|Check out that water slide!|
I settled in, and then made my way over to Disney World to get in my long run. I was scheduled for 14 miles this weekend, and ready to explore my favorite place on earth!
|Few things make me as happy as this sign|
I decided to start at Downtown Disney, and then make my way along the pathway to the resort areas nearby. Running over the pedestrian bridge, I made my way to Saratoga Springs, and along the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course to the Treehouse Villas, where I stayed when I ran the Disney Marathon last year.
|Hidden Mickey anyone?!|
I love the area around the Treehouse Villas - it is landscaped to feel like a jungle paradise, and the wooden bridges over the lake just add to the magic. It brought back good memories of our marathon adventures last year!
I continued along pedestrian walkway to the Old Key West resort, where I managed to get totally lost exploring the area! I loved seeing the water taxis, and keeping track of where I was in relation to the lake was probably the only thing that gave me any sense of direction.
After 14 miles of exploring Disney resorts in weather much warmer than I am used to in Boston, I was wiped! I decided to take a water taxi back to Downtown Disney for dinner, where I proceeded to eat my weight in pasta.
|Tough life in Old Key West|
Then time for some hot-tubbing at my enormous hotel pool. The pool had enormous big-screen TVs in the background, where you could watch the March Madness games, and have drinks served to you pool-side. I wish every long run could work out like this!
Later that night, I watched our hotel's laser light show over the pool from my balcony. The lasers were synchronized to music, and I was mesmerized watching the show. What an amazing way to end my first day in paradise!
The rest of our trip was pretty darn amazing as well! On Sunday night, one of my favorite coworkers joined my for an adventure in Downtown Disney. Disney had added several new restaurants and bars since I visited last year, so of course we had to check them out! We ordered a drink and appetizer in each restaurant, making our way around the West Side... from sliders and shrimp flatbread at Jock Lindsay's Hangar Bar (themed like Indiana Jones)... to sushi and martinis at Morimoto Asia... to tropical drinks at the House of Blues. It was a pretty epic night!
|All drinks taste good in a monkey cup!|
The definite highlight of our Downtown Disney tour however was a ride in the Amphicars. These water-cars are original from the 1961 World's Fair, and Disney has the largest collection of anywhere in the world. The captain drives them right down a ramp off the boardwalk and into the water... so cool! We rode around Downtown Disney at sunset, and had the time of our lives.
|Just driving past a dock... no big deal!|
We ended the day by checking out the savannah overlook, just as they were feeding the giraffes! We met an awesome Disney employee from Botswana who taught us all about the African animals and even some of his language - it was the coolest thing!
I have to say, this was a pretty incredible week! Disney is one of my favorite places on earth, and to be able to spend our nights there while learning a TON during the day at our work conference, it was the best of both worlds. I felt super lucky to have a little get-away from the daily grind, and came back feeling super recharged and ready to go again!
Thank you to HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for hosting the weekly wrap.