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Disney World Resort Fun Runs

Running at Disney World can mean a lot of things: from runDisney races to Disney World running to trails to the new addition of Disney World resort fun runs. Never heard of them? Check this out! Here’s what you need to know about the Disney World resort fun runs: The Beignet Dash at Port Orleans French Quarter, The Southernmost Point 3K at Old Key West fun run, Seaside Sprint Fun Run at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, The Derby Dash at Saratoga Springs Resort, the All-Stars and Icons Fun Run at All Star Movies, and the Fort Wilderness fun runs.

 

 

Beignet Dash fun run at Port Orleans French Quarter

Beignet Dash fun run at Port Orleans French Quarter. Photo: Instagram @3DPropStudios

 

Exercise doesn’t stop just because you’re on vacation- especially if you’re in training. And when you’re traveling somewhere new like the Disney World resort, you might wonder what your running options are.

Disney World offers a few options for runners including the runDisney race events and the New Balance running trails. But the most fun way to get your exercise on at Disney World can be found with the new addition of Disney World resort fun runs.

 

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The Disney World resort fun runs offer short distances, low prices, and some fun swag, too! Here’s what you need to know about running the fun runs at Disney.

Important note: all times and locations should be confirmed with the host resorts. Things can (and do!) change! But we’re doing our best to keep the information as updated as possible.  

 

Disney World Resorts Fun Runs

When we go to Disney World around here, chances are it’s for a runDisney event. Sarah and I both love them and, well, it’s hard to keep us away!

 

rundisney marathon race with red vines

This is the face of a crazy person. A crazy person who loves running at Disney.

 

Running at Disney World is just what we do, so even when we’re there on a non-runDisney weekend we look for a place to get a few miles in. While there are some awesome Disney World New Balance running trails out there, we found the lack of medals and overall support disappointing. Ha.

I mean, if we’re going to run on vacation, we need people cheering on that uber-healthy choice.

But the resorts are coming through in a big way with the trend to offer different Disney World resort fun runs! Here are a few to check out with some frequently asked questions about them as well.

 

Did you know about the Disney World Resort Fun Runs? Derby Dash, Beignet Dash, Southernmost Point 3K, are just a few! #DisneyWorld #running #runDisney #disneytravel #disneytips #traveltips #familytravel

 

Disney World Resort Fun Runs FAQ

Q: Do you have to be a guest at the resort to participate?

A: No! You do not! You can travel over on the morning of the run. Parking is free for the fun runs. You can also take Uber Orlando or Lyft Orlando between the resorts.

Q: Do you register in advance for the Disney resort fun runs?

A: You register the morning of the run. Typically registration starts 30-60 minutes before the scheduled run takes place.

 

Saratoga Springs Derby Dash start line

The Disney World resort fun runs include cute photo ops too! Photo: Jodi at https://2princessesontherun.wordpress.com/

 

Q: Do the runs cost anything?

A: Yes, they sure do. This is Disney, after all, so you can bet they will put a price tag on your elective exercise! Ha! So far each race costs $15.

Q: Can kids run?

A: Yep. And under 3 should be free.

 

Beignet Dash fun run at Port Orleans French Quarter

So cute and fun! Thanks for sharing, Tara!

 

Q: Can kids in strollers participate?

A: The general consensus says yes. But check with your resort for confirmation.

Q: Do the Disney World resort fun runs happen every week?

A: No, but they do seem to be happening on most weeks. Check with the resort before you show up to run! NOTE: there are NO runs on runDisney race weekends according to some reports I’ve seen. #WhompWhomp

 

Disney's boardwalk resort location of the Seaside Sprint fun run

Run the Seaside Sprint fun run at Disney’s Boardwalk resort

 

List of Disney World Resort Fun Runs

The Beignet Dash at Port Orleans French Quarter

The Southernmost Point 3K at Old Key West

Seaside Sprint Fun Run at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

The Derby Dash at Saratoga Springs Resort

All-Stars and Icons Fun Run at All-Star Movies

Fort Wilderness: seasonal options

The Pineapple Dash at the Polynesian Village Resort (holidays only)

The Regatta Run at Yacht/Beach Club

 

 

port orleans french quarter fun run is the beignet dash

 

The Beignet Dash Disney Resort Fun Run

This was the first Disney World Resort fun run to become popular, and I’d have to say its also maybe the best.

