1209.5 #137 (DL Qual #129

Sep 4, 2012 9:12 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
#TIPS Good morning...officially starting the training calendar today from runDisney for the Tinkerbell half marathon in Jan. and the scariest thing about it for me is not knowing what to expect. So, while it's fresh in the minds of this past weekends runners...I thought it would be a good idea to start a "tips" post about it. Would you share: Things you would've done differently, things you wish you had known, best experiences, how much time to allow for the expo, are you really able to stop and take pictures with characters and keep up the pace, etc. please? Thanks and congrats again to everyone for the stories and pictures throughout the events! :)

If you have never done a half marathon and don't regularly run I would suggest that you first start off by getting a great pair of shoes that work well with your type of foot and how you run. I recomend that until you really know how you run and the type of foot you have, you visit with Road Runner sports or Snails pace running store and let them do a free analysis of your foot and how you run and make some recommendations. I cant tell you how many people get shin splints because of either bad shoes, old shoes or the wrong type of shoes...After you have gotten your shoes fitted make sure to start off slow and when I say slow, just walk on a treadmill at at brisk 3.5 to max 4.0 MPH for a few miles and do that for a good 3 to 4 weeks so you can start to build up some muscell in your legs and get them use to the pounding that is running....I also hihgly suggest that with any training program you make sure that you have a good balance of running outdoor and indoors on treadmill...Outdoor mostly because you don't get the pain that you will get on a cushioned treadmill..However, a treadmill is a great way to use the increased speed to monitor your pace and speed and do intervals to throw your legs off for preformance....I could go on and on and will but this is a start - Dave  13310.4 #2 9:51PM
πŸ‘ - Minnis2Society  369.9 #586 10:02PM
Awesome tips Dave. Thanks so much - angy17  181.1 #2193 10:11PM
Great tips Dave. I need to try to mix the treadmill in more myself. - BooEve123  800.9 #220 11:41PM
Can i just put on roller skates and hold onto your shirt??? - Zipitydoodahdad  270.0 #1117 11:52PM
Great tips Dave. I basically did exactly what you recommended here when I started running, including a trip to RoadRunnner Sports for a running analysis and fitting. I can't recommend highly enough the shoe fitting!!! - vernswifevickie  400.5 #534 4:59AM
πŸ‘ Yep. A lot of people just start out by going into Foot Locker or something and buying the most expensive running show without knowing anything about their feet. They end up wasting their money because that shoe might not be the best for them. It depends on bone structure, pronation, stride...so many things. You risk injury if you are uninformed about your body. And the tip about the treadmill is spot-on: a lot of people avoid running inside because it feels easier and they want a harder, more realistic to race day workout. That makes sense, but the treadmill is a great training tool and it's important to "trick" your body by running on different surfaces so you continue to improve. - Spoonful_O_Sugar  602.6 #322 6:17AM
Yup! Everything Dave said. - Jacqueline  580.0 #334 6:38AM
hmmmm what are folks thoughts on if we make a Facebook group for MW tinker trainers? then again we always have chubb 33 :) but maybe a facebook group would be fun too so that we can have check ins - BooEve123  800.9 #220 1:44PM
I have often thought about making a Facebook group for MW Runners. I think that's a great idea. - LilSterner  5091.5 #21 3:05PM
I was thinking that last night Boo! - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 3:55PM
I would love this. I have never ran in any type of marathon but after seeing all of the great posts, I would LOVE to do the 5k in Jan and then the half next summer. - Vegan7LuvsStitch  1026.3 #171 3:57PM
That sounds great! - kss4tink  218.0 #1716 4:00PM
I'm in :) - Darlingwendi  1209.5 #137 4:01PM
K i made it:) will start adding folks - BooEve123  800.9 #220 4:07PM
Do they Have a Full marathon? Or just half? - PrinceTeaJack  928.6 #186 4:08PM
Just halves out here they might have a full out in florida? - BooEve123  800.9 #220 4:17PM
I have made a group :) I am not really sure how to add people that are not on my friends list... so either check out other MWers you are friends with to find it or you are welcome to add me but take note to put me as somone to hide feed from if you are easily offended by techno music, angry rants about work, cussing, political talks and such..... LOL but yah come find mee Cass Evans BooEve - BooEve123  800.9 #220 5:47PM
I'm in! - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1186.3 #141 5:55PM
Yey I'm also running the tink in January but I'm only doing the 5k. First race ever. - angy17  181.1 #2193 10:08PM
I'm not signed up to do any of the halfs yet, but would like to start running just to get in shape. Love to be in this group for motivation. And who knows maybe I will do a half one day! - jjdq  338.0 #675 10:22PM
HEre is the link guy... let me know if it works - BooEve123  800.9 #220 11:45AM
https://www.facebook.com/groups/464555870251234/ - BooEve123  800.9 #220 11:45AM
Link didn't work for me...looks like it's cut off? Maybe post as a comment instead of as a reply? - Darlingwendi  1209.5 #137 12:25PM
hmmw hat about this one: http://on.fb.me/QmrjzT - BooEve123  800.9 #220 1:07PM
Great post! I'm thinking of running the Half now and not the 5K and any info would be appreciated! - iamdugsmaster  878.7 #198 9:39AM
The 1/2 is closed for Tink unless you register through one of the charity groups. - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 10:05AM
Oh I don't plan on doing the Tink...I plan on doing next years Half. - iamdugsmaster  878.7 #198 10:17AM
I am too! Next year is my goal - MarshaMouse  4912.0 #22 10:42AM
Yay Marsha! - iamdugsmaster  878.7 #198 11:28AM
I am with you dugsmaster! I want thay gold D!!! And I'm giving myself a year to train! XD - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1186.3 #141 11:41AM
Ooooo Marsha too??? How cool! - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1186.3 #141 11:41AM
OK, so I admit...I am thinking about doing it also! I think in a year I may be able to accomplish this! - Minnis2Society  369.9 #586 11:44AM
I'm glad U R going to do it MWAJBB!!!! :D - iamdugsmaster  878.7 #198 11:50AM
