runDisney Announces 2021-2022 Event Lineup

runDisney 2021 2022 race lineup

After more than a year of virtual races, runners will return to racing at Walt Disney World Resort this fall, kicking off the runDisney 2021-2022 race season.

The 2022 runDisney season will include four race weekends:

  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend powered by AfterShokz: November 4-7, 2021
  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: January 5-9, 2022
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: February 24-27, 2022
  • runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend presented by Otterbox: March 31-April 3, 2022

As COVID-19 guidelines may change before the return to on-site running at Walt Disney World, race weekends may not include every element from previous years; however, there will by some exciting new elements this season to enhance the runner experience. New runDisney offerings include:

runDisney Springtime Surprise 2022

runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend: Each race season, the fourth weekend will be the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend, featuring new and evolving race themes and distances each year.

runDisney Princess Weekend 2022

Disney Princess Sunrise Yoga: On the first morning of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, the new Disney Princess Sunrise Yoga, a professionally led yoga session in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park before the theme park opens to help runners gear up for their races, will debut.

Virtual Races: All races will have a virtual race option, allowing runDisney fans across the country to participate in their favorite races, even if they are unable to run at Walt Disney World. Runners are encouraged to complete their race on the same morning of the on-site events as part of the runDisney community and will receive the same finisher medal.

Just for Kids: The runDisney Kids Races during each event weekend will become runDisney Kids Adventures, focused on health, fitness, and fun for kids.

Along with these new offerings, runDisney will bring back many things that make its races magical, including running through Walt Disney World theme parks, unique race weekend themes, special entertainment, and Disney-inspired finisher medals.

To kick it all off, the 2021 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, themed Wickedly Delicious, will celebrate beloved Disney villains and will feature the Disney Wine & Dine 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Disney Two Course Challenge (10K and half marathon), with in-person and virtual options available for all four.

The Post-Race Party will cap off the weekend, allowing runners to celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends at EPCOT with exclusive, after-hours access to the park and the International Food & Wine Festival.

The theme of the 2022 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will honor the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend theme will celebrate courage and kindness inspired by some favorite Disney princesses.

For more information about runDisney and the return of in-person running at Walt Disney World Resort, visit the official website

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2021 Hallmark Keepsake Dream Book Picks

DISCLOSURE: There are NO affiliate links in this post. I just love these Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, and I hope you do, too!!! 

Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Christmas is only 249 days away, and the 2021 Hallmark Keepsake Dream Book is here with some AMAZING new ornaments! 

In this post I’m sharing my top picks for any Disney, Marvel, Or Star Wars fans!!!

There are some spoiler ornaments, but you won’t find them on this list!!!!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Let’s Go!!!!

2021 Hallmark Keepsake Dream Book Picks – Disney, Marvel, & Star Wars

Disney Cinderella Jaq and Gus With Key Ornament – $17.99
Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: October 2, 2021

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/disney-cinderella-jaq-and-gus-with-key-ornament-1799QXE3255.html

One thing Cinderella could always count on was her animal friends. Disney Princess fans will love to celebrate Cinderelly’s loyal mice pals, Jaq and Gus, with this charming Christmas tree ornament featuring the resourceful pair wrangling the key to her bedroom door, which they stole from the wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine.

  • Artist crafted by Alex Ho, this Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • Limited quantity, first available at 2021 Keepsake Ornament Debut event.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament measures 2.22″ W x 4.75″ H x 1.1″ D
Star Wars: Rogue One K-2SO Ornament – $32.99
Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: July 10, 2021

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/star-wars-rogue-one-k-2so-ornament-3299QXE3272.html

Loyal to the Rebel Alliance, K-2SO carried the markings of his former programming as an Imperial security droid, allowing him to effectively infiltrate Imperial installations and outposts. Rebellion hero Cassian Andor undertook the difficult task of reformatting K-2SO’s personality, leaving him with a blunt disposition that cemented his place as a favorite character. Fans of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will love displaying this metal Christmas tree ornament of the versatile droid.

  • This artist crafted and metal Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • Limited quantity, first available at 2021 Keepsake Ornament Premiere event.
  • Metal and plastic Christmas tree ornament measures 1.7″ W x 5″ H x 1.25″ D.
Marvel Spider-Man In the Holiday Swing Ornament – $17.99
Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: October 2, 2021

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/marvel-spider-man-in-the-holiday-swing-ornament-1799QXI7462.html

Swing into the holiday spirit with Spider-Man. This fun and festive Christmas tree ornament features the Marvel Comics web-slinger wearing a Santa hat as he swings through the streets of the city to deliver a bag full of Christmas presents.

