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What Would You Do With 24 Hours in a Disney Park?

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Photo credit: Disney

As you know Disney Parks will be hosting another 24 hour event at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The event will take place on 6am May 23rd and ends May 24th at 6am. Guests are being encouraged to “rock” their Disney Side. I took that to mean dress as your favorite character or wear your best Disney-fied outfit.

This will be my third 24 hour event at Magic Kingdom.  For the very first 24 hour event, “One More Disney Day”, in 2012, bets were taken on when I would pass out on a park bench. I am not a night person and will admit that with pride.  I am very happy to say I did stay up the entire time.  Now, I did pay for it the next couple days.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

In 2013, I called it quits around 2am for “Monstrous Summer Kick Off”.  I was very tired and tried to say the time I had been up counted towards the 24 hours. Well that did not work.

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Photo Credit: EH

 

Do to me being a planner, I am now wondering what I should do during the 24 hours this year.  Let’s see I could count the number of Starbucks coffees I drink or how many cake pops I can eat. Better yet, how many times, I can ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (I hope it is open).  I am thinking about what contests I could come up with for my readers.  The very first year, I gave away a Disney gift card if you could find me in the park.  The next year, readers had to watch YouTube videos to answer questions.

So I am looking for suggestions on what do to this year.  What characters to take pictures with, what to eat, where to sneak and take a nap, etc.  What would you do if you had 24 hours in a Disney Park?

For more information as the event approaches, keep checking  rockyourdisneyside.com for details as well as Disney Parks Blog.

New medals include commemorative 10th anniversary Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge medal

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runDisney fans know registration for 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend opened today at 12PM EST.  I signed up for the half marathon and very excited about taking on this challenging again.

Below is the official press release from runDisney:

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (April 22, 2014) – Who couldn’t use some more bling? All new medals await runners who complete races in the 2015 Walt Disney Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, January 7-11. Registration starts today at runDisney.com.

Among the slew of new Disney Marathon Weekend medals will be a commemorative 10th anniversary Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge medal. The 39.3-mile challenge involves completing Saturday’s half marathon and Sunday’s full marathon. 

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Photo Credit: runDisney

The Walt Disney World 10K will feature a new Minnie Mouse-inspired medal. Disney Half Marathon runners will earn an all new Donald Duck themed medal. And a Mickey Mouse-inspired medal goes to finishers of the 26.2-mile Walt Disney World Marathon.

Also, the popular Dopey Challenge is back for a second year for athletes completing all four timed events in successive days (the Family Fun Run 5K, the Walt Disney World 10K, the Disney Half Marathon and the Disney Marathon) for the chance to earn six medals for completing all 48.6 miles.

In addition to the four races, the Disney Marathon Weekend will feature Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo, where runners pick up race packets, shop for the latest running apparel and technology, and meet industry experts such as runDisney official training consultant Jeff Galloway and runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus. The expo is free and open to the public at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is also the site of the runDisney Kids Races and the Mickey Mile for the littler ones to experience.

There are also additional features for the entire family to enjoy, including breakfasts with Disney characters, Pasta in the Park parties at Epcot to “carb up” for the next morning’s races and celebrate Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge’s 10th anniversary, ChEAR Squad amenities to help fans cheer on the runners, a Race Retreat for a VIP running experience and a Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney to celebrate each runner’s victories.

For more information and to register for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna events and other runDisney race weekends, go to www.rundisney.com .

Schedule of Events

Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo

Jan. 7 – 10

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

 

runDisney Kids Races and Mickey Mile

Jan. 8, 9 & 10

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

 

Pasta in the Park Parties

Jan. 8, 9, 10 & 11

Epcot

 

runDisney Family Reunion Breakfast

Jan. 8 & 9

Epcot

 

Disney’s Family Fun Run 5K

Jan. 8, 6:15 am

Epcot

 

Walt Disney World 10K

Jan. 9, 5:30 am

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

 

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

Jan. 10, 5:30 am

Epcot

 

Walt Disney World Marathon

Jan. 11, 5:30 am

Epcot

 

Cool Down Party

Jan. 11

Downtown Disney

Up, Up, and Away with Disney Characters

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I have always wanted to experience Characters in Flight, the helium Disney decorated balloon located at Downtown Disney (Walt Disney World).  I can recall walking by it several times saying “I want to ride” or “One trip when there is time, I will ride”.   Well my wish came true on my March trip.  I discovered Groupon was offering a coupon for 2 adults to ride for $20.  The regular price is $18 per adult.  My sister was hesitant due to my nephew being only 2.  I talked her into it and on top of that stated he was free.

