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Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Registration Opened

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Package registration opened a few days ago for the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon taking place in September 2016.  Has anyone signed up to go and run the race?  I am waiting to make a decision until at least January when they are supposedly selling just bibs instead of the whole hotel and park ticket package.   I also don’t find out for sure that I am going to England for study abroad until March so that’s another factor.

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Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Update

I received an email a few weeks ago letting me know that Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend information had been posted on this website: Disneyland Paris Running Weekend Website.  The website has some important information about the run weekend. The events will take place September 23rd-25th of 2016 and registration is planned to open on October 6th of this year.  The Expo will be open the 22nd-24th.  A 5K will start at 7am on September 24th and the Half Marathon will start at 7am on September 25th.  There are also races for kids at 10am on September 24th.  One thing I noticed is that you have to be 5 years old to participate in the 5K but 18 years old to run the Half.  The Walt Disney World Half Marathons and Disneyland Half Marathons require participants to be only 14 years old.  The Disneyland Paris Half Marathon also required a signed medical waiver from your doctor.

Thank goodness I’m going to be 20 when the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon takes place.  I am curious to find out the cost of the races, how many people will be able to register, and the race course!  It is still up in the air if I will be able to do it for sure.  I won’t know if I am accepted in the England study abroad program at my college until after registration opens so I might have to register and see what happens.  The program my school has includes a month in London and then two weeks off before going to a university in the north of England.  I believe that the date the half falls on is usually the date where we transfer from London to the other university, which means I would have to figure out my own way to get from Disneyland Paris to the university.  It could be a challenge but it would be so cool to run a Half Marathon in Disneyland Paris!  And since I only spent a day at Disneyland Paris last summer, I would go a few days in advance hopefully to go on the rides and attractions that I missed!

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March Trip Report Day 8 Part 1-Dapper Day!

Good morning blog readers!  Day 8 was probably our busiest day of the trip, and also our last day in the parks.  I am planning on writing three parts so hopefully I can fit everything in!  We were in Magic Kingdom by 10am and then my sister, dad, and I stayed out until 1:30 for Extra Magic Hours in Magic Kingdom.  Part 1, today’s post, is going to be focused on Dapper Day and the morning.  Part 2 is going to be focused more on lunch and the afternoon, as well as how we secretly spent the day with my soon to be new cousin!  And finally Part 3 is going to finish off the day with dinner and the Extra Magic Hours in Magic Kingdom to start off my sister’s birthday.

DapperMomMarch 14th was Dapper Day in Magic Kingdom.  I had not heard of the Dapper Day events until a few months before our trip when I saw a liked Facebook page from my former Adventures by Disney tour guides.  Dapper Day events happen in Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris and are not run by or affiliated with the Disney Company.  According to the website, “Dapper Day events celebrate the tradition of stepping out in style.”  Park visitors dress up in 50’s and 60’s style clothing or just dress up for the parks that day DapperDadinstead of wearing t-shirts and shorts.  Different events happen during the day where you can meet up with other Dapper Day participants around the park and resorts.  The Disneyland event appears to be larger than the Walt Disney World one with an Expo the day before where you can buy outfits and accessories but I thought the Walt Disney World event was great!  For this Dapper Day, events ranged from a ride on the WEDway People Mover to drinks at the Grand Floridian lounge.  If you would like more information on the event, the website is http://dapperday.com.

MayorSo, we all decided to dress up for Dapper Day but were not completely sure what to expect.  I had looked up as much as I could about the events online ahead of time but did not know what exactly would happen!  We parked and took the ferry over to Magic Kingdom.  The ferry ship captain cast members announced that we looked Dapper as we boarded the ferry, but we did not see too many other park guests dressed up.  We knew it was going to be a hot day because it we were already sweating.  As we walked into the park, we starteIMG_3475d to see A LOT of people dressed up which was a relief.  Some people were super creative with their costumes and went all out.  We saw one guy with a ship model on his hat as we went through security.  It was really fun to see what everyone decided to wear.  I could not imagine how the ladies in tights and boots were surviving because it was hot!  We took a photo with the Mayor who was great and told us a joke before running into the Dapper Dans.  Of course, we had to stop and listen before heading down Main Street.  They also made a comment about how the day was focused or based off of themselves.  So even though Disney does not run the event, the cast members were very welcoming and always commented on how Dapper we looked, which was great!  I felt like we were part of a secret club when some regular dressed park guests looked at the Dapper Day visitors funny.

I have to admit I do not remember the exact order of the rides we went on in the morning but I believe we just went to straight to Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor since we had a bit of time before the WEDway People Mover meet up at noon.  But I will get straight to the WEDway People Mover experience.  Yes, it was in fact an experience.

For any Walt Disney World regular visitor, they will know that the People MoverIMG_3488 rarely has a long line.  It is one of the few attractions where you can get off and right back on multiple times without having hours of waiting in a line.  Well, starting at 11:45 there was a HUGE line of dressed up park visitors for Dapper Day.  The line winded around and around and those who did not know about Dapper Day were very confused.  This picture does not do the line justice and IMG_3487I really wish I had a go pro or selfie stick I could have held up high to carry around and video tape the entire line. It went around the stage and was moved a little near Buzz Lightyear as well.  All of the costumes were so impressive and well thought out.  We saw one woman who was dressed up as Sleeping Beauty and a man dressed up as Prince Phillip who were dancing.  We later took a picture with Prince PrincePhillip after riding the WEDway People Mover.  If I am in Walt Disney World or even Disneyland during Dapper Day in the future I will have to work on planning my outfit for months and trying to be more creative! If you are ever in a Disney park during a Dapper Day event definitely participate because it is really fun! Part 2 will be up soon (I promise it won’t take a week this time!)