  • Artist crafted by Matt Johnson and Emma Leturgez-Smith, this Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament measures 2.99″ W x 4″ H x 3.25″ D
Disney Kingdom Hearts King Mickey Ornament – $17.99
Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: October 2, 2021

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/disney-kingdom-hearts-king-mickey-ornament-1799QXD6535.html

Trained by Master Yen Sid to be a Keyblade Master, King Mickey is the kind ruler of Disney Castle in the “Kingdom Hearts” video games. This Christmas tree ornament features the noble leader wielding his powerful Keyblade to help his friends and protect the worlds from the Heartless.

  • This artist crafted Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament measures 3.3″ W x 3″ H x 1.6″ D.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian Boba Fett Ornament – $24.99
Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: October 2, 2021

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/star-wars-the-mandalorian-boba-fett-ornament-2499QXI7632.html

A self-proclaimed “simple man making his way through the galaxy” (like his father before him), Boba Fett endures as one of the most infamous bounty hunters in Star Wars lore. After falling into the belly of the Sarlacc, his reappearance in season 2 of The Mandalorian thrilled fans—even more so as he returned to Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine and usurped the throne held by Bib Fortuna. This Christmas tree ornament depicts that triumphant moment, which teased the upcoming arrival of The Book of Boba Fett.

  • Artist crafted by Jake Angell, this Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament measures 4.75″ W x 3.25″ H x 3.5″ D.
Disney Dumbo Mother and Child Porcelain Ornament – $24.99
Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: Now

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/disney-dumbo-mother-and-child-porcelain-ornament-2499QHX4005.html

There is nothing as pure and heartwarming as a tender embrace shared between mother and child. Reflect upon your own timeless memories with this precious porcelain Christmas tree ornament that features Jumbo the elephant with baby Dumbo from the Disney animated classic.

  • This porcelain Christmas tree ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • Porcelain Christmas tree ornament measures 2.5″ W x 3.9″ H x 2.7″ D

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker C-3PO and Babu Frik Ornament With Light and Sound – $24.99

Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: July 10, 2021

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-c-3po-and-babu-frik-ornament-with-light-and-sound-2499QXI7582.html

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brought the Skywalker Saga to a close while introducing new planets and characters, including C-3PO’s “oldest friend,” Babu Frik. This battery-operated Christmas tree ornament features audio of the beloved protocol droid with his illuminated red eyes, a result of reprogramming by the tiny droidsmith from Kijimi. Babu Frik’s services allowed C-3PO to translate ancient Sith runes that would eventually lead Rey to her destiny.

  • Magic Light and Sound Christmas tree ornament. Press the button on the ornament to see C-3PO illuminate and hear memorable moments from the scene. Requires three (3) LR44 batteries, included.
  • Artist crafted by Tracy Larsen, this Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament measures 4.14″ W x 3.22″ H x 2.22″ D.
Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Peekbuster Ornament With Motion-Activated Sound – $24.99
Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: October 2, 2021

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/marvel-guardians-of-the-galaxy-peekbuster-ornament-with-motion-activated-sound-2499QXI7485.html

Don’t worry about any present-peekers in your house with Groot and Rocket Raccoon on duty! Just hang this Christmas tree ornament near the presents you want to protect, and turn it on. Any movement near the gifts results in warning messages from the Guardians of the Galaxy duo that are sure to keep your packages under wraps until the big day (battery-operated).

  • Magic Motion-Activated Sound Christmas tree ornament. Hang the ornament near the gifts and turn it on. When it senses movement, hear Rocket and Groot give warnings not to peek. Requires three (3) LR44 batteries, included.
  • This artist crafted Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament measures 2.686″ W x 5.27″ H x 2.384″ D.
Star Wars The Merriest House in the Galaxy Musical Ornament With Light – $34.99
Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: October 2, 2021

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/star-wars-the-merriest-house-in-the-galaxy-musical-ornament-with-light-3499QXI7375.html

Bring an extra dose of merry to your Christmas tree with this Star Wars ornament. The festively decorated house features Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers caroling, an oversized Death Star on the roof and an abundance of lights. Connect it to the Keepsake Power Cord (sold separately) for continuous light effect. Plus, it performs a synchronized sound and light show to the tune of the “Star Wars: Main Theme.” No batteries necessary.

