Summer 2018 – 60 Days out!

The pre-arrival planning continues now that I’m 60 days out from my resort stay. The great thing about WDW vacations is how excited you can be about the plans you’re making in advance. It always help make you feel better about how close you are to your holiday. As someone who likes to plan their time, I love being able to get in and sort out dining reservations, tours and fastpasses for Disney while looking at what days I’ll also be spending outwith Disney and making sure I’m preparing with tickets for those, too.

When you’re staying at a WDW resort (or a Good Neighbour hotel) you can book fastpasses for your whole stay as long as it’s 60 days from your first night. All other ticket holders can only do this from 30 days out for each individual day and there will be a limit as to how many days worth of passes you can hold in advance (as a passholder we can have 7 days).

For those who are new to the fastpass+ system that they use at WDW, the official website has information here that includes some of the FAQs that will be most handy.

Untitled-6 copyI kept track of my dates but the email that Disney sends about your stay has a countdown clock embedded in it so you can refer back to that when you’re feeling close. I also got an email from them telling me my window was open, however I received that around 7pm on the evening of my 60 day window – and you can begin booking from 8am EST that day (1pm UK time) so it came in a little bit later than I’d hoped and with demand for fastpasses currently, that could be enough of a window of time for you to miss out. So I’m glad I knew exactly which day I could get in and book.

In fact, you may miss out anyway, because the window opens based on your first night’s stay and allows you to book your whole trip  (essentially you could be booking upwards of 70 or 80 days in advance). If, like me, you’re only taking a few days at the resort, that window probably already opened up for a lot of other people who have longer stays. Which is why I would recommend going to your last day first, and working your way backwards through the dates – the end will have the best availability.

2018-05-13 14.06.25I logged in just after 1pm to see my what I could get and as predicted, I was already struggling.

Slinky Dog Dash was already completely gone for my three days, and I could only get Flight of Passage for the last day.

2018-05-13 14.06.08Here’s what I do like about it – even though I’m only staying there for 2 nights, it opened up the entire 60 days for me in advance and not just for during my actual resort stay. So I was also able to book for the dates before my window and use up all my annual passholder allowance of fastpass days as well, getting in there for some Alien Swirling Saucers on three different days as well as a Seven Dwarves Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom.

Even better, whoever you have linked to your account by way of family or friends can also be booked in (by you) for those days. So I was able to go into a day at EPCOT that I’m having with my parents and book for all three of us to get on Frozen Ever After (as well as others). That was something I learned last year when one of my best friends was visiting and staying at a resort while I was staying at home. He was able to get me fastpasses alongside his for the 10 day stay.

So the only ride I’m worried about whether or not I’ll be able to experience (I will not wait in a long queue… I might do a two hour wait ONCE but I need to be in the right frame of mind and have enough juice for my phone!) is Slink Dog. We do have extra magic hours for Hollywood Studios every day between 8am and 9am during the summer so my plan is to get to the Studios early, ‘dash’ to Slinky and then hopefully not have the hugest wait in the world. And if it means sacrificing my 8.30am Star Tours fastpass then so be it.

So here’s my main tips for booking fastpasses:

  1. If you’re getting in to book in your 60 day window, start at the furthest away date as they will have the best availability.
  2. If you only have the 30 day window, ‘shop around’ over days you plan to be in the parks and see which days have the best fastpasses. You’ll see certain rides that you might only be able to book on certain days and it can be wise to get in there while you can.
  3. Book passes for EVERY DAY that you can. If your plans change or you know you’ll have days outwith Disney then you can cancel them, but it’s good to know you’ve got them in there.
  4. Be aware that in some parks, the rides and attractions are put into groups and once you’ve booked for one of the popular ones, you may not be allowed to book other popular rides within the same group. This happens at EPCOT and Studios. So in order to enjoy them all, you’ll need to think about which rides to book for each day – make sure to keep track of what you’ve already planned in.
  5. Pick early times where possible – you can add fastpasses where available once you’ve used up your 3 for each day. I’ve had days where I’ve taken 6 or 7 fastpasses, or skipped into other parks and been able to grab something.

