New Security Measures Coming Soon To Disney Parks


Disney Parks Brace For New Security Rules

As happy families everywhere start to pack their bags for a summer full of fun, the Walt Disney Co. has announced plans for further increases in security in their theme parks. The first of these measures will start in two weeks and will take effect in all six US based theme parks.

In 2015 Disney added metal detectors to the entrances of its parks, guests are randomly screened prior to entering the turnstile area. This security measure added to the bag check which started shortly after 9/11. The bag check is currently performed on all guest bags prior to entering the park.

In addition to the metal detectors, Disney also banned Selfie Sticks, costumes for adults, masks, swords and toy guns in 2015. They also stopped selling toy guns in the parks. These guns have been a popular purchase for boys since the park opened in 1971.

As of April 14th, guests entering Disney parks in California and Florida will be required to surrender all liquid filled containers. This includes water bottles, soda bottles, prepackaged juices and other beverage containers. One exception will be expressed milk for breast fed babies under the age of 2 years. For guests having special medical needs, a drop-off of medically necessary beverages can prearranged though Guest Services.

“We continue to place guest security at the top of our list when it comes to introducing new security measures in the parks,” stated Joe Fox, a Disney spokesperson. Mr. Fox continued, “We have decided to give our guests a two week notice in order to allow for guests to rearrange their plans. In addition, we are offering a $.50 per bottle discount on all waters purchased in the parks to help defer any costs to our guests for the next year.”

As always, guests are welcome to ask for a glass of water, at no cost, at any quick service location, as well as enjoy any one of the chilled water fountains throughout the parks.

Further security plans will be released throughout April as they gear up for a Disney Summer!

So Many Cool Adventures Coming Your Way at Disney

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I am so excited to hear the new adventures coming your way at the Disney Parks and Resorts. Not only will we be getting a Star Wars Land in Florida, but also one in California. Bringing Star Wars to life will be a huge expansion for the Disney and Star Wars partnership.

Coming next year will be an all new Sorin’ Over The World. This magical journey will add to the Sorin’ Over California adventure in both parks.

Toy Story Land will be making a big expansion to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With the current expansion of Toy Story Mania opening later this year, we can expect lots of cool adventures to come, including an Andy sized room where you are made to feel like a toy.

Disney will continue to integrate the Marvel brand into the parks as they are working on an Iron Man ride.

Of course, lets not forget the coming Avatar Land opening in the coming years. This high tech adventure will make you feel like you are on Pandora.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Registration Opens Today

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After much anticipation, the Registration for the long awaited Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend opened today at 12 pm EST. This much sought after event is filling up fast with the Star Wars Rebel Challenge completely Sold Out, and the remaining races filling up fast. If you want this race then you better head on over to runDisney’s website and get registered.

Once you get your bib, it’s time to get a hotel room. We have a block of rooms booked at the Fairfield Anaheim, which is a quick walk over to the start of the race. We stayed at this hotel for Dumbo Double Dare last year and were very pleased with the convenience and cleanliness. You are about a 5 minute walk to the gates of Disneyland and California Adventure and about a 10 minute walk to the start line. Rooms are $135 per night plus tax and resort fees. Head on over to Destinations in Florida travel, fill out a quick form and our travel guru Jennifer will get right back to you.

While you are wrapping up your travel plans, don’t forget that special race costume. We have our brand new “The Force Runs With Me” shirts available in Men’s and Women’s sizes on Etsy. You’ll be race ready with they awesome shirt from Behind The Mouse.

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Annual Passholder Registration for 2015 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Opens Tomorrow!

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Annual Passholder and DVC Member Pre-Registration for 2015 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Opens Tomorrow!

The Disney Annual Passholder registration event for the 2015 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend opens at Noon EST on June 4th.  Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Member Pre-Registration Opens Tomorrow at Noon EST! You can use the link below to gain access to the registration link, but you will need a valid Annual Pass in order to access the registration link. In addition you will need to have your Annual Pass tied to a My Disney Experience account. We suggest you log into your My Disney Experience today and make sure that you can gain access as we expect this event to fill up quickly. Please do not give out the registration link located on the Disney website to people who are not passholders.

DVC Members need to log into their membership page in order to get the link.

Disney Rewards Visa card holders cannot use their discount during pre-registration.

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Get Treated Like A Galactic Emperor With An Adventure By runDisney

Star Wars Adventure by runDisney

RunDisney has released a new series of Adventures where you can be treated like an Galactic Emperor as you and a select few get treated to a VIP RunCation like no other.

This Adventure by runDisney features a 7-day and 6-night Star Wars themed package that includes:

  • Star Wars Rebel Challenge (10K/Half Marathon) Registration
  • Star Wars 5K Registration
  • Entry to the Star Wars Wookie Welcome Party
  • Visit to Walt Disney’s apartment above the Fire Station on Main Street USA Disneyland
  • Guided run around Hollywood
  • VIP visit to the Jim Henson Company Studios
  • Behind-the-scenes access at Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Privately guided walking tour of The Walt Disney Studios
  • Visit to the Walt Disney Archives

This package also includes:

  • 6 nights at the Disney Grand California Hotel & Spa
  • 2-day VIP experience at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park
  • Special Disney FASTPASS service
  • Reserved parade seating
  • VIP viewing of World of Color and Fantasmic!
  • Four-day Park Hopper ticket.

You can book this out of the world experience by calling Adventures by Disney at 800-543-0865, you better hurry because there are only 40 VIP packages available.

RunDisney Announces Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – RECAP


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It all started back on April 1st, 2014 when this blog posted an April Fools Day joke about runDisney announcing a Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend for May 14-16, 2015. This post was a response to the ever persistent rumor of runDisney announcing this race.

