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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.

FOOD CHOICES

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!

DISNEYLAND 10K RACE RECAP – 2016

Wow – I had apparently missed runDisney and racing because I had the best time running the Disneyland 10K. This year I just ran the 10k because I normally end up leaving the country for work a few days later… which I am today (Tuesday.) So I was very happy with my decision to only run the 10K to make sure to soak up the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, but still have time to get my life in order before I leave!

My mom had come into town for the race, but also because this weekend marks the end of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration – where we had to say goodbye to Paint the Night and our beloved Disneyland Forever Fireworks.

I got off work around 3pm on Friday, grabbed my mom and we were off to Disneyland. We drove directly to the Expo, where we had plenty of time to get my bib and walk around! Juli (who was there the night before for 5K bib pick up) met us at the Expo and we got our celebratory and new tradition race expo cocktail. This time it was a Rum Runner…

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I have to say we really enjoyed the expo this year. Have to applaud Disney for brining back the ABC screening room and we loved the Emmy set up they had. Cigna is such a great partner and they also helped bring their “A Game” to this expo. Cigna had sponsored an airbrush tattoo station, custom race signs, and overall their presence really elevated the expo. We stopped by to say hi to the girls at Sparkle Athletic and Juli and I picked up some new matching skirts! We did a drive by of the official race merchandise booth but didn’t purchase anything…

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I carb-loaded at Tortilla Joe’s, went an renewed my Annual Pass, then was checked into the Marriott Suites and in bed by 10:30pm – all my gear prepped for the morning!

I had been hinting at it on social media but this year I ran as Marie from Aristocats! I woke up a bit earlier than usual to make sure I could get me makeup (which included a pink nose and whiskers) on point! For my Marie I had a white running shirt, white Sparkle Athletic skirt, my favorite pink Pro Compression socks, a tail that was sold at Disneyland, cat ears I got from Amazon, and a oversized pink bow from Disney World. Overall it was a pretty easy costume to do and I got so many compliments on the course…

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Speaking of the course I enjoyed it! My only gripe was their was no restroom (porto included) until we hit Cars Land/ Bug Land at around mile 2.5. I am not one of those people that is usually in need of a restroom early in the race – but I know those people are out there. I did like that all the street running was front loaded… I felt like the character stops had shorter and faster lines since you had to run first in order to get there. I got every picture I wanted with very little lines. I skipped 2 character photos which still had short lines. I was in corral C – so not fully the back of pack, but compared to the Star Wars 10K these lines were greatly improved.

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I loved seeing some random characters out on the course… so many are now strict to the theme. I did think we needed some official photographers for castle photos but a helpful cast member snapped one for me!

Before I knew it I was running through Downtown Disney and to the finish line. Some runner technicals of this race – I ran a :45/:30 run-walk-run ratio and clocked a 10:50 first mile (very fast for me). I took one packet of Sports Beans around mile 3. I finished the race with a smile on my face and some new bling to match!

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After the race it was showers and Cove Bar followed by the biggest We Run Social Meet Up I had ever been too. So happy to meet so many new people and catch up with old friends! I just love the We Run Social community!

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After that my mom and I finished up the day with the new Frozen show at the Hyperion, some dinner, and a final viewing of the Paint the Night parade and Disneyland Forever Fireworks… I was awake for over 15 hours and killed it! Such a great weekend and race I will not forget!

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?

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…

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

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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

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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!

Halloween at Disneyland

Happy October brunch babes! It is officially Halloween season (for the rest of the world). If you didn’t already know I am obsessed with Halloween and always have been. The costumes, the decor, the parties, the movies… everything about it is great. I have so many fun things planned to share with you this month as we celebrate my favorite time of year.

Halloween at DIsneyland

You all know I love Disney and Disney Parks do Holidays right! Halloween is no exception and keeping with tradition is my favorite holiday at the parks. Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas, but I feel like Halloween kicks off the season of holiday celebrations.

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Disneyland gets fully decked out for Halloween with amazing decorations all around the parks. My cousin and I went down to Anaheim for a Halloween day where we wanted to experience all the spooky goodness.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

First and foremost, Jack Skellington “wrecks the halls” of the Haunted Mansion when the Nightmare Before Christmas takes over. This amazing overlay celebrates when two holidays collide. Disneyland aficionados will note that there are a few new surprises every year in the overlay and a new gingerbread house in the ghost dance party scene. Bonus it smells like gingerbread.

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In addition to the overlay at The Haunted Mansion… Space Mountain gets to join in on the fun with Ghost Galaxy. Basically a space ghost is chasing you around outer-space. It is very fun and always something we look forward to every year.

