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Old 01-12-2014, 08:41 PM   #46
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The red velvet cupcake from Starring Rolls brings back yummy memories. The last time we were there, my DD, DS, DDIL and myself all got something different so that we each try a different taste. That cupcake is awesome!!
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Subbing! I was in WDW a week after you were, so I'll be curious to see how your experience differed from mine.
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Love all your pics of the TSM queue! I've never done standby so I miss out on all the cool decorations!

LOL at the Mom who thought you got all that on your bday! Don't we wish that were the truth!

I'm glad TOT only ended uo being 20 mins instead of 60! I guess I can forgive you for not loving it, as along as you forgive me for disliking RnR

I'm sorry Dad couldn't make it to the drawing class, but YAY you finally got to do it! I'm sorry you didn't get a better character though, Elsa does seem SUPER hard.

Sounds like you guys had a great day so far! Can't wait to hear about MVMCP!!
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I just adore all the tinker toys in the TSMM loading area.

Mmmmmm Red Velvet Cupcake. Can you believe I had my first one ever just last trip? Shocking I know.

I know, POP is SO CLOSE to MGM. Like minutes.

YAY MVMCP. I actually ended up at that party too as a last minute decision before it sold out. Can't wait to hear how your night went.
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Too bad about Universal but great pics at TSM.
Your drawing is a lot better than mine would be. LOL
Great updates and pics
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The red velvet cupcake is on my list for July!
Looks like you had a good 'bonus day'
Can't wait to hear about your time at the MVMCP!
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:39 PM   #52
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The red velvet cupcake from Starring Rolls brings back yummy memories. The last time we were there, my DD, DS, DDIL and myself all got something different so that we each try a different taste. That cupcake is awesome!!
Omgee it's just so good. I clearly need to go with more people so I can try them all

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Love all your pics of the TSM queue! I've never done standby so I miss out on all the cool decorations!

LOL at the Mom who thought you got all that on your bday! Don't we wish that were the truth!

I'm glad TOT only ended uo being 20 mins instead of 60! I guess I can forgive you for not loving it, as along as you forgive me for disliking RnR

I'm sorry Dad couldn't make it to the drawing class, but YAY you finally got to do it! I'm sorry you didn't get a better character though, Elsa does seem SUPER hard.

Sounds like you guys had a great day so far! Can't wait to hear about MVMCP!!
The decorations are definitely cool, but not cool enough to ride stand by very often, that line gets long!

I totally wish all of that was true, she was too funny!

That's a deal. I do love RNRC! TOT is growing on me

Thanks and its ok, we got the chance to do another one later on in the trip! And it went MUCH better haha. Elsa was SO hard.
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I just adore all the tinker toys in the TSMM loading area.

Mmmmmm Red Velvet Cupcake. Can you believe I had my first one ever just last trip? Shocking I know.

I know, POP is SO CLOSE to MGM. Like minutes.

YAY MVMCP. I actually ended up at that party too as a last minute decision before it sold out. Can't wait to hear how your night went.
Me too, its just SO perfect!

I can't believe you just tried one?! But don't worry I had my first one during my Dec 2012 trip, I've been obsessed since my first bite.

So convenient!

I can't wait to share, we had an AWESOME time, I hope you did too!

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Your drawing is a lot better than mine would be. LOL
Great updates and pics
Thank you Scott! The drawing was definitely not my best, but it was still fun!

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The red velvet cupcake is on my list for July!
Looks like you had a good 'bonus day'
Can't wait to hear about your time at the MVMCP!

Get it, its SO good, you will not regret it!

It was a great day!

It's coming up soon I promise!
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Princess Half Marathon Trip – February 2014!


Hey guys, before I continue on with this trip report, I wanted to pop in with some news on my next trip!

The itinerary and cast has finally been settled on and I am only 35 days out!
This trip has been a LONG time in the making and I am so excited to go!

The Quick Backstory…

Last year around this time I was feeling a bit, ahem, fluffy. I needed to get back to being active for so many reasons so I started looking around for something to get me back out there and back in shape.

I decided to take up running again, I could exercise the dog at the same time, its pretty inexpensive and believe it or not I actually used to like running back in high school when I ran cross country.

Now, I knew I probably wouldn’t stick with casual running routine so I started looking into doing a half marathon. I’d have to train a lot for it so I figured it would make me stick with the sport.

While researching half marathon training I came across RunDisney. I sort of knew RunDisney existed but I didn’t realize how awesome it was!

I came across the Princess Half Marathon held at Walt Disney World and I knew I had to do it!

I rented DVC points to stay deluxe and waiting impatiently for registration to open!

In the mean time I completed my first 10K



I won my age division and Spencer (DBF) won the whole thing! We are not actually that good it was just a small race but it was fun to say we won none the less

A few weeks before registration opened for the Princess Half RunDisney announced they were adding a 10K to the weekend and adding the Glass Slipper Challenge for people who wanted to run both races. So if you run the 10K and the half you get an extra t-shirt and medal saying you completed the Glass Slipper Challenge.

