Not Your Typical Christmas Eve

A few days ago we started looking at ya know actually planning the rest of our trip to Disney for the Expedition Everest Challenge in May.  Kind of important stuff.

Prompted by an email from Disney with an offer for 35% off of stays which happened to fall in our travel dates for the event I began my research.

Ever since our trip last November for Wine & Dine my family has joked I would make a great Disney travel agent. Truth is: I love doing the research and the planning and the  logistics of it all.  So I settled in with coffee and my grandmother to do just that.

{Side note: how does one become a Disney Travel Agent? ‘Cause I would love that job}

Research tools.

Research tools.

Me & my dad will be running the race as a team, and my grandmother will be coming along as a supporter and travel companion. (Because she is awesome like that!)

Last time we split our stay between the Polynesian and The Animal Kingdom Lodge, and while both resorts were beyond amazing we found the transportation and Animal Kingdom to be just too stressful for our group.  So, even thought this is the only race host resort in the Deluxe tier we ruled it out.

We knew we wanted to spend some time at Epcot for the Flower & Garden festival that will be going on and low and behold we came across a pretty unbelievable rate for a Beach Club Villa Studio (cheaper than the other deluxe level hotels, cheaper thane even some moderates, and most unbelievably to me: cheaper than Art of Animation, a value resort!!!!)

See I even took a photo to prove it

See I even took a photo to prove it

So we decided that would be our best option (fully knowing it will make race day travel a bit more complex, remember I like research).  However, because my dad will be traveling from Reno, NV we wanted to triple check the dates with him.

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We settled in for an extremely chill Christmas Eve with some wine and……

A CHRISTMAS PIZZA!!! (I told you it was chill)

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All red & green for the occasion.

I randomly decided to check the rates again a bit later only to discover the Beach Club Villa room had been snatched up.  Really I shouldn’t have been surprised considering how shocked I was at the deal. After doing some additional research on Disney’s cancellation policies and such we decided to pull the trigger and put a deposit down on the same dates for a only slightly higher price at the Yacht Club!

So there you go. That’s my unconventional Christmas Eve.

Now I get to start the fun part of dining reservations (did you know we are already past the 180 day out mark???? Crazy right!)

And back to tracking Santa! Merry Christmas.

Keep it celebratory & fierce!

-Little Red

Have you ever had a non-typical holiday?  Where are your favorite places to dine or stay in Disney World?

In or Out

Today I have not one but two race related tales to tell.

As you all know I was one of the many hoping to register to do the last run of runDisney’s Expedition Everest Challenge.  But it was also the day that runners selected from the lottery to run the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 miler were notified.

I woke up this morning and contemplated how to make sure I had a few minutes at work to register in case it looked like Expedition Everest ChaUnknown-1llenge would fill up quickly…. Newsflash: It SOLD OUT in about an hour and a half! Whoa, buddy!  Sounds like the Annual Pass and DVC early registration spots went quickly, too. The marketing side of me immediately started to wonder what race they are gonna cut next for the surge in registrations.  (According to other blogs I have read/DISboards this race sells slower than the others so it made sense to retire it.)

By the time I got onto the registration page I encountered trouble with it asking for a password simply to register.  I figure well guess not this one. But I decided to try just one more…

Before I registered I got the email from the Cherry Blossom folks. Again through reading various blogs I have heard how hard thiUnknowns race is to get into by lottery.  Most people suggest taking advantage of their volunteer for a guaranteed spot the following year policy.  I, however, did not know this advice until after last year’s race occurred.  Nonetheless, I decided to try my luck at the lottery entry, knowing there is only one person who wins anything in my family: my Aunt Susan. Seriously, it should be a special skill on her resume.

So without any further suspense building:

Drum roll please…….

Cherry Blossom 10 miler – IN!

Expedition Everest Challenge – IN!

I honestly cannot believe my luck on both accounts.  For Expedition Everest Challenge I will be running with my dad as a team since we did Wine & Dine Half Marathon together.

Dad & I after our first half-marathon: Wine & Dine 2013

Dad & I after our first half-marathon: Wine & Dine 2013

I didn’t realize we needed the team name immediately.  We hand’t come up with one together I had simply jokingly suggested “The Kenyan Albino Running Team” in my latest text…. Not wanting to miss out because of indecision I decided since we are both short my tagline would have to do.

Say hello to team Little But Fierce

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On second thought Team Goofy might not have been a bad idea

That’s enough news to start my engines: time to get to training!

Keep it fit & fierce.

-Little Red

Have you ever been lucky getting into a race? Will Team Little But Fierce see you at Everest?

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Trying To Take On Everest?

The email!!

The email!!

Did you get the reminder email today?

The reminder to sign up for the final run of runDisney’s Expedition Everest Challenge.

I’ve always been curious about this one as it looks like pure fun: a 5k through Animal Kingdom Park at night, plus some fun obstacles, a clue solving mission, add an after-hours party in the park, the ability to run as a team, and of course a dose of Disney magic… who could resist.

I’m 99% sure I’ve convinced my dad to be my teammate.  It was a lot easier to do after I assured him this on was only a 5k, not the 13.1 miles he ran with me for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.

This is all assuming of course we can get in! Being the final run ever of this event it is bound to be popular.

You can find all the details here at runDisney Expedition Everest Challenge.

Are you planning to register? Will you be waiting at a computer at 12noon on the dot? What runDisney event are you most curious about?

Fingers crossed for dad & I to get in, I’m off to think of a team name!

Keep it fierce (just like the Yeti).

-Little Red