Runner from Spain wins Princess Half Marathon; Dani Cook of Colorado wins women’s division; More than 25,000 runners compete in the 13.1-mile princess-themed race; Race video and photos available via the FTP link below.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — (February 25, 2018) – Victor Da Costa Mendoza of Spain can now check off “winning a half marathon” from his vacation bucket list. In a sprint to the finish, Mendoza celebrated a fairy tale ending to the 10th annual Disney Princess Half Marathon, sweeping past the competition with a winning time of 1:19:03. Matching step for step with top racers, Mendoza found his stride around mile nine, pulling away to win the 13.1-mile race. Crossing the line after Mendoza was Mark Ruhsam of Orlando, FL (1:27:26) and Zachary Thomas of Austin, TX (1:28:49).
For Da Costa Mendoza, who’s visiting Walt Disney World Resort on vacation, today is about more than winning.
“It’s about having fun, honestly,” said Da Costa Mendoza. “I won it, but it’s not about winning, it’s about having fun.”
Winning the women’s division, Dani Cook, of Fort Collins, CO, was running alongside her sister-in-law when the pixie dust of encouragement pushed her forward to take the crown as the top female finisher with a time of 1:20:31. As a former Indiana State runner and trained athlete, top finishes aren’t new for Cook but the female support which epitomizes the Disney Princess Half Marathon marks a new milestone in her career. Cook was followed by Natasha Baskin from Montverde, FL (1:22:52) and Elle Ellender from Hilton Head, SC (1:24:38).
“To see a lot of women, feel empowered and triumph for the first time, and to have that comradery out there, really empowers you while you’re running the race,” said Cook.
Cook joined more than 53,800 runners who participated in the largest women-focused running event in the country. In addition to the half marathon, the race weekend included a 5K, 10K, Kid’s Races, and the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is one of four race weekends at Walt Disney World Resort, followed by the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend sponsored by OtterBox on April 19 – April 22. For more information, visit www.rundisney.com.
MEDIA NOTE: Media interested in broadcast-quality video and high-res photos from the Disney Princess Half Marathon, can download assets via FTP link: https://dlbroadcast.exavault.com/login (Username: Princess, Password: runner).
One of our favorite childhood memories is rewinding our Disney VHS tapes so we could watch them over and over again. There’s no question that ‘90s Disney movies and their relatable characters were very much a huge part of our lives growing up! Aside from magic carpets and talking enchanted objects, we bet there’s a ‘90s Disney movie that accurately defines your childhood too. Answer these questions to find out which one:
Last month, the circle of life got a big bigger at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with the welcome addition of a baby hippo – the first to be born at the park in 13 years!
This week, the park surprised a group of lucky guests with a special “gender reveal” and name announcement moment for the baby calf – a male named Augustus! Weighing in now at 168 lbs., the male calf enjoys time in the hippo area of Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, as well as special “mommy time” with his mother, Tuma. Check out the gallery below for a look at this bundle of joy.
First, they appeared on stage following an exclusive preview of the film at Sunset Showcase Theatre in Disney California Adventure park and later posed with fans in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park.
Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure from visionary director Ava DuVernay based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic, takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
Don’t miss Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” when it opens in theaters March 9!...
As Kevin first told us last month, Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park is currently undergoing a refurbishment while the horse-drawn streetcar track is replaced in its entirety for the first time. This complete replacement has also incorporated new brickwork along the length of this iconic thoroughfare, and today we’ve got a first look at this gorgeous enhancements as the sections around Town Square and Central Plaza (also known as the Hub) have been revealed!
The pieces of original track remaining prior to this refurbishment are being salvaged and preserved, and the previously updated pieces of track are being recycled. If you’re curious about what the Disneyland horses are up to while the operation of all Main Street, U.S.A. vehicles is temporarily paused, check out Donna’s story!
Unless you’ve spent the last few months frozen in carbonite, you might be familiar with Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, the augmented reality experience that lets you go toe-to-toe against Darth Vader in the comfort of your living room. Using the combined power of a compatible smartphone — running the Jedi Challenges’ app — and an included AR headset, lightsaber controller, and tracking beacon, the platform allows fans to clash virtual blades with iconic dark side champions, as well as play holochess, and command forces in real-time strategy battles.
