Nightmare Before Christmas Overlay at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

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Long, long wait lines for this attraction…always get a FastPass!

We got to see the “Nightmare Before Christmas” version of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion on our last visit to Disneyland and did NOT like it!

We are so glad that they don’t do this movie overlay at Disney World’s Haunted Mansion! Especially not for 4 months out of the year!

It’s ugly!

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The Haunted Mansion Holiday at night this Halloween fall season.  Lots of pumpkins and Jack O’Lanterns everywhere.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday

Are you ready for a tour of the eerie estate’s merry macabre makeover – and to meet some real holidays spirits – from September 6, 2019 to January 6, 2020?

Take your seat in a gloomy Doom Buggy for a spooky tour through this decorated house of happy haunts.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion at Christmas 2019

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The Haunted Mansion Holiday premiered at Disneyland in Fall 2001, merging Halloween and Christmas with “Nightmare Before Christmas,” with ride décor that would start Labor Day weekend, last through Halloween, and beyond the Holiday season into the new year at Disneyland.

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The wait line was super long…over 60 minutes when we were there in October. 😦

This movie overlay on the attraction runs from September 6, 2019 to January 6, 2020 making the attraction available for guests to experience for approximately one third of the year.

Are you kidding me??!!!

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There’s tons of “snow” and jack o’lanterns all over the ride.

Decked Out for the Horror-Days

Explore the estate at its eeriest with tons of frightfully festive touches—courtesy of Jack Skellington!

This fall, the Haunted Mansion is transformed with jack o’ lanterns and wreaths, terrifying toys and kooky characters from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a creep-tastic classic you won’t want to miss!

Experience all your favorite frights plus scary seasonal surprises—all thanks to Jack himself. Sally, Oogie Boogie and other Nightmare nasties will also be on hand to wish you “Season’s Screamings!”

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Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House

The 2019 Gingerbread House proudly sitting on the dining room table.  Not as tall as last year’s house.

The Gingerbread House in the Dining Room

One of the most dazzling and awe-inspiring features of the holiday attraction is the handmade gingerbread house in the dining room.

The gingerbread house has been a prominent feature of the Haunted Mansion Holiday since the attraction overlay’s debut in 2001. Multiple pastry chefs work together every year to construct the gingerbread house, many of whom have been a part of the tradition since its conception in 2001. Each house takes an average of 16 days to complete and includes a combination of gingerbread, powdered sugar, egg whites, lemon juice, fondant, and glitter.  Every year, pastry chefs create a fresh Gingerbread House version with a new theme.

You can see it for yourself when riding your doom buggy through the grand ballroom scene. The gingerbread house is always the centerpiece of the ballroom’s long table. Be sure to take a deep breath so you can smell the delicious sweet scent of gingerbread as you pass through the room!

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The huge 2018 Gingerbread House – over 6 feet tall! – sitting on the dining room table.

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Ooogie Boogie at the end of the ride.

The Oogie Boogie Man

Guests can see Oogie as their doom buggy ride is coming to an end. The impressive and massive Oogie Boogie animatronic takes the place of the three Hitchhiking Ghosts at the end of the attraction, providing guests with gifts (instead of ghosts) from his “Holiday Tricks and Treats” wheel.

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Jack Skellington at his character meet and greet. Way too creepy for us!!!!!!!!!!!

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Holding some spidery Halloween balloons!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

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

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

Have a magical day!

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Happy Halloween!

2019 Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead Celebrations at Disneyland and California Adventure Park

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The traditional skeleton display for the Day of the Dead celebration.  Very festive.

From September 6th through November 3rd, 2019:  Frontierland in Disneyland will feature a musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines called Calacas, brightly colored flowers, and other decorative items celebrating the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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Día de los Muertos explained: It’s a time of joy, not sadness, to remember family and friends who have passed.

Traditionally, the Day of the Dead – known as “All Souls Day” – falls on November 1st, the day after Halloween (All Hallows Eve).

Festive offering table.

Festive offering table with sweets and candy and colorful flowers.

Very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats.

La Catrina, the symbol of the Day of the Dead: It’s all very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats. (Daytime photo)

There are special sweet treats out for the celebration, along with a trick-or-treating candy station open nearby during the Halloween Party nights.

We finally got to see it during our last trip to Disneyland.  We saw it during the day (above) and then we returned at night to see it after dark (below):

At night:

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Halloween night at Disneyland

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The Calacas skeletons still singing….It very pretty at night.  Lots of festive lights.

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La Catrina at night.  Whoa  We liked her better during the day!  Sort of scary looking at night!

Día de los Muertos at Disneyland

Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Disneyland to honor the art, symbols and traditions of this age-old holiday.

Join the festivities as Frontierland hosts a special tribute to the Day of the Dead. This annual Mexican celebration remembers loved ones that have passed while embracing an eternal connection.

