Thursday, January 8, 2015

Five Things About My Favorite Place


TGI Friday (finally).  It was a long post holiday, five-whole-days, crazy busy week.  Whew.  Today, I'm linking up with the DC Trifecta for Friday Five. 

Today's Topic:  Five Things I Like About My Favorite City.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean
Arghhh. OK, I confess.  I could not choose a favorite city.  Every time we travel somewhere, it's always my new favorite city.  I love to GO and DO and just couldn't pick one city.

Being a little bit of a rule breaker anyway, I went with my favorite place instead.  It's our tried and true...the one place we've visited more than any other (except for the beach and that doesn't count) --- Disney World.  Yes, I know it's not technically a city, but still a very magical place all its own.  It is also Disney marathon weekend and thus this post is somewhat appropriate. 


 Five Favorite Things at Disney

1.  I always enjoyed just sitting on a bench and people-watching (aka resting) while one of my kids napped in the stroller.  For years, we communicated by Walkie-Talkie, life before cell phones people!  On one particular occasion, I heard the hubs voice coming across the Walkie Talkie.  He was talking to a stranger and proceeded to threaten to kick said stranger's boo-tay (I cleaned this up) over at Peter Pan because he was talking inappropriately on our channel.  The hubs was just protecting our kids from bad language I guess.  Hee hee...oh, the irony!


Frontier Land
2.  On one trip, I found the best coffee float at a food stand just to the left of Cinderella's castle in Liberty Square.  With a Tollhouse cookie, I was in heaven.  I must also mention, the margaritas at EPCOT's San Angel Inn are the best I've ever had.  It's also the only thing that made my 2012 Achilles pain utterly and completely disappear, at least for a little while anyway.  Do they use magic tequila?


3.  I'll ride anything.  Hands down, my all-time favorite is Tower of Terror.  It's the best ride ever, but followed very closely by Expedition Everest.  The scariest?  Dinosaur!




Bad Donkey!
4.  My youngest child was absolutely terrified of the costumed characters. So naturally, we attended a character breakfast.  He couldn't eat for fear the characters would come to our table.  What happened?  Eeyore the donkey walked over, bent down to interact with him and accidentally popped him forcefully in the head with the huge, hard snout of his costume.  I don't think he has ever forgiven us.  And, I have it all on video!




5.  The very FIRST race I ever signed up for was the WDW half marathon.  I'm not sure anything else but Disney would have given me the courage and motivation to hit that registration button.  Up until this point, I was a mostly treadmill runner (except for a weekend run with my dog).  I had no idea what I was doing!  Eek!  Bib?  Timing Device?  Corrals?  Huh??  At the very last minute I ran a local 5k just to get an idea of what to do.  I'll be forever grateful to Disney for starting me on this crazy, wild, addictive journey called running.


Newbie - - Overdressed!
Ahhh....the smells, the music, the memories.  I can hear a little snippet of of a song or get just the smallest whiff of something and be instantly transported to a very specific location in a Disney park.  I could go on and on....but I'll stick to my five. 

What is your favorite place?


Mar on the Run! for hosting the Friday Five. 


28 comments:

  1. Ahh I love that you chose Disney. I did not realize you chose your first race because of runDisney just like us. It is amazing how many runners have become addicted to running because of the races at the happiest place on earth!

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    1. That first half was magic! And the second one too! runDisney sets the bar extremely high for any other race. So much entertainment on course! Nothing can compare.

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  2. This made me laugh! Walkie Talkies--blast from the past! And the story about Eyore is hilarious!

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    1. We thought the WTs were so cool...clipped to our waist and all. LOL.

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  3. Disney Princess Half was my first half marathon, and I'm sure that I wouldn't have done it unless it was a Disney race! It really is a fun place for running, and just in general :)

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    1. The miles just fly by at a Disney race! I've never done the Princess but I'd like to!

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  4. Aww, I love that your post is about Disney; you know, I've never been! I mean, I love all of the usually Disney things, but I've not ever actually been to either of the parks; maybe one of these days. Thanks for sharing these great pics; hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I loved it when I was young (Six Flags too!) and then my children loved it...so we went. It is magical.

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  5. I think doing a Disney race - especially for your first - has got to be the coolest!

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    1. I thought it was the best thing ever! I went back the next year and did it again!

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  6. Sounds like a great place especially the magical tequila!! That's awesome that your first HM was WDW. It's funny but I live pretty close to Disneyland and I've run so many HMs but NEVER a Disney one! what what? You've got me thinking about it now! Have a great weekend!

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    1. It's a huge sea of people at the start of the race, but it's awesome. Ooh...I'd love to visit Disneyland too!

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    2. We just renewed our passes. I'm sure I will sign up for one of their races sooner or later! I hear they sell out pretty quickly.

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  7. (sorry if you get a duplicate comment, my screen blinked out on me and I wasn't sure if it sent or not:) Tower of Terror is one of my favorites too!
    WDW Marathon, wasn't my first marathon. But it was my first out of state race. Back during that time Disney races weren't really the best organized and they had a lot of flaws, I remember thinking I'd never run one again. However, they have made huge improvements, hired skilled race directors and I can honestly say I'd really like to do one again someday:)

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    1. T of T is just THE best ride! Being my first half, I had absolutely nothing to compare it to. 28 H/Ms later, I can say they did a great job! I was just so impressed with the entertainment on course. I went back and did it again the next year!

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  8. lol - i love tower of terror -- it's SO fun. that's a cute story about your son and the characters :) happy friday!

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    1. I love it when the park gets quiet enough you can ride it over and over..

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  9. I ran the WDW half 4 years ago! I can't believe how the Disney races have exploded since then!

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    1. We ran the same race? How cool is that! Yeah, about 3-4 months ago I went online to sign up for the Marathon (WDW was my first half, so I wanted to do my first full there.) It was sold out! I had no idea.

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  10. Ha Disney cute! My kids used to be terrified of all the characters as well. So funny how we drag them to the meet and greets too!

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    1. One of my kids just loved the characters!

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  11. My niece is actually there this weekend for the marathon. It's her first so I am super excited for her. Maybe one day I'll make my way over there. :)

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    1. I'm sure she will enjoy every minute of it!

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  12. The walkie talkie story is funny lol I laugh at your overdressed, newbie comment, I was the same way, wore some crazy stuff when I look back. I am going to Disney for the first time in my life in Feb. to run the half, I am so excited. We are staying a few days so I hope I get a dose of the magic :)

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    1. Oh, you will have so much fun! When I checked into running Princess, it was sold out. I need to get better with my planning. We are going just for family vacation. No race - which will feel very odd.

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    2. The Princess was sold out that day about four hours after they posted the link. It was crazy, my run buddy were trying to register and the web page kept timing out. I had no idea Disney was selling out races like that until that experience.

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  13. I've been to Disney twice and had so much fun both times (how can you not). I've not done any of the Disney races, though. They look fun!

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    1. They are fun. The miles just fly by! So much entertainment.

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