Here’s another fun story from the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Jen, a Dopey runner, got out and participated in the DIY half marathon along with other runners at her resort. She also made an unscheduled stop at her favorite hotel in Hollywood Studios!
You Can Drop In During A Marathon- Riding Tower of Terror
by Jen Spencer Originally published on Jan 13, 2017
In general, 2 friends and I (Beth and Kimberly) have been doing quite a few Disney races over the past few years (halves and 10K/half challenges). Last year we decided to do Dopey to celebrate us all turning 35 this year.
We did the 5K mostly together, stopping for several pictures.
The 10K was a bit more exciting as we stopped for some amazing pictures but ended up getting passed by the balloon ladies during the last picture stop and had to book it to make the time back up.
That evening we had dinner and were laying out our gear for the half and got the notification of the cancellation. At first, we were devastated. We headed down to the bar (with many others from the hotel) to commiserate.
When I got to HS, there was a bit of a slow down in from of the Tower of Terror, so I thought why not and asked a cast member.
He immediately gave me a fast pass and told me to have fun.
Several people in line saw that I was running let me go ahead of them.
I also had some great conversations with others while waiting in line. There was quite a long line inside before getting on the elevator, so I think it ended up being a good 20+ minutes until I got off the ride.
Overall, all 3 of us finished the marathon and got our Dopey medals. We celebrated by having dinner and drinks at the California Grill before flying home yesterday.
Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguilttravel.com and noguiltfangirl.com