Dinner with the Evil Queen at Storybook Dining in the Wilderness Resort

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Having dinner with the Evil Queen.

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Wilderness Lodge

A very warm late Spring night with the sun just setting to the west.

We tried something new on the last night of our Disney World trip:  Storybook Dining at Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge.

It’s very popular and very hard to get dinner reservations.  We were very lucky to get a reservation for three on Christian’s night off.

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We love the Wilderness Lodge!

We arrived at the Wilderness Lodge early so we could walk around for a little bit.  The Wilderness is one of our favorite resorts at Disney World.

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The Artist Point. (We’ve been to the original Artist Point in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.)

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Original artwork.

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Snow White’s story.

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Artist Point has a huge tree in it now.

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The cast member’s costumes.

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Table set for 3.

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Each guest gets their own “enchanted apple.” Snow White, Grumpy, and Dopey will still sign autographs for guests, but the Evil Queen might not. It’s nice to get this!

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Cocktails first! The Enchanted Apple.  $12.50

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Snow White coming over to our table!

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Snow White is one of my favorite Disney princesses!

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The Enchanted Forest Tree covers the ceiling.  The lights came on when the sun set.

Our Full Meal Review with Tons of Photos:

On 12/16/2018, Artist Point Restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge reopened as a character dining experience called Storybook Dining.  We’ve previously eaten breakfast and lunch there many times, but never dinner.

The prix-fixe dinner meal at Storybook Dining is divided into three courses, all of which are included in the $55/adult price.  Drinks are extra.

Appetizers and desserts are served ‘family style’ on a large, leafy green Lazy Susan.

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Our appetizers arrive.

The appetizers served were: Winter Squash Bisque, Hunters Pie, and a Wicked Shrimp Cocktail.

We each tried a different entree.

The main courses we ordered were:  Royal Prime Rib Roast (Mitch), Butter Poached Snapper (Christian), Brothers Grimm Roasted Chicken (Caroline).

During the meal, Snow White, Grumpy and Dopey walked through the restaurant, while the Evil Queen was in her court in the corner of the dining room. Guests are invited to go get their pictures taken with the Evil Queen once their dinner is finished. At several times throughout our meal, there were special things going on with the characters dancing, etc.

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The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen

The last dessert brought to the table after we were done eating was the “The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen.” It arrives in a silver box and contains cracked maple popcorn and red chocolate hearts. That was fun.  So fancy.

4 1/2 Stars

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The Story Book

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Cocktails and Appetizers (April 2019)

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Entree and Dessert choices (April 2019)

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Cocktails (April 2019)

Brew of Peaches

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Transformation Potion Lemonade

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Christian with his Brew of Peaches drink.

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My appetizer plate.

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Royal Prime Rib Roast (Mitch) with popover.

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Bashful’s Butter-poached Fish. (Christian)

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Brother’s Grimm Roasted Chicken (Caroline)

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The desserts arrive. Those are gooseberry pies. Delicious!

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The “Poison” Apples.

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My dessert plate. Wonderful!

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The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen.

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Wilderness Lodge

On the kissing bridge over Silver Creek Geyser inside the Wilderness Lodge Resort.

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

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

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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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Meeting the Evil Queen after dinner. She’s actually a rare character to see in the Parks. She only comes out for certain hard ticketed events. We’ve met her 2x before at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

What is Disney Bounding?

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What to wear Disney Bounding as Cinderella.

Disney Bounding:  When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters and go to the theme parks.
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August 2018:  We love this photo of a grandmother – mom – granddaughter all Disney Bounding as Snow White at Epcot!!! ❤

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.

Having some cold ice cream, yes, it's a Mickey Bar!

Disney Bounding as Frozen characters.

Not sure what you’re going to wear to this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) yet? If you don’t have the time or money for an all out Disney costume, what about Disney Bounding? (This goes for the guys too!)

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At MNSSHP

We Disney Bounded last year for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in November.

Some Disney Bounding ideas (photos from the internet):

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Cinderella at the Ball

Pocahontas bounding

Disney Bounding as Pocahontas.

Cinderella in rags.

Cinderella in rags.

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Evil stepsisters

Toy Story

Toy Story

Hunchback

Hunchback

White Rabbit (yes that's NPH!)

