2018 Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs

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Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

Opens Today!

Discover 27 Christmas Trees – each inspired by a Disney character or Disney park theme – at Disney Springs this holiday season.

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Opening at 11am today…and open with all the tree lights on until 11pm every night.

The Christmas Tree Trail is open from 11:00am to 11:00pm from November 8, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

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Nov. 8th – Jan 6th.

Capture one-of-a-kind photos during a walk-through experience featuring holiday music, falling snow, festive trees, and more.

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Disney Springs Map – The Christmas trees are by the marketplace.

Begin your tour near the play fountain outside Once Upon a Toy in the Marketplace. There you’ll spot an alluring pathway – fun invitation to explore all the trees decked out in the following Disney-inspired themes:

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Cinderella
  • Disney Springs
  • Disney Villains
  • Dumbo
  • Fantasia
  • Frozen
  • Haunted Mansion
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mickey & Minnie Mouse
  • The Muppets
  • Mulan
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • Pluto
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Robin Hood
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Snow White
  • Star Wars
  • Tangled
  • Toy Story
  • Trees representing the Walt Disney World Theme Parks

During your journey, be sure to check out the nearby food and beverage kiosks and holiday merchandise.  If you’re participating in this year’s Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt, spend a little more time gazing at the Mickey & Minnie tree. It just may contain the clue you’re looking for!  🙂

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Setting up the tree backdrops over the weekend.

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The Tangled tree with all its lanterns.

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Look for the hint to Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt here!

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See it during the day…then come back at night!

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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 at work 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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The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!  Happy Holidays!!!!

Assembling the 2018 Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian

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Nov. 5, 2018:  Assembling begins on the Gingerbread House frame.

November 5, 2018: Yesterday, maintenance laid down temporary carpet protectors and brought in the wooden gingerbread house pieces.

Disney reuses the same wooden house frame every year.  It gets a fresh coat of white paint before they reassemble it.

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It took most of the day, but the gingerbread house is finally assembled.

Once the frame is assembled, the bakers arrive and get to work. A small crane/lift is brought in for the task.

It takes about a week to attach all the baked shingles and decorate the house.

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Disney is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the GF Gingerbread House.  Opening November 14th this year.

November 6, 2018:  The talented bakers and decorators begin working non-stop on the house.  While they are working, free gingerbread samples are available for guests to try.  It’s delicious!!!!!

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LE pin release on November 17th at 1pm.

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November 6, 2018 progress.

The whole grand atrium of the Grand Floridian smells like gingerbread! ❤

Free samples of the gingerbread for all the guests.  So delicious!  The botton is coated in rich dark chocolate!

Free samples of the gingerbread for all the guests while they are assembling the house. So delicious! The bottom is coated in rich dark chocolate!

The chefs make extra gingerbread shingles and dip them in dark chocolate. You can buy them in the gift shop and also from the gingerbread house when it’s open (grand opening Nov. 14th).

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We could eat one of these every day! ❤

November 14, 2018: The grand opening this year is on November 14, 2018 with a special limited edition 2018 GF Gingerbread House pin release happening on November 17th.

The Sweet Shop will be open offering all kinds of delicious gingerbread goodies!

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The gingerbread recipe. They start baking batches of the shingles in July!

November 6, 2018:  Let the decorating begin!

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All hands ondeck for this huge decorating project!

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Nov 6th progress

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Nov. 7th…coming right along…

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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 at work 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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Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

We love the Grand Floridian’s annual Gingerbread House!

Our plans for December 2018:

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Meeting Lady Tremaine and Her ‘Beautiful’ Daughters

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These two crack me up! They are sooo vain!

The Beautiful Tremaine Daughters Have New Outfits!

This summer the ‘beautiful’ Tremaine daughters – Cinderella’s mean stepsisters – got new, upgraded outfits at Disney World.

Their new outfits are bigger and brighter, and have a lot more velvet and satin layers.

We love their new costumes!  ❤

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Anastasia wears pink

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Drizella wears blue/green.

