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FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL – DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE 2017

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Hi Everyone! Just a quick note before we dive into the Food + Wine gloriousness… I am bringing a new series to the blog called (drum roll) Fangirl Friday! For a long time I took part in the 5 Fandom Friday blog link up and have missed my weekly dose of nerdy fun. So now each Friday I will share a small dose of nerdy fangirl fun with you from my life. This will be everything from Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Cons and theme parks! Hope you enjoy!


So this weekend we celebrated my mom’s birthday and her main request was to visit Disney California Adventure’s Food and Wine Festival! So last Saturday we headed down to the Disneyland Resort to celebrate and enjoy some great food!

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This is the second year since the return of DCA’s Food and Wine Festival. I have to say they have learned a lot from the first year really improved the festival. You can read about last years here! The theme is food and wine from California… Last year we took a trip through the state and this year we visited different produce and foods native to the golden state.

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With 11 booths this year we got to taste a lot of very delicious and unique food. My favorite alcoholic drink was Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule from the “Lemon Grove” stand. Food wise I love the Wagyu Beef and Creamy Polenta from the “Onion Lair” booth and if you are very adventures you have to try the Garlic-Rosemary and Avocado Oil Ice Cream Pop… This was so unique and delicious but not for everyone.

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This year I decided to get the Annual Passholder exclusive Sip + Savor pass which gives you a discounted rate to get food and non-alcoholic drinks from the various stands. If you want get the Sip + Savor pass too make sure you use your coupon tabs for foods over $5.60 to get the best value! They did change this from last year so it is a better value – but I would suggest start with one for your group or know you are coming multiple times to use all the tabs! I still have lots of tabs leftover… Good thing I am going back!

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You can also grab a tasting passsport to have a bit of fun… You collect a different stamp at each location! This passport also lists all the available food at each booth. You can track what you have tried how you liked them. This is also an easy way to find out gluten free and vegetarian information.

The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival runs from March 10 to April 16th. Let me know what you would want to try in the comments!

My 5th Princess Half Marathon 👑 | 2017 Race Recap

Holy princess tiara 👑 – it is hard to believe that Juli and I’s just finished our 5th Princess Half Marathon. Truly an amazingly fun race that we both share so many memories at! I have to mention, we both realize we are so blessed to continue running this amazing race and are truly shocked that this year marked our fifth time crossing the finish line! Now onto the recap!

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This year Juli and I shared a DVC studio at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House. I have to say we both loved the hotel and it was great for race weekend. The buses worked so efficiently and we never encounter long lines. For our carb load meal we decided to check out Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs. Needless to say everyone at the table fell in love with this restaurant and we will be returning. Except we might lay off the hot sauce next time 🌶️

The night before the race we both a had a hard time getting to sleep the night before and talked in the dark for about an hour before we both finally fell asleep. My least favorite part of all runDisney races is the ridiculously early start times… The alarm went off at 3:20am (gross) and we quickly got ready to be way finders and navigate our way through 13.1 magical miles. I was way finder Moana and Juli was chief Moana… can you tell we both really liked this movie.

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We were promptly in line for the bus right before 4am and go on quickly. I won’t be the only one to say the traffic was awful this year. We usually have more time at the start area to relax and take pictures but due to the traffic we pretty much had to drop our bags at gear check, made our way to the portos and make the long march to the corrals. Of course this traffic led to a 10 min late start for the race… I wasn’t bothered by it.

I was in corral H, one up from last year! Juli was in her speedy D corral. They did change the way the corrals split this year which I think led to longer porto lines, but eventually we made our way to our appropriate corral. After the 10 min delay the national anthem was sung, fireworks went off, and the elites were out!

Finally it was my corrals time to start and I was off. This year I stopped for, what might be a personal record, 11 character stops. But I have to say the winner was Gaston. The line was long, but not ridiculous when I ran up on him at his Tavern in Fantasyland. I jumped in line and it moved so slow… I was a little upset and considered bailing out of the line to run on but Juli texted me to stay put. Gaston full on flirted with EVERY SINGLE PRINCESS. When it was my turn I popped up next to him in my usual “look how cute I am while running” pose and he full on pulled me into him… I was shocked, laughing, crazy in love and now am in love with this picture. In my opinion Gaston won the Princess Half.

