Goodbye to ‘Wishes’ Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom!

Disney has the best fireworks shows in the world!

Wishes fireworks over the Cinderella Catsle

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
I wish I might have my wish tonight.

 

After 14 years, the ‘Wishes’ Nighttime Fireworks Spectacular at the Magic Kingdom will say goodbye tonight (May 11, 2017) with the very last performance.

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The new fireworks show!

A new show called ‘Happily Ever After’ begins Friday night, May 12th, 2017.

‘Happily Ever After’ captures the heart, humor, and emotions of Disney films through awe-inspiring fireworks, state of the art projections, and brilliant lasers.

Disney Parks Blog will be live steaming the event:  Live Stream from the Magic Kingdom.

Make a wish....

Always make a wish when Tinkerbell leaps off the Cinderella Castle and glides over Fantasyland!

We saw – or heard – the Wishes fireworks show every single day while working for Disney during our year-long DCP program at Disney World.

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We cried along with our friends watching Wishes fireworks on the very last night of our program!

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Ever wonder just what do all those firework shows at Disney World cost????

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‘Wishes’ over the Magic Kingdom!

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the highest consumer of fireworks in the world.

Disney does not disclose the cost of fireworks, but just the nightly – and sometimes twice a night – ‘Wishes’ fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom costs anywhere from $41,000-$55,000 a night. (The special New Year’s Eve fireworks at MK are estimated to cost over $100,000!)  That means it costs at least $15 million a year for Magic Kingdom fireworks alone.

Disney World puts on about 2,500 firework shows a year at three of their parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios). No fireworks displays are ever used at Animal Kingdom – it would scare the animals!  And, there are no fireworks shows at Disney Springs.

If you want to assume that Illuminations at Epcot and Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios are slightly less, maybe half the cost, that comes out to at least $30 million a year for them. This would not include any special fireworks displays that happen for 4th of July, or Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Villains in the Sky at Hollywood Studios, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, nor the daytime fireworks that are a part of most of the stage shows performed in front of the Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom.

Rough, conservative estimate for WDW fireworks – $45 – $50 million dollars annually.

It seems like everytime Disney changes or expands the fireowrks show, the parking fees go up!

It seems like every time Disney changes or expands the fireworks show, the parking fees go up!

Rumor has it that Disney uses the revenue from all their parking lots (currently $20/day) to help cover the cost of the fireworks. So, when you pay for parking, you’re really paying for the evening’s fireworks show. Nice!  (Be sure to stay for the fireworks and not leave early!!)

Expect parking fees to go up soon with the new fireworks show launching this week!  🙂

5pm: Moving the Illumnations fireworks platforms into position.

5pm: Moving the Illuminations fireworks platforms into position at Epcot.

Moving out into the center of the Friendship Lagoon.

Moving the launching platforms out into the center of Friendship Lagoon.

VIP Seating for Illuminations

Caroline watching the beginning of the Illuminations show.

CP Moment Illuminations

A CP Moment:  Watching IllumiNations for the first time with your coworkers.

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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‘Spooky Day in the Parks’ Coming September 2017

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September 22-23, 2017

Spooky Day in the Parks is a two day meet up event for fans that have a “villainous” side. A mixture of Theme Park gatherings, special VIP events, bizarre merchandise to fulfill your dark side, and much more!

Spooky Day in the Parks will be held September 22 – 23, 2017.

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Special room rates at Coronado Springs Resort will be available for the event.

The event will take place in multiple locations throughout Walt Disney World, including convention space at Coronado Springs (where you can book rooms at special event rates), an intentionally dark and dreary day at the Magic Kingdom – and even a special private soiree at the Tower of Terror!

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Special private event party at ToT!

The party night dates for 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party have been announced and September 22, 2017 is one of the dates.  This is the only time adults can get into the Magic Kingdom dressed in costume.

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Adults are only allowed to wear costumes in the MK park on Halloween Party nights.

This is not an official Disney event, but a gathering of fans in conjunction with the Spooky Empire organization, which will be renting space at Walt Disney World.

