The Disney World Restaurants NOT Reopening in July

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Here’s the current list of park restaurants NOT reopening at Disney World in July when the parks reopen:

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Cinderella’s Royal Table

Magic Kingdom – Not Reopening

The Diamond Horseshoe

Casey’s Corner

Cheshire Cafe

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Columbia Harbor House

Cool Ship

The Crystal Palace

The Friar’s Nook

Gaston’s Tavern

Golden Oak Outpost

The Lunching Pad

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Prince Eric’s Village Market

Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

Tortuga Tavern

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Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot China pavilion

EPCOT – Not Reopening

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Block & Hans

Chefs de France

Cool Wash

Joy of Tea

Kingla Bakeri Og Kafe

L’Artisan des Glaces

Las Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie

Les Vins des Chefs de France

Lotus Blossom Cafe

Monsieur Paul

Nine Dragons

Restaurant Marrakesh

Sommerfest

Space 220 (opening this fall, maybe?)

Takumi-Tei

Teppan Edo

Tokyo Dining

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

Tutto Italia Restorante

Yorkshire County Fish Shop

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Woody’s Lunchbox

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Not Reopening

ABC Commissary

Catalina Eddie’s

Dockside Diner

Epic Eats

Fairfax Fare

Hollywood Scoops

Hollywood & Vine

Kat Saka’s Kettle

KRNR The Rock Station

Market

Neighborhood Bakery

Tune-In Lounge

Woody’s Lunch Box

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Pizzafari

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Not Reopening

Dino Diner

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Eight Spoon Cafe

Kusafiri Coffe Shop & Bakery

Mahindi

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The Smiling Crocodile

Terra Treats

Tusker House Restaurant

Warung Outpost

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We miss the Magic Kingdom.

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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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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Reopening July 2020  (MAYBE!)

Splash Mountain Will Be Reimagined with ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Theme

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We love the music from The Princess and the Frog movie!  ♫♪♫♪♪ You got to dig a little deeper…♫♪♫♪♪.

Splash Mountain is getting a new look!

The company announced on Thursday that they would be reimagining the fan-favorite ride at both Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida with a theme based on the 2009 Disney film ‘The Princess and the Frog’, which features the company’s first Black princess, Tiana.

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Princess Tiana

According to a Disney press release, this rebranding is “a project Imagineers have been working on since last year.” The ride’s storyline will pick up “after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.”

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Be prepared to get wet!

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Brier Rabbit, Brier Bear, and Brier Fox are all leaving! All new critters will take their place.

splash-mountain1“The retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today,” the release explains. “The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.”

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Disney executive chairman Bob Iger.

At a shareholder meeting in March, Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed its exclusion from the Disney+ streaming platform, stating, “I’ve felt as long as I’ve been CEO that Song of the South — even with a disclaimer — was just not appropriate in today’s world. It’s just hard, given the depictions in some of those films, to bring them out today without in some form or another offending people, so we’ve decided not to do that.”

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The announcement comes weeks after several petitions began garnering attention on the site Change.org urging Disney to reimagine the theme of the log-flume ride. It is currently based on the 1946 Disney film Song of the South, which has long been criticized for its problematic portrayal of the post-Civil War South and for employing racist stereotypes.

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Disney Fact: The actor James Baskett was not allowed to attend premiere of Walt Disney’s Song of the South in which he starred as Uncle Remus, in Atlanta, Georgia because Atlanta was racially segregated by law in 1946.

The petition titled “Re-theme Splash Mountain to Princess and the Frog,” gained particular traction, receiving over 21,384 signatures upon closing.

The petition read in part: “Disney parks should be a home for all to enjoy regardless of race, age, whatever your background may be . . . While the ride is considered a beloved classic, its history and storyline are steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes from the 1946 film Song of the South. There is a huge need for diversity in the parks and this could help fill that need.”

While no timeline for the update has been shared just yet, the press release indicates that “conceptual design work is well underway and Imagineers will soon be able to conduct preliminary reviews and develop a timeline for when the transformation can start to take shape.”

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March 2019:  Princess Tiana is wearing her winter gown for Mardi Gras!

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Mardi Gras fun at Disneyland

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Tiana and Prince Naveen.

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Disney Bounding ideas for Princess Tiana. So pretty in pale green!

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She is so pretty and her gown is gorgeous!

