Ep. 13: Disney Magic At Home When You Can’t Go To The Parks

Disney Magic At Home

On this episode of the Geek Girls Universe Podcast, we are talking Disney, but you know sad Disney because none of the parks are open. We know it is for the best, but that doesn’t make missing the magic any easier. To help with the Disney blues, these are ways to have Disney magic at home.

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Disney Magic At Home When You Can’t Go To The Parks

Disney Videos & Playlists

Do you find yourself wandering around your house singing “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate’s Life For Me?” Or “It’s a small world after all!” No matter your favorite Disney ride, parade, or fireworks show, there are tons of YouTube videos for you to choose from.

Cast it to the TV and sit up close to feel like you are really there on the Incredicoaster, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Splash Mountain. Or you know tear up watching Happily Ever After or the now-retired Wishes show. No one will judge you…I’m a total crier during fireworks. Anyone else?

Maybe you just need to feel like you’re walking down Main Street. Disney Parks playlist on Apple Music as well as Sorcerer Radio on Google Play, Alexa, and in iTunes App Store plays Disney music 24/7. Close your eyes use that great big beautiful imagination of yours and pretend you’re right there on the corner by the Confectionary.

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Disney Movies and TV Shows

Thank the maker for Disney Plus, Disney Now, and Movies Anywhere. Between those three you have access to almost everything Disney has ever made. From classics like Cinderella to new films like Onward.

Disney+ is our lifesaver at the moment. With so many shows and films to watch it is definitely helping pass the time. If you are wondering where to start, don’t worry. We have our lists of what we think are the best things to binge right now on Disney Plus.

Ashley’s picks: What To Binge Watch On Disney Plus Right Now.

Jana’s picks: What To Binge on Disney Plus

For more ideas on what to watch (including non-Disney titles):

Best Shows for Tweens and Teens to Binge-Watch Right Now

Best TV Shows to Binge-Watch Right Now

Hottest Home Releases

Stuck at Home as Told By Schitt’s Creek Memes

Disney Home Decor

Even if you can’t go to Disney you can bring a little pixie dust into your home with some Disney Home Decor. We like to use our Refillable Mugs from the resorts as well as other Disney mugs when we drink our tea and coffee. Science says it tastes better that way.

I also have various art pieces from our trips and collectibles hanging around that make me smile when I see them. If your home is lacking Disney magic, head over to ShopDisney to find everything you need to decorate your home Disney style.

More ways to Bring Disney To Your Home

Disney Podcasts

Listening to other Disney Nerds might also help stave off the Disney blues. Disney Podcasts, like ours, are great for some much-needed laughs.

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Some others we recommend are:

No-Guilt Disney Podcast

MouseChat

WDW Radio

The Happiest Podcast on Earth

Disney Recipes

Can someone please make me a Dole Whip float? I guess I need to make it myself right now, ugh fine!! At least there are a plethora of Disney copy-cat and Disney inspired recipes on Pinterest. We have several on our websites as well.

It can be something as simple as these Toy Story inspired snacks or you can go all out and create an entire meal designed after your favorite attraction or character. Read all about Ashley’s Disney party ideas here.

Don’t these Moana cupcakes look amazing?

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Jana has everything from a Frozen White Chocolate Milkshake to Hocus Pocus cupcakes. Click here for her Disney inspired recipes.

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If baking or creating recipes is not your thing you can also look for Mickey Ice Cream Bars, Star Wars Ice Cream Sandwiches, Toy Story Themed Ice Cream, and other various snack foods at your local grocery store.

Adults, this one is for you. If you are looking for adult Disney beverages check out Jana’s extensive cocktail list here. I could go for this Captain Marvel Cocktail right now.

From WhiskynSunshine.com

Disneybound

Grab your Minnie Mouse ears and Magic Bands. Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous. Not to mention this gives you a great excuse to get out of your pajamas into some real clothes!

We know you have plenty of “Disney Parks” clothes and if you have children they probably do too. Put on a fashion show, strut your stuff like you’re Daisy Duck, and see who can be the most Disneyfied person in your house.

For more Disney At Home ideas check out this latest episode of the Geek Girls Universe Podcast!

Ep. 12: Unpopular Opinions – Fandom Edition

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Have you ever been told you have unpopular opinions? If the answer is “no,” you either never speak out in the public domain, or maybe you misunderstood the question. Let us rephrase, have you ever been harassed online for your opinion on something?

