Are Those Real Skeleton Bones at Disneyland???!!!

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That skull & bones are real!!!

That skull and crossbones in the Captain’s headboard at Disneyland are REAL!!!

For most Disneyland fans, there is a lot of joy in finding hidden secrets about the Park that we all love to visit.

Today, we present to you a very interesting fact about the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disneyland:  The skull and the crossbones that sit above the bed in the Captain’s Quarters treasure room are actually real bones!!

Super Creepy!!!

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The Pirates of the Caribbean ride definitely has the most skulls and bones!!

Back in 1967, just after Walt Disney had passed away, the Pirates of the Caribbean first set sail at Disneyland. But along with singing pirates and fair maidens, it held a dark secret.

Disney lore has it that while the ride was still under construction, the Disney Imagineers were unhappy with the look of the fake plastic skeletons placed about the ride. They didn’t think they looked authentic enough.

The solution was simple: Use real human bones!

They asked around and the UCLA medical school provided cadaver skeletons to Disneyland from men who had donated their bodies to “science”, which were then positioned in the classic poses we see today on the ride.

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Skeletons playing chess.

There’s a pair of skeleton friends playing chess, one sitting atop a mountain of gold coins, a dead captain with a sabre in his ribs… While it may seem grotesque using real bones, they remained for quite some time.

Disney hasn’t officially confirmed exactly when the skeletons were replaced with fake bones, but they slowly were swapped out and the human remains returned to UCLA during the various ride refurbishments throughout the years.

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Yup, they’re real!

But, they didn’t remove them all!

Although the Captain’s skeleton laying in bed looking through a magnifying glass are no longer the remains of a deceased man, the bones on the headboard behind him are real!

That is a genuine skull and human crossbones!

It’s unknown why Disney chose to leave them there when the others were removed.  (Possibly, they came from a different source than UCLA and couldn’t be returned.)

If you look closely, you’ll notice that they’re darker and more aged than the rest of the skeletons on the ride. It’s the skull and leg bones of a Caucasian male.

Human skeletons were never used when the next Pirates rides were constructed at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in 1973, or at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, or at Disneyland Paris in 1992.

Sailing into a hurricane!

Captain Skeleton sailing into a hurricane!

Yo ho, yo ho!   Dead men tell no tales!  😉

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We got to see Pirate Redd for the first time this week.

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Pirate Redd drinking some rum….

A few years ago when we went to Disneyland with a first time visitor he was like: “What’s with all the skeletons everywhere at Disneyland?”

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We don’t remember this scene at all! It must be new. 🙂

When you think about it, there are skeletons all over Adventureland, in lots of scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean,  some over in Fantasyland on Peter Pan’s Flight, a skeleton hanging in the stretching room of the Haunted Mansion, the pile of animal bones signaling the entry to the piranha pool in Jungle Cruise, and a dinosaur fossil in Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

No bones about it, that’s a lot of bones!!!  😉

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We think that Walt would have loved all the ghosts and skeletons at all the Disney Parks around the world!

Disneyland Fact:  Opening on March 18, 1967, the Disneyland version of Pirates of the Caribbean was the last attraction that Walt Disney himself participated in designing, debuting just three months after his death.

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Cheers to the new year!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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!

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

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Pirate Mickey walking around Adventureland

 

 

New “Politically Correct” Redhead Scene Debuts in Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney World

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The new pirate, Redd.

March 19, 2018:  After being down for refurbishment for the past three weeks, Pirates of the Caribbean has reopened at Magic Kingdom Park today with a new version of the attraction’s auction scene.

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Looks like they’ve looted the Haunted Mansion!

In the new auction scene, the Auctioneer now oversees the sale of the townspeople’s possessions and goods, rather than selling brides to the pirates sacking the town. Everyone looks like they are carrying something stolen from the Haunted Mansion!

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Redd drinking some rum….

As for the Redhead, she has taken charge of her own story and become a pirate named Redd – pillaging the town’s rum supply, and she definitely has something to say about it.

