Post Dopey Challenge Festivities

If you missed any of my recaps of the Dopey Challenge, you can see them here:  5k, 10k, 13.1, 26.2.

After we finished the Dopey Challenge, it was time to celebrate.  I learned a few years back to book a few days AFTER a destination race to do the sightseeing (not before!).

It's official - I'm Dopey and Goofy.

It’s official – I’m Dopey and Goofy.

And props to the boy for putting up with being in Orland for 4 days without visiting a theme park!  Now he was to get his long awaited reward!

He was all smiles by now (and stole my sister's hat).

He was all smiles by now (and stole my sister’s hat).

Immediately after the final race (26.2), which ended at Epcot, we went ahead into the park.  They have a few fun rides there, though most of em aren’t all that exciting (the boy likes them though).  A lot of people visit for the different countries (some like to drink around the world).  There’s a pub there where we had a celebratory Guinness or two.  Then we ate some tacos in Mexico.  To be honest, after running four races through Epcot, I was ready for a change of scenery.

After four days of running through Epcot, it was time to wave goodbye.

After four days of running through Epcot, it was time to wave goodbye.

The next day my mom, sis, the boy and I hit up the Magic Kingdom.  It was fun to be there without having to run through it like we had in the previous days!

We chose an unique location for a photo.  OK, everyone who visits takes the same snapshot.

We chose an unique location for a photo. OK, everyone who visits takes the same snapshot.

Yes, we wore our Dopey medals – When else would we get a chance?  It’s also a great conversation starter with other runners, and non runners alike.  The amount of “Congrats!” we got was unbelievable…especially from the “cast members” (Disney employees).

On the Buzz Lightyear ride with the boy.  It was very exciting (it's always good to know where the cameras are).

On the Buzz Lightyear ride with the boy. It was very exciting (it’s always good to know where the cameras are).

I’ve always loved the Magic Kingdom.  I’m constantly amazed by their attention to detail and cleanliness.  And this visit, we got a rare treat.  They are redesigning Fantasyland and as part of that the Beauty and the Beast portion has a new castle restaurant.  It’s a 6 month wait for reservations, but we were able to snag one that day!  LUCKY!

Just a couple o' sad gargoyles outside the castle entrance.

Just a couple o’ sad gargoyles outside the castle entrance.

And while you can have an adult bevie at other Disney parks, never ever could you at Magic Kingdom (unless you sneak it in, I suppose, like a teenager injecting vodka into oranges, and then eating the oranges in the park).  But now at dinner service only, you can order a drinky poo.  My sis and I had some wine.

We so fancy.

We so fancy.

And remember the attention to detail I mentioned…even the napkins were folded like the Beast’s enchanted rose.

We had until the last petal fell off to find true love.  Or until we finished eating at least.

We had until the last petal fell off to find true love. Or until we finished eating at least.

The "real" rose.

The “real” rose.

We went ahead and made this our celebratory meal.  Though I didn’t pig out on fatty food like we’re supposed to post big races.  They had some wild Scottish salmon that I had to get.

I know I kind of ruined the presentation when I added the broccoli (that the boy didn't want to eat).

I know I kind of ruined the presentation when I added the broccoli (that the boy didn’t want to eat).

I also actually had a desert.  I never have dessert.  No real sweet tooth in my mouth.

We like to hug before dessert.

We like to hug before dessert.

After we ate, we had an audience with the host of our meal.

He was very gracious and did NOT smell of fermented meats.

He was very gracious and has the most stunning blue eyes.

We spent the rest of the day riding rides (of course I had to go on Pirates of the Caribbean)!

Capt. Grif didn't like the flash on my phone.

Capt. Grif didn’t like the flash on my phone.

It was another great visit to Magic Kingdom!

The same castle as earlier, but at night.

The same castle as earlier, but at night.

