Cinderella Castle to Receive Royal Makeover This Spring

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It will be all trimmed in gold!

The Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom is getting a royal makeover!

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Beginning next month, the Castle walk-through into Fantasyland will be closed for 3 months.

The stunning golden castle enhancements will begin in early March 2020 and continue for about 3 months into early summer.

It’s being repainted the same light pink shade used last year at Sleeping Beauty Castle, with royal blue turrets and lots of gold trim.

The castle’s tarps and barriers should go up around March 1st.

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The pretty mosaic murals in the Castle walk through.

You won’t be able to walk through the Cinderella Castle Walk-Through during renovations.

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It’s pretty golden inside the walk through already.

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The Cinderella stained glass mural.

It’s the 70th anniversary of the release of the Cinderella movie today.

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Cinderella greeting her Royal Table guests at every meal.

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Cinderella opened to glowing reviews on February 15, 1950.

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This follows the golden enhancements given to Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle last year:

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland is More Beautiful Than Ever!

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May 24, 2019: Grand Re-Opening of Sleeping Beauty Castle

The $300,000 refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty Castle is complete and the Castle’s walk-through has re-opened for guests.

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle now features vibrant new colors, a new roof, and other pixie dust enhancements.

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May 24, 2019: Sleeping Beauty Castle’s new, much bluer paint job.

“What’s interesting is that we used an ages-old painting technique called ‘atmospheric perspective’ to visually heighten the castle,” said Kim Irvine, art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. “We warmed the pink hues on the lower towers and gradually added blue to lighten the colors toward the top.”

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Golden accents and a pixie dust sprinkled roof.

The same technique was used for the new roof, now in gorgeous cobalt blue hues. Each of the 18 original turrets was digitally scanned to create the same roofline and sparkly pixie dust was sprinkled on the center roof.

“We focused the golden accents and pixie dust around the entrance to the castle, as though it has been magically enchanted,” said Irvine.

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The walk-through has brand new LED lighting.

Colorful banners, pennants and landscaping were also included in the refurbishment and the Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through received new paint and interior lighting.

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We think it’s beautiful!

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The beloved Partners statue with Walt holding Mickey’s hand.

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Princess Aurora looking over her refurbished castle.  ❤

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Christian admiring the Sleeping Beauty Castle too.

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But, this is what guests have to look forward to this spring at the Cinderella Castle:  Tarps and Barriers.

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April 17, 2019: Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle has been tarped now for almost 2 months! 😦

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March 24, 2019: Renovating the Sleeping Beauty Castle turrets.  The tarps are so ugly!  You can’t walk through the Castle into Fantasyland.

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January 2020:  Seeing Sleeping Beauty Castle with it’s new golden look.  We love it!  ❤

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

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Cheers to the new year!

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!  Can’t wait to see all the improvements later on this year!

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Now, that’s PINK!!!

People are complaining already about this new light pink color ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration next year, but we remember when the Cinderella Castle was REALLY PINK for the 25th anniversary celebration!!!

The Wonderful Smells of Disney World

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Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Welcome to the sweet smelling Walt Disney World!

If you’re a frequent guest of Disney World, you know what people mean when they talk about that “Disney Smell”.

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Welcome to Orlando, Florida!

1. The Smell of Florida
It actually starts when you arrive at Orlando airport and walk outside for the first time.  Florida smells like Florida…it has a sweetly fragrant scent due to all the blooming flowers and trees.  Many returning tourists pause for a moment when they walk outside the terminal and just take a deep breath of sweet Florida air.  Ahhh, breathe it in…

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We ❤ Southwest!

Even more special, there is just something about the way the all the parks, attractions and Disney resorts smell…all so good! Long ago, Disney realized that if the parks smelled good and unique, you’d remember it long after your vacation was over. And, more importantly, you’ll remember how good you felt at the time.

Did you know that Disney World pumps irresistible scents onto its parks and resort lobbies to entice park goers? There are strategically placed devices called “smellitizers” dispersed throughout Disney World resort.  They emit pleasing scents throughout the day and night.

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Best Disney Smells!

Ask any cast member to name where a particular scent is associated with and we can all pass this test with flying colors!

2. The Smell of the Water Rides

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Guests say that you could line up bottles of water with scents from the fog from Pirates of the Caribbean and the other indoor water rides (It’s a Small World, Splash Mountain, Living with The Land at Epcot, the Three Caballeros ride) and they could correctly associate the water’s scent with the attraction.  And, they would be right.