I was hesitant to do two races in a row but an inaugural 10k and challenge was too good to pass up so I signed up to complete the Glass Slipper Challenge. I’ll run to 10K on Saturday and then the Half on Sunday!
I signed Spencer up to do the half with me on Sunday.

Between sign ups and now I’ve done 3 half marathons! I didn’t want to Disney to be my first, I wanted to know I could do it haha!



My first half was the Old Port Half Marathon right in my hometown, it was hot and difficult but I did it and if its even possible got more addicted to running!



Next up was the Maine Half Marathon in Oct, I pr’d this one at 2:08!
I also ran 3 other 10ks so the Glass Slipper Challenge will be my 4th 10K and 4th Half!

After seeing a ton of pictures from Marathon Weekend last weekend I am so pumped to do my first RunDisney event!

The Who



Well there’s me of course!

And joining me on this special trip is my best friend Allen!



Spencer was supposed to join me on this trip but due to his work schedule and have a wedding rehearsal to attend that weekend (its a week before his friend’s wedding like who does that? Haha) he won’t be able to make it.
So Allen’s coming with me as his stand in haha. Allen’s going to run the half with me which I’m super excited about. I was getting worried I’d have to run it alone!



Allen and I have been friends since middle school and best friends since college. Here we are in Italy on my college graduation trip!

He is a great travel buddy so I’m super excited to have him along for the ride! Allen has been to Disney a few times as a child but not for awhile. His parent's are more Universal people... I know crazy! I'm excited to show him how I do Disney. I mean the kid's been 5 times but hasn't ridden Peter Pan Craziness, I booked a FP+ to make sure we get on it, its one of my favorites!

The When!

Our dates are officially Feb 20th-25th 2014! Another short trip but I’m short on vacation days so 5 days will have to do!

The Where!



We are doing one night at my beloved POP Century before switching over for a 4 night stay at the Boardwalk!



I rented DVC points for a pool/garden room studio! It’s my first time renting points so I hope it works out well!



I love love love the Epcot resort area so I am SUPER excited to stay here!

The Plan

Thursday Feb 20th
We land in Orlando at 5:30pm, we are taking the Magical Express to Pop!
If we are feeling up to it we might head over to the MK for a little evening fun and Wishes!



I booked some FP+ over here to use if we make it over in time!

Friday Feb 21st
We’ll send our luggage off to the BW and then we are heading over to the Expo to pick up our race bibs, t-shirts and shop around.

After the expo I think we are actually going to spend part of the day at Typhoon Lagoon. It was Allen’s one request because he beyond obsessed haha. So I plan on leaving him in the wave pool and relaxing in the lazy rive until he comes and fishes me out haha. Hopefully its warm!

After Typhoon Lagoon we’ll check into the BW and head over to Epcot for the evening.



We booked a couple FP+ selections (TT, MS and Turtle Talk) and we have dinner scheduled at Chefs de France! We’ll also probably stay for Illuminations.

Saturday Feb 22nd

I will be getting up at the crack of dawn, oh wait 3am, it will still be dark haha! Ready to take on my first Disney 10K!

After I’m finished I’ll shower, meet up with Allen for some breakfast and head out to the AK.

I booked FP+ for Everest, the Safari and Dinosaur. I’m going to try my best to take it easy and wander around. We’ll also probably try to see Nemo and Flights of Wonder just to stay off our feet a bit.



I’m toying with switching this out with HS because there would be a lot more sitting involved over there, but I’m thinking that would be better on Monday when we are recovering.

We have a dinner reservation at 4:30pm at Via Napoli over in Epcot for some Carb loading and then I think we’ll catch the boat over to HS to see Fantasmic. We need to get to bed early so I’m thinking staying close by will be a good idea.



Sunday Feb 23rd
The day all my dreams come true!

We will be getting up super early to run the Princess Half Marathon! I’m super pumped!
After the race we have a breakfast scheduled at Cape May. Then we will most likely take a nap or just hang around the pool for the day.

We have a celebration dinner at O’hana booked at 5pm and then we are going to head over to MK for Wishes and fun! I’m not sure how late we’ll be able to stay but hopefully we won’t be too exhausted.

Monday Feb 24th

I think we’ll spend part of the day over at HS after we sleep in a bit, but not too much! I HAVE to beat Allen at TSM, I’ve been talking myself up about it and I CANNOT lose to him haha.



Hopefully we’ll have time to do a little drinking around the world before heading or to MK for our reservation at BOG! I’m super pumped to have dinner here!



Tuesday Feb 25th
I booked breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table to round off this Princess Weekend Trip. I’m SO excited, I’ve never eaten here before. I think it will be the perfect end to the weekend. I snagged an 8am reservation so we’ll be up early!



Then we plan on spending the rest of the day in MK.

