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My alarm going off at 6:30am used to be something I reserved for FastPass+ selection day, but now that my older kids have started their first year of school, I guess this will become the new norm!  I’m adjusting sloooooooowly…

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I am excited for this new school year though!  Seeing my kids learn, make new friends and become more independent is very bittersweet.  I also love that now I get to spend some one-on-one time with my youngest child.  I’ve never had “just one” child before, with my older children being twins, so this school year is a whole new world for me (yes please feel free to start singing that, wherever you may be).

We also have a Walt Disney World Resort trip in the works for this Fall – we just can’t wait!  It will be a short weekend trip, but we hope to see a few new things!  We have our FastPass+ reservation for the new Frozen Ever After Ride at Epcot…I want to try and catch an Eat to the Beat concert…and…I bought a ticket to my first ever Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

So since school is back in session, I thought I’d ask you – my wonderful readers – what you’d like to read more about!  Let me know what you’d like to know more about and I will do my best to report back!  Make your requests below in the comments or on my Facebook page (click here)!

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It’s another Disney Friend Friday!  Today let’s remember “that it was all started with a mouse.”

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Oh My Disney takes a cute look at the many Disney mice we’ve come to know through the years (read here)…but we know that Mickey is our main man!…I mean MOUSE!

This photo was taken at The Garden Grill Restaurant in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort.  We spent a long and exciting morning exploring the Land Pavillion (you can read about it here) and ended it by eating a delicious family style lunch and hanging out with some Disney friends, including Mickey Mouse himself!

Read more about meeting Disney characters by clicking here!

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Thank you to everyone who entered our Pluto inspired Disney Collection by Jamberry Giveaway Contest!  I am pleased to announce, that the winner (selected at random) of “Dog Gone” nail wraps is…

Laura!

Congratulations Laura!  I’ll be contacting you via the email address you left to ask for your mailing address!

Thank you to my friend and Advanced Jamberry Consultant, Kerri, for generously providing us with the giveaway nail wraps!  Remember, you can always purchase these Disney Collection by Jamberry nail wraps by visiting her website – just click here!

As always, thank you again to everyone for following SPRINKLING PIXIE DUST!

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Today is National Grandparents Day!  I have always loved this holiday.  I was very lucky to have grown up knowing 2 of my great grandmas and being close to all 4 of my grandparents.

Currently my children are blessed to have all 4 of their grandparents and 1 great grandma in their lives.  We made a little visit today to see 2 of them!

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Disney celebrates Grandparents all the time too!  If you follow #DisneyGrandMoments  you’ll see generations of families making magical memories at Disney Parks around the world.  We had an amazing Grand Walt Disney World Resort vacation 2 years ago with my mom and we’re planning another Grand vacation this Fall with my husband’s mom.  We’re still trying to convince my grandma she should come on one for a Great Grand Disney vacation!

Here’s a link to Disney Parks Blog that sends National Grandparents Day wishes to all! (click here!)

 

***Be sure to check back tomorrow when I announce the winner of the “Dog Gone” nail wraps from the Disney Collection by Jamberry!***

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort  is a truly special and magical place to stay.  As soon as you pass through Animation Hall you exit INTO the movies you love.  You become part of Disney classics!  You’ll walk through Radiator Springs, swim along with Dory, discover treasures “Under the Sea” and embrace the spirit of “Hakuna Matata”! There’s a delicious food court, multiple pools (including the largest pool in Walt Disney World Resort) and use of Disney’s complimentary transportation system.

My family has stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort twice and we fully intend to stay there again!  The family suites are the perfect size to accommodate our family of 5 and the theming can’t be beat!

Here’s a “Wordless Wednesday” type post that combines photos from my 2 stays.  Please feel free to ask me any questions about my time at this resort and I’ll be happy to answer!  Post comments and questions below or on my Facebook page!

Here we go!

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Finding Nemo Family Suite

 

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Look at the detail!

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This table turns into a bed!
This table turns into a bed!

 

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The couch pulls out into a bed.
The couch pulls out into a bed.

 

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***Don’t forget to enter Sprinkling Pixie Dust’s Jamberry “Dog Gone” nail wrap giveaway contest!  Enter by Saturday, September 10th at noon!***

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Happy Birthday Pluto!…(and a giveaway contest!)

Today we celebrate Pluto!  He’s Mickey’s best pal and I can’t lie – I just love him!  Pluto made his on screen debut in a 1930s short titled “The Chain Gang”.  You can read about his debut in this Disney Parks Blog post here…and you can watch it here:

 

There’s something about this pup that always makes me smile! So much so, that I purchased a Pluto MagicBand to use while at Walt Disney World Resort and Pluto designed nail wraps from the Disney Collection by Jamberry!

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My friend and advanced Jamberry consultant, Kerri, has graciously offered me a set of these “Dog Gone” nail wraps to raffle off to one lucky Sprinkling Pixie Dust reader!  So in honor of Pluto’s birthday today – let the contest begin!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Check out Kerri’s Jamberry website and view the new Disney Collection by Jamberry nail wraps (click here).
  2. Comment below with the words “Enter Me”.

Want another chance to win?…Sure!

3. Like and follow Sprinkling Pixie Dust’s Facebook page and share this contest post on your Facebook page (please set your post’s privacy setting to “public” so that it can be verified) and then comment below with the words “Liked and Shared” .

You may enter the contest until Noon EST on Saturday, September 10, 2016.  One winner will be selected at random – good luck everyone!

 

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It’s true – Summer is almost over – the kids are about to head back to school – I have to face this!!

So why not face it with a fun giveaway?!

2016 has been an amazing Disney-filled year for me!

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I’ve been so fortunate that I’ve been able to visit the Walt Disney World Resort 4 times already this year!

Some of my favorite trip moments have been:

 Seeing my kids dance on stage at Raglan Road

Riding the Tomorrowland Speedway with my daughter

Taking the Behind the Seeds Tour

Riding in an antique car up Main Street USA

Meeting Sorcerer Mickey at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

My son battling Captain Jack Sparrow during the Pirate Tutorial

My 3 children dancing together during the Move It, Shake It, Play It Parade

My last time watching both Dream Along with Mickey and The Main Street Electrical Parade

I know if you’re reading this you must love Disney Magic too and I’d love for you to share some of your favorite Disney memories – either in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

And I hope you are able to make a Magical trip sometime soon yourself…so my summer giveaway is this Disney Parks Luggage Tag…so that wherever you go, you are always wished “A Magical Day”!

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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, August 30th, 2016 at Noon (EST) – one winner will be selected at random.**

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

***The contest has ended. Check back soon for more stories & giveaways! ***

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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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Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

We just got back from a last minute trip to Walt Disney World. We stayed at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort&Spa…and due to a slight problem with our original room were upgraded to a 2 bedroom villa!  I’m going to make this a “Wordless Wednesday” type of post – please feel free to ask me any questions about my stay at this resort and I’ll be happy to answer!  Post comments and questions below or on my Facebook page!

Here we go!

The 2 bedroom villa:

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The atmosphere:

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I had to include this picture because I visit Saratoga Springs, NY and these stairs really do look just like the ones at the Saratoga Race Track!
I had to include this picture because I visit Saratoga Springs, NY and these stairs really do look just like the ones at the Saratoga Race Track!

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To do:

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There was so much to do there that we couldn’t fit it all in on our short weekend trip!

So…ask away – and please check out Disney’s Official Website (here) and learn more about Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – we were pleasantly surprised with our stay…next time we stay there I’ll be scheduling some spa time!

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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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