3. The Smell of the Disney World Resort Lobbies

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This is not a hard one at all.  In fact, the fragrances are so specific that you can actually buy candles and air fresheners online with the scent of each resort.

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You can get air fresheners for your home and car that smell like Disney World resorts and attractions!

For example, the Polynesian Resort lobby smells vaguely “Hawaiian” with floral and wood notes.  The Yacht and Beach Club smells of the “seashore”, but not in a bad way, more like a fresh salty sea breeze.

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Yes please!

The Grand Floridian lobby smells of “rich money” to me, except when the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is up in the lobby during the holidays.  Then, of course, it smells strongly of freshly-baked gingerbread.

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When the Gingerbread House goes up at the GF every November, the whole Grand Atrium smells like gingerbread cookies!

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We love the smell of Holiday Cookies!

4. The Spa Scent of Disney Resort Soaps and Toiletries

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Disney Resort toiletries smell wonderful!

If you’ve stayed at any of the properties onsite, you know this scent!

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January 2020: We thought all the Disney hotels had switched over to bulk dispensers, but when we stayed at the Disneyland Hotel, they still provided individual portions.  Everything smelled so good!

I call this smell “rich spa”.  It’s so wonderful a scent that guests often pause while washing their hands and just smell the fragrant bubbles.

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Guests love the Disney shampoo and conditioner so much that you can buy it online!

4. The Smell of Caramel Popcorn Cooking at Karamell Kuche in Epcot Germany

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Making a fresh batch of warm caramel popcorn.

My ICP friend from Germany worked in this sweet shop making the caramel popcorn with Werther’s Original Caramels all day.  In fact, he was kind enough to share the secret recipe with me. (Of course, the recipe makes a huge batch!)

On one of my last days at the DCP program, I stopped in to say good-bye to him and him made a Magical Moment for me by bagging up a small bag of caramel popcorn that he had just finished making.  It was delicious!  So warm and chewy!

Every time I smell the caramel on my Starbucks caramel latte, I always think of him and the sweet Karamell Kuche shop at Epcot.

5.  The Special Holiday Parade Scents

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The Halloween parade smells like Candy Corn candy, especially Goofy’s float!

If you’ve ever had the chance to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the fall, you know that the ‘Boo To You’ parade smells just like candy corn when Goofy’s float passes by.

And love these guys too!

Dancing reindeer on Main Street USA with the delicious scent of baking sugar cookies filling the air during the holidays!

And, if you’ve been on Main Street USA during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during the holidays, you’ve noticed the smell of sugar cookies baking and the scent of peppermint candy canes is also in the air!

6.  The Scent of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Sniff, sniff….Tarzan likes the smell of my sunscreen!

The number one smell that Caroline associates with DAK is probably not the one you’re thinking of!  No, it’s not the smell of animals and animal manure!

Caroline:  After working at DAK through every season now, I would have to say that the smell I most associate with my workplace is: sunscreen!

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Clouds and clouds of sunscreen everywhere!

Working at the front of DAK, it seems like every guest that gets off the trams coming in from the parking lots pauses and literally hoses down themselves and their children with sunscreen.  And, not just the lotion kind that comes in bottles.  Over the past few years, aerosol spray sunscreen has become very popular.  They spray clouds of it in the air like it’s free!

By 9am every day, a vaguely coconut smell from sunscreen fills the plaza in front of the entrance turnstiles.  It’s a smell I’ll always associate with DAK! 🙂

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Spending the day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Yes, Caroline’s wearing some coconut scented SPF 50 sunscreen!

7. The Smell of Burning Wood

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Hmmm…the smell of Rome burning…

That would be the smoky smell of burning embers from the Rome burning diorama while riding Spaceship Earth.  Just before that scene, as you’re loading onto the ride, you smell the smoldering ashes from cave-dwelling prehistoric man discovering fire.

Spaceship Earth is closing in mid-2020 for a major refurbishment and won’t reopen until early 2022 ahead of the 40th anniversary celebration at Epcot.

8.  Fresh Scents on Soarin’ Around the World

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The elephant scene from Soarin’ Around the World

As you soar over elephants on the African Savanna, you’ll smell fresh grass as an elephant throws dirt into the air.  There’s lots of good scents on this ride.

