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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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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!

Read more about meeting Disney characters by clicking here!

 

 

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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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Read more about meeting Disney characters by clicking here!

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It’s time for another Disney Friend Friday!

I was so lucky to meet these 3 hard to find characters at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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I absolutely love Disney’s Tarzan.  It has an all-star cast, including Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close & Rosie O’Donnell.  The soundtrack of the film is also 100% Phil Collins – and I love it!

Here’s “Strangers Like Me”:

 

Here’s a truly beautiful song, that as a mom, always makes me tear up:

Phil Collins You’ll Be In My Heart (Tarzan… by AussieSean

Meeting Terk, Tarzan and Jane was tons of fun.  Terk played around, Tarzan was constantly trying to look into every treat bag people had and discover new things and learn new words, and just like in the movie, Jane was quite the talker.  That particular evening she told me all the trouble the humidity was causing her hair.  Such a fun character interaction!  (Please note, that you can meet Tarzan, without Terk and Jane at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.)

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It’s time for another Disney Friend Friday!  Only this time it’s 7 friends!

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I had such a fun time meeting the 7 Dwarfs at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) this week!  It’s not every day you can meet all 7 at once!… In fact, at Walt Disney World Resort you can only meet all of them together during MNSSHP and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  You can also see them walk by and give them a wave during the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom Park, which usually takes place at 3pm, but you should check the Times Guide or the My Disney Experience App to confirm.

Read more about meeting Disney characters by clicking here!

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Halloween Giveaway Contest!

I’m so excited I’ll be going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – that I decided to do a Halloween themed giveaway contest.  Here’s 2 new Disney Halloween dishcloths!

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Entering the contest is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. “Like and follow” Sprinkling Pixie Dust’s Facebook page – click here -(if you already “like” the page, go straight to step 2).
  2. Click “Share” on this giveaway’s Facebook post and share it on your timeline (make sure your post settings aren’t private so it can be verified).
  3. Comment below with the words “I liked & shared”.

     **Deadline to enter is Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at Noon (EST) – one winner will be selected at random.**

Good Luck everyone, and thank you for following Sprinkling Pixie Dust!!

 

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

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This week marked the 45th anniversary of Magic Kingdom Park!  Disney Parks Blog has really done a great job covering this event – including posts on new discounts, downloads, and celebrations!  You can read about it all (here), (here), (here), (and here)!

 

This Fall my “baby” turns 3!  We asked her if she wanted a birthday party with her little 3 year old friends or if we should all go to Disney on Ice…she immediately chose Disney on Ice and the whole family is thrilled!  Here’s a link that will tell you all about the shows and when they’ll be near you! (read here)

Now that it’s October, the holidays are closer than ever!  Did you know you can subscribe to a Disney Park Pack and receive a new Ear Hat Ornament every month?!  What a great gift to yourself or another Disney fan! (read here)

This fun article takes a look at what the characters in your favorite Disney animated movies may have chosen to post on Instagram had they been able to! (read here)

There’s a chill in the air up here in the North East USA – makes me think about booking a trip somewhere warm…and a cruise on the Disney Wonder seems perfect!  Disney Parks Blog gives you a special look at all the improvements and additions coming to the Disney Wonder this Fall! (read 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!

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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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