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Where have I been?…at Disney, planning trips, and on Facebook!

Hi everyone!  Long time between posts!  I’ve been sharing things on Facebook lately, but I’ll be back with tons on new content in the next few weeks!  In the meantime – PLEASE LIKE AND FOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK!  That is where the latest news has been getting shared!

Coming soon on this page…I’ll catch you up on my last 3 trips to Walt Disney World Resort and my first Disney Cruise Line experience!  Also to come:

  •             Avatar Flight of Passage
  •              The Disney Wonder
  •              My 36 hour, kid-free trip
  •             Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  •              Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort
  •             More of your favorite characters in the parks
  •              Fun dining experiences
  •               Exciting news and updates from Disney Parks!

 

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Here’s some more news that’s come across my desk that I wanted to share!

We saw Moana in the theater back in December and ordered it on demand the day it came out – and I have to tell you – I love it more and more each time I see it… AND there is no way you can watch this Oscar segment, featuring the actress who voices Moana, Auli’i Cravalho, and not LOVE her too!  Her pure and refreshing performance tops most things I’ve seen in recent times. (click here)

Have you ever gone DisneyBounding?…or even know what I’m talking about?  DisneyBounding is when you dress in pieces of clothing and accessories that are in step with a Disney character.  For example, during one visit to Magic Kingdom Park last year, I wore green mermaid scale leggings, a lavender top and a sea star hair clip…I was DisneyBounding as Ariel!  Just recently John Stamos strutted his stuff in a DisneyBounding outfit of his own! (click here)

Now you want in on DisneyBounding too – don’t you?  Well Disney has now made it easier than ever!  Check out this new line of clothing that will be available at Disney Springs later this month! (click here)

Another new thing available at Disney Springs is New Personalized Storybooks at the Photopass Studio.  I can see this being the BEST magical vacation memento! (click here)

It’s been snowing up here in the North East – so I’m dreaming of summer…here’s a fun video with some Lilo and Stitch summer inspired nails – doing this may just be the pick me up I need! (click here)

Hope you enjoyed these articles – let me know which ones you liked best!  I’ll keep sorting through the good and the bad to bring you the best Disney updates in My Disney Desktop!

Also- don’t forget – Sprinkling Pixie Dust is about to turn ONE!  I’m giving away a $100 Disney gift card to one lucky winner to mark the occasion – see how you can enter! (click here)

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The Doc is in!

This Disney Friend Friday we’ll say hello to Doc McStuffins!

This Disney Junior star is a hit in our home!  We sing along to her CD in the car, watch both her original episodes and now the new  “Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital” series, and this Christmas the Doc Toy Hospital was found under our tree!

We’ve always enjoyed meeting up with Doc at Hollywood Studios!  She has a meet and greet in the Animation Courtyard, is part of the super show “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” and is currently making the rounds at breakfast and lunch at the Disney Junior Play and Dine meals at Hollywood and Vine (note that after May 13th the Disney Junior gang will only be meeting guests at breakfast.)  In exciting Doc news – as of February of this year, Doc is now making appearances outside of the vet clinic at Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

If you’re looking to spend some time with Doc between your trips to Walt Disney World Resort, you can watch her on both the Disney Channel and Disney Junior.  You can also check her activities and videos by clicking HERE.

 

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Help Me Get Ready to Celebrate!

Sprinkling Pixie Dust is about to turn ONE!  I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I took the plunge and started to write this blog.  It has flown by – which is no wonder, since I have been having the BEST time bringing you the latest from Walt Disney World Resort and beyond!

February my blogging slowed down a little as I was actively helping a bunch of friends plan their winter vacations to Walt Disney World.  I learned so much from helping them plan their trips.  I was able to research things that my children aren’t ready for yet and consider different styles of vacationing and touring – I loved it!

This year I’ll be taking my family one step deeper into the experience!  We purchased these!!!

Annual Passes! So for the next 12 months, we’ll have even more access to all that Walt Disney World has to offer.  We’ve already visited the parks for 4 days and have 3 more trips booked for the year (including a cruise and a holiday bucket list trip)…and I can’t wait to put a few more on the books!  Adventure is definitely out there for us this year!

March 26th marks the anniversary of my first post and I’d love to mark that special occasion with your help!  Part of what I love about my blog is that I can share what I’ve done and learned at Disney so that others can benefit from it.  I mean, I want EVERYONE to have the most magical time when they visit Disney World – I want everyone making tons of return trips to ensure that Disney will continue to thrive and stay open for generations and generations! (I’m pretty spoiled that Disney has always been around in my lifetime – I can’t imagine a world without it!)…and I love when people contact me, leave comments or  post and share on my Facebook page – it helps me know what people find most helpful and lets me know my words aren’t just floating out in the cloud somewhere.

So…here’s the deal!  March 26th marks 365 days of blogging – and I would love to have grown my blog to 365 followers by then.  So, please share this post with your friends and family…tell them about Sprinkling Pixie Dust and what you like best about it!  Then tag them in the comments on this Facebook post and ask them to like the page!  Every person who recommends my page this way will be entered to win a $100 Disney Gift Card!  A winner will be selected at random on March 26th at Noon (EST).

Thank you for your support and excitement this past year – it has truly been a magical blogging journey and I can’t wait to see all that this next year will bring!

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This past month I’ve had the privilege of starting a Girl Scout Troop for my daughter.  I have loved every second of reconnecting to the Girl Scout world I was a part of as a child and introducing it to a wonderful group a girls.