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I caught up with Juli and some friends in the Cinderella line after a quick castle pic stop. I ran my usual :45/:30 intervals throughout the entire race. We took a few extra walk breaks where the course crowding was impossible, around the half way point and on places where the road really slopes. I have to say the one thing about this course is with my ankle injuries the places where the course literally leans puts a lot of pressure on the outside of my right ankle.

I ran into so many friends on the course like Julian and finally found/met Erin! We had an amazing time and totally ran this as a party race – our time should prove this. Proud to say this might be my slowest half marathon time ever 3:58:18… Who else loves a party race!?!

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What can I say – we love the Princess Half Marathon! Per our tradition we got some champs at the finish line!

IT’S JUST A BUNCH OF HOCUS POCUS

Ok I adore Halloween, remember #Basic&Proud! And naturally my favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus (with Halloweentown coming in close second.)
What? You love Hocus Pocus too? Well pour yourself a glass of wine and pop in your copy… seriously you can find the drinking game here.

It seems like every year more and more people remember their love of this film. Social media has exploded with love for this cult classic and well I cannot think of a better way to celebrate October than with the Sanderson Sisters!

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Coffee Cup | Sarah’s Song Pillow | Black Flame Candle Door Mat | Sweatshirt | Jordandene Spell on You Tank

Here are some of my favorite Sanderson Sister finds across the internet – all are great for the upcoming weeks of Halloween goodness! What is your favorite?

FOOD & WINE – California Style

Hello my brunch lovers! This weekend I was able to check out the amazingness that is the Food & Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure.

FOODandWINE Header As many of you know the Food and Wine Festival happens each year at Epcot and started in 1995. The California version ran from 2006-2010 until the major renovations happened in the park. So after 6 years the Food & Wine Festival returned to California!

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There are 8 booths are set up in California Adventure that offer a culinary tour of California – each named appropriately like “The Vineyard”, “LA Style” and  “By the Bay”.

We ended up getting something from every booth and split a lot of items. Overall, I would say that the California edition is more expensive than it’s Florida counter part.

My favorites were the White Cheddar Ale and Bacon Soup, the Golden Thai Curry Vegetables and the Wagyu Beef with Polenta (all featured above). Of course, the wine was excellent but this is California we are talking about.

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If you are an annual passholder you should be sure to go to the special area at Blue Sky Cellar for your special button, recipe card and phone charging stations!

I would advise against the AP tasting card offered for $45 as you actually will probably spend less on the food. The wine will have you spending more… They seemed to be running out of many items while I was there but be sure and ask even if they announce they are out. We got a few items they said were sold out just by asking.

Overall I would recommend checking this out if you live in the area or will be at Disneyland for vacation! It is fun, delicious and is looking to be very successful!

What would you want to try at Food & Wine?

PRINCESS HALF MARATHON RECAP – 2016

Hello brunch babes – some of you may know but I have been gone for nearly three weeks traveling through Berlin, France then onto Orlando Florida to run my 4th Princess Half Marathon! It was a little bit stressful flying from Germany to Orlando for a race but sometimes you do what you have to do! So without further adieu… let us pull up your chair and Bad Wolf Bruch kindly presents your 2016 Princess Half Marathon Race Recap!

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PRE-RACE

So like I said I was in Germany and France for two weeks before my race-cation so I had to do some logistics. Berlin is freezing this time of year and Florida is nice and warm! I packed all my Florida clothes, including my race outift, up in and box and mailed them to my mom to bring to Florida with me. All my winter clothes and my running shoes made the trip to Germany. So basically I had to be fully packed for both trips far in advance. This actually led to outfit planning and looking cuter!

On Friday I flew from Frankfurt to Orlando landing at 6pm east coast time. My jet lag was not too bad – I made myself stay up the entire flight and watch movies. Once I landed it was on to the Magical Express then to my DVC Home Resort The Grand Floridian to meet my mom, cousin Juli, and god mother aka Momma 2.

