So, I referenced it earlier this week, but I’m super excited about heading down to Disney world in a little over a month. Ostensibly, I’m going down to run 16.1 miles; more importantly, I’m going to spend several days in the “happiest place on Earth” with some of my favorite people – Liz, Berk, and Sudie. We’ve been planning this since last July and so many decisions have already been made that will impact our time there. I don’t want to talk about my training for multiple reasons — namely, its boring, and I haven’t really done as much as I should have — so let’s talk about some fun things!
Where should we stay?
Originally our group consisted of five ladies; but we are sadly down to four, due to work commitments (jobs are silly). I guess it means we will just have extra space? We are staying in one of the Lion King suites at the Art of Animation resort. The last few times I was at Disney, I was a kid and my parents paid for things, so we stayed at the Grand Floridian (age 5), the Key West Condos (age 12), and the Polynesian (age 13). However, since that is sadly no longer an option, we decided to not necessarily splurge on the fanciest of the fancy. My friend Sudie (Floridian, DW afficiando, actual runner) proposed the Art of Animation, and the rest is history. I’m very excited that my room will look like Pride Rock, and it has all the amenities we’ll need, including a mini-kitchen! It’s on the bus line, which doesn’t bother me, and there is a themed pool. There are other hotels there — Finding Nemo and Cars, but lets all agree that Lion King is the best out of all those options. #hakunamatata
What park tickets should we get?
This has been one of the hardest decisions to date. I haven’t been to Disney in a longgggg time, so I want to make the most out of my trip down there; to be honest, I don’t know the next time I’ll possibly even get there. So, my vote is do the park for three days – Friday after the 5K (which takes place in Epcot), Saturday, and Sunday (day drinking in Epcot post-half marathon, obnoxiously wearing my medals). Liz is in with me, too. So yay, buddy system! Berk and Sudie are (probably rightfully) concerned about being on their feet all day the day before a half-marathon, so they may just do Friday/Sunday. I’m not that worried. I generally walk 6-7 miles a day, not including my running, thanks to Taffy, a walking commute, and a very sprawling office space.
Who should I dress up as?
This is obviously the biggest question around a Disney race. (again #basic). I’ve put a lot of thought into this, and I’m pretty stoked with what I’ve come up with so far. I’m running two races — the Frozen 5K on Friday and the Princess Half on Sunday. My goals were pretty simple: comfortable, sparkly, and unique. I’m not normally a sparkly person, but hell, it’s the Princess Half. If there was ever a moment to be obnoxious in running clothes, this is it.
Frozen 5K: Duke of Weselton
I figure everyone and their mother is going to be either Anna, Elsa, or Olaf. The Duke of Weselton is one of my favorite characters (his dancing and my dancing are pretty similar), and I don’t think there will be many of them running around Epcot. For this costume, I have gray pants and blue shirt; I’m going to make a sash and medals to wear. The only thing left on my to-find list is a white handlebar mustache attached to glasses.
Princess Half: Merida (Brave)
Yup, another “unconventional” choice. When I first saw Frozen, many moons ago, I thought that Anna could be a fun costume. Then all of a sudden, Frozen was everywhere. Nope, nope, nope. So, I wracked my brain about who to be — and Merida almost instantly came to mind. She’s feisty, she’s a ginger (I’m strawberry blonde on a good day), and she accidentally turned her mother into a bear. What’s not to love? For this, I bought an awesome sparkly skirt on Etsy, and this sweet hair bow. I’ll round it out with a teal top, these teal pants, and a gold headband. If running with a bow and arrow wouldn’t be miserable, I’d think about taking one with me.
So, obviously, I’m getting super pumped about this whole experience, and the next few weeks can’t come fast enough! I have a ton going on between now and then, too, so I’m sure the time will fly by.
Okay, Disney people. I haven’t been in almost 15 years. Tell me what I should do, shouldn’t do, etc. etc. You’re the best.