Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse share the same birthday: November 18, 1928!

Mickey Mouse – and Minnie Mouse – turn 89 on November 18, 2017.

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Happy birthday, Mickey! All the park guests got free birthday celebration buttons today.

Next year, he’ll be celebrating his 90th birthday….I’m sure there will be a HUGE party for him next November!

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Special birthday cupcakes were available this week at WDW.

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Main Street USA last night.

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They’re celebrating his birthday at the Disney Stores too! Free gift (the celebration button).

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Mickey celebrating his big day (Disney Parks video)Mickey’s Happy Birthday November 2017.

Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honor of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on November 18, 1928, at the Colony Theatre in New York City.

Since then, he has starred in more than 120 cartoons.

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I think this button is really cute!  We got two of them last year.

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Happy birthday to the best boss ever!  🙂

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#HappyBirthdayMickey

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So cute!


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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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Turning on the 2017 Cinderella Castle Dream Lights!

frozenThe 2017 Cinderella Castle Dream Lights will be turned on tonight, November 9, 2017 and Disney Parks Blog will be live streaming it!

It’s also the first night of the 2017 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party celebration.

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The Cinderella Castle Dream Lights.  (Teal, my favorite color!)

It’s Christmastime at the Magic Kingdom!!!

Disney decorates Cinderella Castle for the holiday season with a “Dream Lights” effect that makes the Castle seem to be covered in ice.

Over 200,000 LED lights are draped over the turrets and roofs and down the sides of the Castle to create this beautiful effect.

We’ve gotten to see the Cinderella Castle Dream Lights being turned on many times for the past several years.  It’s beautiful each and every time!

The Dream Lights will stay lit until after the 25th Anniversary Disney Marathon Weekend happening January 5 – 7, 2018.

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6pm:  The Frozen preshow where Queen Elsa lights the Castle.

Just after dark at around 6pm, the characters from ‘Frozen’ come out on the Castle Stage and do a short show.  The castle lighting show stars Anna, Queen Elsa (who “turns on” the lights with her magical, icy powers), Kristoff, and Olaf.

The Frozen show starts the evening’s celebrations, followed by the Castle’s lighting ceremony at 6:15 pm.  The Castle’s Dream Lights remain on, with the Castle slowly changing colors from pink to green to blue to purple, for the rest of the evening until one hour after park closing.

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I could watch them change colors all night.  This is one of my favorite shades, blue into purple.  Just dazzling!

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Purple.

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Make it pink!!

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Stunning!  Icy blue.

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Teal into ‘Frozen’ blues.  **Sigh**

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The four side turrets house the new state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems for all the different shows put on every day.

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Reflections of the Dream Lights on the castle’s moat water.  I took this photo last year.

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7pm:  The Dream Lights are turned on and they are beautiful!  We could watch them change colors all night!  ❤

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It’s starting to rain, but we don’t care!  Ho ho ho!!

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Meeting Queen Elsa and Princess Anna before the lighting ceremony.

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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25 Days of Christmas Countdown on TV

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Countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas programming starts November 18th.

The countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas programming starts November 18th this year with ‘Inside Out’.

Then, the special month-long  25 Days of Christmas holiday programming is shown every year from December 1st to December 25th on the Freeform channel.

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25 Days of Christmas programming on Freeform

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Free programming guide

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December 1 – 25, 2017

Disney will also be airing holiday musical specials are being taped this weekend in front of the Cinderella Castle at Disney World.

WDW taping schedule:  2017 Taping of Disney Christmas Day Special at WDW.

They’re taping two Christmas specials at the Disney Parks this weekend.

Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey will be based at Walt Disney World Resort for the specials. Jesse Palmer will co-host from Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.

First up is “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration” airing on Nov. 30, 2017.

The second special airs Christmas morning called “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration.”

The acts performing in Orlando will be 98 Degrees, Fitz and the Tantrums, Fifth Harmony, Ciara and Darius Rucker.

