Disney World is magical, but sometimes these annoying things people do can make it seem less magical.
Ok…stuff just got real. I’ll just cut to the chase. I’m thinking of staying off site for my upcoming Disney World trip in December.
You might not have even known that I have a trip coming up December and I haven’t posted on my poor, neglected little blog in so long that I don’t even remember if I mentioned it in a previous post. And quite frankly, I’m not going back to reread any posts to see if I did. I’ve got this off site crisis brewing and like Sweet Brown said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
I already know the haters and the naysayers will tell me to simply cancel my trip. But let’s be real….that’s not gonna happen. What IS gonna happen is I’m gonna think about this, and think about this, then make a plan, then make another plan, then not do either plan because I’d rather stay on site, then I’m gonna karate chop the negative stuff in the neck and then tell myself YOLO! (You Only Love On-site). Viva La Disney! °O°
On a side note, I can’t get my May trip pictures to upload from my camera. So that trip/race report is gonna finish fast and dirty and without pictures. Sorry, you guys!
See Ya Real Soon!
I’m working on getting back to posting regularly (and finishing my long overdue updates to my Trip/Race report), but in the meantime, enjoy my newest YouTube video about my long time obsession with keeping things from my Disney World trips over the years!
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Ok, so this post probably should be an update to my race/trip report for the Expedition Everest Challenge, but it’s not…. But this is so exciting that I had to share!
One of my long time friends (one of my BFFs since Junior High!) texted me last night after she saw my Facebook post reminding my Disney running friends that registration for the Princess Half Marathon opens on July 15th. Well, turns out that she wants to run it with me!! WOO HOO!! This is awesome to me not only because she’s one of my besties, but also because after much struggle to lose weight, she had a gastric sleeve procedure done and is making big strides towards losing the weight and changing her lifestyle to keep it off! She’s just starting out with running so she’ll be walking first then beginning a training program soon!
I’m stoked! We’ve been trying to plan a trip together to Walt Disney World for a couple of years and now I get to share my Happy Place AND my runDisney passion with one of my lifetime best friends! I cried last night when she told me about how she’s on a mission and when I saw how determined she is. Crud…I’m crying NOW! Tears of joy, of course! I’m just so overwhelmed with joy that so many things in my own life and the lives of my friends are going so well!
I’m even more pumped about my first runDisney Half Marathon now! I have a feeling some more friends (new and old) will all be at the Princess Half Marathon weekend and it’s just gonna be FREAKING AWESOME! :D
See Ya Real Soon!
Ok, so on Saturday morning, Shari and I woke up bright and early so that we could make it to the Magic Kingdom at rope drop (park opening). We made a stop by the front desk to check again for the package that my friend Deb had left for us. It was supposed to have been delivered to our room the night before but it never arrived. A Cast Member located the bag for us and once we got it we made our way to the bus stop for Magic Kingdom. Deb’s gift bag was loaded with yummy snacks and some Disney’s Hollywood Studios 25th Anniversary commemorative items! Deb is awesome!
It was raining once again so I made sure to take my umbrella. Turns out Shari isn’t a fan of people like me carrying umbrellas in the parks…hee hee. But while we stood waiting for the park to open, I started getting tired of holding the umbrella up. On my last trip, it didn’t rain enough for me to have to hold the umbrella for a long time and I didn’t really think about that when I opted to take my umbrella and leave all of my rain ponchos at home. It didn’t take long for me to realize that it was going to be raining all day and I knew I wasn’t gonna want to tote the stupid umbrella around all day. So, despite the fact that I had more than one poncho at home (and I really didn’t want to add to that collection), I went ahead and got both of us Disney Parks rain ponchos. It was raining too much for them to do the opening ceremony that includes characters, the Walt Disney World Railroad and a Family of the Day, so I took some photos while we waited to get into Magic Kingdom.
