Disneyland Trip 2013: Sunday-Wednesday

I left off my recap with our dinner at Blue Bayou Saturday night. Sunday morning, we got up and completed the Dumbo Double Dare by running the Disneyland half marathon. After the race, we showered, ate breakfast, and headed out to Disneyland park.

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Not gonna lie…it was REALLY hot outside, I was exhausted, and pretty miserable. After walking around a bit and realizing the lines were long for everything, we decided to go grab some lunch, take a nap, and go back to the parks that evening. We ended up in Downtown Disney at Naples and got some pizza.

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We were both really dehydrated and drank a ton of water. I felt better after eating, but we still decided to go take a nap which was glorious. We relaxed in the room and the lounge before heading to dinner at Steakhouse 55 with Karen and Jason.

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After dinner, we never ended up going back to the parks. I was falling asleep just walking through Downtown Disney, so we decided to call it a night.

Monday morning, I felt much more like a human again, and we headed to California Adventure park to take advantage of the extra magic hour. We headed straight for the single rider line of Radiator Springs Racers, and walked right on twice, and were even in the same car.

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Bobby rode California Screamin a couple times, and we also rode Toy Story Mania twice.

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We then headed over to Disneyland before it got too crowded.

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Why hello, Dumbo!

We discovered the petting zoo, and hung out with the goats for awhile. They were cracking me up climbing up on the barrels. They all had on collars and had really cute Disney names like Bolt and Pongo.

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We went back to the hotel after that to meet up with some friends from the area. Allen and Grace are somewhat of runDisney royalty. Allen is a perfect 20 WDW marathoner, and we actually met them after this year’s marathon, and they told us when we came out to Disneyland to let them know and we would go have lunch. Well, we stayed in touch over the last few months and actually made it happen!

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They picked us up at our hotel and took us to eat lunch, and out for amazing dessert while we heard all of Allen’s past Disney marathon stories, and about how cool it is to live so close to Disneyland. We had a great time and hope to see them again at the marathon next year!

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After we got back to the hotel, we relaxed and got ready for an early dinner at Wine Country Trattoria in California Adventure park. We ate outside and ran into Kat and her husband again (we saw them a couple other times that day!) before riding a couple of rides.

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We got to see the lights come on in Cars Land before heading over to Grizzly River Rapids.

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Last year we were stuck on this ride for a very long time, and luckily that did NOT happen again. We went back to the room which was SO close to the ride, super nice being able to walk right over! We changed and walked over to Disneyland where we had preferred seating for the fireworks at the train station.

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I enjoyed them, but Wishes is still my favorite show. It was bedtime for us after this, and we had one day left before going home.

Tuesday we had breakfast and went back into the parks one last time.

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Bobby had never been on Dumbo before, so I thought it was appropriate for us to ride, and there was NO line.

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We rode some of the other Fantasyland rides, as well as Indiana Jones and Pirates before eating lunch outside at Café Orleans.

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We also ran into this cowgirl with no line. I’m telling you, the day after Labor Day is the time to go to Disneyland!

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We wanted to spend some time at the pool, so after lunch we took the trolley back down Main Street and went to the pool at the resort.

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I love the lounge chairs at the pool, they are HUGE with giant cushions on them, it’s like being on a bed. We lounged for a bit  before getting ready for dinner at Napa Rose at our hotel. But first, we hit up the lounge one last time.

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We were given a cute little table in the corner by the fireplace at Napa Rose, and had a great server along with amazing food.

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We took our time, as we didn’t have anywhere to be until World of Color later that night. We even had time to go ride Radiator Springs Racers one more time.

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I LOVE this show, it is my favorite show in Disneyland. It’s so unique and hard to explain to people who have never seen it.

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It was a great way to end our trip, and I am glad we saved it for the last night. If you ever have the chance to go to Disneyland, don’t miss World of Color. They even have fastpasses for it!

Thanks for reading along about my trip, can’t wait to share the next one with you!

QOTD: Do you prefer parades or fireworks?

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The Disney Fantasy Part 2

 *Don’t forget registration for the WDW marathon weekend opens today (at 12:00 eastern) contact me for more info, I am working on a special discounted room block for the event! We may even have a special dessert party!

If you missed it, yesterday I did TWO posts. The second post was very important to me…it was my application for the Hood to Coast relay team with Nuun! I would LOVE your support on the post by comments, or writing on Nuun’s Facebook page saying they need me, Running With Sass on their team. I would SO appreciate your support!

