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Sign Up Now for Our Halloween ‘Treat-Up’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 3rd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: The list of attendees for our Disney Parks Blog #NotSoScary Treat-Up has now been posted. Please CLICK HERE to see if your RSVP was accepted. If you do not receive an e-mail from us confirming your reservation by Tuesday, Sept. 10, and your name does not appear on the list of attendees, your RSVP was not accepted. Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog for updates on future meet-up events.

UPDATE: Sign-ups for the event are now closed. We will post a list of confirmed RSVPs here shortly. Please note that all participants will receive a confirmation message and directions by Tuesday, Sept. 10.

We’re bringing back a favorite Disney Parks Blog meet-up – on Friday the 13th! Our Halloween #NotSoScary “Treat-Up” at Magic Kingdom Park will be held on September 13 and today is your chance to join the fun.

Celebrate Halloween at Our Halloween ‘Treat-Up’ at Walt Disney World Resort

The Disney Parks Blog #NotSoScary “Treat-Up” begins at 6 p.m., on Friday, September 13. This year, we’re holding the event during one of the first nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party so there will be even more to experience. Our meet-up will include talks with Walt Disney Imagineers and other surprises you’ve come to expect at a Disney Parks Blog meet-up.

The Disney Parks Blog team will be wearing their best Halloween costumes and it’d be great if you did too. Here are some of our favorites from the first Halloween meet-up.

Space is limited, so RSVP now by sending us an email with your name, address, and if you’re inviting a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant (and guest) to check in at Magic Kingdom Park. The confirmation will include details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event and individual appearances are subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

I hope to see you in your best costume on September 13.

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Sign Up Now for the Disney Parks Blog California Grill Grand-Opening Meet-Up

posted on August 27th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please CLICK HERE to view a list of the accepted event attendees. If you are on the list and do not receive a confirmation email by 6 p.m. EDT today, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. We’ll post a list of confirmed RSVPs here shortly.

If you’re as excited as we are about the debut of the re-imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, then you’ll love what the blog team has cooked up. We’re hosting our first-ever resort meet-up and offering Disney Parks Blog readers the chance to experience the restaurant before the doors reopen to guests.
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Our Disney Parks Blog California Grill Grand-Opening Meet-Up begins at 7:30 p.m., on Sunday, September 8. It’ll include the opportunity to sample dishes from the restaurant’s new menu and of course, some face-to-face time with the chefs. We’ll also enjoy Wishes! fireworks on the restaurant’s expanded view platform during the event.

Space is limited, so RSVP now by sending us an email with your name, address, and if you’re inviting a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Children’s menus will not be available during the event.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant (and guest) to check in on the second floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The confirmation will include details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event and individual appearances are subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you on September 8.

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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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runDisney at the Start Line of the D23 Expo with D2.3 Fun Run

posted on August 12th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


What do you get when you combine the magic of runDisney with some of the most passionate Disney fans in the world? A runDisney D2.3 Fun Run kicking off the D23 Expo in style.

D23 Members Run Through Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park; Photo Credit: Scott Brinegar

Last Friday, a select group of D23 members had the unique opportunity to sample the runDisney experience. Attendees enjoyed an early morning 2.3 mile fun run through Disney California Adventure park, and a meet and greet with Sorcerer Mickey and Ali Vincent, host of “Live Big With Ali Vincent” and season 5 winner of the “Biggest Loser.” Participants also received a runDisney Mickey Vinylmation with a limited edition D23 medal.

runDisney Vinylmation With Limited Edition D23 Medal; Photo Credit: Scott Brinegar

It’s always exciting to provide these runDisney experiences for runners and to share photos and video of this event with you.

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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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Readers Enjoy ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and More During Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

posted on June 3rd, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Readers Enjoy ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and More During Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

Friday was a magical evening here at Disneyland park, as hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers gathered at the Fantasyland Theatre for their own showing of the new “Mickey and the Magical Map”!

