What’s coming to Walt Disney World in 2019

Walt Disney World has so many new things headed our way in 2019. Exciting favorites like the holiday parties in Magic Kingdom will be returning.. Brand new additions like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, new hotels and new entertainment will also be coming to the most magical place on Earth.

The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will surely bring unprecedented crowds to Hollywood Studios this fall, but even if you are not a Star Wars fan there are many other irresistible experiences to entice everyone to join in the fun.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival: 3/6 – 6/3
Lightning McQueen Racing Academy: 3/31
Animal Kingdom Party of the Planet: 4/20 – 4/22
Hollywood Studios 30th anniversary celebrations begin: 5/1
Hollywood Studios Wonderful World of Animation show begins: 5/1
Disney Villains After Hours Nights in Magic Kingdom: 6/6 – 8/8
New Bippity Boppity Boutique at the Grand Floridian opens: this summer
Coronado Springs Gran Destino Tower opens: 7/9
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: 8/16 – 11/1
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening 8/29
Epcot Food & Wine Festival: 8/29 – 11/19
Epcot Illuminations Ends: 9/30
Beauty & the Best Inspired Lounge in the Grand Floridan opens: this fall
Epcot Forever nighttime show begins: 10/1
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: 11/8 – 12/22
Disney’s Skyliner Gondola System will connect Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Pop Century Resort, Coronado Springs Resort & Caribbean Beach Resort to Hollywood Studios & Epcot: Opening Fall 2019
Rivera Resort Opens: 12/16


Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World 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, 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 from someone who is local and has 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 & fill out a quote form, or contact me so we can set up a time to chat about your dream vacation.

Melissa And THE Mouse

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.
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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Dinner Reservations Coming to ABC Commissary in Hollywood Studios

There are some enchantments coming to the ABC Commissary restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This restaurant offers a quick-service lunch menu and a fast-casual dinner menu. Menu options include things like a Vegan Burger, a BBQ Rib Platter, a Teriyaki Bowl and more.

ABC Commissary in Hollywood Studios

Over the next few months the restaurant will be getting some new enhancements that include a self-serve beverage station & a new Art-Deco-inspired theme.

The major new addition will be optional reservations beginning on June 2, 2019 for meals starting at 4:00pm daily. This will be the second quick service restaurant to offer reservations, but they will not be required as they are at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom. Like Be Our Guest Restaurant, guests will place their order at the cash register, take a pager & their meal will be delivered to them once it is ready. With reservations at ABC Commissary guests will enjoy the same fast-casual dining experience with guaranteed seating.

My thoughts…
From my previous experience at the ABC Commissary we have never had a great deal of trouble finding a seat, so the addition of dinner reservations has a few thoughts running through my head.
1. Disney is testing this & preparing for the onslaught of crowds that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is sure to bring when it opens in August.
2.Disney is testing this method of dining reservation to use in future quick service restaurants such as the space themed restaurant coming to Epcot & the quick service restaurants in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

I have been told that the restaurant will continue to accept the Disney Dining Plans and is currently 1 quick service credit per meal, including the dinner reservations.

Will the dinner reservations at ABC Commissary be permanent? That all remains to be seen. Stay tuned for more Disney news.

It is important to choose a Disney focused travel planner when planning your vacation. They will keep you up to date on all of the necessary reservations for your vacation.


Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World 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, 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 from someone who is local and has 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 & fill out a quote form, or contact me so we can set up a time to chat about your dream vacation.

Melissa And THE Mouse

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.
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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Comparing Walt Disney World Resort Categories

With more than 25 different resorts to choose from, deciding where to stay can often be the most difficult part of planning a Walt Disney World vacation.  They all have stunning & bright design & top notch Disney service.  It really all boils down to personal preference and taste and maybe even your budget might play a part.

