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My name is Melissa and I am a Disney addict and I’m also a travel agent. You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks, on a cruise or enjoying another Florida area attraction. I would love to help you plan your own family vacation at no additional cost to you. Visit my website or email me to get started.
Melissa Mathies, Travel Agent – Pixie Dust Adventures www.PixieDustAdventures.com
This is an awesome freebie for all of my fellow Disney addicts out there. Yes, it is completely free, even the shipping.
Availability is limited so click on over HERE and create your decal today. You will need your date of birth to get started and then you can continue by customizing your very own decal with your family members, names & even the background color.
These are a must have for any serious Disney fan. They can be placed on your car, planning binder or even a scrapbook. Don’t miss out on this fun freebie.
As a fan pointed out to me…. this is only for US Residents.
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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.
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Beginning this spring and summer Disney World will release all NEW attractions and experiences in all 4 of their amazing theme parks. Night time experience will open in Animal Kingdom, Star Wars will continue to expand at Hollywood Studios, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show will appear on stage in the Magic Kingdom, Soarin’ will reopen with a new show in Epcot and perhaps one of the most anticipated attractions… Frozen Ever After will premiere in Epcot. Read on for details on each of these spectacular additions.
Did anyone else catch the piece of the video above that shows Mickey and the Magical Map which is a how in Disneyland?
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Announces Several new Shows, Parties & Attractions
Starting this Memorial Day Weekend, guests will be able to enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park in a whole new way – after the sun goes down! Whether it’s riding Kilimanjaro Safaris at sunset, venturing down Kali River Rapids at twilight, dancing alongside African performers in Harambe, or reveling in a live musical celebration of Disney’s hit film “The Jungle Book,” Guests have a lot to look forward to.
Here’s a taste of what to expect:
“The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” Show – For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” is filled with music and special effects that celebrates the new film and the classic songs, now infused with an Indian influence.
The Tree of Life Awakens – The park’s iconic Tree of Life undergoes an extraordinary “awakening.” Guests can expect to see animal spirits come to life throughout the evening by magical fireflies. Each scene appears to emanate from within the tree itself and reveals stories of wonder.
Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark – Guests can enjoy Kilimanjaro Safaris in the evening hours, thanks to special lighting that will allow them to explore the savanna – and its inhabitants – well into the night.
Harambe Wildlife Parti – Guests can turn into “party animals” at the Harambe Wildlife Parti and enjoy lively African music, exotic foods and drinks, and explore the local marketplace.
Discovery Island Carnivale – On Discovery Island, guests can join the local community in their celebration of their love for nature in this party that features music, dancers, stilt walkers, food and more.
Tiffins – Guests can enjoy the park’s newest eatery, Tiffins, for both lunch and dinner.
Nighttime Attractions – The park’s attractions, which will be operating in the nighttime hours, will take on a whole new life. For the first time, guests will be able to experience the thrill of attractions like Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids – surrounded by darkness. They’ll also be able to enjoy colorful midway games and attractions in DinoLand, U.S.A.
Tiffins, the newest Walt Disney World® Resort table-service restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will open Memorial Day weekend for lunch and dinner.
Located in the park’s Discovery Island area, the menu is inspired by the world travels of the park’s creators (Tiffin is the Indian word for a lunchbox used by travelers, and also the word for a mid-day meal). Walt Disney Imagineering describes the interior as “a gallery you can dine in with artwork that is a direct result of travels to Africa, Asia and South America,” with tastes such as Berbere-Spiced Lamb Chop with Mustard Greens, Lentil Stew and Mint Chutney (Africa); Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with Huitlacoche Tamale, Hominy Succotash and Red Mole Sauce (South America), and Miso-glazed Black Cod with Forbidden Rice in Steamed Bok Choy with Turmeric Sauce (Asia).
Tiffins will also feature sustainable, organic wines and bio-dynamic viticulture, as well as handcrafted cocktails and beers.
Frozen Ever After Attraction Set to Open at Epcot in June
Frozen Ever After will take guests on an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. Once inside, Guests will be transported to the “Winter in Summer” Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers and creates a winter-in-summer day for the entire kingdom. Passengers will pass Troll Valley on their way up the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace, and later on return to the Bay of Arendelle.
