Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season 🙂 What better way to get this new year started than with a sneak peak of the floats that will be in the upcoming Festival of Fantasy parade?! The folks over at the The Disney parks blog shared these awesome pictures of the steam-punk inspired Maleficent float that will be ferociously flying through the streets in the newest parade over at the Magic Kingdom. Check it out!
The “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” is making it’s debut this spring! Who else is excited to see Maleficent in person?!
As the Magic Kingdom heats up, Disney’s animated film Frozen is keeping things cool this week. Not only did the film take home the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, it looks like Frozen is heading to Broadway!
Walt Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger has confirmed that Disney is getting ready to make the Great White Way as white as snow ( or more snow thanks to the Polar Vortex) No time frame has been set for the opening of the show, but with success of the movies soundtrack and the amazing musical talents attached to the film (Idina Menzel anyone?) there is no doubt that the musical will be a snow-stopper 😉
Are you excited for the parade? Frozen the musical? Both? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
Thanks for stoping by and I’ll see you real soon 🙂
Time to get moving
Hey There! If you follow me on twitter you might have noticed that I’ve become interested (more like obsessed) with RunDisney lately. My introduction to RunDisney was through Adam Rucker’s vlogs of his RunDisney experiences. I saw how much fun the races looked and made up my mind to run in a RunDisney marathon. Thinking about the training aspect, I figured strength training wouldn’t be too bad because I do yoga and Pilates on a (pretty) regular basis. Plus, I’m not going into running completely cold turkey. I was on basketball and soccer teams growing up, and I used to jog for 30 minutes on the treadmill at the gym so I know I can do it. But the words “running” and “marathon” freaked me out
All of March, I continued to do my yoga like always but then the first of April rolled around. I decided it was time to get moving, I was going to go out for a run…But then I chickened out. I was going to start beating myself up about it, but then I realized, I don’t have to run to get moving. So I grabbed my iPod and did jumping jacks for 5 minutes. I wasn’t as easy as I thought. I had to really focus on my breathing. I’m used to moving at a slower pace, so taking long deep breaths at this new pace was a bit of a challenge. Adjusting my breathing to a new pace took a little time, but once I got into a breathing rhythm it really wasn’t that bad. When the song ended (and I realized I didn’t die) I felt really proud of myself. I took a stretch day, then I wanted to kick things up a notch. I dusted off my family’s Hip Hop Abs DVD’s. Hip Hop Abs is a series of Hip-Hop dance inspired cardio workouts, led by Shawn T, that help target your core
I picked the “Hip Buns and Thighs” workout because I figured I can get my 30 minuets of cardio in and work areas that needed to be strengthened. I pressed play and did the warm up and I was feeling pretty good. I danced my way through the first section of the DVD, no problem. Then we got to the middle. Oh Boy! Shawn T literally makes you hold a squat for 7 minutes!! I had to pause the DVD and catch my breath a couple times. We only had 5 more minutes left in the DVD and Shawn T said to grab your mat “Stretch time” I thought. Nope. Went into a deeper glute work out. All I can say was Oh my goodness! That work out was so intense (and doing this DVD 20 minutes after dinner probably wasn’t the best idea either). As I was feeling like I wanted to stop, I decided it might help to distract myself with visions of the RunDisney race. I thought about going to the parks with a medal on, what Disney Character I would dress up as, what it would be like to run through the castle. Funny enough, I was able to keep going. Just as I was envisioning myself running across the finish line I heard something along the lines of “Okay you’re done, time to stretch” I’ve never been so happy for a stretch in my entire life! As I went to get some water, I realized two things. 1: I probably looked like a dork trying to dance, and 2: I’m stronger than I think. Sure, I had to stop and take a breather a couple times, but I finished. Heck, I made the decision to put in the DVD instead of leaving it on the shelf. I took the first step, even if it was a baby step, in the direction of my goalNow any fear I’ve had of the words “running” and “marathon” are starting to fade away. I figured out my road to RunDisney is all about the baby steps. Taking a small step toward my goals each day, till one day I look up and I’m there. It’s time for me to drop my inhibitions, and get moving.
Have you ran in a RunDisney event? Have any pointers? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you real soon 🙂
Back in January, the folks down at Walt Disney World were able to catch up with some old friends that visited during Limited Time Magic. Which, of course, I wished could happen at Disneyland. Well, wishes do come true because now its Disneyland’s turn! Starting today, you can Vote on the friends you would like to see again in Disneyland over at the Disney Parks blogs until March 21st.
Who did you vote for? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you real soon 🙂
I love walking through the Disneyland Resort collecting pins and hunting down hidden Mickey’s. Little did I know, there’s a way to do both. Every year Disney releases Hidden Mickey Pins and give them exclusively to cast members. Here’s the cool part, the pins are available to trade! Check out the pins for this year!
New to pin trading? Here are some tips:
At the Disney Resorts you can buy a starter pin set. It comes with a lanyard and matching pins to help get you started.
You might want to think about getting locking backs for your pins so they don’t fall off your lanyard . The locks they come with are known to not hold very well.
You can trade with cast members and other guests in the park throughout the day and there’s also specific areas you can trade pins.
You can only trade two (2) pins per cast members per day
Do you like pin trading? What’s a cool pin that you’ve collected? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you real soon 🙂
Ever dreamed about going to Oz? Now you can! The Land of Oz Garden is now open in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. The garden transports guest down the yellow brick road to almost a third of an acre of circus themed family fun. The Land of Oz Garden will remain open and be apart of the part of Epcot’s Internatinal Flower and Garden Festival which opens March 6th and runs through May 19th
What flowers do you think grow in Oz? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you real soon 🙂