Is this what it feels like to be fast? W&D runDisney TR 2018 (Updated Dec. 18th)

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  1. rteetz

    rteetz Rumors and News Moderator Moderator

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    I definitely recommend Slinky at night if you can!
     
  2. rteetz

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    I TOUCH A RHINO!

    It was the final day of my trip. I was sad to be leaving but luckily I had a late flight so still a full day of activities to be had! I would head off to Animal Kingdom where I had a FP for the safari at 9:30AM.

    Welcome to the Harambe Wildlife Reserve! For those runDisney peeps reading I was seated behind Gerald Reznick of Rezruns on YouTube who does some awesome race recap videos.

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    Hidden animals were a common theme on this trip...

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    The giraffes were off on the hill and in the trees something I had never seen before.

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    Baby Stella is hidden back there. Not so much a baby anymore!

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    The Lioness was on the move!

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  4. rteetz

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    I TOUCH A RHINO!

    After the Safari I had some time to kill before my tour so I walked around taking some photos.

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    Every time I walk through the Tree of Life paths I discover new animals on the tree.

    Then it was time for my tour! This tour "Up Close with Rhinos" was brand new and started Nov. 1st. It was an hour long and took place entirely backstage.

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    Here is my full review on the DIS

    Review: Getting Up Close with Rhinos!

    Due to the nature of the tour no pictures were allowed at all which was the only downside for me. It was a great experience I would do it again for sure! Petting a rhino is something I never thought I would get to do.

    After the tour I headed to my Flight of Passage FP.

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    A favorite detail of mine in the exit of Flight of Passage... The hands of Joe Rohde, Jon Landau, and James Cameron.

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    Then it was time for me to head out and onto lunch at The Boathouse! I decided to splurge and take my first trip in a Minnie Van!

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    It is a bit pricey but overall a great experience I think. The driver was a big Animal Kingdom fan like myself so we talked all about the animals and aspects of Animal Kingdom. I would do a Minnie Van again as a splurge option when I need to get from one place to another.

    Up Next: I almost miss the Magical Express!
     
  5. Capang

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    Those two pics might be my favorite AK photos ever. Sounds like a fun tour!
     
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  6. rteetz

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    This shows why I love AK. There are so many details and authentic aspects that people don't even realize. I have been to AK so many times but each visit is new and exciting.
     
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  7. BigEeyore

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    Your safari photos are fantastic! And I love your "walking around AK taking pictures" photos too! So much detail that is so easy to miss when you are in the parks, hustling from one attraction to the next.

    The rhino experience sounds really neat! Too bad no photos though.

    And I had no idea about the handprints - I will keep an eye out for them next time and impress my family with my extensive Disney knowledge :lmao:
     
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  8. missjackiemcg

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    Looks like a perfect place for a Hidden Mickey, but nothing looks like quite the right proportions to be "official."

    Your pics from the safari and the tree are always so awesome!
     
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    Thanks! Yeah I always try to set aside some time at AK for just exploring.

    There are two sides to the exit at FoP and only one side has the handprints. I forget exactly which ones but I think it’s the left side exit that has them.

    You’re right. Nothing exactly proportioned right for a good hidden mickey.

    Thanks!
     
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  10. amazingact21

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    The rhino tour sounds like an awesome unique experience. How many people can say they've touched a rhino before?!

    I'm sure the Minnie Van was the fastest way to get to the Boathouse, when compared to the other Disney transportation options.
     
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    Definitely not many!

    Yeah I would’ve had to bus to a resort and than to the springs so Uber or Minnie Van was the best option.
     
  12. phins_jazy

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    loving your trip report!
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    I almost miss the Magical Express!

    I was dropped off on the West Side of Disney Springs which gave me a chance to look at on going construction.

    NBA Experience and City Works is coming along...

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    Then I arrived at The Boathouse for lunch!

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    I went ahead with the Boathouse burger. I am a big burger guy so I get them pretty much everywhere.