Readers Enjoy ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and More During Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park Readers Enjoy ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and More During Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

It was a beautiful afternoon for a meet-up as guests entered Disneyland park on the way to the theatre.

Readers Enjoy ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and More During Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

And I was excited to find someone else in a Sorcerer Mickey-inspired outfit!

Readers Enjoy ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and More During Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

What did they find when they arrived at the theatre? Popcorn, of course!

Readers Enjoy ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and More During Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park Readers Enjoy ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and More During Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park Readers Enjoy ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and More During Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

After the show, we surprised guests with five magical giveaway prizes, inspired by Mickey Mouse and Disneyland. A few lucky guests came away winners, but the rest just got to practice their exasperated groans. If you were there, say it with me for old times … 6 – 4 – 0 – “aaaaarrrrrggggghhhh!!!”

Readers Enjoy ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and More During Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park Readers Enjoy ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and More During Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

Then I was joined onstage by some of the people who brought “Mickey and the Magical Map” to life: Tracy Halas, show director and choreographer; Mike Layman, technical director; and Scott Auerbach, art director; for a panel discussion on each of their roles in the show.

At the end of the event, guests were welcomed to enjoy the rest of the evening at Disneyland park! Were you at the Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up? Tell us about it in the comments!

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24-Hour ‘All-Nighter’ Kicks Off Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks

posted on May 24th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


What a start to a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks. From 6 a.m., May 24, to 6 a.m., May 25, guests experienced monster madness inside Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort.

And for a full 24-hours, our team of Disney Parks Blog authors shared photos, videos and stories from the event, including updates from one author who visited all three parks – on both coasts – in one day. If you missed any of the fun, take some time this Memorial Day weekend to see the monster madness in the parks.




Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks

Disneyland Resort Wraps Up the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

Erin Glover



Well, now it’s time to say goodbye! It’s scary how much fun we’ve had at the Disneyland Resort over the past 24 hours, starting with fireworks all the way to partying in our pajamas. Thanks for following along, and if you joined us in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks today, I hope you had a monstrously good time!

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Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks

Coast-to-Coast Adventure Ends with a Visit to Disney California Adventure Park

Steven Miller



There really is no greater joy than dancing in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park at 3:30 a.m. while eating chili con queso from the Cozy Cone Motel. I wanted to try all five CONEcoctions like my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover once did, but I was short on time.
Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

While in the last of my three Disney Parks for this Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter,” I also danced a little at the Mad T Party, took a ride through Monstropolis on Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue (seemed appropriate for today) and had my final cup of coffee at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe.

Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller at Disney California Adventure Park Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller and His Fiancee Jennifer at Disney California Adventure Park

I also took one more photo with my fiancee Jennifer at the “Storytellers” statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse on Buena Vista Street.

Today’s bi-coastal adventure was an amazing memory that I’ll never forget. Thank you for following along throughout the day. I realized one important thing during my coast-to-coast adventure – I’m proud to be a Disney cast member working in the most magical place on Earth. I hope to see you in the parks!

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Goofy, Pluto and More Throw a Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover



Because what’s an all-nighter without your pajamas? Beginning at midnight, Disneyland park guests were treated to the Disney Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown. The party featured classic Disney cartoons, a Mickey Mouse Party Zone plus hot chocolate, milk and cookies. And of course, some of our favorite Disney friends were there in their pajamas!

Disney Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

Disney Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park Disney Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

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Special Nighttime Mickey’s Soundsational Parade for Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter”

Erin Glover



A few hours ago, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade made a special nighttime run down Main Street, U.S.A., on its way through Disneyland park.


Princess Tiana in a Special Nighttime Run of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland Park

Princess Tiana was there, of course, aboard her showboat float.
The Mary Poppins Float Rolls Down Main Street, U.S.A., in a Special Nighttime Run of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland Park

And my favorite float, featuring scenes and characters from “Mary Poppins,” looked spectacular as it rounded the Hub toward Fantasyland.