I haven't ever run a half, but I did work in the fitness industry for years. Two big tips: 1) be consistent with your training and 2) be SURE to invest in the right shoes for your feet. You can go to some specialty shops and they'll watch you run on a treadmill and examine your feet. The $75 extra you'd pay for the right fit is well worth the investment in your body and training schedule. :) - Spoonful_O_Sugar  602.6 #322 6:07PM
The bit about the shoes is so true! I only buy my running shoes at specialty stores. If anyone lives in or near the San Fernando Valley, I know a great store. - VeloMouseGirl  549.8 #356 7:41PM
Follow that plan Darling! I'm starting/continuing today as well! I've been following it for the most part for about 2 months. Be consistent with your training. Train for a goal between 12-14 minutes per mile and you could get a couple of pics. If you want lots then you'll have to train for better time. Don't go fast at the start or over do it. The expo has lots of info. Presenters and products. Try to watch a presentation by Jeff Galloway. I have used his training plan. Email me for more info. He signed my book this weekend. If you ever want we can meet somewhere in between for one of the long walk/runs weekends of the training plan! GOOD LUCK!! - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 10:00AM
Great post Wendi! - LaPearleNoir  1639.4 #96 10:18AM
My suggestion as I lay here in bed still unable to walk.... Train, train, train:). 1st it is def time to suck it up and go get a good pair of running shoes. Also might want to look at insoles. That combo cost me about 160$ but my body thanks me:)....... I am pretty sure Jeff plan doesn't start to October tho? But if anything get couch to 5 K and start working on that. Also find yourself a nice pair of athletic sun glasses, they made a world of diffreience for the half:). The more commuted you stay to your plan the less you will feel like I do right now bahaha. As Romec said try to get that mile to about a 14 so you can take photos.... Photos took up 2.5 mins of my time making me not hit the 16 min mile:-/........ Um I may be alone of this but I take it a 5 k at a time mentally..... And for both my half anything after 9 miles was a mind challenge. Start thinking of costume ideas too;) congrats on this commitment. - BooEve123  800.9 #220 10:29AM
Oh yah to answer a few of your other ?s: expo I say you need a good 3 hours to look at all the boths. They also have a tap booth that will tap up injuries for ya very very helpful:) differently : I would have trained, I didn't train really at all for this still finished in 3:32 but finished the tink just under 3:00. Some things to look into socks and gel or gel substitutes. Socks: first time eer I got very bad blisters this time at mile 6 that destroyed me. My mistake getting brand new socks at expo. It is suggested to never introduce new things on race day. For gels I typical do two gels, one jelly bean bag, and one thing of blocks. They taste meh.... For gels try to take it at water station so you don't get chalky mouth. Um best experience finally seeing Merida and taking a pic also they had this awesome mile long car show! - BooEve123  800.9 #220 10:41AM
Did you carry a fanny pack with your own water bottle or was there alot handed out along the way? - Darlingwendi  1209.5 #137 10:45AM
nah no fanny pack with water... I do have a running belt thought that I put my phone, and the gels, bandaids, and lip balm in. I personally feel they did a wonderful job with the water stations only once did I feel that two were seprated. To me that is extra weight I need to lug around. - BooEve123  800.9 #220 10:50AM
Boo training for Tink begins today. Believe it or not I'm sore but able to walk! LOL Boo's suggestions are right on. I carried some items in a lightweight bag. The kind with the cords. Water stations through the course with power ade. I saw lots of people stopping to apply bandages for blisters by mile 6 oddly enough I didn't get one single blister. That had been my biggest worry. - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 11:07AM
whhhhhattt lol?!? I still can not walk lmbo I am in bed had to call out of work because I can not gt down my apartment stairs lol... looks like I will be missing day one lol - BooEve123  800.9 #220 11:29AM
LOL. Like I said I'm sore. But walking with a little waddle. I don't have a choice. I have a child who needs a lunch and ride to school. LOL - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 12:54PM
Good luck I know you can do it!! - MarshaMouse  4912.0 #22 10:42AM
Yay!! I'm starting today too for the half !! I think I might do a vlog/blog about it. If I do I'll share the training experience with you! :) - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #222 11:09AM
I suggest trying to squeeze towards the front of your corral if you're afraid of falling behind time. I used a running belt at tink & a camelbak at the last half and both worked well at holding all my junk-sunglasses, lip balm, phone, camera, sport beans, ID, inhaler, etc. I agree with booeve, don't introduce anything new you havent used on training runs and definitely spring for some good shoes. I got a foot injury from my over mileage shoes because I didn't want to spend the $$ and I was off training for weeks. Use the in parks bathrooms if you can, short to no lines compared to the portapotties. Some character lines are shorter than others so I'd prob pick your most fave or rare characters to stop for. Hmmm, that's all I can think of right now. It is a total blast!!! Stick with the training schedule and listen to your body and most of all have fun! - supertracy  471.9 #430 11:42AM
Has anyone followed the Galloway plan? He promotes a no injury plan. - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1186.3 #141 11:49AM
for the tink i would say i stuck about 75% to his training plan feel off track for about 3 weeks during the holiday. I never did the magical mile thought... I need to suck it up and get a pace watch:-/ - BooEve123  800.9 #220 11:56AM
Yes. I follow it. He's very nice and knowledgable. I always injure myself and following his training I've been injury free which my family says is quite the miracle. - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 12:49PM
I used the Galloway plan for the Tink and Princess, didn't have a single injury. Always train on of your long runs with EVERYTHING you plan on wearing for race day. Use lots of Vaseline on your feet and potential rub spots. I prefer to carry water on me and I use the same gel fuels they'll be handing out on the course so I don't have to carry them with me. Go to an actual running store and have your stride/foot strike evaluate and get 2 good pairs of shoes, alternate wearing them so they both are well broken in. Hope this helps! - Ladystrac  452.0 #458 12:25PM