After disembarking, guests can top off their “Frozen” experience by meeting the royal sisters in their new Royal Sommerhus greeting location. Inspired by a Norwegian countryside cabin, Anna and Elsa have opened their summer home for visitors.
To bring this attraction to life, the original voice talent of the original “Frozen” film returned to record new dialogue and songs penned by composers Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Walt Disney Imagineers traveled to Norway for architecture and design research, specifically visiting the Detli House in Sverresborg and the Open Air Museum of Cultural History in Trondheim.
Soarin’ Around the World Takes Flight in Epcot this Summer
On June 17, Guests at Disney California Adventure® Park at the Disneyland Resort and Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort will be able to board the exhilarating aerial adventure that immerses them in a multi-sensory experience, complete with stunning sights, spectacular sounds and even subtle scents. Fastpass+ will be an option for Soarin’ at Walt Disney World Resort beginning Thursday, April 21. In addition to the new film, the Epcot attraction also added a third theater and reimagined its interactive queue.
‘Finding Dory’ Characters Dubut at Turtle Talk with Crush in Epcot
Starting in early May, Guests visiting Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort will be able to spot Dory and some of her friends from the new film “Finding Dory” at the park’s “Turtle Talk With Crush” attraction.
Some of her new pals you can expect to spot within the attraction include Destiny the whale shark, Bailey the beluga whale and Hank the “septopus” (that’s a seven-legged octopus). Crush’s son and best pal Squirt will also be swimming by for the first time. And, Guests may spot Nemo and his dad Marlin.
“Finding Dory” swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.
“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” Set to Arrive On Stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle in June at Mgic Kingdom Park
Beginning this summer at Walt Disney World® Resort, Mickey Mouse and his friends will welcome favorite characters from some of Disney’s newest classics in “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.” This all-new live stage show makes its debut in June on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage at Magic Kingdom® Park, with special appearances by Tiana and Naveen from “The Princess and the Frog,” Rapunzel and Flynn from “Tangled” and Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.”
“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” brings to the stage fantastic costumes, lively dancing, special effects magic and memorable musical moments, including the original song “On This Day” by songwriters Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (“Toy Story: The Musical,” “Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings”).
In the show, Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have been preparing to host a joyous festival and have ventured far and wide to invite friends from other lands to join their celebration. From the Land of the Bewitching Bayous, Goofy has invited Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. From the Land of the Enchanted Woods, Donald Duck brings some new friends he met at the Snuggly Duckling, and Daisy introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn. Finally, Mickey shares a surprise with Minnie, as he has traveled to the Land of the Mystic Mountains to invite Olaf, Anna and Elsa, who contributes a blast of her icy magic. It all culminates in a grand dance, as the Merry Makers invite all their new friends to join in the fun on this special day in Magic Kingdom Park.
“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” celebrates the unique stories of the citizens who make up this magical kingdom.
Star Wars Expansion Continues in Hollywood Studios
There has never been a better time or place to be a Star Wars fan. So many new experiences have already begun & many more are scheduled to open soon.
‘Star Wars, a galactic spectacular’ is anticipated to be the most spectacular night time show in Hollywood Studios You will see new pyrotechnics & projections on the Chinese Theater. Fantasmic will continue nightly on schedule along with the new Star Wars fireworks show.
Guests can currently thrill your Star Wars inner geek at Star Wars Launch Bay. There you can meet characters like Chewbacca & Kylo Ren, visit the Cantina for a snack, browse the galleries filled with movie memorabilia and play exclusive Disney Infinity Star Wars Video games. The Star Tours attraction has added new adventures from the Force Awakens and Jedi Training ‘Trials of the Temple’ has all new villains and characters from Disney XD.
Be sure to catch the new ‘Galaxy Far Far Away’ stage show. Guests can even catch an ‘up-close’ glimpse of the starring characters during the ‘March’ where the stars parade to the stage, before and after, the show.
Disney is working on a new Star Wars Dinner Club to open on an unannounced date in Hollywood Studios. Although there has been no name or menu mentioned yet, Disney has released the concept art below.
If all of this Disney news is making you giddy to see what they’re up to in person, contact your travel agent today (((me))) for a free quote. Right now you can take advantage of Disney’s special Summer Awakens Offers and there are no extra fees to book through a travel agent and they stay on top of news and events to help you plan the perfect vacation. Why Use A Travel Agent?
