The Washington Times - October 28, 2008, 06:03PM

By Jacquie Kubin, Donne Tempo Magazine

Move over mere mortal and mermaid Princesses, this time it’s all Tink, as in Ms. Tinker Bell. 

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Long before Peter Pan and the Lost Boys there was Tink and her fairy friends, Iridissa, Silvermist, Fawn and Rosetta, that live in Pixie Hollow.

These diminutive beings are completely responsible for the change of the season on the Mainland. They live industrious lives painting the dots on lady bugs and setting morning dew on spiderwebs.

It is all quite an undertaking, particularly when you are less than a few inches tall.

Now those oh so busy fairies are even busier greeting fans at Pixie Hollow Disneyland and Disney World.


Fawn, Rosetta, Tink, Silvermist and Iridessa at Pixie Hollow, Disneyland

Pixie Hollow is a larger than life-size recreation of the fairies Neverland home.

Thanks to a bit of Disney Magic and well designed audio and visual clue, visitors begin to shrink to the size of a fairy as the wander deeper into Pixie Hollow where they will  see bronze statues of Iridessa, Rosetta, Fawn, Silvermist and Tink.

Enhancing your journey are the whispers and songs, echoes and fairy sounds emitting from the lush landscape where the grass blades and flowers are growing taller and taller.

The culmination of your journey through Pixie Hollow is the chance to greet the stars of Pixie Hollow who spend their days frolicking beneath the leaves and lighted flowers — Fawn, Rosetta, Iridessa, Silvermist and, of course, Tink!*

And if traveling to a Disney resort is not in your future you can find plenty of Fairy Fun at the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow web site where there are games to play, sweepstakes to win and plenty of interactive activities.
Some stand out things to do include sending in your very own Pixie Hollow themed story, poem or artwork.

Supporting the Disney park’s live meet and greet environments is Pixie Hollow, the movie.  In this, her first feature length film Disney’s most famous fairy Tink (voiced by Mae Whitman – Independence Day, One Fine Day) takes center stage to introduce us to the world of fairies.

The story is delightful in both content and creation.  It is a gentle journey tale  filled with excitement that will serve to enhance Tink’s reign.

The movie comibnes plenty of story including the  jealousy and the joy of becoming friends, overcoming fears and, in the end, recognizing and accepting yourself for who and what you are.


Pixie Hollow Screen Shot (Courtesy Disney Media)

There is also plenty of humor as Tink turns more than one situation up on end.

A favorite moment, as Tink is trying to master the ethereal job of capturing light to illuminate the tails of lightening bug, is uttered by Rosetta who, when asked if she thought the “light” Tink was carrying was heavy replied, “No, its light.”

The Blu-Ray edition has the “de-rigueur” extras – deleted scenes with commentary, a Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow and a game, Tinker Training, where players can learn the skills of the tinker fairy.

My favorite, however, was the imaginative and conversation provoking “Ever Wonder.”  This live action segment has a father and two children walking through their world, taking the time to see the rainbow in the lawn sprinkler’s mist, flowers that bloom and kites that fly.

Was that a fairy’s dust that made those things happen?  This is a sweet segment that reminds viewers, adult and child alike, to find the magic in our every day lives.

*All fairies may not be available at all times.