Disneyland Paris Magical Run Weekend – What’s it all about?

Run Weekend Practical Information

See Disney’s Official information here.


What is the Disneyland Paris Magical Run Weekend?

The Run Weekend does exactly what it says on the tin; it gives you the opportunity to run some races in the Disneyland Paris parks and surroundings.


What’s involved?

Races – 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and kids races through the Disney parks and their surroundings, featuring entertainment and characters on the routes.

Special Events – TBC

Health & Wellness Expo – Bib and t-shirt collection, Speaker Series, Exclusive Merchandise, RunDisney Photopass+ purchase and registration.


The Races

For each race entered you will receive a personalised bib (which you attach to your t-shirt for the race), a gEAR bag, a t-shirt, refreshments and medal (the latter upon completion of the race).

5k Race – Friday 21st September @8pm.  From age 5 upwards.

10k Race – Saturday 22nd September @7am.  From age 14 upwards.  Course runs through both Disney Parks.

Kids Races – Saturday 22nd September @11am.   Distances – 100m – from 1 to 3 years, 200m – from 4 to 7 years, 1K – from 8 to 12 years.

Half Marathon – Sunday 23rd September @7am.  From age 18 upwards and upon the completion of a Medical Certificate.  Course runs through both Disney Parks.



The Challenges

31k Challenge – Complete both the 10k and the Half Marathon and receive an extra Challenge Medal

36k Challenge – Complete the 5k, 10k and Half Marathon and receive an extra Challenge Medal (in addition to the 31k Challenge medal.  3 races; 5 medals!)

Castle to Chateau Challenge – Complete a Half Marathon in Disneyland California or Walt Disney World Florida in 2018 aswell as the one in Paris and receive an extra Challenge Medal.

All races must be finished within the pacing requirements in order to earn the challenge medals. (see below)






Do I need to be able to run the whole race?

Absolutely not!  You may run the entire race, alternate running and walking, or walk the whole course.  The only stipulation is that you must stay under the minimum pace requirement of 16 minutes per mile.  If you want to stop for photos and/or characters you will need to train at a minimum of a 15 minute per mile pace (approximately 9 minutes per kilometre).

Check out Boot Hill Mary Poppins’ ‘non-running’ review of Run Weekend here.

How Can I Train for the Races?

Check out the training plans by Jeff Galloway, the official training consultant for RunDisney and founder of the Run Walk Run method.  (Boot Hill Blog highly recommends this method!).  Click here.

For support, camaraderie and post-race cocktails, join the running group Run DV on Facebook.  Click here to join.

How Do I Book It?

You can book a race package with accommodation, park tickets, and race bibs directly from Disneyland Paris by calling your country’s dedicated phone number listed here.  You may also book via a Travel Agent, as listed here.   Another option is to book your accomodation, park tickets and race bibs/entries separately.  Race bibs are expected to be on sale in late Spring 2018.


Can I wear a costume for the races?

Costumes are allowed and even encouraged!


What is the RunDisney Photopass+?

The RunDisney Photopass+ is an optional purchase.  After the races, you can view, download and print your photos from the races.  There will be photographers at various locations around the race courses, including Character stops and at the Finish Line.  There are two types of Photopass+ to purchase for the weeked, with one of them also giving the option to download extra photos taken in the Parks during your stay.


Click here to read Boot Hill Ted’s comprehensive review of the 2017 races.



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