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Meeting the Tremaine Family at Cinderella Castle

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Me and Ricky meeting the Tremaine family.

We were wondering around the Cinderella Castle when a cast member told us that the  the whole Tremaine family would be coming out soon.

This made me nervous because the Tremaines are always so unpredictable!

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Wearing my Cinderella t-shirt at the Magic Kingdom.

Sure enough, Lady Tremaine and her ‘beautiful’ daughters came walking out. I was so nervous because I had on my Cinderella t-shirt and I knew they’d be mean to me about that!  And they were!

We took a group photo with them, and then I asked if I could have one alone.

Lady Tremaine looks at her daughters and says, “Very well!” And then they all walked away from me!!  😦

This is me saying, “Wait, no! I want one WITH you all!”

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“Wait! Come back!!”

Lady Tremaine just shrugged and said, “Well, to each their own. I wasn’t going to question you!”

They are soooo unpredictable!

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Me with Lady Tremaine and her “beautiful” daughters, Anastasia and Drizella.

Talk about a moment I will never forget!

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My favorite photo of Lady Tremaine and her daughters. How old would you say she is??? [Trick question.]

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Thinking about Disney Bounding as one of the beautiful sisters?

Here are some ideas:

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The casual look.

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The more dressy option.

Disney Bounding:  When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters and go to the theme parks.

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Elly is Disney Bounding as Cinderella during MNSSHP.

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Adventure Book Cover

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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Adventure is out there!

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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Another day, another Cinderella t-shirt! No Tremanines out today!

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You’re definitely a cast member if you have dozens of photos taken in front of the Castle! 🙂

Best Corn Dogs at the Magic Kingdom – Casey’s Corner

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We’re ready for some lunch at Casey’s Corner.  ❤

We LOVE the corn dogs at Casey’s Corner – they are the BEST!  🙂

This place was always so busy no matter when we stopped by.

This place is always so busy no matter when we stop by.  Long lines, but they move fast.

Whether guests are baseball fans or not, Casey’s Corner is a must for Magic Kingdom guests.

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Lunchtime!!!

Memorializing the famous poem, Casey at the Bat, Casey’s Corner offers your favorite ballpark foods: hot dogs, fries, caramel popcorn, and pretzels.

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Casey’s has the best hot dogs at Walt Disney World!!!

And, while they serve some of the best hot dogs in town, their corn dog nuggets are to die for!

Finally, corn dogs!

Finally, corn dogs! And skinny fries!!!

Best hot dog in town, all it needs is a little ketchup.

Best hot dog in town, all it needs is a little ketchup.

Lunch/Dinner Menu (10/2018)

Hit it out of the park with American baseball favorites: hot dogs, nachos, corn dog nuggets, French fries, brownies, and Cracker Jack. 

Seasonal Offerings (Fall)

Minnie Witch Brownie: Brownie with Minnie Witch Chocolate, $4.29

Entrées

Loaded Mashed Potato All-Beef Foot Long Hot Diggity Dog  $13.49

Loaded Mashed Potato All-Beef Hot Diggity Dog, $11.49

Chili-Cheese All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog, $13.49

Chili-Cheese All-Beef Hot Dog, $11.49

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog, $13.49

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese All-Beef Hot Dog, $11.49

All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog Meal, $11.99

Plant-based Loaded-slaw Dog, $11.49

Plant-based Dog, $9.49

All-Beef Hot Dog Meal, $9.99

Corn Dog Nuggets Meal, $8.99

Snacks

Loaded Mashed Potato Fries, $6.49

Chili-Cheese French Fries, $6.49

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Fries, $6.49

French Fries, $4.49

Chili, $4.29

Mac and Cheese, $3.49

Brownie, $4.29

Cheese Sauce, $1.00

Specialty Beverage

Frozen Mint Julep Lemonade, $6.49

Beverages

Assorted Fountain Beverages – Regular, $3.99

Dasani Bottled Water, $3.50

Smartwater, $5.50

Minute Maid Apple Juice, $3.99

Nestlé Nesquik Chocolate Milk, $3.79

Regular Coffee, $3.29

Decaf Coffee, $3.29

Nestlé Hot Cocoa, $3.29

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Halloween on Main Street USA.  Casey’s Corner is up on the left.