Thank you for reading,
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
This week you can enter once a day to win your very own trip to Aulani, Disney’s Resort & Spa in Hawaii. Wheel of Fortune is celebrating Disney with a Sea & Shore week on their game show.
You can enter the Sea & Shore Sweepstakes once a day, through Friday 2/19, by going to www.WheelOfFortune.com , creating an account & then entering the bonus puzzle solution from the show. With all of the Disney things going on, the show is extra fun to watch! If you do not know the answer to the bonus puzzle, feel free to message me over on my Facebook page & I am willing to help you. 😉 www.Facebook.com/PixieDustAdventures
I would LOVE for one of my followers to be the winner of the giveaway!!!!! You will have to let me know if you do win. If you are not a lucky winner & still would like to visit the mouse, contact me for a free, no obligation quote to your Disney Destination of choice. You will get my concierge planning service at NO added cost to you. It costs nothing extra to book through me over booking directly through Disney. 😉
Thank you for reading!
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
October is CLIA National Plan A Cruise Month!!!! As a CLIA agent member, I am offering a stateroom credit starting at $25, depending on the price of your cruise. Use this credit for souvenirs, spa treatments, shore excursions and more. If you have been dreaming of a cruise for your wedding, honeymoon, family vacation or just to get away, October is the month to book your cruise. Remember, my stateroom credit will be in addition to any special offers from the cruise lines and there are some great offers this month. The stateroom credit is good for bookings on ALL cruise lines.
Also to celebrate National Plan a Cruise Month, CLIA is sponsoring the #CruiseSmile Sweepstakes. Each day from Oct. 1-31, 2015, a cruise vacation for two will be featured and given away; showcasing there is a cruise for every travel style and budget. Visit http://www.cruisesmile.org to enter.
Contact me to take advantage of this special stateroom credit offer today. It all starts with a free quote.
Halloween is possibly my favorite time of year to visit Disney World and Disneyland. It offers such bright, fall decor, perfect temperatures, low crowds and great prices. The Halloween parties are special ticketed event that take place in the Magic Kingdom as well as Disneyland Park and also require an extra ticket. In my opinion they are worth the cost to me since the Halloween parties are my favorite event to attend. Who can resist the special characters, parades, shows and of course the candy, candy, candy….
Although Disney World lays claim to most of the special shots offered by Photopass at the Halloween parties this year. Both Disney World and Disneyland have Photopass opportunities available that are unique only to the Halloween parties.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World offers the, ever popular, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that begins in September and ends on November 1st this year. Ticket prices start at $68 per ticket for this Halloween celebration.
During this fall celebration you will be able to get special photos with Disney characters decked out in their Halloween best. You also will have access to select Magic Shots and even Animated Magic Shots. Don’t forget that you will need to purchase a Memory Maker entitlement to get all of your Photopass photos from your stay. Click HERE for information on Memory Maker.
Have you seen the new Animated Magic Shots offered in Disney World? Below are examples of both Animated and regular Magic Shots offered during this year’s Halloween Party in Disney World.
Disneyland offers a similar Halloween party by a different name, Mickey’s Halloween Party that begins in September and ends on Halloween this year. Ticket prices start at $69 per ticket for Disneyland’s Halloween celebration.
Although Disneyland may not offer quite as many Magic Shots and they do not offer Animated Magic Shots at all, they do offer some unique attractions that you can only find at the Disneyland Halloween Party. The Haunted Mansion has takes on a whole new, Nightmare Before Christmas Theme and Space Mountain becomes Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. These attractions will be available during the day as well as during Halloween and the amazing affects are not to be missed. Trust me, I speak from person experience.
As for the special Photopass shots offered during Disneyland’s Halloween Party you will be able to get the apple/cauldron Magic Shot and a Zero Magic Shot as well.
In order to get access to all of your Photopass shots in Disneyland, be sure to purchase their Photopass package. When you Pre-Purchase Photopass before your trip, you will be able to get a discount.
My name is Melissa and I am an agent with Main Street Adventures Travel Agency. I have been to both Halloween partied at Disneyland and Disney World and look forward to attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party again this year. If you have not yet booked your fall Disney vacation, or would like to plan one for next year contact me for a free quote. I can help you plan, from personal experience, at no added cost to you. Booking through me will cost the same as booking directly through Disney.
