Face Character Greetings Closed at Tokyo Disney Resorts

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ariel's grottoCoronavirus Update: To help protect cast members and guests, Tokyo Disney Resort has suspended face character greetings at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

As of January 31st, face character meet and greets such as Ariel’s Grotto are closed until further notice.

ariel's grotto disney tokyoAs of January 31, 2020, there are 17 confirmed cases of the Coronavius in Japan, with 6 cases in the United States, 9 in Australia, 10 in Singapore, and 90,000 in China.

The virus originated in Mainland China in December 2019. There are no travel advisories into or out of Japan, and it’s still considered safe to visit.

There are currently no plans to close Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea.

Both Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland remain closed indefinitely.

Read more on Disney Park closures:  Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland Are Closed

As with any respiratory flu, the best way to protect yourself is by washing your hands frequently and not touching your face and eyes.

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She’s got legs!

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

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She’s so pretty!

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Disney Casts Singer Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel in The Little Mermaid

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Singer Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel.

With the news of casting the new Little Mermaid, I think we are a little divided. On one hand, the Little Mermaid was one of our favorite movies growing up so to see ANY changes I think there’s a knee jerk reaction toward not liking it. We all are so used to the visuals of red hair, green tail, purple bra, etc.

I think while it may not have been our first choice (and that’s just our opinion!), representation matters. One of my friends posted a super cute photo of her as a little girl wearing a Little Mermaid swimsuit and how excited she was to finally see someone like her playing the character. Just because it’s different from the original doesn’t mean this movie, and Halle, won’t be great.

S0, with that being said, instead of arguing about the casting of Halle Bailey, who is obviously beautiful and can SING, who do you guys hope will get cast as the other characters??

Would you rather Terry Crews or Idris Elba play King Triton?

Thoughts on Gordon Ramsay to play the angry chef?

Post your casting suggestions below!

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Harry Styles might be going to “kiss the girl.”    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former One Direction star is in early talks to play Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid.

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He’s got the right haircut….

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People helping Disney with more casting ideas for The Little Mermaid.

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Exactly!

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This is the voice cast of the new Lion King movie opening July 2019. If Disney had cast mostly white actors to voice a lion, a bird, a baboon, a meercat, and a warthog, I think people would have had a lot to say about it!

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The Lion King, 2019

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A younger King Triton and Queen Athena in The Little Mermaid 3: Ariel’s Beginning.

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The 7 daughters of King Triton and Queen Athena. (Disney version)  All white, blue eyed females.

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Fun The Little Mermaid trivia:

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Princess Ariel, King Triton, Prince Eric, and Princess Melody in The Little Mermaid: II Return to the Sea

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Princess Ariel is the only Disney princess to have a baby!

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That Captain Hook is a villain!!!!!

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Hercules and Princess Ariel are 1st cousins!

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Lovely.

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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.

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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!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Life is the bubbles!

Meeting Captain Hook at Disney World

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Captain Hook swinging on by…

Guests can see Captain Hook every afternoon in the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3pm.

He’s on the Peter Pan float and swings on by while standing on the ship’s swaying anchor.

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We like his velvety hair!  (I want to touch it so badly!)

We’ve seen him a few times strolling through Adventureland near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride before the parade.

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The captain waving his hook at guests in line.

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At Hook’s meet and greet:

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He’s a good looking villain!

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And look who was with him!!!

In April 2019, he started greeting young guests at Disney’s Beach Club Resort for dinner.

Dinner with Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew

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That hair!!! ❤

Looking for a Bunch of Scallywags!

Shiver me timbers—Captain Hook and his crew invite you to dinner and to see if ye be worthy of joining their ranks.

Upon entering Pirate Hideaway, seasoned members of Captain Hook’s crew will assist you in the first, most crucial step towards becoming a pirate—receiving your pirate name. Next, they’ll teach you the many skills crucial to life on the high seas such as talking like a pirate, swabbing the deck and singing sea chanties!

Captain Hook himself will be checking in to examine your progress and get you started on your first treasure hunt. You’ll solve puzzles and gather clues on land before setting sail along Crescent Lake.

But beware! For this be not for the faint of heart. Rumor has it there be cursed treasure around these parts. Be you brave enough to seek it?

Beginning April 28, 2019 set sail for Disney’s Beach Club Resort where Captain Hook is on the lookout for new recruits ages 4 to 12.   $55/ticket

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MNSSHP:  Meeting Peter Pan and Wendy…and Captain Hook!

He also regularly appears for some meet and greet time during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Fall.

That’s where we’ve met him.

