Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K Recap

Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K Recap

Last weekend, Jason and I completed Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K as part of Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. This 5K was located at Animal Kingdom and we had a blast! I’m a huge Christmas fan, so this type of event was right up my alley. Also, this was my first 5K through Animal Kingdom, so I was excited to take it all in!

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Gotta get in the Christmas spirit!

Breakdown of my outfit:

  • Headband was from the Magic Kingdom – December 2007
  • I made the shirt with iron on transfers from a logo purchased off Etsy
  • The skirt is from Sparkle Skirts (sparkle light in “Mermaid Green”)
  • The socks are from Target but were purchased off eBay
  • Shoes are Mizuno Wave Inspires

We boarded a bus for the race start around 5:00 a.m. Looking back, I didn’t realize that race began at 7:00 a.m., which left a LOT of time for standing around – I will definitely pay closer attention next time and not arrive as early.

The line for Mickey and Minnie was monstrous, so we decided to skip that one. Had I realized just how much time we had before the start of the race, I think we would have braved the line. Oh well.

As we were walking around, I heard my name – it was Lauren from Lauren’s Glass Slipper!

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I was so excited to finally meet her!!

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After a quick hello and goodbye with Lauren and her husband, Jason and I continued to a photography area that was set up with backdrops and everything – it was super cute!


While taking our backdrop pictures, we ran into Holly - we met when planning our weddings and have been a part of a group of friends ever since! We chatted for a while with her and her mom, it was so great to see them!

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Race day forecast: SNOW at Animal Kingdom!

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Before long, Jason and I got in our corral and awaited the race start. 

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We were up to the front of the line and ready to run before we knew it!

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Yeah buddy! Let’s do this!

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When the race began, we took a loooong loop through the Animal Kingdom parking lot before finally making our way into Animal Kingdom park.

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Walkers were advised to stay to the right side of the course and I was impressed at how well everyone cooperated!

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We made it!

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Runners coming and going in Animal Kingdom

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The only character we skipped was the first one we saw, Santa Goofy. I honestly don’t think Jason realized just how fast these character lines go during a race. Also, these lines were not NEAR as long as the ones we had during the Princess 5K in February.

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This was so adorable, I had to grab a shot of it. His shirt read, “Some people are worth melting for…” Isn’t that so sweet? I don’t know who they are, but they sure melted my heart!

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The second characters we came upon were Baloo and King Louie. (They are the far left of this picture.) The line does seem long but I it took no more than 3-5 minutes to get through.

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Jungle VIP’s!

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This course took us all through Animal Kingdom, which I loved! It was great to see the sights and some behind-the-scenes areas that aren’t often visible to park guests.

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Unfortunately, our Chip and Dale photo turned out super blurry. I’ll have to check and see if the “official” race photo turned out any better!

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We hit mile 2 on our way out of Animal Kingdom and turned onto a very long road that took us behind Expedition Everest.

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On our way there, we spotted this guy and HAD to stop since Donald is Jason’s favorite and all!

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He loved Jason’s shirt! :D

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As we approached Everest, we saw a line for Pluto and also the AK Christmas tree in pieces on a flat bed!

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While waiting in line for a photo with Pluto, another “Disney Bride” friend of mine and I spotted each other and began screaming. I’m pretty sure we scared everyone around us!


We seem to run into each other on EVERY race course which is hilarious!

On our way back around Everest, we saw a Christmas Alligator and of course we had to take a picture!

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It’s not often that you spy a gator wearing a Christmas hat!

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Before we knew it, we were at the finish line and our experience with Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K was complete!

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We grabbed our medals, food boxes, water, and gatorade and snapped one final picture before saying goodbye!

Overall, it was a super fun experience! The lines for characters went pretty fast and I didn’t feel as if this race was “overcrowded” as others have felt in the past. We really enjoyed our experience!

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Just because people have asked, here’s how long it took us to make it through the 5K with character picture stops. This is about 5 minutes off because I left my watch running by accident after crossing the finish line. We also walked 80% of the 5K.

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What was in the food boxes they handed out after the race? Well, here ya go! I love the tortilla chips with cheese dip – that was my favorite part of the entire box!

Have you run a Disney 5K? If so, which one has been your favorite and why?


  1. I absolutely love the Jingle Jungle 5k. We had such a blast running that last year. Your photos are adorable and I am so impressed you got Jason to wear a Donald shirt!

  2. So fun! I've never run a Disney 5k but would love to!

  3. Looks like a fun race!
    Thanks for the recap.

  4. You two look SO adorable! I loved the Jingle Jungle and would consider doing it again. It is such a cute race and I love the Christmas theme!!!! Glad you had a great time!

  5. I've done only 1 5k at Disney, which was Mickey's Halloween 5k, before W&D weekend was moved to November. I loved it, and I was hooked on running.

  6. Love! I did this race last year with my mom and we had a blast! Super cute outfits :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

  7. I think this would be the best 5k to do! I'm so glad that Jason did it! Looks like yall had just a ball! Great outfit!

  8. Looks like such a cool race with the holiday theme.

  9. I have those socks! You look very cute.


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