Monday, May 25, 2015

Giveaway! A Snow White gift set....

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened a year ago this month, and it quickly became one of my favorites. I love a smooth family coaster, especially one with rich storytelling elements.

In celebration of its one year anniversary, I'm giving away a Snow White gift pack!

Included in the prize:

  • A Disney Parks Snow White clutch wallet/purse
  • A Snow White PokitPal Trinket Box- (the Art of Disney Theme Park Collection by Olszewski) 
  • A Snow White pin


This giveaway is open through June 1. Enter through the Rafflecopter below, and please spread the word! All items are new with tags. U.S. entries only, due to shipping.



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Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Final runDisney Expedition Everest Challenge



I wrote about my experience with the final runDisney Expedition Everest Challenge, and it was featured on Theme Park Insider! You can read the intro below, then click over to the site for the full article.


The first weekend in May marked the final running of runDisney's Expedition Everest Challenge. What makes this race different from all other runDisney events? It's a unique combination of running race, obstacle course, and scavenger hunt - all happening in the after-hours dark of Disney's Animal Kingdom park, followed by an in-park after party until the wee hours of the morning. More than 5,000 runners - both individually and in teams - took to the park for this year's challenge.... (Click the link below to read the full article...)




I will miss this race. Thank you for clicking through to read the full article!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Inside Out Emotion Garden


One of my favorite parts of  Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival is discovering the small specialty gardens scattered throughout the park, often tucked in out-of-the-way spots.

In the shadow of the monorail, near the Imagination Pavilion, I came upon the the Inside Out Emotion Garden.


Each of the 5 Inside Out emotions had its own color-coordinated section of the garden. The plants were selected not only for color, but many also had names that tied in with their theme. For example, the Disgusting Plants section included green onions and the carnivorous Pitcher Plant, while the Sad Plants section displayed Weeping Rosemary, Blue Hydrangea, and Baby Tears. 




























I really love this spot. The look of the color-blocked layout is really appealing, and the choice of plants and pots used in the garden was spot-on. Shortly after my visit, I heard some chatter about Inside Out being the next movie to get the trailer treatment in the Imagination Pavilion theater, once Tomorrowland's release date passes. Maybe the placement of this garden is a part of that plan...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Expedition Everest Challenge 2015- a costume sneak peek

The final running of the Expedition Everest Challenge is just a week away! You can read my  description of the challenge here, as well as my full recap of last year's challenge.

When runDisney announced that this would be the final time this race was offered, I knew I had to sign up again! As is typical with runDisney races, I'm running in costume. Here's a sneak peek at what I'm putting together for the Expedition Everest Challenge:




Any ideas about what this might be shaping up to?? I love wearing costumes, but I'm not much the princess type... so it's always fun trying to come up with other ideas. How about these- can you guess what I was going for during the 2015 Marathon weekend 10K, or the 2013 Jingle Jungle 5K? How do you decide what to wear for a runDisney race? Tell us about it in the comments...




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A nod to Animal Kingdom, on her birthday

Earth Day means another birthday for Disney's Animal Kingdom- now 17 years old! I first wrote about this park on her 15th birthday, and my appreciation for her grows with each visit. It is arguably the most beautiful and most immersive park, and I never fail to find new details every time I'm there. These are just a few of my favorite spots, captured during my last visit:








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Do you recognize these locations? Do you have a favorite spot in Disney's Animal Kingdom? 
Tell us about it in the comments...