There are Human Bones at Disneyland!

That skull & bones are real!!!

That skull and crossbones in the headboard at Disneyland are REAL!!!

With Halloween being on Wednesday, we though we would do a creepy, scary blog!

For most Disneyland fans, there is a lot of joy in finding hidden secrets about the Park that we all love to visit.

Today, we present to you a very interesting fact about the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disneyland:  The skull and the crossbones that sit above the bed in the treasure room are actually real bones!!

Super Creepy!!!

Pirates of the Caribbean definately has the most skulls and bones!!

Pirates of the Caribbean definitely has the most skulls and bones of any park attraction!!

Back in 1967 after Walt Disney had just passed away, the Pirates of the Caribbean first set sail at Disneyland. But along with singing pirates and fair maidens, it held a dark secret.

Disney lore has it that while the ride was still under construction, the Disney Imagineers were unhappy with the look of the fake skeletons placed about the ride. They didn’t think they looked authentic enough. The solution was simple: to use real human bones!

They asked around and the UCLA medical school provided cadaver skeletons to Disneyland from folks who had donated their bodies to “science”, which were then positioned in the classic poses we see today on the ride.

There’s a pair of skeleton friends playing chess, one sitting atop a mountain of gold coins, a dead captain with a sabre in his ribs… While it may seem grotesque using real bones, they remained for quite some time. It hasn’t been officially stated exactly when the skeletons were replaced with dummies, but they slowly were swapped out and the human remains returned to UCLA during the various ride refurbishments.

But, they didn’t remove them all!

Although the skeleton laying in bed looking through a magnifying glass is no longer the remains of a deceased man, the bones on the headboard behind him are!

That is a genuine skull and human crossbones!

It’s unknown why Disney chose to leave them there when the others were removed.  (Possibly, they came from a different source than UCLA and couldn’t be returned.) If you look closely, you’ll notice that they’re darker and more aged than the rest of the skeletons on the ride. It’s the skull and bones of a Caucasian male.

Human skeletons were never used when the next Pirates rides were constructed at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in 1973, or at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, or at Disneyland Paris in 1992.

Sailing into a hurricane!

Captain Skeleton sailing into a hurricane!

Yo ho ho!   Dead men tell no tales!  😉

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Look closely….Lots of skulls here!

We went to Disneyland last year with a first time visitor, and he was like, “What’s with all the skeletons everywhere?”

When you think about it, there are skeletons all over Adventureland, in lots of scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean, the skeleton in the water that rises when you complete the Adventureland treasure map, some over in Fantasyland on Peter Pan’s Flight, a dungeon skeleton reaching for water in Snow White’s Scary Adventures, a skeleton hanging in the stretching room of the Haunted Mansion, the pile of animal bones signaling the entry to the piranha pool in Jungle Cruise, and a dinosaur fossil in Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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Adventureland Treasure Map.  Lots of skulls and skeletons!

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Pirate Mickey walking around Adventureland this weekend!

No bones about it, that’s a lot of bones!!!  🙂

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So creepy looking! The ghostly skeleton of the Lord of the Manor host at Haunted Mansion.

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We think Walt would love all the ghosts and skeletons at all the Disney Parks around the world!

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Caroline at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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♪♫♪This is Halloween, this is Halloween…..♪♫♪ – at Disneyland in front of the 3,400 lb. pumpkin!

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Adventure is out there!

Checking Out: Final Week at DCP Program

Clocking out for the last time.

Clocking out for the last time. 😦

The things you need to do and some advice for wrapping things up after spending a semester at the Disney College Program:

1. Requesting days off last 1-2 weeks of your program will generally be auto denied.  You’ll have more luck putting your shift giveaways up on your facebook work group. (Generally, giving away any days during your last scheduled week won’t be allowed.  But, it’s up to your manager.) Note:  If you call out in your last week, you will NOT be termed!  That’s just an untrue rumor.

Do NOT skip your end-of-program evaluation with your manager!

Do NOT skip your end-of-program evaluation with your manager!

2. Leaders and Coordinators can’t give out formal recommendation letters. But, you should receive a written end-of-program evaluation from your manager before your last day.  You can use this to document your program participation, especially if you need to submit something to your college for credit.

The number to verify Disney employment is: (800) 800-4857, ext. 9000 (www.vjsus.com, 9000).  It costs $20.

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Turn EVERYTHING in but your nametag!  That’s yours to keep!

3. Make sure you return all costume pieces, including belts, hats, mittens, etc.  Your nametag does not need to be turned in.  It’s yours to keep!  Each missing costume piece is generally $25 to replace.  If your costume record is not clear and shows missing items, this can affect your rehire status years down the road. (Failure to return all costume pieces is the #1 reason for restricted rehire status at Disney!)

