December 31, 2013

DCP Tidbits Volume 1: December 31st, 2013



This is my new Disney College Program tidbits post. I will basically post tidbits from the Facebook group, my personal experience in the program, things I notice, and anything I find around the internet about the program for 2014.

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December 31st, 2014


DORMS was fully released yesterday for January 8th and 13th arrival dates. In the DORMS email posted on Facebook by Jan 8th/13th CPs, it states that registration will start on December 31st, 2013 12AM EST official and end Jan 3rd, 2013 5PM EST. However, some people got their DORMS paperwork early and have already completed it. The same for Jan 13th arrivals. However, the deadline does seems to be 10 days for completing the paperwork. Also, I lied when I said there were no issues with DORMS. Ha! The system has sent people 2 to 6 emails (you get 1 email for username and 1 for password) with their password information. So, everyone has been trying all the passwords only to get locked out and left with no password. CPs that had similar issues mentioned waiting for 30 minutes and requesting a new password, while others noted that clearing cookies would help. What a mess! 

HOUSING has responded to an email sent by a future CP, in regards to hanging items on the wall. Their official response, in short, said NO. They stated that bulletin boards are available in every bedroom and in open areas of the apartment for use.

WORK LOCATIONS have been posted in some people's dashboards. Crazy right!? I first saw a girl post about it early in the morning (when the Facebook group dies down) that her dashboard said "QSFB H/H MK". (QSFB - Quick Service Food & Beverage) Only 1 person responded and noted the post. The other CP responded that MK means, of course, means Magic Kingdom. I have lost track of the post since I saw it. Another CP posted today that he will be working Slide Ops because it says so in his Dashboard. So, I mentioned a while back that after completing the New Hire Documents, your dashboard changes a bit, it's say "Your Role H/H"(H/H meaning host/hostess). I've also wondered if people in QSFB know where they are located based on their pay. You know people who work in Magic Kingdom or extremely high volume areas (I think) get premiums (more money). It use to be, anyone working in QSFB gets a premium, but now I don't know because so much has changed since my 2008 program (obviously).

 RECRUITING has called people last week (a day or two after Christmas) asking them to switch to Attractions because they don't have enough people. You had the option to accept the change or decline the change and keep your original role offer from Disney. Of course, the groups become overly excited and began asking how they can change. Disney has to call you first! College Programers that changed roles, noted that Disney Recruiting called from 407 area code.

MINIMUM WAGE is suppose to increase in Florida. Many CPs want to know does that mean programmers pay rates will go up. Back in 2008, Florida increased the minimum wage. Before I arrived, Disney sent me a letter/email stating that pay will go up and told me what my new QSFB rate for Spring Advantage 2008. Right now most CPs are receiving $7.79 per hour and the minimum will increase to $7.93 per hour. I could sure use the extra money!!!!!!!! An alumni noted that your pay may differ from what was offered in your original letter regardless of minimum wage increases. 


December 29, 2013

Fun Stuff: The Disney Monorail Pub Crawl


The Disney Monorail Pub Crawl


Yes, another crawl and drinking game. Based on the all time favorite and extremely popular EPCOT "Drink Around the World" game. This version of the games takes you around the Monorail between three beautiful Disney resorts: The Grand Floridian, The Contemporary, and the The Polynesian Resort.

It may not seem like much of a challenge compared to the EPCOT DATW game because it's only three stops. However, each resort offers a lounge type experience with an array of cocktails and mixers with plenty of food at your disposal.

Just sitting in one of the fancy lounges can make you forget you're on a CRAWL! The atmosphere of each location can also get you caught up by, socializing with your friends or family, and forgetting where you are at the moment. In essence, this crawl is a bit more difficult than at first sight.


A review from the ALT Disney World, 

Outer Rim, Contemporary



First - the Outer Rim, a small lounge on the Contemporary’s fourth floor concourse, overlooking Bay Lake. The Outer Rim serves the standard WDW cocktail menu, the Jetsons-style standby, the Blue Glow-tini, is all perfectly appropriate. Admittedly it’s over-priced at about $10, but we wanted to set the mood for our pub crawl, so the Glow-tini was the order of the day. If you haven’t experienced one, the Glow-tini is a concoction of Skyy Infusions Citrus Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curacao and pineapple juice, lit from within by a souvenir glow cube. 
The Disney Monorail Pub Crawl Glow-tini
Glow-tini Cocktails

The Outer Rim (open 4:30-10:30 p.m.) isn’t the most memorable stop on the Pub Crawl, so feel free to make it a quick stop. If you’re meeting friends, it’s a handy meeting place.

The Contemporary has two other options for pub crawling: the Wave bar and the California Grill lounge. The Wave bar is nice and quiet. The California grill can be just the opposite. It’s a madhouse for at least an hour before the fireworks and 30 minutes or so after. If you miss that window, though, you can still enjoy the beautiful view -- and you may even get a seat to rest your weary feet. If you got an early start and you can fit in a fourth stop before 10, when both these places close, you can end your night with a fourth stop back at the Contemporary and get a taste of a second bar. 

Tambu Lounge, Polynesian


We timed our trip so we could catch the fireworks from the Polynesian. If you wander down to the beach, there’s a beautiful view from there.

The lounge is bustling and crowded, but in a festive way. It may be hard to find a seat, but it will be worth the wait. 

The Disney Monorail Pub Crawl Lapu Lapu
The Lapu Lapu Drink
Tambu is the rare Disney lounge that actually does have a signature drink: the lapu lapu - made with Myers’s Original Dark rum and tropical fruit juices topped with Bacardi 151 rum and served in a flamboyant fresh pineapple, complete with cocktail umbrella. This is a serious drink and worth the money.

I ordered another drink that isn’t exclusive to the Tambu Lounge but seemed suitable to the environment: The Eco-tini. Made of VeeV Acai Liquor, Triple Sec, Agave Nectar, ginger and lemon juice, this sexy martini is served with a souvenir Acai seed bracelet. Very cute.

If you want to linger, the Tambu Lounge can be the last stop on the Monorail crawl with the last call at midnight.




Mizner’s Lounge, the Grand Floridian 


The Disney Monorail Pub Crawl Mizners Lounge



It would be easy to sink into one of the plush chairs at Mizner’s and stay all night, so it’s a good thing we made this our last stop.

Mizner’s demands old-fashioned libations, like Old-Fashioned, bourbon or scotch on the rocks. It’s also a fabulous place for a brandy or a spiked coffee. Mizner’s also has a great wine list, if that’s your thing. So forget the canned cocktail menu and let the spirits move you.

If you get there by 10pm, you also can enjoy the Grand Floridian’s jazz band or take in the fireworks from the beach.

You can linger at Mizner’s late into the evening -- until about 11 p.m. closing time -- The bar at Citrico's is also a great alternative option.

All these locations has view of Wishes at the end of the night.



SOURCES: http://altdisneyworld.blogspot.com, http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2009/03/26/monorail-crawl/,http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2013/01/monorail-bar-crawl.html

December 23, 2013

Grey Topics: Did you read anything? Why so many questions?




I notice many participants in the Facebook groups are NOT reading the website, the blog or anything else . . . not even their emails.

An college programer (CP) posted this Facebook post and I personally agree! I know she really wanted to say, "Shut the f**k up with all these stupid a** questions. Everything is on the official f**king page. Wait your turn motherf**kers". Okay, okay . . . I admit, that's what I really wanted to say but still (insert evil laughter here) . . . I present to you:
 


Many of the questions these CPs are asking, have already been answered many times before on the DCP official social media networks and blogs. They even had a #AskDCP FAQ hastag on Twitter last month. Many alumni have answered the same questions over and over again. It's like no one is reading all this information being put out for future CPs!

A CP coming to the aid of someone asking too many questions.
Those asking a million questions are quite annoying to other participants, although some of us are more vocal than other CPs. Like the above Facebook post, i agree, he does have the right to ask as many questions (dumb or not) as he wants and we could just scroll pass the post or any post with his name.

