Don't Miss the Race to Register for runDisney's Upcoming Events
runDisney has announced its event schedule for 2016 and early 2017, including registration dates:
The most competitive part of any runDisney event is the rush to actually secure a registration for these races, which usually sell out within minutes of opening. All registration windows open at noon ET via rundisney.com.
Annual passholders often get access to early registration, so watch your email for that information, if you have (or can still afford) an AP.
Disneyland Half-Marathon: On sale Feb. 2, 2016 for the Sept. 1-4, 2016 event
Disney Wine & Dine Half-Marathon: On sale Mar. 15, 2016 for the Nov. 4-5, 2016 event at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend: On sale Apr. 5, 2016 for the Nov. 10-13, 2016 event at the Disneyland Resort.
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: On sale Apr. 26, 2016 for the Jan. 4-8, 2017 event.
Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side: On sale June 14, 2016 for the Jan. 12-15, 2017 event at the Disneyland Resort.
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: On sale July 12, 2016 for the Feb. 23-26, 2017 event at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side: On sale Aug. 9, 2016 for the Apr. 20-23, 2017 event at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend: On sale Sept. 20, 2016 for the May 11-14, 2017 event at the Disneyland Resort.
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The Paris half marathon goes on sale Oct 13th.
Of all things that are a waste of upcharge money, this is one of them. Yet people can't wait to book and give Disney your time and money.
Wow, look at all the formerly off-season weekends that are now shutting down city streets and crowding the parks.
Yes, the races are expensive when compared to other non-Disney but there is much that goes on, logistically, for these races. Start with the buses from the resorts to WWoS for packet pickup as well as too and from the resorts and the race start lines.
Have to disagree that this is a waste of upcharge money. The opportunity to join others in a run around these iconic places is great. Considering the obesity epidemic in the US and other western countries, events like this encouraging fitness and a healthy lifestyle are far better than most upcharging events based on buffets of unhealthy foods, desserts , or a scramble to get as much candy as possible.
I ran the WDW Marathon and the Disneyland Half Marathon last year and I recently did the last Expedition Everest this year. Of all the things you can do at the parks, these events are definitely not a wasteful upcharge. I was already a runner (not the fastest, but not the slowest) when I had first heard about the WDW marathon. Being able to combine running a marathon race and go through some of my favorite theme parks was a great experience. It was also neat to see some of the backstage areas that guests are not normally allowed to venture through. There are also plenty of opportunities to take photos with characters along the routes as well. Some of the character stops are outlandishly themed such as having a pirate ship backdrop with Captain Jack Sparrow.
It's amazing to get the response when I call it wasteful. Unlike the other upcharges like desert events, the main event of the runDisney is running. There is no charge to doing your own run. The roads are paid for. The air is free. Disney is definitely charging for the intangibles that are at a great premium. Surely, you're getting the medals, the meet and greets, and you get to dress up. Is this worth $300? That's more than the price of the theme park admission where you already get this except for the medal. It is interesting that you're paying full price for half of a marathon.
Ahh, the old "You're paying all this money for what is already free" argument. Two kinds of people make this argument. There's the people who purely enjoy exercise and don't need any motivation to do it, its benefits speak for themselves or there's a social aspect to it (I'll assume this is you). The other type are people who are lazy and don't do any exercise, and criticise anyone who does for whatever reason.
"Disney's events are comparably priced to others"
I'm comparing the DLR half to urban half marathons, such as the LA rocknroll half and the Santa Barbara half (@$115 for early registration). These events, like Disney, have to close roads to run the event. This costs money, and I'm sure the Anaheim city / council won't give Disney any discount for these.
"Factor in the perks, entertainment and any city fees Disney has to pay for and that accounts for a fair chunk of the $50-7 difference."
I am an avid marathoner / pace coach who have run over 20 marathons and 35 Half-Marathons. Below I have placed what I believe are the PROS/CONS of the event
The entertainment and facilities aren't necessarily part of normal operations, the runs are started before park opening to minimise impact on operations, which involves overtime, and significant amounts of the entertainment occur out of park, which is not normal operations. Sectioning off car park for finishing area, transport to and from local hotels (on and off-site), entertainment in the finishing area. Reading race reports from runners, the overall experience is above and beyond normal runs. There is cost to all these things, hence the higher expense.
Entertainment is just a marginal cost. If they are indeed overtime, that's from a base hourly wage of $10. I doubt it since the performers don't work overtime and this is a slow period. They are simply sent home after a few hours. As mentioned above, the events are held over a few days. They use their existing staff outside the parks. They hire tons of casual employees with irregular hours. The event lasts a few hours in the early mornings and they are over quickly. I did hear that Disney hires an outside company to manage the races. I'm sure they are a small separate cost.
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