Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Snaps to Disney Social Media Celebration On-The-Road New York City

This year's Disney Social Media Celebration On-The-Road New York City brought highlights of #AwakenSummer, a big anniversary for Disney Parks Blog Jenn Fickley-Baker, Pinterest strategies galore, blogging success with your kids, and... good golly, Snapchat. Say what?!  As Parent Council President I spent five years crusading AGAINST this evil app; the ultimate tool for tween and teen bullying was a proven vehicle for sharing questionable video images that survived for ten seconds and then disappeared forever.  It cruelly left behind no evidence of its content.  I forbid my own boys from opening an account until college.  They eventually forgave me, but may not now.  Mama's got a Snapchat account.

On the morning of March 30, 2016, Disney Parks Social Media Director Leanne O'Regan opened the show for the fifth iteration of Disney Social Media Celebration On-The-Road.

I was anticipating Disney Parks Pixie Dust and insight into social media mechanics.  I was NOT prepared for this:

In 2014, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort added Snapchat accounts to their social media storytelling.  Impressed by the level of user creativity (we all know that the Disney brand and creativity go together, hand in four-fingered-glove), Disney Parks promoted their accounts during the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event.  Success!  Text, drawings, and filters enhanced and personalized their Disney Parks experience.  Now, with the addition of  Geofilters (location-specific overlays), Guests can locate and create their own unique "postcards" throughout the parks.  Sounds like a magical treasure hunt to me!  (Pokemon, be darned.)

Snaps to my friend Lisa at Home is Where the Mouse Is for this photo!
If it was good enough for Walt...  I set up my account.  Yes, it's yet another social media channel, but one that isn't designed for comments, likes, or shares.  Well isn't that liberating?!  With the addition of Snapchat "Stories," users can preserve their images and video for 24-hours; more my speed.  At approximately 8 BILLION video views per day, it would be foolish not to give it a stab.  If it builds community, I'm in.  (Don't worry my sons, I will not be intruding on your Snapchat space.)

Thanks again Lisa!
Join me on Snapchat @DIStherapy and watch me (attempt) to share Walt Disney World Resort with you on September 15th!!

As always, I send my heartfelt gratitude to Leanne, Jenn, and the entire Disney Parks team.  You make the big boss proud!

**  I received magical invitations to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road" events and was admitted free of charge.  This magical re-creation comes purely from the heart!

Monday, August 15, 2016

runDisney Packing List | A Physical Therapist's Must-Haves

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing Disney packing printables to help you decide what to bring on your Disney trip.

You've planned your costume for months. Tutu, tiara, check.  Heck, your Tinker Bell Pinterest board is a mile long.  And while those fairy wings and shoe pom-poms will make for magical race course photos, it is this packing and planning that will get you over the finish line with a smile on your face and Pixie Dust in your step.

Many of these items are obvious (unless you are one of the last of the barefoot runners you will require running shoes for your race) but the rest may depend on your past trials and errors.  Why not skip the boo boos, blisters, and inflamed tendons?  Contrary to popular belief, injury SHOULD NOT be an expected by-product of the sport of running.  (Which is why I LOVE runDisney guru Jeff Galloway!)  Take advantage of my 35-years-in-the-making pointers.  Make this runDisney Packing List part of your race training!


-  Designated Running Shoes
-  Shoe Orthotics or Inserts
-  Race Socks
-  UV Racing Sunglasses
-  Kinesiology Tape
-  Brace(s)
-  Body Lubricant (Body Glide, Dr. Scholl's Blister Defense)
-  Toe Caps
-  Band-Aids and/or Moleskin
-  Hydration Belt with Water Bottle(s)
-  Self-Massagers (Foam Roller, The Stick, Ball)
-  Thermal Blanket
During Race:

-  Hydration (Water, Electrolytes) (i.e. Nuun, Powerade)
-  Nutrition  (Sugar, Gels) (i.e. GU, Sports Beans, Honey Stinger Chews)
-  Cooling (Cooling Towels, Cooling Sleeves)
-  Compression Garments (Arm/Leg Sleeves, Pants, Shirts) (i.e. CRX, CEP)
-  Sports Straps (i.e. Cho-Pat, ITB Compression, Plantar Fascitis Strapping)

-  Topical Analgesics (i.e. Biofreeze, Sombra)
-  Cold Wraps with and without compression (i.e. Arctic Ease, Dr. Cool)
-  Self-Massagers (Foam Rollers, The Stick, Balls, Scraper)
-  Acetaminophen, NSAIDS (i.e. Tylenol, Mortin, Aleve)

Have I won you over?  Print my list (BELOW) for yourself.  Many of these items will not be available or consistently present at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo.  Don't leave home without these crucial make-or-break race accoutrements!  (It may keep you out of your local physical therapy office.)

For more Disney packing printables, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Blue | Disney Packing Printables Loop:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Robert Redford as Storyteller in Pete's Dragon

Disney's Pete's Dragon roars into theaters today, with Robert Redford portraying the wise old soul; a departure from the roles that catapulted him into a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1960s.  Embracing his weather-worn features and occasional 5 o'clock shadow, our hero enthusiastically recants the tale of an encounter with a fierce dragon to the young and old of his community in the Pacific Northwest.  Unfortunately, even his own daughter sees this story as little more than an exaggerated fairy tale.  As the movie progresses, however, he will get his "I told you so" moment, as elders often do!

This soon-to-be 80-year-old actor, director, producer, environmental activist, developer of the non-profit institute established to mentor the small and independent filmmaker (The Sundance Film Festival) plays woodcarver, storyteller, and narrator in this latest remake from Walt Disney Studios.  His character, Mr. Meacham, clearly believes in the magic of the Millhaven dragon (though at times we wonder if he himself doesn't doubt the reality of what he saw) and is disappointed when even his own families members do not.  Regardless, it is that magic that has informed his life and changed the way he sees the world.  Be open to looking beyond the obvious, the beyond the everyday, he tells his daughter Grace (played by Ron Howard's daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard).  With age comes wisdom kids!

Perhaps it is fitting, then, that this character "saves the day".  Eighty years of storytelling, in every possible capacity, have served Mr. Redford well.  (And that smile and mop of hair are still disarming!!)

Mr. Meacham weaves his tale...

Personally, I view each of Robert Redford's more recent films as treasures to be cherished.  Pete's Dragon is one of those gems that both the young and old can hold dear.

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PETE’S DRAGON flies into theatres everywhere on August 12th!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

August Dog Days Virtual Run Giveaway

These are the dog days of summer folks! It's nearing 100 degrees with 100% humidity here in New York, so the dogs have it. Fittingly, Level Up Virtual Runs and SLS3 are presenting their August virtual run, geared towards supporting Second Chance Love host Sanctuary dogs.  These dogs are unadoptable and in need of extra TLC.  FOR EVERY ENTRY, Level Up Virtual Runs will donate a toy, blanket, or dog bowl.

Each participant can choose a 5K, 10K, or half marathon, and will receive the 4-inch Dog Days medal seen above.

All DIStherapy readers can SAVE 10% off race registration with code Save10.

For more information, visit the Level Up Virtual Runs page HERE.  For race registration, go HERE. (All events US $25, Non-US $40.)

For LED light workout belt on Amazon ($34.90 value) all DIStherapy readers can receive a belt for $10 by using code QN9QMIOD HERE

The giveaway: one free entry into the August Dog Days Virtual Run.

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What are you waiting for? The dog days of summer won't last (and neither will this giveaway.)  Enter by August 21st.