Link to their website:  https://www.spookydayintheparks.com/

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Disney Bounding as Princess Moana and Friends

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Fun ideas to Disney Bound as Moana.

Disney Bounding: When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters and go to the theme parks.
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Disney Bounding is a way of dressing up as your favorite character using inspired color palettes, accessories, and clothing styles to look like the character, without actually being in a Disney costume. You simply use items from your own wardrobe to pull together a terrific look.

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Coral and tan with seashell accents.

Princess Moana is one of the easiest Disney princesses to Disney Bound to!  Her colors are beautiful – coral and tan.

You can also Disney Bound as other characters in the movie like Maui:

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Disney Bounding as Maui

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Maui

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Ocean colors for Te Fiti

Other Disney Bounding ideas:

Disney Bounding as “Frozen” characters: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/disney-bounding-3-frozen/

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip or Orange Bird: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/disney-bounding-2/

Disney Bounding as a Disney Princess: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/disney-bounding/

Now, Disney Bounding is different than Cosplay, which is dressing up exactly like the characters.

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Cosplaying as Moana characters.

You can’t get into the Disney Parks dressed liked this, except at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights.

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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The ‘Rock’ to star in Disney’s new Jungle Cruise Movie!

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson riding on the Jungle Cruise this morning!

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.

Next step… we find our visionary director.

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

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As announced previously here, Dwayne “The Rock’ Johnson will star in Disney’s new Jungle Cruise movie, based on the classic Disneyland ride.  Johnson’s involvement once again puts the Jungle Cruise boat back into the water after a multiyear dry-dock phase.

Production begins Spring 2018.

Disney has been trying to mount a movie based on the popular ride since at least 2004, during the years of the multi-billion dollar success of ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies.

The studio last tried to develop the project as a starring vehicle for Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in early 2011.

Following the success of “The Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, Disney has pushed hard to find ways to use its various brand-name theme park attractions as a basis for feature films. A “Haunted Mansion” pic is currently in development with Ryan Gosling attached to star; an earlier “Haunted Mansion” film with Eddie Murphy did not succeed at the box office.

The Jungle Cruise is one of the Disneyland’s original rides and has a retro adventure vibe, transporting guests into African settings such as the Nile River and Congo River, encountering rhinos and hippos and headhunters along the way. There’s also an Amazon River section featuring piranhas and snakes.

While the Hanks-Allen iteration was to have been set in modern times, the new take brings the project back to its’ period roots with the intent to harken the new movie to classic jungle adventure movies such as ‘The African Queen’, the 1951 classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn that was one of the original inspirations for the ride.

Johnson is pumped to take a ride down the river: “[Disney production president] Sean Bailey and Disney have been awesome partners and now the fun part begins. I’m fired up about this one. Here we go.”

The actor is already the lead voice in Moana’, the animated blockbuster movie released last November. (Latest box office numbers:  $635,463,984 worldwide as of March 2017, not including merchandise or DVD/Blu-Ray sales.)

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

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

“More entertaining than the backside of water” – Goofy

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2017 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Info

I love how Disney decorates the lightposts on Main Street!

We love how Disney decorates the lightposts on Main Street!  So pretty!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2017 – an after hours, hard ticket event – will be held on 21 nights over two months this year:

November: 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28

December: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22

Main Street USA all decorated for tonight's party!

Main Street USA is all decorated for the holidays (it’s always ready by the first party night, Nov. 9th this year)!

 

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2017 MVMCP Party Night Dates and Ticket Prices for All Guests:

November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17 – $86.00 plus tax age 10+, $81.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $91.00/$86 same-day

November 26 and 28 – $92.00 plus tax age 10+, $87.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $96/$91.00 same-day

December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10 – $91.00 plus tax age 10+, $86.00 plus tax age 3-9

December 12, 14, 15 – $96.00 plus tax age 10+, $91.00 plus tax age 3-9

December 17, 19, 21, 22 – $99.00 plus tax age 10+, $94.00 plus tax age 3-9

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Cast Member ticket pricing.

