The Spitting Camel Returns to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom

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

The spitting beauty of Adventureland is back!

After undergoing refurbishment for a few months, the beloved Spitting Camel of Adventureland is back and just in time for this weekend’s sweltering heat, too.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2019 forecast. HOT!!!

The Spitting Camel statue has been a staple of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin since 2001.

alladins-magic-carpet-rideWe personally avoid her spitting water at us, but many guests love it!

We noticed that she was gone during our trips to Disney World earlier this year.

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Adventureland is our favorite land!

Adventureland is our favorite land at the Magic Kingdom!

The Flying Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland is one of our favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom.

The wait lines for it are never very long.

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All aboard!  Our flying carpet ride awaits…

The Magic 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 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 out front spits water….and a great distance! It’s controlled by a behind-the-scenes cast member, and yes, they can see you! 🙂

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The flying carpets flying over a splashing fountain below.

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

Flying high!

Flying high with the wind in my hair!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Holding onto my flower crown.

Caroline holding onto her flower crown in the wind.

Elly has picked up a shift at Agrabah next week.

Wheeeeee…….

That guy just got spit on by the camel!

Watch out below!  That guy just got spit on by the camel!

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When I was a Disney Cast Member, I actually worked in Agrabah!

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My very colorful Agrabah Bazaar costume

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May 24, 2019: Aladdin opens today and we’re seeing it this weekend!

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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Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Welcome Home, DCP Graduate Christian!

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Christian returned home after a semester at Disney World working in the Disney College Program.

We missed him so much and are glad that he’s back!
He had a great time living and working at Disney World for 5 months.

We, of course, had a Welcome Home Party to welcome him back to Colorado and a bunch of snow!

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Homemade cupcakes.

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Scout was so happy to see him!

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Christian Graduating from the Disney College Program last week:

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Christian’s graduation photo with Mickey and Minnie!

Disney College Program’s graduation event for the Spring 2019 CPs was held today at The Commons clubroom next to Christian’s apartment.

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The DCP graduation invitation

Mickey and Minnie were there greeting CPs wearing their new red graduation costumes.

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Spring 2019 DCP graduation day

Christian was given a pair of Mouse Ears and his diploma for successfully completing the Spring 2019 Disney College Program internship.

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Mickey graduation caps for everyone!

There was a really nice catered meal for all CPs at Chatham Field on May 8th.

It was a lot of fun! 🙂

We’re glad that he went to the graduation event with Mickey and Minnie even if he couldn’t stay long because he had an evening shift at Cosmic Ray’s.

A CP Moment.

CP Moment #50:  DCP Graduation Day

There are CP Moments that every person doing the DCP internship has during their program:

50 Magical Moments Everyone on the DCP Has

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Congratulations Christian!!!!  🙂

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Mickey Graduation Plush

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Working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland this semester:

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Christian working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom this semester.

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This cheeseburger was Christian’s specialty: The limited edition Mickey’s 90th Birthday Cheeseburger! $17, only available at Cosmic Rays.

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He worked in Bay 1 making 1,000s of chicken nuggets every week.

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Christian outside his work location in the Magic Kingdom.

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Sonny Eclipse playing some sweet jazzy tunes in the background at Cosmic Ray’s.

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Christian’s work costume.  (Graphic by Elly Collins.)

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Congratulations Christian!  Spring 2019 DCP Program graduate.

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Christian had lots of visitors from Colorado during his program:

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When Caroline and Mitch came to visit him at work. Time for dinner!

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Big hugs!  Only 1 month left at Disney World.

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After every 2am shift when Christian finished cleaning out the fryers!

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

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

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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1996: When the Cinderella Castle at Disney World was Bright Pink!

We thought this change was wonderful!

We thought this bold castle color change was wonderful…but a lot of guests hated it!

We went on a family trip to Disney World in November 1996 to see the “Pink Birthday Cake Castle” unveiled for Disney World’s 25th anniversary celebration a few weeks earlier.

We were not disappointed!!  It was BRIGHT PINK!

At WDW for the 25 Anniversary celebration - in the of the Pink Castle.

