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

The Wonder – part of the Disney Cruise Line – will be getting tons of improvements this Fall (read here) – plus a new Frozen show to enjoy while on board (read here)!

So this video is awesome…but it leaves me desperately wanting to do this myself!

I originally found out about this video (here).  If you can’t manage to pull together something as awesome as this on your own – you can take part in a (costly but cool) Signature Photography Experience at Disneyland (read here).

If you are planning a trip in 2017, be sure to read this great post that explains the 2017 Dining Plan offerings – it answers tons of the questions I often hear from people (read here).

If this summer heat is getting to be too much for you (like it is for me) – read about this new addition heading to one of the Walt Disney World Resort’s Water Parks! (read here)

And lastly – I thought I’d leave you with a story of good will the NYPD did…they sprinkled pixie dust (read here)!

Until next time!

 

 

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Main Street Electrical Parade

One of my FAVORITE nighttime shows at the Walt Disney World Resort is The Main Street Electrical Parade.  This amazingly joyful parade of light, song and dance always gives me the cheerful boost I need to keep going after a long day at the parks.  We even have mouse ears that are “Made With Magic” and they glow and change colors along with the show!  I’m sad to report to those of you who usually visit Disney World that this parade will be leaving Orlando on October 9, 2016…but in good news for those of you who visit Disneyland, it will be heading your way!

If you are planning to visit the Walt Disney World Resort between now and October 9th (or if you now feel the need to book 1 more trip to see it before it goes) – be sure to check the Magic Kingdom’s Times guide to see which nights it will be performed (please note: the parade will not take place on nights when there is a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party).  You can also book a special dining package to secure a VIP viewing area.  The package includes lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant.  If you don’t reserve the dining package, 2 of my favorite viewing spots for the parade are: 1. Anywhere along the curb by Town Square and 2. On the porch by Liberty Tree Tavern.

In case you won’t be able to catch the parade before it leaves Walt Disney World, here’s a slideshow of some of my favorite moments!  Enjoy!

 

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Meeting Disney Characters!

It was sometime back in the 1980s, but I have a clear memory of spotting Snow White out of the corner of my eye and racing over to her (along with a bunch of other kids)  – hoping that I’d be able to get her autograph. We hadn’t been looking for her – we were just walking down a path in the Magic Kingdom – and when she signed my book it was like magic!

These days you aren’t likely to just run into a character walking down a path – there are schedules and meeting spots and fastpasses to think about – but I will tell you – it’s still magical!

There are many places you can meet characters in Walt Disney World – and if you check your My Disney Experience App, you will find a list of every character who will be out and about that day – what times – and where to find them.  For some characters in the Magic Kingdom, like Gaston or Woody and Jessie, you go to their meeting spot and wait in line, for others, like the princesses who meet in Princess Fairytale Hall and Talking Mickey in the Town Square Theater, you can either wait in line, or select meeting them as one of your Fastpass+ choices for the day.

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If spending time waiting for a character meet  is not something you want to spend your time doing, another option is to book a character meal!  My family loves to do this – that way we can meet 4 or 5 characters while we’re enjoying some delicious food.  You are seated at your table, and the characters rotate and come to you!  Some character meals we have enjoyed in the past are Chef Mickey’s Fun Time Buffet at the Contemporary hotel, Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare at The Grand Floridian, and both the Disney Junior Play and Dine and Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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But are your kids ready to meet characters up close and personal?… I thought for sure that mine would be dying to meet their favorite Disney friends – they BEGGED for me to list meet after meet in our touring plan. Then when we got face to face (or face to mask in some instances) – they freaked.  Now we prepare by watching youtube videos of character meets to prepare – and we also usually stay more calm around “face characters” (characters where you see their actual human face).  On our last trip though – my older children did give a few characters hugs and high fives, so I think we may add a few meet and greets back into our rotation.

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I’ve found that having a plan for meeting the characters helps.  If you have autograph books you can practice with your child what they will say to ask for the autograph.  Sometimes we purposely wear clothes that have that character’s image on it so we can point it out them.  My kids have started coming up with fun questions to ask the characters.  Even the ones who don’t talk back have found ways to answer!  My son asked Sorcerer Mickey at Hollywood Studios if he could turn him into a frog.  After thinking about it for a moment – he led my son over to his spell book and “searched” for a spell – we LOVED it!

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Let’s say your children aren’t ready to get too close to their favorite characters – don’t worry – there are SO many shows and parades happening all day long where you get close, but not too close to your favorite Disney friends.

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What characters are you hoping to meet?  Do you have any great character stories to share?  We’d love to hear about it all – leave a comment here or on Sprinkling Pixie Dust’s Facebook page! And…be on the look out every Friday, when I’ll post some of my favorite “Disney Friend” pictures!

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Tons of articles have come across my desk this past month – so let’s get started!

There’s only about a month left of summer – be sure to check out these 10 “can’t miss” attractions at Disneyland in California! (read here)

If you never had the dream of a Disney World wedding before, the photos alone from this article from Racked will definitely  you think about it – I think I’m feeling a vow renewal may be in order for us! Plus you’ll find out about Facebook Groups for past, present and future Disney brides! (read here)

Well…it’s not on the Disney website, but Kenny the Pirate has reported a Green Army Men Bootcamp happening from time to time at Hollywood Studios – I am definitely going to see if that’s happening on our next trip! (read here)

I read this wonderful article about Mary Blair that I wanted to share – she designed “it’s a small world” and so much more for Disney – I never knew she was behind so many wonderful Disney classics! (read here)

Oh My Disney made a great list of  “19 Firsts You Didn’t Know About Shanghai Disneyland” – oh how I want to make a trip there!!! (read here)

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

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This has been such a sad week for Orlando and Disney World.  I was there for a short trip this weekend and felt so helpless, knowing such tragedy was so close to me, and not knowing how to help.  One way to help now is by supporting Orlando through the One Orlando Fund (read here).

I have had a few things come across my inbox since last time, that I thought I’d share.

Tonight at 8pm on the Disney Channel, Disney Jr & Disney XD they will be showing the “Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort”.  I already have my DVR set – but if you don’t – it will also be aired tomorrow, June 17, 2016 at 10pm on the Freeform channel (formerly ABC Family).  Disney Parks Blog talks about it here.

While you’re waiting to watch the show tonight, you can take a look at these pictures posted by Travel & Leisure of never before seen pictures from Shanghai Disney (click here).

I was fortunate to have the chance to see Hamilton on Broadway this past December and it truly is as amazing as you’ve heard (and this is coming from someone with a very critical musical theater eye – it takes A LOT to impress me).  Well, Disney’s upcoming film “Moana” will have some of Hamilton’s talent! Lin-Manuel Miranda is composing music for the film and Phillipa Soo has just been cast.  “Moana” is set to open in November this year. You can read more about this here.

I’m still waiting to plan my trip across the country to visit Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure…for now I will have to live through articles like this – the new Frozen show looks AMAZING!  You can read about it here.  The special effects sound incredible (think Aurora Borealis curtains and seemless Let it Go dress transformation).

And lastly – here’s an auction I wish I had won the lottery to be able to buy something from.  Read here about the massive Disney Auction!

I’ll be sure to keep sorting through the Disney news to bring you the latest from My Disney Desktop!

 

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