Gel fuels? They didn't hand out any in this 1/2 unless missed something. Most people had their own. Only water and powerade. Med stations have band aids, ice packs/gel. - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 12:52PM
They passed out some right around the 9 mile mark. Oh yah the med station have this ice hot gel stuff i swear that save my sore legs i lathered that stuff on lol - BooEve123  800.9 #220 12:57PM
Oh ok. I was swept away at that point and not by a Prince - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 1:19PM
What do you all do in this heat? Y husband leaves too early, so I can't go running in the morning and it's still hot when he gets home. He also doesn't want me to go running after dark. I finished Bridge to 10k a month ago but haven't been running since :(. Should I just suck it up and try training in the heat? - kss4tink  218.0 #1716 1:32PM
Personally I make no excuses. But I'm competitive and stubborn so that's just me. Lol. Buy a good sweat band and maybe carry a cold wet cloth and cold water to help cool you down if your too hot. Something is better than nothing. - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 1:40PM
this is sadly what got me in this race. Not making time for myself then blamming the heat too. I think that Lilsterner just got up early for her short runs... myself I stillc an only go at dusk..... luckily it will start to cool down soon - BooEve123  800.9 #220 1:41PM
Lol, yeah, I guess I need to realize I'm just making excuses. Good idea to take a cold cloth. Unfortunately, it's going to be hot for a while, so I guess I just need to bite the bullet and try today! Thanks guys :). - kss4tink  218.0 #1716 2:35PM
My husband leaves early too, but I'm up at 4am to get my run in - shodge12  309.1 #817 2:42PM
I wish I could go early but my husband leaves too early and I need to be home cause we have a toddler. - kss4tink  218.0 #1716 4:06PM
The heat during the half was difficult for me because I had trained for months very early in the morning while it was cool. After doing the half this weekend that's one change I'll be making to my training...I'm going to start varying the time of day that I do my long runs so I'm better prepared for temperature changes. - vernswifevickie  400.5 #534 5:06AM
Be consistent about your running. I used run training app on my phone. I also did a half marathon earlier in the year to help me prepare. - shodge12  309.1 #817 2:43PM
I will be a wimp and will be doing the Neverland 5K - but it's my first 5K, so it's a start! - PrincessKristin  780.8 #229 3:12PM
A 5k is not wimpy! You can do it :) - Darlingwendi  1209.5 #137 3:51PM
Girl! It's not wimpy! 5ks are great because they are short and the sense of accomplishment is great! Disney puts on great events! You will do great! - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1186.3 #141 5:59PM
So, I know the Tink course is different than this one right? Is it all flat? Hills? Toughest part? Thanks for sharing everyone...VERY helpful :) - Darlingwendi  1209.5 #137 3:54PM
Throughy both parks pretty flat. Last year it was at night. Not sure if it will be the same course. Only one area where it was up and down but no biggie. You'll do fine Darling! - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 4:05PM
By up and down I mean sort of like the entrance to Toontown but a little longer. It's where vehicles cross from DL to DCA. Normally unseen by guests. Perks of the 5K seeing the secrets. - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 4:07PM
for the half las year was early morning - it was mostly flat minus one "hill" right in the begin the course was flipped we ran the other direction. Went DL, DT Anaheim, the DCA, finish line behind Paradise peir. ALl of it was rather flat on both courses:) I swear to this day the toughest party for me is running into the sun. I finally sucked it up and bought soccer mom running glasses at the expo and i thank the stars i did. - BooEve123  800.9 #220 4:09PM
I might try signing up for next year's half marathon too... or maybe just the 5K but I think I'll start running now and see how it goes before half marathon registration begins :) - Jenniferr  506.7 #396 4:15PM
Saw some runners today at DCA with their medals! You can do it! - Cinderella_Schnooks  3235.8 #40 4:21PM
Here's my suggestion. If you are a treadmill trainer, make sure you get enough time on the road. Otherwise you will be extremely sore after. Spoken from personal experience. Allthough I ran a personal record of 2:02,I'm still paying the price with sore legs. - streetsweeper  517.6 #385 7:23PM
That's me...usually do the treadmill while my littlest naps. Thanks! - Darlingwendi  1209.5 #137 8:46PM
Nutrition and hydration are so important. There are sine great web sites out there for inexperienced runners that give you training schedules as well as advice on nutrition and hydration. - VeloMouseGirl  549.8 #356 7:44PM
Thank you thank you thank you!! For this amazing post!!! Im really crunching down on my training and I'm getting more and more nervous!!! But all of this makes me feel like maybe I can do it!!! - CourtyAstroBlisters  782.1 #227 7:58PM
you can do this!! - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5726.8 #18 9:31PM
I'm signing up for the half next year. I'm getting tired of seeing medals around everyone's neck but my own. - Slotherini  1079.4 #161 9:37PM
that would be great. You can start planning a costume :) - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5726.8 #18 9:40PM
It's about 28 steps for sloth. - Mouse4life  1293.1 #126 9:42PM
I feel the exact same way sloth - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1186.3 #141 10:16PM
How about pictures? Saw Dave's and other "official" ones taken...are there Disney photographers all along the course...and how much do the pix cost to purchase? :) - Darlingwendi  1209.5 #137 8:48PM
Yup they are all over the course. They send an email about 2-3 days after. Pictures are a bit pricey but they give something like 10% discounts and if you wait a bit 20% - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 9:00PM
They are mostly in the parks at the expo they had a big map with all the locations:). They do sit low to the ground on the sides for those action shots so smile big always haha - BooEve123  800.9 #220 9:29PM
