runDisney, Can We Talk?

<sigh>. I don’t know why you make me do this, runDisney. Why do you always make me come on here and get you together!? This isn’t the first time we have had a conversation about your behavior. But we worked through it and moved on. But this, this I can’t deal with.

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Just last year, I talked with everyone about how the Disneyland Half Marathon was my favorite runDisney race. The theming, the time of year, the colors, the atmosphere, everything. But now, after what you said to me yesterday…I am afraid this may be goodbye.

It is absolutely no secret that I enjoy runDisney races. In fact, I love them. They are fun, exciting, and something engaging for the entire family. It’s a race series that caters to all skill levels, so no one needs to feel intimidated. runDisney celebrates healthy living and adds a special twist of magic. When you are here at Disneyland Resort or across the country at Walt Disney World, you feel immersed into the runDisney culture. I have met some of my best friends through runDisney. Walt Disney World Marathon was my FIRST marathon. So we have history. I’m not new to this. I get it.

BUT, when you have the NERVE to assault my email box with this offensive pricing structure for the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, and those prices are absolutely outrageous…it makes me wonder if Alice shared some of her “snacks” with you from her Mad Tea Party.

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I would like to discuss in particular the starting cost of the half marathon at $205. Clearly, you know this is crazy. Marathons around the country with larger fields in bigger cities don’t even have pricing that gets that high. And if they do, it’s double the distance (and honestly more swag too). That is literally almost $16 per mile. Also let me remind you, literally a third of Disneyland Park is under construction as you build Star Wars Land (which I also protest but I’ll save that). So, you raise prices…while you’re under construction…makes sense. $120 for a 10K is MAD. and $80 for a 5K is laughable. Let’s not forget to add the Active processing fees as well, so go ahead and add about 5-15 bucks on top of registration. And I am not even going to talk about the expo lines the first day of the race weekend. Child.

Listen, I do not CARE that you have characters (sometimes) readily available to snap a photo. I understand that cast members need to come in to assist with guest control and other necessary race day activities. I also know they need to make a living. Having BEEN a cast member…they aren’t making much (no shade)…which is another reason why this is upsetting. And of course, permits and insurance and blah blah yes I know. I need to know where the money is going, because THIS doesn’t add up?

 

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Why on Earth do you think it is appropriate to sell a half marathon at that starting price point? It’s crazy town. I run a LOT of races, I know when something sounds crazy and ladies and gentleman we have reached crazy. I mean, it says something when races like Avengers and Tinker Bell don’t sell out right away. No seriously, you can still register for Tink right now for $230. LOL. As if. If you are going to increase the fee, you better increase the value of what I as a runner receive…it actually seems to be going in the opposite direction. Pay more, get less. Not ok.

So, I won’t be registering for this race. And I am not going to feel bad about not doing so. Here is the thing. For me, this is outrageous. I have so many things I can do with $205 (plus Active fees). And if someone is really just dying to register, you can have my spot. To each their own, I won’t judge you for wanting to do the race, it really is awesome. I just won’t be giving the Mouse my coin to do so. So runDisney, we are breaking up. I have a blank space and I’m writing your name. This is too much for me to deal with. It is crazy. You don’t have to agree with me. This is how I feel about what’s going over there. Again, if you are down for the cause and feel like paying crazy fees for crowded races, do you that is your business. I know I’ll be preparing to go on vacation so more money for my adventure. I want to do runDisney races! I LOVE THEM! They are fun! But this is just a mess. I left nonsense in 2015.

Sorry runDisney, but until you get your life together you can’t sit with me. I understand the purpose of a business is to get to that money, but at what point do you focus on improving the races you have with the money you have? (WHICH IS ALL OF IT!) Do what you want to do grown people with jobs, but I can’t do it anymore. I’m tired. But have fun and enjoy the magic.

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84 Comments
  • RFC
    January 26, 2016

    I’m still completely in shock by this (clearly, I’ve been out of the runDisney scene for too long)

    I could run three 24 hour ultras for that cost. That’s like, at least 20 slices of pizza, 3 bags of potato chips, countless potato wedges and sour patch kids, and endless beautiful trails, AND kick ass medals/belt buckles. And no painful crowds 😉 Yet Disney doesn’t seem to be the only one with outrageous fees. It seems greedy hands have entered the world of road running, and tons of people seem to be falling for it, just for the “experience” or another medal. I don’t know, I think my inner hippie is showing, but imagine what we could do with just a $50 half marathon, and donating that other $153 to charities?

