I might be back from Disneyland, but you’ll all know by now that that never means the Disney posts are over! And of course, yet again, the primary purpose of my trip was another RunDisney race weekend, this time, the Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend.
Again, I ran the 10K and the half marathon – the Pixie Dust Challenge – so there were 19.3 miles of running magic for me to share with you! Some of you may be aware of the somewhat dramatic twist that during the 5K there were no characters available on the course, and this is something that I have a very different opinion to most, but I won’t get into that now, instead I’m going to share the characters that were out for us at the 10K and half marathon!
- Lost Boys – the Lost Boys were hanging out in Toontown as we entered the park just after mile 1
- Pirates – there were a bunch of face character pirates scattered throughout the course, and they were lots of fun!
- Captain Hook and Mr Smee – this pair met by the Storybook Canal Boats at about mile 3
- Pirate Donald – I couldn’t resist stopping for my favourite duck on Main Street
- Pirate Chip and Dale – the chipmunks were up to trouble in California Adventure
- Peter and Wendy – this was really just a photo op as they stood a few steps above the pavement, but it was nice to see them out!
- And pirate Minnie was at the finish line!
- Iridessa, Silvermist and Rosetta – I can never resist the fairies, and having never met Silvermist before this was one for the character list
- Pirate chipmunks – Chip and Dale made another mischievous appearance, this time on Main Street
- Peter and Wendy – during the half, Peter and Wendy were on the railway bridge, so not even a photo op
- Lost Boys – the most boys were having a ball on King Triton’s Carousel on Paradise Pier
- Pirates – the pirates were out in force again!
- Pirate Pluto – this lovable pup was also kitted out for pillaging and plundering on Paradise Pier
- Tinkerbell and Fawn – well it would be rude if Tink missed her own race, right?
- Captain Hook and Mr Smee – this dynamic duo made a second appearance, this time in California Adventure
If you caught the Princess Weekend edition of Characters on the Course, you may be noticing there’s considerably less this weekend. This is primarily due to the fact that in WDW, Disney own all the land between the parks, so even when you’re not in the park, they can still put the characters out on the roadsides along the course. However in Disneyland, the majority of the half marathon course is on the streets of Anaheim, so there can’t be any characters along those 8 miles of the course. There were, however, some bands, DJs, and also a whole tonne of super supportive locals making that length of the course magical for us!