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15
Apr 13

This Week’s Limited Time Magic Includes Your Favorite Disney Fairies

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For a limited time, Tinker Bell will be joined by her Disney Fairies friends when they appear at Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook at Magic Kingdom April 15-21. Flying in for the occasion could be Fawn, Iridessa, Rosetta, Silvermist, Vidia or even Terence, the Pixie Dust-keeper himself. Fairies week is part of ‘Limited Time Magic,’ featuring 52 weeks of magical experiences big and small in 2013 that appear, then disappear as the next special surprise debuts at Disney Parks.


18
Feb 13

Recap of My Favorite Disney Parks Blog Meet Up – The 2013 Tink Half Marathon Meet Up with Sean Astin

Amanda Tinney Sean Astin runDisney DisneyDo you have a favorite childhood movie?  You know…the one that you always pulled out when it was time to have a sleep over with all your friends.  The movie that you knew you had to share with your kids as soon as you had kids. I have three such movies but the one at the top of the list was “Goonies”. (Wizard of OZ and the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are the others in case you were wondering)

In 2011 I was able to meet and talk with Sean Astin, one of the stars of “Goonies” at the Grand Californian Hotel. He was there for the D23 Expo making appearances as the voice of Playhouse Disney’s Special Agent Oso and I happened to catch him outside of the Storyteller Cafe and then got to ride the elevator with him and his daughter up to our rooms. What a super humble and nice guy! I was also a bit starstruck. It took every inch of restraint in my body not to turn to him as the elevator doors closed and say “Goonies Never Say Die!”

Fast forward to the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Meet Up. When I got up that morning I knew that I was going to get the chance to actually RUN with my Goonies childhood hero. Well…trail him a little. He’s a much faster runner than I am. I popped out of bed and made the walk from Disney’s Grand Californian Resort to the Disneyland Hotel through a very desolate and dark Downtown Disney.

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Arrival at the Disneyland Hotel…it was COLD! See that golf cart? That’s the pace cart. I jest! But it kind of is…that cart carries media who take pics of the runners as we truck it through the parks.

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Meet Up participants in their special runDisney Tech Shirts. This is one of the great perks of attending a Meet Up run. Special merchandise made up up exclusively for the event.

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As the sun came up we started our 2 and a half’ish mile trek from the Disneyland Hotel through Downtown Disney and then into both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

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Sean Astin and Jeff Galloway lead the run/walk/run charge!

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We hooked a hard left and made our way down Main Street USA and directly through Sleeping Beauty Castle!

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After making our rounds through Disneyland we stopped for a brief moment and were treated to a surprise appearance from Tinker Bell!

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Runners making their way back down Main Street USA…

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Big thanks to Disney Go to Girl for this pic of me bringing up the rear as we exit Disneyland!

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Time to head across the esplanade for a brisk run through Disney California Adventure!

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The running portion of the Meet Up ended at Carthay Circle where participants had photos taken with Goofy, Mickey, Minnie and the Trolley.

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Hmmm..what to do next? How about a private ride on Radiator Springs Racers before park opening?! Have I died and gone to Disneyland heaven?

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After the run and the ride it was time for some food. The runDisney team had a great spread set up inside Napa Rose at the Grand Californian…and some more surprises for us!

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As the group grabbed breakfast we were treated to talks by runDisney experts Jeff Galloway and Tara Gidus and then celebrity guest Sean Astin who talked to us about his #Run3rd Twitter movement…

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…and The Biggest Loser winner Ali Vincent. Such an inspiration!

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And as if that wasn’t enough…a cooking lesson on how to make the most incredible Huevos Rancheros with Black Bean Chipotle Cake! Which we all got to sample…

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Recipe to come in a follow up post for this slice of heaven!

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If you’d like to participate in a runDisney Meet Up please keep your eyes on the Disney Parks Blog which is where the events are announced. I’d also advise you to follow runDisney on facebook and twitter where teasers are often announced before the event sign up post goes live!

I was invited to this event as media for DisneyEveryDay.com. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.