What are gels and sport beans? Reading your comments has inspired me to sign up! I have run pretty consistently for about 17 yrs for fun, but have only done two races- something I did with the kids. I have always wanted to do the Disney run, but never thought seriously about it until reading about it on posts . Sounds like fun! Maybe I'll get my courage up! - 7mouskedoodles  371.6 #581 10:17PM
I sadly am not sure the proper definition of it but they are used for "fuel" I personally am not a fan on gels only can handle 2 max. I like the beans they are like Ober sweet jelly beans:) I just tries the blocks they were yummy! They give your body the extra boost. - BooEve123  800.9 #220 10:40PM
Thanks, where can I buy them? - 7mouskedoodles  371.6 #581 10:56PM
I would assume that most sports stores would and running shops. Personal suggestion if you get gels make sure to take them with water avaiable:) from what I have gathered folks don't not us these for anything under 4 or so miles. They are very helpfull for endurance long runs:) - BooEve123  800.9 #220 11:03PM
Thanks Boo! - 7mouskedoodles  371.6 #581 11:58PM
Does anyone know when registration usually starts for the half marathon ? I'm so mad I didn't do it this year. - Hendizl  2774.8 #43 10:23PM
I believ in early Jan. Pretty close to the first of the year. - Mimmy  1442.3 #105 10:27PM
Ok thanks I looked everywhere and even google but didn't find the answer for it - Hendizl  2774.8 #43 10:30PM
Yep I signed up first day taxes could be filled lol - BooEve123  800.9 #220 10:34PM
Great! I have time to find a job, get my mula, and sign up! - iamdugsmaster  878.7 #198 10:42PM
I have some questions kind of out of curiosity.. On the RunDisney site it says listening to music is not recommended but I want to know the opinions of MWers who participated if having earphones in was "unsafe"? Also, are there like towels or paper towels provided along the run to wipe off your sweat? LOL - Jenniferr  506.7 #396 11:25PM
There are a few locations along the course that a voice recording warns you of sharp turns, dips, hills. I wore headphones the whole time and was fine I think it becomes viewed as a safety hazard. And no wet clothes or towels along the course but they may have them at first aide:) - BooEve123  800.9 #220 11:36PM
I listen to recorded books, which is not as loud as music. I'm still able to hear my surroundings, maybe that could be an option. - kss4tink  218.0 #1716 11:59PM
As for the sweat, try wearing a visor or one of the sweat-wicking headbands. Or you can take a washcloth or gym towel and tuck it into your waistband or running belt. - Mimmy  1442.3 #105 5:08AM
Good luck everyone!! You can do it! Woo!! - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #222 11:28PM
My old boss runs marathons, does triathlons, and has done Iron Man a couple times....his advice to me was always work on distance first. Speed comes later. Do as much outside as you can. Treadmills dont offer the same resistance. Join a running group. We have the Loma Linda Lopers who meet every Sunday to train and coach. Visit places like the Running Store - KissDclown  1089.1 #158 5:19AM
One of the best tips I can offer is regarding the bathrooms. If you need to make a pit stop, do NOT stop at the first set of port-a-potties! There is generally a healthy sized line and this cuts into your time. Keep going a while and stop a little later. Also, many of the restrooms inside the park are open. They are staffed with a CM who is cleaning and replenishing supplies. This is a much better option than a port-a-potty!! 😝 - Mimmy  1442.3 #105 5:13AM
Yes!!! Plus the restrooms in the park were not very crowded at all. - vernswifevickie  400.5 #534 6:21AM
Ooh! Good to know! I always wondered if they opened the bathrooms up! - Spoonful_O_Sugar  602.6 #322 6:29AM
Training, training, training!!! Be consistent and diligent in training. I used the Jeff Galloway plan and I am not even a little bit sore from doing the half. Also, spend the $$ to get a running analysis and shoe fitting at a running store. The analysis is free but the custom insoles and shoes will run around $150.00 to 175.00...TOTALLY worth the money! If you go to Roadrunner Sports for shoes spend the couple of bucks to become a VIP customer. VIPs have 90 days to return the shoes for an exchange if they aren't working out for any reason. It made it so much easier for me to spend the money for the shoes knowing I wouldn't be stuck with them if they didn't perform. One last thing...I read John Bingham's book "Marathoning for Mortals" as I began training....it encouraged me so much and sort of demystified the whole running thing for me. - vernswifevickie  400.5 #534 5:28AM
I was so amazed by you! Congrats!! - MarshaMouse  4912.0 #22 6:29AM
Awww....thank you. I cried like a baby when I crossed the finish line :) - vernswifevickie  400.5 #534 6:50AM
Not even a little sore. You did some great training. Congratulations!! - Tealtownfan  1015.6 #174 6:56AM
How about the special Character pasta meal the night before...it's seems pretty pricey, but of course a very fun experience. Any pros or cons from anyone who has gone? - Darlingwendi  1209.5 #137 12:23PM
Few more tips....when you have reached the next step from doing some brisk/power walking and are ready to start running, dont go all out. Try and start out by running on a treadmill at a pace of around 5.5 mph and just try and work yourself up to higher and higher amounts of consistent running as your training goes on. It might take you a couple weeks just to be able to run 5 minutes without stopping but keep at it and you will realize that over time those 5 minutes turn into 10 and into 15 and so forth. Also make sure to get plenty of rest in between runs. Its not a good idea to try and run every day at a beginner or even a moderate runner. Your legs need to rest and the more strain you put on them could possibly put you in danger of sustaining an injury. ...Also, never sell yourself short...I hear so many times, I cant do it, there is no way, I'm not a runner...That is not the attitude you want to start off with..You will be quite surprised at what your body can do if you have the right attitude, some patience, a strong desire...You can do it!!!! - Dave  13310.4 #2 12:56PM
DAve you should be a couch you offer very wise advice and wisdom:) Thanks for checking in on me the day of the race to make sure I finished! I have a btn for you Mr will drop it off at Napa for you one of these days soon;) - BooEve123  800.9 #220 1:08PM
Boo I do hope you mean "COACH!" bahaha - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  746.0 #242 1:27PM

