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Maintain a Healthy Active Lifestyle at Walt Disney World Resorts

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director

Are you one of the millions of people who made a New Year’s resolution to get healthy and active in 2016? Well if you are, we hope you’re keeping that commitment and want you to know you don’t have to leave your healthy active lifestyle at home when you book your vacation at a Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

From state-of-the-art fitness centers, to miles of New Balance Running Trails, healthy meal options at resort restaurants and runDisney event weekends with activities for the entire family, we have you covered!

Over the next couple weeks we will show you what our resorts have to offer health-minded guests. Today we kick-off our series with a look at some of the fitness centers on property. Facilities feature Life Fitness machines, free weights, cardio equipment and trained staff to assist. Spa services are available at select resorts to help you recover and prepare for that fun day in the theme parks.

The following video highlights our largest fitness center at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, the newly renovated La Vida Health Club at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend returns to Walt Disney World Resort from February 18-21, 2016. Runners from around the world will join the Disney Princess’ in a “dream come true” weekend of majestic runs in the most magical place on earth. Today, I have a first look at several commemorative products created especially for the royal event.

Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016 Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016

This year, we are offering a few returning favorites including long and short-sleeved apparel for both the overall weekend, Princess Half Marathon and Glass Slipper Challenge. These items include “I Did It” shirts, drinkware, Sweaty Bands, Bondi Bands, collectible pins, car magnets and more.

Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016 Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016

Guests will also find shirts and car magnets for both the Disney Princess 5K and the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K races.

There are a few new art programs this year including artwork titled “Run Princess Run” that’s included on apparel and accessories. Another art program, “Run Like the Princess You Are,” has stylized buildings of famous Disney Princesses.

The Princess theme is also carried over onto three new colorful handbags by Dooney & Bourke.


Finally, if you want to add a little sparkle to your weekend, we are offering a unique “Glitter & Go” makeover experience in the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The package includes a hair twist, light makeup, shimmering lip gloss, a face gem, and a light-up Princess Tiara. Reservations will be taken on walk-in basis for guests ages 3 and up. The experience will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Retail is $19.95 plus tax.

Look for these commemorative items and more during runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Expo will be open during the following times:

  • Thursday, February 18 – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 19 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Presented by PANDORA Jewelry Medals

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney

Runners are gearing up to put their fairy wings on and fly to the finish line to earn this year’s runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend bling. The Disney fairies, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys will be there to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the event weekend. Check out these medals inspired by our friends from Pixie Hollow.

In order from left to right, the races are the Never Land 5K, Tinker Bell 10K, the Pixie Dust Challenge (which is completing the 10K & half marathon), the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, the runDisney Kids Races and finally the runDisney Coast to Coast Medal. In order to earn the special edition pink version, you need to complete both the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February at Walt Disney World and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May at Disneyland Resort.

Below is the pixie-dusted Tinker Bell Half Marathon medal. There is still a chance to earn yours here, and this is the only race from the event weekend still available.

Will you be joining us in earning any of the weekend’s medals? Let us know at @runDisney on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #TinkHalf. Check out for more information regarding this and upcoming races!

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Six Big Events at Disneyland Paris in 2016

posted on January 27th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

If you ever needed a reason to see Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris, we have six. The castle is beautiful. And while you’re there, check out:


  1. Younglings will be able to learn from the one who trained Luke Skywalker himself at Master Yoda at the Jedi Training Academy. R2-D2 will be there to assist too.


  1. In the spirit of a Broadway musical, “The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical Adventure” pays tribute to nature. Pocahontas and John Smith, Baloo and King Louie, Tarzan, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, and Merida perform their legendary songs live starting February 10 to May 8 at the Chaparral Theater in Frontierland.


  1. Flower power scenes and Goofy’s Garden Party are part of Swing into Spring, starting March 5 to May 29. Mickey and friends join the fun dressed in their colorful best.


  1. It’s like Olaf’s dream: celebrating summer with his “Frozen” friends. The Frozen Sing-along returns June 4 to September 18 in Frontierland at the Chaparral Theater. Guests are part of the live experience, so warm up your pipes for that unforgettable song, “Let it go.”


  1. We shared news of Mickey and the Magician last week; debuting July 2, it shows what happens when Mickey’s desire to become a magician overwhelms him.


  1. Lace up your sneakers for a fairytale half marathon through Disneyland Paris in the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend. Children, family 5k and half marathon races over three days means everyone has a chance to run.

Booking your trip yet? Until you get there, Mickey is using light to “paint” this special greeting for you:

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runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Medals

posted on January 20th, 2016 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney

The runDisney Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is less than a month away. The event takes place at Walt Disney World from February 18 – 21. This year’s finisher medals are inspired by “The Little Mermaid” and are fit for a princess!