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Goodnight from Walt Disney World Resort

Jennifer Fickley-Baker


Our 24 hours of fun has just come to a close at Magic Kingdom Park here at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Our team has had an absolute blast covering the kick off to Monstrous Summer over the last 24 hours – from our Monstrous Morning Meet-Up, that started before the park opened, to Dole Whips, lunch in New Fantasyland, night-time entertainment, and so much more!. Now it’s time to say goodnight! (Or should that be, “good morning’?).

Goodnight from Walt Disney World Resort

What was your favorite part of our Monstrous 24-hour All-Nighter? Let us know in the comments section.

Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks

M-I-C, I ‘C’ a Bed in My Future K-E-Y, ‘Why?’ Because I’ve Been Up All Night

Nate Rasmussen


What better way to end my Monstrous day then getting some QT with the boss (in my pajamas, no less). He looks like he’s ready for the comfort of a nice, warm bed. Well, that wraps it up for me – I’ll see you again real soon (this coming Thursday) right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Wrapping Up the Monstrous 24-Hour 'All-Nighter' with Mickey Mouse

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Enjoying the Magic of Disneyland Park During My Coast-to-Coast Trip

Steven Miller



I arrived at the Disneyland Resort! I’m delighted to be back at the original Disney Park. When I arrived, the Monstrous Summer All-Night Party was in full swing. I grabbed a quick photo in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle (yes, the Scare Pig traveled with me all the way from Florida).
Steven Miller and the Scare Pig in Front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

The nice part about this visit to Disneyland Resort is that I got to meet up with my fiancee Jennifer. We went on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue before taking the dance floor at Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre (I love swing dancing!).

Steven Miller and His Fiancee Jennifer Dancing at Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre Steven Miller and His Fiancee Jennifer at Star Tours - The Adventures Continue Steven Miller Visits the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square

I then stopped by my favorite Disneyland park attraction, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, for a Dole Whip float. Finally, I ended up at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square for a refreshing minty drink. I love visiting Disneyland park, as there is something so magical about this place. Next stop, Disney California Adventure park to complete my three Disney Park tour!

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A Monstrous Dance Party at Cinderella Castle

Nate Rasmussen


Some would call my dance moves a bit scary. I’d say they’re monstrously awesome. (I imagine they’re somewhere in the middle.) Bringing my ‘A’ game, I joined still-wide-awake guests and danced ’til the wee hours at Disney’s Up All Night Dance Party. Check out the photo gallery below to see what a great time our guests are having!

Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Visits the Monstrous Dance Party at Cinderella Castle

Did you dance till dawn? Tell us below.

Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks

Disney Friends Arrive From a Galaxy Far, Far Away for Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter” at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover


Mickey Mouse as a Jedi, Minnie Mouse as Princess Leia, Donald Duck as a Stormtrooper and Goofy as (a pants-less) Darth Vader … it’s a mash-up of all things awesome in Tomorrowland here at Disneyland park. Our Disney friends have donned their best Star Wars attire to greet guests at our all-night party. Check them out!

Disney Friends Arrive From a Galaxy Far, Far Away for Monstrous Summer Disney Friends Arrive From a Galaxy Far, Far Away for Monstrous Summer

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PHOTO: Magic Kingdom Park at 3 a.m.

Thomas Smith


At a time when we’re usually preparing Magic Kingdom Park for Saturday morning guests, Main Street, U.S.A., is still open, busy and beautiful. We wanted to share a rare look at what’s happening now – at three in the morning.

“Magic

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Royal Swing Ball Underway at Royal Theatre in Disneyland Park

Erin Glover


Put on your dancing shoes, Disneyland! The Royal Theatre inside Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park has turned into a Royal Swing Ball for the Monstrous SummerAll-Nighter.” Check out this swinging photo!