    I feel like a curmudgeon old lady saying “back in my day, a half marathon only cost $35!” maybe I should just go take my many cats and run more trails… 😛 😉 Thanks for the post Sharpie.

  • Diana
    January 26, 2016

    YES! Thank you for saying it, yet again. I love runDisney, but these prices are ridiculous. I don’t even want to think what they will raise the prices at WDW to! I love the atmosphere of Disney races, but lately the crowds and then having to get up so early to start. It’s just too much. Plus, I was in the Wine & Dine this year which was cut short, so I still have a bad taste in my mouth for it all. I am doing a few more runDisney’s this year (and getting my coast to coast), but I think I might have to be out after that… the prices are just too much to justify (plus I have to travel to them too!)

  • BananaBuzzbomb
    January 26, 2016

    I’ve looked at runDisney races for a LONG time but have not run one yet. Knowing I would not only have to spend money on the race but travel and lodging I just can’t bring myself to do it. And as time goes on it only gets farther and farther out of reach. Bummer.

  • Dani
    January 26, 2016

    Add $20 and you can run NYC!

  • Disney_Bride
    January 26, 2016

    I have a feeling the true cost lies in the road closures which you did not mention. runDisney doesn’t publish their budget, but take a look at the operating costs for another comparably-sized race in that area held by a non-profit group or a local running club. (They have to publish their expenses). Hiring law enforcement to police the roads is big $$$$$. In my small Florida town, it costs over $200,000 to put on the annual Turkey Trot with about 5000 runners, and that entire course runs through a suburban neighborhood. I can only imagine what it would be at DL. We have yet to do DL, and still really want to – but at this rate, we might have to take a bus there, and sleep in a tent. It won’t be happening for us this year – and I have no doubt it will be even more expensive in 2017. (sigh)

    • Penny
      January 26, 2016

      In 2013 is was about $140-150 for DL half, road closure cost, wages etc haven’t gone up almost 40%.

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      I don’t disagree that those are factors. But at what point do you call a spade a spade? We have seen these costs increase sometimes race to race in the same year. Are the insurance and permits a problem? Certainly. 100%. No argument. I would like to see us as runners get the value of $205 rather than the same experience as when we paid $155.

    • LD
      January 26, 2016

      I can only speak for the races on WDW property – and Disney OWNS those roads with the exception of one – and that one is owned by the county. So I don’t buy that road closures are contributing to the cost of race price increases. Living in Florida, I’ve run my fare share of runDisney races with the Marathon being my first ever marathon, but the prices are a little outrageous. Too many people, too narrow of a course in some areas, and the expo is not as good as it once was. I just signed up for a local 10K for March for a grand total of $35 – the medal is just as nice, and the engraved wine glass is really nice. So… yeah, I’m with ya, I’m about done with runDisney races.

    • julie
      January 26, 2016

      A local race management company told me in Seminole county it costs $5000 to run a 5k (no medals). That is about an hour with people,plus time for security road closures prior….

  • Leana
    January 26, 2016

    Oh wow…the prices are getting ridiculous! I wonder how expensive Goofy and Dopey will be next year? It is especially difficult for those of us that are from outside the US. Our Canadian dollar isn’t doing so great against the US dollar, so that half marathon is $290 to us.

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      YIKES!!!!!!!!! Man! That is really unfortunate. Makes me sad 🙁

  • Laura
    January 26, 2016

    Thanks for writing this! I have always wanted to do a Disney race, being as how I love Disneyland. And I have several friends who go to many of these races each year and yes, I get jealous lol. But I could just never justify the costs in my head. We live in Northern California, so there’s also hotel, travel, not to mention if I’m driving all the way to Disneyland that means I have to go to the parks too! It is crazy. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so.

  • Toni
    January 26, 2016

    Great post Sharpie! This pricing is utterly outrageous and as much as I want to run Disney I would not pay these appalling prices.