Nov. 1996:  At Disney World for the 25th Anniversary celebration – sitting in front of the “Pink Castle”.  We loved it! ❤

Waiting for the 3 o'clock parade.

Waiting for the 3 o’clock parade to start.

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Magic Kingdom marching band.

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Caroline and the Lion King float.

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Genie on Main Street USA in the 3 o’clock parade

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All those candles were inflatables and would sway in the breeze.

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I took this photo of a close-up of the details.<3

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The whole Castle wasn’t painted…this is the view from the backside, Fantasyland.

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It really dazzled the eye!

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So pretty in the morning sunlight!

We saved the MK park map from our trip!

We saved the MK park map from our trip! Nov. 1996

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Disney drinking glasses celebrating the 25th anniversary of WDW. Sold at McDonald’s for just $1.  We wish we had bought more than just one!

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December 2018:  The Cinderella Castle Dream Lights are on.  Make it pink!!  🙂

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Throwback Thursday: Our mom at the Wedding Pavilion next to the Grand Floridian.

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Sitting with our mom.

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

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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Mickey’s 90th Birthday Celebration at the Magic Kingdom

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Parade time!  They wear these outfits for the morning parade.

Mickey and Minnie both have new outfits for Mickey’s 90th birthday celebration!

They greet guests in these costumes at the Town Square Theater, located just to the right of the railway station as you enter the park.

We got Fast Passes to see them, otherwise the wait time can be very long during the day.

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Waiting in line to see Mickey and Minnie.

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We love their new outfits!

Love is in the air:

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“Mickey, kiss her!”

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We told Minnie that she was beautiful!

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Close-up of Minnie

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His 90th birthday celebration at the Magic Kingdom in November 2018 was a big deal!

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Free celebration buttons for all WDW guests on Nov. 18, 2018, Mickey’s 90th birthday!

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Special birthday cupcake

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November 18, 2018

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Cast Member exclusive t-shirts for Mickey’s 90th birthday celebration.

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Mickey plush in his new celebration outfit.

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We got these Mickey & Minnie 90th Birthday celebration pins! ❤

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Our CM friend got us a celebration button and a copy of the Eyes & Ears magazine! ❤

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11/16/18: Good Morning America was live at the Magic Kingdom with Disney Chairman of Parks, Bob Chapek, celebrating Mickey’s 90th birthday in front of the Cinderella Castle! (New celebration outfits)

Video:  Good Morning America with Mickey and Minnie

So fun!  We love their new outfits!

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Mickey & Minnie in their brand new celebration outfits.

Mickey Mouse’s crisp white suit features a shower of colorful confetti, while fashion icon Minnie Mouse’s outfit is a puff-sleeve dress adorned with pompons and a buoyant bubble skirt.

According to Senior Costume Designer Joe Kucharski, their outfits will reflect the party spirit of the celebration.  “The looks that Mickey and Minnie will be wearing to celebrate their 90th anniversary represent all of the colorful exuberance of a party and birthday party decorations, complete with confetti, balloons, pompons, streamers and more!” he said. “These playful bursts of color and texture are set against crisp white, meant to evoke the nostalgic feeling of frosting, crisp linens and tissue paper.”

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

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

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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Mickey 90th birthday celebration

We love their outfits!

Clocking Out for the Last Time at the DCP

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CP Moment #50: Clocking out for the last time

This is Christian’s final week at the Disney College Program for the Spring 2019 program and tonight is his final shift working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

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Christian’s final schedule as a Disney Cast member.

His managers have been so nice at Cosmic Rays.  The five months living and working at Disney World went by really quickly!

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His DCP program departure date is May 16, 2019.

He has a few days off before the actual end of his program and move-out day from his Chatham Square apartment.

There are CP Moments that every person doing the DCP internship has during their program.  Each of them is special and fun:

50 CP Moments that Everyone Has On The DCP

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At the DCP graduation party last week:

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DCP graduation.  Congratulations Christian!!!!  🙂

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Spring 2019 DCP graduation day

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For the Spring 2019 DCP program, his role is QSFB (Quick Service Food and Beverage) at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom.