However, just like him, we have the right to post or respond to anything we want and treat anybody however we feel necessary regardless if that person likes it or not. No, it's not right but you can't tell someone or anyone what they "don't have the right" to do. People can and will do as they please and that goes both ways. Doesn't matter who's right or wrong.

In my opinion, he does ask too many questions, but some are seriously dumb as f**k! Some of the questions are so off the wall, all I can do is just laugh. I personally think he is trolling (sometimes) and being annoying on purpose because nobody is this freaking slow. I'm for real . . . hahaha look at the Facebook post below to see the craziness!

I present the evidence:




and a little more for your entertainment:





Are you done laughing? This is what I'm talking about . . . I just laugh and pass it on up. Others CPs begin to join in on the sarcasm and the shit just goes completely left. He had to know that his post was going to cause some tension. Please note, before this post he has been doing this for like 2 week or more (posting question every 1-2 days) so he honestly is doing it to himself. I swear, it's like he is doing on purpose, but that's just my opinion.

Anyway moving on to my point . . .

I think reading all these resources is essential to having a good program. I'm serious! You will be given access to the HUB - the cast member god-like portal for absolutely everything, the Incredible Discount book - a complete run down on 90% of our discounts on and off property, Eyes & Ears - another cast member book that has juicy info and discounts, The Disney Program Newsletter - This is your key to DCP happenings!! Read every email top to bottom. This will inform you about program extensions, the professional internship applications, all discounts, DCP giveaways and events. There is also Housing the Magic - this is our personal tv channel that has the latest info on events, inspections, freebies, seminars and more.

There are a ton of other publications, emails, portals, and paperwork that will be given to you throughout the program. I can't even list them all! :)

It is essential to read everything that is given to you. Keep yourself informed. Don't miss any opportunities or events.

I look back on some of my old 2008 DCP emails (yes I have them ALL) and wonder to myself . . . . "How Did I miss this?",  "Where was I?", and "I passed this up?"

I found out about so many things AFTER my program, for example, the trolley that takes you down International Drive (Seaworld, Aquatica, Universal, shops, eats, bars, nightclubs) is 50 cent for cast members. I was paying full price!!!!!!

We all have those thoughts after something is over and done like . . . . I should've done this or I could've done more. Keep yourself from having these feelings by staying up-to-date and reading all information handed to you. 


I also encourage everyone to read the Official Walt Disney World website to find out more the about restaurants, recreational activities, character meets, special events, marathons and dinner shows.




FAQ: Pre-Arrival Research



Now that school is over, finals are done, and two week notices are being served everyone is waiting for check-in day. At this point, many people are counting down the days looking for ways to kill time until their check-in day.

Well, if you haven't already you should be studying the onboarding page front to back. It keeps you from freaking about when you should or shouldn't receive certain emails.You should also study the Disney program blog.

Here's a run down of what pages you should be reading from each source.

The Disney Programs Blog:


Employment Eligibility Documents - If you do not have the correct documents from this list, your check-in day will be really rough. It will delay your check-in day and training.

DORMS - This is the pre-regristration for Housing. Not participating in DORMS before arrival can delay your check-in day. Recruiting will put you on a computer to complete the information. If you click on each step in the DORMS instructions, you will see the prices for each apartment.

The Disney Look - On check-in day, casting will check to see if you are in compliance with the Disney Look. Be prepared to make changes to your hair or even glasses when you get to casting. If you're not willing to change your look, then going home is your only choice.

Tips for Spring 2014 - This is a few tips from Recruiting about your arrival, read to fresh your mind about your upcoming arrival.

WDW Bus Tips - An overview of the transportation. This subject is not covered that well in the post, but the video is more sufficent. If you watch the video, you see what some of the buses look like, cps thoughts on transportation, and some of the bus stops.

On-Site Laundry - This post talks about all the complexes on-site laundry facilities cost and number of units. In the comment section, they mention the Commons (it's now open for all).



The Onboarding Page:

 

Check-In Details: Read this page to find out :: What time is in check-in? Where is check-in located? What to wear? What's the Disney Look? What about my family? Where do I put my luggage during check-in? How early should I arrive? What document do I need to bring?  How do I get there?

Items to Bring: Read this to find out :: What items do I bring? Do they have (insert item)? Is (insert item) allowed? Can i ship items before I arrive?

I-9 Documents: Read this to find out :: What are I-9 documents? What documents do I need? What are I-9 documents used for? Can I use copies?

Your First Few Days: Read this to find out :: What is the first week like? When do I find out my locations? When do I get my schedule? When do we go to casting? What is the housing meetings? When is the housing meeting? Is the housing meeting mandatory? What is Traditions? When is Traditions? When do I start training/work? Is there a drug test or background check?

Pay Information: Read this to find out :: How I do sign-up for Direct Deposit? What is a payroll card? When I get my first check? When is payday? How often are we paid? NOTE: Please watch the video on this page (usually at the bottom on the left side) about the Direct Deposit and the Payroll card.

The Disney Look: Read this to find out :: Anything related to the Disney Look. Read each page or section top to bottom.

Housing: Read this to find out :: Read each section. For some details read my housing page for prices, nearest shops/eats, bathroom details and more.



There are more subjects covered on the blog/website/social media, but it's your responsibility to read through and become more informed on the program. I will cover this more next!!



Email: Prepare for Your Arrival




I got this email five days ago from Disney recruiting about preparing for my arrival. Woo hoo! I'm counting down the days until check-in. I haven't even packed or prepared a packing list. 

This email included my candidate number (the number used for mission timekeeper) and my check-in day, Jan 20th, 2014.

It reminds me to check the onboarding website and to complete the new hire documents. There's also information on which identifications are accepted for completing the I-9 forms. Information on pre-registration for housing and renter's insurance.






December 22, 2013

Countdown: 1 Month until Check-In Day



Okay, so there are 30 more days until check in! My god, just a month, I was just worried about passing the phone interview. Here I am, preparing for my departure and check-in day.  At this point., there is nothing else to do. In the DCP Facebook group, many people still have not received their new hire documents. They are on the way, for those still waiting, you can receive them 2 weeks prior to arrival.

I recently got an email from Disney, which I will post soon, about my fast approaching check-in day. The email was nothing special. Fun fact, back in 2007 when I was waiting for my check-in day, I got an email similar to the one I got the other day about my arrival. I got the email on the same exact day, December 19th, so crazy . . . . right? So, if things keep lining up like this, I expect 3 more emails from Disney. One saying "See ya really soon", "the DORMS" email for roommates,  and "You're almost there" emails. This is just a wild guess. I kept all my emails from 2007 from when  I first applied for the program. So, I am using these as a reference because not much has changed since I applied for the program. 

I am so glad, there are people checking in before us because I am hoping they will tell us about check-in day, how DORMS really works, and if casting is really broken down into 2 days.


Yes, I saw on Facebook that casting maybe a 2 day thing for some CPs. So, yeah I am just waiting at this point.

Not much else to say until DORMS is released. I have a feeling DORMS will be a little hectic because CPs are having such a difficult time completing the new hire documents . . . the DORMS paperwork may be worse for some participants. 

I knew things would speed up around Christmas. After the Christmas holiday, things will be moving so fast because the first group of CPs will experience DORMS and check-in day. The Facebook group will become ten  times more active.

That's all for now. An update will come at the 20th or 10th day or as things progress forward. Until then, I will continue my bucket list post. A packing list and arrival timeline will be posted in the future.

Peace!


December 18, 2013

Fun Stuff: Creating a Disney Bucket List


This is a little guide to creating a Disney college program bucket list. I mentioned in my post on budgeting in the DCP about creating a bucket list, a list items you want to do, during your Disney College Program.

This list is taken from CMKaela. She created an ultimate bucket list with over 200+ things to do while on your program. So, we are going to use her list as a template.

