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    Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2024

    I'll be headed to the Expo on Thursday. I hope I can get a virtual queue spot for merch - virtual queue app has not been my friend over time. I'm running in the 10k and a lot of my running group (Long Beach Galloway) are running in the Half Marathon. I've been reading some posts about WDW marathon weekend that volunteer organization was very poor in many places. Volunteers willing but no direction from CMs - and some bonus stuff for those leads but with that lack of direction you wonder what the incentive was supposed to be.

    I'll post what I experience later this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olegc View Post
    I'll be headed to the Expo on Thursday. I hope I can get a virtual queue spot for merch - virtual queue app has not been my friend over time. I'm running in the 10k and a lot of my running group (Long Beach Galloway) are running in the Half Marathon. I've been reading some posts about WDW marathon weekend that volunteer organization was very poor in many places. Volunteers willing but no direction from CMs - and some bonus stuff for those leads but with that lack of direction you wonder what the incentive was supposed to be.

    I'll post what I experience later this week.
    Fingers crossed for a better experience than has been reported from WDW, olegc.
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    Virtual queue was secured - first time in a while. Group 8 to boot so very early. On site it was a mess at first because everyone lined up early. I guess many of these veterans from WDW races are used to getting in a line soon before your group is called. after about an hour it settled down and was smooth. They had a TON of merch and kept restocking the shelves - sof for first day it was a great crew (at least the first half of the day). The bib booths upstairs were never really busy with lots of CMs (hired contractors actually).

    Two small complaints I have 1) signage tends to be small inside the hotel. Thats hard since there's so much movement of guests back and forth you cant see it - and you cant hear the CMs shouting where everything is. Its OK to put up bigger signs on the walls for a weekend. 2) they try to manage guest flow by having the entrance to the expo near the lobby area but the exit is ALL THE WAY to the end - near where the parking lots start. Many guests were flustered when they picked up their bibs upstairs and just wanted to leave. Some even told the CMs "no, im exiting here" at the glass doors. Maybe put transparent or opaque covers on the glass - something to disuade guests. I see the reason for the flow - but having to navigate through lots of wandering and unsure guests just to get out can be frustrating.

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    oh one more annoyance. Folks grabbing all sorts of merch and creating piles all over the place while they decide on more. Some even trying on two or three of the same item to make sure it fit right. I dont begrudge anyone from doing that to be sure your expensive purchases are worth it - but there's not that merch room in the merch area.

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    We were at DCA today with friends, who REALLY liked the look of this year's merch and was sad that it wasn't available for sale in the regular stores once the RunDisney expo ended (assuming there was any left). I didn't love the Dumbo Double Dare jacket - but I respect anyone with the right to wear one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by currence View Post
    We were at DCA today with friends, who REALLY liked the look of this year's merch and was sad that it wasn't available for sale in the regular stores once the RunDisney expo ended (assuming there was any left). I didn't love the Dumbo Double Dare jacket - but I respect anyone with the right to wear one.
    I was told by friends who visit WDW during races that race merch tended to show up in the hotels by Sunday since they were trying to move it all out of inventory with the runners and fans still around. Sunday at Disneyland neither the Dland hotel or GCH had anything in the shops. I guess Dland is still in the "send it to Company D" mode.

    My run Saturday was interesting - further back in the corrals so no stops for character pics. Just fly bys. I finished and thought i pushed hard but my official time looked different. Oh well - lots of weaving. There were plenty of runners and walkers after I finished so I guess it was OK.

    Sunday was crazy - 10,000 runners or so. so many people. I arrived at 6 to cheer and at the bag check on Clementine some bike escort yelled out to get out of the way runners coming through. They shot through the security screening device and turned to the finish. I guess they missed the turn to Disney Way.

    As usual - so many great costumes from the runners. Lots of Dumbo and Timothy Mouse.

    Also, im on the fence with the finish area being in the Pumbaa cast lot. Its great to have a dedicated space - but its so far away from everything else after the fact. Also - its so spread out and some hiccups on where to send runners and fans.

    I also heard that photo stops were closed very early during the 5k to make sure people were out of the park well before opening.

    AVP today mentioned the crazy dead stop during the half marathon. My friends were in that. 2 minutes without moving at all.

    I also heard that hundreds of people were swept in the esplanade after mile 3. To me - that bottleneck didn't help - but I also think it was a lot of folks who really should not have registered for the half who did. I take that stand due to a conversation I had with a friend. He said he registered for the challenge. However, he barely finished the 5k, started the 10 and then got swept, then was swept in the esplanade for the half. I appreciate the position that registering for the challenge should be open - but if you haven't trained and say to yourself you probably should sign up - that's a little unfair to those runners who could do the challenge and couldn't get a spot. So many runners were in the 10k and Half but couldn't get the challenge. The crazy thing is this person got his finisher medal for the challenge. he's not supposed to. Only the half marathon medal (all racers get the medal even if they were swept). He wouldn't give me details of how he got it. Though he said these days you can register for virtual and get all the medals - without submitting proof. So I guess rDisney is just willing to take your money without considering what's appropriate.

    As i said I'm trying not to belittle the choice someone makes who wants to try - but you need to take a good assessment whether you can make it. Of course maybe some ofthe blame lies with Disney and its lack of demand management during registration. Its so frantic.
    "[Disneyland] has that thing - the imagination, and the feeling of happy excitement - I knew when I was a kid." - Walt Disney

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