  • Ange Cowgirl Runs
    January 26, 2016

    That’s absolute insanity.
    I ran Dopey and if I were to pay for those races individually, it was darn near equal the same cost. Totally ridiculous.
    I decided I wanted to run Avengers this year to get my Coast to Coast medal, but oof. Looks like I’ll be paying a TON for that medal. Ugh.

  • Dennis Lebman
    January 26, 2016

    And yet it will sell out in under an hour. I’ve done 5 in a row, and now Star Wars the last 2 years. After 2 AP increases in the last year, we’re done, didn’t renew. Not doing this race in Sept either. I’ll continue to do Star Wars to keep legacy status alive…for now.

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      I didn’t renew my annual pass either this year. My list of reasons to move on to other things just keeps growing. if folks want to run, by all means have at it. I can’t.

  • Mark
    January 26, 2016

    They charge that price because they can. When people stop participating because of the high cost then maybe the price will go back down.

    • Jess
      January 27, 2016

      And the people will continue to do so… I heard Dumbo Dare sold out in Annual Passholder registration in 4 minutes. It’s probably going to go fast next week in General Registration if that’s the case

  • FrankTheFatRunner
    January 26, 2016

    Totally agree with this. Just when you think they have pushed too far… The bad news is that as long as these races keep filling up in a matter of hours, Disney has a reason to keep increasing the prices. It’s the same with park tickets: How is it possible that they charge 100 bucks?! Simple. The parks keep operating at full capacity, even at that price. Can something be done?

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      That is the question of the hour my friend.

    • Elaine
      January 26, 2016

      Agree! When I ran my first Disney race in 2009 they included free park admission for runners. The next year I ran and that was no longer. Prices rise with every race. It’s unbelievable. The Dark Side will be my final Disney since it appears that’s where they have gone!!

  • Boyd
    January 26, 2016

    I am behind you on this. I have made the same decision that these are getting too expensive. I just finished Star Wars at DLR. Between race fees, hotel, travel etc. I spent almost 3500.00. I loved Disney. I love these races. I make a lot of money. (Not bragging) This is now rediculous.

  • Coco
    January 26, 2016

    But it will sell out in minutes, right? The law of supply and demand? The 5K price isn’t that out of line with a number I’ve seen … and not registered for. (Great post)

  • Nicole Glass
    January 26, 2016

    I completely agree. The “magic” needs to match the cost. Sure, if it was THAT magical, I would pay the big bucks, but unfortunately it has not been that way for me. Hell, it’s the same deal with park pricing, which you touched on – they are raising the cost of park tickets while closing off 1/3 of the park. I’m sorry, you have the money to fund Star Wars Land (or whatever), raise prices when it opens, not while you do construction.
    I’m seriously considering running Avengers, but with those numbers…who knows. It’s a hard sell for me because those numbers don’t include tickets, travel costs, lodging, etc. I love your thoughts and would LOVE to see runDisney respond to them 🙂

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      I didn’t renew my annual pass this year for many of these reasons. Ticket prices increased as a way to fund that huge project…but many of the attractions and shows are closed? Hmmm, can’t justify that haha. Sad really. It all just makes me sad.

      • Jess
        January 27, 2016

        When I look at Universal Studios, they planned their price increase obviously close to Harry Potter’s opening this year. Granted, who wants to go to Universal in LA (/sideeye…. Me) but they did their price hike right.

  • Laurie
    January 26, 2016

    This post is just so on point. It makes it more disheartening when you go to SeaWheeze and see how much more you get for literally less than half the price. The swag you get alone is fabulous and that’s before you even run the race. Merchandise is better and the atmosphere is amazing. RunDisney is literally breaking my heart.

  • Cynthia from You Signed Up For WHAT?!
    January 26, 2016

    I really want to do another Disney race, but financially it’s not an option. I’m more likely to go to Orlando though due to travel cost and distance from the East Coast. I loved the Glass Slipper Challenge and vowed to do another Disney challenge, but sheesh!

  • Kat
    January 26, 2016

    And let’s not forget another $100 to actually visit the parks after you run. Blasphemy!

  • Haley
    January 26, 2016

    For reals. It’s out of control. $80 for a 5k???? Really? That’s. Redonk. I just ran the full at Disney marathon weekend and I’m done. No more for me. its not worth it. Even park fees are out of control.

