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Oh the Places You’ll Go

I last posted in February so since then I’ve visited Walt Disney World again for the Flower and Garden Festival, graduated from college, and accepted an offer to intern with one of Disney’s offices out in California!

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I plan to post occasionally about my adventures out in California.   I definitely plan to do a few Disneyland trip reports as well as travel posts for any other sites I venture to!

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WDW 5K Part 1: 3am-6am

About two weeks ago, my friend and I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 5K.  I was also supposed to run the half marathon for my 21st birthday but that’ll be discussed later, as well as the expo.  The 5K was my first 5K (why not run 6 half marathons and then run a 5k?!) and it was so much fun!  I decided to split the morning in half so I can describe the race in more detail.

3:00am: My alarm goes off.  I had been debating whether to shower or not shower before the race and as I woke up exhausted that morning, I decided not to.  So I snooze the alarm.

3:05am: My friend’s alarm goes off and unlike me she gets up and starts getting ready.

3:10am: My friend asks me if I am going to get up and shower because I need to start getting ready.  We laid out our clothes the night before with our bibs pinned so we didn’t have to spend time doing that in the wee hours of the morning.

3:10am-3:45am: I thought I had plenty of time to get ready so I move slow as a slug at first but then start to speed up my pace.  We eat a quick breakfast in the room tip toeing and trying not to wake anyone else up (that didn’t work).

3:50am: We catch the first bus leaving Old Key West to the race.  The bus driver was funny asking us why we woke her up so early just to run a race.  She also reflected on her first Marathon Weekend where she saw marathoners board in their heat sheets and had to say “You got this!” as they tried stepping up into the bus.  We were with a lot of Dopey runners on the bus (if you run the 5K, 10k, half, and full).  There was not any traffic so we arrive at Epcot around 4:05am with two hours to go before the race officially starts and just under three before our corral starts.

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4:20am: After walking to the main area, we had our photos taken in front of the WDW Marathon Weekend banner sign and then waited in line to get a photo with Pluto (who was the mascot for the 5K).

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4:45am: The photo line for Pluto moved fairly quickly even with his quick break to get some treats.  Seeing other people’s costumes is one of the best parts of the runDisney races.  We saw a whole family dressed as the cast from Beauty and the Beast, a very convincing Captain Hook, and even two Tooth Fairies who sprinkled some fairy dust on my friend.  We joined the pump up party which is always a blast.  The announcers are very energetic even as the rest of us were still waking up.  We did the YMCA and other people were full out dancing.

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5:05am: My friend and I decided it would be a good time to use the porta potties since the corrals would open at 5:30am and we guessed there might be a long line right before then.  We did not have to wait at all to use them so then we stretched for a bit and talked, anxious to get in the corrals and get going.

5:38am: Finally the corrals opened after what seemed like forever.  Thankfully, the weather was perfect so we were not cold waiting around but it had already been 2 and a half hours since we had woken up!  My friend was in Corral E so I moved back to E so that we could run together.  Part 2 will discuss the corral waiting game, eavesdropping, and the actual race!

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Three More Museums and Bond

I am not in London anymore as I start classes tomorrow at University in Northern England.  But, I have a few more London posts to catch up on as my blogging as been a bit sparse the past month or so!  Sorry about that!

We visited the Imperial War Museum, which I actually really enjoyed.  The museum had extensive sections on both World Wars with many artifacts arranged in an easy to follow layout.  This was the first museum that our professor told us we could explore on our own and just leave when we were done as long as we spent a reasonable amount of time there.  I figured I would be done after an hour, but I ended up staying for about two and a half hours.  The Real to Reel exhibit was the highlight of the trip for me.  You had to pay an extra fee to get in, but we had some money to use as an educational fund so I was reimbursed for the exhibit.  I spent almost an hour just looking through the movie artifacts from Casablanca, Saving Private Ryan, and more.  Walking around felt like I was in the Great Movie Ride a little and they even juxtaposed scenes from the Normandy Beach landing on a television screen with the landing scenes in films.  The exhibit was also fairly empty, probably because you had to pay extra and it was a weekday.

img_1135The next museum was the Science Museum, which I actually had to do a presentation on after the field trip.  I visited this museum with my family last summer and this visit was unfortunately not as enjoyable as I had to rush through to see as many exhibits as possible to highlight in my presentation.  You could easily spend a couple of hours here though and the museum is very kid-friendly.

