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2019 runDisney Registration Tips

runDisney registration just got a lot more streamlined! A new process for the 2018-2019 runDisney race season has been announced for runDisney at Walt Disney World. Here are the Annual Passholder registration dates and general public registration details you need to know, as well as some important runDisney registration tips!


Running a Disney race but not sure how to register? Here are all the tips you need to win that first race: runDisney registration. All the races follow this basic registration process: Princess Half, Tink Half, Walt Disney World Marathon, Star Wars, Wine and Dine, Avengers, and Disneyland Half weekends.


Change is good and with runDisney it is inevitable. That’s a good thing. Usually. Ha!

While they are still popular destination races, it feels like the race to register for runDisney has slowed down to a leisurely pace. Some races will still sell quickly (looking at you, 10K distances and Princess!) but most are open for hours if not days, weeks and months after registration.



No need to panic any longer. There are plenty of magical miles to go around!

Though I’m partial to mile 26 of the marathon myself- because this:


NOT a smoothie! HA!

NOT a smoothie! HA!


2019 runDisney Registration Tips

Before I share the runDisney registration tips, I wanted to point out a great resource for the new runDisney runner.

I put together this mega post of runDisney experiences. If this is a new thing for you or if you just need a refresher on what to expect at a runDisney racecation, then please go check it out!

There are links to running costumes, past years Event Guides and corral tables, course maps and a lot more.

runDisney: Everything You Need To Know

Announcement from the runDisney Blog June 1, 2018

UPDATE REGARDING REGISTRATION DATES. We have been working to create a more streamlined race registration experience for runDisney participants. As a result, soon Guests will register for races using their Disney account, creating a more seamless Disney experience. In addition, Guests will be able to register multiple participants at a time, extra payment options including gift cards will be available and more.

I love the idea of paying with Disney gift cards- so that’s an exciting addition to the runDisney registration process. Note: you can only use one form of payment on registration day!

If you plan on using gift cards and have multiple ones on hand, go now and consolidate onto ONE gift card. Make sure you have enough funds to cover the bib(s) plus the 6.6% fee Disney imposes.


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Tips for runDisney Registration

This video will show you a bit of what to expect with runDisney registration online. I was able to get into the portal when I needed to link my old Active Wine and Dine registration to my new runDisney portal.

Here’s what you can expect to see when it comes to runDisney registration next week!



Additionally, I have a few tips for runDisney registration that I think can help you prepare for the process.

  • Bibs go on sale at noon ET. Sometimes a little bit before then, so be prepared with your information. Make sure you’re logged into your runDisney account when you click on the registration link. You can create and manage your runDisney account directly on the runDisney site.

rundisney manage account

  • Go ahead and create a runDisney account or My Disney Experience account if you don’t have one just yet!Take the time now to fill out your Disney profile with address and contact info so it’ll hopefully autofill for you.disney account sign in runDisney
  • Note: when I linked my Active Wine and Dine registration to my runDisney account, all I did was follow the link runDisney provided. I logged into the runDisney site with the same Disney username and password I use for My Disney Experience. My information auto-populated from Active (so my old address in Arizona showed up!) not from My Disney Experience. But I think the new registrations should be pulling info from your runDisney account.
  • You will receive a confirmation email to the Disney account email you use once you’ve registered. Look for it there!

tips for rundisney registration confirmation email

  • If someone else registers you, you can have access to that information on your own. You will need to have the individual who paid for the registration send an email (and cc: second registrant who wants to manage their own registration) via the Contact Us section on runDisney.com giving permission to unlink the registrations. Please include the specific event category and participant information in the email. You will then be notified by Technical Support when complete or if they have any questions regarding the request.
  • Social media is your friend. If you are not in a runDisney group on Facebook such as runDisney run, be sure to follow runDisney on Twitter. The links to register tend to show up in the groups first, so you might want to find a good one to join (and we love runDisney run around here!).
  • I expect to see a virtual queue show up, just like on Active. There was one earlier this week when Annual Passholders were invited to an event via email proving that the Disney site has this capability.  Remember: “Hold” doesn’t mean sold out! It just means you need to hang tight in the queue- DO NOT REFRESH. Often races will open back up once the queue clears out.
  • Don’t enter your proof of time if you are worried about losing your spot; you can go back and add it after you register by editing your info through the runDisney portal.
  • If you are shut out of a race, you have options! Charities and travel providers (ahem- ME!) might still have bibs available. They do come with packages now, so there are not a lot of “bib only” options through TAs or charities.
  • Park and Preston moved to a pre-sale process for the 2019 runDisney race season, but we often have cancellations and can look at a waitlist option. Be sure to reach out to us and let us know what you need. We are thrilled to help you run Disney.  patty@parkandpreston.com is the best contact for me.

Note to AP and DVC members: there are a very small amount of bibs released for early registration, so don’t sweat it if you can’t get one. There will be plenty on public registration day. 


Step By Step runDisney Annual Passholder Registration Process

I just went through the registration process for the Marathon weekend as an AP holder.

Please note: You CAN register a non-AP holder under the AP account. It just asked who you were registering for and you could put in a child, spouse, friend, etc.

Here’s what happened:

I started on runDisney.com and the Marathon weekend website. I had already created my runDisney account (or in my case, just used the same Disney account I use for My Disney Experience).

Under registration, there was a highlighted section that took me to the Walt Disney World Annual Passholders website.


early registration rundisney


First you are taken to an Annual Passholder benefits page. You can see all the special events and opportunities for an AP at Disney World on this page.

