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5 Reasons to Buy runDisney Bibs With a Travel Agent

The 2019 runDisney race season goes on sale in July and once again, Park and Preston Travel will have race bibs, discounted tickets, and hotel options for you. But why should you purchase through us? Here are five reasons to buy runDisney bibs with a travel agent.

 

So many runDisney runners avoid using a Travel Agent.

I get it; I was once one of you.

 

The 2018/2019 runDisney race season goes on sale in January and once again, Park and Preston Travel will have race bibs, discounted tickets, and hotel options for you. But why should you purchase through us? Here are five reasons to buy runDisney bibs with a travel agent.

 

But then I used a travel agent service for a bib once and learned a few things.

And then I became a travel agent who sells bibs and learned even MORE things.

And since I’m still a blogger, I’m passing these nuggets on to you.
And if you are totally new to runDisney, check out this post that covers pretty much every runDisney question you might have!

 


 

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Five Reasons to Buy Your Bibs From a runDisney Travel Agent

Here’s the official blurb from runDisney.com about travel providers:

Why book with a runDisney Travel provider?
There are many benefits to booking your runDisney trip with one of the Travel Providers participating in the runDisney Travel Provider Program:

      • Personalized guest service and communication from our Participating Travel providers.
      • Guaranteed and specially-priced Runner Packages, even if races sell out.
      • Specially-priced Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel rates.
      • Specially-priced Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Park Tickets.
      • Ability to pay for your Walt Disney World® Half Marathon Weekend vacation over time*.
      • Ease of mind – leave the travel planning to the experts so you can focus on your training!

*Every Travel Provider is different, so please be sure to contact them directly for specific payment options.

Yes, all that is true. And yes, at Park and Preston Travel, we can help with payment plans.

But here are a few more items that are not included in the official runDisney blurb.

The 2018/2019 runDisney race season goes on sale in January and once again, Park and Preston Travel will have race bibs, discounted tickets, and hotel options for you. But why should you purchase through us? Here are five reasons to buy runDisney bibs with a travel agent.

 

 

Our Services are Free When you Buy runDisney Bibs With a Travel Agent

Just sayin’.

You aren’t going to pay extra when you buy through a travel provider, and in some cases, we might be able to get you a better deal.

Seriously.

Park and Preston have discounted room rates and discounted park tickets.

We work for you; we don’t work for Disney.

That means that we want to make your trip special and your race magical.

We will stay on the phone to make the changes or send those emails to get clarifications, so you don’t have to.

 

runDisney Bib TRANSFERS, DEFERRALS, REFUNDS

The official runDisney policy states there are no transfers, no deferrals, no refunds. No, no, no.

Park and Preston says: yes, no, and maybe.

runDisney Transfers

We CAN help you transfer your bib to another runner. They will need to purchase a package, and there will be a small fee included with the transfer, but- hey- that’s better than losing out! As a travel provider contracted with runDisney, we are allowed that grace.

Buying straight through runDisney locks you into your purchase.

If an injury happens? Kiss that expensive Dopey bib buh-bye if you visited runDisney.com to get your bib.

runDisney Deferrals

We can’t defer your bib since runDisney deferrals are a dead deal now.

But see the transfer option above. You can still get your money back when you book with a TA who contracts for bibs.

runDisney Bib Refunds

I hesitate to share this, but hey, I’m transparent, and my boss is in Mexico.

We can consider individual circumstances for refunds.

There have been instances where someone bought a bib one day and got a positive pregnancy test the next. And we said Mazel Tov and refunded the bib price.

Look- we get it.

Life happens and in certain circumstances, we will do what we can to help you out.

We can’t refund everyone, and so the general rule is NO, we don’t do refunds. But we can promise to work with you as best we can.

 

The 2018/2019 runDisney race season goes on sale in January and once again, Park and Preston Travel will have race bibs, discounted tickets, and hotel options for you. But why should you purchase through us? Here are five reasons to buy runDisney bibs with a travel agent.

 

INSURANCE When you Buy runDisney Bibs With a Travel Agent

We sell travel insurance to protect your investment, and yes, that includes the cost of the bib.

You have every intention of running this race but something crazy in your life happened, and the doctor says you may not travel to Disney for the event.

