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77: Run through All Four Walt Disney World Parks

MAGIC KINGDOM!

2014 WDW Half Marathon

2014 WDW Half Marathon

2014 WDW Half Marathon

2014 WDW Half Marathon

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS!

2011 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

2012 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

2011 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

2012 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

ANIMAL KINGDOM!

2013 Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K

2013 Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K

2013 Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K

2013 Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K

Animal Kingdom Mickeys Jingle Jungle 5K (1)

2013 Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K

EPCOT!

2014 Enchanted 10K

2014 Enchanted 10K

World Showcase at Sunrise! Enchanted 10K

World Showcase at Sunrise! 2014 Enchanted 10K

World Showcase at Sunrise!             2014 Enchanted 10K

World Showcase at Sunrise! 2014 Enchanted 10K

2014 Enchanted 10K

2014 Enchanted 10K

To read Race Recaps for any of these events, just click the links below :) :

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K
WDW Half Marathon
Enchanted 10k (also included: the Princess Half Marathon)

6: Run the Princess Half Marathon (with Bucket List Bonus: The Glass Slipper Challenge)

On Sunday, February 23rd, RunDisney hosted the Princess Half Marathon in Walt Disney World. 25,000 Princesses set out to earn our tiaras over 13.1 Magical Miles.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Glass Slipper Challenge (3)
6,200 of us registered for the Inaugural Disney Glass Slipper Challenge, which entailed running the Enchanted 10K (6.2 miles) on February 22nd, bringing our weekend total to 19.3 miles in an attempt to earn our very own Glass Slipper.

Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge (5)
Here are a few of the lessons I learned during the Challenge:

Lesson 1: The White Rabbit is always late, so it’s probably not smart to stop in the first mile and take a picture with him. It’s still worth it :) .

Enchanted 10K

Enchanted 10K

Lesson 2: EPCOT’s World Showcase is beautiful at sunrise.

Enchanted 10K

Enchanted 10K

Enchanted 10K

Enchanted 10K

Enchanted 10K

Enchanted 10K

Lesson 3: I must be faster than I think, ‘cuz this picture is blurry! (I know… “Nice try.” ;) )

Enchanted 10K

Enchanted 10K

Lesson 4: Tiaras are awesome… real or not!

Enchanted 10K

Enchanted 10K

Lesson 5: Even if you’re a devoted dog person, sometimes cats can be cute. Especially when they’re French.

Enchanted 10K

Enchanted 10K

Lesson 6: “This is not a WALKathon! Now, MOOOOOOVE!!!!

Princess Half Marathon

Princess Half Marathon

Lesson 7: Sometimes you need to be BRAVE.

Princess Half Marathon

Princess Half Marathon

Lesson 8: Even if it was made for someone else, a sign with your name on it is still a total boost!

Princess Half Marathon

Princess Half Marathon

Lesson 9: These two are still THE CUTEST.

Princess Half Marathon

Princess Half Marathon

Lesson 10: I do better in running shoes than Glass Slippers.

Princess Half Marathon

Princess Half Marathon

Lesson 11: By Mile 13 on Day Two, things start to look a little Goofy…

Princess Half Marathon

Princess Half Marathon

Lesson 12: It’s nearly impossible to think straight when Flynn Rider gives you The Smolder.

Princess Half Marathon

Princess Half Marathon

Lesson 13: When four Princes can’t help, ice sometimes can!

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Princess Half Marathon

Lesson 14: So can medals!

Princess Half Marathon

Princess Half Marathon

Glass Slipper Challenge Medal

Glass Slipper Challenge Medal

Enchanted 10K Medal

Enchanted 10K Medal

Princess Half Marathon Medal

Princess Half Marathon Medal

Lesson 15: Princesses are determined, courageous, caring, and strong.

Princess Half Marathon

Princess Half Marathon

Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge (1)

61: Play “Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure”

It’s time to channel your INNER SECRET AGENT. After all, you’re needed to protect the world (Walt Disney World, that is) from all sorts of wrath, evil, and tomfoolery!

Join Agent P (a/k/a Perry the Playtpus from Phineas and Ferb) and work together to save EPCOT’s World Showcase from the schemes of Dr. Doofenschmirtz.

Step 1: Report to a Recruitment Center for training.

Agent P World Showcase Adventure (2)
Step 2: Receive your F.O.N.E (Field Operative Notification Equipment)

Agent P World Showcase Adventure (4)
Step 3: Go to the World Showcase Pavilion of your choice.

France!

France!

Step 4: SAVE THE WORLD!!!

Agent P World Showcase Adventure (17)
Saving the world involves gathering clues while setting off some pretty sweet special effects all over the countries you choose to visit. I have to say, it’s pretty cool to head to France and see what appears to be a plain shelf of beautiful books turn into this…

Agent P World Showcase Adventure (5)
Agent P World Showcase Adventure (6)
Agent P World Showcase Adventure (7)
I had a blast playing throughout France and feeling proud of my good deed for the day—protecting unsuspecting guests from the evil empire, and all.

