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Old 01-28-2013, 12:58 AM   #31
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:42 AM   #32
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What's VGC?
the Villas at disney's Grand Californian hotel.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:10 AM   #33
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That's great news, my DH really wants to do this, did they say how long they walk for?
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:48 AM   #34
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How exciting! Was kicking myself for not taking advantage of this before but hoping its still running march when we arrive !
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:45 PM   #35
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It's back! I just checked in to the VGC yesterday (best ... hotel ... ever, by the way), and they announced that starting this Tuesday, January 29th at 6:55am, DLR guests can meet at the Grand Californian Hotel's Grand Entrance, the one into DCA, for a Get Up & Go Power Walk through DCA.

I signed up to do it while the DW and DKids sleep in a little. Any DISers out there care to join me Tuesday morning for the first pre-opening Power Walk inside DCA since Cars Land opened? I hope they take us down Route 66.
Awesome! Let us know how it goes!!
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:16 PM   #36
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That's great news, my DH really wants to do this, did they say how long they walk for?

2 mile walk, 30 minutes long.
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Awesome! Let us know how it goes!!
I'll definitely report back.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:44 PM   #38
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Well, the best laid plans .... Last night, my DW and I decided to do a 7:30am Surf's Up Breakfast today before the 9am EMH at DL, so I backed out of the power walk. Maybe another day.

If anyone goes, I'd appreciate a report.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:28 AM   #39
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The Grand Californian Hotel is handing out their schedules now for the next week, and in it they show a trend ... on days where no one can get into DCA until 10am (i.e. Tuesdays and Thursdays), the Get Up and Go Power Walk goes through DCA. The other 5 days are split between a power walk through the Resorts (Wed/Sat) and an 8am Pilates class (Fri/Sun/Mon).

I want to go this Thursday. I'll give a report if I go.
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The Grand Californian Hotel is handing out their schedules now for the next week, and in it they show a trend ... on days where no one can get into DCA until 10am (i.e. Tuesdays and Thursdays), the Get Up and Go Power Walk goes through DCA. The other 5 days are split between a power walk through the Resorts (Wed/Sat) and an 8am Pilates class (Fri/Sun/Mon).

I want to go this Thursday. I'll give a report if I go.
Thanks. Does the power walk still begin early enough to walk through DCA, and still take advantage of EE over at DL?
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Thanks. Does the power walk still begin early enough to walk through DCA, and still take advantage of EE over at DL?
Yes. That's my plan too. You can walk from 7 to 7:30, shower and get dressed and eat breakfast before the 9am EMH at DL. I want to be at White Water Snacks at 8am. Then again, I can get ready pretty quickly.
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I got up and did this power walk this morning. And I'm glad I did. The gentleman cast member who takes you on your DCA journey is Dave from Anaheim, and he is very nice and talkative. One note ... they say to get to the Grand DCA entrance at 6:55am to sign a waiver before your 7am start. Do not be late! We left about 30 seconds after 7:00am. The CM who stayed back at the gate told us 4 folks showed up just a minute or two late, and unfortunately missed it.

Anyway, it was Dave, me, and one other guest, and we set off on a counter-clockwise trip around DCA, going around Paradise Pier, through Pacific Wharf, into Cars Land. Then past Luigi's into Bugs Land and past Tower of Terror and the Monster's Inc ride. Then off to Soarin' are past our starting point. Then we went through the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (including over the rickety wooden bridge), and back past the Painted Ladies towards Ariel's ride, and then left to the Carthay Circle restaurant and Soarin' again. Here we ended back at the hotel. Dave told us we went 1.8 miles, and that once Grizzly River Run opens, the walk will make one loop around the Grizzly Trail to make it 2 miles.

We were back at 7:27am or so, and the extra loop would have taken an extra few minutes had it been open.

I highly recommend getting up for this. They tell you no cameras, but Dave let the other person in our party take a Cars Land picture, since the picture wasn't of anything "backstage". So you likely can bring your camera.

We did see a dozen or more cars and trucks on the roads, especially in Cars Land. And several of the doors to behind the magic were open, allowing a glimpse or two behind the facades that aren't normally there.

You do not need a park ticket, so you can do this on your departure day if you don't have any days left. Call ahead and reserve your spot, although I think you'd be fine if you just showed up at 6:55am.

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:42 PM   #43
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Sounds very cool

That sounds like a very cool walk. Hopefully it will be available when I visit in a few weeks. I love seeing places like this when they are empty. Pace sounds quick. I can usually do 2 miles on the track at my gym in about 35 minutes.
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Thanks for reporting back! Hope it continues through DCA in early December!
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That sounds like a very cool walk. Hopefully it will be available when I visit in a few weeks. I love seeing places like this when they are empty. Pace sounds quick. I can usually do 2 miles on the track at my gym in about 35 minutes.
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Thanks for reporting back! Hope it continues through DCA in early December!
No problem! Dave said he thinks the DCA walk on Tuesdays and Thursdays is here to stay, especially when the park opens to guests at 9am or later. So check your park times for Tuesdays and Thursdays before you arrive.
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