How did you celebrate Mother’s Day? Did you go out for brunch, enjoy a nice family walk, send your mom flowers and candy, or did you run 13.1 miles through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the city of Anaheim? Well, last Sunday several moms, daughters, grandmothers and great grandmothers did just that – ran 13.1 miles at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry.
If you follow my runDisney blog posts, you know I enjoy standing at the finish line watching runners celebrate their accomplishments. Among the thousands of Tinker Bells and fairy wings, various colors and styles of tutus, and pixie dust blowing in the air, it was exciting to see all the moms celebrating this special day with their daughters. Holding hands, hugging and occasionally leaping across the finish, they celebrated their run, the time together and that special mother/daughter bond. It was the start of what could be a wonderful tradition.
One runner catching everyone’s attention was Viola “Mae” Douglass of Sequin, Tex. Decked out in blue fairy wings, a blue tutu and a matching decorated blue visor, Mae wore several hats this day: great grandmother, grandmother, mom and oldest runner. That’s right – “oldest runner.” At the young age of 84 she was the oldest runner for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and celebrated Mother’s Day by running with her two daughters.
Our video cameras were there when Mae finished her journey and I am excited to share that moment with you.
Just before getting her Tinker Bell finisher medal, Mae said, “Greatest Mother’s Day ever. . . it’s a beautiful sunshiny day and Disney is wonderful, we love Disney.”
Happy Mother’s Day to Mae and all our Tinker Bell Half Marathon moms. We hope you celebrate with us again in May 2016.
For more information on the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and other runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.
Surf & Turf – roasted lobster tail and grilled sirloin, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and demi-glace Special two-course, prix fixe breakfast menu from 12-1:45 a.m. with reserved viewing for a special 3 a.m. showing of “World of Color.”
Special Tip: Look for special glow-in-the-dark elements on the adult and youth tees.
Also debuting as part of the exciting event is a limited release pin.
Want more? Let me sweeten the deal — there will also be a specially created cupcake with the “Up All Night” logo. Our candy makers have been hard at work, creating delicious new confections in honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, because I’ll be sharing all of the details shortly.
The premiere performances of these shows will be held on two separate nights and are two separate events. First, on May 20, we invite you to join us at Disney California Adventure park for the premiere of “World of Color – Celebrate!” The following evening, on May 21, readers are invited to join the premiere of both “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks. Each night requires a separate registration. You may register for both events as space permits.
Please read carefully. Below are two different registration links for the two different dates:
May 20, 2015: Sign up here for the premiere of “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” at Disney California park. Check-in begins at 7 p.m.
May 21, 2015: Sign up here for the premiere of “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks at Disneyland park. Check-in begins at 8 p.m.
Space for both events is limited. Please remember the following:
All participants who sign up for an event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
Limit one guest per registrant.
Event confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
Participants will be responsible for any parking fees.
I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached for one or both events. Please note the events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
What would you eat if you could eat anything you want from Disney Parks and Resorts? This is a question I asked a few Disney Parks Blog authors for Eat What You Want Day (which is my new favorite food holiday). Keep reading to find out the authors’ picks:
Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort
I chose the 32-ounce Dry Aged Tomahawk Rib Chop from The BOATHOUSE, the newest restaurant at Downtown Disney. The $115 cut is meant for two guests but I actually shared mine with two friends and Executive Chef Bob Getchell. On “Eat What You Want” Day (and any other special occasion!), this is the perfect splurge.
Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
I chose a Mickey Pretzel – it’s something I remember since my first theme park visit. It’s a perfect treat to enjoy while walking through the park and even better dipped in cheese!
Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
I love food is ‘character’ themed in our parks – so fun. When I went to “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park a couple of weekends ago, I tried something new. I had an Olaf marshmallow pop and then got to meet Olaf.
Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
One of our favorite treats when visiting any Disney Park is the popcorn. The regular popcorn tastes great, but the unique flavors available in certain places make for a special treat. The Buffalo Blue Cheese Flavored Popcorn in Future World at Epcot is definitely one of my favorites, while my boys each have a preference for the cheddar and the sour cream and chive flavors available there. Whether it’s these at Epcot, honey-flavored popcorn at Tokyo Disneyland or dill pickle flavor from the Cozy Cone Motel at Disney California Adventure park, flavored popcorn is an indulgence we can’t resist!
Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations
I chose the Chinese Chicken Salad in a Sourdough Bread Bowl from Pacific Wharf Café. There is nothing like walking through Pacific Wharf at Disney California Adventure park and smelling freshly baked bread. Then, you add a healthy and delicious salad INSIDE it? Truly, a match made in heaven. (I always ask for extra dressing on the side for some “dipping” sauce for my bread.)
And me? I chose a Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle Refreshments in Magic Kingdom Park. Dole Whip has been my go-to for years, it makes me feel like a pineapple princess, and there’s something about enjoying it in Adventureland that makes it even more magical!
Let us know what you would choose to eat on Eat What You Want Day; vote for your pick in our poll below!
Pixie power and persistence pushed Lenore Moreno to smash a race record by almost 9 minutes in the fourth annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry at Disneyland Resort today. The West Covina, Calif., resident flew by her competition to finish in 1:15:55, well under the former race record of 1:24:11. She was also nearly nine minutes ahead of second-place finisher Ann Mazur of Charlottesville, Va. (1:24:10); Anne-Marie Nuno of Irvine, Calif., came in third (1:24:21).
“Just being inside Disneyland, I think that’s what gave me that push and helped me to forget about how long this half marathon was and just to enjoy the moment,” Moreno said. “I couldn’t have done it anywhere else. Passing under that castle was just magical.”
Approximately 13,000 women spent Mother’s Day racing along an entertainment-filled 13.1-mile course through Disney California Adventure and Disneyland parks, as well as by several Anaheim landmarks. More than 32,050 runners competed in various events during the weekend that included the Never Land 5K, the Tinker Bell 10K, runDisney Kids Races, a health and fitness expo and the inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge, which involved runners completing the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.