1209.5 #134 (DL Qual #127

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  13202.7 #2 9:51PM
πŸ‘ - Minnis2Society  369.9 #581 10:02PM
Awesome tips Dave. Thanks so much - angy17  181.1 #2181 10:11PM
Great tips Dave. I need to try to mix the treadmill in more myself. - BooEve123  800.9 #216 11:41PM
Can i just put on roller skates and hold onto your shirt??? - Zipitydoodahdad  270.0 #1104 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  400.2 #531 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  601.0 #319 6:17AM
Yup! Everything Dave said. - Jacqueline  580.0 #330 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 #216 1:44PM
I have often thought about making a Facebook group for MW Runners. I think that's a great idea. - LilSterner  5065.5 #20 3:05PM
I was thinking that last night Boo! - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  720.8 #252 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  1025.0 #170 3:57PM
That sounds great! - kss4tink  218.0 #1701 4:00PM
I'm in :) - Darlingwendi  1209.5 #134 4:01PM
K i made it:) will start adding folks - BooEve123  800.9 #216 4:07PM
Do they Have a Full marathon? Or just half? - PrinceTeaJack  928.6 #181 4:08PM
Just halves out here they might have a full out in florida? - BooEve123  800.9 #216 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 #216 5:47PM
I'm in! - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1176.0 #138 5:55PM
Yey I'm also running the tink in January but I'm only doing the 5k. First race ever. - angy17  181.1 #2181 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 #668 10:22PM
HEre is the link guy... let me know if it works - BooEve123  800.9 #216 11:45AM
https://www.facebook.com/groups/464555870251234/ - BooEve123  800.9 #216 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 #134 12:25PM
hmmw hat about this one: http://on.fb.me/QmrjzT - BooEve123  800.9 #216 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 #194 9:39AM
The 1/2 is closed for Tink unless you register through one of the charity groups. - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  720.8 #252 10:05AM
Oh I don't plan on doing the Tink...I plan on doing next years Half. - iamdugsmaster  878.7 #194 10:17AM
I am too! Next year is my goal - MarshaMouse  4816.4 #22 10:42AM
Yay Marsha! - iamdugsmaster  878.7 #194 11:28AM
I am with you dugsmaster! I want thay gold D!!! And I'm giving myself a year to train! XD - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1176.0 #138 11:41AM
Ooooo Marsha too??? How cool! - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1176.0 #138 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 #581 11:44AM
I'm glad U R going to do it MWAJBB!!!! :D - iamdugsmaster  878.7 #194 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 $75 extra you'd pay for the right fit is well worth the investment in your body and training schedule. :) - Spoonful_O_Sugar  601.0 #319 6:07PM
The bit about the shoes is so true! I only buy my running shoes at specialty stores. If anyone lives in or near the San Fernando Valley, I know a great store. - VeloMouseGirl  549.8 #351 7:41PM
Follow that plan Darling! I'm starting/continuing today as well! I've been following it for the most part for about 2 months. Be consistent with your training. Train for a goal between 12-14 minutes per mile and you could get a couple of pics. If you want lots then you'll have to train for better time. Don't go fast at the start or over do it. The expo has lots of info. Presenters and products. Try to watch a presentation by Jeff Galloway. I have used his training plan. Email me for more info. He signed my book this weekend. If you ever want we can meet somewhere in between for one of the long walk/runs weekends of the training plan! GOOD LUCK!! - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  720.8 #252 10:00AM
Great post Wendi! - LaPearleNoir  1638.1 #95 10:18AM
My suggestion as I lay here in bed still unable to walk.... Train, train, train:). 1st it is def time to suck it up and go get a good pair of running shoes. Also might want to look at insoles. That combo cost me about 160$ 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 #216 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 #216 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 #134 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 #216 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  720.8 #252 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 #216 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  720.8 #252 12:54PM
Good luck I know you can do it!! - MarshaMouse  4816.4 #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 #218 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 #427 11:42AM
Has anyone followed the Galloway plan? He promotes a no injury plan. - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1176.0 #138 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 #216 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  720.8 #252 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 #455 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  720.8 #252 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 #216 12:57PM
Oh ok. I was swept away at that point and not by a Prince - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  720.8 #252 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 #1701 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  720.8 #252 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 #216 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 #1701 2:35PM
My husband leaves early too, but I'm up at 4am to get my run in - shodge12  309.1 #807 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 #1701 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  400.2 #531 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 #807 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 #224 3:12PM
A 5k is not wimpy! You can do it :) - Darlingwendi  1209.5 #134 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  1176.0 #138 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 #134 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  720.8 #252 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  720.8 #252 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 #216 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 #391 4:15PM
Saw some runners today at DCA with their medals! You can do it! - MrsSchnooks  3229.2 #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  517.5 #381 7:23PM
That's me...usually do the treadmill while my littlest naps. Thanks! - Darlingwendi  1209.5 #134 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 #351 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  754.8 #233 7:58PM
you can do this!! - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5635.5 #17 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 #160 9:37PM
that would be great. You can start planning a costume :) - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5635.5 #17 9:40PM
It's about 28 steps for sloth. - Mouse4life  1293.1 #123 9:42PM
I feel the exact same way sloth - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1176.0 #138 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 #134 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  720.8 #252 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 #216 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  371.1 #578 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 #216 10:40PM
Thanks, where can I buy them? - 7mouskedoodles  371.1 #578 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 #216 11:03PM
Thanks Boo! - 7mouskedoodles  371.1 #578 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  2760.5 #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  2760.5 #43 10:30PM
Yep I signed up first day taxes could be filled lol - BooEve123  800.9 #216 10:34PM
Great! I have time to find a job, get my mula, and sign up! - iamdugsmaster  878.7 #194 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 #391 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 #216 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 #1701 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 #218 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 #156 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  400.2 #531 6:21AM
Ooh! Good to know! I always wondered if they opened the bathrooms up! - Spoonful_O_Sugar  601.0 #319 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  400.2 #531 5:28AM
I was so amazed by you! Congrats!! - MarshaMouse  4816.4 #22 6:29AM
Awww....thank you. I cried like a baby when I crossed the finish line :) - vernswifevickie  400.2 #531 6:50AM
Not even a little sore. You did some great training. Congratulations!! - Tealtownfan  1015.5 #173 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 #134 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  13202.7 #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 #216 1:08PM
Boo I do hope you mean "COACH!" bahaha - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  720.8 #252 1:27PM

