First – I want to thank you all SO much for making my birthday so special! I got so many emails and text messages and social media shout outs – it was incredible and you guys are the best.
Today I am in Dallas to meet with my Disney Sales Support Team – we’re going to be talking a LOT about the 2020/2021 race season and what changes we’d like to see in the future! I hope you’ve had a positive experience with the changes from last year to this year… and can’t thank you enough for hanging with us.
I asked a few questions yesterday in my Instagram Stories and have been getting some incredible feedback. For those of you not on the ‘gram… I’d love your input as well. Just respond to this email and let me know…
Have you booked a runDisney package with a Travel Agent before?
… if not, why?
… if so, what could make the experience better?
I’ve got big plans to try to make some great changes for next season, but definitely want to know what YOU guys want to see happen!
Speaking of next season, if you’re thinking Wine & Dine 2020… let’s talk! We don’t have solid booking information quite yet, but we’re getting ready to start confirming packages with race registration. If you know you’re running, let me know by filling out the form below, and once we have more information you will be the first to know about it.
… and with that, let’s get on to the good stuff!
One of my favorite things to do on a Disney Trip (which I haven’t done in quite some time…) is participating in The Animation Experience. Currently, this is located in Animal Kingdom and starting October 18th – they’ll be teaching you how to draw VILLAINS! The whole experience takes about 20 minutes, and you get to take home a pretty sweet souvenir…
Another big change was slipped into an article on Disney Parks Blog this last week about Advanced Dining Reservations on property. Disney has officially announced that the mobile app and website are the “preferred” method of booking your reservations, and ask that the phone line be reserved only for parties of 8 or more, same-day cancellations, and “other assistance guests may need”. Personally – I’m fine with this as I very rarely called the dining line unless it was for one of those listed reasons…
The Skyliner is back in action!! Luckily it was only down for a little while, and now that they have fixed whatever issue it was that caused the closure in the first place. You should be all set to soar on your next Disney vacation. Personally, I can’t wait to ride. Disney has not disclosed the cause of the shutdown or commented about the photos – but they have “made adjustments to our processes and training, as well as confirming they have improved the communication system with guests during their flight.
A few other random and exciting updates that came out this week; Animal Kingdom has a new tasting sampler, the Beauty and the Best Lounge is now open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and the EPCOT Experience is here and a great way to show you all the changes headed to the park!
Our focus for the next few weeks is going to be WINE & DINE!! We now have course maps, bib numbers, and corral information available. I have a 2019 Wine & Dine Half Marathon post that I keep updated with the most important info – so be sure to check it out if you have any questions about the event!
Moving on to Walt Disney World Marathon week… I can’t begin to tell you how many people reached out last week after the full marathon SOLD OUT to the general public! And as of this morning – the half marathon is sold out as well.
Right now, we still have bibs, so if you wanted to run there’s still a chance! Just fill out our form so I can get a package quote put together for you. (And one more thing to note – the only race registration we are sold out of is the 5K!)
Speaking of Walt Disney World Marathon, chEAR Squad Packages are now available to book for your support team… and the new Runners Square packages are open as well! The Runners Square is this year’s version of the Runners Retreat… let me do a little research to figure out all the details and I’ll let you know more about this next week.
Over the weekend runDisney gave us a preview of the races for Star Wars Rival Run. Guys… I am still so totally novice when it comes to Star Wars, but I am PUMPED about the artwork. I think I even know who most of these characters are!! What are your thoughts?!
… and speaking of previews… the 2020 Disney Princess Half Marathon medals were released! I AM OBSESSED WITH THEM ALL.
One more note regarding 2020 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. I know it seems crazy to book SO far in advance, but one thing I learned this year… when the promotional discounts for that week were released, adding in the promotion actually caused most people’s packages to go UP in price.
That shows us that you really do get the best possible deal by booking EARLY! We were able to lock in low room rates and low ticket prices as well (Disney loves to increase ticket prices each year). Remember, we can always go in and make changes to your plans… but securing your race registrations while taking advantage of lower rates… it makes sense!!
You guys know there are ALWAYS a ton of specials and deals I can help you book, but today I am going to focus on one main one… Adventures by Disney.
For a limited time, you can save $400 per person on select international and domestic land Adventures by Disney departures, and $250 per person on select domestic Escape departures. Guys – that’s a savings of up to $1,600 for a family of four!! This offer is good for travel departing May 1-Oct. 31, 2020.
This offer includes the following land departures:
- Domestic: Alaska, Canadian Rockies, Southern California and Wyoming
- Europe: Austria and Czech Republic, England and France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway and Scotland
- Exotic: Amazon and Galapagos, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Japan, Peru and South Africa
- Escape: Boston and New York
If Adventures By Disney is something you’ve been considering, please shoot me an email and let’s talk!!
Traveling with a child is challenging but can offer all kinds of experiences that a family wouldn’t otherwise have together. However, some kids have problems when they travel, and this may give you pause when trying to decide whether or not to book that vacation. Fortunately, there are quick fixes available for most of the problems that all children when they travel.
We’re still in the middle of our Countdown to runDisney and I don’t think I have ever had so much FUN on Instagram before. Seriously!! If you’ve been following along and posting – THANK YOU! If you haven’t – it’s not too late to join in on the fun! Today we’re missing Disneyland…
I’m also excited to talk about two new pages on my personal blog. RunDisney Central, and RunDisney Charity. Both of those pages were created with you in mind – a really quick way to get the most important information you could need for your upcoming runDisney race.
When searching for flights on sites like Kayak or Expedia and sorting by lowest price, you’ll likely spot some options from Spirit Airlines. But is flying with the budget carrier worth it? Seriously – should you buy that cheap Spirit Airlines ticket?
GET THIS… Japan Airlines has released an online seat map that uses a baby face symbol to let you know, in advance, where all the babies are going to sit on any given flight… so you can avoid them. What do you think about THAT??
In other embarrassing news, Americans are the Worst Behaved Travelers in the World. Are you surprised? I’m not… yikes!
We are having a ridiculous amount of fun over on Instagram with our Countdown to RunDisney photo challenge. I’ve found so many new runners to follow and have had the best time going back and reliving all the great memories!!
Just use the hashtag #30DaysOfRunDisney to play along.