According to social media reports over the past couple of weeks, the runDisney deferral policy has changed. I’ve been watching for something more official before sharing here, but it doesn’t look like it’s coming.
The change: there are no more deferrals offered beginning with the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is.
We went through this before right before the Star Wars Dark Side weekend. As it was back then, the lack of official comment from runDisney on the matter means there are still many questions for their runners.
There have been multiple folks sharing on Facebook that runDisney has told them via email and phone calls that deferrals were no longer offered.
This was shared via the runDisney Reddit page yesterday.
There are two thoughts on this matter. The first is in support of the decision as it simply puts runDisney in line with most other races that do not offer transfers or deferrals. In their view, they are just falling in line with everyone else.
I touched on this some time ago when I shared why deferrals and transfers are not offered in many races.
The other thought is where I personally land on the issue. Point One above is perfectly fine, but why didn’t they announce this change before they kept selling races? Official confirmation of the policy would show that they recognize the financial commitment guests shell out 8-9 months in advance and give full transparency.
Just because they did it before doesn’t mean they have to keep doing it, I totally accept that. But in this day and age of social media and internet communications, there’s no excuse for not publicly commenting on the issue. File this one under “things that make NO sense”.
Without the possibility of deferrals, I expect the race sell outs to slow down even more. People are just going to hold on to that money a bit longer before making the plunge. Overall for the consumer, that’s GOOD news. I’m sure it also helps runDisney with their planning.
Win all around, right?
It’s not the policy that’s bad, it’s the execution of it. If they turn around and open deferrals next week I’ll be happy to share that news and change this post. Or hey- maybe I’m not giving them enough credit and they are planning to announce a legal transfer option! That would be SWELL.
But based on the multiple reports and the short timeframe before the races, I’m inclined to say the policy has changed- and we aren’t getting transfers before the next race.
Buyer beware for future race weekends.
Side note: For the time being, travel agents do still have the ability to help with race transfers. We also have the ability to sell vacation insurance that would cover the costs of the bibs if you had an issue arise. If you have any questions about this, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you think about the deferral changes? Have you contacted runDisney regarding this matter?
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.)