If you elect travel insurance when you purchase your bib through a travel provider such as Park and Preston, that claim can be submitted and money returned.

runDisney Bib come with TICKET AND ROOM REQUIREMENTS (GROAN)

Yep. We have them. But hear me out.

This gets a little tricky, but be assured we do our best to do what’s right for YOU.

We are beholden to runDisney’s rules per our contracts, however.

Walt Disney World Races: all bibs must be sold as a package that includes bibs, tickets, and rooms.

Don’t be scared: you were going to book a room and buy tickets anyway. You know it, and I know it, and heck, Disney knows it which is why they required it.

Annual Pass Holders Exemption

If you are an AP holder, there are options for you to waive the ticket requirement. Huzzah!

However, these are very limited. We can only book a certain amount of DVC/AP/Locals as bib only purchases. See above: this is Disney’s rules, not ours!

This is new for 2018-2019. We don’t require everyone in the room to be an AP any longer but your non-AP holder roommates will need to purchase discounted tickets at a later date. Win all around!

DVC runDisney Bib Sales Through a Travel Agent

If you are a DVC holder: GREAT NEWS.

We have just gotten the go-ahead to book bibs for DVC members who have confirmed DVC room reservations.

I’m going to repeat this, though:  These are very limited. We can only book a certain amount of DVC/AP/Locals as bib only purchases. See above: this is Disney’s rules, not ours! 

Here’s how this works:

You MUST verify your DVC reservation 90 days before the event (so you don’t have to have a current reservation at the time you request your bib) – and you MUST verify AP 30 days before.

If you aren’t DVC but staying in a DVC reservation that’s fine! We can work with that.

If you aren’t AP then you’ll still need to buy a ticket- so keep this in mind.

We do add a small fee to the purchase price of the bibs to cover administration costs.

Bibs are transferable, but if a DVC reservation is transferring to a non-DVC reservation person, they have to get the whole package.

Got it? If you have questions, let us know.

 

The 2018/2019 runDisney race season goes on sale in January and once again, Park and Preston Travel will have race bibs, discounted tickets, and hotel options for you. But why should you purchase through us? Here are five reasons to buy runDisney bibs with a travel agent.

 

ONE POINT OF CONTACT When you Buy runDisney Bibs With a Travel Agent

Have you ever called Disney or runDisney? And hung up, called right back, and gotten a totally different Cast Member who gives you a different answer?

Uh huh. I know, it’s frustrating.

With a travel agent, you have one point of contact.

If we don’t know the answer, we have people that will get us the answer!

People that are not just the front line phone folks, either- we know people.

I cannot stress this enough: our relationships help you get what you need.

AND- not only do we love Disney, and we sell Disney, but we also runDisney.

Your team at Park and Preston Travel has run about a gazillion races between the three of us. Last count we came up with over 35 race weekends since 2011, multiple races each weekend. That’s a lot of magical miles, yo!

This means we are the Hokas on the ground if something should go wrong while you are at the race.

 


 

The 2018/2019 runDisney race season goes on sale in January and once again, Park and Preston Travel will have race bibs, discounted tickets, and hotel options for you. But why should you purchase through us? Here are five reasons to buy runDisney bibs with a travel agent.

 

The 2018/2019 runDisney race season goes on sale in January and once again, Park and Preston Travel will have race bibs, discounted tickets, and hotel options for you. But why should you purchase through us? Here are five reasons to buy runDisney bibs with a travel agent.

 

BONUS HONESTY ALERT

The whole travel agent process can sometimes be a pain, especially for the folks who have run all the races before.

I’ll admit it. It takes a lot longer to accomplish the same thing in certain circumstances. runDisney’s processes run a bit slower than the (mostly) well-oiled machine that is the Disney direct website.

It’s why I avoided going the TA route for bibs for many years.

This booking process can involve more people and can sometimes take a bit longer since we are working directly through runDisney and their processes.

But I hope you see how some of the benefits can outweigh the extra steps sometimes involved. Including the fact that we are working directly with runDisney!

Some examples of how being our client can benefit you:

We’ve been able to get extra bibs for clients when Aunt Jane decided to run Princess last minute; we’ve been able to nab an elusive kids race bib here and there.

