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Disneyland Half Marathon Crowns Grabow Again

posted on September 1st, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


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Jimmy Grabow grabbed the Disneyland Half Marathon title again this morning, one year after setting a new course record for the 13.1-mile event.

Grabow, from the aptly-named town of Running Springs, Calif., finished today’s race in 1:07:41 — nearly seven minutes ahead of the next finisher, Ricardo Ramirez.

“Stephanie

Stephanie Dinius, from Palo Alto, captured the women’s title with a time of 1:15:47.

Overall, the expanded weekend hosted more than 25,000 runners, including 8,000 participants in the new 10K and 5,000 who took on the inaugural Dumbo Double Dare. The multi-race Dumbo field, which combined running the 10K and half, featured celebrities Sean Astin, Joey Fatone, Alison Sweeney and Ali Vincent.

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Sign Up Now for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up

posted on August 14th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


UPDATE: Click here for a complete list of attendees. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at DLR.SportsMeetUps@disney.com. Please note that we will not be responding to questions via this email address. If you have questions, please ask them on the Disney Parks Blog, and we will do our best to answer them.

UPDATE: We have reached capacity! Thanks for everyone’s interest in the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up and Warm-Up, and we appreciate your quick responses. At approximately 2 p.m. PT, we will send the meet-up attendees a confirmation email. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at DLR.SportsMeetUps@disney.com. By 3 p.m. PT, we will post a link to the complete list of attendees. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional unique opportunities in the future.

If you’re looking to gain tips and training advice from Tara Gidus and Jeff Galloway, they will also be available at the upcoming Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Expo. For more information, and also for additional Galloway and Gidus training details, please visit www.runDisney.com.

No time to say “hello, goodbye.” This is a very important date; one where you certainly won’t want to be late.
Sign Up Now for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up

To get runners warmed up for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, an early morning runDisney meet-up is planned for Friday, August 30, at the Disneyland Resort.

In case you’re “curiouser and curiouser” as to the details, we’re planning to have a couple of special guests, along with a teacup-ful of friends from Wonderland to help get the weekend started in a rather un-birthday-like manner. Of course, along with a few surprises, there will be a full deck of training experts, including Jeff Galloway and Tara Gidus.

Space is limited. If you don’t want to miss the party, RSVP right now to DLR.SportsMeetUps@Disney.com. Only a limited number of qualified runners will be selected to participate, so be one of the first to apply.

In the meantime, here are a few things you should know:

  • All selected participants must be available for a 6 a.m. PT start time on Friday, August 30.
  • Qualified applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A valid photo ID is required. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Limit to one RSVP per individual. Applicants sending RSVPs from more than one email address will be disqualified.
  • Valid RSVPs must include your name. RSVPs that include more than one person or are missing information (e.g. incomplete names) will not be accepted.
  • Admittance to the event is non-transferable and limited to the selected applicant; no additional guests please.
  • The event and individual/celebrity appearances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
  • Because this is a running-oriented event, we require that applicants be experienced runners, able to maintain a 12-minute per mile pace (qualified).
  • Selected applicants attending the meet-up are not required to purchase admission.
  • We will send an email to selected applicants who sent their valid RSVP via email before we reached capacity to confirm their attendance for Friday. We plan to send this email at approximately 2 p.m. PT today, and we will also post a link on the Disney Parks Blog that will include a list of names of all selected applicants. If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation and your name does not appear on the list of selected applicants, your RSVP was not selected.
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D23 Expo to Kick off with runDisney D2.3 Fun Run

posted on July 25th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


UPDATE: Click here for a complete list of attendees. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at DLR.SportsMeetUps@disney.com. Please note that we will not be responding to questions via this email address. If you have questions, please ask them on the Disney Parks Blog, and we will do our best to answer them.

UPDATE: We have reached capacity! Thanks for everyone’s interest in the runDisney D2.3 Fun Run, and we appreciate your quick responses. At approximately 2 p.m. PT, we will send the meet-up attendees a confirmation email. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at DLR.SportsMeetUps@disney.com. By 3 p.m. PT, we will post a link to the complete list of attendees. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional unique opportunities in the future.

The D23 Expo is kicking off with a few folks that know a thing or two about magical starts.

