runDisney registration just got a lot more streamlined! The runDisney races are back and there are basically 3 ways to register for races. Here are all the runDisney Registration Tips you’ll need for the 2021-2022 race season.
How Can You Register For a runDisney Race?
There are 3 options for registering for a runDisney race, with only 1 early registration option.
- Early registration as a Club runDisney member. Membership is currently closed, but current members will be able to register a week earlier than everyone else. This is the only early registration option available for runDisney; DVC and AP holders no longer have acccess to early registration. Travel agents also are not able to help with bib packages this year as an early registration option.
- Register online at runDisney.com with public registration. The following runDisney registration tips will help!
- Register through a runDisney charity partner. Charities are going to offer race registration with fundraising requirements. Here are the posts you can check for charities participating in the race weekend. Wine and Dine Charities, Marathon Weekend Charitites, Princess Half Marathon Charities, and Spring Surprise Charities. Please note: These will be 100% updated once the general registration goes on sale.
2021-2022 runDisney Registration Tips
Change is good and with runDisney it is inevitable. And things have certainly changed for the 2021-2022 race season.
Runners are anxiously waiting to register for runDisney races (in person!) for the next year.
And that anxiety will likely lead to a quick sellout.
In the past, some races sold quickly (looking at you, Wine and Dine!), and with the 2021 race registrations opening soon, you’ll want to be prepared.
Being ready and utilizing these runDisney registration tips will help the process go smoothly.
Registration Tip 1: Set Your Account Up In Advance
If you don’t have a runDisney.com account, go ahead and get one set up now.
- Go to rundisney.com
- Click the Help & Support Tab
- Click through to Manage Account
- Fill out the profile information completely.
runDisney Registration Tip 2: Be Prepared
You’ll need to block out some time in your day for registration.
It can happen quickly, or you might be in the virtual waiting room for a few hours.
Make sure you also have proof of time information for anyone running the half marathon or longer distances (including a webpage link for results to the race), t-shirt sizes, and date of birth.
You can register more than one person at a time, but runDisney prefers to have each adult on their own account.
But when you are trying to beat out others, if each adult cannot log in on their own, go ahead and move forward on one account.
Registration Tip 3: Go Go Go!
Registration opens at 10 am ET but sometimes you can get started just a few minutes early.
So start refreshing just in case you can slip in if they open the widow at 9:55 am for example.
Once you are in the queue to register, DO NOT REFRESH.
Some people suggest using multiple browsers or devices. I don’t think that’s a bad idea, and weirdly I have the best results when using Safari on my phone and the Edge browser on my laptop.
You can open another browser and check out these fun runDisney memes, however!
Registration Tip 4: Prioritize By Race
Races sell out quickly depending on the distance.
Recent years show the 5K and 10K stand-alone races sell the fastest.
Challenges are next.
Half marathons and the full marathon usually hang around for quite a while.
Put the most popular race (ie, the 5Ks) into the cart first and then go back and add the others.
After you fill your first registration, you can choose to “add another registration” at the bottom of the page and go on to add another race or another participant.
Registration Tip 5: You Can Use Gift Cards As Form of Payment
But as always, make it quick, people!
I suggest typing your gift card number (or credit card number) in Notepad and doing a copy and paste into the browser when it’s time.
Using one payment is the only option, but it can be a gift card for runDisney races.
Make sure the card has plenty of room on it over the amount of the races, taxes, AND the processing fee of 6.6%.
runDisney Registration Tip 6: Skip the Extras!
You can go back and buy the pins and jackets and whatnot AFTER you get all the bibs you need. So check out your races first completely, and then go back and add the extras.
runDisney does sell out of these items, but not nearly as quickly as they run out of the bibs.
So bibs first; pins later.
More runDisney Registration Tips
I also 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.
Video Walk Through for runDisney Registration
This video shows the basic process of what to expect with runDisney registration online.
Check out the registration video from a few years ago here.
Hacks For New runDisney Registrations
- 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: a 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 my group No-Guilt Disney, 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.
- 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! Be sure to visit this post talking about how to register for a sold out runDisney race. runDisney Charities might still have bibs available as well.
GOOD LUCK! Hope these runDisney registration tips help!
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Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguilttravel.com and noguiltfangirl.com