Thursday, November 30, 2017

runDisney Wine & Dine Medals

As much as I love runDisney races, I haven't always been a fan of the character-based finisher medals. This year's runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend had a travel theme- and that travel theme carried over to the medals. The 10K medal was reminiscent of a luggage tag (complete with a leather tag "string"), the Half Marathon medal represented a plane ticket, and the Two-Course Challenge medal took the shape of a passport. 

The best part? 
The passport medal opens, to reveal stamps from all the countries around Epcot's World Showcase.

I've heard some mixed reviews on these medals, but I love them. The Half Marathon and the Challenge medals are right up there with the now-retired Expedition Everest Challenge compass medals as my all-time favorites from runDisney. 

Did you earn any runDisney Wine and Dine Weekend medals? What do you think of the designs? Tell us about it in the comments. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

runDisney 2017 Wine & Dine Weekend: Costume Prep

I runDisney, and I run in costume. I've participated in nine runDisney events so far, and with the exception of Castaway Cay, they've all been in costume. Coming up with costume ideas (and then executing the plan) is all part of the fun for me. Preparation for my next runDisney adventure- the 2017 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend- presented something new: the need for two costumes instead of one. For the first time, I'm participating in a challenge event. Challenge events include multiple races back-to-back. I'll be running the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday, for a total of 19.3 miles.

The last runDisney race I was registered for was the 2017 Walt Disney World Half Marathon. As some of you may remember, that race was canceled due to severe weather. Even though I joined countless others in running it anyway in one of many unofficial halfs that day, I really wanted a chance to run an official race in the costume I prepared for that weekend. The two-course challenge provided the perfect opportunity, so I'll be channeling my inner Mary Poppins during the 10K next week.

As for my half marathon costume? I'm attempting an ode to Epcot's 35th birthday. It's still a work in progress, but you can probably guess the gist of it...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Dream Called EPCOT

As we approach Epcot's 35th anniversary, The Disney Parks Blog just released this 1980 promotional video- "The Dream Called EPCOT".  This is required viewing here at Plus the Magic.


From The Disney Parks Blog:
"This film, which offers a look inside WED Enterprises during the “Imagineering” of EPCOT Center in the 1970s, originally ran on a loop in the EPCOT Preview Center at Magic Kingdom Park. The purpose of the film was to introduce a new kind of Disney theme park to guests, showcasing exciting experiences they could have in the park’s Future World and World Showcase areas. The film offered sneak peaks at attraction models, renderings and animation for The Living Seas, Horizons, World of Motion, CommuniCore and Spaceship Earth, as well as early construction footage. It also offered a first-listen to some of the fun music composed for this new park, including songs like “It’s Fun to Be Free,” “Universe of Energy” and “Listen to the Land.”

Share your thoughts on The Dream Called EPCOT with us in the comment section. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Epcot's World Showcase- Left or Right?

You're visiting Epcot. You're done with Future World, and you head toward World Showcase. You find yourself standing at the X below, gazing out at the country pavilions surrounding World Showcase Lagoon.

Which way do you turn? Left or right?

                                           left                                                               right

There is a correct answer here!

(Just kidding. I suppose you could go either way- but I never do...)

So- left or right? Tell us in the comments!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Creatures in the Castle

No doubt you've admired the spectacular murals inside Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The murals, designed by Imagineer Dorothea Redmond and installed by a team led by artisan Hanns Scharff,  line the walkway that runs through the castle.

The richly-detailed murals tell the story of Cinderella, in carefully-crafted tilework. Small creatures play important roles in the story of Cinderella- so it's only fitting that they're well-represented here in tile. Have you noticed the animals in the mural? Creatures large and small are represented throughout the work. Next time you visit, see how many you can find...

Have you noticed the creatures in the castle? Look for them next time, and 
come back and tell us how many you found...