThe 2019 Cinderella Castle Dream Lights will be turned on tonight, November 3, 2019, and Disney Parks Blog will be live streaming it!

Disney Parks is kicking off the holiday season tonight with a special livestream of “A Frozen Holiday Wish” from the Magic Kingdom.

Queen Elsa uses her magical powers to present a holiday gift to everyone by transforming the Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace.

To watch, head over to the Disney Parks Blog at 6:10 p.m. EST tonight to watch live.

Video Link: Lighting the Dream Lights

November 3, 2019, 6pm:


6pm: “A Frozen Holiday Wish” begins on the castle stage.


Queen Elsa


Elsa and Anna. Everyone was wondering if they would be in their Frozen 2 costumes.


Olaf and Sven


Pleading with Elsa to light the lights.


Ice, ice, ice..


Elsa in action!



The Dream Lights are lit for the holidays!



The Cinderella Castle Dream Lights. (Teal, my favorite color!)

It’s the Holidays at the Magic Kingdom!!!

Disney decorates Cinderella Castle for the holiday season with a “Dream Lights” effect that makes the Castle look covered in ice.

Over 350,000 LED lights are draped over the turrets and roofs and down the sides of the Castle to create this beautiful effect.  It takes over 7 weeks to hang all the lights!

We’ve gotten to see the Cinderella Castle Dream Lights being turned on for the past several years.  It’s beautiful each and every time!

The Dream Lights will stay lit until after the Disney Marathon Weekend happening January 8 – 12, 2020.  The lights are so beautiful in the early morning sunlight when the runners are lining up.


They are also on in the early morning, not turned off until around 7am.  So pretty as the sun is coming up!



6pm:  The start of the Frozen show –“A Frozen Holiday Wish” – where Queen Elsa lights the Castle’s Dream Lights with a sweep of her hand.

Just after dark around 6pm, the characters from ‘Frozen’ come out on the Castle Stage and do a short show called “A Frozen Holiday Wish”.  The castle lighting show stars Queen Elsa (who turns on the Dream Lights with her magical, icy powers), Princess Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf the snowman.

The Frozen show starts the evening’s celebrations, followed by the Castle’s lighting ceremony at 6:15 pm.  The Castle’s Dream Lights remain on, with the Castle slowly changing colors from pink to green to blue to purple, for the rest of the evening until one hour after park closing.


I could watch them change colors all night.  This is one of my favorite shades, blue into purple.  Just dazzling!  I probably have over 500+ photos of the Dream Lights that I’ve taken over the years!!!



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Make it pink!!


Stunning!  Icy blue.


Teal into the ‘Frozen’ blues.  **Sigh**  Just beautiful.


The four side turrets house the state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems for all the different shows put on every day.


Reflections of the Dream Lights on the castle’s moat water.  I took this photo last year.

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Starbucks Coffee colored! [Rare!]


I could watch the Cinderella Lights change colors from the bridge all night!


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The Cinderella Castle Dream Lights are beautiful!  ❤

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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It’s starting to rain on Main Street USA, but Caroline doesn’t care!  Happy Holidays, everyone!


Hidden Treasures Beneath Your Feet at Disney’s Magic Kingdom



Welcome to Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom!

In Adventureland, you can find broken tiles, gems, jewelry, and ‘coins’ scattered in the concrete pavement all around The Flying Carpets of Aladdin.

Finding the Hidden Treasures of Adventureland – Where to Look

Start looking down at the pavement here - lots of gems everywhere!!!

Start looking down at the pavement here – lots of gems everywhere!!!

While we were waiting in the Aladdin and Jasmine meet & greet line at Agrabah Bazaar, we pointed out some interesting pieces in the pavement to the young guests waiting in line with us.

All of them – boys and girls – bent down to exam to jewelry more closely and all of them reached out and tried to pick up the pieces!  🙂

The most jewelry can be found outside the Bazaar.

The most jewelry in Adventureland can be found in the pavement outside the Bazaar.

There’s actually a lot of jewelry pressed into the pavement, like long necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The closer you get to the Aladdin and Jasmine ‘Meet & Greet’ area, the more jewelry is scattered on the ground.

