How to Handle the Parks during Runcations!

We all know that runDisney races aren’t cheap, but with all that running, food, and lodging expense how do you handle park tickets? 1. Where does it fit into the budget and 2. How much can your legs handle during or before races? Plus there are other factors like heat and humidity and timing to consider as well! So, I’ve tried to break this down a little bit.

  1. The Quick-Trip.

For Star Wars Darkside last year (I just did the half marathon on Sunday) we decided to just make it a weekend trip. Still pricey right? However, with the upgrades to Disney Springs we decided to forgo park tickets altogether and just spend some time there. No lines to stand in, stores to cool off in, and lots of food options. This is a great option for a short trip to just run!

  1. The Whole Family Vacation

This past January I completed Dopey (or grumpy as some people liked to call it but I still did a half marathon that Saturday morning), this time my whole family went from Wednesday-Monday making it quite the runcation. We decided to do 3 days in the park no park hopper. We started in Hollywood Studios on Thursday since the weather was mild and our legs were fresh having just done the 5K that morning with mom, sister, and grandmother.

**Tip 1: always fastpass the longest lined rides during a runcation, standing on your feet takes more out of you I believe than continuing to keep moving.

Friday we hit Animal Kingdom this one was a little riskier, however finding rides like Kilimanjaro Safari or taking in a show helps give you a good balance of on your feet and rest

**Tip 2: Bring your own water bottle with electrolytes into the parks to stay hydrated!

Saturday we decided to rest, but we booked Chef Mickey’s brunch to offset some of the down time and help fuel Katie & I for the full marathon the next morning. If you are doing a back to back like that I recommend staying clear of parks and just taking a chill day. Then Sunday after all was said and done we rewarded ourselves down Main Street with lots of food and ice cream! We might have been a little tired but at this point it’s just time to let lose!

  1. The Budget Girl’s Weekend.

Princess Weekend is the ultimate girls weekend trip, or maybe Tinkerbell for you west coasters but sometimes that also means budgets since everyone may not be in the same place. Of course lodging, travel, and racing have already been a steep cost so what about park tickets?

**Tip 3: Use a travel agent! They are free to use and they help coordinate and get pricing for a group without anyone having to do all the coordinating – if you need a recommendation let me know J

**Tip 4: Race with Charity – not only are you making your miles matter, but you are helping share the cost of racing!

1-Day Park Hopper w/ 1 Day at Disney Springs. Just get a park hopper for one day, preferably on the day that won’t exhaust your legs or after it is all said and done. That way you spend a little more for a day but you get to see everything you want! Then spend some time in Disney Springs enjoying the shops and Disney flair that can be seen everywhere – then enjoy a nice meal!

So there are just a few ways to navigate the parks during runcations, hopefully you found it useful! And of course…


42 Days until Disneyland Half Marathon

104 Days until Wine & Dine 10K – For Charity

167 Days until Goofy Challenge begins

216 Days until the Fairy Tale Challenge begins – For Charity

What RunDisney trips do you have planned?


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I'm a native Atlantan, run loving foodie who got a little sideways in her nutrition and is learning how to train and fuel in a healthy way to continue to live life to the fullest. God created me beautifully and I desire to honor Him by being the best version of me. I want that for YOU also!

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