Shanghai Disneyland Resort launches ‘phased reopening,’ and requires guests wear masks ‘during their entire visit’

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Hello Mickey!

Shanghai Disneyland has taken the “first steps” toward reopening the resort after temporarily closing in late January 2020 amid concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

As part of its plans for a “phased reopening,” the resort has reopened a “limited number of shopping, dining and recreational experiences” — but not the actual Shanghai Disneyland theme park itself.

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The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel reopened this week.

Shanghai Disneyland Resort has reopened the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, Disneytown (the resort’s shopping/dining district) and Wishing Star Park (a free-to-the-public lakefront park operated by the resort).

“Each of these resort locations will operate under limited capacity and reduced hours of operation,” the resort notes in a message posted to Shanghai Disneyland’s website. “The Disney Car and Coach Park and the Disneytown Parking Lot will also reopen.”

Shanghai Disneyland Resort is also requiring temperature screenings for anyone planning to visit the reopened areas. Guests will also “need to present their Health QR Code when entering dining venues, and will be required to wear a mask during their entire visit,” according to Shanghai Disney Resort.

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Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland also confirmed that the theme park itself “remains closed” while officials assess the safety of reopening under the guidance of the Chinese government.

The theme park originally announced it would be temporarily closing on January 24th “to ensure the health and safety of our guests and cast.”  The shutdown commenced a day later, on the date of China’s Lunar New Year.

In the weeks since, Hong Kong Disneyland announced its temporary closure amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, followed by Tokyo Disneyland Resort closing in Japan.

In March, Disneyland Paris announced that it would not be closing its park in France, but continue with its stringent sanitation practices, a sentiment the theme park reiterated after a cast member who worked at night and had no contact with guests  tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

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Cast members can check for park hours here: Blockout dates for Cast Members

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The view from the top of the park.

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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

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Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

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Applying to the Fall/Fall Advantage 2019 DCP Program

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March 22, 2019 – Last day to apply before the link closes!

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The Fall 2019 DCP app is open!

Feeling adventurous in 2019?  Made a resolution to change your life?

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

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Find out where the sky meets the sea…. Application for Fall 2019 DCP program is open now!

The DCP Fall/Fall Advantage 2019 application opened January 22, 2019.

Apply here:  Apply to the DCP Now!

March 17, 2019 UPDATE:

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The DCP Fall 2019 application link is closing March 22, 2019. If you are interested in applying, best to do so this week.  Good luck!

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These are the main DCP programs at Disney World and Disneyland in 2019:

Program Dates

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

Fall 2019 Program  

Students should apply/interview January 2019 – late March 2019

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

Fall Advantage 2019 Program 

Students should apply/interview January 2019 – late March 2019

Program begins 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 Program

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

Summer 2019 Program begins mid-to-late May/early June 2019 and ends in early August 2019 (10 weeks).

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The app is open!

The DCP is currently accepting applications for the following program dates:

  • Anaheim, CA
    • Housing: August – January
      • 8/11/2019 – 1/4/2020
    • Local/Commuters: May/June – January
      • 5/14/2019 – 1/4/2020
      • 6/11/2019 – 1/4/2020 (No Lifeguard hires)
  • Orlando, FL
    • ​Fall Advantage: May/June – January
      • 5/13/2019 – 1/2/2020
      • 5/20/2019 – 1/2/2020
      • 6/3/2019 – 1/2/2020
    • Fall: August/September – January
      • 8/5/2020 – 1/2/2020
      • 8/12/2019 – 1/2/2020
      • 8/19/2019 – 1/2/2020
      • 8/26/2019 – 1/2/2020
      • 9/3/2019 – 1/2/2020

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

Step #4:  The Waiting Game!

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Good luck and we hope you catch a wave!

Step #5:  Acceptance!

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Step 5:  Acceptance email arrives!!!  Whoo-Hoo!!!  Congrats!!!!!!!!

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Spring 2019 Program!!!!! 🙂

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After you apply:

If you’ve been invited to take a Web-Based Interview (WBI), find out more here:

DCP Web-Based Interview Tips

If you’ve been invited to a Phone Interview (PI), find out more here:

DCP Phone Interview Tips

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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 Disney role, i.e., job, would you like to apply to???

Fun Roles for Cast Members at WDW

Apply

Apply today!  🙂

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Many colleges will give you 3 – 5 credits for doing the DCP program! Check with your college adviser.

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

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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

Disney Store Private Christmas Event

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Disney Magic

We were invited to a private holiday event at the Disney Store in Broomfield, CO on Tuesday night (11/07/2017).

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Gate opening at 8pm for the private event.

It was by invitation only for Disney VISA card holders and you had to RSVP.

Because it was snowing, only about 5 people showed up!

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These holiday dolls were so cute!

All the new Christmas merchandise was out including the new 2017 holiday pins.  All the new Coco movie merch was out too.

They also sent us a 25% off entire order coupon!

Some photos of the new holiday merch:

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Holiday mugs and tsums tsums.

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New Anna and Elsa dresses from the new movie coming out next week.

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Love these mini’s!

 

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Belle and Snow White


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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

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

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

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

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

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

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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What is the Disney HUB?

