What We Learned from the DCP

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The BEST feeling getting that email from the DCP!!!

Disney leaves out a few things about the DCP program when you get accepted:

They forget to inform you about the long hours, the crappy pay, and the obnoxious guests

They fail to mention your costume won’t breathe and you’ll always be uncomfortable because your pants never fit

They don’t tell you missing celebrating holidays at home with family kills you inside

They don’t tell you that strollers are your worst enemy

They don’t tell you that your twin bed probably isn’t long enough for you

They don’t tell you not take the bus, not if you can help it!

On the very last day of our Spring DCP program.

On the very last day of our second DCP program.

And, they also forget to tell you…

They don’t tell you that you will have the absolute best time you could ever imagine!

They don’t tell you that the MOMENT you leave, all you’ll want to do is go BACK!

And that you book your next Disney trip almost immediately!

They don’t tell you the horrible depression you will endure when you can’t go to Magic Kingdom whenever you want!

They don’t tell you that you’ll regret not riding your favorite ride One Last Time!

They don’t tell you you’ll start to tear up whenever you see a Disney commercial/poster/friend’s vacation, without fail, every time!

They don’t tell you everyone from home starts to get sick of how much you will talk about Disney and how many useless (but true!) facts you now share everyday with everyone!

They don’t tell you that you meet the most spectacular people!

They don’t tell you that people you got the courage to talk to that first week never leave your side, in the absolute best way possible!

They don’t tell you your best friends/soul mates were waiting for you at Disney all along!

They don’t tell you when you first get back your answer to, “What’s the best part?!” will be, “Getting in for free!” and then you will start to realize the best part was the relationships and friendships you built!

They don’t tell you how many times you’ll Facebook or the amount of texts you will send, just so your friends won’t forget you exist!

They don’t tell you that you will find people who could potentially be at or in your (hopefully Disney!) wedding!

They don’t tell you that you’ll miss these people with all your heart and would give the world just to hug them again!

They don’t tell you you’ll find any and every possible way to talk/see/keep in contact with these people!

They don’t tell you that you become a creepy stalker of your friends still working at Disney!

They don’t tell you that you will want to know Every. Single. Detail. about their new roommates, Traditions, work place, coworkers, time off, ride experiences, hidden Mickey findings, character interactions, Dole Whip eating, parade watching, firework shows…!

They don’t tell you that you’ll regret not staying on and going seasonal!

They don’t tell you how you’ll miss the little things about where you worked, even if you despised parts (or managers) of it!

They don’t tell you CMs can be good crazy or legit crazy, but you’ll love working with them anyway!

They don’t tell you your fellow cast members can help you through any situation and for that you are thankful!

They don’t tell you that you’d give ANYTHING to go back for one day, even if it’s a 12 hour day that includes a Code V!

They don’t tell you even though you’re supposed to be removed from your FB Shift Exchange group, you’re still going to be in it because it feels like you’re still there!

They don’t tell you that valuable life lessons will be learned, which would not have been as meaningful had they happened anywhere else!

They don’t tell you months after you worked there, you will always feel like you left just last week!

They don’t tell you that you’re always going to be attached to WDW!  It’s “home” to you now!

They don’t tell you you’d give anything to go back to those perfect 4-5 months!

And, finally, they don’t tell you that Disney changes your life! 🙂

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Final CP Moment: Clocking out for the last time. 😥

** We’ve put together a list of 50 experiences that all CPs have, let us know if we’ve missed any!  Enjoy the feels!**

50 Moments All CPs Have 

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From accepted to Alumni….

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2016 Jingle Cruise at Disney World

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Jingle all the way…

It’s backkkkk…..The Jungle Cruise in Adventureland is the Jingle Cruise for this holiday season!

The new puns on the cruise are all holiday themed (“That must hurt like the Dickens!” “Those insects must be bah humbugs!” “Oh look, they must be carolers!”)

It’s a lot of fun!

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Welcome to the 2016 Jingle Cruise!

Holiday presents for the Skippers.

Holiday presents under the tree for the Skippers.

Has anyone ever noticed that the Jungle Cruise map appears to be painted on an elephant's ear?

