The WDW Princess sponsored by RunDisney is a banner race for princesses of all ages, shapes, and sizes. There's a 5K, 10K, a 1/2 Marathon, and spectators galore. Our trip planning was a year in the making starting with hotel bookings (Port Orleans French Quarter!)
airline reservations (USAir) and entry forms. Erin and Maria ran the 1/2 Marathon and Kris and I "ran" the 10K. What a weekend!
The House of Mouse was at the top of its game last week, though refurbishment and construction are the bane of winter visiting. A new parade showcases quite a few embellishments utilizing steam-punk features. Check out Malecificent's dragon.
The Magic Kingdom sported it's newest ride, "Snow White and the 7 Dwarf's Mine Train" that winds it's way along a track similar to Big Thunder Mountain with swaying mine carts. Very fun and the animatronics are amazing. But it was chilly! The girls and I were bundled up to face the 39 degree mornings and this was Florida, folks.
I can't say enough about the great dinner we had at 'Ohana in the Polynesian Resort. I'm thinking we'll stay there next time ... Excellent appies - dumplings, chicken wings, and sweet bread. It's an 'all-you-can-eat' kinda place with deliveries of steak, chicken, and shrimp. All washed down with an unbeatable Banana Bread Pudding. This dessert was worth the 2 pounds I came home with!
Erin and I loved introducing Kris and Maria to all the fun of EPCOT, catching Test Track and Ellen's Energy Adventure, munching on a Norwegian smorgasbord, shopping in Great Britain, and lifting a pint at the Biergarten. Prost!!
Check out Kris & I sporting our 10K Medals!
The alarm sounds off at 3am on race days and that's 1am to my Arizona body. But up we get and traipse on over to the start of the race. For the 1/2 Marathon morning it was a brisk 43 degrees at the start. Brrr..... So proud of these princesses for running the race they did - Way to go Erin & Maria!!
The Disney Studios truly held our attention all afternoon and into the evening with a very memorable dinner at the 50's Prime Time Diner - thanks Nick!! There are terrific rides, shows, attractions, and sing-a-longs here at the studios and we enjoyed it all. From "Singin' in the Rain" ...
To Grauman's Chinese Theatre...
All the way to a Brownie Fudge Sundae ...
We managed to squeeze in a few hours at Animal Kingdom on the last day. This park continues to grow like nobody's business. The Everest Expedition is an exhilarating roller coaster, the Kalahari Rapids will drench you, the Safari introduces to some spectacular African animals, and the shows are phenomenal.
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It's hard to leave this magical place but home was awaiting.