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Adventure Book Cover

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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Adventure is out there!

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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At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party…heading off for some corn dogs!!!  🙂

 

 

Best Orange Chicken at Epcot’s Lotus Blossom Café

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Try the Orange Chicken – it’s delicious!!!

When we’re in the mood for a quick lunch at Epcot, the Lotus Blossom Café is our first choice.
Epcot's Hidden Gem – China’s Lotus Blossom Café

We love the Orange Chicken with white rice there, and also the pot stickers. It has lots of covered seating so it’s fun to people watch while having lunch.

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And, don’t forget to order some Pot Stickers!

We always see Mulan when we’re there and there’s never a line to see her.

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Mulan is one of the nicest characters at Epcot!

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Appetizers
Potstickers $5.25
Egg rolls $3.99

Entrees
#1 Orange Chicken – Served with steamed rice. – $10.49
#2 Beef Noodle Soup Bowl – Beef noodle soup bowl. – $10.95
#3 Shrimp Fried Rice – Served with an egg roll. – $10.49
#4 Vegetarian Stir Fry – Served with steamed rice. – $10.49
#6 Sesame Chicken Salad – Sesame chicken salad. – $9.99

Kids Meals
Sweet and Sour Chicken. – $7.95
Pot Stickers and Spring Rolls. – $7.95

Red Lychee

Red Lychee fruit…it’s sweet!

Desserts
Choice of Caramel-Ginger or Lychee ice cream. – $3.50

Drinks
Smoothies – Choice of mango or strawberry. – $4.65
Cold Drinks – Choose from Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Nestea, and Fanta orange soda. Regular $2.99 or Large $3.29. Dasani Bottled Water $2.75, Bottled green tea or oolong tea (no sugar added) $4.25, Peach oolong tea $4.25, Orange juice $2.59, and Milk (regular, low fat, or chocolate) $1.99
Hot Beverages – Chinese Hot Tea, Nescafe coffee, or Nestle hot cocoa. – $2.29
Beer & Wine – Tiger Draft Beer $7.50, Plum Wine $4.99, and Tsing Tao bottled beer $6.95

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Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot China pavilion – Lots of seating!

Orange Chicken Blossom Cafe

This really is our favorite lunch at Epcot!

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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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Adventure is out there!

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!

Celebrating Earth Day 2018: Epcot’s Living with the Land

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The Land pavilion at Epcot   ❤

One of my favorite places at Epcot is ‘The Land’ pavilion. The Land covers six acres, making it Epcot’s largest pavilion.  It includes a cool futuristic glass greenhouse.

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A Hidden Mickey!

The 2.5 million square foot facility is dedicated to human interaction with the land itself. It explores how humans can both use the land for their benefit and how they can also destroy it. Future Technology in better preserving the land is explored in the pavilion, along with a focus on the celebration of the land itself.

Current Attractions:

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5 minute wait, no Fast Passes necessary.

Living with the Land Boat Ride – Sponsored by Chiquita Banana – A boat ride about agriculture taking you from an indoor story portion exploring rain forests and deserts to a huge glass greenhouse revealing the plants grown in The Land for Epcot restaurants, including hydroponic gardens and fish house.

We love this ride!!

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Soarin’ Around the World

Soarin’ Around the World – A motion simulator attraction that takes you over various famous world locations. Wildly popular, get a FastPass for it before you come to Epcot or first thing in the morning. Always long lines. Tip:  Without a FastPass, the best time to see Soarin’ is at 8:45pm right before IllumiNations starts at 9pm.

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Sunshine Seasons food court. We always eat here!