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- djmickeymouse  8.7 #0 8:30AM
Will there be a 3 and when? - menifeemom  199.8 #1944 7:31PM

Deadliest Cast Member Season One & Two + VOYAGEERS Multiplaner & Great Storyteller are both available to read on Kindle Unlimited! You can sign up for a free 30 day trial of Kindle Unlimited and read all four books at no charge! Go here to access the books on Amazon. Thanks for your support! 

- MommyandBash  272.7 #1096 4:52PM
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Subscribe to the MouseWait Email NEWSletter for Disneyland and MouseWait news, and never miss an update! 

Nice pic!πŸ“· - Stitchcrazy62622  17.5 #7455 10:18PM
Oh how we miss you MSEP... 😩😩😩 - DisneyBallers  28.9 #5799 10:05PM
what is MSEP? - markchop  37.3 #5165 9:35PM
Main Street Electrical Parade - sawman911  1061.4 #164 9:33AM
Awesome!! - stanvoodoo  24.6 #6252 7:25PM

Here are the recent wait time leaders:

August: Melody_CM 726.93
July: MelodyMouse 417.38
May: MelodyMouse 640.08
April: WARLOCK 228.33
March: HARR_E 290.27
February: jacdanfan 251.32
January: ShariRenee 246.23
December: MelodyMouse 303.05
November: MelodyMouse 410.98
October: jacdanfan 189.98

 Everyone for making   - Boundin  619.6 #311 10:21PM
That's awesome but like me a lot of ppl can't enter wait times I can't ever open or connect while in the park  - mickeyat78  1874.9 #81 5:39AM
Wow. Sorry to hear that. I'm on ATT and sometimes can't connect, tho it is rare - Melody_CM  7607.6 #8 8:12PM
Does ATT have personal space for power . I know that's not the correct name. Look in settings.  - suzieq65  95.7 #3578 2:46PM
great job! It's the wait times that brought me to this app. Thank you - Kimo  192.3 #2040 8:16PM
The mysterious disappearing month of June! - Melody_CM  7607.6 #8 12:13PM

Use this link (save it as a bookmark to make it easy) before you add things to your Amazon and MouseWait will receive 5% of your purchase! Thank you for your support!

Purchased the Voyageers book through this link so MW benefits twice  - UTDISNEYFAMILY  1679.2 #93 4:48PM
Spent $490 on it the other day - CVDisneyland  406.0 #524 12:40PM
Thank you! - Admin  5:04PM
I buy pretty much everything on Amazon. Nice to know MW can get a little piece of that! - MellyMelBB  65.0 #4168 12:06AM
I will do this next time I'm on Amazon! - DisneyLov3r  38.3 #0 5:02PM

Disneyland unFORECAST (BETA) is here! Top MouseWaiters giving you the rundown of what's happening at the Disneyland Resort. The unFORECAST now has its own page on the web www.unFORECAST.com

unFORECAST for the week of September 29, 2015
Mickey's Halloween Party has an interesting effect on crowd levels. This week, Disneyland will close early on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to host the party. Disneyland Park crowds are usually lighter on party days (with the exception of Friday). Last weekend was very busy, while this Monday was not. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our MagicPlan iOS Calendar), this week last year averaged in the low 60s (approx 60% capacity). Important note when comparing last year's Crowd Index: we've seen larger crowds on average this year due to the 60th Celebration activities. To get a real-time look at crowd levels, check the MouseWait App for Crowd Index averages and wait times. Have a great week! - Admin Sep 29, 2015 11:33AM

We have always noticed that Saturdays are better than Sundays! We always come on the weekend and say we want to leave at dinner time on Sunday, but always leave by 11-12 because there are so many people. We love Saturday!! - 1Princess3Princes  558.8 #345 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  18.6 #7236 11:53PM
Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  409.2 #518 7:32AM
I love these posts!  I do have a question/request/suggestion...is there a way to only show the 3-4 most recent posts?  It's a lot to scroll through. @@Admin - TiggersAndTinks  163.6 #2463 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  241.8 #1414 5:04PM
Can't wait, 7 days!!!!  - varela2892  15.1 #8089 2:53PM
I'm glad Saturday's are good we are going tomorrow ! - vanessav87  5.4 #16678 3:45PM

Credits Hall of Fame. This real-time list honors the top Credits purchasers by showing the total number of Credits purchased. These MouseWaiters play an integral part in helping us maintain and innovate. Thank you to everyone who buys Credits in the MW iOS app, TRIVILATOR, and Goat Effect!

