Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Fairest Week In Review: 12/13

Another week mostly spent not in Walt Disney World. :( Eh. Roll the tape:

Sunday | ran 3.08 miles outside in 31 minutes; according to my phone walked an additional 10 or so miles around Walt Disney World
And then we left WDW. :( :( :(


Monday | ran 9.08 miles on the treadmill in 1:30

Tuesday | walked 2.33 miles outside in 40 minutes; 55 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 5.26 miles outside in 55 minutes

Thursday | walked 2.33 miles outside in 40 minutes; 60 minute ballet class
Or I just got stuck in Tuesday's time loop.


Friday | ran 5.31 miles in 55 minutes

Saturday | rest

But at least it's Christmastime now! Pat and I went and got a Christmas tree last Wednesday and we've been slowly decorating it and putting up presents and drinking hot chocolate around it and all the good stuff. 

Please pray that my cats do not ultimately end up destroying everything, though. Ruffian has been MUCH more bold about playing around the tree. Cats, man.


Pictured: trouble.

Roundup!

Elbowglitter points out that you can't use Christmas to force other people to pick up your athletic hobbies.
The Runner's Guide to WDW dispenses WDW Marathon Weekend advice.

- You can get more specific - Half Crazy Mama can teach you how to prepare for the Dopey Challenge.
- Or if you're looking further ahead, Get Princess Half training tips from Disney In Your Day.
Jambo Everyone isn't too sure about replacing Flights of Wonder with an Up + Birds show. AND NEITHER AM I.
Mouse On The Mind got to see The Nightmare Before Christmas with a live soundtrack and Danny Elfman and everything!


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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 12/02

It's trip report time! You can see all the posts in this report here.

A point in Day 3's favor: We got significantly more sleep on a whole.

Point against Day 3: We felt a little sicker.

So... call it a wash?

We got up, got ready, and headed out for Disney's Animal Kingdom later than I would have liked for the Morning Extra Magic Hour, but we would still catch some resort-guests-only time. I kept an eye on the MDE app on our bus ride and ultimately formulated a brand new plan, essentially throwing out all the FPs I had booked so long ago in favor of an of-the-moment itinerary.

Our first stop was the Na'vi River Journey, which at that early hour had but a 10 minute posted wait. POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD! I actually enjoyed this more than Flight of Passage; despite its low thrill level I find it does a much better job of evoking a feeling, and several of the scenes are very pretty indeed.

Unfortunately I think the main criticisms leveled at it are correct: there isn't nearly enough to look at when you consider repeatability, and yes, it is WAY too short. I think another two minutes or so would've improved matters considerably, not only in terms of return on queue time investment but also in terms of emotional resonance. The Shaman of Song audioanimatronic IS impressive, but I've only barely gotten to know her, you know?

From there we hustled out of Pandora and over to nearby African for an early morning safari, where I was pleased to find the posted 20 minute wait was in fact a zero minute wait. Nice! The lions were out and about and the painted dogs were particularly active.

While in line I picked up a FP for the first Festival of the Lion King show of the day, which I know isn't strictly necessary but I'm very particular about where I sit, so. We killed the little bit of time remaining with a coffee stop at Kusafiri, where I also got one of those breakfast wraps. They're not bad for counter service.


DAMMIT.

One of the advantages of seeing the first of any show of the day is that there's no wait for the previous audience to clear out; we were let into FotLK about 20 minutes before showtime. I got my preferred spot on the side of the lion section AND a tumble monkey high five, yay!

After the show we moved toward Asia, and I stopped briefly at Serka Zong to sneak in a single rider line spin on Expedition Everest, a ride far too thrilling for my mom to ever attempt. 




Then we moved on to Flights of Wonder to see the show one more time before it evolves next year. Happily we got my favorite Guano Joe (indeed, my ONLY Guano Joe with the exception of one single time). I considered asking him for a photo afterward but by the time the crowd had moved sufficiently out of my way he was moving offstage so I decided to leave it.

