The Purple Wall at the Magic Kingdom

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Posing at the Purple Wall.

#ThePurpleWall

The Purple Wall is kind of cool. It’s located in Magic Kingdom near the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland.

It’s a pale purple blank wall that really doesn’t look like anything special. Except it is. It’s a wildly popular spot to have your photo taken – or take a selfie – and then post it on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/purplewallphotos/

It photographs really well. Its medium lilac color is a flattering background color on everyone, there’s good indirect lighting there, and it’s just enough out of the way that you don’t have an audience watching you pose.

So, take your time and get out your cell phone….and snap a few photos of you and your friends!

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Purple as far as the eye can see!

Action: Next time you’re walking in Tomorrowland, stop for a few seconds at the Purple Wall and take some photos.

Action Rating:  Worth it!

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The Purple Wall in Tomorrowland!

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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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Patriot Celebrating at Disney World Parade After Super Bowl Win

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Patriot’s running back James White celebrating with Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom on Monday afternoon.  Some of that confetti was little football shaped!

“I’m Going to Disney World!”

Watch video here:  Super Bowl Parade at Disney World

Fresh off a Super Bowl win, New England Patriots running back James White appeared in a celebration parade Monday afternoon (02/06/2017) at Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World.

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Victory lap around the Cinderella Castle.

White helped lead his team to a come-from-behind 34-28 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday during Super Bowl LI.

It was a record-setting performance for White, who caught 14 passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score.

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Minnie was dressed in her cheerleader outfit.

The victory parade has been held at the Magic Kingdom park after each Super Bowl since 1987.

This is the fourth appearance in the parade by a Patriots player.  Disney officials said no NFL team has had a player appear in the parade more than four times before Monday.

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Perfect weather for a parade!

Brady did the “I’m going to Disney World” honors in 2002 and 2004.

(Photo credits:  Orlando Sentinel)

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#Truth!

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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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‘Once Upon a Time’ Show at the Magic Kingdom

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Stained glass scene from Beauty and the Beast

A new nighttime projection show, “Once Upon a Time,” recently debuted on the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom. The show replaced the wonderful “Celebrate the Magic” projection show.

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Mrs. Potts and Chip

In this new show, Mrs. Potts from “Beauty and the Beast” shares bedtime stories with Chip, taking them on a magical trip through the most adventurous scenes from favorite Disney films like “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.”

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Waltz scene from Cinderella

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Peter Pan and Wendy over London

The new show includes a flight with Peter Pan from London to Never Land and a daring duel between Gaston and Beast. Mrs. Potts and Chip end their bedtime story with a grand finale that includes appearances by characters from even more Disney films.

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Belle and the Beast dancing

The show, which was inspired by one of a similar name at Tokyo Disneyland Park, uses state-of-the-art projection mapping technology to cover every nook and cranny of Cinderella Castle in vibrant images that appear almost three-dimensional.

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Yes, of course, there’s fireworks over the castle for the show’s finale!

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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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2016 Jingle Cruise at Disney World

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Jingle all the way…

It’s backkkkk…..The Jungle Cruise in Adventureland is the Jingle Cruise for this holiday season!

The new puns on the cruise are all holiday themed (“That must hurt like the Dickens!” “Those insects must be bah humbugs!” “Oh look, they must be carolers!”)

It’s a lot of fun!

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Welcome to the 2016 Jingle Cruise!

Holiday presents for the Skippers.

Holiday presents under the tree for the Skippers.

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

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

Here were go wassailing....

Here we go a wassailing….jingle all the way…

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Love this menu for the week!

Love this ‘turkey’ menu for the week!

Our holiday themed cruise boat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Jingle Cruise is even fun at night!

The Jingle Cruise is fun at night, but we think it’s better during the day!

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The Jingle Cruise logo.

Happy Gnu Year to you from all the Skippers!

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I’m wearing my new Holiday  Jingle Cruise shirt!

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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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Discounted Tickets to 2016 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for Cast Members

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. 7th)!

New:  The discounted dates and prices for cast members for the 2016 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom in Florida have been updated! See below.

2016 MVMCP Party Night Dates for All Guests:

  • November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29*
  • December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22

November 10, 13 – $86.00 plus tax age 10+, $81.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $91.00/$86 same-day

November 18, 27, 29, December 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13 – $92.00 plus tax age 10+, $87.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $96/$91.00 same-day

November 7, 8, 11, 15, December 1 – $91.00 plus tax age 10+, $86.00 plus tax age 3-9

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

December 16, 18, 22 – $99.00 plus tax age 10+, $94.00 plus tax age 3-9

Passholder Rates available 11/7, 8, 11, 15; 12/1, 11, & 13 – Rates are $74-$84 plus tax depending on night. DVC members also have discounts on additional nights (including all dates APs are entitled to) 11/10, 13, 18, 27, 29, & 12/6 ranging between $74-89 plus tax.

BREAKING NEWS:  *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.

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NEW!  For the first time, cast members can buy discounted party tickets for 6 select nights in December!!!

