Thursday, December 24, 2015

Top 6 Christmas Decorations at Disney World


To celebrate the holiday season this year, I have my top six favorite places to go to enjoy the Christmas decorations at Walt Disney World.  Many of them may look familiar as I'm sure they've appeared on the blog in the past - you can click here for more details about holiday decor all over Disney World.

But if you just want the cream of the crop, you're in the right place!  Without further adieu...


These picks are not in any order, because as I come to each of them it feels like that one is my favorite.  So we're going to start with my favorite - the Polynesian Village!

The swags are hung from oars overhead, which in turn are suspended from the ceiling on ropes of tropical flowers.  SERIOUSLY GUYS.

Icing on the Polynesian Christmas cake?  The wreaths around the tiki torches in BouTiki.  LOVE.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Tree Farm OOTD | Winter Style

I'm taking you all Christmas tree shopping today...

...and we're doing it in the loveliest way - up in the mountains as the December day is fading and the sky is turning purple - on a tree farm where you can run through rows and rows of firs until you find just the right one.  It also just happens to be the perfect backdrop for photos, so why not share some winter style with a Christmas Tree Farm OOTD? :) 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Currently 12.20.2015

Happy December, friends!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season...Christmas is right around the corner. :)  Here are some fun links for your weekend:

currently awakening the Force...

...HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET??  I was so nervous about Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but I LOVED IT.  We went opening night which was so much fun.  Rey and Poe and BB-8...ahhhh fantastic!

...also how cute is this A Capella Star Wars Medley that the cast of The Force Awakens sang on Jimmy Fallon?

currently listening to...Hide Away by Daya. I hear ya, girl. ;)

currently reading...Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder. So cool to get another perspective on the Little House on the Prairie series! There are more books in my December TBR!

currently Christmas shopping...on Rifle Paper Co.'s website because they have the prettiest stationery stuff.

currently Holiday outfit planning...excited to wear some of the things I got from ModCloth earlier this month!  Watch the cat-filled haul here.

currently can't wait...for the Victorian-era Sherlock Special, The Abominable Bride this January.  It looks AH-mazing!

currently worried about...costumes at Disney World. Have you heard the news?  Disney security found a gun in a man's bag at the park entrance last week, and Disney had been upping security measures, installing metal detectors, etc.  Security is absolutely important, and it's great that Disney is increasing its vigilance.

But as part of the increased security, Disney has also announced a ban on all adult costumes - and the ban (at the moment) will even apply to special events like Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Star Wars Weekends, Dapper Day, and 24-Hr Day.  Technically the Disney Parks have always had a policy that adults can't dress up on ordinary occasions - only for special events like MNSSHP and 24 Hour Day. But in recent years they've been very lax about the policy, and they've seemed to encourage the adult costumes and used them as a selling point for events like Dapper Day and Star Wars Weekends.

There's a thread on the DIS with lots more discussion about this.  The costumes for everyone added a lot of magic to the special events, and I hope Disney will change the policy back and allow them at least for the Halloween Party.  We were thinking about going to 24-Hour Day again this year - I would love to wear my Mary Poppins costume again - but I doubt we'll go if we can't dress up.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Epcot Holiday Decor | American Adventure

There are at least a dozen posts about holiday decorations at Walt Disney World in the archives of A Pinch of Pixie Dust (let's be honest...there are considerably more than a dozen); but looking through my old photos I found, surprisingly, some that I never got around to posting.  So get yourself a cup of hot cocoa (with whipped cream, of course) and cozy up for some Disney holiday cheer... will be brought to you today by the American Adventure pavilion in EPCOT's World Showcase!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Meet the Rose Petal | New iPhone 6s

I would like to introduce a new face to the Pixie Dust milieu today.

You all know the strawberry, my iPod touch 5, which has accompanied me faithfully for the past nearly three years on many trips to Disney World and around the world.  Alas, the strawberry's home button gave up the ghost about a month ago, and I decided it was time... the Strawberry 2.0 or, as I think I'm going to call it, the Rose Petal!

(And I'm not even going to apologize for naming my inanimate objects because at this point of blog reading you should really know me better than that. ;P )

It's an iPhone 6s in rose gold pink, which I was pretty excited about. :)

If you're subscribed to my YouTube channel (which you should be!), then you might have already spotted the video in which I chat about all my favorite features...I'm really loving the 3D touch!

One thing I forgot to mention in the video was the camera on the new device.  The new iPhone 6s has some amazing specs on both its normal outward-facing and its selfie/inward-facing cameras, and I've been loving it for photos & videos so far.

I'm looking forward to taking the Rose Petal along on all sorts of new adventures...and of course using it to share with all of you!