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She signed Caroline’s autograph book.

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Meeting Princess Tiana in New Orleans Square.

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We miss the Magic Kingdom.

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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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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Reopening July 2020  (MAYBE!)

 

Cinderella Castle is Reopening

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June 2020:  Repainting crew is hard at work!

The repainting of the Cinderella Castle has resumed!

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June 20, 2020

The repainting team was back at work last week and most of the golden accent work is now complete.

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The Cinderella Castle’s spire is completely golden now.

The repainting project should be completely finished with the cranes removed by the time the Magic Kingdom reopens on July 11th.

This is welcome news as it means the walk-through of the Cinderella Castle into Fantasyland will be open for guests.

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May 2020: Some blue turret painting is done, but no golden accents yet.  There’s a long way to go before this project is complete!  Notice that the spire is still mostly white.

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They’re making really good progress on repainting the Cinderella Castle! Left image was taken June 20, 2020. Right image taken July 5, 2019.

March 2020:  The painting crew only had about a week on the job before the Magic Kingdom was closed due to the coronavirus.

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May 2020:  At least 7 cranes were working on this project to speed it along.  All of the construction/painting people are idled and the cranes are just sitting there waiting for work to resume.

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May 2020:  The Castle’s moat has been drained because of the construction.

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The Cinderella Castle with it’s anticipated golden accents and new paint colors.

The stunning golden castle enhancements began in early March 2020, and they were making good progress before Walt Disney World closed down due to COVID-19 on March 16, 2020.

With the grand reopening planned to welcome back guests on July 11, 2020, they are working hard on completing the Castle’s repainting and getting the cranes out of there by July 10th.

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The Magic Kingdom reopens July 11th!!!

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Cinderella was our favorite Disney princess when we were young.

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The Cinderella stained glass mural at the the Royal Table restaurant.

The 70th anniversary of the release of Disney’s Cinderella movie was on February 15, 2020.

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Cinderella got a new white pony for her birthday.

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Cinderella greets her Royal Table guests at every meal.  No word yet on when the Royal Table is reopening.

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Cinderella opened to glowing reviews on February 15, 1950.

Guests can’t walk through the Cinderella Castle Walk-Through until the renovations are complete.  With the new social distancing guidelines planned, it’s important to get the walk-through reopened to avoid crowding on the other sidewalks around the Castle.

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It’s already pretty golden inside the walk through.  Yes, that’s real 22K gold used in the mosaics!

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The pretty mosaic murals in the Castle’s walk-through.

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#TBT 1994

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May 19, 2019: The Sleeping Beauty Castle’s new look was unveiled. It’s beautiful!!!

The Cinderella Castle’s repainting color scheme matches the repainting of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland done in May 2019.

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The beloved Partners statue with Walt holding Mickey’s hand.  Look at the new blue color and all those golden accents on the castle.  Beautiful!

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May 2020:  America’s salute to front line healthcare workers. The Thunderbird’s flying low over the closed Disneyland park.

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castle two girlsWe’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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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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Disney Trivia:  How many bricks were used to build the Cinderella Castle???

Answer:  None, 0.  All those “bricks” are painted on!

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Those aren’t bricks! And they change in size with larger painted bricks on the bottom and smaller painted bricks on the top, creating an optical illusion of greater height.  It’s called ‘forced perspective’.

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Each one of these “bricks” will be repainted by hand in the new color palette.

 

Update on Walkway from Disney’s Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom

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Aerial view with the full extent of the walkway in progress between Magic Kingdom and Grand Floridian.    Image credit: @bioreconstruct 06/12/2020

June 12, 2020 Walkway Construction Update: They are moving right along with the new walkway connecting Disney’s Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom.

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You can see the movable bridge under the lines for the monorail. Image credit: @bioreconstruct

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August 2019: This is the crossover point over the canal joining MK side on the bottom to Grand Floridian side on the top.

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This sidewalk was finished last fall.

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The sidewalk is now in, but the nighttime lighting hasn’t been extended yet and still ends at the trees. We’ve walked this far before and its VERY DARK at the canal.

@bioreconstruct posted some photo construction updates this week on the new walkway going in between the Grand Floridian and the Magic Kingdom.

It’s coming right along!

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You can see where the monorail (gray line) crosses over the canal and also where the sidewalk to the west to the Magic Kingdom ends (wiggly gray line) on this Google Maps.