How to create bucket list for the Disney College Program?

Creating A Bucket List


1. Copy/Paste the list below and use a text editor like Word, it will keep your numbering even if you delete items.

2. Read over each section and delete the items you do not want on your list. Do this for each section.

3. After deleting items from each section, you list is done!! Unless . . . .

Additional steps for budgeting . . . .

If you're trying to budget your activities or tally up how much money you would like to bring:

4.. Research each items and note the cost of each activity.

Prices can be found online, on Disney fan blogs, forums, official websites, and more. Food prices for things like Dole Whips are available online. Alcohol prices are also available online. The cost of certain merchandise can be found online at the Disney Store website.

5.. After noting each activity price, total up your amount. This will be the estimated total of how much money you'll need to do each activity during the program.

Extra Step - More Advance Planning

6.. Mark activities you can do either: alone, you + 1 person, or a group.

7.. Create a calendar and each month list activities (do the"alone" activities first) you can do per month.

Plus 1 person and group activities are harder to plan in advance but not impossible. But doing the "alone" activities on the calendar can guarantee they'll be done.

Resources & Research for Your Bucket List :


Prices for Food:


All Ears :: Menus - They have one of the most up to date menu prices across the net. No restaurant or dining location including snack carts.

LINK: http://allears.net/menu/menus.htm

Disney Food Blog :: Restaurant Guide - They offer the best reviews with photos and pricing for every single restaurant on Disney property excluding some snack/food carts.

LINK: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/disney-world-restaurants-guide/

All Ears :: Restaurant Directory - A complete directory of every restaurant, food court, and dinner show available on Disney property with reviews and tips from actual guest.

LINK: http://land.allears.net/reviewpost/showcat.php?cat=32

WDW Info :: Complete Menu List - This is a complete list of menus and prices. You can use this site to compare prices with other sites. They don't offer much on snack cartss, but prices are the same across property.

LINK: http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/disneydining.cfm

Disboard WDW Info :: Menu Search Tool - This forum offers a search tool for finding restaurants across property that fit what you're looking for in a meal.

LINK: http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningmain.cfm

Official Disney Blog :: Disney Dining - Check out their official blog to see the newest treats and foods available at Disney.

LINK: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/category/disney-dining/

Prices for Alcohol:


Party Through the Park :: Alcohol Prices - This site is the best on the net for drink prices in MULTIPLE parks that includes Universal and Sea World.


LINK: http://www.partythroughtheparks.com

All Ears :: Menus - In addition to the extremely accurate menu listings, they also include all drinks prices.

LINK: http://allears.net/menu/menus.htm

Orlando Informer :: How to Save Money on Drinks at Disney - The article covers some basic tips on how to save money on drinks at Disney World. Very good information.

LINK: http://www.orlandoinformer.com/2012/tips-for-saving-money-when-drinking-around-disney-world/

The DCP Life :: Drink Around the World Game - This article covers the drinking around the world game - how to play, tips, articles, resources and more.

LINK: http://www.thedcplife.blogspot.com/2013/12/fun-stuff-epcot-drink-around-world-game.html

Prices for Merchandise:


Official Disney Blog :: Pre-Arrival - See items before they hit the stores. The arrival of new collections, apparel and other merchandise are announced on the official WDW blog sometimes with price ranges.

LINK: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/?cat=4

DisneyStore.com :: The Official Store - This is the absolute best place to create your merchandise wish-list and get price information.

LINK: http://www.disneystore.com/

DisneyStore Blog :: Sales & Discounts - See the latest promotions on Disney Store merchandise.

LINK: http://blog.disneystore.com/

Disney Floral & Gifts :: Purchasing Gifts/Flowers at Disney - See prices on flowers, gifts sets, balloons, and other special celebration items.

LINK: http://disneyworld.disneyfloralandgifts.com/

Disney Parks Merchandise :: Official Site - The official source on authentic Disney merchandise such as vinylmations, pins, artwork and more.

LINK: http://www.disneyparksmerchandise.com/

Prices & Ideas for Orlando Activities


Viator :: Excursions & Day Trips - This site has a list of tours, events, day trips, and excursions for the Orlando area. This includes: Hot Air Balloon, Helicopter tours, Airboat, Kennedy Space Center, Gatorland, Zipline, and more. The prices for events are listed. Usually, you can go directly to the Operators site and find a cheaper prices verses buying it through the Viator site.

LINK: http://www.viator.com/Orlando/d663-ttd

TripAdvisor :: Orlando Things to Do - A list of things to in Orlando ranked by real travelers and customers.

Activities - LINK: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g34515-Activities-c25-Orlando_Florida.html

Attractions - LINK: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g34515-Activities-Orlando_Florida.html

Nightclubs - LINK: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g34515-Activities-c20-Orlando_Florida.html

Shopping - LINK: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g34515-Activities-c26-Orlando_Florida.html

Visit Orlando :: Activities Under $20 - A list of activities for under $20 in Orlando. There are even things you can do for just 5 bucks!

LINK: http://www.visitorlando.com/blog/index.cfm/2011/8/30/Activities-under-20-in-Orlando/

Skydive Space Center :: Skydiving - A unique experience for the brave. Can dive for $99.00 and up.

LINK: http://www.skydivespacecenter.com/pricing.html

Mr. Free Stuff :: Free Things to Do - 40 Free things to do in Orlando.

LINK: http://www.mrfreestuff.com/free-things-to-do-in-orlando/

Grayline Orlando :: Day Trips & Services - A lot of Cps want to see more of Orlando and take a break from Disney. However, many Cps don't have cars, so using tour services like Grayline would be amazing. It has NASCAR events, beach trips, rodeo adventures, transportation only options and more.

LINK: http://www.grayline.com/things-to-do/united-states/orlando/


Disney Parks & Resorts Resources


More resources coming soon, but for now . . .

Every Ride That Has A Fast Pass
A List of WDW Resorts
A List of All WDW Dining & Snack Locations
Recreational Activities at WDW Resort



This is an copy/paste from CMKaela's list.

General stuff



  1. Be the first person on your favorite ride for the day
  2. Be the last one out of the park
  3. Disneybound with friends
  4. Do every ride in every park at least once - yes, this includes Captain EO and Carousel of Progress
  5. Do the Backstage Magic tour (THIS ONE IS INTENSE)
  6. Find hidden Mickeys and take pictures of them
  7. Go to all four parks in one day! you can make your own rules regarding what you have to do in each park
  8. Go to Rope Drop at each park at least once
  9. Go to a park by yourself!
  10. Have a day where you go to the parks and don’t go on ANY rides - just take pictures and notice details you’ve never seen before
  11. Have a “tourist day” - dress up ridiculously and go to the parks. I’m talking lanyards full of pins, Disney 2013 shirts, fanny packs, visors, crocs with socks, JORTS. go big or go home, balls to the wall
  12. Memorize the monorail spiel
  13. Pee in every bathroom on property
  14. Photobomb people ahahahahahahah
  15. Pick a comfy spot in the park and people-watch (I suggest the rocking chairs in Liberty Square)
  16. Pick one ride and see how many times you can ride it in one day (I suggest TTA)
  17. Plan and go on a scavenger hunt in the park
  18. Play hide and seek in the park
  19. Play in the parks in the rain
  20. See all the live entertainment (JAMMitors, Dapper Dans, Citizens of Main Street, DHS streetmosphere, Royal Majesty Makers, Voices of Liberty, Main Street Philharmonic, etc etc etc)
  21. See every show and parade
  22. See if you can get your family or friends from home to visit you!
  23. Start a line somewhere for no reason and see how many people follow you
  24. Stay at a park from open to close - this is a LOT harder than it sounds because you start winding down and longing for naptime around 5 so head to a nap-nap ride for a rest
  25. Take a nap on a ride (Spaceship Earth is my fav)
  26. Take a photo in front of each park’s ~landmark~
  27. Watch a custodian paint a water picture
  28. Watch Illuminations, Wishes, and Fantasmic all in one night (this might be impossible idk)