1. jacdanfan

2. secretagentangel


4. leopardditz2000

5. DisneyGrandma

6. debbiev

7. DisLUVney

8. MeridaFan

9. Melody_CM

10. splurtian


  Well done and congratulations.  Now I know how some people have so many stickers.  Keep up the good work:-) - beentoall  281.1 #0 2:55AM
And they share - suzieq65  95.7 #3578 9:06PM
#10 needs a pic bad! - DarthFairy  247.2 #1344 12:42PM
@DisLUVney, lol weren't we just talking about this haha - MinnieTinker  550.4 #354 8:58PM
I can't help myself....help me. πŸ˜‚ - DisLUVney  616.4 #312 9:23PM
Wow wow wow!!! - stanvoodoo  24.6 #6252 10:52PM

TRIVILATOR 2.0 for iOS is here! We made it faster, easier to use, improved Random Games, fixed Push Notifications, added a Remove Ads option, new game packs, and we optmized it for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Get the complete run down on our new blog here. Get the new update in the App Store, or grab it here. Did you know you can play on the web or from any device via our web version? Tell your friends about the TRIVILATOR, and submit your questions so they (and you) can be featured inside the app. You can submit your questions here. Have fun!

- valj84DisneyDeppAddict  238.2 #1448 12:58PM
Hi, @@valj84DisneyAddict Hope you are having a wonderful Easter 🐣Come play Trivilator with me! - Moog  89.8 #3668 3:00PM
Yes! A wonderful day!  Hope yours is great too!!! I will look for you on Trivilator. πŸ˜πŸ‘ - valj84DisneyDeppAddict  238.2 #1448 3:27PM
Is it a game? - palomine96  20.6 #6855 11:58PM
Yes!  It's a separate app.  Come play! - Moog  89.8 #3668 8:58AM
- djmickeymouse  8.7 #0 5:17PM
- princessvg  46.1 #4756 8:35AM

Here are the overall MouseRank leaders for the past 6 months:

August 2015: Melody_CM 740.2
July 2015: Winnie111286 463.58
May 2015: MelodyMouse 679.4
April 2015: Fantasmicfan1 466.89
March 2015: HARR_E 423.38
February 2015: Winnie111286 364.36

! - PumpkinweenieVelinee  2568.3 #47 7:16AM
- MowgliLovesBaloo  65.2 #0 5:18PM
- Melis  20.6 #0 5:53PM
- boomom  325.3 #728 4:47PM

Download VOYAGEERS to your device today! Discover the VOYAGEERS Society, and the magical Main Street Realm in this action packed adventure for kids of ALL ages! Also available on iBooks and Kobo. Follow the VOYAGEERS on Facebook for more info and behind the scenes exclusives.

Like normal I am late to the party. Reading it now - Tealtownfan  1015.6 #174 3:13PM
Got it! More than halfway thru it! It's a lot of fun!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘βœ¨βœ¨ - TinkerSchelle  1801.2 #86 10:53PM
  - mckelfam  39.5 #5045 3:09PM
Weeeeee - MommyandBash  272.7 #1096 10:29PM

DISCOUNTED DISNEYLAND TICKETS THROUGH MOUSEWAIT! You get 2% off select tickets if you purchase on this page and use the code MOUSEWAIT at checkout. A percentage of your total purchase comes back to MouseWait, which helps cover our monthly maintenance and development expenses! You will also get 100 Credits if you email us your receipt along with your username! 

Can you get a discount on annual passes too? - DeeDeeMouse  274.9 #1070 9:59PM
How do you get discount on AP passes. Guessing use MOUSEWAIT - suzieq65  95.7 #3578 4:00PM
You get discounts on AP by renewing early. It's through Disney . They'll send you a card.  - secretagentangel  2419.0 #53 8:58PM
It says discount not available ... Maybe I'm doing it wrong? - gedi0614  34.4 #5344 12:13AM
Apparently whatever I was trying to buy doesn't apply. Dang - Poisen_Ivy  286.6 #958 12:47PM

Here are the Top 10 MouseWaiters of All-Time:

1. Coaster

2. Dave

3. jacdanfan

4. Plumiegirl

5. Tom

6. goofygal

7. uscdisneyteacher

8. Melody_CM

9. BaseballMickey_CM

10. CobbPR

Such great people on this list, many who doSo much for the app. 😍😍 - secretagentangel  2419.0 #53 2:09PM
Yay! Thank you! - Song  1868.2 #82 8:50AM


1. Winnie111286

2. Coaster

3. grumpypapa

4. OhanaPhoto

5. sawman911

6. luvmygreenarmyman

7. secretagentangel

8. luxkitty

9. SorcererD91

10. NikkiSea


Wow I've never made a list before. Thanks - disneybob49  340.4 #667 9:59AM
I love Disneyland! - Melody_CM  7607.6 #8 11:30PM
The link never works for me to see the list. It always just take me back to the top of the lounge. Any ideas? - Quiweez  110.2 #3355 9:52AM
Woohoo!  I made a MW list!!!   - luvmygreenarmyman  474.7 #427 10:36PM

MONTHLY WAIT TIME LEADERS REAL-TIME: Thank you to everyone who enters accurate wait times--you earn MouseRank Points, Credits, worldwide fame, and wealth beyond your wildest dreams when you enter wait times at the Park (ok maybe not the last two things). Please remember to ONLY enter wait times that you have verified in person, this improves our algorithm substantially, thanks!

