A friend of ours will be doing the Goofy Run this coming January. We have a condo in Kissimmee, and would like to watch the race and cheer him on. Are spectators allowed? We do have annual passes. Thanks, Dad!
Dad’s Goofy Answer
Sue, boy – Dad’s not a runner, but if he were, the runDisney races would be just the thing for a different experience. runDisney races are cool – not only do runners get to run (duh) but there are characters and fun all along the course. Neat! But what kind of fun can spectators have at a runDisney event?
The Goofy’s Race and A Half Challenge is part of WDW’s biggest, baddest runDisney event – Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Other events include the Princess, Dark Side, and Wine & Dine runs throughout the year, but this is the biggie. It’s happening January 4-8, 2017 and there are full and half marathons plus 10k, 5k, and kids races.
Goofy’s Race and A Half Challenge means that your friend will be running TWICE. On Jan 7 there’s the half marathon and on Jan 8 there’s the full marathon. Wow, Dad’s tired just thinking about all that running.
If you want to cheer him on, there are a few ways. First, all runners are tracked so you can view them online and see where they are – this is helpful if you are planning to hop from park to park and try to catch a glimpse of them (you’ll need park admission to enter any parks, of course).
For the full and half marathons, you can even watch from Magic Kingdom before the park opens – the race starts at EPCOT and mile 5.3 is at Cinderella Castle. If you want to watch this, you don’t even need a park ticket, but you will need to arrive at Magic Kingdom around 5:30am and you’ll need to leave before the park opens.
For the finish line, you can view your runner in the Imagine parking lot at EPCOT, but you’ll need to park at the Ticket and Transportation center and take the monorail to EPCOT, then walk to the parking lot finish line.
In all of these cases, your views may not be the greatest – it depends on how early you stake out a spot and how many other spectators are there. Disney does offer a number of ChEAR Squad premium viewing packages for spectators:
A Gold package will set you back $65 for one day and $85 for two days – you’ll get a shirt, a blanket, and a clapper to help cheer on your runner, a reserved viewing area at Magic Kingdom and the finish line, access to private restrooms, and even some beverages.
A Platinum package costs $120 for one day and $280 for two days and includes everything thin the gold package plus access to the Race Retreat – including a private hospitality tent at the finish line with live video feeds from the race, character meet and greets, a post-race brunch, and a special location to meet with your runner at the end.