A quick bathroom break later and we were on to our final FP, Dinosaur - we were in the backend buffer time by this point but I knew we could make it. I was curious to see if the preshow sparked an aha moment for my mom as to why I had named my car the Time Rover - and it did!

I was determined to get a delicious Hightower Rocks before we left DAK, so I pulled my mom over to Nomad Lounge's outdoor patio. My mom didn't want to drink because of her scratchy throat, so I drank by myself like a weirdo. :( It's just so good I have to bear the indignity!



I ducked into the big gift shop to scope out stuffed animals for Pat's younger niece, and then we headed out, picking up a bus to AKL before transferring to Disney Springs. I'm finally starting to get my footing here!



We wandered around a bit, poking here and there: World of Disney, TrenD, Cherry Tree Lane. The latter has the cutest dresses but DAMN are they expensive. The Haunted Mansion ballerina dress with the capelet is almost $200! I've no doubt I'll capitulate eventually but I haven't been able to pull the trigger. When I cave it'll probably be for the Snow White apple dress...

We also took a stroll through the Christmas tree trail, but if you can believe it, we balked at the three hour wait time to get our picture with Santa.


Kanine Krunchies can't be beat!

This tree brings honor to us all.

Movin' right along, footloose and fancy tree.

Oodelaly, oodelaly, golly what a tree.

Thinking ahead, I pondered the Magic Kingdom's food options and decided I wasn't into any of them. Instead we had a late lunch/early dinner at Jock Lindsey's. Review to come!

From there we picked up the bus to the Contemporary before walking over to the Magic Kingdom. Guys, it was CROWDED. Like, what the hell levels of crowded. My guess is because lots of people wanted to see the new fireworks show and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party precludes that most nights at the end of the year? I know that's why I was there.

Whatever the reason, I led my mom to Tomorrowland only to discover a bonkers line for - what for it - the Peoplemover. Yowza. I pivoted quickly and instead dragged her over to a just-closing showing of the Carousel of Progress. This turned out to be a big hit! She likes shows and music, and I liked the idea of an immortal dog.

After the show we skedaddled back to the hub to watch the castle lighting. It's always lovely to watch the castle light up but I miss the old Cinderella and fairy godmother version. :/ I hope Frozen fever dies down someday. (Don't tell Pat's niece I said that.)

We took another shot at the Peoplemover then, and this time we made it! Somewhere along the way I had also picked up a solo Splash Mountain FP in Pat's honor, so we started to head toward Frontierland. I had time to kill and it was on the way, so we ducked into a showing of The Country Bears. I know it's not for everybody, but I personally find the absurdist humor pretty solid. Just as soon as I find a ladder!

We tried to check out the Christmas shop afterward, but it was just too crowded. Instead I found a bench for my mom to chill on and headed into Splash Mountain. Incidentally, at that point Big Thunder had a 110 minute wait - that's the kind of crowded we're talking here.



Post Splash we headed back to Main Street and, because we were THAT desperate for throat-soothing tea, we got in a Main Street Bakery Starbucks line that spilled well out into the street. Twenty minutes or so later we had big cups of mint tea to sip while we waited for the fireworks.

Although I know it's not the optimal position, I chose us a spot down toward the entrance in front of the train station, to the right of the big Christmas tree. I wanted to be able to shoot out in front of the crowds. The tree did block some full fireworks spreads and we couldn't see the projections as well as if we were closer, but I thought it was a perfectly acceptable vantage.

As for Happily Ever After, I was pleasantly surprised. I went into this one expecting to be underwhelmed, as I am deeply suspicious of re-recordings. But there was a lot more original music featured than I expected, and the covers weren't too bad. I was also pleasantly surprised by the breadth of the movie selections. Super bonus points awarded for "That's What Friends Are For" from The Jungle Book, with Shere Khan's solo at the end and everything.



The second the show was over we spun around and booked it in front of the bulk of the crowd to the buses, and we were on our way back to Music in good time. We made a brief stop at the food court for sandwiches before slipping back into the room, eating, and conking out.