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I'm gonna have a crowding meetup Presidents' Day weekend! Post to come!  - TinkerSchelle  1783.3 #85 5:42PM
I'll crowd with you  - LaPearleNoir  1638.1 #95 2:27PM
I ❀️ crowding meetups - bonedaddy909  1354.8 #113 12:29PM
Would love to come! - susanann  8.9 #10966 6:15PM
What day works best for you guys bonedaddy909 and susanann and LaPearleNoir? - TinkerSchelle  1783.3 #85 1:21PM
Any day Friday theough Monday works for me! - susanann  8.9 #10966 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 #113 7:09PM
Actually the 5k is May 6th, 10k May 7th and 1/2 on May 8th in 2016.  I am doing 5k and 10k. - barbwire  7.1 #0 10:42PM
are there any MW going to Mickeys Halloween Party 10/31?  It would be fun to meet up.  - kimm84  28.2 #0 11:24PM
I think there is a post for this. Try searching for it, and you'll find all kinds of information about this particular night. Have a great time!  - teach67  129.5 #2970 11:09AM
Look under cadaver call and then find the date on post. I think that night is posted by toarrispirate - secretagentangel  2171.5 #65 2:12AM

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  3573.0 #37 8:38PM
Thank you for reading! - Admin  6:26PM
cant wait to read it - ebugsmama  18.1 #7253 10:32PM
- MommyandBash  218.0 #1700 1:32PM
- DarthFairy  113.9 #3273 4:40PM

TOP 5 THINGS to do this week at the Disneyland Resort:

1. Watch the new "Paint the Night" parade 8:50 and 11pm nightly.

2. Watch the new "Disneyland Forever" Fireworks show at 9:30pm nightly.

3. See the new "World of Color" 9pm and 10:15pm nightly.

4. Try to find a "Made with Magic" wand or paintbrush which allow you to interact with select Disney experiences and merchandise. 

5. Look for the Word of the Day displayed outside of the theme park entrances (or in the MouseWait Lounge) and text the word between 7am and 10:59am Pacific to the shortcode listed on the sign. You must be at the Disneyland Resort to enter. If you win, you will be notified around 11am via text or phone. For more info go here

And don't forget about Food! Check out our real-time Food blog to see what's new at the Resort. POST YOUR IDEAS BELOW and they could make the weekly top 5!

