Lori runDisney Mom

Planning Your Runcation:
Before or After Part 1

One of the questions I often receive on the Disney Parks Moms Panel is, "Is it better to plan a Disney vacation for the week leading up to my race, or the week after my race?"

Like most things, there are pros and cons for either choice. Sometimes you have to go whenever your schedule allows, but if you have flexibility, then you may like one option over the other. Today we'll look at vacationing or "racecationing" the week leading up to your runDisney race.


  • Starting the magic early -- Seeing the castle with your family and knowing that soon you will be running through it will give it a whole new meaning!
  • Going to the expo on the first day -- Let's face it, some of the best and cutest gear will be gone after the first day of the expo, so it's great to be able to get there first and take your time as you look around.
  • Great places to eat -- there are plenty of restaurant choices to help you eat well and carb-load before race day.
  • Time to get into your routine --It's nice to be able to be unpacked and relaxed a few days before your race. This is especially beneficial if you are dealing with a time change situation.

Cinderella Castle


  • Nerves --All runner's have pre-race jitters. This is especially true for new runners. You may not be able to relax as much throughout your trip knowing you have a big race coming up.
  • Bedtime --If you're like me, you enjoy closing down the Disney Parks and seeing all of the nighttime magic. Staying up until 12 a.m. on the nights before the race is probably not a great idea!
  • Food -- Again, if you're like me, you turn into a glutton while at Disney Parks. I try not to eat as many "not-so-good for your stomach with a race coming up" foods when I am at Disney leading up to the race. This is a pro for my overall diet, but a con for "fun"!
  • Sore throats! -- Just last month, I had a group of girlfriends come down with me to run the Princess Half. Some of them had never been to Disney before, so we did some major park time on the two days leading up to the race. A hazard we discovered is that riding the Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster over and over on the night before a race can lead to some screaming-induced sore throats when you wake up at 3 a.m. on race morning!

Do you have other pros or cons to add to this list? Tweet me at @rundisneylori with your suggestions and as always, if you have any questions feel free to ask me on the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

Stay tuned for next week when I share the pros and cons of vacationing after your race.