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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 30th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As we continue to count the days until the start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, we shared a few experiences you may want to try at this year’s event.

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One of the ideas for maximizing your fun is experiencing the new 20th Festival Tasting Sampler that gives you a credential (and a cool collectible pin) to taste your way around the fest. For $59 you get your choice of eight tastes of food or beverages at all of the 30 marketplaces plus priority seating at the nightly Eat to the Beat concert.

Be sure to check Pam’s story for other ideas on how to best enjoy this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Also, The Force awakened at Walt Disney World Resort this week through runDisney’s newest addition to its portfolio – Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side.

Faron shared that the intergalactic quest through Walt Disney World theme parks blasts off April 14-17, 2016 and channels the Dark Side of the Force. The events will include a 5K, 10K, kids races and half marathon plus a special challenge for completing the 10K and half marathon called the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge.

Registration for the East Coast event opens September 22, 2015 at noon ET. Check out Faron’s original story for more details.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Follow Disney Parks on Tumblr – Have you discovered the new official home for Disney Parks on Tumblr? Check it out at disneyparks.tumblr.com!

Happy National Waffle Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – National Waffle Day may be over, but it’s never too late to indulge in one of our top 8 waffles from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Disneyland Resort Million Dollar Dazzle Crew Hits the Road, Surprises Next $60,000 Recipient – Once a month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, our Million Dollar Dazzle Crew is surprising local nonprofits with $60,000, amounting to more than $1 million.

Video: Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega Announced as ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Contestants at Disneyland Park – Disneyland park was the setting for the latest “cast reveal” for “Dancing with the Stars” as Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega were announced as the first-ever married couple to compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy!

It’s Almost Time for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – Summer’s winding down. The kids are back in school. What are we going to do next? Plan for Halloween, of course!

FastPass+ Reservations Now Available For Eat to the Beat Concerts During 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – If you enjoy toe-tapping tunes as much as tasty treats, you will love this: now you can make FastPass+ reservations for the Eat to the Beat concert series.

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Show your Diamond #DisneySide During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Next weekend, thousands of runners will join together to run and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®. Not only is it the 10th anniversary of this special event, but it’s also the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, commemorating 60 years of magic at the Disneyland Resort!

It’s going to be a celebration to remember, indeed! Here are a few ways to show your “Diamond” Disney Side during this exciting weekend with the help of New Balance and Champion.

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Kick off the race weekend in style at the Disneyland 5K by sporting the Limited Edition runDisney Collection Fresh Foam Boracay inspired by Donald Duck shoe. These shoes will be available exclusively at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo.

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Mirror, Mirror, on the wall. Who is the most stylish of them all? I absolutely love the Black Splatter PowerTrain Tight by Champion. They’re the perfect balance of flair and comfort to bring the Evil Queen inspired look to life for the Disneyland 10K!

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For the half marathon, join the 10th anniversary celebration with a look that incorporates the colors of the iconic Disneyland Half Marathon logo!

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Runners who conquer the Disneyland 10K and the Disneyland Half Marathon will be awarded with the honor (and bling) of completing the Dumbo Double Dare. Don’t just fly, soar to the finish line with this Dumbo-inspired ensemble!

Good luck to all participants during Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. Show us your “Diamond” Disney Side outfits on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DisneylandHalf!

Check out NBvirtualqueue.com to find out how to get your Fresh Foam Boracay inspired by Donald Duck during the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.

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First Look at Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2015 Merchandise

posted on August 27th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Will you be joining us this year for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, taking place September 3-6, 2015, at the Disneyland Resort? Can you believe it’s been “Ten Years Running”? If you’re curious as to what merchandise awaits you for the races, wait no longer. Here’s your first look!

Sought-after items this year include the Disneyland Half Marathon merchandise, performance tees, jackets and tanks. Of course, the ever-popular mens’ and ladies’ tees emblazoned with the “I Did It” message on it and course map on the back continue to be fan favorites.

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I triple-dare you not to fall in love with the Dumbo Double Dare collection. My heart soars just thinking about it. You’ll find plenty of themed merchandise, including men’s and ladies’ tees with Dumbo Double Dare and “Fly to the Finish” logos on it along with a tank, jackets and car magnets.

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We’re not finished quite yet! Look for an additional “I Did It” tee to debut for the Disneyland 5K, along with a Disneyland 10K tee featuring Captain Hook, Hades and Maleficent. If you can’t decide, and it’s an all-inclusive Half Marathon Weekend tee you seek – don’t worry, we’ve got it!

