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monte
02-23-2006, 01:23 PM
I know this is early, but since some of us are participating in the 2007 marathon, I was wondering if you've reserved your resort yet. I'm registering with TNT and I believe that they are staying at Caribbean Beach resort.

Which resort are you staying at? :scratchin

ohMom
02-23-2006, 03:58 PM
my mom and I are booked at the Swan

keenercam
02-23-2006, 05:19 PM
We are booked at Beach Club Villas Friday to Friday! :cool1:

Kristi1357
02-24-2006, 06:34 AM
We are very DVC points-poor this year due to borrowing alot last year.

I am going to try to save big time (& eBay my behind off) so we can stay at the Poly or Contemporary, at least for marathon weekend. It is so much easier to be a spectator from the monorail line!

Last year we were at the Swan and loved the resort! It was just difficult driving around trying to watch for DH.

wtpclc
02-24-2006, 07:38 AM
We are booked at Beach Club Villas Friday to Friday! :cool1:
Ditto! :teeth:

DianeL
02-24-2006, 07:48 AM
Hoping for OKW or SSR which we've done for both 2005 and 2006 weekends and worked nicely. Hope to see everyone there :)

It was so nice talking to others this year on the buses even after the races. Chatted with some nice couple on Thursday as they went to volunteer at the Expo and I think he was doing one of the races.

A very nice Goofy man talked with us and gave us some pointers, his wife was a sweetie and I wonder if not a possible help in getting Mom thinking about the 5K at DL :cheer2:

I don't know if it was because it was our 2nd attempt or the extra training making us more comfortable talking to others we viewed as more experienced but it was wonderful! I loved hearing about others and what they've done hearing their tips. It's an amazing weekend!!! I'm getting all teared up thinking about it! LOL

what's the current countdown? because it's waaaay to long!

See everyone there! We're a trio of ladies with the Pals and 1st choice will be OKW (the decor talks to us) or SSR because we also liked the decor.

We have to wait till Summer to book though due to DV points. :scared:

wtpclc
02-24-2006, 08:01 AM
Countdown? 315 to half, 316 to full. :sunny:

monte
02-24-2006, 08:24 AM
I believe that TNT will pay for 4 days, but I'm going to book for at least 9 days. My niece has declined to go with me and hubby definately won't (he's not a Disney fan), so it's a solo trip for me. :cool1: I think I'll split my stay between Caribbean and Pop. :duck:

Honeibee
02-24-2006, 09:33 AM
Ohh this is interesting. I thought POR was the place to be. Hmmmmm...... Now I don't know where to stay! :confused3



Judy

DianeL
02-24-2006, 03:40 PM
Ohh this is interesting. I thought POR was the place to be. Hmmmmm...... Now I don't know where to stay! :confused3



Judy


I recall someone saying they had walked from POR if that is what you are referring to, it might have been on the weekly thread. I think it was one of the guys plus a few others but I think the post I read was by a gentleman if my memory is still working ;)

I'm not doing it that morning but am using that idea for a 5K at then end of next month. Park near the finish rather than have DH drop us off like he did last year.

I like the idea for January but I'm afraid I'd be wondering an empty Universal Studios rather than find my way to my corral. ;) Think I'll hope the bus drivers have a map and get me there rather than trust my own navigation skills LOL

DianeL
02-24-2006, 05:15 PM
Countdown? 315 to half, 316 to full. :sunny:


Thanks Carrie! I needed that! I'm sitting here watching Hallowishes trying to get Disney into my veins so I'll drag my tushie onto the ellip-machine this evening ;)

315 to go!!! Woohooo!!! Looking at that Castle, I can't wait to do it again.

Stay warm! We need some warm sun for some comfortable training :sunny:

disnygoof
02-24-2006, 11:33 PM
Quick question from a newbie...but do you all get together to run the races? Or meet before then go your own way or meet after or what? I'm thinking I'm NOT going to convince anyone to run with me (I either get the "are you NUTS?!?" look or the deer in headlights reaction :rotfl: ) so I think it would be great to run with some fellow WISHers. How does that all work? Okay, I know it's over 300 days away, but I am an over preparer! :crazy:

monte
02-25-2006, 04:21 AM
The WISH Team met for dinner at Trails End and I believe that TNT had a dinner too. Then on the night of the full marathon there was an award ceremony at Downtown Disney........

As far as walking/running together, I'm not sure. My niece and I walked together in 2006, but I'll be on my own in 2007.

chimera
02-25-2006, 05:55 AM
A few of us found each other before the half, then I just kept an eye out for WISHers or the WISH shirt/scarf during the race. We all arranged to meet at the 'W' tent for post-race congrats! I assume the full participants did the same, but not sure.

