Fun Fact Friday- Who is Orange Bird?

About 5 or 6 years ago I got really into pin trading at Disney  (some may say obsessed…)  One of the characters that really intrigued me was this little orange bird character. At the time I didn’t know much about him, but he was cute, playful, and I made it my goal to collect all of his pins! Every cast member I interacted with I was searching for orange bird pins! (FYI, I totally collected them all too… it took two trips to do it, but I have them all through trading!)

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While I was definitely excited about collecting his pins I had NO IDEA who orange bird was, so I did a little research-

Who is Orange Bird?

The Orange Bird was created in 1970 as a mascot for the Florida Citrus Commission in exchange for them sponsoring the Tiki Room attraction at Magic Kingdom. Accompanied by singer Anita Bryant the two appeared in ads for Florida oranges and Bryant narrated a record album telling the character’s story. After the Anita Bryant ad campaign was dropped in the late 70s, the Orange Bird had a solo career and appeared in a few educational shorts in the 1980s such as Foods and Fun: A Nutrition Adventure and The Orange Bird and the Nutrition Bandwagon. Eventually, the bird would fade into obscurity when Disney and the FCC severed their ties in 1987.

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Years later, at Tokyo Disneyland in 2004, the Orange Bird would experience a revival as the Japanese became infatuated with the character and the character received a lot of merchandising to coincide with Japan’s annual Orange Day on April 14th of that year. The Orange Bird soon returned to appearing regularly on merchandise in the US as well.

The Orange Bird appeared at Magic Kingdom as a walk around character during that park’s first decade. He would often be found roaming Adventureland, outside the Enchanted Tiki Room. A figure of the character was also perched in a spot behind the counters of the Sunshine Tree Terrace, which has since been restored to the location after having spent years in the Disney Archives. Orange Bird merchandise can be found in retail locations at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort, despite the fact that the character otherwise never appeared at the latter.

Eventually, on April 17, 2012, the Orange Bird made a proper return to the Sunshine Tree Terrace.

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Unlike other birds, the Orange Bird is incapable of singing or speaking and instead communicates with orange-colored thought bubbles. He is mocked by other birds as a result of this and Orange Bird generally looks for friends wherever he goes.

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Information Credit- Disney Wiki

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Ten Reasons to RunDisney

Alright, I am currently training for the Goofy Challenge!  When I complete that full marathon it will be my third full marathon at Walt Disney World!!!  I’ve only run one full marathon off Disney property, and I assure that it was just not as fun!  I decided that it would be a good time to post my top ten reasons to RunDisney (I cannot take credit for all of these… I asked for some input from other Disney runners!)

10. Training for a race at Disney is a great motivator!  You can use imagery and imagine that you’re at Disney while you’re training.  I personally have LOTS of Disney music in my playlist!!!

9. After I run, my favorite thing to do is EAT!  If you run a race at Disney guess what, you get to eat at Disney!!!! (Think of the cupcakes!)

Smores Cupcake

Smores Cupcake

8.  You can run in costume without being judged!  It isn’t required that you run in costume, but MANY people choose to run in costumes… because, why not?

Evil Queens

Evil Queens

Miss Piggy and Kermit

Miss Piggy and Kermit

7. Just like everything that Disney does, their races are WORLD CLASS events!  The expo, the course, the entertainment, the water stations- everything is so well organized.

6. There are races for all distances!  You can run as little as a 5k at Disney, and all the way up to a full marathon!

5. If you’re a little Goofy, or Dopey even you can run multiple races!  Goofy Challenge is a 1/2 marathon and a full marathon on two consecutive days.  Dopey Challenge is a 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, and full marathon over four consecutive days.  There are other special challenges- Dumbo Double Dare, Glass Slipper Challenge, and the Coast to Coast challenge! (Yes there are races both in Florida and California!)

4. If you’re going to run a crazy distance (you know… 13.1 or 26.2 miles) why wouldn’t you want to do it at the happiest place on earth!

3. The BLING is outstanding.  The medals that you get from running a Disney race are simply spectacular!

My medals from 2012.  (Right to Left)- Disney World 1/2 Marathon, Disney World Marathon, Goofy Challenge, Disneyland 1/2 Marathon, Coast to Coast Challenge

My medals from 2012. (Right to Left)- Disney World 1/2 Marathon, Disney World Marathon, Goofy Challenge, Disneyland 1/2 Marathon, Coast to Coast Challenge

2. You can get your pictures taken with characters along the way!  Plus the lines move much quicker than they do at the parks! You can hand your camera off to a cast member, and they will take your picture for you!  They know that you wanna get your picture and get back on the move!

Myself and Kim with Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip

Myself and Kim with Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip

Me with Mike and Sully- 2012 Disney Marathon

Me with Mike and Sully- 2012 Disney Marathon

Flynn taught me how to do the "smolder"

Flynn taught me how to do the “smolder”

With Mary Poppins and Gang!

With Mary Poppins and Gang!

1. If you’ve ever been to Disney, it is an incredible NEW way to experience Disney!  You’ll see backstage areas that you’ve never seen, and you will never look at the parks the same way!

Check out and register for upcoming races at RunDisney