Disney Bounding as Princess Moana and Friends

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Fun ideas to Disney Bound as Moana.

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

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Coral and tan with seashell accents.

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

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

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Disney Bounding as Maui

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Maui

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Ocean colors for Te Fiti

Other Disney Bounding ideas:

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

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

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

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

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Cosplaying as Moana characters.

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

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Moana signed my signature book.

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Meeting Moana!


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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Meeting Disney Legend ‘Auntie’ Kau’i at the Polynesian Resort

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Hanging with Walt Disney Living Legend, ‘Auntie’ Kau’i Brandt.  She’s 84 years old!

Although not as well-known as Disney Legend Richard over at the Grand Floridian, Disney’s Polynesian Resort also has a Walt Disney Living Legend working there:  cast member Kau’i Brandt, better known as Auntie Kau’i to the guests.

At age 84, Auntie Kau’i has been with Disney’s Polynesian Resort almost since it opened.

She moved from the Hawaiian island of Oahu in 1971 to first open the Polynesian show at Disneyland in California, and then moved to Florida to open a similar show at Walt Disney World. She was the master of ceremonies for both shows, and now serves as a cultural representative at the Polynesian Resort.

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Her lei-making table with beautiful finished leis for sale.

Guests can find Auntie Kau’i in the first-floor lobby of the Great Ceremonial House of the Polynesian five days a week making leis with fresh flowers and pretty ribbons at her table in the corner of the children’s area. She is quick with a friendly smile and delights in showing guests how leis are made.

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All the leis smelled so beautiful.  This is a carnation lei with rose colored ribbons (next to it is a candy lei for kids!).

She creates her leis from real flowers for guests celebrating their honeymoon, anniversaries, or family celebrations. (All resort guests receive a pretty, free silk flower lei when they check-in, and also get one when entering the Spirit of Aloha show.)

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Wearing our leis.

These special leis can be custom-ordered in specific colors and flowers in the adjacent gift shop for $10 – $20 apiece. Auntie Kau’i said she creates about 20 lei necklaces, bracelets, and headbands for guests each day.  How cute would that be if you were getting married at the Polynesian and everyone wore one of these?!

Children are invited to make lei necklaces and bracelets out of pasta and candy. Modern tradition holds that carnation lei symbolize love, but a fresh flower lei is a beautiful gift that needs no reason to give and enjoy.

Auntie Kau’i also teaches guests how to dance the hula. The lessons are complimentary and last about 15 minutes. Women and girls are invited to don grass skirts and are given instruments to play to accompany the ukulele music. During the lessons, Auntie Kau’i and another cast member take turns demonstrating the graceful movements while the guests mimic them. Then, the guests put it all together for their finale. So much fun!

Auntie Kau’i has been dancing the hula since she was 6 years old. On Saturday mornings, she also teaches free dance lessons for two hours at the Polynesian Resort.

Stop by and say hi to her!

You can read more about her interesting life’s story here:  Growing Up Hawaiian.

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Checking out the gift shop.

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The Great Ceremonial House Lobby of Disney’s Polynesian Resort, entryway.

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The light fixtures high above the lobby.

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View from the monorail of the Polynesian Village Resort.

Don’t forget to try the delicious breakfast at Ohana’s!!!!

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Elly & Hawaiian Mickey.

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Caroline having fun with Stitch.

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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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Ohana’s Character Breakfast with Friends at the Polynesian Resort

Polynesian Mickey stopping by our table.

Polynesian Mickey stopping by our table.

My best friend during the summer program, Ricky, and I planned several more character dining experiences near at the end of my time at Disney.

The day after trying the fabulous breakfast buffet at Trail’s End Restaurant, we planned a character breakfast at Ohana’s at the Polynesian Resort.  Fewer coworkers were able to come with us because of their hectic work schedules, so I invited my roommate, Hannah, to come along. She loves Lilo and Stitch, and hadn’t met them yet in any of the parks.  (She wasn’t able to come with us for our roommate breakfast at Crystal Palace a few weeks ago because of work.)

