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Jan 12, 2013 6:42 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
I know a lot of us will be participating in the Tinkerbell Half/Neverland 5k and I wanted to see if anyone had any advice for us newbies who are doing it for the first time. I've talked to a fair amount of people but would love to hear from some of you who have actually ran a disney race. Thanks in advance!

Everyone has FABULOUS advice & I "second" it all. Something i'd add is that u are out there in the corral EARLY & to stay warm we brought cheap small fleece blankets from Walmart (like $2) & gloves ($1). It's far more cozy than a garbage bag & u can leave off to side when you start-or gloves along the way; they collect & donate. YOU'LL have plenty of time-so get all those special photos taken. Bring $ for the expo on Fri/Sat-good stuff there! Don't feel weird wearing some kind of costume-it's very common (expo even has cute sparkly running skirts & wings etc, I bought green sparkly one from Team Sparkle last year). Remember it'll be dark(ish) a long time so somethibg that lights up is fun too-i wore my Tinker Bell pin from the main street carts. Smile at & hi-five those cheering u on! After, the post race is organized well & is quick & easy to use bag-check. Finally-I've found that if I keep moving that entire day/evening after-I'm not sore the next day. So put that Tinker Bell wing medal on with pride and head into Disneyland. It's the best feeling ever!!🏁✨ - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 8:10PM
This is wonderful! I have realized that if I keep moving and then soak in a hot tub before bed I rarely feel the pain the next day. Thank you!! Can't wait meet you! - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #223 9:05PM
I absolutely love uour advice about cheap blankets, gloves that you can just cast aside. You are a smart cookie! Wish I was gonna be there to cheer you all on! - MeridaFan  3631.4 #37 9:54PM
Thanks MF-this is my 9th half so you figure stuff out along the way! Btw-I'm the suckiest half marathoner ever and don't train-so if anyone is scared to try-if I can-you can! You just aren't fast like AshleyLynn!!! 😜 - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 10:00PM
This is great advice. This past Labor Day was my first Disney 1/2 marathon and it was such a great experience. I found it helpful to walk for about an hour after the race, then take a quick nap, and finally venture out into the park for the rest of the day! I felt great after the race and wasn't sore at all. Good luck and have a great time! Wish I would have entered this one too. - PrincessLeia  306.8 #834 12:59PM
Stop at the rare characters if you have time. Enjoy the time through the parks. You will be going backstage and last year at my first race I loved it! Take pics- I just use my phone. Get water and powerade at every stop. Run some, walk some, and sign up for runner trackin so that you know along the course what Disney has your pace registered at. - LilSterner  5091.5 #21 7:12PM
This is AWSOME!!! I'm so glad you did this!! I'm getting very very nervous but I know I will be fine!! Thank you everyone for all the advice I will really need it!! - CourtyAstroBlisters  782.2 #227 9:12PM
You will do fabulously!!! - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 9:31PM
Have you been having the crazy dreams yet where you don't finish? Lol. I had my first last night - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #223 9:33PM
NOOOO that's sounds ubber awful!!! I always dream about finally finishing!! - CourtyAstroBlisters  782.2 #227 9:40PM
Yes! I had those a million times last year!!! I was literally being FOLLOWED and then sweeped by two CM following behind me with a rope from the parade!!!!😱😱😱😱 worst dream ever!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 9:44PM
Guilty. I have had multiple dreams like that! - ladylikesdisney  945.0 #184 12:42PM
If you are running in costume, be sure to do a "test" run and make sure that nothing hurts, rubs, chafes, etc. They have photographers at the character stops so you don't have to necessarily bring your own camera. They have port-o-potties along the path but if you wait, you can use the ones that are in the Parks (much better in my opinion!). Enjoy the moment because it'll be over before you know it! If you have anymore questions, let me know! This is my 3rd runDisney race and I'm already signed up for the Dumbo Challenge 🐘 - PirateQueenBriezy  313.4 #788 7:33PM
Bring your camera or cell phone during the run. Also hope you are not running for time since so get to see the back of DL and DCA and you might stop for picture. - VfxGenie  1556.4 #100 6:48PM
