The Ghosts of Halloween Past at Disneyland

Last month we headed to Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party and HalloweenTime. We have been attending HalloweenTime events at Disneyland Resort since 2006, when my son was almost 18 months old. It has become somewhat of a tradition for us.

Mickey’s Treat 2007

Halloween 2007, Mickey's Treat at Disney's California Adventure

Mickey’s Treat 2008

Mickey's Treat 2008 @DCAToday. A Throw Back Thursday photo of my Jedi watching California Screamin' take off! It gets me excited for tomorrow night's "Mickey's Halloween Party" @Disneyland #HalloweenTime #TBT #JustGotHappier #Disneyland #Jedi

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010

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Mickey’s Halloween Party 2011

HalloweenTime at Disneyland

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2013

HalloweenTime 2013

We had a blast, and going to Disneyland anytime during HalloweenTime always starts off the Fall season with a bang! I love to see all of the costumes that everyone is wearing whether they are store bought or homemade. And the adults costumes are always super fabulous!

Although today is Halloween, and the last day of HalloweenTime at Disneyland, it is time to start thinking about next year. Maybe it will be the perfect time to plan a Disneyland trip with your family? Seriously, the weather is perfect, and the decorations are fantastic!

And oh my goodness, my son has really grown up since he wore that adorable pirate costume!

Disclosure: I was invited to Mickey’s Halloween Party along with my family. We were given free tickets to enjoy the night. I was not paid (compensated) with cash. All opinions and photographs are mine.

Almost Wordless Wednesday (ok maybe not): Darth Vader and Alice in Wonderland

Last Friday, we (the family) and I went to Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party. We have attended the event for several years and my son loves it. Actually we all love it. It is our favorite time of the year at Disneyland, HalloweenTime.

I had already purchased a Halloween costume for my son, several weeks earlier. He was a spartan. Yes, totally random, but totally him. I had never worn a costume to Mickey’s Halloween Party before, but my friend, Kelly, was wearing a costume. So of course, I went into total panic mode. I came up with a costume, and the shirt that I needed for my costume, did not arrive in time.

About 12pm on Friday, I had a freak out and pretty much considered not dressing up. I think pulled out all of my running costumes and attempted to pull something together. And I did. I ended up dressing up as Alice in Wonderland. Almost everything that I wore that night was found in my house. The turquoise shirt was a dry-fit from Costco. My turquoise skirt was a Sparkle Athletic skirt. The white knee highs were from a previous race, bought at Target. The Mary Janes were from Goodwill, purchased over a year ago (brand new). So you are probably wondering where the apron and peter pan collar came from?

Well my son came home from school that day with a stomach ache. I knew that he wasn’t super sick, and most likely was overly tired and had not eaten enough earlier in the day. So going to the fabric store was a no-go as he refused. I went and hunted through my fabric stash in my office and found no extra fabric but I did find a white pillow case. So I proceeded to chop up and sew an apron and the collar. If you look at the detail close-up, my craftmanship was janky but it worked for one night. I wanted some eyelet lace for the apron straps, and my husband got that on the way home from work. So yes, I actually made the apron and collars, from a pillow case. Who knew? I was crafty, but also cranky! Because I kept pulling up tutorials and was working on my project up to the very last minute.

Darth Vader and Alice in Wonderland

So after constructing my costume, enjoying a fabulous night at Disneyland with all of the super cool activities during HalloweenTime, my night ended with a bit of the dark side. Yep, I stood in line at 11:45pm to get a photo with Darth Vader before Disneyland closed for the night. Yes, my night was made. And my son was super jealous the other day when he saw this picture.

Mickey’s Halloween Party was an absolute blast. This was probably my most favorite visit ever. Maybe because I wore a costume to the event for the first time ever?

I will be writing about Disneyland, Mickey’s Halloween Treat and HalloweenTime more at a later date, but if you are even thinking about attending the event (dates are selling out FAST), here are some of the awesome events that take place:

  • Monsters U Dance Party at Tomorrowland Terrace featuring Mike & Sulley in a spirited Monster Scare-Off.
  • Halloween Screams, a boo-tiful fireworks spectacular —exclusive viewing for Mickey’s Halloween Party Guests.
  • Special trick-or-treat stations with candy and healthy goodies.
  • Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, a Halloween parade presented for Party Guests.
  • Access to nearly all attractions, including all the Halloween-themed attractions such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday.
  • Disney Villains encounters as they prowl the grounds.
  • Photo ops with popular Disney and Pixar Pals, and Disney Villains.
  • Dance parties with lively music, creepy crafts and activities for the whole family, and the chance to eat, drink and be (not so) scary throughout the park.

