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Happy National Pet Day Pluto!

In honor of both the start of the Year of the Dog and National Pet Day, I thought I'd focus this post on Mickey's beloved pal, Pluto.  Yes, Pluto and Goofy are both dogs, however Pluto is the more pet-like of the two.

You can meet Pluto in all 4 Walt Disney World Theme Parks.

Magic Kingdom
At Magic Kingdom, Pluto has his meet and greet right on Main Street U.S.A. in the Town Square.  The times of his meet and greet vary, but today he is meeting from 12:10PM to 2:35PM.  You can also see Pluto in the daily Festival of Fantasy parade. Epcot While many of the classic Disney characters (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy) meet at the Epcot Character Spot in Future World, Pluto actually meets in World Showcase.  He meets at the World Showcase Friendship Ambassador Gazebo which is located on the lagoon between the Mexico and Canada pavilions.  Again, his meet and greet times vary.  Today his is meeting from 11:30AM-2:30PM and again from 3:10PM -6:30PM so you have plenty of opportunities to meet thi…
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Fastpass Plus -The Basics

When I looked at my wedding countdown this morning, I realized that we are 60 days away from "I do!"  I laughed to myself that if we were going to WDW, then today would be our Fastpass+ day.  You know you're a travel agent when....

This got me thinking about Fastpass+, and specifically how many guests at Walt Disney World either don't use or underutilize their ability to make Fastpass+ reservations.  These reservations allow you to skip the "stand-by" line at certain attractions at Walt Disney World.  Guest choose a one-hour window return time to come to the ride and enjoy that attraction with a minimal wait. 
Posing for the ride picture on Dinosaur in Animal Kingdom Fastpass+ is Free -Yup, it comes free with your park admission.  This is different than many other amusement parks which charge money for front of the line privileges.  Each Walt Disney World guest is entitled to 3 Fastpass+ reservations per day.   Planning Ahead is Everything -Walt Disney World …

The 2018 WDW Marathon

The biggest lesson I learned during the 2018 Walt Disney World marathon was not to cry while running because you can't breathe.

Ideally, I'd like to do the trip reports and race recaps from Dopey 2018 in order, however, I'm still having some photopass download issues, so I'm starting with the headliner: the marathon.

First of all, purchasing race retreat for the marathon was one of the best decisions I could have made.  I look at it as "weather insurance."  If it's a nice morning, you really don't need the heated tent, but if it's cold, it's a lifesaver. Since marathon weekend this year was SO cold, I was very glad for race retreat the morning of the marathon.

I hopped on the first bus leaving Port Orleans: French Quarter and before I knew it I had arrived at the staging area.  I made my way to the race tent and was glad to get out of the cold.
The 25th anniversary cake was on display in the tent I got a cup of coffee and looked to see who the…

BIG NEWS: Mobile Order is Now Available for the Disney Dining Plan

It's no secret how much I love using mobile order at Walt Disney World.  One of my biggest WDW pet peeves is when people spend half an hour in line and STILL can't make up their mind when they get to the register...oh, it makes me so crazy! 
Lunch at Satuli Canteen With mobile order, I get to avoid that particular pet peeve entirely.  It also speeds up food service, so you don't spend extra time being hangry.  No one wants to be hangry, especially in Walt Disney World.  Even when you're waiting for your food, it's so much nicer to be sitting down with your group rather than waiting in a line...you wait in lines enough!
Anchors Away Sandwich at Columbia Harbor House Up until now, mobile order was only available for those who were paying with their credit card.  This was fine for me, because the dining plan doesn't make a lot of sense for Nicole and I.  However, with the popularity of the Disney dining plan, it was only a matter of time before mobile order was av…

Dopey Challenge Complete

It's hard to believe that two weeks ago I was well on my way to completing the 2018 RunDisney Dopey Challenge! While I'll have recaps for the whole week that I was in Walt Disney World running the Dopey Challenge, but for now, here are some highlights!

Proposing to my fiance at our favorite spot in WDW.  Full story to come :) Visiting the runDisney Health and Fitness EXPO After the WDW 5K Small World Selfies...it's a thing! Team 10K Ready for 13.1.....with snacks! Dopey finisher!
What was your favorite part of Marathon Weekend?

Tuesdays on the Run: 2017 Bling

Today I'm linking up with PattiErika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run!  It's all about the bling today.  2017 brought a lot of new races and some pretty sweet blingy medals:

Winter Warrior Half Marathon -This half was the first weekend in January and boy was it brutal.  It was 19 degrees when the race started at 4:30PM and it only got colder and snowed more as we took four 3.3 mile laps around an office park.  BRRR Syracuse Half Marathon -This one was also cold, but not snowy and with a great course.  In fact, the Syracuse Half was run twice this year as after the race in March, the organizers moved it to November as a fall event.  This course was hilly but had a mile and a half of downhills, which was absolutely amazing! Flower City Half Marathon -This gem in Rochester in April is one of my favorites.  It's a hilly and challenging course that runs through my favorite parts of the city, including a block from where Nicole and I used to live.  It's a lot of fun and th…

WDW Marathon Weekend -What You Need to Know About the 5K

Walt Disney World Marathon weekend is the premier event on the runDisney racing calendar.  It packs in four events, two challenges, kids races, and a race expo all in one weekend at the Walt Disney World resort.  With all those options and a wealth of information out there, it can be difficult to find the exact information you need for the events you're participating in.  Over the next two weeks, I'll break down the runDisney event guide so you have all the information that you need to know.

First of all, you can find the Virtual Event Guide here: http://rodale-usa.instantmagazine.com/rundisney/dwmar18

The total event guide is 48 pages, but I suggest opening it up on your phone and taking a screenshot of the pages you need.  Thanks to Joyful Miles for this tip!

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend -5K

Since this is the first race of the event weekend, participants in the 5K (as well as the Dopey Challenge) need to attend the expo on Wednesday, January 3 in order to get your b…