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Show Your Halloween Disney Style During #runDisney Training

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


The spookiest time of the year is here, so why not have some fun while training for your next runDisney race? With Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend and Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend right around the corner, there are only a few weeks left to train before conquering your next race!

Get into the Halloween spirit by adding some spookiness into your training attire. Jack, the Pumpkin King adds some frightening flair to your normal training run outfit.

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The Pumpkin King is also featured in this visor, which will put a scary step into your training.

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You can find the items to make these frightening looks on ChampionUSA.com, NewBalance.com and DisneyStore.com!

Make sure to check out runDisney.com for a list of upcoming events. Use the hashtag #runDisney on Instagram to share with us your spooky training looks for a chance to be featured on our official runDisney Instagram account!

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First Look at Commemorative Products for Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 20th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Disney Wine & Dine Marathon Weekend returns to Walt Disney World Resort on November 6-7, 2015. If I was a runner, this would be the race for me (okay, I’m really all about the Finish Line party at Epcot). For guests attending this year’s event, here is a first look some commemorative merchandise being released that weekend.

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Guest will have many options for apparel items this year including logo t-shirts, long sleeve shirts and hooded sweatshirts. Two of my favorite items are the jackets with the best tagline printed on the back – “Don’t Wine … Just Run!” In addition, we’ve created commemorative pins, drinkware, Sweaty Bands and Bondi Bands.

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Other items will include the ever popular “I Did It” shirt for both the half marathon and Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K. Guests may also find car magnets for all races that weekend and a special ear hat for the Kids Races.

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Finally, we will be introducing several new runDisney logo items during the weekend. From comfortable shirts to stylish jackets, these items are the perfect thing to wear while training for your next runDisney event.

This year, we are offering an early shopping opportunity for guests who attend the first-ever Disney Wine & Dine Welcome Reception on Thursday, November 5. This ticketed event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the hp Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. You can read more about this reception by visiting runDisney.com.

Look for these items and more at runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. On Friday, November 6, the Expo will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Expo will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 7.

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Runners Showed Their Diamond Disney Style During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 11th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


This past weekend, thousands of runners celebrated not only the 10th anniversary of Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®, but the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, commemorating 60 years of magic at the Disneyland Resort as well. There were a lot of creative race outfits throughout the weekend. Take a look at some of the unique looks we saw on the race courses!

Runners were inspired by iconic Disney history when creating their race day outfits:

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Dressing up as a Disney character is always a popular choice for runners on the course:

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Runners also showed their Diamond Disney Style to celebrate the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration during their race.

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Race outfits were even inspired by tasty treats at Disney Parks!

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Here are a few of our other favorite looks from this past weekend.

Congratulations to all who participated in the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. To find out more about our runDisney events so you can show your Disney Style on course, visit runDisney.com.

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Top 10 Ways the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Celebrated 10 Years and Running

posted on September 9th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


  1. The 10th annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna hosted more than 29,000 runners from across the nation and 28 countries.
  2. Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF), the celebratory charity of the race since it began, was awarded $10,000 to support Anaheim student participation in after-school programs.

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  1. Local runner James Lander from Fullerton, Calif., ran and won the 10th annual Disneyland Half Marathon presented by Cigna, with a time of 1:08:56.
  2. Over the last 10 years, runDisney events in Anaheim have generated approximately $900 million in economic impact for the local area.
  3. More than 400 “legacy” runners ran this weekend, completing all 10 Disneyland Half Marathons since the inaugural race.
  4. Momoko Tanaka from Urayasu-shi, Japan, came in first place for the women, finishing in 1:21:30 and marking the first time in the race’s history that an international runner has won.
  5. Runners celebrated with a specially-ticketed 10th anniversary party, where they experienced select attractions and entertainment in Disneyland park including the “Paint the Night” parade.

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  1. Ten members of Project S.A.Y. (Support Anaheim’s Youth) participated in the Disneyland 5K. Project S.A.Y. is one of many free programs for Anaheim youth in middle and high school made possible through ACF.
  2. Last year’s female champion, Jennifer Berry from Denver, Co., beat her prior year’s time by 12 seconds, finishing in 1:23:21.
  3. In the coming years, the four runDisney race weekends in Anaheim are expected to generate an estimated $250 million annually in economic activity for Orange County, Calif.
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Voice of Princess Jasmine Joins the Speaker Series During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


The runDisney Health & Fitness Expo is the headquarters for everything you need to prepare yourself for a runDisney race weekend. Not only can runners pick up their race bib, event shirt and gEAR bag from the Expo, there is much more in-store for those who visit. Runners and guests can check out official runDisney race weekend merchandise, and get a sneak peek at the latest in fitness apparel, footwear, sunglasses, high-tech gadgets, and nutritional products.

Every Expo also includes a Speaker Series with relevant speakers to the race weekend. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the voice of Princess Jasmine will make an appearance!

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Linda Larkin is the voice of Princess Jasmine in Walt Disney’s “Aladdin,” as well as “The Return of Jafar,” “Aladdin and the King of Thieves,” the Emmy-nominated 100-episode “Aladdin” animated television series, and “Sofia the First.” Linda was recently honored with the Disney Legends Award, recognizing her for her extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

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Linda will be at the Expo on Thursday, September 3, from 4–5 p.m., Friday, September 4, from 2-3 p.m., and Saturday, September 5, from 10–11 a.m. After Linda shares her journey as Princess Jasmine, guests are invited to attend a meet and greet with her. Be sure to be there early, as Linda will be signing a limited quantity of special “Aladdin” postcards for guests. There is no entry fee to the Expo or to the Speaker Series, which is held at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall.

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Come check out Linda to prepare for Disney’s “Aladdin: Diamond Edition” release on Blu-ray and Digital HD on September 29, 2015 (Digital) and October 13, 2015 (Physical).

Follow our live coverage of Linda’s presentation on Twitter @runDisney this Friday, Sept. 4 from 2-3 p.m.! Visit runDisney.com for more information on upcoming events!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 30th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content 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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