Looking for tips on how to Run Disney on a budget? After running the Princess Half Marathon in February, it looked like a long, hard wait until my next runcation for the Disneyland Tinkerbell Half in January, 2014. When registration for the November Wine & Dine Half Marathon opened I was ripe for the picking. When I found out my BRF’s (best running friends) were going, I started dreaming and lobbying my financial manager, otherwise known as my husband. I eventually got the green light with a scaled down trip plan. What steps am I taking to make this trip cheaper?
Get In And Get Out: We are flying in Friday, racing Saturday night and leaving Sunday. Since I had 4 days in the park at PHM and know that I am hitting Disneyland in January, I can live with a short trip.
How Many Princesses Does It Take To Change A Husband’s Mind?: Four. That’s how many of us are sharing a room at a Disney moderate resort. Two nights between four women is less than $100 per person, total.
We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Tickets: We decided to forego park tickets this time (gasp!) because we are on such a tight schedule. There is a party in Epcot after the run that is included in our entry fee, so we still get some attraction time. I was a little sad, though, that I couldn’t see the Magic Kingdom decorated for Christmas. Or can I?
Merry Christmas, Mickey!: The Friday night we arrive just happens to be the first night of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Well, look at how that works out! This event requires purchase of a ticket but park admission is included. The event officially begins at 7:00pm but you are admitted to the park as early as 4:00pm with this special event ticket. The MVMCP ticket is much less than a one day park admission and the MK is open late that night, so that affords us plenty of time for fun at a discount! We’ll get the MK experience “plussed” with Disney Christmas magic for much less. My inner child is already wearing her Christmas ears!
If you really want to experience runDisney magic but are on a budget, I’ll bet there are plenty of ways you can make it happen without having to break the Hammy bank!
Learn more about the Run Disney events at Walt Disney World.
Amy is a 40-something mother of 3 boys who have a melting pot of ADHD and ODD behaviors. She likes race day more than she likes the actual running, but she loves how she feel about herself after she knocks out a training run. Her blog, Mom’s Magical Miles, is her journey through motherhood, running and Disney magic! Amy is currently running the 2014 Princess Half Marathon to raise funds for Give Kids The World. You can see her fundraising page here.