Scrolling down a bit landed me to the runDisney portion. I clicked on that and found this page.

On the right hand side you will see the Register Now button.


Disney World passholder benefit page runDisney


Clicking that took me to the actual link page on runDisney.com where I was able to choose which race I wanted to register for.

This is where the live registration links lived, but it looks like you needed to go through the other steps to gain access to his page.

I clicked the link for the 10K race and ended up here.

Yup, the Virtual Waiting Room is back!


rundisney passholder virtual Queue


I switched over to mobile because screen shots are easier there. Ha.

When my wait time was over, I was able to choose who I wanted to register. And there are options; so you aren’t locked into just another AP holder according to the website.


rundisney registration tips screen shot


After putting in all the usual information, I noted at the bottom of the screen that I could add another participant to the same check out.

This is great for families and friends who want to ensure that everyone gets in!


rundisney registration tips screen shot


When I clicked next, I was taken to the merchandise screens. I just moved thought them and didn’t purchase anything for my fake friend Lisa. #SorryLisa

On to the payment screens I went.

Note the highlighted portion: here is the point of no return on changes. You’d have to reenter the line if you forgot a race once you moved past this point.


rundisney registration tips screen shot


As noted above, runDisney registration can only be paid with one form of payment.

So get those gift cards combined if you plan to use them!


rundisney registration tips screen shot


Not too bad a process, though there were some issues reported with certain browsers not showing submit buttons!

Dopey runners were asked for the estimated finish times of ALL their races; so make a not of that change this year.


Mark Your Calendars 2018-2019 runDisney Registration Dates

As a reminder, all races still are scheduled for this season as planned, and the revised registration dates for the 2018-2019 Walt Disney World race event weekends are below:


RunDisney registration dates for 2018


Here you’ll find the runDisney Annual Passholder and DVC member registration dates as well.

2018 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend presented by MISFIT (Nov. 1-4, 2018)

Participants registered for the 2018 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend soon will receive an email with instructions on how to link their current 2018 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend race registration to their Disney account and runDisney profile.

*The video in this post shows you what you’ll see when you do link the Active account with the new runDisney registration portal. You can find it at the top of this section if you are on mobile or it will be on theright-handd side of your screen on desktop.


2018 Virtual Running Shorts (Summer 2018)

June 29, 2018 – Registration for the Virtual Running Shorts Series ends
June 28, 2018 – July 5K & August 5K virtual races on sale

And this year the theme is the Incredbiles! Get your Incredible Virtual Race registrations now.


2018 rundisney virtual race medals featuring the Incredibles!

2019 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna (Jan. 9-13, 2019)

July 17, 2018 – Pre-sale for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Golden Oak residents
July 19, 2018 – General on-sale date


2019 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (Feb. 21-24, 2019)

Aug 2, 2018 – Pre-sale for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Golden Oak residents
Aug 7, 2018 – General on-sale date


Running the Princess Half Marathon? Bibs are available now through Magical Miles Travel. You know you want to dress up in a costume, a tutu or a tiara and run this race at Walt Disney World. Here's all the details you need to know to make it happen. It's not pretty; but it's pretty dang fun! RunDisney | Tips | Registration


2019 Star Wars™ Virtual Half Marathon (Jan. 3 – March 31, 2019)

August 23, 2018 – Pre-sale for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Golden Oak residents
August 28, 2018 – General on-sale date

Here are all the details you need for the virtual Star Wars races!


Kessel Run Challenge race medals runDisney star wars races

Thanks, Tracy Lee! (IG: @TBluvs2rD)


2019 Star Wars™ Rival Run Weekend presented by OtterBox (April 4-7, 2019)

August 23, 2018 – Pre-sale for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Golden Oak residents
August 28, 2018 – General on-sale date


Book Your 2018 runDisney Race Package Today

And if you want to skip all this? Here are 5 reasons to book with a runDisney Travel Agent like me

Because of the registration date changes, we have received permission to continue to sell our race registration packages with Park and Preston Travel. Click the links below to reserve your package today. Sit back, relax, and just focus on the training. Leave the registration stress to us!

***Please note: deadlines to book with Park and Preston are as follows***

Walt Disney World Marathon ‪Friday, July 6th‬
Disney Princess Half Marathon ‪Friday, July 26th‬
Star Wars Rival Run/Virtual HM ‪Friday, August 16th‬


2019 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

2019 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

2019 Star Wars Rival Run Weekend


park and preston in front of the castle at Disney World

The Park and Preston team: we run Disney as well as sell Disney!


Good luck, runDisney runners.


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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.)


  • DIStherapy says:

    I have to be honest, registering with charities (AND travel agents) is increasingly appealing!!!
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  • Liza Lewis says:

    I only do travel agents now for the races – too much stress and time otherwise. Thanks for a great Princess weekend, Patty!

  • Hayley says:

    Bibs are TRANSFERABLE through the travel agency?! You just have to find someone to transfer to that will be subject to the same ticket and resort requirements? Are you able to cancel your hotel? (up to some given date of course) this could be just the thing for my autoimmune flare up prone self. Please tell me I understood correctly. Thanks for passing on the rundisney update.

    • Patty says:

      Yes! Through the runDisney contracted registrations you can transfer a bib if needed. Travel Agents can also sell standard runDisney packages that do not offer bib transfers, so be sure you know which product you are purchasing. And yes the person you find would also have to purchase the resort and tickets, but they don’t have to be your exact dates or package. You can cancel the hotel up to 30 days out. Hope this helps!

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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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