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When you book a package, at any Walt Disney World Resort, you will get:

  • Free transportation from & to the Orlando airport via Disney’s Magic Express
  • Free MagicBands (one per person)
  • Exclusive Extra Magic Hours in the parks, for Disney resort guests only
  • Complementary parking & transportation to all the Disney Parks and Disney Springs
  • Early access to Fastpass+ planning
  • Early access to dining reservations
  • Complimentary entertainment and recreation at your resort
  • Access to refreshing pools at your resort
  • Select ‘Magical Extras’ like one free round of mini-golf & shopping discounts

Value Resorts

All value resorts offer:

  • Several themed pools but no water slides
  • Bus transportation to all the parks and Disney Springs (only 1 internal bus stop)
  • Rooms that open to outside hallways
  • 260 – 277 square foot standard rooms, with 2 double beds or 1 king bed, that sleep 4 guests.
  • Mini refrigerators are usually standard in every room
  • Coffee makers and coffee included in only the family suites
  • Art of Animation & All-Star Music Resorts offer family suites that sleep up to 6 guests.
  • Food courts and pizza delivery, but no table service restaurants
  • Family friendly theming that is bright & fun with larger than life icons around the resort
  • Price Range: $96 – $214 for the standard rooms

Value resorts are Disney’s most economical choice for your vacation.  They offer the best ‘value’ for your dollar and are perfect for people that plan to spend most of their time in the parks and less time relaxing at the resort.

My favorite value resort has to be a tie between Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Art of Animation.  Art of Animation has amazing themeing around the resort, lobby & pools with a more upscale feel to the food court, but is at the upper end of the value resorts.  I also like Pop Century resort, while still well priced, it has it’s own bus service that it does not share with other resorts, an satisfying food court and great pools.

• New in 2018: Parking fees for overnight guests – $13 per night

Moderate Resorts

All moderate resorts offer:

  • A ‘feature pool’ with a water slide and other quiet pools throughout the resort
  • A calm and romantic atmosphere with beautiful landscaping and walking paths
  • A table service restaurant (except for French Quarter), food courts & pizza delivery available
  • Recreation options on-site for an additional fee as well as free recreation & entertainment
  • Large resorts with spread out layout
  • Bus transportation with multiple stops throughout the resort, to all the parks & Disney Springs.  The Port Orleans Resorts have boat transportation to Disney Springs.  Port Orleans French Quarter is smaller and only has 1 bus stop.
  • Rooms that open to outside hallways
  • 314 – 340 sq ft rooms with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed.  Most standard rooms sleep up to 4 guests.
  • Mini refrigerators are usually standard in every room
  • Coffee makers and coffee
  • Riverside and Caribbean Beach Resort have some rooms that sleep up to 5 guests
  • Coronado Springs Resort has Jr Suites that sleep up to 6 guests
  • Riverside and Caribbean Beach Resort have special themed rooms
  • Price Range: $182 – $285 a night for standard rooms

Moderate resorts have a more upscale feel, but also less bright and ‘Disney’ themed areas.  The resorts all have wonderful landscaping with nice walking pathways around the resorts.  The quick service food options are a little more upscale and most of the moderate resorts offer a table service restaurant.

It’s so difficult for me to choose a favorite resort out of these four fabulous choices.  I LOVE the pools at the Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs resorts, but the quaint size of the French Quarter Resort is also nice.  My kiddos have really enjoyed staying in the themed rooms.  Choosing your resort is really unique to your family and to what kind of experience you are looking for.

• New in 2018: Parking fees for overnight guests – $19 per night

Deluxe Resorts

All deluxe resorts offer:

  • A ‘feature pool’ with a water slide and other quiet pools throughout the resort. Many have hot tubs to relax in.
  • Amazing, unmatched theming with luxurious lobbies and gift shops
  • Table service restaurants (with 1 upscale option) and quick service food, but no food courts.
  • Bus transportation to all of the Disney Parks and Disney Springs
  • Non-bus access to at least 1 park (except Animal Kingdom Lodge)
  • Walking paths from some of the resorts to the one of the theme parks
  • On-site gyms, salons and valet parking available
  • Recreational options for an added fee
  • Free fun and recreation scheduled daily around the pools and movies at night
  • Rooms that open to inside hallways
  • Standard room sizes that start at 316 sq ft and sleep up to 5 guests
  • Mini refrigerators are usually standard in every room
  • Coffee makers and coffee
  • Some deluxe resorts offer villa rooms that have multiple bedrooms, bathrooms and full sized kitchens and sleep up to 12 guests
  • Price Range: $320 and up, per night.  Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge are the least expensive

If you want your vacation to be unforgettable in upscale style, than you should consider a deluxe Disney resort.  At the deluxe Disney resorts I could easily spend a  relaxing day sitting around the pool and enjoying the food & free recreation.

