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84-Year-Old Great Grandmother Celebrates Mother’s Day Running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


How did you celebrate Mother’s Day? Did you go out for brunch, enjoy a nice family walk, send your mom flowers and candy, or did you run 13.1 miles through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the city of Anaheim? Well, last Sunday several moms, daughters, grandmothers and great grandmothers did just that – ran 13.1 miles at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry.

If you follow my runDisney blog posts, you know I enjoy standing at the finish line watching runners celebrate their accomplishments. Among the thousands of Tinker Bells and fairy wings, various colors and styles of tutus, and pixie dust blowing in the air, it was exciting to see all the moms celebrating this special day with their daughters. Holding hands, hugging and occasionally leaping across the finish, they celebrated their run, the time together and that special mother/daughter bond. It was the start of what could be a wonderful tradition.

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One runner catching everyone’s attention was Viola “Mae” Douglass of Sequin, Tex. Decked out in blue fairy wings, a blue tutu and a matching decorated blue visor, Mae wore several hats this day: great grandmother, grandmother, mom and oldest runner. That’s right – “oldest runner.” At the young age of 84 she was the oldest runner for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and celebrated Mother’s Day by running with her two daughters.

Our video cameras were there when Mae finished her journey and I am excited to share that moment with you.

Just before getting her Tinker Bell finisher medal, Mae said, “Greatest Mother’s Day ever. . . it’s a beautiful sunshiny day and Disney is wonderful, we love Disney.”

Happy Mother’s Day to Mae and all our Tinker Bell Half Marathon moms. We hope you celebrate with us again in May 2016.

For more information on the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and other runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

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Get Ready for the Next Castaway Cay Challenge with Disney Cruise Line

posted on May 14th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


After this year’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, I had the awesome experience of cheering on Disney cruisers competing in our inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge. I had a blast chatting with the runners before and after the race, hearing their stories about how far they’d traveled to be there, how many runDisney medals they had collected over the years and what inspired them to be a part of this first-ever challenge.

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For many, it was their first Disney cruise vacation, and they couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful it was to relax onboard the Disney Dream after their action-packed Marathon Weekend. Those few days of rest recharged them for their run through paradise, where they returned to lounging on the warm sand of Castaway Cay after the race.

I also caught up with Cruise Director Christiaan later that day, who told me more about what runners were enjoying during the voyage. Take a look at this video, and let me know in the comments if I can expect to “run” into you at our next Castaway Cay Challenge!

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#DisneySide Sports Style: Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 12th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


In my last Disney Sports Style post, I shared some fairy-inspired looks for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry at the Disneyland Resort.

Fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Erin Glover, myself and our friend and cast member Katie had a blast testing these looks in front of Pixie Hollow!

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Erin showed her #DisneySide with the new Fresh Foam Boracay Tinker Bell shoes from New Balance.

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All of the outfits perfectly captured the personalities of the fun-loving fairies thanks to Leslie Kay of DisneyBound.

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I ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in my Fawn DisneyBound look from Champion and New Balance. The clothes were great for the run and I especially loved the design on the Champion Women’s Sport Short 4. Katie agreed that the shorts were not only stylish but comfortable as well.

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Guests showed their fairy-inspired #DisneySide all weekend. Here are a few of my favorite looks from Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend!

For more information on how you can join in on the runDisney fun, visit runDisney.com!

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Lenore Moreno Shatters Tinker Bell Half Marathon Record at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 10th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Lenore Moreno Shatters Tinker Bell Half Marathon Record at Disneyland Resort

Pixie power and persistence pushed Lenore Moreno to smash a race record by almost 9 minutes in the fourth annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry at Disneyland Resort today. The West Covina, Calif., resident flew by her competition to finish in 1:15:55, well under the former race record of 1:24:11. She was also nearly nine minutes ahead of second-place finisher Ann Mazur of Charlottesville, Va. (1:24:10); Anne-Marie Nuno of Irvine, Calif., came in third (1:24:21).

