Friday, June 28, 2013

Disney, How Do I Love Thee?

A fellow blogger wrote a post about their love of Disney, and it made me stop and go "WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT!?!?!"

So, Disney fans, enjoy some Disney memories, and Disney Fans of the Future, be prepared to drink the kool-aid!

Favorite RunDisney Race
First off, RunDisney is the name of the team in Disney that takes care of all their races, running, etc. I've only run 2 Disney races, the 2010 & 2012 Walt Disney World Half Marathon, and I'm signed up for the 2014. I'd have to say my first one was my favorite for sooo many reasons. I didn't know what to expect and everything seemed so much more magical. To start with, Florida was experiencing a record-breaking cold spurt and it was snowing, yes snowing, as we walked at 3am towards the starting corrals.

The night before we'd scoured the stores for ski caps which I cut the top off to make into a makeshift face mask/scarf (it worked wonderfully!). But for some reason, the cold made the magic more amplified. It seemed like every step of the race I was saying to myself, "I can't believe I'm RUNNING past the Contemporary! I can't believe I'm RUNNING down Main Street! I can't believe I'm RUNNING through the Castle! I can't believe I'm RUNNING past, insert Disney landmark here."

Plus, I was certain the Turtle was going to propose sometime on this trip so I had that excitement to boot!

Night before race with my makeshift mask and his real one


I'm surprised they didn't mistake him for a terrorist..this was also his very first half marathon!
Oh yeah, and look at our finishing times...that means I waited, sweaty and cold in the freezing rain for him to finish...and it was actually a lot longer than the time listed above, as I was in the first corral and he was in the last. I was sure I had frostbite!

Favorite Disney Movie
Hands down, Sleeping Beauty. I love all the movies from that era! There's something about the way they're drawn that really appeals to me. Plus, back then, the bad guys were bad. Just pure evil, not an ounce of humor to soften them up, the way they should be!

Favorite Disney Song
When You Wish Upon a Star always gets me. Every. Single. Time. I have countless versions of it on my iPod. A close second has got to be "Oo-De-Lally" from Robin Hood. That thing will get stuck in your head!

Favorite Disney Park
The Magic Kingdom, naturally. I still get goosebumps every time I walk out of the tunnel and onto Main Street on the first visit of each trip. I let out a deep breath and feel like 'ahhhhhh, I'm home'. Oddly enough, I don't really enjoy MK during the day. For me, its just one of those parks that has to be experienced at night, with all the lights that makes it seem like you're in a fairy tale land. We end up here most nights on our trip.

Favorite Disney Restaurant
This is such a tough one. For food, I'd say Beaches N' Cream, cuz you canNOT beat a No Way Jose sundae (with extra pb sauce of course!), but for overall experience, nothing beats an evening at Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. NOTHING. Any given night anywhere in the world, I'd trade for a night with friends, endless sangria, and Hoop Dee Doo.

The best can-can dancer Disney ever met!

Favorite Disney Character
Tinkerbell of course, my twin!

Have You Ever Dressed As a Disney Character?
When am I not dressed as a Disney character?! But, the first time I donned my wings was at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2006

Favorite Disney Memory
Getting engaged on the Polynesian's Beach. Who gets to say they got engaged at the most magical place on earth!? It was perfect, and yes it was just 2 days after the Half Marathon, so I was right :-)

But coming in a close second is being a bridesmaid in my friends' Jeff & Morgan's wedding there. It was absolutely amazing. The entire experience, from sharing a villa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge with the bridal party (we're all a big group of friends), a rehearsal dinner at Hoop Dee Doo, an Alice-themed bridal shower at the Grand Floridian, the ceremony at the Wedding Pavillion and reception at the California Grill...and trashing my bridesmaid dress on Splash Mt., it was a memory that will last forever.

I don't remember a word he said!

Rehearsal dinner

Bridal Shower: Me and the Bride


What a handsome looking couple!

Poland makes the best blondes!

Wouldn't you know, this is the most soaked I've gotten on this ride!

These are just some of my favorite Disney moments. I could honestly talk about Disney forever, it never gets old! I hope you enjoyed, and for the rest of you new converts, you're welcome!


  1. This just made me that much more excited for our trip in October. ESPECIALLY the costume bit!!!

  2. Awww I love this post! I love all the pictures and everything! You're so pretty! This just made me more excited. Hubby and I are off to FLORIDA in July! We are going to DisneyWorld! I'm soo soo excited! :) Thanks for sharing this!
    You look so cute in your Tinkerbell costume! I love it! :)

    1. Oooh! You better blog about your trip, I'll want ALL the details! Twice as much as your last vacay post!

  3. Yay!! Love your answers! 2010 was my first half and OMG it was SO cold! You are super cute as Tink! LOVE beaches and cream and the no way Jose! Jeff and Morgan?! No way!! We've been friends for a while...ever since she started planning her wedding and I was planning my honeymoon! SMALL WORLD!

    1. That's crazy! Morgan and I have been friends since 2004 when I started dating the Turtle, whose friends with Jeff. It was such a blast. We've actually gone to Disney a bunch of times with them. It's one of the worst parts of having moved to Dayton, not getting to see them as often!

    2. It's a small world after all... :)

  4. This post almost makes me feel guilty for not being a fan of Disney! I like Epcot, though. The Magic Kingdom is too much sweet for me. My job has sent me to Disney properties multiple times, and I complain about it, ha ha.

    Running a marathon through the park would be cool though. I can't believe you trashed that dress on the water ride! Looks like all of you had a great time there.