 

 

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Disneyland Paris Half-Marathon Weekend Announcement!

This past summer, I visited Disneyland Paris for one day during my Adventures by Disney trip.  If you would like to read more about that trip here is the link to my trip report: https://marywdw.wordpress.com/category/abd-france-trip/ 

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But, during this past weekend’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend, Disney announced that there will be a half marathon weekend in Disneyland Paris in 2016!  September 23rd-25th are the exact dates and if you go to this link you can sign up to receive more information once it comes out: http://run.disneylandparis.com

I am extremely excited by this announcement.  At first, I was happy to see the announcement, but figured it would probably be unlikely I would get back to Paris.  BUT, then I looked closer at the dates!  2016…I am planning on studying abroad in England in Fall 2016!!  Which means it would be a lot easier and cheaper for me to go to Paris from England compared to going to Paris from the United States.  So running the Disneyland Paris Half is a possibility now!  I can’t wait for new information to be released on the event.  Anyone else excited or thinking about maybe making the trip to run the Inaugural race?

 

 

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Throwback Thursday to Snow White’s Scary Adventures

A few years ago, Snow White’s Scary Adventures in Magic Kingdom closed to make room for a new Princess meet and greet experience because the one in Toontown had closed. Even though I screamed every time I went on the Snow White ride, I still enjoyed it!  I always forgot the moment when the witch turned around in her other form and that was frightening.  It was sort of weird for me to go on the ride for the last time with the knowledge it would be closing soon after. I do not think that they should have closed this ride, as it never had a short wait and seemed to be popular.

Now, my younger cousins will never get to experience this ride as I did. They will not be able to scream when the witch turns around or sing with the seven dwarfs as they go off to work.  I have always wondered what Mr Toad’s Wild Ride was because I was too young when I went on to remember it. I’ve watched videos on YouTube but it is not the same as actually going on the ride.

When I was in Disneyland Paris this summer, I went on the Pinocchio dark ride there in Fantasyland and really enjoyed it. The ride had no wait! When was the last time a ride in Fantasyland had no wait?! It was awesome but I also wondered why the ride was so unpopular. I think they should bring back a ride in Fantasyland besides Peter Pan that young children can go on. The line for Peter Pan is way too long to wait for on most days, especially since the actual ride is not that long.  Disney could definitely make a Brave ride or Pocahontas ride if they want to have a Princess ride.

As Sharpay in High School Musical sings “Out with the old, In with the new.”  The Scary Adventures of Snow White might be gone forever, but I will always remember the frightening witch.

 

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Fun Fact Friday #13

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Disney Fun Fact: Disneyland Paris has the only fireworks show that uses water, fire, projection on the castle, and fireworks at night.  The show is called Disney Dreams and is usually at 11pm.  We noticed during our trip that it didn’t get dark until around 10:30pm in France.  Disneyland Paris also has crepes as snacks at the food kiosks which is pretty cool.

My Fun Fact: I hope to study abroad in England and will hopefully make it back to Disneyland Paris then!

 

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Disney in DC

I am participating in the Mickey Monday linkup again this week! Please visit http://www.rungeekrundisney.com/2014/11/disdads-mickey-monday.html and www.adventuresbykatie.com to read other Disney oriented blog posts!

A few weeks ago, I took a blogging break because I had a fall break from college where I spent a day and a half in DC and also went home.  Since Disney can be found almost anywhere, I decided to post on the Disney parts of my DC adventures.

The half day that I was in DC I had decided to make a return trip to the Newseum.  The Newseum is a museum located right near the Capitol and is focused on the history of news and media.  The Newseum is five floors and you can easily spend a few hours looking at different things there.  One of the changing exhibits the Newseum had was the Baby Boomers exhibit.  A timeline with major events was on the wall with each year (and some before and after) that the Baby Boomers were born in.  Post it notes were off to the side and invited visitors to post any events they thought the timeline left out or personal important dates.  Well I was not alive during any of the years on the timeline so I did not have any personal memories to add, but I added a post it note to 1971 because they had not mentioned that Walt Disney World opened in this year!  I don’t know how long they will keep the Post it notes up but it would be cool to go back and see if it is still there.  IMG_2647

On the full day that I had in DC I visited Georgetown, as well as the National Museum of American History.  I had gone to this museum to look at the new exhibits as well as see Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers again, Kermit the Frog, and one of the original Dumbo elephants from the Disneyland ride.  I had not looked in advance to see that Kermit and Dumbo were no longer on display, which was disappointing.  I did however, find a Mousekeeters hat which Lonnie Burr wore in 1980.

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You can visit many of the major cities in the world and find a Disney store, but it is neat to discover Disney artifacts or add a bit of Disney to somewhere you go!

 

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