Mickey’s Halloween Party dates for 2014 are: Friday, Sept. 27 (sold out); Tuesday, Oct. 1; Friday, Oct. 4 (sold out); Tuesday, Oct. 8 (sold out); Friday, Oct. 11 (sold out); Tuesday, Oct. 15; Friday, Oct. 18 (sold out); Monday, Oct. 21; Wednesday, Oct. 23; Friday, Oct. 25 (sold out); Monday, Oct. 28; Wednesday, Oct. 30; and Thursday, Oct. 31. 

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Disclosure: I was invited to Mickey’s Halloween Party along with my family. We were given free tickets to enjoy the night. I was not paid (compensated) with cash. All opinions and photographs are mine. I apologize for all of my rambling, but seriously, Darth Vader?

runDisney Tinker Bell 10K Race Announced

What’s that? Did you hear the news? Wait, you didn’t? You mean your aren’t stalking the runDisney website, Facebook page, or Twitter account daily? For up-to-date information?

runDisney Tinker Bell 10K Announced

And you wonder why I’m jumping for joy?

The 2014 runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is scheduled at the Disneyland Resort January 16-19, 2014. And amazing news y’all…not only is there a Never Land Family Fun Run 5K, Kid’s Races and Tinker Bell Half Marathon but now there is a Tinker Bell 10K Race on Half Marathon Weekend!

2014 will be the third year that Disneyland Resort will be hosting Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend. I actually ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon this past January. Well, I can’t actually say I ran the whole race because I had knee issues, but I did complete the 13.1 miles! I dressed up as Peter Pan for the race, which made the experience even more magical! It was so much fun!

I may be a little biased because Disneyland is literally fifteen minutes from my house, and I love that a huge event like this is super close! Plus, I get to see all of my runDisney race friends!

But anyway, enough about me….

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A 10K race is a great distance (6.2 miles) which is between the 5K (3.1 miles) and the Half Marathon (13.1 miles). So if you are ready to run more than a 5K but you aren’t quite sure you want to do a half marathon, the 10K is the perfect distance for the new and/or beginning runner! Or if you just don’t want to run a Half Marathon and want the full runDisney experience!

“We’re excited to add the popular 10K distance to Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend,” said Faron Kelley, director of marketing, Disney Sports. “Tinker Bell 10K expands an already exciting series of events, and adds more opportunities for our passionate runners on the west coast, especially those new runners who are stepping up to the 10K distance.”

Tinker Bell 10K finishers will receive a new, specially-designed, fairy-themed medal. runDisney events always have the coolest and most awesome medals, so I can’t wait to see the medal that they have designed for the Tinker Bell 10K.

2013 runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon

The Important Details about Registering for the runDisney 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Events:

*Registration for 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend opens July 9, 2013 at 12 pm EST/9 am PST at runDisney.com. All of these races will SELL OUT FAST! So make your decision now whether or not you are going to do the race, and be ready to register when registration opens!

*EARLY Registration for Disney Vacation Club (DVC) and Annual Passholders will begin this Friday, July 5, 2013.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon (5:00am, Sunday, January 19, 2014)

  • $175 by August 13, 2013
  • $190 between August 14 and October 15, 2013
  • $205 on or after October 16, 2013

Tinker Bell 10K (6:00am, Saturday, January 18, 2014)

  • $95 by August 13, 2013
  • $110 between August 14 and October 15, 2013
  • $125 on or after October 16, 2013

Never Land Family Fun Run 5K (5:45am, Friday, January 19, 2014)

  • $70 per participant

runDisney Kids Races (9:00am, Saturday, January 18, 2014)

  • Dashes : $20 per child

2014 Special Edition Pink runDisney Coast to Coast Medal

Coast-To-Coast Challenge

Special in 2014, a pink edition of the Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal can be earned by running the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon in January and the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon in February, FIVE (5) weeks later. Those who complete this combo of races will receive this newly created medal only at the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon.

