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|December 12, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Resorts|
One of the hidden gems at the Walt Disney World Resort is the Bonnet Creek Resort located near Downtown Disney. This resort is made up of the Hilton Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando hotels and provides unparalleled accommodations and luxury….and that is coming from this DVC member, Disney resort loving gal!
This resort is also a great place to stay during runDisney race weekends! They have started offering a special experience for runners called Marathon Weekends which includes a special rate on accommodations, complimentary transportation to and from the race, snacks and beverages at the pre-race celebration, a runners welcome package and much more!
I recently had the opportunity to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando during Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend and had an amazing time. Let’s take a look at the resort and some of what you get during Marathon Weekends.
Waldorf Astoria hotels are known for their luxury, elegance and sophistication. This one is no exception and really makes you feel like you are far away from Walt Disney World. As you walk in the circular lobby you are greeted by this elegant seating area. Just look at the detail on the ceiling!
Off of the lobby is a complimentary water station with different flavored waters and the beautiful Peacock Alley. This lounge is full of comfy, plush furnishings and features a live pianist in the evenings. I must admit I was a bit jealous of everyone in there on the night of the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.
Out back is a gorgeous, simple pool area with numerous cabanas available. This pool is definitly geared more towards adults, but good news is that resort guests with children can head next door to the Hilton’s (the hotels are connected) large pool and lazy river!
The grand feeling in the lobby carries through to the guest room floors. Just walking down the hallway to your room, you know that there is something special in store.
Our Deluxe Room featured two queen beds, flat screen TV, work station, double closets, coffee maker and an incredibly spacious bathroom featuring a large jacuzzi tub and wonderful glass shower.
The rooms all come with two super comfy robes (that are available for purchase) and let me just tell you, these were PERFECT when I came back cold and wet from the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. I bundled right up in one of these.
And the beds…oh the beds! The fluffy pillows and warm comforter are the perfect way to rest up before and after a race. This was honestly one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in!
One of the perks of the Waldorf Astoria is their turndown service. Not only is your bed turned down, but slippers are left out for you and chocolates are waiting to be indulged in.
Marathon Weekend Amenities
Upon checking in during Marathon Weekends, you will be given a gift bag that includes instructions for the weekend and some accessories like bandaids! In your room you will find extra bottles of water and a few runner friendly snack to help fuel you for the big race.
Before the race, a pre-race celebration is held over at the Hilton, which is also where the complimentary race transportation leaves from. This is just a quick walk from the resort or there is a a shuttle to bring you over. Here you will find a TON of enthusiastic cheerleaders, food and beverage to fuel up and some really fun photo ops.
Since Wine & Dine is a night race, they had a lot of glowing items available too. I love these bracelets!
If you are looking for a pampering, relaxing and luxurious retreat during your runDisney race weekend, look no further than the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The service and amenities are first-class and definitely help put you at ease during those hectic race weekends. Rooms are still available for the upcoming Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and Princess Half Marathon Weekend at very reasonable rates…check it out!
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL 32821
Disclosure: I was a guest of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and was provided with complementary accommodations for two nights. I was not required to write this post and no monetary compensation has been received. All opinions are 100% my own.
|April 22, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under WDW Marathon Weekend|
Registration for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend opens today at noon! How did this get here so quickly?!?
The festivities take place January 7 – 11, 2014 with over 50,000 runners converging on Walt Disney World. This race weekend is the ultimate runner’s family vacation. There is something for everyone! From the youngest in the family to the Dopiest of runners, you are sure to find an event for you. Registration opens today at noon and you can click here to register for any (or all) of the events.
