runDisney Inspirational Story: Christine Malley

It has been a month since I decided I am going to sign up for 2017 Disney Princess 10K. Time to check in with you all and share with you a runDisney inspirational story from a fellow runDisney runner!

My progress:

Pounds Lost: 4 pounds (not much, next month will be better)

Miles Walked since 1/10/15 (according to my FitBit): sadly, I misplaced my Fitbit for 90% of the month so I don’t have a number for this month. I found my Fitbit so next month I will have a number to put in this spot!

runDisney Inspirational Story: Christine Malley

runDisney Inspirational Story

Photo courtesy of Cigna Health. Text added.

Cigna customer and Achilles athlete

Christine Malley is 29 years old from Minneapolis, MN., with an inspiring life story. Christine is blind in both eyes, but she wasn’t born that way. Two years ago, Christine went from being a perfectly healthy twenty-something to having a rare spinal disease that left her blind in both eyes. Today, she’s stronger than ever, living life on her terms in a seeing-person’s world. Every day, she breaks through anxieties and chooses to pursue her dreams which include completing her 5K at the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon event in January, and graduating college with a degree in computer forensics.

“When I’m feeling anxious, I remember God has a plan for me, and that it could always be worse.” You can hear Christine’s optimism and youth in her voice when she speaks. She adds, “I believe I will come out a stronger person.”

Christine’s journey into darkness began September 13, 2013 when she awoke with a stiff neck and headache. She remembers it vividly. In a few short weeks the headaches became severe, and she had problems focusing her vision and tingling in her left arm and hand. That’s when she went to see her doctor. [Read more…]

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10 Must Do Experiences for the Cinderella Fan

Cinderella is my favorite princess. I love that she is an abuse survivor and loves greatly. The classic animated film is something I watch over and over again. The Disney animators did an amazing job bringing their version of her story to the screen. The fact that Walt Disney World is the home of Cinderella’s castle makes my day! If you love Cinderella there are many experiences you must add to your must-do list!

10 Must Do Experiences for the Cinderella Fan

10 Must Do Experiences for the Cinderella Fan

  1. Dine at 1900 Park Fair for lunch or dinner. During lunch or dinner Cinderella, Prince Charming, The Tremaine’s, and the Fairy Godmother join you for your meal. I have personally done this meal several times and have never had a poor experience. The food is good, but the interaction is awesome!
  2. Meet Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall. You can meet Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall for a picture and an autograph. This experience is free. If you wait until during Wishes or after you don’t even need a fastpass to meet her.
  3. Dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table. I haven’t personally done this experience yet, but it is on my bucket list.
  4. Meet the Tremaine’s in Fantasyland. The Tramaine’s hang out behind Cinderella Castle and they are so fun to meet and greet with! character-interaction-tremaines
  5. Meet the Fairy Godmother. Behind the castle, near the Cinderella Statue is where the Fairy Godmother meets. Afterwards go to the Castle Couture Shop and get a free pixie-dusting!
  6. Get a picture of/with Cinderella’s fountain. Did you know that the fountain is made for kids to see something different than adults. If you are child-size it looks like Cinderella is already wear her crown. If you are taller she looks like a pheasant.
  7. See the beautiful Cinderella mosaic within Cinderella’s castle.  I love the history and symbolism in the mural. Notice the colors of the stepsisters faces, the gold details, and so much more. Read more about this awesome mural on AllEars. [Read more…]
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5 Must Do Character Meet & Greets at EPCOT

Going to EPCOT?  Make sure you experience these 5 Must Do Character Meet & Greets at EPCOT. Each park has the Fab Five, but other characters shine at certain parks.

5 Must Do Character Meet & Greets at EPCOT

Must Do Character Meet & Greets at EPCOT

  1. Mulan. Mulan can only be found at EPCOT on a regular basis. Her meet and greet is very popular. Arrive at her meet and greet a few minutes before it begins to see her quickly. The times guide at the entrance of the park will list the times she is out. A fastpass is not available for her. She does sign autographs. Some fun interactions with Mulan are to ask her about Mushu, call her Ping, or ask her about her lucky cricket.
  2. Baymax. For awhile Baymax was located at Hollywood Studios. He has now been moved to EPCOT. Baymax is located in Innoventions West across fromt he EPCOT Character spot. He does not have a fastpass and he does not sign an autograph. Make sure to fist bump with him!
  3. Belle. Enchanted Tales with Belle at the Magic Kingdom is not a regular meet and greet. Belle meets near the France Pavilion at the Promenade next to the water.  She is dressed in her blue dress and apron. A fastpass is not available and she does sign autographs. This is a very popular meet and greet, she her as soon as she starts meeting with is at 11am. Ask Belle what her favorite book is or what invention her father is working on,
  4. Joy & Sadness. Joy and Sadness are not EPCOT yet, but it has been (unofficially) announced that they will be meeting in the same area as Baymax. Once more information is available, I will update this post.
  5. Aladdin and Jasmine. Aladdin and Jasmine can also be found at the Magic Kingdom, but I like the meet and greet better at EPCOT. They meet in the Moroccan Pavilion. A fastpass is not available and they do sign autographs. The line is inside so you are out of the sun. I also like rubbing all the lamps. Maybe someday the Genie will pop out of one and grant me a few wishes!

What is your favorite Must Do Character Meet & Greet at EPCOT?

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