And we’re off… again. It’s time for another RunDisney running adventure. By the time this post goes live we’ll already be most of the way through our trip, done our races, and thinking about home. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t already had some fun.
So, here’s how things went so far…
02015-Jan-16 – 10:42 Edmonton Airport, Gate 76
Customs cleared, we’re at that pre-vacation state of place and mind when you just want it all to get started. And it almost is. A three hour flight that is due to leave in less than one, and everything seems calm with the weather and the schedule. The flight with whom we’re sharing the boarding area, at least for the next ten minutes, is bound for Vegas. So, the room is filled with kids anxious about Disney and both kids anxious for something more adult. The only thing forgotten thus far: a reminder that telling the teacher Claire was going on vacation didn’t necessarily translate into telling the school. They called. “Uhh… yeah, we’re about to get on a plane to Los Angeles. Sorry?”
02015-Jan-16 – 15:31 LAX Arrivals
Smooth flight, but our bag was literally the last one off the claim… No, really. There was a piece of paper taped to it that said “Last Bag.” And now we wait for our hotel shuttle…
02015-Jan-16 – 17:34 Disneyland Hotel
We checked in, got our race bibs, listened to Sean Astin talk about training for a marathon… the usual.
02015-Jan-16 – 19:29 Disneyland!
02015-Jan-16 – 20:01 La Brea Bakery
We pause for dinner after a frantic day of travel. We snuck in a few rides before eating, but next up… back to the park to fulfill Claire’s goal of riding It’s a Small World everyday..
02015-Jan-16 – 21:52 Disneyland
Teacups. Enough said. I’m dizzy now.
02015-Jan-17 – 09:17 Star Wars Disney Race Finish Line
Claire and I got up at 5 am to cheer on Karin for the 10k race. She was a little reluctant to wave the lightsaber around, but in the end we saw her pass twice and finish.
02015-Jan-17 – 10:17 In line for Peter Pan’s Flight
We did a quick change and went to the park for our early morning entry. It’s going to be a long day. Everyone is already tired. Oh, and I have a half marathon in the morning.
02015-Jan-17 – 11:21 Star Tours Queue
Of course, we had to do Star Tours again. There was virtually no line.
02015-Jan-17 – 12:39 Stranded on the Jungle Cruise
02015-Jan-17 – 17:34 Hotel
The park got busy. So, after being rescued from the broken down Jungle Cruise, we caught one more show and one more ride, and then left for a while. Lunch outside of the crazy and a few winks at the hotel, and were ready for round two. Now, back for a while.
02015-Jan-17 – 19:57 Toy Story Queue
We got a little overwhelmed in the Magic Kingdom, so we moved over to the California Adventure park for the rest of the evening, secured a FastPass for the rollercoaster and are now killing the time queuing for Karin’s favorite ride, Toy Story Mania… essentially a 3D video game. The line is long and slow. But we’re committed…
02015-Jan-17 – 20:06 Still in line….
02015-Jan-18 – 12:27 Going back to Disneyland
Race complete. Now for some fun.
02015-Jan-18 – 12:52 California Adventure, Monsters Inc queue
We’ve got ourselves some FastPasses for later and now we’re in full on Disney vacation mode. My legs are a little sore, Karin’s knee is still hurting a bit, so it’s going to be a slower day, but it’s busy and the longer queues might work in our favor.
02015-Jan-18 – 13:50 Radiator Springs Racers Queue
We took Karin’s super planning advice and picked up some passes for this Cars ride. Normal wait is currently 90 minutes. We’ll be through in 10 or so. I guess it’s kinda popular. I ran past the ride this morning and it was pretty amazing all lit up, the fake canyon walls in oranges and reds.
02015-Jan-18 – 17:56 Walking back to the hotel
Back to the hotel for a break. Been going steady for 12 hours straight. Currently my pedometer says 41k steps on the day, and that day is still young.
02015-Jan-18 – 19:41 Chilling at the Hotel
Some quiet time at the hotel included a dip in the pool and some take-out supper from the Cheesecake Factory. Since there are literally thousands of runners here this weekend, we have been making fast friends with whoever we meet, it seems and I’ve been scaring Americans with tales of my sub-zero running adventures when they comment to me that this morning’s run was a little on the chilly side. You think THAT’S cold????