“Royal

And don’t forget – the “Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party” returns to the Royal Theatre for select nights during the summer beginning June 15. Keep an eye on the calendar page on Disneyland.com for dates and information.

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Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an All-Nighter at Disney Parks

Up All Night Dance Party Begins at 2 a.m. at Cinderella Castle

Thomas Smith


It’s midnight here in Florida and time to let you know that we will be keeping things lively at Cinderella Castle with Disney’s Up All Night Dance Party. You can dance the morning away from 2 to 5:45 a.m. this morning at Cinderella Castle. Let us know if you’re joining us.

Up All Night Dance Party Begins at 2 a.m. at Cinderella Castle

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Monstrous Fun in the Fantasyland Power Hour

Nate Rasmussen


One hour. Three classic spinning attractions. Monstrous fun. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel - round and round I went. Mad Tea Party – spintastic. Dumbo, The Flying Elephant – high soaring, spinning excitement! Quite a successful nighttime spin through Fantasyland.

Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen Enjoys Classic Fantasyland Attractions During the Monstrous 24-Hour 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen Enjoys Classic Fantasyland Attractions During the Monstrous 24-Hour 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen Enjoys Classic Fantasyland Attractions During the Monstrous 24-Hour 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Begin ‘All-Nighter’ with Monstrous Morning Meet-Up

Thomas Smith


Our Monstrous Morning Meet-Up began early this morning as a few hundred Disney Parks Blog readers joined us to be among the first guests in Magic Kingdom Park. We kicked things off at the Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe with a special Monstrous donut breakfast bar, a chance to meet “Sulley” and a few other surprises.

After spending time on some attractions in the park, the group enjoyed an early preview screening of Disney•Pixar’s new movie “Monsters University” before it opens in theaters in 3D on June 21. Here’s a look at some of the fun.

Thank you to everyone who attended – it was wonderful meeting so many new friends and readers of the Disney Parks Blog. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about our next meet-up opportunity

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Watch the Main Street Electrical Parade Live

Jennifer Fickley-Baker


The Main Street Electrical Parade is about to make its way through Magic Kingdom Park. What a great way to kick off the special nighttime festivities the park has planned for the Monstrous All-Nighter! This is one of my favorite Disney parades of all time – probably because it reminds me of my first trip to Magic Kingdom Park back in the early 1980s. (And the Pete’s Dragon float is the BEST!).

Be sure to check back later for our coverage of the all-night dance parties, fireworks and more!

Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park

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Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks


If I’m going to last until 6 a.m., I’ll need some food-powered energy. In honor of my Mike Wazowski-inspired meal, I’ve written a Monstrous Food Haiku. (Get this! The cotton candy tastes like green apple. It. Was. Delicious.)

Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen's Mike Wazowski-inspired Meal

Mike inspired food
The salad keeps it balanced
Tasty, green goodness

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I just arrived at the Orlando International Airport to start the second leg of my coast-to-coast expedition for the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter. While I had a quick costume change, I kept wearing the Sulley ear hat and Mike Wazowski sunglasses (yes, I got strange looks from a few people and that was okay). Today was a blast! I enjoyed seeing many friends at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort from early morning to late afternoon. There is more excitement planned this evening at the Disneyland Resort, and I can’t wait to get there.
Steven is Ready to Go from Walt Disney World Resort to the Disneyland Resort

While this isn’t my first trip to California, I can finally shout something I’ve watched people say for years – “I’m going to Disneyland!” I hope to see you in the Parks!

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Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an All-Nighter at Disney Parks

Join Our “Monster Mania” DJ Dance Party

Thomas Smith


Here in Tomorrowland at the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re starting our “Monster Mania” DJ Dance Party. It’s happening at the Rockettower Plaza Stage from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. Tweet us if you’re out there with #Disney24.

