I started my birthday with an early morning flight to Orlando. I wore my tiara because I was celebrating of course! I received so many compliments about my tiara most of the ladies on the flight were actually going to Orlando to run the Disney Princess Half-Marathon and figured I started celebrating early.
Once I arrived in Orlando, I boarded the Disney Magical Express for the Polynesian Hotel.
I was given a Happy Birthday button at the Polynesian so all of the Disney cast members wished me happy birthday and also gave me tips as a solo traveler.
Next I traveled to Dinosaurs. I loved this attraction. I wanted to check it out before my trip next month because my son loves dinos and I wasn’t sure if it was age appropriate. After taking the ride I think it might be a bit too much for him there was one point when the very lifelike Carnotaur actually scared me and the 10 year old in my car cried the entire time. I think I’ll wait for Mekhi to be a bit older before we go on this ride. Luckily there is an entire dinosaur section of the park that I know he will enjoy and we will be back to check out in April.
On the way out of the park I checked out the Bug Life exhibit in the Tree of Life. It was a great multimedia 5D experience that I highly recommend!
I returned to the hotel, dropped my things off in my room and headed out to meet the group. We were transported to the ESPN Wide World of Sports where we took a tour of the facilities.
After the Expo we went to a reception where the food was delicious! We also met Ethan Zohn and Jenna winners of Survivor and they were running their first half-marathon too! Additionally, they were there in support of Ethan’s charity Grassroots Soccer helping educate people in Africa about HIV/AIDS by using soccer. I am all aboard with this charity given my background in HIV/AIDS and hope to support Ethan’s efforts in the near future.
We also met with Jeff Galloway, the Run Disney official coach and inventor of the Galloway run/walk method for running. He was a wealth of information and just an overall nice guy.
After the reception we headed to dinner at Mama for carb loading. We all had pasta and it was absolutely delicious.
Disclosure: My transportation, accommodations and meals were all provided to me by Disney as a member of the media. All opinions are 100% my own.