Because: Beignets. Duh.

 

Beignet Dash fun run at Port Orleans French Quarter

photo: @ms.tom_morrow on Instagram

 

  • The Beignet Dash is held at Port Orleans French Quarter
  • You start on the Riverwalk between Building 5 and Doubloon Lagoon Pool
  • Race begins on Sundays at 8 AM
  • 7:30 AM registration and check-in begins
  • Cost: $15 plus tax per person, 3 and under are free
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Beignet Dash Port Orleans French Quarter fun run swag includes: race bib, Beignets, Mardi Gras bead finisher medal, beads, and pin

runDisney Runners Love Port Orleans French Quarter

Did you know about the Disney World Resort Fun Runs? The Beignet Dash at Port Orleans French Quarter is just one of many! #DisneyWorld #running #runDisney #disneytravel #disneytips #traveltips #familytravel

 

The Southernmost Point 3K: Old Key West Fun Run

We stayed at Old Key West resort earlier this year and it was lovely! But we were there for a runDisney event so definitely not interested in the Southernmost Point 3K fun run.

I mean, let’s not get too crazy with this running on vacation stuff!

This resort is gorgeous, by the way!

 

old key west resort

The Old Key West fun run is called the Southernmost Point 3K. Don’t miss it!

 

  • The Southernmost Point 3K is the Old Key West fun run.
  • Start line is located at the Family Tree near the playground by the Sandcastle Pool at Old Key West.
  • Race begins on Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
  •  7:00 AM registration and check-in begins
  • Cost: $15 plus tax per person, 3 and under are free
  • Distance: 1.4 miles
  • Preregistration is available with Cast Members at the Community Hall
  • Old Key West fun run Southernmost Point 3K Swag: Medal and a water bottle

 

swag from the southernmost point 3K at old key west disney world resort fun run

Photo: Jen Ingemi on Instagram at @jingemi

 

The Derby Dash: Saratoga Springs Fun Run

One of the most scenic resorts to stay at is the Saratoga Springs Resort. It’s huge and peaceful and a perfect place to throw down a quick 1.4 Derby Dash.

Especially if your last name is Furlong. (Thanks, Jill, this one made me laugh!)

 

Derby Dash fun run at Saratoga Spring Disney World fun run

Running the Derby Dash at Saratoga Springs is more fun when you’re a Furlong. 😉 Photo: Jill Furlong from http://www.playfulpawsphotography.com/

 

  • The Derby Dash fun run is held at Saratoga Springs Resort
  • Start at the Saratoga Springs Community Hall
  • Thursdays at 8 AM
  • 7:30 AM registration and check-in begins
  • Cost: $15 plus tax per person, 3 and under are free
  • Distance: 1.4 miles
  • Derby Dash Swag: Race bib, water, snacks and a super cute horseshoe-shaped finisher medal

 

The Derby Dash fun run swag earned at a Disney world resort fun run

 

Seaside Sprint Boardwalk Resort Fun Run

I think this is the one I’d actually take advantage of the most. I adore the Boardwalk area, so I love that they added a Disney World resort fun run here!

 

Boardwalk Resort Dance Hall at sunrise Sea Side Disney World fun runs

 

  • Seaside Sprint Fun Run is held at the Boardwalk
  • Start at the Boardwalk between Jellyrolls and Atlantic Dance Hall
  • Fridays at 8 AM
  • 7:30 AM registration and check-in begins
  • Cost: $15 plus tax per person, 3 and under are free
  • Distance: 1.4 miles
  • Preregistration available at the Community Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • What You Receive: A pin and coupon to Goofy’s Glacier

 

swag from the seaside sprint. Disney's boardwalk resort location of the Sea Side Sprint fun run

Thanks for the swag photo, Holly!

 

seaside sprint disney world resort fun run

Thanks for the pic & Yacht Club/Beach Club scoop, Diane!

 

All-Stars and Icons Fun Run at All-Star Movies Resort

This seems to be the newest fun run offering the first run was this morning July 24. Reports from the run say more are planned in August and September.

Be sure to check at the resort for the updated dates for this run!