For the first special “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration”, Hough and Lachey will perform an opening number on the steps of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. The special also features Disney Parks around the world, from Anaheim to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The performers on the Nov. 30 special include:

Ciara in a Christmas medley from Cinderella Castle.

Rucker on “Winter Wonderland.” (Taping at DAK on Saturday)

Fifth Harmony sings “Can You See,” from “The Star” soundtrack, and “The Christmas Song.”

Fitz and the Tantrums perform “HandClap” and their original Christmas song “Santa Stole My Lady.”

Hanson will sing “Finally It’s Christmas,” from their recently released Christmas album.

Boy band In Real Life will sing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

Jason Derulo performs “This Christmas.”

Lea Michele performs “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

The Dec 25th Christmas morning special “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” presents Hough and Lachey taking viewers down Main Street, U.S.A. Palmer again co-hosts from Disneyland.

The lineup of performers so far:

Ciara sings “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

Rucker on “Home for The Holidays.”

Fifth Harmony on “Sleigh Ride.”

Fitz and the Tantrums on “Last Christmas.”

Derulo delivers “Silent Night” from Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort.

“Glee” star Lea Michele sings “Let It Snow.”

98 Degrees performs “Season of Love.”

Broadway’s Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs, of the stage hit “Aladdin,” perform “A Whole New World” (taping at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Friday).

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Here’s the link to the facebook page for programming updates:  https://www.facebook.com/25DaysofChristmas/

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Elf will be airing several times in December including on Christmas Day.

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Set your DVRs!

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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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Taping the 2017 Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration at Disney World

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No parade sequences will be taped at WDW this year.

Taping for the annual Disney holiday tradition will take place at Walt Disney World on November 3 – 7, 2017.  Multiple specials will be filmed that will air on the Disney Channel and on ABC Freeform in November and December.

The taping at Walt Disney World will be limited to stage performances and musical acts. All of the parade portions of the show will again be only filmed at the Disneyland Resort this year.

Taping dates for the Disneyland parade portions are still TBD, mid-November.

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Main Street USA is all decorated for the holidays.


Magic Kingdom

  • Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 Nighttime taping of performances in front of the Cinderella Castle, MK.
  • Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 Daytime taping around the park, rehearsal in the morning then afternoon taping of musical performances at the Magic Kingdom at the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. (8:30am – 5pm)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 More daytime taping of musical performances at the Magic Kingdom at the stage in front of Cinderella Castle.  (11am-8pm)

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  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017  Afternoon and nighttime taping at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in front of the Tree of Life and special Rivers of Life performance.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 2017  Daytime taping at DHS

Epcot

  • No taping is currently scheduled at Epcot this year.

Disney Water Parks

  • No taping is scheduled at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.

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Host Julianne Hough with 98 Degrees at the taping of the 2017 Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration.

They’re taping two Christmas specials at the Disney Parks this weekend.

Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey will be based at Walt Disney World Resort for the specials. Jesse Palmer will co-host from Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.

First up is “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration” airing on Nov. 30, 2017.

The second special airs Christmas morning called “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration.”

The acts performing in Orlando will be 98 Degrees, Fitz and the Tantrums, Fifth Harmony, Ciara and Darius Rucker.

For the first special “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration”, Hough and Lachey will perform an opening number on the steps of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. The special also features Disney Parks around the world, from Anaheim to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The performers on the Nov. 30 special include:

Ciara in a Christmas medley from Cinderella Castle.

Rucker on “Winter Wonderland.”

Fifth Harmony sings “Can You See,” from “The Star” soundtrack, and “The Christmas Song.”

Fitz and the Tantrums perform “HandClap” and their original Christmas song “Santa Stole My Lady.”

Hanson will sing “Finally It’s Christmas,” from their recently released Christmas album.

Boy band In Real Life will sing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

Jason Derulo performs “This Christmas.”

