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The runDisney 2016 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry is days away, taking place May 5–8 at the Disneyland Resort, and this year’s merchandise selection is sure to fly off the shelves. So let’s get started!

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Sweatshirts and Hat

Can you believe it’s been 5 Years Running? Themed Tinker Bell Half Marathon apparel will include this special nod to the runDisney event on ever-popular favorites like the “I Did It” tee, performance tees, tanks, shorts and ladies zip jacket. One of my favorite features is the subtly screened tonal silhouette of Tinker Bell that appears on the front or the back of several items. I like to think it gives us all a little extra pixie power.

Tinker Bell half-marathon t-shirts various colors

This year the Never Land 5K fans will be hooked, quite literally — the graphic features both Captain Hook and Peter Pan, while the “I Did It” Tinker Bell 10K fans will be filled with pixie power with help from some of Tinker Bell’s fairy friends. Are you participating in the Pixie Dust Challenge? Short sleeve tees, performance wear, a tank, ladies jacket have made the list of this particular spirited sprite.

Other items to race in for include the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend event tee, jacket, Capri pants, runDisney and runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge merchandise, hats, magnets, clings, pins, headbands, special artist sketches and an array of drinkware including water bottles, a tumbler, glass stemware and mug.

Disney Pandora Bracelet

As you can see, that’s not quite all. Keep an eye out for charms from PANDORA Jewelry including a runDisney dangle and the newest addition featuring Tinker Bell as she waves her magic wand over a star charm that reminds us that all we need is “Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust.” Fashioned in sterling silver by PANDORA, this enchanting charm is accented in green and clear sparkling cubic zirconia.

Tip: Look for other exciting offerings from PANDORA Jewelry, including bracelet building with expert stylists, an opportunity to take a photo in front of wings that make you feel like you can fly and more.

I have no doubt the teams will also have you racing into D Street in the Downtown Disney District for special D-Tech on Demand phone cases themed to each race. Take a look!

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Phone Cases

Finally, Dooney & Bourke and runDisney fans – I have what you’ve been waiting for … a look at the nylon with leather trim accent silhouettes for the shopper tote, wristlet and letter carrier. Remember, each piece is quite unique and pattern elements on each bag can vary. I love the overall look, don’t you?

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Handbags

So get a jump on your shopping list and be ready when the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo takes flight beginning Thursday, May 5, at the Disneyland Hotel.

To all of you participating in the race, I wish you all the best of luck with a sprinkle of pixie dust!

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With two decades of experience in the kitchen, Chef James O’Donnell’s is the new executive chef for STK Orlando, opening this summer at Disney Springs.

O’Donnell’s career has taken him around the globe and in 10 different cities, and in his new role at STK Orlando he is able to showcase his worldly culinary experience, as well as his love for creating the ultimate dining scene.

About 20 percent of the menu items at STK Orlando will be exclusive to the Disney Springs location, including Florida grouper, chilled rubbed rack of lamb and seared tuna. STK Orlando also will feature signature dishes including bite-sized “Lil BRGs” made with Wagyu beef, lobster mac & cheese, high-quality steaks, seafood and decadent desserts.

A few questions with Chef O’Donnell:

What’s something new you plan to bring to the local culinary scene?
We plan to bring a fine-dining experience, showcasing the high-energy atmosphere along with great food and service we have become known for.

What is your first impression of Central Florida’s food scene??
The food scene in the Orlando and greater Central Florida area is on a steady rise due to increasing guest demand for sophisticated dining, and STK is excited to be a part of that continued growth.

Will you incorporate the farm-to-table trend at STK? If so, do you plan on getting any ingredients from Central Florida-based or Florida-based farms??
I am looking forward to growing my relationships with local vendors and purveyors to utilize the resources that are available in the area, especially seasonal fruits, produce and seafood.

How will STK Orlando compare to your other locations??
STK Orlando is going to be one of our largest locations at about 15,000 square feet, with both indoor and outdoor seating. We will feature new dishes specific to Orlando like our Florida grouper, as well as signature STK dishes fans know and love.

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