But really, it’s about the awesome photos at runDisney Races, right?

You run through both of the parks and there are amazing photo opportunities!

2013 runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon

And The bling!

Post-Tinker Bell Half Marathon

But now the question really isn’t about whether or not you are going to register for the runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend races?

But what are you going to wear? Are you going to dress up and wear a Disney-themed costume?

Disney’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon Race Recap

The weekend of Disney’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon was quite a busy one. On Friday morning, I attended a super fun meet-up with runDisney, and had a blast. After the meet-up, I worked the race expo with my friends at Team Sparkle. And then I went to work for a few hours.

On Saturday, I got my race packet and bib and went home for a few hours. My friend, Kelly was sick, and I had realized that I was also getting sick. I knew that this was not going to be good. And luckily, my husband came home to take my son to a birthday party.

After napping a few hours, and packing more stuff, I made my way towards the Disney’s Grand California where I would be spending the night before the race. Although, I only live about 15 minutes away from Disneyland, I would have had to get up at like 2am to get ready and drive to the race with traffic delays etc.

Kelly and I both were sick, and didn’t not feel like doing anything that night. We were both miserable, so we stayed in the hotel room for the night, rather than going out to dinner. Because I love to run in “costume”, I worked on some of the last minute details for my costume while hanging out in the room.

Why Run When You Can Fly? Testing out part of my running costume for tomorrow's @runDisney #tinkhalf Can you guess what I'm wearing? @runTeamSparkle #teamsparkle #rundisney #tinkerbellhalf

I picked up this cute shirt “Why Run When You Can Fly?” {not my race outfit} and green sparkle visor from Team Sparkle. I added a red feather to the interior of the visor with duct tape for my “Peter Pan” style. I was test driving the visor to see if the feather irritated me and it didn’t.

Pre-Race Carb Loading

Obviously we had a race {half marathon} the next day and we needed to eat some dinner. So we made the easiest choice, room service! We couldn’t decide exactly what we wanted so we ordered several things. My main meal was pasta, and it was delicious. Seriously, I loved it! I think Kelly had a hamburger, soup, quesadilla, and a tarte? We really didn’t eat that much because our eyes were bigger than our stomaches.

Peter Pan Running Costume

I wore a green short sleeve Under Armour shirt, Lululemon black Run Shorty Shorts {discontinued}, green tights, green Team Sparkle Skirt, slime green Saucony Kinvara 3s, and a green Team Sparkle Visor as my Peter Pan costume. I also had on a hydration belt and a brown cloth sash for a belt {not pictured}.

After organizing out stuff, and laying out our outfits, Kelly and I went to bed. We had a 3:15am wake-up, or maybe 3:30am, I’m not sure, it was EARLY!

Ready to race The Tinker Bell Half Marathon.So Kelly and I managed to get up at the crack o’ dawn, and we got ready. I was that crazy person who jumped in the shower before getting ready. I have to have my hair wet to do it, and I wanted it slick. I wore the tights under my outfit because the race started at 5am, and it was semi-cold outside. I was feeling super sick the night prior and I actually woke up feeling a ton better.

The starting line to the race was right outside our hotel, so we had a super short walk, yippee!! We walked out there around 4am, and had about an hour until the race started. We stood around took some pictures and spoke with fellow runners.

@according2kelly as Mr. Smell. Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2013

Kelly chose to run as “Mr. Smee” {Captain Hook’s trusted assistant} in her costume of a blue Team Sparkle Skirt, sparkle sleeves, and race legs. I had no idea who Mr. Smee was until Kelly told me.

@AngryJulie @according2kelly and @SeanAstin at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2013. Photo by @runDisneyPhoto via runDisney.

Kelly and I got to hang out with Sean Astin at the starting line. He was showing us a video of his daughter running the kid’s race the day before. It was super cute. RunDisney posted this photo on their Facebook page too.

Tinker Bell 1/2 Marathon Starting Line 2013

We were right up front at the starting line, so I took this photo of the signage above us!