Lea Michele performs “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

The Dec 25th Christmas morning special “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” presents Hough and Lachey taking viewers down Main Street, U.S.A. Palmer again co-hosts from Disneyland.

The lineup of performers so far:

Ciara sings “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

Rucker on “Home for The Holidays.”

Fifth Harmony on “Sleigh Ride.”

Fitz and the Tantrums on “Last Christmas.”

Derulo delivers “Silent Night” from Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort.

“Glee” star Lea Michele sings “Let It Snow.”

98 Degrees performs “Season of Love.”

Broadway’s Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs, of the stage hit “Aladdin,” perform “A Whole New World” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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The DAK taping day is November 4th this year.

Cast members could sign up for free tickets on the Hub in late October and were notified if they won tickets.  CMs – check the Hub!

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The Christmas Day celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

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The Dream Lights on the Cinderella Castle are on now every evening until January 7, 2018.

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The giant Christmas Tree is up at the Magic Kingdom!

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Some photos from the WDW taping last week:

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Mickey and friends waiting for their musical cue.

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Look at Ciara’s FABULOUS dress!!!!

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Santa Goofy

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Minnie dressed in her new Christmas outfit.

 

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In between rehearsals.

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Julianne is so pretty!

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Singing on the Cinderella Castle stage.

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With Nick Lachey hosting.

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A kiss goodnight.

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Night time taping at Magic Kingdom.

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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2017-2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration

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October 2017: The DFHC envelopes went out last week. Check your mailbox!


WELCOME TO THE 2017-2018 DISNEY FAMILY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!

The Disney company holds this celebration throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in recognition of your hard work all year long. We hope you enjoy the celebration.

Happy Holidays to you!

Your Disney Family Holiday Celebration tickets can be accessed via The Hub >>Complimentary Admission module.

Your Disney Family Holiday Celebration Guest tickets must be used in conjunction with your valid Main Entrance Pass.

Thank you for all you do, and Happy Holidays!

Valid: October 16, 2017 – February 15, 2018

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

GENERAL INFORMATION

This booklet contains the information you need to participate in the 2017 Disney Family Holiday Celebration.

2017 Disney Holiday Celebration info for Disney World

2017 Disney Holiday Celebration info for Disneyland

Some of the 2017/2018 Family Holiday Celebration Highlights:

 

ADMISSIONS

  • Walt Disney World and Disneyland Theme Park admission:  1 Free Park Hopper Ticket!
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park admission
  • One round at Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Link to check any upcoming  Blockout Days: Disney Blockout Days

FOOD & BEVERAGE

List of participating restaurants:  WDW Restaurant List

  • Three discount meal certificates: 30%, 40% and 50% off
  • Disney Dining Plan discounts (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan and Disney Dining Plan)
  • Six popcorn, Mickey ice cream bar, or soft drink coupons
  • ALL RESTAURANT LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANT BLOCK-OUT DATES:  Nov. 23 – 26, 2017; Dec. 22, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018; Feb. 14, 2018; March 30 – April 1, 2018; May 12 – 13, 2018; July 4, 2018:

MERCHANDISE

  • Special holiday discount on merchandise (40% discount!)
  • Cast discount at Cast Connection  (10% discount!)
  • Special Company D discount
  • One complimentary Disney PhotoPass™ photo download

Free 5×7″ photo!

DISCOUNTED RESORT ROOMS

Starting on Oct. 2, 2017, eligible Cast Members, Crew Members, Imagineers, Employees and Retirees are invited to book rooms at select hotels at the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort and enjoy special rates for stays most nights Oct. 16, 2017 – Feb. 15, 2018*.  Employee, Retiree, or Operating Participant employee must stay in the room.

Just $55 a night!!!

For example, Cast Members can enjoy rates starting at just $55 per night plus tax at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort for stays most nights October 16, 2017 – February 15, 2018.  Booking starts October 2, 2017.  Ask about great rates at other resortsž!