We’ll have to catch the ME around 4pm for our ride back to the airport. We fly out at 7:05pm : (

Firsts I’d like to do this trip!
• See Dream Along with Mickey
• See the Shake it, Celebrate it Parade
• See Mickey’s Jamin Jungle Parade
• Pick a Pearl in Japan
• Meet Peter Pan!
• Meet Tiana and Naveen
• Meet Wreck it Ralph (Allen’s new favorite Disney movie)


I probably won’t have time to share any more details on this trip because I really want to finish this December trip report before I leave, but I’m definitely going to be sharing my costumes for 10k and the Half. I'm really happy with how they are looking so far, I’m really excited to share them with you!
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Red velvet cupcake, Beauty and the Beast, and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster...basically my perfect Disney time! I still find the RNRC pre-show hilarious even though I have it memorized at this point.

Your trip plans look awesome! I'm so jealous you're staying at the Boardwalk, such a beautiful resort. I also like your list of new things to try. The Jammin' Jungle Parade is so underrated, the music is so catchy and there are some really great characters!!
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Jess, don't knock it. To win your division and Spencer win the whole thing is a marvellous achievement. Good on you!

So glad you got a replacement runner for your trip!

Haha, I still get a kick out of that POP photo. AND you're staying at Boardwalk = Jealous Me!

Your plans look awesome, but wait... You haven't seen Move It Shake It or Dream Along??!! OK, you NEED to do both of these things FOR SURE!!!
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Great DHS updates!! DH and I love that park so much. I STILL have never had a red velvet cupcake though. How tragic!

We are big fans of the Animation Academy, but human characters are freaking HARD! The only time I have ever gotten really frustrated in that class was trying to draw Tinkerbell. Elsa looks pretty hard too, and I can't imagine that anyone else's besides the animator came out looking a ton like Elsa!

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Makes sense to me, I'm sure a lot of people have needed new undies after that launch!!
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Great updates!!!

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Kudos to you for completing 3 half marathons! That's awesome that you signed up for the Glass Slipper Challenge, I can't wait to hear how it goes! I'm sorry Spencer won't be joining you, but at least you have a good friend to go with! And staying at Boardwalk, very exciting And you guys are eating at such yummy places too. I love all the firsts you have planned, I hope you get to do them all! Can't wait to see your costumes, and you definitely have to do a TR on this trip when you get back
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Red velvet cupcake, Beauty and the Beast, and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster...basically my perfect Disney time! I still find the RNRC pre-show hilarious even though I have it memorized at this point.

Your trip plans look awesome! I'm so jealous you're staying at the Boardwalk, such a beautiful resort. I also like your list of new things to try. The Jammin' Jungle Parade is so underrated, the music is so catchy and there are some really great characters!!
Oh it was SO perfect! Such a good bonus day! I love the pre-show too, too funny. The pre-shows basically make Disney attractions, they are all so perfect.

Thank you! I'm so excited to stay there, I can't wait.

I'm really hoping to be able to catch that parade. The Christmas version was great so now I want to see the normal version.

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Jess, don't knock it. To win your division and Spencer win the whole thing is a marvellous achievement. Good on you!

So glad you got a replacement runner for your trip!

Haha, I still get a kick out of that POP photo. AND you're staying at Boardwalk = Jealous Me!

Your plans look awesome, but wait... You haven't seen Move It Shake It or Dream Along??!! OK, you NEED to do both of these things FOR SURE!!!
Thank you Rob! It was pretty cool for my first 10k.

Me too! Disney races seem like they will be way more fun with a running buddy!

Haha I love that photo too, I look like such a dork, its awesome! I can't wait to stay at the Boardwalk, I love that area so much.

I know I know, its crazy I've never seen them. It WILL happen this trip!

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Great DHS updates!! DH and I love that park so much. I STILL have never had a red velvet cupcake though. How tragic!

We are big fans of the Animation Academy, but human characters are freaking HARD! The only time I have ever gotten really frustrated in that class was trying to draw Tinkerbell. Elsa looks pretty hard too, and I can't imagine that anyone else's besides the animator came out looking a ton like Elsa!



Makes sense to me, I'm sure a lot of people have needed new undies after that launch!!
Thank you! My love for DHS has definitely grown it has a great atmosphere. You need to try one, they are so GOOD!

She was SO hard. We went back later in the trip and got much easier characters but it was a difficult first class. I saw other people's when they held there's up they didn't look much better haha. The animator was like oh those look... nice haha.

Haha I never thought of it that way, but that makes sense!

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Thank you! I hope you get to do one someday!

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Kudos to you for completing 3 half marathons! That's awesome that you signed up for the Glass Slipper Challenge, I can't wait to hear how it goes! I'm sorry Spencer won't be joining you, but at least you have a good friend to go with! And staying at Boardwalk, very exciting And you guys are eating at such yummy places too. I love all the firsts you have planned, I hope you get to do them all! Can't wait to see your costumes, and you definitely have to do a TR on this trip when you get back
Thank you! I'm really excited and I can't wait to share all about it! It's a bummer he can't come but I'm glad Allen can, I think it will be much better to run with someone else vs solo!

I can't wait to stay at the Boardwalk, hopefully it will be wonderful! And I can't wait for all the yummy food, ahh I'm making myself hungry.

I'm going to make it a point to do the firsts this trip!

I'll definitely be doing another trip report, they are a lot of fun!
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