my first and only rundisney experience thus far

As always, I'm joining Laurie over at Disney 'n Diapers for all things Disney these Wednesdays. Say hi to the other Laurie for me, yes?

I've wanted to do a RunDisney event since I first discovered running. After much convincing, I got my father to agree to do the Jingle Jungle 5K. It's just one of the events happening during the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. It was a great first peak into what RunDisney is all about.


These events are intense. They cover all their bases. It's not your local fun run for sure. My father was kind enough to pick up all our packets so we wouldn't have to leave the parks (amazing) so I can't speak to what that was like but I know it took him hours. He gave each of us these things along with t-shirts and such.

These events start early. I don't even know how early we were up I just know it was still dark. And so cold for Florida! I wasn't prepared. I didn't have enough coffee. I didn't even have pants. We had to drive to Animal Kingdom and follow all sorts of directional signs and there we were. Corralled by speed.

There were so many people. Just so many. They have speakers and music and then poof! fireworks go off and we are running. All around the parking lot and then into the park itself. There were many characters along the way but we all just kept on running ala Forrest Gump. I suppose if you were less interested in a getting a certain time you could wait in the little lines that form and get your photo taken with Goofy in a Santa hat. 

We got an enormous medal that now adorns my Christmas tree each year. The race ended early enough that we could have gotten to the parks in time for opening if we saw fit. 

Well oiled machines these RunDisney events. Well. Oiled.

Have you ever done a RunDisney event? What was your favorite?