During our trip the weather was “iffy” most days.  So we planned to ride as soon as possible in case the weather was not permitting during the remainder of the trip.  In my research I read “the balloon will not fly if winds exceed 22 mph or if there is a storm” When we first went by the ride, there was a sign that stated they were closed due to weather. That was understandable because I could see dark clouds nearby.  After we walked around and shopped, we came back by and it was open.  This was our chance!

After showing our coupon, we were asked to park the stroller and take any valuables with us.  A photographer took our picture in front of the balloon and then it was time to board. You could see the cable in the ground that was anchoring us to the platform.  We ascended up slowly. Our “driver” informed us of when we would feel a little jerk due to the balloon reaching its maximum height of 400 feet.

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He told us we could walk around if we wanted to.  Due to having the 2 year old we just stayed in our little area. The nighttime view was breathtaking.  I could see Epcot in the distance. Of course I tried to pick out different places.  My nephew and sister appeared to have a good time also.

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Our “flight“ lasted about 10 minutes.  We arrived safe and sound back on the ground. Remember the photographer I told you about, after disembarking our photos were waiting on us to view.  My sister ended up getting the package that included 1-5×7, 4-wallet sizes, and 2-clear key chains to put pictures in. She stated the digital copy was thrown in per the cashier.   So we are able to download more copies as needed.

I enjoyed our “flight” and would do it again in the daytime.  I would also take the time to walk around to look at different views.  If you would like to know more about Characters in Flight Operated by Aerophile,  information can be found on the Walt Disney World official website .

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A runDisney Newbie and 13.1 Magical Miles by Mel C.

It all began on December 31, 2012. My 29th birthday.

Every year my friend Monica has a NYE brunch. At some point during the brunch everyone is asked to tell their goals for the coming year. A few of the ladies at the party were triathletes. At this year’s party I said that I wanted to become a runner and do a race. They were excited that I was “joining the ranks” of running.

When January 2013 hit I bought running shoes and begin running with no real plan in mind. As the year wore on I continued training. I began searching for races in my area. I found one: the 2013 Relay for Life 5K Glow Run. As the race date neared my excitement grew. I called my brother to see if he wanted to run with me. I really wanted to run a race with my big brother, but he declined. Race night came. I donned my Nikes and ran my fastest 5K ever: 31:33 with a pace of 9:34 per mile. Albeit solo, I was excited that I had accomplished a goal.

Soon after that my brother calls me up. “Still want to run a race together?” He asked. “Of course!” I said. “It’s a half marathon. The Disney Princess Half,” he said. He signed us up. The 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon. Looks like I couldn’t quite hang up my Nikes.

I continued with my training, taking it to the streets of the city instead of the trails in the park. “Didn’t I see you running down Berkeley Boulevard?” my coworkers ask. “Yup!” I proudly replied. My love for running grew.

As race day neared I grew nervous. A half marathon? What was I thinking?! Eek! Going from 3.1 to 13.1 miles? Clearly I’d been sniffing too much Elmer’s glue! (LOL!)

February 21 arrived. It was time to hit the road to Orlando. Despite the torrential rain we encountered in South Carolina, my mother and I conquered the 600+ mile drive. My mother, brother and I spent Saturday enjoying EPCOT. Bedtime arrived. Soon after 3:00am arrived. I can’t remember the last time I had to get up at 3:00am. My alarm for work doesn’t go off until 6:30am. I don’t get out of the bed until 7:00am. This was going to be a long day.

Photo Credit: MC

Photo Credit: MC

My brother and I took the shuttle to the starting area. Soon after we separated. I was in corral L. He was in E. I grew nervous. Tears welled in my throat. Though we were running the same race we wouldn’t be side by side. The race began. Fireworks shot into the air as each corral crossed the start line.  Soon L was at the start line. I was happy to see a familiar face in my corral: Elantrice. My friend Lisa was running as well, but she was in corral I. Fireworks exploded in the sky above us as we took off. I was pumped.

