Toy Story Land Opens June 30, 2018!

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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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Meeting Disney Legend Richard Gerth at the Grand Floridian

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January 2018: Resort hopping at the Grand Floridian.  It was a cool day so Richard was wearing his white gloves to keep his hands warm.

Anyone who has ever visited the Grand Floridian Resort &  Spa has no doubt seen his familiar smiling face.

Disney cast member, Richard Gerth, who’s celebrating birthday #93 this year!, has been greeting guests at the Grand Floridian since 1991.  26 YEARS!

He was proudly wearing his 25 Year Disney Service pin.  We asked him if he was going for his 30 year service pin with Disney and he said “maybe”.  We like his spirit!  🙂

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October 2017:  Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid) meeting CM Richard at the Grand Floridian. Two Disney Legends!!

In 2013, Richard was presented with the Walt Disney Legacy Award. This is the highest award any Disney cast member can receive. According to Robert Hitchcock of the Disney Parks Blog, “Richard has greeted thousands of guests, and assisted thousands of brides with wedding photos on their special day.”

Link to his facebook page:  Disney Legend Richard

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Disney cast member Richard Gerth.

The day we were there, he was greeting arriving guests out in front of the Grand Floridian.

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He calls himself a “train conductor” as he preps all the bride’s trains for their grand entrance into the Grand Floridian’s Grand Atrium Lobby.

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One of the thousands of brides that he’s attended to on her wedding day.

In addition to being the greeter, Richard is also the Official Fairy Tale Wedding Greeter and has helped over 3,500 brides on their special day at Disney’s wedding pavilion!

Video link by Disney:  A Day with Richard

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December 2017 Update:

You know the holiday season has officially arrived when:

1.  The GF Gingerbread House goes up, and

2. Greeter Richard dons his festive holiday red vest and hat brim!

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92 years old!

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Looking good, Richard!

 

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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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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 DCP Summer Alumni Program

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The application is open TODAY January 29, 2018!

UPDATE:  February 5, 2018 – The Summer 2018 DCP application link has now closed!

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BREAKING NEWS!

2018 DCP Summer Program app is open today January 29, 2018!

Apply if interested! Link will only be open for 1 week!!!

APPLY TODAY!!!

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This posting is exclusively for former Disney College Program participants.

Attention Disney College Program Alumni!

Have you ever wished you could return for a second program over the summer? Well, now could be your opportunity! Apply now to be considered for our 2018 Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Summer Alumni Program.

It is open to former Disney College Program participants who have successfully completed a past program on either coast and are still enrolled and taking college classes.

For Disney World CPs, you must be available to arrive on May 21, 2018 and depart your program on August 9, 2018 (WDW), and for Disneyland CPs you must be available May 21, 2018 – August 4, 2018.

Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort Summer Alumni Program opportunities will be extremely limited. We strongly encourage all candidates to express interest in as many roles as possible. Available roles include:

Quick Service Food and Beverage

Merchandise

Attractions

Custodial

Transportation

Recreation

Take action to apply now as we anticipate significant demand for this program. The Job Posting will remain active for only 24 HOURS!

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Application is open January 29, 2018!  Don’t be late!

Basic Qualifications    In order to submit an application for the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Summer Alumni Program, applicants must meet the following requirements.

1. You must have successfully completed a past Disney College Program at either the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, FL or at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. NOTE: You may not be a current Spring Program participant. (Please speak to your leader about the extensions application process).

2.  Be enrolled as a Full-Time or Part-Time Student and taking at least one class in a U.S. accredited college or university OR have graduated in the past 6 months.

3.  Be fully available for the length of the Program. The Program dates are May 21, 2018 – August 9, 2018 (WDW), May 21 – August 04, 2018 (Disneyland). NOTE: No exceptions can be made to the arrival or departure dates.

4.  Due to limited opportunities we strongly encourage all candidates to express interest in as many roles as possible.

5.  Must adhere to all Disney Look guidelines; including those pertaining to visible tattoos. Visible tattoos include any tattoos that would not be covered by an assigned costume (example – shorts and short sleeve shirt).

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2018 DCP Apartment rents:  $108 – $200/week.

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2018 DCP apartment rents:  $103 – $196/week.

6.  A $250 non-refundable Program Assessment Fee will be collected upon accepting your Program, if offered (a $4.50 processing fee may also be applicable).

A Disney College Program participant’s wage will vary between $10.00 – $11.50 per hour, based upon the role that he/she is selected to perform. Participants may also be eligible for premium pay in select roles and will learn their exact rate of pay upon receiving an invitation.

International College Program participants (including those on the J1-Academic and Cultural Representative Program) are not eligible for this opportunity.

A resume and cover letter are not required to be considered for this opportunity.

Application will open January 29, 2018.  You can expect the link to be active for 24 hours only.

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The Phone Interview questions are HARDER for the alumni program, so practice your answers with specific examples of guest interactions you had and what you liked about your last program!  Good luck!

Phone Interview questions for the Summer DCP Alumni Program

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Program Dates

There are 5 main DCP programs at WDW and 4 main DCP programs at DLR. Note the two Summer program times.

And, don’t forget, the Fall/Fall Advantage 2018 DCP Program application is open now!

Apply to the 2018 DCP Fall/Fall Advantage Program

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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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Honey Bees Recycle the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Taking down the GF Gingerbread House in January 2015.

Taking down the GF Gingerbread House the first week in January.  The gingerbread is composted.

A behind-the-scenes look at what happens to all the gingerbread from the 2017 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House  display when it was taken down in early January 2018.

Royal icing used to glue the gingerbread pieces to the house.

Closeup of the Royal Frosting used to glue the gingerbread pieces to the house.

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Washing off the icing with plain water.

The house frame is reused every year.

The house frame is reused every year.

Cool video of the WDW bees working hard: Bees Recycle Disney Gingerbread

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A honey bee going from flower to flower.

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A cold honey bee landed on our car at the DAK parking lot!

Those same honey bees have a ball at Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival  in the spring!

Your favorite Disney gingerbread houses from the Walt Disney World Resort are shared with bees to help pollinate the spectacular flowers blooming right now during the 24nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!  Come on by and see the spectacular flower displays!

30 million blooms!

30 million blooms! Come and see it!

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2018 Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival starts February 28, 2018.

The F&G Festival is so beautiful!

The F&G Festival is so beautiful! (I took this photo on my cell phone!)

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January 2018:  It was cold when we were at Disney World this month!  All the newly planted flowers were covered up at Epcot:

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Tampa set a new low last night – 28 degrees!

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Disney trying to protect all those pretty flowers for the F&G Festival starting next month!

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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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