As the time drew near for Magic Kingdom to open, Shari and I began discussing making a change to what we were going to ride or do first. Honestly, I don’t even remember what we originally were gonna do first, but since we were pretty much in the beginning of the line for rope drop, we made a last minute decision to head to the new Princess Fairytale Hall to meet Elsa and Anna from Frozen! It’s been a few trips since I have stood in line to meet any characters, and since I know that my boys are not EVER gonna want to meet Anna and Elsa (it was torture to them when I made them go with me to meet Cinderella, Belle, Aurora and Snow White) I figured this was probably the only time that I’ll meet them. So off we went with the mad crowd of people hoping to get in line without waiting 600 minutes.
Keep in mind that I’m a rope drop gal. I usually get to the Disney Parks before rope drop or very shortly after, but even when I’ve been at Magic Kingdom early and near the beginning of the pack, we’ve never really went with the masses trying to get to whatever popular rides. So once we began getting led in to the park and towards Princess Fairytale Hall, I was reminded of why I plan and avoid the crazy rush of people…
And here’s the video I posted to my Facebook timeline that morning:
No one was trying to run (from what I saw) but there were some cranky people vying for position after we were stopped at yet another rope right before the Cast Members opened Fantasyland and led the crowd to where the line began for Elsa and Anna. It’s crazy that we were nearly first in line back at the Magic Kingdom entrance but by the time we got to the queue, there were probably more than 150 people ahead of us and was already a 300 minute wait posted! I’ve decided that they automatically have the wait time listed high so that people anticipate waiting…
So this is where things got kind of cray cray for a while. There were people who had sent that ONE member of their party to get in line for Elsa and Anna only to figure out that the Cast Members were tightly(ish) enforcing the rule that your entire party had to be together in line upon entering said line. There would be none of that one person holding a spot for a group of 10! This worked for the most part, and we heard some choice words from the people who were told they could not summon the rest of their party past hundreds of others to get in line with them.
About 5-10 minutes into our wait, Shari and I discussed how we aren’t big on waiting in lines and this long 30 minutes we’d already been waiting was torture. But then we look at the time and realized it had been less than 10 minutes since we got into the line. Impatient much?? YES!! We ended up waiting a total of about an hour and 20 minutes to meet Elsa and Anna (and Aurora, but who cared about her at this moment…right?). It’s been a while since I waited over an hour for a ride at Disney World, and I don’t plan on doing that again any time soon…
I actually took several other pictures with my video camera while we waited but I moved a couple of weeks ago and I can’t figure out where I put that camera. Whomp whomp… :/ I enjoyed meeting these characters! They were awesome! But now it was time to move on to the next thing….and as soon as I recall what that was, I’ll post about it!
See Ya Real Soon!
It’s time for part 2 of my Expedition Everest Challenge trip/race report!
Now that your applause has died down, let me tell all of you who may not have read Part 1 that you can find part 1
And on with Part 2!
Ok, so after eating at La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot, Maria, Shari and I headed to get a treat for dessert at Karamell-Küche in the Germany pavilion. Maria and I each got a bag of caramel popcorn and Shari got a caramel rice crispy treat. Or maybe it had caramel and chocolate on it. I don’t exactly remember…so for the sake of this trip report, I’m gonna say it had both caramel and chocolate. What I DO remember is that my popcorn was insanely delicious! It was still raining but neither rain nor shine was gonna keep us from riding some rides! Wait…shine would have been better…so that totally made no sense, but you get what I meant.
With treats in hand, we made our way back towards Test Track. Epcot wasn’t all that busy (probably because of the rain. But this makes for one of the best times to be in the Disney Parks!). As we got closer, we realized that the attraction wasn’t in operation. We already knew that this was a big possibility since it was raining, but we thought we’d try anyway. Since Test Track was gonna be a no-go, we headed towards the opposite side of Future World to see what we could ride. This late in the evening we didn’t even try to see if we could select a Fastpass+. But like I said, it wasn’t crazy busy and really we were just finding some attractions to ride until we left the park so after some quick assessments of wait times, we decide to go to The Seas With Nemo and Friends.