    Bread came along next. I could eat this bread all day long...

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    Now for my burger!

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    It was really good. Probably one of the best if not the best burger I have had at Disney. Service was good as well. I had another great meal at The Boathouse and I will definitely be back again soon.

    Time for some shopping! My mom was destined to have me find a sweatshirt for her so I went searching for that as well as a new ornament. The new World of Disney had just opened as well. It was very open and different. I will miss some of the Disney touches from before but I do like that its more open.

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    I bought an ornament here but didn't find the sweatshirt.

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    I search the Shop Disney Parks app and found the sweatshirt my mom was looking for at TrenD.

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    As I left I could see the Tree Trail being set up. It was opening just a couple days after I left.

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    I was heading back to Animal Kingdom so I headed towards Saratoga Springs to catch the bus there. They had a few trees up on that side to see.

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    Soon enough I was back at AK where I would be meeting up with a friend @AMusicLifeForMe

    The bird flyovers were happening...

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    Then it was time to ride Everest!

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    We both then headed on a bus to Epcot before we would go in different directions. I would head into Epcot to pick up my cutting board. @AMusicLifeForMe was heading off on the monorail. It was great seeing you again!

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    I then had 45 minutes before the Magical Express was set to arrive. I thought I was in good shape. As I walked to the Pop bus stop an Art of Animation bus was there. I thought about taking that bus but figured the Pop bus would be here soon enough. Well in hindsight I probably should've taken the AoA bus. 10 minutes went by, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes and then finally 45 minutes after I got to the bus stop a bus arrived. I have never waited at a park for a bus that long. Buses just kept passing by as the Pop queue was filled with people.

    I had then figured I would be missing my scheduled DME time. Once I arrived at Pop a DME bus was there ready to leave. I asked the driver what bus this was and it was mine. I asked if he could wait a minute for me to get my bad from bell services. Thankfully he did. Then it was time for a relaxing ride back to the airport after a hectic time getting to the bus.

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    Until I see you again!

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    We ended up flying over WDW and right around 9PM when Illuminations was going off. It was cool to see it from the sky and play the song in my head.

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    Plane ride was fine, I sat in the very last row of the plane which I had never done before. I was home safe and sound around 11PM or so and off to bed for reality the next day.

    I want to thank everyone for reading my report again! This was a great quick trip. Lots of highlights for me as well. The Rhino tour was probably one of the biggest highlights. Doing my first Wine and Dine race weekend, PR-ing the half, having a great 10K, being in corral A, etc. It was a fun weekend that I would love to do again.

    I am excited to be back at WDW in just 3 weeks for 2019 Marathon Weekend as I tackle yet another Dopey Challenge. I will be staying at Pop again so I am hoping the bus situation is better.

    Thanks again everyone!
     
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    Great trip report! Glad I got to meet you. Have a great trip in a few weeks!
     
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    Thanks, it was great to meet you as well! Hopefully we see each other at WDW again sometime.
     
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    Nice report. Glad to have met you. I'll be running the half and probably playing hookey and doing DATW on Monday.
     
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    Yes nice to meet you as well! Excited for marathon weekend!
     
  19. ZellyB

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    Yikes! I would have been a nervous wreck waiting for that bus for that long. 45 minutes is crazy!!! I'm glad you made it back just in time.

    You sure got a lot done on that last day. I love the sweatshirt and ornament you got too. Great report as usual.
     
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    That is such a cute one!!!!

    We did this quite a few times during our January trip!! If there was an AoA bus, we just took it because it seemed like they came 2 to 1 vs Pop buses!

    That's really incredible!!!

    Thanks for another fun TR!! :) Good luck at this year's Dopey! I can't believe it's already been a year since I did my first rD events! I will definitely be back someday though!

    Merry Christmas, Ryan!
     
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  21. rteetz

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    Yeah it was not a fun wait.

    Thanks! See you guys in January!
     

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