When it comes to Disney, one of my favorite things is food. Whether it’s a quick snack or a fancy sit down meal, I love all that the parks have to offer. I religiously read the Disney Food Blog, and pin items I want to try on future visits. But I thought it might be easiest to have a place where I can compile all of the things I want to try! On these lists I’ve included items I have tried that I feel are “must try” for others, as well as ones that I haven’t tasted yet that I’m drooling just thinking about it! So without further ado, here are the items on my Disney “must eat” list:
When I discovered the Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios, I fell in love with it. If you’re not familiar, you can go back there and they have drawing classes about every 25 minutes. An artist will guide you step by step through how to draw your own Disney character. This is something I now have to do every time I’m at Disney. I’m not much of an artist myself, but with their guidance my drawings come out pretty good! It’s a fun experience and it also provides you with a free souvenir that you made yourself!
There are apparently almost 50 different characters available to draw. The one that you get is dependent upon what the artist feels like doing. A lot of times they will ask the crowd which ones they’ve done already, to try and get as many new ones as possible. There’s definitely a chance you will duplicate, but I’m aiming for as many different ones as I can! I usually get in one drawing per trip. It was a bucket list item to draw 5 different characters. And I’ve actually done 6. Now that I’ve achieved it, I’m aiming for 15!
There are tons of fun things to do in Disney World that everyone knows about – however, one of the great things about the theme parks is that there are so many hidden treasures that not everyone knows about! If you’re visiting Disney World but you want to check out what else there is to do aside from the headliner rides and restaurants, here are some suggestions – hopefully you can discover something new on your next trip!
Make a wish at Cinderella’s wishing well – it only takes a moment, but it’s like a private little magical moment. Find Cinderella’s wishing well, pull out a penny, and make a wish! This is something fun to do with kids, but it’s also sweet with couples or even just by yourself. After all, it’s Disney World – if you wish hard enough, it’s sure to come true!
Ride those rides you absolutely never go on – everyone has them. Maybe you’ve never done some attractions, or maybe it’s just been awhile since you went on them. Instead of heading straight to Space Mountain or Toy Story Mania, take a moment to enjoy Astro Orbiter or Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream.
Before I ran the Tower of Terror 10 miler, I was really curious what the after party, the Villains Bash, would be like. What rides would be open? What character would be out? Was there anything else to do? I had a lot of trouble finding any information on it at all! Disney didn’t officially give much, and I only found a handful of blogs with recaps. So I knew after I attended I would have to write my own blog post to get a little more information out there!
After I finished the race I got my medal and my food packet and started the long walk to actually get into the park. We came in right around where the Theater of the Stars is, and I immediately found a bench near the food area to sit down, rest a bit, eat my food, and call my husband to tell him I was done! He wasn’t on this trip with me or else he would’ve been cheering me on, but we still celebrated over the phone.
My friends were still going to be awhile til they finished, so I kind of went to explore the Bash on my own. If you weren’t running the race you could buy a ticket to get into the party, and apparently they had maps for the event around but I didn’t see any – I wish they had been giving them out to the runners! I didn’t know where anything would be happening, but I wandered toward the hat and saw a line for Cruella de Vil, so I decided to meet her. She was hilarious!
I’m not going to lie, one of the things that I get most excited for when it comes to a Disney race is putting together a costume. I love costumes! For the Enchanted 10k I did a simple Belle costume. This time around, a group of friends that was going decided we should do a group costume. We settled on Alice in Wonderland, and we had Alice, the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and Tweedle Dee/Tweedle Dum. My costume was Alice!
Raw Threads, which makes awesome running clothes, especially with Disney themes, was the place where most of us decided to get our shirts. They had a big Alice and Wonderland collection. My shirt said “Alice” on the front, and I got the tank top instead of the t-shirt. I actually got really lucky – I ordered one of Raw Threads’ mystery packs, where they sent me 3 random tank tops for a low price. And one of the tanks I got was Alice! These are super comfy and I highly recommend them. You can also buy Raw Threads gear at the Run Disney expos.
The past month was super busy here at Disney in your Day! Thanks to a trip to the World in early October, I had a ton of content to write about for the blog. Plus, in my personal life I am performing in the musical Sweeney Todd, which just opened in mid-October and runs for four weekends! So it’s been pretty non-stop for me.
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There are lots of exciting things I’ve written about from my past trip, including the Food and Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and the Tower of Terror 10 miler. But there’s also more things to come that I experienced: the expo for the race, the Villains Bash, and staying the Villas at the Grand Floridian, just to name a few!
I’ve started race training for the Glass Slipper Challenge, so those updates will be coming. And a new restaurant tournament will be up shortly!
On October 4th I got to run in my longest race so far, The Tower of Terror 10 miler. It was an evening race, so while I was in the Magic Kingdom for about two hours in the morning, I spent the afternoon napping and resting up. I grabbed a pasta dinner at the Grand Floridian Café at 5:00, and then headed back to the room to get ready for the race!
My friends and I got into our race costumes and made all of our last minute preparations. I made sure everything I had to bring was packed into my Flip Belt, and I filled up my water bottle. We attached our bibs, took some pictures, and made our way to transportation. Unlike the Princess Half weekend, not every hotel was a host hotel for the race this time. We were staying at the Grand Floridian, which was not a host hotel. But the Polynesian was, so we walked over there to grab a bus around 7:15. We even passed a photopass photographer on the walk over!
Woohoo, October! You know what that means? It means I’m going to Disney World! When I come back I’ll have tons of stuff to blog about – the Halloween Party, Food and Wine, and Tower of Terror 10 miler. I’ll also be there for the last day Maelstrom is open. What are you most interested in hearing about when I get back?
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Since the Tower of Terror 10 miler is this weekend, my countdown and training is done! But I’ll only have a week or two before I start training for the Glass Slipper Challenge, which I’m a bit nervous about – first of all for running in the winter and second of all because it’s a 10k on Saturday and a half marathon (my first) on Sunday. We’ll see how it goes! I also took part in a Tower of Terror 10 miler Virtual Blog Hop, so if you’re looking for info on the race there are lots of great blog posts there!
As I mentioned above, I’ll be coming back with plenty to write about from my travels. Plus I’m hoping to get out some fall/Halloween posts in October. If you have ideas or want to contribute, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!