Epcot’s 2019 International Festival of the Arts

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The 2019 International Festival of the Arts

What:  2019 International Festival of the Arts

Where:  Epcot

When:   January 18th to February 25, 2019

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“Where everyone is an artist”

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Disney paintings everywhere!

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We chose the blue color, #7.  You are supposed to paint at least 4 squares in your color.  The festival passport is free.

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A new wall mural is painted every day.  (Free event)

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Free postcard when you’re done painting.

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Some of this year’s merchandise.

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Special MagicBands for the Festival.

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The coolest things are the Living Sculptures!

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There were 6 of them. So cool!

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Space

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Energy

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Motion

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Meeting Mickey and Goofy

Things to see:

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Artists at work.  They paint from opening to closing.

Festival highlights include:

  • Artist appearances
  • Artful photo ops
  • Workshops and seminars with visiting artists
  • Commemorative merchandise
  • Community arts musical showcase
  • Culinary masterpieces
  • Destinations Discovered Tour
  • Disney on Broadway Concert Series
  • Gallery exhibits
  • IllumiNations
  • Interactive mural
  • Living statues
  • Walking chalk gallery and more!

Even More to Explore!

  • Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered Tour
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Cookie painting!  We tried this cookie!

The Festival of the Arts features five unique food booths, each with an eclectic menu that puts an emphasis on presentation and plating as much as bold flavors.

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Paint your own pop tart (with icing!).

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Caroline’s colorful poptart. It was very good!

Original artwork will be on display at the Odyssey Festival Showplace located in the Odyssey building near the entrance to World Showcase.

In addition, chalk artists will reproduce classic works on canvas as well as park sidewalks, Epcot Living Statues literally come to life and guest performance artists create magic on the spot—with only a wave of their paintbrush!

The America Gardens Theatre offers the free Broadway Concert Series, with songs from Aladdin, Newsies, The Lion King and more. Guests can sing along to sensational, show-stopping renditions of unforgettable Disney hits… bravo!  Visit the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. on each festival day to catch the Disney on Broadway Concert Series.

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The 2019 International Festival of the Arts

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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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Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Two Disney Sisters

Celebrating the 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year: The Year of the Pig

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2019 is the Year of the Pig

Disney is celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year at both Disneyland in California and at Hong Kong Disneyland this year!

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Mickey and Minnie in special costumes for the Chinese New Year celebration.

1. Disney California Adventure Park:  Paradise Pier

January 25 to February 17, 2019

Kick off the Year of the Pig with the popular Lunar New Year Festival at Disney California Adventure park!

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So colorful!

From January 25 through February 17, 2019, this spectacular festival will feature live entertainment, delicious food and more. Take a look at the favorite experiences returning for this year’s celebration:

Hurry Home — Lunar New Year Celebration, a nighttime water show on Paradise Bay featuring Mulan, Mushu and a loveable little lantern in a heartwarming tale of family and friendship

Disney characters such as Mulan and her friend Mushu, along with Mickey Mouse and his pals, all dressed up for the occasion.

Specialty Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese foods at marketplaces and Paradise Garden Grill

Commemorative merchandise featuring designs inspired by the different cultures of East Asia

Visit the Lucky Wishing Wall, where you can add your own wish for a good year and stay to watch the festive Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession parade.

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Happy New Year!

A Wonderful New Year Wishes

Ring in the Chinese Lunar New Year with unforgettable experiences at Disney California Adventure Park.  (The Chinese Lunar New Year is February 5, 2019.)

It’s a perfect opportunity to focus on family—all while offering warm wishes for a wonderful future and celebrating the occasion as well!

Sensational Sights to Behold

Over the course of this special event, certain areas of the park will be decked out with festive décor and a variety of continental colors.

Stroll along walkways where awe-inspiring ornamental lanterns have been woven into the walls for all to enjoy. Then, marvel as you feast your eyes upon banners and signs high in the sky—each presented in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, wishing one and all a Happy Lunar New Year!

Entertainment for Young and Old

No matter who you choose to visit with, be sure to catch an impressive array of authentic performers. And be on the lookout for a few familiar Disney Characters too, dressed in their best and ready to take part in all the fun. 

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Celebrating the Year of the Pig

2. Disneyland Hong Kong

 January 17 – February 24, 2019

Ring in Chinese New Year at the Disneyland Hong Kong Resort—and help bring luck, health and happiness to the year ahead!

(Note:  There might be a few blackout days for cast members in February: Hong Kong Disneyland Blockout Dates)

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Mickey and Friends at Hong Kong Disneyland. They all have special holiday costumes.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is welcoming the Year of the Pig from January 17 to February 24, 2019 resplendent in colorful peach blossoms and festive Chinese New Year decorations.

Romance will be in the air on February 14th. The Resort creates elegant dining settings for couples to celebrate together on Valentine’s Day at this Happiest Place on Earth.

