DCP Bucket List

I am now 59 days away from starting the journey of a lifetime in the most magical place on Earth! To say I am excited would be an understatement, and even though I’m nervous…I’m ready to embark on this new path.

As my arrival date rapidly approaches, it has come to my attention that I have not created a Disney College Program bucket list! And, of course, that is unacceptable.

It’s a rather gloomy day here in Southwest Florida, which means it’s a perfect time to brighten my mood by thinking of all the wonderful things I want to accomplish on my program.

If you have any other ideas to add to my list, please feel free to comment below! I’m sure I’ll be adding things to my list up until the day I arrive 🙂

DCP Bucket List (In No Particular Order)

  1. Watch ‘The Kiss Goodnight’ at Magic Kingdom
  2. Dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table
  3. Attend the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue
  4. Stay at a moderate resort
  5. Take a full day to resort hop
  6. Attend the campfire sing-a-long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  7. Have a Pina Colava
  8. Dine at Chef Mickey’s
  9. Meet every character and get their autograph
  10. Witness a proposal ❤
  11. Celebrate my unbirthday
  12. Visit all four parks in one day
  13. Attend rope drop for every park at least once
  14. Dine at California Grill
  15. Disneybound with friends
  16. Take a tour
  17. Attend the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot
  18. Pin Trade
  19. Attend at least one Star Wars Weekend
  20. Be one of the last people to leave the park
  21. Try to watch as many nighttime shows in one night as possible (I’ve currently watched two in one night!)
  22. Get an entire car on a ride of just me and my friends
  23. Devour a kitchen sink sundae at Beaches and Cream
  24. Buy a Mickey balloon on Main Street, USA
  25. Go for a carriage ride
  26. Go to DisneyQuest
  27. Go to a Spring Training game at the ESPN Sports Complex
  28. Spend a night out at Downtown Disney or the Boardwalk (House of Blues, Atlantic Dance Hall, Jellyrolls)
  29. Try my hand at archery
  30. Dine at Ohana at nighttime in order to catch Wishes
  31. Watch Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian
  32. Attend the Spirit of Aloha
  33. Explore Tom Sawyer’s Island
  34. Dedicate one day to just watching shows/meeting characters/taking in the sights…NO RIDES
  35. Watch the Hoe Down in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom
  36. Buy something at Company D
  37. Ride the Tower of Terror 13 times in a row
  38. Be kissed in front of Cinderella’s Castle
  39. Have a photo shoot in front of Cinderella’s Castle
  40. Spend a full day in each park at least once–opening to closing.
  41. Get my graduation ears embroidered with my name
  42. Take a roadtrip with friends and go somewhere outside of Orlando
  43. Create a magical moment happen for a guest
  44. Do every attraction/show in every park at least once
  45. Eat/drink around the world with friends and wear matching tanks! These tanks in particular
  46. Design a shirt at Design-A-Tee in DTD
  47. Ride Characters in Flight
  48. Go to a movie night at one of the resorts
  49. Get a bunch of friends together and stay at the Grand Floridian for a night
  50. Go to one of the water parks (or both) at least once

I figured I’d start with at least 50. It seems I already have my work cut out for me!

If you have any more ideas, don’t hesitate to let me know! Totally looking forward to a magical, fun-filled semester!

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Tis The Season

My favorite time of year is finally here–the holiday season!

And no one does the holidays quite like Disney does.

I recently enjoyed a girls night at the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and nothing is better than being in your happy place with your best friends celebrating this joyous season!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, or MVMCP for short, is a hard ticket event that takes place on select nights at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The party takes place from 7PM to midnight, and guests are invited to come enjoy the kingdom in all of its holiday glory! (A general list of things taking place during the event can be found in this previous post.)

My friends and I watched our favorite Disney characters sing and dance to classic holiday songs on the castle stage, dressed in their holiday best. We then watched in awe as Elsa cast an icy glow upon Cinderella Castle, the dream lights lighting up the dark night sky. Is there truly a more beautiful sight?

IMG_0674We then enjoyed our fair share of complimentary hot cocoa and cookies (SO delicious) and made our way to Main Street, where we waited for the crowd watching the first run of Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade to clear out so we could get a good spot for the fireworks and the second run of the parade.

*Side Note: There are two showings of A Frozen Holiday Wish (where Elsa lights the castle), three showings of Celebrate The Season (the castle show) and two showings of Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade. The second showings of the parade and the lighting of the castle are generally less crowded.*

Once the crowd cleared, we took our spots on the curb across from Starbucks and waited for Celebrate The Magic to begin. If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now: celebrate the magic is one of my favorite things at Disney. I think it’s amazing, and the scene from Tangled with the lanterns gets me every time.

It was one of my friends first time watching it, and I watched her, smiling, and suddenly felt so blessed that I’ve been able to share my love for Disney with so many people.

Next came Holiday Wishes–Celebrate The Spirit Of The Season.

All I can say is…WOW.

Disney really knows how to put on a fireworks display. The 360 degree fireworks, the fireworks on the castle…breathtaking. And watching it from the middle of Main Street gave me a whole new perspective…a perspective I suggest each and every one of you try some time because, I mean, just LOOK!

