I spent last weekend running a 5K, 10K, and half marathon at Disney World. Every Monday for the rest of the month of November, I’ll be posting a race recap (#medalmonday). Today, I’m sharing Disney’s Fall Feast 5K recap.
I stayed on Disney property during the 8 days that I was at Disney World (3 days at Port Orleans and 5 days at Pop Century).
The morning of the 5K, I headed to my nearest bus stop (the one by the main lobby) and a bus showed up within 5 minutes. The bus stop for runners/spectators at Port Orleans is located right in front the outside door of the store. This is only for the main lobby pick up. The Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter Resorts share buses for the RunDisney events and to and from the parks too (at least they did during my 3 day stay). The route starts at French quarter (one stop) an then it goes to Riverside (4 stops) and the last bus stop for pick up and drop off is at the main lobby.
It is suggested for runners to be at the bus stop no later than 3:30am for a 5:30am start time. I did not find this out until Saturday night (I found out at Pop Century). For the 5K I arrived at the bus stop at around 4am. There was always a lady by the store door at POR to answer any questions and also to communicate with the buses.
When I arrived at the start, I immediately lined up to see Mickey. I then saw that Minnie’s line was shorter so I switched. The only characters at the start were Mickey and Minnie. I went to my corral around 5:20am.
There were only 3 corrals for the 5K and I was in the last one. It takes me about 37 minutes to run a 5K, but I put it would take me longer since I planned to stop for character photos. Next time I will put a faster time on my registration because everyone in my corral was walking (well, majority!). I did not cross the start time until 6am (30 minutes after the first corral).
I stopped at each mile marker, but didn’t stop to see any characters. The lines were long for characters and I wanted to go back to my room to shower and make it for rope drop at EPCOT.
At the finish line, we were given a medal, bottle of water, bottle of electrolyte drink, snack box, and a banana.
Tips for running a 5K at Disney World:
- Use Disney transportation (very comfortable and efficient).
- Arrive early if you want character photos or if you want to be at the front of your corral (4am or earlier).
- Use porta potty (if needed) closer to start time because lines are way shorter.
- Take money if you want to eat breakfast at the start or finish.
- Have fun!! Majority of the runners are there for the fun and not to PR.
Have you ran a Disney 5K?
If not, is it on your bucket list?
Do you run for the bling? (I do).
Have you ever spectated a Disney race?
This was my 2nd 5K at Disney World. My 1st 5K at WDW was in 2015 and it was Christmas themed. It was also around the Animal Kingdom park.
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