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The Disney Runner in You

The Disney Runner in You

If you’run-disney-collage-hrre like us, you might find yourself having a hard time staying motivated with those pesky New Year’s Resolutions – like training for a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or even a full marathon. Well, what if that race could include a Disney Destination vacation, crazy costumes, fun prizes and more? If that sounds like your kind of race, you just might want to read on…

Each year, Walt Disney World and Disneyland host numerous events for runners of all levels, with courses that take you across the Resort and Parks. There’s even a 5K on Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, so you can run off all of those gourmet dinners and desserts you enjoyed aboard your Disney Cruise.

The marathon and half marathon weekends are Disney-themed and include favorites such as Star Wars, Disney Princess, Tinker Bell, Disney Wine & Dine and more! And there are races for all levels, so you don’t have to worry if you’re not ready for 26.2 or even 13.1 miles.

Of course, you’ll receive some fantastic perks like a commemorative finisher medal, tech shirt, personalized bib, virtual goody bag and more, but the best part might just be the costumes and the shoes. Imagine running through Cinderella Castle all dressed up as one of your favorite Disney characters while running in official Disney New Balance shoes. You heard that right! Disney themed shoes. From Mickey to Tink, from Dumbo to Ariel (featured above), participants can purchase these fun little works of footwear art.

So, when you’re ready to throw on your Snow White tutu – and Disney running shoes – and push your resolutions to the limit, let us help you plan a vacation that your whole family can enjoy. We know they will want to be there to cheer you on…and enjoy all the magic Disney has to offer along the way!

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Gingerbread Cookies

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Makes 3 dozen cookies.
Ingredients:
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 eggs
3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 ¼ teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground star anise
1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground fennel
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground mace
¼ cup milk
1 cup colored decorating sugar

Directions:
1. Combine butter and sugar and beat until smooth.
2. Sift together flour, cinnamon, coriander, anise, baking powder, fennel, ginger, cloves, salt and mace into a separate bowl.
3. Slowly add dry ingredients to the butter mixture until dough holds together.
4. Remove dough from bowl and wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, 2-4 hours.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 cookie sheets.
6. Remove dough from refrigerator and set aside at room temperature for 10 minutes, until pliable. Divide dough in half and return one half to refrigerator. Place other half on floured work surface. Roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness, flouring the work surface and rolling pin as necessary.
7. Cut cookies with cookie cutters. Transfer to baking sheets, 1 inch apart.
8. Lightly brush cookies with milk and sprinkle with colored sugar.
9. Bake until firm and edges begin to darken, 10-14 minutes. Allow cookies to slightly cool on cookie sheet, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bon Appétit!

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Your Disney Christmas Sleigh Ride with Crazy Imagination Travel

holidaysdisneyworldStop number one on our magical Christmas journey is the Candlelight Processional in Walt Disney World. Each year at the American Gardens Theater in Epcot, the biblical truth of the birth of Christ comes to life with the breathtaking sounds of a 50-piece orchestra and beautiful choir, featuring special guest stars performing the narration. Listen to favorites like Steven Curtis Chapman, Neil Patrick Harris, and Meredith Vieira recount the reason for the Christmas season in this touching tradition that is not to be missed.

Next, we journey to the other side of the country to Disneyland as we visit the Festival of Holidays in Disney California Adventure Park. Eat, drink and be merry is the order of the day as you feast through 14 kiosks featuring traditional holiday cuisines like tamales, sweet potato pie, Swedish meatballs and baklava, just to name a few. Then take in some festive Latin-American entertainment at the Disney Viva Navidad Street Party with music, dancing and Disney characters.

And last but not least, let’s sail across the seas for a Very MerryTime Cruise with Disney Cruise Lines. On select sailings, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season with a Deck the Deck Tropical Holiday Party, Mickey’s Tree Lighting Magic Ceremony, Storytime with Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus Meet and Greet. And if you’re lucky enough to be sailing on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you’ll also experience caroling with kids and crew, cookies on Christmas Eve, special religious services, and more!

These are just a few of the highlights of a Disney Christmas. We can’t forget the special holiday parades and fireworks, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Cinderella’s Castle lit for the season, and the many experiences and decorations across the Disney Resorts. It is certainly the most magical time of the year for a Disney visit!

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Re-Imagined Wonder

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The Re-imagining of the Disney Wonder

During September and October, the Disney Wonder was docked in Cadiz, Spain undergoing an extensive renovation. Now she’s back in the states and ready to set sail once again! The new onboard experiences you’ll find on the Disney Wonder include:

  • Marvel Super Hero Academy – Do you have an inner Spider Man or Captain America in your household? Then they are sure to enjoy training to become brave and adventurous alongside their favorite Marvel characters at this fun-filled academy.
  • Frozen, A Musical Spectacular – This new stage show will plunge your entire family into snowy Arendelle as you follow the adventures of Anna, Elsa and the Frozen gang through a story featuring the movie’s legendary music.
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post – After the musical, your kids can enjoy even more Frozen fun as they get up close and personal with Anna, Elsa and Olaf at this youth club, where they will be immersed in imaginative play and activities.
    Chill Teen Spa – Especially for our teenage crowd, this new spa offers massages, facials, hair care and more specifically created just for the special teens in our lives.
  • Tiana’s Place – Prepare to feast on New Orleans-style cuisine while you enjoy live jazz and blues music at this new restaurant. You will be able to see – and taste – Princess Tiana’s special touches throughout your meal.
  • Crown and Fin Pub – Get away for some adults-only time at this new, authentic English pub in the adult district. You will be able to partake in a selection of British and specialty beers while you notice clever nods to some of the classic Disney movies set in London. You can also enjoy the many updates that were made onboard the Disney Wonder, such as enhancements to the pools on the upper deck, Senses Spa & Salon, Animator’s Palate, Edge Club for Teens, Bibbiddi Bobbiddi Boutique, Palo specialty restaurant, and more.