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A pretty ‘diamond’ bracelet near the Bazaar.

Hidden Treasures Under Your Feet

Treasures set into the pavement…this is the tiniest Hidden Mickey at the Magic Kingdom!!!



Watch out as you walk by her or you may get wet!

Riding on The Flying Carpets of Aladdin


Adventureland is our favorite land!

Located over in Adventureland, the Flying Carpets of Aladdin is such a fun ride!  We think that it’s a cooler version of the Dumbo ride because you pilot flying “magic carpets” instead of flying elephants.

Insider Tip #1:  The wait times are always much, much shorter at the Flying Carpets than they are over at the Dumbo ride.  In fact, there was no wait at all when we got there!

Insider Tip #2: Sit in the front seat to control how high your carpet flies and sit in the back seat to make it tilt forwards and back.

Insider Tip #3:  Yes, the camel “spits”!  It’s controlled by a behind-the-scenes cast member, and yes, they can see you!


All aboard! My flying carpet ride awaits…

Flying high over Agrabah on a magic flying carpet around a giant genie lamp:


Flying high!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

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Holding onto my flower crown.

Elly has picked up a shift at Agrabah next week.


That guy just got spit on by the camel!

That guy just got spit on by the camel!


A few years ago, Jasmine and Aladdin got major costume updates.

Not everyone was happy with their new look, but we like it.

Jasmine’s new costume:


Jasmine’s new outfit.

Aladdin’s new costume:


He’s got a sweet royal purple cape now!


May 2019:  Princess Jasmine’s costumes are lit in the new live action ‘Aladdin’ movie!!!


We traded for this Princess Jasmine pin with a cast member right outside the bazaar.


Haunted Mansion ring

The Ghost Bride’s Ring

The Ghost Bride’s Engagement Ring

This probably the most famous piece of jewelry in the pavement at the Magic Kingdom.

We always forget exactly where her ring is and have to look extra hard to find it. Every time!


Look right here in the corner.

Anyone else found this ring in the Haunted Mansion queue line???

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The Ghost Ring: It’s her ring.


Meeting Aladdin and Jasmine - they were so nice!!

Meeting Aladdin and Jasmine – they were both so nice!!

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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They signed my autograph book.


Meeting Jasmine at MNSSHP party night:

Aladdin Genie Jasmine

We met Princess Jasmine during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Genie too (he’s a rare character).

New Modern Tomorrowland Marquee Sign Installed at Magic Kingdom



The new Tomorrowland marquee.

♪♫♪There’s a great big beautiful Tomorrowland sign shining at the entrance to the land!♪♫♪

A newly-redesigned Tomorrowland marquee was installed at the Magic Kingdom this week.


Christian standing in front of the old Tomorrowland marquee earlier this year.

Gone is the clunky 1990’s steam punk design. The old colorful, steampunk marquee sign that had welcomed guests to Tomorrowland since 1994 was removed back in July 2019.

The new marquee is all sleek and white with a fresh modern look.

At night, it’s illuminated.

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The sun is setting….


It glows after sunset.

We like it a lot!

What do you think of the new Tomorrowland marquee sign?

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Updated park map shows the new marquee design.

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Looks like Disney’s ‘put a ring on it’! 😉


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Fun day at the Magic Kingdom!

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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mr Morrow  Tomorrowland People Mover

hehehehe  🙂


Seeing Enchanted Tales with Belle



Enchanted Tales with Belle is in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

Enchanted Tales with Belle is a character meet-and-greet performance recreating part of the story of ‘Beauty and the Beast’.  There’s a Fast Pass for it and we highly recommend setting one up.


Maurice and Belle’s cottage.


Inside the cottage with all the details from the animated movie.


The magic mirror that tells the story of Belle meeting the Beast. This is the mirror that you step through from the cottage into the Beast’s Castle.

Guests start in Maurice’s and Belle’s cottage and get to see his workshop.  A magic mirror  on the wall tells the story of how Belle met the Beast.

You step through the mirror into the Beast’s Castle, and into the room with the talking Enchanted Wardrobe.

A few lucky guests are selected to be a magical object like a mirror, Mrs. Potts, the dinner plates, or soldier character.  Elly was selected to be a magical object during the last performance we went to!


