On Friday, we drove down (with donuts and snackage, of course!) early so that we'd have plenty of time to park, check in and make it to the Expo on time.
|We had to park far, far away!|
|Thank you, Disney, for having more than just coffee|
|I usually get a pretzel and a 32oz Fountain Drink|
|Very crowded during shift change|
|I think his belly is bigger than mine!|
Amy was our Team Leader this time, and rather than walk through the crowds, she decided it would be easier to take us over the river and through the woods to the Jostens Center! Whew!
|Can I get this lawn at my house? But without the manual labor?|
|Still walking, almost halfway there|
|Tom (in black) giving us instructions|
|Yes, I know you chose the wrong size shirt; just go to Shirt Exchange already|
|gEAR bags, with pins and Clif Bar|
|Our view for the next six hours|
|King bed with sofabed... very nice|
|Why do they never put trashcans IN the bathroom?|
We checked in at the Volunteer Tent near the race start area and waited around for our team leader.
|Of course I'm wearing my Freedom SparkleSkirt!|
|Waiting for our Team Leader|
|We were allowed to wait inside, if we wanted to|
|Vintage Mickey Bar costume|
|Chef runner and Carlos' Woman runner|
|Okay, it's the best I could do with a handheld|
|"Ugh, I'm stuck at Disney World with my parents, eww"|
|These are so neat! I bet they get hot, though...|
|Seriously, have YOU ever noticed the door before?|
Soon, I had to stop nerding out though... here came our first Wheelchair Racer! Look at him go!
|He's so fast, he blurred the camera|
|I think this was a Belle|
|Figment and Dreamfinder (and a Belle)|
|Monsters University cheerleaders|
|Crappy photo of PhotoPass photographers doing whatever it took to get good shots|
We checked out at the Volunteer tent, headed back to the hotel to change clothes, then we were off to the Magic Kingdom!
|I never knew that they moved this pylon during the day... another I feel stupid moment|
|Welcome to the Transportation and Ticket Center!|
|New steps at the Magic Kingdom monorail station (they don't save time, really)|
|The Train Station is all decked out for Christmas|
|We're in the FastPass Line|
I did my usual trick of ordering the meals for them (shrimp for the kiddo and nuggets for the hubby), and then an extra entree-only (shrimp) for me. I never eat all of my meal anyway, so it saves me a few bucks. On a whim, I asked the cashier if I could substitute french fries for the coleslaw, and she said that we could.
We ended up with three meals AND an extra boat of fries, for no extra cost! Good deal! (Well, except for the fact that these shrimp were not the shrimp they usually serve; these were flatter, like SeaPak shrimp... They weren't nearly as tasty, so I hope they go back to the plump, round ones!)
|Chicken up top, two plates of shrimp|
|This boat of fries is a GREAT trade for a tiny cup of coleslaw!|
|There's always room for one more...|
|We're #1! We're #1!|
|Can't beat the view, I guess|
|Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about Jesus?|
|Ah, to be a teenager (this looks so uncomfortable!)|
|Mint Chocolate Chip|
|Sneaking around the back way|
|The unmeltiness tells you this photo wasn't taken in July!|
|Almost to the front of the park|
|On the ferry, almost out of ice cream!|
|Goodbye, Magic Kingdom!|
We were in place by 5:30, and well... we all just kinda stood there. Officially, we were supposed to keep the crowd moving. This meant that if runners met their family at the side of the chute, we had to be bitches and make them move. But for the most part, it meant we all just kinda stood there.
|Hanging around the Finish Line|
|Brownie + WaWa soda = Breakfast of Champions!|
|Ever since I knew we could wear head boppers, we've been unstoppable!|
|I caught her mid-stick(ing her tongue out)|
|Nothing more figure-friendly than wearing a tee-shirt OVER a fleece jacket!|
BUT, if this is all there is? Oh, yeah, I'm signing up in a heartbeat!
Afterwards, we decided to just grab some Arby's for lunch (breakfast, almost) and head home. We're usually exhausted by Sundays during race weekends, and this weekend was no different!