Hood to coast application

As promised, here is my once a week post about the Disney Fantasy. My first update can be found on Disney Fantasy Part 1, and it contains photos of boarding the ship and my stateroom.

We got to tour the kids clubs the day we got on board the ship. I of course don’t have children yet…but is it bad that I wanted to stay and play in the kids clubs?!?

Small World Nursery, ages 3 months – 3 years

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The nursery has food provided for your children, and you can “book” hours online or when you get to the port and check in for your cruise (or while onboard.)

Oceaneers club ages 3-12

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I wasn’t having fun or anything…

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The cafeteria connects the Oceaneer’s club to the Oceaneer’s Lab. Oceaneer’s Lab is also 3-12, but was geared more towards the older kids in that age range.

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This was way cool…you can “drive” the ship on your screen!

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You can use the wave phones in your stateroom (like cell phones) and that is how the clubs get in touch with you should your child need you for any reason. The kids also wear special bracelets at all times.

Then we headed up to the older teen’s hangout. Vibe. Vibe is for older teens, Edge is for younger teens. I didn’t make it to Edge but here are some photos of vibe. Can I hang out?

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They even have their own outside sun deck area

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So, if you had any reservations at all about your kids not liking the kids club, or there not being enough for them to do…worry no more! These clubs are awesome! I wish there were things around like this when I was a kid. We were given a box and told to make a fort with it…and we loved it, am I right? Haha!

One thing I really liked was the number of counselors in each club. There were PLENTY of workers all over to keep an eye on things, not like 1-2 per club. I imagine this would make me feel better about leaving my (hypothetical) child there!

Remember, if I book your Disney cruise for you, it does not cost you anything extra to book with me, and I can get you onboard credit. I have been on four DCL cruises and am about to go on my fifth, so I consider myself knowledgeable on all the ships (I have been on them all now.) Please e mail me at [email protected] for a quote.

QOTD: What was your favorite thing to do for fun as a kid? I loved playing basketball outside and I loved playing with Barbies.

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Back and Burned

 

Hola! I am back from the beautiful Disney Fantasy cruise ship! I had a fabulous time in WDW at the Yacht club and on the boat getting to know fellow agents and such. I hate it had to end so quickly, but it does feel good to be home. I have so much to catch up on, and things will be getting back to normal now (as normal as they get here on RWS!) I can’t wait to share stories and pictures, but I must do some organizing and sorting etc. and I still have a bit to recap from my princess trip! I hope you enjoyed the guest posts while I was away. a HUGE thank you again to my lovely volunteers, you wrote some great stuff! So, did you miss me?!?!  Here are a few teaser pictures:

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Now I must go re-apply some aloe….I may or may not have gotten a sunburn on Castaway Cay. I put on sunscreen and reapplied and still managed to burn. Ouch!

QOTD: What Caribbean Island would you visit given the chance?

Beyond the Parks Part 1

 

I go to Disney World a lot. During my many visits, I have been fortunate enough to experience the different sides of Disney. Sadly, some families go straight from hotel to theme park and back again, and miss out on some of the most entertaining and exciting parts of Walt Disney World. I want to share some of these tips and activities with you in hopes to make your Disney vacation even more unforgettable! There are so many things (and I won’t even be including them all!) so I am going to break this up into two posts. I will post part two in a few days.

What to do in Walt Disney World Beyond the Parks

Waterparks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are Disney’s two waterparks. If you have an annual pass, you can save $4 on admission. Or, if you purchase a package with your vacation, you can add on the “waterparks and more option” so you can hit up both waterparks! I have been to both more than once, and don’t really prefer one over the other, they are both fun for different reasons….and both have great lazy rivers! They are open from 10-5 seasonally.

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Miniature Golf (and regular golf!) I have played mini golf in Disney, but not regular golf. My dad has and had a great time though. Disney has two mini golf courses and four championship golf courses. I think golf is one of those great things to do when the parks are super crowded, and it’s also just plain fun!