Come to our la  Brea sticker meetup which starts early at 4 pm then come join MWers to watch PTN and Fireworks too!  - secretagentangel  2171.5 #65 11:59PM
was bummed i did not make it two weeks ago,  see you in aug! - MsTikiMermadam  437.2 #466 6:41PM
Checkβœ”οΈfinally completed the list! I think my favorite is the new fireworks shows!!! Gives me goosebumps and brings on the happy cry.  - MinnieMyLove  191.2 #2036 9:00AM
- piratemom  467.5 #433 12:50PM
I wish! Soon, very soon!! - MyMouseMickey32  150.2 #2642 4:56PM

Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends for FREE! See the list of TRIVILATOR usernames on this page. Play from any device with our new web version

Cool admin. Hope I do better than the first one. Hope people that enter will be ready to play and the tournament moves along better - Goofytom  1216.6 #132 6:41PM
I will announce the December tournament date this week. - Admin 11:58PM
Can't wait! - sawman911  705.6 #254 6:30PM
There should be a droid version of this. I. would love to play  - bryanjung1997  1.1 #66073 2:19PM
I end up deleting games while in progress due to opponents leaving me hanging FOR-EH-VER!!! - MommyandBash  218.0 #1700 12:18PM
It happens, if you want start a game and I'll play you. I take a couple days off a week but I'll finish the games I start. - richiii3  721.3 #251 2:20PM

DISNEYLAND PARK:

Innoventions reopens as Star Wars Launch Bay September 30
Haunted Mansion Aug 24-Sept 11
Space Mountain Sept 7-Sept 11
Pirates of the Caribbean Sept 14-Sept 30

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:

Luigi's Rollickin Roadsters opens early 2016
 

Were visiting during the diamond celebration.  I'm so excited because all of our favorite rides will be open! - Dsc1983  16.2 #7674 10:53PM
Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy  323.7 #733 8:33AM
Is the start wars launch bay date for certain or is that an estimate? Going in October  and would love to see it!  - Dawnsharks  76.2 #3888 4:11PM
Noooooo...missing HM by 3 days 😭 - MissMolly  1310.9 #119 8:35AM

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
70000

2. iLOVELUCYnDISNEY
63000

3. secretagentangel
62300

4. DisneyGrandma
51500

5. leopardditz2000
48500

6. DisLUVney
42500

7. debbiev
42250

8. MeridaFan
41630

9. MelodyMouse
40000

10. MinnieMyLove
38250

 

  Well done and congratulations.  Now I know how some people have so many stickers.  Keep up the good work:-) - beentoall  194.6 #0 2:55AM
#10 needs a pic bad! - DarthFairy  113.9 #3273 12:42PM
@DisLUVney, lol weren't we just talking about this haha - MinnieTinker  549.2 #352 8:58PM
I can't help myself....help me. πŸ˜‚ - DisLUVney  607.8 #313 9:23PM
Wow wow wow!!! - stanvoodoo  19.2 #7030 10:52PM


 
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. MelodyMouse
504.8

2. MadameLeota
255.4

3. Coaster
222.8

4. goofygal
185.72

5. jacdanfan
166.52

6. Winnie111286
146.17

7. JPatDL
132.88

8. toystory3
131.53

9. Brian
120.83

10. grumpypapa
95.12

 

SEE THE TOP 100

Been in the Midwest much of August. Nice to see wait time warriors have been out there walking and working! - MelodyMouse  6450.3 #14 7:25AM
Hope you're having fun!! - secretagentangel  2171.5 #65 11:37PM

Thanked by:   goducksgo   boomom   catlikesmouse   suzieq65  
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  217.0 #1715 12:58PM
Hi, @@valj84DisneyAddict Hope you are having a wonderful Easter 🐣Come play Trivilator with me! - Moog  56.4 #4355 3:00PM
Yes! A wonderful day!  Hope yours is great too!!! I will look for you on Trivilator. πŸ˜πŸ‘ - valj84DisneyDeppAddict  217.0 #1715 3:27PM
Is it a game? - palomine96  20.6 #6781 11:58PM
Yes!  It's a separate app.  Come play! - Moog  56.4 #4355 8:58AM
- djmickeymouse  7.1 #0 10:08AM
I just re downloaded trivilator after a brief break from the losing stretch πŸ™ˆ feel free to add me! I am back and ready to play!  - LindseyanaJones  107.4 #3390 9:04AM

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  1015.5 #173 3:13PM
Got it! More than halfway thru it! It's a lot of fun!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘βœ¨βœ¨ - TinkerSchelle  1783.3 #85 10:53PM
  - mckelfam  36.7 #5152 3:09PM
Weeeeee - MommyandBash  218.0 #1700 10:29PM

Read Episode One of Deadliest Cast Member FREE on Amazon and iTunes!