Now through November 3rd, Zocalo Park will feature a musical trio of iconic Calacas—skeleton figurines—as well as brightly colored flowers and other decorative items commemorating the occasion.

Disney Resort Halloween treats

Coco cookies.

Stop by and savor the tasty Orange Pumpkin Flan and other traditional Mexican treats exclusively at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurant while enjoying the authentic décor!

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We think this wallpaper art is cool.

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Things You Should Know Before You Go:

Both parks at the Disneyland Resort have Day of the Dead commemorative areas that will be in place until November 3rd. The one at Disney California Adventure is the more extensive.

This event only takes place in Disneyland Resort, not at any of the other Disney parks. The celebration’s origins are based in Latin America, although the popular conception is that it’s a Mexican holiday,  Día de Los Muertos is celebrated in many regions.

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Celebrating in Disneyland

  1. Check out the display at Zocalo Park in Frontierland where oversized sculptures, marigolds and paper banners known as papel picado provide some much-needed color to the area. Rancho del Zocalo restaurant next door offers Mexican food, in case you’re in the mood. (By the way, the word zocalo means “town plaza” in Spanish.)
  2. The female Day of the Dead skeleton you’ll see with the big hat and fancy dress has an important role in Mexican history. When Mexico was fighting for its independence from Spain, a Mexican journalist and printmaker named Jose Guadalupe Posada published a series of etchings around 1910, including one with the skeleton called a calavera. Famed muralist Diego Rivera dubbed her “La Catrina” and put her in one of his murals. She became a Mexican national symbol and is often seen in resplendent costumes during the Day of the Dead festivities.

Celebrating in Disney California Adventure

  1. The main festivities for the holiday revolve around Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure, where they’ve set up a Plaza de la Familia that’s fun and interesting. There’s a craft area where kids can make free masks and a commemorative wall where anyone can write a memory of a loved one and hang it up to create a festoon of memories.
  2. The small, round “The World of Coco” indoor pavilion explains the meaning of Dia de Los Muertos through the lens of the movie, “Coco.” In the 2017 film, the 12-year-old protagonist, Miguel, builds an altar in honor of his late musical hero. It’s pleasant to see a space like this used for something other than the usual kind of Disney merchandising.
  3. Several times a day, visitors can see a show in the plaza called “A Musical Celebration of Coco” that cleverly uses life-sized puppets to depict Miguel and his villagers. This colorful show includes folkloric dancers in colorful costumes and the Grammy-award-winning local group, the Mariachi Divas.
  4. Take a photo in front of some colorful winged paintings or the wall-sized Mexican Tree of Life in the Plaza de la Familia, which is covered with paper mache La Catrina figurines.
  5. Try some Disney Resort Halloween treats: Coco Conchita – traditional Mexican sweet bread topped with the orange colored sugar, filled with dulce de leche and finished with Miguel chocolate decoration – available at the Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure.
  6. Check out the Mexican food menu at the Paradise Garden Grill, including the traditional Día de los Muertos Pan de Muerto, Mole Verde con Pollo, Pan Dulce Conchita and a special “Coco” cake. Note that the Pan de Muerto is a nod to the traditional Mexican bread of the dead, which has special figures baked into it.
  7. In Cars Land, Ramone’s House of Body Art has an altar set up to honor the gone-but-not-forgotten Doc Hudson.
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Día de los Muertos celebration at Cars Land

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Cars Land decorated for Halloween.  It’s really cute!

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Miguel and the Coco dancers.

Plaza de la Familia Returns to Disney California Adventure Park

Paradise Gardens Park at Disney California Adventure Park is celebrating the return of one of its most fun and colorful seasonal experiences: Plaza de la Familia!

Video link: Plaza de la Familia

Plaza de la Familia honors the beloved Pixar film, “Coco,” and the everlasting bonds of family with picturesque arts and crafts activities, mouth-watering Mexican food and inspiring live entertainment!

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Miguel from “Coco”.

“A Musical Celebration of Coco” also returns this year with its cast of storytellers to entertain guests with beloved songs from the film performed by singing host Mateo and the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas.

Get transported to the land of the dead with appearances of authentic folklórico dancers and townspeople from “Coco” joined by the adventurous Miguel, who is brought to life in a whimsical style inspired by Mexican folk art!

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Visit the iconic Árbol de la Vida to hang an emotional thought for your loved ones on the wall of memories. Design your own paper alebrije mask of Dante or Pepita.

New this year, you can take photos and make new memories with Miguel when he appears between shows at a beautiful artistic mural entitled “Recuérdame” (“Remember Me”). Named after the iconic song from the film, the evocative mural depicts the themes touched on by the Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia in their show and celebrates Miguel’s beloved family in Santa Cecilia and the Land of the Dead.

