2020 Three Kings Day Celebration at Disneyland

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The sculptures of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts.

The Disneyland sculpture of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts.

Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes Magos) is on January 6, 2020.

At Disneyland, celebration activities for the event are scheduled for  the weekend of January 4 – 7, 2020.

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We love Mickey & Minnie’s costumes for the celebration event!

Three Kings Day entertainment includes ‘folklorico’ dancing and Mariachi musical performers, Disney characters in festive, colorful costumes, and holiday photo opportunities.

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Rosca de Reyes sweet bread – yummy!

For a sweet treat, try the bread known as Rosca de Reyes—there could even be a tiny toy hidden inside!

[Rosca de Reyes (King’s Ring) is a Latin American pastry traditionally eaten to celebrate Epiphany.  For decoration, figs, quinces, cherries or dried and candied fruits are used, sort of like a Spanish fruit cake.

It is traditionally eaten on January 6th, during the celebration of the Día de Reyes (literally “Kings’ Day”), which commemorates the arrival of the three Magi or Wise Men.]

Video of Three Kings Day at Disneyland:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2hs3VY0bCI

Three Kings Celebration at Disneyland

Capping off Disney’s “¡Viva Navidad!” celebration will be the special four-day celebration of Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) January 4, 2020 through January 7, 2020 in Paradise Garden. Traditional Rosca de Reyes bread will be served in honor of this special holiday.

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The Epiphany—or twelfth day of Christmas—is celebrated around the world in many ways. Join us as we mark the occasion known as El Día de los Reyes Magos in Mexico, Central and South America with traditional festivities.

Fanciful Displays

Enjoy sculptures of the 3 Wise Men bearing gifts to Bethlehem as well as replicas of children’s shoes—customarily left outside the home, to be magically filled with toys by the Three Kings during the night.

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Los niños can have fun coloring in pictures of the Three Kings or even design their own custom crown with sparkling “jewels.”

Traditional Treats

Savor a taste of the circular cake known as Rosca de Reyes—and enjoy good luck for the year if your piece contains a secret baked-in surprise! 

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Making Roscas de Reyes breads.

Mexican bakeries will be busy all day on Saturday January 4th 2020 selling Roscas de Reyes.

It’s a traditional sweet bread served for Día de los Reyes Magos or Three King’s Day. The oval shaped bread is topped with fruit and filled with cream cheese.

It symbolizes the visit of the three wise men who followed the star to Bethlehem to see baby Jesus, arriving on the 12th Day of Christmas, the Epiphany.

For Latin American families, the day is a big celebration. “It’s another Christmas for us,” said Laura Lechuga, owner of Panaderia Rosales. “You leave your shoe out again and hope for more presents,” she said.

The Rosca, or the traditional bread, also comes with a baby Jesus figurine hidden inside. Whoever gets the piece of cake with it, “it’s good luck for the entire year,” explained Lechuga.

Lechuga has owned Panaderia Rosales for over 40 years. She says they sell thousands of pounds in Roscas over the holiday weekend. “Every year the demand grows,” she said.

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Cheers to a new year!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Closing for Extensive Refurbishment in January 2020

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999 ghosts…and always room for 1 more!

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion will close and undergo extensive refurbishment in early 2020.

The last day to ride Haunted Mansion Holiday will be on January 20, 2020, with the ride closing for several months for refurbishment on January 21, 2020.

The refurbishment is expected to last into late March or April 2020, reopening before the Easter crowds arrive.

This closing period is considerably longer than one week it typically takes to transform the Haunted Mansion Holiday back into normal appearance.

Work on the attraction will include paint and trim work on the interior and exterior, lighting work on the interior, and mechanical work on the interior. No story or visual changes are expected after this downtime.

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Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019

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

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019 is open through January 20, 2020!

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

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019

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 20, 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 last October. 😦

This movie overlay on the attraction runs from September 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020 making the attraction available for guests to experience for approximately one third of the year.

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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.  

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 two weeks 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.

