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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).
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  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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My Disney Desktop

Here’s some more news that’s come across my desk that I wanted to share!

The Wonder – part of the Disney Cruise Line – will be getting tons of improvements this Fall (read here) – plus a new Frozen show to enjoy while on board (read here)!

So this video is awesome…but it leaves me desperately wanting to do this myself!

I originally found out about this video (here).  If you can’t manage to pull together something as awesome as this on your own – you can take part in a (costly but cool) Signature Photography Experience at Disneyland (read here).

If you are planning a trip in 2017, be sure to read this great post that explains the 2017 Dining Plan offerings – it answers tons of the questions I often hear from people (read here).

If this summer heat is getting to be too much for you (like it is for me) – read about this new addition heading to one of the Walt Disney World Resort’s Water Parks! (read here)

And lastly – I thought I’d leave you with a story of good will the NYPD did…they sprinkled pixie dust (read here)!

Until next time!

 

 

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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.

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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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Sprinkling Pixie Dust in Your Community

Where better to Sprinkle Pixie Dust than in your own community?!

I don’t know about you, but I vividly remember growing up and picking out all my new school supplies – it energized me and made me excited about heading back to school in the Fall…fresh notebooks, new markers, new backpack…I loved it.

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(You guessed it, I grew up and became a teacher!)  Of course my parents were the ones who paid for everything and I didn’t really realize how long and costly those supply lists were.  When I started teaching it really hit me – I realized how much I needed to ask the families to provide – and I also realized how many families couldn’t afford it.  For the most part I was able to make most items communal supplies – but I’m sure the kids who weren’t carrying the bags of school supplies up to the classroom each first day still felt left out.  I remember sending crayons home with a child because one day when he didn’t hand in homework and I asked why, he said it was because his family didn’t have them.

For the past 5 years, I’ve been on leave from my job, but every summer when I see the “Back to School” ads I think about all those kids.  I found out that the Volunteers of America (VOA) sponsor an “Operation Backpack” Program where you can donate school supplies and they’ll distribute them to families who need them!

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So for the past few years, I’ve filled a backpack and dropped it off at one of their collection sites.  Now that my children are a little older, they help me do the shopping and we talk about where the supplies are going.  In the past, the VOA even posted a picture shopping list so that younger kids could be an even more helpful part of the process!

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This year we made an Elena of Avalor (Disney’s newest princess) themed backpack.

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We put in an Elena school supply kit along with the other requested supplies.

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Then we dropped it off at our local Raymour & Flanigan – where I was happy to see they had tons of backpacks already boxed up and ready to ship to the VOA.

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In New York, the drive ends this Friday (Aug 5th), but other states have different drives going on – and of course if you’re interested in donating school supplies you can always donate them directly to a local family shelter or to your local public school.

If you’re interested in learning more about OPERATION BACKPACK you can read about it and see the different K-12 supply list by clicking here.

 

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Unplanned Summer Hiatus

Why does summer vacation fly by so fast?!  Here we are, approaching August, and I just don’t know where they days have gone!  Oh wait…maybe I do…shuttling to different day camp activities…caring for summer colds (including my own)…a week at the beach (no complaints there)…

We still were able to incorporate some Disney magic!

We saw Finding Dory in 3D – which was good as far as sequels go – but BRING THE TISSUE BOX!  My kids only cried at the “happy tears” moments – but every flashback to little Dory and her parents (and be warned, there are many) made me a water works.  And in case you haven’t heard – stay until the VERY END- past all the credits – for a little Disney Pixar extra to enjoy.

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We made a big deal about the countdown to the first episode of the new Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor”. Plus we took a trip to the Times Square Disney Store and saw all the new Elena merchandise.

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Our summer PJs – of course are Disney themed!

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My husband and I had a wonderful date night – we went to see Finding Neverland on Broadway – and while it is not a Disney production – it is a wonderful show about J.M.Barrie, the author of our beloved story of Peter Pan.  There were some beautiful magically staged moments in the show.  Plus, a CRAZY TALENTED college friend of mine, Kevin Kern, played the lead that night and graciously let us come backstage after the show to take a look around.  The show is set to close on Broadway on August 21st – but there will be a National Tour – GO SEE IT.  There is one scene near the end which is just so magical…and it uses…you guessed it – pixie dust!

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And most recently – while on our beach vacation – I took a little “Mommy break” and went shopping in town.  I popped into the KMart to get out of the 90+ degree heat and saw these awesome treasures:

For if I ever have a lawn!
For if I ever have a lawn!
For long car rides - a lap activity table.
For long car rides – a lap activity table.
It says for age 6 - but the child REALLY needs to know how to read - we modified it and made teams with a parent and child on each team.
It says for age 6 – but the child REALLY needs to know how to read – we modified it and made teams with a parent and child on each team.

 

I only bought the game – but we love it and have been playing it every night!

So – July slipped through my fingers – but I plan on buckling down in August and Sprinkling tons and tons of Pixie Dust your way!

Here’s some Amazon Associate links of things I found and love (just click a picture for more info):

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Texting. Typing. Lifting. Holding. Waving.  Our fingers do a lot and draw a lot of attention, sooo….Disney-fy them!

I used to try easier tactics – red nails with white spots for Minnie…glitter nail polish for pixie dust…all good efforts…but nothing compared to the Pinterest pictures I’ve seen.  Well, I do not have the talent to paint those intricate designs and I’ve asked many manicurists if they would give them a try – but no luck.

A high school friend recently started selling Jamberry nail wraps and posted on Facebook that they now sell Disney themed nail wraps.  I had to give them a try!

I ordered 2 sets:  Aurora’s Castle and Mad for Minnie.

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Last month I posted about wearing my Aurora’s Castle and the coordinating polish I added (read here). Today I decided to go red with Mad for Minnie.  Putting the wraps on isn’t Continue Reading

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According to Time Magazine, the average American checks their phone 46 times a day!  Depending on your age it may be slightly higher or lower (you can read about it here). No matter how often you check your phone, it’s still a great place to “Sprinkle Some Pixie Dust”!

Personally, I have my children as the background on my phone for the screens with the apps which I see the most. However my phone’s lock screen has this image from a fantastic trip I took to Disney World in late November:

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Why not use your favorite Disney vacation photo to magically enhance your phone…and your day!?  If you don’t have an image you’d like to use, you can download some Disney phone wallpapers from the Disney/Style website.  Here’s a link to find some great images, including Dumbo, Zootopia, The Lion King and more!

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I just returned from a Mommy/Daughter weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort with my 5 year old.  We had an amazing 3 days celebrating…well…EVERYTHING!  When you’re at Disney, everything is a celebration.  I prepared for my trip with a few accent nail decals from Jamberry of the castle (Here’s more about Jamberry’s Disney collection).

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Now that I’m home, the decal is still staying strong – but I felt I needed to give the other nails a lift to bring me back to the sparkly vibe I had this past weekend.  So I found some glitter nail polish by Sinful Colors in “Ice Dream” and “Love Bombs” and VIOLA! My fingertips are transporting me back!

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