If you roll with my crew at Disney then you know that food and drinks are just as important as the rides. The Spooktini available at Carthay Lounge and Cove Bar was on our Halloween hit list especially since it comes with a poison apple. Sorry Snow – this time we are siding with the villains because this is awesome.

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I will have so much more fun to share with you as we near the night of all hallows eve. But a few sneaks include Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Universal Halloween Horror Nights, and a few more tricks up my sleeve.

Let me know in the comments what you have planned for October?

Disneyland 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration

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Hey brunch babes! Today we are raising a glass to Disneyland and it’s Diamond 60th Anniversary!

Disneyland opened its gates to us on July 17th 1955 and for 60 amazing years it has a source for happiness and joy for all who enter. In honor of this Disneyland is celebrating all year for it’s diamond anniversary and everyone is ready to sparkle!

Of course, I had to make the trip south to check out the Happiest Place on Earth and see all the new diamond fun for the 60th Anniversary. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is covered in diamonds and ready to sparkle. I decided to wear my new Jordandene Olaf tank with white lace shorts from Lilly Pulitzer for Target, and the accessory of the year the Diamond 60th Minnie Mouse Ears. Check them out here.
Olaf agrees that some people are worth melting for!

New for the Diamond 60th celebration is a all new fireworks Disneyland Forever, a new World of Color celebrating Walt’s vision, the Mad Tea Party has returned with a Diamond addition, and a new night time parade called Paint the Night.

Other new fun around the parks include a new ghost in the Haunted Mansion, an HD version of Soarin’ Over California, and some fun new food and drinks to really get the 60th going! If you can make it – – this is a great year to come out and celebrate Disneyland.

I cannot wait to share more fun from Disneyland with you!

Race Recap – STAR WARS HALF – 2015

This weekend I completed the Inaugural Rebel Challenge consisting of a 10K (6.2 miles) and a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday – and let me tell you this was the best race(s) ever! The spirit of Star Wars and the fandom was everywhere and fully embraced. It was truly magical and you could feel the force in the air. Full recap below.

Friday
I took off from work a little early to get down to the Expo for bib pick up. Traffic was bad but it was nice to have a fairly empty expo to hang out at. We got there around 7pm, so had an hour to look around. We ate dinner at Tortilla Joe’s in Downtown Disney then headed to the Marriott Suites to get some sleep for the 10K on Saturday morning.

Saturday
Wake up call was set for 3:30am and we were on the shuttle by 4am!
We got to the pre-race party and Disney really outdid themselves with this one! They had the Jedi Academy there to teach us how to use the force and fight off Vader. Stormtroopers and Jedi’s were also available for pre-race photos.
Our running group decided to be Ewoks! I wore the Her Universe Ewok hooded tank – and was not alone… I made some wrist and leg cuffs out of fur from JoAnnes and was ready to go!
We corralled up and headed out for the start. The character lines were sooo long but I was just having a good run – so I kept it simple and just ran. I stopped for a photo with Sabine and Ezra from the new Star Wars Rebels – but the photo turned out bad. Sad Day. I was keeping good pace and at mile 5 thought – oh hey… you have to run 13 miles tomorrow maybe you should slow it down, and I did.
I crossed the finish line and was so happy to receive my super cool Star Wars 10K medal.
We went back to the hotel for showers and a nap then headed to Disneyland for lunch and a photo shoot. My day was made when the Fairy Godmother showed up and hugged me for being a champion. She is my idol! Life goal = retire to become the fairy godmother.
We rode Space Mountain and Star Tours… keeping with the weekends theme and then headed to Disney’s California Adventure for dinner at Wine Country Trattoria.

After dinner it was a quick stop to the Anaheim Target for some gatorade, cliff bars, and I picked up a pair of compression socks to sleep in. Then it was time to stretch out and go night night!

Sunday
Wake up call – again 3:30am… ugh. But I was on the bus by 4am and was ready to go.
I wore my girl Mara Jade’s get up. If you don’t know who Mara Jade is – well its because she is from the books and comic books. In short she was trained to be the Emperor’s hand and assassin. She is a total bad ass who can wield a lightsaber and a blaster – oh and she really want to kill Luke Skywalker, until she falls in love with him.
Ok well back to the race! I met up with my friends and then headed to the corral. We were off before we knew it. One – props to Disney for having enough Stormtroopers out so the lines weren’t bad. Vader and the Luke & Leia lines were still long but anyone could have jumped into one of the shorter trooper lines. Two – I loved this course. I know some people were worried about the straight away being boring, but I found running by the hotels led to so many more spectators out. The spectators were also on point with great signs and everyone was in the Star Wars best! A true highlight was the 501st and Mandalorian Mercs towards the end of the race. So many photo ops and so much energy – both organizations truly rock!
This race seemed to fly by and before I knew it I was back on Disney ground and nearing the finish. In traditional Mallory form – I pulled over right at mile 13 and got ready for the finish line (aka adjusting the costume and putting my cell away). I high-fived Minnie and Mickey as I crossed the finish to complete the first ever Star Wars Half and Rebel Challenge. Bling in hand I was a very happy sith-turned-jedi!

