Join Snow White for a Meal at Artist Point this Winter

This winter a new character dining experience will debut at the Artist Point restaurant in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  You will be able to meet four very unique characters including Snow White, Grumpy, Dopey & the Evil Queen herself.  A prix fix menu will be offered making me think that this will be a signature dining experience requiring two table service credits if you are on the Disney Dining Plan.

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No official opening dates have been announced & reservations are not yet available.  Disney released the following information:

Storybook Dining at Artist Point will invite guests to venture into an Enchanted Forest-like setting inspired by Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” There, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal of fantastic fare with visits from Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy. Delightful music and activities will help bring the classic fairytale to life, and they’ll even have an opportunity for an encounter with The Queen.

Meeting Snow White would be fun, Dopey and Grumpy are guaranteed to be a hit, but I will admit the opportunity to encounter the queen makes me the most excited.

This unique experience is sure to be popular and reservations will quickly fill once they open.  If you are one of my guests & would like me to assist you in looking for a reservation, please contact me and I will be happy to try & get a reservation as soon as I see that they are open.

Let me 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 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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2017 Epcot Candlelight Processional

This fully immersive experience is part of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World in 2017 and runs from 11/24/17 through 12/30/17.  The amazing telling of the Christmas story boasts a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir and has become a holiday tradition for my family.

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This year 13 celebrity narrators are performing at the event and there are 6 brand new narrators. Several of which I am personally excited to watch.

  • NEW! Laurie Hernandez – November 24 to 26, 2017
  • NEW! Matt Bomer – November 27 to 28, 2017
  • Ana Gastayer – November 29 to 30, 2017
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 1 to 3, 2017
  • NEW! Pat Sajak – December 4 to 5, 2017
  • Jodi Benson – December 6 to 8, 2017
  • NEW! Kurt Russell – December 9 to 11, 2017
  • NEW! Warwick Davis – December 12 to 14, 2017
  • Trace Adkins – December 15 to 17, 2017
  • Neil Patrick Harris – December 18 to 21, 2017
  • NEW! CCH Pounder – December 22 to 24, 2017
  • Jaci Velasquez – December 25 to 27, 2017
  • Chandra Wilson – December 28 to 30, 2017

The performances are every night at the America Gardens Theater at 5:00pm, 6:45pm & 8:15pm

If you want a good seat, you may want to consider reserving a Candlelight Processional Dining Package.  Find details on the dining packages HERE

Here is my video from last year with Steven Curtis Chapman as the narrator:

Because we are ultimate fans of the Guardian’s of the Galaxy series, we are thrilled that we have been able to grab a dining reservation, with preferred seating, to watch Kurt Russell perform.  I would also like to try out standby seating to watch Jodi Benson.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season than with the biblical telling of the Christmas story surrounded by unsurpassed talent & a celebrity narrator.  What are your plans for the season?  Who are you most excited to watch?  Let me know in the comments.

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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.
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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.
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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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2016 Disney World Dining Plans Compared

In 2016 Disney will continue to offer Five different dining package options.  Quick Service, Disney Dining, Deluxe Dining, Premium Dining and Platinum Dining.  For all 2017 packages the Premium & Platinum dining packages will be discontinued.

The Deluxe Dining Plan, Premium Dining Plan and Platinum Dining Plan all include the same number of meals.  The Premium and Platinum Dining Plans offer some extras that go above and beyond dining in the parks.

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* Deluxe, Premium and Platinum Packages include 3 meals: Quick Service or Table Service

Quick Service Breakfast = combo meal + soft drink or juice
Quick Service lunch/dinner = combo meal + dessert + soft drink
1 Quick Service Meal = 3 snack credits

Table Service breakfast = entree + soft drink or buffet
Table Service lunch/dinner = entree + dessert + soft drink
Children 3 – 9 must order from a children’s menu if available.
1 Table Service Meal = 3 snack credits

•Gratuities are not included except for participating pre-paid dining locations.
•Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay for the entire party.
•Meals are nontransferable between party members and expire at midnight on day of check-out.
•Reservations are highly recommended for table-service restaurants, dining availability may be limited or not available without advance reservations.
•1 meal credit exchanged for snacks, must be exchanged in a single transaction

There are so many options to choose from when booking a Disney Vacation.  It can often feel like you’re buying a new car.  Using a travel agent is always one good way to help make the best decisions for your vacation and many travel agents do not charge you any extra for their planning services when you book your vacation through them and on top if it all it costs the same to book through me as it does to book directly through Disney.

