Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Disney Royalty

I'm joining the awesome Disney photography blog Focused On The Magic today for their fun Disney Wordless Wednesday hop! This week's theme:  Disney Royalty Our most recent brush with Disney Royalty was when my mom, daughter, and I took a girls trip to the runDisney Princess Half weekend in February!  We had some unexpected runDisney ups and downs.   But overall, we had a fantastic time and great memories were made. Waiting back at the cold, dark Epcot parking lot as a runDisney half marathon spectator... my daughter was so excited to find princesses available to meet! And what's  more fun than dressing like Disney Royalty YOURSELF?!  This was a Disney First for me (aren't those fun???) Who is your favorite member of Disney Royalty? *o*     *o*     *o* Thanks to Deb at Focused On the Magic for hosting this fun weekly Disney photo blog hop.  Join in the fun and click on the button below to see more great shots from this week!   … [Read more...]

Easy Disney Resorts Planning 101

My family and I are big fans of taking our vacations at Disney World.  This love extends blatantly into our daily life at home, including my work office bedecked in Mickey Mouse and Cinderella Castle mementos. In other words... it's no secret.   And while not everyone knows about my planning spreadsheets I create for each Disney trip, they do know I love Disney Resorts Planning!  So I'm often asked for Disney planning advice.  I say "Disney Resorts" because it's the #1 tip I always give people:  Stay on the Disney World property.   This brings with it so many benefits, additional pixie dusted ambiance, and even cost savings. But this post is about easy Disney Resorts planning!  It can be intimidating to plan a Disney World vacation, worrying that you'll miss something.  In recent years, exciting changes like FastPass+ and the use of My Disney Experience to make reservations and keep track of your itinerary makes it even more critical to do some planning up front. So here … [Read more...]

My runDisney Weekend ~ the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Mission accomplished, and it's a such an amazing feeling!  Participating in a runDisney Half Marathon has long been a goal of mine.  Between enjoying fitness, and being a Disney addict... this was solidly on my bucket list.  (And let's face it, people.  I ain't getting any younger.)  Last weekend I finally got to fulfill the dream, when I ran in the 2016 runDisney Princess Half.  It was to be a grand 3 Generation Girls Trip. Alas, it was not without it's ups and downs.  I also learned a thing or two along the way, that I'd wish I'd know about runDisney before our adventure began. The Bad   Let's just get the BAD out of the way. American Airlines apparently "discontinued" my outgoing flight a few weeks ago.  Nice.  Although they reassured me they sent an email last November, I never received any notice of this adjustment.  Sadly, it robbed us of our allotted 4 hours to head to the ESPN Sports Complex on arrival night.  So we did not make it in time Thursday night to get … [Read more...]

My runDisney Princess Half Marathon Training ~ I’m Over It

First, I'll start by saying it's 15 more sleeps.  And I'm very, very excited for my first runDisney race ever, the Princess Half Marathon!  The Disney resort plans are all in place: ADRs (Advance Dinner Reservations) and FP+ (FastPass attraction reservations).  I've worked really hard to get here.  Six months of following Jeff Galloway's training plan.  Pretty much religiously. The Magic Bands have arrived, and we even scored some adorable new custom luggage tags (American Tourister throws them in with your Disney package mailing). I'm grateful to be able to take my two weekly 30 minute runs indoors at a rec center during my lunch break.  I'm *not* super grateful that it's at a University where 19-20 year old athletes are training, and they frequently lap (and I can only assume pity) me.  But that's another story. The long runs on the weekends have been outdoors.  In Colorado.  In winter.  And they hurt. I know I'm not alone in these struggles.  But it's my blog, so I'm … [Read more...]

You Might Be Training For runDisney If…

This past July, I took the runDisney plunge for the very first time and registered for the Princess Half in February 2016.  It will also be my first half marathon, which is daunting for a new runner like me.  And without throwing out any embarrassing age numbers, let's just say running was easier on my body 20 years ago.  But being the Disney fanatic that I am.... it's totally worth it!  Right? In training these past few weeks, I've noticed some amusing changes in my lifestyle and thinking patterns that apparently go along with training for a runDisney race.  Do any of these seem familiar to you? You Might Be Training For runDisney If... While exercising, you fantasize about churros and Mickey Ice Cream   After a tough run, you logon to My Disney Experience to review your reservations and cheer yourself up.   Your snack stash has been invaded by healthy energy bars and gels.   Instead of online shopping for winter sweaters and … [Read more...]

