Princess Half Weekend trip
I am heading off to the World in the morning for a four day trip. Originally, it was conceived just for another weekend race at Disney. Somehow I got it stuck in my head that I was going to do all of the 5Ks at Disney this year, and I am 1/1 so far. I have registered for the others that are open as of right now (this weekend’s Beauty & The Beast Royal Family 5K, next weekend’s Champion 5K for ESPN the Weekend, and the Expedition Everest Team Challenge the first weekend in May). I am hoping to do the second annual Mickey’s Halloween 5K in October, but I am also toying with the idea of maybe doing the half relay if I can work my way up to it.
After I registered for the race, I talked a few friends into doing the same (or at least was partially responsible for their decision to do so). Then I learned that several other people I knew were coming to run the half on Sunday, so bonus there. As if it could get any better, Lou’s cruise people are seemingly congregating before and after their trip, so even more friends were coming. More people decided to come due to the space shuttle launch today and figured they would tack on some Disney time also. This was just getting better and better by the minute. I learned of other friends that were just coming down for the heck of it, coincidentally this weekend and some next weekend too when I would be back again.
This is one of the great things about the Disney online community. I started out thinking that this was going to be a solo trip to run just another race, then it snowballs into mass meetings and groups of friends gathering. Now I know that hardly a moment of alone time will pass in the next couple weeks. I look forward to seeing friends at the Touring Plans meet tomorrow. I’m sure I will run into someone I know at packet pickup or the expo too. Several friends are meeting me at Kimono’s for karaoke tomorrow night. Then there’s the race itself and Lou’s meet on Saturday.
My brother decided he would join me on this trip since his birthday is on Sunday and he has wanted to drink around the world at Epcot with me for a while. We are conveniently staying at the Boardwalk, so there will be no driving necessary and only a short walk back to the room if we need some rest from what looks like some unseasonably warm temps this weekend. He is also obliging me and my friends by letting me drive up in his DeLorean so others can see and even take it for a short test drive if they so desire. We are trying out a new restaurant for us on Sunday, the Biergarten. I’m not a big fan of buffets generally speaking, but I have heard many good reviews and figured it was time we gave it a shot.
Of course I am looking forward to the sense of accomplishment that comes with the race (assuming I finish it upright and under my own power), but more than anything I look forward to seeing many friends from different groups. I also hope to meet some of my online friends that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to meet face to face, so that is another thing I am hoping to do. If you are around this weekend or next, hit me up on twitter if you want to say hi, I’m @floridamingo. Hope you all have a great weekend and live it up.