Riding on Jingles the Carrousel Horse

The 68 horses of King Arthur Carrousel

The 68 horses of King Arthur Carrousel

As we learned on the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps tour, the oldest attraction at Disneyland is the King Arthur Carrousel.  We made it a goal to ride on the Jingles horse during our trip.

All the horses are trotters.

All the horses on the carrousel are trotters.

The carrousel was built by in Canada in 1875 and every horse on the carrousel has a name.  You can pick up a complete list of the carrousel horse’s names at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A.

The two finger point.

Tom Hanks, as Walt Disney, riding on Jingles in Saving Mr. Banks.

Jingles is the carrousel’s lead horse and was Walt’s favorite.  She made an appearance in the 2013 Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks.  (We got to go to the movie’s world premier in December 2013 when we were working at WDW.)

Jingles is named for her beautiful straps of jingle bells hanging from her saddle and cantle. For Disneyland’s 50th anniversary in 2005, Jingles was repainted and trimmed in real 18k gold leaf.

Jingles was ceremoniously dedicated to Julie Andrews on April 8, 2008.

Jingles

Jingles

Her saddle

Her saddle honoring the 50th anniversary of “Mary Poppins” and Dame Julie Andrews.

Close up of Jingle's golden bells.

Close up of Jingle’s golden bells.  Everyone wants to ride on Jingles!  She’s the best!!

Jingles most famous rider.

Jingles most famous rider.

We also got to ride on King Triton’s Carousel over in California Adventure:

The King Triton Carousel.

King Triton’s Carousel.

Elly on her favorite animal: the Blue Whale.

Elly on her favorite animal: the Blue Whale.

The Sea Otter.

The Sea Otter.

One of the fish.

One of the fish.

KT5What’s cool about King Triton’s Carousel is that they decorate it for Christmas!

Decorating the California Adventure Park for Christmas

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two disney sisters

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 (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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Throwback Thursday: Saving Mr. Banks Movie Premier at Hollywood Studios

One year ago…

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Movie Premier

Line at the premier.

The red carpet was rolled out in front of The Great Movie Ride last night with spotlights swirling and music from “Mary Poppins” playing in the Hollywood Studios Park. All the CP intern guests were invited to meet Mary Poppins, along with Bert, the penguins, and a few chimney sweeps.

To read about how Caroline got us VIP tickets to the movie premier last week, click here.

Before the movie.

Before the movie.

We were surprised at how poignant and almost sad the movie was! We did not bring enough Kleenex!!! After watching the movie, we were interviewed on the red carpet about if we liked it or not, and what the best parts were of the movie.

Here is a video of the event: Video

Metting Mary Poppins.

Meeting Mary Poppins.

Red carpet rolled out for movie premier.

Red carpet rolled out for movie premier.

Mary Poppins and a penguin posing with a “Jolly Holiday” backdrop including a carousel horse.

Mary Poppins and a penguin posing with a “Jolly Holiday” backdrop including a carousel horse.

Bert and chimney sweeps posing in front of a London rooftop background.

Bert and chimney sweeps posing in front of a London rooftop background.

A new Bert posing in the cement footsteps of the original Bert, Dick Van Dyke.

A new Bert posing in the cement footsteps of the original Bert, Dick Van Dyke.

Footprints in the cement in front of theater.

Footprints in the cement in front of theater.

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale.
Available now on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. 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

Walt Disney & Smoking Ban

Walt Disney & Smoking

As we learned in our Disney Traditions class, it’s very hard to find photographs of Walt Disney smoking, although he was a chain smoker all of his adult life, typically smoking at least three packs a day before succumbing to lung cancer in 1966!

Disney’s cigarette has been airbrushed out of this photo.

Walt Disney’s cigarette has been airbrushed out of this photo.

No cigarette in this photo either!

No cigarette in his right hand in this photo either!

Most of the photographs of Disney holding a cigarette have been airbrushed by the company and the cigarette removed, giving rise to the famous Disney two finger point that all Cast Members are taught.

The two finger point.

Tom Hanks doing the Disney Two Finger Point.

From behind the scenes of “Saving Mr. Banks”:
The company’s blanket ban on lit cigarettes in its films came into effect in 2007, when Bob Iger, Disney’s chairman and CEO, stated: “We expect that depictions of cigarette smoking in future Disney-branded films will be non-existent.”

Saving Mr. Banks does feature an unlit cigarette: in one scene, Disney, played by Tom Hanks, is seen stubbing it out as Travers, played by Emma Thompson, enters his office. The cigarette itself is not visible, however, and nor is its smoke. Disney is also seen swearing and sipping Scotch Mist, his cocktail of choice.

WWI photo in France

WWI photo of Walt Disney in France

Born in 1901, Disney took up smoking in 1918 as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War. He took great care never to smoke around children, but was said to suffer from an incessant, hacking cough.

During the construction of Disneyland.  The cigarette has been airbrushed out.

Walt walking around during construction of Disneyland. The cigarette has been airbrushed out of his right hand.

His favorite brand of cigarettes was Lucky Strike, and he also smoked a pipe. In 1955, he opened a tobacconist shop on Disneyland’s Main Street, which closed in 1991, though it’s traditional “Cigar Store Indian” still stands on the pavement outside the location.  Sadly, Disney died from complications of lung cancer in December 1966 at the age of 65.

Great article about Walt and his life-long smoking habit: Walt and His Infamous Cough.
No Smoking (2)

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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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DAK costume

Adventure is out there!

 

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Movie Premier

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Movie Premier

Cast member line at the premier.

The red carpet was rolled out in front of The Great Movie Ride last night with spotlights swirling and music from “Mary Poppins” playing in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park. All the CP intern guests were invited to meet Mary Poppins, along with Bert, the penguins, and a few chimney sweeps.

To read about how Caroline got us VIP tickets to the movie premier last week, click here.

Before the movie.

Before the movie.

We were surprised at how poignant and almost sad the movie was! We did not bring enough Kleenex!!! After watching the movie, we were interviewed on the red carpet about if we liked it or not, and what the best parts were of the movie.

Here is a video of the event: Video

Metting Mary Poppins.

Meeting Mary Poppins.

Red carpet rolled out for movie premier.

Red carpet rolled out for movie premier.

Mary Poppins and a penguin posing with a “Jolly Holiday” backdrop including a carousel horse.

Mary Poppins and a penguin posing with a “Jolly Holiday” backdrop including a carousel horse.

Bert and chimney sweeps posing in front of a London rooftop background.

Bert and chimney sweeps posing in front of a London rooftop background.

A new Bert posing in the cement footsteps of the original Bert, Dick Van Dyke.

A new Bert posing in the cement footsteps of the original Bert, Dick Van Dyke.

Footprints in the cement in front of theater.

Footprints in the cement in front of theater.

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two-disney-sisters

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

book

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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