There it is. We have ALL been judged for our opinions, no matter how innocuous they may be. We get flack for things all the time. Ashley’s personal favorite was being told she only liked Solo: A Star Wars Story because she’s a female. The movie is predominately male and one of the strong female characters dies while the other joins the dark side. Sounds like a total feminine movie? *Scratches head*

Unpopular Opinions: Fandom Edition

On this episode of the Geek Girls Universe Podcast, we decided to dive into all those “unpopular opinions” we have about fandoms. We asked you, our friends and fans, what your unpopular opinions are and we got some good ones!

Thank you to all who were brave enough to share their opinions, even when facing the trolls of certain fandoms *cough* star wars *cough* 

Honestly, it is the toxicity of the Star Wars fandom that inspired this episode. So let’s get this out of the way…it’s okay to be a Reylo, and it’s okay not to be a Reylo. What is not cool is bashing people on one side of that fence or the other.

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We are joined this episode by our friend Sarah Gilliland of Sarah in the Suburbs. Sarah is a mom of 3 and has been a geek for a long time, but only recently fully embraced her geekiness. She runs the Facebook group The Wizarding World Moms, which is a non-judgmental place for all Potterheads raising their own Potterheads.

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Unpopular Star Wars Opinions

Pull up a chair and let’s get comfy. We ripped the bandaid off by discussing Star Wars first and foremost. Turns out someone is a Reylo, someone else didn’t love The Rise of Skywalker‘s ending, and we all agree that Baby Yoda is the best thing since Ewoks.

Unpopular Marvel Opinions

Anyone who knows us well, knows that the Geek Girls love Marvel. I mean, we host a weekly Marvel Twitter chat, so it’s definitely not a secret. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have some opinions about one of our top franchises. And apparently you all do, too.

One fan mentioned how they disliked the lack of Hulk in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Their complaint centered around Hulk being underpowered, do you agree? Another friend (though Mike we might have to talk about that after these Simu comments) suggested Simu should keep his shirt on in Shang-Chi.

Officially, the Geek Girls do not support this statement. Simu has worked hard and should be allowed to show that off. What’s wrong with that?

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Unpopular Harry Potter Opinions

Sarah shared her favorite book is the “Prisoner of Azkaban,” but the movie was a letdown. Others agreed the movies were not all that great, the books being, as usual, a million times better.

Oh and yeah, we actually kinda liked the Crimes of Grindelwald but before you cast us out of Hogwarts, we all had some beef with it too! You’ll have to listen to find out.

Unpopular Disney Opinions

From Avatar (seriously just watch Pocahontas and Fern Gully) to the live-action Lion King and Maleficent, we do not hold back on what we think about these and other Disney projects.

Miscellaneous Opinions Because We Have A Lot

And then there are the opinions that don’t fit into any of the above categories, Ross & Rachel, Wonder Woman, Ghostbusters, and more. Someone had issues with “FRIENDS”? Say it ain’t so! But she did and we talked about it. In fact, I’m curious where you, our awesome listeners, stand on these topics. Leave us a comment or tweet with us!

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Ep. 8: Disney Plus! Baby Yoda is Everything

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Disney Plus: Baby Yoda is Everything

Disney Plus is now streaming and we are obsessed. We have both been binging, um, researching? to find the best, must-watch shows and movies available right now!

The Mandalorian

First of all Baby Yoda… Baby Not Yoda… whatever you want to call him, is everything. He coos, we sigh. He blinks, we swoon. Basically, it’s Baby Yoda’s galaxy and we are just living in it.

Sure there is a TON of amazing content on Disney+ but we had to spend time gushing over The Child and the overall awesomeness that is “The Mandalorian.” Episodes 3 & 4 might be our favorites.

Baby-Yoda

The writing, direction, characters, “The Mandalorian” has it all. And it has done something that seemed impossible a year ago–it has united the Star Wars fandom. Everyone agrees this show is epic. So whether you like the original trilogy, prequels, or new school Star Wars, we can all agree “The Mandalorian” is boss.

Related: Everything You Can Stream on Disney Plus on Launch Day

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

This show combines the quirky, inquisitive Jeff with the educational powerhouse of National Geographic. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I watched episode one about shoes, but wow. Who knew there were sneaker cons where people are dropping 30 GRAND on a pair of shoes.

World According to Jeff Goldblum

Each episode Jeff tackles a topic that seems pretty simple- shoes, jeans, tattoos, etc. But the viewer gets to learn the history behind these things and how they have affected our world. Surprisingly enough, it is super entertaining. If you haven’t watched yet, try it out.

High School Musical The Musical The Series

That is a mouthful but the show is awesome. It doesn’t matter if you are a Senior Wildcat or freshman, this is the show for you.

