Mrs. Darling's 2010 Half Marathon Trip:Yes, it does snow at Disney World

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  1. dismagiclover

    dismagiclover Mrs. Darling: Mom to Wendy, John & Michael

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    :welcome: to my latest trip report. For those of you unfamiliar with any of my previous adventures you can check out my last trip report here
    The Darling Family June Beach Club Trip: Hugging Ewoks and Finding Peter Pan

    This trip report has a much shorter cast of characters and a much shorter duration, but it was definitely an adventure. So without further delay I’ll introduce our limited cast:

    Mrs Darling (that’s me and you can call me Jenny). I’m now a 38 year old mostly SAHM that loves all things Disney (except maybe Hannah Montana). I also dabble in running and one of my favorite things is combining the two. I “ran” the Disneyland Half Marathon in 2007 and this trip was planned so I could “run” the Disney World Half Marathon.

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    Mrs. Disney (but we can call her Liz). My great friend that used to be my great neighbor. She left me a few years back, but I’ve long since forgiven her for that oversight. She is a huge Disney lover too and we’ve been lucky enough to meet up in Disney World three times since she moved far, far away. I planted the seed in her head of running in Disney way back in 2007 when I did the Disneyland Half. She started running herself a little less than a year ago. She then took me up on my promise that if she ever ran the Disney World half I’d come run it with her. (Of course that was a promise I was thrilled to keep.) She took to running right away and as you will see as the report progresses the student has overtaken the instructor. (Not that I was ever a great instructor.) Hopefully she will pop in regularly and tell ya'll the real story;)
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    The final cast members play very minor rolls that involve voices only (sometimes they come from the cell phone and sometimes they are just in my head.) If you read my summer trip report you’re familiar with the ones I left behind. DH (he’s not Peter this trip because he is nowhere near Disney World), Wendy, John, and Michael. This is the whole family last summer.
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    The Plan:
    This was a quick weekend trip with the sole purpose of getting our Donald Duck medals though we did fit some other fun in. I’d rented some DVC points for the weekend at a Bay Lake Towers studio and we’d decided on the Deluxe Dining Plan. We figured it would be OK to splurge on a weekend that we ran 13.1 miles. Our reservations were made and we were ready to go.

    So let the good times roll!!!
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    Day 1: The Journey
    Bay Lake Tower Arrival
    The Expo and the Tyvek Man
    A California Grill Birthday Dinner
    Night Night

    Day 2: The Marshmallow Gang
    Will we ever get to the Magic Kingdom?
    A Sad Parting
    Racing Up Main Street
    Blazing our way through the Magic Kingdom
    Heroes
    This Race is On (for one of us anyway)
    Epcot Here I Come
    The Big Finish
    It's Freezing Out Here!
    Liberty Tree Character Lunch
    A Magic Kingdom Afternoon
    Our Celebration Dinner at the Castle
    The Day Finally Ends

    Day 3: Goodbye Bay Lake Tower
    The End

    Final Thoughts
     
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  3. liznboys

    liznboys <font color="red">I wish upon stars!<br><font colo

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    I am here girlfriend!!!!! :yay:

    And I forgive you for putting that huge, half-blinking picture of me in your first post!! :crazy2: :rotfl::rotfl:

    This will be fun, am I spoiling anything with my signature pictures?
     
  4. dismagiclover

    dismagiclover Mrs. Darling: Mom to Wendy, John & Michael

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    OK I changed the picture! After I get your CD I'll put that cute picture in the far right of your siggy up. I don't think of your signature as spoiling, I think of it as previews:goodvibes
     
  5. cjackearl

    cjackearl DIS Veteran

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    I'm here!! You two are so darling it makes me (almost) want to drop this cup of cocoa I'm holding and start jogging. NOT! Can't wait to hear the details, especially about BLT.:thumbsup2
     
  6. liznboys

    liznboys <font color="red">I wish upon stars!<br><font colo

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    You silly girl! I was perfectly FINE with being the ugly step-sister in your Cinderella TR!! :rotfl::rotfl:
    (Really, I was fine with the pic, it actually made me laugh because it showcased what dh and I refer to as my "gimpy eye" that blinks more than the other one! LMBO! cracks us up.)

    oh my......that was so funny! :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
     
  7. Dolce27

    Dolce27 <font color=teal>It's kind of hard to ride with so

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    ...:tiptoe: sneeking in. popcorn::
     
  8. Angies1274

    Angies1274 DIS Veteran

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    Yay!! I'm here too!!:goodvibes Can't wait to read about your adventure to the world!!!!:thumbsup2
     
  9. dismagiclover

    dismagiclover Mrs. Darling: Mom to Wendy, John & Michael

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    :yay: I'm glad you're with me! BLT is a beautiful place with a fabulous location! (It didn't cause me to give up my Beach Club love though.)


    I think I may be the ugly Stepsister. Check out your signature! You are the one with the Fairy Godmother;)


    :welcome: No need to sneak. Make all the noise you want. And congrats on finishing the marathon:worship: I read your report on Sandy's thread. Someday I want to be you. I'm thinking maybe next year.
     
  10. dismagiclover

    dismagiclover Mrs. Darling: Mom to Wendy, John & Michael

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    :yay: Another old summer trip report buddy! I'm glad you're here! This trip was much colder than our last trips:laughing:
     
  11. liznboys

    liznboys <font color="red">I wish upon stars!<br><font colo

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    LOL Yeah but YOU got the Prince! :rotfl:
     
  12. Dolce27

    Dolce27 <font color=teal>It's kind of hard to ride with so

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    :banana: Everyone that I met on here (pre-race) was doing the half. I'm on a mission to convert all of you to the full for the 2011. Come on over!! I see that the dates are announced. I'd sign up today but Disney currently has all of my money. I'm going to have wait a couple of months before I can fork over some more.

