Who should I dress as for the Disneyland Half Marathon?

I know my costumes for my upcoming Disney races during Princess weekend: I’ll be doing Snow White for the 10k and Anna for the Half.  However, I’m also planning to sign up for the Disneyland half marathon in September!  And honestly, one of my favorite parts of planning for a race is deciding on a costume.

I plan to run the Princess races as often as I can, and I like dressing as a princess for those – so for Disneyland I’m thinking I would like to do a non-princess.  Here are some ideas I’ve come up with so far.  Which one do you like the best?  Any other suggestions?

Vanellope Von Schweetz

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I would really love to do this costume, but I’m wondering if it might be better to save it for when I someday do the Wine and Dine half – because it’s sort of food related and all, with the candy and whatnot.

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Thoughts on Fun and Fancy Free

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The next in the series of “package films” from the 1940’s, this one features two shorts: Bongo, about a bear who runs away from the circus, and Mickey and the Beanstalk, a sort of re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Highlights:  Mickey and the Beanstalk is a cute, fun film with lots of little gags and funny bits thrown in.  It features three of our favorite characters: Mickey, Donald, and Goofy.  The giant is more humorous than scary and all in all it’s an enjoyable little short.

Low points:  Bongo.  Oh my gosh, I’m sorry if anyone out there likes it (there must be fans), but it was just awful.  It had very little plot and went on for way too long.  The first half of the film is basically just Bongo exploring the wild and it takes forever.  Then he falls in love and there’s a really long, excessive song about it.  The ending is okay but it does not make up for the rest of it.  Also, during Mickey and the Beanstalk there is some really weird stuff going on with the narration and some ventriloquist dummies, which honestly freak me out.  Luckily they’ve released a better version of Mickey and the Beanstalk that is narrated by Ludwig von Drake, rather than these weird ventriloquist dummies.

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Making a Mickey gingerbread house

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Last year my mom found this adorable Mickey gingerbread house at Cracker Barrel, which of course she bought for me.  We finally got around to putting it together this year, and I’m so pleased with how it came out!  It’s like your typical gingerbread house, but it has some cute little Disney touches included, such as Mickey shaped candies to decorate the house and little cardboard windows with Mickey and Minnie in them.

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It’s a fun and easy little Christmas project that brings Mickey into your home too!  They also have a gingerbread version of Cinderella’s castle that we have – I’ll be making that one next year!

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Disney Christmas Ornaments

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One of my favorite items at Disney around the holidays is Christmas ornaments!  They are a fun way to add Disney into your holidays, and they also make great souvenirs from the parks.  Whether you get them from Hallmark, Disney World, or the Disney Store, there are so many wonderful ones to choose from I wanted to share my favorites!

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One that we purchased on our honeymoon. I especially loved it because my bouquet was blue roses just like Minnie’s!

I got this for my husband last year, as he's a big Toy Story fan.

I got this for my husband last year, as he’s a big Toy Story fan.

I love the Princess ornaments with the poofy dresses!

I love the Princess ornaments with the poofy dresses!

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Thoughts on Fantasia

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Highlights: Fantasia is a really unique movie, in that it’s basically a series of shorts that are all set to music – so there is no dialogue, the story is told through the images and the music.  It’s a really neat way to introduce people to many of these famous pieces, and the way they choose to portray the tunes is really interesting.  It might sound cliché but I think Sorcerer Mickey is my favorite, though I also really enjoy The Pastoral Symphony and Night on Bald Mountain.

Low points: For me personally, I find it difficult to sit down and just watch it as a movie. I enjoy watching a short or two at a time, but the whole thing at once is a bit much for me.  I’m not a big fan of the first one, “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor,” as it’s very abstract, which is just not my thing.

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Giveaway! Runner’s guide: Goldweb Crafts

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Today I am very excited to bring you another featured Etsy seller from our Runner’s guide: Goldweb Crafts.  This shop offers Disney decals – great for your car or anywhere you want to display them!  In addition she also offers her decals available on plastic tumblers, which is something unique and different that I really love.

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For my review I was sent a tumbler and a car decal.  The tumbler is perfect for Disney runners, featuring the logo and words “Keep calm and run Disney.”  The decal is extremely well applied and I have no worries about it coming off at all.  Even after a couple of vigorous washings it has proven that it will stay put!  The cup also comes with cleaning directions so you can take care of it correctly.

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Wordless Wednesday: April Calendar Shot

Yay April!  I enjoy this month.  It’s my birthday month, for one!  And it finally starts to get a little warmer around here, which is so nice.  We took a trip to Disney last April and it was fantastic!  Here’s some of my April Calendar shots:

Spring nights in Epcot are so pleasant 🙂

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April “showers”

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My dad and I have birthdays three days apart, so we celebrated when we were down last April!

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Spotlight on Disney Couples

Okay, so it might be the day after Valentine’s Day, but it’s still Valentine’s Day weekend!  Love is in the air, and I wanted to do a spotlight on some Disney couples.  They’re not exactly the “top three” or anything, but just some fun ones I wanted to feature!

The Beast and Belle

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This is one of my personal favorite couples.  I know some people claim “Stockholm Syndrome,” but personally I think it goes beyond that.  Their relationship is beautiful because it’s about more than just appearances.  And not only does it go above appearances, but Belle is willing to get to know the Beast despite the fact that his attitude is pretty poor in the beginning too.  They were persistent in getting their relationship to work, and unlike a lot of other Disney couples, it wasn’t “love at first sight” for them and getting married after they barely knew each other.  Given what they’ve been through, you know there’s no problems they can’t handle as a couple.

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