02015-Jan-18 – 21:54 Frozen Dance Party
Runners and children in abundance! Play some Taylor Swift and you have some crazy times, at least for an old guy who was up at 4 am…
02015-Jan-18 – 22:49 California Adventure Park
Claire finally got her chance to meet Olaf (after her awesome dad stood in line for over an hour!) and now we’re just meandering around the park trying to figure out how we’re all not collapsed from exhaustion. Claire’s been going steady for sixteen hours, and she’s almost got as much mileage in as me today. What a trooper.
02015-Jan-19 – 09:58 Carnation Cafe, Disneyland
Breakfast on Main Street. The girls ordered Mickey Mouse shaped waffles. I’ve opted for a hearty eggs platter.
02015-Jan-19 – 11:40 Fantasyland
The crowds have been very light this morning, and we’ve got in a half dozen rides without too much waiting. Karin was the “rebel spy” on Star Tours, and Claire was dizzy with excitement about another spin on Space Mountain. Our submarine ride just ended, and now we’re waiting on a Storybook boat tour. From space to water…
02015-Jan-19 – 11:42 Earlier, at Star Command…
02015-Jan-19 – 12:58 Royal Theatre
Time for some sits? We’ve since got in a few more rides, and now have made a soft landing at the Royal Theatre where they do a cabaret-ish retelling of Frozen, in just a few minutes from now. And of course the princesses themselves well be making an appearance. Claire has ditched us for seats in the kiddie mosh pit, while we’ve got some quiet seats near the back. My poor feet and legs are feeling the effects of over 40km of foot travel yesterday, and a few minutes of sitting is already overdue.
02015-Jan-19 – 15:39 Grizzly River Run Queue
Soaking wet, and waiting back in line for a second run at the Grizzly River Run, a kind of watery roller coaster…
02015-Jan-19 – 19:14 Waiting to be seated…
Dinner reservations tonight are in the park, that restaurant overlooking the Pirates of the Caribbean ride has a kind of dinner and a show deal. Eat, and get prime seating for the Fantasmic show at 830.
02015-Jan-19 – 20:59 Dinner at Blue Bayou
02015-Jan-19 – 21:07 Tiki Room
Now we kill some time until the big show. Another round of Pirates, and then Karin gets her nostalgia fix with the Tiki Room. It’s a good place to sit and rest, of nothing else…
02015-Jan-19 – 23:51 On Our Way Back to the Hotel
Another day ends with a crazy show… and one more spin on Star Tours …before going back for sleep. I will say that Fantasmic was pretty awesome with prime seating and a daughter who stayed awake for it this year.
02015-Jan-20 – 10:27 Hotel
Tuesday, and the dust has settled. The local long weekend is over and the crowds are promising to be significantly lower today. The park doesn’t even open until 10am, so we’re hanging out at the hotel and relaxing before we get back into another day of Disney. Claire has her heart set on a few more rollercoasters, so hopefully her parents are up for the excitement.
02015-Jan-20 – 11:52 California Adventure
Claire and I wait for rope drop while mom stands in line for some FastPasses for Radiator Springs Racers.
02015-Jan-20 – 12:41 Toy Story Midway Mania
For the second time today already..
02015-Jan-20 – 14:22 Frozen Sing-a-long Theatre
One last item on our Frozen checklist was the sing-a-long show, and after a quick lunch we squeezed into the next performance by the skin of our icy teeth. Let it go, let it go..
02015-Jan-20 – 15:13 Frozen Theatre
Okay, I’m officially at peak Frozen. I can feel my sanity slowly seeping away.
02015-Jan-20 – 16:19 Space Mountain Queue
My little thrill junkie wanted to ride Space Mountain one more time.
02015-Jan-20 – 1927 California Adventure
We finally took a spin on Mickey’s Ferris Wheel, Karin cringing and Claire screaming at the top of her lungs the whole time (mostly because we chose a swinging car) and freaking out the two girls who got stuck riding with us. Then dinner, scoring seats next to the parade route while we ate… until the parade broke down. But only for about fifteen minutes. Ironically, it was the Mater float, a cartoon tow truck that caused all the problems. A couple more hours, though, and then it’s all over. Time for a couple more rides…
02015-Jan-20 – 21:46 Downtown Disney
Done. Well, except for some shopping. Karin is finishing up her souvenir collecting, while Claire and I wait out in the street and people-watch the evening clear out of the parks.