In Which Jenn Needs WDW Music To Work Properly

A couple years ago I did a pair of posts about my favorite Walt Disney World background music. I find Disney background music to be incredibly soothing when at work in particular – it cheers me up and helps me focus. It’s been awhile, so I thought I’d check in with some of music loops I’ve been particularly enjoying lately, especially at work.

Let’s start with the Disney Springs background music loop. I’d heard several people mention they enjoyed it, but when I first took a listen, I was NOT into it. It’s basically Disney songs interpreted as smooth jazz, and I do not enjoy smooth jazz. Yet somehow over time it grew on me – all those familiar songs from my favorite movies hit my brain right in its nostalgia center. Before I knew it, I had gotten past my jazz aversions and totally dug the loop. And at close to 2 hours long, it’s great when you need your music to last through a large project or activity.


The Magical Express loop isn’t one that would’ve occurred to me to seek out, but when I saw it pop up on YouTube it felt natural to give it a go. This is a classic Disney mix, featuring songs from both the movies and the parks, and if you close your eyes you can pretend you’re sitting on the bus waiting to leave for your resort.


I’ve mentioned the Innoventions background music before, but it really is one of the most evocative loops for me. Everything about the music screams YOU ARE IN EPCOT. It’s also a convenient 20 minutes, perfect for projects you don’t want to do but can stand to tackle in small chunks. Tell yourself you only have to hack at it until the loop is over, and there you are!


Another recent discovery is the Animal Kingdom entrance loop. This is a total no-brainer for me, DAK being my favorite park, and I find it to be one of the most relaxing loops in my rotation. The African vocal tracks in particular feel very DAK to me.
Do you like to listen to Disney background music? What are your favorites?

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The Fairest Week In Review: 11/21

Normally in a week in review post I do my exercise stuff first and my Disney and life stuff second, but screw the boring stuff because I HAVE DISNEY NEWS.

Y’know how I’ve been kvetching basically since I made the reservation about my room in Caribbean Beach for my upcoming WDW trip? There’s the construction, of course, which means weird food options to boot, plus the resort itself is sprawling with multiple bus stops AND the only room I could get was a pirate room, which is more expensive AND supposedly at the very back of the resort. Bleh.

Well, you’re all Disney pros so I hardly have to preach the gospel of Continuing To Check Back. But last week, a mere 10 days before the penalty-free cancellation deadline, I did it: I found us a room at All-Star Music! EEEE!!!

Perhaps it sounds odd to be rejoicing over a change from a moderate to a value resort, but I really think this is a major improvement. The construction becomes a non-issue, and even when the All-Stars share buses there’s at least only one stop and it can’t be too far a walk. Best of all, this saves us well over $300! 

So yeah, I’m pretty jazzed. Nine days to Disney!!! 

P.S. Did you know you can make your Magical Express reservations via a website? I’m been doing it on the phone all this time like a chump!

WILY MINX.

… What else is this post usually about again? Oh yes. Go go gadget workout log:

Sunday | ran 7.16 miles outside in 1:10
I did this run at my parents’ new place in Wilmington, and it is flaaaaaat. I was flying!

Monday | ran 5.29 miles outside in 55 minutes
Back to my plain ol’ boring not at all flat regular training route. But the cold does seem to improve my times.

Tuesday | walked 2.19 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 7.35 miles outside in 1:15

Thursday | walked 2.24 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class
This walk had greater purpose: I walked from work to the local Whole Foods to pick up my bib for my Thanksgiving Turkey Chase! Why they chose to hold packet pickup a full week in advance I couldn’t tell you.

Friday | ran 7.35 miles outside in 1:15

Saturday | rest
My family held Fake Thanksgiving on this day, so done so that none of our air traveling relatives have to pay through the nose for flights. So I spent a lot of my day in a car going to or from New Jersey. Mine is a very glamorous life. At least there was pie.

Okay, workout log done. What else? The roundup:


Important note: Shindig is my favorite episode of Firefly.

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The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 11/11/14

So ends the trip report proper. 🙁 But I’m not quite finished! As I have in the past, I’ saved our ADRs for a final food review post or two. You can see all the entries in this report here. Okay, onward! 

Last day. BLARG. My morning largely consisted of packing a final few items.

It could’ve been worse – at least I had a solid chunk of the day left to spend in WDW. Poor DeJanea had to leave early in the morning to catch a flight home. Sad stuff.