D23 Expo to Kick off with runDisney D2.3 Fun Run

On Friday, August 9, runDisney will be hosting a 2.3-mile fun run for D23 Members. The morning event will lead runners down main streets and through castles in classic runDisney style. Of course, there will also be little pixie dust sprinkled along the way, so it’ll be an experience a runner won’t want to miss.

To RSVP, send your full name and D23 membership number to DLR.SportsMeetUps@Disney.com. Only a limited number of qualified D23 Members will be selected to participate, so be one of the first to apply.

Fans can join D23 at www.D23.com and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23.

In the meantime, here are a few things you should know:

  • All selected participants must be available for a 5:45 a.m. PT start time on Friday, August 9.
  • Qualified applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A D23 membership number must be submitted at the time of application, and is non-transferable.
  • A valid photo ID is required. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Limit to one RSVP per individual. Applicants sending RSVPs from more than one email address will be disqualified.
  • Valid RSVPs must include your name. RSVPs that include more than one person or are missing information (e.g. incomplete names) will not be accepted.
  • Admittance to the event is non-transferable and limited to the selected applicant; no additional guests please.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.
  • Because this is a running-oriented event, we require that applicants be experienced runners, able to maintain a 12-minute per mile pace (qualified).
  • Selected applicants attending the meet-up are not required to purchase admission.
  • We will send an email to selected applicants who sent their valid RSVP via email before we reached capacity to confirm their attendance for Friday. We plan to send this email at approximately 2 p.m. PT today, and we will also post a link on the Disney Parks Blog that will include a list of names of all selected applicants. If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation and your name does not appear on the list of selected applicants, your RSVP was not selected.
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Drew Brees Passing Academy Kicks Off at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on June 27th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


If anyone knows the excitement of “Going to Disney World,” it’s former Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees, who joined in the famous tradition in 2010. The all-pro quarterback is back at Walt Disney World Resort starting today for his inaugural Drew Brees Passing Academy and 7on7 Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The prestigious three-day camp provides a dream-come-true opportunity for aspiring football players, the opportunity to get hands-on instruction from some of the NFL’s top athletes. Along with Brees, the academy also features NFL all-pros Jimmy Graham and Jonathan Vilma and St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

Drew Brees Passing Academy Kicks Off at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex

On Friday and Saturday, the high school athletes immediately put what they have learned to the test by taking part in two days of 7-on-7 competition, a format which has been widely credited with helping accelerate the development of several current young NFL starting quarterbacks and skill position players.

All the fun and games are for a good cause, too. Proceeds from the academy benefit the Brees Dream Foundation. The Brees Dream Foundation was founded in 2003 with a mission to improve the quality of life for cancer patients, and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.

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Soccer Star Kaká and Mickey Mouse Kick It at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 12th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


Mickey Mouse welcomed one of the world’s most famous athletes to Walt Disney World Resort this week. Kaká, a midfielder for the European soccer club Real Madrid, along with the Brazilian national team, dropped by ESPN Wide World of Sports to promote Disney Cup International.
Kaká Gave a Quick Soccer Lesson to Mickey and a Couple of his Youth Soccer Friends, Demonstrating Proper Techniques for a Penalty Kick and Corner Kick

While at Disney’s world-class sports facility, Kaká gave a quick soccer lesson to Mickey and a couple of his youth soccer friends, demonstrating proper techniques for a penalty kick and corner kick.

In its 14th year at ESPN Wide World of Sports, the upcoming Disney Cup International presented by AS Roma, will be held July 15-20 and has attracted more than 200 teams from 19 countries.
Soccer Star Kaká and Mickey Mouse kick it at ESPN Wide World of Sports
Off the field, Kaká boasts a monstrous social media presence. He was the first athlete to surpass 10 million followers on Twitter – now at more than 15 million – along with millions more fans on Facebook and Instagram.

To see a couple highlights from his visit, check out the video below that was produced by my fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Bob Hitchcock.

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Team Up with Disney Sports Solutions from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on June 5th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Recently Developed an Innovative Solution-Oriented Program to Make Nationwide Youth Sports Travel Easier for Families

Millions of kids participate in youth sports across the country each year and that often means traveling to out-of-state tournaments, which can be a logistical monstrous summer of its own for many parents, coaches and team moms. To tackle that problem, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex recently developed an innovative solution-oriented program to make nationwide youth sports travel easier for families.