*Cast Members can purchase discounted tickets for 30% off to MVMCP for most nights in November and now some nights in December at the Company D Store and at the MK Vacation Planning kiosks.

Party Tip:  The MVMCP party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s ticketed guests in for the party starting at 4pm.  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom early (park by 3:30pm) and don’t forget to wear your Christmas sweater!

Even if it’s warm during the day, it can get very chilly in the park after the sun goes down!!!  Stash a jacket in a locker as you enter the park.  You’ll need it by midnight!

Wondering about the crowds, especially in December???  Well, they are miserable the last 2 weeks in December, BUT wonderful the first two weeks in December!

The 2.5 weeks between Thanksgiving and December 15th are a relatively low crowd period at the Magic Kingdom and Disney World in general.  Enjoy!

Special parade, snow falling on Main Street USA, Castle Dream Lights, free cookies and cocoa...all of it wonderful!!!

MVMCP 2016: Special Christmas nightime parade  with snow falling on Main Street USA, the Cinderella Castle Dream Lights turned on, holiday music playing, free cookies and cocoa for all guests…all of it is wonderful to see!!! 

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At last year’s VMCP on a cool evening…so much fun!! The Cinderella Castle is just beautiful with the 200,000 LED Dream Lights turned on!!

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Nights

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Boo!

The MNSSHP hard ticket, after-hours event is expanding from 29 nights in 2016 to 32 evenings this year, spanning four months!

2017 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be held on:

August 25 and 29th

September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29

October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31

November 1st

MNSSHP party details:

Hours: 7:00 pm – Midnight

Two Boo To You Parades:  at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm

HalloWishes Fireworks: at 9:30 pm

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Cast Member ticket pricing.

Cast members can buy discounted tickets at the Company D store for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at a 30% discount off of general ticket prices for the public.

The ticket prices are good for the earlier party dates in August and September, which is wonderful as those are the less crowded nights (see memo below).

The 2016 MNSSHP Tickets Prices (expect 2017 to be about the same):

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25 – $72.00 plus tax age 10+, $67.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $79.00/$74 same-day*

September 29, 30 – $79.00 plus tax age 10+, $74.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $88/$83.00 same-day

October 2, 6 – $86.00 plus tax age 10+, $81.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90 same-day

October 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 – $91.00 plus tax age 10+, $86.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90 same-day

September 23 – $85.00 plus tax age 10+, $80.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 7, 14, 21, 28, 30 – $95.00 plus tax age 10+, $90.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 31– $105.00 plus tax age 10+, $100.00 plus tax age 3-9**

Passholder Rates available 9/2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 23, 25, 29, 30; 10/2, 6 – Rates are $67-80 (depends on night) plus tax. Disney Vacation Club members also have discounts on additional nights (including all dates APs already get) – 10/4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, & 20 ranging between $62-83.

*Remember Cast Members can get discounted tickets (30% off) to MNSSHP for most nights in September at the Company D Store.

**Note: Guest tickets for Halloween night always sell out early!

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Nobody decorates for the holidays – any holiday! – like Disney!  🙂

CP Tip:  The party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s guests wearing costumes in for the party starting at 4pm. (Normally, adult guests may not wear costumes in the parks.)  Come early and plan on staying until midnight!

Plan on being at MK all day:  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom in the morning and storing your costume in the lockers near the entrance.  At 4pm, change into your costume and have your photo taken on Main Street before the crowds arrive at 7pm!

Everyone arriving in costumes for the evening.

2016: Everyone arriving in great costumes for the party.

Special party lighting on Main Street USA.

Special MNSSHP party lighting all along Main Street USA.

After dark fun!

Having after dark fun in our costumes!  PhotoPass on Main Street.

Characters everywhere!

Characters in special costumes everywhere!

We love the Boo to You parade!

We love the Boo to You parade!

The parade smells like candy!

The parade smells like candy corn!

Caroline loves the Disney villians!

Caroline loves the Disney villains!  They are out in force during the party.

Got to meet all 7 dwarves!

