Wishes

Missing the Magic Series: Wishes

Wishes

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May 11, 2017 was the last time that Wishes was seen at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. Removed so that the Happily Ever After Fireworks show could be presented, the closing of Wishes was hard for many Disney fans to take. In the last week or so, I’ve been hit with the nostalgia bug while walking our dog River, and we’ve been listening to our music for Wishes in the morning. That reminiscing is what led to the idea of writing about the things that we are missing at Walt Disney World. We’re calling this series “Missing the Magic”.

For the longest time, I was not a fan of fireworks of any sort. Wishes, Illuminations, your local 4th of July fireworks, the fireworks at the State Fair in Raleigh, NC, I wasn’t having it for any of them. But then, one day my wife Cindy suggested that Sophie and I get earplugs for when the fireworks were going on, and a love for the fireworks was born.

I have a lot of great memories of Wishes from over the years. Sadly, though, my fireworks picture taking skills are limited, so I have very few good pictures. One of my favorite experiences, though was the day that we saw and heard Wishes while having dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table!

Are you missing Wishes today? If you are, have a look at the Magic Kingdom 40th Anniversary Wishes, courtesy of YouTube and the fine folks over at WDWMagic!

What are you missing from Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments below, or reach out to me our social media sites to let me know. Lastly, if all you are missing is being at Walt Disney World, shoot me an email and let’s talk about how we can make that wish come true for you and your family! Email me at mike@pixievacations.com, and thanks for stopping by today!

Disney Scentsy

Disney Scentsy Parnership with Leslie Duckwitz!

Disney Scentsy

My niece Leslie has worked hard at building up her small business as an Independent Scentsy Consultant. Working as a small business owner myself, I know firsthand how much work goes into running your own business, but I also know that the rewards far outweigh the struggles. Being a small business owner empowers you; it allows you to take control of your schedule, to work at times that work best for your family dynamics, and to help support your family financially!

Today, Leslie and I are proud to introduce our own collaboration — pairing her Scentsy business with my travel agent business, just like Disney and Scentsy did this past July!

Disney Scentsy

By collaborating together, Leslie and I hope to bring the best of both worlds into your homes! Our goal is simple — to help you make lasting memories when you work with me, Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis, on your next vacation — and then, when you arrive home, to have some awesome Scentsy products in your home that will remind you day after day of the great trip you had.

In short, every new booking of $2,000 or more will receive from me a special Scentsy bundle that will remind them of the great vacation they just experienced. What that bundle comprises will vary depending on the parameters of your trip. For example, are you taking a Disney cruise? Well, then you may just find in your mailbox a Sea Star Mini Warmer and a By The Sea bar as a special gift from me! This gift is on top of my free service, planning expertise, and promotion monitoring that I already provide for my clients. Not only that, but the Disney Gift Card promotion I always have is still in force as well!

So, what do you have to lose? Some of the best vacation planning out there, incredible destinations to explore, gift cards, and my niece Leslie’s awesome Scentsy products? If you are going to take a vacation anyway, fill out our quote form and see how you can bring your vacation home with you, courtesy of Leslie Duckwitz – Independent Scentsy Consultant and Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis! Or, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com or give me a call at 919-606-6725.

Christmas Scenes at Walt Disney World

Christmas Scenes at Walt Disney World

The majesty and wonder that is Walt Disney World knows no end when it comes to the Christmas season at the Orlando resort. Everywhere you turn around, you are snapping a photo of this scene or that scene, and the settings that you know from other times of the year are wonderfully transformed into a spirited holiday setting for your enjoyment and amazement. My family has been fortunate enough to visit two years in a row for Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World, and I hope we are able to make it back there again in the future.

In addition to the “usual” Walt Disney World pursuits — FastPass selections for Expedition Everest, 7 Dwarfs Mine Train, and others — to dining reservations at Olivia’s at the Old Key West resort and Tokyo Dining in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot — we also experienced a lot of the sites, sounds, and wonders that Disney offers up during this magical time of year.

For this post, I wanted to share with you some of the photos I took of the beautiful Christmas Scenes that we saw during our trip over November 21st – 25th. Unfortunately, I didn’t get near enough photos, but the ones I’ve gotten, I do like. I guess it just means I need to plan a trip next year and just plan on taking a million photos!

If I can help you plan that Christmas trip, please let me know. You can email me at mike@pixievacations.com, you can call me at 919-606-6725, or you can submit a free, no-obligation quote request right here.

Christmas Scenes

The tree inside the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.


Christmas Scenes

Voices of Liberty singing wonderful Christmas songs for our enjoyment!


Christmas Scenes

The Gingerbread House Store at the Grand Floridian!


