The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is an incredible collection of events that extend well beyond the several spectacular races. Meet ups, fitness expos, a pasta party and about a hundred thousand Disney running enthusiasts frame the most amazing, massively-crowded weekend the Resort sees this side of Christmas.
For participants in the Disneyland Half Marathon itself you deserve a beverage befitting your extreme fortitude and enviable accomplishment. Fillmore's Pomegranate Limeade, available exclusively in Disney's California Adventure, is not simply the Resort's best libation, it is arguably (argued by us) the most incredible consumable to be found anywhere by anyone. The version with SKYY Vodka in it is just the thing for those responsible adults who want to celebrate success and exact revenge upon all the kids who crossed the finish line ahead of you, who can't purchase it.
Those running in the inaugural Disneyland 10K will be blessed with the sense of community and exclusivity that comes with being part of a groundbreaking Disney experience. A finisher of the 2009 Disneyland Half Marathon, the 2nd ever Disneyland Half, I congratulate those of you who pay better attention than I do to when these once in a lifetime opportunities present themselves. To you we suggest the Belvedere Cucumber Collins. This exceptional cocktail is found at the Downtown Disney House of Blues, and is the perfect compliment to that sense of knowing that you are part of a rare, Disney-privileged family. We understand The House of Blues will not be open for a little while after the 10K concludes, and you'll have to wait. We steer you in this direction nonetheless since we failed to sign up for this race and are feeling a little residual pettiness over it.
No combination, nor any single word of the Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K invites one to consume alcohol, but you needn't let that worry you unduly. If you are with your family, and chances are you will, or should be, you can still partake in an adult beverage, or two, and not taint the Disney experience. They wouldn't offer them otherwise. The Vodka Examiner is running in the 5k it with his girlfriend and her incredible children. The Disney 5K kicks off at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday. The program asks runners to be in their starting "corral" by 4:30. The Vodka Examiner is going to need caffeine. The Disney Parks, blessedly, do not peddle alcoholic energy-drink poison; further evidence how well they understand their core market. The Disney decision makers, and security officers, are aware of the destructive potential of several thousand twentysomethings under the incongruous influence of $12 Red Bull Vodka. The sleep deprived, then, should seek sensible salvation in the Godiva Chocolate Martini. There's no coffee in it, but it tastes like there is, and that's good enough for us.
This may be counter intuitive, but if your l'il runners are signed up for the runDisney Kids Races you are in a better position to enjoy a cocktail than anyone. This race starts at 10 a.m., and runs through Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney is home to the glorious UVA Bar. The UVA Bar will be open when your kids finish their race. The UVA Bar is kid friendly. The UVA Bar pours Russian Standard Vodka. There are a number of Russian Standard cocktails on the specialty drinks menu (see Genius), or you have yourself a Russian Standard Bloody Mary. It's what we long for every time we limp by UVA at the conclusion of the Half Marathon.
A great many have signed on for the Dumbo Double Dare. Whether they have done so as a result of a chemical imbalance, or because the Disneyland Half sold out on the first day, we applaud the associated enthusiasm and initiative. To them we suggest Disney's exclusive Antioxidant Cocktail. The Double Dare requires entrants to run both the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday. Crazy? Absolutely. Dangerous? Probably. For a smooth and speedy medical and mental rehabilitation the Antioxidant Cocktail, complete with Absolut Vodka's delicious Berri Acai infusion, can be found at every Disneyland Resort drinking venue. Our personal choice is DCA's Cove Bar.
Salut, and the Happiest Running on Earth to you all.