Saturday, May 14, 2016

On With the Show | runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series Begins

Everybody neat and pretty?  Then on with the show!!  This Mouseketeer is ready to hit the pavement with Mickey and begin the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon training in the process.  Though I received my virtual ears when watching The Mickey Mouse Club on TV in 1959, I am excitedly anticipating this newest offering from the Disney brand- the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series.

If you are a runDisney veteran, you are likely looking forward to something that will scratch the runDisney itch during the long, hot summer ahead.  With nearly four months between contests- May's Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by Pandora Jewelry and September's Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna- true fans are left chomping at their laces.

If you have never registered with runDisney, this is the perfect, most convenient and economical way to earn your first piece of Pixie Dusted bling!  Whether taking in a pleasant stroll around your neighborhood, counting your first laps at your district's high school track, or hitting "start" on the dusty treadmill that seconds as a spare closet for your clothes, NOW is your chance at "every mile is magic."

Choose the 5K virtual race that suits you best:
  • runDisney Virtual Running Shorts - Yellow Shoes  (Complete your 3.1 miles between May 15 and June 1, 2016)
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  • runDisney Virtual Running Shorts - Red Pants  (Complete your 3.1 miles between June 5 and June 18, 2016)
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  • runDisney Virtual Running Shorts - White Glove  (Complete your 3.1 miles between June 19 and June 30, 2016)
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OR walk/run all three 5Ks and earn an additional Running Shorts Mickey Series Medal AND Mickey tumbler!

Each race costs $39, and the series, 9.3 miles, (and those FOUR Finisher Medals) will cost $142.  Each medal will be received by the runner approximately thirty days post race completion.

Hop on the course!  Registration for the first race, Yellow Shoes, is open until May 31st.  (The runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series, as well.)  Each subsequent race is open until the final day of its Completion Timeframe.

Need more motivation?  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the Celebratory Charity for these races.

** Proof of run not required.

Join me at #runDisneyShorts and record the fun.  See 'ya real soon!!

Download your virtual race bib here:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

When You Wish - The Story of Walt Disney Premieres at Phoenix Theatre

Become part of the magic when the Walt Disney story comes to life in a new musical production this May.  "Fascinated with possibility and armed with childlike ingenuity," our favorite genius continues to allow us all to wish upon our favorite star.  Though the world premiere opens in Phoenix, Arizona, I know we are wishing that this production takes it on the road!

Photo Credit: Phoenix Theatre
World Premiere Musical When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney Debuts at Phoenix Theatre Phoenix, Ariz. – Explore the life and times of Walt Disney in the world premiere musical When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney! Writer, composer and lyricist Dean McClure portrays Walt (Joey Sorge) as a dreamer who suffers setbacks but perseveres with the support of his business partner and brother, Roy (Andy Umberger), his friend Ub Iwerks (Matthew Malecki) and his adoring wife, Lillian (Sydney Marie Hawes). The journey begins in 1908 with six-year-old Walt drawing cartoons at home and concludes with his biggest dream of all, the opening of Disneyland in 1955. Roy serves as the story’s narrator, taking us on a journey of struggle, heartache, and enormous triumph — these moments including the opening and bankrupt closing of Laugh-0-Gram Studios in Kansas City; the formation of Disney Brothers Studios in Hollywood; the marriage of Walt and Lillian Disney; the departure of his best and closest animator Ub Iwerks; and the creation of a mouse named Mickey, which ignited his career and the legacy that would forever be Walt Disney. Be a part of the magic of seeing this new production come to life and celebrate the icon who brought us the most famous set of ears on earth. When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney opens May 18 and runs through June 12. Tickets start at $30 and are available for purchase by phone at 602.254.2151 or by visiting

Photo Credit: Phoenix Theatre/Matt Chesin

ABOUT PHOENIX THEATRE The largest producing regional theatre company in Arizona, Phoenix Theatre offers more programs and experiences than any other. With over 400 performances on multiple stages and thriving education and outreach programs, more than 100,000 citizens are inspired every year.