Join Our 'Monster Mania' DJ Dance Party

Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks

Mike and Sulley Join Disney California Adventure Park Guests for Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

Erin Glover



We’ve already showed you some of the fun happening over at Disneyland park, so let’s hop across the Esplanade and see what’s happening at Disney California Adventure park! As you can see, Mike and Sulley have been putting in some appearances with our Disneyland Resort guests, gearing up for a Monstrous Summer!

Sulley Greets Guests at Disney California Adventure Park During the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' Guests at Disney California Adventure Park During the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' Sulley Greets Guests at Disney California Adventure Park During the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter'

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Mike and Sulley Join Magic Kingdom Street Party

Thomas Smith


Look who we just ran into. Mike and Sulley from this summer’s new Disney•Pixar film “Monsters University” are “scaring up” some excitement at our Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Street Party at Walt Disney World Resort. Both served as Grand Marshals during a special pre-parade, with a cheer squad, flag corps and a marching band playing the MU Fight Song.

Mike and Sulley Join Magic Kingdom Street Party

Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks

Monstrous Fun Times Ahead This Evening

Nate Rasmussen



“Eye” can’t think of a better way to kick off my Monstrous Summer than snapping a shot of me with one of the coolest Monsters at Monster University, James P. Sullivan. I’m even decked out in my best MU gear for the occasion.


Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen and Sulley from 'Monsters University'

I’m on the nightshift here on the Disney Parks Blog, and I’ll be helping bring this All-Nighter into 6 a.m. with updates throughout the night from Walt Disney World Resort. Right now, I’m headed out to get in on all the fun Magic Kingdom Park has going on. (I hear there’s a dance party. And by now, you know I love a good dance party.)

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Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks



If you are pulling an all-nighter and staying with us at the Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts for 24 hours today, then there’s no doubt you will work up a Monstrous appetite. Here are my top Monstrous picks to keep you going throughout the day and night: the Monstrous Summer cupcake with green icing, the Mike Wazowski-inspired cake pop and, my personal favorites, the Mike and Sulley specialty apples. For those of you attending the party in Florida, you might even find green and blue cotton candy!

Monstrous Treats at Disney Parks - Mike and Sully Candy Apples

Keep an “eye” out in the following locations if you are looking to scare up one of these delectable treats:

Speaking of sweet treats, I’m looking forward to seeing my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller, who will be joining us here at the Disneyland Resort in just a matter of hours. He’s been celebrating the 24 hour event in Florida and will be traveling coast-to-coast this evening. I’m thinking I better pick up an apple or two for him just in case he didn’t get one earlier. But which one should I pick? You weigh in…Mike or Sulley? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to watch the Disney Parks Blog later this evening to see which one he actually selects.

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Lovely Afternoon Treat at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park

Steven Miller



One of the things on my “Must Do” list when visiting the Magic Kingdom Park is to visit the Orange Bird in Adventureland.



Lovely Afternoon Treat at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park

After spending nearly all day at Magic Kingdom Park for the Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter,” I thought a refreshing Citrus Swirl would be a nice change of pace from the several cups of coffee I’ve consumed. I asked my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Erin Catalano to join me at the Sunshine Tree Terrace while wearing our Sulley ear hats and Mike Wazowski sunglasses. Our field trip was a wonderful way to spend a sunny Florida afternoon before departing for the Golden State – California!

Lovely Afternoon Treat at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park

What’s your favorite afternoon treat? Share in the comments section.

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Celebrating a Dream Come True – And a Monstrous Summer

Jennifer Fickley-Baker



Monstrous fun is continuing here at Magic Kingdom Park this afternoon with the Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade. What a fun day to be at the park!


Celebrating a Dream Come True at Magic Kingdom Park

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VIDEO: Disneyland Resort Guests Kick Off the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

Erin Glover



Thousands of Disneyland Resort guests lined up early this morning to begin 24 hours of monstrous fun here at the Disneyland Resort. Check out the video below for the opening moment (complete with fireworks, of course), lots of Mike Wazowski eyes and more!