Released last November, the game sets the aforementioned action on five planets — Naboo, Garel, Lothal, Hoth, and Takodana — but a recent update also adds Crait to the galaxy’s map. As you might imagine, the mineral planet’s inclusion brings with it plenty of cool content inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. From fighting a pair of Praetorian Guards to interacting with porgs, here’s five reasons fans will want to fire up their lightsabers for the free update.
1. Duel like a Jedi.
The update’s premier encounter is an epic duel against two Praetorian Guards. While Jedi Challenges previously pitted players against the menacing likes of Darth Maul, the Seventh Sister, the Grand Inquisitor, Darth Vader, and Kylo Ren, this is the first time it’s tested our dueling skills against two threats simultaneously.
More than just an opportunity to trade blows with two of Snoke’s personal protectors, the battle truly allows fans to let the leash off their previously-learned skills. Where the other duels slowly introduced a variety of defensive moves, this latest bout keeps you on your toes by mixing them all together. Brandishing their unique melee weapons, these crimson armor-clad elite guards’ sophisticated maneuvers will see you quickly alternating your attacks with evasive ducks, dodges in both directions, and other slick moves that’d make Rey proud.
2. A worthy challenge.
Of course, before you’re allowed to test your skills against Snoke’s tag-teaming guards, you’ll have to prove yourself against some lesser threats. “Lesser” is a relative term, however, as the two challenges preceding the Praetorian Guards duel offers much more than simple lightsaber fodder.
While you’ll certainly have the opportunity to singe the armor of rank-and-file First Order stormtroopers, these earlier encounters also pit you against the more capable executioner and riot-control variations. Wielding laser axes and riot control batons, respectively, the formidable threats pack quite a punch. Toss in the fact the latter’s over-sized shield absorbs lots of your lightsaber damage, and you can plan on breaking a sweat against these specialized First Order foes.
3. Boots on the ground.
Jedi Challenges’ duels might be the platform’s main attraction, but its three-dimensional strategic combat challenges are equally entertaining. Unfolding right at your feet, the augmented reality skirmishes essentially turn living room floors into living, breathing battlefields.
Previous encounters in Strategic Combat mode saw players commanding their tiny units in battles staged on the five aforementioned planets, but The Last Jedi update appropriately transports them to Crait. More specifically, the skirmish sees them reliving some memorable moments from the film’s epic finale. Taking place outside the enormous door of the mineral planet’s Resistance base, the battle tasks fans with not only defending the stronghold, but also rescuing a pilot whose ski speeder’s seen better days. Strategically using new units, like Resistance bombers and Rey herself, fans face seemingly insurmountable odds in what is Jedi Challenges‘ arguably best battle.
4. Thundering new threat.
Like the game’s other 3D strategic conflicts, the Battle of Crait is separated into a trio of increasingly challenging encounters. The first two more than test your mettle, as you become comfortable commanding the new units and facing a barrage of First Order soldiers, ground-based vehicles, and ships. But it’s the third act that might have you calling your leadership skills into question.
Players might be tempted to take a breath upon bringing multiple AT-ATs to their knees, but not so fast. Just when you think the First Order’s about to fold, they bring out the big guns, literally, unleashing the massive AT-M6 walker. While you’ve no doubt marveled at this metallic beast in the film, there’s nothing like seeing it stomp through your home in augmented reality. Dwarfing the other walkers, the towering threat impressively stretches from floor to ceiling. Don’t be surprised if you instinctively brace for impact upon this titan’s defeat.
5. A porg pet.
Your reward for putting the Praetorian Guards in their place and reducing the AT-M6 to a smoking husk of twisted metal is a getaway to a private island — with porgs. That’s right, completing the update’s challenges unlocks a small island occupied by a family of the fan-favorite creatures.
Surrounded by nests of yet-to-be-hatched porgs, five of the furry friends vie for your affection by flapping their wings, squawking, and generally being adorable. You can return the favor by interacting with the new companions; using Jedi Challenges’ lightsaber controller, you can equip and toss fish at the hungry porgs, who enthusiastically gobble them up. A nice reprieve — and reward — these porgs just might be the content update’s most fan-pleasing inclusion.
