There was a tropical wave in Anaheim for the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and temperatures were unseasonably HOT. That didn’t stop a group of 50ish runDisney enthusiasts from lacing up their sneakers and going for a fun run through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks Friday morning. That “silly” photo above is the end of the meetup. Here’s how it began…
Runners made their way to the Disneyland Hotel around 5:30am. Once everyone was properly outfitted with their complementary runDisney tech shirts they made their way into Downtown Disney for a quick running technique tutorial from the folks over at New Balance.
Better than riverdance…I swear.
You can see a video on the exact tips the runners received here:
Just as they were finishing up their “Good Form Running” clinic runners had a surprise visit from none other than the White Rabbit.
They were obviously LATE…so the group divided into two separate camps. One group was to do a straight through run and the other group was to do the run/walk/run method. And just like that…they were off through Downtown Disney.
We headed straight into Disneyland and right down the middle of Main Street. This is as close as I will get to the experience that the runDisney race leaders get. What an amazing, and naughty, feeling to be in the parks when they are completely deserted.
After running through the castle, there was a surprise waiting for runners in Fantasyland. A private meet and greet with Alice and a no-wait ride on the Mad Tea Party.
Runners then made their way from Fantasyland into Tomorrowland. Hey Look! It’s Joe Taricani from The Marathon Show and runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus.
As if running through Disneyland wasn’t enough magic…we also got a chance to run through Disney California Adventure as well.
The run ended at the Mad T Party in DCA where runners had a light breakfast and a chance to interact with Alice and the Mad Hatter.
The biggest moment for most attendees was the reveal of the newest medals to join the runDisney hardware arsenal.
Don’t you fret. A more detailed close up of these medals coming soon…
Runners got a sneak peek at the upcoming ABC show “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” and then listened to inspiring stories from runDisney‘s Tara Gidus and Jeff Galloway, as well as celebrity guests Ali Vincent, Joey Fatone and Sean Astin.
And of course no runDisney meet-up would be complete without a few giveaways! One lucky winner was even awarded a free future runDisney race entry! Other prizes included runDisney New Balance shoes, runDisney laptop sleeves and runDisney roller bag suitcases. Each attendee left with a big ole bag of swag at the end of the meet up.
If you’d like to attend one of these exclusive runDisney meet-ups keep your eyes on the Disney Parks Blog in the days leading up to your runDisney race. The meet-up runs are always free to attend and are truly a unique experience. For more info on the runDisney race series visit runDisney.com.
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Walt Disney World Resort guests won’t have to wait until the Fourth of July to celebrate America’s birthday. They can choose any day of Independence Week July 1-7 in the parksto experience the flag-waving spirit of the holiday – all part of Limited Time Magic.
It’s a red, white and blue extravaganza as Disney Parks honor America with a Fourth of July celebration like never before – and it lasts an entire week. A 14-minute fireworks spectacular rockets into the air above Cinderella Castleevery night with “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.”
In this patriotic fireworks spectacular, dazzling comets and glittering bursts soar to a brand new musical score produced in a concert band style created to stir a sense of pride in being American, while at the same time, invite guests from around the world to feel part of the celebration.
Celebrate America! pays homage to all Americans and all who love the best of America. The fireworks spectacular takes place at 9 p.m. on July 3 and 4, and 10 p.m. on July 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7.
Walt Disney World guests are treated to a fun-filled spectacle as Goofy, Donald and Pluto dressed as a colonial fife and drum corps join a spirited procession down Main Street USA prior to the daily Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom. The rousing pre-parade features the Main Street Philharmonic, Citizens of Main Street and Walt Disney’s historic horse-drawn calliope. Plus Mickey Mouse is all dressed up for the occasion as he leads the popular daily parade.
The flag waving week continues with themed souvenirs such as USA shirts, trading pins, light-up star necklaces and patriotic Duffy costumes. Chefs will whip up tasty treats inspired by Americana including red, white and blue strawberry shortcake in the Magic Kingdom and apple pie filled cupcakes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney.
Car Masters Weekend, now in its third year, is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day as Downtown Disney West Side hosts a classic car show with a modern twist June 14-16, 2013. Featuring all things “Cars,” the event showcases more than 150 classic, muscle and exotic cars; a chance for guests to meet “Cars 2″ stars Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile; and special appearances by automotive designer Chip Foose and Disney-Pixar “Cars” filmmaker Jay Ward. Completing the car-nucopia of events, fans may purchase tickets for a ”Cars” & “Cars 2″ movie marathon at AMC Downtown Disney 24, “test drive” Ridemakerz “Cars” models, and enjoy caricatures, themed food and beverage, live entertainment and more. Entertainment subject to change.