Thank you for reading,
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
Did you know that you can use Disney gift cards for virtually everything on Disney property? You can even use your Disney gift cards to pay for your vacation. Purchasing Disney gift cards can also offer you money saving opportunities (read about saving money with Disney gift cards here).
You can also help pay for your vacation by telling your friends & family members that you would like to have Disney gift cards for every Birthday, Christmas or any other celebration gift. When you do that, you can amass quite the collection of Disney gift cards that can be difficult to keep track of. To make things simpler, why not register your Disney gift cards online at www.DisneyGiftCard.com? By doing this you can accomplish several things:
Track Balances: You can easily track your gift cards and their balances all in one place. Combine Gift Cards: You can transfer / output all of your Disney gift cards into one single card. Your travel agent will LOVE this if you are paying for your trip with your gift cards; take my word for it 😉 Also, if you plan to take your cards with you on your Disney vacation, you will only have to keep track of a single card instead of multiple cards. You can store that card in your room, charge on your MagicBand in the parks if you are a Disney Resort guest, and then take your gift card to the front desk to pay off your room balance before you check out. This way you don’t even have to carry your gift card to the parks with you.
Below I have created a step by step process on how to collect and combind your Disney gift cards on www.DisneyGiftCard.com
If you already have an account on DisneyGiftCard.com, then you may login here and skip steps 3 – 5 and begin adding gift cards with step 6
Step 3: If you do not have an account click “Get Started”
Step 4: Fill in your information and click “Create Account”. STAY ON THE VERIFICATION PAGE where you are re-directed and check your email for your “verification code”.
Step 5: Once you get your verification code in your email, enter it & submit it and you are all set up to enter your Disney gift cards.
Step 6:Enter Gift Cards: Go to the top of the page click “manage cards” and “my cards”.
Step 7: Scroll down to the Add A Card section. Here you can name each card; you can number them or give them something a personal name like “Birthday gift from mom”; you are not required to name your cards. Enter your card account number and then the security code and click the blue “add Card” button. You will receive an email for each card that you have successfully added.
I have added 3 cards in order to demonstrate how this works. Be sure to save one single card as your primary card; do not lose this card. I wrote on the front of my primary card with a black sharpie so that I could keep track of it.
Tip: be sure to save all of your gift cards in an envelope until your trip is over; in the case of any refunds, your money will be refunded to the card/s.
Step 8: Now it is time to transfer the balance from your card onto a single, primary card. You can do this in several ways.
You can transfer the balance by clicking the “TRANSFER BALANCE” icon under each card when you are on the “manage cards” page.
In the next pop-up screen you can choose which card you want to transfer the balance from and which card you want to transfer the balance to.
You can also transfer the balance from your cards, by clicking “manage cards” and “transfer balance” and following the instructions. You will need to click on / select a card to transfer the balance from on the left & then a card on the right to where the balance is going. (your Primary Card). After you have selected the card to transfer from, by clicking on that card’s balance, simply click the green “transfer balance” button.
You will receive an email for each successful balance transfer from one card to another.
After you have transferred your balances to a single card, you will see a balance on only your primary card and the remainder of the cards will have a zero balance as you can see in my shot below.
Now you can also click the x next to the empty cards & delete them from your account if you choose to. In case of any refunds for your trip, I still recommend saving all of your cards, in an envelope, until your trip is over and using a marker to mark the card with the money on it as your primary card. Money refunded will go back to the gift card that it was charged from. A maximum of one gift card can be credited per day.
This makes is much easier to keep track of all of your Disney gift card money on one single card and simplifies the process if you are using your card to pay for your trip; your travel agent ((me)) will thank you for this!!
THERE ARE LIMITATIONS TO THIS SITE:
– You will only be able to transfer a maximum of $1,000 to a single gift card. More than $1,000 will have to go on to separate gift cards.
– You can only have 5 cards in your account at one time. You may have to remove the empty cards in order to add more cards. This also limits you to having a maximum of $5,000 in your account at one time.
My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic; I’m also a travel agent. You will find me almost every weekend in the one of the Disney parks with my family and I would love to help you plan your next Disney vacation at NO added cost to you. That’s right, it costs exactly the same to book through me or directly through Disney & I always add special perks for my guests. What are you waiting for? It all starts with a free, no obligation quote. www.PixieDustAdventures.com
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