Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park

A Triple Crown in ‘King’ Mickey’s Court at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on February 22nd, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


It might be every day that royalty visits Magic Kingdom Park, but today ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex played host to quite an impressive court of its own.

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who became the first player in 45 years to win baseball’s celebrated Triple Crown, opened his 2013 spring training season at Disney, with a game against Disney’s home team, the Atlanta Braves.

Detroit Tigers Third Baseman Miguel Cabrera Visits the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Prior to the game, Cabrera met “King” Mickey Mouse and “Queen” Minnie Mouse, before stepping into the batting cage to start work on following up his monster 2012 season where he led the American League in home runs, batting average and runs batted in.

Of course, baseball fans have become accustomed to seeing their favorite Braves players at Disney, but spring training also offers the opportunity to see your favorite players from the Tigers, Yankees and Mets, among others clubs, at Champion Stadium.

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Pro Soccer Invades Disney for Prestigious Preseason Tournament

posted on February 9th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


The Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic is back and it’s the ideal place to get up close and personal with some of the top pro soccer teams in the nation. The fourth annual preseason soccer tournament kicks off at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex today, and we’ve got some new and exciting changes to share.
Pro Soccer Classic at Walt Disney World Resort
For the first time in the tourney’s four-year history, the field will include six Major League Soccer clubs – D.C. United, Philadelphia Union, Sporting Kansas City, Columbus Crew, Toronto FC and Montreal Impact – along with the United Soccer Leagues’ Orlando City Soccer and the North American Soccer League’s Tampa Bay Rowdies. With six MLS franchises in the field, this is the largest contingent of MLS teams competing in a pre-season tournament in the country.

Also, for the first time this year, the tourney will feature four event days – today, Wednesday, February 16 and February 23. And unlike some of the more cavernous soccer stadiums in MLS, the beautiful open fields at the complex are the perfect, intimate setting to watch these world-class athletes train and compete. Fans can get autographs and photos of players as they walk on and off the field after soccer matches.

Even if you don’t follow soccer, this is a great chance to get a close up view of some of the most storied franchises in the MLS. For instance, D.C. United is a four-time MLS Cup champion and Sporting KC will represent the MLS in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League.

The Pro Soccer Classic championship game is Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the sports complex box office or by calling 407-949-GAME (4263).

If you can’t make it out to the complex for the games, check out the action online, as all games will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com (except for the semifinals and the championship game, which will be shown on ESPN3.com).

For more Pro Soccer Classic information visit: espnwwos.com/prosoccerclassic

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A Bi-Coastal runDisney Meet-Up Recap at Disney Parks

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


We had a great time hosting the past two runDisney Meet-Ups, and I’m back to share some of the fun and surprises attendees enjoyed prior to the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna and Tinker Bell Half Marathon.

Jeff Galloway Leading the Run-Walk-Run Group Through Disneyland

Both events, at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, provided the opportunity for an early morning run through the parks, along with special guests and unique experiences.

Celebrities Drew Carey and Joey Fatone attended the marathon meet-up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, while Sean Astin and Ali Vincent spent the morning running through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.

Check out the photo galleries below, there may be a familiar face or two, and keep an eye out for the next opportunity.

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Angela Escay Returns to Fly Away With Tinker Bell Half Marathon

posted on January 20th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


Returning from ankle surgery for her first race in three years, Angela Escay ran away with the Tinker Bell Half Marathon title at Disneyland Resort on Sunday.

Angela Escay Wins the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Escay’s winning effort, 1:24:10, bested the previous mark by three minutes, but after the race it was all about doing what she loves – running.

“It was a good feeling to get back out there and do what I love to do,” Escay said. “The course was a lot of fun, (to) run through the park. It was my first run back in three years.”

“Rudy” and “The Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Astin and former “Biggest Loser” winner and Live Well network host Ali Vincent were among the more than 14,000 registered half marathon runners. In all, more than 21,000 runners took part in the second annual women-focused weekend of events centered on health, fitness and active lifestyles.

2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon led runners through a character-filled 13.1-mile course at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, as well as by several city of Anaheim landmarks. Runners received a commemorative Tinker Bell “wings” medal.

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‘Diet Diva’ Tara Gidus and runDisney to Host Tinker Bell Half Marathon Meet-Up at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 11th, 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 Tinker Bell 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 Gidus and Galloway, they will be available at the upcoming Tinker Bell Marathon Weekend Health and Fitness Expo. For more information, and additional Galloway and Gidus training details, please visit www.runDisney.com.

Looking to add an extra sprinkle of pixie dust to the upcoming Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, runDisney’s new official nutritionist Tara Gidus will help host a meet-up focused on fueling up for the big race.

'Diet Diva' Tara Gidus and runDisney to Host Tinker Bell Half Marathon Meet-Up at Disneyland Resort

Planned for Friday, January 18 at the Disneyland Resort, the early morning running event will also feature fitness star Ali Vincent, Jeff Galloway and other running personalities.

'Diet Diva' Tara Gidus and runDisney to Host Tinker Bell Half Marathon Meet-Up at Disneyland Resort

Space is limited. If you don’t want to be left out in the cold, 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 6:30 a.m. PT start time on Friday, Jan. 18.
  • 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 RSVP s 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 Theme Park 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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