Let’s start with this little tidbit: I woke up at 3 a.m. Let me tell you, there are very few people for whom I would get my sorry butt out of bed at 3 a.m. Dee and Neil are two of them and they were running in the Princess Half Marathon. So being the excellent friend I am I rolled my sorry butt out of bed and rode the bus with them to the start line at Epcot.
We found some of our other friends who were running (yay Megan, Caroline, Shelley, and Shalon!) as well as those who wanted to cheer them on. Other people who are crazy enough to get up at 3 a.m. for the love of their friends; at least I wasn’t the only one. When it was time for the runners to make their ways to the corrals the cheering bunch, led by Todd who knew how to do this like a champ, found a place close to the start line along the road going around the Epcot parking lot. Once all of our runners had passed and we yelled like lunatics we made our way to the monorail.
We got in the queue which moved surprisingly fast and we were on our way to the Magic Kingdom to continue cheering. You see, the route took runners from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back again (with some other fun stuff in between). It was pretty cool to see people running through the TTC when we got there and to see the Japanese drummers from Epcot performing to keep the runners’ motivation up. Todd and I made our way to the ferry and onto MK. We found some other cheerers we knew on Main Street and hung with them until our running fools came through.
We saw our runners running on Main Street! How cool that must have been to run toward the castle. Once everyone we wanted to see passed we made our way back to the TTC and the monorail once again. Back to Epcot we went to see our friends cross the finish line. It started to drizzle, but our cheering section toughed it out and waited for all of our runners to complete their race! I was so proud of all of them!
After collecting Dee and Neil we got back on the bus to head back to Port Orleans so everyone could shower and eat before heading back out again. We had lunch at French Quarter and it wasn’t bad. Nothing amazing, but I not bad. We headed to the park for a little while since the runners need to keep moving. When I was on the bus back from AK to the Poly with my family before they missed their DME bus a woman handed me a few magic Fastpasses so we got to use them for Soarin’. I hardly ever do this attraction anymore since the wait is always insane so it was a treat to do it with our fancy Fastpasses.
We couldn’t figure out why they weren’t filling our entire row in the preshow area so of course we came up with several theories while we waited. It turns out they loaded a VIP from the exit and so they left slots for him and his family. I have no idea who he was, but he looked like a football player and his watch was probably worth more than my house. I don’t get all crazy over famous people so I was more interested in how they loaded the VIP in the exit and how they missed the pre-show than who this guy actually was.
After a bit more hanging out around Epcot we went back to the resort again to try to nap before dinner. We all laid down, but probably only really got a cat nap in if anything. Nonetheless, it was pretty nice just to take the little break. Eventually we made our way back to Epcot where cell phone service goes to die. In trying to find Doug and Tom our texts kept not going through so there was a bit of a wild goose chase in finding each other. After a bit of back and forth I found them and proceeded to complain about cell phone service.
We met up with Tom and Doug to have dinner at Coral Reef in the Seas Pavilion. It was ok, but nothing amazing. First we waited for like half an hour even though we had an ADR. The restaurant is really pretty, but it was super loud in there. And the food was a big old meh for me. I did a review over at touringplans.com so I don’t want to rehash it all, but I don’t see myself going back there any time soon.
The highlight of my meal was probably my cocktail. The thing is you can get said cocktail just about anywhere in WDW since it is on their generic drink menu. If you like key lime pie get yourself a key lime martini somewhere on property in the near future. It was delicious. Adding to the delightfulness of this drink was that I had been up since 3 a.m. with only a sorta “nap” during the afternoon. I was looped from one drink and it was great.
The loopiness continued after dinner when we all decided to ride the clam mobiles. Lots of giggling ensued. Lots of giggling. And then Dee and I decided we should all take our picture in Bruce’s mouth in the post show. It is not an easy feat to take your picture in Bruce’s mouth. It is much higher than it looks and there’s really not very much space inside. The boys bailed on the plan but Dee and I triumphed and had our pictures taken. Although we were laughing so hard they may not be the most flattering. Ahhh drunken shenanigans at Disney World. Who said the place was just for kids?
After we made fools of ourselves we grabbed a spot for Illuminations. Most of us had never seen it from the area between to two shops when you first enter World Showcase from Futureworld so we decided to give that a try. We couldn’t get a spot right by the fence, but it was close enough. It was pretty cool to see it with the American Adventure as a backdrop. Illuminations is my favorite night time show at WDW so I like it from just about any vantage point. I think there are still a couple other locations that are higher on my list than this spot though.
We were all super exhausted so we just headed out of the park after the fireworks were over. We crashed pretty hard in our room and it felt glorious to let the head hit the pillow. Next up, I’ll give you the run down on my last day on the trip!