8 Days Until the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

According to askville.amazon.com the inaugural race cost $80 dollars meaning in the past 10 years it has increased in price by $119 dollars or a 250% increase. Yowzers!

Since this race occurred before the official runDisney organization was founded in 2010, runners got information from www.disneylandhalfmarathon.com.

Want to see what the inaugural race was really like? Check out this review from AllEars.net by Laura Gilbreath

Did you know Disneyland hosted a marathon?

Image Source: MousePlanet.com

While the Disneyland Half Marathon is the longest continous race held at the Disneyland Resort, they did host their one and only marathon on March 26, 1995 on the heels of the success of the inaugural WDW Marathon in January 1994. The coolest part of this race? They finished ON MAIN ST! That's right, the 2,200 marathoners that started at 7am finished inside the park. Get more info on this one and done event here!

9 Days Until the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

The inaugural race took runners on a similar route as today including running near Angels stadium and running through both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure!

The medal also has a familiar feel to it! So pretty!

More fun facts tomorrow!

*images were taken from Fat Chicks Running Race Recap Blog

Peace Through Understanding - A Video Journey to the '64 World's Fair!

Hello all!

So since I'm in taper, my mind has wandered to more leisurely endeavours and when I have some extra time I like to think Disney (who would've thought?!). Reading articles about the history and development of the parks are some of my favorites! Since I'm getting pretty amped for the new movie being released, Tomorrowland, my research has been taking me to the 1964 World's Fair.

This new movie relies heavily on the 1964 New York World's Fair and there has been a lot of attention in the past year paid to this moment in history for the Walt Disney Company. This was a time when Imagineering (then known as WED Enterprises) made huge advances in attraction and audio-animatronics technology and this was the first time they got to see how an East coast audience responded to Disney theme park entertainment. The success only fueled the fire to build Walt Disney World and paved the way for audio-animatronic heavy attractions like Pirates of the Carribean to become a reality.

This was an amazing moment for American technology and entertainment!

I've especially enjoyed watching videos and find photos and art from the time and so I thought I'd share some of my favorites here. The public was fascinated by the fair and for good reason. It showed off the technology of the not so distant future and the public was immensely hopeful for what technology would allow us to do in the future! People were hopeful for where our world was heading and the fair motto "Peace Through Understanding" still echos today as we strive for a more peaceful and understanding world.

So with that let me share with you some of my favorite pieces of art and video that I've come across that really paint a picture of what the fair was like.

Concept art for "it's a small world" hosted by Pepsi-Cola. The tower of the 4 winds in front of the pavillion was designed by Rolly Crump as a kinetic "weenie" to draw guests to the pavillion! The combination of technology and artistry is one of the reasons this attraction still resonates today! So beautiful!



The other Disney we think of today when we think of the '64 World's Fair is Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress.  It advertised that "238 guests admitted each 4 min over 40,000 daily to our 45 min show", that an impressive throughput! I'm sure everyone wanted to know what was inside this beautiful pavilion.


WedWay Radio Podcast

An amazing video of clips of the different areas at the '64 World's Fair, it really paints a picture of everything that was going on at the fair!

Source: MyFootage.com on YouTube

1964-65 NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR - Ford Magic Skyway

Another WED attraction at the fair!


'64-65 NY World's Fair FUTURAMA Ride Video

General Motors pavilion attraction.

Source: captainlarrydart via YouTube

New York World's Fair: "Sinclair at the World's Fair" 1965 Sinclair Refining Company

Source: Jeff Quitney via YouTube

Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair (1964)

Source: cjs13172 via YouTube

(1/6) RARE 1964 NBC COLOR TV SPECIAL - "A World's Fair Diary" with Edwin Newman


A video of the fairgrounds today (video published 10/2013) created by 

Michael D Jackson

Hope you enjoyed this journey with me. See you at the movies!