On the morning of February 22nd, I woke up bright and early at 2:45 am. I thought about texting my brother Happy Birthday, but I suspected he wouldn’t appreciate the super early morning wishes! So instead I got into my costume for the Princess Half Marathon. I had done Princess Anna and will soon be featuring a post about how I put my costume together. I was down to wait for the bus by 3:15. It was almost time for my very first half marathon!
Luckily, it was warmer than it had been for the Enchanted 10k the previous morning. I still had my throwaway jacket, but I felt good with that and didn’t need anything else. I hung out with my friends for a little bit before we headed toward the corrals. I started in I, along with the lovely Brittany – who you might recognize if you’re a fan of fitness pages, as she is the Brittany behind the popular Brittany Eats Clean page! I hadn’t really gotten to know her too much until this moment, but she was super sweet and I was so thankful to have someone to talk to and pass the time with before we started.
And then we started somewhere right before 6am I believe. We ran out away from Epcot and toward the Magic Kingdom and the ticket and transportation center. The half marathon had way more entertainment than the 10k – even where there weren’t characters there was something going on, like a band, cheerleaders, or a DJ! And there were tons of characters. The lines in the first half were pretty long so I didn’t stop, and in the second half I just wanted to finish so I didn’t really stop then either. I did try to keep track of who all was out there though (list at the end of this post!)
My husband was going to be at the ticket and transportation center to spectate, but it seems he and the other husbands got a little behind schedule and I was texting him, worried that I might beat him there. So I stopped for a couple of photos – one with the Richard Petty race car, and one in a throne they had set up near where the villains were doing their meet and greets. And it worked out because I did manage to make it to the meeting area right around the same time as my husband! I ran on, and he jumped on the monorail to get a spot in Magic Kingdom to see me again.
Let me start out by saying this movie was much better than I expected it to be. If I’m being totally honest, I went into it not 100% thrilled that Disney was just doing another live action re-make – especially after my disappointment with Maleficent. Then we saw a “sneak preview” of the movie at Hollywood Studios, where they showed the complete fairy godmother scene, and I’ll be honest: I didn’t think it was very good. Luckily, that scene was the lowest part of the movie for me, and the rest turned out quite well.
The animated movie spends a lot of time on the antics of the mice, and luckily they play a much smaller role here. In order to make this a full length movie, we delve more into Cinderella’s back story, which pays off. We meet her mother and father and see her life as a child, when things were happy. It develops more of a connection with her, and also shows us more of the reasons why she fell into the position that she did in the household. We also have Cinderella and the Prince meet initially before the ball, in a very sweet and captivating scene. It’s the basic story of Cinderella with some extra stuff thrown in, with a nice pace and without adding too much unnecessary extras.
February was an exciting Disney month for me as I got to spend a week down in the world! Our trip was packed with races, great food, fun times, and even a trip over to Universal to visit Diagon Alley. Expect to see lots of blog posts about various things from my trip. Big Hero 6 also just recently came out on DVD (I still have to pick up my copy!). And finally, we are gearing up for the Flower and Garden festival, which I will be attending in April!
Disney in your Day news
My Enchanted 10k recap is up on the blog, but there will be lots more to come from my week in Disney, including a recap of the Half Marathon, some dining reviews, how I made my running costumes, and more. Anything in particular you’d be curious to hear about? I’m also still blazing my way through that Disney bucket list and will continue to post updates on that! We are planning to go to Disneyland in September, so I may also be posting some planning stuff. Finally, I’m still making my way through the Disney movies – just finished Peter Pan so I’ll have my thoughts on that up shortly!
In many ways I wish my life could be all about Disney, all the time. But in “real life,” I don’t work for Disney. I do, however, have a job that I love, and that’s working in the children’s department of a library. And every once in awhile, there’s an opportunity to bring a little bit of Disney into my work place.
