It’s that time again. More trip prep as the days get closer and closer.
As you can see I’m sticking with the holiday themed post names. So far I’ve introduced you to my trip, made a list of things I’d like to do, while Alex at Practically Imperfect shared the news of her double whammy parks + cruise vacation (my jealousy builds) and what’s new & what’s old this time around for a seasoned WDW traveler like herself.
Other than timing, another common detail of Alex’s and my trip is running. Sort of. While she is actually participating in the RunDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon and I’m not, my last two November trips were planned because of this run. People I adore were running in it, and I got to tag along without the pressure of a finish line.
One thing I didn’t talk about much post-trip last November was the Wine & Dine after party which Disney is kind enough to allow family and friends to attend. (There is a hefty price tag involved.) The after party tickets gets you into Epcot before the race is actually over (7 p.m.) and grants you entry around the park until 5 a.m. Now last year, Katherine and I logged in a whole day at the parks before we returned to the resort for her to get prepped for the half. We never thought we would stay for the whole after party, and, well, we did. Except we were more social butterflies than people who actively took part in the short attraction lines.
(Not that I’m complaining; I met a ton of great people last year. But because Epcot remained so utterly crowded during our entire stay, I wish I would have fit in one ride at least. Time management, Estelle!)
A few observations:
- It was really awesome to watch people finishing up the race. (Even if it was really hard to walk through the traffic to get to the World Showcase. Maybe this will be streamlined better this year?)
- IT WAS REALLY HUMID IN EPCOT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.
- If you think are you going to hear gorgeous background audio during your finish line party, I hate to disappoint you. It’s disconcerting to hear a DJ blasting pop music while you are hanging out in the World Showcase. Definitely a moment embedded in my brain.
- It is very cool to feel like the park is only open for you. (When I say “you”, I mean the amazing people who ran a half marathon!)
All in all, I’m excited to see people’s race costumes, check out Food & Wine with a smaller crowd of folks, and hang out in my beloved Epcot until the wee hours of the morning. 🙂
→ If you ARE running the Wine&Dine Half, be sure to check out Alex’s latest on her first half marathon. She needs YOUR pep talk! ←