Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare Challenge Recap Part 1

It’s been a few weeks since I completed the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge + 5k.  I had been looking forward to this race/experience since I finished Dopey in January and I’m so sad it’s already all over.

Here are the first five highlights (other five will be shared later this week) of the trip to go Coast to Coast!

1—The Expo

Since I like to be able to get everything I like, I get to Disney expos first thing!  If you don’t, then you cannot complain if they are out of something you want.  So, I got to Disneyland on Wednesday evening… since the expo opened up on Thursday at 10 am.

I met up with Brandi and her mom Karen at the hotel and we headed to the expo around 8:15.

At Disneyland, they have you line up because they do not want to put too many people into the official merchandise area at a time… which is super smart!


I was able to score some great official merchandise!  I got the dumbo women’s jacket, “I Did It” shirt, and the magnet for my fridge.  I also got a Disneyland Half Marathon weekend glass (that seems to be my thing to get at expos now) and a Disneyland Half Marathon pullover (this was not on the list, but it was so cute that I could not resist).

After the official merchandise, I headed over to the KT station to get my foot taped up.  It was a good idea to go early because this booth is always busy at the expo.  Luckily the tape lasted until mile 10 of the half on Sunday.

I also picked up a RawThreads shirt (I may be a brand new fan!) and a few sparkle soul headbands (you can never have enough—especially when the pricetag is $10 a piece).

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After I got all my purchases taken care of, I got my bibs (one for the 5k and one for the dumbo challenge (10k+half marathon), official shirts (5k, 10k, half and dumbo—all short sleeved—great since I got 4 long sleeve in WDW) and my ticket for the 10thanniversary party along with this cool bag!


Overall, I loved the expo at Disneyland.  It was crazy but since they had crowd control, I thought it was really well managed.  I cannot wait to get back there someday!

2—The Distance from the Airport to the Hotel to Disneyland

This is definitely a highlight of the trip!  I flew from Chicago into John Wayne airport—it is much closer to Disneyland than LAX and for a couple more dollars, it was worth it in my opinion.  Once I got to the hotel (which only took about 10-15 minutes), the distance from the hotel to the entrance of the park was a 10 minute walk tops.  This makes getting around so easy!  I absolutely loved it… nothing like crazy Disney World where I feel like all you do is wait on buses all day to get from place to place.

 3—The Weather

The weather was absolutely great the entire weekend!  The weather was around 70-80 the entire time.  The races were all relatively cool… nothing like crazy cold Disney World in January…but it was perfect running weather!  I was only a little warm on the half marathon.  The weather in Chicago was horrible—90s the entire time I was gone, and when I left California, it got to be crazy hot too in the 100s.  I was so happy that the weather cooperated because it is one reason I do not do many summer races.

4—Disneyland Parks!

I absolutely loved the two parks at Disneyland—Disneyland and California Adventure.  I bought a two day park hopper ticket and it was the perfect amount of time for me.  Disneyland had a lot of great rides—Splash Mountain, Mr. Toads Wild Ride, Pirates, It’s a Small World, Nemo, and so many many more!  I rode all the little kiddie rides (I love those rides) and stayed away from anything I thought might make me sick (Big Thunder Mountain (I love that one, but I was nervous) and Space Mountain).  At California Adventure, I loved walking around Paradise Pier, Cars Land (Rt 66 was extra special for me since we have that in Illinois), riding the big Wheel of Color, playing games (I won a Dumbo stuffed animal!), and riding the little kiddie rides too.  I really enjoyed the evening entertainment with World of Color at California Adventure (I did that on Friday evening) and Paint the Night parade in Disneyland (I did that on Thursday evening).


5—10th Anniversary Party

When I was signing up for the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, I decided that it would be worth it to get the 10th Anniversary Party ticket and I’m really glad that I did!

I went with Brandi and Karen and we were able to get into Disneyland at 4 pm.  We were able to ride lots of rides until the park closed around 9 pm and then we were able to ride others which normally have a long line (Splash and Pirates) very easily as we just walked right up to them and got right on.  It was awesome!  There were characters out to take pictures with but since we had the 5k the next morning, we skipped character stops and called it a night around 10:30.

I’ll be back later this week with the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Bling, and the overall thoughts for the entire experience.


I’ll be back later this week with the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Bling, and the overall thoughts for the entire experience.



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