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Old 08-19-2013, 06:41 PM   #16
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:42 PM   #17
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:44 PM   #18
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:49 PM   #19
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:49 PM   #20
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:58 AM   #21
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Tower of Terror 10 miler + MNSSHP: Day 1 - Arrival

So I just called Disney to update our reservation with our Magical Express request. M will love this as he thinks the buses are so cool! Last March he did a one day trip with his grandparents during his Spring Break tour of FL and brought home the set of Disney buses as his souvenir.

Since we usually drive to Orlando, this is only the second trip on the Magical Express. DH emailed me last week and said...what if I buy us plane tickets for the trip and get a rental car...totally out of left field!

He was talking about a day at Universal to take M to Harry Potter (he's just started getting into HP - watched 3 movies, we are reading Book 1 and he plays the LEGO video game) but once I explained how costly a single day ticket was he rethought the idea and decided maybe a water park was a better idea. We'll save Universal and maybe Sea World for another visit.

So the current plans are a fairly early flight, luckily we can fly direct, then the Magical Express to Port Orleans Riverside. We stayed here last year for DS's birthday and loved it. Looking forward to going back.

Once we get there and get checked in we are planning to go to Blizzard Beach for the afternoon. I may have to leave a bit early to go over to the RACE EXPO!!

I think I am looking forward to this the most!! I can't wait to check out all the fun stuff. I have been to the race expo for the Peachtree RR which is a huge race...but I suspect there is more fun stuff at the runDisney Expo. I am also going to be on the lookout for costume ideas for the Glass Slipper Challenge. Hopefully I can find stuff that can be ordered later, because I am hoping to be a size lower by then!

Our evening plans are up in the air. I could take M to a park for a bit while DH hangs at the hotel or we could go over to DTD and perhaps go to Disney Quest. If we get 3 vouchers (1 per person) then we would have enough for us to go and then the boys to go back while I am running. This will be another first for us...none of us have been to DQ.

Now...the biggest factor in whether these plans hold is...WEATHER. DH has a 3 day PH+WP ticket while M and I have Seasonal passes. So Sunday and Monday are definite park days, but Friday and Saturday are a little more flexible. But just a little.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:38 PM   #22
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Tower of Terror 10 miler + MNSSHP: Day 2 - Race Day

The BIG day!!

I am going to run my first Disney race!! So excited about this...and nervous! I don't want to get swept...and while I am not planning to stop and get photos...it would be fun to get a couple if there are rare characters on the course.

I don't want to take the whole day off from the parks...but I am planning an afternoon off. So...what to do?


HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS!
M loves TSM (of course) and all things Star Wars (of course) so the plan will be to try and sign up for Jedi Training Academy while DH gets FPs for TSM. First up will be to ride TSM...I might make DH ride with M because M gets upset if he doesn't have the high score in the car! LOL! He is very competitive!

Last trip I got 999,999 on Buzz Lightyear and he (while proud of me) was upset that I beat him...so later in the trip he got 999,999 and was super excited. Then we each maxed out again! It was ok though since we each got it twice...LOL!

Back to our regularly schedule touring plan...

Rope drop will be an absolute necessity to accomplish our objectives for the morning. Our morning will likely be a combo of TSM & Star Wars (Star Tours and Jedi Training) with hopefully a quick ToT trip and maybe even a RnR. I haven't been on RnR yet so I'd really like to try it. Not sure M is tall enough. And guessing DH would also like to ride. So it may be single rider line for us.

Then the plans diverge...
Before I leave...MUST. HAVE. CUPCAKE! Or at least get one for later so I'll hit up Starring Rolls. Then I'm headed back to POR for a little R&R before the race. I love the create-your-own pasta at POR so that will likely be my pre-race meal around 2pm. Then I am going to try and nap a bit before getting ready for the race.

As for the boys...who knows? I suspect a combination of Disney Quest, possibly stay at HS for a bit longer, maybe even go to play mini-golf. Or they could hop to another park. Or if it rained the previous day...Blizzard Beach.

They aren't going to meet up with me for the after party...so I'm not sure how long I'll stay for that. I definitely want to see the Villians so I'll make sure to stay for at least a little while. But I know we will have a full day touring tomorrow so I will need some sleep!
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:22 PM   #23
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Tower of Terror 10 miler + MNSSHP: Day 3 - MNSSHP

RECOVERY DAY

To appease DH who is reluctantly coming along on this trip...I tempted him with the promise of the Food & Wine Festival. We were able to attend F&W last year and I'm pretty sure that I could make Disney an annual event so long as it is centered around F&W for DH. And that's without even doing any of the special events!! He just loves being about to try the foods from the different countries.

So the plan today is to hit up EPCOT. We may sleep in a bit to recover from the race (and my late night) but we can't be too late because I am sure M will want to do Soarin and Test Track as part of the deal for humoring his father.

