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Natsynoo's Run Disney Bucket List Trip - September 2018

Thursday 20th September

After months of anticipation (and in truth, dread), today was the day that we headed to DLP for the Run Disney event!

Why the dread? Well, I run because I have to to manage my weight, not because I enjoy it, so why on earth have I signed myself up to run 36K in 3 days?! Well, I had, so I just had to get on with it! All I wanted to do was to finish to get the medals…and this was the thought that dominated my mind throughout.

I was travelling with my friend and colleague, Pauline (P for short) who is Parisienne but hasn’t visited Disneyland in years and had certainly never visited with a regular, so I was at least excited to show her the ropes!

Before I press on with the journey, a word of warning about this trip and therefore this trippie – this trip was for the runs, it was not so much about the parks. I was still pleased with what we achieved during the trip, but for this trippie, you’ll find a real focus on the event than the parks themselves. For that sort of trip, see my February trippie linked here.

One final disclaimer – there are a lot of photos of me here when I am running or mid-run. I don’t look my best, and did question whether to post this trippie, but wanted to post something that might help others considering running a Run Disney event.

And so, onto the journey!

The alarm sounded unpleasantly at 5.30am. I didn’t have a means of checking the time when I woke through the night which meant that I slept unwell because I was nervous about sleeping through the alarm. However, we were off to Disney!

Our taxi arrived on time at 6am and we weren’t thrilled with the cost of £25 to take us from the Premier Inn to the station (max 3 hours but when we booked they were the only firm that answered the phone, so our hands were tied!).

Check in at Ashford was easy, and we enjoyed a coffee and juice while we waited. Boarding was called 15 minutes before departure time so we headed down to the platform and excited hopped on board. We spent the journey to Lille (no direct trains today) watching Coco, which is my new Disney addiction.

At Lille, I allowed my French travel buddy to order us an espresso/hot chocolate, juice and two croissants which came to €9.10. We enjoyed these in the lounge until it was announced that our TGV to Marne La Vallee had arrived, so we headed down to the platform and the train left about 20 minutes later.

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The journey was seamless and after hopping on the bus at the station, we arrived at the Cheyenne at 12.20pm. Unfortunately, it felt like everyone else running in the event had arrived at the Cheyenne at the exact same time and check in took 1 hour and 10 minutes! When I finally managed to check in, we dumped our bags and hurried off to the parks.

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We were sharing a room with other Disney friends, Rachel and Su, who wanted to explore the Village for some time, and P and I were excited to see the Castle, so we went our own ways for a while.

Ah what a beautiful sight!

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Our first stop however was the ear shop as you enter the park on the right hand side – finally, the rose gold ears were mine for €19.99. I had ummed and aahed over these in WDW back in April and ended up going for the Millennial Pink ones but I had remorse so I was glad to snag a pair here in Paris!

Our next stop had to be lunch…we were ravenous! There was only one place to be, and that was the Market Square Café for a croque monsieur. P was very impressed which was reassuring and for €11 including a bottle of San Pellegrino, for DLP, I was more than happy with the cost. I was so content right at that moment…the sun was shining, I was in Disneyland, and I was eating a croque monsieur!

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My first thought was to grab a Fastpass and I turned right at Discoveryland with the thought of getting one for Hyperspace Mountain. However, it was a walk on, so we opted for Buzz instead. P loved Hyperspace, and I did too, as during our February trip, it didn’t have sound, so it was nice to experience the full piece!

Our Buzz Fastpass opened shortly after at 3.05pm and P loved this too. From there, it was round to It’s A Small World. A classic and one of my favourites! The Fairytale Boat Ride and Casey Jr were next up and had only 5 minute wait.

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After grabbing a drink (San Pellegrino €3.69), we rode Pirates (another walk on), and then picked up a Big Thunder Mountain Fastpass which we didn’t use in the end. At 4.50pm, we found ourselves on Main Street, and thinking the parade was due to start at 5pm, we waited a bit, but then when I checked the App, I found that it was actually due to start at 5.30pm so we decided instead to head to the Expo…I had bibs to collect!