Got to meet all 7 dwarfs during the MNSSHP party!

Castle in Halloween colors.

Cinderella Castle in Halloween colors with “fog” rolling in.  (This is our favorite castle color at night!)

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom.

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom on Halloween Night.

Have a magical time!

Watch out for the headless horseman who leads the Boo To You Parade each evening!!

The Headless Horseman leads the Halloween Parade.

The Headless Horseman leads the Boo To You Halloween Parade.  🙂

Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

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Special Treats are available during the Halloween season!

Map for the 2016 MNSSHP treat stations (Disney provides the candy treating bags for free!). Expect 2017 to have 13 trick-or-treating stations too!

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2016 MNSSHP details

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13 Candy Stations for trick-or-treating.  Have fun!

One final party note!

There are new, expanded costume rules!  Please plan your party costume accordingly!

Come Dressed for the Occasion

Looking forward to dressing up for the occasion? Learn about costumes you can wear to this event—and some you can’t too.Before you brew up ideas for your next disguise, please take a moment to read over our official costume guidelines at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

GENERAL

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

GUESTS AGES 13 AND UNDER

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

GUESTS AGES 14 AND OLDER

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Dapper Day Spring 2017

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Mickey and Minnie looking very dapper!

What:  Dapper Day Orlando!

When:  Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2017 at 9:00am

Where:  Magic Kingdom (April 29th) and Epcot (April 30th)

Details:  Come dressed in your absolute best!

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It’s always extra fun to Disney Bound on Dapper Day!

For more information go to:  Special Things To Do at WDW on Dapper Day!

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Join us worldwide for Dapper Day Spring 2017! 

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Our friend was at Dapper Day weekend at Disneyland last weekend and had a blast!

Dapper Days, Disneyland, CA:  April 22 – 23, 2017

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Stop in at the Expo in Disneyland.

Official link to planned events worldwide:  www.DapperDay.com

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You’re invited!  Bring your friends!

Spring 2017 Dapper Days

Special rates for Disney hotels in CA and FL are available! See links below:

Sat+Sun April 22+23, DAPPER DAY EXPO Free at The Disneyland Hotel
Sun April 23, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing to Disneyland CA
Sat April 29, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing Day 1 to The Magic Kingdom FL
Sun April 30, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing Day 2 to EPCOT FL
Sat May 6, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing to Disneyland Paris

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A very Dapper Mickey & Minnie out and about at Mickey’s Retreat in January 2016.

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Some photos from Dapper Day 2016 at WDW (photo credit:  DCP Blog)

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The perfect dress for Dapper Days!

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Sweet Dapper Days treats will be available this weekend on Main Street USA.

Specialty Cupcakes at the Magic Kingdom

Guests will love these specialty sweet treats, which look almost too good to eat!

“Hats off to Spring” Cupcakes – Vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream, or chocolate cupcake with mocha buttercream. Each cupcake is topped with a sugar cookie sandwich filled with raspberry jam and coated in white chocolate.

Dapper Quartet Cupcakes (four small cupcakes served together) – Two vanilla and two chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and fondant bowties, with colors matching the Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A.

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Enjoy a picnic lunch

Picnic in the Park

Guests may enjoy a Saturday afternoon picnic in the park on Saturday, April 29. Boxed lunches available at Tomorrowland Terrace, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., with a special reserved picnic area in the East Plaza Garden.  ($14.99)

Lunch comes with house-made chips, fruit cup, Dapper Rose cupcake, fountain beverage, and a choice of:

Fried Chicken

Chicken Caesar Salad

Greek Salad Wrap

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

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How pretty!

Floral offerings on Main Street, U.S.A.

A variety of corsages and rose wands from Disney Floral & Gifts will be available for purchase on Main Street, U.S.A. near Uptown Jewelers.

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Hat’s off to the family on Dapper Day 2017!!!

More dress ideas:

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The purple one of the left looks very “Haunted Mansion”!

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Lovely Dapper Day dresses!  Pretty in green.

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Pretty in red!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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