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Guest Post -Reviewing the Tower of Terror 10-Miler, One Runner’s Thoughts

After completing the Happy Haunted Family Fun 5K earlier in the morning our guest blogger recaps his day leading up to and including the Tower of Terror 10-Miler!  How many races would you run in one day?

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This go around it seems like runDisney had problems with participant’s proof of time and people not being assigned the correct corals. Lots of emails and phone calls were made to get those corrections in place. I was not one of those people I was right where I was supposed to be…so I thought. But when I got to the expo I found out I was placed in Corral C, one up from where I thought I would be for the 10-miler. My family and I were running earlier in the day for the Happy Haunted 5K and we were placed in Corral F.

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Together we attended the expo on the first day.  It was full of the usual vendors and had the speaker series with nice information about ways to train and prepare for running events. If needed you could buy anything you may have forgotten to bring; and at decent prices. You could also get KT tape applied or take part in quick massage demos with various massage tool as well.

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My evening began with dinner was at 5:15PM at Chef Mickey’s. I am not a diehard runner that watches everything I put in my body but I feel overall most  Disney dining options have foods that are good to fuel the body for running events. To me it is about making right choices and portion control.

That night  at 7:30 we were on our way to Hollywood Studios for a 10pm start. This run from what I understand has a history of horrible weather but on this night it was great! No rain, light breeze and perfect temperature as far I’m concerned, for Florida. The starting area was loaded with people but only about half the amount of the bigger events. Disney works very hard to keep things organized and managed.  They have the same style entertainment as other runDisney races;  jokes and  dancing to try and loosen up the body and get warmed up for the run.

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I started just after 10pm behind Hollywood Studios and headed towards Animal Kingdom. It’s pretty much a run down the highway with character stops.  We went through Animal Kingdom’s gate and shortly made it to the turn around, heading back towards ESPN Wide World of Sports. A small portion of the course was on the same trail and through the sports complex as the 5K that morning.

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image2 (1)For me the trail wasn’t as bad as I expected knowing how crowded it was earler in the day. The run around Champions Stadium was pretty cool; being a sports fan and just being in big stadiums. From there it was back on the road towards Hollywood Studios. I have now run through Hollywood Studios twice doing runDisney events and even though it is the smallest park I always end up feeling like it was the biggest! I think that’s due to the fact that I know it’s the smallest park and just feel like the finish line is going to be around the next turn.

The spectator viewing throughout the park is pretty awesome. Running through the parks is always fun. It always helps getting that encouragement from the people cheering you on your way to the finish line. We went through the Lights, Camera, Action set, parts of the no longer existing Back Lot Tour attraction, through Streets of America, by Toy Story Midway Mania, in front of The Sorcerers Hat, and finished behind the Tower of Terror.

I collected the pretty awesome finisher medal and had the long walk to the family reunion area. I’m not the picture type, so I once again skipped all the character spots. It is cool to see them on the course and there was plenty of them. The walk way leading to changing areas and bag check could be a bit confusing, but by listening to volunteers I knew right where to go, and finding my wife was easy. The Villians Bash was a bit crowded but nothing I didn’t expect from a runDisney event.

Overall the weekend was a great time and the volunteers were great! I don’t think I would do the Happy Haunted 5K again unless my daughter wanted to just because of the congestion, but I would deffinetly do the Tower 10-Miler run again.  I would also recommend runDisney events for families! The entire weekend experience is full of fun and excitement for everyone in the family!

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Guest Blogger: Val Carillion

About 3 years ago I decided I needed to change my lifestyle and decided running was an easy, affordable choice. I set my first goal of running in a half marathon deciding The Wine and Dine Half Marathon would be it. Training for it went well because I gave myself almost a year to train for it; completing a 15K and a Half before my goal race. Since I started running I have completed a local race called the Pensacola Double Bridge Run twice (15k), Gulf Coast Half Marathon (twice), Wine and Dine Half, Glass Slipper Challenge, and now the Tower of Terror 10-miler. Through this whole process I started doing crossfit to balance out my overall fitness and would like to try the Dopey challenge when I go all  “Dopey” with my fitness goals. 

Would you like to be a Guest Blogger for Kingdom Magic Runners?  We’d love to share your race review (Disney or other race), product review or personal running accomplishment here!  Feel free to email Carrie@KingdomMagic.com or Donna@KingdomMagic.com!

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Hitchhiking Ghost Card Debuts at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

When Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park next week, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom fans are in for an additional treat – the chance to pick up an event-exclusive game card!

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Hitchhiking Ghost Card Debuts at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Just in case you’re new to the game, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an in-park interactive experience that allows guests join Merlin’s quest to defeat Disney Villains who are scheming to take over Magic Kingdom Park. Guests use maps to search for villain hideouts throughout the park, visit magic portals and use spell cards to foil a villain’s plan. The quest begins in the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., where you can pick up key cards, spell cards and maps (additional cards can be purchased at select merchandise locations).

This special card features the Hitchhiking Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion attraction and lets us “sorcerers” tap into the supernatural power that lies within the Haunted Mansion’s graveyard. Players can use the card to direct poltergeists to scare away any Disney villains they may come across on their journey.

This special event card will be distributed separately from the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs (yes, you can pick up both while attending the party). The Hitchhiking Ghost card is available at both the Magic Kingdom Firehouse and the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom location behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe during the party, and guests must register to play with their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Friday the 13th Mischief On Both Coasts During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

Disney’s dastardly villains are ready to unleash some Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks on September 13 — Friday the 13th..

Friday the 13th Mischief Is Bi-Coastal at Disney Parks During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

Both Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort will stay open until the 13th Hour (1 a.m.).  To celebrate the momentous evening, notorious Disney villains like Maleficent, Capt. Hook, Hades will host a wicked dance party, plus lots more spooky fun.

