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runDisney Character Stops | Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

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When it comes to running races at Disney, the number one question on everyone’s mind is who will be on the course! Fair enough; character stops is one of the ways a runDisney race stands out from all the others. Here’s a list of the possible runDisney character stops for Star Wars Rival Run Weekend.

Star Wars half marathon with storm troopers

Time to STAY ON TARGET, Star Wars fans! We’ve got the Star Wars Rival Run weekend just around the corner.

Costumes: check!

Training: check! (errr… I hope?)

Planning those character stops: check! Let’s get you prepared for who you might see on the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend racecourse.

chewbacca on the runDisney course
Photo: Nynke Adams

Will There Only Be Star Wars Characters on the Rival Run Course?

Short answer: YES. All Star Wars, all weekend long.

This is the 4th year of runDisney Star Wars races at Walt Disney World and so far, there have only been Star Wars characters on the course.

No Mickey, no Minnie, no Princesses. Except maybe a Princess Leia or two from the 501st Cos-player group.

Photo: Jill Morris

And Star Wars costumes on the Fab 5 characters are no longer used. Rumor says this was a request from Lucas/Kennedy/Someone-higher-than-us in the Star Wars-Disney merger a few years back. #WhompWhomp

**Photos like this are no longer available**- but dang, weren’t they cute?! I couldn’t resist adding it in the post.

Jedi Mickey and Leia Minnie Star Wars Light Side runDisney

Star Wars Light Side weekend in 2015 was the last time these characters were used in a runDisney event.

This list of runDisney characters stops is as accurate as past race experience will allow.

Sadly, runDisney doesn’t share the magic in advance, so you need to prepare to change your plans if you see someone awesome!

List of runDisney Character Stops at Star Wars Races

Some of these folks will be at the pre and post-race photo ops.

Stat Wars runDisney Character Stops

  • Phasma
  • Vader
  • Kylo Ren
  • Boba Fett
  • Jabba
  • R2D2
  • Storm Troopers
  • Chewbacca
  • Jedis
  • Ezra and Sabine from Star Wars Rebels
  • 501st and Rebel Legion volunteers
  • Darth Maul
  • Darth Vader
  • Emperor’s Chair
  • Speeder Bikes
  • Wampa ice cave photo op
  • C3-PO
  • BB-8
  • Ewoks

What that means is: arrive early (like, stupid early, y’all!) to the staging area if you want a chance to get photos with Phasma, Vader, Kylo Ren, Boba Fett, and Jabba.

runDisney character stops before the Star Wars race include Captain Phasma
Photo: Melanie Adams
boba fett star wars runDisney character pictures
Photo: Kate Melody

On the course, you might see:

  • R2D2
  • Storm Troopers
  • Chewbacca
Chewbacca runDisney character stop Star Wars race
photo: Crystal Parkinson
star wars storm troopers 501st
Photo: Laura Frye
  • Jedis
  • Ezra and Sabine from Star Wars Rebels
  • 501st and Rebel Legion volunteers
runDisney character stops boba fett 501st
photo: Jill Robbins, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals Star Wars Race Recap
Darth Maul runDisney Star Wars
Photo: Clara Goodin
  • Darth Maul
  • Darth Vader
  • Emperor’s Chair
  • Speeder Bikes
runDisney character stops speeder bikes return of the jedi prop
Star Wars emperor's chair runDisney
Photo: Jane Mayo
  • Wampa ice cave photo op
  • C3-PO
  • BB-8
  • Ewoks
ewoks on runDisney course
Photo: Kristin Smith
star wars 501st rundisney
Photo: Andria McCaughey

Let me know who else you’ve seen so I can make sure this list of characters on the runDisney Star Wars course is updated!

Star Wars 501st and Rebel Legion Volunteer Character Stops

One of the coolest fandoms in the WORLD is the Star Wars fandom. While I’m partial to fangirling my Marvel superheroes, I do appreciate and support the crazy world that the Star Wars fans represent.

If you don’t know about the 501st Legion or the Rebel Legion, be sure to click over to their sites to learn a bit more.

These folks come out to the races every year, so while they are not “official” Disney cast members, I think you’ll agree they are AMAZING and totally rock the race for us.

The costumes are all hand made and lovingly detailed! And they love the runners. So be sure to stop, get pics, and tell them thanks for being on the course.

501st Legion at the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon in Walt Disney World
Photo: Mike Milic

Star Wars Characters at the Expo

You might see the Star Wars character ops at the Expo as well!

Last year there were some Storm Troopers on patrol and in a character line. Be on the look out for this great option!

star wars expo storm troopers
Expo Storm Trooper photo op. Photo: Tracy Lee

Tips for runDisney Character Pics

When you stop for one of these characters, even if you have no clue who they are, have fun with them!

But also- be kinda quick about things. Waiting in line forever while a runner tries to have a photoshoot is a good way to make the rest of your running ‘Ohana a little cranky.

Check out this video from Sarah and me about taking great runDisney race pictures for all the tips!

runDisney Character Stops

Want to know what characters will be on the next runDisney race course? We've got the list of past characters for all runDisney race weekends to help you pre-plan your stops!

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