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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.



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.




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.



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!



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.




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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Arriving at the Castle in Style

Rounding the corner from Town Square onto Main Street in the Magic Kingdom is still one of the most magical experiences for me.  There you are at the end of an early 20th century inspired small town street and shining in the distance is Cinderella’s Castle.  It is the perfect way to transport you from your everyday life into a truly Magic Kingdom!


For most people, myself included, the walk down Main Street is often filled with determination and haste…you don’t want to miss getting on that popular attraction before the line fills and the wait becomes unbearable.  However, on my last trip, I decided to slow myself down and really take a look at all the wonderful details that sometimes just get raced past while on a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort.  This trip was a Mommy/Son adventure, and as soon as the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show ended we entered Town Square and found a Main Street Vehicle parked right in front of us – so we decided to take a ride down Main Street instead of our usual dash!


Justin, our driver welcomed us onto a beautiful, red antique car – part of the Main Street Transportation Company.  He told us that this particular vehicle was 113 years old!  There were already 2 other people in the car and we did have to wait for a few more people to ask to join before we started our trip, but that happened soon enough and then off we went!



It was really fun riding in the car – everyone sort of stops and peeks in and waves to you – so of course we waved back like celebrities.  I thought it would have slowed down our touring, but really, everyone had to move to get out of our way, so it was really a very quick and pleasurable drive down Main Street.  I was able to notice the design and details of buildings and smile and wave to the cast members who are doing their best to greet the hundreds of people swarming in around them – normally I’m trying to keep my family from getting separated and I’m calling out directions to them of where to go.  Justin was also really great about talking to us about some of his time working at Disney World and asking us questions about where we’re from.


(view out back of car)
(view out back of car)

So the next time you’re at the Magic Kingdom and you see those antique cars, remember that they’re not just there to look pretty and add to the décor – hop on and go for a ride!


The ride is one way and takes you to Cinderella’s Castle.  Similarly, if you board the car (or any of the other Main Street Vehicles) at Cinderella’s Castle, you will get a one way ride back to Town Square.  Cars tend to run daily from 9am – 10:15am. You can check times and read more about them on Disney’s Official Website by clicking here.

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