Disney Sports Solutions leads off with pre-event fundraising assistance, including established programs to leverage Disney and its partners such as ESPN the Magazine and Enterprise. On-site itinerary assistance is available at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Welcome Center so teams can make the most of their trip to Walt Disney World Resort, and a business lounge opening later this month allows parents to stay connected while on the road.

Convenience is the name of the game, too. High quality boxed lunches, pizza, group snacks and stocked coolers can be delivered to your team at Disney’s 255-acre sports complex. Coaches, if you’re tired of lugging your team’s bags to the field, equipment drop off might seem like you’ve arrived at your own New Fantasyland. Disney Sports Solutions will take your equipment at the drop off location and have it delivered to your field of play.

Need help capturing your little star’s big moment? A team of photographers can take hi-res pictures of athletes during games, and parents can watch game highlights on a dedicated channel in their Walt Disney World Resort hotel room. Debuting this summer, the complex will bring the big-time environment of ESPN to the guests like never before with its on-site show, ESPN Wide World of Sports Live.

To follow all this summer’s action, follow @DisneySports and the #DisneySportsFestival hashtag.

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Ready, Set, Go! at X Games for Driver in ‘Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on April 17th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


Eduardo Marques, Jr., has entertained countless fans at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as a driver for the high octane “Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.” Now, the Brazilian-born stunt car driver will be returning home to compete on a bigger stage, ESPN’s X Games Foz do Iguaçu.

Later this week, Marques will be competing at RallyCross, which pits 16 of the world’s best drivers side-by-side, drifting and jumping through an exciting dirt track. Of course, that should be nothing new for Marques, as his precision driving skills are routinely on display with edge-of-your-seat jumps, slides and spins as a part of the daily Lights, Motors, Action! show.

We slowed down Marques before his trip to Brazil, just long enough to ask him about his journey to Disney and the X Games.

 
If you want to catch Marques, and the other high-flying athletes of X Games Foz do Iguaçu, tune in April 18-21 to ESPN/ESPN2.

And, of course, you can regularly see all our talented stunt performers in the thrill-a-minute “Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show,” featuring gravity-defying automobile, motorcycle and watercraft stunts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


For more from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, check out these posts:

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 1st, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


If you’re a baseball fan like me, today is the day you’ve longed for since the fall. Opening Day of Major League Baseball is here, and that means the return of first pitches, green grass and the crack of the bat.

However, for those of us at Walt Disney World Resort it also means saying “See ya real soon” to the Atlanta Braves, who called ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex their home for the past month.

In honor of the national pastime returning to center stage, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories from this past spring training at Disney. The 18-game slate at Champion Stadium saw everything from a new power hitting duo with the Upton brothers, to a couple of characters you may recognize from “A Galaxy Far, Far Away.”

Veteran Pitcher Tim Hudson Was Back in Action for the Atlanta Braves at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort

The Braves return to action tonight as they host the Philadelphia Phillies on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Play ball!

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‘Star Wars’ Invades Atlanta Braves Spring Training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on March 15th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


No, it’s not a galaxy far, far away. It’s Atlanta Braves spring training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Today’s Braves-Mets game saw the first mash-up of Disney, Star Wars and Major League Baseball spring training at Walt Disney World Resort.

The good news is your favorite friends from all across the galaxy will be back when the Braves host the New York Yankees on Saturday, March 16 (5:05 p.m.).

If you’re planning on attending, not only will there be character appearances, but also specially themed in-game entertainment, including the X-Wing Sax Quartet, Star Wars trivia and more.

To catch all the fun, check out the photo gallery below.

‘Star Wars’ Invades Atlanta Braves Spring Training at ESPN Wide World of Sports

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A Pair of All-Stars: Mickey and ‘The Kid’ at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 4th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


Mickey is no stranger to kids, especially those visiting Walt Disney World Resort. Today, however, was a special occasion as “The Mick” met “The Kid.”
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On his way to the Magic Kingdom, the National League all-star Bryce Harper stopped by ESPN Wide World of Sports to receive a couple of hitting tips from Disney’s favorite all star. (Disney Parks Blog author and photographer Gene Duncan was on hand to capture this highlight).

Of course, if his first year in the major leagues is any indication, Bryce doesn’t need many tips. Last Friday night, Harper showed off his natural hitting prowess with a spring training home run against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. In the video below Bryce also talks about how this wasn’t the first success he tasted at Disney’s sports complex; he also played here as a youth on a handful of occasions for USSSA tournaments.

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