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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.

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

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

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


Our friends at Disney Style recently came up with “6 Topknots to Inspire Your Inner Tinker Bell” that I think are perfect hairstyles for the upcoming runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry race events!

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All of these looks capture Tinker Bell’s signature style while still being appropriate for running. Here are some of the hairdos adapted from the Disney Style blog post for inspiration on how to create a flawless Tinker Bell topknot complete with her playful personality!

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Video Captures the Royal Experience of the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 26th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director


Recently in a kingdom not so far away, more than 24,000 Princesses and Princes made a 13.1-mile journey through Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot at the Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Some runners took just over an hour to complete their journey, and for others it took a little longer. No matter their ability they all followed the same path, triumphantly ran through Cinderella Castle, celebrated at the finish line, earned the coveted Disney Princess Tiara Finisher Medal and created runDisney memories that will last a lifetime.

What was their experience like?

With the help of 6 photographers from the Disney Yellow Shoes team, 13 cameras and tens of thousands of images, we can share their journey in just over two minutes.

Once upon a time ……

A special thanks to Disney photographers David Roark, Matt Stroshane, Kent Phillips, Ryan Wendler, Chloe Rice, Todd Anderson, and editor Bryan Smoker for their creativity in bringing this story to life.

For more information on runDisney event weekends, I invite you to visit runDisney.com.

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‘Will You be My Happily Ever After?’: A runDisney Proposal at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 6th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director


If you follow my runDisney posts on the Disney Parks Blog, you know I love being at the finish lines of our events. Watching runners celebrate one of the most memorable moments in their lives is exciting, inspirational and emotional. You see it all – screams of joy, tears of happiness, hugs and high fives. And once in awhile you witness life-changing events. You see, as one journey ends for some runners, another journey begins for others. That is exactly what happened for one couple I caught up with at the Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

As Thatiany Leal-Oliveira from Boca Raton, FL, ran her first half marathon and first runDisney event, she traveled the 13.1-mile course through Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot, as her prince, Sal Lisboa of Deerfield Beach, FL, was in a race of his own, a race into the future. Both taking different courses, but both focused on the finish time. A finish that couldn’t come fast enough. Not only was the coveted Disney Princess Half Marathon Tiara finisher medal waiting for Thatiany to put around her neck, but so was a life changing proposal and “bling” to put on her finger.

So what did she say? Well, runDisney is all about “happily ever after” stories, so see what happens for yourself.

Congratulations Sal and Thatiany, and we wish you a “happily ever after” as you race into the future.

If you want to know more about runDisney and future event weekends, visit runDisney.com. You can also follow us on runDisney Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram @runDisney.

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