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The beautiful artistic mural entitled “Recuérdame” (“Remember Me”).

New Foods!

At Paradise Garden Grill, sample traditional Mexican dishes, including Traditional Tamale Plate with chile red pork tamales with golden rice and black beans, and Tacos de Estilo Callejero: a trio of sirloin beef tacos with pickled vegetables, golden rice and black beans. Another option is Tortitas de Papa – vegan crispy potato cakes with sautéed spinach, ranchero salsa, golden rice and pickled onion salad. For postres, try Pan Dulce, traditional house-made Mexican sweet bread filled with dulce de leche.

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Celebrating Día de los Muertos at Disneyland at night! (Wallpaper #2)

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Minnie Mouse during Day of the Dead celebration.

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Look for special sweet treats available at the bakery.

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Churro cupcakes are available!!!

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This looks so good!

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Special cookies.

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Pan de los Muertos is available this week at Paradise Garden Grill.

Pan de los Muertos (Spanish for: Bread of the Dead) is a sweet roll traditionally baked in Mexico during the week leading up to the Día de Muertos, which is celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd, with November 1st being Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

The sweetened soft bread is shaped like a bun, often decorated with bone-shaped phalanges pieces. Pan de muerto is eaten on Día de Muertos, at the gravesite or, alternatively, at a tribute called an ofrenda.  As part of the celebration, loved ones eat pan de muerto as well as the relative’s favorite foods.

Bread of the Dead usually has skulls or crossbones engraved on it. It is believed the spirits do not eat it, but rather absorb its essence, along with water at their ofrenda, after their long journey back to Earth.

The bones represent the deceased one (difuntos or difuntas) and there is normally a baked tear drop on the bread to represent goddess Chimalma’s tears for the living. The bread is represented in a circle to portray the circle of life and is topped with sugar as life is sweet.

This special bread is available at CAL’s Paradise Garden Grill and can also be found in most Mexican grocery stores in the U.S.

Disneyland Resort Halloween Food

Cool or creepy?????!!!!!

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We were at Lowes today and they had huge marigolds like out of “Coco” for sale. So pretty!

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Marigolds available at Lowes.

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Flores Para Los Muertos

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Mattel is releasing a 2019 ‘Day of the Dead’ Barbie this month!

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La Catrina celebrating Día de Los Muertos.

Mattel is paying tribute to Mexican culture with a 2019 limited-edition Barbie. The new doll is inspired by Catrina to celebrate Día de Los Muertos.

Celebrated from October 21st through November 2nd, the holiday is a joyful time to remember loved ones that have passed, while we embrace our eternal connections.

The Barbie doll is dressed in traditional day of the dead attire including a full face of Catrina makeup, a crown made of Marigold Flowers, and monarch butterflies.

Starting in late September, you can order the special edition Barbie for $75.99.

(She’s going for $180 on ebay right now!)

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Her flower crown, which includes marigold flowers and monarch butterflies.

The doll is stunning. She looks like a quintessential Mexican goddess and is in head-to-toe Day of the Dead attire. Her makeup is spot on and her dress resembles a flamenco dress.

We also love the subtle touch of blue in her hair and a new take on the flower crown, which includes marigold flowers and monarch butterflies.

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Her makeup is perfect!

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Holding some Halloween balloons!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Happy Halloween!

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Mattel is Releasing a 2019 ‘Day of the Dead’ Barbie

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La Catrina celebrating Día de Los Muertos.

Mattel is paying tribute to Mexican culture with a 2019 limited-edition Barbie. The new doll is inspired by Catrina to celebrate Día de Los Muertos.

Celebrated from October 21st through November 2nd, it’s a time to remember the lives of those who have passed away.

The Barbie doll is dressed in traditional day of the dead attire including a full face of Catrina makeup, a crown made of Marigold Flowers, and monarch butterflies.

Starting in late September, you can order the special edition Barbie for $75.99.

(She’s going for $180 on ebay right now!)

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Her flower crown, which includes marigold flowers and monarch butterflies.

The doll is stunning. She looks like a quintessential Mexican goddess and is in head-to-toe Day of the Dead attire. Her makeup is spot on and her dress resembles a flamenco dress.

We also love the subtle touch of blue in her hair and a new take on the flower crown, which includes marigold flowers and monarch butterflies.

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Her makeup is perfect!

The doll is part of a new line of Barbies with fan-favorite themes including Stars Wars characters, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and R2-D2. There’s also a Rosa Parks Barbie, which was released to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. Mattel has also released Barbies of other inspiring women, including astronaut Sally Ride and pro-golfer Lorena Ochoa.

“Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie, and we are thrilled to shine a light on real-life role models to remind them that they can be anything,” Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President And General Manager of Barbie, said in a statement to Time magazine.

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You can celebrate Día de los Muertos and  see La Catrina at Disneyland starting September 6th through November 3rd, 2019.

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The traditional skeleton display for the Day of the Dead celebration.  Very festive.

From September 6 through November 3, 2019: Frontierland in Disneyland will feature a musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines called calacas, brightly colored flowers, and other decorative items celebrating the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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Día de los Muertos explained: It’s a time of joy, not sadness, to remember family and friends who have passed.

Traditionally, the Day of the Dead – known as “All Souls Day” – falls on November 1st, the day after Halloween (All Hallows Eve).

Festive offering table.

Festive offering table with sweets and candy and colorful flowers.

Very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats.

La Catrina, the symbol of the Day of the Dead: It’s all very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats. (Daytime photo)

There are special sweet treats out for the celebration, along with a trick-or-treating candy station open nearby during the Halloween Party nights.

We finally got to see her on our last trip,  We saw everything during the day (above) and then we returned at night to see La Catrina after dark (below):

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Halloween night at Disneyland

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The calacas skeletons still singing….It very pretty at night.

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La Catrina at night.  Whoa!  We liked her better during the day!  Sort of scary looking at night!

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Disney Bounding Two DIsney Sisters Halloween

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Applying to the Spring/Spring Advantage 2020 DCP Program

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DCP Spring 2020 app opens in 5 days…..Monday, August 19, 2019!!!!!!

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Apply today!  🙂

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Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience where you’ll create memories to last a lifetime. Apply today!

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The Disney College Program

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Feeling adventurous in 2020?  Made a resolution to change your life?

The Disney College Program might be just what you’re looking for!

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Find out where the sky meets the sea…. Application for Spring DCP program will open in August 2019!

The DCP Spring/Spring Advantage 2020 application opened on August 19, 2019.

Apply here:  Apply to the DCP Now!

And, join the Spring 2020 DCP facebook page:  DCPSpring2020

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These are the main DCP programs at Disney World and Disneyland in 2020:

Program Dates

There are 5 main DCP programs at WDW and 4 main DCP programs at DLR.

Spring 2020 Program (App is open!)

Students should apply and interview in late August 2019 – mid-October 2019

Program begins early/mid January 2020 and ends in early/mid May 2020

Spring Advantage 2020 Program (App is open!)

Students should apply and interview late August 2019 – mid-October 2019

Program begins mid January/early February 2020 and ends in early/mid August 2020

Fall 2019 Program  

Students should have applied/interviewed January 2019 – late March 2019

Program begins early/mid August 2019 and ends in early January 2020

Fall Advantage 2019 Program 

Students should have applied/interviewed January 2019 – late March 2019

Program began late May/early June 2019 and ends in early January 2020

Quarter Session Programs

There are also specialized program time frames for students who attend schools that follow a quarter or trimester academic calendar.

Summer 2020 DCP Alumni Program

The summer-only program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company.  App will open – briefly – in January 2020.

Summer 2020 DCP Program begins mid-to-late May/early June 2020 and ends in early August 2020 (10 weeks).

Winter (Holiday Break) Program

The Winter Holiday program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company. 

Winter 2018 Program began mid-to-late November/early December 2018 and ended in early January/February 2019 (5-8 weeks).

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The DCP is accepting applications for the following program dates:

We are currently accepting applications for the following program dates:

  • Anaheim, CA
    • Housing: January – August
      • 1/12/2020 – 8/1/2020
    • Local/Commuters: January – August
      • 1/6/2020 – 8/8/2020
  • Orlando, FL
    • Spring: January – May
      • 1/13/2020 – 5/14/2020
      • 1/13/2020 – 5/21/2020
      • 1/13/2020 – 5/28/2020
      • 1/21/2020 – 5/14/2020
      • 1/21/2020 – 5/21/2020
      • 1/21/2020 – 5/28/2020
      • 1/27/2020 – 5/14/2020
      • 1/27/2020 – 5/21/2020
      • 1/27/2020 – 5/28/2020
    • Spring Advantage: January/February – July/August
      • 1/21/2020 – 7/30/2020
      • 1/27/2020 – 7/30/2020
      • 2/3/2020 – 8/6/2020
    • Late Spring: March/April – July
      • 3/9/2020 – 7/30/2020
      • 3/30/2020 – 7/30/2020
      • 4/20/2020 – 7/30/2020
    • Late Spring Advantage: March – October (Lifeguard role ONLY)
      • 3/9/2020 – 10/29/2020
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The months in YELLOW are when the application link for the DCP is open.

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Been invited to take a Web-Based Interview (WBI)? Find out more here:

DCP Web-Based Interview Tips

Been invited to a Phone Interview (PI)?  Find out more here:

DCP Phone Interview Tips

Step #1:  Apply!

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#1. Apply, then #2. Take the Web-Based Interview.

