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Old 11-12-2012, 02:28 PM   #61
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I have a question well a couple

1) Is it worth the cost?
2) Is the after Part worth the Cost?
3) Do you have to be in a team or can you do it on your own or with another friend?
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:39 PM   #62
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I have a question well a couple

1) Is it worth the cost?
2) Is the after Part worth the Cost?
3) Do you have to be in a team or can you do it on your own or with another friend?
1. No, unless it is an Anniversary, you live locally and don't have to travel far so those expenses are out of the equation. Don't get me wrong, I loved the race this year, and really wanted to do it this year. But, I am not going to pay the registration for a 5K that is approaching nearly the same amount as a Half Marathon at Disney, that doesn't have the Expo, and start that late at night. If it is your first 5K and the cost doesn't bother you, go for it. It is fun.

2. I thought the After Party was worth it if you love Animal Kingdom. I do, and love Expedition Everest and enjoyed riding that over and over and over. The selection of food wasn't great, but everyone was gone by about 12:30 a.m., so for the next hour and a half, we had no wait on any rides.

3. Personally, I would recommend doing this as a team (whether you sign up as one doesn't matter either way), simply for the scavenger hunt. It is so nice to be able to work with another person on solving the clues. Although people do help you, I think most people were a bit too competitive, mainly because they were tired and wanted to enjoy the party. I would imagine that will remain the same next year.

I do love the medal, but it is the same as last year, and I can't donate it to Medals for Mettle so I am not going to waste my money traveling for that. I will wait until the 10th Anniversary if it actually gets to that point.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:10 PM   #63
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1. No, unless it is an Anniversary, you live locally and don't have to travel far so those expenses are out of the equation. Don't get me wrong, I loved the race this year, and really wanted to do it this year. But, I am not going to pay the registration for a 5K that is approaching nearly the same amount as a Half Marathon at Disney, that doesn't have the Expo, and start that late at night. If it is your first 5K and the cost doesn't bother you, go for it. It is fun.

2. I thought the After Party was worth it if you love Animal Kingdom. I do, and love Expedition Everest and enjoyed riding that over and over and over. The selection of food wasn't great, but everyone was gone by about 12:30 a.m., so for the next hour and a half, we had no wait on any rides.

3. Personally, I would recommend doing this as a team (whether you sign up as one doesn't matter either way), simply for the scavenger hunt. It is so nice to be able to work with another person on solving the clues. Although people do help you, I think most people were a bit too competitive, mainly because they were tired and wanted to enjoy the party. I would imagine that will remain the same next year.

I do love the medal, but it is the same as last year, and I can't donate it to Medals for Mettle so I am not going to waste my money traveling for that. I will wait until the 10th Anniversary if it actually gets to that point.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:37 AM   #64
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At Expedition Everest, I didn't even see bottles of anything, so we bought stuff. It was so crowded and chaotic that I can't even say for sure what they had to eat and drink for the runners outside of stuff you could purchase. It was hard enough to get our medals.
The only way I even found the free, HOT Powerade was in my backtracking search for medals! What a mess that finish was.

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I will say that the ToT was much hotter weather-wise, but the water was acceptably cool. So, hopefully that issue will be much better in 2013
Agreed - I was nervous about taking a bottle at the TOT finish, but it was totally acceptable!

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1. No, unless it is an Anniversary, you live locally and don't have to travel far so those expenses are out of the equation.
ITA with this... I'm local and I still don't think it's worth the cost!

Ditto for #2, but my view is tainted by being local; we can visit AK any time, so there was no particular incentive to stay and do rides.

#3 - you can enter as teams or individuals. I was on a team with my son, but we needed a LOT of help on the clues, anyway; the CMs are happy to assist.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:02 AM   #65
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I think the biggest things that irked me was the hot water and powerade and the fact that I wanted to purchase a shirt at the after party and the systems were down, so my choice was...wait forever for a shirt or go have fun...unfortunately they lost a lot of people's purchases because of that, but now I've learned...buy your stuff in advance at packet pick up....