Fast Facts about the 2019 Gingerbread House:

It’s 10 feet tall

It took 6 Pastry Chefs 13 days to make using:

30 lbs. of gingerbread

75 lbs. of powdered sugar

120 lbs. of icing

3 gallons of egg whites

Watch video of it’s creation: Making the 2019 Gingerbread House at Disneyland

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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Holding some Halloween balloons!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration at Disneyland Hotel

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$180 per adult.

Won the lottery lately???

If so, then we have a feast for you and your family to enjoy!

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Cheese and fruit course.

Savor an amazing Thanksgiving feast with a dash of Disney magic – with 11:00am and 4:00pm seatings on Thursday, November 28, 2019!

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Gobble, gobble!

Food, Fun and Gobbles Galore!

Celebrate with exceptional cuisine and some of Disney’s best-loved Characters.

Let the world-class chefs of the Disneyland Hotel do the cooking while you and your family gather, give thanks and relax over a heartwarming holiday meal. Sit down to a sumptuous Thanksgiving buffet featuring traditional fare, gourmet specialties and delish kid-friendly dishes perfect for hungry little pilgrims.

dlr3Guests of all ages will be delighted by the Grand Ballroom’s immersive atmosphere, replete with glorious autumn décor that adds a festive touch to the occasion.

Be sure to stop by the special photo location for a commemorative pic with some pretty popular Disney pals! Guests will receive one complimentary Disney PhotoPass family photo per reservation. With 3 hours of holiday dining excitement, you’re sure to create family memories that will last a lifetime.

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The cost of this dining event is $180 per adult and $70 per child (ages 3 through 9)—prices include tax and gratuity. There is no charge for children under 3 years of age.

What’s included in this dining package:

  • All-you-care-to-enjoy Thanksgiving buffet
  • One specialty cocktail or nonalcoholic specialty drink
  • Photo locations featuring some popular Disney Characters and Disney PhotoPass Service photographers
  • One complimentary Disney PhotoPass photo per reservation (taken at a designated location)
  • A special holiday keepsake to remember your experience
  • Complimentary 5-hour self-parking
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$70 per child.

A Mouthwatering Menu

Savory Thanksgiving favorites and delectable delicacies are highlights of our all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet. Each seating (11am, 4pm) features the same menu offerings—highlights include:

  • Enticing starters and salads, including chilled poached jumbo shrimp and crab legs
  • Succulent, carved-to-order roast turkey and prime rib of beef
  • Favorite holiday fixings and sides
  • Decadent desserts and pastries
  • Children’s buffet with a variety kid-approved options
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverage selections
  • One specialty cocktail or nonalcoholic specialty drink is provided with the buffet. In addition, a full bar selection is available for purchase, including wine by the bottle.
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Yes, Mickey will be there too!

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After dinner, go and see the Dream Lights on the Sleeping Beauty Castle.  Beautiful!

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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!

Two Disney Sisters

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Happy Holidays!

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The Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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The Partners statue with Walt holding Mickey’s hand. ❤

The Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2020:

First two weeks (weekdays only) in January 2020

Weekdays in February (minus the days around President’s Day, Monday, Feb 17th )

The first two weeks in March

Weekdays the second half of April after Easter (Sunday, April 12th)

Weekdays in May before Memorial Day weekend (Monday, May 25th)

Weekdays the first week of June (for California Adventure only)

The first half of September after Labor Day (Monday, Sept 7th)

Weekdays for the remainder of September and October, avoid Columbus Day weekend (Monday, October 12th)

Weekdays in early and mid-November (minus the week of Thanksgiving, Nov 26th)

Weekdays during the first two weeks of December

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Princess Aurora at Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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To check on the daily park crowd forecast at Disneyland, click here:   Is It Packed??? 

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Phase 2: Star Wars – Rise of the Resistance opens at Disneyland on January 17, 2020!

The Worst Times to Visit Disneyland in 2020:  Listen Up People!!!

Last 2 weeks of January 2020: Star Wars – Rise of the Resistance opens January 17, 2020!