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Enjoy the lovely scent of flowers during this scene!

9.  Popcorn! Popcorn!! Popcorn!!!

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You can buy the Millennium Falcon filled with popcorn OR filled with french fries!!!

We love the smell of popcorn and Disney makes a ton of it all day long at the Magic Kingdom.

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Love, love, love this Mickey balloon popcorn bucket!!! ❤

10.  Funnel Cakes and Churros!

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Who can resist the smell of funnel cakes???

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Disney Churros!

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Cheers to the new year! 

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!

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What’s your favorite snack at Disney World???

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Caroline having some ‘Treat Yourself’ snacks….

Celebrating Valentine’s Day 2020 at Disney World

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That is one fancy dessert!!!

Valentine’s Day – February 14th – isn’t just a single day at Disney World.

It’s celebrated for the whole month of February with special treats and special merchandise at every park!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect romantic evening or a way to celebrate with the entire family, there’s truly something for everyone at the Valentine’s Day celebrations at Disney World.

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Love Happens Here

Much to our disappointment, we’ve never seen a proposal at Disney World!

But, the #1 time to see proposals in front of the Cinderella Castle is Valentine’s Week!

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Try the Cherry Almond Cupcake, $6.

Special Treats

Many of the parks and resort hotels offer specialty treats such as Valentine’s-themed cupcakes and cookies, as well as other desserts. Mickey Mouse-shaped sugar cookies, elaborately decorated Mickey Mouse-shaped Rice Krispies treats and other Valentine’s Day sweets are offered at many of locations at Disney World, including Goofy’s Candy Company and Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs;  the Main Street Confectionery at the Magic Kingdom; and Karamell-Kuche in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot is featuring an assortment of covered strawberries this month.

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Matching “I’ll Be Your Mickey” and “I’ll Be Your Minnie” t-shirts

Special Merchandise

Guests can step into the parks in style wearing matching couples’ “I’ll Be Your Mickey” and “I’ll Be Your Minnie” t-shirts and look for a limited-edition, heart-adorned Magic Band.

New pin sets featuring favorite Disney couples are the perfect gift for pin collectors and there are precious Valentine’s plushes available this month. Be sure to pick up a Disney photo frame to preserve your memories.

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New Minnie Ears, February 2020.

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The 2020 Valentine’s Magic Band.

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The perfect Valentine’s Day photo frame.

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Look for all the Valentine’s Day pins.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is serving a decadent array of Valentine-themed sweets during the month of February. For a cool treat, guests can find a double chocolate strawberry ice cream sandwich at Dino Bites or strawberry soft-serve ice cream at Anadapur Bus. Kusafiri classics including the Mickey Cinnamon Buns and Elephant Ears are dressed up in their Valentine’s icing.

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Valentine’s Day cake pops.

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You can’t go wrong sharing a Mickey Sundae for 2 on Main Street! 🙂

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Chocolate dipped strawberries. Yum!

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parisWe’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

two Disney Sisters

Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!

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Love is in the air.

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Valentine’s Day 2020 at my house!

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Even Baby Yoda is feeling the love!

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There are over 300 species of roses. We like the ones – any color! – that smell like roses the best!

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Valentine’s Goldfish are available at Target this week!

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Secrets of Disney World’s Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom

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The queue line in front of the Haunted Mansion.  The ride is NOT in this building!

Think you know a lot about the Haunted Mansion at Disney World?

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The ride is in the part that guests can’t see from in front of the mansion.

Think on this: The mansion you see out front is not where you ride on the attraction at all!

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This attraction is huge!

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The path the Doom Buggies take on the ride.

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The Haunted Mansion ride just might be Caroline’s favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom!

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We walked right on….2x!

HM Tip:  You’ll never see the Haunted Mansion standby time set at 5 minutes like other rides in the Magic Kingdom. When the HM standby time is set to 13 minutes, it means it’s walk on!!!

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Taking a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Haunted Mansion

One of my favorite rides at MK!

One of my favorite rides at MK!

When I was a cast member at Disney World, I got to go on a behind-the-scenes, aka “backstage”, tour of one of my favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom – The Haunted Mansion!!

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My HM backstage pass.

