What You Need To Know About RunDisney Events At Disneyland
It is almost time for the Disneyland Half Marathon. Since Disneyland is so much different from Walt Disney World here are some tips.
• Bring your ID and cash.
• There are lines. Wait until the mid afternoon to come.
• Come on the first day of the expo.
• eBay sellers line up to snatch up merchandise. If you want something, get it. Do not wait. Despite this, most merchandise does not sell out. It does happen, though.
• Parking is $24. If you spend $20 at any Downtown Disney merchant, kiosks, or restaurant parking is free for 2 hours.
• Carb load at Naples or any table service restaurant and you get 4 hours of parking.
• Mickey and Friends parking is $20. No matter what park here if you are spending the day at the resort.
• If you are staying at a hotel, most have shuttles to the Resort. Alternatively, take the bus to save money on parking. Most buses drop you off at the opposite side of Downtown Disney it's about a ten-minute walk.
• You can swap your shirt for another size at the expo. There is a booth for that.
• There is no traffic in the middle of the night. You can drive if you live in LA.
• Get to Mickey and friends before 4 am. Parking is not free (I had to present my pass at Tinkerbell.) so bring cash.
• If staying at a local hotel, there are shuttles. You can also take the bus check at the expo at the Transportation booth you may need a shuttle pass.
• Get there early. You have to go through a security checkpoint to get into the race area. There can be long lines.
• Some Downtown Disney restaurants will be open. You can get Coffee.
• Get into your chute early. It is hard to get to the front if you wait too long.
• It can get cold in the morning but warm up after sunrise. You could bring an old race blanket to keep warm.
• All of the bathrooms in parks are available during a race. Go before you leave. The majority of the restrooms after that are portable toilets.
• The course is narrow and bottlenecked at points. We are a lot Smaller than WDW.
• The Santa Ana River Trail leading to Angels Stadium can suck. It is uphill at some points and ugly.
• Cliff Bar usually gives shots and gels at Angel stadium.
• The Powerade is always blue. Bring your own if you do not like that.
• Traffic can get bad leaving from Mickey and Friends. I recommend you relax in Downtown Disney or the Parks if you can to avoid traffic.
• There are restrooms in Downtown Disney where you can freshen up and change.
• Plenty of runners do go to Disneyland post race sans shower. Still in costume. I do not judge. Do not feel bad if you have nowhere to shower.
• Earl of Sandwich serves breakfast.
• Tangaroa Terrace is quick and has a minimal wait time for a fast and hearty breakfast.
• The coffee shop at the Disneyland Hotel is also a good place to grab a quick bite to eat.
• White Water Snacks in the Grand Californian is also a good place to eat and usually, there are no lines.
• Flo’s Café also serves an excellent breakfast.
• The Grand Californian has a spa. If you want, a great post race massage call for an appointment.
I hope I did not leave anything out, but other Disney centric bloggers will give you the usual details about costumes and whatnot. I wanted to touch upon things that do happen most people do not mention. I hope that this information is helpful. Please ask if you have any questions.