As many of you know, I just came back from a long weekend in Orlando for the Disney Dark Side Half Marathon. After running the Star Wars Rebel Half in January, I have been looking forward to this weekend since! This was an awesome weekend filled with tons of fun, laughs and adventures.
This time the family was coming with me, and participating in the 5k too! Since we had an EARLY flight out (6am), we drove to Milwaukee. the night before and stayed at my favorite “go to” airport hotel! The Clarion is right near the airport has reasonable rates as well as Stay and Fly packages so you can leave your car parked in their secured lot while you travel! Since we had such an early flight, the first day of vacation started with the alarm going off at 3:30am! by 4:10am, Thursday morning, we were on the way to the airport. It was 19 degrees when we left Milwaukee and a pleasant 75 when we landed in Orlando!
|Time to conquer the Dark Side|
One of the best choices we made for this trip was booking the Disney Magical Express to take care of our transportation. We really wouldn’t realize how much of a benefit this was until later in the weekend, but I’ll get to that later! Without having to worry about collecting luggage at baggage claim, we headed straight for the Disney Welcome center, checked in and were on a bus withing 15 minutes of when we got off the plane! A short ride later and we were at out resort! Again we didn’t have to worry about collecting luggage and were able to just head inside to check in!
After dumping our carry-on bags in our room, we headed for the expo. One of the awesome things that Disney does for race weekend is provide race specific busing. On Thursday, since anyone that was already on property was heading to the expo, there was a bus that just went from the resorts to ESPN Wide World of Sports. There were only 2 resorts assigned to our bus so it was a short ride!