Step #2:  The Web-Based Interview (WBI)

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#3. Then schedule your Phone Interview!

Step #3:  The Phone Interview (PI)

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#4: Wait and see if you catch a wave! Good luck!

Step #4:  The Waiting Game!

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Good luck, we hope you catch a wave!

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Whoo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!

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Don’t be late for this very important date! Mid-October is the last day to apply for next spring’s Disney College Program at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort. The link only stays open 10 weeks!

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Check out all the current Disney employment openings at:  Disney College Program Careers

This program is currently offered at both at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL and the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. During the application process, candidates will be given the opportunity to express interest in one or both locations. (It is not necessary to apply separately.) A Disney College Program participant’s wage will vary between $11.00 – $15.00 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.

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Link to get email notifications for future openings:  http://disneyinternsinfo.com/

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What role do you want to apply for???

Fun Roles for Cast Members at WDW

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Working together at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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2019 Dining Discounts for Disney Cast Members

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Dining at the Crystal Palace.

Dining at the Crystal Palace  – 20% discount for cast members!

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Reservations can be made at http://www.DisneyWorld.com/Dining

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Participating Disney Parks and Resorts Restaurants Dates: October 15, 2018 – October 13, 2019 Remember for an additional discount, bring your Disney Family Holiday Certificates for 50%, 40%, or 30% off.

Remember, cast members get 20% off merchandise and 20% of dining most of the year.  The merchandise discount goes to 40% in mid-October.

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Remember, there are black out dates for dining discounts!  This month, 4th of July is blocked.

Here’s our CP tip:  Ask every time!  There are too many restaurants and blackout dates and restrictions to keep track of!  We always ask (nicely of course!) at every place we eat at, including the QSFB ones!

You just never know!

Dining reservations can be booked directly online at: www.disneyworld.com/dining or by calling 407-WDW-CAST.

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The fine print.

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Storybook Dining

April 2019:  Having dinner at Storybook Dining at Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge. Snow White is one of my favorite Disney princesses! Read Restaurant Review.

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Welcome to Disney World!

PARTICIPATING WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT RESTAURANTS

ALL WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANT BLOCK-OUT DATES:  Nov. 22-25, 2018; Dec. 21, 2018–Jan. 5, 2019; Feb. 14, 2019; Apr 19-21, 2019, May 12, 2019, and July 4, 2019

THEME PARK DINING

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Casey’s Corner
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
  • Diamond Horseshoe
  • Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant (Lunch Only)
  • Tortuga Tavern

Epcot

  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Chefs de France (lunch only)
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (lunch only)
  • Electric Umbrella
  • Kringla Bakeri og Kafé
  • La Cantina de San Angel (lunch only)
  • Liberty Inn
  • Lotus Blossom Café
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant (lunch only)
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (lunch only)
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante (lunch only)
  • Sommerfest
  • Sunshine Seasons
  • Teppan Edo (lunch only) – Discount does not apply to add on menu items category
  • The Garden Grill
  • Tokyo Dining (lunch only) – Discount does not apply to add on menu items category
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante (lunch only)
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (lunch only)
  • Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • 50’s Prime Time Café (lunch only)
  • ABC Commissary
  • Backlot Express
  • Catalina Eddie’s
  • Fairfax Fare
  • Hollywood & Vine (lunch and dinner only)
  • Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner
  • PizzeRizzo
  • Rosie’s All-American Café
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Pizzafari (family-style dining excluded)
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Satu’li Canteen
  • Tiffins
  • Tusker House Restaurant

RESORT DINING

Disney’s All-Star Resorts

  • All food courts

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Landscape of Flavors

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Boma – Flavors of Africa
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place
  • Sanaa
  • The Mara

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

  • ESPN Club (Lunch: Monday-Friday only)
  • Flying Fish Café
  • Trattoria al Forno (dinner only)
  • Boardwalk Bakery

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Sebastian’s Bistro (dinner only)

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Contempo Café
  • The Wave…of American Flavors

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

  • Trail’s End Restaurant

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • 1900 Park Fare (Breakfast Only)
  • Cítricos
  • Gasparilla Island Grill
  • Grand Floridian Café

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Good’s Food to Go
  • Olivia’s Café

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Capt. Cook’s
  • Kona Café (dinner seating must occur after 8 p.m.)

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Everything POP Shopping & Dining

Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts

  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall
  • Riverside Mill Food Court
  • Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • The Artist’s Palette
  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

  • Wind and Waves Grill
  • Wind and Waves Market

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Roaring Fork
  • Whispering Canyon Café

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

  • Ale and Compass Restaurant
  • Cape May Café (breakfast only)
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner seating must occur after 8 p.m.)
  • The Market at Ale and Companss

Disney Springs

  • AristoCrepes
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.
  • D-LUXE Burger
  • Disney Operated Food Trucks
  • The Daily Poutine

WATER PARKS & SPORTS DINING

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Avalunch
  • Lottawatta Lodge
  • Warming Hut

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • Leaning Palms
  • Typhoon Tilly’s

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill

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Welcome to Disneyland!