After we found Nemo, we headed to The Land pavilion so that we could get on Soarin’. This is a favorite of mine and luckily the wait wasn’t very long. I’d never waited in the Standby queue for Soarin’ so I had no idea that there was the wall with an interactive game. It was in this moment that I realized what a Fastpass snob I really am! Hee hee… We got onto Soarin’ even faster because several of the groups ahead of us were more than 3 people and it so happened that a party of 3 was needed to fill the next flight! While we waited through the pre-show and got instructions on how to enter the flight room, a girl with her boyfriend in the row next to us suddenly stopped to ask us if we’d been on the ride before and did we like it. Turns out she’s afraid of heights. Her boy friend was comforting her and telling her it was gonna be alright. We, however were like…”Uhhhhh…well…” and we told her how we love the ride but yeah, she might have issues if she’s afraid of heights. Her boyfriend seemed intent on her riding, so on she went. We kept an ear out for her screams, but she ended up relaxing during the flight and she actually ended up enjoying it! It’s always fun to see someone enjoy themselves when they were apprehensive in the beginning of a ride!
Once we were done with Soarin’, we went ahead and got on Living With the Land. Here was another first for me! I mean, I’ve been on Living With the Land half a bazillion times, but I’d never been on it at night. It was different to see the greenhouse under the night sky. I loved it! Around now is when we discussed how Maria had been at work all day, had to work in the morning, and how Shari and I needed some rest to be up early for rope drop the next morning. But first, we had to ride Spaceship Earth! It’s a Must Do for all of us! The relaxing and slow-moving ride made me even more tired so once we were done, we made our way back to Pop Century. Maria drove us back and we headed to our room to rest up for what the next day had in store! And I’m not even talking about the race yet! :D
See Ya Real Soon!
Now that it’s been almost 3 weeks since my first runDisney event, I suppose I’ll post my race weekend trip report!
Our story begins when I arrived at MCO airport and met my running teammate Shari! We had some technical difficulties finding each other in the airport. I called her and I’m all like “I’m standing right in front of the Disney Store!” And then she was all, “Really? Cuz I’M standing right in front of the Disney Store!” So after a few minutes of me turning circles and looking at all possibilities of folk walking near the Disney Store, we played some phone Marco Polo and finally found one another. All I can say is: Dear MCO Airport, please stop having so many Disney Store locations…. :/
Shari rented a car so instead of me taking Disney’s Magical Express to Pop Century, she drove us there. We planned to just drive straight to ESPN Wide World of Sports to pick up our race packets before checking in to our room, but since we passed Pop Century first we decided to go ahead and park the car and use the Disney transportation to head to the race Expo. It had already been raining when we left the airport and it was still raining on the bus ride to the expo. This bit of information didn’t seem to trigger my mind to get the umbrella out of my suitcase before we left the car, so on the walk from the area that the bus driver dropped us off at to the entrance of ESPN WWoS we got a bit soggy.
The expo wasn’t very big, I guess the rain prompted some of the vendors not to even set up their tents. It didn’t take us long to see all that there was to offer (which really wasn’t much), then we decided to leave. Shari contacted our friend Maria who picked us up and after making a stop at Maria’s apartment, we checked into our Room at Pop Century and then headed to Epcot to get something for dinner.
Let me take a moment to explain why there aren’t many pictures in this trip report. I had big plans to do an Instagram trip report during race weekend! I totally planned to flood my followers’ feeds with fabulously filtered and bordered pictures from Walt Disney World all weekend including some of me and Shari during the Expedition Everest Challenge itself…but my phone had other plans. From the moment I got off of the plane in Orlando, my phone decided it was it’s vacation too and it would not hold a charge to save its life! There aren’t many pictures from this weekend because my phone died quite frequently during this trip. I took my video camera too but it takes crappy stills. But I’ll post what video I managed to get once I get it all edited together. In the meantime, continue reading my trip report which contains almost no photos. :/
Once we arrived at Epcot, I used my MagicBand for the very first time!! Now, I had months and months of ups and downs thinking about whether or not I was gonna hate wearing a MagicBand. I WILL say that it didn’t fit quite right. The shape was just so that it didn’t really sit right on my wrist. Shari had the same issue so it’s not like I just have weird wrists. Or maybe Shari just has weird wrists too.
