Celebrating Earth Day 2017 with ‘Party for the Planet’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Party for the Planet #DisneyAnimals

Guests can honor Earth Day 2017 by participating in ‘Party for the Planet’ activities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 21-23, 2017. [Earth Day is April 22, 2017.]

Party for the Planet is “a fun and festive way to connect with nature and be inspired to protect our planet” through a variety of special offerings at Animal Kingdom, including opportunities to explore the nature and wildlife of the park.

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Special sweet treats will be available.

Guests visiting over the weekend of April 21-23 can pick up a Party for the Planet Times Guide when entering the park to help plan your the day. While at the Oasis, guests can also select one of 10 different animal cut-outs and they are encouraged to take photos for sharing on social media using the hashtag #DisneyAnimals.

Guests can also shop for special merchandise inspired by nature and wildlife including Boiled Books (featuring embossed artwork and stationery created with pressed natural elements, like leaves, flowers and seeds), Petal Pushers (a purveyor of giftable plants), and Jortra (selling handmade jewelry made from coffee beans, orange peels and cantaloupe seeds). These special vendors can be found outside Island Merchantile on Discovery Island and at Mombasa Marketplace in Africa.

And, there will be special characters at the meet and greet:

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Jiminy Cricket only comes out on Earth Day weekend!

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At the Tree of Life

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Tree of Life Cupcake, $5.19. Well worth it!

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Jiminy Cricket at DAK last year.  He was out at Planet Rafiki all weekend this year.

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On Saturday’s safari.

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My new Earth Day earrings!

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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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‘Frozen’ Summer Games Returns to Blizzard Beach in May!

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Frozen’s Summer Games returns May 26th!

The “Frozen” Summer Games 2017 will be returning to Disney’s Blizzard Beach starting May 26th, with even more snowy, summery fun!

And for the first time in forever, you will be able to meet and take photos with Kristoff and Olaf at Blizzard Beach.

Guests visiting Blizzard Beach can join Team Kristoff or Team Olaf to participate in a variety of activities, games, and crafts from Ice Pail Relays and a Snowball Toss to Ski Pole Limbo and Slide Races. It’s going to be a blast!

Listen for a DJ spinning some cool Disney tunes throughout the day!

Sun’s out, guns out!

Let’s go!!!!   🙂

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Blizzard Beach is open from 10am – 5pm daily.

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (our favorite!) are open daily.

The water park’s hours are currently from 10am – 5pm daily.  The water parks do close for thunderstorms, so always check before you go!

To check on water park hours:  Disney’s Water Parks Hours
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And, over at Typhoon Lagoon the new Miss Adventure Falls ride is open!

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The new Miss Adventure Falls tube ride

Read all the details about the new Miss Adventure Falls here:  Miss Adventure Falls is Open!

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We’ve met Olaf a couple times at several different locations and he’s a lot of fun!

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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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2018 DCP Homecoming Event at Disney World

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Let the countdown begin!

2018 DCP Homecoming Weekend Event

Greetings DCP Alumni!

Exciting news!!

Here are some details for the next Homecoming Weekend set to take place at the Walt Disney World Resort on January 19 – 21, 2018.

The fee to attend next year’s event is a non-refundable $250.

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January 2018 – See you there!

Next year’s event is sure to create lasting memories and unforgettable moments not only with your family and friends but other #CPAlumni. Registration will open soon and include:

A semi-formal evening reception and dessert party scheduled at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and celebrating the Disney College Program. Here you will find themed iconic pieces from our parks and resorts as well as Disney story book characters, music, food and fun. The event will end with a special fireworks viewing party.

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Some of the DCP Homecoming gifts from the 2016 DCP Reunion.

Exclusive #CPAlumni Homecoming Weekend merchandise will be available including a customized Disney Alumni Association MagicBand!

You can order DCP Alumni merchandise here:  DCP Alumni Merchandise

Other Important Homecoming Weekend 2018 Facts:

Hotel Accommodations: We will have a limited number of discounted rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Travel expenses: You will be responsible for airfare, hotel accommodations, and transportation to and from WDW for this event. If you are staying on Disney property, we encourage you to utilize Disney transportation to attend the weekend activities. Of course, you will be welcome to carpool or utilize your own personal vehicle. Any event that includes transportation will be noted at the time of registration.

Park Tickets: Once you complete your registration, you will have the ability to purchase theme park tickets at a discounted rate.

Write us with any questions at: alumni@disney.com

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Join the DCP Alumni Association today!  DCP Alumni

For more information about registering for this event, check back soon.

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January 15, 2016:  The DCP Party Event at the Contemporary Resort

Here’s the agenda from the 2016 DCP Homecoming Event: DCP Alumni Homecoming 2016 Agenda

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Florida CPs, California CPs, and ICPs are all welcome!