 

The 2018/2019 runDisney race season goes on sale in January and once again, Park and Preston Travel will have race bibs, discounted tickets, and hotel options for you. But why should you purchase through us? Here are five reasons to buy runDisney bibs with a travel agent.

 

We have the relationships & contacts that help make magic happen- relationships that can’t be forged through Active.com, just sayin’!

If you have any questions, send them my way. patty@parkandpreston.com

 

Alright- who’s ready to runDisney in 2018/2019? Let us know how we can help!

patty@parkandpreston.com  sarah@parkandpreston.com  meghan@parkandpreston.com

 

If you decide not to work with a travel agent on your next runDisney race, I’m still here for you.

Check out this runDisney registration tips post: it covers the NEW registration process starting with the July registrations for the Marathon weekends.

 

runDisney Races: A Primer

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Walt Disney World Marathon Training Tips

 

Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)

Comments

  • Jen says:

    I read a blip somewhere that they’re opening registration even earlier than it’s been before. I’m guessing because they haven’t had sell outs, but it’s interesting that with people complaining about an eight month lead-in, they’d increase it to almost a year.

  • Jennifer Donnals says:

    Hi, Patty. Could I get a bib for me, but the room and park tickets for my husband and me? (In other words, do we BOTH have to run the races to get a package?)
    Also, how does the paying over time work? I MIGHT be able to talk my husband into taking me to the Disneyland Half.
    Thanks!

  • Joee says:

    Hi Patty.
    This is our first run we are going to do. I take it the Neverland 5k in May is sold out, right? If so, I need to talk about booking a package for the one in August.

  • JT says:

    Just wondering if you have any bibs for the supehero kids races? I’m running the half and my son is heartbroken he can’t join. Thanks!

  • Minerva Ake says:

    Do you still have spots for the Goofy half challenge? We are 2 friends +1 only running the Marathon. All 3 in one rooms. Help!

  • Carrie says:

    Hi Patty, do you have anything left for Marathon weekend? Either the half or the 10k?

  • Sara Romond says:

    I’m wondering how early I can purchase a package for the Dopey challenge 2019? Ran the goofy in 2015 for my 35th and NEED to do Dopey for my 40th. Don’t want to miss it and happy to go through an agent.

    • Patty says:

      Hi Sara!

      Perfect way to celebrate a birthday milestone! My 40th was at Disney World as well for the Princess Half weekend and I loved it!

      We aren’t booking for Dopey just yet but I can add you to my email list to contact when the time comes. We hope to know more about the 2018/2019 races by the end of March. Let me know if it’s ok to email you!

  • Sherri Mcgowan says:

    Not sure if this is a dead thread or not, but I was wondering how I could get a quote for wine and dine

    Thanks 🙂

  • Stacey Herring says:

    Hi! If I already bought my race entry for the Star Wars First Order Challenge 2018 (through runDisney back in Sept 2017, didn’t know about these awesome travel packages until now haha), am I ineligible from getting help with booking a hotel room/park tickets with you? Any advice helps!
    Thanks so much

  • Jaime Rodriguez says:

    Hi, I wonder if you already have bibs available for the 2019 Dopey challenge. I and my friend are planning on doing it this coming January but want to make a vacation out of it… We are planning on flying out on Tuesday, January 8th and staying there until the 19th. Also, do we have to pay in full or can reserve with a downpayment and give payments along the way until it is time to pay the full amount?
    Thanks, Jaime R.

    • Patty says:

      Hey there! I’d love to help you runDisney! We do have bibs available to order for a limited time. We can take orders until July 5th.

      You would pay for the bibs plus a $200 deposit at the time of booking; the rest can be paid over time or in full at 30 days before travel.

      Send me an email at patty@parkandpreston.com for any additional questions. 🙂

  • Dorith says:

    Hi,
    I am looking into the Princess half marathon Feb. 2019 ( 3 of us for the 10K , one for the 5K and one spectator).
    Can you facilitate this?
    Thanks,
    Dorit

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Patty Holliday


Patty is a 40-ish mother of four living in Virginia. A bit geeky, sometimes sarcastic, lover of a candid confession. She's trying to love running, she swears. But much like her marathon, it’s taking a very long time. Ahem. She's searching for the perfect way to balance family, work, travel, and fitness. Perfect defined as high on fun, low on guilt.

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