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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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Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

One thing I LOVE about helping other people plan their Walt Disney World Resort Vacations, is that I get to learn tons about the attractions, entertainment, dining and hotels that my family hasn’t had a chance to experience yet!

Currently my children are still a little freaked out by Star Wars…I give them another year before they become obsessed, lol.  One of their friend’s (who LOVES Star Wars) family  was planning a last minute trip and I gave them some tips about touring the parks.  I loved being able to look into all the Star Wars experiences that Hollywood Studios had to offer!  Of course, not to be missed was Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple!  Rather than me tell you what I researched, I thought it best you hear about Jedi Training from my friend, the mom of the Star Wars loving 5 year old boy…

Here’s what she had to say:

My son is obsessed with Star Wars, sabers/swords and basically anything he can hold and wave around in the air.  Thank goodness I was aware of the Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios from experiencing it with my nephew, but that was two years ago.  What I remember is that we got up at the crack of dawn to be one of the first people to enter the park so we could race to the sign up location, just to secure his place for the few spots available to fight Darth Vader.

Fast forward two years…  I was in panic mode.  My son usually gets up before 6am, but he was exhausted after our first long, full day at the Magic Kingdom. The next day, when we were scheduled to go to Hollywood Studios, he slept until 7:45am! To add to my distress, Hollywood Studios had Extra Magic Hours that day, so it opened at 8am, allowing all of the guests staying at Disney Resort hotels to enter 1 hour earlier to take advantage of the park before it opened to the public at 9am.

By 8:10am, we were at the hotel bus stop, waiting for the bus to Hollywood Studios.  By the time we got to the park, it was 8:40 (a full 40 minutes after the park opened) and we raced to the spot to sign up.  Fingers crossed… there was a line of 30 people, but we made it in plenty of time and were assigned a show time.  Compared to two years ago it seems like they’ve added more times, and more spaces, so if you arrived just a bit later, there definitely was space to sign up.  However, I still would not wait too long and would try to get there as early as possible, as you never know!  There were approximately 24 spots per show, and 1 show about every 30 minutes which run the whole day, so they definitely pack them in.

You have to arrive 30 minutes before your assigned show time. When we arrived the children were lined up, given Jedi costumes, and paraded to the Star Wars stage.

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My son was extremely excited and almost couldn’t contain himself. The thought of “learning” to fight with a light saber was just too much to bear.

The Star wars theme music starts, the children go on stage and the Jedi actors set the stage. Then the light sabers are distributed to the kids and training begins!

  Ready Position. Light sabers are up.  Sabers down. Strong stance with both of your legs. Strike toward left shoulder.  Then up and around to the right shoulder.  Sabers down….And again. Ready Position! Now block!. Step back and duck. And cut to the head! Sabers Down!

The temple doors now open…. And with wonder, excitement, fear….. Jedi trainees raise their hands to use the force to open the temple doors!  The Theme song for Darth Vader starts… Daaa daaa. Da-daaaa. Da.da-daaa. Da-da-daaaa.  Then he comes on stage!

One group of trainees fight Darth Vader, and another group fights a Sith Inquisitor.  I would have been a bit sad if my son did not fight Darth Vader, but he was able to.

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The Jedi trainees now one by one fight Darth Vader or the Sith Inquisitor…… this is the moment of truth…what every kid waits for… facing the Dark Side, fighting one on one, and defeating the Dark Side!!! They only have a few seconds to fight, but it is definitely worth it!  The chance to face Darth Vader and fight him with a saber is priceless.

Once everyone fights, Darth Vader and the Sith Inquisitor go back into the temple.  The show continues and the trainees prove their last feat of strength…to use the power of the Force to send Kylo Ren back into the temple, defeating and overcoming the Dark Side!

The whole interactive show took approximately 20 minutes.  I recommend it highly, as it was a dream come true for my 5 year old son!

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Thanks so much for sharing that with us!  Of course you can always find the latest up to date information about Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple from The Official  Walt Disney World Resort Website.

 

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Disney Became Even More Magical to Me 2 Years Ago – Food Allergy Awareness Week

This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week! The truth is if you spend any time with my family you will become more aware of food allergies regardless of the week.  I do try to spread a little extra allergy information to those who don’t live with it on a daily basis though during this special week each year.

A little over 2 years ago, I gave my twins their first bite of peanut butter. One gobbled it down and the other instantly told me his “mouth hurt”.  That bite, up to the moment when the Emergency Room nurse yelled at me to stop talking to her because she was trying to save my baby’s life, were the most terrifying moments of my life and LIFE has never been the same.

Taken from foodallergy.org

Taken from Foodallergy.org
Taken from Foodallergy.org

Catboy, like most people with food allergies, can’t eat like most people do. Not only can he not eat any foods that contain his allergens, he can’t eat foods that are produced in a facility where those allergens are present, due the potential risk of cross contamination.  How would a person even know that – right?  Well, Catboy doesn’t eat any foods that mom or dad haven’t called or emailed the company that manufactures them.

Every. Single. Food.

Companies are not required to write that “may contains” notice you see on some foods – that’s voluntary…and when you have an allergy to something that isn’t considered one of the “Top 8 Allergens” by the FDA like we do, that ingredient doesn’t even need to be written on the label. It can be covered by their writing “natural flavors” or “spices”.

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So what does this have to do with my love of Disney?

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How to Plan a Trip to Disney World – A Beginner’s Quick Guide

I go to Disney World more than once a year (4 times this year) – that seems like a lot to some people considering I live in the North East – but I love it there!  I start planning  my next trip in my head before I’ve even left the vacation I’m currently on!  When friends ask me to help them plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations I always have to keep in mind that they don’t have 3D maps of everything in their mind, schedules running like film in their brains, and ideas for new magical memories to make – they literally want to know what to do to get there and make sense of it all. So I think I’ve finally come up with a few steps to give them a basic outline of what to do without overwhelming them…then I can help them sprinkle some pixie dust along the way.

I’m happy to share these steps with you!…and as this blog grows, I’ll link to future posts that will explain things even more!

First thing’s first, if you haven’t already, sign up for a My Disney Experience Account:   click here
 and then download the My Disney Experience App to your phone.
Second, of course is deciding when to go!  Take out those calendars and see what’s a good fit for you.
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If you have flexibility you should take into consideration crowd levels (a quick Google search can help you see when schools are on break which usually leads to high crowds).  Every season at Disney has its pros and cons, but…the cons are negligible because YOU’RE AT DISNEY and with good planning you’ll be sure that nothing hinders your fun!

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