1. Coaster

2. Winnie111286

3. grumpypapa

4. OhanaPhoto

5. sawman911

6. luvmygreenarmyman

7. NikkiSea

8. rob2240

9. moolandr

10. xpl0re



14 more days and I shall be entering in wait times for the first time( I was slow and shy to post). Well actually it will be 15 days. The first  day we check in and go to Trader Sam's. πŸ˜‰ - varela2892  15.1 #8089 7:14AM
Wow! I'm on the list 😊 - disneymom1  255.4 #1254 10:17PM
Been in the Midwest much of August. Nice to see wait time warriors have been out there walking and working! - Melody_CM  7607.6 #8 7:25AM
Hope you're having fun!! - secretagentangel  2419.0 #53 11:37PM

Here are the top 10 News Contributors:

1. BaseballMickey_CM

2. Stitch_Legacy

3. RickChavez

4. ScooterMike

5. SPandEvLover

6. caramiapoohAKAface

7. IDVandalSkipperCM

8. Dave

9. Duchess_SMK

10. Sweet_Irish_Cream


Please help me welcome FreePrints to the MouseWait family: the Official Photo App of MouseWait! FreePrints is the highest rated, most popular photo printing app in the world.

Download FreePrints for free (iOSAndroidWindows PhonePC/Mac version) and get up to 85 4x6 free photos per month--up to 1000 per year (make sure you select MouseWait from the "how did you hear about us" drop down). Their app is intuitive and simple to use, making it easy to print your favorite pics from your phone. There are NO subscriptions or commitments. All you pay is shipping (from $1.99 to $9.99). Thanks for your support!

I love this App. I've used for a while. Easy to use and conveniently shipped to home! - ElectricMayhemMom  1146.6 #147 5:30PM
welcome FREEPRINTS!  Thanks Admin for getting great stuff for us! - snowgrey  5.9 #15374 1:51PM
 to ! - MaddforMansion  62.8 #4223 10:16AM
Welcome FreePrints!  To ! I can't wait to try it!!! - Boundin  619.6 #311 8:40PM

Follow the new MouseWait Blog for updates, how-tos, tips, contests, and more! 

Didn't know there was one. Yay - TrueFromOzLovesDisney  483.8 #415 4:20PM
Iam new to this love reading the post and looking at the pictures   - Disneydollarpam  2.4 #57525 9:01AM

Get 100 Credits for staying at the Hojo Anaheim! Just fill out this form and we'll get the Credits added to your account. When you stay at the Hojo, you help us continue to improve MouseWait. Call their in house reservation number and remember to mention MouseWait--you will love everything about the Hojo!

Credits have been applied to everyone's account as of today! - Admin 11:40AM
I just called them to price out our potential trip in June. Chris was so nice and the MW savings are phenomenal! Still waiting on work vacation approval to reserve the room!  - HNL2SFO  205.4 #1880 1:26PM
What percentage saving are we looking at for being MouseWaiters? Is it better than a AAA discount.  - MoChuck  130.9 #2965 3:57PM
@Admin. I filled out a form for May 22nd.  I hope you got it. Thanks. - Winnie111286  6102.7 #17 2:23AM
@@Admin I booked with get away today and am staying at the HoJo in December.  Does MW still give the 100 credits or do I have to book with the hotel directly? - dsnylvr1975  17.8 #7401 5:02PM

Our new Walt Disney World App for iOS is here! MagicSearch, upNEXT, new Lounge, and tons of other upgrades. Go get it here. You can see all of the new features and how tos here

thanks admin - Fantasmicfan1  1396.7 #112 9:42PM
  - jacdanfan  9583.0 #3 6:08AM
- Lilogirl1  123.4 #3096 4:26PM
Thanks! DW fans appreciate you! - LeighMouse  17.9 #0 7:58AM


Innoventions reopens as Star Wars Launch Bay November 16
it's a small world Oct 12-Nov 5
Big Thunder Ranch and Barbecue will close permanently Jan 10
Fantasmic! Jan 10-TBA
Disneyland Railroad Jan 10-TBA
Mark Twain Riverboat Jan 10-TBA
Sailing Ship Columbia Jan 10-TBA
Season of the Force-Hyperspace Mountain begins November 16


Luigi's Rollickin Roadsters opens early 2016
It's Tough to be a Bug Sept 8-17

Were visiting during the diamond celebration.  I'm so excited because all of our favorite rides will be open! - Dsc1983  16.2 #7773 10:53PM
Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy  323.9 #738 8:33AM
Hey! Space Moutain will be down November 10th as per the Disneyland website. Any ideas why or when it will open? Were scheduled to be down there on the 12th! TIA✨ - Tinkertoes83  26.5 #6016 8:04PM
They are redoing the ride with a Star Wars theme  - hatboxmermaid  0.0 #0 9:47PM
Should be back online nov 16 - quote  126.0 #0 11:55AM
Oh πŸ˜’. Thank you for the updates!  - Tinkertoes83  26.5 #6016 8:22PM
Does anyone know how long it will be down for? My kids and I are going for the first time Nov 13-1710th? - walker05  0.2 #94897 4:43PM

Here are the Weekly Top 10 TRIVILATOR Players. Find people to play here. Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends on iOS. Play on any device with our new web version here.

