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10
Feb 14

A Sneak Peek at Eight Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Costumes

LION FISH

Lion Fish Little Mermaid disney festival of fantasy parade

Set to dance down the streets of Magic Kingdom this March in Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, “The Little Mermaid” unit’s expansive Lion Fish provides a sneak peek at her new costume, featuring a fiery bodice, spotted wings, a spiny headdress and yellow eyelashes. The elaborate costume is one of 39 intricate looks created by designer Mirena Rada and Disney’s Creative Costuming team for the cast of 91 performers.  In addition to vibrant costumes, the new daytime parade will bring the magical stories of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A. through fantastic and innovative parade floats and an original soundtrack featuring beloved songs from favorite Disney films.

SEASHELL GIRL

SEASHELL GIRL DISNEY FESTIVAL OF FANTASY PARADE

“The Little Mermaid” unit’s extravagant Seashell Girl exudes under-the-sea royalty with an elegant pastel-toned gown with jeweled shell embellishments and a conch shell headdress featuring gold and pearl tiara inserts.

SWING THUGS

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Tangled Swing Thugs

Ready to barrel down the streets of Magic Kingdom this March in Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, the brutish Swing Thugs of the “Tangled” unit display their ruggedness through garb comprised of leather, fur and gold-trimmed details, robust chest and shoulder pieces, sturdy belts and studded headpieces.

FLORAL MAIDENS

floral maidens disney festival of fantasy parade

The “Tangled” unit’s Floral Maidens offer a sneak peek at their new costumes featuring soft lace details, colorful woven ribbons, bright flowers and lace-up shoes with floral touches.

RAVEN

RAVEN DISNEYFESTIVAL OF FANTASY PARADE

A member of the “Sleeping Beauty” unit, the Raven, shows off his hauntingly elegant new costume featuring a Swarovski crystal embellished, gold filigree beak headpiece, colossal wings, talon-like boots and structured, armored bodice.

CHA CHA GIRL

disney festival of fantasy parade cha cha girl

The Finale unit’s vivacious Cha Cha Girl offers a sneak peek at her new costume, complete with bright blue hair reminiscent of pulled taffy, a big top-inspired fit and flare dress, star spangled tights and colorful ribbons.

LOST BOYS

lost boys disney festival of fantasy parade

Set to “follow the leader” down the streets of Magic Kingdom this March in Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, a crew of Lost Boys offers a sneak peek at their new costumes featuring snazzy socks, furry plaids and tweed stripes and caps that pay homage to beloved woodland creatures.

 SWAN COURT

swan court disney festival of fantasy parade

A member of the regal Swan Court offers a sneak peek at her new costume, a soft yellow ball gown accented with an elegant feather headpiece and touches of sparkle.


03
Feb 14

Wendy Williams Shows Her “Disney Side” at Disney World

Wendy Williams Shows Her Disney Side at Disney World

Daytime TV talk show host Wendy Williams recently posed with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse during a visit to the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Williams visited the resort to film segments for “The Wendy Williams Show,” prior to launching a sweepstakes January 30th, 2014 for viewers to win family vacations to the theme parks. Viewers can check local listings and tune in throughout the month of February to win.


24
Jan 14

Walt Disney World Special with Jeff Mauro on the Food Network Tonight

Jeff Mauro at Disney food network star

Food Network host Jeff Mauro and his family visit Walt Disney World Resort for a fun-filled vacation full of amazing meals, jaw-dropping attractions, and – best of all – time for all the family to laugh, connect and indulge their Disney Sides together.

Jeff Mauro at Disney food network star

Between visits to Magic Kingdom, Epcot and a fun-filled safari in Animal Kingdom, they make time to dine at restaurants in several parks including the new Be Our Guest restaurant, Sanaa, Chef Mickey’s, Victoria and Albert’s and California Grill. Jeff even visits some Disney kitchens and prepares a few dishes, working alongside top Walt Disney World chefs.