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Some of you may have already seen this, but for you Dooney & Bourke and race fans that haven’t, here’s a look at the pattern that will appear on several silhouettes including a cross-body, tote and wristlet. Are you planning to add this to your collection? Now’s your chance to secure a piece of the magic! Pre-order your Dooney & Bourke bag prior to August 28, while supplies last. Purchase today!

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Finally, you know when it comes to runDisney merchandise it doesn’t stop there. Look for additional items themed to the Disneyland Half Marathon, runDisney, as well as 2015 runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge offerings.

Good Luck!

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Walt Disney World Resort Feels the Dark Side of the Force in All New Star Wars Half Marathon Event

posted on August 25th, 2015 by Faron Kelley, Director of Non-Leisure Marketing and Sales Strategy


The Force has awakened at Walt Disney World Resort through runDisney’s newest addition to its portfolio – Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side.

This intergalactic quest through Walt Disney World theme parks blasts off April 14-17, 2016 and channels the Dark Side of the Force. The events will include a 5K, 10K, kids races and half marathon plus a special challenge for completing the 10K and half marathon called the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge!

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Runners who join the Galactic Empire will enjoy a true Star Wars experience, including Dark side-inspired medals and merchandise throughout the weekend.

After the thrilling inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort this past January, runners and Star Wars fans alike have been vocal about their desire for a similar themed race at Walt Disney World Resort.

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To differentiate the two races, Disneyland Resort will embrace the Light Side of the Force with a 5K, 10K, kids races and half marathon as well as continuing its Star Wars Rebel Challenge upon completion of the 10K and half marathon.

Whether you are a runDisney veteran or Star Wars enthusiast, these races will be a journey like no other. By participating in both Star Wars Half Marathon events, runners will earn the inaugural Kessel Run Challenge medal, which Star Wars fans know is the ultimate test of skill.

As runDisney broadens its resume, it continues to bring runners uniquely inspired races while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle!

Registration for the East Coast event opens September 22, 2015 at noon ET. May the courses be with you!

Are you excited for this event? Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #StarWarsHalf!

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Top Must-Do’s During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

posted on August 19th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


In a few weeks, runDisney will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna at Disneyland Resort. This year’s race event will truly be a celebration with special parties, medals, photo ops and more. Check out our top must-do’s for this commemorative weekend!

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1. Show your “Diamond” Disney Side
One of the many things that make runDisney races unique is the creative outfits that runners wear. From classic Disney characters to princesses to villains, we have seen it all on our courses. With this year not only being the 10th anniversary of our race, but also the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, we challenge runners to show their “Diamond” Disney Side!

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2. Kick off the weekend at the 10th Anniversary Party
You don’t have to be a runner to join in on the excitement! A special 10th Anniversary Party will kick off the weekend at Disneyland park, where guests will enjoy entertainment and attractions as well as an exclusive viewing of the “Paint the Night” parade. Guests who attend will even be given a commemorative 10th anniversary sling bag.

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3. Snap a photo with your favorite Disney characters
You never know who you will run into on a runDisney course! Runners can’t forget to snap a photo with their favorite Disney characters along their journey to the finish line.

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4. Enjoy a delicious pre-race meal at the Pasta in the Park Party
Runners can fuel up for their half marathon race by enjoying a buffet pasta dinner Saturday night inside Disneyland park! At the Pasta in the Park Party, not only is the food delicious, but there will also be entertainment and special appearances by some of your favorite Disney Villains throughout the evening.

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5. Capture a photo in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
Rounding out our top must-do’s during Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is to capture a photo in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Whether it’s a group shot or a selfie, don’t miss the opportunity to get this iconic shot during your race.

With just weeks left in our countdown, we can’t wait for you to experience all that’s in-store as we celebrate 10 years of runDisney magic!

For more information on our race events visit runDisney.com.

*Disneyland® Half Marathon Anniversary Party and Pasta in the Park Party elements, including but not limited to participating locations, menus, attractions and entertainment are subject to availability, and may change or be canceled without notice. Standard theme park admission tickets will not allow Guests to attend the Disneyland® Half Marathon Anniversary Party or the Pasta in the Park Party. The number of tickets available is limited. Tickets are valid only during specific event dates and hours for ticket purchased and are not interchangeable. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Children under the age of 3 are free. Restrictions apply.

