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Disney Geeking – Medals and Carsland!

Hello Runners,

So this post is going to focus more on Disney with some exciting news and medal reveals for the marathon weekend and then a trip report from Disneyland from last weekend!  So scatter and scoot and away we go…

RunDisney was all a buzz with information this week as the Great Medal Caper finished and they revealed the Donald Half Marathon Medal (awesome!) and the Mickey Marathon Medal (Beyond amazing, I love the quotes they chose).  Unfortunately the Goofy didn’t get much love but I’ll take what I can get.

So my efforts completing the Goofy not only will earn me the Donald and Goofy medals but this beauty…

I love everything about this medal.  The quotes, the spinners, and everything in between.
Also, RunDisney launched a new website which is beautiful… Check it out…
So now on to my trip report!  So let me preface this with (1) I’m a huge Disney Parks fan and (2) for full disclosure I do work for Disney Interactive Media Group but in no way are the opinions presented here anything but my own.
So I made this trip because I use to work at Walt Disney World (WDW) and I had some friends who had saved up some tickets to check out Disneyland Resort (DLR). They had planned a trip to come out and check out the new Disney California Adventure (DCA) and so I drove down from the San Francisco Area and park hopped with them. The last time I had been to DLR was 4 years ago so the entire DCA change was new to me.  SPOILER ALERT: Lots of pictures ahead of Carsland.
The weekend was so fun!  We did a ton and the new DCA lived up to everything I had heard.  I still feel like the park has a strange layout but it may just be that it’s the one park I’m not very familiar with.   Here are the highlights.
It is awesome!  I’m not a huge Cars fan, honestly I’ve never seen Cars but it’s in my Netflix queue now, but I was blown away.  I kind of spoiled it by watching videos and seeing pictures of the land after it opened but it still didn’t disappoint.  The rockwork alone is jaw dropping… 

I made it!

What a great sign!

And as with any Disney Park… it looks even better at night!

Junkyard Jamboree

The only ride I didn’t experience was Luigi’s Flying Tires but my friends say it was fun and well-done.  Overall, this new land gets an A+!

Also, over at DCA I got to see World of Color for the first time and all I can say is wow!  It was beautiful and breath-taking.  I had stayed away from the videos of this one because I wanted to experience it for the first time in person and I’m so glad I did.  I generally knew what to expect but it blew me away.  I don’t have any pictures of it because I really like living the experience rather than experiencing it from behind a lens but if you’re curious there are tons of pictures and videos out there.   I’ve heard rumors that Illuminations might be getting an update and if they can work in some elements of this show, it would be awesome!

Now your spinnin’s all been spun, come on back and we’ll have more fun at the Junkyard Jamboree!
Thanks for reading!

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