2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

May 1, 2009 - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets go on sale

Event Description: A not so scary take on Halloween at the Magic Kingdom. This is a hard ticketed event, which means you must purchase a special ticket to attend this party.

The Magic Kingdom is turned in to a festive Halloween themed park including ghosts, goblins, characters in costume and Trick or Treating!

A special Halloween parade is performed and trust me the song will get stuck in your head, the parade is called 'Boo to You!' This parade includes the headless horseman, the grave diggers, characters and more!

There is also a special fireworks presentation named "Hallowishes." This is a spectacular fireworks display and should not be missed if you like fireworks shows.

You and your little ones can trick or treat and gather all kinds of goodies at the trick or treat stations.

Don't forget your camera as there will be tons of characters out and about. You'll see all your favorites in their Halloween attire and you might even spot some characters not seen just any where.

Enjoy the atmosphere as you walk around the park and take in all the decorations, ghosts, monsters, villains, and more. Do not miss the Haunted Mansion - there are usually characters from the Haunted Mansion out for all to see and they tell some great stories. This is one attraction you don't want to miss - if you like the Haunted Mansion on a normal day, trust me the Cast Members really take it to the extremes for the party and they play it up really well.

Here are the dates for 2009:
September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
November 1

Ticket Prices for 2009 (from allears.net):
ADVANCE PURCHASE: Adults: $55.38; Children 3-9 $48.99 (not available Oct 9, 15, 23, 31)

DAY OF EVENT (IF AVAILABLE): Adults $62.84; Children 3-9 $56.45
EXCEPT October 31: Adults $68.16; Children 3-9 $61.77

Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Discounts: Adults $52.19; Children 3-9 $45.80
***Only available for the following dates: September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29; October 1, 6

My Plans: I'll be attending the party on September 15th if all goes well and depending on how I'm feeling on my last day, I just might go on September 18th as well...Let me know if you plan on attending either of these days - I'd love to meet you!!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Disney Endurance Series News

I'm probably behind in all of this, but I figured I'd share any way.

The Walt Disney World Half Marathon capacity for 2010 was increased by 5000 entries. Wow - that's a lot of extra people. Disney has said that they will add additional wave starts to help alleviate bottleneck areas. I hope so, that's going to be a lot of people running and I'll be there with them :)!

Registration is about 85% full for the 2010 WDW Half Marathon. Make sure you sign up if you're planning on running with us!

The capacity for the Goofy Challenge was increased to 7500 entries. Can you imagine that there are 7500 people that will be running the Half and Full in 2010? Now think of how many people will wish they had signed up for it, but were too late to do it...That's a lot of crazy runners out there!

Any one out there going to run any of the Fall Endurance Series races - Expedition Everest Challenge, Race for the Taste 10K, or Tower of Terror 13K? Well, if you are, you might want to think about doing two of them. If you complete Expedition Everest Challenge and Race for the Taste this year, not only will you get the medals for each event, you'll also get a special medal. Or if you prefer, you can do the Tower of Terror and Race for the Taste this year and you'll get both finisher's medal and a special medal. You have to have official times in the two races, but you'll be automatically registered if you register for the two races. I sure wish I could do this, but no such luck for me this year - how about you? Here's a link to the information: http://disneyworldsports.disney.go.com/dwws/en_US/amateurSports/sportDetail/detail2?name=FallRaceChallengeDetailPage

Of course, you can also go for the Coast to Coast Medal...To get this special medal you need to have run the WDW Half or Full Marathon or the Princess Half Marathon and then run the Disneyland Half Marathon...Oh, I sure wish I was doing this for 2009, but I'll be doing it in 2010 (money allowing of course).

Disney has no plans to make the Dopey Challenge official, but they did say that they liked that guests had come up with this great name for those folks that do the 5K on Friday, the Half on Saturday, and the Full on Sunday....Oh yeah, I'll be doing this in either 2011 or 2012...My body and mind willing!

If you're thinking about registering for the Princess Half Marathon next year, registration opens Friday, May 1, 2009. Trust me, you will have a great time at this Half Marathon...It really is amazing.

May 9, 2009 is the Muddy Buddy event. Two person teams will alternate running a mile, biking a mile for a total of three miles of running, three miles of biking each and then they come together and crawl through the mud to the finish. Let's cheer these folks on. I think this sounds like a lot of fun!

