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Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Dark Side Half Marathon Course Description

A Detailed Look at What the Force has in Store for You!



April 2017:

You will not be complete in your Challenge to tame the Dark Side until you have completed the Half Marathon!  This was a very exciting and demanding race for me last year, and I know it will meet your expectations this year!

Here are the details:

This year's Half Marathon will have you traveling through 3 Parks:  Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and ending at Epcot.  We went through Epcot early in the course last year, and it will be your last stop this year.

You will be starting in the Magic Kingdom Mulan parking lot.  The buses will drop you off near the staging area, or Welcome Plaza, where you can leave your check-in bag and head over to the porta potties.  From there, you will be guided into your corrals:  this will be about a 20 minute walk, so be sure and include this is your planning.   It will be early and possibly chilly, so plan for layering!

Dark Side of the Course!

A Look at the Dark Side 10K and Half Marathon Courses




April 2017:

Ah! You can not resist the Dark Side of the Force as it rules the 10K and half Marathon Courses this year!  Both races should be awesome, and I can't wait to see the Characters along the way!

I love looking at the race courses!  The Geek in me studies the courses and everything in between!  

So let's get started!

This year's 10K is packed with excitement as you begin on World Drive and head toward Hollywood Studios!  You will run down Hollywood Boulevard, past Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and into Epcot where your journey in the Force will be complete!

Begin Your Journey to the Dark Side... at the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot!

You will be starting in the Magic Kingdom Mulan parking lot.  The buses will drop you off in the Cruella Parking Lot and it's just a short walk over to the Ursula Lot to the staging area and security check.  This Welcome Plaza is where you can leave your check-in bag and head over to the porta potties.  From there, you will be guided into your corrals.   And you will be off!  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Episode 018 - Beyond runDsney: Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter


You know, coming to a runDisney race, doesn’t mean you have to do everything at Disney!  I love exploring around Orlando and Los Angeles areas – even if it is just for a day.  One of my favorite things to do is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in one day!  And I will tell you how to do that today!

I absolutely love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!  It is a totally immersing experience, and I love to go as much as possible – even if it is just for a day.  And I encourage runDisney participants to get out of the Wonderful World of Disney and Explore Hogwarts and Diagon Alley!

Now – How do you do it?

1st of all you will need a Park to Park ticket because you can not ride the Hogwarts Express without it!  You will be exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in both Universal Studios and Island of Adventure while using the Hogwarts Express for transportation!

2nd, you need a plan so that you can get all of the important things in within your time frame.  I will go over the basic plan today, and then you can download my ebook and guides that goes into more details!

3rd, arrive early – this is not a day to sleep in!  And I suggest to do this after the race, especially if you are doing the half marathon or marathon – you don’t want to go into those races tired and dehydrated from a hot day in Orlando…

The Plan -
I have a See-It-All-In-One-Day Plan.
The purpose of the See-It-All-In-One-Day Plan is to give families an opportunity to experience nearly everything in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ in one day. This plan will ensure that, when you leave, your family had a complete Harry Potter™ adventure!”

Start in DiagonAlley, Universal Studios.

Escape from Gringotts is your first stop.  This ride tends to have very long wait times and there are currently no Express Pass options!  So you need to be in line early!  From here you will head to Ollivanders.  Even though there is an Ollivanders in Hogsmeade, Diagonalley is the where all the students go to get there wands, so I want to be traditional and do it here, also.
You will have plenty of time to wind your way through DiagonAlley.
I suggest a late breakfast at The Leaky Cauldron and end the day in the early afternoon at the train station to Hogsmeade.

The town of Hogsmeade, in Islands of Adventure,  has the most rides and you will want to be there early afternoon to catch them all.  I would plan on dinner at The Three Broomsticks, and plan for the rest of the day here with the ride back to Diagonalley around 7pm.  You will want to stay until the parks close which is around 9pm.

The Best Way to do this adventure is

1-Day Park to Park Ticket with Roundtrip Transfers [Quick Transportation]
This ticket provides roundtrip transfers from Walt Disney World® Hotels and Walt Disney World® Area Hotels to BOTH Universal's Islands of Adventure® and Universal Studios Florida®.
* This special offer is only available for advance purchase through your travel agent.

Very easy and hassel free!

Universal did an amazing job recreating the worlds of Harry Potter™. From the architecture of the buildings, to the artwork of the store signs, and to the walls and ceilings of each store, no detail was left out. There are hidden gems everywhere, and be prepared for surprises! And every time I go, I find something new and enjoy something old.  That’s why this is one of my favorite Beyond the Kessel Run spots!

Now if you want to know more details, download my book from Amazon, 
The Ultimate Fan Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

On my blog on the FanGirl Page, there are free downloadable there to get you started.
If you have any questions, please let me know – kesselrunner77@gmail.com
I will be sure and get right back to you!

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