Magic Kingdom



  1. Become a Galactic Hero on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  2. Buy a balloon on Main Street and take cheesy pics
  3. Curtsy to the princess at the fountain
  4. Dance in the Club 626 dance party
  5. Dance with your favs in Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it!
  6. Find all the hidden Pascals near Rapunzel’s Tower NO CHEATING
  7. Find PUSH the talking trash can
  8. Frontierland Hoedown!!
  9. Get a log all to yourself on Splash
  10. Get pirate-ified at Pirates League
  11. Get pixie dusted from Castle Couture or Sir Mickey’s
  12. Get the perfect spot RIGHT in front of the castle to watch Celebrate the Magic and Wishes
  13. Get your hair cut at the barber shop
  14. Go to the park super early and get a picture on empty Main Street
  15. Go to Main Street in the morning and talk to all the street performers
  16. Have a part in Enchanted Tales with Belle
  17. Have your joke read at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  18. Learn the choreography to a parade
  19. Make a wish in the wishing well
  20. Obligatory picture with the Partners Statue
  21. Play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
  22. Ride all 3 mountains (Space, Splash, Big Thunder) in one day
  23. Ride Dumbo, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder, or TTA during Wishes
  24. Ride Space Mountain with the lights on (I’m putting this on here bc everyone always wants to do it but I’m also gonna burst your bubble right now and say you probably won’t be able to unless you work on Space - not that you should want to anyway because IT IS TERRIFYING)
  25. Say goodnight to George at Pirates
  26. Sing along with Dream Along With Mickey/the parades
  27. Stay til park closing and experience the Kiss Goodnight (one of my favorite FAVORITE things in all of WDW)
  28. Take a behind the scenes tour of the park
  29. Take the ferryboat instead of the monorail
  30. Try pulling the sword from the stone in Fantasyland
  31. Watch the Flag Retreat
  32. Watch the Trolley Show
  33. Watch the Welcome Show
  34. Watch Wishes from every different land in the park



EPCOT



  1. Call (and answer) the phone booths in World Showcase (I don’t actually know if this is a thing anymore)
  2. DiveQuest
  3. Do the Behind the Seeds tour
  4. Get a passport from Guest Relations and visit every country at WS to get it stamped
  5. Go on the best ride in the park aka Spaceship Earth
  6. Pick a pearl in Japan
  7. Ride both green and orange sides of Mission Space
  8. Sit in the very front and middle seat on Soarin’
  9. Take a picture inside of Bruce’s mouth at The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  10. Take the Around the World Segway tour
  11. Try Beverly at Club Cool



Disney’s Hollywood Studios



  1. Be the Rebel Spy on Star Tours
  2. Do the animation class (seriously I could spend all day here)
  3. Experience Character Palooza!!
  4. Fill an entire elevator on Tower of Terror with CPs
  5. Get picked as a volunteer for Indiana Jones Stunt Show
  6. Get the highest score you can on Toy Story Midway Mania
  7. Go on Tower of Terror during the day, night, and while it’s raining
  8. Hang out with the Streetmosphere
  9. Make your own lightsaber at Tattooine Traders
  10. Ride Tower of Terror 13 times in a row
  11. See both Fantasmic showings in the same night
  12. Sit in the very front and middle at Fantasmic
  13. Volunteer to be that person on the Backlot Tour
  14. Walk through One Man’s Dream



Disney’s Animal Kingdom



  1. Become a Wilderness Explorer
  2. Check out the Backstage Safari or Wild by Design tour
  3. Dance in the Harambe Village street party in Africa!!
  4. Do the Wild Africa Trek
  5. Find that vine chick between Africa and Asia
  6. Get picked to be part of the show at Festival of the Lion King (lion section represent)
  7. Go on Kali River Rapids til you are completely soaked
  8. Go to the petting zoo at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  9. Ride the first Kilimanjaro Safari of the day
  10. Ride Expedition Everest a bunch of times in a row



Downtown Disney



  1. Design your own shirts at Design-a-Tee
  2. Fill up a box of Mr. Potato Head parts at Once Upon a Toy
  3. Get ice cream at Ghirardelli (don’t forget to get your free chocolate square sample)
  4. Get lost in World of Disney
  5. Go bowling at Splitsville
  6. Go to DisneyQuest! I SWEAR YOU ALL BETTER DO THIS
  7. La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil
  8. Look at the beautiful artwork in Art of Disney
  9. Ride the Characters in Flight balloon
  10. See a movie at the dine-in theatre
  11. Stroll around DTD at night
  12. Visit Basin and wash your hands with the delicious smelling scrubs



Resorts



  1. Archery at Fort Wilderness
  2. Campfire & singalong with Chip and Dale at Fort Wilderness
  3. Campfire at any of these resorts
  4. Check out all the decorated resorts around the holidays (check out Tom Bricker’s guide here)
  5. Explore the Boardwalk at night
  6. Get a bunch of friends together and stay at a fancy resort just for one night. this is a really fun idea to do during your last week of the program or for your birthday or something
  7. Get leis from the Polynesian
  8. Go parasailing or jet-skiing in Bay Lake
  9. Go to movie night at one of the resorts
  10. Have a spa day at Saratoga Springs or Grand Floridian
  11. Have tea at the Grand Floridian
  12. Jellyrolls dueling piano bar on the Boardwalk! (21+)
  13. Rent a boat and go around Seven Seas Lagoon or the Epcot resort area
  14. Relax in a hammock at the Poly
  15. Ride the resort monorail around all day just for kicks and giggles
  16. Spirit of Aloha show at the Poly (can you guys tell that I really like the Poly)
  17. Take a carriage ride at Fort Wilderness or Port Orleans Riverside
  18. Take a resort tour
  19. Visit every resort and take pictures
  20. Visit the Wedding Pavilion
  21. Watch the Electrical Water Pageant from the Poly
  22. Watch Wishes from the beach at the Poly (with a Dole Whip), Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian, and Top of the World Lounge in Bay Lake Tower



Other Disney places



  1. Check out ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  2. Learn to surf at Typhoon Lagoon
  3. Play mini golf at Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland
  4. Swim with sharks at Typhoon Lagoon
  5. Take on Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach



Food



  1. 50s Prime Time Cafe - ask for a TV table and GET A MILKSHAKE
  2. Be Our Guest - you can walk up for lunch, or else you might wanna make that dinner reservation now
  3. Cupcake crawl!
  4. Churro in Frontierland
  5. Cinderella’s Royal Table - try a walk up for breakfast or make a res
  6. Dole Whip
  7. Earl of Sandwich repeatedly
  8. Finish the Kitchen Sink at Beaches & Cream! with friends of course
  9. Go to a different restaurant every time you go somewhere
  10. Go to the Confectionery and gorge yourself
  11. Have lunch with an Imagineer
  12. Hidden gems like Olivia’s or Grand Floridian Cafe
  13. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue!
  14. Hot dog at Casey’s Corner
  15. LeFou’s Brew from Gaston’s Tavern
  16. Make an early-morning dining reservation for someplace inside the park (Crystal Palace cough cough). You’ll get to enter the park early for AWESOME photo ops and a good start to your day
  17. Make a reservation early in your program or before you arrive for someplace fancy. when the day comes you can get dressed up all nice for a fun dinner!
  18. Mickey-shaped pretzel
  19. MICKEY WAFFLE
  20. MICKEY PREMIUM BAR
  21. Nutella waffle sandwich at Sleepy Hollow
  22. OHANA
  23. Sci-Fi Drive In Theatre - ask for a car table!!
  24. Take pictures of all the delicious food you eat!
  25. Try something from every pavilion at Epcot (or drink around the world if you’re old enough)
  26. Turkey leg