  • Magic Light and Sound Christmas tree ornament. Connect this ornament to Hallmark’s Keepsake Power Cord (sold separately) to see the continuous light effect. Press the button to see it perform a synchronized sound and light show to the tune of the “Star Wars: Main Theme.” No batteries necessary.
  • Artist crafted by Orville Wilson, this Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • On ornament: Rebel Scum.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament measures 3.3″ W x 4″ H x 2.4″ D
Disney Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree 55th Anniversary Ornament With Motion – $29.99
Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: July 10, 2021

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/disney-winnie-the-pooh-and-the-honey-tree-55th-anniversary-ornament-with-motion-2999QXD6465.html

A jar full of honey is just the cure for the rumbly in the tumbly of Winnie the Pooh. Celebrate the 55th anniversary of the classic Disney animated film, “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree” with this charming Christmas tree ornament. Turn the knob on the bottom to see the interior scene spin—creating simple animation—while reliving Pooh Bear’s adventures to get honey from a beehive in the tree.

  • Artist crafted by Nello Williams, this Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • Turn the knob on the bottom of the ornament to see simple animation.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament measures 3.59″ W x 5.43″ H x 3.59″ D.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian The Child Grogu Ornament – $19.99
Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: July 10, 2021

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/star-wars-the-mandalorian-the-child-grogu-ornament-1999QXI7572.html

The legend continues with The Child named Grogu (often called “Baby Yoda” by fans) from the Disney+ original series The Mandalorian. This Christmas tree ornament features the mysterious Force-sensitive alien playing with a shifter knob—from Din Djarin’s ship, The Razor Crest—as he sits atop a Stormtrooper helmet from remnants of the Galactic Empire.

  • Artist crafted by Jake Angell, this Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament measures 2.42″ W x 4″ H x 2.05″ D

I also couldn’t leave this post without sharing the COOOOOLEST tree topper!!!

Star Wars: A New Hope Collection Death Star Musical Tree Topper With Light – $134.99
Hallmark Keepsake Ornamements 2021 Dream Book

Available: July 10, 2021

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/star-wars-a-new-hope-collection-death-star-musical-tree-topper-with-light-1QFM3362.html

That’s no moon! Add unforgettable moments from Star Wars: A New Hope to your holiday celebrations with this Death Star tree topper that features music from the triumphant “Star Wars: Main Title.” Plug it into the included power adapter for constant illumination, then press the button—either on the included remote control resembling Darth Vader’s lightsaber hilt or on the bottom of the tree topper—to start a sound and light show. Connect one or more of the Star Wars: A New Hope Storytellers ornaments—C-3PO and R2-D2, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi (each sold separately)—to unlock additional performances that you can’t access with the ornaments alone!

  • Storytellers Interactive Light and Sound Christmas tree topper. Connect this tree topper to the power adapter (included) to see the continuous light effect. Press the button on the remote control or on the base of the tree topper to watch it illuminate and hear music from the “Star Wars: Main Title.”
  • Artist crafted by Orville Wilson, this Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • Hallmark Sound-A-Light trees and accessories nearby will follow along with the show.
  • Add other Star Wars: A New Hope Collection ornaments to unlock larger, amazingly interactive performances.
  • Plugs into a standard 120-volt wall outlet.
  • Plastic Christmas tree topper measures 9″ W x 9″ H x 9″ D.
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Celebrating Twenty Years of Pins Virtual Event

Walt Disney World Celebrating Twenty Years of Disney Pins Virtual Event

One of the most collectible souvenirs from Walt Disney World – Trading Pins – are celebrating a milestone anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion they are hosting their first-ever virtual Pin Event.

On November 13 and 14, pin trading enthusiasts will come together to share some of their greatest memories in a whole new way during the Celebrating Twenty Years of Disney Pins virtual event.   

Honoring the past 20 years, pin traders will have the chance to discover and purchase from a unique collection of pins created for this event, including over two dozen new products!

This assortment includes items featuring classic Disney characters, our spookiest favorites, and Disney Parks around the world, just to name a few…

Walt Disney World  Celebrating Twenty Years of Disney Pins Virtual Event

Admission to the Celebrating Twenty Years of Disney Pins Virtual Event also includes the opportunity to preview upcoming pin releases, a Disney artist and merchandiser virtual panel presentation, access to video content on various pin topics from familiar faces, downloadable celebratory art, ways to interact with other fans and of course, limited edition commemorative gifts!

As the classic 20th anniversary symbol, the emerald color represents the two decades of pin trading as a community and is even featured on some of the pins!

Walt Disney World Celebrating Twenty Years of Disney Pins Virtual Event

Although this event will take place virtually for the first time, Walt Disney World is encouraging traders from around the world of all ages to connect with longtime friends and make new ones in the pin trading community.

Those interested in attending this virtual event click here for additional event details, to browse the merchandise catalog, and to register beginning this Wednesday, October 7 at 1 p.m. EST.

Happy trading!

