Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Deferring a runDisney Event

Happy hump day, everyone! Yes, I'm still here...no baby yet. I know I was MIA for two days but this time change has really messed with my already sleepy brain!

I also want to take a moment to thank you guys for being so patient with me through my non-running pregnancy related hiatus I've had to take since December. I miss it so much, the thought of a run occasionally haunts my dreams. It won't be much longer, though...I can't wait to get back out there! :)

When we first began timing everything out in our minds regarding our pregnancy, I realized that I would be around 34 or 35 weeks pregnant for Princess Weekend/Glass Slipper Challenge. While that would be ok for some, the thought of everything to do with the travel aspect of our trip freaked me out. Combined with the fact that I was put on a strict "no running or extra walking" status by my OB at the end of December, I knew Princess was definitely out of the equation.

Thankfully, all of this took place in just enough time for me to defer. However, runDisney's site does not offer much information about the deferral process, so I began searching google for information. I also reached out to Kathryn for advice (she recently deferred another runDisney event as well). She said that she emailed runDisney (via their contact page) and asked for the specific deferral date, then placed that date in her phone so she wouldn't forget it. That sounded like a great idea to me, so I went with it!


Within a few days, I had a response from the runDisney team that their 2016 Princess deferral date would be on January 5th and would appear beneath the "Registration tab" on the Princess portion of their site. A flat fee of $55 would be charged to my credit card for the deferral, regardless of which race I was deferring ($55 for the 10K, $55 for the Half, $55 for the Glass Slipper Challenge). 


A few days before January 5th, I picked through their website to make sure I had a good feel for it. I had no idea how many people would deferring the race at the time, but I did hear that it fills up quickly and I wanted to make sure I was able to take care of it all! (Not only was I deferring, so were my dad, mom, and husband.)

On January 5th, I began checking the website at 6 a.m. This was not necessary as the deferral link did not show up under the registration tab until later on in the morning. I do believe it was around 11 a.m. central time when I found it (same as when registration for most runDisney events opens).


Right away, I received an email from runDisney saying they received my submission, but nothing was final yet.

It wasn't until February 11th when this email arrived, saying that my deferral was confirmed and I would receive another email two weeks before the 2017 Princess races go on sale that would allow me to officially register for the event. 



Deferrals are only good for the EXACT same event registered for initially. For example, I registered for the 2016 Glass Slipper Challenge, so I will have to defer to the 2017 Glass Slipper Challenge when the time arrives.

Please note: A deferral from a runDisney event does not mean that you receive a "credit" or your money back into your bank account. Basically, your registration fee will be "applied" to the next year's registration fee - and if prices for the next year's races have gone up or changed at all, you'll be responsible for the extra sum. 

In all, this wasn't an easy process as I'm pretty sure runDisney doesn't necessarily WANT people to defer (I can imagine the nightmare with how many runners they have for each event), but it really was doable!

For part two of my experience with the runDisney deferral process, click here.

Was I happy to defer Princess 2016? Absolutely not...but I definitely had good reason, and my prize will be waiting for me in just a few short weeks! :)


Have you ever had to defer a race or event? Was the process an easy one?

18 comments:

  1. They make you really want it to make it through the deferral process. Luckily I haven't had to defer a Disney race, though I should've one time.

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    1. Yes, they sure do!! Have a great day!

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  2. That just is insanity. I'm sorry, I love runDisney, but a $55 fee for each race.. Really? I'm super sick, so no posts coming from me this week.. I'll keep checking up on you though :)
    Glad you got it straightened out.

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    1. Guess I should have made that a little clearer - I paid $55 (one time) to defer the entire Glass Slipper Challenge to 2017 plus any extra fees or pricing changes. Hope you feel better soon!! Sorry you're so sick!

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  3. We almost deferred marathon weekend. We were signed up for the castaway challenge and they don't let you defer that one so we just lost our money :(

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    1. Bummer!! I noticed that runDisney 5K's weren't available for deferral...

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  4. Great post! A friend of mine is having major foot pain and I've been trying to read up on the deferral process in case she needs to defer the Pixie Dust Challenge.

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    1. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that! Hope her foot feels better in time!

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  5. This is great info. Thanks for sharing! I am surprised that the deferral link was up on Jan 5 for a February race. I would have thought they would have it up earlier than that. It's nice that they let you defer, but is there a need for $55, really Disney? I understand their needs to be a monetary value associated with this but just think, your family ended up essentially paying for a whole other race in fees!

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    1. You're right about the fees! I don't think it used to be that high but like all things runDisney, the price has increased over time...

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  6. runDisney definitely doesn't make it easy to defer a race. And now I'm debating whether to upgrade my deferred Wine and Dine registration to the new challenge (which they'll let me do since the challenge wasn't offered last year). But in order to do so I have to pay another $45 transfer fee on top of the difference in price between the half and challenge registration fees. Ugh!

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    1. OH my gosh that's nuts!! I'm sorry they are doing that to you guys! :(

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  7. There were rumors on the internet today that runDisney would be stopping the race deferrals. I have no idea if this is true, but I think it will make people think twice about shelling out some much for a race that is so far in advance.

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    1. Oh! I must have missed that! They certainly don't make it easy, so I could see why they would want to stop it altogether. Although with the price they charge, it's nice to know that they do currently allow deferrals in case of injury, pregnancy, etc...

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  8. I deferred Wine and Dine 2015. I didn't think the process was hard, but in retrospect, I probably read about the deferral process on someone's running/Disney running blog so I knew exactly what to expect.

    In regards to the "extra fees" - We look at the entire cost of our Disney "Racecation" including race fees.

    I am not going to upgrade to the challenge, but if I did, the $45 extra would mean we spend less elsewhere for the trip, perhaps stay at a value rather than a moderate resort or have a counter service meal instead of a table service. At the end of the day, we have a certain amount budgeted for the Disney Trip - it is just a matter of where the money goes.

    Thanks for writing a great blog!

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    1. I also read up on the process and asked advice from a fellow runner - I just didn't find it to be an easy one. I understand where you're coming from about the fees and allotting money to different places to help with the budget!

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  9. I really enjoyed this place and you can definitely find me here for more events. I didn't eat anything when on my recent visit to event space NYC, but those around me had truffle fries, pizza, and wings all seemed to enjoy.

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  10. I also read up on the process and asked advice from a fellow runner - I just didn't find it to be an easy one. I understand where you're coming from about the fees and allotting money to different places to help with the budget!

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