There was also a Boardwalk bakery breakfast meet on Mon after the full!

Calcio
02-25-2006, 08:27 PM
Thanks Diane

Yes a male did post about staying at Port Orleans and walking to the start of the half and the full. I was that male, and I appreciate your confidence in me by calling me a gentleman. A few months ago a female colleague walked into the building and upon seeing 2 males she said, "good morning gentlemen." I asked which one of us that applied to and her response was, "actually neither of you." :teeth:

In 2005 my wife and I spent the night at POFQ and walked to the common start area for the half marathon. In 2006 we both spent Friday night at POFQ and walked to the start of the half (no crowds, leisurely walk, about 20-25 minutes tops) and I spent Saturday night at POFQ and walked to the start of the full (same leisurely walk, 5 minutes from the lobby to the corral).

I know several folks did stay at OKW or the 2 PO's but at the last minute chose to take the bus to the staging area. I understand why they chose this option, but I'm a strong believer in getting from the room to the start as quickly and easily as possible, to save my legs and mental energy for the race. I find POFQ does this for me.

I feel strongly enough about this that even though the family is booked for BWV for 5 days around the race, I have also booked Saturday night before the marathon at POFQ for me. This allows me to sleep until about 4:45, leave the room around 5:30, and still be in the corral at 5:45. Given all the effort I go through getting ready for the race, I think making the last few hours before the start as easy a possible is a good choice.

Take care all

Craig

Kristi1357
02-25-2006, 09:02 PM
I feel strongly enough about this that even though the family is booked for BWV for 5 days around the race, I have also booked Saturday night before the marathon at POFQ for me. This allows me to sleep until about 4:45, leave the room around 5:30, and still be in the corral at 5:45. Given all the effort I go through getting ready for the race, I think making the last few hours before the start as easy a possible is a good choice.

Take care all

Craig

Maybe I should re-think this and book at POFQ too. :scratchin DH always gets up around 2:30am on race day, to get ready and be at the bus for 3:30am. If the walk from POFQ really is that easy, it would be worth it. He could sleep 2-3 more hours and have alot less hurry-up-and-wait time. Thanks for the tip!

jodistar
02-26-2006, 05:33 AM
I will be staying at POFQ - I just really love the resort, has nothing to do with being close to the start of the race.

TammyNC
02-26-2006, 10:16 AM
We are thinking that it would be nice to stay at the Contemp or Poly with the thoughts of having the use of the monorail might would be great. We won't be using DVC points either since we have our points already going towards other WDW trips.

msblrobs
02-27-2006, 11:44 AM
I am going to book POR soon since I'll be bringing the kids this time and need accommodations for 5 without breaking the bank :scratchin

MelRhoads
02-27-2006, 01:08 PM
Sara - I think Lynn walked over from POR! You'll have to ask her about it if you do the walk to the start thing. I chickened out b/c I was so disoriented to my location and i was afriad they would stop me. I should be a rebel like craig and lynn!

msblrobs
02-28-2006, 07:15 AM
Sara - I think Lynn walked over from POR! You'll have to ask her about it if you do the walk to the start thing. I chickened out b/c I was so disoriented to my location and i was afriad they would stop me. I should be a rebel like craig and lynn!
I will definitely be walking from POR if we don't rent a car!!

monte
02-28-2006, 09:41 AM
So do you walk back to POR after the marathon, or take the bus? I can't imagine walking anymore after the marathon....lol My legs were so sore the next 3 days I could barely move. ha,ha. Anyone else "feel the pain"?

solotraveler
02-28-2006, 09:56 AM
So do you walk back to POR after the marathon, or take the bus? I can't imagine walking anymore after the marathon....lol My legs were so sore the next 3 days I could barely move. ha,ha. Anyone else "feel the pain"?

There are buses running back to POR, so you will want to take those. As it will be much later in the morning and traffic will be considerably heavier, I would not chance trying to walk back.

Oh, and I will be at the Beach Club, Wednesday to Wednesday. If anyone was curious, I tried the Yacht Club and BWI first and they had nothing except concierge rooms available for these dates at this time.


Kevin (Solotraveler) :earsboy:

RunningLilo
03-01-2006, 03:46 PM
I'm trying to figure out where to stay for the 1/2 '07 and need help from all you race veterans.

We need something on the cheaper end, and we are going to have to take the bus to the start since my parents will be with us and can't walk far. Which ones would you suggest I check out? I don't want a really long bus ride :moped: as I'm sure nerves will be doing a number on my stomach at that point. :scared:

Thanks in advance! :thanks:

monte
03-01-2006, 04:14 PM
I stayed at Pop Century for the half and didn't think the bus ride was that long. I really enjoy this resort...

