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New to Me: Magic Kingdom Edition

In planning for an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World, I was thinking about things I wanted to do. Being fortunate to visit a few times a year I’ve done many of the must dos, but I still have not seen everything. Actually I’m far from it! So I thought this would be a fun new series here on RAD. Over the next few weeks, I will be covering some of the attractions, restaurants and recreation that I’ve never experienced (or haven’t done in a super long time) at WDW. Fun, right?! Let’s get started with the original park…The Magic Kingdom!

New To Me MK

Since I’ve been visiting the Magic Kingdom since 1985, it’s safe to say that I’ve done almost everything in this park.  But there are certainly some exceptions…some that might surprise you.

Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor

For some reason, this attraction has never appealed to me.  I love the film and the characters, but there is something about the audience participation aspect to this attraction that makes me want to steer clear.  As you’ll see in this series, many of the things I haven’t done are stage shows and interactive attractions…seems to be an ongoing theme of things I don’t like (or perceive to not like since I haven’t done them!).

I’ve heard mixed reviews about Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor, but given my love of corny jokes I think I’d probably enjoy it.  Time to give this one a try…

Dumbo (the new version)

Dumbo

How gorgeous are the new Dumbo attractions?!  I’ve only visited this area once since it opened and the wait was about 50 minutes, which is why I haven’t experienced the new version yet. This was early on before the 2nd ride was added and before the new interactive queue.  I am also yet to see the entire Storybook Circus area complete and would love to explore Pete’s Silly Sideshow and Big Top Souvenirs…the details look amazing!  Growing up in WDW, Dumbo will always hold a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to take a spin.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest

I think this is on everyone’s must do list right now.  I’ve been dying to eat here since it opened a few months ago, but just haven’t been able to make it due to the hectic nature of race weekends.  This needs to happen on my next trip.  I’m actually more interested in visiting for lunch here.  Not only because it’s easier to get in, but because I’m intrigued by the “Magic Rose” you get when you order.  However, I will need to have a glass of wine in the Magic Kingdom one of these days 😉

Cinderella’s Royal Table

This is actually a surprising one for me to realize I’ve never eaten here.  Maybe I did when I was a younger when it was King Stephen’s Banquet Hall which I have foggy memories of, but I really don’t remember.  (Dad…do you remember eating here??)  You know that I’m a foodie and enjoy all of the fine dining options available at WDW, so I think this is why this is never a priority for me.  I have heard such mixed reviews about Cinderella’s Royal Table and the price for a meal is ridiculous based on the quality I’ve seen in various reviews.  $52 for scrambled eggs and sausage or $65 for a mixed green salad and some chicken pasta…um no thanks.  Yes, I know it’s all about the ambiance, but I still can’t get behind this.  I would LOVE to dine in Cindy’s castle, but I think I’ll be sticking with Beast’s Castle for now.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday.  Gasp, Shock, Awe…Estelle just dropped to the floor…I know, shocking.  It’s just always such a stressful time of year for me and I much prefer Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day…you know, fun holidays without obligations.  While Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party looks fun, I haven’t wanted to shell out the $55+ just for a parade, a few shows and some cookies.  I feel like I can enjoy the holiday decor during regular park hours and get my fill of Christmas cheer.  Plus, the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are the real winner of the holiday season in WDW.  Who knows…maybe one year, I can be convinced to go.

What attractions and restaurants are new to you in the Magic Kingdom??

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: August 26, 2012

Summer is winding down which is always a difficult time for me.  Not only do I get much busier at work, but I start to get very sad about the cold and dark winter that is looming in my future.  But I’m trying to focus on the positive these days and the end of summer means wonderful produce from local farms and in my CSA basket.  Plus I enjoy running much more in cooler temps, so I have that to look forward to.  I am going to save the sad thoughts of winter coats and snow shovels for another day….and then cry a bit.

One great thing about this week were all of the amazing blog posts out there!  Check out all of these RAD Reads I found!

Running & Fitness Posts
Dimples Does It wonders how it was possible to manage to stay on track with her fitness despite a hectic week and drop her body fat by 7.1%!  Go Lauren!!

Gabby’s Gluten-Free looks back on what she’s learned from her first month of CrossFit.  There’s some great advice in here for us newbies!

Peace, Love & Oats has a rough by fun 16 mile run in Chicago and shares some good tips on fueling for long runs.

Twins Run in Our Family shares photos from the 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon in preparation for next week’s race.  Love the costume!

The Unlikely Competitor tries to get out of her own head while prepping from the Disneyland Half Marathon.  We all know how hard this can be…

Disney Posts
A Pinch of Pixie Dust takes an indepth look at the Breezeway in the Beach Club Villas.  This is one of my favorite spots in the resort!

Eating WDW tries the “Everything on it” Bison Burger Flatbread at the Wave…whoa they weren’t kidding!  Sarah also samples a few other items on the menu, all of which look fantastic.

Food. Fitness. Fantasy. reviews Cinderella’s Royal Table with surprisingly positive remarks and the food actually looks quite good.  Could this formally mediocre restaurant be improving??

Studios Central reminds us to thank a cast member next time you visit the World.  It’s often a thankless job and they deserve credit for all of the magic they create!

Mouse on the Mind continues their series Disney at Night and this week I contributed by spending an evening overlooking the Magic Kingdom!  Make sure to check out all the fun posts in this series!

Weekly Review
Listen to doctor’s orders?  Rest?  Say wha??  I’m not sure what that means…  After my neck injury last week, my wonderful chiropractor (who has been a miracle worker through all of this) advised me to rest before running again and probably avoid CrossFit again altogether.  So what do I do?  I didn’t run, but I did go back to my CrossFit On Ramp on Monday.  Dr. Pat, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry and completely realize that I don’t have a rational thought in my head.    

Good news is that I’m continuing to feel better even though I still have some pain and stiffness in my neck.  I decided to resume CrossFit against doctor’s orders because 1. I paid a lot of money for this program, 2. I’m seeing amazing results that I have never seen with any other exercise I’ve done, and 3. I plain and simple love the it!  I feel strong for the first time in my life and I’m starting to see muscles form that I never thought I would have.  I’ve complained talked about hating weight training and toning exercises numerous times and to find a program that I actually enjoy is HUGE for me.  I spoke with my coach before returning and he ensured me that we can scale back many of the exercises to put a minimal amount of strain on my neck.  I’ve still been challenging myself this week, but definitely not pushing my limits.  My coach has also been checking on me numerous times throughout the class to make sure I’m not overdoing and has been modifying as I go.

So here’s my week of training and as always you can see my full workouts over on dailymile:

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Tuesday: Spinning – 1 hour
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Friday: Rest
Saturday: CrossFit – 1 hour

Well it’s pretty clear that I’ve been neglecting my marathon training.  The thought of those long training runs seem daunting right now.  These short CrossFit workouts are fun and rewarding!  Those long runs can be tedious and I haven’t seem many results from them since I started almost a year ago.  I’m in by no means denigrating all of my accomplishments this year…this body has taken me through two half marathons and four 5Ks and that’s pretty amazing!  But as far as my body changing, nada.  I actually gained weight instead of losing.  Also, my painful shin splints have finally gone away and I think I’m a little scared that they will act up again.  Since I have a few races coming up in the near future, including that WDW Marathon in January, this is clearly only a temporary hiatus.  I need to make a point to get back at it this week.

So on to some of those results, I’ve been talking about.  My weigh-in days are Mondays and this week I lost another 1.5 pounds, making the total 7.5 pounds and 3.5 inches lost in 2 weeks!  I jumped on the scale again on Thursday and was down another 2.5!  It’s all quite amazing to me and I love seeing my body change for the better.  We’ll see what my weigh-in will bring tomorrow.  It probably won’t be great since I completely indulged yesterday at our favorite restaurant Caseus last night when my Dad and Stepmom came up to visit.  (Hi Dad!)  We’re talking creamy buratta, decadent mac & cheese and tangy cheesecake.  I seriously fell off the Paleo/clean eating wagon!  But overall, I feel like I’m making better choices everyday and I’m on the road to getting myself on track.

Fingers crossed this week is as a productive as last and my body keeps healing.  I hope you have a happy and healthy week as well!!  What better choices are you going to make this week?