Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FASTPASS to Disneyland 1999

Written by Nancy Sinclair Brook
Welcome to Disneyland - 1999!

While Disneyland had come to be known as The Happiest Place On Earth, 1999 brought a few new changes to the theme park. You might even say that a little more magic began to move through the Disney company. Anaheim, the city previous known for its orange groves and walnut trees had become a vacation destination and Disneyland had become on of the top employers in the area. It's hard to imagine that Disneyland was the only theme park that was created, designed and built under the careful supervision of Walt Disney himself!  

In 1999, the cost of a one-day adult admission ticket was $39.00! As Disneyland continued to grow, so did the crowds. The most common guest complaint was waiting in long lines for attractions and shows and Disney came up with a plan: the creation of the "FASTPASS". Disney's FASTPASS was introduced in the fall of 1999 and was described as a ride reservation or "virtual queuing" system for rides. The FASTPASS allowed theme park guests to avoid waiting in long lines at select attractions which had the feature installed, and gave them the freedom to shop, eat or visit other attractions while they waited. The service was provided at no additional charge to every park guest and was an instant success! Later, the FASTPASS was introduced at Walt Disney World at all four of its theme parks.

A couple of Disneyland's attractions did close in 1999; the Skyway was closed permanently, and the Tomorrowland Autopia was closed as well (only until 2000 when Disneyland recreated it with brand new bigger tracks and snazzy new cars). 

Finally, 1999 unveiled some exciting news: on November 1, 1999, it was announced that The Walt Disney Company had reached an agreement with China to build what is now known as Hong Kong Disneyland. On September 2, 2005, the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, which included Hong Kong Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Hotel, celebrated its grand opening. It is truly hard to imagine what Walt would think about his beloved characters, attractions, and magic being spread literally around the globe.

As for me, 1999 brought a new baby girl to join my 18-month-old son and daughter and the beginning of a love affair between my kids and Disneyland. As a former Cast Member, I knew all about the joy, the fun, and the pixie dust. Introducing Disney to my own children was pure magic.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It Takes a Village to DisneyBound | Disney Social Media Moms Celebration On-The-Road

A magical invitation such as this requires full expression of one's Disney Side.  Though I had dabbled in the DisneyBounding fun at last year's celebration, a further read mandated a bit more Imagineering...

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

The Disney Parks Social Media team cordially invites you to join us for Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road" New York! We are excited to host our New York City “On-the-Road” event at the historic New Amsterdam Theatre, located in the heart of Times Square. Operated by Disney Theatrical Group, it’s currently home to Broadway's hit musical comedy – Aladdin.

Did somebody say historic?!  My family has had a relationship with the New Amsterdam Theatre since 1997 (read more about that in an upcoming post Behind the Scenes Tour Of the New Amsterdam Theatre | Disney Social Media Moms Celebration On-The-Road) so my gut told me that this event would be more magical than most.  (IF that was possible.)  In this summer of remembrance and homage to the man who started it all, my mind leapt to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration that we will take part in this July and the 60 Days to 60 Years series that 59 other Walt Disney-adorers and myself are participating in.  Nostalgia rules the day and my Disney Side must reflect it!

Photo used with the express permission of Babes in Disneyland.
Enter "it's a small world."  Is it ever!  I spotted my pal Lisa Robertson front and Main Street, U.S.A. center for the media launch of the Diamond Celebration.  Just look at her!  Noticing the Mary Blair trademark immediately, I felt a sentimental call to my own 50 Year Cruise.   Just watch Lisa's video and tell me your retro spirit isn't inspired.

Talk about one moon and one golden sun colliding!  I contacted Lisa to find out where I might purchase such a frock and she referred me to Pinup Girl Clothing's "The Magic of Mary Blair Collection."  (NOTE:  Nether Lisa nor I receive an affiliate compensation for this mention. I do it solely as a courtesy to you, my villagers.  Think Dapper Days girls!)  I found a dress worthy of the occasion and thought I was set.

Until I spotted this posted on the other town in our village-  Twitter.

I entered and won.  How's that for kismet?!  @teresalovera of @CATravelGirls could not have been sweeter and made sure I received my "diamond" pin before the big show!

Now I knew I needed one more element to complete the ode to Walt and his big year; those diamond-crusted Disneyland 60 EARS I've been seeing sparkling all over social media.  Knowing I couldn't get my own pair until July, I sent the SOS to my West Coast shoppers.  "Though the mountains are wide" a pair landed on my doorstep from a true darling; a kindred spirit who understood the call.

At last, DisneyBounding garb worthy of


Surely "it's time we're aware"- diamonds can't be a girl's best friend; like the lights on Broadway, the flesh and blood variety shine brighter.

Read more about this event in the upcoming post : Disney Social Media Moms Celebration On-The-Road Lights Up the Great White Way.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

3 Must-Have Printing Innovations From HP | MyPrintly Mom Meet-Up #CMYK

Yes, I'm the blogger who got her first iPhone two weeks ago.  The vast world of handy apps and social media connectivity has eluded me all these many years.  I say it's perfect and fortuitous timing because I now am the proud owner of two apps that came with on-the-job training!  Thanks to the MyPrintly Mom Meet-Up #CMYK event of June 14th, 2015, I have some tools and know-how that even I can use and share.  By all means, let me show you how to "create memories you keep!"

**This is not a sponsored post, though I did receive free entry into The MyPrintly Mom Meet-Up.  As always, my statements and opinions are all mine!