I was expecting the Expo to be a complete nightmare. Everything about the registration process so far had been hard work and we didn’t even get the vouchers to print for our bibs until lunchtime on the previous day (we were supposed to get them 2 weeks before). Feedback from previous years’ events had also been that it was hectic and the wait times were long. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how spacious and organised it was. I walked straight up to the 36K desk and was handed a gear bag chokka with shirts (5 – one for each of the distances, one for the 31K Challenge, and one for the 36K Challenge). I also needed to collect my Photopass card (this was a bit confusing but I got there in the end) and also my pre-paid merchandise (a Run Disney Pin, and tempting fate, a 21K/Half Marathon ‘I Did It’ Pin). There was a bit of a wait for this but I didn’t mind given how easy everything else had been.

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The merchandise was a little disappointing but again, I expected this, and I only bought a running headband, but I was pleased that this was reduced from €10 to €5 by the time I had got to the till (and I now wear it with pride when I run!).

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My name was on the wall!

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By now, it was 6.30pm and we decided to grab dinner whilst we were in the Village. We decided on Vapianos, but it was busier than we had hoped and it took a good 45 minutes to get our food. We learned through observation that the pizza/al forno/salad options are far quicker and easier. Nonetheless, our al fredo/carbonara pasta dishes were very delicious. We also ordered the bruschetta and a large bottle of San Pellegrino which came to €20 each. We felt this was good value for the quality of the food and given the overall food prices in DLP.

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After this, we headed back into Disneyland Park where we were greeted by a fellow Brit offering us their Compass Club Fastpasses for tomorrow as they were heading home early the next day. Yes please and thank you!

P was excited for me to buy me new Pandora charms from Harrington’s so that was our next stop. This year, Matt bought me an empty bangle for me to fill on all of our Disney trips (DLP in February and September, WDW in April, and DLR & DCL in October). In DLP in February, I had bought a Mickey and teacup to remind me of my niece’s first trip. In WDW, I bought lots of charms, but namely, the Partner’s Statue, 2018, Ohana, and Dumbo charms, and I have plans for the ones I am buying in DLR and on the Cruise in a couple of weeks. In DLP though, I needed the Minnie Eiffel Tower one. These were released in around March so I just missed out last time. I also spotted a really cute Jiminy Cricket one which I decided to buy to represent the Run Disney event. I had ‘wished’ to run in a Run Disney event for a long time so I felt that Jiminy represent my wish coming true. Both charms came to €128.

By now, it was time to find a spot for Illuminations which started at 8.30pm. I adore this show, and P did too. That version of A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes … <3

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On the way back to the hotel, we stopped by the World of Disney where I bought two of the Disney Babies Christmas Mickey and Minnie plushes (€19.99 each) for my niece, a Bambi Christmas decoration for my colleague (€9.99), a Marie pen as a gift for the same colleague (€5.99), a silicone muffin mould (€12.99) so a total of €74.94…it’s been an expensive day!

We headed back to the hotel where I sorted my case, prepared my things for tomorrow, phoned home, showered, and chatted with the girls. My head hit the pillow at 11.30pm and boy was I ready for it!

Steps = 19,708
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Friday 21st September

The alarm sounded for the start of the first day of the run event – ahhhhhh!
But first, a fun filled day in the Studios and P’s first time!
We planned to go to McDonald’s for a McCafe breakfast first but found it was closed, so we went to wait for the Studios to open. During my February trip, it opened 30 minutes earlier than advertised to queue for the rides. This turned out not to be the case this time, so we waited in the rain…not so magical, but we got chatted to some lovely Americans who were over for the Run event to get their Castle to Chateau medal having run the Dopey Challenge back in January!

At 8.30am, the Cast Members informed of a system glitch which would delay park opening, but this was quickly resolved, and we were in! First stop – Crush’s Coaster! Obviously! And since the wait was only 15 minutes, we had to ride it again!