When it reopens, guests wishing to travel on foot between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the Magic Kingdom will be able to walk between the two locations in about 10 minutes.

In a recent statement, a Disney official said, “This walking path from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will give our Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guests another convenient way to reach Magic Kingdom Park.”

It’s a little under a mile (0.7 miles) walking distance between the two locations.

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The new walking bridge under construction…it’s the purple rectangle in the upper part of this photo.

Right now, you can almost walk between the two locations, except for the canal – with no bridge – that ends about 500 yards to the west of the Magic Kingdom.

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The monorail crossing over the canal.

There are already lights along the sidewalk and many a guest leaving the Magic Kingdom late at night has been tempted to skip the packed monorail and long boat wait lines and just try walking back to the resort. (You can easily walk from the Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary Resort on the east right now.)

They are always surprised when they reach the canal and the sidewalk just ends!

We think they should have made this walking path 40 years ago!

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King Triton and his team of Sea Horses floating on by.

The canal is where the floats for the Electrical Water Pageant enter the Seven Seas Lagoon at night.  That’s why it needs to be a moveable bridge.

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The pageant floating by the Magic Kingdom.

Right now, when the Magic Kingdom reopens July 11, 2020, the Electrical Water Pageant will not be running nightly.  Along with all the other parades at Disney World, it’s operation has been suspended indefinitely.

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The Magic Kingdom is reopening with limited capacity (25%) on July 11th!!!

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Phased reopening of Disney World begins July 11 – 15, 2020.

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How to currently get from Disney’s Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom when it reopens:

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Our #1 favorite place to stay.

The Grand Floridian Resort

You can catch a monorail directly from the Magic Kingdom or from Epcot by way of the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Grand Floridian. There is also an open-air water launch (a small boat) which is fun as long as it’s not cold outside. From the other parks, you’ll have to take a Disney transportation bus.

When you get there, check out the orchestra that plays most afternoons upstairs in the main Grand Atrium. Make reservations for proper afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian Cafe or for dinner at the fancy Victoria & Albert’s.  Look for hidden Mickeys in the elaborate marble floors. This is also a very peaceful place to sit in the Grand Lobby and just enjoy the atmosphere!

There are several nice shops to browse in.

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This is the walkway between the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom. It’s a very easy 5 minute walk.

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It’s very pretty with the float lights reflecting off the Seven Seas Lagoon in front of the Contemporary Resort.

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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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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!

Two Disney Sisters

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♪♫♪ A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep…..♪♫♪♫♪♪♫♪

When the Cinderella Castle Looked Different

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August 2020:  It will be all trimmed in gold with a new paint job.

With the Cinderella Castle getting an updated golden look this summer ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration next year, we thought we would take a look back at the different looks the Castle has had throughout the years, not all of them popular with guests.

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February 2020: Current look.

The Pink Castle

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The most famous – and most unpopular – change to the Cinderella Castle:  Pink!

The most dramatic change was for the 15 month-long celebration of WDW’s 25th Anniversary (October 1996 – January 1998).

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At the pink Cinderella Castle with my mom, October 1996

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of WDW on October 1, 1996, Disney transformed the front of Cinderella Castle into an 18-story “birthday cake.” Complete with red and pink “icing,” giant candy canes and 26 glowing candles, the castle served as the centerpiece for the celebration. This was no small undertaking.

Aladdin7 GenieIt took more than 400 US gallons of pink paint to cover the castle, which was then decorated with multicolored “sprinkles,” 26 candles, ranging in height from 20–40 feet tall, 16 two-foot long candy stars, 16 five-foot candy bears, 12 five-foot gumdrops, four six-foot stacks of Life Savers, 30 three-foot lollipops, and 50 two-foot gumballs. Additionally, more than 1000 feet of pink and blue inflatable “icing” was needed to finish it off.

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It was the most beautiful shade of pink.

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January 2020:  You can even buy a t-shirt of the pink castle!

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So pretty in the morning sunlight!

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But, it’s been changed other times too:

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Happiest Celebration on Earth look in 2005

We were there in 2005 for the castle’s redecoration commemorating the Happiest Celebration on Earth in honor of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary.

The castle’s exterior was adorned with polished gold trim and accents, swags, banners and tapestries. Golden statues of Disney characters were also added to the exterior, including Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Wendy circling the tallest spire.