We also saw him at Castaway Cay when we went on our Disney Dream cruise to the Bahamas.  He certainly gets around!

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Captain Hook and Mr. Smee at Castaway Cay.

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WHAT???!!!  Did Captain Hook kill Queen Athena???

But, remember, he is a villain!

There’s a rumor that he killed Ariel’s mother, Queen Athena!

In 2008, “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” came out and answered the question about Queen Athena’s demise. In the movie’s opening scenes, the terrible tale of Queen Athena’s death by pirate invasion unfolds!

No wonder the mermaids in Neverland are frightened of the pirates who troll and terrorize their waters.  And, King Triton’s complete aversion to humans can be explained, considering humans caused his wife’s death.

Do you think that Queen Athena was killed by Captain Hook’s pirate ship?

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Captain Hook is the dastardly evil pirate villain from Neverland.

Sailing the waters around the enchanted island of Neverland with his crew of misfits and idiots, Hook forever seeks the boy who has caused him so much pain and misery, Peter Pan. The Captain lost his left hand when Peter cut it off and fed it to the crocodile. Since then, the crocodile has been haunting Hook, always wanting more.

Luckily for Captain Hook, the crocodile also ate an alarm clock, so he can hear when the crocodile is near. His evil plans always fail, mainly due to the incompetence of not only himself, but of his downtrodden crew and first mate, Mr. Smee.

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Looking for Captain Hook.

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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International Mermaid Day 2019

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Our favorite mermaid! (Elly traded a cast member for this pin right in front of Ariel’s Grotto!)

Today – March 29, 2019 – is International Mermaid Day!

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We love The Little Mermaid ride in Fantasyland.

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Ariel’s Grotto at the Magic Kingdom. No one was in line! Empty.

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No wait line!

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The ride stopped 4x, making it the longest Little Mermaid ride we’ve ever ridden on.  But, we didn’t mind!  We were stopped at this scene for almost 2 minutes!

♪♫♪ Go on and kiss the girl…♫♪♪♫♪

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We also got Fast Passes to see Princess Ariel in her grotto on our trip in February.  We walked right in…no wait!

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Our mom hadn’t seen Princess Ariel in years.

We love seeing our favorite mermaid, Princess Ariel, at Ariel’s Grotto in the Magic Kingdom.  But, the wait line can be long and FastPasses to see her are hard to get.

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Princess Ariel admiring Caroline’s new earrings.

But, not for us!!!  We were able to get 4 Fast Passes every day of our trip!

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She’s so pretty!

We were lucky and scored some really good Princess Ariel pin trades right in front of Ariel’s Grotto.

The cast member we traded with said that a guest was pin trading with some really old Ariel pins from 2007. So fun!

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Love this ride and love her bridal veil! ❤

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My new Ariel mug. I love how her hair is the mug’s handle!

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She waved right at us during the Festival of Fantasy parade that afternoon.

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We had lunch over at Disney’s Art of Animation that day.

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We love Disney PhotoPass!  Their photos are the best!

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Do you want to Disney Bound as Princess Ariel (when she has her land legs)? We have!

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My favorite color combo!!!

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Caroline ‘Disney Bounding’ as Princess Ariel (after she gets her legs!).

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Throwback Thursday: Meeting Princess Ariel in Disneyland, 2009

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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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We love this movie!  ❤   Image credit: Elly Collins

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Posted Mar 20 2019 01:35PM PDT

A pre-kindergartener named Atlantis won Crazy Hair Day at her school after her mom went all out to style her hair to look just like Princess Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” the little girl’s big sister shared on Twitter Tuesday.

The big sister, coincidentally named Ariel, said her “mom did the mermaid because my name is Ariel and my sister is Atlantis, which is where Ariel lives under the sea :).”

Ariel says she and her baby sister have grown up loving mermaids thanks to their parents.
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This coffee mug speaks to us.

 

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Princess Ariel is Our Favorite Mermaid!

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Ariel’s Grotto at the Magic Kingdom. No one was in line! Empty.  We walked right in.

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We love The Little Mermaid ride in Fantasyland.

We got Fast Passes to see Princess Ariel in her grotto on our last trip to Disney World.  We walked right in…no wait!

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Our mom hadn’t seen Princess Ariel in years.

We love seeing our favorite mermaid, Princess Ariel, at Ariel’s Grotto in the Magic Kingdom.  But, the wait line can be long and FastPasses to see her are hard to get especially in the summer or during the Christmas holidays.

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Princess Ariel admiring Caroline’s new earrings.

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She’s so pretty!