It would be difficult for me to choose a favorite resort in the deluxe category.  I like the Beach Club Resort for it’s easy access to Epcot Park, but I also like the Polynesian resort for it’s rich theming and monorail access to the Magic Kingdom.  The Contemporary is such a Disney icon and Animal Kingdom Lodge has a special place in  my heart because I love Animal Kingdom and watching the animals from my savanna view room.  Each deluxe resort offers impeccable amenities and service.

• New in 2018: Parking fees for overnight guests – $24 per night

Perhaps the best advice that I can offer when choosing the right Disney Resort for you family is to enlist the services of an experienced Travel Professional.  (((Maybe even yours truly)))

If you want to see more resort photos, visit my website and check out the Photos tab. www.PixieDustAdventures.com

Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World 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, 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.

Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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Disney Free Dining Offer Announced for 2019

It’s here folks! The moment so many of you have been waiting for & asking about. The Walt Disney World FREE dining offer. This year the offer has been released earlier, but has no dates past September. We can probably all guess this is due to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this fall. If you currently have a vacation package booked with me, I am busy trying to see if I can apply this offer to your vacation.

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Disney World Free Dining Offer 2019

Book Through
February 10, 2019

Valid for Arrivals Most Nights
July 5 through September 30, 2019

Package Includes

  • Room
  • Theme park ticket(s) with a Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option
  • Dining Plan (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan with Value and Moderate Resort hotel packages; Disney Dining Plan with Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel packages)

Requirements
– 5 Night / 6 Day Stay at an eligible Walt Disney World Resort
– Tickets with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus Option
– ask about shorter lengths of stay

  • Important Details
  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Advance reservation required.
  • Theme park tickets valid for admission beginning on date of check-in and must be used within a limited number of days, depending on length of stay and ticket. Visit disneydestinationstickets.com/usage for more details.
  • Some table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available.
  • Gratuities are not included.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Everyone in the same room must be on the same package.
  • Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World 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, 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.

Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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Jedi Training Academy in Walt Disney World

Jedi Training Academy is currently only be offered in Walt Disney World.  Jedi Training Academy has been ended in Disneyland, but I’m crossing my fingers that they will bring it back with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Jedi Training takes place at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort and runs throughout the day with approximately 20 participants (ages 4-12) as Jedi Younglings.  The best part is… Jedi Training is free of charge with your park admission ticket!

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the article for a full length video.  😉

In Hollywood Studios the sign up process for Jedi Training begins early in the morning at park opening, it is wise to line up at the park entrance before the park even opens.  You will sign up at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost located between the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. The sign up line actually begins at the entrance to the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular attraction.  Once you sign up, you will then be given a time and a ticket to return and participate.

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When you leave the sign up area you should have your ticket to return (middle), you can get some neat Force Push post cards.

After you have secured your spot into Jedi Training you may enjoy your day throughout Hollywood Studios until your time to return.  You MUST arrive back at the sign up location, 30 minutes prior to your performance time or your spot will be given to a person waiting on standby, and trust me there are a lot of them.

Be sure to take a bathroom break before checking in at the Indiana Jones Outpost.  While the children wait they are given a bottle of water.  Once everyone has checked in, the children are lined up from smallest to tallest.

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After everyone is in line they are all given Jedi Robes before their training starts.  One parent is asked to walk by each child to the training area to get a photopass card from your show photographer.  Since “Jedi Training” became “Jedi Training, Trials of the Temple” in 2015, there are now 2 different stages in the Jedi Training area (still side by side).  One stage will fight Darth Vader and one will fight the Seventh Sister.  Because of the 2 stages, there are 2 Photopass photographers, be sure that you get the correct card for the stage your child is on.

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The younglings are taken out to the training grounds where they wait for their Jedi Master.

After a short introduction the Padawans are brought onto the stage where the Jedi Master instructs them in a simple combination of lightsaber attacks.  Of course they are using “Training” lightsabers and not the real thing.

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Once the younglings have their training well under way a couple of storm troopers and Darth Vader appear and try to get the children to join the ‘Dark Side’.

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Each Jedi Trainee faces off with Darth Vader or the Seventh Sister using the skills that they where taught.

