Thursday, October 20, 2016

Top 5 Reasons to Set Anchor at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Ahoy mateys! Landlubbers and seafarers alike will get the admiral's treatment at Disney's Beach Club Resort, and I have five reasons you should drop anchor at this Disney Deluxe Resort.

Walt Disney World Resort

 Welcome to this month's Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing our reviews of the deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World.

Prepare to set a course for old-fashioned New England-esque luxury without a bit of fussiness.  2016 brought a major refurbishment to this nautical favorite, so expect all will be ship shape for your future visits.

1.   Stormalong Bay
Disney's Beach Club Resort and Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Disney's Yacht Club Resort and Disney's Beach Club Resort pool views
Three-acres of water park fun await you right outside your "stateroom" door. If you are considering paying for Disney Water Park admission, you might want to reconsider; Stormalong Bay provides many of the features of Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park without any of the additional cost!  Encompassing areas at both Disney's Beach Club Resort AND neighboring Disney's Yacht Club Resort, expect plenty of fully-themed nautical fun offered exclusively to Guests of these two resorts:

-   Life-sized shipwreck slide  (150-feet of splash for brave me hearties; a kiddie slide is located within the ship.)
-   Lazy river  (Inner tubes available for rent)
-   Pools  (Including zero-entry sandy-bottom options)
-   lagoon
-   three whirlpool spas

Eat poolside at Hurricane Hanna's Grill or nearby Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, and you never have to get out of your flip flops!
Pool slide
Better than walking the plank!
2.   Location, Location, Location

Even the saltiest of beachcombers will eventually want to leave the surf.  Your quarters will be in walking distance to Epcot (International Gateway entrance), Disney's Hollywood Studios,  Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney's Boardwalk Resort, and Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels.  Stretch those pirate legs all!  Need some R & R before (certainly after) hitting the parks?  Take a boat to Epcot and or Disney's Hollywood Studios.  You'll feel so relaxed, you may want to remain adrift.
Disney Launch
Some of your choices mate: Boat or International Gateway Walkway.
As with most spots in Walt Disney World Resort, complimentary bus service to Disney Theme and Water Parks, as well as to Disney Springs is also available.

3.   Club Level Luxury

Wow, just wow.  A berth in the Club Level area of Disney's Beach Club Resort comes with the added perk of included-in-the-price food and drink.  Breakfast, snacks, hors d'oeuvres with wine, desserts and cordials, are complimentary and scheduled throughout the day.  If you plan to feed a hungry crew, you could indeed get your money's worth here.

Add in the benefits of concierge check-in and reservation assistance and turn-down service (with chocolates) and luxurious bathrobes hanging in your closet, this upgraded Pixie Dust seemed worth it to me!

4.   Dining Choices

I know what you're thinking.  Other Disney resort hotels have far more in-house dining options. Disney's Beach Club Resort dining selections include:

-   Cape May Cafe  (Character Dining)
-   Beaches & Cream Soda Shop  (Casual Dining)
-   Hurricane Hanna's Grill  (Poolside Quick-Service Dining)
-   Beach Club Marketplace  (Quick-Service Dining)
-   Martha's Vineyard  (Lounge)

However, if you factor in the multitude of restaurants within walking distance, your choices are close to limitless.  From Yachtsman Steakhouse (Disney's Yacht Club), to Il Mulino (Walt Disney World Swan Hotel), to ESPN Club (Disney's Boardwalk), to the myriad of dining spots located in World Showcase alone, chow will not be a concern here!

5.   Beauty

Soak up the beauty of the 25-acre Crescent Lake (which I personally watched them dredging while staying here in 1995.)  It really is hard to imagine that this is a man-made body of water.  As with all of Disney properties, each square inch that surrounds you is authentic and themed to enhance the mood and charm.  How 'bout that lighthouse??

What an idyllic spot to run aground.  Navigate your family to Disney's Beach Club Resort during your next Walt Disney World Resort excursion.  I'll save you a beach chair!

For more Walt Disney World deluxe resort reviews, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Orange | WDW Deluxe Resort Reviews Loop:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CHOC Walk in the Park Presented by Disneyland | Walk Giveaway

In the past, I have written about my experience interning in a children's hospital, and how the CHOC Walk in the Park supports the important work that these facilities do year in and year out.  I was equally touched to learn that Walt Disney himself was on the hospital's first Board of Directors!

