Filming ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in London


Mary Poppins Returns:  Opening December 19, 2018!


Trailers for #MaryPoppinsReturns:

Trailer #1 – Opening Scenes

Trailer #2 – Mary Poppins Returns


Mary Poppins Returns with her magical carpet bag in hand.

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins – her magical carpet bag in hand – following a personal loss.


Michael, his wife, and his three children.

Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

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February 2017:  Filming in London.

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is the sequel to the 1964 Academy Award-winning ‘Mary Poppins’ and is set 25 years after the original film (1910 Edwardian London).

Principal photography on the new film began on February 10, 2017, at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, United Kingdom.

The film is scheduled for release on December 19, 2018.

Mary Poppins Returnsmp3The Cast of Mary Poppins Returns:

Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Jack, an “optimistic streetlamp lighter”, and he is developing new songs for the film

Meryl Streep – Cousin Topsy

Julie Walters – Ellen, Michael’s housekeeper

Ben Whishaw – the grown-up Michael Banks

Emily Mortimer – the grown-up Jane Banks

New Banks children: Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson

Colin Firth – William Weatherall Wilkins, president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

Dick Van Dyke – Mr. Dawes Jr., CEO of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

Angela Lansbury – the Balloon Lady

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Jack, the optimistic streetlighter.


Mary carrying her famous parrot head umbrella.


Movie poster for Mary Poppins Returns

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Mary Poppins topiary at the Grand Floridian

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The amazing Dick Van Dyke!

Top photo:  Dick Van Dyke in 1964 (age 39) playing Mr. Dawes Sr. in Mary Poppins.

Bottom photo: Dick Van Dyke in 2018 (age 92) playing Mr. Dawes Jr, the son of his original aged character, in Mary Poppins Returns.

He appears to be nearly identical, with fluffy white hair and a beard, and glasses.  Many fans took to Twitter to express their disbelief at the likeness, with one writing that it is “surreal” and that he “doesn’t need prosthetics now”.

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Dancing on the table at 92 years old!!!


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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom


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Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

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‘Into The Woods’ Movie Review

The Baker & his wife, wanting a child (perhaps a little gingerbread boy?)

The Baker & his wife wanting a child (perhaps a little gingerbread boy?)

Into The Woods opened Christmas Day 2014 and we went to see it last weekend.

It’s 95% singing with very little spoken dialog, except by the narrator.

We give it a 4 out of 5 star rating.  It dragged a little bit at the end and should have ended 20 minutes before it did.  (It got a little unnecessarily dark at the very end.)

But, we LOVED the all songs!

Based on the Broadway musical, “Into the Woods” stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick and was composed by Stephen Sondheim.

The trailer opens with the various iconic characters offering wishes (“I wish…”), followed by the warning “This Christmas Be Careful What You Wish For.”

Into the Woods tells the story of a gang of fairy tale characters who enter a dark forest in the hopes of achieving their deepest wishes. The film stars Meryl Streep as the Witch, James Corden as the Baker, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as her Prince, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Lilla Crawford as Red Riding Hood, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, and Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf.

The Disney fairytale mash-up, based on various Grimm fairy tales, revolves around a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, “Jack and the Beanstalk’s” Jack Little, Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters. 🙂



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 in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale


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