Your RunDisney Race Weekend Must-Have List
It's that time of year again for the most magical race on Earth! My first time doing the #Enchanted10k at RunDisney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend two years ago was unbelievably fun and, although I am sadly not able to be in attendance this year, there are items that every race-goer needs to put on their packing list. Read below to prepare for the best RunDisney trip possible!
For last year's race I went classic Princess with a Pocahontas inspired outfit. The look was accessorized with a Flint hummingbird finger puppet, a black sports bra and black running shorts to go underneath, a $3 aqua necklace from Amazon, and teal Nike Flex 2016 running shoes. Make sure to follow RunDisney's costume guidelines and test your race outfit before your trip to avoid annoying, or embarrassing, mishaps.
Tip: Bring a cheap jacket to wear while your waiting for your corral to start. The mornings are cold - even in sunny Florida - so bring something to keep you warm that can easily be thrown along the side of the course. This is common at RunDisney races, they even donate the cast aside items!
Portable Phone Charger
Your phone WILL die during the race before you even reach the parks. Between taking pictures with characters on the course and listening to some Disney classic pump-up jams, your phone battery is going to need some serious voltage before exploring Magic Kingdom or Epcot.
A trip to Disney is not complete without a pair of ears (or three). With last year's race weekend being Beauty and the Beast themed, I could not be more excited about my new enchanted rose ears from ToNeverNeverland on Etsy. My pink leopard ears were a gift from Animal Kingdom itself, however you can find the super bedazzled and super awesome pair of ears from MousieMouseEars.
My Disney Experience App
This app is specific to World Disney World and is a lifesaver for navigating around the park and planning your trip. From managing your dining reservations and Fastpass+ experiences to syncing your MagicBands and park tickets to locating on the map where a specific character is, this app is going to be your best friend during your trip. It can be downloaded in your phone's app store for free.
Once linked in your My Disney Experience app, you can use your MagicBands to enter the parks, access your FastPass+ selections, connect to the Disney PhotoPass Service, enter your Disney Resort Hotel room, and make purchases. If you are staying at a Disney hotel during your trip, you can even customize the color of your MagicBand in your My Disney Experience account to be sent to you before arrival!
Race Expo $$$
Every RunDisney race weekend features an expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. It is required to attend the expo to pick up your race number, event shirt, and gEAR bag, however the expo also features a variety of race merchandise and the latest in apparel and fitness equipment. From event jackets to the latest New Balance running shoes, the race expo is something you defiantly something you want to put aside some time, and money, for!
PhotoPass Memory Maker
Purchased before your trip, this additional feature allows unlimited digital downloads of all of your Disney PhotoPass photos taken at the parks, including those taken with characters and on attractions. This is especially worth it if you 1) love to have as many photos as you can when vacationing and 2) visiting most or all of the parks. If you plan on going to all 4 parks, the Memory Maker is beyond worth it to be able to download each professional shot captured.
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