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  • On Jan 10, 2023
    Ryan from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Ahoy! We are taking a MDAS cruise this February, and wondered if the Castaway 5k will return to having a scheduled start time. I've heard from previous guests the fanfare of the run as an "event" was quite memorable.

    Ahoy there, Ryan,

    Welcome once again to planDisney, where we hope to make everything smooth sailing for your upcoming Disney Cruise Line vacation! 

    I’m so glad that you are participating in the Castaway Cay 5k. It is a perfect way to start your day in paradise. Of course, one of the benefits of not having a scheduled start time is that you can participate at any time during your day at Castaway Cay. Now, there isn’t as much of the “event” atmosphere without the scheduled start time but fear ye not, Ryan because you will still receive the tropical-inspired medal and you will be cheered on by Cast Members and fellow Guests alike. On my most recent cruise, the entire tram heading to Serenity Bay cheered us on as they passed by, and it was what runners’ dreams are made of! Starting the 5k on your own time also allows you a more leisurely morning to enjoy your breakfast onboard the ship, secure your place on your preferred beach, or participate in one of the early morning Port Adventures. Having run the Castaway Cay 5k both ways, I’ll say that not having an organized start time actually put the wind in my sails for the run!

    Ryan, did you know that for an additional charge, a Premium Package option is also available for purchase before you set sail, where participants receive a Disney Castaway Cay 5K cinch sack, water bottle and hat? You can inquire about this option at Guest Services while onboard. This option will add a little more of the “event” feel that you may be desiring. 

    As you continue to plan your Disney cruise vacation, please set sail back to us here at planDisney. We have all hands on deck to help you create magic on the high seas!

    Wishing you smooth sailing,
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Hi! I'm a dreamer and doer who loves exploring the big blue world! My love for Disney began at Walt Disney World Resort and after my first Disney Cruise Line vacation I was hooked. I especially enjoy the ships' adult-exclusive spaces and activities while experiencing the magic only Disney can create. A Land and Sea vacation combining an action-packed Walt Disney World Resort visit and a relaxing Disney Cruise Line voyage is my favorite way to do Disney. I can't wait to help you create your magical memories! Learn More About Shannon

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