4. Move out time is by 11am on your scheduled last day of the program.  Housing ID’s & keys can be left in the apartment or turned into security.  Do not take your keys home with you or you will be charged for them!

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Leaving our Housing ID and apartment keys on the counter when we left at 6am.  You can also give them to Security at the gate.

5. Housing IDs, Blue ID’s and Maingate Passes: Leave your Housing ID and apartment key on the kitchen counter or turn them in to security.

Blue ID’s are supposed to be turned into your manager, security, or the front desk before you leave. But, if you decide to keep it, especially if you’re planning on coming back to work for the company, don’t lose it because they will charge you for a new one ($25) if you lose it before you are rehired.

Maingate passes can generally be used up midnight on check out day. However, be warned that occasionally managers remove CPs from the system on their last working day, which could be one to two days before check out day.  And, vise versa, sometimes CPs are left active in the system and can use their maingate passes for several days (at least) after program end.

6.  Start thinking about updating your resume!  If you didn’t take the professional development resume course at Disney University, we have some tips:  Writing Your DCP Resume.

DCP Alumni are the best!

DCP Alumni are the best!

7. Lastly, join the DCP Alumni Association!  It’s a great way to keep up with the friends you made during your program and to make new friends.

Click here to join after you complete your program: www.dcpalumni.com.

Click here to go directly to the DCP Alumni Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/disneyalumniassociation/

Farewell fellow CPs!

We hope you had as much fun during your DCP program as we did!! 🙂

Hope to see you at the next Alumni event!

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

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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Drunk Guest Climbs Mexico Pavilion Temple at Epcot

OMG!

OMG!

At last night’s 2015 Food & Wine Festival at Epcot, a guest drinking with a group of friends decided to climb the Mayan Temple on the outside of the Mexico Pavilion!

Has this ever been done before by a guest??

Video link: Climbing the Mayan Temple Steps!

Almost there!

Almost there!

November 12, 2015:  New sign posted this morning!

November 12, 2015: New “No Climbing” signs were posted this morning!

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New: There was also a security guard standing there for the whole evening, arriving at 5pm.

Caroline outside Epcot Mexico pavilion with a cool drink, but NOT climbing the Mayan Temple steps!

Caroline outside Epcot Mexico pavilion with a cool drink, but NOT climbing the Mayan Temple steps!

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

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 (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) 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:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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Ice Cream Brioche Sandwich

Le Menu.   Croque Glacé: $6.55

Le Menu. Croque Glacé: $6.55

One of my Disney Bucket List items was to try the Ice Cream sandwich on a brioche bun at L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France pavilion.

It’s called a Croque Glacé.

Yum!!

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Ready to begin making my masterpiece.

After ordering, I showed my receipt to the cast member and she began making my delicious snack. There is an entire table of rows and rows of stacked brioche buns.

You pick your ice cream flavor, then a topping sauce (chocolate, caramel, or raspberry).

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Getting started.

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Brioche bun – check!, chocolate ice cream – check!, hot waffle grill – check!

At the end of the ice cream counter is what looks like a Belgium waffle maker.

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Next, some chocolate sauce drizzled on top!

Then, voilà!  30 seconds later, it’s warm and ready to eat! It smelled so good!

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Chocolate Croque Glacé.

At first, I was like “Whoa, this is way too much bread and it’s weird that there’s ice cream”, but then I kept eating and it just got better and better!  You all know how much I love bread…

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Eating it outside.  I loved it!  ❤

I guarantee you that zero French people actually eat this, but if you’re visiting Epcot’s France and need a cool snack, this is a good choice!

Read more about other delicious French food offerings at Epcot France by clicking here and here.
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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 (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) 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.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale
Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.
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Daily Struggles of All DCP Interns

We love Walmart and their 18 cent noodle packages!


We love Walmart and their 18 cent Ramen noodle packages!

Struggle 1. Having no money:   Working part-time for slightly more than Florida minimum wage, ugh! Ramon noodles again tonight! 😦

9am:  Already 82 degrees, and it feels like 100!

9am: Already 82 degrees and it feels like 100!

Struggle 2. Weather woes: Its hot outside, like really “Holy Sugar!” hot. How did people live in Florida before air conditioning???
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Struggle 3. Apartment inspections: Because that free bag of cookies for passing inspection is so important.

So small, so hard, so squeaky!!!

DCP apartment beds:  So small, so hard, so squeaky!!!

Struggle 4. The beds in Disney Housing: Do you mean the too short (twin, not even XL twin!) blocks of concrete?  Ahh, my aching back!

We lived for our ERs!

We lived for our ERs!