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Special Moment Kicks Off Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks

Thomas Smith


If you joined us early this morning, you know we kicked off our first-ever three park all night party with a special moment in front of Magic Kingdom Park. Mike and Sulley, from the newest Disney•Pixar animated feature “Monsters University,” were joined by some of your other favorite Disney characters to start the Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks. Take a look.

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Let’s Hear it for ‘Monsters University’ at Magic Kingdom Park

Jennifer Fickley-Baker



Our friends Mike and Sulley (and several of their friends from “Monsters University“) just made their way down Main Street, U.S.A., as a pre-parade to the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade. Their appearance even included cheerleaders and a monstrous marching band – love it! If you’re in the park today and would like to see them again, they’ll be back at 2:45 p.m.
Mike and Sully Appear Before the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade

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Monstrously Delicious Lunch at Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Steven Miller



My fellow Disney Parks Blog author Tom Smith told me I should eat something during the Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter.” Taking his advice, I made my way to Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland, where they serve a monstrously delicious meal. I ordered the meaty pork shank and a frosty stein of LeFou’s Brew to fuel up for my coast-to-coast expedition.
Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller Enjoys a Pork Shank at Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland

I also picked up a “Monsters University“-inspired chocolate cupcake that I read about in my fellow author Pam Brandon’s article (I loved the frosting!).
Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller Enjoys a Monstrous Cupcake at Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland

The best part, however, was meeting the Lambert family from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They joined us at Magic Kingdom Park today for the all-night party following a week-long vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. I particularly loved the backs of their shirts, as it was a great reminder of how much time we’ll be celebrating at Disney Parks today. I’m going to make every second count!
Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller with the Lambert Family at Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland

Have you had the pork shank at Gaston’s Tavern? What’s your favorite treat at Gaston’s Tavern?.

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Disneyland Park Guests Scare Up Some Fun

Erin Glover

After the Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter” got underway early this morning at the Disneyland Resort, Paul and I hit the street (Main Street, that is) to find Disneyland park guests who were already getting into the spirit of things. Check out some of the photos we got!

Jeff and Tonya, Who Have Visited the Disneyland Resort Every Day Since January 1, 2012, Join Their Friends (Along with Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse) in Front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.<br />
I Stopped to Take a Photo for Christopher and Marion who Gave us their Most Monstrous Growls in Fantasyland. We Caught Marci and Jessica in Front of the Mad Tea Party, Sporting Commemorative T-shirts from Both One More Disney Day and the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter.<br />

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‘Celebrate the Magic’ Adds ‘Limited Time Magic’ to Summer Shows

Thomas Smith



Each Friday we share an update on new “Limited Time Magic” at Disney Parks, and this week is no exception. Beginning today, May 24, “Celebrate the Magic” will be commemorating the start of a Monstrous Summer at Walt Disney World Resort with a special treat.
‘Celebrate the Magic’ Adds ‘Limited Time Magic’ to Summer Shows

The “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime spectacular, which uses amazing projections to transform Cinderella Castle into a kaleidoscope of Disney characters and stories, is introducing a new segment just for the summer season.

You’ll head to the beach with Lilo and Stitch, dive “Under the Sea” with Ariel and Sebastian, and go Goofy for this sunny homage to the fun and freedom of summer days shared with family and friends. And best of all, this special bit of “Limited Time Magic” lasts all summer long.

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Could You Pass a ‘Monsters University’ Entrance Exam at Disney Parks?

Jennifer Fickley-Baker


We have a treat for those of you who are following the Monstrous All-Nighter along from home. Here’s where you can download the “Monsters University” Entrance Exam poster we gave away earlier today at our Monstrous Morning Meet-Up. Can you correctly guess where monsters would pop up in Magic Kingdom Park if they stepped through these doors for a scare? Click here for the answers!
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Do you know where these doors are? Leave your answers in the comments section.