Ready to race: Peter Pan and @according2kelly as Mr.  Smee. @runDisney Tinker Bell Half! #tinkhalf #teamsparkle #tinkerbellhalf #rundisney

A photo of Kelly and I while we wait to start the race! It was 4:30am, so it was kinda cold outside!

Team Sparkle {Carrie, Elise, and Kelly} at the runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2013

The ladies of Team Sparkle at the race starting line {Carrie, Elise, and Kelly}. Super cute costumes! One of my favorite photos ever! I printed this photo out and gave a framed copy to Carrie for her birthday a couple of weeks ago.

The start of the runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2013. Photo by runDisney.Photo via runDisney.

And then we were off…..You can see me on the right side of this photo in the green behind the woman in the red shirt. I was super excited to see this photo, and even more excited to be able to find myself in the photo!

I’m not one of those “running bloggers” where I kept track of all my running stats, etc…but I do know that I started off pacing at 8:30/9:00 minute miles. I was running a lot more faster than my usual pace. It also helped that we went up some minor hills and then ran downhill.

Posing with the Pixar crew at Tinker Bell Half

As we made it into Disney’s California Adventure, I stopped to pose for this photo with the Pixar crew. When I ran the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November, I didn’t stop for any of the character photo shoots, and was totally bummed.

World of Color, California Adventure during runDisney's Tinker Bell Half Marathon

One of the best parts about starting a race at 5am {the crack of dawn} is that it was still dark outside and I could take a super awesome photo like this. I forgot to add earlier that I took my Sony Cybershot point-and-shoot camera in my hydration belt along with my iPhone for photos.

Hanging out with Phineas and Ferb at Tinker Bell 1/2

Love Phineas and Ferb. Photo a bit blurry but still cute! Oh, and I was still running between these photo stops…giggle.

After running through Disney’s California Adventure, we headed across the way to run through Disneyland.

Running through Sleeping Beauty's Castle during Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle looked so magical and it was fun to run in and around!

A little Star Wars moment during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Oh hai there, Star Wars guys. I wish that this photo came out more clear, because I would have loved to frame it. I looked at the official race photo that was also taken at this stop, and it was much better. I think I want to buy it!

And ironically, this was the last moment of the race that I enjoyed for quite some time……

As I ran towards the Finding Nemo ride, my knee started being wonky. My left knee just started to buckle on me. I hadn’t really had any knee problems for quite some time. I was having issues with my knee when I started running again last Spring, but nothing like this. I stopped and tried to stretch out my knee, to see if I could make it feel any better.

My knee did not feel better….and I was devastated. As my BFF Stacey says, “I have a race curse!” EVERY race I’ve had some kind of issue. And during this race, it was my knee. It hurt so bad and I couldn’t really put the pressure of running on it. I texted Kelly in a panic that my knee blew out. I knew that she wouldn’t get my text until she finished the race, but I wanted her to know.

And this is when I started walking….and I hadn’t even hit mile 4 yet…when meant I had over 9 miles left in the race. But I am stubborn and I wanted that medal. So I started walking/trotting along. Yes, it completely sucked, but I did it. I had to stop several times during the rest of the race to stretch out my knee, hold back the tears, and pull myself together. Luckily, because I started the race off fast, I was a little ahead of the game. Final time, 3:31:27 which was a total PW {Personal Worst} for me, but I finished.

Several of my friends had already left to go home, but I was happy to see Kelly waiting at the finish line for me. I got my medal, and hobbled through the crowd to meet up with her. I whined about just getting back to our motel room so that I could ice my knee and stretch it out.

Post-Tinker Bell Half Marathon
Post-Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2013, @AngryJulie as Peter Pan
Before I stripped of my race clothes, I took some “finisher” photos in the hotel room. This would be post-race finisher couture. But hey, it works. It was sooo crowded post-race and there was no way I could stop and get a photo without getting trampled.

Injured knee after the Tinker Bell Half Marathon

After sitting in the bathtub for about 20 minutes, I beached myself on the bed with a big bag of ice. Sigh…I had post-race fail depression. Since we got up so early, Kelly and I took naps. We had already scheduled a late check-out and so we had a few hours to relax before leaving the hotel.

