Moana’s Journey of Water in Epcot’s new World Nature

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Coming in 2021: The 4 Worlds of Epcot – World Celebration, World Nature, World Showcase, and World Discovery.

Moana’s Journey of Water will be located in the new “World Nature” neighborhood.

Along with the World Showcase, there’ll be 3 new ‘World’s’ at Epcot’s entrance: World Nature, World Discovery, and World Celebration.

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It looks beautiful – like Hawaii in Florida! World Nature

World Nature replaces Future World West and World Discovery replaces Future World East.  Both Future World East/West locations badly needed updating, especially Future World East.

Innoventions West and all the buildings on that side will be demolished as part of the new design before the end of the year.

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Moana’s magical Journey of Water.  Note the new Epcot logo redesign on the poster.

This will be an immersive walk-through attraction with a lot of water features and lush tropical foliage.  Very hands-on for kids.

It looks like they will be adding the popular Jumping Water feature to the attraction.

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Interactive water features for kids. (This is ‘Jumping Water’.)

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Lush foliage. It reminds me a little bit of Avatar over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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“Blowholes” in the “lava” rocks just like what are found in Hawaii! Halona Blowhole

Moana’s Journey of Water is coming to Epcot in late 2020.

This first-ever Disney Parks attraction will be based on the hit film, “Moana,” letting guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring tropical setting.

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A lush tropical slice of paradise with many water features, including waterfalls and jumping water. A 2-story Heart of Te Fiti will be in the center of it all.

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September 2019: Current Epcot park map.

Future World West Update:  The permits to take down Fountain View (14 on the map) this year have already been filed.  We expect those buildings to be gone before the end of the year.

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Newly released Epcot drawing shows Journey of Water with the Heart of Te Fiti’s Mountain in World Nature.

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Moana’s new water attraction will be anchored by the Heart of Te Fiti. (This is just its design, it won’t be located in the middle of Friendship Bay!)

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We’re expecting that Moana will have a permanent Meet and Greet area here.

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New limited edition Moana Magic Bands are out! (LE 2400)  ❤

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We like how prominent Te Fiti is, both in the mountain face and her heart.

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The Polynesian goddess Te Fiti with her heart restored.

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Expect to see this symbol everywhere!

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Te Fiti’s Heart spiral.

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And, Moana is getting her first ever float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom next year!  We love it!!!

Time to start planning your Disney Bounding outfits!!!

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Disney Bounding as Moana.

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Disney Bounding as the goddess Te Fiti (sea colors).

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We love this dress! (green goddess colors)

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Any Goddess Te Fiti outfit must have a crown of flowers!

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We wish Te Fiti would have a meet and greet too!

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April 22, 2019 (Earth Day 2019): WOW! DiVine is out this morning at DAK and is entirely covered by blooming flowers!!! So pretty!

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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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Moana’s Journey of Water Coming to Epcot in 2020

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Moana’s magical Journey of Water

Moana’s Journey of Water is coming to Epcot in 2020.

This first-ever Disney Parks attraction will be based on the hit film, “Moana,” letting guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring tropical setting.

moana-journey-of-water

A lush tropical slice of paradise with many water features, including waterfalls and jumping water. The Heart of Te Fiti will be in the center of it all.

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The permits to take down Fountain View (14 on the map) this year have already been filed.

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Newly released Epcot concept drawing shows Journey of Water with the Heart of Te Fiti’s Mountain.

From the Journey to Water poster above, it looks like they will be adding the popular Jumping Water feature to the attraction.

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The popular Jumping Water feature in front of Journey into Imagination. Kids love catching this flying water.

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Moana’s new water journey attraction anchored by the Heart of Te Fiti.

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We’re expecting that Moana will have a permanent Meet and Greet area here.

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New limited edition Moana Magic Bands are out! (LE 2400)  ❤

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We like how prominent Te Fiti is, both in the mountain face and her heart.

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The Polynesian goddess Te Fiti with her heart restored.

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Expect to see this symbol everywhere!

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Te Fiti’s Heart spiral.

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And, Moana is getting her first ever float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom next year!

Time to start planning your Disney Bounding outfits!!!

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Disney Bounding as Moana.

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Disney Bounding as the goddess Te Fiti (sea colors).

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We love this dress! (green goddess colors)

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Any Te Fiti outfit must have a crown of flowers!

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We wish Te Fiti would have a meet and greet too!

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April 22, 2019 (Earth Day 2019): WOW! DiVine is out this morning at DAK and is entirely covered by blooming flowers!!! So pretty!

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The whole family meeting Moana at Disney’s Aulani Resort last year.

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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Meeting Moana at Disneyland last June.

Meeting Moana at Disney’s Aulani Resort

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Meeting Moana at Aulani Resort.

We got to meet Princess Moana outside yesterday afternoon. We met her last year at Disneyland. She is such a world traveler!

Her meet and greet schedule is posted by guest services and also available online.

Moana Meet and Greet Schedule

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♪♫♪ I am Moana…♪♫♪ June 2018

Then, last night we saw her on the character schedule between 8pm – 9pm and got to meet her a second time after dinner!

