Monday, January 14, 2013

Disney World & Sea World 2013

Purely by accident we were going to Disney World the weekend of the Disney races.It was Aiden's weekend and all activities were planned for his benefit. Many "firsts" for him....first plane ride.....first trip to Florida....first trip to Disney...etc. He had a blast and we had a blast watching him. The weather was perfect with temps around 80 during the day and 60's at night. No rain and almost no clouds.

The Buzz Lightyear attraction was his favorite. There was a life size Buzz there which amazed Aiden. As we went through the ride there were targets to hit with laser guns. He loved it. We went on that ride twice.
At the Buzz Lightyear attraction in Disney


During our four days we went to Sea World, the Magic Kingdom, and Epcot. Throw in some Ripleys Believe It or Not and some mini Golf and it adds up to a really fun weekend.
Paddle boat at Sea World
Cirque Du Soleil
 The Cirque Du Soleil show, Nouba, was the most entertaining for us and probably the same for Aiden. The show was his first live performance by professional entertainers. He loved it! Clapping and laughing at the antics and acrobatics. I've never seen him so excited. The show was great. Of course we had the mandatory "swimming" in the hotel pool where he showed off his newly learned skills in the water. Compared to last summer he was much more comfortable.

The Walt Disney Races were held while we were there. I had read about them in the past and decided to jump in. The half marathon was the best fit for timing and activities since it was early Saturday morning. It was sold out so I jumped on Facebook and found people selling bib numbers. I purchased one from Wyndi Nissinhoff who decided not to run. We hooked up and I picked up the bib so I could enter. These races are scheduled so they have minimal impact on park schedules. I was surprised to learn some interesting facts about the half marathon. They start at 5:00am and because of the crowds all runners have to be in the park by 4:00am. That meant getting up at 2:30! There were 23,000 runners which was the largest race I have ever entered. The course started and ended in Epcot but went down to the Magic Kingdom. Running through the parks in between attractions was a unique experience. A well organized race with plenty of support and aid stations. Overall a great experience. My final time was 2:13:41. Pace was 10:02.  I was 4978th out of 23,156 finishers.
Garmin map of the race:.


At the finish line we received the medal below. Elaborate is an understatement:
2013 Disney Half Marathon medal
The weekend was a success for all and a fun time. It was great to be able to do it for Katelyn and Aiden.

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