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Podcast 11 – Shopping at Disney Springs

Podcast 11 – Shopping at Disney Springs

Pixie Dust Fan Podcast Episode 11 Shopping at Disney Springs Disney Springs is like a whole other destination at Walt Disney World!  In this episode Carrie and I talk about the stores that we absolutely don't want to miss when we visit Disney Springs. Oh... and Carrie...

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Podcast 10 – Quick Service Meals In The Magic Kingdom

Podcast 10 – Quick Service Meals In The Magic Kingdom

Pixie Dust Fan Podcast Episode 10 Quick service meals in the Magic KingdomEating quick service meals when you're visiting the Magic Kingdom can be overwhelming - how do you choose?  Here I'm sharing my favourite spots to grab a bite in the Magic Kingdom! Show Notes...

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A Walk In Walt’s Footsteps

A Walk In Walt’s Footsteps

During a Disneyland vacation in December 2017 Carol and I decided to avoid the Anaheim theme parks on the weekend, knowing that they'd be terribly busy.  We decided to designate Saturday and Sunday as "Walk In Walt's Footsteps" days . . . not the tour in Disneyland...

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Podcast 7 – Highlights Of A Coast To Coast Disney Adventure

Podcast 7 – Highlights Of A Coast To Coast Disney Adventure

Pixie Dust Fan Podcast Episode 7 Top 3 things from a coast to coast Disney adventure!Carrie and I are talking about the top 3 highlights from our coast to coast Disney adventure! Disneyland AND Walt Disney World in one epic trip, it was really hard to narrow down to 3...

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Fairy Tails Epcot Pin Event 2019

Fairy Tails Epcot Pin Event 2019

As soon as they announced last year that the theme of the 2019 EPCOT Pin Event was to be ‘Fairy Tails’ and the pins would feature all of Disney's lovable animals, I was ready to pack my suitcase and go. They always announce at the current event what the next years...

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Podcast 6 – Hurricanes at Disney and a 24 hour trip?

Podcast 6 – Hurricanes at Disney and a 24 hour trip?

Pixie Dust Fan Podcast Episode 6 Hurricanes at Disney and a 24 hour trip!In this episode I get to chat with Jenn about what it was like being in Walt Disney World as Hurricane Dorian was headed to Orlando.  We'll cover all of the confusion and flight craziness - along...

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Dayton Disneyana 2019

Dayton Disneyana 2019

Thursday June 6, 2019 When we tell our friends that we're heading back to Disney on vacation . . . many of them roll their eyes! We can tell by their expression that they're thinking, "Not again!" Most of our family and friends 'just don't get it' when it comes to our...

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Button Giveaway

Button Giveaway

Subscribe to win!     Current subscribers are automatically entered to win.  Winner will be drawn randomly from all email addresses...

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Podcast 5 – The Disney Difference

Podcast 5 – The Disney Difference

Pixie Dust Fan Podcast Episode 5 The Disney DifferenceIn this episode I get to chat with Carolyn about what the Disney difference is! Here we're talking parks, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney!  We may get a little off topic and chat about a whole bunch of...

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Podcast 4 – Disney Pin Trading

Podcast 4 – Disney Pin Trading

Pixie Dust Fan Podcast Episode 4 Disney Pin Trading Thank you so much for tuning in to Episode 4!  In this episode Carrie and I chat about pin trading at Disney!  We cover how she got started, how it works and what these big "pin events" are!   Show Notes and...

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Disney Steps Up After Hurricane Dorian

Disney Steps Up After Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian has ripped through the Bahamas and left immense devestation in its path.  Anyone watching the news coverage has been overwhelmed by the images - I can't imagine the distress for the people who live there.  Homes and businesses completely destroyed,...

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Hurricane Dorian – Impact on Walt Disney World

Hurricane Dorian – Impact on Walt Disney World

Hurricane Dorian has been creating chaos in for a few days now, and with good reason - this is one powerful storm.  The hurricane is making it's way through the Bahamas and has had devastating impacts to the residents there. With the storm moving so slowly,...

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Podcast 3 – Top 5 Disney Souvenirs

Podcast 3 – Top 5 Disney Souvenirs

Pixie Dust Fan Podcast Episode 3 Top 5 Disney SouvenirsThank you so much for tuning in to Episode 3!  In this episode Carrie and I chat about what our favorite Disney souvenirs are and what we always buy.  Here we reveal what our top 5 Disney souvenirs are - and why...

