My apologies if the following post isn’t very exiting – super tired right now after a very early start today – it may not come across below but I am extremely excited and happy to be here at Disney World and completely wired to have the races begin!
So with that said on with the day’s recap:
Early start this morning – quite possibly earlier than many doing the 5k family race this morning at Epcot. We were at the airport in Winnipeg going through security at about 4am Central time. I think in the end due to worrying about possible flight delays and cancellations I only got 2 hours of sleep. This meant I spent most of the day with a headache which was lovely but I survived.
Our plane left Winnipeg about 20 minutes late due to it requiring de-icing. We ended up with good seats though – exit row with 3 seats for the 2 of us which was pretty awesome.
Because we didn’t check any bags we were able to get through US security in Toronto much more easily than we have in the past. In the end our plane in Toronto was about 30-40 minutes late taking off and we managed to get exit row again. We had to juggle seats as the air crew sorted out where some kids were on the plane but that worked for us as well. We still got the exit row seats but in the one single row where there are 2 seats instead of 3 – meaning my wife and I got to sit nicely together without us imposing on anyone else’s space or them on ours. Was very nice.
Got off the plane about an hour late – disappointing but much better than what others went through in the past couple days and definitely better than I was expecting.
About 15 minute wait at Magical Express before heading to the Pop Century resort – check in was easy and they had our Magic Bands for us. We then had a real quick bite to eat and then headed to the Expo to grab all of our stuff for the weekend. I noticed some folks from the Pacebook Running Club in the cafeteria area which was cool.
From the crowds at the expo I am convinced that getting to the expo around 5 pm on the Thursday is the way to go if you want to avoid crowds! Not very busy at all and grabbing our stuff was quick and easy. I did have to go back and get a second clear bag for bag check as my first one started to rip along a seam. I do have to say though that the runDisney merchandise available was a bit disappointing – just not to my personal tastes for colours and shirt styles, etc.
Lots of other shopping was done though – my wife got one of the Dooney & Burke purses and I ended up with a couple shirts from InkNBurn that look awesome.
Then had a quick snack and beer back at the Pop Century before heading back to our room to get some much needed rest!