Next up: the last day. :/

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Friday, December 8, 2017

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 12/01

It's trip report time! You can see all the posts in this report here.

We pick up the next morning with me bouncing out of bed at 6am and going for a run, because if a trip doesn't have a race built in you just have to do it yourself. I'll do a full post on running around the All-Star resorts at a later time.

I knocked out three miles before heading back to the room to shower and get ready to roll out. 

Finding out my grandmother had died had certainly cast a pall over things, but since my dad wanted us to stay we figured we may as well try to enjoy it. Unfortunately my mom is a light sleeper/as much of an anxiety machine as I am, so between the bad news and the late night phone call she was running on like three hours of sleep. 

Oh, and another thing! The whole trip we were surrounded by coughing children. There must be something going around. Sure enough, on the second morning we were both feeling a little under the weather. Nothing debilitating but there was a throat-tickling component.

Nevertheless we set out. Our first stop was at the front desk, where I recounted the story of the aforementioned suspicious phone call to a CM. She checked my record and confirmed that there were no problems with it; it was indeed a scam. That sucks - I could see through it because I have a strong understanding of how Disney operates and what information is on my account, but if they're targeting other Disney guests I bet some newbies might not know better. The CM promised to recount the tale to management but I'm not sure what can be done. Never give credit card information over the phone, people!

That out of the way, we picked up a bus to the Magic Kingdom for the tail end of Extra Magic Hour. Main Street was gloriously uncrowded, and as we walked toward the castle we could hear the opening strains of the trolley show, specifically "The Trolley Song." My grandmother looooooooved Judy Garland, so this was a nice nod to her.



We headed into Fantasyland and knocked out Winnie the Pooh, the Little Mermaid, and it's a small world in quick succession - only Pooh really had a wait, and it was maybe 15 minutes. Incidentally, I don't know who designed VotLM's queue, but they seriously overestimated its popularity. You could run an entire 5k in that thing.

After that it was off to our hard-won Be Our Guest breakfast reservation, a review of which I will of course be saving for a separate post because food always deserves a starring roll role, no?*

* RIP Starring Rolls.

Post-breakfast we were off to our first FP+ of the day, the Jungle Cruise - or I should say the Jingle Cruise, as it was all done up for Christmas. The modified name of our boat? Garland Gertie. Judy again! Our skipper was good but talked too fast; she never gave time for her jokes to land.



We stopped briefly at the Jack Sparrow show before using our Pirates of the Caribbean FP. Front row! Then it was over to the Haunted Mansion to try for standby. The posted wait was 25 minutes, so I gave my mom a choice: this or Philharmagic? Proving that not everyone classifies attractions on the same level, she chose Philharmagic. Oh, I kid, I kid; I find the movie quite enjoyable. And we only had to wait like 4 minutes to get into the theater, so all in all it was a successful use of time.


We says goodbye to the redhead.

I hustled us so resolutely to our Peter Pan FP that I accidentally tapped my band 4 minutes early. Oops! We backed away apologetically and people-watched for the necessary time before trying again with success. I do really like this ride but the standby line is always nuts.

By then it was time to head to Epcot, although we stopped briefly for snippets of the Great Moments Muppet show and the Dapper Dans. There was a monorail waiting for us at the MK stop and another for Epcot at the TTA, so that worked out beautifully. I picked up some Soarin' FPs while we rode.

Once inside Epcot we headed to the Fountain View because it was the closest place I could think of off the top of my head where my mom could get a smoothie. Then we headed to The Land and checked in for the Behind the Seeds tour. I've been meaning to do this for YEARS. Finally it happened! More detailed review coming in a future post.

The tour lasted over an hour, and by the time it finished it was almost time for our late lunch ADR. Almost, but not quite - we headed into the World Showcase and bypassed Morocco in favor of a stop in Japan's Mitsukoshi department store. Sadly all the Shinzi Kato merchandise my mom loves seems to be gone? But the whole place has been rearranged so I'm honestly not sure; maybe it's hiding in a corner somewhere. I'll have to check again some time.