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“Strike your feathers, dearie.”

The larger woman (formerly a pirate’s auction bride) in the scene is now holding a chicken that is being auctioned off.  New scene dialogue: “Strike your feathers, dearie. Show them your flock.”

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The original Redhead scene. “We wants the Redhead!”

Classic scene lines that were completely removed in the change:

“We wants the redhead!”

“What be I offered for this winsome wench?”

“What are ya’ sellin’ her by the pound?”

“Shift yer cargo dearie, show ’em your larboard side.”

Video of new auction scene:  2018 Pirates of the Caribbean

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Redhead vs. Pirate Redd

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Two Disney Sisters at Disneyland

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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Fine Dining in Disneyland’s Dream Suite: 21 Royal

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Just $15,000 and this party place can be yours!

Disneyland’s former Dream Suite is now 21 Royal, a $15,000-per-table exclusive dining experience!

The 21 Royal venue was converted into a dining area during the recent renovation of Club 33 in late 2017.

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21 Royal – The Disneyland Dream Suite

The 21 Royal experience starts when your party of up to 12 guests arrives at the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, where they will be greeted by the hotel’s valets and given a VIP escort into Disneyland Park. Guests are welcomed by the 21 Royal staff with signature cocktails are served by professional butlers in the salon, overseen by sommelier Matt Ellingson.

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Cocktails are served on the outdoor private patio.

A casual cocktail reception on the patio follows, with time to explore the different rooms of the venue and their “magical features.”

royal4Guests take their seats around a lavish table covered in white linens, fresh flowers and set with gold-plated dinnerware and fine crystal, for the highly customized seven course dinner prepared by executive chef Andrew Sutton and chef de cuisine Justin Monson. Using a chosen theme for the evening as inspiration, the team prepares a unique menu that represents “Disney storytelling at its delicious best.” The chefs work directly with premier suppliers—both local and international — including farmers, fishermen and other sustainable sources, then match them with the pairings from the extensive 21 Royal wine collection.

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The 21 Royal wine collection.

21 Royal guests can end their evening with a grand finale dessert on the private balcony, which features a view of the Rivers of America, and on certain nights, prime viewing of the park’s nighttime entertainment.

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Dessert on the private balcony.

The price for all this pampering is $15,000, including tax, gratuity, valet and theme park admission. For the maximum party size of 12, which translates to $1,250 per person; there’s no discount for fewer guests.

If the price tag doesn’t scare you off, you can reserve your 21 Royal party up to 6 months in advance by calling the 21 Royal concierge at (714) 300-7749.

Magical!

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We were here!

We have actually toured the Dream Suite at Disneyland. That was a lot of fun!

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The Dream Suite’s private upstairs entrance.

 

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We actually left via this staircase.
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The first of several “D’s that I found.

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Mom sitting in the Parlor Room, note the “fire” burning and the small gilded birdcage. The mirror is magical, part of the room’s Good Night Kiss.

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The 21 Royal Dream Suite covers the entire 2nd floor.

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We spent 10 minutes out on the balcony waving at the Disneyland guests below.  It was a very VIP feeling!!

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Meeting Princess Tiana in New Orleans Square.

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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Taking the Keys to the Kingdom Tour

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Seeing Main Street USA in a new light.

We always try and do something new and different on every trip to WDW.  (Realizing that this isn’t easy now that we’ve both worked as cast members at Disney World for a year!)

We booked a Keys to the Kingdom tour this summer while Caroline was working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  The tour fills up fast and we were lucky to get three slots for our trip planned for November.

Our friend Ricky, a current CP, was able to join us at the last minute.  The tour is limited to 20 people and, fortunately, there had been a cancellation that morning.  The tour lasts five hours and is normally $79, but CPs get a ½ price discount.

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Arriving with our friend, Ricky, almost early enough to see the Park’s opening show!

