New Security Measures Coming Soon To Disney Parks

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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.

runDisney Frozen Princess 5K – Princess Half Marathon Weekend

frozen family 5k princess half marathon weekend If you have been paying any attention lately to the world of Disney, you will have noticed that Frozen has been a mad success. So much of a success, that Frozen has taken control of almost the entire Hollywood Studios Park for the entire summer. The Frozen Summer Fun includes a special sing-a-long with Anna and Elsa, a parade, a Frozen Funland and a special Frozen Fireworks to cap off the day.

Frozen merchandise has been flying off the shelves and the lines to see the Frozen Duo Anna and Elsa has been crazy, sometime reaching 5 hours.

For the inaugural Enchanted 10K during last year’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend, Elsa even made a special appearance at the beginning of the race.

Each year for the Princess Half Marathon, they change up the Princess 5K with a different princess. Recently they have renamed it from the Royal Family 5K to the Princess 5K. Last year it was Cinderella, in 2011 it was Mickey and Minnie Royal Family 5K. This year, could it be the Frozen 5K. Signs are there, but there is no telling, as runDisney keeps their races quiet until they are ready to Let It Go. We are also thinking that there is a possibility of the Enchanted 10K becoming the Frozen 10K, but this seems a bit less likely.

Have fun racing and don’t forget that this week marks the opening of registration for the Princess Half Marathon Weekend!

How To Hunt Easter Eggs at EPCOT 2014 *****SPOILER ALERT*****

This year Epcot had a fun Egg-sperience where guest are given the opportunity to go on an Easter egg hunt around the World Showcase. Guest can purchase a map/stickers for $4.95 (see photo) and with this purchase you also get a special surprise (see photo) when you are finished.

In the gallery at the bottom of the page we have chronicled all the locations of the Easter Eggs at EPCOT for 2014. There is one in each of the World Showcase countries, plus one at the Outpost, making 12 total. Most of them are easy to find, but a few are well hidden. Some are on the ground and some up high, but all are out of the reach of the guests.

WARNING – DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE LOCATIONS FOR THE HUNT THIS YEAR! 

Walt Disney World Egg-stravaganza 2014 Purchase Map

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO TURN BACK BEFORE YOU SEE THE LOCATIONS OF THE EGGS. 

GET STARTED – The maps are available at Heritage Manor (American Adventure Pavilion), Disney Traders, International Gateway, Pin Central and Port of Entry

THE HUNT –  Explore the World Showcase and find the hidden eggs in each country.  After finding the eggs, place your character stickers in the correct spot on your map.  When you are finished (or if you have had enough fun) return the map to the International Gateway shop.  A cast member will place a special stamp on the back of your map and you will be allowed to choose one of the EGG-citing surprises.

CAN’T SAY WE DIDN’T WARN YOU. SO HERE THEY ARE, THE LOCATIONS OF ALL OF THE EGGS FOR THE EPCOT EASTER EGG HUNT 2014.

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The Egg-stravangza runs through April 20th, 2014 at EPCOT, Disneyland and California Adventure Park. Guests can purchase as many maps as they would like, but quantities are limited. Hope you have an Egg-citing Easter!

Anna And Elsa Leaving EPCOT Frozen Over

Anna And Elsa Leaving Epcot For Magic Kingdom

Yes, you heard that right, Anna and Elsa are leaving Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. If you pull up the schedule in My Disney Experience, you will notice that on April 19th they have a full schedule of appearances, but on April 20th they mysteriously disappear from the schedule. Are they completely removing the famed characters from the Top Grossing, Award Winning Movie Frozen?

Don’t fret Frozen fans, let your heart not be troubled. Rumors have it that Anna and Elsa are moving to new digs over at the Magic Kingdom inside Fairytale Hall. Back in Fantasyland, where Snow White’s ride previously was located they have built the new Fairytale Hall where you can see your favorite Disney Princesses. Anna and Elsa will be paired with Aurora on one side. They will move Snow White out to a floating location elsewhere in the park, according to rumors.

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Disney is scheduled to make this announcement official tomorrow. So if you are interested in seeing the dynamic duo, I would suggest holding out for the 20th of April and they will more than likely have a faster queue and not too many people will know they have moved.

More 2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Preview Photos

In celebration of today’s opening of the 2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival we are sharing some more of our favorite preview photos. We will be updating the site with more details and photos as the event unfolds. These are photos taken Sunday before the festival opened.

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Find out more about the 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival presented by HGTV.

Dapper Day Hitting Walt Disney World March 9th

Dapper Day at Walt Disney World

When we went out to Disneyland last fall to run the Dumbo Double Dare we noticed on one of the days we were there that there were a lot of people dressed to the nines in 50’s outfits. We wanted to know what was going on, so we asked one of the people. They told us that this was an unofficial thing that they do at Disneyland a couple times a year. It started  through social media and has now become a regular event. They pick a date for everyone to head out to the parks and just dress up. The outfits were just amazing!

Well come to find out that Dapper Day is coming to Walt Disney World on March 9th, 2014. Whether you like dressing up or just people watching, then this is the day for you. Not only is it Dapper Day, but the premier of the new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade in the Magic Kingdom. Talk about some Dapper outfits, the costumes for the new parade will fit right in with the Dapper Day theme.

While still unofficial, there was themed merchandise as the at the last Dapper Day at Disneyland, along with a boutique where you could get all dolled up. So it is still to be seen whether it will become official, but it looks hopeful.

We look forward to seeing you out there in your Dapper Outfit as we cheer on the new parade!

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Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Registration Opens Noon EST March 4, 2014

2014 Disney Wine and Dine Annual Passholder Registration

At noon EST on March 4th normal registration opens for Disney Wine & Dine weekend. You can register online at the Active.com website by going to the following link: http://www.active.com/lake-buena-vista-fl/running/distance-running-races/disney-wine-and-dine-half-marathon-weekend-2014

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Registration Fees
  • $185.00 on or before April 1, 2014
  • $200.00 between April 2, 2014 – May 13, 2014
  • $215.00 on or after May 14, 2014

Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K Registration Fee

  • $55.00 on or before August 19, 2014
  • $65.00 on or after August 20, 2014

runDisney Kids Races Registration Fee

runDisney Kids Races – Dashes:

  • $15.00 on or before August 19, 2014
  • $20.00 on or after August 20, 2014

runDisney Kids Races – 1-Mile Run:

  • $30.00 on or before August 19, 2014
  • $35.00 on or after August 20, 2014

     

    Registration Information

    **Dates, times and prices subject to change. All races are subject to capacity limits and may close at anytime.**

    There will be no race day registration.


    If you are running on behalf of a charitable organization (i.e. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, etc.), or are traveling with a contracted tour operator/travel provider, please contact the charity or tour operator for specific registration instructions.


     

    Eligibility

    Half Marathon: You must be 14 years of age or older.

    5K: All ages are welcome to participate. Each participant must be able to complete the 5K on their own.

    Kids Races: Children 13 and under can participate in the 1-Mile. Other runDisney Kids Race distances are determined by age group.

    Pacing Requirements

    All athletes entering the Half Marathon must maintain a 16-minute per mile pace or faster throughout the entire race. Anyone not able to maintain a 16-minute per mile pace may be picked up and transported to the finish. You may be picked up at any point along the course for not maintaining a 16-minute per mile pace.

    We suggest you train for a 15-minute per mile pace or faster to allow time for breaks (restroom breaks, photo opportunities, etc.).

    Proof of Time

    If you believe you will finish the Half Marathon in less than 3 hours and 15 minutes, proof of time is required for start corral placement.
    Please reference the Race Pacing Chart at www.rundisney.com.

    Acceptable Proof of Time

    If you do not have a proof of time to submit, list “N/A” at the point of registration. If proof of time is not provided by August 1, 2014 you will be placed in the last start corral. If your proof of time data is incomplete or cannot be verified, you will be placed in the last start corral. To provide or update your proof of time, you must email all proof of time data requested above to disneysports@trackshack.com. No corral changes will be made after August 1, 2014.

    Proof of Time Example

    Proof of time must be provided from a certified race reflecting results after October 1, 2012.

  • Half Marathon – 10K or longerA valid proof of time provided at the time of registration must include the following*:
  • Name of Race
  • Distance
  • City, State
  • Date
  • Finish time*For example, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, 13.1, Orlando, FL, 1/12/13, – 2:05

Registration Policy

Registration Fees are non-refundable. For more information on the Registration Policy, please seewww.rundisney.com.

Athletes with Disabilities

To register as part of the Hand Cycle Exhibition or request accommodations for athletes with disabilities, please contact runDisney at disneysports@trackshack.com prior to completing the registration process.

Safety Reminder

For the safety of yourself and the other participants, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. If you are seen in violation of one of these you will be removed from the course and transported to the finish. Headphones are discouraged due to audio messages that are placed throughout the course to ensure your safety.

*Commemorative Items

2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Commemorative Items can be purchased during registration.

Half Marathon & 5K Pins:
$15.99 per pin (price includes tax), Limit 2 pins per registration.

Half Marathon Necklace:
$21.35 per necklace (price includes tax), Limit 2 necklaces per registration.

Kids Races Mickey Ears:
$14.99 per Mickey Ears (price includes tax), Limit 2 Mickey Ears per registration.

*Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste

Location: Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Price:

  • $79.00 (ages 3 and up)

Children under 3 do not need a ticket

For more information please see www.rundisney.com.

More Magic Items Pick Up

*Commemorative Items and Pre-Race Taste will ONLY be distributed at Packet Pick-Up. Items not picked up at Packet Pick-Up will not be mailed and will not be refunded. Quantities are limited.

Fees

See Below

Additional Date Information

Online Donations

Click here to donate to 2014 Disney Wine Dine Half Marathon – Homes for Our Troops

How To Build A Spaceship Earth

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We were out at EPCOT last weekend and the subject up on how they built Spaceship earth. So I took a dive into the Internet archives and found a few photos of the construction of this massive structure and a couple interesting facts to.

Did you know:

  • The outside is made up of 11,324 triangle shaped tiles.
  • Construction took 26 months and 40,800 man hours to complete.
  • The pylons which support the structure are sunk 120 feet into the ground.image151
  • The sphere’s diameter is 165 ft
  • The sphere’s circumference is 518.1 ft
  • The volume is 2,350,000 ft cubed
  • The structure weighs 15,520,000 lbs.
  • All the water collected from the structure is funneled through a gutter system that takes the water into the World Showcase Lagoon.
  • The structure is 18 stories tall.

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