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Water craft: You can rent watercraft from certain resort marinas throughout WDW. You can rent Sea Raycers, sailboats, SunTRACKER® pontoon boats, Boston Whaler Montauk boats, pedal boats, kayaks and canoes among other things. The marinas you can rent them from are:

  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Downtown Disney Marketplace

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Afternoon Tea: Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and unwind after a long morning in the parks. One of my favorite ways to do that is by going to afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian in the Garden View Tea room. Tea is offered from 2-6 pm and reservations are suggested. And, if you have a little girl on your trip ages 3-11, you can take her to the Perfectly Princess Tea Party held at the Tea room. Contact me for more info on this fun outing!

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Fitness Centers/Spas: If you will remember my post on the gym shared by the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian, you will know that working out on vacation/hitting up the gym is something I love to do! Not only can you get your sweat on at a lot of the resort’s in the gym, but you can also get pampered at the spa! The Grand Floridian has one (currently being refurbished) as does Saratoga Springs. I have been to both and only have good things to say. Book a massage, it is vacation after all!

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Bike and Jogging Paths: I have also done a post already about the jogging path’s between the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian resort. I love running in Disney World, and s lot of the resorts have great places to run. If you stay at the Boardwalk, Beach Club, and Yacht Club, you can run around the Boardwalk and all the way to Hollywood Studios. If you stay at Wilderness Lodge of Fort Wilderness, there are beautiful wooded trails connecting the two…which brings me to my next point, BIKES! There are several places you can rent bikes throughout WDW. I have rented bikes from the Wilderness Lodge before, and it was a really fun activity on a day when the parks were really crowded.

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Ok this post is getting really wordy so I will save some more fun activities for next time, so stay tuned!

QOTD: What is your favorite “overlooked” Disney activity?

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Now We’re Cruisin!

 

HOLA! I’ts Friday eve! I hope you are all doing well. I was having a great morning and then something happened that rattled me, and I shouldn’t have let it…it really upset me and ruined my day, and I REFUSE to let that happen today!

I have some GREAT news for Disney fans! yesterday, Disney announced the rest of the 2012 DCL (Disney cruise like) itineraries, and they are a doozie! Lots of new fun to be had! Ok, so check this out: 

New York Sailings
Beginning May 25, 2012, the Disney Magic® will sail a total of 20 cruises from New York.
* 8-night Bahamian cruises include a day at Disney’s Castaway Cay and a stop at Port Canaveral, gateway to the Walt Disney World® Resort. As part of this itinerary, your Client will receive a one-day Park Hopper® Ticket and roundtrip transportation between the ship and resort.
* 5-night Canadian/New England cruises will visit Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick.
* 2-night cruises are perfect for Clients looking for a quick getaway at sea over a weekend.

Seattle Sailings
Beginning May 28, 2012, the Disney Wonder® will sail a total of 14 cruises to Alaska from the Port of Seattle, Wash.
* 7-night Alaskan cruises will call on Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan plus Victoria, British Columbia.

Galveston Sailings
Beginning Sept. 22, 2012, the Disney Magic will sail 12 cruises from the Port of Galveston, Texas.
* 7-night Western Caribbean cruises will visit Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, as well as Grand Cayman.

Los Angeles Sailings
In addition to 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises, the Disney Wonder will set sail on Disney’s first-ever voyage to Hawai‘i on April 29, 2012.
* 15-night Hawaiian cruise departs from the Port of Los Angeles and includes stops at Hilo; Kahului, Maui; Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai and Ensenada, Mexico.
* 7-night Pacific Coast cruises will call on San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico.

The Disney Dream™ will continue to sail 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises. The new Disney Fantasy™ will offer Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, beginning with the maiden voyage on March 31, 2012. Sail dates for both ships are now available through December 2012.

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WHOAH that’s a lot of information, I know. SO basically these sailings are fairly limited, and you can start booking them TOMORROW! So those of you living in New York, Texas, and LA, DCL is coming for you! A lot of people will be happy to know the Alaskan cruises are now going out of Seattle for next summer, that will save a lot of $$ on airfare for people!

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If you have never been on a Disney Cruise you are totally missing out. I was even skeptical until I went, and I am definitely a convert! I don’t even have kids and it’s awesome. Disney does such a great job of having adults only areas on the ship and on Castaway Cay, I honestly didn’t even see kids all that much! And, if you have kids, Disney has THE BEST kids clubs around. I have seen kids CRYING because they didn’t want to leave the kids club and go with mom and dad. The clubs are open late, and they will even pick kids up at the restaurants midway through dinner so they don’t have to sit through a long boring dinner.

