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Celebrating the Ultimate Girls Weekend at the Disney Princess Half Marathon

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


It was the ultimate runDisney girls weekend as more than 49,500 registered runners participated in the Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Walt Disney World Resort.

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From our princesses-in-waiting competing in the runDisney Kids Races, to more experienced princesses participating in the Disney Princess 5K, the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K and the Disney Princess Half Marathon, the weekend was filled celebrating the attributes of a true princess – commitment, perseverance and determination.

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The crowning moment came on Sunday when more than 24,000 runners participated in the Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile journey took runners to Magic Kingdom Park, through Cinderella Castle and finished with a royal celebration just outside Epcot. Waiting for runners was one of the most coveted rewards, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Tiara Finisher Medal. And for those special princesses registered for the Glass Slipper Challenge, completing the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday (19.3 total miles), an additional medal was bestowed upon them, the Glass Slipper Challenge Medal.

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Although every runner had something to celebrate, one runner’s journey was just a little more magical.

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After falling on ice and breaking her hip one year ago, and fearing she would never run again, 30-year-old Lauren Passell from New York City was the winner of the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Dressed in a Tinker Bell-inspired outfit, Passell had a winning time of 1:22:59. She was followed by second-place finisher Heather Schulz of Orlando (1:23:28) and Mariela Ortiz of Argentina was third (1:23:45).

Congratulations to Lauren Passell and all who ran and celebrated like a princess. We hope the following video helps you relive your accomplishment. And for those who weren’t able to participate, we hope it inspires you to join us February 2016.

For more information about Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend and other runDisney events, visit runDisney.com.

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Exploring Stavanger and Bergen, Norway with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Selecting which Port Adventures in Norway to tell you about isn’t an easy task because there are so many incredible options for your family! Like in all of our destinations, we’ve developed a variety of shore excursions to meet your interests, whether it’s the great outdoors, tantalizing cuisine, historical locations or rich cultural immersion. Today, I want to take you to Stavanger and Bergen, two of the breathtaking locales on our Norwegian fjord sailings this summer.

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Let’s start with Stavanger, home to the amazing Pulpit Rock, one of the most photographed sites in Norway. Our Hike To Pulpit Rock Port Adventure is the perfect way to take in the awe-inspiring views from this steep cliff. Your journey includes a 2-3 hour scenic hike to the top of the mountain, passing ponds, mountains, forest and marsh. The reward? One of the world’s most spectacular views! Don’t think you can face the hike up? Choose the Stavanger Helicopter Sightseeing to see it all from up above or even the relaxing Lysefjord Cruise, where you can see the majestic rock from the waters of the fjord below.

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Now on to Bergen, a city nestled between seven magnificent mountains on the western coast of Norway. In addition to its natural beauty, it is also a city rich in art and medieval history. On our Bergen City Highlights tour, you’ll get a glimpse of the area’s heritage with visits to a number of well-preserved historic sites, including the iconic Fantoft Stave Church. You’re sure to be impressed by this beautiful 12th-century church, relocated to this site in 1883 and reconstructed after a fire in 1992. Your day concludes with a walking tour through the charming streets of Bryggen, Norwegian for The Wharf, a major trading center of the medieval Hanseatic League and now home to boutique shops, museums and eateries.

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Later this week, I’ll tell you about two exclusive Port Adventures in Olden and Kristiansand, Norway, created just for Disney cruisers. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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‘Newsies’ Cast Steps into the Disneyland Resort to Teach Guests Dance Moves and Benefits of Healthy Living

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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Cast members from the North American Tour of “Newsies” taught guests dance sequences inspired by the musical’s production number “Seize the Day” at the Downtown Disney District yesterday – all part of the “Get Up and Go” wellness program.

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The program is part of the national tour of “Newsies,” in which cast members visit select schools and after-school programs to promote healthy lifestyles through dance, exercise and a well-balanced diet. The cast also share personal stories about how staying active helped them achieve their goals.

The Disneyland Resort invited community groups including the Anaheim Ballet, the Wooden Floor and several local high schools to participate. The national tour of “Newsies” will run at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles from March 24 – April 19.

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First Look at Anna & Elsa Topiaries for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Sneak peek alert!

We have two pieces of true, original Disney art to share with you, in the form of new topiaries for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

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WonderGround Gallery to Expand in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace This March

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Last summer, we opened the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. This flexible space location serves as a testing ground for new retail shop concepts, products and guest experiences. Shortly after it opened in June 2014, we added a small fixture that featured products from the WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney District in […]

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Top 5 Junior Adventurer Activities with Adventures by Disney

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Anyone who’s ever traveled with children knows that it can be challenging to find ways to keep the kiddos entertained. Luckily, Adventures by Disney vacations are designed with families in mind so adults can relax, knowing their Junior Adventurers are engaged and having the time of their lives.

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Luck is on Your Disney Side this March at Disney Parks

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


This March, think green and luck is sure to be on your Disney Side! Here are a few ways you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Disney Parks.

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New Menu Items Coming to Downtown Disney Food Trucks

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


The fleet of Disney Food Trucks may have settled into their new home, Exposition Park at Downtown Disney West Side, but their menus continue to evolve.

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Celebrate Mike & Mike Turning 15 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Guess who is turning 15 years old? Well, ESPN personalities Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic are both a little older than that, but their widely popular radio show is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year at Walt Disney World Resort and Guests can celebrate with them.

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Finish that Disney Parks Sign: Doombuggies at The Haunted Mansion

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of my favorite ride vehicles is the Doombuggy at The Haunted Mansion. I simply love that the “Ghost Host” kindly lowers the bar for you as you begin your tour.

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