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Stitch is King!  Awful!

The least appreciated Castle transformation – which only lasted 1 day (November 16, 2004) – was when the Cinderella Castle was modified to appear as though it was strewn with toilet paper and marred by graffiti.  😦

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Stitch hiding out in the Castle’s turret.

“Stitch is King” was posted on a turret as faux graffiti to mark the grand opening of ‘Stitch’s Great Escape!’ ride in Tomorrowland that day. The material was removed after the park closed that evening.

Disney got a lot of complaints over that decor!  Wildly unappreciated and unpopular!!!

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Castel repairs, January 2014

Castle repair happen every January.

Every January, the gorgeous Cinderella Castle Dream Lights come down and Disney maintenance starts an in-depth sprucing up of the Castle’s exterior.

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All the Dream Lights are removed by the end of January.

They repair any roof leaks, re-seal the exterior, clean all the Castle windows (a big job!), and touch up any Castle paint which got scratched from the Dream Lights.

On Main Street USA, February 2014.  Note the crane moving things in the background.

On Main Street USA in January.  Note the big Disney crane removing the Dream Lights in the background.

For most of January when you walk down Main Street USA, you’ll see the large cranes moving maintenance people and supplies back and forth.

It photobombs everyone’s Main Street photos!  😦

Spring/Summer 2020 Update

This year, Disney decided not to tarp the Cinderella Castle as it undergoes it golden transformation.

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March 5, 2020:  The repainting of the Castle begins.

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You can see the difference between the older lighter blue on the turrets and the new bold Royal Blue color.

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May 2020: All construction work has stopped with the closing of the Magic Kingdom, but the cranes are still there waiting.

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The Magic Kingdom is reopening on July 11th!!!

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New look coming late summer 2020: We can’t wait to see it!

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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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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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Throwback Thursday, Then & Now

May 1994

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Disney World Submitting Reopening Plans on May 27th!

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Phased reopening begins July 11th!!!

BREAKING NEWS!

July 11th for reopening Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom

July 15th for reopening Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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A phased reopening starting July 11th!

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May 27th.

Walt Disney World is preparing to unveil their reopening plans this week.

Orlando Mayor Demings revealed that Disney will give their presentation this week after the Memorial Day Weekend. Their presentation will include reopening plans as well as a date with which they plan on allowing guests back into the parks.

“Disney has given an indication that they will submit their plans, and once they do, then we will schedule that for a full briefing before our Economic Recovery Task Force, as well. So, at this point, it’s an undefined time or date, but we do look forward to seeing it.”

Currently, the next meeting of the Economic Recovery Task Force is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Last week, Universal Orlando announced their plans for a reopening date of June 5, 2020 for the general public. Their plans have been approved by Orange County and the mayor, but Governor Ron DeSantis must still sign off on them for the final say.

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Social distancing at Shanghai Disneyland.

Disney reopened Shanghai Disneyland in China on May 11th and they’re using that park’s phased reopening as a guideline on how to reopen the other Disney parks worldwide.

Peak park capacity in the Shanghai park is 80,000 visitors a day, but the government cut that to 30%, or about 24,000 guests a day allowed, said CEO Bob Chapek. And guests must now make a reservation.

During a roundtable discussion, Disney executive George Kalogridis said the company is considering reopening its U.S. parks with 20% to 30% capacity to begin with. Note that Phase 1 Reopening sets the theme park capacity at 50% with Phase 2 set to 75% capacity.

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We’re currently expecting a phased park reopening starting around July 1st.

If the capacity were set to 30%, maximum guest admission would be:

Park Normal Capacity* Capacity at 30%
Magic Kingdom 57,000 people 17,100 people
Epcot 34,093 people 10,227 people
Hollywood Studios 30,843 people 9,252 people
Animal Kingdom 37,671 people 11,301 people

*Normal capacity on a summer day.  Peak capacity experienced on the 5 heaviest days of the year (Christmas Day, New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, etc.) is actually higher, nearing 80,000 guests at the Magic Kingdom.  Disney World already has a Crowd Phase Playbook for handling busy holiday operating days that they could use as a starting point for reopening.