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Always room for one more….;)

So, if you know me at all, you know that I am not an early riser.  When I first saw that the meeting time for the tour was at 6:40am…..ugh, no thank you!  But, it is one of my all time favorite rides, so I HAD to do it!

We were running late and I got a text from another CP in the group which said, “If you can catch up to us in the Utilidors, then you can be in the tour.  If not, then you can just go home.”  WHAT??!!!  Not very nice, and very stressful to read!

Sara and I parked and ran through the Utilidors and kept getting stopped by other cast members because we looked so lost and were wearing our street clothes.  But we did it!!! We found the group and made it on the tour!!

DAK cast members on HM Backstage tour.

DAK cast members on HM Backstage tour.

The old woman who did our tour was perfect for her role.  She has the highest seniority at the Haunted Mansion and has worked there for 17 years.  17 YEARS!!!!  She was extremely intimidating and unfriendly to say the least.

She began her tour by telling us that if we couldn’t keep the chatter down, then she’d end the tour early.   Hilarious, as the average age of our group was around 35.  She acted like we were a school tour of 2nd graders.

Note:  She said that we could take as many photos as we wanted AND use flash photography if we needed to!!!

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Portrait of the ‘Master of the Mansion’

We started out by doing a walking tour of the entire ride with the lights on.  We got to stay in each room as she pointed out interesting details and facts of the room.

Something I had heard before was that during the 2007 renovation, seven hidden Jack Skellingtons were added to the HM ride.  The first one is in this photo in the first HM room.  Jack can be found in the wrinkles above the left eyebrow.

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Same portrait as above, but with lights on.

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So creepy looking!

Here is a photo of our entire DAK group.  They told us to make a scared/frightened face!    I think mine is the best.   😉

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Boo!

After we watched the first scene in the stretching room, we all got to lay down and watch as the room slowly folded in on itself!  So scary!  And weird.  I bet no one has ever seen this room so empty!

There are 160 black “Doom Buggies” that move through the 10 minutes of the spookiest rooms in all of the Magic Kingdom!

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The long hallway of the Portrait Gallery….this is the first floor of the HM.

I love this scene!  It is so cool how the eyes all watch you as you move along.  We actually got to go up and touch the heads!  The trick is that the faces are actually concave into the other side of the wall.  It’s just a trick your eyes play on you as you move across the room.

There are two Jack Skellingtons in this room.  They are near the chair.  One is a picture of Jack on a book cover and the other is just Jack’s head on the spine of a book.

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The piano

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This chair has a creepy face!

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The Library with watching busts and 1 crow.

Next time you’re in this scene, check out how creepy the coffin is!  There are hidden skulls around it.

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The Glass Conservatory with coffin.

Also, we got to pet the scarecrow!  It was surprisingly soft.  The original concept of the HM ride was to have the crow follow along with you and narrate the ride.  That plan was scraped, but you can still see the crow in every scene.

I LOVE this part of the ride!  Especially when the evil hand shadow crosses it!

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Tick, tock…The 13th hour clock…the Witching Hour.  See the eyes watching you???

Several people have tried to jump out of their Doom buggies to steal the ball every year. Apparently the going rate online for it is $500,000.  However, what you can’t see is that between the railing and the table is actually nothing!  It drops down to the floor below.

There was a guy who jumped over to the table, but missed.  He fell and broke his arm and kept screaming “Help! I can’t get out!” which, if you know Haunted Mansion, is exactly what the guy in the coffin is saying!  He wasn’t discovered until the end of the night when the music was finally turned off and the lights turned on for cleaning. Ouch!

There are now grates to over the open area, but a few years ago, a high schooler on graduation night tried to jump across and landed on the grates.  Except he landed between two of the bars, broke through, and got stuck.  Because he was bigger, they had to pull him all the way through to get him out.  He ended up getting  about 70 stitches around his stomach.  Ouch!

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Note the railing in the circular Seance Room….

Sorry this is such a bad photo!  But I love this scene!  I love when the ride breaks down in this room because there is always so many interesting things to look at!

We got to see the dancers!!!

We got to see the ghost dancers!!!

The BEST part about our backstage tour was the guide gave us a special opportunity to actually go into the ballroom!  We got to walk around the table and look at all the actual ghosts which are being reflected through a series of mirrors into the ballroom.  We got to dance with the ghosts!  And to touch the plates and silverware on the table, and see the Hidden Mickey!  This was my coolest and most amazing WDW experience!!!!