 

The All-Stars and Icons fun run bib and pin swag at Disney World

The All-Stars and Icons fun run bib and pin swag from Lindsey Marie in Team #runDisney.

 

  • Disney’s All-Star Resorts starting at All Star Movies
  • Every other Tuesday at 7 AM- NOTE THE EARLIER TIME & DATES!
  • 6:30 check-in begins
  • Cost: $15 plus tax per person
  • Preregister at Surf Board Bay Pool at All Star Sports Resort daily from 3PM-6PM

 

Seasonal Fort Wilderness Fun Runs

There’s been a few of these over the last couple of years being held at Fort Wilderness. They appear to be tied to holidays such as Halloween and most recently Fourth of July. Here’s the info on the 4th of July 5K for historical purposes.

 

Fort Wilderness Reception

Seasonal Disney World resort fun runs are held at Fort Wilderness Resort. 5Ks and 2-mile options.

 

  • The Fourth of July 5K Fun Run at Fort Wilderness
  • Happened on Tuesday, July 3
  • Starts at 7:30 AM in the field next to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ
  • Pre-registration available June 24-30 from 9 AM – 5 PM at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn.
  • Day of registration 7 AM
  • Swag: Fort Wilderness Keychain & water

This would be a great place to run since there are so much shade and so many trail options! Be sure to check with the resort if this is on your Disney running bucket list.

 

The Pineapple Dash at the Polynesian

This one has only happened once (Happy 4th of July!) but the resort hopes to make it a recurring run during the holidays.

 

Disney World resort fun runs include the Pineapple Dash at the Polynesian

 

  • The Pineapple Dash
  • Happened on July 4
  • Starts at 8:30 AM
  • Day of registration 8 AM
  • Swag: bib, finish line lei, and complimentary Dole Whip. YES, WILL RUN FOR DOLE WHIPS!

 

Look for the next Pineapple Dash to happen during Labor Day weekend or in October to celebrate Halloween!

 

Dole Whip Float at Polynesian Resort Disney World resort fun runs include the Pineapple Dash at the Polynesian

Mmmm… Dole Whips! (this one’s a float, but you get the idea, right?!) Photo: Aimée Schatz

 

Yacht Club/Beach Club Regatta Run

When my friend Diane was running the Seaside Sprint this week, she had a chance to chat up the cast members running the event.

Seems like they love them as much as the Disney runners do! They gave her a heads up that this one was happening: and it went on the September calendar for the resorts.

 

Seaside Sprint Disney World Resort fun run at Boardwalk resort

 

The newest fun run happens at the Beach/Yacht Club on Thursday mornings.

It also sounds like the Yacht/Beach Club and Boardwalk Inn might combine forces to offer a challenge in coming months! Will keep you posted if we hear more on that.

  • The Regatta Run
  • $15
  • Thursdays 8:00 AM
  • Ages 3 and up
  • Contact 407-721-5304 for more information
  • Swag: bib, gift bag filled with Yacht & Beach Club Resort sunglasses and an exclusive pin. It’s shaped like a lighthouse with a ship steering wheel in the back- and it spins!

 

 

Walt Disney World Resort Fun Run Challenge

And Diane also reports that the resorts are talking about some kind of challenge option as well. Run them all and get something special? Sounds like they know what Disney runners like!

If I was setting this up, I think it would need to be an ongoing option (like, run them all within 12 months and get the special challenge swag).

I know there are folks who will do them all in a week at Disney World, but most of us aren’t lucky enough to stay for a week at a time.

What would your idea of a Walt Disney World resort fun run challenge look like? I’d love to know!

Will keep you posted on things as they develop, of course!

 

Saratoga Springs fun run the Derby Dash

 

Let me know if you have more deets on the Beignet Dash at Port Orleans French Quarter, The Southernmost Point 3K at Old Key West fun run, Seaside Sprint Fun Run at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, The Derby Dash at Saratoga Springs Resort, the All-Stars and Icons Fun Run at All Star Movies, or the Fort Wilderness fun runs.

Got any other Walt Disney World resort fun runs? Tell me about them so I can add it to the list!

And if you’re heading to Disneyland, don’t forget the Get Up & Go Power Walk offered at the Grand Californian for onsite guests!

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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.)

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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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