I'm probably in the minority but I loved the course. Bear Island was a nice, shady respite (I really missed it once I turned onto World Drive!). It was a nice wide path where I could make up some time after congested DAK. I don't stop for, or care much about, the characters so that wasn't a problem. I definitely think they could have used more general entertainment (I laughed at the Dr Strange wrapped bus parked on the side!) but I'm used to running without music so it doesn't bother me. The 5 overpasses were annoying, but like I said before, I'll take that over the DAK parking lot any day! My shin splints from earlier in the week vanished on race day and I was able to hit a new PR! W&D has always been my cursed race, but this time I felt like the miles sailed by and I couldn't believe how good I felt through the whole course. Apparently it was the night aspect that was causing me bad luck! In my 7 years of running this race, I've never once gone to the after party so I can't comment on that. I had to work on Monday, and driving over to Epcot for an after hours party when I had been up since 2am didn't sound thrilling. This event has been riddled with challenges from the beginning, and I don't think they'll ever get it right, but I had a fun time and am already looking forward to year 8!