It was an exhilarating experience to be running with so many people. It was like a giant party. Disney does it like no other. Photo shoots and DJs along the race trail to keep you pumped. People dressed in full costumes. The course was crowed as we began, but thinned out as we approached the gates of the Magic Kingdom. I was still pumped up. I continued to run, but walked when I grew weary. My feet never stopped moving. I snapped pics along tie course and stopped at every beverage station. I think I had about 30 cups of Powerade and water!

Photo Credit: MC

Photo Credit: MC

Photo Credit: MC

Photo Credit: MC

 

As I entered the last part of mile 13 my right foot began to cramp. I stopped to stretch my foot for a bit and continued running. My phone had been in airplane mode for a good portion of the race. I turned my signal back on and saw messages from my brother: “Keep going.” “You can do it.” “Proud of you.” “Keep pushing.” “Keep going.” I didn’t quit. I looked up. I saw the finish line in sight. I crossed it. I did it. I ran a half marathon. I was overjoyed when I saw my brother’s face at the finish line.

Photo Credit: MC

Photo Credit: MC

I have to say that running my first half marathon, my first Disney race, was an experience that I will never forget.

Mel C. is the Creator/Owner of  Eclectic Jewelry & More .

Kingdom Keepers VII Book Tour 2014 Thru My Brown Eyes

At the 2013 D23 Expo, Mr. Ridley Pearson stated that the Kingdom Keepers series would end with book seven.  It was sad to hear that news.  This book series was full of adventure, fun, and even had me looking at certain rides in a different way.  On April 1, 2014, the final book, Kingdom Keepers: The Insider was released.  However, the book was released early at book signings at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  I was able to attend the signing on March 27th due to that being the first day of arrival for my most recent trip.  So that meant I had to be in the car no later than 2:30am because I wanted to make it to Disney’s Hollywood Studios before the park opened.  We (my sister, 2 year old nephew, and I) piled into the car as planned and off we went.  I wanted us to have the time to get gas, have bathroom breaks, and of course make our usual Starbucks stops.  We did get sidetracked due to our usual Starbucks location in Gainesville, FL being closed due to what appeared to be remodeling.  Since we did not get that memo, we had to find another Starbucks. My sister opened the Starbuck App and we were able to find another store.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

We arrived in the parking lot of Disney’s Hollywood Studios before the scheduled opening time of 9am.  Once the MagicBands were scanned we made a mad dash for the Writer’s Stop.

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Photo Credit: EH

There were more people at this signing that I have seen in previous signings.  I was able to purchase the book and then the nervousness set it.  We had been told that due to time and the length of the line, Mr. Pearson may not be able to autograph everyone’s book. There was a little groaning,however, with pixie dust I was hoping I would be able to get in.  Well the pixie dust worked.  I got my book autographed and had the chance to speak to Mr. Pearson briefly.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

I knew there were other stops on the book tour. I just did not pay attention to where the tour would be visiting.  I was informed Mr. Pearson would be in the Atlanta area.  He would be visiting The FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA on April 8th.  I looked up the directions and saw it was less than a forty-five minute ride from my home. I make my own work schedule and arranged that I would be able to get to the book signing before it started.

I have never been to Woodstock, but found where I needed to be without any issue. There was already a line of excited children and adults.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Mr. Pearson arrived and made his way through the crowd thanking people for coming and shaking hands.  He spoke about how fun it was to write the Kingdom Keepers, being in the parks doing research, and how this adventure could never really end. I brought three books that I wanted Mr. Pearson to sign in order for me to have the entire series autographed by him.  We chatted about my adventure to make it to the book signing at Walt Disney World from Georgia two weeks ago.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

I considered myself to have some pixie dust sprinkled on me to be able to attend two signings on the Kingdom Keepers VII Tour.  Mr. Pearson is very nice and appears to enjoy talking to us readers. I have met him over three times and never felt rushed during his book signings. I hope everyone has a chance to meet Mr. Pearson on this tour.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

If you have read the books, which was your favorite, and why? If you have not, you should check them out.

