Today the Words of  Wisdom come direct from Disneyland.

There was so much to love about the  Disneyland Half Marathon, the course, the  cheerleaders, the brass bands, the vintage car rally, the Disney characters, the run through Angels Stadium and the running signs.

The running signs were inspiring, funny and entertaining and I loved them all. Friends, family and locals woke up before the birds, lined the streets and no doubt got arm ache just to be every runner’s best friend.

I couldn’t get a picture of the guy who had this sign, but it was one of my all time faves!

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Some of the supporters not only shared their time and their enthusiasm, they shared their candy and pretzels too. Thank YOU complete stranger!

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photo credit: Holly

This guy was one of my favourites. He got on his bike and popped up in so many places around the course.

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photo credit: Holly

And this one made me laugh so hard.

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photo credit: Holly

How about this one? Telling it like it is!

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photo credit: Holly

I saw this one as I was running into Angels Stadium. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a free banana!

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photo credit: Holly

And how about this guy? FYI Trader Sam’s is the coolest bar in Disneyland. Do you think by hotties, he means sweaties?

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photo credit: Lynda

Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes to get over the finish line.

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photo credit: Lynda (This is Lynda – thank you Lynda for cheering me on!)

Thank you for believing in me, dear stranger, even when I didn’t believe in myself!

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photo credit: Audrey

Because you can never have too much power.

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photo credit: Audrey

I think she has got the feeling crap spot on, not so sure that I looked amazing. Still, nice of her to say so!

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photo credit: Libertad

On race day, I was having way too much fun and focusing way too hard on clocking up the kilometres, so a massive shout out to my Disneyland Half Marathon Facebook friends, Holly, Audrey, Lynda and Libertad for not only doing the photographic honours, but sharing the fruits of their labour. Thank you guys!

And, because I love his work so much, who can forget, Ken and his free hug station. If you haven’t watched this clip already, you’re missing out. It’s a classic heart burster!

Which sign is your favourite? If you were holding a sign, what would yours say? I’m giving you a virtual high five and wishing you a wonderful Wednesday. 

Top 5 Disneyland Delicacies

by Sammie on September 16, 2014

in Blog, Travel

For me half the fun of travelling is seeing and doing, and the other half of the fun is eating. I like to eat ALL the things. Disneyland was no exception, because after all, I had a half marathon to carb load for. So I did what any smart person would do, I asked the experts in the Disneyland Half Marathon Facebook Group about the best treats to eat in the happiest place on earth.

You’ll be hard pressed to find healthy treats in the happiest place on earth, but you will find sugar rich, fat full foods unique to Disney, most of which should carry a government health warning. But they’re delicious all the same.

David and I were tight on time and short on belly space but we made a valiant attempt to work our way through the most popular Disney delicacies. We rated and reviewed each and every one, and the results are in. You’re welcome.

1. The Corn Dog – Corn Dog Castle ($7.69)

All I knew about Corn Dogs was that Kid President loves them. And I thought if it’s good enough for Kid President, it’s good enough for me. That was until I found out that a corn dog  is actually a hot dog sausage dipped in a thick layer of cornmeal batter , deep fried and then served on a stick. It made my arteries harden just thinking about it.

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In the name of research, we hot footed it to Corn Dog Castle in Disney Californian Adventure because legend has it that this place serves up the best corn dogs in the happiest place on earth.

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We splashed out on a corn dog and chips combo. Don’t forget chips are crisps in the US so if like me, you were expecting some hot salty french fries you will be sadly disappointed.

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The corn dog didn’t really look all that appetising so we doused it in ketchup and mustard to give it a splash of colour and some added flavour. I regret to say it neither improved the taste nor the appearance of the corn dog.

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Our verdict: Tasteless and really rather ugly. Corn dogs are definitely an acquired taste, just not one that we are likely to acquire. It was fun while it lasted which wasn’t long.

Score: 0.5 /5 (just for turning up and only because Kid President likes them.)

2. The Tigger Tail – Pooh Corner ($4.99)

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This giant lolly can only be bought at Pooh Corner which is full of the cutest gifts and sugar rich baked goods. I got a sugar high from  just looking  at the display cases. Frozen fans will find lots of sweet surprises here, I promise!

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A Tigger Tail  is basically a big marshmallow dipped in caramel, covered in orange sugar and drizzled with milk chocolate. Think sugar rush on a stick and you have the idea. Feed it to kids and watch them fly.

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Our verdict: Pretty as a picture but seriously sweet. This is the ultimate sugar overload.

Score: 3/5

3. The Matterhorn Macaroon – Jolly Holiday Bakery ($1.99)

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There is so much to choose from at this delicious looking bakery at the end of Main Street, but we came in search of the famous Matterhorn Macaroon.