Once at the hotel we went to Magic Kingdom to add my annual pass to my magic band… this took an hour. My original plan was to go to the park for a bit but we ended up on the boat to Polynesian to get a snack and a margarita. I managed to stay up until 10:30pm!

SATURDAY – EXPO

One of the good things of jet lag was I was ready to rock in the mornings. We went to the Expo first thing on Saturday morning while Juli was running the first part of the Glass Slipper Challenge. I love the Princess Expo. It is big with all pixie dust and girl power a girl could need. I got my bib, race shirt and picked up a new Sparkle Athletic skirt. I was not overly impressed with the official merchandise for this race and was so happy I got my epic race jacket last year that I love so much!

My mommas (real mom and god mom) saw the Glitter and Go princess makeover station and before I was out of the expo I had been paid for and they were waiting for me. I was a little hesitant but ended up loving it. They did a simple hair twist, glittered me up and gave me a light up crown. I ended up keeping the twist in for the race!

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WE RUN SOCIAL

After our amazing time at the Star Wars Light Side Meet Up, Juli and I knew we wanted to go to the Princess Half #WeRunSocial Meet Up – as always, this was a highlight of my week. I got to meet so many amazing runners and online friends. The great ladies of Sparkle Athletic were so kind and generous made this an epic We Run Social giveaway meet up… Thank you!

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Oh and the ProCompression game was on point as always!! I love all the colors ProCompression offers! I am so thankful for #WeRunSocial this community helps make running fun, friendly and I get to meet a lot of badass runners who are super cool and don’t care that I am slower than them… runners are runners!

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RACE DAY

Sunday morning came and for once it was not so early for me! I had decided to be Elsa for the Princess Half because she is pretty much my spirit animal. Juli ran as Rapunzel – so we sort of matched as being “new” princesses. These we probably our most time intensive running costumes yet – yes those are darts on a running shirt that I freaking sewed. I wish I would have gotten a better picture but the back has a cape as well!

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Juli and I got on the monorail and arrived at the Epcot start quickly. Juli was in a higher corral than me so after a quick prayer we separated (for a bit) to wait for the race to start.

I actually thought the corse crowding (that Princess is known for) was not as bad this year. I did my usual 30:30 (30 seconds running / 30 seconds walking) and was keeping my solid 13:30 pace.

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The highlight of the race was when Elsa saw me and said that I brought my ice powers – that girl knows us blondes stick together!

I skipped the first few pictures and caught up to Juli in Magic Kingdom – we stuck together from Fantasyland through the Prince photo at around 9.5 miles. We stopped for so many pictures… almost all of them – but hey that is what the Princess Half is for in my opinion.

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Juli finished just conveniently ahead of me with just enough time to grab some champagne and meet me at gear check… if you ask me I think I timed this one just right! We toasted our Moet in the parking lot then headed back to the room for a quick shower before breakfast at Kona Kafe.

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Princess Half is always an amazing race for me… not time wise but I love the sense of girl power and accomplishment that comes with the weekend. Seeing so many runner tackle their first half is so inspiring and reminds me of why I started running! Its not about the medals or the photos – its about knowing your body can do amazing things and being there for each other! Until the next one friends!

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What’s In My Purse?

Happy Friday Brunch Babes! Well I apologize for falling off the face of the blogging world. A two week international work trip followed by a week at Disney World to run the Princess Half kept me off the blog and focused on my job – but we are back again for another 5 Fandom Friday and today is the 5 Things Always in my purse!

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So whats in Bad Wolf Brunch’s bag?

I always have my sunglasses with me – normally at least 2 pairs. Right now I am loving my Kate Spade glasses I got over Christmas break!

Anyone who has ever had a conversation with me know I love Disney and I always have my passes with me just in case anyone wants to go on a quick trip. Yes a little over kill but thats my Disneyland AP, DVC Card, Walt Disney World AP and Tables in Wonderland card. Not featured my mom’s Disneyland AP which I hold on to since she always loses it.

