Disneyland Trip 2013: Thursday-Saturday

I have recapped my races during the runDisney Dumbo Double Dare weekend, but not my time doing other things in the parks, so I thought I would do a couple of quick recaps of the rest of our trip.


We flew in to California on Thursday, and arrived at the hotel in the mid afternoon. We used the Disneyland resort express and had to wait forever for a bus (45+ minutes), so I was a little frustrated by the time we got to the Grand Californian.

Luckily, our room was ready,  and it was on the fifth floor overlooking the beautiful pool and Grizzly Peak.

grand CA

grand californian room

We headed to the concierge lounge for a snack before meeting Karen and Jason for dinner. it was warm out, but there was low humidity and I was pretty excited about the fact that I could breath outside.



mmmmm cheese.



We had reservations at Storyteller’s Cafe which was at our hotel. We also celebrated Karen’s birthday which fell a few days earlier. We always laugh a lot when the four of us get together, and this night was no different.


We were pretty tired from the day of travel and time changes, so we headed to bed early. I woke up before the sun was up for the runDisney meet up, and afterwards I met Bobby and we headed over to the expo for a couple of hours. We decided to not go to the parks that day since we had already been on our feet a lot, so instead just rested and went to dinner with Karen and Jason at Tortilla Joe’s.

I had never eaten there before, and was pleased with the food. After that, I headed over to the House of Blues to meet up with some other bloggers and runDisney staff members before turning in for the night. The next day was the 10k race, and we went to the park after and hung out with Karen and Jason.




We rode some rides (Matterhorn, Indiana Jones, Pirates) and had lunch with them at the Carnation Café. They have really good potato soup that I highly recommended.


We then attended at tweet up hosted by some blogger friends, and had fun meeting other runners. There was a lot of picture taking.



Bobby and I headed to California Adventure afterwards and rode Radiator Springs Racers via the single rider line (much shorter)!


We met up with Karen and Jason again for dinner at Blue Bayou, and ran into our friends Crystal and Mary.


Remember this picture from January? Sad we didn’t have matching shirts this time though. Smile


We love Blue Bayou, and had a great time there. But, we had to run a half marathon the next day so we headed off to bed after dinner. I know. Such an exciting young couple, no?


Up next: Sunday-Tuesday, our last days in Disneyland.

QOTD: What do you usually eat the night before a race?

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  1. Glad we got to see you guys so many times during the trip! Had a ton of fun! :0)

  2. That potato soup looks good. I’ll have to check it out when I’m at DL in November.

  3. Sounds like so much fun!!! The night before a race I eat something like pasta or pizza…carbs!

  4. Looks like so much fun! So sad we had to miss out!

  5. What a fun trip report! I’m loving reading this and looking at the photos.

    The night before a race I usually eat chicken Alfredo (whole wheat pasta), garlic bread, and salad, as well as making sure I’ve hydrated well enough that day.

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  1. Disneyland Trip 2013: Thursday-Saturday

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  2. […] I left off my recap with our dinner at Blue Bayou Saturday night. Sunday morning, we got up and completed the Dumbo Double Dare by running the Disneyland half marathon. After the race, we showered, ate breakfast, and headed out to Disneyland park. […]

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