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Next stop was Ratatouille which was a walk on, which P also loved….so far, so good!

Tower of Terror was next up, and this one wasn’t so good – P was absolutely terrified, grabbed hold of me, let her bag go which went flying, and screamed the whole time! She was scarred for life! I found the whole episode hilarious…the photo says a lot!

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It was time for some Petit Dejuner next so we went to the restaurant for a croissant, hot chocolate and juice which came to €7 as a meal deal.

The park was open by now so we went to ride RC Racer but P declared ‘no way’ so Slinky Dog it was, followed by Rock n Roller Coaster…another hit!

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After this, we had a little wander around before the Motors Lights Action Stunt Show at 11.15am. P loved this and having not seen it for a few years, I really enjoyed it too.

P was peckish after this, so she grabbed a hot chocolate and brioche for €10.97, before riding the Studio Backlot Tour.

We had pretty much finished what we wanted to see and do in the Studios for the day now, so we headed back to the Run Disney Expo to pick up some spectator wrist bands. The Half Marathon ones were all gone now, but the 5K and 10K had some availability, so we picked some up for P, Rachel and Su.

It was lunchtime now and P fancied a hotdog, so Casey’s it was! I had a cheese and crispy onion hotdog and San Pellegrino for €11.88 which was yummy.

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We stopped by Big Thunder Mountain next for Fastpasses and to use our pixie dusted Fastpasses too. P loved it and said it was still her favourite ride, as it had been as a child.

We loved the Coco/Dia de los Muertos theming around Frontierland!

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Hyperspace Mountain was a walk on again so we headed over to Discoveryland and rode that, before riding Dumbo which was a 15 minute wait.

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It was back to Big Thunder Mountain now to use our Fastpasses before making a hot chocolate stop (€5 for two).

Star Tours was next and it was a brand new sequence for me – Chewbacca felt onto the windscreen and slipped off again, very cute!

After a Star Donut and hot chocolate stop (€6ish), we went to find a spot for the parade and enjoyed a little rest.

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As we left, P captured my rose gold look!

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We enjoyed the parade but it was now time to meet Su and Rachel in the Disneyland Hotel before their Inventions reservation to give them their spectator wrist bands. It was time for me to get changed for the 5K so I did so and P and I wandered over to the Expo ready for me to enter my corral waiting area.

P kindly took my bag back to the hotel and picked up her coat before having a wander around the Village and then entering the spectator area.

I was in my corral at 7pm, as Run Disney recommended, and the race started at 8pm. I hadn’t realised that it would take 40 minutes for Corral E to be released (but with 8000 runners ahead of me, I needn’t have been surprised) so it did feel like a long wait. I enjoyed watching the trailers for the new films whilst we waited though, although I could have done without listening to Ashley Tisdale’s version of Under the Sea 100 million times in that time! It became a running joke amongst the runners.

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We learned whilst we waited that we had been set a mission by Tony Stark: to find the Infinity Stones before Thanos did (we knew that the race had a Marvel theme before).

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I really enjoyed the run and this is when I started to relax and enjoy/make the most of the event while I could. I didn’t stop for any characters because the lines were too long (most over an hour and some were even closed by the time corral E had been released) and because the Marvel characters do not really interest me.

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During the race, the character greets were for Gamora, Black Panther, Loki, Captain America & Black Widow. Some of the characters rotated so if you see any conflicting reports, that’s why…so this is a little caveat to say that this is only what I saw.

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I completed the run in 36:40 which I was pleased with given that I made many photo stops and there were a lot of runners around me.

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When I got to the finish line, the best cheer squad ever greeted me!

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One remark I would make is that the finishers’ atmosphere was a bit flat so the girls cheering me on was a real pick me up!