Other random necessities – hand sanitizer and an antibacterial wipe to keep things clean and my Sabine portable charger to keep my social media game strong!

I also always carry some kind of lip gloss and perfume. I love the Ulta Matte Lip Creams but am also known to have some Limecrime hanging with me too.

So excited to see what is in other ladies bags for 5 Fandom Friday because true like I am super nosey and find these posts fascinating…

STAR WARS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND RECAP – The Half Marathon

Alright my brunching babes – welcome to the first #NERDGIRLSONTHERUN link up!

We finally made it to the half marathon – the main event, the battle of Yanvin, my walk through the cave of Degobah… just kidding it wasn’t bad at all.

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Seeing as how I was conquering the half I set my alarm a little bit earlier than the previous days –  a whole 10 minutes earlier. My alarm went off at 3:40am and today it was just me getting up at dark:thirty. As always, my gear was packed and clothes were laid out. I even slept in my compression socks and shorts. I was downstairs and ready to get on the bus by 4:00am – but this made no difference in the end as the bus made more hotel stops for the half than it had for the 5K and 10K. I knew I had plenty of time and I am not the person who needs to get there an hour early anyway. I fueled with my usual Gatorade (for sugar and electrolytes) and these new Granola bites that worked really well for me.

I was in corral C for the half so knew I was pretty well situated in the middle of all the runners. We stood in the corrals for what seemed like forever and (sorry TMI) I knew I was going to have to pee. Typically the first porto’s have crazy long lines, but I saw at the 10K the day before that the barrier was broken down for a set right across the start line and headed to those. Done and done – no line – moving along.

Star Wars Half RunningI ran a strict :30 to :30 pace and was holding strong at 14 minute miles. Again this course got a bit crowded at points, especially near the hydration stations. I stopped for a quick castle pick, as always, and kept making my way through the course. I took my time to enjoy running through the parks since Disneyland races are front loaded to make sure I could re-focus myself when I hit the streets of Anaheim.

I got so much love from people for wearing my 501st shirt and in true Mallory fashion, a matching sparkle skirt and hair bow! People from other garrisons stopped me to say hi, and our fellow teammates could easily cheer each other on. Oh and I some how missed the Speeder Bike stop in the 10K – obviously I had to stop for this photo opp.

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Once we left the parks, I quickly re-focused and got down to run. I am probably one of the few people who do not mind down and back courses, which this race features. I like being able to see the fast guys coming back down.

I knew my 501st and Rebel Legion friends were at mile 8 and I just kept pushing myself to get to them. I was at mile 8 and was thinking where are they… Finally around mile 9 I saw all my fellow 501st members, as well as the Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercs. A HUGE THANK YOU for coming out and cheering for us on – you truly make this event!
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High fives and selfies with my Star Wars crew gave me some much needed energy (oh and that gel helped too) and I picked up the pace. In the middle haul of the course I ran into some friends and met the nicest lady who I spent a mile chatting DVC with – the hard stretch between 9 to 11 flew by. Mymom was camped out around mile 11 with some Red Vines and the sign I made for our Ground Pounders. I pulled over to chat with her then kept going. Some of my fellow Ground Pounders stopped to snap a pic with the sign!
501st signBefore I knew it Downtown Disney was in my sights and I was coming in for the finish! The mix I was running too perfectly timed my entrance to the with the Star Wars score. At mile marker 13 I stopped to snap a pic and put away my phone and headphone… I like my finish line picture to look nice – ran on for .1 more miles to an amazing finish.

3:13:10 was my timed chip finish which I am pretty proud of! Last year I finished in 3:23 with no character stops so I will take those 10 minutes I shaved off and smile. I am slowly getting back to where I was time wise and will keep pushing on to improve.

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Overall, this race weekend gave a huge boost of confidence as a runner. I tackled 22.4 miles over three days, with improved times, and I felt great afterwards (which is a very important sign).

We finished the rest of the day at the parks where we actually got to ride a lot of rides and took a bunch of pictures. We had an amazing meet up with our friends in the Stormtrooper Crew.

