Complete Guide to Disney Fun Runs

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Complete Guide to Disney Fun Runs

February 2021 Update: Due to the recent impacts of Covid-19 unfortunately many of the attractions and events such as the Disney Fun Runs have been canceled!

We know these are trying times. Many of us are facing new challenges, and we are all living under a new normal. Here at The Park Prodigy we are committed to bringing you the most up to date information when planning your next trip. It’s important to note that based off of the reopen Florida tasks forces guidelines we do expect the park experiences to be different for the foreseeable future.

If you did plan a trip this fall and were hoping to take place in one of the Disney World runs make sure you reach out to guest services before your arrive. It is possible that Disney will update the Disney fun run schedule in the future without advanced notice.

On your mark, get set, FUN RUN! Combine your love of running and Walt Disney world by participating in a Disney Fun Run! From one mile runs to 3ks, Disney has a bunch of different races throughout their resorts. Plus, Disney goes above and beyond to make sure your fun run experience is full of magic.

Fun Runs at Disney Resorts include characters and cast members cheering you on. They also include prizes like commemorative medals, mickey beignets, headphones, water bottles and more. But before you even start to plan your attendance, there’s a few things you need to know before signing up. We hope you find this post helpful, and if you are planning a trip to Disney be sure to check out our other FREE vacation planning tools. Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time on your next vacation and find the cheapest Walt Disney World tickets!

So if you’re ready for the complete Disney fun run planning guide, read on! 

SPECIAL NOTE: If you’re interested in joining an amazing running community be sure to check out our amazing virtual RunDisney page! 

 Disney World Crowd Calendar 2021

What are Disney Fun Runs?

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Disney resort fun runs are planned running (or walking) activities at various hotels throughout Disney World property. These are great opportunities for guests who would love to run through their favorite Walt Disney World hotels without the pricey sign up fee as Rundisney!

The average Disney family Fun run is a 3 K or 1.86 mils depending on the running trail near that resort. These can be a great way to start your day with a morning run and see parts of the Disney hotels you have never seen before.

The fun runs at Disney hotels are relatively new and even some cast members are not familiar with them so be sure to ask at the front desk upon checking in for an update. These are not to be confused with the long runs at Disney World which take place during Run Disney weekends.

How Often Do Resorts Have Disney Fun Runs?

Very often! Most resorts host their Disney 5k family fun runs on a weekly basis except the All Stars, Fort Wilderness and the Ploynesian. The All Stars Resorts are every other week, and Fort Wilderness and Polynesian have theirs during major holiday seasons. Before planning on attending  a Disney fun run, be sure to give the resort a call in advance or check the Disney activities calendar at the resort for dates and times. Furthermore, the only time of year when fun runs are not scheduled is during RunDisney race weekends. For more specific information, head over to RunDisney.com

Disney Fun Run Schedule

  • The Beignet Dash at Port Orleans French Quarter (Sunday 8AM)
  • The Southernmost Point 3K at Old Key West (Wednesday 7:30 AM)
  • Seaside Sprint Fun Run at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort (Friday 8:00 AM)
  • The Regatta Run at Yacht/Beach Club (Thursday 8:00 AM)
  • The Derby Dash at Saratoga Springs Resort (Thursday 8:00 AM)
  • The Running of Coronado at Coronado Springs Resort( Sunday 7:00 AM)
  • All-Stars and Icons Fun Run at All-Star Movies (Every other Tuesday 8:00 AM)
  • Fort Wilderness Disney Fun Run(seasonal)
  • The Pineapple Dash at the Polynesian Village Resort (holiday season only)

Who Can Participate in Disney Fun Runs?

Anyone can participate in Disney Resort fun runs! Even if you’re not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, you’re certainly still welcome to attend. There is also no age requirement and children under the age of three are free. 

When and Where to Sign Up for Disney Fun Runs?

You can register the morning of your Disney fun run, typically between 30 and 60 minutes before the scheduled run begins. 

Cost to Sign Up for Disney World Fun Runs?

Yes, Disney CAN put a price tag on exercise! And they do. Each resort fun run race will cost you $15 to sign up. But we think it’s totally worth the splurge! 

What Happens To Your Disney Fun Run If It Rains?

Just like many races, Disney Fun Runs will typically not be canceled if there is a little rain. However this is entirely up to the Disney Cast member hosting the event and if he does feel like the weather is unsafe for runners the race might be canceled. Disney will always put the safety of it’s guests first and this is especially true for any running events.

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List of Disney World Resort Fun Runs

The Beignet Dash at Port Orleans French Quarter

Mickey beignets. Need we say more?