On Sunday, October 30, 2016, the Disneyland Resort once again opens its arms to support these children most in need.  Since its inception in 1990, the CHOC Walk has raised over $26 million for CHOC Children's and has become the single largest pediatric walk in the United States.

This year's participants will have some added Pixie Dust; participants will be able to stroll the 3.1 miles through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure Park, and Downtown Disney District in their Halloween costumes!!  (Read costume guidelines HERE.)

If not for my commitment to a conference in Walt Disney World Resort that same weekend, I would be putting my tutu on and joining the fun.  How about you?  Won't you walk for these children??

Enter HERE.
OR, perhaps you would like to enter this magical giveaway.  Enter to win TWO admissions to this year's CHOC Walk!  Enjoy the 5K course as well as entrance to the VIP Breakfast in Downtown Disney District immediately following the event.  (Please note that this does not include theme park admission for the day.)

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Shake a leg and get moving today.  Good luck!!

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2016 CHOC Walk in the Park Events and Activities
Occurring Throughout Month of October

ORANGE, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2016) – The arrival of autumn means its time again for the annual, and always uplifting and inspirational, CHOC Walk in the Park, presented by Disneyland Resort. CHOC Walk is CHOC Children’s Hospital’s annual 5K walk throughout the Disneyland Resort. As the largest and most unique single fundraising pediatric walk event in the nation, last year’s walk raised more than $2.5 million dollars for the hospital’s KidsCare Fund bringing the quarter-century total to over $26 million. Now in its 26th year, the 2016 walk will be extra “spooktacular" as it occurs on Halloween and will be packed with fun for the whole family!

CHOC Walk Ambassadors’ Luau on Saturday, October 29
To add to the excitement of this year’s walk, a festive and exotic Polynesian-themed event has been added to create a weekend of CHOC Walk fun. The CHOC Walk Ambassadors’ Luau will feature exciting traditional dances, hula lessons and cuisine inspired by the Pacific Islands starting at 2:30 p.m. on the Adventure Lawn of the Disneyland Hotel. Tickets are available on the CHOC Walk website.

CHOC Walk in the Park on Sunday, October 30
Beginning at 6:15 a.m. on October 30, fundraising CHOC Walk participants will walk approximately three miles through Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park to celebrate the life-saving, compassionate care CHOC provides Southern California’s children while taking in the magic of the Disneyland Resort. The event culminates in the resort’s Downtown Disney® District where sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers for participants at the CHOC Festival.

Among the event’s estimated 14,000 walkers are participants from across the U.S. and around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Australia and Japan. All monies raised provide funding to the programs and services in the greatest need both at the hospital and in the community—from mental health services to an expanded neonatal intensive care unit to care for children and families who cannot afford to pay. Every dollar counts for Southern California’s kids!

“Love, gratitude and remembrance will again fill Main Street as Walk participants celebrate the lives of children,” said Kimberly Chavalas Cripe, president and CEO, CHOC Children’s. “Nearly 1,000 teams are expected, and include current and former patients and families, as well as doctors, nurses and other medical professionals with none of this possible without the support of our steadfast friends at the Disneyland Resort.”

U.S. News & World Report has named CHOC Children’s one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in the 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. CHOC is also consistently named to the Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Children’s Hospitals, distinguishing CHOC’s commitment to providing the safest, highest quality health care. CHOC is one of only 12 children’s hospitals in the nation and only two in the state to earn the respected award.

“Dating back to when Walt Disney himself provided initial support for the creation of the hospital, the Disneyland Resort continues to be a proud supporter of CHOC Children’s,” said Michael Colglazier, president of the Disneyland Resort. “We’re proud to once again present and host their largest fundraising event, CHOC Walk in the Park, and we look forward to another spectacular fundraising event.”

CHOC Children’s began as a regional hospital in 1964. Today, it has grown to be a regional healthcare leader that treats patients from throughout the United States and around the world. CHOC Children’s is now made up of two hospitals, as well as 30 specialty clinics, access to more than 180 specialists and four renowned centers of excellence – the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

Event and registration information can be found at, and real-time event information can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This year’s social media hashtag is #chocwalk.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Walt Disney World Resort | The First Forty Years

On October 1, 2016, Magic Kingdom Park turns forty-five!  It seems like just yesterday that forty Disney bloggers celebrated the fortieth anniversary; personal, magical stories marking each attraction opening, landmark debut, and entertainment premiere.  No step onto Main Street, U.S.A. is complete without the understanding of who and what walked that path before.