May 10, 2009 is the Danskin Orlando Women's Triathlon...I know we have at least one Team Voice member competing in this (Go Kate!), good luck to everyone participating in this. I have this on the calendar for next year, but I'm not sure I'll be able to make it yet!

There are several other Triathlon events in May and September coming up as well...All you athletes get out there and give it a go!

That's what I have for today, but you can always check out information at http://disneyworldsports.disney.go.com/dwws/en_US/home/home?name=HomePage and look through the Endurance Events!

Happy running, biking and swimming everyone! Keep up your spirit, your body and your training and all your fitness, health and happiness goals can come true!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Quick Update

I just got in from my long run. 7 miles at 11:20 per mile. Man did it feel good today. I felt so good that on my last mile I ran right under a 9 minute mile....I'm sure I'll pay for it later, but it was sure fun to feel a little speed today!

This week has been a rough work out week. My legs have been completely trashed, but apparently it is making a huge difference in my running so I'm going to keep going.

An update to Pat's Run - they did put me in the correct division...Unfortunately, they missed quite a few people so instead of 2nd, I ended up in 15th place. I am still very happy with those results and I still feel that it was a great run so I'm not upset at all...It just means I have to keep working and getting faster. One of these days I'll find a nice small race and hopefully I'll actually be able to place. I guess it just gives me something to keep working for :)!

Well, I'm going to go to my niece's today - we're going to take her daughter swimming for the first time. She's almost 8 months old so this should be a lot of fun!

I hope to start my 2007 Trip report soon. I'm anxious to share some of the fun things I did on that trip!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

D23 Survey - Long Post

I had a surprise in my email today from D23. It was an invitation to take a survey and I thought I'd share the whole thing with you. This will be a long post!

Here's the text from the first page of the survey:
D23 Welcome Survey
Welcome to the club that's "made for you and me!"
Thank you so much for taking time to respond to our survey. As a D23 member, we know you're one of our biggest fans, and what you think is very important to us. The survey will take 5 - 10 minutes and results will be highlighted in a feature on Disney.com/D23. So get ready to answer some of the most Disney-fied questions you've ever be asked!

Here are the questions and responses:

