After packing the car and grabbing donuts, we left around 10am. We made a WaWa stop for snackage and arrived at the expo around 12:45 (we were running late, as usual).
We had to park way far away, but we were lucky enough to catch a shuttle to the entrance.
|See those tall palm trees? We need to go WAY over there|
|I look like a grimacing thumb with hair|
|There's those palm trees, and we're still not really close to the buildings|
|The entrance to ESPN Wide World of Sports|
|Up the hill to the Jostens Center and HP Field House|
|View from the upper portion of the Jostens Center - gEAR bags were in the back left corner|
For those of you who have runDisney before and always wondered, what was behind that huge black curtain? It's shirts. Lots of shirts. LOTS OF SHIRTS. You're welcome.
|I think each bundle had either 5 or 10 shirts, folded together. Just pick up a bundle to restock the area|
|Yay! My second photo with Jeff Galloway!|
|View from the front door (yeah, we'd already slept when I remembered to do photos)|
|I hate that hotels don't do thick blankets anymore - this hotel has THIN blankets between two flat sheets|
|Standard hotel bathroom; toilet and bathtub in separate area to the left, 'closet' to the right|
|Old school ROUND toilet (because door barely clears the bowl), and tub/shower combo|
|We always unplug the stupid hair dryer and use the extra outlet for our charging stuff|
|'Closet' with hangars that can't come out, ironing board and safe|
We probably grabbed some dinner, but I can't remember where we ate, and if I can't remember, chances are nothing fun happened. So, we ate dinner... then went to bed.
Saturday morning, we decided to drive to
We went up to the roof for a bird's-eye view of Disney Springs, though the Kiddo stayed far away from the edge of the roof (she's no fan of heights!). Once I was done, we took the cool escalator down one level, then took the elevator to the ground floor.
|View from the top of the Westside Parking Garage (the ball in the middle is Planet Hollywood)|
|Looking left to Cirque, Disney Quest, Splitsville and AMC Theaters where you can watch and dine at the same time)|
|Though the fences are very high and safe, the Kiddo will not go any closer to the edge.|
|Another shot of DisneyQuest and Splitsville|
|Escalator with safety panels|
We kicked around a lot of ideas, but he was no help in making a decision, so I said let's just go to Roaring Fork at Wilderness Lodge. We can get food, then boat over to the MK. So that's what we did, although by the time we got there, it was already lunch time, so no breakfast for me.
|Boating to MK is the best!|
|If I ever get a boat, it will be because of beautiful days and trips like this one|
|Preparing to come ashore|
|Relaxing on my own little boat|
|It's a beautiful day at the Magic Kingdom|
|Hello, beautiful Christmas decorations|
Up at the top of the train station, we ran into the Kiddo. She loves people watching from up here!
|Ssssshhhh! Don't spook the wildlife|
|I do wish there weren't huge guy wires... Ruins the pictures|
|They're a little less noticeable in this shot|
|Hello, Mr. Nutcracker|
|Guarding the tree|
|Walking through the poinsettias|
|Balloons and Decorations|
|Gas lights and Helium balloons|
|Celebrate a Dream Come True just ended!|
|Pinocchio and the Fountain|
|Pluto and the Fountain|
|Goofy and the Fountain|
|Chip 'n' Dale and the Fountain|
At 3, we met up with the Kiddo at Big Thunder and took a ride around the mountain.
|She'll probably never NOT wave to people on this ride|
|This here's the WILDEST ride in the wilderness!|
At this point, I was feeling pretty hungry (I'd not had a big lunch), so I declared it time for funnel cakes!
|When you ask for extra sugar, they just tell you to say 'when'|
|Jingle Cruise tree|
|Sign near the boat loading area|
|Astroturf, not real grass|
|I love the colors|
|Beautiful blue castle|
|During the Castle Lighting show|
|Fully iced over with lights|
Once the castle was lit, I moved over to the Liberty Square bridge and took some photos from my favorite angle.
|Anytime I can get a water reflection, I'm all for it|
|There's more lights now, since they added the turrets|
|I think the green/blue is my favorite color combo, when the castle has lights|
|It's so dreamy!|
|Not tilted enough to be artsy, but it's still a great shot!|
|Reflection isn't as good on this side|
|No, these aren't the Ozzy OsboUrne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights|
|The view looking towards Lights! Motor! Action!|
|The Jennings' Family 'Fireplace'|
|The ginormous light switch that turns it all on every night|
|In the middle of it all|
We stayed for about an hour, but with the race starting soon, we wanted to head over to the Boardwalk to spectate the race. We'd never gotten an email, and around funnel cake time, we'd decided that even if we got an email, we probably wouldn't volunteer, since we weren't prepared nor had enough sleep to stay up all night.
We were awake enough to spectate though! (Me, not by much...) We bussed from DHS to the Boardwalk hotel and chilled out in their lobby for an hour, charging our tech and just enjoying the AC. I wasn't expecting the race to get to our area for another hour at least.
|Trying to charge AND text at the same time (Hubby is on the other side of the fireplace)|
|Who thought these chairs were a good design idea?|
Just before midnight, we stopped over at Seashore Sweets for some ice cream to eat while waiting for the runners. We grabbed a bench to people watch, and was wondering why no runners or pre-runner bike staff were coming by.
|Yummmmm, Edy's (Dreyer's for your West Coast folks)|
|Not a bad view while waiting for the runners|
Anyway, most runners still seemed cheerful as they passed by. Many took photos at the mile marker anyway, though I think we actually represented Mile 6 now. We stuck around until 1am, as long as we could, but we still needed to get back to our car at Disney Springs, and buses usually stopped running around 2am.
|Mile 12? Mile 6? Who cares, we're running at Disney!|
After dropping them off, our super-awesome bus driver took us to the (not yet open) Westside bus stop! We got our car and headed back to our (LOL) resort, and conked out for the night.
Sunday, sadly, we were just too damn tired! We ended up just checking out, grabbing snackage at WaWa and coming home.