“Just being inside Disneyland, I think that’s what gave me that push and helped me to forget about how long this half marathon was and just to enjoy the moment,” Moreno said. “I couldn’t have done it anywhere else. Passing under that castle was just magical.”

Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

Approximately 13,000 women spent Mother’s Day racing along an entertainment-filled 13.1-mile course through Disney California Adventure and Disneyland parks, as well as by several Anaheim landmarks. More than 32,050 runners competed in various events during the weekend that included the Never Land 5K, the Tinker Bell 10K, runDisney Kids Races, a health and fitness expo and the inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge, which involved runners completing the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.

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Stay Refreshed During Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend With These Special Buffets at Downtown Disney District and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

posted on May 8th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


It’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort (along with Mother’s Day, of course). Runners along with their friends and family supporters will find plenty at the Downtown Disney District and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel to sustain them both before and after the race.

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ESPN Zone opens early, at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and will serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. both mornings. Select TVs at the Zone will be playing a live feed of the race. Throughout the weekend, ESPN Zone also will be offering runner-inspired special buffets – 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday – featuring a wide selection of salads, entrees, sides and desserts along with a build-you-own pasta station and a carving station offering pork loin with peach bourbon sauce. Adults (perhaps with the exception of those in training) are invited to try the Pixie Punch, served with a glow cube and made with vodka, peach schnapps, pineapple juice and sour apple. Space is limited. Buffet reservations are taken at 714-300-3776.

Naples offers a Tinker Bell Half Marathon Buffet as well, from 4 to 9 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday, with salads, pasta, pizza and cookies. You’ll also find a choice of pasta dishes on the Catal menu for Friday and Saturday dinner. And La Brea Bakery is adding a protein bowl to their menu, along with strawberry pie and shortcake.

Meanwhile, PCH Grill at nearby Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel offers its own Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Dinner Buffet Friday and Saturday evening, with salads, a pasta station, carving station with herb marinated roast au jus plus a special kids buffet featuring hot dog sliders, macaroni and cheese, green beans and tater tots.

Feel the burn!

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2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Merchandise Flies in for Mother’s Day Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 6th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Pixie Power is in the air! Can you feel it? We went inside Pixie Hollow to bring you all the details on the runDisney 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry, which is just days away, May 7–10 at the Disneyland Resort. You won’t believe the selection of merchandise this year. So let’s get started!

Themed Tinker Bell Half Marathon apparel will include the ever-popular “I Did It” T-shirt, performance shirts, a tank, shorts, fleece hoodie and of course, the ladies zip jacket. One of my favorite features on this collection is the clever saying “Tink Happy Thoughts” and the screened floral wings that appear on the back of several items. It certainly makes me feel as if I could fly to the finish line.

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Tinker Bell 5K fans will have some extra support this year from the Lost Boys, while the “I Did It” Tinker Bell 10K fans will be filled with pixie power.

Are you participating in the Inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge? Short- and long-sleeve T-shirts, performance wear, a tank, fleece hoodie and ladies jacket have made the list of this particular spirited sprite. Take a look!

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Other items to race in for include the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend shirt and jacket, runDisney and Coast-to-Coast merchandise, hats, magnets, clings, pins, headbands, special artist sketches and an array of drinkware. Here’s a look at the water bottles, tumbler, glass stemware and mug, in case you’re thirsty for more.

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What about Dooney & Bourke? Don’t despair, Tinker Bell fans! The satchel, backpack, letter carrier and wristlet are sure to make your heart soar.

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So get a jump on your shopping list and be ready when the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo takes flight beginning Thursday, May 7, at the Disneyland Hotel.

To all of you participating in the race, I wish you all the best of luck with a touch of pixie dust!

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Show Your Fairy #DisneySide During Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 4th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


“All it takes is faith and trust. Oh! And something I forgot. Dust! Yep, just a little bit of Pixie Dust.” – Peter Pan

Get your fairy wings ready for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry and show your Disney Side with these fairy-inspired looks.