Disney + Original Movies

Noelle and Lady and The Tramp debuted with the service as the first of many to come original movies.

Lady and The Tramp is a beautiful reimagining of the classic animated film. The dogs were rescues and all were adopted by the end of filming. A happy ending within a happy ending? Ah, Disney magic.

Noelle is a Christmas film starring Anna Kendrick. She brings her usual brand of pep and kindness. This is sure to become a favorite holiday film and the message it brings is a much-needed one.

Disney Plus Noelle

Disney Plus Throwbacks

Ok yes, Disney+ has great content for the whole family but we are here to say Disney Plus was made for us. I’m talking the 80s, 90s Disney kids. The moms, dads, grownups that are paying for this service. Why? Did you check the throwback section?

They have got all the great Disney Channel shows and movies plus old school cartoons like “X-Men,” “Tail Spin,” and “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.” My kids like those shows, but they don’t love them. They don’t appreciate the fact that they are included with Disney+ as I do. You understand.

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What’s Next On Disney+?

A new season of “The Mandalorian,” as well as new episodes of “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” “Disney Imagineering,” and more. If you know us geeks though then you know we can barely deal with the anticipation of the upcoming Marvel series.

Related: Marvel Phase 4 Movies and Disney Plus Shows Confirmed

LOKI. That’s the sentence. *Sigh* Moving on, Marvel’s What If, Ms. Marvel, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and so many more.

Loki

There are also new Pixar shorts, shows, and films to look forward to as well. We are also hoping for more old school releases, like The House of Mouse. Keep sending in those suggestions via the app to Disney+!

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Is there anything missing on Disney+ that you are looking for? Let us know!

Ep. 7: Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Freebies!

Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Freebies

Hey friends! Last week we shared our favorite Disney Eats plus tips on how to secure those sometimes elusive dining reservations. This time, we are sharing Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line freebies.

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Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Freebies

When it comes to planning a Disney Vacation, you spend a lot of time figuring out where you want to eat and what rides to ride–and you might even think it can be a bit pricey. If you take into account what you get for your dollars, though, we agree that it is totally worth it.

But did you know that both Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line also offer free items to guests? They have activities, collectibles, and more for free. You just have to know where to look and who to ask.

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Favorite Disney Freebies

There are a lot of freebies to choose from, but we both have our favorites. Ashley loves collecting buttons for special occasions or just because she is celebrating spending time at one of her favorite places on the planet. Her family also enjoys pin trading with Cast Members, playing Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, and getting birthday cards during character dining.

If you are looking for buttons, the Citizens of Main Street U.S.A. may be handing them out in the morning when you visit Magic Kingdom or Disneyland Resort. You can also get them at the Guest Services desk at your Disney Resort or in Town Hall right inside the gates.

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Sign up for Sorcerers’ of the Magic Kingdom at the Fire House inside Magic Kingdom. If you attend any of the special parties for Halloween or the Holidays, you will receive a special Sorcerers Card during the event by stopping into the Fire House.

Related: 101 Things to do at Walt Disney World

Jana is currently loving the Spira Gift Card available at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Now this one isn’t totally free (free with a caveat). In order to pick up one of these unique metal cards, you need to load it with $100. But if you’re anything like us, spending a $100 at Disney would be no problem. You can use the Spira Gift Card anywhere that takes a traditional Disney Gift Card, such as dining, retail, snacks, etc.

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We both love collecting autographs from the characters you meet at Disney. Some may not sign but they give out autograph cards, which are a fun collectible. Characters will sign almost anything from hats to books to picture frame mats.

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Disney Parks Freebies

There are some great Disney Parks freebies to be had if you know where to look and who to ask! When exiting your boat at Jungle Cruise, look for a Skipper standing on the docks. Ask them if they have an extra Jungle Cruise Map lying around. You might not always get one but sometimes you may get lucky. ( You can also download one from Disney’s website).

Also at both parks, as Cast Member’s manning the transportation areas for transportation cards. At Walt Disney World, Epcot offers a way for kids to explore the World Showcase in a unique way. Start in Mexico or Canada and get your free Duffy the Bear cutout that you can get stamped, like a passport, in each country. Or you can buy a “Real” passport at one of the gift shops.

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At Disneyland, ask for the Indiana Jones Decoder to unlock secrets within the ride. And no matter which coast you are on, Pixie Dust is always free!

We know how hot it can get in the parks and water is always free. Just stop into a Quick Serve location and ask for a cup of water. On really hot days, they usually have them ready to go.

