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March 3, 2012

My Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend with Hidden Mickeys

My wife Vickie and I planned a full schedule for the Run Disney Weekend in late February, 2012. First up was the 1000th podcast for the WDWToday.com crew. We relaxed in the audience in the Atlantic Dance Hall on the BoardWalk as Mike, Matt, Annette, Len and Mike sat on stage and recorded their 1000th episode. That's quite a long run! They promised to continue on with their successful format. Inside the large dance hall, we spotted an image that might qualify as a Hidden Mickey! It's on the right side wall as you face the stage, and it's formed by three swirls (one large swirl and two smaller ones as "ears") along the lower part of a painting.
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At my table, Vickie, Marc, Matt, Amy, Charlie, Brad, Tony and Fernando voted in this image as a Hidden Mickey!

Vickie and I walked over to World Showcase in Epcot to check out some Hidden Mickey sightings. In the France Pavilion, a classic three-circle Hidden Mickey hangs in the shop that adjoins the wine shop Les Vins de France. It's at the upper left of a bulletin board on a wall opposite the entrance to the shop, and it's red, white and blue! (Thanks to Wendy, Tawny Peedin and Carlos Font, and The McCully Family).
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I was told that Cast Members in the Japan Pavilion placed rocks to form a classic Hidden Mickey at the bottom of a pond. It's right in front of the outdoor seating area for the Katsura Grill counter service restaurant. (Thanks to Orlando Attractions Magazine, Claudia, and Ian B.)
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I think it's pretty close to a decent three-circle image of Mickey. What do you think?
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Early the next morning, Vickie and I met our neighbors and good friends, Billy and his daughter Brittany, after the Finish Line of the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Billy earned the Goofy Medal last month (he ran the half and the full marathon on the same weekend), and he ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon to support Brittany. Now that's cool! And they both made it! Love those tutus!
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January 10, 2012

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - Jan, 2012

One gorgeous Sunday morning, my wife Vickie and I drove to the BoardWalk area to join Deb Wills and other All Ears folks to encourage the Disney marathoners as they struggled toward the finish line. We staked out a spot near the bridge from the Swan and Dolphin Resorts to the Yacht Club promenade. This spot was just past the 24-mile marker, so the finish line was not far away! The runners had already jogged through the Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Yellow cones marked the walkways for nonrunning observers like us.

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I walked through the rear entrance to Epcot at 9:00 A.M. to make my way to the marathon finish line, which was in the Epcot main parking lot. The runners entered World Showcase through a gate between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions and then turned right to circle World Showcase lagoon. I don't think most runners were enjoying the Disney details after laboring for almost 26 miles, although many could manage a smile as we cheered them on.

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The runners passed through Future World to the right of Spaceship Earth

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on their final leg to the Finish Line, shown here on a large screen.

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A friend and neighbor of mine was running this day to qualify for the Goofy medal (completing the half-marathon and then the marathon the next day). Sounds Goofy, right? I had this crazy idea that I would congratulate him as he crossed the Finish Line. That idea didn't work. Thousands of people lined the fences and crowded the bleachers at the Finish Line area; I couldn't get anywhere near the 26.2 mile completion point! So later I let him know that I'd celebrate with him back in our neighborhood.

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On my way back home, I spotted a classic Mickey Mouse image on a bell at the Valet Stand outside the entrance to the Beach Club Resort.

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I hope this Mickey sticks around a while!

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