New Balance’s newest addition to their Limited Edition runDisney Collection is the Fresh Foam Boracay inspired by Tinker Bell shoe. Be one of the first to fly away with your own pair at the runDisney Health & Expo.

To go along with the new Tink-inspired kicks, check out these fairy looks from Leslie Kay of DisneyBound to help fly you to the finish line at during your race.

First is the star of the weekend – sweet and sassy Tinker Bell’s look showcases her own personalized shoes with wings and different shades of green to fit her fun charisma.

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Fawn is an Animal Talent fairy, which is why the sunny color palette from Champion helps bring out her loving personality.

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And finally, Garden Fairy Rosetta can embrace exactly who she is in her pink color palette.

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Good luck to all participants during Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend. In my next post, I will share some of my favorite fairy-inspired outfits from the weekend as well as bring these looks to life at Disneyland Resort!

Share your outfits with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TinkHalf!

Check out NBvirtualqueue.com to find out how to get your Fresh Foam Boracay inspired by Tinker Bell.

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Castaway Cay Challenge Part of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Open for Registration

posted on April 28th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Once again, runners in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna have the exclusive opportunity to participate in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge! Registration for these January 2016 events opened today, marking the second year that runners can extend their Marathon Weekend by setting sail aboard the Disney Dream and completing a 5K run through paradise on our private island, Castaway Cay.

Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge 5K Event on Disney Cruise Line Private Island

The Castaway Cay Challenge takes place on the January 11, 2016 Disney Dream sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Visit disneycruise.com to book your voyage, and then head to the registration page on runDisney.com to reserve your spot in the race. For a glimpse at some of the fun you can expect, take a look back at my post with photos of this year’s inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge.

Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge 5K Race on Disney Cruise Line Private Island

If you’re among the select group that has completed the Castaway Cay Challenge, what was your favorite part of the experience? The scenic course? The character photo opps in front of swaying palm trees? The unique medal? Tell us in the comments!

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Show your #DisneySide at the Final Expedition Everest Challenge at Walt Disney World Resort

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


On Saturday, May 2 runDisney will host its final Expedition Everest Challenge. This exciting nighttime 5K through Disney’s Animal Kingdom includes obstacles throughout the course and is followed by a scavenger hunt making it the ultimate adventure.

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Get prepared for this final run on the wild side by showing your best Everest #DisneySide. Check out this gallery of some of my favorite outfits spotted during previous races.

To get you ready for the journey, Leslie Kay of DisneyBound put together this male look with pieces from Champion and New Balance.

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Yeti or not, I can’t wait to see your wild outfit choices and share with you highlights from this year’s race in my next post. Good luck to all participants!

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New Dooney & Bourke Collections Coming to Marketplace Co-Op at Walt Disney World Resort on April 25

posted on April 10th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I enjoyed reading the recent story about the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration collection from Dooney & Bourke coming this May (I love that blue!). I have exciting news for Dooney & Bourke fans visiting Walt Disney World Resort later this month. We will release two new collections on April 25 at Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace.

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The first collection – Runway Princess – features Disney Princesses such as Snow White, Princess Aurora and Ariel. You may recall seeing a similar tonal design released a few months ago during the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Florida.

This full-color collection will include a zip satchel ($228), a wallet ($198), a Pouchette ($148), a letter carrier ($178) and a shopper tote ($268).

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The second collection called “Beach” is perfect for the return of summer! These nylon items will include a shopper tote ($248), a backpack ($298), a satchel ($228) and a letter carrier ($198).

Guests attending this product launch on April 25 will have an opportunity to meet Ian Ray, Creative Director for Dooney & Bourke, from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You may recall seeing Ian discuss his work in this previous Disney Parks Blog article.

Guests at Disneyland Resort will find the Runway Princess collection on April 25 in select merchandise locations. There are no immediate plans to carry the Beach collection in California.

These items will also be found on the Disney Parks online store in the coming months – Runway Princess in mid-May and Beach in mid-summer.

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