  • Frank r sulzer
    January 26, 2016

    I was going to do the dopey challenge. Im glad i didnt waste my money im a volunteer firefighter that runs in full firegear, and airpack. I run in memory of all the fallen firefighters, police officers, ems and military personnel killed in the line of duty. And also 22 too many from military ptsd suicide. I got work from a good friend of mine that runs it every year in full firegear, and airpack. They refused to let her run in her firegear. Then i also belong to Team Rwb and a member of the group runs there races carrying the American Flag was refused too. Whats wrong with Walt Disney World. I will never do one of there runs plus there prices are way to high.

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      I think it’s wonderful that you do what you do to support first responders and all they do for us. Thank you for that. I can certainly understand your perspective and point of view and respect it.

    • julie
      January 26, 2016

      I have a friend that runs in full fire gear to raise awareness for cancer in fire fighters… Thank you for what you do.

  • Dr J
    January 26, 2016

    You do know the race was $195 or $199 last year, right? A $6-10 increase is not that out of the ordinary for a half marathon….and Disneyland stayed level for a couple years in order to avoid crossing that $200 mark.

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      Yes, I do know the price was $199 last year…I wasn’t happy about that either but made the decision to go forward and enjoy anyway especially with it being the anniversary year. I personally can’t justify $200 for a half marathon.

  • diane
    January 26, 2016

    You took the words right out of my mouth. I became disillusioned with runDisney once I heard about the questionaire that they sent out asking for opinions, and one of the questions was ‘would you pay extra to start in a higher corral’. Between that and the insane prices, crowds, etc. I decided to be done with them this year. And, like you, don’t get me started on Star Wars land and the increase of APs. Disney just seems to be grubbing for more money, which is ridiculous. (btw…long-time reader, first-time poster, kind of local to you, in Riverside.)

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      I saw that question about paying for preferred corral placement and spit out my coffee. Thanks for stopping by to post! And I am ALWAYS in Riverside, I am sure I’ll run into you 🙂

  • Shandree
    January 26, 2016

    Absolutely on point! I don’t think Avengers ever sold out before they closed registration. The half marathons have become the least favored races and I am sure it is the price. I thought rD had finally hit a price point where people said, nope! The evidence was the fact that the half marathons just weren’t selling out. I felt confident that they would leave the price point where it was for a while. I have had to get honest with myself about the total cost of running Disney. Besides the registration fees but also the hotel stay and food. Running is my thing and it isn’t fair to my family to bust our vacation budget on these race weekends several times a year. I am not totally bowing out but I need to be more picky. This will sound petty but I signed up for the Tinkerbell Half in part because it was an anniversary year and I anticipated a special updated metal. I was slightly disappointed that they didn’t even design a new medal for the event. I love that medal and the course but I kinda feel they cheaped out on that. I am skipping this Disneyland half weekend and I also don’t feel bad about it.

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      Adding gold and white and green paint to a 5 year old medal does not anniversary bling make. I agree with you 100%

    • Alex
      January 26, 2016

      Don’t even get me started on the crap medals. If you’re going to charge that much for a race, at least somewhat increase the quality. Does anyone still have all of the colored “jewels” on their Avengers Half medal? What a piece of you-know-what! Disney’s main goal is to keep increasing prices, while simultaneously decreasing value. And they laugh all the way to the bank because people will keep buying no matter what. Disney parks and races are for the wealthy, and they are completely fine with that.

      • Sharp Endurance
        January 26, 2016

        I didn’t know the Infinity Gauntlet gemstones were falling off. That’s kind of a bummer as a HUGE Marvel fan lol.

  • Erin
    January 26, 2016

    I did a hundred miler for $200. It was a charity run and tons of money was raised/donated to pediatric cancer research, there was a 24 hour aid station stocked with EVERYTHING you can think of, constant entertainment, free high res photo downloads, etc.

    I did the inaugural Dopey and the DDD that year for my C2C, but I am absolutely done with Disney races for a long while until something comes out that I a) can’t resist or b) the prices go down.

    I just can’t stomach the thought of paying more $$ for 13.1 than for 100 miles.

  • Wendy La
    January 26, 2016

    Supply/Demand, gang. Sorry.