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The Ghost Bride

Our tour guide said that so far this year there have been 14 instances of people throwing human ashes during the HM ride, especially during the ballroom scene.  Each time it happens, it closes the ride for about four hours while custodial is called in to vacuum the ashes up!  Code HEPA….

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The attic room with the lights on.

The protrait of the Haunted Mansion Bride.

The portrait of the Haunted Mansion Bride in the corner.

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Out of the Haunted mansion (you exit the house via the 3rd floor attic room!), and onto the graveyard…

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The singing ghosts.

Hidden Mickey!!  This is right before the fat lady sings (so you know the ride is over!).

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Can you see the Hidden Mickey?

Sara and me in our Doom Buggy.  I was glad to have her as ‘my partner in crime’!

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Me and Sara

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Sunrise at the Haunted Mansion.  So early in the morning!

Sara and me in front of the carriage after the tour.  Still no Park guests!  It was only 8am.

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In front of the black carriage hearse led by an invisible horse.

First stop after the backstage tour – Starbucks on Main Street!  Yum!  I got an iced coffee with caramel.  So good!

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Drinking our Starbucks drinks on Main Street USA. Yum!

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Back at the Haunted Mansion later on that afternoon.

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Interested in bringing home a few mementos from the Haunted Mansion?

Then, Memento Mori is the place for you!

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Memento Mori Gift Shop

Memento Mori is the Haunted Mansion-themed shop located in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom.

The all seeing eye over the door.

The all-seeing eye over the door. “Relics From Regions Beyond”

Memento Mori is Latin for ‘remember you will die’.

As the Haunted Mansion attraction is one of Caroline’s favorite rides at MK, we had to stop in and look at all the cool HM merchandise!

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Your Ghostly Host, Caroline

We loved the Haunted Mansion Cast Member t-shirt!

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Haunted Mansion spirit shirts. Had to say yes to this!

Haunted Mansion coffee mugs.

Haunted Mansion coffee mugs.  Note the doorknocker handles.

Damask mugs.  (Wallpaper from the Haunted Mansion pattern)

Damask mugs. (The Haunted Mansion wallpaper pattern.)

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Ghost hitchhiker mugs

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Handbags and shoes.

Ghostly treats in greens & purples.

Ghostly Haunted Mansion treats in greens & purples.

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Cookies

Caroline in front of Madame Leota’s beautiful - and everchanging - portrait.

Caroline in front of Madame Leota’s beautiful – and everchanging – portrait.

Madame Leota’s beautiful portrait is rumored to have been created during the time she lived in the area. (It changes its look every 60 seconds. Wait for it…..)

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Spooky….

Miniature of the graveyard stone.

Miniature of the graveyard stone.

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Each piece of dinnerwear features a floor plan of the HM!  How cool is that???!!!

Something I never knew:  Each piece of HM dinnerwear features a floor plan of the Haunted Mansion!  The dinner plate has the 1st Floor, the salad plate has the 2nd Floor, the dessert plate has the 3rd Floor.  That is sooo cool!

Thinking about the ride, you start out on the first floor, then move through the gallery on the second floor, finally exiting the mansion on the 3rd floor.  (You can even see the roof shingles when you exit the house!)

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The complete dinner plate set.

I really had no idea that the ride was supposedly taking place in a 3 story mansion!!!

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Haunted Mansion D&B bag, $128

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Ghost Host hats.

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Another Ghostly Host.  🙂

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Our HM costumes at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

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Caroline as your Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion.

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At the 2018 MNSSHP party with Jedi’s.

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Spooky!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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October 2019:  Caroline outside the Haunted Mansion.

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Caroline Disney Bounding as the girl in the Stretching Room inside the Haunted Mansion!

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Halloween balloons at night all lit up.

 

Visiting Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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A view from the top! Wheeeee……

We love Toy Story Land!  There’s so much to do and the food there is very good.

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Caroline and Mitch

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At the front entrance of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  You can meet Woody here most mornings.

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Christian’s first visit.

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Back again.  ❤

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Slink Dog’s roller coaster ride. This ride is a blast!

There’s enough to do that you should plan on spending at least 3-4 hours here.

We stayed until after sunset when all the lights came on.

Magical!

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We love the Christmas lights overhead.  The colors are all so vibrant!