1. DisneyMakesMeSmile

2. Quiweez

3. DisneylandOrBust

4. mamabeam

5. beentoall

6. Goofytom

7. Dolewhipped

8. Boundin

9. Moog

10. Tom


Yay @@Moog!!!! So great!  πŸ˜ - valj84DisneyDeppAddict  238.2 #1448 6:28PM
You sweet thing!  You crack me up!  I'm merely an apprentice being schooled by @@Tom!! - Moog  89.8 #3668 11:33AM
πŸ‘‹β€οΈ - Tom  9348.1 #5 11:47AM
Wtg @@DisneyMakesMeSmile and @@Moog ;) - otilegna  2373.3 #59 7:41PM
A major compliment from someone who hands me my you know what every game, @@otilegna 😜!!! - Moog  89.8 #3668 8:05PM
Yay !!!  - otilegna  2373.3 #59 9:42AM
hey that's my bro! Great job, @@sawman911 - Lisapedia  16.0 #0 6:16PM
You should get the app and give it a shot! - sawman911  1061.4 #164 7:32PM
@@sawman911 Trivilator isnt letting me continue our game 😭 it keeps saying waitin for others to complete challenge but I know it's my turn. I don't know what happened! I think we need to restart!  - LindseyanaJones  216.0 #1738 9:20AM
I'm getting the same message, but I went already. I'll start a new game now. Goodluck! - sawman911  1061.4 #164 11:43AM

Here are the upcoming MouseWait Events. You can post your event on mobile here, and on the web here. Thanks!

1. POTC/ Jungle Cruise Meet Up
Oct 10, 2015 07:00pm

2. Hugs!
Oct 11, 2015 12:00pm

3. 6th MouseWait Birthday Bash
Oct 11, 2015 02:00pm

We have our weekly MW sticker meetup at La Brea bakery at 4 pm in Downtown Disney! Lots of fun for newcomers and all and a great way to meet new people! Then we go to the MW spot we've held in DL to watch PTN and fireworks! Everyone is welcome! - secretagentangel  2419.0 #53 6:10PM
On Tuesday nights, duh!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜© - secretagentangel  2419.0 #53 10:47PM
Thank You - suzieq65  95.7 #3578 6:20PM
We will be there in November - makeitbluesaysmerriwether  48.5 #4672 9:58AM
Every Tuesday? - DayDreamsOfDisneyland  4.6 #19469 10:46PM
Every Tuesday as of right now we meet in DL after La Brea eats., I'll post on Sunday, but there are one or two Tuesday's coming up with MHP we'll have to move to another night!  - secretagentangel  2419.0 #53 11:29PM
I'm gonna have a crowding meetup Presidents' Day weekend! Post to come!  - TinkerSchelle  1801.2 #86 5:42PM
I'll crowd with you  - LaPearleNoir  1639.4 #96 2:27PM
I ❀️ crowding meetups - bonedaddy909  1354.8 #116 12:29PM
Would love to come! - susanann  8.9 #11120 6:15PM
What day works best for you guys bonedaddy909 and susanann and LaPearleNoir? - TinkerSchelle  1801.2 #86 1:21PM
Any day Friday theough Monday works for me! - susanann  8.9 #11120 2:12PM
Friday thru Sunday for UsπŸ˜ƒ.....Wait a minute😳what the heck is a crowding meetup and what would we be crowding into??πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - bonedaddy909  1354.8 #116 7:09PM
I am going 10/31! - 714jen  9.3 #10885 12:18AM
We'll be there 10/31 - kimm84  56.8 #4376 6:23PM

Hey I'm finally on this list πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸŽ‰ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4406.2 #27 10:39PM
Your always on the list!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚list of what I don't know😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝. Jk - Fantasmicfan1  1396.7 #112 12:34PM
Love seeing everyone's pictures from Disneyland !! I know, we always have a good time :) - Lyssa2012  196.1 #1996 11:22PM
i am so glad i got to experience it,  but did not have to go thru it! - MsTikiMermadam  549.1 #357 5:56AM
First time on the list!!!!! - Voycekids  31.4 #5567 10:37AM
First time making the real time list!! Cool. Thanks admin - buzzgoneyear92  195.4 #2008 12:03PM

Easily manage the social side of MouseWait for Disneyland and Disney World with our new mousetopia app for iOS. Post to the DL or WDW side, use your Stickers, and utilize our new MouseWait Messenger. Optimized for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6! See what's new here

What if Walt never dreamed of Disneyland? What would your life be like? What would the world be like? Get Book Two of the VOYAGEERS Saga - The Great Storyteller - on Amazon. Buy the Paperback and get the Kindle version FREE! 

Thank you Admin! This book is a great read. I recommend it to anyone who is a Disney fan. Can't wait for the next one! - grumpypapa  3933.0 #33 8:38PM
Thank you for reading! - Admin  6:26PM
cant wait to read it - ebugsmama  18.1 #7331 10:32PM
- DarthFairy  247.2 #1344 4:40PM
My life would be BORING!!! - PracticallyPerfectDisneyDuck  36.5 #0 10:31AM

Here is the Overall Quality Top 10 real-time list. Follow these MouseWaiters for great content:

1. CobbPR

2. uscdisneyteacher

3. Dave

4. BaseballMickey_CM

5. Duchess_SMK

6. Plumiegirl

7. HandMeAChurroImmaFaint

8. Stitch_Legacy

9. Winnie111286

10. pikarich


This list needs to be updated! Just saying😬 - MadameLeota  3440.1 #39 9:51PM
FINALLY!  Thank you!  - MadameLeota  3440.1 #39 2:34PM
is this just a standing thing? Never changes? - DarthFairy  247.2 #1344 8:06PM

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