We were still a little early but checked in at Spice Road Table for our Candlelight Processional package anyway, where we were whisked to a table with no wait. I'll do a full review post for this too, but for now let me say SRT is seriously underrated.

After lunch we backtracked to the land for our Soarin' FPs. This is about the thrill level my mom is most comfortable, and she found the new movie very enjoyable. We were in the middle left hangglider and the distortion was somewhat evident but I don't think she noticed.


I had to stop and say hi to my buddy Figment.

We also snuck in a ride on the new green side of Mission: Space. First of all, I don't understand WHY they re-recorded the preshow videos because it is literally the exact same script. I like Gina Torres and all, but I miss Gary. Second, the new green side is pretty underwhelming, no? Too much talking, and again, the ending is exactly the same as the Mars side. So weird!

By then it was high time we headed over to the American Gardens Theater, although we paused briefly at the gospel show on the way. My plan was to pick up a drink at the new Choza Margarita as we passed, but the line was INSANE. Next time!

Speaking of insane lines, the queue for the Candlelight Processional WITH the dining package was pretty nuts too. Obviously we had a seat, but it took some time to get in and my mom was starting to get cranky from sleep deprivation and residual shock. I soothed her as best I could and managed to scope out an empty area reasonably close to the stage. It was way to the right but it would do the job. And we were directly in front of the sign language interpreter so that was interesting.

My mom and I saw Whoopi narrate when we went in 2013, and my mom loved her so much she wanted to go again this year. Honestly I get it: even if she weren't a part of my beloved Star Trek franchise, I would love her delivery. My mom says she does it "very New York." I don't know what that means exactly but she's very straight ahead and maybe juuuust a little bit sassy, especially in the bit at the end about the origins of "Silent Night." My favorite part was when she danced and sang along to "Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy." Great show, great show!




Oh, and BAM: before the show I messed around in the MDE app and snagged Frozen FPs. This was good. The bad bit was that my mom was starting to fade. I coaxed her over to Norway and sat her down on a bench before running into the Sommerhaus line to meet Anna and Elsa.

Normally face character meet and greets aren't my thing - I always feel awkward. The actors stay in character because that's their job, but I always want to be like, "you know I know you're not real, right? Can we just take the picture and roll out?" Costumed characters are much less awkward. I know; I'm a boring killjoy.

But I was in line for a reason: I wanted Anna and Elsa to sign a Christmas card for Pat's niece, who is freakin' obsessed with Frozen (attempts to divert her to Moana have been only moderately successful). This they did, and they seemed to like the idea, but it was definitely also a awkward as they talked about Olaf and his hot chocolate preferences while I stared them blankly like a weirdo. But I got what I wanted with only about 15 minutes' line time so it all worked out.


Turns out Anna and Elsa are both pretty short.

I very cruelly dragged my zombified mother through Frozen Ever After because I love the Let It Go scene more than I love her, apparently. At least I was kind enough to forego IllumiNations in exchange for an early bedtime. We grabbed a bus and headed back to Music.

Next up: we finally start to cheer up a little at DAK.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 11/30

Hello and welcome to a very strange trip report! If you are looking for a perfectly normal dose of pixie dust, I refer you to any of my other trip reports. For you see, this particular report will have its fair share of oddities. And before this first installment is over, SOMEONE WILL BE DEAD. Ahahaha!* ... Yeah.

Ghost Host laugh.

Still with me? Cool. I began this trip as I begin every trip: with a terrible night's sleep. It's anticipation, sure, but then there's also the crippling fear that I may sleep through the alarm. So my brain largely seems to land on scarcely sleeping at all.

No matter! I was going to WDW, so I bounced out of bed before my alarm even went off, collected my mom, and rolled over to the airport. The flight left on time, we landed early, Disney's Magical Express made us chill on the bus for awhile, and then we were on our way!

