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!
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.
Last year we surprised our kids and booked a trip with about 10 days notice to Walt Disney World Resort. It was the last year the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights would be appearing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and it was one of those Disney Bucket List items I NEEDED to cross off my list. It didn’t disappoint! The moment Santa Goofy helped flip the “switch” to turn the lights on, we were instantly transported to a different level of magic. The lights literally danced along to the beat of the Christmas music, “snow” fell from the sky and every step you took along the Streets of America enchanted you over and over again. My camera phone pictures do not do justice to this majestic spectacle – but I wanted to try to share a little of the magic I was able to experience with you, since sadly it is no longer running. Enjoy – and HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!
Today’s Disney Friend Friday celebrates our favorite pair’s birthdays – Mickey & Minnie Mouse! 88 years ago, on November 18th, Mickey & Minnie made their on screen debut in Steamboat Willie. Oh My Disney, shares some Mickey facts you may enjoy…including Mickey’s 1st spoken words on screen! Check it out (here) and let me know how you view the closing song of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse now…hmmm…
To celebrate, let’s have a giveaway contest – this time with 2 winners!
My friend Kerri, is an Advanced Jamberry Consultant and generously donated 2 sets of nail wraps from the Disney Collection by Jamberry! These wraps are super easy to apply and LAST! You can check out her site, which has tons of amazing Disney nail wraps by clicking here!
So let’s have fun celebrating these magical birthdays – enter to win!
Entering the contest is as easy as 1-2-3:
Comment below with either “Mickey” or “Minnie” depending on which set you hope to win!
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Comment below with the words “I like you!” and either “Mickey” or “Minnie”.
**Deadline to enter is Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at Noon (EST) – one winner will be selected at random.**
Good Luck everyone, and thank you for following Sprinkling Pixie Dust!!
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!
Last month I had a wonderful 4 night stay at Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter! I had read many reviews with people raving about this “moderate” Walt Disney World Resort hotel and wanted to see it for myself. My verdict?…The reviews were correct! This hotel was a perfect mix of Disney’s magic, detail, and hospitality!
The resort is on the small side – so returning home from the parks made me feel like I was returning home to my little neighborhood. The feature pool was immaculate and I even tried the pool slide – something I haven’t done since I was a teen – I loved it! For my youngest daughter – the newly redesigned water splash area (complete with mini water slides of it’s own) was a dream come true! During this visit the main dining hall, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, was under contruction, so we had to make due with the temporary “pop up” type restaurant. There was bus service available to the neighboring hotel, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and we enjoyed a meal at their food court and got to enjoy the different vibe of that hotel!
We focused our trip on the parks, so we didn’t leave room in our schedule for some of the other recreational activities that French Quarter had to offer, but I’m hoping to give them a try on a future visit!
Here’s a “Wordless Wednesday” type look at this special Walt Disney World Resort Hotel!
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.)
It’s time for another Disney Friend Friday! Only this time it’s 7 friends!
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.
Here’s some more news that’s come across my desk that I wanted to share!
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!