Has anyone ever noticed that the Jungle Cruise map appears to be painted on an elephant’s ear?

Here were go wassailing....

Here we go a wassailing….jingle all the way…

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Love this menu for the week!

Love this ‘turkey’ menu for the week!

Our holiday themed cruise boat.

Our holiday-themed cruise boat – with a new name – arriving at the dock.  The skippers are all wearing holiday stocking caps.

This year during the holiday season, your favorite Jungle Cruise experiences transform into the Jingle Cruise—a festive-yet-familiar adventure, from stem to stern!

The Skippers are once again homesick for the holidays, so they’ve added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home, plus a few they’ve created themselves.  You’ll also see some holiday supplies that got lost in the jungle along the way!

The Skippers have also added a slew of all new holiday-themed jokes to their tours that are the perfect way to get guests in the holiday spirit.

Additionally, Jungle Cruise boats have been renamed with the holidays in mind, and if guests listen carefully, they may hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background.

The Jingle Cruise is open during normal park hours and also during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties.

The Jingle Cruise is even fun at night!

The Jingle Cruise is fun at night, but we think it’s better during the day!

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The Jingle Cruise logo.

Happy Gnu Year to you from all the Skippers!

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I’m wearing my new Holiday  Jingle Cruise shirt!

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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14 Daily Struggles of Disney Cast Members

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Welcome to Disney World!

The Struggles via Buzzfeed:

For fellow Disney cast members on the clock, off the clock, and everywhere in between.

1. The word “folks”

You had never said it in your life before you started working for the Mouse, and suddenly it’s the only word you use to communicate to a group of 3+ people.

“Hi, folks!” “Alrighty, folks…” “Folks! Folks!! FOLKS!!!”

Who are you? Mark Twain?

2. Not knowing how to end a conversation

Guest: Hi, where is the bathroom?
You: Just down that walkway to the right.
Guest: Thank you!
You: Of course! Have fun!!
Guest: *Looks at you, confused.*
You: *Looks at guest, confused, quickly looks away and pretends to be busy with something else.*

Don’t judge us, we typically have a very cheery demeanor, okay? And maybe we do want you to have a fun time in the bathroom…I don’t know.

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You: Hi, Princess!
Brother of “Princess”: He’s a boy!!
Parent of “Princess”: *Probably shooting you some look, but you don’t catch it because you cannot bear to look at them anymore.*
You: *Slowly walks away. Tries to disappear. Just pretends nothing happened. Considers saying “I said ‘prince!’” Just…thinks maybe I should just quit right now.*

Hey, in our defense, your young son has beautiful hair.

adele.jpgCheck out photos of Adele’s 3-year-old son in a Princess Anna dress at Disneyland in February 2016!

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4. The question of all questions

Guest: What time is the 3 o’clock parade?
You: *Wonders if guest is asking this on purpose to be silly…oh you silly guests! You must have read that BuzzFeed article about Cast Member struggles and you are asking this to be funny! …suddenly realizes guest is genuinely asking this question.*It’s at 3 o’clock!
Guest: I know it is! That’s why I said 3 o’clock parade! Get a sense of humor!!
You: *Forces smile and laughs through teeth while thinking about how you don’t get paid enough.*

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5. Selfie Sticks

We’re supposed to take them from you. You’re not supposed to bring them in. There are literally three announcements on the tram in about how they’re not welcome in the parks. There are signs at the turnstiles.  Big signs. And yet, here we are.

Guest: *Pulls out selfie stick.*
You: *Hears “Psycho” theme, eyes widen as you focus in on the banned object. Approaches guest.* Hi, um, so actually selfie sticks aren’t allowed in the parks and –
Guest: What?! No one told me that! I had no idea!
You: Yeah…so…I actually have to take it from you.
Guest: For the day?
You: For…ever. Or I can call security and they can escort you out so you don’t have to get rid of it. You can take it to your hotel and then come back…or we can store them in a locker for you at the very front of the park….
Guest: That’ll take too long! But I’m not giving it up because it was expensive.
You: *Thinks: I’m pretty sure those are $4 at Claire’s, but sure.* I’m sorry, but they are a banned –
Guest: I’m not giving it up!
You: Okay, I’ll just have to call security…
Guest: That is ridiculous!
You: I know. *Looks at metaphorical fourth-wall camera and gives it a raised eyebrow.*

