Luaus, Marathons, and Monorails: A Disney World Trip Report January 2016

So I am back from a wonderful trip to Disney World! I was there for 6 days and 5 nights. My next few posts will contain a full trip report, reviews of various shows, rides, and restaurants, as well as the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend where I participated in the Full Marathon!

The Arrival

We landed at the Orlando International Airport sometime in the early afternoon, picked up our luggage at baggage claim and headed straight for our waiting rental car. We decided to bypass the Magical Express because we wanted to have the freedom to stop at a grocery store to buy water and cereal. So we stopped at a nearby food store called goodings. The shopping center also had many options for a quick lunch. We ended up eating at the Noodles Company, it was delicious. After picking up our groceries, my family dropped me off at the Wide World of Sports Complex so that I could get what I needed at the Marathon Weekend Expo. The rest of my family went on to check in the Polynesian Village Resort.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo

I arrived at the Expo between 1pm and 2pm. It was very crazy and busy! It definitely can be a little confusing because there are 3 different buildings to visit. My first stop was at the merchandise booth and it was a zoo! There was plenty of marathon shirts left for the men but the women’s marathon merchandise was much less at the time I visited. Large or extra small were the only sizes left. I managed to snag one of the last larges in a pink long-sleeve hooded shirt. I didn’t really like the designs for this merchandise this year. Within 2 minutes of me picking up this shirt, the racks were already filled with generic runDisney shirts and the marathon merchandise for woman was mostly gone!

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I then went and picked up my bib, gearBag and shirt for the marathon. There were no lines for these things, which was good. I also ordered a frame from Lasting Commemoratives. It was a pricy frame but I have one from the half marathon I ran 3 years ago so I needed to get one for the full marathon! There products are really great and nice-looking.

Finally it was time to head to the hotel!

The Polynesian Village Resort

This is my first time staying at this hotel and my first time staying on the Monorail line so I was really excited to have this experience! Upon entering the Lobby to check in, you recieve a lei. Our room was in the Fiji building which was a really close walk to the main lobby, The Great Ceremonial House. The room was nice and big! The bathroom was huge. One thing that my family didn’t like about the room was that the toilet, sinks, and shower were all in the same bathroom. We like when the sink is separate so that it’s easier and quicker for our family to get ready. (I will have a more in depth review of staying on the monorail line in a future post).

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Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

At 5pm we headed to Luau Cove for the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian. Overall it was a fun experience. The food was delicious! The show was a little odd in my opinion at the beginning. The idea was that we were at a going away party for a Hawaiian girl (I forget the names of the characters). The best part was the polynesian dancing at the end. The first part of the show was done during dinner so it was a little hard to focus. We were seated on the second level which made it easy to see the show. Unfortunately, there were poles in the way but they didn’t alter my overall experience. Below is a video of the various highlights from the show that I filmed myself.

The first day was definitley a success. If you have any questions about my experience do not hesitate to ask in the comments section!

Part 2 of this trip report can be found here!

 

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