Aug 12

New Packages Added to the 2013 runDisney Runner’s World Challenge

Runners World Logo

Disney is making it even easier for runners to participate in the Runner’s World Challenge during the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna. Now, even if you have already booked a hotel, you can still take advantage of a new package that includes all of the extraordinary amenities offered by the Runner’s World Challenge, such as training programs by Runner’s World editors and access to the Race Retreat and Pasta in the Park Party. And if you’ve already registered for the marathon, you can upgrade to the Runner’s World Challenge package.

Of course, if you haven’t registered for the race or signed up for the Runner’s World Challenge, you can take advantage of the Ultimate Runner’s World Challenge package, which includes all of the amenities of the basic package, plus includes hotel accommodations and hospitality suite access at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts and private motor coach transportation to the race on race day, VIP access to the Runner’s World team of editors and other amenities.

To sign up or to upgrade your package, go to runDisney.com or runnersworldchallenge.com

Runner’s World Challenge participants will receive:

  • Entry to the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World® Marathon, Half Marathon, or Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday) with preferred corral placement
  •  A 16-week training plan for each race distance designed by The Runner’s World Experts, and Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso, who has coached hundreds of elites, celebs, and everyday runners.
  • Weekly e-mails from Bart with guidance on training, nutrition, injury prevention, and motivation
  •  One year of access to the Runner’s World Challenge experts on nutrition, training, and injury-prevention
  • Access to a private Runner’s World Challenge web site, where you connect with other runners training for the race
  • A copy of The Runner’s World Complete Book of Running
  •  A Runner’s World Challenge tech shirt
  • A four-month free trial of the premium version of the Runner’s World Personal Trainer, our interactive training log
  • Private packet pick-up  at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
  • Commemorative 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend keepsake gift
  • Pre-race course strategy session with the Runner’s World experts and editors
  • Pre-race shakeout runs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with the Runner’s World team
  • Entry to the Pasta in the Park Party on Saturday night at Epcot® where the Runner’s World VIPs & editors will be in attendance (party includes buffet pasta dinner, live DJ, Disney characters and viewing of the fireworks spectacular Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot®)
  • Entry to the Race Retreat
  • Pre-race amenities including hot and cold beverages with fruit and bagels, dedicated stretching area, and private “no line” portalets & bag check
  • Post-race amenities including a nutritious buffet, massage, private portalet & bag pick up, and live results
  • Post-race celebration on Sunday night at the Cool Down taking place in Downtown Disney® Area

Runner’s World Challenge Packages cost $449.00 for the Marathon and Half Marathon while packages are $699.00 for the Goofy Challenge.

Aug 12

Find Out What Disney Just Shelled Out $150,000 For

Disney Library Check 150KWalt Disney World donated $150,000 to the Osceola Board of County Commissioners for its public library project in Celebration, giving residents of West Osceola access to a greater number of books, computers and other public resources.

The library, already under construction and expected to open early next year, will feature a collection of resources double the size of what’s currently available at the West Osceola Library near Celebration. It will also include a children’s area, meeting space for groups, dedicated area for teen-agers and three times as many public computers with wireless computer access.

The new 10,000-square-foot building is located near the intersection of Campus Street and Celebration Boulevard.

“At its root, Disney is a story-telling company. Most of the Disney movies our children and grandchildren love today were inspired by characters who were first brought to life in books,” said Betty Lowery, Walt Disney World manager of community relations who presented the donation. ”It’s natural that Disney supports the work of our public libraries.”

In 2006, the West Osceola branch of the library opened in a 2,000 square-foot storefront on Highway 192. Previous to that, residents of Celebration developed their own library in a space shared with the town’s elementary school and entirely staffed with local volunteers.

Aug 12

Video – Disney Art Director David Brotherton Tells the Story Behind the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Medal

Aug 12

New Disney Segway Tour Sure to Delight Epcot Fans

Epcot Segway Tour

The Disney Parks Blog just announced a brand new “behind-the-scenes” tour that will be offered to guests starting September 17th.  The “Keep Moving Forward: See the World, Share the Dream Segway Tour” lasts three hours and 45 minutes, and includes a one-hour Segway training lesson, breakfast at Sunshine Seasons, tours of both Future World and World Showcase, and an exclusive Disney pin.

The tour will cost $99 (plus tax) for guests age 16 and older. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver for participants age 16-17. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members will receive a 15% discount.

For more information or to book, call (407) WDW-TOUR (939-8687).

Aug 12

Escape from the Heat with this Video Tour of Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

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