Over Labor day weekend many people were preparing barbeques, hitting the pool for a last dip before summer ends, or just enjoying a lazy weekend. That weekend was anything but lazy for our friend Lois. She was starting the second of three races out at Disneyland. She participated in her first Dumbo Double Dare and she is happily going to tell you all about it starting with the 10K on Saturday.
Being on the west coast made the early morning wakeup calls much easier than the wakeup calls at Walt Disney World for the Dopey challenge.
The 10K was villains themed, so I dressed as the Queen of Hearts and headed off to the races.
The Goofy statue in the lobby was my go-to for the early morning prerace picture, just a fun place to take a picture. The walk to the start line was an easy walk and didn’t take long at all. I loved that part of the Disneyland races, they were all so easy to get to, no getting up extra early to catch a bus or leave early to beat the race traffic. I absolutely loved being able to walk to the start line, and then at the finish of the race, walk back. Disneyland can’t be beat for the ease of getting around race morning.
Cruella De Vil had taken over the stage and told us all to be prepared as the villains were now in control, and Mickey was not to be found. It was true, I didn’t see Mickey the whole race. Malificent came on the big screen and was very upset she wasn’t invited to the party, and you know what happens when Malificent doesn’t get invited to the party. She took over and Rudy wasn’t able to start the race (but don’t fret, Malifecent was the one who started the race)
The race didn’t put us right into the parks, instead we headed down Disney Way toward the convention center, circled around that, and then entered the park on the east side on Harbor Blvd. I liked being on the street for a bit, as it gave the corrals time to thin a little. Once we hit the parks, we didn’t leave until the very end of the race where we went through downtown Disney to hit the finish line. Along the course, the villains were out. I stopped to get a picture with DJ, and who I thought was the shadow man from the Princess and the Frog (my youngest daughter’s favorite movie). They had Lotso out from Toy Story, but the line was super long and I didn’t want to wait. As we rounded into the Hollywood Area, Hades was out. I’d never seen him, so I stopped for his picture. Man, he is one scary dude. Then Lady Tremaine was right there, so I stopped there as well.
We crossed over from Disney’s California Adventure into Disneyland. The one big difference between the west coast and east coast Magic Kingdom’s is that the castle on the west coast isn’t a prominent feature. I of course stopped to get a picture by the castle, but it was rather underwhelming, after doing the races at Walt Disney World. I loved going behind the scenes and seeing the train depot, the floats, and the Imagineering building. I don’t know why, but seeing that gave me the chills, I guess it comes from knowing that is where the magic starts.
I didn’t stop for many pictures in the Magic Kingdom, but I had to stop for Hook and Smee (maybe it is because I absolutely adore Killian Jones on Once Upon a Time, so I just had to get a picture with the original).
The 10K ended the same was as the 5K, heading out into Downtown Disney, then through the finish line near the Disneyland hotel. It was so much fun to see all the villains out, and as I was crossing the finish line Malificent was there. Once again, the 10K didn’t disappoint, and I really think it is my favorite distance.
Have you ever done any of the Disney 10K's? What were your thoughts?