Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 3: A First and a Favorite

We left the theater and started back to Anaheim.  Traffic on the 101 was at a crawl, but luckily it opened up when we got to the 5.  This was our first time staying at the Paradise Pier Hotel.  It was the only one of the Disney hotels that wasn’t completely outrageous even though the only rooms left were concierge level.  That was a nice little treat and I wish we had more days to really take advantage of it.

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The room was nice, not as magical as the Disneyland Hotel rooms, but the bed was comfortable and we had a good amount of space.  Walking through the Grand Californian makes the walk to the parks not so bad.

Today was the last day for the Expo and Moms wanted to check it out, plus I wanted some official merchandise.  My cousin wanted us to pick up the New Balance Minnie Mouse shoes for her.  As someone who isn’t really a runner, I didn’t know what most of the stuff they were selling was really good for, so I just mainly browsed.  In the official merchandise section I bought the RunDisney vinylmation and Moms bought me a marathon car magnet and the “I Did It” t-shirt.  It added some pressure since I couldn’t very well wear the shirt if I didn’t finish.
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DSC00018 – the Disney World Star Wars half marathon medals DSC00019– the Disneyland medals
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DSC00023-Pano – It’s nice that the Lilly Belle was out even with the Railroad closed

It was time to eat and we decided to eat in the parks.  We were trying to decide between Plaza Inn or French Market Café.  In the end the meatloaf at French Market won out.  The Cajun Meatloaf with the Worcestershire sauce is one of my favorite things to eat anywhere, not just at Disneyland.  The band was out and performing plus some of the train conductors at the New Orleans Square station were dancing along on the platform.
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I noticed the train was in the station and they were letting people up there. I went up and took some photos and checked out the train up close for a little bit. I think with the Railroad closed it’s a great that people are able to get up close with trains, since you don’t normally get that view of them.
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Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 1: What Was I Thinking?

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 2: I Wake the Force Up for the Fourth Time

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 3: A First and a Favorite

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 4: Where I Accidentally Meet Thor

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 5: Remind Me Again Why I didn’t Do the 10k?

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 6: Celebratory Visit to the Disney Parks

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 7: A Quick Visit to DCA

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 2: I Wake the Force Up for the Fourth Time

We were up bright and early this morning.  We checked out of the Fairfield Inn we were staying at and loaded up the car.  We’d be going to Hollywood this morning, but decided to stop by Paradise Pier to check in.  Our room wasn’t ready yet this early, so we got back on the road.  I’ve seen The Force Awakens in almost all it’s variations; 2D on opening night, IMAX 3D a couple days later, and then in Dolby Atmos a few days after that.  We didn’t have a Dolby Vision theater in Arizona though and the closest ones I knew of were in California.  Coincidentally we would be there.  I had purchased us tickets to watch the movie at the El Capitan in Hollywood.  They had costumes from the film on display and started the movie off with a laser lightsaber show.  Plus the aforementioned Dolby Vision screening.  It was Moms first time seeing it and she enjoyed it, to me it just gets better with each subsequent viewing.  Most of the costumes and props on display were at Star Wars Celebration, but the laser show was really neat.  It’s a cool theater, but the seats are cramped and it’s a pain to drive in that area.

 

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IMG_1578  – the roof of the theaters entrance foyer

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IMG_1596 – the interior of the theater as the credits rolled
IMG_1598 – they had this Lego display in the lobby

Hollywood Blvd was especially crazy when we went because later that day they were having the premiere for Kung Fu Panda 3.  So the street was blocked off in preparation.  We didn’t’ stay for the festivities, but would’ve had a good spot.
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Moms was getting tired and our room was ready so we started to make our way back to Anaheim.

 

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 1: What Was I Thinking?

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 2: I Wake the Force Up for the Fourth Time

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 3: A First and a Favorite

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 4: Where I Accidentally Meet Thor

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 5: Remind Me Again Why I didn’t Do the 10k?

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 6: Celebratory Visit to the Disney Parks

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 7: A Quick Visit to DCA

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 1: What Was I Thinking?

