Running and Racing and Dancing and Chasing: A 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Trip Report!

tigger536

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So funny you saw me again on the course! Your pictures are GREAT! Glad you got the Beast, esp. after we missed him at BoG in January. Gaston was great this time - he said he loved seeing his reflection in my friends sunglasses, and his reaction to me as Rosita was "I don't know what that even means!" :rotfl2:Hilarious.

Your mushu and Daisy pictures are awesome. I love Mushu's action pose, and the matching topiary, lol.

Hope to see you at Tink!
 
  • goofy78

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    Loved your report! I have been dying to do one of the races and FINALLY got my DH to say he would do one with me. It's my 40th birthday present. We decided on the Star Wars 5K 2018. Your report really let me know how the races work and what to expect. Thanks for writing!
     

    ZellyB

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    Great job on the half and well done even with some struggles in training. Per the usual, you got some fantastic shots. I've not seen the Beast in that outfit before I don't think. He looked very spiffy. Princess Daisy is so pretty in her finery. And, Donald at the finish line!!! I've never seen that outfit either. Too bad you couldn't stop for a shot, but yes, I get why they can't do that. At least you got a good high-five picture. Congrats!!
     

    rteetz

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    Okay I caught up! Wow a 4AM DME pick up? That's crazy.

    Love all of the character meets you did! And dis meets are really fun too!

    Definitely never seen Captian Phoebus out.

    Wow that photo on the over pass where you see all those people is crazy! :eek:

    I don't know if I've ever seen daisy in that outfit.

    Gospel Choir means you made it! Even with some struggles along the way it sounds like you persevered.

    Congrats on the entire race weekend!
     

    disneydaydreamer33

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    Yay!! Congratulations! This recap has definitely made me want to give Princess weekend another go! I loooove your picture with princess Daisy! I would die for that one! And Mushu and Beats pics were pretty cool too!

    I'm trying to remember how I snagged a picture with a royal Mickey at the finish line last year. Maybe they changed the policy? Or maybe I just unwittingly broke the rules? haha I have the worst memory and can't recall how it all went down.

    I'm glad I don't have to wait too long to live vicariously through you for another rD weekend. Tink will be here before you know it!

    Oh also, I bought the zen skirt (and the rose hoodie- eek!!). I'm super excited for them to arrive!
     
  • CherieFran

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    Great race reports as usual!!

    I tried Via Napoli for the first time on a non-run trip a few weeks ago. So yummy! I have been missing out; definitely will try to get this into more regular rotation.

    Your Mushu shot is great! I have never met him, but he's my dog's namesake so I need to fix that!
     

    BigEeyore

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    :cool1:Woo hoo! Congratulations on getting through it! There are few things that compare to turning that corner from backstage to main street and running toward the castle - gets me choked up every time!
    Great character meets on this one! Cool pic with the Beast and Princess Daisy! Had to google Captain Phoebus - I thought I was a big Disney trivia nerd but I have only seen Hunchback once I think :rolleyes:. No Tarzan this year??? He's always a favorite of the princess runners!
     

    Ariel484

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    So funny you saw me again on the course! Your pictures are GREAT! Glad you got the Beast, esp. after we missed him at BoG in January. Gaston was great this time - he said he loved seeing his reflection in my friends sunglasses, and his reaction to me as Rosita was "I don't know what that even means!"
    Hilarious.
    You got allll the character pics, right?? Gaston is always a great meet!
    Your mushu and Daisy pictures are awesome. I love Mushu's action pose, and the matching topiary, lol.

    Hope to see you at Tink!
    Most definitely! Can't believe it's less than 2 months away!!
    Love the pics from the Half!! I'm rare character obsessed and love to see all the super rare characters and outfits!
    Me too! I think my rarest meet so far is Professor Ludwig von Drake. That was during the marathon in 2012. Oh, and Flora, Fauna and Merryweather during the 2011 Princess Half!
    Great photos, gret race report, and Donald's outfit at the finish is toooo cute!!
    I knooooow!! He is the cutests!!
    Loved your report! I have been dying to do one of the races and FINALLY got my DH to say he would do one with me. It's my 40th birthday present. We decided on the Star Wars 5K 2018. Your report really let me know how the races work and what to expect. Thanks for writing!
    Thanks for reading! That’s an awesome birthday gift from your husband!
    Great job on the half and well done even with some struggles in training. Per the usual, you got some fantastic shots. I've not seen the Beast in that outfit before I don't think. He looked very spiffy. Princess Daisy is so pretty in her finery. And, Donald at the finish line!!! I've never seen that outfit either. Too bad you couldn't stop for a shot, but yes, I get why they can't do that. At least you got a good high-five picture. Congrats!!
    Yeah, I don’t think I have either. I remember it as a lighter blue with yellow accents, not the darker blue with gold that I saw that day. Spiffy indeed!

    Here’s a better shot of Donald’s outfit – from Princess Half in 2011. And fat me and Princess Craiggy!

    Okay I caught up! Wow a 4AM DME pick up? That's crazy.

    Love all of the character meets you did! And dis meets are really fun too!

    Definitely never seen Captian Phoebus out.
    wow that photo on the over pass where you see all those people is crazy!


    I don't know if I've ever seen daisy in that outfit.

    Gospel Choir means you made it! Even with some struggles along the way it sounds like you persevered.

    Congrats on the entire race weekend!
    Yes, 4AM! Apparently she got a crazy good deal on her flight, so yay?

    It was a really good weekend overall. I wish I had been in better shape for it but at least I finished the races!!
    Yay!! Congratulations! This recap has definitely made me want to give Princess weekend another go! I loooove your picture with princess Daisy! I would die for that one! And Mushu and Beats pics were pretty cool too!

    I'm trying to remember how I snagged a picture with a royal Mickey at the finish line last year. Maybe they changed the policy? Or maybe I just unwittingly broke the rules? haha I have the worst memory and can't recall how it all went down.

    I'm glad I don't have to wait too long to live vicariously through you for another rD weekend. Tink will be here before you know it!

    Oh also, I bought the zen skirt (and the rose hoodie- eek!!). I'm super excited for them to arrive!
    Oh I would totally do Princess weekend again! I went into this thinking it would be my last one but I really enjoyed it! I guess experiences can vary though!

    I think they changed the policy. I definitely used to get finish line pictures with the characters at pretty much every race. It must have become an issue for them…I guess it makes sense, but boo!!

    Yay for some INK!! I hope you love what you got! I ended up having to go up a size in the Rose Hoodie becaue the arms were tight on me, but I love it now that I figured that out!
    Great race reports as usual!!

    I tried Via Napoli for the first time on a non-run trip a few weeks ago. So yummy! I have been missing out; definitely will try to get this into more regular rotation.

    Your Mushu shot is great! I have never met him, but he's my dog's namesake so I need to fix that!
    Thanks! Yes isn’t VN the best?? So good!!

    You definitely need to make a Mushu shot happen!!
     

    Ariel484

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    :cool1:Woo hoo! Congratulations on getting through it! There are few things that compare to turning that corner from backstage to main street and running toward the castle - gets me choked up every time!
    Great character meets on this one! Cool pic with the Beast and Princess Daisy! Had to google Captain Phoebus - I thought I was a big Disney trivia nerd but I have only seen Hunchback once I think :rolleyes:. No Tarzan this year??? He's always a favorite of the princess runners!
    You are so right! Making that turn is so awesome!!

    No Tarzan when I went by. Maybe he was taking a break! :)
     
  • Ariel484

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    "...enough, I'm done!"

    I collected my snackbox, water, Powerade, medals (half and challenge) - we also got a cinch bag, which was cool! I remember getting one of these at the Princess expo in 2011 but have never gotten one at another Disney race. I think they're also given out at the Tink half? Not sure why every race doesn't get one...I usually bring a plastic grocery bag with me to carry all of the stuff we get at the end of the races, but this was way better.



    And then I hopped on a bus back to AKL! I had a front-row seat all to myself, which had a weird little table!

    Gotta say...a little "meh" on the half marathon medal. :confused3 I get what they're going for, of course, but it’ just kind of plain! @roxymama pointed out that just coloring the stem and leaf of the rose green would make it way better, and I have to agree with that!



