Visiting Disney World When It’s Raining

No need to turn around and go home! Carry on!!

It’s raining, but there’s no need to turn around and go home!  Carry on!!  (Photo credit:  WDW Shutterbug)

No need to let a little – or a LOT – of rain, aka ‘liquid sunshine’, stop you from visiting Disney World…or make you leave early!

Walking around Epcot's World Showcase in the pouring rain! :)

Walking around Epcot’s World Showcase in the pouring rain! The park was empty!  🙂

One of the great things about being a Disney cast member is that you really become an expert on all the parks of WDW.  In no time at all, you know when the best time to visit to each park is, even in the rain!

Touring Disney's Animal Kingdom in the Rain Walking around DAK in the rain!  Rain, rain, go away…

We’ve toured Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the pouring rain and not only had DAK all to ourselves, we had a blast!   Visiting DAK in the rain!

In order, the easiest WDW Parks to tour in the rain are: Magic Kingdom (driest), Hollywood Studios (good), Epcot (OK), and Animal Kingdom (you’ll get very wet!).

Rainy season: June, July, August, September

The Florida Rainy Season: June, July, August, September

Orlando gets more precipitation in June and July than we get all year at home (Boulder, CO).  But, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios all have many indoor attractions to visit when it’s raining.

When other people say no, I say YES!

Rainy day at Epcot?  When other people say no and stay home, I say YES!

Take a look at the weather forecast during your stay. If there’s a fairly dry day predicted, plan to visit the Animal Kingdom on that day. While it does have sheltered venues, this is one Park that’s meant to be enjoyed outdoors. You will get very wet, even wearing a poncho, if you go there on a rainy day or if it starts to rain. And, there is very little covered seating for eating.

Buy disposable ponchos at the Dollar Store before you go to WDW!

Buy disposable ponchos at the Dollar Store before you go to WDW!

The good news is not everyone plans ahead and you often see visitors leaving the Parks in droves – almost running from the Park – once the rain begins. Just keep one safety issue in mind: when you pop on a poncho it doesn’t mean that you’re immune from lightning. If it’s thundering and lightning, stay indoors until the coast is clear.

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Those look like rain clouds to me!

If rain is in the forecast, when you arrive at the Park think about renting a locker. You can stow your rain gear in the morning when it’s not needed, and don’t forget to bring a plastic bag to store the wet rainwear later. If it’s really raining hard, plan on having soggy shoes/socks. A change of footwear for later on in the day may be a good idea.

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: No Crowds!

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: No Crowds!

The prospect of rain should not keep you out of the Parks (you won’t melt).  All you really need to pack is a disposable poncho and flip-flops to make touring during a rainy day a breeze.  We liked using our collapsible umbrellas.

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Looks like it could rain at any minute!!!

The rain will scare plenty of local guests away, so a nice afternoon shower might be just the thing to lower the crowd levels to more manageable levels in the summer (less wait times!).

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Yes, the characters sometimes get caught out in the rain too!

Here is a list of some of WDW’s indoor attractions, many of which have covered waiting areas:

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A rainy afternoon at MK. Look, no crowds!

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Don’t let a little rain stop you from enjoying the day!

Magic Kingdom:
Fantasyland: Dumbo’s Big Top Tent, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, It’s a Small World, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Winnie the Pooh, Prince Charming Carousel – all have covered waiting areas.
Adventureland: Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents – all great shows and all have covered pre-show/waiting areas.
Tomorrowland: Carousel of Progress, PeopleMover, Monsters, Inc., Stitch’s Great Escape, Buzz Lightyear.
Shopping on Main Street USA – All the stores are connected, so you can walk down a lot of Main Street inside, going from shop to shop.

Epcot:
Future World: Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Living With The Land Pavilion, Mission: Space, Sum of All Thrills, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Innovations, Soarin’, Spaceship Earth (our favorite!!!).
World Showcase:
‘O Canada’, American Adventure, ‘Impressions de France’, ‘Reflections of China’, Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride (Mexico).

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, One Man’s Dream, Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Finding Nemo: The Musical, Festival of the Lion King, It’s Tough to be a Bug

There's a lot of truth to this meme!!!