As we know, kids have been going crazy over Frozen. We’ve ordered a ton of Frozen books that get checked out all the time. And with the winter and the snow coming up, we decided the best display we could put up for the month of January would be Frozen themed! And of course I volunteered to do it 😉
For the display I first pulled all of the books that we had that were Frozen themed. This included our Frozen books, but because those go so quickly I tried to pick other books related to Frozen as well. I got some copies of the Snow Queen, books on Norway, and non-fiction books on ice and snow.
To decorate I found some resources online. I cut out paper snowflakes, some of which were Frozen inspired with hidden Olaf or Sven. And I made a Frozen sign and Olaf banners to hang on the windows. I also found a paper project to make a little Anna and Elsa. Finally, I found a picture of Olaf and added the words “Reading is Cool” (because it is!).
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! It was a really fun display to put together and the kids would get very excited when they came into the library and saw it.
Another blogger over at The Animation Commendation tagged me in a post to create my own personal film festival – basically, a list of my favorite films from each year that I’ve been alive. I’ll try to pass along the fun by tagging some other bloggers as well! You’ll see a lot of Disney movies on this list, but maybe a few others as well. I did some honorable mentions too since I have such a love of Disney, but enjoy other films too! I talk about Disney a lot on here (obviously), but this will also give you a glimpse into other things I enjoy.
1988: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1989: The Little Mermaid
Honorable Mention: Dead Poets Society
This past week I got the opportunity to go see Disney’s Frozen on Ice at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. This was my third Disney on Ice show there, but not surprisingly it was much more crowded than the other two that I attended. Lots of little girls in Elsa and Anna costumes, and a few little boys dressed as Olaf, too!
They had the typical food and souvenirs set out, but of course most things were Frozen themed. I still can’t get over how crazy expensive these items are, but people pay it! There were snow cones in Anna and Elsa cups, as well as one in an Olaf cup (that cost $3 extra, making that a $15 snow cone). Then there was cotton candy that came with an Olaf hat, and popcorn in a Mickey and friends bag. You can see some of the souvenirs in the pictures, but they had dolls, figurines, necklaces, and plenty of light up toys!
The show itself began with a little pre-show that involved some of the cast members dancing, then introducing Mickey and Minnie. They in turn brought out some of our Disney favorites, including a number of princesses, Donald Duck, Nemo, and Timon and Pumbaa. Finally it was time for Frozen on Ice to begin!
The countdown on my phone says that I’ll be in Disney World in 47 days, which is a little scary! It’s really starting to feel real that not only will I be running my first half marathon, but I’ll also be doing a 10k the day before. Granted, I plan to do plenty of character stops during the 10k and not push myself too hard, but it’s still going to be crazy. I also have to get to work on my costumes. I’m almost set for my 10k costume (I’m doing Snow White), but I still have some work to do on my Anna costume for the half! I did get a very cute cape for Christmas that I’m planning to wear though 🙂
This was an “in between” week, meaning that I didn’t have a long run on the weekend, just a 4 mile run. Still, I feel like I’m constantly fighting with the weather so every week is a challenge. This coming week looks like it’s going to be pretty rough.
Wow, we’ve reached 2015! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to your year. Christmas is my favorite holiday of all, but I have to say that my second favorite is probably New Year’s. I love the idea of starting fresh, and looking forward at all that will come in the next year! For me, 2015 holds two trips to Disney World and my very first trip to Disneyland, as well as two Disney half marathons that should earn me my coast to coast medal. I’m excited!
Disney in your Day News
The past year has been a good one for Disney in your Day, but I’m excited for all that is to come in the new year. December included lots of holiday themed posts, as well as my review of Into The Woods. In the immediate future you can expect more thoughts on Disney movies, as well as the end of the restaurant tournament. Plus, I want to roll out a new series, “Other theme parks,” featuring other places around the country that might be worth visiting when you can’t get to Disney. And I’ll continue with my Glass Slipper Challenge training until February, when I actually run the Glass Slipper Challenge!