This will be our third year doing the CHOC Walk. In fact, above my desk, I have the blown up group pictures of us in our Disney VoluntEARS shirts with allll the other voluntEARS people in front of the train station before the sun comes up.
It's really not difficult to do -- the Tinkerbaby has done it both years. Our group has included kids as young as 5, and they had no trouble. You can power walk (once the crowd thins out) or you can meander. But since the park's not open, you definitely have to stick to the course.
The last two years, it started on Main Street; wound through Disneyland, went backstage and out through the Esplanade, wound through DCA before ending up in Downtown Disney. There is a rousing morning ceremony where some kids who have benefitted from CHOC speak -- that's always very inspiring. Throughout the walk, there are characters cheering the walkers on and volunteers handing out water. Last year, we met the "boss of Disneyland" as the kids said (Ed Grier) on the course, and he was kind enough to pose for a picture with our group.
In Downtown Disney, they have snacks for walkers. Some merchants set up tables and pass out free stuff like you'd get at a convention -- visors, etc.
The participants are all so enthusiastic, and you really do come away feeling like you've done a good thing. We enjoy it so much that we stay in a hotel the night before (we live about 2 hours away from Disneyland) just so we can get up before dawn to do this. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who wants to feel like they've done something good!