Struggle 5. Working long shifts: Then getting extended at the end of your shift: “But I wanted an ER!!!”

Struggle 6. Waiting for the bus: Then your bus finally arrives (late!) and it’s full, standing room only. [Especially during holiday weeks!]

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Hmm….how many of these shifts can I trade away and still make rent this week???

Struggle 7.  Schedule problems: Not getting your requested days off when family or friends are coming for a visit.  😦

Having fun with friends at the Park.

Finally, a day off together:  Having fun with friends at the Park. 🙂

Struggle 8. DCP friends having different days off than you.  Having no one to hang with on your first day off in a week.

10,000 costumes and none of them in my size!

10,000 costumes and none of them in my size!

Struggle 9. Costuming #1: They never have the size you need! But, need an XXS or XXXXXL, help yourself!

Struggle 10.  Costuming #2: Polyester costumes + 90 degrees + 90% humidity = Misery!

3rd name tag in 3 months!!!

My 3rd name tag in 3 months!!!

Struggle 11.  Losing or forgetting your name tag: We’ve all been Alice or Chris from Orlando, Florida until the new one comes in.

A few of the Disney pins we bought or traded for...

Just a few of the Disney pins we bought or traded for…

Struggle 12.  Budgeting: Spending your paycheck $$ on Disney merchandise. (Cast Connection, here we come!)

Struggle 13.  Strollers: They are everywhere and guests will use them to make way in crowds, especially when exiting the Magic Kingdom late at night.

Struggle 14.  Rude guests, dragging around their screaming, overtired, over-stimulated kids around the park late at night.

Struggle 15.  Brazilian tour groups: Have they never heard of using an “inside” voice? And no, you may not cut lines or save places in line for your 20 friends.
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Struggle 16.  Only doing the two finger point.  And, don’t you forget it. 🙂

Ah, Florida humidity!

Ah, dealing with Florida humidity!

Struggle 17.  Melting make-up: Having your makeup literally melt off your face in the heat and humidity!  And, don’t get us started about our curly hair issues.

Struggle 18.  The endless worrying: About getting termed (daily worry!), about self-terming, being late to work, roommate problems, money problems, school problems, boyfriend problems….and yet…

When your DCP program ends, you can’t believe that you wasted even one second worrying about all the things that never happened…

You actually had the best time of your life working at Disney!  🙂

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale.
Available now on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. Published by Theme Park Press.
http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409410046&sr=1-1&keywords=Two+Girls+and+a+Mouse+Tale

Why Disney Characters are Champions

Hot, hot day and not a droplet of sweat on Snow White!

A hot, hot summer day and not a droplet of sweat on Snow White!

We think that the CMs in character roles – both face and fur – have some of the toughest jobs at Disney.

Whenever we watch the 3pm parade in the broiling sun, when it’s 95 degrees with 90% humidity out and we see all those princesses wearing their heavy 10 lb. + velvet costumes, seeing them smiling and waving to the crowds and looking as cool as a cucumber…it’s just amazing!  They are weather champions!

And, then there are the guests:
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In general, there seems to be a weird desire by guests to “debunk” the idea of Disney characters, like they’re blowing the lid off of some scam.

The official position of the Walt Disney Company is that all characters are real and there is only one of each of them, and the whole Park is organized so that no one will ever see two of a character at once — Mickey is never dining in a restaurant at a character breakfast and walking by in a parade at the same time.

We always have to be ready with an explanation of their schedules, because adults try to trip you up, saying they just saw a character across the MK Park, and now here they are over here as well. You have to try to keep a straight face while pointing out that, “Well, you had time to walk over here, so Mickey did too!”

I think just seeing someone in costume messes with people’s brains. Visitors would whisper insane stuff to me, like “So glad we got to see you, the kids don’t know we’re getting divorced after this trip” or “We haven’t told the kids yet that their mom has cancer.” Why the heck would you tell Mickey that…or a MK Park CM dressed as Mickey? [Most of us are in our early 20s and are not psych majors at college!]

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Speaking of Mickey, every single terminally ill Make-a-Wish kid gets to meet him, and that’s hard. Because of how many sick kids visit the Park every week, it can be a painfully regular thing to see.

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But, the Fairy Godmother has it hardest: Kids ask her to cure them of their [often fatal] disease. If I made it to the second set without sobbing, it was usually a good day.

We think that the Fairy Godmother is the oldest face character.  Most princesses are in their early 20s, but she always seems > 60 years old.

We think that the Fairy Godmother is the oldest face character. Most princesses are in their early 20s, but she always seems > 60 years old.

To read more about working at Disney: http://www.cracked.com/article_21011_6-things-nobody-tells-you-about-working-at-disney-world.html#ixzz35hkWwSG6