First on our agenda for Epcot was to get something to eat. After I doused Shari’s hopes and dreams by nixing the idea to get fish and chips from the UK pavilion (because I don’t eat fish), we decided on La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion. Maria and Shari had the nachos and I got the Tacos de Pollo. Mexican food is my favorite, and my chicken tacos where pretty darn good! Oh yeah, I got a Lime Pomegranate Frozen Tequila Mojito too. That was really good!
Once we finished our meals, Shari suggested we go get a sweet treat from one of her favorite places! I’ll tell you all about it in my next post! Here’s a hint: You’ll see “Werther” or not I bought a yummy treat too! ;)
See Ya Real Soon!
I’ve been to Walt Disney World more than 25 times. I long ago lost count, but it’s somewhere between 25 and 31 times (I think). But the point is, I’ve had plenty of practice with packing for my trips. I’ve packed a few weeks in advance. I’ve packed a week in advance. Heck, I’ve even done a few pack-the-night-before fiascoes. I’ve over-packed, under-packed, packed just what we need…By now I know what I need for a Disney World trip.
I’d say I have less experience with short 2-4 day trips. I have gone on weekend trips to other places before and only had to pack a carry-on sized bag, and I don’t recall having any issues as far as taking too much or forgetting things. But, by golly, for the life of me I cannot seem to get my stuff packed for the Expedition Everest Challenge next weekend!
Packing my race clothes and shoes was easy. It’s everything else that’s jacking with my brain. I keep flip flopping with how many changes of clothes I’m going to take. It’s like, “I’ll just take these 3 shirts. But I kind of want this 4th shirt. Maybe shirt number 5 will be more comfortable? Ok, I’ll just take all 5 shirts….wait….WHY do I need 5 shirts?” I’m frustrating myself.
Don’t even get me started on the shoe situation. Ummm, ok well I got myself started on the shoe situation by saying that, didn’t I? Well, since I brought it up….I’m obviously taking my running shoes. I was going to only take one other pair of shoes for going to the parks, but then I started telling myself, “These shoes will be better for on the plane but this other pair will be better for race packet pick-up and the parks. But do I really have room for 2 pairs of shoes in the carry-on? Crap! I haven’t even put my toiletries in here!” Then I cover my face with my hands and mumble incoherently, which is a good thing since those incoherent sounds are basically lots of four letter words that I’m spouting as an alternative to ripping the skin from my face.
I was not expecting myself to be such a pain in the right butt cheek over packing for such a short Disney trip. I’m gonna get some sleep and tomorrow after work I’m gonna tackle this packing thing and get on with my Disney life!
See Ya Real Soon!
A week from today I will be back at Walt Disney World! And it’ll be the first time that I’ll be there without my kids (not including all the times that I went before I ever had kids). I am SUPER excited about that! I know some people who are all “I feel so bad that I’m not taking my kid(s)…” But me…I’m all “Woooo hooooo! Without the kids!” And I’m dancing and smiling and high-fiving strangers on the street. Does that make me a bad mom? Uhhh…no!
I’ll admit, I haven’t been hiding my excitement from my 2 boys, but don’t feel bad for them. They cared for about 1 minute until they realized I’ll only be there for 2 days. Well 3 technically, but I leave so early on Sunday that I don’t count that day. Anyway, both of them keep saying “You’re not even gonna be there long enough to do lots of stuff.” Oh really?? Challenge accepted!
I was already going to try to do some of my favorites during my short stay, but now I’ve made it my mission to cram as much as possible into my weekend! Without my kids, I can get a lot more done and not worry about if I can get them up and going on time. I’m still keeping in mind that I have the 5k run Saturday night, but considering that I go a minimum of 4 miles after a 10 hour work day, I’m not too worried. It could end up being a big fail…or it could be the best short Disney trip I’ll ever have!
Now I have even more planning to do….and only a week to do it! Ultra planning mode: Activated!
See Ya Real Soon!