Did you know there is more to the parks at Walt Disney World than the rides, the shows, the food? Walt Disney is known for its world renowned service, attention to detail and let’s face it, fun, but did you know they are also known for their races ?
Races? Yes ! Walt Disney World has a whole division dedicated to putting on some of the best runs you will participate in, competitively or just for fun. They have 4 different events throughout the year, each with it’s own unique theme and distances. Races centered around having fun together as a family, a girls weekend, finding your inner Jedi or running to sample food from around the world.
As an authorized Disney Earmarked Travel Agency we have the ability to book race packages NOW, even for races that are not open to the public yet. We can book your room, your tickets, Disney Dining Plan, and even your race registration is reserved before the races open to the general public. All you need is your package deposit of $200 and your race registration and you will be ready to start training to add some magical miles to your shoes and some phenomenal bling to your wall. If you book your package now, you have until 30 days before your travel dates to pay the balance and for all races in 2020, this means you are guaranteed a room. What’s even better ? If Disney releases discounts that may affect your reservation, we will call and have any eligible rooms changed over to reflect that discount (as long as rooms meet all criteria of the released discount). So this means, all you have to do is train and let us worry about getting you the best deal, leaving more money to use at the Expo.
Not sure which race you want to try for the first time or, if you’ve run before, which one to try next. We’ve assembled a little bit about each weekend, but more details can be found at runDisney.
Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is an amazing feast of “snackies” from around the world, but what’s even better than snacking around the world? Running around the world! There’s a saying you will see a lot in November at Walt Disney World ” I run Disney so I can eat Disney” which is why you see a lot of runners participating in the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend, this year from October 31st – November 3rd, 2019. It’s a great way to run through the parks, enjoy some delectable food and attend an epic after hours Post Race Party, exclusively for runners and guests in the park ! If you really want to challenge your self this weekend, the Disney Two Course Challenge is the perfect way to do it. Participants that register and sign up for the Challenge will run a 10k on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday, thus earning an extra medal (and pss the last two years the challenge medals have been really phenomenal !) If think you can make it through two courses there are still bibs available for half marathon (by itself) or the challenge.
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Where can you join Mikey and the gang for 4 full days of running, while enjoying amazing entertainment along the way? The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, where they have everything from kids races, or I should say crawlers, with the Diaper Dash for Crawlers for kids under age 12 months, to anyone that is feeling a little Dopey (and everything in between) Marathon weekend is known for it’s signature race, the Dopey Challenge, where runners who registerer and compete in all 4 races receive and additional medals, bringing the total for the weekend to 6 medals. What is the Dopey Challenge and how do I get 6 medals? Over the course of 4 days, runners will put 48.6 miles on their shoes while running a 5k, a 10k, a half, and full marathon !! The next Walt Disney World Marathon is January 9th – 12th, 2020 with all events, but the 5k and 10k still available.
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Calling all princesses and princes, come one, come all and join Disney for a weekend of fun, entertainment and finish lines that end happily ever after. The Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend is an enchanting occasion for runners of all skill levels to enjoy 3 different length courses (along with the kid races of course) and to acquire some major “bling”. Starting February 21st, 2020 runners will have the option of competing in a 5k, 10k, a half marathon, or if you are up to the challenge, The Disney Fairy Tale Challenge incorporates both the 10k and half marathon for an additional medal, and who doesn’t love a good fairy tale ? Bibs go on sale to the general public starting June 4th, 2019 at 10:00 am eastern time.
Star Wars Rival Run May the Force be with you as you join Disney for a galactic themed weekend during the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend starting April 16th, 2020 for 3 days. Star Wars will take over Walt Disney World as runners choose sides for 5k, 10k, half marathon, or channel your inner Han Solo and compete in one (or both) of the TWO challenges for the weekend. Combine the 10k and half marathon for the Rival Run Challenge or the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon and the Rival Run Half Marathon for the coveted Kessel Run Challenge, which can bring your grand total of medals for the weekend to 6 !! Registration for the Star War Rival Run Weekend opens July 16th, 2019 to the general public at 10:00 am Eastern.
Erin has participated in multiple runDisney weekends and plans on competing in the in her 3rd Princess Half Challenge next year in 2020. Contact her for any questions regarding the races or to book your room and registration at [email protected]