The magical talking Enchanted Wardrobe.

Next, guests step into the Beast’s library, where they meet Belle and Lumière and experience an interactive fairy tale.  Guests (like Elly!) play the parts of the characters and become part of the story.  It’s a lot of fun!


The castle’s library.

The library only holds about 40 guests at a time; it’s very small.  We were lucky to be seated in the front row for the performance. (There are several rows of benches, but you can stand if you want.)


Belle talking with Lumiere on the fireplace mantel.  He moves his arms around as he talks just like in the animated movie.


We love Lumière!


Belle has the best gown of all of the Disney princesses.

It's a 20+ minute performance.  Belle was very good.

It’s a 15 minute live performance. Belle was very good and you get to talk with her after the show.



Belle and the Beast in the library.  (The Beast does not make an appearance during the performance.)

Enjoy an interactive story adventure featuring Belle, Lumiere and you!  Be magically transported from Maurice’s cottage to the Beast’s library for a delightful storytelling experience. You’ll meet and spend time with Belle, and you may even be invited to play a part in the story.

A Tale as Old as Time

Step into Belle and Maurice’s quaint country cottage and marvel at the charming decor. Next, tour Maurice’s workshop, where you’ll see his inventive gadgets – and the special enchanted mirror the Beast gave to Belle. Say the magic words and the mirror comes to life!

Watch the story of how Belle and the Beast met, and then behold as the cottage’s walls disappear before your eyes and you are magically transported to the Beast’s castle.

Meet the Enchanted Wardrobe, who will help selected participants prepare for their role. Which part will you play? Guests of all ages may volunteer!

Take your places inside the Beast’s splendid library where Lumière, the talking candlestick, directs the action. When Belle appears, you’ll get a chance to play your part in her fairytale story – or just cheer along as you observe the fun!


We liked the 1991 animated movie version better!

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Flashback Friday: Meeting Belle at Disneyland, June 2009.   Her gown then was a very bright yellow!


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Meeting Princess Belle again.  Her gown is soooo beautiful and weighs over 12 lbs.  All velvet and sparkly crystals.  ❤

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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AMC theaters has been showing Disney Princess movies this month, Dream Big Princess, for just $5.  We love seeing them on the big screen!!!

We saw ‘The Little Mermaid’ first and then ‘Beauty and the Beast’ last weekend.
Every song was wonderful!

‘Tangled’ is up next weekend.


We saw Beauty and the Beast last Sunday.

The new 2019 Belle Christmas ornament is out from Hallmark:

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Country Belle in the library.

Brand New: ‘Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show’ at Magic Kingdom!


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Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show

Brand New!:  Premiering November 8th, 2019 during the first night of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!!


Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show

This holiday season, the skies above Magic Kingdom will sparkle to life like never before during the 2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with the debut of an all-new fireworks show that can be enjoyed across the park!

Sneak Peak video: Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show

minnie1Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, hosted by the one-and-only Minnie Mouse, will celebrate the magic of Christmas with medleys of beloved holiday songs, from “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” to “Up on the House Top” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”  The holiday music will evoke heartfelt moments of home and family, as well as the festive fun of the season before an incredible finale you won’t want to miss.

minnie3You’ll be able to see the fireworks show during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights November 8 – December 22, 2019.

Along with the new fireworks show, each of this year’s 23 nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will feature performances of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show.  And during A Frozen Holiday Wish stage show, Queen Elsa will magically transform Cinderella Castle with glistening ice.

minnie christmasDuring Party nights, you can also experience select rides and attractions (including the holiday-decorated “Jingle Cruise”), savor complimentary cookie and drink treats, discover event-exclusive merchandise, delight to a magical “snowfall” on Main Street, U.S.A., and much, much more.

jacketTickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are now available online or you can call the Disney Reservation Center at 407-939-1872.

MVMCPHere are this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates:

November: 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24

December: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22


Disney turns the castle Dream Lights on at 6pm, an hour before the start of the MVMCP party at 7pm.


In front of Cinderella Castle with Dream Lights turned on.

We love the Dream Lights at the Cinderella Castle!

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.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!