Event tickets limited to availability. No discounts will be offered in conjunction with this ticket. All elements of the event are subject to change or cancellation without notice. 

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‘Olu Mel Makes Merchandise Debut

‘Olu Mel has made his way from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, to Walt Disney World in merchandise form at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. 

Not familiar with the story of ‘Olu Mel? Well, buckle up, because it’s adorable!

Duffy and Mickey were sailing the islands to find ShellieMay a birthday present. 

Happy music led them to a cozy cove. ”Aloha, I’m Olu! I play my ukulele to make songs of love. Want to sing with me?” 

Olu strummed a beautiful song. ”That will be the perfect present!” 

At her birthday party, they all sang their special song for ShellieMay.

ADORABLE!!!!

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

Once you arrive at BOUTiki, you can find all sorts of ‘Olu Mel merchandise sure to melt your heart!!!

Here’s a look at the merchandise you’ll find inside!

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Plush Keychain – $15.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu “Aloha Wear” Plush – $35.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Plush Magnet – $15.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Coin Purse – $13.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Plush Crossbody Bag – $22.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Magnet – $8.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Magic Towel – $7.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Luggage Tag – $10.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Plush Backpack – $45.00

Also, as part of the fun, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has rolled out some sweet treats to celebrate the arrival of ‘Olu!

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

I was soooo excited to see ‘Olu Mel here in Florida, that I had to pick up a few items for myself!!!!!

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Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store Opens Final Rooms

While it’s a bummer that we won’t get to experience Halloween Horror Nights this fall, having the Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store has helped ease the pain.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

And what’s really exciting is that the Tribute Store has opened its final two rooms today, marking the completion of the immersive retail location dedicated to the legacy of the world’s premier Halloween event.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020
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In addition to exploring rooms themed after legendary icons and monsters, guests can now make their way through an incredibly-immersive room themed after one of the original characters from the event’s 1991 debut, “the ghost with the most” – Beetlejuice – as well as another haunting space where they can enjoy a variety of food and beverage options inspired by Halloween staples.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Outfitted with an assortment of specialty, retro-themed merchandise, the new Beetlejuice area within the store will pay homage to one of the original faces of Halloween Horror Nights, with décor inspired by iconic scenes from the film, including the Graveyard, Stairwell Snake, and more.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

And right next door, guests can get a taste of horror with an assortment of nearly 20 sweet and savory items, including the Halloween Confetti Cake, Vegan Brownie Skull, the Cherry Gummy Beating Heart and more.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Located in the New York area of Universal Studios Florida and now open daily during regular park hours, the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store celebrates legendary themes and characters from Halloween Horror Nights’ past.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Each highly-themed room within the retail location features a collection of limited-time “throwback” merchandise – from t-shirts and socks to posters, face coverings, and more – that pay homage to some of the iconic characters and experiences that have haunted guests for years.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Guests can also browse the assortment of Halloween Horror Nights merchandise and make purchases from the comfort of their homes by visiting Universal Orlando’s Online Merchandise Store at www.shop.UniversalOrlando.com.  

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Disney Springs Reopening: Official List

Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort is opening tomorrow with new guidelines for guests, and I am really excited to share the official list of dining and retail locations that will be opening!

Disney Springs Reopening
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Disney Springs dining locations opening May 20th include:

  1. 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  2. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
  3. The BOATHOUSE
  4. Chicken Guy!
  5. Earl of Sandwich
  6. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  7. Frontera Cocina
  8. Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  9. Paradiso 37 Entertainment
  10. Planet Hollywood
  11. The Polite Pig
  12. STK Orlando
  13. Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs Marketplace
  14. Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs West Side
  15. T-REX
  16. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  17. Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar
  18. YeSake Kiosk

Before you go to Disney Springs, make sure to know these 6 things before you go!

Disney Springs shopping locations opening May 20th include:

  1. Anthropologie
  2. The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
  3. Basin
  4. Chapel Hats
  5. Columbia Sportswear
  6. Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
  7. Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
  8. Free People
  9. Happy Hound
  10. Lucky Brand
  11. Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
  12. Pandora Jewelry
  13. Pelé Soccer
  14. Pop Gallery
  15. Ron Jon Surf Shop
  16. Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers
  17. Sanuk
  18. Savannah Bee Company
  19. Sosa Family Cigars
  20. Sugarboo & Co.
  21. UGG
  22. UNIQLO
  23. UNOde50
  24. Volcom
  25. Vera Bradley
  26. ZARA

It was announced last week, and you can read more about it here, but here are dining locations opening May 22nd include:

  1. Morimoto Asia
  2. Morimoto Asia Street Food
  3. Pizza Ponte
  4. Vivoli il Gelato

And the Walt Disney World Resort Announced that select locations operated by Disney will be opening May 27th, and they include:

  1. World of Disney
  2. Marketplace CoOp
  3. DLuxe Burger – mobile ordering

This is an ever-changing list and things could be different up to the last moment, so make sure to stay up-to-date by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and following @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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On the Go in the Parks: May 15-17, 2020

On the Go in the Parks may 15 2020

IT IS GOOD TO BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It has been far too long since we have been On the Go in the Parks!!!

