Friday 20th of September 2019, 8PM
We entered the Disneyland park next to Phantom Manor, and we saw the first character stop very soon after that. The country bears were at the entrance of Frontierland! We waited in line for them, the line wasn't too bad. One bear left when it was our turn.
We continued to run through Frontierland, it is beautifully decorated with Halloween and Coco decor. Within 500meter there was the second character stop! When we stood in line it was Mittens and Bolt, but they switched and I am very happy that they did. The last time I met Kenai and Koda was somewhere in the early 2000s! Line was pretty long and got even longer when we waited.
The line was long for this one, I think we waited about 20min. Even though we started in corral A, the 5K course is always so crowded. We get a lot of park time on the course, and that means narrow paths. Backstage the paths a bit wider so you can pass people. Race etiquette is pretty much non-existing during the 5K. I yelled "On your left" and "Excuse me, coming through" a lot, and some people even shouted back at me to slow down... I have no problem with walkers of slower runners, but it would be highly appreciated if they stayed on the sides and not walk 5 people abreast. Because we waited for 2 character stops, we got into the middle of the pack and it was so crowded. The 5K is always my least favorite race.
Next character stop was by the restaurant Colonel Haiti. It was Terk from Tarzan, and it switched with Dug and Russel from Up! We skipped that one, we wanted a little bit more room to be able to run.
We left Disneyland park and had about kilometer backstage. We entered the Studio Tram Tour and there was Thumper and Miss Bunny!
The last character stop was in La Place de Remy, and Remy and Emile were there! We wanted to wait in line, but the line was closed. We heard that they switched with the Aristocats and the line opened up again later.
After the finish they had Mickey in his running outfit! And some nice projections on the Tower of Terror with clips of The Lion King.
We finished in 1:13 and make a photo of every KM marker and did 3 character stops. It was nice to be able to start in corral A. I know a lot of people in C or D weren't able to do character stops because the lines got too long.
Like I said, the 5K is my least favorite race. All the races were sold out, but the race etiquette is just nowhere to be seen during this race. People stop dead in front of a Photopass photographer and pose. Or you got all the space and suddely a fast runner cuts you off and 'steals' your spot. It's great that they do two parks during the 5K, but I think it will be more crowd managable to do it in 1 park, so you can pass the slower pace runners more easily. This race always brings a lot of frustation, at some point I couldn't even run, because everyone was walking side by side. Luckily the medal is just gorgeous!
Tomorrow will be a better race :)