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Old 01-26-2013, 08:44 AM   #151
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If I recall from last year, the Friday before the race was the first Very Merry Christmas. We went to MK the weekend before (for Fantasyland preview) and it was all Halloween, when went back the following week for W&D it was all Christmas.
That's great! I really hope to be able to do the same!
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:56 AM   #152
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As for package vs hold out for free dining....I think it depends on what is important to you. Choice of resort? "Value" of money paid to Disney? I went with free dining last year. I could have gotten a better deal if I booked room only and paid OOP for food, but I was splurging for my birthday and spent the extra $30 to have set plans and stuff prepaid (if I have a TS credit and an ADR, I am far more likely to sit and enjoy a nice meal than if I were just walking around the park and wanted to eat.). I am also a huge fan of renting DVC points if you are not a DVC member.
We've been to Disney 5 times; four were at ASMu and once at AKL (that was a splurge!). This time I think we are aiming for CBR... We're not really looking for table dining, we found it hard to have to be somewhere at an exact time. I just pay OOP for a sit down meal or two (usually at AMC lol). I can't see the run Disney room/ticket package being cheaper than FD. I haven't looked into DVC yet for fear my brain may explode - seems so complicated!
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:30 AM   #153
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I haven't looked into DVC yet for fear my brain may explode - seems so complicated!
I used David's DVC to rent points way back on December 8th and was able to book a villa at the Boardwalk. Great deal really, I think it was about $750 for four nights. We are going to add dining plan, love booking my ADRs and looking forward to them. We have done Pop Century, Port Orleans Riverside and the Contemporary (conference rate! LOL) and enjoyed them all.

I was finally able to get flights with our aeroplan points yesterday after two months of watching the site daily!!! So excited about that! So now we land late Wednesday night. Might book a night at Art of Animation for a treat- this is DH and I doing our first trip without kids (they are 13 and 11) so we deserve a treat! ;-)
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:44 AM   #154
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What is the weather like usually for this race? Doing DDD and finishing up with w&d for c2c.
W&D was move into November last year to the end of Wine and Dine festival instead of the earlier October weekends closer to the beginning of the festival. Last year was nice weather...clear, no rain, right around 60 degrees at race time. Pleasant temps.

I don't remember being uncomfortable before or even after race.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:49 AM   #155
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I used David's DVC to rent points way back on December 8th and was able to book a villa at the Boardwalk. Great deal really, I think it was about $750 for four nights. We are going to add dining plan, love booking my ADRs and looking forward to them. We have done Pop Century, Port Orleans Riverside and the Contemporary (conference rate! LOL) and enjoyed them all.

I was finally able to get flights with our aeroplan points yesterday after two months of watching the site daily!!! So excited about that! So now we land late Wednesday night. Might book a night at Art of Animation for a treat- this is DH and I doing our first trip without kids (they are 13 and 11) so we deserve a treat! ;-)
We stayed at AoA during marathon as booked through IRUN. Beautiful place (those the food court is kinda mediocre). As a runner the only problem I had were that the non-suite rooms were so far from the buses. It was such a painful walk from the bus stop to the King Triton building in the Little Mermaid area. We even ended up taking cab from building to dinner to avoid the lengthy walk (but that was after 26.2 miles).
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:52 AM   #156
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:05 PM   #157
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We stayed at AoA during marathon as booked through IRUN. Beautiful place (those the food court is kinda mediocre). As a runner the only problem I had were that the non-suite rooms were so far from the buses. It was such a painful walk from the bus stop to the King Triton building in the Little Mermaid area. We even ended up taking cab from building to dinner to avoid the lengthy walk (but that was after 26.2 miles).
Might not be the best spot for a late arrival and early departure stay over. I just wanted to be able to take Magical Express to 'somewhere' and then move to the Boardwalk the next morning. I don't want to pay $300 for the pleasure of crashing at the Boardwalk that night, since we won't get there till 1am.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:47 PM   #158
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We're in - DH just ran the Goofy and we had such a great time he wanted to run the F&W 1/2 - so DGrD(9) and I decided to start training for our first 5K and do the Jungle Jingle
Booked AKV and made a new countdown - so it's official - let the training begin!
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:22 PM   #159
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I was finally able to get flights with our aeroplan points yesterday after two months of watching the site daily!!! So excited about that! So now we land late Wednesday night. Might book a night at Art of Animation for a treat- this is DH and I doing our first trip without kids (they are 13 and 11) so we deserve a treat! ;-)
What better treat than Disney!
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:28 PM   #160
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DW will be there for the parks days before an after and of course the after party. She just started running so maybe a 5k with her.
Starting now should be plenty of time for her to get to 13.1 by november!

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What is the weather like usually for this race? Doing DDD and finishing up with w&d for c2c.
For those not from the south it will be warm/humid, but no sun beating down on you.
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For those just starting out with training, newbies, etc. I was on Jeff Galloway's site last night and I see he has some new apps out in the iTunes Store. There's an Easy 5k (to get to 5k or improve your time in 7 weeks), there's and Easy 10k and there's a Half marathon version. It uses his Run Walk Run approach and (the best part IMHO) it uses YOUR music and beat-syncs it to the correct pace. I tried Cruise Control last week, a similar app but it doesn't recognize a lot of my running songs so I think I am going to try this one today.
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so DGrD(9) and I decided to start training for our first 5K and do the Jungle Jingle
Booked AKV and made a new countdown - so it's official - let the training begin!
My friend told me the other day that her girls love this 5k- it's their favorite (and they've been to them all I think) the medallion is very cool- tempted to try to get one for myself but I don't want to take a chance on missing out on the nighttime medal! Lol
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I am new to the RunDisney stuff... as this will be my first race. But, do you usually get a discount or something off room when you register? We booked Beach Club already at rack- Just wondering if I should expect to change it?

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:16 PM   #164
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They have room packages. I think it is at a discount, but your resort choices are limited to the host resorts. Of course, I'm new to this too, so don't take my word for it. Also, looking at the packages from last year, I'm not sure how great of a deal it is!
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:36 PM   #165
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I like how every race has updated dates on the runDisney site, but the wine and dine. The tinkerbell and full already have their 2014 dates up.
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