  • pam w
    January 26, 2016

    I just ran a small local half marathon that was $35. I got a cute t-shirt, a sticker for my laptop, free beer and a huge-ass medal. Granted it was an inaugural race so there were some minor glitches, but the course was beautiful, the host hotel was a 3 block walk from the start and the support on the course (water, Cliffshots, Gatoraide) were plenty and the volunteers were great.

    For $205, I can run 5+ half marathons instead of one. I’ll have more fun, feel less like cattle than a runner and get an extra 3 hours of sleep the night before.

    I’ve done a lot of runDisney races. They used to be $125 or so, but over $205 is absurd. I guess I won’t be doing any more.

  • Cortney
    January 26, 2016

    Yup. 1,000% agree. I’ve decided to retire from Disney races, for now. I’m already registered for Tink so I’ll attend. However, from June forward, I’ll focus on registering for some of my bucket list halves, fulls, 50Ks and trail races. Running Disney is just not quite as fun as it use to be and the perks are no longer matching up with the price.

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      You totally understand my struggle. I agree with you so much on that. Not as fun as it used to be…which breaks my heart.

  • Caryn
    January 26, 2016

    Well put… When I did my first half it was Tink 2013 and was $80. I have to confess I did sign up today for DDD as I figure prices will only get worse and this is the only DL race I have not experienced, and as a slower runner I’m more comfortable at Disney. That said, likely I will manage oy one going forward every year with maybe a WDW trip every 2-3 years. I just completed the full there as my first and would love a second chance to enjoy it more but not sure that will be in the cards.

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      One thing I do love about Disney is it is very inclusive. There is something for all levels of runner, which is so important. Congratulations on your first marathon! There is nothing like your first. Go back and conquer it again…when it is right for the wallet of course. 🙂

  • Meranda at Fairytalesandfitness
    January 26, 2016

    This is so well said! I agree with you but I will still do Disney races so essentially I am part of the problem,..lol sorry. But really, Disney knows that people will pay the money so they can justify continuing to raise it. There will always be someone out there that is running Disney for the first time.

    The same can be said for the merchandise. I paid $84 for a Champion marathon jacket that is nice but could have been bought at Target for probably $29.99 or less had it not had the run Disney logo on it. It’s quite an Empire that run disney has built isn’t it?

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 26, 2016

      Man…the merchandise is insane. The line for it is crazy. The Force is strong with them for sure.

  • Ken Alegre
    January 26, 2016

    Linz, your spot on with the increasing prices of runDisney races. I love running the runDisney races, and love meeting all the awesome people at these runDisney events. It’s becoming more difficult to justify the cost to do one race, or even to do a challenge. I’m seriously thinking of skipping the 2017 runDisney race season so that I can save up for Dopey in 2018. I had dreams of getting a Coast to Coast medal, but I would rather do bucket list races that would cost me less. Marine Corps Marathon was not even $200. If you ever do the MCM, let me know. You won’t break the bank on that race 🙂 #kenthumbsup

  • Matt
    January 26, 2016

    As Mr. Gold from Once Upon A Time would say “all magic comes with a price, deary”.

  • amy
    January 26, 2016

    For a few more bucks you can come run the NYC marathon.

  • Angie
    January 26, 2016

    The fact that I am STILL paying off the Dumbo Double Dare Inaugural weekend from 2014 should tell you something. For everyone wanting to bellyache that this is about the road closures, etc. – B flipping S. I work hand-in-hand with not one, not two, but four different race directors in and around the Philadelphia and even Canadian areas. I can tell you that the costing for those permits have not jumped 40%. It’s one word and one word only – GREED. They are using this race as a means to get people to the “under construction” parks to bank on those dollars coming in for when people aren’t going to almighty DL since most rides and attractions of interest will be out of service. That is merely why Disney started to do these races in the first place — to bolster attendance during non-peak times to bring bodies to the parks. We aren’t stupid runDisney. Star Wars in April will be my last race in the house of the mouse until they can stop smoking the wacky tabacky and get their shizz in order. It’s bad enough there are no more discounted tickets to the parks. I have to take out a second mortgage just to go when I could easily fly to London for 7 days on the same tab and get more for my money.

  • Ty
    January 26, 2016

    Yes, the Mad Hatter has more than tea in his teacup.

