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#TBT The Inaugural Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon

I'm so excited for the runners experiencing this weekend's Star Wars Half Marathon -The Dark Side at Walt Disney World.  I was lucky enough to participate in this fun event in its inaugural year and Nicole and I had a blast with a long weekend at WDW.  This was our first Disney trip as a couple and we had so much fun!  For today's Throwback Thursday, here was our Star Wars Experience.

We took an early morning flight on Friday from Rochester and arrived at Orlando International Airport around 9:30AM.  The plan was to go to the EXPO and spend the day relaxing and exploring Disney Springs.
I ALWAYS make whoever is with me take Magical Express Selfies
We checked into Pop Century, headed to the EXPO, where I quickly got my packet for the half marathon.  We didn't spend time browsing the expo, we wanted to head to Disney Springs!  Our first stop at Disney Springs was to Earl of Sandwich for lunch where there was an enormous line, but it moved quickly. After our lunch, we hea…
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Wordless Wednesday -Wine & Dine Half Marathon

As I count down the final days of wedding planning (3 days until the ceremony!), I'm also in the initial stages of planning our Wine & Dine RunDisney Racecation Honeymoon.  Nicole and I will both be doing the Wine and Dine Challenge and I can't wait!  So, for today's Wordless Wednesday post, I'm going to share some of my favorite Wine and Dine pictures over the years.  It's hard to believe this will be my sixth year running this race!
Have you ever run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon?  What's your favorite runDisney race weekend?

2018 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates

With snow on the ground and the first day of spring behind us, Disney is already planning on making this Halloween super festive!  They have released the dates for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  This is one of my favorite hard-ticket (additional purchase required) events at Walt Disney World.  This party is SO MUCH FUN and worth the cost of admission.  There are 34 nights to choose from this year!
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates:
August: 17, 24, 28, 31
September: 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
October: 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
Special festivities include unlimited trick or treating, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular stage show in front of Cinderella Castle, Hallowishes fireworks, the amazing Boo To You parade and rare character meet and greets!
Meeting Lottso in Tomorrowland Trick or Treating pillar The Sanderson sisters bring the house down in the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular Vanellope Von Schweetz…

Best Rides in each Walt Disney World park

How do you even pick a "best" ride in each of the Walt Disney World parks? How do you compare a classic attraction like Peter Pan's Flight to something state of the art like Flight of Passage?  One has classic Disney storytelling and has been beloved by park guests for years while the other uses cutting edge technology along with storytelling, music, and even smells to create an immersive experience.  In order to pick the best ride in each park, I needed to develop some criteria.
1) Overall Ride Experience -This is perhaps the most important evaluation tool of all. A great ride experience should have you leaving the attraction with a smile on your face, eager to do it again.
2) Technical Aspects of the ride -Does the ride contain technical innovations?  Or classic technical skills used to great effect?
3) Ride-ability -Can everyone experience this attraction?  What is the height requirement?  What is the motion sickness factor? 
4) Ride Story -One area where Walt Disney …

The best of Disney's Animal Kingdom

The more time I spend in Disney's Animal Kingdom, the more it climbs the list of favorite Disney parks.  As the park celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year (I can't believe it's been open 20 years already!), here's a list of my favorite Animal Kingdom experiences.

Rope Drop -The first time I experienced rope drop at Disney's Animal Kingdom, it came as a complete surprise.  We had finished the Jingle Jungle 5K (back when that was still the title) and since we were already in Animal Kingdom, we entered the turnstiles as soon as they started letting guests in.  The plan was to head to Kilamanjaro Safaris before our breakfast reservation at Tusker House.  This was during those quiet days before Pandora -the World of Avatar opened.  Imagine our surprise as we were standing in front of the Tree of Life when a flock of parrots came flying overhead.  They landed in front of the tree for a few minutes then took off flying again.  It was absolutely incredible and one of th…

Vegetarian Eats at Walt Disney World

One thing that seems to continually surprise people during their trips to Walt Disney World is the quality of the food!  At many theme parks, your choices can be limited to burgers, hot dogs, and fries.  While you can definitely get those items at Walt Disney World, there is more to enjoy!  Disney has gotten very good at catering to guests with all kinds of dietary needs.  At each park and at Disney Springs, you can find pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, low calorie and many other kinds of food.
I'm a pescetarian and I've never found an issue finding something to eat at Walt Disney World.  Here are some of my favorites:
I can't make any sort of food list without including my favorite snack on property.  You all know how much I love Disney snacks, so picking one as my favorite is a big deal.  The Citrus Swirl can be found at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom and it's a swirl of frozen orange juice and vanilla soft-serve.  Take this o…

Princess 5K

Since today is the Princess 5K in Walt Disney World, I thought I'd share my own experience with the event, two years ago in 2016.  We decided to do RunDisney's Princess Half Marathon weekend as a fun girls trip with my mom, my aunt and cousins.  Ann and I were registered for the 5K, my mom and I for the 10K and Katie and I for the half marathon. 

The start time for the 5K was so early, just like all the other RunDisney events.  Ann and I got ready an headed to the buses and boarded the first RunDisney bus leaving Port Orleans French Quarter.  We got to the corral area so early that the characters weren't even out yet! (Now, the buses are better managed and this doesn't happen). So we decided to take a picture with this backdrop:
I was Ariel from "Kiss the Girl" and Ann was Rapunzel. As we waited in line for another backdrop, the characters decided to come out.  It turned out we were in line for Sebastian. I was excited because he's super rare.  I've o…