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We ended the weekend with a great dinner with Napa Rose and said our goodbyes. Juli and I will be running the Princess Half Marathon in February, but we would not see Chris until we take on the force again with the Dark Side race in April at Disney World.

I can’t wait to read what my fellow #NERDGIRLSONTHERUN have to say and share my next running adventures with you!
Be sure to join our #NERDGIRLSONTHERUN link up!


STAR WARS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND RECAP – The 10K & Meet Ups

Hey Brunch Babes! I am continuing on with my journey through the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – to the 10K and the rest of Saturday. Be sure to read Part 1 of my recap covering the 5K and Expo.

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Have you felt it? There has been an awakening? Well our alarms were set for 3:50am again for our Saturday morning 10K. Once again all of our gear had been laid out the night before and our bags were packed. We had the most runner from my crew in this race – Juli, Chris, my mom, Devin, Brian, and I were all running. Since the inagural Star Wars Half Weekend our group has been Ewoks for the 10K and while we love our Stormtrooper Crew – we weren’t not leaving tradition behind. We shall hence forth be known as the #OGEwokCrew – oh yeah we have a hashtag!

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Once again we were on the shuttle at 4:15am and got to Disneyland to meet up by 4:45am.

For the 10K we were a bit scattered corral wise between A,B,D and E but the crew spirit held strong. I was on my own, representing the solid middle of the pack runner of the OG Ewok Crew, but it was all good. Juli was texting me where characters were located since she was ahead of me in corral A. I ran hard at the beginning and ran to the first one Boba Fett. I missed his last year, but not this year… I waited 15 mins for Boba Fett (including a rather long character change out) but got my picture! By the time I got out of the line I was 6 mins ahead of pace – so it was time to run!

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I ran on and tried to get to BB-8 but the line was closed by the time I got there. Sad ewok…
I was able to grab a selfie with R2D2 after C-3PO left, which was pretty cool. Overall, I thought the course was really crowded. I found one of my 501st friends in California Adventure and ran with him for about a mile. Once I got to Bugs Land I was 14 minutes ahead of pace and knew I had made up the time from my photos.

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I finished the 10K with a smile on my face and found more of my 501st friends for a picture. Totally the only one running in costume – but hey thats me! I waited for Chris to finish and then we went to grab a quick breakfast from White Water Snack at the Grand Californian Hotel.

After breakfast we went back to the hotel to shower and rest. I didn’t take a nap this day. We all met up at Cove Bar (which you know I love) when it opened for some delicious Lobster Nachos and cocktails.

Juli and I went to the #WeRunSocial meet up, which was a highlight of my weekend. It was so great meeting so many of the runners that I chat with online and on instagram. We both won some awesome giveaways including a Sparkly Sole headband and KT Tape.

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We finished the rest of the day in California Adventure and had an early dinner at Carthay Circle to carb load. We rode Tower of Terror and then it was time to go home and get ready for the main event… the half marathon!

Stay tuned for the grand finale – my half marathon recap!

#NERDGIRLSONTHERUN be sure and link up with us Wednesday, January 27th for our first blog link up! Share your race recap, what you are training for, or just introduce yourself!

STAR WARS HALF – Best Post Race Cocktails

STAR WARS HALF Best Post Race Cocktails

Cheers Brunchers and welcome to my post for the Virtual Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop. For my new readers here at Bad Wolf Brunch we know cocktails and we know Disneyland so if you are looking for the best place to cheers your accomplishments… you have come to the right place.

A little more info about me. This Star Wars Half race will “mark” my 5 year running anniversary. My first half was the inaugural Tinkerbell Half. Check out more of my runDisney posts here. This year I am taking part in the Rebel Challenge and earning my Kessel Runner medal when I take on the Dark Side in April.

Now onto the good stuff – where to find your post race cocktails.
First off – there is no alcohol served inside Disneyland (unless you scored a reservation at Club 33), but California Adventure, Downtown Disney, and the Disneyland hotels will supply tons of places to toast your accomplishment.

Lets start in California Adventure.