I love how Disney decorates the lightposts on Main Street!

11/01/16:  We love how Disney decorates the lightposts on Main Street!  So pretty!

CM 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.

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The 2016 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party exclusive pins!!!  <3!!!!!!

Wondering about the crowds, especially in December???  Well, here’s a crowd forecast:

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The two week after Thanksgiving and into early December are some of the best times to visit WDW with fairly light crowds.  (Note:  Thanksgiving Week and the last two weeks of the year are the WORST time to visit WDW with long lines, heavy crowds, crowded restaurants, rude guests, and Park Phase Closures in effect!)

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 2015 MVMCP 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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Main Street USA Holiday Decorations are Up!

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The holiday decorations are up at the Magic Kingdom!

On Monday night (10/31/16) after the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party guests had left, twenty-five 55′-trailers rolled up to the Magic Kingdom to decorate the park overnight for the holidays.

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#Truth!

This included digging up all the flowerbeds and replanting them with Christmas flowers by 8am the next morning when the Magic Kingdom reopened for guests.

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So festive!

Amazing team work by all the cast members involved!

This is a 1-minute time lapse of how it’s done:

And, on Tuesday night, the 200,000 LED Cinderella Castle Dream Lights were turned on for the first time this holiday season with thousands of guests in front of the Cinderella Castle going “AHHH…SO BEAUTIFUL!” at the same time!

Nobody decorates like Disney does!!!  🙂  Pretty video of the decorations:

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is always so much fun!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party starts this year on November 7, 2016.  Ticket prices are between $86 – $99/night, depending on which party night you attend.

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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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Disney World Refurbishment Schedule Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!

Note:  Last updated by Disney World on October 16, 2016

There’s nothing more frustrating than going all the way to Disney World for a long-planned vacation and finding out that your favorite ride or attraction is closed for refurbishment – or has permanently closed!

Disney tries to schedule most of the serious refurbishments for popular attractions during the slow, winter months. But, sometimes refurbishments and closures for repairs do get scheduled during the summer and fall months.octoberMagic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain closed 8/8/2016- 11/18/2016
  • Liberty Square Riverboat closed 1/3/2017- 1/12/2017
  • Magic Kingdom Railroad closed 1/9/2017- 2/16/2017
  • Hall of Presidents closed 1/17/2017- 6/29/2017
  • Stitch’s Great Escape is now a seasonal attraction 10/2/2016
  • Haunted Mansion closed 11/28/2016- 12/1/2016
  • Swiss Family Treehouse closed until 10/25/16
  • Splash Mountain closed 12/7/2016

Epcot

  • Infrastructure Work in park: 9/28/2016- 12/17/2016

     Permanently closed

  • Habit Heroes in Innoventions West closed 1/18/2016
  • Captain EO – closed 12/6/15
  • Off Kilter- final performance 9/27/2014
  • Mo’Rockin- final performance 9/27/2014
  • World Showcase Players- final performance 9/25/2014
  • Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps- final performance 9/27/2014
  • Maelstrom- closed 10/6/2014
  • The Spirit of Norway- closed 10/6/2014
  • Test the Limits Lab- closed permanently 1/6/2015
  • My Magic+ Service Center located inside Innoventions East is now closed. You can visit Guest Relations in Future World or any of the FastPass kiosks.
  • Sum of All Thrills and StormStruck have closed permanently 9/15/2016

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Look for the brand new Rivers of Light finally opening this month.

      Permanently closed attractions:

  • Wild by Design Tour- last tour was 9/26/2014. This was discontinued.
  • Tip Board permanently closed
  • Sunrise Safari Tour- last tour was 12/28/2014. This was discontinued.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Many attractions have permanently closed due to Star Ward Land and Toy Story Land construction which will continue into 2017.

  • Pizza Planet closed 1/11/2016- Late 2016
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster closed 10/27/16- 11/9/2016

     Permanently closed rides and attractions:

  • American Idol Experience closed. Last day was 8/30/2014.
  • Backlot Tour closed permanently 9/27/2014
  • American Film Institute Showcase at the end of the Backlot Tour closed permanently 8/17/2014.
  • Legend of Jack Sparrow closed
  • Phineas & Ferb Meet and Greet- closed permanently 1/5/2016
  • Lightning McQueen & Mater Meet and Greet- closed permanently 1/5/2016
  • Joffrey’s coffee kiosk closed 1/4/2016
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Meet and Greet: Mike and Sulley at Street of America closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Prop Shop- closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Studio Catering Co. closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Watto’s Grotto closed permanently 04/03/16
  • High Octane Refreshments closed permanently 04/03/16
  • New York News closed permanently 04/03/16
  • Youse Guys Moychindise closed permanently 04/03/16

Water Parks:

  • Blizzard Beach – closed 10/16/2016- 12/24/2016
  • Typhoon Lagoon- closed 12/25/2016- 3/11/2017 Shark Reef has closed permanently

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Working together at DAK.

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