Christmas Scenes

Snowmen from the Living with the Land boat ride at Epcot!


Christmas Scenes

The Christmas tree located in the lobby of the Animal Kingdom Lodge.


Christmas Scenes

A unique snowman located over at the Animal Kingdom in Dinoland, U.S.A.

Christmas Scenes
A wreath made from cotton, seen from the Living with the Land boat ride.
Christmas Scenes
One of the decorations along Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom.

As you can see from my meager pictures, I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of all of the wonder that Walt Disney World has for us during the holiday season. Tell me, what is your favorite part of Disney during this time, and do you have a season you like to visit more than this one? Let us know in the comments in our Facebook comment system, or in a regular comment here on the site. Thanks for stopping by, and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

8 Years of Dreams

Dreams
The sign that welcomes us all to our home away from home, welcomes you here today.

Eight Years of Dreams

September 8, 2010. Still reliving the memories that we had from the time that Cindy and I took Sophie and our niece Stephanie to Walt Disney World for Sophie’s 9th birthday, I made a decision. I decided that I would start a blog, a blog that would be my way of documenting the memories of past trips to Walt Disney World that I have taken with my family over the years. That blog would transform from a simple scrapbook and become My Dreams of Disney. Today is the 8th anniversary of the day I started the blog with my very first post. At first, that is exactly what the site was — an online repository of memories from trips to Disney when I was a kid, and then later as an adult with Cindy. I really enjoyed reliving the journey from eyes colored by the years of time. For example, I remember fondly the trip Cindy and I took where we ate our way through Disney. As a new Disney blogger, one of the things I began noticing was just how many Disney blogs there were. The one that stood out to me, though, was the website Chip & Co., so I reached out to the owner of the blog, also known as Chip. We talked, and I became a writer on his team of bloggers, and it was then that my Disney writing really took off. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of changes at Walt Disney World, both good and bad. However, the biggest thing that I think Walt Disney World has going for it is the words from Walt himself, which he said regarding Disneyland:
Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. It is something that will never be finished. Something that I can keep developing and adding to.
The changes, they come and they go. I never thought I would like the removal of Mickey’s Toontown Fair, but lo and behold, the Disney Imagineers created something even better in the Fantasyland Expansion. I thought the idea of putting Avatar into the Animal Kingdom was about the dumbest thing I’d ever heard, until I saw it in person last year. That, my friends, is why I’m not an Imagineer, just a lowly blogger! Still, eight years at anything is something to take pride in, and I do take pride in how My Dreams of Disney has grown through the years. These days, you don’t find me writing as much as I would like, but still, MDOD is a site that I load every day, without fail. It’s a reminder of all of the great memories I have of the trips I’ve taken to Walt Disney World (and beyond, even) with my family and friends, and it helps me look forward to the next trips I’m going to make to celebrate milestones. To all of my readers, thank you for stopping by over the years, for allowing me into your lives, whether it has been for planning a trip, or praying for your family, or even just to get your Disney fix for the day, thank you. Knowing that I’ve been able to help in some way makes the last eight years totally worth it. Here’s to the next eight years!

Memories from Disney at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Akershus with Belle

Last Thanksgiving, our friends Sheila, Randy, and Jagan invited us to celebrate their daughter’s 15th birthday at Walt Disney World. We were so excited, we had never been to Disney over the Christmas Holiday season, and it was something that we were looking forward to very much. This post is much overdue, but regardless, today seemed like a great day to remember that long weekend with some photos that were taken.

On a personal level, this trip was quite difficult for me because I was suffering from some sciatica issues, and as you know if you have been to Disney, walking is probably job number one while you are there — so it became quite difficult to maneuver through the parks.

I didn’t know that I was going to have this issue, or I would have reserved an ECV beforehand. As a result, I had to request one at each of the parks each day, and hope that they had them. Fortunately, I was able to get one at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, but not at Disney’s Animal Kingdom — for that, I had to use a wheelchair. But enough about that, let’s talk about the trip itself!

On Thanksgiving Day, we made a reservation for Akershus, and everyone except me had the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. I had what I always have at Akershus — the Tradisjonell Kjøttkake. This incredible dish is comprised of Norwegian Meatballs served with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and Lingonberry Sauce, and it is something that I love to get when we eat there!

In addition to eating at Akershus, we also ate at The Boathouse for Jagan’s birthday dinner, and at Kona Cafe for breakfast, and Whispering Canyon Cafe for dinner. Some very yummy food was had that weekend!

Throughout it all, though, what stands out most is the memories, the friendships that continue, the friends that are like family, and the laughter we had. It was far too short, but despite my health challenges, it was still a trip that I will never forget.

Take a look, and thanks for stopping by today!