I also took a trip to the Disney Store on Oxford Street this week because I stumbled upon it and had to go in of course.  I was looking for a London Tsum Tsum but unfortunately the cast member said that New York and Hawaii have them but not London yet.  I was very disappointed.  I still ending up buying a souvenir though and so did my two friends because you just can’t walk into a Disney Store and leave empty handed.  I found out that this is the largest store in Europe, but it is nowhere near as large as Times Square (but just as packed).

The other field trip of the week was to the Bond Vehicle Exhibit in Covent Garden.  I went here on a Saturday with a few friends and the exhibit made me really want to watch all of the Bond movies.  I will definitely have to start watching one a weekend of something!  We saw cars, motorcycles, and random memorabilia from the movies.  I saw Q’s ID from Skyfall which was neat but of course the cars were the best part.  And they had the movie scenes playing behind the cars, helping visitors to contextualize when the cars made an appearance.

I have one more week in London to recap and then I’ll almost be caught up to the present!  Plus hearing about a boring orientation week isn’t too interesting and classes start tomorrow so I have to draw out my exciting travel posts from London, Spain, and Germany!

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Where did the summer (and this blogger) go?

Summer 2016 is officially over for me.  It was fantastic but flew by.  I did not post this summer, mostly because I had a Disney Professional Internship (yay!) and was very busy.  We went to Walt Disney World in June (trip report to come) for a week, then I had my internship, and we were just back at Disney for a day before dropping my sister off at college.  In between those events, I went to a sidewalk chalk festival, went to see An American in Paris on Broadway, visited friends and family, and more.

This weekend, I fly to London for the start of my semester abroad in England which I am very excited about. Over the next few days, I will highlight more of my plan for London and the first few free days I have and then will use the blog when I am abroad as a way to update my family and friends on my experiences.  I also made a public Instagram account if you want to follow my travels.  The account is travelonmymind_mc

Here’s a fun photo from our June trip when my sister and I met Chewbacca because I couldn’t post without including one photo from the summer.

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WDW Half Marathon Registration

is TOMORROW at noon Eastern for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members!   And then a week from tomorrow, registration opens for everyone at noon Eastern as well.  I’m crossing my fingers that registration goes well for all tomorrow as well as next week.  If I don’t get in tomorrow, I will be trying again next week!    photo 4

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Latest WDW Updates and my thoughts

D-Luxe Burger is a new burger place which will be open in May in Disney Springs.  To be honest, I do not care about having a burger place in Disney Springs.  What caught my eye is that D-Luxe Burger will have a wide range of gelato milkshakes!  I think that is the best Disney news I have heard in a while.

Disney is also piloting an After Hours ticketed event for Magic Kingdom where you pay around $150 to stay in Magic Kingdom from 11pm-2am.  The latest buzz in the online community is worry about the Extra Magic Hours for resort guests going away.  I would really hate if this was true because I personally won’t be paying for four hours in Magic Kingdom.

My family was in Walt Disney World a few days ago (without me) and could not get over the parking system at Disney Springs.  They also asked why I had not mentioned it before so I figured I could mention it now.  The parking garage at Disney Springs tells you how many spaces are free and also has green lights above the spots that are open and red lights above the spots that are occupied.

Only a few weeks until registration opens for January WDW Marathon weekend!  Is anyone signing up?  I hopefully will be.

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Here’s a lovely photo from two year’s ago when we spent St. Patrick’s Day in Disney.  We went to Raglan Road the night before for dinner and went to Animal Kingdom the day of where everyone was dressed in green.  How did everyone celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year?  Unfortunately, I did not do much to celebrate the holiday and couldn’t find my favorite St. Patrick’s Day movie “The Luck of the Irish” from the Disney Channel anywhere online.

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