White Rabbit (yes that’s NPH with his husband and twins!)

UP

UP characters

101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians

Genie from Aladdin

Genie from Aladdin

Hippo from Fantasia

Hippo from Fantasia

Jane from Tarzan

Jane from Tarzan

Hercules

Hercules

Minnie Mouse.  (We've seen versions of this a lot!)

Minnie Mouse. (We’ve seen versions of this bounding a lot at the parks!)

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Snow White

Snow White

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Disney Bounding as Snow White is probably the most popular:

You just need a little yellow, royal blue & cherry red...

You just need a little yellow, royal blue & cherry red…

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So pretty!!

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Perfect!

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Two Disney Princesses at MNSSHP!

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Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Still need more ideas? Check out these Disney Bounding ideas on tumblr: http://disneybound.tumblr.com/

Important info:  You can’t wear a full Disney Costume to the Magic Kingdom on normal days, only during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights.

Official Disney rules on wearing costumes at the theme parks: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/parks/recommended-dress/

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Caroline wearing the Tightrope Walker dress from the Haunted Mansion stretching room.

Disney Bounding for all the Princesses

Disney Bounding color ideas for all the Princesses!

Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana:   https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/disney-bounding-as-princess-tiana/

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

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip: 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/

Disney Bounding as Moana: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/disney-bounding-as-princess-moana-and-friends/

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Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work.

Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work.

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October 31, 2017: Princess Anna going to work.

Ariel (Disney Bounding at CU!)

Caroline Disney Bounding as Princess Ariel at a CU-Boulder party!

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Disney Bounding as Rapunzel.

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Elly Disney Bounding as Minnie Mouse.

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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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The Karamel-Kuche Shop at Epcot Germany

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The Karamell-Kuche treat shop…ahh….all the delicious smells!

Today – April 4, 2018 – is National Caramel Day!

Epcot Germany’s dessert shop – Karamell-Kuche – is by far one of the most delicious places in Epcot!

We’re a huge fan of caramel popcorn!  My dad likes to make it at home at Christmas, but despite all his efforts, this popcorn is probably a million times better!!

Karamell-Kuche is sponsored by Werther’s Original caramel candy so this is what you see when you walk in:

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A wall of caramel candies!

You can watch the cast members mix the fresh popcorn and the caramel.

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Stirring, stirring….it’s very hot!

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Tossing to coat all the popcorn evenly.

Freshly made caramel popcorn, $4

Freshly made caramel popcorn, $4

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We always go for the large bag! Still warm!

My favorite thing to look at while waiting in line are the cute German cast members!

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Me &  my CM friend Sebastian  He made this free bag of caramel popcorn just for me! A Magical Moment!!

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German pastries.

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These caramel apples look so good!

Here is a picture of me eating the strawberry dipped in dark chocolate and drizzled with caramel.  People stopped me in the World Showcase to ask where I got it!  It was delicious!

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Yum!  This strawberry was huge!

And, don’t forget Snow White meets guests daily right outside!

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A hot, hot day at Epcot and not a droplet of sweat on Snow White!  She was beautiful!

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I really do!

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We ❤ Epcot Germany!

Germany Karamell-Kuche Treats

Yes please!!!

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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

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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

Cinderella

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.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

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.

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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!

Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂

 

Disney Princesses Keeping Warm in the Festival of Fantasy Parade

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The Disney princesses staying warm in their winter outfits.  (Jiminy Cricket looks concerned!)

When the temperature in Orlando falls below 60 degrees, the Disney princesses change into their heavier winter gowns.  This generally only happens for a few days in the December – February time period, so it’s hard to catch them wearing their winter gowns and capes. [We think that in 365 days, they maybe get to wear their winter costumes only about 20-25 times!]

But, when they are wearing them, they are extra beautiful!  All that velvet and heavy satin and the long gloves….so pretty!

They were wearing them during the Festival of Fantasy parade for several days last week before Christmas (Dec 2016).

The Festival of Fantasy parade photos (several photo credits:  Dan K.):

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The Frozen princesses dressed to stay warm.

The Frozen princesses.

The Frozen princesses in their capes and gloves.

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So exciting to see Cinderella in her winter outfit!

Cinderella all covered up.

Cinderella all covered up.

Cinderella keeping warm.

Cinderella keeping warm.

Rapunzel keeping warm.

