In a place where the magical is ordinary, there are some moments where some rare or unexpected magic occurs. We call this “Pixie Dust”.
Within Disney lore, Pixie Dust is a magical glittery substance that gives fairies and people the ability to fly, as well as creates other magical effects when applied.
That’s why we refer to real life sprinklings of Disney magic as “Pixie Dust”. But you don’t come by it from hanging around Tinker Bell.
One of the great things about Walt Disney World, or any other Disney destination for that matter, is that Cast Members are empowered to go that extra step to try and make a guest’s experience more magical.
Some Pixie Dust moments are arranged and happen to lucky guests each and every day. Being selected as Family of the Day at the Magic Kingdom, being chosen as Grand Marshals in the parade, or getting selected to partake in a show or attraction are some examples of theses pre-arranged moments.
The other kind is completely random. It’s often a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and may depend on the situation. Being given FastPasses, getting to ride an attraction with characters, and extra attention from Cast Members are some examples of random Pixie Dust.
And it’s not just kids, as adults can get a little pixie dust too! Lisa and I got a free dessert at Narcoossee’s for no reason other than that our waitress didn’t want to see us leave without having some! (She must have told the kitchen it was our anniversary to make it happen)
This past trip, we were fortunate enough to get “Pixie Dusted” on more than one occasion.
Bella got treated like Queen Elsa by a Magic Kingdom PhotoPass Photographer. He spent a lot of time asking her to use her powers to cool off everyone in the park.
At Frozen Summer Fun, Lisa and Bella were asked to walk in Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome Procession. It was such a thrill for them to be part of a Disney parade!
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, security guards saw Bella in her Queen Elsa dress and stopped to ask her for her autograph!
And Bella was chosen as the Special Princess at the Beauty and the Beast Stage Show! At the end of the performance, she was presented with a rose by Belle and the Beast (in his human form).
- Bring stickers to the park or ask Cast Members for stickers that you can give out to help put a smile on another guest’s face.
- Stock up on some dollar store items to pass out to children waiting for the parade in the same area as you. (glow bracelets and necklaces are inexpensive and perfect for keeping kids occupied at night)
- If you notice another guest with a celebration button, take a moment to wish them a happy birthday or anniversary if it’s appropriate.
- Ask a parent of a child dressed as their favorite Disney character if it would be okay to get their autograph.
- Have a balloon and can’t take it on the plane? Give to a child who’s just arrived at the resort as you’re leaving.