Most races saw a 5-6% increase in pricing this year. The prices are as follows:
- $530 by June 24, 2014
- $560 between June 25 and August 19, 2014
- $590 on or after August 20, 2014
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
- $360 by June 24, 2014
- $380 between June 25 and August 19, 2014
- $400 on or after August 20, 2014
Walt Disney World Marathon
- $170 by June 24, 2014
- $185 between June 25 and August 19, 2014
- $200 on or after August 20, 2014
Walt Disney World Half Marathon
- $170 by June 24, 2014
- $185 between June 25 and August 19, 2014
- $200 on or after August 20, 2014
Walt Disney World 10K
- $105 by June 24, 2014
- $120 between June 25 and August 19, 2014
- $135 on or after August 20, 2014
Disney Family Fun Run 5K
- $60 per participant by September 23, 2014
- $70 on or after September 24, 2014
runDisney Kids’ Races
- $15 per child by September 23, 2014
- $20 on or after September 24, 2014
- $30 per child by September 23, 2014
- $35 on or after September 24, 2014
Race Retreat Packages
- $120 Full Marathon
- $120 Half Marathon
- $225 Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
- $225 Dopey Challenge
Pasta in the Park Parties
- $54 per adult
- $30 per child
Don’t forget that DVC members receive a discount on runDisney events! Make sure to visit your member page to obtain the discount codes.
As usual for most runDisney events, packet pick-up will be required at the Health & Fitness Expo held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex beginning Wednesday, January 7th. There are so many other great events over the weekend, like the Pasta in the Park Party, Cool Down Party and more! Visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend.
You can also check out some posts from the past few WDW Marathon Weekends to get you excited!
- Completing Your First Marathon – The BEST Feeling EVER!
- The runDisney ChEAR Squad Experience
- Lessons Learned from the Walt Disney World Marathon
- Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Health & Fitness Expo
- A Plan to Be Perfectly Dopey!
- The Family Reunion Breakfast Experience
- Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney
- Dopey Challenge: Four Days of Disney Running
- Polynesian Club Level Experience During the 2014 WDW Marathon Weekend
- Inaugural Walt Disney World Minnie Mouse 10K Race Recap
- Marathon Weekend Eats in Walt Disney World
- Disney Marathon VoluntEARing: A Runner’s Perspective
- Kids Races at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
- 2014 Disney Family Fun Run 5K Race Recap
- Reflecting on my Walt Disney World Marathon While Finding Inspiration in Others
- 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Race Recap – Part 1
- 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Race Recap – Part 2
- The Days Leading Up to the 20th WDW Marathon
- 2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Recap
- WDW Marathon Weekend runDisney Meet Up
- The Walt Disney World Marathon Perfect 20
So what race will you be running over Marathon Weekend?
|February 2, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under RAD Recaps|
So this little guy saw his shadow this morning, meaning we are in for 6 more weeks of winter… Really Phil…come on! Well I guess I’ll be bundling up and shoveling snow for a while longer…on the bright side it will just make Spring all that more wonderful 🙂 This week was pretty RAD and if you missed it, well…. Glynnis took us to the Cool Down Party in Downtown Disney during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. This looked like a lot of FUN! All of the races for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend went on sale Tuesday and then promptly sold out in under 24 hours. It is quite unbelievable how popular this race weekend is. Speaking of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, Kim compared that race weekend to the recent Tinker Bell Half Marathon. I have to say…Tink looks better to me! And finally, Stacy experienced the Family Reunion Breakfast after the Inaugural WDW 10K and shares the positives and negatives. Also around the interwebs…
- Kimmy shares the ins and outs of chEARing at a Disney race.
- Megan shares her final thoughts on the Dopey Challenge.
- Jenn from Eat, Sleep, Run Disney has a new name and a new look! Go check out a Healthy Dose of Pixie Dust!
Hope everyone enjoys the Super Bowl today and if your team is playing…best of luck! Being a NY Giants fan, it’s just fun to watch the game at Giants Stadium this year (yes, it will always be Giants Stadium!). However, I do find the Kitty Halftime Show during the Puppy Bowl the highlight of the day…
|January 27, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Guest Posts, Race Weekend Events, WDW Marathon Weekend|
I was way too sore to attend the Cool Down Party last year and I was really bummed to miss it. Now after reading Glynnis‘ experience this year, I’m even more bummed! This looks like so much fun and a great way to enjoy the end of Marathon Weekend! And I mean really, who doesn’t love discounted food and drinks?!?