Speaking of flights, we had received our Magical Express info the day before and it was ALL wrong – Nicole and I were listed as flying to NYC with the rest of our group, when in fact we were headed to DC and Baltimore, respectively.

Nicole had already had hers fixed as her flight was at a very different time and she needed an earlier ME bus. I was fine with the bus departure time, but I did kind of want to make sure that my bags might possibly end up the same place as I did, so I headed to the airline check-in area to get it sorted out. The woman manning the station didn’t seem to care much; she just looked up my flight, tagged my bag with the correct “BWI” sticker, handed me my boarding pass, and told me to get the hell out. Okay, maybe not that last bit, but you get the idea.

From there I sidled around the building and checked my duffle bag at luggage assistance while waiting for everyone else to show up at the bus stop. I actually don’t know where Nicole went that last day, but Katherine, Erica, and Estelle showed up in short order and we boarded one of those ridiculous double-length buses (how terrifying must those be to drive?) and soon arrived in the Magic Kingdom.

Which was SO. INCREDIBLY. CROWDED. Seriously. It was nuts. So nuts that we needed coffee to face it all; we got in the super-long but reasonably efficient line at the Main Street Bakery where I got a peppermint mocha latte. It was just okay – I think I should stick to pumpkin and chai lattes where I belong.

Oh, and they of course had the ADORABLE Disney Starbucks cups, although they can fake you out if you’re only looking at the Starbucks side. I briefly thought I had gotten a normal cup and almost got upset before I realized that I just needed to spin it around. Whew!

We pondered hitting the Tiki Room and so set out in that direction, but got distracted by a 10-minute Pirates of the Caribbean wait and instead rode that. We were in the front row – is that why we got so WET? I mean, I know Pirates is a water ride and all, but I don’t recall ever being so thoroughly splashed.

Speaking of splashing, next up: our Splash Mountain FastPass, upon which we ironically did not get half so wet as on Pirates (although we did spend an undue amount of time hanging out next to the post-drop waterfall).

Estelle and I then headed to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to take advantage of those Very Special FastPasses. Reports that it’s too short are not incorrect, but what a cute ride! The cars didn’t swing as much as I might’ve hoped but the mine section itself was lovely. I’d say it’s a little more intense than Big Thunder but not by much.

And yet somehow we seem unimpressed.

Erica and Katherine had gone to the Tiki Room in our absence, so Estelle and I walked to Liberty Square to see when the next showing of the Hall of Presidents would be. We didn’t feel like waiting the fifteen minutes; instead ducked back into the Christmas shop to browse. Estelle purchased an awesome Epcot-inspired ornament and I broke and bought a Mickey Santa hat. I plan to wear it to all my formal holiday gatherings.

Here I briefly made a pit stop at the farmer’s market type place across from Liberty Tree Tavern and wound up setting the record for Longest Time Spent Waiting To Just Buy A PowerAde, Jeez. Apparently the cast member was new and had not yet fully grasped how to, y’know, ring stuff up. Keep trying, buddy! You’ll get there!

Another FastPass window had opened up, this time for the Haunted Mansion. It was a good ride, but then I think any pass through the Haunted Mansion when your Doom Buggy doesn’t stop by the bride or Little Leota is a good ride. Seriously, they creep me out.

By then it was time to start thinking about lunch. Columbia Harbour House was right there and I love me their sandwiches, but there was a line wrapping around the building just to get in. Which is weird, because more often than not I see cast members standing out front with menus trying to drum up business. First Sanaa, now this? People need to stop finding out about my secret spots.

Comparatively speaking, Sleepy Hollow had a very manageable line, so we hopped in. Katherine and I engaged in one last glorious sharing moment and split a ham waffle sandwich. Estelle and Erica got the spicy chicken version featuring a sweet sauce that made them extremely popular with the bees. Erica let me try the remnants of her sandwich, which means I have now tasted every waffle sandwich variety currently offered. Where’s my medal for that?

From there it was off to Tomorrowland to ride the PeopleMover, because what true WDW lover doesn’t swoon over the PeopleMover? It was not, however, quite how we pictured it – upon our arrival we saw a LINE. A LINE. Not a long line, but still. A LINE. For the PEOPLEMOVER. WHAT. I’m not going to blame this one entirely on FastPass+, though; I think a lot of it was runoff from people who were waiting for Space Mountain to get up and running again.

Yes, folks, Space Mountain was down, which means for the second time in my Disney career I saw that elusive wonder, Space Mountain With The Lights On.

