Disneyland Cancels runDisney Races Beginning in 2018; Unclear When They Will Come Back

runDisney announced today that it is canceling its half marathon and other race events at Disneyland Resort beginning in 2018.

Races at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain in place.

A Disneyland spokesman said construction of the 14-acre Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland, along with future development projects lined up around the resort area such as The Disneyland Eastern Gateway and a new four-diamond Disney hotel in the northern part of Downtown Disney, would affect future races since runners traverse a course in and around the Disneyland Resort.

“While construction for the next several years will impact our ability to deliver the runDisney experience our guests love, we are excited about our future as the Disneyland Resort continues one of its largest multi-year expansions,” said George Savvas, a Disneyland spokesman. “For fans who love to be part of runDisney events, we will continue to offer races at our other properties around the world in 2018.”

The races bring in an estimated 25,000 people paying upwards of $195 to participate in a half marathon run. The races, usually held during off-peak seasons, are a boon to the local economy, generating $20 million to $30 million in revenue to Orange County, according to Disney.

Savvas did not know when runDisney would come back to hold races at the Anaheim parks again. He said runners who pre-registered for race events in 2018 will receive a refund.

The cancellation comes as no surprise for eager runners who were looking forward to participating in one of the four race weekends held annually at Disneyland.

Chatter and rumors on social media, Disney fan blogs, and other websites about the future of runDisney races at Disneyland grew rampant when about seven months ago Disney postponed registration for its popular Light Side Star Wars themed running event slated for January at the Anaheim theme parks.

An Anaheim spokesman said typically Disney gives the city three to four months advance notice before a race weekend. Disney needs permission from the city to arrange the closing of some freeway off ramps, streets and provide additional police. City staff said Disney had not filed for any permits.

RunDisney is part of the Walt Disney Co.’s sports division and has grown to become one of the nation’s largest race organizers. RunDisney holds eight series of races such as marathons, half marathons, 10k, 5k and a kid’s race at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

The unique course location – Disneyland and Disney California Adventure – and themes such as Star Wars, Avengers, and Tinkerbell give seasoned runners and non-runners an opportunity to enjoy a one-of-a-kind running experience through the two theme parks and surrounding areas in Anaheim. Disney also holds several other events that weekend such as a Health and Fitness Expo, a kids’ race, and pasta at the park.

As part of the experience, many runners dress in a Disney costume. Local high school bands play. Darth Vader, Thor, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters greet and high-four guests.

Peter Henry, 40, from San Diego, said he’s disappointed that runDisney is canceling its Disneyland races. As someone who has participated in runDisney events since 2015, he looked forward to the runs every year. Training for the races helped him lose 15 pounds.

“I wanted to create my own tradition,” said Henry, who has participated in the last three Star Wars races. “So many people look forward to these races but we were kept in the dark since March. There’s a lot of preparation – from training, to rooms, to flights – that go on to be part of this. I understand what Disney has to do but I just wish they had better communication.”

Savvas said the Disney team had considered and weighed various possibilities to keep the runDisney events but ultimately, could not come up with a plan.

Disneyland will host its last runDisney event for the year on Nov. 9 -12, the Super Heroes Half Marathon weekend.

From the Orange County Register

runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series is Back for the Summer

The runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series returns this summer featuring Disney’s top dog Pluto!

Whether you’re a runDisney enthusiast or a beginner looking to hit the ground running, virtual races are a great way to not only introduce your friends and family to running but also a way to jumpstart your training for upcoming races at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris.

The second year of Virtual Races will go on sale Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The series includes three 5Ks you can complete from whichever course you choose, whether that’s through your neighborhood, on the treadmill or at your local park. Participants will receive a uniquely designed finisher medal for each 5K completed plus a challenge medal for completing all three virtual 5Ks.

runDisney’s celebratory charity will be Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, who is celebrating 80 years of saving pets in Central Florida. For updates and medal releases, follow runDisney on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Share your excitement using the hashtag #runDisneyShorts. To learn more about runDisney events, please visit http://rundisney.mydisneyresorts.com.

