Yesterday, it finally happened. RunDisney broke the news of the “new and improved” Disneyland Half theme. Rumors have been circulating ever since registration opened in December and runners noticed that the Dumbo Double Dare Registration was replaced with Disneyland Double Dare for 2017.
The theme that won? Pixar!
There are a lot of mixed feelings about this on the RunDisney web spaces, but personally I’m thrilled. I love all of the Pixar movies, and some of my tentative costume ideas were already Pixar themed. Let’s take a closer look at how the races are themed individually:
“Adventure is out there” for the little runners who want to get in on the runDisney action! The runDisney Kids Races presented by GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce on the Go will be celebrating “Up” where every Wilderness Explorer will have the chance to earn his or her very own finisher medallion! Adventure awaits for your young runner in the Kids Dashes or Diaper Dash during this fun-filled weekend. Space is limited. Parents are allowed to run with their children.
Personally, I think this theme would have been a better 5K theme, but I’m sure there will be a bunch of tiny Wilderness Explorers and I can’t wait to see pictures.
Join Mr. and Mrs. Incredible to see how far you can stretch your running abilities on this incredible 3.1-mile run, perfect for the whole family to enjoy. It’s an amazing sunrise run throughout the spectacular Disneyland® Resort! Plus, there are plenty of surprises along the way and at the finish line to celebrate your accomplishment.
While I wish Cars was the theme here, I can see why they chose Incredibles. The 5K is the most family friendly event, so this works nicely with that theme.
It’s time to scare up some great runs with some of our favorite Monsters, Mike and Sulley, for the Disneyland® 10K! The race starts on the streets of Anaheim, passing through the Grand Plaza of the Anaheim Convention Center before entering Cars Land at Disney California Adventure® Park. You’ll continue into Disneyland® Park, down Main Street, U.S.A., before completing the final stretch of the course and arriving at the scare-tastic finish line!
The costumes for this one will be epic. Please, please, please someone carry around a scare pig! When I was guessing what movies would be which, I had this one pegged as Finding Nemo since it’s currently more popular, but since Disneyland does have the Mike and Sully to the rescue ride, it makes sense.
Disneyland Half Marathon
You’ve got a friend in runDisney and the gang from “Toy Story” for a magical 13.1-mile run through the “Happiest Place on Earth!” Your amazing run will take you through Disney California Adventure® Park, Disneyland® Park, the Disneyland® Resort and the streets of Anaheim before a fantastic “Toy Story” celebratory finish. It all adds up to a race that takes runners “To Infinity and Beyond” with miles of smiles and unforgettable moments.
Toy Story is one of my favorite movies and holds a special place in my heart. If I wasn’t already super excited about running my first Disneyland Half, I’m now about to explode with happiness. Wait till you see my costume for this one 😉
Disneyland Double Dare
This year’s Disneyland® Double Dare will not only be celebrating Pixar but will also be commemorating the fifth anniversary of the challenge! Disneyland® Double Dare combines the 10K on Saturday with the Half Marathon on Sunday – totaling 19.3 miles through the magical Disneyland® Resort. If you finish both races within the pacing requirements, you will be awarded the 5th Anniversary Disneyland® Double Dare medal in addition to your Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.
This one is the most vague description of all the races. What is the theme for the medal? I guess we’ll have to wait and see! When they release the designs, you can find my thoughts here.
Overall, I get that some people are disappointed at the loss of the “traditional” Disneyland Half weekend themes and the Dumbo Double Dare, but with sales slumping the last few years, it was time to make a change to increase interests.
Now, if you need me, I’ll be counting down the days until the medal release!