Thursday, September 29, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Halloween Pixie Dust at the Magic Kingdom

October and the not-so-scariest season of the year are almost here, so naturally I've been dreaming about Halloween pixie dust at Walt Disney World recently and thinking back on fun fall trips!

While Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is fabulous, there's also something to be said for just spending a non-party day at the Magic Kingdom soaking in all the spooks.


Last year, early in the trip, my family visited the park on a party day - but not our party day - and it was really fun to watch guests in costumes arriving, see preparations for Not So Scary in progress, enjoy all the fall decor (which my Minnie Mouse Witch Hat matched perfectly!)...but it was actually relaxing knowing we didn't have to rush to get our costumes on or get in lines for characters  - we knew the magic of our night at MNSSHP was still ahead!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Disney's Saratoga Springs 2-Bedroom Villa Tour

One of the most magical moments of a Walt Disney World vacation is when you're pulling up to one of the resort hotels in your car, you roll down the window to show the security guard your photo id, and he says those two wonderful words:

WELCOME HOME.


You may hear this greeting just about anywhere on property, but you'll definitely hear it at the Disney Vacation Club resorts.  So Welcome Home, my friends, because today we're checking into what I always think of as the DVC flagship, SARATOGA SPRINGS, to take a tour of a two bedroom villa!


When taking photos of a Disney resort room, there should always be a mirror selfie involved. Fact. ;)


You can catch a glimpse of the Carriage House (where you check in) in the vlog!  I just love the buildings and the entire atmosphere at Saratoga Springs.


It's elegant yet relaxed and so vacation-y - the gardens everywhere are gorgeous.

As Saratoga Springs is a DVC resort the room categories are going to be a little different from those at standard Disney resorts.  You start with the studio and work your way up through the 1-bedroom villa, the 2-bedroom villa, and the 3-bedroom (or grand!) villa.  I honestly can't imagine what a grand villa would feel like, because just the 2-bedroom villa (what we're looking at today!) feels like a mini apartment - you get so much space!  Seriously, there's a kitchen, dining area, living room, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms (one with a jacuzzi tub!)...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Rey's Guide to Skellig Michael (aka Star Wars Jedi Island)

When you look to the horizon from certain cliffs of County Kerry, you'll see two peaks jutting up from the sea.  On a stormy day (there are plenty of those in Ireland), they'll constantly be disappearing in the rain and mist, and you'll wonder if you just imagined the sight.


Oh, they're real - and they've obviously been capturing the imagination of humans throughout history.  Over a thousand years ago the first band of intrepid monks grew tired of just looking from the shore and established a remote monastery here which endured for centuries.  So when a new Star Wars film arrived in the world and Luke needed a jedi island to hide on, there's really only one place in the entire galaxy he'd escape to: SKELLIG MICHAEL.


Today's post is a review of our trip to Skellig Michael!  It will be a mix of tips and memories and Star Wars references. ;) As the one and only Poe Dameron said to Finn, "WE'RE GONNA DO THIS."

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Skipper Canteen | Restaurant Review

HELLO!  My name is Emma, and I'll be your skipper, chef, alligator wrestler, smoothie taster, and swimming instructor...you know, if you don't laugh at my jokes...


What's that? You've heard that one before?  Oh no you haven't...


Because we're not just talking about the Jungle Cruise RIDE - today we're talking about the Jungle Cruise RESTAURANT, the Skipper Canteen at the Magic Kingdom!


Everybody on board for a review of world famous jungle cuisine?  Then off we go for a two week cruise...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Checking In: Back from Europe!

AGH!  Where has the summer been going, guys?  I've been just a little bit busy lately...


...searching for Luke Skywalker, learning to be a jedi, defeating Kylo Ren...you know...the ushe!


June seemed to fly by because I spent two weeks of it adventuring in England & Ireland!  Skellig Michael aka the Jedi Island was one of many incredible stops.


The tongs are my favorite part of this video.  LOL.

 
 

A few highlights from Instagram...Kensington Palace, Oxford, Kylemore Abbey...I can't wait to share more...

 

...especially all the cake and tea!


There were many delicious snacks...


...and some fun bookish finds as well.

Stay tuned for more!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Early Morning Magic at the Magic Kingdom & Pinocchio Village Haus Breakfast

Any early morning spent at the Magic Kingdom park is always going to be pretty magical, but there's a new experience actually called Early Morning Magic that gives you an extra dose of the pixie dust.


Today's new video over on my YouTube channel is all about it!  The two nicest and cutest cast members EVER - Victor and Claire - give us a tour of the breakfast buffet at Pinocchio Village Haus...


Pinocchio Village Haus serves breakfast, you say??  There's a buffet laid out for the Early Morning Magic guests, but you probably won't want to to stop and eat right away...


When you do Early Morning Magic, you check in at the Magic Kingdom turnstiles at 7:30, and at 7:45 you're in the park.  It's like having an early ADR at Crystal Palace or Be Our Guest or Cinderella's Royal Table - you get that lovely empty Main Street to enjoy.  Only with Early Morning Magic, some of the rides are actually running for you...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Visit with Lady Liberty | NYC Trip Report

I have one last installment to close out the New York City trip report I've been slowly posting!  My cousin Becky and I spent the last few hours of our trip paying a visit to a certain lady...


The Statue of Liberty!


What better way to bid Manhattan adieu than with a trip to Liberty Island?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort | Room Tour

Of the many Walt Disney World resort room tours I've shared here on A Pinch of Pixie Dust, I don't think we've done one yet for the moderate resort Coronado Springs.


That changes today!


I know I've shared lots of other things I love about Coronado on the blog...like the colors of the resort, or colorful outfits to wear at the resort, or fun details at the Conference Center, or the Christmas decorations...


There's plenty of magic at Coronado Springs...


... like colorful coral corridors that captivate... #alliterationwin


...poolside Mayan temples await...


...you may run into three amigos...


So what are we waiting for?  Let's step inside - we're arrived!
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