Disney Parks Moms Panel Welcomes 12 New Members

2017 marks a very special year for the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Disney introduced their 10th class of new panelists. This diverse group of twelve parents join the panel this year to help you plan the details of your Disney vacation with personalized answers to your planning questions.

The 12 new panelists were selected from a record number applicants last fall, by sharing their extensive Disney Parks knowledge through storytelling, videos and interviews. Please welcome: Anabel, Beth, Donyell, Emille, Jan, Jennifer, Linda, Lindsey, Lindsey, Thiana, Todd, and Trish.

Their many years of vacationing at Disney Parks, sailing the high seas with Disney Cruise Line or crossing the finish line of a runDisney race gives them the experiences necessary to answer your very detailed and personalized questions about planning a Disney vacation on the Disney Parks Moms Panel website. These park savvy parents can answer your questions in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Over the past decade, more than 150 moms, dads, and grandparents have served on the Disney Parks Moms Panel. This year’s Panel promises to deliver an impressive roster of trusted Disney advisors from all walks of life and experiences. These new panelists, along with almost 2-dozen returning panelists for 2017, are eager to offer personalized recommendations, helpful tips, heartfelt advice and unique insights rooted in real experience from real Disney Guests, just like you.

 

runDisney Updates Information for Walt Disney World Half Marathon Runners Following Cancellation

runDisney has provided additional information following the cancellation of the 2017 Half Marathon due to adverse weather conditions.

Below is the full press release….

All registered 2017 Walt Disney World Half Marathon runners will receive their half marathon medal and may choose from one of the following options:

Option 1: A full refund for their race registration in the form of a Disney Gift Card.

  • Those participating in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, runDisney Kids Races, ChEAR Squad and Race Retreat will receive a refund in the form of a Disney Gift Card in the amount equal to their registration. Those participating in the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge and/or Dopey Challenge will receive a partial refund in the amount of the Half Marathon registration.
  • Walt Disney World Half Marathon, runDisney Kids Races, ChEAR Squad and Race Retreat participants: Bring a valid photo ID and race bib or wristband to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, January 7 between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Disney Cast Members will be there to guide you.
  • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge and/or Dopey Challenge Participants: For your convenience, there is no need to visit ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Medals will be awarded on Sunday, January 8, after the full Marathon. Your refund will be automatically sent to you via electronic Disney Gift Card.

Option 2: Two One-Day Park Hopper tickets.

  • Only available to those registered for the Half Marathon, runners should bring a valid photo ID and race bib to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, January 7 between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Disney Cast Members will be there to guide you.

Option 3: Transfer registration to another runDisney Half Marathon race in the U.S. within the next 24 months, subject to availability.

  • Runners interested in transferring their registration to another runDisney Half Marathon in the U.S. within the next 24 months should contact runDisney beginning Friday, January 13, 2017.
  • Please email your future race preferences to rundisney@disneysports.com with your name, bib number, phone number and mailing address so we can mail your medal to you. A Disney Cast Member will follow up with a phone call to discuss availability of future Half Marathon races.
  • For convenience, those who choose this option will have their 2017 Walt Disney World Half Marathon medal mailed to their home address so there is no need to visit ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Option 4: There is limited availability to run the full Marathon on Sunday, January 8, 2017 during the regularly scheduled race.

  • To transfer a 2017 Walt Disney World Half Marathon registration to the 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon, runners may register at no additional charge at Active.com with the following link: http://disneyurl.com/WDWMarathon
  • Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until all available spots are filled or until 10:00 am, Saturday, January 7, 2017. Runners will receive a confirmation email with further instructions.

For any Guests who are unable to visit ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, January 7 to choose their option should contact rundisney@disneysports.com. Please include your name, bib number and phone number within the email.

runDisney Releases Race Calendar for 2017-2018 Season

The new race calendar was recently released if you are looking to participate in one of the many runDisney events in 2017 and 2018.

Many of the early 2017 races are sold out, including the Walt Disney World Marathon and the Disney Princess Half Marathon, there are still a few late-2017 events that haven’t gone on sale yet.

