Thursday, February 9, 2012

Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend Pre-Trip Report

Cinderella's Castle
I'm so excited! Just two more weeks and I'll be on my way to Orlando, Florida! I'm super excited about this trip because It's a girls only weekend with some of my closest friends! We're headed down for the Princess Half Marathon weekend, I'm not up to running a marathon, but we'll be strutting our stuff during the Royal Family 5K! This trip has a bunch of firsts for me and I can't wait to share them with you!

Who: Kristen (that's me!), Tori (my 18 year old daughter), Bekah (my BFF), Jackie & Traci (two of my best bloggy buddies)

What: 5 Nights in Orlando, 3 Day Park Tickets and the Royal Family 5K!

Why: We had at first been toying with the idea of going to Blissdom. However, once again, none of us made it on the Disney Moms Panel, and frankly we were sad. From the mass of twitter friends came a call from our friend Traci at Vacation Field Guides that we should join her down in Florida for the Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend. Why not, we *ARE* Disney Moms, we would head down to "the World" and make our own magic. Since that decision was made Traci and I encountered further corporate rejection in not being invited to Disney Social Media Moms this year. I need this trip more than ever to get rid of some serious Disney blues.

When: Tori and I leave 2/22/2012 at 2AM!! Our flight doesn't leave until 6am, but we have to be there 2 hours before and it takes us 2 hours to get there, so 2AM it is! Should I even bother going to sleep the night before if I have to wake up at 1AM? I'll be leaving the boys and Katie at home, and Tori and I will meet Bekah at O'Hare to get this party started! Or... go back to sleep on the plane.

2AMWhere: Global Resort Homes is my generous sponsor for accommodations. They're providing us with a fantastic opportunity to stay in one of their 5 bedroom luxury vacation homes for the week. I can not wait to share that with you! Expect lots of gushing over this property in the near future. This will be my first time staying off-property in about 20 years, I'm nervous, but as a DVC Member I'm really excited to see what Global Resort Homes has to offer.

Transportation: United Airlines & Dollar Rental Car! The Princess Party Van was booked using the discount that Global Resort Homes has for it's guests. Thanks again Global! You made my day when I was able to upgrade from an economy car to a mini-van with a Sun Pass for just $80 more.

What's for Dinner?
ADRS Include: California Grill, Via Napoli, OHana & Whispering Canyon
Counter Service Plans: Earl of Sandwich, Scat Cat Club
Obviously there will be much more foodie fun to report on, but this trip will be heavy on the counter service so we'll play it by ear!

So that's just a taste of what's coming up in the next few weeks.  I'm crazy busy writing for several travel outlets, so these next two weeks will be a marathon before I even get to vacation!  You'll also be able to follow this trip on i.SeeKissimmee.com  as I bring daily vacation coverage to the blog for the Kissimee convention and visitors bureau.  I hope that you enjoy all the great things to come on this trip of this trip!   It will be followed by 9 nights in the Western Caribbean with highlights including food and jazz in New Orleans, Mayan ruins in Belize, and a possible dolphin swim!

Stay Tuned!

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