visiting (& more importantly running through) a quiet & practically empty disneyland & california adventure during the disneyland half meetup (aka #dlhalfmeetup) last week, really & truly was a dream come true.
as you can tell, it had me (& a few of the other invitees) jumping for joy outside of cars land.
it was as if the entire event had been created just with me in mind.
i was definitely in my own, personal, little, happy place – i don’t think i stopped smiling the entire morning! i was on such a runDisney (aka #runDisney) high.
with the sun rising in the distance, we ran (although i may have occasionally sprinted & raced – my marathon training plan had called for a few quick bursts of speed that day) through downtown disney & right onto main street usa, on into adventure land, new orleans square, frontier land, fantasy land, sleeping beauty’s castle, & back down main street. from there we headed into california adventure where we ended our early morning run at hollywood studios, but not before running through car’s land of course & across paradise pier.
the run was followed by q&a session/ dance party with faron kelley (director of marketing for disney sports attractions), jeff galloway, suzy favor hamilton, dimity mcdowell & sarah bowen shea, where i learned a few little gems of wisdom…
after a surprise visit from mickey mouse, which definitely brought out the child in all of us runners, we headed to flo’s v8 cafe for a delicious breakfast, with an amazing view of ornament valley.
& then, in true disney fashion – the #dlhalfmeetup ended with a surprise… riding soarin’ california & a behind the scenes tour of the ride.
& while the “behind the scenes” tour was pretty awesome, riding soarin’ with “first-timers” suzy favor hamilton & joe of the marathon show was unforgettable – their excitement was contagious.
this was definitely an experience i will always treasure.
once again, runDisney has proven that there really & truly is magic in every mile. although, i do have a few particular memories that will always be extra special from the morning…
want to attend the next runDisney race meetup? pay extra special attention to the runDisney facebook page & disney parks blog a week or two before the next runDisney race. in the past, that’s where they’ve announced the meetups.
& make sure your trigger finger is ready, because it’s usually a “first come, first served” kind of deal. so you need to be able to RSVP ASAP, because the meetup spots go quick!