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Duffy celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year!

CNY Family Fun with Disney Friends adds some Disney Magic

During the Chinese New Year celebration, Disney friends Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip & Dale, Duffy & ShellieMay, will change into bright Chinese New Year outfits to share best wishes with guests daily at Main Street, U.S.A.

Festive Dining In Abundance

A range of 80 gourmet delights with distinct Chinese New Year flavors will fill the menus of the restaurants in the park and the two themed hotels. Why not celebrate the beginning of the Year of Rooster with a cheeky Happy Albert Chocolate Mousse from the Market House Bakery, and enjoy savory and sweet snacks bearing auspicious names like “Lucky Ball” and “Happy New Year Fish”. Celebrate family togetherness with a “Chinese New Year Treasure in Pot Set Menu” at River View Cafe in Adventureland, or feast on the Plaza Inn’s “Chinese New Year Special Set”. 

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So cute!

Collectible Keepsakes Bestow Endless Blessing

Mystic Point’s monkey, Albert, is among the great variety of more than 30 memorabilia in the “Chinese New Year Assortment” to aptly mark the Year of the Pig. Do not miss the Chinese New Year Limited Edition Pin 2019 and the Chinese New Year Jumbo Pin exclusive for Magic Access members.

Romantic Celebration on Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, the Resort presents special dining menus creating the perfect romantic rendezvous for couples. Valentine’s Day buffets and set dinners are served at the restaurants of the two hotels. Guests can also enjoy specially created beverages like “The Love Rose” and “Pink Valentine”. Bestow your loved one with the most elaborate Valentine’s Day dinner set for two at Walt’s Cafe – it comes with a lovely pair of Duffy & ShellieMay Tsum Tsum Plush and a photo taken with Duffy & ShellieMay to commemorate the special occasion. Make the day even more memorable by sharing “his and hers” keepsakes from the Valentine’s Day and the Season of Love assortments featuring sweet pairs – Mickey and Minnie, and Duffy and ShellieMay.

Shanghai Disneyland Celebrates the New Year

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January 28, 2017:  The Chinese Lion ceremony at Shanghai Disneyland theme park.

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Shanghai Disneyland:  So pretty.  The red color signifies good fortune.

Mickey-shaped lanterns dangle over the streets of Disneytown, Shanghai Disneyland Resort’s shopping, dining & entertainment district.

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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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About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Life is the Bubbles DCP Housing Event

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First DCP Housing event of 2019!

Last night was the first DCP Housing event of 2019.

The theme for the party was:  Life is the Bubbles.

The monthly events are open to all DCP cast members living in any of the four DCP housing complexes.  They usually hold them at Chatham Field.

This is especially convenient for Christian as he’s living in Chatham this semester, so he barely had any walk at all over to the field.  He walked over there with his roommates at 7pm.

The food at the housing events is free and is usually pretty good.  They scan your Housing ID now and limit the amount of food you can have. 😦

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Free pizza!!!

He got 2 slices Dominoes pizza and a soda.  And a delicious rice krispy bar.

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Meeting Sebastian the Crab!  I love the backdrop!!   Photo credit: emma_dcp_2019

The line for the character meet & greet – Sebastian the Crab – was over an hour long, so he passed on it.  That’s too bad because it was his first character meet and greet event!!!

The DJ was really good.

It’s been unusually cold at night this week in Orlando, so they only stayed for about an hour before heading back to their apartment.

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Free special cookies and rice krispy bars for dessert!

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

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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/

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Welcome!

Trying a Sprinkles Cupcake at Disney Springs

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My Mickey Mouse Oreo Cupcake!!!  $4.95

Week 1:

After finishing up at Disney Casting, it was time to meet up with my DCP friend, Justin, at Disney Springs.

There’s a cupcake shop at Disney Springs called Sprinkles.

They all looked pretty good!

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How to chose just one???

Cupcakes are $4.95 each or $53 for a dozen.

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Chocolate cupcakes….

They also carry ice cream, cookies, sodas, juices, and coffee drinks.

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The Sprinkles menu. The cupcake selection changes daily.

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More than just cupcakes!

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And they carry mini cupcakes too!  Just $3.50 each

You can sign up here for perks like getting your first cupcake for free and getting a free cupcake on your birthday:  Sprinkles Perks.

CM Tip:  Disney cast members get a 10% discount!

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The Sprinkles cupcake ATM.

There’s a cupcake ATM right outside! You don’t even have to go into the shop.  The cupcake ATM, which is open even when the bakery is closed, can hold up to 400 cupcakes.  It’s constantly restocked throughout the day to ensure freshness.

Note:  The cupcake ATM  also carries dog-friendly cupcakes!

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Don’t let long lines outside put you off. The line moves very fast!

Sprinkles at Disney Springs

1676 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

(407) 560-9192

Store Hours:  Monday – Sunday, 10am – 12am

Cupcake machine:  Open 24/7.