Unfortunately, when I woke up the morning of the breakfast, I immediately realized that I was sick. Really, really sick. I could barely stand up in the shower and my skin felt so sensitive that the shower water actually hurt my skin.  (This is the downside of working at a world class theme park.  You are exposed to germs and viruses from across the planet every day!)  I knew I couldn’t bail on my roommate and all my coworkers; I had to go to the breakfast no matter what.

We were all dressing up for the fancy breakfast at 10am and had to catch a cast bus to the Polynesian.  Because the buses sometimes run late, and the fact that we’re all college kids, I’m always surprised when the whole group is actually ready on time. I think it must be because most of my coworker friends are ICPs in the international program.  They have a different sense of time and are always punctual.  They’re rarely, if ever, late for anything.

Our group with Pluto

Our group with Pluto

We got to Ohana’s and were immediately seated and given a basket full of yummy, freshly-baked Hawaiian bread.  Ohana’s serves the breakfast food family style to the table, in gigantic metal bowls with large spoons to serve yourself onto your individual plates.

My friend Ricky is always checking his phone!

My friend Ricky is always checking his phone!

I was really excited to get some more chilled “moonshine” juice just like they served at Trail’s End restaurant yesterday, but here it’s called P.O.G juice, which stands for pineapple, orange and guava juice.  It was perfection.

Carafes of P.O.G. juice.

Carafes of chilled P.O.G. juice.

I love the Mickey Waffles and order them whenever I can.  I was happy to see that they not only had Mickey Waffles, they also had Stitch Waffles too!  Super cute!

Food photos!

Food photos!

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Lilo stopping by.

While we were eating, Polynesian Mickey, Stitch, Lilo, and Pluto all came by our table to visit us.  I had forgotten how short Stitch is!  Halfway through breakfast, Hawaiian music started playing and all the kids got up and started parading around the restaurant, laughing with the characters.  I loved it!

We ate it all!

We ate it all!

After we were done stuffing ourselves silly with eggs and waffles, half our group went to the Magic Kingdom to play, and the other half – my group – caught a cast bus to the Animal Kingdom to get to work on time.  I was feeling worse and worse as the breakfast wore on, but still had to make it to work. I ended up working for just two hours before I couldn’t take it anymore and asked for an ER (early release from shift).

I wasn’t sure if my feeling sick was related to getting stung by a bee the day before or not, but I think so.  I should have taken more Benadryl before leaving my apartment.  I told my managers that I thought I might be having an allergic reaction to my bee sting.  My managers were so kind and immediately sent me home with some Benadryl from the first aid kit.  I got an ROS – Relief of Shift on my record.  It isn’t a point or a negative mark, but if you get a lot of these on your record in a short period of time, it can look bad.  This is the first time that I’ve missed work during this program.

I went home and immediate took a long nap.  I had get better fast because my friend Ricky had planned a great International Lasagna Dinner for later on in the evening and everyone was coming to it.  I couldn’t miss that!

“Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch”

Breakfast Menu, July 2015

Served 7:30am – 11am, $24.99

The ‘All you care to eat’ meal is brought table-side by servers. Sweet bread, fruit, breakfast skillet, and Mickey Waffles are brought to your table as soon as you’re seated.

Basket of Sweet Hawaiian Breads

Seasonal Fruit

Hawaiian breakfast platter for the table includes:

Hua Paka (Scrambled Eggs) – made fresh, hot & delicious

Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes) – island-style potatoes, with caramelized onions & scallions

Pua’a (Pork) – pork breakfast sausage links & smoked bacon

Mickey or Stitch Waffles – brought tableside by a server

Beverages:

Unlimited P.O.G. juice – the juice is a blend of pineapple, orange and guava juices

Milk, hot cocoa, bottled water, coffee, and tea

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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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Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian Resort

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Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian Resort.  We had tickets to the 5:15pm first seating.

One of my Disney Bucket List items was to try the Spirit of Aloha dinner at the Polynesian Village Resort.

I knew it would be awesome, but it is pretty expensive.  The prices are based on the levels of seating.  I got tickets for the category 3 seating, which is in the very back for a little under $50 per person.

Normally, cast members can get 40%-50% dining discounts at the really nice restaurants on property.  Unfortunately, there aren’t any CM discounts for the Spirit of Aloha show.

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We had two Category 3 seats, right in the middle. With tax, it was $122. No discount for CMs.