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Slink Dog’s roller coaster at night.

The characters from Toy Story are out walking around and at their meet and greet area all day and into the night.

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Bo Peep is very tiny, under 5 feet tall! They meet by Toy Story Mania.

Bo Peep and Jesse meet with Woody at the front entrance and also at their meet and greet area by Toy Story Mania.

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Bo Peep

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Pushing the Big Yellow Ball.

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This is where you can meet Forky too.

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Forky.


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These are a few of the Instagram walls of Toy Story Land:

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The colorful #PopsicleWall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We love it!

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Christian at the Popsicle Wall.

Action:  Next time you’re walking over to the cute restroom in Toy Story Land, look around for the #PopsicleWall and take some photos.

Action Rating:  Worth it!

Look at these super cute Popsicle benches:

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Popsicle Bench

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We love colorful new benches!  ❤

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Holding up the Popsicle Wall.

Here are more Magical Walls to find at Toy Story Land:

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Caroline at the #BlockWall.

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The #BlockWall is located over by the restrooms in Toy Story Land.

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Look at how cute even the trashcans are here!

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Checkers Wall

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Christian at Checkers Wall

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Mitch at Checkers Wall

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Lion Puzzle Wall

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Woody Wall

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Pushing Buzz Lightyear’s button.

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Mr. Potato Head Wall

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Caroline at the Coffee Wall with her Starbucks coffee!

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Feeling hungry?

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Woody’s Lunchbox. The outdoor dining tables and chairs are on the left.

Woody’s Lunchbox:  Andy from Toy Story has taken his lunch box and thermos and used them to build a walk-up food service location that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to all of us “toys” visiting Toy Story Land!

The restaurant is actually a metal lunch box turned on it’s side with Andy’s thermos as a support column!  Super cute themeing!

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Yes, you can get alcoholic beverages at this lunch box!

Fun twists on American dishes like a S’mores French Toast Sandwich are available for breakfast, and hot sandwiches available for lunch and dinner include kid-friendly grilled cheese sandwiches and BBQ Brisket Melt. Potato Barrels and Totchos (tater tot nachos) are available for lunch and dinner.

Lunch Box Tarts (frosted raspberry or chocolate pop tarts) provide a sweet pastry treat all day long.

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Woody’s Lunch Box menu

Disney has partnered with Mini Babybel cheese as the Official Snack Cheese for Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney World.

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We tried the Grilled Cheese sandwich, the Beef Brisket sandwich, the tomato soup, and potato barrels (tater tots) with Root Beer Floats for dessert. It was all very good!

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My lunch.  The Grilled Cheese is very good.

Woody’s Lunch Box Menu

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At the Toy Story 4 premiere.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

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Now & Then:

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Meeting them again at Andy’s Room

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During our program at a DCP Housing event at Chatham Square.

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No they do not!  But, guests still yell this at Woody all day long!

‘HarmonioUS’ Fireworks Show is Coming to Epcot Soon

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HarmonioUS at Epcot

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“Epcot Forever” is being replaced in Spring 2020 by “HarmonioUS,” a new nighttime spectacular that celebrates the role of Disney music in uniting the world.  Disney promises the new show will be “the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney Park”.

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HarmonioUS: Expect large LED floats, very similar to the nightly Rivers of Light floats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks Live Entertainment teams recently passed a major milestone in the development of the show with the delivery of several large floating platforms that will provide the base for the technology used to create “HarmonioUS.”

Watch video of first Floating Platform Barge Arriving here: HarmonioUS Barge Arrives at Epcot

“HarmonioUS” will bring an innovative show of massive floating set pieces that house a variety of show effects, including custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, colorful lights, lasers, pyrotechnics and more to the World Showcase Lagoon.

The show is a magical nighttime dreamscape of Disney music and images where guests can discover how Disney music has the power to inspire and unite us all.

You can catch an early glimpse of concepts for the show now by visiting Walt Disney Imagineering Presents the Epcot Experience, located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion.

Expect this new fireworks show to last at least 20 years.

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Epcot-Forever

October 1, 2019 – April 2020.

The current nighttime fireworks show at Epcot is “Epcot Forever”.