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is the next event to go on sale, which will take place August 31 through September 3 at Disneyland. The races will go on sale on December 13.

The 2017 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend will take place November 2-5 at the Walt Disney World Resort goes on sale January 17, 2017 at 12 p.m. ET.

The Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland is November 9-12 and those races go on sale on January 31.

The 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will take place January 3-7, 2018, and the races go on sale February 14, 2017. The 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon: The Light Side at Disneyland goes on sale March 14.

The Summer 2017 Virtual Running Series takes place in the summer of 2017 and races go on sale April 11. The 2018 Disney Princess Half Marathon is scheduled for February 22-25, 2018, and the races go on sale May 2.

The 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon: The Dark Side at Walt Disney World will go on sale on May 23. And finally, the 2017 Tinker Bell Half Marathon is May 10-13, 2018 at Disneyland and races go on sale June 27.

For more details on all the upcoming runDisney events visit runDisney.com.

runDisney Gives a Sneak A Peek at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Medals

Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, Goofy and Dopey – oh my! All of your favorite characters are gearing up to host the most magical race weekend on Earth! The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna celebrates the Fab 5 and Dopey with entertainment, character meet & greets and, of course, medals! There’s still a chance to earn the whole collection! As part of The Dopey Challenge, participants run the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon in four days for a total of 48.6 magical miles. Runners who complete all of the races within pacing requirements will earn the Goofy Race and Half Challenge medal plus the Dopey Challenge finisher medal (in addition to the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon medal) for a total of six pieces of “bling.”

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There’s no race quite like the Walt Disney World Marathon. It’s our only runDisney race that takes you through all four Walt Disney World theme parks and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Check out our website to see how you can earn the Walt Disney World Marathon or Castaway Challenge (combining one 5K event or longer during the 2017 Marathon Weekend with a Castaway Cay 5K on Disney Cruise Line’s private tropical island in the Bahamas the following week) medal as well!

runDisney Launches Virtual Running Shorts

runDisney’s latest offering seeks to solve the problem that you might not be at a Walt Disney World Resort to take part in a runDisney race.

The Virtual Running Shorts Series is a set of three virtual races (Yellow Shoes 5K, Red Pants 5k and White Glove 5K), that you complete in your own choice of location, with a runDisney medal in return.

It wouldn’t be a runDisney event without a challenge, so there is a fourth option to run all 3 virtual races for more commemorative gifts at the end.

Now you can experience a taste of a runDisney race in your own backyard!

For the first time ever, runDisney is going virtual with the all-new Virtual Running Shorts Series, and the whole family is invited to join the Disney fun. Walk, jog, take a stroll through the neighborhood, or run your race on a treadmill. You choose the course that’s right for you! Select from one of three Mickey-themed Disney 5Ks or run all three to complete the Running Shorts Series. Four specially-designed Finisher Medals celebrating Mickey Mouse add even more Disney excitement to this brand new offering!

Whether you’re a seasoned runDisney runner or a beginner ready to take the first step, the all-new Virtual Running Shorts Series is a great way to celebrate a summer filled with great Disney runs and lots of fun!

runDisney Virtual Running Shorts – Yellow Shoes

Completion Timeframe: May 15 – June 1, 2016 

Put on your running shoes and take home Mickey’s yellow shoes! 

Get set to bring home the all-new Mickey’s Yellow Shoes Finisher Medal during the first-ever virtual runDisney Running Shorts 5K – Yellow Shoes. Themed yellow shoes in honor of Mickey’s iconic footwear, this Running Shorts 5K invites you to put on your running shoes and run on whatever course you choose – through your neighborhood, on a community track, or on your gym treadmill. Run with friends, family, or head out on your own.

Running Shorts 5K – Yellow Shoes Highlights 

  • 3.1 mile run on course of runner’s choosing
  • Proof of run not required
  • Share your experiences at #runDisneyShorts

Running Shorts 5K – Yellow Shoes Race Participants Receive

  • Commemorative Mickey’s Yellow Shoes Finisher Medal*
  • Yellow Shoes Digital Race Bib

Dates, times, prices and inclusions subject to change. 