Also there will be allot going on around you during the run. Which is really fun. - VfxGenie  1556.4 #100 6:51PM
Definitely take pics! - LilSterner  5091.5 #21 7:09PM
Run until you can't run anymore, then walk a little. Repeat. - Mouse4life  1293.1 #126 6:49PM
I have absolutely NO advice since I'm lucky if I can run to my mailbox. I just want to wish everyone good luck and find out who all will be participating. - RCmom  5234.8 #19 6:52PM
We'll be there. Which are you running? the 5K is not hard. Walk a lot run a little! The 1/2 is not easy. Finished the Disney half in Sept. Need to run more and walk less. Is awesome tho! - goofygal  9143.0 #6 6:57PM
If you're doing the 13.1 Half be sure to hydrate well at water stops! Get to start line early to get to the front of your corral. Have fun! - jacdanfan  9585.5 #3 7:07PM
I'm personally running the half and I can do it in a little over 2 hours so I'm not too concerned about my time. I think my biggest concern is water/gel breaks. I don't eat before I run but I do go through a water, Gatorade, and two gel packs. Any advice here? Thanks you all already, I'm loving your inputs! - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #223 7:23PM
You know what you're doing. Take advantage of all the water and Gatorade and hydrate well before. - goofygal  9143.0 #6 7:31PM
Do you have a running belt? I may have an extra - ladylikesdisney  945.0 #184 10:15PM
Yes I do! I've decided to carry my own just in case - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #223 11:58PM
I do the Gu and Nuun for my water. I don't eat before either but I've been having a Gu like 15 min before a long run than another 45 min in and another if I need it later. I have pockets in my running pants so I keep the Gu's in there plus being near my body they stay warm and don't get too hard to eat. I also read they will be giving out Cliff Shots at the 8 mile marker so that's good to know. I take a walk break when I need a Gu and I really think the Nuun helps in the water to replace what you are sweating out. I was going to run with my hand water bottle but I don't know if I will now knowing there is water at pretty much every mile and a half. Good luck to you!!! Maybe we will see each other!!!!! I'm in corral C. - drmwshhrt  21.8 #6672 12:27PM
How do you guys know your corrals already? - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 12:17AM
All your fantastic information has me really wishing I had signed up For one of these!! It sounds like a lot of fun! Good luck and have fun, to all those participating! And post your pix!! - MeridaFan  3631.4 #37 9:24PM
Have fun! This is my 5th Disney Half ( 7th total). They give gel at mile 9. I took pictures at each mile sign during my first race. Definitely bring "throw away" clothes. It's cold that early! Wear your medal in the parks after! And don't forget to visit Pixie Hallow for a picture with Tink after. - MXPrincess399  745.3 #245 9:35PM
Great Pixie Hollow tip! Never thought about that!!πŸ‘ - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 9:45PM
I visited Pixie Hollow after last year! - LilSterner  5091.5 #21 12:46PM
This is really good information since I would like to do the next run. Is there one in the summer?or, September? - 7mouskedoodles  371.6 #582 9:51PM
The Disneyland half, 5 and 10k's are labor day weekend. I think sign ups are soon. I believe LilSterner posted about it-you can probably search it!!! She even had info for early reg if you have Disney Visa! - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 10:03PM
Thanks TinkerSchelle! - 7mouskedoodles  371.6 #582 6:06AM
Oh also try to get a good rest the night before. It's been study that you cant really sleep the night before the big race. It's true because it happen to me. LoL So try to go to sleep early since its going to take you a long time to fall asleep. - VfxGenie  1556.4 #100 9:55PM
ThisπŸ‘ great advice. I'll make sure to bring my Spanish homework along with. That usually works To put me to sleep. - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #223 12:02AM
By the time you've waited a while for the race to begin, you might have to make a bathroom stop. Don't stop at the first set of port-a-potties!! The lines are generally pretty long at the first ones. Keep going to the next ones and you will likely wait a lot less time. Also, the restrooms in the park were open for the DL half and of course they are far cleaner and nicer than port-a-potties!! - Mimmy  1442.3 #105 11:55PM
Loved reading all this advice. Thanks! - PrincessKristin  780.8 #229 12:06AM
Good luck to all. This is on my disney bucket list. But I am so out of shape I might just fall over and pass out if I was doing it this year. - Pinup Princess  169.7 #2358 12:53AM
