Disney Cruise Line 4-night Bahamian Cruise January 12-16, 2015, following Walt Disney World® Marathon January 7-11, 2015
Disney Castaway Cay 5K January 14, 2015
From Parks to Paradise, join the first-ever Disney Castaway Cay Challenge!
From RunDisney’s site, the all-new Disney Castaway Cay Challenge is an ultimate running adventure, combining one magical 5K event or longer during the 2015 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend (January 7-11, 2015) with a Castaway Cay 5K on Disney Cruise Lines’ private tropical island in the Bahamas the following week. On Monday, when Marathon weekend is over, set sail on board the Disney Dream for a 4-night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral. You’ll sail to Disney Castaway Cay for your 5K run along sandy white beaches, past swaying palms and sparkling turquoise lagoons, with magical Disney moments to surprise you along the way. It’s a runner’s paradise in a spectacular island oasis. Best of all, as a runDisney guest on board the Disney Dream, you’ll receive VIP treatment with exciting activities, special merchandise offerings, and featured menu items. From parks to paradise…and a dream getaway on board a magical cruise! Be one of the first to earn your Disney Castaway Cay Challenge Inaugural Finisher Medal!
Here is more details on the Disney Blog.
I saw this today and thought it was fitting…
Because we have this in our office….
Welcome back to part two of our tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum. If you started here, be sure to read part one first, as this post will pick up later in Walt’s life, and it is chronologically based.
On the tour, we left off in the late 1930s area of Walt’s life. There was a poster that said it all, “We were in a new business.”
In 1939, The last Silly Symphony, The Ugly Duckling was released. In 1940, two major hits were released, Pinocchio & Fantasia.
The early 40s shows some serious issues that faced Walt. He experienced hardships along the way, but this period of time served to be another rough patch. He deemed this “the toughest part of my life”. There were two crises during this period, one being a 3 month artists’ strike and another being World War II. Red the panel below as it will flesh out the further details.
World War II
Since my running blog is built upon my love of the Haunted Mansion at the Disney Parks, I found this trick that is used in the attraction, and thought I would share it. Pretty neat stuff!
The experience: The Grand Hall plays host to a dinner party, complete with birthday cake, music and dancing ghosts that seem to glide gracefully around the dancefloor.
How it works: This is one of the most famous Disney effects of all, but the company didn’t invent the technique. In fact, the “Pepper’s Ghost” illusion is based on a term coined in the 1800s by a professor of chemistry at the London Polytechnic Institure.
The ghosts that you see dancing and celebrating in the Grand Hall are actually animatronic figures in black rooms above and below the mezzanine that your Doom Buggy is on. There is a gigantic pane of glass between the riders and the Grand Hall. A light source shines on the animatronics below, which reflects them off of the glass and makes it appear as though they’re actually in the Grand Hall.
You can even test this method for yourself, by following the steps below:
- Take a small to medium sized box and line the inside with black material.
- Place a light-colored object in the box.
- Remove the glass from a picture frame.
- While standing behind the box and holding the glass a couple of feet in front of the box, use a flashlight to shine light into the box (a second person makes this all a bit easier, so get help if possible).
- Your object will be reflected in the glass in front of you! Now, imagine a tiny track of buggies passing in front of that pane of glass and you’ll get a clear idea of how Pepper’s Ghost works for the Haunted Mansion.
At 30 by 90 feet, the Haunted Mansion has the largest Pepper’s Ghost setup in the world. The Disney team actually made a mistake when setting this scene up. The dancing animatronic figures were created to have the men lead but, when reflected in the glass, the women lead.
Monday (9/22): Run 5 miles on the treadmill at the gym at lunch
Tuesday (9/23): Cross training workout at the gym
Wednesday (9/24): Ran 4 miles with my MUSC running group in the morning – our first run in the 60s, oh and rain, but we still hung strong and persevered!
Thursday (9/25): No workout
Friday (9/26): No workout
Saturday (9/27): Today was a busy day. The morning started out with a 9 mile run with my friends Dan, Becky, & Rachel. We did a favorite route of ours in Mt. Pleasant. The goal was for 10 miles today, but we were in a time crunch to make it to the Lowcountry Heart Walk in Downtown Charleston. After our run, Dan and I headed over the bridge downtown and met my wife for the Lowcountry Heart Walk 5k. It was a nice casual walk to recover after our run.
Heart Walk Route
2014 Yearly Running Goal: 900 Miles
Weekly Mileage: 21.68 Miles
Remaining to Goal: 271.31 Miles
I participated in the Virtual Blog Hop for the Disneyland Half Marathon. They have now produced a blog hop for the RunDisney Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler race, which is on the weekend of October 3-4, 2014.
Click on the image to be linked to all the blog posted for the race.