1 How did you hear about D23?
The Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting
From The View on ABC
I saw a poster at Disneyland or Walt Disney World
Received a flier or button
Local news / newspaper
At The Walt Disney Studios
Disney Movie Rewards
The Twilight Bark, of course! (aka, a friend told me)
2 Why did you become a member of D23? (check all that apply)
Disney twenty-three quarterly
Wanted to be a "card-carrying" member
Exclusive stuff is cool!
Because no wall can have too many certificates
Expo! Expo! Expo!
I couldn't resist - I love it all!
It was a gift - 'tis better to receive!
3 If you had to choose, you'd be the biggest fan of Disney:
Theme Parks
Animated Features
Live Action Films
Disney Channel
Disney Cruise Line
Stage Plays
Disney On Ice
Toys, Clothing and other Merchandise
Video Games
Books & Comics
Walt Disney Records
Radio Disney
Seriously... all of it!
4 Which of the following do you belong to? (check all that apply)
Disney Vacation Club
Disney Movie Rewards
Disney Movie Club
Disney VISA
Walt Disney Collectors Society
Disney Insider
Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder
Walt Disney World Annual Passholder
Club 33
5 Would you consider yourself a Disney collector?
Yes - I can't get enough
Only of specific things
No - too much dusting
6 If yes, what do you collect? (check all that apply)
Vintage collectibles / Disneyana
High-end Collectibles
Books & Comics
Movies / DVDs
Anything for my favorite character/movie/attraction
7 Which Disney parks have you visited in the last year? (check any that apply)
Disney's California Adventure
Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disneyland Paris
Walt Disney Studios Park
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea
Hong Kong Disneyland
8 If you could live in a theme park, it would be _____
Disney's California Adventure
Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disneyland Paris
Walt Disney Studios Park
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea
Hong Kong Disneyland
9 We know it's nearly impossible to choose your favorite animated feature film, but give it a whirl:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Saludos Amigos
The Three Caballeros
Make Mine Music
Fun and Fancy Free
Melody Time
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Alice in Wonderland
Peter Pan
Lady and the Tramp
Sleeping Beauty
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
The Sword in the Stone
The Jungle Book
The Aristocats
Robin Hood
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Rescuers
The Fox and the Hound
The Black Cauldron
The Great Mouse Detective
Oliver & Company
The Little Mermaid
The Rescuers Down Under
Beauty and the Beast
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Lion King
Toy Story
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
a bug's life
Toy Story 2
The Emperor's New Groove
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Monsters, Inc.
Lilo & Stitch
Treasure Planet
Brother Bear
Finding Nemo
Home on the Range
The Incredibles
Chicken Little
Meet the Robinsons
10 The newest Disney movie is best watched _____
Opening night at the theater with popcorn and soda
As soon as I can get to the theater
At home with my whole family
At home with a friend
At home alone so I can sing along
On my phone / computer - tiny but mighty!
11 Which of the Seven Dwarfs describes you best?
None - I'm a princess!
Are you kidding? I'm the Wicked Queen!
12 What's the most special smooch in Disney history?
Mickey and Minnie's first kiss in Plane Crazy
Mickey and Minnie in Brave Little Tailor - that was a good one, too
Snow White kissing Dopey's forehead
Okay, Snow White and the Prince
Cinderella and Prince Charming in the wedding coach
The spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp
Prince Phillip waking Aurora in Sleeping Beauty
Roger Rabbit and Eddie Valiant
Ariel and Prince Eric
Belle and Beast
Aladdin and Jasmine
Giselle and Robert (you know, McDreamy) in Enchanted
13 Which of the Fab Five do you find most Fab?
What about Daisy?!
14 In your book, who is Disney's top dog?
Old Yeller
Air Bud
Wilby Daniels
15 How about the coolest cat?
Cheshire Cat
Si and / or Am
Sergeant Tibbs
Abraham Delacey Giuseppe Casey Thomas O'Malley
None - I'm allergic
16 The duckiest duck?
Huey, Dewey, Louie
Uncle Scrooge
Ludwig Von Drake
Launchpad McQuack
Darkwing Duck
The Ugly Duckling
Abby Mallard
Webfoot Waddle - the Million Dollar Duck...Cha-Ching!
17 Least squishable bug?
Jiminy Cricket
Bootle Beetle
Heimlich, yah!
How many animals are you going to ask about already?
18 Most Likely to Succeed?
The Wicked Queen
Lady Tremaine
Captain Hook
Cruella De Vil
Madame Medusa
Shere Khan
The Horned King
Governor Ratcliffe
Judge Frollo
19 Least Likely to Help?
Mr. Smee
The Goons
Flotsam & Jetsam
Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed
Pain and Panic
20 Who is your favorite Disney robot?
Rex (Star Tours)
Major Domo
Minor Domo
21 Which magicial maven is the most magnificent?
Magician Mickey
Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey
Yen Sid
The Wicked Queen
Eglantine Price
Winnie Sanderson
Tia Dalma
Alex Russo
22 If a beautiful enchantress cast a spell over your castle, what object would you be turned into?
A clock
A candlestick
A teapot
A cup
A beast
An ottoman
A wardrobe
A dancing napkin
23 Best island escape?
Pleasure Island
Never Land
Hawaii with Lilo and Stitch
Tom Sawyer's Island