Don’t forget to tune into News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

Are you ready? Let’s Go!!!

On the Go in the Parks: Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

Let’s Start over at the Universal Orlando Resort for the reopening of CityWalk!

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

CityWalk was really the ‘Epicenter of Awesome’ this week as they opened with limited operations. 

It was so great to once again see people roaming CityWalk, but I will caution you that I expect the area to be busy this weekend so there a few things you can do to cut down on your waits!

  1. Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App – Be ready to make those Cashless purchases and make sure to link your Universal Orlando Resort Pass for discounts!
  2. Plan to arrive early: They are limiting the number of guests they are allowing in the CityWalk area, and there can be a back up at the parking plaza as self-parking is free.
  3. Be prepared  – Have that mask on and ready as you approach the temperature check so security can pass you as quickly as possible.
  4. Be patient – Mind those 6ft social distancing markers on the ground, relax, and make sure to enjoy your time once again at Universal’s CityWalk!!!

CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort is open daily from 4-10 pm, but please remember that the theme parks and resorts are still currently closed. 

On the Go in the Parks: Disney Springs

While I know it is a bit early…let’s look ahead to the opening of Disney Springs on May 20, 2020!

Disney Springs Reopening

There is so much to look forward to, and new information is coming out everyday!

Disney Springs dining locations opening May 20th include:
  1. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  2. STK Orlando
  3. Wine Bar George
  4. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  5. YeSake
  6. The Polite Pig
  7. Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Co.
  8. 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  9. Sunshine Churros
  10. Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream
  11. Earl of Sandwich – Just Announced
  12. Planet Hollywood Observatory – Just Announced
  13. Chicken Guy – Just Announced
  14. The Boathouse – Just Announced
Disney Springs shopping locations opening May 20th include:
  1. American Threads
  2. Anthropologie 
  3. Crystal Arts by Arribas Bros.
  4. Free People
  5. Pele Soccer
  6. Pop Gallery
  7. Ron Jon Surf Shop
  8. Uniqlo
Disney Springs Reopening- More Restaurants Opening Soon
Disney Springs dining locations opening May 22nd include:
  1. Pizza Ponte
  2. Morimoto Asia
  3. Morimoto Asia Street Food
  4. Vivoli il Gelato

We are still waiting on a lot of details about the opening of Disney Springs, so make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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Disney Springs Reopening – 5 Things to Know

Yesterday the Walt Disney World Resort announced that Disney Springs will begin a phased reopening on May 20, 2020.

Disney Springs Reopening

A phased reopening of Disney Springs will begin on May 20. Following the guidance of government and health officials, a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase. The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and resort hotels.

As we continue to monitor conditions, and with the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of our planning, we are making several operational changes. Disney Springs will begin to reopen in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both cast members and guests, limited-contact guest services and additional safety training for cast members. 

While the announcement wasn’t full of details, there were 5 key takeaways to note.

Disney Springs Reopening:

5 Things to Know

1. What we know about the locations opening on May 20, 2020…

When Disney Springs reopens guests will find, “a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase. The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and Disney Resort hotels.”

Disney Springs Town Center at Walt Disney World Resort Disney Springs Reopening
Photo: Walt Disney World Resort

So when it initially reopens, Disney Springs guests will not be able to shop at stores or dine at locations operated by Walt Disney World.

While not listed in this announcement, examples of these Walt Disney World operated locations include stores like World of Disney and the Co Op as well as dining locations like Jock Lindsey’s and D-Luxe Burger.

2. What we know about planning your trip to Disney Springs in the initial reopening phase…

When you think about planning your trip to Disney Springs in this phase, it is important to note that there will be limitations on capacity, parking, and operating hours.

Photo: Walt Disney World Resort

While no specifics were given in this initial announcement about any of these three important details, it will be important to watch for these details to make planning easier.

3. What will be different when Disney Springs begins reopening…

Disney Springs did note in their announcement that they would be making several operational changes that would include enhanced safety measures including increased cleaning procedures, limited-contact Guest Services, and additional safety training for Cast Members

Disney Springs Reopening
Photo: Walt Disney World Resort

We will apply learnings and ideas from leaders in the health and travel industries, and we’re also talking to our unions as we prepare for some Cast Members to return to work.