You can do it! When I first started running, I could barely run 30 sec without stopping! Yesterday i ran 10 miles! You build up to it! As much as I hate it I love it too! - drmwshhrt  21.8 #6672 12:30PM
I agree, drmwshhrt! When I started running, I thought I was going to die after 3 minutes. I still mostly hate running, but it feels so good after! It becomes addicting, really. - SneakyStella  321.9 #751 12:41PM
Drmwsshrt, do you run streets or treadmill? - SneakyStella  321.9 #751 12:42PM
I only askπŸ‘†because I'm getting tired of my usual loop and was wondering if you knew of any good roads for running. - SneakyStella  321.9 #751 12:52PM
You can do it, Ash. Can't wait to wear our medals afterwards! - Jacqueline  580.0 #335 5:59AM
Celebratory drinks with our victory medals after. Yeah? - ladylikesdisney  945.0 #184 12:43PM
Would love to do the 5k someday - Betsyboo  21.5 #159 6:07AM
Me too! - LaPearleNoir  1639.6 #96 9:50AM
Thank you for doing this! I learned some great tips! - ladylikesdisney  945.0 #184 12:41PM
Wear clothes that you can take off and throw on the street once you warm up. Get to the start line early so that you are first in line for the bathrooms, the lines get very long. PACE yourself, the first mile has a hill over the freeway and I could hear people breathing loud trying to run fast over it. Try not to stop at every water station. Take an imodiom the night before and right before the race, it will stop any bad stomach problems that running can cause...I dont need to go into detail. And most important, HAVE FUN!! - diznymommy84  215.9 #1744 6:56PM
Besides that first mile is it mostly a flat course? - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #223 7:18PM
Yes. There's the two overpasses in the first like then mostly flat. - LilSterner  5091.5 #21 7:23PM
Oh huh I'm super glad you guys said this!! I just speed walk up hills!! - CourtyAstroBlisters  782.2 #227 7:25PM
Awesome! Thank you' - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #223 8:04PM
And right after the race you can switch off tylenol and motrin every so many hours. It helps the pain. I did this my last half marathon and it worked like a charm. - diznymommy84  215.9 #1744 6:57PM
Thank you everyone again!! You guys are all putting ALOT of my fears to the side!!! I know I will be ok! I just have to keep pace and cross the finish line!! - CourtyAstroBlisters  782.2 #227 7:26PM
This was all great advice to hear! Ilk be missing the one this weekend but hope to sign of for the one in Sept. I'm still tempted to just walk it I know it's silly - Goofymom2  6.7 #13728 11:53PM
Do it! You can easily power walk it! :) - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #223 12:03AM
Totally!!!! We will peer pressure you!!!πŸ˜ƒ - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 12:24AM
:) I just might! It should be good for my circulation after laying about for days if its too much I might just get rescued by Mickey or goofy :) - Goofymom2  6.7 #13728 9:58AM
Hey everyone! So I'm just wondering what kind of belt (if any) some of you will be wearing. I'm probably way over thinking this...might just be pre race jitters lol - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #223 11:38PM
I have one from addicts. It carries one bottle and has a small pouch for my gels. - ladylikesdisney  945.0 #184 12:19AM
More importantly it matches my shoes. - ladylikesdisney  945.0 #184 12:20AM
And that was asics, not addicts. Autocorrect never fails. - ladylikesdisney  945.0 #184 12:20AM
I have an amphipod one or something-two waters and two pockets for stuff. I'm the opposite of a minimalist! I'm cray-cray-but it makes me feel better! - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 12:21AM
And btw I told myself becuz I went to the dentist today I don't have to run; WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 12:23AM
Omg! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I find any excuse not to run! - ladylikesdisney  945.0 #184 12:29AM
I have one that I wear when I train that carries a big bottle of water with one pocket and one for races that has 2 pockets only. - LilSterner  5091.5 #21 3:32PM
I run with a small belt that is just big enough to carry some salt tablets and gels, I always run the whole thing so you dont want a lot of water on you weighing you down, there are enough water stations where I dont think you will need to carry any with you. - diznymommy84  215.9 #1744 10:37AM
Thank you for this! - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #223 3:03PM
I'm walking it. I'm anxious, but excited. - JenAnneWho  300.7 #868 7:59PM
Yay!! You go girl! - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #223 9:09PM