My name is Melissa and I am a travel agent.  I am also a total Disney geek & love trying the hotels, dining plans & many other options offered in the vacation packages.  I’m here to help you plan your next vacation at NO added cost to you and it all starts with a free quote.
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Two New Disney World Offers Available Through December 23rd.

Play, Stay, Dine and save up to $500 at Walt Disney World Resort

When you Play, Stay and Dine you can save up to $500* on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Dec. 13-19, 2015 and Jan. 2-March 7, 2016 when they book Sept. 28-Dec. 23, 2015.

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In December, you can celebrate a most wonderful time of year with a series of yuletide festivities – from enchanting fireworks and sensational parades to shimmering displays, including The final season of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

Booking Window:
Sept. 28-Dec. 23, 2015

Travel Window:
Dec. 13-19, 2015
Jan. 2-March 7, 2016

  • Save $300 on a room, ticket, and Quick Service Dining Plan package at a Value Disney Resort hotel.
  • Save $500 on a room, ticket, and Disney Dining Plan package at a Moderate or Deluxe Disney Resort hotel.
  • Minimum 3-night length of stay

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As a Disney Resort hotel Guest, you  will receive complimentary MagicBands – amazing all-in-one devices that allow you to unlock your room door, enter parks (admission required), check in at Disney FastPass+ entrances, charge purchases to your room and more. Plus, when you stay at a Disney Resort hotel, you will be able to make your Disney FastPass+selections up to 60 days prior to check-in for the entire length of your stay.

And, when you stay at a Disney Resort hotel, you’ll enjoy special benefits, including extra time in the parks before they open and after they close, complimentary resort transportation and parking, complimentary airport service, Resort hotel entertainment and legendary Disney service.


Save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels

Great news about a new room discount offered for Walt Disney World vacation packages!!!  You can save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights from 1/2/2016 – 4/13/2016.

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Stay at a Disney Resort hotel and you’ll be right in the middle of the magic. Plus, you’ll enjoy an array of special benefits to make your vacation magical.

Booking Window:
Sept. 28-Dec. 23, 2015

Travel Window:
Jan. 2-April 13, 2016

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Resort Category

Hotel

Savings for stays most nights
1/2 – 4/13/16
Deluxe Villas Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & SpaDisney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Boardwalk Villas

Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows – Studios only

Save up to 25%
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeDisney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House and Kidani Village

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Save up to 15%
Deluxe Resorts Disney’s Yacht Club ResortDisney’s Boardwalk Inn

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Standard View/Pool View Rooms

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Save up to 25%
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & SpaDisney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Savanna View/Club Level View Rooms

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Save up to 15%

Resort Category

Hotel

Savings for stays most Sunday–Thursday nights 1/3 – 2/29/16 and for stays most nights 1/2, 3/1 – 4/13/16
Moderate Resorts Disney’s Coronado Springs ResortDisney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins

Save up to 20%
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter Save up to 15%
Value Resorts Disney’s All–Star Sports ResortDisney’s All–Star Music Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites only

Save up to 15%
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort Save up to 10%

Offer Exclusions: 3-bedroom villas, campsites, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard View Room

As a Guest of a Walt Disney World® Resort hotel, you’ll betreated to special resort benefits, including:

  • Early Access to Disney FastPass+ planning – get first access to reserve some Disney FastPass+ attractions, shows and more – up to 60 days before you arrive! Plus,complimentary MagicBands and much more.2
  • Extra Magic Hours – Each day, one of the parks offers extended hours, so you can enjoy select attractions (valid park admission and Resort ID required).
  • Complimentary parking and transportation throughout Walt Disney World® Resort – Come and go from the parks as you please during regular park hours (valid park admission required). You also get complimentary motor coach transportation between Orlando International Airport and your Disney Resort hotel via Disney’s Magical Express service.
  • Entertaining amenities at Disney Resort hotels – Make a splash at pools with slides, explore activity programs and discover restaurants.

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Disneyland Dining: Pre-Paid Meal Vouchers is What is offered in Place of the Dining Plan at WDW

Disneyland Pre-Paid Meal Vouchers

A major part of our trips, to the Disney theme parks and beyond, is eating our way through our vacation.  Disney offers some of the most mouth watering meals paired with experiences not found anywhere else.  You can dine with characters or in a romantic setting with a loved one.  Either way, the food and ambiance are a ‘not to be missed’ part of every Disney vacation.

Disneyland, in particular, does not offer a dining plan with their vacation packages.  Many of us, that have been to Walt Disney World, have become accustomed to that all-inclusive feel that the Disney Dining Plan offers us.  What Disneyland packages do offer is Disney Dining Vouchers available for pre-purcahse with your vacation package.