After relaxing a bit, we decided that we should motivate ourselves to get some food. Kelly was nice enough to attempt to mend/fix my knee with some KT Tape. I also put on my favorite Zensah compression socks with my brand new Special Edition New Balance runDisney shoes.

KT Tape Pro, Zensah Compression Socks, and New Balance runDisney Running Shoes

And then it was time for food. Obviously everyone had finished a half marathon a few hours before, so the restaurants in Downtown Disney were quite crowded. Kelly and I settled on Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen for our breakfast {brunch}.

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Kelly had a burger and I was a total glutton and had bananas foster fresh toast. DELICIOUS! It was like eating candy…totally bad for me.

Bananas Foster French Toast from Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
A little close-up of the rad medal from the race. This is the reason I hobbled for another 9 miles after I hurt my knee!

Disney's Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2013

I went to my regular doctor a few days after the race plus a chiropractor/physical therapist. I figured out what my knee problem was, my psoas.  And I ran again, two weeks later. The Surf City Half Marathon was my next race after Tinker Bell Half Marathon. I ran without injury, PR’ed, and eventually I might even blog about it.

Although I might have endured myself, I love doing runDisney races and can’t wait to do the next one. I would love to return to Walt Disney World later this Fall to do the Wine and Dine Half, to get my Coast to Coast medal, but we will see…

Painting Castles with Timree Gold

I learned about Timree Gold and her awesome painting skills when I was a member of the Junior League of Orange County. Timree had a booth at their annual Christmas Company boutique. I need that she has always had fun things to sell, but she also has a studio where she holds painting classes.

My friend Erin had her daughter’s birthday party at Timree’s studio, and had a fun painting class for all of the guests. Erin is always great for birthday and/or any type of party planning, she goes all out!

So anyway, I’m a fan of Timree’s Facebook Page, and I love to see all of the upcoming classes and events that she offers. I saw that she posted a “new paint class” with a castle, perhaps Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland. I immediately screen shot the picture and sent it to Kelly with a text similar to “must go, we need to do this” or something sorta like that. She agreed.

We waited for the paint class to come up, and boom we missed it. It sold out immediately. Luckily, she added two more classes and we were able to attend one last Tuesday night. She usually has about six people attend the class at a time, but Kelly and I were the only ones that signed up that night. Lucky us, we had a semi-private painting class!

Painting Class with Timree Gold, Disney CastlePhoto via Kelly

Timree’s example castle.

As we arrived, Timree had everything set-up for our class in advance; the paints, brushes, water, canvas and her example painting. Kelly and I were a bit afraid that our castles wouldn’t look as good as Timree’s. She explained what the different size paint brushes were and how we would use them in our paintings. She briefly sketched a small outline of a castle tower on our canvas’ and the led us to the next step. We made a light gray paint by mixing black and white to outline the castle.

Paint for our Castle Pictures

Took a painting class @timreegold studio with @according2kelly tonight. This was the beginning.

Obviously the sketching is a bit rough but it was just a start. Although I kept looking at the original and thought, “hmmm will mine turn out just as good?” Although I was skeptical, I kept following Timree’s directions….and hoping that it would turn out.

Castle in Progress
It looked a little rough once I started adding color. I was having issues getting points at the top of my castle. Timree had to help me. Plus my sky was almost black so we added in some blue and purple to make it better. We learned it is all about making it choppy, which makes it look better.

After filling in the colors on the castle, we added all of the little details like the greenery, gold trim, flags, and of course the fireworks. I think my picture turned out pretty snazzy. Timree showed how you put the picture on a wall/shelf etc. and look at it from afar. It totally makes a huge different when you look at it that way. It takes away all of the imperfections that I see.

"In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn and fairy takes come true."-Walt Disney. I did this all by myself, ok maybe I got a little help from @timreegold. #disney #disneyland

I even signed my official work of art!! Kelly and I were pretty jazzed after our first painting glass and now we want to attend more. Now, I’m just figuring out where I can put all of these awesome works of art.

@according2kelly taking a picture of her artwork

I caught Kelly taking an Instagram picture of her masterpiece. Kelly is always good for framing and get the “right” picture for Instagram. No wonder she has so many followers

Timree Gold's StudioBefore we left Timree’s studio, I had to take some additional pictures of all the awesome. Seriously the quote from Pink on the wall was so awesome.  And I loved all the different types of pictures and products that Timree has. I seriously can’t wait to attend another one of her classes soon. It was so much fun and a great girl’s night out!

