Apr 14

Three NEW Disney Dooney & Bourke Mickey and Minnie Sweethearts Bags

disney dooney and bourke mickey minnie sweethearts heart bags

A cast member in MouseGear at Epcot in Walt Disney World told me that these new bags had been flying off store shelves.  Take a look at the newest Disney “Sweethearts” pattern released by Dooney & Bourke.

Letter Carrier – $175

disney dooney and bourke mickey minnie sweethearts letter carrier bag

Mini Barrel – $130

disney dooney and bourke mickey minnie sweethearts heart bag barrell

Shopper – $235

disney dooney and bourke mickey minnie sweethearts heart bag shopper

The cast member I spoke with at MouseGear said that these would not be available online.

To see more Disney Dooney patterns visit my Disney Dooney & Bourke section.

Mar 14

New Disney Vera Bradley Pattern “Perfect Petals” to Be Released at Special May 2014 Event

disney vera bradley perfect petals bags

Disney and Vera Bradley are celebrating their newest Spring pattern with a special event May 4th in Epcot.

This newest pattern released will be called Perfect Petals and will be available in seven styles with two new designs: campus backpack and tablet hipster.

disney vera bradley perfect petals handbag

The bags will be released at a special Brunch Event held in the World Showplace Pavilion inside Epcot‘s World Showcase.  Tickets are $125 and are currently on sale.

This event will include:

  • First opportunity to purchase the newest silhouettes from the Perfect Petals collection
  • Entry into the event store which will offer select styles from the Midnight with Mickey and Where’s Mickey collections
  • Commemorative Gift
  • Brunch
  • Q&A session with Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder of Vera Bradley.

Brunch Menu:

Banana Muffins, Multigrain Croissants and Guava Cheese Danish
French Rolls
Honey Greek Yogurt Sauce
Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Berries
Orange Juice
Roasted Artichoke, Sun-dried Tomato Quiche
Seared Free Range Chicken Breast with Lobster Cream Sauce
Oven Browned Potatoes with Nueske’s Bacon and Leeks
Grilled Asparagus
White and Milk Chocolate Mickey Mousse Dome
Citrus and Whipped Cream
Coffees and Teas

disney vera bradley perfect petals pursesIf any bags remain following the event, the new “Mickey’s Perfect Petals” items will be released when Cherry Tree Lane opens in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney (no opening date has been announced yet). There are no immediate plans to carry this color at Disneyland Resort or on the Disney Parks online store.

Jan 14

Marketplace Co Op Coming to Downtown Disney in Spring 2014

Marketplace Co Op downtown disney

A new merchandise location, the Marketplace Co Op,  is coming to Downtown Disney Marketplace in spring 2014. The shop with shops within it will showcase new and innovative Disney retail concepts from women’s accessories to electronics, home design accents to salon products. When it launches, the Marketplace Co Op’s six new spaces will be Beautifully Disney, Cherry Tree Lane, D-Tech on Demand, The Trophy Room, Centerpiece and Zoey and Pickles. Part of the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, the Co Op will occupy the space that is currently Team Mickey.

Jan 14

Disney Firefighter Cake Featuring Mickey Donald and Goofy

Disney Cake Firefighter Donald Goofy Mickey

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Jan 14

Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Part 1 – Disney Family Fun Run 5K Race Recap

2014 disney family fun run 5k rundisney start lineAh, the 2014 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K.  I haven’t run an official 5K since the 2013 Expedition Everest Challenge. I always refer to the 5K as the gateway drug.  It’s what got me started on my path to the Marathon. (Video of the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween 5K) Once you get one of them under your belt, you know you’re capable of even greater distances.

This 5K was going to end up being a very special one. It was part one of my four-part Dopey Challenge.  A challenge that consisted of 48.6 miles run over four days.

I wasn’t scheduled to check into Saratoga Springs until the day of the 5K. Luckily, I’m local, and I drove in that morning and checked my luggage at the hotel at 4 AM.  I had my husband drive me over to the Epcot parking lot and drop me off, and I proceeded to make my way to my assigned corral…E.

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I knew my friend Suzannah of Zannaland would be spectating the 5K so I texted her to find out where she would be.  Zanna was hanging out with the WDW Radio Running Team so I decided that since that team was composed of mostly friends, I would try and run the 5K with them… Or should I say walk the 5K since that is what runDisney consultant Jeff Galloway said that Dopey Challenge participant should be doing.

My girl Leah and I patiently waiting.

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Funny enough, it seemed that all of the runners in the last corral for the 5K were Dopey Challenge runners.  This was shocking. Most runners in the last corral are runners with no proof of time. I don’t know why Track Shack decided to put all the Dopey Challenge runners in the last corral, but it was really strange and made for a very congested course as we tried to weave around walkers.  Hope this is something that they change for next year.

We waited for four corrals to start in front of us and then it was time for corral E to line up. I was chatting with my friend James when the fireworks went off and we just started moving. We shuffled along at a comfortable 12 minute mile pace until we got around the Epcot parking lot and started heading into the back of Future World near Test Track.  I knew running with James was going to be fun because he doesn’t look at runDisney races as challenges, but more as parties, and we really didn’t have a goal set for ourselves… just to finish. He was also doing the Dopey Challenge.

James and I were still chatting when we realized that we were almost done with the 5K. As we came up upon Spaceship Earth we saw a family running beside us with a small toddler.  We were almost to the three-mile mark and this little runner was saying that he wanted to quit.  James and I took a look at his bib. His name was Daniel. So we did what any other fellow runner would do when you hear someone beside you saying that they want to quit…We cheered loudly for him.  And then everyone else around us started cheering as well. “Keep going buddy! Don’t give up! You’re almost there!”

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James and I decided that it was time to stop for one photo since we were almost done with the race.  We paused directly in front of Spaceship Earth and got this shot.

We turned the corner and exited Epcot.  As we headed towards the finish line, we looked over on the left and spotted the WDW Radio Cheer Squad.  This is what it looked like from their vantage point.

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BAM! We did it. Dopey challenge part one in the bag!

2014 rundisney family fun run 5k disney

Thanks James…I couldn’t have asked for a funner (yes it’s a word) running buddy.  You were the last friendly face I saw on my 2013 WDW Marathon Fail …so it’s only fitting that you be the first one I run with on my 2014 WDW Marathon Redemption Song.

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