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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 3rd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


During Halloween week, we shared more than the spooky side of Disney Parks here on the blog. Among our other stories, there were a few exciting announcements, including the upcoming return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park.

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This year’s parties will take place from 7 p.m.-midnight on November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 22, and December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20. Tickets (which are separate from a regular park ticket) are already on sale now and purchasing ahead of time can actually save you money. Click here to get tickets.

So, what’s new this year? Visit Jennifer’s original story and find out.

New Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon Medals

Also this week, we unveiled some of the new runDisney medals for race weekends in 2014.

The new Princess Half Marathon medal is inspired by our classic and most enduring princess, Cinderella. And the Tinker Bell Half Marathon medal has a few new enhancements from last year. Check Darrell’s blog post for more details as well as a photo gallery of the medals.

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

Social Media All-Stars to Show Their Disney Side at Disneyland Park November 5 - The Grumpy Cat, Tiffany Alvord, and more social media all-stars will be showing their Disney Side this November at Disneyland Resort! Will you be there to see it?

Step In Time: A ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ Parade Marches On at Magic Kingdom Park - Check out these classic black and white photos from the Mickey Mouse Club parade in 1976.

A Special Treat: Walt Disney World Wins Sustainability Award for “Making the Switch” to Save Electricity - Read about why Walt Disney World Resort was honored with a sustainability award this week for environmental efforts!

A Look at Recent and Future Haunted Mansion Merchandise at Disney Parks – Not ready for the spookiest month of the year to be over? Check out this Haunted Mansion merchandise available at Disney Parks to continue the fun!

New Surprises in Store for ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday at Disneyland Park - Did you hear the news about “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Resort this holiday season? Get the update here!

A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton – 1956 - Travel back in time and see what Elsa Lanchester looked like on her visit to Disneyland park in 1956.

Minnie Mouse and Disneyland Resort Horses Participate in Anaheim Halloween Parade - Watch this video to see how the Disneyland Resort Horses strutted their stuff in the Anaheim Halloween Parade this week!

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New Medals Unveiled for Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathons at Disney Parks

posted on October 30th, 2013 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Today, I’m excited to reveal some of our new runDisney medals for two of our race weekends in 2014.

The Princess Half Marathon medal is completely new compared to last year’s medal and is inspired by our classic and most enduring princess, Cinderella. We’ve added a 10K and a Glass Slipper Challenge event (running the half marathon and the 10K) to the Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort, so check out the shiny new medals that go with them.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon medal has a few new enhancements from last year. There’s also a new 10K race there too and the medal, of course, is very much themed around Tinker Bell.

So, if you’re signed up to run any of these races, get ready to rock these shiny new medals, so everyone can see your bling.

New Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon Medals

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Grab Your Sneakers! Inaugural ‘On the Road to Disney’ Meet-Up Coming to Atlanta

posted on October 29th, 2013 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


UPDATE: Click here for a complete list of attendees. If you have questions, please ask them on the Disney Parks Blog and we will do our best to answer them. Stay tuned for more unique opportunities in the future.

UPDATE: We have reached capacity! Thanks for everyone’s interest in the Atlanta “On the Road to Disney’’ Meet-Up and we appreciate your quick responses. We will be posting the list of attendees soon. Please check back later for the complete list of attendees.

We have staged runDisney Meet-Ups during our runDisney race weekends at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts the past few years, and they have become wildly popular. But now for the first time ever we are packing our bags and taking our runDisney Meet-Up on the road. Our destination: Hotlanta.

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If you are going to be in or around the Atlanta area on November 16, pay attention because runDisney is hosting a unique “On the Road to Disney” Meet-Up for 100 selected participants that will be unlike any other we have done. Selected participants will go on a 2-mile fun run through the streets of Atlanta. Naturally, we’ll make a turn through Turner Field, home of our long-time partners, the Atlanta Braves, who play their spring training seasons at Walt Disney World Resort.

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The event will also include running industry speakers, as well as elite runners who will share tips and advice for average runners and people wanting to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. Plus, we will share some exciting new insights into some Disney Sports initiatives. And, of course, we will pack some classic Disney magic and bring it along to share with everyone in attendance.

As always, space is limited. If you don’t want to miss this runDisney road trip, RSVP right now to WDW.SportsMeetUps@Disney.com. Only a limited number of qualified runners will be selected to participate, so be one of the first to reply. Remember to include your name in this email and only one RSVP per individual.