And for newbies, here’s the rides you want to prioritise fastpasses for since they’re the longest wait times (some for popularity, some because of slow load times):

1. At Magic Kingdom – Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight, Jungle Cruise

2. At EPCOT – Frozen Ever After, Soarin’, Test Track

3. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Midway Mania. (Rock n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and Star Tours can get busy and you’ll want fastpasses for them, but depending on the day and time of year, you can get on these rides with waits less than 30 mins)

4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Flight of Passage, Na’avi River Journey, Festival of the Lion King (you might still get into Lion King, but better to fastpass and get a pick of sections), Kilimanjaro Safaris (try to get a time that’s earlier in the day or after 4pm – the animals tend to get too hot in the blazing sun so might not be visible), Dinosaur.

You COULD fastpass Rivers of Light (at DAK) as that’s still new and can fill up fast but I don’t recommend fastpassing any of the nighttime events at WDW. It means that you’ve lost the option of booking in extra fastpasses earlier on in the day and for the vast majority, you’re going to get to see them without fastpasses and with maybe just a little bit of time put aside at the end of your day to wait for them. I’ll talk in later posts about the best ways to do this!

If you’ve got any other tips for booking fastpasses that I’ve missed, feel free to leave them in the comments!

 

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Summer 2018 – pre-arrival part one

I’m aware that I haven’t posted much in a while. Despite my initial flurry, I knew I wanted the blog to have useful information for people and it took me longer to decide how I wanted to do it. Would I build in sections and what would those be? How would I tag things to make them easy to find? Would there be some form of master post? Of course, no matter how I choose to do it I’m sure it’ll evolve, so it seems silly to hold back on posting while trying to work out the perfect structure that probably doesn’t even exist!

I thought I would get the blog properly going with its intended purpose by chronicling my next visit to Walt Disney World for this summer. I’m at a stage where I’m fully into the planning for my next vacation. For those who know me and were asking me for advice, I think showing the process I go through and adding in various tips or options is probably the best way to start and hopefully you’ll learn something you didn’t know that will make your Disney vacation easier or add that little extra magic.

Usually when I head to Florida I stay with my parents in their house. We’re all annual passholders, so my trip in spring is a pretty straight forward (and reasonably cheap!) one and we all spend a lot of time in the parks. Because I’m with them for the trip, I plan accordingly for what days we spend in various parks and what rides to fastpass and I take all manner of things into account (e.g. my parents struggling with wilder rides). For the summer, I tend to rent my own car and take off to do my own thing as my sister and brother-in-law are also out on their vacation and it makes it complicated if there’s only one car for the family, especially since we all like to do different things. Because I do a more independent vacation for the summer trip, I like to add in some extras to do, or plan around meeting and going to the parks with friends etc.

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Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

 

This summer I have decided to spend a couple of nights at a WDW resort and in order to keep things pretty cheap I decided on the All Star Sports Resort. I felt like splurging out a little, having some time to myself away from the family, and crucially, getting in early to book a couple of days worth of fastpasses! For those unaware, guests at Disney resorts can book fastpasses up to 60 days in advance of their stay, while all other ticket holders (including passholders) can only book 30 days out. They’ve extended to various ‘Good Neighbor’ hotels as well for the 60 day window, which makes it even more difficult to secure certain passes. With the opening of Toy Story Land and the constant demand for rides such as Flights of Passage, Frozen Ever After and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, I wanted to get in there before they were all gone as I didn’t fancy waiting in a queue for over 2 hours. It’s also great to get access to Extra Magic Hours which are happening every day at Hollywood Studios over the summer to help with the demand of the newly opened land.

Passholders regularly get various discounts when booking rooms, however when I phoned up a few weekends ago to try to book my dates there was nothing available in my price range of value resorts. All they could offer me was Port Orleans Riverside for about $500 for two nights using my Passholder discount or Art of Animation for $450 for two nights without discounts. I decided to go hunting elsewhere for cheaper so I looked things up on the official Disney website from the UK. Essentially, they farm out the rooms to various different agencies (they still consider foreign official Disney websites ‘agencies’) so although Disney’s direct line in Florida were ‘sold out’ for those dates, other places still have them, so I got a reasonable deal for my nights through them instead. The only difference is that because I was booking room only from the UK, I couldn’t add on any Dining Packages. I was told by the representative that Disney won’t allow you to rock up at check-in and add Dining Plans. My best bet is to call a few days before and ask again since passholders are able to get dining plans on their room-only stays, however, it might affect some other parts of my order for my stay. Disney Resorts now charge to park overnight. It is being waived for travellers from the UK until December 2019. The rep warned me that if I added dining plan I may have to essentially change the billing details to my USA address and that could cause me to pay for parking ($13 a night at the value resorts). I’ll ask all of this when I call, but I’m hopeful they’d rather just get the extra Dining Plan money from me rather than worrying about the parking they weren’t expecting me to be paying in the first place.