Run Held: Sunday mornings at 7:30am

Preregistration: Ask a cast member upon check in

Morning Registration: Right next to the doubloon Lagoon Pool

Distance: 1.5 miles

Cost: $15.00 per person ages 3+

Prize: Mardi Gras finisher medal and a coupon for 3 free beignets

The Beignet Dash race route flows between Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside. This Disney family friendly run is not timed. This is one of our favorite races for warm breakfast of beignets waiting for you at the end! 

The Southernmost Point 3K at Old Key West

Ahhh, the ultimate relaxation destination of Old Key West.  For those looking to start their morning off with a little exercise, this family friendly fun run is a great way to do that.

Run Held: Wednesday mornings at 7:30am

Preregistration: Ask a cast member upon check in

Morning Registration: Right next to the sandcastle pool

Distance: 1.4 miles

Cost: $15.00 per person ages 3+

Prize: Special fun run medal and keepsake water bottle

Theme runs at Key West allow you to enjoy a scenic route surrounded by the beautiful landscapes. 

Seaside Sprint Fun Run at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

For anyone who can’t get enough of the beauty of the Disney Boardwalk, this is a fantastic experience we’d highly recommend splurging on.

Run Held: Friday mornings at 8:00am

Preregistration: Ask a cast member upon check in

Morning Registration: Right next Jellyrolls bar

Distance: 1.4 miles

Cost: $15.00 per person ages 3+

Prize: Coupon for a Goofy Glacier plus a commemorative pin

The Derby Dash Saratoga Springs Disney 

The Saratoga Springs Derby Dash packs a breathtaking and peaceful route near Disney Springs for kids and adults alike. 

Run Held: Thursday mornings at 8:00am

Preregistration: Ask a cast member upon check in

Morning Registration: Saratoga Springs front desk

Distance: 1.86 miles

Cost: $15.00 per person ages 3+

Prize: Commemorative medal and snacks

All-Stars and Icons Fun Run at All-Star Movies

Unleash your inner child with the All Star Fun Run! Held along the all star resort run trail this race is sure to be the perfect start to your morning. 

Run Held: Every other Tuesday morning at 7:00am

Preregistration: Ask a cast member upon check in

Morning Registration: The movie reel at All Star Movies Resort

Distance: 1.2 miles

Cost: $15.00 per person ages 3+

Prize: Commemorative sports pin and snacks

The Regatta Run at Yacht/Beach Club

This 3k Disney Fun Run is full of stunning views along the Disney Boardwalk.

Run Held: Thursday mornings at 8:00am

Preregistration: Ask a cast member upon check in

Morning Registration: Bayside Marina on the Yatch club side

Distance: 1.86 miles

Cost: $15.00 per person ages 3+

Prize: Commemorative pin, custom earbuds for adults and good bags with different prizes for kids.

We love both of the Disney Fun runs held at the boardwalk resorts. You just can’t beat that view!

The Running of Coronado at Coronado Springs Resort

We can’t think of a better way to start a Sunday at Walt Disney World than running the grounds at Coronado Springs.

Run Held: Sunday mornings at 7:00am

Preregistration: Ask a cast member upon check in

Morning Registration: Coronado Springs Front desk area

Distance: 1.7 miles

Cost: $15.00 per person ages 3+

Prize: TBD

You’ll love its breath taking views of Lago Dorado and residential areas surrounding the property. 

Fort Wilderness Disney Fun Run(seasonal)

Typically occurring during holidays like Halloween and the 4th of July, Fort Wilderness is known to mix things up with races starting at 2 miles and going up to a 5k. From what we’ve seen in the past, the prize is usually a key chain and a keepsake water bottle. 

The Pineapple Dash at the Polynesian Village Resort (holiday season only)

If you’re like us and would do anything for free Dope Whip, this race is for you. This Disney Fun Run is hosted during the holiday season, this race is a great time for family and friendly, and includes a finish line lei on top of free Dole Whip. 

Be sure to check the official Disney World website for all RunDisney information to make sure that the Fun Run you have planned won’t be interrupted!

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When is The Best Time to Visit Disney World?

Our Disney Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices, and average temperature. We also break down the best time to visit Disney World based on specific times of the year and special events.

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If you’re brand new to Disney vacation planning we recommend our Walt Disney World Planning Page! Learn more about Disney hotels by reading our Walt Disney World Hotels Review page.

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Michael Belmont

Michael Belmont is the owner and chief editor at Theparkprodigy.com, an authorized Disney and Universal travel agent. He specializes in Disney and Universal theme park tickets and vacation packages, as well as daily park plans to help optimize vacation time. Michael and The Park Prodigy have been featured on ABC’s Florida affiliate, WTFV, as well as over 10 Disney focused blogs. As owner, Michael manages The Park Prodigy blog and social media, a Disney themed podcast, and a Disney and Universal focused YouTube channel. Prior to starting The Park Prodigy, Michael was a long time Disney and Universal enthusiast, frequent visitor of the parks, and even served as a Walt Disney World Cast Member in Orlando, Florida!