There’s a lot of truth to this meme!!!  Be prepared!

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Remember, rain at MK = No Crowds!!!!

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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.

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

Book link:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Shanghai Disneyland Finally Opens Almost a Year Late

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Shanghai Disneyland finally and officially opened June 16, 2016 to good reviews, big crowds, and rainy overcast skies.

Video of Opening Day Ceremony:  Opening Day Celebration

Daily tickets cost ¥499.00 CNY  or about $79 US.  You can buy 1 or 2 day park tickets.

Shanghai Disneyland prides itself on offering a culturally distinct experience—imagined especially for China and designed for guests of every kind.

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The castle at Shanghai Disneyland is Disney’s biggest one yet! IT’S HUGE!!!

Shanghai Disneyland continues the tradition in new and unique ways, through never-before-seen lands like Adventure Isle, Treasure Cove and Gardens of Imagination, and one-of-a-kind attractions and experiences.

That includes the largest castle in any Disney theme park around the world!

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Free Opening Day buttons were given out to all the guests.

The building cost was initially estimated at 24.5 billion yuan (USD $3.7 billion) for the theme park and an additional 4.5 billion yuan (USD $700 million). This rose to around USD $5.5 billion before delays, which was due in part to additions to the number of attractions open to the public on opening day, which added USD $800 million to the cost. The added cost doesn’t take into account lost revenue from the lost admissions fees.

This huge overrun and opening delay caused massive layoffs and cut park hours at the other Disney theme parks, especially at Disney World and Disneyland.

According to the International Business Times (IBT), a “a two-day weekend ticket for two adults and one child comes close to China’s average urban monthly wage.”

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We love collecting Disney pins!

Shanghai Disney merchandise:  Pins!

Opening Day:

The soft park opening started in May 2016 to test out everything.  Some guests were tagged as “uncivilized” by local media for their behavior during the theme park’s first few days of operations.

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The park trashed at closing every night.

Photos of food wrappers, plastic bags, paper cups and other trash that littered the park grounds were shared on Chinese social media and local news sites.

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Trash left by a family after they finished their picnic lunch.

Local reporters even spotted a mom letting her child defecate in an open area of the park grounds instead of bringing him to a restroom. Shanghai Disneyland has a visitor-to-washroom ratio of 4,500 to 1.  [Are they kidding???!!!  What was Disney thinking???]

The behavior of some guests led to the issuance of an etiquette guide by the local city government.  The six-point guideline directly asked park patrons to avoid littering, rowdiness, vandalism, cutting in lines, trampling on plants, and general “uncouth behavior.”

This video about the park’s guests was shared on facebook over 50,000x:  Chinese Guests Acting Badly

Read a Special Update for Disney Cast Members about Shanghai Disneyland below:

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The beautiful castle at Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disney Resort – Blocked Out Summer 2016

Due to anticipated high guest attendance, at this time Shanghai Disneyland will not be accepting complimentary admission (i.e.: Main Entrance Passes, Spouse/Domestic Partner Passes, Self-Admission Passes, Complimentary Tickets, One-Day Park Hopper® Guest Tickets, etc.). Please continue to enjoy your Complimentary Admission at eligible theme parks.   Posted by Disney Theme Parks 05/27/2016

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dole whipTwo 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. 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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8 Great Reasons You Should Work at Disneyland!

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Sleeping Beauty Castle all decorated for the 60th Diamond Anniversary celebration- Welcome all to this happy place!  🙂

The DCP program at Disney World gets all the attention with it’s 7,000+ program participants every year.

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It’s much harder to get accepted into the Disneyland DCP program because there are far fewer internships available!

The DCP program at Disneyland is way smaller, with less than 1,000 participants a year.

But, that doesn’t mean that it’s not just as FUN!  (Some CPs who have done programs at both WDW and DLR say that the California program is more fun!)

Here’s some reasons to apply for the Disneyland DCP program:

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1. It’s Where the Magic All Began!

Whether or not you’re an over-the-top fan of Walt Disney himself, you have to admit it’s pretty cool to walk in Walt’s footsteps on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland Park in California. Imagine taking that one step further and being a part of the magic in one of our many roles!