All-Star Music was the second stop. Our first act upon landing was to hit up the front desk. I had of course done online check in, but I had also received an interesting voicemail the night before offering a $20 gift card in exchange for no housekeeping services. This seemed like a fine deal to me so we accepted.

I made a pit stop in the bathroom to change and freshen up - and I must say, the All-Star bathrooms compare quite unfavorably to Pop's. They're like half the size and in terrible shape. Half the door latches were broken. Lame!

Then I did something I haven't done in four years: went straight to a park. What, no race expo to attend? What is that even like??? Well, I'll tell you what it's like: it's time-saving. We were on a bus to Epcot in no time flat.

I did something mildly clever here, I think? See, when I set up our FastPasses, I knew we wouldn't be in Epcot long enough to warrant all three. But I also wanted to take a stab at picking up some last-minute top-tier FPs, the kind you can't have two of at once. So for my first FP selection I deliberately took a slot I knew I wouldn't use (and before you get all up in arms, know it was for Figment at 9am - NO ONE HAS EVER NEEDED OR WILL EVER NEED THAT). That way once I used the other two I was free to try for FPs on any ride I wanted!

So our first legit FP was for Spaceship Earth, and while the FP line was weirdly backed up (a trend, we would find), but it was a good start - my mom enjoyed messing around with the animation at the end. Poor dear, she hasn't learned to be jaded about it yet.

I dashed into Club Cool for some Sparberry (and to complain about the lack of watermelon soda) before heading over to Test Track for our FP slot. I was off my game for the vehicle design - our car was neither particularly good nor particularly weird. I mean, it was pink and had butterflies on it, sure, but I can do better.

While in line I tried to pull up FP options, but for some reason my mom's use of our TT FP hadn't registered. I made her trek back to the FP sensor to tap it in so I could start checking for new FPs and also because I am a terrible daughter. And it was for naught, too; nothing good was coming up in our allotted time.

Instead we decided to head to our Sanaa lunch reservation early. EARLY! Oh, to be that naive again. Guys, we arrived at the AKL/Kidani Village bus stop at 12:15pm for a 1:30pm lunch ADR. Q: Did we make that ADR? A: NO WE DID NOT.

This was FAR AND AWAY that worst bus situation I have ever experienced. Disney claims a bus will arrive at each station at least every 20 minutes, but of course this is not an exact science. Here's what happened to us:

  • At the 30 minute mark, we asked a passing Cast Member, who assured us a bus would be along any minute.
  • At the 50 minute mark, someone in line called guest services, and he was told that there was a problem with the bus but it was coming now. (Followup question: there's only one bus...?)
  • At the 1 hour mark, I called Sanaa and asked them to hold my ADR, which luckily they were able to do.
  • At the 1 hour and 5 minute mark, we flagged a vest-adorned CM, who said he would call someone but didn't that we could see.
  • At the 1 hour and 10 minute mark, someone else from the line approached a different bus driver and was told that there was a shortage of buses and there wasn't really anything he could do.
  • At the 1 hour and 15 minute mark, a bus finally arrived.

So yeah. Not Disney transportation's finest hour. The interesting thing is that we did gently complain later to a very nice lady at the Kidani Village desk, and she told us the buses were delayed because of all the construction. So I don't know what the hell was going on, but at the very least get your story straight, Disney. We did walk with an extra FastPass each, though, so it wasn't a total loss.

Anyway, we finally arrived at Sanaa about 20 minutes late, but I'll save that for a full review post. Obviously it was delicious.

After lunch we picked up a very reasonably timed bus to Disney's Animal Kingdom, where we poked around in some shops for a bit before our Caring for Giants backstage elephant tour. Saving that for a separate post too, but the short version is this: awesome. Book it.

Somewhere in there I also picked up a FastPass for Kilimanjaro Safaris at my mom's request, so we did that immediately following our elephant encounter. While in line for that, I performed a miracle: I picked up evening FPs for Flight of Passage in Pandora. And they said it couldn't be done!


We saw three lions at once!

