Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests to their new exploration headquarters, Adventurers Outpost, on Discovery Island. The all-new indoor retreat is the perfect spot for guests to meet the globetrotting duo as they get ready to set off on their next adventure.
A new daytime parade, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom in spring 2014. The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring the magical stories of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a new parade theme song.
“change is the only constant”
20 years of practice and Disney is still tweaking to make every mile magic. A quick conference call with Feron Kelley (Director of Marketing and Communications for Disney Sports) and we have the following list of changes for the upcoming 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend.
- Runner feedback confirmed that the half and full marathon course had it’s tight spots. You know…the ones where you’re forced to walk instead of run cause there are too many runners all around you. That stretch right after you leave Magic Kingdom and before you get to the Walt Disney World Speedway comes to mind. Well, in order to alleviate some of that congestion, race capacity is going to be reduced by 2,000 entries. The majority of that reduction being applied to the half marathon. Feron said that this was a painful decision, but one that had to be made in order to make the weekend the best experience possible.
- Reinforcing point #1, more corrals are being added to the starting line. I asked Feron how they were going to compensate for more start corrals and he said that the half and full marathons will have slightly earlier start times and consequently a later end time. This will not increase the 16-minute-mile pace requirement, but will give runners more breathing room on the course.
- Proof of time will no longer be accepted at Runner Relations at the Expo. In fact, proof of time must be submitted by November 1st, 2013. If no proof of time is submitted you WILL be placed in the last corral. Concern was expressed that some 2013 Wine & Dine Half Marathon participants might want to use their November 9th time for corral placement, so let’s hope runDisney takes this into consideration.
- Ladies…we will receive ladies fit tech tees!
- The new 10K medal will feature Minnie Mouse.
- The 5K Family Fun Run medal design has not been decided yet. runDisney works closely with Disney Pictures on the new design each year. Hmmm…what’s coming out this year? “Monsters University” is. Wonder if we will see Mike and Sulley on the finisher’s medallion?
- The full marathon medal will be new. Kelley didn’t know if the design will be based on the 20th Anniversary Medal from 2013 or an update to the 19th year medal.
- The course for the 2014 half and full marathons will remain the same as 2013.
Registration for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend opens tomorrow! Who is registering and for which race?
Calling all “Hardware Hoarders”! runDisney is giving runners a chance to earn an unprecedented SIX medals in four days during the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!
After celebrating its 20th anniversary earlier this year, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna is getting even bigger next year and is offering runners another challenge that will be, well, Dopey.
The 2014 Disney Marathon Weekend, January 8-12, will expand to five days and will include a 10K, along with the Family Fun Run 5K, the Disney Half Marathon, the Disney Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge. That creates the opportunity for an unparalleled proposition in the running industry: The Dopey Challenge – running all four timed events in successive days (48.6 miles) for the chance to earn an unprecedented six medals.
After the Disney Family Fun Run 5K on Thursday, runDisney’s new Walt Disney World 10K, a 6.2-mile timed event, takes place Friday, at Epcot. Runners completing the race will receive a Minnie Mouse inspired medal.
As in past years, the Walt Disney World Half Marathon will be run on Saturday followed by the Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday. Runners who complete both – Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge – will receive a special Goofy-themed medal. Add on the 5K and the 10K and runners can earn four medals, one for each race completed, plus the Goofy and new Dopey Challenge medals, for a total haul of six medals.
In addition to those four races, the Disney Marathon Weekend will feature runDisney Kids Races and the Mickey Mile, which take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Special ticketed breakfasts with characters will be Thursday and Friday following the Family Fun Run 5K and 10K at Epcot. Pasta in the Park parties at Epcot will continue and runners can celebrate their accomplishments from the weekend at the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney on Sunday.
The expanded five-day race weekend begins on Wednesday with the start of Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo, giving runners extra time to pick up race packets, shop for the latest running apparel and technology, and meet experts such as runDisney official training consultant Jeff Galloway and runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus. The expo is free and open to the public.
Online registration for all Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events opens April 9, but runners can enter early by signing up for the Runner’s World Challenge starting April 2. This limited opportunity allows runners to register for the Half Marathon, Marathon, Goofy Challenge or Dopey Challenge, receive customized training plans from Runner’s World magazine editors and enjoy VIP experiences throughout weekend.
Schedule of Events
Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo
Jan. 8 – 11
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Disney’s Family Fun Run 5K
Jan. 9, 6:30 am
runDisney Kids Races and Mickey Mile
Jan. 9, 10 & 11
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Pasta in the Park Parties
Jan. 9, 10 & 11
runDisney Family Reunion Breakfast
Jan. 9 & 10
Walt Disney World 10K
Jan. 10, 5:30 am
Walt Disney World Half Marathon
Jan. 11, 5:30 am
Walt Disney World Marathon
Jan. 12, 5:30 am
Cool Down Party
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