We planned on getting to the Magic Kingdom in time to see the Park Opening Welcome Show with all the Disney characters arriving at the train station waving and singing.  But, the traffic from our hotel didn’t cooperate and we had to stop and pick up Ricky at his apartment.  We got there five minutes after the show ended!

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Our Keys to the Kingdom golden pins!

Our tour time was 9:30am, with a check-in time of 9am.  We went over to the Chamber of Commerce next to City Hall, near Mickey’s Theater where you can meet Mickey, and checked in.  Our name tags were all ready for us.  The tour guide handed us a menu from the Columbia House to select our lunch entrée and beverage, and also offered us a bottle of chilled water while we were waiting.

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A bottle of free chilled water?  Yes, please!!

At 9:30 sharp, everyone was checked in and we got our ‘WhisperEars’, the ear pieces to hear what our guide was saying as she talked into a microphone during the tour.  (Just like after Traditions during our first DCP program when we did our group’s walking tour of MK!)

The headset is very necessary. Our tour guide talked constantly throughout the 5 hour tour even on attractions (Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion), while on the busy sidewalks of the Magic Kingdom, during the morning parade, and on the behind the scenes (backstage) areas where there is a lot of activity going on. Without the headsets, there would be no way of hearing much of what she said.

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Walt has 2 windows on Main Street.  The first is over the train station:  “Keeping Dreams on Track”.

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The second one is over the Plaza Restaurant:  “Graduate School of Design & Master Planning”.

We started off by walking down Main Street USA while our tour guide noted the names on the 2nd floor windows and who the people were, with many of them being Disney Legends.  Then, a street parade came by at 9:45am that was very loud and made it very hard to hear what she was saying.

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Roy O. Disney, Chairman

Interestingly, she pointed out all the lightning rods on every building (Orlando is the lightning capital of the US), and how the US flags flying on top of the buildings aren’t actually the US flag, but ‘pennants’ or ‘banners’.

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Those are not US flags on top of the buildings….

By making them with one less star or one less stripe, the pennants don’t have to be taken down at sunset or illuminated at night.

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Guess what this roof material is….

From Main Street USA, we went over to Adventureland.  A lot of good behind the scenes info was pointed out, like what the Tiki House roof “grass” is made out of (aluminum strips).

We went on the Jungle Cruise, cutting the line and getting an “insider” tour, led by our guide talking the whole time and not the boat captain telling the usual jokes. That was OK because she gave a lot of info on the ride and we were able to go back later on in the day and ride it with the normal captain’s chatter.

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We got a behind-the-scenes look at several hippos out of the water…they only have 1/2 bodies!!

Next up was the Tiki Room.  She didn’t talk at all during the performance, which was nice.

From there, we walked over to Pirates of the Caribbean and joined the Fast Pass line.  That attraction was closed for six months this year to replace all the boats and refurbish the attraction.  All the characters got new costumes and wigs.

Side comment:  There are obviously still problems with the ride’s boats!  You never used to get wet on POC.  Never.  Maybe a tiny splash or two.  But, no longer!  Sit in the first two rows or anywhere along the sides and you will get unpleasantly wet!  Stepping into our boat, I noticed that the water was 2” deep in my row, row 5.  And, me wearing mesh sneakers!  And the seat was wet too.  Ugh.

Our tour guide talked the whole ride pointing out new things, Hidden Mickeys, and telling backstory tales.

(Note, you could remove your WhisperEars at any time if you wanted to focus on the attractions.)

Afterwards, we walked over to Liberty Square and she had a lot of tidbits to share about that part of the park.

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Lunchtime with my friend, Ricky.

By then, we had been on the walking tour almost 3 hours and it was finally time for lunch. We were escorted up to a private area on the second floor of the Columbia Harbour House restaurant where the tables were set with our lunch.

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FINALLY LUNCHTIME!!!

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Tuna fish sandwich with house chips.

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My Keys to the Kingdom golden pin.

There was a place card at each dish to let everyone know where to sit for the lunch they had ordered earlier. Inside the place card was our Keys to the Kingdom golden pin!