Good Eats! The Sunshine Seasons food court is one of the best food courts at Walt Disney World!  Delicious food (quick service, inexpensive) with chicken, pasta, asian fried rice and chicken, sandwiches, fresh fruit, and bakery items are available. In addition, there’s a large amount of seating in the pavilion.  A great place to take a break and cool off or get out of the rain in the summer.

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New fancy cupcake this month.

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Some photos from Living with the Land boat ride (Feb 2018)

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Caroline found a Hidden Mickey on the wall!

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Entering the fish house.

This aquatic room always has a Hidden Mickey in it!  Look closely!

 

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We take this boat ride on every trip to Epcot!

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The Land at Epcot9 lb. Lemons!!!  Yes, we saw them!

The Land by our friend, artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett.

‘The Land’ drawn by our friend and cast member, Disney artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett.

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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 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.

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2018 Best Times to Visit Disney World

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Cinderella Castle in the morning, February 2018

The Best Times to Visit Disney World 2018 are:

Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year’s Day and the days around MLK Day, Jan 15th)

Weekdays in February (minus the days around President’s Day, Feb 19th )

The first two weeks in March

Weekdays the second half of April after Easter (Sunday, April 1)

Weekdays in May before Memorial Day weekend (Monday, May 28)

Weekdays the first week of June

The first half of September after Labor Day (Monday, Sept 3); weekdays for the remainder of September and October, avoid Columbus Day weekend (Monday, October 8)

Weekdays in early and mid-November (minus the week of Thanksgiving, Nov 22rd)

Weekdays during the first two weeks of December

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There are good days to visit WDW (green dots) and very BAD days to visit WDW (red dots). Don’t waste your time and money visiting on red dot days!!!

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Easter Week, 8am: Guests pouring into MK and struggling to get down Main Street USA.

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Spring Break 2018: Fantasyland is packed. Extremely long wait times for all rides.

The Worst Times to Visit Disney World in 2018:  Listen Up People!!!

MLK weekend: Jan. 13 – 15, 2018

President’s Day weekend: Feb. 17 – Feb. 19, 2018

Spring Break : March 10 – March 30, 2018

Easter Weeks:  March 24 – April 8, 2018

Memorial Day weekend:  May 26 – 28, 2018

Week around June 30th:  New Toy Story Land opens at DHS

Summer: June 4 – August 31, 2018

4th of July week:  July 1 – 8, 2018

Labor Day weekend: Sept. 1 – Sept. 3, 2018

Columbus Day weekend: Oct. 6 – Oct. 8, 2018

Halloween week: Oct. 27 – Nov. 4, 2018

Veteran’s Day weekend: Nov. 9 – Nov. 12, 2018

Thanksgiving week: Nov. 17 – 25, 2018

Christmas week through the first week of the New Year: Dec. 22, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

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New official link to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks including all four Disney World Parks:  https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

During blockout days, you can’t use your Disney Guest Passes to swipe friends and family into the park for free.  Also, Disney limits the number of rooms available for CMs to use their cast member hotel discount.

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Magic Kingdom:  Used to have to most Blockout Days, but now its Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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MK: No blockout days are currently scheduled for using your guest passes.

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Only 1 blockout day is currently scheduled at MK and it’s blocked for both self admission and guest passes, July 4th.

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Fall: Magic Kingdom Blockout Days for using guest passes.

Epcot:  Epcot has the fewest planned Blockout Days – just 2 in 2018!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom have MANY, MANY planned Blockout Days in 2018!  Plan ahead!  The new Toy Story Land at DHS opens June 30th.

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DAK: Palm Sunday is March 25th, so Easter Week is March 24th – April 1, 2018.  Expect heavy, heavy crowds and long wait times at Pandora!

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Lots of upcoming blockout days for using your guest passes at DAK.

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Every weekend is blocked out through Labor Day for using guest passes at DAK because of the new Pandora land.

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Just a few upcoming blocked out days at DAK.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: You won’t be able to use your guest passes at all this summer at DHS!

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DHS is still a 1/2 day park until Toy Story Land opens June 30th. The entire month of July is blocked out for using guest passes!

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Two Disney Sisters at Disneyland

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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