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RunDisney's Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend 2017 -The Basics

Hello my fellow wine and diners.  It's wine and dine week!  Why does it feel like the days until Disney click off relatively quickly until you're about two weeks out?  Then the days feel like molasses.  I'm so ready to be back in my happy place with my family for another fun race weekend!
Nicole and I after the Wine and Dine races last year Recently runDisney released their Wine and Dine event guide and there is a lot of information in there.  It can be difficult to find what you need.  Here's a breakdown of the basics for the expo and each race to help! Make sure you check out the event guide for your special offers and virtual goodie bag.
The Wine and Dine Half Marathon kicks off on Thursday, November 2 with the Health and Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports.  The expo is open on Thursday from 10:00AM-7:00PM.  Busses will run to the expo from your on-site host resort from 9:30AM-6:30PM.  These are special runDisney busses that are contracted by Mears.
You will …

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The most magical season of the year is definitely not Christmas.It’s the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.If you’re even remotely interested in good food, you need to make a trip to Walt Disney World during this special time of year.I’ve been going to the festival as part of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend for the last few years, but I was excited to make a special trip to Epcot earlier this month to check out all the good eats. First of all, what is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival?This year there are 35 booths (to celebrate Epcot’s 35th anniversary) scattered around World Showcase and creeping into Future World.Each one of the booths has 2-4 food items and 2-4 drinks to sample.Most of these food items can be purchased for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.There are savory and sweet items as well as items that are vegetarian and gluten free.

With all the delicious options, where should you start?I recommend starting at the Festival Center, located…

Dopey Training -Week 14

It's been one of those weeks where I've been wondering where the time goes!  I can't believe it's Tuesday night and I haven't posted my weekly update for last week yet.  I guess it's better late than never.

This week went much better.  I was able to get my training back on track.  It's amazing what being back in your routine will do!  It works wonders.

Monday: 5.1 miles

Tuesday: 6.1 miles

Wednesday: 10.8 miles

Thursday: 17 miles

Friday -5 miles

Saturday -9 miles

Sunday -3 miles

Weekly Total: 56 Miles

The good news is that this week's 17 miler went so much better than the one 2 weeks ago.  It's amazing how running on my "home course" with my familiar landmarks and mile markers makes such a huge difference.

This week I have the challenge of making sure I'm tapering for the Wine and Dine Challenge while continuing my Dopey training.  Ultimately, I've decided to treat the half marathon as a training run.  I think with all the Dopey mileage, I …

Dopey Training -Week 13

Less than three months to go before the start of the Dopey Challenge!  I can't believe how fast the time is moving!  This last week was definitely a challenge.  Getting in training runs while traveling is difficult, especially when you're in the most magical place on earth.  That's okay though, my body needed a break and I'm back to it this week.

Monday -travel day, so a rest day.

Tuesday -3.5 miles

Wednesday -6.2 miles
Thursday -6.3 miles
Friday -6.5 miles
Saturday -7.3 miles
Sunday -11 miles
Total Weekly Mileage: 40.8 Miles
This week I have a 17 miler on the calendar.  Hopefully this one will go better than the last one!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

One of the most beloved hard-ticket events at Disney’s Magic Kingdom is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.Running on select nights from August 25-November 1, this party invites guests to enjoy tricks and treats in Magic Kingdom.Some of the highlights of the party include trick-or-treating through the lands of the Magic Kingdom, special character meet and greets, and special entertainment.I attended the party this week and I’d love to share my experience with you! The Basics: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a hard-ticket event.This means that a separate admission must be purchased (you many not use one of the days on your multiday ticket to get into the party.The prices of this ticket range from $74-$115.The price varies based on the date you select for the party.They generally increase in price the closer you get to Halloween, with Halloween night (which is sold out) being the most expensive.Each member of your group above the age of 3 must have a party ticket for …