Wouldn’t you know it – Disney has collaborated with the Girl Scouts to create an “Inspiring Leadership Guide” featuring Elena of Avalor!  This guide can be used by anyone – so if you wanted to check it out and use it at home, here is a link where you can learn more and download the guide for free! (click here)

The Girl Scouts were included in Princess Elena of Avalor’s Royal Induction Ceremony at Magic Kingdom Park.  One scout received the 1st Scepter of Light Award!

 

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Today’s Disney Friend Friday is a belated celebration of Winnie the Pooh Day!  Last week we celebrated this silly old bear on his creator, A.A. Milne’s birthday – January 18th!

What did you do to celebrate?  Play a game of pooh sticks?  Make some honey cakes? Perhaps take a fun Winnie the Pooh quiz like this one from Disney Parks Blog (click here)?  For me, we watched a marathon of the latest Disney Jr. show to delight my kids, “My Friends Tigger and Pooh”!

This new show has become my favorite Winnie the Pooh entry in the Disney canon!

Winnie the Pooh is such a classic character and you can find him throughout Walt Disney World Resort!  He will stop by your table for a visit at 2 dining locations. First, during all meals at The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, and second at The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at the 1900 Park Fare restaurant in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

During the Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival, amazing topiaries of Winnie the Pooh lined the pathway of the World Showcase!

My youngest daughter’s first ride EVER, at 5 months old, was The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh!

More recently, I caught him twice during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  First in his regular meeting spot to the left of his ride:

Second, during the Boo To You Halloween Parade.

He really is such a sweet bear! I love that he has his own day!

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Here’s some more news that’s come across my desk that I wanted to share!

This weekend, Epcot debuted the Epcot International Festivals of the Arts!  You’ll find visual, performing and culinary art delights!  You can read more about it (click here).

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Speaking of Epcot…this beloved park may be going under a transformation.  Read about some announcements and rumors (click here).

There’s been a change up with the release of 2 long awaited sequels.  You can read about it (here).

Many people ask me about ways to enjoy Walt Disney World Resort while not in the parks.  Check out the new Highway in the Sky Dine Around (click here).

The new Magic Bands have started to arrive!  Check out the new bands and let me know what you think about the new design!  Mine should be arriving any day now – so for now you can read about it when you click here…or take a peek here:

Hope you enjoyed these articles – let me know which ones you liked best!  I’ll keep sorting through the good and the bad to bring you the best Disney updates in My Disney Desktop!

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Spectacle of Dancing Lights  – (A Flashback Friday Post)

Last year we surprised our kids and booked a trip with about 10 days notice to Walt Disney World Resort.  It was the last year the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights would be appearing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and it was one of those Disney Bucket List items I NEEDED to cross off my list.  It didn’t disappoint!  The moment Santa Goofy helped flip the “switch” to turn the lights on,  we were instantly transported to a different level of magic.  The lights literally danced along to the beat of the Christmas music, “snow” fell from the sky and every step you took along the Streets of America enchanted you over and over again.  My camera phone pictures do not do justice to this majestic spectacle – but I wanted to try to share a little of the magic I was able to experience with you, since sadly it is no longer running.  Enjoy – and HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

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It’s time for another Disney Friend Friday!

…and for today I’ve picked the newest crown princess, who has a theme song that sticks in my head all day…

Elena!  Elena!…of Avalor!!!!

My family loves watching all of the adventures Elena and her family and friends experience!  For those of you that don’t know Elena, but think “Avalor” sounds familiar – it should!  Sofia the First wears the Amulet of Avalor…connection???  There sure is!…of course when Elena first premiered back in July – we heard she had been freed from the amulet – but there wasn’t an episode that told us how…and then on Sofia the First all of a sudden Sofia’s amulet and dress were now pink?!?!  Sure, I googled it and found out the back story – but FINALLY, NEXT WEEKEND, on Sunday, November 20th, the tv movie “Elena and the Secret of Avalor” will premiere on both the Disney Channel and Disney Junior and everyone’s questions should be answered!

Later that week, Crown Princess Elena will start meeting guests in Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.  Currently she has a show on the Castle Stage, where Cinderella welcomes her and then Elena picks up her guitar and sings her popular song “My Time”.  I imagine that once the meet and greet begins, the Castle show will end.

Here’s a picture of Elena from this summer, when we caught her show!

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter

Last month I had a wonderful 4 night stay at Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter!  I had read many reviews with people raving about this “moderate” Walt Disney World Resort hotel and wanted to see it for myself.  My verdict?…The reviews were correct!  This hotel was a perfect mix of Disney’s magic, detail, and hospitality!

The resort is on the small side – so returning home from the parks made me feel like I was returning home to my little neighborhood.  The feature pool was immaculate and I even tried the pool slide – something I haven’t done since I was a teen – I loved it!  For my youngest daughter – the newly redesigned water splash area (complete with mini water slides of it’s own) was a dream come true!  During this visit the main dining hall, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, was under contruction, so we had to make due with the temporary “pop up” type restaurant.  There was bus service available to the neighboring hotel, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and we enjoyed a meal at their food court and got to enjoy the different vibe of that hotel!

We focused our trip on the parks, so we didn’t leave room in our schedule for some of the other recreational activities that French Quarter had to offer, but I’m hoping to give them a try on a future visit!

Here’s a “Wordless Wednesday” type look at this special Walt Disney World Resort Hotel!

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LOVED the double sinks!!
LOVED the double sinks!!

 

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Just walking down our little street home :)
Just walking down our little street home 🙂

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Early morning pool bar photo (before it opened).
Early morning pool bar photo (before it opened).

 

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Temporary Dining
Temporary Dining

 

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