runDisney Blog Meetup: McFarland USA

I was excited to learn I sent my RSVP in time to get a spot in the runDisney Blog Meetup to see McFarland USA at Downtown Disney last Sunday afternoon.  We had planned to head home around lunchtime, but changed our plans so I could stay for the 4pm movie. We went to Animal Kingdom and we ended up staying a little later than I’d planned.  There was no line for Kali River Rapids (because … Continue reading

The Return of the runDisney Meetup…Sort Of

If you’ve been running runDisney for years, you surely remember the years of the popular, exciting, fun and controversial runDisney Meetups.  Originally started as a way to spread the word about runDisney on social media (back when races didn’t sell out for months, if ever), they let a small group (20-100ish) of runDisney fans get together one night before the race in one of the parks to do a short run, have refreshments and hear … Continue reading

runDisney Princess Half Weekend – Fun Before the Races!

Where We Stayed For this race weekend, we decided to be “economically responsible” and stay at POP Century.  While we’ve stayed at some very cheap offsite hotels before (we stayed twice at one that was only about $50 a night), I’ve never stayed at a Value resort on Disney property before, mainly because I had visions of hundreds of cheerleaders or other youth sports groups running up and down the hallways all night long. Luckily … Continue reading

runDisney Meetups – Missing the Magic

It’s less than two weeks before the Princess Half marathon weekend and in previous years, this would be the beginning of meet-up stalking season. The first runDisney prerace meetup was in 2010 as part of the inaugural Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend.  The signup was offered on the Disney Parks blog and all you had to do to get an invitation was to be one of the first twenty people to RSVP via e-mail.   … Continue reading

Wine & Dine runDisney Meetup Recap

Lightning struck twice and I was able to get into the runDisney meetup for Wine & Dine.  I had such an amazing time at the meetup for Princess (read about it here) that learning I made it in to the Wine & Dine meetup was doubly exciting (here’s the story of how I got in).  RunDisney took lots of photos throughout the event and was kind enough to share them with us, so most of … Continue reading

Meetup Magic – Wine & Dine Half

About a month before the Princess Half Marathon, I started seeing buzz on Facebook about the official runDisney meetup.  It sounded awesome but really difficult to get into with whole blog posts dedicated to analyzing the timing of past meetup announcements and blog auto-refresh strategies to maximize your chances of getting that golden ticket magical e-mail. In the past,  runDisney posted on the Disney blog some details on the meetup about two weeks before the … Continue reading

Disney Princess Half 2013 – Part 2: RunDisney Meetup

Part 1 – Just Getting There The one good thing about having a two year old who apparently only needs 4 hours of sleep per night is that oversleeping isn’t a high risk issue.  I set two alarms just to be sure, but Eli wakes up at 5am like clockwork (and 10pm, and midnight, and 3am and 4 am) so I figured I’d be safe without a wake up call scheduled.  Waking up went smoothly, … Continue reading