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

This weekend, Epcot debuted the Epcot International Festivals of the Arts!  You’ll find visual, performing and culinary art delights!  You can read more about it (click here).

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Speaking of Epcot…this beloved park may be going under a transformation.  Read about some announcements and rumors (click here).

There’s been a change up with the release of 2 long awaited sequels.  You can read about it (here).

Many people ask me about ways to enjoy Walt Disney World Resort while not in the parks.  Check out the new Highway in the Sky Dine Around (click here).

The new Magic Bands have started to arrive!  Check out the new bands and let me know what you think about the new design!  Mine should be arriving any day now – so for now you can read about it when you click here…or take a peek 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!

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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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When 2 of your favorite things come together it’s MAGIC!

 

 

 

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Just Can’t Wait For Toy Story Land!

A few days ago, I shared with you my excitement about the details of Hollywood Studio’s expansion which will include Toy Story Land!  Well, I realized that I just can’t sit still and wait for Disney to bring more Toy Story to the parks – I will do it myself!

So, I dug through our supply of mouse ears and Disney T shirts…ordered a few more that we needed…and now we are set for our next trip!  I love planning ahead for fun things for our trips – it keeps the magic going while we’re home!

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I’m not one for being all matchy-matchy all the time, but I do enjoy it on occasion!  So the next time we Continue Reading

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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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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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