It took 24 hours for my invoice to come through for my payment. You have the option of paying a deposit of £25 per person and the balance later, but I just paid the whole thing to get it out of the way. The welcome email is pretty basic, but begins to give you the tips you need, especially for first timers, about downloading the app and letting you know about dining reservations and fastpasses etc.

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Once I had my booking reference number, I was able to link the resort stay onto the app and attach it to my regular account. The app (My Disney Experience) is going to be incredibly important to you throughout your stay, so it’s wise to download that as soon as you know you’re going to be vacationing at the WDW Resort. If it is your first time setting up an account with them, I recommend doing it through the website – mainly for ease of typing, but there are a few features that you need to do through the website and not through the app (e.g. ordering your magicband).

So head on over to mydisneyexperience.com and set up your account as soon as you have your stay and/or tickets confirmed. It’s good to start familiarising yourself with it and if you are staying at a resort, you’re going to want to keep track of how many days until you arrive because of that 60 day fastpass window. Trust me, if you want to get on the popular rides without a wait time in excess of 90 minutes (and anything up to about 3-4 hours) then you WILL want to spend that five minutes on the app 2 months before your arrival date!

For those who are foreign to the USA and are concerned about costs of using the app when you’re there, wifi is available in all the parks as well as other areas around Disney. The wifi can be spotty and can get busy, however I rarely have a problem with it beyond a few dead zones or times when the area of the park you are in is at it’s most crowded (around firework time on Main Street for example).

mde2On a basic level, the app is going to keep you up to date on wait/show times, ride closures (temporary for the day or those down for refurbishment) and you’ll be able to see where characters are and the waits to meet them. On top of that, there’s maps to help you get around and listings of all the possible activities you can do from rides and attractions to special events.

If in advance you go onto the website version, you can input your own notes about what’s going on each day that will show up on the app for you. I love the notes section – it’s a great diary for your vacation even for those days that aren’t Disney related! And, of course, your app will hold the photos taken for you around the parks by the photopass photographers.

Those are mainly the basics but are still crucial to help your vacation go more smoothly so don’t discount their usefulness – even seasoned Disney guests use these constantly! There are some even more important features that I plan to talk about, but since they cover large subjects, I plan to do individual posts for those such as booking and tracking fastpasses and ordering food in advance from the QSRs (Quick Service Restaurants).

So what have I done so far?

Before the 60 day window opens, I’ve logged into the website and made sure my resort stay is linked and ready. I’ve also gone into the weeks that I would be around WDW on the itinerary page and begun making some simple notes about what I’m doing each day – including the not!Disney things like a day at Busch Gardens, shopping days, appointments, and going to watch Orlando City SC.

I’ve also made Dining reservations: I booked to pay my ‘rent’ – in other words, to say thank you to my parents for putting me up for two weeks and providing dinners, I take them out to Cape May at Disney’s Beach Club. It’s my mother’s favorite restaurant on property so we always go there! I also booked into the Rose and Crown at EPCOT – this restaurant is my home still even if I haven’t worked there in a while, but those 2 years were amazing and I always like to visit my friends there. Plus, with the likelihood that IllumiNations might be ending soon, I wanted to go to the Rose and Crown to watch it for the last time, if only because the 500 odd other times I’ve seen it, it’s been from there!

I decided to book in for a quick service lunch at Be Our Guest… because I could! And within my itinerary already is the booking my father made for all 5 of the family to go to 1900 Park Fare for my sister’s birthday this year since she’s celebrating a milestone (I won’t say which one!).

Next up will be getting started on booking those fastpasses 🙂

California Screamin’ – 5,4,3,2,1… gone.

Alas, one of my favorite rides at Disney’s California Adventure is now closed for a make over.