Safety is ALWAYS at the forefront of operations at the Walt Disney World Resort, and I am beyond confident that they are going above and beyond to ensure the safety of guests and Cast Members.

4. What will guests need to have to visit Disney Springs…

Included in the many safety measures that Disney Springs is taking is, “…the use of appropriate face coverings by both Cast Members and Guests…”

Disney Springs Reopening
Photo: Walt Disney World Resort

This isn’t meant to spark debate…just know that you will need to wear a face covering to visit Disney Springs in this phase of reopening.

5. More Information

As we get closer to May 20, 2020, more specific information will be coming out, but I would encourage everyone to stay patient, understanding, and most of all kind as we continue to figure this out together!!!

Disney Springs Reopening
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

We are really excited about the reopening of Disney Springs, and will be sharing information as it is released!

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Tour the Mardi Gras Tribute Store

This year shopping during Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida has been kicked up a notch with the immersive Tribute Store, located on the streets of New York.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Store Exterior

You can tell from the exterior that the Mardi Gras Tribute Store has a totally different vibe from the party that happens on the surrounding streets.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Tribute Store Map

The store has two distinct rooms that are filled with the sights, sounds, and even smells of the ‘Tribute Cemetery’ and ‘The Bayou.’

This mausoleum detail is really stunning in person!

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

And this guy in ‘The Bayou’ is INCREDIBLY creepy!!!!!

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - The Bayou

While the Tribute Store design is amazing, let’s take a look at the merchandise you can find inside!

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

I am seriously obsessed with the retro feel of the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 25th Anniversary artwork!

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Beads

It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without beads, and in the store you can find a variety of premium beads!

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

The Mardi Gras masks are always popular!

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Here is a look at the 25th anniversary artwork on a black t-shirt.

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

I’m usually not a fan of white t-shirts, but this design is really great.

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Universal Orlando Annual Passholder have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive t-shirt for Mardi Gras.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Trading Pins

And you can also purchase a trading pin with the 25th Anniversary Mardi Gras logo.

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

And if you are going to be in the parks for an extended amount of time over multiple days, purchasing a freestyle tumbler is a solid idea.

I can’t wait to go back to the Tribute Store to buy a few Mardi Gras goodies! Did you have a favorite item? I am definitely going to have to get an Annual Passholder shirt!!!

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Iconic Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction merch

The Disney Parks Blog shared that 2020 is going to be iconic as fashion icon Minnie Mouse will have a new monthly series of merchandise coming to the Disney Parks around the world, Disney store and online at shopDisney.com!

Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction is an all-new, limited-release series featuring none other than Minnie Mouse herself honoring beloved Disney parks attractions around the world, and a new collection from the series will be released on the third Saturday of each month throughout 2020.

Each collection will feature an attraction-themed assortment with items such as a Minnie Mouse ear headband, plush, pin, mug, mini backpack or hip pack by Loungefly, and even a Walt Disney World Resort MagicBand.

Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction Collectable Series

As seen above, first up is the Space Mountain collection celebrating the 45th anniversary of this iconic attraction at Walt Disney World Resort. It releases later this month on Jan. 18 at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort as well as in the Disney store nationwide or online at shopDisney.com.

The celebration doesn’t stop there; check out a sneak peek at the rest of the year’s collections below. Which one are you most excited for?! 

Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction Collectable Series

Is there a month that you are really looking forward to? I know I can’t wait for April!!!

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M&M’s Orlando Store Coming to Disney Springs

Disney Springs M&M Store Exterior Rendering
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The M&M’s Orlando Store is coming to Disney Springs’ West Side, near the NBA Experience, in 2020 bringing sweet treats and merchandise to Walt Disney World!

M&M's Orlando Store Coming to Disney Springs

Disney Springs West Side is already bustling with excitement as it is home to the recently opened NBA Experience and will also open the new Cirque du Soleil show (slated to premiere on April 17, 2020) and Beatrix Neighborhood Restaurant in 2020.

Merchandise at M&M’S Store Orlando

According to the Disney Parks Blog Post…

The new state-of-the-art store will offer an immersive experience that combines the colorful fun that fans of the M&M’S brand enjoy with lasting memories.

“Guests will be fully immersed into an interactive chocolate experience that will create more moments and more smiles through the colorful fun of M&M’S,” said Patrick McIntyre, director of global retail at Mars Retail Group.

M&M’S store Orlando

Currently The M&M’s Orlando Store is open at the Florida Mall.

