Orange Bird announced as the 2018 Halloween Party Sorcerer Card

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom fans can pickup this exclusive party card at the 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.  The party begins this year on August 18th and ends on October 31st.

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Wondering what the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game is?  Head on over HERE & read all about the interactive park game.

Disney Parks Blog explains the story behind the bird as follows

“As the storyline behind the card goes: During one of his walks through the Adventureland, Merlin met the adorable Orange Bird. Merlin was so taken with the little fellow, that he created a brand new Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom spell in his honor.

On this new “Orange Bird’s Juice-o-Lanterns” spell card, Orange Bird celebrates Halloween in his own, sunny way by creating “Juice-o-Lanterns,” drawing funny faces on the oranges that grow near the Sunshine Tree.”

This special event card will be distributed separately (and in addition to) the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs guests are given at this location. Guests must register to play with their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.

Let me help plan the details of your Halloween vacation!

Which hotel is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, attractions, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My complimentary planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of education and personal experience.

  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, filled with information & a custom planning calendar.
    • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
    • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undeicded on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
    • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
    • Complimentary Planning. All of my assistance comes at no added cost to you.  When you book your trip through me, you will get all of the magical extras that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
    • Help planning visits to other area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance of someone who has personally been there?  Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and nearby cruise lines all make a wonderful addition to your next Orlando vacation.

You get all of this and more when you book your Disney vacation through (me) Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures.  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.

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Chicken Guy Coming to Disney Springs Offers Inexpensive Eating

News and rumors surround this new restaurant scheduled to open next month in Disney Springs.  I sure hope that People magazine article is correct when they state that all menu items will be under $7. At those prices I might even be able to spring for dessert when I take my family to lunch after a movie.

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Disney Parks Blog has the following to say about this new quick service restaurant by Guy Fieri and all of it has me practically drooling on my keyboard.

Hand-pounded and breaded fresh each day, Chicken Guy! will be serving up delicious and juicy tenders that can be paired with more than 20 varieties of house-made sauces. Choose between grilled or fried all-natural chicken tenders with your choice of two signature sauces, or even get a big ol’ chicken sandwich like the Big Bite B.L.A.T. which comes with crispy smoked bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato, and creamy buttermilk ranch sauce.

Among the tasty sides are Chicken Guy! Fries with a signature seasoning, Mac Daddy Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and Loaded Fries smothered in SMC (SUPER MELTY CHEESE!) and topped with chopped grilled chicken, bacon, and green onions.

Of course, you can always get the combo with your choice of fried or grilled all-natural chicken tenders made to perfection with your choice of two signature sauces or any Chicken Guy! sandwich, including Chicken Guy! Fries (made with Guy Fieri’s special signature seasoning), and a fountain drink.

If you’re looking for some greens, then look no further than the Chicken Guy! Salad Bowls. Chow down on a Chopped Chicken Caesar Salad or a BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad. There’s also the Southwest Sweet Corn with charred corn, slaw, roasted peppers, black beans, tomatoes, red onions, grilled scallions, and crispy tortilla strips. This one is served with cumin lime mojo and chipotle ranch sauces.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE – FLAVORTOWN. FROZEN. TREATS. Cool down with the Triple Double Mint – hand-spun mint chocolate soft-serve with cookies and cream crumbles, chocolate mints, chocolate syrup, and fresh whipped cream. OR try the Cinnamon Apple with hand-spun vanilla soft-serve, crunchy cinnamon cereal and cinnamon-apple cereal, and fresh whipped cream. YUM? I think yes!

All items under $7.00 is what People Magazine has me excited about

In an article by People they state:

“Fieri is offering up no-fuss counter service at an exceptionally affordable price by Disney standards, with each menu item coming in under $7.”

Although an opening date has not yet been announced, you can guarantee that I will be testing out these new tasty, and hopefully affordable, treats in the very near future.

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Which hotel is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, attractions, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of personal experience.

  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, with  park information & a custom planning calendar.
  • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
  • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undecided on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.
  • Help planning visits to other Orlando area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance of someone who is local and been there?

You get all of this complimentary planning, and more, when you book your Disney vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer and the Halloween party is always a must-do for my kiddos.
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10 Things to know about Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is amazing with larger than life characters that celebrate the films we all know and love. Read through for 10 fun facts about this amazing resort.

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1. Art of Animation resort has 4 separate wings each themed with beloved characters from The Little Mermaid, Lion King, Nemo and Cars.

2. You can learn how to draw Disney characters with character artists in the lobby.  This is a great activity for the kids to enjoy while the parents check-in at the first resort to offer check-in pods instead of the traditional check-in desks.

3. The family suites in this resort sleep up to 6 guests and outnumber the standard rooms.  The family suites have 3 separate sleeping areas, 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette.  You will find the family suites in the Lion King, Nemo and Cars wings of the resort.