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Cove Bar
Cove Bar has become a favorite of mine as well as many others in Disney’s California Adventure (DCA), so much so that they recently expanded it! I consider this to be the local waterhole for passholders. You have to try the Lobster Nachos if you are looking for a snack, but of course, Cove Bar is known for their drinks.
The award for most instagram worthy drink goes to the Fun Wheel cocktail (below), but to get even more adventurous try ordering off the secret menu… my favorite is the Black Pearl.

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Pro Tip: Get here early to avoid the long line! Cove Bar opens at 11am.

Carthay Lounge
The Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge is a centerpiece of DCA. I love the old world feel and the classic cocktails that are served up the way Walt would want them. I recommend the Sparkling Mare for a lighter drink and the Carthay Manhattan if you want something on the stronger side.

Alfresco Tasting Terrace

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The Alfresco Tasting Terrace is actually so amazing I considered keeping this gem all to myself. I love this tiny escape from park where you feel like you have been transported to the California Wine Country. Located above Wine Country Trattoria you can grab excellent glasses of wine, Disney family wine flights, and an amazing charcuterie board. You can likely find me here drinking a glass of chardonnay. If the terrace is full grab a glass at the Mendocino Bar right below it.

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Mad Tea Party
If you are looking for a party to celebrate your race, well Mad Tea Party is the place and with the 60th Anniversary in swing the Mad Tea Party band is ready to celebrate. They offer drinks here from the bar, but in all honesty the new menu for the 60th drinks are not the best. They are very sweet but still festive if that is what you are going for. But hey a beer is a beer.

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Tortilla Joes
Amazing margaritas, fresh made guacamole, and a separate bar from the restaurant makes Tortilla Joes an automatic go-to for my runDisney crew.

Ralph Brennans Jazz Kitchen 
Ralph Brennans is my favorite brunch in the Downtown Disney area. Its got soul and an amazing Bloody Mary. This is a great place to make an ADR (advanced dining reservation) for your post race meal.

Uva Bar
The central location of Uva bar in the middle of Downtown Disney makes this an easy spot to gather and toast. It offers a full bar and lots of seating. The bar is fully outside so be mindful of the weather.

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Post Half Cocktails Hotels

Trader Sams
You cannot think of drinking and Disneyland without thinking of Trader Sams. This tiki bar is almost a theme park in it’s own right. Cozy up to the bar and order yourself an Uh Oa and you will see what I mean. You cannot help but feel festive and full of Disney magic at this bar. But like many of the popular places mentioned this place will fill up so try to go during non-peak times.

Hearthtone Lounge
This place is one of the lesser known locations for getting a quick cocktail of glass of wine and perfect if you are short on time. Located in the back of the Grand Californian Hotel lobby I have yet to experience a wait here. It carries the standard Disney bar and wine list but gets the job done when you want a quick fix.

Napa Rose Lounge
Another one of my favorites and secret hide aways… The Napa Rose lounge is a wine lovers dream where the wine list is extensive and the servers (and sommeliers) are extremely knowledgeable. You can also eat from the full menu in the lounge if you did not score an ADR for Napa Rose. This is the height of luxury for the Disneyland resort, so if you are in the mood for the finer things in life, this would be your spot. Napa Rose and it’s lounge open at 5pm.

I am so excited for the Star Wars Half marathon and hope you are as well. If you want to learn more about all the amazing Star Wars happenings going on during the Seasons of the Force be sure and check out my very extensive post here – you will be sure to feel the force and learn some insider tips. Until then – train hard my padawan friends and let me know in the comments what you are most excited for and where you will be toasting your celebrations!

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Season of the Force at Disneyland

With the release of THE FORCE AWAKENS this Friday (but let’s be real we are going to see it Thursday night) I had to share the fun happening at my home away from home – Disneyland! Apologies in advance – this is a long post but there is just so much amazingness to cover!

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I have been so excited SEASON OF THE FORCE since it was announced at D23 earlier this year.
Tomorrowland in Disneyland has be taken over by all things Star Wars and let me be clear this is an amazing thing. I kind of lost it a bit when I saw it the first time… which is another reason to follow me on SnapChat (malloryanntx). From the shopping to the food and oh yeah the freaking rides Season of the Force is a win!