At a 20% daily guest capacity, it would be:

Park Normal Capacity Capacity at 20%
Magic Kingdom 57,000 people 11,400 people
Epcot 34,093 people 6,819 people
Hollywood Studios 30,843 people 6,169 people
Animal Kingdom 37,671 people 7,534 people

Any park at 20 – 30% guest capacity would mean very minimal wait times.  Even if Disney used their maximum capacity numbers for each park, 30% of 80,000 MK guests is just 24,000 guests at the Magic Kingdom.

Disney Springs reopened to shoppers last Wednesday, and the retail district is limiting guest capacity. Visitors also must undergo temperature checks and wear masks as part of the complex’s phased reopening plans.

“A lot of it has to do with guest behavior as much as it has to do with Disney operations,” he said. “Everyone knows COVID-19 is a serious manner. Therefore, we’re all playing a part in this ecosystem of safety. We’re going to do our part and we need our guests to do their part too.”

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It will be years before crowds like this are allowed at the Magic Kingdom again.

One way to deal with the capacity issue is to expand the park hours to almost round the clock park operation with different entrance tickets throughout the day.   This greatly increases the daily admission rate while keeping crowd levels low.

Disney has extensive experience with using hard ticket events in conjunction with normal operating hours.

Imagine this scenario at the Magic Kingdom to spread out the daily attendance crowds:

6am – 9am:  Mickey Pass ticket, $79 ticket for resort guests only, with entrance tied to resort Magic Band, limit: 5,000 guests

9am – 6pm:  Regular guest ticket, $99 special, limit:  12,000 guests + 5,000 annual passholders

7pm-12am:  Disney After Dark ticket, $79 ticket, limit:  8,000 guests

12am – 3am:  Midnight Madness ticket, $59, limit: 5,000 guests

The Magic Kingdom would still be getting 30,000+ visitors a day (considered a “light” crowd day), but greatly spread out to relieve crowds with lots of Fast Passes available.

All attractions will need a Fast Pass, minimal outside ride queuing allowed.

Spreading guests out like this also relieves crowding in merchandise stores and at restaurants. No fireworks shows, no castle stage shows, all character appearances will consist of waving from a distance or from a moving vehicle.  No character hugs.  No pin trading with cast members.

You won’t see any Park Hopper tickets and you’ll probably need reservations.

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All characters will maintain social distancing guidelines.

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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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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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Making a wish at Cinderella’s Wishing Well.

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Disney World: “We Do Not Have an Opening Date Yet.”

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ocgov-885x1024The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force  met several times last week to discuss Phased reopenings of the large theme parks in Orlando:  Disney World, Universal Orlando, and Sea World.

The chairperson of the group asked the theme park representatives on the committee to weigh in on what they’re thinking about the reopening of their theme parks and any timelines.

Thomas Mazloum, Disney World’s Senior Vice President of Resort & Transportation Operations said, “We do not have an opening date yet…I want to make it clear.”

Mazloum explained that just because Disney World is taking resort bookings for June 2020 doesn’t mean that they’ll actually be reopening in June. As of now, the company does not have any news to share about Walt Disney World reopening.

The other Orlando large theme park representatives weighed in as well. Rich Costales, Universal Orlando’s Executive Vice President of Resort Operations, added that Universal Orlando has announced the decision to remain closed through May 31st, and beyond that, they haven’t made a decision.

Costales explained that, like other parks, Universal Orlando is “in limbo” until they understand the recommendations of health professionals. He added, “To speculate past what we’ve announced wouldn’t be appropriate.”

Brad Gilmour from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment responded that he had “nothing to add” to the comments from Disney and Universal.

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The Magic Kingdom at Disney World is currently closed.

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Today, Monday May 4, 2020:  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted his stay-at-home order Monday allowing retailers and restaurants to reopen in limited capacities while movie theaters, gyms, bars and “face-to-face personal service” providers, such as barbers and nail salons, must remain closed.

Phase One of DeSantis’ three-phase “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step” plan excludes south Florida’s three counties – Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach – where about 60 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases have been reported.

The governor said the state’s “very slow and methodical approach” is designed to convince the public it is safe to be in public.

Under Phase One, schools will remain in distance-learning mode, with campuses closed, and visits at nursing homes and long-term care centers prohibited.  Hospitals can resume elective surgeries statewide but must “maintain surge capacity” to handle any potential spikes in COVID-19 cases, he said.

Large venues such as theme parks will remain shuttered, and gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited.

Restaurants with outdoor seating can reopen as long as 6 feet between tables is maintained, DeSantis said, and inside seating is limited to 25 percent capacity.