The Disney Princess 5K kicks off the race weekend with a magical morning run through Epcot. Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder are featured on the finisher medallion ready to congratulate you on your accomplishment!

The Disney Princess Enchanted 10K is a run for royalty. The shell-inspired medal is better than a crown.

Disney Princess Half Marathon is the most magical race on earth! The course runs right through Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park before having a storybook ending at Epcot with this magnificent medal.

If you complete the Glass Slipper Challenge, which is a 19.3-mile adventure held over two days. It starts by running the 10K on Saturday followed by the half marathon on Sunday. Once completed, you are awarded the beautiful Glass Slipper Challenge medal in addition to your half marathon and 10K finisher medals.

Here is a look at all of the medals, including the runDisney Kids Races.

Are you participating in any of the weekend’s events? Which medal are you looking forward to? Follow @runDisney on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to join the royal fun using the hashtag #PrincessHalf.

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runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Outfits

posted on January 20th, 2016 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney

Runners embraced the light side at the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort. We saw runners choose styles from the original Star Wars films such as Luke and Leia, and many runners who felt the Force as BB-8, Rey and Finn.

Our Star Wars friends Matt Martin and Cole Horton joined us this past weekend. Matt manages digital content and community relations at Lucasfilm and Cole is a Star Wars contributor as well as the author of Star Wars related books. Congratulations to Matt Martin for completing his first Star Wars 5K and Cole Horton who accomplished his mission in the Star Wars Rebel Challenge! We celebrated at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland park afterward, in our outfits from New Balance and Champion.


Here are a few of our favorite looks from the weekend. Congrats to all participants on fulfilling your destiny!

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side is coming to Walt Disney World Resort. We can’t wait for you to join us.


Did you participate this past weekend? Show us your Force-inspired style with the hashtag #StarWarsHalf! Follow @runDisney on Twitter and Instagram for more galactic fun.

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The Force is with Nick Arciniaga Again in Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 17th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Nick Arciniaga Wins Star Wars Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

Fountain Valley, Calif., native Nick Arciniaga just won his second consecutive Star Wars Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort today! After winning the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon in 2015, he followed up with second straight victory in a record-setting time of 1:05:49.

Arciniaga, 32, who now lives in Flagstaff, Ariz., blasted past First Order stormtroopers to break the tape at the finish line. Adam Roach of Pebble Beach, Calif., was second (1:12:29) and Hunter Sapienza of Seattle, Wash., was third (1:12:38).

“This is a race that means a lot to me,” Arciniaga said of the victory. “I’ve been a Star Wars fan ever since I can remember.” Arciniaga goes on to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in the upcoming weeks.

Annie Bersagel is First Female Finisher in Star Wars Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

Annie Bersagel, 32, of Colorado, also flew at lightspeed across the finish line Sunday as the female winner with a time of 1:15:09. Bersagel is also set to compete in the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon. Second-place female finisher was 2015 Star Wars Half Marathon female winner, Jennifer Berry, of Denver, Colo. (1:21:11) and third-place finisher was Kendal Sager of Los Altos, Calif. (1:25:05).

“I was the fastest stormtrooper out here today,’’ Bersagel joked after her win, clad in Star Wars-inspired running gear. “So that’s all you can really ask for, right?”

Star Wars Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

Arciniaga and Bersagel jumped to hyperspace to outrun more than 13,000 athletes in the 13.1-mile intergalactic journey through Disneyland Resort and Anaheim area streets, where a variety of Disney entertainment, including Star Wars characters, cheered on runners at every mile.

The Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend included several family-friendly events, including a three-day Health and Fitness Expo with the latest in fitness apparel, running gear and high tech gadgets. It was the second runDisney race weekend of 2016 and the first this year at Disneyland Resort. The event offered athletes a variety of race experiences for all levels, from Padawans to Jedi Masters – the runDisney Kids Races, the Star Wars 5K, the Star Wars 10K and the Star Wars Half Marathon. The ultimate test for Star Wars rebels was the Star Wars Rebel Challenge – a two-race challenge that combined the Star Wars 10K on Saturday with the Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday. Jedi runners who finished the 19.3-mile challenge earned a special Star Wars Rebel Challenge finisher medal in addition to medals for the 10K and half marathon.

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First Look at 2016 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Merchandise

posted on January 13th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

As many of you know, there’s recently been an awakening in the Force. runDisney enthusiasts from the outer rim will soon enter a galaxy we like to call the Disneyland Resort. The Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend is set to take place January 14–17, 2016, and I can tell you this much ─ this year’s merchandise is out of this world.

The vintage-style design and logos of this year’s collection include subtle nods to X-wing fighters and classic Star Wars characters. In some cases, the patterns even seem to play a trick of the eye, creating what could be a certain villainous character. Not only that, but the throwback color palette is sure to hit home with Star Wars fans everywhere, as well as the occasional use of Aurebesh.


