In 2013 RunDisney announced a new race called the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge. It was the first challenge of many to come and it was a hot off the press when it came out! Everyone that was a RunDisney runner, fan, or dreaming of running a runDisney race wanted to get into this one!
Chatter started over the internet of its registration date. Some were lucky to get in early with a special per-registration sign up from Visa™, and others waited for it to open up to the public not knowing what would happen!
In less than 3 hours from the time registration opened at 12:00pm it was all over and sold out. The DDD sold out in less than 1 hour and the 10k sold out in less than 2 hours. By 2:00 the Disneyland half marathon was almost gone too. It wasn't until before the race in August that I saw these numbers...
I was one of the luck few to have made it, but I have to tell you as I sat there freaking out at the price increases and the new price for the DDD but I had to hurry and hit that "submit" button before it sold out! (2013 Prices are below)
Disneyland Half Marathon Registration Fees $175.00
Dumbo Double Dare Registration Fees $280.00
Disneyland 10K Registration Fees $95.00
Family Fun Run 5K Registration Fee $65.00
Kids Races Registration Fee $20.00
The next step was reserving my clients rooms at one of the Disneyland Resorts on property but they were sold out too!
Luckily was able to receive a room block but, it wasn't as many as I needed. Alot of other agents wanted rooms blocks and they were on a first come first serve list on who requested them first. There are only 3 onsite Disneyland resorts and all of the rooms on Disney property were given to travel agents for blocks.
Staying on Disneyland property was fabulous!!! I got off of the plane in LAX, took the Disneyland Express shuttle to the Disneyland Hotel, and never got into any other transporation again until it was time to go back to LAX! Everything was within walking minutes from the resorts. There were plenty of dining options at Downtown Disney outside our resort, and it took me 5 minutes to walk there. The parks were maybe 10-15 minutes depending on where I was going and how slow I walked. If I ever did it again... there would be no answer but "Yes, I am staying on property again!"
(Below is how close DD was. The socerers hat was near the Start Line and the Finish line chute for all if the races.
I have been given word that the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend race registrations will be open to the public in January (a date is TBD). The Dumbo Double Dare will be returning and so will the half,10k, 5k, and kids races. Prices have not been set yet but I am sure you can count on a price increase.
If you would like to return to Disneyland for the races again this year or you were not able to reserve your spot in the race last year due to the sell out I am giving you an opportunity not to be left out this year by getting on an early group sign up list. Some of my past year's friends can tell you that it was one of the best race weekends and experiences that they have had running runDisney and have already signed up with me to return.
I have started a pre-sign up list for anyone interested in early race registrations and rooms packages. I will have only a limited number of early registrations and you will be notified by me as soon as I receive the new 2014 race prices (By the end of the fall) At that time I will be contacting runners in order of who signed up first to latest.
The race package will include:
- Your race registration through runDisney (a link will be given to you to sign up through active.com)
- All of the amenities that come with runDisney including your bib and race shirt, plus a commemorative pin
- A 3 night min. stay is required at your Disneyland resort choice of Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel, or The Grand Californian
- Guests to 4 people in a room
- $25 Disney gift card
- Exclusive Meet up Party after the Half Marathon
- a few more surprises
*If you are interested in a "Room Only" at a select Disneyland Resort there is also a min on 3 nights.
Please send me a email with "2014 DL pre-sign up" in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the email please include:
- Your name with the race you are signing up for
- Guests names traveling with you (specify if they are an adult or child)
- and if the are registering for a race also please include that next to their name
- Your resort choice (if you would like all of the resort prices that if fine)
- Check in date / Check out date
- Phone number where you can be reached
Mary Smith - DDD
Joe Smith- 10k
Laura Smith child not running
Disneyland Hotel or All resorts
For more info on upcoming events for the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon weekend go to:http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/