Castaway Cay
The island from Lost
24 I prefer to travel via _____
Herbie, the Love Bug
Aladdin's magic carpet
The Nautilus
Surfing on Crush
Disney Cruise Ship - either will do
The Cygnus
The Black Pearl
Dream-Catching machine
Matterhorn Bobsled
25 Dream home is in?
Pride Rock
Witch Mountain
Under the Sea (breathing apparatus included)
Port Royale
Wisteria Lane
Radiator Springs
26 Which Disney school would you most like to attend?
Sky High
Medfield College (or Midvale, if you prefer)
East High School (Go Wildcats!)
Kuzco Academy
27 Best place to work?
International Space Training Center (ISTC)
The Imagination Institute
The Dawes, Tomes, Mousely, Grubbs Fidelity Fiduciary Bank
Muppet Labs
Oceanic Airlines
The Dharma Initiative
The Hollywood Tower Hotel
Star Tours
Buy N Large
Big Thunder Mining Company
East India Trading Company
28 You can only take one toy to summer camp. Which will it be?
Good ol' reliable Woody with removeable hat
Brand new Buzz Lightyear with a glow-in-the-dark belt
Jessie - Ladies first!
29 How did you first see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?
On VHS tape
On Laser Disc
On the big screen during one of its rereleases
I was at the Carthay Circle Theater on December 21, 1937 for the world premiere. Walt Disney sat two aisles down.
I haven't seen it yet!
30 What's your favorite Disney made-up word?
Heigh Ho!
Hi Diddle Dee Dee!
31 What is your favorite Disney hotel?
Disneyland Hotel (Disneyland)
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel (Disneyland)
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel (Disneyland)
Disney's All Star Movies Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disney's All Star Music Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disney's All Star Sports Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Walt Disney World)
Disney's Beach Club Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disney's Contemporary Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground (Walt Disney World)
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Walt Disney World)
Disney's Polynesian Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disney’s Pop Century Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disney's Port Orleans Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disney's Wilderness Lodge (Walt Disney World)
Disney's Yacht Club Resort (Walt Disney World)
Disneyland Hotel (Disneyland Paris)
Hotel Cheyenne (Disneyland Paris)
Hotel New York (Disneyland Paris)
Hotel Santa Fe (Disneyland Paris)
Newport Bay Club (Disneyland Paris)
Sequoia Lodge (Disneyland Paris)
Davy Crockett Campground (Disneyland Paris)
Disney Ambassador Hotel (Tokyo Disney Resort)
Tokyo Disneyland Hotel (Tokyo Disney Resort)
Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta (Tokyo Disney Resort)
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel (Hong Kong Disneyland)
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel (Hong Kong Disneyland)
32 What is your favorite nighttime show at the Parks?
The Main Street Electrical Parade
Fantasmic! at Disneyland
Fantasmic! at Walt Disney World
Electric Water Pageant
Remember...Dreams Come True
Fantasy in the Sky
33 How long has it been since your last visit to a Disney theme park?
I went today!
A week
A month
A year
More than two years
34 When do you plan to visit a Disney theme park again?
Next week
Next month
Next year
Two or more years
35 What are your favorite Disney destinations outside a theme park? (Check all that apply)
Typhoon Lagoon
Blizzard Beach
Fantasia Gardens
Disney's Winter Summerland
Downtown Disney (Disneyland)
Downtown Disney (Walt Disney World)
Festival Disney
Cirque du Soleil (Walt Disney World)
Cirque du Soleil (Tokyo Disney Resort)
Disney Stores
El Capitan Theater in Hollywood
New Amsterdam Theater in New York
Disney Vacation Club Locations
36 What is the best Disney Vacation Club property?
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Disney's Beach Club Villas
Disney's BoardWalk Villas
Disney's Old Key West Resort
Disney's Vero Beach Resort
Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort
37 Have you ever seen a movie at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood?
38 Which Disney Broadway musicals have you seen?
Beauty and the Beast
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
Mary Poppins
King David
39 What is your favorite Disney Broadway musical?
Beauty and the Beast
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
Mary Poppins
King David
40 Do you watch Disney Channel?
Yes - Love it!
Yes - With my kids
Yes - With other kids in my life
I don't watch the Disney Channel
41 Do you listen to Radio Disney?
Yes - Love it!
Yes - With my kids
Yes - With other kids in my life
I don't listen to Radio Disney
42 When is the last time you visited a Disney Store?
A week
A month
The holidays
Within the last year
A year or more
43 When do you next plan to visit a Disney Store?
This week
This month
Next month
The holidays
Not sure
44 Are you:
Domestic Partner
45 How old are you?
46 How many mini-Mouseketeers (under 18) are in your household?
47 What is your household's annual income?
Under $30,000
$31,000 - $50,000
$51,000 - $75,000
$76,000 - $100,000
$101,000 - $149,000
48 Do you plan to attend the D23 Expo in Anaheim this September?
Yes...I am so there!
Not sure yet
Can't make it this year
49 What's one thing Disney needs to know about its fans?