Book online via the Walt Disney World Resort Room Discount link or the Disneyland Resort Room Discount link on the Cast tab on the Hub.

WDW Booking number:  407-WDW-CAST

Merry Christmas!

SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER FOR OUR DISNEY ‘OHANA!

Eligible Employees, Retirees, and Operating employees book now to receive savings of up to 60% at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa on stays most nights Oct. 16, 2017 – Feb. 15, 2018 (excludes Nov. 24 – 27, 2017 and Dec. 21, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018).* Remember that friends and family of all Walt Disney Company Employees can also save on rooms. Check Backlot for details or call 1-866-44-DISNEY.

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Blockout dates for miniature golfing.


RECREATION

  • Holiday room discount!
  • Special discount on tickets for La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil
  • Special discounts on select events hosted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Special holiday-themed childcare programs at the YMCA Family Centers at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • 50% off initial fee at Lifeline Fitness Center
  • Holiday greens fee special
  • 50% off bicycle/boat rentals and other Walt Disney World Resort recreation discounts
  • Special holiday spa discount
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Free ornament for Cast Members!!!


CHERISH THE SEASON WITH YOUR HOLIDAY ORNAMENT

Cast members participating in the 2017 Disney Family Holiday Celebration will each receive one (1) complimentary Cast Holiday Ornament by presenting their certificate along with a valid Company-issued ID at any Walt Disney World® Resort Company D location.

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

WDW:  The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!!!  Come celebrate!  🙂

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DLR:  Sleeping Beauty Castle is so beautiful during the holidays!

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Love this castle view.

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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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Trump Refuses to be in Disney’s Hall of Presidents after Iger Resigns

BREAKING NEWS!
Disney CEO has resigned from Trump’s business council.

Trump has yet to record the audio and still hasn’t donated a suit for his animatronic  to wear!  Don’t hold your breath on this one!

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Disney CEO Bob Iger quits Trump advisory team as ‘matter of principle’

June 1, 2017: Disney (DIS) CEO Bob Iger said he will step down from Trump’s business advisory council, protesting the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate deal.

“Protecting our planet and driving economic growth are critical to our future, and they aren’t mutually exclusive,” Iger said in a statement. “I deeply disagree with the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.”

He also posted his decision on Twitter, saying he’d resigned from Trump’s business council “as a matter of principle.”  Iger served on Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of business leaders who offer the president advice.

Read more:  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/disney-trump-feud-causes-delay-at-hall-of-presidents/article/2627218   

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Current signage outside the Hall of Presidents.

The Hall of Presidents show at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World closed in January 2017 and is still not scheduled to reopen yet. (Normally, it would reopen the last week in June right before the 4th of July holiday, about 7 months after the election.)

Many people have wondered what role the new, very unpopular president would play in the Magic Kingdom attraction since he was elected.

On June 23, 2017, Disney announced it plans for Trump to speak.

“The same thing that we’ve done with other presidents, is the same plan we have for President Trump,” said Jacquee Wahler, vice president of communications. When asked if Trump would have a speaking role, Wahler said that he would.

6/27/2017:  Update from Disney Parks Blog:

Since the Magic Kingdom Park opened in 1971, The Hall of Presidents has brought together a one-of-a-kind look at the office of the President of the United States through film and the magic of Disney’s Audio-Animatronics technology. Despite some media reports to the contrary, President Trump will have a speaking role in The Hall of Presidents, like every president since 1993. We have been working closely with the current White House — just as we have with previous administrations — and the president’s recording session has been scheduled. The attraction will re-open in late 2017.

Whenever we refurbish one of our attractions, we take the opportunity to consider a broad range of enhancements. In this case, The Hall of Presidents is getting a new show, and a complete theater upgrade including a new sound system, lighting and high-definition projection system. The multi-screen viewing experience you may have seen in prior versions of the attraction is returning with an even wider vantage point of our country’s history.

