There’s a lot to catch up on—for instance, the new Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun parade has debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios—but I’ll have that in another update soon (you may take my lack of commentary any way you wish, but I’m betting you can read between the lines). In today’s article I wanted to focus on the recent WDW Marathon weekend. I’ve run these events before and had quibbles ranging from minor to medium.
While the price is still way too high, this is one corner of the WDW universe that largely functions. There seemed to be more port-a-potties than ever, nothing major seemed broken, there was plentiful water stations (not enough food, though), and even the blatant advertising on the mile marker signs (“sponsored by Sharpie”) were not in evidence this year. Even the weather cooperated. It was chilly indeed for the start, but it never overheated during the daytime hours. I thought readers might appreciate a photo essay. You can see all the sights without having to run (or walk, as in my case) the 26 miles!
On the walk to the start line from the Epcot parking lot,
we passed by the Lights of Winter, tightly wrapped up.
There were fireworks for the start of each “wave”.
At the start line, the Fab Five wave you off.
A couple small floats from the electrical parade greeted us at Epcot.
Running *under* Test Track never gets old..
Interesting visuals on the run come from seeing part of the 17,000 runners in one spot.
The Pooh float in the foreground, and the SSE balloon (don't worry,
the wand is not coming back) on the run to the TTC.
The backstage area behind TL/Main Street.
The back side of Splash Mountain.
The only crowded part of the run, as we left the Magic Kingdom.
Since the DAK Conservation Station trains all face one way, the unseen side is unthemed.
The back side of DAK’s Africa.
The Rock ‘n Roller coaster building.
The (real) animation building, as seen backstage rather than from the
theme park side. They aren’t animating there anymore!
Inside the tram tunnel, you usually can’t get good photos because the
tram moves too fast, so this was a rare chance for me.
The backside of the World Showplace (millennium tent).
The end is in sight!
My reward. Even walking about half of it, I was sore!