PARTICIPATING DISNEYLAND RESORT RESTAURANTS

THEME PARK DINING

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Carthay Circle Restaurant (not valid on any Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or dining packages)
  • Smokejumpers Grill
  • Award Weiners
  • Flo’s V-8 Cafe
  • Wine Country Trattoria (not valid on Dining Packages)
  • Cocina Cucamonga
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe
  • Paradidse Garden Grill
  • Corn Dog Castle
  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
  • Lamplight Lounge (not valid on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)

Disneyland Park

  • Refreshment Corner
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
  • Plaza Inn (not valid on any dining packages)
  • Red Rose Taverne
  • Clarabelle’s
  • Daisy’s Diner
  • Pluto’s Dog House
  • Rancho Del Zocalo
  • Galactic Grill
  • Alien Pizza Planet/Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port
  • Golden Horseshoe
  • Stage Door Cafe
  • River Belle Terrace (not valid on any dining packages)
  • Bengal BBQ
  • French Market
  • Royal Street Veranda
  • Blue Bayou (not valid on any dining packages)
  • Cafe Orleans
  • Hungry Bear (not valid on any dining packages)

RESORT DINING

Disneyland Hotel

  • Goofy’s Kitchen (not valid on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)
  • Steakhouse 55 (breakfast and dinner only, not valid on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)
  • Tangora Terrace

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Storyteller’s Cafe
  • White Water Snacks
  • Napa Rose (not valid on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

  • PCH Grill

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Fun day at Epcot! Off to have some lunch!

 

Fall 2019 Disney College Program Program Acceptance Fees

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I’m going to Disney World!

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I’m going to Disneyland!

Congratulations if you’ve been accepted to the Fall/Fall Advantage 2019 DCP program!

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You have 6 minutes to pay up after you accept the DCP offer. Be sure because the fees are NON-REFUNDABLE!!  (Literally a clock counts down the time in the corner!)

The DCP acceptance fees are pretty high and are difficult for some people to come up with.  There are no scholarships available.

You will have 6 minutes to pay the fees after you accept your offer so have a credit/debit card in hand!

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The four WDW Disney housing complexes.

Walt Disney World (in Florida) DCP Fees Fall/Fall Advantage 2019:

Fees Due Upon Accepting Program Invitation

A total of $375 (the Program Assessment Fee and Housing and Administration Fees) is due at the time a participant accepts his/her invitation to participate in the program.

Participants have 7 days from the date of their offer letter via email to accept the internship offer and immediately pay the fees, or they will be dumped from the system and not allowed to reapply to the DCP for 6 months.

The fee must be paid by credit card/debit card as a single payment.  Other forms of payment, including cash and personal checks, are not accepted.

You have 6 MINUTES to pay the non-refundable fees after accepting your offer!  Once the payment is received and the online acceptance process is completed, applicants are emailed a Welcome letter.

Program Assessment Fee ($140)

The one-time non-refundable $140 Program Assessment Fee covers paperwork.

Activities Fee ($95)

The Activities Fee helps support the monthly housing events and other activities scheduled in the housing complexes throughout the program.

Pre-Paid Housing Fee ($135)

The non-refundable $135 Pre-Paid Housing Fee covers the first week’s rent.

Technology Fee ($5)

This fee covers the internet access and free printer access.

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January 2019: Christian in front of his apartment at Chatham.

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Christian’s DCP acceptance postcard.

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CP Moment: Finding out your program arrival date!  Whoo-hoo!

Weekly Housing Payment (June 2019)

The DCP Apartments at Disney World have one to four bedrooms, with two or three participants in each bedroom.

Disney Housing Video: Living in DCP Apartments

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DCP rents: May 5, 2019 – January 4, 2020.  $111 – $200/week.

Rent costs are automatically deducted weekly from every cast members’ paychecks, so you don’t have to worry about turning in a check at the beginning of the month. (If you don’t work enough hours in a week, you can call the Front Office and pay your rent over the phone.)

The apartment rent includes all utilities such as electricity, wifi internet (S-L-O-W!), TV cable hookup, waste disposal, recycling, heat/AC, local phone service, 24 hour gated security, free bus transportation to all the Disney parks, resorts, and Disney Springs (for work and playtime!); as well as the various resort-style amenities, such as pools, hot tubs, outdoor grills, gyms, basketball, etc. available at each housing complex.

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You can rent all these things for free at the front desk of each housing complex.

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Disneyland DCP Program Information

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Carnegie Plaza in Anaheim, California.