“We’ll start with 25 percent capacity and see how it goes,” he said.

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We’re currently expecting a phased reopening of Disney World starting July 1st with limited capacity and Phase 1 mandates in place.

We have written a blog about what Disney Parks is considering when Disney World reopens this summer.

Read more here: When will Disney World Reopen?

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Expect to see a lot more Disney signage reminding guests to wash their hands frequently.

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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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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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Making a Wish at the Cinderella Castle

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There are rarely guests at the Cinderella Wishing Well.  Make as many wishes as you like.  🙂

On our last visit, we stopped to make a wish – actually 3 wishes! – at the Cinderella Wishing Well at the Magic Kingdom.

It’s tucked away on the side path around the Cinderella Castle that leads into Fantasyland.

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Three shiny new pennies for my 3 wishes.

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Elly and Ian making their lucky wishes.

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My mom making her lucky wishes too.

When you walk the trail, you get to see the castle’s side details and then the back of the Cinderella Castle. It’s very pretty.

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So pretty! This is the perfect spot to take sunset photos.

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Same spot:  The Cinderella Castle at sunset.

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8pm.

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This is a good view of the room where Tinkerbell jumps off the Castle every night during the fireworks show.

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This is Tinkerbell’s view of Tomorrowland from the turret where she jumps off the Castle. It’s a longggg way down!

Fun Disney Fact:

How many bricks make up the Cinderella Castle?

Answer:  None!  They are all painted on the Castle in various shades of gray, blue and pale pink!  And, it’s going to be repainted in 2020!

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Coming Summer 2020:  The Castle’s new paint colors with lots of golden accents.

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We think that every Cast Member should stop by the Cinderella Wishing Well at least once and make a wish.  Or three wishes!

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During our Spring DCP program:  Making wishes and tossing brand new pennies into the wishing well! 🙂

Disney Parks US has two wishing wells: the Cinderella Wishing Well near the Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom and the Snow White Wishing Well in Disneyland near the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Snow White’s Wishing Well at Disneyland.  (“Your wishes will help children everywhere”)

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Elly and Ian got engaged at Snow White’s Wishing Well.  ❤

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Look carefully and you’ll notice a sign at the Cinderella Wishing Well that says “Your wishes will help the Dreams of Children come true”. They actually do.

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Your wishes will help the Dreams of Children come true.

For almost 50 years, Disney World has been collecting the tossed coins from all the wells, fountains, and water rides, and donating the money annually to local Orlando nonprofit organizations that help children in need.

Recently, Disney donated $18,000 to Community Based Care (CBC) of Central Florida to help provide services to children in foster care. Cast members chose CBC’s Over-18 Support program to receive the funds. This program helps youngsters in foster care obtain their driver’s licenses, find jobs, secure housing and apply for other health and human services.

So, the next time you visit Disney World, remember that when you toss a coin into a fountain and make a wish, you are helping make somebody else’s wish come true too! 🙂

♪♫♪ I’m wishing, I’m wishing, for the one I love.…….♪♫♪

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Cinderella crystal shoes by Jimmy Choo, $4,600

Want to dress like Cinderella?

Check out these Cinderella crystal shoes by Jimmy Choo!

$4,600 custom made to order.  WOW!

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These shoes sparkle in the sun!

Lily-James Cinderella Shoes

Lily James (‘Cinderella’) wore them at an awards show.

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Wearing our Cinderella shoes.

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Our Cinderella moment.

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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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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!

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CP Moment #20:  Making a wish at the Cinderella Wishing Well.

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♪♫♪ A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep…..♪♫♪

 

Disney World Turns Cinderella Castle Blue in Honor of Medical Care Workers

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Magic Kingdom cast members creating their own moment of thanks on Main Street U.S.A. with the Cinderella Castle shining bright blue as a beacon of hope and gratitude.

Last night, Disney World paid special tribute to medical care workers who have been on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom was illuminated in bright blue as security cast members held signs that simply said, “Thank You.”

“We are uniting across the globe with a message of thanks and appreciation to celebrate the brave healthcare providers who are helping so many,” Disney said.

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The Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland lit up with the words “thank you” in several languages for medical professionals all over the world.

Other Disney parks around the world also took part. The Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland Resort was illuminated with the word’s “thank you” in different languages.