I downloaded this before a very long road trip, and it kept me entertained the whole time (well, except when I was taking my turn at the wheel, safety first!).  - Geekery  409.4 #512 10:21PM
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it! - Admin  10:46AM
Where can I find the book please?  - sarahsanch  7.1 #12959 1:03PM
Just got it! Can't stop reading it. I am already starting chaper 16. Love how all the details of DL are woven into the story. - Tiggerific  341.7 #657 4:20PM
Glad you like it! Season Two is coming in a few weeks! - Admin  11:52PM
- djmickeymouse  7.1 #0 6:51PM
  - mckelfam  36.7 #5152 9:48PM

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

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
January 2015: ShariRenee 408.65
 

! - FrankenweenieVelinee  2355.3 #57 7:16AM
- MowgliLovesBaloo  65.1 #0 5:18PM
- LindseyanaJones  107.4 #3390 11:31AM
- XochiFryingPanWhoKnew  83.9 #3749 5:02PM

Here are the top 10 News Contributors:

1. BaseballMickey_CM
7186.67

2. Stitch_Legacy
5138.01

3. RickChavez
3537.09

4. ScooterMike
1962.99

5. SPandEvLover
3833.7

6. caramiapoohAKAface
3861.25

7. IDVandalSkipperCM
2407.47

8. Dave
13202.7

9. Duchess_SMK
6162.56

10. Sweet_Irish_Cream
4399.48



SEE TOP 50 NEWS CONTRIBUTORS


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
32.43

2. Goofytom
12.28

3. mamabeam
7.11

4. beentoall
3.42

5. TiggerBelle
3.16

6. Moog
2.43

7. richiii3
1.95

8. Dolewhipped
1.06

9. DisneylandOrBust
0.99

10. DoomBuggy61
0.88

 

Yay @@Moog!!!! So great!  πŸ˜ - valj84DisneyDeppAddict  217.0 #1715 6:28PM
You sweet thing!  You crack me up!  I'm merely an apprentice being schooled by @@Tom!! - Moog  56.4 #4355 11:33AM
πŸ‘‹β€οΈ - Tom  9152.5 #5 11:47AM
Wtg @@DisneyMakesMeSmile and @@Moog ;) - otilegna  2314.7 #58 7:41PM
A major compliment from someone who hands me my you know what every game, @@otilegna 😜!!! - Moog  56.4 #4355 8:05PM
Yay !!!  - otilegna  2314.7 #58 9:42AM
Kind of shows anyone can play trivia and do well, newbie or veteran!πŸ˜€ - secretagentangel  2171.5 #65 1:33PM
i fail hard!!!! - DarthFairy  113.9 #3273 7:23PM
Finally on the list thanks to @@DisneyMakesMeSmile - beentoall  194.6 #0 11:31PM

MouseWait COUNTDOWN for iOS is here! Countdown the days to your next Disneyland or Disney World trip with our images OR your pics! Your Countdown also displays on Apple Watch and is beautiful on iPhone 6 screens. Secure the discounted launch price for a limited time.

I have the countdown and I love it! - tree320  0.6 #0 9:26AM
Just got it! - Dizkid  370.2 #579 12:29PM
Love it!!My count down is 13 days.Yahoo Yippee!! - LorisMickeyEars60  21.7 #6613 3:13PM
Downloading it now.  - TrueFromOzLovesDisney  481.6 #413 4:18PM

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 #1863 1:26PM
What percentage saving are we looking at for being MouseWaiters? Is it better than a AAA discount.  - MoChuck  130.4 #2959 3:57PM
@Admin. I filled out a form for May 22nd.  I hope you got it. Thanks. - Winnie111286  4908.1 #21 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  11.6 #9345 5:02PM


Hey I'm finally on this list πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸŽ‰ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4399.5 #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  1376.0 #112 12:34PM
Love seeing everyone's pictures from Disneyland !! I know, we always have a good time :) - Lyssa2012  196.1 #1982 11:22PM
i am so glad i got to experience it,  but did not have to go thru it! - MsTikiMermadam  437.2 #466 5:56AM
After all of this time being away and I made the list - cyndaws  258.0 #1215 1:45AM
First time on the list!!!!! - Voycekids  30.4 #5604 10:37AM


 
MONTHLY OVERALL REAL-TIME LEADERBOARD

1. MelodyMouse
514.26

2. Winnie111286
436.3

3. MadameLeota
321.5

4. grumpypapa
240.02

5. HARR_E
229.97

6. jacdanfan
228.86

7. Plumiegirl
228.27

8. Dave
227.7

9. Coaster
222.85

10. secretagentangel
221.97



SEE TOP 100 LEADERS

I love Disneyland! - MelodyMouse  6450.3 #14 11:30PM

Thanked by:   Tom   FrankenweenieVelinee   JediKitty   DarthFairy  
Subscribe to the MouseWait Email NEWSletter for Disneyland and MouseWait news, and never miss an update! 