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It’s Funny How The Universe Works

It’s Funny How The Universe Works

It's funny how the universe works isn't it?  Somehow it brought a bunch of Disney fans together - for a whole new reason. I have been struggling ever since I quit smoking, I expected to feel better instantly.  I really thought the reason I didn’t feel good all these...

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Get Inspired – 8 Travel Bloggers Share Vacation Ideas

Get Inspired – 8 Travel Bloggers Share Vacation Ideas

What happens when you ask a bunch of expert travel bloggers to share some of their favourite vacations?  You get a whole mixed bag of fantastic information and ideas for your vacation!   I always find it so fascinating to get different opinions and perspectives given...

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Podcast 2 – How To Be Friends With A Disney Fan

Podcast 2 – How To Be Friends With A Disney Fan

Pixie Dust Fan Podcast Episode 2 How To Be Friends With A Disney Fan Thank you so much for tuning in to Episode 2!  In this episode I am sharing with you the tips and tricks that "non-Disney" friends need to know in order to navigate a friendship with a true Disney...

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Podcast 1 – Welcome And Introductions

Podcast 1 – Welcome And Introductions

Pixie Dust Fan Podcast Episode 1 Welcome & IntroductionsThank you so much for tuning in to Episode 1!  In this episode I will share a little about who I am, how I became a Disney fan and what you can expect for future podcast episodes.  It's a bit nerve wracking -...

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Why I Watermark My Photos

Why I Watermark My Photos

I’ve been asked before – “Why do you ruin such great pictures by putting your logo across them?”. I’m not always diligent at doing it – but I need to be. Here’s why.

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15 Disney Facebook Group Posts That Irritate Me

15 Disney Facebook Group Posts That Irritate Me

If you’re a Disney Fan, you probably belong to a bunch of Facebook Groups dedicated to Disney.  I’m sure you would agree that some are better than others, but it’s more than just the admins that make them good or bad, it’s the members.  I had to remove myself from a...

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The Tickle Trunk – A Big Box of Disney Memories

The Tickle Trunk – A Big Box of Disney Memories

My wife Carol has a Tickle Trunk. It’s filled with wonderful Disney memories! Most Canadian readers will remember Mr. Dressup, Casey, Finnigan and that magical Tickle Trunk . . . but for those of you who grew up somewhere else, I will explain... Mr. Dressup was the...

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runDisney Virtual Series Celebrating 80 Years Of Marvel

runDisney Virtual Series Celebrating 80 Years Of Marvel

Calling all superheroes: It's time to begin training to save the world… or at least earn some hardware that would make The Collector jealous!   Registration for runDisney's 2019 Virtual Race Series opened on March 29, 2019 and I jumped at the chance to register...

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DIY Mickey Mouse Lamp

DIY Mickey Mouse Lamp

Disney fans everywhere do what they can to bring some Disney magic in to their everyday lives.  For some of us, that includes decorating our homes with Disney touches. It can be as simple as a tea towel in the kitchen or bathroom, or a collection of ornaments or art...

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Disney Cracking Down On Merchandise Resellers

Disney Cracking Down On Merchandise Resellers

Is Disney finally cracking down on resellers and personal shoppers?  According to the Orange County Register, Disney has quietly been penalizing those who resell merchandise from the parks.Personal shoppers and resellers have become more prevalent in the Disney...

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D23 The Official Disney Fan Club For Who?

D23 The Official Disney Fan Club For Who?

UPDATE AUGUST 20, 2018 - Just when you start to feel like Disney has let you down, they make it RIGHT!  Canadian fans, UK fans, Fans from everywhere BUT the US were upset when Disney announced on August 16th that gold memberships could only be sold to those living in...

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What is Adventures by Disney?

What is Adventures by Disney?

  Great Wall Of China With the recent excitement surrounding the 2019 Adventures by Disney itineraries here are the answers to the most common questions I have be asked in the last few weeks. Adventures by Disney provides group guided family vacations to various...

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Google Street View of Disney Parks

Google Street View of Disney Parks

Google has released street views from inside Disney Parks in Orlando and California and they are awesome! These views allow you to see the park as you would if you were standing in it.  It will help people who are planning get a real look at how the parks are laid out...