  • Professor Tango
    January 26, 2016

    Yes, RunDisney is a premium event costing premium prices. They have a huge demand and a limited supply, so they are raising their prices. I’m sorry that you do not find the race to be worth it, but I know people who wouldn’t even pay $10 for any race. To them, $10 is too much to run. If it isn’t worth the cost, that’s fine and you’re free to not attend. For thousands of others, the price is still worth it and they will continue to attend. There’s no need to get angry over not finding value in something.

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 27, 2016

      And you are free to continue to attend, just like I am free to not register.

  • Steph
    January 26, 2016

    I said this exact same thing after Mickey XX – that was my last runDisney event. I ran my first marathon at Disney in 2007, and completed Goofy from 2008 through Mickey XX, in addition to the last Race for the Taste 10k, an Expedition Everest, the inaugural Tower of Terror 10-miler, the first 3 Wine & Dine Half Marathons, the inaugural Tink, and at least 3 Disneyland Half Marathons (one of which was the first ever Coast to Coast Challenge).

    But with the ever increasing costs & crowds, and the continually decreasing perks – I had to call it quits… especially since it was all x2 with both my hubby & myself running.

    Disney still gets my hard-earned dollar in other ways though (DVC, park visits, and DCL – though the DCL is decreasing as they follow the path of runDisney). I just can’t give up the mouse completely – but feel I have to go where I get the most bang for my buck.

  • D.E.
    January 27, 2016

    These prices are absolutely ridiculous…Stupid as a matter a fact…You’ve lost me!!

  • scot newport
    January 27, 2016

    I fully understand everything written in this article. It does seem outrageous, however, this is a free market economy. They charge it because we will pay the price. Disney still sells out their races and often times in a half a day. Until enough people vote with their wallets they will push the price point.

    This is nothing different than prices for tickets to sporting events, concerts, etc. Companies, entertainers, musicians, sports team owners etc. will charge what they believe the market will bear until enough people don’t just complain, but vote with the most powerful weapon in a capitalist society, the dollar.

    I think the prices are high but I still pay and approximately 20,000 people did so this year for WDW’s marathon weekend.

    SO if you really want to affect change, stop going until then Disney has the upper hand.

  • Susan Farrar
    January 27, 2016

    Completely agree! My family (3 of us) are making the WDW Dark Side our last runDisney race. We are local & annual passholders, so don’t have to pay the extra cost of transportation, lodging, & park tickets, but when I realized we shelled out right at $1000 for the 3 of us to run the challenge….yep, you lost my business! It’s hard to imagine the final total for those having to pay all the extra expenses!!! My dream was the Coast to Coast this year (sigh) but I have decided to alter course. If I’m going to spend that kind of money I’d rather save the funds so we can do “once in a lifetime” races, like “The Great Wall” ( in China) vs the same old races we do every year in WDW! YES DISNEY IS MAGIC, but figure I’ll just go to the Parks next Thursday & save my money to run somewhere else😊

  • courtney eat pray run dc
    January 27, 2016

    It’s not just Disney…when I ran the Nike DC Women’s Half in 2013, it was $160…of course, I chose to pay, but that was DEFINITELY a one and done for me, because I’m not willing to pay those kinds of prices for races. Disney has been a bucket list item for me for awhile but there is simply no way I can justify the cost. Someone commented on here that they are still paying off a Disney race from 2014?? That is insanity. However, it’s simple economics. Supply and demand. The demand is high. That honestly probably won’t change as long as folks are willing to go INTO DEBT to run a Disney race. Great post and I am in complete agreement!

    • ML
      January 27, 2016

      Many of you wrote very similar comments about economics, and I agree that as long as people pay it Disney will continue it’s prices. Disney just because you can does not mean you should! My feeling is that the value needs to be proportionate to the price. If something is really worth it then I will gladly pay it.
      I get that Disney is a for-profit company, but what about customer satisfaction, what is the value takeaway from something with such high price tags?

  • Danielle
    January 27, 2016

    I decided not to sign up for anymore RunDisney races after last year’s Wine and Dine. Paid $200 for that race, which was postponed due to “increment weather” which was really just heat lightening and then shortened to a 7 mile course. Disney said it was so we could “get to the finish line party faster.” I was devastated.