Here You Leave Today and Enter the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy.

1971~   DIStherapy                                     Beginnings
1972~   The Magical Mouse Pad                 E-Ticket Attractions

1973~   Growing Up Disney                       The 12 Adventure Ticket Book
1974~   Pursuing the Magic                         Hoop De Doo Musical Review Debut
1975~   The Disney Chick                           Space Mountain

1976~   Disney-Lovin Spectrum Mom          America on Parade
1977~   Heidi's Head                                    Main Street Electrical Parade
1978~   My Dreams of Disney                     Mickey Mouse's 50th Birthday
1979~   Bringing the Sunshine                     Haunted Mansion Memories
1980~   Beyond the Attractions                    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Opens
1981~   The Disney Babies Blog                  Walt Disney World Tencennial Celebration
1982~   The Real Disney Mom                     EPCOT Center Opens

1983~   My Dreams of Disney                      Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Debuts
1984~   DVC Mom                                        Michael Eisner Becomes CEO
1985~   My Dreams of Disney                      Tinker Bell Takes Her First Flight to Cinderella Castle
1986~   Pursuing the Magic                          15 Years Celebration
1987~   The Disney Driven Life                    EPCOT Center Turns Five
1988~   Heidi's Head                                     Mickey's Birthdayland Opens
1989~   CanaDisney                                      Disney MGM Studios Opens
1990~   Jedi Mouseketeer                              The Disney Decade
1991~   Focused on the Magic                       The Magic Kingdom Club
1992~   Mandas Disney Blog!                       Disneyland Paris Opens | Phantom Manor
1993~   jackie's magical moments                 Hall of Fame Plaza Installed
1994~   DIStherapy                                        The Legend of the Lion King Opens
1995~   Cooking With Mickey                       Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Debuts
1996~   The World of Deej                             First Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
1997~   Disney on Wheels                             25th Anniversary
1998~   WDW Fan Zone                                Disney's Animal Kingdom Opens

1999~   A Disney Mom's Thoughts               Millenium Celebrations
2000~   Disney Go To Girl                            Tapestry of Nations

2001~   Pursuing the Magic                           The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Premiers
2002~   This Happy Place Blog                     Walt's 100th Birthday Celebration
2003~   Disney Donna Kay                            Family Firsts
2004~   CanDoItMom                                    Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Opens
2005~   In God We Still Trust                        Soarin' Debuts
2006~   Magical Mouse Schoolhouse             Expedition Everest Premiers
2007~   Growing Up Disney                           Year of a Million Dreams
2008~   Pursuing the Magic                           Special Children
2009~   My Pixie Dust Diary                          What Will You Celebrate?
2010~   Return to Disney                                Jack Sparrow's Pirate Crew
2011~   Babes in Disneyland                          Walt Disney World vs. Disneyland

Thank you to each of these Pixie Dusted authors.  Their love of The Most Magical Place on Earth is enchanting!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sleep Like an Athlete | National Women's Health and Fitness Day

I've just returned from the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend, and I can tell you that sleep was at a premium this past week!  Though proper restorative sleep is a necessity for optimum athletic performance, the six-hour time difference and excitement of touring another Disney Park made seven to nine hours sleep a night next to impossible pour moi.  Did my half marathon time suffer as a result?  You bet your Euros it did.

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If runDisney race weekends are notorious for being PR busters, this is most likely the culprit.  If you look at the graphic, professional athletes aim for ten to twelve hours of sleep a night.  Imagine what our running times would look like after a good night's sleep!  Though "race jitters" also may interfere with the sleep cycle, proper night-before preparations will help put your mind to rest: train well, set two alarm notifications, lay out your running clothes (including completing the info on the backside of your bib and pinning it to your race shirt), and setting out your pre-race breakfast.

Training, nutrition, hydration, and SLEEP- all are equally necessary for prime athletic performance.  On National Women's Health and Fitness Day, make the notation and make sleep a priority for your next race!