Before reading this be sure to catch up on day 1 of my trip report, covering the 5k!
Saturday 22nd September
The 10k started at 7am on Saturday morning so I was keen to get there an hour or so early and secure a good spot in the corral (C again). Arrangements had been made for an extra RER service which would reach Val d’Europe at about 5.45am. This ended up being at a perfect time – I set my alarm for 5am and had plenty of time to get ready and grab a quick bite before the train. Security was an absolute breeze and I found myself at the front of corral C again just after 6am. If you’re not in corral A or B (where I’d advise getting there a bit earlier) you don’t really need to turn up any earlier than this to get a spot near the front.
It was pretty cold this morning but I’d packed a foil blanket – thanks for the tips everyone who suggested these! The wait this morning went much faster than yesterday (although I’d appreciate if they had more than 5 movie trailers to show us all weekend while we waited) and before we knew it they were leading corral A around to the start point again. This morning the stage show was hosted by Pain, Panic and mainly Meg. Unfortunately like last night I couldn’t really hear anything from the stage so it was lost on me a bit.
We didn’t have too long to wait and set off for a slightly chilly run at about 7.15am.
This was actually the run I was most looking forward to. It was fairly long but unlike the half marathon the route was fully inside the resort.
After the 5k I’d realised that I needed to get out of my “good time” mindset and take more advantage of one of the main reasons I was doing these races in the first place – characters! I therefore decided to have the same strategy as yesterday – run fast and take breaks at the meets – but not be as picky about what characters I stopped for.
Matty and I set off together and kept a really good pace through the Studios into Disneyland Park, not stopping at all until we reached the castle photo point which is a must do!
The first characters were just around the corner, the Tremaine sisters! I decided not to stop for these two. In hindsight I wish I’d hung around a bit longer until the switch because I could have met Honest John and Gideon who are almost never out together. Lesson learned though! I stayed the course through Discoveryland, backstage into Fantasyland (that hill around the back can go to hell) and ended up stopping near the Alice in Wonderland maze for my first character stop. When I arrived March Hare and Mad Hatter were meeting but I decided it’d be better to wait for the switch as Cheshire Cat was meeting next.
I’ve met Chesh (I like to think we’re on nickname terms) last Halloween but he’s still rare enough that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet him again.
The course then led us back through the hub and into Frontierland where I stopped for a character yet again! Just inside the entrance to the land Br’er Bear/Fox and the Sheriff of Nottingham were switching out. I was lucky enough to have met all the Splash Mountain characters at FanDaze in June so I decided to make the Sheriff my priority this time. I’m so glad I did as I love the picture from this meet too.
After a brief run through Adventureland, where I skipped the queue for Flotsam and Jetsam from The Little Mermaid, we were back into the backstage areas for a couple of k’s before entering the Studios. On the way I took a few pictures of the awesome gargoyles backstage.
Before I knew it we were back in the Studios park. One more character meet was happening on the Dinotopia set (a popular location this weekend!) – a switch between Kronk from Emperors New Groove and the Bowler Hat Guy from Meet the Robinsons. Confession time, I’ve never actually seen the latter film, but I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to meet a new character. Also, this guy is absolutely hilarious.
After this it was a short-ish run through the final few bits of the course and after an attempted selfie on the home straight (yes I kept jogging as I took this) I was done!
I picked up another fantastic medal and tried my best to get a picture with Hades who was on the stage “greeting” the runners as they finished the race. In reality he was talking in French so I have no idea what he was saying, I’m assuming something along the lines of jolly well done lads.
Like last night Hoodsie and Sophie were close behind me (they’d stopped for more characters) and along with Patrick and Rachel we had some individual and group finisher pictures taken!
I’ll talk briefly in a moment about my day after the 10k but before that I thought I’d give my general thoughts on the race. My impression was a bit more mixed than the 5k the night before. The issues with the corrals reared their head again so I found the course to be a bit too congested at the start. I also wasn’t that impressed with the amount of characters who were meeting on the course. Excluding Flotsam and Jetsam – who are more puppets than actual characters – there wasn’t really anymore meets than on the 5k the previous evening. I think that there really should be about twice as many characters on the 10k. Saying that though I really enjoyed it again. Getting to run through more of Disneyland Park was fantastic, as was seeing so many friends on the course and obviously the medal once again is amazing!
There’s not very much to say about the rest of the day. I went back to the hotel for a few hours and had a much needed nap. Afterwards I headed back to the parks but the resort was incredibly busy so we ended up just chilling on the train for a bit.
Hoodsie, Sophie and I then headed to the Hotel New York for the Marvel meal they were doing as part of the summer Marvel season. I’ve actually done this before but enjoyed it just as much this time. The cost per person was 69 Euros before discount and included the buffet meal and a non alcoholic drink. Once again the food was fantastic and I really like how you meet characters at this meal compared to the others. The cast members check when you’re ready to go up and then you meet 2 of the 3 Marvel characters in a nice area at the entrance to the restaurant. First we met Captain America and Thor, later we met Black Widow and Captain America again. The main thing I like about this kind of character meal is the pictures – you get them with a nice backdrop as opposed to a crowded restaurant. I also find the meets themselves to be very relaxed and you get lots of time with each character. I’m very hopeful that they do some more character meals of this style in future.
We finished dinner at around 8.30pm and with another early start beckoning decided to call it a night. I left the others and headed back to the Ibis, tucked up in bed before 10pm and ready for another 5am wake up call. Tomorrow was the big one, the half marathon.
Thanks again for reading!