We were lucky and scored some really good Princess Ariel pin trades right in front of Ariel’s Grotto. The cast member we traded with said that a guest was walking around and pin trading with some really old Ariel pins from 2007.

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Our favorite mermaid! (I traded a cast member for this pin right in front of Ariel’s Grotto!)

So fun!

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Love this ride and love her bridal veil! ❤

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My new Ariel mug. I love how her hair is the mug’s handle!

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She waved right at us during the Festival of Fantasy parade that afternoon.

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We had lunch over at Disney’s Art of Animation (a first for us).  Caroline has stayed there before.

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We love Disney PhotoPass! Their enhanced photos with borders are perfect!

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She’s got legs!

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Do you want to Disney Bound as Princess Ariel (when she has her land legs)? We have!

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My favorite color combo!!!

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Caroline ‘Disney Bounding’ as Princess Ariel (after she gets her legs!).  Yes, that’s really Caroline’s hair!

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Throwback Thursday, 2009: Meeting Princess Ariel at Disneyland.  She has legs!

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That Aquaman is a hottie for sure!

January 8, 2019:  We saw Aquaman opening weekend and loved it!
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King Triton telling it like it is.

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Lovely.

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That Captain Hook is a villian!!!!!

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Hercules and Princess Ariel are 1st cousins!

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Princess Ariel, Prince Eric, Princess Melody, and King Triton in The Little Mermaid: II Return to the Sea.  Ariel is the only Disney princess to have a baby!!

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So cool!

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January 2020: New Ariel mug!

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We love the beach and dolphin watching!

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.

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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September 2019: Look what we found at Kohls. Not a dinglehopper….

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Isn’t this the truth!

 

International Mermaid Day 2018

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Our favorite mermaid! (I traded a cast member for this pin right in front of Ariel’s Grotto!)

Today – March 29, 2018 – is International Mermaid Day!

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We love The Little Mermaid ride in Fantasyland.

In honor of the day, Freeform is debuting their new series “Siren” tonight.

Mermaid legends come to life in the gripping new drama series “Siren,” premiering March 29 at 8/7c on Freeform. In this epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc on the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land, and are there more like her out there?

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Ariel’s Grotto at the Magic Kingdom. No one was in line! Empty.

We got Fast Passes to see Princess Ariel in her grotto on our trip in January.  We walked right in…no wait!

ariel1

Our mom hadn’t seen Princess Ariel in years.

We love seeing our favorite mermaid, Princess Ariel, at Ariel’s Grotto in the Magic Kingdom.  But, the wait line can be long and FastPasses to see her are hard to get.

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Our CM friend Ricky was with us.

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Princess Ariel admiring Caroline’s new earrings.

But, not in January!!!

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She’s so pretty!

We were lucky and scored some really good Princess Ariel pin trades right in front of Ariel’s Grotto. The cast member we traded with said that a guest was pin trading with some really old Ariel pins from 2007. So fun!

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Love this ride and love her bridal veil! ❤

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My new Ariel mug. I love how her hair is the mug’s handle!

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She waved right at us during the Festival of Fantasy parade that afternoon.

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We had lunch over at Disney’s Art of Animation (a first for us) and guess who we saw there……

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We love Disney PhotoPass!

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Do you want to Disney Bound as Princess Ariel (when she has her land legs)? We have!

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My favorite color combo!!!

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Caroline ‘Disney Bounding’ as Princess Ariel (after she gets her legs!).

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Throwback Thursday: Meeting Princess Ariel in Disneyland, 2009

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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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Royal Footwear: Disney Princess Shoes

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Princess Anna is wearing her royal boots.

All Disney princesses are beautiful from head to toe.

To prove it, we asked several of them to show us their royal shoes.

We were not disappointed!

Cinderella

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Her royal shoes.

Her royal blue shoes.

Princess Aurora

Princess Aurora

Her royal shoes

Her royal pink shoes

Snow White (and Prince Charming!)

Snow White (and Prince Charming!)

Her royal shoes

Wearing her royal black shoes the day we saw her.

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But, sometimes Snow White wears cream colored shoes.

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July 2018: Wearing cream colored shoes now out by the wishing well in Epcot.

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Her royal shoes.

Her royal shiny purple shoes.

Pocahantas

Pocahontas

Her royal moccasins

Her royal deerskin moccasins

Princess Ariel

Princess Ariel

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When she has legs, she wears cream colored shoes with dance heels.

Merida wearing her long cape.

Princess Merida wearing her sturdy black suede Scottish boots.

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We agree!!

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Let’s talk about Disney princess hair next!!!

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Cheers!

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.

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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