MLK weekend: Jan. 18 – 20, 2020

President’s Day weekend: Feb. 15 – Feb. 17, 2020

Spring Break : March 7 – March 30, 2020

Easter Weeks:  April 4 – April 19, 2020

Memorial Day weekend:  May 23 – 25, 2020

4th of July week:  June 27 – July 6, 2020

Labor Day weekend: Sept. 5 – Sept. 7, 2020

Columbus Day weekend: Oct. 10 – Oct. 12, 2020

Halloween weekend: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2020

Veteran’s Day:  Nov. 11, 2020

Thanksgiving week: Nov. 21 – 29, 2020

Christmas week through the first week of the New Year: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

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Adventureland in front of Pirates, Christmas Week, December 27th.  NO THANK YOU!!!  Wall-to-Wall guests.

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Christmas Week, December 2018:  45 minute wait just to get to the baggage check!  😦

 

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The Matterhorn ride at Disneyland, February. Beautiful!

Link to view updated calendars:  Disneyland Block-out Dates 

January 2020 – February 2020:

Disneyland Park:  

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Disneyland Park only has 4 scheduled blockout days for self admission passes in January 2020.

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Disneyland is totally blocked out in January 2020 for using your guest passes! 😦

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Phase 1 Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge is now open to rave guest reviews!!!  Phase 2 opens January 17, 2020.  Expect big crowds at Disneyland, especially opening week!

Disney’s California Adventure Park: 

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No upcoming blockout days are currently scheduled for using your self admission pass at California Adventure Park.

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CAL has some upcoming blocked out days in January and February 2020 for using your guest passes. But, not as many as Disneyland! Always check before you go!

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The weather at Disneyland is beautiful in the springtime! Our #1 recommended time to visit.

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Welcome to Disneyland!

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Disney’s California Adventure Park

During blockout days, you can’t use your Disney Guest Passes to swipe friends and family into the park for free.  Also, Disney limits the number of rooms available for CMs to use their cast member hotel discount.

New CMs can expect to get their guest passes after working 150 hours (about 5 weeks into their program), after completing Traditions class on around Day 3.

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Disneyland even has its own star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood!  Go see it!

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We always go left and start with Adventureland first!  It’s our favorite land.

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dlr2We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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!

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Two Disney Sisters

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We ❤ Disneyland

2020 Disneyland Blockout Dates for Cast Members

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Welcome to Disneyland!  The holiday decor is coming down January 6, 2020.

We thought that we would post the blockout dates for the next few months for Disneyland and California Adventure Park.

Link to view updated calendars:  Disneyland Block-out Dates 

January 2020 – February 2020:

Disneyland Park:  

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Disneyland Park only has 4 scheduled blockout days for self admission passes in January 2020.

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Disneyland is totally blocked out in January 2020 for using your guest passes! 😦

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Phase 1 Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge is now open to rave guest reviews!!!  Phase 2 opens January 17, 2020.  Expect big crowds especially opening weekend!

Disney’s California Adventure Park: 

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No upcoming blockout days are currently scheduled for using your self admission pass at California Adventure Park.

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CAL has some upcoming blocked out days in January and February 2020 for using your guest passes. But, not as many as Disneyland! Always check before you go!

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The Sleeping Beauty Castle is so beautiful at night during the extended holiday season!

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October 13, 2019 – February 13, 2020!

The 2019-2020 Disney Family Holiday Celebration  started on October 13th this year.

Interested in using your complimentary guest Holiday Celebration passes?

Link to official Disney site:  2020 Disney Holiday Celebration

There are blockout days for this pass you should be aware of!

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The Disney Family Holiday Celebration pass does NOT work at Disneyland….only at California Adventure.

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No upcoming blockout days for the complimentary passes at CAL in January-February 2020.

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The Dream Lights at Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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It’s so beautiful at night!

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Over 100,000 LED lights decorate the It’s A Small World attraction!

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Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019

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

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019 is now open through January 6, 2020!

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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 2019

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.

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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.  

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 two weeks 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.

Fast Facts about the 2019 Gingerbread House:

It’s 10 feet tall

It took 6 Pastry Chefs 13 days to make using:

30 lbs. of gingerbread

75 lbs. of powdered sugar

120 lbs. of icing

3 gallons of egg whites

Watch video of it’s creation: Making the 2019 Gingerbread House at Disneyland

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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More on the new Star Wars Land

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Phase 2: Rise of the Resistance opens January 17, 2020!

