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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Star Wars Character Dining

Every year Disney host a fun event for all those Star Wars fans out there....Star Wars Weekends.  During these weekends fans can meet some of their favorite Star Wars characters and also see their Disney pals in Star Wars themed costumes.  Disney is adding dining opportunities to help its guests meet Star Wars weekends characters.  The Star Wars dining will be available at two locations inside DIsney's Hollywood Studios....Sci-Fi Diner for Breakfast and Hollywood and Vine for Dinner.  These meals can be booked starting today for dates between May 4 through June 15.

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine

The Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine will take place at Hollywood and Vine for DINNER ONLY (Breakfast and Lunch will continue to be Disney Jr Characters).  This meal will allow Star Wars fans the chance to meet Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Chip n Dale as Ewoks, Donald as a Stormtrooper and Goofy as “Darth Goofy.”  These characters can be found in the park during the day also.  The nice thing about the Character Dining opportunities is that it eliminates waiting in the heat and with character meals you are GUARANTEED to meet them!  

Dining times are available starting at 4:15 daily and ending at park closing.  The cost for Jedi Mickey's Star Wars Dine is $55.99 for adults 10 and over and  $32.99 for children ages 3 to 9.  If you are planning on seeing Fantasmic, you can make it a Fantasmic Dining Package but it does change the pricing to $59.99 for adults and $36.99 for children ages 3-9.  With these meals you will also get a digital download of Ewok Chip n Dale. 


 Star Wars Dine-In Galactic BREAKFAST

The other Star Wars character dining option is the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic BREAKFAST at the Sci-Fi Diner (The other meals are still standard ala carte dining with NO characters).  The characters that Star Wars fans can expect to see at this meal include Darth Vader and Stormtroopers, Boba Fett, Greedo and Jawas.  Another difference between the Star Wars Breakfast and the other meals at the Sci-Fi, is that they will be showing clips from Star Wars movies...How fun is that!  

Dining times for the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast are from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.  The cost is $47.99 for adults 10 and up and $29.99 for children 3 to 9 years of age.  
If you will be using the Disney Dining Plan, each meal will require TWO Disney Dining plan credits.
Reservations for these two Star Wars themed meals are now open.  It is recommended that you call and make your reservations ASAP, do not hope to just walk up to the restaurant and get it....these are going to be VERY popular meals and will fill up quickly!  To make your reservations you can call 407 WDW DINE.  As with all meals at Walt Disney World, a credit card is required for guarantee and there is a $10 per person cancellation charge applied to your card if you do not cancel one day in advance.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Receive up to a $50 Disney Gift Card when you book with me!

I LOVE helping families plan their MAGICAL vacations! My favorite part of my job is talking to the families after they get home and hearing them mention some little detail that made their vacation memorable.  As a Disney Vacation Planner, I work hard to make sure that those tiny details are taken care of and that you can relax and enjoy your family vacation.  When you book your trip with me, you will receive my FREE personalized planning services to help you have a magical Disney vacation.   Just because you are using a vacation planner, does not mean you are losing control over your vacation! Instead, you have a sounding board for your decisions and you can benefit from my true expertise and training in Disney destinations, which will only enhance your vacation...making more MAGICAL MEMORIES!
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With a NEW, minimum 3 night, 3 day ticket Walt Disney World or Disneyland package, Disney Cruise booking, Aulani or Adventures by Disney Trip:
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$2501-$3600, get a $30 gift card
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Gift Card value based on final package total after any discounts are applied.  
Gift cards given at time of travel with Disney travel documents. 
This gift card offer must be booked by March 27, 2014.
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Monday, March 17, 2014

SPLASH into Summer Savings!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

When I was in high school I ran track. Shortly after graduation, I hung up my running shoes and really never expected to pull them back out.  However...I think I have found a new obsession!  Last July, my boss told us that she was going to be participating in the runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge during the Princess Half Marathon weekend at Walt Disney World.  Within minutes I knew that I wanted to join her and see what a runDisney event was like.  

The Princess Half Marathon weekend was February 20-23, 2014 at Walt Disney World.  The weekend had events that would appeal to everyone in the family.  The events for the weekend included:  Kids races, Cinderella's Royal Family 5K; Enchanted 10K, Princess Half Marathon, & the Glass Slipper Challenge.

