#DisneyTrivia – runDisney


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Hello everyone, I’m back!  After a few week hiatus from #DisneyTrivia, I’m proud to rejoin my friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and Heidi from Heidi’s Head to take a look at the best Disney Trivia available!  Today I’ve got a special look at runDisney, the athletic arm of Disney, and we’re going to look at some great facts and figures about all of the runDisney events.  In addition, I’ve got a special announcement about this as well, so keep reading!

  • Did you know more than 163,000 participants run in runDisney events (currently around 26 different races!)?
  • Did you know that there are two women-focused runDisney events?  The Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Princess Half Marathon allow men to run, but the first two corrals are for women only, and only women can win prizes (except for coed running teams).
  • If you like race medals, and are up for a challenge, you need to look into the Dopey challenge!  This challenge requires you to run the 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon all in the same weekend event — that’s 4 medals for running the races, plus you get the Goofy Challenge medal (for running the half-marathon and marathon on consecutive days) plus the special Dopey challenge medal!  All told, 6 medals, and 48.6 miles of running over 4 days!  Crazy!
  • Did you know that if you run in one of the races, you can dress up in a favorite character costume?  You can’t do this normally at Disney — costumes aren’t allowed except for children — but doing so during the race is quite common!
  • Most of the half-marathon and marathon races start in the late evening — like 10PM or so, and run (pun intended) until around 4AM!  Afterwards, there is a party to celebrate and enjoy some good food!

Have you ever run in one of the runDisney events?  If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences, because my daughter Sophie and I have decided to start training to run in a Disney 5k of our own!  Our training starts today, and we’re utilizing the Couch-to-5K free app for our iPhone.  Tell me what you thought of your race experience, and thanks!  Now, please check out the rest of the entries and we’ll see you later on with more Disney content!

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Mickey Mouse Club Push’em Car (Laundry Cart)

But just what is a PUSH’EM CAR?

I saw this in a small town antique shop years ago. It’s approximately 16″ x 24″ and the artwork is painted onto a masonite-type board. It has eight holes drilled around the edges and displays the Walt Disney Productions trademark, which dates it before 1987.

I didn’t know if it was an advertising board that would have been displayed in a store to sell some kind of pedal car, or if a Push’em Car was something that appeared on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show. The price was a little high, but I was able to get it down a little, but I still feel I paid too much. But it looked cool, so I took a chance.

Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose when you take a chance on something like this, and this time… I lost!

After researching on the Internet, I found that a Push’em Car was a mobile toy chest. It had two of these boards, one on each long side, and two other boards half the length on the ends, creating a rectangle-shaped box on wheels. The boards were screwed onto metal framing. It stood 22″ high at the top of the handles:

This was offered for auction with a starting bid of $25.00 in 2008

Final sale price not known, but estimated value is between $50 – $125.00

So as I only have one of the boards, it is pretty much valueless except for curiosity sake.

Why should I have known better? First, if it were an advertisement for a toy or pedal car, the product would have been pictured on the board. Second, no sign board would be affixed to a wall in a store with eight screws, thus damaging the wall for what would probably be a temporary promotion. I’m a more seasoned collector now, and I can truthfully say that making mistakes like this one has made me a more successful buyer!

That said… I love this board! I have it hanging in my solarium where I can look at it every morning while I drink my coffee. So not a complete fail, I guess.