I've never really hung out at the pre race areas before, but this time I did since I had different groups of friends to meet up with. They had a few backdrops you could get pictures with and since I had plenty of time I took full advantage of them. Here are just a few pics (and yes you could sign one of them).
The mile markers all had villains on them (well one had Stitch and I don't count Stitch as a villain). There were a few character stops along the way (pictures below), but they were far and few between. There was just a lot of long stretches where there really wasn't much going on. In fact, the first two miles were pretty dull until you got to Animal Kingdom.
We ran on the track (where the gravediggers were) and then around the Brave's training diamond. Just like at the Disneyland Half, they projected our images onto the big screen. However, this time they had a background where it looked like the runners were running out of a service elevator.
The run through Hollywood Studios went well. You got to see most of the park, but of course that park isn't too big. The finish line was backstage where you could see the Tower of Terror, but there weren't too many people around the finish. Most were in the actual park. There was a lot of walking to get back to the meeting area. There was one volunteer who was yelling at runners to move back if they were waiting for friends/family to finish and if they weren't they had to keep running. She wasn't very nice and definitely needed a bit of an attitude adjustment.
I wish I could tell you about the post run party, but I left pretty much straight away because I had to work only a few short hours later. I will be attending the after party for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon so I'll be able to tell you all about that one...
Now, for some character photos: