Meeting a Famous YouTuber: My Aunt Met TheTimTracker! 


Hello, Disney Lovers! My aunt and her family just got back from a vacation at the most magical place on earth! While they were down there, they actually got to meet a well-known YouTuber, TheTimTracker!  If you didn’t know, Tim and his wife feature major Orlando attractions and restaurants from Walt Disney World, Universal, and other theme/amusement parks on their channel! They give honest feedback while still making their videos enjoyable. You can check out their YouTube channel here if you interested. 

The night before my aunt and her family’s last day in Disney, my cousin was disappointed they had not gotten a chance to meet TheTimTracker. The next day, he got what he wanted! They saw Tim (he wasn’t with his wife, though) walking around Hollywood Studios! They got to take a picture with him and talk to him for a little while. It was a great way to end their Disney vacation! They were so happy and a little shocked that they got to meet one of their favorite Disney YouTubers! 

Have you ever met a well-known YouTuber or a celebrity at the Disney Parks? 

Have a magical evening!

Natalie 

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My (Late) First Impressions: Pandora, the World of Avatar 

In the past three and half months since Pandora, the World of Avatar, has been open, I have tried to stay away from as many spoilers as I can since I want to be able to fully enjoy the land during my vacation in March. I want to give my pre-thoughts before visiting the land, and then, once I actually see and experience it in person, I will give a review on it! I think this post would have been more appropriate when the land first opened, but I’m gong to be doing my first impressions, anyway. 

The Attractions:


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There are two attractions in this Avatar themed land, Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. I have heard that Flight of Passage is kind of like Soarin’, except it is a better version, but I’m not sure if I will think that. I’m guessing Flight of Passage has better technology than Soarin’. I am have heard that Na’vi River Journey is a short boat ride, but it sounds pretty cool. I am looking forward to both rides, even though that I don’t know much about them. I think they sound amazing! 

The Floating Mountains:


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I mean it looks cool, but I definitely don’t think it is the coolest thing in the world. I am not sure what to think about it.
Day vs Night: 


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Though I have been doing a good job on avoiding most spoilers, I saw a video where it showed what Pandora looked like during both the day and the night. I have to say that Pandora looks way more amazing and breaktaking at night! 

Dining:  

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There are two dining options at Pandora, Satu’li Canteen, a fast-casual restaurant, and Pongu Pongu, a drink kiosk(I mean I don’t think Pongu Pongu is technically dining, but I’m just going to call it that). Satu’li Canteen’s menu has nothing on it that stands out to me. However, at Pongu Pongu, Night Blossom, a non-alcoholic neon drink, looks really cool, and I think I will have to give it a try! 

More Thoughts:

This post is coming from the person who isn’t into Avatar. I have never seen it, and I don’t ever plan to. Despite that, Pandora seems amazing, and I can’t wait to check it out during my next trip!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and you should definitely plan on seeing  a post over my opinions about the World of Avatar after my trip in March! Let me know some of your opinions in the comment section below! I would appreciate if you didn’t give away big spoilers, but I would still like to read some of your opinions on Pandora! 

Put Our Service to the Test: Be Our Guest Restaurant Review 

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Be Our Guest Restaurant has become quite the hit in the past few years since it has been open. Reservations for this Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant can be quite difficult to find, but a lot of people wonder if Be Our Guest Restaurant is actually worth the hype. 

Be Our Guest is located in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Both breakfast and lunch are quick service, but unlike other quick service restaurants, they bring your food to your table after you order your food. Even though breakfast and lunch is quick service, you still HAVE to get dining reservations. For dinner, Be Our Guest becomes a table service restaurant, and you can even get the chance to meet the master of the castle(aka the Beast).


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The Food:
I have only been able to eat lunch at Be Our Guest, so I can really only share my opinion on lunch. For lunch, there are not many entrées to choose from. They have sandwiches, salads, and quiche. They also have a couple soups. My favorite thing to get at Be Our Guest is Croque Monsieur(a grilled sandwich of ham and gruyere cheese). I tried the French Onion Soup, and I didn’t really like it, but the Potato Leek Soup is good. If you want a variety of options to choose from, I would suggest you eat dinner at Be Our Guest, but I still think lunch is still really good there.

They have the same desserts for both lunch and dinner, and the cupcakes are good(I think you can order dessert for breakfast, but that would be kind of weird if you ask me). Breakfast is actually more expensive than lunch. Some dinner items are more expensive than breakfast and visa versa. If you want to check out the menu of Be Our Guest, click here! I think the food here is really good, and it is better quality food than most quick service restaurants.

The Atmosphere and the Rooms:  

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As you enter Be Our Guest Restaurant, you feel as if you were transported into Beauty and the Beast. You hear Beauty and the Beast instrumental music in the background, and it just gives you this wonderful, magical feeling.  For people who cherish Beauty and the Beast, this is quite the experience. 

You can eat in three themed rooms at Be Our Guest, the West Wing, the Rose Gallery, and my personal favorite, the ballroom. Disney did such a wonderful job on every single detail to make it feel like you are in the movie. 

The Service:

For lunch(and I am assuming breakfast, too), you can quickly get in and out of the restaurant in no time. It doesn’t take much time for them to prepare your food. I am not sure how fast or slow dinner is, though. 

Is Be Our Guest Restaurant Worth All the Hype-Overall Thoughts: 

The food is great, the atmosphere is very different than other restaurants at Disney, and the service is good and quick. This restaurant is definitely worth all the hype it gets. Even though that the food is good, I think it is so popular mostly because it is feels like you have stepped into the movie. Be Our Guest is so unique, and it is no doubt one of my favorite restaurants to eat at during a Walt Disney World vacation! 
 

High School Musical vs High School 

I feel like people dream about high school like it is this place where people just burst into a musical number whenever they feel like it, and everyone is having the absolute time of their life. Do you know where I am heading? “High School Musical! Who said we had to let it go?” Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but anyway… Of course, you know high school is not all fun and games like the trilogy claims it it be. There’s a big difference between High School Musical and real life high school school. Shall we begin? 

You can’t sing a musical numbers at school. During class, during lunch, why not burst out into a song? It’s completely normal to stand on the cafeteria tables and sing a song! *Not*


You can’t have a double pink locker that is practically a mini closet to help all your fashion needs. As much as I would like to have a double pink locker, no, you, sadly, can’t have this locker in high school. You are just stuck with a regular one that everyone else has, bummer. 


Singing to your fellow teammates about how “you gotta get your head it the game” is not going to help your team practice. They are just going to be confused. Like hello? I thought we were supposed to be playing basketball… Is this musical theater? 


• “We’re all in this together!” Um… Not. Not everyone in high school is going to like you and not everyone is going to get along. Sharpay did like to pick on people, but why was she singing this song, then? 

You don’t have an unlimited passing period. It seemed in High School Musical that they had so much time to get to class, but that’s not the case. Yeah, let’s just dance while we are supposed to be heading to class.  


The only thing that is realistic about High School Musical is that even if you think you are pretty, that doesn’t mean the hot guy in school will go out with you. I am talking about you, Sharpay. 

My Blog Reached 1,000 Followers!!


This weekend I checked my WordPress notifications, and I was shocked to see I had reached a big milestone on my blog.

I’m excited to announce that The Pixie Dusted Disney Freak reached 1,000 followers! When I first started my blog, I never thought I could reach anything close to that number, but here I am now. There are so many blogs out there that don’t get the attention they deserve, but my little Disney blog  has gained more recognition than I ever thought it would. I’m so thankful for that. I’m so thankful for every single one of you, and I can’t tell you how much all your comments and support mean to me. Without my wonderful followers, I don’t think I would still be blogging. I haven’t even met most of you, but you are always so supportive of my blog. I can’t thank you enough! 

I know 1,000 followers isn’t a lot to some people, but it is to me. Thank you so much to all my followers once again! 

How To Save Money During a Disney Vacation

Disney vacations aren’t cheap. If you are planning a trip to the most magical place on earth, don’t be surprised when you see the total cost of your trip. However, there are some ways to save some money on your Walt Disney World vacation! 

Skip the park hopper tickets and just buy the regular tickets. Unless you are going on a very short Disney World vacation, I would recommend to skip the park hopper tickets.  A one day park hopper ticket costs 162 dollars, while a regular one day ticket for Magic Kingdom costs 107 dollars and a regular ticket for the other three Parks costs 99 dollars. If you are traveling with a large group, it will be difficult to travel from park to park. Because of this, you probably won’t get your money’s worth since you most likely won’t be able to ride all the rides you could if you only stayed in one park all day.  

Buy groceries. I know… Who wants to go shopping while on vacation? If you are not the type of person who wants to, you can actually buy groceries online and not have to shop at a store. Garden Grocer delivers groceries to most hotels in Orlando, even Disney resorts. If you want to pay a little less on groceries, then, just go to Publix or another grocery store not too far from your resort. Even though that you are probably going to be eating most of your meals at Disney, buying groceries will still save you money. I would recommend to buy a big packet of water bottles(because water bottles at Disney are expensive), some breakfast items, some snacks, and maybe some lunch items.

Don’t always eat at table service restaurant. Just eating at one table service restaurant per day or maybe  not eating at a table service restaurant every single day of your vacation will save you a lot money. 

Spilt a meal  or order from the kids’ menu. Even quick service restaurants are expensive at Disney, so if you and one of your family members aren’t feeling that hungry, just spilt a meal. Another way you can save money at a quick service restaurant is if you aren’t that hungry, order off of the kids’ menu. I have only heard of adults ordering off of the kids’ menu at a quick service restaurant, though. 

Do you know any other ways to save money during a Disney vacation? Share your tips in the comments! 

Confessions of a Disney Freak, Part 2

Last year, I did a post about my Disney confessions, and since I have some more confessions, I have a part two to the post! If you would like to read part one, click here! Anyway, let’s begin! 

•  I think Illuminations is boring. I’ve never been a fan of Illuminations, but it’s not the worst show in the world. I do find it kind of boring, though, so I would rather go do something else (like go ride Test Track again) than see this show. 

• I think the ‘Disney walls’ are overrated. You know… The purple wall near Tomorrowland, the bubblegum wall that you see when you exit Spaceship Earth, and pretty much any wall someone thinks would look good with his or her Disney outfit. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you have been living under a rock these past few months. Even though that I want to get a photo by the famous purple wall on my next vacation, I do have to admit the walls are kind of overrated. People just can’t stop posting their Disney wall photos on social media, so it gets a little old. 

• I have never seen Fantasmic. Nope, never seen it. My family was going to watch it one evening a few years ago. However, we had awful seats, so we decided to skip the show. I really want to see Fantasmic because I think it sounds amazing! 



 • I would rather have LeFou’s Brew than a Dole Whip. I tried a Dole Whip once, and I thought it was okay. I am not a huge fan of pineapples, so that may be the reason. I am obsessed with LeFou’s Brew, and without a doubt, I like it better than Dole Whips.  Okay, my opinion probably isn’t too popular because most people like Dole Whips better, but seriously, go try LeFou’s Brew if you haven’t! 

• As much as I love watching Disney movies at home, I get distracted. Somedays, all you want to do is watch Disney movies. However, if you are addicted to your  iPhone like I am, it can be hard to watch a Disney movie. The only way I can actually watch all of a Disney movie at home without getting distracting is leaving my phone in another room.  I don’t get distracted at the theaters, of course, but it does happen at home a lot, unless the movie just came out on DVD. 


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• I disliked the Maelstrom. I think Disney made a GREAT decision replacing it with Frozen Ever After. I   just thought the Maelstrom wasn’t Disney enough, and it didn’t give me a happy feeling like most Disney attractions do. 

• I get shy around the Disney characters during meet and greets. Don’t get me wrong. I love meeting Disney characters, but I always get a little shy around them. I always think it looks fun when people are having a conversation with the characters, but sometimes, I just don’t know what to say.

• I love Carousel of Progress.  My dad can’t stand this attraction, but I think it is a unique! I love how you see how things have changed over the years, and I love the song! Also, it is one of the few attractions left that Walt Disney made, so I think it’s very special. 

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• I could care less that Ellen’s Energy Adventure closed. I don’t recall ever riding it, but I know that I wouldn’t have enjoyed this attraction because I’m not a fan of Ellen DeGeneres (I love Dory, though) or Bill Nye, and most importantly, it’s 45 minutes long! 

I hope you enjoyed reading more of my Disney confessions! I would love to read some of your Disney confessions, so please, tell me in the comments!

A Letter to The Most Underrated Ride at Disney 

   

Dear Great Movie Ride, 

I can’t believe you are closing, today. I have so many amazing memories riding you. I wish you could stay, but you are being replaced. I didn’t get to say goodbye, so that’s why I’m writing this letter to you. 

You didn’t always get the attention you deserved. I thought you were so unique. I always did. Ever since I was a little kid, you have been one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World.

I loved your Hollywood theme. I loved how you had a variety of different types of movies. I loved the tour guides; they were so funny. I loved how it felt like I was in the movies. 

Goodbye to the most underrated attraction at Walt Disney World. I will always miss you and remember the memories I have riding you. 

Natalie 

To Stay or to Not Stay on Disney Property 

Back in November, I was finally able to stay on Disney property for the first time. I had some mixed feelings about staying at a Disney resort, but overall, I thought it was a good experience. Since I have stayed on and off property, I am going to be talking about the pro’s and cons of staying at a Walt Disney World resort. A lot of people wonder if they should stay off or on property, so I thought that this would be a helpful post!

Pro’s:

 You never leave Disney and are always surrounded by the Disney magic: This is probably one of my favorite parts about staying on property, and I think that is the same for others. When you stay on Disney property, you never leave Disney until you actually go home from your vacation. 

Free Transportation: From the airport, the Magical Express(a motorcoach) takes you to your Disney resort, and it also takes you back to the airport. At the resort, there is a bus that will take you all over Disney property. If you rather spend money on more merchandise rather than a rental car, then, this is a great perk for you!

Extra Magic Hours: I, sadly, didn’t get to experience this when I stayed at a Disney resort, but basically, you get to go to the Park before the Park opens or after the Park closes for a couple hours. There is usually Extra Magic Hours everyday at one the Parks either in the morning or the evening. This is only available for guests staying on property, so it’s a great time to ride attractions that are typically very busy during the day. Extra Magic Hours is free, but of course, you have to have bought a Disney ticket that day to get into the Park. 

• MagicBand Perks: You don’t need to stay on property to have a MagicBand, but you do get your MagicBand for free if you stay on property. A MagicBand is how you get into the Parks, and it’s your key to your room. You also have the option to connect your credit card to it, and when you purchase something, you just have to scan your MagicBand and put in your PIN code that you chose.

(If anyone is wondering why I didn’t include the Disney Dining Plan, I have heard mixed feelings about it, so it’s not going to be in the pro’s or the cons. It can be a pro, but it also can be a con. You can read about it here at the official Walt Disney World website. If you are looking into the Disney Dining Plan, I would recommend to do some more research on it besides just looking on the official website.) 

Cons: 

It’s Expensive: It’s not just deluxe resorts that are expensive because moderate is expensive, and value can get expensive, too(neither moderate or value is nothing close to how expensive deluxe is, of course)!  Disney resorts are probably going to cost more than  off-site hotels/resorts, so just keep that in mind. 

Small Rooms: Unless you are staying in a suite, the rooms are going to be small, but if you aren’t planning on spending much time in your room, then, it probably won’t be too big of a deal. It also depends on how many people are staying in the room. I don’t think it’s that bad when you only have a couple people, but when you have five people, the rooms are going to feel even smaller. 

• Always Crowded: It kind of feels like you never even left the Disney Parks because it’s so crowded and loud at the Disney resorts. Sorry, but I like to relax at the pool when there is not a ton of people. 

The Transportation is Awful: I loved the Magical Express, but the transportation around Disney property was awful, at least when I went. It took awhile to wait for the buses, and at the end of the day, when you are worn out, and your feet hurt, you don’t want to stand up during the 15 minute bus ride. 

Overall, I don’t think staying at a Disney resort is worth it unless you stay at a deluxe resort or a very nice moderate resort. That’s just me, so it’s all based on if you think the pro’s overrule the cons. Anyway, I hope this post has helped you and that you enjoyed reading it! 

Merch for Gaston Fans 

It’s no secret that I kind of love Gaston. Sometimes, I feel like Gaston doesn’t get all the attention that he deserves, so guess what? I’m going to fix that and do a post all about Gaston-themed merchandise!

• Run Like Gaston Just Proposed to You Running Shirt: I think this shirt is so funny, but I also love it at the same time!  I would wear this, even if I wasn’t going for a run. There are many different types of styles you are able to purchase. I even saw some long sleeve shirts (This shirt is pretty easy to find, so I won’t be including a link to this shirt)! 


• This Girl Loves Her Gaston Mug: This mug is perfect for any girl who loves Gaston! You can purchase this mug by clicking on the link

• Gaston Mug: I am obsessed with mugs, so I had to include another mug. I love the design of this mug! You can purchase this mug by clicking on the link


• Gaston Mini Tsum Tsum: If you collect Tsum Tsums, this is a great addition to your collection. If you don’t collect Tsum Tsums, then, I think you should just go ahead and buy Gaston. You can purchase this Tsum Tsum by clicking  on the link.


• My What a Guy that Gaston I’m Celebrating Button: I love this button from ParkBound Buttons, and I may just have to buy this button before my next trip. You can purchase this button by clicking on the link.

Gaston Pin: Lastly, for all the Disney pin collectors, who love Gaston, this pin is for you! You can purchase this pin by clicking on the link

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this post! 

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