Star Wars at Walt Disney World

Star Wars is going to have a huge presence in the Disney parks next year when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. But let’s check out some of the Star Wars happenings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World now.

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Beignet Dash at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter

2017 was our year of races – we ran two of the Star Wars Dark Side races at Walt Disney World in April, participated in a 5K “Goat Gallop” in a tiny town in West Virginia in June (yep, we hung out with goats after), got to high-five Mario freakin’ Lemieux at the Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K and Family Walk in October, and finally in November we ran a really fun race at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort called the “Beignet Dash.”   (more…)

Running, Running as Fast as We Can

Check us out with those “winner” lanyards with our Castaway Cay 5K finisher medals!

I am not a runner. I hated, hated participating in the President’s Physical Fitness Test in elementary school where I was forced to run a timed mile. Actually, I pretty much did a casual stroll until my gym teacher gave me credit for doing it. I knew I wasn’t athletic and it was embarrassing for 11-year old me to even try in front of my classmates, who in my mind were all Olympic marathoners.

And then many, many years later I learned about runDisney races. runDisney races are friendly to walkers and slower runners. The basic requirement is a 16-minute mile pace. I listened to Disney podcasts where everyone just went on and on about how wonderful runDisney races were. Mega Disney fan? Check. Runner? Hmm…

Turns out you have to register for a runDisney race months in advance, and we had no trips to a Disney park scheduled during a race weekend any time soon. But… we did have our first ever Disney cruise booked. And Disney Cruise Line happens to offer a free 5K race on their private island of Castaway Cay, Bahamas.

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