Our sunset safari was very good, but the most notable thing about it was our driver. As I noted on Twitter, this dude talked like William Shatner had fused with John Wayne and then smoked all the weed in Orlando. And he was sassy about it, too. I personally found him hilarious, but I'm surprised Disney lets him get away with it.

By this point the sun had set, and the Harambe nightlife was heating up.



But as much as I love Harambe, it was time we journeyed with the crushing masses to Pandora. Much has been made of Pandora at night, and having seen it that way for the first time, I must say... why? It's so freaking DARK, guys, and obnoxiously crowded, and the "bio-luminescence" is just glow in the dark paint and blacklighting. I guess the fact that the mountains "float" is unique but basically it's just a rainforest, right? I felt lost the whole time and frankly cranky about it. #avatarstillsucks

With that glowing introduction, I segue to my first ride of Flight of Passage. POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD. Once again, I'm going to have to be Debbie Downer Hateseverything here. I honestly do not get it. Admittedly, as you may have noticed, I am coming from a place of burning hatred for the Avatar movie, but still. 

A lot of the positive reviews for this ride go on about how it's unlike anything you've ever ridden before. Really? It's a motion simulator. I know that the bike-style seating is kinda different, but other than that... it's a motion simulator? Moving a couple pads against my thighs doesn't suddenly make me believe I'm no longer riding a bike. For starters, if I were actually riding a banshee, shouldn't I be able to see his head in front of me? Huh? Huh???

To be clear, I'm not saying it's bad. It's pretty! It's fun! The music is nice! I like the swoopiness! The star effect at the beginning is pretty cool! But... it's a motion simulator. What am I missing here? Please tell me; perhaps there's an important innovation I'm overlooking.

After that I had had quite enough Pandora for the time being, so we hightailed it out of there. We made a brief stop at the Discovery Island dance party and then headed to Serka Zong. 



I checked the Everest line but it was long, so we just handed in our bus-apology FastPasses in exchange for a place in the audience Rivers of Light, 'cause ain't nobody got time for that standby line.

I was experiencing this for the first time as well, and by contrast to Flight of Passage there wasn't much hype to overcome. Perhaps in part thanks to that I wound up enjoying it. Mind you, it's no Fantasmic or whatever, but it's a pretty little show and the shaman boats are nifty. My main complaint is the weird pop power ballad in the middle? What the hell was that about?



DAK was closed by the time the show ended, so we power walked out ahead of the masses and managed to pick up the second bus back to All-Star Music.

Unfortunately this is where things started to go wrong. My mom called my dad, you know, just to check in... and we found out my paternal grandmother had died. Now, she was almost 97 and had dementia, so it's not like this was completely out of left field, but still... it was a strange cognitive dissonance, hearing this in the most magical place on earth. My dad insisted we stay, saying my grandmother would want us too, but it cast a strangeness over everything.

So that was weird and dampening of spirits. We went back to our room in the Broadway section, watched some of the Disney Christmas special, and tried to get some sleep.

Probably you think this is the end of the day's report. You are wrong.

A little before 10:30pm, I'm in the bathroom area prepping for bed when, out of nowhere, the hotel phone starts to ring. Thinking it might be, I don't know, a message from my dad or something, I lunge for it.

There's a woman on the other end claiming to be with the resort. She keeps referring to me as Mrs. German, and tells me she's been trying to get in touch with me for hours. I'm 97% sure my account says Miss and I KNOW my cell phone and email address are on my record, but I roll with it.

"There's been a problem with the database, and I need to confirm some information," she says. First she asks me to confirm my name. That I do. 

But THEN she asks me to confirm the address attached to my credit card, and I balk. "Can I do this at the front desk tomorrow?" I ask. She agrees but hustles off the phone.

Yeah. That had scam written all over it. And that's how our first day ended.

There's more trip report to come, guys! It does get better. (Mostly.)

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Fairest Week In Review: 12/06

Annnnd I'm back from WDW. :( 

The end of this trip hasn't been as wrenching... kind of. Guys, it was a weird trip. Some wonky stuff happened. I'm talking scams, sickness, bomb sniffing dogs, and DEATH. (Just kidding!) (Actually not kidding!) 