IMG_4923I’m rather opposed to the Pixar takeover in the parks and Pixar Pier is something that although makes some sense due to the established placement of Toy Story Midway Mania, I feel it overloads DCA with Pixar themed attractions and areas. Though I am very fond of CarsLand and think Disney did a phenomenal job with it, I still think the abundance of Pixar themed rides, attractions and entire lands at Disney Parks worldwide is overkill and I’d like to see more use of legacy characters as well as plenty of  theming for attractions that doesn’t contain established characters – which once upon a time was as much a feature of DCA as it was of EPCOT. In fact, it seems like they might as well rename DCA as the Disney-Pixar Studios Park or something similar considering just how much reliance they have placed on those elements.

DSCN1974California Screamin’, much like other areas of Paradise Pier, isn’t changing very much. It’s a re-themeing of the attraction rather than any major overhaul. Being a coaster whereby the only theme you pay attention to during the ride is the music playing in your ears, and considering the original California Screamin’ music is composed by the same person as most of the Pixar movies, then it’s not likely to be a huge departure. The majority of the overhaul will be within the ride queue and surrounding area. If they bring in some of the new technology they use in ride queues elsewhere to keep guests interested during those waits then I’m all for it. But I’m still sad to see the end of the current Pier theme.

At least Mickeys’ head is going to remain on the iconic ferris wheel!

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Maybe it’s my age, but I find myself in a position whereby I’m becoming the crotchety person desperately hanging on to the older, beloved attractions and being annoyed by the decisions made in creating the new ones. At least in this case, the changes will be mininal in regards to the experience on board the ride unlike some of the upcoming changes at WDW and that, I think, helps us all come to terms with the loss.

p.s. yes, I bought the limited edition goodbye California Screamin’ T-shirt from the Disney parks shop. sadface.

Inspiration Falls

At this time of year, we’re all thinking about our new year resolutions and about just how long we can keep it up. I feel like I have a greater determination this year than ever before to stick to mine (including working on this blog – one of my 4 big resolutions for 2018).

One thing Disney parks and characters have always done for me is inspire. Walt Disney himself is a hero of mine and whether it’s seeing his quotes on ‘pardon our pixie dust’ Dream Builders signs in the parks, or watching old Walt Disney presents, I find that it all makes me wants to get off my backside and do the things that I dream about. After all, Disney and the parks fully endorse the notion of dreaming big and that you can do anything you put your mind to.

Disney characters themselves may be fictional (ouch, feel the sting of that bubble bursting) but their actions are meant to inspire. From learning to be who you truly are and embracing the goodness and strength inside, to forming unlikely friendships and learning not to pre-judge, Disney characters lead the way in case studies for being ‘good’ and treating others with respect and dignity. The more modern princesses and queens have taught a whole new generation that dreaming is important, but that you need to work hard at the same time – not to mention the fact you don’t need a Prince in order to be happy.

Winter is a tough time to get through when you live in dark, colder climes and though sheer determination can get you through the initial hump of sticking to your goals for the year, keeping going as life morphs and changes can be difficult. I’ve decided to put together my Disney playlists for those moments when I need a kick to keep me going and remind me to put the work in to get where I want to be.

My 18 songs to inspire and keep you on track!

Go the Distance – Hercules
Let It Go – Frozen
I’ll Make A Man Out Of You – Mulan
Dig A Little Deeper – The Princess and the Frog
Touch The Sky – Brave
Up, Down, Touch The Ground – Winnie the Pooh
Life Is A Highway – Cars
Seize The Day- Newsies
Immortals – Big Hero 6
Get’cha Head In The Game – High School Musical
On My Way – Brother Bear
Just Around The Riverbend – Pocahontas
A Step In The Right Direction – Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Son Of Man – Tarzan
How Far I’ll Go – Moana
Run That Race – Cars 3
Zero To Hero – Hercules
Try Everything – Zootopia

‘The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing’ – Walt Disney

 

Go the Distance – my runDisney experiences

The Walt Disney World marathon takes place this weekend and runDisney has come a long way since it’s inception. Hell, when I began running their events it was known as the Disney Endurance Series.