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Disney’s Riviera Resort Merchandise

Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of the Walt Disney World Resort to tour Disney’s Riviera Resort, but all opinions and overuse of exclamation marks are all my own.

Disney’s Riviera Resort, the newest Disney Vacation Club resort, has some amazing resort specific merchandise that you can find inside of the Resort’s gift shop called La Boutique.

What makes the merchandise so special is that it marks a return to Walt Disney World creating Resort specific merchandise, which makes my heart super happy!!!

From plush inspired by the character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace to rose-gold ears with fabric featuring the Resort’s iconic double R, you can find something for everyone in your family.

What is also unique is that you can purchase pieces from the curated collection of art that you see throughout Disney’s Riviera Resort with a kiosk inside of La Boutique.

Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise La Boutique

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise pieces!

My Favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort Merchandise

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

The Loungefly backpack was SUPER popular with guests at Disney’s Riviera Resort the day I went. These backpacks are a great size for the park with padded shoulder straps. If there is a selection available, make sure you take a moment to find a placement of the pattern that you love!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

So this woven fedora with blue and white stripe band matches the vibe of Disney’s Riviera Resort perfectly! Also, how perfect is the Double R logo on the gold button???

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

I am calling it now…these rose gold ears are THE piece of Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise that will be the most sought after! The pattern on the bow’s fabric feels very Lilly Pulitzer, but the colors are more Tory Burch…I hope that makes as much sense as it did in my mind!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

The Disney’s Riviera Resort luggage features two patterns. On the front you can find the Resort’s name with a vintage steamer feel, and on the back you will find a Hidden Mickey pattern that is similar to those found around the Resort.

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort has a character breakfast and the characters wear Resort exclusive costumes, so of course Disney’s Riviera Resort sells plush with the same costumes for you to take home.

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

Make sure you check out the Pandora charms for two Disney’s Riviera Resort designs!

This pillow is similar to those found in the rooms at Disney’s Riviera Resort.

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

Okay guys…Can we just take a moment to completely appreciate this Disney’s Riviera Resort themed autograph book that also features coloring pages? Thank you!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

This long dress is perfection! The fabric is buttery soft with a natural waist detail that is flattering for most if not all body shapes. I LOVE IT!!!!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

This trio of travel bags featuring the Disney’s Riviera Resort logo and color scheme are fantastic, because they are the right size for bringing jewelry, toiletries, or even phone cables on the go.

While we are talking about Disney’s Riviera Resort, make sure to check out our YouTube channel for room tours of the Grand Villa and brand new Tower Studios!

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Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones 

DISCLOSURE: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card for this post on the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones, however all opinions are my own.

I have really been focusing on building the On the Go in MCO YouTube Channel (sorry not sorry for the shameless plug! LOL!), and one thing that I have found that is SUPER helpful to have is a great pair of headphones!

Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones 

The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones, available at BestBuy.com, are lightweight with amazing sound quality!!! These headphones redefine the premium headphone experience by reproducing the balanced depth and precision of studio-quality sound.

Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones 

Here are some of the features you’ll find on the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones that make them so special:

Auto On/Off and Smart Pause
Never miss a beat with seamless On/Off and Smart Pause functionality. Simply fold the earcups, open or close to turn your music on or off. Remove your headphones to bring your music to a pause, and then slip them back on to get back into the groove.

Active Noise Cancellation (3 modes) and Transparent Hearing
MOMENTUM Wireless adapts to your environment wherever you find yourself allowing you to experience your audio world on your terms. The advanced Active Noise Cancellation offers three modes that are tailored to different environments. With the Transparent Hearing feature, you can enjoy music while still being aware of your surroundings.

Three Modes of Operation

  • Max: The Max mode offers Maximum Mode Cancellation (Airplane).
  • Anti Wind: Provides noise cancellation optimized for outdoors.
  • Anti Pressure: Softer noise cancellation for at-home use.

Three Button Interface:
Easy to operate, without needing to read a manual, the simple and intuitive 3-Button Interface means you can switch between your music and making calls in an instant. You can also activate Volume Control at the touch of a button and link to voice assistant technology immediately.

Automatic Pairing Mode:
Makes setting up easy on first activation.

Smart Control App:
Built-in equalizer, Noise Cancellation and Transparent Hearing modes mean you can tailor your sound to your situation.

Smart ‘Tile’ Technology:
Track your headphones, so the only time you feel lost, is in the music.

Soft Earpads and Headband:
A genuine leather head strap and premium earcups deliver superior comfort.

Two Stylish Colors

The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones are available in Black and Sandy White.
Easy to Pack

The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones have their own carrying case to protect them while you’re on the go.

Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones 

The new MOMENTUM Wireless headphones make listening to superior sound even more seamless than ever, and you can find more information about the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones on Facebook.

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Check out the ION Boom Box Deluxe

DISCLOSURE: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card for this post, however all opinions are my own.

So I don’t know about you but Zoe watching Stranger Things has really got her interested in all things 80’s, and the ION Boom Box Deluxe is a great mix of yesterday and today with it’s retro style and modern features!

ION Boombox Deluxe Bluetooth Speaker

The ION Boom Box Deluxe, available at Best Buy, lets you not only play your old cassette tapes (I can’t be the only one who kept her ‘favorites’) but let’s you record them onto a USB stick to archive them.

This ION Boom Box Deluxe may look retro, but it’s as modern as can be!

It streams music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device and it has USB playback capability to handle virtually any other music source. With bass and treble controls, you can customize the tone to your exact taste. Boom Box Deluxe combines the best of the old with the best of the new. It adds up to non-stop fun.

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But if you really want to take your experience ‘old school’ you can tune in to your favorite radio station with the AM/FM radio or try making a mix tape of your very own

Plus the ION Boombox Deluxe has two robust full-range speakers powered by 14 watts of system power to crank out powerful bass and clear highs for great music quality.

ION Boombox Deluxe Bluetooth Speaker Lifestyle Image 2

While the ION Boombox Deluxe looks like it runs on 18 D batteries, it really runs on AC or long-lasting (10 hr) rechargeable battery making it convenient to take with you on the go!

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#RockTheDots With Minnie Mouse At Disney Springs

My favorite fashionista, Minnie Mouse, will soon be getting her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Disney Springs will be hosting a special event to celebrate her style, flair, and polka dots from January 18-21, 2018.

Minnie Mouse Rock the Dots Disney Springs 2018

At Disney Springs you will find all sorts of great offers and #RockTheDots Activities including:

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  • A new ‘Minnie’-makeover debuting on January 18th at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique that is called the Minnie Dot Package that includes a tutu, t-shirt bow and Minnie Mouse hairstyle. I strongly advise calling to book an appointment advance via 407-WDW-STYLE in Florida. AS A BONUS: guests that experience a Minnie Dot Package Makeover January 18 – 22, 2018 at Disney Springs, they’ll be eligible for a complimentary Minnie Mouse dessert at Amorette’s Patisserie.
  • PANDORA Jewelry will release a new limited-time Minnie Mouse gift set featuring three Minnie Mouse-inspired charms, plus a gift with purchase – a polka dot Minnie Mouse scarf – while supplies last.
  • Fifteen Disney Springs retailers will be offering additional savings from January 18 – 22, 2018.

Minnie Mouse Makeover BBB Disney Springs
Dot Package Makeover

  • At Alex and Ani, the first 100 guests each day will receive a free gift along with daily in-store surprises.
  • At Coach, a free gift with any purchase is in the bag for all event guests. 
  • M.A.C. Cosmetics is also participating with a complimentary “mini” Minnie-inspired demo.

Minnie Mouse Pandora Charm Set Disney Springs
PANDORA Jewelry Minnie Mouse gift set

  • A handful of food and beverage locations (Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea, Paddlefish, D-Luxe Burger, The Ganachery and Sprinkles) will feature discounts and/or Minnie-themed products as well, so bring your appetite, too.

The #RockTheDots event culminates on January 21, which just happens to  be National Polka Dot Day, when the main event showcases a DJ Dance Party in the heart of Town Center from 1 – 6 p.m. where Minnie Mouse will make frequent appearances in different stylish outfits.

Minnie Mouse Rock the Dots Disney Springs

There will also be a photo backdrop sponsored by PANDORA Jewelry with Disney PhotoPass photographers on-site to capture the moment with fun props and frames to ensure you strike your most stylish pose.

If you want to start the party early, Paddlefish will offer a “polka dot brunch” from 12 – 3 p.m. that infuses a bit of pampering to the meal, there will be complimentary hand massages from L’Occitane, and make-up applications from Sephora are on the menu.

#RockTheDots Image Minnie Mouse Disney Springs

As a special treat for Minnie Mouse herself, she is going to get a very special send-off for her grand Hollywood adventure to get her star from Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Sunday, January 21 at 1 pm EST!

If you can’t make it in person to the send-off, you can watch a special #DisneyParksLIVE stream of this milestone in Disney history!

Also commemorative buttons will be given out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort while supplies last.

For more information on Minnie Rocks the Dots in Florida, follow @DisneySprings on Twitter and Instagram.

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