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Since Bill Clinton, every sitting president has recited a speech during the attraction.  However, since Trump is functionally illiterate and reads at a 4th grade level, it has proven difficult for Disney to get an audio from him.  They may end up using some pieced audio from a previous TV appearances.

Initially, the Walt Disney World website said the attraction would be closed between January 17th and June 29, 2017. No specific reopening date has been announced, but Disney Parks Blog says The Hall of Presidents will now reopen in “late 2017.”

The delay is because Trump has been “unavailable” to tape a 2 minute speech and he has yet to donate one of his personal Trump suits with an oversized red tie for the animatronic to wear.  They may end up having to buy a suit from Trump’s business in NYC for it to wear. (Hard to believe that a “billionaire” can’t afford to donate one of his suits to Disney!)

Rumor has it that Trump also didn’t approve of the animatronic sketches and wanted the avatar to look “thinner”.

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46% of voters chose unwisely in November 2016! #NotMyPresident

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President Obama giving a 2 minute message of hope and freedom.

We will not step foot inside Hall of Presidents while Mr. Trump is center on that stage babbling about ‘Making America Great Again’.

For a behind-the-scenes look at President Obama recording his address for Hall of Presidents, watch this:

Coolest president ever!  President Obama Records Voice for Hall of Presidents

Thank you President Obama for 8 successful years as the leader of the free world.

See more video of Obama here:  President Obama Comes To Hall of Presidents

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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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Hurricane Recovery Teams are Active at Disney World Today

All Disney cast members scheduled to work Sept 11th or 12th will now be paid!!!

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Sept 11, 2017:  The WDW parks and Disney Springs are all closed today.


Disney World is Still Closed due to Hurricane Irma!

No Park will reopen until all storm debris has been cleaned up and all rides have been reinspected.  Hurricane Recovery Teams have been activated across the WDW property.

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Sept 9th, Saturday afternoon. All the scrim and banners have been taken down. Tie down of all trash cans and light fixtures has begun.


WDW Closed:  Saturday evening (7pm/9pm), all day Sunday, all day Monday

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All parks closed Sept 10th and 11th!

Disney World main page with any park re-opening updates:  https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/.

“We are beginning an initial assessment of our property,” a Disney World spokeswoman said early Monday morning. “While we experienced high winds and rain, we maintained power throughout the storm.”

Hurricane Irma struck Disney World’s 25,000 acres of land southwest of Orlando from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. on September 11, 2017. The National Weather Service reported that the Orlando area saw sustained winds up to 58 mph and gusts up to 79 mph.

Orlando remains under curfew until 6 p.m. Monday afternoon.

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Every trash can at every Park and Disney Resort was tied down or filled with water by Sunday, Sept 10, 2017 ahead of the storm.

closed11. Disney reported the following damage Monday morning: 

  • Animal Kingdom – lots of trees down, debris
  • Epcot – trees down and flooding
  • Disney’s All Star Resorts – several trees down
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – flooding in the lobby area, trees down
  • Disney’s Art of Animation – trees down
  • Disney’s Beach Club – tree debris
  • Disney’s Boardwalk – tree limbs down, debris
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – tree down, debris
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort –  90 mph wind speeds recorded and transformers exploded near the resort, some trees down
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa –  leaky roofs
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – large trees downed, some longhouse roof damage
  • Disney’s Pop Century – trees down/uprooted, lots of tree debris
  • Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter – main building closed due to flooding, several downed trees, lots of tree debris, some pool fencing and light fixtures down
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside – large trees down and uprooted
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs – trees down, lots of debris
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – large pine tree down blocking bus entrance, trees down in parking lot
  • Disney’s Yacht Club – tree limbs down, debris

Sept 11th: The following message was posted to Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests this morning:

Good Morning!

Despite the weather, we hope your evening was comfortable.  As a reminder, we continue to observe local curfews and ask that you remain in your Resort room or building for your safety.  We will inform you once the curfew is lifted and ask that you stay tuned to channel 3 on your in-room television for more details.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

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Mickey and young resort guests watching it rain. (Sunday afternoon, Sept 10th)

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Lots of wind damage all over DAK, but the paths had all been cleared.