Are you ready to experience the Disney Wonder for yourself? Contact us today. We’d love to help you!

Prepare for a Disney Cruise Line Adventure

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Prepare for a Disney Cruise Line Adventure

A Disney Cruise is like no other vacation you have ever experienced. You’ll travel in true Disney fashion onboard a beautiful vessel and vacation in award-winning style. Prepare to be pampered by Disney’s legendary service and delight in top of the line dining, staterooms, entertainment, and pools & recreation. The value is unparalleled! There is something for everyone aboard a Disney Cruise:

  • Families – Your entire family will enjoy Broadway-style shows, deck parties, family activities such as karaoke showdown or trivia, themed dining, and water attractions like the AquaDuck and AquaDunk. You’re sure to enjoy every moment of your time together.
  • Kids – Sometimes a kid just needs to be a kid, so Disney has created exciting youth clubs for all ages from toddlers to teens. Your kids will also have personal interactive Disney character experiences while on board, and there are pools that will appeal to each age group.
  • Adults – And if kids need to get away, adults certainly do, too! Adults can take advantage of lavish spas, enjoy a cozy dining experience at Palo or Remy, have a drink – and maybe a dance – at several nightclubs and lounges, or even hang out by the adults-only Quiet Cove Pool.
  • Special Events – On select cruises, you can also enjoy special events such as Marvel Day at Sea, Star Wars Day at Sea, and the Frozen Deck Party.
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Photo: Rebecca Hunt

Not only is there something for everyone, but there’s also someWHERE for everyone. Curious where a Disney cruise can take you? Check out these destinations: Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Alaska, Californian Coast, Canadian Coast, Mexican Riviera, Baja, Panama Canal, Northern Europe, Norwegian Fjords, Mediterranean, British Isles and Transatlantic Sailings

Once you reach a destination, you can enjoy a variety of port adventures, such as relaxing beach getaways, snorkeling, biking, kayaking, city tours, shopping and more! And we can’t forget Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, which is reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests on Bahamian and Caribbean cruises and sports numerous specialty adventures and activities.

Have we piqued your interest in a Disney Cruise? Contact us today and we’ll fill you in on even more adventures that could be awaiting your entire family on the voyage of a lifetime.

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Top Five Fall Faves 2016

Our Top Five Fall Faves at Disney Parks

Does this time of year stir warm memories of autumn leaves, trick-or-treating and pumpkin-flavored goodness? It was hard to pick just a few, but we’ve narrowed the best of the best at both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida including the festive fall decor, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and more.

Disney certainly knows how to put the magic into each and every season. Make sure to join us on our Crazy Imagination Travel Facebook Page as we take you “Home” for the Holidays beginning soon!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016

This is Halloween, this is Halloween! On select nights in September and October, prepare to put on your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat the night away in Magic Kingdom. Just follow the magical map and fill your bag with candy, snacks and treats. You’ll also come across some of your favorite Disney characters – who just might be in a Halloween costume of their own. And don’t miss Mike and Sully’s Scream-o-Ween Dance Party!

Here are a few more spooky attractions you’ll want to see…

  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – Be sure to catch the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s Hocus Pocus at the Castle Forecourt Stage as they host a Halloween party with some of your favorite Disney Villains, like Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent. Will you fall prey to the spell they cast over
    everyone in Magic Kingdom?
  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade – Join the Headless Horseman as he kicks off Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween parade. Haunted Mansion-lovers will enjoy the supernatural legends of their much-loved attraction and everyone in the family will love seeing treasured Disney characters all dressed
    up in their Halloween best.
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks – The Disney Villains take over Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks show in spooktacular fashion during Happy HalloWishes. Join Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Jafar and more as they light up the night with spine-chilling shades and eerie songs!
  • The Cadaver Dan’s Barbershop Quartet – Frontierland turns into a true ghost town when the Cadaver Dan’s barbershop quartet strikes up a scary tune. If you happen to spot these undead songsters, be sure stop and listen to their hair-raising harmonies and sidesplitting puns.

If you’d like to join Mickey and the gang for a scary good time, just reach out to your personal vacation planner today!

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2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Photo credit: Heather Sitarzewski

Photo credit: Heather Sitarzewski

Are you a foodie at heart? Then the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival could be your cup of tea…or glass of wine! Visit Walt Disney World from September 14 to November 14 and check out this celebration of international cuisine, music and more. You can…

  • Adventure through more than 30 global marketplaces of amazing international dishes, craft beer, fine wine and other beverages.
  • Enjoy a feast for your ears with the Eat to the Beat Concert Series showcasing some of the industry’s top recording artists.
  • Learn tips and tricks from culinary experts through demonstrations, beverage seminars, cheese seminars, mixology lessons and more.
  • Experience segments from ABC’s The Chew, meet and greet popular authors, industry personalities and top chefs, and have a favorite bottle of wine autographed by world-class vintners.

There is so much to see and do at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and we promise you won’t go away hungry. Get in touch with your personal travel planner today to start planning your culinary getaway!