Apr 13

2014 runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Gets New 10K and Disney Glass Slipper Challenge

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Building on the success of its women-focused events, runDisney is broadening the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort next year by adding a 10K and a new two-race challenge.

The Princess 10K gives runners of various levels more opportunities to run through Disney theme parks and receive a specially-designed finisher medal. And runners looking for an even bigger challenge can sign up for the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total) to earn the inaugural Disney Glass Slipper Challenge Medal to go along with medals from each individual race.

The Princess Half Marathon Weekend is scheduled for February 20-23, 2014 and registration opens up on June 11, 2013.

Apr 13

Disney Photobomb Friday: Disney Cast Member Gets Photobombed While Photobombing a Guest

The photobombing runs DEEP at Walt Disney World!  This photo was submitted by Morgan Crutchfield.  She handed off her phone to a Disney cast member and asked that cast member to take a photo of her.  The cast member used the facetime camera on the iPhone and actually took a pic of herself while Morgan unknowingly stood by thinking the cast member was snapping a pic of her.  In a wild turn of events, the photobombing cast member was then photobombed by another cast member while photobombing Morgan!

Cast Member Photobombs another cast member at Disney

If you’ve ever been photobombed at Disney, I’d love to feature your funny photo here! Send your best photobombed pics to amanda@disneyeveryday.com to be featured in a future “Photobomb Friday” post.

Apr 13

Have You Seen the New Disney Pixar “Monsters University” Monorail Yet?

Monsters University Monorail

Just in time for a monstrous summer at Walt Disney World Resort, a special themed monorail featuring Mike, Sulley and a few of their classmates from Disney-Pixar’s new movie “Monsters University” made its debut April 24 on the Magic Kingdom Park/Resorts loop. The new movie, in theaters in 3D June 21, takes a fun look back at how mismatched monsters Mike and Sulley met during college and eventually became the best of friends.

Check out the MOVIE TRAILER and be sure to follow Disney Every Day on Facebook for up to the minute Disney news and reviews.

Apr 13

Disney Favor for My Friend Chef Robert Irvine

robert irvine chandler make a wish disneyI know Chef Robert Irvine plays a hard nosed dictator on his Food Network Show “Restaurant Impossible” where he whips restaurants and their owners into shape. However…Robert is just a muscle bound teddy bear if you ask me. He’s got a very special place in his heart for veterans and children and is generous of both time and spirit.

I recently found out that Robert played a huge part in sending 6-year-old Chandler to Walt Disney World Resort via the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  You can see that touching moment here:

Chandler wants to make wishes come true for other kids like her. Robert asked her how many wishes she’d like to grant, and her answer was “500”!

Chef Irvine wants to help Chandler pay it forward by raising $25,000 on her behalf for future Wish Kids.  As of this publication date, Robert is at $2,610.  There’s still a long way to go to get all 500 wishes granted.  Please help by contributing any amount you can. Every dollar you donate can help Make-A-Wish kids renew their courage and find a turning point in their lives.

Thank you for your generous support!

Donations can be made HERE!

Apr 13

2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Changes

“change is the only constant”


2014 walt disney world marathon weekend changes20 years of practice and Disney is still tweaking to make every mile magic. A quick conference call with Feron Kelley (Director of Marketing and Communications for Disney Sports) and we have the following list of changes for the upcoming 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend.

  1. Runner feedback confirmed that the half and full marathon course had it’s tight spots. You know…the ones where you’re forced to walk instead of run cause there are too many runners all around you.  That stretch right after you leave Magic Kingdom and before you get to the Walt Disney World Speedway comes to mind. Well, in order to alleviate some of that congestion, race capacity is going to be reduced by 2,000 entries.  The majority of that reduction being applied to the half marathon. Feron said that this was a painful decision, but one that had to be made in order to make the weekend the best experience possible.
  2. Reinforcing point #1, more corrals are being added to the starting line.  I asked Feron how they were going to compensate for more start corrals and he said that the half and full marathons will have slightly earlier start times and consequently a later end time.  This will not increase the 16-minute-mile pace requirement, but will give runners more breathing room on the course.
  3. Proof of time will no longer be accepted at Runner Relations at the Expo.  In fact, proof of time must be submitted by November 1st, 2013. If no proof of time is submitted you WILL be placed in the last corral.  Concern was expressed that some 2013 Wine & Dine Half Marathon participants might want to use their November 9th time for corral placement, so let’s hope runDisney takes this into consideration.
  4. Ladies…we will receive ladies fit tech tees!
  5. The new 10K medal will feature Minnie Mouse.
  6. The 5K Family Fun Run medal design has not been decided yet. runDisney works closely with Disney Pictures on the new design each year. Hmmm…what’s coming out this year? “Monsters University” is. Wonder if we will see Mike and Sulley on the finisher’s medallion?
  7. The full marathon medal will be new. Kelley didn’t know if the design will be based on the 20th Anniversary Medal from 2013 or an update to the 19th year medal.
  8. The course for the 2014 half and full marathons will remain the same as 2013.

Registration for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend opens tomorrow! Who is registering and for which race?