The Best Behind the Scenes Tours at Walt Disney World (by budget- part 1)

I was going to write about the many “Behind the scenes” experiences at Disney World, but Charming Travels has a well written blog post, so why re-invent the wheel!?!  Check out Charming Travel’s blog post on the awesome behind the scenes tours available at WDW   (click on the link)

The Best Behind the Scenes Tours at Walt Disney World (by budget- part 1).

Tuesday’s Tip- Register for the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Today!

Good Morning Mouskaholics!

Today registration for the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon- “The Happiest Race on Earth” opens today at 12pm EST.

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I speak from personal experience when I say this is an amazing race!  I ran the race in 2012 as part of the Coast to Coast challenge, and it was not only my first trip to Disneyland, but also my first time in California!  If you’ve never been to Disneyland, it is such a neat experience to walk where Walt Disney walked 🙂

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The Disneyland race is different from the Disney World races in that in Disneyland you only spend about 3 miles actually on Disney property, and the rest of the race is through the city of Anaheim.  Disney World races are entirely on Disney property because of the vast amounts of land owned in Florida.

With that being said there are opportunities for some neat non-Disney experiences in the Disneyland race, like running through the Anaheim Angels Stadium!

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In addition to the Disneyland 1/2 marathon, you can also register for the Disneyland 10k, or 5k.  If you’re up for an even bigger challenge register for the Dumbo Double Dare where you run the 10k on Saturday and the 1/2 Marathon on Sunday.

2014 Disneyland Medals

2014 Disneyland Medals

The Disneyland 1/2 Marathon weekend will kick off on Friday September 4th with the 5k, and continue on Saturday with the 10k and Sunday with the 1/2 marathon.  This is all held on Labor Day weekend which can make getting off work a little less complicated for these events!  To register visit http://www.rundisney.com around noon today!

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Me with my 2012 DL 1/2 medal and Coast-to-Coast challenge medal

If you decide to register and would like help planning for the “Happiest Race on Earth” be sure to contact Ashley- ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com to help with your planning!  She is a RunDisney runner herself and would love to help you plan for your special experience!

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

Picking a Pearl

Well I’m back in cold dreary Ohio, but I definitely had an AMAZING trip to Disney this past weekend!  The 1/2 marathon was awesome, spending time with my mom and my aunt was awesome, and seeing John Stamos at Epcot was DEFINITELY AWESOME!

I will do a full report tomorrow on the highlights and overview of our trip, however today I wanted to share a really fun experience that I’ve always wanted to try.  While at Epcot, in the world showcase, we visited Japan.  In the Mitsukoshi gift shop there is an area where you can pick a pearl from an oyster.  There are two tanks of water where the oysters are kept, and you can pick from the many oysters.  They will open it for you and you keep the pearl inside.  The price is $17 after tax and you have no idea what type of pearl you will get.  Once they open the pearl you’ll see the size and color.  You can then just keep the pearl, or they have different jewelry settings.  I chose to have my pearl set in a ring.

I had my mom video the experience as it was happening so you can view my “Picking a Pearl” experience here-

I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a unique experience!

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If you’re interested in planning your own Disney Vacation and would like help planning your own special experiences, please contact me at ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com!  I would be more than happy to send you a free quote and work with you to create a magical experience for you and your family!

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com