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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Air-Conditioned Attractions

Kill-Marry-RefurbThis is the perfect topic in the heat of the summer!  But where to begin?!  There are so many Air-Conditioned Attractions in Walt Disney World….and thankfully so!  Could you imagine surviving the Florida heat and humidity without it?!? Since there are so many options to choose from, I decided to stick with one park for this one and show Disney’s Hollywood Studios some love.  Lights, Camera, Action!

Kill – The American Idol Experience

This is the 2nd time that I’ve chosen The American Idol Experience to kill, the first was for live musicals in the parks.  Can you tell I’m not a fan??  Again, this goes back to wasting prime space on an outdated show.  I know that the contestants go through an audition process to get into the show, but it seems like you might run the risk of watching bad karaoke in there.  Now maybe if they had a bad karaoke show that also included some cocktails…that could be entertaining 😉

Refurb – The Great Movie Ride

This is by far one of my favorite attractions, but at this point it is purely for nostalgic reasons.  I remember being in awe of this when it first opened 25 years ago…ugh I feel old!  But that’s the problem, nothing has changed in 25 years!  Yes they updated the final movie a while back, but that is still incredibly dated.  This attraction needs a complete redo.

Everything from the beginning through the western should stay…that’s historic.  And Indy, leave that in there because those films are a classic.  Alien, I think we can probably some up with some more current options for the Sci-Fi/Horror genre.  Tarzan, Casablanca, Fantasia…none of that resonates with people today.  Let’s update that.  Wizard of Oz is not only a classic, but the set is gorgeous so that should stay as well.  Last but not least…the film…probably the easiest thing to change…get on it!

No Hat!!! Photo Source

No Hat!!!
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Marry – Star Tours

I have always loved Star Tours and it has just gotten better since the refurb back in 2011.  You never know what to expect and each ride is very exciting!  The queue is fun and the gift shop makes for some great photo ops.  It is definitely one of my favorite ways to cool off on a warm day at the Studios!


So those are my choices…what about you?  What air-conditioned attractions at the Studios would you Kill, Refurb & Marry??  Make sure to visit This Happy Place BlogMouse on the Mind and all of the other great blogs participating in Kill, Refurb, Marry today!

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Heat Advisory for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

WDW Marathon Heat Advisory

What would a Disney race weekend be with out a heat advisory???  With temps having been around freezing in Orlando this week, this is a little hard to believe, but alas it is true.  runDisney has issued the following statement:

Jon Hughes, Race Director, and Dr. James Scelfo, Medical Director, would like to welcome you to the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®. As the runDisney team makes final preparations, we want to remind you of important weather related preparations and information.

Due to warmer weather than anticipated, we encourage all participants to closely monitor their pace and not overextend. This may not be the event to attempt your personal best. We encourage you to be well-hydrated prior to the races and maintain fluid status with alternating water and electrolyte based hydration options throughout your race and entire race weekend. Slow down and ask for assistance at any signs of heat illness. Heed these warnings seriously.

Please review the race program for more details, but as a reminder all medical stations will have the appropriate flag color displayed according to existing heat conditions:

  • GREEN FLAG – Good conditions. Enjoy the event but stay alert.
  • YELLOW FLAG – Less than ideal conditions. Participants with high risk of heat stroke should withdraw.
  • RED FLAG – Potentially dangerous conditions. Heat injury is possible. All participants urged to slow their pace and hydrate adequately.
  • BLACK FLAG – Extreme and dangerous conditions. All participants advised not to compete. Course may be shortened and no times recorded.

All of us at runDisney hope you have a safe, magical run. See you at Epcot®!

Looking at, temps will be increasing through Saturday and then dropping back down again for Sunday.  Good news for all you marathoners.



While the temps don’t seem all that high, you have to factor in the 85% and higher humidity and it can be down right oppressive.  Just remember to HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE and take it easy during the day.  Don’t go crazy with park touring!

Good luck out there!!!

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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: June 2, 2013

Summer is here!!  I can’t tell you how happy I am to be able to wear tank tops and flip flops on the regular.  Woohoo!

It’s been a fun week.  After returning from Vermont, I jumped right back into my training but also had some awesome culinary adventures.  I dove into the goodies we brought home and made a few delicious meals.