 A founding member of the Central Arts District, Phoenix Theatre is in its 96th season and is more committed than ever to advancing arts in the Valley. Phoenix Theatre is currently producing eight remarkable productions in the Mainstage Theatre and Hormel Theatre and the Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals is in its 18th consecutive year. Additionally, Phoenix Theatre’s outreach and educational programs continue to serve children and adults of all ages.

Inextricably woven into the fabric of Your City, Phoenix Theatre is Your Theatre. Every show or service provided is measured against our mission – to create exceptional theatrical experiences by using the arts to articulate messages that inspire hope and understanding. Think harder, laugh more, and feel deeply! Your City. Your Theatre. 100 E. McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85004

** I received no compensation or product for sharing this press release; my only motivation is that this production is such a HIT that it makes it to New York City real soon!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hidden Force in Star Wars Launch Bay | Walt Disney World Resort

March yourself to Star Wars Launch Bay in Hollywood Studios.  Now.

Head back to The Cantina.  (After taking in the Special Character Encounters, Launch Bay Theater, Star Wars Game Center, and Preview Gallery, of course.)


Trade one of your treasures with the roaming Jawas.  Be prepared for scrutiny.

They are particular to shiny baubles.  Shoes, not so much.

If you trade something they like, expect a galactic token in return.  If not, be prepared for them to help themselves!!

May the Fourth Be With You!!

Focused on the Magic

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mojito In Paradise | The Cove Bar at Disney California Adventure

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are touring some of the great bars and lounges you can find at the Disney Parks.

Nestled into the corner behind Ariel's Grotto, this recently expanded alfresco lounge is now less the "hideaway" it once was, but the views, cocktails, and nibbles make this spot a real splash. Located on Paradise Pier, the views from the Cove Bar are the perfect compliment to your beverage of choice. (And the squeals from California Screamin' are equally entertaining.) Toast!

The seaside amusement park atmosphere is lighthearted and fun; though I enjoy sitting at the bar, the tables on the rail are the place to be.

This "crow's nest" on Paradise Bay serves up wine, sangria, beer, hard root beer, tequila, tequila flights, and the beverage menu found across Disney Parks and Resorts; mixology utilizing organic spirits, fresh fruit juices, and no-sugar-added purees. (Including my son's favorite, the Magical Star Cocktail. I'd love to show you a photo, but I'm never quite fast enough... Slurp!)

Mama has been known to hit the Cove Bar post runDisney contests for an obligatory early Mimosa.

Ask for the "secret" drink menu- Mickey's Fun Wheel is not just delicious but so PRETTY.  Alcohol and non-alcoholic specialties are not the only offerings at this seaside spot.  The Cove Bar is an ideal spot for a light lunch on the water.  The Spinach and Artichoke Dip is a standard appetizer-type option, but the CB Lobster Nachos, Trio of Tri-tip Sliders, or Specialty Artisan Pizza (it changes seasonally) are more of a meal.

This is the pre-renovation menu; gone are the Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Buffalo Wings.  They have been replaced by Fajita Quesadilla Rolls and Chorizo Fundito.  Chorizo!!!
Earlier this year, the Cove Bar doubled its seating capacity when its renovation took over the space where the character meet and greet gazebo once stood.  Now that its visibility has been significantly enhanced, get ready for an equally significant wait time. Reservations are not (yet) accepted at this oasis of adult beverage, and the line queues up about a half-hour before opening (usually 11:00 am daily.)  This lounge normally closes before World of Color showings, and though the new space is covered, it is not open during inclement weather.

Deluxe and Southern California Annual Pass:   10%
Premium and Premiere Annual Pass:   15%
Disney Vacation Club:   10%

Next time you visit Disneyland Resort, look for me in the oasis upstairs from Ariel's Grotto.

We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the Sea

For more great Disney bars & lounges, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Disney Bar Crawl Loop: