runDisney registration just got a lot more streamlined! Here are the runDisney Annual Passholder registration dates plus the important runDisney registration tips.
2020 runDisney Registration Tips
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, Wine and Dine, 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!
But being prepared and utilizing these runDisney registration tips will help the process go smoothly.
Registration Tip 1: Book In Advance With a runDisney Travel Agent
Because then you can skip all the other drama that comes with registration.
And you save the 6.6% fee you’ll have to pay when you register on runDisney.
All you need for a runDisney package is a 2-night stay on property (no Shades of Green, no Swan and Dolphin, however).
The link below takes you to a quote form or feel free to email [email protected]
Registration Tip 2: 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.
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.
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 and kid’s races are next.
Half marathons and the marathon usually hang around for quite a while.
Put the most popular races (ie, the 5Ks) into the cart first and then 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.
We used to see this a lot!
Registration Tip 5: You Can Use Gift Cards As Form of Payment
But as always, make it quick, people!
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 (there will be a 6.6% fee added to the checkout)
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.
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.
Tips for runDisney Registration
Tip #1: Avoid ALL this and book with No-Guilt Travel, a runDisney travel agency! Here are a few reasons why you might want to book with a runDisney travel agency– and a link to get started on your quote package.
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 registrations.
Additionally, I have a few tips for runDisney registration that I think can help you prepare for the process.
- Bibs go on sale at 10 am 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 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 (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! Be sure to visit this post talking about how to register for a sold out runDisney race. runDisney 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.
- Be sure to reach out to us and let us know what you need. We are thrilled to help you run Disney. [email protected] is the best contact for me OR fill out this “request a quote” form.
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.
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.
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!
I switched over to mobile because screenshots 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.
After putting in all the usual information, I noted at the bottom of the screen that I could add another participant to the same checkout.
This is great for families and friends who want to ensure that everyone gets in!
When I clicked next, I was taken to the merchandise screens. I just moved through 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.
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!
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.
What Happens When a runDisney Race Sells Out?
You’ll still have some options.
Here’s what you need to know about registering for a sold-out runDisney race.
Mark Your Calendars 2020-2021 runDisney Registration Dates
As a reminder, all races still are scheduled for this season as planned, and here are the revised runDisney calendar for the 2020-2021 runDisney Walt Disney World race event weekends.
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