    I was on the bus at 9:30...M had headed to the Magic Kingdom and the plan was to meet her there for our Big Thunder FP+ that began at 11:40. Having finished the race later than planned, I knew this was in jeopardy.

    Once I got back to the room, I had time for a shower and a quick 20-minute power nap (nowhere near as long as I'd wanted) before hopping into the car to head to the Magic Kingdom. We had a reservation for lunch at Be Our Guest for 12:30 and I wasn't parked at the TTC until 12:20! Arrrrg. I had texted M earlier and told her to just go ahead and ride Big Thunder, that I wouldn't be there on time for the FP+ I'd made, and now lunch was looking dicey, too!

    I didn't actually get in the park until 12:45, but the CMs didn't seem concerned that we were late. Whew!

    We grabbed a table in the ballroom!



    I ordered the potato leek soup, braised pork and the Master's cupcake. And a Coke! I was so tired!

    The soup was far and away the best part of the meal. The cupcake was super good too (though I do like the presentation of the Grey Stuff a little better at dinner), as were the mashed potatoes. The pork and green beans were just okay.



    I forget what M had.





    Up next: I hit the wall! :faint:
     
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    txdisneygrl

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    I love reading all of your race trip reports. I lurk, not post... This year my friend and I did the Princess Half (our first?!) and we also ate breakfast at Boma on Saturday and went to MK on Sunday. We did manage to make our 11:40-12:40 7 Dwarfs Mine Train Fastpass but we didn't nap. This resulted in our leaving the park exhausted at 7 pm. So much for Wishes. Ha!

    My friend had a 3:20 Magical Express pick up time on Monday. She missed it, but was lucky enough to get on the next one.
     

    rteetz

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    I wish they gave out bags at every race weekend.

    That half medal is definitely not the best but I guess it's not terrible either.

    It's been a while since I've done lunch at BOG but it looks good.
     

    ZellyB

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    Count me in on the crowd wanting a bag. That would be incredibly helpful. I hope we do get one for the Tink half! Glad you made the lunch reservation even though you missed your BTMRR FP. Lunch looks tasty, but I know I wasn't has happy with the food quality there the last time I went.

    Uh Oh about hitting the wall though. :(
     

    run.minnie.miles

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    I loved the cinch bag for after the race. The woman that helped me with mine was super nice and sticks out as the nicest volunteer of the race for me (others, of course, were really great too!).

    Only a 20 min nap?? You are a champ! I think I slept for a solid hour after breakfast & showering.

    Sorry you missed your FP+, but glad you made it to BOG. That cupcake looks excellent! I canceled one of my ADR at DHS after being late, and the person at the hostess stand said TS restaurants would honor reservations anytime later in the day, which I found odd and probably not true. There weren't any available times at that restaurant later in the day though... a dis-mystery.
     

    hulagirl87

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    I just read your whole trip report! I'm hoping someday to do a Disney race, so this was fun to read! Congratulations on accomplishing so much! And thanks for the great trip report. I loved seeing the pictures of the mile markers, so cute! And getting to meet Mushu!!! I remember meeting him once in Epcot with Mulan. He's so cute!!!
     

    roxymama

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    Awesome job!! And amazing pics as always.
    Some thoughts:
    Phoebus' head is too tiny for that outfit. Which I guess its kind of like that in the cartoon, but it cracks me up.
    Prince Eric's new threads are on point. You should have kicked all other males out of the pic...can you do that?
    I would DIE for a penguin or a Princess Daisy picture. But I would be asked to be brought back to life for a grey stuff cupcake.
    I'm crossing all my toes that they still have gray stuff at Disneyland come Tink weekend.
    The Beast new costume is also very awesome. I think kiddo's will be less scared of him too.
    I solved your "I don't know what to do with my arms in pictures" issue. Buy these...

    I'm sure they won't be annoying for 13.1 miles :)

    Again...totally awesome job completing all these races! #goals
     

    TeeterTots

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    I want to love BOG more. It's so beautiful but I feel like the food could be tastier and would love a production of "be our guest"
    Love your medal photos. The cinch bag was cool too!
     


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