A few important details:

  • All selected participants must be available for a 6 a.m. ET start time on Saturday, November 16.
  • Qualified applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A valid photo ID is required at check-in. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Limit one RSVP per individual. Applicants sending RSVPs from more than one email address will be disqualified.
  • Only RSVP for yourself. RSVP’s for someone other than the email sender will be disqualified.
  • Valid RSVP’s must include your name. RSVP’s that include more than one person or are missing information (e.g. incomplete names) will be disqualified.
  • Admittance to the event is non-transferable and limited to the selected applicant; no additional guests please.
  • The event and individual/celebrity appearances are subject to change or cancelation without notice.
  • Because this is running-oriented, we require that applicants be experienced runners, able to maintain a 16-minute per mile pace (qualified).

We will send an email to selected applicants who sent their valid RSVP via email before we reached capacity to confirm their attendance for Saturday, November 16. If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation and your name does not appear on the list of selected applicants, your RSVP was not selected.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Hope to see you in Atlanta!

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First-Ever runDisney Nighttime Meet-Up to Kickoff Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 22nd, 2013 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


UPDATE: Click here for a complete list of attendees. If you have questions, please ask them on the Disney Parks Blog and we will do our best to answer them. Stay tuned for additional unique opportunities in the future.

We’ve done several runDisney meet-ups, but we’ve never done one like we’re planning for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend next month. Sure, it’s going to involve some scrumptious food and wine, but the really cool part of this meet-up is that it’s going to be held at night.

First-Ever runDisney Nighttime Meet-Up to Kickoff Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort

It’ll be our first runDisney nighttime meet-up, so you will definitely want to be able to say you were there. It’ll have many of the same magical elements of our previous Meet-Ups, but with some cool new twists that only the nighttime can provide.

For instance, we’ll kick off the event with a special viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, the nightly laser, light and fireworks show. After that, selected participants will get to taste and learn about some of the extraordinary cuisine and wines that are part of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, hear from some Olympic endurance runners and get some expert advice on safely running at night.

Then, selected participants will get to put some of that nighttime running knowledge to work during a starlit fun run “around the world” at Epcot well after the park closes. And of course there will be a few magical surprises throughout the night.

As always, space is limited. If you don’t want to miss your night out with runDisney, RSVP right now to WDW.SportsMeetUps@Disney.com. Only a limited number of qualified runners will be selected to participate, so be one of the first to reply. Remember to include your name in this email and only one RSVP per individual.

Here are a few important details:

  • All selected participants must be available for a 8:30 p.m. ET start time on Thursday, November 7.
  • Qualified applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A valid photo ID is required. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Limit one RSVP per individual. Applicants sending RSVP’s from more than one email address will be disqualified.
  • Valid RSVP’s must include your name. RSVP’s that include more than one person or are missing information (e.g. incomplete names) will not be selected.
  • Admittance to the event is non-transferable and limited to the selected applicant; no additional guests please.
  • The event, event elements and individual/celebrity appearances are subject to change or cancelation without notice.
  • Because this is a running-oriented event, we require that applicants be experienced runners, able to maintain a 16-minute per mile pace (qualified).
  • Selected applicants attending the meet-up are not required to purchase admission.

We will send an email to selected applicants who sent their valid RSVP via email before we reached capacity to confirm their attendance for Thursday. If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation and your name does not appear on the list of selected applicants, your RSVP was not selected.

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Running The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 9th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Full disclosure, I am part of the runDisney team, but on Saturday I had the chance to lace up my running shoes, pin on a bib and join thousands of runners in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler. From Disney entertainment every half mile on the course, to running through ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to screaming fans at the finish line and a Disney Villains Hollywood Bash, it was a fun night.

However, I must tell you what caught my attention most were all the amazing runDisney runners that participated. Their excitement, camaraderie on the course, words of encouragement and creative costumes took the experience to another level. To my fellow runners – thanks for sharing the road, thanks for sharing the race. Looking forward to seeing you at the next runDisney event weekend.