The Disney Hub log-in webpage:

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The Disney HUB log-on page, MyID.

The Disney Hub is a web-based collection of information and tools available to all Disney Cast Members. You can register for your Hub user ID and password at any of the Disney Cast Service Centers or at any Hub kiosk across property.

Once you are registered, you can access The Hub from anywhere, including your personal computer or the computer labs in Housing, at: thehub.disney.com/wdw.

You will find that The Hub contains a wealth of helpful information including:

  • Extra Hour$ Hotline
  • Disney University library resources, activities, locations
  • Cast services: Casting, ID office (Access Control), Casting Scout, Payroll forms
  • Personal information, such as your mailling and email address
  • Your work schedule
  • Your pay stub
  • Eyes & Ears stories
  • Breaking news about the Walt Disney World Resort and The Walt Disney Company
  • Disney facts and trivia
  • News, weather, sports, movies and music news
  • Cast activities and events
  • Mickey’s Retreat information and events
  • Cast-exclusive offerings and programs
  • Company D sales and information
  • Role-based messages and activities
  • Training opportunities
  • Disney Look guidelines
  • Departmental details and services

In addition to these general features, The Hub also has a section just for Disney Internships and Programs participants. This section includes information, messages and tips on many topics, including the following:

  • Career planning
  • Upcoming events
  • Photos from recent housing events
  • Education program
  • Transportation schedules
  • HTM: Housing the Magic episodes
  • Copies of the weekly email and The Communicator newsletter
  • Program extension information
The Hub explained page from the Program Handbook

The Hub is explained in a page from the DCP Program Handbook

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Mickey thanking me at the end of every long day. 🙂

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No better feeling!!!!! 🙂

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Accurate!

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Work schedules always drop early on Sunday morning. The system seriously slows down to a crawl.

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EPCOT: Every Paycheck Comes On Thursday!

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic 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

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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 the Boss.

New Perfume at Epcot Norway: Frozen in a Bottle

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Ahhh, smell the wild fjords of Norway!

A new fragrance is debuting at Epcot Norway today, Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.

The new scent is based off of elements of Norway and attempts to capture the film ‘Frozen’ in a one-of-a-kind scent.

The fragrance, named ‘Frozen in a bottle’, captures the essence of the film and its cohesive involvement with nature. The scent was designed to showcase the awesome forces of nature exhibited within the film rather than the two princesses, Anna and Elsa.

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Puffins Roost at Epcot Norway

Gier Ness will be at Puffin’s Roost signing autographs and meeting with park guests today. This will continue on into the weekend through Sunday afternoon. Guests will be able to sample the perfume for free.

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Come and meet Geir Ness!  He’ll even sign your bottle for you!

The new Frozen fragrance is selling for $70 for the 3.4-ounce bottle and $50 for the 1.7-ounce one.

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Perfume sampling area. Guests can try Laila and Frozen for free!

Mr. Ness, a native of Oslo, Norway, creates fragrances that embody the full experience of nature in Norway that users can experience without ever leaving the United States.

Gier created the fragrance Laila for women. According to Ness, the Laila perfume -which is wildly popular with Epcot guests – was inspired by his mother.

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Caroline buying a new bottle of Laila perfume.

We actually own several bottle of Laila – it’s one of Caroline’s favorite perfumes!

Buying Laila Perfume – The Essence of Norway

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Frozen in a Bottle.

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

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

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

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

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

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2017 Mardi Gras Celebration at Disney Parks

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Mickey and Minnie on Fat Tuesday

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday – is today – February 28, 2017!

It’s celebrated at all the Disney parks, but especially at Disney World and Disneyland!

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Meeting Princess Tiana at the Magic Kingdom.  Her gown is so beautiful!!!

Disney World:

At Disney World’s Port Orleans Resort, there is a mini-float parade consisting of themed golf carts decorated by resort cast members at 10am on Fat Tuesday.

The parade features music, select Disney characters in Mardi Gras costumes, and free party beads and candy for guests along the parade route.

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Try some sugar-dusted beignets at Sassagoula restaurant at Port Orleans!

We got to eat at Sassagoula Floatworks Food Factory at Port Orleans for Mardi Gras and really liked it! Dining at Disney’s Port Orleans.

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My delicious Beignets! No, six isn’t too many!!!!

House specialties include famous New Orleans-style Beignets, fresh baked goods, pizza, pasta, hamburgers, split-roasted chicken, BBQ ribs, Po’ Boys and scrumptious sandwiches.

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Chip and Dale in their Mardi Gras costumes.

And, Princess Tiana will be at her meet and greet area all day signing autographs for guests:

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February 2017

At Disneyland:

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Mickey celebrating as Mardi Gras King

The New Orleans Square of Disneyland is always decorated for Mardi Gras!

The streets of New Orleans Square are filled with jazz music and the smells of delicious cajun food.

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New Orleans Square at Disneyland. So pretty!

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Princess Tiana and Gator Louie

Don’t forget to meet Princess Tiana from Disney’s Princess and the Frog!

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Meeting Princess Tiana at New Orleans Square, Disneyland.

Interested in Disney Bounding at the parks as Princess Tiana?

It’s easy to do!

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A few Princess Tiana Disney Bounding ideas!

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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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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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