After lunch, we went on the Haunted Mansion ride, sneaking in the cast member’s side door to avoid the line out front.  She talked on this ride too with more backstage info.

The tunnels are color coded showing you what Land you are in.

The tunnels are color coded showing you what Land you are in. (Not my photo, no photos allowed on the walking tour!)

From there, we walked back towards Main Street and entered the Utilidors, the under-the-park utility corridors.

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Cinderella Castle under construction, circa 1970.

Most people know that the Magic Kingdom park – the part you see and walk on – is actually the second story of the park.  They put in the utility corridors during the first phase of construction, then covered it with dirt and built the Magic Kingdom on top of that.  So all the trees, etc. had to be brought in and put in huge planters of soil.

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Walt visiting the Florida Project, 1966.  This is the last photo of him taken at what would become the Magic Kingdom.  He passed away 5 months later.

There are some great pictures on the wall which she talked about, but by then we had been on tour 4.5 hours and we thought she was getting a little snotty with the guests. She talked some more about the construction and opening of the park, and noted some photos of the castle with different paint jobs.

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The Pink Castle, 1996

Nobody seemed to like the look of the Cinderella Castle in 1996/1997 when it was very pink!  (We saw it in November 1996!)

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1970:  Roy Disney on Main Street, under construction

What interested us the most – and that we hadn’t noticed before while we were working – were the large Disney pin display boards by year starting in 2002.  OMG, we own so many of these great pins!!

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WDW Opening Day;  October 1, 1971

It was a little emotional hearing about Roy making the 1971 opening day speech with Mickey at his side instead of Walt, who had died of lung cancer in 1966 and never lived to see his enormous dream be built.

Back outside, we walked down Main Street, but from the backstage side.  Guests who walk down Main Street USA with the Cinderella Castle in view think that it must be several city blocks long.  Untrue!  It’s the forced perspective at work again!  From the backside, Main Street USA is very short, only about 300 feet long!

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“Three” story buildings on Main Street USA

And, from the front, the buildings look like they are three stories tall, but in reality because of forced perspective, they are really only two stories.  From the backstage area, Main Street looked so small and short!

Some important information to know before you take this tour:

  • Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour is a mostly outdoor walking tour, so check the weather and dress appropriately. On our day, it was sunny and in the low 80s.  I’m pretty sure we would not have enjoyed doing this tour in the rain!
  • No cameras, video equipment or cellphones may be used throughout the duration of the tour. Photography is strictly prohibited behind the scenes as well as out and about in the Magic Kingdom.
  • Guests must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid photo ID.
  • Please check in at the Chamber of Commerce building adjacent to City Hall 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour. You will forfeit the entire price of your tour if you no-show or cancel within 2 days of your reservation.
  • Same-day bookings are on a walk-up basis only, based on availability. (This is how Ricky was able to come on the tour with us.)

Some highlights of the tour will include:

  • Riding at least 2 classic Magic Kingdom attractions while hearing about their hidden secrets. We rode Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Haunted Mansion.
  • Access the famed underground “Utilidor” tunnels that allow cast members and supplies to travel beneath the park unseen. (Since Elly worked at MK, this wasn’t special for her, but our mom wanted to really see it.)
  • Learn little-known trivia about each of the “lands” of the park. (Only went to Adventureland.)
  • Visit the special backstage area where parade floats are stored and serviced. (We did not do this.)
  • Enjoy your choice of lunch entrée at Columbia Harbour House, included with your tour.
  • Receive a surprise gift. (Keys to the Kingdom pin.)

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working together at DAK

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

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Making a Magical Moment for a Special Guest

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Pirates of the Caribbean at Adventureland

Making a Magical Moment for Guests:  It’s what we do!

This was posted on our DCP blog this morning….A Magical Moment for two Magic Kingdom guests.

I found your blog while looking for a Disney cast member. My 16 year old daughter with Down syndrome met Thomas the pirate at the entrance to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction on 4/22/15 between 7pm and 9:30 pm, if I’m not off on the time.