Thank you for taking our survey!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pat's Run - 4.2 Miles of Fun!

Yesterday, I participated in the 5th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, Arizona. For those of you that aren't familiar with The Pat Tillman Foundation you can check it out here: http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org/found_about.php

When I registered for this race I noticed that they had an Athena Division. The Athena Division is for women 175+ pounds. Since I fit the bill (unfortunately) I decided to go ahead and register for this division. My thinking was - since I gained the weight I might as well own up to it and join this division and hope that next year I wouldn't have to. After registration I really didn't think much about it.

The race day came and I was up at 5am and out the door by 6am. My friend (and co-worker) Janell agreed to drive so she picked me up and we were off. Parking was going to be a nightmare so we headed a little further out than the rest of the traffic and found parking with no trouble. Of course, that meant we had to walk about a mile or so to get to the start line, but I always welcome a nice warm up walk.

Interestingly, my knee has not bothered me for over three weeks and I was really hoping for a good time in this race as I've been training hard and feeling pretty good. I got out of the car and as we started walking, my knee did whatever it does to cause me terrible pain. This shook me a bit and I just tried to keep walking it out. By the time we got to the start corrals I was starting to feel okay, a little sore, but not bad enough that I'd have to walk the race (I hoped).

The corrals were a complete mess. There were 11 corrals and not enough room to hold all the participants. It was worse than I had expected, but that's the way it goes some times. We stood in between the 12 and 13 minute mile pace and waited with everyone else. The wheelchair race started at 6:55am and then they started releasing each corral at 7am.

By the time our corral started walking the first finishers were coming to the finish - yep, 20 minutes for 4.2 miles. Oh how I envy those runners. I can't even imagine how it feels to run a 5 minute mile. Heck, I'd be happy with a 8 minute mile!

For the amount of people on the road, it thinned out almost instantly. Janell doesn't run quite as fast as I do, and in all fairness it's because she's not a runner that trains regularly, so right after we hit the timing mats I told her I'd see her at the finish. That was the last I saw of her for the duration of the race.

I was going to pay attention to my pace and try to stay consistent and blah, blah, blah. Well, as soon as I started running I decided to not even look at my watch. I stuck with that decision for the entire race. I never once glanced at it. It felt really good to just listen to my body, my breathing, my footfalls and use that as my gauge. I know that during training I rely heavily on my Garmin and it helps me a lot, but for this race I decided to just go.

I had no idea how fast or slow I was going. I just ran. When I thought I was getting tired and wanted to slow down - I checked in with myself. Do my legs hurt? No. Is it too hard to breathe? No. Why do I want to slow down? No reason, but mental I guess. Good - keep going.

This course actually has a few hills in it. Hills have always been my enemy - until today. I kept telling myself - it's just another piece of road and kept going. I found that if I shorten my stride on up and down hill segments I can do it and the wear and tear is not as pronounced. So, I ran them - all of them!

In fact, I ran the whole 4.2 miles. Something that my mental weakness has stopped me from doing during races lately. I knew physically I could do it because I do it in my training runs all the time, but for some reason I always end up jinxing myself during races. That's no way to set personal records let me tell you. I realized this during the race and it made a big difference.

I was really hoping for a time under 40 minutes, but I knew that was going to be nearly impossible as I haven't gotten back to those paces yet. The thing I needed was a goal and that at least kept me moving.

In the end, I finished with a chip time of 42:51 (42:57 Garmin Time). That's a 10:16 per mile pace. There is nothing wrong with that at all. I felt so empowered and great after the race. It was a great course with some good challenges, lots of nice people and great weather!

After the finish line I was looking every where for the water....it was no where to be found. Finally, I heard the announcer say that it was up in the stands. The finish line is on the 42 yard line at ASU Sun Devil Stadium. So, that meant I had to trudge upstairs. Great! I headed up the stairs and found water, Power Ade, Power Ade Zero, Bananas, Oranges, and Apples.

Since I knew I finished before Janell I grabbed water, Power Ade and a banana for her too. That way she wouldn't have to trudge up the stairs. On the way down the stairs, my knee started in again. It held up very well during the race - it never hurt while I was running. How do you explain that to the doctor :)!

I headed back on the field to wait for Janell and she showed up shortly. We headed out of the stadium and headed to the after party/expo. I have to say, this is one of the best prepared races I've ever run. They had more than enough food, water, sports drinks, treats, etc....In fact, they kept telling everyone, take more, don't be shy. This was the first time I've been at a race where they weren't asking finishers to limit what they took to one thing. It was a refreshing change. As we left the stadium they had more water, sports drinks and food and even more throughout the entire expo area. It was fabulous.

We wandered around the expo and grabbed some sample products and enjoyed some samples and then headed out to trek back to the car.

It was such a fabulous race. I will definitely run that one again!

So, later last night I decided to check the results. I headed straight to the Athena Division results and my name is no where on this list. I'm confused - I know that's what I signed up for. I check the regular division and there I am.

