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Your Guide to the Walt Disney World Resort Fun Runs

First Published: July 14, 2019
Last Updated: December 2, 2019

What are Disney Fun Runs?

Disney Fun Runs are activities at some of the Walt Disney World Resorts that allows guests to walk or run between one and two miles (3k is the longest) in the morning around the resort to earn a prize. The prizes vary from water bottles to headphones to pins to beignets (yes, that does say beignets), and the fun runs are some of the funnest activities we’ve done at the resorts. There are signs and cast members throughout the course showing which way to go, and the cast members cheer you on at each point. It’s such a fun way to start the day and see how pretty the resorts are in the morning.

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate in a Disney Fun Run even if you’re not staying at the Disney resort that is hosting the run or even if you’re not staying on Disney property. Locals are welcome to come join in the fun as well as anyone staying in the Walt Disney World resorts or surrounding hotels. Any age can participate too, but you don’t need to pay for children under three years old. 

Every Fun Run provides a bib for you each guest to make it even more official.

Do you have to run?

Even though it is called a Fun Run, you do not have to run. That’s probably why I enjoy them so much. Robert loves to run them, but I enjoy the scenery and watching the sunrise as I walk the route. Many of the participants do run as those interested in the runs are often runners, but there are also some who enjoy just walking to participate in the fun.

You can walk or run the Fun Runs.

How much does it cost?

While every resort has different prizes, the pricing for each fun run is $15 per person plus tax. No discounts are allowed except the Disney Vacation Club discount at Old Key West. Fort Wilderness is the only one that is free and does not charge, but they only have fun runs on major holidays, so it’s a special thing there.

Old Key West Resort is the only resort that offers any type of discount on the Fun Run: 10% off for DVC members.

How often do the resorts have fun runs?

While most of the resorts that host fun runs have them weekly, there is one resort (All-Stars) that has theirs every other week, and one other (Fort Wilderness) that has theirs on major holidays, so be sure to consult the information below and check your Disney activities calendar at the resort when you check in for updated dates and times.

The only time the fun runs are not scheduled is during RunDisney race weekends. You can check to see when the races fall, but usually the activities calendars will let guests know if there is a week the fun run will not be held due to a RunDisney race.

All of the RunDisney races

What if there is bad weather?

While this is rare, especially in the mornings, if there is bad weather, it is up to special Disney cast members to decide whether it is safe enough for guests to still participate in the fun run. Guests’ safety is always most important, so if the weather is bad, they may have to cancel the fun run.

Most days the weather is perfect for Fun Runs!

Do we get anything for it?

Every resort has a fun prize they give at the end of their fun run. They’re all different, and if you don’t finish for one reason or another, we’ve seen them still give the prizes to guests. Cast Members know things happen, especially with little ones or if it’s unusually hot one morning, so we’ve seen them still offer the prize even for those who don’t finish. They also provide small water bottles and a snack at some of the resort fun runs when you’re finished with the run which is a nice prize in itself when it’s early, and you’re hungry and/or thirsty. Most of them also have photo props to remember your fun run by.

Not every resort has this large of a spread, but they have all provided bottled water for us.

Is it worth it?

While $15 doesn’t seem like a lot, we know it can add up quickly when you have several family members participating. We absolutely love the Disney resort fun runs though, and if you’re looking for something fun to do with the family while at your resort, this would definitely be a great activity to get the family moving and making memories together. You also will each get to take a keepsake home remembering the fun you had which makes it even better.

Family Fun for everyone!

Other important info

You can pre-register for the fun runs ahead of time at the activities center or by calling 407-WDW-PLAY or register the morning of. We personally always do it the morning of in case something happens, and we don’t make it. Pre-registration is generally 30 minutes before the fun run begins. Be sure to get there early as there is a waiver to fill out for everyone. Times are subject to change to earlier for the spring and summer months and later for the fall and winter months, so always check your activities guide at your resort.

Everyone must fill out a waiver to participate in the Fun Run.

All-Stars and Icons Fun Run

  • Resort: All-Star Movies
  • Where: All-Star Movies Reel Spot
  • When: Every other Tuesday
  • Cost: $15 +tax
  • Time: 7:00 a.m. (pre-registration begins at 6:30 a.m.)
  • Distance: 1.2 miles
  • Prize: we have not done this Fun Run yet

Beignet Dash Fun Run

  • Resort: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort: French Quarter
  • Where: Riverwalk (between building 5 and Doubloon Lagoon Pool)
  • When: Every Sunday
  • Cost: $15 +tax
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. (pre-registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Prize: Mickey Beignets from Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at POFQ (we have done this in the past but not yet this year)
Definitely worth running for! Hint: everyone goes to get their beignets immediately. Go back to your room and shower and then go get them. The line will be MUCH shorter.

Derby Dash

  • Resort: Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
  • Where: Horsing Around Rentals/Community Hall
  • When: Every Thursday
  • Cost: $15 +tax
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. (pre-registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Distance: 1.44 miles
  • Prize: A medal (the back is engraved with “Derby Dash Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa”)

Regatta Run

  • Resort: Disney’s Yacht and Beach Resorts
  • Where: Bayside Marina
  • When: Every Thursday
  • Cost: $15 +tax
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. (pre-registration begins at 7:45 a.m.)
  • Distance: 1.86 miles (3k)
  • Prize: Y&B Club sunglasses, a pin, and headphones in a Y&B Club case

Seaside Sprint

  • Resort: Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • Where: Between Jelly Rolls and Atlantic Dance Hall (on the Boardwalk)
  • When: Every Friday
  • Cost: $15 +tax
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. (pre-registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Distance: 1.4 miles
  • Prize: Awesome spring-backed horse pin
We love that the horse is on a spring and looks like it’s running.

Southernmost Point Fun Run

  • Resort: Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Where: The Amphitheater (by the Family Tree)
  • When: Every Wednesday
  • Cost: $15 +tax (10% DVC discount applies)
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. (pre-registration begins at 6:45 a.m.)
  • Distance: 1.86 miles (3k)
  • Prize: Old Key West Resort water bottle and medal
This Fun Run was a beautiful walk.

The Running of Coronado

  • Resort: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Where: Gran Destino Plaza
  • When: Every Sunday
  • Cost: $15 +tax
  • Time: 7:00 a.m. (pre-registration begins at 6:45 a.m.)
  • Distance: 1.25 miles
  • Prize: Coronado Springs trading pin and coupon for a lemon cake from the bakery there

Fort Wilderness Halloween Day Fun Run

  • Resort: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
  • Where: In The Meadows (by the tennis courts)
  • When: Most Major Holidays (4th of July, Halloween, and Thanksgiving)
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. (pre-registration can be done days ahead or at 7 a.m. that morning)
  • Distance: 1.86 miles (3k)
  • Prize: Button (First, second, and third place runners got different prizes that included a pontoon boat ride and a Searaycer ride)
The Halloween Fun Run Prize

The Turkey Trot

  • Resort: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
  • Where: In The Meadows (by the tennis courts)
  • When: Most Major Holidays (4th of July, Halloween, and Thanksgiving)
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. (pre-registration can be done days ahead or at 6:30 a.m. that morning)
  • Distance: 3.1 miles (5k)
  • Prize: Ornament (First, second, and third place runners got different prizes that included a pontoon boat ride and a Searaycer ride)
The Thanksgiving Fun Run Prize
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