My first marathon was the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2007. Since then, my love for runDisney and running has skyrocketed and I try to make the most of every opportunity I have to participate in these incredible events. I’ve now run in WDW Marathon weekend three times, but this year was my longest trip yet.
I was one of the lucky, albeit somewhat crazy, runners to run the Inaugural Dopey Challenge (5K, 10K, Half, Full- 48.6 total miles). Running four days in a row, of any distance, can be exhausting, especially when your alarm goes off at 3am each of those days! I knew, however, that I didn’t want my race weekend to end with the marathon. I wanted to participate in Race Weekend from beginning to end, by closing out the week with the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney.
The party is open to everyone and is essentially a chance for runners to meet up one last time before race weekend ends and to enjoy discounts at certain restaurants and stores. Not all establishments participate in the discounts, but runDisney advertised those that would be participating in their Official Event Guide.
The party’s hours are from 4-8pm, which is when the discounts are supposed to be valid. After the marathon, my boyfriend (who ran with me) and I were so exhausted, we needed a few hours of rest, to rejuvenate and try to relieve some of the pain in our feet! We arrived to Downtown Disney around 6pm.
runDisney announced via Twitter that official merchandise would be available at Team Mickey store in DTD during the party, so we headed there first to check it out. Unfortunately, the selection was extremely limited and they only had some generic runDisney Sweaty Bands© and runDisney shirts in select sizes. I had purchased plenty at the expo, so I didn’t really need to buy anything else, but I was a little disappointed in the selection. Also, the Team Mickey staff seemed confused when I asked them about the runDisney merchandise, which was a bit surprising.
We then grabbed a margarita at the margarita stand and walked around to browse the stores. We stopped at World of Disney, Disney’s Candy Cauldron (for a post-race caramel apple!) and D Street (vinylmation). None of those stores offered a discount, but they are my essential stops in DTD! 🙂
While exploring DTD, we found a Lego version of Dopey, so of course a picture was in order!
We ate a huge lunch after the race, so we weren’t really looking for a meal, but stopped at Bongo’s Cuban Café Express for appetizers. Bongo’s offered a 20% discount for runners, which was one of the more generous discounts.
runDisney had some displays in DTD West Side, including a listing of all participating establishments and the backdrops of the race medals that were available at the expo. I took this opportunity to take my picture in front of the Dopey sign with my medals.
We also passed some ladies creating chalk art on the street with a “Frozen” runDisney theme. Very cute!
As usual, DTD had some live music, but this time, they also had a TV streaming highlights from race weekend, which was a nice touch!
Finally, on our way out, I wanted to stop by Little MissMatched, which was listed as offering free socks to all runners. We got there a little after 8pm, but they were very friendly and completely fine with still offering the deal. The deal was buy any item in the store, get a free pack of socks. And all items in the store were apparently half off. So I got a pack of socks, a headband and hair ties for less than $5. Not bad!
Most participating establishments were restaurants, but Disney Quest (indoor theme park), Characters in Flight (hot air balloon rides) and Splitsville Luxury Lanes all offered discounts. Some stores besides Little MissMatched participated as well.
I wish we’d have had the energy to do more, but after 48.6 miles, my feet had enough and I was physically drained. Downtown Disney is always a fun place to be and it was so nice relaxing with fellow runners to wrap up the big weekend. Just being in an environment surrounded by other runners who share the runDisney passion was a wonderful experience. Everywhere we looked, someone was wearing a medal and we exchanged congratulations all night. Such a wide variety of people participate in these events and it was certainly nice to have an opportunity to meet other runners in a non-race, purely social setting. The discounts are nice, but my favorite part of the evening was certainly the camaraderie. Plus, it gave us all another chance to show off our race bling!
What’s your favorite post-race way to celebrate? Have you ever attended a runDisney post race event? Which is your favorite?
Glynnis Zieman currently lives in Phoenix, AZ and is a native of Overland Park, KS. She is a physician and distance runner, and started a running blog in 2013. Her first marathon was WDW in 2007 and WDW 2014 was her 29th full.
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