HYPERSPACE MOUNTAIN

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Woah Nelly… I cried the first time I got to ride this. Legit tears. You enter HyperSpace Mountain (hopefully with a fast pass) to find Admiral Ackbar giving you orders. Thats right – we are going into a space battle to take down a Star Destroyer! The original ride we know and love now features the amazing Star Wars music and effects, a trip through light speed, and a projection on the walls of the battle you are in. Yes you are in a battle – complete with laser cannon fire. This is probably the most amazing thing I have seen at Disneyland in a while, I really lost my stuff.
Pro Tip: Get your Fast Pass for this ride first thing as you enter the park!

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Also worth noting STAR TOURS added a new scene from The Force Awakens into the rotation with BB-8 and John Boyega’s character Finn!

PATH OF THE JEDI

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Path of the Jedi is a sort of “catch up” to The Force Awakens taking through the Star Wars story. I thought it was really well done how the cut the original trilogy with episodes 1-3 to tell the story that leads up to essentially a version of The Force Awakens trailer. It is located in the old Honey I Shrunk the Kids/Captain EO theater right next to Hyperspace Mountain. I would recommend hitting this up in between Fast Passes and really is a great show. Try not to miss this!

LAUNCH BAY

LAUNCH BAY

Star Wars Launch Bay is so much fun! Located in the old Innoventions building, Launch Bay is a themed area for character meet and greets, photo opps, display from The Force Awakens, and everything Star Wars video game related. Darth Vader and Chewbacca are in themed meet and greet areas and sometimes Boba Fett is lurking in the cantina for photos. Launch Bay opens at 10am, but I would suggest checking it out in the afternoon as the lines do die down. Also to note this is not open all night (I believe it closes at 8pm) so aim for late afternoon, not late night.

JEDI TRAINING ACADEMY: TRIALS OF THE TEMPLE

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The Jedi Training academy got a few updates for Season of the Force as well. Padwans now use light up sabers versus the old wrist flick saber of my youth and face a new villian, The Seventh Sister. If you aren’t watching Star Wars Rebels you should because Buffy the Vampire Slayer is voicing this sassy Sith – and I am obsessed! Also worth noting that the process of becoming a padwan has changed. You now sign up by Launch Bay and it starts as soon as the park opens, so I would be sure and get over to the registration in the morning. There is more of a storyline to the Trials of the Temple as the padwans are completing the trials to become Jedi. It is pretty adorable watching a bunch of kids use the force.

SHOPPING

STARTRADER SHOPPING

As you can probably imagine shopping is not lacking in Seasons of the Force. Star Traders, the main store by Space Mountain, is now fully converted to sell only Star Wars merchandise. There is expanded clothing options and tons on Her Universe and Lounge Fly available. You can still build your own lightsaber in the back as well. In addition to Star Trader, there is a shop inside Season of the Force selling more collectible items and a place to customize phone cases.

 

Tips and Tricks

I thought I would leave you with a couple of my tips and tricks from visiting Season of the Force a few times now.

  1. Get there early (aka Rope Drop this) – If you want to accomplish all of Season of the Force you are going to need to get up and get there.
  2. Go straight to Hyperspace Mountain and get yourself some Fast Passes – then get in the stand by line. If you are there early enough you will be able to ride it quickly, then go again.
  3. If you have padwan who wants to face the Trials of the Temple head to sign up next!
  4. Breakfast is great at Galactic Grill where they have Star Wars themed food. I mean Bantha Bread french toast – yes please!
  5. After your Hyperspace Mountain Fast Pass expires get a Star Tours one.
  6. Enjoy Path of the Jedi and Launch Bay after lunch. It will be less crowded.
  7. If you want a fancy name tag with your name in aurebesh go to the small gift shop opposite Launch Bay (under the old People Mover). The later you go the faster they will be made.

I hope you get a chance to experience Season of the Force yourself and May the Force be with you!