“Epcot Forever” has been described as a love letter to the park. The show tells the story of Epcot, beginning with the first spark of inspiration and the opening day anthem, “We’ve Just Begun to Dream,” and continuing through chapters dedicated to the thematic pillars of innovation, exploration, imagination and celebration. It concludes with an all-new verse of the classic song, “One Little Spark,” leading into a spectacular grand finale fireworks show promising “A Whole New World” of magical possibilities to come.

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October 1, 2019 – April 2020.

The temporary fireworks show debuted October 1, 2019 replacing the long-running IllumiNations.

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Celebrating the history of Epcot via its music, characters and vision, the Epcot Forever show uses massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, fireworks, lasers, and special effect kites.

Epcot Forever features low flying kites that are visible at night thanks to unique built-in LED lighting.

Watch a bit of Epcot Forever:  Epcot Forever – New Fireworks Show at Epcot

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Illuminated Kites flying soaring during the Epcot Forever fireworks show.

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We love Disney parks fireworks!

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Epcot Forever with the new Epcot logo.

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Having a fun day at Epcot! Caroline is wearing one of her new Minnie Ears.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

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It’s Cold Out! – Disney Princesses Wearing Their Winter Outfits

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All the Disney princesses wearing their winter costumes.

When the temperature in Orlando falls below 65 degrees, the Disney princesses change into their heavier winter gowns.

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January 22, 2020: Time to break out the scarfs and gloves!!!

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01/22/2020, 10am:  It’s only 39 degrees out!  Nighttime lows are in the 30s this week! Burrr!!!!!!

This generally only happens in the December – February time period, so it’s hard to catch them wearing their winter gowns and capes.

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January 17, 2020: Meeting Princess Aurora in her warm winter gown – trimmed in pink fur! – at Disneyland this week. It was only 60 degrees.

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When we ran into Cinderella that night she was wearing her heavy winter gown too.

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The new Frozen 2 queens greeting guests in their winter outfits.

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The new Frozen 2 queens greeting guests in their winter outfits.

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Princess Ariel looking lovely in her warm winter costume on a chilly day. (“She has legs!”)

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Moana in her new winter costume (note the long sleeves and warm leggings).

It’s been very cold in Orlando this week, so they’ve been wearing their winter costumes every day.

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Country Belle wearing her winter cape at Epcot this week.

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Belle in her winter costume with Prince Adam.

They are extra beautiful in their winter gowns and capes!

All that velvet and heavy satin and the long gloves and capes….so pretty!

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Winter Belle and the Beast at Hollywood Studios

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Tiana looking warm in her winter gown. (Liberty Square)

Cinderella stepsisters & mother in their winter outfits.

Cinderella stepsisters & mother in their long-sleeved winter outfits. (Fantasyland)

Meeting Snow White before dinner.

Snow White in her winter gown. (Epcot)

Merida wearing her long cape.

Merida wearing her long cape. (Epcot)

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Princess Aurora in her long-sleeved gown. (MK)

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Jan 2017: Pocahontas in her old winter outfit. (DAK)

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Pocahontas in her new winter costume.  She wears gloves now. (DAK)

Keeping warm at the Festival of Fantasy parade:

Anna and Elsa in their capes.

Anna and Elsa in their winter capes and gloves.

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The Frozen Float

The Frozen princesses.

The Frozen princesses.

Cinderella all covered up.

Cinderella all covered up.

Cinderella keeping warm.

Cinderella keeping warm.

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Princess Aurora and her Prince staying warm.

Rapunzel keeping warm.

Rapunzel keeping warm.

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

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

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Belle looks beautiful in her long sleeved gown and white fur stole.

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

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Winter Aurora

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Belle looking lovely in her winter gown at the Magic Kingdom.

And the rarest one: Chimney sweep Mary Poppins!!!

And the rarest one: Chimney sweep Mary Poppins!!!

A warm cape for Princess Ariel.

A warm cape for Princess Ariel.

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Prince Naveen in his winter outfit.

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

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Snow White – wearing a tiara!!! – in her winter outfit on the Cinderella Castle stage.

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November 2019: The two Frozen queens in their new outfits.

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We love their new costumes!

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Close-up of Queen Anna’s engagement ring. It’s a sparkler!

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

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Princess Aurora looking lovely.

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Winter Cinderella

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Another winter gown for Princess Aurora.

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We think the Disney Princess costumes are the best! This is Princess Aurora in her blue gown.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