My first Disney run was back in 2007 when I took part in the Race for the Taste 10k which coincided with the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. The race sadly no longer exists as Disney replaced it with the Wine and Dine half marathon event, which was a much needed expansion on what they offered, so an understandable change to mix things up a little. What I enjoyed most about the race was how relaxed it was for those who are more ‘fun’ runners. We entered as a large group from the Rose and Crown – including those of us on the program, along with managers and chefs. We had a lot of fun, some struggling a little – mostly with hangovers – and we all made it across the line safely. The camaraderie and the sense of achievement that we all shared spurred me on. I’d run a few Race for Life 5ks in the UK, but they didn’t compare to what I experienced that early Sunday morning at EPCOT. I wanted more, even if I wasn’t entirely committed to the training I should do with it!

SANY0590_0117_117So I signed up for the ‘Minnie marathon’ weekend which included the Go Red for Women 5K and the Women Run the World 15k. I also entered the ESPN 5k and outwith Disney, I did the Celebration 10k.  Even after finishing my first contract with Disney, my vacation travels put me there at good times to participate in other races. I was doing more of the runDisney events and was quick off the mark to get in for the Princess half marathon when it launched in 2009.

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I am proud to say that as I progressed with my running ambitions, I took each step of a new distance at a runDisney event and that culminated in my participation in the 2012 Walt Disney World Marathon during my second contract at WDW. I was 29 and had vowed to run a marathon before the age of 30. Mission accomplished! Later that year I completed the Coast to Coast challenge by taking part in the Disneyland half marathon.

The runDisney events always have a great atmosphere.  They’re well organised which is the best compliment you can give a race but more importantly for me, they’re interesting. By that I mean that you can enjoy the run with amazing distractions and well placed water and food stations. And there are plenty of professional photographers on the route and more than one location where they film the runners and can add it to your memory collection.

The setting couldn’t be better – you get the chance to run through all 4 Disney theme parks and in each one of those there are thousands of well wishers that lift you and keep you running and you’ll even find some outside the resorts cheering you on. There’s really nothing like running down Main Street USA, through Cinderella Castle, or finishing by running around the world (showcase) towards the finish line. The race route has altered lately as back in 2012 we ran through the Lights! Motors! Action! stadium with the cameras rolling to show us on the big screen. With that now a building site for the new lands, you enter Studios on the other side by the Tower of Terror. Essentially the race is a set route each year and I don’t think boredom could settle in considering everything you get to see along the way.
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During the more bland sections of the race when you’re on World Drive, Floridian Way and Osceola Parkway, the Disney team get creative. Amongst the parade floats with character photo opportunities (for those happy to miss PBs!), my favourite is the fun facts and quiz questions. Along the route there will be boards asking trivia questions with the answers being given to you approximately 200 yards later. It’s a great way to trick the mind into forgetting you’re running and keeps you going on long stretches. It’s something I wish other races around the world would adopt as a way to motivate runners.

There is one major downside to runDisney events that has surfaced as they have become more popular in the last 5 or so years – the price. Well, also the availability (no one expects the Spanish Inquisition). The prices are becoming extortionate and only hardened runDisney afficianados are so willing to part with the cash but let’s face it – the demand allows them to price accordingly. It can cost hundreds of dollars to take part in one of the larger races and that’s before you consider staying on property or travel costs. However, despite those costs, I would recommend a runDisney marathon or half marathon to any runners out there who enjoy the challenge as they truly are some of the most fun experiences you can have in a race.

As for that availability issue – unless your finger is on the button the minute places are released for sale online then you can kiss your hopes of taking part goodbye. It’s difficult to give any tips on booking for runDisney events as a lot of it is simply being in the know for timing. If you do miss out on gaining a regular entry place however, there are alternative means to look into. The first being signing up with a charity as they are awarded a certain amount of spaces. This is a big commitment as they expect a lot of fundraising to go along with it, and they will charge you for your place, so the cost to you would still be high and if you can’t meet the fundraising targets you’d be looking at shoring that up yourself. The other alternative is the method I used when booking for the Disneyland Half marathon in 2012: I used a travel company. The different companies can vary in how much they include in their deals and can run costly for that all inclusive Disney experience utilising the mid-range and deluxe resorts. I was able to find one that included the race entry as well as a single day admission to the parks (a hopper pass). I then arranged my own hotel accommodation as well as travel. This worked out brilliantly for me as there was very little extra cost added to the base price, so the travel company didn’t walk away with a huge profit. I didn’t need the pass as I was a cast member at the time and would have gained free admission to the parks, but I still used it and had a fabulous time.