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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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Enjoying POG Juice at Disney World

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Perfection!

POG Juice is a tropical juice drink created in 1971 by Mary Soon who worked for Haleakala Dairy on Maui, Hawaii.

It consists of a blend of juices from Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava (hence ‘POG’).

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This juice is perfection!

POG Juice, aka Moonshine Juice, is served at breakfast at several resorts at Disney World.

We’ve also had a version of it as Pineapple, Orange, and Guava juice and let me tell you, it’s just as delicious!

At Ohana’s Restaurant at the Polynesian Resort, chilled POG juice is served during breakfast.

Carafes of P.O.G. juice.

Carafes of chilled P.O.G. juice are brought to your table.

Having fun with Stitch.

Having fun with Stitch.

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Yum!  POG juice is delicious with the breakfast buffet food.

She was great!

Lilo was great!  She wanted to know if I liked my POG juice.  Yes, of course!!

At Trail’s End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness their breakfast juice is called Moonshine Juice and it’s served in canning jars.

Moonshine juice in glass canning jars.

Moonshine juice in glass canning jars.

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Mom and Christian toasting with Moonshine juice.

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Moonshine juice is perfect with Mickey Waffles!

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Unlimited Moonshine juice for everyone!

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A little taste of Hawaii.

On the west coast and in Hawaii, you can buy POG juice at the grocery store.  Lucky!

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All you need to make POG juice at home!

POG Juice Recipe:

1 Cup Passion Fruit juice or Pineapple juice

1 Cup Orange juice

1 Cup Guava juice

Mix together and serve chilled or over ice.

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We even had some POG Juice at Fridays restaurant last night!  (They call it Paradise Punch. $2.40)

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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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Getting Your Hair Cut at the Magic Kingdom!

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The Harmony Barbershop Quartet singing outside the barbershop.

It’s probably not on most people’s DCP Bucket Lists, but we think that getting a haircut “at work” should be! 🙂

Cast Member Hair Salons

All Walt Disney World cast members have exclusive access to hair salon services at the following locations:

Magic Kingdom Kutters (CM only)

Located in the Utilidors of the Magic Kingdom Park

8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, $15

407-824-5600

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Epcot HairPort International (CM only)

Located in Epcot’s Cast Services building

9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, $15

407-824-

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Services For Cast Members and Guests:

Magic Kingdom’s Harmony Barber Shop (Public)

The Harmony Barber Shop is located on Main Street U.S.A., and is open to guests and cast members daily.

9:00am to 4:00pm, Daily.  Walk-ins only.

407-939-7529

The Barbershop Menu

All Harmony Barber Shop stylists are state-licensed cosmetologists.

Guests can select from the following options:

Adult haircut: $19 (CMs get a discount)

Child’s haircut: $15 (12 and under)

My First Haircut package: $19

Colored hair gel: $5

Beard and mustache trims: $10

Pixie dust glitter!  Free!!!

Ask for Pixie Dust glitter! It’s free!!!  🙂

Throwback Thursday:  Out dad getting his haircut there in 1993!

Throwback Thursday: Our dad getting his haircut at the Harmony Barbershop in 1993!

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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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Welcome new Cast Members to Disney Casting!

Disney Casting building at DTD.

Disney Casting building at Disney Springs.

First Day:

After check-in at Vista Way, it’s off to Disney Casting for new CPs.  Dress is casual.

Spring 2015 arrivals with their free DCP blue bags (perfect for that Walmart run!).

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

The golden statues welcoming you to Casting.

The golden statues welcoming you to Disney Casting.

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

Disney Casting is where you get fingerprinted and for some safety critical roles (lifeguarding, attractions) a simple drug test of peeing in a cup.  We were both merchandise and could skip that step.

Plan on being there 2-3 hours as you move from room to room, getting in lines and more lines.  Definitely bring a water bottle and some snacks!

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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The doorknobs of the big door at casting! Welcome new Cast Member!

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You can buy the phone case too!

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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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Disney Bounding as Princess Moana and Friends

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Fun ideas to Disney Bound as Moana.

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

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Coral and tan with seashell accents.

Princess Moana is one of the easiest Disney princesses to Disney Bound to!  Her colors are beautiful – coral and tan.

You can also Disney Bound as other characters in the movie like Maui:

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Disney Bounding as Maui

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Maui

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Ocean colors for Te Fiti

Other Disney Bounding ideas:

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

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip or Orange Bird: 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/

Now, Disney Bounding is different than Cosplay, which is dressing up exactly like the characters.

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Cosplaying as Moana characters.

You can’t get into the Disney Parks dressed liked this, except at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights.

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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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