We're back with another one of Renée awesome runDisney updates, this time from the Star Wars Half Marathon: The Dark Side at Walt Disney World.
It was an entire weekend on the roads of Walt Disney World, let's get right to it!!
Written by Renée Girard
Star Wars marathon weekend kicked off today at Walt Disney World! The 5k is tomorrow, and we’ll be running in the First Order Challenge on Sat and Sun. May the Force be with all participants!
Check out that bling! The feeling of accomplishment and getting one of these little beauties after completing a runDisney race never gets ol
We are ready to begin day one of the First Order Challenge in the WDW Star Wars half marathon weekend.
Looking forward to seeing all of the awesome and creative costumes, like this one, out there on the course.
Some people have interesting pre race warmups. I approved of this one! Naps are essential.
And we’re off!
Storm Troopers at Spaceship Earth right before the finish of the Star Wars 10k. Day one of the First Order Challenge is complete! On to the half marathon tomorrow...
Good morning from WDW! It’s time for the final day of the Star Wars Half weekend. Have fun, stay hydrated, and may the course be with you!
A few shots of the fireworks going off at the start of the Star Wars Half
Ever wonder how many people participate in runDisney events? This view of the starting corrals is just some of them. Congrats to all!
While Disney always does a great job with their characters during the Star Wars Half , the fan created ones are also absolutely fantastic! Thanks for coming to support the race this weekend!
Happy Earth Day and happy 20th birthday to Disney’s Animal Kingdom! We won’t be at the park today for the festivities but got to run through at sunrise during the Star Wars Half .
Today we've got a fantastic report from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
If it seems like the last festival at Epcot just ended, that's because it did. But we can't think of another park that does Festivals so awesome so we'll keep letting it slide. =)
Written by Renée Girard
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It’s a beautiful day for a walk around the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!
It’s pretty much a requirement to get a festival passport when attending these seasonal events.
Get a close look at all different types of butterflies and flowers in the Butterfly Haven
The festival merchandise is nice and colorful, and features fan favorites like Figment and Orange Bird. And a rose gold spirit jersey, of course.
The Spaceship Earth orange themed hat and shirt are pretty cool looking.
The character topiaries look fantastic as always
New this year is the Honey Bee-stro. The roasted cauliflower dish is quite tasty.
Plenty of drink options, and luckily for me, most have beer flights. At Northern Bloom near Canada, I got the beers from Unibroue.
Another yummy beer flight at the Florida Fresh booth.
Highly recommend the warm chocolate cake at the Smokehouse!
More beer in Germany! And cheese strudel. All good!
Snow White and the seven dwarves topiary in Germany.
Disney topiaries around the world!
The plants and flowers in Mexico at Epcot are like a rain forest and look amazing.
Had a wonderful day checking out some of what this year’s Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot has to offer.
This past weekend we headed out to The Disneyland Resort for a day of fun at the 2018 Disney Food and Wine Festival.
We hadn't actually attended this event since it came back after the DCA re-do so we were quite excited to check it out. Needless to say we had an amazing time.
Written by Gregg Condon
I want to start off with saying what an absolutely fabulous time we had on Saturday. The rain must have kept some people away because the parks never really got busy.
We got the MaxPass as we did on our last visit, and it was amazing and worth every penny.
But more than that, it was just a totally stress free day in the parks. It really made us remember why we love Disney so much.
We arrived early enough for rope drop, but couldn't head to the parks without a quick look at Star Wars Land. Wow!!
The new parking structure is being built, so there is a new temporary tram loading area. It was kind of fun going the opposite direction on the tram.
It's the little things
Do we look excited? =)
Hi there California Adventure, we'll be back to you in a bit.
Can't even remember the last time we "rope dropped" Disneyland. It's just as amazing as we remembered it.
It was a beautiful morning
We hadn't done "non holiday" Haunted Mansion since probably 2011. So this was our first chance to see the Hatbox Ghost in his natural habitat. And it was amazing.
Thanks to the MaxPass we rode this a few times throughout the day.
After doing a few more rides we decided to head over to DCA, but not before checking out some of the amazing music on Main Street.
It's food and wine time!!!
Well, turns out we were a bit early, so we decided to use our MaxPass for Radiator Springs Racers we had secured while we were still at Disneyland. Love how that works. =)
Love the decorations for Food and Wine
We also hadn't done Soarin' Over The World, we absolutely LOVED it. Don't understand at all why some people don't like this.
Our first stop
Both were delicious, think we both preferred the slider though
Not even sure where to start with the Brie Toast with Fig, Mint and Almond Crumble.
On the surface, it wasn't anything we were particularly gung-ho about. But we are always ready to try new things. And just like all of the Toast Surprises on this season of Top Chef, we loved it. It was one of our favorite things.
(Our top 5's are posted below)
Next up was the White Cheddar Lager Soup, Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese with Bacon, Watermelon Lemonade (so good) and the Light and Refreshing flight.
How about some "Frushi", Strawbery Pie, Strawberry Fros'e, Avocado and Pepper Guacamole Burger and Spiced Oumph!!
Note: We had no idea what Oumph! was and had even less of an idea it was vegan ... we actually enjoyed it. So yay for our Vegetarian/Vegan friends. Good food for you too! =)
But back to the burger, can we get this full sized and on a permanent menu? It was that good.
Meyer Lemon Macaron was heavenly as was the Crispy Orange Chicken and Rice with a Garlic Cracker.
Both paired very nicely with the Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule. Very refreshing even on a not warm and sometimes rainy day.
And then there was the Popcorn Lemonade Cocktail with Tequila.
It was "interesting" to say the least. It wasn't awful, we are glad we tried it. But it essentially is just as advertised, it tasted like popcorn.
Here are our top Five favorites, and more importantly, what booth you can find them at!!
After all that food and wine you'd think we were done with our day, but it was just getting started!!
Oh yeah, they are doing work on Pixar Pier!! We are very excited for it and hope we can make it back after it opens.
Still one of my absolute favorite spots in any Disney park. It's just perfect.
We also got to do Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout for the first time. LOVED IT!!
After another spin on Racers, Soarin' and a few more snacks it was time to head back over to Disneyland for the evening.
First stop, a trip on the Railroad. A must do every trip!! Oh, and to get some Star Wars pics!!
Star Wars Land pics aside, we absolutely LOVE the changes to the railroad.
While we were hanging out in Critter Country getting some pics we met a friend
We spent the late afternoon riding Mansion again, Jungle Cruise, Tiki Room (another must see every visit), as well as Buzz, a yummy dinner and then of course, Space Mountain!!
We joined the dark side
Selfies in front of the castle (we kept forgetting that we have Photopass with the MaxPass)
And of course, the awesome nighttime balloons!!
Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoyed our little report.
Be sure to check out the Food and Wine Festival this year, it's amazing. You can find out more information about this years event here.
If you've visited be sure to share your favorite foods in the comments below. We'd love to hear about the things we missed, because lets be honest, you need at least 3 days to try everything.
Oh hey, there are 3 days on the Southern California Resident Ticket Offer. =)