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January 5, 2009

Capturing the Magic The All Ears Way

by Mike Scopa and Michelle Scribner-MacLean

Capture the Magic is a Tagrel Community MouseFest ritual that answers the age old questions: How many people can you find with Disney tattoos in the Magic Kingdom, is it possible to persuade guests to form a chorus line and do high kicks, and can you convince cast members to use their bodies to spell out the word "Mickey" in Liberty Square?

Picture this: several Walt Disney World veterans wearing matching shirts, running all around the World in a photo scavenger hunt for which the only prize for winning is a year's worth of bragging rights.

We decided to tag along as our All Ears Team, composed of our fearless leader, Deb Wills, and team members Linda, Gloria, Laura, Andrea, and Lisa tried to score points and beat the clock in this 90 minute challenge.

Two AllEars reporters grabbed their camera, notebook, and running sneakers as we tried to catch up with this energetic crew. Here are a few of the memories that we captured as they tried to work as a team to Capture the Magic.

AllEars team takes off!
With time of the essence, the AllEars team rushes to their first clue led by team photographer Lisa Berton. They were fast - even though both reporters are training for Disney races and found it a challenge to keep up with this determined crew.

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The Eyes Have It
At one stop in Tomorrowland, the AllEars team members consider changing the name of our website to AllEyes.net.

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Sharing Disney knowledge
The AllEars Brain Trust deciphers the next clue.

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Abbey Road
The AllEars rendition of the Abbey Road album cover, as they follow their fearless leader to the next task.

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When You Least Expect It, Disney Magic Happens
The AllEars Team shows that there is strength in numbers as they lift Merlin's Sword.

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Wishes
Are there enough coins in the world to ensure our beloved AllEars team wins this scavenger hunt?

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The AllEars Rendition of the Dream Team
What exactly is it about the Hall of Presidents that makes you sleepy? Even being outside this attraction (currently closed for refurbishment) seems to make our fearless team members want to take a nap.

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Checking to See What is Left
Keeper of the clues, Linda Eckwerth, keeps the crew on track while she checks to see what is left.

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A Cast of Thousands Tried to Help Them Meet Their Goal
During the competition, the AllEars Team and some cast members got a big kick out of this stop on the scavenger hunt.

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They're a Little Bit Country
A country jamboree AllEars style!

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Really Minnie Mouse?
With 15 minutes to go and exhaustion setting in, the AllEars team apparently started to see imaginary characters (your humble reporters, however, noticed nothing".hmmmm).

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Doing the Holidays the Disney Way
When on Main Street, U.S.A., it's always the right time to break out into hardy renditions of your favorite holiday classics.

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See Ya Real Soon!
Although they may not have won, the AllEars crew had a wonderful team-building experience and got to see the Magic Kingdom in a different way.

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We are very proud of their efforts on behalf of the entire AllEars team and these reporters are grateful to have tagged along during this spirited (and, at times downright strange) trip through the Magic Kingdom.

January 6, 2009

Tales of a Reluctant Runner: Part 3: Training Completed

by Michelle Scribner-MacLean

Every Sunday for the past two years I've had a ritual - I play tennis with two close friends for two hours early in the morning. I absolutely love this time and, even though I've been training for the Disney Half Marathon for the past year, I have never given this up.

As we were walking off the court today, I said, "Well, guys, this time next week I'll either be in the hospital or I'll have my medal." We all laughed, but I thought to myself, "I'll be fine. I WILL have my medal from Disney."

Friday marked the last of my long runs, a ten-mile run at my local Y (weather here has not been cooperative, so I had to make do with the indoor track). I will probably do one more 2-3 mile run this week, but my coaches tell me that I need to scale back and allow my body to rest and prepare for the race.

I can't believe that I'm done"during the past several months I've spent hours and hours running, thinking about running, thinking about what gear works for me. I've had aches and pains, I've noticed my body getting stronger and my stamina building. I've had hours of conversations about training, diet, strategy, and I've seen the race map and even got a tour of the race route when I was at MouseFest (after running in New Hampshire, it looked blissfully flat!).

I've had the support of my family, who had to lose me to yet another activity. I've had two terrific coaches, who have checked with me daily, offering advice about how to get around various obstacles such as weather, minor injuries, and working around a busy schedule. I've also had the support of my wonderful friends who have been there with an encouraging word and I've even had the support of many All Ears readers, whose emails have meant the world to me.

So"when I was leaving that tennis court today, I came to the realization that I've put in the hard work and I'm ready to tackle my 13.1 miles. I do so with a bit of trepidation, but lots of enthusiasm and confidence. I know the hard work all these months will pay off.

What's left to think about? Well, when I was at MouseFest, I had the pleasure of meeting Melanie, her sister Julie, and their very nice mom. These Colorado ladies were kind enough to share their Disney running experiences (and their hopes to run more Disney races).

This family was so special and full of enthusiasm, they really touched me" and yesterday I was fortunate enough to find a note from Melanie in my email box.

She reminded me about something that I'd forgotten that I need to do".She said, -for a few minutes (or maybe even a few hours) try to be a little selfish. Try to soak in your accomplishment. Be proud, you have worked hard for this and you deserve the elation you will feel when you cross the finish line. It is the most amazing feeling in the world. I have said repeatedly that I wish I could bottle my feelings at the end of the race because you will feel like you can accomplish anything (and you just did)!"

Thanks, Melanie. I will be sure to take that time to soak it all in. I am proud"of this journey"that I didn't give up, and that I'm ready to go. Mostly, though, this experience has reminded me how lucky I am to have such a wonderful support network in my life.

Good luck to all of my follow runners! Looking forward to seeing you there at the finish line!

Signed,
The Not-So Reluctant Runner
Michelle

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