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Christian working hard at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe this semester.

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Christian works in Bay 1 making 1,000s of chicken nuggets every week.

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Christian outside his work location in the Magic Kingdom.

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Sonny Eclipse playing some sweet tunes in the background at Cosmic Ray’s.

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Christian’s work costume.  (Graphic by Elly Collins.)

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Just 3 days left at the DCP.

DCP spring 2019

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Christian’s DCP acceptance postcard.

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

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

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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Doing the Disney College Program

Disney Parks Bans Smoking May 1, 2019

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Smoking ban inside the Disney parks started May 1st.

Starting today, May 1st, smoking areas will no longer be available inside Disney World parks or Disneyland parks.

The Smoking Ban also extends to the Disney water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World, and Downtown Disney at Disneyland.

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Smoke-free! No more guests walking around with lit cigarettes “hiding” in their hands, or vaping clouds blowing all over the place.  Cast members are rejoicing!!!!

Designated smoking areas are located outside the entrances of the parks and at specific locations at Disney Springs.  Designated Smoking Areas at Disney World

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See that blue dot on the bottom right? That’s the ONLY designated smoking area at the Magic Kingdom now!

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May 1, 2019: Brand new No Smoking signs at the Magic Kingdom.

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Epcot’s designated smoking area is very far from everything.  Every smoking break will take 2 hours.

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Vaping will also only be allowed in designated smoking areas outside the parks.

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Vaping is banned too!

Guests found smoking inside the parks will be asked to move to a designated smoking area, i.e., leave the park, according to a Disney spokesperson.

Of course, not all guests are liking the new policy.  (These same people were probably outraged when smoking was banned on planes and vowed never to fly again!)

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Adios and good riddance! Dealing with entitled guests like this guy was always a pain in the ass.  They never limited their smoking to the designated areas and didn’t like being told by cast members where they could smoke in the park.

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Captain Phasm leading the Stormtroopers at DHS. Very dramatic!!!

The smoking ban comes ahead of the summer debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The Star Wars-themed land will first open at Disneyland on May 31st, followed by at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29th.

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

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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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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Cinderella Castle Moat Drained for Pathway Widening Project at the Magic Kingdom

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Yuck.

To the disappointment of many, many Magic Kingdom guests, the moat around the Cinderella Castle was drained in late March so construction could begin on widening the pathway on the west side that connects Fantasyland to Liberty Square.

The pathway was fairly narrow and was prone to bottlenecking in the afternoon.

This was also a great spot to stop and take a few photos of the side view of the Cinderella Castle and a few “Magic Kingdom” selfies.

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April 25, 2019:  Not sure why the newly poured concrete isn’t level with the current pathway.

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The new walkway will be 2x as wide.

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May 6, 2019: Construction continues on the walkway.

Construction is scheduled to wrap up next month with the new walkway open and the moat refilled.

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Disney Parks uses this time to pick up all the objects that have fallen into the moat: sunglasses, cell phones, headbands, rings….

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Drained moat by Tomorrowland. The restaurant views aren’t currently very good.

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May 14, 2019: Now, if only Disney would do something about the flooding throughout the park that happens after every afternoon thunderstorm!!!

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Try the new Cinderella Castle Cupcake, $5.99

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February 2019, Cinderella Castle with a filled moat. It won’t look like this again until late May 2019.

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The Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland is also undergoing refurbishment has has been tarped for a month now.

That project isn’t scheduled to wrap up (pun alert) until just before Star Wars:  Galaxy Quest opens May 31st.

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May 15, 2019: Half the Castle tarps were taken down last night. The turrets look bright blue and sparkly!

Disneyland Guests:  Be aware that the Sleeping Beauty Castle is currently undergoing a $300,000 renovation.  The tarps won’t be removed and the walk-thru re-opened until May 28, 2019.

Check here for reopening updates:   Sleeping Beauty Castle Re-opening Date

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April 17, 2019: Still covered. 😦

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March 24, 2019: Tarps are going up to cover renovating the Sleeping Beauty Castle turrets.

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

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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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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