TMSM Mythbusters: Dining Ticket Confusion and Running Feet Are Free

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The goal of this blog series is to factually prove or disprove rumors, myths and mythconceptions in the Disney-verse. Tonight we are are going to look into “Dining Ticket Confusion” and “Running Feet Are Free.”

Dining Ticket Confusion

Over the last week or so I have seen the same question regarding dining  in multiple places “I read somewhere that you could eat anywhere without a ticket to the park, true?” so I wanted to take a peek into this mythconception in hopes it would one day stop making its way around the internet.

Sadly this mythconception is false. While anyone can eat at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel location, the Boardwalk or at Disney Springs without a park ticket, to eat inside the parks does in fact require a ticket.  The easiest way to tell if a dining location requires a park ticket is to visit the official park’s dining site on desktop and the location will note is “Valid Park Admission” is required until the restaurant’s location information.

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TMSM Mythbusters Busted

Running Feet Are Free

One of the better mythconceptions that follows the runDisney marathons is that runner’s get free entry to a park after their race. To be honest with you, I thought to a certain point that this was a TRUE mythconception, and that I could have sworn back around 9/11 when Disney and other tourist locations were begging guests to come that is had in fact been a benefit along with what Addie Clark explained runDisney racer’s currently receive on race day  “the runner’s completion medal, pre and post race amenities, food, bathroom, transportation, entertainment.”  While currently runDisney very directly addresses the topic on their site as to what is currently included with your entry in a runDisney race, that doesn’t mean free park tickets were never a part of your entry.

In speaking to Main Streeter Meghan Gorney who has been a runDisney gal for quite awhile I learned this mythconception is totally busted. In 2010, the weather for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend was horrible. The weekend of 1/8-1/19/2010 saw temperatures in the 30’s, sleet and even snow flurries. Because of the weather in 2010, entry sales for the 2011 WDW Marathon Weekend were initially slow, so to increase sales runDisney did a “Marathon Monday” promotion that gave 26.2 mile finishing racers for that Marathon weekend park tickets for the day after the race, making 2011 the only year a park ticket was in some way included in a runDisney marathon entry, making this mythconception, Plausible, because it has occurred at least once.

Mythbuster Plausible

Thanks to Addie Clark* and Meghan Gorney for their help in busting this myth.

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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