Jeff Mauro at Disney food network star Sanaa Animal Kingdom Lodge

Join the fun on The Mauro’s Magical Disney Vacation special, premiering on Food Network Friday, January 24th at 8p|7c!

Visit FoodNetwork.com/magicalvacation for bonus features.


23
Jan 14

Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Part 4 – Walt Disney World Marathon Race Recap

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney dopey challenge finish medals

Day four of my four-part Dopey Challenge started out with another 3 AM wake up call.

I felt much better mentally about running a full marathon than I had in 2013.  And as we all know, the marathon is 90% mental.

My running muse Marc Bigbie would be running the full marathon as well. I got all my gear together and met Marc for the ride over to the start of our 26.2 mile journey.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney marc bigbieThe weather was cooperating nicely. It wasn’t going to be the scorching hot hell that it was the previous year. I normally run empty for a half marathon but knew this wasn’t going to be possible for my full marathon. Luckily my girlfriend Leslie had some cinnamon raisin bagels and I choked down a half of one.

Marc and I would only be together for a short while as he had to make his way to a higher corral than I did…but I didn’t mind because I had a buddy that I was going to be looking for in my own corral.

That’s right, my girlfriend Ashley and I had vowed to run the entire length of the full marathon together. You may remember her from my Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare race recap. I ran those two races with her as well.

I was excited to run with Ashley because it’s easier to push through when you have someone with you and as Ashley and I like to say, we always go for a PR in fun.

I was worried that I might hold Ashley back from performing at her best because I was coming off of running 22.4 miles and she was starting her race on fresh legs.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon start lineIt was weird…I almost always get pre race jitters but I was surprisingly calm and ready to get this race started. By the time our corral “M” had made it to the starting line both of us had determined that we needed to use the bathroom pretty bad. #runnerproblems We would wait and use the nice clean restrooms in the Magic Kingdom.

The first 5 miles flew by. We joked and laughed and did our run/walk thing. I ran into my girlfriend Nichole just past the Transportation and Ticket Center and we paced each other until right before running onto Main Street USA. Nichole was going Goofy. Proud of that girl.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon magic kingdom nicoleI was excited to hit Main Street USA. Not because of Cinderella Castle, but because I knew there would be a lot of friendly faces there.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney jackie marc magic kingdomTwo of my Disney Parks Mom Panelist friends Jackie and Marc.  Marc had a Coke waiting for Ash.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney ashley meghann magic kingdom

My girlfriend Meaghann from MealsandMiles.com

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney magic kingdom

My WDWRadio Peeps who got this shot of the two of us…

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney ashley magic kingdom

And lots and lots and lots of runners.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon magic kingdom

Through Cinderella Castle again.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon magic kingdom castle

We were holding out for the Frontierland bathrooms and boy am I glad we did. Those stalls are usually empty, clean and I ran into my friend Katherine!

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon magic kingdom katherine amanda tinney

It was almost time to leave the Magic Kingdom but not before we were captured and tied to the train tracks!

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon magic kingdom train tracks amanda tinney ashley

We exited the Magic Kingdom. Passed the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resort and then headed towards the Walt Disney World Speedway.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon golf donald duck

This was where the race would differ from the half marathon that I had run the day before.  I didn’t get any pictures inside the speedway but the sun was starting to come up and I finally hooked up with my friends Mark and Amy again. Time to head on the long stretch of Bear Island Road which connected the speedway with Animal Kingdom. I kept pushing through because I knew my husband and daughter would be in the Animal Kingdom parking lot waiting for me.

Around mile 12 there was a food stop and I couldn’t wait to get that banana! I was starving.  It was also at that point that we had to decide whether we were going to ride Expedition Everest or not.  Oh yes! Marathoners DO ride that attraction in the middle of the race! We thought that we may not be able to stand up if we sat down so we decided to pass on riding the roller coaster. Next year…

Family portrait!  This was the halfway point.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney animal kingdom

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney animal kingdom

Back onto Osceola Parkway and headed towards the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. My least favorite part of this race.

