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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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My Disney Desktop

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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I can’t believe it was 25 years ago that this Beauty enchanted us for the 1st time!

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We love meeting with Belle!  This character has such a pure heart and an equally pure singing voice!  We always try to catch her on stage during Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…but here we have a more personal encounter during Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom Park.  This is a very special attraction where the children help tell the tale as old as time!

How’s this for a photo opportunity?  What a backdrop!

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You can also meet Belle while dining at both Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.  Belle meets with guests in her blue and white outfit in the France Pavilion in Epcot.

Happy anniversary Beauty and the Beast!  You can order the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack from the Disney Store!

Read more about meeting Disney characters by clicking here!

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Happy Birthday Pluto!…(and a giveaway contest!)

Today we celebrate Pluto!  He’s Mickey’s best pal and I can’t lie – I just love him!  Pluto made his on screen debut in a 1930s short titled “The Chain Gang”.  You can read about his debut in this Disney Parks Blog post here…and you can watch it here:

 

There’s something about this pup that always makes me smile! So much so, that I purchased a Pluto MagicBand to use while at Walt Disney World Resort and Pluto designed nail wraps from the Disney Collection by Jamberry!

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My friend and advanced Jamberry consultant, Kerri, has graciously offered me a set of these “Dog Gone” nail wraps to raffle off to one lucky Sprinkling Pixie Dust reader!  So in honor of Pluto’s birthday today – let the contest begin!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Check out Kerri’s Jamberry website and view the new Disney Collection by Jamberry nail wraps (click here).
  2. Comment below with the words “Enter Me”.

Want another chance to win?…Sure!

3. Like and follow Sprinkling Pixie Dust’s Facebook page and share this contest post on your Facebook page (please set your post’s privacy setting to “public” so that it can be verified) and then comment below with the words “Liked and Shared” .

You may enter the contest until Noon EST on Saturday, September 10, 2016.  One winner will be selected at random – good luck everyone!

 

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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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Jeweled Dragon Acrobats

Several times a day in the courtyard in front of Reflections of China in Epcot’s World Showcase you can see a performance of the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats!

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This troupe from China is one of many groups that provide what Disney calls “streetmosphere”.  There isn’t any formal seating, but you are encouraged to sit on the ground up close to the show or on benches nearby.

This particular show is filled with vibrant costumes, wonderful music and high energy acrobatics!

The show begins with the performers doing fairly standard (and fun) acrobatic stunts – like these 2:

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A little later in this 20 minute show, we saw a solo, which I imagine tells a traditional Chinese story through movement and masks.  It was my children’s favorite part of the show as the performer’s mask would change color and appearance so fast we have no idea how he did it!

The show ends with intense juggling and tumbling and “flying”.  Some performers were wearing what I’ll call “bouncy stilts” and they soared…so much so that I was a little afraid sitting so close to the front – one mistake could have landed someone on my head…I’ll assume this hasn’t ever happened, but not gonna lie – next time we’re sitting further back, lol.

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We enjoyed this show and would see it again for sure!  You can check The Walt Disney World Resort’s official website (here) for more details and showtimes!

 

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