Another fun collectible is Park Maps. The design on the maps change with every season, so most likely each visit (unless you’re local) will mean you can get a new, awesome map! In Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, pick up a Traveler’s Guide, which is like a park map but a little fancier and just for Star Wars.

Other freebies include coasters, the character animation experience in Animal Kingdom, free lei at the Polynesian Resort, and (one of Jana’s favorite’s) the Wilderness Explorer Badges.

Join the Wilderness Explorers at Animal Kingdom. They are located on your right as you walk towards the Tree of Life. Once you have taken the pledge, grab your nice booklet and explore all areas of the park learning about the people, animals, and plants that call it home. Earn a badge for each stop!

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Disney Cruise Line Freebies

Ashley is headed out on a Disney Cruise soon and she had to share about the free things you can find on the ships.

Like Disney Parks, the Disney Cruise Line also offers celebration buttons. They are slightly different from the parks’ versions, so don’t think, “Oh I already have one of these.” Also onboard, you can pin trade with Cast Members inside the retail shop and with the officers of the ship on a special Disney pin trading night. Check your onboard navigator for all the details.

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Day at sea and tired of the pool? Try out the Midship Detective Agency on the Disney Dream and Fantasy. Use your clues and your brains to figure out whodunit in this shipwide mystery game.

It’s no secret the kid only areas on the ships are ah-mazing! Inside the various clubs for kids, they have the opportunity to interact with characters, create crafts, do cooking lessons, and more. Kids’ clubs are free for children ages 3 and up.

Jana’s family participated in the free Castaway Cay 5K! If you are a runDisney fan, the only way to get this medal is to take a Disney Cruise. Oh, darn right?

Related: runDisney Castaway Cay 5K for the Family on Disney Cruise Line

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This is an easy run that takes place early in the morning after the ship docks in Castaway Cay. Signup for free but spots are limited. Be sure to do this when you board the ship first thing on debarking day.

Related: All The runDisney Tip You Need

Disney Store Freebies

The Disney Store also offers free buttons when it is your birthday plus they will put your name on the screen in the back and the whole store will sing you happy birthday! If you open the store for the day, you receive a special key.

Sign up for Disney Store emails to see when all their free and special events are taking place. Sometimes you make a craft to take home, others you might receive a cool collectible, you never know!

Follow this link to find a Disney Store and events near you.


For more Disney Vacation Tips

7 Best Castaway Cay Activities

5 Reasons To Book a Disney Cruise

Must Haves For Your Disney World Day Bag

How to Use Disney MaxPass at Disneyland

101 Things to Do at Walt Disney World!

Disney Pin Trading 101

7 Tips To Get The Most From Your Disneyland Vacation

Beginner’s Guide to Disneyland MaxPass

Tips for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Thank you for tuning into this episode of the Geek Girls Universe Podcast. Join us next time as we talk Disney Parks secrets. Whether you are a newbie to planning a Disney Vacation or a veteran like us, we got all the info you need to make your next trip to the house of mouse magical.

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Ep. 6: Disney Eats and Tips For Booking Advanced Dining Reservations!

Disney Dining Reservations

This week we are discussing one of our favorite subjects- Disney Eats. We all have our favorites at each park and we can’t wait to share our top picks as well as tips for booking advanced dining reservations!

Disney Eats and Tips For Booking Advanced Dining Reservations!

From Walt Disney World to Disneyland and the infamous Disney Cruise Line, enjoying all the tasty offerings Disney has to offer is a must.

It’s definitely hard to pick a favorite Disney snack, but we tried. We agreed that the Dole Whip Float is a must- each trip, beginning, and end. Also, Jana shared her theory on why the churros at Disneyland are superior to the ones at Disney World.

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Walt Disney World Dining Tips

There are a ton of options when it comes to dining at Walt Disney World. Epcot alone has some of the best restaurants in both parks, with something for everyone. For example those nachos at La Cantina de San Angel, yum.

Quick question: When you go to the World Showcase, do you go left to Mexico like us? Or do you turn right and head to Canada? And if you do go right, why? Seriously, these two Disney geeks need to know.

Some of our other top picks are Tusker House, Sanaa, Tiffins, Nomad Lounge, Be Our Guest, and Woody’s Lunchbox.

Geek Tip: If you are trying to get reservations for any restaurant at Disney World, booking in advance is key! If you’re staying on property, reservations up at 180 days from the start of your vacation beginning at 6am EST online or 7am EST via the phone.