Nice pic!πŸ“· - Stitchcrazy62622  16.9 #7487 10:18PM
Oh how we miss you MSEP... 😩😩😩 - DisneyBallers  26.9 #5921 10:05PM
Awesome!! - stanvoodoo  19.2 #7030 7:25PM

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

1. CobbPR
6727

2. uscdisneyteacher
6018

3. Dave
5587

4. BaseballMickey_CM
5547

5. Duchess_SMK
5049

6. Plumiegirl
4975

7. Stitch_Legacy
4712

8. HandMeAChurroImmaFaint
4448

9. ElSuperRaton
4197

10. Winnie111286
4059



SEE THE TOP 100

This list needs to be updated! Just saying😬 - MadameLeota  3390.4 #39 9:51PM
FINALLY!  Thank you!  - MadameLeota  3390.4 #39 2:34PM
is this just a standing thing? Never changes? - DarthFairy  113.9 #3273 8:06PM

Here are the Top 10 MouseWaiters of All-Time:

1. Coaster
16111.3

2. Dave
13202.7

3. Plumiegirl
9393.17

4. jacdanfan
9359.34

5. Tom
9152.49

6. goofygal
8983.38

7. uscdisneyteacher
7687.88

8. BaseballMickey_CM
7186.67

9. CobbPR
7122.15

10. Sonja
6794.36


Such great people on this list, many who doSo much for the app. 😍😍 - secretagentangel  2171.5 #65 2:09PM

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  1376.0 #112 9:42PM
  - jacdanfan  9359.3 #4 6:08AM
- Lilogirl1  121.2 #3121 4:26PM
Thanks! DW fans appreciate you! - LeighMouse  17.9 #0 7:58AM

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

Didn't know there was one. Yay - TrueFromOzLovesDisney  481.6 #413 4:20PM

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 August 24, 2015
Summer is over, according to the Disneyland Resort calendar. Hours have been reduced for the first time since summer began (Disneyland & DCA closes at 10pm M-TH). Most Orange County schools are back in session today, which usually points to smaller crowds. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our new MagicPlan iOS Calendar), this week last year averaged in the low 60s (approx 60% capacity) -- it even dipped into the 50s on some days. This data points to lower crowds this week. If you've been waiting for the summer madness to end, this might be your week to hit the Parks! 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 Aug 24, 2015 11:03AM



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  493.5 #401 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  18.6 #7157 11:53PM
Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  399.0 #532 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  162.1 #2467 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  239.8 #1421 5:04PM
summer surely has been very busy!  - MarshaMouse  4816.4 #22 12:18AM
I was there this week, Tues, Wed.,Thur. Very hot and muggy. Long lines except single rider lines were great. Because we had 3 days we didn't mind waiting in line. It's so fun to people watch while you wait. We had a great time. Can't wait until next time to go back. - Popcorn  9.4 #10618 9:33AM

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  1636.9 #96 4:48PM
Spent $490 on it the other day - CVDisneyland  388.1 #548 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 #4138 12:06AM
I will do this next time I'm on Amazon! - DisneyLov3r  10.1 #0 5:02PM

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  249.8 #1295 9:59PM
How do you get discount on AP passes. Guessing use MOUSEWAIT - suzieq65  67.1 #4094 4:00PM
You get discounts on AP by renewing early. It's through Disney . They'll send you a card.  - secretagentangel  2171.5 #65 8:58PM
It says discount not available ... Maybe I'm doing it wrong? - gedi0614  31.0 #5538 12:13AM


 
Deadliest Cast Member SEASON TWO is here! Find out what really happened on Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. Twenty-four hours or real-time action, authentic Disneyland history, and a finale that you'll never forget. EVENTS OCCUR IN REAL TIME. Download it to any device from Amazon here.

Will there be a Season 3??  Please??? - YoPirate  671.3 #280 8:03PM
I bought the paper copy for myself and 2 copies of season one for christmas gifts!  LOVE THIS BOOK!!! - snitsos  30.0 #5640 5:28PM
Thank you snitsos for your support, glad you liked Season Two! - Admin  12:13AM
Thank you for your support glad you liked Season Two! snitsos - Admin  12:15AM
Test - Admin  12:16AM
I love Deadliest Cast Member! I'm glad there is season 2. I started at the most a month ago with season 1 and I'm almost done! - DisneyLov3r  10.1 #0 11:14PM
Both books are an  read!  I've read both numerous times and will re-read again before our Nov trip! - Dianat710  4.4 #20045 7:13PM

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