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. 

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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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2018 WDW Marathon Packages Available February 14th 2017!

What better way to tell someone you love them than with a RunDisney marathon package for 2018?  I can help you plan and set up all of the details.

Whether you are young or young at heart, a runner or more of a trotter, Run Disney is an amazing, uplifting race experience for everyone!  It’s not about winning or getting the best time, it is more about completion while running alongside of and encouraging fellow runners.

These race registrations fill up very quickly and this is a great opportunity to get yours before they run out of spots!


It’s the most magical race on earth! The Walt Disney World® Marathon adventure is unlike anything else. beginning February 14th, you can book your Race Registration with a Magic Your Way® Package for the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which takes place Jan. 3-7, 2018.

A Magic Your Way Package allows guests to enjoy Disney fun for the whole family throughout the race weekend. They pick their favorite Disney Resort hotel and the number of days for their Theme Park ticket.

Plus, when guests stay at a Disney Resort hotel they’ll enjoy special benefits, including complimentary MagicBands and early access to Disney FastPass+ planning up to 60 days before they arrive!

*Race registrations are non-refundable.

After spending some time at the Run Disney Expo for the 2017 Marathon, I am convinced that this is one of the most amazing Runner events around.  There was so much to do that you could easily spend a few hours shopping and touring around the Expo at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.  Cigna is the 2017 sponsor and they have done such a marvelous job at it.  They offered free airbrush tattoos, runner belts, cheer cards and more.  There was so much to look at that even if you do not run in the Run Disney Marathon, you may want to plan a few hours just visiting the Expo.

I’m looking forward to my personal experience with Run Disney in April for the Star Wars Half Marathon.

My name is Melissa and I now live in Florida, I’m also a travel agent.  If you are interested in any of the Run Disney events, contact me to book your Disney vacation package today!  It all starts with a free, no obligation quote.
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What in Walt Disney World… are Smokehouse Nachos?

Perhaps you are wondering around Disney Springs and may be headed for a show at Cirque or a Movie at the AMC Theater & you are a little hungry, but… you have a later dining reservation & you don’t want to eat too much.  The Smokehouse Nachos are the perfect choice for you to share as a snack or make a meal out of a single serving.  We’ve made lunch for our family of four out of two orders of Nachos and four drinks.
These delicious & loaded nachos are very filling  and you have two choices:
1. Smokehouse Nachos with Pulled Pork: (on left above) Crispy fried tri-color corn tortilla chips topped with house-made cheese sauce, avocado lime crema, pickled jalapenos, fresh-made pico de gallo and cilantro with pulled smoked pork
2. Smokehouse Nachos with Pulled Chicken: (on right above) these are almost identical to the Pulled Pork Nachos above with pulled smoked chicken instead of the pork.

You can find these Nachos at The Smokehouse located on the West Side of Disney Springs near the House of Blues.  The cost is $9.99 for each order of Nachos and adult soda’s are $2.25; a child soda is $1.99.  The soda’s are not really large, but were large enough that the ice began to melt before we drank them completely.
This is a walk up counter service location & there is no seating directly in the front of the building.  So eat this snack while you are on the run or find seating on the patio of the House of Blues or around Disney Springs.
The smokehouse also serves other menu items like Smoked Turkey legs for $9.99, pulled chicken sandwich for $11.99 and children’s items like a mini smoked pulled park slider for $6.99.

Overall I enjoyed this affordable & filling snack for sharing.  The Disney Quick Service Meal Plan is accepted at this location as of the date of this being published.

Next time you are searching for a filling snack in Disney Springs, consider trying The Smokehouse Nachos.

My name is Melissa and I am a Florida local.  You will catch me in the Disney parks almost every weekend.  I enjoy being a part of all of the new attractions and I can never get enough of the delicious food that Disney has to offer.  If you would like some assistance booking and planning your next Disney vacation, visit www.PixieDustAdventures.com for a no obligation quote & FREE, detailed planning assistance.
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What in Walt Disney World… are Zebra Domes?

To say the least… Zebra Domes are one of those ‘must eat’ foods in Walt Disney World.  Similar to the Dole Whip & Beignets, many people consider this delicious morsel at the top of any foodie’s Disney World bucket list..  The ingredients on the box say “Flour, Sugar, Eggs, Butter; Alcohol. May contain nuts”. But this hardly begins to explain what biting into one is like.


Cream Liquor mousse is enrobed in panna cotta-esque white chocolate and drizzled with chocolate and chocolate shavings. The whole thing sits atop a thin cake base.

A peek at the inside of a Zebra Dome

Where can you try a Zebra Dome?  These little gooey morsels can only be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort.  If you are in the mood for an ‘all you can eat’ feast of these decadent desserts, make a reservation to dine at Boma and indulge in a wonderful buffet to delight your taste buds and end the meal with unlimited Zebra Domes.  If you just want to grab a few on the fly, you can pick up a 4 pack at The Mara for $4.95.  Both of these African inspired restaurants can be found in the Jambo House building of Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The next time you are in the mood for a mouthwatering sweet treat that is unique to Walt Disney World, be sure to visit Animal Kingdom Lodge and try the Zebra Domes.


My name is Melissa and I LOVE Zebra Domes; I am also a travel agent.  This blog article is for one of my delightful, fun loving clients, the *R* family.  I congratulate them on their breakfast reservation at Boma and may they indulge in numerous Zebra Domes.

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