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Toy Story Love!

Disney Parks Blog has been BURSTING with announcements these past couple of weeks. It’s full of news of new cruises, Star Wars themed experiences, and brand new ride, restaurant and shows to debut in June!  The post that gave me the biggest smile spoke of something not due to open until years down the road – details about the upcoming Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios! Continue Reading

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Mother’s Day Month…

As if I needed another reason to dream about visiting Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii…they are celebrating MOTHERS the whole month of May!  This post from the Disney Parks Blog outlines how the resort will help families celebrate mom…and I think I’ll send this link to my husband…no reason some of these magical ideas can’t happen at home while I’m waiting to book that Disney Hawaiian bucket list trip of mine!

Read the full Disney Parks Blog post here!  Mahalo!

Also…Don’t forget to enter Sprinkling Pixie Dust’s Giveaway Contest.  Deadline to enter is Tuesday, April 26th at Noon (EST).  Click here for more details!
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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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Owlette and I spent the third day of our Mommy/Daughter weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! (You can read about the start of our long weekend trip here.) We woke up extra early to have breakfast at the hotel because Hollywood Studios had Extra Magic Hours that morning.  Extra Magic Hours are a benefit for Disney hotel guests.  It allows hotel guests with park tickets to either enter a park an hour earlier than it regularly opens or stay later in the evening on certain days of the week (you can check Disney.com for park hours and Extra Magic Hours).

We took the Disney bus transportation to the park and arrived at about 7:45am.  When the Studios opened we walked directly to Pixar Place to ride Toy Story Mania.  There wasn’t a line, but we still had to walk through the expansive queue, and saw all the life-sized toys.

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We picked up some 3D glasses and got on this very fun 4D interactive ride!  Toy Story Mania let’s you play carnival games using a spring action shooter that you aim at Continue Reading

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Disney Magic Cruise – A Review

The open seas, sprinkled with Disney Magic…

I haven’t had the chance to spend time on a Disney Cruise yet – but my dear cousin and her family (including her almost 7 year old daughter) were able to last month – told me all about it – and let’s just say I AM READY TO BOARD!  My cousin and I are similar in that when we tour Disney we like to do as much as we can and see it all! So since the cruise has a lot more relaxing time built in, she does prefer Disney on land to that at sea.  However, even with that she did have so much to share with me (and now with you) about the magic of The Disney Magic!  Here’s her review: Continue Reading

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Magical Evening

Our Mommy/Daughter Disney World Weekend wasn’t even half over and already we had so much fun (you can read about our morning at the Magic Kingdom here.)

Late afternoon we headed over to Tomorrowland and picked up a FastPass+ to ride the Tomorrowland Speedway later.  Then we took a ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, which takes you on a tour THROUGH the Tomorrowland attractions, giving you a sneak peak! We exited and crossed the path to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

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This is a popular ride and we did have to wait about 30 minutes (waits can reach Continue Reading

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Midday Magic!

After an amazing start to our day at the Magic Kingdom (you can read about it here) we kept the non-stop magic going!

Right after the show it started to pour!  Luckily it was time for us to use our first FastPass+ of the day, so no waiting in line in the rain for us! We headed over to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, passed the Dwarfs’ cottage and entered the mine.

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This is one of Walt Disney World’s newer attractions and waits can sometimes be Continue Reading

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After a fun night at Disney Springs, my daughter and I woke up early to make sure we made it to the Magic Kingdom a half hour before it opened.  “Why?” you may ask…because when you do, you not only get to see a most special show, but you are also one of the first people in the park and can ride many popular attractions with very little wait.

At 8:40am that morning the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show began.  Dancers, characters and of course, Mickey himself, arrived on the Walt Disney World Railroad to sing and welcome you to the park. One lucky family is chosen daily to ride the train and join the celebration and the rest of the crowd is showered with smiles, streamers and fireworks.  I have seen this show so many times and each time – even though I know it happens daily – I still feel like something special is going to happen THAT DAY. This show makes you feel like it’s opening day at Walt Disney World and that they have planned a very special day just for you!

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Once the show is over the “rope drops” and the park is open!  Everyone starts flooding the park – racing to get to their desired attraction.  We definitely were girls on a mission, but I always like to be sure to take Continue Reading

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Winter’s End Trip Starts at Disney Springs

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My daughter (age 5) and I were fortunate enough to take some time away together for our first ever Mommy/Daughter weekend.  After settling into the Pop Century resort we started our evening of activities at Disney Springs, Disney World’s downtown district that is filled with shops, restaurants, shows and fun!  Our resort bus dropped us off at the Marketplace area.  We immediately started to check out the shops! We bought a pair of personalized EARS for a friend who is turning one next month (and having a Mickey themed birthday party) at the Wonderful World of Memories store.  We literally went into every store in the Marketplace area.  The Disney’s Days of Christmas shop is always a treat to visit – you are instantly greeted by cast members with a “Merry Christmas” upon entering – no matter what day of the year it is outside their doors.  Everyday is Christmas? – yes, thank you!  The store is filled to the ceiling with ornaments and Disney Christmas décor.  They currently have a small Frozen themed merchandise nook off to one side of the store.

Another store that knocked our socks off was Continue Reading

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