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What I Have Learned From Pixie Dust Fans

What I Have Learned From Pixie Dust Fans

You can be scared, but do it anyway. That’s what I wrote a year ago as one of the 5 things I had learned.  I had launched my new website and decided to focus on Pixie Dust Fan, I was terrified.  What if it was a failure?  What if no one liked it? I decided to try...

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy Disney Parks Merchandise On Ebay

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Disney Parks Merchandise On Ebay

Disney releases new merchandise all the time at the parks.  There’s a different pin, popcorn bucket or Dooney purse for every season.  Occasionally - although it’s becoming more frequent, there are items that are just next to impossible to get!  These items are all...

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Fireworks For The Visually Impaired

Fireworks For The Visually Impaired

What if there was a firework show that the visually impaired could enjoy?  How would that even work?  Leave it to the minds at Disney Research to come up with a solution - a firework show you can feel! We know that Disney is always looking for innovative ways for all...

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Disneyland Cast Member Retires After 60 Years

Disneyland Cast Member Retires After 60 Years

The longest-tenured Cast Member at the Disneyland Resort has retired after 60 years of service. Oscar Martinez began working in the Fantasyland quick service locations but spent the last 50 years working at the cafe on Main Street U.S.A. On January 19th, 2017, Oscar...

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Disney To Pay Workers For Lost Wages From Irma

Disney To Pay Workers For Lost Wages From Irma

The damages at Walt Disney World due to Hurricane Irma were not as bad as they could have been.  There were lots of downed trees and debris - but nothing that couldn’t be repaired.  For the most part, all resorts were operational the next day with the exception of...

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The Calm Before Irma At Disney

The Calm Before Irma At Disney

It was a gorgeous night at Walt Disney World after the showers earlier in the evening.  The clouds had gone and the severe humidity had passed, it was very comfortable. As we were out watching Happily Ever After from our balcony at Bay Lake Tower, 2 notices were...

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The Wisdom Of Walt

The Wisdom Of Walt

The Wisdom Of Walt is a look at the success and failures of Walt Disney as he relentlessly pursued his dreams.  The author, Jeff Barnes, has captured Disney history with his own unique storytelling and personal experiences to provide insight in to how we can make our...

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Real Life Luke Skywalker X-34 Landspeeder

Real Life Luke Skywalker X-34 Landspeeder

Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder was revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego in early 2017.  This kid-sized vehicle has realistic details that has Star Wars fans excited. Designed for children ages 4 and up, the landspeeder seats 2 pint-sized passengers weighing up to 130...

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Toy Story Faces For Your Apple Watch

Toy Story Faces For Your Apple Watch

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference had some great news for Disney and Pixar fans! There was plenty of great stuff at the conference, you can see it all here. but it's the Pixar stuff that I think is the most exciting! Apple announced that as part of the features...

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Laundry At Walt Disney World

Laundry At Walt Disney World

Does anyone WANT do laundry at Walt Disney World? No, but sometimes it's necessary. During a trip last year there were a few ‘mishaps’ where I needed to change outfits a few times one day. It might have been chocolate icing from my cupcake, mustard from my burger or...

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Where To Buy Disney Bags, Wallets and Backpacks in Canada

Where To Buy Disney Bags, Wallets and Backpacks in Canada

Being in Canada, it’s expensive to buy quality Disney bags, wallets and backpacks.   Our Disney stores don’t have much ‘adult’ inventory aside from some T-shirts, so we are left with ordering online. Between the exchange rate on the US Dollar, shipping fees and duty,...

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When Disney Decorating Takes Over Your Home

When Disney Decorating Takes Over Your Home

I know that most people don’t have to mention their décor when they have guests over. They don’t say, “just to let you know, my house is decorated with a mid-century modern style” as part of the invitation. So why do I tell people before I invite them over that my...

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When The Deal May Be Too Good To Be True

When The Deal May Be Too Good To Be True

I’m scrolling through Facebook tonight and reading the random posts on various pages when I come across one that is posted to the official Walt Disney World page.  It’s a post from a couple that have allegedly been ‘scammed’ by a Disney Cast Member. In their claim,...

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Disney Emoji Blitz Makes Me Text More

Disney Emoji Blitz Makes Me Text More

I confess, I am shamefully addicted to playing games on my phone. It started with Candy Crush years ago and has carried on to many different Disney themed ones.  The problem is, I start playing a game and a few weeks in, I have lost interest in them.  That is until I...

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Is That A Monkey At Epcot?

Is That A Monkey At Epcot?

Just when I thought I had seen it all, I see a video I can't believe... A Monkey.  In a diaper.  At Epcot.   Really. You can't make this up.  If you don't believe me, the video is below. Disney's official website says "At Walt Disney World theme parks and Resort...

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5 Things I Learned This Year

5 Things I Learned This Year

It’s December 31st and I have spent most of the day cleaning.  My Mum always said that if your house was dirty at midnight – it would be dirty all year.  It’s funny how those things never leave you. As I was cleaning, I was thinking about the year that has passed and...

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5 Reasons Destination D Was Better Than I Imagined

5 Reasons Destination D Was Better Than I Imagined

I have always wanted to attend a D23 (official Disney fan club) event, but the dates never seemed to line up with my vacations.  I finally managed to arrange a trip so that I could attend #DestinationD this year.  I was excited about the guest speakers, exclusive...

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3 Reasons To Get An Owner’s Locker At Walt Disney World

3 Reasons To Get An Owner’s Locker At Walt Disney World

Travelling to Walt Disney World as often as my sister and I do, it always bothered me that I kept lugging the same stuff back and forth.  Every trip I would pack the same things to take with me, things that were just used in Disney.  Eventually I just stopped taking...

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Riu Antillas Aruba – 9 Reasons To Visit

Riu Antillas Aruba – 9 Reasons To Visit

I did it!  I went on a vacation that was not Disney!  Yes, I have been known to venture to Scotland to visit family, but otherwise – it’s Disney destinations only!  This year I had a very special friend who wanted to travel to Aruba to celebrate her birthday with her...

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I’m going on vacation, and it’s NOT a Disney destination

I’m going on vacation, and it’s NOT a Disney destination

Yes, you read that right… Pixie Dust Fan is NOT going to Disney.  No Walt Disney World, no Disneyland or Disney cruise – I’m not even going to Aulani again.  I’ll be boarding a plane and heading to Aruba.  So why would I spend a week of my vacation outside of a Disney...

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7 Ways To Bring More Pixie Dust In To Your Days

7 Ways To Bring More Pixie Dust In To Your Days

I’m sitting at my desk at my ‘unmagical’ job counting the minutes until 5 pm.  I’m frustrated and irritated, people are just getting under my skin and I know that I’m ‘in a mood’.  You know that feeling?  It’s just overwhelming and you can almost feel the tension...

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My Disney Bubble And The News

My Disney Bubble And The News

When people ask me why I love visiting Walt Disney World I start listing my laundry list of reasons.  One of the reasons I always quote is “the outside world doesn’t exist, you get to escape from all of the negativity in the world”.  Arriving in Orlando yesterday I...

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I love Disney but…

I love Disney but…

Disney – I love you… BUT What the heck are you doing these days? First, I have to make it clear – I am a Disney fanatic to my core.  Walt Disney World is my happy place and always has been.  Somehow I’ve always had a hard time criticizing any decisions because I felt...

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To Drive Or Not To Drive, That Is The Question

To Drive Or Not To Drive, That Is The Question

I have been travelling to Orlando for vacations for as long as I can remember.  As a child, we would all pile in to our old station wagon and begin the 3-day trek to Walt Disney World from Toronto.   It wasn’t technically a 3-day drive, my Dad just refused to drive in...

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Kingdom Keepers Book Review – Disney After Dark

Kingdom Keepers Book Review – Disney After Dark

Hi, I am a 63-year-old Disney fanatic.  A few years ago (more like eleven when the first book was released in 2005) I began reading this series.  Throughout the years I have read them as they were released.  A few days ago I decided to go back to the beginning and...

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What’s the 1 thing you should never do on vacation?

What’s the 1 thing you should never do on vacation?

I recently had a friend who I saw on Facebook was in the Grand Canyon on a family vacation.  There were so many pictures of him, his wife and children having a fantastic time as they enjoyed their travels.  Their vacation was a great success and they headed home to...

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About Pixie Dust Fan

About Pixie Dust Fan

Welcome to Pixie Dust Fan, where I’m sharing my love of Disney one blog at a time. Learn what prompted me to build the site and how I first fell in love with WDW in 1974.

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