Editor’s Note: Here is part two from our friend Todd Carrier from his recently runDisney weekend.
If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you might have surmised that I enjoy the runDisney brand, inaugural races and race bling. If you can combine all three, then I’m one happy guy. I was able to have this enjoyment the third weekend in January with the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend in Disneyland. The events for the weekend included: the Health and Wellness Race Expo, runDisney Kids’ Races,Star Wars Family Fun Run 5K, Star Wars 10K, Star Wars Half Marathon and the Star Wars Rebel Challenge (completing both the 10K and the Half).
Coming off of the Dopey Challenge in WDW, I allowed myself a day of rest and casual park touring before having anything to do with racing. I also planned on allowing myself only one meal (quick service or table service) inside either of the parks. This goal was helped with my hotel offers a complimentary breakfast from 6:30-9:30 (sharp…they lock the door at 9:28 and start clearing stuff immediately).
I flew into LAX from Orlando International on a non-stop direct flight that landed in Los Angeles around 9:30am. I took a shuttle service to my Good Neighbor Hotel from the airport and four of the folks were also taking part in the weekend, but not on the running side but on the vendor and administrative portion. It was interesting hearing a little bit about their thoughts on the weekend. It’s good to be a little chatty sometimes. As is pretty standard with my luck, I was the last to be dropped off at my hotel, the Quality Inn and Suites Anaheim, which was under renovation. I checked in, freshened up, and was on my way before 11am. Since I hadn’t had any food since dinner in Florida (at the Sonny’s on OBT) the night before, I was hungry. I started my walk to the parks and decided I needed to eat before I went in. I decided I wanted some lunch and tried the Gandhi Palace inside the Ramada Plaza at Harbor and Katella. I had the lunch buffet at this Indian restaurant, instead of choosing one item, I was able to sample 15 entrees. My bill before tip was under $10. After lunch, I went through security and entered the esplanade and then into Disney California Adventure. I had upgraded my Walt Disney World Premium Annual Pass in November for the Avenger’s Half Marathon Weekend (did I mention I really, really like inaugural race bling?) to a Disney Parks Premier Pass. I didn’t experience any issues either in WDW or DLR with park entry, fast passes or Photopass/Memory Maker. I had a snack for dinner and passed out early (7pm) since I had been up since before midnight pacific time.
Editor’s Note: Todd Carrier brings us two blogs about his latest runDisney events. Today we hear about Marathon Week 2015.
The first full week of January, Walt Disney World’s Marathon Week 2015 marked the return of the some of its most beloved races. The flagship event for runDisney reprised the same races and challenges that it held last year; the Pluto 5K Family Fun Run, the Minnie Mouse 10K, the Donald Duck Half Marathon, the Mickey Mouse Marathon, the 10th anniversary of the Goofy Challenge, and the second Dopey Challenge. I was lucky (or foolish) enough to be able to participate in my second consecutive Dopey Challenge.
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Disney has announced that its 2015 packages for Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Aulani will be available to reserve beginning July 30, 2014. Dates available to book at that time will include all dates where travel ends no more than 499 from the date booked. This means that nearly all of 2015 will be available when the packages are available.
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Everyone who cruises on Disney Cruise Line should know the best way to get a discount on a future sailing is to book onboard. If you do that, you will get up to a 10% discount plus an onboard credit. The onboard credit amount depends on the length of cruise you book in the future. For up to six nights, you will get a $100 onboard credit. For seven nights and longer, the onboard credit is $200. If you book a cruise that is 7 nights or longer, you are entitled to a reduced deposit of only 10%, as opposed to the usual 20% deposit required.
One additional change is there are now black out dates. What this means is that if you book one of these dates, you will not receive a discounted price. Additionally, if you move an onboard booking to one of these dates, you will not receive a discounted price. Black out dates only apply to reservations originally booked after November 12, 2013.
Here is the updated list of all black out dates from this date forward:
Disney Fantasy – 2014 Dates: June 14, June 21, December 20, December 27; 2015 Dates: March 28, April 4, December 19, December 26
Disney Dream – 2014 Dates: June 29, July 3, July 6, December 22, December 29; 2015 Dates: March 30, April 3, April 6, June 26, July 1, July 5, November 23, November 27, December 24, December 28, December 31
Disney Magic – 2014 Dates: July 14, July 26, December 21, December 28; 2015 Dates: March 29, April 5, November 25, December 23, December 27, December 31
Disney Wonder – 2014 Dates: June 30, December 21, December 26, December 30; 2015 Dates: March 29, April 3, May 15, May 17, June 29, October 9, October 16, November 20, December 24, December 28
Of course these dates are subject to change, but this is current as of today.
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