Characters



  1. Devote a full day (or more) to character hunting. meet as many as you can!
  2. Do a character meal!!!!!! or challenge yourself and eat at EVERY character meal
  3. Fill an autograph book (OR….)
  4. …get the characters to sign something different! people I knew did things like a pillowcase, a tote bag, a vinylmation, or a blank canvas
  5. Meet Mickey and Minnie in as many different costumes as you can
  6. Meet your favorite characters while Disneybounding as them
  7. Take a picture with every Disney princess



Special Events



  1. Candlelight Processional (EPCOT)
  2. Celebrate your birthday! or half birthday! or unbirthday! make sure you get a button and make reservations, tell your friends to request the day off! look how much fun I’m having on my birthday in France
  3. Do the Holiday D-Lights or Yuletide Fantasy tour
  4. Dress up for Dapper Day!!!
  5. Flower & Garden Festival (March-May at EPCOT)
  6. Food & Wine Festival (September-November at EPCOT)
  7. Get into the spirit at the Christmas Shoppe at MK or DTD
  8. Go to Limited Time Magic events even though they are usually lame
  9. Go to the filming of the Christmas parade
  10. Listen to the storytellers during Holidays Around the World at EPCOT
  11. Meet a celebrity
  12. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MK)
  13. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MK)
  14. Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (DHS)
  15. Run a Disney marathon
  16. Spend New Years’ at WDW
  17. Star Wars Weekends (DHS)
  18. Universal Halloween Horror Nights
  19. Watch the MK 4th of July fireworks if you’re there - it seriously looks like it’s daytime
  20. Witness a proposal! just go stand in front of the castle on Valentine’s Day you’ll see like 50



Friend things



  1. Befriend someone in every housing complex
  2. Find someone with a gamecube/wii/other thing and spend a night playing Mario Kart (THESE WERE SERIOUSLY SOME OF THE MOST FUN NIGHTS OF MY LIFE)
  3. Get friendship bracelets with your pals or roommates from Frontierland or Harambe Village! (I got them with my poptarts)
  4. Have a Disney movie marathon
  5. Have a sleepover in your living room
  6. Host a movie/game night with your friends and roommates!
  7. Make friends with your neighbors!
  8. Meet people from other states and countries
  9. Take someone to the parks who has never been and spew off random trivia (this is also fun to do with friends who have been before and are just huge nerds)
  10. Visit your friends at work!!!!! just don’t be obnoxious



Cast Member/CP things



  1. Compete in or go to Night of Stars Talent Show
  2. CP Graduation - request the day off as soon as you find out when it is
  3. Get a GSF (remember when we talked about those here)
  4. Give GSFs to other CMs!
  5. Go to an audition for Disney Entertainment
  6. Go to Grocery Bingo
  7. Go to housing events! I’m serious these are so fun go to them!
  8. Make a magical moment for a guest!
  9. Pick up a PAC shift!
  10. Pick up shifts in all the parks
  11. Shop at Company D
  12. Shop at Property Control and Cast Connection
  13. Use your CM Discount to get TONS OF STUFF (I’m serious, once it goes up to 40% there is no turning back and you will be broke)
  14. Visit Mickey’s Retreat
  15. VoluntEAR



Collect…



  1. FastPasses from every ride that has them! I did this one and it makes such a fun AND FREE souvenir. I also made a handy list for ya of all the rides that have them
  2. Maps - they changed the maps two or three times while I was there, keep the old ones for a cool souvenir. Get the special ones from holiday events too!
  3. Pin trading!! if you’re into that
  4. Pressed pennies
  5. The buttons they give out at the front of the park
  6. Vinylmations



Buy…



  1. a Disney stuffed animal or pillow pet (or several…)
  2. a Duffy bear if you’re into that
  3. a pair of Mickey ears and get your name on the back (or wait and use the graduation ears they give you at the end of your program!)
  4. a pin from each park if you’re into that
  5. a shirt from each park
  6. a silhouette
  7. a souvenir cup or mug
  8. something from every resort …if you’re into that



Outside the parks



  1. Busch Gardens
  2. Check out City Walk at night
  3. Discovery Cove
  4. Explore the Orlando club scene (but be safe my dears)
  5. GATORLAND OMG YOU GUYS PLEASE GO TO GATORLAND FOR ME
  6. HARRY POTTER WORLD (yes this is a separate thing than IoA because you’ll need a whole day to take in this glory)
  7. Go to the beach! Cocoa Beach and Daytona are both about an hour and a half away and Miami is about 4 hours if you wanna take a day trip
  8. Go to Steak & Shake late at night after work at least once, it’s like a rite of passage
  9. Islands of Adventure
  10. Kennedy Space Center
  11. Legoland
  12. Party at House of Blues on Sunday nights
  13. Sea World
  14. Shop at the outlet malls across the street from the housing complexes
  15. Shop at the real mall! try Florida mall or Mall of Millenia
  16. Take a day trip to the beach and watch the sunset, then wake up to watch the sun rise
  17. Universal Studios (maybe consider getting a Universal Season Pass?)
  18. Visit Celebration, FL



Make memories



  1. Cry during Wishes (and feel no shame about it)
  2. Do a picture challenge like this one!
  3. Get a disposable camera and take pictures throughout your program. Get it developed with you go home!
  4. Have a photoshoot in the parks
  5. Keep a blog or journal about your experiences (if you have time!)
  6. Order personalized maps with all your favs highlighted
  7. Run around the parks blowing bubbles and singing Disney songs
  8. Send a postcard to your address back home from inside the park
  9. Stay in the park super late past closing and take empty park photos
  10. Take funny planned photos on rides
  11. Take literally thousands of pictures
  12. Write down all your favorite memories and put them in a jar during your program to read at the end - this is a GREAT idea and so much fun to reminisce when your program is over!


December 16, 2013

Fun Stuff: All WDW Dining Options


This list is taken from AllEars.net - I posted a link will take you to the allears.net menu with the most accurate and up-to-date pricing on You can use this list to compile your Disney dining bucket list for your program.

Lunch prices for some restaurants will be cheaper, locations in the park do not accept our discount with the exception of Animal Kingdom. However, we get discounts at all the resorts. Check the HUB or my discount breakdown page (if you have no HUB access) to see which locations are offering 40% for cast members.

Delete the restaurant and snack locations you don't want on your list. For the advanced planners, you can pick our your ideal meal and total the price for each location.


ANIMAL KINGDOM



Allergy Dining Kiosk (Gardens)
Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
Beastly Kiosk Discovery Island
Bradley Falls - Asia
Campfire Treats/ Camp Kiosk - Camp Minnie-Mickey
Dino Bite Snacks - Dinoland
Dino Diner - Chester & Hester
Drinkwallah (open seasonally)
Espresso, Coffee & Pastry - Entrance Plaza
Flame Tree Barbecue
Harambe Fruit Market
Harambe Popcorn - Kiosk
Ice Cream/Treat Carts - throughout park
Isle of Java - Discovery Island - Kiosk
Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
Mr. Kamal's - Asia
Pizzafari - Counter Service
Rainforest Cafe
Restaurantosaurus - Dinoland
Royal Anandapur Tea Company
Safari Ice Cream - Africa Bridge
Tamu Tamu Refreshments
Tamu Tamu
Trilo-Bites - DinoLand
Tusker House - Donald's Safari Breakfast
Tusker House Lunch/Dinner
Upcountry Beverages - Asia - Seasonal
Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes - Quick Service
Yak and Yeti Table Restaurant


DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS



'50s Prime Time Cafe
ABC Commissary - Counter Service
Anaheim Produce - Counter Service
Backlot Cantina - Coca-Cola Kiosk (adjacent to Backlot Tour)
Backlot Express - Counter Service
Brown Derby
Brown Derby Lounge
Catalina Eddie's - Counter Service
Dinosaur Gertie's
Fairfax Fare
Hey Howdy Hey Take Away
Herbie's Drive-In
Hollywood Hills Theater - Fantasmic - Counter Service
Hollywood Scoops
Hollywood & Vine - Character Breakfast/Lunch Buffet
Hollywood & Vine - Dinner Buffet
Ice Cold Snack Stand - Near Park Entrance
Ice Cream/Treat Carts - throughout park
KRNR Station (at Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Plaza) (Quick Snacks)
Mama Melrose's
Min and Bill's Dockside Diner - Quick Snacks
Oasis Canteen (formerly Dip Site)
Peevy's Frozen Concoctions
Rosie's All American Cafe - Sunset Boulevard
Sci-Fi Dine-In
Starring Rolls Cafe
Studio Catering Company - Counter Service
Studio Catering Company High Octane Refreshments - Adjacent to Studio Catering Co.
Studios Popcorn
Toluca Legs Turkey Company - Seasonal
Tower of Terror Coffee Cart
Toy Story Pizza Planet - Counter Service
Writer's Stop



EPCOT


FUTURE WORLD


Coral Reef - Lunch
Electric Umbrella
Fountainview - Starbucks Coffee
Garden Grill - The Land
Ice Cream/Treat Carts - throughout park
Sunshine Seasons - Counter Service - The Land

WORLD SHOWCASE


Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - Norway - Princess Storybook Lunch/Dinner
Beer Cart - Norway
Bier Stand - Germany
Biergarten - Germany
Boulangerie Patisserie - Counter Service
Chefs de France - France (3/13)
Crepes des Chefs de France - Kiosk
Espresso Coffee & Pastries
Fife and Drum Tavern - American Adventure
Funnel Cake Kiosk - American Adventure
Italy Gelato Stand - Italy
Joy of Tea Stand - Quick Snack - China
Kabuki Cafe - Japan
Katsura Grill - Counter Service - Japan
Kringla Bakeri og Cafe - Counter Service - Norway
L'Artisan des Glaces - Ice Cream - France
La Cantina de San Angel - Counter Service - Mexico
La Cava del Tequila - Light Bites - Mexico
La Hacienda de San Angel - Mexico
Le Cellier Steakhouse - Canada
Les Vins des Chefs de France - France - Kiosk
Liberty Inn - Counter Service - American Adventure
Lotus Blossom Cafe - Counter Service - China
Margarita Stand Mexico
Monsieur Paul (was Bistro de Paris) - France
Morocco Coffee & Pastries
Nine Dragons - China
Promenade Refreshments
Refreshment Coolpost
Refreshment Port - Near Canada
Restaurant Marrakesh
Rose and Crown Pub - United Kingdom
San Angel Inn - Mexico
Snack Cart - Canada
Sommerfest - Counter Service - Germany
Tangierine Cafe - Counter Service - Morocco
Teppan Edo - Japan
Tokyo Dining - Japan
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar - Italy
Tutto Italia - Italy
Via Napoli - Italy
Yorkshire County Fish Shop - Counter Service - UK


MAGIC KINGDOM


Aloha Isle - Counter Service - Adventureland
Auntie Gravity's - Counter Service - Tomorrowland
Be Our Guest - Lunch - Fast Casual
Be Our Guest - Dinner
Casey's Corner Breakfast OPEN SEASONALLY
Casey's Corner - Counter Service - Main Street
Cheshire Cafe - Fantasyland
Cinderella's Royal Table
Columbia Harbour House- Liberty Square
Cool Ship Cooling Station - Tomorrowland
Cosmic Ray's - Counter Service - Tomorrowland
Crystal Palace Character B,L,D
Diamond Horseshoe OPEN SEASONALLY - Liberty Square
Egg Roll Wagon - Adventurelan)
Friar's Nook - Fantasyland OPEN SEASONALLY
Frontierland Churro Cart
Gaston's Tavern - Counter Service - Fantasyland
Golden Oak Outpost - Frontierland SEASONAL
Ice Cream/Treat Carts - throughout Magic Kingdom
Liberty Square Market
Liberty Tree Tavern
Lunching Pad - Counter Service - Tomorrowland
Main Street Bakery Starbucks - Main Street
Maurice's Amazing Popping Machine - Snack Cart - Fantasyland
Pecos Bill - Counter Service - Frontierland
Pinocchio Village Haus - Fantasyland
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Plaza Restaurant - Main Street
Prince Eric Village Market - Snacks - New Fantasyland
Sleepy Hollow - Liberty Square
Storybook Treats - Fast Snacks - Fantasyland
Sunshine Tree Terrace - Quick Service
Tomorrowland Terrace - OPEN SEASONALLY
Tony's Town Square - Main Street
Tortuga Tavern - OPEN SEASONALLY
Turkey Leg Cart - Frontierland
Westward Ho Refreshments - Snacks - Frontierland

RESORTS


ALL STAR MOVIES, SPORTS AND MUSIC


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served at all the All Star Food Courts. Menus reflect those meals they have actual menus for.

End Zone --  All Star Sports CLOSED FOR REHAB
Intermission  - All Star Music (4/13)
World Premiere - All Star Movies
All Star Pizza Delivery

ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE 


JAMBO HOUSE


Boma Flavors of Africa
In-Room Dining
Jiko - The Cooking Place
The Mara
Uzima Springs
Victoria Falls - Lounge

KIDANI VILLAGE


In-Room Dining
Maji Pool Bar
Sanaa

ART OF ANIMATION


Drop Off Bar
Landscapes of Flavor
Pop Art Pizza Delivery

BEACH CLUB


Beach Club Marketplace
Beaches and Cream
Beaches and Cream "To Go"
Cape May Cafe - Character Breakfast
Cape May Cafe - Clam Bake Dinner Buffet
Hurricane Hanna's
Yacht & Beach Club In-Room Dining

BOARDWALK


Belle Vue Lounge
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Boardwalk Bakery
Boardwalk Joe's
Boardwalk to Go - Kiosk
Boardwalk Pizza Window
ESPN Club
Flying Fish
Funnel Cakes - Kiosk
Kouzzina
Leaping Horse Libations - Pool Bar
Seashore Sweets - Boardwalk
In-Room Dining

CARIBBEAN BEACH


Old Port Royale - Food Court
Shutters at Old Port Royale
Blue Runner Pizza Delivery

CONTEMPORARY/ BAY LAKE TOWER


California Grill
Chef Mickey's - Character Breakfast/Dinner
Contemporary Grounds - Coffee Bar
Contempo Cafe - Quick Service
Cove Bar - Bay Lake Tower Pool Bar
In Room Dining
Sand Bar
The Wave - Breakfast
Top of the World Member Lounge

CORONADO SPRINGS


Cafe Rix - Quick Service
In-Room Dining
Laguna Bar
Maya Grill
Pepper Market
Rix Lounge
Siesta's - Pool Bar and Grill

DOLPHIN


Cabana Bar and Beach Club
Fresh
The Fountain
The Fountain Sweet Treats
Picabu Buffeteria (formerly Tubbi's)
Shula's Steak House
Todd English's bluezoo
In-Room Service


FORT WILDERNESS


Crockett's Tavern
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue
Meadows Snack Bar
Mickey's Backyard BBQ (SEASONAL)
Trail's End Restaurant/Trail's to Go
Trail's End Lunch

GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT AND SPA


1900 Park Fare - Character Breakfast/Dinner
Citricos - Dinner (1/13)
Garden View Lounge - Afternoon Tea
Gasparilla Island Grill
Grand Floridian Private (In-Room) Dining
Grand Floridian Cafe
Mizner's Lounge
My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea
Narcoossee's
Pool Bar
Victoria and Albert's

OLD KEY WEST


Good's to Go -,Counter Service
Good's Breakfast
Olivia's Cafe
Turtle Shack (Open Seasonally)

POLYNESIAN


Barefoot Pool Bar
Captain Cook's Snack Company
Kona Cafe - Breakfast
Kona Island Sushi Bar
'Ohana Character Breakfast
'Ohana Dinner
Polynesian In-Room Dining
Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau
Tambu Lounge

