Thursday, February 12, 2015

Disney Valentine (Friday Five)


It's fabulous Friday and time for the Friday Five link-up hosted by the DC Trifecta.  

We recently spent a few days at Disney World.  I confess, my husband and I love it as much as our kids. The last few times we went included running a half marathon.  Part of me was a little sad there was no race.  However, the other part enjoyed not stressing over race day while not overdoing it in the parks -- a very tricky balance to say the least.

This was our family Valentine treat.  Here are five things I loved during this trip:


# 1 -- So many yummy treats, so little time.


# 2 -- Spaceship Earth is always dazzling in the night sky.
If you need a rest, this is the ride!



# 3 -- I saw several deer while running this peaceful trail.



# 4 -- Hands down, this is the best ride EVER.
Yep, we rode five times in one day.


# 5 -- Apparently, there is a huge magnet on the back of this sign. 
How else would it keep sucking me in?



I would not skip my runs because I knew there would be too much #1 and #5.  I was determined not to gain weight on this trip -- success!   I ran a total of 13 miles on the beautiful wooded trails and walked countless miles in the parks.  The best part was just spending time with My Valentines and playing Heads Up! while in line for rides and transportation.  My husband and I know our time is growing short with our teens.   This trip was special for that reason alone.


What are your Valentine plans?  
Do you always run on vacation?
Have you played Heads Up!?


Thank you DC Trifecta for hosting the Friday Five!


56 comments:

  1. oh that sounds so special! i love disney and tower of terror IS the best ride. how fun AND you got your runs in! success!!

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    1. As you know, every Disney ride has a story with it...and ToT is the best all around.

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  2. The shortbread rounds soound good! I had no idea Disney had trails in the park.

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    1. The trail I ran was on and between two resorts in the Fort Wilderness area. I think several of their resorts have walking/running trails. This one is just so secluded and wooded. You've never guess you were on Disney property.

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  3. Love the Tower of Tower!! That's cool they have running trails there! Great job getting your runs in! I try to run or get a workout in while on vacation.

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    1. Getting your exercise in makes you feel like you can splurge a little bit without the guilt.

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  4. Oh I loved this post for sure! I will be in Disney in 6 days and it can't come soon enough. We will be running 3 races. I too would feel weird now going to disney and not running ( like we use to in the old days..lol). What is heads up? I am assuming since there was only 3 of you playing that it wasn't the old game Heads up 7 up? I'm intrigued!

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    1. Heads Up is an app on our phones. I guess it's most like charades. We had 4 people playing. You would need at least 2, but I think the more the merrier. If you are going to spend time in the parks, download this game! It's fun and helps with the wait times.

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  5. I love those shortbread cookies and when we lived in England, a friend made me delicious ones. I don;t know anyone who makes good sb cookies here at home. I will be in WDW with my daughter and sister for Princess Half in just a few days and can't wait.

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    1. I wish I could have run Princess but didn't check until it was too late. I had a poor planning year in 2014! I love the shortbread cookies. I bet the homemade ones were delicious!

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  6. Nice that you ran on your trip and enjoyed it with your family. That's great they have a running trail! I would really like to go to see the Harry Potter stuff!

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    1. I've only been to Universal Studios once since they've put in Harry Potter and it was before they added to it. We definitely need to do that too. It doesn't take as much time as Disney.

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  7. A New Balance running trail?!? What?!? That looks amazing! I'm so glad you've had such a blast; it's nice to get away and enjoy yourself a bit. I do usually run on vacation; helps keep things in perspective, gives me a little quiet/private time and burns off some of the calories I'm usually eating - ha! Great post! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. My running was so peaceful it was hard to believe I was on Disney property. A great was to start the day before the madness of the parks.

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  8. How were those cookies? I'm always in for chocolate and those look good.

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    1. Delicious. I like shortbread cookies because they are not as sugary as some.

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  9. GREAT post. I love Disney like a kid too. Pretty excited to check out those trails the next time I'm there to go for a run. I'm determined to do that too on our next trip.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. If you run that trail, it is hard to believe you are on Disney property. Peaceful and quiet.

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  10. I'm a chicken - I've always been too afraid to ride Tower of Terror :)

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    1. I was too for the longest and then I tried it. One of my teens and I just ride over and over. Everybody screams...you can't help yourself.

