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At Walt Disney World, you might find Darth Vader, Tinker Bell or a classic Disney princess running alongside half-marathon participants. These events are no ordinary races, and the trips that participants take are no ordinary Disney visits. Disney has races to honor classic Disney and Pixar characters (January and September), princesses (February), Tinker Bell (May) and superheroes from Disney's Marvel comic books (November). The races combine two of the world's biggest franchises, while capitalizing on Disney's $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012 .The Disney races aren't free of gripe, though.Hey, if you're going to Disney for a race, why not do two, three or even four on consecutive days?You also get bonus medals for running Disney races on multiple weekends. Mark Wietbrock, a security-technology salesman in Lake St. Louis, Missouri, does a Disney World race – or consecutive races – every other year.Disney races tend to be more expensive than hometown races, and multi-race challenges are even pricier than signing up for the races individually.
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