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This is like one of those coconut pyramids your granny used to make, only this one is pimped up with a drizzle of white chocolate, to look like more like a mountain, the Matterhorn, to be precise. I am sure eating the macaroon is far more enjoyable than riding the attraction with the same name.

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Our verdict: Truly delicious. The perfect afternoon pick-me-up. A must try for the coconut lovers!

Score: 4/5

4. Dole Whip – Tiki Juice Bar ($3.79)

I am sure that at least one person said that eating a Dole Whip is their number one thing to do in Disneyland. Another told me that the lines get so long, someone should invent a Dole Whip Fast Pass! Praise be to the lady at Pooh Corner who told us to get there early, before the lines got too long, or heaven forbid, they sold out!

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This is like pineapple flavoured Mr Whippy and it’s surprisingly refreshing and most welcome on a hot day (and let’s face it, every day is a hot day in Disneyland!)

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If you’re feeling very adventurous, (you are in Adventureland, after all,) you can try a Dole Whip Float for $5.19, or if you want something to remember your Dole Whip by, just order the take home Tiki Bowl, a snip at $7.79.

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Our verdict: 4.5/5  Just about the best way to cool  down in Disney!

5. Monte Cristo – Blue Bayou ($25.49)

This sandwich is a monster. It’s basically a deep fried ham and cheese sandwich and it’s surprisingly sweet. It’s actually served with vanilla cream and blackberry and raspberry conserve and it is really rich.

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Tackling this sandwich is a task for two people. And even then bellies may be defeated. We suggest enjoying it with a side of the famous gumbo and if you have room some stomach space, the famous pomme frites come highly recommended.

If you want to munch on a Monte Cristo, remember that it’s only served at lunchtime, I’d hate for you to rock up at dinner and be disappointed!

Our verdict:  What could be wrong with a deep friend ham and cheese sandwich?

Score: 3/5

Oh and don’t forget the churros, which are totally yummy and can be bought here, there and everywhere! ($4 a pop.)

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If you’ve been to Disneyland, what’s your favourite Disney delicacy? And if you haven’t, which one of these would you most like to try?

Thermomix Best Banana Cake

September 15, 2014

Serves 6-8 generously This is another Annabel Langbein recipe that I converted to the Thermomix. If you have unloved, unwanted, super ripe bananas, then this is the recipe for you. In fact, even if you don’t have any unloved, unwanted, super ripe bananas, go and get yourself some fresh ones and wait for them to [...]

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Travel Tales – 7 Reasons to love Chicago

September 12, 2014

I saw this quote a while ago. It’s true. Chicago is always a good idea! I have wanted to go to Chicago for years, ever since I watched my two favourite movies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and About Last Night, both of which are  awesome and both are which are set in Chi-Town. This trip [...]

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom

September 10, 2014

I’m still dreaming of Disney past and already dreaming  of Disney future. Walt knows what’s what, if you can dream it, you can do it. All you need is to believe and to be brave. Dreams were made to be realised, remember that. Happy Wednesday! Are you big on courage? Big on dreams? Or both?

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The Disneyland Half Marathon; Getting Closure on Cancer

September 8, 2014

Well, I was planning to write this post at some far and distant time in the future when I had my super snazzy professional  running photos, (not that I’m a narcissist or anything,) but I was feeling so many feelings that I just had to let them out, right here, right now! The Disneyland Half [...]

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Tales from our Travels – Dreams and Disney

September 4, 2014

Wowzers! I’ve finally got 5 minutes to grab my laptop and tell you about what’s been happening since I’ve been gone! Holidays are hard work I tell you, but in the best way possible! I can’t believe we’ve only been away for 7 days, it seems like forever and I can hardly believe how much [...]

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom – Ferris Bueller

September 3, 2014

Have you seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? If you haven’t I really think you should. You would love it! Ever since I watched this movie, I’ve wanted to go to Chicago. Now I’m here and following in Ferris’ footsteps. Where he went, I’ll go. Ferris knows what’s what. Life does move fast. I hope you get some [...]

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August, you were awesome!

September 1, 2014

So after all the fun and frolics of the last half a year (yes, where did that go?) it was August. And that could only mean one thing. The Countdown to Disney was ON! I ate my first amazing technicolour dumplings. They tasted as delicious as they looked. You can eat the dumplings of the [...]

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom – Walt Disney

August 27, 2014

Today is the day. I’m off to Disneyland.  I really hope Walt is right. I’ve dreamt about running the Disneyland Half Marathon since my first cancer diagnosis, and now, more than 3 years later, I’m doing it. I too started with a dream, a mouse (and a pair of running shoes.) Stay tuned, folks and [...]

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