Sep 14

First Look at the runDisney Disney Cruise Line Castaway Cay 5K Challenge Race Medal

runDisney Castaway Cay 5k Challenge Medal

The inaugural runDisney Castaway Cay Challenge takes place in January 2015. Runners who are participating in a 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend event will add on a four-night cruise aboard the Disney Dream and run the Castaway Cay 5K to earn this inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge finisher medal.

Runners participating in the 2015 Princess Half Marathon Weekend will also have an opportunity to earn this race medal. For more information and to register for the Disney Princess Weekend Castaway Cay Challenge, visit runDisney.com.

Jul 14

runDisney Adds Castaway Cay Challenge to the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

runDisney Adds Castaway Cay Challenge to the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

Looks like the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge may be added to all of the 2015 runDisney Race Weekends.

Registration for the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend opens tomorrow and a quick look at the runDisney website shows that runners will have the chance to add two more medals (Castaway Cay 5K Medal and Challenge Medal) to their cache if they complete the Castaway Cay 5K on Disney’s Castaway Cay during the February 19 – 22 sailing on the Disney DREAM immediately following the Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

Runners are instructed to go to Disneycruise.com to book their February 23rd, 2015 cruise aboard the Disney Dream, then register for the Castaway Cay Challenge on Active.com using the promotional code RUN at the time of booking and enter their Cruise reservation number when registering for the race.

Good luck to all the runners trying to register tomorrow. See you on the course!

Mar 14

More Evidence of a 2015 runDisney Marathon Weekend Disney Dream Cruise

runDisney 2015 disney cruise

Last month I wrote about the possibility of a Post Race Cruise After the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

Today my friend Mary Jo booked a Disney Cruise and brought some info to my attention that further confirms this theory.

For those of you not familiar with the Disney DREAM schedule, let me lay it out for you. For most of 2014 the Disney DREAM departs from Port Canaveral on three and four night cruises. The three night cruises leave on Thursday and return on Sunday at which time the four night cruises leave and return on Thursday and so the seven day cycle continues. This is how the schedule was set up every time I sailed the DREAM in 2013.

If you go to the Disney Cruise Line website and search 4-night cruises on the DREAM for January 2015 you will see that the schedule has been changed. Three nights depart on Friday and return on Monday and four nights depart on Monday and return on Friday. If we look backwards on the DCL booking website we see that there’s a change of schedule in October 2014.  Thursday October 2nd, the DREAM leaves port as usual on her 3-night itinerary but then skips her Sunday night departure on October 5th pushing back her departure one day and setting sail on her 4-night cruise on Monday, October 6th.

If you look at the schedule for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend you will see that the last race of the weekend, the Walt Disney World Marathon, is held on Sunday, January 11th. Runners have until around 2PM’ish to finish their race. The Disney DREAM pulls out of port around 5PM and cruisers must be onboard before then. It takes about an hour and a half to drive from Walt Disney World to Port Canaveral. This would be hardly enough time for runners in later start corrals to make embarkation onto the ship on Sunday. Because of the schedule change…the DREAM is magically leaving on Monday January 12th instead of her Sunday departures in the past.

Do you think this is a strong indicator of a runDisney Post Marathon Cruise Happeneing or just Wishful Thinking?

Feb 14

runDisney May Be Hosting a Post Race Cruise After the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Disney Castaway Cay 5K Bib

Apparently runDisney is entertaining the idea of hosting a post-race Disney Cruise out of Port Canaveral following the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. At least we now know the reasoning behind moving the Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend from January to May in 2015.

Can you imagine how large the Castaway Cay 5k group would be for this cruise?!

I just completed my 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend survey and this was one of the questions asked:

We are considering hosting a special post-race cruise aboard Disney Cruise Line® for runners and their families next year. Guests can rest, relax, and recover while enjoying stops in Bahamian or Caribbean ports of call, including Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. Special post-marathon programs and events will be included onboard.

If this cruise was offered, how interested would you be in sailing?

  • Definitely would be interested
  • Probably would be interested
  • May or may not be interested
  • Probably would not be interested
  • Definitely would not be interested

The follow up question asked why I would like to take a post-race Disney Cruise… “Duh! Run ALL the miles and then eat ALL the cruise food!”  And then the final question was…”Which cruise would I like to take…a 7 Night Caribbean or a 4 Night Bahamas?”

If you were asked about a post-race Disney Cruise what would your answer have been?

Dec 13

Reimagined Disney Magic Cruise Ship Coming to Port Canaveral in 2015

Disney Magic Cruise Ship

With all four Disney Cruise Line ships sailing from Florida ports in the early part of 2015, Disney’s private island Castaway Cay takes center stage. Every cruise departing from January to April includes a stop at Castaway Cay, a lush tropical island reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.

Bookings are now open to the public. Highlights from the Disney Cruise Line 2015 schedule include:

Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral — In 2015, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral to the Caribbean and Bahamas on a variety of itineraries.

  • Three-night Bahamas sailings on the Disney Dream to Nassau and Castaway Cay (Jan. to April).
  • Four-night Bahamas sailings on the Disney Dream to Nassau and Castaway Cay, including a day at sea to enjoy the one-of-a-kind Disney Cruise Line shipboard experience (Jan. to April).
  • Seven-night Western Caribbean, including Key West aboard the Disney Magic, including Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay (Jan. to April).

Caribbean and Bahamas from Miami — In 2015, the Disney Wonder will sail from Miami on four-night Bahamian and five-night Western Caribbean cruises.

  • Four-night Bahamas (Jan. to April).
  • Five-night Caribbean, including Grand Cayman (Jan. to April).
  • Five-night Caribbean, including Cozumel (Jan. to April).