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 3: A First and a FavoriteDisneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 3: A First and a FavoriteI’m a big a Star Wars fan.  Last year Disneyland held the initial Star Wars half marathon and I was bummed I missed out on the festivities.  I told myself I’d try to get in to this year’s race if I could.  Now I’m not what you would call ‘active’.  Exercise is hard work and food is so delicious and beds are very comfortable.  For reasons that still elude me I signed up for the race when registration opened up in June.  I did have grand plans to spend the six months training.  I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Arizona in the summer, but imagine heat, then times that by three.  Nightfall isn’t much of a reprieve since it can still be triple digits when the sun goes down.  Suffice it to say, my training plans were shot.  I didn’t really start training in earnest until December; a month before the event.  Still I was like 90% confident in my ability to finish in the recommended pacing requirements.

If you’ve read any of my previous trip reports, you know that my Mom is usually along for the fun and this time would be no different.  The race was Sunday morning and we would be leaving Friday, switching hotels on Saturday and coming home on Monday.

Friday’s drive up was fortunately uneventful.  We were staying in Tustin tonight before moving closer to Disneyland for the rest of the weekend.  We often do this and get a slightly cheaper room for this first non-full day of our trips.  Moms really wanted to go to Newport Beach to check out some makeup store.  So after dropping our stuff in the room we headed out.  Fashion Island was only about a 20 minute drive from our hotel and traffic was pretty light.  After parking we headed straight to something called Urban Decay.

There wasn’t much in the mall that interested me so I just waited outside for Moms to finish.  Next door to her store was a bakery, so I popped in and popped out with an apple turnover.  It was very good.  Moms eventually came out of her store completely euphoric.  I guess this is the only stand alone Urban Decay in the country or something and they had some stuff she wanted that she couldn’t get anywhere else.

– there was one store that had my interest, but their stuff was far too expensive
DSC00005 – the view from the mall entrance
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We had passed a store on the way called ‘Lemonade’.  I’m also a big fan of lemonades, any kind really.  I just had to stop in for a refreshing drink.  They had some food items, but nothing we were dying to have.  I was really just there for the lemonade and all this food was getting in my way.  I had a couple samples and eventually went with my first choice – a blood orange lemonade.  It was excellent; I could really go for one right now.  We were getting hungry and looked around but nothing was too appealing.  We saw a sign for a burger place in the mall and thought burgers sounded good.  The restaurant was called Hopdoddy and was excellent.  It really hit the spot.  Moms had the class & I went with the chili cheese burger; it had just enough chili to taste it, but not overpower the burger.  This is important stuff for chili cheese burgers.

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After dinner Moms was tired and I wanted to head to the Marathon Expo to pick up my race bib.  I dropped her off at the room and headed Disneyland way.  The traffic was thick the entire way there and to park.  The expo was closing at 8 and I didn’t get there until about 7:30.

IMG_1571 – entry way to pick up the race bibs

I got my bib and headed into the expo to get my shirt.  The expo was just about to close so I didn’t spend much time there.  I headed to D-Street in Downtown Disney and noticed they still had some of the BB-8 & Kylo Ren Christmas ornaments left.  I skipped them for now, but did pick up one of the Force Awakens vinylmations – and I got BB-8!  Some friends were in town for a convention and I was either going to meet up with them or pop into Disneyland for a little bit.  Thing is, I was parked in the Expo parking space and since the Expo was now closed I wasn’t sure how long I could stay there.  I figured I’d move the car real quick and meet up with my friends, but when I was leaving the line to get into parking was super long and was getting kinda tired.  I decided to just head back to the room and sleep.  I had to be up fairly early the next day to drive out to Hollywood.

 

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 1: What Was I Thinking?

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 2: I Wake the Force Up for the Fourth Time

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 3: A First and a Favorite

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 4: Where I Accidentally Meet Thor

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 5: Remind Me Again Why I didn’t Do the 10k?

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 6: Celebratory Visit to the Disney Parks

Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Trip Report – Part 7: A Quick Visit to DCA