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Change on the Horizon

Daniel Staten

It's been a bit of a crazy week for Disney Parks! Tokyo Disneyland announced an incredible multi-year expansion, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train caught on fire and Christmas is beginning to take over the parks.

Later this week, I'm flying to Walt Disney World for the Wine and Dine Half-Marathon Weekend. I'm excited to run and see the holiday decorations for the first time! It will also be our first visit since several closures at Disney's Hollywood Studios. It's clear that there's change on the horizon at the Studios.

Will Gertie disappear with expected changes coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios?

I'm excited for the changes and hope there's an announcement soon! Until then, the attraction count continues to dwindle and with walls up at Animal Kingdom as well, we may decide to skip both parks in favor of the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, both of which are offering up seasonal entertainment.

Happy Halloween, Foolish Mortals

Daniel Staten

Less than one week until the Wine and Dine Half-Marathon in sunny Florida! I know I've been light on content around here lately, but I'm committed to sharing more in the next few months. 

2014 has been amazing so far and we're quickly approaching the holidays. Today is Halloween – one of my personal favorites.  

Last week I picked up the new iPad Air 2 and was absolutely blown away with the release of Pixelmator for iPad. So, I decided to revisit one of my favorite images from our Disneyland trip in August. 

Pixelmator was awesome and I did this in about five minutes! 


Happy Halloween, Foolish Mortals! 

Inspiration: Meeting Jeff Galloway

Daniel Staten

As I stood in my corral for the Disneyland 10K in August, I looked to my right and was surprised to see runDisney sponsor Jeff Galloway and his wife standing beside me! Let me explain my elation: an American Olympian and I ran side-by-side...for a good two minutes.

Without Jeff's training plan, running would be incredibly difficult for me. Not only does the Galloway Method give me the strength to go long distances, it also helps me train faster and accurately.

Thanks for the inspiration, Jeff!

Adventure is Out There!

Daniel Staten

Today my best friend Patrick starts an amazing adventure to New Zealand. A true test of friendship is the support and excitement you feel for them when a new opportunity arises. One of my favorite adventures with Patrick was running the 2013 Walt Disney World Half-Marathon. I'd never ran that distance before, but we both finished the race and had an amazing time.

The Walt Disney World Half-Marathon was quite the adventure.

Patrick will be detailing his journey on his new blog at Be sure to check out a Kiwi in the making. Have fun, Pat and remember – adventure is out there!

Fireworks Friday: Buena Vista Street

Daniel Staten

It's time for another edition of Fireworks Friday! I have so much on my mind since returning from Disneyland last week. There's so much I want to share! The Disney Parks give me such a creativity boost. I didn't take quite as many photos as usual, but some of the shots I got were amazing! 

Reflecting on this vacation, I didn't do quite the amount of planning that it requires to visit Walt Disney World. We had a few plans, like the Dumbo Double Dare and dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant, but other than that we were open to spontaneity.

Spontaneity allows you to see new things, experience the unanticipated and tour at a more casual pace. The Disneyland Resort is well suited for that.

One spontaneous moment we had was walking out of Disney California Adventure for the evening, only to see the fireworks begin across the esplanade at Disneyland. I hadn't taken too many night photos and I had my tripod with me, so I figured why not stop and take a couple of shots?

This photo ended up being one of my favorites. I love the way it showcases the bustle of Buena Vista Street on a holiday weekend. As a very patriotic American, the Independence Day decorations made the park even more enjoyable. 

On your next vacation, I hope you take some time to be spontaneous. It's worth every second.