Ahhh how was it already the final day … it seemed like we just got there!
Day One – 1/10-11/13 – Arrival, Run Disney Expo & Hollywood Studios
Day Two - 1/12/13 – Walt Disney World Half Marathon
Day Two - 1/12/13 – Magic Kingdom
Day Three – 1/13/13 – Epcot
… and then there was Animal Kingdom!
On the final day, Monday, January 14, we started the day by heading back to Hollywood Studios to see Toy Story Midway Mania! and it was TOTALLY worth any sort of wait!!
YES! I beat the wife in a video game…
After waiting in line for Toy Story Midway Mania! (which had a line even though we arrived when the parks opened), we headed to Animal Kingdom.
I LOVE the Tree Of Life as soon as you walk in … it is breathtaking!
We immediately headed to Expedition Everest – Legend Of The Forbidden Mountain … aka the whole reason the wife wanted to go to Animal Kingdom … and the wait time was only 10 minutes, which was the time it took us to go from the opening of the ride to the ride itself.
It was wicked fun and I recommend it to everyone.
After Everest, we took in Finding Nemo – The Musical, which was freakin’ awesome!!
Nemo was adorable, entertaining and comes fully recommended with two thumbs up!
We followed Nemo up with the DINOSAUR ride, which was the Jurassic Park ride last time I was at Disney (12 years ago).
DINOSAUR was part of DinoLand, but within DinoLand was Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama that featured Primeval Whirl, which was kind of cheesy, but kind of awesome – it mixed old school carnival with Disney magic.
We took a break to enjoy lunch at Flame Tree Barbeque, which was absolutely delicious. We both had the pulled pork with a Disney Safari beer.
We had one amazing lunch with a great view of Everest.
After lunch we went on the Kilimanjaro Safaris that was breathtaking!!!
This safari was entertaining and full of information!
After the safari, we headed to Rafiki’s Planet Watch before having to return to the shuttles to go back to the hotel and check out.
Ugh … how could it already be time to return home.
We were at the hotel early because I was starting to feel under the weather so we caught an early Disney’s Magical Express to head back to the airport.
We hunkered down at the Outback in our terminal for beer and food before our flight home.
Our flight was on time and we landed back to Boston on schedule. Thankfully my dad picked us up since we landed at 10:20pm and we wanted to shorten our trip home as best we could.
The trip overall was magical. I’m so lucky my wife and parents were on hand at Disney and the race with me. It was an amazing weekend that I never wanted to end.
If you have the chance to experience Disney – especially a Run Disney race – PLEASE DO!!!!