Well, not exactly...

I'm definitely gonna need a do-over.

On that decidedly un-Disneylike note of disquieting intrigue, let's go to the workout log, followed immediately by the roundup. Come back later this week as I begin the sordid tale!

Sunday | ran 5.41 miles outside in 55 minutes

Monday | walked 2.16 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class

Tuesday | ran 13.11 miles on the treadmill in 2:10

Wednesday | ran 3.18 miles outside in 35 minutes

Thursday | according to my phone, walked 9.6 miles around WDW
WDW!!!!!

Friday | ran 3.04 miles in 31 minutes; then according to my phone walked an additional 12 miles
Post coming about my experience on the All-Stars running trail.

Saturday | according to my phone, walked 11.9 miles around WDW

Roundup:


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

In Which Jenn Is Prepped For WDW

Things to do tomorrow:

1. Go to Walt Disney World.

In the wise words of Lavender Gooms:


Things not to do on this WDW trip:

1. Run a runDisney race.

Which makes me feel all weird. You mean I don't have to immediately bolt for the expo as soon as I get there? I haven't had a non-race trip since... December 2013, the last time I took my mom. Hmmm.

Here are an assortment of things I do intend to do:
  • Since my mom only rides the green side anyway, let's check out the new Mission: Space
  • Get some margaritas from the new stand in Mexico
  • Enjoy the elephant and Behind the Seeds tours for the first time
  • Try some of Epcot's Festival of the Holidays food booths, with an emphasis on those smoked salmon things from Alsace, the mochi cake from Japan, and all the fancy drinks
  • Investigate the inevitable train wreck that is the new Hall of Presidents (Never mind, probably)
  • Take in Flights of Wonder one last time (I hope I get my favorite Guano Joe!)
  • Watch the France movie, since my mom'll dig the soundtrack and who knows how long it has to live
  • Get some Hightower Rocks from Nomad Lounge
  • Watch the new MK fireworks show
  • Finally catch Rivers of Light
  • See Guinan recite the story of Jesus's birth, or the script of "Yesterday's Enterprise;" whichever
  • Accept, with resignation, that Pandora is a thing and, like, go there, I GUESS

It shall be awesome! Be on the lookout for mad tweets and instas so you can follow along. See ya around the World!


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Fairest Week In Review: 11/28

Guys. Guys guys. It's ALMOST TIME. Almost time for Walt Disney World!!!

Let's get my workout log out of the way right quick so that we can get to the good stuff:

Sunday | ran 10.11 miles outside in 1:45

Monday | walked 2.18 miles in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class

Tuesday | ran 5.22 miles outside in 55 minutes

Wednesday | walked 2.04 miles outside in 35 minutes

Thursday | ran 6.22 miles in 58 minutes and then another 2.03 miles in 21 minutes
First bit was the Turkey Chase 10k; second bit was me running home from the finish line.

Friday | ran 3.26 miles outside in 35 minutes

Saturday | rest

Okay, on to Disney stuff! I was sooooo close to switching my resort reservation AGAIN this week, because my beloved Pop Century became available. But it ultimately seemed like it would be cutting Magical Express ticket stuff too close, and since we're checking bags we need those stickers. I restrained myself.

What I DID rebook was my Be Our Guest breakfast ADR!!! YES!!!! We've moved from a crazy-early 8am ADR to a much more reasonably 9:35am breakfast time, and since the Magic Kingdom opens at 8am for Extra Magic Hours that morning the change is invaluable. I'm very pleased.

I was a little concerned about weather last week - for awhile it looked like it might be downright chilly in Orlando while we're there, with some highs in the upper 60s only. O.o Luckily predicted temperatures have rocketed up to at least the mid 70s for all four days, which is much more my style.

I am still deeply scarred by the 2017 WDW Marathon.

I'll be posting my usual pre-trip bucket list/plans tomorrow. In the meantime: roundup, take it away.


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