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Sprinkles has sitting outside

Click here on Sprinkles Cupcakes for the daily cupcake menu.

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Yes, please!

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

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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/

Two Disney Sisters

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How cute is this Mickey donut – with sprinkles! – necklace???!!!

Welcome to Disney World Casting!

Disney Casting building at DTD.

The Disney Casting building across from Disney Springs. 

Day 2:  Welcome to Disney Casting

Disney Casting is where you get fingerprinted and, for some safety critical roles  like lifeguarding, attractions, a simple drug test of peeing in a cup is performed.  (Christian is food service at Cosmic Rays over at the Magic Kingdom and didn’t need a drug test.)

Plan on being there 1 – 2 hours as you move from room to room, getting in lines and more lines, and watching company info and safety videos.

The casting orientation for the Spring DCP program goes faster than the orientation for the Fall DCP program as there are less participants.

Definitely bring a water bottle and some snacks!

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10am:  Getting on the free shuttle from Chatham apartments to the Disney Casting building.

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A very cool looking building!

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The golden Disney character statues welcoming you to Disney Casting.

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These are pretty cool looking.

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Company info videos.

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12pm: Done and heading back to his apartment for the afternoon. It’s a cool January day for Florida….only 68 degrees.

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The famous doorknobs on the Disney Casting door. Up until a year ago, they were golden. Then, they refurbished the building and put up these bluish ones. They are not as pretty that’s for sure!!!  I wonder who made this design decision???!!!

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Throwback Thursday, Looking Back – Our Day at Disney World Casting:

After check-in at Vista Way, it was off to Disney Casting for all the new Fall CPs.

Dress is casual.

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Caroline’s 1st Day at DCP Program: At Disney Casting for check-in

At Disney Casting, finding Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

At Disney Casting, Elly finding Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

Off to be fingerprinted!

Caroline’s off to be fingerprinted!

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New DCP arrivals with their free DCP blue bags (perfect for that Walmart run!).

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The shiny and golden doorknobs of the big door at Disney Casting! Welcome new Cast Member!

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You can buy the Casting phone case!

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December 2018: These Christmas ornaments were available at our local Disney Store here in Colorado. So fun!

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/
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Christian’s DCP Apartment at Chatham Square

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Chatham Square apartments.

Day 1: Check-in Day at Chatham Square apartments.

Check-in only took 30 minutes, and he was done and in his apartment.

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He’s living in Chatham! Same place we lived during our 1st program!!!

He’s in a 2 Bedroom/2 Bath apartment on the 3rd floor for 6 guys.  The 6th guy never showed up, so there are currently 5 guys in the apartment.

Each bedroom has a bunk bed and a twin bed. The apartment seems roomy because of the high ceilings.  Their apartment doesn’t have a balcony.

Disney Housing fairly recently converted what were 2 bedroom/4 person apartments into 2 bedroom/6 person apartments just a few years ago.

It did not decrease the weekly rent per person by very much.  His weekly rent is $106/week.

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DCP rents: January 1 – May 4, 2019

Christian came from the farthest away.  His roommates are from: Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.  All from the East Coast and they all drove their cars down to the program, something that Christian wanted to do too.

A few photos of his apartment:

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Outside

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3rd floor is actually pretty nice.

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Lots and lots of trees in the parking lot.

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Living room. One of the roommates brought a TV with him. There’s also a dining room table and chairs for 6.

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Kitchen with 2 refrigerators.

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Bedroom #1:  Christian picked the lower bunk. The upper bunk is empty for now.

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Shared closet with lockers for 3.

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Walking around the apartment complexes checking out all the pools.  It’s a nice day.

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Two Disney Sisters

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Our first DCP apartment at Chatham Square for the Fall 2013 DCP internship.  We were in Building #11.

Let the Disney Adventure Begin!

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Spring DCP Program at Disney World: January 2019 – May 2019

For those of you who follow our daily Disney blog, you might have read a few months ago that our brother, Chris, was accepted into the Spring 2019 Disney College Program internship.

We’ll be posting about his adventures at the Magic Kingdom over the coming months.

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Day 0:

It’s Sunday morning and the time has finally come for him to head down to Orlando.

His program check-in day is tomorrow.

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Only guys can pack for a 4 month adventure in just 2 suitcases!

His suitcases are packed and his Southwest boarding pass is printed.

He has perfect sunny and clear flying weather as the major snowstorm stayed north of his flight path.

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Saying goodbye at DIA.

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Looking all GQ.

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We always fly Southwest whenever we can! ❤

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January 13, 2019:  Taking off out of DIA.

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Lots of snow and very cold…only 23 degrees!

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South Platte River basin.

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link:   https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Two Disney Sisters

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I think we were more excited heading off to the airport than he was!  We’re going to miss him sooooo much!