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Ok sorry about that, I could ramble on and on and on about DCL, if you ever want me to just ask. Smile If you would like a quote for a cruise from now until the end of 2012 I would be more than happy to give you a free no obligation quote. Just e mail me at heather AT travelwiththemagic DOT com. Of If you would like a Disneyworld quote, non Disney quote, anything! Also Disneyworld has some discounts on deluxe hotels out for summer right now!

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Ok moving on, I promise!

So last night I made Bobby do my 6 weeks in 6 pack video with me since he was making fun of me for being sore. heh. This morning the first thing I said to him was “are you sore?!” He said he was. YAY! Now maybe he will take my DVD more seriously Smile I know he was always proud of me but it was still fun to torture him.

I am starting to see a difference in my body from doing the DVD. It’s a SMALL difference, but I am starting to get a LITTLE bit of ab definition. (NOT a 6 pack though!) hopefully that will become more obvious in the next 2.5 weeks. I would hate to not be able to post my before and after photos because there is no difference!

Ok, I have to go to Target and spend all my money, then clean bathrooms. Oh joy! (and of course do my ab workout!) I hope everyone has a great day!

QOTD: Does your significant other workout with you?


A Day in the Life of…

 

Good morning! It’s stormy here. We are under a tornado watch, and it’s supposed to rain aalll day. I decided to hit the treadmill for a quick speed session, and so glad I did because it started raining and thundering/lightning. Yikes! I could have been outside!

Have you missed anything the past few days? My Friday Favorite’s post was about GU,  Saturday, Bobby and I ran a 5k race which ended up being a trail run, and we had no idea… Sunday I wrote a post about trail running, and realized I know nothing about it! Yesterday, my mom and I met up with Bobby at our new house, it’s almost complete!

So now that we are all caught up, I thought I would take some time to describe what a day looks like for me. As most of you know, I am currently working from home, so things sometimes look a little different than a normal house! Not to mention, I am currently living with my parents, so things are REALLY crazy right now!

7:15ish: Wake up, eat breakfast/chat with my mom/watch the Today show, laugh at the annoying people on the Today show.

8:00-12:00: Work on quotes for clients, call Disney, email clients, work on articles, etc. I usually eat lunch while I work. I also take short little breaks for twitter, to blog, etc. (sometimes longer than others…sshhh)

12:00-1:00 Go for a run or cross train, sometimes walk with my mom or mom and dad, dogs, etc. Whatever it is I just try to get out and move/sweat!

1:00-3:00 work on and off, depending on how much I have to do. I also take breaks during this time to do things like laundry, help my mom with dishes, shower, crosstitch…haha, just seeing if you are paying attention!

3:00-5:00 This is my computer playtime. I catch up on blogs, chat on twitter, etc. Sometimes I work here too, depending on what is going on, and who needs what. My phone/email is attached to my hip at all times.

5:00 Dinner time (we eat early, like old people…because I live with old people. JUST KIDDING mom and dad!)

6:00-9:00: Hodgepodge of hanging out with family, surfing blogs, vegging out.

9:00: Go upstairs and get ready for bed, read my Bible, and call Bobby to chat.

10:00-10:30ish: lights out, goodnight!

That is basically it…with some exceptions. I always joke my job is around the clock. I have had clients call in all hours of the day wanting things done, I had to even call Disney on Christmas eve for a client. I try to get quotes done within the same day I get them unless I get them in the evening or on a weekend. I TRY to not work on the weekends as much as possible but its not always possible. Also, sometimes I get up and run in the mornings instead of after lunch. Then there are days I will go run errands in the morning and so I just work later into the day. I love the flexibility, except when it cuts into family time. There are days I will work 9 hours, and days I will work 4-5. It really just depends! But, that is a rough estimate in case anyone was curious!

QOTD: Do you have an odd schedule like me? Do you enjoy having flexibility or a set schedule?

sorry for the picture-less post…

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Disney Packages Are Out!

2011 rates and packages are now bookable!

If you are going to Disney at all in 2011 I can book for you, my services are free! I can find you the best rates out there, and plan everything for you, so you don’t have to!
If you are going to run a race or just for fun, I can help you! You pay me nothing, I get paid through Disney, and I would love to help you plan your next vacation!

E-mail me at [email protected] for a free quote. If you book a package you only pay a small deposit now, so if you change your mind it’s not a big deal, you just get your money back up until 45 days before your trip. I am so excited about this! Start sending those emails!

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