My flight left at 2:30, so at 12 I was on a van to the airport. I must have packed my bags 10 times
I had about a 10 minute wait for my next van ride to Disneyland; it was a shared van with other runners. The other runners had no interest in talking to me (I tried!), but the college student next to me did. I somehow failed to take into account LA rush hour when planning my fights, so although we landed at 5pm I didn't make to my hotel until 8!
I woke up a 6am, but the parks didn't open until 9am! So still on East Coast time, I was really bored and called my mom to entertain me :) I decided to make go to Disneyland for opening.
We were allowed through the gates and down Main Street, but not allowed into the "Lands" until the park official opened. I had a great time taking pictures of the nearly empty park. When the rope drooped everyone speed walked to their desired first ride; my guesses: Space Mountain, Peter Pan, or Indiana Jones. I walked leisurely into Fantasy Land, right past Peter Pan and onto the first ride of Dumbo!
Don't ask me what I did after that :) I walked around and took very few pictures. The race Expo opened at 10, so I headed over there to get my race packet. I also picked up a new water cup and headband.
And the rest of the day is a blur :) I went to California Adventure, I rode the new Radiator Springs Racers, probably Soarin', I had Broccoli and Cheddar soup in a sour dough bread bowl, and generally had a lot of fun!
I went back to the expo at some point because I was volunteering on Saturday morning and I wasn't quite sure what I needed to do. I also stopped by the Dannon tent and was handed kids Greek yogurt (1 strawberry and 1 cotton candy). Then back to Disneyland for more rides. Including holiday themed Small World! I was very happy to see this!
I headed back to my hotel about 6 or 7, I was exhausted and because I was volunteering the next morning I needed to be up early.
I needed to be a volunteer check in at 4am! So it was an early morning for me. I saw practically no one on my walk, which was pretty creepy.
I had fun volunteering, I was at bag check so I was only working before and after the race. After we were set free I went back to my hotel to nap.
Honestly don't remember what I did. Had Fun obviously :) For dinner I had tickets to Pasta in the Park through the race.
A pirate band played while I was there. I was by myself so I found a set at a table with 2 families, it felt a bit awkward... The food was really good. I had pasta with meat sauce, salad, rolls, and fabulous dessert. I knew I had to race in the morning, so I didn't eat as much food (dessert...) as I wanted
The dinner also included seating at World of Color, but at 7 I was already exhausted and the show wasn't until 9:45! Plus I had to wake up early the next morning, so I made the decision to go back to the hotel and get some rest for the main event!