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Trip Report **COMPLETED** The Princess 10K (and other adventures) !

Doc Disney

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Me too! Yesterday I was listening to a podcast that had on Rudy Novotny who is a race announcer for some of the Disney races - when he said they pick him up from his hotel at around 1:00 in the morning for him to start the sound checks, etc for the races, my 3:00 am wake up for a couple of last year’s marathon weekend races didn’t seem as bad 😉
ONE AM?!!! why even bother going to bed at that point

Yay! I'm in! Can't wait to hear all about it!
thanks ! yay!
 

Doc Disney

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Day 1 continued
So we headed down to DME which was actually pretty crowded. However we got right on the bus!
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Much to our surprise the bus left almost immediately AND we were the first stop! That has never happened to us before! It really did make up for some of the time lost from the delayed flight.
Soon enough we were at the wilderness Lodge.
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We stopped at the front desk to change some credit cards around and our room wasn't ready yet but that was okay with us. We headed down to Roaring Fork to grab something small to eat since we were planning on eating an early dinner but needed something little to tide us over until then. So, we went with the healthy choice of Cheetos and a cookie ;)
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After our small snack we headed outside to grab the expo bus. We just missed one but another one came only a few minutes later. That was the awesome thing about the expo buses as we almost never waited for one.
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My sister made us these really cute tote bags :)
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Expo bus selfie
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The bus ride was a bit long (partially due to the weird drop off thing that was happening at the Cotemporary which required a big u-turn of the bus) but eventually we made it to ESPN.
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It was BEAUTIFUL outside. I legitimately could not tell you the last time we saw sun before this! The last 8 weeks here have been snow storm after blizzard after snow storm !
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Next up: more Expo
 

Doc Disney

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Day 1 continued
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The first order of business was to pick up our bib. We were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves in corral D with 2 full corals behind us since we did not submit a time!
Then we headed over towards the main vendor building to get our shirts!
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We were happy to see the alert system at a low - despite the email we got the day prior about how hot it was going to be :)
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Next up: more Expo
 

Doc Disney

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Day 1 continued
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We did shop around a bit and got some magnets and some headbands to wear the next day.
Then we headed to the last building which was all Run Disney merchandise - this was a new building to us :)
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They had a red carpet outside :)
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We stopped for a photo with an Aladdin backdrop. This had zero wait as opposed to the character wait times :hilarious:
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We did buy another magnet that we liked better then headed out of the Expo and back to the WL!

Next up: MK!
 

Darstarr

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Day 1 continued
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We did shop around a bit and got some magnets and some headbands to wear the next day.
Then we headed to the last building which was all Run Disney merchandise - this was a new building to us :)
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They had a red carpet outside :)
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We stopped for a photo with an Aladdin backdrop. This had zero wait as opposed to the character wait times :hilarious:
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We did buy another magnet that we liked better then headed out of the Expo and back to the WL!

Next up: MK!
Love the Cindy fathead!!!
 

LisaBelle

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Just found this! Can’t wait to read all about it. I loved running the Princess 5k. Would love to do another runDisney event some day!
 

Doc Disney

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Following along. Now if you decide to go back next Feb for race then I'll be over there too (not running though lol). We will be visiting our son who is going over to work in epcot for another year and it will be his birthday when we are over.
We are considering it! I will let you know!

Love the Cindy fathead!!!
Its so cute!
 

Doc Disney

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Day 1 continued
Forgot to post the picture of this awesome CM dressed up like a Princess in the Run Disney merchandise building!
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Hello bus stop
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I was a bit bummed that we still did not have a room and we had a ton of stuff from the expo we did not want to carry around the park so we decided we would give it a shot and ask the front desk about one.
The CM we had said it still wasn't ready but she would call and see if they could find us one.
I took some pictures while we waited
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Pictures can ever do this lobby justice!
I did not get my hopes up but the CM was able to find us a room! Hooray! It was actually the first time we were in the main part of the building instead of down past Roaring Fork.
I was saying as we walked to our room how I bet our view was just tress since it was just a standard view and we walked into this ...
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Oh hello monorail, Contemporary, Space Mountain!
Super cool!
Anyway we did not stay in the room long - just dropped our stuff off and headed back out.
More photos....
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We had FPs in MK and since we were on a bit of a time crunch we decided to take the bus instead of the boat.
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Next up: MK!
 
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