Thomas was wonderful with my daughter and gave her a ‘no strings attached’ paper good for a Mickey ice cream bar with a Disney princess showing at the top. Amber was so impacted by Thomas that on the way out that she asked to keep the slip and not get the ice cream so she could keep it to remember Thomas.

If you or someone else reading this knows cast member Thomas please thank him for teenage princess Amber and her mom for the priceless memory of that night.

Amber still talks of pirate Thomas and she put her no strings attached paper in her scrapbook to always remember him. G.C.

CP Thomas with his special Disney guest Amber.

CP Thomas with his special Disney guest Amber.

We posted the message on the Spring 2015 facebook wall and within 5 minutes several CPs had tagged Thomas and said what a great CP he is!

We contacted the guest and gave her the email address to Disney Guest Services so that Thomas can get officially acknowledged at work.

Disney cast members are the best!

Disney cast members are the best!  🙂

Link to thank a Disney cast member is:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/ways-to-be-kind-to-cast-members/
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We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We 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.
http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409410046&sr=1-1&keywords=Two+Girls+and+a+Mouse+Tale

Disney to Release 24 Movies in 24 Months!

10/2015: New movie release schedule

10/2015:  Updated movie release schedule

October 2015 Movie Release Update:

Disney has announced changes and new release dates to their upcoming slate of 19 feature films, it was announced Thursday, October 8, 2015.

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The revised movie release schedule.

Toy Story 4” has been delayed by a year while “Cars 3” is now scheduled to be released on June 16, 2017 — the original date set for the latest sequel in Pixar’s Toy Story franchise, which is now set for release on June 15, 2018.  A year later, “Incredibles 2” will be released to movie theaters on June 21, 2019. Two more untitled Pixar films will be released on March 13 and June 19, 2020.

As part of the previously-announced Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney announced the sequel “Ant-Man and the Wasp” arriving July 6, 2018 as well as “Captain Marvel”, “Black Panther” and three more untitled Marvel Studios films set to be released May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.

“Black Panther” has been moved five months ahead from July 6, 2018, to February 16, 2018 while “Captain Marvel” has been delayed eight months and will arrive in theaters March 8, 2018.

Live-action remakes of Disney classics, which have to be revealed, will also arrive in the next few years. The first will be released on December 22, 2017 with the next one following a year later on November 2. Two more will be released in 2019 — on March 29 and November 8. A live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” will also be released March 17, 2017.

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Disney movie release schedule through 2017.

Original Disney movie release schedule through 2017.

In case you missed it, Disney plans on releasing 24 new movies in the next 24 months (24/24).

Here’s the lineup with movie release dates:

1.  Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel) – May 1, 2015
2.  Tomorrowland (Walt Disney Pictures) – May 22, 2015
3.  Inside Out (Pixar) – June 19, 2015
4.  Ant-Man (Marvel) – July 17, 2015
5.  Bridge of Spies (DreamWorks) – Oct. 16, 2015
6.  The Good Dinosaur (Pixar) – Nov. 25, 2015
7.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Lucasfilm) – Dec. 18, 2015
8.  The Finest Hours (Walt Disney Pictures) – Jan. 29, 2016
9.  Zootopia (Walt Disney Animation Studios) – March 4, 2016
10.  The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Pictures) – April 15, 2016
11.  Captain America: Civil War (Marvel) – May 6, 2016
12.  Alice: Through the Looking Glass (Walt Disney Pictures) – May 27, 2016
13.  Finding Dory (Pixar) – June 17, 2016
14.  The BFG (Walt Disney Pictures) – July 1, 2016
15.  Pete’s Dragon (Walt Disney Pictures) – Aug. 12, 2016
16.  Doctor Strange (Marvel) – Nov. 4, 2016
17.  Moana (Walt Disney Animation Studios) – Nov. 23, 2016
18.  Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (Lucasfilm) – Dec. 16, 2016
19.  Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Pictures) – March 17, 2017
20.  Ghost in the Shell (DreamWorks) – April 14, 2017
21.  Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (Marvel) – May 5, 2017
22.  Star Wars: Episode VIII (Lucasfilm) – May 26, 2017
23.  Toy Story 4 (Pixar) – June 16, 2017**
24.  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Walt Disney Pictures) – July 17, 2017

** Release delayed a whole year now.

After being gone for over a month due to hurting his hand during filming, Johnny Depp returned to Australia this week to resume filming.