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  11. Great Post!! I have only been to Disney once, I didn't really enjoy it, but I know many do.

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    1. Disney can be very stressful, especially during peak season. Even in Winter, the afternoons get very crowded. It helps tremendously to stay on their property.

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  12. I didn't know there was a running trail at Wilderness Lodge. That would have to be beautiful!
    I'm convinced that Mickey Mouse shortbread is better than regular shortbread...just like Mickey waffles.

    Glad you had a great trip!

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    1. Well yes, Mickey anything tastes better than regular! The trail is between the lodge and the cabins and then around cabins too. If you do the entire trail, it's 3 miles. Very nice.

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  13. We're hoping to take our girls to Disney this summer! I would love to check out that running trail.

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    1. I believe several of their resorts have trails. This one, being where it is, is very wooded and peaceful. You would never guess you were at Disney. You will have a wonderful time.

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  14. I love Disney!!! My dream is to run a race there one day. This weekend I'll be running a half marathon, and taking a road trip with friends!

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    1. My first two half marathons were Disney. Nothing can compare. Good luck on your half this weekend! Have fun with your friends too!

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  15. I have never done the Tower of Terror... definitely not my thing. We have DisneyWorld Paris 30 minutes from where we live, and I love to go with our teens and see how much they enjoy the rides, but I am getting a bit old for roller coasters !

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    1. I admit, I am getting too old for coasters too. I keep those rides to a minimum. If your teens are like mine, they love Disney.

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  16. I have to agree that Tower of Terror is the best ride ever!!!! Love Disney World!!!

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    1. Yes!!! Everyone needs to try it at least once.

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  17. I love epcot at night too! Hope you have a great Valentines day

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    1. We usually end up back at Epcot for dinner each night. The restaurants are fabulous.

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  18. So so fun! Did you run at Disney? I want to live there. No worries, no problems! LOL...

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    1. My hubs is in logistics. I keep telling him he needs to work for Disney. I ran (trained) but there was no race. I couldn't get my act together in 2014 to make that happen. Their races are selling out faster than ever!

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  19. I LOVE the Tower of Terror! of course i haven't been there since i was 10- i remember it being awesome though :)

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    1. It's one of those rides you never forget. I hope you can ride again one day!

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  20. That sounds so great! Great job keeping active and not having the vacation weight gain - and I liked your comment about the magnet :)

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  21. There is so much to love about Disney World! Counting down to our next trip...I'll be back at the World on March 31st!!!!!

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    1. Lucky you! I don't think I would ever get tired of going. Each trip is different because there is so much to do.

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  22. I didn't know about the New Balance running trails at Disney - awesome! I was there in 2010 and hope to visit again soon - will definitely look out for those trails!

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  23. I believe quite a few of the resorts have them. I hope you get to go soon.

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  24. Chocolate covered shortbread is the best! Love your comment on #5!

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    1. My body is on auto-pilot when I get near one of those stands. I can't control myself!

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  25. Looks like such a fun trip! Yes, I always run on vacay. Not always race, but run for sure. Nothing big planned here today. Just a delicious brunch and heart-shaped pizza.

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    1. Heart shaped pizza sounds festive. I ate boring triangular Papa Johns.

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  26. I always try to run on vacation :) That's the best part for me, getting up and having time to do it. I am glad you enjoyed time with the hubby and kids :) I have to put the Hollywood Tower ride on my list!
    Yaaa, for eating, having fun, and not gaining weight!

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    1. Yes, ride Tower of Terror if you can...at least once. I hope your leg is well soon!

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  27. so FUN! and yes, I always run on my vacation. Whether it's for a race or just because!

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    1. I LOVE to run in different places. It's as much fun as the vacation itself.

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  28. I almost always run when I'm on vacation. It's easier since my hubby is eager to run with me! I'm glad you had a fun time at Disney!

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    1. I just sneak out early and let everyone else sleep in. It's nice for me and them.

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  29. I agree 100% Tower of Terror is the best ride. We visited the Wilderness Campground while there over the Thanksgiving holidays for future reference now that we have an RV. It looks like so much fun!

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    1. We stayed in the cabins. The RV campgrounds looked very nice. You'll also have a great place to run! It looks like we'll be getting soaked at Mercedes! It won't be the first time. Ha.

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