Stepping into Walt Disney World® Resort always gets a fan’s heart racing, but there is a one-of-a-kind way to bring that excitement into a real race: with runDisney, Disney’s own destination racing series! And with the Disney® Visa® Credit Card as your running buddy, you can create unforgettable vacations around the races. As you look ahead to upcoming runDisney events, like the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® or the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend presented by OtterBox, here are some ways Cardmembers can plan to get the most out of their weekend, from shopping to dining to rewarding yourself after crossing the finish line.1
Save When Booking Your Stay
Book your Walt Disney World® Resort vacation package with your Disney Visa Credit Card and save with special vacation financing.2 Staying at a Disney Resort Hotel will put you in close proximity to the starting line. You’ll roll into the adventure with ease and save your legs for the race!
- Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon starts in the Magic Kingdom® Park parking lot, so nearby Resorts include Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
- The Disney Princess Half Marathon starting line is at Epcot Center Drive, where nearby Resorts include Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
Stock Up on Race Day Gear
Training for your race is key, but so is making sure you look and feel like a champion! Here are some of the best ways to gear up:
- Dress with plenty of “Character” by running in a costume that matches the race’s theme. Check out Disney store and shopDisney.com for the best selections of Disney Character apparel.
- Deck out your entire team, whether they’re fellow runners or family cheering you on, with matching t-shirts for maximum spirit.
- Check out the selection of athletic wear to take your performance to its top potential.
When you check out at Disney store or on shopDisney.com, remember to use your Disney Visa Credit Card to save 10% off select merchandise purchases, and if you’re as competitive with your costumes as you are with your racing, see how many Disney Rewards Dollars you can redeem toward the coolest apparel you can find.34
Warm Up, Cool Down… and Chow Down!
Fill your tank and fuel up with hearty meals before and after the race; whether you’re in the Parks or at one of the Resort Hotels, you’re surrounded with delicious opportunities. Cardmembers, keep our Disney Rewards Dining Guide handy for quick reference on the dining locations where you can save 10% off dining most days.5
If you’re looking to carbo-load, we recommend the gnocchi at The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the hearty potatoes at Trail’s End Restaurant at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, and the delicious pasta dishes at ESPN Sports Club at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn.
Build Your Perfect Disney Playlist
Earbuds in! There’s no better motivation than some classic Disney tunes when you’re training for a runDisney race. Some thought starters to rev up your musical engine: “Go the Distance” from Hercules, “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, and “Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog.
You can also check out Walt Disney Records’ official runDisney playlist on Spotify for a soundtrack ready to help you train every step of the way.
An Awesome App-ortunity: The Play Disney Parks App allows you to access official playlists inspired by Disney attractions and characters when you’re inside Walt Disney World® Resort! Access these curated audio experiences to get you inspired as you arrive and prepare for the start of your runDisney race.
Plan Your Post-Race Parks Visit
Why plan on just one celebratory photo op? After you rest those sore legs, take your medal into the Parks to strike a pose in a Character Experience or two! Cardmembers, be sure to use your Disney Visa Credit Card for access to private Character Experiences in Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.6
Some all-new attractions have crossed the finish line at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, like the popular Toy Story Land, and, plenty more fun lies ahead with appearances from beloved Pixar characters, new shows and more.
Plus, while you’re planning ahead, why not plan on seeing as much as you can ahead of time? Use your My Disney Experience account to reserve FastPass+ tickets for attractions in advance so you can see as much as possible with the same speed you brought to the race.
Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
Why not treat yourself to a little R&R after your run? Since Cardmembers get 15% off select treatments at a Resort spa, like Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, a massage has never been more relaxing.7 Remember to tell your masseuse that you just did a run so they can offer guidance on the best treatment.
With all the possibilities for a runcation, we’re guessing this idea will be running through your mind for a while! So take the first steps by signing up for a Walt Disney World® Resort runDisney event, start your training and prep work, and—of course—have a ton of fun. Cardmembers, remember to redeem your Disney Rewards Dollars along the way for things like room upgrades, exclusive Parks merchandise, and more.4