POP CENTURY


Everything Pop Food Court
Pop Art Pizza Delivery

PORT ORLEANS RESORT


Boatwright's - Riverside
Riverside Mill Foodcourt
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory
Sassagoula Pizza Express

SARATOGA SPRINGS


Artist's Palette
Paddock Pool
Turf Club Bar and Grill Dinner

SHADES OF GREEN


Garden Gallery
Evergreen's
Mangino's
In-Room Dining

SWAN


Garden Grove Cafe - Weekday Breakfast
Il Mulino New York Trattoria
Java Bar
Kimonos Sushi Bar
In-Room Service
Splash Grill/Terrace

WILDERNESS LODGE


Artist Point - Dinner
Roaring Fork- Counter Service
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Territory Lounge
In-Room Dining

YACHT CLUB


Captain's Grille
Crew's Cup Lounge
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Yacht & Beach Club In-Room Dining

DOWNTOWN DISNEY


MARKETPLACE


babycakesNYC - Inside Pollo Campero
Bodie's All American
Cap'n Jack's Restaurant - Closed August 17, 2013
Earl of Sandwich
Forty-Thirst Street Express
Fulton's Crab House
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
Italian Ice Stand
Marketplace Snacks
Pollo Campero
Rainforest Cafe
T-Rex
Wetzel's Pretzels at Marketplace
Wolfgang Puck Express

PLEASURE ISLAND


Cooke's of Dublin
Paradiso 37
Planet Hollywood
Portobello
Raglan Road

WEST SIDE


AMC 24 Pleasure Island Dine In Menu
Bongos Cuban Cafe -
Bongos Cuban Cafe - Walk-up Window
Crossroads at House of Blues
Crossroads at House of Blues Gospel Sunday Brunch
Foodquest - Disneyquest
Italian Ice Stand
Splitsville
Wetzel's Pretzels and Haagen Dazs
Wolfgang Puck's "The Dining Room" (Upstairs)
Wolfgang Puck Express West Side


ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS


ESPN Grill

BLIZZARD BEACH


Arctic Expedition
Avalunch
Cooling Hut
Frostbite Freddie's
Frosty the Joe Man Coffee Shack
Funnel Cakes
I.C. Expeditions
Lottawatta Lodge
Mini Donuts
Polar Pub (Open Seasonally)
Warming Hut

TYPHOON LAGOON


Arctic Dots
Coffee Hut
Happy Landings Ice Cream
Leaning Palms
Let's Go Slurpin'
Lowtide Lou's
Mini Donuts
Snack Hut
Surf Doggies
Typhoon Tilly's

Grey Topics: DCP Confessions Page



Ladies and gentlemen, I present another edition of the Grey Topics. For this shady topic, I've decided to discuss the widely hated and beloved (in secret for some), Disney College Program confessions page.


In the beginning there was an Ask.fm page, a social page for asking any questions anonymously or vice versa, for the Spring 2014 participants to talk about their confessions on love, secrets, and nonsense. However, this page went completely left, like all the way left. Haha!



Many CPs complained about the page, of course, being completely stupid and pointless. They considered it to be very high school to create such a page. You must keep in mind, this group of CPs are very sensitive to such sinful talk. (This is just my personal observation.)



After running for about a few weeks no longer than a month, the page was suspended and closed down because someone or some folks reported the page to Ask.fm.



But, the page is still going strong as the Admin of the Facebook Fanpage (lol yep, they have fans) has used Google Docs to allow submissions to the page. The submissions are then posted to the Facebook page for everyone to read and casually laugh at the bullshit discuss the confessions.

Speaking of the Admin or Admins of the page, it seems they have received a lot of heat from fellow participants in regards to creating the page. The Admin seems to go back and forth about what is or isn't allowed on the page.


At first, it was no last names on any confessions. Only the first letter would be used. Then it escalated to no insults and keeping it fun! When someone mentions they want to leave the program because of the confessions page the admin seems to feel bad for the participant. 



How could they let a confessions page deter them from doing the program so easily? Where is that persons backbone? Are they going to give up because someone hurt their feelings or disagrees with them?

It's time for them to grow up. During this program there will be hard work, bad days, disappointments, failures, embarrassments, haters, and more. This program not only teaches you to have a strong work ethic but how to rise above negativity and work with people from very diverse backgrounds.

However, the Admin knew very well that the page would get out of hand . . . I mean come on, nothing good will com from a confessions page, these are the same people who were already being ignorant, sensitive, childish, horny and stupid on the main DCP Spring 2014 Facebook page.

Some of the comments on the Ask.fm page, were extremely raw and explicit, for example: a girl confessed that her and her boyfriend would be using vibrators and would like for another girl to join them, many confessions mentions gay/lesbian sex and hookups, insults were thrown to popular people on the page, people in certain roles felt they were better than others, couples being shipped (to people being put together as a "dream" couple), a ton of confessions on how many cps are too sensitive and sheltered, much talk of drinking and smoking, hoping to find room mates who are only beautiful, talks of orgy, purposely getting people termed and much more. 

So for your laughing pleasure, I present a few of the craziest fucking anonymous confessions from the Disney Program Confessions Spring 2014 page:
















If the page lives any longer and you feel the need to get a laugh in or cry at the mindset of these future cast members you may find more confessions on this page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Disney-Program-Confessions-Spring-2014

Fun Stuff: Recreation Activities at Walt Disney World



Recreational activities available at the Disney World inducing activities that have a cast member discount.



Extreme Recreational Activities at WDW



Richard Petty Driving Experience - If you've ever dreamed of being behind the wheel of a 600 horsepower Winston Cup style stock car, the Richard Petty Driving Experience can make your dreams come true!

Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World SPEEDWAY - Combine some of the world's finest automobiles with a track specifically designed for drivers to safely experience their awe-inspiring acceleration, speed and handling and you have "Exotic Driving Experience". Exotic Driving Experience features supercars by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, and Porsche.


Nature Experiences


Fishing Excursions - Disney's Fort Wilderness Marina, Disney’s Port Orleans, Yacht/Beach Club, Disney's Boardwalk, Downtown Disney Marketplace


Guided Bass Fishing - excursions serving the Magic Kingdom resort area in the Bay Lake & Seven Seas Lagoon area which includes:

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney's Polynesian Resort
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Old Key West
Saratoga Springs
Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter
Coronado Springs
Caribbean Beach
Yacht & Beach Club
Boardwalk Inn
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Downtown Disney Marina


Times & Prices:

Maximum 5 guests per boat:
7:00am - 9:00am
10:00am - 12:00pm
7:00am - 12:00pm
10:00am - 2:00pm
1:30pm - 3:30pm

PRICE: (tax exempt)

$170 - 2 Hours (Single Person) 1:30 ONLY

$270 - 2 Hours (2-5 People) 7:00 & 10:00 ONLY

$235 - 2 Hours (2-5 People) 1:30 ONLY

$455 - 4 Hours (2-5 People) 7:00am - 11:00am & 10:00 - 2:00


Includes: Fishing equipment, rod, reel, artificial bait, shiners, and beverage for refreshments. Guests may not bring their own food, beverage, or coolers. Guests may bring their own equipment, but the price remains the same. Guests will receive a voucher for a free BASS Membership which includes 11 issues of Bass Magazine.

Reservations: Can be made 90 days ahead of time and are required 24 hours in advance. Contact: (407) WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529) Any Walt Disney World Resort Guest Service location: (8-285-6730).

Cancellations: Reservation are required. 24-hour notice required for cancellations. A credit card or resort ID is required at the time of the reservation. Guests failing to show or who do not cancel with at least 24-hour notice will be charged in full.


Horse Drawn Excursions & Carriages



Wagon Rides


Offered on a first come, first served basis, you can take an old-fashioned horse drawn wagon ride for a 45 minute tour of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

$8.00 (ages 10 and up); $5.00 (ages 3 - 9), No charge for children under age 3.
Children ages 3 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult
Departs from Pioneer Hall at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. On select evenings a fireworks ride will replace the 9:30pm outing. No reservations are accepted.