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Meeting her after dinner.

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She was so friendly and nice!

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Close up of her cool island shoes!

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Her meet and greet is in Aulani’s Pau Hana Room.

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Our new Hawaiian Minnie Ears. There were only 2 left in the store and we bought them both!

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Young guests can now get a “Moana Makeover” at the resort.

Moana Makeover
Discover your inner adventurer with a Moana-inspired makeover at the Painted Sky teen spa with a themed costume, styled hair, manicure, pedicure and makeup.

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I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat and restore the heart to Te Fiti. — at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Oahu, Hawaii.

Video Link:  Aulani Welcomes Moana!

Disney’s newest heroine, Moana, has sailed into Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa. Guests can experience the spirit of adventure and wonder of Hawai’i with fun-filled activities, enchanting storytelling, a special makeover, character greeting moments and more!

“Moana” is the story of an adventurous teenage girl who teams up with the demigod Maui on a daring mission to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest as she sails among the islands of Oceania to save her people.

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My new Moana pin!

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New limited edition Moana Magic Bands (LE 2400)

When we went to Disneyland in June 2017…there she was at Adventureland greeting guests in Aladdin’s Oasis!

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Meeting Moana at Disneyland in June 2017.  She was so short and pretty!

So, we got to see her 2x last year! First at DHS in Disney World, then later at Disneyland, and now at Aulani!

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Moana signed my signature book.

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Meeting Moana at DHS in February 2017- she was so nice!

She was only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a few months before she left.

“Currently, Moana and Maui are sailing the seas with Hei Hei. She visited with guests at Walt Disney World for a short time in early 2017. You know how much of a free spirit she is. It’s hard for us to keep up with her. Hopefully, she will return to the Parks to greet guests sometime soon, but no details have been given about if and when she will return.” 

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We went to see Moana on opening day with our mom. (November 23, 2016)

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Moana and Hei Hei at the Polynesian Resort.

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We love this song!

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Watch the Moana movie trailer here:  New Moana Movie Trailer.

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Watch the first movie trailer for Moana here:  Disney’s Moana.

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Disney’s newest princess, Moana!

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Interested in Disney Bounding as Moana???

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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

Now, Disney Bounding is different than Cosplay, which is dressing up exactly like the characters.  This is not allowed inside any of the Disney Parks.

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Cosplaying as Moana characters.

You can’t get into the Disney Parks dressed liked this!

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

Book link on Amazon.com:  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.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

How To Autograph Like a Disney Princess

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All the Disney Princesses signatures.

All the Disney princesses have a unique signature and they always sign their autograph the exact same way!

Yup, that’s right.  All the Disney characters at every Disney Park must sign their name using the same the Disney signature font.  Same swirl – or heart – over the i, same swirl underneath the name, same floating bubbles….

How cool is that??!!!

We always collect character autographs while visiting any Disney park:

Mickey Mouse on Main Street USA

Mickey Mouse signing our book at the Magic Kingdom

Mickey Mouse at Animal Kingdom

Mickey Mouse signing our book at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Our newest princess autograph is Moana’s:

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Moana signing my autograph book, cool signature.

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Meeting Moana at Disneyland.

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Seeing her again at Disney World!

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Meeting her at Disney’s Aulani Resort in July 2018.

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The whole family meeting Moana at Disney’s Aulani Resort last month.

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Character signatures!

All characters must learn to sign their name the correct way.

All characters must learn to sign their name the correct way. It takes a few days of training and practice to make it perfect.  🙂

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But, what if you don’t have time to stand in the character meet and greet lines???

Did you know that you can get a signed autographed postcard or picture from your favorite Disney character in the mail?

disney-postcardSend your request to your favorite character to the address below.  What Disney will send you varies from 5 x 7 character postcards to full 8 x 10 photos… make sure you address the letter to your favorite character – they’ll try to send the letter back from that character when they send the picture!  Usually takes 4 weeks.

Walt Disney World Communications

P.O. Box 10040

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

                                                                – OR –

The Walt Disney Company

Attn: Fan Mail Dept.

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

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But wait, what about Walt’s famous signature?

Do you think you can recognize it??

The offical Disney Company logo.

The official Disney Company logo, Walt Disney Pictures.

You might think that you know Walt Disney’s signature – after all it’s at the beginning of every Disney movie – but you’re wrong!

logo3 (2)The Disney Company logo is actually a “stylized version” of Walt Disney’s signature.

As can be seen on legal documents, Disney’s own signature was not nearly as exciting or intricate.

That's his real signature on his passport.

That’s his real signature on his passport.

The ‘Walt Disney’ signature used by the company was actually designed by an animator and is not his real signature. They say that Disney didn’t like the way his real signature looked. In fact, rumor has it that Walt couldn’t even reproduce the famed Disney signature!

But, you know who can reproduce his style of writing???

Mickey Mouse!

Yup, look at how he signs his name and it’s actually Walt’s signature!

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The official Disney Font.  You can download it onto your computer and write all your emails with it!

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Having fun at the Magic Kingdom.

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.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

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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Two Disney Sisters

Bonus points if you know where this wall is!  🙂

Meeting Moana Around the World

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Meeting Moana at DHS – she was so nice!