Whether you’re looking to show Snoke’s underlings the business end of your blade or just want to hang out with the cutest creatures in the galaxy, Jedi Challenges’ free update — available now — has something for Star Wars fans of all stripes.
For more on Jedi Challenges’ The Last Jedi update, read our interview with the game’s managing producer.
Hailing from Lizzie Borden’s hometown, Matt Cabral is a full-time writer who’s been a fan of the galaxy far, far away since seeing the sci-fi saga’s first film on a stormy night in 1977 at a drive-in. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @gamegoat.
Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway has dazzled guests since it opened in 1997, and here at Walt Disney World Resort, it’s still having a magical impact on the lives on young performers. Just ask the Illusions Academy of Dance Performance Company from New Bedford, Mass., which recently had the opportunity to meet members of the touring cast of the show during a Disney Performing Arts trip.
Nia Holloway, Gerald Ramsey and Ben Lipitz – who are currently performing the roles of Nala, Mufasa, and Pumbaa, respectively, in the national tour – took a break from rehearsals to visit with the dance students while they participated in a performing arts workshop at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. “The Lion King” cast spent time telling stories about their professional experiences in performing arts, and they even brought cool swag from the show for the students to take home!
Adding to the excitement, Mickey Mouse also made a special appearance, much to the delight of both the students and the professional performers.
The students experienced “Disney Broadway Magic,” a workshop that gives young performers the opportunity recreate a scene from a Disney Broadway musical and learn about the elements required to bring these productions together — including music, staging, costuming and props.
The unforgettable experience for the Massachusetts students is just another example of the magical moments made possible through Disney Performing Arts, which offers workshops and performance opportunities at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. For more information about it, check out DisneyYouth.com....
21 seasons of Major League Baseball action makes its way back to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the 2018 Atlanta Braves Spring Training. From matchups with the 2017 World Series Champions, Houston Astros, to other fan favorites such as the New York Yankees, this year’s schedule is packed with games you won’t want to miss!
Make a game-winning combination with the exciting new food & beverage offerings coming to Champion Stadium. This season’s lineup includes delicious menu choices such as Mojo Pork Rice Bowl from the Third Base Patio Grill, Beef Brisket from the Barbecue Smokehouse and kid-favorite Chicken Nugget Basket from the Homeplate Grill.
Don’t worry, we’ve also got the bases covered for beverage selections with offerings from four newer small-batch brewers, Terrapin Beer Co. (GA), Bell’s Brewery (MI), Left Coast Brewing (CA), and 3 Daughters Brewing (FL), along with longstanding labels such as Budweiser, Miller Lite, and Yeungling.
Individual Spring Training game tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (407) 939-GAME, visiting Ticketmaster.com or at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Box Office. For additional information on tickets for single games and season tickets, please visit here.
Roll out the green carpet because the Muppets are coming! This time they’re making a grand entrance in London with “The Muppets Take the O2,” their first full-length live show in Europe ever. Last year’s “The Muppets Take the Bowl” was one for the books, so we’re pretty pumped to see the Muppets spreading happiness across the globe. Here’s what a couple of our favorite characters have to say:
Kermit the Frog sounds pretty excited:
“We’ve wanted to do a show like this for a long time, and now—after finally getting all Miss Piggy’s luggage through customs—we have the chance to appear live at The O2 arena! … There’ll be music, comedy, incredible surprises, plus total and complete chaos. In other words: It’s the Muppets! Yaaaay!”
Miss Piggy adds:
“I can’t wait to be there to entertain, astonish, dazzle, and otherwise gobsmack all moi’s fabulous fans! Wear socks, sweetie, cause I’m gonna knock ‘em off. I will amaze everyone with this first-ever live performance … and, of course, for the official renaming of ‘The MOI 2’ arena.”
We bet Miss Piggy will knock our socks off in her musical extravaganza by the Muppets’ house band Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, with the legendary Animal on the drums. There will also be brand new original chapters of classic The Muppet Show sketches, including “Pigs in Space,” “Veterinarian’s Hospital,” and “Muppet Labs,” just to name a few. And the Muppets won’t be alone—special celebrity guests are joining the spectacular with musical performances, sketches, and more!
Of course, Statler and Waldorf have to get in the last word.
“This is gonna be the ultimate ‘Don’t Miss It’ event …”
And Waldorf adds:
“Yeah, if you don’t go to it, you won’t miss it.”