The hub of the villains’ festivities will be staged “dead” center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Hades’ Hangout – the hottest club north of the Underworld.

The “Lord of the dead,” Hades, will host spine-tingling fun while his henchmen, dancers, interactive DJ and hot house band keep the nighttime activities on fire.  Hades’ 13 devilish Disney brutes will be waiting in Villain Encounters surrounding Hades’ Hangout for greetings and autographs with guests.

To celebrate the imminent arrival of the midnight witching hour “Villainy in the Sky” will set the sky ablaze with spectacular fireworks, and keep the party going until the 13th hour.

Friday the 13th Mischief Is Bi-Coastal at Disney Parks During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

It’s all happening for a limited time only from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013 as part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks.  Limited Time Magic features 52 weeks of magical experiences — big and small — ranging from park-wide events to special culinary treats to special moments of surprise and delight.

On this spooktacular evening, villains will take over Disneyland as well. Town Square is transformed for the party where guests may see villains like Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts, Judge Frollo and Lady Tremaine.  Cobwebs and vines, Halloween-themed projections, lighting effects and an eerie fog set the tone for the evening.  Witches and warlocks will get the dance party started, spinning a mix of upbeat Halloween tunes and Disney-friendly Top 40 hits.

Later in the evening, the twisted celebration spills over to New Orleans Square Train Station with lurking Disney villains ready for the Unleash the Villains Dance Party featuring a lit-up dance floor and raised platforms, spooky décor and lighting effects.  A mischievous station master DJ conducts this party — announcing the arrival of a different ghoulish Disney villain at the 13th minute after every hour.  Villains will be on the prowl after dusk for photo ops and character greetings, plus a few special surprises.

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Even More Spooktacular Fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Spooktacular Fun at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Boys and Ghouls of all ages are invited to don their favorite costumes and enjoy a spooktacular time at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special-ticket event returns to Magic Kingdom Park this fall with exciting new entertainment, character greetings and more!

For the first time ever, your Clients will have the chance to meet Jack Skellington and Sally, from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Main Street, U.S.A.

Spooktacular Fun at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Over in Tomorrowland, Mike and Sulley, from “Monsters University,” scare up a good time at the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance party on Rockettower Plaza Stage.

Your Clients will also enjoy enhanced trick-or-treating along two treat trails – including one or two surprise treat locations along the way.

And, Phineas and Ferb will be on hand on Main Street U.S.A. to help get the audience warmed up for fun while they await the arrival of the Boo-To-You Halloween Parade. This party favorite is back, complete with the Headless Horseman, Disney Characters in their Halloween costumes and the ghostly inhabitants of The Haunted Mansion.

Spooktacular Fun at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Finally, Happy HalloWishes fireworks spectacular invites your Clients to “drop in” as Disney Villains tear up the night with glittering color and light.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place from 7 p.m. – midnight on Sept. 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 29; Oct. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1, 2013. Prices vary based on event night.

Don’t miss a moment of all the ghoulish fun and festivities!  Let your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner know you want to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on your Walt Disney World vacation!

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Scare Up Some Spooky Halloween Fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:

  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade – including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman. Parade run at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm
  • Happy HalloWishes – a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky. Fireworks are at 9:30 pm
  • Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes.
  • Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows.

The tone of the event is, well, “Not-So-Scary”, and is appropriate for children of all ages.

Dates and Times for 2013

September: 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 29, 2013

October: 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 & 31, 2013

November: 1, 2013

Hours: 7:00 pm – midnight

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runDisney’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Now On Sale

We invite you – if you dare – to join us for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend October 4-5, 2013!  Haunted by Disney villains at every turn, the 10-Miler course will take you on a thrilling journey through ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Disney’s Hollywood Studios before finishing in the shadow of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend October 4-5, 2013! Haunted by Disney villains at every turn

The fun doesn’t end at the finish line, in fact it’s just getting started with the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash! After the race, party all night long with some of your favorite Disney villains as you enjoy exclusive access to some of Disney’s Hollywood Studios favorite attractions, including Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™, and Toy Story Mania!

Don’t get left in the dark, register today for a weekend of towering fun!

Disneyland Resort Guided Tours: Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour

Disney’s Happiest Haunts Guided Tour

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is lurking around the corner, and today you can book an experience that is unique to this spooky time of year. Disney’s Happiest Haunts Guided Tour takes you on a journey throughout the Disneyland Resort for a night of chilling tales, eerie sights and Halloween treats! Your mysterious “Ghost Host” will take you on an adventure as you track the mischievous Disney Villains, experience thrilling attractions and discover that the fate of the Disneyland Resort in your hands!

Here are some things you should know about the Disney’s Happiest Haunts Guided Tour:

  • Tour is offered each night from September 14 through October 31.
  • The tour is approximately three hours long.
  • Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.
  • Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Some tour attractions have a 42-inch height requirement and physical considerations.
  • Each tour guest will receive a collectible souvenir pin and a tasty treat.

For even more Halloween fun, be sure to ask about the “Ultimate Experience”! On select nights, you can combine Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour with the trick-or-treating fun of Mickey’s Halloween Party. The “Ultimate Experience” is available on September 28 and October 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29 and 31.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom to Premiere in Early 2012

CMerlinruella de Vil, meet the apprentice sorcerers!

And you, too, Scar. And, for that matter, a legion of other Disney villains!

When Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom premieres in early 2012, Merlin the magician will recruit guests as apprentice sorcerers to undertake missions to subdue the “baddies” in what Disney Imagineering calls an “immersive role-playing adventure.”

Armed with what appear to be nothing more potent than cards, guests engage with villains at special locations throughout the park. But the fact is: The cards have magic powers players can use in their quest to defeat the villains.

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