If eating with Disney characters is a priority on your next visit to Disneyland, then you should consider the pre-paid meal vouchers.

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Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel is a wonderful way to cook off for a buffet meal while meeting Goofy and some of his pals. Be sure to bring your autograph book and camera!

There are two different pre-paid meal voucher packages to choose from and both include all taxes and gratuities: Resort Character Dining or Premium Dining.

1. Resort Character Dining

Breakfast Only
Guests can choose from the following meal options:
1. Breakfast with Minnie & Friends – at the Plaza Inn located in Disneyland Park
2. Surf’s Up Breakfast – Eat with Mickey & Friends at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
3. Storytellers Breakfast – at Disney’s Grand Californian with the woodland creatures
Cost:  Adults – $33 per person; Children (9 & under) $17 per person

2. Premium Dining

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Guests can choose from the following meal options:
1. Breakfast with Minnie & Friends – at the Plaza Inn located in Disneyland Park
2. Arial’s Grotto – Featuring Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration in California Adventure Park. Breakfast or lunch
3. Goofy’s Kitchen – A delicious buffet in the Disneyland Hotel with Goofy and various Disney pals.  Breakfast or Dinner
Cost:  Adults – $45 per person; Children (9 & under) $22 per person

Ariel's Grotto lights up the twilight sky in California Adventure Theme Park. A meal here is ideal for every Disney princess fan.
Ariel’s Grotto lights up the twilight sky in California Adventure Theme Park. A meal here is ideal for every Disney princess fan.

The Fine Print on both pre-paid Meal Voucher Packages

– All taxes and gratuities are included with meal vouchers (tax 8% and gratuity 18%)
– You will still need to make reservations for your meals up to 60 days in advance and reservations are recommended.  As your travel agent, I am here to assist you with this if you need me to.
 – You will need to redeem the vouchers, that come with your package, to pay for your meals.  This is very important: You Must bring your vouchers with you, to you meal, and present them when you check in for your meal.
– Meal vouchers are non-refundable
– If for some reason you are not able to get a reservation, you can use the meal vouchers to purchase food, in a single location, in Disneyland Park or California Adventure Park.  You can redeem them for up to the amount that the voucher is worth.
– These meal vouchers can be added at any time.  If added after your final payment, they must be paid for in full and will be subject to the standard change and cancellation policies.
– You can add them after your arrival in Disneyland by going to the Disney Travel office in Downtown Disney, open daily from 9:00am to 2:00pm  (If you wait to purchase the meal vouchers once you get to Disneyland, reservations for the restaurants may be unavailable.)

Along with good food Disney has made dining an experience!  If you would like to check menus and prices to see if these pre-paid meal vouchers would be a good addition to your package, get all the details at Disneyland’s dining site HERE  The meal vouchers can be a cost saving measure depending on the time of day you eat at a particular restaurant and where you choose to dine.

Thank you for reading, my name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic; I’m also a travel agent.  If you would like assistance with your next Disneyland vacation package, it all starts with a free quote.  My booking & planning services cost you nothing additional over booking directly through Disney and you get personalized planning service.
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A Brand New Holiday Dining Experience comes to Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood Studios this year

As if Hollywood and Vine wasn’t exciting enough, you can now celebrate the holiday season with Minnie and her friends during a festive dinner at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.  Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine Dinner takes place select nights Nov.7, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, and features Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Santa Goofy. (Characters are subject to change). With holiday-themed décor, food, music and activities this offering is the perfect spot for you to deck the halls with family and friends.

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Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine Dinner is $46.99 for adults and $27.99 for children and is included on the Disney Dining Plan as one table-service entitlement.

You can enjoy reserved seating at Fantasmic! when you book Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine as part of the Fantasmic! Dining Package. The cost for the Fantasmic! Dining Package is $52.99 for adults and $31.99 for children, plus tax and gratuity.  Although the cost is more for the Fantasmic dinner package, the package still requires only one table service meal entitlement on the Disney dining plan.

Dinner with Santa Goofy…  yes please!

Reservations for Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine are now available and are filling up quickly.

Please note Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine will still take place during breakfast and lunch at Hollywood & Vine.

My name is Melissa and I am a travel agent for Main Street Adventures Travel Agency.  Disney World is one of the most amazing place to spend the holiday season and it all starts with a free quote.  Contact me today for a free quote on your next Disney World vacation package; it will not cost more for you to book through myself as it does to book directly through Disney and you get my concierge planning service FREE.  Expert advice at no extra cost.  If you are a current client and would like my assistance book a reservation for this new holiday offering, please contact me.

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