Toy Story Land Opens June 30, 2018!

Toy Story Land

The new Toy Story Land at DHS.

Toy Story Land is opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 30, 2018!

Toy Story Land is based upon the beloved Pixar films and takes guests on an immersive journey.  It will appear as if guests have been shrunk down to action-figure size thanks to oversized building blocks, buckets and game board pieces that will make up the area as they explore Andy’s backyard.

Video watch: Slink’s Roller Coaster ride

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August 28, 2017: Looked what arrived at DHS today!!!  It’s Slink Dog!

Two new attractions:

  1. Slink’s family-friendly roller coaster – Guests will board Slinky Dog’s back for a thrilling toy-filled roller coaster adventure that’s ideal for the entire family.
  2. Alien saucers attraction – The famous little green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers – but beware The Claw above!
The Claw!

The Claw!

Toy Story Mania has been expanded to include a third track to help reduce wait times.

Toy Story 4 is coming in 2017.

Toy Story 4, a love story, opens June 2019.

And, Toy Story 4 is on the way!

Movie Trailer: Toy Story 4

This time, it’s all about the love story between Woody and Bo Peep.

“I love Bo Peep,” said John Lasseter, the former chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. “And we never got to know her backstory. She wasn’t in Toy Story 3 at all, so it really set us up nicely for her to come back. It’s a very special story.” For Lasseter, in particular. The Disney exec revealed that Bo Peep’s story is based off of his own wife Nancy’s life.

Both Tim Allen and Tom Hanks will be back for Toy Story 4!

Both Tim Allen and Tom Hanks will be back for Toy Story 4!

Bo Peep is voiced by Annie Potts. Tom Hanks, of course, voices Woody, while Tim Allen covers Buzz Lightyear.

Toy Story 4 is due to hit theaters in June 2019, a year after the opening of Toy Story Land at DHS.

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You can stay in a Toy Story room at Art of Animation.

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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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2018 Mardi Gras Celebration at Disney Parks

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Mickey and Minnie on Fat Tuesday

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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February 13, 2018!

Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday – is today – February 13, 2018!

It’s celebrated at all the Disney parks, but especially at Disney World and Disneyland!

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Meeting Princess Tiana at the Magic Kingdom.  Her gown is so beautiful!!!

Disney World:

At Disney World’s Port Orleans Resort, there is a mini-float parade consisting of themed golf carts decorated by resort cast members at 10am on Fat Tuesday.

The mini parade features music, select Disney characters in Mardi Gras costumes, and free party beads and candy for guests along the parade route.

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Try some sugar-dusted beignets at Sassagoula restaurant at Port Orleans!

We got to eat at Sassagoula Floatworks Food Factory at Port Orleans for Mardi Gras last year and really liked it! It’s a Mardi Gras celebration there every day!

Dining at Disney’s Port Orleans

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My delicious beignets!  No, six isn’t too many for me!!!!

House specialties include famous New Orleans-style Beignets, fresh baked goods, pizza, pasta, hamburgers, split-roasted chicken, BBQ ribs, Po’ Boys and scrumptious sandwiches.

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Chip and Dale in their Mardi Gras costumes today.

And, Princess Tiana will be at her meet and greet area all day signing autographs for guests:

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She’s so beautiful!

At Disneyland:

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Mickey celebrating as Mardi Gras King

The New Orleans Square of Disneyland is always decorated for Mardi Gras!

The streets of New Orleans Square are filled with jazz music and the smells of delicious cajun food.

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New Orleans Square at Disneyland decorated for Mardi Gras.  So colorful!

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Princess Tiana and Gator Louie taking to the streets.

Don’t forget to meet Princess Tiana from Disney’s ‘Princess and the Frog’ movie!

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Caroline meeting Princess Tiana at New Orleans Square, Disneyland.

Interested in Disney Bounding at the parks as Princess Tiana?

It’s easy to do!

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A few ideas for Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana!

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❤ February 14, 2018 ❤

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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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Magic Kingdom’s Magician Mickey to Stop Talking

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Magician Mickey talks and performs simple magic acts while interacting with guests.

It’s being reported that Magician Mickey – the only “head” character that talks – will stop talking to guests at the Magic Kingdom in May 2018.

Head (i.e., total body) characters never speak, so as not to ruin the magic. But, for the past 4 years, Magician Mickey in his theater on Main Street USA has been talking and performing simple magic tricks for guests.

The line to meet him can be very long, over 2 hours in the summer.

Throwback Thursday:  Caroline’s Birthday Magical Moment

For Caroline’s 22nd birthday, we went to the Magic Kingdom and immediately walked in to see Magician Mickey Mouse as there was no wait line.

Mickey wished Caroline a very Happy Birthday and then performed a magic card trick for us.  So cute!

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Caroline getting a big birthday hug from Magician Mickey.  Feb 2014

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Celebrating Caroline’s 22nd birthday with Magician Mickey!  We like his costume.

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Magician Mickey prepping in front of his mirror before greeting us.

Here’s a video of our family’s meet & greet with Magician Mickey a few months later.

So fun!

Magician Mickey Meet & Greet: This is the one location at Disney World where you can meet talking Mickey! For now, Magician Mickey can sing, ask questions, perform card tricks, and interact with guests.

Location: Town Square Theater is one of the first buildings on the right as you enter Magic Kingdom. It’s a convenient location if you want to stop in the first thing in the morning or on your way out of the park.

Rating: Worth it!