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2. It’s the 60th Anniversary Celebration Year!

We’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland with special events planned all year, through September 2016!  Come see the Sleeping Beauty Castle dazzle in the sunlight!

jessie (2)Disneyland cast members get new, special edition 60th Diamond Anniversary name tags.

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We love this photo!

3. Experience Disney History

Want to join us for a tour of legendary buildings and sound studios at Walt Disney Studios? How about touring Walt’s apartment on Main Street U.S.A.? Or the Dream Suite above New Orleans Square?

We thought these might get your attention as our participants love Disney history as much as we do. If Disney history is your passion, then California is your ticket!

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Laguna Beach is only 25 miles away!  In the winter months, you can see whales swim on by!

4. You’ve Never Seen the Pacific Ocean

California is home to some of the country’s most beautiful coast line as well as diverse climate. Too hot and humid? What’s that, Florida? Not here in balmy California!

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Some of the best beaches in the world, i.e. Laguna Beach, are only an hour away!

Or how about some beach and baseball? If you’re a sports fan, Anaheim is home to the Anaheim Angels baseball team and going to games is a favorite outing for many program participants.

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5. Live, Earn, and Learn

DLR participants earn more per hour than Florida CPs.  In the DLR program, CPs must sign up for a free education course at Disney University during their program.  Our guest lecture series is very popular.

Education courses are a great way to get to know many Disney leaders from a variety of places, including Walt Disney Studios, Pixar and other teams from Southern California. If you are interested in a career with Disney, make sure to network while you’re here.

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Carnegie Plaza, just 2 miles from Disneyland.

6. We Have Nice DCP Apartments Too!

We only need one apartment building, Carnegie Plaza, to house all the Disneyland CPs needing housing (about 250 per semester) and it’s really nice!

Walt Disney's star on Hollywood's Blvd. Walk of Stars.

Walt Disney’s star on Hollywood’s Blvd. Walk of Stars.

7. Hollywood, Baby!

The Housing team is always creating fun events and they want participants to come along! Jump on a double-decker bus with us and tour celebrity homes or walk along the stars on Hollywood Blvd. There’s also the chance to catch a movie at the El Capitan Theater – a famous landmark still in operation today.

Scenes from ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ with Tom Hanks were filmed right here on Main Street USA.  The Disney Parks Christmas Parade is filmed onsite every November.

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8. Disney is a Fortune 100 Company

Successfully completing a program is a great resume enhancer. Participants are asked about their Disney working experience from future employers. And if you are looking to have a career with Disney, it’s a great way to get your foot in the door.

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I see magic in the air!

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Apply today!  Good luck!!!

The Disneyland DCP application for the Spring 2017 program opens in just a few weeks…mid-August 2016.

Read some great application tips from the DCP Programs Blog:  Disneyland DCP Application Tips – How To Prepare.

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

Book link on Amazon.com:

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

Star Wars Launch Bay filming event at Hollywood Studios on February 3rd!

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Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

New details of Disney’s Star Wars park expansions will be delivered this month by the captain of the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo!

But first, CPs have been invited to be in the “Inside Disney Parks” commercial on Wednesday!!

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Come be in a commercial!!

Hollywood actor and Star Wars captain, Harrison Ford, will outline plans for the long-awaited additions to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., during a Feb. 21, 2016 television event ABC.

Ford — who plays Han Solo in the Star Wars movies — will join Elton John, Josh Gad and Witney Carson on The Wonderful World of Disney special. New details of the new Star Wars attractions in both parks will be unveiled during the broadcast.

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Seeing Chewy at meet & greet.

Star Wars Launch Bay is a special exhibit for all things in the Star Wars universe, including movie props, behind-the-scenes, and special merchandise.

This also includes the chance to meet with Storm Troopers, Darth Vader and Chewbacca.

Starting February 7, 2016, Kylo Ren will also be making meet & greet appearances at DHS! (He’s already been making appearances at Disneyland this week!)

Celebrate the Star Wars Saga

Explore immersive special exhibits of the new movie, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Discover sights, sounds and surprises that are sure to delight any Star Wars fan.

