Disney’s Mickey and Minnie’s Royal Family 5K

Since I didn’t actually run this I am going to mostly post pictures from Prince Charming’s run our Little Prince C.  Here they are hamming it up before the start of the race.

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The skys looked like a storm was brewing but the rain stayed away.

When we go to the staging area I took my little Princess who wasn’t feeling well and we decided to find seats for the finish.

We heard the fireworks go off on the other side and the first corral was off.  Disney was releasing the runners in corrals and spacing them out a bit.

This was slightly different from what we had seen in the past.

I knew my boys were in Corral C so it would be awhile before I would see them again.

 

 

 

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As we were waiting special guest arrived.

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These are the photos that Prince Charming took on the race

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This was my favorite race photo.

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These boys look like they are having a ton of fun!

I called to see if they were near the finish line so I could try to get photos.

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Dad stopped to take a picture and Little Prince C wasn’t stopping.  LOL.  Daddy had to sprint to catch up.

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I was so proud of my little guy.  He’s only 5!

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This fun run was completed so we decided to head home and take our sick Princess to bed.

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Race Recap- Expo

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The race weekend started with the Fit for a Princess Expo.  This year Disney had the Expo at the Cornado Springs Resort and all participants were required to ride a bus to get there from Downtown Disney as parking was not allowed at the venue.  The whole family headed out in great spirits super excited for a great Expo.

Upon entering the expo we were greeted by none other than Cinderella’s coach men.  We stopped for a quick photo opportunity.  This place was packed but the line for the photo wasn’t bad at all.

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After our quick picture, Prince Charming, and I went in and decided to divide and conquer the masses.  PC went and got our bibs while I tried to get into the  Official Merchandise area.  Princess 1-2 Marathon Weekend- 08- February 22, 2013Wow!  The crowds were crazy busy.  They were letting way too many people into a very small area.  It was impossible to tell who was trying to pick up merchandise and who was waiting to pay.  After getting stuck in a grid lock I decided to exit the area.  I had a Vinyamation Mickey in my hand with the Princess Half medal and honestly was just trying to escape and couldn’t move.  A Princess from Germany told me we were in line.  I told her I was just trying to put my stuff down and leave.  However she worked her magic and cast a spell on the unsuspecting worker and the next thing I knew I was being shuffled to a register to pay and avoided the hour long line.

My daughters favorite princess is Aurora so I took a quick photo of this banner.

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Next, I wanted to try and find Run Disney’s official trainer Jeff Galloway to ask for some advice in running the Half.  I found him and he was awesome!  He told me to walk the first 4 miles and then to do very short run/walk intervals to avoid aggravating my injured knee.  At first I was thinking that I didn’t want to walk.  I was afraid it would ruin my time and get me swept.  However,  after contemplating for awhile I realized Jeff Galloway is an Olympic Gold Medalist and has way more experience than I do so it only made sense to follow his sought after advice.

We had browsed around a bit so after finding Prince Charming we decided to try to come back tomorrow because this place was packed with Princesses and every booth had an impossible line.

We took some great photos on the way out.

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We had decided my little Prince C was going to run the 5K instead of me due to my injuries.  He was wearing my 5K shirt on the right and it was huge on him.  We were told by the staff at the Expo we couldn’t exchange sizes until after 6pm that day.  Really – not super convenient as it was like 11 am and we live 45 minutes away.

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We left and went to home.  Later that day some very friendly RunDisney people called and informed us that my husband had left his portfolio on the ground by the picture spot above with the next mornings 5K bibs!  Some very nice Princess found it and turned it in.  It also had our commemorative pins inside it.

 Ut Oh!  Change of plans.  We decided we best drive back out as that would be the only way to get to run the next day.

Tip:  The Expos seem to be the least busy in the afternoon.  In the future I will go on the first day and plan on arriving around noon-1ish.  We did this at a previous expo and via Facebook post it seemed calmest at this time for this Expo as well.

We came back around 5 and it was crazy busy, again.  I guess a lot of folks were getting off work and picking up their bibs.  We found RunDisney had ironed out some of the issues from earlier in the day and we were able to purchase the Official merchandise that we wanted to look at earlier in the day  They were limiting the crowds inside the booth and making everyone wait to get in.  This made so much more sense!  We could actually find what we wanted and get out of there so others could do the same.  We bought 3 Vinylmation Mickeys, 2 Princess Half Marathon Commemorative Pink Ears, a jacket and wine glass for me, a Coast to Coast Shirt for PC, and some decorative replica medal pins.  Prince Charming wanting me to get and I Did It shirt, but I passed for the jacket.  Who wants to be stuck with a $40 shirt if they weren’t able to finish?  I would hate that shirt!  I didn’t want to jinx myself.

We left in the evening much happier than we had that morning.

This was my little Princess posing for me.

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My only complaint was that I saw other Princesses with photos with the Disney Princesses.  I think they may have come on Saturday???  Also we waited for over an hour for a bus to get from the Expo back to our car.  All in all -the Expo was Ok.  Many people complained over and over again about the crowds and organization.  I agree in part after comparing it to other Disney Expos that I have attended.  However, to give them credit where credit is due, they did seem to iron out many of the issues from the morning by the afternoon.  The Disney Princess Half Weekend had begun!

Continue on to read about Mickey and Minnie’s Royal 5K and the Princess Half Marathon.