6. Not knowing if compliments are genuine or sarcastic

You: *Staring off into space, praying someone comes and bumps you soon.*
Old Man: Hey, *reads nametag* I just wanted to say you’re doin’ a great job, kiddo!
You: …Thank you!…? *Thinking: Was that sarcastic? Must have been. I’m doing a terrible job! I should give myself a Show reprimand for being a waste of space here.*

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7. Trying to find the appropriate shade of nail polish

We won’t get into the rules of the ‘Disney Look’ here because that’s a beast of its own, but it’s just difficult to understand how bright (hooker) peach nail polish is allowed, yet a lovely, subtle lavender shade isn’t…

Snarky Cast Member: Oh, I love that nail color!
You: Thanks! I –
SCM: But is it the Disney Look?
You: I DON’T KNOW, MARTHA, IS YOUR FACE DISNEY LOOK?!

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8. Trying to be a good Cast Member by picking up trash (and then instantly regretting it)

We all do our part to keep the Parks looking clean, and who doesn’t love doing a good “Disney Scoop” every now and then?

You: Oh, look, some trash in my way. I can totally pick this up! *Does Disney Scoop, picks up seemingly harmless-looking trash, realizes it is, in fact, not seemingly harmless.* OH MY GOD, THIS IS WET! WHY IS THIS WET?! WHAT HAVE YOU MONSTERS DONE TO THIS NAPKIN?! I AM NEVER PICKING UP GARBAGE AGAIN. SORRY, CUSTODIAL. SORRY, WALT. I CAN’T.

(“Disney Scoop” = a cute name for the fluid motion of bending down to pick up trash and seamlessly continuing to walk.)

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9. Crowds: Spring Break, Holidays, Peak Summer Season…

No one likes it when the parks are close to or at capacity. It’s a less-than-ideal situation for guests and cast members alike. Prime example:

“Dear Diary, today, in the same minute, I was hit in the head by a light saber and run into by an ECV backing up. Please send help.”

(What’s an ECV? Electronic Conveyance (Convenience?) Vehicle…or something like that. The scooters. You know.)

10. The Straight-Legged Sprint

Whether it’s to get someone their bump-out on time, to get to the PC in time to clock in, or to make your way through rotation quickly (because you stopped to use the bathroom), a lot of us CMs have mastered the Straight-Legged Sprint. From afar, it looks like you’re just a really fast walker, but upon closer inspection, you are absolutely sprinting without bending your legs. (No running at Disney!) It’s an acquired skill only brought out at the most necessary moments.

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11. Pretending not to be totally grossed out by vomit

People throw up. Kids especially throw up.  A lot. And sometimes it’s in the area you’re working. And all you can do is call custodial (Code V stat!), lay down some towels, if you have them, and stand over said vomit with a half smile plastered on your face while telling guests to watch their step.

You: Watch your step, folks.
Guest: Oh my GOD! Is that –
You: Yes. Yes it is. *Thinks to self: and I’m standing over it. For $10 an hour I am literally guarding someone’s puke. Is this the dream? Am I really living the dream right now?*
Guest: *Gives you look of pity but also appreciation.* You don’t get paid enough.
You: *Laughs and gives an “oh stop it” hand to guest, while also thinking: NO KIDDING, LADY!*

In a normal world, I would legitimately run away from puke. I don’t do vomit. Ever. But at work I get into the mental state of it being no big deal/another day another puke pile…this must be what it’s like to be a doctor…yeah.

12. Visiting the parks as a guest

You: *Sees cute child running around.* Hi, Buddy! How are you? Have you seen Mickey yet today?!
Cute Child: *Stares at you and wonders why this scary stranger is talking to him…*
Parent of Cute Child: *Kind of looks at you like you’re creepy, but also appreciates you talking to their kid.*
You: *Debates whether or not to say you work here, decides against it and just slowly walks away…*

OR, how about when you see guests doing something that definitely isn’t allowed and you have this moral compass problem of speaking up or not…but decide against it because you’re not on the clock/in costume. And then feeling guilty. “Safe-D begins with me!”