Being Picky at the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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Photo Credit: EH

I am not sure if I have exposed my picky eating habits to you.  My name is Elantrice and I am a very picky eater.  If it looks funny or smells bad, I will not even taste it.  Eating new foods is a challenge.  I must know the ingredients and better yet those I can pronounce.

Now that the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has added even more food choices, I began to wonder what I would eat.  My sister is a foodie and will eat anything.  She had her list ready to go.  She attempted to make a list for me, which was very short.  On the top of my list was a certain cupcake.

Are you curious to what type of food review a picky person like me could offer?  Here you go:

The Smokehouse: Barbecue & Brews: “Pigglicious” Bacon Cupcake with Maple Frosting & Pretzel Crunch Frosting featuring Nuskey’s Applewood Smoked Bacon – I removed the “pretzel crunch” and dug into the cupcake. It was delicious and full of the right amount of bacon.  Sis got the Smoked Beef Brisket with Collard Greens & Jalapeño Corn Bread. I tried the brisket and it was ok.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

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Buttercup Cottage: Freshly Baked Potato & Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare. -  This was wonderful and filling.  I could not eat all of it.

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Photo Credit: EH

Fleur de Lys: Macaron a la Fleur d’Oranger – This was my first time trying a macaron.  I will admit I have been missing out. The orange flavoring was not that overpowering.

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Photo Credit: EH

Lotus House – Sis got the Beijing Sytle Candied Strawberries.  I tasted some of the candied coating due to the fact I do not eat strawberries.  It was good. Sis said the entire treat was great.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

It began to rain and the adventure was cut short. Would I of tried more? I am not sure.  I scanned the Garden Passport and the items above were a “must eat” for me.  Stay tuned for what this picky eater will have at the 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival in the Fall.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

 

Mean Muggin’ Monday

Today’s coffee mug seems fitting for the upcoming anniversary of “it’s a small world”.  My sister, JoVonn (@jhgive), loves this ride and had to have the coffee mug.  The mug was purchased at World of Disney at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World.  The mug retails for $14.95.

Photo Credit: JG

Photo Credit: JG

Photo Credit: JG

Photo Credit: JG

Photo Credit: JG

Photo Credit: JG

Photo Credit: JG

Photo Credit: JG

If you would like your coffee mug on Mean Muggin’ Monday, email pictures and description to DizThruBrownEyes@yahoo.com.

 

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Grand Opening Offer from DiF

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Grand Opening Offer from Destinations in Florida!!

The first wave of Family Suites at the brand new Cabana Bay Beach Resort  opened March 31st at Universal Orlando. The new resort is the 4th onsite hotel at Universal Orlando and will have 2 pool complexes with sand beach and interactive features, a themed lazy river, and 10-lane bowling alley. As with all Universal Orlando Onsite Resort hotels, guests at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be just a brief walk from the Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk. They will enjoy benefits that include Early Theme Park Admission, transportation to the theme parks, a Universal CityWalk party pass, complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the Universal Orlando Resort to their hotel, and resort-wide charging privileges with their room key.

Travel back to the 1950’s and 1960’s for endless family fun at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. With its ideal location near Islands of Adventure and fun retro atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy everything the Universal Orlando Resort has to offer, at a price you are sure to love. The value and moderate accommodations feature both family suites (sleeping up to 6) with kitchenettes and standard rooms (sleeping up to 4).

Family Suites open on March 31, 2014 and Standard Rooms open on July 31, 2014. Stay at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort during the Preview period of March 31-June 14 and get a Family Suite at a Standard Room price! Do you prefer to travel in the Fall instead? On select travel dates between 9/1 – 10/2/14 and 11/30 – 12/11/14, discounted rates start at $131 per night in a family suite or $90 per night in a standard room. A minimum 4-night stay is required.

To celebrate the grand opening of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando, get a $50 Gift Card or a $50 discount off your package price for all Cabana Bay Beach Resort packages of $2500 or more booked between now and April 30, 2014. This is in addition to any promotional offers being offered by Universal Orlando! Book your Cabana Bay Beach Resort package today by clicking on the banner below to request a quote!