January 8… Kinda went something like this.
Dopey Eve. And we spent it first by wandering around a faux wilderness and second by picking up some race packages.
Suspense of the morning was resolved: yes, my issue with my pass was cleared up and I had no problems from the previous day getting into the park.
Karin, Claire and I had ditched the rest of the group for a super-early morning and were at the Animal Kingdom for 8 am when the gates opened. We strolled in, snapped some pics, and started hitting rides. Well… ride, actually. We managed to convince Claire to ride Expedition Everest with us. That was that. She was not impressed.
The others joined us shortly after our wild roller coaster adventure.
I took the three kids and we headed down to the dinosaur land while the other three parents caught up with the Everest ride (ie. took their turn because the kids wouldnt go near the thing.)
More rides ensued, including the Dinosaur Adventure ride, the Jungle Safari, and a whole lot of walking. We also snuck in a look at the live-action/puppet-type production of Finding Nemo The Musical. It was all another blur.
A few more rides later and Karin, Ryan and I split from the rest of the group, making our way over to ESPN World of Sports where the RunDisney Expo and race package pickup was located. It wasn’t very busy, and we had all our race chores and goodies ticked off within an hour or so… hey, it’s a big place.
Then it was back to the hotel for a few minutes before swinging by Downtown Disney for a bite at the House of Blues. Karin and I took Claire home to prep for the race tomorrow, and now the girls are in bed and I’m on my way there too.
1) Got my turkey leg. Have you heard of the famous Disney Turkey Leg: if not its like a Disney staple, a smoked full-on-bone turkey leg wrapped, hot, and available at a ton of different vendors. You gotta have at least one per trip.
2) Getting royaly soaked at the Kilamanjaro raft ride.
3) Finding some helpful runners who gave us serendipitous and timely directions to the bus on our detour trek to the expo. We couldnt find a more direct route from Animal Kingdom to the ESPN Center where the expo was being held, so we went to a nearby resort to catch the shuttle and promptly got lost. Of course.
But the first of the four races is tomorrow: the 5k Family Run, and all but me will have their racing dance cards filled and filed by this time tomorrow. It’s going to be an early morning — the bus leaves at 5 am — but it’s gonna be fun.