I made my way out of the runners’ area, skipping any photo ops due to the long lines, picked up my Refreshment Pack headed to the Earl to meet the girls. It may be close to 10pm by now but I wanted my dinner! I had a Hawaiian BBQ and also bought Su and Rachel a hot chocolate – the sandwich was €6.95, the hot chocolates were €2.95 each.

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After gobbling that down, we wandered back to the hotel, showered, prepared my stuff for tomorrow’s early start, and fell asleep at 11.30pm.

Steps = 33,493
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Saturday 22nd September

Today was the day, the actual crazy began!

I woke just before my 5.30am alarm and quietly shuffled around the room to get ready without disturbing the girls. I had been chilly last night whilst waiting for the 5k, so I grabbed a scarf to wrap around my arms whilst I waited (and could easily tie around my running belt during the event), and headed out. I was meeting another of my friends, Michelle, at the Chuck Wagon at 6am.

The wait time passed much like the night before, with trailers for new movies being showed (Mary Poppins just looks dreamy!) and Disney songs being played. This time, the theme was Villain Sidekicks, and Meg, Pain and Panic sent the runners on their way, and I was finally over the start line at 7.51am (after the 7am race start time).

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The run took me approx. 73 minutes which I was really pleased with. I normally do a 10K in around 70 minutes so with some photo stops, that was a good time for me!

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The character greets during the race were Foulfellow & Gideon, Cheshire Cat, Sheriff of Nottingham, Flotsum & Jetsum, King Louis, someone from Emperor’s New Groove who I don’t know the name of (he rotated with Kronk & Yzma…much cooler!), and Hades greeted us at the finish line!

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After the race, I picked up my refreshment pack, had my photo taken at the finishers’ backdrop, and wandered back to the hotel. It was a bit odd being on my own but it was actually quite nice to have some time to reflect, not only on the race and the trip, but also an incredibly up and down 6 months…slightly off topic, but in that respect, this trip did me a lot of good, and my family have all commented that I seem much more relaxed since I got home.

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I got back to the hotel at 9.45am, phoned home, showered, changed and was out again at 10.45am. P had gone to Paris today to surprise her Dad on his birthday, so I decided to wander around the parks for a while on my own. I knew I’d be busy, so a good mooch around the shops was in order.

The queue to get into Disneyland Park was insane, but I got there in the end (being just me helped!). It was very busy in the park, as you’d expect for a Saturday anyway, let alone on race weekend, but the atmosphere was good.

My first stop was to the kiddies’ clothes store on Main Street where I bought my gorgeous niece Molly a tshirt with Buttercup from Toy Story on it, and also picked up a ‘Babies Pua’ which my sister had asked me to pick up. These were €15.99 and €22.99 respectively.

I was peckish by now so an early lunch was in order. I really wanted a Mickey pizza which I hoped to get from Colonel Haiti’s but it was closed so walked over to Bella Notte instead. I waited for this to open at 12pm but when I got inside, they seemed to only have pasta on the menu? I think it’s because the screens rotated but I didn’t give it long enough to transition as they definitely do have pizza on the menu. Anyway, it was too late by then so I went back to the Market Square Café for another croque monsieur which with a San Pellegrino was €10.88.

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Whilst back on Main Street, I popped into Harrington’s to pick up some magnets that I had seen on Thursday evening, which cost €14.97; and then into Christmas shop in the Castle for a Christmas ornament for a colleague which was €12.99.

Next stop was the Emporium for a good rummage, but I didn’t buy anything.

The Disneyland Park was so busy and my little legs were feeling fatigued by now, so I decided that perhaps a restful afternoon/evening might be in order for me, so I decided that after taking a 10K medal selfie in front of the Castle, I might do the same in the Studios before heading back to the hotel.

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On the way back to the hotel, I decided that a McFlurry was in order, so I stopped by McDonalds and have the most phenomenal McFlurry of my life – it was Lotus Caramelised Biscuit flavoured and was incredible! With a hot chocolate, this came to €5.50.