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Creative Fashions from Disney Parks Guests at Monstrous Summer 24-Hour ‘All-Nighter’

Jennifer Fickley-Baker



We’re loving some of the outfits we’ve seen Magic Kingdom Park guests in so far today. Guests have gotten very creative with their theme park attire, appearing in “Monsters University” gear, pajamas and even some self-made “monstrous” creations! Check out the gallery above to see some of our favorites.


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Monstrous Summer ‘All-Nighter’ Kicks Off at the Disneyland Resort

Erin Glover


The Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter” has begun here at the Disneyland Resort! Thousands of people counted down along with Mike and Sulley as fireworks lit up the entrances to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. I watched the opening moment next to Disney Parks Blog author and Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer, who gave me these great opening-moment shots to show you.
Fireworks Help Kick Off the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' at the Disneyland Resort

Guests Ready for the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' at the Disneyland Resort Guests Ready for the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' at the Disneyland Resort

But the monstrous fun began early for some dedicated guests, many of whom lined up as early as 10 p.m. the night before. They had their EYE on the prize – get it?

Guests Ready for the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' at the Disneyland Resort Guests Ready for the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' at the Disneyland Resort

Keep checking back for more updates from the Disneyland Resort!

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Three Cheers for ‘Monsters University’ Merchandise at Disney Parks

Steven Miller


On this “monstrous” day at Disney Parks, I stopped by the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A., in Magic Kingdom Park to check out the new merchandise for Disney•Pixar’s upcoming film “Monsters University.” The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and, after attending an early screening, I can say that it’s awesome! Like previous film releases such as “Oz The Great and Powerful” Disney Theme Park Merchandise partnered with the Disney Store to introduce some of the plush and toys they created. There are, however, a handful of items created specifically for Disney Parks.

Three Cheers for ‘Monsters University’ Merchandise at Disney Parks Three Cheers for ‘Monsters University’ Merchandise at Disney Parks

The Emporium had an entire wall of “Monsters University”-inspired goods. They were mixed with some classic items we’ve had for years like the Mike Wazowski “eye” shirt, the Boo baby plush in a blanket, and the “Monsters, Inc“. figure playset.

“Three

I particularly liked the new D-Tech on Demand cases for the iPhone 4/4S and the iPhone 5. I also liked the “MU” hat that looks like it came directly from the film (the worn spot is a nice touch).

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While in the Emporium, I had some fun with my favorite new traveling buddy today – the Scare Pig plush, who is the school mascot from “Monsters University” rival, Fear Tech. Look for additional items arriving in June including a mystery pin set and a limited edition opening day pin. I’m particularly excited for the new Vinylmation mystery set designed by Disney artist Ron Cohee coming to Disney Parks on June 14. Go MU!

Have you picked up any Monstrous Merchandise today? Share your favorites in the comments section.

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Watch Live Coverage of Monstrous ‘All-Nighter’ at Walt Disney World

Thomas Smith



If you’re not able to join us in the parks for our “all-nighter,” we’ve got the next best thing to being here – live video from Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. Along with our live blogging coverage, we have a live video stream showing the fun on Main Street U.S.A., as it happens.

During the 24-hours, we’ll be featuring the live video stream in our live blogging content stream. We’re also making it available on a special Disney Parks Blog page to check anytime during the event.

Are you watching the live video feed? Any favorite moments to share in the comments?.

Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an All-Nighter at Disney Parks

Three Parks In One Day? Sure!

Steven Miller


I’m no stranger to staying up for 24 hours. While in college, I remember pulling a few “all-nighters” to finish writing papers for class. I also attended a few 24-hour science-fiction movie marathons when I lived in Columbus, Ohio (that was crazy but fun!). Today, I have another excuse to stay up all night – the Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter” to kick off a summer of fun at Disney Parks. This is a big bicoastal party, which I will be attending for most of the day at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. This evening, I’ll finish out the night in Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California.

