Its hard to believe that its already been more than two months since we returned home from our Wine and Dine racecation. We had an absolute blast at Disney with little man and my father-in-law, and it was exciting to close out our trip with a couple of hours at Epcot on our last day before we headed to the airport.
One of our top priorities once we arrived at Epcot was to get our traditional medals picture taken with Mickey. We had a Fast Pass for Character Spot, and all four of us got to celebrate our accomplishments from the weekend with Mickey.
I always love how small of a world Disney can sometimes feel like. In advance of our trip, I had found out that one of my dance friends from home was going to be at Disney at the same time as us. We were finally able to connect and meet up on our last day, and it was fun to run into her at Epcot. We had fun catching up while Preston and his dad rode Soarin’.
Afterwards, we headed to World Showcase to enjoy an early lunch. We decided to get some snacks from some of the Food and Wine Festival kiosks. It was fun to sample various treats and put together our own little meals.
After finishing up lunch it was unfortunately time to head to the airport. Traveling home was a bit of a nightmare. My father-in-law’s ticket for his flight to Philly wound up getting canceled (not the flight, the actual ticket), so he was forced to pay for a new flight much later that evening. Our travel woes were completely different. After boarding the plane for DC mechanical problems were discovered, and we eventually got back off of the plane. For more than an hour it was unclear as to whether they would be able to fix the plane, or if the flight would wind up being canceled. We worked with a very sweet and patient gate agent, who looked at a variety of options for us, and since everything else for the rest of the day was completely booked she put a hold on seats for us for a flight the next day. The whole ordeal was less than fun with a 10.5 month old in tow, but fortunately the plane was eventually repaired and we wound up leaving after a several hour delay.
All in all, it was a fun racecation. Despite the changes that were made to this year’s Wine and Dine race weekend, I’m glad that we were still able to participate. I know that a lot of people would have preferred for the half marathon to still be a night race, but having the start time switched to the morning was actually better for us given that we have a young child. However, the new half marathon course was very lack luster with all of the running on back roads, and although I enjoyed running through Animal Kingdom and Epcot, I was disappointed that we didn’t get to run through Hollywood Studios like the course has previously gone through.
As for the race weekend theme, I was disappointed to see that the theme was really only carried out at the expo and in the staging areas before and after the race. Other than in France during the 10k, you would have never known that this was a wine and food themed race weekend while running the races.
Many of the same characters were out for both the 10k and the half, so it would have also been nice to see some variation with the characters, or at least the characters wearing different costumes. We all know that there’s plenty of Disney characters to choose from.
Overall, we had a fun time during our racecation at Disney and our Wine and Dine weekend was a great experience. While we enjoy running at Disney, there are other runDisney race weekends that we’d like to experience (my friend Kathleen and I are hoping to be able to run Princess in February 2018). Is returning for Wine and Dine forever off of the table? Not necessarily, but its also not our top choice for a future runDisney racecation.
QOTD: What runDisney race weekends are on your wish list?