Related: Tips To Get The Advanced Dining Reservations You Want at Walt Disney World

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Disneyland Dining Tips

We both love our character dining. Goofy’s Kitchen, at the Disneyland Hotel, was one of Ashley’s favorites. While both Geeks loved on Bengal BBQ, Cafe Orleans, Carnation Cafe, and Lamplight Lounge.

Did you know? WDW has beignets at Port Orleans French Quarter, but Disneyland offers beignets at Cafe Orleans and at the Mint Julep Bar inside Disneyland. We need you to start offering them in the park, too, WDW!

Geek Tip: Booking advanced dining reservations at Disneyland is different from Disney World. Instead of 180 days in advance, you can book beginning 60 days out from your vacation. However you cannot book for your entire stay, it’s one reservation a day as each 60-day mark is hit. However, it’s not as competitive as Disney World, so you’re likely to get your first choices when you want them.

Oga’s Cantina at Disneyland only offers reservations 14 days in advance.

Related: Need to Know Galaxy’s Edge Information

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Disney Cruise Line Dining

The nice thing about the Disney Cruise Line dining options is that they are all delicious. Neither of us has had a bad experience eating onboard.

Be sure to listen to the podcast to hear about our favorite meals and some other need to know info about the Disney Cruise Line…can you say FREE room service?

Related: Disney Cruise Line Tips

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For more Disney Vacation Tips

7 Best Castaway Cay Activities

5 Reasons To Book a Disney Cruise

Must-Haves For Your Disney World Day Bag

How to Use Disney MaxPass at Disneyland

101 Things to Do at Walt Disney World!

7 Tips To Get The Most From Your Disneyland Vacation

Beginner’s Guide to Disneyland MaxPass

Tips for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

What to Drink at Oga’s Cantina

Thanks for joining us on this episode of the Geek Girls Universe Podcast. We hope we didn’t make you too hungry! Join us next week as we share all the freebies you can get at Disney Parks and on the Disney Cruise Line.

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Ep. 5: All The runDisney Tips You Need

Hey everyone!! On this show we are talking all about runDisney! Jana has participated in a race before, but Ashley has not. So what are two geeks to do when they need to know more about runDisney and all the tricks and tips to make it the best race ever? They call on a friend who happens to be a queen in that world.

Patty Holliday is the head fangirl in charge behind the No-Guilt Fangirls Podcast.

Are you ready to get all the runDisney tips you need before race weekend? Let’s do this.

Patty of No-Guilt Disney

runDisney Basics

Patty shares what makes runDisney special, why you would choose to run Disney (um hello it’s Disney), and of course, how to get registered.

Where should runDisney beginners start?

There are a lot of options when it comes to runDisney, from 5K to half marathons and Dopey Challenges. It really depends on your fitness level and determination for all those shiny medals.

Doing a basic run training program is a good idea if you are new to running. There are a lot of apps out there to help you get started and you can even download the runDisney training schedule from Jeff Galloway.

What is it like on race day at runDisney?

Picking up your bib is an adventure at runDisney. There are photo opps, character meet-n-greets, and lots of exclusive merchandise. Patty is rocking her Avengers Dooney & Bourke from her race while Jana and Ashley sit there jealous.

There are different corrals, balloon ladies, and sweepers for the course. Along the race course, there are character stops and lots of opportunities to see how beautiful the Disney Parks are when the sun is coming up. Speaking of the sun, be prepared to get up EARLY.

Patty of No-Guilt Disney

runDisney 2020 Race Schedule 

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend: October 31st–November 3rd, 2019 (Registration opens March 19th, 2019)

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – Presented by Cigna: January 8th–12th, 2020 (Registration opens April 16th, 2019)

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – Presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: February 20th–23rd, 2020 (Registration opens June 4th, 2019)

Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon: January 3rd–March 31st, 2020 (Registration opens July 16th, 2019)

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend – Presented by OtterBox: April 16th–19th, 2020 (Registration opens July 16th, 2019)

Patty of No-Guilt Disney

More runDisney Info:

Be sure to listen to the episode for a complete rundown of tips and tricks to make your runDisney experience magical.

Patty also has a lot to say about the races. For more runDisney info from the queen, check out her posts here:

Bursting the runDisney Balloon Lady Bubble

Answers to your runDisney FAQs

So You Bought Your Bibs Through a Travel Agent

Don’t forget to find No-Guilt Fangirls Podcast on your favorite podcast provider and subscribe!

Need a Travel Agent? Patty Holliday can fulfill all your Disney travel needs as well as other travel needs! Contact her at No-Guilt Travel!

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