WDWFAN9
03-01-2006, 05:02 PM
I also stayed at Pop and thought it was great!

wtpclc
03-02-2006, 08:26 AM
LIlo - We took the bus from Pop to watch the half and it was fine. Your parents cannot come to the start with you though. They will take a later bus (which will be what we did). If it was like last year, there will not be spectators at the start. They will go straight to TTC and get to MK if they want from there.

There were continuous busses for spectators at Pop last year (about 2 hours behind teh buses for the participants. It was very easy. Bus came to teh rgualr Pop bus stop.

MickeySP
03-03-2006, 09:46 AM
I am at the Swan also. Can't wait for the heavenly bed after the race!


As far walking/running with anyone. I was solo all the way through, my family also gave me the "Are you nuts". I did start out with folks but if you aren't on pace with someone it is hard to maintain.
It would be fun to be in the same corral and at least start out together.

Hockeychic
03-14-2006, 10:04 AM
How did you all get booked already??

I can't even find rates for those dates yet.

Help please????

Kim

wtpclc
03-14-2006, 11:10 AM
How did you all get booked already??

I can't even find rates for those dates yet.

Help please????

Kim
NOt everyone has room. I think it's pretty much just DVCers that do. We book 11 months out.

I think you can call for rates, just can't get them online. HTH!

monte
03-28-2006, 08:54 AM
:banana: :Pinkbounc Just made my reservations for Pop, from Jan. 9-14. I believe the 5th - the 9th will be with TNT and we'll be staying at Caribbean. :woohoo: :woohoo: I am ready!

DisneyGirl
03-28-2006, 03:39 PM
Right now, I have the GF booked the 4-8, and then a 1-br villa booked at SSR the 8-11. I'm probably will be doing TNT, though, so that will likely change!

monte
03-28-2006, 09:04 PM
I think TNT will be staying at Caribbean next year, but I'm not 100% sure

msblrobs
03-30-2006, 07:50 AM
Change of plans for us, as the kids REALLY want to stay at POP. Therefore, we'll be at POP from 1/4-1/8. I am hoping to book AAA rates in June, when I'm anticipating they'll be released for 2007. Then I'll try for an AP rate, if one becomes available.

solotraveler
03-30-2006, 12:10 PM
I actually switched my reservation from the Beach Club to the Polynesian just last week.

One thing I should mention-- it seems as though a lot of the deluxe resorts are either full or starting to fill up for marathon weekend. If you are going to be running, I would probably try to get a ressie on the books. Since the 2007 rates haven't been released yet, the deposit is equivalent to one night at regular season rack rate, just FYI (And that probably will come down when the value season rates for next season.)

Hope this helps someone out!
Kevin (Solotraveler) :earsboy:

monte
03-30-2006, 02:32 PM
Sara,

Where did you originally book? The Pop is alot of fun, clean and cute...it's not a deluxe, but I think you'll be pleased. The only thing was I wish it had a jacuzzi because after the marathon, my legs were killing me. lol :teeth:

msblrobs
03-30-2006, 02:58 PM
Sara,

Where did you originally book? The Pop is alot of fun, clean and cute...it's not a deluxe, but I think you'll be pleased. The only thing was I wish it had a jacuzzi because after the marathon, my legs were killing me. lol :teeth:
Originally we were going to do POR because we were undecided about who was running what race, so we were planning on 5 in the room (3 kids). Now DH is doing the 1/2 and I'm doing the full, so only 2 of our 3 kids are coming with us.
We've stayed at AKL, BCV and Swan, BWV the last two marathons. We usually feel we've earned the "comfort" after all the training. However, ever since the kids stayed at POP for 10 nights in 10/05, they've been begging to go back. So, I'll be taking a step down for their sake next time around.

monte
04-15-2006, 02:15 PM
I wonder what the dates are that TNT books? I have ressies starting 1/9, and I want to make sure that's not a day too late to start my ressie. :confused3

Lisa loves Pooh
04-16-2006, 06:08 AM
TNT last year stayed at CBR, CSR and PO (FQ or R I am not sure).

I did not like CBR for our TNT transportation needs. I also don't like it for general transport needs for marathon weekend (you have to drive or walk to the main lobby building area as the marathon busses only pick up there. They do not circle the resort). It is okay for regular needs--but it was a bummer to find out that we had to self transport to the pickup point.

POFQ and OKW are the best self-transport (AKA walking) resorts.

Beyond that--the monorail resorts come in a nice second for proximity and beyond that, cost and whatever floats your boat come in third.

Everyone I know who stayed on monorail thought that was by far the best way to do marathon weekend, especially from an observation pov.

boardwalk hotels are nice for catching the end of the race--but family will not be able to see you finish unless they are faster than you ;).

In the future (note, not this time around!) I will be staying at a monorail resort if it is affordable. Bus resorts were simply too taxing on my family.

Lisa loves Pooh
04-16-2006, 06:12 AM
I think TNT will be staying at Caribbean next year, but I'm not 100% sure


I updated in the post above--but the chapters are divided among resorts (your chapter should 99.9999% be staying at the same resort as one another).

Far too many of us swarm disney to all fit nicely into one spot. Good for TNT fundraising :cheer2: .

Not so good for resort selection.

You will KNOW where you are definitely at by December. We are the central Florida chapter--but it is nationals that does all the travel arrangements. So we didn't even know until then.

**You may even know by October at recommittment--but I can't remember. I really think it is December when you recieve your travel packet information. I had knee surgery last year at recommittment time--so the paperwork kind of blurs as I was given a special extension in order to accomodate an appropriate prognosis.

Lisa loves Pooh
04-16-2006, 06:16 AM
I wonder what the dates are that TNT books? I have ressies starting 1/9, and I want to make sure that's not a day too late to start my ressie. :confused3

Last year--for us it was Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday night.

For those with exceptionally far to travel (i.e. west coast), Thursday night was tacked on to accomodate the extra travel time and time zone consideration.

You are welcome to add on either end at your own expense. Many from Florida do that. I think you can even purchase your own airline ticket (and get credited for what TNT would have paid for your ticket) if you wish to extend as many people do that especailly for vacation destintations. But double check with your chapter office regarding this. They may be able to book the airline ticket for your parameters also, but I really am not sure on that. Additional hotel booking is purely up to you to take care of, but is easy enough to do.

ETA: Just checked the dates--you will need a place to stay on Monday, January 8th.

monte
04-17-2006, 09:14 AM
Thanks for the heads-up. I'll call Disney and change my c/in date to the 8th. The rep. at TNT said that they will reimburse my plane fare, so that I can stay longer! :cool1: Iam so excited about this trip.....see you there! :woohoo:

Lisa loves Pooh
04-17-2006, 10:13 AM
Thanks for the heads-up. I'll call Disney and change my c/in date to the 8th. The rep. at TNT said that they will reimburse my plane fare, so that I can stay longer! :cool1: Iam so excited about this trip.....see you there! :woohoo:


I won't be there this year. Hoping to be with bambino.
We really enjoyed POFQ a couple of years ago with TNT--CBR was a royal pain to be quite honest (they didn't like us in their "lobby" for our meetings--but no other resort had issues with this).

CSR would have been cool b/c that is where the victory party was last year. (year before was Wide World of Sports).

They switch around frequently. The DJ is awesome. If you have kids--BRING THEM to the victory party. Lots of fun!

escape
04-17-2006, 09:31 PM
Hi everyone, I new to all of this. What's TNT? Just curious.

wtpclc
04-18-2006, 03:01 PM
Hi everyone, I new to all of this. What's TNT? Just curious.
Team in Training. It's Lymphom and Leukemia Society's Team. The marathon benefits them. You can be on the team and not pay registration fees if you raise a certain amount of money. I don't know the details, but LisaLovesPooh has been on TnT at least twice.

monte
04-19-2006, 02:07 PM
I changed my c/in date to the 8th, so w/TNT 4 nights and my 6 I'll be at WDW for 10 nights! Yah baby, yah baby :woohoo:

Lisa loves Pooh
04-26-2006, 06:03 PM
Team in Training. It's Lymphom and Leukemia Society's Team. The marathon benefits them. You can be on the team and not pay registration fees if you raise a certain amount of money. I don't know the details, but LisaLovesPooh has been on TnT at least twice.


"Almost" correct ;)


You pay a $50 fee to sign up which goes towards your fundraising. the fundraising covers your race expenses (not incidentals).

And the joy--for someone like me who had an injury last season---I wasn't locked into a race by mid-fall and was able to be accomodated.


Someone posted a thread on here some where where I posted a HUGE post with all the details.

I was a mentor last season and can answer a bunch of questions if anyone has them.

Lisa loves Pooh
04-26-2006, 06:04 PM
I changed my c/in date to the 8th, so w/TNT 4 nights and my 6 I'll be at WDW for 10 nights! Yah baby, yah baby :woohoo:


NICE---you may want to put in there a post-race pampering session at the spa. Get all "cleaned" up (pedicure) and massaged out.

monte
05-04-2006, 03:58 PM
Yes, I have been thinking about a leg massage for the following day, but haven't decided. I'm not sure which spa to choose from....maybe the G.F?