Social media is wondering just what’s wrong with the Tinker Bell Half and Pixie Dust Challenge?
Y’all… nothing. I don’t think runDisney is worried.
At least I wouldn’t be worried if I was them. It’s going to sell out (today maybe?).
After watching these races sell out in record time, it just feels weird to see Tink stall out a bit.
But let’s put things into perspective. Here’s some stats from last year for the 2014 half marathon:
And there it sat overnight. All the races sold out the next day however.
Tinker Bell 2015 has been on sale for two days.
The stats look like this:
That’s right. The PASTA PARTY has sold out but the Challenge has not.
The discussions I’ve seen lead people to believe a couple of things are going on here:
1. Mother’s Day negatively impacted the opportunity to run this race.
2. The additional races announced this year took the need away to rush for a Tink sign up.
I think both are factors.
Mother’s Day: Y’all know I wasn’t happy with the move. I did a small poll on it and most people were not happy with the move either.
Of course, many of those opposed have gotten over it and signed up anyway. Like me. Ahem.
Many of them decided to let Tinker Bell go, but new runners are stepping in to take their place.
It’s also fair to say that even though Mother’s Day might be a bad choice for some, it clearly isn’t a deal breaker. There are plenty of ladies who thought this was a fantastic reason to runDisney and are bringing their whole family with them.
Check this: the Kids Races sold out first. Diaper Dashers- kids who may not even be BORN yet- have bibs secured for their first race!
This is the first time I’ve seen this happen- and I think the Mother’s Day move factored into this.
Avengers and Star Wars: Both of these races sold out in record time. Was it the themes? Was it the time of year? Was it the gender neutral factor?
Probably all of the above.
By the time Tink registration came around I’m sure the typical runDisney fan found themselves low on funds or vacation time or both.
While I find all this odd and even wondered if Ashton Kutcher was punking us with the Pasta Party sell out (really… what’s up with this?!) I don’t think we should worry.
It’s not like we are talking about Goofy numbers or anything. Lawdy- did Dopey kill Goofy or what?
Tinker Bell is still a wonderful race with fabulous support. The courses are my favorite of the runDisney series so far and I’ve been assured that early mornings in May should still make for lovely running weather. (You know who you are that told me that and if it’s hot so help you…)
The parks may be crowded. Okay, they WILL be crowded. But at least the race shouldn’t be too bad.
What’s your prediction? When will Tinker Bell and the Pixie Dust Challenge sell out?
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 noguiltlife.com and noguiltfangirl.com