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But the marathon weekends are not just about the taking part. There’s more you can enjoy without a race entry and I’m not so sure everyone realises that.

First, if you are supporting someone running then you can purchase packages that give you things to do while waiting on your runner. Obviously, you can be out on the course encouraging them along, but there are also after parties and post-race refreshments etc that you can purchase. These are ideal as it means the runner isn’t on their own after the race and you get a little extra Disney magic!

Best of all, however, is the Expo. Over the weekend and in the few days leading up to the event, Wide World of Sports plays host to the race expo (in Disneyland, they use a conference room at one of the Disneyland hotels) which includes far more than just the packet pick up. There are talks to attend to get advice from the professionals which I’ve found both useful and inspiring. You can grab free samples from bananas to race fuel as well as take a look at a wide range of stalls to do your shopping, whether that be for new footwear and headphones or jewelery and car stickers. Not to mention the all important official race merchandise. It’s easy to spend a few hours perusing everyone’s wares and you’ll likely get a good deal and there are experts around to help you get the right product to suit your body.  It’s a great little shopping extra and allows you to take a look around WWoS. The parking lot can get pretty full, but Disney knows what it’s doing and transportation cast members will be out in force to keep you right – just be aware that there could be a queue going in.

At last year’s Princess half marathon expo I picked up the limited edition Haunted Mansion themed New Balance revlite running shoes. I adore them. Not only are they comfortable for racing (and the brand and style I prefer) but they are also uber stylish for a day at the park! And let’s not forget that limited edition status 😉 I thought they’d be sold out before I got there on the last day of the expo but I was in luck and after a short internal debate, I gave in to the lure and spent the $140 dollars.

And who doesn’t like spinning the wheel to see if you can win a prize – there’s usually a few companies around with those. And if there are any runners you know, then you can pick up a unique gift for them, many of which are Disney inspired but not all.

94235-5914-003fImportant things I learned about the running weekends is that the parks will be busy. runDisney participants come from all over the world to take part; timing vacations to coincide, or just making sure they take advantage of a full weekend of Disney fun. For cast members it’s great – especially those in tipped positions as people are in high spirits and everyone likes a post run beer or two. People on a regular vacation and not expecting what’s going on will find getting fastpasses more difficult, the ride queues will be long, Disney transport will be full, and not to mention the various road closures in place for the runners. So maybe that’s the weekend to go to a rival park!

For those who do brave Walt Disney World those days, a few pieces of advice though not the kind of tip I’d give to make your experience better. In this case, I offer some advice on how to be kind to the runners. If you are in the parks early and there are still runners on the track (this applies more specifically to EPCOT but also Studios) – please heed all cast members when moving around where the runners are. These people have been going for 20 miles or more and are TIRED. If you take it upon yourself to cross over the track right in their way, it’s very difficult for them to duck and dive or dodge around you. Make sure you head to a proper cross walk and wait patiently with the cast members until told to cross. I’ve seen runners fall because a tourist with a push chair decided to make their own way across. It could injure runners, maybe even stop them finishing something they’ve paid a lot of money to enjoy and for which they’ve worked extremely hard. Don’t ruin their experience because you couldn’t wait 30 seconds longer to get 10 feet across the road.

And my other piece of advice is to have fun with it! There will be lots of runners in the parks sporting medals. Wish them well, congratulate them and spare a thought for them getting into and out of ride vehicles – their legs will be tired and sore and even the fittest of them will have aches and pains to take into account!

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I’ve not taken part in a runDisney event for a while. I found the cost prohibitive and now do other nearby runs at a fraction of the price. This year I’ll be taking part in the Best Damn Race Orlando (half marathon), which cost me a third of what I’d have paid for the Princess Half. I’ve found that the BDR team put on a great run and I fully enjoy them – it also has a 5k on the same morning so family who want to take on a shorter distance can come along and take part, too. But it is still my aim to add to the collection and hopefully run a Disneyland Paris race at some point. I’ve completed every distance possible at Walt Disney World, I’ve run the Disneyland Half and I’ve even done the Castaway Cay 5k. It would be great to add a Paris event to my runDisney haul.

To those running this weekend – good luck! Break a leg! … or maybe try not to 😉