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Today at approximately 7:30 am EST, runDisney posted to Facebook this ominous video:

Next came a video letting us know it was a half marathon.

Then came a Tweet from runDisney at about 10:30 am EST giving us a date:


And another clue on Instagram with the location.


Finally the official announcement video:

The scoop

You have three races, a Star Wars Half Marathon, a Star Wars 10K and a Star Wars 5K. There is also a special Rebel Challenge for completing the 10K and Half Marathon.

Registration opens

June 10th, 2014 12 pm EST
June 4th, 2014 AP early registration 12 pm EST

Race Dates

5K Friday January 16th, 2015

10K Saturday January 17th, 2015

Half Marathon Sunday January 18th, 2015

Location: Disneyland Resort

Entry Fees and Deadlines

Star Wars Half Marathon

  • $195 by July 22, 2014
  • $210 between July 23 and August 19, 2014
  • $225 on or after August 20, 2014

Star Wars Rebel Challenge

  • $320 by July 22, 2014
  • $345 between July 23 and August 19, 2014
  • $370 on or after August 20, 2014

Star Wars 10K

  • $105 by July 22, 2014
  • $120 between July 23 and August 19, 2014
  • $135 on or after August 20, 2014

Star Wars 5K

  • $70 by August 23, 2014
  • $80 on or after August 24, 2014

runDisney Kids Races

  • $20 by August 23, 2014
  • $25 on or after August 24, 2014

Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party

  • $99
  • Under 3 – $0

ChEAR Squad

  • Bronze – $0
  • Silver – $45
  • Gold – $69
  • Platinum – $99
  • Under 3 – $0

Ticket And Transportation Price Increases Hit Disneyland Resorts 2014

Disneyland Price Increases 2014

Falling in line with her not so little brother Walt Disney World, whose ticket prices rose earlier this year, Disneyland has announced an increase to all of their ticket and transportation prices. Along with the increase in ticket fares, Disney has suspended all future sales of their popular Southern California Annual Pass. Although current holders will be able to renew the pass for $379, future passholders will still have the option to purchase the Southern California Select Annual Pass for $289. This pass cannot be used on the weekend.

• 1-Day 1 Park
◦ $96 Adult, ($4 Increase)
◦ $90 Child, ($4 Increase)

• 1-Day Park Hopper
◦ $150 Adult, ($13 Increase)
◦ $144 Child, ($13 Increase)

• 2-Day, 1 park per day
◦ $178 Adult, ($3 Increase)
◦ $165 Child, ($3 Increase)

• 2-Day Park Hopper
◦ $217 Adult, ($7 Increase)
◦ $204 Child, ($10 Increase)

• 3-Day, 1 park per day with Magic Morning
◦ $226 Adult, ($1 Increase)
◦ $215 Child, ($6 Increase)

• 3-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
◦ $265 Adult, ($5 Increase)
◦ $254 Child, ($10 Increase)

• 4-Day, 1 park per day with Magic Morning
◦ $250 Adult, (no price change)
◦ $235 Child, ($5 Increase)

• 4-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
◦ $289 Adult, ($4 Increase)
◦ $274 Child, ($9 Increase)

• 5-Day, 1 park per day with a Magic Morning
◦ $266 Adult, ($1 Increase)
◦ $250 Child, ($6 Increase)

• 5-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
◦ $305 Adult, ($5 Increase)
◦ $289 Child, ($10 Increase)

• SoCal Select Annual Passport – $289 ($10 Increase)
◦ Monthly Payment option $16.09 (SoCal Resident Only) $159 to add parking.

• Deluxe Annual Passport – $519 ($10 Increase)
◦ SoCal Resident Monthly payment $35.25. $159 to add parking.

• Premium Annual Passport – $699, ($30 Increase)
◦ Monthly payment for SoCal Resident $50.25. Includes Parking and No Blackout Dates.

• Premier Passport – $1,029, ($50 Increase)

Disneyland Resort Parking
◦ $17 for Auto / Motorcycle ($1 Increase)
◦ $22 for Oversized ($1 Increase)
◦ $27 for Buses ($11 Increase)

Will this price increase affect your plans to visit Disneyland? Let us know in the comments below.

Frozen Princesses on New Parade Float – Elsa, Anna and Olaf to Open the Parade

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Elsa, Anna and Olaf will be up front and center on a new float in a pre-parade show of snow and ice just before Mickey’s Soundsational Parade each day at Disneyland. Look for this new pre-parade float to be debuting mid-June.

Wonder how long it will be before we see this come to the Magic Kingdom? Tell us below where you would like to see the Frozen Duo next.

Top Five Snacks At Walt Disney World Resort

Top Five Snacks At Walt Disney World

The votes are in and Disney Fans everywhere have spoken!

The Top 5 Snacks at Walt Disney World Resort are…

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1. Dole Whip

This popular treat is not only yummy, but healthy too. Well, maybe not, but it does have pineapple in it!



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2. Mickey Ice Cream Bar

Nothing like a nice cold Mickey Bar during a hot summer day! Better eat it fast before it melts away!
Top Five Snacks At Walt Disney World Pretzels
3. Pretzels

One of the jobs I had while working at Disney was making the pretzels for the Fantasyland Pretzel wagon. Must have made thousands of them. They are quite delicious!


Top Five Snacks At Walt Disney World Churros4. Churros

This load of cinnamon goodness will melt in your mouth with the first bite, just can’t have one.





Top Five Snacks At Walt Disney World Rice Crispy Treats5. Rice Crispy Treats

Plain, dipped or loaded, you can definitely have this one “your way.”





Some other popular treats that didn’t make the top five are:

– Turkey Legs
– Popcorn
– Main Street Ice Cream

Which one is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below.