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The all-inclusive menu.  All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Hawaiian luau.

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It all looked so good!

A very friendly waiter sat us at an awesome two-person table, right at the front of the upper floor seating.

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I saw a lot of guests ordering Pele’s Fire Punch, the house cocktail drink made with rum and pineapple juice.

Soft drinks and ice water are complimentary, but if you want to splurge, you can also order specialty, alcoholic cocktails.

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Perfect!

I got some nice white wine to go with my dinner.

When you get to your table, the “cold” dishes, i.e., the salads and Pineapple-Coconut bread are already set out.

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Three cold salads and fresh pineapple chunks.

It’s family style eating, so you just grab what you want and put it on your own plate – which is shaped like a palm tree leaf!

My favorite was the cold noodle dish on the far right (Soba Noddle Salad). Yum!! I loved that everything was pineapple and citrus flavored!

The main course was SO much meat!  Almost too much!

I really liked the bar-b-qued ribs and the pulled pork.

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The meat platter:  Aloha Pulled Pork, Polynesian Pork Ribs, Roasted Chicken, and Vegetable Medley.

By the time I got around to sampling the roasted chicken breasts, I was way too full to even try them!

All throughout the dining, there was an INCREDIBLE show onstage with live music and Hawaiian dancing!

Photos from the dancing during dinner:

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Native Hawaiian dancing.

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Huba-huba!!

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Yes, please!

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Hawaiian Fire Dancer.

Here are some more photos of the Spirit of Aloha show:

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The final course of the luau was the BEST part!

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Huge dessert serving of pineapple-banana bread pudding.

It was pineapple-banana bread! Omg YUM!!!

If only I had saved more room, I was totally obsessed with this pineapple-banana bread pudding!

Coupled with fresh pineapple and warm caramel sauce, this bread pudding was to die for!!

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Too full to finish it! 😦

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Everyone got a flower lei when they checked in.

Absolutely, this is one of my most favorite experiences at Disney this summer!

I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a unique dining experience and definitely for anyone who loves pineapple!
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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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The Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

20 bungalows built out over the lagoon in South Seas style.

The 20 Polynesian bungalows are built out over the lagoon in “South Seas style”.

Disney’s first over-the-water bungalows at the Polynesian Resort were under construction during my entire first program.  They just opened up a month before I arrived in May.

My friend and her aunt were staying at one of the bungalows and invited me over for an afternoon visit.

What can I say?  Wow!!

The bungalow’s theme is “modern Polynesian style in the spirit of aloha”.

The newly renovated lobby.

The newly renovated lobby of the Polynesian Resort.

My first stop after arriving at the Polynesian Resort was to see the newly redesigned lobby of the Great Ceremonial House.  This has been controversial because they’ve removed the old fountain in the center of the lobby, which was surrounded by lush, flowering plants, and replaced with a stone Tiki figure.

New light fixtures

New light fixtures

While it certainly opened up the lobby and Disney did put in a few more chairs for seating, along with a huge glass lighting fixture, I don’t know that it made it better.  Now it just looks like a lot of other upscale hotel lobbies.

Enjoying my Starbucks.

Enjoying my iced coffee Starbucks drink.  Ahhh!

I walked through the lobby and around the renovated pool area.  This too was closed and under renovation during my entire first program.  They’ve put in a large kiddie pool area and it does look nice.

Walking over the the bungalow.

Walking over to the bungalow.  Only 117 “feels like” temperature!  ❤ Florida in the summer!!  😉

The bungalows – 20 in all – are just a short walk away.

All the bungalows are 2 bedroom, 2 bath (room for 8 guests) and feature a private back deck with plunge pool.

Private pools on deck.

Private pools on deck.

Comfortable lounge furniture in arranged on a back deck that runs the length of the bungalow. A separate private seating area features hanging chairs.  I so wanted to cool off with a dip in the private plunge pool!  I can’t believe I forgot my swimsuit!

Relaxation time!

Relaxation time!

I could get used to this private deck!

I could get used to this private deck!

Each bungalow was supposedly positioned just right for an idyllic view of Magic Kingdom fireworks from the back deck at night and have speakers that can pipe in the music along with the Wishes fireworks show.

Watching Wishes from the deck.

Watching Wishes from the deck.

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Two Girls

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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Breakfast at Ohana at the Polynesian Resort

Enjoying a Character Breakfast at 'Ohana

Enjoying a Character Breakfast at ‘Ohana.  (Photo taken before being seated.)

Caroline and I used our 50% dining discount coupon to enjoy a character breakfast with Lilo & Stitch at ‘Ohana at the Great Ceremonial House.

The huge breakfast is served family style on platters, with the Disney characters of Mickey Mouse,  Lilo and Stitch visiting the tables.

We had a great time with the characters!

The food was so delicious!

The food was so delicious!  Sweet breads and fresh fruit.

Yum!

Yum!  Huge serving portions.

Mickey leading a parade of kids.

Mickey leading a parade of kids.

With Lilo.

With Lilo.

She was great!

She was great!

Having fun with Stitch.

Having fun with Stitch.

Elly & Hawaiian Mickey.

Elly & Hawaiian Mickey.

“Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch”

Polynesian friends invite you to join Mickey for autographs and pictures. A family photo is taken before you are seated. A photographer will bring the photo to your table during the meal for you to purchase if you wish.

Breakfast served 7:30am – 11am

‘All you care to eat’ sweet breads, potatoes, breakfast skillet meals, and fruits are brought table-side by servers.  Mickey waffles brought to you by another server.

The general price ranges for this breakfast meal are as follows:

Adult price range: $22.36-$26.62

Child (ages 3-9) price range: $12.77-$14.90

Tax is included; gratuity is not included. A standard, non-alcoholic beverage is included in this price.

Note that the price of this meal varies based on the time of year (peak seasons vs regular season), and even on the day of the week (weekday vs weekend).

Breakfasts Menu, April 2015

Seasonal Fruit Bowl for na Keiki

Breakfast Basket of Sweet Breads

The huge breakfast platter for the table includes:

** Hua Paka (Scrambled Eggs) – made fresh, hot & delicious

** Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes) – island-style potatoes, caramelized onions & scallions

** Pua’a (Pork) – pork breakfast sausage links & smoked bacon

** Seasonal Fruit

Mickey Waffles – brought tableside by a server with warmed syrup

Beverages:

Unlimited Juice, Milk, Tea, Cocoa, and Coffee – The house juice is a blend of pineapple, orange and guava

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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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Dinner at Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort

Heading over the the Polynesian for some lunch.

Heading over to the Polynesian for some dinner after work.

I was in the mood for something Hawaiian, so my roommate and I headed on over to Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort.  (Named after the famous British explorer who discovered the Hawaiian Islands in 1778.)

Aloha - Welcome!

Aloha – Welcome friends!

The Polynesian underwent an extensive remodel for most of 2014, including Captain Cook’s.  Gone is the self-serve Dole Whip machine, now you have to go outside and order it from Pineapple Lanai.

Pineapple Lanai, new home of Dole Whip.

Outside now:  Pineapple Lanai, new home of Dole Whip.

love the sandwiches at Captain Cook’s!

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House specialty: The Aloha Pork Sandwich, aka “Heaven on a Bun”!

Aloha Pork Sandwich – Pulled Pork on a Pineapple-Coconut Bun with Cheddar, Asian Slaw, Cucumbers, and Tomatoes, with fries – $9.49 [recommended!]

Grilled Chicken Sandwich – with Cheddar, Bacon, Teriyaki Sauce, and Pineapple Salsa – $9.49 [very good!]

Lobster Roll – Lobster Salad on a Split-top Roll with Chips – $16.29

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I got to see the remodeled lobby.  Not everyone likes it.

Old lobby vs. new look.

Old lobby vs. new look.  A lot more seating, but all the Hawaiian plants are gone.

The main lobby is a lot more open now, but we think it's boring!

The main lobby is a lot more open now, but we think it’s boring!  The plants and fountain/waterfall made it special.

Trader Sam's just opened up

Trader Sam’s just opened up at the end of April 2015.

Earlier in the week, I got to go to Trader Sam’s, the new tiki bar at the Polynesian, with my friend, Amy Jo.

My $17 drink came in a White Pearl!

My $17 drink came in a White Pearl!

Ahhh!

Ahhh!

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 Two Girls

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.

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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