Below: Facing off with Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister during Jedi Training ( a Memory Maker photopass photo)

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Once Darth Vader realizes that he has been defeated and that none of the young Padawans will join the Dark Side, he retreats and Yoda congratulates the Jedi Training Academy graduates.  The Jedi Master announces the graduates to the audience and the robes are gathered in exchange for a special Jedi Training pin.  Be sure to wear this pin proudly to show off your completion of the Jedi Training Academy.

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Jedi Training Academy, pin of completion

I strongly recommend the Jedi Training experience to anyone with even a slight interest in Star Wars.

Don’t forget to purchase your Memory Maker photo package so that you can get all of the wonderful pictures that the Disney Photographers take & then be sure and add special Star Wars boarders once you arrive home.  If you have purchased Memory Maker, look for the Photopass photographer during your Jedi Training session & ask them for a photopass card at the end of the training.  They will hand you a card that is linked to the photos from your session.  Once you arrive home to download your photos, you will be able to add all sorts of neat boarders to the photos.  You may want to take that PhotoPass card to a Disney photo center & have them add the photos of only your child/children to your Memory Maker account.  If you add the PhotoPass card number later on, you will have pictures of all of the children that participated in Jedi Training that day.

Thank you for reading my article.

Watch the full length You Tube video of Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple below:

Full length You Tube video of the original Jedi Training below:

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.

Why use a Travel Agent for your next Disney Vacation?

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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 theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.  Why not take advantage of my complementary planning services based consistent personal experience?
Melissa Mathies, MCC – Destinations by Melissa
Pixie Dust Adventures / Adventure Anywhere Travel
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com
 

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Reserve your room now in the Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

This brand new tower will boast 545 new rooms and is located at the main entrance for Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  Coronado Springs has also refurbished their existing 1800 rooms adding extra comfort to this Walt Disney World moderate hotel.
Reservations are now available for stays starting on July 9th, 2019.  Book soon because everyone loves that new carpet smell & these beautiful rooms will fill quickly.

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Guests can look forward to new dining experiences as part of the reimagining. Three Bridges Bar & Grill will be located on an island in the middle of the resort’s 14-acre lake, Lago Dorado. Courtyards adjacent to the restaurant offer private-event options, and the entire area is accessible via convenient walkways stretching across the lake. Additionally, a unique rooftop table service restaurant, Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, will open as part of Gran Destino Tower. The new dining establishment—featuring beautiful views of Walt Disney World Resort—will offer indoor dining and an outdoor lounge. Stay tuned for updates on when reservations become available for this exciting new dining location.


Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World 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, 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 from someone who is local and has 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 & fill out a quote form, or contact me so we can set up a time to chat about your dream vacation.

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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 theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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NEW: Cookie Stroll for the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

The Cookie Stroll is a brand new way to eat your way around the World Showcase at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.

Chip and Dale are the mascots for the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

It all starts with your complimentary Festival Passport that you can pick up at various locations throughout Epcot park.  You will usually find them anywhere you can get maps.

2018 Festival of the Holidays Passport booklet

In the back of the Festival Passport you will find pages listing the 5 cookie options and places for 6 cookie stamps.  if you sample 5 cookies, you can get a FREE completer cookie and jug of milk.

My kids love this activity and my favorite part is that it is actually quite affordable.  Each cookie costs only $2.00 to taste & most are large enough to split between two people.  For each cookie you taste, you get a stamp.  So you can get all 5 cookies at one single location if you have a favorite.

The cookies available are:
• Red and Green Chocolate Chip Cookie – at the Fest of the Three Kings in the World Showcase
• Peppermint Sugar Cookie – at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen in Germany
• Green and White Sugar Cookie – at American Holiday Table in The American Adventure
• Black and White Cookie – at L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen between Morocco & France
• Gold Chocolate Chip Cookie – at Yukon Holiday Kitchen in Canada
• Completer Red and Green Mickey Sugar Cookie – at Holiday Sweets and Treats in the Showcase Plaza

Out of all of the cookies my family’s favorite was the Peppermint Sugar Cookie.  I think next time we go, we may eat 5 of them!

Overall I think that $10.00 is a reasonable price for your kids to have some fun snacking their way around the Festival of the holidays.  We will be there again next week to enjoy more of the cookies.

Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World Holiday 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, 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 & fill out a quote form, or contact me so we can set up a time to chat about your dream vacation.

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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 theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
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