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Thousands of Runners ‘Drop In’ for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 7th, 2013 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


The Halloween season has officially begun! For me, it started when the Headless Horseman showed up at the Happy Haunted 5k Trail Run, but I knew it was here for sure when I saw literally thousands of runners in great costumes at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash. Thank you to all of the runners who came out this past weekend for a haunting good time – and after talking to a number of you who set personal records for 10 miles, make that some wicked fast times!

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Great job runners, Happy Halloween and enjoy the photo gallery of just some of the great costumes I saw on Saturday.

Keep running.

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New Merchandise for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort on October 4-5, 2013

posted on October 2nd, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This weekend marks the return of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort. I’ll admit I’m not a runner, yet this event piqued my interest (especially considering I’m a super fan of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror). I recently caught up with Mary Myers, merchandiser for runDisney events, who gave me an overview of several merchandise items being offered this weekend.
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I think one of my favorite items is the new pull-over “I Did It!” jacket. The best detail is the course map featured on the back. There is also a long sleeve shirt featuring a similar map on the back.
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Mary created several logo shirts for women and men that feature the race logo with Stitch and the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
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The race weekend will see other events besides the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler. There will also be the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and runDisney Kids Races on Saturday morning. My son participated in one of the Kids Races several years ago and loved it (the best part is every child takes home a finisher medallion).

Mary created a few commemorative items for those additional events including a limited-release pin for the 5K Trail Run and an ear hat for the Kids Race. Pins were also created for the 10-miler along with a necklace and a logo glass.

Look for these items at Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo that will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. On Friday, October 4, the Expo will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Expo will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5.

I will be sending good thoughts to all participants this weekend. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #Tower10Miler or #HappyHaunted5k if you will be participating.

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Alison Sweeney’s Favorite Run – The Disneyland Half Marathon

posted on September 12th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Alison Sweeney knows the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. For 12 consecutive seasons as host of “The Biggest Loser,” Alison has played a major role in transforming people’s lives.

Inspired by Cinderella, reaching the finish line, earning a runDisney medal and the opportunity to share the experience with her kids, Alison ran and completed the Disneyland Half Marathon on Sunday, September 1.

Alison’s message: “I encourage everybody that if you ever thought ‘I can’t do it,’ yes you can. You just have to try, just have to commit yourself and work hard.”

Here’s a look at Alison’s magical Disneyland Half Marathon.

Congratulations, Alison!

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Crossing the Line at the Disneyland Half Marathon

posted on September 10th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


One of my favorite places to be during a runDisney race is at the finish line. Not only is reaching it the one common goal thousands of runners share, but it is where every emotion imaginable plays out. As runners, we all have our own motivation to train for months and to pursue a dream. It’s when you reach the finish line when those dreams become a reality and you react with shouts of joy, tears, arms raised high in victory or any other creative way you decide to cross the line.

Recently at the Disneyland Half Marathon I captured some of the ways runDisney runners crossed the finish line. Some reactions were simple, some funny and some life changing. Some were planned and others spontaneous.

As you watch the following video, ask yourself, “How will I cross the line at my next runDisney race?”

Congratulations to all runners who cross the line.

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runDisney Inspiration at 81 Years Young Completes the Dumbo Double During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

posted on September 6th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Standing at the start and finish lines of a runDisney event, you can’t help but feel excitement and inspiration. Thousands of runners, thousands of dreams, thousands of reasons to run, but all sharing one common goal – on this day, finishing the Disneyland Half Marathon.

During the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend I had the privilege of meeting and spending time with a new friend, a runner who has given me great inspiration, 81-year-old Flor Irlandez from Portland, Ore. Flor started running at the age of 29 when co-workers shamed her into running during their lunch breaks. For 54 years she has not looked back, raising a family and inspiring her children and grandchildren to live healthy, active lifestyles. In fact, she often shares start lines with three generations of family members. When asked why she continues to run, she said, “Because it makes me feel good.” During her running career she has completed several runDisney events, often placing first in her age group. Her love of Mickey Mouse and running through Disney Parks makes runDisney her favorite.

By the way, did I mention that Flor was the oldest competitor at Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and she completed the Dumbo Double Dare by running the Disneyland 10K on Saturday and the Disneyland Half Marathon on Sunday – 19.3 miles? Truly an inspiration and role model to us all.

Look for Flor at the start line in January at the Walt Disney World Resort as she takes on Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge!

Allow me to introduce you to my friend Flor Irlandez.

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