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I also stopped by the Earl of Sandwich to pick up something for my dinner later this evening, so I bought a double sized Hawaiian BBQ and a bread pudding for €14.55.

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I was back in the room at 2.30pm, laid down, and woke up again at 5.30pm – an unexpected but much needed nap!

I pretty much spent the rest of the evening sorting my things and preparing for tomorrow, chatting with Su and Rachel who got back from Val D’Europe, watched the first Strictly Come Dancing of the season (I managed to stream it), and was asleep at 10.30pm.

Steps = 28,378
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Sunday 23rd September

Another 5.30am alarm, but this one hurt a little bit more after a better night’s sleep (P stayed in Paris with her family so I had the bed to myself). But today was the day I had been dreading for months…I had to run a Half Marathon….AFTER running a 5K and 10K 36 hours before!

I left the hotel at 6am and the wait at corrals was the longest yet…I crossed the start line at 7.55am with Cruella’s encouragement!

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The run was, in all honesty, pretty painless. The supporters, characters, sights, refreshments and photo stops all distracted me from the reality of what I was doing to myself, and it wasn’t until I ran the full route and got back through the Village and returned to the Studios that I felt my legs starting to complain, so it was only the final 3k that I started to struggle which was pretty amazing really.

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Finally back to Disneyland!

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This was taken as I was running through the Cheyenne/Santa Fe, coming towards the end of the event

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Speaking of the refreshment stops, they were plentiful, every 2k or so, with water, Powerage and Lu Grany bars on offer, and I actually think that the ‘fuel’ helped my energy levels a lot as I struggled more in training and I didn’t have those things. Of course, the atmosphere and adrenaline had a lot to answer for too!

I was pleased to see more Photopass photographers on this race, including the coveted Castle shot!

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I saw the lovely Krispy Smore en route too and they were kind enough to stop for a photo!

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According to my Apple Watch, which I paused when I stopped for longer periods than a quick selfie, recorded around 2 hours 45 minutes to complete the full route, with my official time at 2 hours 51 minutes, placed at 5159 (of 9000+ runners) which I was pretty happy with.

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I was pretty pleased with myself when I passed/lapped the Balloon Ladies on my way round the course for the return journey back to Disneyland.

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The character greets today for the World of Disney Villains theme that I saw were Governor Ratcliffe, Loki, Captain Hook & Mr Smee, King John & Sheriff of Nottingham, Jafar, Flotsum & Jetsum (the only one I stopped for!), Maleficent, Maleficent’s crooks, Wicked Stepmother, and Kylo Ren (who I know rotated with Darth Vadar). And then my fave Sorceror Mickey met us at the end of the race!

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My lovely girlies were there to greet me at the end of the race before they headed to Centerparcs for the day and snapped my very proud photo!

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After picking up my refreshment pack and having my finisher’s photo, I headed to the Expo to pick up my Challenge medals – aaahhhh – and also treated myself to a 21K ‘I Did It’ t-shirt which was reduced to €10 by this point.

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Once back at the hotel, I had a shower and tried to nap, but it didn’t go well and I only managed 30 minutes. I was pretty hungry so I decided to head out to McDonalds for a feast…a 9 nuggets meal, juice and McFlurry was €15.05, and I enjoyed and deserved every morsel.

My next stop was Disneyland for some selfies with my full medal haul…I wasn’t going to let the rain get in my way!

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I sat in the Hyperion for a little while to escape the wet stuff, but we were booted out after a while, I presume for some technical rehearsals for Mickey’s Philharmagic.

Whilst I was in the park, I thought to myself that I might as well do something, so I saw that It’s a Small World was a walk on, and headed over there. I think it took me a while to pluck up the courage to be in the parks on my own?! Very odd as I have been visiting them more than annually for 25 years but never on my own.

Once I had done that and realised that I could do stuff on my own, I switched to the other park as there are more attractions there that I would enjoy on my own. First stop was Ratatouille single rider, then RC Racer single rider, and finally Tower of Terror which was a little more interesting…it broke down whilst I was on it, just before the first drop! We were evacuated and given Fastpasses to return, so I headed right back round to ride again. Interestingly, no-one else did that!