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Property damage on Monday: Tree down at DAK Lodge.

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Massive tree blown down at the Polynesian Resort last night.

2. Orlando Curfew is in Effect until 6pm Tonight

Sept 11th: Due to power outages and storm damage with a lot of tree debris on the streets, the curfew for Orlando continues until 6pm tonight.

planes3.  Florida Airports Are Still Closed

Over 12,500 flights in and out of Florida were canceled this weekend, so expect long lines at the airport when you get there.  Airports are trying to reopen and resume normal operations by Sept. 13th.

Note that all airports in Florida are reporting that their parking garages are FULL and not to drive to the airport as there is nowhere to park your car.

Tampa International Airport (TIA):  Closed Saturday, September 9th, 8pm.

Orlando International Airport (MCO):   Closed Saturday, September 9th at 5pm.

Orlando Sanford International Airport:  Closed Saturday, September 9th at 5:15pm.

Fort Lauderdale International Airport:  Closed Saturday, September 9th. Mandatory evacuation orders in effect over weekend.

Miami International Airport (MIA):  Closed Saturday, September 9th. Mandatory evacuation orders were in effect.  “MIA is not a designated hurricane shelter. Operations at the airport stop when winds reach sustained winds of 55 MPH.”  9/11 Update: Miami International Airport will be closed Monday after sustaining “significant water damage throughout,” according to CEO Emilio Gonzalez.

Palm Beach International Airport:  Closed Saturday, September 9th. Mandatory evacuation orders in effect.

Jacksonville International Airport:  Closed Saturday, September 9th, 7pm.

 

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Cast members went door to door last night to all the resort rooms and personally handed out flashlights to guests. They also handed out small boxes of cereal and shelf stable milk.

4.  Disney Resorts are Open and staffed with Volunteer Hurricane Rideout Teams

Disney cast members are known to go above and beyond for resort and park guests.  This includes during a hurricane!

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Mickey and Minnie greeting hurricane stranded guests at DAK Lodge on Saturday afternoon. 🙂

Please be extra nice to any cast member that you see.  The voluntary WDW Hurricane Rideout Crews were activated ahead of Hurricane Irma.  They have been working non-stop since Saturday afternoon!

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Every Disney resort has activities for guests planned for today.

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Goofy helping entertain the small guests at the Contemporary Resort.

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Resort update.


A Message from Disney Resorts to Our Guests:

While you are staying with us, we are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma. As the weather approaches we would like to share some helpful tips for your visit.

~We anticipate resort dining locations may experience lengthy waits.  Pre-made boxed lunches and snacks are available.

~Housekeeping services may be limited.

~Please turn to channel 3 on your in-room TV for more information regarding Hurricane Irma.

~Disney films on your in-room TV will be complimentary until further notice.

We appreciate your patience and understanding and apologize for any inconvenience. Should you have any questions or need additional assistance, our front desk Cast Members are happy to assist you.

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Huge tree blown down at the Polynesian Resort last night.

5.  WDW Hurricane Recovery Teams are Checking all Parks and Resorts for Any Damage

The Walt Disney World Resort has it’s own power plant and didn’t lose power during the hurricane.

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Tree down at DAK.

However, there are many trees on property that need to be inspected for damage and all downed trees need to be removed before guests can safely return.

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Everything was tied down and secured ahead of Hurricane Irma.

The massive Disney Tree Farm is fully stocked and able to replace most damaged landscaping.

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September 20, 2017: Fort Wilderness is back open!!!


Fort Wilderness Campground Update:

As you know, Fort Wilderness Campground was evacuated and closed Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 2pm ahead of Hurricane Irma.

It sustained heavy wind and tree damage.

We are happy to report that it has finally reopened today (Sept 20, 2017)!!!

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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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