Rapunzel keeping warm.

We didn't even know that Tinkerbell had a green jacket!

We didn’t even know that Tinkerbell had a green jacket for her costume!

Belle looks warm.

Belle keeping warm.

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They also wear their winter costumes for the character meet and greets in the parks when the temps fall below 60 degrees.

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Princess Aurora in her long-sleeved gown.

Meeting Snow White before dinner.

Snow White in her winter gown.

Merida wearing her long cape.

Merida wearing her long winter cape.

Tiana looking warm.

Tiana looking warm in her winter gown and cape.

Cinderella stepsisters & mother in their winter outfits.

Cinderella’s mean stepsisters & stepmother in their winter outfits.

A warm cape for Princess Ariel.

A warm clamshell cape for Princess Ariel.  (We didn’t even know that she had a cape either!)

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Close-up of her clamshell cape.  I wonder if her seat is heated…

Winter Belle at Hollywood Studios

Winter Belle at Hollywood Studios. (This is her Christmas outfit.)

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Full on view of Belle’s winter dress.  Lovely!

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Pocahontas in her winter outfit last year at DAK.  She has a brand new costume, so her winter outfit may have been updated too

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And here is the rarest of all the winter costumes….TARZAN!

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Meanwhile at Disneyland, they hold Christmas Fantasy Parades during the holidays with special princess costumes and tiaras.

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Princess Aurora looking lovely in the tiara.

Winter Cinderella

Winter Cinderella

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Another winter gown for Princess Aurora.

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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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Throwback Thursday: Hollywood, baby!

2010:  Strolling down the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd. 

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Hollywood & Vine

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Walt Disney’s star. ❤

It all started with a mouse....

It all started with a mouse….

Snow White's star.

Snow White has a star too!

The Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

In front of the famous Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

Marilyn Monroe's statue

Marilyn Monroe’s statue re-enacting her cement signing.

Caroline checking out Marilyn's tiny handprint.

Caroline checking out Marilyn’s tiny handprint.

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And the Oscar goes to….

1937: Snow White Award Walt Disney won a total of 26 Academy Awards, and holds the records for most Academy Awards wins and most nominations in academy history.

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Walt Disney won a total of 26 Academy Awards, and holds the record for most Academy Awards wins and most nominations in academy history.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

Some more Disney-related Star photos (photo credits:  J. Avery, our CP friend currently working at Disneyland)

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Yes, even Disneyland has a star!

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Walt’s brother and the financial guy.

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Tink’s star

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Yup, Donald too.

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Winnie’s got one.

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Such small hands and feet!!!!  Right after the Sound of Music won the Oscar.

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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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Meeting Snow White at Epcot Germany

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Celebrating Caroline’s 22nd birthday with a visit with Snow White.

We always have the best of luck meeting characters at the World Showcase in Epcot. They are so much easier to meet – and the lines so much shorter – than meeting princesses at the Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland.

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My selfie with Snow White!  Her voice was so high!

Snow White makes at least 6 appearances a day.

Snow White makes at least 6 appearances a day.

Snow White's wishing well.

Snow White’s wishing well at her meet & greet area outside Epcot Germany.

Snow White signed Caroline's autograph book for her.

Snow White signed Caroline’s autograph book for her.

The Crystal Shop at Germany

The Crystal Shop (Kunstarbeit in Kristall) at Germany

Crystal princesses.

Crystal princesses.

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The whole princess set

Caroline asked ICP, Mareike, to sign her autograph book too.

Caroline asked ICP Mareike to sign and stamp her autograph book.

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Mareike’s note to Caroline

You can even buy a little Snow White costume for your princess.

You can even buy a little Snow White costume for your princess.

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Meeting Snow White again on a hot, hot day in late spring and not a droplet of sweat on her brow!

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Caroline and Ricky meeting Snow White.

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We love when guests Disney Bound as Snow White. You just need a little yellow, royal blue & cherry red…

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August 2018: Love this photo of grandmother – mom – granddaughter all Disney Bounding as Snow White at Epcot!!! ❤

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Robert Downey Jr. Disney Bounding as Snow White! 😉

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Nope…I’ve seen this forest before!

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A spooky place!

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#TBT: The first time we met Snow White!

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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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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We’re Disney Cast Members:  Let the memories begin!