Register Today for the Disneyland Half Marathon

Today is the big day to register for the Disneyland Half Marathon!  Registration opens at noon, so don’t miss your opportunity to run the “Happiest Race on Earth.”

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The Disneyland Half Marathon will take you through Disneyland, California Adventure Park, and through scenic Anaheim, including running through the Anaheim Angels Stadium!

Don’t miss your chance, RunDisney races tend to sell out quickly!

Never been to Disneyland?  Don’t fear, Ashley is here!  Ashley with Charming Travels can help you plan your trip for your RunDisney “race-cation”  She has run Disney races both at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, earning her Coast to Coast distinction twice!  She can help you plan your trip and book for you once you’ve registered for the race!  Contact her today- Ashley@Charmingtravelsllc.com

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California Here I Come- Day 1in review

Alright, after a long day at work for both my husband and myself we boarded a plan in Ohio and headed to Los Angeles for RunDisney’s Avenger’s Half Marathon Weekend!!!

The first thing that I learned on this trip is that flying after work is exhausting, especially when it is a 7 + hours in the air kind of trip. When I originally planned the trip in my mind it was going to be WAY better to fly out on a Thursday after work so that we could hit the race expo AND enjoy more park time on Friday.  I still think this was the right choice, but eeesh with the 3 hour time difference and waking up at my normal Ohio time, I’m pooped and the day hasn’t even begun.

All flights went smoothly AND we got a fun bonus… as we were eating our dinner waiting for our first flight, a man asked if anyone was flying southwest (which we were) and handed me 4 drink vouchers to use on the plane!!!  SCORE!  What a nice way to start the trip and take the edge off on a long trip!

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We got into LAX at 11:20pm California time, so 2:20am Ohio time… LONG day!!!  After getting our bags we were ready to hit the road by 11:45 or so.  When I booked our trip I had purchased round trip transport on the Disneyland Express.  Much to my dismay when our travel documents arrived I realized that our flight was coming in far to late to use this bus service and that it was non-refundable.  Lesson learned.  There are other shuttle services that run 24 hours, but after having so much fun and success with Uber on or Disney World trip we decided well in advance that we would just take Uber to our hotel in Anaheim.

I won’t call using Uber for our hotel ride a mistake per say, BUT at midnight there were absolutely no Uber X drivers at LAX (I don’t know if that was the time of day or if that is standard practice for Uber out here), so we had to take “Uber Select” which is considerably more expensive.  The reason that I won’t call it a mistake, is that after 7+ hours on a plan with VERY little leg room, riding in the back seat of a BMV 7 series with leather interior and dual climate control was a DREAM!!!  But for a nearly 40 minute car ride from LAX to anaheim it was WAY more expensive than I care to admit that I paid for a car ride.

We got checked into the beautiful Best Western Stovall’s Inn around 12:30 pm and hit the hay!  I am excited for Day 2 of our adventure because that’s where the fun is!!!  Day 2 will be in the parks, race expo at the Disneyland Hotel, (hopefully a nap), hanging out with friends that live out here, and a drink at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar!!!  Have a great Friday mouskaholics

Fun Fact Friday- Trader Sam

Who is Trader Sam?

Trader Sam is the “Head Salesman” located at the end of the Jungle Cruise.  When they say Head Salesman, they’re not meaning one who is in charge of other salesmen and women… they literally mean the one who sells heads (of the shrunken variety). The Jungle Cruise one of the original rides at both Disneyland and Disney World.

Depending on which Disney park you most often frequent Trader Sam may look a little different.  Below are photos of the two different Trader Sams.

Trader Sam at Disneyland

Trader Sam at Disneyland

Trader Sam at Walt Disney World

Trader Sam at Walt Disney World

Why would I bring up who Trader Sam is?  I bring it up because of the recent opening of “Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto” at the Polynesian Village resort.  This bar (which also serves appetizers) is based off of the storyline of Trader Sam from the Jungle Cruise.  With the opening of the Grog Grotto, you can now visit Trader Sam’s both at Disneyland (Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel) and at Walt Disney World.

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar @ Disneyland

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar @ Disneyland

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto @ Walt Disney World

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto @ Walt Disney World

In 2012 when I was at Disneyland we visited Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar for beverages and a snack and we fell in LOVE with it!  I was very excited to find out that WDW was adding their own version of Trader Sams, and I can hardly wait to visit!  If it’s anything like the one at Disneyland, I know it will be incredible!  The theming is outstanding, and I love it when they use a tie in from the parks into their resorts!

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