    I know that you were on Sandy's preTR some, but I don't know if you ever read my full background. I started running last August. Started. I did a 1/2 marathon on Nov. 1 and now a full marathon (although, as you know, I had to walk 1/2 of it due to injury) on Jan 10.

    You can sooooo do the full for 2011 if you really want to. You already have a half under your belt and a full year to maintain and then buildup for the full.
     
  13. Ellester

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    I'm in! Looking forward to hearing about your experiences with the Deluxe Plan. I think running a 1/2 marathon definitely deserves some celebratory dining!
     
  14. Stefy

    Stefy Fantasising of our next DCL & WDW Trip

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    I'm in and looking forward to reading.

    Well done to both of your for completing the Marathon, I heard that it was not the best of temps but everyone had a great time :)
     
  15. dismagiclover

    dismagiclover Mrs. Darling: Mom to Wendy, John & Michael

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    I can't believe you started running in August and did a marathon in January:scared1: No wonder you had IT band issues. That is just amazing. I'm planning on the full next January. I'll make my reservations on Feb. 6 when the 11 month window opens up. Boardwalk villas here we come! I won't officially register for a while because I too want to hold on to the money a little longer. I noticed on Sandy's report you're thinking of staying at BWI. Maybe we can ride the bus at the ungodly hour of 4 am together:goodvibes

    :welcome: The Deluxe Dining was perfect for a 2 night trip with no kids in tow. We did a couple of 2 credit meals so we ended up eating 4 meals. One of those was absolute fabulous, but you'll have to wait to see where that was. I don't want to give up my secrets and lose any readers before I've really started;)

    :welcome: Another of my summer trip report friends! It feels like a reunion to hear from you again. How is life in my favorite city?
     
  16. PracPerfPatricia

    PracPerfPatricia DIS Veteran

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    Hey Jenny,

    Subbing on...

    Can't wait to hear all about the 1/2 marathon...You will be my inspiration as I aspire to do one someday...;)


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  17. dismagiclover

    dismagiclover Mrs. Darling: Mom to Wendy, John & Michael

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    :welcome: I'm glad you're here! Oh there are stories to be told about the half marathon! Don't go away:goodvibes
     
  18. dismagiclover

    dismagiclover Mrs. Darling: Mom to Wendy, John & Michael

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    I woke up this morning in Maryland to a ringing phone. On the other end was a voice telling me the schools were to have a 2 hour delayed opening because of snow. I peeked out the window and saw about 3 inches on the ground. (It doesn’t take much snow to slow things down around here.) I should have seen the snow as a foreshadowing of what was to come, but I didn’t.:confused3 The delay was good news because now DH and the kids could drive me to the airport and I wouldn’t have to mess with parking and shuttles. So we left promptly and before I knew it I was at the airport standing in line to check my luggage. Originally I had planned on just taking a carry on. (The trip was only 2 nights.) But the weather forecast kept requiring me to pack more and more clothes so I finally decided to check a bag so I wouldn’t have to worry about space. It was the coldest it had been in Florida in at least 25 years and I was pretty bummed about that. I want to escape winter when I go to Florida not take it with me.:headache: Anyway, I made it to the gate where they promptly announced our plane was still on the ground in Buffalo but would be leaving shortly. It looked like about a 30 minute delay. I called Liz and left a message to let her know I’d be late and she’d have to wait a bit longer in the airport. We were taking the Magical Express together and I had the passes so she didn’t have any choice. (Sorry again, Liz.) The plane eventually loaded and we were on our way. We landed after an uneventful flight. I called Liz and she told me she was sitting right by the food court waiting so I headed over. We happily said hello and then headed for Quiznos where we picked up sandwiches and quickly ate. We were in a bit of a hurry because we were hoping to make a DIS meet at POP by 4:00 and because of my 45 minute flight delay were running a bit behind schedule. After scarfing down our sandwiches we headed to the Magical Express. You no longer have to wait in line at the counter. You show your ticket and they send you directly to your bus line. We were in line number 4
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    Soon we were heading out to the bus.
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    Then we were on our way. And a long way it was. It didn’t take too long to see this
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    But unfortunately the bus was full and we were the last stop on the circuit. So we began the stops. First stop was the Polynesian and we noticed that many of the flowering plants were covered. I’m sure to protect from the freeze.:eek: Next stop was the Grand Floridian. Then came the Wilderness Lodge. At this point it looked like the entire bus disembarked.
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    This was definitely the most popular resort of this bus. For a moment we thought the bus was empty and that maybe we’d gotten on the wrong bus because no one else appeared to be heading to the Contemporary. Then we noticed one lone soul way in the back of the bus heading to the Contemporary as well. Here we are waiting for them to remove all the luggage at Wilderness Lodge.
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    Finally we saw this.
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    We pulled up to the Contemporary entrance, jumped out and headed to check in. Would we get a good room location? What kind of view would we have?
     
  19. dismagiclover

    dismagiclover Mrs. Darling: Mom to Wendy, John & Michael

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    Liz, there is a new cute picture of you in the first post:goodvibes
     
  20. pjstevens

    pjstevens Had our DFTW Vow Renewal on the Wonder

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    Jenny, can't wait to hear all about it. I thought our 'weekend' was short, I can't imagine your's just two night, ouch.
     
  21. disneylovin24

    disneylovin24 ~Let It Go~

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    popcorn:: Can't wait for more!!! I want to see the snow in disney:scared1:
     

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