13. Being able to block out all the noise until someone brings up how you’re able to block out all the noise

Guest: Wow! You must be able to block out all that noise.
You: What noise?…*Suddenly, you hear it. You hear it all…Your area’s music/babies crying/people screaming.* Why have you done this to me, woman?! I was subconsciously blocking it all out until you mentioned it! Why?! What kind of monster are you?!

[Caroline was once in such a zone at work that she was mistaken by guests as being a mannequin! Then she ruined the moment by asking them “May I help you?”, which scared the crap out of them!!!  They didn’t think she was real!]

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14. “If you hate your job so much, why don’t you just quit?”

I don’t hate my job. I love it. I love the people I work with…well, most of them, and I truly do enjoy interacting with guests from all over the country and the world…well, most of them. Every day is a new adventure. It’s just fun to complain, especially when so many others can relate. Do I want to work here forever? No. But for now, yeah! And besides, Annual Passes are way too expensive now. My Cast ID is a golden ticket. And it’s nice to have someone wash your work clothes for you. #ThanksCostuming!

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Have a magical day!

– Disney Cast Member maddiescheutz via Buzzfeed

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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The Wonderful Smells of Disney World

Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Welcome to sweet smelling Walt Disney World!

If you’re a cast member working at Disney World, or a frequent guest of the parks, you know what people mean when they talk about that “Disney smell”.

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Welcome to Orlando, Florida!

It actually starts when you arrive at Orlando airport and walk outside for the first time.  Florida smells like Florida…it has a sweetly fragrant scent due to all the blooming flowers and trees.  Many returning tourists pause for a moment when they walk outside the terminal and just take a deep breath of sweet Florida air.  Ahhh, breathe it in…

Even more special, there is just something about the way the all the parks, attractions and Disney resorts smell…all so good! Long ago, Disney realized that if the parks smelled good and unique, you’d remember it long after your vacation was over. And, more importantly, you’ll remember how good you felt at the time.

Did you know that Disney World pumps irresistible scents onto its lobbies and streets to entice park goers? There are strategically placed devices called “smellitizers” dispersed throughout the resort and they emit pleasing scents throughout the day and night.

Ask any cast member to name where a particular scent is associated with and we can all pass this test with flying colors!

1. The Smell of Burning Wood

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Hmmm…the smell of Rome burning…

That would be the smoky smell of burning embers from the Rome burning diorama while riding Spaceship Earth.  Just before that scene, as you’re loading onto the ride, you smell the smoldering ashes from cave-dwelling prehistoric man discovering fire.

2. The Smell of the Water Rides

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Guests say that you could line up bottles of water with scents from the fog from Pirates of the Caribbean, the indoor water rides (It’s a Small World, Splash Mountain, the Three Caberos ride), and the Kali River Rapids, and they could correctly associate the water’s scent with the attraction.  And, they would be right.

3. The Smell of the Disney Resort Lobbies

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

This is not a hard one at all.  In fact, the fragrances are so specific that you can actually buy candles online with the scent of each resort.  For example, the Polynesian Resort lobby smells vaguely “Hawaiian” with floral and wood notes.  The Yacht and Beach Club smells of “seashore”, but not in a bad way, more like a fresh salty sea breeze.

The Grand Floridian lobby smells of “rich money” to me, except when the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is up in the lobby during the holidays.  Then, of course, it smells strongly of freshly-baked gingerbread.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

When the Gingerbread House goes up at the GF in November, the whole Grand Atrium smells like gingerbread cookies!

4. The Smell of Caramel Popcorn Cooking at Karamell Kuche in Epcot Germany

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Making a fresh batch of warm caramel popcorn.

My ICP friend from Germany worked in this sweet shop making the caramel popcorn with Werther’s Original Caramels all day.  In fact, he was kind enough to share the secret recipe with me. (Of course, the recipe makes a huge batch!)

On one of my last days at the DCP program, I stopped in to say good-bye to him and him made a Magical Moment for me by bagging up a small bag of caramel popcorn that he had just finished making.  It was delicious!

Every time I smell the caramel on my Starbucks caramel latte, I always think of him and the sweet Karamell Kuche shop at Epcot.