1.  HP Instant Ink

Who among us hasn't felt the panic of hitting "print" on a project, only to see the dreaded "out of ink" signal?!  For me, it usually occurs as I am heading out the door to a board meeting or to teach my first-grade religion class.  What's a lesson without my custom Noah's Ark coloring pages??  And does Staples ever have the correct cartridge in stock??  Well, HP now offers an automatic ink replacement service to prevent such calamities.  Your printer automatically orders the ink depending on the number of pages printed.  I'm a fan of any machine that can count better than me!  Plus, you can save up to 50% on your ink costs. AND they'll provide postage-paid recycling for used cartridges.  To utilize this service, you must own one of HP's Instant Ink eligible printers.  Guess who has one at the top of her Christmas list?  HP, my first-graders will send you a rainbow-themed thank you.

2.   HP Social Media Snapshot

This free HP Social Media Snapshots app (for iPhone and iPad) allows you to print your best-loved Instagram, Facebook, or Flickr photos, all with the punch of a hashtag.

Imagine a world where your treasured memories, once floating forever in cyberspace, could finally be appreciated and showcased in your home.

Self-stick printer paper!  A scrapbooker's dream.

Just a sampling of the Disney Side #MyPrintly handiwork that evening.

3.   HP Cards

Plan, invite, and decorate your party- all remotely from your phone!  Holy cow.  It is so hard to wrap my shrinking prefrontal cortex around this one.

So, I dabbled.  On the ride home from this year's Disney Social Media Moms Celebration On-The-Road event (not to worry, hubs was driving) I began party planning for my son's upcoming birthday.

Yup, invites created and e-mailed in less than 5 minutes thanks to the HP Cards app.  I am already plotting the printing bonanza for party room decoration and thank you cards; all I need is a well-charged phone!!!

Luckily, the evening presented many new photo ops and memories made.  New "material."

@pixiedustedme,@lovedisneyrun, @RI_Mom, @rachelhorsley, @dlfelice, @a2zdisney, & @homeisthemouse

Thank you Maria Bailey, Natalie from BSM Media, and the entire MyPrintly HP team!  You can follow them @MomTalkRadio, @MyPrintly, and #CMYK.

**This is not a sponsored post, though I did receive free entry into The MyPrintly Mom Meet-Up.  As always, my statements and opinions are all mine!

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Run Walk Run Method Gets More Magical | Jeff Galloway's New Strategy

My magic number is 30.  It was when I started running four years ago and it still is.  Despite my advanced age and static fitness level, I have been able to shave fifty minutes off my half marathon time in that period.  Very simply, the only factor in that success is Jeff Galloway's Run Walk Run method  (Imagine if I actually did his training program justice?!)  Not only is Jeff's method result-driven, it is common sense.  For decades, I would attempt to get my patients to throttle back at some point in their training; for so, so many the "more is better" strategy was the sure-fire way to support their local physical therapist!  As I told Jeff when we first met, I would much rather work on strength training and coordination drills as opposed to tendonitis treatment.

Fittingly, the first group run I took with Jeff  was a 30-second walk/30-second run ratio.


Admittedly, Jeff's strategies and rations have evolved continually since his first running class in 1974.  Which is why I nearly did the high jump when I learned of his NEWEST iteration...  (And thank goodness "30" is the magic number.)

Jeff Introduces a New Run/Walk Strategy

Jeff Galloway's Run/Walk/Run method was revolutionary for three reasons:
1 - Run/Walk/Runners felt better throughout the long run.
2 - Run/Walk/Runners recovered faster and got injured less often.
3 - Run/Walk/Runners went faster with the breaks than without.
Since his introduction of walk breaks in 1974, Jeff he has received feedback from hundreds of thousands of runners, allowing him to fine-tune Run/Walk/Run to keep people feeling better, staying healthy, and running faster.
The greatest benefit of the walk break comes in the first 30 seconds.
Our heart rates come down, the running muscles relax, we catch our breaths, and the fatigue melts away.
After 30 seconds of walking, we tend to slow down.
Here is a typical example of what happens with a 1-minute walk break:
A run/walk/runner averaging 10-minute pace in a marathon using 3 min/1min might walk at a 15-minute mile pace for the first part of the race.
As fatigue sets in, that walk gets slower, and by halfway, the runner may be walking at 18 min/mi.
This means faster running is needed to stay on pace, which creates more fatigue at the end of each running segment, so the walk will get slower, and so goes the downward spiral at the end of the race.
Avoiding the Slowdown
Compared to running constantly, the 1-minute walk break still results in runners feeling better, staying healthier, and going faster, but it can get even better! Limiting walk breaks to 30 seconds, or in some cases even less, while cutting the run time accordingly, gives all the same benefits, with even less fatigue and even faster times.
The Bottom Line
If you are in already using a 30-second walk break or less, you don't need to adjust. If you are using an interval that takes a 1-minute walk break, keep the same ratio but cut your walk and run times in half. For example, a 1-minute/1-minute interval now becomes a 30-sec./30-sec. interval. It's that simple.

**I received nothing - neither product nor compensation- for releasing this information to my readers.  I do it out of pure admiration!!!

Don't forget to register for the 2nd annual Jeff Galloway 13.1.  December 11-13, 2015 brings a fun-filled weekend with the 13.1 half marathon, Barb's 5K and the new "Fit Kids" run.

Join us in all the weekend events including the Race Expo with exciting vendors and speakers, a festive holiday mood and surprises at the finish line!
Register now at Jeff Galloway 13.1
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