As we entered the sports complex there was a voluntEAR pouring ice cold water on wet washcloths. What a treat.

Another banana stop and some walking and bathroom breaks and then a run around the baseball field.

Also another glimpse of my family. And this awesome spectator.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon race spectator funny sign

I was pretty tired by this point and I was doing a lot of walking. My feet were starting to feel like they had in 2013. But I just kept on trucking.

Just past mile 20 I ran into my friend Charles. He ran the stretch from mile 20 to mile 21 with me. And then I broke down crying when I reached this sign. #Mile21 Find out why here: Celebrating 21 Miles – My Story of Struggle and Enlightenment in the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney mile 21

I pulled it together cause I didn’t want to make Ashley cry. We were both feeling kind of rough. She was having problems with her feet and knew that she was fighting some blisters.

We just wanted to make it inside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Before we got to the entrance of the park we met a gal on the road who had just had back surgery. She had paid for the Dopey and didn’t want to defer. She was walking the entire thing. Ashley kept looking behind her for the balloon ladies and this walker reassured her that they were nowhere near by.  She’d been keeping an eye out.

I just kept putting one foot in front of the other. It was painful. When we entered Disney’s Hollywood Studios they were handing out chocolate and gummy candy. I took a pack of gummy candy even though I don’t like them. I was starving. I would’ve eaten anything anyone handed me at this point.

As I exited Disney’s Hollywood Studios I choked down a few of the gummy candies. And then… Like magic… A spectator with pretzel sticks! Ahhhh! I took two. I wanted to take 10.

On the walkway between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the boardwalk I found another spectator with animal crackers. I took three of those.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney boardwalk

We were coming into the homestretch. It was almost over. I knew I had another group of friends waiting for me at the Rose and Crown in the UK pavilion at Epcot. That was the next place I was trying to make it too.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney epcot

Hugs.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney epcot lou mongello

And more hugs…

2014 rundisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney zannaland

and this awesome checkered flag that my friend Karen made for me.

2014 rundisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney epcot UK

It was almost over. This thing that I had been training for all year. I was completing the last 5 miles that had haunted me for so long. Today would not be a day filled with regret. Today would be the day that I conquered the marathon.

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney dopey challenge finish 2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney dopey challenge finish

2014 runDisney walt disney world marathon amanda tinney dopey challenge finish

I AM A MARATHONER…

To read about the first three legs of this journey check out:

Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Part 1 – Disney Family Fun Run 5K Race Recap
Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Part 2 – 2014 Walt Disney World 10K Race Recap
Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Part 3 – 2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Race Recap


17
Jan 14

Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Part 3 – 2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Race Recap

amanda tinney rundisney disney dopey challenge 2014

Day three of my four-part Dopey Challenge started out much better than day two.  I woke up around 3:30 AM and felt completely rested and ready to tackle the Walt Disney World Half Marathon.

My girlfriend Leslie was also running the half but she does a straight run and I do a run walk combo so although we would be together in our start corral we were each going to be running our own individual races that day.

We gathered our gear, headed out to her car and made our way over to the Epcot parking lot. We scuttled through security, walked past bag check and the porta potties and headed towards our corral.

Check out this guy with his tuba which he carried for the entire half marathon. He played Disney tunes for us as the large group of runners made their way to the starting line.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon tuba runnerThe weather that morning was not as humid as it was the day before for the Inaugural Walt Disney World 10K which was a blessing. Each corral started with fireworks and Disney fanfare with Donald Duck counting down to “Go”.

I knew this course like the back of my hand. Felt like I had run it over 1,000 times. Actually, this would be my sixth time running from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back.

I didn’t have a time goal really. It was just going to be me, my music and the open road.

The fireworks for our corral sounded and I was on my way to the Magic Kingdom. I was really looking forward to seeing my friends on Main Street, so I pushed through and jammed out with my YurBuds in the entire way. I felt good. The training was paying off.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom toll plaza Caution runners…speed bumps ahead!