Get an up-close look at replica props, models, costumes and artifacts from the Star Wars films and watch a behind-the-scenes video about how a new generation of filmmakers is crafting the future of the saga. Encounter Han Solo’s trusty sidekick, Chewbacca, for a furry photo and—if you’re brave enough—dare to take a picture with the menacing Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader.

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February 21st!

Walt Disney, one of the ultimate dreamers, used his uninhibited imagination and determination to create what became the springboard for all of the Walt Disney Company’s spirited and wildly successful creativity that followed — his crowning achievement: Disneyland. The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60, airing SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 8|7c on ABC, will celebrate the inventiveness and inspiration of Disney’s big, bold creation with a glamorous, star-studded Diamond Anniversary event.

Acclaimed actor Harrison Ford, who portrays Han Solo in the Star Wars film franchise, will give viewers an exclusive preview of Star Wars-themed lands being developed at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. New details of the ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life at both resorts will be revealed during the show, with Master of Ceremonies Derek Hough.

Hough, a six-time Dancing with the Stars champion, will be joined by past champion Witney Carson as the pair leads a team of dancers down Main Street U.S.A. to an enormously popular Oscar®-nominated song from a classic Disney animated motion picture.

Music legend Sir Elton John will perform two sensational songs in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park, the Oscar®-nominated song “Circle of Life,” from Disney’s The Lion King, and the new song, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” from his upcoming album.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, will join the celebration performing “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Walt Disney’s acclaimed animated film Fantasia.

The special takes place in the heart of Hollywood at the Dolby Theater and throughout some of the most iconic locations at Disneyland Park, including Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street U.S.A., and Cars Land, a themed area of Disney California Adventure Park. It will also showcase two dazzling displays of technology – the “Paint the Night” Parade and “World of Color–Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” in Disney California Adventure Park, along with many more.

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

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

Book link on Amazon.com:

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

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2016 DCP Alumni Event Happenings


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Greetings #CPAlumni!

Here’s all the Alumni Events scheduled for this coming weekend:

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Friday, January 15, 2016: Dessert and Wishes event at the Contemporary Resort.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016: The Hollywood Studios gathering has been moved to Animal Kingdom  (3pm – 9pm)

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Reunion activities now at DAK (meeting at Festival of the Lion King)

The next part really threw people off…extra add-ons, but for an added fee!

The additional offerings are: Bowling at Splitsville, a special character meet and greet at Epcot, and a family day at Mickey’s Retreat.

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Alumni fun…for an additional fee!

Elly and I are really looking forward to the special character meet and greet at Epcot!

We can’t wait to find out who will be there!!!  (Last year, it was Mickey and Minnie in fancy costumes!)
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Elly and I chose the Friday at 5pm timeslot to pick up our DCP Alumni Packet.

It’s close to the first event – the party at the Contemporary is starting at 6pm and we can go straight there.

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If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!  DCP Alumni Homecoming FAQs

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This weekend!

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

Book link on Amazon.com:

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

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Our Book “Two Girls and a Mouse Tale” – Coming Soon!

We are SO excited because our book is officially listed under “Coming Soon” for Theme Park Press!  How cool is that?!

We are hoping the book will be available for purchase by mid August!
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Here is the hilarious tag for our book when you drag your mouse over our book cover image.  So funny! 🙂

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 7.31.48 PMStay tuned because we will be posting the link (as soon as we get it) to purchase the book!

If you’d like to read more about our book deal, click here.

We’re Writing a Book!

We're Writing a Book!

We are so excited to announce that we have been offered a book deal through Theme Park Press!!!

We are writing a book about our experiences with the Disney College Program. Our book will be on the shelves and online for purchase by August 2014!

Look for us on Amazon.com this summer!

“Two Girls and a Mouse Tale”

Caroline working hard on book edits.

Caroline working hard on book edits.

CP Moment #1:  Meeting The Boss at Work

Our CP Moment #1:  Meeting Mickey during Traditions class in August.

Our CP Moment #1: Meeting Mickey during Traditions class in August.

UPDATE ON OUR BOOK: Our Book “Two Girls and a Mouse Tale” – Coming Soon