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.
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 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.