The next day we hit up Universal Studios.  I love their theme parks!!!  No, they aren’t as clean, classy, and family oriented as Disney, but they have some really extreme and fun rides!  This time around we hit up the new Simpsons Springfield.

We got a Duff beer at Moe's Tavern!

We got a Duff beer at Moe’s Tavern!

I ran into a bit of trouble with the chief.

But then I had a misunderstanding with the chief.

One of the coolest new rides was the Transformers one.  And outside they had Bumblebee.  This was an actual moving character, not a statue….

I guess that's my "Transformers" pose.

I guess that’s my “Transformers” pose.

And of course we had to stop by Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.  I am a huuuge Parrothead, so this is always a must!

Booze in the blender...

Booze in the blender…

The next day, we hit up one more park – Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM).  Again, it was fun to be there leisurely and not all sweaty like when we ran though it for the marathon.

Big wizard hat.

Big wizard hat.

The highlight here was for the boy.  He had been waiting a year to be chosen to fight Darth Vader at the Star Wars part of the park.  This year he made it in got some light saber training from his Jedi master.

Like a choreographed dance they were.

Like a choreographed dance they were.

Then he got to fight the dark lord himself!

Attack the dark side!

Attack the dark side!

Then we took a ride on one of those things they rode in one of those movies.

Look out for that tree!

Look out for that tree!

And we were able to meet up with the man mouse himself, Mickey!

He hadn't had time to change out of his robe yet.

He hadn’t had time to change out of his robe yet.

And thus concluded our Disney adventure.  I must say we had a lot of fun and I tip my hat to them!

See what I did there?

See what I did there?

So there it is!

How bout you?  Do you plan vacations around races?  Do you sight see before or after?  What’s your fave Orlando attraction?

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32 thoughts on “Post Dopey Challenge Festivities

  1. TartanJogger

    It looks like you guys had a brilliant time! I was last in Orlando in 1996 😮 so it’s changed a lot! We’re off to Disneyland Paris in October – first time being there in 21 years, so bring it!
    Your meal looks amazing, especially the salmon of course!
    I’ve taken your advice- running in Madrid on day 2 of our holiday, giving us 5 days for sightseeing, eating and, oh, maybe a lil drinking 😉

    • NICE! I hear next year Disney Paris is having a marathon. Yes, the salmon was great! Enjoy your run and your holiday!!! Have some paella and sangria!

      • TartanJogger

        Oooh, I’ll have to check out RunDisney to find out about the DLP marathon! 🙂

  2. Absolutely loved reading your recaps and seeing your pics! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Sounds like one fantastic trip! It’s pretty awesome that you were able to do this with your Mom, Sister and Son! What an experience!

  4. I think it’s smart do the real vacationing post-race to conserve your legs! I’ve never been to Florida, but I’m going in April for a wedding..and I’ve been promised a stop in Orlando for some Disney/Universal Studios time so I’m very excited 🙂 Fun pictures, I can’t believe the little guy lasted for 4 whole days without a theme park!

    • Yes, I’ve made the mistake at both Disney and New Orleans of sight seeing before the race. Hurt the legs! You’ll have a blast in Florida! Where is the wedding?

      • The wedding is in southern Florida, but I know we are staying in Orlando for a couple of days. I’m soo looking forward to seeing Disney World, and I will also be dragging my boyfriend to the Harry Potter park too 😉

      • The Harry Potter part is awesome! And I’m not a huge fan.

      • Good to know! Neither is my boyfriend, but he’s a trooper and watched all 8 movies with me haha

      • The ride in the castle is pretty cool! The Hulk and Spiderman are fun too. On the other side (two separate parks) the new Simpsons area is fun – the ride is really cool, so is the new Transformers ride, as well as Men in Black, Shrek, Despicable Me, and the Rockit roller coaster!

  5. Looks like an awesome way to celebrate! After reading all of your fun adventures in Disney I have added it to my list of places to race! thanks for sharing!