But I’ve also played with the children of friends of mine, and THAT’S when I realized how cool it really is. Seeing their excitement when they made something move (or glow, or emit a burst of smoke) made me appreciate the game on a whole new level.   I’ve enjoyed seen families together, following the directions on their F.O.N.E.s, laughing and running around and towards their next adventure. I totally get that I am not exactly the target market here ;). But seeing kids and parents enjoy it so much helps me to understand and appreciate its place in World Showcase.

By the way, my original Bucket List item was to complete the “Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure.” The game switched from Kim Possible to Agent P after I made my Disney Bucket List. (Basic elements are the same, but I enjoyed the updated characters and wacky humor of Agent P even more.) Because I am nothing if not a complete purist when it comes to the List :) , I did want to provide this photo as proof of completion for Kim Possible.

Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure (3)
Plus, it gives me a chance to applaud the Cast Members in the back for such a noteworthy photo bomb ;) . Well played!

The Magic Kingdom’s counterpart for interactive experiences is Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom. Sorcerers can pick up the essential instructions and tools to fight Disney Villains at the Fire Hall in Town Square (to your left upon entering the Magic Kingdom):

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (7)
OR Sorcerer’s can report to a kiosk in Liberty Square (a tip: it’s FAR less busy here!).

I loved seeing more of the Disney Villains that we typically don’t have the chance to see, and the graphics on the screens used to play the game are wonderful…

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (3)
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (5)
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (10)
Sorcerer’s defeat the Villains by choosing a “weapon” from their options (weapons are actually playing cards which activate effects on the screens). “Weapon,” however, may be a strong word, in this instance… for example, you might be able to conquer Cruella DeVille with “Mickey’s Magic Beans” or “Baloo’s Coconut Cascade.”

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (9)
Based on the game alone, I would recommend the game itself for children ages 5-9. It’s not too challenging and older children may get bored too easily. However, I haven’t accounted yet for THESE:

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (1)
The cards used to activate the interactive signals are miniature pieces of artwork in and of themselves which feature beloved Disney characters (again, many times characters you may have a tough time finding otherwise in the Parks). They just scream to be collected and traded, and you can find people walking around Magic Kingdom with nearly full albums, trying to complete their set.

Your mission, then, should you choose to accept it: To conquer Disney Villians and restore peace throughout the World! Join me, won’t you :) ?

65: Experience every Attraction in Walt Disney World

If you’ve seen my Disney Bucket List, you may have noticed that I’ve included very little about rides at Walt Disney World. One reason for this is because Bucket Lists, by nature, are about things you haven’t done, and I’d experienced the vast majority of rides at Walt Disney World (though not all… until now :) ).

Big Thunder Mountain Magic Kingdom (2)
The second reason is that Walt Disney World, regardless of how it appears at first glance, is about SO much more than rides. It’s about atmosphere, heart, memories, family and friends, and magic.

But, let’s face it… it IS more than a little about the rides, isn’t it ;) ? Because Disney attractions are simply a BLAST!! So, let’s have at it!

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Hop on board!

Little Mermaid Under the Sea 09
Having at long last experienced every attraction in Walt Disney World, I’d like to present my not-very-highly-anticipated (yet HIGHLY subjective)…

RIDERS CHOICE AWARDS!

MAGIC KINGDOM

Favorite attraction:
Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion
Favorite thrill:
Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain Magic Kingdom
Sentimental favorite:
Peter Pan’s Flight

Magic Kingdom Peter Pans Flight
Most underrated:
Tom Sawyer Island

Mystery Mine
Favorite Queue:
Space Mountain

Space Mountain
Thanks, but no thanks:
Stitch’s Great Escape

Magic Kingdom Stitch Great Escape
Wonder of the World:
The Hall of Presidents

Magic Kingdom Hall of Presidents
EPCOT

Favorite Attraction:
Soarin’

EPCOT Soarin
Favorite thrill:
Soarin’

Sentimental favorite:
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

EPCOT Gran Fiesta Tour Three Caballeros
Most underrated:
Living with the Land

EPCOT Living with the Land
Favorite Queue:
The Seas with Nemo and Friends

EPCOT The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Wonder of the World:
The American Adventure

EPCOT American Adventure

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Favorite Attraction:
Kilimanjaro Safaris

Animal Kingom Kilimajaro Safaris
Favorite thrill:
Expedition Everest

Animal Kingdom Expedition Everest
Favorite Queue:
Expedition Everest

Most underrated:
Flights of Wonder

Animal Kingdom Flights of Wonder
Wonder of the World:
Dinosaur

Animal Kingdom Dinosaur
HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Favorite Attraction:
Star Tours

Hollywood Studios Star Tours
Favorite thrill:
Rock & Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Rock n Roller Coaster Aerosmith
Sentimental favorite:
Animation Academy

Hollywood Studios Animation Academy (11)
Most underrated:
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

Hollywood Studios One Mans Dream Walt Disney
Favorite Queue:
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

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Wonder of the World:
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Like I said, this list is HIGHLY subjective! Please feel welcome to let me know your winners in the “Comments” below!