This is my very own heartbreak hill. Right in front of the Contemporary Resort.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon contemporary resortThe stream of runners hooked a left by Space Mountain and headed into the backstage area of Magic Kingdom.  I weaseled my way over to the left-hand side of the pack because I knew that the WDW Radio cheer team, and a lot of my friends, would be there at the corner of Main Street near the Confectionary.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon space mountain

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom backstage

I tell ya… seeing a group of familiar faces like this when you’re in the middle of a race is like a drug.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom wdw radioI stopped for a picture…

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom amanda tinney

and hugs…and kept on trucking.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom amanda tinney

Love this lady’s camo get up.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom camo runnerAnd then for the best part. Running through Cinderella Castle.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom cinderella castleThe back side is so much prettier than the front.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom cinderella castleI knew that my run through Magic Kingdom would be ending soon so I tried to take it all in. Down the middle of Liberty Square and then straight through Frontierland…. which put me at around the 6 mile mark.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom frontierland

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom frontierland

Time to go backstage one more time before making our way past the Magic Kingdom Resorts.  Mile seven was just outside the Grand Floridian.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon mile 7

Here’s a look at what one of the water stops looks like. The only place on Walt Disney World property where you’ll see trash.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon water stop

I blew past the Polynesian Resort and then past the Magic Kingdom parking lot.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon mile 8

I was still feeling really good at this point. But it was time to run the long stretch on World Drive back to Epcot.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon world drive

I started my half marathon doing 30/30′s. 30 seconds of running followed by 30 seconds of walking. By the time I got to the Magic Kingdom, about halfway through, I realized that I had built up enough of a buffer so that I could take my time and do what I wanted for the second half of the race.

Yep. Lots of folks still back there behind me.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon world drive amanda tinney

Almost time to make the gnarly loop up onto that overpass.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon world drive overpass

Hey look it’s Disney Cruise Line. This is the first time they’ve been out to support the race.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon world drive DCL

Made it around the loop and to the top of the overpass.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon world drive

I paced these two ladies pretty much the entire race. Thanks Pumbaa and Timon!

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon pumbaa timon costume race

You can see the course is still pretty congested. This was another race I ended up running a lot on the grass.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon

Mile 11 y’all.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon

Poor Lumiere… I know he must’ve been sweating in that costume.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon lumiere costume race

Here’s my friend Deb from All Ears. She’s got a great Disney fan site. One of the original Disney websites. She’s also amazing when it comes to philanthropy and has raised big bucks for cancer research.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon amanda tinney deb wills

A few more overpasses and I was making my way back into Epcot.  But not before fist bumping my friend Zannaland!

rundisney 2014 dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon amanda tinney

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon epcot

Best half marathon race sign.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon funny spectator sign

Gospel choir for the win!

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon gospel choir

Finishline selfie with Mr. runDisney Faron Kelley.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon faron kelley amanda tinney

And the Donald Duck bling for my victory.  Dopey Challenge Day Three and the 2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon in the bag!

rundisney 2014 dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon amanda tinney

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon donald duck medal

I also got another piece of runDisney arm candy added to my collection.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon wristbands

Breakfast for the third day in a row was at Kouzzina. Carb it up baby!

kouzzina waffles breakfast walt disney world boardwalk

We headed over to the expo after breakfast to pick up my pal Marc’s marathon bib.

rundisney dopey challenge 2014 walt disney world marathon expo amanda tinney

And then for the third day in a row hit up Splitsville for an early 3pm supper. I devoured half of this baby. It was delicious!

downtown disney splitsville margherita pizza

I was in bed by 8:30pm. One more early wake up call awaited! It was time for me to tackle the longest leg of my Dopey Challenge…26.2 miles in the Walt Disney World Marathon!

Here are my race recaps from Part 1 & 2 of my four-part Dopey Challenge:
Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Part 1 – Disney Family Fun Run 5K Race Recap
Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Part 2 – 2014 Walt Disney World 10K Race Recap