Normally, this would not be a big deal to me, but this time I am a bit upset. The one thing I've wanted to do since I started running two years ago was to place in my division. I have never been able to do it.

Well, if they would have listed my results in the correct division - Athena - I would have placed second! Yeah, how incredible is that? I would have placed. Now that's something I'm very proud of, but if I can't print the results and have them say 2nd it isn't official.

I send an email off to the race director with a copy of my registration showing my division. I hope they are able to do something, but it may just be too late for this one. I'd love to say I'll just place next year, but I would really like to not be in the Athena group next year. It'll be interesting to see what happens.

Regardless of that disappointment, I still had a great race, got a new tech t-shirt, and really enjoyed the whole experience!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Camp Fire at Grand Floridian

Have you seen the news about a new recreation option at the Grand Floridian? Check out the following link from Travelears.com:http://www.thetravelears.com/2009/04/16/sweet-fun-now-offered-nightly-at-disney%e2%80%99s-grand-floridian-resort-spa/

The Grand Floridian is now going to be offering a Mickey shaped campfire for roasting marshmallows and enjoying s'mores. There will also be a family friendly movie played on the beach. Of course, you'll be able to purchase marshmallows and s'mores kits to enjoy.

Here are a couple of thoughts that I have about this new offering:
1. I love the movie on the beach idea. It's the same sort of offering that the Yacht Club has been doing and I think this is a great family friendly activity.
2. I can understand the campfire at Fort Wilderness and I could see it at Wilderness Lodge - these locations lend themselves to the outdoors and campfires. I'm not sure how the theme of the Grand Floridian fits in with campfires.
3. These activities will add a more relaxed feeling to the Grand Floridian - something I think many families don't see the Grand Floridian as having. It may just remove the high brow reputation among the younger families.
4. I wonder how much money they make from s'mores and marshmallows...
5. I hope that people do enjoy these activities, but I probably won't be partaking. I have always wanted to stay at the Grand Floridian ever since my first trip in 1991 - some day I'll do it, but it won't be because of these new activities :)!

So, I really don't have a problem with these new activities. I really do think they would be fun for families and I hope it works out. I'm all for widening the offerings at WDW so that more people have even more to enjoy...Now, if I could just get them to rebuild Horizons ;)!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

D23 Up Screening

Special D23 Members-Only Screening of Disney·Pixar's Up - Head down to the historic El Capitan Theatre to see an all-new live stage show, featuring singing, dancing and all your favorite characters!

The above is straight from the D23 site. Now, how cool is that. To see up early and - wait a minute....What is this all-new live stage show? I thought Up was a new movie....That's interesting.

The D23 FanFare shows that it will be a screening at 12:01am at the El Capitan.

Now either way - how do you feel about this announcement?

I'm guessing that those that didn't sign up for D23 are saying see - that's why I didn't join or something like that.

Those that did sign up are probably either super excited because they live close enough to go or are like me and totally disappointed because they were hoping for something local to attend.

I joined just to see, but I have to say if they don't come up with more benefits I can't say that I'll re-join next year. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

If Plans Change It's Not Time to Quit

I got up yesterday and I was going to do my 7 mile long run, but guess what...It was pouring down rain (yes, it does rain in AZ). Normally, I would have just went running in the rain as I enjoy it, but the thought just made me cringe.

So, I decided that I would run after I came home from seeing Cats!, but after the show I just didn't feel like it. I had to decide if I would force myself or push it out to tomorrow.

Push it out to tomorrow.

This morning I woke up and I so didn't feel like running. No, gotta get up and do it. Do I have to? Yes - just go run. It was tough.

I did a nice little warm up walk and then I started running. Yikes, my legs feel like lead. Heavy, tired, achy and just plain out of sorts. Keep going any way.

Finally about a mile and half in I started feeling a little better. Not good, but getting a good pace.

Okay, I can keep going. No worries. Three and a half miles and time to turn around. Half way there and feeling pretty good now.

Mile 5, mile 6, mile 7 and I'm done. Walk a nice cool down back to the house.

So, the moral of the story. No matter how much you want to just stay in and not run - don't give in to that temptation. You'll just feel guilty later that you didn't just do it and you may surprise yourself and have a good run anyway. Remember, half the battle is getting out the door!

I hope you had a good workout this weekend!


