Updated! What You Need To Know About RunDisney Events At Disneyland
This year at the Walt Disney World Marathon expo in front of a lot of people supposedly the VP of runDisney declared runDisney events would return to the Disneyland Resort.
A lot of rumors surrounded the cancellation of the races. Let's clear a few misconceptions about Disneyland and runDisney. California is one of the largest economies in the world we have a large population hence a lot of runners. Disneyland is in California and runDisney is in Florida. Both are owned by parent company Disney yet run separately. Many people do not know runDisney rents Disneyland for races. So Disneyland has little to do with actual runDisney events.
Just because the races do not sell out does not mean that runDisney events lose Disneyland money. RunDisney is never going to give us the details. I don't name drop or use the excuse that an anonymous source said something to get more clicks. The info I provide you is from research and from talking with Disney, and yes I will even call runDisney to ask questions. It does not hurt my husband works in Downtown Disney, and that one of my children is a Cast Member. The bottom line is when there is a race Disneyland is busy.
Perhaps the pass holders who are locals are the majority of the runners I have news that is how most road races work. Even if runDisney events at Disneyland were catering to locals that is a moot point. Once again runDisney and Disneyland are not the same. Heck Star Wars took place around the slower time in January if anything these races help keep Disneyland busy. Superheroes took place right before the Christmas busy season when it's a little slower.
This speculation on my part but Star Wars Land is supposed to open in 2019 the first race every year is the Star Wars. So I can imagine bringing back the Star Wars races in 2019 and making a big deal about it. I also think it is possible Tinkerbell will move back to January and Star Wars will be transferred to May when Star Wars Galaxy Edge is supposed to be open. I don't need to make up source this is common sense since some more prominent Disney bloggers and websites are saying the new Star Wars land will open late April to May.
Many were unhappy that Tinkerbell was pushed back to May on Mothers day weekend. So it makes sense that Star Wars Race Weekend would take place Star Wars land is open.
Now I am keeping the rest of my original post as is because I am confident the races will return in 2019. After all taking them away for a year would make more people sign up to add the fact there is a new land at Disneyland, runDisney would be stupid not to be the races back. All the drama is such great PR for them.
Now if you're considering a Disneyland race know a few things. The courses are never flat. There are hills. Parts of the course will be off the property and ugly. There will be bottlenecking and weaving. Lots of runners raising their hands to signal were going to start walking. You need to know this for your training. Run some hills. Do a 10k at home that sells out so you can get some practice passing. If you do the Half in September, it can be quite hot and humid. Two out of three Disneyland half marathons for me were very hot.
So keep on reading for tips or pin this for when runDisney finally announces Disneyland events later this year.
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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.