  6. Your son is so cute it almost makes me want to have another one.

  7. Great recap and cool that you had lots of family with you. I am going to totally sight see after a race from now on. I always do it before which is so stupid as I’m convinced I’ve either fractured something or have created a new injury from walking too much and then I’m just a basket case leading up to the race.

  8. Such a great recap! Thanks for taking the time to post all those photos. That predessert hug pic is the cutest thing ever. I’m going right now to read about each of your races! Congrats!

    • Thank you! It took me a while to get all my posts done cause I had to sort through the photos. Glad you liked em. Hope you enjoy the others!

  9. You are too funny! I say this all the time but u never cease to amaze me. You’re gonna get freshly pressed one of these days. Im glad your racecation ended with fun with the fam. I could do a full down there but not back to back races with 2am wake ups. Once again, congrats on all your achievements.

    • Wow, thanks so much! That’s quite the compliment coming from such a great runner/writer like you! I bet you could do it if you set your mind to it!

  10. Ugh the pics of the boy = heart melted. Especially in the fedora. So glad you guys wore your medals. I wish it was the norm to wear race medals up to 1 week after a race. Looks like an amazing trip!!

    • Ha, I think my sis was secretly jealous of all the compliments he got. Especially when someone told him he looks better in it then her! Needless to day, she didn’t let him keep it. Haha!
      Yes, one week would be a good rule I think! Next time I visit my running friends around here, I’m going to bring them!

  11. The boy looks like he had a great time. Ha…A few years back, I did the same thing with the hat. Yep, we’ve made Disney our Run-Vacation for some years now. Always a good time, however, we cram everything, I mean EVERYTHING in at the same time as the races. Might have to rethink that if we continue Run Disney races as I get older…*sigh*

    • He did have a blast! I hear ya on the cramming, I did that one year and paid for it come race day. I also did it at a half marathon in New Orleans. After that I decided to save as much sight seeing as possible until afterwards!

  12. Vodka in oranges….is that something you have personal experience with? I kinda want to try that even though I’m of legal drinking age and not that crazy about vodka. Haha!

    • Ha, not me personally, but a lot of my high school friends would do that and got to football games or whatever. Now a days I hear they soak gummy bears in vodka and then eat em!

  13. I haven’t been to Disney since I was 21 years old! It has probably changed a lot since then. But yeah you better believe I drank around the world at Epcot back then. By the time I got to Mexico, I was pretty hammered.

    I went to Universal Studios in LA, but never the Florida one. (I’m such a moron…I lived out there for 3 years and never went to Disneyland. Something about being able to see it from the freeway kind of took the magic out of it for me and I didn’t really care that much, but now I wish I had gone.) Anyway there was this Simpsons ride that was like a flight simulator and I almost threw up. Good times.

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  15. 🙂 Only regret….not getting to beach or Columbia Restaurant! 🙂 Other than that…we met everything on our list for us and for Griffin! It’s good to have a plan for the parks, or you get too tired and don’t see what you want to see (for all your friends planning trips there).

    fyi, I got asked by Disney to complete an extended survey where they ‘really’ wanted to know my thoughts (specifically for the 1/2….but you could make comments on all good and not so good things…… so I said the kids races ‘heats’ were too big and that the 5K was a little lackluster compared to the rest—had a few other comments too, but overall, they do an awesome job! Great to have so many photogs, so many volunteers and employees supporting the runners, so much entertainment, drinks, fuel, medical stops, etc!)

    fyi, it turns out based on the last few questions, that they may be considering offering a Disney cruise to the Bahamas and their private island after the race weekend and wanted to know if we’d be interested in that option!

    That, along with the Disney Paris run possibility…..Disney always picks it up!

    I’m excited to do the Disneyland Dumbo in late August 🙂 Figure this is my window to do this stuff and finish my goal of a Disney Coast to Coast medal I’ve wanted for a while !! 🙂

    XO

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