Disneyland Half Marathon Race Expo with Team Sparkle

At the beginning of September, I went to The Disneyland Half Marathon Expo to help out my friends from Team Sparkle at their booth.  I love these women and asked if they needed my help.  Before I arrived at the Expo, I asked them what should I wear? I was told black shorts and running shoes, and that they would dress me up.

I showed up and was greeted by Tinkerbell (Kelly), Snow White (Carrie), and The Queen of Hearts (Elise).  Within a few minutes, I was transformed into Minnie Mouse.  I love all of the fun Running Costumes that Team Sparkle has come up with for Disney Running Events.

Minnie Mouse Running Costume via Team Sparkle

How I became Minnie Mouse:

Minnie Mouse Ears Headband (Disney Hotel Gift Shops/Parks)

“I Don’t Sweat, I Sparkle” Tank Top (Team Sparkle)

Red With White Polka Dot Sparkle Running Skirt (Team Sparkle)

Red With White Polka Dot Sparkle Sleeves (Team Sparkle)

LED Ring (Nite Beams)

Black Running Shorts (not shown, under skirt)

Running Shoes (Saucony Kinvara 3′s)

Yellow Yarn Pom Poms (Homemade By Me) 

After my “Minnie” makeover was done, the “real fun” began.  I was there for Friday, the first day of the Expo. It is a busy weekend for Disneyland, and a HUGE Race Expo. The customers started lining up, and then the crowd began.  A ton of return customers showed up, along with some great new ones. Everyone loved all of our costumes, and loved the great running costume ideas that Team Sparkle had for The Disneyland Half Marathon, and other Run Disney Races.  The Red with White Polka Dot (Minnie) Sparkle Running Skirt was VERY popular that day, for obvious reasons.

Team Sparkle at Disneyland Half Marathon

But one of the biggest questions that people asked, was about “actually running in a costume”?  Kelly, whom is a veteran of running in costumes at Disney and other races, is the go-to-gal for running costumes.  Kelly advises, “that the runner test out the costume ahead of time, and make sure that it is comfortable.  You don’t want a floppy/fluffy/itchy costume that annoys you the entire that you are running.” 13.1 miles is a long distance to run.  Kelly and I have both seen plenty of people who have “stripped off” their costume during races.  You want to be able to finish the race and take those “finish line” pictures in your awesome costume.

@According2Kelly as Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell aka Kelly sporting a Team Sparkle Skirt, Sparkle Sleeves, Race Legs, and Wings.  Tinkerbell got a bit cold during the Race Expo.

Tinkerbell and her wings

Tinkerbell’s wings from the back. Didn’t you know that Tink needs her iPhone to contact all of the other fairies? She tucks her iPhone into the back of her Sparkle Skirt. (Kelly is going to kill me for posting this photo, but it shows the back of her wings)

How To Wear Wings While Running is one of my favorite posts that Kelly has written. Kelly has worn running costumes with “wings” several times and has perfected “running with wings” and “wing attachment for running”.  Her post includes a great tutorial.

Even though I only worked the booth at the expo for about four hours, it felt like an entire day.  Being on your feet all day is tiring. I feel for everyone that is constantly working race expos because it is exhausting.  I had a blast though, and I loved talking to everyone about running and races. There was a such a wide variety of people and different types of runners.

With a little help, we even got a group picture of Snow White (Carrie), The Queen of Hearts (Elise), Tinkerbell (Kelly), and Minnie Mouse (Me).  My camera was on a bad setting, hence the discoloration.

Team Sparkle at Disneyland Half Marathon Expo

You are probably wondering if I ran The Disneyland Half Marathon that weekend? Carrie, Elise, and Kelly ran the race, but I did not. I wasn’t able to register in time before it sold out (it sells out fast), and I had not finished my training.  I did the Awesome 80′s Run that weekend, and The Long Beach Beach Half Marathon (post coming soon) about a month after that.  I’m currently training for my second half marathon, which is my first Disney Race, The Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on November 10th at Walt Disney World.  I’m running the race with Kelly, and I’m calling it my “Birthday Half Marathon” as it is the weekend before my actual birthday. And I’m still trying to figure out my costume for that race, and of course I will be wearing a Team Sparkle Skirt.