Our final FastPass of the day, the trip, the legend, was for the Jingle Cruise. Now boasting approval from the Vatican.

I thought our skipper was only okay – I think she could’ve milked the jokes a little more with a less rushed delivery – but the decorations were truly adorable.

Post wassailing, we hit the adjacent gift shop to see if we could find the rumored Jingle Cruise shirt, but it was a no go. (Disney has since released it online but I can’t remember if it’s available yet/still.) But since going home from WDW empty handed is a crime, we filled our last moments with shopping on Main Street.

But what should I purchase to commemorate the trip? That holiday sweater? Nope, they don’t have my size. That cute t-shirt? Too similar to something I already have. Hey, what about that pair of soft comfy sweatpants Katherine is buying? SWEATPANT SISTERS UNITE. That and a 10% Annual Pass discount and I was sold. I regret nothing.

We caught up with Erica and Estelle in the Confectionery for some last minute sugar purchases before reluctantly heading for the exit, but not before taking pictures at the Aurora photo area. Not with Aurora, mind you, just her area. Sometimes the decor really makes it, y’know?

Happily we were able to pick up a bus back to Art of Animation with some speed, because we weren’t headed directly to the Magical Express. Oh, no – we had to hit the Drop Off bar by the Nemo pool for one more libation before we went. I received a magnificent black cherry lemonade from our bartender, who was was awfully free with his opinions about legalizing marijuana for a Disney employee, but hey, whatever works for ya.

And then it was time. That tragic moment. That microcosm of despair. Time to retrieve our carry-ons and board the Magical Express back to the airport. It was only by some miracle I didn’t burst into tears.

As is so often the case, we arrived at the airport with excessive amounts of time to spare, so we grabbed a drink at the airport sports bar. And then the trip was really over – I bid adieu to my New York friends, hightailed it to my gate, housed a subpar chicken sandwich, and boarded the plane for home.

So… that was that. Naturally I am bummed to be, well, anywhere that ISN’T Walt Disney World, but at least I have Dopey in January to sustain me. My boyfriend’s coming for that one and he hasn’t been in twenty years, so that’ll be fun! And don’t forget that I have two more trip report-ish posts coming in the form of restaurant reviews. Stick around.

In short, I had a lovely time. Special thanks to all my wonderful suitemates and the fabulous people I met along the way. Here’s to more fantastic times at Disney!

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The Fairest Week In Review: 11/4

Mere days go, I received this beautiful, beautiful creature in the mail:

Magical Express tickets = check. ONLY THIRTY DAYS TO GO, GUYS.

Training last week went well! My experiment with not eating beforehand and taking Clif Shot Bloks during went, as the Brits say, swimmingly. I even knocked out a fifteen-miler, not at any particularly great speeds, but I worked for it and by consequence I got it. Good times.

Speaking of mileage, I joined the Pile on the Miles Challenge as hosted by Eat Run Repeat. My goal? I’m shooting for 170 miles over the course of November. I know! That’s a LOT. But with my twenty miler a few weeks ago I made it to 167 miles in October, so what the heck. Why not go for it?

Musically, this week I was motivated by – wait for it – The Nutcracker. Yes. The Tchaikovsky score. No, I don’t get it either. I mean, Tchaikovsky is great under almost all circumstances, and I’ve even run to him before, but he’s not generally the guy to play as a pick-me-up. Nonetheless, one of the variations popped up in my iPod’s shuffle mode, and before I knew it I was rocking out to “Children’s Gallop.” I don’t know. I’m a weird kid. But as far as I’m concerned the Christmas season starts on November 1, so bring it on!

Don’t worry, I’m sure there are more normal people to be found in the blog roundup. Probably. I think.

– Lots of people posted the newly released photos of upcoming runDisney medals, but I saw the one on Running at Disney first so she wins.
I Run For Wine serves up a massive playlist suitable for all your aural needs while marathoning.
Brush up on runDisney Marathon 101 with MousePlanet.
Live, Run, Grow shares her Marine Corps Marathon takeaways, as applicable to races in the future. I’m getting really temped to sign up for that next year…
Check out some Orlando running trails with Orlando Family Style.
To Fairytales and Fitness, running is…
– Thinking of trying out those Glow with the Show ears? ZannaLand has thoughts.
Eating WDW digs through the new standard WDW drinks menu – including a non-alcoholic coconut water-based drink that would be great pre- or post-run!

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.com. See ya real soon!