  • Tim Janes
    January 27, 2016

    It’s just sad that Disney is turning the screws on all their loyal fans. They are doing the same thing with their admission rates and annual passes. Walt Disney created Disneyland fas a place for families to enjoy time together but Disney of today has just turned so greedy. It is very sad to see what they are doing. They really are making the park and their races for the rich only. The problem is that until they see a substantial downturn in business they will continue to raise prices.

  • Robin
    January 27, 2016

    Save yourself the $80 fee for their 5km run, and run the FREE parkrun everyweek at Clermont Waterfront:
    http://www.parkrun.us/clermontwaterfront/

  • Kari H
    January 27, 2016

    Great post! Disney, in general, is pricing everything, from races and park admission to the baked potato, churro and turkey legs (which have jumped a few bucks over the last 2 years) in a way that prohibits participation for middle and lower income families. I have yet to run and Disney races, as the cost has been to high, though I’d give my right arm to participate in any of them! (Arms grow back, right?!? Lol)

  • Stephanie Harris
    January 27, 2016

    I couldn’t have said it any better!!! My heart is broken. I didn’t start running until 2013 and the Inaugural Tink 1/2 was my first race. Once I saw that medal, I knew I wanted it. I actually printed it and hung it in front of my treadmill as motivation. I ran my first race on my own. It was pretty emotional and crossing that finish line was even more emotional for me. I literally broke down crying. I couldn’t believe I did it. I’ve done several other Disney races over these last five years. As the prices continue to go up, I’ve backed off the races. Disney races are my all time favorite. The magic, support, route, crowds are amazing. But come on, these prices are out of control.
    Another complaint I have is the merchandise. Omg. For those of us traveling and don’t make it the first day, so many items are sold out. When will they learn? How about have merchandise set to go out each day. Disney, you know it’s going to sell!!! So sad, I miss out. Then find it on eBay for triple the cost.
    I can’t tell you how disappointed I am in seeing the 5th anniversary medal for Tink. Wth!!! This is my fifth year with that race. I expected an incredible anniversary medal. Something to really awe about! Nope, like you said a little colored paint doesn’t cut it. It breaks my heart that I’ll probably have to give up Tink. I was extremely unhappy that they moved that race to Mothers Day. How completely inconsiderate!! There’s not even a special treat or gift mentioning Mothers Day, yet you want me to pay an arm and a leg and give up my Mothers Day for an overcrowded overpriced race? Wow!
    I loved my fifth anniversary medal for the Wine & Dine, my second favorite Disney race. But the prices going up, the expo decreasing in quality, and the additional travel costs to Florida have stopped me from attending that race.
    Growing up in California and living at Disneyland my whole life has made me so sad that it’s so unaffordable now. I believe Walt would be so disappointed too.

    • Stephanie Harris
      January 27, 2016

      Oops. Should say 2012 was my first race.

  • Lesley
    January 27, 2016

    I’m doing the Tink 10k, and after that, I’m done with rD. I haven’t done any races at Disneyland, and wanted the experience. At least the 10k spends more time in the parks than the half marathons do. The half medal didn’t even change for Tink’s anniversary. And I have noticed fewer character stops at WDW during races. Less bang for more bucks.

    After Tink, I’ll probably stay local. We have a race series in Ft. Worth in a month and the ultra marathon is priced at $140, and that’s the highest pricing window before the expo price.

  • Linda J
    January 28, 2016

    Agree 100%. My husband had said a couple years ago that he was done because he doesn’t like getting ripped off. I continued to go (without him) and it’s not as fun. The crowds, the prices, the medals are ok, but here’s a thought, have the imagineers design a new medal every year (believe it or not some races do a new medal EVERY year!). And don’t even mention the merchandise cost for SCREENPRINTED garbage that eventually comes off in the wash. The expo is the same every year, although not as much trick or treating as in years past…….and the cost for the vendors……HIGHWAY ROBBERY. Where does that money go? Right in their pocket! It’s crazy. I’m out for DDD as well, runDisney has just lost its luster.

  • Gabby
    January 31, 2016

    In 2012, I ran the 5K. The price also included a twilight ticket to Disneyland during the runDisney weekend. The prices are going up and the swag is less.

  • Donna Snyder
    April 21, 2016

    So disappointed that there was no notice that discounted theme park tickets were not available any longer. Signed up thinking the price was high, but the discount on theme park tickets made it worth it. Wish I could get a refund! Sneaky, sneaky!

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