Disneyland (in California) DCP Fees:

Fees Due Upon Accepting Program Invitation

A total of $900 (the first four weeks of housing fee payments plus the Program Assessment Fee and Security Deposit) will be due at the time a participant accepts his/her invitation to participate on the program. Please note that this fee must be paid by credit card/debit card as a single payment. Other forms of payment, including cash and personal checks, are not accepted. Once the payment is received and the online acceptance process is completed, we will officially reserve the participant’s place on the program.

Program Assessment Fee ($125)

The one-time non-refundable $125 Program Assessment and Activities Fee helps support the events and activities scheduled for all participants throughout the program.

Security Deposit ($200)

This deposit is fully refundable upon successful completion of the housing component of the Disney College Program and a successful apartment inspection upon check-out.

Housing and Administration Fee ($600)

This required non-refundable Housing and Administration fee, will be applied to the participant’s housing costs during the first few weeks of the program.

Weekly Housing Payment  ($175)

Housing rates are $175 per week and apartments may be studio, one- or two-bedroom (with up to three participants in each bedroom). This cost includes all utilities, such as electricity, cable hookup, waste disposal and local phone service; as well as the various resort-style amenities featured at the housing complex.

Live, Learn, & Earn

DCP Motto:  Live, Learn, & Earn

Congratulations!

Congratulations!  The DCP program is highly competitive!  Many people apply 2-3x before being accepted.

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Christian’s Spring 2019 DCP Program at Disney World: January 2019 – May 2019

June 2019:  Fee Summary Recap from Disney College Program Blog

Walt Disney World Resort (in Florida)

Weekly Housing Payment
Housing costs range from $111 to $200 (costs subject to change) per week depending on the size of the apartment and which apartment complex a participant is assigned to live in during his or her program.

Housing costs are automatically deducted weekly from cast members’ paychecks, so they don’t have to worry about turning in a check at the beginning of the month. This cost includes all utilities such as electricity, cable hookup, waste disposal and local phone service; as well as the various resort-style amenities featured at each complex.

Fees due upon accepting Disney College Program invitation
A total of $375 (the Program Participation Fee and Housing Fee) will be due at the time a participant accepts his/her invitation to participate in the program. Please note that this fee must be paid by credit card/debit card as a single payment. Once the payment is received and the online acceptance process is completed, we will officially reserve the participants’ place on the program.

  • Program Participation Fee ($240)
    The one-time non-refundable fee helps support the administration, events and activities scheduled in the housing complexes throughout the program.
  • Housing Fee ($135)
    This required non-refundable fee will be applied to the participant’s housing costs during the first week of the program.

Disneyland Resort (in California)

Weekly Housing Payment
Housing rates are $160 per week and apartments may be studio, one- or two-bedroom (with up to three participants in each bedroom). This cost includes all utilities, such as electricity, cable hookup, waste disposal and local phone service; as well as the various resort-style amenities featured at the housing complex.

Fees due upon accepting Disney College Program invitation
A total of $940 will be due at the time a participant accepts their invitation to participate on the program. A break-down of this total is available below. This total must be paid by credit card/debit card as a single payment. Once the payment is received and the online acceptance process is completed, we will officially reserve the participant’s place on the program.

  • Program Participation Fee ($150) | Non-refundable 
    This one-time fee helps support the events and activities scheduled for all participants throughout the program.
  • Security Deposit ($150) | Refundable 
    This deposit is fully refundable upon successful completion of the housing component of the Disney College Program and a successful apartment inspection upon check out.
  • Housing and Administration Fee ($640) | Non-refundable 
    This required fee will be applied to the participant’s housing costs the first three weeks and final week of program.

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Our first week at the DCP in front of our apartment at Chatham Square.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Improvements in Adventureland Continue Ahead of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Next Week

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May 31st, Disneyland: Grand opening of Star Was: Galaxy’s Edge.

The new Adventureland sign at Disneyland is up!

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May 24, 2019: The new Adventureland sign is in place!

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The walkway is so much wider now!  Much, Much better to hand the expected crowds.

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April 19, 2019: The Adventureland arch is down, replaced by the small sign on the right. Already the entrance into Adventureland feels bigger.

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April 15, 2019:  You can see all the wasted walkway space. The new Adventureland sign will be much bigger, maybe 2x.

April 2019:  Disneyland has filed a permit to demolish the current Adventureland sign and widen the pathway in preparation for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge  crowds.

According to the permit, Disney will replace the sign with a new one that doesn’t rely on footers in the walking space. The exact wording in the permit calls for a “demo [of] existing marquee and install new with footings and sign”.
This widening should increase the opening into Adventureland by at least 10 feet.
By comparison, look how wide the Adventureland entrance is at the Magic Kingdom:
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Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom:  Now, that’s a nice, wide walkway…plenty of room for guests and strollers!