23
Jan 13

25,000 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Spots Go POOF!

sold_out_mickyA little more than 26 hours after opening on-line sales to the general public, the Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K and Dumbo Double Dare reached capacity and set a runDisney sell out record.  Coming off successful back-to-back capacity filled race weekends, in which more than  65,000 registered runners participated in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and more than 19,500 in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort, runDisney races have reached a new threshold with record fast sell out times, joining the ranks of other sell out races Marine Corps Marathon, ING New York City Marathon and Boston Marathon.

Of the more than 25,000 runners who registered for the race weekend, 17,500 runners will participate in the Disneyland Half Marathon and 8,000 in the Disneyland 10K – including 5,000 in the Dumbo Double Dare.  The new 10K race, the latest in the popular runDisney series, will be a timed event and will take runners through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the streets of Anaheim.  Each finisher will receive a specially designed commemorative finisher medal. Runners looking for an extra challenge registered for the Dumbo Double Dare, which involves running the10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total).  Participants who signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare will receive a Dumbo Double Dare tech shirt and a special finisher medal, in addition to the Disneyland Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.

 “Runner response to the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is overwhelming,” says Disney Sports Marketing and Communication Director Faron Kelley.  “This points to the growing popularity of runDisney events and runner demand for two-day, back-to-back race challenges, along with the ever popular 10K distance.”

A very limited number of registrations are available for the half marathon and 10Kthrough charity and travel groups.  Runners can get more information on these opportunities by going to rundisney.com.

In addition, registration remains open for the Family Fun Run 5K and runDisney Kids Races. These races are filling quickly so runners are encouraged to register today


04
Dec 12

runDisney Once Again Releases Tink Dooney and Bourke Bags for the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

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They were such a smash hit in 2012 that runDisney has decided to re-release the commemorative Tink Dooney and Bourke Purses that it sold for the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon in Disneyland.

Purses must be pre ordered through Active.com by a registered participant. Only 2 bags per person.

Prices:

$92.00 -  Dooney & Bourke Wristlet
$209.00 – Dooney & Bourke Cross Body Purse
$246.00 – Dooney & Bourke Small Shopper

Purses must be picked up at the Disneyland Hotel event merchandise location on Friday, January 18th (11am – 7pm) or Saturday, January 19th (9am – 5pm). Any Dooney & Bourke Purses not picked up at the Expo will not be mailed and will not be refunded. Quantities are limited.

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28
Nov 12

Dates for the 2013 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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The Fab Five are having a party, and everyone’s invited to join the fun during the 20thEpcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 6-May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.  Colorful, whimsical topiaries of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck will welcome topiary Daisy to their Epcot front-entrance celebratory barbecue.  The 14-foot-tall topiary Goofy will bobble an anniversary cake while Donald and Daisy play badminton, Mickey fires up the grill, Pluto swipes a link of hot dogs and Minnie chills out on a colorful blanket of blossoms.

And that’s just the festival opener.  New topiaries, gardens, children’s play areas and interactive gardening seminars will set the stage for 75 days of festival fun as Disney’s horticulture team revs up for its 20th year of beautiful blooms and creative whimsy.

For the first year ever, Mike and Sully from Disney/Pixar “Monsters Inc.” will join the festivities with their Disney/Pixar “Monsters University” topiary on the walkway from Future World to the park’s World Showcase.  A new Disney/Pixar “Cars” playground– Radiator Springs–brings favorite movie characters to life in topiary on the Test Track Walkway.  And 2013′s Fawn’s Butterfly House flits to life with hundreds of butterflies and eight fairy topiaries including Tinker Bell, Fawn, Vidia and Terrence.

The opening weekend Flower Power Concert Series at America Gardens Theatre will present fan favorite Micky Dolenz (“I’m a Believer”) March 8-10.  Other pop acts set to perform include Chubby Checker & the Wildcats, The Guess Who, Paul Revere & The Raiders and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone.

More than 100 topiaries, 240 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms will add floral splendor to the park landscape.  Daily hands-on gardening seminars, HGTV celebrity presentations, and other Festival Center events will offer innovative ideas, design tips and gardening know-how to park guests.