Friday, April 10, 2009

2008 Minnie Marathon Weekend Race Pictures

Go Red for Women 5K finisher's
Headed out of Hollywood Studios
Yeah, my first long distance race
15K Finisher Photo

This was a great experience and because I had so much fun running this race I signed up for the 2009 Princess Half Marathon before I even left Walt Disney World. This of course led me to register for the 2008 Disneyland Half Marathon since I'd need the practice :)! What can I say? I guess this race started my addiction for longer races. You can check some of my older entries for trip reports for those two half marathons.

I have to say that I'm training for 2010 WDW Half Marathon and even though that's what I've registered for, I have this strong desire to do a full marathon. Guess I'm motivated for 2011 already.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

What Do You Think?

Did you see the news about the picnic in the park at Animal Kingdom? I have to admit I saw it on another blog (It's A Disney World After All) and then I went to check out the details at AllEars.net.

It's an interesting option - a new way to dine at Animal Kingdom. It's including on the Dining Plan. There are going to be dining locations throughout the park. It's for three people or more. Yes, that's right - the picnic pricing starts at three people. Okay Disney, we know a lot of people are going to your parks in packs, but don't forget solo travelers and couples. I'm going to reserve judgement on this option as I'm not sure it's one that totally appeals to me. While I think it could be a fun option, I also think that it's something that I would find at my local zoo - now I know, Animal Kingdom is not a zoo, but that's just what it seems like to me. I don't particularly go to WDW to have a picnic, but that's just me. Oh, and sorry vegetarians - there aren't any entree choices for you either. Let me know what you think...

Let's look over at the other coast now. California Adventure to be more precise. Have you seen what they're doing to California Screamin'? I'm kind of sad. The Mickey Head is gone and it's been replaced with a sunburst and says Paradise Pier (you can see the new logo here: http://www.thetravelears.com/2009/03/16/re-imagineering-disneys-california-adventure/) . I saw another picture that had the sunburst, but I can't seem to locate it. While I understand they are re-theming did they have to take away Mickey? Just seems odd to me. I guess I'll have to wait to see the full final results. Do you have any thoughts on this change?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Food and Exercise Update

This has been a pretty good week for me. I feel really good about the effort I've put in to bettering myself and I just hope I can keep up this momentum.

My running has been feeling really good this week. I finally got back to doing speed work and while I was tired, it felt good to get back a little speed.

On my long run today I really concentrated on consistent speed. It's something I'm not good at and am working to improve. I have a tendency to let myself go to fast then slow down and not maintain a steady pace. I know it hurts me in the longer distances so I'm trying really hard to work at finding a pace and staying really close to that time for the full run. Six miles today at 12:12 and it was one of the steadiest paces I've kept in a long time and it helped me not have to walk.

I've also added in strength training in the form of P90X videos. I'm not a weight machine person so this works really well for me because it uses free weights, bands, chairs and pull up bars to provide the weight and resistance. While this is not the cheapest video set you can find - they are awesome. The pace is fast and focused and not only do your muscles get tired you'll feel it the next day. This was the first week I did the legs and back workout and my legs were burning and sore for the next two days!

I also did elliptical and bike sessions this week and I know these are helping my legs and hips and my cardio is so much better. It's amazing that I can run 6 miles and never get truly out of breath or have my lungs searing at the end - yeah, I know I'll have to pump up the speed a little bit more.

Other than being the good sore, my legs are doing pretty well. I still have sore times with my right shin and I can tell you exactly where that darn stress fracture is/was, but it's not too bad to run on right now. My left knee is still sore, but it didn't go out all week so that was a big plus.

I still struggle a bit with diet, but I feel like I'm doing better. I've been using the Lose It! iPhone application to track calories burned and calories consumed and it's helped me to adjust each day as needed. I'm not sticking to a strict 1200 calorie a day diet - instead I'm varying between 1200 and 1500 most days and I did have a cheat day this week where I hit 1900 calories. I guess I'll just have to see how the scale treats me Monday. I've actually been weighing every day, hoping that it will help keep me motivated. It does and it doesn't - I tend to hold a lot of water so my weight can actually fluctuate 3 - 5 pounds per day. It's crazy and some days it's a bit depressing, but I can look at my ankles and tell if it's water weight or something else going on. The good thing, I've noticed that my pants are fitting better so I know that something is working!

I hope everyone else has had a good week in terms of their workouts and diets. Let's all stay motivated and remember what our goals are!