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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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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The Magic Kingdom’s #PurpleWall

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Elly in front of the #PurpleWall.

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The Purple Wall is kind of cool.  It’s located in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom near the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland.

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Caroline standing at the Purple Wall of the Magic Kingdom.

It’s a pale purple blank wall that really doesn’t look like anything special. Except it is. It’s a wildly popular spot to have your photo taken – or take a selfie – and then post it on Instagram.  Posting Link: https://www.instagram.com/purplewallphotos/

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The Purple Wall in all its purple glory.

It photographs really well. It’s medium lilac color is a flattering background color on everyone, there’s good indirect lighting there, and it’s just enough out of the way that you don’t have an audience watching you pose.

There was no one there when we were taking some photos.

So, take your time and get out your cell phone….and snap a few photos of you and your friends!

Action:  Next time you’re walking in Tomorrowland, stop for a few seconds at the #PurpleWall and take some photos.

Action Rating:  Worth it!

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The Purple Wall in Tomorrowland!  Beautiful.

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At the Guardians of the Galaxy #GreenWall

And, don’t forget about the new #GreenWall at Disney California Adventure in Disneyland, CA.

It’s by the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction (formerly the Tower of Terror…)

Beautiful green color!

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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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2018 Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts

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What:  2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

When:   January 12 to February 19, 2018

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Festival Highlights Include:

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

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

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

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Paint your own pop tart (with icing!).

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

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

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Almond Cake

Several Disney artists will be appearing throughout the festival including Jason Grandt, David Buckley, Jerrod Maruyama, and Kristin Tercek.

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Disney on Broadway concert series

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

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The 2018 International Festival of the Arts at Epcot!

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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.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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My 5 Legged Goat Pin from Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Out 5 legged goat pin (released 2008).

My 5 Legged Goat pin.

True Disney fans know where to find the 5 Legged Goat at Disney World!

We were walking around Epcot one afternoon on our last trip, stopping and checking out all the cast member’s trading pins, looking for something good.

We were really excited to see the 5 Legged Goat pin on a CMs lanyard.  It’s been almost ten years since it was released in 2008! (It’s worth $6 on ebay.)

Mary Blair's murals at the Contemporary Resort.

Mary Blair’s murals, “Mosaic”, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Disney World.

Where Can I Find The 5 Legged Goat?

You can find the 5 Legged Goat in a mural at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

In the Grand Canyon Concourse, which is the atrium area that the monorail travels through, you’ll notice the massive murals on each side of the center structure.

The murals are very impressive, so take the time to check them out.

The 5 legged goat with his friend.

The 5 Legged Goat (left) with his friend.

To find the “special” goat, you must look on the side of the mural that faces the TTC monorail station. There near the top of the mountain will be the goat standing with one of its normal four-legged companions.

 

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Disney Legend Mary Blair

Disney Legend Mary Blair

Disney Artist Mary Blair

Mary Blair is a Disney Legend. She was recognized by Disney with that honor posthumously in 1991.

Mary’s stylized artwork and influence can be seen in many of the classic Disney animated movies, and also at both Disney World and Disneyland attractions.

Movies that she provided art for include: “The Three Caballeros”, “Song of the South,” “Make Mine Music,” “Melody Time,” “So Dear to My Heart,” “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Peter Pan.”

She is also known for her contributions to the look of the “It’s A Small World” attraction at both DLR and WDW.

She is the artist that created the murals for the Contemporary Resort. The mosaic itself was created in 1971 using 1,800 one-square-foot tiles.  It took 18 months to construct.

But, why did she feel the need to give one of the goats 5 legs?

The story goes that Mary believed that no piece of artwork should be perfect because only God was perfect, so she purposely created the mistake, aka the 5-legged goat, in the mural.

BUT, we think the real reason she painted it that way was to reflect that the Contemporary Resort was one of a kind and so was her mural!

How we feel about our Disney pins...

How we feel about our Disney pins…

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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.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Meeting Moana at Disney World

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Meeting Moana at DHS – she was so nice!

We got to meet Disney’s newest princess, Moana, on our trip to Disney World last year.

She was only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a few months before she left.

“Currently, Moana and Maui are sailing the seas with Hei Hei. She visited with guests at Walt Disney World for a short time in early 2017. You know how much of a free spirit she is. It’s hard for us to keep up with her. Hopefully, she will return to the Parks to greet guests sometime soon, but no details have been given about if and when she will return.” 

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My new Moana pin!

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New limited edition Moana Magic Bands (LE 2400)

But, when we went to Disneyland in June 2017…there she was at Adventureland greeting guests in Aladdin’s Oasis!

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Meeting Moana at Disneyland in June.  She was so short and pretty!

So, we got to see her 2x last year!

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Moana signed my signature book.

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We went to see Moana on opening day with our mom. (November 23, 2016)

We’re hoping to meet her at Disney’s Aulani Resort next June on our honeymoon!!!

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Moana isn’t appearing at Aulani…yet!  Maybe soon…..

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Moana and Hei Hei at the Polynesian Resort.

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Watch the latest Moana movie trailer here:  New Moana Movie Trailer.

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Watch the first movie trailer for Moana here:  Disney’s Moana.

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Disney’s newest princess, Moana!

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Interested in Disney Bounding as Moana???

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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

Now, Disney Bounding is different than Cosplay, which is dressing up exactly like the characters.  This is not allowed inside any of the Disney Parks.

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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.

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/

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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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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