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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.
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.
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 :) .
Lesson 2: EPCOT’s World Showcase is beautiful at sunrise.
Lesson 3: I must be faster than I think, ‘cuz this picture is blurry! (I know… “Nice try.” ;) )
Lesson 4: Tiaras are awesome… real or not!
Lesson 5: Even if you’re a devoted dog person, sometimes cats can be cute. Especially when they’re French.
Lesson 6: “This is not a WALKathon! Now, MOOOOOOVE!!!!
Lesson 7: Sometimes you need to be BRAVE.
Lesson 8: Even if it was made for someone else, a sign with your name on it is still a total boost!
Lesson 9: These two are still THE CUTEST.
Lesson 10: I do better in running shoes than Glass Slippers.
Lesson 11: By Mile 13 on Day Two, things start to look a little Goofy…
Lesson 12: It’s nearly impossible to think straight when Flynn Rider gives you The Smolder.
Lesson 13: When four Princes can’t help, ice sometimes can!
Lesson 14: So can medals!
Lesson 15: Princesses are determined, courageous, caring, and strong.
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.
Step 4: SAVE THE WORLD!!!
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…
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.
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):
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…
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.”
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 :) ?
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 :) ).
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!
RIDERS CHOICE AWARDS!
Tom Sawyer Island
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
Flights of Wonder
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream
Like I said, this list is HIGHLY subjective! Please feel welcome to let me know your winners in the “Comments” below!
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.
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.
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 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.
“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.
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.”
“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.
“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.
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.”
“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.”
“Our chimes are inspired by the bells of the Medersa in Fez, the religious and cultural center of Morocco.