Me - I want to try the new French Ice Cream place. And just wander. Nothing else in particular I want to see or do. Last couple of trips to EPCOT were so rushed, I'd like to make this one a bit more leisurely.

The only thing stopping us from that however is...

MNSSHP!!!

M & I will attend the MNSSHP because it is absolutely my favorite! We went twice last year and had a blast. We did characters and rides mostly one night and then parade and fireworks the other. We didn't do much trick or treating but we did come home with the motherlode of candy.

M's favorite ride is Barnstormer so we had to ride that one last time before we left. There is both a Trick or Treat stop and trail right there by it so we hit those as we were leaving. They closed both right after us...so they dumped all the leftover candy in our bags. It was an insane amount of candy! At least 5 gallon ziplock bags of it...you should have seen us on the bus on the way back to the hotel!! I'll see if I can find a picture.

My plan is to get there around 4pm. If we get there early we can enter on our APs and get bands later...otherwise we'll just use our MNSSHP tix.

More prep is definitely in order for this part of the trip...and I'll have to balance characters with those we will see at MVMCP. Special costumes and rare characters will be highest on the priority list.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:29 PM   #24
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Tower of Terror 10 miler + MNSSHP: Day 4 - Going Home

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Old 08-22-2013, 05:50 PM   #25
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Just wanted to say hello. I will be following your plans. Not sure how much I will post, because I tend to fall behind on every thread I sub to... I just wanted to let you know you have a reader.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:33 AM   #26
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Welcome!! I was beginning to hear the a slightly altered version of Billy Idol..."talkin to myself" in my head.

Been a tough week as DH has been in Seattle all week. So between my long commute (nearly 30 miles each way with a stop in the middle to drop DS off at school), training runs/workouts, Back to School night last night and a Back to School picnic today...the evenings have been very rushed.

But the good news is I've managed all of that, especially the two training runs! And I've mapped out my 8 mile run for tomorrow! Good thing we don't have anything planned for the weekend except baseball practice and trainer as I'll be completely wiped out after all that!

I do plan to start added photos on here this weekend. So it should be a little more interesting after that...
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:44 AM   #27
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Good for you in getting so much done! It is not easy to fit all that in, I am sure!

Tomorrow I was planning a long run... but my dd talked me into a dog walk (kinda like a race..but with walking and dogs...will be about 2 1/2 miles) It takes place at the time I would normally go and run... so I either have to get up VERY early or go later in the day for my run. The temp is down today, so I think an afternoon run wouldn't kill me today. Not sure about tomorrow though...

have a good run tomorrow! 8 miles! ToT is right around the corner!!!
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:04 AM   #28
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8 Miles Done!!

I did it! 8 miles in under 2 hours...plus about a 10-15 min break. About 3 1/2 miles in I was suffering. Needed a bio break and my feet had gone numb. I had a 4 mile loop that I was going to run twice so I still had a little ways to go before I passed the house. So I ended up walking a little extra and stopped a little longer because of course M needed me to get him something to drink and DH was still sleeping and so on and so forth.

But I am happy to say the second loop, once I got a little water and my clif shot blocks which I had forgotten was much better and I was even able to stretch some of my 2min run/2 min walk intervals into 2 1/2 / 1 1/2 intervals. Legs are definitely tired. Going to have to get my trainer to help stretch me out a little extra tomorrow.

Plans for the weekend: 1st baseball practice later today and trainer tomorrow. Other than that I hope I can finally start working out our cruise photos!!
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:57 PM   #29
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I'm finally here! Love the plans so far, we have much in common, I had PF as well...ugh, I hope it never returns! I cannot wait to see some pictures!
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:11 PM   #30
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Welcome Karen!

I added a couple of photos...so at least you guys can see me! And also my handsome little guy!! The intro photos are from our cruise. The guys sort of humored my photo obsession by letting me drag them into pictures.

And of course I had to add my favorite one from SWW this year. At that point M really had very little idea who these characters were...he had only watched the 3 original movies and played the video game. But now he has seen all the movies.

I have tons more from the cruise to add and I'll get there...its been a month and I finally got around to downloading them this weekend...so that's progress right? I need to spend some time thinking about reservations for Princess Weekend! I am really hoping for a Play, Stay and Dine Pin or public offer so I figure I should at least make the reservations just in case! I've never done DDP before so this would be a totally new experience for me. We've had the Tables in Wonderland card this last year and that worked out great for us.

I really want my mom to come with me for this one...and I think it would be a blast to have all the great meals planned out. Plus with the 2 races I think we'll likely take advantage of resort restaurants for the first couple of days before hitting the parks after the races.

My window opens tomorrow...so better get busy!
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