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What percentage saving are we looking at for being MouseWaiters? Is it better than a AAA discount.  - MoChuck  131.0 #2963 3:57PM
@Admin. I filled out a form for May 22nd.  I hope you got it. Thanks. - Winnie111286  6239.5 #16 2:23AM
@@Admin I booked with get away today and am staying at the HoJo in December.  Does MW still give the 100 credits or do I have to book with the hotel directly? - dsnylvr1975  18.0 #7372 5:02PM

Please help me welcome FreePrints to the MouseWait family: the Official Photo App of MouseWait! FreePrints is the highest rated, most popular photo printing app in the world.

Download FreePrints for free (iOSAndroidWindows PhonePC/Mac version) and get up to 85 4x6 free photos per month--up to 1000 per year (make sure you select MouseWait from the "how did you hear about us" drop down). Their app is intuitive and simple to use, making it easy to print your favorite pics from your phone. There are NO subscriptions or commitments. All you pay is shipping (from $1.99 to $9.99). Thanks for your support!

I love this App. I've used for a while. Easy to use and conveniently shipped to home! - ElectricMayhemMom  1189.0 #141 5:30PM
welcome FREEPRINTS!  Thanks Admin for getting great stuff for us! - snowgrey  5.9 #15278 1:51PM
Welcome FreePrints!  To ! I can't wait to try it!!! - Boundin  620.7 #311 8:40PM
Hi and welcome. Found a folder of pix I'd like to print today. Will give them a try! - jacdanfan  9585.5 #3 6:48PM

Easily manage the social side of MouseWait for Disneyland and Disney World with our new mousetopia app for iOS. Post to the DL or WDW side, use your Stickers, and utilize our new MouseWait Messenger. Optimized for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6! See what's new here

Here are the recent wait time leaders:

August: Melody_CM 726.93
July: MelodyMouse 417.38
May: MelodyMouse 640.08
April: WARLOCK 228.33
March: HARR_E 290.27
February: jacdanfan 251.32
January: ShariRenee 246.23
December: MelodyMouse 303.05
November: MelodyMouse 410.98
October: jacdanfan 189.98

 Everyone for making   - Boundin  620.7 #311 10:21PM
That's awesome but like me a lot of ppl can't enter wait times I can't ever open or connect while in the park  - mickeyat78  1874.9 #81 5:39AM
Wow. Sorry to hear that. I'm on ATT and sometimes can't connect, tho it is rare - Melody_CM  7608.0 #8 8:12PM
Does ATT have personal space for power . I know that's not the correct name. Look in settings.  - suzieq65  95.7 #3577 2:46PM
great job! It's the wait times that brought me to this app. Thank you - Kimo  192.3 #2040 8:16PM
The mysterious disappearing month of June! - Melody_CM  7608.0 #8 12:13PM
No one updated times in June - philliprocks  1199.0 #139 8:05AM

Follow the new MouseWait Blog for updates, how-tos, tips, contests, and more! 