2008 Minnie Marathon Weekend - Day 7

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The alarm went off at 7:30am again and I got up at 8:20am. I didn't do a lot except check email and finally checked in for my flight home tomorrow - Southwest Group B - YUCK!

I headed out and was on the bus to the Magic Kingdom a little after 10am. It was about 10:30am when I finally made it on to Main Street. I decided to check Tony's Town Square and lunch starts at 11:30am and I wouldn't have any trouble doing a walk in.

I had an hour to kill so I did some shopping at the Emporium and headed over to the Exposition Hall and then headed back to check in at Tony's. I waited about 15 minutes and then I was seated.

The restaurant is nice, but I expected more theming I think. The patio area looked pretty nice. I was seated right next to it inside. I started with lemonade and ordered the baked ziti my entree.

I was surprised at how quickly my food came out, but I was one of the first people seated. It looked like it would be pretty good. It came in this big soup bowl type dish and it was ziti noodles with sauce and cheese and a piece of bread. It looked better than it was. The food was only luke warm, it was kind of like it had been sitting on the counter for half an hour before being served. The flavor was good, but nothing very special.

I decided to do dessert and I had a mocha cheesecake with oreo crust. It was the chef's special dessert. It was good, but it wasn't cheesecake, it was more like mousse - it wasn't even whipped cheesecake like the Italian style.

I was very glad I was on the dining plan for this meal or I would have been way more disappointed.

After lunch I headed over to Mickey's Philharmagic and walked right in. Hit the Haunted Mansion with a 15 minute wait, Hall of Presidents with a 10 minute wait, Pirates with a 20 minute wait, Jungle Cruise with a 20 minute wait, Stitch's Great Escape no wait (surprised?), Buzz Lightyear with no wait. While on Buzz Lightyear I was on a roll and I was at 290,000 points and we were in the spinning movie screen tunnel when the ride stopped, guard rails raised up on both sides and everything shut down and all the lights came on. Very odd, but kind of cool to see.

Next up, Carousel of Progress walk on, Space Mountain 15 minute wait (50 minutes listed), Tomorrowland Transit Authority walk on (of course), Mickey's Philharmagic no wait, Big Thunder Mountain 30 minute wait, and last up was Splash Mountain with a 50 minute wait. The Splash line was the worst of the day - I think the ride was up and down while I was in line as it would move a little then we'd just wait for ever.

It was about 6:45pm so I headed out of the park and took a nice stroll over to the Contemporary. I headed in to the bathroom to cool off, clean up and refresh. I headed upstairs to the fourth floor and checked in at the Concourse Steakhouse. I was given a pager and I walked around while I waited. The DVC Cast Member and I were chatting and a lady came up to ask the fastest way to the Caribbean Beach - I offered the take the monorail to the TTC and then you could take a bus and the DVC Cast Member suggested taking the ferry to the MK and then taking a bus to the resort. The woman came over and asked me again so I explained both ways to her again and I think they decided on the ferry. She was a bit confused about the marina so I told her to head downstairs and if she didn't see the signs to the marina just stop at the front desk and ask one of the cast members for directions. I sure hope they made it okay.

I ended up having to buy some water while I waited because I was parched! As soon as I did that, my pager went off. I was seated and my waitress came up immediately. I ordered a lemonade, lobster bisque for a starter, beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and brocollini for my entree and a decadent dessert which consisted of chocolate covered passion fruit mousse with walnut olive brittle, blueberries with vanilla gelato and lemon cornbread with panna cotta.

My bisque was simply amazing. It was even better than Coral Reef or Yachtsman's Steakhouse. Then my beef tenderloin with herb butter was melt in your mouth wonderful! So far, so good. Next was dessert - this is a sampling of what will be available at The Wave when it opens. This was one of the best desserts I've ever had and I would be very happy to try it at The Wave when it opens.

I ended up leaving an extra cash tip, paid for my soup and used a dining credit for the rest. It was well worth every single penny! I am so glad that I got to have one last meal here before it closes.

After dinner I headed straight to the monorail and rode to the TTC. I ended up wandering around and not finding any buses so I took the ferry over to the Magic Kingdom and grabbed a bus to Pop Century from there.

I got back to the resort around 10:10pm. I grabbed some water and headed back to my room to pack and check how much my overweight baggage was going to cost me. Looks like Southwest is going to get $50 from me tomorrow! It's 12:15am and time for bed so I can get up and be ready to go at 5am.

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