|My personal race bib and my team bib.|
The Race Expo was moved from the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex to the Coronado Springs Resort due to events being held at the sports complex. It was very congested (like most of the race) and very hard to get around. I picked up my race packet, and made it through half of an aisle before I got frustrated and we left. I don't understand why they crowded the aisles into such a very small space, there was still a significant amount of space left in the ballroom. There were things I really wanted to pick up but I just couldn't bare to deal with the crowds. My family and I spent the rest of the day on Friday at Magic Kingdom but I will blog about our vacation experience in a second post.
We spent Saturday at Animal Kingdom. I waited to pack my race bag which was a huge mistake. My ear phones disappeared. I frantically ran out to the local Winn Dixie to pick up a pair. I ended up not getting in bed til about 11pm which isn't great when you are getting up at 3am. If you can't handle getting up really early, this isn't the race for you. I was out the door by 330am and still managed to forget my breakfast. I drank a 16oz coconut water and some gatorade on the drive over.
My first piece of advice is stay at a Disney Resort. Run Disney provides transportation from all Disney hotels. I stayed at a Disney Good neighbor hotel, Marriott Residence Inn Buena Vista. It was just a few miles down the road and it still took over an hour for me to drive into the parking near Epcot. If you are military affiliated, stay at the Shades of Green resort (I will discuss this at length in the vacation post). The grounds are beautiful, the staff is so friendly, and they have Run Disney transportation.