runDisney has made a change to its volunteer program that may impact the ability of Disney’s event organizers to efficiently process and support the tens of thousands of guests who pay to attend Walt Disney World runDisney events throughout the year.
For those unfamiliar with runDisney, it is an organization that hosts a series of running events at Walt Disney World and other Disney resorts. These events typically include marathons, half marathons, and other running and fitness events for people of all ages and fitness levels.
A report in the Orlando Sentinel reveals that runDisney now only provides half-day passes to volunteers who assist with races in Walt Disney World. This is a significant decline from previous events where volunteers were given full-day tickets as a token of appreciation.
To make its events happen, runDisney mainly relies on volunteers who are often asked to fill shifts of 8 hours or more. The report also indicates that there is still a need for 1,800 additional volunteers for the upcoming Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.
A Surprise Change In Policy?
The change in policy went into effect starting with last month’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, and is expected to be the policy going forward. The new complimentary half-day tickets do not allow entry into the Walt Disney World theme parks until 1pm.
According to the report, many volunteers were shocked when they received their ticket at the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. Some volunteers say they have chosen not to return because of the revised complimentary ticket policy.
This feels like a cheap move by Disney. The cost to give away a full-day complimentary ticket versus a half-day is negligible given how the impact is spread out across the entire year.
If you’re a participant in past runDisney events, have already registered for future events at Walt Disney World, or have volunteered your time in the past but are reconsidering your participation, please let us know how you feel in the comments below.