Back in my Favorite Place

 

Good morning from sunny Florida! I am back in my favorite place, Disney World! I will be running the runDisney Princess half marathon this coming weekend, and doing some work the next couple of days. So, this is how my first day transpired.

My dad took me to the airport and I flew on a smooth stress free Southwest flight from New Orleans to Orlando.

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I left a chilly, overcast city behind and was welcomed into a beautiful day in Florida. I checked into the beautiful Animal Kingdom Lodge, grabbed a quick lunch and then headed to Downtown Disney after scoping out my room, which was thankfully already ready. I was also happy to be upgraded from a pool view to a savannah view. It pays to be nice to the people checking you in!

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My savanna view. I had three giraffes right outside last night when I came in from EPCOT!

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I was on a mission in Downtown Disney…I wanted to get one of the marathon Dooney bags. I have been kicking myself for a month for not getting one, they are so stinkin cute. I had a hard time parting with the money to get one, and when I realized if I bought it after the fact with my annual pass I could get a discount (and hubby said it could be my Valentine’s Day gift), I knew I was going to head straight to the World of Disney to get one. As of Friday, they had some of the bags, so I was hopeful there would still be some left. However, when I showed up, I was told they were gone. However, a very kind cast member looked up the sku number and told me Tren-D (another store at Downtown Disney) may have a couple left says the computer. So I hauled it over to the store, and the ladies behind the counter told me they hadn’t had any for two weeks. I explained that I was told they had a couple, and a nice manager (after some prompting and pushing by me) agreed to look in the back, saying maybe one or two were damaged but they hadn’t been taken out of the computer yet.

She comes out of the back with the LAST BAG. We looked it over trying to find the “damage” and couldn’t see anything wrong with the bag. I as SO happy and thanked her over and over for going and checking even though the ladies said there weren’t any left. So i was able t get my bag and my discount. Score!

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For some reason, my eyeliner decided to walk off and didn’t make it into my bag, so my next mission was to find make up somewhere in Disney. I didn’t think this would be a problem, Disney is huge with TONS of stores so eye line should be a piece of cake. Um….negative! No store in Downtown Disney had it (I even went to guest relations!) so I sent out an SOS on Twitter, and SO many awesome people offered suggestions. Two people assured me a store at the France Pavilion of Epcot had makeup, so I immediately hopped on a bus to the Yacht Club and walked over to EPCOT. They in fact did have eyeliner (albeit expensive eyeliner, but still, eyeliner none the less.)

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I walked to the front of EPCOT and hopped on a bus back to the resort and went to the Mara for a quick service dinner. It was so nice to sit by myself and eat and relax. Then it was back to the room for some work and watching the Bachelor of course! I would say it was a fabulous first day and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings! Make sure you follow me on Twitter and instagram (runningwithsass) and my Facebook fan page for updates and photos.

QOTD: Do you like to go go go on vacation or relax?

Comments

  1. Don’t you just love the Dooney bag? I am thrilled with mine (same style as yours) and get tons of compliments. Can’t wait to get to WDW tomorrow!

  2. So lucky you got the bag! I’m kicking myself for not picking up an I did it shirt for Goofy and vinyalmation medals for the half and full (I only got a goofy one).

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my Dooney Marathon bag!! So glad you were able to track one down!!

  4. I like a combo of go go go and resting. Disney I feel does a good job at providing opportunities for both.

  5. Omg I love Disney! One day I am going to run that Princess half marathon! Have a blast there!

  6. What a great day! I am excited to be leaving this cold and snow for WDW tomorrow, ready to run the half! Love the bag, that is one pattern I would consider parting the $ for!

  7. Such a cute bag! See you tomorrow!! :)

  8. I am SUPER jealous! Wish I was back in FL. I love the Disney races!!! Have fun :) PS I LOVE that bag!!

  9. LOVE the bag! I wanted one too but just couldn’t spend the money. I am definitely going to be stalking you the next few days lol! ;-)

  10. I like a mix of both.

    I’m craving Disney!

  11. I love to go on active vacations. If I’m going to go somewhere I want to SEE it and EXPERIENCE it. I also can’t sit still so that explains a lot :)

  12. It depends on where I am going, at Disney I do like to go go go and see everything I can, although I am sure it will change the first time I go with B.

  13. Ah, I can’t wait for Disney! It’s one of my favorite places, too. I’m so sad I’ll only be there Saturday-Monday, but I guess I’ll just enjoy it while I’m there!

  14. Giraffes are my favorite animal in the whole entire world. I wish I had your view every morning. :) My boyfriend and I are buying our tickets for Disney soon, so you are getting me WAY excited! I’m looking forward to a perfect balance of relaxing and doingeverythingintheworld!

  15. Live with Michael and Kelly as shooting from there this week too — I’m assuming it’s all related?

  16. Ahhh. I LOVE Disney World. I was supposed to run the Disney Princess Half this year, we had our plane tickets and everything but then my little 4mo old son needed surgery and so we were unable to go:( I was so bummed. It’s a good thing we didn’t tell our 3yo daughter either-she would have been even more bummed. Hopefully next year. Good luck to you and enjoy your time!

  17. Any recommendations for races spending time in the parks before or after the race? Planning on a trip out there this fall – we weren’t there long enough at last years princess to spend time in parks!

  18. You don’t mention anyone else in your post. Did you go solo on this one? I really want to do a Disneyworld run, but for the cost from CA, it’s hard to find anyone else to commit and I’m a bit intimidated to go there alone – which is odd, because I’ve vacationed by myself many times over the years. DW just seems like a “together” place.
    Good luck on the run!

  19. I was alone for the first few days of my trip and honestly it was so much fun being there solo!

  20. recommendations for races? or disney?

  21. oh what a bummer! :(

  22. its actually not related but I wish haha!

  23. hope you had fun!

  24. lol!

  25. yours was the first I saw in person and made me really want! So it’s your fault lol!

  26. they had the medals for vinyalmation at team mickey store!

  27. I havent used it yet but cant wait! I love how its dark so it wont show dirt.

  28. ;)

  29. Your thoughts: do you like to spend the days in the park before the race (like a W/Th/F/Sat)
    or
    days in the park after the race is over (Sun/M/T)?

    By the way – totally lived vicariously while reading your updates last weekend! <3 runDisney

  30. I’m from CA too! I had to bribe my boyfriend to go with me last year and now he is jealous wanting his own medal.

  31. I prefer days after b/c I am always nervous before!

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