After being gone for over a month due to hurting his hand during filming, Johnny Depp returned to Australia this week to resume POTC filming.

Whoa!

Even for a major movie studio, that’s a hefty movie release schedule!

But, wait, there’s even more to come through 2019:
1.  Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel) – Nov. 3, 2017
2.  Untitled Pixar Animation – Nov. 22, 2017
3.  Untitled Disney Animation – March 9, 2018 (Frozen?)
4.  Avengers: Infinity War Part I (Marvel) – May 4, 2018
5.  Untitled Pixar Animation – June 15, 2018 (The Incredibles 2?)
6.  Black Panther (Marvel) – July 6, 2018
7.  Captain Marvel (Marvel) – Nov. 2, 2018
8.  Untitled Disney Animation – Nov. 21, 2018
9.  Avengers: Infinity War Part II (Marvel) – May 3, 2019
10. Inhumans (Marvel) – July 12, 2019

The Frozen and The Incredibles sequels will most likely comprise two of the “untitled” Disney and Pixar animated film slots.

Star Wars: Episode IX will also be appearing in that lineup, along with at least one other standalone Star Wars Anthology film.

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working together at DAK

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 (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) 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.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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

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Disney World Refurbishment Schedule for 1Q2015

It's va-cay time!!!

It’s va-cay time!!!

There’s nothing more frustrating than planning a long awaited trip to Disney World, only to get there and find out that your favorite ride is closed for refurbishment!!

Wintertime, when the crowds are low, is Disney’s time to catch up on repairs and refurbishments.  This is especially true of the water parks, mini golf courses, and water rides.

Typhoon Lagoon Oct 26, 2014 to Jan 03, 2015 closed for refurbishment

Blizzard Beach Jan 04, 2015 to Mar 14, 2015 closed for refurbishment

Splash Mountain Jan 05, 2015 to Jan 31, 2015 closed for refurbishment

Haunted Mansion Dec 01, 2014 to Dec 11, 2014 closed for refurbishment

Pirates of the Caribbean Dec 17, 2014 to Dec 17, 2014 closed for refurbishment

Winter Summerland Mini Golf Jan 04, 2015 to Feb 15, 2015 closed for refurbishment

it’s a small world Mar 10, 2015 to Mar 15, 2015 closed for refurbishment

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Mar 04, 2015 to Mar 07, 2015 closed for refurbishment

Harmony Barber Shop Feb 02, 2015 to Mar 30, 2015 closed for refurbishment

Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid Feb 02, 2015 to Mar 06, 2015  closed for refurbishment

Liberty Square Riverboat Jan 23, 2015 to Jan 27, 2015 closed for refurbishment

Cinderella’s Royal Table Jan 05, 2015 to Mar 06, 2015 closed for refurbishment

Flame Tree Barbecue Jan 05, 2015 to Mar 31, 2015 closed for refurbishment

Kali Rapids Jan 20, 2015 to Feb 02, 2015 and Mar 10, 2015 to Mar 13, 2015 closed for refurbishment

Disney’s Polynesian Resort Pool Jul 26, 2014 to Mar 31, 2015 Nanea Volcano Pool closed for refurbishment

DPR Barefoot Pool Bar Jul 26, 2014 to Mar 31, 2015 closed for refurbishment

DPR Trader Jacks Jun 16, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014 closed for refurbishment

The refurbishment dates do get moved around a bit, so check with WDW for updates:

http://www.wdwmagic.com/refurbishments.htm

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http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We 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.