The weekend kicked off with the Fit for a Princess Expo at the Wide World of Sports Complex.  Every runner had to visit the Expo to pick up our race bibs and shirts.  



All the resorts were offering transportation to the Expo and to the races.  These buses were different than the normal Disney transportation buses and were only for the purpose of the races.   





The expo had so many different booths.  You could buy just about any type of running gear that you needed: Shoes, sparkle skirts, running belts, tape, runDisney merchandise, jewelry, nutrition and so much more.  We could have spent hours just looking through the expo.  Next time, I will certainly allow myself more time to check everything out.


We didn't do the Cinderella Royal Family 5K since we were doing the 10K and the Half...but this was the Finishers Medal that they gave for the 5K.  It is actually a rubberized medal, so that it would be appropriate for small kids as well.

Now to the races.....
The Enchanted 10K took place on Saturday morning.  The buses began running at 3:00am (YES that says 3 A.M.)  After arriving at the starting area, those with bags had to go through bag check and then we could proceed in.  They wouldn't let us go to the corrals that early, but we were able to start lining up.  They had fun music playing and some MC's getting everyone excited.  Around 4:15 we were allowed to go to our corral.   

Our corral placement was marked on our bibs.  The placement was based upon the times that we submitted during registration.  If someone didn't have an official time (I did not have one) then they were placed in the later corrals.  I was placed in corral E in the 10K and corral L in the Princess Half Marathon. 
Being a runDisney race, there were a lot of people dressed up...which adds to the fun.  Not everyone dresses up, but I spotted a lot of princesses, villains, queens, snowmen, princes, and several other characters.
 

I chose to dress up like Elsa and a couple of fellow Wish Upon a Star with Us agents dressed up as Olaf and Aurora.  

At 5:30 they started the 10K with corral A and every 10 minutes another corral would start...meaning corral E didn't start racing until 6:10...which was after the winner had already crossed the finish line.  I had trained to run the whole race, so I wanted to make sure that I was at the front of our corral so that I could run out ahead of anyone who was wanting to walk.  By arriving early, I was able to walk right into the corral and straight to the front line.  When it was time for our corral to start we actually got to walk with the race ribbon to the starting line.




The race started outside Epcot and then we went along the highway for a few miles, before we entered the World Showcase, then around the Epcot area resorts, back into Epcot to the finish line. 
 
 

 The race was a lot of run with characters stationed along the way.  The lines for the characters were long and I chose not to stop for them, but it was still fun to see them.  Upon crossing the finish line, we received our finishers medal.  Those of us who had registered for the glass slipper challenge also received a wrist band showing we had completed part one of the challenge.

  


The Princess Half Marathon took place on Sunday morning.  Again, the buses began running at 3:00am and took us to the starting area outside Epcot.   The pre-race ritual was pretty much the same.  We waited to be sent to our corrals and then when it was time we went to our designated spots.  For the half marathon there were corrals A-P with 24,000 participants registered!  That is a lot of people in one race.  Again, I wanted to be at the front of my corral, so I made sure to arrive early and was able to hold the race ribbon as we walked to the starting line.
 
   Since this was the "Princess" half, you saw a lot more costumes...even men dressed as princesses to have a little fun.  For the half, I decided to dress as my favorite princess...Belle.

Since the half was so much longer, there were a lot miles spent on the highway. We did run into Magic Kingdom and through the castle, then into Epcot at the end of the race, but the rest was on the highway.


  

 




As I mentioned early I was registered for the Glass Slipper challenge.  The glass slipper challenge participants ran both the 10K and the Half.  Upon completing the half marathon, we were given our finishers medal and the Glass Slipper Challenge Medal.  It was a challenge for sure, but one that I would happily do again!



  

°o° The finisher medals °o°

On Sunday afternoon there was an "after party" at Downtown Disney.  There were some games, music and even some stores offered discounts if you showed your finisher medal at checkout.  The had the backgrounds for each race that you could get your photo taken in front of as well.
 

 

 These were my very first runDisney events...but it is safe to say that they will not be my last.  I think I am officially addicted to runDisney races!

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