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We then enjoyed snow on Main Street–yes, it SNOWS on MAIN STREET USA–as the parade came to greet us. Since we were sitting on the curb, many of our favorite Disney friends came to say hi, like Winnie the Pooh, Grumpy, Alice and the Mad Hatter. Also, did you guys know some of those floats produce delicious SCENTS?!

Best. Idea. Ever.

It smelled like Christmas, and I was beside myself. #RIPme

Disney never fails to amaze me.

We ended our night of festive fun by meeting Sandy Claws himself, who is meeting for the first time ever during MVMCP this year! He was incredibly entertaining, and quite the charmer.

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But, we couldn’t leave the Magic Kingdom without a little…castle photo shoot.

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Needless to say, it was a magical evening with magical people and, as always, I am already planning my next trip back! (In fact, it looks like I’ll be ending and beginning my year in Disney!)

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Are you heading to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year?

What’s your favorite part of the holiday season at Disney?

Tell me in the comments!

Disney Update!

Walt Disney World has certainly been the center of attention lately, hasn’t it?

It’s easy to miss something when it feels like an announcement is coming every few days!

So here is your Disney Update Cheat Sheet!

1) Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has begun at the Magic Kingdom!

On select nights from now through Dec. 19, Magic Kingdom will transform into a winter wonderland from 7:00 PM to midnight for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Guests will be able to meet their favorite Disney characters dressed in their wintery best (including, for the first time, Sandy Claws!), watch Elsa, along with Anna, Kristoff and Olaf, cast an icy glow on Cinderella Castle during A Frozen Holiday Wish, wave to Disney friends as they pass by in Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, see the sky explode into glorious colors during Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies while they walk down a snowy Main Street! This is my favorite time of the year and my favorite hard ticket event at Disney, so make sure to check it out! I’ll be going on Monday, so be on the lookout for a post and if you see me, say hi!

2) The Sorcerer’s Hat in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Will Be Removed in Early 2015

No, this is not a rumor. Disney has announced that the Sorcerer’s Hat, placed in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2001, will be removed in early 2015. I can’t tell you how many people didn’t know this was happening or thought it was a rumor, but it isn’t. Personally, I’ll be sad to see it go since I’ve only ever known DHS with the iconic hat, but I’m sure whatever Disney has planned will blow us away!

3) Maelstrom, Studio Backlot Tour, and The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow Have All Closed

Maelstrom and Studio Backlot Tour both closed a few weeks ago, but you’d be surprised how many people are still unaware of that! The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, in Disney’s Hollywood Studio, closed Thursday. It’s unknown on what will replace this, but seeing as it is right next to Pixar Place, one could speculate that Disney is gearing up to expand the area that houses Toy Story Midway Mania. At least, that’s what this girl is hoping for!

4) Toy Story 4 Is Coming To A Theatre Near You in 2017

Toy Story fans, get ready to continue the adventure with your favorite toys because they’re coming back! John Lasseter, the director of Toy Story 1 and 2, will be directing the 4th installment, which is slated to be released in June of 2017, seven years after Toy Story 3 was released. Now, I admit I was a little upset when I first heard that a fourth movie was being made because I thought, like many other people did, that Toy Story 3 ended the trilogy PERFECTLY. However, after reading several interviews with John Lasseter in various articles, it’s clear to me that these movies meant just as much to him as they did to the fans. I have faith that this movie will wow us. (But Toy Story 3 was still the perfect ending.)

5) Big Hero 6 Is Now In Theatres!

Big Hero 6, the newest movie from the brilliant minds at Walt Disney Animation Studios, is finally out in theatres! I’ve heard EXCELLENT reviews, some claiming that this is the best animated movie Disney has ever put out! This is actually the first Disney animated film to feature Marvel characters, so Marvel fans will be pleased! I can’t wait to go see the movie. If you’ve seen it, did you like it?! Let me know in the comments below!

6) The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Is Getting A Little…Frozen

The coast-to-coast Christmas Day Parade, hosted by the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, is getting a new name: Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration!

If you’re a fan of the popular film, this is exciting news! If you’re absolutely over the hype, this is upsetting to you. All I can say is this–Frozen is popular and is a film that transcends age, which is not something every film can accomplish. At the end of the day, Disney is still a business, and they have to capitalize on what brings in the most money, the most views, the most people. When was the last time a movie made THIS big of a splash? While I know it’s upsetting to see Frozen taking over a lot of things, I don’t think they’re sacrificing the magic of Disney in any way. People LOVE meeting Anna and Elsa in Princess Fairytale Hall; they love to sing along to movies from the film in ‘For The First Time in Forever: A Frozen Celebration’; they still get excited to see the sisters during Festival of Fantasy. In fact, Frozen merchandise is STILL selling like hotcakes. It’s more popular now then when it was first released, and if people didn’t love it as much as they do, Disney wouldn’t continue to build on the excitement.

I personally love the film. I loved Frozen Summer Fun, I still go to the sing along, I still wait in line to meet the princesses, and I’m BEYOND excited to see them during MVMCP lighting the castle! I don’t agree with taking out Maelstrom to replace it with a Frozen inspired ride, but otherwise, I’m excited to see what else they come up with. Let the storm rage on, right?

If you know of any other huge Disney updates, tell me in the comments so I can add to this list!

Are you excited about the changes?

Which change is the most exciting/most upsetting to you?