After the 5K Jan and I headed to Epcot, where much to our surprise as we headed into World Showcase we stumbled upon a pop up character meet n greet. I’ve heard of these happening, but have never been lucky enough to stumble upon one myself! Most often these meet n greets are used to train cast members, and they often take place prior to race weekends or when a college program starts up.
As soon as I saw the gate between Canada and the UK open I ran over to see who we could meet! The characters in attendance at this meet n greet were:
- Penguin from Mary Poppins
This was a super fun way to kick off our day in Epcot. We arrived between 11-11:30 so World Showcase was pretty empty. We had been headed to lunch at Tangeriene Cafe, and almost took the boat but it wasn’t running yet. Thank God for that since we got to experience this fun character pop up!
After we met the characters we wanted to we headed to lunch at Tangeriene Cafe in Morocco as planned. (A few of them we chose not to meet and the meet n greet was over fairly early so we didn’t get the chance to meet everyone.) Tangeriene Cafe is seriously my favorite quick service restaurant! I try to eat there every trip! The lamb is phenomenal!
After lunch we wandered World Showcase. I got a grapefruit beer in Germany which is always so refreshing!
Jan and I split an Anna’s birthday cupcake in Norway and found a fun photo opportunity (there was a PhotoPass photographer) with the Anna & Elsa topiaries. If you’re going for the Flower and Garden festival this is a great photo spot, especially if you have a little princess in tow!
We then met up with my friend Erin, grabbed some Starbucks and relaxed for a bit and put our feet up. Then we headed to the character spot at Epcot to see Mickey and friends. We followed this up with a ride on Test Track and Spaceship Earth before heading to dinner at O’hana.
This was a fun day, but we may have overdone it on the walking! Either way we were in bed early after taking a cab back to Riverside from the Polynesian. (We opted for a cab after walking from the Ticket & Transportation center to O’hana due to a down monorail. We just didn’t want to mess with the monorail or waiting for a bus back to Riverside at Magic Kingdom.) Time to rest up for the 10K!
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After a busy day, and too much money spent, at the expo on Thursday we were excited for the first race of three for our Princess Half Marathon weekend, the Princess 5K!
We were up at 3:30am on Friday for the Princess 5K as we had to be on a bus by 4:45am! Those early wake-up calls are never easy, and they were only going to get worse as the week went on. We quickly got dressed in our race outfits. These were our “backup plan” outfits, as we had originally hoped our custom Ariel Sparkle Skirts would be done in time, but no luck! (As a matter of fact, we’re still waiting on them!) Instead we wore our Jeff Galloway sparkle skirts and a shirt I made to match.
Before we even arrived for the Princess weekend we had decided that we would take the 5K easy. Stop for lots of pictures. Enjoy every minute. We knew we had to save our legs a bit so we would mostly be walking the 5K.
The morning was cold and we were rocking the trash bags to stay warm as we waited for the race to start. (I always pack a few in my suitcase for race weekends just in case!) Thanks to our Sparkle Skirts when we arived at the starting area we went through the no bag check line quickly and made our way back towards the pre-race party. We ended up getting in line for a photo with Sebastian. (We missed that Ariel and Eric were a photo op too unfortunately, but Sebastian was fun!) Some friends met up with us when they arrived and joined us in line. We went straight to our corrals after our picture with Sebastian.
We were set to start in C and decided we would do a few intervals to get out of the way of people and the crowds of the corral and then we would take our time. The first mile backstage went by pretty quicly. We stopped for a shot or two of Epcot, pictures with Chip and Dale, Daisy and Donald and Genie in his vacation outfit all during mile 2/World Showcase. We felt like we were moseying. It was nice and relaxed!
The monorail was stopped on the tracks which made for a fun photo op for Jan and I and then we stopped for a photo with the Festival of Fantasy characters from the Mermaid section of the parade by Finding Nemo.
Next thing you know we were heading to mile 3 and the finish! We got our ADORABLE medals, and some handy mylar blankets to warm up, which would be very useful the next morning too! (Tip: always save the blanket you get at the end of one race for the next days race.) The Princess 5K was so fun! It was nice to stop for tons of pictures with the characters and not be worried about our time. I’d say I’m glad we took it easy, but with a day in the parks following the 5K I’m not sure it really helped! The most important thing though is that the race was fun and we were ready for the next one!
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I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for a way to save a buck. I figure what I save can be applied to my Disney fund and help pay for my Disney and runDisney obsession.
I’ve recently jumped on the gift card bandwagon after learning that my local grocery store, Winn-Dixie, offers fuel perks for purchasing gift cards at their stores! I am able to purchase either $25 gift cards, or a gift card where I can add the amount of my choice! The best part is, not only am I getting FuelPerks for purchasing a gift card, but I get FuelPerks for each $50 I spend. So if I buy $500 in gift cards I’ve earned $1.00 off per gallon on gas!
17 Cents a Gallon for Gas???? Yes, please!
In paying off my upcoming trip I recently purchased $1,000 in gift cards ($500 over two separate transactions, but I had not redeemed my FuelPerks yet.) This mean that I got some super cheap gas!
One large SUV filled up for $3.38! What a bargain!
The best part about it is, I can take the money from my gas budget and apply it to my Disney fund! So whether it’s helping me pay off a trip, pay for that special souvenir or that extra dining reservation, earning Fuel Perks at your local grocery store is a great way to save money and add to your Disney fund!
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