7 Disney Springs Hotels Offering Holiday Rates

There is still time to make plans to experience the special events being conducted in the Walt Disney World® Resort in Central Florida this November and December.   It's also the ideal time to check out the transformed and newly-named Disney SpringsTM, formerly known as the Downtown Disney® Area. The new name took effect September 29, 2015 in recognition of the transitioning to the one-of-a-kind, reimagined Disney SpringsTM, which features new shopping, dining and entertainment venues for your enjoyment. A great way to experience these events and new offerings is by taking advantage of the special “Holiday Rates” that are being offered from November 1-December 20, 2015 by the seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels, which are now known as the Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels. In addition to their ideal location an easy walk to the shopping, dining and entertainment venues at Disney SpringsTM, these seven “Official Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels” also provide complimentary … [Read more...]

My runDisney Princess Half Marathon Training ~ I Told Her!

If you've been following the tale of me pursuing my first runDisney race, you may know that the plan is for our Most Excellent runDisney Princess Adventure to be a three generation girls trip.  My mom, myself, and my 10 year old daughter. And that it was a BIG SECRET for my daughter! I registered her and myself for the 5k on Friday, and just myself for the half marathon on Sunday.  Plane tickets are purchased, Disney package reserved.  It's 121 days away (but who's counting?) Running is something I want in my life, to stay fit, healthy, and active.  For that same reason, I'd love to see my daughter embrace it, too.  It kills me how sedentary kids are these days, and it's not entirely their fault.  I want to help her find an activity she loves, and I was hoping a fun event like this would prove to be as much of a motivating incentive for her, as it is for me. I envisioned us running free... side by side.  A strong and happy Mother-Daughter duo. Or maybe a Mother running with … [Read more...]

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Debut Trailer

I am a child of the 80's.  A bonafide, original Star Wars lover.  And as such, I cannot adequately express how excited I am about the new STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS movie being released in theatres this December 17, 2015.  And that the film stars the original Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leah - Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher!  The new cast member look amazing, too. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Movie Trailer In case you missed it during it's debut showing during half time of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” last night,  here's the first full STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS movie trailer. What's this...?  A reformed Storm Trooper...?     Tickets to the highly anticipated cinematic event are now on sale everywhere tickets are sold. For more information, visit http://StarWars.com.   STAR WARS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StarWars STAR WARS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/starwars STAR WARS on Instagram: … [Read more...]

My runDisney Princess Half Marathon Training ~ Dory Approach “Just Keep Running…”

I've been running for about two months now, since I registered for my very first runDisney race... the Princess Half Marathon.  Woo hooo!  Not gonna lie, progress feels slow.  In my younger days, whenever I would pick up running it seemed I'd experience a breakthrough after about 2-3 weeks.  This time round, no lightning breakthroughs.  (*shakes head slowly, in mild disgust*) This will also be my first half marathon, and I really do have pretty high hopes, thanks to Jeff Galloway. I've been following his run-walk-run method, and it works likka champ!  I'm amazed how spot on his running time charts are, which I would have thought would vary greatly person-to-person.  But sure enough, when I use the 1:1 ratio (run 1 minute, walk 1 minute)... I'm averaging a 13 minute mile.  Just like Jeff said I would.  Pretty cool. I really love this.  If you haven't seen it - check it out.  It's been making running pain free for me, and much more enjoyable. I thought I'd have been able to … [Read more...]

My runDisney Princess Half Marathon Training ~ Trip & Weekend Plans

It's been about a month since I took the plunge and registered for the runDisney Princess Half Marathon - my first ever runDisney race, and first ever half marathon. Because that registration window for the half was around 4 hours long before it filled up, and because I hadn't been watching for, or planning on, it... it was an impulse decision. I told myself I'd make the investment in holding myself a spot, just in case I was actually able to pull off such a trip in February.  I had my doubts. Well, as you may or may not know, once you start making those ADRs ("Advance Dining Reservations", to the non-Disney brainwashed).... there's just no turning back! I was told by a Disney Reservation Cast Member that ALL the Disney Resorts are considered "host resorts" for the 2016 runDisney Princess Half weekend, and will have early morning transportation available.  First decision made:  My mom, daughter and I will be staying at Caribbean Beach. I'm trying to keep the costs down, and I … [Read more...]