Ill be doing this event again specifically because my hubby wouldn't even dream of doing the tower of terror race( no desire to do 10 miles), so I will drag him to this event.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:12 AM   #66
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We are out on this one because of the price increase. We have decided to do Wine and Dine instead, which will be a little bit more $$ but hopefully cooler
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:41 AM   #67
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We are out on this one because of the price increase. We have decided to do Wine and Dine instead, which will be a little bit more $$ but hopefully cooler
You won't be disappointed. The extra mileage will be worth it!
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:50 AM   #68
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Is there any place I can check the diffrent types of obstacles in the race or what the scavenger hunt is all about?
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:39 PM   #69
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Is there any place I can check the diffrent types of obstacles in the race or what the scavenger hunt is all about?
They are very vague about it on the runDisney site. Someone mentioned that they change the obstacles, but they were the same this year as last year, so I don't know the truth to that. They had the tires, hay bales, and crawl under a net as the obstacles last year. They are optional. I found them to be terribly easy, but they did create bottlenecks on the course.

I am surprised they call it a scavenger hunt, because my perception of them was that you find a clue and have to find actual things like I don't know a Mickey Mouse in a shop or something, but they were just clues that took you to different clues. They were mostly riddles.

This blog shows pictures of the actual clue cards. That was the toughest part of the race and why I think you should only do this as a team (but you should register separately because registering as a team wasn't a good thing) because you may figure out the clues faster.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:43 PM   #70
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I guess and if anyone here is familiar with the Spartan Race/SuperHeroScramble that their obstacles are no where near the simple ones Disney uses. In other words I should not expect to jump over walls, crawl under barbed wire, climb up a slanted splippery wall.....

I should expect simple kid friendly obstacles that in reality if I choose to do I might have to wait in a line to do it. So is bet to just keep running and take part in the Scavenger hunt.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:48 PM   #71
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I guess and if anyone here is familiar with the Spartan Race/SuperHeroScramble that their obstacles are no where near the simple ones Disney uses. In other words I should not expect to jump over walls, crawl under barbed wire, climb up a slanted splippery wall.....

I should expect simple kid friendly obstacles that in reality if I choose to do I might have to wait in a line to do it. So is bet to just keep running and take part in the Scavenger hunt.
Could you imagine if Disney had obstacles like that? I would volunteer to be a spectator if that ever happened.

Some say that you have to do the obstacles in order to be eligible for awards. So, if you are at the front of the pack, maybe you have to do them. But, I don't see how they kept track of that. Otherwise, yes, just run by the side of the obstacles and get the scavenger hunt as quickly as you can. That way, you cross the finish line and have ample time to ride all the attractions that will be open. You cross the finish line AFTER the scavenger hunt.
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I guess and if anyone here is familiar with the Spartan Race/SuperHeroScramble that their obstacles are no where near the simple ones Disney uses. In other words I should not expect to jump over walls, crawl under barbed wire, climb up a slanted splippery wall.....

I should expect simple kid friendly obstacles that in reality if I choose to do I might have to wait in a line to do it. So is bet to just keep running and take part in the Scavenger hunt.
What's the point if you aren't going to do the obstacles?

My teammate couldn't navigate the obstacles due to injury, so I did them twice. Once for each of us.
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I dont mind the obstacles just picturing them in my head. Regardless I do plan to run it and do them!!
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What's the point if you aren't going to do the obstacles?

My teammate couldn't navigate the obstacles due to injury, so I did them twice. Once for each of us.
The lines are long and they aren't challenging. If there was a fun element to them, then why not? But, I have seen kid's obstacle course races that were more difficult and more thought out. It was as if they just threw the stuff there. We need an obstacle, just put down some tires...

Would I rather stand in line to do those, or get to the scavenger part of the race faster since it is so time consuming (or can be) and you finish faster to enjoy the after party? It isn't cheating. You are still going the same distance. I expected the race to be more like a Spartan but on a Disney scale. Add some humor to it, like a lot more obstacles and challenges. I have a ton of ideas what they could have done to make it better than it was. I wish I knew you could skip them. I didn't know until after the race.
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The lines are long and they aren't challenging. If there was a fun element to them, then why not? But, I have seen kid's obstacle course races that were more difficult and more thought out. It was as if they just threw the stuff there. We need an obstacle, just put down some tires...

Would I rather stand in line to do those, or get to the scavenger part of the race faster since it is so time consuming (or can be) and you finish faster to enjoy the after party? It isn't cheating. You are still going the same distance. I expected the race to be more like a Spartan but on a Disney scale. Add some humor to it, like a lot more obstacles and challenges. I have a ton of ideas what they could have done to make it better than it was. I wish I knew you could skip them. I didn't know until after the race.
I would expect then that you skip photo ops with characters while on course, since you are concerned about finishing to enjoy the after party?
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