We first got to meet Disney’s newest princess, Moana, at Disney World.

She was only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a few months before she left to sail the seas.

“Currently, Moana and Maui are sailing the seas with Hei Hei. She visited with guests at Walt Disney World for a short time but the sea called to her. You know how much of a free spirit she is. It’s hard for us to keep up with her. Hopefully, she will return to the Parks to greet guests sometime soon, but no details have been given about if and when she will return.” 

And, when we went to Disneyland…there she was at Adventureland greeting guests in Aladdin’s Oasis!

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Meeting Moana at Disneyland in June.  She was so short and pretty!

Then, we got to meet her for the 3rd time at Disney’s Aulani Resort on our honeymoon!!!

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Meeting Moana at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

We got to meet Princess Moana again. We met her last year at Disneyland. She is such a world traveler!

Her meet and greet schedule is posted by guest services and also available online.

Moana Meet and Greet Schedule

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♪♫♪ I am Moana…♪♫♪ June 2018

Last night we saw her listed on the character schedule between 8pm – 9pm and got to meet her a second time after dinner!

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Meeting her after dinner.

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She was so friendly and nice!

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Close up of her cool island shoes!

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Her meet and greet is in Aulani’s Pau Hana Room.

Minnie Ears

Our new Hawaiian Minnie Ears. There were only 2 left in the store and we bought them both!

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Young guests can now get a “Moana Makeover” at the resort.

Moana Makeover
Discover your inner adventurer with a Moana-inspired makeover at the Painted Sky teen spa with a themed costume, styled hair, manicure, pedicure and makeup.

moana pin

I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat and restore the heart to Te Fiti. — at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Oahu, Hawaii.

Video Link:  Aulani Welcomes Moana!

Disney’s newest heroine, Moana, has sailed into Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa. Guests can experience the spirit of adventure and wonder of Hawai’i with fun-filled activities, enchanting storytelling, a special makeover, character greeting moments and more!

“Moana” is the story of an adventurous teenage girl who teams up with the demigod Maui on a daring mission to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest as she sails among the islands of Oceania to save her people.

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My new Moana pin!

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LE Moana pin.  So cute!

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New limited edition Moana Magic Bands (LE 2400)

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Moana + Hawaiian Ice = Perfect day in paradise!

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Moana and Hei Hei at the Polynesian Resort.

We got to see her 3x last year:  at Disney World, at Disneyland, and at Aulani Resort!

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Moana signed my signature book.

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We went to see Moana on opening day with our mom. (November 23, 2016)

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Watch the latest Moana movie trailer here:  New Moana Movie Trailer.

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Watch the first movie trailer for Moana here:  Disney’s Moana.

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Disney’s newest princess, Moana!

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Interested in Disney Bounding as Moana???

moana1

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.

moana4

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:

maui1

Disney Bounding as Maui

maui

Maui

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Ocean colors for Te Fiti

Now, Disney Bounding is different than Cosplay, which is dressing up exactly like the characters.  This is not allowed inside any of the Disney Parks.

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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.

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/

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Having some Dole Whip

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

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

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

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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Moana

Hello Moana!!!!

          

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.

moana4

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:

maui1

Disney Bounding as Maui

maui

Maui

moana2

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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Moana signed my signature book.

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Meeting Moana!

 

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Meeting Moana at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

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.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

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

two-disney-sisters

Two Disney Sisters

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The whole family meeting Moana at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

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Hello Moana!!!!

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Moana and Hei Hei at the Polynesian Resort.

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January 2019: Moana in her winter costume (note the sleeves and leggings).

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I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat and restore the heart to Te Fiti. — at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Oahu, Hawaii.

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Meeting Moana at Disneyland in June.

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LE Moana pin.

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She was so friendly and nice!

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Close up of her cool island shoes!

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We love this song!  ❤

 

Moana, Disney’s Polynesian Princess

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Disney’s newest princess, Moana!

We saw Moana on opening day (11/23/2016) and LOVED it!  Great story, great music!

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Opening day at AMC.

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New Moana pin!

September 15, 2106:  New movie trailer was released today for Moana!   Watch it here:  Moana Movie Trailer

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Watch the first movie trailer for Moana here:  Disney’s Moana

moana1Moana will be released November 23, 2016.  It looks really good!

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This movie is going to make us want to go to Hawaii even more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Princess Moana

Princess Moana

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She is so pretty!!!

IT’S OFFICIAL: After months and months of worldwide casting calls, we’ve finally found our next Walt Disney Animation Studios Princess… #MOANA.

We’re pumped to welcome 14yr old Auli’i Cravalho of Mililani, Hawaii to our project. What’s amazing about this story is that she didn’t think she was good enough so she never auditioned. Fortunately, one of our Oahu casting agents discovered her singing at a charity competition and the rest is history.

An awesome lesson to all young kids out there… work hard, have confidence in yourselves and never think you’re not good enough because you never know what the future holds.

Congratulations Auli’i!  We can’t wait to work with you and watch you bring this new Disney Princess to life. 🙂

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This made us laugh!!  🙂

 

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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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