One July 6th I decided that the best and only way I could use my expiring Southwest Airlines standard award ticket was to fly somewhere and go running. The next thought in my head was "I am going to go running at my favorite place - Disney World!"
The trick was I could only fit in an overnight trip from Monday July 16th through Tuesday July 17th! The next thing to figure out was if anyone else wanted to get in on the fun with me. I let friends on Facebook and Twitter know what I was up to and people reacted in one of two ways: I want to go & I so wish I could go!
With six friends interested I came up with an itinerary and a name for the trip - DisneyRunFest2012! My flight was scheduled to get me into Orlando at 1:30 am, but lucky for me SWA was willing to switch me to a direct flight once I was at the airport (carry-on only pays off)! So I got into Orlando at 10:15 am!
|We always stop for photos outside of the EarPort! |
A nice Disney Store employee took all of these for me!
|2013 is the year of Goofy!|
Of course I am going to add the 5k and go Dopey marathon weekend!
|Aren't we lovely!|
|My photographer insisted on capturing the different faces on the mirror!|
|She did a nice job don't you think?|
|Next she wanted to dress me up with a little store merchandising. |
Too bad they don't sell runDisney at the airport!
|Then it was off on the Magical Express to Port Orleans French Quarter.|
|Happy buses filled with happy riders!|
|There I am on my way with my blue camera clicking away!|
|These chaps were out to welcome the guests!|
|And here is where we were staying for the night. |
Nice room on the first floor!
The resort was not busy at all and it was nice and quiet at night.
|Welcome to the room to me!|
|And a nice hello from Mickey!|
Marcia was coming down from Jacksonville. I was able to get settled and check out the resort with my bonus 3 hours from SWA before she arrived. We really hit it off - proving that splitting a room with an almost complete stranger can work out great!
So that brings DisneyRunFest2012 up through the check-in at the resort. If you want to see the itinerary check a few posts back at http://lovedisneyrunning.blogspot.com/2012/07/disney-run-fest-july-16-17-2012.html.
Right now I need to get out for an evening run so more later!