And we’re definitely not going to miss it! Marking our calendars for July 13 and 14, 2018. The chaotic yet loveable cast—headlined by Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, and Animal—includes entertainers like Sam Eagle, The Swedish Chef, Pepé the King Prawn, Lew Zealand, and Rowlf. There’s also going to be Muppet movies, street food, live music, costume competitions, and more with Kermit and friends—we could not be more excited!
Grab your tickets for this Muppetational event, available starting Wednesday, February 28 at 9am!
Chris Evans and Brie Larson, you’ve got some tough competition, and we’re not talking about Thanos. This time it’s U.S. skiing phenoms Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin who are giving the Marvel superheroes a run for their money by competing in ski suits inspired by Marvel’s Captain America and Captain Marvel. And we’ve got to say, Vonn and Shiffrin know how to wear their respective superhero-themed suits very well.
The suits are part of a collaboration between Marvel and Spyder, the U.S. Ski Team’s official supplier, that debuted February 2017 at the Alpine World Cup Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Over the past year, both Vonn and Shiffrin have taken to the slopes numerous times outfitted in the Marvel ski suits.
Here’s Vonn looking especially heroic in her Captain America ski suit back in January:TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
Now take a look at Shiffrin doing what she does best, all while outfitted in a Captain Marvel ski suit:Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images
While Shiffrin is clearly almost too fast to photograph, you can tell she’s wearing the Captain Marvel suit from the bands on her arms and shoulder. Here’s a better look at it:Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
It’s safe to say that we were already in awe by both Vonn and Shiffrin for their superior alpine skiing skills, but now we’re totally obsessed.
What Marvel-inspired suit would you most like to wear? Let us know in the comments.
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As we learned last summer at D23 Expo, there is a new immersive Star Wars-inspired hotel coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort, and Disney Parks Blog has released two new concept images! Let’s look at them together, shall we?
Pods. You can sleep in pods! This is everything our Star Wars fan hearts have ever wanted. Not only will this starship resort include a view of space out every window, it will also be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, so you can step straight off of your ship and into the planet of Batuu!
Can we travel by lightspeed to opening day, already?
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Recently, a very special guest visited Walt Disney World Resort. Winter, a 14-year-old Make-A-Wish child, wished to return to Walt Disney World Resort to prepare a meal with Chef Jeff Moore, a sous chef at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, who had a remarkable impact on her. Winter and her family met Moore during a 2012 family vacation when he came by the family’s table to assist with her dietary restrictions, talking her through alternative meal options that fit her needs.
To Chef Jeff, he was just doing his job. But to Winter, this was a life-changing experience.
After that vacation, Winter became enamored with the culinary arts, and it was her wish to come back and cook with the very chef who inspired her during that vacation. So when Winter and her family visited Walt Disney World Resort just a few weeks ago, thanks to the some dedicated Cast Members, Chef Jeff was able make that wish come true. During her visit, Winter was able to reunite with her favorite chef, where together they made spring rolls with a peanut dipping sauce at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; and we put together a special video to share their heartwarming story with you.
Featured with the dish they created was a peanut sauce that can be found in many of the dishes at ‘Ohana. The sauce is commonly served with appetizers such as Pork Dumplings and Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings and is even drizzled on several of the restaurant’s signature skewers. For Winter’s dish, they paired the sauce with spring rolls. We wanted to share this recipe with you, so that you could enjoy it just like she did!
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther shines the spotlight on some of the most revolutionary characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are so many new faces in the gripping film—those of powerful Wakandan heroes and heroines, as well as intriguing villains, each with complex storylines that keep us on the edge of our seats. Wakanda is shrouded in so much mystery, but we’ll help you uncover one thing for sure! Take this quiz to find out which iconic Black Panther character you’re most like:
If you haven’t seen Marvel Studios’ Black Panther yet, or are like us and seeing it again, get your tickets here!
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We know that T’Challa has superhuman speed (among other impressive skills), but what happens when Chadwick Boseman only has a split second to answer some difficult questions? Learn a little bit more about the cast of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther by watching them play this speed round game:
Now we feel like we really know the cast of Black Panther—especially after seeing the instantly iconic film three times already! Have you seen it yet?
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