Look for the art to appear in a variety of formats and styles on short- and long-sleeve T-shirts, a ladies tank, hoodies, hat, magnets and performance jackets. If you’re curious as to what the team has so cleverly emblazoned on the back of the jackets … The Force is Strong With Me, of course.

Have you chosen to take on the Star Wars Rebel Challenge? No matter where your loyalties lie, the Rebel Alliance has certainly left their mark on this line of long and short sleeve T-shirts, pants magnet and hat, with art inspired by several notable figures, as well as a clever use of X-wing fighter pilot helmet.


Whether you choose to participate in one or all of the races taking place, look for an entire collection dedicated to the weekend event, including “I Did It” 5K and 10K T-shirts, an event logo T-shirt, performance T-shirt and jacket, tumbler, water bottle and mug, stem glass and backpack.


Many of you may have already pre-ordered your pins – they’re quite the fan favorite ─ but I have more to share. Debuting during the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend will be an event logo pin, and a Star Wars Rebel Challenge pin with a special spinner that features the Rebel Alliance logo on one side and R2-D2 on the other.

Wondering about Dooney & Bourke? I think you’ll find this eye-catching collection worth running for. Look for this year’s design to appear on a satchel, pouchette and letter carrier.


Finally, keep an eye out for specially created runDisney apparel, souvenirs and drinkware, Vinylmation, plush, Coast to Coast Race Challenge offerings and more.

I wish you all the best of luck as you make the jump to lightspeed and travel through hyperspace. May the course … and Force … be with you all!

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runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Outfit Inspiration

posted on January 11th, 2016 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney

Runners are ready to feel the Force during the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, January 14–17 at Disneyland Resort in California. Through physical training and by watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, now playing in theaters, runners are prepared to choose their destiny!

We are excited our Star Wars friends, Matt Martin and Cole Horton, will be joining us for this galactic weekend. Matt manages digital content and community relations at Lucasfilm and Cole is a Star Wars contributor as well as author to Star Wars-related books. Not only will Matt be participating in his first 5K ever, the Star Wars 5K, and Cole running the Star Wars Rebel Challenge, they will also join the Speaker Series during the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo located at Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall. To follow the path to the light side, we created Star Wars-inspired looks for them to wear during their journey.

Matt will be sporting the popular new droid in the galaxy, skittish astromech BB-8, in an outfit inspired by New Balance and Champion.

Cole will channel his inner R2-D2, who may be a skilled starship mechanic and fighter pilot’s assistant, but he is also known for his great bravery.

My favorite new character in the Star Wars universe is Rey. I plan to channel the mysterious power of the force for the Rebel Challenge during Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend!


Check out Matt and Cole’s Speaker Series session to hear their speaker series about “Running Through The Galaxy.” runDisney will be live tweeting “Running Through The Galaxy” on Thursday, January 14 at 12:00 PM!

Good luck to all participants during Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. Follow @runDisney on Twitter and Instagram to join the galactic fun. Show us your Force-inspired style using the hashtag #StarWarsHalf throughout the weekend!

For an updated version of our outfit policy at runDisney events please visit here!

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Costa Does It Again at the Walt Disney World Marathon

posted on January 10th, 2016 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

Fredison Costa is only about 140 pounds soaking wet, but he said he felt very heavy on Sunday. Maybe it was from the weight of five – count them, five – Walt Disney World Marathon medals he now has in his possession.


Costa, the Brazilian runner who trains at Walt Disney World Resort, continued to pile on the victories Sunday morning, winning his third straight Walt Disney World Marathon and his fifth in the last six years.

Costa’s win, along with Natasha Yaremczuk’s victory in the women’s division (2:52:23), capped the 23rd Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna. The signature runDisney event drew more than 100,000 runners and fans for races of all levels, a Health & Fitness Expo and the first-ever runDisney Race Director Series for race executives from around the world.


Costa, 38, provided the perfect punctuation to the weekend and is quickly gaining on Adriano Bastos for the title of winningest runner in Walt Disney World Marathon history. With his fifth victory, Costa is only three behind Bastos, who is an eight-time winner.

It’s been anything but easy, especially Sunday. His win – he crossed the finish line in 2:33:24 – was the slowest of his five victories, roughly 15 minutes slower, in fact, than his winning time last year (2:18:06). That’s because he was coming off a recent calf injury that forced him to suspend his training for 10 days. And it didn’t help that it was a warm and wet morning, which also zapped some of his speed as he navigated the 26.2-mile course through all four Disney theme parks.

Nevertheless, Costa said he achieved the one thing he wanted more than anything. He won.


“I was not happy with my time,’’ said Costa, who trains with former Olympic track & field coach Brooks Johnson at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. “But I’m the happiest man on earth.’’

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