4. The quick service food court, Landscape of Flavors, is the first food court to use washable plates and utensils instead of disposable. At Landscape of Flavors you can customize your meals when they are made. The food offered at this quick service restaurant is unique and ranges from Italian to Asian to well known American dishes.

5. Lobby Artwork: The artwork on the walls of the lobby is not just artwork, it takes guests on a journey from concept art to completion.  When guests enter the lobby the floors are black & whit and then change to a giant color palate.  The lights behind the check-in area are designed to be the color palate behind the artwork on the opposite wall.  Next time you visit this fantastic lobby, take a look at the journey that Ursela, from the Little Mermaid, has taken since she was sketched on paper to when she was put into the animated film.

6. The Big Blue Pool is the feature pool, themed after fining Nemo. It holds over 310,000 gallons of water andis the largest pool on Disney property outside of the water parks.  It has a dozen underwater speakers where you can listen to music and characters from Nemo., but speakers can only be heard when you submerse your head under the water.  Yes, you have to get your head wet.  lol

7. The Cars wing has life-sized characters from the movie including Lightening McQueen, Doc, Mater and even some that you cannot see in the parks including Fillmore, Sarge, Luigi & Ramon.  These provide wonderful photo opportunities for Cars fans of all ages.

8. The Art of Animation Resort buildings are almost a reverse mirror image of the building layout at Pop Century Resort.  The resort is also located just across Generation Gap Bridge from Pop Century.  If you would like to explore another well-themed value resort, just walk across the bridge.  They also have a wonderful pizza option in the Pop food court.
COMING SOON: on the left hand side of the Generation Gap Bridge, the Disney Skyliner gondola system will take guests on gondolas that seat 12, from Art of Animation & Pop Century to Epcot & Hollywood Studios.

9. All of the standard rooms, that sleep 4 guests, are located in the Little Mermaid wing and this wing does not have any family suites.

10. There is a running trail that makes a complete loop around the lake and between both the Art of Animation Resort and the Pop Century Resort.

For more photos of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, visit my website HERE

Read details about Disney’s Art of Animation Resort HERE

Let us help plan the details of your vacation!

Which hotel is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, attractions, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of personal experience.

• Receive a welcome packet when you book, filled with information & a custom planning calendar.
Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
Fastpass+ assistance.  Undeicded on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
Fee-Free Planning. All of my assistance comes at no added cost to you. I book directly through Disney and never charge a service fee.  When you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
• Help planning visits to other area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance of someone who is local and been there?

You get all of this and more when you book your Disney vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.

Thank you for reading!  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic; I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney parks with my family.  The only thing I love more than exploring Disney myself is helping others plan their vacations.  I hope that I will be able to assist you in planning yours.
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WDW Dessert Parties now Available for Holiday Party Nights

yIf you are planning to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this fall for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during the holiday season, you might want to add a reservation for a dessert party.  In order to participate in the dessert party you must already have tickets to the holiday party that night.

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During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party guests can indulge in spooky treats starting with a glass of sparkling cider and moving on through a delicious buffet of treats such as chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate mousse, ice cream, cupcakes, seasonal fruit, cheeses and more.  Various non-alcoholic drinks will also be served.  End the party with perfect views of the Cinderella Castle for the Happy-Hallowishes fireworks show.  Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Dessert Party Takes Place select nights from Aug. 29 – Nov. 7 2017.

For an extra bit of festive entertainment during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, make a reservation for the dessert party where you will enjoy tables decked with boughs of holly & enjoy delectable, holiday themed desserts that are similar in taste to what is offered at the Halloween Party.  When you have had your fill of sweet treats, sit back & relax with front row seats for the holiday fireworks.  Reservations are available on select nights from Nov. 9 – Dec. 22, 2017.

These parties are one way that you can get amazing views of Cinderella’s Castle & the holiday fireworks shows without having to claim your spot hours in advance.  The parties take place on the Tomorrowland Terrace and the cost is $79 + tax for adults; $47 + tax for children ages 3 – 9.  You must have a valid ticket to the holiday party on the night that you plan to attend the dessert event.

Reservations for this special event fill up quickly.  If you are one of my guests, let me know if you would like my assistance making a reservation.

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic; I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks with my family.  If you would like free planning assistance for your next Disney vacation, contact me for a free, no obligation quote.
Melissa Mathies, Travel Designer & Destination Specialist
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
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2018 Run Disney Star Wars Half Marathon Packages Now Available

We were at the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon in person & we had a fabulous time.  The expo was amazing and they even offered some unique, Star Wars themed snacks which we could not resist trying.  If you are interested in this exciting event for 2018, don’t delay, reserve your race registration and resort package today!  The race registrations will fill up quickly and right now you can reserve your 2018 package before the Disney packages are even open to the public.  My family has already registered for the races in 2018; we hope to see you there & give you a high five with your medal!!!