Didn't know there was one. Yay - TrueFromOzLovesDisney  484.0 #415 4:20PM
Iam new to this love reading the post and looking at the pictures   - Disneydollarpam  2.5 #57270 9:01AM

Here are the Top 10 MouseWaiters of All-Time:

1. Coaster

2. Dave

3. jacdanfan

4. Plumiegirl

5. Tom

6. goofygal

7. uscdisneyteacher

8. Melody_CM

9. BaseballMickey_CM

10. CobbPR

Such great people on this list, many who doSo much for the app. 😍😍 - secretagentangel  2422.3 #53 2:09PM
Yay! Thank you! - Song  1868.2 #82 8:50AM

Deadliest Cast Member SEASON TWO is here! Find out what really happened on Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. Twenty-four hours or real-time action, authentic Disneyland history, and a finale that you'll never forget. EVENTS OCCUR IN REAL TIME. Download it to any device from Amazon here.

Will there be a Season 3??  Please??? - YoPirate  730.4 #252 8:03PM
I bought the paper copy for myself and 2 copies of season one for christmas gifts!  LOVE THIS BOOK!!! - snitsos  30.0 #5704 5:28PM
Thank you snitsos for your support, glad you liked Season Two! - Admin  12:13AM
Thank you for your support glad you liked Season Two! snitsos - Admin  12:15AM
Test - Admin  12:16AM
- djmickeymouse  10.2 #0 8:30AM
Will there be a 3 and when? - menifeemom  199.8 #1944 7:31PM

Here are the upcoming MouseWait Events. You can post your event on mobile here, and on the web here. Thanks!

1. POTC/ Jungle Cruise Meet Up
Oct 10, 2015 07:00pm

2. Hugs!
Oct 11, 2015 12:00pm

3. 6th MouseWait Birthday Bash
Oct 11, 2015 02:00pm

We have our weekly MW sticker meetup at La Brea bakery at 4 pm in Downtown Disney! Lots of fun for newcomers and all and a great way to meet new people! Then we go to the MW spot we've held in DL to watch PTN and fireworks! Everyone is welcome! - secretagentangel  2422.3 #53 6:10PM
On Tuesday nights, duh!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜© - secretagentangel  2422.3 #53 10:47PM
Thank You - suzieq65  95.7 #3577 6:20PM
We will be there in November - makeitbluesaysmerriwether  48.7 #4667 9:58AM
Every Tuesday? - DayDreamsOfDisneyland  4.7 #18780 10:46PM
Every Tuesday as of right now we meet in DL after La Brea eats., I'll post on Sunday, but there are one or two Tuesday's coming up with MHP we'll have to move to another night!  - secretagentangel  2422.3 #53 11:29PM
I'm gonna have a crowding meetup Presidents' Day weekend! Post to come!  - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 5:42PM
I'll crowd with you  - LaPearleNoir  1639.6 #96 2:27PM
I ❀️ crowding meetups - bonedaddy909  1354.8 #117 12:29PM
Would love to come! - susanann  8.9 #11128 6:15PM
What day works best for you guys bonedaddy909 and susanann and LaPearleNoir? - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 1:21PM
Any day Friday theough Monday works for me! - susanann  8.9 #11128 2:12PM
Friday thru Sunday for UsπŸ˜ƒ.....Wait a minute😳what the heck is a crowding meetup and what would we be crowding into??πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - bonedaddy909  1354.8 #117 7:09PM
I am going 10/31! - 714jen  9.3 #10893 12:18AM
We'll be there 10/31 - kimm84  56.8 #4376 6:23PM

Here are the Weekly Top 10 TRIVILATOR Players. Find people to play here. Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends on iOS. Play on any device with our new web version here.

1. DisneyMakesMeSmile

2. Quiweez

3. beentoall

4. mamabeam

5. DisneylandOrBust

6. Goofytom

7. Dolewhipped

8. Tom

9. Boundin

10. Moog


Yay @@Moog!!!! So great!  πŸ˜ - valj84DisneyDeppAddict  238.2 #1447 6:28PM
You sweet thing!  You crack me up!  I'm merely an apprentice being schooled by @@Tom!! - Moog  89.9 #3669 11:33AM
πŸ‘‹β€οΈ - Tom  9449.3 #5 11:47AM
Wtg @@DisneyMakesMeSmile and @@Moog ;) - otilegna  2374.8 #59 7:41PM
A major compliment from someone who hands me my you know what every game, @@otilegna 😜!!! - Moog  89.9 #3669 8:05PM
Yay !!!  - otilegna  2374.8 #59 9:42AM
hey that's my bro! Great job, @@sawman911 - Lisapedia  16.0 #0 6:16PM
You should get the app and give it a shot! - sawman911  1062.2 #164 7:32PM
@@sawman911 Trivilator isnt letting me continue our game 😭 it keeps saying waitin for others to complete challenge but I know it's my turn. I don't know what happened! I think we need to restart!  - LindseyanaJones  216.0 #1739 9:20AM
I'm getting the same message, but I went already. I'll start a new game now. Goodluck! - sawman911  1062.2 #164 11:43AM

Here is the Overall Quality Top 10 real-time list. Follow these MouseWaiters for great content:

1. CobbPR

2. uscdisneyteacher

3. Dave

4. BaseballMickey_CM

5. Duchess_SMK

6. Plumiegirl

7. HandMeAChurroImmaFaint

8. Stitch_Legacy

9. Winnie111286

10. pikarich


This list needs to be updated! Just saying😬 - MadameLeota  3440.1 #39 9:51PM
FINALLY!  Thank you!  - MadameLeota  3440.1 #39 2:34PM
is this just a standing thing? Never changes? - DarthFairy  247.5 #1341 8:06PM

Hey I'm finally on this list πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸŽ‰ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4406.2 #27 10:39PM
Your always on the list!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚list of what I don't know😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝. Jk - Fantasmicfan1  1396.7 #112 12:34PM
Love seeing everyone's pictures from Disneyland !! I know, we always have a good time :) - Lyssa2012  196.1 #1996 11:22PM
i am so glad i got to experience it,  but did not have to go thru it! - MsTikiMermadam  552.2 #353 5:56AM
First time on the list!!!!! - Voycekids  31.4 #5570 10:37AM
First time making the real time list!! Cool. Thanks admin - buzzgoneyear92  195.4 #2008 12:03PM

Our new Walt Disney World App for iOS is here! MagicSearch, upNEXT, new Lounge, and tons of other upgrades. Go get it here. You can see all of the new features and how tos here

thanks admin - Fantasmicfan1  1396.7 #112 9:42PM
  - jacdanfan  9585.5 #3 6:08AM
- Lilogirl1  123.5 #3096 4:26PM
Thanks! DW fans appreciate you! - LeighMouse  17.9 #0 7:58AM

What if Walt never dreamed of Disneyland? What would your life be like? What would the world be like? Get Book Two of the VOYAGEERS Saga - The Great Storyteller - on Amazon. Buy the Paperback and get the Kindle version FREE! 

Thank you Admin! This book is a great read. I recommend it to anyone who is a Disney fan. Can't wait for the next one! - grumpypapa  3946.9 #33 8:38PM
Thank you for reading! - Admin  6:26PM
cant wait to read it - ebugsmama  18.1 #7339 10:32PM
- DarthFairy  247.5 #1341 4:40PM
My life would be BORING!!! - PracticallyPerfectDisneyDuck  37.7 #0 10:31AM

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