Grilled Chicken, Tomatoes & Vermont Shepard Ricotta

Grilled Chicken, Tomatoes & Vermont Shepard Ricotta

On Friday, B and I went to our favorite restaurant Caseus in New Haven.  Jason gave us a tour of their rooftop garden (super cool!) and I had some delicious Rohan Duck!

Rooftop Garden at Caseus

Rooftop Garden at Caseus

Rohan Duck over CousCous

Rohan Duck over CousCous

And finally Saturday, I met my friend Ali at Barcelona in New Haven for a girls dinner.  If you don’t follow Ali on Instagram, you should…she’s quite inspiring!  We stuffed our faces like proper ladies should 🙂

Bramble Snap Cocktail Rum, Fresh Blackberries, Vermouth, Ginger, Mint & Lime Juice

Bramble Snap Cocktail
Rum, Fresh Blackberries, Vermouth, Ginger, Mint & Lime Juice

Meat, Meat & More Meat

Meat, Meat & More Meat

This week I also FINALLY booked our flights to California for Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, which has gotten me insanely excited to start planning!  So I obviously had to run out and buy this:

Let the planning begin!

Let the planning begin!

In case you missed it, here’s what I covered on RAD this week:

And now on to some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
Run with Jess has a courageous post about body image and perception…READ THIS…NOW!

WDW for Grownups reports on how Disney cast members are taking the C25K challenge a step further.

Back at Square Zero shares a wonderful story about A Runner’s Tree on her local trail.

Journey of a Dreamer has some confused confessions about her weight loss journey…I think I could’ve written this exact post!

Disney Posts
The Disney Food Blog takes a first look at the new ice cream shop L’Artisan Des Glaces.  And then goes a little more in-depth with the ice cream martini…OMG!

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free in WDW has an amazing meal at La Hacienda de San Angel…one of my favs!

Parkeology takes a look at the Great Iconic Food Race of strange marshmallow drinks at WDW and Universal Florida.

This Happy Place Blog finds a great place for a parade in the Magic Kingdom.  I have to say, I’m a big fan of the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It Parade.

Weekly Review
This week I officially began my training for the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge.  I really want to be in killer shape for this race and I’m going to put in the work this summer.  Here’s how this week went and as always, to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 1.61 mile run and CrossFit: Dead Lifts & Power Cleans
Wednesday: CrossFit: CG Bench Press, Running (1.5 miles) & Knees to Elbow
Thursday: 2.01 mile run with hill sprints and CrossFit: Sled Push/Drag, Turkish Get Ups & Air Dyne
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

The CrossFit WODs were killer this week and I think I used my weight in chalk to get through them…



My scheduled 5 mile run for yesterday didn’t happen, but I got it in today.  Oh and it was a hot one!



I have a real problem with getting up early on the weekends to get my longer runs in.  This is worse in the summer when it’s necessary to do so because of the heat.  I like to sleep in and cuddle with the kitties on the weekend!  Well today I didn’t get out until about 10:45 am and I definitely paid for it.  The heat was a killer and my pace was WAY slower because of it.  I really have to work on this!

A wrench is going to get thrown into my training this week because I’ll be traveling for a work conference for 3 days, but hopefully the hotel gym with be sufficient to get a good WOD in!  I’m going to do my best to roll with the punches…

Fun stuff coming up this week on RAD…info on the runDisney Coast to Coast Challenge, a visit to Coral Reef Restaurant, and maybe I’ll start my Disneyland planning!   Have a great week 🙂

How do you get up early on the weekends to run?

Heat Advisory for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon

runDisney has issued a Heat Advisory for tomorrow’s Princess Half Marathon.  Make sure that you are hydrating TODAY and throughout the race tomorrow.  Utilize all of the water stops on the race and make sure to mix water and Powerade (or your sports drink of choice) to help refuel your electrolytes.

runDisney Water Stop

runDisney Water Stop

The only thing that may be working in our favor is the chance of rain.  Even if it doesn’t rain, it will hopefully be cloudy and block out the sun, but that humidity is still going to be a serious issue.

Princess Weather

Take it easy out there and don’t try for a PR this time.  Have fun, enjoy the atmosphere and take photos with characters.  Don’t try to over exert yourself in the heat, it’s just not worth the risk.  You’re going to get the same awesome medal whether you go fast or take it easy 🙂

5th Anniversary Princess Medal

5th Anniversary Princess Medal

Good luck out there Princesses & Princes and stay safe…I’ll see you on the course!!