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After a ride on Rock n Roller Coaster, it was time for me to meet the other girls over at Vapianos for a celebratory dinner! A calzone and large bottle of San Pellegrino set me back €19 and I enjoyed every morsel!

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When we finished dinner, we agreed to return to Disneyland Park to watch Illuminations one last time, which we all really enjoyed, and I don’t think any of us could believe that our 4 nights here had come to an end. That being said, I was also pleased to be going home – I did miss my hubby and wanted to celebrate with my family back home.

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After the show finished, we caught the bus back to the Cheyenne (my weary legs couldn’t take much more!), and after packing, I was snuggled up in bed by 11pm.

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Today was bittersweet – I wished I could relive the Run Disney experience, it was our last day in Disneyland, and it was time to go home.

The alarm sounded at 7am for P and I as we wanted to get one last ride in on Crush’s Coaster and we knew that EMH was the best time to do that.

After a shower, final packing, and dropping our luggage off at reception, we walked to the Studios for 8.15am before EMH opening at 8.30am.

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I had unfortunately woken with a sore throat (which turned into a grotty cold over the next few days), so I dosed up on paracetamol, and headed straight to Crush, which P loved again.

It was a little chillier this morning, so we grabbed a hot chocolate (€2.99….P had breakfast too) before hitting up Ratatouille and Rock n Roller Coaster.

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I also hoped to meet Mickey this morning for a medals photo, so I downloaded to Lineberty app and secured a slot 1 hour and 37 minutes later, so we rode RC Racer, Flying Carpets (which went tech) and grabbed another hot chocolate and a donut (€7.08) whilst we waited…and I was so glad we did as I love these photos!

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Next stop was the Magic of Animation presentation, which I have never done before, before taking an animation class where we drew Goofy. Mine was hopeless (don’t laugh), but it was good to try another new thing!

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At 12.20pm, we decided that we had pretty much exhausted everything that we wanted to do in the Studios park, so we heaed to Vapianos for one final meal. We both opted for the mac & cheese and shared another large bottle of San Pellegrino, which came to €15 each.

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We returned to Disneyland Park and stopped by the bakery for a cookie (€2.79) on the way in. We hoped to pick up a Big Thunder Mountain Fastpass but the return time was already too late so we picked up a Buzz one for later on.

As we walked past the Castle, there was a photo op with plushie Mickey & Minnie, which we stopped for (another couple of photos that I love).

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Our next stop was Pirates of the Caribbean, followed by some final medal photos in front of the Castle (it’s not easy on your own so P agreed to help me).

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A final ride on It’s a Small World came next, followed by the Teacups, before a slow wander back to the hotel to start our journey home.

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We stopped by the Earl of Sandwich on the way back, where I picked up a Hawaiian BBQ to eat for dinner on the way home (€6.95).

We got to the station at 4.15pm, and check in opened at 4.40pm.

My notes have dried up from this point, but I do recall there being a 20 minute delay on the Eurostar. This did unfortunately have a knock on effect on the rest of our journey resulting in us getting home about 60-90 minutes later than we had hoped/expected but we were glad to be home safe nonetheless, and by midnight, I was tucked up in my own bed, snuggled with my hubby who greeted me with lovely flowers and a card, and slept soundly, reflecting on what for me was a phenomenal achievement.

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Steps = 21,719

Not quite ‘next stop’ but certainly a future stop – Dopey Challenge, here I come! Run Disney - I’ve got the bug now!
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Yay so glad you blogged your tripppie! Incredible achievement and so proud of you for completing the 36k challenge. I'll be with you there next year for the 36k challenge!
Haha thank you - i’m working on it xx
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Well done Natalie! Run Disney events are really addictive! My first was Princess 2014 and I can't bear to add up all the others

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