Disney reserves the right to refuse the entry into, and/or revoke any registration for, any race for any reason in its sole discretion with refund of any applicable registration fees being the sole remedy of any such refusal and/or revocation.

*You must register for the Virtual Running Shorts Series to receive the Running Shorts Mickey Series Medal and Mickey tumbler in addition to individual race medals. 

runDisney Virtual Running Shorts – Red Pants

Completion Timeframe: June 5 – June 18, 2016 

Mickey’s Red Pants has everyone on the run!  

Inspired by Mickey’s iconic red pants, the Runner Shorts 5K – Red Pants is your inspiration to complete a 3.1 mile run on the course of your choice. Make it a Disney adventure to remember and invite family and friends to join the fun. Best of all, everyone receives their very own, one-of-a-kind Mickey Red Pants Finisher Medal to commemorate the event.

Running Shorts 5K – Red Pants Highlights 

  • 3.1 mile run on course of runner’s choosing
  • Proof of run not required
  • Share your experiences at #runDisneyShorts

Running Shorts 5K-2 Red Pants Race Participants Receive

  • Commemorative Mickey’s Red Pants Finisher Medal*
  • Red Pants Digital Race Bib

Dates, times, prices and inclusions subject to change. 

Disney reserves the right to refuse the entry into, and/or revoke any registration for, any race for any reason in its sole discretion with refund of any applicable registration fees being the sole remedy of any such refusal and/or revocation.

*You must register for the Virtual Running Shorts Series to receive the Running Shorts Mickey Series Medal and Mickey tumbler in addition to individual race medals. 

runDisney Virtual Running Shorts – White Glove

Completion Timeframe: June 19 – June 30, 2016 

Take home Mickey’s White Glove in the final run of the summer!

The final leg in our virtual Running Shorts 5K series is the Running Shorts 5K – White Glove that spotlights Mickey Mouse’s legendary white gloves. This virtual race, scheduled from June 19 through June 30, 2016, invites you to run your 3.1-mile race on whatever course you choose. Participants receive a commemorative Mickey White Glove Finisher Medal.

Running Shorts 5K-3 White Glove Highlights 

  • 3.1 mile run on course of runner’s choosing
  • Proof of run not required
  • Share your experiences at #runDisneyShorts

Running Shorts 5K-3 White Glove Race Participants Receive

  • Commemorative Mickey’s White Glove Finisher Medal*
  • White Glove Digital Race Bib

Dates, times, prices and inclusions subject to change. 

Disney reserves the right to refuse the entry into, and/or revoke any registration for, any race for any reason in its sole discretion with refund of any applicable registration fees being the sole remedy of any such refusal and/or revocation.

*You must register for the Virtual Running Shorts Series to receive the Running Shorts Mickey Series Medal and Mickey tumbler in addition to individual race medals. 

runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series

Completion Timeframe: May 15 – June 30, 2016

Summer’s ultimate running challenge – three 5Ks, four Mickey Finisher Medals, and 9.3 miles of fun!  

Experience all the magic of runDisney’s newest offering with a summer chock-full of virtual runs!  runDisney’s Virtual Running Shorts Series combines all three Running Shorts 5Ks, for 9.3 miles of fun into the summer’s ultimate run experience. Complete all three Running Shorts 5Ks within the scheduled dates and you’ll earn the first-ever Running Shorts Mickey Series Medal and Mickey tumbler in addition to your Red Pants, Yellow Shoes and White Glove Individual Finisher Medals.

You must register for the Virtual Running Shorts Series to receive the Running Shorts Mickey Series Medal and Mickey tumbler in addition to individual race medals. 