Disneyland During The Holidays

We recently went to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure for a fun day to check out all the festivities that they have going on for The Holiday Season.  Honestly, when Disneyland is decorated for the Holidays, it is my favorite time of the year. We headed into Disney’s California Adventure first.

Of course, everyone in my family was hungry so we to Taste Pilots’ Grill for lunch. My husband and son love going to Taste Pilots’ Grill. We always go there when we are at California Adventure. After filling ourselves up with food, we headed towards our first ride, Toy Store Mania!.  Along the way, we passed these really neat giant postcards advertising the new Cars Land which will be open next year. Cars Land is going to be huge, 12 acres.

Cars Land Coming Soon...

After taking the scenic route, we made it to Toy Story Mania. Angry Kid always puts on the 3D glasses and acts like a crazy kid. Here he is posing with his glasses on.

Project 365 322/365: Angry Kid is too cool with his 3D glasses for the Toy Story Ride. #disneyholidays

After going on Toy Story Mania!, we walked through California Adventure and headed towards the main gate of Disneyland. Angry Husband, his friend, and Angry Kid headed towards The Haunted Mansion while I met some fellow bloggers so that we could go on a scavenger hunt throughout Disneyland.  I teamed up with Ciaran of Momfluential, Caryn of RockinMama, Suz of Alive in Wonderland and OCFamily, Lisa of Babes in Disneyland, Shelby of Glitterful Felt Stories and especially to Heather of The Disney Food Blog.

Disneyland Railroad

My teammates and I set off for quite an adventure.  A large majority of our scavenger hunt involved us taking pictures of things on our list, and tweeting them out on Twitter. Unfortunately, my iPhone was at 52% battery left, which can go very fast, so I assisted on finding things on our list, rather than tweeting. Later that day, I set off on my own scavenger hunt, looking for wall outlets to charge my iPhone.  I brought my 10-foot iPhone charging cord, which made things a little easier. Before, we went on the hunt for some of the things on our list, we did some strategizing.

Blogger Scavenger Hunt at Disneyland

Caryn, Lisa, and Heather answering some of the questions on our scavenger hunt list.  We tried to get the easy stuff done first. Disneyland Trivia went fast with our Disney Savvy Group.  Ironically, we named our group, The Winners. After doing our preliminary tasks, we headed on our way. It turned into quite an adventure, almost like our very own Amazing Race, throughout Disneyland, of course. Ciaran did a great job of organizing all of the photos during the hunt.  And the best part, we found out later that night, that we were THE WINNERS!

Disney Scavenger HuntPhoto by Ciaran aka Momfluential.

While we were on the Scavenger Hunt, I was able to snap some photographs of the Holiday Decor at Disneyland with my DSLR.  Since we went throughout the park, I got some great photographs.

Christmas Tree on Main St. USA at Disneyland

My view of the Christmas Tree at the beginning of Main St. USA. This tree is over 60-feet tall, decorated with more than 2,000 ornaments, including the three-foot star on top, and has nearly 4,800 energy-efficient LED lights.

Reindeer at Big Thunder Ranch

Santa’s Reindeer Round-Up at Frontierland Ranch. They have real live and somewhat frisky reindeer, along with Santa and Ms. Claus. Santa is available for photographs, and we may have gotten a group shot with Santa during our Scavenger Hunt. The reindeer were partaking in some reindeer games, which in this case would be, getting angry with each other and fighting. I wouldn’t want to be in the middle of these animals. Although most of them were just hanging out.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland

Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle is decorated with Holiday wreaths and ornaments and coated with “snow” at the top.  The nighttime Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle light show is divided into three “acts” over the course of the evening. Each one begins at the Castle and travels the length of Main Street, U.S.A., finishing at the Town Square Christmas tree. Each act features a magical snowfall, and the final act concludes with “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks.  The nighttime light show employs more than 200,000 points of light, 2,600 individual circuits and more than 85,000 individual wiring connections. Can you believe how much work goes into the nighttime activities at Disneyland? Wait, until you see my pictures at the end of this post!

A Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland

I was able to catch the end of the Christmas Fantasy Parade but I was unable to get photographs, because people were standing in front of me, and I caught the tail end of it, near It’s A Small World. I love this parade because of the roller skating snowflakes. I love to watch the girls aka snowflakes, spin around.  I know it sounds cheesy, but it just reminds me of how special Disneyland is, during the Holidays. Since I did not get photographs this year, I went back into my archives.  I took some photos in 2009 of the parade, and I re-edited them. My photos are quite scary. I have improved quite a bit with my photography in the past two years.

After going on a few more rides, and charging my iPhone, we headed over to Disney’s California Adventure for a private dinner.  The Angry Family was tired, and needed to rest our feet.  Of course, I got some good photo opportunities while we were at dinner. And the dinner, was AMAZING.  Angry Husband and his friend, Jayson, were stuffed from eating so much.

A family portrait. Love the background with Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Green screen of course.

Gingerbread CraftsSome crafts Angry Kid made.
Angry Julie, Phineas and Ferb

And my newest friends, Phineas and Ferb.

After a very filling dinner, we headed back to Disneyland to view the Believe… in Holiday Magic” Fireworks ShowWe centered ourselves in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, for the fireworks performance. I may have posted about some obstacles that I had to overcome while watching the fireworks. I love the “snow” at the end. That is really the best part.

Fireworks at Disneyland
Fireworks at Disneyland
Fireworks at Disneyland
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Aren’t those fireworks just breathtaking? I love them all!!! After such a long day, we headed home. Of course, I had to get one last photo. I love the lighted trees in Downtown Disney.

Lit-Up Trees at Downtown Disney
It seems like I covered mostly everything about Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure during the Holidays, but I didn’t. There are so many events going on at the parks with the attractions, entertainment, shopping, and dining that I can’t name them all. Please go to Disneyland’s site for more information about The Holidays at Disneyland and also, the Disney Parks Blog.

Disclosure: I received tickets and a invitation to a special event hosted by Disneyland.  I was not paid any cash. All opinions are mine. I would also like to thank Traveling Mom for organizing the scavenger hunt.

Project 365: Week 47

Last Saturday, we went to Disneyland all day, and enjoyed all of their Holiday events. We had a great time. My post about Disney will be up this week. On Sunday, Angry Kid and I were exhausted, so we just hung out at the house. We started prepping our decorations for Christmas early in the week. On Thanksgiving Day, I had to work so Angry Husband cooked. He sent me pictures of the food. And I was a crazy person and went to Macy’s at 12am with my mom on Black Friday, just to get more Fiestware pieces…CAH-RAAAAZY!

Project 365 322/365: Angry Kid is too cool with his 3D glasses for the Toy Story Ride. #disneyholidaysProject 365 323/365: Angry Kid is too cool with his 3D glasses for the Toy Story Ride. #disneyholidays

Project 365 323/365: Playing Monopoly Junior with my little gamer.Project 365 324/365: Playing Monopoly Junior with my little gamer.

Project 365 324/365: I went with the romantic theme for my @dominos pizza tracker.Project 365 325/365: I went with the romantic theme for my @dominos pizza tracker.

Project 365 325/365: Christmas Decor Prep is underway. All categorized: outdoor decor, indoor decor, and Christmas tree stuff. Husband is on a mission. #GriswoldsProject 365 326/365: Christmas Decor Prep is underway. All categorized: outdoor decor, indoor decor, and Christmas tree stuff. Husband is on a mission. #Griswolds

Project 365 326/365: Love this wreath that I saw at @TaiPanTrading aka TPT Home. Gorgeous!Project 365 327/365: Love this wreath that I saw at @TaiPanTrading aka TPT Home. Gorgeous!

Project 365 327/365: Husband texting me meal progress. The Creamy Mashed Potatoes via @thepioneerwoman's recipe. Yum!Project 365 328/365: Husband texting me meal progress. The Creamy Mashed Potatoes via @thepioneerwoman’s recipe. Yum!

Project 365 328/365: Yawn....Peacock Fiestaware for me while everyone else is buying rice cookers?Project 365 329/365: Yawn….Peacock Fiestaware for me while everyone else is buying rice cookers? #blackfriday