5. The Spa Scent of Disney Resort Soaps and Toiletries

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Disney Resort toiletries smell wonderful!

If you’ve stayed at any of the properties onsite, you know this scent!  I call this smell “rich spa”.  It’s so wonderful a scent that guests often pause while washing their hands and just smell the fragrant bubbles.

6.  The Special Holiday Parade Scents

And love these guys too!

Dancing reindeer on Main Street USA with the delicious scent of baking sugar cookies filling the air during the holidays!

If you’ve ever had the chance to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the fall, you know that the ‘Boo To You’ parade smells just like candy corn.

And, if you’ve been on Main Street USA during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during the holidays, you’ve noticed the smell of sugar cookies baking and also the scent of peppermint candy canes is in the air!

7.  The Scent of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Sniff, sniff….Tarzan likes the smell of my sunscreen!

The number one smell that I associate with DAK is probably not the one you’re thinking of!  No, it’s not the smell of animals and animal manure!

After working at DAK through every season now, I would have to say that the smell I most associate with my workplace is: sunscreen!

Working at the front of DAK, it seems like every guest that gets off the trams coming in from the parking lots pauses and literally hoses down themselves and their children with sunscreen.  And, not just the lotion kind that comes in bottles.  Over the past few years, aerosol spray sunscreen has become very popular.  They spray clouds of it in the air like it’s free!

By 9am every day, the vaguely coconut smell of sunscreen fills the plaza in front of the entrance turnstiles.  It’s a smell I’ll always associate with DAK! 🙂

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Spending my day off back at the Animal Kingdom.  Yes, I’m wearing my SPF 50 sunscreen!

And, finally, a smell that is no more and that we miss a lot….

8. The Smell of Oranges on Soarin’

Flying high over the orange groves.

Flying high over the orange groves.  You could feel the wind in your face and smell the scent of oranges from the orange groves below.

While flying high above orange groves in Soarin’, you were surrounded by the smell of freshly squeezed oranges.  It was the scent we most identified with Disney World!  We miss it!

But, Soarin’ Around the World has all new scents that we’re sure we will come to love!
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Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2016 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips

BREAKING NEWS!  More party dates have been added for cast member discounted tickets!

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Party dates Oct 23, 25, 27 and 28th have been added for discounted tickets for cast members!

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Cast members can now buy discounted tickets at the Company D store for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at a 30% discount off of general ticket prices for the public.

The ticket prices are good for the earlier party dates in September, which is wonderful as those are the less crowded nights (see memo below).

MNSSHP party details:

There are 29 nights for the 2016 event this year!

September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30*

October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31**

Hours: 7:00 pm – Midnight

Two Boo To You Parades:  at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm

HalloWishes Fireworks: at 9:30 pm

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MNSSHP Tickets Prices:

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25 – $72.00 plus tax age 10+, $67.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $79.00/$74 same-day*

September 29, 30 – $79.00 plus tax age 10+, $74.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $88/$83.00 same-day

October 2, 6 – $86.00 plus tax age 10+, $81.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90 same-day

October 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 – $91.00 plus tax age 10+, $86.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90 same-day

September 23 – $85.00 plus tax age 10+, $80.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 7, 14, 21, 28, 30 – $95.00 plus tax age 10+, $90.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 31– $105.00 plus tax age 10+, $100.00 plus tax age 3-9**

Passholder Rates available 9/2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 23, 25, 29, 30; 10/2, 6 – Rates are $67-80 (depends on night) plus tax. Disney Vacation Club members also have discounts on additional nights (including all dates APs already get) – 10/4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, & 20 ranging between $62-83.

*Cast Members can get discounted tickets (30% off) to MNSSHP for most nights in September at the Company D Store.

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2016 Cast member prices:  $ 50.40/ticket for September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, and 25 party nights

**Note: Guest tickets for Halloween night always sell out early!

CP Tip:  The party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s guests wearing costumes in for the party starting at 4pm. (Normally, adult guests may not wear costumes in the parks.)  Come early and plan on staying until midnight!

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Nobody decorates for the holidays – any holiday! – like Disney!  🙂

Plan on being at MK all day:  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom in the morning and storing your costume in the lockers near the entrance.  At 4pm, change into your costume and have your photo taken on Main Street before the crowds arrive at 7pm!