 

STAR WARS HALF – Fueling for Your Race

Hey Brunch Eaters! Are you headed to a magical place called Disneyland to run the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon?
Me too!

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So let’s talk about my favorite part of runDisney – eating Disney!
Fueling yourself for your race is crucial, and frankly quite fun here in “the Land”.
Advanced Dining Reservations may still be available and now Disneyland guest can also book online. In general, people are more relaxed about their Disneyland vacation than that to the World – so give reservations a shot. Here are some of my recommendations:

Wine Country Trattoria – Located in Disney’s California Adventure, this restaurant features classic italian food and a impressive wine list. If you need a little adult juice to calm your nerves before the race be sure to stop by and grab a glass. Can’t get in for food? Don’t worry – you have two ways to drink wine. The Alfresco lounge on the second level offers wine flights, wine by the glass, and a selection of appetizers and downstairs you can order a glass at the walk up counter.

Napels – Located in Downtown Disney, Napels offers your pasta fix outside the park. Plus you can take in some of the more low key fun of Downtown Disney that is often overlooked. Listen to the local artist, build yourself a Stormtrooper at the Lego Store, and relax a bit before your big race day!

Buca di Beppo – As most people will be staying off site, Bucca di Beppo is a great alternative and often has easy availability. You also have the option for carry out. Bucca is great for large groups of runners and families as it is famous for its gigantic portions. If you have a senstitive stomach and are nervous about trying new food, chances are you have had Bucca at some point and know how it will sit with you. Here is the Anaheim locations site.

A quick note on carb loading. Jeff Galloway recommends you eat your main carb load meal 24 hours before your race, or for lunch the day before. Read about it from someone smarter than me here.

AFTER THE RACE…
Did you just run 13.1 miles? Did you just run 19.3 miles? Did you just watch someone run some amount miles? Well pat yourself on the back – you deserve some brunch! And if you are running with my crew – you also deserve a drink. Obviously – Bad Wolf Brunch enjoys herself some brunch!
Disclaimer: don’t be dumb, drink some water first!

Now where were we, brunch with drinks at Disney! Now first thing to know is there is no alcohol inside Disneyland… Unless you are at Club 33 – and well you can’t sit with us.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen – I love me so soulful southern brunch complete with a spicy bloody mary – and Ralph’s delivers! Located in Downtown Disney you can find a WIDE variety of alcohol and some delicious comfort food. Reservations suggested.

Goofy’s Kitchen – Did your 7 year old wake up at 5am to see mommy run for 3 seconds – well take that kid to Goofy’s Kitchen for some PB&J pizza and a hug from your favorite Disney characters. Don’t worry they serve adult food as well – and… a small collection of cocktails. I would recommend Goofy’s Kitchen if you are coming here with your kids – or a bunch of kids at heart.

Roscoes Chicken & Waffles – Do yourself a favor and check out a SoCal staple that is new to the Anaheim area. Roscoes is an institution that started in Long Beach in 1975 and a favorite with 7 locations in Southern California. Be sure to get the Obama special! The Anaheim location is located on Harbor. See the drool worthy menu here.

Via Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles Site
Do you have any secret recommendations? Let me know!!

GALLIDAY – Dr. Who Invades Disneyland

Well Bad Wolf Brunch went to Galliday!!
Galliday is the un-official Doctor Who themed day at Disneyland.
There were close to 500 Doctor Who Cosplayers dressed for the occasion, and this bad wolf was included!
 
Look at all those Rose Tyler’s!
This was one of my favorite days ever! Everyone was so nice and I met so many new Doctor Who friends! We got picture with all the Doctors and companions – here is the Ninth Doctor and all his companions!
For our Doctor Who day we took over rides, took a bunch of photos, and had an after party with trivia at Trader Sams! Basically it was the best day ever – so many Doctor Who fans at the park loved it as well, they kept saying how they were so glad they came that day.
Also major props to this guy!!
There are 1 or 2 Galliday’s a year, be sure to follow them on Facebook here and I hope to see you Whovians at the next one!