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So many guests standing around here at the ride’s entrance waiting for family to return.

However, we still expect a bottleneck of people by the Indiana Jones ride.

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Only looks like this when the ride is closed.

This is all part of a park-wide effort to widen several pathways for the massive crowds expected when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on May 31st.

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May 31, 2019  NO THANK YOU!

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  Expect crazy crowds all summer long!!!!

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Stormtroopers will be on constant patrol enforcing 4 hour visit limit.

If you’re looking to visit a galaxy far, far away at the end of this month, you’ll want to note that you only have about four hours to do so.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open in Disneyland on May 31 and in an effort to avoid overcrowding, the happiest place on earth will use Stormtroopers to enforce the 4-Hour time limit.

The Stormtrooper-enforced time limit is just one of the precautions the park plans to use to avoid potential crowd chaos upon its opening.

star wars1Disney engineers and landscapers have widened walkways in Adventureland and improved queuing systems throughout Disneyland in an attempt to accommodate more visitors.

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May 22, 2019: Meet the cast members of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening team.

During the first three weeks of the attraction’s opening, guests will be required to make reservations for each member to enter the Star Wars land.

Guests will receive colored wristbands coordinating with their reserved four-hour time slot. Once that time window expires, Stormtroopers will patrol the park and politely tell visitors to leave so new visitors may enter.

“Four hours is a long time in the land,” Kris Theiler, vice president of the Disneyland Park says. “Most guests are going to find that they’re ready to roll after four hours.”

What happens if guests refuse to leave the park after their time slot expiration? Well, Disneyland is keeping pretty quiet on that part…maybe use “The Force” on them?

Park visitors who booked rooms at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels automatically received reservations, while those who booked a stay elsewhere are required to reserve their slot online.

Reservations opened on May 2nd for the May 31st – June 23rd opening and the opening period dates were filled within two hours.

Following the 3-week “soft opening” time frame, Disneyland will launch a virtual queuing system similar to FastPass where guests can sign up for a boarding group.

Each boarding group will have a two-hour window in which guests can enter the Star Wars land, but no time limit once guests are inside.

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May 2, 2019 UPDATE:  All general admission passes to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge have been reserved at Disneyland.  They were gone within 2 HOURS this morning!

Hope you got yours!

Star Wars Reservations

All reservations through June 23, 2019 are gone unless you’re staying at a DLR hotel.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening this summer at both Disneyland and Disney World

Disney announced this month that Disneyland Park in California will open its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Disneyland ahead of schedule on Friday, May 31st, while Disney World would open its Star Wars-themed area at the end of summer on August 29th.

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March 2019: Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge under construction at Disney World. Still so much to do!

The massive 14-acre Star Wars section of Disneyland’s park will be the largest single-themed land expansion ever, according to a press release from Disney, and will have restaurants – including the park’s first-ever cantina – as well as rides and other experiences to offer customers a fully-immersive experience.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is massive!

“Guests can become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run,” a previous press release stated. The park has also revealed that this new experience is a “choose your own adventure,” with each choice potentially impacting a guest’s visit.

Phase Two of the massive fully-immersive land, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will be opening later this year.

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Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

On opening day for Phase One, you’ll be able to live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample amazing galactic food and beverages, and explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and more.

Watch cool new  video:  Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge

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At the controls of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Only 6 people per simulator ride???

And for Phase Two opening later this year, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined that will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park in California between May 31 and June 23, 2019 will need valid theme park admission AND will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land.  It is expected that the Star Wars Land will reach capacity every day.

Information on how to make a reservation will be available soon on Disneyland.com. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest); valid theme park admission is required.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will not be available during Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland Park. [The area will be closed during EMH.]

Disney FASTPASS service and Disney MaxPass are unavailable for attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

A reservation will not be offered or required to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at  Disney World this time.

March 15, 2019:  All lodgings at the Disneyland Resort are now completely booked the night before the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on May 31st. This includes Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier and Disney’s Grand Californian.

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Feeling the Force with Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie.

We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

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

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Meeting Darth Vader is actually pretty scary!  He’s close to 7 feet tall!

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Meeting Chewy. He is sooooo tall!  Even taller than Darth Vader! [May 2, 2019:  RIP Chewy!]

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With Darth Vader Goofy & Storm Trooper Donald

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Mickey and Minnie as Luke and Leia.

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Ian having fun. (He bought this Jedi robe!)

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Meeting Kylo Ren

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Caroline in her Taste the Dark Side Mickey ice cream bar t-shirt at DHS.

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There can be only one winner in this battle…

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Two Jedi Knights:  They love their costumes!

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With our Jedi Knights at MNSSHP.

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Our brother Christian with Darth. Feeling The Force.

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December 2019 – We can’t wait!!!