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Phase 1 Galaxy’s Edge is rated #1!!!!!! 🙂

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Stormtroopers on patrol at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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Good to know for all the guests building their own light sabers at Galaxy’s Edge.

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We always go left and start with Adventureland first!

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Try a Macaroon at Disneyland.  They are delicious! Yum!

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Kingdom of Cutie

To check on the daily crowd forecast for Disneyland, click here:  Is it Packed? 

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At the Olaf meet & greet at California Adventure Park.  He’s at Disney World’s Blizzard Beach in the summertime too!

Meeting Thor

Meeting Thor.  You can only meet Thor in California because of Universal Studios restrictions in Florida. You’ll never see him at Disney World.

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With my fiance, dad and brother last year.

We went to Disneyland again last summer.

When we were there, it was was mostly cloudy (the “marine layer”) until noon and barely 70 degrees on most days!  You needed a jacket at night and it even sprinkled several times – a rarity in June in southern California!

We went to see all the Disney stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame! So fun!

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Don’t forget to visit the nearby Hollywood Walk of Fame…The Disney Company has a lot of stars on it….Walt, Snow White, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Tinkerbell, Disneyland….it was fun!

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Walt’s well-earned star!

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Mickey Mouse

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Disneyland Tip:  We always stay at the Del Sol Inn hotel across the street and just walk in.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle with it’s new golden look.  Love it!

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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Holding some balloons at Disneyland!

Spring 2020 Disney College Program Program Acceptance Fees

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I’m going to Disney World!

                                                   – OR  –

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I’m going to Disneyland!

Congratulations if you’ve been accepted to the Spring/Spring Advantage 2020 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!

The four WDW Disney housing complexes.

The four WDW Disney housing complexes.

Walt Disney World (in Florida) DCP Fees Spring/Spring Advantage 2020:

Fees Due Upon Accepting Program Invitation

A total of $390 (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 ($100)

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

Pre-Paid Housing Fee ($145)

The non-refundable $145 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: Our brother, Christian, in front of his apartment at Chatham for his Spring 2019 DCP program.

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Christian’s DCP acceptance postcard.  ❤  ❤  ❤

Got a question?

Here are the answers!!!

DCP FAQs:  https://support.disneyprograms.com/hc/en-us?cid=19552

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

Weekly Housing Payment (January 2020)

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

2020 rent DCP

Current DCP rents for January 2020.  When Disney Housing updates this with the expected rent increases, we’ll post it after January 1st.

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 $940 (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 ($150)

The one-time non-refundable $150 Program Assessment and Activities Fee helps support the events and activities scheduled for all participants throughout the program.

Security Deposit ($150)

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  ($190)

Housing rates are $190 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

The DCP Motto:  Live, Learn, & Earn

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September 2019:  Fee Summary Recap from Disney College Program Blog for the Spring 2020 DCP Program

Walt Disney World Resort (in Florida)

Weekly Housing Payment
Housing costs range from $114 to $205 (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 $390 (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 ($150)
    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 costs range from $160 to $180 per week (cost subject to change) depending on size of the apartment & max occupancy. 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 WiFi; 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. Successful apartment inspection upon check out at the end of the program required for refund.
    • Housing and Administration Fee ($640) | Non-refundable 
      This required fee will be applied to the participant’s housing costs for the first few weeks of the program.
DCP Kitchen Magnet

Christian got a free DCP kitchen magnet for his fridge.

Christian at working at Cosmic Rays name tag costume

Christian at working at Cosmic Rays

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Working together at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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

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2019 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 2019

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 two weeks 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.

Fast Facts about the 2019 Gingerbread House:

It’s 10 feet tall

It took 6 Pastry Chefs 13 days to make using:

30 lbs. of gingerbread

75 lbs. of powdered sugar

120 lbs. of icing

3 gallons of egg whites

Watch video of it’s creation: Making the 2019 Gingerbread House at Disneyland

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 10 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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Happy Halloween!