Running Shorts Series Highlights 

  • Running Shorts 5K – Yellow Shoes, 5K – Red Pants, and 5K – White Glove runs totaling 9.3 miles.
  • Proof of run not required
  • Share your experiences at #runDisneyShorts

Virtual Running Shorts Series Participants Receive 

  • Running Shorts Challenge Digital Race Bib
  • Special Mickey Series Finisher Medal and Mickey tumbler, along with Commemorative Running Shorts Yellow Shoes, Red Pants and White Glove Individual Finisher Medals.

Dates, times, prices and inclusions subject to change. 

Disney reserves the right to refuse the entry into, and/or revoke any registration for, any race for any reason in its sole discretion with refund of any applicable registration fees being the sole remedy of any such refusal and/or revocation.

*You must register for the Virtual Running Shorts Series to receive the Running Shorts Mickey Series Medal and Mickey tumbler in addition to individual race medals. 

Disney PhotoPass Coming to runDisney Events

runDisney events will be getting a big upgrade to the photography services with the races being captured by Disney PhotoPass photographers.

The first race to feature PhotoPass will be the Star Wars Half marathon – The Dark Side, taking place this April.

The new service will bring the benefits of PhotoPass to the runDisney races, including being part of runner’s Memory Maker packages, and the My Disney Experience app.

New runDisney Costume & Safety Guidelines

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These changes go into effect Jan. 6, 2016, and are being implemented to further protect our Guests and Cast Members.

Costumes

Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests. All participants and their Guests may dress as their favorite character, but must follow these guidelines as determined solely by Disney.

  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Guests who dress like Characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • For runDisney participants ages 13 and under:
    • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
  • For runDisney participants ages 14 and older:
    • Layered costumes, that could conceal prohibited items, are not permitted (e.g. Jedi robes).
    • Costume props, including those that surround the entire body (e.g. Death Star, UP House) are not permitted.
    • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g. full-length Princess dresses)
    • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
    • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
    • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
    • Guests may not wear masks of any kind.

Please note that while costumed attire may be worn during runDisney events, Guests 14 and older are not permitted to wear costumed attire in the theme parks. As a result, Guests may need to change their attire prior to visiting the parks after participating in a runDisney race.

Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, a race or any race related event/activity unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

Safety Reminders

  • All runners, Guests, costumes, and bags are subject to screening prior to entering the event staging areas.
  • Weapons of any kind, or objects that appear to be actual weapons, including toy guns, are not allowed for any participants.
    • See Costume guidelines for examples of acceptable toy accessories.
  • For everyone’s safety, selfie sticks, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, skates, scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks, and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. Violators will be removed from the course and transported to the finish line area.
  • Headphones are discouraged due to audio messages that are placed throughout the course to ensure runner safety.
  • runDisney can offer human guides to assist registered participants with disabilities. Please contact rundisney@disneysports.com, no later than 90 days in advance of the event.

First Look at runDisney Avengers 2015 Super Heroes Half Marathon Merchandise

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The runDisney Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend is back, taking place November 12–15 at the Disneyland Resort! If you’re not sure about your own super hero identity just yet, here is your first look at this year’s merchandise — which just might help you out.

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“Lock on Target” for an array of character and phrase themed performance tees, tanks, hoodies, jackets and other novelty items that will get your “Pulse Rate Rising” and make a statement letting those around you know “I Did It.”

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In addition to the pre-purchased pins available for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, the Avengers Super Heroes 5K and Inaugural Captain America 10K at the Disneyland Resort, also being offered is the medal spinner pin reminiscent of a certain super hero logo, which I know you are all familiar with, and an Inaugural Infinity Gauntlet Challenge pin. But that’s not all. If magnets are more your speed, you won’t be disappointed and for those of you who strive to be a head above the rest, you’ll find runner’s headwear themed to different phrases, logos and super heroes for the Half Marathon and Inaugural Infinity Gauntlet Challenge.

Fans of Dooney & Bourke bags – if you are still trying to determine whether or not to add this new line to your collection, here’s another look at the pattern that will appear on several silhouettes including a satchel, letter carrier and backpack.

Finally, keep an eye out for additional runDisney apparel, 2015 runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge offerings, and more.

It’s time to assemble your list of must have items.