Crossing the Finish Line
  • On Jul 24, 2019
    Jesse from IL Asked

    Does anyone know when the ChEAR squad packages will open up for the WDW marathon weekend (Jan 8-12, 2020)? I would like to better understand the packages and how they work before I sign up for the race, etc. Thanks!

    Hi Jesse!

    Training for runDisney events is what motivates me to keep running through cold Indiana winters. As you know, ChEAR Squad Packages for the 2020 Walt Disney World Marathon are not yet on sale. While I don’t have a release date for you, I can offer an idea of what the ChEAR Squad has been like in the past.

    Disney does like to change things up occasionally, so things could be different this year. For the past few years ChEAR Squad Packages have come in two levels, Gold and Platinum. The Gold Package included a t-shirt, a stadium blanket and a clapper. In addition to the goodies, ChEAR Squad has a first-come, first served, but reserved viewing location near Cinderella Castle to view the amazing run down Main Street, U.S.A. At the finish, there are private restrooms, hot and cold beverages and reserved grandstand seating, again, first-come, first-served.

    The Platinum Package offers all the same benefits as the Gold Package, but it adds on the Race Retreat. I have done the Race Retreat as a runner at Disney’s Princess Half Marathon and I highly recommend it! The Race Retreat is a temperature controlled tent near the Finish Line, where your ChEAR squad can enjoy hot and cold beverages, a post race brunch, seating, private restrooms, exclusive Disney Character meet-and-greets, runner info and live results, and a live video feed from the Finish Line!

    Prices may go up, but for the 2019 Marathon Weekend they were $65 for the Gold Package and $120 for the Platinum for each race. If you will be doing Goofy or Dopey, you could get both days for $85 for the Gold Package and $180 for the Platinum. If I were a spectator on both early mornings, I would go for Platinum. You give me a warm place to sit, coffee, food and shorter lines for the restrooms and I am a happy ChEAR girl!

    I hope this helps with your planning, Jesse. Keep an eye on the runDisney site for those packages to be released!

    Happy training!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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