Today, the Annual Pass Holders and Disney Vacation Club Members can register for the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend races! The rest of us can register on February 2nd starting at noon EDT/9am PDT. On Monday, runDisney sent out an email that caused quite a stir on social media. Maybe you received it.
The first part isn’t too controversial. We learn in advance that the theme of the medals are beloved duos. I’m guessing that Mickey & Pluto will be the theme of the 5K and Kids Races. Aladdin and the Genie will be the theme for the Disneyland 10K. Dumbo and Timothy will be the theme for the Dumbo Double Dare (shocker!).
This is where the controversy comes into play. Registration opens February 2nd. However, look at those prices. Yikes!
Consider the Rock n Roll Marathon Series alone. You could purchase a Tour Pass 3 pack for just a few more dollars than the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon alone. This pass would allow you to run any 3 half marathons in the Rock n Roll Series around the world for the price of just the one Disneyland Half Marathon. The Tour Pass Global in $479, but allows you to register in an unlimited amount of races throughout the year. That’s only about $120 more than the Dumbo Double Dare. So, several runners I know have taken to the web to voice their complaints. The increase in price does make you stop and think.
Last year’s Dumbo Double Dare cost $330. So, this year, the price has increased $20. That’s quite a jump for one year. $209 for one half marathon is also really pricey. As is $120 for a 10K and $80 for a 5K. All of this has me rethinking my plans for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.
I do appreciate that runDisney included these tips for registration. Over the years, runDisney has changed the way they do registrations. Currently, there is this virtual queue line that you’ll get placed in once you attempt to register. Waiting in the queue is stress inducing for us who know how fast the races can sell out. The Dumbo Double Dare, Disneyland 10K, Disneyland 5K, and Kids Races will sell out quickly. I’m pretty confident that they will be sold out by the end of the first day. The Dumbo Double Dare and Disneyland 10K could be sold out within an hour of the registration opening up. However, lately, the half marathons are having trouble selling out.
The 2015 Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon did not sell out. However, the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge, Captain America 10K and Avengers Super Heroes 5K and Kids Races all sold out in less than a few hours.
The 2016 Tinker Bell Half Marathon is not sold out as of now. However, the Pixie Dust Challenge, Tinker Bell 10K, Neverland 5K, and Kid Races, all sold out within a day.
Even the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon The Dark Side at Walt Disney World did not sell out until recently. The Dark Side Challenge, Star Wars 10K, Star Wars 5K and Kid Races sold out within a day, however.
With the slower sales for the runDisney Half Marathons, it makes you wonder if runDisney is pricing themselves out of the racer’s price range? There are many runDisney racers I know who are not going to be signing up for the Disneyland Half Marathon this year because of the prices. I’ve got to admit that the increase has me weighing my options. What is hard is that I know I need to know before next Tuesday what I plan on doing because I’m sure that everything but the Disneyland Half Marathon will sell out on that day. Before the 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, my plan for 2016 was to run in the Disneyland 5K (for the first time) and the Disneyland 10K, skipping the half. However, I had so much fun at the 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon that I had changed my mind and was ready to register for the Dumbo Double Dare again. Now, with this increase, I may be going back to the original plan. After all, I’d still run 2 races and save $150. The price for the 5K is $80 and the 10K is $120. That’s $200 together. The Dumbo Double Dare is $350. So, I’d save $150. Adding to that, I’m not perfect at the Dumbo Double Dare. In 2013, I had no idea that it would sell out so quickly and missed out. I ran both the Disneyland Half Marathon and Disneyland 10K that year to be unofficially Dumbo. But, that doesn’t count. So, of the challenges, this one is an easier one for me to take a year off from. Hmmmmm…… decisions, decisions, decisions.
What say you running community? Is $350 too much to pay for a half marathon + 10K? Is $209 too much to pay for a half marathon? Is $120 too much to pay for a 10K? Is $80 too much to pay for a 5K? I’d love to hear your thoughts.