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Show Your ‘Inside Out’ #DisneySide For a runDisney Race! Part V: SADNESS

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


It’s common for runners to experience the “Post-Race Blues” during the weeks after a race. You’ve had so many emotions the past few months and your race is now over. You’ve experienced FEAR, DISGUST, ANGER and JOY, but now another emotion pops up that you probably weren’t expecting.

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If you feel SADNESS come over you, don’t be discouraged because it is normal to feel this way. It’s important to realize that every emotion is essential – and sometimes you’ll find that more than one is in control of Headquarters!

This cute shirt from the Disney Store can help cheer you up! Also, check out other items from Champion and New Balance to show your Inside Out #DisneySide.

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One of the best ways to overcome Sadness is to have another finish line in your future! Sign up for e-mail updates from runDisney to know when registration opens for upcoming races. You can also follow us on Twitter @runDisney, Instagram/runDisney and Facebook.com/rundisney for up-to-date information!

The Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”). “Inside Out” is in theatres now in 3D and is rated PG.

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Show Your ‘Inside Out’ #DisneySide For a runDisney Race! Part IV: JOY

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Throughout your journey you have felt a mix of emotions including FEAR after signing up for a race, DISGUST at the thought of a long run on the weekend, and ANGER for having to make sacrifices while training. You have now put in the hours training, and have physically and mentally prepared. Once you cross that finish line, there is no other feeling than pure JOY!

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Celebrate by wearing this “Inside Out” inspired look after a runDisney race from Champion, New Balance and the Disney Store!

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What emotions did you feel after finishing your first runDisney race?

The Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”). “Inside Out” is in theatres now in 3D and is rated PG.

For more from our “Show Your ‘Inside Out’ #DisneySide For a runDisney Race” series, visit the posts below:

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Show Your ‘Inside Out’ #DisneySide For a runDisney Race! Part III: ANGER

posted on July 8th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


So far we’ve covered FEAR and DISGUST. Our “Inside Out#DisneySide style series continues with ANGER.

Training for a runDisney 5K, 10K, half or full marathon takes a lot of commitment. If you are serious about your training runs, there are going to be things you are going to have to give up.

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Training for my first marathon meant skipping a night out with friends or saying, “pass,” when it came to some delicious looking desserts. I was angry that I’d miss out on a fun time because I had to wake up at 5:30 a.m. to run the following morning. For those who feel Anger taking over when they have to give up certain parts of their life to train, here’s a look for you from Champion, New Balance and the Disney Store!

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The Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”). “Inside Out” is in theatres now in 3D and is rated PG.

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Top U.S. Military Surprise Reunions at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Families make memories at Disney Parks every day – but for a handful of our guests, Walt Disney World Resort is a place where they’ve experienced magical surprise reunions with loved ones returning from tours of duty abroad.

In honor of the Fourth of July, we’d like to share our favorite U.S. Military surprise reunions that have taken place within our “world” over the past few years. Get ready to get the tissues out!

  1. Young guest Adisen Kallas is reunited with her father, Navy SEABEE UT1 Scott Kallas, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex after his 11-month tour of duty.

  1. Watch as SPC Scott Halquist of St. Cloud, Florida, surprises his three young children at Epcot’s American Adventure attraction.

  1. Mickey Mouse helps one military family reunion come true for the Liddell brothers – Jacob, Joshua and Jackson.

  1. Check out the magic that CW2 Travis Myers created for his wife, Kim, during the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon – all the way from Afghanistan.
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Show Your Inside Out #DisneySide For a runDisney Race! Part II: DISGUST

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


My “Inside Out#DisneySide style series continues with DISGUST. Do I seriously have to run 20 miles over the weekend? You have to be kidding!

One of the biggest adjustments I’ve made in order to train for a runDisney race is commit to waking up early on the weekend to complete my long training run. While having to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning is initially tough, the feeling of accomplishment I get after my long run makes it all worth it.

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If running long distances on a Saturday morning is a must, you might as well start the morning in an “Inside Out” inspired outfit from Champion and New Balance that is sure to keep Disgust satisfied. Follow your run up with a cup of coffee in this adorable Disney Store mug!

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What keeps you motivated during long training runs for a runDisney event?

The Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”). “Inside Out” is in theatres now in 3D and is rated PG.

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