At Disneyland in California, custodial cast members created a floral message of gratitude.

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At Disneyland Resort, custodial cast members expressed their heartfelt gratitude at the “Storytellers” statue.

April 7th is World Health Day – a day traditionally honored by celebrating nurses, doctors and healthcare teams who work tirelessly to keep us all healthy. This year, these professionals are the front line of defense in a global COVID-19 pandemic, providing much needed care in hospitals around the world.

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At Disneyland Paris, a floral arrangement of “Merci” is displayed in front of the Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant castle.

Disney Parks across the globe shared messages of thanks and appreciation to celebrate the brave healthcare providers who are helping so many. Disney Parks messages of Thank You

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April 7, 2020: We at Disney Aulani Resort are uniting around the globe in a message of thanks and appreciation to celebrate the health heroes who are helping so many. 💙 As an expression of gratitude, our ohana shares a heartfelt “mahalo” message.

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A thank you from Castaway Cay in colored seashells.

Disney closed its U.S. theme parks in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The parks will remain closed “until further notice,” Disney said.

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March 27, 2020: US Disney Parks will stayed closed now “until further notice”.

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A big thank you to all the medical workers!  ❤

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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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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Easter 2020 Events at the Magic Kingdom

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BREAKING NEWS:  Disney World will now stay closed “until further notice”!

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March 27, 2020: Disney World will stay closed “until further notice” now.

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This is the saddest Easter!

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March 12, 2020 announcement:  Disney World will be close March 16 – 31, 2020!

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March 16, 2020 Update: Disney announced that all Disney Stores in North America are closing March 17, 2020.

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Look who’ll be wearing their Easter costumes! ❤

Easter Sunday is on April 12th this year.

There’s a lot going on at the Magic Kingdom during the month between Spring Break and Easter Week.  Right now, the Magic Kingdom Operating Hours Schedule is showing that the Parks will be open.  Check back for updates!

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2020 Easter pins.

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Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be greeting guests at the Magic Kingdom.

Easter Bunny Meet and Greet at the Magic Kingdom

From April 1 –  April 12th (Easter Sunday), you can meet and have your photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Magic Kingdom’s Town Square.

Note that the character line closes in the mid-afternoon because they are in the Easter Parade.  Use the My Disney Experience app to check their appearance times.

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Bunny Lane Garden, Opens in April

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Their garden is surrounded by pretty flowers!

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Some Easter Sunday Photos:  Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom, April 2019

Watch video: 2019 Easter Parade at Magic Kingdom

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The parade weather was gorgeous! Sunny and 73 degrees!

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Hi Daisy!!!

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The Easter Parade with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny.

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April 1 – April 12th (Easter Sunday), the special Easter Parade will lead off the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3pm.

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be at the front of the parade, being driven down the parade route in an old timey car.

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The Easter Parade

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The Azalea Trail Maids are lead by Daisy.

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Mr. Easter Bunny looking very cheerful.

Following them are Daisy and the Azalea Trail Maids.

The Azalea Trail Maids are 50 seniors in high school from Mobile, Alabama.

Daisy received her own Azalea Trail Maid costume in a lovely shade of deep lilac in 2014.

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Daisy in her lilac costume.

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The Azalea Trail Maids in light purple.

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Special Easter characters in the parade.

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March 20, 2019: First Day of Spring. Daisy in her Azalea Trail Maid costume greeting guests.

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Minnie in her Azalea Trail Maid costume.

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Special Easter cupcakes will be available from the Main Street bakery. $5

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Minnie’s Bunny Cupcake.  I love Disney’s buttercream frosting!!!  ❤

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Super cute chocolate (of course) Bunny Cupcake!

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Mickey and Minnie in their Spring outfits over at the Boardwalk.

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Meeting Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny at DAK.

And they sometimes make appearances over at the other Parks too, but usually just on Easter Sunday!

We got to see them a few years ago at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Meeting Mr. Easter Bunny.

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Mrs. Easter Bunny.

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Thumper & Ms. Bunny were out at DAK too!

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April 1, 2019: Look who was at DAK this morning!  She’s a rare character!

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Hi Minnie!  🙂

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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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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Easter Now and Then:  26 Years Apart

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Elly’s Easter Party in Louisville, Colorado. April 2019

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#Throwback Thursday: Meeting the Easter Bunny. April 1993

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