Group Wagon Rides are $300 per hour and can accommodate 30 to 35 guests. Advance reservations for Groups can be made up to 24 hours in advance by calling 407-824-2832.

Carriage Rides



Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

A relaxing and cozy 25 -minute carriage ride through Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
$45.00 for 25 minutes (includes tax)

Tickets are sold by the carriage drivers
Cash and Disney Resort guest room charge only. No credit cards are accepted
Small carriage holds 2 adults and 1 small child.
Large carriage holds 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 small children.
Reservations nightly (weather permitting)
Begins at 6:00 pm with the last ride departing at 9:30pm
Departs from Crockett’s Tavern at Pioneer Hall.
Beverages are permitted


Advance reservations can be made up to 180 days ahead by calling 407-WDW-PLAY. A $45 fee for no-shows or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will apply. Walk-ups may be available. Carriage Rides may be cancelled due to weather problems.


Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort



A relaxing and cozy 25 -minute carriage ride through Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort
$45.00 for 25 minutes (includes tax)
Tickets are sold by the carriage drivers
Cash and Disney Resort guest room charge only. No credit cards are accepted
Large carriage holds 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 small children.
Reservations nightly (weather permitting)
Begins at 6:00 pm with the last ride departing at 9:30pm
Departs from in front of the Boatwright's Dining Hall
Beverages are permitted

Advance reservations can be made up to 180 days ahead by calling 407-WDW-PLAY. A $45 fee for no-shows or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will apply. Walk-ups may be available. Carriage Rides may be cancelled due to weather problems.


Horseback Riding


This 45-minute to one hour guided trail ride goes through the wooded areas of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Offered daily at 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00am and 2:30pm

Check-in is 30 minutes prior to the ride time. If you arrive after the Safety Announcement, you will not be permitted to ride.

Cost is $46. Reservations are required and can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling. Cancellation of rides may occur due to inclement weather.  
Maximum weight is 250 pounds. Helmets are recommended and are provided at no charge. Nothing can be carried while on horseback. Small storage lockers to hold cameras and backpacks are provided at no charge. No open-toed shoes, flip-flops or strapless shoes should be worn for riding.

Pick up tickets on the same day at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Kennel at least 30 minutes prior to start of ride. 

Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling: Disney Reservation Center at 407-939-7529

Archery Experience

Cast members receive 50% off. Restrictions apply.

Following instructions in the use of a compound bow, you'll take aim at the bullseye in the range target.

WHERE: Ft. Wilderness
WHEN: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
TIME: 2:45 - 3:15
AGE: 6 and up
PRICE: $25 plus tax

The Archery Experience can be booked by calling 407-WDW-PLAY. Upon arrival you check in at the Ft. Wilderness Bike Barn.


Water Sports


Water Recreation




Sammy Duvall's Water Sports Center offers water activities located at the Disney's Contemporary Resort Marina . Sammy Duvall's Water Sports Centre offers the following activities: Parasailing, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, Jet Skiing, and Tubing.  Cast Members receive 10% off

Reservations are recommended and can be made 90 days in advance by calling 407-939-0754. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy.

Single Flight :
Regular - $95+ tax per flight (8-10 minutes at 450 feet)
Deluxe - $ 130+ tax per flight (10-12 minutes at 600 feet)
Tandem Flight:
Regular - $170+ tax per flight (8-10 minutes at 450 feet)
Deluxe - $195+ tax per flight (10-12 minutes at 600 feet)

You must be at least 5 years old to participate. Weight requirement is a minimum of 125 lbs., maximum of 330. If a participant is under the minimum requirement, he/she may accompany another flier to meet the minimum weight. Children under age 18 must have an adult present to sign waivers prior to departure.


Parasail schedule:
7 days a week (weather permitting)
9:00am - 4:30pm - Departures every 30 minutes during summer season
10:00am - 4:30pm - Departures every 30 minutes during the winter season


Water Skiing/Wakeboarding/Kneeboarding/Tubing

Rental & Rates:
$85 + tax: 30 minutes
$165 + tax: One hour
$185 + tax: Premium Trip includes pick up and drop off for Bay Lake Resorts.


Each boat can accommodate up to 5 guests. Children under age 18 must have an adult present to sign waivers.


Personal Watercraft/ Wave Runners 

$135 + tax: One Hour guided excursion offered during these hours:

Time:
Summer Season: 9:00am
Winter Season: 10:00am thru 4:00pm

Price:

$80 + tax: 30 minutes
$135 + tax: One hour


Non-guided excursions available from 9:00am year round

All of the Personal Watercraft can hold up to 3 guests with a combined weight that's less than 400 pounds. All drivers must be age 16 or over and must present a valid state issued Driver's License or Permit with photo ID when they check in. No exceptions. A credit card is required to be used as a damage deposit. Children under age 18 must have an adult present to sign waivers prior to departure.



Other Recreation



WDW Specialty Fireworks Cruises



Wishes Cruise (Basic) - MAGIC KINGDOM WISHES CRUISE (BASIC) 21' Tracker Pontoon

Price: $292.88, tax included for up to 8 guests. Price includes pontoon boat, driver, water, soda and bagged snacks - You may order Private Dining to be delivered to the cruise. The sound from the fireworks show is not provided on the boat.


Wishes Cruise (Premium) - MAGIC KINGDOM WISHES CRUISE (PREMIUM) 25' Tracker Pontoon

Price: $346.13, tax included for up to 10 guests. Price includes pontoon boat, driver, water, soda, bagged snacks and and audio feed of the fireworks music - Guests may order Private Dining to be delivered to the cruise. The sound from the fireworks show is provided on the boat.


Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage: This event begins with cookies, snacks and beverages before you "set sail" on your magical voyage where you'll have prime viewing of the Magic Kingdom's "Wishes" and "Electrical Water Pageant." Before you board, none other than Captain Hook and his hapless first-mate Mr. Smee arrive for some mayhem and photos. Your host for the night is "Patch," a pirate of dubious distinction. As you sail along the Seven Seas Lagoon, Patch will have you singing along and challenge you to some Disney Trivia. 

Your "ship will set anchor" at the perfect spot overlooking the Magic Kingdom to view "Wishes". From there you return to the pier while Patch regales you with the story of Peter Pan. When you arrive, you'll see that none other than Peter himself is there to greet you. Price: $57.50 (ages 10 and up) $33.01 (ages 3 - 9) 

Reservations: Can be made up to 180 days in advance. Requirements: Credit card charged when making the reservation. 48-hour cancellation policy Meeting location: Noted on the event board in Disney's Contemporary Resort


Illuminations Cruise (Basic) - Price: $325 plus tax for up to 10 guests. Price includes pontoon boat, driver, water, soda and bagged snacks. Guests may order Private Dining to be delivered to the cruise.


NOTE: It is customary to give your "captain" a gratuity. A credit card guarantee is due at the time of booking, but full payment is not due until time of service.



WDW Spa Services



Full service spas located on Disney property are found at the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa and the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Cast members discount may be apply.

Saratoga Springs Spa - Formerly the Spa at the Disney Institute, the Saratoga Springs Spa offers a full range of treatments including a Adirondack Stone Massage.

Disney's Grand Floridian Spa - Spa services at the Grand Floridian Resort location can be booked up to 4 months in advance.

Additionally, you can visit one of the health clubs found at the following resorts and make an appointment for a massage. The choices are limited and the facilities not as 'lush' as found at one of the dedicated spas:

  • Yacht and Beach Resort Ship Shape Health Club 
  • Boardwalk Inn's Muscles and Bustles Health Club 
  • Wilderness Lodge Sturdy Branches Health Club 
  • Coronado Springs La Vida Health Club 
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge Zahanati Massage and Fitness


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