I’m back!!! I’ve got 3 posts drafted to recap my trip, but without a little ground work, they won’t make sense. So I’m starting with a basic layout of the trip to help those who may be planning for other Disney races in the future!
Wednesday: Fly to Orlando, (and enjoyed a Surly on our Sun Country flight) we chose to use the Mears Shuttle to get to our hotel. We stayed at the Swan, which I’ve stayed at before and loved!
Thursday: Wake up and Packet Pickup! I really wanted to get to packet pickup early as I had heard horror stories of long lines. We took the hotel shuttle at about 9:45 am and were pleasantly surprised to see people milling around but nothing too crazy. At that point we saw the New Balance Disney shoes, but didn’t try to purchase, this was a mistake…
Afterwards we headed to Epcot and Magic Kingdom.
Friday: Wake up and Packet Pickup again! My friend Kate couldn’t arrive until late Thursday night, so our morning was identical as we headed back over the Wide World of Sports and attempted to buy the New Balance Disney shoes, turns out we needed a reservation, and the 2014 styles were gone. The grey/white/black 2015 shoes are okay, but we had our hearts set on Minnie Mouse.
From there we drove to Universal Studios, that evening we enjoyed a trip to JellyRolls! (a dueling piano bar on the Disney Boardwalk) as it was the last chance we had to stay up late and have a few drinks.
Sunday: Up at 2:45 am. Race (full recap to come), and then lots of painful hobbling to the beach, food, and Downtown Disney.
Monday: Fly home, drive home, and slept hard. Tuesday: Mountains of paperwork, thankfully some of it was organized for me while I was gone, and I had enough time to take this short blogging break! Wednesday or Thursday: I will have a recap of our time in the parks!
Please let me know if you have any questions, or things you specifically want me to cover in my subsequent recaps.