14: Take a tour of EPCOT’s Morocco Pavilion

When I originally placed this item on my Disney Bucket List, I had heard that Cast Members gave free daily tours of the Morocco Pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase.

Epcot Morocco Pavilion
When I asked about this opportunity, I was told that, unfortunately, it is no longer offered. I started to think I had come face to face with my first Bucket List Fail.

I’d always wanted to learn more about this beautiful and unique Pavilion, because it has so many tucked away corners, and I feel like it immerses guests better than any other. I truly feel transported here.

Epcot Morocco Pavilion (1)
It dawned on me… I didn’t necessarily need a tour guide. After all, the Pavilion itself is filled with plaques that explain the significance of the architecture. All I needed to do was follow the signs :) .

I hope you can forgive a little bit of improv on this one, and will allow me to be your tour guide through EPCOT’s Morocco! Please note: all of the text you read in quotes is taken directly from the plaques in the Pavilion.

Enjoy your tour :) !

Bab Boujouloud

“Bab Boujouloud is the main gate to the ancient city of Fez. This section of Fez, known as the medina, was founded in 786 by the Idrissids, who made it their capital until 920.

Morocco Pavilion Epcot Bab Main Gate
Morocco Pavilion Epcot Bab Main Gate (6)
This gate leads to the bustling streets and souks (specialized market) where artisans create and display their handmade crafts.”

Morocco Epcot Shops (5)
Morocco Epcot Shops (6)
Morocco Epcot Shops (3)
Morocco Epcot Shops (7)
Koutoubia Minaret

“The prophet Mohammed once told a follower to call the faithful to prayer from the highest rooftop in the city. Thus began the Islamic tradition of building mosques with prayer towers, or minarets. To this day, from coastal cities to mountain villages, Moroccan Moslims gather to hear the melodic chant of the muezzin (prayer caller) as he praises Allah from the minaret.

Koutoubia Minaret Morocco Pavilion Epcot (2)
Koutoubia Minaret Morocco Pavilion Epcot (1)
This minaret is a replica of the Koutoubia Mosque Minaret in the city of Marrakesh. The Koutoubia, perhaps the best known building in North Africa, was built in the 12th century. 204 feet high, the Minaret is in the same style as the Hassan Tower in Rabat and the Giralda in Seville, Spain. The three were built under the great Moroccan Almohades dynasty.”

Koutoubia Minaret Morocco Pavilion Epcot (7)
Fez House

“Fez House is inspired by the traditional Moroccan home. Built around a central courtyard, the home provides privacy by closing rooms off from city streets. Within the courtyard, residents enjoy a quiet retreat from the outside world.

Morocco Pavilion Epcot Fez House (2)
Morocco Pavilion Epcot Fez House (10)
Morocco Pavilion Epcot Fez House  (1)
This style of dwelling was developed in the 14th century during the reign of the Merinids dynasty.”

Morocco Pavilion Epcot Fez House  (2)
Morocco Pavilion Epcot Fez House (4)

Nejjarine  Fountain

“This fountain is a replica of the Nejjarine  Fountain in the city of Fez. It is located at the place Nejjarine (square of the carpenters) in Fez el Bali, the old section of Fez founded by the Idrissids dynasty in the 8th century.

Epcot Morocco Pavilion Fountain (1)
Moroccan artists developed a unique style of abstract design. Rather than the plants, animals, and birds often found in western art, Moroccan decoration consists of intricate geometric patterns such as the tilework adorning the fountain.”

Epcot Morocco Pavilion Fountain (5)
Chellah Minaret

“This tower is a replica of the minaret at Chellah, a historical site located at the edge of Rabat, Morocco’s capital. Founded by the Romans as a maritime station, Chellah was later reconstructed in the 14th century by the Merinid sultans to become their necropolis and retreat.”

Chellah Minaret Morocco Pavilion Epcot (8)
Chellah Minaret Morocco Pavilion Epcot (5)
Clock of the Abu Inania Medersa

“Our chimes are inspired by the bells of the Medersa in Fez, the religious and cultural center of Morocco.

clock chimes Epcot Morocco Pavilion (2)
The bells were named for the Medersa nearby. Built by the Merinid sultan, Abu Inan, this Medersa is the largest of Merinid theological schools.”

clock chimes Epcot Morocco Pavilion (1)
And with that, we’ve reached the conclusion of our unofficial tour! But keep your eyes peeled… you never know what else you may happen upon in this magical setting :) !

Epcot Morocco Pavilion Aladdin (2)
Epcot Morocco Pavilion Aladdin
Epcot Morocco Pavilion (5)

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