Registration has opened for volunteer positions at the 2023 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World in early November, with a significant change in benefits to the people who make it possible.
runDisney will not offer complimentary theme park tickets for volunteers.
Below is the note that Disney presents to volunteers on registration.
Thank you for considering volunteering your time during the upcoming RunDisney race season! Your passion for making a difference in the Central Florida community through our celebrated charities is truly valued. In keeping with that spirit of volunteerism, complimentary theme park tickets will not be distributed. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm for our magical running community.
Disney relies on volunteer staffing for runDisney events, which generate significant revenues for Walt Disney World through event fees, resort stays, park admission, merchandise, food & beverage, and more. Volunteers are expected to contribute to the success of the events without receiving any compensation, which some will no doubt see as unfair given the substantial amount of revenue generated by these events.
It remains to be seen if the policy change will impact the number of volunteers who register and if runDisney will have to pay Disney Cast Members to staff future events.