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2017 Star Wars Medals.  Which is your favorite?  Which will you run for?

It’s a weekend of galactic fun and fantastic runs during the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side – at the Walt Disney World® Resort!  Book your  Magic Your Way® Package with Race Registration for the 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend, April 19-22, 2018. And, once you’ve registered for one or more of the weekend’s events, you can use your Magic Your Way Package to enjoy the rest of your vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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After a great race, we decided to treat everyone to some galactic desserts.  The fruit tacos were very unique and hit the spot while we ate in the Cantina Bar themed area.

Race registrations for the 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend events listed below can be included with Vacation Packages.

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side – Guests can feel the force on this 13.1 mile thrilling adventure.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Star Wars Dark Side Challenge – The ultimate test of strength and endurance.

Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018

Star Wars 10K – Packed with 6.2 miles of running excitement.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Star Wars  5K – The entire family can thrill to the excitement of a Star Wars 5K!

Friday, April 20, 2018

runDisney Kids Races – There’s fun for runners of every age!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Celebrating in 2017, we hope to see you there in 2018!

Contact me to reserve your Star Wars, Dark Side, Half Marathon package today!

My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney parks with my family.  I always stay up to date on the current events & offers and I look forward to helping you plan at NO additional cost to you.  Yes, all of my planning services are FREE when you book through me.
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Disney Night of Joy 2017, New Ticket Options

The 2017 Night of Joy talent lineup looks amazing, and this year Disney has introduced a new ticket structure as this popular event returns to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort Sept. 8-9, 2017.

Tickets will go on sale in early June; let me know if you are interested & I can email you when they are released.

 

Guests will be able to buy both concert-only OR theme-park-and-concert-combination tickets for either evening – or also a two-night ticket.

Ticket options include:

  • Single night concert only tickets will be $45 plus tax in advance
  • Two-night concert only tickets will be $69 plus tax in advance
  • Single night concert tickets plus a (1) day at a Walt Disney World theme park add on will be $107 plus tax *
  • Two-night concert tickets with a (1) day at a Walt Disney World theme park add on will be $131 plus tax **

There also will be premium seating packages available for an extra charge; and groups of 10 or more will be able to get discounted tickets, as with past events.

A little reminder about this year’s talent: (Entertainment subject to change.)

  • Friday, Sept. 8 – MercyMe, TobyMac, Zach Williams, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon, Rend Collective.
  • Saturday, Sept. 9 – Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Jordan Feliz, Crowder, Jeremy Camp, Tye Tribbett.

* Add-on Theme Park Ticket Option is good for use any one day September 8-30, 2017 at any one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks

**2-day Concert plus 1-day Theme Park Advanced ticket will also include (1) admission to your choice of Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park for one use September 8-30, 2017. Individuals must purchase by August 8, 2017 to receive water park ticket. Groups must purchase by August 25, 2017 to receive water park ticket. 

Thank you for reading,
My name is Melissa and I am a Disney Fanatic; I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me in one of the Disney theme parks with my family almost every weekend.  I love exploring the parks and helping people plan their own magical vacations.  All of my booking and planning services are FREE.  Planning your next Disney vacation all starts with a free quote.  Visit my website or contact me.
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What in Walt Disney World is… School Bread

Delicious, is what School Bread is.  That is the unofficial way that I like to describe it.  But for those that want more technical details…  School Bread is the most popular selling pastry in Epcot and anyone who has savored this delicious bread can understand why.  This sweet semi-firm roll is injected with vanilla pudding or custard then covered with sweet icing and toasted coconut.

The bread is a classic Norwegian Snack.  In Norway it is called “Skolebrod” and is packed in school lunches and sold at bake sales.

You can purchase School Bread in Epcot’s Norway pavilion at the Kringla Bakeri Og Café.  At the time of writing this article (March 2017) the price of this sweet roll is currently $3.49 up from $3.19 less than 2 years ago.

If this sounds like a tasty treat to you, be sure to stop & try the School Bread the next time you visit Epcot.  If you are a light eater, this heavy bread can be shared between 2 people or can even be a great breakfast.  I personally have found the bread to be more mouth watering when I’ve purchased it in the morning.  Maybe this is because it was fresh or just the way that it happened to be made that day.

Not planning to visit Epcot anytime soon, but have some talent in the kitchen?  Try making your own school bread from this recipe that I found online by Kari Diehl on ‘The Spruce’: CLICK HERE
Be sure and let me know how it turns out in the comments below.

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney addict; I’m also a Travel Agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney Parks with my family sampling some type of new treat.  I’m not sure I will ever eat my way through everything that Disney has to offer.  If you would like to plan a Disney vacation and would like some FREE planning assistance, contact me for a free quote.  It never costs extra to book with me as your travel agent and I’m here to help you plan all the details.
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