Everyone arriving in costumes for the evening.

Everyone arriving in great costumes for the party.

Special party lighting on Main Street USA.

Special MNSSHP party lighting all along Main Street USA.

After dark fun!

Having after dark fun in our costumes!  PhotoPass on Main Street.

Characters everywhere!

Characters in special costumes everywhere!

We love the Boo to You parade!

We love the Boo to You parade!

The parade smells like candy!

The parade smells like candy corn!

Caroline loves the Disney villians!

Caroline loves the Disney villains!  They are out in force during the party.

Got to meet all 7 dwarves!

Got to meet all 7 dwarfs during the MNSSHP party!

Castle in Halloween colors.

Cinderella Castle in Halloween colors with “fog” rolling in.  (This is our favorite castle color at night!)

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom.

Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom on Halloween Night.

Have a magical time!  Watch out for the headless horseman!!

The Headless Horseman leads the Halloween Parade.

The Headless Horseman leads the Boo To You Halloween Parade.  🙂

Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

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Special Treats are available during the Halloween season!

Maps for the 2016 MNSSHP treat stations (Disney provides the candy treating bags for free!):

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2016 MNSSHP details

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13 Candy Stations this year.  Have fun!

One final party note!

There are new, expended costume rules this year!  Please plan your costume accordingly!

Come Dressed for the Occasion

Looking forward to dressing up for the occasion? Learn about costumes you can wear to this event—and some you can’t too.Before you brew up ideas for your next disguise, please take a moment to read over our official costume guidelines at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

GENERAL

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

GUESTS AGES 13 AND UNDER

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

GUESTS AGES 14 AND OLDER

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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50 Moments Everyone Has on the DCP!

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Always keep dreaming!

Right in the feels….

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CP Moment #1 and the Best One:  Meeting Mickey during Traditions class.  (Trying not to cry…)

CP Moment Pascal (2)

CP Moment #2:  Realizing that you made it through the DCP application process!

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CP Moment #3:  Notifying your school that you’re taking a semester off.

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CP Moment #4:  Getting the DCP acceptance postcard in the mail.

CP Moment On Your Own (2)

CP Moment #5:  Moving to Orlando (or Anaheim!)

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#Truth

welcome

After months of waiting and planning, you’re finally here!!! Welcome!!!

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#Arrival

CP Moment Housing (2)

CP Moment #6: Moving into DCP housing on the first day of the program!

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Welcome to Casting!

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So happy to be at Disney World!!!

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New friends!

CP Moment Earning My Ears (2)

CP Moment #7:  Earning Your Ears

CP Moment Getting Your Name Tag

CP Moment #8:  Getting you name tag with your university on it

CP Moment Nametags

CP Moment #9:  Wearing your name tag for the first time

CP Moment Costume Fitting

CP Moment #10:  Going to Costuming for the first time and getting 5 complete costumes

CP Moment Military Time (2)

CP Moment #11:  Figuring out your schedule for the first time

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CP Moment #12: EPCOT – Every Paycheck Comes On Thursday

CP Moment First Housing Event

CP Moment #13:  Going to Housing events

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Making Magic for guests.

Cp Moment Mary Poppins (2)

CP Moment #14:  First day at your new job meeting other CPs.

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CP moment #15:  Safety D begins with me!

CP Moment First Day of Class

CP Moment #16:  First day of class at Disney University

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CP Moment #17:  Making CP and ICP friends

CP moment First in Park

CP Moment #18:  Entering the parks before guests

CP Moment Last One (2)

CP Moment #19:  Leaving the parks after all the guests have gone home

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Typhoon Lagoon!

CP Moment Illuminations

CP Moment #20:  Watching Illuminations with your new friends

CP Moment Balloons

CP Moment #21:  Holding a bunch of Mickey balloons on Main Street USA

CP Moment Candy

CP Moment #22:  Disney snacks!

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Having dinner with your roommates.

CP Moment Making a Wish

CP Moment #23:  Making a wish at Cinderella Castle

CP Moment Disney Point (2)

CP Moment #24:  Doing the Disney Point for guests

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Making memories that will last a lifetime!