“Steven

Throughout the day, I’ll be sharing updates about my adventures on the Disney Parks Blog. I’d love to get photographs with friends on both coasts dressed in their best Monstrous Summer attire. I’m also looking forward to enjoying a refreshing Citrus Swirl early this afternoon in Adventureland. Anyone care to join me?

Have you ever visited both coasts in one day like Steven? Share your experience in the comments section.

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Kicking Off A Monstrous Morning Meet-Up at Pecos Bill’s

Jennifer Fickley-Baker



Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at our Monstrous Morning Meet-Up at Magic Kingdom Park where we’re officially registering our guests as new “Monsters University” students! They’re also enjoying a special Monstrous Donut & Fruit Bar, photo opportunities and more. Check out the gallery below for an inside look.


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Monstrous Summer 24-Hour ‘All-Nighter’ Begins at Walt Disney

Thomas Smith



We’re off and running at the Walt Disney World Resort. Our first-ever three-park all-night party to kick off a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks is now officially underway in Florida.

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Guests joined the blog team outside of Magic Kingdom Park as early as 4:30 a.m. this morning to be among the first to enter and kick off the Memorial Day Weekend in a big way. We’ve started the day here in Florida but there’s plenty more to see and experience during the next 24 hours.

Keep checking for complete coverage of our “all-nighter” at Walt Disney World and Disneyland ResortErin will be joining us with updates soon. Our reports will include a live stream from Main Street U.S.A., and a few other surprises.

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Join Us for a Monstrous Morning Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 18th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: This event has filled to capacity. Please CLICK HERE to view a list of the accepted event attendees. If you are on the list and do not receive a confirmation email by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

We’re about a week away from our first-ever three park Monstrous Summer 24-hour “all-nighter” at Disney Parks. And to kick things off at Walt Disney World Resort, we’re offering a special experience for Disney Parks Blog readers.
Join Us for a Monstrous Morning Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

Our Monstrous Morning Meet-Up begins at 4:30 a.m. on May 24, and it will include the opportunity to see an early preview screening of Disney•Pixar’s new movie “Monsters University” before it opens in theatres in 3D on June 21. There will be plenty of fun, including a Monstrous donut bar and – like all Disney Parks Blog meet-ups – a surprise or two added on to what is already planned at Magic Kingdom Park.

Space is limited, so RSVP now by sending us an email with your name, address, and if you’re inviting a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guests to check in at the front entrance of Magic Kingdom Park for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus their number of specified guests.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event and individual appearances are subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you there.

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Sign Up Now for the Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

posted on May 17th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: Confirmation emails for the Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up have been sent. All registered participants should receive a confirmation email.

UPDATE: The Disney Parks Blog Magical Meet-Up has reached capacity, and confirmation emails will be sent shortly. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events!

Mickey and the Magical Map” is just around the corner at Disneyland park, so we’re getting ready to celebrate here on the Disney Parks Blog. Join us May 31, 2013, for a private showing of the new Fantasyland Theatre show! And afterward, we’ll hear from some of the people behind the scenes who are bringing the show to life.

The Opening Title for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Meet-up 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.
  • Park admission will be provided beginning at 4:30 p.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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A Look Inside the Princess Half Marathon Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 26th, 2013 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


Last Friday morning started out better than most Fridays. It started with a 6 a.m. run through Epcot and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn area with close to 100 bloggers and social media aficionados at our Princess Half Marathon Meet-Up.

runDisney's Jeff Galloway and Tara Gidus at the Princess Half Marathon Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

Once we knocked out our three miles, we headed into Biergarten Restaurant in the Germany Pavilion for some light food and some amazing words of inspiration from training guru Jeff Galloway, runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus, decorated paralympian April Holmes, and the first female winner of “The Biggest Loser,” Ali Vincent. Actor Sean Astin and the folks from Senses – A Disney Spa were also on hand to make the morning complete.

As you can see from the photos, it was a great day. Now if I can just figure out how to do that every day.

Keep running.

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