Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

A Disney Cast Member's Backstage Journal

by Caroline Collins | Release Date: August 12, 2018 | Availability: Print, Kindle

Lions and Tigers and Strollers

This is not Caroline Collins' first time in the Disney College Program. With her sister, she was accepted into the program several years earlier, but who ever gets enough pixie dust. Not Caroline. So she came back, and that's when things got wild.

Wild, as in Animal Kingdom, where Disney initially assigned Caroline to work in Stroller Rental, not the most glamorous position in the park, but often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline made many "magical moments" for deserving guests whose pixie dust had gone temporarily sideways, she also tells stories of less-than-deserving guests whose breathtaking stupidity amazed even seasoned cast members—such as the couple who let their baby suffer heat stroke because they didn't want to give up their FastPasses for Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Caroline tells all, from the ins and outs of Disney's "secret" training class, Traditions; to learning how to be a shiny, happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it's like to interact with fellow cast members and the daily horde of excited, anxious, annoying, and sometimes perplexed visitors to the most magical place on earth.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Going Home

Chapter 2: Welcome Home

Chapter 3: Settling In

Chapter 4: My Family Comes For a Visit

Chapter 5: Playing Tourist

Chapter 6: Celebrating America

Chapter 7: Half Way Point

Chapter 8: Oh, My Aching Knees

Chapter 9: Spending My Day Off at Magic Kingdom

Chapter 10: Completing a Dining Challenge

Chapter 11: Full Moon = Crazy Day

Chapter 12: House of Blues, Round Two

Chapter 13: Haunted Mansion with My ICP Friends

Chapter 14: More Friends Come to Visit Me

Chapter 15: All Work and No Play = Not Me!

Chapter 16: Backstage Tour of The Living Seas

Chapter 17: Meeting Characters Galore

Chapter 18: Breakfast Buffet at Trail’s End

Chapter 19: Making Friends, Making Memories

Chapter 20: ’Ohana Character Breakfast

Chapter 21: Meeting Two Notable Cast Members

Chapter 22: Ways to Thank a Cast Member

Chapter 23: Girls Night Out at Disney Springs

Chapter 24: Disney Myths: True or False

Chapter 25: I’m Graduating…Again!

Chapter 26: Magic Kingdom Welcome Show

Chapter 27: Breakfast at Be Our Guest

Chapter 28: My Last Days Working at DAK

Chapter 29: Making Lifelong Friends

Chapter 30: I’m Back (Again!)

Caroline Collins

Caroline graduated with a B.A. degree in history and secondary education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and left to work for Disney again two weeks later. She is currently working as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Her love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason why she did the DCP program. Her role for all three DCP programs was a merchandise cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World for a year.

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