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CP Moment #25:  Seeing all the guests in cute costumes

CP Moment 4 Fanatic (2)

CP Moment #26:  Earning your first Disney Fanatics card

CP Moment Monorail

CP Moment #27:  Riding the monorail and saying the safety message during the announcement

CP Moment Whistle While You Work (2)

CP Moment #28:  Picking up shifts at other locations and parks

CP Moment Free Admintence (2)

CP Moment #29:  When family and friends come to visit you during your program and you get them into the parks for free.

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CP Moment #30:  Backstage magic – behind the scene tours of your favorite rides

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CP Moment #31:  Getting into the water parks for free

CP Moment Housekeeping

CP Moment #32:  Monthly apartment inspections!

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CP Moment #33:  Going to auditions

CP Moment Bilingual nametag

CP Moment #34:  Getting your bilingual name tag

CP Career

CP Moment #35:  Deciding to extend or make Disney a career

CP Moment Character Meet and Greets (2)

CP Moment #36:  Character Meet & Greets

CP Moment Mickeys Retreat

CP Moment #37:  Mickey’s Retreat!

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CP Moment #38:  Wearing a costume to the parks (not your work costume!) #MNSSHP

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CP Moment #39: Eating hot dogs for dinner at Caseys

best day

CP Moment #40:  Playing in the parks with your friends!

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CP Moment#41 :  Parades day and night

Railroad

CP Moment #42 : Riding the railroad because you’re tired of walking

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CP Moment #43 : Watching Wishes with your CP roommates.

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Getting into Blizzard Beach…for free!

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CP Moment #44:  Going to the Winter Formal Ball with your friends.

CP Moment Free Admission (2)

CP Moment #45: Comp admission to other Disney theme parks.

CP Moment Holidays

CP Moment #46:  Spending holidays away from home, but with your CP friends.

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CP Moment #47:  Shopping at Cast Connections!

extending

Extending your program because you’re not ready to leave after just 4-5 months!

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Debating if you should stay on with Disney and apply for an extension or professional internship.

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Getting accepted for a PI next semester!!!

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Watching it snow on Main Street USA!

CP Moment Earning Degree

CP Moment #48:  Service ceremony with Mickey!

wishes

Watching Wishes over the Cinderella Castle for the final time as a Cast Member.

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Getting ready to go home and back to school.

CP moment Clocking Out

CP Moment #49:  Clocking out for the last time

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Graduation service ceremony!

learn

Learning something new every day, including learning about yourself.

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And  finally, CP Moment #50:  Becoming a DCP Alumni!

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Knowing that as a DCP alumni, you’re a part of the Disney legacy.

dreamers

Never stop believing in the Magic of Disney!

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2017a

Yes!!!!  2017 will be the best year ever!!!!

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Loving the Starbucks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Starbucks at DAK

I love visiting the Starbucks at Creature Comforts!!!

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Getting a sweet and cold caramel frappachino to start the day out right at DAK!

It was so cool seeing how they’ve redecorated my old work location!  It is set up with two lines, both offering the same things.  First you go to a Cast Member for sandwiches and desserts, then you order your drinks.

 

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The lines move really fast.

I’m obsessed with the DAK-exclusive cupcakes at Creature Comforts, all $5.19 each!!

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Zebra Specialty Cupcake

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Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake

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My favorite!! The Tree of Life Cupcake!

And, this is the only place to buy DAK Starbucks mugs!  I bought 2 of them for my collection.

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Love these mugs!

You Are Here mug:  front with Tree of Life.

My new You Are Here DAK mug – the front of mug with Tree of Life.

Here are the adorable Starbucks cups!  WITH a lid!  The official drink policy at DAK is no lids or straws fro drinks, but they are bending this rule for the new Starbucks.

The straws are green and made out of double thick paper, not plastic.  (Plastic straws are dangerous to the wildlife animals at DAK if they accidentally eat them.)

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My 2nd Starbucks at DAK drink for the day!

There are now 6 Starbucks locations open on WDW property, read our reviews about them here:  Starbucks at Disney World.

 

DAK Tree

DAK – my home park.

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Starbucks + Disney = Perfect Day!

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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